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21st CENTURY EDUCATION

What has changed in our system?

The kids’ furniture designer whose clients include Gwyneth Paltrow and Valentino What Makes a Great Father? How Not to Raise Bullies Children’s Oral Health Dealing with Sexting Incidents Conquering Kids’ Fears

BACK-TOSCHOOL TIES

What’s for Lunch? Bag Essentials, Child Style Factor

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JOHN AND PRIsCILLA

The Estradas’ love story, welcoming Sammanta Anechka, and how a fi ve-time dad and a first-time mom are learning to raise their little girl together


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INSIDE BC contents 10 david netto An exclusive on the designer as he takes on the world of children’s furniture, catering to the most discerning customers yet--parents 14 the grass is greener Welcome the second half of the year with these beauty buys

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52 36 18 children’s oral health tips Let your kids have happy teeth all year round with advice from the experts 24 musings on 21st century education One mom’s thoughts on schooling and how it has changed from then to now

10 On the Cover: John and Priscilla Estrada with daughter, Anechka

44 conquering fears in your children Learn how to be supportive and help your kids get over their worst apprehensions

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contents 32 back-to-school shopping tips Check out these pointers to help you get more value for your money this new school year 46 scrumptious snacks attack Get creative in the kitchen and serve up some animated tummy-fillers for your kids

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52 john, priscilla, anechka Our exclusive first look at John and Priscilla Estrada’s darling daughter and their gorgeous home

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68 school fashion Get an A+ on your child’s style grade with these super cute ensembles

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Kariz Tanya Favis Chairman & President

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Martin Favis Vice President & Publisher

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Contributors Sany Chua, Miko Dacanay, Ina Reyes de Vera, Dr. Amar Idlibi, Diego Jose, Dr. Harold Katz, Victoria Laquindanum, Pong Niu, Todd Patkin, Jeremy G. Schneider, MFT, Dr. Pankaj Singh, Tim Woda, Andrea Woroch

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(Left): with the estrada family; the bc kidstock models during the fashion show finale

June Pride

A lot will be happening this month. I am on my third trimester of pregnancy, however, some of my nasty first trimester symptoms are back. Regardless, I am in party mode and very excited to invite you all to join us on June 24 for the BC Most Beautiful Moms and Hautest Dads photo exhibit at the SM Mall of Asia Atrium from 4 to 6 PM. I am eager to see our lovely and inspiring parents gathered together on this day, for the second and final leg of the event. My husband and myself did most of the photos, so I do hope you get a chance to pass by. School time is here; so pretty much everything you see in this issue is geared towards getting ready for learning, and coping with the extras that come with it (bullying, conquering fears in younger kids, oral health, what’s in your child’s school bag, etc). Much gratitude goes out to John and Priscilla Estrada for welcoming us into their chic, modern condo at the Fort, and for giving us a few hours to spend with darling Anechka. Theirs is the picture of a family absolutely in love with one another, proving that kinfolk can be formed from different walks of life regardless of backgrounds, bound primarily by affection. Speaking of gorgeous new babies, BC threw an intimate and very enjoyable celebration for the Hermosa-Sottos to celebrate the birth of adorable Ondrea. And BC’s Kidstock at the SPARK House in Punta Fuego, Batangas was a smashing success, despite the 4 to 6-hour traffic jam braved by the families who walked the fashion show.

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We also asked different women to sound off on what they think makes a great father. I grew up with my mom alone, and I think that, mostly, a dad has to be there for a child, never mind their marital status. Be there physically, if possible—for the important events, at the very least—and always remind your kids that they have a parent they can run to when everything turns to crap. A daddy has to be a source of strength, wisdom, and love. A dad should show a daughter that there are decent men in the world who won’t break your heart, will sit with you when you just need that good cry—and when you’re going through an awful teenage hormonal phase, he should want to know where you’re at all the time, for fear of evil people and bad luck happening to you. He should give a son appropriate advice and know to move with the times, and encourage his dreams. He should know to allow his kids to buy a pet to love, because those furry buggers become their pals and protectors. Most of all, he should love his wife completely because it serves as the bar for all the other men. I guess the reason I had to trudge along without a father figure is that God was saving it all up for my own children. My husband is exactly the father I wished for my soon-to-be-three kiddos. That said, I wish all our better halves a great Father’s Day. To those moms who are taking on a dual parenting role, this honor is yours as well, so pat yourself on the back and know that your little ones love and appreciate you for all you do.

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Transitioning from decorating homes’ interiors to revamping children’s rooms is the passion of this two-time dad and A-List celeb designer

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It’s funny to find out that DaSC vid Netto compares his high school life to that of the lead in the movie “Rushmore”—a story about a brilliant but often annoying student who underachieves in his classes because he tries too hard in his extracurricular activities; about the lead’s love for a beautiful teacher, and a friendship turned competition with a rich, lonely businessman. This love for design and the coming of his firstborn baby girl made him transition from being a reputable interior decorator to a furniture designer because he wanted to offer a product to his customers, not solely a service. He also welcomes that in this type of job, there is “less dialogue” with clients, and it interests him to be in a line of work that has virtually little or no competition (especially when he was just starting out earlier this decade). KATE AND MADELYN NETTO

As father to Kate (with actress Ione Skye) who is now 10 years old, and 5-year old Madelyn (with wife Elizabeth Tynes-Netto), David’s cup runneth over: balancing fatherhood and a multi-million dollar business. Now that his company has been taken under the wing of renowned stroller company, Maclaren, the designer is enjoying every bit of fame and fortune that his talent has afforded him. NETTOCOLLECTION

Although most parents would think thrice about buying $1,500 cribs that their baby can use for mostly about a year or so, David has found a way to make his furniture grow with the kids. For instance, a changing table may later on be turned into an entertainment center, or a wardrobe into a medicine cabinet, or it can be used eventually as a signature piece in a loft or beach house. GWYNETH AND THE SEINFELDS

David is aware and thankful for the celebrity patronage that he has received,

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especially from the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow, who is not just famous as a Hollywood star, but is known and admired for her impeccable taste. Paltrow was even gifted an extra set of Netto baby furniture by her good friend, fashion designer Valentino, when she gave birth to daughter Apple Martin. As for first-rate comedian Jerry Seinfeld and his wife Jessica, Netto furniture adorn both their New York apartment and home in Los Angeles, and David says he “would do anything” for this couple and Paltrow for giving him and his business that extra press and validation that it has been able to thrive on. GETTING INSPIRED AND COMPLIMENTED

It takes him about 5 minutes to come up with an idea for a design, but hours of sketching to achieve what he wants. He also mentions Albert Hadley as one of his great mentors (a partner at the interior decorating firm Parish-Hadley which helped Jacqueline Kennedy decorate the White House and the Kennedy’s personal homes). When asked whether his creativity gets fueled more when his work gets complimented or criticized, he readily answers that he favors kinder words, since he has been discouraged many times in the past. And if he gets a case of ‘designer’s block,’ he gets out of the office, or tries to go on a quick trip to Lisbon, and after which he goes back to work recharged.

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And what else would a successful 42-year-old entrepreneur want at this point in his life? Well, he hopes to continue to grow his business from a start-up to a really established one, and to show more people that the nursery shouldn’t be left behind in terms of design. And if it’s not asking for too much, he would also love to get one of his cribs in the permanent collection over at MoMa (Museum of Modern Art). But anyway, if all else fails, I told him that with his looks he could probably get a back-up career in the movies, and he laughingly said that he’d keep that in mind. Just remember my friends, you read about that here first. bc

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FOR KIDS: 1. Swimmer’s Defense Hair Conditioner by CALIFORNIA BABY 2. Stelatria Purifying Recovery Cream by MUSTELA, P850 3. Nourishing Powder with Milk by JOHNSON’S BABY, P75 for 200g 4. In a Rash Natural Soothing Light Cream by TINY BUDS, P169 5. Baby Bee Bubble Bath by BURT’S BEES, P750 6. Relaxing Organic Lavender Body Lotion by EARTH FRIENDLY BABY, P500 bcmag.ph


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MOISTURIZE. No matter what type of skin you have, make sure to moisturize with one that addresses your skin’s needs. If you have oily skin, go for water-based moisturizers. For dry skin, use oil-based moisturizers with propylene glycol or urea, as this keeps the moisture in. Moisturizing your skin daily not only helps protect it from outside elements like wind, dust, and the heat, but it also improves skin tone and texture. REJUVENATE. Strengthen your tresses with a treatment that goes deep into every strand to nourish and protect your hair from further damage. Weekly creams and conditioners can help protect your hair from the damaging UV rays, dust, and pollution. Go for products that have natural and gentle materials that won’t hurt your scalp. CLEANSE. Use non-soapy face wash for deep cleansing. Clean the skin three to four times a day, which helps your pores to breath. Don’t strip your skin’s natural moisture. Apply a cleansing agent that is gentle and yet, strong enough to remove every trace of dust and dirt from your skin. bcmag.ph


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How do you get kids to brush their teeth? There are toothT A brushes that light up for the amount DEN of time the kids should be brushing for. And toothbrushes that sing songs for as long as you should be brushing. My philosophy is TELL, SHOW, DO: TELL them why they need to brush their teeth, SHOW them the right way, DO it with them. Other parents have had success by having their kids practice on a favorite doll first, or brushing in the bath where kids can’t get away, or even singing them their favorite song. If they bite down on the brush or try to run off, you stop singing. As a last resort you can even do it in front of a favorite TV show or movie. When should you start brushing your kids’ teeth? As soon as the first tooth comes in you should be wiping down your kids mouth with a damp cloth. Switch to a soft kids size toothbrush as more teeth come in. How much toothpaste should they use? What kind? Just a pea sized amount

of fluoride toothpaste will do the trick. Don’t use fluoride toothpaste until your kid is over 2. Stick to a pea-sized amount, kids who swallow too much fluoride before the age of 6 can have white spots on their permanent teeth! There are tons of flavors, from bubble gum to watermelon. Do you need a fluoride supplement? Probably not, especially if your water has fluoride. If you have city water, you can check your water districts billing statement for the utilities contact info. If you have well water, you can have it tested at a lab; local health districts often have testing capabilities. Always check with your dentist or pediatrician about your kids fluoride needs before giving a supplement. What are dental sealants? Should my kid get them? Dental sealants are thin, plastic coatings that are applied to the grooves on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth to protect them from tooth decay. Most tooth decay in children and teens occurs on these surfaces. Sealants protect

the chewing surfaces by keeping germs and food particles out of these grooves. They are best for permanent teeth—they should be applied shortly after the permanent back teeth come in, before they have a chance to decay. They last 5 to 10 years, and should be checked by your dentist at your regular visit. What should I do if my child’s permanent tooth is knocked out? Find the tooth and rinse it gently in milk or saliva. (Do not scrub it or clean it with soap, use just water!) If possible, replace the tooth in the socket and hold it there with clean gauze or a wash cloth. If you can’t put the tooth back in the socket, place the tooth in a clean container with milk, saliva, or water. Get to our office immediately. The faster you act, the better your chances of saving the tooth. What if my child has a toothache? Call your dentist promptly. To comfort your child, rinse the mouth with water. Apply a cold compress or ice wrapped in a cloth. Do not put heat or aspirin on the sore area.

