Thursday, March 29, 2012

Copyright Registration: A Must?

The answer is no. You don't have to register your work at the National Library of the Philippines to have rights over your work.

Copyright is automatic!

Learn more about copyright. Learn more about the services of the National Library of the Philippines for our copyright owners.


Monday, March 26, 2012

LIRA poets and City of Manila unveil new marker at Balagtas Shrine on April 2

The Linangan sa Imahen, Retorika, at Anyo (LIRA), the leading
organization of poets writing in Filipino, collaborates once again
with the Office of Manila Mayor Alfredo S. Lim for this year’s
Francisco Balagtas Day celebrations on April 2, 2012, 7 a.m. at the
poet’s shrine at Beata St., Pandacan, Manila, where the legendary poet
and author of Florante at Laura lived.

To be unveiled in the event is the new Balagtas marker, the revision
of which was initiated by LIRA founder and adviser, National Artist
for Literature Virgilio S. Almario (the poet Rio Alma). Following the
unveiling is Almario’s public lecture on Balagtas titled “Ang Bayan ni

LIRA poets Dr. Michael M. Coroza, Dr. Vim Nadera, and LIRA officers
Phillip Kimpo and Louie Jon Sanchez will read poems and excerpts from
Balagtas’ works. Performing musical numbers are Joey Ayala and
University of the Philippines College of Arts and Letters Dean Elena

During the event, LIRA and Mayor Lim will also launch the Andres
Bonifacio Sesquicentennial programs, which will commence next year.

The Francisco Balagtas Day celebration has become an annual pilgrimage
for LIRA for the past two years. In 2009, at the height of the
National Artists scandal, LIRA mounted a symbolic clean-up of the
shrine to call for a renewed commitment in Philippine arts and
culture. Last year, the organization began to work with the City of
Manila in celebrating the premiere poet’s contribution in Philippine

For inquiries, contact James Tana (0915-9765157) or RR Cagalingan

Sunday, March 25, 2012

FILCOLS @ FWGP's event: WORST CONTEST RULE EVER And other tricks in the publishing scene

FILCOLS' Executive Director Alvin J. Buenaventura delivered a talk last 24 March 2012 at a writers' event entitled Worst Contest Rule Ever and Other Tricks in the Publishing Scene. It was held at Chef's Bistro, Scout Gandia corner Tomas Morato, Quezon City. Around 30 writers were present.

Buenaventura discussed the fine print of the rules of some contests that are targetting the writers.

Rom Factolerin gave the opening remarks. He is one of the members of the Executive Committee of the Freelance Writers Guild of the Philippines. He was followed by Beverly Siy, executive officer for membership and documentation of FILCOLS. She talked about the basics of copyright. It was her who suggested that this event be organized because of a writing contest's rule that appeared to be very unfair to the writers who joined.

There was an open forum at the end of the talks. Some contracts between authors and publishers were discussed. Atty. Marnie Tonson, also a member of FWGP, was present to help clear things up and to provide legal perspective for the topics.

This event was organized by FWGP in coordination with FILCOLS, Chef's Bistro and Rental Monsters.

For those who wish to watch the video of this event, kindly check this link:

Saturday, March 24, 2012

FILCOLS @ The Forum on Intellectual Property and Traditional Knowledge (an IPOPHL event)

FILCOLS’ Napoleon Almonte, Licensing Officer and Beverly Siy, Membership and Documentation Officer, attended the Forum on Intellectual Property and Traditional Knowledge held last March 21 and 22 at the National Museum, P. Burgos St., Manila.

More than one hundred individuals attended the event. Most of them were from government agencies, cultural and artistic organizations, ethnic groups, university research offices, non-government organizations and research institutions all over the country. The speakers were experts from the local, regional and international scene.

One of the key participants was the Director General of the Geneva-based World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Mr. Francis Gurry.

One of the objectives of the event was to discuss the sharing of benefits on the use of traditional knowledge in indigenous communitites for commercial purposes as allowed by the communities. Some of the topics that were covered were Intellectual Property and Traditional Knowledge, Genetic Resources and Traditional Cultural Expressions: Overview of Issues, Options and Recent International Developments, Traditional Knowledge and Indigenous Peoples: The Philippines Legal Landscape, Intellectual Property Protection of Traditional Knowledge: The Malaysian Experience, Initiatives in the Protection of Traditional Knowledge by IPOPHL and Protecting Traditional Knowledge in India.

This event was organized by the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines, WIPO, National Museum, National Commission for Culture and the Arts and the National Commission for the Indigenous Peoples.

FILCOLS @ High Level Forum on Access to Technology for Innovation (an IPOPHL event)

FILCOLS’ Napoleon Almonte, Licensing Officer and Beverly Siy, Membership and Documentation Officer, attended the High Level Forum on Access to Technology for Innovation held last March 22 and 23 at the Peninsula Manila Hotel, Makati City.

The Keynote Speaker was no other than the Director General of the Geneva-based World Intellectual Property Organization, Mr. Francis Gurry.

More than one hundred individuals attended the event. Most of them were from research universities, research institutions and corporations. The speakers were experts from the local, regional and international scene.

Some of the topics that were discussed: Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Funding Innovation, Recent Dissemination Policy of Industrial Property Information, Fostering Innovation in the Private Sector, Utilizing Technology for Nation Building, WIPO’s Innovation and Technology Support Project, ITSO Online Community of Patent Information Users, Enabling the Resource Poor to Access Technologies.

FILCOLS member Jackie Morta, the head of the University Research Center of De La Salle University Dasmarinas, Cavite also joined the forum.

This event was organized by the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines.

Copyright of the photos belong to FILCOLS. Kindly email if you wish to use it/them. Thank you.

Monday, March 19, 2012

FILCOLS' IP MADE AZ @ Arellano University

FILCOLS' IP Made EZ was held at the Little Theater, Arellano University (AU) Main Campus last 17 March 2012. IP Made E-Z is FILCOLS' forum on copyright especially designed for the tertiary students.

Around 130 graduate students and AU professors were present. The program started at 8:30 a.m. Dr. Federico Castillo, the academic coordinator of FCMSGS-Education, delivered the welcome and opening remarks. Dr. Remedios Fernandez, the Dean of FCMSGS-Nursing, introduced the Keynote Speakers.

FILCOLS' Executive Director Alvin J. Buenaventura gave a talk entitled IP Oras-oras, Araw-araw. He explained the importance of intellectual property in our everyday existence. The audience responded positively with their hearty laughter and occasional nods.

Buenaventura was followed by Atty. Mark Robert Dy, consultant of Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL). He talked about the basics of copyright and plagiarism.

Then came the question and answer portion. Below are some of the questions from the audience and the answer of Atty. Dy and Mr. Buenaventura:

Q. Is it possible to have copyright registration at the National Library through online means?

A. No. One can download the form but he/she still needs to go the library to submit documents and pay the fees. One may also avail of the copyright registration services offered by the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines and its 10 satellite offices all over the country.

Q. How long is the copyright protection?

A. In the Philippines, it’s the lifetime of the author plus 50 years.

Q. How much is the fee if I go through IPOPHL or one of its satellite offices for my copyright registration?

A. It’s P650 per work.

Q. Is it okay to download photos from the internet to be used in my powerpoint presentation?

A. There is no definite answer unless you specify the purpose of the powerpoint presentation. Permission is still needed if you are to use these photos for a business presentation. You are encouraged to check Creative Commons website because it is specified which works are available for use for free or for minimal requirements. You may also want to check photos from Wikipedia. They are usually cleared from copyright. Someone was recently asked to pay P15,000 as penalty for posting in his/her website a photo that is owned by another person. Because of the technology, it is easier for copyright owners to trace the users of their works. Please avoid illegal downloading.

Q. I am taking photos of your powerpoint presentation. Am I committing copyright violation?

A. It depends on where you’re going to use these photos. If it’s for documentation purposes, it’s okay.

Q. Counterfeit goods and pirated products are everywhere. Even the education system
is being penetrated by these pirates through fake transcript of records and fake thesis. How effective are the laws and the policies regarding this problem?

A. Government is doing its best but it needs the help of everyone. It needs everybody’s participation. We need to respect other people’s property. This will heighten our sophistication and understanding of copyright and IP.

Q. If I use a quotation by an author from the ancient times (like Plato), should I still mention his/her name?

A. Yes. If you don’t know the name of the author, just put unknown author in your speech.

Q. Who is the author of dissertation and thesis in the Graduate School?

A. It should be the students. But it depends on the IP policy of the school. AU should have one.

Q. Is it okay to plagiarize one’s own work for another employer? For example, some parts of your thesis are also included in the dissertation as major parts.

A. It’s not okay. Even if it’s not infringement and even if you are not plagiarizing other people’s intellectual work, it is still intellectual dishonesty. These usually happen through recycling of articles so that reporters may submit the same but rehashed articles for different publications.

Before the program ended, certificates were awarded to the speakers. It was led by Dr. Fernandez and Dr. Calderon. Closing remarks were delivered by Prof. Ma. Teresa F. Calderon, the Dean of FCMSGS-Education.

The program was emceed by Mr. Mark Gil dela Rosa and Ms. Bernadette Endaya.

FILCOLS' IP Made E-Z was coordinated by Filipinas Copyright Licensing Society (FILCOLS) in cooperation with the IPOPHL, Florentino Cayco Memorial School of Graduate Studies and Research and Publications Department and Graduate School Students Association.

Norway's NORCODE and KOPINOR sponsored the event.

For those who are interested to hold an IP Made E-Z in their universities or colleges, please contact the FILCOLS Secretariat at 746-7162, 747-9250 local 401 or We are open to invitations especially those that come from outside Metro Manila.

“Luksong Tinik: Kwentong Kaligtasan para sa Kabataan”

Contest Mechanics
The Mu Sigma Phi Sorority is now accepting entries for the second Gawad Panitikang Pangkalusugan - a Nationwide Children’s Storybook Writing Competition on HEALTH. In its second year, the competition carries the theme: “Luksong Tinik: Kwentong Kaligtasan para sa Kabataan”.

