Soon this will all be over—Are we better now?

The pandemic has hastened the world’s transition to the digital age. It has also given us more time to reflect and improve ourselves as we spend time in quarantine. Many things have changed, including the education sector. Learning, like a lot of things now, has gone digital. For those with little access to technology, however, this might be counterproductive. Those with enough resources, on the other hand, jump at the opportunity to access more ideas, information, insights, and inspiration. Empower yourself, especially when you are feeling lost or weak or hopeless. Online learning is the greener option, and takes less time and even less effort.

People have more chances to attend online classes now than to do anything else. E-learning comes complete with professors, classmates, virtual classrooms or video platforms for discussion, even certificates. Studying has become more convenient for those who can afford it. Make the most out of your extra time by learning a new skill or two or three, whether you can use those skills now or when all this is over.

Here are some digital courses and events this coming week to enrich ourselves and improve our mental condition in these tragic times, which may, if we let them, leave us in arrested development. Some of these lessons come free. All you need to do is to register.


At one point in our lives, we’ve had a fascination with animation, whether Disney movies, 3D game cut scenes, even Japanese anime. Giving life to images is no easy task. Surviving in the industry is another challenge altogether. To give us an inside look into the world of animation are illustrators, graphic effects artists, and comic creators at the Benilde Animation Festival (BAF). These animation experts will share their inspiring creative journeys and masterpieces through the two-day event organized by the Animation Program of the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde (DLS-CSB).

Vancouver-based After Effects artist and comic creator Raf De Leoz is set to impart his strategies in self-publishing three comics and managing his time and energy to juggle studio work with passion projects, in a portion called “Working for yourself and for a boss.”

In “Authenticity in Creativity: My Art Journey,” art director and DDB Group Philippines multimedia artist Margaux Janelle relays personal career tips. She walks participants through her adventures from working on award-winning campaigns for the Department of Tourism (DOT) and Pepsi Co. to being a children’s book author-illustrator for bestselling kid literature series Gail and Pablo written by Robyn Rodriguez.

“Animator for Monstronauts” is headlined by comic artists and Wirdong Komiks creators Julia Presbitero, Hannah Villanueva, and Maria Karenina aka Nina Gomez. The trio will show participants glimpses of their lives as cartoonists for the local independent game company behind Potion Punch 2 and Sproutle. Julia worked on Carmen Sandiego, the upcoming The Loud House Movie, and Penn Zero, the part-time-hero. Hannah animated Go Astroboy Go, Glitch Techs, and Archibald’s Next Big Thing. Nina rendered her talent for Julius Jr., Jamie’s Got Tentacles as well as Tom and Jerry.

In “Button clicker’s guide to the Magic Realm of CG,” 3D generalist, and WETA digital junior VAD artist James Manlangit unravels years-worth of tricks into honing the discipline. He will immerse the audience into the many dimensions of the discipline from TV shows, commercials, and films.

Feature movie screenings and competitions will be showcased apart from talks on the field of drawing. The event is free, and will take place from Friday to Saturday, July 2 to 3.


A Masterclass in Art Literacy and Applications is also offered by the School of Professional and Continuing Education (SPaCE) of CSB for art educators. The module provides participants with an in-depth understanding of the discipline and its aesthetics, the sources and influences that shaped Philippine art, as well as the significance of art education in the country.

Sessions include discussions on the demystification of art, virtual museum visits, creating an on-site and post-visit guide for gallery, basic cultural mapping, as well as workshops and presentations of online curatorial projects.

Powered by BigSky, the college’s official learning management system, the classes offer both synchronous teaching strategies and asynchronous activities for flexible opportunities. It is facilitated by experienced educators and faculty members Lara Angelica Rosario and Angelica Viceral.

Classes are scheduled every Saturday, July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, and August 7 and 14, 2021. It runs from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Module fee is ₱18,495.


Lazada category director for general merchandise Mariel Caraig headlines a webinar called “The New Normal in Buying Behavior: Offline to Online.” The class delves into the latest developments in e-commerce and the impact of the pandemic on the industry, scheduled this Friday, July 2, from 1 to 2 p.m.

Lazada category director for general merchandise Mariel Caraig

Mariel will explain how the global epidemic shifted the attention of both buyers and consumers into alternative digital platforms and how this change challenged traditional marketing techniques. She is also slated to dive into the explorable key product and e-commerce trends, as well as new online business strategies helpful for entrepreneurs for the years to come. 

With a bachelor’s degree in Clothing Technology from the University of the Philippines, Mariel rendered her expertise as buyer and merchandising head for top Philippine retailers and brands like SM, Rustan’s, and For Me. She also served as local market buyer for Target Corp’s global sourcing arm.

Click here to register.


Carry the artistry of Ballet Philippines wherever you may be. BP Onstream or is Ballet Philippines latest online component. Available on the new website are exercise tutorials, lectures, and masterclasses by the renowned dancers from all over the world.

The webpage also ushers in the 51st season of the troupe. Mikhail “Misha” Martynyuk officially takes over the post of BP artistic director, welcoming the season by introducing free Masterclasses. All one has to do is access the site and check out the video gallery. Also included are lectures and masterclasses from world-renowned masters, including George Birkadze, Eduard Akhmetshin, Igor Kolb, Shlyapina Galina Arkadyevna, Victoria Ananyan, Joy Annabelle Womack, and our very own Lisa Macuja-Elizalde.

Source: Manila Bulletin (