If you're a 90's kid, I'm pretty sure you know about the Gifted Children - Kiko Galura, Shaira Luna and James Flores. They were the faces of the iconic ad of Wyeth back in 1995 (yes, that commercial was twenty years ago :D ). These three kids showed their incredible minds and amazing skills at a very young age. I remember when I was young, I always adore them every time I see them on TV. Do you ever wonder where are they now? Well, I am blessed to be able to see them yesterday - and by the way, never in my entire life have I expected that at all - nor even imagined but yes, I was with them during the Promil's "Look Back at the Gifted Alumni" and they still continue to inspire people and it's just amazing to think how they've became successful individuals.
Today, these three have turned into amazing and talented professionals who excelled on their own careers and are now inspiring others to just be themselves and empower the gifts they have.
|Shaira was recognized as a gifted child by DepEd at the young age of 2. She showed great interest in Math, Science, Art and language. Today, Shaira remains passionate about the human anatomy in another way - by capturing them through the lenses.|
The event was hosted by the lovely Issa Litton who warmly welcomed everyone. The gifted alumni were recognized and were asked about what are the challenges they've encountered along the way. One of them said that it wasn't an easy road, the people's expectations were one of the challenges they've encountered. On the other side, being considered a "gifted child" has also brought advantages and opportunities to them.
When asked what words of wisdom they can share to us and to new generation of gifted children, James said:
"They don't have to keep it in themselves because, if you have a light within you, you cannot keep it, it's gonna shine. So they have to believe it and that they should work hard (referring to the little kids in the audience) and to the parents, if you see that there's a potential, which every kid has, there's a light within them - we have to encourage them to develop and we have to support them to do their thing. Give them opportunities to discover and improve on their talent. But most importantly, besides this encouragement, supporting them, giving them opportunities, the priorities, of course, is that their children should be doing something that makes them happy. When I was a kid, I was happy with all the astronomy stuff. I was having fun doing them. That's how it developed, I was happy with music - there's no substitute for that."
"Recognizing the gift in a kid is the first step, what matters is that, most of the journey towards becoming adults, so that your kids become the best version of themselves, is through nurturing. Because when the kid grows up, sometimes, he wants one thing but it's not really what he wants when he grows up. So the role of the parents is really to guide them, they can do that by exposing them to the fields of creativity. Example take them to different classes - theater, music, film."
Whereas Shaira said:
"I don't think that what's important is to become superior than anyone else, be better than anyone else, you need to just do the work in disciplining your children, work ethics, learning how to cope with other people, I think the role is to be comftable adults, no matter how gifted you are. It's Ok to be different."
Joey Ayala rendered a wonderful song and imparted so many things to us as well. One of the things I couldn't forget from what he said was, "nurturing is not spoiling". Sometimes, we thought we were nurturing our kids but it became spoiling as we started providing everything they want which can sometimes cause them not to think outside the box. Imagination and creativity plays a very important role in nurturing our children.
|Three generation of the gifted: Joey Ayala, James Flores and Hansel Ang|
|Joey Ayala rendering a song and giving his words of encouragement to mothers and kids.|
The last part of the program was introducing the new generation of gifted children. They're accompanied by their very supportive parents when they were called.
Wyeth Promil, for decades has been an advocate to nurturing Filipino gifts and talents. Its mission is to provide scientifically advanced nutritional products to support the health and well-being of infants and children. It's definitely true that "Everything is possible when you nurture the gift".
|Someone looks happy while looking at Kiko's books :)|
Here's a new TVC of the alumni after 20 years and the highlight of their achievements.
|Our souvenir photo given to us after the program.|
It was definitely a wonderful opportunity to be able to attend and see their wonderful talents and how they've improved the gifts through the years. I was reminded that it's not just about being smart but about guiding and helping the kids develop the gifts they already have. Nurturing their gifts and supporting them with what they love to do will surely make them a successful individual someday.
I'm happy I have Dane and Nate with me when we went there. Although during the program, Dane had to leave and stay on a different room since Nate started crying. It was still an amazing experience. Plus, I had a chance to meet and greet 2 of the mommy bloggers from MBP. :)
|Souvenir given after the event, a notebook, pen and our photo taken before the event started.|
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