Work at Home Weekend 2014, the work-at-home event of the year

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You know, I began the WAHMderful Community as a small group on Facebook of about less than 10 moms. I called it “Manila Work-at-Home Moms,” because all the WAHMs I knew of were based in Manila. That was early 2012, when I bought this domain name, “,” and started dreaming about a community of like-minded women who believed in the lifestyle of “making a living while making a home.”

In the beginning, a handful were there to help the first-ever gathering/workshop of work at home moms:

The first batch of WAHMs, during the planning stages of the very first WAHMderful Life Workshop: (L-R) Marge, me, Toni, and Michelle.

The first batch of WAHMs, during the planning stages of the very first WAHMderful Life Workshop: (L-R) Marge, me, Toni, and Michelle.


The “originals” of the WAHMderful Workshops, during our first ever WAHMderful Workshop on Oct 26, 2012: Ginger Arboleda of Manila Workshops (our workshop director); yours truly (;; Marge Aberasturi a.k.a. “The Happy WAHM“; Jenn Tan, a.k.a “The Techie Mom“. Seated: Toni Tiu ( and Michelle Padrelanan (

It’s been two good years. And we’ve just been growing bigger as a community! Today, our private and exclusive Facebook community of work-at-home moms — those who’ve been to our workshops and were part of that initial community of Manila-based WAHMs — number well over 1,000 members. We’ve been told it is one of the most nurturing, supportive and genuinely thoughtful Facebook communities ever:

Our exclusive, invitation-only community for WAHMs. Request an invitation at

Our exclusive, invitation-only community for WAHMs. Request an invitation at

Through the years, we have encouraged, pray for, and challenged each other as homebased workers. We have laughed together, cried together, empathized with one another. We have had dozens of workshops on every aspect of being a work-at-home professional, thanks to Manila Workshops, who produces these events. We have challenged each other even in other aspects, such as health and wellness, all for the better.

If you have been looking for a community to belong to, as a work at home individual, then join us. Whether you’re a mom or not, we are YOUR tribe because we fully understand and live the lifestyle each day of the work-at-home professional.

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Our annual Work at Home Weekend, last October 2013.

It’s time to meet up, all work-at-homies!

This October 25, 2014, at the Insular Life Multi-purpose Hall, the WAHMderful Life Community and Manila Workshops bring you the Work-at-Home Weekend Expo. Not just for moms anymore! It will be the first time that we will bring together all aspiring and budding work-at-home individuals will get together to learn more about running a business, being a topnotch freelancer, and excellence in location-independent work. It will also give work-at-home professionals, homebased, and online businesses the opportunity showcase each of their products or services.

We are inviting you to come and join us!

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This event is Co-Presented by Unilab.

There will be very inspiring speakers and booth exhibitors to visit during the event. Topics for the expo will be:

  • Business Ideation: Profitable Business Ideas by Jeff Cua
  • How to Land Your First Virtual Assistant Gig by Clarissa Hana Pangan
  • How to Create a Winning Business Plan & Reach Your Perfect Clients
  • How to Get (and Keep!) Your Freelance Writing Jobs by Tina Rodriguez
  • How To Succeed & Not Suck at Social Media Management
  • Money Smarts: Beginner Level Investing & Personal Finance by Fitz Villafuerte
  • Legalizing Your Business the Hassle-Free Way by Dandy C. Victa
  • Retail Therapy: How to Set Up Your Import Business & Make Your Sales
  • Computer 101: How to use and care for your investment by Jennyfer Ang Tan
  • Be a Photo Editor: Basic Photo Editing & Photography Jobs by Kimberley Timbol-Reyes
  • Managing your Kids while Working at Home by Mariel Uyquiengco
  • Eating Right & Easy Meals when you’re a Busy-holic by Lourdes Labii

The fees are the following:

Entrance Fee (will not attend any talk; fees apply to those who are
21 years old and above only. Children are free to enter): Php 100

Workshop pass (need not pay entrance fee separately):

  • Php 350 to attend 1 class/topic
  • Php 900 to attend 3 classes/topics
  • Php 1,500 for an unlimited class pass  (Outstanding value!!)

