Christmas Traditions 2019: Family December Thanksgiving

Our target for December Thanksgiving is always December 1, but I think for the past two years, we’ve never really been successful at meeting the target date. Something’s always coming up that delays our plans. It’s a very important time for us to come together as a family to thank the LORD and show our appreciation to each other as a family, so we put careful thought to the preparation, making sure it’s not rushed or forced, or ill-prepped. What we’ve been doing the past years had been putting up and adorning the Christmas tree together, then we have a […]

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Ballet Philippines’ Cinderella dazzles!

I took our two younger kids to see Ballet Philippines’ Cinderella at the CCP last Sunday. This would probably be the last ballet show we will see this year, aside from the kids’ recital featuring “Jewels” on the 15th. I’ve yet to find out the lineup for next year’s performances, but I’m excited. I’m sure the shows will be great as always. To be honest, the kids weren’t too keen on watching another┬áCinderella show at first┬ábecause they’ve seen a previous staging by another ballet company a year ago, and they felt that they’ve had enough of the story.┬áBut Ballet Philippines’ […]

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Back to Writing for Smart Parenting

I’m back at writing for Smart Parenting, yay! I was a Contributing Writer for the website and the magazine back in 2015 but I quit for a couple of years. But now that I think I can deliver better, I’m back and excited to write many interesting pieces for SP readers. So far, I’ve published 4 articles (well, technically, only three, but one of them was published as two articles) since I’ve been back: Behind the Glamor: Supporting a Child in the Performing Arts When my Editor, Lei Sison (she’s actually the publication’s Associate Editor (AE), but I answer to […]

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REVIEW: Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

We were lucky to still be able to buy tickets to Atlantis Theatrical’s Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street on its last week’s run. Take note, we got tickets for the Thursday show. Who on earth watches a musical on a Thursday night? Apparently, everyone in Manila when it’s Lea Salonga on the bill! Embarrassingly so, the last time I watched a Lea Salonga was in Repertory Philippines’ My Fair Lady. And she was phenomenal in it! But now that she’s more mature, and JUST BECAUSE SHE CAN, Lea takes on an unconventional role as Nellie Lovett and […]

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Best Friends Forever: Three Intimacies in Marriage

Every year, our church hosts a Couple’s Getaway, which is actually an overnight retreat for married couples held ideally at a hotel outside the city. Our church values family, that’s why we have these kinds of events on marriage regularly. The other, being, the Marriage Booster series which are practical discussions on marriage held at our church facility. Just to be honest, we didn’t make it to the introductory part of the first talk, so I’m not going to pretend I know what it’s about. But here’s what I know. The main theme of this year’s Couple’s Getaway is Best […]

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