Everyone’s into arts and crafts! It must be because of the loom band craze that people are now into using their hands to create works of art. In Indonesia, a new paper crafts craze has gotten people’s attention. We think that it will be the next crafting craze for both kids and adults in the Philippines. It actually invloves creating masterpieces using corrugated paper. Check these out:

These are the things that you can make using Kokoru, the brand of these corrugated paper. Well, I was inspired by these images so I decided to make my own version of a local celebrity here in the Philippines. Guys, presenting… Anne-bisyosa!

Kokoru Creation of Mommy Ginger

Hope you like this one, Anne Curtis!

Anyway, Manila Workshops, together with IFEX (International Fine Exchange Paper) and Kokoru, are happy to introduce Corrugate Paper Crafting through their workshop, entitled Koko-Cute: A Kokoru Workshop. The are inviting you, both young and young at heart, to learn, have fun and create wonderful memories!

This workshop will be on August 23 at the vOffice, 10th Floor, The Fort Legend Tower at BGC from 2-5 pom. The map to the place is shown below:
vOffice The Fort Legend Tower Map

It will be a fun class. If you want to create something like this (check out the video below), then sign up now!

Fee is Php 500 per participant (Early bird rate for those who register and pay before August 15). Group rate of Php 500 per participant also applies after the deadline (for 2 or more attendees in a group).

See you there! Here are other creations!

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Kokoru Creations

Kokoru Philippines

Kokoru Philippines

*P.S. These are creations of the speaker of the Koko-cute Workshop. Joness Cubacub is trained in the Food and Beverages Services and Barista under Hotel and Resaurant Services of TESDA. Jone loves the art of making reusable things out of old things. She loves to collect things and upcycles them to be able to use them again. Some of her projects are turning old jeans into bags, tin cans into pen holder and restyling an old study table into a work table. She delved into jewelry making which she sold her friends and relatives. Because of this, she has always been appointed the Christmas decorator in her own household. She also loves painting and drawing. This is the reason hy she believe that any form of art is for everyone. She says “you don’t have to be good at it – you just need to enjoy and love what you’re doing.”

Any of you having yaya problems? I think this has been a very popular topic. If you meet a mom and don’t know what topic to use for small talk, the “yaya problems” topic never fails. Most of us have yaya horor stories. I’m glad that I was lucky to have employed this yaya that I have now. Although moody (sometimes she’s ‘masungit’), I see the genuine care and love that she has for my daughter. That’s what matters most! If you are lucky enough to have gotten a yaya like this, invest in trainings.

Lucky for you because Manila Workshops will have the last run of the Basic Yaya Training Sessions 2 and 4 this year at Babyland Shaw.

SESSION 2: Understanding and Caring for a Newborn, Infant and Toddler (August 23, 2014)

Basic Yaya Training Session 2

SESSION 4: Understanding Common diseases on Children, What to do in Emergency Situations, Preventing Accidents and First Aid (August 30, 2014)

Basic Yaya Training Session 4

EARLY BIRD RATE (Register and Pay before August 15, 2014): Php 1000 per participant per session

Regular Rate: Php 1200 per participant (After August 15, 2014)
Group Rate: Php 1000 per participant for 2 or more participants in the group)
*Includes light snacks and materials to take home

To sign up, please fill out the form below:

Sign up using this form:

The instructor will be Ms. Cristina Mendoza, RN.

About the Speaker:
– BS Nursing (’10), Southville International School and College
– Passed the Nursing Licensure Exam on July 2010
– Worked as a School Nurse and Preschool Teacher in The Bridge School from 2010-2012
– On call Preschool Teacher in The Bridge School (present)
– Full time Yaya Seminar Facilitator of VentureLab Business Resource Center, Inc.

Hope you can share this with those who need help in training their yayas. This will be the last workshop for basic yaya training this year so you might want to send them already!

