April 23, 2017

Progressive Education at Montessori de San Juan

Although I am a successful product of  traditional education, where students were required to sit long hours and endure learning systems that emphasize strict standardization, I believe that in today's fast-paced, lateral-thinking, and creative-driven world more students are losing interest in the use of just pen and paper.

Whether parents accept it or not, children of today lose their  interest in studying because of rote memorization and repetitive instruction. Young ones are now more interested in learning why and how things are done rather than filling their  minds with a storage-full of information, including complex equations, formulas, important historical dates, and scientific facts. By doing so, their creative thinking can become inhibited affecting their curiosity to learn and spark of ideas to dwindle.

This is a significant point, especially in today’s world. Although traditional methods of education have produced some of history’s most brilliant minds, it appears that the past two decades have seen a radical shift in terms of equipping students with effective skills for real-world success. Whether in a literary or purely biological sense, human beings are born to discover and as we all know, life is rarely ever regimented.

Due to numerous success stories regarding progressively educated children, Progressive Education is now gaining popularity, such is the case of Montessori de San Juan. 

I live quite near in Montessori de San Juan and know a lot of parents who have kids enrolles in this school. Despite being branded as an elite school, school remains grounded in its mission to cultivate students who love learning so much, and learn so well, that they will be able to learn whatever needs to be learned in the future. From all indications, it is fulfilling this mission remarkably well.

Sandy Arellano of the Montessori de San Juan School is a passionate educator and an advocate of this progressive type of learning. “I believe what is happening now is that schools and parents are too fixated on the effect, which is good academic performance,” she explained. “I can tell you through years of experience, however, that doing well in school is the natural result of a happy, motivated, and well-adjusted student. So why not focus diligently on the cause, rather than the effect?” Arellano further emphasized.

Arellano admits that part of Montessori de San Juan’s core objectives is to address the drawbacks of traditional schooling that often result in lethargic, poor-performing children. This includes over-scheduled students, too much note-taking and not enough attention to the actual lessons, over-cramming information in a short period of time, an unreasonable amount of homework (which often goes unsupervised during the actual process of completion), and a one-size-fits all mentality for learners. “Are our students less busy or less equipped? Quite the opposite. Our children have such a love for learning, and a genuine excitement to go to school and practice what they are taught, that they consistently end up scoring higher than their peers in standardized tests,” she pointed out. 

Moreover, Arellano believes that schools should likewise make a determined effort to to provide students with an environment that makes them feel empowered rather than constrained. “Each student is an individual, and different from all others. Children have their own special way of learning and understanding things. Attempting to fit all of them into a rigid and standardized structure may not maximize their full potential,” she noted.

Accordingly, a small class size is paramount to knowing the needs of each and every student. In Montessori de San Juan, there are around 150 students from grades 1 to 12, with approximately 12-15 students per class. With a class size like that, it is easy to gauge whether a students is a visual, tactile or auditory learner, and from there, this is how teachers assess their approach to the students. “Another issue nowadays is how too much time is spent presenting the material, leaving very little time for practice – thus leading to piles of homework. In our school, everything is worksheets, modules, and hands-on activities related to the subject matter,” Arellano added. Also, in the classroom setting, students are grouped in wider age spans, namely 3-6, 7-9, and 10-12. This helps them form relationships and bonds with kids of different ages. 

As the students get older, the teaching method becomes semi-progressive, semi-traditional setup, adding textbooks into the mix. With age comes a bit of homework, which is kept at a minimum since teachers assess their students through their performance in the classroom. “Our classroom activities involve 90 percent application and only 10 percent discussion, so a lot of the kids are able to see the practicality and the use of the subject matter they are learning. We try to show them the direct applications to what they are learning,” Arellano concluded.

Due to numerous success stories regarding progressively educated children, Montessori de San Juan is gaining quite a reputation as an elite school. Despite this, however, the school remains grounded in its mission to cultivate students who love learning so much, and learn so well, that they will be able to learn whatever needs to be learned in the future. From all indications, it is fulfilling this mission remarkably well.