“Brushing one’s teeth is a vital practice that we need to teach our kids at a very young age. Good hygiene practices, when instilled early, yields a lifetime of health benefits.” Brushing one’s teeth is a vital practice that we need to teach our kids at a very young age. Good hygiene practices, when instilled early, yields a lifetime of health benefits. Moreover, you’ll be sure that they will, in turn, teach your grandkids those good habits in the future. But like any meticulous parent, we must be cautious in selecting the right toothpaste and oral care products for the little ones. Most parents are careful about learning what’s in the stuff their kids eat and drink. They avoid artificial dyes, preservatives, chemicals, and sweeteners. Yet ask just about any of those same folks if they have ever looked at what is in their toothpaste and you’ll likely get blank stares. Considering the fact that children— and adults—ingest toothpaste twice a

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day every day, it’s probably the most frequent thing we put in our mouths other than water or other beverages. And still, most people have never looked at what is in their toothpaste. Dentist and national oral health care expert Harold Katz suggests that needs to change. Many ingredients in some commercial toothpastes are of questionable benefit and some are just plain bad for you. Consumers have become increasingly aware of the hidden toxins in foods, beverages and eating and drinking utensils, he says. They avoid high fat and high sodium foods, sulfates in their personal care products, aerosol sprays, and toxic chemicals in their household cleaners. “They’re taking no chances, and right-

fully so. Remember the rush to replace plastic baby bottles with glass ones after the BPA scare in 2008?” he asked. However there has been a surprising lack of attention to toothpaste, Katz says. The dentist suggests that all consumers—but especially parents—take the time to read their toothpaste tubes today. Effects of potentially unhealthy toothpaste ingredients are multiplied in the smaller bodies of children. Toothpaste buyers should look for natural ingredients, such as aloe vera juice, which cleans and soothes teeth and gums and helps fight cavities, according to the May/June 2009 issue of General Dentistry, the Academy of General Dentistry’s clinical, peerreviewed journal. Aloe vera tooth gel is said to kill disease-causing bacteria in the mouth, Katz says. bcmag.ph


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This commonly used toothpaste dye is one of several on the list of additives to avoid, maintained by the Center for Science in the Public Interest. It’s said to be linked to learning, behavioral and health problems, severe allergic reactions, and headaches, among other problems. Sodium lauryl sulfate:

The American College of Toxicology reports this ingredient in cosmetics and industrial cleaning

agents can cause skin corrosion and irritation. Doses of .8 to 110 grams/ kilogram in lab rats caused depression, labored breathing, diarrhea and death in 4 out of 20 animals. Triclosan:

An anti-microbial ingredient, the Federal Environmental Protection Agency lists triclosan as a pesticide and regulates its use in over-thecounter toothpastes and hand soaps. According to the agency’s fact sheet, “Studies on the thyroid

and estrogen effects led EPA to determine that more research on the potential health consequences of endocrine effects of triclosan is warranted. …Because of the amount of research being planned and currently in progress, it will undertake another comprehensive review of triclosan beginning in 2013.” Saccharin and aspartame:

Both of these artificial sweeteners are on the Center for Science in the Public Interest’s list of additives to avoid.

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BABY FIREFLY LIGHTUP TIMER TOOTHBRUSH Fun way to teach kids proper way of brushing their teeth. A light-up toothbrush that flashes for 60 seconds when pushed at the base of the handle, suitable for kids aged 4 to 36 months.

STERIPOD TOOTHBRUSH STERILIZER A stylish and effective toothbrush sanitizer clip that kills germs up to 3 months.

Also, avoid all toothpastes that contain sodium lauryl sulfate, a harsh detergent that has been linked to canker sores. Toothpastes that are free of sulfates include Weleda’s Salt Toothpaste, TheraBreath and Tom’s of Maine. Brush your teeth at least twice a day and get children into the habit from a young age, Katz says. You’ll have fresh breath, avoid painful dental problems, and be far more likely to have your teeth in your mouth when you go to

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TOM’S ANTICAVITY FLOURIDE TOOTHPASTE With an all natural strawberry taste, natural kids fluoride toothpaste helps prevent cavities, making your little one’s teeth strong and healthy.

MY DENTIST’S CHOICE TOOTH TISSUES These Tooth Tissues are disposable, textured, and specially designed to help remove plaque from your baby’s and todder’s teeth and gums.

sleep at night as you age. Just be sure to check what’s in your family’s toothpaste and avoid buying anything with problematic ingredients. And when it comes to brushing kids teeth, use a pea-sized drop of paste on the brush— no more—and oversee brushing to ensure young children don’t swallow their toothpaste, says Dr. Katz.

ing anything sweet or carbonated after brushing their teeth. “I’m thirsty!” are the words so many children mutter soon after brushing their teeth. However, what is the best beverage choice to satisfy your little one after their teeth have been cleaned? It’s a question CT pediatric dentist Ammar Idlibi has heard from stumped parents for years.

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About the Authors Dr. Pankaj Singh is an innovator, educator, author and pioneer in the field of dentistry. With experience spanning over 15 years, Dr. Singh is a world-renowned dentist who's taking the industry by storm. The founder and CEO of Arch Dental Associates, Dr. Singh specializes in implant, sedation and restorative dentistry, dental sleep medicine and facial aesthetics. He has also served as associate professor in the International Dental Program at NYU College of Dentistry.

worst thing you can do is coat them with the wrong thing.” On the doctor’s top 5 worst list of drinks for kids are any carbonated beverage, Kool Aid or similar sugary drinks, natural juices, sweetened or unsweetened, even if diluted with water, milk, and any beverage containing sugar. Such drinks can be downright destructive on the teeth. Even a healthy beverage like milk is harmful when children have unlimited access to it throughout the day. Teeth are constantly bathed in sugar, harming the enamel. The worst happens when a child falls asleep with a bottle or a sippy cup containing milk or other sugary drinks. “Sugars can be metabolized by oral bacteria. Acid is a byproduct of metabolized sugar and carbohydrates and acid weakens tooth enamel,” said Dr. Idlibi. “The weakened enamel becomes very vulnerbcmag.ph

able to further acidic attacks, resulting in tooth decay and cavities which require restorative treatment.” In his dental practice, Dr. Idlibi frequently encounters children with mouths full of rotten teeth, some as young as age two. Consequently, he performs many procedures in an OR at a children’s hospital since some children are so young they must be sedated in order for dental work to be performed. “Sometimes the solution is as simple as a filling. However, advanced decay may require restorations with prefabricated stainless steel crowns,” said Dr. Idlibi. “Even more advanced decay can render teeth restorable or cause abscesses, and in such cases, the involved tooth or teeth must be extracted and a space maintainer must be inserted in the molar area of the mouth.” bc

Dr. Harold Katz received his degree in bacteriology from UCLA and is the founder of The California Breath Clinics and author of The Bad Breath Bible. Dr. Katz’s formulated the TheraBreath oral care program in 1994 and has continued to update products in order to make use of the most effective and most natural ingredients. Dr. Amar Idlibi received his dental degree from the University of Connecticut School Of Dental Medicine, one of the most prestigious dental schools in the country. He completed a two years post-graduate program in pediatric dentistry at Tufts University school of Dental Medicine and received his certificate of specialty in Pediatric Dentistry at Tufts in 1992. Over the last 20 years, Dr. Idlibi has taught dental students and run his own practice, Kids Dental, in Bristol. He is also the official Pediatric Dentist for the YMCA Camp Chase and participates in many community service activities for children's oral health. { JUNE 2012 } b c PHILIPPINES

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When I first entered school, it was 1977. Montessori schools were the cutting edge of education in the Philippines at the time, and have remained in the mainstream consciousness of the country since then. It was a school that allowed for each student to proceed at his own pace, and presented hands-on materials to introduce and reinforce concepts otherwise too abstract for young minds. Each material had one specific purpose, to teach through the eyes, hands, movement and space, without unnecessary direction from an adult. One had to figure it out and solve problems as part of daily school routine. The criticism of the Montessori method is that there is a perceived lack of creativity when using such tools. Because each material is solely for the purpose of teaching one thing, be it

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comparing shape, size, color, height, or width, students in the school are not encouraged to use materials in an open-ended manner such as building, creating designs or exploring cause and effect relationships by making one big, grand mess. But did the method prepare students for the unforeseen explosion of rapid change brought forth by the new millennium? I maintain that maybe it did. At ages 2, 3, and 4, my classmates could figure out problems and apply solutions without an adult engineering our thoughts and actions. We were shown how to perform some tasks, and were expected to imitate them, such as setting the table, cleaning up, serving snacks, saying “Please,” “Thank you,” and “Excuse me, may I have another?” And that was how we learned and continue to learn social norms.

