Philippine Homeschool Convention 2019

As Mahatma Gandhi said ““There is no school equal to a decent home, and no teacher equal to a virtuous parent.” certainly, there is “No Place Like Home”. This year, Educating for Life or EFL in partnership with Moneygment and SMX Convention Center, SM Aura Premier, gathers together all homeschoolers as one community at the Philippine Homeschool Convention (PHC) 2019: to connect with and inspire one another to be the “teachers” and build the “schools” that Gandhi was talking about.

To be held on September 7, 2019 at the SMX Convention Center, SM Aura Premier, Taguig City, this year’s convention will gather hundreds of Filipino parents and provide them with inspiration and encouragement to live out their calling as their children’s primary educators.

Philippine Homeschool Convention 2019 Breakout Speakers:
“Younique Parenting: Why Parents are the Best Teachers” by Jayson Lo
Taking on the responsibility to be our children’s primary educator is a heroic feat. It can be daunting to think about it, and no matter what season you’re in, a homeschooling parent will always have doubts and questions. Can I really do this? Am I doing enough? Is my child happy? Veteran homeschooling dad Jayson Lo will address these fears and strengthen your conviction to be your children’s teacher.

“Home as the First School” by Dawn Fung
Parents are the primary teachers, and the home is the first school. In this session, Dawn Fung, homeschooling mom of three and founder of Homeschool Singapore, will share her thoughts about this truth as she experienced it in their own home.

“Homeschooling as a Calling, Vocation, and Privilege” by Dr. Donna Pangilinan-Simpao
Parents decide to homeschool for different reasons. Some homeschool for lofty goals, while others took this path for practical reasons. No matter the motivations, all homeschooling parents agree that taking on this challenge is a calling, a vocation, and a privilege. We believe it to be our mission to educate our children, an undertaking that consumes and anchors our whys. Retired homeschooling mom and HAPI President Dr. Donna Pangilinan-Simpao shares her reflections on these as she looks back on their homeschooling journey as a family.

“It’s Homeschool, Not School at Home” by Marla Taviano
We all have our ideas about an ideal homeschool day and lifestyle. But the truth is, life happens as you homeschool – and that’s perfectly fine! Marla Taviano will remind and inspire us to embrace the daily grind as the lesson plan and bust the myth of a perfect homeschool day. After all, the world is our classroom and life is our curriculum.

“What Homeschooling Taught Me: Reflections of a Homeschooling Mom” by Michelle Padrelanan
When it comes to homeschooling, learning is not a one-way street. Parents learn as the children learn, as veteran homeschooling mom and Educating for Life co-founder, Michelle Padrelanan, will share.

Panelists: David and Frannie Daez with their son Yuan, Jay and May Palacpac with their son Pablo, and Dennis and Thammie Sy
Hear from families in various stages of their homeschooling journey as they share about why, when it comes to educating our children for life, there is no place like home.

You can also find the program online here:

To view the PHC topics for the plenary and breakout sessions online, please visit

Activities for parents who opt to bring their kids and teens to the event will also be provided.

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Below are the registration fees:

Early bird rate – Full access (With access to plenary talks, breakout sessions and expo) – P1000 per participant (NOTE: Payments must be received on or before September 1, 2019)

* Expo only ticket – P100 per person

Walk-in and on-site payment rate – Full access – P1200 per participant

* Kids 3 and below are free (lap seating only)

It will be my first time to miss the convention since EFL has been holding them annually as I will be out of town. If I were here, I definitely would be here because attending conventions has always given me the encouragement I needed to keep homeschooling my kids. So, if you are available, don’t miss the chance to be encouraged and equipped in your homeschooling journey.


1st Global Homeschool Conference

October 13th marked  the 1st Global Homeschool Conference held at SMX Convention Center at SM Aura in Taguig. I was excited to see how different this conference would be from the previous conferences I’ve been!

The day started early for my daughter and me as we went to the registration area and was welcomed by a long queue of attendees excited to pay or get their kits for the day.

