Superdudes children’s book creator Stevie Nicholson holds a book signing, show, and VIP workshop on April 16 at the Century City Mall Event Center
Empower our kids! Because when they realize their personal power, surely they will grow loved, confident, and sensible.
This is what I have learned when I recently joined Stevie Nicholson and his super friends in an afternoon of chitchat at the Century City Mall Event Center. The group, collectively called as Superdudes, is consists of Steve, Pencil Pirate, Flutterby, and Bubble Trouble!
Are you as strong as you look? Your appearance might deceive you and others. You may seem fitter and leaner but do not have the energy to take up the challenge.
Get leaner, fitter, and sexier! Coach Jim Saret and his lovely wife Coach Toni, the country’s leading fitness and health experts and advocates are about to bring their wellness advocacy to the next level with a fresh new show, MetaBEATS. MetaBEATS, the first locally produced fitness and wellness nutrition show on Lifestyle Network, will not only be educational but entertaining as well.
Coach Jim is the founder and training director of the Athletic Performance Enhancement while Coach Toni is a certified Zumba and Crossfit instructor and the training coach for the Philippine Olympic Committee. They become household names when they graced ABSCBN reality program The Biggest Loser (2Seasons) as coaches.
This power couple has been touring here and abroad for new trends and technology to bring them all to Manila and share everything to Filipinos.Continue Reading
Baguio has always been known as the country’s summer capital, drawing Manila residents and Koreans seeking escape from the heat. Despite cheaper airline tickets and tour packages to Boracay, El Nido or even CamSur, this mountain city has remained a favorite summer destination. Aside from its mountain views and colorful flower displays, this city of pines still boasts of its cool weather even during March and April.
Unknown to many, though, Baguio is also home to many art museums highlighting the various cultural heritages of the cordilleras. One particular museum that truly displays the ingenuity and artistic power of Filipinos is the BenCab museum.
A project of the BenCab Art Foundation, this four-level modern structure sits on a promontory and enjoys a commanding view of the cordillera mountains and the south China Sea in the distant west. It is founded by no less than national artist Benedicto Reyes Cabrera, and is “committed to the promotion of the arts, as well as an expression of the artist’s gratitude to the country that nurtured and inspired him.”
The museum houses BenCab’s art collections in addition to a number of acknowledged Filipino artists’ works of art. Seemed so far-off from the city, this four-hectare property is subdivided into several galleries; each has its own character and story to tell.
Offers art books, postcards, notebooks, and reproductions, the museum shop likewise sells handmade paper products, bags, shirts and other keepsakes. The shop uses magazine pages as its standard issue wrapper sealed with a BenCab sticker.
As my friend describes, the museum capitalizes on the natural lighting and nature’s grand display of landscape. Each floor is high-ceilinged, covered with glass windows and is adorned with art pieces. one that notably stands out is BenCab’s “32 Variations on Sabel,” a ceramic mural which BenCab completed in Mariwasa tiles.
Bulols are aplenty, especially on the third floor where the Cordillera Gallery is located. Featuring the national artist’s collection of over a hundred hand-carved Bulols or rice granary gods, this section holds as well a number of tribal artifacts and indigenous crafts.
At the spacious third floor also resides the Gallery Indigo, showcasing the museum’s latest art exhibits. It is adjacent to Patio Salvador, an open terrace used for receptions and sculpture shows.
A small section of the museum displays a sign by the door that warns guests. The gallery contains works with images that may be offensive to minors and to certain individuals, evidently suggestive to its name, Erotica Gallery.
A nook below a flight of stairs, the contemporary art gallery greets guests. Highlighting the artist’s paintings and pieces of sculpture, this section is truly a sight to behold. notably on display are some of the grand works of the country’s finest – Cesar Legaspi, Arturo Luz, Ang Kiukok, Victorio Edades, and Jose Joya.
Our famous national artist likewise allocated a gallery showcasing his own masterpieces. The most celebrated of which is the “Series of Sabel,” a collection of paintings which show how BenCab had varied his rendering of his muse Sabel. Sabel is a scavenger or “taong-grasa this national artist met in Tondo.