To learn more about Montessori de San Juan, contact 725-6306 or 239-1102, or visit montessoridesanjuan.com.ph

April 22, 2017

Healthy Family Lunch at DS Cafe

Teaching children to eat healthy is every parent's duty. It will not be as effective if you just allow the young ones to eat regularly at fast food chain. It is imperative that mom and dad to be good role models to encourage healthy eating for the whole family.

Take it from us, #Mendiolables, as we had healthy family lunch at DS Cafe.

 DS Cafe
Diana Stalder, 5f Megamall
984 8188


Yesterday at Elements at Eton Centris, Quezon City, Manila Water launched “HEALTHY FAMILY MINI BOTTLE” purified water, which aims to address the drinking water needs of households.

Leveraging on the expertise and operational excellence of Ayala-led Manila Water, Manila Water Total Solutions’ latest product offering is  is a 5-gallon bottled water especially formulated and customized to the drinking needs of the whole family.  Unlike your neighborhood water stations, Healthy Family utilizes a fully-automated ‘closed-loop’ production system eliminating human intervention to prevent contamination.  The shelf life of each bottle is up to six months.  Full-time microbiologists analyze samples daily in an in-house laboratory compliant with international standards further ensuring that the water is of superior quality. It is guaranteed by both the Department of Health and the Food and Drug Administration.

Healthy Family is not just simple bottled water.  It provides peace of mind to its customers.  Beyond the quality product is the quality service it aims to deliver every time.  Distributors have been trained on inventory management, product handling and customer service.

April 21, 2017

Art Karnival at Sky Garden in SM North

I grew up in Quezon City and SM City North EDSA was the closest mall to my place. Now that I live in Manila, I seldom visit the place so it was great to be back via Mich invite to cover  Art Karnival at the Skygarden in SM North, which will run from April 21 to June 12, 2017.

The exhibit, which runs the entire length of the Skygarden, showcases unique installation pieces by each featured young artists, namely, Anjo Bolarda, Bato, Blic, Garapata, Jeffrey Jay Jarin and Tyang Karyel.

Each piece in this exhibit was carefully selected and curated for the space by Vinyl on Vinyl and placed in areas that would bring not only the art piece itself to life but the surrounding area as well. As mall-goers walk the meandering path, installation pop out at them, drawing their eyes to their surroundings, stimulating interest. This whimsical almost fantasy-like world perfectly complements Skygarden's tenants.

This is definitely a different experience for mall-going clients through a voyage of discovery of the visual arts, initiated by  SM City North EDSA through a partnership with Vinyl on Vinyl, one of Manila's hippest contemporary art galleries.

April 20, 2017

ELRO Retail Corporation Summer Specials

Summer is that time of the year to bring out shades, UV clearms, tanning lotion and of course, those fashionable sleeperes that will complete  your summer OOTDs!

Here are various styles that will definitely maintain your glam chic look even on a hot weather.

For a more sophisticated yet lighter look this summer, Grendha offers the (Left) Grendha Is Raizes priced at  PHP 1,095.00, and the  (Right) Grendha Exclusive Sand AD priced at PHP 1,495.00. Be simply chic, simply beautiful, as you bare this feet this summer with these 2 stunning collections. Another go getter this summer is Grendha’s Is Natural Sand Ad. Priced at Php1695, this all around style will surely bring out the modern elegance vibe, fit for any occasion.  

Now if you’re feeling hip and boho, the Zaxy Glass Sand Ad is a sure win. This nude strappy sandal doesn’t only feel light and look light , but it’s extremely stylish and goes with any color. Priced at Php1295, this value for money sandal will bring out the goddess in you.

Another hippie variation is the Zaxy Vibe I Sand, priced at Php1,595. Experience ultimate comfort like you’re walking on a yoga mat. The softness that it brings will definitely relax your feet. Dress down with comfort as you pair this neutral sandal with your coolest summer get up.

The Ipanema Summer Pastel collection called Class Fem comes in 4 different colors. For a lighter vibe, it offers Pink, Blue and Green, and of course, for those that would always want a neutral look, the same style is available in Black. This style is priced at Php1,295 and is available in selected Ipanema and Bambu Stores nationwide. Likewise, this is available in select SM Department stores (The SM Store) , Shoe Salon, and Landmark Department Stores.

