Thinking of Homeschooling Your Child? Check Out the Philippine Homeschool Convention!

“There is no school equal to a decent home, and no teacher equal to a virtuous parent.” So goes a quote attributed to well-known nonviolence movement leader and Nobel Prize winner Mahatma Gandhi.

Indeed, truer words have never been said. After all, children first learn within the confines of their homes amidst loving parents and well-meaning caregivers. At home, children learn the basics of communicating, personal care, and proper conduct. It is within the safety of the home that they first learn about family, love, and security.

This is why Educating for Life or EFL wants to invite homeschooling families and families who might be curious about homeschooling to the upcoming Philippine Homeschool Convention (PHC) 2019.

“We especially want parents to connect with and inspire one another to be the ‘teachers’ and build the ‘schools’ that Gandhi was talking about,” says Sanne Unson, co-founder of Educating for Life, and the program director for the PHC.

EFL, a group composed of four homeschooling moms (namely Sanne and her fellow moms Mariel Uyguiengco, Michelle Padrelanan, and Tina Rodriguez) organizes events for homeschoolers and other individuals or groups that are into homeschooling and what they like to call “intentional education.” EFL has been organizing events for families—homeschoolers, in particular—since 2014.

This year, EFL, in partnership with Moneygment and SMX Convention Center, SM Aura Premier, is pleased to present the No Place Like Home Philippine Homeschool Convention.


Believing that there is no place like home—especially when it comes to teaching our children—the EFL moms would like to invite interested families to gather together at this year’s PHC. It will be held on September 7, 2019, at the SMX Convention Center, SM Aura Premier, Taguig City.

“Let’s equip ourselves and forge ahead in the difficult but extremely rewarding task of educating our children not just academically, but in other aspects too,” Sanne addresses especially the parents who are reading this.

“Character. Virtues. Life lessons. These are things that children don’t normally learn from textbooks and within classroom walls,” she emphasizes.

Besides the sessions for parents, the PHC will feature special activities for kids and teens, organized by Gopala Learning Haven, Hands N’ Mind Wooden Toys & Play Area, and Ludo Boardgames. So there will be something for every member of the family there!


“We at EFL thought long and hard about this year’s speakers and topics,” Sanne discloses. “We hope that the final line-up will leave the PHC participants inspired, encouraged, empowered, and equipped to begin or continue their respective homeschooling journeys with even greater passion than before.”

Among the PHC 2019 speakers are homeschooling dad, bestselling author and sought-after motivational speaker Jayson Lo, a veteran homeschooling mom and president of the Homeschool Association of the Philippine Islands Dr. Donna Pangilinan-Simpao, and homeschool advocate, speaker, and blogger Michelle Padrelanan.

International speakers will also be present, namely homeschooling mom/advocate and founder of Homeschool Singapore Dawn Fung, and long-time homeschooler, veteran speaker, and author Marla Taviano.

The plenary session will also feature homeschooling parents who will share about their journeys along with their respective children: Dennis and Thammie Sy, Jay and May Palacpac with their son Pablo, and David and Frannie Daez with their son Yuan.

The PHC will also feature a special plenary talk entitled “Money Sense Begins at Home” by learning lifestyle advocate, parenting speaker, and Moneygment advocate Kaye Ang.

In the afternoon, there will be different breakout sessions geared towards “equipping” the participants for their individual homeschooling journeys. The speakers are all homeschooling parents who wish to help parents be better educators for their kids, emphasizing the truth that there really is “no place like home.”

More details about all the sessions and speakers can be found on


The PHC Expo will feature educational toys and materials, tutorials, and classes that aim to support homeschoolers, and even non-homeschoolers. It is open to everyone with a minimal fee of P100 per person. (Yes, you can attend the PHC just for the Expo!)

Insider tip: If you’re one of those people who want to beat the usual crowd that gathers at the annual Manila International Book Fair, the PHC might just be the place for you!


Early bird rate – All access (With access to plenary talks, breakout sessions, and expo) – P1000 per participant (NOTE: Payments must be received on or before September 1, 2019)

* Expo only ticket – P100 per person

Walk-in and on-site payment rate – Full access – P1200 per participant

* Kids 3 and below are free (lap seating only)

* Kids activities’ fees – Pls. refer to for the details

September 7 will surely be a day full of inspiration and learning, so don’t miss it!

“We highly encourage parents who are exploring homeschooling or are already homeschooling to come to the PHC, but we also welcome parents who have kids in conventional schools and want to learn how to be more intentional with their kids’ education,” Sanne gives her parting words. “See you there!”


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