My Day at the Philippine Homeschool Conference 2015

I was at the Samsung Hall of SM Aura last October 17, 2015 to attend the Philippine Homeschool Conference 2015: Ready for the World event by Manila Workshops, HAPI and The Learning Basket. It was my first time in the venue and I was quite impressed. There were many people filling up the seats by 8:45AM. And soon, the conference started with Mr. Edric Mendoza, president of HAPI or Homeschoolers Association of the Philippine Islands welcomed everyone to the venue.


The first keynote speaker is Mr. Michael Donnelly, Director for Global Outreach of HSLDA and GHEC 2016.  He shared how homeschooling in such a time as this is not only helping your own families but answering a call to be part of a homeschool movement globally. His message was encouraging as he reminded us that nothing is really neutral, either they are used for God’s purposes or against him. He also reminded the audience to defend their families and culture and not to lose the right to teach their own children, as some countries like Germany and Sweden have banned homeschooling already.
IMG_4979 IMG_4978He summarized what homeschooling means to parents. He said “Homeschooling is the most effective way for parents to fulfill the role of stewards of our children to help them understand who they are and to be able to serve God.”

Then I went to SMX Convention Center Rooms and attended the workshop “Getting Your Children Ready for the World Through Independent Homeschooling” by Ms. Ched Arzadon.  I arrived a bit late as I passed the exhibit hall to check out what items were being sold and had to look for the venue. It was a very informative talk. She gave a brief history of mass schooling, alternative to mainsteam schools and last half of her talk was all about independent homeschooling. She gave examples of varied approaches and even discussed how and where to get Dep Ed accreditation tests and exams. She mentioned the A&E Test, PVT and PEPT.

For someone who is interested to know more about independent homeschooling in the Philippines, it was a must-attend workshop! I am so glad that she gave out hand-outs to the participants, so I can go back to the details if needed.

I attended the 2nd workshop entitled “Give Me One Good Reason to Homeschool” by Mr. Davis Carman. He is the husband of Rachel Carman and is the proprietor of the Apologia Educational Ministries. IMG_4998

He shared a fun list of reasons you’d want to homeschool your children which includes never missing the bus, cooking can count as learning, reading the Bible and praying aloud is allowed, wearing pajamas all day, student can do school work with their pets close by, kids can play outside, Lego playing is counted as learning…. but then he also shared a more serious list of reasons why you’d want to homeschool your child.

It’s a walk of faith. Teaching from a Christian worldview. Kids can explore creation outdoors and it births a love of learning in the kids. The family can do a lot of reading together. Individualized instruction. Positive social context of family and academic excellence.

Though I have been homeschooling for the past 6 years now, I am thankful to have attended this workshop. It reminded me why we are doing what we are doing and that we should carry on until God leads us otherwise.

The last workshop I attended was a forum facilitated by Mr. Edric Mendoza and the guest panelists are from Dep Ed and the principal of The Master’s Academy. The guests from Dep Ed were undersecretary Umali and the NCR deputy. The topics discussed revolved on accreditation, requirements to be a homeschool parent and K-12 specifically Senior High School.  At the end of the discussion, Dep Ed said that they would like the homeschool providers to submit to them their plans for Senior HighSchool and see if it will match what Dep Ed wants. Because as of today, there are no accredited homeschool providers for Senior High School yet.

The last keynote speaker for the day is Ms. Rachel Carman. She is the author of best-selling books and is a sought after speaker across the United States, Europe, Asia and Africa. She talked about “Teaching Foundational Truth”.

It was a super packed talk and I just had to capture it in photos to remember key points.


She discussed what truth is and how the world has been changing its very definition.

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Truth can only be found in the Word of God and it gives us all the information and truth that we will ever need. She also shared some resources we can use to know more about the truth.


The whole conference exceeded my expectations and I was certainly grateful that I was given the chance to attend. For someone who has been homeschooling for the past 6 years, this conference was a breath of fresh air. It was also equipping to know the global perspective of homeschooling and how to homeschool independently.

Even the exhibit was quite different from previous years and a lot bigger as well. I am also happy that there were workshops for children happening at the same time too. Hopefully, in the future conferences, there will be more curriculum vendors too!

It was a day off well spent! Homeschooling in the Philippines is getting bigger and I am grateful that God allowed us to be part of it!

Philippine Homeschool Conference 2015 and A Giveaway!

If you are interested to homeschool your children or want to know how homeschooling works or are currently homeschooling your child, you are invited to attend the Philippines Homeschool Conference 2015 brought to you by  Homeschool Association of the Philippine Islands, Manila Workshops and The Learning Basket.


Philippine Homeschool Conference 2015 : Ready for the World is happening on October 17, 2015 8am-5pm at Samsung Hall, Meeting Rooms 4-6 at SM Aura, SMX Convention Center in Taguig City.

The main speakers are homeschool advocates and international speakers from the US: Michael Donnelly, Director for Global Outreach HSLDA and GHEC 2016; and Rachael Carman, best-selling author, publisher-Apologia Series, and mother of 7 kids.


There will be breakout sessions to choose from with the following topics:

  • Singled Out by Mike Donnelly
  • Give Me One Good Reason to Homeschool by Davis Carman (Rachael Carman’s husband)
  • Homeschool 101 with Tina Rodriguez

  • Getting Homeschoolers Ready for the World through Independent Homeschooling with Ched Arzadon
  • Stretching Your P100 (because it’s important to be money-wise to be able to homeschool thriftily but effectively) by Chinkee Tan,

  • Parenting Basics: Getting Your Children To Listen and Learn by Edric and Joy Mendoza
    Blurbs_Mendozas  There will also be a forum with Dep-Ed and K-12 requirements. You may check out this link for detailed program about the conference.

Aside from the inspiring talks, there will be an exhibit area of various learning providers, educational tools, toys and books for all the homeschool families! This area will be open to the public for a minimal amount of 50 pesos per head.

For children who would come along with their parents, they can choose from different learning activities for a fee of 500 pesos each. They can choose to learn about Cross Stitching, Mandala, String Art and Dream Catcher from DMC and Basic Calligraphy.


The early bird rate of 1,000 pesos for the all access pass is  extended until October 10! The regular rate for the all access pass is 1,200 pesos.  To register, please visit and use MJCAHOMESCHCONF2 as your referral code.

FLASH GIVEAWAY! For my readers who want to attend this conference,  you have a chance of winning (1) ALL ACCESS PASS to the conference. Raffle closes by midnight on Monday, Oct 11.

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See you there!


Expo Mom Goes South!

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Mommy Mundo’s Expo Mom is going south! Happening on June 28 2015 from 10am to 6pm at the grand ballroom of Crimson Hotel in Filinvest, Alabang.  As with previous Expo Moms, you can expect to see many mom approved products and feature booths! There are many items for pregnancy, attachment parenting, babycare, toddler and kids! It is an event for the whole family as there will be free activities for families as well.

For more information, visit

MV Logos Hope in Subic Bay 2015

It has been raining for the past days and it seems that summer season has ended. We haven’t been able to go to the beach or anywhere for the summer vacation. But we are quite excited to head to Subic and Baguio by next month! We haven’t been to Subic for the past 5 years and the kids have never been to Baguio yet. Here’s hoping that our trip pushes through.

We intend to go to MV Logos Hope as it docks at Subic Bay Freeport Zone from June 9-July 5.  The MV Logos Hope is the world’s largest floating book fair together with International crew from over 60 countries!

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If you are planning a road trip soon, don’t forget to drop by MV Logos Hope!

Expo Mom 2015: #MomManifesto

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Expo Mom 2015 takes a different turn this year as it focuses on the moms! Mommy Mundo encourages moms to reflect and discover themselves through the the Mom Manifesto campaign which happened from April 22-May 20. Taking only 15 minutes to complete each session, the online workshop helps moms to become more intentional with the way they use their time and be aware of their missions, not only as moms but as fulfilled women, whether they are working or staying at home.

During Expo Mom 2015 which happens on May 22-25 at the Glorietta 2 Palm Drive, Makati City, there will be a culminating activity for all moms who joined this campaign. They will also get to share their #MomManifesto . Expo Mom 2015 celebrates the purposeful moms who knows her mission in life, her goals and priorities, her hopes and dreams!

Of course, the trademark fair of mom-approved and mom-tested products and services during the annual Expo Mom event will also be worth visiting! Each year, there are many products that I have personally discovered for my kids through Expo Mom exhibits.

Expo Mom 2015: #MomManifesto is co-presented by Cordlife Philippines, supported by Huggies, Cycles Mid Detergent, Fern-C, Nurture Nook, Pioneer Insurance, JoomaJam, Wang Videography, ImagineNation Photography, and media partners Working Mom Magazine, Rappler,, Crossover 105.1, Newlyweds@Work, and venue partner Glorietta and Ayala Center.

Donations in cash and kind (books, school supplies, clothes and shoes) will be accepted at the entrance of the expo. All proceeds will go to MomShare’s partner beneficiary, Childhope Asia Philippines. This is for the literacy and health programs for street children under its care.

For more information, visit Expo Mom on the web.