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Unlocking the Secrets to Singapore Math

>> Monday, May 24, 2010

Singapore has been consistent in their top ten ranking at TIMSS (Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study). Their students have mastered a technique which allows them to visualize equations, thus helping them understand Math concepts better and more efficiently. Schools around the world are now implementing this technique, including some of the top schools in the Philippines.

The Galileo Enrichment Learning Program is bringing you a two-day workshop for parents and their grade school children (grades 2 to 5) on Singapore Math entitled, “Unlocking the Secrets to Singapore Math.” This workshop aims to educate the participants with solving strategies used by the Singaporeans.

The workshop will be held on May 28 and 29, from 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM at Powerbooks Greenbelt 4, Makati City. It will be conducted by a mother-and-son tandem, Dr. Queena Lee-Chua and Scott Chua who are both advocates of the Singapore Math. Scott’s school has adopted the technique for years and Scott is a testimony that Singapore Math has helped him understand Math better.

For inquiries and registration, please call the Head Office at 898.1234 or email us at info@galileoenrichment.com. Look for Ms. Novee Bona.

Reminder: Please book your seats early as seating capacity is limited only to 25 students! The faciliators would like to have enough time to address all inquiries. For reservation, please accomplish the Registration Form (click link) and send via fax to 890.2509 or email to info@galileoenrichment.com.





“Unlocking the Secrets to Singapore Math”

A 2-day workshop for students and parents to learn Singapore Math

2/F Powerbooks Greenbelt 4

2nd Level, Greenbelt 4 Bldg.

Ayala Center, Makati City

May 28, 2010


9:00am - 11:30am

May 29, 2010


9:00am – 11:30am

To be attended by

Grades 4 & 5 students only

To be attended by

Grades 2 & 3 students

with their parents/guardians*

*Only 1 parent/guardian to 1 student

Php 980 per student

Php 1,500 per pair

(parent and student)


Dr. Queena Lee-Chua and her son Scott are one of the most famous mother-son tandems in the world of education. They have been giving talks in various school events, primarily on the subject of Mathematics. Complex mathematical problems can be solved with simple math logic and their aim is to share this knowledge with their audience.

Dr. Queena Lee-Chua is one of the leading minds in education. A mathematician, writer, and lecturer of Mathematics, Psychology and English at the Ateneo de Manila University, her love for her craft has earned her awards and respect in the field of education. She is a mentor to all her students, garnering her the 2003 Metrobank Outstanding Teacher Award in the Tertiary Level. Her other awards include the Ten Outstanding Young Filipinos in 1997 and one of the Outstanding Young Scientists in 2002. She also won the first prize in the Essay category at the Don Carlos Palanca Awards for Literature.

Her son, Scott Lee Chua is an incoming sixth grader at Xavier School. Having been tutored by his parents at age 1, Scott has won numerous math contests because of his excellence in the subject. He is not only a mathematician like his mother, but also an artist and a writer. He has co-written articles with his mother and a poem for the Filipinos. He is currently working on three travel books for the series “Top 10 Travel Destinations: For Kids and Kids at Heart.” These books, about his visits to Malaysia, New Zealand and Japan, will be out later this year.


An Open Letter to Noynoy from F. Sionil Jose

>> Sunday, May 23, 2010

Dear Noynoy,

You are now swamped with suggestions and advice, but just the same, I hope you’ll have time to read what this octogenarian has to say.

You were not my choice in the last election but since our people have spoken, we must now support you and pray that you prevail. But first, I must remind you of the stern reality that your drumbeaters ignore: you have no noble legacy from your forbears. It is now your arduous job to create one yourself in the six years that you will be the single most powerful Filipino. Six years is too short a time — the experience in our part of the world is that it takes at least one generation — 25 years — for a sick nation to recover and prosper. But you can begin that happy process of healing.

Bear in mind that the past weighs heavily on all of us because of the many contradictions in it that we have not resolved, whose resolutions would strengthen us as a nation. This past is now your burden, too. Let us start with the fact that your grandfather collaborated with the Japanese. Your father was deeply aware of this, its stigma, its possibilities. He did not leave any legacy because he did not become president. He was a brilliant and courageous politician. He was an enterprising journalist; he had friends in journalism who can attest to his effulgent vision, who did not profit from his friendship, among them Nestor Mata, Gregorio Brillantes — you may consult them. I cannot say I did not profit — he bought many books from my shop and when he was in Marcos’s prison, your mother brought books from my shop to him.

