MTAP 2018 Victory for LSGH Grade 6 Team!

I haven’t written in a long while, and I still don’t want to blog up to now, but significant accomplishments, like the recent triumph of the Grade 6 team of La Salle Green Hills in the 2018 MTAP Division Finals and Sectoral Finals for private schools held last February, deserve recognition and a space in this blog. My son is part of the 2-man Grade 6 team that represented their school. The other member and the team captain is my son’s classmate and good friend, Theodore Abara, a certified Math genius.

Flashback to when three classmates from the Grade 6 advanced class were sent to the Highway Hills Integrated School for the MTAP 2018 Elimination Round. When the results were released, all three boys were named Merit Awardees. Theo was 1st Honors, and Migs and Justin were 3rd Honors. I didn’t know then that the Grade 6 team (and Grade 10, too) would only have two team members, unlike the other grade levels that needed three members to compete as a team. In the end, it was Theo and Justin who joined the Division Team Finals held in the same school where the MTAP 2018 Elimination Round took place.

2nd Place, MTAP 2018 Division Team Finals

The LSGH Grade 6 team bagged 2nd place after losing in the Do or Die round (tiebreaker) to St. Mary’s College. A total of 21 teams competed in the Area 2 Division Finals. The LSGH Grade team also qualified for the Sectoral Finals on the basis of their team score.

1st Place, MTAP 2018 Sectoral Team Finals

The MTAP 2018 Sectoral Team Finals for private schools was held at MGC New Life Christian Academy on February 24, 2018. Once again, the LSGH Grade 6 team emerged victorious, bagging the 1st place this time with a perfect score of 60!

Theo, Justin and Coach Jadith

The team went to compete in the Regional Team Finals at the Valenzuela School of Mathematics and Science last March 2. While they didn’t win here, it was already an honor and a privilege to have reached this far, plus they already won two times already (Division Finals and Sectoral Finals), and that for us, was more than enough!

Congratulations, Theo and Justin! You have surely made the whole Lasallian community proud! Shoutout to their coach, Ms. Jadith T. Ditablan, for patiently training the boys and to Coach Sandy Germino for his support and for capturing the victorious moments of the boys!

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Things to Do in San Diego with Kids

One of the most beloved destinations for a family vacation is San Diego. After all, there is plenty to do and see for the whole family here. There are plenty of attractions that are equally fun for the adults as well as the children in this sunny Southern California town. There are beaches, parks and loads of wildlife that are equally loved by all. Just browse some of the leading and most affordable San Diego vacation rentals and get the best value for your money. You can stay at any of those rentals and enjoy easy and convenient access to major tourist attractions there. It is a good idea to think about buying San Diego Card sightseeing pass and enjoy the best of those attractions at lesser costs. Here are the leading San Diego attractions for the whole family!

Awesome Beach Holidays!

At San Diego, you will come across some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. A good example of this is the Coronado Municipal Beach; it is a big favorite as it offers plenty of picturesque views and a calm ocean. Coronado Island is exceptionally clean and is popular for surfing in the summer. The main beach runs along Ocean Boulevard, and the calm surroundings are just perfect for the whole family who plan to spend the day at the beach. Children would love to play on those white sands, while the adults can join them in their search for seashells.

Even if you are not planning to go to Coronado, there are plenty of other beaches in the San Diego County that are just as gorgeous. La Jolla Beach, with miles of flat sand and calm oceans, is ideal for families. You can learn how to kayak and surf or even opt for scuba dive or stand-up paddleboard. You can swim with leopard sharks during the summer as well.

Amazingly Great Parks!

San Diego is loaded with cultural and recreational facilities and some fantastic parks. Balboa Park is a must-see, and the entrance is free! There are museums, zoos, cultural centers, miniature railroad ride and a carousel, all within the park. You can wander around the Botanical Building or enjoy a presentation at one of its theaters or take in an outdoor organ concert. Thanks to the free tram, you can easily tour the park and enjoy its numerous attractions.

Legoland is another major attraction for the family. It is perched on a hill that overlooks the Pacific Ocean. Everything in the park is built with Lego blocks, and it comprises of miniature models of famous cities and landmarks.
Visit the Sea Life Aquarium that offers a hand on educational tour as you walk through the tunnel. Look at the different sea creatures swimming right in front of your eyes. It truly is an amazing experience to look at the sting-rays.

Mission Bay Park is spread across thousands of acres and carries miles of shoreline. There are various temptations for the whole family such as volleyball courts, horseshoe court, fire rings, children’s play areas and picnic areas. Enjoy biking, roller-skating and jogging with your children in the park that houses several wildlife preserves. Thus, it is already a favorite with birdwatchers. You can even camp here and try your hand at water skiing or wakeboarding.

Another favorite is the Belmont Park, which is the only beachside amusement park. Its major highlight is the original wooden roller coaster, the Giant Dipper, and the largest indoor heated pool, the Plunge. There are a massive fitness center and an indoor playground within the park.

Animals in the Zoo!

If you are an animal lover, then head straight to SeaWorld. There, you’ll get the chance to watch the antics of walruses and barking seals or the polar bears taking an icy plunge. You’ll also get to see the shark and the penguins in their icy habitat. There are exciting rides for the children in SeaWorld, too, such as the Shipwreck Rapids, Wild Arctic Encounter and Journey to Atlantis. Take the ride to the Sky Tower to get unforgettable views of the Pacific Ocean and San Diego. There are plenty of tours that will offer you up-close and personal interaction with different sea creatures.

