Disney Junior Meet & Greet April 2015

Here's your chance to meet Sofia the First, Jake the Neverland Pirate and Doc McStuffins on their visit to Manila & Cebu!

Dates and Venues:
April 10 - 12, 2015 - The Block SM North Edsa
April 17 - 18, 2015 - SM City Cebu

Time Slots:
April 10 - 2pm, 4pm, 6pm
April 11 and 12 - 12pm, 2pm, 4pm and 6pm
April 17 - 2pm, 4pm and 6pm
April 18 - 12pm, 2pm, 4pm and 6pm

1.   Event is open to the general public.
2.   First come, first serve policy applies.
3.   Each group shall be issued 1 stub before the Meet & Greet session. The stubs will be handed out 30 minutes prior the session.
4.   No food, drinks, strollers and sharp & pointed objects allowed in the event area. 
5.   Groups can only take 1 photo per Disney character. 

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Parents Should Show Good Example In Proper Oral Hygiene

Time and time again, we are being reminded of how important it is to take care of the teeth. As parents, we have years of experience of building our personal confidence through education, good character and family upbringing. We also know that having a set of good, not necessarily perfect teeth, is very essential when dealing with other people, but also for our personal health and well-being.
photo from www.smile4life.org.uk

So how do you teach your kids proper oral hygiene to be able to maintain good dental health? Show good example. Show them how you prioritize good oral hygiene by regularly performing these oral hygiene habits:

Brush your teeth daily
Brush your teeth at least twice a day—ideally in the morning after breakfast and in the evening before going to bed. Spend 2-3 minutes for brushing to make sure that your toothbrush reaches every corner of your mouth, including the teeth, gums and tongue.

Floss regularly 
Use a floss to clean the tight spaces between your teeth and under the gumline, which are not reachable by toothbrush. If you find it hard to handle floss properly, use interdental cleaners, like special wooden or plastic pick, as an alternative.

Use mouthwash 
Cosmetic and therapeutic mouthwash can help freshen your breath, especially after eating food or drinking liquids that have strong smell. Take note, however, that the effect of mouthwash is temporary and rinsing doesn’t treat the root cause of bad breath.

Take probiotics 
Bad breath is often caused by poor digestion, which can be solved by cleaning out your gut to flush the toxins and bad bacteria away. Fermented food, like yogurt and kimchi, can help clean your digestive tract and smooth your digestion.

Eat food that are rich in vitamins and minerals 
Get enough fresh fruit and vegetables in your diet, which are good source of vitamins and minerals that promote optimal oral health. Limit consumption of candies and other sweets, which contain too much sugar. The bacteria in your mouth convert the sugar to acid, which attacks your teeth’s enamel, leading to cavities and tooth decay.

Prevent teeth discoloration 
Some people have natural yellowish teeth, but this is not an excuse to ignore unnatural teeth discoloration that is caused by poor dental hygiene and regular consumption of teeth-staining beverages, like tea, coffee and wine. You can use over-the-counter products, like bleach and whitening strips, to remove the stain and whiten your teeth. The safest way, however, is to let your dentist do the job.

Visit your dentist regularly 
Schedule dental check-ups every six months but more often than that if you have dental problems. During a routine check-up, the dentist usually checks your teeth for cavities, signs of decay and gum problems. Your dentist or dental hygienist may also remove plaque build-up through oral prophylaxis (teeth cleaning).

The MediCard free-standing clinics (FSC) offer dental services. To see the list of MediCard FSC, visit www.medicardphils.com and schedule an appointment.

Help Your Child Adapt To K-12

Do you know what's involved in the current K-12 program?

The education program includes mandatory preschool education for five-year old children before entering the 6-year elementary school as well as going through additional 2 years in the  high school or secondary education. Aside from this new structure, the medium of instruction from kindergarten to Grade 3 will now be mother tongue-based. This means that the K to 12 student will be taught the core learning areas using his first language.

The National Achievement Test (popularly known as NAT) will still be administered as an end-of-grade 6 assessment but this time  will serve both as an exit examination from elementary  and entrance examination for Grade 7. Grade 10 students will also go through an assessment to qualify for senior high school and their chosen track.  The end of Grade 12 examination will not only be the end of K to 12 exam but also serve as entrance exam for university.

mommy bloggers on the recent YTC bloggers' get together

How can you help your child transition smoothly and adapt to K-12 without feeling stressed?