In the 1980’s, I was sent to an all girl Catholic school, another norm, and the most typical setting in Philippine education then and today. Here I learned about right and wrong, how to behave, think and act according to what was morally correct and pleasing to the Almighty Father. I learned about how to be good. Academics were a different story. I can’t remember half the things I learned, only knowing what I can apply today, such as writing, grammar, vocabulary, Shakespeare, the Great Books, and tidbits of history. I remember that I was good at dissecting frogs and identifying its beating parts, and then labeling them according to a diagram of an open frog with already labeled parts. I learned that reading evoked thought, that one could write about those thoughts, but that asking bcmag.ph


L E A RN I N G TOO L S too many questions in class was considered disruptive and a waste of time. I remember that memorizing the answers was all you needed to get an A grade in all of the science and math subjects, but that literature and history required analytical thought. And so this is why I have no math skills apparent today, very little science skills, and why I can tell you what the culture and social interactions were like in medieval times. Did this set up prepare my class of 24 girls for the 21st century? Maybe. Sure, we had very little life skills (could not commute, speak our country’s beloved language, and were only barely aware of the world outside our school), but we could quote Shakespeare, and we were good girls. Even now, we are good girls, always aware of what we say, think, do, how we affect others, and what is always pleasing to Almighty God. That’s an awesome life skill, I found out later, not everyone has. College was a whirlwind of choices. There was a huge amount of freedom, discussions, questions actually answered, opportunities to develop socially and intellectually. It was an electrically charged environment of intellectual disagreements and diverse thought. By the time I left school at 21, armed with knowledge of Theology, Philosophy, Literature, Humanities, Sciences, some math I can barely remember, and a bachelor of Arts degree in Something or Other, it was 1997. And there it was. My entire education that should be sufficient enough to gear me up for life. I went to good schools. I was lucky to. Everyone I know from these schools is employed, or self-employed, and doing fairly well, if not incredibly well. Then a huge percentage of us got into the habit of having babies, and now the perennial question is, what do we do about their schooling? If we truly felt that our experiences were enough to set them up for the future, why would we be asking such a question? The answer is that we are fully aware of how quickly the world has changed since bcmag.ph

1977, the 1980’s and 1997. Technology has made the generation gap between us so much bigger. We are the catch-phrase “technology migrants” whereas our kids are “technology natives.” Yes, the first bit of technology that fell into my hands was an Atari in 1980, but all it could do was direct a yellow Pacman into gobbling up white circles and edible ghosts. My two year old daughter can circumnavigate an iPad, launch angry birds into the air and search for her favorite iBooks from an iShelf. My teenaged sons can create their own websites, podcasts, and launch into superstardom on YouTube with epic webisodes of claymation movies made on their bedroom floor. You don’t understand me? Then you need to work on your migration visa soon. Next, social networking. That’s a word my parents used when doing business with potential clients and partners selling things to make us richer. You had to host dinners to network. Or attend parties and do a lot of talking to sell your ideas. When I was in college, we were encouraged to join social networking clubs, so that we could be well connected for later. With the advent of Facebook, my kids are connected to a social network with more than 1,000 friends. I was lucky to have 10. Phone calls in my house were limited to weekends, or an hour after homework, and no, we could not own a phone in our rooms. So when the cordless phone was invented, I was thrilled to be in bed under

“I can’t remember half the things I learned, only knowing what I can apply today, such as writing, grammar, vocabulary, Shakespeare, the Great Books, and tidbits of history.”

About Rick and Teena Kamal: Study and life skills experts Rick and Teena Kamal founded EduNova to prepare students to lead and thrive in the global economy. They worked with 33 top university education experts and many successful senior executives to produce resources that empower middle school, high school and college students to succeed.

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the covers, talking to my crush. Today, there are cellphones that can do what OO entire buildings in the Silicon valley were SCH devoted to in the 1980’s. I walk in on my son video conferencing with friends who live down the street and in another continent. Long distance relationships in my time barely worked unless you had generous parents willing to spot the phone bill. Now it’s free. TV channels now hit the hundreds, don’t they? Growing up, I had 5 to choose from, until Clark’s satellite dish went viral, and everyone just had to load their roofs with one, never mind that it was teetering over the edge threatening to fall off during every storm. Betamax tapes were rented on Fridays and returned on Sundays. I can’t even tell you how many DVD’s we now own, borrowed or stole for P60 apiece. There is just too much information coming at our kids, at us, from every possible place, every single second of the day. I am surprised that our brains have not exploded yet. Then there is the access to travel. For 1 peso if you book at midnight on Something Airline’s piso fare. How many times have you, or anyone you know, travelled to another island, country,

“There is just too much information coming at our kids, at us, from every possible place, every single second of the day. I am surprised that our brains have not exploded yet.” 5 Steps to Better Grades

Most parents realize that helping their children set goals is important, but few realize that not all goals are created equal, according to a pair of education researchers Rick and Teena Kamal, a husband and wife executive team with 25+ years experience in high-tech and financial sectors and educational consulting, have developed techniques that have helped students raise their grade point average by 1.7 points over 12 months. “While some goals can empower children to get better grades and achieve academic success, others can actually discourage children or cause them to become frustrated and overwhelmed,” says Rick Kamal. How do you know the difference between a goal that inspires and one that is counterproductive? Here are five steps by Rick & Teena Kamal to help your child create goals that lead to academic and professional success 1. Inspire Dreams and Translate them into Long-Term Goals: As youngsters enter grade school and high school, help them revisit their dreams and begin thinking seriously about their personal and professional goals. Once children see the connection between their dreams and achieving academic success, they're much more likely to put in the effort to make better grades. 2. Transform Long-Term Goals Into S.M.A.R.T. Goals: An important part of the goal setting process is make sure all goals are S.M.A.R.T. – Specific, Measurable, Actionable, Relevant, and

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Time-bound. 3. Make an Action Plan for Each Short-Term Goal: Post this plan in a place where your child will see it every day, and help her be accountable for completing daily tasks. 4. Monitor Progress and Adjust Goals Regularly: If your child has met a goal on the list, set a new goal to encourage continual progress. If your child is making little progress despite remaining committed to his daily action plan, then you may need to reevaluate how realistic the goal is and modify it accordingly. 5. Reward Success: Be sure to appropriately praise and reward your child's efforts to achieve her goals.

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continent, in 2012? Never mind that it is only April. OO I traveled once in the 1980’s SCH before I reached 10, because of the generosity and patience of my grandmother. My kids will likely get on a plane 10 times in one decade just because it is so much cheaper to fly than to take a car, granted that time is money. Access, access, access. That’s what our kids have. Access to information, people, experiences, both good and bad. This is the 21st century. So then, how do you educate children

to be prepared for it? “It” being a rapidly changing, expanding-in-knowledge and simultaneously-shrinking universe? It is no longer sufficient to have students watch and imitate your demonstrations, nor does it make any sense to have students memorize information that changes dramatically when something new is discovered every two seconds, nor has it ever been effective to sit in one long lecture after the other until the bell rings. One really only catches a few percent of what one hears, no matter

how TED-talks-good the speaker is. It isn’t rational to be there every second of every day watching and sifting through information, friends, experiences with them. While locking them up in a safehouse until the world ends is ideal, who owns a safe house? Let’s face it then. The game has changed, and so too, needs the teaching. Let’s face it. Educating our children for the 21st , or any other century, is and has always been, about making sure we grow up happy.

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Strong academic skills in math, reading and writing skills. The Thomasites knew what they were doing when they brought the three R’s to our shores, and this still continues to be very important today. The difference? Students, educators and parents need to know that these skills are essential tools to utilize information today. They are a means to an end, and not the end goal. There are a million Asian inspired math centers and curricula to choose from that ensure your child masters math and English. They are raking in a lot of money from our own insecurity. Is it essential? Well, yes, if your child hasn’t learned it well in school, and by “learn” I mean, can apply it and better yet, teach you. As with all skills, practice and patience, makes perfect. The ability to apply their skills in the real world. What would all this learning be for? If it is a means, what then, is the end? Your child needs to be able to sift through tons of information judiciously, using what he needs, and discarding what he doesn’t, learning what is true, and what isn’t, deciding which sources are valid, authentic and useful. Your child needs to be able to think through this information and create ideas and opinions that can be shared, and is useful to others. He will need to communicate what he knows clearly and effec-

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tively. He will need to solve problems, without the direction of one adult, but through effective, critical thinking and collaboration with peers and experts. Your child needs to be aware of the real world—what is going on beyond the walls of the school? What are the issues and concerns of others? In my community? In my country? In the world? Most importantly, how can I be part of the solution? Provide experiences that simulate the real world. Most colleges and post-graduate studies do this. It’s called case studies, integrated studies, project-based studies, etc. The movement for education today is to allow for students to use their skills in reading, ‘riting, ‘rithmetic to inquire into units of study that integrates science and social studies. In other words, an integrated interdisciplinary curriculum where there are no separate subjects, or separate teachers for each discipline. Students navigate through their own inquiries with the help of a facilitator, a guide, who must be damn good at providing the materials, tools, skills and knowledge to make learning learner-driven. What age to begin? Birth. Emphasize on competencies beyond what is written in the current curriculum. What are these? The ability to solve

new problems and think critically; strong interpersonal skills necessary for communication and collaboration; creativity and intellectual flexibility; self sufficiency, including the ability to learn new things when necessary. Love for learning. In order to succeed, your child will need to be passionate about her own learning. She needs to be in an environment that encourages her ideas and thoughts, helps her identify researchable questions, directs her towards those answers and provides the tools to help her succeed. When learning is authentic, it is incredibly fun. Understanding that morality can transcend one religion. We grew up Catholic. It is all we know, and I feel blessed everyday to have children who accept this choice too. But this world is made up of so much more than Catholics and non-Catholics. Our children need also to be open-minded, aware of diversity, and learn to live and work in a space shared by others who think and believe differently. Learning about one’s faith is important. It anchors us to something other than this physical and material world, and gives us a strong sense of purpose. Learning to respect, accept, empathize, tolerate, and love are important things to have in order to be of service to all others, to achieve peace and happiness. bc

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“A man’s worth is measured by how he parents his children. What he gives them, what he keeps away from them, the lessons he teaches and the lessons he allows them to learn on their own.” -Lisa Rogers Christine BersolaBabao “What makes a great dad? Lemme spell that for you: J-U-L-I-U-S. He is one perfect dad. Amazing how he always finds time for us, his family despite his busy, busy sched. You should see him play with the kids: nakakatuwa. They are all like kids of the same age playing it rough! They play theater-theater , he teaches them art. He is so loving, a great provider, practices what he preaches. I will never run out of words. We are so blessed, my kids are the luckiest in the universe to have a Dad like Julius. Happy Father’s Day, we love you, Julius!”

