World scholars debate the fate of our world


The future looks so bright, was what I could see when I watched all the brilliant kids competing in the Global Round of World Scholar’s Cup in Melbourne. Seeing teams of 13-year-olds from all over the world debating various issues from pop culture to climate change was just amazing.

The World Scholar’s Cup is an international, team-based academic program with students participating from over 82 countries. The competition was founded by DemiDec, in particular by Daniel Berdichevsky, DemiDec’s president, in 2006.

With a vision that sees its pupils at par with the best in the world, Singapore School Cebu accepted the offer from World Scholar’s Cup to host the first ever Regional Round in Cebu last March. Held at SSC’s campus at the North Reclamation Area in Mandaue City, it was considered a small round with 80 or so scholars participating, and while one would expect mostly Cebu or Visayas-based schools to be present, a delegation from The Beacon School, Manila flew in for the event.

While WSC is a competition for teams of three and individuals, it doesn’t feel that way at all.  In the Cebu round, pupils were observed to be gracious and generous to learn from opponents in the Team Debate competition and each other in Collaborative Writing. They are provided with a curriculum to study, from arts and science to literature and history, under an annual umbrella theme, this year being “An Entangled World.”

The round in Cebu was the first for all participants and adults present, and as SSC’s school president Trixie Suarez shared, it is what secondary school kids need at this point in their educational journey, to be exposed to the global community.

The top 30% of teams then qualified to a Global Round, held in cities like Kuala Lumpur, Barcelona and Melbourne, this time, gathering as many as 5,000 scholars from around the world. From there, the top 30% then qualify to the final round, called the Tournament of Champions, to be held at Yale University in the United States.

Singapore School Cebu is that city’s first and only campus that is both an IB World School and Cambridge International School. SSC has already confirmed its intent to host the 2nd Regional Round in Cebu in February 2019. They are inviting all interested schools and pupils to begin to participate in this extraordinary learning experience.

I just returned from the WSC Global Round in Melbourne, where I watched the teams from The Beacon School in Manila who had qualified at the Regional Round in Cebu earlier this year. In Australia, the kids experienced scavenger hunts, keynote speeches, panel discussions, the signature Scholar’s Ball, and, of course, all the competitive and community-building events of the World Scholar’s Cup, from the Debate Showcase to the Scholar’s Bowl.

We are so proud of our daughter Athena and her team who performed outstandingly and qualified for the Yale Round. Congrats to all the rest of the Beacon School teams, all of whom took home medals and trophies.

With all the medals of Athena, I figured she must get that from my hubby’s genes but someone shared a link that states intelligence is inherited from the mother, not the father. A study reveals that the maternal genes are responsible for your child’s intelligence.

Well, I was just overjoyed with the all awards and enjoyed Melbourne. I was happy to see Trixie and her students from Singapore School Cebu who also did very well.

Speaking of Cebu, all the lechon lovers out there will be happy to know that Rico’s Lechon recently opened its first branch at Fort Entertainment Complex in Bonifacio Global City. Now, Cebuanos residing in Manila and lechon-loving Pinoy’s need not hop on a plane to satisfy their spicy Cebu lechon cravings.

Rico’s Lechon opens its first and flagship branch in BGC with a ceremonial lechon chopping with the guests of honor: Mons Romulo for Department of Tourism, Meat Concepts Corporation President George Pua, Ayala Malls Deputy Head Mariana Zobel de Ayala, Taguig City Councilor for District 2 Hon. Edwin Eron, Rico’s Lechon Founder Rico Dionson, and Fort Bonifacio Development Corporation Chief Financial Officer Lou Reyes
Rico’s Lechon Founder Rico Dionson and Meat Concepts Corporation President George Pua

Being the first Filipino brand in the roster of international restaurant brands operated by Meat Concepts Corp., Rico’s Lechon’s has been mobbed since its grand opening. The 180-seat restaurant has been continuously filled with lip-smacking patrons.

Before flying to Melbourne, I was able to watch the Bench Overhauled Jeans Daily Ware Show at the Bench Tower. The OJ Daily Ware collection highlighted four major jeans fits: relaxed, straight, slim and skinny.

Among those headlining the OJ Daily Ware campaign are Bench endorsers Maine Mendoza, Enrique Gil, Pinoy Big Brother alums Edward Barber, Maymay Entrata, and Kisses Delavin, Lovi Poe, Solenn Heussaff, Ylona Garcia, Kathryn Bernardo, and Daniel Padilla. Bench also put a different spin to this denim campaign by tapping Scottish artist and writer Portis Wasp to collaborate with them on the campaign. Portis, who’s gained major traction in the digital scene, is best known for his playful Disney-meets-the-daring collage aesthetic.

Of the many Bench endorsers, I like Lovi Poe a lot! She just exudes a strong, sexy vibe with a lot of character. We sat in the same table at the New PH: Mega Millennial Ball. This year, the ball took on the theme of “Maximum Exposure” – a theme that celebrates a new breed of Filipino notables from different fields of commerce, art, media, sports, entertainment, and fashion.

The night culminated in a fashion show from New PH Icon Awardee for Fashion and the first ever winner of MEGA Young Designer’s competition, Furne One. That evening, Furne dressed Lovi with a super sexy revealing black gown.

Have you seen Crazy Rich Asians? Last night, Philippine Tatler hosted a private screening of the much-anticipated movie adaptation of Kevin Kwan’s hit novel Crazy Rich Asians. The event was hosted in the comforts of My Cinema, Greenbelt 3 with a gorgeous selection of food prepared by Makati Shangri-La.

With an intimate guest list of only 50, Philippine Tatler’s friends gathered with drinks in hand, decked out in pearls and tiaras (from their gift-bags) and excitedly watched the movie. Everyone also took home goodies from Rustan’s the Beauty Source’s Laura Mercier, Clarins, Perricone MD, L’Occitane, Dityque, plus delicious chocolates from Villa Del Conte too. The movie is proving to be a Hollywood sensation with a sequel already lined up!

Next weekend is ArteFino Bazaar at 8 Rockwell from August 30 to September 2. Please support our Filipino artisans as you start completing that Christmas list.

artefino press launch



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