Unleashing Your Inner Artist

For those looking to indulge their creativity, there are a variety of options available throughout Metro Manila.

Days seem to pass by too quickly nowadays. But in the middle of everything that keeps you busy during hectic work days, it would be nice to spend some time exploring and developing your creativity. Thankfully, there are a number of short lessons, courses, and workshops you can sign up for all around the Metro. Whether you’re looking to indulge your itch to perform, discover your inner artist, explore the world of fashion design, or just discover your own creative style, here are some of Pursuit of Passion’s recommendations on how you can express yourself in your spare time.

Write It Out


An elegant pastime from a more civilized age, calligraphy is a great way to practice creative expression.

A form of writing with a grounding in visual art, calligraphy has seen an increase in popularity in recent years, a form of handcrafting in a digital age where the only thing in your way is your beginner level of skill as you refine your technique.

Ranging from functional inscriptions and designs to fine-art pieces, calligraphy has many applications in formal and casual settings.

You can take your own shot at calligraphy by signing up for lessons by TheFozzyBook. Fozzy Castro-Dayrit, a former advertising executive, holds 3-hour beginner workshops which she calls “Oh Hello.” For only P2,000, you can learn the basic strokes and techniques for pointed-pen calligraphy with your own notebook, a practice booklet, nibs and a holder, plus a bottle of ink.

You can inquire about the schedule of classes here.

Channel The Van Gogh In You


At Sip & Gogh, guests are invited to partake of wine and make some art – the perfect combination!

There’s a place in the Metro that gives you the privilege to enjoy two of the best things in life: wine and art. Whether you’re feeling fancy or artsy, or just looking for a fun activity to try with your friends, Sip & Gogh is the perfect place for you to kick start your next hobby. You can find branches in Ayala Heights, Eastwood, Kapitolyo (near Avida Towers Centera), Alabang, or in Atelier. After your session, you might be surprised to find yourself wanting to come back to work on your next canvas!

Reserve a spot and unleash your inner Van Gogh today!

Get Crafty!


Roll up your sleeves and dive into the world of handicrafts.

For those who think that they are not creative enough to create beautiful things, there’s a community of artisans, crafters, designers, and creative entrepreneurs who can help you appreciate and celebrate “the work of your hands.” For Craft MNL, everyone is welcome to try their hand at learning, creating, and sharing their works with the world.

At Craft MNL’s virtual space, you can find a selection of craft events and workshops near you, ranging from paper craft and sculpting, to jewelry making and even home decorating!

Standing Up For Improv


Find out how quick you are on your feet in the wild world of improvisational theater.

Turn your silliness and goofiness into an art form. Improvisational theatre, or improv for short, lets you live in the moment and perform theater without a written script. Isn’t that awesome? Here, you get to collaborate with your co-actors in creating the dialogue, action, story, and characters right in the center stage! If you think you have what it takes, Silly People’s Improv Theater (SPIT) holds regular workshops that can help you not only overcome your stage fright, but also “tickle your imagination in style.”

Work It On A Stage


Hit the boards and perform your heart out with the nation’s premier theater group.

Who says creativity can only be seen on paper, walls, and canvases? Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) holds year-round theater workshops for working professionals and college students. Believe it or not, attending these sessions would give you a break from all the stress you get throughout the week. For those living around the neighborhood, the workshop has 20 sessions where you get to unleash your creativity and artistic theater skills for 6 hours with the country’s best theater instructors.

Click here for more information on PETA’s Workshop Weekends.

It’s never too late to learn more and find a creative niche where you would fit well. It’s just a matter of continuously trying different things and exploring your abilities. Take time to harness and express your creativity no matter how busy life gets, as a diversion or a distraction. Not only do you get to discover more of yourself—you might also discover what you’re truly passionate about.