Trendsetter Productions, a service outfit conducting workshops for model wannabes, launched its Runway Cycle One Fashion Show at Icon Ultimate Club, Hotel Intercontinental, Makati City, last January 18, 2012 – Wednesday. Among the lucky models who walked the runway was my 4-yr old daughter. It was the fruit of several workshops, totaling five days in all, where participants learned the basics of modeling, personality development, photography modeling and make-up, even how to emote on camera in various expressions. The event would not have been possible without the show’s sponsors like Icon Ultimate Club, the Bar, Motives by Loren Ridinger (make-up, cosmetics), Drezzee, Market Philippines, Casa de Imahe, David’s Salon, and several others. Looking back from my daughter’s own perspective, she had fun and a swell time: she got new friends, learned how to walk and pout, like a model, pose for the camera, and, I think, most importantly, be more comfortable with herself. I saw how she improved from Day 1. I was simply proud of her, especially when she walked the runway, without a trace of self-consciousness, and the tantrums. For those parents out there, I would suggest you get to involve your kids in workshops like these: it really helps to have our kids interact with other people, especially kids their age. It brings out the best in our children. Nowadays, we think that we do our kids a favor if we just leave them in front of the TV, or the computer, or their PSPs or DS. I beg to disagree. All these will only turn our kids into couch potatoes, unless we are there to interact with them or supervise what they’re doing. It’s far more healthy for kids to be outdoors, getting some fresh air, and sweating themselves to more fun and purposeful activities. There are some things that kids will never get to know from just a press of a button or manual dexterity.