Camp, Play, Art Exhibit and Film Showing

Whew! It was a loooong weekend for us. Early Saturday morning, Joshua went off to camp with his cousin Lance in Caliraya. They joined CCF’s camp for Grades 5 & 6 students.

On Saturday afternoon, I brought Daniel and Leland to Fort Bonifacio so they can join in the fun at Nickoledeon’s Let’s Just Play event. They did have fun … and more! I got splashes and dots of pink-colored splats on my shirt from the water gun-squirting kids who ran amuck all over the place. Too bad I forgot to bring an extra shirt.

The two got mini-bag prizes from the Kzone’s Get Wired booth. They played that game where there’s a twisted wire and you have to pass a ring through it without the buzzer sounding. I was amazed that Daniel did it! For posterity, I even video taped the event on my mobile phone.

After waiting in line for almost an hour at the climb and traverse game, we gave up because a lot of kids in front were cutting in line. We proceeded to Salcedo Village where Leland was invited by his CCP art teacher Wayie Canoy to watch animated films from Germany and view the Goethe Institut Manila exhibit in Makati.

It took us a long time waiting for the The Fort bus and got on a taxi instead. We knew we would be late. Thankfully, we got there in time to catch the last seven of fifteen short films that were being shown. Each film has unique story lines that really tickled the senses. Although the audios were in German, English subtitles helped us understand each story and even laugh at the humor injected here and there.

As I stood near the door (because all seats were taken) I looked over at Leland and Daniel, who sat on the floor in front of all the seats in the tiny viewing room and saw their concentration and genuine interest. Afterwards, I was happy to hear my artistic firstborn say, “Thanks Mommy for bringing me here. I got lots of new ideas for my drawings.” I hope those films will really inspire him more. As for Daniel, he enjoyed having his picture taken beside the glass cases of the clay figures that were featured in some of the films.

It was nice talking to all the teachers of Pinoy Animagination. Wayie, in particular, wishes that more Filipino kids be exposed to these other kinds of animation, and not merely those anime and cartoons that are commonly seen on TV. I agree. Those German films, with their weird but thought-provoking storylines, would be great tools to jumpstart children’s imaginations.

The exhibit will run until Friday, Nov. 16 at the 5th floor of Adamson Centre, 121 L.P. Leviste St., Salcedo Village, Makati.. If you want to request for a film showing, call 8170978 and do visit their website at www.goethe.de/manila.

Oh, and if you would like to take a peek at my sons’ artistic abilities, do see their digital drawings using Windows Paint here. Please leave a comment or two so we'd know you dropped by. Thanks!
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