Preparing for Pregnancy

Hey there, pretty pregnant mommas! It’s that time of the year again! Manila Workshops will hold a 4 part workshop series on preparing for pregnancy and for parenting! This will be the 4th and final run for this year, and the workshops seem to get bigger and better every time! This series of workshops is in collaboration with our friends from The Parenting Emporium.

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First Time Parents workshop series is one of the most successful workshop series of Manila Workshops. We have been offering this workshop series since 2013. This is designed to help expectant parents to prepare for the coming of the baby; However, we also do invite singles, relatives and caregivers to attend too!

These are the different topics that we have!

October 15, 2016 (9AM-12NN) – What to Know Before Giving Birth (OB Check-ups and Pregnancy Nutrition)
October 15, 2016 (2PM-5PM) – Preparing for Delivery Day/Newborn Care (Delivery Options, Newborn Care)
November 12, 2016 (9AM-12NN) – All About Breastfeeding
November 12, 2016 (1PM-5PM) – Baby and Toddler Nutrition and Care

Get a better deal when you sign up for 4 workshops!

Individual Rate show details + P600.00 (PHP)
Couple Rate (one workshop) show details + P1,000.00 (PHP)
Couple Rate (attending 2 workshops) show details + P1,750.00 (PHP)
Couple Rate (attending 3 workshops) show details + P2,400.00 (PHP)
Couple Rate (attending 4 workshops) show details + P3,200.00 (PHP)

REGISTER NOW

This event is supported by StemCord Philippines, Cetaphil Philippines, Mamachows, Beginnings, Pampers, VPharma, Cradle/Cycles.

Hope to see you soon!

Four Amazing Workshops this Saturday — Will I see you?

I’m super pumped up! I’ve been busy this week organizing the first four live workshops that we will have this year which will happen this Saturday, January 23, 2016. Wooohooo! The first four workshops are the following:

Perfect for Business Owners, Freelancers, Entrepreneurs and Professionals

Basic Accounting and Taxation

Join Taxumo, ManilaWorkshops.com and Freelancer.com as we bring you this workshop on Basic Accounting and Taxation for Start-ups, Freelancers and Professionals.

What will you learn:
Make financial data-based business decisions. Track indicators that correlate with business health. Avoid penalties by properly filling out your tax forms and maximize your tax savings.

Date: January 23, 2016
Time: 9am to 12 noon
Venue: 30th Floor Ecotower Plaza, Freelancer.com Office, BGC (map to the venue)

Early bird rate (until January 20, 2016): Php 500.00
Regular Rate: Php 2295

Sign up here: http://manilaworkshops.com/events/basic-accounting-and-taxation1

 

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This 2016, top online jobs website Freelancer.com and the leading workshops organizer Manila Workshops, in cooperation with Sunlife and UnionBank EON, are giving you the best tips to achieve financial freedom as a freelancer.

What will you learn:
Tips on how to manage your funds as freelancers. We know that there are various off and on seasons for freelancers so in this workshop, we will teach you how to manage all of that fluctuations.

Date: January 23, 2016
Time: 1pm to 4pm
Venue: 30th Floor Ecotower Plaza, Freelancer.com Office, BGC (map to the venue)

Regular Rate: Php 100 ONLY!!! (good deal!)

Sign up here: http://manilaworkshops.com/events/talinotalks-money-wellness

Freelancing for Beginners

Freelance BlendUnionBank EON, Horsepower.ph and Manila Workshops bring you again our most popular Freelancing workshop — Freelancing for Beginners Workshop!

What will you learn:
#1 > Get simple, step-by-step training from real-life, freelancing coaches who are eager to share their business knowledge with beginners like you.

#2 > Fulfill your dream of working for yourself, earning additional income from your passions and spending more time with your family.

#3> Mastermind with peers and mentors who have blazed the trail in freelancing

#4> Take massive action, earn your first dollar and celebrate your wins with our private and exclusive freelancer community

BTW, our recommended payment channel for freelancers is UnionBank EON. I’ve used UnionBank EON for the longest time now and i love it since you can easily link it to your Paypal account to receive payments! 🙂

Date: January 23, 2016
Time: am to 5pm
Venue: 48th Floor UnionBank Plaza Building, Meralco Avenue

Regular Rate: Php 2500
Bring a friend rate: Php 1800 per person

Sign up here: http://manilaworkshops.com/events/freelancing-for-beginners-3

Raket Remedies - Facebook Marketing

Raket.phUnionBank EON and Manila Workshops aim to provide remedies for Freelancing and Entrepreneur pains that you might have with its Raket Remedies Workshop Series.

