Wednesday, June 29, 2011

The UST Wind Orchestra Performs at Concert At the Park (Rizal Park) on July 3, 2011

This Sunday, July 3, 2011, 5:00 p.m. at the Rizal Park Open-Air Auditorium, conductors Herminigildo G. Ranera and Michael E. Jacinto take turns in directing the UST Wind Orchestra for their one-hour performance in Concert at the Park. Ms. Minette Padilla is program host. Admission is free of charge.

Concert at the Park is a regular public service project of the Department of Tourism, under Sec. Alberto A. Lim, the National Parks Development Committee (NPDC), under Executive Director Juliet H. Villegas, and the National Broadcasting Network. NPDC Chief of the Cultural & Public Affairs Division Freddie A. Edos is the Executive In Charge of the project. Gie V. Arnold writes the script.

The UST Wind Orchestra is composed of 65 students of the UST Conservatory of Music, many of whom have been winners of the National Music Competitions for Young Artists (NAMCYA) winners while some have had stints from the Asian Youth Orchestra and the World Youth Orchestra. Most of the members enjoy scholarships from the UST Alumni and from the University itself. Herminigildo Ranera is a conductor, composer, arranger, performer as well as an educator. The City of Manila’s 2006 Patnubay ng Sining at Kalinangan Awardee for Music, Ranera is the associate conductor of the national orchestra and the conductor and coordinator of the UST Symphony Orchestra and Symphony Band. Michael Jacinto, another product of the UST Conservatory of Music, is currently a member of its faculty under the Brasswind and Music Education Departments. A recipient of Bulacan’s Gintong Kabataan Award for Music, Jacinto is currently the associate conductor of the UST Wind Orchestra.

The program for this Sunday’s concert is as follows: FANFARE & ALLEGRO (Williams); GYPSY DANCE (Compello); BRAZIL: CEREMONY, SONG AND SAMBA (Arr: Smith); THE WAY YOU LOOK TONIGHT (Arr: O. de la Cruz); MODERN BALLROOM (Arr: Ranera); GLENN MILLER, IN CONCERT (Arr: Murtha); REGINE VELASQUEZ MEDLEY (Arr: O. de la Cruz); PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN (Arr: Badelt); HERCULES (Arr: Moss) and BEATLES: POP AND ROCK.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Barangay Merville: One-Day Registration of Persons with Disabilities

Apolinario Mabini: A Philippine hero

In celebration of the “National Disability Prevention & Rehabilitation Week 2011”, a one day registration for Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) residing in Barangay Merville will be held on July 22, 2011, Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at The Learning Center, Inc. (TLC) located at 134 Carmelite Street, Merville Park, Paranaque.

Applicants should bring the following:

  • Filled-out application form (Forms are available at The Learning Center, Inc. before and on July 22, 2011, Friday.)
  • 3 pcs. of 1x1 ID picture
  • Photocopy of Barangay Clearance, Medical Certificate and Birth Certificate

Successful registrants will be given the following:

  • PWD ID
  • Purchase booklets


  • Please pre-register at The Learning Center (Tel. No.: 828-4918) or Barangay Merville Office (Tel No. 822-1592) to ensure we will provide enough booklets and IDs .
  • Doctors will be present to issue medical certificates to those without medical certificates.
  • The Barangay will provide transportation to and from The Learning Center, Inc. Pick-up point is the Barangay Office.

*Please register to get your ID and Purchase booklets to avail of various discounts and privileges*

Friday, June 24, 2011

1st Philippine International Play Festival from Play Pilipinas: An Invitation (Let's Play!!!)

Something is happening on my birth month which excites me. It's not just guaranteed fun but its also educational. It has all the elements a teacher or a parent like me is looking for to make every child interaction a memorable one. And the answer to that is no other than PLAY! PLAY! PLAY!

The 1st Philippine International Play Festival will be held this year at the SMX Convention Center on October 21 up to 23, 2011.

Also called Play Pilipinas 2011 (The Philippine Active Play Festival), Play Pilipinas aims to help answer the challenge of preserving, promoting, and enriching the role of play as an integral part of our children's growth, development and learning. Play Pilipinas has invited speakers from Japan, Australia, the U.S. plus Philippine experts to share their experiences and insights on play. The program includes a 2-day conference on play, a 3 day play fair exhibit and a play space design challenge.

According to Play Pilipinas, the forum is set for 2.5 days featuring over 5 international speakers from the US, Japan, and Australia and lectures by Dr. Honey Carandang, Dr. Dido Villasor and Dr. Esther Esteban plus workshops covering wide ranging topics. The standard rate for the 1st Philippine International Play Festival is pegged at 15,000 (including lunch and snack, and all materials.

If you just want to attend the fair, the rate is now pegged at 150 per person. Play Pilipinas still hopes to bring it down as soon as more sponsors confirm their support. (Calling Sponsors!!!, Come on. Let us play.)

There is a special student rate for attendees of 1st Philippine International Play Festival (participant should be currently enrolled) of PhP 12,000. This rate is ONLY available until end of June 2011. Group packages are also available.

If you're thinking "Did I read that right? It's P15,000? Or is this a typo error and it should be P1500. Well, yes what you're seeing is correct. The regular rate is fifteen thousand while the rate for students attending the 1st Philippine International Play Festival is twelve thousand. There are no extra zeroes there.

So if your a student teacher, a Master's teacher or just a student who wants to attend this Festival, I suggest you take advantage of the special student rate. You have approximately one week to go and register for Play Pilipinas.

For the other package rates, I've posted a screenshot of the Play Pilipinas rates and registration form. The rates were sent to the UPD - Special Education Department on June 23, 2011. I hope the rates will still change or there can be a special contest (you know since its a Play Festival so there should be games!) or treat for teachers who want to blog about it. ehem. ehem. (Pick me, pick me!!!)

