On our 9th wedding anniversary, I would like to share how I finally got my wife to say “yes”! (while I was jobless) 🙂 🙂

My wife was already established in her chosen career, while I was still in law school when we were dating.

After people learned that my wife and I were dating, many doubted my youth, many saw me being just a student, many focused on the fact that I was at the moment – “NOT EMPLOYED”. I earned some extra money by doing some freelance work like tutoring, one-on-one life coaching (ironic because I myself needed coaching that time) selling products (organic based lotion, mantika, insurance, even uling at some point, ano pa ba? Kung ano-ano binebenta ko nun because I love selling, etc.)

When I told her that I wanted to marry her, I had no stable job. Confidence lang ang meron ako nun haha (Siguro kabado din siya haha)

I was just blessed not to worry about my law school fees, allowance, and my living expenses because my mom still supported me during the time that I was studying, even when I got married already (while studying lang naman). Oh my, I had to include this detail because some thought my wife sent me to school hehe. (Grabe kayo maka-judge ha! There is nothing wrong being sent by your wife to school. But in our case, she actually didn’t. ) For sometime, I was just silent about this rumour. There, I got it off my chest! Yes! Nyahaha. Kaya kung isa ka sa nag-isip nun, buti umabot ka sa part na ito para alam mo na. Tahimik lang ako ha! Haha joke lang! Sorry, open forum ang article na ito haha)


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Okay back to the sharing…

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I was blessed that my wife did not look at the things that I did not have during that time. Instead, she focused on the things that I could become. I commend my wife for being so kind hehehe. We should be like that. Not quick to judge. Kung ihahantulad ako sa condo e, kumagat siya sa pre-selling phase. Nyahehe. Di ba? Very risky kasi malay mo ba kung matatayo talaga ung building ng pre-selling na condo? Hehe. But my wife is a Godly woman who listened to the Lord when He said “marry him while stocks last”.

Kidding aside, back to how I got her to say “yes”. I think I was able to make her say “yes” by:

1. Showing her that I have a PLAN. (With power point presentation) You don’t have to be a success right away. Success is relative anyway. You just have to show her that you can move from one step to another. Women value security and they can be scared if you don’t show them that you can feed them. Literally. So I just assured her that she won’t go hungry because I can sell anything. Like I was trained to sell a used toothbrush! Haha. Since I was jobless (as people perceived me to be), I had to find employment just to stop people from talking. After our wedding, I resigned so I could focus on my last year in law school. 🙂hehe but it was the plan naman talaga. 🙂

2. Making her feel that I am NOT INSECURE, I started by exerting effort to go out with her friends. I admit that I am not good at this because I love just being alone with my wife. But during courtship, kahit na mahiyain ako, kinaya ko haha. My wife understands me now if I don’t really go out because she knows that I am an introvert, so she lets me be (I know, you won’t believe this but it is true – I AM AN INTROVERT)



3. Making her feel that she’s the MOST IMPORTANT PERSON in my life. No one would want to marry someone and later on feel that she is not priority. In marriage, not even your kids should hinder your making each other a priority. Remember, your kids will soon have their own love life, they wouldn’t want you meddling with theirs. Trust me. Hehe. While both of you, you will vow to stay together, forever. Kaya dapat you prioritize each other. 🙂

I think that’s how I tricked her to marrying me. Hehe

You might want try the above points to make your woman say “yes” too! 🙂

Nyaks! So help me God!

Happy 9th Wedding Anniversary, to my Honey! Thank you for loving me just the way I am. 🙂 Thank you for noticing me even during my pre-selling period. Nyahahaha. I love yah! 🙂

For pre-selling condo units in the City of Baguio, you can contact me through my messenger. We have bachelor units, 1 bedroom and 2 bedroom units. You may not appreciate its value now but once it is built, super income generating. (Joke! Pero seriously, I can refer you to a friend. Just buzz me so I can give you his contact details.)

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It has been almost  seven (7) years since my wife and I started Bright Hope Room for Growth Inc., and I am glad that we never gave up even if there were times that we really wanted to.

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Bright Hope is a small school with a big heart and it continues to advance as one of the premiere christian Pre-kinder and Kindergarten School in the City of Baguio.  Apart from its uniquely designed age appropriate programs, one thing that makes it different from other schools is that it offers Baby Classes for ages 1 year 8 months to 2 years and 2 months old babies.


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Currently, BRIGHT HOPE is composed of 11 employees and we are blessed to have leaders who actively manage it.  This allows my wife and I to just be around as volunteer management and academic consultants.

Looking back from where Bright Hope started, I can say that it has become a ministry just like how we envisioned it to be and we are making it a goal to continue to grow.

