Teacher’s Insights: Visa Philippines launched Financial Literacy “Interactive Play” for Students

How to teach young people today about “Financial Literacy?” With all the social media influence and the good economy status we have, how can we possibly teach young people about money?  Visa Philippines use good opportunity to teach our Millennials about financial literacy in terms of money decisions, savings etc.


Visa launched an interactive play called “Lukot-lukot, Bilog- bilog (Crumpled, Round)” which developed with Tanghalang Pilipino (TP), a resident drama company of the Cultural Center of the Philippines, and Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP).


Based from the title itself, it will showcase common scenarios faced by most Filipinos in terms of handling money. It will be lead by a Senior High School student protagonist named Gwyneth who is challenged to make decisions between her need and wants. Native Filipino heroes such as Jose Rizal and Apolinario Mabini will come to the picture from the crumpled bills and rounded coins to help Gwyneth make wise decisions with the money she has.


With this interactive play, BSP hope that it will teach and enlighten the minds of millennials about handling wise money decisions and it will also create a new atmosphere to many Filipinos towards a better Financial literate citizens. 



We believe that financial education should be introduced to learners early on, especially key concepts including budgeting, investing, and setting financial goals. Innovative approach such as blending education and art are most welcome and can help the existing programs of the government. This is a tangible support from the private sector of the objectives of the NSFI, particularly the pillars on financial education and consumer protection,” says Pia Roman-Tayug, Head of Inclusive Finance Advocacy of Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas.


Visa’s financial literacy initiative also aims to reach out to students under Teach for the Philippines, a program Visa has been actively involved with previously. 


Starting October, the show will be performed in close to 10 different schools to make financial literacy education more accessible to the students. This program is aligned with the government’s National Strategy for Financial Inclusion, in particular, the pillar on financial education and consumer protection.

For more updates and information, visit www.visa.com.ph , http://visaapnews.asia/ and @VisaNews

Teacher’s Insights: PSID Celebrates Golden Anniversary with Graduation Exhibit

Five decades of excellence in Interior Design education, and still, the Philippine School of Interior Design continuously soars and remains to be the undisputed premiere school for Interior Design. In its 50 years, the school has produced some of the finest interior designers in the industry and students who continuously top the board exams every year. This illustrious past meets the future movers and shakers of the design world as PSID mounts “GOLD: Glamorous, Opulent, and Luxurious Designs”, a graduation exhibit slated on October 1-31 at Uptown Bonifacio Mall in Bonifacio Global City.

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As the school celebrates its golden anniversary, GOLD will showcase luxurious and glamorous designs that also celebrate comfort, functionality, opulence, and cost efficiency.

Booth No. 3: “Balinese Kitchen”.
Booth No. 5: “Morrocan Oasis” Bedroom

Co-presented by Megaworld, and mounted in cooperation with Boysen, Schema, Shell Canvas, La Europa, Designery, Daikin, and Tecson Flowers, the exhibit is set to showcase an array of 24 exquisitely-designed exhibits that highlight the trends of the decades in which the school has offered design students quality training mixed with the aesthetic of luxury, opulence, and glamour.

Booth No. 4: “Modern Deconstructivism” Study Room

For the first time in PSID’s history of graduation exhibits, the school’s students, alumni, and faculty have joined forces and showcase their brightest design ideas for GOLD. The exhibit will be divided into three galleries.


Booth No. 6: “Contemporary Neoclassic” Dining Room

The Students Gallery will exhibit interiors conceptualized and constructed by the 72 pupils of PSID Advanced Class of 2017, as well as students from the PSID-AHLEN Institute. The graduating students will showcase design concepts that capture the essence of luxury, opulence, and glamour as finishes and materials take center stage to elicit an ambiance that caters to sophistication and sense of style.


Booth No. 11: “Eclectic Elegance” Bedroom

Meanwhile, the Alumni Gallery is a “blast from the past” of sorts with already established PSID alumni such as Chitz Legaspi and Lalyn Nivera participating again in a graduation exhibit. It is a way for the alumni to relive the challenges and experiences of creating a booth for the graduation exhibit and apply what they have learned, both from the school and in the practice to evoke a sense of nostalgia.

