Meet Hamzah Marbella, Promil art prodigy
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How do you bring out the best in your child?
A former classmate of mine got pregnant early and gave birth during college. She became a mom before most of our batch mates, and after four children she told me she believed children are born with their own personalities. Your job as a parent is to enhance the good in them and suppress the bad.

Ben's drawing

I don’t believe in pressuring a child to become your idea of perfection. Nobody’s perfect!
I do believe in unconditional love. Some children may be easier to love than others, but you don’t give up on your child. Even if the child seems distant or troublesome, you love them anyway.
Because I believe love is an action word. If you love your child, your child will feel that love and give it back to you many times over.

The kids drawing

I’m not a stage mother or a hyper mom who likes to fill up their kids’ time with activities. I believe in quality time and quantity time with the kids. I don’t pressure them to get the best grades, they did that on their own. But even if they’re aren’t honour students now, I believe they are growing up to be fine young men we can be proud of.

Boys drawing at Vincent van Gogh museum

Recently Promil sent us art kits containing paint, brushes, a palette, and sketch pad.
I gave these to the boys before leaving for a quick trip to Japan, and one day they got bored and made these paintings on their own.


Ben, 12, painted a farmhouse

Ben, 12

Markus, 10, anticipated our arrival from Tokyo at night

Markus, 10

and Christian, 6, drew a house.

Christian, 6

Since the kids were very young, I always made sure there were art materials around. They don’t have to be the next Picasso, I just want them to feel confident in expressing themselves through art. Though truthfully they are more into basketball, Legos, and Minecraft.

More passionate about art is child prodigy Hamzah Marbella, whose mom Elma made sure he always had books to look at. “He would use books as sources of inspiration. I bought him crayons and sketchpads, which became his toys,” said Elma. Hamzah’s first canvas was a ‘magic slate’ that Elma bought for him.

Hamzah Marbella

At 12, he is already a multi-awarded artist, with more than 50 national and international awards and recognitions, including a special citation from the National Commission for Culture and a Certificate of Recognition at the United Nation International Children’s Art Competition.
He is also the youngest member of the Artists Association of the Philippines.

Hamzah Marbella

Hamzah was also recently named Promil Pre-School’s Outstanding Child Artist.

Hamzah Marbella

He inherited his talent from his father Renato, who is also an artist.
“He would watch me paint from his crib,” says Renato.
When Hamzah was bigger, he would look for stones, bottle caps, clothes pins and other things and transform them into art pieces like butterflies and flowers.


While their son was growing up, Renato and Elma also made sure that they provided him with superior nutrition.
Promil Pre-School, a powdered milk drink for children ages four to seven years old, was designed to help kids achieve optimal growth and development. The milk contains a unique combination of essential nutrients, like vitamin A to support healthy eye development, Iodine and & Iron that support brain development, Biotin and Zinc that support normal growth and help maintain a healthy immune system, Niacin that aids in healthy digestion and promotes normal appetite as well Potassium that promotes healthy muscles to support various activities of your children. All these are found in Promil Pre-School’s Nutrissentials.
It also has DHA, an important nutrient for cognitive and eye development, and AA which helps your child’s body absorb DHA better.

Hamzah Marbella
Hamzah Marbella

Promil recently launched the Paint like Hamzah promo to encourage parents to nurture the talent of the kids with the right activities.
“We hope that in sharing Hamzah’s exceptional talent in painting we can help mothers nurture their child’s creativity and talent so that it may become exceptional as well,” adds Villareal,” says Rhea Villareal, Promil Pre-School product manager, Wyeth Nutrition.
Those who buy Promil Pre-School 1.6kg and 180g packs will receive limited edition canvas bags inspired by Hamzah Marbella’s artworks with art materials. The bags are available in three collectible designs.
Promo runs until March 31, 2014.


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