I’m no business guru but with seven (7) years of Bright Hope existence, let me share to you seven (7) life lessons that I learned that may be useful to those who are putting up a business or an organization:

  1. Do not quit your day job – If you are currently employed and are just relying from your monthly salary for daily sustenance -DO-NOT-QUIT-YOUR-DAY-JOB.  Resigning from work will probably apply to those who have savings that could support them for five years or more.  It takes time to grow a business and your monthly salary can help cushion your survival expenses. If you are stressed just because you don’t have enough time to be hands-on in your business, you’ll be more stressed during off peak seasons and realize that you have no cash flow. 

2. If you can, avoid investors who do not understand your vision and is just up for the money – we have different views when it comes to entertaining investors so to each his own.  But what worked for Bright Hope is not getting other people to invest. Carefully consider this especially if your vision differ from individuals who offer to invest.  The advantage of not getting investors is that we can allocate our budget to wherever we see fit without consulting other individuals. It takes away unnecessary headaches caused by clashing decision makers.  

3. Love your employees, they are a big factor why your business is a success.  I like this quote from Stephen Covey

Always treat your employees exactly as you want them to treat your best customers. 

Bright Hope’s success is attributed to the dedicated teachers and staff who sincerely love their students.  In a business or in any organization, I learned that taking care of your employees or the people who help you run the organization does really make the difference.  Give them what is due.  We enter into business so that we can earn a living, but our employees need to live too. People who work for your organization will not demand more if they see that they are getting what is just and due to them. Plus, you’ll be greatly blessed as you allow yourself to be used to bless other people.

Bright Hope Team 2018.  This was taken after the Parents’ Orientation. (3 others not on photo, sorry guys!)

4. Exceed customer expectation – I worked for several BPOs as a call center agent and that is where I learned about the importance of exceeding customer expectation.  It actually works if you care about your customers.  Besides, they are the very reason you are there. It is true that we cannot please everybody but in the field of providing services, we try to please everyone in as much as we can. This creates regular clients and customers.  Businesses do not aim for one time customers, they aim for repeat customers and that’s what you’ll need to thrive.

5. Never stop learning – continue to develop your craft, your people, your services.  Evolving will ensure your existence even if there are other products and services that are being created everyday.  Invest in education and in trainings.  My wife had to enroll in online classes just so she can learn new preschool concepts.  I had to take up management classes just to learn how to handle people (though I did not finish it after Math came in so I am looking at other Math-less courses okay?).  The teachers at Bright Hope had to go through series of trainings including make-up lessons so they can look presentable and professional even if they already are.

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Make Up Tutorial for Birght Hope teachers by Krizia Guevara.

And just recently, my wife and I attended the E-Commerce and Social Media Learning Sessions of Ms. Janette Toral held at Cordillera School of Digital Arts Baguio.

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with Ms. Janette Toral of Digital Filipino.
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Certificates given by Ms. Janette Toral during the Social Media Learning Sessions at Cordillera School of Digital Arts Baguio. 

The point is, learn new things everyday.

6. Don’t be discouraged by people who do not believe in your crazy ideas – business concepts start off as crazy ideas until they are developed and are ready for hatching. While you are contemplating on your business model you will find yourself tempted to tell your friends about it and that is normal.  Prepare to get laughed at.  That is also normal.  Remember that not everybody is born a dreamer like you. Put that in mind, okay? But don’t hold it against them, they are created to challenge you.

7.  Never, never, never give up.  There were times when my wife and I were on the verge of panicking because we were worried we could not pay the rent for Bright Hope but we just focused on answering this question:  “How can we better our services so that we can attract more parents to enroll?”  We then created program after program and blessedly, there were parents who enrolled and believed in the programs that we offered.  This kept us going.  This kept us believing that Bright Hope exists for a purpose and we will never see that purpose if we gave up. We are thanking the Lord for giving us the strength to not give up and providing for our needs.

Currently, apart from Bright Hope’s mission of sharing the good news to the children and their families, we are glad that it is able to help alleviate poverty by providing employment, a college scholarship, and a plan to subsidize skills training for children in conflict with the law.

The things that I shared are not new, but I hope it encouraged you.  We can all make a difference, hold on to that bright hope and use it to ignite a bright tomorrow.

I have to go now, my son has been playing with my phone for almost 2 hours as I write this! haha.

My wife working on her paper as I write this blog, my son took this stolen shot upon my instruction.



Oh yes! We have a Baby School in Baguio City!

Cassy previously enrolled in our Jolly Baby Class Program and is now one of our Toddler pupils.