1. The contest is open to all Philippine residents aged 18 and above with the exception of members of the Mu Sigma Phi Sorority and their first-degree relatives.

2. All entries must be original works written in English.

3. Entries should be easily read and understood by readers aged 5-10 years old.

4. Writers are free to use various literary forms (prose, poetry, etc.) and genres (i.e. comedy, horror, science fiction, fantasy).

5. Entries must be no more than 500 words and must be able to sustain a 24-page illustrated book.

6. Writers must address issues of child safety in any of the following categories:

a. Safety in the Home
b. Safety in Public Places
c. Safety on the Road
d. Safety in Cyberspace and Media
e. Safety in School
f. Safety in Natural Calamities
g. Safety in Armed Conflict
7. A contestant may send more than one entry.

8. Entries must be double-spaced on 8 ½ x 11 inches bond paper, with one-inch margin on all sides, typewritten or computerized using black ink on white paper. The font should be font size 12 Arial or Times New Roman if computerized.

9. Entries shall consist of an original and six (6) copies, placed in an envelope, on the face of which only the pen name of the contestant should appear. A notarized certification from the author must be included, vouching for the originality of the entry and for the freedom of the organizers from any liability arising from the infringement of copyright in case of publication, and affirming that the entry or any variant thereof has a) never been published nor b) won any other contest i.e. that it has never won 1st place in any other contest or otherwise been awarded a medal, a citation, or included in a publicized list of meritorious entries to a literary contest.

10. Together with each entry, contestants must submit a second envelope, on the face of which the pen name shall appear. This must contain the personal data sheet, with the contestant’s full name, address, contact numbers, and a short literary background. All entries must be sent through snail mail to P.O. Box 608, Manila Central Post Office c/o Margaret Rose C. Bocaya, U1122 Malate Adriatico Grand Residences, Ermita, Manila.

11. All entries must be received by the Mu Sigma Phi Sorority from December 5, 2011 to no later than 5:00 p.m., May 15, 2012.

12. There will be one winner per category. The judges also reserve the right to declare that there are no winners in some or all categories. Each winner will receive P25,000.00 in cash, a gold medal, as well as an opportunity to be published. Winners will be announced no later than August 15, 2012. The decision of the judges will be final. Non-winning entries may be claimed from P.O. Box 608 until May 15, 2013 at U1122 Malate Adriatico Grand Residences, Ermita, Manila.

13. All unclaimed non-winning entries will be destroyed.

14. When the winning entries are published by the MSPS, it is understood that the MSPS is the sole exclusive publisher and claims ownership of the copyright. The prizes for the winning authors will serve as the only payment for the copyright.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Congratulations to VIBAL PUBLISHING'S 'Yummy Fly Pie' among the world's best digital content for children

An overzealous frog with a knack for whipping up delectable fly pies conquers the global stage after the inclusion of Yummy Fly Pie, one of Vibal Publishing's digital storybook apps, in the BolognaRagazzi Digital Award at the Bologna Children's Book Fair. This latest recognition underscores Vibal Publishing's thrust toward producing world-class children's storybooks in print and digital platforms.

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Thursday, March 15, 2012

NBDB's World Book and Copyright Day 2012 Celebration

Everyone is invited to join World Book and Copyright Day Celebration on 22 April 2012 at the Planas Garden, Quezon City Circle from 8am to 5pm.

There will be lots of activities such as poetry reading, storytelling, book launch and book signings and lectures on the craft of writing and reading. There will be booths that will be maintained by different writers and artists organizations.

Block this day in your calendar and bring all your family members to the Planas Garden.

Standby for more details.

This is being organized by National Book Development Board in cooperation with individuals, groups, government agencies and private organizations such as FILCOLS.

WIPO Director General Francis Gurry Visits the Philippines

IPOPHL has invited a high profile expert and authority in the international IP system to share his vision on the role of intellectual property in access to technology. No less than the Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Mr. Francis Gurry is visiting the Philippines for the first time on March 21-23, 2012. Director General Gurry will be at the Forum on Traditional Knowledge. He will be Keynote Speaker on the High Level Forum on Access to Global Technology, where a Press Conference will also be held at 11:30am on March 22, 2012 at the Peninsula Manila Hotel in Makati City.

His official visit is seen to raise the profile of IP and explore practical strategies to increase access to technology for innovation.

Francis Gurry was appointed as Director General of WIPO on October 1, 2008. He is the fourth Director General of WIPO and his current six-year term runs through September 2014.

As Director General, Mr. Gurry is addressing many challenges to ensure that WIPO and the international intellectual property system continue stimulating innovation and creativity and contributing to market order worldwide. How can WIPO and national IP offices meet the growing demand for patent services around the world? Are changes to the copyright system necessary to ensure its relevance in a rapidly evolving business and technological environment? How can respect for intellectual property rights be promoted in the face of widespread trade in counterfeit and pirated goods? How can WIPO contribute to the active participation and enjoyment in the benefits of innovation and the knowledge economy by all countries?

In response to the urgent challenges for intellectual property in the 21st Century, Mr. Gurry has led a comprehensive program of strategic realignment of the direction and work of the Organization. The program is aimed at realigning WIPO programs, resources and structures with a new set of strategic goals to enable it to respond more effectively to the rapidly evolving technological, cultural and geo-economic environment.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Copy Chief Needed: Mega Publishing Group

Freelance Writers Guild of the Philippines Independent HR Consultant, MS. AMOR DIVINA P. SANTIAGO, is helping her daughter source candidates for the position of COPY CHIEF at MEGA PUBLISHING GROUP.

JOB OPPORTUNITY DETAILS: Candidate must have had at least 5 years WRITING AND EDITORIAL WORK, preferably in LIFESTYLE MAGAZINES. While the position is called Copy Chief, the job is more about being a MANAGING EDITOR and NOT ABOUT COPYWRITING. Preferred candidates then are also ones who have MANAGED A REGULAR PUBLICATION. This is a FULL-TIME, OFFICE-BASED JOB from M-F.

Send your applications to MS. AMOR DIVINA P. SANTIAGO at

Monday, March 12, 2012

Memorandum for All Heads of DOST Agencies and RDIs regarding FILCOLS

Graciano P. Yumul, Jr. D. Sc., Undersecretary for Research and Development of Department of Science and Technology (DOST) sent out a memorandum to all heads of DOST agencies and research and development institutions last 27 February 2012.

The memorandum gives out information about FILCOLS and it also contains copies of primer and membership application form of FILCOLS.

For details, contact FILCOLS at 746-7162 or 747-9250 local 401 or 0919-3175708 or

Communicating for Social Change Seminar Workshop

Long-term, systemic change requires better leadership.

British Council and Rappler are looking to train individuals defined by a spirit and a drive that makes them natural leaders who want to affect change and achieve great things not only for themselves, but for their countries and the world.


We envision a world in which the increasing connections between people and communities lead to positive outcomes. Yet in today’s world we encounter an even greater challenge stemming from differences in perspectives, cultures and backgrounds.

This creates a challenge for us to cultivate an atmosphere where communities can collaborate and engage in creative ways to build the change they want to see.

Young people are at the centre of this dynamic process as they have a unique opportunity to collectively shape the communities that they are a part of – be they local or global.

Young leaders as communicators find themselves at a time where new technologies have opened enormous possibilities not just in exchanging information but also in creating dialogues that offer practical solutions to address social realities.

Their efforts in communicating for social change entail a capacity to translate their vision and experience through appropriate tools and technologies, an appreciation of diversity, and a thinking that is both strategic and long-term.


A four-day seminar workshop to provide opportunity for young leaders to find their voice, gain new skills as facilitators of change, and grow their capacity for citizen action towards a more just world.

If you are:

18 to 26 years old, Filipino actively engaged either as an initiator or a leader in community development work have a good track record of community service
have strong desire to effectively advocate for social transformation then join us from March 24 to 27 to participate in discussions focusing on:

Effective Communication Strategies.
Day 1 brings together different experts who will help you understand how to communicate with larger audiences through a good appreciation of the communication process.

Championing Your Cause.
Day 2 challenges you to think out of the box and discuss innovative ways to make yourself heard.

Getting Support and Funding.
Day 3 will give you effective techniques for getting buy-in, obtaining resources and funding for your initiatives.

Utilising New Media.
Day 4 explores the many possibilities by which digital technology can be harnessed and how it can be used to create greater impact for your work.

Throughout the entire seminar, you’ll also be given an opportunity to get feedback on your work and look at areas for enhancement.

We are looking to train individuals defined by a spirit and a drive that makes them natural leaders who want to affect change and achieve great things not only for themselves, but for their countries and the world.

Who can apply?

You must be a Filipino, aged 18-26 (on the first day of the seminar)
You must be able to cover for your travel to Manila and accommodation from 24-27 March
You must be able to communicate comfortably in English

What is required?

Applicants must fill out an online application form, as well as a video (no longer than 2 minutes).

Alternatively, you can download an MS Word template of the application form here.

You can download the video instructions here

What do we offer?

Participation to the seminar is FREE
Seminar kits
Reference Materials
An unforgettable 4 days of learning!
An opportunity to train under experienced and respected journalists from Rappler

When is the deadline?

All applications (application form + video) must arrive by 12:00 midnight of 16 March 2012.

The British Council is committed to a policy of equal opportunity and welcome applications from all sections of the community particularly minority groups.

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Memory’s Fictions: The Bienvenido N. Santos Centenary Conference

The Bienvenido N. Santos Creative Writing Center of De La Salle University (DLSU) will hold Memory’s Fictions: The Bienvenido N. Santos Centenary Conference on the 20th of March 2012 (Tuesday), 9:00 am-4:20 p.m., at the Waldo Perfecto Seminar Room, SPS Building, DLSU Manila. This conference culminates the year-long birth centennial celebration of the Filipino- American writer whose short story collections (e.g. You Lovely People; Scent of Apples) and novels (e.g. Villa Magdalena; The Volcano; What the Hell for You Left Your Heart in San Francisco) serve as haunting portraits of the Filipino exiles in the US, and of humanity’s struggle to keep faith in a world of tenderness and defeats.

