A book to sleep: Diego and Marie

Our second blog entry for A Book to Sleep. The first book we read was entitled On the Move. This time we read a book from Adarna House. 13720584_1081133035300933_66489231_o I got this book as a giveaway from our previous event with Educating for Life, it is a group that promotes homeschooling. 🙂

This book is actually for children ages 6 and above, but since we read his old books over and over, I thought I can read it to him at least for a night. (We read this almost a month ago.)

This book will bring your kids to 5 different places.

The characters of the story are Marie (a cat) and Diego (a goat). These two are close friends. The story begins as this two starts to play a guessing game. Marie thought of a place that Diego will never ever guess. Marie tells Diego that this place is warm and cozy. Her friend’s first guess was the Restaurant’s Kitchen.

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He told Marie that is the warmest place he had ever been. But Marie said that it’s not that place, the kitchen is way too hot. Next clue she gave was that it has a bell-ringing sound. Diego thought of a place he’d been with a bell-ringing sound. And he led her to it.

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Diego brought Marie to the church because it has ringing bells! But, he was still wrong. The church’s bells rings too loud, and can’t be Marie’s home.

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Diego said that the game was too hard. Marie gave him another clue. It is warm, has a bell-ringing sound and is covered with hair. (‘Can you imagine now what’s this place?’ ) 😉 

Next stop is the Barber Shop. Diego said that it has chimes that rings and blowers that heats and there are hairs on the floor.

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Still, Diego’s answer is wrong. Marie told him that her place has white hair not black. She gave her last clue — it gives her milk!

Diego finally knew what place he is guessing. He showed Marie the ice cream cart in the street. Diego said that ice creams have milk and the sweetest. It also has a bell that rings. But no warmth and white hair.

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Finally, Diego gave in. He can’t seem to guess a place that has milk, warmth, white hair and a bell that rings. Marie gave Diego one last clue. This place smells exactly like her.

Diego smelled her and said Marie smelled like powder. Just then his nose caught the same smell. A mommy cat slowly came by.

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“A place can also be a spot like the arms of mom!”

This story will bring your kid around the community as they use their five senses. The sense of sight, smell, taste, hearing and touch.

Raix enjoyed the story. We read this for almost a week and not only before going to sleep. 😀  He was pretty attached with the barber shop. Which also helped me to convince him to have his hair cut before the start of classes.

Mommies, for the whole story you may go check this Adarna Book on any local bookstores. Till our next book to sleep.

NAMCYA stages #galingNAMCYA

Accomplished musicians who have proven their brilliance nationally and internationally are set to perform in a concert on July 16, 2016, to showcase works by Filipino and foreign composers and raise funds for the National Music Competitions for Young Artists (NAMCYA).

To be held at the Little Theater of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), the concert, titled #galingNAMCYA,  features past winners of NAMCYA, the country’s most prestigious music competition for the youth for more than 40 years.

The performers include:

  • Carlo Antonio Juan (Guitar)
  • Sara Maria Gonzales (Violin)
  • Christian Tan (Violin)
  • Kim Carl Mirandilla Ng (Viola)
  • Arnold Josue (Cello)
  • Gabriel Allan Paguirigan (Piano)
  • Luci Magalit (Piano)
  • Myramae Tapia Meneses (Soprano)
  • Antonio Maigue (Flute)
  • Gabriel Allan Paguirigan (Piano)
  • Reynato Resurreccion, Jr. (Oboe)
  • Ariel Sta. Ana (Clarinet)
  • Frenvee Andra (Bassoon)
  • Naomi Sison (Piano), and
  • Jay-ar Mesa (French Horn, guest horn player).

“We are very excited to have these NAMCYA winners perform and show that many of our world-class musicians were shaped by their experiences in NAMCYA,” said Renato Lucas, Secretary-General of NAMCYA, and who is also a past winner of the competition.
“We titled the concert #galingNAMCYA because we want people to know that these performers came from NAMCYA and that they represent the wealth of talent that NAMCYA attracts every year,” added Lucas.
“Before all these talent contests that we see today on TV, there was NAMCYA. It was where excellent musicians were discovered and nurtured to become world-class performers. NAMCYA continues to do that, and we want everyone to know that NAMCYA’s advocacy is to help our youth develop musical excellence and promote Philippine music.”

