Thursday, February 28, 2019

10 Reasons Why We Should Allow Children To Fail

This illustration popped in my Facebook newsfeed and it was from The Teachers Trainer page. Having a teenager who is very active in school, academically and even in extra-curricular activities. She has been a consistent honor student since she was in kindergarten. As a working Mom, my time to assist her with school works and other school-related stuff are sometimes limited. Encouragement and being there with her as much as I can are my keys to show her and let her feel that I support her. Now that she's in Grade 8, ranked first in the last grading period and also got the academic awards in some of her subjects, I saw how she became eager and pressured to retain her ranking. I heard her one time uttering the words "I need to do more so I can retain my grades and ranking, I am pressured, Mom!" I told not to be and also it is a normal feeling to be pressured but she can do better, just remain focus and never be complacent. The only worry she needs to handle is her self. I guess this is the failure side of what she is experiencing right now. The fear of failing and losing the academic rank she has right now. 

Failure is a big part of a human being existence, I don't know anyone who never experiences failure in life. The degree of failure depends on the current situation of the person. 

Failure in life, work, business, relationship, friendship and a lot more to categorize with. Through this failure, lessons can be learned. This lessons can hone you on what kind of person you will become in the years to come. Failure can start as early as when you were born. Should we allow ourselves to experience failure? Should we let failure sets in and embrace it? From the image above, what are the 10 reasons why we should allow children to fail?

  1. Failure helps children to learn from mistakes and improve for next time.
  2. Failure helps build character and helps us to be more courageous.
  3. Failure is an important learning experience for children to go through.
  4. Failure promotes problem-solving skills.
  5. Failure teaches children how to be more resilient.
  6. Failure can help children to develop competence and autonomy in the future. 
  7. Failure encourages improvement and critical thinking skills.
  8. Failure encourages children to develop coping skills.
  9. Failure teaches the children the importance of hard work and perseverance.
  10. It helps children to push themselves out of their comfort zone.

As a parent, how do you cope with your children when dealing with failure in any aspect of their lives? 

Do you agree on what and how failure can be embraced with open arms? 

