Nestle Philippines Opens MILO Stadium at KidZania Manila

Nestlé Philippines has officially opened the MILO Stadium inside KidZania Manila. The MILO Stadium, a state-of-the-art, kid-sized sports arena designed for 7-14 year olds, aims to get the youth started on the path to an active and healthy lifestyle through physical activity and proper nutrition.

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The event was hosted by Ms. Patricia Bermudez-Hizon and graced by champion athletes Kiefer Ravena and Gretchen Ho.

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Before the event started, a lot of kids including my 9-year-old son were able to experience firsthand the action and excitement inside the MILO Stadium as they took turns holding, dribbling, passing and shooting the basketball into the hoop.

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So what will kids do inside the MILO Stadium? They will assume the role of athletes choosing any of the following sport choices: Basketball, Football, Volleyball or Cheerleading. They will be given series of drills and a live game simulation to highlight the importance of teamwork, among others.

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Aside from the physical health benefits of sports, the KidZania instructors, called Zupervisors, will also teach kids about proper nutrition, a key element for living an active and healthy lifestyle that every athlete needs to know.

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The kids will also learn the MILO Champ Moves dance, a three-minute exercise imitating sports movements geared towards energizing the body and mind.

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“For over 50 years, MILO has continued to build champions in sports and in life. The opening of our MILO Stadium marks another important chapter in our story as we continue to nourish kids with the winning energy to live an active and healthy lifestyle, and discover the Champion in them,” said Jacques Reber, Chairman and CEO of Nestlé Philippines, Inc.

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(from L-R): Ellen Isturis (Team Lead, MILO Philippines), CecilleMariño (Minister of Industry, KidZania Manila) and Jacques Reber (Chairman and CEO, Nestlé Philippines Inc.) toast to a fruitful partnership between Nestlé and KidZania.

Maricel Pangilinan Arenas, State Governor of KidZania Manila, shared: “We are very proud of our partnership with Nestlé in creating the MILO Stadium. By combining education with entertainment, we hope to inspire kids to learn values and lessons that will lead them to be outstanding KidZania citizens. Teamwork, discipline and hard work are just some of the values they will walk away with when they leave the MILO Stadium.”

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During the event, MILO also recognized the important role moms play in the lifestyle choices of their kids. A consistent figure in every kid’s life, moms inspire their children to be the best that they can be.

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“Now, especially during their formative years, Moms have an important role to play in helping their kids live an active and healthy lifestyle. By bringing them to the MILO Stadium, you have already taken that first step and whether by example or by just being the support they need, we encourage Moms to continue being active in guiding, teaching and inspiring their kids to be a Champion every day,” added Reber.

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To help moms raise champions, MILO has introduced its new formula with Activ-Go to help energize both the body and mind and help kids reach their full potential. Visit to learn how to raise a champion in sports and in life.

Posted in Gretchen Ho, KidZania Manila, Kiefer Ravena, MILO Stadium, Milo with Activ-Go, Nestle Philippines | 3 Comments

Christmas with Cousins

Just like most kids his age, our 9-year-old son looks forward to the happiest day of the year, Christmas. And more than the gifts he’s sure to receive, he is really eager and excited to see everyone in the family, most especially his cousins. Well, you couldn’t really blame him. Being an only child, he spends the entire year at home without any playmates. So to grant his wish of spending some time with his dear cousins, we went to Tagaytay on December 24 to celebrate Christmas with my older sister’s family. Determined to make the most of our overnight stay in Tagaytay, Justin never left the side of his two younger cousins. The three of them played table tennis, games on their cell phones and whatever else they fancied.

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They also ate together and slept together.

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Our son enjoyed every minute of his play time and chat time with his cousins, and as expected, he didn’t want to go when it was time for us to leave. He was actually crying, trying to convince us to stay for one more day, but we didn’t. The only thing that pacified him was a promise from his Dad and I that we would go back there on New Year’s Day. That didn’t happen either as both he and his Dad got sick the day before New Year.

