The magic of summer

AROUND the same time last year, my children and I rejoiced at the start of summer.

My kids’ school shifted to a new schedule and moved its opening to August. So, the transition period meant five whole months of unlimited break for them.

Just imagine their excitement as they joined fun summer activities, traveled to faraway places, slept to their hearts’ desire, indulged in movie marathons, and other adventures that any working adult could only wish to experience again.

What’s magical about summer is that you know it does not last forever so one must always make the most out of it. It is the best time to travel, chill and have that well-deserved respite but in case you want to learn a thing or two, here is my personal compilation of the Kiddie Summer Workshops of Davao (Year 11)!

Arts and crafts

What: GlobalArt Davao

Courses offered: Creative Drawing, Oil Pastel, Sketching, Clay Sculpture, Cartoon and Comic, Glass Painting, Acrylic Painting, Poster Color Painting and Water Color Painting

Schedule: Mon-Sat, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. By appointment (Lunch break 12nn-1p.m.)

Special offer: Deco art, Cultural box, Mixed media program.

Special promo: 5 percent discounts for 24 lessons/5 percent sibling discounts.

Now available: Birthday party package

Contact: GlobalArt Davao, 301-E Palma Gil St., Bo. Obrero Davao City (near Central Convenience Bajada) Tel. no. (082) 221-9980 or cell no. 0923-4814333 (Sun); Messenger: Globalart Davao


What: Summer Art Class

Lessons: Classical drawing, color mixing and painting. Oil pastels on paper and acrylic paints on canvas. Still life and Landscapes

Schedule: Starter Class- May 15-18 (2-4 p.m.); Intermediate & Adult Class - May 21-25, 2018 (2 p.m.-4:30 p.m.). Class is limited to 10 students only.

Fee: Available upon request

Venue: Morning Light Art Gallery and Shop, Lim Building (beside Davao Doctor's Hospital along Quirino Avenue)

Contact: Mean Tan Guinoo, Tel. 2858818; Cell nos. 09329264676/09173220320


What: Art Kamp 2018

Course: Intro to Painting

Schedule: April 3-6; April 17-20, 2018, 9 a.m.-12nn

Fee: P4,000 inclusive of materials

Course: Painting Landscapes

Schedule: April 10-13, 2018, 9 a.m.-12nn

Fee: P5,000 all materials included

Venue: A3 BSG Bldg. Arellano Ext., D.C.

Contact: Dadai Joaquin, Cellphone no. (0917)3088901


Course: Fashion Institute of Design and Arts’ (FIDA) Summer Offerings for 2018

For kids: Art and Crafts Workshops (6 sessions, P3,500); Cupcake and Cookie Decorating (2 sessions, P 1,800); Sewing for ages 7 to 12 yrs old (10 sessions P 8,500); Polymer Clay Art (2 sessions, P 1,600); Accessory Making (4 sessions, P 2,500); Junior Fashion Designer (5 sessions, P 3,500)

For adults: 4-Day Basic Hair and Makeup Workshop (P8,000); 4-Day Basic Hairstyling Workshop (P8,000); Silk Screen Printing Workshop (1 session, P850); 4-Day Couture Embellishment Techniques (P 8,000); 6-DayNC II Review (P 5,000); Basic Industrial Sewing (12 sessions, P 12,500); Basic Pattern Making (12 sessions, P 12,500); Basic Draping Techniques (12 sessions, P 12,500)

Contact: Fashion Institute Of Design And Arts (Fida), Valencia Corporate Center, Jacinto Ext. cor. Arellano St., D.C. (Beside Central Bank and Mercury Drug)/Tel. 286817/(0922)8119696



What: Music Theatre (For Kids and Teens): A music theater workshop integrating acting classes, voice lessons and ensemble singing; 5 sessions private voice, 1 hr. each; 5 sessions group voice class, 1 hr. each; 8 sessions theater workshop, 1.5 hrs. each

Fee: P8,000 (must have moderate to advanced singing skills, must participate in culminating activity/recital)

What: Voice, Guitar, or Violin Class (For voice class, minimum of 4 participants to a maximum of 8. For guitar & violin class, 3-4. 12 sessions, 1 hour each. Participants will be grouped by age.

