Sharing you workshops that are handled by Mommy Ginger’s Manila Workshops.

Pregnancy Tips from Mommy Ginger at the First Time Parents Workshop on Saturday

For those who know me, I’m really madaldal (talkative) ha especially when we become close. I also love it when we talk about children, business or money and earning money (lol!). As you all know, I hardly agree to speak in our own workshops. I would rather stay in the background and oversee these events and let my workshop directors take the lead and the guest speakers to take the center stage.

But believe it or not, I agreed to be a speaker for this Saturday’s Preparing for Baby’s Birthday for the First Time Parents Workshop which is brought to you by Manila Workshops and Best For Families Inc. I agreed because I wanted to share my own experiences and tips on preparing for your child’s birth day and preparing for your own pregnancy. labor and delivery.


I think it’s different when you hear it from a real mom. A lot of workshops have doctors as guest speakers (which we will have, too, on Saturday), but seldom have moms like them who can talk to them on a personal level. I will also discuss mostly how we prepared financially for this part of our lives, so daddies, this might be interesting for you, too!

To those who are interested in signing up, feel free to sign up using this form:

What are your questions about pregnancy? What would you want to ask a fellow mom like you about pregnancy and labor and preparing financially? Feel free to leave a comment below!

I’m on the Pursuit of Happiness

I'm on the Pursuit of Happiness

This is what was posted on one of the walls of Onelife Studio in Makati. I am really on the pursuit of happiness. I know what makes me happy and that is having loving relationships with others. The definition of loving in this statement is doing unto others what you would want to them to do unto you. I try to live by this golden rule each and every day. I don’t want to go all philosophical on you, but this ‘rule’ is pretty simple.

Onelife yoga studio

I intend to go to the Onelife Studio more often this coming month. I love the ambiance and I love that promote the place and have branded the place as something more than a fitness studio that offers yoga, pilates, belly dancing, and all other types of fitness classes, but as a home away from home. Every one here or rather every one who comes to the studio is treated like ‘family’. I have been there once to check out the place and I already felt the ‘love’.

And I plan to visit the place by joining Eats Right Batch 2. Eats Right are motivational meet-ups for women who plan to achieve their fitness and health goals. We are here to support you make your life healthier and happier.


I’m excited for this run as our partner will be Onelife Studio and we have sessions on Restorative Yoga, Gentle Flow Yoga, Matwork Pilates and a Zumba class. You will be able to try all of these sessions and get that support group to finally achieve your health and fitness goals. To sign up, please fill out the form below.

As a discount, for those who key in MGEATSRIGHT2 in the coupon code field, you get to join for a discounted price of Php 1500 (for those who sign up within the month of July only).

Today was actually a bad day for me since I was trying to overcome a lot of things (i.e. Zeeka’s painful teething cry, a ton of deadlines that I have to meet, etc.). In trying times like these (whether it be work related or fitness related or relationship related concerns), sometimes you just need people that you can talk too, so for those who prioritize achieving good health this year, this is a great group to join!

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

the pregnant pinay - poster

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

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.

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

Feed Your Child Right (rerun) - poster

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.

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

Loom Band Craze and Workshop

I went to the new Century Mall near Avenue and there was a Toy Kingdom branch there. Upon entering, I thought there was something happening near the entrance since a lot of people were “huddling” over something. I tried to look over the shoulders of these people and I saw that they were going crazy over the kits and set of loom bands.

It’s amazing how something can spread so wildly here in the Philippines! For those who know me and read my blog, I am not one to go crazy over something crafty (since I like skill in that department — I admit!), but that fad has gotten me to create these…

Loom Band Bracelet by Mommy Ginger

Loom Band Bracelet by Mommy Ginger

Loom Band Bracelet by Mommy Ginger 2

Hey, please don’t judge! I know I’m one to say not to get so wrapped up on fads, but I just wanted to try it and I have to admit, it was fun! I stopped though after making around 10 bracelets (most of them were fishtails). I think these two were the complicated ones that I made (complicated by my standards).

I also overheard people at the bank once (I think one was a messenger of a company collecting checks) talk about loom bracelets! Wow! One was asking the other how to make one. Ang galing lang talaga! I’m speechless! Alot of people still want to learn how to make these bracelets.

So for those who want to learn, check this out!

