Kumon Philippines Held A Free Seminar in Iloilo
It was a bad weather. Heavy rains and floods poured in the city of Iloilo, not to mention occasional brownouts and dreaded traffic. But, pure dedication and service stands against any storm. Gigs Ilonggo was invited for a whole afternoon of acquaintance and information by Kumon Philippines as they continue to embark in one of their journey to spread tips and recommendations on how to properly care and enjoy quality time with children as well as help parents, grandparents, soon-to-be parents and even single parents prepare their children’s future. Held last Saturday, August 1, 2009 at SM City Iloilo’s Cinema 6.
(Standing: Ms. Ina Duller, Mr. Lawrence Laurate | Sitting: Ms. Yoyie Angeles, Ms. Lilet Bautista and Ms. Reggie de Jesus)
Before the seminar begun we were given a chance to make an interview with the speakers and some Kumon officials. The interview focused mainly on the talking points of each speaker on the seminar. One thing I’ve noted though is the context between the expensive and quality education and the mismatching of the current curriculum with the demand of the industry. Ms. Bautista pointed out the halting of government subsidies to the state universities and colleges to enhance access and get all the leaders in business and industry to become actively involved in higher education so as to address the mismatch problem.
With over a hundred and fifty participants, the afternoon started with a registration and surprisingly with free food stubs, parental kits and movie discounts. A short yet charming music video of a child’s dream welcome the guests and inspire them of a happy future for their sons and daughters.
The whole afternoon was filled with facts and reality as well as hope, second chances and a fulfillment. The three speakers gave their audience a reality check on their relationship with their children, suggestions on how to strengthen the bond with their kids, inspiration to give more of themselves for their family and motivation to create plans to build a stronger foundation to ensure a brighter future. Dr. Lilia “Lilet” Bautista, of De La Salle University College of Education speaks of current issues on education. A clear check on what is really going on in our country’s educational system gave the audience a good view on what to expect in terms of education in the Philippines. Yet, despite political and social warfare and interference, few of the good schools and educators remain true to their vocation and continue to create great professionals and leaders that are dedicated in bringing genuine service to their fellowmen and country.
Kumon’s Learning Materials
Kumon Philippines’ Instruction Division Leader Ms. Olivia “Yoyie” Angeles, introduces ways to make learning not only a habit but a fun experience for the children. She shares her own strategies on how to capture the attention of her two little kids and techniques on helping her little ones learn new things. Rarely can you find a house full of labels for the sake of the children to easily identify things in the household and familiarize the words and spelling that comes along the object. A heartwarming film on how Kumon had touched the lives of several families all over the country was shown after the two speakers said their piece.
Parenting was then discussed by Ms. Regina “Reggie” de Jesus, National Executive Director of the Philippine Mental Health Association. Ms. Reggie pointed that there are two kinds of parents; the good parent and the responsible parent. The good one decides all for their children, afraid that their kids will get hurt. Results would be too much dependence on the part of the children and lack initiative, creativity and decision making. The responsible parent on the other hand allows their children to experience things on their own to let them know what it feels like, helping them decide things on their own and become stronger in facing realities in life.
In the end, the event was a huge success regardless of a few power interruptions. Parents move out the venue with hopes in their faces and excitement to go home and spend a quality time with their children.
Kumon Philippines Western Visayas Branches:
Potential Builders Center
Rm. 208-209 Adelina Bldg. cor Jalandoni & Gen. Luna St. Iloilo City
Contact Number: (033) 337-9527
A Child’s Place Center
Atis St, Capitol Subd., Bacolod City
Kalibo (Aklan) Center
Door 201 2/F Waldolf Garcia Bldg. Osmeña Ave. Aklan Kalibo
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