Monday, June 24, 2019

Close to 50,000 kids uncovered a treasure trove of fun and valuable learnings at McDonald's Kiddie Crew Workshop!

Finally!!! It was a grand event to remember as McDonald's Kiddie Crew Explorers capped off their summer activities with a fun-filled Kiddie Crew Grand Graduation! The Grand Graduation is the culminating activity to the Kiddie Crew Workshop -- McDonald's long-running flagship summer program that allows kids to take part in unique activities at a McDonald's restaurant. This year, close to 50,000 participants from all over the Philippines joined a summer of fun and learning with the Kiddie Crew Workshop: Explorer Edition.



Eager Kiddie Crew Explorers celebrated their successful summer adventure with a series of Grand Graduation held across the country in Pampanga, Laguna, Cagayan De Oro, Davao, Cebu, Cavite and Manila.


With the theme "Quest for the Hidden Treasure", kids along with their families went on different adventures at thr interactive explorer-themed booths like the Jumble Jungle, Majestic Mountain, and Wild River, and many more.



Celebrity hosts tita Jackie Lou Blanco and kuya JC Santos led the audience for an exciting live show. McDonald's Chief of Happiness Officer, Ronald McDonald, along with the rest of the McDonald land character, Grimace, Birdie and Hambuglar joined in on the fun! McDonald's endorser Ogie Alcasid and McDonald's brand ambassador Maricel Laxa and Solana Pangilinan, also graced the celebration to congratulate all the attendees for their successful Kiddie Crew Workshop participation.


Ending the celebration on a high note, the kids said their graduafion oaths and sang the Kiddie Crew Hymn, and in true graduation tradition, tossed their caps in the air to culminate their summer as Kiddie Crew Explorers!

Congratulations to all kiddie crew explorers! It was an exhilarating summer adventure, capped off with a massive graduation to celebrate the achievements of this year's batch of excited explorers!!!

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Sensodyne launches new Rapid Relief that keeps up with the younger generation’s oral healthcare problem

Research has shown that as many as one in three people may suffer from tooth hypersensitivity or pangingilo, with prevalence peaking at 30 to 40 years of age. But in a study, two out of five younger adults, between 18 and 25 years old, otherwise known as “Generation Z” or “Gen-Z”, now experience the onset of tooth sensitivity.


Tooth sensitivity is a common, irreversible problem caused by dentine exposure brought about by attrition from tooth grinding or jaw clenching, erosion from dietary acids, or abrasion from brushing too vigorously. However, it can be managed with proper dental hygiene.

“The youth of today enjoy a dynamic lifestyle. They are highly mobile and always multitasking. As such, oral health may not always be a top priority. In fact, more than 50% of them do not consult their dentist on problems such as tooth sensitivity and find ways to work around it instead,” says Michael Mallari, GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare Philippines Expert Sales Manager. “However, for Filipino Gen Zers, who constantly connect with friends and family through shared meals, experiencing pangingilo is a major distraction and a problem that needs to be addressed. Instead of enjoying and being able to try out new food, they experience pain and discomfort that takes their attention away from the moments that matter.”


In a recent event dubbed “Face the Race”, leading oral healthcare brand Sensodyne, launched the new Sensodyne  Rapid Relief toothpaste which  provides sufferers with speed and efficiency in beating tooth sensitivity. “We understand that bonding over meals is a culturally intrinsic activity and is highly valued among Filipino youths,” says Ritesh Pandey, GlaxoSmithKline Philippines Consumer Healthcare General Manager. “With Sensodyne Rapid Relief, those who suffer from pangingilo can experience immediate relief from the first time they brush so they can continue enjoying their food-bonding experiences with minimal distraction from their teeth.”

Tooth sensitivity is a dental condition that causes discomfort or pain in teeth when encountering certain substances and temperatures. It occurs when the dentine underneath the tooth enamel becomes exposed, revealing small holes called tubules.

When the fluid inside these tiny tubules encounters something cold, hot, sweet, or sour, it can trigger the nerves inside the tooth and cause a short, sharp pain.

When used as directed, the unique technology in Sensodyne Rapid Relief toothpaste offers fast relief and long lasting protection to beat sensitivity. It has an active ingredient called stannous fluoride which enables faster blockage of the tubules. It also has an optimised polymer system that creates a gel-like scaffold which holds the stannous fluoride in place, preventing it from being washed away in the mouth.

