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Modern Calligraphy Workshop in Cebu Philippines

We our hosting our second workshop in Cebu on March 28. We’re excited to hold this event in our hometown. Please check out the registration form for details. Should you have any questions about the event, feel free to contact us via the Contact Form or send us a private message via our Facebook page.

If you would like to join our Modern Calligraphy Workshop in Cebu Philippines, please fill-up the form below and make payment either by Paypal or by Metrobank bank transfer.



Mar 07 - Modern Calligraphy with The Little Happyshop - (sold out)
Mar 14 - Modern Calligraphy with Public Garden - (sold out)
Apr 25 - Modern Calligraphy with Public Garden - (not open for registration yet)
Apr 26 - Modern Calligraphy - (open, register via the Workshop Page)

Mar 28 - Modern Calligraphy (full)
Mar 29 - Modern Calligraphy (open)
Time: 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Venue: Cebu
Sign-up Form: scroll down to register at the form below


Marix from Scrappalific:
And it was worth it! I signed up from Katrina Alana. I liked the materials they provided, very detailed! She's very knowledgeable in this field and quite experienced so you get to know tips during the class. The class was hands-on and she's helpful in doing a demo.

Jael from Instagram:
With @katrinaalana 🙂 well organised, packaged and paced class. Highly recommended

Kristinel from Instagram:
ending Jan2015 wit smudges participated in Modern Calligraphy Workshop by @katrinaalana today and learned a whole lot from it. While it's good that you do you own researches and watch tutorials online, nothing beats the teacher-student kind of learning. the practice sheets are the best! just what i exactly needed. and oh, that left hand technique revived my almost dying interest in calligraphy... thanks so much Lex and Katrina! hope to see you around. 🙂

Elle from Hey Jayel:
“It was also great because the class was held in smaller groups so Katrina could provide us feedback and advice as we practice our strokes. During the first part of the workshop we covered the differences between Modern and Traditional Calligraphy and also the different materials needed. I loved the tips that she gave us about nibs, inks and pen holders. I learned more in that half hour she was talking then when I did my research online!”


Sign-up for our Modern Calligraphy Workshop

Level: Beginner
Hours: 3.5 hours
Participants: limited to 16 people
Fee: PHP 2,800
Payment Mode: Paypal or Bank Transfer (immediate payment only)
When: March 28, 2015
Time: 1:30 pm
Where: Choi City Seafood Restaurant at the Banilad Town Center

Who is this workshop for?
This workshop is ideal for beginners who would like to learn about Modern Calligraphy. Our goal is to equip you with the basics and the provide you with tools so you can continue learning and practising on your own even after attending our workshop. Our class size is limited so we can allot time for some one on one instruction if necessary.

This class will cover the basics:
- Types of Holders
- Nibs
- Inks
- Papers
- Where to buy supplies
- Exercises
- Writing letters and numbers

Supplies included in the workshop:
- 2 Nibs
- 1 straight holder
- 1 pen bird pen rest
- 15 guide sheets
- 1 practice notebook
- Katrina Alana Modern Calligraphy Alphabet
- 2 bottles of ink
- 1 rubber bottle base

1. RSVP to the Facebook Event:
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2. Fill-up the registration form and deposit/transfer payment:

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 Right Handed Left Handed

Workshop Schedule:
 March 29 - 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Payment Mode (immediate payment)
 Paypal Metrobank Bank Deposit / Transfer

Option 1: Click here to pay via Paypal in SGD $
Option 2: Bank Deposit / Transfer (Please make payment within 24 hours and reply to the email you will receive with the following information)

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2. Please send a photo of the receipt or transaction number with the date and time of transfer.

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Terms and Conditions:

We reserve the right to modify the venue, date or time of the class or cancel the class due to unforeseen circumstances. The organizers reserve the right to decline the registration any participant.

Katrina Alana shall not be responsible for and disclaims all liability for any loss, damage or personal injury of any nature whatsoever which may be suffered by you as a result of or which may be attributable, directly or indirectly, to participation in this activity.

Payment must be made immediately to confirm your slot. If you need more time to complete the payment, please email us at katrina@katrinaalana.com so we can hold the spot for you for 1 day.

Participants who are not able to attend the workshop on the day itself or stay for the entire duration workshop will not be refunded in full, in part or receive store/workshop credits. To receive a full refund, the notice of cancellation must be made at least 5 business days from the event date.

All materials and instruction are copyright of Katrina Alana. Any step-by-step instructions or original course content on the workshop must not be posted online as this is a violation of our intellectual property rights and compensation will required as deemed fit by Katrina Alana.

You authorize Katrina Alana and the event partners to publish photographs taken on this event for Marketing and other company publications for print, online and video formats. You acknowledge that there is no financial compensation for the use of the photos of your name, image or craft creation and release any reasonable expectation of privacy or confidentiality with the associated images.

By participating in this activity, you agree to all these terms and conditions.

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Confirmed Participants List:
1. Xy-na
2. Laarni
3. Melissa Diane

Holiday Hiatus

After swimming with the whale sharks, we had a barbeque seafood at lunch under the tree. This was the view at lunch.

