5 Children Books I’m Looking Forward to Buy from OMF Lit at MIBF 2015

One of our favorite family bookstore is OMF Literature. We are long time customers because they publish books with Christian worldview. So every year, as we troop to the Manila International Book Fair, we never fail to drop by their booth! And truly, their booth is usually one of the largest and the busiest during the fair.

This year’s MIBF is slated to happen on Sept 16-20 at SMX Convention Center at Mall of Asia and we are excited for the new books they are releasing on those days!

Here are 5 of the new titles for children we are getting :

God’s Got an Answer For That. This is best for 8 years old and above. Tackles real-life issues and what the Word of God says about it.


The Whiny Prophet Who Always Said No. This is part of the Wow !God series and tells of the story of prophet Jonah.


Happy Home Series #1: Coming Home. A heartwarming series about family by Ms. Grace Chong.

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Hudson Taylor and the Great Impossible. Biography of the missionary Hudson Taylor.


Bible Trivia for Kids. Best for kids aged 8 and up, this devotional book is based on Bible Trivia.


These new titles are being sold with 30% off during the MIBF 2015! And there will be 20% off for all the other books at their booth. There will also be a sale pile with 50 pesos books. So many exciting deals to watch out for, just visit their page at http://omflit.com/mibf2015/ for more details.  See you there!


Inspiring Filipino Books from Bookmark Inc. Publishing

We love reading. Most of what we are reading are English classics where we learn about the different characters and their beliefs and how it affects their lives. Yesterday, I was at Fully Booked when I saw several inspiring Filipino authored and published picture books that seems interesting and I wanted to get for my children so we can discuss Filipino values and modern Filipino heroes as well.

On this post, I will share with you what I found from Bookmark Inc Publishing.

The Bookmark Inc Publishing has this series called Modern Heroes for the Filipino Youth Series. Each story exemplifies a moral value which we can all learn from.

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They also have a series called Great Men and Women of Asia. These are inspiring real-life stories of  people from Asia.

The BRIDGE Builder
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They also have some fictional books which children might enjoy.

Pipisin the Pangolin

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I saw from their Facebook page that they will be joining the 36th Manila International Book Fair which is happening on Sept 16-20 at SMX Mall of Asia Complex in Pasay City. If you are planning to go there, be sure to check out their books. I am going and planning to buy some of these titles myself!


Cornhole Sweeps the Nation

Cornhole has become a popular game that is being played in backyards and at picnics all across the country. It is thought to have originated from a 14th century German game, and it has gained widespread use over the past 100 years. It has been called a variety of names like Bean Bag, Corn Toss, Indian Horseshoes, and Soft Horseshoes. Today one can find people enjoying this activity throughout the United States.


Part of the appeal of cornhole is that it requires very little equipment to play. All one needs to get started is eight corn bags and two cornhole platforms. One can build their own platforms or order custom cornhole boards from online sites such as Custom Corntoss. It’s a great game for all ages because no dangerous objects are used as with lawn darts or traditional horseshoes. Each bag is made of a canvas material and is filled with feed corn.

Cornhole can be played anywhere including parks, driveways, campgrounds, beaches, and backyards. The two platforms are set 27 feet apart on a level surface. The boards should be facing each other. Each game can be played with either two or four players. Each team is given four bags. Once it is decided who goes first, the teams take turns throwing the bags to the board across form the one they are standing next to. This closest board is referred to as the pitching board, and the players feet cannot go past the front edge of it.

Once a bag is tossed it cannot touch the ground. If it does, it’s considered a foul. After throwing all eight bags the score is added up. Each bag lying on the board is worth one point. Those bags that go in a hole are worth three points each. Whoever scores the highest will throw first in the next round. As the game continues, a winner is determined by which team reaches 21 first with a lead of at least two points. Whoever is the first to win two games will be the winner of the match.

Another reason for cornhole’s popularity across the nation is that not everyone is strict about the rules. Most people play for fun, and will adjust the scoring to suit they’re desires. This makes it fun for all ages at any outdoor get together throughout the country.

KidZania Manila Opens!

KidZania Manila finally opens its doors to the public on August 7, 2015, Friday. KidZania Manila is located at Park Triangle at BGC Taguig. This is best for children from ages 4-14. A real life simulation of a wide range of jobs, children of all ages will have fun learning in this role-playing environment. Children can be a police officer, fireman, dentist, cook, vet, pilot, broadcaster and any other vocation that they want to try as KidZania offers over 100 roles for them to try. They also simulate real  life because when kids work, they earn kidZos, this is KidZania’s own currency. They can choose to save or spend what the earn. Truly an interactive way to learn!

Its soft opening rates from August 7 to October 7, 2015:

Monday to Thursday rates  for Children (4-14 years old) is 750 pesos, for Toddlers (1-3 years old)  is 420 pesos, for Adults is 420 pesos and for babies (below 2 feet) is FREE.

Friday to Sunday and Holiday rates  for Children (4-14 years old) is 1000 pesos, for Toddlers (1-3 years old)  is 550 pesos, for Adults is 550 pesos and for babies (below 2 feet) is FREE.

From October 8, 2015 onwards:

Monday to Thursday rates  for Children (4-14 years old) is 900 pesos, for Toddlers (1-3 years old)  is 500 pesos, for Adults is 500 pesos and for babies (below 2 feet) is FREE.

Friday to Sunday and Holiday rates  for Children (4-14 years old) is 1100 pesos, for Toddlers (1-3 years old)  is 600 pesos, for Adults is 600 pesos and for babies (below 2 feet) is FREE.

Operating hours from Mondays to Thursdays are 9AM to 4PM (1 shift) while Fridays to Sundays and National Holidays are 9AM to 2PM and 3PM to 8PM.

For more information, visit the KidZania Manila Facebook page.



Let’s Help Alpabasa Win 1M Grant from Pharmaton Life Changers Campaign

I believe that literacy is one of the keys for the Philippines to improve as a nation. I truly admire Ms. Tisha Gonzales-Cruz’s literacy advocacy project Kinder Project, which aims to help Filipino teachers in teaching children how to read. I also have blogged about Learning Lion’s Filipino Learning set many years back.

Now, it is our turn to help Alpabasa, as it is one of the top 10 causes vying to win the 1M grant from Pharmaton Life Changers campaign.  They help teachers teach with enthusiasm and excitement since it is a  game-based reading program that incorporates music, movement, games and activities in learning. Their goal is to make fluent readers out of every Filipino child.

Let us help them win this funding by viewing this video and clicking the LIKE (http://youtu.be/Rko2RVvNHkg) on the YOU TUBE VIDEO. The funding they will win will help change lives and help our country and the next generation to progress forward!