As parents, we want our children to be the best in what they want to become when they grow up. We want them to develop their talents, improve on their weaknesses, play their strengths to their advantage  and help them reach their full potential to be able to live a life with purpose.

Our parenting style and child-rearing philosophies, as well as the environment with which we have immersed our children which includes the school, the faith we believe in and the social issues and concerns we find worth pursuing are some of the factors that will help us guide our children, as well as ourselves, in our life’s path and quest for living a full life.

As a teacher, specifically a special education teacher, it is my goal to help my students do the same as well: provide opportunities for my students to reach their full potential and work around their behavioural and learning difficulties.

There are a lot of opportunities for people to explore their innate abilities. Children, before formally beginning schooling attend informal lessons bent on developing their talents in singing, dancing, acting, creative skills, sports skills and musical skills. Some move on to more difficult levels and continue to hone their skills well into their adulthood.

Some, however, like their parents, are grasping in the dark, enrolling in one kind of lesson and going to another after a while. Basketball for last year’s summer, soccer and guitar lessons every weekend, singing lessons for this year’s summer, drums lessons for the next summer, and so on and so forth, just for one child. In the end, these children become Jack of all Trades and Master of None.

Parents are baffled what went wrong and with all expenses going down the drain, they feel frustrated and still not knowledgeable enough as to what their children can give focus on and develop further. They try new skills again, year after year, sometimes hitting the right stuff that their children are good at to keep doing continuously. Most of the time, both the parents and the children are hitting a wall which makes them go back to where they started, at zero level.

There is however, one particular assessment which can help parents and teachers like me, know the concealed abilities of the children, based on their multiple intelligences so that they are steered in the right direction, according to the results of the assessment.

This assessment is called Dermatoglyph Multiple Intelligence Test or DMIT

What is DMIT and how will the results help in knowing people’s strengths and weaknesses through the different facets of multiple intelligences?

DMIT or Dermatoglyph Multiple Intelligence Test is an assessment done using a fingerprint scan to interpret which among the 16 multiple intelligences are innate in a person’s abilities.

How is this possible? Dermatoglyphics is the science of fingerprints.

It was in 1823 when Joannes Evangelista Purkinji researched protruding fingerprints on human palms and toe prints on the soles of the feet as well as the protruding ridge of the soles.

In the publication called “Nature”, Henry Faulds and W.J. Herschel recommended the use of fingerprints to identify people.

It was in 1892 when Sir Francis Galton pointed out the commonality in the fingerprints of siblings, twins and intergeneration genetics.

Harris Hawthorne Wilder in 1902, established the systematic foundation of pattern studies or morphology and genetics. He also did research on racial palm and finger prints.

The term “Dermatogylphs” was coined by Harold Cummins in 1926 for the study of fingerprints. Dermatoglyphs then became a professional knowledge.

The five types of fingerprints and its unique personality traints was a study done by the Society for the Study of Physiological Patterns back in 1930.

Brain surgeon professor Dr. Penfield pointed out the close link and relationship between fingerprints and the brain.

Each fingerprint corresponds to a certain type of personality, as researched by Noel Jaquin in 1958.

For those with chromosomal abnormality, Solton pointed out in 1963, the percentage of abnormal fingerprints would increase.

Professor Roger W. Sperry and his co-researchers did research on the left and right brain functions as well as the dual brain theory with which they were awarded a Nobel Prize in Biomedicine. Howard Gardner in 1985 introduced the Multiple Intelligence theory.

Working in the academe, Professor Lin Ruei Bin of Taiwan, applied DMIT to his students. He was able to identify the talents as well as the learning styles of the children where they were able to maximize the identified talents and strengths early on.

It was in 2004 when W.G.S.I. started using high technology to scan fingerprints. It was this company with a massive database of millions of data and statistical foundation that brought the application of Dermatoglyphics in Asian countries.

It was in 2012 when DMIT was introduced in the Philippines through I.M.S. Now called Encycligent Marketing Services.

Encycligent came from the words “encyclopaedia” and “intelligent”.  Their logo uses a light bulb concept to assist in the enlightenment of a person.  Eight (8) rays symbolizing the 8 Multiple Intelligences.

DMIT and Encycligent marketing Services aims to provide individuals assessement and interpretation based on their fingerprints to help them develop their full potentials, based on the multiple intelligences result. Encycligent and DMIT provides educational, training and employment consultancy to those who will avail of the DMIT.

You only need to do it once in your lifetime and it will create a prodigious impact in your life.

For information on Dermatoglyph Multiple Intelligent Test, contact Encycligent Marketing Services


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One of the key factors in observing children we think may or may not have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder would be hand movements: finger tapping, hand tapping on surfaces that may produce sounds, like that of a drummer on drums.

They may use a pen to tap on the table or just tap a finger using the nail to create a sound. They may appear listless, touching, twirling, clapping, drumming on invisible drums, strumming invisible guitars, fiddling and all sorts of things that they may do with their hands, they would.

