Thursday, August 15, 2013

Anvil Publishing offers you signed copies of Jess Robredo: Proud Nagueño Memories when you buy online.

This book is one of the many tributes by those who knew and loved him, in and from his hometown of Naga City, and who could write about it or otherwise be interviewed for their reminiscences or reflections about him—be it as Naga’s beloved son, brother, friend, classmate, coworker, leader, and father.
This book also provides the Nagueño perspective… It gives the national audience a better understanding of Naga’s proudness of Jess, as well as his proudness for Naga and why this was his Maogmang Lugar (happy place) that he kept coming home to.
“Our experience proves that our people are our best resource and our best hope. Our experiences, and that of many others, have shown that if we cannot do it at the national level, we can begin at the local level. Successful local governments, driven by constituencies who are well-informed, constructively engaged, and willing to share the burden of community building, can build our country. It just might be a matter of leading from the bottom rather than being herded by the top.” – JESSIE ROBREDO.+++

Buy the book here: 

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Voice of the Youth Radio

Calling ALL COMMUNICATION STUDENTS! Voice of the Youth Network and Voice Of The Youth Radio is looking for volunteer Reporters All Over the Philippines.

15-30 years old. Who wants to create positive social change.

Please send your resume to

It's now time for your VOICE to Be Heard! To be Recognized!

We're also looking for volunteer graphic designers, writers, journalist, video editors, film makers, advertising enthusiast, motion graphic animators, animators, photographers, documentary makers, audio editor, music arrangers and Youth Advocates.

Join us this Saturday for Voice of the Youth Radio Broadcast Launching! 

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Monday, August 12, 2013

Facebook Photo Contest: Good Night, Lala

  1. The photo contest is open to all Filipinos anywhere in the world, except for: Adarna House authors, illustrators, and storytellers; and relatives of Adarna House employees up to the 3rd degree of consanguinity.
  2. To enter, contestants must have a Facebook account and take a photo of a person with the book Good Night, Lala.
  3. Contestants will upload the photo using this Photo Contest within the Adarna House Facebook Page, along with their name, e-mail address, mobile number, and a brief description of his/her good day with Good Night, Lala.
  4. Entries must be uploaded during the promo period (August 12 to September 4, 2013).
  5. Two winners will be chosen randomly through the Facebook entries, and 1 winner will be handpicked by author Maya Calica.
  6. The winners will be announced by September 6, 2013. Winners will also be informed via e-mail and SMS.
  7. Each of the 3 winners will receive a Good Night Lala doll handmade by the author of the book, a Pilandok plushie, the three newly-released board books (Masaya Ako!, Mga Hayop sa Filipinas, Pista Na!), 10 storybooks of their choice*, and selected Adarna House merchandise.
  8. Prizes MUST be claimed at the Adarna House booth during the Manila International Book Fair (9:00 AM to 8:00 PM, September 11 to 15 at the SMX Convention Center). Winners unable to claim their prizes personally may send representatives bearing an authorization letter and a photocopy of the winner’s ID.
  9. Adarna House reserves the right to cancel the contest if the contest period ends with less than 50 entries. Should this occur, each contestant will receive a free storybook for joining the promo. (Storybooks will still have to be claimed at the MIBF.)

* Winners may choose any Php 73.00 storybook, except for those published in 2013.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

The 1.8M Ignacio B. Gimenez Foundation, Inc. (IBGFI) English Musical Playwriting Competition 2013. Deadline March 31, 2014, 12nn.

Ignacio B. Gimenez Foundation, Inc. [IBGFI] Launches “English Musical Playwriting Competition 2013”
Ortigas, Pasig City – Ignacio B. Gimenez Foundation, Inc. [IBGFI], a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the Filipino community by creating employment and thus security for Filipino families, launched its first-ever English Musical Playwriting Competition on 08th August 2013.
The competition is open to all Filipinos who are eighteen [18] years old and over, amateurs and published writers alike.
Entrants should write a script [libretto] for a musical play of approximately ninety [90] minutes in length and is suitable for dramatization. This should include the CD recording of the songs incorporated in the story. The plays must have a maximum of twenty-five [25] characters including major and minor roles. It can be on any subject and must be written entirely in English.
The play entered in the competition must not - at the time of submission - have been offered for publication, performance or broadcast in any other form or media to any other person or company. All entrants must certify the originality of their submitted entries.
Three [3] winners will receive the following cash prizes:
First Place – Php 1,000,000.00
Second Place – Php 500,000.00
Third Place – Php 300,000.00
One of the winning playwrights’ stories will be produced on stage. All winners will also receive certificates of recognition and attend a prize - giving event. The prizes are as stated and cannot be modified or transferred.
The winners shall grant and transfer to IBGFI all intellectual property, moral and publication rights to the story, including any translations, adaptations or modifications related thereto. IN CONNECTION WITH THIS, THE WINNING PLAYWRITES WILL BE REQUESTED TO EXECUTE A FORMAL DEED OF ASSIGNMENT IN FAVOR OF IBGFI.
“I’m sure that the chance to take part in this competition will be a huge incentive for talented Filipinos out there, guided by their principles and dreams, to explore the wonderful and rich repertoire of playwriting, hone their writing skills, imagination and have fun in the process. I look forward to reading their stories,” said Mr. Ignacio B. Gimenez, President and Founder of IBGFI. Mr. Gimenez is also part of the competition’s panel of judges.
Closing date for all entries (with completed entry form, synopsis, manuscript, CD recording of songs) is by 12 noon of March 31, 2014.
Application form, competition guidelines and awards information are available on the competition web sites:

