MMC Math Challenge (Grade 1)

Do you need sample questions for the Grade 1 Metrobank – MTAP-DepEd Math Challenge? Check below:

1. What is the sum? 11+12+13+14+15+16+17

2. What is the tens digit of the sum 47 + 56?

3. Jo has 48 candies. She will give 5 candies to each of her friends. What is the largest number of candies that she can give?

4. Kit and Kat had 50 stickers in all. Then, Kit gave Kat 5 stickers. They then have equal number of stickers. How many stickers had Kit initially?

5. Angel colored the flowers drawn on her book as follows: pink, red, purple, yellow, pink, red, purple, yellow and so on. What color is the 30th flower?

6. An Old book has missing pages. Next to page 20 is page 35. How many sheets of paper were missing?

7. Shown is a stair that is 3 cubes tall. How many more cubes are needed to make the stairs 8 cubes high?

8. Rico had 55 pesos. Father gave him two 50-peso bills. Uncle gave him four 20-peso bills. How much money had Rico in all?

9. If the digits in 58 are interchanged, will the number increase or decrease? By how much?

10. A total of 50 men and women are in a bus. There are 14 more men than women. How many women are in the bus?

11. Ms. Peres has 40 pupils in her class. Yesterday, ¼ of the number of pupils were absent. How many pupils were present?

12. How many digits are used for printing the page numbers of a booklet with 25 pages?

13. Mother made 15 cookies. There are 10 cookies with raisins and 10 cookies with nuts. How many cookies have both raisins and nuts?

14. A bus can hold 45 passengers. The bus starts out empty and picks up 1 passenger at the first stop, 2 passengers at the second stop, 3 passengers at the third stop and so forth. After how many stops will the bus be full?

15. Ben and his younger sister have the same birthday. This year, the sum of their ages in years, is 21. What would be the sum of their ages 3 years from now?

La Anclar Hometel

I and wifey together with our sons (6 and 3 years old) visited Davao to celebrate wifey’s birthday and at the same time take a breather from our very busy and hectic job. Our stay in Davao lasted for 3 days so we made sure beforehand that the place where we would stay would be comfortable yet affordable.

We picked La Anclar Hometel which is located at Bonifacio Street, Davao City. The pictures in their website were so enticing aside from the fact that it met our primary qualification which is affordable. Wifey made a reservation through email and was surprised to know that they do not require any reservation fee. That’s something unusual lately. Most hotel would require down payments by depositing in their bank accounts. But just to make sure that our reservation is valid, wifey called their number a day before our scheduled date and the receptionist confirmed about the reservations we made earlier.

Upon arrival, the staff were so accommodating. Check in process did not last for 3 minutes. Yeah! It was fast! Immediately they showed us our room. The family room which is a little bigger (I suppose) than most was clean and doesn’t have any durian smell. The comfort room is clean as well with soaps and shampoos neatly arranged.

During our entire stay in the hotel, we didn’t have any complaints about the amenities. All the lights, toilet, hot shower are working, air conditioning unit was operating well – cold and no humming sound – and the flat screen TV with remote control was functional. However, the TV needed to be programmed first before you can use it. But don’t worry, there’s an instruction card for the step by step procedure. Just in case you can’t do it by yourself, you can always dial “0” on the telephone to request assistance from the friendly staff.

The hotel is strategically located at the downtown area. Mercury Drugstore and Convenience Store is just on the corner street in case you need something. The hotel is also walking distance to San Pedro Church (for the religious catholic) and People’s Park. It is also one jeepney ride to G Mall (Gaisano Mall), Abreeza Mall and SM Lanang Premier. Just imagine the savings you get if you took the taxi. Hehehe! It is also accessible to Magsaysay Fruit Stands, SM City Davao, Jack Ridge and other known locations in Matina.

By the way, the room rates are with complimentary breakfast! Another savings and a prelude to a hassle-free morning like us with two makulit children.

Over-all Rating: 4 out of 5 stars!😉

It’s open

I was able to visit Zamboanga Peninsula Medical Center by accident the other Saturday, August 9, 2014. Yeah, it’s open for business already. They had their soft opening a few days ago accordingly and will launch a grand opening ceremony on a later date.

My wife has a date with her dentist on that date. When I visited the dentist’s old clinic to confirm our appointment, I was informed that she was on her new clinic in the mentioned hospital. So I headed there immediately for confirmation and eventually when wifey arrived (I left the house ahead of her for other errands), the date materialized.

Below are the pictures I was able to take while in the hospital. Sorry if the pictures were not very clear. They were taken using my Samsung Champ phone only.











Information Counter











Hospital Directory










Ground Floor LobbyPhoto-0725 








View from the 6th Floor (or was it 5th?) front side overlooking the Putik Area and Tugbungan Area on the farther side








View from the 6th Floor (or was it 5th?) right side










View from the 6th Floor (or was it 5th?) left side


I think it is the biggest hospital in Zamboanga Archipelago with 6 floors to boast plus 2 basements. I wish I have the data for the number of rooms, patient capacity, number of clinics and other relevant data.

Anyway, let’s just watch out for the grand opening of the newest hospital in Zamboanga City soon!!!

Zamboanga Peninsula Medical Center is conveniently located at MCLL HI-way, Putik, Zamboanga City.



Up North of Cebu

I was able to visit this place for free about four years ago. Yes. Read my lips. FOR FREE. Hehehe! It was the venue for our live-in seminar which lasted for almost one month. The place was huge and ideal not only for live-in seminar but also for excursion, retreat or anything that involves communing with nature. I think the resort can accommodate up to 100 persons or even more.

This is the reception area. I chance upon this lady who was inquiring about the other facilities of the resort which include a basketball court, badminton court, table tennis and billiards all for just a minimum fee on a per hour basis. They also have available activities for beach like kayaking, snorkeling and diving ( the resort is located near a marine sanctuary which I was able to dive).

The clubhouse was the perfect place to study (that was in our case after spending most of the time in the session hall) and relax. The place is overlooking the swimming pool. So if your lucky enough, you can catch good views here of, you know what I’m referring to. 

Speaking of the pool, it has a jacuzzi which has a capacity of 6-8 persons. The depth starts at 4 feet and progresses to 6 feet as you move to the other end. The other pool is for the kids.


The beautifully constructed waterfalls with swing.


Cafe Gloria were we took our meals. You can also find the convention center and the dormitories in this building. The second floor has high-end rooms. 


Convention Center

Recreation Area overlooking the beach front.




Papary Glands

“Papa, unsa ni?” (Papa, what is this?)

Asked my then 3 year old son while pointing at my nipples.

I was about to say dede (mammary glands in our local term) but decided not to. We refer dede to his feeding bottles as well… saying it will just confuse him. So I replied:

“Mammary Glands!”

He paused. Confusion all over his face. Then blurted out:


LOLl!! It turned out that he asked his Mama the same question days before. And he got the same answer. Since I am a Papa, it is but only proper that they be called papary glands!

What a logical mind!