Sei

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Chiyo explained to us that Sei is a japanese word that means silence, justice, right, holy and sincere.   And truly when we were there, it was true to it words – it was very peaceful and relaxing.  392661609503_0_bg.jpg 992661609503_0_bg.jpg

Sei just recently opened this March and is owned by Felicia who looks just as beautiful and young as she was when we were still working together at Rustan’s around fifteen years ago. Congratulations and more power to you Felicia!

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  Felicia has two Japanese consultants, Chiyo and Ryoko, who are the talents behind the salon.  We met Chiyo through a friend and we really liked the way she cut our hair.   There is really something different with the japanese way of doing things and we are fortunate to have talented japanese all the way here in Manila. So do try them.    792661609503_0_bg.jpg      422349109503_0_bg.jpg 536349109503_0_alb.jpg   128523409503_0_bg.jpg 

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Beautiful paper lace lamps :  105 Rada by Rafael Calero

Logo design:  Rey Supera  

Carlos Celdran Tour

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IF THESE WALLS COULD TALK!

Walking Tour of Historic Intramuros 

 

Almost four years running now, its the most popular tour in the selection and a definite must for beginners in Philippine History. Take a leisurely afternoon walk around a selection of Intramuros’ most stunning structures and take in a humorous analysis of Philippine art, culture, and society from Pre-Hispanic Manila until the present. Ironically irreverent yet informative.

Itinerary:

Fort Santiago (Deluxe Tour Only) 

San Agustin Church and Museum 

Father Blancos Garden 

Casa Manila 

 

Heart2Heart admires people that promote our very own country!  Heart2Heart loves Carlos Celdran for contributing to the betterment of our society…. as he takes thousands of people all around Manila telling its history.  The great thing about it is that not only do foreigners enjoy it, but because of the popularity of his tours, even Filipinos themselves are taking the tours.   I don’t think we would ever have gone to these places if not for Carlos.  He makes the tours so interesting that everyone enjoys listening.  

He started the tour by telling us to sing the Philippine National Anthem, “Lupang Hinirang.”  I thought he was joking, but we really did sing the whole anthem! I am so glad the kids were with us,  Everyone learned so much.  We were very impressed with San Agustin church.  It was a first time for most of us and we would just hear about it through our friend, Father Galende, who runs the church.  Beautiful!!! It was like we were in Europe!  The museum is very well done and well maintained.  Great work Father!  437107038503_0_bg.jpg

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Our next stop was right across the street from the church…… A beautiful old house which you hardly see anymore in Manila.  

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I wish there were many more people like Carlos…And the last thing he said to end the tour which was so meaningful and true was “If you want to change the look of Manila, you have to change the way you look at Manila!”

 A MAN WHO IS TRYING TO CHANGE THE WAY YOU LOOK AT MANILA – ONE STEP AT A TIME.

  TELEPHONE: (02)4844945 TEXT/CELL:(0920)9092021 OR EMAIL: CELDRANTOURS@HOTMAIL.COM

Information taken from Carlos’ website: 

TOURS! TOURS! TOURS! 

IF THESE WALLS COULD TALK! 

Intramuros Regular Walking Tour

San Agustin, Casa Manila (2 hours)

Note: Tour has slightly mature content. Recommended for ages eight (8) above

Php600.00 adultsPhp250.00 students*

Additional fees:

Php50.00 – Casa Manila fee  Php25.00 for students  

Php80.00 –San Agustin museum fee Php50.00for students

Philippine schools only*

PRIVATE TOUR: Available upon request. 

All Tours Begin and end at San Agustin Church.

San Agustin Church

Calles Gen Luna and RealManila 1002 Philippines(632) 5274060

And Have Lunch or Dinner at La Cocina De Tita Moningafter the tour.

IF THESE WALLS COULD TALK! Deluxe Tour

Includes San Agustin Museum, Fort Santiago, and Casa Manila (3 hours)

Note: Tour has slightly mature content. Recommended for ages eight (8) years above 

Php700.00Php250.00 students*

Additional fees:Php50.00 – Fort Santiago feePhp25.00 for students

Php80.00 – San Agustin Museum feePhp50.00 for students

Php50.00 – Casa Manila feePhp25.00 for students

Philippine schools only*

PRIVATE TOUR: Available upon request.