Forgive me for giving you this unsolicited advice. First, beware of hubris; you are surrounded by panderers who will tell you what is nice to hear. You need to be humble always and heed your conscience. When Caesar was paraded in ancient Rome before the cheering multitudes, there was always a man chanting behind him: “Remember, you are mortal.”

I say to you, remember, the poor — some of them in your own hacienda — will be your ultimate judge.

From your comfortable and privileged cocoon, you know so little of our country and people. Seek the help of the best — and the best do not normally want to work in government and neither will they approach you. You have to seek them.

Be the revolutionary your father wanted to be and don’t be scared or wary of the word “revolution.” It need not be always bloody. EDSA I was not. Your father wanted to destroy the most formidable obstacle to our progress — the Oligarchy to which you and your family belong. To succeed, you have to betray your class. If you cannot smash the oligarchy, at least strive to have their wealth develop this country, that they bring back the billions they stashed abroad. You cannot do this in six years, but you can begin.

Prosecute the crooks. It is difficult, thankless and even dangerous to do this. Your mother did not do it — she did not jail Imelda who was the partner in that conjugal dictatorship that plundered this nation. Watch her children — they were much too young to have participated in that looting but they are heirs to the billions which their parents stashed abroad. Now the Marcoses are on the high road to power, gloating, snickering at our credulity and despicable amnesia.

You know the biggest crooks in and out of government, those powerful smugglers, thieves, tax cheats — all you really need is guts to clobber them. Your father had lots of it — I hope he passed on to you most of it.

And most of all, now that you have the muscle to do it, go after your father’s killers. Blood and duty compel you to do so. Cory was only his wife — you are the anointed and only son. Your regime will be measured by how you resolve this most blatant crime that robbed us of a true leader.

And, finally, your mother. We loved her — she united us in ousting an abominable dictator. But she, too, did not leave a shining legacy for her presidency was a disaster. She announced a revolutionary government but did nothing revolutionary. She promised land reform but did not do it. And most grievous of all — she transformed the EDSA I revolution into a restoration of the oligarchy.

She became president only because her husband was murdered and you became president elect only because your mother died. Still, you are your father’s son and may you now — for the good of this country and people — scale the heights he and your mother never reached.

I am 85 and how I despair over how three generations of our leaders failed! Before I go, please let me see this unhappy country begin to be a much better place than the garbage dump our leaders and people have made it. You can be this long awaited messiah but only if you are brave enough and wise enough to redeem your father’s aborted promise.

Hopefully yours,

F. Sionil Jose

Via Philippine Star (http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?articleId=577469&publicationSubCategoryId=86)

F. Sionil Jose knows what to say and he's right all the darn time.


School is Cool with Hello Kitty

>> Wednesday, May 19, 2010

To welcome the school year, Galileo teams up with Sanrio with a two-weekend event entitled “School is Cool with Hello Kitty.” Galileo will be touring different SM malls for exciting activities for parents and their children.

See you all at the following dates:
May 21 at the SM Megamall, Event Area
May 22 and 23 at the SM Mall of Asia, Main Mall Atrium
May 29 and 30 at SM The Block.

Mall Hours - Lobby Selling
1-5 pm - Face Painting and Sand Art
2-2:30 pm - Galileo Enrichment Learning Program Activity for parents and children on Preparing for Back to School* (*limited slots and pre-registration is required)
3-3:30pm - Meet and Greet/ Photo Op with Hello Kitty
4:30-5pm Breadtalk presents "Creative Ideas for School Snacks"
5:30-6pm - Meet and Greet/ Photo Op with Hello Kitty



>> Sunday, May 16, 2010

Hello, I just came from Sagada.

Our view from St. Joseph's Resthouse

Bomod-ok Falls

Sumaging Cave

Posting this panoramic shot without resizing it. Don't care if it ruins my layout. I want you all to see how beautiful the Philippines is.

My photos are at my Multiply. And yes, I survived and returned in one piece!


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