Support & Save a Life, Love Heals Fundraising Campaign

Mommy Ging Pardito-Ibo of 8-Jasmin is a good friend of mine. Our sons became friends in Grade 7. Emerald babies we call them. Before school started last August, Ging was diagnosed to have breast cancer and was advised to undergo four cycles of chemotherapy before and after surgery. The purpose of chemotherapy before surgery is to reduce the size of the mass in her left breast to minimize the scar from her operation scheduled this December.

Mommy Ging with Daddy Jay

We, Ging’s friends from Emerald, are helping her raise funds for her breast cancer treatment. Support & Save a Life, Love Heals was officially launched last October 4.

We are selling T-shirts and mugs bearing the design of Ging’s artist son Gian. Through this campaign, we hope to help Ging raise money for her operation.


You can also help us save a life by purchasing the items we sell. If you want to help, please leave a comment on this blog post or leave me a message in Messenger; my Messenger handle is Maria Teresa Gregorio-Figuerres). You can also order through this FB link. Thank you and God bless your generous hearts!

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Nailaholics National Pampering Day 2019 Is Happening on October 17!

Nailaholics, the country’s leader in bringing specialized nail salons and spa outlets, is holding its annual National Pampering Day very soon! Now on its 4th year, Nailaholics National Pampering Day has turned into an ecologically saving act tied with self-care.

With only a Php50 donation to its cause, you can avail of a FREE manicure, foot spa, or foot massage in all Nailaholics branches nationwide on October 17, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. All proceeds will go to Nailaholics’ partner beneficiary, Save Philippine Seas Organization.

A special raffle likewise awaits the participants of National Pampering Day 2019. One lucky donor will win an all-expense paid trip to Siargao. Siargao Island practices respectable eco-tourism and is named the best island in the world.

The lucky winner and a companion will not only witness the beauty of marine life and our Philippine seas, but they will also be able to join a beach clean-up program spearheaded by S.E.A. Movement and volunteer at the Siargao Art Recycling Studio. These immersion activities will deepen their environmental experience and awareness.

According to Ms. Abby Borja, Head of Marketing of R2 Group of Exclusive Brands, Inc., “This year we want to go beyond the usual discounted promotions we give to our clients. This year is all about encouraging our new and loyal customers alike to engage in this more meaningful act of self-care – self-care that saves.”

She added, “Contrary to the common perception, caring for oneself is not a selfish act. And we want our customers to feel that while they take care of their own bodies and prioritize their well-being, they can also simultaneously value our environment and summon changes in our lifestyle to protect the planet.”

So mark your calendars for Nailaholics National Pampering Day 2019. Let us all make time for self-care, self-care that is not selfish but self-care that saves.

Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much. – Helen Keller

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Grade 7 Achievements and Learnings

The memory of my son weeping about his transfer to a new school is still clear to me. He said he would miss his classmates and friends from his old school, and I kept assuring him he would gain more friends in Pisay. It took a lot of convincing and coaxing to make him finally agree to this arrangement, but he easily warmed up to his new classmates in Grade 7-Emerald during orientation and was excitedly looking forward to their first day in school. He just started Grade 8 recently, and before school gets hectic again, I just want to remind my son of how he survived Grade 7, what he accomplished last school year, and how he can do better in Grade 8.

Justin got a bit of a culture shock in Math during Grade 7. Math used to be his strong point in grade school, so it became quite frustrating for him to realize that he was not fast enough to finish some of his Math quizzes/tests and not prepared enough for some of the quiz/test questions that he was not expecting to come out. At one point last year, he even mentioned he regretted not having MTG (Mathematics Trainers’ Guild) training. This he said could have prepared him better for Pisay Math. While this minor setback dampened his spirits, he continued to persevere and worked even harder to rise to the challenge, and he outdid himself in the last two quarters of Grade 7.

We got his report card showing a GWA (general weighted average) of 1.372 and two certificates of merit for being in the Director’s List for the last two quarters of SY 2018-2019. Achievement unlocked! I was the happiest mom not much for the recognition (I was happy for that, too!) but more so for the perseverance, hard work, and determination he showed during the second half of Grade 7. “Never giving up when the going gets tough” helped him recover and regain his self-confidence. That was his motto way back in grade school and up to now. And while he experienced toxic schedules in Grade 7, he also realized that procrastination and cramming won’t get him anywhere. I hope he makes use of this learning experience in Grade 8.

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First Day High: Grade 8 at Pisay

I thought I wouldn’t be able to take a picture of my son on his 1st day of 8th grade, but I found a way to do just that. Having had to pick up Justin’s books which my mommy friend entrusted with the Gate 1 security guard of Pisay was a blessing in disguise. Doing so allowed me to walk with my son to the school’s entrance and take a photo of him and his friend before they finally dashed off to the gym for their flag ceremony.

I will never get tired of taking this obligatory first-day-of-school photo of my son. I’ve been consistently doing this since Kinder 2 at La Salle Greenhills, and I intend to keep doing it until his college years. Good luck, Justin! I hope you retain those fuller cheeks until the end of Grade 8.

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Post-Birthday Celebration with Friends

Justin’s 13th birthday happened more than a month ago, but he was only able to celebrate it recently with his three closest male friends in Pisay who were also his classmates in Grade 7. After their enrolment/reorientation last Thursday, August 1, all four boys (we call them 4J’s) bonded over Timezone and good old American food at Ayala Malls Vertis North. We call our boys the 4J’s because all their first names start with “J.”

Enrolment time

Playtime at Timezone

Chow time at Nathan’s Famous

The 4J’s with the Active Moms

We all want these boys to enjoy and have fun while they still can because for sure, Grade 8 will be more challenging, more stressful, and more exhausting. My son’s baptism of fire, which happened in Grade 7, was made more bearable because the three other J’s became not just his classmates but his closest friends. I do hope they remain friends for life.

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