What will you learn:
Create unique and engaging ads
Maximize ROI of Facebook ads
Integrate Facebook with other Marketing strategies

Date: January 23, 2016
Time: 1pm to 4pm
Venue: 47th Floor UnionBank Plaza Building, Meralco Avenue

Regular Rate: Php 300 per person
Bring a friend rate: Php 250 per person

Sign up here: http://manilaworkshops.com/events/raket-remedies-facebook-marketing

Hope to see you there!!! 🙂

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Redesigned Website: Encouraging you to Love Learning

My oh my! I am like a kid who just came out from a toy store. That is how I feel now that I have my newly redesigned site. And with this newly renovated site comes super powers… haha! (I wish!) But seriously, with the new website came a new zest for this business once again. I now know where we are headed. I now know where I was going with this (haha… sometimes, I confused myself!). Anyway, first off, I will take you through the features and interface of the site. It’s pretty simple yet, I still want to bask in it’s greatness, so I just want to briefly take you with me on this tour.

This is our beautiful landing page. We have stated our belief and mission in just two words — Love Learning! This is what we want you also to believe in. Each one of us need to realize, even if we are experts in our field or even if we feel we are too old already, we need to never stop learning! We are encouraging everyone to use #LoveLearning whenever you discover something new or whenever you see something that you would like to learn more about.

Our Landing page!

Our Landing page!

When you click on learn more, it will take you to this really amazing “filterable” page that Pat of Fancy Girl Design Studio created. You are the bomb, Pat!

Manila Workshops Filterable page

 

See how you smoothly can go from one category to another. There are two other ways you can check out our workshops. You can also browse over WORKSHOPS in the menu above and click on upcoming workshops, or you can go back to the landing page and click on your desired category. We have finally decided on these categories for easy reference:

Manila Workshops Categories

Arts and Crafts
Fashion and Design
Entrepreneurship
Work at Home & Freelancing
Family and Parenting
Finance & Investments
Career & Work
Personal Development
Health and Fitness

We hope that it makes everything easier for you to navigate through these categories. Also, please don’t forget to leave your eamil address so that you will receive our newsletter about our upcoming events.

And last but not the least, here is something which we know, some of you have been waiting for. We are launching our eCommerce platform. Manila Workshops will not only be about offline learning events, but we will be open to having individuals share knowledge and acquire knowledge from others through this platform. So what can you sell or buy from our store? Basically, anything and everything that has to do with learning!

Some things that you may sell through our portal (Suggestions!)

  • Workshops and event tickets that are related to learning
  • Programs and Trainings
  • Learning modules, PDFs, Books or eBooks
  • Videos, Podcasts or any form of recording
  • One-on-one mentoring sessions or group mentoring sessions
  • Other item related to learning

 

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Now, you guessed it right! We have opened the platform for others who want to use it. If you are a speaker, book author, or an expert who would like to share your knowledge about a certain skill or topic, just feel free to coordinate with any or the beautiful people in my team and we will be happy to assist you.

Manila Workshops is now a learning hub which we will all share! That’s how much we #LoveLearning 🙂

Workshops for Families and Soon-to-Be Parents!

For the month of September, Manila Workshops brings you two exciting workshops: The Family Finances Workshop on Sept. 20, 2014 and the A Child is Born: A Breastfeeding and New Born Care Workshop on Sept. 27, 2014.

The Family Finances Workshop (Sept. 20, 2014)
*From the Ready To Be Rich Workshop Series

Family Finances Workshop

Family Finances Workshop

This workshop is for:
• Couples who are finding it hard to budget their income to sustain the needs of their family.
• Breadwinners who are taking care of their parents, or involved in elder care at home.
• Single parents who are finding it hard to achieve work-life balance.
• Newlyweds who would like to know how to become financially independent from their parents.
• People who have relatives who depend on them financially.

Expect to get practical advice and real-life exercises that will teach you exactly how to achieve financial security for your family. After the workshop, you are expected to go home with a list of action items for your household and a concrete work plan that you can immediately apply.

Here are some questions that you’ll be able to answer after the workshop:
1. How can I save money if my income is just enough to support my family?
2. How do I teach my child to be financially smart?
3. How should I handle family members and relatives who constantly borrow money?
4. How do I manage my finances so it can support the medical expenses of my aging parents?
5. How can I invest if I’m too busy working and taking care of my children?
6. How do I secure the educational needs of my child?
7. How can I afford my dream house?
8. How should I prepare for retirement, so I won’t be dependent on my children when I grow old?