The Sensodyne Rapid Relief toothpaste retails at P208 SRP and is available at leading stores nationwide. For more information about Sensodyne Rapid Relief, visit sensodyne.com.ph.

Stop the common cold in its tracks! Stop the common cold in its tracks!

With the rainy season fast approaching, the risk of catching a cold or the flu is not far behind.


As much as you want your kids to experience the happiness of playing in the rain, your motherly instinct kicks in and keeps you worried that they might catch the flu or a cold. Studies show that an adult can get (2) two to (4) four episodes of the common cold annually while kids can get (6) six to (12) twelve episodes, but you can prevent that from happening! As every wonder wo-mom knows, a little prevention goes a long way. We've got you covered with seven items you need to have to help stomp out the sniffles.

1. A bottle full of water
Drinking lots of water will help decongest airways and keep the throat moist. Keeping your family hydrated is one of the best things you can do for their bodies while their immune system is gearing up for a fight against the cold.

2. A pack of immunity-boosting snacks
Consuming immunity-boosting food items on a regular basis will help prevent many illnesses including the cold and flu. If you are keen on living a healthy life, chow down on fresh fruits, yoghurt, and other healthy snacks. Doing so can save you and your kids from an unnecessary visit to the doctor.

3. A handy-dandy hand sanitizer
Here’s another thing that can keep the entire family healthy: hand sanitizers! Bacteria and viruses are everywhere so it’s better for your kids to always have a bottle of hand sanitizer or even a good ole’ bottle of isopropyl alcohol in the bag. Keeping their hands clean is one of the best ways to prevent the spread of illnesses.


4. A lot of tissue paper
When the cold and flu season hits, you’re going to need more tissue paper than you think. Always have a box of tissue paper because “lots” is never enough for a family. Just always remember to dispose of them properly and clean your hands after blowing your nose. By following this you and your family can help effectively stop the spread of viruses.

5. A stylish scarf
Of course, you’d want your family to be protected from allergens and viruses outside your home. Give them something to cover themselves with! May it be a nice handkerchief, a stylish scarf, or a sterile face mask, you should always be prepared most especially when the fambam is going to a crowded place.

6. A ton of patience, love, and understanding
Being a mom to sick kids can really be a test of patience. They all have their own quirks and nursing them can really wear you down so it’s always good to prepare yourself mentally and emotionally for the battle. Remember to ask for help, pray for love and patience, and most importantly, keep yourself healthy.

7. A trusted cold defense nasal spray


Aside from having tons of patience and understanding, you need to have a trusted companion in keeping your family healthy. Hold the cold off before it worsens by using one of the leading and most trusted antiseptic brand in the country that is BETADINE®4,5,6. It has a whole line of upper respiratory care products that are proven to be safe and effective including BETADINE® Cold Defense Nasal Spray.



By using BETADINE® Cold Defense Nasal Spray at the onset of sickness, you can shorten the duration of cold symptoms by up to two (2) days and keep the viruses from spreading further and the colds from worsening. Its formulation includes Carragelose®, a natural active ingredient that has antiviral effects and is clinically proven to eliminate 99% of the common cold and flu viruses such as rhinovirus, coronavirus, and influenza A virus which are common causes of respiratory infections. BETADINE® Cold Defense Nasal Spray is recommended for children 1 year old and above. Plus, it is natural, steroid free, drug free, and has contamination-proof nozzle.

Don’t let common cold and flu hinder your family from creating many wonderful memories together. Always remember to stock up on BETADINE® Cold Defense Nasal Spray for Kids and Adults and stop cold and flu-like illnesses from the get-go.

Sunday, June 16, 2019

#DaddyApproved -- Q Pants Baby Diaper

Hi guys!!! It's time for daddy-duty! Recently, we tried the newest brand of baby diaper, Q Pants Baby Diaper by Altom Distribution Asia.


After a week of using Q Pants, I can proudly say that I'm a certified #QDads now. Wanna know why? Q Pants Baby Diaper are designed to be easily worn by the baby and firmly remain in place as the baby crawls, rolls, and walks about. It really does, Q Pants baby diaper is easy to use especially for a dad like me. I did not have a hard time wearing the diaper, we even had a cute moment together while putting him the pants. It is also easy to pull-down when baby needs to pee and easily pulled-up after. The diaper can easily be replaced when it has reached its limit, by simply tearing the waistband.



