Summer 2015 Workshops for Parents and Educators

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Storytelling Workshop

Registration is now open for Klasrum Adarna: Storytelling Workshop! To be held on April 24 and April 25, this workshop will be at The Conference Room, Adarna House, 109 Scout Fernandez St, Brgy Sacred Heart, Quezon City.
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Learn basic storytelling techniques and best practices from respected actor and master storyteller Bodjie Pascua in a

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Summer Activities For Kids this 2015

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UPDATED: April 6, 2015

Hey parents! Spend your kid’s summer with worthwhile activities, please set aside excessive plays with your pre-approved hand-held devices. No those gadgets like ipads, tablets, xbox won’t add up knowledge during the development stage they’re at it now. You’ve seen how Steve Jobs and his crew managed to educate their children. They were not allowed to get hooked on consumer gadgets their parents invented, why not? Because the key to educate children depends on the architectural process. How kids absorbed ideas, recreate ideas or come up with an idea of their OWN that isn’t fed by technology made by adults ahead of them. Instead the children are engage in building concepts through orientation with objects, with people and their surroundings.

We’ve compiled 2015 summer activities and programs to engage your child with meaningful play and vacation. Here’s a list we have gathered, we will update the lists from time to time. Note that starting this year we wont include workshops from fast-food establishments and the likes. The 2015 list wanted to focus more on workshops about arts and interesting  activities.


National Bookstore Fun Summer Activities
FREE workshop
From April 11 to May 3 weekends 2-5PM
Registration at Customer Service counter at 10:00 during the day of workshop. First come, first served.
Website: http://www.nationalbookstore.com.ph/2015-fun-summer-schedule/?___store=nationalbookstore
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School of Fun Things: Kids’ Crafts Program
Fully Booked Greenhills and Bonifacio High Street
Instructor – Mr. Alex Manabat
This summer’s Kids’ Crafts Program is composed of a total of 4 sessions. It will be conducted 2-5pm in Fully Booked Greenhills on Fridays (April 10,17,24, May 1) and in Fully Booked Bonifacio High Street on Saturdays (April 11, 18, 25, and May 2).

Fee – Php700 per session, Php2,500 package
Registration and payment at Customer Service Counter of Fully Booked in  Greenhills or BGC stores
Website: http://www.fullybookedonline.com/

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UP CHK Community Recreation Program (UP CHK ComRec)
Address: Ylanan Gymnasium, Ylanan Street, UP Diliman, 1101 Quezon City, Philippines
Tel: 929-6033 ; 981-8500 loc 4130
Email: upchkcomrec@yahoo.com
Website: www.upchkcomrec.weebly.com
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Dulaang UP Celebrates Apolinario Mabini Sesquicentennial Through New Quintos Play “Ang Huling Lagda ni Apolinario Mabini”

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Manila, Philippines – The troika which is part of the hugely successful musical Ang Nawalang Kapatid– Dexter M. Santos (director), Floy Quintos (playwright), and Krina Cayabyab (music director) collaborate once more in a play celebrating the sublime paralytic’s 150th birth anniversary. Ang Huling Lagda ni Apolinario Mabini chronicles the last days of Apolinario Mabini’s exile in Guam and explores the conditions which spurred him to return to his homeland.

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Where to Buy Children’s Filipiniana Costume for Buwan ng Wika

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August 2014 Manila Philippines – “Agosto” is the month of Philippine National Language (Buwan ng Wika) when Philippine schools nationwide celebrate the event by wearing Filipiniana costume and preparing Filipino-inspired cultural programs like Filipino dances, songs, story telling, palabigkasan, display of Philippine craft and native products, letting the children appreciate Filipino native food and playing the traditional “larong Pilipino” (Filipino games).

Where to Buy Children's Filipiniana Costume for Buwan ng Wika
Maria Clara costume (ready to wear) for 2015 and Igorot costume (DIY) for 2016

Where to Buy Children’s Filipiniana Costume
Kultura store at SM Department store – with limited design and display
Landmark – limited design
Quiapo – costumes are available year-round. I particularly like the area because there were a strip of specialty shops located near Quiapo church. If you want your child to have unique ready-made Filipiniana costume, browse Maning’s and its neighboring shops they have complete ensemble from costumes, head dress, props, foot wears and accessories.
Commonwealth Market – for those living North of Quezon City, the 3rd floor has a few selections of Filipiniana costume.
Tesoro’s and Rustan’s – for quality costumes
Online shops or (online sellers) – Online shopping can be fun but remember items posted on sale are not always WYSIWYG (what-you-see-is-what-you-get). Online shop offers brand new and preloved items. Be aware that images/photos can be filtered, ask seller for accurate condition. We recommend online shops from eBay and Instagram. But for Ayos Dito and OLX (formerly Sulit) we haven’t tried them yet.

