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  • Smart Parenting Convention 2017: Meet Our Experts!

    We've got expert talks for every stage of the parenting journey!
    by Jillianne E. Castillo .
Smart Parenting Convention 2017: Meet Our Experts!
  • Despite the fact that you can find anything on the Internet these days, Smart Parenting moms (and dads!) still flock to the website and its events, ready to listen, learn, and ask questions. And each time we conclude one workshop, we get messages asking when is the next one. 

    So, this year we've decided to supersize our baby showers and workshops into one big event: the first Smart Parenting Convention, happening on July 29, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the SM Megamall Megatrade Hall 2. We've invited experts to hold talks for every stage of the parenting journey -- from pregnancy, baby care to family life. Some of the the talks will happen simultaneously so be sure to pick which one you want to attend to make the most of the afternoon! The breakout rooms for each session will be in the Megatrade Hall office (ushers will be present to guide you).

    After presenting your ticket, make sure you get "stamped" so you can register for the talks. After registration, you will receive a "passport" to gain entry to the breakout rooms. Register early because the seats are limited. Each registered attendee for the talks gets a fab loot bag. 

    Here's the schedule:  

    Block A


    Prepping for D-Day and Birthing Methods + Lamaze Session
    Doula Chiqui Brosas
    1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

    Doula Chiqui Brosas-Hahn is considered as the pioneer in childbirth classes in Manila. An in-demand childbirth educator and doula, Chiqui conducts classes all year round. From mom-of-two Trina Relampagos' experience, “We had a great experience in Chiqui's class, and we used everything we learned -- from the day we finished our class, on to the Lamaze delivery room, when I gave birth to our first child, and all the way to our second child.

    Debunking Pregnancy Myths

    Dr. Aurora Tajan
    2:30 – 3:00 p.m.

    Is it true that pregnant women are eating for two? Let a doctor set things straight. Dr. Aurora B. Tajan is an obstetrician-gynecologist at St. Luke's Medical Center and Dr. Jesus Delgado Memorial Hospital. She is also an assistant professor at St. Luke's College of Medicine. 


    Basic Newborn Care
    Doula Chiqui Brosas
    3:30 – 4:00 p.m.

    Doula Chiqui will conduct this talk as well. Chiqui was trained in the U.S. and has been in practice for 25 years. An in-demand childbirth educator, she has conducted over 500 birthing classes.

    Baby Sign Language
    Sharon Agoncillo-Galang
    4:30 – 5:00 p.m.

    Sharon Agoncillo-Galang is an Independent Certified Instructor of the Baby Signs Program and the managing director of Baby Signs Philippines. With over 21 years of hands-on experience in Early Education, she helps parents discover the joy of communicating with babies before they can talk. 

    Caring for Baby's Skin
    Kelly Misa-Fernandez, Nicole Hernandez-De Los Angeles, Patty Laurel-Filart
    3:30 – 4:00 p.m. 

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    All three have guested in our previous workshops as Belo Baby ambassadors. For the convention, the three will discuss baby skin care.   

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    Block B


    Taming Tantrums
    Michelle Tambunting
    1:30 – 2:00 p.m.

    Michelle Lichauco-Tambunting co-founded the Young Creative Minds Preschool in 1999 where she continues to serve as its directress. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Wellesley College in Massachusetts, U.S., and her master’s degree in education from Harvard University.

    Demystifying Dengue: What You Need to Know About Dengue
    Dr. Carmina Delos Reyes
    2:00 – 2:30 p.m. 

    Dr. Carmina Delos Reyes
    is a pediatrician and infectious disease specialist who holds clinic at the Philippine General Hospital. She is a fellow of the Philippine Pediatric Society. At a past Smart Parenting event, she gave this important fever advise, “The height of a child's fever is not always the best indicator of whether or not the child needs to be evaluated. Ang mas importante is to observe for warning signals.”

    Raising Kids in the Digital Age

    Michelle Tambunting
    2:30 – 3:00 p.m.

    “We're living in a world where the digital age is here. It's a reality. It's a tool that's necessary. But, let gadgets and screens be your last defense. Teach kids that there are other things they can play with.” -- Michelle Tambunting


    Improving Financial Literacy of the Family
    Aya Laraya
    3:30 – 4:00 p.m. 

    Aya Laraya is a licensed stock broker, registered financial planner and founder of Pesos and Sense, an educational company that covers a wide range of personal finance and investment topics. According to Laraya, “Investing is a choice. It's a choice between something good that’s right here and right now (like gifts and family vacations) versus the mere potential of something better (investments that can grow our money). No investment is really 100 percent guaranteed. There's no such thing. Kaya nga nakakatakot.”

    Secure your Financial Future with Insular Life
    Cristine Tan
    4:00 – 4:30 p.m. 

    Cristine Tan is a marketing graduate of St. Paul College. 19 years ago, she joined Insular Life and has remained to be its core producer in the forefront of ensuring better lives for the Filipino families. She is a consistent Million Dollar Qualifier, an international organization comprising of the top 4 percent in the financial advisory practitioners. 

    Cyber Safety
    Clarissa Mariano-Ligon
    4:30 – 5:00 p.m. 

    Clarissa Carmelita Mariano-Ligon is a full-time faculty member of the College of Education at Miriam College. She is also a content editor for FNB Publishing Incorporated, a professor at Colegio De San Lorenzo, and a consultant of a Montessori School. At present, she is writing her dissertation on children in conflict with the law as she pursues her Doctorate Degree in Family Studies in Miriam College.

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    Don't forget, we've also lined up over 70 merchants so you can shop for products that are best for you and your children. See you there!

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