After getting our bracelet and stickers for the workshops, we had few more minutes so we headed to the Homeschool Exchange area.

We looked around some curricula from Learning Plus and my daughter liked IEW’s Poetry Memorization. Since, I want them to be more confident in public speaking and be able to memorize poems and speeches later on, we went ahead to buy it!

We also saw Vanguard Assessment, they give assessments for students to help them know their strengths and also help students with their career assessment through the Curtis Interest Scale. We will definitely contact them next year to help my daughter prepare for her future career choices.

Another interesting booth is Koko & Roko who sells Theme based STEM activity kits. They have Cosmic Adventure for ages 5-7 years old and Jolly Jamboree for ages 3-5 years of age.

A booth by homeschoolers was pretty interesting as well. They have stickers, foldable robots, notebooks and other stuff they created themselves.

True Love Waits have their a booth where they give out tracks about sex and purity and the Good News.

Philippine Homeschoolers Association has their own booth. They are selling iHomeschool book of Ms. Nove Tan.

Pumplepie is there to sell quality books to homeschoolers! It was a delight to see them there.

Science Star Corporation brought several Science manipulatives.

They can measure the temperature and see the results on the app installed on the iPad.

My favorite is the chemistry set. Kyla even guessed the compound they have set up!

Since I am teaching my kids Mandarin right now, I am very keen on buyung this set of Xiao Long Bao Play Kit. A hands-on learning tool I can use to teach not only kids but also others who would like to be taught Mandarin.

The talk began with the hosts and HG President Edric Mendoza warm welcome. It was great to see that there were more than 1000 attendees in the conference hall!

The first plenary talk was by Brad Huddleston on the Impact of the Digital Word on Families and Learning. He shared his findings about dangerous effects that the screen has brought to our lives. He likened it to Digital Cocaine.

He reminded us that our children is NOT the exception, that we need to put intentional limitation. Until the age of 11, the kids shouldn’t be given iPADs as nanny and educational games has the same effects on the child’s brain.

The next session were workshops, I chose to attend How Learners Should Respond to the Digital World by Brad Huddleston. He just continued where he left off from his plenary.

The next workshop I chose was Creative Ideas for Homeschool. It showcased Gina Roldan who shared about Narration, Vicki Dincher on Sceince and Debra Bell on harnessing the gift of curiousity in our kids as best way to learn.

In the afternoon, we had one more workshop and I chose to attend the one with the Homeschool Pioneers as they talked about Parenting and Building Character. It was encouraging to listen to those who have completed the journey of homeschooling and how they reap the benefits of homeschooling beyond the academic years. The talk showcased Dr. Marlyn del Rosario, Rita Yokingco, Irma Chua and Deaonna Tan-Chi.

The afternoon plenary sessions were given by Dr. Michael Tan, the chancellor of UP Diliman and Dr. Debra Bell. Michael Tan talked about the Impact of Homeschooling on Philippine Education.

Dr. Tan mentioned that homeschoolers were ahead in the areas of pedadology or method, creativity and psychosocial.

Dr. Debr Bell talked about Impact of Homeschooling on Families and Learning. The most significant message I heard was that in the conventional school set up, the longer students were there, the less they get interested in learning while the longer students were homeschooled, the higher the academic engagement.

She also shared 8 reasons why kids learn best when they are at home.

At the end of the plenary, HG thanked those who were part of the conference, honored some Family Advisors and announced the Foundation they are putting up to support kids whose parents suddenly gets life threatening sicknesses during the school year.

At the end, there was a concert that showcased HG’s talents and Ben and Ben.

So, what did I really like about the #1stGHC?

– There was something for everyone in the family. The different workshops allowed my family, particularly my daughter, to join me in the plenary and she went to workshops that were for her. She enjoyed most of the talks and I’m glad that she went!

– The Homeschool Exchange had different exhibits than those of previous homeschool conferences.