All tours begin at Fort Santiago and end at Casa Manila

Fort Santiago

Santa Clara Street Intramuros(632) 5271572

Casa ManilaCalle Real del Palacio (Gen. Luna Street)Intramuros(632) 5274084

And Have Lunch or Dinner at La Cocina De Tita Moning  after the tour. 

 

THE NORTH BANK!

Walking Tour of Escolta and Quiapo and the North Side of the Pasig River

Rizal Avenue and the Escolta was Manila’s premier shopping district until the 1970’s when the rise of Makati Commercial Center and the construction of the LRT somewhat diminished their distinction. Now revitalized through efforts by the local government, the area has been cleaned up and rehabilitated as a pedestrian promenade. Most of its mid-20th century historic charm remains and its still the cheapest place in Manila to buy shoes, hardware, appliances, clothes, sex gadgets, jewelery, pearls, beauty queen tiaras, voodoo potions, flowers, handicrafts, videos, and electronics.

Itinerary: 

Calvo Building and Escolta Museum Escolta StreetPlaza Santa Cruz Rizal AvenueEvangelista Street Market Quiapo Church Villalobos Street

Note: Recommended for all ages.Php500.00 adults Php250.00 students*

Additional fees:Php50.00 – Escolta Museum feePhilippine schools only*

PRIVATE TOUR: Available upon request.

All tours meet at the Polland Hopia Cafe in frontof the Pasig River Ferry ESCOLTA stop on Escolta St.Santa Cruz 

 

LIVING LA VIDA IMELDA!

Architectural tour of the Cultural Center of the Philippines Complex as seen through the life and aspirations of Imelda Romualdez Marcos

It’s a tour all about the Philippines in the 1970’s and the tumultous era of Martial Law, bell-bottom jeans, and Miss Universe. Its a little bit disco, a little bit New Society, and completely Imeldific. So come take a trippy trip through National Artist for Architecture Leandro Locsins finest buildings as we analyze one of the most controversial periods in Philippine history as seen through the life and ambitions of the lady who defined it, Imelda Romualdez Marcos.

Itinerary:  

The Cultural Center of the Philppines and Grounds 

Note: Tour has slightly adult content. Recommended for ages 15 above.

Php650.00 adultsPhp350.00 students

PRIVATE TOUR: Available upon request.

All tours begin at the CCP Little Theatre Lobby.

The Cultural Center of the Philippines Roxas Boulevard corner P. Ocampo (Vito Cruz) Malate (632) 832 1125 

 

ALL THE WAY DOWN TO CHINATOWN!

Historical Tour of Binondo and San Nicolas

Rediscover Chinatown! Let’s take an afternoon stroll and rediscover the charms of one of Manila’s oldest districts. We’ll ride a horse drawn coach and check out much of its remaining 19th century architecture. The tour will be capped by a visit to a Buddhist temple and a traditional chinese pastry shop. This is essentially a free tour. Donations of any amount will be accepted.

Itinerary:

Plaza Calderon dela Barca (Plaza Ruiz)Binondo Church Old San Nicolas Streets (Jaboneros, Sevilla, Madrid)The Kipuja Street Temple Ongpin Street

Walking and Calesa Ride through Binondo and San Nicolas

Note: Recommended for all ages.

Php250.00 for the one hour calesa (carriage) rideplus a donation of any amount.

PRIVATE TOUR: Available upon request.Php600.00Php250.00 students

All tours begin and end at Binondo Church. Binondo Church Quentin Paredes Street at Plaza Calderon de la Barca Binondo (632) 2424850

 

ROCK OUT!

Rediscover the Rock(The Overnight tour to the Island of Corregidor) 

COST:Php 4,400.00 per person.

Child without bed: Php 3,300.00

Single occupancy for one room Php5,400.00And be sure to bring a little snack or drink to the sunset potluck cocktail too.

Contact: Kristine Castro 5268888 loc. 9502 or anyone from the Reservations Department of Sun Cruises for more information and current rates.  

 

DO IT YOURSELF (DIY) TOUR:EVANGELISTA QUE LINDA!