Another thing that you will love about the Q Pants diaper is the superior absorbent qualities, which saves on the numbers of pieces used in one day compared to others. Let's do the Math, you will need fewer Q Pants baby diaper because you don't need to change it easily. We don't have to worry about the leak even we carried him for long time because other brands leaked easily.


And my favorite part is the cloth-like back sheet feature that protects my baby's skin. Q Pants Baby diaper has the quality that is good enough to prevent skin rashes. It's not all about the diaper with the lowest price but one that can deliver superior absorbency, diaper that can breathe to cool down the skin and should be easy fo replace when needed.

Thank you Q Pants Baby Diaper for helping me realize that "Changing a baby's nappy is a pretty simple task".

What are you waiting for? Q Pants Baby diaper are now available in the following sizes: S, M, L, XL, XXL

Q Pants baby diaper are also available at:
LAZADA - https://www.lazada.com.ph/shop/qpants
SHOPEE - https://shopee.ph/qpants

For more updates and info like and follos the Q Pants Baby Diaper Social Media
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Friday, June 14, 2019

School Camp 2019 at SM San Lazaro

In celebration of Back-To-School season, SM SM City San Lazaro held a school camp event last June 7.  Students from Cecilio Apostol Elementary School joined the fun afternoon at the event center of SM City San Lazaro. partnership with Skechers, Amspec, T-Pencil and Crayola last June 7 at the Event Center.



In partnership with Skechers, Amspec, T-Pencil and Crayola kids enjoyed the games and activities prepared for them. 




SM City San Lazaro also gave out certificate of Appreciation to Cecilio Apostol Elementary School.



This is indeed a worthwhile way to welcome the school year 2019, thanks to SM City San Lazaro.

Watch out for the next Kids Academy that will happen on June 15 at SM City Manila and June 22 at SM City Sta. Mesa.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Ortigas Malls hold twin celebrations to celebrate Father’s Day, Independence Day

The rainy season may be about to begin, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun with family and friends. In celebration of two important events this June - Independence Day and Father’s Day - Ortigas Malls has prepared exciting activities
for everyone!


These activities are meant to bring special bonding moments that will bring families and friends together at its three malls – Greenhills Mall, Tiendesitas, and Estancia, all of which have become destinations for the communities they serve, with their wide selection of dining outlets and retail shops, as well as their well-thought out offerings.

To mark Araw ng Kalayaan on June 12, each of the malls have lined up activities that evoke the best of the Philippines and bring about a sense of national pride among mall goers. Highlighting the colorful cultural traditions of the country, dancers will show off Filipino dances or katutubong sayaw. For added fun, Palarong Pinoy brings to life native Filipino games, while Kantahang Kundiman displays the Filipinos’ innate musical talent. A wide array of native products that showcase Filipino artistry will also be available in a market carrying Sari-saring Paninda, while Bag Ko, Gawa Ko, allows mall goers to discover how they can tap into their talents to create their own native bags.


On June 16, the world pays tribute to all fathers, and Ortigas Malls honor all fathers with its “My Dad, My Superhero” celebrations. The celebrations focus on just about everything that dads love to do with their families. Rub elbows with real live heroes at the Cosplay Disturbance, and enjoy bonding moments with dad while playing Kinect Super Hero, Air Hockey and Air Jam. To indulge dad’s whims, a hobby collectibles fair will showcase just about everything that dads of all ages love, such as action figures, collectible cards, comics, gadgets, and other unique items. To entertain everyone, artists will amaze mall goers with their live hero caricatures. Of course, everyone will also have an opportunity to take part in Super Dad greetings and make this Father’s Day extra memorable.

To join these fun Father’s Day activities, just present a minimum purchase of P2,000 from any Ortigas Malls establishment from June 12 to 16, 2019. Make your June celebrations special by taking the family to the Ortigas Malls.

For more information, please visit www.ortigasmalls.com or check out each of these Ortigas Mall’s social media page:
Greenhills: www.facebook.com/GreenhillsOfficial | www.instagram.com/greenhillsph
Tiendesitas: www.facebook.com/Tiendesitas | www.instagram.com/tiendesitasph
Estancia: www.facebook.com/EstanciaPH | https://www.instagram.com/estanciaph

Monday, June 10, 2019

Go Mango introduces unique mango-based treats!

