Basic Polymer Clay Workshop on October 25, 2014

Manila Workshops, together with Young Advocates will be holding a Basic Polymer Clay Workshop on October 25, 2014 from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM at Sulok, Tiendesitas, Ortigas Avenue cor. E. Rodriguez Ave. (C-5), Pasig City, Metro Manila, Philippines. This workshop is open to kids ages 5 and above.

Basic Polymer Clay Art Workshop

Basic Polymer Clay Art Workshop

Polymer clay is a synthetic modeling material that remains maleable until it is cured by baking at a low temperature. All polymer clays are basically made up of polyvinyl-chloride (PVC), pigment and solvents. This kind of craft would allow you to create anything that your heart desires.

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Workshop fees are as follows:
• Early Bird Rate: PHP 1,600 (paid by October 10, 2014);
• Regular Rate: PHP 1,900 (starting October 11, 2014);
• Group Rate: PHP 1,500 per participant (group of 3 or more participants).
*Fees include all of the materials for the workshop, food and drinks! For the guardians and companions who wish to stay during the workshop, there will be additional PHP 100 fee for food and drinks.

To register, please fill out the form found at the Memory Crafters Website:

About Memory Crafters Workshop Series

Memory Crafters is Workshop Series of Manila Workshops (GPA Events Management Services). It is a set of fun and creative workshops offering arts and crafts workshops for both the young and the old. Whether an old-timer or a beginner in DIY (do-it-yourself) projects, Memory Crafters believe that there is a creative side in each one of us. They carefully and lovingly pick the workshop courses that the group would offer to provide an opportunity for each individual to explore the wonderful world of creativity.

So far, the workshops that manila Workshops and memory Crafters have successfully ran are the Loom Band Afternoon Party and the Bears for Haiyan: A DIY Stuffed Bear Workshop. All of these workshops aimed to develop the creative side of each attendee.

About the Teacher

Jennifer Villanueva is the founder of Young Advocates a non-profit environmental arts organization incorporated in the year 2000, and successfully conducted a series of art workshops and camp for kids five years and up. She is also a member of Bahaghari ng Malolos, and Lakan Sining, both an arts groups based in Bulacan. In the past she has worked as an Assistant Editor of Parents Magazine, under Belgosa Publishing and as a News Writer for RPN 9 News Watch & News Cap. She is currently working as a freelance publicist, copy writer and artist for corporate clients, while she takes care of her baby, Cassey Hunter.​


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I’m Back — Stronger and More Inspired!

Did you notice that I was gone for a few days? It was because I had fever and then this bad case of intestinal flu. It was horrible! I could not stand because I was too weak. Anyway, I’m better now and I’m stronger and more inspired.

You know why? Secret! haha!

My friends hate it when I say that (kakabitin daw). Well, okay, I’m more inspired because during the time that I got sick, I got to realize that I really need to have a break (REALLY) once in a while and it reminded me on how I love writing and how I miss blogging. I’m a fan of Tim Ferris and I share his teachings, but I always forget to apply the things that he shares (especially if it’s not related to dieting). My sickness is that I hardly say NO (kaladkarin much). Even if my schedule is packed, I always make time for people. But see, this is what happens. You become sick. 🙁

During that time too, I thought about growing up (not physically, obviously), but achieving a better ME! I’m inspired now to look and feel stronger and fitter. I’m inspired to take action in intentionally relaxing. BTW, have you read my article in (Make Your Own Blissful Home Spa)? Please do read it! Also, I’m more inspired to grow more spiritually.

It’s a few days before my birthday and meditating during that time of weakness was perfect.

Hate being sick!

Hate being sick!

I hated being sick but something good came out from it so I am grateful. How can I can be grateful when every minute I was throwing up in the bathroom?

Well, with every moment in your life, you can choose to look at the glass half empty or half full. I always choose to look at the brighter side of things. It’s always really your call.

Pastel Color Painting Workshop

Today, I am reminded that we need to be thankful for all the talents that the Lord has given us. And how do we show that we are grateful? We need to share this talent with others. I was reminded of this because I saw these set of images and I was reminded that life is really good and there are so many things that we should be thankful for. When you see a picture and try to interpret it, oftentimes, we see what’s sad, depressing, missing and lacking. We don’t see what makes it amazing, lovely, brighter and happy.

I want to show you something because these set of images really made my day.










It’s amazing how each one of us has been given wonderful talents that can help lift up people’s moods and make their days brighter. If your children have these gifts and talents, be sure to help them develop it.