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“A great dad makes you feel like you can do anything—dream big, aim high. But he also allows you to stumble and make mistakes. While he can extricate you from life’s

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tangles, he lets you grow into your own person—confident that you’ve been raised well, and secure in the belief that you are equipped with the knowledge and skills it takes to succeed by your own merit.” “A great dad is a man who is selfless and who finds ways to be with his family without any prodding. His sense of fatherhood is born out of unconditional love for his family and not only because fatherhood is a duty and a responsibility.” -Neva Arboleda, manilamommy.com

“A great dad inspires his children to be the best they can be. This he does by spending time with them and living out qualities such as love for the Lord, discipline, integrity, and honesty.” -Minnie F. Francia

“A great dad is one who plays with his children. Gives in to their request to read to them before going to bed, even if he comes home very tired from work.” -Barbara Ambrosio

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Here are a few tips from Andrea Woroch, nationally-recognized consumer- and-money-saving expert, on how to save on school essentials.

at these cost-cutting stores, as well. Come birthday party season, you’ll want to check back for great prices on decorations, cards, gifts, snacks, and more. You can even find household materials in these shops.

“Kids will happily fill an entire shopping cart (or two) with vital purchases. Make a list before you start shopping, then have the child foot the bill for anything not on it.”

1. Shop at home.

While your child may long for a new box of 5,000 shades of crayons, they likely have plenty stashed around the house. Check for leftover pencils and paper, as well. Last year’s backpack, binder and other pricey items also might do just as well for 2012.

5. Look for coupons.

2. Swap with other parents.

6. Buy during the right month.

New clothes comprise the bulk of back-toschool shopping, for kids who enter schools that don’t require uniforms. Host a swap meet with other parents with kids from a variety of age groups, then invest only in a few trendy items your child “must absolutely have” that weren’t popular last year.

Foreign brands usually go on sale after the Spring and Fall seasons, while regular malls hold back-to-school sales, and pre- and postChristmas sales. Also watch out for inventory sales throughout the year.

3. Set a limit.

Kids will happily fill an entire shopping cart (or two) with vital purchases. Make a list before you start shopping, then have the child foot the bill for anything not on it. If they’re too young for babysitting, lawn care, or other standard money raisers, you might consider paying your child for extra chores around the house. 4. Head to a “dollar store,” or surplus stores that sell items for low prices (P66, P88, or even P99).

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In addition to sales at your local retailers, you can often find great deals online. Be sure to check websites for discounts and free shipping codes to help you save even more.

7. Be social.

Check Facebook and Twitter for special promotions and coupons for your favorite brands. Remember to “check in” on Foursquare while shopping for additional deals. 8. Go designer.

If your daughter covets the latest designer fashions, consider shopping for labels at low-priced retailers currently partnering with the most brilliant minds in fashion. She can get her designer fix without breaking your bank, and even help offset costs by contributing from her own piggy bank. Consignment shops are another great source for designer looks. bc

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pa r e n t al guida n c e Today, uKnow.com, the leading provider of Parental Intelligence Systems including uKnowKids, is providing parents five tips to help prevent or manage a sexting incident. According to Tim Woda, an Internet and child safety expert and co-founder of uKnow.com: “Sexting does not

only affect the reputation of the person involved, it also comes with legal ramifications. In fact, the same minor that sends photos of himself can become both a victim and a perpetrator of child pornography laws. Forwarding such messages to friends or mobile contacts can also come with serious

ramifications. There is only a limited number of things a parent can control after a sexting incident, so the best time to engage in this conversation is before you allow them to have a mobile phone or social networking account. When it comes to sexting, being proactive is being safe.” bc

Here are some important tips to help parents prevent and deal with sexting issues:

About Tim Woda Consequences:

Talk about the consequences of taking, sending, or forwarding a sexual picture of someone underage, including yourself. You could get expelled, humiliated by your peers, lose educational opportunities, or possibly face serious legal consequences. Control:

Once an image leaves your phone or computer, you have lost control of it. Phones get lost, computers get stolen, and social networking accounts get hacked. Never take an image of yourself that you wouldn’t want everyone—your family, friends, and teachers—to see. Don’t forward:

You may find someone else’s photo funny; however, if you forward a sexual picture of someone underage, you are as responsible for this image as the original sender. You could face child pornography charges, go to jail, or have to register as a sex offender.

Tim is an Internet and Child Safety Advocate, public speaker, author, and co-founder of uKnow.com. He has made protecting kids from digital dangers his life mission after his own child was targeted online by a child predator. You can read his blog for more useful tips at www.timwoda.com or follow him on twitter at @TimWoda.

About uKnow.com

Founded in 2009 and headquartered in Arlington, Va., uKnow.com powers the world’s leading Parental Intelligence Systems including uKnowKids.com, KidSafe.me, SafeCyberKids.com, SocialFirefly.com, aBeanstalk.com, MySocialScout.net, and p911Safety.com, among others.

Report:

Nude photos should be reported immediately to the parents/guardians of the originator, as well as school counselors, so that they can manage the situation.

Prevent it:

As parents, we know that spying does not equal trust. Obviously, going behind your kid’s back to see what they are doing does not help you build a trusting relationship with your child. Stealing a phone at night when your child is asleep, or checking their social media accounts is not the only way to understand what they are doing.

uKnow.com helps organizations and parents protect their kids from child predators, sexting, and cyber bullying with a special focus on the social networks and mobile phone. uKnow.com’s technology provides parents with a bird’s eye view of what is going on in their child’s digital world so that they can keep their finger on the pulse, and when necessary, take action to protect the safety and privacy of their kids. You can find uKnow.com on Twitter, on Facebook, or follow our blog.

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is, nobody ever thinks their kid is a bully. It’s always someone else’s child who is calling other kids hurtful names, pushing them around on the playground, and sending nasty texts. But according to Patkin, even if you don’t believe your children have even thought about crossing the line, talking to them about bullying is crucial. Have a specific discussion with them about what bullying behaviors look like, and make sure your kids know that these behaviors will not be tolerated in your family. (Think of it as having “the talk” about not using drugs, for example.) Make sure your kids know that bullying is hurtful. Es-

pecially when they’re younger, kids might not have the emotional maturity to make the connection between their words or actions and how they make another child feel. Explain to your children that bullying can have devastating effects on others (even if that wasn’t the bully’s intent) and on the perpetrators themselves.

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propriate, take a few minutes to research bullying statistics with your child. A quick internet search will reveal a large number of disturbing facts. Seeing these statistics can prove to your child that bullying isn’t just something that Mom and Dad are needlessly worried about—it’s something that is happening at their schools and to their peers. Teach your kids to intercede.

Teaching your kids not to participate in bullying behaviors is a good start, but it’s also important that they not allow their peers to be tormented. Encourage them to step in if they see another child being treated badly— if they are comfortable doing so. If not, make sure your child knows to talk to a teacher or other authority figure when another child is being tormented. Even an anonymous note on a desk can open an adult’s eyes to a bad situation. It’s tempting to think that the best thing we can do for our children is to provide a good life for them, Be involved every day.

BULLYING IS A PROBLEM, AND IT HAS TO STOP Not known to many, bullying has lasting effects that a victim brings up until his adult years. Patkin knows from personal experience just how devastating bullying can be. Being the target of several tormenters filled his high school years with much anxiety, and the effects of being bullied lasted into his adulthood. “My tormentors verbally abused me, and they would also push me around and knock my books or drinks out of my hands,” Patkin recalls. “They caused me to often dread coming to school or attending social functions. My confidence and self-esteem took a huge hit. And looking back, I believe that the negative self-image bullying cultivated lasted well into my adult years and contributed to the anxiety and depression from which I suffered.” Patkin isn’t alone. In fact, research has

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shown that the fear, social anxiety, shame, low self-esteem, and anger that bullying causes can rear their heads throughout adulthood, often at crucial moments, causing individuals who were once bullied to stick with “easy,” “safe,” or “defensive” choices instead of those that might prove most beneficial. There are definitive links between childhood bullying and adult depression. Being bullied can also lead to anger management problems and aggression in adulthood. “The importance of combating and preventing bullying should be obvious,” Patkin states. “By preventing a young person from being bullied, we may be freeing him or her from a lifetime of feeling inadequate and being haunted by horrible memories. We may even be saving a life.”