After feasting one’s eye on the abundant art pieces, Café Sabel at the ground level promises to fill one’s hungry stomach. The beauty and uniqueness however of each art pieces have already stuffed my brain of wonderful thoughts that eating is not an option. The café has a nice design but some paintings on the wall looked too remote.
From the museum’s balcony, I was delighted to see the beautiful rice terraces-inspired garden. The mountain slopes are just as breathtaking as well as the small nipa hut at the center of a small pond. Walking through it intensified my excitement all the more. Though it was only four in the afternoon, fog covers the place. But the stubborn fog did not stop me from following the trail down the garden where various vegetables, strawberries, coffee, and sweet potatoes are planted. An aviary housing peacocks and an assortment of birds, and an animal farm with ducks, turkeys, and other local livestock further thrill me.
The BenCab museum is open Tuesdays to Sundays from nine am to six in the afternoon. Admission fee is one hundred pesos only. Students and senior citizens with valid identification card, however, may enjoy a twenty percent discount.
April 12, 2011
* This trip was years ago. Again, putting the proper label to each post for my boys’ reference should they decide to explore the Philippines, Baguio in particular.
House cleaning goes faster and a lot funnier with the entire family helping one another. So last Sunday, with the weather so uncooperative, the head of the household instructed his kids to help the mother with the cleaning. And he led by example.
A few house cleaning tips to get everyone involved in the task safely, efficiently and again, fun:
SHOW THEM HOW.
As we demand to know what is expected of us in a workplace, same is true with our children. If we want our children to make his bed, for instance, then we need to teach them step-by-step. Cleaning the bed may be alien to the kids. And as parents, we should not blame our children for not listening or following our orders. Had it occurred to you that maybe, the child does not know how to clean? Apparently, no one had ever taught him how to clean his room thus he doesn’t know where to begin.
Now that my boys are ten and eight years old, I told them to clean the bathroom every after bath. I showed to them how I scrub the tiles and sink and how to sweep the floor. I did not make use of any cleaning material other than scrub and water. I later explained to them that as I clean the bathroom, I use toilet cleaner and scrub. But for them, they only need to scrub the tiles so the floor and tiles would not be too slippery. After that, much to my delight,the boys indeed “splash water and scrub the tiles” after using the bathroom.
So parents need to realize that children have to be taught how to clean because they aren’t born knowing how to do it.
GIVE SPECIFIC INSTRUCTION.
The kids would easily relay to the task if they know what to do. So give them specific instruction. To keep from overwhelming little kiddos, we parents can give out one or two directions at a time. We should let the child finish the first task before asking him to do another. Example would be, “Bunso, use the brush to scrub the dirt off the block. Good! You may then put the soapy block on the bin.”
ASSIGN OR GIVE POST.
Sometimes, telling them to “scrub the floor” sounds too harsh. We may have a lot more luck and be obeyed by naming the task cute words like “you will be THE MR.SCRUBBER for the week.” Husband asked our firstborn to scrub the floor last Sunday. The task sounded too tedious. Instead, we may soften it by coining fun post names. The kids would then feel somehow elated being assigned a different post other than being a student at school or being the firstborn. It will all the more thrill them if we give responsibilities or key result areas (KRAs) for that specific post alone. For instance, the SCRUBBER’s area is the floor. His main job description is to make the floor sparkling clean.
TEACH BY EXAMPLES.
We cannot teach cleanliness to toddlers if they see for themselves that we do not clean as well. Also, we need to remember that children mimic us — their parents. If our things are disorganized and messy, we cannot expect them to keep the house or their own stuff in order. We will only confuse them if we insist that they make their room in order if they see that our bed is messy. We should teach by example.
We need to remember that they are children and they may not get the task done on the first try. Allow them to perfect a chore, before assigning a new one. We need to monitor them but allow them to complete the task by themselves. After each meal, it is second son’s duty to clean the dining table. His first few tries were unsuccessful leaving me to repeat them. But after some time, he was able to perfect the task.
REWARD THEM AFTERWARDS.
We parents should likewise use encouraging words to make the task light for our little kids. A simple pat on the back or “good” , “very good” would do. It won’t hurt as well if we cook something to relax them after a tiring task. my treat to the boys –
Sharing household duties is fun. And it would be a lot more fun if we involve everyone even our six-year-old kid. Exempting one of our children might cause jealousy or bitterness. There are always tasks suitable for their age.
