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Starbucks Philippines Supports PETA’s Annual Summer Workshop

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This summer many kids are taking time off from school, and it’s the perfect time to take up a new hobby and hone their talents further. Countless workshops are popping left and right, from cooking to dancing. Kids nowadays can spend some time to pursue their passion and develop their skills. One of the most popular workshops this time of the year are theater workshops which allow kids to discover their unique and creative talents. Not only that, children who enroll in a program like this also get to learn more about our rich culture and artistic heritage.Starbucks Philippines supports PETA's annual Summer Workshop (4)This year, PETA brings its annual Summer Workshop to more Filipinos as part of its celebration of the company’s 50thanniversary. The workshops will be conducted in various satellite venues in the cities of: Makati, Quezon, Angeles and Tacloban. Recognizing the vital role of theater arts in communicating our identity and our highest ideals, Starbucks Philippines supports this program aimed to shape a new generation of artists.Starbucks Philippines supports PETA's annual Summer Workshop (5)“Starbucks believes in supporting organizations that create opportunities and promote positive change. Since 2015, we have partnered with the Philippine Educational Theatre Association (PETA) as one of the beneficiaries of our planner promotion. We are inspired by their use of theater to raise awareness of important social issues while nurturing the creativity of Filipinos.” said Noey Lopez, president, Starbucks Philippines.

PETA’s Summer Workshop started last April 17 and will run untilMay 28. Courses include Children’s Theater, Integrated Theater Arts for Teens, Theater Arts and Creative Musical Theater. In its classes, PETA uses the Integrated Theater Arts approach, a method that PETA has developed since the 70’s. This method uses group dynamics, drama, creative dance and movement, creative sound and music, visual arts, and creative writing and is the company’s main foundation for all the trainings it provides.Starbucks Philippines supports PETA's annual Summer Workshop (2)Children from ages 6 to 8 and older kids from ages 9 to 12 can enroll in the Children’s Theater courses that aim to enrich the child’s creativity and imagination. Teenagers aged 13 to 16 will benefit from the Integrated Theater Arts for Teens. As they learn to work in a team, they discover their talents and their self-confidence and communication skills are enhanced.Starbucks Philippines supports PETA's annual Summer Workshop (3)For aspiring actors aged 18 and up, the Theater Arts course gives fundamental knowledge of theater history and appreciation and skills in improvisational theater production. Meanwhile, theCreative Musical Theater course gives students the opportunity to learn more about the fundamentals of musical theater. The program provides comprehensive training that is aimed at enhancing the enrollee’s musical theater skills.Starbucks Philippines supports PETA's annual Summer Workshop (1)The highlight of the course is a final recital: an original work created by each class whose participants get to perform on the PETA – Phinma stage.

“For the past 50 years, PETA has provided Filipinos with meaningful entertainment through theater productions, but aside from that we have also provided much needed theater arts education for the youth. This summer workshop is aimed at unleashing and nurturing the creativity of young people and adults through a unique and holistic process which allows them to shine whether on or off stage,” says PETA curriculum director Dr Brenda V. Fajardo.

Starbucks Philippines and PETA have been working together since 2015 to advance the theater community in the country. Starbucks has primarily done this by sharing a part of the proceeds from its planner promotion.

