10 Things We Loved about the Philippine Homeschooling Conference 2016


I am definitely one biased writer here.  So, forgive me.  But then, I also am reviewing this from different perspectives! First of all, I am one of the core members of the Homeschool Association of Philippine Islands (HAPI) that partnered with Educating For Life (EFL) in presenting this year’s conference.  Secondly, I am also one of the workshop speakers for the ”How to Start Your Homeschool Journey” session.  Thirdly, I was a homeschooler attendee myself, overseeing our homeschooled (former and current) children as they volunteered and fourthly, I was an exhibitor in the expo as well representing the Visions of Hope Foundation where I currently sit as board member. Fifthly, I also represented the FB Homeschooling Support groups as Homeschoolers of the Philippines (HOP)…. gasp.. whew… and lastly, I was a homeschool blogger.. so there.  Wow, that sounded like a UNIT STUDY Approach on How to Get Involved in the  Philippine Homeschool Conference! So, hopefully, all that perspective will help equalize my own biases  as I write this ( Honestly, we welcome all positive and constructive feedback! Please comment!).

So here are my favorite things about this year’s run:

  1.  For Homeschoolers, By Homeschoolers:    Just look at the photos.  Nuff said!

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    Eldest son came a bit later with Papa Gilbert. These sweet ones were all ready to work at 7AM!
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    Homeschoolers as Volunteers were up as early as 5 AM! Photo courtesy of Mariel Uyquiengco,
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    Homeschoolers came in full force and were superb hosts!
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    Joy Mendoza, a product of homeschooling, was one of keynote speakers.
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    Homeschooler Alyssa Hao on violin
    Homeschooler Damodar Das Castilo on the Cello
    Homeschooler Damodar Das Castilo on the Cello

    More orchestral music were provided by the Catholic Family Academy Homeschool Orchestra and by the Mercurio Family Ensemble.

Even the some of the kids' activities were led by homeschoolers. Meg and Maddie Barraca taught my daughter ,Raya and niece, Kaila brush calligraphy.
Even the some of the kids’ activities were led by homeschoolers. Homeschoolers teaching other Homeschoolers! Meg and Maddie Barraca taught my daughter Raya and niece, Kaila brush calligraphy.

2. This year’s “title or theme” : From Roots to Wings

I love it.  There are so many ways of looking at it.  From seeds to roots, from walking to flying.  From roots to release.   I just love all the analogies that “roots” and “wings” bring to mind.

3.  The Homeschooling through Stages approach

Whether you are just about to take the plunge, or homeschooling for some time,  whether you are ready to release to college or needing encouragement in your journey, whether you represent a homeschool provider or thinking of putting up one…. there is a room for you in this conference!

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Tried to stay within the 45 minute allotted time to share “How to Start Your Homeschool Journey”

4.  Impactful Keynote Messages

You just wanted to be better in what we were doing. After the morning messages, you just wanted to a better parent (in whatever capacity your season calls you as described by Bro. Bo Sanchez as “control, coach and consultant!”) , a better educator, a better believer, a better neighbor…….

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Ms. Deonna Tanchi- a pioneer in Philippine Homeschooling!
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Bro.  Bo Sanchez
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Learned a whole lot about Relevance in Education! A superb talk on motivation children to learn and love learning by Mr. Andrew Pudewa.
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With speakers Mr. Gary Cox and Mr. Andrew Pudewa

5. Venue

The venue is central, easily accessible for people within Metro Manila.  It was very comfortable and highly conducive for learning. One suggestion I have heard was to create more space for the expo so the aisles are not so cramped.

6.  Relationships Recharged

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FB friends finally meet. With Hazel Bautista!

Seeing familiar ones too!

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One of the highlights was having my sisters join me. Here with our eldest, Maricel Pangilinan-Arenas, governor of Kidzania Manila!
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With familiar friends from Homeschool Global (our family’s homeschool provider), co homeschooling parent and co workshop speaker, Ms. Milona Barraca and our ever so sweet and gracious homeschooling family advisor, Ms. Girlie Argosino.
My families! Buizon family led by sister Felichi with her former homeschooled daughters Tahnee and Kaila, with our Marco, Raya and Gino and my Visions of Hope Foundation family: Arlene, Cheney, Abi and R'love. This is the booth where children help other children!
My families! Buizon family led by  another sister Felichi with her former homeschooled daughters Tahnee and Kaila, with our Marco, Raya and Gino and my Visions of Hope Foundation family: Arlene, Cheney, Abi and R’love. This is the booth where children help other children! Contact them through their website and take part in the many ways your family/children can help other children in our country!

7.  The launch of many firsts!

  • The HapiNews ( hopefully a regular newsletter from HAPI)

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  • HomeschoolTV website,   youtube and FB site!
  • The Philippine Homeschool Conference App  (though others may have  preferred a one page hard copy schedule that they could hold and fold) was quiet useful.
  • The coziest nook ever for FB Homeschooling Support Groups as spearheaded by Ms. Denise Pena
Photo courtesy of Ms. Christine Amador
Photo courtesy of Ms. Christine Amador

8.  Ok, my brother, Senator Kiko Pangilinan’s heartwarming opening remarks was simply the best way to start a conference.  Not only did he launch March 3, 2017 (and promised to file a senate resolution for it)  as the first ever Philippine National Homeschooling Day, “Building Up the Philippines, One Family at a Time” (Congratulations to Ms. Ailene Amargo for this winning tagline!”, he also expressed his support to help in legislation to support all homeschoolers in the Philippines! But I think, our favorite, honestly , was his stories about “homeschooling” his children!

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9. The A-team : Amazing, Adorable, Aweome, Alive, Aggressive, Agile, Alert, Attentive, Assuring. We give the team A+ indeed!

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Educating for Life Workforce! Photo from Ms. Tina Rodriguez
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HAPI! Homeschooler Association of the Philippines  headed by Mr. Edric Mendoza with the movers of HomeschoolTV and Educating for Life ! Photo courtesy of Ms. Laksmi Maluya.
The Maluya Family. Laksmi is our champion from HAPI. Photo provided by Ms. Tina Rodriguez
The Maluya Family. Laksmi is our champion from HAPI. Photo provided by Ms. Tina Rodriguez

10.  The best ever Homeschool Expo/Trade Fair (good thing I was super busy and was able to resist the temptation to purchase and hoard!) with so many exciting, enriching and cool products and super fun activities for kids.

Congratulations to the entire team behind this conference. A job well done, indeed.

So there, how about you?  Any comments or suggestions? Pls feel free to share your thoughts. If you’d like to share more photos on the event, please email me at homescoolph@gmail.com! You may also direct your feedback regarding the recently concluded conference via Philippine Homeschool Conference FB page or www.educatingforlife.co !

Gotta go for!

 

1 Thessalonians 5:18 Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

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