Boy Scouting in the Philippines

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The Scouting Movement in the Philippines used to be a big deal. Schools had other ideas and did not give that much importance to the Scouting Movement and this became a minor school activity: not all are required to be scouts, only those who are interested.

As a former member of the Girl Scouts of the Philippines (from early grades till high school), I put importance to the Scouting Movement and had my children join. For three years (that is how long the two former homeschoolers have been going to regular school), they are members of the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of the Philippines. My eldest daughter is a Rover Scout.

Boy Scouts

On his third year in the Scouting movement, my son is now a patrol leader. Their patrol was the only group that had a complete attendance during the investiture and overnight camping last weekend. There was only one who did not attend the overnight camping but they still had the highest percentage of attendees compared to other groups.


Here is a copy of the Panunumpa ng Scout and Batas ng Scout.

List of Room and Seat Numbers for Philippine Science High School Entrance Exams

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For those who will be taking the SY 2013-2014 Philippine Science High School National Competitive Exams on September 29, 2012, here is the link:

2013 Philippine Science High School National Competitive Examination, Alphabetical List of Examinees. 

The link includes the following:

  • name
  • examinee number
  • seat number
  • room assignment
  • test time
  • test center code
  • test center name
  • test center address
  • student’s school name
A few tips to those who will be taking the exams:
  • Prepare the things you need, two or three days before the exams: two (or more!) number 2 pencils, preferably sharpened, a good sharpener (just in case) and a good eraser plus your favorite snacks
  • For those who will take the test in the morning, sleep early so that you won’t feel light-headed during the test ( I know this is not easy especially if you are feeling the pressure of taking a difficult test)
  • For those with morning schedules, be at the testing center on or before 7 am. The test will start at exactly 8am.
  • Relax and do not be too tensed. If you are tensed you will feel tired easily and not be able to think clearly.

DO NOT FORGET to bring your examination permit and school ID.

If in case you did not make it, this is ok, remember that a school’s name does not make a man (or a woman).

Requirements in Applying to Quezon City Science High School

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If you (yes, you, the parents) and/or your child plan to apply to Quezon City Science High School, here are the things you need to do:

Quezon City Science High School Requirements:

  • 2 or 3 long envelopes (with stamps) with the child’s name and complete address written on the front
  • 2 or 3 pieces 1 x 1 OR 2 x2 pictures
  • 2 photocopies of Grade 5 grades/card
  • grade 5 original grades/card
  • for schools that have no numerical grades, ask the school guidance counselor or teacher-in-charge to give numerical equivalence of the grades
  • letter of recommendation from the school principal

Grade Requirements for Applying to Quezon City Science High School:

  •  For Math, Science and English: average of 85
  • Other subjects: average of 83
  • General weighted average should be at least 83
You will not be given an application form until the grades are seen by the screening process admission staff. If the grades qualify, fill up the application form.
The screening process admission staff will then give you a schedule for the first screening.
No payment was made for the application process.

The first screening for Quezon City Science High School SY 2013 – 2014 will be on October 22, 2012. It will run for one hour only.

First screening test will mostly be about general subject areas.

If the student passes the first screening process, he/she will take the second screening which will be focused more on Science, Math and English tests.

For those who passed the second screening, an interview will be scheduled.

For more info: call 9220739  during office hours.
Quezon City Science High School Address: Scientian Road corner Misamis Street, Barangay Santo Cristo, Quezon City (this is at near the Department of Education building and near Golden Acres).
For the results, these will be mailed using the stamped envelopes that were required.
As of two weeks ago, those who enrolled in review centers already know if they passed the first screening. I don’t know how that was possible.
Some clarifications:
  • The first screening  (October 22, 2012) and second screening (January 11, 2013) are already done with. There is absolutely nothing I can tell you how you can apply after the two screening because that is the school’s schedule.
  • If in case you have other younger children you want to apply to Quezon City Science High School, I suggest you get in touch with the school as early as JUNE or JULY next school year.
  • The results were mailed in the self-stamped and self-addressed envelopes that were given at the time of the application.


I just want to clarify that like you, I am a mom who wishes to have my child enroll in Quezon City Science High School and I am NOT in any way connected to the school. If in case we get a favorable result, then we will definitely enroll there. If not, well, there is still the youngest child to consider after a year.


I will be editing some of the comments posted earlier. This is my blog and even if I was not the one who wrote the comments, I have been bothered with some of what was written and I was advised to edit the comments that are in a way, malicious.

Thank you very much for visiting and I hope I was able to help some of you in my own little way.


Application for the Quezon City Science High School entrance exams first screening is NOTat the school campus anymore, proceed to the Quezon City Science Interactive Building at the QC Deped compound.