Fee: P4,500

What: Musikids for kids ages 3-5 yrs. old (Learning basic music skills like rhythm, melody and tempo in a fun and creative environment. Minimum of 4 participants; 12 classes, 1 hour each)

Fee: P5,000

What: Private Lessons (Voice, Piano, Guitar, Violin); (One-on-one, 12 lessons, 1 hour per lesson)

Fee: P6,500

Contact: Musikademy, 209 McArthur's POD, McArthur Highway, Matina, Davao City/ Landline 2336776; SMS 0905-2727642?; Email; Website


What: Music classes for voice, piano, flute, violin, drums, beat box, guitar, bass guitar, ukulele, saxophone and melodione

Schedule:Enrolment starts on March 15-31, 2018. Batch 1: April 2-14 with recital on April 16; Batch 2: April 17-28 with April 30 recital; Batch 3: May 1-14 with May 15 recital; Batch 4: May 17-30 with May 31 recital; CP Garcia Campus: Batch 5: June 4-16; Batch 6: June 20-July 3, 2018. 12 sessions at 1 hour per session.

Fee: P3,600 (voice, piano, bamboo flute, violin, drums, beat box, guitar, bass and ukulele); P3,000 (xylophone and melodione); P4,300 (saxophone & Flute). Full payment upon enrollment

Contact/Venues: JDR16 Music Tutorial, The Shoppes, Purok 34, Diversion Road Maa Davao City. For more details, call/text Teacher Jay: 09159009718, 09465539076.


What: Musical Theater Arts Workshop with Ms. Pinky Marquez

Schedule and fee: Available upon request

Contact: Center For Brighter Beginnings, Road 7, Doña Vicenta Village, D.C./Tel. 2242188


Personality Development, Public Speaking and Theater Arts

What: Various Summer Programs for Kids, Teens, Adults and Young Professionals

Courses:Teens Poise, Personality Development and Modeling (8 years old and above); Powerful Speech for Elementary, High School, College and Professionals; Theater Arts (acting, singing and dancing)

Schedule: April 16-27, 2018 (10 sessions, Monday-Friday, 1pm-4pm)

Fee: Available upon request

Contact: Joji Ilagan Career Center Foundation, Inc., Gov. Chavez Street; Tel: 2275602; 0917 577 7336;,


Culinary Arts

Course: Summer Cooking and Baking Workshop for Kids & Teens with Chef Remy Cuenca

Schedule: April 27, 2018 (Friday), 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Course: Basic Bento Making for Kids and Teens with Chef Gail Rodriguez

Schedule: May 18, 2018 (Friday), 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.

Fee: Available upon request. Workshop fee inclusive of all ingredients, recipes, lunch and certificate

Contact: Gourmet Bites, Ilustre St. (Across Limso Hospital), D.C. Call 2957178 or text 09331310100


Course:Culinary Summer Program for Kids, Teens and Adults

What: Young Executive Chef (ages 13-18 y.o.)

Learn the Basic Cooking and Baking Techniques with actual preparation of quick and easy dishes from soups to the desserts of the world together with the master chefs of ICHEF, Chefs Rene Custodio (Asean National Trainer in Food Production), Clinton Gregorio (Master Asean Trainer in Food Production). At the end of the 5-day program, invite your family and friends to a culminating activity at the Chef’s Kitchen to dine and taste your culinary creations!

Schedule: Batch 1 - April 16-21, 2018, 9 a.m. - 12 nn; Batch 2 – May 21-26, 2018, 9 a.m. – 12 nn

What: Kids Culinary Boot Camp (ages 7-12 y.o.)

Indulge your sweet tooth with a Basic Pastry and Baker’s Course. At the end of the 5-day program, invite your family and friends to a “high tea” event at the Chef’s Kitchen to dine and taste your sweet and savory masterpieces!

