Saturday, March 17, 2018

The magic of summer (Kiddie Summer Workshops of Davao City 2018)

“The magic of summer”
(Kiddie Summer Workshops of Davao City 2018)
Sun.Star Davao, March 17, 2018

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)!

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, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. By appointment (Lunch break 12nn-1pm)
SPECIAL OFFER: Deco art, Cultural box, Mixed media program.
SPECIAL PROMO: 5% discounts for 24 lessons/5% 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 pm); Intermediate & Adult Class- May 21-25, 2018 (2pm-430pm). 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, 9am-12nn
FEE: P4,000 inclusive of materials
COURSE: Painting Landscapes
SCHEDULE: April 10-13, 2018, 9am-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: PhP 3,600 (voice, piano, bamboo flute, violin, drums, beat box, guitar, bass and ukulele); PhP3,000 (xylophone and melodione); PhP4,300 (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



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;,


COURSE: Summer Cooking and Baking Workshop for Kids & Teens with Chef Remy Cuenca
SCHEDULE: April 27, 2018 (Friday), 9am to 4pm
COURSE: Basic Bento Making for Kids and Teens with Chef Gail Rodriguez
SCHEDULE: May 18, 2018 (Friday), 9am-4pm
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, 9:00 AM -12:00 nn; Batch 2 – May 21-26, 2018, 9am -12nn
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, 9am-12nn; Batch 2 – May 21-26, 2018, 9am-12nn
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, 9am -12nn; Batch 2 – May 21-26, 2018, 9am-12nn
FEE: Available upon request


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: Php 4,500.00. 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, 1-5pm
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



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.


WHAT: Bryan Grandeza’s Urban Dance Workshop for Kids 3-7 yrs. old
SCHEDULE: April 16-May 17, 2018 (Mon-Thurs, 9:00am-10:00am)
FEE: PhP 2,500
CONTACT: ANGELS AT WORK, N. Torres cor. Vinzon Sts., Bo. Obrero, D.C./Tel. 2250208

WHAT:  Hiphop with Mr. Bryan Grandeza
SCHEDULEMWF (10:30am-2:00pm); TTh (10:30am-2:00pm)
FEE: Available upon request
VENUES: 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 (3pm and 7pm)
SCHEDULE: Batch 1: April 2- May 12; Batch 2: May 28- July 14, 2018
COURSES OFFERED: For kids and teens-ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hop, acting and voice; For adults-belly dancing, hiphop, jazz and tap
FEES: PhP 15,000 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


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: P4,000.00 (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 (10:30am-11:30am); Saturday (10:30am-4:30pm); Sundays (4:00pm-5pm)
FEE: Available upon request
CONTACTHOLIDAY GYM AND SPA, F. Torres St., DC/Tel. 2223041; Irma Aguado, Tel. 3056342 and cell. No. (0917)7189488



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: Php 5,500.00. 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



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: Php 3,000.00 (1 module) Php 5,500.00 (2 modules) Registration fee: Php. 600.00. 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: 11am – 12nn; April 16 –30 , May   2- 18, 2018, 24 sessions (Monday-Friday)
FEE: Php 4,500.00 (inclusive of materials)
CONTACT: TENDER YEARS, #7 Gemini St., Dona Vicenta Vill., D.C./Tel. 2244884; 0933-850-5356

SCHEDULE: 9am-11am: 1st batch-April 9-13; 2nd batch-April 16-20; 3rd batch-April 23-27, 2018; 5 sessions/10 hours (Monday-Friday)
FEE: Php 2,000.00 (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 am
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
CONTACTHOLIDAY 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; 2-4pm
FEE: P1,500 inclusive of training fee, court fees, shuttlecock and souvenir shirt
VENUE: Holiday Gym And Spa Badminton Court
CONTACTPULUMBARIT BADMINTON CLUB, 0925-556-0120; 0975-866-1686


WHAT: Swim & Survive Program
SCHEDULE: 5-10 years old, 130-330pm, 11 years old up 4pm-6pm
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


WHAT: Basic Swimming Course
FEE: P3,500 (10 lessons)
COURSE: Advanced Swimming Course
FEE: P4,500 (10 lessons)
SCHEDULE: Kids-Mon. to Fri. 8-9am/3-4pm; 415-515pm; Adults-Mon. to Fri. 730-830pm
CONTACTHOLIDAY 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
CONTACTHOLIDAY 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/8-10am/3-5pm or 6-8pm (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: 6-7am; 730-830am, 830-930am, 930-1030am; Afternoon: 2pm-3pm, 3pm-4pm; 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.

WHAT: Swimming lessons for Basic, Advanced and Competitive, Triathlete and Open Water Courses for all ages
SCHEDULE/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 1030am-12nn; 9 yrs. old and above 1pm-230pm
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
2856028; (0943)9268974

WHAT: Wushu Summer Clinic
SCHEDULE: Starts April 3, 2018
FEE: Available upon request

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8:00 - 10:00 AM (Pre-School - Beginners) 
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM (Graders 1-6)
2:30 - 5:30 PM (Graders 7-12)

M-F schedule: 5:30-7:30 PM only
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Saturday, March 3, 2018

Christian High Musical presents "Annie" and "The Sound of Music"

 “Christian High Musical presents Annie and The Sound of Music”
Sun.Star Davao, March 3, 2018

What began as an ambitious idea among the Davao Christian High School Parents-Teachers Fellowship officers to stage a musical featuring Broadway hits “Annie” and “The Sound of Music” became a spectacular reality recently.

Original character illustration: CAITLIN SABLADA/Poster design: SHYNNE of GRAFIX 101
A fundraising project of the DCHS PTF for the continuous development of the DCHS Senior High School Building, the musical held at the DCHS Auditorium was one of the exciting activities lined up during the school’s 65th Year Founding Anniversary.

Like all good things, this worthwhile endeavor did not happen overnight. In fact, it was one year-in-the-making, with grueling auditions, intensive summer workshops and, last-minute rehearsals.

But, witnessing how the passionate directors were able to bring out the very best from the cast and how the officers and production staff worked hard together as a united team, the whole nerve-wracking experience became well worth it.

One direction

Training the musical’s cast whose ages range from 5 to 29 years old was no easy feat.

It was indeed an immense blessing to join forces with Nemuel Danuco, Zion’s Praise Music, Inc.’s National Events Director, who served as CHM’s dynamic overall director; and Hyacinth Kayle Solon, a DCHS grade school teacher, thespian and Kundiman singer, who took on the role as acting director.

Meanwhile, DCHS senior high school teacher and musical theater actor Benjamin Bautista acted as the voice director. Incidentally, Sir Benj, as he is fondly called, was a silver medalist (Broadway Category) in the World Championships of Performing Arts 2017 in Los Angeles, U.S.A.

Together with the PTF, these award-winning directors shared a common vision to come up with a world-class school production worthy of the audience’s precious time and money.

                         It’s a hard knock life

  The Christian High Musical was equally divided into two parts with most of the delightful highlights from “Annie” and “The Sound of Music” included in each show. Daniel Carlos Tan, a DCHS alumnus and senior high school teacher, penned the engaging script adaptation.

“Annie” is a tale of a spunky orphan staying at a facility run by the tyrannical Miss Hannigan. She came to the life of billionaire industrialist Oliver “Daddy” Warbucks when he decides to welcome an orphan into his home temporarily to “enhance his image”. Although Annie enjoyed being pampered at the Warbucks’ mansion, she still longed for her biological parents. This prompted Mr. Warbucks to announce a search on radio offering a huge reward, which unfortunately lured unwanted impostors.

Superbly portraying the curly-haired orphan Annie was Florence ‘Orange’ Asistido with Joshua Balaga (the only teacher at the CHM) as Mr. Oliver Warbucks, Yoshiko Hirakawa as Miss Hannigan, Lara Khalija Soriano as Grace Farrell, Gabriel Vince Zablan as Rooster Hannigan, and Khloe Orillan as Lily St. Regis.

Climb every mountain

On the other hand, “The Sound of Music” is a heartwarming true story of the von Trapp Family singers, one of the world-renowned concert groups before World War II. Maria, the main character, is the tomboyish postulant at an Austrian abbey who works as a loving governess in the home of Capt. Georg von Trapp, a widowed naval captain with seven children. Maria did not only bring back enchanting music into the home but new love and laughter as well.

Abigail Monteagudo brilliantly starred as the playful Maria with Chang Soo Yoo as the stern Capt. von Trapp. On the other hand, Cassandra Ang, Jeff Jao, Bea Arrosas, Migue Mendoza, Mikaela Lo, Sage Tinaco and Rain Gamboa excellently played the parts of the musically-gifted von Trapp children.

They were not the only wealth of talents that the directors and PTF discovered during the entire production process though. Eager grade school to senior high school students comprised the rest of the cast. These young artists willingly juggled their studies with the rigorous demands of late-night rehearsals. However, at the end of the day, one would never see them complain or grumble. They just loved acting and singing as a group.


So, it was no surprise when the much-awaited day came, everybody gave their ultimate performance. After all, they were not only showcasing their artistic and musical gifts to the audience but more importantly, giving glory to God.

Congratulations to the directors, cast, and production team (a special shout-out to CHM’s musical coordinator Marie Lo) for the topnotch staging of the Christian High Musical! You all deserve a standing ovation and resounding applause.


Davao Christian High School president Arthur Yap leads the prayer.

Personalized posters, medals and certificates of appreciation for the cast and directors

Special thanks to Fotofun Digital Express for the Christian High Musical photos.

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