Incentive: Those who pay for this workshop will get to attend the remaining Mastermind Sessions to be held on August 30, September 27 and October 4, for FREE.

Also, Bee Happy Crafts and Party Supplies will be raffling off a Start Your Own Crafting Business supply set on the day of the event for those who sign up for the talks! Check out what’s inside the business package!

Win a ticket to the WAH Expo!

Want to attend the Work at Home Expo for free? All you have to do is join this contest, and you could win one (1) unlimited class pass worth Php1,500, to attend ALL the talks you want on October 25!  Just follow these mechanics:

1. “Like” the following Facebook pages:

  • Manila Workshops
  • WAHMderful Community of Work at Home Moms

2. Follow the following on Twitter (Bonus point!

  • @ManilaWorkshops
  • @WAHMderful

3. Follow us on Instagram (Bonus point!)

  • @manilaworkshops

4. Leave a comment below, with the following:

  1. Your Facebook username
  2. Your Twitter username
  3. Your Instagram username
  4. Your email address (please put it on the comment field)
  5. Your comment on WHY you want to attend the Work-at-Home Weekend!

Winners will be announced by September 29th, 2014! So join now — it’s so easy!

Learn How to Succeed as a Freelancer (Workshop)

Manila Workshops and Freelance Blend are happy to bring back the highly successful Freelancing for Beginners 1.0 Workshop on September 27, 2014 (Saturday) from 10am to 5pm at vOffice Fort Legend, BGC due to the tremendous response they have received from the first run last August 16, 2014.To those who missed the first run, this is another great opportunity for you to learn the basicsof freelancing from the leading influencers in the freedom business landscape.

Marv de Leon of, will again be the main speaker for the event. Back as panelists to answer all your freelance career questions are the Freelancer Experts: Fitz Villafuerte, RFP – Personal Finance Guru and author of the new book, The Ready To Be Rich Guide to Investing, Ginger Arboleda – Marketing Expert, pro-blogger and serial entrepreneur, and Nica Mandigma -Virtual Administration Expert, co-organizer of Freelance Blend and blogger.


During the workshop, these experts will teach you how to craft your very own winning Freelancer Selfie and then have the rare opportunity to be critiqued by our Freelancer Experts — it’s like being a contestant in “The Voice”! What’s more, the winner of the Best Freelancer Selfie will win a special prize from Freelance Blend and Manila Workshops.

Are you ready for the challenge? Are you ready to “Choose Yourself” and launch your very own freelance business?

Hurry, slots are limited and the registration will close once it fills up. Furthermore, the learning fee will increase after September 20, 2014.

About the Workshop

Freelancing for Beginners 1.0 The Rerun is a one-of-a-kind workshop that will help you discover your freelancer personality, learn practical tips on how to earn from home and empower you to turn freelancing into a part-time career or into a full-time freedom business.

Here are some of the topics to be discussed during the workshop:

  • Are You Fit To Freelance?
  • The Good and The Bad Side of Freelancing
  • Freelancer Selfie: Biz Plan + Digital Portfolio
  • The Freelancer Toolkit
  • How to Find the Right Clients
  • How to Price Your Services

At the end of Freelancing for Beginners 1.0 The Rerun, absolute beginners and not-so beginners to the world of freelancing will be able to:

  • Craft a winning Digital Portfolio that will attract paying clients.
  • Pick the brains and be inspired by our Freelancer Experts in the areas of personal finance, marketing, administration and entrepreneurship.
  • Get constructive criticism from our Freelancer Experts on your freelance business plans and on your Digital Portfolio.
  • Take The 7 Action Steps that will lead you towards your freedom business.
  • Network and become part of an exclusive and private freelancer support group: The Freelance Blend MasterMind Group.