#galingNAMCYA aims to raise funds to help NAMCYA in its advocacy. Activities include the competitions and special performances in November, as well as outreach performances, workshops on Philippine music, and commissioning of new Filipino works.

#galingNAMCYA’s virtuosi will perform masterpieces of Filipino composers such as Nicanor Abelardo, Bayani M. De Leon, Manuel Velez, and Felipe P. De Leon, Sr., as well as works of foreign composers such as Ludwig van Beethoven, Paul Dukas, and Francis Poulenc.

For more information, please call 836-4928 or email namcya@gmail.com.

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Hot Wheels Epic Race THE FINALS 2016

Summer’s over but our family still can’t get enough of our little boy’s Epic Experience. Few weeks ago I posted about our epic racing experience, now it finally came to an end.
Our little boy, was one of the 20 qualifiers for the EPIC RACE FINALS, along with 40 more kids from the South and the North of Luzon. My kiddo and I were very excited and even counted our number of sleeps before the Big Day.
During the semi-finals, kids were given a time to warm-up their cars by participating in various activities: building tracks, jumping on loops and racing with their friendly competitors.
 


The area was jam-packed! Parents and kids alike are excited and thrilled to once again try their luck on the Gravity Racing Platform.

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Give it up for our 35 finalists! They are moving on to the FINAL Round.

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We made it once again to the final round!!! Woohoo! Finalists are to be back the following day for the last and final round.

On the day of the big event, Toy Kingdom had a few more competitions for our kids and dads. The competition, named as Track Wars, is inline with the Hot Wheels’ new product The Track Builder System.

 

 Winners from the mini competition.

The 35 kids gave their very best for the Final Round. All hopes were up as they release their cars as the host shout for GO! But there can only be 1 EPIC Record breaker. Congratulations Richmonde Borja! 🙂

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*Photo credits to Make It Epic PH-Hot Wheels FB Page*

As the competition ended kids still can’t get enough of the tracks and displays at the Main Mall Atrium of SM Mall of Asia. The fun continues.

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Of course, we didn’t go home empty handed. We got these cool stuff from Richwell Prime. Thanks much guys!

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 Moms and dads, you may want to check out their new cars! The Monster Jam Trucks!

 

Once again, thank you for this event. It was one summer I surely know kids enjoyed.

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With his prize from daddy! A Monster Jam Dragon!

GuitarNights: Liederabend, A Night of German Songs

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Ayala Museum and IPAV, Inc. in partnership with Lufthansa, Official Airline, present
Liederabend: A Night of German Songs 
(An Ayala Museum GuitarNights Feature)
Featuring LIED DUO Knut Schoch & Carsten Linck
June 2, 2016 |  6:30 PM | Ayala Museum Ground Floor Lobby

In the 19th century, the “golden age” of the guitar, songs with a guitar accompaniment was the most popular form of vocal music-making. Innumerable compositions for this combination – not only in German – appeared at this time, true masterpieces in a virtually inexhaustible repertoire of songs. It was only from the 1830s that this position on the “popularity scale” was increasingly assumed by the piano, and the guitar song was gradually pushed into the background.

To this day, the wistfulness of the guitar, its sensitivity and delicacy, still reveal a very personal and rather intimate view of the songs of love, passion and death. The listener often finds these settings of poems dealing with romantic feelings or the descriptions of nature popular at the time to be more authentic, and especially in the quieter ranges, more subtle.

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The concerts given by the LIED duo (Knut Schoch and Carsten Linck), are always received with enthusiasm by their audience on account of their freshness and intensity, demonstrate the value of reviving the treasures of the guitar song genre from this period. Their usual repertoires include both original compositions from the 1800s and original arrangements of works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Franz Schubert, Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, and Johannes Brahms.

The duo’s captivating concert appearances, enhanced by short introductions to the works and their respective composers composers, give an unforgettable insight into rarely heard but exciting repertoires. In addition, transcriptions such as of the song cycle Die schöne Müllerin by Franz Schubert provide an opportunity to discover new perspectives to old familiar works.

