November 29, 2011

ETON International School - Quezon City Campus

Last November 26, 2011 a new Eton Campus in Heroes Hills, Q.C. was launched with no other than Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista and Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte cutting the ribbon. The place used to be JUSMAG ( Joint United States Military Advisory Group) headquarters, a venue to reorganize Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and train its officers and personnel under the RP-US Military Bases Agreement, is now a campus of international students for primary education.

Eton recognizes contemporary heroes, who are considered shakers and movers of Quezon City. Former Vice President Noli De Castro, Mayor Herbert "Bistek" Bautista, and Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte are recognized for their achievements in public service and local governance-luminaries who exemplify the highest virtues of service and serve as a great inspiration to the youth.

Ms. Korina Sanchez also graced the event, as she was honored for her exemplary contribution in the field of public service.

Realizing the importance of community building, Eton gives special citation to 15 community leaders who have made significant contribution to Quezon City. In light of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and community building, Eton also awards 10 boats to its adopted organization, Philippine Funds for Little Kids, through Jay Jaboneta, the group advocate, fire, and chief storyteller.

Eton International School President Dr. Jacqueline Maezan- Tolentino shares "it is not an accident that we found our new home in Heroes Hills Subdivision , with streets named after World War 11 heroes and community of distinguished residents, including Sen Jovito Salonga, QC Rep Bingbong Crisologo, the late TV host Joe Quirino, journalist Armando Malay Partylist Rep Satur Ocampo and his wife Bobbie Malay, economist Winnie Monsod, contractor F. F. Cruz and paiter Jose Joya." "Given the rich history of this place, I am confident that this will be the school of future leaders and heroes" Tolentino added.

Branded as the "School of the future," Eton provides a school where learning is more continuous, more relevant, and more adaptive.Classrooms are outfitted with the latest in interactive technology but school climate is homey - with diverse community members building congenial relationships on a green and spacious school grounds. The school is complete with 20 learning style facilities and 10 Multiple Intelligences (MI) outdoor adventure zone. Eton uses an international curriculum called Universal Design in learning that allows children to have equal access and opportunities to learn and thrive in the 21st century.

Eton International School - QC address is No. 3 Vinzon St., Cor J. Abad Santos, Heroes Hills Subdivision, Quezon City For details regarding admissions, Please call Jessie Rose Perez at telephone numbers 409-7832 and 409 7822 or mobile number 0915.626.4321. you may also email

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November 27, 2011

BUM + Cosplay = One of a Kind Fashion Show

Local clothing brand BUM brought the Cosplay trend to the fore with a one-of-a-kind fashion show last Friday, November 25 at the SM Mall of Asia.

Costume play or “cosplay”, which is the act of dressing up as a fictional character inspired from an anime TV series, or a character they idolized, has found its way into the youth’s wardrobe. Cosplay is no longer a style but it has become a “trend” that is normally seen and worn on the streets.
Interestingly, the fashion show showcased BUM’s new collection for the Holidays. Attendees won fabulous prizes courtesy of Netopia Internet Café and Ideal Vision. BUM products are available at BUM Boutiques and leading Department Stores nationwide. and like BUM's page .

I enjoyed watching the cosplayers strut their way on the ramp.

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November 26, 2011

Inside A Chef's Life - A Cookbook

Anvil Publishing in cooperation with Lee Kum Kee released the first cookbook of the superstar chef, Asian Food Channel show host and restaurant owner of Chef's Table, Lutong Hinirang and HYPHY'S - Chef Bruce Lim, entitled INSIDE A CHEF'S LIFE. The book is a collection of more than 50 recipes showcasing Chef Bruce's culinary expertise. The cookbook virtually takes the reader inside a culinary professionals' kitchen as Chef Bruce shares tips and techniques that they practice in his restaurants.

Before the media presentation of INSIDE A CHEF'S LIFE, Chef Bruce demonstrated 2 recipes that are included in the book.

Veteran gourmet chef, restaurateur, television host and cookbook author - Chef Nora Daza, along with his son Sandy Daza graced the media launch of this book.

Catch Chef Bruce on December 10, 2pm at National Bookstore in Robinson's Galleria as he sign copies of his first ever cookbook. All buyers of the book on this day will get dining certificates from Chef Bruce's new restaurant LUTONG HINIRANG located in the same mall.

November 23, 2011

Marites Allen Feng Shui Updates: Year of the Water Dragon

Feng shui expert Marites Allen walked us through last November 22 at the Manila Hotel as she presented a bit of what to expect in 2012 for the Year of the Water Dragon.

An auspicious menu was served at Mabuhay Palace, headed by Chef Josephine Yu-Candelaria.

I was fortunate to have the chance to ask Ms. Allen about my many unfortunate events for this year. She immediately said that I should avoid wearing black as it encourages yin (the dark and unhappy side of life). Since black is one of my most favorite color, Ms. Allen suggests that I should at least wear shoes or other accessories in red to counter the bad vibes. She added that it is best for me to wear colors in red, orange and pink.

To know more about what to expect for the Year of the Water Dragon, join Ms. Marites Allen on December 17, 2011 at the Shangri-La Cinema 4. To reserve a seat, call 0920-9509390.

Chinese New Year 2012 at Manila Hotel

In keeping with tradition, Manila Hotel is welcoming the year of the water dragon with a grand festivity for luck and prosperity. Dragon dances, fireworks, and a special consultation by international Feng Shui expert Marites Allen will mark the Chinese New Year Celebration at the Manila Hotel.