Instructor:
Fitz Gerard Villafuerte, RFP is a civil engineer who decided to quit the corporate world in 2003 to pursue entrepreneurship. In 2014, he became a registered financial planner.

His blog, entitled, Ready To Be Rich, has already received several recognitions including the Best Business and Finance Blog at the Philippine Blog Awards for two years in a row. Moreover, an international finance publication, Wise Bread, has likewise ranked his website as among the Top 100 Personal Finance blogs in the world. Fitz has also been recognized by Moneysense Magazine as among the top 12 most influential people in Personal Finance in the Philippines.

Date: Saturday, September 20, 2014
Time: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Venue: VOffice, 10F Fort Legend Tower, 3rd Avenue and 31st Street, Bonifacio Global City Taguig
*Please bring a calculator

Learning fee:

Php 2000 per participant or Php 3000 per couple

SIGN UP BY CLICKING HERE

A Child Is Born: A Breastfeeding And Newborn Care Workshop (Sept. 27, 2014)
*From the First Time Parents Workshop Series

Breastfeeding and New Born Care Workshop

Breastfeeding and New Born Care Workshop

This workshop is for:
• Couples who would like to know more about breastfeeding and how to breastfeed
• Couples who are preparing for their new born baby and would like to know what to do when the baby is born

This workshop is brought to you by Manila Workshops, together with Best For Families, Inc, Unilab and Stemcord Philippines, Inc. This session takes place on September 27, 2014, 1:00PM to 5:00PM at #29 1st St., New Manila Quezon City. Join this workshop and learn the basics on baby milestones, newborn baby care and breastfeeding from two distinguished speakers, Dr. Milette P. Romero and Ms. Joyce Martinez.

The Instructors:

Dr. Milette P. Romero is a practicing pediatrician who graduated from the UST College of Medicine. She trained in Pediatrics at the Department of Pediatrics, East Avenue Medical Center, Diliman, Quezon City, and was awarded the Most Outstanding Resident of the North Integrated Residency Training Program during her Senior Year of Residency Training. She was also named Assistant Chief Resident of the Department of Pediatrics at the East Avenue Medical Center during her final year of training. She presently holds clinics at the MediCard Ortigas Clinic, at Express Medical Center in Robinson’s Galleria, and her personal clinic in Makati. Soon, she will be opening another clinic at the Medical Arts Tower in The Medical City, Ortigas. A doting godparent to her sister’s children, she possesses a natural love for children, which is what inspired her to pursue a career in the field of Pediatrics.

Ms. Joyce Martinez is a certified lactation counselor, and is the in-house lactation counselor of Medela Moms. She is a registered nurse who also served as a Lactation Manager at St. Lukes Medical Center, Global City. She earned her Nursing Degree from the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila, and followed up with a Master of Science in Nursing Degree at UERMMMC Graduate School. She also conducts presentations and academic talks on the ABC’s of Lactation Management for Nurses, as well as Breastfeeding Classes for Pregnant and Breastfeeding Mothers. A breastfeeding advocate, she provides lactation coaching and counseling, not just for breastfeeding and pregnant mothers, but also for their families, while actively organizing and promoting national breastfeeding campaigns.

Learning fee:
Individual Rate: Php 300
Couple’s Rate: Php 500

SIGN UP BY CLICKING HERE

See you in both workshops! Sign up now!

The Pregnant Pinay and Feed Your Child Right Workshops

Every weekend, I’m always off to a an event where I need to be at. I thank the Lord for continuously blessing GPA Events Management Services (Manila Workshops) with very supportive brand partners, sponsors and attendees. I thank the Lord for a fabulous team who works hard to give everyone a workshop/event that they will learn from and remember. This coming July 19, we have two back-to-back workshops for parents and soon-to-be-parents.

Manila Workshops invites you to be part of these first ever The Pregnant Pinay workshop under the Parenting Pals Workshop Series. The topics that will be discussed by our two special guest speakers are:

• Proper Pregnancy Nutrition
• What to Expect during Pregnancy Check-Ups
• Breastfeeding Basics
• Essential Newborn Care

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Our guest speakers for the workshop are Dr. Diana Liu-Sarmiento and Dr. Aurora Gloria Inguillo-Libadia.

Dr. Diana Liu-Sarmiento is a graduate of the University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Medicine and Surgery. She completed her internship and residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the UP-PGH and proceeded with her fellowship in Trophoblastic Diseases at the same institution. Currently, she is a consultant at the Asian Hospital & Medical Center. Our speaker is also a writer for the Women’s Health and Wellness section of Yahoo! South East Asia. You may visit her website for helpful information about women’s health and pregnancy concerns as she has an online question-and-answer section called Magtanong Kay Doc. Her website is www.filipinamd.com.