DIY Costume:
For DIY Filipiniana costume, you can have it custom-tailored. Pick your choice of costume and bring it to your “mananahi”. Choose fabrics close to your design and consider comfort when the child wears it. Typically the best place to buy quality textile/fabric at the cheapest price are the following markets:
Divisoria
Tutuban
Kamuning Market
Fabric Warehouse
Wet market

You may also try Fabric Warehouse (but the branch we visited in SM North EDSA have limited stocks) we end up roaming the streets of Tabora market.

 

In celebration of “Buwan ng Wika,” our child’s school hold various activities to deepen the student’s love for our country and culture. Highlights of the activities are “Palabigkasan” or Elocution exercises, “Malikhaing Pagbasa” or Interpretative reading, “talumpating Di-Handa” or Extemporaneous Speaking and “Malikhaing Paglalahad/Pagkukwento” or Story telling held in the respective levels.

From the past years, our Drei wore mix and match Filipiniana costume. During her pre-school she had a checkered patadyong and kimona with native slipper accessorized with Palawan’s rice pearl earrings, necklace and bracelet which she wore again when she was in first grade, we bought bakya (wooden slipper) at Kultura. First grade class individual palabigkasan piece was entitled “Ang Masayahing Bata.” They perform sing/dance of “Ang Bawat Bata Sa Ating Mundo.”

This year (she could have wear the costume again hahaha! frugal mom that’s what we are) but we asked her what does she want to wear for the Filipino elocution, everyone agreed with a Maria Clara costume complete with native slipper, Davao pearl earrings, flower brooch and red beaded bracelet from my closet, DIY necklace charm made from Rainbow Loom rubber bands and her aunt’s head dress by Rene Salud (from previous year-end ball). The Palabigkasan went smooth, she also led the opening prayer. Second graders recite “Sino Ako” ni Ronald Ebuen Mancesa. The whole class perform an ethnic dance by Pinikpikan (Una-Kaya).

I hope the list of market places can help you with your Filipiniana costume requirements. I particularly like to try Visayan and Mindanao costume in the coming Buwang ng Wika (aren’t we all sick of Baro’t Saya, Balintawak,or Katipunero costume, it’s an awesome costume but very common during this season) in fact there are more cultures need to explore from other regions of island Philippines. 🙂

 

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A Call to Action – Licensure for Technical-Vocational Courses


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Tech-Voc graduates/professionals are considered a legit paid occupation largely if one involves prolonged training and has attained a formal qualification. In fact in industrialized countries like Japan, USA, Canada, Australia and Europe they give high regards to skilled and licensed tech-voc professionals owing to the fact that they are globally competitive brought about by high standards of education they acquired. In return these practitioners pay taxes making the country’s socio-economic ranking more progressive.
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Tony Galvez with Technical Vocational Schools Association of the Philippines Quezon City Chapter (Tevsaphil-QC)
Tony Galvez spearheaded the tech-voc advocacy that aims to professionalize the industry by lobbying Technical-Vocational graduates to be transformed into licensed professionals. His group seeks to influence politicians or public officials on this issue and push forward further discussion so the public may be aware of its importance in uplifting the image of tech-voc education to a higher level through professionalization and licensing.

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UP Diliman’s Sunflower Season
Next academic year won’t be the same #SunflowerBlooms

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April, 22, 2014, Quezon City – Time for sunflower picture taking at the stretch of University of the Philippines Diliman as these stunning flowers comes in full bloom this April. What makes it more memorable this year is at the same time as sad news to future graduating UP students as they will embark with UP Diliman’s University Council’s approval of academic calendar shift which meant commencement exercise will be scheduled on June.

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UP Diliman’s Sunflower Season

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Preschool and Kindergarten Learning Kids Games for Girls and Boys
By Kids Academy Company

 

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Useful educational tool for toddlers
An interactive tool for preschoolers, integrated with fun and colorful games making early learning digestible to every child’s capacity to solve age-appropriate problems. Toddlers will love the graphic display and music as they interchange the fundamentals counting numbers, reading and writing in game format. These educational apps can be very useful for parents to guide the young minds how to manipulate each learning games.

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Preschool and Kindergarten Learning Kids Games for Girls and Boys
By Kids Academy Company

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Summer Activities For Kids this 2014


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We’ve compiled 2014 summer activities and programs to engage your child with meaningful play and vacation. Here’s a list I have gathered:

SPORTS and RECREATION

Milo Summer Sport Clinics:
Badminton, Basketball, Bowling, Chess, Football, Gymnastics, Ice Skating, Karatedo, Swimming, Taekwondo, Table Tennis, Tennis and Volleyball. For schedules and venues refer to website.

MILO® Summer Sports Clinics is an annual program set up by MILO® to encourage school children to make the best of their summer by learning sports. Offering only 5 sports clinics at the start, it now has 13 sports programs, each with an array of schedules and venues children and their parents can choose from. Training is handled by able and expert coaches and instructors who use the modern, scientific approach. More importantly, they incorporate character-forming lessons in their program. So children not only learn champion moves but champion values — determination, discipline, teamwork, perseverance, hard work, respect, and confidence — to help make them winners on and off the court.
Website: http://milo.com.ph/ssc/
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