Pastel Color Painting Workshop

Pastel Color Painting Workshop

Manila Workshops, together with Young Advocates, will be holding a Pastel Color Painting on October 11, 2014 from 10:30 AM – 1:30 PM at Mothercare, 3/L The Podium Mall, 18 ADB Avenue, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City. Pastels are a unique painting medium in where colors are mixed on paper by overlaying or blending, rather than on a palette, thus making this kind of painting easier to teach to kids.

The Learning Fee for the workshop is at:

• Early Bird Rate: PHP 1,000 (paid by October 3, 2014) — HURRY!

• Regular Rate: PHP 1,100 (starting October 4, 2014)

They also have a group rate of PHP 900 per participant (for a group of 3 or more participants)

*Fees include all of the materials for the workshop, food and drinks! For the guardians and companions who wish to stay during the workshop, there will be additional PHP 100 fee for food and drinks. To register, please fill out the form found at the Memory Crafters Website:

About the Teacher

Jennifer Villanueva is the founder of Young Advocates a non-profit environmental arts organization incorporated in the year 2000, and successfully conducted a series of art workshops and camp for kids five years and up. She is also a member of Bahaghari ng Malolos, and Lakan Sining, both an arts groups based in Bulacan. In the past she has worked as an Assistant Editor of Parents Magazine, under Belgosa Publishing and as a News Writer for RPN 9 News Watch & News Cap. She is currently working as a freelance publicist, copy writer and artist for corporate clients, while she takes care of her baby, Cassey

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Do you believe in Soulmates?

I have had an unusual conversation just recently. It was about having soulmates. The group I was with started talking about finding ‘soulmates’ to which I retorted, “uso pa ba yun?” (Do those still exist?). My husband beside me cringed. Lol! I corrected myself and what I really wanted to say is that, “Do soulmates really exist?”. In mind, I was already formulating hundreds of follow-up questions…

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Do soulmates really exist?

If soulmates are two souls which are supposed to find each other, does that mean those who do not find their soulmate are forever doomed and will forever be lonely?

How is love added into all of these things?

How about commitment?

For love, if you do find your soulmate, is it the same as having really gotten to know true love?

If not, is it fake love or just settling or a decision to commit?

For commitment, if you are committed already then you find your soulmate, will you forever be incomplete?

How will you know if the person is your soulmate anyway?

Are there really three types of soulmates: friend soulmate, lover soulmate and an enemy soulmate?

Do you need to find all three?

And if you find all three, will it make your life better?

And so on and so forth…

See, my mind can go beserk when you give me topics like these. I really don’t know the answers to these. If you do know the answers, please do let me kno because I really want to find out.

An Interview with Mompreneur Martine de Luna of

How can we oftentimes forget the one’s closest to us? I’ve been interviewing a lot of amazing women entrepreneurs and who do I forget to interview? I forget to share the story of my amazing partner-in-crime (and when I say crime, I actually mean business. Lol!), Martine De Luna.

Mompreneur Martine De Luna of Make it Blissful

Mompreneur Martine De Luna of Make it Blissful

Martine and Family

Okay, let me tell you more about Martine, for those who don’t know her (which is quite impossible, since she’s practically a celebrity to moms). Martine de Luna is a lifestyle design advocate, student of life, a WAHMderful woman; wife to Ton for six years, and mom to Vito for four. An old soul with a love for long walks, books, quiet days on holiday, and a passion for visual storytelling, Martine loves being a “sociable introvert,” a blogger, a writer, and an amateur photographer (mostly on Instagram). Oh, by the way, she ‘says’ she’s an amateur, but I consider her a Pro because she create these amazing photos especially on Instagram (I hate her for this! All of my pictures on Instagram look crappy! haha!). Before becoming a full-time freelancing WAHM — mostly doing online coaching, copywriting and community management — Martine used to be an English teacher, a youth counselor, a magazine staff writer and editorial assistant. Her goal in life? To live each day joyfully despite all odds, and to find “bliss” in the ordinary everyday of being a wife, mom, and student of life.

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Interview with Mompreneur Martine de Luna of

Ginger: Oh my geee! How could I forget you! Good morning, Marts! It’s nice to have you here at! I’m really excited to have learn from your experiences and I’m sure other people would love to hear your stories, too and how you made it to where you are now. So, can you tell us more about your brand/business? What is it about and how long have you been in business?

Martine: My brand, Make it Blissful, is really a statement, a collective and a mindset. I started it on my blog, which was formerly called “Dainty Mom.” Through the blog, I offer blog-related events, like blogging and writing workshops. I also offer collaborations, either with other blogs, or with brands that I feel “click” with the Make it Blissful way of thinking.