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to include not only the basics of food, clothing, and shelter, but also a good school, weekly piano lessons, and an everybody-plays sports team to participate in. No, those things aren’t at all bad, but they also can’t take the place of what’s truly the most important thing in a child’s development: his parents. Patkin is adamant that no activity, program, or hobby can replace time with your kids. Being involved in their lives on a daily, nitty-gritty basis will allow them to stand the best chance when it comes to making all the right choices (not just avoiding bullying). Don’t leave your children’s development in the hands of others or up to chance.

he is saying that kids need to be aware of boundaries from a young age. They need to know that if they violate the rules, there will be consequences. Period. It’s important to squelch bullying behaviors the moment they appear instead of writing them off as a “stage” or “normal part of childhood.” For instance, if you see your daughter being nasty or overly bossy to her younger brother, tell her that she needs to play more nicely. Pre-determine consequences that will be enacted if the behavior doesn’t change and make sure your daughter knows about them. Then stick to your guns. Making sure your children know the rules of good behavior—and the consequences when they step over the Explain the why.

Don’t be afraid to discipline.

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line—is a good first step. But if you want those behaviors to “stick” when you’re not around (not to mention after your kids leave home), it’s a good idea to make sure they understand why the rules are there in the first place. For example, explain why you don’t make jokes about the way somebody looks— because it hurts feelings! Be a good example. You can’t

hold your kids to one standard of behavior and then flout those rules yourself. Make sure that your own actions are friendly, compassionate, and courteous. Say “please” and “thank you” to wait staff, for example, and resist the urge to browbeat that snarky salesperson into shutting up and helping you more quickly. And if you do slip up, be sure to admit your bcmag.ph


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“Teaching your kids not to participate in bullying behaviors is a good start, but it’s also important that they not allow their peers to be tormented.” mistake and point out to your kids how you could have reacted differently. Encourage empathy. Look for teachable moments that you can use to help your child consider how others are feeling. Getting kids into the habit of considering others will cut down on the chances that they’ll bully someone else. When your kids are young, look for children’s books that illustrate how badly others feel when they are left out or teased and read them together. You can also use family movie night as a starting point—after all, very few films are free of harsh words, taunts, or nasty behavior (even if they’re PGrated). Press the pause button and ask your child how he thinks the character who is being treated badly feels. You can also do this as you go about your day (for example, if you see a customer treating a cashier rudely at the grocery store). Help your children understand “different.” Many

children who are bullied are somehow “different”—from a different culture, a different socioeconomic group, handicapped, etc. As much as possible, expose your children to “different” people to promote understanding and friendship. For example, check out a library book about another culture’s religious holidays

and read it together. Sign your family up to participate in a walk for autism. The more your kids understand the world around them—and the more they learn that “different” doesn’t mean “less than”—the less likely they’ll be to target other groups. Teach them to lead selflessly.

It’s an understatement to say that our society encourages kids to be leaders. Everything around them practically screams, “Be number one! Climb as high on the ladder as possible! Do everything you can to be successful!” It’s important to teach kids to achieve those goals by earning the respect of others—not by hurting others. Explain to them that yes, you can reach the top of the pecking order by putting others down and intimidating them—but these tactics will ultimately cause you to be unpopular, despised, and alone. Talk about how people who work with others to achieve common goals are ultimately happier and more successful. Talk

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Within the past generation, technology has made bullying much more prolific; after all, taunts no longer have to stop when the school bell rings. Plus, the relative anonymity of an online identity makes kids much bolder than they might be face-to-face. Have a frank discussion with your kids

about what is and isn’t appropriate for email, texting, social media, etc. Make sure they understand what’s said online can be just as hurtful, and that it’s much more public and permanent than what’s said in the school hallways. Also, talk about the fact that even passing on a text that originated with someone else makes you guilty of bullying. Encourage them to spend time with positive people.

While no child wants to hear from her parents that she’s hanging out with the wrong crowd, you can encourage her to spend time with people who approach life with positive attitudes and healthy perspectives. Also, pay attention yourself to who your child is hanging out with. If you identify a bad influence, don’t be afraid to limit the time your child spends with him or her. Yes, as a parent you’re the biggest influence on your child’s development, but don’t forget that her friends will also have a huge impact on her behaviors and beliefs. Take every opportunity to build their confidence.

Many bullies pick on others because they themselves have low self-esteem, and putting down others makes them feel more powerful. By helping your child be confident, happy, and fulfilled, you reduce the chances that he will be a bully. bc

About the Author:

Todd Patkin grew up in Needham, Massachusetts. After graduating from Tufts University, he joined the family business and spent the next eighteen years helping to grow it to new heights. After it was purchased by Advance Auto Parts in 2005, he was free to focus on his main passions: philanthropy and giving back to the community, spending time with family and friends, and helping more people learn how to be happy. Todd lives with his wonderful wife, Yadira, their amazing son, Josh, and two great dogs, Tucker and Hunter.

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8. LIGHT UP TIMER TOOTHBRUSH Don’t let school get in the way of hygiene and toss a toothbrush (and kid-friendly) toothpaste into his bag

16. ZOOKIES CHALK Let your child maximize his creative juices by drawing and writing on blackboards using these Zookie colored chalks

9. COMB AND BRUSH (WITH PONYTAIL SET, NOT SHOWN) Keep her hair neat and tidy with a brush and comb, and some hair bands

17. TOP FLIGHT HANA DEKA CLUB FOLDER Teach your child the value of organization at an early age and encourage him to keep all his important papers in this cute folder

10. FASHION GIRLS PINK TIN PENCIL CASE House all your child’s writing materials in a chic pencil case with fun characters and designs

18. HANDY TOWEL Every active child’s must-have is a handy towel that he can use to wipe away the sweat after playtime

11. SWISH MISS HEART-DESIGNED PURSE Stylish and functional, this purse can house IDs, library cards, and emergency pocket money

19. GERBER COTTON UNDERWEAR It’s better safe than sorry, so better let your child carry an extra cotton undies in case of emergencies

12. MONGOL PENCIL #1 One of the trusted names in writing, Mongol provides durable pencils that don’t easily break

20. LEEHO COLORED GLUE Allow your child to paste his crafty artworks together using different colors of glue from Leeho

13. OLD NAVY WHITE POLO SHIRT A white shirt is always handy for dealing with emergencies like food stains or getting dirty from playing outdoors—it goes with almost every uniform too

21. ACADEMIC SCISSORS Create cute cut outs with this trusty scissors. Just make sure that your child knows how to use and store it safely

14. ZAP’D BY SM KIDS’ FASHION ROYAL BLUE SHORTS Keep an extra pair of shorts for long school days and for those sudden after-school visits

22. BEATRIX NY JUJU WHEELIE BAG Keep all your child’s school things in this heavy-duty nylon wheelie bag that features an adjustable handle with multiple lock settings

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HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT SCHOOL BAG

1. Quality is always at the top of our list as meticulous parents, so it’s natural for us to check for the bag’s durability, and how the item was made (do the plastic buckles look easy to break? Will the straps or fabric easily tear from carrying heavy books?) Check for brands reviews online and do a little homework—it will help you get the most out of your money in the long run. 2. Check for its ergonomic design and safety. Some bags look flashy and fashionable—but are a pain to carry because of the straps or materials used. Check also for any odd folds and ends that might be sharp, and décor and chains that might cause the bag to get caught in door handles and other ends. 3. Consider the material used in producing the bag. Is it made of materials that are free of BPA, lead, PVC, and other harmful dyes and materials? Check the brand’s website for more details. Some brands indicate what goes into their products. 4. If you’re buying a backpack for your child, go for one that has wide, padded straps (and a padded waist belt), as these help distribute the weight of the bag more evenly, thus preventing back strain. The bag must not be wider than your child, and must rest against his back, and not go below his waist. Carrying a bag the wrong way can cause back and neck pains and posture problems down the road. 5. Inspect the compartments. Check the bag’s insides to see if it’s spacious enough to house all of your child’s necessities. Pockets for bottles and other knick knacks is a plus, and zipped pockets inside also make for good organization of his smaller school things, like pencils and erasers.

BARBIE APPAREL Going back to school has never been this stylish with clothing that’s functional yet chic. Stay protected from the wind and rain with this cool jacket paired with a cute tank top.

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SM KIDS’ ACCESSORIES CHICCO SHOES Chicco combines comfort and UMBRELLA style in school shoes that has Come rain or shine, your little more room for your child’s toes one will be protected with this everyday must-have-in-her-bag. to move and develop further. It also features a breathable mesh Funky animals adorn the handle, insole and soft pads underneath making rainy days more fun. the shoe insole.

5. Get your child’s input. If it doesn’t look nice to him, he probably won’t like to use it. Ask him what type of bag he prefers to carry around, and also check for the type of bags that the school allows.

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Ov e r c o m i n g O b s t a c l e s Helping young children to conquer their fears:

1. Never tease a child about her fears. 2. Provide unconditional support, no mat-

ter how many times your child comes to you and is afraid. 3. Be reassuring while you model how your child can soothe herself. 4. Redirect her attention away from the fear and onto happier thoughts. 5. Offer a special object that he can keep with him when he’s not with you. Tips and examples: Never tease a child about her fears. Children are

unique and so are their fears. One child may be more fearful than her siblings—or afraid of entirely different things. My own children are twins. When they were very young, my son was afraid of the dark and needed a night light of some sort to go to sleep, while my daughter used a sleep mask to make it darker. But when it comes to heights, the situation reverses: she is terribly afraid of heights (like her Daddy, truth be told), but my son actually enjoys them. No child feels soothed by being teased about a fear, or by being compared to a sibling or friend who may not have that same fear. When it comes to helping children conquer their fears, we want to lift them up, not push them further down. Provide unconditional support.

People—including children— need support and encouragement to face and overcome their fears. No matter how many times your child comes to you with his fears, let him know that you understand that he’s afraid, but that you are there to help him face it and that he can learn how to soothe his fears even when you’re not there. Reassure her as you model how your child can soothe herself when she feels afraid. For ex-

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already loves you.” “I know you feel afraid, but I also know you can do this.” “I know the first day of {activity} is a little scary, but do you realize you’ve already had 15 first days of school, camp, and other activities?” Redirect the child’s focus away from fearful thoughts and onto positive ones. For example,

listening to children’s music (Laurie Berkner, Dan Zanes) or a special story can be very soothing and provide a new focus so that the child can forget focusing on his fear.

