2016 Philippine Homeschool Conference Speakers

Joy Mendoza

Keynote Speaker

Joy is happily married to Edric Mendoza and she is a homeschooling mom to five children spanning the ages of 13 to 2 years old. She is an awarded blogger for her site, Teachwithjoy.com where she writes about the honest challenges and joys of marriage, parenting and homeschooling.

She is the author of, “When a Good God Allows Rape” – an autobiography of her journey from tragedy to healing. Her story has been televised and featured on numerous media platforms. Joy also speaks on marriage, parenting, and homeschooling to audiences around the Philippines and when possible, overseas.

Together with her husband and children, she has been a brand endorser for Revicon Max, Cetaphil, Vernel Fabric Softener, Mommy Matters and products that celebrate marriage and family values. Above all else, her greatest passion is living for the glory of Jesus Christ which she hopes will define everything she is and does as a woman, wife, mother, and communicator.

Deonna Tan-Chi

Keynote Speaker

Deonna is a graduate of the University of South Florida with a major in Psychology and Sociology.  Formerly, she toured South East Asia with the Crossroads, a singing group of Campus Crusade for Christ, and gave concerts to over 200,000 in nine countries.  She was instrumental in helping to set up The Master’s Academy Homeschool, which was the first DepEd accredited home school program in the Philippines. She is also a conference speaker, counselor for women and families, Bible teacher and discipler of women. She is the wife of Peter Tan-Chi and mother of their five children, who by God’s grace, are serving the Lord.

ANDREW PUDEWA

Keynote Speaker

Andrew Pudewa is the director of the Institute for Excellence in Writing (www.iew.com). Traveling and speaking around the world, he addresses issues related to teaching, writing, thinking, spelling, and music. His seminars for parents, students, and teachers have helped transform many a reluctant writer and have equipped educators with powerful tools to dramatically improve students’ skills. Andrew and his wife, Robin, have homeschooled their seven children and are now proud grandparents of eight.

Bo Sanchez

Keynote Speaker

Bo Sanchez (www.bosanchez.ph) is a bestselling author, international speaker, and entrepreneur. He founded many organizations, such as Anawim, a special home for the abandoned elderly and the poorest of the poor, and Shepherd’s Voice, a media group that publishes the widest read inspirational literature in the country. He also founded the Light of Jesus Family and Catholic Filipino Academy. Above all these, Bo believes that his first call is to be a loving husband to his wife Marowe, and a devoted father to his sons Benedict and Francis, who are also homeschooled.

Guest Speaker

ERIC NICDAO

Guest Speaker

Eric Nicdao, a Management Engineering graduate of Ateneo de Manila University, has been in the financial service industry for 20 years. He is a sought after speaker, a multi-awarded registered financial consultant and senior agency manager of PhilamLife, and a certified investment solicitor. Most importantly, Eric is a proud father of three children ages 13, 9, and 2 and a loving husband to his wonderful wife, Lani.

Breakout Session Speakers

Edric Mendoza

This homeschooling father is a familiar face in the homeschooling scene. He is the founder of HAPI, the Homeschool Global President, and a champion of homeschooling. A registered Financial Planner, Edric also hosted “On the

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 Money,” a multi-awarded daily show on personal finance. He most enjoys being with his wife Joy and their 5 children.

Gary Cox

Gary is the founder and superintendent of the Walkersville Christian Family Schools (WCFS), and pastor of Walkersville Christian Fellowship. Married 43 years, he and his wife Sally have raised 10 children are now enjoying the 

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pleasure of blessing their 30 grandchildren!

Milona Barraca

A teacher and a learner by heart, Mommy Milona is passionate about homeschooling, learning, mentoring and coaching parents. She loves being a wife to Bensie and mom to Meg (16), Maddie (13), Josh (9), and David (6). She 

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enjoys adventure – and her biggest adventure of all was leaving the corporate world and deciding to homeschool her children 6 years ago. She finished her MBA and Business Management Degree at the University of the Philippines. Her love for Math and “calligratherapy” has led her to conduct Singapore Math and calligraphy workshops to parents and children.

Donna Pangilinan-Simpao

Though trained in the medical field, Donna has embraced homeschooling for their 4 children and has been at it for the past 14 years. Married to Gilbert Simpao for the past 21 years, Donna and the Simpao Homeschool has been 

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one of the movers of homeschooling in the Philippines in the last several years. With the desire to encourage homeschooling families, Donna founded the Homeschoolers of the Philippines Facebook Community in 2014 and has recently committed to be part of the core group of the Homeschoolers Association of the Philippines. ( HAPI) Donna is an advocate of relaxed, fun-filled, meaningful and relevant way of homeschooling.

Andrew Pudewa

Andrew Pudewa is the director of the Institute for Excellence in Writing (www.iew.com). Traveling and speaking around the world, he addresses issues related to teaching, writing, thinking, spelling, and music. His seminars for

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parents, students, and teachers have helped transform many a reluctant writer and have equipped educators with powerful tools to  dramatically improve students’ skills. Andrew and his wife, Robin, have homeschooled their seven children and are now proud grandparents of eight.

Alex Hao

Graduated from Ateneo de Davao University bachelor of science in business administration major in marketing. For the last 20 years, she has been trying her best to be an organized homemaker. She is a Wife and mother of 4:

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ages 19, 16, 12 and 8. She and her husband have been homeschooling for about 10 years now. At the moment, she has 3 children at home and one in university.

Racquel Guevara

Together with Mike, her husband of 19 years, Racquel is a Catholic homeschooling mom to her 2 daughters, Arielle and Kayla. Arielle, now a freshman at the Savannah College of Art Design (SCAD) – Hongkong campus, was

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homeschooled from third grade to 4th year high school. Kayla, on the other hand, is improving on her swings in golf while on her 10th year of being homeschooled. Racquel blogs about her family’s homeschooling journey at http://beyondbooksandwalls.com.

Ivy and Bernard Marquez

Sought after speakers and trainers Bernard and Ivy have been married for more than 24 years now. They have three adult children all homeschooled from kinder to high school. In college, they all went to De La Salle University 

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and were consistent Dean’s Listers in their own courses. David, 22, is now and entrepreneur and owns a start-up online company called Shirt.ly. Gabrielle, 21, is the Leasing Manager for the SM Supermalls. Their youngest, Daniela, now 19, is currently pursuing Medicine.

Jen Bellosillo

Jen Bellosillo is a loving wife to Ronnel and mother to 4 beautiful children, one of whom has special needs. They are now on their 8th year in homeschooling. A licensed teacher with masteral units in Teaching in the Early Grades

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from the University of the Philippines, Jen considers teaching preschoolers her passion. She was a former preschool teacher at  Assumption Antipolo and was recipient of the 2004 Assumption Educator’s Award. Jen currently serves as the Head of the Catholic Filipino Academy Preschool Department and is an advocate of homeschooling children with special needs.

Jenn Punzalan

Jenn is a Pastor’s wife and a mom of 4 children.
She is a resource speaker for family ministries and a marriage and parenting coach to many.
She is also a blogger (jennpunzalan.com).
She has been homeschooling for 13 years.

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PHILIPPINE HOMESCHOOL CONFERENCE 2016