2016 ACSI Teaching and Learning Conference

“In everything, set them an example by doing what is good.” Titus 2:7

September 29-30, 2016 * Faith Academy, Cainta, Rizal

October 28-29, 2016 * Davao Christian High School, Davao City

November 2016 
Dear colleagues in the Teaching Ministry,

I thank God for the opportunity HE gave ACSI Philippines to be of service to you in some major concerns you meet not only in the classroom with your students but also within your school community as you work with parents and school leaders.

The TEACHING and LEARNING CONFERENCES held in Faith Academy, Cainta and in Davao Christian High School, Davao City aimed to make all delegates realize that teachers make a strong difference in the lives of the people they meet. You do not make detailed lesson plans, make a hundred-item quarter exam, or make students assemble in a straight line only. More importantly, you make the students know and love the Lord more, you make them see that the subjects you teach are and can be integrated fully with the Bible, you make them ask questions for clarification and think critically, you make them enjoy learning through your creativity and innovativeness in your classroom activities.

It is my prayer that you will realize fully the extent of your influence and become the best teachers for the Lord in your respective schools. If there would be any special need that you think ACSI Philippines could help you with, please feel free to email and we will attend to it as best we can.

Abundant blessings to all of you, your schools, and your families.

Serving the Lord gladly,
Evelyn M. Malabunga-Bumatay, M.A.


“I like them all. Great speakers; valuable seminar.”

– Marilou E. Habacon, Faith Christian School
(September 29-30, 2016, ACSI TLC 2016 Cainta)

“I like Pastor Arieta’s topic; he inspired me to reach out to my students more & how parents react to scenarios in school. I pray that our Administrator would invite him as our resource speaker.”

– Ryan Jay Cocos Gamurot, Shining Light Academy
(September 29-30, 2016, ACSI TLC 2016 Cainta)

“I suggest that Pastor Arieta & Mr. Francis Kong will be included again as speakers for the next ACSI. Thank God I was able to attend and meet lovely teachers.”

– Nerissa V. Valenzuela, Shining Light Academy
(September 29-30, 2016, ACSI TLC 2016 Cainta)

“The venue was very conducive and the program was well-organized; efficient & effective speakers; inspirational & educational.”

– Marjorie Meneses, Shining Light Academy
(September 29-30, 2016, ACSI TLC 2016 Cainta)

“I like it when the sessions were participative; the topic that is highly philosophical was made simple; more actions & singing be employed next time; having us come out of the classrooms made us feel invigorated.”

– Clet S. Onrubia, Faith Christian School
(September 29-30, 2016, ACSI TLC 2016 Cainta)

ACSI Teaching and Learning Conference 2016 Speakers

Adonis Abelard O. Gorospe, Ph. D. (Faith Academy / Davao Christian HS)

2016-tlc_adonis-gorospeDr. Adonis O. Gorospe  holds a Master of Divinity from the Asian Theological Seminary (ATS) and
Master of Arts in Theological Studies and Doctor of Philosophy in Theology from the Ateneo De Manila University.

He is the Chairperson of Theology Department, the Director of Research Center, and Associate Chaplain for Spiritual Formation at ATS.



Presentations by Dr. Adonis Gorospe:

Brian Van Tassel (Davao Christian HS)

2016-tlc_brian-van-tasselBrian Van Tassel was one of the key speakers at ACSI’s 2016 EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP SUMMIT.

Brian grew up in Hong Kong but his baccalaureate degree in Mathematics and Math Education and his M.S. in Mathematics were obtained from George Fox and Notre Dame, USA, respectively.

He has a Diploma of Christian Studies from Regent, Canada and a M.S. in Educational Leadership from Bristol, UK. He has been trained in both Basic and Advanced Cognitive Coaching. He has been serving the International Christian School in Hong Kong for 18 years in different capacities: as Math Teacher, as Academic Dean, and as HS Principal. He has presented Higher Order Thinking Skills in Dagupan, Philippines and in the International Children’s Educator’s Conference in Korea in 2014 and Critical Thinking Skills in the ACSI Indonesia Teachers’ Conference in 2015 in Surabaya and Bandung.

Brian speaks some Chinese and attends a Chinese church. He has a daughter, 13, and a son, 11, with his wife from Taiwan. He has been to Manila, Dagupan, and Mindanao, Philippines.

Presentation by Mr. Brian Van Tassel:

Curtis J. Taylor, Ph. D. (Faith Academy / Davao Christian HS)

2016-tlc_curtis-taylorDr. Curtis J. Taylor moved to Indonesia and joined the International Teachers College at Universitas Pelita Harapan in 2015 as a Professor and the Director of Admissions. In this capacity he has the privilege of recruiting qualified Christian students from around the world for the primary and secondary English education programs that the ITC offers.

