As the popular the proverb goes, “Give a man a fish and you’ll feed him for a day; teach a man how to fish and you’ll feed him for a lifetime.” And this is just what Workshop Central aims to do… metaphorically, of course.
Spearheaded by Ms. Katherine Song of NLKLC and Ms. Mai Fianza-Sarmiento of The Hand Maid PH, Workshop Central kicked off with a lineup of workshops and a couple of pop up sales last September until early October.
They invited a variety of artists, hobbyists, and even entreprenuers, each equipped with their own specialties to share some of their skills to creative minds and willing hands.
Some of these workshops were free, such as a basic ukelele workshop, taught by Sir Mark, which was one of the first workshops held.
Even we from Where To, Baguio got the privilege to teach an intimate crowd on the fundamentals of blogging, where we covered writing, photography, editing, and other blogging tips.
In a magical two hours, Ms. Katherine Song enlightened her students how to read and write in Korean, which was a lot simpler than we thought!
Ms. Candy Reyes-Alipio from The Knitting Expedition shared her story about how she started her social enterprise with women from a town in Ifugao. She also gave some pointers to consider on starting your own business with a cause.
Architecture student and artist Keziah Dacaimat shared her watercoloring techniques and taught her students how to achieve different textures and effects on paper.
Entrepreneur Ms. Jag Fernando from Accessoryholics gave pointers to small business owners on the do’s and don’ts of marketing for online businesses, as well as pointers on the different online marketplaces.
Dr. Larla Mae Lapena taught both kids and grown ups how to make paintings with coffee as well as coffee’s therapeutic properties. Dr. Larla is also part of GINTO Baguio, a BCNHS Alumni program that teaches art to less privileged children.
Ms. Ana Kristina Badon believes that precious stones have healing properties. In her personalized crystal jewelry workshop, she taught how to make advantage of these crystals by turning them into gorgeous accessories.
Ms. Mai Fianza-Sarmiento taught some customers during the pop up sale how to make cloth-based accessories such as braidy bands, fabric flowers, and eyelet scarfs with simple materials you can find around the house.
Ms. Katherine also used watercolor as her medium in her workshop on brush calligraphy, which is useful for making hand-made invitations or beautifying your journal entries.
Baguio is full of creative and passionate people, and Workshop Central taps into this talent to create a community where skills can be spread and shared to anyone and everyone. (because sharing is caring!) If you’re a hobby hoarder or simply looking to learn a new skill to improve your trade, stay tuned to Workshop Central’s next lineup of activities by following them on Facebook.