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Friday, January 30, 2015

Press Release: A Look Back at the Gifted Alumni: Inspiring a New Generation of Giftedness

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. 

After being discovered as a gifted child, Kiko went on to guest on a few TV programs and events with his fellow gifted children and did a few gigs as a child. Currently, Kiko works as a publisher in the books division of one of the biggest publishing houses in the country. He publishes books that range from business to lifestyle, food, young adult fiction, etc.
After his appearance as a gifted child, James continued to attend school, quietly learning and absorbing as much information as he could. His natural curiosity for things led him to explore other fields apart from astronomy. Now, James is taking up his MA in Clinical Psychology to broaden his familiarity on the mind of gifted children. He's also a self-taught musician, a master of playing both the keyboard and guitar. 
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."

Kiko Said: 
"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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45 comments:

  1. THere was a time na si Shaira Luna iniinsulto. Kasi daw ang talitalino pero photography ang nahilig. Naabutan ko siya sa La Salle and naawa ako. I feel that so many Pinoys are judgemental - nabigyan siya ng stereotype bigla.. kawawa..

    But I'm so happy that she's found her calling - diba?

    Promil Pre-School naman nag gatas ng little boy ko

    Love, didi

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    1. I agree. Naku, mabuti nalang di sya nagpatalo sa negative na sinasabi ng iba. I'm happy na nakita nya at sinunod nya ang passion nya.

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  2. Coolness! Sometimes you wonder di ba, asan na kaya sila ngayon? And here's the answer! Indeed, everything is possible if you nurture the gift.

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    1. Korek ka jan Mommy Pehpot. I was inspired and I hope I can nurture whatever my son's gift well.

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    2. And the actual clothes! Kaloka din the team behind the TVC no..

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  3. Amazing to see how they are doing nowadays :) Thanks for sharing ^^

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  4. I read about them, I think two years ago, in a magazine. So I know Shaira is into photography and I believe there's nothing wrong with that. I remember she shared (in the magazine) the advantages and disadvantages of being labeled as "gifted". I'm glad to know that whatever career they may have pursued, it may not be aligned or connected to being "gifted", what matters is they're happy and content. Thank you for sharing. :)

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    1. You're welcome! I totally agree with you. Shaira can be a doctor, kayang kaya nya yun pero hindi yun yung love nyang gawin kaya I'm so happy that she followed what she desired to do.

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  5. I remember! I also used to admire Shaira Luna a lot. I just hope this campaign doesn't pressure parents into buying the milk if they can't afford it because milk's not a necessity beyond infancy :(

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    1. Tama! Well, I am a breastfeeding advocate but I'm happy na wala naman akong narinig sa kanila kahit nakita ako ng iba na nagbibreastfeed sa anak ko during the event. hehe.

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  6. Hi mommy Nilyn, I was at the same event also. I love Shaira Luna but got starstruck when Joey Ayala turned up. Be still my beating heart! - edel

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    1. Sigurado ako nakita kita Mommy Edel, hindi ko lang alam na ikaw yun. Sana magkita pa tayo sa mga susunod na events. :D Sobrang ganda nga ng boses ni Joey! :D

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  7. I had the pleasure of meeting Shaira Luna at a Burts Bees event last year. She even took a photo of me. I also follow her on IG. She's really amazing! :)

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    1. She looks like a very kind woman and I'm happy for her. :)

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  8. Whao.. to be able to follow up and see the these talented kids after they have grown up. That's really cool!!

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    1. It was cool and overwhelming really! I couldn't believe it at first! hahaa.

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  9. It's great that as they turned more mature, they're living the best lives possible. Their stories are indeed inspiring! I'm especially keen to know more about Kiko since he's a gifted child. He must be super creative because he publishes books with a large range of topics.

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    1. I know right. Napakagaling nila. Sana magkaupdate din sa iba pang gifted children like Jirro Manio, Mural atbp in the future.

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  10. I'm happy to see them again. Shaira Luna naman is still gifted even if photography is way from far from being a science genius.

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  11. It's cool to see how they're doing now. This Promil program does help a lot of gifted kids here in the Philippines. So lucky of you to attend this event

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    1. I know, I'm really happy I was able to attend. hehe.

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  12. wow...these three gifted children really have revealed that i am getting old. I used to watch these kids with their stint on promil .. and now they are all professional.. amazing ... and congratulations to the path they have discovered ...

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    1. haha. pareho tayo ng na feel. Tumatanda na talaga tayo. hehe.

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  13. I used to see Shaira in school way back in college. But she was graduating na during my freshman year :) She's always smiling. Hehehe. Its good to know that they were able to do things they really love :) i think being gifted is also about letting the child do what s/he wants to do and encouraging him/her as parents :)

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    1. I agree! Sometimes, parents force their kids into doing something they don't love doing. This is a reminder that we parents should just have to support them all the way.

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  14. I can relate to this post. My daughter is also a gifted child. She was tested to a psychologist and other doctors when she was 5 and she is 10 now and still in the gifted program. I would rather she's just average level. It isn't easy. They think different.

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    1. I've never met a gifted child in person, I wish I could. For now I won't be able to tell the difference between them and average kids.

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  15. Sometimes, when growing up, our perception in life changes and so are they. They were like so genius that you would consider yourself just an average person compared to them. But now, they chose the path where they love most and I have nothing against it. I for once was a music freak but now, I'm entering the world of education as I've discovered that through teaching, I could help students learn more and being a teacher, it's a rewarding experience to see your student excel in your subject. It's one joy that I could say, I've made them happy and made myself happy too! :D

    Great seeing them in one event and yes, I would love to learn more about photography and excel in it! :D

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  16. They are all grown ups na and pretty successful at their own careers. Great to see them again after what, 20 years?

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    1. Yes, it was 20years na talaga! Ang tanda ko na. haha.

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  17. Thank for posting this...some people had forgotten about multiple intelligence, that's why some people criticized Shaira Luna.

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    1. I just wish they hadn't judged her right away. I'm so happy for her that she followed her passion instead of what others want for her.

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  18. I've watched this commercials before and it's nice that they eventually became successful or found new passions like Shaira.

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    1. Yes, they're all successful individuals now. Amazing! :)

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  19. I remember Shaira Luna, once kasi siyang nag-aral sa alma Mater ko. If my memory serves me right, some universities don't accept her kasi she was too young for her age to enter college. Medicine pa ata course gusto nya. Indeed, these gifted chilren are individuals to admire and not to insult.

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    1. I'm so impressed by her, ang aga nyang nag college. I agree, they are to be admired. And they're really kind. All 3 of them. :)

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  20. These kids are inspirational! I watched their commercials before and wondered what happened to them. It's nice to know they've found their calling.

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    1. Yes, you're right! :) Not only have they found their calling but they're also very happy and satisfied with their achievements.

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  21. The memory is still fresh. I don't think I'll be able to forget these amazing kids.

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  22. it's nice how they ended up in really diverse fields. truly giftedness can take on so many forms!

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