Children’s Paradise Montessori School On Its 10th Year – Cebu Daily News Feature

On its 10th anniversary, once more, for the 5th consecutive year since 2011, Children’s Paradise Montessori School (CPMS) has been chosen to be the MOST TRUSTED MONTESSORI SCHOOL in Metro Cebu by the Global Management and Excellence Awards (GLOMEA) Council. The Awards Night was held at the Grand Convention Center on June 27.

CPMS has also been Cebu’s Montessori School of the Year from 2010 to 2015, a six year consecutive recognition plum, by the Business Achievement and Recognition Awards (BARA) Council.

And this is an achievement in itself! Why? and how? CPMS President Ms. Marivic Evangelist Bathan admits that the school from its foundation has consistently adhered to Dr. Maria Montessori’s Philosophy and Principles and, just as consistently, exposed the students to real-world experiences and to the beauty and discipline of the arts. That’s how CPMS values children, “the makers of men” according to Dr. Maria Montessori, or “the hope of our future” to Dr. Jose Rizal

In a thoughtful moment, Marivic E. Bathan, perhaps not so unlike Dr. Maria Montessori, a little over a century ago, when she founded her “Casa dei Bambini” (Children’s Home) recalled how with just 13 small kids in 2006 she confidently started her own “Children’s Paradise”.


Children’s Paradise Montessori School has been recognized as the Montessori School of the Year for 6 consecutive years now by the Business Achievement and Recognition Awards Council.

Now going into its 2nd decade, CPMS has truly come a long way and is raring to accomplish more and more beyond the usual expectations.

But just to keep track of what CPMS has garnered these first 10 years of operation, take note:

It started with the Preschool Program and has developed more programs to cater to children’s developmental needs. Now, CPMS is currently running 8 well-integrated programs, as follows:
1. Toddler (below 3 years old)
2. Inclusive Preschool (3-6 years old)
3. Intensive Montessori Environment (IME) Preschool
4. Inclusive Lower Elementary (Grades 1 to 3)
5. Intensive Montessori Environment (IME) Lower Elementary
6. Inclusive Upper Elementary (Grades 4 to 6)
7. Comprehensive Learning Needs Support (CLNS) – Upper Elementary
8. Student Service (In-house services to provide intervention for children with needs)
9. Child Care Program (to open in August)

International Training /Continuing Professional Education – Ms. Bathan went to Malaysia and Australia for further Montessori training; Annual in-house teacher training by a trainer-consultant with a Masters Degree in Montessori Education from the Loyola University in Maryland, USA

A dynamic trendsetter

2007 – Spearheaded the celebration of the Montessori Centennial by the Association of Montessorians in in Southern Philippines (AMSP) in Ayala, Cebu.
2008 – Opened a new program – The Intensive Montessori Environment
(IME) to prepare preschool children with needs to be mainstreamed
2009 – Partnered with Cebu City local Government and DepEd to provide refresher and advanced courses of The Montessori Method to about 200 Daycare and Public School Teachers. Staged Psalty’s Christmas Calamity as its 1st Musicale Play Production
2010 –Opened its Montessori Elementary Program (starting with Grades 1 to 3) faithfully complying with the Principles of the Montessori Method
2011 –Opened its Student Services Dept. to provide the necessary intervention programs that children might need.
2014 –Children’s Paradise Montessori Choir, the only Philippine choir, joined Asia Cantate International Choral Competition in Hong Kong and won 1 gold and 2 silvers; and performed in Desneyland, Hong kong.
2015 – To open the 10th year celebration, CPMS produced the Cebu Premiere of Disney-Broadway Junior Musical: The Little Mermaid Jr.
In August, it will launch its Montessori Child Care Program – a more flexible and accessible Montessori early childhood care and developmental program
Bathan says, “It was a leap of faith that started it all. With so much passion in teaching, which runs naturally in our family, coupled with the love for children, I was inspired to pursue my dream of a Montessori school even at the peak of my corporate career. God made all things possible! What was once a dream has become a mission to fulfill for life. Witnessing how children can be transformed to becoming the best that they can be through the Montessori Education keeps me going even when the going gets tough. I thank God for the grace to allow me to find, embrace, and live the purpose He has for my life through the love and understanding of my family. It is really a vocation, a divine calling, which eventually will be a legacy of the Evangelista and Bathan families. ”

Bathan, second president of the region’s Association of Montessorians in Southern Philippines, also recently received the coveted Outstanding Woman Achiever of 2015 Award among ten women awardees from the organizers of the Business Achievement and Recognition Awards (BARA) during its annual recognition rites at Mandarin Plaza Hotel on the 21st of June, 2015. The yearly prestigious initiative is an enduring advocacy of a multi-sectoral and unaligned group of civic, non-government, and business entities and leaders designed to recognize companies that have excelled in their respective fields of business firms that are performing well.

