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March 27, 2011

Sun Life Turns over K-High episodes to DepEd

Sun Life Financial – Philippines and the Sun Life Foundation, in partnership with Knowledge Channel Foundation, Inc. (KCFI) turned over the first batch of 10 episodes of the K-High math and science education courseware to the Department of Education in simple ceremonies held recently at the Bulwagan ng Karunungan at the DepEd building in Ortigas.

President Riza turns over to Education Secretary Bro. Armin Luistro the fist batch of 10 episodes as witnessed by Knowledge Channel Foundation, Inc. Chairman Oscar Lopez (2nd from left) and KCFI President Rina Lopez-Bautista.

Sun Life committed to fund 20 episodes of the said courseware amounting to some P10 Million (to be paid in two installments, with the first check handed over last year.) The courseware contains the first live-action animated series that impart lessons in math and science through real-life situations revolving around the lives of five high school students from Karunungan High School. The episodes can be viewed in Studio 23 on Saturday mornings.

“K-High is part of Knowledge Channel’s new roster of self-produced premier programs designed to make learning more entertaining rather than intimidating and we are so thankful to Sun Life for the support to make this project possible,” says Doris Nuval, Resource Mobilization head of KCFI.

In the turnover ceremony graced by no less than Secretary of Education Bro. Armin Luistro, and company executives led by SLFP President & CEO Riza Mantaring and the Sun Life Board of Trustees, KCFI Chairman Oscar Lopez and KCFI President Rina Lopez-Bautista, the talents who played the roles of the five high school students in the video and KCFI’s talented animators were introduced to Sun Life , the DepEd and to the media. It was also there where Sun Life handed over the second check amounting to some P4.8 Million, for the next 10 episodes.

Members of the SLFP Foundation Board of Trustees led by President & CEO Riza Mantaring with SLFP Foundation Executive Director Mari-an Albert, Chief Administration Officer Karen Casas and Chief Agency Distribution Officer Alex Narciso pose for a souvenir photo with the five young talents in the K-High Series.

In his message, DepEd Secretary Luistro commended the Knowledge Channel and Sun Life for this most significant project that puts the teaching method in a different light - - one that makes students enjoy the lessons being taught as these connect very much with real life settings.

SLFP President & CEO Riza Mantaring, on the other hand, reassured DepEd and Knowledge Channel of Sun Life’s continuing support to the enhancement of the Philippine education system. “Globally, Sun Life has given corporate social responsibility much attention and one of our priority areas of concern is education,” President Riza said citing SLFP’s support particularly to math education and actuarial science as these have direct bearing on Sun Life’s core business.

A highlight of the program was a video showing of some excerpts from the series that showcased both the live and animated situations containing mathematical concepts presented in a manner that is fun and viewer-friendly.

The event was capped with lunch and pleasantries among the members of the partner companies, the media and guest students.

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