Der Kaufmann: The Merchant of Venice Is In Manila

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? 

DER KAUFMANN (miniposter)

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How do you spell “Ideal Happiness” SPED Advocates?

Ideal Happiness for SPED Advocates

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”.



happiness is a 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?

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Tanghalang Pilipino Please Keep Ibalong in Your List of Plays Every Season

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…

Ibalong Theater Play Musical Tanghalang Pilipino Special Education Philippines

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Travelling Provides a Classroom without Borders

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.
Singapore Educational Tours


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.

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Prayers for the Stapleton Family

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

kindness and manners


I do have one personal favor to ask before you read the news about this devastating event,

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Homemazing Experience for Homeschoolers

I remember going to my first “Homemazing Workshop” at SM North Edsa last year. That time, I went with a friend then who urged me to buy a Good Housekeeping magazine for the two of us. That purchase was a blessing because at the end of the workshop I went home with the third prize for the raffle. Hoping my luck will improve this time, I bought another Good Housekeeping magazine so I can join again the raffle for the Homemazing workshop at Alabang Town Center (ATC).


Ms. Tisha, editor of Good Housekeeping, was still pregnant the last time I saw her (naturally she gave birth after 9 months of being pregnant) and I was amazed to see her back to her pre-pregnancy figure. In the last Homemazing workshop, I learned tips as a homemaker on how to de-clutter. This time, I attended the workshop with a different mindset:




If I am homeschooling and I want to create an environment that is efficient, organized and clutter-free for my child, which 3M products can help me do that?

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Stay In School, New School or No School?

Sometimes we think that finding a good school can help our children actually do better in school. If that is really the case then these schools will have zero drop-outs. However, is that really the case here in the Philippines? On a related note, I remember Dr. Queenie Lee-Chua saying that tutorial centers along Katipunan is a booming business. She even joked that in Ateneo there is a remedial class for those who are in remedial class already. Now, I don’t think that is an isolated case for Ateneo or other big schools. So why is a good school not the sole answer to our children’s problems in school?

don't give up


Because school is not the be all and end all of a child’s life in school. Some will say “I can’t just drop out from work and dedicate my life to my children to homeschool. Times are different now. Both parents have to work just to survive.” or “Do you know how long is the queue for a formal assessment not to mention how expensive it is!”. Personally, this for me is the worst thing a parent can say “My child does not have a problem.” while ignoring all his struggles in school. (Why did you think we called you for a PTC??? On a side note, I wish there is a PTC also for just sharing wins. Wait, there is but not all schools might have that. :P )


Going back to the topic…

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Fit Brains Learn Better (Part 1)

Fit Brains Learn better

Early this year I attended the fist Brain Fitness Conference organized by BrainFit Philippines. Because I registered, I received an update from BrainFit that they will be launching a book entitled “Fit Brains Learn Better! A Chronicle of 12 Years of Brain Fitness Training.” Interesting sounding book isn’t it? Why? First, I it was only less than a year that I became aware of the fact that there is a certain thing such as brain fitness. Second, finding out that brain fitness has been existent for more than a decade is quite overwhelming for me. Naturally, I am interested to read more about this topic.


Fit Brains Learn better


My child who has ADHD took a COGMAP from BrainFit this month. Due to persistent rains this past two weeks, we haven’t had a meeting to discuss the results of the COGMAP yet. I am really anticipating hearing what the results of the standardized tests are. I promised the readers that I will post an objective account of our experience of taking the COGMAP here soon so watch out for that.


For now let’s talk about the science behind brain fitness. Are you ready?

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Rain or Shine Mom

This comment was from one of the posts that disappeared thanks to uninvited friends from Turkey who hacked the Special Education Philippines website a few months ago. What I learned from those months of hiatus is that I cannot just give up… even if my knowledge of fixing a website is very limited and that I had no idea where I’m going to start. In the end, I saw it an opportunity to work on some of the things I was trying to improve about myself: asking for help and letting go.


Yet, it was just unfortunate that it took such a looooooong time to sort out through all the spam and real comments I received in my inbox. Finally, I read this comment from Ms. Rain or Shine (her real name, lol) for one of the missing posts.


From: Mrs. Rain or Shine,

My son was diagnosed ASD at the age of 3. We enrolled him in an intervention program for almost 2 years but because of financial problem we stopped.
boy on a boat

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Does School Kill Creativity?

One morning, I spent some time looking for a new Facebook cover for the Special Education Philippines FB Page. I found one that really caught my attention visually and emotionally. It says “In the eyes of a child, you will see… the world as it should be.” In this light, I will reflect on the message of Sir Ken Robinson in line with a class discussion I had in my Master’s class on critical and creative thinking. That is, like a child, I am taking a risk to say what is really on my mind and if I do commit any mistake I wish to realize it and hopefully, learn from it.


Sir Ken Robinson’s TED Talk is entitled “How School Kills Creativity“.


I have been listening to TED talks for quite some time now but this is the first time I’ve watched the TED talk of Sir Ken Robinson. Listening to his talk, made me realize three things:

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