From Roots to Wings, Philippine Homeschool Conference 2016

I still remember the first Philippine Homeschool Conference that I attended 6 years ago, We had just started our homeschool journey then and attending the conference gave me the encouragement and the inspiration to continue homeschooling. I was also able to witness the launch of HAPI or Homeschool Association of the Philippine Islands.

Year after year, I looked forward to attending the homeschool conferences as it was really quite an encouragement to see many people homeschooling their children, just like us. I also get to hear speakers who have been homeschooling for many years and learn from their varied experiences.

This 2016, the Philippine Homeschool Conference From Roots to Wings tackles homeschooling through the stages. This will be on October 22, 9 am -6 pm Saturday at SMX Convention Center at SM Aura in Taguig City.


As a homeschool parent, there is always something to learn. As your child grows, you homeschool differently too! The conference aims to help us parents to walk through the different stages of homeschooling.

The keynote speakers are Ms. Deonna Tan-Chi and Joy Tan-Chi Mendoza and they will be talking about “Building a Firm Foundation”. Andrew Pudewa is the director of the very well known Institute for Excellence in Writing and he will be sharing about Motivation: the Art and Science of Helping Students Learn Well. Bo Sanchez will talk about Wings to Soar: Leaving a Legacy for Our Children. phc-2016-program

If there is something that I am really excited about, it is the breakout sessions. There are so many good sessions to choose from and I don’t want to miss out on any of them! Unfortunately, I can get to choose one session for every 45-minute time slot.

The breakout sessions would help us parents to be better equipped with the changes that we are facing in every stage of our homeschool journey.

This  conference is also the best time to meet with the different homeschool providers and inquire about their services! Homeschool Global, CFA, IBA, Kids World, Peniel and Gopala will be there. If you will be bringing your children, they can attend the activities lined up for them as well.


Children can choose their activities for a fee of P500 per activity. Parents can also choose to bundle the activities (except the toddler play area, which is P500 for the whole day) with the following rates:

Choice of 1 activity – P500

Choice of 2 activities – P900

Choice of 3 activities – P1200

Choice of 4 activities – P1550

The activities include Crochet Lessons. Watercolor and Brush calligraphy, Toddler play area by SMILE group, The Playground by SAFSOF AND TOPMnl, Challenge Island by SMILE group and Calligraphy classes.

The all access conference fee is P1000. If you are are registering as a group, there is a group rate of P4500 per group of 5 persons. If interested to visit the PHC 2016 Expo only, the fee is P50 per head.

The registration is on-going and will be until October 15, 2016 only. The registration fee on the day will be P1,200 per head. To register and/or learn more about the PHC 2016 registration process, participants may log on to for complete details.


CSM’s ‘all out blowout’ at the 37th Manila International Book Fair


Church Strengthening Ministry (CSM Publishing) continues to tap and celebrate Filipino authors in their quest to share their invaluable message in print, expanding their reach to a larger audience.  CSM in MIBF 2016 announces the new titles they are releasing!

New releases include books on love and relationships, personal finance, church ministry, and Christian living: My Husband’s Mistress is Me (Merlyn Guillermo), The Values-Driven Heart (Joey Bonifacio), #UsapangWorship Ministry 3 (Rommel Guevara), Unli Rice Devotional Volume 4 (Joey Umali), Twin Blessings: Grace D. Chong’s Devoseries for kids, One True Love (Grace Koo), Righteous Wealth booklets (Rex Resurreccion), Buhay Pastor’s Wife (Corazon Cleto), My First, Second, and Third Attempts at Parenting (Steve Murrell), and Raising Up Money-Wise Kids (Chinkee Tan).

CSM also introduces its bestselling line-up under the new Mini-Book Series (MBS) format: Treasure of a Friend (John Maxwell), Excellence in Leadership (John White), Man of Influence (Jim Cote), Something to Smile About – Men & Women Edition (Zig Ziglar), and Finding Comfort (Nelson Dy) as well as books from Ed Lapiz. Bestselling international titles were locally printed to make them more affordable: Good or God? (John Bevere), The Fire Within (Marcia Malzahn), and How to Pick a Spouse (Dan Chun).