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Monday, February 18, 2019


The M. BUTTERFLY National Tour 2019 is all set to spread its wings even wider to reach major cities namely Iloilo, Dumaguete, Cebu, Davao, Manila, and Baguio.
Presented by Tony and Grammy award-winning producer Jhett Tolentino and FRONTROW Entertainment (producer of highly-acclaimed independent films Bhoy Intsik and Bwaya), the M. BUTTERFLY National Tour 2019 was decided upon by the producers to bring this world-class masterpiece to those who did not have the opportunity to catch its 2018 Manila run. After all, the location should not limit one’s exposure to the arts and culture.
Most theater companies in our country whose successful productions in Manila are often hindered from bringing their projects to other key cities because of the many challenges and technical details involved. And this is why Jhett Tolentino and FRONTROW Entertainment are taking this bolder step to carry on their mission and advocacy in the performing arts and to further enhance audience development throughout the Philippine archipelago.
This revival production of David Henry Hwang’s M. BUTTERFLY is the winner of the 2018 ALIW AWARDS for Best Play, Best Actor and Best Director. It was also nominated for two Best Featured Actresses in a Play and Best Ensemble.
M. Butterfly, which tells the story originally premiered on Broadway in 1998 and won 3 Tony Awards for Best Play, Best Featured Actor and Best Director.
Synopsis: René Gallimard is a member of the French embassy in China. René is mild-mannered and considers himself to be poor with women. He meets and falls in love with Chinese opera star Song Liling, a woman whom he considers to be the embodiment of the perfect woman, Madame Butterfly. But when West meets East, everything is not what it seems….
Targeting audiences between ages 18 and beyond, the producers are hoping that this classic drama, inspired by Giaccomo Puccini’s opera Madame Butterfly’, will likewise resonate to theater audiences from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao that “ love, power, and deception holds no boundaries – whether this be in a rural or urban setting.”
RS FRANCISCO, the 2018 Aliw Awards Best Actor for M. Butterfly shall reprise his iconic portrayal of Song Liling, the Chinese opera singer who is Gallimard’s object of affection and seduces him through his biases of the East then exploits their intimacy to collect classified information for agents of the Chinese Communist Party.
RS first essayed this role in May 1990 for Dulaang UP, opposite veteran actor, writer, and critic Behn Cervantes. On its debut, M. Butterfly immediately rose to critical acclaim with packed houses and box office success in over 100 performances throughout the Philippines.
In the many years thereafter, RS Francisco’s theater credits in numerous productions and variety of roles continued to hone his craft as a complete artist. In films, his most recent awards include the SINAG MAYNILA Best Actor, the STAR AWARDS Movie Actor of the Year and the SUBIC BAY INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL Best Actor.
When M. BUTTERFLY was revived recently on Broadway, RS had thought of bringing it to life once again to the new theater audiences of today. After all, this is the only ‘one’ role that continues to remain as closest to his heart.
To add a diverse twist to the M. Butterfly National Tour 2019, young actor AIRA IGARTA will step into the role of Song Liling as alternate in certain performances. As an original member of the Kurogo ensemble of the play’s 2018 Manila run, Aira is a stage and film actor from the Theatre Arts Program of UP Diliman where he took part in several Dulaang UP and Dulaang Labortoryo productions. Trained by the likes of Tony Fabella and Luther Perez, Aira was originally a dance and voice scholar at Quezon City Performing Arts Foundation (QCPADFI).
French actor OLIVIER BORTEN shall essay the role of Rene Gallimard, a former French diplomat, who relates the story of his passionate, disastrous affair with Song Liling from his cell in a Paris prison, where he is serving a long sentence for treason.
Philippine theater royalty JENINE DESIDERIO, who among many other theater, film, television and recording credits, assumed the lead role as Kim in the West End’s original Miss Saigon, will portray Gallimard’s wife – Helga. The pair married as a matter of convenience; Helga’s father had diplomatic connections that helped Gallimard ascend in his career.
After 25 years of stage acting experience in the United Kingdom, Scottish NORM MCLEOD has stepped in the Philippine stage as Manuel Toulon, the French Ambassador to China who also happens to be the dominant and strong-willed superior of Gallimard at the embassy in Beijing. Toulon promotes Gallimard to vice-consul and charges him with collecting information to aid the American war in Vietnam.
Trilingual American actor LEE O’BRIAN will once more personify Marc, the sexually unapologetic best friend of Gallimard. He encourages Gallimard to take sexual advantage of the women around him without regard for their feelings or even their consent. Although M. Butterfly was Lee’s first theatrical endeavor, his acting skills have already been tried and tested in international films Edsa Woolworth and Forgive Me Father. O’Brian also portrays Sharpless in M. Butterfly for a brief while.
Portraying the different roles of Suzuki, Comrade Chin, and Shu Fang is powerful and well-rounded artist MAYEN ESTAÑERO. Her impressive performance in the 2018 run of M. Butterfly landed her an Aliw Awards nomination for Best Featured Actress. Mayen’s previous theater credits include Dalanghita Production’s Corazon Negro, An Operetta as Maestra, Virgin Labfest’s Mula sa Kulimliman as Leila and Sugid Production’s Buwan at Baril as Asawa. Comrade Chin is a member of the Red Guards, a paramilitary arm of the Communist Party in China. Song communicates with Comrade Chin often, to pass on the classified information he gathers from Gallimard.
Twice a finalist as Best Actress for the Aliw Awards, MAYA ENCILA receives her third nomination as Best Featured Actress for her unique characterization of Renee and Pin-Up Girl in M. Butterfly. The stunning Arizona native plays a young, sexually liberated Danish woman with whom Gallimard has an affair. Renee’s boldness presents a stark contrast to Song’s modesty, which Gallimard finds both exciting and obnoxious. A true expert in performing arts, Maya has taken the stage countless times as Mary Lennox for The Secret Garden, as Belle for Repertory Philippines’ Beauty and the Beast musical and as Lara for Philippine Stagers’ KATIPS, to name a few.
Rising soprano star JASMIN SALVO will be the new Opera Singer for the national tour.
The members of the ensemble playing the role of Kurogo are as follows: PHEITH IENA BALLUG, ULLYSES BASA, SASA CABALQUINTO, FRANCO FERRER and JOHN PAUL ORTENERO.
The artistic team of M. Butterfly is as follows: Jhett Tolentino and RS Francisco (Producers), Ohm David (Set), Eric Pineda (Costume), John Batalla (Lighting), Jethro Joaquin (Sound), Joed Balsamo (Music) and Carissa Adea (Choreography).
The M. BUTTERFLY NATIONAL TOUR 2019 will benefit 10 charitable institutions namely: Iloilo Prima Galaw, Philippine National Red Cross Iloilo Chapter, The Children of Cebu Foundation, Silliman University Culture and Arts Council, the Arts Council of Cebu Foundation, Love the Children Foundation, House of Hope Foundation, Halfway Home for the Boys and St. Louis University Culture and Arts Center.
VENUE: SM City Iloilo Cinema 6
Feb. 14 – Thursday – Opening Night – 7pm
Feb. 15 – Friday – 2pm / 7pm
Feb. 16 – Saturday – 2pm / 7pm
Feb. 17 – Sunday – 2pm / 7pm
VENUE: Luce Auditorium, Silliman University
Feb. 28 – Thursday – Opening Night – 7pm
Mar. 01 – Friday – 7pm
Mar. 02 – Saturday – 2pm / 7pm
Mar. 03 – Sunday – 2pm / 7pm
VENUE: SM Seaside City Centerstage
Mar. 14 – Thursday – Opening Night – 7pm
Mar. 15 – Friday – 7pm
Mar. 16 – Saturday – 2pm / 7pm
Mar. 17 – Sunday – 2pm / 7pm
VENUE: SM Lanang Premier Cinema 6
Mar. 28 – Thursday – Opening Night – 7pm
Mar. 29 – Friday – 2pm / 7pm
Mar. 30 – Saturday – 2pm / 7pm
Mar. 31 – Sunday – 2pm / 7pm
VENUE: Maybank Performing Arts Theater
May 8 – Wednesday – Opening Night – 8pm
May 9- Thursday – 8pm
May 10 – Friday – 8pm
May 11 – Saturday – 2pm / 8pm
May 12 – Sunday – 2pm / 8pm
May 15 – Wednesday – 8pm
May 16 – Thursday – 8pm
May 17 – Friday – 8pm
May 18 – Saturday – 2pm / 8pm
May 19 – Sunday – 2pm / 8pm
VENUE: St. Louis University
May 30 – Thursday – Opening Night 7pm
May 31 – Friday – 7pm
Jun. 1 – Saturday – 2pm / 7pm
Jun. 2 – Sunday – 2pm / 7pm
Ticket merchants per area:
ILOILO, DAVAO, CEBU, BAGUIO – SM Tickets at any SM Mall nationwide or online at
DUMAGUETE – Culture, and Arts Council Office, Silliman University through contact nos. (035) 422-4365, (0917) 300-0346, (0999) 797-7825
MANILA – TicketWorld through contact no. (02) 891-9999 or
The ticket prices vary per city between P500 to P2,000 plus taxes and fees.
Check out M. Butterfly at the following social media:
Facebook: /MButterflyPH
Twitter: @MButterflyPH
YouTube: MButterflyPH
For further inquiries, please contact JHETT TOLENTINO at (0906) 576-6914.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

