Surviving Our First Week Back To School

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I got a thumbs up from my first grader! Smile

Today marks the little one’s first week back to school. If truth be told, I cannot believe how quickly time zoomed by and I now have a first grader! Half of me cannot wait to witness all the beautiful things that are about to happen to my first-born, while the other half wanted to freeze time and cocoon my little one so he can stay small for just a bit longer or until mum is ready to let him out into the great big world!

And as if the inner turmoil is not enough, Jared went to school and back home after class on his own for the first time on today, too. As I kiss him to send him off for what seemed to be the longest day of my life, thoughts are careening in my head one after another ~ can he manage to travel on his own? Is it okay to let him go alone? But he was too young to be alone? The internal monologue enumerating the pros and cons of letting him on his own continued until it is time for mum to wait for the school boy’s arrival early in the afternoon. I quickly checked how his travel and ride went and if he was behaving while traveling. He answered that everything went well and asked if he can travel to and from school alone from now on.

So, yeah, I guess it is safe to assume that my little one is slowly maturing and that he is starting to gain more independence and would soon be needing mum less. Although I welcome the change, as well as the longer hours of peace and quiet at home leaving me with more time to do chores, work, rest, or whatever it is that I love to do at a given time, the house and I felt like an empty nest without the flurry of activities and the cacophony of Jared-related noise. Yeah, it is easy to tell that I am emotional at some point at this sudden turn of events.

I cannot believe that a first grader these days has these many books and notebooks!

I guess this will now be our everyday normal. And I can safely say we survived our first week back to school with flying colors. Aside from the struggle to keep an early-morning start, we seem to have developed an effective daily routine so my school boy can make it to school early and retire early at night, too. I am also making the most of my alone time so I can relax, de-stress, or beat deadlines and tick-off items from my to-do list for the day and focus on the little one when he comes home. I am working on a weekly baon menu next because it will save me considerable amount of time to know exactly what to prepare for his lunchboxes each day.

We still have a long way to go, but with the little one’s cooperation and mum’s good mood, I am sure we can manage.   Grin

Are you also having mixed emotions about your little one growing up to quickly? And if you have tips and tricks on how to survive the school days without losing your head, I would love to hear all about it through a comment below. Have a good one mums and let’s brace ourselves for another exciting and challenging school year.

NAMCYA Stages #galingNAMCYA

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Accomplished musicians who have proven their brilliance nationally and internationally are set to perform in a concert on July 16, 2016, to showcase works by Filipino and foreign composers and raise funds for the National Music Competitions for Young Artists (NAMCYA).

To be held at the Little Theater of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), the concert, titled #galingNAMCYA,  features past winners of NAMCYA, the country’s most prestigious music competition for the youth for more than 40 years.

The performers include Carlo Antonio Juan (Guitar), Sara Maria Gonzales (Violin),  Christian Tan (Violin), Kim Carl Mirandilla Ng (Viola), Arnold Josue  (Cello), Gabriel Allan Paguirigan (Piano), Luci Magalit (Piano), Myramae Tapia Meneses (Soprano), Antonio Maigue (Flute), Gabriel Allan Paguirigan (Piano), Reynato Resurreccion, Jr., (Oboe), Ariel Sta. Ana (Clarinet), Adolfo Mendoza (Bassoon), Naomi Sison (Piano), and Jay-ar Mesa (French Horn, guest horn player).

“We are very excited to have these NAMCYA winners perform and show that many of our world-class musicians were shaped by their experiences in NAMCYA,” said Renato Lucas, Secretary-General of NAMCYA, and who is also a past winner of the competition.

“We titled the concert #galingNAMCYA because we want people to know that these performers came from NAMCYA and that they represent the wealth of talent that NAMCYA attracts every year,” added Lucas.

“Before all these talent contests that we see today on TV, there was NAMCYA. It was where excellent musicians were discovered and nurtured to become world-class performers. NAMCYA continues to do that, and we want everyone to know that NAMCYA’s advocacy is to help our youth develop musical excellence and promote Philippine music.”

#galingNAMCYA aims to raise funds to help NAMCYA in its advocacy. Activities include the competitions and special performances in November, as well as outreach performances, workshops on Philippine music, and commissioning of new Filipino works.

#galingNAMCYA’s virtuosi will perform masterpieces of Filipino composers such as Nicanor Abelardo, Bayani M. De Leon, Manuel Velez, and Felipe P. De Leon, Sr., as well as works of foreign composers such as Ludwig van Beethoven, Paul Dukas, and Francis Poulenc.

For more information, please call 836-4928 or email

NAMCYA Secretariat
Folk Arts Theater
Bukaneg Street, CCP Complex,
Barangay 076, Pasay City 1307
Phone : {+632}836.4928 to 29
Cell : {+63}949.9932592

Press Release

Acer Appoints Techtron Systems Corp. As New Partner To Help Grow Commercial Business Unit

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To help grow its business and explore other growth areas in the Philippines, local tech giant Acer Philippines, Inc. recently appointed Techtron Systems Corporation as its Commercial Business partner-distributor. Shown in photo during the signing of the partnership agreement were Acer Philippines, Inc. Managing Director Manuel Wong (left) and Martini Assey Chua, Vice President for Sales and Marketing of Techtron Systems Corporation.

Local IT industry leader Acer Philippines continues to expand its horizon in the commercial sector with the appointment of Techtron Systems Corporation as its newest partner.
The partnership with Techtron came at an opportune time for the tech giant as it aims to grow further its commercial line of computers.
“Techtron had been a very supportive partner ever since. We appreciate their dedication and passion in selling Acer products, especially our Consumer line where they have been a partner since 2007. Now that they are a Commercial business partner of Acer, we look forward to grow with them even further,” says Manuel Wong, Managing Director of Acer Philippines, Inc.
Mr. Wong said they will even work closer with Techtron particularly in exploring business in potential growth sectors such as the small and medium-size businesses in the National Capital Region and in the provinces.
Techtron is an aggressive business partner in selling Acer Consumer products and is a consistent top performer, bagging major awards during past Acer ePinnacle Awards, an annual event where Acer gives recognition to top Acer distributors and dealers.

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