Affordable Summer Workshops in Marikina City

2,000 pesos for an art workshop with twelve sessions? Just 2,000 pesos?!  Unbelievable, right? I could hardly believe it myself but it is true!  I know for certain because both my kids are already enrolled in two classes. 🙂

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3,000 pesos for both classes already 🙂

The Marikina City Tourism, Culture and the Arts Office (MCTCAO) has been offering Summer Art Workshops for several years now. This, however, is our first time to join the workshops so I really can’t tell you what to expect.   What I do know is that this would be a great way to keep the kids busy this summer. The best thing is they get to learn a new skill!

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Schedule of Courses Offered

If you’re still looking for a summer program for your child, do check out the programs at the Marikina Summer Art Workshop 2015. Courses offered include Voice, Ballet, Modern Dance, Painting, and Teen Theatre. There are also several courses on instruments including Violin and Saxophone.  Here are the revised schedules they gave us today:

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Registration already started yesterday and will continue until the end of the week.  Orientation is on April 10 and workshops will begin on April 13.

How To Register

  1. Go to the MCTCAO (at the ground floor of Marikina City Hall) and fill up the necessary forms.
  2. Pay the registration fee at the City Treasury (directly across the MCTCAO).
  3. Go back to the MCTCAO and show your Official Receipt.

Workshop fee is Php 2,000 per course – definitely among the most affordable summer workshops in the country.

For families of government employees, the discounted fee is Php 1,500 per course.

You can get 300 pesos off if you enrol in groups of 5 or more. So, gather your neighbors and friends and enrol together so you can avail of the workshops at only Php 1,700 each. 🙂



*I am not connected with the Marikina Tourism, Culture, and Arts Office. For inquiries regarding the Summer Art Workshop, kindly call them directly at 646-2360 to 69 loc 208. 

Summer Theater Workshops for Kids

Do your children have a knack for the performing arts?  Discover and develop their talents this summer by enrolling them in a theater workshop.  Here are four theater workshops for kids as young as 3.5 years old.


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Fee: 5,800 exclusive of recital fee (6,150 for Alabang Town Center classes)

Venues: Podium, Global City, Alabang Town Center

Enrollment:  Visit Trumpets at the 5th Level Shangri-La Mall or call 631-7252 / 6362842

Start of Classes: April 7

Courses and Schedules:

Children’s Theater (4 – 6 years old)


Class Schedules


MWF  11:00 am – 12:30pm
MWF  12:45 pm – 2:15 pm
MWF  2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
TThS   11:00am – 12:30pm
TThS   12:45pm – 2:15pm


MWF  10:00 am – 11:30 am


MWF  11:00am – 12:30pm

Children’s Musical Theater (7 – 12 years old)


Class Schedules


MWF  11:00am – 1:00pm (7-9 yrs old)
MWF  1:30pm – 3:30 pm (7-9 yrs old)
MWF  4:00pm – 6:00 pm (7-9 yrs old)
MWF  4:15pm – 6:15pm (10-12 yrs old)
TThS   2:30pm – 4:30pm (7-12 yrs old)


MWF  12:00pm – 2:00pm (7-12 yrs old)


MWF  1:00pm – 3:00pm (7-12 yrs old)




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Fee:  P 9,000

Venue:  PETA Theater Center at No 5 Eymard Drive, New Manila, Quezon City, Philippines

Enrollment:  Schedule an interview at the PETA Theater Center through CHRIS DIVINAGRACIA ( 725-6244, 410-0821, or 0906 556 4800)

Start of Classes: April 7 (until May 11)

Courses and Schedules:

  • Children’s Theater 1 ( 6 – 8 years old)  8am – 12nn on April 7, 8, 10, 12, 15, 22, 24, 26, 29; May 3, 6, 8, 10, 11
  • Children’s Theater 2 ( 9 – 12 years old) 8am – 12nn on April 7, 9, 11, 14, 16, 23, 25, 28, 30; May 2, 5, 7, 9, 11




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Fee: 7,000

Venue:  Active Fun Global City

Enrollment: Call the REP office at 843-3570 or 555-0082

Start of ClassesApril 7 (until May 29)

Courses and Schedules:

  • Kiddies Musical Theatre Class (5 – 8 years old)  11:00am – 1:00pm / 1:00pm – 3:00pm  Monday to Friday
  • Pre-Teens Musical Theare Class (9 – 12 years old) 10:00am – 12:00nn / 3:30pm – 5:30pm, Monday to Friday




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Fee: 10,000 inclusive of workshop materials, costumes rental and recital fee

Venue:  The CampArt STUDIO at Unit 209, 2F Cityland Pasong Tamo Condominium

Enrollment: Call 750.1551/0915.4478959/0919.4338565 or Email

Start of Classes: April 2 (until May 23)

Courses and Schedules:

  • Kinder Theater (3 – 6 years old)  10:30am – 12:00nn MWF
  • Children’s Theater (7 – 9 years old)  9:00am – 10:30am MWF
  • Junior Theater (10 – 12 years old) 12:00nn – 1:30pm MWF



Most of the theater companies mentioned above also have other workshops for teens and adults. Kindly check their respective websites or Facebook pages for more information.  As for us, we’re enrolling our daughter again at Trumpets Playshop.  She had so much fun there last summer and is looking forward to another exciting Playshop this year.