May we invite your faculty members to attend this conference? Please see attached conference program and profiles of the scholars/speakers. There is no registration fee. We regret to say that due to budgetary constraints, the Center would not be able to provide lunch. However, there are decent and affordable eateries located within and outside the campus.

For pre-registration, please submit the name/s of your participant/s and your school to the Center. You may email or call (632) 5244611 local 233 (contact person: May Morales).

Rappler opens internship program to college students

As part of efforts to work with and nurture journalistic skills of the youth, Rappler is offering its internship program to collegiate students. We believe that learning and skills can be acquired beyond the classroom and through actual experience and exposure to real-life situations.

Our internship program is open to all college students in their junior to senior years. They are required to complete from 150-200 hours of work over 6 weeks. A select number of interns will be chosen every year over a rotating cycle.

Applications will be accepted year-round and notifications of those who will be accepted will be made as soon as the selection process is completed.

Application Requirements
Application letter addressed to Rappler. Attention: Chay F. Hofileña/Citizen Journalism Director
Bio-data or CV
Three samples of written work
Recommendation letter from a professor or school official
Internship Program Features
Task schedules
First 2 weeks – office-based research
Second 2 weeks – fieldwork for story assignments and tag-alongs
Last 2 weeks – field and writing

Queries and application submissions may be made through and

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Forum on Intellectual Property and Traditional Knowledge

The Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines is pleased to invite you to attend the Forum on Intellectual Property and Traditional Knowledge on March 21 to 22, 2012 at the Tambunting Hall, National Museum of the Philippines.

For inquiries, please call Karen at 856-3852 or Sherryl at 0917-5779927.

The Premio Tomas Arejola para sa Literaturang Bikolnon


The Premio Tomas Arejola para sa Literaturang Bikolnon is open to all Bicolano writers and literary enthusiasts writing in any of the Bikol languages. There shall be no discrimination on the basis of age, gender or religion. Contestants under 18 years of age are, however, required to submit a certificate of parental consent.

It will receive entries for the following categories: Poetry, Fiction, Essay, Drama, the Novel and Screenplay for Short Film.

Entries for the Rawitdawit (Poetry) category must consist of at least 10 poems but not more than 15 poems.
Entries for Osipon (Fiction) should be at least 7 pages in length but should not exceed 12 pages.
Entries for Osipon na Pan-aki (Stories for Children) should be at least 5 pages in length but should not exceed 10 pages. Entries with a plot and narrative suitable for an illustrated storybook of at least 30 pages are preferred.
Entries for the Halipot na Pasali na Pan-entanldo na Pan-aki (One-act Play for Children) and the Halipot na Pasali na Pan-entablado (One-act Play) must be of sufficient length to approximate a performing time of at least thirty minutes. Plays for children, however, should be directed principally to promote Bikol values and traditions in the grade school level, ages 7 to 12.
Entries for Halawig na Pasali na Pan-entablado (Full-length Play) should have a performing time of at least an hour but not more than an hour and a half.
Entries for the Saysay (Essay) category should be at least 5 pages in length but should not exceed 8 pages. Works in creative non-fiction about the Bicolano way of life are preferred.
Entries for Nobela (Novel) may deal with any subject, provided it is tackling issues relevant to Bikol realities.
Entries for Halipot na Pasali na Pan-pelikula (Screenplay for Short Film) must be unproduced and can approximate a running time of ten to twenty minutes. This new category aims to engender the production of short indie films in the Bikol language and to encourage the creation of more short films in the region.
Only new, unproduced, and unpublished works are eligible. A work that has been awarded a prize in another contest is not qualified for the awards. All entries must be written in Bikol and must show literary merit and social significance.

Contestants may join in all categories but can submit only one entry per category. Entries must be submitted in four copies, double spaced on 8 1/2 X 11 inches bond paper with one inch margin on all sides and the page number typed consecutively, e.g., 1 of 8, 2 of 8 and so on. Font must be Arial and font size must be 12. Entry must be submitted with the participant’s pseudonym only and not the author’s real name. Author’s name and pseudonym must be submitted in a separate sealed envelope together with a bio-data containing the author’s literary background, an ID picture, and contact information. A notarized declaration of originality and authenticity of authorship must accompany the entry.

Finalists in each of the categories shall receive the Premio Tomas Arejola Diploma of Merit. A top winner will be chosen from among the finalists who shall then receive the Premio Tomas Arejola medallion and P7,000 cash prize. The said category winners are eligible for the Grand Prize, the winner of which shall be named Parasurat kan Taon (Writer of the Year) and will be awarded P12,000.


The category is open to book authors, book designers/ illustrators, anthologists/editors and publishers of Bikol literary titles. To qualify, the book must be written in the Bikol language and anthologized/ edited, designed/illustrated by a Bicolano native or resident. Only titles published and distributed between September 2010 and July 2012 are eligible.

Individuals involved in book publishing may nominate by submitting a copy of the book accompanied by a letter from the nominator testifying to the book’s meritorious contribution to Bikol letters. Copy of winning entry shall remain with and become property of the Premio Arejola.

The winner will receive a testimonial plague, P10,000, and shall be listed in the roster along with the winners of the regular categories and Lifetime Achievement (Masirang na Bituon kan Kabikolan) Award.


Entries for all categories must be addressed to the Premio Tomas Arejola para sa Literaturang Bikolnon, mailed to the address below later than July 30, 2012. Entries sent by mail or courier must be postmarked /invoiced not later than July 25, 2012.

Entries submitted via e-mail must be a Word Document file and sent as an attachment together with the contestant’s bio-data containing his/her literary background and a notarized certification or authenticity of authorship of the entry. The original copy of notarized certification and ID picture must then be sent to PTALB 2012 thru mail. Entries submitted via e-mail must be submitted not later than July 30, 2012.

Failure to comply with any of the requirements shall result in disqualification from the awards.

Copyright of the works remain with the author but the latter grants, assigns and transfers into PTALB the right without necessity of any payment other than the prize which may have been awarded to publish the winning entry or portion thereof as it may at its discretion.

The Premio Arejola has the right of action against the author if it may later on discovered that the participant is not the creator or owner of the copyright to the winning work. The Premio Arejola shall not be liable to any court action if a third party files a case against a winner and/or contestant who plagiarized the work of the said third party.

Winners of all the aforementioned categories shall be responsible for the payment of government taxes.

Names of the finalists will be announced in local weeklies and radio stations on the last week of August 2012. The names of the winners and members of the Board of Judges shall be announced on September 2012 in an awarding ceremony in Naga City commemorating Tomas Arejola’s 147th birth anniversary.

Premio Tomas Arejola para sa Literaturang Bikolnon 2012
c/o Museo de Caceres, Holy Rosary Minor Seminary
Elias Angeles St., Naga City, Philippines

The 10th San Agustin Writers Workshop

Children's literature will be the focus of the 10th San Agustin Writers Workshop, scheduled on May 2-5, 2012 at the Residence Hotel, Iloilo City. Ten writing fellowships are available this year, the Fray Luis de Leon Creative Writing Institute at the University of San Agustin Center for Research and Publications (UCRP), organizer of the annual workshop, announced.

Selected fellows will learn from distinguished panelists, all of whom have won awards in the prestigious Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature, and citations from other award–giving bodies for writers. Dr. Leoncio Deriada, who is on the Palanca Hall of Fame, will set the tone for the four-day workshop.

Completing the panel are: Dr. Genevieve L. Asenjo, chair of the Department of Literature at De La Salle University Manila; Dr. Isidoro M. Cruz, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences of the University of San Agustin; Dr. Alice Tan-Gonzales, Literature professor at the University of the Philippines – Visayas, Prof. John Iremil E. Teodoro, Language professor at Miriam College, and Mr. Marcel Milliam, who won the First Prize in Poetry for Children (Filipino) in the Palanca Awards last year.

Preference is given to applicants from within the Western Visayas region since the advocacy of the Institute is to support writers in Hiligaynon, Kinaray-a and Akeanon.

Interested applicants must submit the following: application letter; letter of recommendation from any faculty member of their school or any established writer in the region; curriculum vitae with colored ID picture, contact numbers (landline/cellphone/email address); parent’s consent to attend the workshop (for minors); and two creative works (children’s literature, one in English and one in any regional language - Akeanon, Hiligaynon, Kinaray-a, or Filipino), with translation in either English or Filipino.

Fellowships include free board and lodging during the workshop. The names of selected fellows will be announced on April 20, 2012.

The deadline for applications is on April 10, 2012. Please send applications to: Prof. Jigger S. Latoza, Director, University Coordinating Center for Research & Publications, University of San Agustin, General Luna Street, Iloilo City 5000. For more information, please contact Ms. Mona V. Pico or Ms. Carmen G. Dureza at telefax no. (033) 337-7716 or e-mail:

The Juliana Arejola-Fajardo Workshop sa Pagsurat-Bikol 2012

The Juliana Arejola-Fajardo Workshop sa Pagsurat-Bikol 2012, to be held on April 10-13 2012 in Naga City, is now accepting applications for fellowships.


Open to all Bicolano writers, at least 16 years old, and able to participate in all workshop activities in Naga City from the 10th till the 13th of April 2012.


Interested parties may submit a suite of at least 5 poems, 1 or 2 short stories, a full-length play or 1 or 2 one-act plays written in any of the variations of the Bikol languages. Literary pieces in English or Filipino may be accepted but works written in the Bikol language is preferred.

Entries must be original, typewritten, double-spaced, on a short bond paper and must be submitted together with a letter of application and a bio-data containing the author's brief literary background.


Twelve to fifteen writing fellows will be chosen from among the applicants. Said writing fellows will be entitled to attend the workshop free of charge and shall be provided workshop materials and free board and lodging.


Entries sent by mail or courier must be received on or before March 20, 2012 and addressed to: The Workshop Director, Juliana Arejola-Fajardo Workshop sa Pagsurat- Bikol, Museo de Caceres, Holy Rosary Minor Seminary, Elias Angeles St., Naga City. Entries sent via e-mail should be a word document file and must be sent as an attachment to: Deadline for electronically-submitted entries is on March 15, 2012.