– The topics were relevant to different kinds of homeschoolers, not only the newbies but also the veterans.

I am definitely looking forward to the future Global Homeschool Conferences!

On Fire! Philippine Homeschool Convention 2018 Workshop Talks

I attended the workshops of Dr. Teresa Moon : Teaching the Most Feared Activity: Public Speaking, Ms. Cassandra Shepherd’s A Look at Homeschool Methodologies and Styles and Ms. Gina Guerrero-Roldan’s Truth, Beauty and Goodness in Your Homeschool.

I was quite surprised with how the first session turned out. I was actually glad to hear from the teens themselves as they shared how they overcame the fear of public speaking and how the program of Dr. Teresa Moon – the ICC – has helped them overcome challenges in speaking.

As a parent-teacher, public speaking is a challenge for me to teach. Not only that, it is often neglected as well. Attending this session has made me realize that as my children are growing older, this is something that they need to be equipped with. It is also an important skill that they would need in their whole lifetime. The reminder “until we speak it, we don’t know what we’re thinking.” truly resonated with me.

The session of Ms. Cassandra Shepherd was all about the homeschool methodologies and style. Though I have been homeschooling for many years now, this session was like a refresher course for me. It gave me a bird’s eye view of what the different methodologies of homeschooling are out there. These are the the different methods she discussed:

  1. School at home
  2. Online Learning
  3. Unit Studies
  4. Classical Education
  5. Charlotte Mason
  6. Montessori
  7. Eclectic Education
  8. Unschooling

The students from ICC also gave their personal stories how homeschooling worked for them and how they adjusted to life situations. It was an encouragement how these students thrived in their own circles.

The session that I was really looking forward to attending was this session by Ms Gina Guerrero-Roldan. I have heard about Ms Gina’s workshops but never have been able to attend one.


At the start of her talk, Ms Gina made us memorize scripture from Philippines 4:8. It was a good way to prove a point that we can all do this and it was also the very basis of her whole talk.

Truth, goodness and beauty is necessary in our life and it was something that really made an impact in my heart that day. I have often neglected this and it was a reminder that I needed to change our daily routine or even my perspective on certain homeschooling work that we do.

It is not enough to know a lot of truth if it doesn’t change the way you live.

We need to take time to think, reflect and feel. We also need to prioritize  relationships.

Teach through stories and read poems together. Do art appreciation more often.

If it helps, make a list of things you appreciate.

Here are some ways to do this!

This year’s workshops really made a mark in my heart. I pray that the lessons I learned will be something that I will actively pursue in my life, especially as we start a new school year.

On Fire! Philippine Homeschool Convention 2018 Plenary Talks

This is our 9th year homeschooling, yet it never gets easier. Each year brings its own share of excitement as the new school year brings hope that routines will be established and goals will be achieved. Along with all these excitement, it also brings fear, fear of the unknown and not reaching goals and fears of inadequacy. 

The timing of this year’s Philippine Homeschool Convention by Educating for Life  was perfect as it ushered our last week of vacation and as I was planning for our new school year. My children will be in 9th grade and 6th grade respectively. 

Philippine Homeschool Convention 2018 was quite different from the past conferences as there were 9 plenary speakers and 3 breakout sessions. I was actually glad that there weren’t too many options for the breakout sessions as I always didn’t know which ones I should choose.

On this post, I will share with you all I’ve learned from the plenary speakers.

The first speaker was Cassandra Shepherd. Her talk was entitled You Can Homeschool. She shared her personal experiences being a homeschool parent and how a parent can definitely homeschool her own children. My main take away from this talk is that, it is important for the family to have a vision for homeschooling, because this vision will bring clarity for the things you need to do and to stay within that vision. 

Jayson Lo is a well-known inspirational and motivational speaker. He shared about “homeschooling with a vision”. There are 3Cs which we should build in our homeschool families. CULTURE, CHARACTER and COMPETENCE. Having a growth mindset is of great importance as homeschooling is actually a journey. He also called his 10 year old daughter on stage and she shared about how different she and her sister are and yet the parents can homeschool them effectively.

