It was around four years ago when our daughter, Janina, realized how much she enjoyed performing on stage. Since then, every summer was spent on musical theater workshops and voice lessons. She was serious about developing her talent and building her confidence in front of people. So when Janina auditioned for Sound of Music, I knew it meant the world for her to get the part. We are grateful to God for giving her this opportunity. Hopefully, this is only the start. 🙂

Having said that, it is with great pleasure that I invite you to watch her. Here are her playdates:

  • October 16, Sunday 3pm
  • October 19, Wednesday 8pm
  • October 29, Saturday 3pm
  • October 30, Sunday 3pm
  • November 2, Wednesday 8pm
  • November 5, Saturday 8pm
  • November 9, Wednesday 8pm
  • November 18, Friday 8pm
  • November 19, Saturday 3pm
  • November 23, Wednesday 8pm
  • November 26, Saturday 8pm
  • December 2, Friday 8pm
  • December 3, Saturday 3pm
  • December 8, Thursday 8pm
  • December 10, Saturday 8pm

Tickets are available at Ticket World outlets or call 8919999. Please take note that they offer 20% discount to senior citizens and 10% discount to students. Bring your I.D. when you buy.

Hope you can watch!


Ryan was so excited to discover 4 new sea monkeys in his mini aquarium when Joaquin accidentally knocked the whole thing over!

As Ryan was crying, I told Joaquin to apologize to his kuya and kidded him that he had to give him money to buy new ones. Joaquin apologized and quickly disappeared.

The next thing I saw was Joaquin giving his whole piggy bank to Ryan.


Joaquin Bible BearerI stood with Joaquin at the back of the wedding venue, waiting with him for his turn to walk down the aisle. Nervously I wondered if he would do exactly as we rehearsed. I didn’t want to end up having to walk down with him. I instructed two of our friends to take his photos and video because this was a special moment for us, if he did walk. The boy before him didn’t want to go, so he had to be carried by his dad. This made me more anxious. Joaquin might follow his example, oh no. When finally he was given the signal, I just told him softly “Okay Joaquin, you may now walk.” And off he went. The first few steps were unsure, with him looking back at me as if asking for assurance that he was doing ok. I gave him a nod and a big smile and motioned for him to keep walking. I watched him move farther and farther from me and closer and closer to the finish line. Whew! Mission accomplished!

It was Joaquin’s first time to be a Bible Bearer in a wedding and he had no idea how to be one. I knew it would take preparation to make him fulfill his role successfully. I looked for videos of ring bearers on YouTube and made him watch them. We practiced many times at home and I would give him a treat everytime he did it properly. I promised him that he would get gummy bears as soon as he’s done walking down the aisle.

Preparation is key to a lot of our children’s successes. There are a lot of daily situations that are made easier and less stressful with some preparation. An example is whenever we go to a party, we prep our children in the car that there will be a lot of people who would know them and that they need to greet each one politely.  Or whenever we are in a play place, and we know it’s never easy for them to leave, we tell them ten minutes before it’s time to go that they only have ten minutes left and when we say it’s time to go, we expect them to obey right away.

Preparing our kids for the things they need to do sets them up for success. Let’s take the extra effort.


As I write this blog, I am listening to Janina practice “The Climb” on the guitar. She started her lessons today. A few years ago, she took piano lessons. I always enjoy it when I’m doing my stuff at home and at the background is one of my kids practicing on the piano or guitar. Paolo and I have always wanted our children to learn to play the piano or the guitar or whatever musical instrument that our children will take a liking to.   I remember reading about it years ago that learning to play a musical instrument engages both hemispheres of the brain. Playing an instrument involves art and math. It involves emotion and logic. It develops both the left and right side of the brain.  Playing a musical instrument also boosts your child’s memory.

Playing the piano improves fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination in children. It helps improve their concentration. It teaches them discipline and encourages them to persevere and stay at a task. It also boosts their self-esteem and confidence when they know they have considerably mastered an instrument and can play before an audience. Daily music practice will also give them something to fight idleness.

Not all kids will show interest in learning a musical instrument, and you should never force your child, but if your child seems to want to try it, then let him.  Music lessons can be costly but if you look hard enough, I’m sure you can find something that will fit your budget. And there are always free lessons on YouTube.

Our children may never become  concert pianists or go professional but we want them to reap  the benfits of music lessons that go beyond classroom education. Plus it always refreshes our souls whenever we hear our children play their music.

Psalm 150:3–4 (NKJV)

3 Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet; Praise Him with the lute and harp!4 Praise Him with the timbrel and dance; Praise Him with stringed instruments and flutes!