Another style to for this summer is Ipanema’s Classic POP Fem. This style will definitely make an impression as it  exudes a vibe of individualism, freedom and liberation. The perfect fit for you to relax this summer as leave behind all excess baggage and keep your calm. Show off your feet and make a statement! The Ipanema Classic POP Fem is also priced at Php1,295.

If you’re not one of those who’d spend your summer lounging in the beach, there’s still a perfect pair for you. Gola brings you the pastel collection of the WASP. This sneaker will amp your style even if you just want to dress down and be comfortable with what you wear. Priced at Php3295, a true catch for a pair that offers both style and comfort.


From work, to shopping, to island hopping and more, your feet are the most exhausted with all your activities. It carries your body weight while it takes you to every place at your whim. Pampering your sole with a foot massage may be good, but reward it with something better, something that can last and be felt longer, like a comfortable footwear that will still keep your style at bay. And the best part is you can do this when you go to ELRO’s Shoe Holiday.

Shoe Holiday Summer Adventures is ELRO’s biggest Summer promotion where renowned brands like Ipanema, Grendha, Rider, Zaxy, Gola, Sofft and Anacapri will all be available at a special discount. All brands in all stores nationwide (Bambu, Ipanema Store, The SM Store, Shoe Salon, Robinsons Dept. Store, Landmark Dept. Store, Olympic Village , TAF and a lot more) will be carrying 20% discount on new collection and regular items, while other selected items will be priced at 30% off.

What’s more is that there will be exciting games that await in select stores (Bambu Trinoma, Bambu Glorietta, Bambu Nuvali, SM North Edsa Dept. Store, Shoe Salon MOA, Shoe Salon Magnolia, Shoe Salon Glorietta, Shoe Salon Ermita,  Shoe Salon Trinoma, Sports Central MOA) where customers can win exciting prizes like  towels , accessories, umbrella and shirt. To top it off they can get a chance to win a trip to Bohol for their Summer Adventure when they visit the said stores.

So what are you waiting for? Grab your favorite brand at any store to avail of the discount and visit the select stores for the games and raffle. Now that’s a holiday treat for your sole.

Ipanema, Grendha, Rider, Zaxy, Gola, Sofft, and Anacapri are exclusively distributed by ELRO Retail Corporation. Visit www.elroretail.com for more information.

April 19, 2017

Kabayan Beach Resort

The #Mendiolables have probably been to most of the places in Batangas, except Laiya. We went there before Holy Week to check out Laiya Adventure Park. Since LAP and Kabayan Beach Resort is owned by the same family, we had our accommodation at KBR. 

Kabayan can be pretty full during summer so expect plenty of guests. If you book at Kabayan, you will get a discount at Laiya Adventure Park

To enjoy the whole experience, I suggest don't bother bringing in food. It's best that you order from their restaurant. It is a must you try their Maja Blanca, Ube, Sinigang, Nilaga, etcetera, etcetera.

I won't be writing much about the place for I have documented our stay and activities. Let the video tour you around Kabayan Beach Resort

Day Tour
Tikling, Pipit, Maya, Kuling, Pagatpat, Pakiskis
Maximum Capacity: 15 Persons
Price per day: Php1500

Ma. Capra, Tariktik, Martines, Pulangga, Kulasisi, Kilyawan, Lawin, Kalapati, Bato-bato, Loro, Pugo
Maximum Capacity: 30 Persons
Price per day: Php2500

Kabayan Beach Resort Day Tour Managed Buffet @750 per head
Kabayan Beach Resort Day Tour Package @600 & @750 per head
Kabayan Beach Resort Day Tour Packed Meals @600 per head

1) Check-in time: 
• Day Tour: 8:00AM-5:00PM | Overnight 3:00PM-1:00PM
2) Day Tour Entrance:
• Php100/head 12years old and above. 
• Php50/head 11years old and below.
3) Corkage fee for all beverages, wines and liquor may vary
4) Meals are Mandatory for Dormitory & Hotel Type Rooms
5) Meals are Mandatory for Corporate Outings of over 30pax 
(Daytour & Overnight Stay)
Bringing of Videoke, Magic Sing, Sound System and the like are strictly prohibited.
Bringing of Gasul, Stoves, Cooking Utensils such as Pots & Pans are not allowed inside the resort.
*Prices are subject to change without prior notice

Kabayan Beach Resort | Brgy. Laiya Aplaya, San Juan, Batangas, 4226, Philippines
Phone Number: +63 (2) 709-1470 | +63 (2) 709-0115 | +63 (917) 627-9357 | +63 (917) 896-3312 | +63 (908) 820-6492 | +63 (908) 820-6487 
Email : info@kabayanresort.com 

April 18, 2017

Kenneth Cobonpue

Blogging and vlogging takes time and effort. But what I like about this passion is that I get to meet famous personalities.

