THE PHILIPPINE HOMESCHOOL CONFERENCE 2017: EDUCATING FOR THE WORLD OF TOMORROW



The Homeschool Association of the Philippine Islands, or HAPI, is an organization that hopes “to see home education recognised as an available and respected form of education, shaping leaders and movers who will build our nation.” HAPI aims to do this by equipping organisations and homeschooling groups in growing the national movement and, thus, build the nation through homeschooling.
To make it simple, HAPI hopes to make newbie, “wannabe,” and more experienced homeschoolers well, happy, by providing encouragement and support in different ways.

One of these ways is via the annual Philippine Homeschool Conference, a gathering full of information and inspiration for people who want to learn more about homeschooling, are just starting out, or want to improve their homeschooling experience. The conference – specifically by way of its Expo – is also a venue where homeschoolers (and even non-homeschoolers!) can look at and purchase materials, plus get to know more about services and programs that may aid them in their homeschooling.


The Philippine Homeschool Conference: The most anticipated gathering of homeschoolers in the Philippines

HAPI is indeed happy that the Philippine Homeschool Conference (PHC) has become the yearly “cannot-be-missed” event of homeschoolers in the Philippines. Parents who have attended previous conferences will agree that it is something definitely worth going to.

For example, here’s what entrepreneur, AirBnB Superhost, blogger, wife, and homeschooling mom of three Leny Yusay has to say about last year’s Conference: “I was with my daughter. We came out with so many new things to apply to our journey.”

Another conference attendee, editor and homeschooling-mom-of-one Mich Dumlao Nicolas, shares, “I enjoyed the talks I attended (since I also had a booth, I was in and out of the session area). They were informative and I learned new things. I was also encouraged to see how many of us are homeschoolers.”

Financial consultant, breastfeeding peer counselor, and homeschooling mother of one Nica Azur, who was also at the PHC last year (shown here on the farthest left, with her mommy friends), says, “I learned a lot, like the ins and outs of homeschooling, challenges and how to deal with them, technical aspects of homeschooling, etc. I recommend this to my friends even if they are not really planning to homeschool; they can still apply some teaching techniques to their child.”


The PHC is also a great venue for first-time homeschoolers, like Jane De Real, a former corporate trainer who chose to stay at home to raise, train, and homeschool her two children. Jane was at the PHC 2016 with her husband and then-eight-month-old. She shares, “We learned a lot and it convinced my husband to homeschool. We began our journey with our three-year-old last year.”

Of course, the Philippine Homeschool Conference Expo is something that attendees always look forward to. Doctor, entrepreneur, and homeschooling mom of four Jade Mariñas came to last year’s Conference with her husband and little one, all the way from Dipolog City. She says that the Expo “was cool,” and she was glad that the Facebook support groups for homeschoolers had their own booths in the Expo area.

“It was definitely fun to meet fellow moms whom I only interact with on Facebook,” she adds. “I also wouldn’t pass up the chance to check out and shop for homeschool materials, books, books, and more! I will highly recommend attendance to this year’s conference.”

The PHC 2017: Homeschool to the Future

This year, HAPI, with Educating for Life as the Conference organizer, is setting up the PHC to be an event that will inspire and equip parents to “homeschool to the future.”

As we all know, the world we live in has changed drastically over the past few years. Everything is fast-paced and almost instant. With the advent of the Internet Age, information is literally available with a press of a button.

With these changes, the educational sphere has also changed a lot. Educators are beginning to realize that beyond rote memorization and spewing out of data, students today must learn what to do with the information that they have.

The more valuable skills to be learned are critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, and problem-solving – skills that homeschoolers can embrace and promote in their homes. Children are taught to learn how to learn – and love how to learn – as they make use of the technology and resources available to them.

This is the inspiration behind the theme of this year’s Philippine Homeschool Conference: “Homeschool to the Future: Educating for the World of Tomorrow.” As in previous years, 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.

The PHC 2017 will take place from 7 a.m. (start of registration) to 6 p.m. on October 7, 2017 at Treston International College in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. Treston is an institution that openly supports and accepts homeschooling, and HAPI is grateful for their partnership for this year’s Conference.

Bearing the theme in mind, the Conference’s line-up of speakers includes international and local speakers who are a mixture of experienced homeschoolers and passionate advocates of homeschooling and education.

The PHC 2017 Expo is also sure to delight any homeschooler (or any parent who is intentional with their children’s education for that matter) with its offerings of products and services that can help them provide their kids with a rich learning experience.


PHC 2017 Topics and Speakers


This year’s conference topics have the good old “basics” of educating one’s children in mind, while also helping them to prepare for the future. The topics were also prepared with different kinds of parents in mind: those curious about homeschooling; those just starting their journey; those who are already homeschooling; and even those who are attracted to homeschooling but can’t do it for some reason or another, yet still want to be hands-on with their children’s education.

The keynote topics will be given by passionate homeschooling leaders and committed advocates of education:


Back-to-Basics Parenting in the Technological Age (by Senator Francis Pangilinan)

We live in a fast-paced, instant-gratification world, but there are age-old, universal values that parents need to impart to their children. Sen. Francis Pangilinan, a champion of homeschoolers and author of Resolution 308 declaring March 3 as National Homeschool Day, will share the wisdom he gained from raising his own brood of this new generation of Filipinos.


