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The word “progressive” signifies that something is newer, better adapted to the times than whatever it is being compared against.

These days, the idea of sending children to a “progressive school”, understandably, is something some parents might still be hesitant to subscribe to, given that the term might make it sound like some fad method. Why, after all, would a parent take a chance with a new approach, when they themselves went through a more traditional educational setup, and turned out fine anyway?

In Britesparks International School (BIS), one of the pioneer progressive schools in the country, “progressive” is more than just giving up traditional practices for the sake of novelty: it is the recognition that education must adapt to the times, must evolve alongside the society it is preparing children to enter in the future.

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“A traditional setup will not digest that some children may be naturally gifted in some aspects, and not as gifted in others. But there has to be a place that can see that potential in children, and that is Britesparks,” said Veronica Co, School President of BIS.

When BIS opened back in 2000, it was not yet the complete institution it is today. The institution began as a preschool for gifted children, the first of its kind with the drive to accommodate and include students with special needs in their usual classes.

Through the years, the school expanded its range of programs, eventually taking on elementary and high school students as well, while still keeping this advocacy of inclusiveness. The move to its current location in 2013 in Metropoli Drive, Bagumbayan was fairly recent, but such was a significant one which coincided with its increased capabilities.

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Today, BIS accepts preschool to senior high school students, with its subject curricula complying with various local and international education standards: its Math and English are consistent with Common Core, a set of teaching standards used in over forty states in the US; its Science, ICT, Art and Music, and even French curricula are consistent with various other international school standards; and its Social Studies and Filipino methods fully comply with DepEd standards.

True to its progressive nature, however, BIS does not simply stop there: the institution recognizes the immense value of a child’s social development, which must occur alongside his academic development.

The focus of the school’s methods is on the child, not the teacher: children learn through experience, collaborating through a wide range of constantly updated activities and projects which may cover multiple subjects at a time, consistent with the interconnectedness with which we process information around us today; a group project about cooking food can be an English, a Science, and a History lesson, all at the same time, as well as a subtler nudge toward the benefits of working together for something much more difficult to achieve by one’s lonesome.

When taken in the context of the school’s inclusive policy, it is no wonder that BIS students grow to be more tolerant and less discriminatory of those around them.

“I’m proud of the fact that our students do not discriminate or bully those who are special. It’s really different; the children are so well-rounded and enlightened at times, you’ll be surprised,” said Co.

“Progressive” might sound vague, but go back to its roots—just like BIS, in all its approaches, has always anchored itself on its long-standing policies of inclusiveness and experiential learning—and we find a more concrete term, one that every parent wants in their child: progress.

This is something BIS aims to deliver in all aspects, to ensure that the children of today grow into individuals fully prepared to face the challenges of the present and the future.

Britesparks International School classes start on August 1. For more information, visit or contact (02) 966-8120.

Partnering with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and National Geographic, new programme to offer fundamental life-saving knowledge  

Hong Kong, 9 September 2017 – Prudence Foundation, the regional community investment arm of Prudential Corporation Asia (2378.HK), together with International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and National Geographic (NatGeo), today announced the launch of its SAFE STEPS First Aid programme. This is a first of its kind, pan-Asia programme to promote awareness and increase knowledge of first aid skills across the region.
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Building on the success of its previous two SAFE STEPS programmes, which focus on natural disasters and road safety, SAFE STEPS First Aid aims to provide essential first aid information to millions of people throughout Asia.

Today’s launch also coincides with the IFRC’s World First Aid Day, a globally recognised day with the aim of promoting and advocating knowledge of first aid to build people’s capacity to respond appropriately to emergencies when needed.

Almost 16,000 people die from injuries around the world every single day. Thousands more survive but many with permanent debilitating after effects.  Moreover, while homes are often perceived as safe places, this is where 80 percent of accidents occur.  Through SAFE STEPS First Aid, Prudence Foundation and its partners hope to address this issue by educating people on easy-to-understand first aid concepts, enabling them to be prepared to save a life.
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At its core, SAFE STEPS First Aid comprises a series of six one-minute public service announcement videos, each focused on building knowledge of a core first aid topic – broken bones, burns, choking, CPR, severe bleeding and stroke – providing critical guidance on what to do in a medical emergency. Each announcement features one of three SAFE STEPS First Aid ambassadors, with whom Prudence Foundation has chosen to partner for their dedication to saving people in their everyday life. They are doctor and humanitarian, Dr Maria Guevara, Bali-based lifeguard, Marshello Aryafara, and a paramedic from Singapore, Wee Chee Ong.

“Prudence Foundation, as part of Prudential, aims to help families and communities be more safe, secure and resilient,” said Donald Kanak, Chairman of Prudence Foundation. “We are pleased to launch SAFE STEPS First Aid to promote critical life-saving information and basic first aid skills to as many people as possible. Building on our successful partnership with the IFRC and NatGeo, we believe the new programme will help people be better prepared to respond to a life-threatening situation, as every second or minute can make the difference between life and death.”

“We are delighted to see businesses and communities come together to promote safety and first aid knowledge, which is critical for families and communities throughout the region,” said Mr Xavier Castellanos, Regional Director, IFRC Asia Pacific. “The launch of SAFE STEPS First Aid complements the IFRC’s efforts to equip people with easy-to-follow first aid skills which will no doubt help save lives,” he added.

The public service announcements will be broadcast on National Geographic Channel and FOX network channels. It will start airing today on 17 channels across the FOX Networks Group Asia portfolio, reaching viewers in over 80 million households across the region. The video content will also be made available in nine local languages – Bahasa Indonesia, Bahasa Malaysia, Burmese, Cantonese, Filipino, Khmer, Mandarin, Thai and Vietnamese. In addition, infographics and other informative materials will be rolled out through partnerships with schools, universities, government and non-government organisations and private sector companies throughout the region. All SAFE STEPS First Aid information and collateral can be found on SAFE STEPS’ website -

Prudence Foundation invests to support the development of more resilient communities throughout the region. SAFE STEPS First Aid is the Foundation’s third SAFE STEPS programme, all of which follow a format of public service announcements aired on regional and local broadcasters supplemented by digital and print collaterals.

SAFE STEPS Natural Disasters was launched in May 2014 with Manny Pacquiao, world champion boxer, providing essential tips on what to do in the event of natural disasters such as typhoons, floods, earthquakes and fires as well as how to prepare an emergency kit. Launched in February 2016, SAFE STEPS Road Safety features Michelle Yeoh, acclaimed producer, actress and principal partner of the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile. Michelle offers guidance on six key road safety concepts, including pedestrians, drink driving, distracted driving and motorcycles. Through SAFE STEPS, the Foundation recognised that knowledge of first aid has become more essential than ever and set out to develop a new programme to promote first aid awareness on a mass level in the region. 

SM Supermalls unboxes new happenings for kids and kids at heart this October with the launch of Kids’ Month in 64 malls nationwide. At a media launch last October 1 held at SM City Fairview, the retail giant announced a season packed with fun-filled celebrations especially designed for kids, Super Kids Day, United Nations Day, and the well-loved Halloween.
Image from SM City Fairview FB Account

A fun and exciting field day where kids and the whole family can shop, play enjoy, eat, and win prizes – Super Kids Day fittingly showcased what customers can enjoy in the malls this Kids’ Month. With only 85 days till Christmas, it’s also the perfect season to splurge on gifts for kids and avail big discounts on kids’ clothes, shoes, and toys at The SM Store Kids’ Sale and at the Baby Company. Also not to be missed is the amazing Toy Kingdom Halloween Sale.

On October 10 to 24, a grand display of world flags sets the mood for a two-week celebration of United Nations Day. SM’s “All Together for One World” features Dances Around the World performances, World Market food fairs, and the kids’ favorite, National Costume Parade Contest. Customers can also check out Art for Peace – an art exhibit by local artists and schools sending messages of peace for all.

Culminating Kids’ Month is SM’s “Happy Halloween” from October 20 to 31. As the Monster Fun Fair begins on October 20 offering great deals on trick-or-treat needs, beloved pets can then join the excitement at the Petrifying Halloween costume party for pets and owners on October 21/22. Approaching Hallow’s Eve, everyone is invited to the much awaited Costume Contest on October 28/29 for adults, and on October 31 for kids. Also on October 31, the young trick-or-treaters can continue the fun at the photo Halloween Studio by Vivo, and by visiting SM Hypermarket, SM Supermarket, and SM Cyberzone for treats and goodies.

Lastly, there’s an online promo where parents share why kids rule at SM, then use hashtag #SMKidsMonth2017 on Facebook for a chance to win exciting prizes for their kids’ and fun adventures!