Last year at HP Spectre Launch, I was privileged to meet Kenneth Cobonpue, multi-awarded furniture designer and manufacturer from Cebu.

About Kenneth Cobonpue:

Kenneth Cobonpue is a , Philippines. His passage to design began in 1987, studying Industrial Design at the Pratt Institute in New York. While completing his studies, he apprenticed for a leather and wood workshop near Florence, Italy. He went on to study Furniture Marketing and Production at the Export-Akademie Baden-W├╝rttemberg in Reutlingen, Germany, under a private and state scholarship program, and subsequently worked in Bielefeld and Munich.

Kenneth returned home to Cebu in 1996 to manage Interior Crafts of the Islands, Inc., a furniture design and manufacturing company founded by his mother Betty Cobonpue in 1972. Discovering that modern design could have a new face using natural fibers and materials, Kenneth created pieces of functional art, offering an alternative to the Western definition of modern design. Today, the KENNETHCOBONPUE® brand has become known globally for its unique designs and extensive roster of clientele, including Hollywood celebrities and members of royalty.

With his masterful way of integrating nature, traditional craft and innovative technologies, designer and creative director Kenneth Cobonpue has earned international awards and recognition for his creative, organic, and expressive pieces. Working closely with some of the world’s leading designers, from household names to emerging talents, Kenneth has been pushing the envelope for design in the Philippines and sharing his vision to a global audience. 

Awards to his credit include five (5) Japan Good Design Awards, the grand prize at Singapore International Design Competition, the Design for Asia Award of Hong Kong, the American Society of Interior Design Top Pick selection and the French Coup de Coeur award. Several of his designs were selected for several editions of the International Design Yearbook published in London and New York. Phaidon’s book entitled “& FORK” underscores Kenneth’s position as a leader of a new movement incorporating new technologies with crafts. In 2007, TIME magazine called him “rattan’s first virtuoso”. Kenneth was named the Designer of the Year in the first edition of Maison et Objet Asia held in March 2014 in Singapore.

Kenneth reveals new work each year in design shows from Paris to New York, and he speaks regularly about Southeast Asian design all over the world. He has also appeared in European television and in countless international magazines and newspapers around the world. Various Cobonpue designs have also appeared in full-length feature films and television, such as Oceans 13 and CSI.
(Source: http://www.kennethcobonpue.com/)

April 17, 2017

Healthy Choices Bazaar

Kickstart your road to health and wellness with Healthy Choices Bazaar—a weekend market in Bonifacio High Street offering a wide selection of organic and conventional harvests and services ranging from eco-friendly items to skin care products.

The Healthy Choices Bazaar is happening simultaneously with Bonifacio High Street’s FITSREET 2017 this 22 – 23 April, an event centered on health, fitness and wellness, featuring fun activities and games for the whole family.

April 16, 2017

Amara's 7th Birthday

Celebrating 7th birthday is quite popular in the Philippines. I don't know how or when the it started, there's just something about this particular birthday that makes the kids exciteg d. Well, I must admit that it's even more exciting for moms (and dads too) to prepare and make this event cool and fun.

Upon receiving a message from Omar for Amara's 7th Birthday, I had to re-arrange the #Mendiolables schedule to make sure that we will be present for Amara's special day.

Amara is my inaanak (Godchild) from Omar and Jacky. Omar was my former officemate in Medicard Philippines. Omar is one of the nicest person I met kaya naman when he asked me to be Ninang for their daughter, I was honored.

Prior to going to Amara's party in Manang Fely's Private Resort in Tanay, twins Rafael and Julia asked if they can just stay home. I couldn't blame them, at fourteen they both feel that they're done with kiddie parties. They were hoping I'd say say but  since it's been seven years since we last saw Amara, they were forced to come.

