Saturday, September 9, 2017

Up, up and away, Supermoms!

 “Up, up and away, Supermoms!”
Sun.Star Davao, September 9, 2017

Supermoms, it’s time to tune in to the first-of-its-kind Philippine radio station!
With niche programming for mothers and women and supported by dads, families as well as communities all over the archipelago, multi-awarded Mom’s Radio on the FM band is operated by Southern Broadcasting Network.
It is broadcasted in five key provinces, namely, Davao (DXSS 97.9), Cebu (DYAP 88.3), Bacolod (DYCP 90.3), Laoag (DWSN 97.9) and Vigan (DWIS 98.9).
“The radio station has been around for a while but went on hiatus for a few years until its awakening last year”, says Dennis “Big D” Poliquit who has over 20 years of experience in radio and is a proud dad of five kids, with two sets of twins. His show, “Man of the House” with co-host Benjie Cotaoco, airs from Monday to Friday, 12 noon to 3:00 p.m.

Dennis Poliquit
Benjie Cotaoco   
Intentional parenting

Joining the daddies is “Mommy Georgia” or Georgia Cotaoco with her morning show “Breakfast with Moms” every Monday to Friday, 7am-9am. She considers being a devoted mom to her two sons as one of her life’s passions. Together with her husband Benjie, they advocate intentional parenting by inculcating values that please God.

Georgia Cotaoco
But, that’s not all what Mom’s Radio has in store for mommies. Open to moms, soon-to-be moms, single moms and those who assumed the roles of a mom in the family, the station has also organized the Supermoms Club, a “gathering of like-minded women who aim to equip and empower women, especially moms”.

“Many moms just try to wing it being a mom. But, we want to let other moms know that there are also other moms going through what they are going through. They are not alone. We give information on how to care for themselves and their families through the radio shows and the Supermoms Club”, explains Mommy Georgia.

“In addition, we give attention to marriage as well, including how to raise kids together. We know the family is being attacked and we need to protect the basic unit of society by reiterating the importance of marriage, intentional parenting and the family”, she details.

Other Supermoms Club projects include medical missions, feeding programs, school supplies’ donations, free medical checkup and pampering for mommies, among others.

Supermoms Club Davao

Recently, the first ever Supermoms Club Davao officers were inducted during Mom’s Radio’s Roadshow held at SM City Davao.

Heading the Supermoms Club-Davao Chapter is president Joey Sy-Domingo, one of Davao’s premier voice talents and professional hosts. The dynamic mom of one believes that “empowering moms is of prime importance because mothers are such influential role models for their children”.

Joey Sy-Domingo
On the other hand, the club’s vice president is former Mutya ng Davao Leah May Luna. “I always love to get involved with organizations that aim to empower women, that's why I joined the Supermoms Club”, quips the mom of three, freelance host and model.
Leah May Luna

Although not a mom yet, Ana Caguiat is the club’s Secretary General. She has been an entrepreneur for over 12 years who has the “the passion for arts and crafts. I love what I do, I do what I love. And, I share what I know to encourage others to pursue their passion”. And this is what she exactly did, during the station’s roadshow by demonstrating how to make handmade products such as plushies, masks and hair accessories, and turn this hobby into a profitable business.
Ana Caguiat

Single mom, breast cancer warrior and former OFW Agnes Luna acts as the club’s secretary. “I joined the club because I believe in its advocacy of empowering women, not only as being a mom, but to embrace our own unique abilities and to be an inspiration to others”, the professional makeup artist reveals.

Agnes Luna

Meanwhile, Rayanne Patiño-Arao holds the position of treasurer. She is a mom of two who is active in event organizing, promotions and tourism development.
Rayanne Patiño-Arao
And, finally, Supermoms Club P.R.O. Janet Sy-Tancontian is the supportive mom of 29th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games judo bronze medalist Sydney Sy Tancontian and multi-awarded Philippine team judo athlete Chino Sy Tancontian.

Janet Sy-Tancontian
“I joined Supermoms club to help other parents get their kids to enter sports. I hope to inspire children to come out of their youth sports experience a winner; feeling good about themselves; and having a healthy attitude towards sports”, Janet relates.

Soar high with these power moms as they roll out their delightfully action-packed and enlightening activities in collaboration with Mom’s Radio.

Up, up and away, Supermoms!
For more information, like Mom’s Radio and Supermoms Club – Davao on their Facebook pages.
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Saturday, August 26, 2017

16th Girl Scouts of Korea International Camp

Proudly representing our region were Jian Mikaela Lasala, Danielle Valencia, Natalia Claudia Uy, Laureen Jade Arot, Mary Therese Atienza, Anna Jedidiah Roque, Jedelle Falcon, Patricia Callao, Jessa Marie Canaynay, Karen Lantajo, Cherry Ann Torres, Anicka Beatriz Teves and their adult leader Mitchelle Saycon-Dinglasa.
Aside from the Davao delegates, other dynamic scouts and adult leaders from the Girl Scouts of the Philippines’ (GSP) councils came from Pasay City, Batangas, Cavite, Iriga City, Zamboanga, Camarines and Ilocos. Their 62-strong Philippine delegation made them the biggest foreign group participating in the said international camp.
Held every two years, the much-anticipated event, with the theme “Act! Connect! Empower!”, gathered around 7,000 Girl Guides/Girl Scouts and non-member youths from Korea, with 300 overseas guests from member organizations of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) for six nights and seven days.
The well-attended Korea camp aimed to provide Girl Scouts/Guides and Scouts with opportunities to “radiate their youthfulness by participating in a variety of activities which meet their needs; to foster an appreciation for nature and responsibility for nature conservation through camping in nature; to enhance world citizenship by interacting with participants who have diverse backgrounds; and sharing international friendship and caring for each other through camping life”.