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Of course, his Christmas won’t be complete without a decent picture with his cousins.

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And yes, we should have our Christmas family picture, too. Hope you all had a blessed Christmas!

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LSGH Lantern Parade and Christmas Fair 2015

LSGH had their annual Lantern Parade and Christmas Fair last December 12, 2015. The Grade 4 boys were scheduled to perform at the St. Benilde Gym in the afternoon.

Grade 4 Lantern Parade

For the Lantern Parade, the students were asked to wear their Family Day shirt, jeans and rubber shoes. They also had their lanterns made from recycled plastic bottles as props.

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Our son finally got to be in front. Yay!

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Here, the LSGH Grade 4 boys were getting ready for their dance number which is the most awaited part of the Lantern Parade. They practiced hard for this in school, and the boys were all excited to perform for their parents.

Our son made his Dad promise to take a video of his performance, so here it is.

Christmas Fair

After the Lantern Parade which didn’t take very long, the boys were free to roam the fairgrounds to try the rides and the games.

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Our son’s first stop was the go-kart area. His Dad purchased 5 go-kart tickets for him. Each ride cost Php50 and lasted for 5 minutes. He wasn’t allowed, though, to use all 5 tickets in one go, so he had to line up several times to use up all his tickets.

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I was adamant to let him enter the horror house, but he insisted. Good thing, he was out of it in no time.

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He then tried some of the games and later went to the Christmas bazaar where he went to buy a cheap plastic flying toy.

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The Christmas Grand Raffle for the “Twinkle, Twinkle Greenest Star” was also held at night, and actress-singer Karel Marquez graced this event.

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The Wish 107.5 bus was also there to accommodate the students’ greetings and shout-outs to their teachers and peers.

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We didn’t win any raffle prizes, but our son had a grand time during the Lantern Parade and Christmas Fair, and that made this day worth it.

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Our First Visit to KidZania Manila

Because we have so many pictures of our KidZania Manila visit last November, I actually don’t know how to begin writing this article. After almost two months, I finally found the courage to write this blog post. Lol! I’m narrowing it down to include only those establishments inside KidZania Manila where our son spent and earned kidZos (the currency used in KidZania). Hubby purchased our tickets online. Because it was a holiday when we went to KidZania Manila, our tickets cost Php1,100 for our 9-year-old son and Php770.00 each for hubby and me. We were on the 3pm to 8pm shift.

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Upon entry, kids will receive a check for 50 kidZos that they can encash at the Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) and spend on products and services available at KidZania. Because it was a holiday when we visited, our son received a bonus. He got a check for 100 kidZos, instead of the usual 50. We were also given a map which we didn’t use as we allowed our son to go where he wanted. We also didn’t get a passport for our son because we thought that he would be able to try everything at KidZania in just one visit, but we were wrong.

Where He Spent His KidZos

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His first stop was at Cebu Pacific. He trained to become a pilot which cost him 15 kidZos.

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Next, he went to Purefoods R&D Center to work as a food technician for which he spent another 15 kidZos. Here, he was taught how to make chicken nuggets.

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Then, he went to A-1 Driving School where he needed to pass the driving test to get his driver’s license. He paid 10 kidZos here.

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He was ecstatic when he got his driver’s license!

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He then lined up to ride a car and have his car washed and fueled at Shell Gasoline Station. By this time, I already lost track of how much each activity costs.

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Next, he underwent Pit Crew Training at Honda.

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Then, he tried his hand at being a field reporter at the Philippine Daily Inquirer (PDI) where he got to interview a firefighter, write his own news article and see his work published in the PDI newspaper.

Where He Earned KidZos

Justin was already running out of kidZos, so he worked for some establishments at KidZania Manila to earn.

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First, he worked as an LBC Delivery Man where he loaded his cart with boxes and delivered those boxes to his assigned establishments.