It seems annoying to those looking at them. These hand movements can be used with other actions and tasks that will make them concentrate and pay attention to. One of these activities would be drumming. Whether these drums are those box-looking beat boxes, purchased remo kintekloth tubano key-tuned at musicians friend or the regular drum set, these children may find a way to keep these hand movements positive and enjoyable.

Below is a short video on ADHD and finger tapping:

One of the things parents and caregivers have these children diagnosed with ADHD would be music and drumming. According to a Psychology Today article:

• Music and drumming: The brain activity is often sonar-driven for stimulation and I have developed specific drumming CDs that we have shown to heighten the frontal lobe activity consistently. […] My point is that there many types of rhythmic music that would accomplish this neurological process.

Other activities in the article made mention of:

  • chewing gum
  • breathing patterns
  • exercising (get them involved in sports)
  • eating the right food (diet of high proteins (at least 50%) and complex carbohydrates every morning – no sugar)

I looked for more articles supporting the idea of drumming for children diagnosed with ADHD and read about this interesting topic.

Zoe Kessler, had an 8-week drumming course for children at risk.

One boy stood out from the rest. He was louder, antsy-er and even more hyperactive than the others, and of course, he won my heart. One day, he was even worse than usual. After class, I approached him.

“So, what’s up?” I asked.

“I forgot to take my medication today,” he said.

“Ohhhh … I get it,” I said.

And he knew that I knew what he was talking about. Knew first-hand. And that there was no judgment, only camaraderie. If only I’d had an adult around like that when I was a kid, I thought. I’m trying to give these kids what I didn’t get when I was an out-of-control, misunderstood, hyperactive ADHD kid. I let them get up and dance, shout, parade around the room with drums, and be kinesthetic in their learning.

Mark Lucas believes drumming lessons can help children with ADHD and had designed programs to help these children learn drumming.

For parents of children diagnosed with ADHD, providing them with activities that will transfer their bountiful energy  in activities that will make them move and at the same time concentrate are a big help in helping them manage their behavior.

Teach your child crafts and develop his/her imagination and creativity.

Teaching the “arts” with children is not about giving them crayons and photos to color “within the lines”.

Teaching children creativity does not mean giving them photos where they have to paste colored paper cut-outs and the one who pasted the cut-outs within the line is the most artistic.

No, to these activities I say a big NO.

Give the child an empty paper, different materials that he/can use and you will be surprised how creative the “artworks” turn up. There are, no doubt, children who can create mini-masterpieces once they are not confined to just coloring within the lines. There is no doubt too, that there are children born with an eye for colors and details, an ear for the perfect pitch and a way with words that seem to surpass the young age.

Do not concern yourself so much with “neatness” because there are those who see beauty in a variety of materials available. If you want your place to be neat and orderly and are ruled by too many restrictions, you tend to be less creative.


Teach your child crafts if you think painted photos do not present any values.

Paper House

Crafts are wonderful ways to teach children about using materials that are otherwise deemed as junk. Craft products like bags, notepads, wind chimes, paper houses, Christmas tree decorations, gift cards, even personalized wholesale envelope printing are not just usable but can help them earn a bit for themselves.

If you and your child are busy the whole week, take time out for a weekend to do crafting.

Crafting has a lot of benefits and a few are the following:

  • you save money by recycling materials you would otherwise consider as trash
  • you develop your imagination and create new products out of the old ones
  • you unleash your creativity
  • you become a good problem solver
  • you become a good planner and organizer
  • you earn money when people start noticing the things you create

You can give these crafts as gifts too and make people feel good knowing that these were made by your own hands.

Ever heard of Katamino?

I admit I wouldn’t know what that is if I won’t Google the term.

I bought Katamino a few months back. This is definitely not easy to accomplish even if it looks like it is easy.


The photo shows shows the shapes of the Katamino I got. I would prefer the ones made of wood but this will make do for now.

Katamino will test one’s creativity, logic, problem-solving, planning and perception on how things go together. The geometric shapes look easy to fit to make the task done but do not be too sure about how everything fits together.


Yesterday, December 1, 2012, PWD Thanksgiving Celebration was held at the Manila Zoo.

PWD Thanksgiving Celebration at Manila Zoo

Manila Mayor Fred Lim was the guest of honor. He said in his speech the City Hall of Manila employs around 200 PWDs.

PWD Thanksgiving Celebration at Manila Zoo

PWD Thanksgiving Celebration at Manila Zoo

Guests and advocates who delivered messages were John Chua, A PWD Advocate and famous photographer;  Engr. Bien Mateo, Chairman of SM Program on Disability Affairs; Mr. Tony Pasia, representing all PWD Organizations.

PWD Thanksgiving Celebration at Manila Zoo

PWD Thanksgiving Celebration at Manila Zoo

PWD Thanksgiving Celebration at Manila Zoo

The guests of the event were treated to intermission numbers by the ASP Dream Girls who sang a medley of pop songs, PHWHIC Kids who did a Gangnam Style dance number and the Nelmida Twins and the Ambassadors of Light who delighted the guests with their songs.

