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Summer Art, Painting, Animation, Digital Art and Fashion Design Workshops in Greenhills 2014


Young Artists’ Studio programs help children learn how to draw , paint, do digital art and fashion design.  The founders of Young Artists’ studio who also serve as teachers are  University of the Philippines graduates in Visual Arts.

They also run an art gallery VMeme Contemporary Art Gallery where wonderful works by enrolled students are featured at times.

I like their programs as they have a very personalized approach to teaching.  They don’t follow cookie cutter templates that don’t necessarily address your children’s needs.

I also love the fact that they’ve taken on the challenge of teaching special needs kids (one on one class) and they were able to develop that child’s love for art to the point that he was able to do a one man gallery show on his own.

Here’s Young Artists’ Studio’s program for the summer: 


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Summer Reading Workshops by Learning Library for Kids 2014 at Greenhills

Parents usually agonize over things to do this summer.  One of the things, parents often like to do is to find reading classes and workshops for their children.

The Learning Library’s unique programs use a highly effective literature-based approach that helps children enjoy learning more and become lifelong learners.


Beginning Reading

In order to set the stage for a lifetime of reading, students need a solid foundation in letter mastery and decoding skills. Coupled with stories that are interesting and appropriate fora young child, this ensures that a student has the right set of skills to become a fluent reader and an independent learner.

Beginning Reading provides the scaffolded learning approach for children who are just beginning to read. The activities use all 5 senses in the course of the sessions with the Reading Coach. Paired with engaging stories that are right for your child’s reading level, these activities ensure that your child will acquire skills that are necessary to make him an effective reader.

Comprehension and Writing (English)

Success in school is grounded on a student’s ability to process the information read and the ability to accurately express ideas through writing.

In Reading Comprehension and Writing, we match students to stories that are just right for their reading level. They choose what book to read to give them a chance to enjoy reading. With the help of well-trained and motivating reading coaches, students are taught a variety of comprehension strategies that help them understand and effectively apply the information that they’ve learned to texts they tackle in school.

In addition to processing information, students are also taught how to write well-thought essays. Using stories and text that illustrate our program’s writing goals, the reading coaches ensure that children are able to convey their ideas using activities that hone grammar and composition skills.

Fundamental Filipino

In Fundamental Filipino, we not only enhance your child’s vocabulary, grammar and expressive skills. Using stories written by Filipinos for Filipinosand fun, highly interactive activities, we teach your child to appreciate Philippine culture.

The Filipino speaking workshops equip students with a basic knowledge of the language: they learn it using literature specifically chosen for the session. Students learn to speak in Filipino in a supportive environment with other children through activities that enrich the story for the day.

Post-workshop sessions with reading coaches tie in new skills and knowledge with their school curriculum: we match their balarila activity to the topic currently discussed in school. This ensures that success in the program is translated to success in school.

Comprehension and Writing (Filipino)

Many good students have a difficult time with Filipino subjects, primarily due to insufficient vocabulary and limited use of the language. To cope, these students resort to memory work. This leaves them with a very basic knowledge of Filipino that is often not enough to handle school level requirements.

Our Comprehension and Writing in Filipino has successfully addressed this by “meeting students where they’re at”. We surround them with storybooks that are just right for their reading and speaking ability, and allow them to choose what to read. They acquire comprehension skills quickly and confidently, and the stories leave a lasting impression – be it additional knowledge of Filipino or deeper appreciation of our culture.

Aside from comprehension activities, students are given balarila exercises that complement the actual school curriculum. This ensures that lessons learned during their sessions are applied in the classroom, and built upon to create a foundation for long-term success.


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Art, Painting, Comics Illustration, Digital Photography and Fashion Design Class for Kids in Metro Manila 2013



It’s hard to find a good teacher. It took me a number of years of searching before we decided to go with Teacher Crown and Teacher Avie of Young Artists’ Studio.


It’s important that the kids do the artwork at their own pace and that the teachers make the effort your child’s skill.


The first child I met from their workshop was a child with special needs. Teacher Crown and Teacher Avie  painstakingly worked with this child to develop his love of art.  This boy was also lucky to have a mom who had his best interests at heart.

I was amazed at this boy’s works (featured at a gallery show)  which in turn inspired me to put my kids’ energies into art as well.

Here are Young Artists’ Studios summer workshops for 2013:


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Splendid World Class Chinese Acrobats Live in Manila Dec 26 to Dec 30

Don’t miss this show. It’s a two hour action packed show filled with artistic acrobatic stunts – 13 acts guaranteed to keep you at the edge of your seats.

Over 100 award winning jugglers, aerialists, contortionists,and acrobats will be seen in this exciting event as it was seen on the Beijing Olympics.

PATRON VIP (Reserved Seating) 1340
PATRON SIDE (Reserved Seating) 1100
LOWER BOX (Reserved Seating) 950
UPPER BOX A (PREMIUM) (Reserved Seating) 750
UPPER BOX A (REGULAR) (Reserved Seating) 550

Please see Ticketnet for more details on the time and dates.

Review: I just got to watch this show today and it is amazing. It is certainly worth the time and money to go there and watch the acrobats perform. My kids just loved this show. I was so surprised to find out that a lot of people from the provinces also came to watch this show.