Booth No. 13: Michael Pizzaro “Bedroom”

Also a first for the PSID exhibit is the Faculty Gallery. Select professors and instructors of the PSID, namely Michael Pizarro, Mark Perez and Vianca Anonuevo, Gino and Karen Abrera, Jigs Adefuin, Mary Anne Bulanadi, and Chat Fores will also showcase their works to help commemorate the school’s anniversary. Pitted side-by-side with the works of PSID students both past and present, the Faculty Gallery will be a testament to PSID’s elite design training.

Booth No. 15: Mary Ann Bulanadi “Den/Study Room”
Booth No. 20: Jigs Adefuin “Living Room”


Booth No.22: Mike Suqui and Kat Obcemea “Living Room”

For more details about the PSID exhibits and events, just visit their faceboook page www.facebook.com/PhilippineSchoolofInteriorDesign/.  Come visit their exhibits on October 1-31 at Uptown Bonifacio and witness the different masterpieces of these students and PSID Alumni.


Teacher’s Insights: “Shopee 9.9 Mobile Shopping Day” broke record with 3X increase!

I am a “certified shopee-addict,” and just like other online shoppers like me, we want 3 things that I saw in Shopee app, convenience, hassle-free and low shipping fee! And with all these qualities, Shopee 9.9 Mobile Shopping Day, the biggest mobile shopping festival in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, has set a new record with 3.5 times increase in orders and 5 times increase in daily visits within 24 hours.


In collaboration with over 30,000 sellers, the event amassed a total of 7 million live chats across the region, with shoppers browsing through non-stop deals from leading brands and sellers, including Sandisk, Mustela, Make Up World, Indoplas, and Silka.


Silka’s Head of Sales, Timothy Chuonco, said, “Our orders increased by 18 times on Shopee 9.9 Mobile Shopping Day and we are currently in the process of ensuring that all orders will be delivered on time. Thanks to Shopee’s strong logistics support, both our sales and order processing have been running very smoothly. We are very happy with the results and the opportunity to satisfy our customers’ needs through 9.9 Mobile Shopping Day. We will be sure to join again next year!”

During this 24-hour sale, the most number of items bought by a single buyer hit 218. The top three performing categories in Philippines were Health and Beauty, Mobiles and Gadgets, and Women’s Apparel, while the products that emerged as the most popular choices were Smart Watches, Makeup Brushes, and Canvas Backpacks.

Terence Pang, Chief Operating Officer of Shopee, said, “Shopee 9.9 Mobile Shopping Day has become a highly-anticipated day for online consumers in Southeast Asia and Taiwan. We are glad that many buyers and sellers joined us in achieving this record-breaking milestone. This affirms our belief that Shopee is the leading online shopping platform in the region. We look forward to setting even higher expectations next year.”

To learn more about Shopee, please visit www.shopee.ph. Shopee is available for free download on Google Play and App Store.

Teacher Insights: 3 Things to be Excited for this year’s #GabayGuro10th

The International Teacher’s Month is now here! And among those who wants to celebrate more, that’s me! And here’s the reason why? The PLDT-Smart Foundation’s Gabay Guro is back to honor the country’s modern heroes- our beloved teachers!


For 10 years, I’d seen how Gabay Guro support and empower our teachers (like me in this present time) through their 5 pillars: trainings, livelihood products, broadbanding and computerization of schools, housing and facilities, scholarships and the much awaited Teacher’s Tribute that will happen this September  17, 2017 at SM Moa Arena!

Because I’m so excited to share the love for my fellow teachers, let me share the 3 things that SHOULD excite you for this event: 

1.Super Mega Hosts

Ms. Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach, Pops Fernandez and Andrew Wolfe will grace the event as the new host of the Teacher’s Tribute of Gabay Guro. 

2. Star-studded Performances

If you attend the last year’s Gabay Guro event, you definitely saw Regine Velasquez, Ogie Alcasid, Jaya, Martin Nievera, Gary Valenciano, and Lea Salonga. The good news is you will still see these celebrities, plus Sarah Geromino with the Power Dance Team G-force will be there to give you more love and entertainment. 



Artists like Michael Pangilingan, Jona Viray, Marian Rivera (the “Super Ma’am”), Southborder, Jay-R, Luke Mejares, UP Pep Squad, and more surprising big celebrities will be there to pay tribute to all our teachers.

3. Overflowing Prizes


2x of prizes are waiting for you. Gadgets, cash prizes, livelihood packages, Foton Truck, Motorcycles and 2 HOUSE AND LOT will be given away. Not to mention new sponsors prizes to be given away for all teachers like me to enjoy. Now who wants to miss this event?