“No matter how many times your child comes to you with his fears, let him know that you understand that he’s afraid, but that you are there to help him face it and that he can learn how to soothe his fears even when you’re not there.”

Offer a special object that helps your child feel connected when he’s not with you. It could be

a stuffed animal, favorite blanket, a love note or an action figure, even stones or shells that you picked up on a special trip. Anything small that gives your child a connection to you or to home can help them feel better. Certain fears may seem irrational or even silly when someone is afraid of something that doesn’t frighten you. But for

children, this big world is already a little scary and when they have bumped into something that really frightens them, we can help them by being supportive, encouraging and positive so they can learn to think that way on their own. bc

ABOUT Jeremy G. Schneider, MFT Jeremy G. Schneider, MFT is a syndicated columnist and therapist specializing in parenting and relationships, involved fatherhood, building strong modern families and overcoming depression. Jeremy lives in New York with his wife and twin son and daughter. http://jgs.net and @JGS_Author { JUNE 2012 } b c PHILIPPINES

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Salami Bagels Sliced cheese Carrot sticks Raisins

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Spider-Man, in the character of Peter Parker, (Andrew Garfield) shows off his spidey senses on the big screen. Filled with twists, this movie will exhibit Parker’s life as an outcast high school scholar, abandoned child, and young man who’s infatuated with Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone). Find out how he begins his quest as he discovers a mysterious briefcase belonging to his father.

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PREPARE FOR DAZZLING MOVIE TREATS FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY THIS MONTH

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days

School is out and Greg (Zachary Gordon) is ready for the days of summer, when suddenly all his plans go wrong. What on earth is he to do? Also starring Robert Capron and Devon Bostick, this family adventure film is based on the third and fourth installment in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid book series, The Last Straw and Dog Days. It is directed by David Bowers.

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Sparkle

Indulge your eyes and ears with this musical drama remake starring American Idol alum Jordin Sparks (Sparkle) and the late Whitney Houston as a mother and daughter tandem. This inspiring film shows Sparkle’s struggle to become a star while overcoming issues that are tearing her family apart. Sparkle’s mother also tries to balance her romantic life while dealing with the unexpected challenges her new life brings.

Ice Age: Continental Drift

Manny, Diego, and Sid (voices of Ray Romano, Denis Leary, and John Leguizamo) are back with another adventure after their continent is set adrift—a cataclysm that started their greatest journey. See how they use an iceberg as a ship, encounter sea creatures, and battle pirates as they explore a new world. The gang also meets a ragtag menagerie of new characters who determine to stop them from coming home. bcmag.ph


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AUDIO BOX Listen to the freshest tracks that you can jam to with your kids

Mini Zoo

Let your little ones make friends with these cute and lovable animals. Here is an app that gives a virtual zoo in your pocket and allows you to buy, sell, breed and take care of them. Have fun and inspire your kids to become an animal lover! City Story™ Develop your kid’s creativity with this app that can build the world based on their imagination. Put up and decorate your own dream city with cafes, boutiques, bakeries, and hotels. Watch your population skyrocket as you develop your little world. Hidden Objects: Gardens of Time

Try one of the most popular games on Facebook via iPad. This app has 40 Hidden Object Scenes and features exciting locations like Egyptian Pyramids, the Great Wall of China, the Eiffel Tower, and more. Be an instant detective and unravel the mysteries.

Youtube Fun Files

Check out these viral hits that provide 3-minute entertainment on the go Star Wars according to a 3 year old

Kids have a different way of interpreting things, and this three year old shares with us her own interpretation of one of the most popular films of our time, Star Wars. Funny Talking Animals – Walk on the Wild Side Preview – BBC One

Imagine if animals could speak English! Get to know Not-VeryScary-Sharks, the Scratching Badgers, the DIY Orang Utan, the Vultures Flying School and a Marmot called Alan in BBC’s take at animation. Baby and Daddy Talking, Laughing and Screaming!

This father-son tandem converse in their own unique (albeit undecipherable) way in this adorable clip that’s on its way to reaching half a million views. bcmag.ph

Good Life by One Republic

This inspiring track speaks of a young man’s worldly travels, and one can be humbled by life’s experiences. Time is Love by Josh Turner

Country star Josh Turner gears up for his fifth studio album to be released this year, with this up-tempo song about the time we spend with the people we love. A Woman Like You by Lee Brice

Lee Brice mellows out on his new single, “A Woman Like You.” Showcasing his great vocal abilities, Brice approached this song with a good reflection of the love story he describes. Friends ft. Rock Mafia by Aura Dione

A heartwarming song that highlights how friends remain by one’s side at all times. Performed by Aura Dione, this track will surely make you feel optimistic and thankful. Feel So Close by Calvin Harris

Scottish producer and dance pop artist, Calvin Harris sing for the first time on his single, “Feel So Close”. This is packed with elegant production and Harris’ own vocals. Missing You by Letters and Lights

Reminiscent of the sound of Owl City, Letters & Light’s “Missing You” is a sweet melody packaged in a pop-rock track.

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“I’m already proud because my kids are very decent, meaning they’re so respectful, prayerful, and they’re not narrowminded.”

john estrada BC: What is the greatest accomplishment in your career as an entertainer? J: Well, I guess for every actor, the big-

gest accomplishment would probably be the longevity of your career. I don’t want to admit this, but I’ve been here for 20 years now, and I’m still active, di naman ako nawawalan ng job or work, so for me, aside from [getting] Best Actor awards already, I think it’s the longevity of one’s career that is one’s biggest accomplishment. If I stay here 20 more years from now, wow. I think I’d be the happiest. I’ll probably become like the actors and actresses who have become an institution. I think that’s how we compete as artists, how long our careers will go.

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of all, I think it’s my mom because without her, wala tayo dito. And my dad. Secondly, Douglas Quijano, because he was the one who discovered me, he was the one who offered me to join Palibhasa Lalake back in 1989, and third and most important one is God, who talagang keeps us grounded, [provides] the blessings in how he takes care of us.

BC: Describe your love story with Priscilla. What was it about her that made you want to get married and start a family with her? J: Wala naman, talagang ganun lang

ako. (Laughs) No, when I first met Priscilla, actually, I was kinda intimidated—not only because she’s so tall— because here in the Philippines, you’d rarely see women who are taller than men. I knew she was a Miss Earth winner, and that time, she was doing a lot

of commercial ads, so I always see her on TV, and you know how it is here in the Philippines, pag may hot na babae, parang lahat ng lalaki, gustong puntiryahin, diba? So when I found out that she was single that time, well, for me, I’ll try to get to know her first then whatever happens, I’m gonna take it from there. But when I got the chance to know her, after that, parang siya na nanghahabol sakin e, kaya… (Laughs) No, no, no, she was so apprehensive that time, kasi nga alam niyang I had a marriage before that didn’t work, plus I have kids—four kids from the previous marriage, so para sa kanya, parang, hmm? Di pa man nakakaporma e, parang, iwasan na natin ‘to. Plus the stories that she has been hearing from her friends who were here na, “That guy? Nako. Lolokohin ka lang niyan.” But I told her, you know, it’s unfair for—not even for me, but for you if you’re just gonna hear stories from your friends, bcmag.ph


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that this guy is like that. So why don’t you—if you think that you kinda like the guy also—give them the chance, diba? Give yourself and me a chance first to get to know each other. I’m glad she gave me the chance and I grabbed it, and pinakita ko naman sa kanya na tapat [na] tapat talaga. BC: And fast forward to your wedding in La Union, any memory that stands out from that day? J: There’s a lot, but I think it’s a good

memory for us, not only for me. But through the preparations, how we dealt with the—oh my God, from the transportation to the flowers, to the— BC: Logistics. J: Grabe, very hands-on kami ni Priscil-

la doon sa wedding namin. So on the day of our wedding, we realized, how did we put this all together? From the VIP guests that drove like 5 to 6 hours. bcmag.ph

I think we had a beautiful wedding, and I promised Priscilla that I’m gonna give her at least the wedding of her dreams, and she said that she was so happy. So for me, the entire planning and all was the best memory for me. BC: So how does it feel to finally have your first child with her? J: Sarap. I saw Priscilla having a hard

time when she was still pregnant, but up to now, I see her—kasi talagang breastfeeding siya, so nothing can compare if you see your child, diba? For me, this is my 5th child, but I’m so happy because it’s still my first baby with Priscilla, and it’s been 13 years since my last, so nakakamiss din pala talaga. Plus, oh my God, she’s so adorable. Grabe, grabe yung feeling. Unbelievable. Basta, I feel so blessed to have her.

coming of the new baby? You said it’s been 13 years— J: Yeah. BC: Nangapa ka ba ulit? J: Sobra! Well, kaya

nga we had some small fights—not naman fights, but it was like, sabi ko, “Oh, you’re not carrying the baby right.” I forgot that she’s a first time mom. So yung mga ganun, because newborns are very fragile. So that was my adjustment—I went back to square one, like how did I do this 13 years ago? How do you feed her? Of course, nung wala pa siya, yung sleeping [pattern] namin ni Priscilla is really different from before to now. Now I see her waking up every 2 hours to feed the baby, so of course, when she wakes up, when she stands up, I wake up too. Then you will wait for her to come back and ask, “Oh, is the baby okay?” So that’s basically it.