As we all know that mangoes are incredibly versatile as desserts. Its natural sweet flavor makes for a perfect topping, added tidbits, and it’s even good eaten on its own. But if you think you’ve seen all the possibilities this delicious fruit has to offer, local soft serve and mango connoisseur Go Mango begs to differ.


As the summer comes to a close, the coming days are about to get cooler with their new products: introducing, the Mango Milk with Brown Sugar Boba, Mango Cheesecake, and Mango Chocnut Cream.


The Mango Milk with Brown Sugar Boba is their unique take on the milktea craze, and quite possibly, your new favorite drink! Think fresh, sweet, and irresistably lip-smacking mangoes served with a thick froth of full cream milk, deliciouly complemented by warm boba soaked in muscovado sugar to bring out its natural, toasted sugar flavour that we simply can’t get enough. Give it a little shake and all of the flavors and elements mix together in one delicious, refreshing cup. Trust us, it’s definitely a must-try!


For the dessert lovers, the Mango Cheesecake is heavenly. Go Mango’s signature soft serve ice cream is topped with heaps of grated cheese and fresh mangoes, served in between oven-baked cheesecake crust with cream, making it two mouth-watering desserts in one decadent cup.


Last but definitely not the least, the Mango Chocnut Cream is an ode to our childhood favorite. This delightful treat is made up of layers of fresh mango slices, soft serve ice cream, and of course, the nutty goodness of Chocnut.


And because Go Mango is all about that premium dessert experience, they also have sundaes, shakes, and mango milk beverages. Among the best-sellers are the Mango Graham Sundae and the Mango Yakult Shake. They have more delicious offerings launching soon, so stay tuned!

Go Mango will also be opening two new branches in SM Manila this June 11 and Century City Mall on July. For more details on the menu and branches, visit www.facebook.com/gomangoph.

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Home Foodie season 5 na!

In its 5th season, the San Miguel Purefoods Home  Foodie chefs -- Yen, Martin and John - together with real life couple Drew Arellano and Iya Villania, continue to teach and entertain Home Foodies with resto-inspired and classics witg twists but with new and level up ideas, easy-to-prepare as well as budget-friendly recipes.


Among the new elements for this season is that Home Foodie went out of the kitchen for fresh ambience. Some of the cooking demos are done on location with a refreshing view of the Sierra Madre Mountain Ranges as the kitchen backdrop.


Home Foodie will also engage more with its Ka-Home Foodie community on recipe ideas, questions and needs that can be addressed by the show. Drew will roam around the city to personally talk to the viewers and netizens.


And so, the recipes are ka-Home Foodie approved, can be easily replicated by more households and are suited for every member of the family. Lucky Home Foodues are also invited to the remote kitchen to watch the cooking demos and try the featured dishes.



Join Drew and Iya, as they cook various Madalicious and Affordalicious meals for their growing family, together with the San Miguel Culinary Center Chefs -- Llena Tan-Arcenas, Martin Narisma and John Valley in Home Foodie season 5.

Home Foodie season 5 will be aired on GMA 7, beginning June 10, 2019 from Monday to Friday after Unang Hirit.

Home Foodie episodes can also be enjoyed online through their website at www.homefoodie.com and social media @HomeFoodie

Saturday, June 8, 2019

TRIPLE LUCK BROW & NAIL SALON 6th branch is now open!!!

Triple Luck Brow & Nail Salon, one of the leading and fast raising chain of nails, body and hair salon & spa in the metro recently open their 6th branch at Berlin St cor Tolentino St., Espana Manila.


CEO / President of TLBNS Michelle Sy graced the grand opening together with husband Jefh Sy, TLBNS Espana Branch owners- Luckz Lao & Janine Sy Lao, Arwin Sy, and Thea Sy.                                              


Triple Luck Brow & Nail Salon  is a perfect paradigm of a genuine one-stop nails and full body salon & spa. It is more than just a nail and brow care wellness, it offers a full head to feet spa services – manicure, pedicure, hand & foot spa, waxing, threading, gel services, eyelash extension, paraffin treatments, nail extension, body massage, hair cut, hair color, hair color correction, hair rebond, digital perming and other hair care treatments.



