Start of Summer Break

Our son’s classes officially ended last Thursday, but he, together with his two other classmates, had to go back to school today for their makeup tests for the two subjects they missed when they joined the MTAP Regional Finals last March 17. We were at the appointed place 30 minutes ahead of time, and he was happy to know that his MTAP teammate and classmate Uan was already there.

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The two boys went out of the classroom, a little far away from me, and were animatedly discussing something. When we went home, I learned from my son that they were talking about Terraria, a game they both like. Some serious stuff, huh? Lol! Well, I was just relieved that that there will be no more quizzes, trimestral tests, projects and homework to worry about beginning today, plus we can sleep longer than usual.

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MTAP 2015 Regional Finals

We were at Makati Elementary School yesterday for the MTAP 2015 Regional Finals. My son, together with his two classmates, was part of the LSGH Grade 3 team that competed in this prestigious Math contest. We were there early and waited for several hours for the Grade 3 competition to start. There was confusion on where exactly the contest would be held, and because it was already getting late, the organizers made a quick decision to use the school library as venue for the Grade 3 competition.

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Out of 17 teams that competed, the LSGH Grade 3 team finished 4th overall. They scored 41 points, just a point less than what the 3rd placer in the contest obtained, not bad for their first regional competition. Job well done, boys! Congratulations!

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Experience the Perfect Coke for the First Time Again

Do you remember the first time you drank a Coke? I honestly don’t, but I do remember the refreshing, tingling feeling as the fizz trickled down my throat while guzzling my first ever ice cold Coke. Aah, so unforgettable! I was able to relive that Perfect Coke experience three days ago when a barrel cooler containing two bottles of coke was delivered to our condo unit.

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My son lovingly hugs the Coke barrel even though he knows that the contents are mine. Lol!

Is the Perfect Coke a New Coke?

The Perfect Coke is still the same old Coke we’ve always known and loved. The only thing different with this Coke is that it’s chilled to the perfect temperature, 3 degrees, to create a unique Coke experience, as if it were the first time.

How to Get the Perfect Coke

You, too, can enjoy your first Perfect Coke experience by just following these simple instructions:

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1. Put lots of ice and Coke inside the barrel. You can also put the Coke inside the freezer if you don’t have a barrel.
2. Wait till the Coke becomes super cold.
3. Enjoy your perfectly chilled Coke.

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So what are you waiting for? Get your #PerfectCoke now and relive that #SarapngFirst experience.

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Sining Saysay Teaches Philippine History through Art

Every student and observer of Philippine life and times must see this one-of-a-kind art exhibit at the Gateway Gallery. A joint project of the University of the Philippines (UP), the UP Alumni Association (UPAA) and the Araneta Center, Sining Saysay: Philippine History in Art showcases 30 large-scale paintings covering pre-historic to modern-day Philippines. The exhibit is free and is open to the public every day from 11AM to 7PM.

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Young and old alike will experience Philippine history through these grand murals from the petroglyphs discovered in Angono, Rizal to a depiction of our Austronesian roots and Philippine tribes, and on to Spanish influence and rule. Other fragments of Philippine history that can be seen in the art exhibit include the Cry of Pugad Lawin; the declaration of independence in Kawit, Cavite; and the establishment of the Commonwealth, among many others. Spectators will also be introduced to the great men and women of history, such as the young nationalist Macario Sakay and the Joan of Arc of Ilocandia Gabriela Silang.

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In this art exhibit, 28 UP alumni artists brought their visions of Philippine history to life on 6 ft. by 12 ft. canvasses. Aside from conducting research, these artists also consulted renowned historians Dr. Serafin Quiazon and Prof. Ma. Luisa to help recreate details. This project, which took four years to complete, was first envisioned by the UPAA under Atty. Gari M. Tiongco before it was finally mounted.

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“The concept was to be a come-on for students to learn the history of the Philippines in just half a day by going around. And not just going around a museum, but here it is given to you in the form of art, from alumni artists of UP. Not every country has this, but here, a tourist can come to the Philippines and learn our history by going over these artworks,” he said.

The artists who participated in Sining Saysay are as follows: Adonai Artificio, Armand Bacaltos, Adi Baen-Santos, Grandier Bella, Benjie Cabangis, Ben Cabrera, Angel Cacnio, Romeo Carlos, Cris Cruz, Denes Dasco, Gig De Pio, Simkin De Pio, Vincent De Pio, Neil Doloricon, Norman Dreo, Amado Hidalgo, Abdul Asia Mari Imao, Ben Infante, Gigi Javier-Alfonso, Aileen Lanuza, Romeo Mananquil, Norlie Meimban, Julius Samson, Jonahmar Salvosa, Randy Solon, Michael Velasco, Jun Yee, and Janice Young.