Here is a testimonial from one of the attendees:

The workshop was a great source of information on the whole concept of freelancing. Not only did it address a lot of questions for interested ones like me but also provided a list of reminders to manage one’s expectations. I appreciate how organized it was and how generous in sharing knowledge the people involved are.

Kate Adajar – Marketing Professional / Freelance Ilustrator (

About the Speaker:

Marv de Leon is the founder of the Philippines’ premier freelancer community, Freelance Blend. He is also the host of the top business and career podcast in iTunes, Freelance Blend Podcast, and writes for Marv is a graduate of Bachelor of Science in Commerce Major in Business Management at the De La Salle University, Taft. He is currently an executive of a global financial services company, a serial entrepreneur, a graphic designer, a loving husband and a hands-on father of two kids. He is planning to retire early to focus on family, graphic design, business, and helping Filipinos fulfill their dreams through freelancing and freedom business.

Event Details:

Date: Saturday, Sept 27, 2014
Time: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Venue: vOffice Philippines, 10-L Fort Legend Tower, 31st Street and 2nd Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig (Across St. Luke’s BGC)

Learning Fee:

Regular Rate – P1,800
Early Bird Rate – P1,200 (until September 20, 2014 only)
Group Rate (3 persons) – P1,000 per person
Freelance Blend Member – P1,000
Persons With Disability – P1,000

Hurry, slots are limited and we will be closing the registration upon reaching maximum capacity. Moreover, the learning fee will increase to the Regular Rate on September 20, 2014.

Where it all began: The WAHM 101 Workshop

In October of 2012, we held our first workshop ever for the work-at-home moms in Manila. We had a full house — 45 women in all — who came together to know more about the meaning of working from home and making a home. It’s hard to believe that after two years, and ten workshops later, we’re still here! And from the initial 45 workshoppers, our online community of WAHMs has boomed. We’re over 1,200 members in our private online community on Facebook, and we’re growing more and more.

We started with a panel of “guest WAHMs”:

We grew from workshop to workshop. We reached an attendance of 70+ at one time:

And we just kept on going, until the community began to connect with one another. Some formed business partnerships, others found job leads through our Facebook groups, and even started doing their own learning events and workshops. Through time, our Facebook group gained a reputation for being one of the most genuine and supportive online groups for local work-at-home moms.

All this makes us happy. It’s been a good two years! And we only want to get better and better.

From the first 101 workshop, much has happened, and a lot has changed in terms of what we know now about the WAHM landscape. That’s why this workshop is an updated version of the first one we did last year, the very first time we connected and communed with the WAHMs here in Manila:

We’re excited to see you on June the 28th! The early bird rate is a super steal at Php1,000, and comes with lunch and your workshop materials. We’ve never offered the workshop this low before, and considering that the content is wholly different from our first workshop, we know that you won’t want to miss this, even if you were there on the first run last October 2012.

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We’ll be talking about:

  • how to make the jump from working girl to WAHM (actual steps we took to transition)
  • how to create a need for your services, even if you have never worked from home before. (strategies on creating your own job, so that you will use your skills to start working from home, even if you’re still employed)
  • what you can learn from real WAHMs who’ve made mistakes but have risen to experience success in the work at home lifestyle. You’ll learn from our panel of three very special and inspiring WAHMs!

Plus, you’ll be getting goodies from our sponsor, Unilab!

We hope to see you there with the other WAHMs in Manila! You can sign up right away:

Start Your Year Right as a Work at Home Woman this 2014!

Start the year right! It will be an exciting year especially for us, work-at-home moms/dads (and even single peeps) and for those who are planning to work-from-home this 2014! There will be a lot of classes in store for you and the first workshop will be on January! and the collaborated to bring you the first workshop for 2014, entitled the WAHMderful Year-Starter. This workshop will be on January 18, 2014 from 10AM to 4PM. The venue will be at Insular Life Makati Multi-Purpose Hall, 12th Floor, Insular Life Building, Ayala Avenue corner Paseo De Roxas, Makati City.