This year’s panelists shall include Carlos A. Arejola, Lorna A. Billanes, Kristian Sendon Cordero, H. Francisco V. Penoñes, Jr, and Paz Verdades M. Santos, Ph.D.

For more information, contact the Workshop Secretariat at

Adobo Design Awards 2012

About adobo magazine

adobo magazine is the Philippines’ premier advertising and brand communications publication with special focus on culture and design. Winner of the Asian Publishing Awards 2011 and twice a recipient of the Philippine Quill Awards Grand Prix, adobo magazine has been the leading resource for industry news and award-winning advertising campaigns for the past five years. adobo covers the digital and media landscape, and profiles of the movers and shakers of the local, Asia-Pacific and global ad scenes. It partners with Manila Design Week, the Philippine Graphic Design Awards and Graphika Manila. adobo is a proud supporter of the Design Council of the Philippines initiative.

As a bi-monthly magazine, adobo reaches a wide spectrum of the communications industry, from agency chiefs and professionals, to clients and suppliers, to media and the academe. adobo’s digital platform reaches thousands of subscribers daily on mobile, website and social media, as well as the thrice weekly newsblast. adobo magazine reports live from regional and global festivals like the Cannes Lions Advertising Festival. Spikes Festival, and other special events.

About adobo Design Awards

First launched in 2007, the adobo Design Awards returns to champion the Philippines’ best in design and to celebrate the talents behind the work.

For the third edition of the competition, the stakes are set even higher. Work will be seen by top names in advertising and design, and measured against the global standards of excellence. The competition is open to all enthusiasts, practitioners, freelancers and students of design and advertising.

Information on the competition is available on Entrants can also inquire by calling Apple at (02) 845 0218, (02) 507 8501 or mobile (0915) 514 8815 or email

Key Dates

Deadline for submission of entries March 16, 2012
Date of Judging March 22-23, 2012
Awarding Ceremony March 29, 2012
Venue: Ayala Museum

Jumpstart Your Freelance Writing Career (The Crash Course Edition)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Jumpstart Your Freelance Writing Career (The Crash Course Edition)

Writer’s Block Philippines, together with co.lab, brings you Jumpstart Your Freelance Writing Career, the crash course edition!

This jam-packed one-day workshop will equip you with practical knowledge and business tools to start writing and build a career as a writer.

What are the details of the workshop?
What: Jumpstart Your Freelance Writing Career–The Crash Course Edition
When: March 17, Saturday, 9am to 6pm
Where: Co.Lab Optima Building, Salcedo St. Legaspi Village, Makati City
What does the P2,500 course fee cover?

The P2,500 per head course fee covers the course fee and workshop kit.

How can I pay for the workshop?
You can deposit your payment to our bank account. Details as follows:
Bank: BPI
Account name: Writer’s Block Training Services
Account number: Savings account 1759 0377 11

Once you’ve made the deposit, please email us a copy of the deposit slip so we can send you an Acknowledgment Receipt.

What does the workshop cover?
The founders of Writer’s Block Philippines will discuss the following topics:
Why freelance?
Why should you freelance? It is about having more free time or just doing what you want? While both may be true, we will look at the pros and cons and the myths and realities of freelance writing as a career.
Freelancing is and can be a viable and sustainable career. We will look at the various writing opportunities, how to capitalize on them and maximize them as diversified earning potentials.
Marketing Yourself
Your byline is your brand. Just like any brand you need to market yourself, create your portfolio, and create a positive image for yourself as a writer.
Practical Side of the Business
In this crash course of Jumpstart Your Freelance Writing Career, we will include a portion on the practical side of becoming a creative entrepreneur.
Getting Published
How do you start a freelance writing career? How do you get published? First, you have to know how to write a pitch A pitch to a writer is what an audition is to an actor—it’s a potential job that can lead to other potential jobs. Our pitching session—which has nothing to do with baseball–will clue you in on what editors are looking for and how to pique their interest.

Who is conducting the workshop?

The workshop will be conducted by Writer’s Block Philippines, a group of freelance writers who have collectively had more than 20 years of experience in freelance writing.

The founders of Writer’s Block are:
Ana Santos: sexual health rights and women’s issues

Ana has had over 12 years experience in advertising and marketing communications. Her last position was Assistant Vice President of a financial institution. As an independent journalist and foreign correspondent covering sexual health rights and women in armed conflict, Ana has received media grants from Newsbreak, Probe Media Foundation and the Philippine Press Institute to cover population and development issues.

She is also the Associate Editor of Illustrado, a Dubai-based lifestyle magazine for Filipinos.

Nikka Sarthou: lifestyle / travel

Nikka has over 10 years of experience in writing for various online and print publications, as well as developing content for corporate clients. Currently, Nikka is a full-time freelance writer handling independent projects and corporate accounts.

She is also the Content Editor of, a website that aims to be the ultimate travel guide to the Philippines. Nikka is also the Contributing Editor of Smile, the in-flight magazine of Cebu Pacific Air.

Nina Terol-Zialcita: arts & culture, travel, and advocacy

Nina has over 10 years of experience in corporate, non-profit and public sectors and has been engaged in independent consulting and freelance writing since 2003. She is currently the deputy editor of, and a contributor to various print and online publications. Her work can also be seen in books by the Asian Development Bank, the Direct Sellers Association of the Philippines, the Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations, and, just recently, [r]evolutionaries: The new generation of Filipino youth and youth organizations.

In 2010, Nina was a scholar at the European Journalism Institute in Prague, Czech Republic. Nina was also a former Editor-in-Chief of asianTraveler.

What do I need to bring to the workshop?

Please bring whatever writing materials you’ll need to take notes. Laptops are not recommended though as power outlets will be limited. As a provision, you may also want to bring a sweater or light jacket.

Who do I call for more information about the workshop?

You can email us at or call/text us through this number for more information: 0927.850.8280. You can also check the Writer’s Block Philippines website at

This FAQ was lifted from

2012 International Writing Program (IWP) at Iowa University

From the writer Tony Perez

We are accepting nominees to the 2012 International Writing Program (IWP) at Iowa University. We need two principal nominees--young to mid-career writers with at least two published books.

Send your curriculum vitae and shortlist of publications to me at BEFORE MARCH 31, 2012.

Submission of entries for the 62nd Palanca Awards ongoing

Submission of entries for the 62nd Palanca Awards ongoing

Now on its 62nd year of encouraging excellence in literary writing, the Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature (Palanca Awards) is currently accepting entries for this year’s contest. Deadline for submission is at 12:00 m.n. of 30 April 2012.

The Palanca Awards, the country’s most prestigious and longest-running literary competition, welcomes submissions under the following regular categories:

English Division – Short Story, Short Story for Children, Essay, Poetry, Poetry for Children, One-act Play, and Full-length Play; Filipino Division – Maikling Kuwento, Maikling Kuwentong Pambata, Sanaysay, Tula, Tulang Pambata, Dulang May Isang Yugto, Dulang Ganap ang Haba, and Dulang Pampelikula; Regional Languages Division – Short Story-Cebuano, Short Story-Hiligaynon and Short Story-Iluko.

Each contestant may submit only one entry per category.

The Palanca Awards saw a significant boost in the participation of young writers over the years. To further encourage the youth to hone their literary talents, writers below 18 years old may submit essays under the Kabataan Division. This year's theme for the Kabataan Essay is “In the advent of e-books, do I still consider printed books to be an important part of education?” The theme for the Kabataan Sanaysay is “Sa paglaganap ng e-books, maituturing ko pa bang mahalagang bahagi ng edukasyon ang mga nakalimbag na aklat?”

The literary contest is open to all Filipino (or former Filipino) citizens, except current officers and employees of its organizing body, the Carlos Palanca Foundation, Inc. Contest rules and official entry forms are available at the Foundation's office at 6th Floor, One World Square Building, No.10 Upper McKinley Road, McKinley Town Center, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City and at the Palanca Awards official website,

Entries with complete requirements may be submitted at the Foundation’s office or through the official website.

Winners will be announced on 1 September 2012.

Established in 1950 in honor of Don Carlos Palanca Sr., the Palanca Awards aims to help develop Philippine literature by providing incentives for writers to craft their most outstanding literary works, to serve as a treasury of Philippine literary gems and assist in its dissemination to the public, particularly the students.

To date, the Palanca Awards has a collection of 2,052 winning works. Of these, 898 are in English, 1,020 in Filipino and 134 in Regional Languages. The collection includes 527 short stories, 366 collections of poetry, 208 essays, 344 one-act plays, 182 full-length plays, 60 teleplays, 54 screenplays, 148 stories for children, 34 futuristic fiction stories, 77 Kabataan essays, 36 novels, and 16 collections of poetry for children.

For further information, please email the administrator at or call telephone number 856-0808 loc. 33.

This is from the Facebook page of Freelance Writers Guild of the Philippines.

Wanted: Managing Editor for a Travel Mag

TRAVELIFE Managing Editor Carlo Velasco is going to be spearheading TRAVELIFE TV on the region-wide Living Asia Channel as Creative Director / TRAVELIFE TV. The position of managing editor of Travelife Magazine, the Philippines' leading travel & lifestyle publication, will be officially opened and we're looking only for talented, hard-working multi-taskers. Please send your resumes to

This is from the Facebook page of Freelance Writers Guild of the Philippines.

Friday, March 9, 2012

FILCOLS Member Rolando Tolentino directs the KRITIKA 2012 Workshop

The DLSU Bienvenido N. Santos Creative Writing Center and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) award eleven fellowships for KRITIKA 2012: National Workshop on Art and Cultural Criticism, which will be held at the University of St. La Salle (USLS) in Bacolod on April 22-28, 2012.