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For these song recitals, Carsten Linck plays a 19th century guitar replica by Johann Georg Staufer which has a very similar sound to a fortepiano of the period. As the guitar is played standing, the player can perform in an informal narrative style, creating a very lively performance for the audience.

ABOUT THE CONCERT SERIES

GuitarNights is a new addition to the list of musical experiences offered by Ayala Museum and Independent Philippine Art Ventures, Inc. (IPAV), gathering some of the country’s foremost and international classical guitarists, bringing the familiar and beloved instrument to a whole new light.

TICKET PRICES AND HOW TO PURCHASE

P 700 Regular
P 560 Discounted Rate*
P 500 Senior Citizens
P 300 Students

Tickets available for sale at the Ayala Museum ticket counter, open during museum hours: Tuesdays to Sundays, 9 AM to 6 PM.

* Discount applies to Ayala Museum Members, Ayala Rewards Circle, and AGC Employees.

Terms and Conditions for purchasing tickets:

Pre-event

  • Tickets are now available for sale at the Ayala Museum, Makati Avenue corner De La Rosa Street, Greenbelt Park, Makati, open from TuesdaySunday, 9 AM to 6 PM.
  • Kindly present a valid ID to avail of applicable discounts.
  • Cash payment is preferred.
  • Limited seats available. In the event the maximum seating capacity is already reached, succeeding buyers will be duly informed of standing room only status and can purchase tickets at the minimum price (P 300).
  • It is best to call 759 82 88 local 31 or 35 to get the latest update on the availability of tickets.

During concert date

    • Counter for unclaimed and/or unsold tickets (if any) will open on June 2, 2016. Gates will open at5:30 PM.
    • Ticket holders who were guaranteed seats (purchased before reaching maximum capacity status) during the sale period may sit anywhere. Please note that there are no seat assignments and that seating is first-come, first served.
    • All tickets sold for the June 2, 2016 concert is valid only during said date.

For inquiries and reservations:
CALL: 759 82 88 local 31
EMAIL: concerts@ayalamuseum.org

To Homeschool or Not To Homeschool? That is the question.

I have been battling with this question for half a year now. It started when I got this job as a Virtual Assistant. My first project was for the company’s grand event about homeschooling. As I go on and with work, I came to meet mommies who are homeschooling. I was very surprised that it was a big group. That here in the Philippines, many families are into homeschooling.
By then, my 3 year old was enrolled in our barangay’s day care center. I enrolled him because wanted him to become more sociable. As he grew up from a baby to a toddler he became more attached to me, became more shy and gets easily scared specially if left alone. He doesn’t want to go to school. Most of the times he was there he would just stare blankly at anything inside the room. He doesn’t like to join their school’s activity, doesn’t like to participate in class and sometimes he slept during class. Haha. But even if he is always absent, he still recalls the lessons taught to him.
With this, i thought “Maybe I can homeschool him.” I then talked to hubby and explained to him our situation. He agreed and promised to support my decision. So, I started to homeschool at first it was OK, but then I got frustrated because I thought I may not be able to teach him well, that when I will be given a full work load I might forget my responsibility to teach him, and so many other thoughts that leaves me undecided.
There are times that when we have a heart-to-heart talk, he would agree to going to school. but most of the time he would say that he doesn’t like to go to school. Even his older sisters can’t convince him of going to school. Sigh. I am really having a hard time deciding on what to do. With my two daughters, I didn’t have a hard time. I think this is maybe because I got introduced to homeschooling. As the new school year is fast approaching, this thought is bothering me a lot. I basically have no idea how to homeschool. Where do I start? What should I teach a 4-year-old?
Mommies, can you help me out? What do you suggest? I only want the best for my kids.
XOXO

The Askable Parent: How to Talk to Your Kids about Sexuality, Love, & Relationships

There’s no place like home for value-centered sexuality education.
1 Children want parents to be their primary and most important sexuality educator. Unfortunately, most parents feel that they lack the confidence and competence to dialogue with their children about sexuality-related concerns.
2 With parents’ delay and embarrassment in discussing sex, intimacy, relationships, and other related issues, children typically seek answers from other sources like their peers and the Internet. This parenting workshop aims to:

  • Explore personal attitudes, beliefs and values about sex and sexuality;
  • Define sexuality education and debunk myths and misconceptions about it;
  • Enhance awareness about the sexual behaviors of Filipino youth and the specific challenges they face in making a healthy transition from adolescents to adults; and
  • Provide tools that will equip the modern-day fathers/mothers become Askable Parents.