Afternoon tea and window shopping throughthe flea markets of Evangelista Street in Bangkal, Makati

Places to visit:

Fat Michaels Restaurant Evangelista Street Apolinario Street Hison Street

Call/text Jude Mancuyas at Fat Michael’s Place for directions and to obtain a map of the neighborhood.Tel: 8431953 or 8442638Cell: 0917 4078528 

Window shopping through the flea markets of one of Manila’s emerging neighborhoods of cool: Bangkal, Makati

ANYTIME EXCEPT SUNDAYS 

Fat Michael’s is located at 1354 Gen Lacuna St. Bangkal Makati. (turn right at Makati Apartelle from southbound lane of South Super Hiway before the Magallanes Interchange).Call Fat Michael’s Place Tel.8442638 or 8431953 for directions to their restaurant and for the free map. Ask for Jude Mancuyas. I highly recommend their food. Simple slow fare. Not a greasy spoon at all.

OTHER TOUR COSTS:

PRIVATE STUDENT TOUR RATE:

Php250.00 per person(Minimum group of 25 pax)*Philippine schools only*

Note:Public school students and teachers go free for all regular tours.Please call to reserve though. The free slots are limited per tour.

ALL TOURS ARE IN ENGLISH*

Please note that itineraries may change at last minutes notice due to weather or accessibility. Please ALWAYS confirm your attendence.No email or text to confirm. No reservations.

 

website:  http://celdrantours.blogspot.com/ [email_link]

Ilustrado

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We ate in Ilustrado last January as we were preparing for our tour with Carlos Celdran.  Father Galende of San Agustin Church says it is still the BEST restaurant in the area.   I would also recommend the place of my friend, Suzette Montinola, La Cocina de Tia Moning.  406189578503_0_bg.jpg 606189578503_0_bg.jpg  806189578503_0_bg.jpg316189578503_0_bg.jpg 516189578503_0_alb.jpg 716189578503_0_bg.jpg 916189578503_0_bg.jpg426189578503_0_bg.jpg 626189578503_0_bg.jpg  They had a cafe downstairs which had a different menu, so they let us order from both menus.236189578503_0_bg.jpg  246189578503_0_bg.jpg 446189578503_0_bg.jpg website:  http://www.ilustradorestaurant.com/
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Le Gourmet at Rustan’s

By | Foodie, What's New at Rustan's | One Comment

Le Gourmet is the new restaurant concept which recently opened in Rustan’s Supermarket, Makati.  It took the place of the Yum Yum Tree by the entrance of the supermarket.   311731668503_0_bg.jpg  121731668503_0_bg.jpg  101841668503_0_bg.jpg    page-1.jpg page-2.jpg page-3.jpgpage-4.jpg   Right across Le Gourmet is the Vineyard which now has a bar where you can order wine and other drinks and even order food from Le Gourmet. 481721288503_0_bg.jpgpage-6.jpg    At Le Gourmet, there are pastries and freshly baked breads being sold in front…391051288503_0_bg.jpg Aside from being a cafe, the place sells gourmet items from all over the world…. 402051288503_0_bg.jpg 281721288503_0_bg.jpg881051288503_0_bg.jpgWow!! Truffle Cream with Truffle oil!! Yummy!191051288503_0_bg.jpg  My favorite Swiss potatoes can be found here too…791051288503_0_bg.jpg 

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Shop and Spa Spree Saturday

By | Events and Launches, Fashion, What's New at Rustan's | No Comments

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Summer Collection of Culte Femme 

Designed by:  Hindy Weber Tantoco   

 

Last year, Heart2Heart featured: Shop & Spa with Culte Femme and USwim March 24, 2007 

 

This year, another summer event to look forward to…And there will even be more as there will also be imported brand of resortwear for ready to wear, shoes and bags.  Heart2Heart will definitely be there to Shop and Spa and have Haagen Dazs!  :-) SEE YOU THERE!!

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Beacon Grade 6 visits Forest Club!

By | For kids, Nature, Summer | 4 Comments

I am always on the lookout for great places for the kids to go and I recently heard about Forest Club and found out it was owned by a friend, Robbi Mercado. And just a few weeks ago, Jaime went there with his class…..and HAD A GREAT TIME!! Since our kids grew up in the city, it is always good for them to rough it out and experience nature…Forest Club seems to be the PLACE TO BE. I hope to visit it one day. Thanks Robbi for taking photos for me, next time I want to do it myself… :-)

The Forest Club (http://www.theforestclub.com) is a nature sanctuary and eco-friendly training institution committed to the healing and renewal of Mother Earth. For schools and student groups, the Forest Club offers the Eco Adventure Program, a set of interactive outdoor modules designed to help mold participants into responsible stewards of Mother Earth. Participants are not only assured of having fun but also end up learning something new about the environment and their role in protecting it.

The Forest Club provides an accessible and ideal environment not only for school field trips but also for corporate team building activities, seminars and conferences, spiritual retreats and family vacations. Forest Club prides itself in having a very relaxed and natural environment.

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BEACON SCHOOL SCIENCE FIELD TRIP

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by Robbi Mercado

Taken from: http://theforestclub.com/main/beacon_grade6

Despite the intermittent showers and the wet surroundings, 37 Grade 6 students fromBeacon International School visited Forest Club last 21 February 2008 for a whole day of fun-filled learning activities.

The field trip was organized by Teacher Trixie who brought her students to Forest Club to help them learn more about their current science studies on seed plants.

The first activity was a short but lively discussion over langka and banana turon, kamote-que and fresh buko juice on the rich bio-diversity of the Philippines, the current state of deforestation and the urgent need to plant trees in order to help protect the country’s dying flora and fauna.

The Forest Club staff was pleasantly surprised not only with the kids’ grasp of current environment issues but more so by their animated commitment to doing their part in saving the earth.

Then came the fun part: the Eco Adventure activities.

The kids enthusiastically participated in games meant not only to be fun but also designed to develop more appreciation for Mother Earth.

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After lunch the students were toured around Forest Club. They were shown the herbal plant gardens, the vermicompost facilities and were also made to plant hardwood trees seedlings. Forest Club will nurture the narra seedlings for the Grade 6 students until these are big enough to be transferred to the Beacon International School campus.

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Information taken from Forest Club website: 

Facilities:

Cottages 

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  • Four cottage units available

  • Maximum of eight (8) persons per cottage unit
  • With one air-conditioned room good for two (2) persons
  • With one fan-cooled loft good for two (2) persons
  • With daybeds in the verandah
  • With one toilet and bath per cottage unit

   

Suites

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  • Two family suites available

  • Fully air-conditioned
  • Up to twenty (20) persons per family suite
  • With separate toilet and bath facilities

   

 Main Conference room

  • Capacity for up to sixty (60) persons

  • Fully air-conditioned
  • With sound system and OHP
  • With separate toilet and bath facilities

   

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 Rates:

VENUE RATE (DAY TRIP) 

Venue DAY TRIP Rate: PhP450 per person (plus VAT)

Inclusions:

  • Complete food package: Welcome drink upon arrival, morning snack, lunch and afternoon snack. Lunch is served buffet style with a minimum of three dishes. Juice and purified drinking water are provided with all meals.
  • Use of swimming pool, tennis court and basketball court.
  • Use of poolside huts:
    Kabanya A or B maximum of eight (8) persons
    • poolside
    • picnic table
    • fan ventilation

Accomodations (optional): The following are our prices for each room, per day …

Narra A or B,ORMolave A or B PhP1,500 maximum of eight (8) persons per cottage unit
  • one air-conditioned room good for two (2) persons
  • one fan-ventilated loft room good for two (2) persons
  • one toilet and bath
Tindalo,ORKamagongsuite PhP4,000 maximum of twenty (20) persons per cottage unit
  • fully air-conditioned suite
  • separate toilet and bath facilities

Notes:

  • Day trip check-in time is no earlier than 8:00 AM and checkout time is no later than 5:00PM.
  • Additional meals are priced as follows: Snack – P100/person, Breakfast – P150/person, Lunch or Dinner – P250/person.
  • Guests are not allowed to bring their own food into the resort.
  • A 50% downpayment is required no less than three days prior to booking date.

 VENUE RATE (OVERNIGHT STAY)

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Our Rates consist of an accommodation rate per room type and a meal package per head:

Accomodations: The following are our prices per room, per night …

Narra A or B,ORMolaveA or B

PhP3,000

maximum of eight (8) persons per cottage unit
  • one air-conditioned room good for two (2) persons
  • one fan-ventilated loft room good for two (2) persons
  • one toilet and bath
Tindalo, ORKamagongsuite PhP8,000 maximum of twenty (20) persons per cottage unit
  • fully air-conditioned suite
  • separate toilet and bath facilities

Complete Meal Package: P700/head (Plus VAT)

All guests are required to avail of our food package which includes: welcome drink upon arrival, morning snack, lunch, afternoon snack, dinner and breakfast the following day before checkout.

All meals are served buffet style with a minimum of three dishes per meal. Juice and purified drinking water are provided with all meals and breakfast is served with coffee.

Children 2 years and below are free. Children 8 years below get a 50% discount. 

Notes:

  • Overnight stay check-in time is no earlier than 12:00NN and checkout time is no later than 1:00PM the following day.
  • Additional meal prices are as follows: Snack – P100/person, Breakfast – P150/person, Lunch or Dinner – P250/person.
  • Guests are not allowed to bring their own food into the resort.
  • A 50% downpayment is required no less than three days prior to booking date.

 CORPORATE ECO ADVENTURE PROGRAM

Corporate Eco-Adventure Program Rate: PhP750 per person (plus VAT)

For Companies and Adult Groups

Minimum Number of Participants: Twenty-Five (25)

Inclusions:

  • Complete food package: Morning snack, lunch, and afternoon snack.
  • Choice of Eco Adventure Modules (to be designed and agreed upon prior to booking date):
    • Survival Games – Forest Canopy Walk, Mud Crawl, Ifugao Bridge, Hanging Bridge, Bamboo Rafting
    • Trust Games and Teambuilding Exercises – Caterpillar Race, Spider Web, Elevated Fall etc…
    • Traditional Filipino Games – Tinikling, Patintero, Kadang Kadang, etc…
    • Pool Games
    • Walking Lecture Tour – medicinal herbs, reforestation, zero waste management, vermiculture

Notes:

  • Minimum number of participants is twenty-five (25)
  • Maximum number of participants is two hundred fifty (250)
  • Participants are not allowed to bring their own food into the resort.
  • A 50% downpayment is required no less than three days prior to booking date.


ECO-ADVENTURE STUDENT DAY PROGRAM

 Eco-Adventure DAY PROGRAM Rate: PhP600 per person (plus VAT)

For Schools and Student Groups

Minimum Number of Participants: Twenty-Five (25)

Inclusions:

  • Complete food package: Morning snack, lunch, and afternoon snack.
  • Choice of Eco Adventure Modules (to be designed and agreed upon prior to booking date):
    • Survival Games – Forest Canopy Walk, Mud Crawl, Ifugao Bridge, Hanging Bridge, Bamboo Rafting
    • Trust Games and Teambuilding Exercises – Caterpillar Race, Spider Web, Elevated Fall etc…
    • Traditional Filipino Games – Tinikling, Patintero, Kadang Kadang, etc…
    • Pool Games
    • Walking Lecture Tour – medicinal herbs, reforestation, zero waste management, vermiculture

Notes:

  • Minimum number of participants is twenty-five (25)
  • Maximum number of participants is three hundred fifty (350)
  • Discounts may be negotiated based on number of participants:
    • One hundred twenty (120) or more: P500/participant
  • Participants are not allowed to bring their own food into the resort.
  • A 50% downpayment is required no less than three days prior to booking date.