According to UP President Alfredo E. Pascual, “Sining Saysay is an innovative way of teaching history, promoting art appreciation, understanding Filipino identity, and imbibing cultural pride; all constituting valuable aspects of teaching and public service, which the University of the Philippines is mandated to do.”

The Gateway Gallery is located on the 5/L of the Gateway Tower Mall. Being the country’s largest private gallery, it is the perfect venue for this highly distinguished project.

“With Sining Saysay, Araneta Center is affirmed as the arts and culture hub of Quezon City. We are housing a collection of great artistic and historic value. This is not just an educational opportunity, but a source of national pride,” said Jorge L. Araneta, Chairman and CEO of the Araneta Group.

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Be a Game Changer. Enroll at iACADEMY.

Parents want the best for their children. I am a parent myself, and like all parents, I want my son to have a bright future. Choosing a good school is key to making this vision a reality. But what makes a good school? Personally, I believe that a good school must do the following: offer courses that are relevant to business and industry trends, provide a safe learning environment for students, allow students to express their creativity and reach their full potential, and train students to become globally competitive. I found the school that meets all of these requirements when I attended the iACADEMY Open House in Bel-Air, Makati last Saturday.

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At this Open House, we got to meet the deans of the different schools of iACADEMY, the chairpersons of the various programs offered at this college, and iACADEMY’s President and CEO, Ms. Vanessa L. Tanco.

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Vanessa L. Tanco, President and CEO of iACADEMY

Guests present during the Open House were also given a brief tour of the facility.

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iACADEMY started in 2002 as an Information Techonology (IT) college. It is strategically located at the heart of Makati City’s Central Business District, the purpose of which is to place the students closer to practicing professionals and industry partners who will teach, train and eventually hire them.

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iACADEMY offers specialized courses in computing, business and design that match the needs of the industry. Their academic programs combine both theory and practice to help the students prosper in their chosen careers. It also offers an intensive internship program (960 hours) to prepare the students for their future jobs.

iACADEMY through the Years
While iACADEMY is relatively young, it has already accomplished a lot. iACADEMY’s program was granted Zero Deficiency by the Commission on Higher Education. It is also the first college to become a WACOM Authorized Training Partner. In 2009, iACADEMY was designated as the first IBM Center of Excellence in the ASEAN Region, and when it opened its fashion design and technology program in 2010, iACADEMY was chosen by Solar Entertainment to be its official partner school for Project Runway Philippines.

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iACADEMY likewise hosts Animahenasyon, the largest animation festival in the Philippines. It also teams up with (1) Weather Philippines to develop their website and application for faster, real-time weather updates, (2) Polimoda, one of Italy’s leading schools in fashion and marketing, and (3) DePaul University, the largest Catholic school in America for a study link partnership.

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Other industry and internship partners of iACADEMY are McCann Erickson, IBM, Microsoft, San Miguel Corporation, Unilab, Towers Watson, ABS-CBN, Leo Burnett, Cambridge University Press, Ayala Systems Technology Inc., Metrobank, Nestle, Optima Digital, Pigmata Media Inc.,, Sterling Paper,, ePLDT, Smits Inc., and Megaworld.

Programs Offered by iACADEMY
iACADEMY offers highly specialized programs that are relevant to industries today. Students gain both theoretical knowledge and real-world experiences that will help them excel in their chosen fields.

School of Computing
• Software Engineering
• Game Development
• Web Development

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Mitch Andaya, Dean of the School of Computing

School of Business
• Financial Management
• Marketing & Advertising

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Dr. Frederick Halcon, Dean of the School of Business

School of Design
• Animation
• Multimedia Arts & Design
• Fashion Design & Technology

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Dane Romley, Chairperson of the School of Design

Dane Romley served as the character layout artist and designer of The Simpsons Television Show and The Simpsons Movie.

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Ryan Abeledo, Chairperson of the Multimedia Arts Program and Nicole Aquino, Chairperson of the Fashion Design and Technology Program

At iACADEMY, students get the total package: industry-relevant courses taught by dedicated academicians and highly experienced industry specialists, intensive internship programs in more than 300 industry partners, and a safe and secure learning environment that is certified bully-proof. If you want your children to become game changers, enroll them at iACADEMY now.

324 Senator Gil J. Puyat Ave.,
Bel-Air, Makati City
Telephone No.: (02) 889-7777
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