The workshop will focus on critical writing in the following arts: literature, visual arts, architecture, film, and multi-art. It is envisioned to give young scholars and critics a forum where they can discuss their work and concerns with established art critics. The fellows are: Marie Rose Arong (literature), John Barrios (literature), Patrick Campos (multi-art), Feorillo Petronilo Demeterio III (visual arts), Rene Luis Mata (architecture), Chuckberry Pascual (multi-art), Jay Jomar Quintos (literature), Jaime Oscar Salazar (visual arts), Oscar Serquiña, Jr. (literature), Christian Tablazon (film), and Michael Carlo Villas (literature). FILCOLS member Rolando Tolentino, BNSCWC Associate for Film, is workshop director. The distinguished panel of art critics includes Paulo Alcazaren (architecture), FILCOLS Chair Isagani R. Cruz (literature), Cid Reyes (visual arts), and Jose Victor Torres (cultural history).

This event is in cooperation with USLS-Bacolod and supported by NCCA.

National Workshop named after FILCOLS Member Rogelio Sicat now accepts application

The Palihang Rogelio Sicat (PRS) now accepts applications to its fifth annual creative writing workshop in Filipino. The Department of Filipino and Philippine Literature spearheads the workshop in cooperation with the Marinduque State College. It is the national writers workshop exclusive to authors writing in Filipino, the national language. It will be held on 16 – 20 May 2012 in Marinduque. Previous PRS workshop venues include Angono, Rizal; Palayan, Nueva Ecija; Baler, Aurora; and Alfonso, Cavite

Edgardo Maranan leads the teaching panel. He is a poet, essayist, fictionist, playwright, writer of children’s stories, in both English and Filipino. He has won 33 Palanca Award prizes, the highest number garnered by any Filipino author. Workshop faculty members include workshop co-directors Reuel Aguila and Jimmuel Naval, along with Marne Kilates, Bernadette Neri, and Will Ortiz.

Interested parties must submit any of the following: five (5) poems, or two (2) short stories (10 – 15 pages), or two (2) stories for children; two (2) creative non-fiction pieces or essays (10 – 15 pages); along with a bionote, photograph (2x2, colored). Manuscripts must be in 12 points, Arial, double-spaced, 8x11 size format.

Fifteen (15) writing fellows will be chosen. The workshop is all expenses paid, including transportation from UP Diliman to the venue. Fellows will be given a modest stipend.

Send all requirements (or inquiries) to: on or before 23 April 2012.

This article is lifted from with permission.

FILCOLS members Raul Funilas, Pia Montalban and Mark Angeles celebrate 9th year of their organization

In an event entitled KM9, progressive poetry group Kilometer 64 will celebrate its nine years this March 13, Tuesday, with a poetry reading and book launch at Conspiracy Garden Café in Visayas Avenue, Quezon City.

Created by social activist, painter and poet Rustum Gil Casia as an online group in Manila and then later on co-moderated with poet and journalist, Alexander Martin Remollino, the group is known for its hard-hitting and red-blooded poetry published through several chapbooks that tackle pressing social issues in the Philippines.

On its anniversary celebration, the group will launch its second book, Mga Panahon sa Hacienda Luisita, a support to the struggles of more than 4,000 farmworkers in the disputed hacienda owned by the family of the current president, Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III.

Kilometer 64’s membership had peaked at 900 and has followings local and overseas. Among its known members are sculptor, poet and FILCOLS member Raul “Tata Raul” Funilas, Kristoffer Berse, Palanca-awardee and FILCOLS Member Mark Angeles, and former political detainee Axel Pinpin. Today, it boasts of chapters in Southern Tagalog and Central Luzon

Open house starts at exactly 6 pm. Event is of free admission.

This article is lifted from with permission.

FILCOLS Member Betty Uy-Regala presents Art Republik

New TV show on Filipino artists airs February

Art Republik, a new TV show that features Filipino artists, debuts February 28 on Knowledge Channel at 8:40 p.m. Art Republik is a 30-minute program on Philippine arts and culture, profiling 51 artists from various art fields and two art collectors or a total of 53 guests for its first season. The first season of Art Republik carries 13 episodes anchored on themes, which are based on cultural traits.

The cultural traits used as episode themes include close family relations with a focus on siblings' relationships, respect, Bayanihan, adaptability, hard work, responsibility, strong sense of community, commitment, courage, quality, sentimentality, excellence, and perseverance.

For the first episode, Art Republik features two families involved in the fields of independent film and the visual arts: the Lee Brothers and the Dalena sisters. Roxlee is the hero of underground cinema; Romeo Lee commonly known as Lee is a University of the Philippines-Diliman icon and visual artist/performer.

Sari Lluch Dalena is a multi-awarded filmmaker who recently bagged the Best Picture and Best Director awards at the 2011 Cinema One Originals Film Festival for Ka Oryang. Aba Lluch Dalena is a visual artist, an art teacher and the lead vocals of Rockbato. Kiri Lluch Dalena traverses the fields of visual arts and film.

“We created the show to provide an alternative program to the usual entertainment and political fare on television. TV is a powerful medium to inform and engage people. We hope that Art Republik could contribute in increasing the awareness on Philippine art to a wider public by presenting its creators, the Filipino artists, whose work reflect our culture,” Betty Uy-Regala, producer of Art Republik, said. She is also a FILCOLS member.

The other members who complete the show's team are co-producer Evie dela Cruz, director JL Burgos, Imelda Morales, Opaline Santos, Ria Torrente, Kathrina Reston, Tom Estrera III, Allan Alcantara, Erwin dela Cruz, Rene Bayking, and Joel Laserna. Alma dela Pena, Mavie de Ocampo, Kristine C. Tabada, and Phillyn Lorenzo were part of the pilot episode production.

The show is produced through the Asian Christian Arts Association, Inc., a non-governmental organization, and partially funded by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), the policy-making body and grants-giving government agency for the preservation, development and promotion of Philippine arts and culture.

Felipe de Leon, Jr., chairman of the NCCA, said, “The Philippine government recognizes the role of culture in the development of the economy and national unity. This is embodied in our Constitution (Article XIV) and the Medium-Term Philippine Development Plan (MTPDP).”

Art Republik will be aired on Knowledge Channel every Tuesday at 8:40 p.m. with replays on Thursday at 8:40 p.m. and Saturday at 2:00 p.m. Knowledge Channel is channel 42 on Sky Cable. Art Republik is on Facebook (


For more information on Art Republik, please contact Betty Uy-Regala at 0906-2604175 or email

This article was lifted from The Filipino Writer of Dino Manrique.

Black Pen Publishing presents Responde

From Rom Factolerin of Black Pen, the publisher of Responde by Norman Wilwayco:

Eto ang mga paraan para makakuha kayo ng kopya ng librong Responde na akda ni Norman Wilwayco:

either online: (via courier or meetup)

OR Bookay-Ukay Pilipinas, Pandora's BooksOnline, Bookbed, and soon in other bookstores like Chapter IX Booksandmore, Popular Bookstore, Samtoy Books, National Book Store, Powerbooks Store, Fully Booked, Filipinas Heritage Library

OR sa Kwentuhang Wasak: RESPONDE (at a discounted price, magpalista na kayo para d kayo maubusan ng upuan) on March 16, Chef's Bistro

5 Fascinating Things about BLTX

Read a short article about Better Living Through Xeroxography small indie press held last Mar. 2 and 3, 2012 at the Ilyong's Restaurant, Project 4, QC and at Chef's Bistro, Tomas Morato, QC.

Check here:


JUMPSTART YOUR FREELANCE WRITING CAREER is back! We've condensed it into a one-day crash course session so you can have everything you need to jumpstart your freelance writing career in one compact session.The workshop happens on March 17 (Saturday), 9AM to 6PM at co.lab, 4/F Optima Building, Salcedo Street, Legaspi Village, Makati City. (The building is right in front the back side of Legaspi Park.) To reserve a slot to the workshop, please completely fill out the fields below.For further inquiries, email or call/text (0927) 850 8280.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

FILCOLS Member Black Pen Publishing starts pre-order phase for a poetry collection

FILCOLS Member Black Pen Publishing is at the pre-order phase of Axle Pinpin's collection of poetry entitled "Lover's Lane."

Pinpin hails from Cavite. He has two collections of poetry: Tugmaang Walang Tugma (1999) and Tugmaang Matatabil (2008). He was a political detainee from 2006-2008. His works are teeming with wit and social relevance.

Black Pen is an alternative publishing company that gear towards making the welfare of the writer as the center of publishing. Being alternative means that is sets itself apart from the common and traditional ways of capitalist-centered publication by pushing forward the interests of the writers and readers as well as making it possible for good books affordable to more readers.

It is based in Los Banos, Laguna.

To order, kindly check this FB page:

Or send Teena Estrada a text message:

Monday, March 5, 2012

FILCOLS Member Romulo P. Baquiran, Jr. wins SEAWrite Award

Full story can be viewed here

Friday, March 2, 2012

Updated List of FILCOLS Members

Abad, Gemino H.
Abrahan, Gian Carlo C.
Abuan, Mariane Amor T.
Abueg, Efren R.
Acabado, Brian B.
Agapito, Josephine D.
Agbayani, Diana
Agbayani, Susan Claire R.
Aguay, Jr., Bernardo O.
Aguilar, Erick D.
Aguinaldo, Dennis
Agus, Editha L.
Alarde, Crispulo
Alcantara, Ruby G.
Alfabeto, Estrella D.
Alfabeto, Sedd D.
Almario, Virgilio S.
Almonte, Napoleon G.
Alsonado, Mercy T.
Alvarez, Crizzalyn
Amante, Louise Vincent B.
Ampatin, Estrella V.
Anadilla, Anthony
Andrada, Willy
Andres, Mylette V.
Anima, Nid A.
Angeles, Mark Anthony S.
Anlim, Jaime L.
Antonio, Teo T.
Anduyan, Glenn Paul A.
Añonuevo, Roberto T.
Aradilla, Agripina R.
Arbozo, Cruzaldo E.
Arguelles, Mesandel V.
Arisgado, Mark Joseph Z.
Arroyo, Rubie A.
Asuncion, Ruperta (heirs)
Atalia, Eros S.
Atanacio, Glenn Vincent K.
Atilano, Ronald A.
Aviles, Jerome
Bacay, Lauren Kryzean R.
Bacudio, Ana Maria A.
Balde, Abdon M. Jr.
Baldicanas, Vanessa D.
Ballares, Lea D.
Baltazar, Gloria Jesusa D.
Bancoro, Sharon V.
Banzon, Gerardo
Baquiran, Romulo P.
Barbosa, Gina B.
Barcelona, Noel Sales
Barco, Nestor S.
Barro, Liana M.
Bautista, Lualhati T.
Bautista, Sherille Love V.
Baybay, Dulce F.
Bayron, Agapito Jr. M.
Belamide, Aidel Paul G.
Beltran, Andy C.
Beltran, Maria Rona B.
Bengco, Grace P.
Biglaen, Salvador T.
Bolasco, Karina A.
Bolo, Benjamin, Jr.
Boloron, Hazel Marie R.
Bonifacio, Amelia L.
Boquiren, Rommel Chester G.
Borlongan, Ariel D.
Breva, Ofelia F.
Brillon, Cherish Aileen A.
Bron, Ligaya O.
Bucayong, Cecilia O.
Buenavista, Dave P.
Bufe, Aiza Q.
Bugayong, Perla L.
Bumadilla, Sergio A.
Buncales, Emma O.
Bustamante, Marchiesal B.
Cabigon, Lordino G.
Cabote, Diana G.
Cagalingan, Rene Roy
Cahilig, Fatima
Caimen, Rezan T.
Calbayar, Jerome P.
Name withheld upon request
Calilan, Erick
Camba, Moreal N.
Camiloza, Loreto G.
Campano, Josephine P.
Canilao, Narcisa P.
Canque, Warlita C.
Capili, Jose Wendell
Carcamo, Ronaldo L.
Carpio, Rustica C.
Carrasco, Floby R.
Casanova, Arthur D.
Castillo, Paul
Catanyag, Teofilo M.
Cayabyab, Rochelle Ann S.G.
Chancoco, Jose Jason L.
Choon, James Teng
Cleto, Ma. Luna S.
Colayco, Francisco J.
Cometa, Ma. Jenzen R
Condino, Melrose R.
Consolacion, Estarija A.
Constantino, Anna Veronica L.
Constantino, Gigi
Cordero, Kristian S.
Coroza, Michael M.
Cristobal, Jr., Adrian
Cristobal, Sr., Adrian E.
Cristobal, Celina S.
Crizaldo, Hazel Joy P.
Cruz, Al Joseph M.
Cruz, Flor Marie SR
Cruz, Isagani R.
Cruz, Jhoanna Lynn B.
Culibao, Mayette
Cuñada-Añonuevo, Rebecca T.
Cura, Faye
Cutab, Leonil Fernando R.
Dabao, Vicente V.
Dalisay, Jose Jr. Y.
Damag, Ma. Emily S.
Dandan, Cora
Daquiado, Nonilona P.
Dargantes, Alan P.
Dargantes, Sylvia Minda T.
De Guzman,Michael P.
De Peralta, Honeylein C.
De Ungria, Ricardo
Dela Cruz, Ainne Frances F.
Dela Cruz, Christa
Dela Cruz, Khavn
Dela Cruz, Mar Anthony S.
Dela Cruz, Maureen Gaddi
Dela Cruz, Rita T.
De los Reyes, Dong A.
Delos Reyes, Joselito D.
Derain, Allan Roberto N.
Descalso, Lucky Jake P.
Diokno, Ferdinand
Dimaranan, Lester P.
Dionaldo, Shara Rose Virgini O.
Doydora, Jechris A.
Dudang, Elnora B.
Dumlao, Emmanuel V.
Durado, Adonis G.
Ebuña, Raul M.
Edilo, Genaro Perfecto C.
Ediza, Marilou M.
Encabo, Evangeline A.
Enriquez, Delia C.
Espiritu, Jeffrey M.
Estrada, Virginia O.
Euldan, Cristopher N.
Fajilan, Wennielyn F.
Faustino, Jeremiah D.
Felicitas, Catalina L.
Fernandez, Erwin S.
Fernando, Gilda Cordero
Fernando, Ricardo P.
Fernando, Rogerick Fontanilla
Ferma, Elena O.
Festin, Rowena P.
Flores, Jr., Angelito G.
Fonacier, Kristine
Fortun, Noel T.
Funilas, Raul
Gabuya, Josefina V.
Galan, Gloria L.
Galan, Ralph S.
Galicia, Arnold John S.
Gallego, Mikael Rabara
Galos, Reparado III B.
Garlitos, Raymund M.
Geminiano, Melody G.
Genova, Windsor John C.
Gervacio, German V.
Gidal, Rowena
Gilbang, Ezzard R.
Gimena, Glady E.
Go, Lolito R.
Gonzales, Danilo V.
Gracio, Jerry A.
Grajo, Jeanette P.
Grampon, Elmer C.
Grego, Frank
Gregorio, Maridol R.
Grutas, Sarah Jean B.
Guerrero, Amadis Ma.
Guevara, Nerisa
Hadap, Henry L.
Hafalla, Tommy D.
Hidalgo, Cristina Pantoja
Hinampas, Lourdes Z.
Ignacio, Mackoy
Imson, April Jade
Jimenez, Jerry A.
Jocson, Schedar D.
Jurado III, Jose I.
Jurado, Linda A.
Kilates, Marne
Kimpo, Phillip Jr.
Kintanar, Thelma B.
Labor, Kriscell Largo
Labtog, Carl Michael Y.
Lacaba, Kris L.
Lacambra, Gexter O.
Lagas, Fe J.
Lareza, Jose Erwin C.
Laudinez, Marisa S.
Layco, Christian G.
Lee, Ricardo A.
Libiran, Jim
Lim, Ronald Jeffrey S.
Limocon, Angeline T.
Limpin, Vivian N.
Liongoren, Alfredo A.
Lubang, Jeffrey A.
Lumbera, Bienvenido
Lumbrera, Rosa S.
Lumista, Hannah P.
Madarang, Rhea Claire E.
Madrilejos, Alberto Manalon
Magtalas, Kevin Kristofer R.
Malabanan, Joel Costa
Mandar, Ely B.
Mantong, Fe H.
Maramba, Asuncion David
Maranan, Edgardo B.
Maranan, Luchie B.
Maranca, Ma. Pamela
Marcelino, Bart
Marfil, Felisa Jyl C.
Martin, Mayo Uno Aurelio
Perfecto, Martin T.
Masangkay, Frederick R.
Mateo, Marilag T.
Matias, Segundo D.
Meadows, Kimiyo Ann P.
Mellado, Love N.
Mendoza, Elenita C.
Mendoza, Gil
Miclat, Alma C.
Miclat, Mario I.
Miclat, Maningning
Mintu, Cynthia B.
Miranda, Anna Vanessa G
Miranda, Daisyree C.
Mojica, May L.
Molde, Ma. Joverly S.
Moldez, Raul G.
Molina, Russel L.
Montalban, Pia C.
Montemayor, Ma. Lebeña
Montesena, Francisco Arias
Morta, Jacqueline L.
Munsayac, Jose R.
Muyargas, Jose George E.
Na, James Teng Choon
Nadera, Victor Emmanuel Carmelo D.
Nadora, Anna Cristina G.
Nallano, Teresita O.
Narreto, Erlinda C.
Narreto, Oliver Michael C.
Narvaez, Eilene Antoinette G.
Naval, Jimmuel C.
Navarro, Leslie S.
Neri, Othoniel M.
Nierva, Victor Dennis T.
Nieto, Deborah Rosalind
Noblefranca, Lou Anthony E.
Nuncio, Elizabeth Morales
Nuncio, Rhoderick
Nuyles, Christopher B.
Ocampo, Allan Lenard
Octaviano, Earl Vincent
Ola, Ervin
Ong, Charlson L.
Ong, Mjolnir Xoce V.
Opiso, Jennifer G.
Orara, Ma. Ainyle Ephraimmee M.
Ordanza, Paul John B.
Ordoñez, Elmer
Ordonez, Roderick U.
Ordoñez, Rogelio L.
Orillos, Jenny
Osorio, Anna Trisha Monica D.
Palaypay, Ricardo A.
Panlilio, Erlinda E.
Parcero, Placido Jr. R.
Pasion-Flores, Andrea D.
Paterno, Maria Elena P.
Patindol, Jean Lee C.
Paulican, Ma. Stella M.
Payongayong, Joahnna Carla A.
Pena, Romeo P.
Peralta II, Dante N.
Perez, Edward
Pernia, Marjorie Evasco
Petras, Jayson D.
Pichay, Nicolas B.
Pineda, Haidee
Pingol, Alicia
Prodigalidad, Ma. Veronica
Punzalan, Jaclyn Norms A.
Queaño, Nonilon V.
Quilang, Crispin S.
Quintos, Patrick Rowell A.
Rafael, Nanoy
Ramos, Mark Anthony
Ramos, Windsor Roland M.
Razalo, Lucerne M.
Regacho, Corazon F.
Remoto, Danton R.
Reyes, JST
Reyes, Ma. Elyssa Paulin R.
Reyes, Pedro (Jun) C.
Rillo, Fidel
Rival, Nadeth Rae E.
Rivera, Frank G.
Robles, Willester
Rodriguez, Mary Jane B.
Rodriguez, Rufus B.
Rojo, Sergio, Jr.
Romero, Davis A.
Roperos, Glenn Paul G.
Saboy, Scott M.
Salanga, Elyrah
Salud, Joel Pablo
Salut, Andrew
Salvador, Fermin
Salvador, Francis Isidro
Salvador, Mary Anne Jimenez
Samaniego, Lorelie Gloria A.
Samar, Edgar C.
Samson, Rommel
Sanchez, Louie Jon A.
Santillan, Renato Rosario
Santos, Benilda S.
Sarigumba, Cherilyn
Sarigumba, Ritchen T.
Sarno, Heidi B.
Sebullen, Isabel D.
Sepe, Lee
Sepeda, Bernardo N.
Sering, Tara F.T.
Sicat, Ma. Ellen L.
Sicat, Rogelio R.
Silabay, Gladys G.
Sinamban, Evangeline B.
Sison, Lydia C.
Siy, Beverly W.
Socorro, Alexander J.
Soliven, Hazel E.
Sto. Domingo, Dennis
Suba, Sally C.
Subido, Grace Celeste T.
Sunico, Ramon C.
Supremo, Reinerio P.
Sy, Joaquin
Tabora, Jennelyn M.
Talle, Onnah Pierre P.
Tan, Debbie Ann L.
Tana, Luigi James
Tanauan, Ryan M.
Tario, Jennifer
Teodoro, John Iremil E.
Teran, Andrea B.
Tinio, Ergoe
Toledo, Joel M.
Tolentino, Delfin Jr. L.
Tolentino, Roland B.
Tolosa, Kathline Anne S.
Topacio-Manalaysay, Kristy Anne C.
Torralba, John Enrico C.
Torre, Ricky S.
Tuason, Richard John M.
Tuazon, Joseph Rosmon M.
Tumamac, Michael Jude B.
Turion, Clariz Eval I.
Tuvilla, Charles B.
Umil, Roberto O.
Uy-Regala, Betty C.
Valmorida, Jose S.
Veluz, Rosauro Y.
Verzo, Ronald V.
Villa, Lolita P.
Villafania, Santiago
Villanueva, Voltaire M.
Villasanta, Juanito V.
Villasis, Enrique S.
Virgo, Narciso A.
Virtusio, Shiela Salvacion M.
Vitor, Arnel S.
Yabes, Criselda D.
Yanilla-Aquino, Lalaine F.
Yu, Hope Sabanpan
Yumul, Aurora Veronica D.
Yuson, Alfred A.
Zafra, Galileo S.