2012 Philippine Homeschool Conference

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As a former homeschooling mom, I found it a bit difficult at first to know about homeschooling in the Philippines. It was really a blessing that we came to know about Bro. Bo Sanchez‘s Catholic Filipino Academy and for three years, this was where my two younger children were enrolled in. The two children are homeschoolers no more but we still look back fondly at the times we get to spend day after day learning new things and strengthening our bond as a family.

Homeschooling in the Philippines is a relatively new venture when it comes to educating the nation’s young citizens. It is in this regard that Homeschooling Association of the Philippines Islands (HAPI) will have its 4th Homeschooling Conference.


The Philippine Homeschool Conference is set to take place on May 19, 2012 5/F St. Francis Square, Julia Vargas Ave. cor Bank Drive, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City with the theme “Laying a Strong Foundation”.

International speaker Debra Bell a homeschooling authority in the U.S. and best-selling author, and our own inspirational speaker and author Bo Sanchez are slated as keynote speakers. The event will be honored by the presence of  Dep Ed officials.

To know more about the Homeschooling Association of the Philippine Islands (HAPI) or how to register for the Conference, visit and/or email You can download the registration form here

Like the HAPI Homeschooler on Facebook.

Faith Academy K-12 International Christian School

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I have heard of Faith Academy in Antipolo/Cainta way back in the mid-90s but I have never seen the school. So when I got an email if I want to visit the school with other mommy bloggers, I said yes without hesitation.

Faith Academy

Faith Academy is an International Christian school established in 1957 to cater to the children of foreign missionaries staying in the Philippines and elsewhere in Asia.


Faith Academy

The school has diversified these days and now accepts those who are not children of missionaries and those who are from different religions and denominations. Primarily a Christian school, all students are taught Christian values and enrolled in Bible classes.

Faith Academy aims to help parents raise their children to be  morally upright global citizens.

To date, there are 500 students from 25 different countries who are enrolled at Faith Academy.

Faith Academy

Faith Academy has a curriculum based on the curriculum in the United States for it’s basic education from Kindergarten till Grade 8.

Faith Academy Kinder 2 classroom

Faith Academy library

Students can choose courses being offered when they go to Grade 9. The International General Certificate of General Education (IGCSE) program from the University of Cambridge offers First Language English, English Literature, Physics, Biology, Math, World History, Religious Studies/Bible Knowledge, Geography are some of the courses being offered in the program.

Faith Academy Chem and Physics room

Advanced Placement is where students from Grade 11 – 12 enroll for courses like Literature, Calculus, Chemistry, US and World History, Computer Science, Psychology and Biology.

Faith Academy has accreditation with Western Association of Schools and Colleges or WASC. WASC gives accreditation to public and private schools, colleges and universities.

Faith Academy has the following sports activities:

  • basketball
  • rugby
  • soccer
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • track and field
  • volleyball
  • taekwondo

Faith Academy gymnasium

Faith Academy soccer field

Faith Academy pool

Faith Academy tennis court
For the artistically-inclined, there is:

  • theater
  • drama
  • music
  • arts

Faith Academy carpentry room

Faith Academy auditorium

Faith Academy art room

Faith Academy art room

Faith Academy art room

Faith Academy music room

Outdoor Education is learning outside the classroom. The children who go through this program have week-long trips to learn more and be exposed to the real world. This helps them further learn how to learn from and respect others.

Third Culture Kid

Children in Faith Academy grow up to be Third Culture Kids. A Third Culture Kid is one who is able to develop a sense of relationship to different cultures but not having full ownership in any of the cultures he/she has been exposed to.

Steve Schwarze, Director for Development of Faith Academy and Kirk Long

Faith Academy Staff and Kirk Long

The teachers and staff of Faith Academy do not receive compensation and mostly rely on sponsorships from churches, organizations and individuals with kind hearts. There are many teachers in Faith Academy who studied there and returned after getting their degrees abroad.

Faith Academy is now accepting enrollees for schoolyear 2012-2013 until May 31, 2012. Visit their website at

Contact Ms. Cheryl Ramos-Roldan, Student Activities Coordinator of Faith Academy, at 248-5000 local 324 for more information.



Run United 1 2012

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It has been almost a year since we joined Run United 1 2011 so it’s about time we join Run United 1 2012.

Run United 1 2012

I know it doesn’t look good that we didn’t go to the other runs since the youngest daughter, who placed 71st among 384 participants in the Ceelin 500 meter dash wanted that limited edition shirt they gave away, 😀

She won’t be at that standing this year because we have upgraded her run to 3k for this Run United 1 2012. I registered to 3k (from 5k last year) to be with her and the little boy.Yes, I registered the son, whether he is fit to be with us is still a big question though.

Run United 1 2012 consists of Run United 2 on June 17 and Run United 3 on September 16.

