Philippine Homeschool Conference 2017

This post should have come earlier but it’s not too late yet! The Philippine Homeschool Conference is happening this Saturday at Treston College in Bonifacio Global City. Registration online is closed but there’s a walk-in fee of 1,000 pesos/person. 

Whether you are interested in learning about home schooling, already homeschooling, an educator, researcher, or an intentional parent, you will appreciate the line up of keynote speakers, breakout speakers, kids’ activities, as well as exhibitors that will be this event. 

I have taken this information from Educating for Life‘s website, the organizers of this event for your reference. 

The keynote speakers…


From his time as a student activist to being a senator of the Republic of the Philippines and an eventual cabinet member in the Aquino administration, Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan has had no qualms about being independent-minded, proving time and again that progressive ideas and principles have a place in Philippine politics.

His career in public service began over 20 years ago, when the young Kiko began his fight against human rights violations, corruption, and other social ills as Chairman of the UP Diliman Student Council. Eventually becoming a human rights lawyer, he later on became the youngest-ever Councilor of the 4th district of Quezon City and, in 1998, graduated with a Master of Public Administration as an Edward S. Mason Fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government of Harvard University.

Aside from being a champion of the plight of the farmers in the country, Kiko is a staunch supporter of homeschooling and is the author behind the Senate Resolution declaring March 3 as National Homeschool Day in the Philippines.



The middle child of a tricycle driver and a housewife, Efren Geronimo Peñaflorida Jr. completed his elementary and high school education through the hold of scholarships and financial assistance, and received several class awards and honors. In 2000, he graduated from San Sebastian College–Recoletos de Cavite with a degree in computer technology, receiving highest honors. He pursued a second course at Cavite State University Cavite City campus, graduating cum laude in 2006 with a degree in Secondary Education.

At 16 years old, Peñaflorida, joined by other classmates, formed “Dynamic Teen Company”. They eventually pioneered the idea of the “pushcart classroom”, wherein pushcarts were stocked with school materials such as books, pens, tables, and chairs, and then used on Saturdays to recreate school settings in unconventional locations such as the cemetery or trash dump.

In March 2009, Peñaflorida was featured as a CNN Hero as part of the news network’s program to honor individuals who make extraordinary contributions to help others. On November 22, 2009, he was named CNN Hero of the Year for 2009.


After suffering 3 miscarriages while being a morning news anchor in the a morning show, Marissa Leinart decided to stay home with her two children and candidly admits she often dreamt of the big, yellow school bus visiting her front door. Ironically, God had other plans. Like Abraham’s wife Sarah, Marissa laughed and thought she was hearing voices when God called her to what would absolutely, positively, surely NOT have been an option… homeschool. Now, Marissa says it’s her greatest lifetime achievement and beyond the 2 Emmys she won as a TV broadcaster.

Marissa’s recent role has been more of an encourager to her children, Will and Linzey, both of home are reaping the benefits of being homeschooled by their parents.

Marissa wants to share with parents how she used non-traditional homeschool education methods, including online learning, blended learning, enrichment programs, homeschooling, and early college to educate her two children successfully.

Marissa has been a workshop speaker at several Great Homeschool Conventions in the U.S. on “How To Homeschool for Free!” She was also the audiobook narrator for award winning Apologia Curriculum. You may have heard her narrating these books: Chemistry, Marine Biology I, Marine Biology II, Who Is God, Who Is My Neighbor and Who Am I.

Marissa started to connect, serve and lead homeschool families in the U.S. and the Philippines to a stress free and debt free journey to homeschool success.

For more information on speakers: Breakout Session Speakers

Philippine Homeschool Conference 2017 Program

9:00-9:30 National anthem, Welcome remarks, Introduction of speaker

9:30-10:15 Keynote 1 

10:15-10:20 Intermission 

10:20-11:05 Keynote 2 

11:05-11:20 Intermission 

11:20-12:05 Keynote 3 

12:05-12:10 Wrap up morning session 

12:10-2:10pm Lunch, Expo

2:10-2:15pm Intermission

2:15-2:45pm Plenary: Guest Speaker 

2:45-3:00pm Mobilize for breakout sessions 

3:00-4:00pm Workshops 

We Want to Homeschool! Now What? 

The Juggling Act: Home Management for Teacher Moms 

What I Learned From My Rookie Homeschool Year 

Raising Financial Literate Kids

Narration 101 

No Fear! Homeschooling Through High School 

The Treston Way: Excellent and Ethical Education in a Caring Community 

4:00-4:10 Mobilize for Breakout 2 

4:10-5:10 Workshops 

Homeschool for Free 

The Working Homeschool Mom Multi-purpose Hall

7 Tips for Teaching Multiple Age Students Without Losing Your Mind 

Technology in Your Homeschool 

Carving Out Me-Time for Busy Homeschooling 

That Thing Called ‘Gap Year’

The Treston Way: Excellent and Ethical Education in a Caring Community

5:10-5:30 Mobilize for closing remarks 

5:30-5:40 Intermission

5:40-6:00pm HAPI News, Raffle, Closing remarks, Multi-purpose hall
Kids’ Activities

There will be various activities for children of all ages should you want to bring your children along. These activities will all take place in the classrooms in the second floor of Treston International College. Please make sure, however, that they are with a trusted adult at all times. HAPI and Educating for Life will not be liable for any untoward incident that may happen to your child during the event.


PARKOUR by NINJA ACADEMY (Hourly classes from 9am to 5pm)





PLAY AREA by TOPMnl (9am-5pm)


ACTIVITIES by CRAFTED CRAFTS (9am-10am, 11am-12pm, 2pm-3pm, 4pm-5pm)

Create a Critter with Jean Castillo of Jinstitches – Have fun with yarns and turn them into critters you can love.
Jewellery-making with Genaline Gaspar of Craft Works – Learn the basics of making earrings and bracelets, with short lecture on how to choose the right materials and tools for your projects.

Crochet Along with The Happy WAHM of Crafted Crafts – Learn crochet basics, and complete a simple project you can wear. Handouts will be provided.


FEES – There will be a flat fee of P500 per child to allow access to all the activities in the Activity Area, not including Crafted Craft activities.

Crafted Craft fee is as follows:

Choice of 1 – P300 per child

Choice of 2 – P500 per child

Guardian fee for the Activity Area is P50.

Sponsors and exhibitors


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