PWD Thanksgiving Celebration at Manila Zoo

PWD Thanksgiving Celebration at Manila Zoo

PWD Thanksgiving Celebration at Manila Zoo

There was also a bird show c’/ Manila Zoo, Ventriloquist Show and Bubble Show .

Photography with a Difference supported the event with the participating groups:

  • ADHD Society
  • Autism Society of the Philippines
  • Down Syndrome Society of the Philippines, Inc
  • Parents Advocates for Visually Impaired Children
  • Parent Council for the Welfare of Hearing Impaired Children, Inc.
  • Philippine Society of Orphan Disorders

The PWD Thanksgiving Celebration was sponsored by the following: City of Manila, Kinder Zoo Adventure Jungle, Canon Philippines and SM Cares Foundation.

A few more photos here.

UBS Optimus Foundation partnered with Teach for the Philippines with CHF 1 million or approximately Php43,000,000 grant.

If you are a highly motivated, highly creative and has a heart for changing the lives and quality of education from high needs school, then you are exactly what Teach for the Philippines is looking for. Click here to know more about the application process.

Teach for the Philippines, formerly known as Sa Aklat Sisikat Foundation, is a leadership development program that trains high-potential, highly motivated and creative leaders who are willing to teach at some of the identified high need schools in the Philippines.  UBS Optimus Foundation’s grant will support for over five years Teach for the Philippines in promoting educational equality.

Teach for the Philippines and UBS Optimus Foundation presscon

Teach for the Philippines will recruit and train the most promising university graduates and young professional to invest two years to teach at one of the chosen public schools in the Philippines. The UBS Optimus Foundation’s grant will fund the training program, professional development activities and other support programs needed to fully to help the successful chosen teaching fellows in their foray into the public school system.

The inspiration for Teach for the Philippines is from a successful global program Teach for All which has been empowering the world’s most promising young leaders in transforming their nations through education, working to ensure that children who live in poverty have access to excellent education.
UBS Optimus Foundation is delighted to announce our new partnership with Teach for the Philippines. We believe in the importance of human capital and how education can play a transformational role. In Asia Pacific, the Foundation supports 33 projects across 18 countries. We hope our support to Teach for the Philippines can lead to life-changing experiences that will positively shape the future of Philippines’ youth and help them achieve their full potential,” said Kathryn Shih, Board Member of UBS Optimus Foundation.

Lizzie Zobel, Teach for the Philippines’ co-founder and Chairman said: “This innovative new partnership in the Philippines allows us to tap into the talent within our country to build a lasting legacy for the next generation. We are collaborating closely with the Department of Education to enhance the programs which will develop the potential of teachers within the Philippine public education system. Our shared goal with the Department of Education and the local government units is to ensure that all children will have the opportunity to access high quality education. We are proud that the UBS Optimus Foundation has chosen to partner with us, bringing not only funding but global expertise which will help advance our cause.

 Wendy Kopp, founder of Teach for All and Teach for America said: “This bold move by the Teach for the Philippines’ team is representative of a society steadfast in its objective to uplift the future generation of your nation. I join them as they take a stand and begin making giant steps to bring us closer to our shared vision – One day, all children in this nation will have the opportunity to attain an excellent education.”

In this new initiative, Teach for the Philippines is working with Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) Poverty Action Lab to provide a robust system to measure and evaluate the effectiveness of this program, identify successful elements that can be replicated in future educational projects and disseminate this knowledge to policymakers.

Phyllis Costanza, CEO of the UBS Optimus Foundation on the project: “We look forward to collaborating with Teach for the Philippines on this exciting new educational initiative as co-founders Lizzie Zobel and Margarita Delgado have had a longstanding experience through the Sa Aklat Sisikat Foundation in promoting high quality education for all children, regardless of their background.”

UBS Optimus Foundation has been funding health programs in the Philippines: rabies education and vaccination program in Bohol, controlling and elimination of schistosomiasis, a parasitic disease, in Samar and a project about malaria disease in Palawan.

What is UBS Optimus Foundation:

The UBS Optimus Foundation is an independent grant-making organization which is funded by UBS clients and employees. The foundation’s administrative costs are paid by UBS meaning that 100 percent of all client donations go directly to the projects. The UBS Optimus Foundation’s employees carefully select all projects based on their technical expertise, provide systematic feedback on the program’s implementation and performance, leverage their network of international experts and facilitate an external evaluation of the project.

Since 1999, the UBS Optimus Foundation has supported children in the areas of health, education and child protection with innovative, cost-effective initiatives that impart lasting benefits. The UBS Optimus Foundation is a part of UBS’s dedicated philanthropic support to its clients globally.

Teach for the Philippines
‘Teach for the Philippines’ is a non-profit professional Philippine organization that enlists the Philippines’ most promising future leaders in our mission to promote education equality. ‘Teach for the Philippines’ is an official partner of Teach for All, the prestigious education network with 26 members globally.


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