Cleaning as well does not spell ALL SERIOUSNESS. Especially with kids helping us, we need to be a little creative, light, and gentle.
And lastly, it is so easy to let the kids be involved in any household task if we as parents are cooperative as well. We teach them, PATIENTLY. We train them LOVINGLY. and we LEAD BY EXAMPLE.
* I am decluttering my blog and getting rid of unnecessary and unrelated posts. I chance upon this and this brings back memories. We do not have much before. We only have a few appliances and our dining table has just enough food for the day. But how patient I was back then. And how giddy the boys were. Perhaps because I was more loving before. This post reminds me to be PATIENT and LOVING. Thank you, Lord, for letting me read this again and be reminded.
bunso: mama, is there such a word as Krusty crew?
mama: none, baby.
bunso: there is! It’s in Spongebob Squarepants. Squidward is a Krusty crew. He works at Mr. Krabs’ Krusty Krab and he is called a Krusty crew.
mama: (ok, you got me there!)
*Spongebob is the kids’ first ever favorite television show. They had a number of DVDs they never tire of watching almost every day.
I found this writing upon my cleaning yesterday. Funny, my Big Bunso is only two years old then.
Watching Spongebob Squarepants one Sunday morning was an adventure –
It amazes me to look at my two-year-old son who attentively watches the film he’d already seen many times. He is completely in awe still, oblivious of the many noises and actions around him.
It’s a delight to learn as well that Spongebob Squarepants, just like other Nickelodeon pictures, depicts lessons for both young and old.
I almost fail to remember my usual Sunday morning market duty. I, too, watch in awe.
Spongebob Squarepants is often found to be annoying by his rude neighbor Squidward and even by some mothers. I had the chance to see a few episodes and I must say that there are learnings despite the nonsensical adventures of the lead character.
Sea Spongebob who lives in a pineapple under the sea is the most optimistic character I have even seen.
As a fry cook at Mr. Krabs’ fast food restaurant, he displays a strong passion for his job and is indeed very excited to report for work. He is often saddened whenever he cannot be at Mr. Krabs’ kitchen. He extremely enjoys frying Krabby patty and takes good care of his spatula. He never affects himself of Squidward’s poor performance at the Krusty Krab.
Displaying the same optimism that of Spongebob, I, however, used to hop from one job to another during my early career in Marketing. Complaining about rotten bosses, lack of training, meager compensation, and so on were stories told — before.
Spongebob and his best friend Patrick’s jellyfishing is portrayed as a cheap, fun, and always in-season hobby . One only needs a jellyfish net and a jar. Spongebob recommends eyeglasses for safety. Funny as he always is, he uses goggles though in one episode.
Should I hone my limited skills in writing, which requires a pen and paper only, I may not have wasted thousands of peso buying DMC threads and aida clothes NOW all neatly arranged inside an equally expensive cabinet waiting for its owner to dust them off every so often. Point is, my enthusiasm and energy level returned to down normal that I cannot find enough inspiration to kick-start my cross stitching.
Instead of taking the most logical approach to everyday challenges, Spongebob deals life in an unconventional way. Too wayward that most bikini bottom sea creatures especially Squidward finds him annoying.
In the Idiot Box episode, for instance, Spongebob bought a brand new TV, trashed the big television set, and kept the giant box just so he and Patrick could play inside the box. “Who needs a television when one has his (makes a rainbow with his hands) IMAGINATION,” Spongebob claims. With I- Mag-In-A-Tion (lifting his arms above his head then a sparkly rainbow appearing), one can be anything he wants to be.
I am Squidward who thinks Spongebob and Patrick have become more stupid. I prefer the giant television set than be inside the box and use my imagination. Though I am dying to know how my grilled chicken would taste if I have the farm fresh mushroom or Mornay cheese, I still prefer my tried and tested old teriyaki sauce.
Spongebob is kind to Squidward. There may have been more than a dozen episodes when Squidward says NO to Spongebob’s constant insisting, but Spongebob still keeps asking. Despite Squidward’s rudeness, Spongebob never tires to be nice to Squidward and even tags him as a best friend.
I do not have that character. I resent those who resent me and think ill about them sometimes. I sometimes rejoice knowing that my archrival is in pain or in trouble. I think of her as generally very evil who uses every given chance to steal my happiness. I consider her my Sheldon Plankton.
November 10, 2010
* It’s just great to backread and reflect on these writings. That was me six years ago and now, I may say I have learned my lessons and now enjoy babysitting my seven-month-old boy. I stopped looking for jobs as I have accepted to be a mother to my boys and blog / write when I have the time. I may say I have learned to just pause and smile rather than be aggressive and confrontational. I have learned what patience can do and be nice than smirk and make someone’s day miserable.
- Five Best Spongebob Episodes (telewatcher.com)
Asia Digital Marketing Expo 2016 #AdMe2016 is all set on May 27, 2016, at the SMX Convention Center in Taguig. Liane Dehaye, Facebook manager for small and medium business in Southeast Asia joins.
Dehaye is with Facebook for three years now and is currently leading the Account Management program within Asia-Pacific. She has been working in the online advertising industry for almost 10 years and has in-depth knowledge on search marketing, brand solutions, and web analytics.
On the #AdMe2016, Dehaye will dwell on the topic “Facebook for Business: Beyond Likes, Comments & Shares.” She will detail how Facebook’s marketing solutions can help Filipino businesses stay connected with customers and drive real business results.
Founded in 2004, Facebook’s mission is to give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected. Since then, people use Facebook to stay connected with friends and family, to discover the latest happening in everybody’s life and in the world, and to share and express what matters to them.
Aside from Dehaye, other speakers are experts and leaders in their industries and engaged in momentous pursuits of significance to the ASEAN region. Attendees are senior leaders, high-ranking government officials and journalists covering the event.
Reserve your slot now. Limited seats are available as of today. At Php 4,000.00 registration fee inclusive of elegant lunch and snacks, you will get to know the secrets of Facebook’s marketing solutions and more. Deposit your fee to TAG Media and Public Relations, BPI Account # 1680 0010 29. For inquiries and registration E: www.asiadigitalmarketing.ph M: 09166299381
The #AdMe2016 is presented by TAG Media and Public Relations to promote the ASEAN region as a premier business destination. The conference serves as a hub for networking and spreading of ideas that help top management overseeing enterprises across the Asia Pacific region.
I stepped inside the theater ready to relax and give the biggest laugh I could. It was Friday and was about to watch one of the finest comedy musicals by Repertory Philippines, Stepping Out The Musical. Though I know my chuckles were louder than all the others, I gave a few whimper, too. The personal stories of each character told through their lines and the lyrics of the songs they sang were all so true-to-life. Each character’s heart-rending tale had me in tears.
The theater curtains opened inside the dull tap dance studio of Mavis, the eternally patient instructor, joined by the cranky old pianist Mrs. Fraser and eight novice students of different backgrounds. Each scene was focused on one to two characters and the audience were led to learn about the characters’ lives and eventually feel the joy and heartache that each brought to the class.
Each character as well had his own reasons for joining the class and making a point to come every Thursday to learn a couple of dance steps, chat with dance classmates, perhaps forget something or in the case of Andy, learn about rhythm and coordination.
The steps and routines turned out to be just the background as the real focus of the play was into the relationships and interactions of the ten very different characters.
I just love how this play written by Richard Harris was adapted to our generation. I also commend Rose Borromeo for her clever choreography. And applauses, please, for the brilliant director Jaime del Mundo. The three were able to pull off a tough trick of fitting in an assortment of actors to dance and sing at the same time.
As striking as the actors’ movement on stage were their powerful voices. Their hearty signing communicated their mood, personality, and even ideas.
A favorite was the “Never Feel The Same Again” scene of Andy and Geoffrey (Raymund Concepcion). Their performance dazzled me as their facial expressions, gestures, and voices confirmed that they were suffering and grieving. Up on stage, they were feeling alone and sobbing their hearts out. Simply brilliant.
Featured actors in this lively musical comedy are veteran Repertory performers, many of whom have won theatrical awards, like Bituin Escalante, Joy Virata, Sheila Francisco, and Natalie Everett. Playing the roles of the other students are Christine Flores, EJ Villacorta, Raymund Concepcion, Cara Barredo, David Shawn Delgado, Sarah Facuri and Angela Padilla, the instructor.
