Tuesday, July 21, 2020

PLDT Home gathers Filipino music icons, raises over Php 1 Million in virtual fundraising concert for students and teachers nationwide

PLDT Home’s live fundraising concert titled “At Home with PLDT: No Learner Left Behind” successfully raised over Php 1 Million worth of funds to help address the challenges of many students, teachers, and schools nationwide as they adapt to the new normal in education and online distance learning.

Led by the National Artist for Music Maestro Ryan Cayabyab, the online concert gathered some of the country’s most talented and respected OPM legends Regine Velasquez-Alcasid alongside husband singer-songwriter Ogie, Martin Nievera, and Pops Fernandez. They were joined by musical theater artists 8 Taal Ensemble, Sheila Valderama, Yanah Laurel, Lara Maigue, Gabriela Pangilinan, Gian Magdangal, Arman Ferrer, Flord Tena, and David Ezra who sang songs full of hope and inspiration for the future.

As many families face difficult situations due to the pandemic, the benefit concert has become a venue for Filipinos to show support for each other as they rediscover what really matters to them – their loved ones at home. With PLDT Home’s long-time commitment to make education and online learning accessible to more Filipinos, the country’s fastest home broadband continues to deliver the strongest and most reliable connections so that families can enjoy meaningful relationships and create an effective learning environment for children at home.”

During the free online concert, viewers enjoyed iconic songs and OPM hits such as Sa Piling Mo and Hanggang Ngayon sang by Ogie and Regine, and Pagdating ng Panahonby Martin and Pops. They also enjoyed covers of We are Family, You’ve Got A Friend, and Home - all of which are songs that evoke encouragement and hope to help everyone in these tough times. The concert will be uploaded for replay streaming on the PLDT Home’s official Facebook page and YouTube channel.

The movement ‘No Learner Left Behind’ is a joint initiative by PLDT Home and PLDT-Smart Foundation which aims to make education accessible for all as the country promotes distance learning in the new normal. All funds raised from the concert will be donated for the benefit of students and teachers in far-flung communities, enabling them through broadband connectivity and maximize the use of technology as they continue their school activities from home.

A long-time advocate of quality education for Filipino children, PLDT Home has partnered with PLDT-Smart Foundation for the live fundraising concert aimed to enable educators, students, and schools by equipping them with internet and digital tools during the new normal. 

Interested donors can continue to show support to the cause and donate through the PLDT-Smart Foundation, Inc.’s Paymaya and bank accounts, or Text DONATE<Space><Amount> and send to 3456.

Monday, July 13, 2020

National Artist Maestro Ryan Cayabyab leads top OPM artists in FREE virtual benefit concert with PLDT Home

National Artist for Music Maestro Ryan Cayabyab top bills the FREE virtual benefit concert of PLDT Home
themed “At Home with PLDT: No Learner Left Behind,” in partnership with PLDT-Smart Foundation on July 14, 2020.

With the aim to raise funds to address the needs of students, teachers, and schools nationwide as they
face the new normal in online distance learning, PLDT Home hosts the livestream concert that will gather Filipino musical artists and OPM icons such as, Regine Velasquez-Alcasid alongside husband,Ogie, Martin Nievera, and Pops Fernandez. The concert will be hosted by comedian and theater actor Jon Santos and directed by the award-winning concert director, Paolo Valenciano. Viewers will likewise be serenaded with OPM favorites and timeless music by musical theater artists including 8 Taal Ensemble, Sheila Valderama, Yanah Laurel, Lara Maigue, Gabriela Pangilinan, Gian Magdangal, Arman Ferrer, Flord Tena, and David Ezra.

“Music unites us. This concert brings us together in the spirit of ‘bayanihan’ to help the underprivileged
communities – especially the students, teachers, and schools – who are now facing a lot of challenges in
online distance learning,” shares National Artist for Music Maestro Ryan Cayabyab.