July Event

1. Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) is an age-appropriate, culturally relevant approach to teaching about sexuality and relationships by providing scientifically accurate, realistic, non-judgemental information (UNESCO, UNAIDS, UNFPA, UNICEF, WHO. 2009. International Technical Guidance on Sexuality Education).

2. According to the Young Adult Fertility and Sexuality Study (YAFS, 2013), the proportion of 15-24 year-old youth who ever discussed sex at home while growing up has declined in the last 10 years from 15.4 percent in 1994 to 9.7 percent in 2013.

ABOUT COACH PAMMY

Coach Pammy

Pamela a.k.a. ‘Pammy’ Godoy is the author of the book “Sex, Virginity, and Relationships: What I Wish I Knew in College” where she shared about her story, struggles, and lessons learned as a teenage mom. This is such a timely book as twenty four (24) babies are delivered by teenage mothers every hour (according to the 2014 report of the Philippine Statistical Authority).

Given our highly sexualized environment, kids’ easy access to pornographic materials, and the persistent discomfort to discussing sexuality-related issues, Pammy Godoy is on a mission to equip parents to become their children’s primary sexuality educator. She hopes to create a movement of Askable Parents who are able to create teachable moments on love, dating, and relationships. She believes that when young people are empowered with positive values, life skills, and knowledge with regard to their wellbeing and sexuality, they can make conscious, healthy and respectful choices about their sexuality and relationships.

In her capacity as a United Nations Officer since 2008, she worked with the Department of Education (DepEd) for the inclusion of adolescent reproductive health through life skills-based education for in-school and out-of-school youth. She collaborated with the Department of Health (DOH) and World Health Organization for the development of the National Standards of Adolescent-Friendly Health Services. She worked with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and Commission on Population on its programs on “Parenting Adolescents.”

Pammy has been working with the DSWD, Philippine Commission on Women and NGOs to address the issue of violence against women and children in both development context and post-disaster settings.

Prior to joining United Nations (UN), she taught Gender Studies and Women’s Studies at De La Salle University (DLSU) – Manila and St. Scholastica’s College, respectively. She created awareness among call center agents about HIV and AIDS in partnership with MTV Asia and DKT Philippines. Pammy holds a Masters degree, major in Communication and minor in Women’s Studies, from the University of the Philippines – Diliman.

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EVENT DETAILS:

DATE: July 23, 2016

TIME: 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM

VENUE: TBA
LEARNING RATES:
Early Bird Rate (per person):                         PHP 1,000.00
Early Bird Rate (per couple):                          PHP 1,800.00
Regular Rate:                                                      PHP 1,200.00
Regular Couple Rate:                                        PHP 2,000.00
VIP (front row seating with FREE book):     PHP 1,900.00
*Inclusive of snacks.
To register click HERE
CONTACT:     Veni Anabo
veni.anabo@manilaworkshops.com
0927-2816651 / 0925-8956740

The Askable Parent: How to Talk to Your Kids about Sexuality, Love, & Relationships

There’s no place like home for value-centered sexuality education.
1 Children want parents to be their primary and most important sexuality educator. Unfortunately, most parents feel that they lack the confidence and competence to dialogue with their children about sexuality-related concerns.
2 With parents’ delay and embarrassment in discussing sex, intimacy, relationships, and other related issues, children typically seek answers from other sources like their peers and the Internet. This parenting workshop aims to:

  • Explore personal attitudes, beliefs and values about sex and sexuality;
  • Define sexuality education and debunk myths and misconceptions about it;
  • Enhance awareness about the sexual behaviors of Filipino youth and the specific challenges they face in making a healthy transition from adolescents to adults; and
  • Provide tools that will equip the modern-day fathers/mothers become Askable Parents.