Unconventional Education: Empowering the Youth for the Future (by Efren Peñaflorida Jr.)

Just like homeschooling, Efren Peñaflorida Jr.’s acclaimed project called “Kariton Klasrum” is as unconventional as education goes. This 2009 CNN Hero of the Year awardee and 2016 CNN Superhero of the Decade finalist will inspire homeschoolers to continue their journey of this road-less-travelled way of teaching as he shares real stories of how his out-of-the-box method of education has changed the lives of families, one student at a time.

The Best Option for Education in the 21st Century: Homeschooling. Know Your Kids. Discover Their Passion. Learning Happens (by Marissa Leinart)

After 17 years homeschooling her 2 children and speaking at several Great Homeschool Convention workshops in the U.S., Marissa shares why we need to “C-A-R-E”  about our children’s education and the surprising rewards that come toward the end of your homeschooling journey. Besides being what many would consider a “veteran homeschooler,” Marissa is also an Emmy-award winning broadcaster, Great Homeschool Convention speaker, narrator for Apologia books, and founder of www.TheHomeschoolRevolution.com.


In addition to these inspiring and information-packed keynotes, every conference attendee will definitely find something “fit” for their unique homeschooling situation in the practical Breakout Sessions lined up for the conference. Participants may choose two of the topics for the Breakout Sessions.

There will also be a special session on the topic “The 21st Century Learner,” to be given by guest speaker Sheryl Genuino-See, M.A., an educator, motivational speaker, and award-winning social entrepreneur.

(For detailed descriptions of each Keynote and Breakout Sessions topic, plus each speaker’s profile, please refer to the separate document in the PHC 2017 Media Kit with the file name “PHC 2017 Topics and Speakers” or visit www.educatingforlife.co)


PHC 2017 Fees

For inspiring keynote talks by well-known homeschooling and education advocates, practical, information-packed breakout sessions, and access to the PHC 2017 Expo filled with vendors servicing the homeschooling community (and families in general), the conference’s Early Bird Rate of P800 per head is definitely a steal.

The Early Bird Rate is applicable until Sept. 30, 2017 only, after which the Walk-In Rate of P1,000 per head applies.

Participants who wish to bring their children can do so but need to take note of the following:

      Children 3 years old and below who will be joining their parents in the keynote talks and breakout sessions get in free but with lap seating privileges only.

      Children 4 years old and above who will be joining their parents all throughout the talks and sessions pay P800 per head (but again, this Early Bird Rate applies only until Sept. 30, after which the Walk-In Rate of P1,000 per head applies).

      Parents can also opt to have their children join the Children's Activities in designated areas for a fee per activity.* (Details of these activities will be posted soon on www.educatingforlife.co) *IMPORTANT: For safety and security, children need to be under the supervision of a trusted adult companion at all times.

To register and/or learn more about the PHC 2017 registration process, participants may log on to http://bit.ly/phc2017reg for complete details.


Official Conference Sponsors and Partners

The PHC 2017 Organizers would like to thank the following for supporting our conference:

CO-SPONSOR: Treston International College

MAJOR SPONSOR:
Fetch Valet Service http://www.fetch.com.ph/

We all know that parking in super-congested Manila can be as difficult as getting stuck in traffic. That's why, for our participants' convenience, we partnered with a cool valet service. For the Philippine Homeschool Conference, they are providing a special flat rate of just 90 pesos for valet service AND parking.

Just download their app from the App Store (for iPhone) or send them a message through Facebook (FB) Messenger to pre-book their service and avail of the special rate.

What's great about this valet parking service is that they will send a photo of where your car is exactly parked through the app or FB Messenger.

Most importantly, they have insurance to cover any damages caused by their valets.

So convenient and affordable, just for the participants of this year's Philippine Homeschool Conference!

Download the Fetch app here or send them a message through Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FetchValet/.

MINOR SPONSORS: Heartshaper Philippines, Ninja Academy, The Learning Basket

MEDIA PARTNERS:
ANC (ABS-CBN News Network)
Crossover FM 105.1
Homeschool TV
United Neon

OFFICIAL RADIO PARTNER:
Mom’s Radio


Spread the Word; Share the HAPI-ness

With everything HAPI has lined up for the PHC 2017, aspiring, newbie, and experienced homeschoolers alike will definitely not want to miss the biggest homeschooling event in the Philippines. In the words of PHC 2016 attendee Therese Habana, “Last year’s conference was very enriching! Looking forward to this year’s conference.”

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Follow the following social media accounts to get updates and help spread the word about the PHC 2017:

Philippine Homeschool Conference on Facebook
Philippine Homeschool Conference 2017 Event Page on Facebook
Homeschool Association of the Philippine Islands on Facebook
 Or look for the hashtags #PHC2017 and/or #homeschooltothefuture


For more details of the PHC 2017, please visit the PHC 2017 event organizer’s website www.educatingforlife.co



ABOUT THE PHC 2017 ORGANIZERS

The Homeschool Association of the Philippine Islands (HAPI), is a non-stock, non-profit organisation that aims to equip homeschooling groups and organisations in growing the national homeschooling movement. HAPI has partnered with Educating For Life (EFL) to mount the Philippine Homeschool Conference 2017. EFL was founded by homeschooling parents to support families who have courageously decided to take the path less taken in educating their children.

Rainy Weather Tips For Practical Moms



The rainy season is expected to last a few more months. Besides torrential rains, everyone is warned against strong winds and flooding and advised to stay warm and safe. 

Number one homegrown appliance manufacturer Hanabishi supports practical parents in looking after the family during this season of unpredictable weather. With its quality yet budget-friendly appliances, Hanabishi hopes to enable families to stay safe and heathy, especially since more typhoons are expected to hit the country in the months ahead. 

Be fully informed

Stormy weather brings not just heavy rains but flooding as well. With classes and work getting suspended on such occasions, people are forced to stay indoors. 

Besides using the opportunity to catch up on chores and much-needed R&R, seize the chance to stay up-to-date with the latest information, particularly about the weather. Monitor weather updates and watch news programs on a Hanabishi LED TV. 

Hanabishi’s range of high-definition TVs features 1366x768 pixels to 1920x1080 pixels for full HD capability, able to provide clear images and sharp details. These slim TVs are available in 20- to 50-inch models, with prices starting at Php6,499.

Make indoor time more fun, particularly for the younger ones, with a movie or two. Hanabishi LED TVs boast enhanced color imaging and audio equalizer for a superb viewing experience.

Stock on food

Upon learning of incoming inclement weather, it is always best to prepare for what might happen. In addition to securing the house and other belongings, store food, water, medicines and other emergency items. Even if a market or grocery store is just a stone’s throw away, it is important to be ready for any emergency during a stormy weather such as brownouts or flooding, which will keep the family indoors.

When buying foods for these situations, non-perishable items constitute a priority. Hence, most mothers stock up with canned goods and items with a long shelf life such as dried fish. Others also buy packs of processed foods such as frozen meats, which can be kept in the freezer for some time. But to factor in the possibility of power outages, some may store ice in plastic bags in the freezer and transfer them to an ice chest.

Hanabishi’s line of refrigerators features advanced cooling system, high cooling efficiency and bigger freezer storage space to let practical moms ensure the family has enough food supply to outlast a tropical storm or several days of heavy monsoon rains. The bigger freezer space also helps produce more ice in anticipation of brownouts. Some units even have a separate freezer, ideal for storing food without consuming more power.  The refrigerators are likewise equipped with mechanical temperature control that allows easier temperature adjustment depending on the contents of the fridge. 



Available in six models – the HAMDDREF 48, 38 and 28 and HADDREF 75, 90 and 75 NOF – Hanabishi refrigerators adopt an energy-saving design. High-end units come with an external condenser for better cooling without increasing energy consumption.

Stay warm 

What better way to spend a rainy day indoors than with a bowl of soup while huddled together with the rest of the family. Besides staying nourished, the time together will bring the family closer than ever.

Hanabishi’s new induction cooker makes it easier for practical moms to prepare a warm meal for the family even during a stormy day. It makes cooking twice as fast by efficiently conducting heat toward the cooking pot. Hanabishi’s induction cooker is equipped with five cooking functions–soup, braise, boil, fry and hot pot– so even amateur cooks can come up with new dishes. A more advanced induction cooker can support slow fire, fierce fire and even deep frying for experimenting in the kitchen. 

Proven to deliver 80 percent more cooking efficiency, Hanabishi induction cookers are available in two variants. Hanabishi HIC 90 and HIC 200 induction cookers feature a high-quality ceramic plate and an LED display. These slim cookers have auto overheat cut off, adjustable power level and timer control.

Keep clothes clean and dry

With continuous rains, another challenge for mothers is managing the laundry. Clothes that do not dry under the sun or are made to dry indoors can smell bad.  

Make rainy-day laundry work less of a hassle with Hanabishi washing machines, which come in fully automatic, semi-automatic and manual variants. Some units feature air drying, which not only makes drying faster and easier but is gentle on the clothes and causes fewer wrinkles. 

Hanabishi Washing Machine Twin Tub variants have a durable, rust- and rat-proof body and low-noise design. They can handle more than 11kg of clothes, ensuring there will be enough clean clothes to keep the family warm on cold, rainy nights. With 5 models to choose from, Hanabishi’s Twin Tub variants vary between Oceanic and Marine series.

 The Oceanic series of washing machines includes the HWM 2115, HWM 210 and HWM 270, which are all available in red and blue models. The Marine series, meanwhile, includes the HWM 285 and 268 washing machines. 

About Hanabishi

For more than three decades, Hanabishi has established its reputation as a provider of affordable yet quality home products, which paved the way for its tagline “Kapartner ng Praktikal na Nanay at Bossing.”

Hanabishi’s consumer products are available at leading appliance and department stores nationwide. For more information about Hanabishi, please visit www.myhanabishi.com/shop/ and like them on Facebook: www.facebook.com/MyHanabishiAppliances/.