Teaching What Matters in the Future

On May 9, 2015, I attended my first TEDx event titled TEDxPlaza Divisoria Ed. One of my Facebook friends, Roxanne Hambre Fuentes organized this education-themed talks to inspire educators, parents and stakeholders.

With Roxanne

With Roxanne

I arrived just as it was about to start around 1:20pm at Dear Manok Restaurant. It was held in one of their conference rooms on the second floor.

The program included 6 speakers, 2 video presentations and snacks (pancit, lumpia shanghai, rice and iced tea). Registration was for 250 pesos only. This included a red eco bag with TEDx overview, name tag, the programme, a pen, feedback sheet and a certificate of attendance.

Inside the kit

Inside the kit

The first speaker was an TEDEd Club moderator named Adeva Esparrago. She shared a wonderful concept of magnifying ideas. In a nutshell, she promoted idea replication as a potential for greatness. She encouraged us to listen to our students and allow them to focus on what they are passionate about. I liked this. I know that I can use this when school starts again in June.

She showed us video clips of her students presenting their own research and ideas. This encouraged them to become confident speakers and better researchers.


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Disaster Struck Cagayan De Oro

On Dec. 16, 2011, I felt that a storm was brewing. The day started out sunny and suddenly, dark clouds came over and the wind picked up. By the time I went home, it was raining in torrents.

Around 12mn of Dec. 17, the rain lightened up a bit but the wind was getting stronger by the minute. I feared our roof might just get blown away. Electricity was gone and around 3am, our tree got uprooted and thankfully, fell on the road, missing the two cars parked in between.

In the morning, I thought that it was just a typical tropical storm our city normally experiences. It totally took us all by surprise to find out that a flash flood happened and there were casualties amounting to more than a hundred.

We were supposed to have a Christmas party for kids that day but on the way to the office, I saw people covered in mud, things and animals, all muddy. The sun came out and dried up the roads a bit but the aftermath was overwhelming.

The aqua blue portion was the original riverflow. The areas in green was the flash flood. Due to balding mountains and poor efforts to replant trees, we have experienced the wrath of Mother Nature.

Since that fateful day, I was sick. Maybe it was stress, the water or even the air, I had stomachache, migraine, and nausea. I went to the doctor and they diagnosed me to be overfatigued and stressed. Told me to rest, drink multivitamins and just relax.

For those who want to help typhoon Sendong’s victims, here are some ways:

Click this link for UPDATES: https://docs.google.com/document/pub?id=1LSXx2Xt3D_0203ah6VyzLDLrI5v19oYaMnErsNwHRLI


(02) 411-4995

(02) 394-9272





ABS-CBN Foundation Inc. 

Mother Ignacia cor. Eugenio Lopez St.

Diliman, Quezon City

*You may send rice, canned gods, noodles, biscuits, coffee, sugar, clothes, blankets, mats, medicines


ABS-CBN CAGAYAN DE ORO and ABS-CBN DAVAO also accepting donations for relief operations 

ABS-CBN Cagayan De Oro

Barangay Bulua, Cagayan De Oro City


Shrine Hills, Matina, Davao City



1. BDO Peso Account

Account name: ABS-CBN Foundation Inc.-Sagip Kapamilya

Account Number: 39301-14199

Swift Code: BNORPHMM

2. BDO Dollar Account

Account name: ABS-CBN Foundation Inc.-Sagip Kapamilya

Account Number: 39300-81622

Swift Code: BNORPHMM

3. PNB Peso Account

Account name: ABS-CBN Foundation Inc.-Sagip Kapamilya

Account Number: 419-539-5000-13

Swift Code: PNBMPHMM

4. BPI Peso Account

Account name: ABS-CBN Foundation Inc.-Sagip Kapamilya

Account Number: 3051-1127-75

Branch: West Triangle, Quezon City

Swift Code: BOPIPHMM

5. BPI Dollar Account

Account name: ABS-CBN Foundation Inc.-Sagip Kapamilya

Account Number: 3054-0270-35

Branch: West Triangle, Quezon City

Swift Code: BOPIPHMM

IMPORTANT UPDATE!: A memo has now been released to all LBC Branches in the US and Canada. Here are the instructions given to me when shipping the boxes for free to Cagayan de Oro:

(1) All boxes must be addressed to:
Attention Jose Garcia
LBC Hari ng Padala Foundation
LBC Hangar, General Aviation Center
Domestic Airport Compound
Pasay City, Philippines

(2) Contents must contain NO LIQUIDS. High Priority items are canned goods, blankets and toiletries.

(3) Sizes of allowable boxes are: Canada 21 x 21 x 25 or smaller, US East Coast 28 x 18 x 17 or smaller, and West Coast 24 x 18 x 18

(4) You MUST drop the boxes at your local LBC Branch. Please refer to this website for your local LBC Branch:http://www.lbcexpress.com/contents/USA/

(5) The boxes will arrive in 45 days. LBC Foundation will deliver the donated items directly to the Relief Centers and NGOs of Cagayan de Oro.

Thank you in advance. We need lots of prayers too.