Michelle Padrelanan is part of the EFL team who organizes the yearly homeschool conferences for the homeschooling community. She has been one of the first people who I asked about homeschooling 9 years ago and it is truly inspiring every time I hear her stories. She shared about her valley and mountaintop experiences as a homeschool parent. She also gave us this acronym to remember:
K now your goals
E ntrust your children to the Lord
E nlist help when needed
P ray

ONwards not backwards.  

Dr. Teresa Moon is  a veteran homeschooling mom, founder of Institute for Cultural Communicators, author and homeschool curriculum writer and speaker at major U.S. homeschool conventions. She addressed the issue of being overly busy. She reminded us that “We gain more time by doing less and gain more energy by loving the less we do.” She also shared 3 Cs which can help us in our homeschooling journey.




The next speaker is Laksmi Maluya. She is the owner of Gopala Learning Haven. She is homeschooled herself and also homeschooled her own children. She shared her personal journey and her advocacy now. Her daughter Vishnu also shared her personal homeschool journey. It was definitely encouraging to listen to her as she was articulate and very confident and very inspirational!

Another example of a homeschooler who actively does her part in saving the environment is Lia Cua. At the young age of 12, she already champions the Earth Crew Kids. She shared how she started Earth Crew Kids and why she does what she does. It is inspiring to know that kids with proper guidance can become productive members of our society.

The next speaker, Rienzie Biolena, shared why it is important to teach financial literacy to children. We don’t want our children to grow up unskilled in this area. He also shared some tips which parents can use to teach about financial literacy to their kids. 

Having a child with special needs can be challenging and Jen Bellosillo shared her own journey of homeschooling her child with special needs. Her talk was an eye-opener for me. If I thought homeschooling was already hard with my own children, it must have been harder to homeschool children with special needs. After the talk, I was just glad how God guided the family to successfully homeschool their child. 

The last speaker was Camille Paguio. She is currently the president of Rotary Club of Alabang Lampara. She’s a product of homeschooling. She shared her personal journey and how homeschooling was able to help her battle depression during her high school years. She also was able to take care of her mom through challenging times. She shared that one’s uniqueness can contribute to the society. She is truly an inspiration and a living proof that homeschooliing works!

I really liked that the different speakers only had limited time each because this allowed them to speak with intentionality and majority of them were really concise and straight to the point. It made the morning very exciting and worth attending!

I was truly grateful that I was able to attend this convention and I went home inspired and on fire for another homeschooling school year!

Watch out for my next post about the breakout sessions.

On Fire! Philippine Homeschool Convention 2018


On Fire! draws its inspiration from the quotation “The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be kindled.” from Greek biographer and essayist Plutarch.  This is theme for the Philippine Homeschool Convention 2018. As a homeschooling mom, I have learned that when my children are passionate about something, they pursue it with all their heart so this year’s theme is an exciting one for all parents who seek to ignite the passion in the hearts of their children to dream, to hope and to challenge them to become who they are meant to be! Educating for Life, the convention organizers, believe we are all called to make a difference in our world and together, we can inspire each other in doing this through the upcoming #PHC2018!

On Fire! Philippine Homeschool Convention 2018 will happen on Sept 22 at SMX Convention Center in SM Aura Taguig City. The rates are :

* Early bird rate – Full access (With access to plenary talks, breakout sessions and expo)- P1000 per participant
* Expo only ticket – P100 per person
* Walk-in and on-site payment rate – Full access – P1200 per participant
* Kids 3 and below are free (lap seating only)


“You Can Homeschool!” by Cassandra Shepherd

In this inspirational session, veteran homeschooler Cassandra Shepherd will inspire homeschoolers who are in the early stages of their journey and encourage those who are already in the trenches.

Read Cassandra Shepherd’s profile online here.


