Trainor Ms. Mimi Gabayno guides Mary Ann Misuno in cutting her daughter's hair while classmate Sreia looks on
Responding to a need for free training seminars on various competencies, Barangay BF Homes has been giving free courses for the last six years under the auspices of the Barangay Captain and in coordination with the Paranaque Livelihood Resource Management Office (PLRMO) and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).

I decided to join the 44-day cosmetology course, which was conducted at the BF Homes Barangay Livelihood Training Center, which provides center-based and area-based programs ranging from one-day seminars to 3-month courses for a minimum of 25 students. 

The Cosmetology modules included all things relating to the hair--cutting, coloring, relaxing, straightening, styling, setting; make-up and facial treatments; manicure, pedicure, and foot spa; and waxing. 
(l) Evelyn, Olive, and Rose practice hair straightening classmate Glenda; (r) Miriam and Rosalie with their model

This being an introductory course, all the modules were very basic and rudimentary, pretty much what you would expect from a free course.  Although the limited slots normally maxes out at 30, they decided to accommodate seven more--TESDA only opens the course when there is a minimum of 25 enrollees.

For the most part, the Center provides the supplies with the students acquiring their own as they go along.  Punctilious attendance and behavior are mandated as are the use of uniforms (a white tee and our free t-shirt alternately) and IDs.

The final grade consists of the practical tests after each module and a written test at the end with an eye towards a TESDA certificate and accreditation upon graduation. 
Stephanie, before and after her haircut by Annie Mizuno
The students were an industrious lot--there's Marisa and her niece, Miriam, who have worked at salons before and are now self-employed, doing home services and earning well; their neighbor, Elever; there was Mary Ann and Maricar, who became employed in the course of the program; there's Christine, who celebrated her first pay with a merienda for everyone; there's Annie, the star student in hair cutting, who may be taking her skills abroad; there's Nica and Rosalie, who may be thinking of opening their own salons; and there's Ging, Glenda, Evelyn, and Rose, who were at the same time enrolled in the Caregiver classes. 

Then there are the rest--Birmar, Niery, Imelda, Jocelyn, Segundina, the inseparable Daisy and Vonette, our third Mary Ann, Romnick, Neil, and Aldrin, Stephanie, the trio Cecil, Citadel, and Vivian, Milen and Olive, Espy, and Pam, who at 61 proved that it's never too late to learn something new.  Of the 37 who enrolled, only two dropped out.

Center for Aesthetic Studies it is not, but what it offers is a foundation for further learning and a set  of skills that can only improve with experience and confidence. 

The BF Barangay Livelihood Center can also strive for greater improvement like updating its materials, instructions, and supplies and creating a more conducive atmosphere for the seminars.

All in all, it was an enjoyable learning experience.
Ging Dagdagan models for her classmates for hair perming and straightening
Marina Cimene models for me for hair straightening (l) and basic make-up (r)
(Many thanks to Barangay Captain Jeremy Marquez; OIC Head of the PLRMO, Doris Marquez; Kagawads Serge Advincula and Noel Azarcon; BF Homes Barangay Training Division head, Chet Marcelo; Marlette Yamsuan of the LEMDD; Livelihood Outreach Division head, Emelda Alabado; Paul Santos, DSTC Staff;  Rocelle Zulueta and Regine of the Livelihood Training Center; and PLRMO Trainor Mimi Gabayno.)
1/4/2011 05:38:23 pm

I'm looking for fresh graduates of cosmetology courses who are willing to train in my salon there will be an allowance . Looking for good moral character, pleasing personality , presentable. Willing to learn and hard working. Age requirement is 20 to 30 years old. Contact my number 09178455837 or 2113557 if interested. Thank you.

2/15/2011 03:53:39 pm

Contact my number 09178455837 or 2113557 if interested. Thank you.

rhoda abarquez
6/20/2012 02:44:28 am

hi...kailan kya ang ssunod ng free training...im interested kc...ty


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