I also offer freelance digital media-related services, on my professional site, I launched this about a year ago, when I wanted to step up my freelancing game and go into offering services on a full-time basis. In the past year, I’ve worked with women-run businesses, like wedding blogs, style/fashion blogs and businesses, creative businesses, advocacies, and personal bloggers, mostly through blog consulting, branding, and copywriting.

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Make It Blissful Website

Ginger: With all of these services, who is your primary market?

Martine: Women who have great ideas and need help in putting them into an online platform that will help them in their businesses.

Ginger: I’m just curious, how did you come up with this idea?

Martine: These services I offer — blog coaching, copywriting, developing website experiences, even personal brands for women — they were all based on skills I’d learned as a creative social media manager in a U.S. based business that I used to work for (offshore). During my stint there, I learned how to blog beyond just lifestyle blogging; I learned branding, social media basics, some online marketing, that sort of thing. I was also exposed to brands and businesses abroad, because these were the clients we worked with. A lot of the blogging and social media practices I learned were so different from the local blogging and social media culture. I thought, why not teach these tactics to individuals, so that they could build up their online platforms (websites and blogs) in a way that felt professional, like “DIY PR” or “do it yourself branding.” I called my initial offering “blog coaching,” because I began doing one-on-one freelance coaching with people who wanted to launch a serious, long-term blog.

I also saw that there was a need for busy business owner-women to manage their blogs and social media accounts more effectively. These powerful women often don’t have time to manage these platforms; they are busy building up their businesses. I started offer “web & blog management” for these women, so that I could manage running content, editorial, photography, and make sure their blogs and websites regularly came out with quality content. I likewise complimented this on social media by being their community managers, too.



Ginger: Amazing! Knowing that this mission would really be hard work, were there any obstacles that you faced when you decided to pursue becoming a Mompreneur?

Martine: Well, I’m only breaking into the local coaching scene. It’s picked up over the last few months. I feel the challenge is in balancing it all: your personal/family life, excelling and improving in your coaching and services, finding time for continuing education, etc. Because I work now on a “per project” or retainer basis, I have to make sure I’m constantly marketing myself and putting myself out there in front of potential clients.

Ginger: What are three traits that you think a Mompreneur should have when starting their own business?

Martine: I think going solo — whether as a freelancer or mompreneur — takes gumption. You have to be willing to take risks so that you can discover where you can really thrive. Of course, you should plan financially and prepare your reserves before going into solopreneurship, into mompreneurship. You also have to learn how to organize your life according to your priorities. You’re your own boss when you become a freelancer, a mompreneur, and that can be both a blessing and a burden! I think mompreneurs and solopreneurs should also have a solid community of like-minded people that they can connect with on a regular basis, especially on days when things get challenging. For instance, I began a community called the WAHMderful Life, in partnership with Manila Workshops. These women are all work-at-home moms, and they find support, encouragement, even work, when they connect in our exclusive Facebook community group, set up especially for them. You can’t be a mompreneur and “be an island.” Find your tribe; grow with a community. They can help you keep going, even during your down and low days!

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Ginger: That’s good advice! That’s true. A lot of the support that I got was also through that network. Marting, how about sharing with us any unforgettable moments or lessons that you learned as a Mompreneur?

Martine: I’ll share just one lesson: You have to design your life and be humble about learning how to do things better. Having an outlook of lifelong learning and “life hacking” can take you through your most trying times as a mompreneur.

Ginger: What advice can you give to other Mompreneurs?
Martine: Stay humble. Never stop learning how to do things better. Hire a mentor or a coach to be your constant sounding board. (I owe much of my success to the training and mentorship of business coaches and blog mentors.) Live out your mompreneurship like you’re at the top of your empire: delegate, hire the help you need, create systems so that you can focus on your priorities: family, marriage, and the bigger picture of your business.


Ginger: What are tech tools that you use for your business?
Martine: I can’t live without WordPress! Every business — whether online or offline — needs to have it and leverage it towards their brand, their sales efforts, their lead generation. It’s not just for blogging. With WordPress, you can literally run your business from anywhere in the world.

Ginger: Thank you Martine for sharing with us your insights on being a momprenuer and for sharing your experiences. We wish you more success in all of your endeavors!

For Martine’s contact details, you can see it listed below. Thank you for reading this interview and watch out for more interviews with inspiring mompreneurs!

Contact information of Martine De Luna:
Website (blog) | (professional)
Email address
Mobile Number 0917-8591126
Facebook Page |
Instagram account: martinedeluna
Pinterest: martinedeluna
Twitter: martinedeluna