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September 15, 2018

Daring to build the Whole Classroom for the Whole Child

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In the year 20 BCE, a Roman poet named Horace invoked these two words: sapere aude. By loose translation, this means "dare to know" or "dare to be wise". As time passed, the quote came to be associated with other thinkers such as Immanuel Kant, who used the phrase to describe the historical period of great advances in scientific knowledge and culture called the Age of Enlightenment.
Daring to build the Whole Classroom for the Whole Child

Widely used as a guiding principle by educational institutions worldwide, perhaps it is time to rethink sapere aude and reclaim what “daring to know” or “daring to be wise” means in our present time: the digital age, wherein knowledge, information, and dynamic learning experiences are facilitated and accelerated by the rapid advancements of technology.

Platforms for critical and creative thinking

With the effects of the 4th Industrial Revolution radically changing how we live today, the way education shapes the future has become more challenging and critical. To sustain a healthy, safe, supportive, engaging, and challenging environments for learners, it is necessary to understand and leverage today's emerging technologies which could help connect us all through communicative and collaborative platforms that foster critical thinking and creativity.

June 2, 2018

Must Have Children’s Classic Books

List of Children's Classic Books You must have in your bookshelves

Charlotte's Web by E.B. White; published 1952
James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl; published 1961
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett; published 1911
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Tom Sawyer & Huckleberry Finn, #2) by Mark Twain; published 1884 A Wrinkle in Time (A Wrinkle in Time Quintet, #1) by Madeleine L'Engle; published 1962
Stuart Little (Paperback) by E.B. White; published 1945
A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein; published 1981
A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett; published 1905Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak; published 1963

Tips When going to Book Fair Warehouse Sale

What to do in Book Fair Warehouse Sale

Tips when going to book fair warehouse sale and make you book hunting less hassle.

  1.  It's recommended to come early when books are in place/organized.
  2. Wear comfortable clothes, the usual warehouses are not built with air-conditioning system. In layman's term it is a place called "bodega" (stockroom).
  3. In case you have allergic rhinitis bring face mask, wipes and alcohol. The place will be crampy and dusty.
  4. Limit bringing children with you especially the little ones, it's not a play area or book store you can roam/story tell and goof around. The place will be filled with book hunters and bookworms digging books.
  5. Bring sturdy shopping bags for your purchases.
  6. List down a few book titles and authors you are looking for, although with tons of books like that decide which is books are age-appropriate for your child. You might be lucky to find hard to find books you've been wanting to have for so long.
  7. Search for classic books and included in the BFIAR list.


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May 31, 2018

Dyslexia Awareness and Intervention Summit 2018

Dispelling Myths: Your child is NOT bobo. A Dyslexia Awareness and Intervention Summit 2018

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Instant Reader presents Dyslexia Awareness and Intervention Summit 2018
No parent would ever want to see his child struggle in school much more in the area of reading—the very core foundation to learning every subject there is in school. This is far worse for the child. The fear of being labelled and teased as stupid, dumb and slow is something he has to face and live with every single day. It could even be aggravated by his teacher’s perception of his condition: lazy, not trying hard enough, unfocused, and absent-minded. The fear even becomes bigger when the school strongly implies that the child is simply a poor student.

There’s got to be a way out. What could be the real reasons behind his difficulty in reading? What can be done to help a child who struggles in reading?

Happening this June 9, 2018 at the National Institute of Science and Mathematics Education Development (NISMED), UP Diliman from 9am to 3pm, the Dispelling Myths: Your child is NOT bobo. A Dyslexia Awareness and Intervention Summit is designed to help parents, teachers, school administrator and counselors to understand the condition that is Dyslexia and the need for it to be identified as early as possible as it can hinder a person’s learning and has negative, long-term social consequences, not only for the individual but also for the society.

March 31, 2018

The Book Museum Cum Ethnology Center Opens the Museum Annex

What to see in The Book Museum Cum Ethnology Center and its Museum Annex

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Last March 2018, The Museum Annex open its doors to the public. A 2-storey museum located beside the Rex Publishing Showroom. Aside from the book museum and ethnology center, a new concept café James Dean Café launches as a resting place for museum goers.
The Book Museum Cum Ethnology Centre marikina city
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The Book Museum. A place to discover hard to find books and vast collection of books from different genres. From the entrance, a welcome mural depicts the local and international history of the publishing industry. The main door displays the three initial names of Atty. Dominador Buhain’s children were written in Baybayin. Noted painting depictions of Sto. Tomas holding the Doctrina Christiana Explicado whom he used to teach theology, the display pf printing press of Johannes Guttenberg and a representation of collection of shoes with the statue of Atty. Buhain’s parents. From the right side of the facade, there stood three totem poles which characterized a selected Philippine myths and legends.

January 18, 2018

Ang Alamat ni Daragang Mayon


Noong unang panahon, may isang babaeng nagngangalang Daragang Magayon. Maraming kalalakihan ang nanliligaw sa nasabing dalaga sapagkat siya ay maganda at may makinis na kutis. Ayon sa ama ni Magayon na si Rajah Makusog nasa tamang edad na ang dalaga upang magpakasal kung kaya't pinapayagan na niya ito kung sakaling magpasya ang dalaga na makipag-isang dibdib. Ngunit si Magayon ay wala pang napipili mula sa kanyang mga manliligaw. Magpapakasal lang daw siya sa taong kanyang iniirog.

January 17, 2018

The Legend of Mayon Volcano

The Legend of the Mayon Volcano

Panganoron & Magayon

Long ago in a place called Ibalon, there lived a beautiful maiden. Her name was Daragang Magayon (the lovely one). She was the daughter of Makusog (the strong one), chief of the tribe.

One day, Daragang Magayon strolled near the river. While crossing the river, she stumbled on a rock and fell quickly in the water. She was swiftly swept down stream by the current.

“Help! Help me!” she cried. Fortunately, her cries were heard by Pangaronon (the proud one) and his bodyguard Amihan (the cold one). Pangaronon jumped into the river and saved Daragang Magayon.

“Thank you for risking your life to save me”, she cried. “How can I repay you? My father is the chief of our tribe. Surely, he will reward your heroism whatever it may take.”

September 2, 2017

Sari-saring Kwento ni Pepe - Sa Panulat at Direksyon ni Michael Pangcoy

Sari-saring Kwento ni Pepe - Sa Panulat at Direksyon ni Michael Pangcoy
Retold by Drei Villena for Storytelling Philippines

Ang dula-dulaang “Sari-saring Kwento ni Pepe” ay aking napanood noong Agosto 12, 2017
Cinema 4 Ever Gotesco Commonwealth, Quezon City sa tulong ng DepEd and Philippine Mobile Music and Theater Productions Co. Ito ay bahagi ng programa ng DepEd para sa mga Pilipinong mag-aaral. Bahagi din ito ng selebrasyon ng Buwan ng Wika.

Ito ay aking ikukuwento batay saking napanood.

Ang dula-dulaang Sari-saring Kwento ni Pepe ay naganap sa kagubatan ng bundok ng Makiling.
Sari-saring Kwento ni Pepe - Sa Panulat at Direksyon ni Michael Pangcoy

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