“Homeschooling With a Vision” by Jayson Lo

Homeschooling begins with a family vision. It will be what will get you started and what will keep you going. It serves as an anchor for days when you wonder why you are homeschooling (and are tempted to stop altogether!). Homeschooling dad and motivational speaker Jayson Lo will inspire participants to craft their vision for their family as they begin their homeschooling journey (or revisit it if they’re already homeschooling), and stay true to it as they continue homeschooling.

Read Jayson Lo’s profile online here.


“Homeschooling Through the Mountains and Valleys of Life” by Michelle Padrelanan

Homeschooling is not about doing school at home. It’s a lifestyle. It involves the whole family. Sometimes, you experience “highs;” other times, you’ll be so “low” that you might be tempted to stop. But you keep on going anyway. Veteran mom Michelle Padrelanan will share how she homeschooled even through the toughest times, including the loss of their youngest child. Her story will encourage parents to heed the call to be their children’s primary educators.

Read Michelle Padrelanan’s profile online here.  


“The Secret to More Time and Energy” by Dr. Teresa Moon

We have really important goals! After all, we want our children to grow up to be successful, achieving, compassionate citizens. We also want them to be prepared for family, community, faith, profession, life. It’s a BIG job. And we often feel like we’re failing….somewhere. How can we parents do the very best…the most important things for our children? Dr. Teresa Moon, veteran homeschooling mom and mentor-to-many, will share the secret to achieving this.

Read Dr. Teresa Moon’s profile online here.  


“Spreading the Fire of Homeschooling” by Laksmi and Vishnu Maluya

Second-generation homeschooling mom Laksmi Maluya will share her experiences of being homeschooled, being a homeschooling mom, and her personal advocacy of “spreading the fire” and helping homeschooling families in their journey. Sharing the stage with her is her eldest daughter Vishnu, a homeschool graduate who is also spreading the fire of homeschooling in her own circles.

Read Laksmi Maluya and Vishnu Maluya’s profiles online here.  


“Making a Difference as a Homeschooled Kid” by Lia Cua

Their out-of-the-box education allows homeschoolers to find and pursue passions and advocacies that are important to them. 12-year-old Lia Cua, who founded Earth Crew Kids when she was 11 years old, will share what her advocacy is and how she is making a difference in the world through this.

Read Lia Cua’s profile online here.  


“Homeschooling Special Needs Kids: A Life-Changing Vocation” by Jen Wi-Bellosillo

Listen to Jen Bellosillo, a homeschooling mom of four, as she shares their family’s journey in homeschooling Josh, a special needs child, and how it helped them discover and pursue his passion. Her family’s story is a wonderful testimony about how homeschooling works for different types of learners and how it can become a life-changing option for the special needs child.  

Read Jen Wi-Bellosillo’s profile online here.

“Homeschooling Works!” by Camille Paguio

One of the most common questions homeschooling parents ask is: “Will my child turn out OK after homeschooling?” Camille Paguio—homeschool graduate turned wife and mom (who plans to homeschool her child), entrepreneur, and community leader—will address these fears by sharing her story as a testimonial that homeschooling does work.

Read Camille Paguio’s profile online here.



“Homeschool 101: Beginning Homeschooling” by Nove-Ann Tan

You know you want to homeschool or feel called to do it, but how do you actually get started? You may be asking yourself: “What are the things I need to know before I homeschool?” “How do I know that I’m doing the right thing?” “How do I plan our lessons?” These are valid questions for the new homeschooler. Let Nove-Ann Tan—veteran homeschooler, founding member of the Philippine Homeschoolers Association (PHA), and author of iHomeschool: How to Do It Without Losing Your Mind—address these questions and calm overwhelmed parent nerves in this breakout session.

Read Nove-Ann Tan’s profile online here.


“Teaching the Most Feared Activity: Public Speaking” by Dr. Teresa Moon

Research tells us that people are more afraid of speaking in public than of dying. When at a funeral, most people would rather be in the casket than giving the eulogy. Research also tells us that the real influencers are those who can articulate their ideas well. Your homeschooled students have important ideas to share. Significant contributions to make. Learn how to help them communicate well in every situation through Dr. Teresa Moon’s breakout session.