Triple Luck Brow & Nail Salon offers luxurious services at super affordable prices. It aspires to make every customer look excellent and feel his/her best by providing full body quality salon services. TLBNS goes beyond the needs of the body as it extends to the mind and soul through its cozy, relaxing and customer friendly pampering place,  a real place relaxation and serenity that provides a menu that is above-standard for the modern day full service nail salon.  Triple Luck Brow & Nail Salon is equipped with well-trained nail technicians and body wellness experts that utilize sanitized equipments, chocolate and organic scrubs and lotion.


While, Triple Luck Brow & Nail Salon hairstylists are trained by L’oreal hair professionals. And uses advanced and quality hair care products.  Clients are guaranteed to receive bespoke services provided by competent, well educated and pleasant hair salon specialist.

Triple Luck Brow & Nail Salon crafts styles that suits to everyone, from hair to feet and it is the most TRUSTED nails and hair salon on popular celebrities, social media influencers, magazine’s fashion & beauty editors.

Triple Luck Brow & Nail Salon has four (4) branches in Quezon City ----Mindanao Avenue corner Road 3, Tandang Sora  Banlat,    TSL Building E Rodriguez Sr corner Cordillera St, and Forrest Hills Novaliches,  one in McKinley Taguig, located at Ground Floor of  Woodridge Residences, and the latest branch is located in Espana Manila (Barlin st. corner Tolentino st).

What are you waiting for? Come and visit Triple Luck Brow & Nail Salon now and experience the real deal total salon and spa make over.

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Get your all-week baon with Jack ‘n Jill My BFF (Baon Favorites Forever)

It’s that time of the year again when kids look forward to new school supplies, seeing their school friends, and fun new activities in class. While it means that their happy days of summer vacation are over, nothing beats reuniting with their old playmates and making new friends during back-to-school season.


For the parents, it’s time to get busy again getting your children new school supplies, ironing their uniforms, and going grocery shopping each weekend for their baon. Although that might seem like a lot of work, there’s no need to fret as you may just find your kids’ newest BFF during recess. With Jack ‘n Jill’s assortment of cakes and biscuits, there’s never a dull moment for your little ones on any day of the school week.


Magical Mondays with Magic Chips

Get rid of the summer blues and have your kids welcome the school year with excitement through a pack of Magic Chips. This savory and crunchy baked treat has the power to transform any ordinary Monday morning into something magical and is the perfect baon to jumpstart the school year.

Celebrate every day with Quake Overload

Back-to-back classes can get really tiring for the kids. However, you can instantly lift up their spirits by turning every day into a celebration of achievements - both big and small. With Quake Overload Mocha Butter’s layers of delicious butter cake, delectable mocha filling, and yummy chocolate drizzle, your kids will have the energy to go forth and conquer any challenge.

Midweek sweet treats with Dewberry

Hard work must always be paid off with a delicious treat. Reward your kids with this extra indulgent cream-filled cookie sandwich whenever they finish their homework early or make their own beds. Remember, it’s the little things that count. You can switch things up and surprise them by packing different flavors of Dewberry in their lunch box. They deserve it!

Create special bonds with Presto Creams

School isn’t just about learning new things. It’s also about starting new friendships and creating memorable experiences. Teach your children the value of sharing by putting an extra pack of Presto in their bags.  Since these well-loved yummy, peanut butter cream-filled cookies are best enjoyed with a buddy, your kids will easily be making new friends in no time!

Fuel creativity and imagination with Jack ‘n Jill Knots

Arts and crafts is one of the best ways to bring out your child’s creative skills and resourcefulness. Inspire them to explore beyond their imagination and create their own adventures with Jack ‘n Jill Knots. These crunchy sweet-coated pretzels come in cute shapes and assorted flavors, making them the perfect snack partner to get those creative juices flowing.

Fun Fridays with the chocolatey Cream-O

End the school week on a high note by treating your kids (and yourself!) to the luscious chocolate cookie sandwiches of Cream-O! A week’s worth of work and activities is enough excuse to indulge all your sweet tooth cravings. Just a bite into this biscuit will fill your Fridays with good vibes and make you and your children’s choco-loving hearts skip a beat!

Weekend playtime with Wafrets

Weekends are made for spending time and hanging out with family and friends. Whether it’s in your plans to binge-watch favorite family flicks or play board games with your kids, it’s always a good idea to pair these family activities with Wafrets snacks. This winning combination of crunchy wafers and delicious cream filling will definitely make family time incredibly more enjoyable.

