All about parents and babies
The Baby & Family Expo Philippines 2013 opened recently at SMX Convention Center at the Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City for a three-day event dedicated for concerns of parents.
They welcomed parents, expectant mothers, babies and kids for lots of fun-filled activities with over 200 exhibitors as well as experts and celebrity parents providing free seminars. With the theme "Welcoming Life, Love and Care," the expo was dedicated to nurturing family development and child care. The topics covered the stages of family growth from maternity, newborn stage, toddler stage to early childhood.
To start the seminars, lawyer Alex “Pinoy” Lacson of World Vision, one of the event’s partners, opened with a talk on the value of child sponsorship. This was then followed by Azkals’ coach and father of two, Michael Weiss, who shared his experiences in coaching the Azkals and his kids.
This was then followed by a series of talks from The Medical City which included Pregnancy Preparation with Dr. Christopher Joseph Soriano, Preparing and Dealing with Childbirth with Dr. Sheila Marie Pineda-Almazan and Stay Sexy While Pregnant with Dr. Regina Carmela Santiago-Aquias. Medela Moms, one of the expo’s partners also talked about ensuring the best start for mother and child with Joyce Ann Martinez, RN, MSN, CLC.
Later in the day, WCOPA winner and child star Chacha Canete made a special appearance with a song number to entertain expo visitors. Ending the first day of the expo was singer and songwriter Acel van Ommen with actress and model Jade Lopez as they shared about making a difference in a child’s life through Right Start.
“If you are doing multipurpose tasks, you need to prioritize things and everything will follow” shared host, author, columnist and co-founder of Mercato Centrale RJ Ledesma in his interesting tips through Daddy 101. This was followed by Dr. Aldine Astrid Basa of The Medical City who talked about understanding breast cancer. Next was ANC’s On The Money host and president of The Master’s Academy Edric Mendoza as he interacted with the audience with a talk on homeschooling. Judah Paolo, host, president and co-founder of Lead Out Coaching and Consultancy Inc. was also there to discuss the importance of family values. Proceeding with the talks was former senator and president of Diliman Preparatory School, Nikki Coseteng who discussed 21st century learning.
Highlighting the second day of the expo was actress, host, dancing diva, owner of RT Studios and Regine’s boutique Regine Tolentino who shared her stories as a celebrity mom. This was followed by the expo’s highlight, the Baby & Family Awards, with the Golden Family Awards going to the Agoncillo Family as the Golden Family of the Year, Regine Tolentino and Lander Vera Perez as the Golden Couple of the Year and Ryzza Mae Dizon and Bimby Aquino Yap as the Golden Kids of the Year. The awards also recognized outstanding parent entrepreneurs in the country with the ParentPreneur Awards.
The most awaited #BibongBaby winners were also awarded and showcased along with their mommies and daddies through the Family Fashion Weekend with clothes from Petit Bateau, Cotton On, F&X and Mothercare.
Medela Moms’ Daisy Lauron opened the third day with the yaya academy followed by Bosom Buddy’s Pam Magallon, with a talk on the mother’s big role on child’s nutrition. Thammie Sy was also present on the third day as she shared her experiences on blogging and homeschooling.
On the third day, director of Registered Financial Planner Institute of the Philippines Randell Tiongson, RFP taught family visitors how to manage household budget which was then followed by Coseteng as she emphasized the importance of a healthy lifestyle. Ending the jampacked three-day event was celebrity mom, actress, host, co-producer of MOMents, one of the expo’s media partners MTRCB board member Gladys Reyes as she shared tips on parenting.
Other speakers included doctors and experts from De La Salle University Medical Center, Philippine Ambulatory Pediatric Association and the Baby & Family Expo’s co-presenter, Cordlife Medical Philippines as their medical director, Dr. Arvin Faundo talked about the importance of banking your baby’s cord blood.
Visitors were also treated to raffle prizes and giveaways from Smart Steps, Cycles, Cast & Frame, Sharpie and Mongol, Hello Dolly, Present Particle, Precious Tiny Toes, Linens, Saforelle and many more with a grand raffle prize of 3 days, 2 night resort accommodation in Coron, Palawan courtesy of El Rio Y Mar.