Last year, the CPM Choir participated in the Asia Cantate International Choral Festival in Hong Kong and romped away with a gold medal in equal voices choir and two silver medals in the children’s choir and folklore categories surpassing the performances of 15 other secondary and tertiary level choirs from the different countries in the ASEAN region. The CPM choir made history as being the first participating group in the Philippines in the prestigious competition. The group was also given the rare opportunity to perform in Disneyland Hong Kong during their stay in the city.

In her brief response representing the other awardees of the event, she emphasized the need to put the passion to excel in giving the consuming public or community the highest quality of service or performing product over and above the desire for financial gains and security. It seemed everyone was inspired by the truly moving true stories from Sir Ken Robinson’s book The Element and the equally touching lives from Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet that Ms.Bathan shared with her audience.

Bathan is a product of the University Of San Carlos (USC) College of Accountancy who graduated Magna Cum Laude and ranked 17 in the May 1993 CPA Board Exams.

Source: Cebu Daily News

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Montessori Education – How To Keep The Fire Inside Your Child Burning

What makes Montessori education so different from convention educational methods? This was the core issue discussed in our 2nd Montessori Series for the School Year 2011-2012 last Saturday, September 17, 2011 at the Children’s Paradise Montessori School (CPMS) campus.

One of the highlights of that gathering was a video from Montessori Madness (a book by Trevor Eissler, a parent to parent argument on the Montessori system) showing the stark differences between the traditional and Montessori philosophy on child learning.

In a nutshell the video explains that conventional schools assume that your child need incentives (reward or punishment) in order for him or her to learn. Authentic Montessori schools take the opposite view.

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Difference between authentic montessori schools and conventional schools

The Montessori system believes children don’t need to be rewarded or punished in order for them to learn because they are born curious, inquisitive and love to explore. In short, children are naturally interested to learn! They all have an inner fire, a natural desire to gain knowledge about the world around them.

Sadly, more often than not, children lose their desire to learn when they are not given the proper environment, guidance and encouragement. This is especially true with the traditional school system. By the time they reach their early teens, that flame or fire is almost extinguished.

To help you understand more about this serious issue, watch the complete video below and learn why children lose their natural light or flame to learn. You’ll also discover how you can keep the fire burning inside them and help them achieve what they want to be.

Tell us what you think by leaving a comment below.

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5 Ways To Connect With Children’s Paradise Montessori On The Social Web

Aside from the usual memorandum circulars, notes and messages through communication notebooks, telephone and email, did you know that there are other ways to connect with the school online? Yes, Children’s Paradise Montessori School is also on the social web and has established active presence in 5 of the most popular social media sites because we believe communication shouldn’t be confined to just the usual channels.

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What does this mean to you? It means you can check for school updates anytime & anywhere through multiple devices (computer, mobile phones & tablets). You can check photos of school activities, read useful child development topics in our blog and share videos through your favorite social networking sites to friends and relatives.

This also means there are no more barriers to interacting with the school staff, teachers and fellow parents / guardians even if you’re based outside Cebu (overseas or in other provinces) or simply just too tied up in the office.

Listed below are the 5 ways to connect with CPMS via social media sites:

1. Facebook Page (please click on the photo to go to CPMS Facebook Page)

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CPMS Facebook Page

If you haven’t joined the toddler, preschool & elementary parents, teachers and staff in the world’s largest social network, please do. We already have 121 people on board and still growing. You’re welcome to view & tag photos, videos and even send inquiries using the contact form on the page. To join us on Facebook, simply click on the photo above or type or you can run a search on for Children’s Paradise Montessori School and just click like.

2. Twitter  (please click on the photo to go to CPMS Twitter Page)

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CPMS Twitter Page

Are you always on the go and need quick school updates? Try Twitter. Join us by searching @cebumontessori on and then click follow. You will get the latest blog posts and Facebook updates as we also normally tweet any new entries making it easier for you to be in the loop.

3. Youtube  (please click on the photo to go to CPMS Youtube Channel)

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CPMS YouTube Channel

Would you like to watch videos of your kids perform in school activities & other events 24/7? You can now do so by visiting CPMS’ Youtube channel. We have uploaded several videos on the site and more are expected to be online in the coming weeks. Feel free to share the clips with family and friends anytime.

4. Foursquare  (please click on the photo to go to CPMS Foursquare venue page)

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CPMS Foursquare Venue

We are also in Foursquare, the online locational service that lets you check in, post comments and interact with other members using your smartphone. Don’t forget to leave a review and share with friends!

5. Blog

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Of course, last but not the least, it’s our blog. It is the central repository for relevant information about the school, its policies and activities. We have lots of great content for you such as photos, videos and useful articles and we’ll add more of those on a regular basis.

So there you have it, 5 ways you can connect with CPMS via social media sites. We hope that you’ll find this post useful as we look forward to meet and talk to you on or off cyberspace.

But in case you need to do it the offline way, visit the school’s contact page for all our telephone numbers as well as a Google map to help you with the directions

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Children’s Paradise Montessori School, Mandaue, Cebu

‘A Future Full Of Hope’

Children’s Paradise Montessori School (CPMS) is a an authentic Montessori method learning institution that integrates a values-based and holistic curriculum through individual and multiple intelligence approach. cebu montessori preschool kindergarten toddler

The school houses licensed and experienced teachers who undergo intensive and strict training under the Montessori Method of Education.

Holistic & Values-based Authentic Montessori Program

CPMS caters to several levels of child education, namely:

Toddlers ( 2-3 years old) Preschool (3-6 years old) Elementary (6-12 years old) Special Education (SPED)

Parents Share Their Experience

Watch and learn what some of our parents have to say about their experience with Children’s Paradise Montessori School and how it help mold their children:

Recognized As Top Montessori School In Cebu

In recognition of its high standards, CPMS was awarded by the Business Awards & Recognition (BAR) as the Montessori School Of The Year 2010 last August 22, 2010.

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(Right) CPMS Directress Marivic E. Bathan & (Left) Ms. Stephanie Olano, Asst. School Directress with the Montessori of the Year plaque and certificate

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Seminar WorkShop: Creating A Future For Children With Learning Difficulties

“Free the child’s potential, and you will transform him into the world.”- Dr. Maria Montessori

There is so much that children can contribute to the world. Every child is born for a unique purpose that no one could ever fulfill exactly as he/she was meant to realize.

“The child must know that he is a miracle, that since the beginning of the world there hasn’t been, and until the end of the world there will not be, another child like him.”- Pablo Casals

Even children with unique learning needs can have a future full of hope and promise. We must believe that they may see and live it for themselves. It is in this light that we are inviting you to “Creating a Future for Children with Learning Difficulties” seminar workshop from May 2 to 6, 2011.

This will be held at Talamban Leisure Center (TLC) from 8am to 12nn. The following topics will be covered:

May 2: Children with Learning Difficulties, An Overview
May 3: Paying Attention: Defining Attention Difficulties and Exploring Attention
Management Strategies
May 4: Creating Individualized Educational Plans for Children with Learning Difficulties
May 5: Simple Strategies to Take the Difficulty out of Learning
May 6: Teaching Vocabulary, Comprehension, and Writing

DONNA CARMINA “Mimai” GARCIA- CASTELO, Program Director of The Resource Room (TRR), will be the resource person. Mimai has the passion for helping children with learning difficulties (LD). She does diagnostic reading and math assessment, creating individualized remedial programs, supervising programs, and teacher training in TRR. She is educated at UP College of Education in Diliman, Quezon City.

Mimai has 8 years of LD specialization which she attained at Wordlab School, New Manila and more than a decade of experience with helping schools in Cebu City modify curriculum, create, and monitor IEPs. She is also a Certified Teacher for:

Lindamood Phoneme Sequencing Program
Orton-Gillingham Multisensory Math
Slingerland Multisensory Instruction. Level 2

Registration fee is P3,500 which includes a morning snack and lunch. You will also be provided with handouts. Should there be 3 participants in a group, the discounted fee is P3,000 each. For parents of Children’s Paradise Montessori School students, the fee is down to P2,500 each.

Teachers, therapists, and parents would greatly benefit from this seminar workshop. Mimai is not only technically knowledgeable but also inspiring in delivering her message straight from the heart.

She will give us a clearer understanding of learning difficulties and how it manifests in children. Furthermore, we will be moved to act by providing appropriate cognitive/academic interventions to aid children overcome these difficulties.

Thus, certain strategies will be presented to enable children with unique learning needs develop fundamental learning, literacy, and math skills.

It is indeed imperative for us, adults, to aid every child to become a master of himself. This is possible only if he/she is empowered to be independent and eventually confident in taking every opportunity that leads him/her to reach his/her fullest potential. To empower them is to equip and enable them according to their needs.

“When you put faith, hope, and love together, you can raise positive kids in a negative world.” – Zig Ziglar

We enjoin you to this run towards raising happy children no matter how unique their needs are. Children’s Paradise Montessori School was founded five years ago with the mission of providing education for life to children.

We have created a learning environment based on Montessori principles that guide and nurture the development of each child’s potential to become an informed, active, compassionate, and lifelong learner, who will make a positive contribution to the global community.

There are only 20 slots to be filled up. Please fill up the attached slip and fax to us at 416-0533. Kindly call us at 416-0533, 0920-9522509 or 0922-8824955 for any concerns and reservations.

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Does Our Present Educational System Kill Our Children’s Creativity?

Children are born naturally curious, imaginative and creative, qualities that make innovation and human progress possible.

In this humorous yet very inspiring video, Sir Ken Robinson talks about how the present educational system is suppressing children’s inborn or natural creativity and why there should be a major shift in thinking by governments, schools, parents and the public where creativity and literacy should be given equal importance.


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