For questions or clarifications about Play Pilipinas and the 1st Philippine International Play Festival below are their contact details


To get your own copy of the registration form or if you just want to communicate with them, you can also send your emails to to

You can also check their websites which I highly recommend because it has information on the speakers, the significance of play, about the organizers and a contest they are holding for everyone. According to Play Pilipinas website,


Play Pilipinas will be holding a competition that challenges designers all kinds to design an adventure playground that can immerse children, teens and even adults in the wonder and delights of active play. The competition is open to students and professionals alike.

The winning design will be brought to life on the event itself, a 100sqm indoor adventure playground for guests of all ages to enjoy.

There are more exciting details posted at,. Interested participants of this Play Festival can also check the facebook page at

They also have a facebook event page

For personal communications you may call 470 7677 and look for Cecile dela Pena or Karla Coronado.

So what are you guys waiting for, let's PLAY PILIPINAS!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

SPEDminar: A.C.H.I.E.V.E. (Awareness and Conquest in Helping, Educating, and Valuing the Exceptionals)

This is one of the reasons why I think the University of the Philippines Diliman is one of the best universities to major Special Education here in the Philippines. There are just numerous opportunities for a Special Education (SPED) teacher to grow her knowledge.

The latest among these opportunities is being offered by UP SEC in their upcoming project
SPEDminar: A.C.H.I.E.V.E. (Awareness and Conquest in Helping, Educating, and Valuing the Exceptionals).

To give a brief background on UP SEC, below is the e-mail press release sent to the UP SPED majors.

"The University of the Philippines Special Education Council (UP SEC) is an active organization based in the UP College of Education promoting Special Education in the college, university, and the greater public. Because of this advocacy, UP SEC has been chosen as a finalist in the Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations (TAYO) by the National Youth Commission (NYC) in 2005.

Through the years, UP SEC has been working towards establishing an organization that shall exemplify genuine concern for children in general and special learners in particular. UP SEC commits itself to forming a community that shall foster equality by providing opportunities to all individuals."

In commemoration of the 11th year of the organization, UP SEC will be hosting its major event, SPEDminar: A.C.H.I.E.V.E. (Awareness and Conquest in Helping, Educating, and Valuing the Exceptionals).

This is a series of lectures on the basics of Special Education, (three Saturdays are free, lecture on the second day has film showing, “Alyana”, and admissions will not be free, tickets will be available for Php 100.00) particularly on the components of the SPED team and their respective responsibilities to the child with exceptionality.

Furthermore, the seminar aims to teach the participants on ways to carry on each responsibility within the walls of their homes. This seminar will cater to people in the community, particularly those from depressed areas in Quezon City and from neighboring cities and provinces, as well.

A.C.H.I.E.V.E. will be given by eight SPED professionals on four Saturdays of July specifically July 9, 16, 23, and 30.

All Saturdays will be held at the Benitez Theater, College of Education, University of the Philippines Diliman, Quezon City at 11:00 am-4:00 pm on July 9, 23 &30 and 11:00 am-5:00 pm on July 16 (since there will be a film showing).

UP SEC is accepting participants in a FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE basis.

The first 150 online pre-registrants and 50 walk-ins will be accommodated.

To pre-register visit

UP SEC aims that this event would be a good opportunity to show that teachers are one with its vision of upholding the ideals of Special Education and of children in general. UP SEC is asking for help to spread awareness, conquer differences, educate and value special learners and proclaim that it’s the ability, not the disability, that counts.

To contact the organizers of SPEDminar: A.C.H.I.E.V.E. (Awareness and Conquest in Helping, Educating, and Valuing the Exceptionals), their name and information is listed below.

Paula Catalan, Project Head, 09056081757,

Kathryn May Deveza
, Project Head, 09275623726,

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

RIZAL MAKATA: Makabagong Pananaliksik sa Mga Obra ni Jose Rizal (a lecture by Virgilio Almario)

This is an announcement from the Department of Special Education under the College of Education, University of the Philippines (UP SPED) in celebration of the 150th birthday of our national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal.

RIZAL MAKATA: Makabagong Pananaliksik sa Mga Obra ni Jose Rizal (a lecture by Virgilio Almario)

July 2, 2011 (Saturday) - 1:00 p.m.
Filipinas Heritage Library

Jose Rizal is regarded as Asia's Renaissance Man. He was a student of life, an extensive traveler, and a prolific writer of letters, essays, poems, and stories.

In celebration of Rizal's 150th birth anniversary, National Artist for Literature Virgilio Almario will shed new light on the merits and impact of our National Hero's literary works. A forum with other noted Philippine writers will follow the seminar. Teachers are also invited to a workshop on How to Teach Rizal after the lecture and forum.

The participation fee is Php 250. It includes snacks, a copy of Rio Alma's book Rizal Makata, and a certificate. Pre-registration is required to secure a slot.

For more information, please contact Camille at 8921801 local 13, 0917-5612413, email at, or visit

About the Venue: Filipinas Heritage Library

According to the site "The Filipinas Heritage Library, a division of the Ayala Foundation, Inc. (AFI), is a one-stop electronic research center on the Philippines. We provide access to the wealth of Filipino heritage through the latest in information technology and telecommunications."

For the library hours, contact information and address of Filipinas Heritage Library:

Tuesday - Saturday (9 am-6 pm)

Makati Avenue, Ayala Triangle, Makati City, Philippines 1224

Trunkline: (632) 8921801

Fax: (632) 8921810

As a teacher, I will be attending this seminar to learn on how I can incorporate Rizal's ideas in my lessons not just for explicit topics such as when talking about his literary works but also in implicit ways such as how to be a true hero.

See you guys soon!