Prior to coming to Indonesia, Dr. Taylor served Dordt College in Iowa (USA) for 23 years in various roles, including Dean for Global Education, Special Assistant to the President, Vice President for Student Services, and Director of Residence Life. Over the course of his career in higher education, he has had the honor of speaking to groups in over 30 countries in North America and South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia.

Prior to his time in Iowa, Dr. Taylor held administrative positions at the University of Washington (USA) and Michigan State University (USA). Dr. Taylor has served in leadership positions on numerous national boards related to higher education. While in Iowa, he also served as president of the Sioux Center Chamber of Commerce, as vice president of the Sioux Center Christian School Board, and as a member of the Board of Directors of St. Luke’s College in Sioux City.

Dr. Taylor earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Calvin College (USA), a master’s degree in college and university administration from Michigan State University (USA), and a Ph.D. in educational leadership and policy studies from Iowa State University (USA).

Dr. Taylor has been married to Sheryl Sheeres Taylor for 29 years. Mrs. Taylor is a professional library director who is currently serving at the Johannes Oetenoro Library at Universitas Pelita Harapan.  The Taylor’s have three children:  Ian Curtis-21 (married to Elli Elizabeth Krosschell and attending Dordt College in Iowa) Willem Levi-17 (grade 12 at Unity Christian High School in Iowa), and Mia Soo-Jee-13 (grade 8 at Sekolah Pelita Harapan in Jakarta). During his free time, Dr. Taylor enjoys bicycling over 200 km per week, playing golf, and traveling with his family.

Presentations by Dr. Cutis Taylor:

  • The Heart of the Teacher: Making A Difference (file not yet available)
    – Plenary 5, Day2 TLC 2016 Faith Academy, Cainta Rizal

  • Motivation vs Discipline
    – Breakout Session 1, Day1 TLC 2016 Davao Christian High School, Davao City
Dolly Gutierrez (Faith Academy)

2016-tlc_dolly-gutierrezDolly is currently connected with Organizational Change Consultants, Inc., and Resource for Educators and Academic Professionals (REAP) as a Consultant for needs assessment, diagnoses, and program design.

She has productive years of experience in facilitating voice, movement, improvisation and acting workshops, coaching actors and training performance artists. Her performing arts expertise is a product of her Bachelor of Arts in Theater Arts degree from the University of the Philippines.

Her extensive theater experience prompted her to expand to the corporate classroom where she facilitates Leadership and Team Development programs and related modules such as Corporate kick-offs, Vision Mission & Values, Train the Trainer and Associate Roadmaps. Inclined to the outdoors, Dolly has designed Quest, a three-day outdoor program using camping skills & island survival techniques to build self-awareness and empowerment.

Dolly is also a Certified Open Water Diver.

Presentation by Ms. Dolly Gutierrez:

Efren G. Arieta, Jr (Faith Academy / Davao Christian HS)

2016-tlc_efren-arietaEfren G. Arieta Jr. holds a master’s degree in Holistic Child Development and is a state registered social worker. He has been dedicated to social development work for almost 20 years.

He is currently involved with the program implementation of Compassion International in the Philippines; he is an associate pastor for Day By Day Christian Ministries; and he oversees the training development of his consultancy company Big Ideas Management together with his wife Melody. They are blessed with 3 sons Jazz, Eon and Jaden.

Pastor Jon will lead ACSI’s 2016 Student Leadership Training to be held in CCT Tagaygay City (October 6 to 8, 2016) and Brokenshire Convention Center, in Davao City (October 24-26, 2016).

Presentation by Ptr. Jon Arieta:

  • Relationship-Building & Communicating with Parents (file not yet available)
    – Plenary 3, Day2 TLC 2016 Faith Academy, Cainta Rizal
    – Plenary 2, Day1 TLC 2016 Davao Christian High School, Davao City

Emmanuelle C. Manalang (Faith Academy / Davao Christian HS)

2016-tlc_emannuel-manalangMr. Emmanuelle C. Manalang, or Sir Noel as he is fondly called by his students, started his career in education as a High School Math teacher in Assumption Antipolo. Over the years, he also had opportunities to handle subjects like Christian Living Education (CLE) and Philosophy for high school students. During the hype of the Understanding by Design Framework in the Philippines, he was one of the Resource Speakers from Assumption Antipolo that were invited in a series of seminar-workshops sponsored by MAPSA and CEAP across the country on the contextualization of the UbD Framework in CLE. He is also a teacher trainer for Formative Assessment systems, 21st Century Literacies and Effective Use of Technology in Instruction.