To join the PETA Summer Workshop, visit their website

Teacher Maritoni Visits Educare

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 What a fun and fulfilling day at Assumption Malibay (Assumption mission school) Ballet teacher Maritoni X Educare turned the place into a fairyland with the help of our good friend Janet Hourani. The kids decorated their own ballerina, Played a game and learned to dance ballet from the best ballet teacher Teacher Maritoni  @maritonitordesillas ( Gumamela :-) groupmate) She provided all the ballet costumes ( Fr her students) and we donated it to the school. No matter how busy and how many things we have to do – nothing is more fulfilling than sharing time and giving to children who are appreciative and grateful for what is given to them. So glad to have chosen an Assumption Mission school and to visit Sr. Bernadette  #AssumptionMissionSchool#H2HGivingBack #jaricfoundationTeacher Maritoni visits Educare (1)Teacher Maritoni visits Educare (2) Teacher Maritoni visits Educare (3) Teacher Maritoni visits Educare (4) Teacher Maritoni visits Educare (44) Teacher Maritoni visits Educare (5) Teacher Maritoni visits Educare (6) Teacher Maritoni visits Educare (45) Teacher Maritoni visits Educare (7) Teacher Maritoni visits Educare (10) Teacher Maritoni visits Educare (9) Teacher Maritoni visits Educare (8) Teacher Maritoni visits Educare (27) Teacher Maritoni visits Educare (26) Teacher Maritoni visits Educare (12) Teacher Maritoni visits Educare (13) Teacher Maritoni visits Educare (14) Teacher Maritoni visits Educare (11) Teacher Maritoni visits Educare (16) Teacher Maritoni visits Educare (15) Teacher Maritoni visits Educare (18) Teacher Maritoni visits Educare (19) Teacher Maritoni visits Educare (20) Teacher Maritoni visits Educare (21) Teacher Maritoni visits Educare (22) Teacher Maritoni visits Educare (17) Teacher Maritoni visits Educare (24) Teacher Maritoni visits Educare (25) Teacher Maritoni visits Educare (33) Teacher Maritoni visits Educare (35) Teacher Maritoni visits Educare (30) Teacher Maritoni visits Educare (31) Teacher Maritoni visits Educare (32) Teacher Maritoni visits Educare (23) Teacher Maritoni visits Educare (34) Teacher Maritoni visits Educare (39) Teacher Maritoni visits Educare (38) Teacher Maritoni visits Educare (37) Teacher Maritoni visits Educare (36) Teacher Maritoni visits Educare (40) Teacher Maritoni visits Educare (28) Teacher Maritoni visits Educare (29) Teacher Maritoni visits Educare (41)Teacher Maritoni visits Educare (42) Teacher Maritoni visits Educare (43)

Pottery Barn x Habitat for Humanity ReStore & Spring 2017

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Surround yourself with the classic beauty of English Colonial furniture that has been updated with modern details when you add pieces from the Crosby Bedroom Collection to your sleep space.

Pottery Barn x Habitat for Humanity ReStore & Spring 2017 (7)Choose the entire collection, which includes a bed, tall dresser and bedside table in rich espresso. or, choose your favorite pieces from Crosby and mix them with other traditionally styled espresso or white bedroom furniture from Pottery Barn to create the exact look you want. Then, to maintain that look, dusting the wood with a soft cloth is all that’s needed to keep it looking like new. 

The bed is typically the focal point of any bedroom, and doubly so when it is an elegant sleigh bed. The Crosby headboard features a delicate curve and understated, beautifully-proportioned molding details. This bed comes in king and queen sizes to accommodate the size of your room, and its slat-roll support system supports your mattress with or without a box spring. This lets you position the mattress higher or lower as needed to suit your needs. Complete the look and settle in for a good night’s sleep with soft sheets, a cozy throw and a comforter or duvet from our bedding collections.

Put your alarm clock or phone-charging station on the bedside table within easy reach for convenience. Adjustable levelers make it easy to ensure the top is level so your things stay put. Crosby’s night stand has simple, classic lines to complement the sleigh bed. It is crafted from poplar wood with a silky-smooth finish. Tongue-and-groove frame construction and English dovetail joinery in the drawer makes this bedside table a quality piece. In addition to the drawer, this stand provides storage space on its lower shelf, where you can stack your favorite books or put a basket to hold small items.

Keep your room organized and neat when you store your clothes in the tall dresser from the Crosby collection. The dresser has five deep drawers with plenty of space to hold your items. The hardware comes in a nickel finish on the white models and glowing bronze on the espresso pieces, adding some extra eye-appeal. Adjustable levelers make it easy to set up the dresser, and, like the bedside stand, it features English dovetail joinery drawers and tongue-and-groove frame construction. Half-moon stops in these items make sure the drawers stay in the frames.


Imagine coming home after a long day and breathing a sigh of relief as you walk into your bedroom. You’re enveloped in the gentle, understated elegance and beauty of a wine country inn. That is precisely the experience you get when you make the Calistoga Bedroom Collection from Pottery Barn a part of your bedroom decor. The Calistoga collection features the look of natural fibers and stunning wood grain with the warmth of oak. Match these furniture pieces up with adornments that speak to you, including earth-toned drapes and comforters. Spread natural-fiber rugs on the floor to complete the look.

Pottery Barn x Habitat for Humanity ReStore & Spring 2017 (3)The Calistoga bed combines the elegant curves of a sleigh bed with the modern flair of an upholstered headboard. The main part of the headboard is upholstered with a layer of washed grainsack flax fabric that provides a neutral-toned backdrop to enhance the rest of your bedroom decor, such as throw pillows, sculptures and lamps. The headboard and footboard of this bed are attached to the side rails with a strong hook system, and the slat roll foundation means box springs are not needed to support your mattress. Strong Queen Anne S-shaped legs support this bed, which comes in your choice of sizes to fit your available space.

