More Globally Competitive Philippines

I will start this article by sharing some key questions and take-aways from the Scholastic Readers Cup 2015, that I attended last August 12:

  • How can we help our kids become innovators?
  • Can I apply my skills? Beyond the classroom?
  • Previously it’s just about knowledge – now it’s about skills!
  • The future belongs to those who excel at problem solving.
  • It’s the outcome that is important!
  • Promote success!
  • If you don’t know where you are, how will you go to where you want to go?


“Students who are not prepared have diminishing life’s chances. Filipinos are not competing with fellow Filipinos; they are competing with the world.”


“The future belongs to those who excel at problem solving. Countries with large numbers of students who struggle to master basic reading skills at age 15 are likely to be held back in the future.”


“Modern societies reward individuals not for what they know, but for what they can do with what they know.” 11896967_10154070096630130_773489334_n

“You can’t improve what you can’t measure.”


With the emergence of the internet, accessing books and reading is now much easier. Having access to an eLibrary with over 650 fiction and nonfiction ebooks, you can read anywhere and everywhere! If you’re an avid traveller, you can now save yourself from carrying of 3 to 5 books to be read while waiting at the airport. If your kid is one of those kids with bags full of heavy books that are heavier than they are, now all he needs is a lightweight, convenient iPad.

“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one.”


We would like to encourage our children to become very good readers. Thankfully, Scholastic – the world’s largest publisher and distributor of over 600 original titles every year, have developed two literacy programs which utilizes the advantages and benefits of the internet. These are Literacy Pro and Literacy Pro Library.

“Scholastic Literacy Pro is an online monitoring program which provides teachers with accurate and timely reports on their students’ progress and performance, giving them research-based insights to make informed teaching and learning decisions. It promotes the student’s growth in reading by developing an individualized reading plan, with corresponding teacher reports.”

The Scholastic Literacy Pro Library” is an ebook library which gives readers of different proficiency levels unlimited access to more than 650 fiction and nonfiction ebooks. With a guarantee of 150 new titles every three months. A word-by-word read aloud feature helps younger readers master pronunciation while promoting listening comprehension. A glossary feature instantly links readers to the definition of difficult words. There is also an audio recorder which lets students practice fluency and a note pad which promotes writing skills.”


They are also the publisher of our favorite Harry Potter books!

Last August 12, the Scholastic’s Reader Cup awarded and recognized the heroes of education.


In this photo: The stage was set for Scholastic’s Readers Cup 2015

“Our teachers, librarians, principals and school administrators are doing a fine job at helping us raise a nation of readers, and we should all be grateful to them.” — by Fritzie Salem-Cruz, GM of Scholastic in the Philippines


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“The Scholastic Readers Cup is just one way of giving recognition to these noble educators. They are the real heroes in our quest for a more globally competitive Philippines.” — by Fritzie Salem-Cruz, GM of Scholastic in the Philippines


“Scholastic is the world’s largest publisher and distributor of over 600 original titles annually. Founded in 1920 as a single classroom magazine, Scholastic has since grown into global organization serving tens of thousands of schools and tens of millions of homes in 165 countries, in 45 languages through its publishing and education arms.” — from Scholastic Press Kit


In this photo: Frank Wong, President of Scholastic Asia


In this photo: Ryan Cayabyab singers performing during the Scholastic Readers Cup

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In these photos: Christian Bautista in the house


In this photo: Dr. Duriya Aziz talking about why we should care about global best practices and how the demand for skills has changed.


In this photo: With our model mompreneur Janice Villanueva, Tina Rodriquez of Truly Rich Mom, myself and Monica Eleazar-Manzano of My Little Globe Trotter


In this photo: The movers of Scholastic Asia

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