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How to Keep School Kids Healthy

Is your child experiencing too many sick days lately? Most of the time, kids are exposed to various germs and viruses when they are at school. Their immune system is tested to its limits. So as a parent or guardian, what can you do to help your child stay healthy and sick free? Reminding your child all the time of the following health basics can get him a long way:

• Frequent and proper hand washing

Tell your child to wash his hands with soap before and after eating, after using the toilet, after playing and after blowing his nose if he has colds. When he washes his hands frequently, not only does he protect himself from viruses, he also stops the spread of it to others.

• Use hand sanitizer

Give your kid a small bottle of hand sanitizer that he can use when he’s not able to wash his hands. He should keep it handy at all times.

• Covering the mouth when coughing, nose when sneezing

This is another basic thing that your child can do to prevent the spread of viruses. Always give him a pack of tissue or a handkerchief. He can use this to cover his mouth while coughing. As for the tissue, he should throw it in the bin after using and then wash his hands.

• No sharing of water bottles or any personal items

Teach your child the importance of taking care of his health and his personal items. Tell him to resist the urge to share his water bottle, comb, handkerchief or any personal belonging to a classmate.

• Have your child immunized and vaccinated.

Discuss the immunization plan to your child’s paediatrician. It’s good if you can stick to that plan so that your child builds very strong resistance to common diseases. It’s also wise to ask the doctor about the flu vaccine which is given every 6 months.

• Maintain a healthy diet.

Let the whole family eat a balanced and healthy diet of meat, fruits and vegetables. If your child can’t stay away from junk foods, minimize the consumption of those. Also, instruct your child to drink 8 to 10 glasses of water a day to keep him hydrated.

• Pack nutritious food and snacks in the lunch box.

It has always been a challenge especially for moms to pack her child’s lunch box. Make sure that your child still maintains a healthy diet even at school. Scrap the junk food. Pack healthy lunches that don’t have a lot of preservatives or harmful ingredients in it.

• Take vitamins and supplements.

This can also be discussed with your family doctor. There are a lot of vitamins and supplements out there. Make sure that you’re giving the right one for your child’s growth and immune system.

• Have a good night sleep.

Our bodies are able to relax and repair after a day’s work from a good night sleep. Make sure that your child is not distracted before sleep and that he gets 8 to 10 hours a day of quality snooze.

These health tips may not guarantee a hundred percent illness proof but they work. As they say, an ounce of prevention is worth more than a cure. Therefore, always remind your child to look after himself to stay healthy and absent-free from school.

Summer Fun

Temperature’s rising that’s why we know that summer is officially here. By this time, most students either have graduated or have started their summer vacation. Now, the question is, how do you make this year’s summer better than last year? How do you make it more fun and exciting? Well, allow to guide you and help you have the best summer of your life.

Here’s how:

• Save Mother Earth
First and foremost, do your share in creating a sustainable living in our planet. Join Earth Hour this Saturday, March 29. Together with hundreds of millions of people in 152 countries, turn your lights off for an hour between 8:30pm to 9:30pm (local time). This global environmental movement started in Sydney, Australia 2007 to inform everyone and fight the effects of climate change. For more information, go to

• Put some music into your bones.
Aside from Christmas, summer has the most number of concerts and events in the country. The biggest of which is the Pulp Summer Slam, a gathering of all rock and metal band enthusiasts. This year is its 14th year and 7 international heavy metal bands will be performing on April 26 at Amoranto Stadium in Quezon City, Metro Manila. To know more about this longest running annual metal festival, visit

Well, there are also upcoming concerts in line next month. From local artist like Gary Valenciano’s 30th Anniversary concert to international artists like Lionel Ritchie and Jars of Clay. Check out for tickets and more information.

• Enhance yourself. Attend summer workshops and lessons.
From sports to arts, there’s something out there for you to improve yourself. It’s always good to learn something new because it adds up to our wellbeing and boosts our confidence. We’ve always known about the Milo sports clinics, Bert Lozada’s swimming lessons and CCP Ballet summer workshops. Why not take up a painting class, baking class, business writing workshop, or make-up application lessons? There’s so much to choose from! You only have to decide which one suits your lifestyle.