With the theme “At Home with PLDT: No Learner Left Behind,” PLDT Home aims to aid schools and
communities in providing “education for ALL” through quality and adequate opportunities for Filipino
students and teachers as they adapt to learning and teaching in the “new normal.” In support of the
PLDT-Smart Foundation, PLDT Home leads the “No Learner Left Behind” movement that aims to make
education accessible to more students and teachers nationwide by championing the availability and
integration of digital technology in their school activities.

Cayabyab concludes, “We hope that through this online concert, we’re able to unite as one country and
contribute for the future of these children,” says National Artist for Music Maestro Ryan Cayabyab.

You can watch the FREE livestream benefit concert on PLDT Home’s Facebook and YouTube pages on
July 14, Tuesday, at 6:00 PM.

For those who would like to contribute to the cause can donate through the PLDT-Smart Foundation,
Inc.’s Paymaya and bank accounts, or Text DONATE<Space><Amount> and send to 3456.

Thursday, July 9, 2020


As the government shifts to distance learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Knowledge Channel is ready to share its video lessons that could reach as many as 7.6 million students, a huge portion of the 27 million expected to enroll this school year. “Knowledge Channel is prepared to work with the government. We have created and acquired more than a thousand video lessons, all based on the K - 12 curriculum of the Department of Education and these are ready for use,” Knowledge Channel Foundation Inc. (KCFI) director for operations Edric Calma said. For 21 years, KCFI has developed and acquired multimedia educational materials that public schools nationwide, especially in remote regions used to enhance teaching and learning. They are aired over Knowledge Channel and used for instruction by KCFI-trained teachers and are also designed for home-based learning. Before ABS-CBN went off the air on May 5, Knowledge Channel aired over SKYcable, SKYdirect, ABS-CBN TVplus, and other cable and direct to home satellite TV providers, reaching millions of students. According to Calma, KCFI has developed into video format 50% of the most essential learning competencies (MELC) that DepEd requires to be taught for the school year, and that KCFI can easily develop the remaining 50%. Knowledge Channel’s method of using TV technology has proven to improve the performance of children in school. Studies conducted by the DLSU La Sallian Institute for Development and Educational Research and the UP Statistical Center for Research Foundation's Impact Study for Proficient Measures for Quality Education revealed that children who were taught using Knowledge Channel video lessons performed better in tests. “The most essential learning competencies are the minimum curriculum-prescribed skills that students must acquire,” Calma said. Calma stressed that the 21st century DepEd curriculum is about understanding and creating designs, systems and processes, unlike in the past when students were just required to memorize. “Subjects like mathematics and the sciences involve understanding of processes, and they need to be visually illustrated for kids to understand,” he said, adding “with this kind of curriculum, we need TV.” Calma said that Knowledge Channel’s multimedia resources also teach kids critical thinking. “Children’s critical thinking and creativity are triggered by video lessons because we challenge them with questions at the beginning, halfway through and at the end of the episode,” Calma said. Alice Panares, who sits in the board of the National Council for Children's Television, said that the government is faced with the near-impossible task of training a 900,000-strong teaching workforce to teach students using media before the August opening of classes. To address this problem, Panares suggested that Knowledge Channel be tapped at the very onset of the distance learning program. “While the teachers are being trained, why not tap first the lessons of Knowledge Channel since it already has existing materials,” Panares said, adding that “Knowledge Channel has done a very complete work in educating the students in different areas.” Panares said that Knowledge Channel is ready with the different subjects that are already in the form of TV lessons made for different grade levels. “I’ve watched many of the lessons and they are ready for airing for the DepEd,” she said. KCFI president and executive director Rina Lopez Bautista appealed that KCFI be given the chance to share with the government its expertise for the sake of the children. Lopez Bautista said, “We believe that learning must continue for all and that no child should be left behind. We appeal to our lawmakers and the Filipino people to recognize ABS-CBN’s contributions to education and that ABS-CBN is granted a new franchise so that we can again reach the children no matter where they are in the Philippines. The Knowledge Channel Foundation continues, and will be working to continue to be in the service of Filipino children.”