Monday, May 6, 2013

A sweet treat for moms at Cafe 1771

From the smooth and velvety to the sweet cakes without the guilt, CafĂ© 1771 presents its homespun cake creations that will surely make mom feel special. From the petite cake to a festive cake size portions for the whole family, these cakes are perfect for the family’s celebration table.

If thinking of a dessert that will signify love and admiration, Rose Noire (P250 net) is a delightful surprise, especially for someone who’s a certified chocolate lover. Lavish layers of Valrhona dark chocolate with hazel nut praline that sits on a crunchy crust, this chocolate-loaded creation also comes with a surprise at the center: a croquantine for some crunch and dark chocolate flavor with a distinct praline taste.
For something that can make anyone dive right in, Evasion (P270 net) gives this promise: an evasive combo of white and dark chocolates with cream cheese and fresh strawberry in a lightly crispy feullentine at the center. What’s more to love? It’s not too sweet and amazingly creamy.

Light, pillowy and comes with a nutty center, the Gianduja Truffle Mousse (P250 net) combines the dark and white chocolate praline flavors.  Structured with elements that will surprise the palate, its sweetness comes from the base made of chocolate sponge then followed by marshmallows with cashew nuts and topped off with chocolate mousse as a velvety finish.

And who wouldn’t want the 1771 Group of Restaurants signature dessert, the sugar-free coffee pie (P220 net)? An epic recipe from the family of Executive Chef Vicky Rose-Pacheco for over twenty years, the addicting secret is in the crisp texture of the combined flavors of Dutch cocoa and coffee with cashew nuts. And with no bells and whistles or outrĂ© ingredients, this version is sweetened with coconut sugar and lightly dusted with cocoa for an awfully memorable dessert minus the guilt.

A good cake not only serves as a delightful centerpiece—the very presence of it on the table marks a celebration itself. For an extra touch of something dreamy and decadent to make mom feel special, give these mini cakes as a surprise, guaranteed to communicate your love. For advance orders, call 631-7340.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

ETON IS launched International Primary Curriculum

Last April 13 at the EDSA Shangri-La Hotel, Eton International School launches a new teaching method which is currently used globally, the International Primary Curriculum or IPC. Since its launch in the United Kingdom 13 years ago, it helped a lot of failing British schools using this new teaching method which his based on socially-relevant themes. As Eton International School formally launches IPC in the Philippines, Eton expects it to gain ground in the country, making them the first IPC school here.

The launch last April highlights the symposium entitled “Think Global, Start Young, Start Now. A Symposium for Parents and Educators.” With one of the most sought after speakers, IPC London Regional Manager, Katie Fitch.

Fitch is an IPC practitioner-trainer who has a wealth of practical experience gained from her 13 years of IPC work in European and Asian academic Institutions. Since 2000, she has been providing training and support to schools implementing the IPC, as well as staff professional development.

IPC is a comprehensive, thematic, creative curriculum designed to achieve three goals for personal, academic, and international learning. It covers over 80 different thematic units of learning, which are considered to be child-friendly and modern-day topics appealing to all ages of primary children.

IPC is learning based on a theme. For example, if the topic is a bout rainforest, you learn rainforest from different aspects such as English, Geography, Science, History and Arts. 

Learning in IPC takes a global approach to develop „international-mindedness‟ among students. It helps children to connect their learning to where they are living now, as well as looking at the learning from the perspective of other people in other countries.

The engaging approach of IPC also encourages parental involvement as children, inspired by their learning, talk freely to parents and family members about what they have done at school and often, choose to continue their learning at home. 

“The Filipino child of the 21st century deserves a curriculum that will enhance his personal development and international-mindedness. In learning, the child has to be both engaged and connected with a global of community of learners,” said Eton President Dr. Jacqueline Marzan-Tolentino.

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