In one of my businesses, we are looking for freelance account executives who will be paid a minimal fixed income but the opportunities are endless when it comes to commissions. It’s actually a pretty good job opportunity, but guess what? We are having a hard time looking for freelancers in the Philippines (where are you, people?). I don’t know why this is so. Looking at the unemployment rate of the Philippines, which is at 7.6% of the population (that’s approximately around a whopping 7.6MM Filipinos), I don’t really understand why we still can’t find people to fill in this position.

Recently, I have launched a new workshop series under Manila Workshops and this is in partnership with Marv De Leon of Freelance Blend. Marv and I have a noble cause to help lower the unemployment rate in the Philippines, starting with Metro Manila. And how will we do this? We will do this by educating people on how to go about being freelancers. We will help build and strengthen a community of freelancers in the Philippines under the brand FREELANCE BLEND.

Freelance Blend

We know that this is a long shot but it’s Marv’s dream to grow this community and I will help him. Manila Workshops believes in turning your entrepreneurial dreams into reality and sometimes the stepping stone is really to do freelance work, so you get to discover yourself, what you are capable of and what you can potentially earn from.

I’m proud to say, too, that I will be one of the panelists for the first ever workshop under the Freelance Blend Workshop Series. The workshop is entitled Freelancing for Beginners.

Freelancing for Beginners Workshop

Freelancing for Beginners Workshop

The slots are almost filled up already so if you want to register, please visit this link: CLICK HERE

Do you have questions about how to be a freelancer or on being one? Kindly leave a comment below and I will try my best to answer these questions.

I love parties. I actually love preparing parties, too. I think a lot of moms are like me. We take party planning seriously and we want everything to be perfect. Karir na kung karir!

I always ask people whom I mentor to look within and to see what they are good at. In business, it is important to know yourself, your strengths and weaknesses, before you decide to take on a particular business. For those who know that event planning is something they are good at, the next step is really to learn everything that you can about holding an event or a party.

For those mommies or mompreneurs who want to know how to make your own parties or who want to make this into a business, my team at ManilaWorkshops.com has a great workshop in store for you. Oh, btw, this workshop is open to single or married ladies and gents who wish to be party planners either as a business or for personal use.

Make Your Own Kiddie Party

Make Your Own Kiddie Party

And we have great teachers for this workshop. The speaker are Ferdi and Czarina, who are the founders and partners of The Event Architects (T.E.A.), a styling company that creates unique, elaborate, and personal events for private affairs and commercial companies. T.E.A. has planned and styled the events of corporate clients such as Lancôme, Clear, Cosmopolitan, Yves Saint Laurent, Ralph Lauren, and Louis Vuitton as well as personal functions such as Sarah Meier’s wedding, a baby shower hosted by Amanda Jacob, and Tim Yap’s birthday.

Make Your Own Kiddie Party! – The Rerun will be on Saturday, August 23, 2014, from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM at the Insular Life Multi-Purpose Hall, 12th Floor Insular Life Makati Building, Ayala Avenue corner Paseo de Roxas Street, Makati City. Workshop fee is P250. This workshop is the fifth installment for 2014 of the Parenting Pals Workshop Series and is supported by The Event Architects and Insular Life.

For those who want to make this a career or even if you just want to learn so as not to spend for an events coordinator anymore, sign up now!

I really feel guilty for not having sent Zeeka to classes like Kindermusik or Gymboree or the Little Gym when she was younger. I have had a lot of friends who enrolled their little ones back when they were 4-6 months old. What we would do at home is to teach her things through our ‘playtime’. I am proud to say that she knows a lot of things now (even if I didn’t get to send her) and she’s only 1 year and 4 months. But of course, a part of me still wants to send her.

For the average mom, sending our kids to these classes may be a bit heavy on the budget. Imagine spending around Php 15K just to have them attend 13 sessions of playtime at these ‘schools’. Obviously, before spending that much, I wanted to check out these different institutions. I know that educating a child through play is very important that is why I really wanted to look for other avenues where I could teach Zeeka skills. I noticed that staying in the house was getting a little bit too boring already for her.