Your Tutorial Center (YTC) can help you. This summer, YTC will be offering  bridging programs focusing on developing and strengthening the coping skills  of kindergarten until grade 10 students – in order to smoothly transition from the old to the new curriculum.

Check www.yourtutorialcenter.com or call (number) for more information on Summer K-12 Bridging Programs.

World Famous Humanitarian Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Visits The Philippines

 Sri Sri Ravi Shankar with the kids

World-renowned humanitarian, spiritual leader and ambassador of peace Sri Sri Ravi Shanka will be here in Manila this coming April 8 as he ends his Asian tour.

Sri Sri Ravi Shanka is the founder of The Art of Living Foundation which teaches its members the art of managing the mind and negative emotions to be able to live healthy and happy lives.

The Art of Living's programs include breathing techniques, Yoga, Meditation and simple yet profound life guiding principles. The core technique known as the Sudarshan Kriya, is a powerful and revitalizing breathing technique scientifically proven to be beneficial for the mind and body. Art of Living’s global website, http://www.artofliving.org, states that “Sudarshan Kriya incorporates specific natural rhythms of the breath which harmonize the body, mind and emotions,” It has been proven to be very effective in managing stress, fatigue and negative emotions such as anger, frustration and depression.

In the Philippines, the service arm of the Art of Living deploys volunteers and teachers to conduct workshops free of charge to various sectors of society. One such workshop, BeST (Breath & Sound Therapy) is for marginalized, depressed or traumatized people and communities including victims of calamities in the wake of Typhoon Yolanda and Ondoy. The BeST program is effective regardless of the number of participants, making it recognized by other NGO’s as an effective psychosocial remedy to address deep trauma in large communities where one-on-one sessions are impractical and costly.

On April 8, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar will be at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Pasay City for a speaking engagement.

Tickets are available at Php 300 and P100 for Students, seniors, teachers, NGO workers, Gov. Employees. Group rates are also available. For more information about this event as well as courses offered, contact the Art of Living Foundation at 09178400049 09178484898 or (632) 6222-566/63, info@artofliving.org. To learn more or register online visit www.artofliving.org

Congratulations To 14th Pasiklaban sa Paaralan ICT Winners

We would like to congratulate all the winners of the14th Pasiklaban sa Paaralan ICT Quiz show.

L-R Joshua Abiexer Marayag, Lorma Colleges, La Union, Armel, Vice President, Corporate & Marketing Communications, Diwa Learning Systems Inc. and Rupert Stephen Charles Chua of Tarlac Montessori School, Tarlac City.

Rupert Stephen Charles Chua of Tarlac Montessori School,
Joshua Abiezer Marayag of Lorma Colleges
Aeron Jan Sanidad of The Quantum Acadamy Inc., General Santos City
June Lorenz Capin of University of Nueva Caceres, Naga City
Andrea Nicole Masangkay of Holy Trinity School, Batangas
Emirozz Czarlene Labaria of Bohol Wisdom School, Tagbilaran City

Taking the solar system as a theme this year to highlight its phenomenally out of this world setup and influence, Pasiklaban sa Paaralan is a testament to the commitment of its organizer Diwa Learning Systems Inc, the country’s leading provider of print and digital educational resources, to innovation. “Since it took off 14 years ago, long before the K-to-12 Program and when pen and paper was its primary competition tool, Pasiklaban already saw how important it is for students to have a fun learning environment that allows them to think critically and to develop their collaboration skill,” said Diwa Executive Vice President Elma Ropeta while explaining Pasiklaban’s strong appeal in attracting the participation of schools across the country. 

From 2009 to 2015 alone, Pasiklaban has been to more than 300 locations, has visited more than 3000 schools, and has attracted the participation of more than 6000 students. Where Pasiklaban is going next is something that should excite us – both in terms of location and technology. As Pasiklaban is getting ready for its 15th anniversary, we too should start getting all hyped up for the surprises the original, unequalled mobile quiz show will unleash on its SY 2015-2016 kickoff at SmartKids Asia Philippines this August.

To learn more about Diwa and its products and services, log on to www.diwa.ph.