Set up your room with the extra-wide dresser conveniently positioned along one wall so you can easily access your clothes and stored items. This dresser features six curved-front drawers, and each drawer can hold up to 26 pounds. The dresser is crafted with English and French dovetail joinery techniques, giving you the strength and beauty of an heirloom-quality piece of furniture. Solid wood glides make the drawers slide in and out smoothly when you pull on the hardware handles.

Roll over in bed and turn on the lamp on your Calistoga bedside table to illuminate the room. This bedside stand features one curved front drawer and one shelf to keep important items close by at night. This table is lightly curved on the front edge of the tabletop and its S-curved legs to complement the other pieces in this set. The drawer is able to hold all of your essentials, and the strong shelf has the capacity to hold larger items or those you prefer to keep easily accessible in baskets – you can stack it with books, put a stone sculpture on it or fill a decorative box or basket with items you want to keep stored in an out-of-the-way spot. 

RALEIGH CAMEL BACK UPHOLSTERED BED available in King and Queen sizes

Our Raleigh bed is crafted by our own master upholsterers in the heart of North Carolina.

Pottery Barn x Habitat for Humanity ReStore & Spring 2017 (11)The headboard features a graceful camelback silhouette with a low profile that allows more room above for stylish decorating.

FILLMORE CURVED UPHOLSTERED BED available in King and Queen sizes

Pottery Barn x Habitat for Humanity ReStore & Spring 2017 (9)The slightly angled silhouette of this bed’s headboard, bordered with nailhead trim, creates a stylish backdrop that works well with a variety of bedding styles and lets your decorator style flourish.??


Pottery Barn x Habitat for Humanity ReStore & Spring 2017 (1)Nailhead trim accents the sophisticated profile of this chair. Details like end caps on the arms and square legs complement the graphic frame. It’s a piece that mixes well with other styles while adding a clean, updated look to a room.


Pottery Barn x Habitat for Humanity ReStore & Spring 2017 Comfort meets quality. With its high back, thick arms and down-filled cushions, Turner is one of our most comfortable seating collections.


available in LARGE (44×55), SMALL (28×33) and EXTRA-SMALL (18×24)

Pottery Barn x Habitat for Humanity ReStore & Spring 2017 This spectacular mirror makes a grand statement in an entryway or living space. Small florets where the framework intersects add just the right flourish.


Pottery Barn x Habitat for Humanity ReStore & Spring 2017 (6)Modeled after a vintage piece, our plush dining chair is detailed with graceful curves and cabriole legs.

AURORA COLLECTION (sham and duvet)

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One bright, magnificent medallion fills the entire duvet cover to take center stage in your bohemian bedroom. The shams (sold separately) feature a complementary print for a complete, styled look.

In the spirit of new beginnings, the Pottery Barn Group emphasizes the importance of de-cluttering your homes and ushering positive vibes this year through their Donate-to-Upgrade program. Pottery Barn x Habitat for Humanity ReStore & Spring 2017 (12)In partnership with Habitat for Humanity ReStore, a home improvement charity store, Pottery Barn encourages donations of any pre-loved furniture in good condition whereby all proceeds will help build decent homes to Filipino families affected by poverty and disaster.

Pottery Barn x Habitat for Humanity ReStore & Spring 2017

How to Donate:

Donations can be dropped off at Habitat for Humanity ReStore located along Alabang-Zapote Road, Almanza Uno, Las Piñas City (in between DBP and Shell gas station, beside Amaia) from Tuesdays to Sundays (10:00am to 7:00pm). Or, Donors can also contact ReStore through landline or mobile (807-1169, 856-9342, 0927-5720887, 0908-7273377) to arrange for pick-up.

With each donation, donor will enjoy a 15% discount on regular-priced items from Pottery Barn Group’s stores in both Central Square in Bonifacio Global City and Estancia in Capitol Commons. The trade-in discount shall be applied to purchases made during the period running from February 20 to May 20, 2017. See posters and print ads for complete details. Per DTI-FTEB Permit No. 2661 Series of 2017

Now with more space, further enhance the mood by starting your redecorating project with beautiful and well-crafted furnishings from Pottery Barn’s classic yet sophisticated staples perfect in the living or dining area and Pottery Barn Kids that always delight with their fun and cozy concept pieces. There’s also West Elm’s eclectic yet ergonomic items bringing in contrasts to dull rooms.Pottery Barn x Habitat for Humanity ReStore & Spring 2017 (10)In the Philippines, Pottery Barn is located at Central Square in Bonifacio High Street Central and Estancia, Capitol Commons. or follow @potterybarnPH and @ssilifeph on Instagram for more information.