I started with checking out The Little Gym. They had a branch at the Bonifacio Technology Center that was close to our home. They offer a one-time introductory class worth Php 650 that they deduct from the fee when you enroll with them. So Zeeka and I tried the class. I took a tour of their facility and it was really well maintained. After every class, a lady would come out to mop the floors. All yaya’s and parents were required to wear socks in the play area. No other people are allowed inside the play area except the students and parents of the particular ‘on-going’ class.

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Zeeka waiting for her class 🙂

The lady who I talked to at the reception area told me that The Little Gym offers various classes depending on your child’s age. The Little Gym is a US-franchised fitness and development center that offers classes to enhance and develop strength, flexibility, balance, rhythm, motor skills, and muscle tone, as well as good listening, cognitive, and socialization skills.

Okay, since Zeeka is now 1 year and 4 months old, we attended the Birds Class. The Birds Class is part of the Parent/Child Curriculum for those with children who are 4 months – 3 years old. This curriculum is divided into 4 classes: The Bugs Class for Infants from 4-10 months, the Birds Class for Infant/Toddler from 10-19 months, the Beasts Class for Toddlers 19 months to 2.5 years old and the Super Beasts Class for Toddlers 2.5 to 3 years old.

The Little Gym Review 1

The Little Gym Review 2

The teacher who taught the Birds class is teacher Rissa and she is really very good! She had perfect grammar and tone (and I’m very particular with that for teachers, especially). She was also very engaging and nice. She reminds me of theater actors and actresses who really know how to grab your attention and are very animated when they speak. She was like that!

The class ran from 11:15 am to 12:00 nn. The Little Gym class that we attended that day focused on teaching the children how to count. I noticed that a lot of the activities were very physical. We ran a lot around the mat area. We also had the “skill of the day” where the teacher would teach the kids a gymnastics skill. We would have the children count swings on the uneven bars. The children would tumble and roll on the mat.

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Our pictures were all blurred since we were always moving!

Zeeka loved the class. When we were on our way home, she was signing “more play” over and over again (she know baby sign language for those who just read this post; I taught her starting when she was 8 months old). I told her that we would go back for another class (and yes, we actually did the next week where I had to pay the regular rate of Php 1000 +. I forgot how much exactly.

What I liked about the class is that it’s very physical so they teach the kids early on that physical fitness is important. I value health and fitness so this is really something that impressed me. I also saw that it was a good fit for Zeeka since she loves dancing. I have observed that she loves to dance whenever there is music, and I think gymnastics would be a good way to enhance this talent.

For the class, the students were a good mix of different nationalities. I love this, too, since I’d like Zeeka to be comfortable in interacting with different people from different races and religion. I think that being aware on what’s happening in different parts of the world and knowing about different cultures is important.

Aside from the Parent and Child Curriculum, The Little Gym offers Pre-School / Kindergarten Curriculum, too for children 3-6 years old. The curriculum is again divided into three classes: The Funny Bugs for 3-4 year olds, Giggle Worms for 4-5 year olds and Good Friends for 5-6 year olds. I inquired about this too and the tuition fee is at around Php 100+K per school year.

For those who really love gymnastics and want to continue doing these, the Little Gym offers the Grade School Curriculum as a supplementary for those who are already in big schools. They have the classes for those who are 6-12 years old which ranges from Beginner to intermediate to advanced classes.

There are now three The Little Gym locations in the Philippines: Makati, Pasig-Mandaluyong, and Alabang. So If you want to check out their classes, you can visit them at:

The Little Gym of Makati
Level 1, Bonifacio Technology Center
31st Street & 2nd Avenue,
Fort Bonifacio. Taguig
phone: +632 815 1735 or +632 815 1779

The Little Gym of Pasig-Mandaluyong
2/F The Exchange Regency
No. 2 Exchange Road corner Meralco Ave.
Ortigas Center, Pasig
phone: +632 310 9870 or +632 310 9878

The Little Gym of Alabang
Mezzanine, Autozentrum BMW Center
Commerce Avenue & Madrigal Avenue
Alabang, Muntinlupa
phone: +632 850 4060 or +632 850 4061

Let us know how your intro class went! Please leave a comment below!