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Our FIRST WAHMderful Life workshop for 2014 is going to be epic! We’ll have a half-day TIME MANAGEMENT strategy workshop, so you can eliminate stress and launch into your success this 2014! We’ll also have a morning brand & portfolio session, where you’ll learn how to get the clients you deserve.

The speakers for this event are Ms. Martine De Luna ( and Teresa Dumadag (

Learning Fee:

Early Bird Rate: Php 1200 per participant (sign up and pay before January 10, 2014)
Regular Rate: Php 1500 per participant (rate on January 11 onwards)
Group Rate: Php 1000 for 3 participants (Kindly form your own group)

*Pay via BPI, UnionBank or Paypal
*Includes handouts, lunch and snacks and a Certificate of Attendance
*Early Bird Registrants gets a FREE Learning Circle Card which entitles you to a 10% on all workshops of Manila Workshops for 2014

We really hope to see you there! Sign up now by using this form below:

A WAHMderful Weekend – Inspired and Blissed Out!

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The WAHMderful “WAHMies” who attended the weekend celebration and learning day last Oct. 27. Photo courtesy of MR Lightworks Photography

It was an awesome day last October 27! The ladies of the WAHMderful Community got together to celebrate one year of the WAHMderful Workshops, and to learn as a sisterhood from some of the most passionate mentors in the work-at-home community.

I cannot express my joy enough at how the event wrapped up one beautiful year in a metaphoric “bow.” To give a brief rundown, here’s what comprised the last 12 months of this community:

  • We’ve had a wonderful year of events with Manila Workshops, who make each workshop possible. Even some of our WAHMs in the community have begun to work in Manila Workshops, like Patty Cuyugan, our tireless and “Darna” event director for each WAHMderful Workshop!
  • We’ve made friends within the community, some of which have borne fruit in terms of collaborations and partnerships, like Marge Aberasturi a.k.a The Happy WAHM and Jennyfer Tan, who are now partners in business through VA Support Pro.
  • We’ve become channels of blessings to other WAHMs within the community. We’ve helped our fellow sisters in the WAHMderful life to get hired as virtual assistants, writers, community managers, graphic designers, and more. I’ve had the pleasure of working with some WAHMs, like Veronica Cosio, Rigette Osoteo, and Sammy Tan, who are also members of our community.
  • We continue to grow and impact the local social media sphere as one of the most active and authentic online communities for work at home moms in Manila. (I do hope we grow and branch out to touch other countries!)

We don’t just support one another. We truly love one another! And this was evident during the WAHMderful event last Sunday. As the emcee for the day, I was doubly blessed to be able to meet the wonderful ladies who came, and to be able to give a talk as well. It was all a blur to me when the day ended (because I still blank out when I give talks, though people said they liked my talk!). But as the days have passed, and the post-weekend “high” has lingered, I’ve been able to take a step back and see that, yes, it was a great day for the WAHMs.