July Event

1. Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) is an age-appropriate, culturally relevant approach to teaching about sexuality and relationships by providing scientifically accurate, realistic, non-judgemental information (UNESCO, UNAIDS, UNFPA, UNICEF, WHO. 2009. International Technical Guidance on Sexuality Education).

2. According to the Young Adult Fertility and Sexuality Study (YAFS, 2013), the proportion of 15-24 year-old youth who ever discussed sex at home while growing up has declined in the last 10 years from 15.4 percent in 1994 to 9.7 percent in 2013.

ABOUT COACH PAMMY

Coach Pammy

Pamela a.k.a. ‘Pammy’ Godoy is the author of the book “Sex, Virginity, and Relationships: What I Wish I Knew in College” where she shared about her story, struggles, and lessons learned as a teenage mom. This is such a timely book as twenty four (24) babies are delivered by teenage mothers every hour (according to the 2014 report of the Philippine Statistical Authority).

Given our highly sexualized environment, kids’ easy access to pornographic materials, and the persistent discomfort to discussing sexuality-related issues, Pammy Godoy is on a mission to equip parents to become their children’s primary sexuality educator. She hopes to create a movement of Askable Parents who are able to create teachable moments on love, dating, and relationships. She believes that when young people are empowered with positive values, life skills, and knowledge with regard to their wellbeing and sexuality, they can make conscious, healthy and respectful choices about their sexuality and relationships.

In her capacity as a United Nations Officer since 2008, she worked with the Department of Education (DepEd) for the inclusion of adolescent reproductive health through life skills-based education for in-school and out-of-school youth. She collaborated with the Department of Health (DOH) and World Health Organization for the development of the National Standards of Adolescent-Friendly Health Services. She worked with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and Commission on Population on its programs on “Parenting Adolescents.”

Pammy has been working with the DSWD, Philippine Commission on Women and NGOs to address the issue of violence against women and children in both development context and post-disaster settings.

Prior to joining United Nations (UN), she taught Gender Studies and Women’s Studies at De La Salle University (DLSU) – Manila and St. Scholastica’s College, respectively. She created awareness among call center agents about HIV and AIDS in partnership with MTV Asia and DKT Philippines. Pammy holds a Masters degree, major in Communication and minor in Women’s Studies, from the University of the Philippines – Diliman.

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EVENT DETAILS:

DATE: July 23, 2016

TIME: 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM

VENUE: TBA
LEARNING RATES:
Early Bird Rate (per person):                         PHP 1,000.00
Early Bird Rate (per couple):                          PHP 1,800.00
Regular Rate:                                                      PHP 1,200.00
Regular Couple Rate:                                        PHP 2,000.00
VIP (front row seating with FREE book):     PHP 1,900.00
*Inclusive of snacks.
To register click HERE
CONTACT:     Veni Anabo
veni.anabo@manilaworkshops.com
0927-2816651 / 0925-8956740

Musika sa ISLA

The Sound of Music

Classical music takes center stage in Marinduque’s  3rd Annual

“Musika sa Isla”

BOAC, MARINDUQUE—Symphonies are due to wake the sleepy town of Boac, Marinduque as the city holds its third “Musika sa Isla,” the country’s only classical music festival, on May 18, 19, and 21. Premier musicians from Asia are gracing the three-day event.

“Musika sa Isla” gathers a diverse roster of musical talents, ranging from pianists to seasoned singers. This year, Franz Chen of Indonesia and Tomoyo Kobayashi from Japan are playing the piano. Japan’s Kazuki Yamamoto is the festival’s lone violinist, while Ivan Jenzer is representing the Philippines on the cello. Filipino soprano singer Arlene Escultero and baritone singer Joseleo Logdat are joining as well.

The festival will take place in the capital’s storied attractions. On May 18, the International Concert starts at 6 p.m. at the St. Raphael Parish. On May 19, the Grand Gala starts at 6 p.m. at the Boac covered court. Watch out for the additional concert on May 21 at the Moriones Arena and Park.