Local and Foreign Publishers
A-Z Direct Marketing
Abiva Publishing
Adarna House, Inc.
Ambitgoya Books Enterprises
Anvil Publishing
Ateneo Press
BC Educational, Inc.
Books Atbp. Publishing Corp.
C & E Publishing
Cacho Publishing House
Cambridge University Press
Central Books
Claretian Communications Foundation, Inc.
Colayco Foundation for Education, Inc.
De La Salle University
Don Bosco Press Inc.
FELTA Multimedia
Futurebuilder Publications
Ilaw ng Tahanan Publishing, Inc.
Lampara Publishing
National Book Store
New Day Publishers
Precious Pages
Shepherd's Voice Publications, Inc.
St. Mary's Publishing Corp.
Think and Print Publishing
UP Sentro ng Wikang Filipino
UST Press
Vibal Publishing
Vicarish Publication and Trading, Inc.
Black Pen Publishing

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FILCOLS member Jeff Lubang radio guesting

Everyone is invited to listen to FILCOLS member Jeffrey Lubang tomorrow, Mar. 3, 2012 at DWWW 774 am radio from 7:30-8-30 am.

Lubang is the guest of the radio show Doctors' Orders hosted by Dr. Jaime Galvez-Tan, former Department of Health Secretary.

Call for Entries: The 81st Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition

Enter the 81st Annual Writing Competition and gain access to agents, to editors, to your peers, to readers. Winning entries will be on display in the 81st Annual Writer’s Digest Competition Collection and entrants will gain the spotlight they deserve.

Compete and Win in 10 Categories!

Inspirational Writing (Spiritual/Religious)
Memoirs/Personal Essay
Magazine Feature Article
Genre Short Story (Mystery, Romance, etc.)
Mainstream/Literary Short Story
Rhyming Poetry
Non-rhyming Poetry
Stage Play
Television/Movie Script
Children’s/Young Adult Fiction
Entry Fee

Poems: $15 for the first entry; $10 for each additional poem submitted during the same transaction.

All other entries: $25 for the first manuscript; $15 for each additional entry submitted during the same transaction.


$3,000 cash
a trip to the Writer’s Digest Conference in New York City
individual attention from 4 editors or agents

First Place: $1,000 cash and $100 off WD Shop purchase

Second Place: $500 cash and $100 off WD Shop purchase

Third Place: $250 cash and $100 off WD Shop purchase

Fourth Place: $100 cash and $50 off WD Shop purchase

Fifth Place: $50 cash and $50 off WD Shop purchase

Sixth through Tenth Place: $25 cash

All Winners also receive a 1-year Writer’s Digest VIP membership, which includes a one-year subscription (new or renewal) to Writer’s Digest Magazine, 1 year access to, discounts on Writer’s Digest University workshops and purchases at and more.


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6th Likhaan: The Journal of Contemporary Literature Call for Submissions

6th Likhaan: The Journal of Contemporary Literature Call for Submissions
Submitted by noid on January 20, 2012 - 2:55am. Call for Submissions (Anthology)


The LIKHAAN: UP Institute of Creative Writing announces that it is now accepting submissions for possible inclusion in the sixth issue of Likhaan: The Journal of Contemporary Literature.

Likhaan, the country's leading literary peer-reviewed journal funded by the Office of the UP Diliman Chancellor and published annually, showcases the best of new and unpublished Philippine writing in English and Filipino. Submissions to the journal undergo a strict pre-screening and blind refereeing process by both the editors and a panel of referees composed of eminent writers and critics from within and outside UP. The ICW fellows and associates take turns serving as its editor.

Previous editors of the journal are ICW director Jose Y. Dalisay Jr., National Artist for Literature Virgilio S. Almario, former ICW director and former UP Vice-President for Public Affairs Cristina Pantoja Hidalgo, award-winning writer Pedro ‘Jun’ Cruz Reyes, and Dr. Roland Tolentino, dean of the College of Mass Communication. Likhaan 6 will be edited by Dr. Gémino H. Abad. Associate editors will be National Artist Virgilio S. Almario (for Filipino) and Dr. Cristina Pantoja Hidalgo (for English).

The guidelines follow:

1.For its sixth issue, Likhaan: The Journal of Contemporary Philippine Literature 6, will accept submissions in the following genres, in both English and Filipino:

• Short stories ranging from about 12 to 30 pages double-spaced, in 11-12 points Times Roman, New York, Palatino, Book Antique, Arial or some such standard font. (A suite of short prose pieces will be considered.)

• A suite of four to seven poems, out of which the editors might choose three to five. (Long poems will be considered in lieu of a suite.)

• Creative nonfiction (essays, memoirs, profiles, etc.), subject to the same length limitations as short stories (see above).

• Critical/scholarly essays, subject to the same length limitations as short stories (see above)

• Excerpts from graphic novels, or full short graphic stories, for reproduction in black and white on no more than 10 printed pages, 6” x 9.” (Excerpts should be accompanied by a synopsis of the full narrative.)

2. All submissions must be original, and previously unpublished.

3. All submissions must be accompanied by a biographical sketch (no more than one or two short paragraphs) of the author, including contact information (address, telephone number, e-mail address).

4. Submissions may be e-mailed to, or posted to The Editors, Likhaan Journal, UP Institute of Creative Writing, Rizal Hall, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City, 1101.

5. All submissions should be received (whether by e-mail or post) no later than March 30, 2012.

6. All submissions will undergo a strict pre-screening and blind refereeing process by the editors, and a panel of referees composed of eminent writers and critics from within and outside the University of the Philippines .

7. Writers whose work will be accepted for publication will receive a substantial cash payment and a copy of the published journal.

8. The editors reserve the right to edit any and all materials accepted for publication.

9. The editors may also solicit or commission special, non-refereed articles for publication outside of the aforementioned genres and categories to enhance the editorial content and balance of the journal.

10. Please direct any and all inquiries to the editors at

P40 for 40 Storybook Sale -Adarna House

It’s that time of the year — or more specifically, it’s that hour of the year! For an hour on March 17 (Saturday), our storybooks will be on sale for only Php 40.00 each. Our books usually go for Php 73.00, so this sale would mean a 45% discount across our storybooks!

So on the morning of March 17, 2012, our showroom doors will only be open from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM. The rest of the morning, only Adarna House staff will be allowed to enter the showroom.

The forty-peso purchases will be limited to 40 books per person, so books in excess of the 40 books have to be purchased at regular price. But if you’re there by 10:00am, you will, of course, be allowed to settle your purchases even after the sale period.

Just remember that as soon as the clock strikes 11:00AM, the selling of 40-peso books will stop, and only the books in the hands of customers by 11:00 AM will be considered for the sale.

However, if you’re a day care worker who can show us a valid ID, the happiness just goes on!

This is a map to our office, and here are instructions on how to get here. For inquiries, you may call Ediel at 352-6765 local 111.

Taunang Klinikang Pampanulaan ng LIRA

Binubuksang muli ng Linangan sa Imahen, Retorika, at Anyo (LIRA), ang kilala at pinakamatagal nang aktibong kapisanan ng mga makata sa wikang Filipino ang Taunang Klinikang Pampanulaan para sa mga nais lumahok. Ang lingguhang klase tuwing Sabado at Linggo mula 9:00 n.u. hanggang 5:00 n.h ay tatagal mula Hunyo hanggang Agosto, subalit magkakaroon pa rin ng iilang klase hanggang Nobyembre.

Kabilang sa mga pag-aaralan sa kabuuan ng palihan ay tradisyonal na pagtula, mga anyong pampanulaan, kasaysayang pampanulaan, at iba pang mahahalagang isyung pampoetika. Ang palihan ngayon ay nasa pamamahala ng batikang makata at gurong si Dr. Michael M. Coroza, at patuloy na paggabay ng tagapagtatag at tagapayo ng LIRA, Pambasang Alagad ng Sining para sa Panitikan Virgilio S. Almario.

Kabilang sa mga regular na guro ng palihan sina Fidel Rillo, Vim Nadera, Rebecca T. Anonuevo, Roberto T. Anonuevo, Romulo Baquiran Jr., Jerry Gracio, D.M. Reyes, Marne Kilates, Ergoe Tinio, Nanoy Rafael, at Dr. Edgar Samar.