My wife and I started BRIGHT HOPE ROOM FOR GROWTH INC., six (6) years ago.  A venture that we started out of passion and purpose. It was a tutorial center then in Barangay San Vicente, Baguio City where we had grade school to high school tutees and even had the opportunity to teach non-readers from the nearby public school out of the goodness of our friends who shouldered their tutorial fees.

Since tutorial centers are mostly only full in the afternoon, we had to look for ways to fill the hours that our center was not being used.  One day, when I was walking along the street in our barangay, I saw a lot of mothers holding babies from ages 1 to 2 years old, so I started to have an idea.  I did my own research as to how early a child can go to school and came to a conclusion that “the earlier, the better”.

So in the first quarter of 2012, I gathered my neighbors and some of my school batch mates and convinced them to enroll their 2-year old babies in our toddler program.  Most of them were hesitant and said that it was too early for a child of that age to be in school but they registered anyway and from then on, we all saw wonders every single day.

On October 24, 2013, an article from the Philippine Daily Inquirer further confirmed the relevance of starting early and I quote:

“The average 18-month-old can say about 10 to 30 words, but some normal 18-month-olds can say only five words. Sometimes I see a toddler of the same age who can say more than 70 words and can put these words in combination to form phrases or sentences. Kate, Trevor, Ryan and Cameron, all my patients, were already talking like a three-year-old when they were 18 months old. Trevor, at 15 months, was able to say more than 40 words when most of his peers could say only three to five words. Our son Len, at 24 months, was able to read the words “Toyota” and “Subaru.”

What do all of these children have in common? They were lucky to have parents and grandparents who started talking with them from the first day of life. They read to them early on and continued reading every night as part of their bedtime routine. These toddlers were fortunate to have parents who challenged and stimulated their brain cells during the first 12 months of their life by frequently talking, reading, counting, adding, singing, and playing in a happy way.

Unfortunately, most parents have the wrong idea that education starts at Grade K. To have happier and smarter children, education must begin during the first 36 months. This is the “golden window” of opportunity for parents, grandparents, daycare workers, babysitters, and nannies to make a huge difference. And for a dramatic educational outcome, educators and policymakers should look into this “golden window” of learning and apply recent cognitive research on how to boost babies’ language and brain development in their curriculum.”

As stated in the article, babies are blessed to have people around them who can challenge and stimulate their brain cells while they are developing.  Let us not neglect this stage and take this once in a lifetime opportunity to raise geniuses out of our babies. So parents, your babies can go to school too!  It is just a matter of carefully looking for the best program that would suit their needs and their personality. 

At Bright Hope Room for Growth Inc., we are offering JOLLY BABY CLASS, a program where babies ages 1 year and 8 months up to 2 years old are exposed to sensory, arts and crafts, fine and gross motor activities. They get to meet new friends too!

To find out our available schedule, do call the following numbers:

Admin Office: (074) 424-2647
Admin Head: 0917-145-2381
Principal: 0917-656-2007

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Looking for a Preschool in Baguio City? Take this Bright Hope Online Inquiry

Are you still scouting for a preschool for this coming school year?

Here are 5 reasons why BRIGHT HOPE ROOM FOR GROWTH INC., is the best choice for your child’s early learning needs:


Each class for Toddler, Nursery, Pre-Kinder and Kindergarten Programs will consist of twelve (12) pupils maximum.

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Bright Hope Room for Growth Inc., is a premier Preschool and Kindergarten School in Baguio City located at the 2nd and 3rd floor of Luke Foundation Bldg., Leonard Wood Road, Baguio City.


Bright Hope team understands that children need to feel loved and safe wherever they are.  Bright Hope does not tolerate child abuse.

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Here at Bright Hope, we promote activities that help a child to become a well rounded person.


Bright Hope programs are carefully designed and chosen to achieve a world class standard.


Bright Hope was founded on a belief that learning should be fun.  At Bright Hope, we make sure that all activities are age appropriate.

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Bright Hope is a bible believing school and so most of the books used have bible integration.


We have a very convenient monthly payment scheme that will help you budget and pay your child’s school fees with ease.

Want to know more?

Visit our facebook page and send us a message or fill out the form below so that we could contact you as soon as we read your message.



Hindi ka pa ba nakahanap ng PRESCHOOL para sa toddler or preschool aged child mo?

Afraid of enrolling dahil baka sa kalagitnaan e baka ayaw nang pumasok ng baby mo?

