Tuesday, October 10, 2017

The Philippines’ K12 Program Is Now in Thailand!

Bangkok, Thailand--The Philippines’ K12 program offers 12 years of basic educational curriculum from Prep to Senior High School in four different tracks, which are based on your kid’s interest.

You can choose either the academic, technical vocational and livelihood, sports, art and design track for your kid.

The best part is that you can now avail these courses at the same package cost in the Philippines from ISO-certified Saint Roberts International Academy* through the Bellarmine Global Education in Thailand.

Our regular class schedule is from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; we can also work on a flexible schedule or conduct online-based classes—whatever suits you!

To grab this exciting opportunity, or if you have further inquiries, contact GeorServices Co Ltd

*Saint Roberts International Academy is accredited by the Philippines’ Department of Education.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

How to Strike a Balance Between Work and Personal Life

By Oliver Oliveros, Editor-In-Chief

“Balance, peace, and joy are the fruit of a successful life. It starts with recognizing your talents and finding ways to serve others by using them.” — Thomas Kinkade

Those words from the late American painter Thomas Kinkade (1958-2012) perfectly describes our cover-story subject in this summer issue of Fil-Am Who’s Who: veteran psychiatric nurse Darlene Dilangalen-Borromeo.

Originally from Lagao, General Santos City, Darlene specializes in mental health and gerontology while raising her family, together with her husband, Jesus “Bong” Borromeo. With more than 30 years of professional experience, she takes pride in what she does. “Whatever project I do or whatever I’m involved in, it’s still about my being a nurse. I’m a nurse first before I became a wife before I became a mother. But all of these come together to define who I am,” Darlene shares more on pages 10-12.

Unlike Darlene, if you find it difficult to achieve a balance between your working hours at the office and your personal time at home, you are not alone. However, there are practical means and ways to attain that elusive balance.

Here are some:

Know Your Limitations: Start delegating your tasks, e.g. research work, presentation materials, among your staff or employees. Also, teach your son or daughter to do the laundry or shop for groceries when you’re away from home.

Prioritize: List down what are the most important to-do list for the day and what can be done tomorrow or by the end of the week.

Eat Healthily: Eat a variety of foods in small amounts. A healthy diet is a key to a sound mind and body.

Put Down Your Mobile Phone: Don’t you realize you’re spending a lot more time on your phone and social media nowadays instead of getting up to exercise, walk your dog, or strike a conversation with your colleagues, friends, and family?

Plan Holidays: Together with your family and close friends, take a short break from work at least twice in a year.

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Saturday, July 29, 2017

Promoting the Philippines

By Oliver Oliveros, Editor-In-Chief

Filipinos around the world are exceedingly proud of the Philippines, warts and all. That’s why when it comes to promoting the country by way of an international television (TV) commercial, everyone seems to have a say in it. Take for instance the most recent falling out between the Department of Tourism (DOT) and a global marketing-advertising agency whose latest collaboration had gone awry because of plagiarism allegations. Plagiarized or not, save for the surprising twist in the end, the TV commercial in question showed nothing really new. Like any other tourism promotional video, it banked on sweeping crane shots of some of the country’s finest tourist destinations and top tourist activities—unfortunately, it didn’t touch upon the other quirkiness of the Philippines such as its food, its numerous languages, or, even, its music and popular entertainment.

Although he never spoke Tagalog or Bisaya at home or school growing up in New Jersey, physical therapy practitioner William Araneta, our cover model in this issue of Fil-Am Who’s Who, is slowly being introduced to the distinct beauty of his home country—thanks to his lovely wife, Giana. Sans the feast-for-the-eye promotional videos or postcards from the Philippines, Giana does this by filling William’s stomach with the best food from the Philippines instead, while, probably, Coco Martin’s “Ang Probinsyano” TV series is playing.

William has also learned to value the language, the food, the celebrities, the music, and more importantly, the people through his Filipino patients at his clinic in Queens. “Over here in Woodside, there are plenty of Filipino restaurants that I wander off to which made me acknowledge the taste of the Philippines,” William mentions in his story on pages 10-12.“It’s [also] fun sponsoring these [Filipino] concerts. You get to see your fellow Filipinos—some of them are my patients–ecstatic and they feel at home and that ultimately makes me happy,” he adds.

To effectively promote the Philippines to tourists, focus on how it stands out from the rest of the world. A case in point is one of my favorite local cities, Vigan. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the City of Vigan, which features nearly 233 Spanish period houses and buildings—standing next to each other in a grid of 25 streets are rather distinct: These colonial houses have had strong Chinese-Ilocano and Filipino influences that the traditional and contemporary Spanish colonial houses found in Latin America never had.

I guess, to truly experience the Philippines is to embrace its charming eccentricities.

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