But the better news is, good music is finally affordable. Tickets sell for P200 for each event; students even get 50% off for one.

“Musika sa Isla” is set in the quaint but bustling city of Boac in Marinduque province. The heart-shaped island takes pride in its scenic landscape, rustic charm, and other natural wonders. Its near zero-crime crate and impressive agri-based economy are attracting curious wanderers as Marinduque poises itself as a budding tourist destination. Once dubbed as the country’s “forgotten paradise,” it’s time for us to remember the beauty we’ve always had, the beauty we need to recognize. An easy bus trip away, JAC Liner even includes the RORO pass with their advanced reservations now available online.

The third annual classical music festival is supported by AGREA Philippines, a local social enterprise that hopes to revitalize agriculture in the island of Marinduque.

 
Contact:
Mirra Reyes
mirra@biyaheroes.com
0917-535- 1501, (02) 507-8575

MUNI MARKET DAY

Bringing MUNI to NUVALI on May 21

What to expect from the one-and- only MUNI Market for 2016

When they first started the MUNI Market, their goal was to keep growing the community, and continue bringing their message of mindful living to more people around the metro, the country, and the world. And so, this coming May 21, they’re conducting a happy experiment with the first ever MUNI Market in Nuvali!

They are bringing their existing community of conscious, purpose-driven merchants and supporters to a new and vibrant location in the south of the metro, while also discovering and welcoming new folks from the south into their community as well.

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Now on its 5th run, the only MUNI Market in 2016 will be popping up at Solenad 3 in Nuvali with the merry band of mindful merchants selling healthy, local and eco-friendly products from food, home to fashion items, some educational workshops and demos, and some musician friends setting the vibe for a fun and relaxed atmosphere, true to MUNI Market fashion.

What To Expect from MUNI Market 2016

Some of the folks from their tribe of cause-driven entrepreneurs include: Bayani Brew, Down To Earth PH, Food Source PH, Gouache Bags, Gugu, Holy Carabao, Jertie’s Kitchen, Katch PH, Kuwero, Lemontastic, Nipa Foods / Nipa Brew, Picole, Pizza Morena, Risque Designs, Silly Monkey Clothing, The Green House Project, The Superfood Grocer, Theo & Philo, Thirsty Turtle, Tinker Knot, Treehugger World, V&M Naturals, and Yadu.

The MUNI Market program for that day includes:

  • Coloring & storytelling activities for kids c/o Katch PH & Treehugger World at 11AM, 2PM and 4PM
  • Healthy food demos c/o Holy Carabao & Jertie’s Kitchen at 2:30PM
  • Yoga c/o Life Yoga at 4:30PM
  • Live music performances by Toni B, Gentle Universe, Paola Mauricio, Mellow Submarine starting at 5PM

All throughout the day, they will also be introducing you to our merchants through interviews to share their stories and their products.

A Technology-enhanced MUNI Market Experience

They will also be introducing a payment system that will give event goers a unique user experience through an easy one-time payment at designated cash-in points that allows you to navigate from merchant to merchant with a quick and easy swipe of a card. Read more about it here.

Editor’s note: Check out some of their confirmed MUNI Market Nuvali merchants who joined them for a MUNI Meetup on Mindful Life + Work last April 19, 2016 at A Space. And see what their tribe of cause-driven entrepreneurs have to say about their community. 

Keep up to date for more information, activities, merchants and performers and follow the MUNI Market Facebook event page, and sign up for MUNI Mail.

See you then! 🙂

For more inquiries and partnership opportunities, you may contact them at hello@muni.com.ph.
 
 

SUMMER FUN ARTS & CRAFTS CAMP

Summer’s last hurrah! For kids in the South – Let your kids join our 4-day SUMMER FUN ARTS & CRAFTS CAMP on
Date: May 23 – 26, 2016.
Time: Batch 1 10:000AM – 1:00PM
Batch 2 2:00PM – 5:00PM
Venue: Manna Bakery & Cafe 3/F SM City BF Paranaque
Click to register today!
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