How will technology impact the future of medicine

Press Release
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Technology and medicine consequently come along the way when it comes to changes and updates. With this clinical studies can be done using a specific type of technology for better, easier, and faster results leaving minimal room for errors. The progress of determining and elevating on how a patient can be treated can be monitored with less human intervention- to more precise analysis, compared to earlier times when a manual technique is applied just to attain certain medical result to use for future reference. The kind of manual medical technique can never be set aside because it was the foundation and guide for the current scenario in hospital, clinical, and a wider setting as laboratory facilities. 

In a hospital-based setting where medical staff is scheduled to monitor patients from their medication and any medical intervention needed, this is the so-called traditional way of attending to patient's needs except hospital interventions when physical management is required. Today, providing health can be done using any medical technology which is hooked and connected online. From prescribed medicine, updating of scheduled surgery, follow-up appointments, availability of the physicians and other medical interventions needed by a patient. 

Due to the evolvement of technology, machine learning can be additional medical techniques that can be used in this present time. This is somehow considered artificial intelligence using information through data gathering of a certain patient to a specific mode of medical action. 

A company such as Quartzclinical is an online platform that provides technology-based, safe, cost-effective, healthcare to patients, as they claimed.

Can we welcome such modifications and improvements? I believe so, it can gather a massive amount of information in a given time which means the future of technology in the field of medicine. 

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

What is the first sign of Measles

Measles is a highly contagious infectious disease caused by the measles virus. Symptoms usually develop 10–12 days after exposure to an infected person and last 7–10 days. Initial symptoms typically include fever, often greater than 40 °C (104.0 °F), cough, runny nose, and inflamed eyes.
Koplik's spots (
This image depicts an intraoral view of a patient, who had presented to a clinical setting exhibiting redness and edema of the oropharynx, and small red spots, on the soft palate mucosa. A diagnosis of Koplik’s spots on the soft palate and oropharynx was made, due to pre-eruptive measles, on day-3 of the illness.

Koplik's spots are believed to be the first or an early sign of measles, rashes will appear all over the body after 3-5 days after symptoms start. 

A few hours ago, the Department of Health declared an outbreak in Manila, Central Luzon, Philippines, leaving people inattention to symptoms surrounding the cases reported. Since measles is transmitted by coughing and sneezing which means airborne in origin. If a person is infected with measles, one is contagious from 4 days before and 4 days after the onset of rashes. 

***images from Department of Health, Philippines

What to do and how to prevent measles contamination?

  1. Avoid and prevent kids from exposing them to crowded places.
  2. Wear a mask if needed.
  3. Educate people to cover their mouth when coughing or sneezing. Avoid covering your mouth with your hands as this will spread contamination when you touch things or even a touching a person. Use disposable napkin and tissue and know how to dispose of properly. When there's no available tissue or napkin, use your arm by positioning it between your nose and mouth, see image above. Also, using the collar part of your shirt your wearing, cover your nose and mouth. 
  4. Wash hands as often as possible, proper hand washing technique and personal hygiene are important.
  5. Eat nutritious foods; vegetables, fruits, increase fluid intake, and add supplemental vitamins can help too.
  6. Monitor your temperature if you feeling sick, watch out for rashes and early sign of measles.
  7. Vaccination, have your babies vaccinated to prevent possible worsening of the condition on the latter part.
  8. Report to your doctor, have your self be recorded.

Monday, February 4, 2019

Free “Bazi Reading” for Château Royale guests during the “Year of the Pig”


In celebration of the coming Chinese New Year, Château Royale Hotel Resort and Spa guests on February 9 will have a once-in-a-lifetime experience they will never forget.

As a special treat to its “Year of the Pig” checked-in guests, Château Royale Hotel Resort and Spa will have a Bazi reading expert who will be ready to accept Bazi reading and consultation.

“Bazi Reading” or “birth profiling” is a statistical tool used to analyze a person’s birth date and time in order to read and understand that person’s assets and liabilities. Among these include health, marriage, career path, and other life’s important activities and foresee high-probability events. This reading will help provide individuals a good understanding of who they really are, their potentials for success.

All readings are done scientifically with no amount of superstition whatsoever. The readings’ results are provided in order to help enable people to make wiser decisions or do realistic adjustments in their lives that will help shape or affect their future.

To avail of the Bazi consultation, checked-in guests should only register with the Concierge and will be asked to prepare at least 3 specific questions that the Bazi master will answer. For deeper reading, guests will be asked of their birth date and hour of birth. If no hour of birth is provided, only limited advise on business, children and lovelife will be provided.

The Bazi Reading at Château Royale Hotel Resort and Spa for the Chinese New Year will be offered for only P5,688 to checked-in guests instead of the usual P8,888. This comes with a Bazi chart to be given onsite and sent as well to guests’ email.

In the email, a personality reading will also be included so that clients are guided and they can have a better understanding of themselves. For those with families, it is suggested that they provide the Bazi expert the hour of birth of the spouses and their children so that their questions may be answered better.

“Every Chinese New Year, it is common that you find people seek guidance from the stars, and now with Bazi reading, they can get guidance about life’s future happenings through numbers and done in the most scientific way possible. At Château Royale Hotel Resort and Spa, everyone is family, and what better way to make family bonding better during Chinese New Year than to provide them with a family experience they will truly cherish, just like every time they stay here,” explains Marie Abolencia, Château Royale Hotel Resort and Spa’s Director of Sales and Marketing.

So head on out to Château Royale Hotel Resort and Spa for that unique Chinese New Year experience you will never forget. Château Royale Hotel Resort and Spa is located at Km. 72, Batulao, Nasugbu, Batangas. For more about Château Royale Hotel Resort and Spa and its wonderful Christmas offerings, call (02) 742-8016, (+63)917-5015478, (+63)917-7035876, or (+63)917-7046183, or email You can also visit

Friday, February 1, 2019

Don't Commit These Mistakes When Buying a Home

Before homebuyers proceed with making a purchase, they carry out extensive research and take into account their needs and lifestyle. All things considered, this is not a cheap venture and they want to get their money’s worth. But even with careful planning, it’s inevitable that something goes wrong. Learn from the common mistake homebuyers make and ensure you aren’t repeating them.
 Being too meticulous
Knowing what you want in a home could expedite the search, but it can also hinder potential homeowners from finding the right property. Although you will have a list of must-haves for your dream home, you still need to be open to the idea that you may not be getting everything you want especially if you’re on a budget. Be realistic about your preferences so that you don’t end up being disappointed in the end.
 Being persuaded by ads
Purchasing a property is already a risk in itself so you wouldn’t want to buy on impulse just because you were attracted by an advertisement. It’s not the same as buying a new phone or a pair of shoes and requires research and consulting with an expert. Choose a trusted land developer like Calmar Land as they are committed to providing high-quality homes that are truly within reach for Filipinos.
 Overlooking the budget

Crunch the numbers and analyze the best way to pay for your home. Will you file for a home loan or are you using up the money in your savings account? Determine how much you’re willing to spend and stick to the budget. You’ll also want to factor in additional expenses such as association dues, monthly bills, property taxes, and a contingency fund in case repairs need to be done.