Schedule: Batch 1 - April 16-21, 2018, 9 a.m. – 12 nn; Batch 2 – May 21-26, 2018, 9 a.m. – 12 nn

What: Senior Chef De Cuisine (18 y.o. and above)

Learn to cook and prepare different cuisines in 5 days – Asian, Mediterranean and Western cuisines. At the end of the 5-day program, invite your family and friends to a restaurant event at the Chef’s Kitchen to dine and taste your masterpieces!

Schedule: Batch 1 - April 16-21, 2018, 9 a.m. – 12 nn; Batch 2 – May 21-26, 2018, 9 a.m. – 12 nn

Fee: Available upon request

Contact: (Ichef) Institute Of International Culinary and Hospitality Entrepreneurship, S. De Jesus Street; Tel no.: 305 8833; (0919)9298154;


What: Kiddie Cooking Camp (for children ages 5 to 11 years old)

Description: Kids will develop their love for culinary arts and gain confidence in the kitchen. Children will learn the art of baking cookies and cookie decorations, pizza dough from scratch and making creative pizzas. Introduction to bread making and shaping cute breads, mastering knife skills, making Asian vinaigrette and food art

Schedule: May 21-25, 2018. 5 modules (Recipe) at 2 hours per module

Fee: P4,500 Inclusions: use of ingredients, tools and equipment, certificate of completion and digital copy of recipes.

Contact: Galileo Enrichment Center-Davao, 27-A Dacudao Avenue, D.C./Tel. 2210268; (0922)8501650


What: Davao Junior Master Chef Summer Workshop with Chef Joy

Schedule: Batch 1: April 9-13 (Module 1); Batch 2: April 16-20 (Module 2); Batch 3: April 23-27 (Module 1); Batch 4: April 30-May 4 (Module 2); Batch 5: May 14-18 (Module 1); Batch 6: May 21-25 (Module 2); Mon-Fri, 1-5 p.m.

Venue:Chef Joy’s Kitchen at Woodridge Park

Fee: P3,500 inclusive of ingredients, printed recipes and certificates

Contact: Chef Joy Calabio, cellphone numbers (0917)3154458/(0933)6996404

Dance And Theater

What: I-Sayaw’s 4th Summer Dance Workshop offers Ballet, Tap, and Hip-Hop

Schedule: Starts on April 2, 2018. Culminating activity is on June 1, 2018 at SM Ecoland.

Theme: Broadway Classics to Classics

Course: Ballet class for 3 yrs. old, teens and adults. Ballet Beginner 1 and 2; Secondary; Advanced Levels and Fitness Ballet; Tap 1 and 2; and Hiphop

Schedule: Available upon request. Students are assessed before finalization of the schedule that will suit them.

Venue: I-Sayaw Dance Studio, Unit 207 McPod Bldg. (Beside Ateneo High School, fronting MTS), McArthur Highway, D.C.

Contact: Cecile Dioquino-Hidalgo/Tel. no. (0922)8493966


What: Bryan Grandeza’s Urban Dance Workshop for Kids 3-7 yrs. old

Schedule: April 16-May 17, 2018 (Mon-Thurs, 9 a.m. – 10 a.m.)

Fee: P2,500

Contact: Angels At Work, N. Torres cor. Vinzon Sts., Bo. Obrero, D.C./Tel. 2250208


What: Hiphop with Mr. Bryan Grandeza

Schedule: MWF (10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.); TTh (10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.)

Fee: Available upon request

Venue: Holiday Gym And Spa, F. Torres St., DC/Tel. 2223041/2223594; (0929)7560559


What: LCB Summer Dance Workshop 2018 with culminating recital on July 14, 2018 (3 p.m. and 7 p.m.)

Schedule: Batch 1: April 2- May 12; Batch 2: May 28- July 14, 2018

Courses:For kids and teens-ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hop, acting and voice; For adults-belly dancing, hiphop, jazz and tap

Fee: P15,000 all dances + acting and voice. No recital fee but students are given allocation of 10 tickets each for matinee and gala recital show (considered sold) 1 dance + acting and voice = P10,000

Contact: LCB Performing Arts Center Foundation, Inc., 48 Villamor St., Bo. Obrero, D.C./Tel.2225205


What: Royeca Dance and Arts Centre Davao Summer Workshop 2018

Batch 1: April 9, 2018 – May 27, 2018; Batch 2: June to August with Recital Show at the Grand CAP Auditorium and SM Mall

Courses Offered: For kids teens and adults - Classical Ballet for kids, teens and adults, Urban Hip Hop, Jazz, Creative Movement, Communication Empowerment with Public Speaking, Fashion Modelling with Personality Development, Arts and Painting and Feature Writing.