I haven’t blogged in quite some time since we went home for the holidays in December and we were so busy that I couldn’t squeeze in any time to blog at all.

We were meeting friends and family. Going to several parties and the beach. The internet could not entice me to spend more than a few minutes online. I guess that’s the mark of a good vacation.

We’re finally settled in again. Bags have been unpacked and orders have been filled. I’m so excited for the projects we have lined up for 2014. Stay tuned!

Travel Journal: Swimming with the Whale Sharks

We went to Cebu a few weeks ago to attend the wedding of our long time friends and we wanted to squeeze a day trip to Oslob to watch the “Butandings” or whale sharks. We drove over 100 kilometers stopping at Carcar to buy their famous roasted pig or lechon at the wet market and buy puso which is rice cooked in these small woven baskets made from coconut leaves.

Fridge Magnet Souvenir

We were so excited to see them but before you could go out to sea in these small boats, you had to go and sit through a short briefing on what are the dos and don’ts of whale shark watching.

  • Do not touch the butandings
  • Stay at least 3 meters away from the head and 5 meters from the tail.
  • Do not swim near their mouths.
  • No flash photography
  • Do not use sun block since some of the chemical components may be harmful to the butandings
  • The viewing is set for 30 minutes

The following are included in the PHP 500 or about SGD $15 package:

  • Boat ride (non-motorized)
  • Life jacket rental
  • Snorkel rental

Apparently these whale sharks have started appearing in the area in the 80’s. Fishermen would feed them and no one really thought that there was something special about these gentle giants. Then a diver came along and he was so awestruck when he swam with these whale sharks and then news started to spread about them.

small wooden boats used to ferry tourists to the viewing area

We rode on a small non-motorized banka or wooden boat that was good for 8 people. The two fishermen who were with us had to paddle us to the viewing site. Despite all the care that the fishermen are putting in, some whale sharks get wounded when they bump into boats with their fins and tails.

When I first saw a whale shark swim past me I forgot to breathe for while. There were a few of them swimming around that afternoon. I saw one the size of a bus swim a few feet below me.

Butandings or Whale sharks

One fisherman would feed the whale sharks with these small shrimp and the paddle near the boats where the tourists were so they could see them. We were asked not to swim away from the boats and hold on to these bamboo outriggers for our own safety since there was a current in the area.


The fishermen have grown to love these buntandings and they even have names for them. The one that we saw often was called Kulas.

Coming from a third world country, I understand the fishermen who have capitalized on this and made it a tourist attraction. Our seas are not as bountiful as they were before and fishermen are having a hard time making a living. You could hear how grateful and affectionate the fishermen are as they talk about butandings as their friends and saviors. Me, I’m just grateful I had a chance to swim with them just this once.

I found this great documentary by Blue Sphere Media which perfectly captures the sentiment of the local fishermen towards these gentle giants.

Befriending Giants – Whale Sharks of Oslob from Blue Sphere Media on Vimeo.

Kim and Alfon’s Wedding Invitation

We created this custom invitation for our friends, Kim and Alfon. Kim showed me this picture from a library book of a paper cut invitation that she liked and I based the feel of their invitation from that inspiration. The bride wanted an invitation based on her favorite color which is green and she liked the style of the illustration I made for another save the date.

Glassine Envelope with a Silver LT Wax Seal

The seal was made using silver wax beads and a 2 letter seal which is available from our store. The main invitation and insert is printed on linen textured paper. The small reception card is the size of a business card which indicates the venue address and printed at the back of the card is the contact information of the couple as well as their sisters who are in charge of the RSVP. Having the small card handy will be convenient for guest who will be travelling to the mountain side reception venue from the city.

Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño and Magellan’s Cross

We came across old negatives of the photo shoot we did at the downtown area of Cebu City a few years ago. We went to the Sto. Niño Church and Magellan’s cross, which is just a few meters from the church. We got the negatives scanned to a CD from the local photo shop.

The Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño is one of the oldest churches in the country. Most people come here to pray and pledge. The original structure rarely holds mass since it’s too small to accommodate all the church goers. An outdoor structure was built adjacent to the church where mas is now held.

Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño

The Sto. Niño Church is one of those solemn places where you can see parishioners praying fervently. Most folks who come here are devotees to the Sto. Niño and this place is packed every Sunday and on the feast day of the Sto. Niño which is every second Sunday of January. The Sinulog Festival is a huge celebration where there is a grand parade, a lot of church related activities and family gatherings.

Praying to the Saints

There's is usually a child selling candles

You can get your photo taken and claim it from the photographer a few days later

Toys for the well behaved kids after mass

The Magellan’s cross is housed in a chapel next to the Sto. Niño. The original cross is enclosed within another cross to protect it from people trying to chip off a piece to get a souvenir.

Cross within a cross

Map from Sacred Heart to Marco Polo

I’ve had a request a few weeks back for the map we used for our wedding. We’ve uploaded a map that from Sacred Heart to Marco Polo at our flickr account. You should be able to access it after the jump. I have to look for a link for a file sharing site when I’m not so swamped anymore. I’m planning to do a series of maps or illustration of Cebu churches when my schedule clears.

Please link back or comment below if you used the file. Thanks!