Upang makapagpatala, magpadala ng isang Word Document file na naglalaman ng mga sumusunod: isang pahinang bio-data, ID picture, numero ng telepono, at limang tula sa Filipino (Hindi tatanggapin ang mga tulang nakasulat sa Ingles at ibang wika.) Maaari rin mag-iwan ng isang sobreng naglalaman ng mga pangangailangan sa pigeon hole ng LIRA sa UP Institute of Creative Writing, 2/F Faculty Center, College of Arts and Letters, UP Diliman, 1101 Quezon City.

Ang huling araw ng pagpapatalâ ay ang ika-30 ng Abril, 2012.



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22-26 May 2012

The University of the Philippines Baguio and National Commission for Culture and the Arts will hold the third Cordillera Creative Writing Workshop on May 22 to 26, 2012. The Workshop is open to all, 16 years old and above. Original and unpublished works written in any of the Northern Philippine Languages (and their dialects): Ibaloy, Kankanaey, Ifugao, Kalinga, Bontoc, Kalanguya, Karao, Isnag, Tinguian, Pangasinan, Ilokano, etc. Submit any of the following:

Three (3) poems

One (1) short story

One (1) creative nonfiction/essay

Entries must be accompanied with translation in Filipino or English, together with a brief curriculum vitae of the author, submitted as word document attachment via email to and

Deadline of submission of entries is April, 15 2012. Notice of acceptance to the workshop will be released on April 20, 2012. Meals and lodging for all participants during the Workshop will be hosted. For inquiries, contact the UP Baguio College of Arts and Communication telefax (074) 4448393, or through email at or

Congratulations to the new Board of Trustees of FILSCAP

From the website of FILSCAP


The members of the Board of Trustees of FILSCAP duly elected at the Annual Membership Meeting held on 29 February 2012 are as follows:

1. Noel Cabangon

2. Arturo Lui Pio

3. Roberto Rigor

4. Gary Granada

5. Leocadio Sanchez III

6. Katrina Belamide

7. Adoracion Saturno

8. Ma. Carmencita Gil

9. Ceasar Apostol

10. Rodolfo Cayamanda

11. Ramon Chuaying, representing UNIVERSAL RECORDS

12. Rachel Dacillo, representing POLYEAST MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

13. Atty. Marivic Benedicto, representing STAR SONGS, INC.

14. Alvin De Vera, representing ALPHA MUSIC CORPORATION

15. Johnny Sy, representing PRAISE INC.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

FILCOLS Member Black Pen Publishing Co-presents OpenBook Session with FWGP

From FILCOLS Member Black Pen Publishing:

Let us join WASAK author, Norman Wilwayco on March 16, 2012 as his friends will read stories from his book, the 2nd edition of RESPONDE (BlackPen Publishing, 2012). As what is mentioned in the review of Lourd de Veyra, RESPONDE is a collection of short stories in Filipino wherein we will meet the author’s crew of mad, lovable, downtrodden, foulmouthed, alcohol-and-narcotics-fueled misfits. Esteemed fictionist Jun Cruz Reyes-himself an iconoclast of Philippine lit-christened Wilwayco as his rightful successor.

The Freelance Writers’ Guild of the Philippines’ OpenBook program for the month of March begins at 7:30pm.

Guest readers are the following:

• Jun Sabayton, a social satirist, a film/video director, photographer, wanabe film archivist, ex-production designer. He likes Jonas Mekas and a self-centered bastard. “Walang ibang bisyo kundi umibig.”

• Lourd de Veyra, host of Word of the Lourd, the bestselling author of “This is a Crazy Planets”. He is also the frontman of Radioactive Sago Project.

• Jim Libiran, a multi-awarded writer, poet, essayist, documentary filmmaker, activist and television producer and journalist. His first full-length film, “Tribu” was based on a screenplay that won the prestigious Palanca Award for Literature for 2006. His other films like “Happyland” are still showing in different schools all over the country.

With a special performance by the lead singer, Norman Los Añes of the Triangle Trauma Band, wherein they started the advocacy group named Tinta-Aklat-Rekord-Awit or TARA.

Hosted by Bebang Siy.

RESPONDE books and shirts are available for sale at the venue.

Entrance: P200, inclusive of one drink
Inquiries: 0917.9378617 (Ime)


Those who will pay in advance will get sure seats at the FRONT ROW.

You may also check this link to buy a copy of the book:

Online order form is available here:

The 2nd Sandra Burton Nieman Fellowship for Filipino Journalists now open

The Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility (CMFR) is administering the search for the 2nd Sandra Burton Nieman Fellowship sponsored by the Ninoy and Cory Aquino Foundation (NCAF).

As in the program’s first year, CMFR will be in charge of the selection process. CMFR will receive applications starting February 20, 2012 (Monday). Deadline for applications will be March 10, 2012 (Saturday). The application form may be downloaded from the link provided below.

Sandra Burton was the Hong Kong bureau chief of TIME magazine who accompanied then opposition leader former Senator Benigno Aquino Jr. on his flight home to Manila on August 21, 1983. The senator was killed on the tarmac upon his arrival. Ms. Burton reported on the assassination and the political turmoil triggered by the death of the opposition leader as well as the events that led to the fall of the Marcos dictatorship in February 1986. She continued to report on the democratic transition and the presidency of Mrs. Corazon Aquino, developing strong ties with many Filipino journalists working during that period.

Ms. Burton passed away on February 27, 2004 in Bali where she lived after retiring from journalism. She left a scholarship fund to the NCAF to support the study of Filipino journalists in the US.

The Nieman Foundation selects about 12 US and 12 foreign journalists for Nieman Fellowships each year. Only full-time journalists (including freelancers) with at least five years’ experience are qualified. Those journalists working for the news or editorial departments of newspapers, wire services, radio, television, web sites, online publications or magazines of general public interest may apply. Photojournalists, editorial cartoonists, columnists and broadcast producers are also eligible. Public relations practitioners and those who write in or for organizations whose primary business is not the media are not eligible.

Fellows are expected to do academic work at Harvard for two semesters, during which time they may not do professional work and should have obtained clearance from their employers, if applicable.

Philippine Daily Inquirer senior editor and columnist John Nery became the first recipient of the Sandra Burton-Nieman Fellowship for Filipino Journalists.

CMFR is inviting you to apply for the fellowship.

How to apply:

1. Download the application form (PDF).
2. Print the form and fill it out using a pen (please print clearly).
3. Letters of recommendation should be sent to the:

Sandra Burton Nieman Fellowship for Filipino Journalists
Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility
Address: 2/F Ateneo Professional Schools Salcedo
130 H.V. dela Costa St., Salcedo Village
Makati City 1227

4. Send your completed, dated and signed application form, along with your work samples and essays, to the:

Sandra Burton Nieman Fellowship for Filipino Journalists
Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility
Address: 2/F Ateneo Professional Schools Salcedo
130 H.V. dela Costa St., Salcedo Village
Makati City 1227

Materials must be sent no later than or postmarked by March 10, 2012 (Saturday).

Should you have any questions about the Sandra-Burton Nieman Fellowship for Filipino Journalists, you may email CMFR at You may also call the following CMFR numbers +63 2 894-1326/894-1314/840-0889 (attention Bryant Macale). Details regarding the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard are available here.

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FILCOLS @ 4th National COCOPEA Congress

FILCOLS attended the 4th National COCOPEA (Coordinating Council of Private Educational Associations) Congress held at the Main Court, 2L, Quadricentennial Pavilion, University of Santo Tomas, Manila last 28-29 February

The event was attended by more than 700 executives from the private education institutions all over the country. The theme of the Congress was Reforming Philippine Education: Issues, Challenges and Solutions. It was none other than President Benigno Simeon Aquino III who gave the keynote address.

For two days, FILCOLS distributed hundreds of membership forms and FILCOLS Primer to the delegates who visited the exhibitors' area. Trinity University of Asia showed their interest to hold a lecture/seminar on copyright and IP for the next school year. Professors from Angeles University Foundation, Technological Institute of the Philippines Manila, Ramon Magsaysay Memorial College in General Santos City, Academy of St. John, Sta. Clara, General Trias, Cavite, Columban College in Olongapo, Bicol College in Daraga, Albay, University of Luzon,Southern Christian College in North Cotabato and Emilio Aguinaldo College Manila are requesting for further communications regarding copyright and IP seminars to be held in their school.

A professor from Davao and another from Kalinga signed as FILCOLS members on the spot.

The 4th National COCOPEA Congress was organized by PAPSCU, PACU, CEAP, ACSCU and TEVSAPHIL.

The NBDB Commits to Excellence and Ethical Practices

In a special board meeting held on February 18, 2012, the National Book Development Board resolved to amend its Vision and Mission statements to focus on an aspect of book development that requires equal attention: the promotion of excellence and ethical practices within the book publishing industry.

The call to adhere to ethical business practices is not only timely, but necessary, as the public is so inundated with news about graft and corrupt practices that it is in danger of becoming inured. This should not be the case, especially when it comes to books.

Though no concrete evidence has ever surfaced to prove the existence of unethical business practices within the book industry, the Board recognizes the prevalence of these practices, which have been brought about by cutthroat competition within the industry itself. Unfortunately, these practices happen in the sale of books both in the public and private sectors.

The NBDB strongly urges members of the industry, as well as schools, to police their own ranks and to work with government in curbing these unethical practices. The Board feels that this is particularly crucial today because children and young adult Filipinos are exposed, through various media, to examples of unethical practices.

The NBDB would like to remind everyone who forms part of the book publishing industry that the Declaration of Policy found in Republic Act 8047, the law that created the NBDB, states that the book industry has a significant role to play in national development and, as such, it is different from all other industries. This is precisely the reason it receives significant support from government.

The Declaration of Policy also states that books, which are its products, are instrumental to the citizenry's intellectual, technical and cultural development - the basic social foundation for the country's economic and social growth. The NBDB Board hopes that all who comprise this industry should play their part in creating excellent and affordable books in an ethical environment that truly contributes to national development.

The new NBDB board is chaired by Flor Marie Sta. Romana Cruz. Ms. Sta. Romana Cruz is a prizewinning writer of children's literature and an essayist. She has a column in one of the leading national dailies. She tackles issues dealing with education, literacy and literature.

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