For adults: - Social Latin Dance (Bachata, Salsa and Kizomba), Stiletto Dance, Barre Workout Method and Fashion Styling.

Schedule: Monday to Saturday (Time, available upon request)

Workshop Fee: P4,000 (for 6 weeks, 3 times a week). Workshop fee is not applicable to regular students (monthly basis)

Production Fee: For Classical Ballet - P3,800 (inclusive of costume rental, certificate, T-shirt and 10 complimentary tickets). For other courses - P2,500 (with workshop T-shirt, certificate and 10 tickets). For Fashion Modelling (upon request)

Contact: Royeca Dance and Arts Centre Davao, Valencia Compound (beside Central Bank), Jacinto Ext., cor. Arellano St. (Back of Mercury Drug Store), D.C./Tel. No. 227-4228 or 09275094939. Email: Facebook: Royeca Dance and Arts Centre or Royeca Centre Look for Ms. Hermie Etis.


What: Ballet class under the tutelage of Irma Bringas-Aguado following the principles of Royal Academy of Dance-London

Schedule: Tuesday (10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.); Saturday (10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.); Sundays (4 p.m. – 5 p.m.)

Fee: Available upon request

Contact: Holiday Gym And Spa, F. Torres St., DC/Tel. 2223041; Irma Aguado, Tel. 3056342 and cell. No. (0917)7189488


Computer Course

What: Digital Summer Camp: Coding and STEM for kids (for children 9 to 14 years old) Description: The digital courses will enhance their learning and mastery of various digital tools and bring their imaginations into life while developing social skills and cooperation.

Program Overview: Robotics Programming featuring Jimu robot, Animation, Game design and game development, 3D architect and JR. electronics featuring iQuBe.

Schedule: May 14- 18, 2018. 5 modules at 2 hrs. per module

Fee: P5,500 Inclusions: use of iPad, certificate of completion and USB flashdrive

Contact: Galileo Enrichment Center-Davao, 27-A Dacudao Avenue, D.C./Tel. 2210268; (0922)8501650


Summer Enrichment Program

What: Summer Learning Camp: Exploring plants and animals (for children ages 2-4 years old) Description: Discover the wonders of nature and help them patch the connection among all living things in their ecosystem. Program overview: SLC focuses on bodily-kinesthetic learning enriched with cognitive- related learning because the toddlers’ age (2-4 years old) is the time when they need to develop motor skills, along with theirs thinking and perception skills.

Schedule: Module A: April 9-27, 2018; Module B: May 7-25, 2018 (15 Sessions per module @ 2 hrs per session)

Fee: P3,000 (1 module) P5,500 (2 modules)

Registration fee: P600 Inclusions: Worksheets booklets, Galileo kiddie shirt, Jogging pants, certificate of participation per module and set of badges per module.

Contact: Galileo Enrichment Center-Davao, 27-A Dacudao Avenue, D.C./Tel. 2210268; (0922)8501650


What: Multi-Sensory Reading for 3-7 years old. This program helps a child to read using more of one’s senses especially the use of touch and movement. This will give the child’s brain tactile and kinesthetic memories to hold on to, as well as visual and auditory ones.

Schedule: 11 a.m. – 12nn; April 16–30 , May 2-18, 2018, 24 sessions (Monday-Friday)

Fee: P4,500 (inclusive of materials)

Contact: Tender Years, #7 Gemini St., Dona Vicenta Vill., D.C./Tel. 2244884; 0933-850-5356


What: Kiddie Fun Time for 1.5 – 3 years old. This program is designed to introduce children gradually to their first school experience. Warm and responsive teachers work with the children to facilitate their transition from home to school. Activities involve free play, music and movement, storytelling, arts and crafts and outdoor play.