It turned out they had so much fun at Amara's 7th Birthday, with all the sweets - ice cream, chocolates, candies, the food, games and most of all the game prizes! Imagine bringing home a box of Lego just for joining a simple bring me game.

If the children had fun, it's only fair to admit, I was the happiest of them all! I joined the dance contest, pabitin and palayok.

Most of all, it was great to see Amara, Omar and Jacky again. 

Meaning of AMARA:

Latin - Beloved
Sanskrit - immortal
 Mongolian - peaceful
 German -  Steadfast, immortal

April 15, 2017

Spalding Summer Camp 2017

If you are looking for an activity that will train your kid or kids 6 to 17 years of age, enrol him/her or them at Spalding Summer Camp 2017. 

Spalding Summer Camp is run by The Hoops School. The Hoops School was established in year 2002 to teach kids the correct way of playing basketball, from physical skills and drills and the mental aspects as well. They started at Meralco Gym, but now conducts its camps and clinics in more than 70 venues nationwide, including schools, malls and company gyms.

Hoops School was founded by former PBL Commissioner and PBA Team Manager Charlie Favis and was ably assisted by the PBA’s only 7-time Best Import Bobby Parks.

Why enrol at Spalding Basketball Camp under Hoops School? Well, The Hoops School was the first to introduce the "FREE EVERYTHING PROGRAM FOR KIDS", FIRST  to introduce AV Presentations and Video Viewing of Basketball Drills and US Clinics, FIRST  to introduce New Basketball Technology and the latest in Training Aids, FIRST  to introduce the Ben Wallace Inflatable Defender to help shooters, FIRST  in Asia to introduce the NOAH Select Computerized Shooting Analyzer, FIRST  to introduce the BRITEN  Passing Toss Back, FIRST  to introduce the Rite Flight Ball and the Rite Way Balls. Plus, their freebies, venues, to up-to-date instructionals, to fantastic coaches and trainors. are deinitely better than other basketball clinics. 

Most of their instructors have been carefully selected – many are former team trainers and coaches, most of whom have BS-Education degrees in Physical Education. This is on purpose because they are more patient with kids. Other coaches who have trained abroad, like one Coach who attended several coaching clinics in Europe, another who attended a coaching clinic in South Korea, a third coach who is presently teaching basketball at the 5-Star Camps in the US. Most of their coaches play basketball and understand basketball.

Spalding Basketball Camp 2017 will be in these following venues: 


Spalding Basketball Camp 2017 Schedules:


Graduated from Ateneo De Manila High School and De La Salle University in  College. Was always into sports, becoming Captain of the De La Salle's Track & Field Team and Gold Medalist in the NCAA 400 M Hurdles.  After working for Procter & Gamble and Shell for a number of years (at Shell, he was the Team Manager of Shell's professional basketball team in the PBA, helping in Shell's winning  a number of championship and runners-up finishes), he then became the Commissioner of the Philippine Basketball League.  In the PBL, he changed all the rules, logos, offices, marketing style, formats, and introduced countless innovations.  He was instrumental in introducing Fil-Ams into the league, and sent teams to several international tournaments, winning the 6th and 7th Fiba Champions Cup in Kuala Lumpur and Manila, and the Guam Friendship Cup. Even ahead of the PBA, he was the First Commissioner of any league to have an official game held in Brunei.  He was also the first PBL Commissioner  to come out with the first PBL Annual.    Today, he is the CEO/President of HOOPS SCHOOL.

ABOUT BOBBY PARKS, Camp Director (Emeritus): 

Graduated at Memphis State University with the degree BS in Athletic Administration. Drafted in the second round by the NBA's Atlanta Hawks team, he opted to play in Manila, Jakarta, France, Switzerland and the other basketball leagues in the US, such as the CBA, the USBL, GBL, and the WBL.  Today, he is considered the best American player to play in the Philippines, having won the  Best Import Award, a total of seven times.  Nicknamed the "Iceman," he  never lost his cool, inspite of so many rugged plays levelled against him. Today, Bobby is active with National University where his sone Ray Ray plays, and he is likewise Assistant Coach of Petron Boosters in the PBA and Head Coach of the San Miguel Team in the Asean Basketball League.