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BC: How about your older children, how did they react? J: Oh my God, my kids, they just love

any kid out there. If they see a baby, they wanna pick them up and put them in their arms, so what more na kapatid nila. Plus, my kids kasi have a nephew and niece with their older brother, si Luigi Muhlach, so maganda ang training nila, kasi every time their nephew and niece are at home, they really take care of them. So when it comes to Anechka, na kapatid nila, magaling. Magaling talaga. They’re excited and so happy. BC: Okay, what are you looking forward to the most with the new baby? J: Now, I’m just waiting for her to

turn six months, and from there to 1 year, because I told Priscilla nga, “Oh my God, if she turns 6 months, yung medyo talagang importante, talagang, nako.” I don’t know, I’m just excited,

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two months palang siya niyan. Four more months tapos UFC na kami. Wrestling. (Does a wrestling move) BC: What are the biggest challenges you’ve had to overcome as a husband and father, and what have you learned from them? J: Well, I’ve been asked that question

so many times. Challenges, of course, now, I have a 20-year old, and a daughter, so my treatment towards them is really different. Of course, they are all my children, but with these older ones, I’m [different]—just last night we had dinner tapos I told them, “Oh, for example, I’m gonna pick you up in Starbucks, ah? In High Street.” So they can already walk and decide on their own, they have their own lives already—but with Anechka, you know for a fact she’s so fragile, she’s helpless, she needs you to be a hundred and fifty percent there. Not only support, but the attention,

the love. I think love is number one— you show how you caress her, and what I learned from being a father to all of my kids is that everyone has her or his own personality. You cannot put them in one table and tell them, “You listen to me.” You have to make time for each one of them, individually, because they are four different people. So you have to talk to them, take them out individually, you just have to schedule, “Okay, Monday ka ha?” And one on one like, “How’s everything?” Ganun. So you cannot generalize things when it comes to your kids. Dapat isa-isa talaga. BC: Yes, like a parenting style for one child may not be applicable for the other. J: Yes. That’s true. BC: Proudest daddy moment? J: I’m not the type who, if I

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proud, but that’s because of their own doing. Me, I’m already proud because my kids are very decent kids, meaning they’re so respectful, prayerful, and they’re not narrow-minded. Now, they adjusted to the fact that they belong to a broken family, they know how it is, they would even tell me that, “It’s okay, Dad, we understand you.” And they didn’t have, like, this pain in their hearts na pwedeng ibato sa akin. It never happened. I’m just really glad that didn’t happen and we’re okay now. We’re happy, so yun lang. (Laughs) bcmag.ph

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Priscilla MeirellesEstrada BC: Can you tell us more about your years growing up in Brazil? What are your fondest memories? P: Well, growing up in Brazil, it was

a lot of fun. I do remember that I was a very active kid. I was always into sports, and everything that was going on, I was always involved. I have very good memories of going to the beach, enjoying the sea, sunbathing, and playing with my brother, my cousins, traveling by car with my mom. The happiest memories that I have, it’s actually during summer, when we always go somewhere. We used to have a beach house and have such a great time. We’d drive all the way there. Sometimes we go somewhere else, as long as my brother and I were doing good in school. We always had a very, very fun vacation, a very, very good time in the summer.

BC: You were a medical student before you were crowned Miss Earth 2004. Can you tell us more about your background in medicine? P: Yes, well when I came to the Philip-

pines to join the pageant, I was a medical student, I didn’t finish my course

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at that time. Three more years and I’d be graduating from medical school and what happened was, my cousin wanted me to stay longer in the Philippines. So my studies were interrupted, and eventually, I decided to stay longer than I was supposed to. I would go back home a few times, but I always went back to the Philippines. So when I decided to move here, I decided to take up nursing. So I transferred all my school papers, everything here to the Philippines, and started [studying] just here in Bonifacio Global City in a nursing school. I didn’t finish also, because once I moved to the Philippines, of course I was on my own. I was the one paying for my bills and everything, so it’s really hard if you’re studying, especially in a medical school, you need to be a full time student. So the experience I had during those years were great, because it was really a dream for me, and sana one of these days, I can continue my studies, because I do know that things didn’t turn out the way I planned, but if you look back, I think it did turn out better than I thought, and what matters in the end is that I’m really happy. BC: Yes, that’s true. What did you find

were the differences between the educational system and in Brazil? P: The differences that I noticed

between the two is that here, people really don’t consider that the students would be capable of working at the same time. The schools in general, at least the ones I’ve heard of and the one I study at, they assume that you’re supported by your parents, that you don’t have bills to pay, and dapat you have all the time in the world just to be there and to do everything that they want you to do. They send thousands of homework back home and things like that, so they don’t really support students that work. That’s one of the difficulties that I encountered while I was studying. That’s why I was not able to pursue my studies here. It was not because of the grades, I actually got a scholarship, my grades were great. It’s simply because sometimes, I need to miss school to go to work, and they have a certain limit of number of days that you cannot go and then if you go over that, you automatically drop. So before that happened, I just decided to stop for a while. In Brazil, they kinda know already, I guess it’s just the way people are brought up, that once you’re 18, you’re more mature,

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and then you’re supposed to work and at the same time, you study. So even though that things are pretty much almost the same, they just support you, and as long as you have good grades, they’re very flexible. If you cannot attend certain class, you can [take] make up classes. They find ways for you to keep going. Unfortunately, that’s not done here in the Philippines. But pretty much, they’re both great, both Brazil and the Philippines are advanced when it comes to medical school and things like that, and hopefully one of these days, I can continue either here or there. BC: Describe your relationship with your mother now that you’re a new mom yourself. Has it changed the way you see your mom? P: Yes, it did change a lot since I be-

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and wants or anything like that. It’s all about the people that you love, and the people that you want to prioritize within that time, and it’s always the baby. So I understand where she’s coming from. BC: You mentioned earlier that Anechka is a Russian name. P: Yes. BC: How did you come up with Sammanta Anechka? P: It’s funny because me and

John, we were like in a war about the names. He likes one name I don’t like, and I like another one, he doesn’t like, we were not really getting into any agreement regarding the names, so I was like pushing him because he kept saying, “No, it’s okay, we just pick another. No, it’s okay, we still have time, we still have time.” So it was 8 months na, I

So I went and I searched, it actually means “grace.” So I said, “Ah okay, I’m okay here.” Then we liked Sammanta from before. I like Sammanta because it means something very nice, it’s actually the female form of Samuel, and it means “listener, God’s words.” That’s a Christian name, it’s very beautiful, and Anechka in Greek means “flower.” So I told him, “Okay, let’s just pair it up.” So we paired up the names Sammanta Anechka. And the funniest part of it, after the baby shower sabi niya, he saw this other name—Brazilian name, sabi niya “Oh, do you think Sammanta blah blah blah.” I said, “Don’t you even dare to think about changing the name of the baby. That’s it. No. Do you know what that name means?” Then I told him, he’s like, “Ah sige sige, Sammanta Anechka na lang.” (Laughs) So that’s how it came out, the name.

“I think it’s the longevity of one’s career that is one’s biggest accomplishment. If I stay here 20 more years from now, wow. I think I’m the happiest.” derstood my mom, because we’re the best of friends, but then when I had my little one, I was like, “Wow, now I understand where she’s coming from.” Not that my mom was super strict or anything like that. I always understood the rules that she applied when I was growing up because I do believe that because of the way she brought me up, I was able to withstand, and I know how to stand up to this day of my life. But basically just because many times, I saw my mom doing things for me that I would tell her, “Don’t do that.” You know, “Don’t do that, it’s too much. You know, just enjoy.” She’s like, “No.” She won’t buy things for herself to buy things for me, and now I see all of those things happening with me. The least I think now is about myself, it’s all about my baby, and then I understand what motherhood is all about. You completely forget about yourself, and it seems like you don’t have needs

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said, “Listen, my baby’s not gonna be born and be called ‘baby.’ She needs to have a name.” So I got the computer, I said, “Now, whatever, if you don’t pick and help me pick a name, whatever I choose, it cannot change anymore.” Because I chose some other name before, and then he agreed. So all along, I was calling the baby like that, my mom was calling, everybody was calling, then along 6, 7 months, ayaw niya. “Ah no, I don’t like that name anymore.” So I got the computer, went online and said, “Baby, I want something different.” Okay so try this kind of name, this kind of nationality. Until we got to a point, “Oh try Russian names, because they’re very unique.” So I went to this website, and we were going through it and we saw Anechka, and we really liked it. So I said, “Well, I like the name, I just need to make sure it means something meaningful, it means something nice.”

BC: Speaking of your husband, describe your relationship with John. How did you meet and what was your first impression of him? P: We met a long time ago, 2004, when

I just won the beauty pageant, Miss Earth. I didn’t speak English much, so just, “Hi, hi.” Eventually, when I moved to the Philippines, that was 2007 already, I saw him in Greenbelt, he saw me, approached me, and introduced himself again. So I remember him from that time because he used to have long hair—it’s not something common in the Philippines, guys with long hair. But during that time, he had short hair and he got my number from a common friend and started calling me, so that’s how it started. Sobrang kulit niya. (Laughs) He’s the type of man that doesn’t take a “no” for an answer. So he was very kulit talaga, insistent. Finally, I got tired of saying “no,” I said “yes,” and we went out for din-

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ner, and from then on, things started heating up, and eventually I left the country for a while. He got involved with some kind of chismis with some other girl, then I told him, ���You know what? You’re such a playboy. Never mind.” I was in Thailand, I was not picking up any of his phone calls. He went all the way to Thailand, just to say sorry, he liked me and has nothing to do with the other girl, blah blah blah. I told him, “If you really like me, if you wanna be in a relationship with me, then you need to take it seriously. You cannot try to court me and I told you I’m gonna leave the country.” I even told him, “Well if you behave, when I come back, we’ll talk about a serious relationship.” And then while I’m away for a while, you’re already with some other girl and got into pictures and like that—too much drama. So I told him, “Well, if you really like me, then I hope that you can wait for a while because I’m still gonna be here when I go back. If you behave, no more pictures and scandals, then we can talk. Then we can see each other, see what’s gonna happen.” Then he behaved after that scandal. When I came back to the Philippines, we started going out and everything, he introduced me to his family. Eventually, my parents came to visit me, he met my parents. My brother came, he met my brother first, eventually he met my parents. And then turned out now we’re married. My relationship with him, well, it’s fun. Sometimes it looks like we’re brother-sister, because we fight a lot. (Laughs) Not fight as in bad fight, it’s like fighting like brother-sister, when you say, “Oh no I want blue,” and then you say “I want green,” just to not agree with the other. So it’s the kulit type of fight. He’s very makulit. Sometimes, I feel like I’m talking to my brother talaga. BC: Speaking of sweet things, what’s the sweetest thing he did for you during your pregnancy? P: I believe that the sweetest thing he

did with the pregnancy—not for the value itself, but because of the thought of it, he gave me a new car. He knew