Though the title of the play was a giveaway, still the ending was worth seeing. The eight distinct individuals with just as distinct motivations were able to step out of their comfort zones, grew into confident performers, and formed a strong bond of friendship. And their newfound self-confidence would be their guide to hopefully change their lives forever.
Aside from the outstanding stage actors, I was impressed with the brilliance of musical director Ejay Yatco. Repertory Philippines President and CEO Mindy Barredo Perez-Rubio’s statement about the genius musician was not an understatement — watching Ejay Yatco play is a performance in itself. He magically fused the dancing and singing into one musical play.
STEPPING OUT THE MUSICAL plays at the Onstage Theater in Greenbelt 1 on Paseo de Roxas from April 1 to 24 on Fridays at 8:00 pm, Saturdays at 3:30 pm and 8:00 pm, and Sundays at 3:30 pm. Tickets are available at TicketWorld (891-9999) or at the Repertory office (843-3570) For more information visit www.repertoryphiippines.ph.
If there’s one thing I truly appreciate about my more than two hours stay inside the theater, it was that nothing is more exciting and thrilling than live performance. And I plan to make theater watching a social habit. And should you prefer, too, don’t forget to bring a friend.
Cervical cancer is still one of the top killers of women in the Philippines. And greater awareness is needed to curb this preventable disease.
Cervical cancer is one of the most curable types of cancer. Despite this though, it still ranks as one of the leading causes of death among Filipino women today. According to the Department of Health (DOH), while the number of cases of cervical cancer is decreasing in developed countries like the United States, it is on the rise in the Philippines.
Cervical cancer is commonly caused by the Human Papillomavirus. The HPV 16 and 18 viruses are commonly associated with the prevalence of cervical cancer among Filipino women. Risky sexual practices, sexual intercourse at young ages, use of injectable contraceptives, and even smoking are identified as the reasons for the development of this disease.
Though cervical cancer can be fatal if not caught in its early stages, it is very treatable and can easily be detected through a Pap Smear test. A Pap Smear Test or Pap Test is a simple procedure that tests the presence of abnormal cells in the cervix, lower part of the uterus which, according to doctors, is actually a very big help in bringing down cervical cancer cases.
“It is alarming that despite the availability of this the Pap Smear Test, many women are still not getting it as regularly as they should,” said Carmie De Leon, vice president for sales and marketing of Healthway Medical.
In observance of Women’s Month, Healthway Medical, the country’s most trusted and leading mall-based clinic, is one with the government in enjoining women to combat cervical cancer by making the public aware of the need to undergo Pap Smear Test.
“As our mission of making men and women aware of the importance of making healthy living part of every day lifestyle, we encourage women to take the Pap Smear Test every year or every 2 years. Healthway Medical offers this test in all our clinics in Metro Manila.” De Leon added.
She also adds that women should not be embarrassed to undergo the test insisting that the Pap Smear Test is relatively simple and poses no great discomfort.
Doctors advise that women 22 years old and above should undergo pap smear every year or once every three years, particularly when results are negative for three consecutive years. This ensures that the cancer is detected early while it is still treatable.
In another study done by the ICO Information Center on HPV and Cancer, 30.3M women in the Philippines ages 15 and above are at risk of developing cervical cancer. It is the 2nd most frequent cancer among women in the Philippines and is the 2nd most frequent cancer among women between the ages of 15 and 44 years of age.
De Leon added, “It is also important to get vaccinated against the Human Papillomavirus while early even if you are not at-risk.”
For more details, please contact (02) 751-4929 or visit www.healthway.com.ph. Healthway Medical clinics are located at the Alabang Town Center, Edsa Shangri-la, Market! Market!, Festival Mall, Healthway Manila, SM The Block and Greenbelt 5.
“You can create your own lovely treasures.”
Said Ms. Melody Manalaysay and I just nodded matter of factly. Call it low self-esteem but looking at her wonderful crafting creations, I cannot imagine how a housewife like me can create something beautiful like hers in just one session. I may want to believe I still can if it’s a series of art workshop.