(Mabuhay Palace)

On January 22-23, 2012, the Manila Hotel Tent City is opening its doors for a Grand Chinese New Year Bazaar featuring different stores selling lucky charms, house decorations, delectable Chinese delicacies, and other great buys for the start of the year. The countdown to Chinese New Year will begin at 9:30 in the evening on January 22 with the dotting of the Dragon Eye. Marites Allen will conduct incense lighting, blessings, and rituals to usher in the Year of the Water Dragon. As the clock strikes 12, Allen will give out her Predictions and Forecasts for 2012 as she shares her expertise in Geomancy and Feng Shui. A horoscope book and lucky charm from Allen will also be given to guests who will participate in the Chinese New Year Celebration at the Manila Hotel.

(Maritess Allen)

As the sky lights up with a colorful firework display, guests will delight at the auspicious meal prepared by Manila Hotel Executive Chinese Chef Sun Bing. An important part of the celebration, the dishes will symbolize luck, longevity, and wealth for the coming year. For the Chinese New Year, Mabuhay Palace is offering a wide array of sumptuous meals including Steamed Garoupa Fillet in Brown Sauce, Dried Fried Shrimp Glazed with Almonds, and the traditional Nian Gao. Fish, which is usually served whole, is an important part of the meal as it symbolizes abundance for the year ahead. The Deep Fried Shrimps, on the other hand, signifies happiness and well-being for the entire family. A permanent dish on the dining table, the Nian Gao or Tikoy symbolizes the togetherness of the family and its usual circular shape represents the never ending flow of luck.

(Chef Sun Bing)

Regular tickets for the Chinese New Year at the Manila Hotel are priced at PhP 2,188.00 and Premium tickets are priced at PhP 3,188.00. Those who will purchase their tickets before November 30, 2011 will get a special discounted rate.

For ticket inquiries and reservations, please call 527 0011 local 1108 or 1243.

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A Worthwhile Life

I'm sick again for days now. The good doctor advised to have my sugar tested to rule out diabetes. My grandmother - father's side, was a diabetic. My father is a diabetic. My mother passed away due to renal failure, probably because she was a diabetic, too. I'm beginning to feel a bit down, but then I read this at my cousin's (Ate Millet) wall:

"What makes a life worthwhile is not how long it lasts, but how much joy, fulfilment, love and inspiration it contains".

I hope you won't find my post today as morbid, anyway, we're all going there. Some leave earth earlier than the others. I just hope that when my time is up I have given much joy, love and inspiration, if not to many at least to those who have been a part of my existence.

November 18, 2011

ETON International School - A School Without Borders

How often do you find yourself getting frustrated in teaching your child? Do you feel that your child's learning pace is a bit slow compared to other children? Worst, do you sometimes compare or force your child to adapt to your learning style when you where a student back in the 70's, 80's, or 90's? Some may feel that this kind of parent is bad, but there's actually no harm in wanting your child to do best in school, but the question is: are you doing it the right way? I, myself personally feel guilty of being hard on my children when it comes to studying.

I was fortunate to be invited and learn about a school without borders. ETON International School is an unconventional school that adapts the latest learning styles and technological advances for best approaches in nurturing children by incorporating important elements such as, critical thinking and problem solving, collaboration across networks and leading influence, agility and adaptability, initiative and entrepreneurism, effective oral and written communication, accessing and analyzing information, and curiosity and imagination. This multifaceted curriculum includes lessons and activities based on the Dunn and Dunn Learning Styles to help every person to discover and reach his or her highest potential.

ETON believes that children are the crown jewels of the school so they respect and accept every child's need to learn the best and easiest way by first finding out about his or her learning strengths and preferences and the abilities to focus and learn. There are two general processing styles: the analytical and the global. Global learners, for example, absorb new knowledge faster in an environment with soft lighting and non-traditional seating. Analytic learners, on the other hand, learns best in an environment with bright light and traditional seating positions. This is why in all of their classrooms ETON provides both a couch and the chair and table setting.

ETON's curriculum also uses the Learning Styles to provide guides for effective teaching strategies, through assessment of the students' preferred modalities of perception: visual, auditory, tactile and kinesthetic. At ETON, students discover their own learning styles by taking a Learning Styles Assessment Test - results are known in a few minutes. In turn, teachers adapt the needs and learning preferences of their students based on the test. ETON also put emphasis on the great value the parents play in their children's education. ETON encourages parents to take the definitive assessment test, too, so they can also understand the similarities and differences of learning styles between themselves and their children, thus creating a more harmonious and faster way of teaching and learning.

ETON's school facilities is very conducive to learning: Classrooms are air conditioned, installed with security camera and LCD projectors, computers. They also have Music Room, Interfaith Room, Science Laboratory, Basketball Court, Swimming Pool, Canteen and Preschool Outdoor Play Area.

(Photo source: Eton website)

ETON accepts both the local and foreign communities in Manila. The school is located at 1839 Dr. Vasquez Street, Malate, Manila, with Telephone numbers: (632) 522-1003 or 526-2994 to 95.
ETON's bigger campus is located at Quezon Avenue 3, Vinzon St., cor J. Abad Santos,
Heroes Hill, Quezon City