A lot of seats were full and even the Php 550 tickets had a good view of the show. I wouldn’t recommend the php350 to php 150 seats though, they’re too far for me.

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Dolphin and Sea Lion Show at Araneta Center Dec 25 to Jan 2 2011

Here’s an amazing holiday treat for the family.

There’s a dolphin and sea lion show at the Araneta Center entitled Angels of the Sea. The show runs from Dec 25 to Jan 2 2011. Show schedules (5 shows day) 11:00 am; 2:00 pm; 4:00 pm; 6:00pm; 8:00 pm.

Ticket prices: VIP Php 742

Upper box Php 530

First come first served basis. No reserved seating so please come early!

You can get your tickets at Araneta Center or call Ticketnet 9115555.


Please take note that there is NO RESERVED SEATING for this OPEN AIR event. Viewers are expected to come early.

There is much controversy regarding this event with regards to the dolphins and sea lions. We’ ve opted not to attend this event because of the concerns cited as well as the security concerns if ever from potential protesters .

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Manila Ocean Park’s Christmas Promotion

For those who haven’t visited Manila Ocean Park and are looking for great deals this Christmas. : )

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Things to Do at Eastwood this Christmas

Eastwood offers some Christmas attractions:

Ques-O Christmas Village
open everyday at Eastwood City Walk 2

Eastwood Christmas Bazaar
November 19 too December 31 (4 pm onwards)

The Christmas Snow Shower
All Saturdays and Sundays of December 6pm and 8 pm

Santa’s Corner
All Fridays, Saturdays, & Sundays of December (until Dec 26)
Eastwood Mall Atrium 2 to 6 pm

Fireworks Display
All Saturdays and Sundays of December 2 to 6 pm

Christmas Chorale Shows
All Fridays and Saturdays of December (except December 31)
Eastwood Mall Atrium 4 pm

Eastwood City New Year Countdown Party
The Official Countdown of Quezon City
Dec 31 2010 until early morning of Jan 1 2011.
Eastwood Mall Open Park 6 pm onwards.

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Barney, Thomas the Train, Angelina Ballerina … in December Concert

Looking for a great show to entertain your kids this holiday season?

Catch your favorite characters in one fabulous show!!! Come and join Barney, Bob the Builder, Thomas the Tank Engine, Pingu, Angelina Ballerina and Fireman Sam together with their friends at The Little Big Club Live in Concert from December 16-19, 2010 at the ALIW THEATER in Pasay City.

Get your tickets now at SM Tickets located in all SM Cinema Ticketbooths. Call 470-2222.

Review: My kids enjoyed seeing their favorite characters, I find the time given on stage too short for each character. I wish the show had been longer – Barney, Thomas and Angelina Ballerina being given longer time to perform on stage.

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500 php Kalesa Ride

I think I probably did one of the most irresponsible things in my life by taking an hour long calesa ride through the streets of Manila.

Number one. I failed on the haggling part. It’s hard to haggle when your own children start hailing the calesa driver. It’s also distracting to have the calesa block the street. As in cars are tooting, and three children clamoring to be let into the calesa.

I was literally in the calesa before I asked about price and by then it’s already too late to get down. I was told PHp300 for a ride from Masangkay to Ongpin which is less than a km away. I was also told that I was supposedly getting a bargain, since I would have had to hire 2 calesas for say 6 people.

I was offered a Php 500 ride for 1 hour along the streets of Manila that my calesa deprived children literally screeched in joy upon hearing the driver say it. Needless to say, it felt like a hold up and I felt like a fool even getting up on that calesa.

Number two. I was terrified of the cars and the traffic snarl on Rizal Avenue. The horse frothed at the mouth. I was so scared that the horse would bump into the cars.

Number Three. You never realize how much pollution there is in Manila unless you take a calesa ride in the streets of Manila from Masangkay, Ongpin, Soler, Tomas Mapua, Rizal Avenue and back again. My kids were rejoicing while we were all busy trying to get them to cover their nose and mouth as there was so much smoke. Whatever happened to NO SMOKE BELCHING?

Number Four. I made an important discovery today . Manila is traffic because of a major lack of DISCIPLINE. Jeepney drivers literally clogging the roads in the effort to get passengers and yes, they are also a major source of pollution . Sounds like the I just discovered that the Earth is round hehehe.

Number Five. Overloading a calesa is dangerous, especially to the person (s) who sits in the front seat. In that case, it was my son and his yaya. You take the risk of literally being thrown off if the horse happens to trip or fall. In the case of the driver, his way of balancing the calesa was to put a heavy pail of feed behind the calesa.

Number Six. I was informed by my aunt that that ride should only have cost around 200 or 300 php at the most. OUCH.

Number Seven. The only good thing I probably did on this trip was not to bring wear any fancy trinkets or flashy accessories that might attract attention from would be snatchers. People can make wonderful targets while sitting on calesas.

Review: I am definitely not taking another tour of Manila in a calesa anytime soon- once is enough thank you.

(Note :This picture actually came from Wikipedia as I usually don’t bring any valuables like cameras while walking through the streets of Manila).

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Resort World Manila Grand Fiesta Manila 2010 Light Festival

Thinking of places you can bring your child to this Christmas season? Resort World offers a light show for the holiday season, they have light art, light fountain and a giant lantern to entertain children.

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