Somehow, though, looking at our work, I may say we made pretty decent flowers and key chains for starters.
My 10-year old boy and I attended a three-hour clay play activity last Friday at The Crafters Marketplace. The charming studio is located inside the Rustan’s Grocery at Shangrila-la Mall in Mandaluyong. Surely no one will miss the place because of the beautiful black and white doodling on the wall.
Through the patient guiding hands of Ms. Melody Manalaysay, this mother together with her fellow mom bloggers and their children was able to learn how to handcraft some unique accessories. All of these were made from polymer clay.
Looking at the sample works, one may say that these are a true labor of an outstanding artist. Aside from patience, anyone who wants to make clay art as a hobby would be needing some creativity and skills. He should also possess high attention to details and focus on finishing his goal. And that day, I guess all mommy attendees plus their little chikitings (children) as help, were able to create their own masterpieces because they were all eyes and ears to the well-accomplished teacher.
But more than listening attentively to the instructor, it was the participants’ attitude to explore new things and try something different that helped them create such beautiful polymer clay accessories.
Ms. Melody taught us through a live demonstration. She was so generous to share with us her talent and even her own things. She not only imparted tried and tested technique but also discoveries like what kind of clay to buy and not. Our seasoned trainer, by the way, is one of the leading clay artists in the country and is the artist behind the shop Crafting Time which she co-managed with her mom Lomie.
The first clay art Ms. Melody taught us was how to create a polymer clay flower. For the materials, we were provided with the following:
Six easy steps to follow:
1. Slice the clay into thin strips. Why? To easily flatten the clay.
2. Flatten the clay using a rolling pin until tender. Or one may opt to use a pasta machine for an easier and quicker way.
3. Once soft and elastic, form a log. Then divide it into several pieces (pieces should be about the same size). Each piece will become the petal of the flower. Don’t forget to cut a larger piece then flatten it. This will be the base of the petals.
4. Flatten the small cut pieces one by one. Hold the petal and using a toothpick, gently fold the other side forming a semi rosebud. The edges should not overlap. Option: one may etch lines into the petals using a knitting thread.
5. Lay the petals one by one until the whole base is covered with them. One may opt to put another set of petals above the first layer then put a small rounded clay on the middle (preferably of a different color).
6. Put finished product on a tray then bake for about 15-20 minutes. And tada!
Ms. Melody also shared with us some mini receptacles containing shiny-shimmering powder she called as mica powder which when patted softly on our hand-crafted accessories will add glitter or color on them.
We certainly had fun. And I may say we all did feel good about ourselves because we were able to do something we are not familiar in the first place. I, for one, realized that every individual has his own magic in his hands. He should not be afraid to explore. We have seen our first creations and all of us were convinced that we could do better than the previous ones. So on our next attempt to create key chains, we explored. Indeed experience is the best teacher.
While waiting for our finished products, we were led to The Crafters Marketplace stall and I tell you– everything in there are so adorable. I would want to buy them all! Seriously. Everything is so gorgeous from the earrings to the necklaces. All the bracelets are so lovely to look at and no one would instantly think that they are made of clay. There are also small jewelry boxes and even business card holders. I must say each is one-of-a-kind. No two items flaunt the same design. And looking deeper in each masterpiece, very evident was the passion put into it. Each, in fact, got its own personality and story to tell.
We enjoyed the short class and I am even thinking of enrolling myself and my boys in some of The Crafters Marketplace’s summer art workshops. Their studio in itself is a breath of fresh air — truly pleasantly different. The owners Ms. Sunshine Asuncion-See and Ms. Alma Borruel-Ramirez are very accommodating and approachable. I came babywearing my seven-month-old boy and Ms. Alma was more than willing to babysit my little man!
So if you and your kids are still looking for something to do this summer but do not prefer to get you sweating, enroll at The Crafters Marketplace’s workshops or Kiddie Art Camp. Their classes are going to be real fun. For the Clay Art activity, for instance, be prepared to roll up your sleeves and to do some kneading. There might be times you will feel it’s kinda tough, but definitely, it would be all fun!
Interested? Call The Crafters Marketplace now!
When we left the studio, my son happily told me, “I cannot believe I made something like that out of clay!” And I smiled at him. I was thinking the same.