I’d like to thank —

  • Ginger and Patty of Manila Workshops — You ladies are awesome. These events for the WAHMs in Manila would never have been possible without the Manila Workshops team! I am SO looking forward to our workshops for 2014, which I know will rock the house as they did in 2013! Thank you for your tireless work to make things happen!
  • Our speakers, Apa Alviar, Yeng Remulla, and Ginger (again!) — Thanks for sharing your wisdom and insights. We were SO filled up, and we can’t wait to act on what we’ve learned. Thank you, Apa, for teaching us to discover our core, our heart as WAHMs, and for challenging us to firm up our missions. Thank you, Ginger, for the practical tips on entrepreneurship; you are truly a woman of many talents! Thank you, Yeng, for stirring us up to start something amazing as WAHMs; we’re all the more challenged to take action and really start a revolution, both as a movement and in our lives as mothers, as work-at-home moms.
  • Our “Huddle Up” coaches, Marge Aberasturi, Jenn Tan, Teresa Gumap-as Dumadag, Jayme Gatbonton — Thank you, ladies, for sharing your knowledge freely and generously! You are some of the most inspiring WAHMs, and we learned so much from your consultations, your personal experiences, your struggles and challenges as WAHMs. We’re all the better for knowing you all!
  • Our sponsors — DSM, Unilab, PLDT, Alta, CalChews, Xend, Insular Life, Toccare Spa, and our booth sponsors Kooky Loopy, A La Mode, Happy Finds, Pamper Me Pink: Thank you so greatly for supporting this event and making it happen! Your partnership made everything work — and work splendidly! Thank you especially to MR Lightworkz Photography for capturing our event so vividly and candidly: We would not have been able to enjoy the memories without you!

Finally, thank  you to ALL the ladies who attended the WAHMderful Weekend. Without you, we would not have a community; without you, we would not have been able to forge on with the mission to “make a living while making a home.” It’s because of ALL of you, dear participants, that we exist, that these workshops are what they are.

Here’s to your bliss, your “starts”, your missions, your “aha” moments, and your bliss!

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Learn from the Best in Life – Work – Freedom: Keynote Speakers for WAHMderful Weekend

We’re SO excited to present you with our Keynote Speakers for the WAHMderful Weekend! These speakers are among the best in the fields of entrepreneurship, work-life integration, goal achievements, freelancing, and creative living.

We’re honored to have high-acclaimed author and entrepreneur YENG REMULLA of I am a Productive Pinoy! and Start Learning PH as one of our Keynote Speakers for the WAHMderful Weekend! An entrepreneur, best-selling author, public speaker — as well as a husband & dad — Yeng is an advocate of entrepreneurship, arts, and lifelong learning.

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Want to accomplish your FINANCE GOALS, your FAMILY DREAMS, and even your PERSONAL DESIRES? Then you have to be at APA ALVIAR’S session on “Life Purpose Planning” this October 27 at the WAHMderful Weekend! Apa is a certified Human Resources Facilitator, and specializes in helping individuals — especially moms & dads — achieve their goals exuberantly! He’ll help you tune into your Life Purpose, so that you can grow towards success as a WAHMie!

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Do you want to make more money so that you can achieve a freedom-lifestyle that let’s you set up a side business, or generate more income while still rocking it out as a telecommuter/outsourced employee? GINGER ARBOLEDA of Mommy Ginger and Manila Workshops is the lady to listen too, then! And she’ll give you insider tips on how to create multiple income streams that can fuel your “WAHM-eo” dreams. Be there for Ginger’s talk, “The Art of the ‘RAKET’,” only at the WAHMderful Weekend this October 27!

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How did an ordinary mom launch an award-winning blog, create the most active community of work-at-home moms in Manila, setup a creative business built on her skills & passions, and set off on a mission to empower other women to make a living while making a home? Martine De Luna tells you her story — and will give you tips — on how to create a LIFESTYLE of FREEDOM that integrates your calling as a wife & mom with meaningful work. Martine is the founder of the WAHMderful Life Community, a Director of the WAHMderful Life Workshops (a collaboration with Manila Workshops), an award-winning blogger at, and a Blog & Writing Coach at

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Get WAHMderful. Live and work purposefully, happily.

REGISTER HERE to avail of Php500 OFF, until TONIGHT, Oct 10:

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Over the next few months, my partners in learning Manila Workshops, will be having workshops that are geared towards helping us become better moms. These two workshops will be spearheaded by some of the most passionate parents I’ve ever met, who all have valuable insights on child-rearing and parenting.

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Want to launch an online business from home, but don’t know where to begin? Are you looking for better ways to manage and market your online store? Do you want to spend more time with your family, while running a business that you are passionate about, which gives you the sales you need to live a life that you love?

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