DepEd Officials Visit Phoenix Publishing House Booth at PBF 2024

PASAY CITY, METRO MANILA—DepEd Undersecretary for Curriculum and Teaching Gina O. Gonong, together with Director of Bureau of Learning Resources (BLR) Atty. Ariz D. Cawilan, recently made a significant visit to Phoenix Publishing House Inc.’s booth during the Grand Opening of the Philippine Book Festival 2024 held on April 24, 2024, at the World Trade Center Manila.

During their visit, the DepEd officials engaged in a brief yet impactful discussion with the executives of Phoenix Group of Companies. This distinguished group included Central Books President and Philippine Educational Publishers’ Association’s Jose Paulo Sibal, Phoenix’s Vice President for Business Clara Sibal, Phoenix Educational Systems Inc.’s President Ernesto Sibal, and AVP for Business Development of Non-Print Reuben Jr. Velarde.

One of the key focuses of the collaboration between DepEd and PGOC is centered around a shared goal of “bridging learning gaps, building learner resilience,” drawing inspiration from DepEd’s MATATAG curriculum campaign. In line with this vision, DepEd has approved six titles from Sibs Publishing House, a sister company of PPHI, reflecting a tangible commitment to enhancing educational resources.

The Philippine Book Festival 2024 is set to run from April 25 to 28, 2024, offering a platform for educators, publishers, and book lovers to engage with a diverse array of literacy and numeracy works and educational materials. This event serves as a valuable opportunity to promote literacy, innovation, and collaboration within the educational landscape.

Phoenix Publishing House and SM Foundation Join Forces to Provide 274,000 Textbooks Worth P15 Million to Public Schools and Libraries Nationwide

PASAY CITY, METRO MANILA – In a significant effort to support education in the Philippines, Phoenix Publishing House and SM Foundation have come together in a groundbreaking partnership. The project, named Pages for Success, aims to benefit students from 60 public schools and 90 libraries across the country.

A formal ceremony titled Pages for Success” marks the donation of 274,000 textbooks valued at P15 million took place on April 12, 2024 at SM Corporate Center in Pasay City, Metro Manila. The event was attended by key figures from both organizations, with Mrs. Maria Pilar Fatima R. Sibal, President of Phoenix Group of Companies (PGOC), and Mrs. Deborah P. Sy, Executive Director of SM Foundation, Inc., present to commemorate the partnership. Also present were PGOC Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Mrs. Maria Alegria Sibal-Limjoco, Senior Vice President for Business Mr. Juan Carlos Sibal, AVP for Business Development of Non-Print Dr. Reuben P. Verlarde, Phoenix’s Finance Manager Mrs. Nelia Z. Pradas and Accounting Manager Ms. Angeline Sinlao, SM Foundation Inc.’s Executive Director for Education Mrs. Carmen Linda Atayde, and SM Comms representative Ms. Joy Guevarra.

This book donation is expected to have a significant impact on educational resources available to students and libraries nationwide. Through this collaboration, Phoenix Publishing House’s #AlagangMahalaga and SM Foundation’s #SpreadingSocialGood demonstrate their shared commitment to enhancing learning opportunities and promoting literacy in the Philippines.

The project represents a forward-thinking initiative that underscores the importance of education and access to quality learning materials. With the combined expertise and resources of both organizations, this partnership is poised to make a meaningful difference in the lives of countless students and communities throughout the country.

DICES Aralinks Playground, Matagumpay!

“Maglaro ng games!” sigaw ng mga mag-aaral nang tanungin kung ano ang gusto nilang gawin sa loob ng silid-aralan. Maaring isipin na ang paglalaro ay hindi angkop na gawain sa loob ng silid-aralan ngunit hindi maitatangging ang mga kabataan ay natututo rin sa paglalaro. Kaya naman, itinatampok ng Phoenix Aralinks, sa pamamagitan ng Phoenix Aralinks Playground, ang mga gawain at larong may malaking naiaambag sa pagkatuto ng mga mag-aaral.

Binisita ng Phoenix Aralinks Playground ang Diocese of Imus Catholic Education System (DICES) – isang sistema ng mga paaralang parokyal na binubuo ng 24 na paaralan. Inanyayahang makiisa sa mga gawain ang mga stakeholders, mga administrador, mga guro, magulang, at mag-aaral upang lubos nilang maintindihan ang gampanin ng teknolohiya sa pagtuturo at pagkatuto. Upang lalo pang mapagtibay ang paggamit ng teknolohiya sa loob ng silid-aralan, ang mga guro ng DICES ay magkakaroon ng training kaugnay ng pagsasakatuparan ng Aralinks Teachnology Program. Dito, tutulungan silang bumuo ng mga gawain, mga pagsasanay at maging mga laro na makatutulong sa kanilang pagtuturo. Napuno ng tuwa at excitement ang lahat ng nakiisa sa Phoenix Aralinks Playground sapagkat kanilang natunghayan kung paanong nakatulong ang teknolohiya sa proseso ng pagtuturo at pagkatuto. Hindi na makapaghintay ang lahat para sa susunod na school year kung kailan ang mga guro sa mga paaralan na kabilang sa DICES ay lalo pang mababahaginan ng mga kaalaman sa paggamit ng teknolohiya sa pagtuturo sa tulong ng Aralinks Teachnology Program. Sa pagtapos ng oras, tinatanong ang mga mag-aaral, “’Di pa kayo natatapos? ‘Di pa kayo nagsasawa?”. Mabilis naman ang naging tugon ng mga bata, “Hindi pa po!”. Bukod sa pagiging interesado sa mga bagong gawain na kanilang natunghayan sa Aralinks Playground, unti-unting nakikita ng mga bata ang kahalagahan ng paggamit ng teknolohiya sa kanilang pag-aaral.

Dr. Ernesto Y. Sibal was one of the few Filipinos in academic publishing who can irrefutably lay claim to these three titles—Patriot, Pioneer and Innovator. A staunch patriot, Dr. Sibal fiercely advocated the vision of designating Filipino-authored books for young Filipino learners. This vision was enabled by the establishment of Alemar’s Bookstore in 1958, and through the foresight and drive of Alegria Rodriguez, who shared in the vision of her husband, she helped galvanize then fledgling Alemar's Bookstore as the place to go for textbooks and school needs, propelling it to become the first established bookstore chain in the country.



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