We are committed to giving the most positive learning experience for your child.
Zeena A. Pañares
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.
Recently, though, T. Louie has been cutting his entrepreneurial chops with two siomai/kwek-kwek stores in Antipolo. Pretty soon, he'll be the Kwek-Kwek King of the Philippines.
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.
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 high school 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 recently came home from a movie producing stint in Korea, doing set design for "You With Me," the first ever Korean-Filipino feature film. She's also ridiculously funny.
Jacq Agustin is our finance and administrative officer, 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.
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.
Regina Abuyuan is Managing Director at BLC-Manila. She is a Manila-based writer, award-winning editor, development communications consultant, and educator.
Her recent projects and wins are:
• “See You at the 7: Stories from the Bay Area’s Last Original Mile House” (USA) —12th National Indie Excellence Awards (2018) for Biography-Historical; Finalist, NIEA, New Non-Fiction; Finalist, 8th International Book Awards (2018) for United States History
• "Bayuhay: The Story of MCA-P" (PH) —Gold Anvil for Publications, 52nd Anvil Awards (2017)
• "Agam: Filipino Narratives on Uncertainty and Climate Change" (PH) —Gintong Aklat Award (2016) and 34th National Book Awards (2015) for Literature in English
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 and consults for government and international groups such as Bases Conversion Development Authority, ASSIST Asia, and Oxfam GB.
She is currently chief editor of FAS Maritime, and continues to write prolifically on a wide range of subjects for different publications.
She also co-runs a pub, Fred's Revolucion, a popular dive located in the bohemian enclave of Cubao Expo, and historic Escolta, Manila