Dr. Aurora Gloria Inguillo-Libadia is currently an attending pediatrician and neonatologist at the UP-PGH. She holds important positions in the UP-PGH such as being Co-Chair of the Breastfeeding Committee and the Head of the Human Milk Bank. She is also an associate professor in the Section of Newborn Medicine in the UP-PGH College of Medicine. She received her Observership trainings in Human Milk Bank Operations in Italy and in Neonatology in the United States. Various hospitals around Metro Manila and Cavite also have her as the head of their neonatal intensive care units (NICU’s). She is a board member of the Philippine Society of Newborn Medicine and is a part of the National Committee on Human Milk Banking of the Department of Health.

The Pregnant Pinay is on Saturday, July 19, 2014, from 8:30 AM to 12:00 NN at the Insular Life Multi-Purpose Hall, 12th Floor Insular Life Makati Building, Ayala Avenue corner Paseo de Roxas Street, Makati City.

This workshop is brought to you by Unilab and Insular Life. The other sponsors are StemCord Philippines, Inc., Jewel Tone, St. Patrick, bebebocas, Petiten and Mamachows.

Sign up now!

In the afternoon, Manila Workshops will be having a rerun of the Feed Your Child Right Workshop.

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Our guest speaker is Miss Velvet Escario-Roxas, one of the country’s foremost breastfeeding experts and Deputy Executive Director of Arugaan – Support System for Women with Infants and Young Children. She is an international resource person and has trained more than 4,000 breastfeeding peer counsellors in more than 20 cities in the Philippines. Her wide experience also comes from her counselling work with many parents in grassroot communities and from her trainings and conferences both locally and abroad.

Topics which will be discussed by Miss Escario-Roxas are:
• Baby-led feeding
• Best starts in infant nutrition
• Feeding a picky eater
• What and How-to’s in feeding
• Avoiding feeding traps
• Culture-based diet

Feed Your Child Right (The Rerun) is on Saturday, July 19, 2014, from 1:00 PM to 5:30 PM at the Insular Life Multi-Purpose Hall, 12th Floor Insular Life Makati Building, Ayala Avenue corner Paseo de Roxas Street, Makati City.

Sign up now!

We hope to see you in these workshops! Please feel free to spread the word.

Learning about Art and Money (For Kids 6 to 12 years old)

I came from a meeting with Ann from Gymboree yesterday and we were talking of how crucial it was to teach children during the first months of their lives, even before they turn 1. We have tried to teach Zeeka a lot of stuff from the time that she was three months old. I think we’ve done our job in terms of socializing her and introducing her to the world. At 1, she already understands a lot of things and I know she does even if she still can’t speak clearly. She know what books (“bu”) are and that airplanes fly (Mommy makes a lot of paper airplanes!). She knows what kisses are and what “dance” means. She knows what apples are and the her favorite fruit is really a toss up between grapes and apples.

Here’s dada teaching Zeeka!

I know that Ej and I will continuously strive to teach her everything that we can teach her. Even if she goes to school and learns from the world around, we will be there to guide her. We will also continuously expose her and join her in different workshops and activities. Ej calls me a “Stage Mom” because I try to expose Zeeka and join her in different activities. At the back of my head, it’s really because I want her to enjoy life, experience everything that she can and later on in life decide what she wants to do.

I’m happy that I have Manila Workshops to present workshpop options for parents to further expose their children to different things, like Art and Finances/Money. This April, we have two workshops that will be interesting and definitely enjoyable for children ages 7 to 12 (6yos and 13yos are allowed) years old!

FREE ART WORKSHOP
FREE ART WORKSHOP

This workshop is brought to you by Faber-Castell Philippines and Memory Crafters.

To sign up, kindly click on this link: REGISTER HERE

MONEY SMART KIDS RERUN

Money Smart Kids

Money Smart Kids

This is brought to you by Manila Workshops, Mothercare Philippines and Ready to be Rich.

To sign up, kindly click on this link: REGISTER FOR THE MONEY SMART KIDS

These are great opportunities for your 6-13 year old to learn more about art and money!

Are there other things that you want to teach your children? What other workshops would you want us to have for your children? Please leave a comment below.

A Busy Weekend for Mommy Ginger!

