ISTA present...

Manila MS festival

March 15 - March 17, 2019

Wait List


Pakikipagkaibigan – The art of friendship

Starting Point

At this festival we will explore the nature of friendship, the way we make friends and the role friendship plays in bringing change to our communities and to our lives.

Out & About

Various service learning sites.


Community, personal, cultural.


ISTA Event Coordinator


International School of Manila
Taguig City, Metro Manila
University Parkway, Fort Bonifacio Global City
1634, The Philippines
Tel: + 63 2 840 8400
Host school website

Important Information

This is a Connect festival.
The festival starts at 9:00am on Friday 15th March 2019 and finishes at 5:00pm on Sunday 17th March 2019.

Information for visiting schools
Registration opens 11th January 2019.
Registration closes 25th January 2019.

Please note:
We advise that you have your group confirmed and all information collected prior to 11th January 2019.
Travel information is required as part of the registration process. Please have travel details confirmed by the time the registration window closes.
Schools should plan to take flights that arrive by late afternoon into Manila on Thursday 14th March 2019. Schools may leave the host school after the close at 5:00pm on Sunday 17th March 2019.

ISTA artists
ISTA artists will need to arrive on Wednesday 13th March 2019 in time for an evening meal and may leave ISM on Sunday after 5:30pm. Please arrange flights accordingly.
The ISTA Rep will arrive into Manila on Tuesday 12th March to spend Wednesday with the host.
Artist travel information is required by 25th January 2019.


Registration fees
GBP £206 per student – member schools.
GBP £157.50 per student – host school (first 25 students).
This includes the cost of an ISTA t-shirt.

GBP £10 airport transfers.
GBP £10 out and about.

Total per student
GBP £226 members, GBP £167.50 host.

GBP £50 – visiting member schools, towards catering etc.
GBP £97 – visiting non-member schools registration fee (includes meals at school).
GBP £10 airport transfers.
GBP £10 out and about.
GBP £12 ISTA t-shirt (optional).

Total per teacher/chaperone
GBP £82 members.
GBP £129 non-members.

Please note:
1. A GBP £500 non-refundable, non-transferrable deposit will be invoiced upon booking.
2. A GBP £500 cancellation fee will be invoiced to any school cancelling within 12 weeks from the start of the festival, in addition to the deposit withheld.
3. A GBP £150 late registration fee per school booking will be invoiced to schools if the registrations are received after the registration window has closed.
4. All invoices are payable within 28 days of receipt. If not, places cannot be guaranteed at the festival.

Travel & Visas

All participants will fly into Manila Ninoy Aquino International Airport (MNL).

The journey from the airport to the school will take approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour 15 minutes depending on traffic.

Visiting schools
All schools are responsible for booking their own travel and visas for the festival.

Schools will be transported using private buses to get to the school from the airport. All schools will be met by a representative from the host school.

ISTA artists
ISTA artists are responsible for booking their own flights to the festival and will use our travel agency for this. Artist teams will be activated 12 weeks prior to the festival and your EC will talk you through the process for booking flights at the time of activation.
Artists are also responsible for ensuring they have the necessary visa to enter the Philippines.

Artists will be collected at the airport by a representative from the host school and take by private car to the hotel.


All teachers/chaperones and ISTA artists will stay at the following hotel

SEDA Hotel
30th Street corner 11th Avenue
Taguig city, Metro Manila

Tel: + 632 945 8888
Hotel website

The hotel has free WiFi.
The room rate is PHP 7343.90, incluing breakfast.
The journey from the hotel to the school is approximately an 8-10 minute walk.
Teachers/chaperones and ISTA artists will walk to and from the school each day.

Visiting schools

Visiting teachers/chaperones will be booked into the hotel for the nights of the 14th, 15th and 16th March 2019.
We work on a price range of approximately GBP£95 per person per night, including breakfast.
Visiting schools will be responsible for paying for rooms upon arrival. We can make provision for schools to pay hotel bills ahead of time.

Students will stay with host families.
There will be no charge for accommodation.
Housing will be offered for three nights from the 14th March 2019.

ISTA artists
ISTA will book and pay for single room accommodation for the nights of the 13th, 14th, 15th and 16th March 2019.
An additional night will be booked for the Rep who will arrive on the 12th March.
Artists will be responsible for any miscellaneous costs during their stay at the hotel.


Visiting schools
Breakfast – for visiting teachers at the hotel, for visiting students with host families.
Lunches daily provided by the host school.
Dinner provided on days 1 and 2 of the festival.

ISTA artists
All meals will be provided by the host school.


Starts on Friday 15 March at 09:00
Finishes on Sunday 17 March at 17:00


International School of Manila
Taguig City, Metro Manila
University Parkway, Fort Bonifacio Global City
1634, The Philippines


• Bangkok Patana School
• French International School, Hong Kong
• International School Manila
• International School of Beijing
• Papaya Academy (Connect scholars)


• Bong Cabrera
• Catherine Rankin
• Chilla Tamas
• Francois Zanini
• Malina Patel
• Tom Schulz
• Zoe Weiner