Who we are
Zeena A. Paсares is Managing Partner at BLC-Manila and Head Teacher for the Blended Learning program. She has over 20 years of experience as an art and writing teacher, and is also a teacher trainer for Art for the DepEd K -12 program. She is an advocate of social-emotional learning (SEL) and integrates self-awareness skills in all her classes. She has practiced different teaching styles and worked with a variety of institutions, including ABS-CBN and Museo Pambata. She is a pioneer in the Blended Learning methodology in the Philippines and is an accredited Alternative Learning Systems instructor. No one teaches Values and Character like T. Zeena—and that's saying something because you can't teach those; they can only be learned. (I'll bet my good, hard-earned writer's money on that, anytime. - Mommy Gina)
John Louie Galang has been with BLC for four years, and handles our Filipino and HEKASI subjects. He graduated Political Science from Arellano University, and got his Education Units at the National Teachers College after co-founding Sining Lansangan, a Non-Government Organization dedicated to teaching street children and out-of-school youth. He is passionate about teaching children traditional Filipino values like love of country, respect for elders, and national pride. He has also served as a resource speaker for Filipino, History, and homeschooling on several TV/radio shows, and also facilitates writing and teaching workshops for students and teachers alike. If modern society didn't require all of us to make a living and have jobs, it's likely that you'd find golden-hearted T. Louie giving free classes to IPs and the marginalized, anywhere, anytime.
Sophia Viola teaches art, music, and theater, and is devoted teacher to the Little Kids (Prep to Grade 1). She has an undergraduate degree in Interior Design and a Master's degree in Education (SpEd), and is a licensed professional teacher. She has more than 10 years teaching experience in both grade school and highschool levels. She uses her free time to share her passion and talent for the arts and in serving as a music minister in her community. She's also ridiculously funny.
Victoria San Diego has a:
Design school background.
Everything-but-thesis MA in Art Education.
Has been a:
Cross curricular subject integrator since 2000.
And is a:
Lifelong learner, non-traditional education advocate-er.
Reader, dreamer, and magic-believer.
She is BLC's Homeschool Facilitator.
Teacher Jacq Agustin is a teacher, part of our admin staff, and all-around wonder woman. She finished Computer Science at Access Computer College in 2013 (an NCII Computer Hardware Servicing passer), but it's in Early Education that she finds most fulfillment and can express her greatest gift: getting children to learn, and to love learning. Young kids gravitate to her like moths to a light. Her talents and abilities run the gamut from Records and Filing Management, Bookkeeping, Events Styling, and Photography. BLC would be a sad, limping old girl without T. Jacq.
OUR NON-TEACHING STAFF
Regina Abuyuan is Managing Director at BLC-Manila. She is a Manila-based writer, development communications consultant, and multi-award-winning editor.
She became de facto head of BLC when its previous incarnation was in danger of closing down. Regina had seen how her twin sons and their classmates then had bloomed under Teacher Zeena and Teacher Aia's teaching styles, and was loath to see the center close down. After a year of struggling with misplaced investments and mismatched directions, she shuttered it for five months. She and Teacher Zeena re-branded and re-aligned the center to its current iteration, with its focus on values (particularly self-awareness), creative and independent thinking, and the humanities.
Regina is a seasoned magazine and book editor, having helmed as chief editor five glossies and three best-selling books, including the award-winning book Agam: Filipino Narratives on Uncertainty and Climate Change (Best Anthology in the English Language, and Finalist in Design - 34th (2015) National Book Awards, Philippines; and Awardee for Literature in English and Special award for Design - 2016 Gintong Aklat (Golden Book) Awards, Philippines). She also edited Bayuhay: The Story of the Millennium Challenge Account-Philippines, which was released last year, and which won a Gold Anvil for Publications in the 2017 Anvil Awards.
Her communications, editorial, and writing inclinations are wide, covering human interest, business, climate, maritime, parenting, fiction, and copyediting for advertising agencies. She also edits technical papers for international groups such as ASSIST Asia and Oxfam GB.
She is also currently editor-in-chief of Seafarer Asia Magazine, and continues to write prolifically on a wide range of subjects for different publications.
Oh, and she also helps run a pub. Check out Fred's Revolucion in Cubao Expo and Escolta, Manila.
Nerissa Gumayan-Pabillo is our "Tita Neris". She graduated from Riverside Medical Center with an Associate Degree in Medical Secretarial. She's worked with the best in the child development and education fields, having been Dr. Honey Carandang's right-hand for 16 years, and with Director Alice Pañares of the NCCA and Department of Education, handling for her various trainings and workshops for teachers since 1981. She's also worked with National Council for Children's Television, Creative Campaigns and Advocacies, Inc., and Greenhills Creative Child Center. In her words, "My passion for work and love for children make me happy." Tita Neris is our angel.