He is also actively involved in facilitating recollections, retreats, leadership trainings and team building activities for various schools. He teaches Senior High School classes at St. John Paul II Minor Seminary in Antipolo City. He is currently the Principal of St. John the Baptist Parochial School in Taytay, Rizal and is presently pursuing his graduate studies in the field of Education Administration at the College of Education of the University of the Philippines Diliman Campus, where he also obtained his Bachelor’s Degree with Magna Cum Laude honors. At the age of 31, he considers as his most important treasure his lovely wife and three adorable kids.

Presentation by Dr. Noel Manalang:

Evelyn M. Malabunga-Bumatay (ACSI Country Director)

Evelyn Malinis Malabunga-Bumatay has been a teacher since she was 19. She has made it her personal mission to make a difference in the lives of young boys and girls, to mentor brothers and sisters in the teaching profession. Her simple joys include seeing students marvel at Science and how it affects their lives, hearing them communicate fluently in oral and written media in her English and Speech classes.

With a Master’s Degree in Education, major in Educational Leadership, from the De La Salle University, she became an Instructional Leader and Principal of the High School Department (now Junior High School) of Jubilee Christian Academy where she served the Lord for almost 33 years.

A widow, she resides in Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines while her whole family stays in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. She considers being the Country Director of the ACSI Philippines a great blessing from God.

Introduction by Mrs Evelyn Bumatay:

Francis J. Kong (Faith Academy)

2016-tlc_francis-kongFrancis J. Kong is one of the most respected business speakers in the country. He earns the distinction as being one of the recipients for 2014 The Outstanding Filipino (TOFIL) Awards. Francis is a businessman, columnist, broadcaster, book author and an inspirational speaker.

  • As an entrepreneur Francis is versed in the field of manufacturing and retail. He founded a famous garment brand and ran it successfully for 17 years. He also ventured into retail of an Italian fashion brand and managed its marketing and operations for many years. Francis formed Success Options Publishing Company and Funworks Inc. He also co- founded the leadership consultancy company called Inspire.
  • As a business consultant Francis sits as an adviser in some of the country’s top business corporations.
  • As a personal coach Francis has mentored many of the top business leaders in the country.
  • As a broadcaster Francis runs a radio program called Business Matters at DZFE-FM 98.7.
  • As a speaker and trainer, Francis averages more than 300 talks, seminars and training both here and abroad yearly. As a book authorhe has authored 18 books and more is yet to come.

Presentation by Mr. Francis Kong:

  • Inspirational Talk: Pursuit of Excellence (file not available) — Plenary 4, Day2 TLC 2016 Faith Academy, Cainta Rizal
Henry M. Manuncia (Davao Christian HS)

2016-tlc_henry-manunciaHenry is an International Faculty of the Haggai Institute. He is a devoted husband to Lisa, a psychotherapist, and a doting father to their three grown-up children, Jonathan, Alyssa Gail and David.

Henry grew up in Davao City where his father, a teacher from from Pangasinan responded to the call to pioneer in the land of promise. The family returned to Manila for good in 1976 where after college, Henry started his career and ministry path. He became one of the speechwriters of Minister Roño, the Minister of Local Governments in 1977. Henry eventually became the first Psychometrician of the Batasang Pambansa (now the Congress) and concurrently served as the Asst. Chief of Personnel at the Secretariat. After resigning from government service, he became a Furniture & Hardgoods Merchandiser for a Swiss company and then Vice President for different exporting and manufacturing companies. He set registered his own business, Hemaphil Enterprises in 1982 and incorporated it in 1994.

Henry’s relationship with the Lord became more significant and deeper in the mid-80’s when he committed his life to serve God and follow Christ as His Master. Henry served as pulpit minister in his church until, together with five families in 2005, he started a house church in Quezon City called Ichthus Family Fellowship.

Henry had served as a Director in the Board of Philrads and was a resource person to the Board of PCEC (Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches). He is Chairman Emeritus of The Alliance Graduate School where he chaired the board and steered the prime theological seminary for eight years.

In 2005, Henry and Lisa decided to give up all their businesses and as Lisa started developing her practice as Psychotherapist, Henry brought theological education to the grassroots where community pastors and church leaders would benefit from training that would otherwise cost them resources and time. In 2010, VIVA UK commissioned Henry and three others to facilitate Quality Improvement System as a 2-year course for 30 NGOs and Faith-based organizations involved with street children ministry. He also became the Country Director of Impact Philippines, a community development initiative of International Teams Canada. Henry serves a Training Resource for several local and international NGOs.

