Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Oct 10: Origami and gift wrapping workshop at Museo Pambata

Origami and Japanese gift wrapping workshops for children and adults will be held at Museo Pambata on Saturday, October 10, in cooperation with Sinag Arts Foundation.

The workshops will be facilitated by Etsuko Muneshige, a Japanese arts and crafts expert. She is the coordinator of the Japanese Wrapping Association.

Children and adults will learn the art of paper folding created and made famous by the Japanese. Origami is not only appreciated for its history but for its many uses and benefits. It is a hobby that costs very little and is known to increase focus and concentration. Origami is taken up by people who need to improve their psychomotor skills as is keeps the fingers busy. Origami has also been known to improve memory, logical reasoning and patience.

Gift-wrapping in Japan is historically related to good manners in gift-giving. The Japanese gift wrapping ritual is rich in symbolism which are shown through intricate pleats, flaps and hinges. The Japanese appreciates gift wrapping for its environmental benefits, through "Furoshiki," or using fabric as a gift wrapper.

Fees and schedule of the workshops are as follows: Origami for Kids (ages seven and above only) 10:00-10:45 am, P250. Origami for Adults (ages 19 and above) 11:00 am to 12 noon, P700. Furoshiki Giftwrapping Workshop - 1:30 to 3:30, P700. Fees are inclusive of materials. There is limited seating for all workshops. Call 5231797 to 98 or email info@museopambata.org to reserve a seat.

Museo Pambata is located along Roxas Blvd. corner South Drive in Manila. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sundays. It is closed Mondays and official holidays.

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