Make every day of the week extra fun for your kids with Jack ‘n Jill’s biscuits and cakes. With its new My BFF (Baon Favorites Forever) Bundle, you can take your pick from the variety of baon combinations available. Get them at your nearest Puregold, Robinsons, Shopwise, Waltermart, Gaisano Grand, and NCCC branches nationwide starting this June.

SEAOIL offers double treats this June

SEAOIL Philippines, Inc. (SEAOIL), the country’s leading independent fuel player is treating its customers with a one-day special flash sale on Tuesday, June 11.
The sale is a one-time deal that can only be availed for that entire day. Customers can get a P5 discount for every liter of diesel or gasoline, up to a maximum purchase of P10,000. The promo is available at the following SEAOIL branches:  Del Monte and G. Araneta Avenue in Quezon City, Cuasay in Taguig, Las Piñas, Lawang Bato in Valenzuela, Alijis, Roxas Lacson and Tangub in Bacolod; Iba Basak, Maximo Patalinghug and Plaridel in Cebu; Calinan, Insular Lanang, Maa and Lemente Central in Davao.


The company also joins ride hailing app, Grab, as it celebrates its 7th anniversary by giving away free radiator coolants to its drivers. The free radiator coolants can be claimed from June 6 until June 24.
“SEAOIL congratulates Grab on its 7th year of operation. Not only do we want to celebrate this momentous occasion with them, we’d also like to thank their drivers who are also SEAOIL users for their continued support,” SEAOIL CEO Glenn Yu said.

Grab drivers will receive a free radiator coolant for a minimum P500 single receipt or accumulated fuel purchase. To claim it, drivers just need to present their Grab driver app, their SEAOIL-GRAB VIP card and the receipts. Non-VIP cardholders can also avail of this giveaway by registering for a SEAOIL-GRAB VIP card. SEAOIL stations participating in the promo are Anabu 1-E in Imus, Cavite; E. Rodriguez Sr. Ave. and P. Tuazon in Quezon City, Karuhatan in Valenzuela, Legarda and Sta. Cruz in Manila, Maybunga in Pasig, Nangka in Marikina, Potrero in Malabon, and Ususan in Taguig.

The SEAOIL-GRAB VIP card features a special set of rewards and incentives for all Grab drivers. Drivers may register at any participating SEAOIL branch.

Monday, June 3, 2019

Measuring the holistic development of every learner: Indicators of a Whole Child

We live in the 21st century, and its conditions of living are getting more complicated with each new change that comes into play. The way we approach problems and try to provide sustainable to meet the demands of our changing world has paced up, given how the global stage now requires a new approach to education that can fully prepare students for going to college, pursuing their careers, and fulfilling their roles as citizens of our nation. With the Whole Child approach, we believe that every young Filipino learner has a chance to be developed and prepared for the challenges and opportunities that lay ahead.

In this article, we discuss how holistic development for every learner can be checked and assessed with the use of indicators and the components that match each of their categories. Through these, the corresponding matches provide a glance of how each tenet can be grounded through indicators. All these are based on the basic tenets of the Whole Child approach which ensures that each student is healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged. Further, we look into the sustainability of each standard in terms of how it comprehensively improves the whole community.


Every school must sustain a culture that supports and reinforces the health and well-being of each student. This extends to each school's health education curriculum and instruction support being designed to prioritize and reinforce the push towards a healthy learning environment, not just in terms of physical health, but also with the mental, emotional, and social dimensions of health. This means that each component of health is integrated into the holistic approach: lifelong achievements are supported through adequate knowledge of basic fitness, positive attitudes and behaviors, and basic life skills that promote a healthy balance for young learner's developing minds and bodies. Having a healthy environment, in this sense, should also comprise of well-integrated professional development and assessment practices that help support and address the health needs of everyone in the learning community: from teachers, to the staff members, to parents, and to the young learners themselves. This means having, setting, and aspiring to reach realistic health goals for students and school staff that are built on accurate data and sound science: from healthy eating patterns to food safety and nutrition, to routine food services and special programs for students and staff.