Loom Band Workshop

Loom Band Workshop

Manila Workshops, together with Mothercare Philippines and @iamloomprincess, are inviting everyone, beginners and advanced loomers to come and party with us. It will be a fun afternoon of learning and sharing. Learn new loom bracelet designs and share your knowledge with your peers as well! In this workshop, you will learn how to make around 3-5 loom bracelet designs.

About Raissa Puno-Diaz (@iamloomprincess)

Raissa is the loomer behind @iamloomprincess (on Instagram). She was also the trainer during the last Loom Band Party for Memory Crafters held in May. This time around, she will be teaching a different set of loom bracelet designs for our audience.

About Mothercare

Mothercare is a specialist retailer of products for mothers-to-be, babies and children up to the age of eight. They offer a wide range of maternity and children’s clothing, furniture, home furnishings, bedding, feeding, bathing, travel equipment and toys. Mothercare Philippines is also the distributor of the following brands: Belly Bandit, Oshi Mat, Skip Hop, Stokke, Flexibath, Comfi, OKBaby and Inglesina.

The Loom Band Afternoon Party will be held on August 2, 2014 (Saturday), from 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM at Mothercare, The Podium Mall, Pasig City, Metro Manila.

Fees are as follows:
• Early Bird Rate: PHP 1,100 (paid by July 18, 2014)
• Regular Rate: PHP 1,300 (starting July 19, 2014)
• Group Rate: PHP 3,000 (group of 3 participants)

*Fee would include your own loom band kit, rubber bands, food and drinks!

If you want to join this workshop, you can sign up here:

Bears for Haiyan: A DIY Caridad Charity Bear Workshop (July 19, 2014)

I woke up from bed this morning and what greeted me was one white skinned with brown patches, furry little creature that kept on saying “mooooo!”. No, I do not have a live cow at home, but it’s this stuff toy of Zeeka with an electronic thingamajig for him to make sounds. Notice the use of “him” instead of “it”. I have been dancing, playing, signing and have been having a dialogue with these guys for quite sometime now.

Stuffed Toys of Zeeka

Stuffed Toys of Zeeka

What a diverse set of toys, right? These stuffed toys always bring a smile to my Zeeka. She calls each one “baby”. These toys have that effect on children. So imagine if we can bring such sources of joy to the children of Tacloban. Typhoon Haiyan happened around a year ago, and people seem to have forgotten it’s effects. The people there still feel the effects of the devastation that happened. To ease that, continues efforts must be done to be able to wipe away the tears and replace them with happy thoughts – especially that of the children of Tacloban.

Manila Workshops Luna BEME DIY Bears for Haiyan Poster

Manila Workshops, together with Luna MNL and BEME are happy to be able to be an instrument in creating happy memories for these kids through our workshop entitled, Bears for Haiyan: A DIY Caridad Charity Bear Workshop. We are inviting you, both young and old, to learn, have fun and bring a smile to the face of one child.

In this workshop, you will learn how to make your own stuffed animals while being able share what you have. Part of the proceeds of the bears are for the benefit of the children affected by typhoon Haiyan.

Caridad: The Charity Bear

Caridad: The Charity Bear

About Luna MNL

Luna is an advocacy shop aiming to encourage the use of Filipino language and to ignite the genuine Filipino in each one of its followers and urge them to make a difference in the lives of their fellow countrymen. It was founded by Maria Couline Gloria who is on her last term at the De La Salle University. She will be graduating this October and is currently working in Gymboree as a pre-school teacher.

About BE ME

BE ME is an activity workshop/studio for both kids and adults ages 5 and above. It offers a wide range of constructive fun activities like woodwork, arts and crafts, and a whole lot more. If you want to learn more about crafting, this is definitely the place to be. They have 3 locations already: Manila Polo Club, Rockwell Clun and Sofitel Manila.

Bears for Haiyan: A DIY Caridad Charity Bear Workshop will be held on July 19, 2014 (Saturday) from 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM at BE ME, Manila Polo Club, Makati City.

Workshop fees are as follows, and are inclusive of all of the materials and snacks:

• Early Bird Rate (paid by July 4, 2014): PHP 1,300
• Regular Rate (starts on July 5, 2014): PHP 1,600
• Group Rate (group of 3 participants): PHP 3,600

To register, please fill out the form below:

We really hope that you could attend this workshop! Let us continue to help the people in Tacloban.