Reviewer: CirculatorySystem

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Circulatory System

Pinto Art Museum

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If you are looking for a unique place to visit for the long weekends this August, consider going to Pinto Art Museum.

The California Mission-looking architectural structures built amongst trees in a hilly subdivision in Antipolo  houses modern contemporary art by Filipino artists.

Here are some photos albeit not too clear because I forgot to bring my camera, hence only had mobile photos:



My 800th Instagram photo: Pinto Art Museum.

artworks on display in galleries using natural lights

The Rainforest room

Pinto Art Museum

go up the rooftop and see the wonders beyond the walls of the museum while delighting on soaking up the sun’s warmth

Pinto Art Museum

gallery on walls that look like a home, yes, it is possible to mix a home-y atmosphere and the arts

More photos here.

Some information:

Art collector Dr. Joven Cuanang is the owner of Pinto Art Museum which was designed by Architect Antonio Leano. Pinto Art Museum used to be called Silangan Gardens. Silangan Gardens is the home of Silangan Foundation of the Arts, Culture and Ecology with galleries built back in 2001 by Architect Leano.

One can spend an entire morning or afternoon looking at Pinto Art Museum’s treasure trove of contemporary (and modern) Philippine art. Pinto Art Museum is open from 9a.m.-6 p.m., Tuesdays-Sundays.

Pinto Art Museum is at No. 1 Sierra Madre Street, Grand Heights, Antipolo City, Rizal. Call tel. 6971015; e-mail

STVEP Strengthened Technical Vocational Education Program

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One of the key factors in the curriculum change for K to 12 Basic Education Program is the STVEP or Strengthened Technical Vocational Education Program.

Here are a few reasons why this is so:

  • Agenda No. 4 of the K to 12 Basic Education Reform 10 point agenda provides for the re-introduction of technical and vocational education in public high schools. Tech-voc curricula for Grades 11 and 12 are now being developed. At present there are 282 tech-voc high schools nationwide specializing in Arts and Trade, Agriculture and Fishery.


  • Tech-voc education is one of three major strands of the program, the one that specifically aims to make high school graduates immediately employable by providing them with skills needed by business and industry, in case they won’t or can’t go to college. The second strand is geared towards college education while the third is oriented towards music and sports. The Tech-Voc Unit will coordinate with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) for the competency Levels 1 to 4 and Certificates of Competency for teachers and students. The private and public sectors and international institutions are also tapped to help develop a standard curriculum for these tech-voc schools.


  • Agriculture and Fishery is an important factor in the STVEP curriculum. There are currently around 125 agri-fishery technical vocational schools that work with the Department of Agriculture (DA) and DepEd. The Memorandum of Understanding between DepEd Secretary Armin Luistro and Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala provides the sharing of resources by the two departments for the benefit of students disposed to learn skills in agriculture and fishery.


  • Arts and trade will cover a whole range of skills, like building construction, drafting, electronics, food trade, machining, PC hardware servicing, welding, cosmetology, refrigeration and welding, plumbing, and garmentsEntrepreneurship will be taught in Grades 9 and 10. In effect, the K to 12 program is expected to turn out not only employable high school graduates but also graduates who are disposed to put up their own business and consequently create employment for themselves and others. Small entrepreneurs are generally regarded as engines of sustainable and inclusive growth.

Read more about the topic here: STVEP

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Number Patterns

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Number Patterns are typical math drill that children encounter although most of the time, the obvious is not that obvious.

Patterns are repeated over and over. These could be numbers, repeated lines, colors, shapes, forms and even behavior.

Number patterns

For an example on number patterns, the factors for 2 are the following: 2 4 6 8 10
12 14 16 18 20
22 24 26 28 30

Number patterns are often given in math aptitude tests because it serves to see how students observe the way the numbers in a number series (among other things) relate to each other.

Some examples of number patterns:

Arithmetic Sequences:

1, 4, 7, 10, 13, 16, 19, 22, 25, …

25, 23, 21, 19, 17, 15, …

Geometric Sequences:

3, 9, 27, 81, 243, 729, 2187, …

Cube Numbers:

1, 8, 27, 64, 125, 216, 343, 512, 729, …

For samples of number patterns, click here.

How to Make Paper Houses

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Here are a few tips on how to make paper houses.

If like me, you are design-challenged, it is better to look for available patterns in the internet to use for your paper houses.

Here is another post I made about making paper houses with some step-by-step instructions done by my then grade 3 daughter.

Here is a post about the materials to make paper houses.

Below is a photo of a pattern for a Gingerbread house that I was able to print out. Note however that I added space on the squares because these extra space will be what you will fold to glue to the other “walls” of your paper house. Note the yellow paper with extra flaps for gluing.

Paper houses

This is the end-product of the paper houses where the Gingerbread house pattern above was used:

Paper Houses

For the houses, you can just add details to make it more “home-y”. We did not elaborate too much on the houses we used for the project on communities because as a teacher myself, I doubt who made “perfect” projects being submitted by children. If I were to “grade” projects, I will not choose the ones that are obviously not done by the children themselves.


For the tree, we just spread glue on brown paper and rolled it to form the “tree trunks”. We cut one end to use as “roots” and as braces to make the tree stand. The other end was flattened so that the “leaves” can be glued over it. Two green papers were glued together with the flattened end on one side. When the glued paper dried, we cut to form the green part of the tree.

Church paper house.


School paper house:


For both the church and school paper houses, I made my own patterns here. To avoid unnecessary usage of paper, use used paper as your pattern to be traced on the paper that you will use for the final product. Textured paper is better because these give the structures some “character”.

Just add details to make these paper structures look “real”.

There I hope I was able to help you make paper houses.

Parents, do not wait for the teachers to ask your children to make a community, you can have your children make their community like the wonderful Christmas villages we see during the Christmas season.

Future Thomasian

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Let me just say that we are proud of our Ate (not a homeschooler like the two younger siblings) who passed her first choice of college course in her preferred university.

Our Ate passed the Nutrition and Dietetics in the USTET she took last November.

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