I was surprised that today is actually the last day of the month of February. This month went by so swiftly. It was especially fast this week. It actually started moving so fast during the weekend. I was so busy during the past weekend. I was so busy from the Friday last week, where we at Manila Workshops had the first run of the Tax and Accounting Workshop (Topic was Ignored Business Costs) which was followed by the second session the next day (February 22), which was Taxes — Key things that you should know!

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Tax — Key things that you should know!

That Saturday, the Manila Workshops team had to split into three since we had four workshops during that day. We had the Baby Nutrition and Dental Care Workshop in the morning. I had the time to go to Medela House in the morning to see how things were. We even had our family photo taken at the photo booth which was set up by Lotte Xylitol.

Mommy Ginger, Dada EJ and Baby Zeeka!

Mommy Ginger, Dada EJ and Baby Zeeka!

Although I wasn’t able to stay for the afternoon session, I would like to thank all of you who attended the Delivery and New Born Care session. I got to look at the pictures and I’m very thankful that a lot of you supported this workshop. I heard from Donna that the venue was jam packed!

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I’d like to thank our sponsors, too, for the Delivery and New Born Care workshop. Thank you for supporting, Stemcord Philippines (as always!). Thank you also to Cradle, Cycles, Cycles Sensitive, St. Patrick, Mommy Treats, Babies To Toddlers, King Sue and Beginnings. For those asking about the next run of the Delivery and New Born Care workshop, the next one will be on September 27, so watch out for that 🙂

What I completely missed is the WAHMderful Life first Mastermind Class which was held at Mothercare Active Fun. I totally missed it because I had to set up for the Tax and Accounting Workshop. The topic for the first Mastermind class was How to Have the Heart of a wAHM. To those who expected it to be a workshop, masterminds actually have a different format. It’s really more of an intimate get together and sharing of thoughts. There is no speaker, but we are there mostly to facilitate the discussion. Martine was the first ‘facilitator’.

Mastermind Session 1: How to Have the Heart of a WAHM

Mastermind Session 1: How to Have the Heart of a WAHM

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Sunday was also a busy day for me. It usually is “just” Saturdays when I am booked with events and meetings, but last Sunday really started early. We (my family) woke up at 6 to accompany me to UP where I had a meeting with the STEPS PROJECT Team. I haven’t written about this advocacy yet, but I will introduce you to it this week. We had a team meeting as we were launching the advocacy this week.

Zeeka Chilling in UP with Mommy

Zeeka Chilling in UP with Mommy

Just stayed in UP for just two hours since I had to rush to Podium to set up for the first run (a lot of first runs this weekend) of the Money Smart Kids Workshop. I was really excited for this workshop. It was our first time to have children as the attendees. We would normally have the moms and dads, so I was really excited.

To check out the photos from this workshop, please visit our Facebook album:

The workshop was fun and I hope the kids enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed setting it up. Fitz and I really appreciate the time the parents and the kids took out from their Sunday “family time” schedule to be with us. We thank you too for your feedback and please do look forward to improvements and a better workshop for the next run!

Well, that was my weekend. It was pretty tiring! It actually continued on to this week, but that’s another story. How about you? How was your week? TGIF!

First Time Parents: What to Know Before Giving Birth Workshop (Giveaway)

Are you pregnant? It’s amazing that nowadays, pregnant couples really look for workshops and lectures where they can learn more about being pregnant and what to expect before, during and after pregnancy.

Manila Workshops, Medela Moms, Inc. and Stemcord will be having the first workshop for 2014 under the First Time Parents Series on January 25, 2014. This workshop series aims to help first time parents or even the “experienced-yet-need-refreshers” parents to help them to go through topics on pre-birth, delivery and new born care and toddler care. The workshop on January 25, 2014 will be WHAT TO KNOW BEFORE GIVING BIRTH.

It will be a half day workshop from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM that will discuss these topics:

What to Expect During your OB check-ups and visits
Pain Management
Pregnancy Nutrition
Cord Blood Banking

First Time Parents What to Expect Before Giving Birth

Other sponsors will be Kooky Loopy, Cycles, St. Patrick and Mommy Treats. Some of these brands will be giving away surprises for the attendees!

The learning Fee is at Php 1000 per couple. You can pay via BPI, UnionBank or Paypal. FREE Learning Circle Cards will also be given to the paying participants. The Manila Workshops Learning Circle Card entitles one to 10% discount to all workshops for 2014.

Great news! Mommy Ginger will be giving away free seats to 5 couples! All you have to do is do the steps in Rafflecopter 🙂

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This giveaway will run from today until the 22nd of January! Hurry and sign up!

For those who want to attend, here is the form: