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 http://www.educatingforlife.co/philippine-homeschool-convention-2018-program/

See you there!

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