Do you still remember the TV commercial of Promil Gifted Child KIKO, SHAIRA, JAMES?
Remember the boy who says “The sun is in the center of the solar system, moving around it are the planet”
How about the girl who speaks fast about the “Cardio Vascular system is a system that… or the boy who is so good in writing poems at a young age?
What would they be like after 20 years? Oh my it’s already been 20 years since they were featured in the Promil TVC.
They say that you can already see if the child has an excellent gift as early as 2 years of age. That the child is good in memorization or an amazing skills in sports.
How would you turn the gift into a talent and nurture it? This is the reason why Promil launched their move to Nurturing Giftedness For a New Generation. Excellence can be achieved with the right balance of Proper Care, Proper Nutrition, and Support from Parents.
The world has long been fascinated by prodigies—gifted kids whose accomplishments at such a young age, shed light to a child’s inherent talent, intellect and precocity.
In the Philippines, perhaps no other personalities represent the concept and reality of what gifted children are than the three who illustrated it via one of the most memorable television commercials of the 90s—Kiko Galura, James Flores, and Shaira Luna.
But what has become of the three gifted kids featured in the brand’s most prolific commercial yet? The budding poet? The promising astronomer? The medical marvel?
First of all, they’re all grown up now and second, their accomplishments as adults are just as impressive as what they were able to deliver as kids.
The young poet, Kiko Galura, has an established career as a publisher in one of the country’s biggest publishing houses. From making words come to life in his poems, he now provides an opportunity and a voice to other storytellers.
James Flores, who was known for his proficiency in astronomy stayed within the sciences, albeit in a different field, taking his masters in clinical psychology. From his love of the stars and their radiance, he helps bring out the brilliance in every child through outreach programs in music for children.
And finally, Shaira Luna, who was poised to enter into the medical world, grew up to become one of the most talented photographers of her generation. From her mastery of the human anatomy, she now captures the best in human form with her photography, building a successful career around her passion.
Was there ever any doubt that they wouldn’t grow up to become successful gifted alumni?
It’s easy to assume things come easily to naturally gifted kids. But it’s important to remember that it’s a factor of different things that will carve out a good future for any child.
“A gifted child can be expected to learn faster than other children, have more varied interests, have greater depth of feeling and generally be more than other children,” explains Dra. Leticia Peñano-Ho, President of the Philippine Center for Gifted Education
That said, one can only imagine how they have to struggle with expectations and the machinations of educational systems not built to support such young talent, not to mention the pressure it puts on a child’s social development.
But environmental conditions, honing the dedication to succeed at such an early age, as well as providing good nutrition, are all factors that contribute to their development—and are all typically provided for by their family.
To celebrate the current success of the gifted alumni, Promil Pre-School brought back together the famous trio, almost 20 years after their commercial first aired on national television. The brand’s heritage on giftedness is further exemplified through their achievements and their journey towards becoming valuable gifts to society.
“Throughout the years, Promil Pre-School has been encouraging parents to keep nurturing the gifts of their children. As we usher in a new year, we encourage others to become advocates of giftedness as well,” says Dian Yu, Product Manager of Promil Pre-School.
Parents always envision the best for their children –From providing expert care, to the highest quality nutrition, to supporting their children’s interests and endeavors. Whilst some parents are deeply involved in their children’s development, the idea remains to be unsupported and uncelebrated by most.
In 2015, Promil Pre-School is launching their Gifted Movement campaign, which is a movement to supporting and celebrating giftedness in the country. The brand aims to spark interest and gain the commitment of moms and consumers to take an active role in advocating giftedness and nurturing it.
“Promil Pre-School, as a catalyst for the Gifted Movement campaign, puts focus on discovering and bringing out the inherent talent of today’s youth, by way of providing the proper nutrition, and proper care,” says Yu. “Combined with the support of parents to continuously encourage kids to find their passion and make learning enjoyable, there’s no end to what this new generation can accomplish, ” she adds.
And as a testament to this, one only needs to look at how these alumni successfully grew to become the passionate, well-rounded individuals they are today.
This event was held in Shangrila Makita on January 28, 2015 (Wednesday), 11am at the Isabela Ballroom C, Makati Shangri-la. The have served us great food and the staff are very accommodating. Here are some pictures we have taken at the event.
And thank you so much for the special token we have received
I AM A PROUD MOTHER OF A GIFTED CHILD:
I am very eager to join this event to know more about gifted children and what can I do to nurture it. As a mother of 3-year old girl, Alyssa Ashley Namilit, who is by the age of 2 was already confident doing ramp modelling on stage fashion shows
She was also featured in an International Magazine “Petite Magnifique” as the back cover for March 2014 and featured model for Halloween.
I also notice that she is good in memorization specially songs like “Tomorrow” “Isang Lahi” “Somewhere Out There” and can deliver the tune and rhythm so well. And her young age she already performed 3 mall guesting with a song number. She has been awarded as the “Bibong Batang of the Year 2013 by Baby Expo Philiipines” at SMX MOA on December 7, 2013 because of her being bibo on Color Definition, Alphabet Hand Signs, Modelling.
And as early as 6 months old I have thought her to do Baby Sign Language which is doing the standard hand gesture to communicate even before she speaks. She has been awarded as a “Kid Inventor” for being creative and discovering new games out of simple step pad. She already doing auditions for TVC using “WOW ACTING” which means that you say, do facial expression, and intonation with the word WOW in a happy, sad, confuse, angry, surprise, afraid, confident way. She was featured in TV Program Magpakailanman as the daughter of Christopher De Leon and Jean Garcia it was the climax of the story on which Ashley needs to pretend she is sleeping and cry aloud while her parents gave her away.
And we are proud to say that we became one of the contestant in “Bet On Your Baby Season 2″ BABY ACHIEVERS” aired last December 24, 2014.
And she is very eager to learn so she can prepare for school this year. She can already read, write her name, and spell her name and other words. I do hope that I am on the right track on nurturing her gift. I am very proud of my little girl.
Finally, all I can say is that Promil Pre-School’s heritage on giftedness, as seen through the success of the Gifted Alumni, proves that nurturing a child’s gift and making him reach his full potential can make him a valuable gift to society.
“I will continue nurturing the gift”