Schedule: 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.: 1st batch-April 9-13; 2nd batch-April 16-20; 3rd batch-April 23-27, 2018; 5 sessions/10 hours (Monday-Friday)

Fee: P2,000 (inclusive of materials)

Contact: Tender Years, #7 Gemini St., Dona Vicenta Vill., D.C./Tel. 2244884; 0933-850-5356


What: Toddler’s Playgroup 1: Age: 2-3 yrs. old. Activities include Skills Readiness Play and Creative Arts

What: Children’s Playgroup 1: Age: 3.1-5 yrs. old. Activities: Stories, Cooperative Play, Arts and Crafts

What: Kid’s Crafts: Age: 5-8 yrs. old. Activities: Creating usable art from simple materials

What: Little Einstein: Age: 6-10 yrs old. Activities: Science experiments

What: Skills Tutorials (Reading, Writing, Math): Age: 4-8 yrs. old

What: Zumba Dance Exercise: Age: 5-10 yrs. old

Fee: P4,200 plus P150 registration fee (inclusive of materials)

Schedule: Batch 1: April 4-27; Batch 2: May 2-24, 2018

Contact: Bright Seeds Preschool, Dona Vicenta Road, Dona Vicenta Village, D.C. (near Chowking, across Victoria Plaza); Tel. 3003286; (0917)5400988


What: Summer Enrichment Class for ages 2-5 years old

Schedule: April 16 - May 18, 2018; M-F/ 9-11 a.m.

Fee: P6,500 inclusive of snacks and materials

Contact: Angels At Work, N. Torres cor. Vinzon Sts., Bo. Obrero, D.C./Tel. 2250208


What: Handwriting Without Tears Program

Schedule and fee: Available upon request

Contact: Center For Brighter Beginnings, Road 7, Doña Vicenta Village, D.C./Tel. 2242188


What: The Stockbridge Summer Fair

Courses: Smartcubs (6mos to walking), Playphonics (walking to 2's).

Marching Explorers 1 (Literacy and Numeracy; 1.5 to 2.5yo), Marching Explorers 2 (Literacy and Numeracy; 2 to 3yo), Phonics Jugglers (Reading; 3 to 4.5yo), Book Jugglers (Reading; 4.6 to 7yo), Atomic Flyers (Sci-Math; 4.6 to 7yo), Scramble Scribllers (Writing; 3 to 7yo), Language Boosters (Filipino; 4.6 to 7yo), Dance Troopers (Dance; 3 to 7yo)

Tunnel Of Colors (Arts; 4.6 to 7yo); Music Express (Piano, Drums or Voice; 3 to 7yo)

Schedule and fee: Summer classes from June 20-July 18, 2018. Fees available upon request.

Contact: Stockbridge American International School, Mabini Corner Araullo Street, Davao City, 0922 250 1491, (082) 225 1847,,



What: Taekwondo with Ryan Cordero

Schedule: Mon and Wed (10:30am-12:00 noon)

Fee: Available upon request

Contact: Holiday Gym And Spa, F. Torres St., DC/Tel. 2223041; (0929)7560559


What: Pulumbarit Badminton Club Kids and Teens Summer Clinic (for ages 6-15 yrs. old)

Schedule: Batch 1: April 2-13; Batch 2: April 16-27; Batch 3: April 30-May 11; Batch 4: May 14-25; Batch 5: May 29-June 23; and Batch 6: June 26-July 21, 2017; 2-4 p.m.

Fee: P1,500 inclusive of training fee, court fees, shuttlecock and souvenir shirt

Venue:Holiday Gym And Spa Badminton Court

Contact: Pulumbarit Badminton Club, 0925-556-0120; 0975-866-1686


What: Swim & Survive Program

Schedule: 5-10 years old, 130-330pm, 11 years old up 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

April 2-6, April 9-13 (South); April 16-20 (North); April 23-27 (South), April 30-May 4 (North), May 7-11 (South); May 14-18 (South); May 21-25, 2018 (North). One course is 5 days, Mon-Fri, two hours per session