Categories are:

  • Ceelin 500-meter dash for kids aged 5 to 12 years old,
  • 3km
  • Dolfenal 5km
  • Enervon 10km
  • Enervon HP 21km

Registration for Run United 1 is ongoing at the following stores

  • Riovana at Bonifacio Global City and Katipunan, Quezon City
  • Toby’s at SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City
  • The Athlete’s Foot at Robinson’s Galleria, Ortigas.

For online registration, check details at Registration is until February 26.

Run United is for the benefit of Gawad Kalusugan (the health program of Gawad Kalinga) and Hero Foundation. It is part of Unilab’s advocacy through Unilab Active Health to promote an active lifestyle among Filipino families.

For more inquiries, check out and

Bully Proof Schools

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Bullying is one of the most important concerns that parents with school children face.

Bullying accounts for a big chunk of the stresses that our school children go through in school. Some of the sources of their stress are exams, lack of sleep, completion of requirements and more exams. With all these things related to the academics that they should be focusing on which also includes maintaining friendship, peer-to-peer relationships, managing schedules and doing some functional organizational tasks, being bullied is one they should not be thinking about. Aside from bullying, some schools have school violence issues as well.

How can one know that his/her child is being bullied? Here are several tell-tale signs that a child is being bullied:

  • torn, damaged and missing school supplies, uniforms, and other things that belong to the child
  • scratched and bruised body parts but child won’t disclose what happened
  • has a few friends and refuses to join other school-related activities like clubs
  • shows apprehensions in going to school or walking to and from school or riding the school bus
  • if walking, takes a longer route from home to school or vice versa
  • looks sad, depressed, tired, and not in the mood when child comes in from school
  • complains of different aches just so he/she won’t go to school
  • loss of appetite
  • if there is packed lunch, food has been eaten but the child is hungry when he gets home
  • has bad dreams or trouble sleeping
  • has low self-esteem

These are signs that parents and guardians should look for if they think their child(ren) are being bullied.

Children who are being bullied in school do not usually say that they are being treated as such so it is best that parents take these steps to know what is happening:

  • Talk to your child. You can either use direct questions: ” Are there any kids at school who may be picking on you or bullying you? saying mean things to you? “ or use a subtle approach: “Are there any kids at school who you like or really don’t like? Why do you like or don’t you like them? Do they ever pick on you or leave you out of things?”
  • Set an appointment to talk to the school staff and report what you have observed with the child.

If the bullying still persist, perhaps it is time for the school to do something about the bullying episodes which may include not just your child but other children as well.

With bullying being rampant in the country as seen in this study of 2,442 children from 58 public schools in 3 provinces in the Visayas,it was found out that “At least 5 out of 10 children in Grades 1-3, 7 out of 10 in Grades 4-6, and 6 out of 10
in high school have experienced some kind of violence in school.”

Senator Miriam Santiago’s Senate Bill No. 2677 mandates all schools, whether public or private, including colleges and universities, to craft policies that will address the problem of bullying in their respective institutions. Further more, Senate Bill No. 3177 entitled An Act Defining Cybercrime focus on crimes done in the cyber world and may very well include cyber bullying.

With all these bills being filed, still bullying persist.

As parents, we prefer that the schools our children go to have measures to counter bullying from happening.

In a recent open forum with other parents and Reedley International School, (RIS), we learned about the school’s Anti-Bullying Campaign or ABC.

The Reedley International School Anti-Bullying Campaign or Bully Proof Campaign states that: “I am Bully Proof At Heart, In Mind and In Spirit”

Reedley International School Bully Proof

What activities were lined up with RIS Bully Proof Campaign?

  • contract signing and pledging of students and teachers
  • new students have “I an NOW bully proof” while old students have “I am bully proof” pins
  • essay writing contests
  • poster-making contests
  • film showing
  • pirate family month
  • video presentations of students who used to be bullied
  • kindness overdose

How does this Bully Proof Campaign work?

Reedley International School

According to Reedley International School’s Director of school development Emil Ong and Middle School principal Jo Anne Bilo, students are encouraged to be pro-active and involved by reporting if they witness or experience any form of bullying. They are also encouraged to show kindness to each other. Reported and confirmed incidents are investigated. The life coach consults with the students and parents, conducts interviews and seeks to resolve the conflicts the soonest possible.

There are appropriate penalties for those who initiated the bullying.

Now, if only schools put more effort in curbing the bullying among their students, our children need not go through all these emotional pains.

Reedley International School


Learn more about the curriculum and other special programs from Reedley’s website.
Contact Ms. Cathy Alcantara (OsDev Marketing Officer (632) 571-5291
Mobile: (+63917) 507-9306 (+63917) 507-9305
JOSOL Building, E. Rodriguez Jr. Ave. Libis, Quezon City


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