Friday, January 1, 2016

Thank you, 2015! Welcome, 2016!

Before anything allow me first to greet you all a merry late Christmas! Hope you had a great noche buena and a quality time with your family. As for me, it was a roller-coaster week last week because of the back-to-back invitations on judging contests, parties, jams, plus my hosting events for Little Miss Dapitan. Of course the time with family is given. I know I am ultra blessed with friends, family and opportunities and this actually leads me to my post about New Year.

Happy New year, everyone! I hope my 2016 will be as productive and blessed as my 2015. I am hoping and praying the best for you, too! Or even more for all of us!!! 2015 has showered me with a lot of what I didn’t expect. God has been really good to me since the beginning and I definitely don’t know if I deserve all what I received. Obviously, I can’t complain so it is indeed just right to say “thank you, 2015 and welcome, 2016!”

This New Year I look forward to crossing-off more of what I have in my bucket list. I fervently pray to finally be able to live my ultimate dream in the light of my #career, #family, #health, and #travelGoals. Happy New Year again! Mwaah

Friday, December 4, 2015

December Thoughts

Time has flown so fast that I didn’t realize it’s drawing Christmas already. And the thought of it enlivens my spirit as yes, you guessed it, I’ll be able to have plenty of time to catch up with what I mostly missed during the hiatus--- blogging, and reading my favorite blogs which I’ve been passionately into since then. My teaching commitments and the fondness I have for hosting events and coaching reviews have in a way taken much of my time. So thanks mucho to Christmas breaks for I get to become active in blogosphere again. Not to mention the ample time I also get to spend with family, friends and loved ones. One that’s full of love and bliss. Talk about Christmas-feels!


It is also in December that I mostly get sentimental on a lot of things. I don't know. Maybe because of the sentiment-provoking cold, windy mornings; or perhaps the different spirit Christmas brings. In many instances, to name one, Christmas reminds me of how blessed I am; family-wise and of good friends and blessings I didn’t ask but received. These, I know, should remind me to always be grateful to Him; and another reminder to be a blessing to others, too.

Christmas, indeed, is my favorite time of the year.
Happy holidays to y’all!

Friday, April 17, 2015

Young Marians' Dance Festival & Art Exhibit 2015

It is of Howard Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligence that I was able to conceptualize the Dance Festival and Art Exhibit in my MAPE classes. Gardner, emphasized in his theory that intelligence is not solely defined by mental tests as tests don’t capture all the ways humans can excel. Amenable to this, I kept thinking of a perfect avenue where my students could show their skills, talents, and pretty much the potentials that I may have failed to discover in our class. Thus, the "Young Marians' Dance Festival & Art Exhibit 2015".

One of its objectives is to showcase in a capsule most of my lessons in MAPE  4, 5, and 6. But more than that, it also aims to showcase the young Marians’ creativity, gracefulness, and deep appreciation to the Philippine culture.
The dance festival is practically a real-life integration of most of our music and physical education lessons. The students have similar dance steps but different music according to the festival they have picked. Grade 4 picked Panagbenga Fesitival, Grade 5 picked Ati-atihan Festival, and Grade 6 picked Kadayawan Festival. Their music has modern touches, and  being their MAPE teacher, yes I trained them myself.


Few pictures of the preparations before the festival


During the festival
On each table are different artworks such as pots made of clay, origami, carvings made of soap, masks, and plates of various themes. The art exhibit is also a real-life integration of most of our lessons in arts; from linear perspective drawing, to distortion, to pottery, carving, and many others.




Everything that transpired in the program was all the effort of the students---only with my supervision. It was "student-centered" to exactly phrase it as it was the students themselves who decorated the stage, emceed the event, made the video presentation showing the activities we did in our class, wrote the impression speeches, etc.

If it wasn't because of the program I wouldn't have seen how way responsible, creative, and amazing  my students are. And it is truly  fulfilling as their teacher to be able to witness that. I hope that this may serve as a tiny inspiration to teachers out there---to continuously bring out the best of every student. :)


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