Worry no more! Here at BRIGHT HOPE ROOM FOR GROWTH INC. , we carefully designed a SHORT TERM PROGRAM na sasagot sa pag-aalinlangan mo kung ready na ba for school ang baby mo. 🙂

Staying true with our commitment to providing excellent childcare programs, Bright Hope Room For Growth Inc. is again offering the third wave of PRESCHOOL JUMPSTART, a 15-day program designed for the following reasons:

1) Help child experience PRESCHOOL LIFE before even enrolling in any regular preschool program;

2) Help parents who are scouting for a preschool that will best fit their child’s needs and personality;

3) Help parents understand that it is never too early for their child to come to school. 🙂

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Your child will get to sing, dance, listen to stories, and do arts with children their age.

Only P2415.00 for the 15 sessions.

50% downpayment, balance payable on the 8th session.

July 3, 2017. 1:30 to 3:00PM daily.

A list will be provided upon registration.

Your child must at least be 3 to 5 years old.

Message us through our facebook page by clicking THIS, or call 074-424-2647 or text 09176562002, or visit 2nd Floor, Luke Foundation Building, #90 Leonard Wood Road, Baguio City, look for Teacher Amanda Demandante.


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To secure your child’s BRIGHT future, RESERVE a slot for school year 2019-2020 as early as now @ Bright Hope Room for Growth Inc. For inquiries, visit 2nd floor, Luke Foundation Building, 90 Leonard Wood Road, Baguio City or call 074-424-2647.

Enrollment and Classes Ad


Bright Hope Room for Growth, Inc., is NOW OPEN FOR RESERVATIONS for SCHOOL YEAR 2016-2017.  We promote an intimate and nurturing learning environment through the following programs: Baby, Toddler, Nursery, Pre-Kinder and Kindergarten in SMALL CLASS SIZES.

bright hope career week Brightons during their Career Week. School Year 2015-2016 @ Bright Hope Room for Growth, Inc.

Bright Hope Room for Growth, Inc., pioneer class at Luke Foundation Inc., Building. (2014-2015) Bright Hope Room for Growth, Inc., pioneer class at Luke Foundation Inc., Building. (2014-2015)

1) Pupils receive more individualized attention and interact more with the teacher;

KINDERGARTEN 2 With limited slots per class, your child will receive the much needed one-on-one attention from their teacher.

TODDLER CLASS Our Nursery Brightons engrossed in making the world a brighter place through colors! @ Bright Hope Room for Growth, Inc., School Year 2015-2016.

2) Teachers have more flexibility to use different instructional approaches;

hand painting Brightons will realize that the world is within reach for them to explore! Only @ Bright Hope Room for Growth, Inc., –…

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4 Basic reasons why parents opt to bring their kids to tutorial centers:

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  1. “I am busy” – a line we usually hear from working parents. We belong to a generation where most households have couples who are both working.  As a result, mom and dad come home exhausted and sometimes could not keep up with their children’s grueling school demands.  Solution:  A nearby tutorial center.
  2. “That’s not what my teacher said” – some parents bring their kids to tutorial centers because their children won’t listen to them or worse, they end up fighting before the child even finishes his homework. Parents who want bonding time to be exclusively fun and play end up bringing their children to tutorial centers so they could focus on “family time” at home.
  3. “This is too complicated for a first grader…and for me!” – Shocked that their lessons are beyond you?  You are not alone.
  4. “I want my child to have advance lessons” – Instead of losing their child to computer addiction, some parents decide on bringing their children to tutorial centers where they can have advance lessons.

If you are in any of those above-mentioned situations and you are looking for the best learning center for your child’s learning needs, visit Bright Hope Room for Growth, Inc. at 2nd Floor, Luke Foundation Building, Leonard Wood Road, Baguio City.  We are open from Mondays thru Saturdays. Please contact 09178120743 or 4242647 for inquiries.

Take advantage of our affordable lock-in rates:

6th Grade and Below
*Only P169.00 per session (Regular rate of P220.00 per session)
(Lock-in for 30 sessions)
Required 50% down payment before the start of the 1st session
Balance of 50% payable before the 16th Session starts
Not applicable to home tutorials.
Not applicable to Jolly Phonics reading program.

7th to 10th Grade
*Only P199.00 per session (Regular rate of P250.00)
(Lock-in for 60 sessions)
Required 50% down payment before the start of the 1st session
Balance of 50% payable before the 31st Session starts
Not applicable to home tutorials.

10th to 12th Grade
*Only 219.00 per session
(Lock-in for 30 sessions)
Required 50% down payment before the start of the 1st session
Balance of 50% payable before the 16th Session starts
Not applicable to home tutorials.

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Bright Hope Learning Ambassador with her tutee in one of their math sessions.

*The above promo rates are applicable effective November 02, 2015 until further notice.