Read Dr. Teresa Moon’s profile online here.


“My Wife is Homeschooling! What Do I Do?” by Reiner Roldan

Moms are usually the main teachers in the homeschool, but dads play an important role too! Homeschooling dad Reiner Roldan, who is also currently taking his Masters in Family Life and Child Development, shares how he takes part in educating the children and why the father’s support is crucial in homeschooling.

Read Reiner Roldan’s profile online here.


“A Look at Homeschooling Methodologies and Styles” by Cassandra Shepherd

Classical. Montessori. Charlotte Mason. Unschooling. Unit studies. There are lots of different ways to homeschool but how do I choose? Second-generation veteran homeschooling mom Cassandra Shepherd will help participants get familiar with the five main homeschool methodologies to help them decide what is best for their children.

Read Cassandra Shepherd’s profile online here.


“Different Routes of Homeschooling” by Laksmi Maluya

There is no one way to homeschool and the variety of options can be overwhelming to those who are about to take the plunge… or those who are already homeschooling but unsure of the path they’re treading. “Should I enroll with a homeschool provider?” “What does being an ‘independent homeschooler’ mean?” Second-generation homeschooler and homeschooling advocate Laksmi Maluya has been through it all and will share the pros, cons, hows, and whys of the different routes to take in this afternoon breakout session.

Read Laksmi Maluya’s profile online here.


“Finding Your Village: Starting and Sustaining a Homeschool Support Group” by Moira Bulan-Bunyi

“It takes a village to raise a child,” one well-known African proverb goes. Indeed, homeschoolers need all the support they can get and one way to get support is through a co-op. But how do you find one? How can you build one and keep it going as life (and traffic!) happens? Moira Bunyi, homeschooling mom of four kids and founder of the Joy of the Lord Homeschoolers Co-op, will share how their “village” started from a family of 2 to a family of 11 meeting regularly, sharing classes, nurturing friendships, and providing support for one another.

Read Moira Bulan-Bunyi’s profile here.


“Taking the Plunge: Transitioning to Homeschooling” by Frannie Severino-Daez

Transitioning from brick-and-mortar school to homeschooling can be a big adjustment for the family and the children. How did other families do it? What can we expect? Can we really do this? These are just a few of the questions that long-time homeschooling mom of 8 Frannie Daez will answer in this breakout session.

Read Frannie Severino-Daez’s profile online here.


“How to Inject Truth, Goodness, and Beauty into Your Homeschool” by Gina Guerrero-Roldan

Truth, goodness, and beauty. These are lofty goals for homeschooling parents. But how do you actually teach and implement them in your daily homeschool life? What does “truth, beauty, and goodness” even mean when it comes to homeschooling? With everything else that we have to teach, is it really possible to include these goals in our lessons? Charlotte Mason-homeschooling mom and advocate Gina Guerrero-Roldan will answer these questions and inspire us to achieve these goals.

Read Gina Guerrero-Roldan’s profile online here.


“What Lights My Fire? Life Beyond Homeschooling” by Dr. Donna Pangilinan-Simpao

Homeschooling is a tough vocation! Life revolves around lesson planning, actual teaching, looking for the best materials and styles for our children, shuttling and driving them from one activity after another… not to mention managing the home and everything else we need to do! But who are we beyond being teacher-mom, after our daily lessons are done? Is being our children’s primary educator all that we are meant to do? And what will our life be like when all our kids are done with homeschooling? Let HAPI (Homeschool Association of the Philippine Islands) president, homeschool advocate, and “newly-graduated-from-homeschooling” mom of four Dr. Donna Pangilinan-Simpao answer these questions in her breakout session.

Read Dr. Donna Pangilinan-Simpao’s profile online here.


For more information on the program, visit

See you there!