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  • International Conference to Tackle Issues on Children’s Play and Development this October 21 to 23

    Learn more about the beauty and value of play for a child’s development through talks from experts from all over the world.
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    Dr. Honey Carandang of the MLAC Institute,  a pioneer in group play therapy and family therapy in the Philippines., and Dr. Ma. Teresa Gustillo-Villasor, a leading practitioner in the area of clinical child and adolescent psychology and psychotherapy in the Philippines, will also be in the panel of speakers.  

    Dr. Esther Joos Esteban, a sought after facilitator of parenting and teaching seminars both in the Philippines and the United States, has written extensively on children and education as well as parental and verbal abuse.  Her presentation at the conference will focus on media and children’s play.    

    One of the thought leaders in the area of play in the Asia-Pacific region, Japan’s Hitoshi Shimamura, will speak about creating inspiring play spaces.  He is the founder of Tokyo Play, a regional organization for play campaign and policy recommendation and has given a variety of lectures workshops and trainings for playworkers, parents, and educators in China, Sweden, Germany, UK, Canada and Brazil, aside from his native Japan.

    International furniture designer Kenneth Cobonpue will give a presentation on harnessing creativity.  An industrial designer known for his signature designs in natural fibres and materials, his work is noted for the use of rattan, buri, bamboo, and abaca.

    Play Pilipinas offers three full days to learn new developments from experts, gain insights from best practice in the field and network with concerned groups and individuals from academe, business and civil society.  For registration details and to know more about how to participate in the conference, log on to playpilipinas.org.

    Photography by David Hanson Ong

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