San Diego Zoo is world-famous and showcases hundreds of animal species that are rare or endangered. Animals can be seen in their natural environments that have been specially designed. For example, the polar bears are seen living in the Polar Bear Plunge, while the Malaysian tiger families can be seen roaming around grassy canyons. Both adults and children can benefit from a trip to the zoo and see for themselves any of these conservation programs. One will enjoy looking at the rhinos tending their young or get the chance to feed a giraffe or enjoy watching an elephant herd splashing in a pond. A tram takes one across acres of carefully-designed, African-themed areas that shelter thousands of animals.

Kids are always hungry, so when you travel with your little ones, you need to know where to take them to satisfy their constant hunger pangs. San Diego has a lot of options to offer. Don’t miss the huge donuts at Donut Bar and Golden Donuts. Campfire’s outdoor patio is undoubtedly a favorite as it has kid-friendly options on the menu, like pork with rice or grilled cheese. At Crack Shack Encinitas, children can order their own special meal deal of chicken nuggets with fries along with a small drink. Classics Malt Shop is another favorite if you’re looking for lively atmosphere and a classic American fare of hot dog, hamburger and ice cream.

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Table Tennis Champions at the 2017 Grade 6 Intramurals

Four months have already passed since my son’s Grade 6 Intramurals. How long it took me to write about this milestone in my son’s grade school life should give you an idea of how busy I had been in the past year. So yeah, the Grade 6 Intramurals at LSGH happened last September 2016.

My son was part of the Table Tennis team. He played singles, while his teammates, who also happened to be his classmates, played doubles.

2nd place and 1st place winners, respectively

Their team won 1st place. Yay!

This was Justin’s 1st table tennis competition after he enrolled in the table tennis program offered by the Sports Program Development Office (SPDO) of LSGH in July 2016.

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Live a Healthier and Safer Life with Taiwan Excellence Products

Technological advancements in medicine and health care have helped improve the lives of many. Older people can now move around with ease using e-motors and scooters, people can monitor their physical activity via handy trackers, and surgeons are able to perform more efficient and safer operations with smart surgical solutions.

These are some of the major breakthroughs of Taiwan Smart Healthcare products. Bearing the Taiwan Seal of Excellence—a mark accorded only to the highest quality brands— these revolutionary products have guided people toward healthier and safer lives.

Utilizing 3D and Digital Imaging for Safer Surgeries

When performing minimally invasive surgeries, fewer and smaller incisions are made on the body to reduce post-operative pain, blood loss and scarring. Thin needles and an endoscope, a tube-shaped instrument with a camera and light, are used to guide the operation. The MonoStereo 3D System converts the 2D video captured by the endoscope into a 3D display on a monitor. Through these images, doctors can get accurate depth feedback in real-time, ensuring surgical precision and faster procedures.

Smart Surgical Glasses from Taiwan Main Orthopedics Co. Ltd. enable doctors to plan more accurately before surgery. As the surgeon looks at the operative site, 3D images of the patient’s bones and tissues appear on the screen, allowing them to save real-time photos. This can minimize complexity and operation time by up to 30%. An additional benefit to medical staff is less exposure to radiation from X-rays.

Keeping Sugar Levels in Check

For people suffering from diabetes, continuous monitoring of blood sugar is imperative. Bionime’s Blood Glucose Monitoring Systems allow diabetics to easily monitor their blood sugar. In just five seconds, the GM260 model delivers accurate results using only a tiny blood sample placed on a test strip. The GM700S and GM700SB work with multiple types of blood samples, and the latter facilitate the immediate transfer of results to smartphone via Bluetooth. The GM720 comes in an all-in-one fashionable case that holds additional strips and lancets.

Movement Anytime, Anywhere

Mobility issues in the elderly are quite common. The ergonomic design and lightweight frame of Heartway Portable Scooters provide for travelling with comfort and ease. Weighing less than 27 kg, the foldable S19 Scooter Brio can be activated by one hand in seconds and may be stored inside a car trunk with no dismantling required. Powered by a lithium battery, it can travel up to 24km on full charge. The S21 EASY MOVE folds up electronically with a single push of a button and can go up to 7 miles on a full battery. Both scooters support average weight builds and have easy-to-use controls.

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Winners of Haribon’s 1st Envi Quiz: Search for Young Eco Champions

In line with its 45th year anniversary, the Haribon Foundation organized a quiz bee competition called Envi Quiz: Search for Young Eco Champions last November 24, 2017 at the BGC grounds. The Envi Quiz aims to promote scholastic excellence in biodiversity awareness and nature conservation. The quiz bee participants were Grade 6 students from different schools, which included La Salle Green Hills. My son Justin was part of the Envi Quiz winning team.

The Grade 6 LSGH boys

The members of the Envi Quiz winning team are as follows: Vito Vincenzo T. Bongco of 6H, Justin Edward G. Figuerres of 6A, Rajeev Kumar of 6A, Gabriel L. Legaspi of 6A and Alfonso Miguel A. Maloles of 6A. The boys’ coaches, Miss Princess Caryl B. Lastimoza and Miss Eden D. Cayamanda, were also present at the event, as well as the grade school’s Science and Health Coordinator Dr. Lorie M. Moroña.

Winners of the 1st Envi Quiz: Search for Young Eco Champions

The young eco champions were awarded a trophy, gold medals, certificates of recognition and android tablets. All of the participants brought home a bag of Haribon goodies.

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