What a ride! Eleven days with Ken Danford in Manila!
The first day after arriving from the US was full enough with a trip to Gopala Learning Haven in Cavite to meet up with Laksmi followed by a meeting with the mentors. The succeeding days were equally full with visits to the Metrobank Foundation in Makati, Blended Learning Center in Cubao, One School in Makati, Fairplay Academy & Cafe in Payatas, the future site of Sinag Art Cafe near Baclaran and Global Homeschool at Ayala 30th Mall, Pasig. There was video taping with Atticus King and his dynamic team at Ignition, Manila Times interview by Edwin Sallan and the RX 93.1 Monster Radio interview made utterly fun and memorable by Raffy Reyes. May dropped by for lunch bringing what became Ken’s favorite mango tart while Vince and Donna volunteered to help prepare for Ken’s big talk at Fully Booked. The next day, Ken made a presentation at the Del Monte Corporation organized by TED Fellow Xavier Alpasa. Because of Asha, we spontaneously hopped onto a taxi to catch the tail end of the Ignite Conference in Makati while the last day before Ken’s flight was reserved for Abot Tala’s Board of Trustees. One more meeting was luckily scheduled without much advanced notice, rounding off a truly maximized, hectic but balanced week.
It amazed me how tireless Ken is in sharing stories and experiences about North Star and the Liberated Learners, while Manila’s gridlock traffic flabbergasted him.