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Physica Education teacher: Winnen D Chan

Coach Winnen is a graduate of Bachelor of Physical Education at West Visayas State University. She has been teaching Physical Education with primary students for 9 years. It’s her 12th year in teaching and 6th year in CISM.  She is also the school’s Sports Coordinator. A mother of one and very passionate in making learning  FUN for children.

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Music Grade 2 – 5 and Music Elective MS/HS

MUSIC TEACHER: Ronald Palma (Mr. Ronald)



Ronald holds a Bachelor of Music Major in Guitar degree from Centro Escolar University. In 2014, he earned his Master of Music in Performance: Guitar Arranging and Orchestration degree at IISF Nagoya Japan. Ronald has been teaching music for more than 15 years. This will be his second year teaching at CISM, and he is very excited to share his knowledge and God given talents with his students. He is married and has a son and a daughter.

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Art Grades 1 through 5 and Digital Literacy Grade 1 Teacher: Mr. Nelson Suarez (Mr.Nelson)

Art Grades 1 through 5 and Digital Literacy Grade 1 Teacher: Mr. Nelson Suarez (Mr.Nelson)


Mr. Nelson immigrated to the Philippines about two years ago to live with his Filipina wife here.  He’s lived in California, USA most of his life but he was born and spent his childhood in a small South American country, Ecuador. Mr. Nelson is very passionate about Art and has been creating artwork since he can remember. He is also very curious about how things and nature work in general. He graduated with a degree in Electrical Engineering to help satisfy that curiosity and worked in the field for some years, but he is very happy and feels very fortunate to now be teaching Art at CISM. Mr. Nelson specializes in painting but also practices lots of drawing and design periodically and has experience in clay sculpting. He loves teaching elementary school because of the level of enthusiasm and engagement the kids have. He also believes that he can have a great impact in their lives at this stage. He learns and is motivated by the kids as much as they learn and are motivated by him.

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Grade 1 – 4 Physical Education

PHYSICAL EDUCATION TEACHER: Mr. Zuriel Castro (Coach Zuriel)

Coach Zuriel handles the Physical Education class. He holds a Bachelor of Physical Education degree from the University of the Philippines, Diliman and is taking his Master’s degree in Human Movement Science from the same university. He has been teaching Physical Education for 6 years, and it will be his 2nd year teaching at Chinese International School Manila.

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Early Years Art & Digital Literacy SY2020-2021

VISUAL ARTS and DIGITAL LITERACY TEACHER: Ms.  Maria Cristina Pilar A. Lagdameo (Ms. Cris)



Cris Lagdameo is in her sixth year at Chinese International School Manila, and her thirteenth year in the profession, having taught at various schools in Manila, Philadelphia, and New York City from Nursery to Middle School. She holds a Master of Science in Education degree with a major in Reading, Writing and Literacy from the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education, along with an AB English Literature degree from Ateneo de Manila University.  As a lifelong learner, she has attended the East Asia Regional Council of Schools (EARCOS) Teachers’ Conferences in Malaysia in 2017, and continues to find ways to hone her craft through attending various professional development.


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Grade 2 to 5 Digital Literacy

Digital Literacy Teacher: Ms. Zen Martinez

Zen Martinez is the current Elementary School Digital Literacy Teacher for Grades 2 to 5. She graduated from University of the Philippines. Zen taught Digital Literacy in the Upper School division of Chinese International School Manila (CISM) from 2016 to 2019. She is a Google Certified Educator. Zen loves teaching and learning about Digital Citizenship, Google Apps, Scratch, Makey Makey, Robotics, and MIT App Inventor and more. Last school year, she co-moderated the CISM FIRST LEGO League (FLL) afternoon club who won the Rising Star Award in the FLL Philippines competition.


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Nursery to Grade 1 Music

MUSIC TEACHER: Ms. Mylene D. Pastor  



Since she got her teaching license in 2002, Ms. Myles started working with students from Early Years to High School in different international and progressive schools in Metro Manila. She graduated cum laude from the University of the Philippines (Diliman) with Bachelor of Music in Music Education, and Master of Arts in Teaching in the Early Grades (Kindergarten to Grade 2) degrees. As a lifelong learner, she finished an online course on Visible Thinking from Harvard Graduate School of Education (Project Zero) in 2018, and has attended the East Asia Regional Council of Schools (EARCOS) Teachers’ Conferences in Malaysia and Thailand in 2017 and 2019 respectively. She is married and has two daughters and a son. 


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Celebrate Learning and Creativity

Witness the grit and growth mindset of the CISM students through this pandemic. Despite the challenges and limitations, they were able to deliver excellent work.

Have a peek on how they have displayed the better versions of themselves through distance learning in this Virtual Year-End Celebration.


Here are some snapshots of the Culminating Website for EYES:

Art Gallery Gr 1PEMusic Gr1Quilt knock knock Joke Nursery Quilt Photography


We congratulate all the students for their awesome work and attitude!

Well done and enjoy your well-deserved Summer Break!

Stay safe!

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“Staying in Rhythm” – The African Drums

Musical instruments are very important medium in learning and appreciating music. Learning and playing musical instruments are beneficial to children (brain/sensory development, building motor skills and self-confidence, and improving listening skills).

Acquiring new musical instruments helps us improve our learning environment during music class. Getting students attention is much easier when you show them something new and their excitement is evident.

In our class we tried the new “African Drums”






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Knowing People Through Music

One of the ways to understand people all around the world is to listen to their music. Music, whether it is singing, dancing, playing instruments, or writing music, is an important form of human expression. There are so many different kinds of music all over the world, which truly showcase great talent and creativity.


In Music class this semester, students had a glimpse of some singing games and music genres like African music, Asian music, classical music, musical theater, hip-hop/rap music, reggae, and rock music. They had a little bit of introduction in each music purpose and history. They listened to examples and talked about what they heard or noticed in terms of instruments, style of singing, and overall sound. Then, they moved and danced to the music in order to feel its groove and have a better grasp of the music.


The students had an understanding that people from different countries have similarities and differences, which we should celebrate and respect because these things make the world a more interesting place to live in.


Students understand that there are so many of kinds of music around the world, and that it is important to show respect.