In line with the camp’s objectives, the organizers creatively prepared daily course activities such as “Adventure Challenge Valley; Fire Safety Experience; Theme Park on the Water; Traditional Korean Paper Making”; as well as unforgettable things-to-do like the “Military Experience, Temple Stay and Yeoju Museum Tour”. In addition, the overseas delegates staged international exhibitions to promote their country and culture to fellow scouts.

Delectable cooked Korean meals were served throughout the week-long event for the scouts to fully enjoy the camp and allow them to have spare time.
Completing the scouts’ ultimate Korean experience were the heart-stopping performances of famous K-Pop stars Highlight, Astro, B.I.G., April, The King, among others during the spectacular Opening Ceremony and International Night.

After the camp, selected delegates participated in a homestay program with their respective Korean host families while the others explored tourist spots in Seoul for two days.

Truly, the Davao Girl Scouts will forever cherish this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity which gave them a beautiful glimpse of the Koreans’ warm hospitality and the memorable chance to meet new friends from all over the world.

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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Davao Math whiz wins in India

 “Davao math whiz wins in India”
Sun.Star Davao, August 12, 2017

In the recent India International Mathematics Competition (InIMC), Team Philippines comprised of 34 students from different public and private schools impressively bagged a total of 26 medals.
With one gold, eight silver and seventeen bronze medals, including ten merit certificates, Dr. Simon L. Chua, the chief operating officer and co-founder of the non-government organization Mathematics Trainers’ Guild (MTG) Philippines and delegation head, praised the Filipino math geniuses for their commendable performance.

"With your achievement, you made not only your respective families and schools but also your country proud. It likewise reaffirmed that Filipino math wizards rank among the best in the world," Dr. Chua says in an interview.
The other participating countries included Australia, Bulgaria, Canada, Cyprus, Iran, Kazakhstan, Laos, Malaysia, Mexico, Mongolia, Nepal, Romania, South Africa, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Vietnam, Zimbabwe, and host India.  

MTG has been in the forefront in promoting excellence in math education and training and was responsible for preparing Team Philippines in the prestigious competition.
The country's lone gold medal in the InIMC came from the Philippines’ Team C members Enzo Rafael Chan of Bayanihan Institute; Kristen Steffi Teh of Grace Christian College; Sean Matthew Tan of Jubilee Christian Academy and Cassidy Kyler Lao Tan of Davao Christian High School.
GOLD MEDALISTS at the India International Mathematics Competition (InIMC). (From left) Team Philippines’ Cassidy Kyler Tan (Davao Christian High School), Kristen Steffi Teh (Grace Christian College), Enzo Rafael Chan (Bayanihan Institute), and Sean Matthew Tan (Jubilee Christian Academy).

Aside from his team’s gold medal victory, twelve-year old Dabawenyo Kyler who is currently a Grade 7 student won a bronze medal in the individual category.
Kyler is no newbie in clinching top spots in international competitions. Aside from his local and national math medal hauls, he has previously competed and won in math tilts in Singapore, Hong Kong and Indonesia. In addition, the batch valedictorian was a perfect scorer and prize awardee during the 2016 Australian Mathematics Competition.

It was Kyler’s DCHS teacher Rosnie Buenaventura who first discovered his extraordinary gift in math. “When I was in Grade 1, I enjoyed doing math puzzles and riddles. Ma’am Rosnie saw my interest and would give me math problems to solve at the back of my notebook. She encouraged me to do math trainings to hone my skills.  And, since then, math became a part of my life”, Kyler recalls.

 “I trained at the Rigid Math Training Center every Saturday.  I also joined Mathematics Trainers’ Guild Philippines’ programs and activities”, shares Kyler who enjoys swimming, biking, music and playing drums and computer games. 

The future scientist/businessman credits his achievements to God’s guidance and his interest in math. “I also owe it to my intensive trainings, hard work and determination. And, of course, the relentless support of my parents, trainers, teachers, and friends”, he adds.

“Math is fun. It is used daily in our life.  Like what Thomas Edison said, “Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration”. Math just needs practice.  Like any other sports, practice makes perfect”, the bubbly Kyler discloses.  

It’s not only about winning

If you think that Kyler is the only math whiz in the family, then, you are in for a big surprise. His two other younger sisters, Chloe Kimberly (10 y.o.) and Chelsea Kristanna (8 y.o.) also won gold and silver medals, respectively, at the 2017 International Mathematics Wizard Challenge in Xiamen, China last summer.

Besides their innate talents in math and perseverance, a significant part of the siblings’ success is the all-out support of their parents, Kenneth Mark and Cristy Tan.

 “I have to manage my time to be with them during their trainings and competition. I drive them every day during their trainings in Manila and maximize the summer by planning road and food trips during weekends. I also study and research on the places and countries they have to go to, to ensure their safety”, details Kenneth. 

But, all these sacrifices are well worth it when Kenneth sees his kids enjoying themselves while learning. “It’s not always the winning that is the most important, as long as I know that they did their best in the competition”, he intimates.

What is the Tans’ secret in raising kids who love math?

“Show math as something fun and useful.  Support your children and motivate them. You should have focus just like driving. There are many roads, detours or alternate routes that will lead you to your destination and like math, there are many solutions to solve a puzzle or reach a correct answer. The fun there is if you discover the shortcuts!”, the hands-on dad smiles.

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