He continues to serve the communities today as a mentor to small rural churches for community transformation as Executive Director of ECare Compassion Ministries, Inc.

Presentation by Mr. Henry Manuncia:

Joanna F. Soberano, Ph. D. (Faith Academy)

2016-tlc_joana-soberanoAcademic Dean
Asian Theological Seminary





Presentation by Dr. Joanna Soberano:

Joseph G. Balaoing, Ph. D. (Faith Academy / Davao Christian HS)

2016-tlc_joseph-balaoingJoseph is currently serving the University Ethics Review Committee Secretariat, Center for Research and Development, of the Adamson University in Manila. He has taught various subjects in the same university, including research in the graduate and post-graduate school with particular interest in Qualitative approach.

A member of the university research team responsible for formulating guidelines and policies on the conduct of research, he also serves as adviser and evaluator of researches in the undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate degrees.

Already a Ph.D. holder in Applied Cosmic Anthropology, (2008 Asian Social Institute, Manila, Philippines), Joseph has on-going doctorate studies in Educational Leadership and Management at St. Joseph’s College.

Presentation by Dr. Joseph G. Balaoing:

  • Development & Evaluation of Instructional Materials (not yet available)
    – Breakout Session 3, Day2 TLC 2016 Faith Academy, Cainta Rizal
    – Breakout Session 2, Day1 TLC 2016 Davao Christian High School, Davao City

Lisa M. Manuncia (Faith Academy / Davao Christian HS)

2016-tlc_lisa-manunciaLisa is a clinical counselor providing intervention to clients and preparing psycho-education curriculum to various partners, Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) handling children in residential homes and trainor / consultants of DSWD-NCR Centers on various issues i.e: Personality Assessment, Parenting, Handling Children’s Difficult problems, Counseling etc.

She advocates community transformation walking alongside the people in urban and rural poor communities identified to be less reached by the government and other NGOs.

Currently she is also the Director and Psychotherapist at E-Care Compassion Ministries, Inc.


Presentation by Mrs. Lisa Manuncia:

Perla A. Zotomayor, Ed.D. (Faith Academy / Davao Christian HS)

2016-tlc_perla-zotomayorDr. Perla A. Zotomayor received her Doctor of Education, Major in Educational Management degree from De La Salle University, Manila, Masters degree in Education from the University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City where she received the Most Outstanding Thesis Award, and Bachelors degree in Elementary Education (cum laude) from the Philippine Normal College.

The founding Principal of Statefields School in Bacoor City, she received the Principal of Excellence award from the Center of Educational Measurement in 2009. Her administrative and teaching experiences include her position as academic director and principal of Southville International School for a period of eight years, teaching various subjects at the Assumption College in San Lorenzo, De La Salle Zobel School, and Tainui Intermediate School in New Zealand as well as part time teaching in the College of Education of DLSU. She served as an accreditor of WASC, an international accrediting agency.

Dr. Zotomayor is an author of textbooks in Mathematics, Language Arts, and Science published by REX Bookstore, Inc. A resource speaker and lecturer in conferences for teachers and educators in the country, she has attended education institutes and conferences in the U.S.A. She has also observed schools in other countries such as Canada, Thailand and the U.S.A. Together with fellow book writers, she attended the seminar workshop in Integrating UbD and DI held in Makati and in Cavite in 2011.

Presentations by Dr. Perla Zotomayor:

Shirley A. Padua, Ed. D (Faith Academy / Davao Christian HS)

2016-tlc_shirley-paduaDr. Shirley A. Padua has been in the field of journalism, public relations, sales and marketing. She had been the English Coordinator and the Vice-Principal for the Grade School Department of San Beda College, Alabang. She also became the Program Coordinator for Languages and Humanities and Chair for Communication and Media Studies of the College of Arts and Sciences of the same school. She had been appointed as principal for the Integrated Basic Education Department of San Beda Alabang.

She graduated with the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication as a university scholar at Far Eastern University an d is a holder of a Master of Arts in English from De La Salle University-Manila. She has finished her Doctorate in Education Major in Educational Management at the Philippine Women’s University.

She has authored books in English, Filipino, Values Education, and a module in English for Medical Transcription. She has also presented papers on Language and Education here and abroad. She has always been invited to speak on seminars and fora on topics such as Giftedness, Leadership, Communication, Media Studies, and Education Strategies.

She has served as a consultant to some schools, a content writer, and part time professor in the Graduate School. She is also a PAASCU Accreditor in the areas of Curriculum and Instruction and Faculty.

Presentations by Dr. Shirley Padua