Do you want to experience a Winter Garden during summer? I hope Special Education Philippines’ readers can join me as ‘Japanese Micropop’ comes to the Metropolitan Museum of Manila this February as it opens “WINTER GARDEN: the Exploration of Micropop Imagination in Contemporary Japanese Art”, a contemporary exhibition made possible through partnership of the MET with the Japan Foundation.
Art critic Midori Matsui, curator of WINTER GARDEN, explains that the exhibition is “a desolate garden in winter and a hothouse for rearing plants from the differing climate.”
What can I see at the Winter Garden Exhibition?
I have supported 3M for so many years now because it has never let me down. I always have a Post-It note in my bag even on my desktop in different colours. 3M prides itself as “a global innovation company that never stops inventing”.
How does 3M define innovation?
3M defines innovation as the transformation of ideas into commercially viable solutions, applying creativity to deliver practical and valuable output. It is a chain reaction of idea generation and real-life application. Whether the free-flow of ideas and solutions in 3M occurs among people, technologies, industries, or geographies, the human and technological connections enable infinite combination and application of expertise. This creative vibrancy and pursuit of possibility is integral to 3M’s definition of partnership.
Innovation as defined by 3M, encourages risk-taking and rejects settling for the ordinary. The company’s signature approach problem-solving integrates creative application of talent and technology to come up with sustainable solutions of tomorrow with a focus on progress.
What is Innovation in the Workplace? The 15% Rule
On a Saturday morning of the 15th of February 2014, my best buddies and I (my family) are in the car very early in the morning looking for Unilab Bayanihan Center. When I arrived at the venue, Ms. Diana Rihl Penniman, Best Buddies International Programs Deputy Director, was already talking about how to become a best buddy. She was also discussing the different Best Buddies programs.
Since this is the first time I’ve heard of Best Buddies, I tried my best to catch up on the topic. It was a good thing that one of the Best Buddies representatives for the Manila chapter, Ms. Anj Onrubia, was seated behind me so I can ask her anytime I need to.
There are two events organized by BBI for the month of February. The one I attended is called Best Buddies Advisors/Coordinators’ Training. Today, there will be an open house at The Forum, Fully Booked, Bonifacio High Street between 2 to 5pm.
Some Interesting Points I learned at the BBI Training:
When you are in the presence of an art work that goes beyond being “pretty to look at”, you realize that there are so many things that you still do not know. It’s a good thing that I am naturally curious and always in awe when learning new things. That is why even though I am a complete novice when it comes to appreciating sculptures, it did not intimidate me to attend such a grand event at the Metropolitan Museum of Manila.
When I approached one of the staff from Metropolitan Museum to ask “What is Abueva?” and received a response, “Oh, Mr. Abueva is a national Filipino artist.”, I really felt ashamed that I am not even aware of such a gifted person here in the Philippines. That’s why I dedicate this post to the teachers who will go beyond their call of duty to suggest places to visit during the holidays for their students’ enrichment; to the parents who will give priority to the value of appreciating our rich culture to our children; and to my fellow Filipinos, who in one way or another, would like to start recognizing how amazingly talented our Filipino artists are.
Who is Napolean Abueva?
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Der Kaufmann (The Merchant of Venice) is a play is about a bitter detested Jewish moneylender who seeks revenge against a Christian merchant who has defaulted on a loan.
What is Der Kaufmann?
How do you spell “Ideal Happiness” for us SPED advocates?
To try to answer that question, I find this quote appropriate: “Happiness is a choice, Your Choice”.
Which leads to my next question, “If you were able to make your own choice today, will you still choose to advocate for special education?
I felt all different sort of emotions in one moment. I think that’s too much for just a moment but I’m happy that I felt them. On a very rainy Sunday, I went to CCP to watch the last show of Ibalong. Before entering the theatre I thought to myself “Do I really have the time to be watching right now? Do I have a right to enjoy a play knowing that I have a gazillion other things to do?
Our schedules here at home are so hectic my family has to be in three different locations at the same time. I worry about my husband though who is also the automatic designated chauffer on this very damp weather. However, I said I will support Ibalong and that was a promise I made weeks ago.
I arrived early in the theatre so I passed the time reading about Critical & Creative Thinking by Dr. Richard Paul & Dr. Linda Elder.
“A product of intellectual work that makes no sense, that cannot be rationally analyzed and assessed, that cannot be incorporated into other intellectual work, or used – and hence that cannot play a role in any academic tradition or discipline – is unintelligible”
By that definition, I concur that a theater play is an intelligible creative product because it meets the requirements of what is NOT an unintelligible product is.
And so I wondered, “Why would our students, teachers or any Juan for that matter watch an intelligible creative product on a very rainy Sunday? Why value this education?”
These are my reasons…
Hindi pala lahat ng umaga ay maliwanag…
As a blogger sometimes I get really interesting media invites. I am always surprised when they invite me to such events thinking, “Why would they want to have an education blogger in their media event?” It is also a challenge for me to decide if & how this event will be aligned with Special Education Philippines. There are some events I really have to turn down. Not because, I don’t think it’s not an interesting event but I may not be the best person to talk about the brand. In such cases I would rather read someone else’s blog or better yet read news than write on a topic that may result only to mis-communication or misunderstanding online.
On the other hand, this was not the case when I went to the Singapore Tourism Board’s event at Mandarin Hotel. You see I attended a similar event some time last year for Malaysia. I realized then that travelling provides a different kind of education that the four walls of the classroom cannot provide. For example, even if you have the best multimedia presentation, swimming side-by-side a butanding (whaleshark) in Donsol is sooooo surreal it literally takes your breath away. For those who travel (and enjoy it) you probably had felt the exhilaration I am trying to describe here.
I am creating this post today for different reasons…
… as a parent of a child with special needs
… as a partner of a spouse with special needs
… as a teacher
…as a mother
… as a human being grieving
but no matter what I say I can only imagine what life is right now for the Stapletons
I do have one personal favor to ask before you read the news about this devastating event,