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Then, he became a patrol police officer at the KidZania Police Department. They were briefed inside the CSI office and later went out to ask people if everything was okay.

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Finally, he went to the Construction Company of KidZania and worked as a glass cleaner. And that was all that our son was able to do for 5 hours inside KidZania Manila. Lining up and waiting for his turn to train at or work for each KidZania establishment took up a lot of time. He still had a few kidZos left, but it was already closing time. He went to BPI to deposit his remaining kidZos, but the bank was already closed when he got there. Ergo, he took home what’s left of his kidZos to be used for another visit to KidZania.

What He Failed to Do

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Our son would have wanted to experience being a firefighter, too, like the boys in this picture, but the Fire Department was not accepting trainees anymore by the time he went there.

About KidZania

KidZania is a play city that offers interactive activities for children aged 4-14 years old. Inside the 8,000 square meters of play space, children will learn various life skills through 70+ role-play activities, complete with realistic uniforms and work tools.

Ticket Prices at KidZania Manila

The prices of tickets to KidZania Manila vary depending on the age of the visitor and the day of visit It’s more expensive to go to KidZania on weekends (Fridays to Sundays) and during national holidays.

Babies below 1 year old – free on all days
Kids 1 to 3 years old – Php500 (Mondays to Thursdays); Php600 (weekends and national holidays)
Kids 4 to 14 years old – Php900 (Mondays to Thursdays); Php1,100 (weekends and national holidays)
Guardians (15 years old and above – Php630 (Mondays to Thursdays); Php770 (weekends and national holidays)

KidZania Manila
Park Triangle, North 11th Avenue
Bonifacio Global City
Telephone No.: +632 711-5439

Posted in A-1 Driving School, Bank of the Philippine Islands, Cebu Pacific, Construction Company of KidZania, CSI, Fire Department, Honda, KidZania Manila, KidZania Police Department, KidZo, LBC, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Purefoods R&D Center, Shell Gasoline Station | 8 Comments

LSGH Grade 4 Family Day 2015

Grade 4 students of LSGH joined the Grade 4 Family Day last November 14, 2015 at the St. Benilde Gym. The theme for this year’s Grade 4 Family Day is 4Ward March. All Grade 4 boys strutted their stuff proudly wearing their assigned uniforms (Army, Navy, Coast Guard, Firemen, SWAT, etc.), complete with props and accessories. The advanced class, to which my son belongs, represented the Green Army.

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After the Parade of Colors, the LC2 Assistant Principal Mr. Eugene Paul P. Young led the Invocation. The singing of the Philippne National Anthem came next before the Grade School Principal Mr. Jose Ramelle E. Javier gave the Welcome Remarks.

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The AFP Marching Band then performed before an appreciative crowd. Their music and choreography were awesome! The audience loved them!

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There were also games and raffles in between.

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The Grade 4 boys also performed a batch dance number to the delight of the crowd.

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What’s particularly notable about this year’s Grade 4 Family Day is the Batch Sponsorship for the Hero Foundation. The Grade 4 community donated Php10,000 to send to school two children of soldiers who were killed on duty.

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Another special number was performed by the sons of level reps, followed by the Grand Raffle winner announcement, closing remarks/prayers, singing of the Alma Mater song, and the distribution of loot bags.

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Before the Grade 4 Family Day commenced, there were activities in the morning for both Grade 4 students and their parents. The boys went to the National Shrine of the Divine Child for Team Building, while the parents attended the Parents’ Recollection (Parents’ Encounter) at the Brother Donato Center for Performing Arts. After both activities for the boys and their parents, all proceeded to the St. Benilde Cafeteria for a Salu-Salo before finally heading to the St. Benilde Gym for the Grade 4 Family Day.

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We had a fun and fruitful Grade 4 Family Day. Kudos to all the Grade 4 parent representatives for making this event a success!

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