Celebrities and their summer schools

Filed under: Features — admin at 2:25 pm on Friday, April 10, 2009

Ngayong summer, hindi totoo and chismis na ang pinagkaka-abalahan lang ng mga artista ay pumunta ng Boracay at gumawa ng gulo doon.

The story “Actor-model Andrew Wolfe detained in Boracay for alleged robbery” is just an isolated case. The truth is that many stars are busy doing productive things, like sharing their talents especially to children by putting up summer schools for dancing, acting, taekwondo, singing, and swimming.

Here are some of them:

When Regine started her career fifteen years ago, she was already a superb dancer. Show business trained her talent even more and years of training turned talent into technique.


She started teaching this technique to her children and now is reaching out to more children through her dance studio which is situated in her home in Doña Victoria Avenue, New Manila.

Regine also has many great dancing instructors in case she cannot teach due to her tapings in GMA-7 and ABC 5.

There are three dance groups where you can join: the kids (5-8 years old), pre-teens (9-12), and teens (13 and up). Her studio teaches a fusion of all types of dances, like hip-hop, ballet, Hawaiian, gymnastics, belly dancing, Latin ballroom, Tahitian, cheerleading, even modeling and hosting with Miss Regine and other top professional dancers and choreographers in the country.

Tuition fee is Php 5,500 for 12 sessions. For more details please call 723-8289 or visit Regine’s Dance Studio at #47 Victoria Street cor. 12th street, New Manila.

Before Monsour joined Filipino and international movies, he was already a taekwondo champion.

Under Master Sung, Monsour has attained a Korean 8th Dan Taekwondo Black Belt. He was ranked first in the Philippines in the Lightweight Division while he was on the Philippine National Taekwondo Team, and was an eight-time National Lightweight champion.


He earned several medals in the 14th and 15th Southeast Asian Games,  10th Asian Games, and reached the quarterfinal round during the 1988 Seoul Olympiad.

Along with Stephen Fernandez, Del Rosario established the Olympians Tae Kwon Do Training Center, a taekwondo school located at 2nd Floor Amber Place, #19 Bayani Road Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City. Please call 889-5463 for summer program, Mon-Sat, rate is P5,500.


Would you like to learn singing and theater techniques from the singers and actors of the Miss Saigon in London?

Husband and wife tandem, Robert Seña and Isay Alvarez starred in numerous West End theater musicales in London. When their kids started growing up, they decided to come back to the Philippines. Robert and Isay recently starred in the Cory Aquino musicale with Isay as Cory Aquino and Robert Seña as President Marcos.


With partner Tricia Amper-Jimenez, a voice graduate of U.P. Conservatory of Music, proper voice technique will really be taught to kids and adults. Spotlight Artists Centre formally opened on July 26 last year. Its “simple” mission statement—”to develop talents: singing, dancing, acting, total performance.”


(Photo: Noel Orsal)

Spotlight Artists Centre is located at Basement 122 Doña Consolacion Bldg., Jupiter St., Makati City. For details, call Yssa at 899-8089. This summer, there is a kiddie theater and musical workshop with a culminating theater program. Fifteen sessions cost Php 7840. One-on-one voice lessons are Php 5,600 for ten sessions.

Sabi nga ni Robert Sena, “Everyone is in spotlight,”.

Who could forget this Ang TV star’s songs “Bakit Nga Ba Mahal Kita,” “Dahil Mahal Na Mahal Kita,” and her soulful remake of “You,” which topped the charts during the ‘90s.

I was the “crazy teacher” in the star-studded batch of ABS-CBN’s Ang TV that included Claudine Barretto, Jolina Magdangal, Rica Peralejo, Lindsay Custodio, Victor Neri and Angelu de Leon and Roselle Nava. Sixteen years ago, Roselle already stood out as the most outstanding vocalist.

Last year, she put up MUZIK Korner  and is happy that she now has a hand in developing love for music in kids, sharing with them what she knows, and giving the opportunity for them to showcase their talents through recitals organized by her school.

“It is my way of giving back to the music industry, so making money from this venture is not my priority,” Roselle told me when we had a show in Catarman (Northern Samar). “Also, I have always believed that spending time and energy learning musical skills would lead the youth away from drugs or harmful company,” she added.


(Photo: Paul Mata)

Rosel has two schools, one in Sucat and One in Quezon City. For details please call 441-0883 and 710-4754 (QC)/ 809-7298 (Sucat). Rates: Php 7,850 for 16 sessions of two hours.

Although I am not a swimming gold medalist, I partnered with the pioneers of swimming instruction, The Lozadas (Mario Lozada in particular) to put up a swimming school in my home five years ago.


The previous owner of the home I bought here in New Manila already had a swimming pool and opened his pool for swimming lessons every summer. He was hoping I continue the tradition for the children in the village. Tamang-tama, nilapitan ako ni Mario Lozada, so I thought, sacrificing my privacy every summer wouldn’t  hurt if so many kids can protect themselves from drowning.

As early as six months, tinatapon na ni Atty. Lozada si Lia sa swimming pool naming along with other infants. Ngayon, parang isda na anak ko lumangoy. Minsan kasing langsa din ng isda ‘pag nabilad ng araw sa park. Hahaha!

Ten sessions are as low as Php 3,800 for kids ages 3.5 and above. For infants till three years old, special sessions at Php 4,000.

My pool has a roof so hindi masa-sunburn ang mga anak ninyo. For details please call the Lozada Swimming Schools at 723-4347. Look for Lucy, she’s in charge of my branch.