Who said summer workshops are just for kids?


While beaching and traveling are default go-to summer activities, here are a few alternatives to spend your free time if ever you plan on making this vacation a self-improvement stay-cation.


Take photos, make animated films, and design websites.

De La Salle-College of St. Benilde’s School of Design and Arts offers short courses on web design and 3D animation. They also have individual photography courses like basic digital photography and video editing.

Aside from CSB, Philippine Center for Creative Imaging offers similar classes and more, such as photojournalism and desktop publishing.


Become a filmmaker and/or film critic.

Instead of binge-watching movies on your own, hit two birds with one stone by enrolling at the UP Film Institute’s seminars and learn how to critique your favorite films. Or if you are a budding filmmaker yourself, attend their scriptwriting, cinematography, and editing workshops.


Give your place a makeover.

Redecorating your place to celebrate the new year might be too late for now, but it still won’t hurt to give your place a makeover. The School of Fashion and the Arts is also offering workshops on interior designing—perfect for last-minute house parties.

They also have a course on how to become a gracious hostess for informal and formal events.


Take blogging seriously.

Aside from fashion-related courses and interior designing, SoFA also offers a blogging workshop.


Create Foldabots.

In case you’re wondering what they are, Foldabots are not your ordinary foldable robots found at the back of cereal boxes: They are “heroic transforming robots who strive to protect all life and Neo-Republika from Lu-Sho and the Lutabots.” Ayala Museum is offering a workshop on it,  for kids (and kids at heart) aged seven and above! We just hope there is no age limit for that.


Write your heart out.

Say goodbye to writer’s block with Ayala Museum’s writing workshops on travel and creative writing. Ateneo is still looking for fellows for its 13th National Writers’ Workshop set on May 11-15, 2015.


Stretch and pose.

Aside from teaching art and design classes, CSB also offers yoga classes for those who wish to become instructors.


Cook delicious meals.

Chef Gene Gonzalez’s Center for Asian Culinary Studies offers a month-long course on Asian Cuisine, along with cooking and baking classes for kids.


Mix cocktails.

Instead of drinking out with your buddies, try taking this bartending class from Magsaysay Center for Hospitality and Culinary Arts and impress your friends with your newfound beverage know-how.


Perform on stage.

A lot of theater groups offer acting workshops every summer. The Philippine Educational Theater Association has a workshop for all ages, such as improv theater.


Get your hands dirty.

Good with your hands? The UP College of Fine Arts offers classes in drawing, painting, and pottery.


Dance, dance, dance.

If you are planning on a much more physical vacation for you and your friends, dance classes might just be your thing. ACTS Academy in Mandaluyong offers individual classes in hip-hop, jazz, and contemporary dance. If you are still clueless on what dance genre to take, Airdance will make it easier for you by combining contemporary, jazz, hip-hop, adult ballet, aerial silk, and aerial hoop in one class.


Swim like a mermaid.

Bring Ariel and Dyesebel to life and do away with typical swimming classes by enrolling in a mermaid swimming class. The Philippine Mermaid Swimming Academy also has a Mermaid Fitness class for water-loving gym buffs.


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