Saturday, April 1, 2017

 “Home-cooked love at Sundays”
Sun.Star Davao, April 1, 2017

While most young girls’ idea of playtime was creating imaginary dishes with their toy pots and pans, a once little chef was already cooking up a storm.

“At the age of 5, the kitchen was my playground. I adored hanging out with both my grandmothers who introduced to me the love for cooking”, reminisces Dorelane “Len” Uy-Bosquit, an Ateneo de Davao University Accountancy graduate who also completed a culinary certificate course at the Center for Asian Culinary Studies.

“As a child, I would watch my Grandma Sien cook her specialty, pork brain with egg, straight from her wood-fired oven where my task was to blow the fire. On the other hand, my Grandma A-eng would make her lip-smacking siopao, pilipit, sotanghon and our favorite humba with egg”, says Len, now a doting mom of three.

Her early exposure to good food inspired her to open and manage one of Davao’s well-loved and established family restaurants, Dencio’s Kamayan. “Running a restaurant requires passion, patience, discipline, and hard work. Skill can be taught but foremost, being committed to do my chosen craft well is something I aim for. I cannot run the show by myself that's why I value teamwork with my staff”, divulges Len.

With Dencio’s seven branches under her belt, the passionate entrepreneur recently opened Sundays Modern Home Cooking, another must-try family-friendly restaurant in the city.

Sharing the love

Len explains that she chose Sundays as her restaurant’s name because it is always on this designated day that the family gathers together to partake of the home-cooked meals by their father, Domingo, whose name incidentally means “Sunday” in Cebuano/Spanish as well.

“Every Sunday, my father would go to the market very early to buy fresh meat and seafood. He would then decide what to prepare for lunch based on what's in the market. My task was to wake up early and help him implement his ideas. I would also do my own experimental recipes”, shares Len who is happily married to businessman John Joseph Bosquit.

At Sundays MHC, diners get a peek and taste of the Uys’ family favorites which Len describes as “simple cooking made with love”. “It actually took me a long time to trim down the choices in the menu because I wanted to put everything here!”, discloses the yoga and Ikebana enthusiast. Eventually, with her family as her best critic, the menu was given a thorough review and earned their much-deserved thumbs up.

Sundays’ homey ambiance is the perfect place to relax and while away your time whether it’s breakfast, lunch, snack time or dinner. “We wanted our guests to feel like they are at home, being pampered and relaxed. I have a display of old books from my in-laws' collection---from Mills and Boons pocketbooks to science books, management, gardening and inspirational books.  In addition, my kids and nieces' crafting works are displayed”, details Len.  

Everyday Sundays

Sundays serves a variety of international dishes from soup, salads, pasta, pizza, main dishes and desserts. Their bestsellers include the too-pretty-to-eat Sundays Salad (layers of crispy spring roll wraps with garden salad, grilled chicken, grapes, orange, avocado and rosemary balsamic vinaigrette); Oxtail Stew (a satisfying dish simmered for hours in rich tomato sauce and flavorful spices); Seafood Curry (fresh seafood in aromatic curry sauce); and Bacon Liempo (sinful thin slices of pork belly fried to a crisp).

Bulalo Soup

Sundays Salad

Oxtail Stew

Seafood Curry
Pochero Steak

Bacon Liempo
Refreshing Fruit Shakes
Penne Nero
Pepperoni and Mushroom Pizza

Len narrates that the Pork Humba in Hotpot, their house specialty, is always present in every family gathering. “My Grandma A-eng would always make a big batch of it and prepare extras for take-out after the party.  I know that it's special because Amah would devote herself in the kitchen, simmering the humba in sweet and salty sauce for hours in low fire, and stirring it slowly so that the pork would be intact. As a child, while waiting for the humba to cook, I would fondly listen to her childhood stories on how she married early at 16 and raised eight kids during World War II. I admire my grandma’s patience, strength, and wit. She is my inspiration!”, intimates Len.

Pork Humba in Hotpot
The sneaky mommy chef also whipped up a healthy appetizer called Malunggay Dip that even picky kiddie eaters would absolutely love. For dessert, be sure not to miss Sundays’ Suman Langka Rolls with Tablea Dip, her dad Domingo’s personal recipe.

Suman Langka Rolls with Tablea Dip
And, if you happen to drop by on a Sunday, don’t forget to check out their Sundays Sunday Special for mouthwatering dishes that are not in the menu.

Sundays also has a corner for pasalubongs where foodies and home-based businesses can showcase their locally-made products.

With several restaurants to oversee, Len may seem to have too much on her plate but she is undeterred. “Because it gives me such fulfillment seeing these ventures grow!”, enthuses the busy mom.

The Phoenix Fuel Masters PBA team celebrates their win at Sundays 
today (April 1, 2017).
Sundays Modern Home Cooking is at Ground Floor, Go Hotels, Phoenix Mega Station, Lanang, Davao City with telephone number 2247620. It is open from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., Monday to Sunday. Follow Sundays MHC on Facebook (Sundays Modern Home Cooking) and Instagram at sundaysmhc.

Special thanks to Maizy Colleen for some of the photos you see on this page.

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Saturday, March 18, 2017

The wonder of summer

“The wonder of summer”
Sun.Star Davao, March 18, 2017

Summer is finally here!

It’s time to disable the recurring 5:30 a.m. alarm on weekdays and indulge in another hour or so of much-deserved sleep. Oh, what bliss to bid adieu to baon preparations and the stress of after-school traffic for the next few months!

This is the magical moment when kids can just be kids happily playing to their hearts’ content. In addition, this long break is the best chance to nurture their God-given talents. Lastly, don’t forget to squeeze in some memorable family adventures, too!

Play. Learn. Explore. Such is the wonder of summer!

Sharing to you my personal compilation of the Kiddie Summer Workshops of Davao City (Year 10).


WHAT: All-Year Round International Art Program
SUMMER PROMO 1: Bring a friend, enroll together get 1 additional free lesson each.
SUMMER PROMO 2: Group of 5 get 10% DISCOUNT OFF training fee.
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 (BLOCK SCHEDULE); Time: 9:00-10:30 am, 10:30 am-12:00 noon; 1:00-2:30 pm, 2:30-4:00pm, 4:00-5:30pm
CONTACT: GLOBALART DAVAO, 301-E Palma Gil St., Bo. Obrero Davao City (near Central Convenience Bajada; Tel. No. (082) 221-9980 or (082) 300-9980; Cell No. 0923-4814333 (Sun)


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: Classes Beginners/Primary on April 25-28, 2017; 2-4:30 pm; Intermediate/ Advanced:  May 2-5, 2017, 2-5 pm. 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 no. (0917)3220320


WHAT: Art Kamp 2017
Painting in Acrylic Basix and Beyond. Form. Line. Color. Space. Texture. Imagination SCHEDULE: March 29-April 1, 2017 (Batch 1) and April 4-7, 2017 (Batch 2), 9:00am-11am
FEE: PhP4,000 with materials and snacks. Class is limited to 12 slots only.
VENUE: A3 BSG Bldg. Arellano Ext., D.C.
CONTACT: DADAI JOAQUIN, Cellphone no. (0917)3088901


WHAT: Pompom and Tassel Workshop (A Mom and Child Event)                                 
SCHEDULE: March 18, 2017, 1:00pm-5:00pm
FEE: P1,500 with craft kit and snacks; Craft kit includes diff. colored yarns and threads, tote bag, accent pillow, pouch woven basket, hanging mobile planetarium, monster pen holder and hand drawn guide
VENUE: FTU SHOP AND CREAMERY, JJ’s Commune, Loyola St., Obrero, D.C., Tel. 2977417


WHAT: Basic Brushpen Calligraphy and Shadowing plus Fake Calligraphy                                
SCHEDULE: March 25, 2017, 1:00pm-5:00pm
FEE: P650 with kit and snacks; Kit includes 4 brush pens from Artline or Faber Castell
1 DONG-A HexaPlus Fineliner Pen; 1 Pilot Petit 3 calligraphy Pen; Pencil; Eraser; Handout; The Postman's Knock Worksheets; and 200gsm smooth paper of 10's
VENUE: FTU SHOP AND CREAMERY, JJ’s Commune, Loyola St., Obrero, D.C., Tel. 2977417


WHAT: Kiddie Fun Arts for 4-12 yrs. old. Kids begin developing their artistic abilities at an early age. Making arts encourage children to use their imagination. Kiddie fun arts are both enjoyable to make and can be a perfect gift for loved ones and friends.
SCHEDULE: April 4-May 11, 2017; 10 sessions (TTh, 2:00-4:00pm)
FEE: P3,000 inclusive of materials
CONTACT: TENDER YEARS, #7 Gemini St., Dona Vicenta Vill., D.C./Tel. 2244884


COURSE: Fashion Institute of Design and Arts’ (FIDA) Summer Offerings
Kids’ Sewing (6 sessions, PhP3,500); Felt Finger Puppets and Toppers (PhP800/3 hr. session); Kids’ Basic Knitting (6 sessions, PhP2,500); Adult Basic Knitting (6 sessions, PhP3,000); Kids’ Basic Crochet (6 sessions, PhP2,500); Adult Basic Crochet (6 sessions, PhP3,000); Silk Screen Printing (PhP850/4 hr. session); Calligraphy and Flower Painting (PhP1,500, March 25 (1pm-5pm); NC II Dressmaking Review (PhP5,000, April 18-22 (10am-5pm); 4-day Basic Hair and Makeup (PhP8,000, April 24-27, 10am-5pm); 4-day Couture Techniques (PhP10,000, April 24-27, 2017, 10am-5pm); Junior Fashion Designer (PhP3,500, April 24-25 (1pm-5pm); Instagram Photography and Branding (PhP1,500/5 hr. session)
CONTACT:  FASHION INSTITUTE OF DESIGN AND ARTS (FIDA), Valencia Corporate Center, Jacinto Ext. cor. Arellano St., D.C./Tel. 2853404/(0922)8119696
NOTE: Open house on March 18, 2017- Saturday (1pm to 5pm) with FREE trial workshops and FREE tote to those who will register and enroll in a class on that day.


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: P7,500 (must have basic singing skills, must participate in culminating activity/recital)
WHAT: Voice or Guitar Class (For voice class, minimum of 4 participants to a maximum of 8. For guitar class, 8-4. 12 classes, 1 hour each. Participants will be grouped by age.
FEE: P3,900
WHAT:  Musikids for kids ages 2 -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: P4,900
WHAT: Private lessons (Voice, Piano, Guitar, Violin); (One-on-one, 12 lessons, 1 hour per lesson)
FEE: P6,500
Registration/enrolment ongoing. Classes start on April 4, 2017. May be paid in 2 installments. Please ask the front desk for the discounted rate on up-front payments.
CONTACT: MUSIKADEMY, 209 McArthur's POD, McArthur Highway, Matina, Davao City/Tel.297-4542 


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, 2017. Batch 1: April 3-15; Batch 2: April 17-29, 2017; 12 sessions at 1 hour per session
FEE: PhP 3,300 (voice, piano, flute, violin, drums, beat box, guitar, bass and ukulele); PhP3,000 (xylophone and melodione); PhP3,800 (saxophone)
CONTACT/VENUES: JDR16 MUSIC TUTORIAL, V. Mapa St. (infront of Crafter’s Haven) and Davao Christian High School-C.P.Garcia Campus. For more details, call/text  
Teacher Jay: 09159009718, 09225174969; Teacher Emma: 09328589545



COURSE: Various Summer Programs for Kids, Teens and Adults
- 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: Starts April 17, 2017
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
SCHEDULES: April 7 and 8, 2017 (Fri. and Sat.), April 20 and 21, 2017 (Thurs. and Fri.) and May 5 and 6, 2017 (Fri. and Sat.)/Time: 8:00am - 12:00 noon
FEE: P2,800.00 inclusive of all ingredients, use of tools and equipment, 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. Classes start on April 17, 2017
WHAT: Young Executive Chef
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). Plus special sessions on basic fine dining service, the art of table set-up and arrangement, and fine dining etiquette. End the summer with your own restaurant event where family and friends dine and taste your culinary creations.
SCHEDULE: 12 sessions; 1-5pm; MWF
WHAT: Junior Chef De Patisserie with Chef Clinton Gregorio (Master ASEAN Trainer in Food Production)
*Indulge your sweet tooth with a Basic Pastry and Baker’s Course. End the summer with your own restaurant event where family and friends dine and taste your culinary creations.
SCHEDULE: 6 sessions; 9am-12nn; Mon-Sat.
WHAT: Junior Chef De Cuisine with Chef Rene Custodio (ASEAN National Trainer in Food Production)
*International cuisine includes Japanese, Chinese, Spanish, Italian and American
SCHEDULE: 6 sessions; 9am-12nn; Mon.-Sat.
FEE: Available upon request


WHAT: Basic Baking for 4-12 yrs. old. If your child needs a boost of self-confidence, (and who doesn’t) baking will do just that. They are accomplishing a task, learning something important and contributing to the family. Teaching kids to bake will help instill skills to last them a lifetime. All of their baking activities are kid-tested, doable and fun. They just need: a dash of time, a pinch of originality, and a cup of enthusiasm.
SCHEDULE: April 17-May 10, 2017; 10 sessions (MWF, 2:00-4:00pm)
FEE: P4,000 inclusive of materials and cookbook
CONTACT: TENDER YEARS, #7 Gemini St., Dona Vicenta Vill., D.C./Tel. 2244884


WHAT: I-Sayaw’s 3rd Summer Dance Workshop offers Ballet, Tap and Hip-Hop SCHEDULE: Starts on April 4, 2017. Culminating activity is still being arranged but will definitely end on May
THEME: Broadway Classics to Classics
COURSE: Ballet class for 3 yrs. old, teens and adults. Beginner 1 and 2 for toddlers; Beginner Teens; Intermediate; Advanced Levels and Fitness Ballet
SCHEDULE: (Ballet) New ballet students MWF; Beginner: 9:30-10:30am; Beginner Kids/Teens: 10:30am-12:00 noon; with ballet training: MWF; Beginner 2: 1:30-2:30pm; Intermediate: 2:30-4:00pm; Advanced: 5:30-7:00pm Fitness Ballet W 4-5:30 S 9-10:30 COURSE: Hiphop open to Beginners 1 and 2. Students will be assessed during the first week of classes
SCHEDULE: (Hiphop) TThS-1:30-2:30pm and 2:30-3:30pm
COURSE: Tap open to all levels. Student will be assessed during first week of classes SCHEDULE: (Tap) TThS, 3:30-4:30pm and 4:30-5:30pm FEE: Available upon request. Combo packages available NOTE: Students will be assessed for class assignments VENUE: I-SAYAW DANCE CENTER, Unit 207 McPod Bldg. (Beside Ateneo High School, fronting MTS), McArthur Highway, D.C.
*Note: Musikademy in cooperation with I-Sayaw Dance Studio presents ”Something Wonderful, Something Musical 3”. A night of musical performances featuring songs from Matilda, Pippin, and Mama Mia. April 1-2, 2017; Matinee, 3pm/Gala, 7pm at SM Cinema 6, SM Lanang Premiere. For tickets, call tel. no. 2974542.


WHAT:  Bryan Grandeza’s Urban Dance Workshop for Kids 3-7 yrs. old
SCHEDULEApril 17-May 11, 2017 (Mon-Thurs, 9:00am-10:00am)
FEE: PhP 2,500.00
VENUE: 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 2017 with culminating recital on May 15, 2017 (3pm & 7pm)
SCHEDULE: March 31-May 14, 2017
COURSES OFFERED: For kids and teens-ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hop, acting and voice; For adults-belly dancing, hip hop and jazz
FEES: PhP 9,000 - 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) P3,500
ALSO OFFERS: Tang Soo Doo-Karate (7 yrs. old & above), P3,700 for summer
CONTACT: LCB PERFORMING ARTS CENTER FOUNDATION, INC., 48 Villamor St., Bo. Obrero,  D.C./Tel.2225205

WHAT:  Royeca School of Ballet Summer Dance Showcase; open for ages 3 yrs. and above for Nursery, Primary, Beginners 1, 2, 3 and 4, Intermediate and Advanced Class
DATE: April 7, 2017 – May 30, 2017 with Recital Show at the Grand CAP Auditorium
SCHEDULE: MWF (Time available upon request)
RECITAL FEE: P3,800 (inclusive of costume rental and 10 complimentary tickets)
ALSO OFFERS Adult Ballet to Senior Citizen, Hip Hop, Communication Arts, Public Speaking, Personality Development, Fashion Modeling, Taekwondo, Aikido
CONTACT:  ROYECA SCHOOL OF BALLET, Valencia Compound (beside Central Bank), Jacinto Ext., cor. Arellano St. (Back of Mercury Drug Store), D.C./Tel. No. 227-4228 or 09324420405. 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: Basic Computer Courses for Kids and Teachers
COURSE: Cyber Wizard (Programming HTML & CSS) for 24 hours
FEE: P5,200 (course fee and registration)
COURSE: Multimedia Wizard I (Photoshop & Proshow) for 20 hours
FEE: P5,200 (course fee and registration)
COURSE: Multimedia Wizard II (Photoshop & Video Editing) for 20 hrs.
FEE: P5,200 (course fee and registration)
COURSE: Animation Wizard (Swishmax) for 20 hrs.
FEE: P5,200 (course fee and registration)
COURSE: Graphics Wizard (Photoshop & Illustrator) for 20 hrs.
FEE: P5,200 (course fee and registration)
COURSE: MS APPs Wizard (Windows/Word/Excel/Powerpoint/Internet) for 20 hrs.
FEE: P5,200 (course fee and registration)
CONTACT: DELTYX TECHNOLOGIES INC. (former franchisee of GENETIC COMPUTER INSTITUTE, Room 206-208 Montelibano Bldg. (fronting CAP Auditorium), Iñigo St., Davao City.  Look for Joys or Bernard: 224-4643. 09280052275/09497658163.


WHAT: Digital Summer Camp (for children ages 9-14). In partnership with PowerMac Center, incorporates the theme “Shape your Imagination through Technology” that helps young learners acquire valuable knowledge and skills in this digital world.
COURSES: Robotics Programming featuring Sphero/Animation for Kids/Stop Motion Video Creation/Digital Drawing/Game Creation
SCHEDULE: March 20 – 24, 2017 (1pm–3pm)
FEE: PhP 5,000.00
WHAT: Junior Robotics: Creative Engineering (for children ages 6-10)
It is a thematic-based program, in cooperation with Cyberland International Education Center in Singapore, which aims to expose young learners to the world of robotics through the use of LEGO Education WeDo Materials and activities
COURSE: Creation of Dancing Robot using Lego Wedo Materials
SCHEDULE: March 27 – 29, 2017
FEE: PhP 5,500.00
CONTACT: GALILEO ENRICHMENT CENTER-DAVAO, 27-A Dacudao Avenue, D.C./Tel. 2210268; (0922)8501650



COURSE: 2017 Fun Summer Activities for Toddlers
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: 6-8 yrs. old. Activities: Crafts Building Skills
WHAT: Skills Tutorials (Reading, Writing, Math): Age: 4-8 yrs.old
SCHEDULE: Batch 1: April 5-28; Batch 2: May 3-23, 2017
CONTACT: BRIGHT SEEDS PRESCHOOL, Dona Vicenta Road, Dona Vicenta Village, D.C. (near Chowking, across Victoria Plaza); Tel. 3003286; (0917)5400988


WHAT: Wikang Filipino (for children ages 4-7), a reading program that develops reading comprehension and vocabulary skills. This is in partnership with Adarna Publishing House.
SCHEDULE: April 3 - 28, 2017; May 2 - 26, 2017
FEE: PhP 2,600.00
WHAT: Summer Learning Camp (for children ages 1.5-3), a two-module program that features well-known Filipino games and culture for children and brings it to the classroom.
SCHEDULE: April 3 - 28, 2017; May 2 - 26, 2017
FEE: 1 module - PhP 3,000.00; 2 modules - PhP 5,500.00; Registration Fee: Php. 500
CONTACT:  GALILEO ENRICHMENT CENTER-DAVAO, 27-A Dacudao Avenue, D.C./Tel. 2210268; (0922)8501650; Visit us on Facebook, Davao, and email us at


WHAT: Summer Enrichment Class for ages 2-5 years old
SCHEDULE: April 17- May 19, 2017; 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: Kiddie Fun Time for 1.5-3 yrs. 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: Batch 1: April 3-7, 2017; Batch 2: April 17-21; Batch 3: April 24-28; and Batch 4: May 2-6; 5 sessions, 10 hours (M-F, 9-11am)
FEE: P2,000 inclusive of materials
CONTACT: TENDER YEARS, #7 Gemini St., Dona Vicenta Vill., D.C./Tel. 2244884


WHAT: Reading and Writing Enhancement Program for 3-7 yrs. old. This program helps a child to read and write using Pmore of one’s senses including 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: Batch 1: April 3-7, 2017, April 17-21; Batch 2: April 24-28, May 2-6; 10 sessions (M-F,11am-12nn)
FEE: P3,000 (inclusive of materials)
CONTACT: TENDER YEARS, #7 Gemini St., Dona Vicenta Vill., D.C./Tel. 2244884


WHAT: Orton Gillingham Reading Program and Marungko Approach in Beginning Reading in Filipino
SCHEDULE AND FEE: Available upon request
CONTACT:  CENTER FOR BRIGHTER BEGINNINGS, Road 7, Doña Vicenta Village, D.C./Tel. 2242188


WHAT: Summer Enrichment Classes offering: Elementary Mathematics, Elementary Algebra, Intermediate Algebra, Advanced Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Basic Calculus, and Advanced Training for MTAP Quizzers
SCHEDULE: Enrolment starts on April 3-April 8, 2017 from 9am-4pm. First batch: April 10-May 11, 2017; Second batch: May 22-June 20, 2017. Grades 1-3 (8-10am, MTThF); Grades 4-6 (10-12pm, MTThF); and Grades 7-11 (130pm-330pm, MTThF)
FEE: P2,600
CONTACT: RIGID MATH-CENTER FOR SINGAPOREAN MATHEMATICS, Alzate St., Obrero, D.C. Call Oscar Honorario at (0916)3534464/(0923)7384039


WHAT: Various Summer Programs for Kids: Let Your Imagination Roar!
6 mos. – 2 yo. Babies class
1.6 - 3yo. Toddlers Exploration
3-7 yo. Reading Safari
3-7 yo. FUNtastic Math
SCHEDULE AND FEE: Available upon request. Packages available. Batch 1: May 8- June 9; Batch 2: June 13- July 14, 2017
CONTACT: STOCKBRIDGE AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL (formerly TUMBLE TOTS), Araullo-Mabini Sts., D.C./Tel.(082)2251847 or 0922 2501493 (Davao); E-mail:


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: Yoga for Kids with Jolla Soriaga
SCHEDULE: Saturdays 9am-10am (4-7 years old); 10:15am-11:15am (8-12 years old) *Still tentative
FEE: Available upon request
CONTACTHOLIDAY GYM AND SPA, F. Torres St., DC/Tel. 2223041; (0929)7560559


WHAT: Pulumbarit Badminton Club Kids Summer Clinic
SCHEDULE: Batch 1: March 27-April 7; Batch 2: April 17-28; Batch 3: May 1-12; Batch 4: May 15-26; Batch 5: May 29-June 23; and Batch 6: June 26-July 21, 2017; Batches 1-4: 9:00am-12:00 noon (M-F); Batches 5-6 MWF
FEE: P1,400 (Batches 1-4); P1,700 (Batches 5-6)
CONTACTHOLIDAY GYM AND SPA, F. Torres St., DC/Tel. 2223041; (0929)7560559


WHAT: Swim & Survive Program
SCHEDULE: April 3-4, 2017, April 10-14, April 17-21 May 1-5, May 8-12, May 15-19, May 22-26 (April 24-28 is for the North/Central class. Venue: still under negotiation) Five (5) days per batch, two (2) hours per session. Open to Ages 5 years old and above (Adults may have a special class,minimum number of students: eight (8))
FEE: Available upon inquiry
VENUE: Skyline Poolside,Skyline subd., Catalunan Grande DC. (From Bankal,going towards Cat Gr.,After HB1,turn right, approx. 100 meters,green gate at your left.) CONTACT PERSON: 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. 8-9am/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: Water Introduction, Water Exploration, Primary Skills and Stroke Readiness
SCHEDULE: April 3 to June 2, 2017 /Mon-Fri/8-10am/3-5pm or 6-8pm (one course is 2 hours daily for 5 days)
VENUE:  La Piscine, Palm Village, Bo. Obrero, D.C./Garden Oases, Porras St., Bo. Obrero; Forest Hill Garden Resort, Balusong, Diversion Road; Royal Mandaya Hotel, J.Palma Gil St., D.C.; Garden by the Bay, Lanang, D.C.; Bamboo State, Mintal; and Residencia de Fernando, 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 13-24; Batch 2 - March 27-April 7; Batch 3-April 10-21; Batch 4: April 24-May 5; Batch 5-May 8-May 19, 2017; Time: Morning: 6-7am; 730-830am, 830-930am, 930-1030am; Afternoon: 200-300pm, 3:00-4:00pm; 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 Courses for all ages
SCHEDULE/FEE: Available upon request
CONTACT: COACH VASIT VENTURILLO,  0942-487-4680 or 0977-400-6905


Calling all budding chefs ages 8-16 years old!

Want to join a free cooking and baking workshop this summer? Gourmet Bites is giving away two free slots for their culinary workshop! Just answer the question, “How can you be better this summer?” (in not more than 2 paragraphs) and e-mail to on or before March 27, 2017. Winners will be announced on Apri1 1, 2017 through this column.

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LEARN, PLAY, EAT and Sharpen your kid’s talent at Zoofari Kids Adventure!
Summer Class Program to choose from: 
1. Musical Theater
2. Karate 
3. Arts and Craft
4. Digital Photography
5. Print and Ramp Modelling
All summer classes have FREE One(1) Hour Play Pass, FREE Snacks good for 10 sessions, FREE Zoofari Club T-shirt and at the end the kids will showcase their talents at the recital Program at SM City Davao.
Classes starts on April 5 to May 7, 2017.
Enroll now and reserve a seat to improve your kid’s talent. Hurry Up! Spaces are limited and sell out quickly!
Visit Zoofari on Bacaca Rd., or call 226-2909; Mobile no: 09100432919, 09472077714, 09209744572.

Calling all parents: Want your kids to learn a new language this summer?
Contact Sky Langugage Center of Davao at 09194450123.

Limit computer games and Give your kids something to do for summer! Limitless provides the best service in their clean, world class facility to teach your kids discipline and self defense. This will be FUN and WORTH IT!
Contact them at 09439268974.