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that I’m gonna have a new baby, and I told him, baka the car, medyo masikip, kasi you need to put stuff there to care for the baby, he was like, “Yeah.” So he bought me a new car for our wedding anniversary. And then few days before I was about to give birth, before pa the wedding anniversary—he was supposed to give [it to] me during the wedding anniversary. So he bought the car and gave it to me na. Sabi niya, “So

you will be comfortable going out with your baby around.” Sabi ko, “Thank you. That was very sweet of you!” BC: What makes motherhood beautiful? P: I think it’s a whole feeling that you

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that happens during your everyday life. It’s funny because if the baby just farts, you go, “Hahaha, she just farted!” Like how stupid that you’re laughing, and if your baby just smirks you’re already like, “Wow she’s laughing!” But she’s not laughing, she’s like smirking lang. So I believe that what makes motherbcmag.ph

hood really beautiful is the fact that you can find joy in the most simple, everyday things. BC: What are your mommy must-haves? Any favorite products, things? P: Wow. Definitely, number one I

would say—what do you mean like

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of them. I wanted a certain diaper bag, Kate Spade, then she ended up buying also. And then I ended up getting one as a gift from Marc Jacobs, from one of our ninangs. So she has three. But ang pinakagusto ko talaga is yung Tod’s because it’s the one my mom liked the most. It’s very colorful, it’s very girly. And then definitely, wherever we go, the diaper bag is there. It’s nice. It looks small, but it fits a lot. It’s very spacious and comfy also. The mats that comes inside for changing, it’s really comfy and very fashionable. (Laughs) And definitely, the Medela pump. Wow, without it, I would be dead. (Laughs) ‘Cause that’s what is helping me to keep up and sleep a little bit longer ‘cause during the night now, I pump. And then I love the Freestyle because you can just bring it anywhere because it’s not that heavy. It’s portable and it does the same job like the big ones. Definitely diapers, it’s hard to mention a brand, but I’ve bought different brands and I’ve kinda tried to open the diaper and feel on my skin and my face and tried to touch and everything. (Laughs) And among the brands that bcmag.ph

I’ve tried, the one I like the most was MamyPoko, it’s a Thailand brand and it doesn’t feel like plastic. It’s very soft and it doesn’t give rashes to my baby. So that’s some of my must haves. I do also use, just to prevent, Aveeno cream for the rashes. What else, my stroller. Yes, she loves it. Whenever I go out with her, I put her there and she can sleep. Our stroller is a Bugaboo. What else do I like? Mostly, things for the babies. Even though before—I’m a first time mom, akala ko I was supposed to buy everything. And during my mom’s time, they used powder for the baby. So I bought all things naman. Then when I arrived in the hospital, sabi naman ng nurse, “Hindi Ma’am, just use mild soap for the baby lang.” So I have everything like from shampoo of course, baby wash, and baby lotion. And then even perfume, pero we don’t use anything because nowadays, dapat just soap wash lang. Mild lang for the baby. So she doesn’t really use any kind of product in her body. Just wash lang and water. And then my video cam— my Sony. That was my Christmas gift, it’s a 3D video and every moment, I

always bring a video cam. I wanna capture everything because one of these days, she will grow up. And also, I don’t know, maybe she will be the only baby, baka we will have another one, we’re not sure right now. BC: Any funny or embarrassing moments as a new mom?

Oh plenty, but there is one that was really funny and embarrassing. It was a Saturday. Finally, I went to the mall with her. So my dad’s very strict, and then she had some of her shots na, and then she was blessed na, so sabi ko, “Oh, you cannot hold me back home anymore.” But he let me go, so I went to Rockwell. Then she was wearing one of my favorite dresses of hers that’s floral and cute, with a bear. She’s so cute, she just turned 2 months. So I brought her around, I put her in the Bugaboo, then she slept all day, she really liked it. So when I got to Rockwell, pushing the stroller like any proud mom like wow, it’s a big thing. So I went to a baby store and I was buying some stuff for her that were needs like the diapers, and buying some other toys, a JUNE 2012 philippines

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“I know that one day she will grow up, she will have her own family and she will not mind the mom anymore, but I hope just like me and my mom, we can still keep a good relationship and [be] best of friends and be partners in crime.” lot of other things. Then suddenly, she started to complain, started crying. So I pick her up, ah okay, it’s not time to eat yet. When I picked her up, there was shit all over. Literally! Like the Bugaboo inside was like wow, shit on the floor, the ceiling of the Bugaboo, on the mat, on the sides, her dress, the back, everything was full of baby poop. Oh my Lord. I think feeling sobrang comfortable niya. She slept all the way there. So the poop slid to the back. So when I got her, she was moving. There was poop everywhere. Buti na lang we usually bring two, three extra clothes. So I run towards the bathroom, she’s crying ‘cause she’s so dirty—she doesn’t like. “Aaah!” So finally I took an hour inside the bathroom, changing her and feeding her there, and everything. So the yaya was like looking at me, I was looking at the yaya. I was laughing and she’s like complaining. And then I finish like the whole, practically the whole wet… BC: Wet wipes. P: Oh, cleaning the baby and the Buga-

boo and everything. I was supposed to put a lot of things to cover. The yaya was carrying her and so I was just bringing the Bugaboo, never mind. (Laughs) And then she’s just like being carried by the yaya. (Laughs) And all it has inside, the baby bag, is like clothes full of poop. So I called my mom and said “Mom, I cannot believe...First [time] going out with her, that’s what she does with us.” Then there is another one. That was like on the day before, Friday. So she’s turning two months, I had a cake made for her and every-

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thing, then we went with the dad. He went biking. We barely got out. I barely put the dress, she vomited milk. So the dress is like always [ruined]. Baby, not even time for pictures! Pati poop that time was like, wow! Big time! Bad timing. (Giggles) BC: Bad timing. (Laughs) How has being a new mom changed your outlook in life? P: It completely changed because I

don’t think about myself anymore. Before, it’s of course, who else I’m gonna think about? Of course I’m gonna think about my husband. Then I will think about all the people that I love, but I was my priority. Nowadays, I’m not even one of the priorities. I’m no priority at all. It’s all about my baby and it’s all about her well-being and if she’s happy and if she’s enjoying, things like that. If she’s good, I’m happy. My happiness is [based] upon her happiness at this point in time. I know that one day she will grow up, she will have her own family and she will not mind the mom anymore, but I hope just like me and my mom, we can still keep a good relationship and [be] best of friends and be partners in crime. (Laughs)

BC: Okay, let’s talk about beauty products. What are your favorite beauty products and do you have any special daily regimen? P: Since I [got] pregnant, I haven’t been

using much. And then I gave birth, I’m so careful about anything that I put because they say that sometimes it can affect—somebody said if it’s too strong, it can, I don’t know, go to the milk. I’m

not sure if that’s supported scientifically, but I just make sure that everything that I use is mild. So for my face, I just wash my face with Shu Uemura, the oil, and then for the body, I use Lactacyd, they have a body wash that’s made out of what’s that butter, the one that’s good for the baby daw? I forgot the name. But it’s a Lactacyd body wash. And for the hair, I keep using my own shampoo, my regular shampoos from before. And to cover up the sleepless nights, I do apply some makeup. (Giggles) I use the Shu Uemura concealer. I also use a body moisturizer that’s made out of milk, because it has a very mild smell and it’s really nice on the skin. Since I got pregnant, I started using those things and then when I gave birth, it doesn’t bother me that much, maybe because of the smell. BC: When you’re not hosting or modeling, do you have any business endeavors that you’re pursuing? P: Before I got pregnant, I was putting

up a business. Then I got pregnant, so I stopped for a while. And then I’m pretty much busy with the baby. So hopefully, as soon as she can already sleep the whole night—so that I can sleep the whole night—I can go back to that. Sana we will in the future, me and John, we’ll put up a restaurant business. It’s on studies. I [was] supposed to put up something else before that pa, pero I changed my mind so. Things changed and then I had few other ideas, but definitely when I have the time, we’re gonna go back to that project, but right now no showbiz, no business, no nothing, just the baby. bc

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BC Magazine, in partnership with Philips Avent and Aprica, celebrated summer with an afternoon of fun, fashion, music, art, Easter Egg Hunting, and togetherness at the SPARK House, Peninsula de Punta Fuego, Nasugbu, Batangas last April 5. The laidback afternoon was highlighted by a cool fashion show featuring brands from the U.S. and Europe, with looks styled by BC’s Editor-in-Chief, Kariz Tanya Favis, who hosted the show with actor, Victor Aliwalas. Celebrity kids Pao and Lo Tan performed a special dance number, while Lo Tan gave an all-out performance of his version of Justin Bieber’s “Baby.” Elle also held an equally energetic fashion show featuring colorful and stylish ensembles for kids. The event was also supported by Drypers, Purefoods, The Farm Organics, Del Monte, Coco Cakes, and Banana Leaf Greenhills.

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Crazy for Colors with SM Kids Fashion Bright tees and colored denims dominated the super cool summer dance party of SM Kid’s Fashion last April 21 at the Music Hall of SM Mall of Asia, where the Crazy for Colors apparel was launched. Dancing Diva Regine Tolentino spiced up the event with a dance tutorial of the Crazy for Colors Dance Craze “Shakeyebody.” Aside from the groovy moves, guests had fun with the various booths in the event venue.

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