Each purchase at the CSM All Out Blowout also entitles you to a raffle coupon for a chance to win an iPhone 5s! Save the date for the 37th Manila International Book Fair! The MIBF will run from September 14 to 18, 2016, 10am to 8pm, at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Compound. Entrance tickets will be available at the venue for around P20. Those who will not be able to go to the CSM All Out Blowout at SMX have the option to order conveniently at home during our pre-selling period on September 5-9 via or during our post-selling period on September 20-24 at the CSM Bookcorner in Parañaque.

For more details on CSM’s offers, the complete list of new releases, and free downloadable entrance tickets, you may visit or contact 851-0521 and 25 and 0927-548-3567.

OMF Literature Books at MIBF 2016

OMF Literature is launching several titles at the MIBF… and I’m sharing some of them with you!

The Secret Story of Shy Shelly paperback edition! 

I’ve shared my review of The Secret Story of Shy Shelly a few months back and it is a great book to get for your kids and your tweens who are shy!

Meet Justine Hall on a meet and greet session on Sept 14, 2-4pm. For more information, visit

The latest in the Dee the Bee series,written by Joyce Piap-Go, Bee Active.


There is a story-telling session for Bee Active plus meet and greet with author and illustrator on Sept 15, 2-4pm . For more information, check

Nilalagnat si Enat! from the author of Tito Dok Series, Luis Gatmaitan.


The meet and greet session for this book launching is on Sept 16 2 -330pm. For more information, visit

From the Wow God! series, Roar!


Book launching of Roar! will be on Sept 15, 1030-12pm. For more information, visit

From the Happy Home series of Ms. Grace Chong, Bully verses Bully


Meet and greet with the author and illustrator happens on Sept 16 1030am-12pm. For more information, visit

OMF Literature has more exciting events…

  • 30% off Limited Launch Offer on new original and republished titles
  • 20% off all other books, including imported titles, Bibles, multi-media, etc.
  • Additional 5% off on titles at 20% off for Kaibigan and Pastors’ Exclusives card holders
  • Free Kaibigan and Pastors’ Exclusives membership for a minimum purchase of P1,500
  • READiscover Bag (surprise books plus exciting items inside!)
  • Big savings on Book Bundles 
  • Sale pile up to 75% on selected titles
  • Freebies for purchases P1000 and up!
  • Answer  survey and get a surprise item!
  • Take a photo with the book that changed your life at their photo wall, post on social media and get the chance to win a book for you and a friend.
  • Free Uber ride (worth P200) to the SMX Convention Center

Visit OMF Lit website for more information and to get your free tickets to MIBF 2016!

MIBF 2016

For the past 6 years, we have been to the Manila International Book Fair (MIBF). We get books at discounted prices and sometimes, there are learning tools available too! This year’s MIBF is happening on Sept 14-18, 10AM-8PM at the SMX Convention Center in SM MOA Complex, Pasay City.


There are several exhibitors who have already sent out invitations to their book launching…  I will try to feature them every day as MIBF nears!

As Dr. Seuss says ” The more you read, the more things you know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” dr-seuss-reading-quote

See you at the MIBF!

Upcoming Homeschool Workshops

Are you interested to homeschool your children but not quite sure how to do it? You can check out the internet and find hundreds of resources. But sometimes, you may want to interact with others and ask questions directly, so attending conferences and seminars is the next best move.

Here are some upcoming workshops you might want to check out!

The Learning Basket’s The Early Years: Homeschooling 2 to 6 Years Old


This seminar will be happening on June 25, Saturday, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at Learning Plus Bookstore, Ground Floor, Fun Ranch, Pasig City. The learning fee is 600 pesos.

Expect to learn about the mindset of homeschooling your young child,  different activities that you can do at home, take your first steps toward homeschooling your 2 to 6 year old and learn about your homeschooling options in the Philippines.

Click here to register.

Manila Workshop’s Homeschooling Essentials in the South


The event will happen on July 2 Saturday at Insular Life Corporate Centre Corporate Ave, Alabang. The learning fee is 999 pesos.

This workshop aims to explain the essentials of homeschooling like:

Making Your Goals

Making a Mission Statement

Choosing a Curriculum

Making a Lesson Plan

Grades in Homeschooling

Making a Portfolio

Hear from moms who have done homeschooling in different approaches (Eclectic, Literature-based and Waldorf) and be able to ask them your questions.

Inclusions: Homeschooling Planner, Homeschooling Workshop Notebook, Tote Bag with a lot freebies! We also have raffle tickets as well!

To Register, visit: