IDMC 2017

I was able to attend IDMC or Intentional DiscipleMaking Conference in Singapore from August 31 to Sept 2 this year. It was unplanned but the Lord blessed me with the airplane and accommodations for the trip. It was my first IDMC experience and it was a beautiful one. It was a heart probing and deep reflection type of conference. I went there with an expectant heart and the Lord has used this conference  to rekindle my spiritual passion.

It was awesome to be with 5,300 delegates from all over the world and be worshipping God together. It was even more special to know that I’m not the only one who wants to  draw nearer to God and have a deeper relationship with Him.

The topics were divided into 7 plenary sessions. And each one focused on how to rekindle our spiritual passion. If you asked me which one was my favorite – I would have to say every session was equally relevant and important. Rev Edmund Chan was able to divide every lesson into bite-sized life application and gives enough time to really reflect on my life after every plenary.

My heart needed to be broken so that the Lord can do an inner work in my life. I must “break up the fallow ground” so that my spiritual passion will be restored. There are 4 areas in my life  which needs to be checked upon – “primal wounds of the heart”, “cyniscism of the mind”, “paralysis of the will” and “overcrowding of the soul”.

I was also able to attend workshops about “keeping fresh in the ministry” and “living the intentional life”.  The workshops were panel discussions among different individual sharing their personal lives and how they relate to the topics. It was a very candid sharing of lives and experiences – which allows the attendees to get a glimpse of how God is working in each of their lives.

I went home broken yet filled because I know that the Lord is with me. His love propels me to move forward in the calling He has set in my life. My spiritual passion is renewed and I pray that in the coming days, I shall always be reminded of all that I have learned from the conference and that I experience God in a deeper way in my life.

 

Philippine Homeschool Conference 2017

For the past years, I have been attending the annual Philippine Homeschool  Conference. It has constantly been a source of inspiration and encouragement for me to go on this less traveled journey of homeschooling. As we have been homeschooling for  the past 7 years now, there are still days that I get frustrated and unsure if what we are doing is enough for my children. Homeschooling conferences always give me that “extra push” I need. The different speakers give me more creative ideas which we implement at home. The products at the Expo always provide good resources which are helpful in making learning at home more fun!

This year’s conference is entitled Homeschool to the Future: Educating for the World of Tomorrow and it is happening on October 7 at Treston International College at BGC in Taguig.

Homeschoolers must learn that education for the future should go beyond mere memory work and these skills are important to succeed : critical thinking skills, creativity, collaboration and problem solving skills.  The conference aims to encourage and equip homeschooling families in their journey through practical breakout sessions, the expo filled with educational materials, and by providing a venue where homeschoolers can meet and gather as a community.

Keynote speakers include:
Sen. Kiko Pangilinan speaking on Back to Basics Parenting in the Technological Age
Efren Penaflorida speaking on Unconventional Education: Empowering the Youth for the Future
Marissa Leinart speaking on The Best Option for Education in the 21st Century: Homeschooling Know Your Kids. Discover Their Passion. Learning Happens

Each attendee can choose 2 Breakout Sessions. Here are the sessions you will choose from:
Session: We Want to Homeschool! Now What?
Session: Homeschool for Free
Session: The Juggling Act: Home Management for Teacher Moms
Session: What I Learned in My Rookie Year of Homeschooling
Session: The Working Homeschool Mom
Session: 7 Tips for Teaching Multiple Age Students Without Losing Your Mind
Session: Narration 101
Session: Carving Out Me-Time for Busy Homeschool Moms
Session: No Fear! Homeschooling Through High School
Session: Technology in Your Homeschool
Session: Raising Financially Literate Kids
Session: That Thing Called “Gap Year”
Session: The Treston Way: Excellent and Ethical Education in a Caring Community

The Early Bird Rate of P800 per person is until Sept 30 only! Hurry! Register now by clicking on this Philippine Homeschool Conference registration link.

See you there!

A Walk Through the Passion of the Christ at Solenad Nuvali

GCF Nuvali Church in partnership with Ayala Malls Solenad brings you A Walk Through the Passion of the Christ. It is a Holy Week event held at the ground floor of Solenad 3 area on April 9-16, 2017.  The purpose of this event is to bless the community of Nuvali by giving an opportunity to reflect and remember who Jesus is and what He has done.

Holy Week is a perfect time to reflect on who Christ is and what He has done. Do visit and experience a different kind of interactive reflection.

 

Building Blocks of Homeschooling Seminar

 

When I started homeschooling 7 years ago, there weren’t much homeschooling workshops or seminars around. I did all my research online and found a few friends who were homeschooling and interviewed them. I actually only attended the homeschool orientation of the homeschool provider I enrolled in and that was it. But parents nowadays have the luxury of attending several seminars and workshops before taking that step of faith and start homeschooling. You can actually have a sneak peak as to how homeschooling is actually done and be a better equipped parent-teacher at home.

Building Blocks of Homeschooling Seminar is a foundational and practical guide to homeschooling featuring Funding Your Homeschooling. The seminar is co-facilitated by sisters and homeschooling experts  Dr. Donna Pangilinan-Simpao and Ms. Felichi Pangilinan-Buizon with a special participation of Ms. Maricel Laxa-Pangilinan.

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According to Donna, it was Felichi who homeschooled a few years ahead and she was the one who influenced or convinced Donna to homeschool as well.

Take a peek at the program of the day!

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The seminar will be on Friday, December 9 from 8:30-12:30pm at  Sun Life Center Fifth Ave corner Rizal Drive, BGC in Taguig City.

For more information, you can check the FB event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/1800930626859368/

The fee is 2,500 pesos. You can get discounts if you buy as a group of 5 or 10.  To buy tickets, please fill out this form: http://bit.ly/2fppO5D

For more inquiries, please contact Gen Mercado at 09167110509.

StART Hope Art Exhibit by Homeschoolers


Are you homeschooling? Do you love making artworks? Then this is your chance to submit your artwork and join a benefit art exhibit by Philippine Homeschoolers from Homeschool @Alabang and Homeschool @Valle Verde as they unite their efforts in pursuit of sharing hope for the hopeless.

StART Hope is the first ever art exhibit curated purely by homeschooled students in the Philippines. The exhibit will run from January 7, 2017 until January 26, 2017 at Kanto Art-Run Space, 2nd floor, Makati Cinema Square, Makati.

 

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The art exhibit is in coordination with Rotary Club District 3830. It aims to bring hope for the children of Wishes of Aid and Limbs for Kids Inc. The main beneficiary of the event is Nice So who is an artist who has been diagnosed with lupus when she was in grade school. Since then, she has used her artistic talents to help other kids with lupus and other incurable diseases.

Nino Hernadez, an international and local contemporary artist and Ginger de Guia, a professional calligraphist who “colors for a purpose”. will be the other featured artists. Another homeschooler and budding artist, Waby Liberia, will also make her debut in the art scene.

If you want to be part of this encouraging art exhibit, you can submit your artwork of any medium in a canvass size of 16×16 with the theme of hope. Please don’t hesitate to contact homeschoolph.starthope@gmail.com for more information.

Let your art make a difference in the life of others.