Venue: (South) Skyline Poolside, Catalunan Grande (From Bangkal going towards Cat Gr., after HB1, turn right, approx. 100 meters, green gate at your left) and Apo Learning Village, Juna. Subd., Matina ; (North) Be ing, Guadalupe Village Lanang

Fee: Available upon inquiry

Contact: Ipe Alino, 09228186846


What: Basic Swimming Course

Fee: P3,500 (10 lessons)

Course: Advanced Swimming Course

Fee: P4,500 (10 lessons)

Schedule: Kids-Mon. to Fri. 8-9 a.m./3-4 p.m.; 4:15-5:15 p.m.; Adults-Mon. to Fri. 7:30-8:30 p.m.

Contact: Holiday Gym And Spa, F. Torres St., DC/Tel. 2223041; (0929)7560559


What: Basketball Clinic with Mr. Jaypee Pacheco

Schedule: March 27-April 7, 2017

Fee: P2,000 monthly fee

Contact: Holiday Gym And Spa, F. Torres St., DC/Tel. 2223041; (0929)7560559


What: Davao City Red Cross’ Learn to Swim Program for 5 yrs. old and above

Courses: Preschool: Water Introduction, Beginner Swimming: Water Exploration, Adv. Beginner Swimming: Primary Skills; Intermediate Swimming: Stroke Readiness

Schedule: April 2 to June 1, 2019 /Mon-Fri/8-10 a.m./3-5 p.m. or 6-8 p.m. (one course is 2 hours daily for 5 days). Special weekend session also available for groups

Venue: Bambu Estate Subd., Davao-Buda National Highway, D.C.; Garden by the Bay, Lanang; Forest Hill Garden Resort, Balusong, Diversion Road; Ritz Hotel at Garden Oases, Porras St., Bo. Obrero; Royal Mandaya Hotel, J.Palma Gil St., D.C.; Residencia de Fernando, Lanzona Subd., Matina, D.C.

Fee: P1,000 (exclusive of pool fee)

Contact: Davao City Red Cross, M. Roxas Ave., D.C./Tel. 2276650/3211282


What: Summer Learn to Swim Program of the Blue Marlins Swimming Club with Coach Abdul BM (American Swimming Coaches Association Life+Member Level 4) in full cooperation with Brokenshire Hotels, Resorts and Convention Center for 6 years old and above

Schedule: Batch 1 - March 19-30; Batch 2 - April 2-13; Batch 3-April 16-27; Batch 4-April 30-May 11; Batch 5-May 14-25; Batch 6 May 28-June 28, 2018; Time: Morning: 6-7 a.m.; 7:30-8:30 a.m., 8:30-9:30 a.m., 9:30-10:30 a.m.; Afternoon: 2-3 p.m., 3-4 p.m.; 10 meetings for one hour (Mon-Fri). 1st day orientation for every batch.

Fee: P3,600 (basic); P3,600 (advanced beginner); P3,700 (advanced scientific), P3,900 (scientific competitive)

Venue: Brokenshire Resort, Madapo Hills, D.C.

Contact: Blue Marlins Swimming Club International/Annabelle (0915)7960685


What: Swimming lessons for Basic, Advanced and Competitive, Triathlete and Open Water Courses for all ages

Schedule and fee: Available upon request

Contact: Coach Vasit Venturillo, 0942-487-4680 or 0977-400-6905


What: Taekwondo Kids’ Summer Classes

Schedule: April 3-June 2, 2018 (TThS); 4-8 years old 10:30 a.m.-12nn; 9 yrs. old and above 1 p.m.-2:30 p.m.

What: Mixed Martial Arts

Schedule: April 2-June 1, 2018 (MWF); 4-8 years old 1030am-12nn; 9 yrs old above 1pm-230pm

Fee: P3,500 per program for 2 whole months + membership and free use of all amenities

Contact: Limitless Fitness And Martial Arts, E. Quirino Ave., D.C.

2856028; (0943)9268974


What: Wushu Summer Clinic

Schedule: Starts April 3, 2018

Fee: Available upon request

Contact: Infinity More Than Medals, Jomat Bldg., Km. 6, Lanang, D.C.


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