A safe environment means a happy and positive environment for learning. When we consider the school as a learning environment, the first thing that comes to mind is how it is built and designed with the learner's safety as its priority. The grounds, playground equipment, vehicles, and details of the internal and external spaces of the school must be secure and must meet all established safety and environmental standards. The structures must be well-built, with good flowing spaces for walking and adequate spaces for vehicles like bicycles and other automotives. The school must also bear in mind the needs of those who are physically challenged: properly placed ramps and holding rails must be made and polished without defects. With these physical safety measures in place, the definition of safety can now be extended with further indicators that help build a space where students can feel valued, respected, and cared for. Every school that aspires to create a holistic learning environment must take into account that the behavioral and social aspects of development are also important in providing a safe space for young learners. Practicing social-emotional skills like effective listening, conflict resolution, problem solving, personal reflection and responsibility, and ethical decision making helps shape the way young learners develop their perspectives of the world and the community around them.

Learning in a rapidly changing world can be complicated, and one thing that runs through a holistic learning environment is this: connection. Broader and stronger connections between a student, the school, and the whole community that they live with is key to creating and sustaining active learning strategies and new modes of cooperative learning and project-based learning. This helps schools offer and provide a range of opportunities for every young learner to contribute to and learn within the community at large: from service learning to internships with industry partners, apprenticeships with renowned professionals in a young learner's chosen field, to civic and social volunteering projects that widen a young learner's awareness of the world around them. With the wider awareness brought about by these initiatives, young learners can now begin to be active citizens, voicing their concerns over problems that bear a relevance to their local situations and further reflect on the changing needs of a global world. When a young learner knows how their decisions resonate with the world at large, they begin making more responsible decisions that help them throughout their lives.


Personalizing learning means growing a set of strategic goals tailored for each student, one that foresees the outcomes of how a student will progress with a framework for decision-making that is based not only on what the future demands from each learner, but also on what each student's potential can bring forward, as shaped by a holistic approach to education. With the Whole Child approach, supporting a student means balancing the academic and social goals in such a way that a young learner's formative years are spent with as much freedom and fun as possible, one that promotes their growth in all aspects of life. From curricular, instructional, and school improvement decisions to the management of student performance information, every school that aspires to create a holistic learning environment must take into account how their respective school's vision and mission reflect with their policies and goals. These ideas must be communicated properly and shared as guiding values that help propel everyone forward.


The way we create what we teach is as important as how we serve them to young learners. A school that aspires towards the holistic development of every learner must make an effort to ensure that every student receives a challenging and comprehensive curriculum that covers all content areas needed for 21st century learning. Aside from having a wide-ranging curriculum, a school must also provide opportunities for young learners to hone their capacity for critical thinking and reasoning, two skills that help improve their problem-solving competency and proficiency when it comes to interacting with technology. By exposing students to worthwhile experiences like community-based programs for extra-curricular and co-curricular activities, schools provide them with hands-on knowledge that become relevant as they transition to higher education, to their respective careers, and towards their roles as citizens of a nation moving forward.

SUSTAINABILITY

To make sure that a school's integration with the Whole Child approach remains sustainable in the long run, we must foster collaboration and coordination. Implementation is key, and the way we gather data and analyze its different factors weighs in on how we decide for our learning communities. As decision-makers in the field of education, the role of professional development for school administrators, school staff, and teachers cannot be neglected. It must be individualized in the same way that the Whole Child approach creates individualized efforts to sustain a young learner's needs. Schools following the Whole Child approach must regularly review whether they are still aligned with the policies and practices promoted with the initiative to push holistic learning forward: to sustain health, safety, engagement, support, and challenge for every young Filipino learner. With organization in mind, schools must also strive to connect with local communities and agencies that foster the young learner's capacities, helping each other meet specific goals for students through active collaboration and coordinated intervention.

A NOTE FOR THE FUTURE

By sharing and opening this new approach to everyone from the students, to their families, and the schools and communities that shape their learning environment, we hope that today's students can be better equipped and improved to take on the challenges of living with the radical changes that the 4th industrial revolution has brought about. With this transition from a previously myopic focus on what is loosely considered as "academic achievement" to one that promotes the long-term development and success of every young learner, the Whole Child approach aims to support educators, families, community members, industry leaders, and policymakers to change the way they think about education through sustainable and collaborative action.

Learn more about holistic development of every learner here: https://www.rexpublishing.com.ph/infographic/2018/07/whole-child/