The Philippine Homeschool Conference 2016: A Gathering for Homeschoolers in All Stages

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A vision “to see home education recognised as an available and respected form of education, shaping leaders and movers who will build our nation.” A mission to “equip organisations and homeschooling groups in growing the national movement and thus build the nation through homeschooling.” Such is the “heart and soul” of the Homeschool Association of the Philippine Islands, or HAPI for short.

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Since its launch in 2010, HAPI has strived to help newbie and veteran homeschoolers all over the Philippines. It provides them with the support they need in their respective journeys.

One of the ways HAPI encourages and supports homeschoolers is via the annual Philippine Homeschool Conference. It is an annual gathering packed with information and inspiration for people who want to learn more about homeschooling, are just getting started, or need “tools” to improve their homeschooling experience. The conference – by way of its exclusive Expo – is also a venue where homeschoolers can browse through and purchase materials, plus get to know more about services and programs that may aid them in their homeschooling.

The Philippine Homeschool Conference: The go-to gathering for homeschoolers in the Philippines

The Philippine Homeschool Conference (PHC) has become the annual “must- attend event” of homeschoolers in the Philippines. Parents who have attended previous conferences will agree that it is something worth going to.

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Take copywriter and homeschooling mom Ivy Guerrero, for example. She shares,

My husband and I were first-timers at the 2015 Philippine Homeschool Conference. We learned a lot from it! We went home affirmed that we made the right decision to homeschool our five-year-old son. I look forward to this year’s conference as I’m sure there will be more to learn and discover, and I’m also excited to see so many homeschooling families gathered in one place!

Lani Venturina-Chavez, project manager and homeschooling mom of two, says her PHC experience was special too.

My husband and I were blessed to be refueled with passion and reason to get ready for the world through homeschooling during last year’s conference.

Because of the talks, workshops/breakout sessions and Expo set up specifically for homeschoolers, distance is not a hindrance for parents who want to attend the PHC.

My husband and I were first-timers in attending the PHC last year, and I am happy he came along. We are from North Luzon and drove all the way just to attend the conference,

shares business owner Princes Sambat.

Now he has a better understanding on how homeschooling goes. We have seen how many families in the country are into it. We learned a lot and were inspired by other homeschoolers to also give the best we can to our two kids. I love the talks about parenting, and the financial advice and inspiration from the speakers, and my husband even jotted down notes. We are excited to attend again this year!

The PHC 2016: Better and Bigger than Ever

This year, HAPI, in cooperation with Philam Life, is setting up the PHC to be even bigger and better than before. Set to take place from 7 a.m. (open for registration) to 6 p.m. on October 22, 2016 at the SMX Convention Center, SMX Aura Premier in Taguig City, the PHC 2016 bears the theme “From Roots to Wings: Homeschooling through the Stages”.

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Hoping to meet the needs and address the concerns of homeschooling families at different stages – from learning more about homeschooling, getting started, and staying the course perhaps even up to the end of high school – the theme was inspired by the following lines of this poem:

If I could give you just two things: One would be Roots, the other, Wings. Roots, not to tie you to the ground, but to guide you to where your fulfillment is found. The nourishing start, the firm foundation, the source of your inner determination. Wings to soar over obstacles, wings to fly free, wings to glide to the heights of the best you can be.

Bearing the theme in mind, the PHC 2016’s line-up of speakers includes international and local speakers who are passionate homeschooling advocates, and are also experienced homeschoolers.

The PHC 2016 Expo is also sure to delight any homeschooler with its offerings of products and services that can help them provide their kids with a rich learning experience.

PHC 2016 Keynote Speakers and Topics

Four keynote speakers who are well known in the local and international homeschooling scene will inspire participants to provide their children with “roots,” build their foundation, and give them “wings” so they can soar to greater heights.

Deonna Tanchi and her daughter Joy Tanchi-Mendoza will be speaking as a tandem on “Building a Firm Foundation” – something that is crucial to every homeschooling family. Deonna, along with her husband Peter Tanchi, is one of the pioneers of the Philippine homeschooling movement. She homeschooled Joy and her other children at a time when homeschooling had never been heard of among Filipinos. Now, Joy and her husband Edric are also homeschooling their five kids with Homeschool Global, and are passionate homeschooling advocates as well. Joy also inspires homeschooling and non-homeschooling parents alike via her blog www.teachwithjoy.com.

U.S.-based speaker Andrew Pudewa‘s topic on “Motivation: The Art and Science of Helping Children Learn Well,” will surely be beneficial to homeschoolers in all stages. Andrew is the director of the Institute for Excellence in Writing (www.iew.com), and is a highly sought-after international speaker who specializes in issues related to teaching, writing, thinking, spelling, and music.

“Wings to Soar: Leaving a Legacy for Our Children” to be given by Bo Sanchez (www.bosanchez.ph) is set to encourage all homeschoolers to remember the “whys” behind homeschooling – and help children soar to greater heights. Bo is a bestselling author, international speaker, and entrepreneur. He also founded the Light of Jesus Family and Catholic Filipino Academy, a homeschool provider accredited by the Department of Education.