Dance Sport Cebu

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 At the Clambake

 Previous entry:  EO ABC Cebu 2017 Clambake  Feb 2017

 Wilbur of DanceSport Team Cebu told us his story. He also danced for us together with his partner Pearl who helped him along the way through his journey. Thank you #EOPhilippines for inviting DanceSport Team Cebu  ( DanceSport Website) He was a scavenger…lost his father when he was 10. He grew up with his mother and two older brothers who are drug addicts…in and out of prison. He made a choice to live a better life and reach for his dreams through dancesport… Visit the website to watch the full story of Wilbur ( #H2HPeople #H2HGivingBack #H2HCebu #H2HEO #DanceSportTeamCebuDance Sport Cebu (1) Dance Sport Cebu (6) Dance Sport Cebu (7) Dance Sport Cebu (5) Dance Sport Cebu (4)  DanceSport Team Cebu gives free dancing lessons to street kids to keep them away from the streets and petty crimes and to keep them away from drugs. See how professional these little kids are ?? #EOPhilippines #H2HGivingBack #H2HCebu #H2HEO #DanceSportTeamCebuDance Sport Cebu (3) Dance Sport Cebu (2)

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Pili Nuts in a Shell

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Give a new meaning to gift-giving this holiday season. Give your loved ones the gift of healthy living with Hands on Manila’s @handsonmanila holiday gift 2016.

Orders can be placed by email
Contact: Perry Belen
Tel. #: 843 – 7044 | 386 – 6521

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Tablea de Feliza

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 Yaya Felisa is my friend Marvie’s @marvieyoung Yaya from Negros for 18 years! This Christmas she’s offering tablea from Negros and how beautiful the story behind this. Thank you Marvie. Tablea de Felisa – Call +63 920 903 0199


“She brings tablea to Manila every time she goes home and it’s really good bec it’s pure no extenders mixed in like sugar, nuts, or coconut. I suggested she sell it.
so that it can be a business for her when she retires.


I brought her around with me to source packaging. I taught her how to measure and price the products and how to market .
Since the first sale , tablea Felisa has made pisay less grumpy & more excited about life. While packing you can see her cheerful disposition. She is already starting a small savings acct as her rainy day money for herself since all her salary always goes to everyone else .
I pray this business evolves into a regular one all throughout the year & not just seasonal
That ways it’s something she can retire on. This makes her self sufficient and not feel useless as she ages .
With this business her life does not end in retirement :-) a new life awaits someone’s heart when they become self sufficient & successful in whatever they do.”  #H2HPeople #H2HChocolate

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Jaric & Center for Possibilities Visits the Mind Museum

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 This year our foundation ( Jaric Foundation) collaborated with Center for Possibilities of Dolores Cheng and we took 17 “special kids” from Virlanie foundation and Cottolengo Filipino ( home for abandoned special children) on a field trip to the Mind Museum @themindmuseum The kids enjoyed and I enjoyed because the kids were so much fun to be with :-)

I spent 4 hours with them and I saw different personalities and just love them. Now I know why they are called “SPECIAL” because they truly are.  I miss them already. Thank you to the Mind Museum for a great time #TheMindMuseum #JaricFoundationjaric-center-for-possibilities-visits-the-mind-museum-2

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Love in Abundance

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 Smart Infinity sponsored Love in Abundance, a special fund-raising concert.

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Journey of a Songwriter

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The concert is for the benefit of the AMA Volunteer Program (Associate Missionaries of Assumption).  Jomari and Maryann were both AMA volunteers in the 60’s in Japan and that’s why he has a soft spot for AMA and giving this concert for free.
Tickets are available at the AMA office tel 8170757.  Ticket prices are 500, 1,500 and 2,000.
For tickets, you may call Nina Cuaycong at 892-5808 or 09192536358 or visit the AMA-Philippines office at 2nd floor PCFC Bldg. Assumption San Lorenzo, Makati City.
Sponsored by Oakwood, BMW, Starbucks, Penshoppe, Piandre Salon and Assisi Foundation.