Fashion Immersion for Teens at SoFA Design Institute

Here’s a great summer program for teens!  Those who have a keen eye for fashion and style would be thrilled to work side by side esteemed professionals in the fashion industry.  This summer, THE Collab Contessa collaborates with SoFA Design Institute and brings to us a 1-month long capsule series Fashion Immersion for Teens.

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The 1-month program consists of 4 capsules with each one running for 5 consecutive days.  A student can choose among RETAIL, MARKETING, DESIGN, or MEDIA.  Ideally, though, a student is encouraged to take all four capsules to help him or her decide which career he or she would eventually pursue.

I collaborated with SOFA Design Institute on this with the goal of being instrumental to helping teens define the career paths they would like to take.

– Collab Contessa –

The students’ actual immersion experience will be at the offices of brand partners including Louis Vuitton, Folded & Hung, Chalk Magazine, and Aranaz.   The first capsule starts on March 31, 2014 so better enrol now lest you run out of slots.

Aside from the Fashion Immersion for Teens, SoFA Design Institute also has other summer programs for kids, teens, and adults. Follow @aminaaranaz ; @loraleesoong ; @dara_ddr ; @sofadesigninstitute on Instagram for more information and updates.

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Jumpstart Family Fitness at Mom and Me Fun to Be Fit

After the successful run of Mom and Me Fun Circuit last year, Mom and Me now comes with another series of fun family activities.   This March, start your new family fitness routine through Mom and Me: Fun to Be Fit.  Each session costs only 350 pesos for both parent and child so this is a very affordable way of trying out different fitness activities and finding out which ones will work best for your family.   Read on to find out more about Fun to be Fit.

(Press Release from Mom and Me)


Keeping fit and healthy starts in the home. Kids need physical activity to build strength, coordination, and confidence and it is the parent’s responsibility to lay the groundwork for a healthy lifestyle. How can you do this, you ask? The answer is simple – engage in physical activities with them and make it a daily habit.

For kids, fitness means playing and being physically active. Once they enter nursery until they get to big school, exercise comes in the form of playing tag with friends, P.E. classes, and attending organized sports such as basketball or swimming. However, parents can no longer rely on physical education in schools to provide enough physical activity for kids. They need to play a more active role and make fitness a family routine.

This March, jumpstart the summer with Mom and Me: Fun To Be Fit, a series of health and fitness activities that both moms and kids will enjoy.

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Yoga for all ages have become popular as this activity improves the three elements of fitness – endurance, strength, and flexibility. Moms and kids, and even dads too, can sweat it out in the mat with an interactive yoga class from Yoga+ on March 1 (12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.) and White Space Mind and Body Wellness Studio on March 15 (12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.).  Poses that promote fun, laughter, and creativity will keep the kids engaged while moms challenge themselves in their own yoga practice.

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While yoga entails focus and flexibility, aerobic dancing involves heart-pumping movements and is a great way to improve coordination and memory. Make your way to Slimmers World on Mach 8(9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.) in their Megamall branch and March 22 (9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.) in Trafalgar Makati branch for a fun and easy dance work out. Moms will also enjoy a signature Body Fat Analysis and Figure Consultation, Nutritional Counseling, Diamond Peel and a Slimming Treatment. Dancing to upbeat tunes, prepare to sweat it out. You’ll surely find yourself doing the routine even until you get home.

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Swimming is one of the best workouts you can give your body as it activates almost all of your muscle groups at the same time. Since you’re floating in water, there’s less pressure on your joints and bones, and it almost seems like you’re not really exercising. Rounding up the Mom and Me Fun To Be Fit series is a swimming class with Coach Herman Brinas as hosted by The Legend Villas on March 29 (9:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.). Paddle, kick, and soak the sun, it’s a fun fitness activity for a Saturday afternoon.

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Entrance Pass is only Php 350 good for mom/dad and one child per day. Participants get the chance to win in raffles and will receive a loot bag filled with treats.

Allow enough time for free play, regulate the use of gadgets, and keep a variety of games and sports equipment at home. You’ll be surprised how a jump rope can make a big difference. Show your kids that fitness is important by engaging in fitness activities with them. Mom and Me: Fun To Be Fit gets you and your little one active together. Get in shape and create moments that you and the kids will remember for a lifetime!

Mom and Me: Fun to Be Fit happens every Saturday of March – March 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29. For details and event tickets, go to Like and Follow Mom and Me at /mommyandmePH. This event is also supported by Citibank, Enercal Plus, Thor Productions, Malaya Living, Baby Magazine, Travelife Magazine, Circuit, Mom Center Philippines, and WhenInManila(dot)com.

Trumpets Playshop Summer 2014

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Schedule’s out and they’re now open for enrollment!  My little girl greatly enjoyed last year’s summer workshop.  It was also such a delight to watch her perform on stage during their recital at RCBC Theater.  (I just realized I never published the post about her recital…ooops!).  If you have kids who love the performing arts, the Trumpets Playshop Children’s Theater would be a great summer program for them.

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The schedule for the Podium Branch is shown below. For schedules in other venues, kindly visit the Trumpets Playshop & Musicademy Facebook page.

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Visit Trumpets at the 5th Level of Shangri-La Mall to enroll your kids.  For inquiries call or text: 631-7252 / 6362842 / 091758641777.