A Decade of Empowering Teachers

Gabay Guro has been a blessing for all teachers and the aspiring teachers through their initiatives on giving scholarships to deserving and excellent students. There are over 300 LET passers, 496 active scholars as of August 2016 and projected 167 graduates in 2017. Gabay Guro has also partnered with local government units to further teacher education. 


Gabay Guro Foundation has also conducted trainings for over 16,000 teachers and counting with these training programs like “Teacher’s Treasure Chest”, English Proficiency Training, Computer Literacy, Emotional Intelligence and so on. At the same time, Gabay Guro answers to the needs of the times by doing grassroots anti-drugs trainings in schools.


Gabay Guro’s initiative on Broadband and Computerization has had great impact nationwide. All partner-schools are recipients or either computers/laptops or internet connections from PLDT or Smart.


Knowing that shortage of educational facilities is a major disaster area in the Philippine education system, Gabay Guro has also taken the cudgels in the construction of classrooms in the provinces, mostly those that have been hit by debilitating calamities. There are over 40 classrooms constructed and donated already in Cebu, Bohol, Leyte and Capiz.


Gabay Guro’s Grand Gathering 2017 is made possible by the generous support of Ayala Land Inc., Foton, Perry’s Group of Companies, PR Savings Bank, Maynilad, Motorlandia Philippines, Devant, Telescoop, PLDT Employees Credit Cooperative, First United Travel Inc., Las Casas Filipinas De Acuzar, Red Cross, Price Waterhouse, Cooper (PWC), Light Rail Manila Corp. (LRT 1), New Balance, Enchanted Kingdom, Penshoppe, Filstar, Fly Ace, Flanax, Tempra, Vivalyte, PLDT, Smart, Sun and TNT.

The 2017 Gabay Guro Grand Gathering event is exclusive for teachers only. Gates open at 12nn. Admission is free by just visiting Gabay Guro on Facebook www.facebook.com/gabayguro. For more information, visit www.gabayguro.com, or follow them on twitter, instagram at @PLDTGabayGuro

Teacher’s Insights: The 3rd Integrated Waste Management Expo and Environment Summit

The 3rd Integrated Waste Management Expo and Environment Summit is happening on August 10-12, 2017 at SMX Aura, Taguig City. An initiative of the DENR – Environmental Management Bureau (EMB), the Expo aims to raise the bar of environmental awareness of consumers and beef up efforts in solving the rising problem of solid waste in Metro Manila and other urban areas in provinces across the country.


The 3rd Integrated Waste Management Expo and Environment Summit is open to the public, including government agencies and non-government organizations. The Expo offers various activities like forums, talks and workshops that bear interesting topics on environmental protection, renewable energy, sustainable livelihood, and updates on consumer goods that help save the earth.

The Expo aspires to heighten a proactive awareness on issues that bear upon the environment and its ecological well-being. The ever-rising mountains of trash in our landfills, our rivers, waterways, and seas, is a serious matter of concern that has stared us in the eye for decades.

Good laws have been passed, government efforts on alleviating garbage problems in Metro Manila and major urban centers across the country have seen improvements since R.A. 9003 or the “Ecological Solid Waste Management Act” was put in motion in 2000. Amazingly, seventeen years later, we are still in neck-deep sea of rubbish. Major gaps cry out to be filled because the solution lies not only on laws or government effort, but at the source of waste itself — the consumers.

The Expo hopes to boost efforts in promoting a deeper commitment among Filipinos in every household, business establishments, and institutions in achieving positive social and environmental impact. Visitors will gain invaluable information, instruction, and insight on eco-friendly solutions that is practical, cost-efficient and sustainable.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle — the global battle cry for the environment resonates. Redesigning resource life cycles so that all products are reused, imitating nature’s sustainable cycles, would mean no trash is sent to landfills and incinerators — no more air pollution, no more water contamination. Changing our consumer lifestyles and practices is the solution to making this vision possible. 

We can bring about positive change if we work together as a nation — for the environment, for the country, for every Filipino. We hold the key.

The 3rd Integrated Ecological Waste Management Expo and Environment Summit is organized by DENR – Environmental Management Bureau in partnership with Department of Interior and Local Government, Metro Manila Development Authority, Philippine Information Agency, Quezon City and Taguig City.

Admission is free. For online registration, kindly visit environmentsummit.ph