PHC 2016 Breakout Sessions

phc-2015-participantNew and experienced homeschoolers alike will definitely find something “fit” for their unique homeschooling situation in the practical breakout sessions lined up for the conference.

The sessions will cover topics like the ins and outs of homeschooling in the Philippines, laying the foundation in preschool, homeschooling the high school years, and transitioning to and from brick-and-mortar schools, among others.

PHC 2016 Fees

For inspiring keynote talks by well-known homeschooling personalities, information-packed breakout sessions, and access to the PHC 2016 Expo filled with vendors servicing the homeschooling community, the conference fee of P1,000 per head is definitely a steal.

For participants who wish to attend as a homeschooling co-op, support group, or any other kind of group, there is also a group rate of P4500 per group of 5 persons. For those who will be visiting only the PHC 2016 Expo, the entrance fee to the Expo area is P50 per head.

Participants who wish to bring their children can do so but need to take note of the following:

  • Children 3 years old and below who will be joining their parents in the keynote talks and breakout sessions get in free but with lap seating privileges only.
  • Children 4 years old and above who will be joining their parents all throughout the talks and sessions pay P1000 per head.
  • Parents can also opt to have their children join the Children’s Activities in the PHC 2016 Expo area for a fee per activity.

The deadline for online registration payments for the PHC 2016 is October 15, 2016 after which the registration fee on the day will be P1,200 per head. To register and/or learn more about the PHC 2016 registration process, participants may log on to www.educatingforlife.co for complete details.

PHC 2016 Kids’ Activities*

PHC 2016 participants who will be bringing their children can have them join the activities in the Expo area:

  • Toddlers’ Area – SMILE Group will provide a toddlers’ area for kids ages 1-3 years old. (Fee is P500 per child for whole-day access to the Toddlers’ Area.)
  • Challenge Island sessions – Older children (5 and up) may also join the Challenge Island sessions by SMILE Group. Schedule to be released soon. Fee is P500 per child.
  • Calligraphy classes – For kids ages 7 and above, these classes will be conducted by homeschooled teens Meg and Maddie Barraca (afternoon class), and Marj Liwag of Little MsPrinter (morning class).

*For safety and security, children need to be under the supervision of a trusted adult companion at all times.

PHC 2016 Conference App

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To help participants navigate through the days’ programme, talks, speakers, expo, and kids’ activities, mobile solutions company Mobile Minds Inc. has created a conference app for HAPI.

Download the app “Philippine Homeschool Conference 2016” from the Apple App Store! It will also soon be available at Google Play Store for Android phones.

PHC 2016 Relevant Raffle Prizes

Exciting raffle prizes await homeschooling families! HAPI has partnered with different homeschool providers who will provide scholarships to selected raffle winners. The partner providers will be announced on the Philippine Homeschool Conference Facebook page in the coming days.

PHC 2016 Inspiring Homeschool Stories Contest

All homeschoolers are invited to join the PHC 2016 “Share Your Inspiring Homeschool Story” contest, which will be launched on Facebook and Instagram. The mechanics are simple:

  1. Post a photo and share your inspiring homeschooling story on your personal Facebook and/or Instagram account. You can share about your child’s success stories – “success” not necessarily in academics but in other aspects too. Make sure your post is set to “Public.”
  2. Include the hashtags #PHC2016 and #fromrootstowingsphc in your post/s. Make sure to tag Philippine Homeschool Conference, Homeschool Association of the Philippine Islands, and Educating for Life on Facebook and/or @educatingforlife on Instagram so your entries can be checked.

Three lucky winners will be given two free passes to the PHC 2016. Follow the Philippine Homeschool Conference 2016 Facebook page for updates on the contest.

Spread the HAPI-ness

With everything HAPI has lined up for the PHC 2016, newbie and veteran homeschoolers alike will definitely not want to miss this biggest homeschooling event ever so they can get the inspiration and knowledge they need to educate their kids. In the words of PHC 2015 attendee Lani Venturina-Chavez,

This year, we are excited to be ‘full tank’ once again!

Follow the following social media accounts to get updates and help spread the word about the PHC 2016:

Philippine Homeschool Conference on Facebook
Philippine Homeschool Conference 2016 Event Page on Facebook
Homeschool Association of the Philippine Islands on Facebook

Or look for the hashtags #PHC2016 and/or #fromrootstowingsphc

For more details of the PHC 2016 registration process, program, speakers’ profiles, and other details, please visit the PHC 2016 event organizer’s website www.educatingforlife.co

ABOUT THE PHC 2016 ORGANIZERS

The Homeschool Association of the Philippine Islands (HAPI), is a non-stock, non- profit organisation that aims to equip homeschooling groups and organisations in growing the national homeschooling movement. HAPI has partnered with Educating For Life (EFL) to mount the Philippine Homeschool Conference 2016. EFL was founded by homeschooling parents to support families who have courageously decided to take the path less taken in educating their children.

For media inquiries, please contact:
Tina Rodriguez
Mobile: +63922-8773587 / +632-6666468
E-mail: tina@educatingforlife.co

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