 ECO-ADVENTURE STUDENT OVERNIGHT PROGRAM

 

Eco-Adventure OVERNIGHT PROGRAM Rate:

PhP900 per person (plus VAT) plus Accommodation Charges 

For Schools and Student Groups

Minimum Number of Participants: Twenty-Five (25)

Inclusions:

  • Complete food package: Morning snack, lunch, afternoon snack, dinner and breakfast prior to check-out the next day.
  • Choice of Eco Adventure Modules (to be designed and agreed upon prior to booking date):
    • Survival Games – Forest Canopy Walk, Mud Crawl, Ifugao Bridge, Hanging Bridge, Bamboo Rafting
    • Trust Games and Teambuilding Exercises – Caterpillar Race, Spider Web, Elevated Fall etc…
    • Traditional Filipino Games – Tinikling, Patintero, Kadang Kadang, etc…
    • Pool Games
    • Walking Lecture Tour – medicinal herbs, reforestation, zero waste management, vermiculture

    Accomodation Charges: The following are our prices per room, per night …

    Narra A or B,ORMolaveA or B PhP3,000 maximum of eight (8) persons per cottage unit
    • one air-conditioned room good for two (2) persons
    • one fan-ventilated loft room good for two (2) persons
    • one toilet and bath
    Tindalo, ORKamagongsuite PhP8,000 maximum of twenty (20) persons per cottage unit
    • fully air-conditioned suite
    • separate toilet and bath facilities

Notes: 

  • Minimum number of participants is twenty-five (25)
  • Maximum number of participants is one hundred (100)
  • Discounts will be given based on number of participants:
    • Sixty (60) or more: P850/participant
  • Participants are not allowed to bring their own food into the resort.
  • A 50% downpayment is required no less than three days prior to booking date.

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The Forest Club is just 1 hour and 30 minutes from the Ortigas Center in Pasig City and is located at Barangays Puypuy and Masaya, Bay, Laguna. The Forest Club accepts only guests who have made prior reservations. 

website:  http://theforestclub.com

Manila Booking Office (9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Mondays to Fridays)

Maien Clarino

Telephone: (02) 376 46 23 or 24

Mobile: (0917) 825 89 58 

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Dancespace Summer 2008

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Primary Ballet

The young students are taught body awareness and basic locomotor skills. They are exposed to classical ballets thru music, books and ballet performances. The use of imagination is strongly encouraged thru props such as wands, scarves and tambourines. There is lots of exploration by means of moving like different animals, pirates, fairies, sea creatures.

Level I-III

Ballet technique is taught inspired by English, American, Russian and Chinese styles. The National Ballet Syllabus of the Philippines is used as a reference. Proper placement and posture is stressed. Foot therapy and floor exercises are incorporated in the classes to supplement the classical ballet training.

BALLET
Mon/Wed/Fri 2:30-2:30 PM LV2 8-10 year olds
  3:30-4:30 PM LV1 6-8 year olds
  4:30-5:30 PM PRIMARY 3-5 year olds
  5:30-7:00 PM LV3 11 and up
JAZZ
Wed/Sat 12:00 – 1:00 PM Jazz 1 4-10 years old
  1:00 – 2:00 PM Jazz 2 11 and up
TAP
Sat 10:00 – 11:00 AM Tap  
RATES
1 hr classPer Class PhP 600
Monthly
4 Sessions PhP 2,400
8 Sessions PhP 3,200
12 Sessions PhP 3,600
1 1/2 hr classPer Class PhP 700
Monthly
4 Sessions PhP 2,800
8 Sessions PhP 3,400
12 Sessions PhP 3,800

  ABOUT DANCESPACE and MARITONI

 

In the summer of the 2000, Maritoni started Danspace at the basement of her parent’s home. Her thrust was to provide personal training to young dancers, sharing with them her wealth of experience of more than ten years of professional dancing with companies both here and abroad. Now on its eight year, Danspace has had four grand recitals at the Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza, Makati and two Summer Dance Workshop Culminating shows at the Main Ballroom of the Manila Polo Club. They have also participated in the Abap Danseries XI & X and the Abap Swan Lake Project, Fashion Show.

Danspace has found a home at the Manila Polo Club McKinley Road, Forbes Park, Makati and trains children from 3 years old and above. The school is guided by the National Ballet Syllabus method however Maritoni’s open classes are inspired by her training and exposure to the Russian, American and English methods. It has a 9 month School Year period and a 2 month long intensive Summer Dance Workshop. The school works closely with the Sayaw Foundation and extends scholarships to gifted and deserving students from the foundation. Recently, thru their joint effort, one of their scholars became a finalist to the National Music Competition for Young Artists (NAMCYA). She was chosen among 90 regional students and was recently promoted as a company member of the Philippine Ballet Theatre.


Maritoni Rufino-Tordesillas 

Director and Principal Teacher, Danspace

As a Principal dance for the Philippine Ballet Theater, Maritoni was hailed by critics as a “versatile, wide range actress,” having “turns securely centered,” and “one of the finest dancers this country has ever produced.” She has performed most of the classical and neo-classical ballets in the company’s repertoire. Her most notable roles where: Cio Cio San in Madame Butterfly and Juliet in Romeo and Juliet choreographed by the late Thomas Pazik,Cinderella and Raymonda by Jean Paul Comelin,Gregoria de Jesus in Andres KKK by Gener Caringal, Carmen by Eric V. Cruz, Kitri in Don Quixote, Odette/Odile in Swan Lake and Giselle. She like wise worked with the country’s top choreographers often times originating the roles that have remained in PBT’s repertoire to this day. She danced as Dysebel in Gener Caringal’s Filipino Komiks and in his Prism and Vinta, in Tony Fabella’s Beautiful GirlsBuklogThe CompanyMantones de Manila, Kundiman and Hanggang Sa Dulo Ng Walang Hanggan, she was Josephine Bracken in Steve Villaruz’s La Lampara, and the Japanese in Edna Vida’s Thatness Thereness. She was coached by Gelsey Kirkland and Cynthia Gregory, two American Prima Ballerinas for the roles of Kitri and Odette/Odile respectively and has been partnered by International guest artists like: Wes Chapman, Parrish Meynard, Timothy Melady, Charles Askegaard. With the PBT, she has performed in the US, Mexico, Japan, and Singapore. In 1995, she was a member of the Basel Ballet of Switzerland under Youri Vamos and in 1989 she danced with the Eglevsky Ballet of New York under the direction of Michael Vernon.

Maritoni’s dance training started when she was eight years old with Sony Lopez Gonzales and then later on with Tony Fabella and Eddie Elejar. In 1986 she trained in New York under a merit scholarship at the Neubert Ballet Institute in Carnegie Hall. She studied under Steffan Hoff, a contemporary of Mikhail Baryshnikov at the American Ballet Theater, Elena Kunikova of the Leningrad Mali Theatre, Nina Popova of the Ballet Ruses and Jenny Chiang. She took theRoyal Academy of Dancing examinations in 1993 and received Honors in Elementary and Highly Commended in the Intermediate Majors examination with Sonia Domingo as coach. In 1995, she started teaching for the Philippine Ballet Theater Conservatoire and became its School Principal from 1998-2000. In 2000 she founded Danspace and remains to be the schools principal teacher and choreographer training 60 students year round from age 3 years old and above.

Maritoni’s theater credits include: Cordelia’s spirit in Anton Juan’s King Lear, Cinderella in Cinderella, Mimi and the Silver Rose in Beauty and the Beast for Repertory Philippines Children’s Theater, Louise in Carousel, the Ghost of Christmas PastIsabelMrs. Cratchit and the ballerina in Rep’s A Christmas Carol.Gaining experience in Musical Theater from her stints with Repertory Philippines, Maritoni has been teaching Music and Movement at the Philippine Opera Company for the past 3 summers. She also choreographs musical numbers for corporate shows and various projects.Maritoni is an attendee to the National Ballet Syllabus year’s I-IV and was PRO of the Association of Ballet Academies, Philippines for the year 2004.

Almost at the same time she started Danspace, Maritoni discovered Asthanga Yoga. In 2006 she graduated from the Centered Yoga Institute in Koh Samui, Thailand under Paul Dallghan and became a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) with the Yoga Alliance. She is also one of the founders of Yoga Manila, the leading yoga school in the Philippines. They have branches in Alabang, Makati and Ortigas.

 

Maritoni promotes a healthy lifestyle and encourages her students to go beyond their capabilities. Her teaching style is nurturing and revolves around a good foundation. She is committed to their growth and well being and aims to produce students that are well trained, hard working and disciplined yet encouraging their unique personalities to shine thru. 

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