Sunday, July 3, 2011

1st Philippine International Play Festival from Play Pilipinas: BIG DISCOUNT!!!

Below is an e-mail announcement sent to Special Education Philippines by Play Pilipinas 2011 informing everyone about the lowered entry rates to the Play Pilipinas 2011, the 1st Philippine International Play Festival.

Due to an increase in sponsorships, the Play Pilipinas 2011 seminar is now offered at a lower rate with the same inclusions (meals and 1 workshop)

Date of Registration Payment Amount per delegate
July PhP 10,500.00*
August to September PhP 12,000.00
*Applies to currently enrolled students as well.

Play Pilipinas 2011 also have special rates for field trips for teachers and students. The visit to the 1st Interactive Play festival is an enriching experience – visitors can try out new toys, games, listen and watch special programs and demonstrations from sponsors. The package rate for this is as follows:

Number of Visitors Amount per Visitor
Group of 25 - 50 PhP 100.00
Group of 51 - 100 PhP 85.00
Group of 150 & above PhP 70.00

Play Pilipinas 2011's desire and mission to bring the benefits of play to the greater majority. Play Pilipinas 2011 truly wish everyone to avail of this opportunity to take part of a first in the Philippines.

The speakers are well-respected resource persons from Japan, Australia, UK and the Philippines. They will be sharing their unique perspectives on the subject:

Dr. Lourdes "Honey" Carandang (Philippines)- The pioneer of group play therapy for children in the country, Dr. Carandang has spearheaded many research and intervention projects for organizations such as UNICEF, International Labor Organization and our local Department of Social Welfare and Development. (Topic: The Magic of Play)

Mr. Hitoshi Shimamura (Japan) --- A play worker at the Sakai Adventure Playground Park in Tokyo, Mr. Shimamura is also Regional Vice President for East Asia/Pacific of the International Play Association and a member of the Japanese Adventure Playgrounds Association. He is currently involved with Play Tokyo, working for play opportunities affected by the Japan Tsunami. (Topic: Creating Inspiring Playspaces)

Professor Anita Bundy (USA/Australia) --- Known internationally for her work in occupational therapy assessment and intervention, Professor Bundy has published widely and has given lectures and courses on five continents. She is best known for developing theory and research on sensory integration and on play with children who have disabilities. (Topic: Popping the Bubble Wrap: Unleashing the Power of Play)

Professor Geraldine Naughton (Australia) --- A respected pediatric exercise scientist, Professor Naughton's extensive track record includes research grants and publications in musculoskeletal health of intensively training adolescents, injury surveillance of pediatric sports-related injuries, and innovations in family-friendly weight management support for overweight children. (Topic: Engaging Kids to Play)

Ms. Kay Gibbons (Australia) – Is Head of Nutrition Services at Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne, and Honorary Senior Lecturer Monash University. She has a particular interest in issues involving eating and behaviour, including childhood obesity and eating disorders, and the role of children’s early learning about eating. Kay leads the ‘Filling the Gap’ education program, the nutrition and physical activity support for the ‘Kids – Go for your life’ project. (Topic: Nutrition and Active Play)

Dr. Maria Theresa Gustilo-Villasor (Philippines)--- A clinical psychologist by profession, Dr. Villasor is affiliated with the Psychological Association of the Philippines, the American Psychological Association, and the International Council of Psychologists. She also teaches at the Center for Family Ministries (CEFAM) at Ateneo de Manila University, and the Graduate School of Counselor Education in De La Salle University-Manila (DLSU). (Topic: How Adults View Play : Understanding the Developmental Stages of Play)

Dr. Esther Joos-Esteban (USA/Philippines)--- A facilitator of hundreds of parenting and teaching seminars the past 25 years, Dr. Esteban has published several papers on Values Education and Parental Verbal Abuse. She is currently an adjunct professor at Miriam College and at the University of Asia & the Pacific. (Topic: Media and Technology: A friend or a foe of Play?)

Mr. Marcus Veerman (Australia/Thailand) --- A teacher, counselor with 6 years experience teaching children in the outdoors, and 4 years working with teenagers from Hands-on-learning Play Space Design Challenge. Here, the finalists’ designs will each be brought to life on a 100-sqm area --- open to grown-ups and children alike, for one and all to experience and enjoy.

The 3-day festival also has a variety of fairs and exhibits designed for children and adults to fully immerse in the world of play. The World Toys Exhibit showcases the very best of games and toys from different countries around the world. At the Schools Fair, parents will get to know the different approaches to learning and programs available for their children. Then there are also the Toy-, Books-, Children's Nutrition and Children's Fashion Fairs for the general public.

Play Pilipinas 2011 is open to one and all. It’s about time that everyone take play seriously and now is the time!

For the updated registration form, you can send an email to

Should you have further queries or clarifications, Play Pilipinas 2011 will be glad to answer them at telephone no. 470-7677 and look for Karla or by email address

Play Pilipinas 2011 hopes that everyone can join for this pioneering affair. Play Pilipinas 2011 is positive it will be beneficial for Filipino children.

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