• Travel. Need we say more?
Summer equals the sun, blue skies, sea and sand. It’s all about exploring nature, sights and places you’ve never been before. Travelling enriches you as a person. When you are in a new place, all your 5 senses are on over drive and it recharges you. But before you jump into international shores, why not explore and dive in our own beautiful beaches? Backpacking Pilipinas has rounded off some lesser-known but equally pristine and not so commercialized beaches in our country. Check it out here:

• Enrich your spirituality.
Holy Week is coming soon. Have you prepared for His coming? There are more ways than one to do this. If you have an iPad or a tablet, why not download YouVersion’s Holy Bible and feed your soul with His words? Take this time as well to go on a spiritual retreat. Sometimes, we are caught up with the hustle and bustle of life that we tend to forget to enrich our soul. During holy week, attend the various services and masses that are being held by your local church. You can also do the “Visita Iglesia,” visit 7 or 14 different churches in your area and say the Stations of the Cross. Whatever spiritual activity you undertake, do it with your whole heart and soul. Rest assured that you’d come out revived, ready to take on life’s punches that will come your way.

• Do something for your community.
As they say, it’s always good to share your blessings. Therefore, make this summer more meaningful by joining outreach programs or becoming a volunteer or missionary. There are various organizations out there that have lots of outreach programs ongoing the likes of Philippine Red Cross, World Vision, Gawad Kalinga, Pearl Project, Haribon Foundation, etc. Simply consult Mr. Google and choose which organization is closer to home.

Have you decided which activity to do? Well, doing all of the above will guarantee you a more fun and more exciting summer this 2014.

March 2014 Events and Festivities rounded up some events and festivals around the metro to make the month of March more meaningful and exciting for you.  We’ve got something for the music lovers out there, for the shopaholics and anybody who just wants to have some fun.

Have a look at what’s in-store for you this March:

For all the music lovers out there

Earth Wind & Fire Experience featuring Al McKay

March 4, 2014, 8:00PM at Solaire Resorts & Casino Grand Ballroom, Paranaque City

Move and groove to jazz and R&B music.  For more information, visit this link:

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis World Tour 2014: Live in Manila

March 16, 2014, 8:00PM at Mall of Asia Arena, Pasay City

From the artists who popularized the songs Thrift Shop, Same Love and Can’t Hold Us.  For tickets, please click this link:

The Moonshine Jungle Tour: Bruno Mars Live in Manila 2014

March 22, 2014, 8:00PM at Mall of Asia Arena, Pasay City

The popular singer-songwriter, record producer, actor and choreographer is back in Manila to serenade us all with his top-chart hits.  For more info visit

For those who are into arts & culture

Panagbenga Flower Festival 2014

February 1 to March 3, 2014, Baguio City

Head over to Baguio, the coolest city in the Philippines and excite your senses with the colourful and grand parade.  Visit their website for more info:

Boling Boling Festival 2014

March 2 to 4, 2014, Quezon Province

Join this symbolic event in cleansing oneself for preparation to Lenten season.  Drive to Catanauan, Quezon and witness the colourful and lively parade.  To know more about this festival, check this link:

The 5th Philippine International Pyromusical  Competition

Every Saturday until March 22, 2014, 7:00PM and 8:00PM, Seaside Blvd Mall of Asia, Pasay City

Witness the colourful and spectacular display of fireworks by competing countries.  This event has started last February 15 and will continue until March 22.  For tickets and more info, click here:


Full Gallop, A Play by Mary Louise Wilson and Mark Hampton

March 14 to 23, 2014 at Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza, Makati City

A play about fashion doyenne, Diana Vreeland.  If you miss watching Ms. Cherie Gil perform on stage.  This is your chance.  Gala night is on March 14 and part of the proceeds from this night will go to Virlanie Foundation.  For ticket inquiries, please call (63 2) 215-0788, (63 917) 537-8313 or Ticketworld at (63 2) 891-9999.

For the fashionistas and shopaholics

SuperSale 2014

February 28 to March 2, 2014, 10:00AM to 9:00PM at World Trade Center, Pasay City

Fill your shopping bags with up to 90% discount on fashion finds.  This bazaar allows you to see and splurge on budding and young designers creations.  Head over to to know more.

SM Southmall Big Sale

February 28 to March 2, 2014, 10:00AM to 10:00PM, SM Southmall

Enjoy 3 days of great deals on fashion, food, gadgets and home furniture.

Elements at Centris Grand Bazaar

March 22 to 23, 2014, 11:00AM to 9:00PM, Edsa corner Quezon Avenue, Quezon City

The longest running bazaar in Quezon City.  Treat yourself to fabulous finds and good food at affordable prices.  For the schedule, please visit this link: