The Vivant Group, represented by AVP-Industry and Regulatory Affairs Joseph Lua (left, back) and VP-Business Development and Industry Relations Michael Velasco (right, back), turning over printing equipment and paper to the Mancatian Elementary School in Pampanga.

    Vivant supports distance learning in La Union, Pampanga

    Distance learning has given a totally new aspect to the saying, it takes a village to raise a child, now it takes that much resources to educate a child.

    “We worry about not being able to print modules on time,” said Normita Manalac, principal at Mancatian Elementary School in Porac, Pampanga.

    Her counterparts in Payocpoc Sur and Calumbaya Elementary Schools in Bauang, La Union expressed the same concern.

    Realizing the need of the public schools under the distance learning program, the Vivant Group donated printers and photocopying machines, bond paper and ink toners. A simple turnover was held separately in the three schools in September and in October.

    “At Vivant Foundation, we consider as priority the uplifting the public education system in the country. Our programs are focused on improving STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) but when we learned of the challenges that teachers and parents have had to face under distance learning, we had to pitch in to help our communities adapt to the changes brought by the pandemic,” said Vivant Foundation Executive Director Shem Jose W. Garcia.

    Hipona said that with Vivant’s donation of a multi-function printing machine, bond paper and ink allows the school to allot its MOOE on other essential expenses.

    Calumbaya Elementary School has 571 enrolles as of October, Payocpoc Sur has 420, while Mancatian ES has a student population of 742.That’s a total of 1,733 students who are able to receive their modules on time and get the education they need and deserve.

    Dog Agility Park opens at The Podium

    Pet owners and their furry friends can now enjoy the outdoors in the heart of Ortigas Center at The Podium’s recently opened Paw Park located at the mall’s Roof Deck Garden on the sixth level.

    Mandaluyong City Councilor Charisse Abalos-Vargas together with SM AVP for Operations Christian Mathay, Barangay Wack-Wack Greenhills Chairman Margarita Tan-Climaco, and Father Bong Lo, led the opening ceremony with a blessing and ribbon-cutting.

    Fur babies can now stay mentally and physically active with Paw Park training equipment such as the Hoop Jump, Tube Tunnel, A-Frame Ramp, Adjustable Dog Hurdle, Weave Poles, and Pause Table. It has a maximum capacity of 15 dogs and 15 people at a time to practice social distancing.

    The Paw Park is open from 10:00AM to 6:00PM daily. The Podium ensures everyone’s safety as pet owners need to present their dog’s latest vaccination records upon registration. The park’s etiquette and safety rules are posted at the entrance for reference.

    Fur-parents may register online at and claim the physical Pet Passes at The Podium Administration Office.

    The Podium Paw Park is one of the mall’s initiatives to give mallgoers and their pets a safe space to play, run around, and have fun amidst the pandemic.

    REX donates learning materials to Catanduanes schools

    Catanduanes officials receiving the donation from REX Bookstore.

     REX Bookstore went recently to Catanduanes to donate learning materials to two schools in the province, which is among the most badly hit by Typhoons “Rolly” and “Ulysses.”

    The donation was REX Bookstore’s answer to the call of the Department of Education (DepEd) under its flagship “Sulong Edukalidad” program that sought greater stakeholder support.

    The four truckloads of learning materials that cover Math, Science, Filipino and Araling Panlipunan, all evaluated and certified by the DepEd’s Bureau of Curriculum Development and worth more than P8 million, went straight to the schools—the Virac Pilot Elementary School and the Catanduanes National High School.

    The learning materials come with a “HOMES” (Home-based Opportunity for Mentoring Every Student) Guide, a learning companion that covers Most Essential Learning Competencies (MELCs) from DepEd and customizes user experience for parents, students, and teachers, and is available for Grades 1 to 12 and also Senior High School (SHS) core and SHS-applied subjects.

    This donation drive by REX is part of its “Edukampyon” initiative that calls for everyone—teachers, students, school administrators, parents, guardians, and partners—to ensure that every learner is healthy, safe, engaged, supported, challenged and values-oriented.