To Join

  • Open to boys from 9 years old to 12 years old and their respective moms. 
  • The contest is a team-up of boys and moms.
  • To join, purchase a minimum worth of P500 Hot Wheels toys, single receipt, from September 01 to September 30, 2017 at any of the participating Toy Kingdom stores.

 Participating Toy Kingdom stores:

  1. Toy Kingdom Megamall 
  2. Toy Kingdom Southmall 
  3. Toy Kingdom North Edsa         
  4.  Toy Kingdom Virramall
  5. Toy Kingdom Mall of Asia  
  6. Toy Kingdom Lucky China 
  7. Toy Kingdom Makati    
  8. Toy Kingdom Bacoor
  9. Toy Kingdom Aura    
  10. Toy Kingdom Pampanga
  11. Toy Kingdom Fairview   
  12. Toy Kingdom Marilao

Present receipt at the registration booth from September 25 to September 30, 2017 at SM City North EDSA, The Block Atrium to register.Present also a valid passport when you register. Valid Philippine or foreign passports should have at least 8 months validity before expiration. Register with your name, mobile number, email address and residential address. Once registered, participants shall be given entry numbers to join the challenge.After registration proceed at the Challenge #1 station to start the games.Each entry shall be composed of one (1) kid and one (1) mom. September 25 to September 30 is test run days for each entry to practice and play. October 01 is Philippine Finals day. 

Philippine Finals

  • Present entry number at the registration area and always wear the entry number for identification from September 25 to October 01 at SM North EDSA, The Block Atrium.
  • The competition challenges kids and moms to foster the spirit of healthy competition, experimentation, and creativity. 
  • There are three (3) skills needed by each team entry: skill, precision and teamwork. 
Challenge #1 is Qualifying Rebound Challenge wherein each kid and mom will be given 60 seconds to gain as much points as they can using his Hot Wheels basic cars. Each kid and mom will be given three (3) tries before actual time recording. Hit the launchers as the  cars land on various bucket of points. There are 200, 300, 500 and 1000 points. Total Points of both mom and kid will be added after 60 seconds mark. The top 50 score pointers of Challenge #1 advances to Challenge #2. In case, less than 50 contestants only joined Challenge #1, all registered entries will be qualified to take Challenge #2.

Challenge #2 is Qualifying Speed Challenge wherein each kid can bring their own cars to launch at the speed raceway. The speed of the vehicle will be recorded. Each kid will be given three (3) tries and the only fastest timing will be recorded. Moms shall be kids’ eye coaches. The top 10 fastest timing will be recorded will advance to final Challenge #3.

Challenge #3 is Qualifying Builder Challenge wherein each of the entries will take turns on building a Hot Wheels Track using the Hot Wheels Track Builder Starter Kit. A pattern shall be pre-selected for everyone to follow. From the top 10, first five (5) entries shall take the first match to build and the fastest recorded time advances to finals. The remaining five (5) entries shall take the second and last match to build and the fastest recorded time advances to finals.

At the final clincher, a pattern shall be pre-selected for everyone to follow. Using the Hot Wheels Track Builder Starter Kit, the two (2) final entries (with the shortest possible time) should be able to build his track as fast as he could. The fastest time wins as Philippine Champion.The winning entry shall be declared champion and the losing entry will be declared runner-up.  Judges’ decision is final in concurrence with DTI.

The declared champion shall be the official delegate and representative of the Philippines to Southeast Asia Epic Championships at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on October 21, 2017. Including  Economy round trip airfare ticket for two (2) from Manila to Kuala Lumpur; Including travel tax. 2-night hotel accommodation with free breakfast at Sunway Clio Hotel.and a trophy from Hot Wheels Philippines. 

The Marketing Department of Richprime Global Inc for final confirmation and booking. Richprime Global Inc office is located at RGI Corporate Center, #34 Scout Torillo corner Scout Limbaga, Quezon City, Philippines. Prizes are not transferrable and non-convertible to cash.In case the winner won’t be able to represent the country in the SEA Epic Championships, a notification to the organizers shall be made within 24 hours after announcement of winning. Employees of Richprime Global Inc and participating outlets, including their relatives up to second degree of consanguinity or affinity are disqualified from joining the promotion.

Games paraphernalia is being check by a DTI representative prior to the date of the Philippine final Elimination and finals on October 1, 2017 are witness by a DTI representative Scores and time of each contestant during the elimination and finals are check individually by a DTI representative.