As a successful businessman, Mr. Ignacio B. Gimenez has long been passionate about supporting the Filipino community by creating employment and thus security for Filipino families. This lifelong undertaking has led him to create the Ignacio B. Gimenez Foundation, Inc. [IBGFI]
The IBGFI is a privately owned institution established to support the promotion of the arts, education, culture, skills, health and social growth within the Filipino society. The Foundation also provides a platform for the performance and exhibition of diverse artistic productions. Its creative programs include the sponsorship of the building of theatrical establishments and the production of performances, festivals, exhibitions, cultural research, outreach programs and the preservation and publication of materials about Philippine arts and culture.
The IBGFI designs, develops, organizes and finances projects in these areas to develop homegrown talent and display Filipino talent worldwide.

Thursday, August 8, 2013


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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Anvil Reveals Stories on the “Other Woman” in “Querida”!

Querida, mistress, kabit, kalaguyo, Number 2, other woman, concubine, kulasisi… we call her many names and we depict her in dozens of blockbuster movies , because she is the woman we all love to hate.
This feared and admired persona is the subject of  a new anthology entitled Querida. Edited by Caroline S. Hau, Katrina Tuvera and Isabelita O. Reyes, the stories in this collection make a prism that radiates the many aspects and qualities of ‘the other woman’ .
“Querida is defined by what she does, and with whom. Her name in Spanish means “beloved,” and tells us something about the passion she kindles, the affection she commands.” thus say the editors in the preface.  “ Depending on how tightly or loosely braided these issues are, a querida may be considered and treated as a partner, a playmate, or a prostitute.”
The anthology is composed of forty-two stories spanning one hundred and twenty-five years of literary portrayals of “the mistress”; from Jose Rizal’s Doña Consolacion in Noli Me Tangere to Angela Manalang Gloria’s nameless “other woman”, and Ricardo Lee, Racquel Villavicencio and Ishmael Bernal’s Marilou in Relasyon. Querida offers not only a feast of prose, poetry and drama from the Philippines’ most accomplished and distinguished authors as well as talented emerging writers such as Marivi Soliven Blanco and Katrina Tuvera, but also insights into what Lina Espina-Moore calls the beloved’s “illicit, illegal lives.”
Querida is available at the Fiction Section of National Book Store, Powerbooks and Bestsellers+++
-Aia Austria

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Save The Date: October 19-20, 2013for The2nd Filipino American International Book Festival


Filbookfest II
Bulletin #1
Save The Date: October 19-20, 2013for 
The2nd Filipino American
International Book Festival

The Philippine American Writers and Artists (PAWA) in cooperation with
the San Francisco Public Library and the Philippine Consulate General
of San Francisco invite you to celebrate the best of Philippine and
Filipino American literature and culture at the San Francisco Main Library at
the Civic Center on Saturday, October 19 and Sunday, October 20.

Like the highly successful Filbookfest I also held at the San
Francisco Main Library in 2011, which garnered a Certificate of Honor from the
City and County of San Francisco for being a milestone event for the Filipino
American community, Filbookfest II will once again showcase the
richness of Philippine culture through books, the visual and culinary arts, and

The two-day festival will feature author readings and signings, book sales,
food samplings, lectures, and panel discussions. Also being arranged is a
return performance of the balagtasan, an entertaining debate in poetry
that is unique to the Philippines and was a big hit in the 2011 book festival.

More details will be forthcoming. Filbookfest II will be open and
free to the public so please spread the word to your networks.

For authors who have published books in 2012-2013 and would like to do a
reading and signing at Filbookfest II, please write us at Give us
your name, contact information, a brief bio, book title, publisher and a
description of your book.

Follow us on Facebook: Filipino American International Book
and on twitter @FilBookFest

Free MIBF 2013 tickets from Adarna House!

Where has the rest of the year gone? The ber months will soon be here! That means that we only have a little over a month before the biggest book event of the country!
We will be at MIBF booths 203-206 with our books and merchandise sold at unbelievable discounts! As usual, our authors and illustrators will be there for book-signing.
All you have to do is be there, since we’re already taking care of your tickets. So please block off September 11 to 15 on your calendars, start saving up for your books, and we’ll see you at the MIBF! (Don’t forget to bring your own bag!)

Check the copy of the ticket here:

Monday, August 5, 2013

Maynila: Sa Mga Kuko ng Liwanag

The newly restored "Maynila sa mga Kuko ng Liwanag" opens this Wednesday, the 7th, at SM North Edsa, SM Mega Mall, SM Manila, and SM South.
The lone Filipino film included in "1,001 Movies You Must See Before You Die"- to be re-released in select SM Cinemas starting Wednesday-August 7- The digitally remastered "MAYNILA SA MGA KUKO NG LIWANAG" (Manila In The Claws of Brightness/ The Claws of Light)- directed by the legendary Lino Brocka starring Bembol Roco/ Hilda Koronel/ Joonee Gamboa/ Spanky Manikan/ and Tommy Abuel.

Maynila: Sa Mga Kuko ng Liwanag was written by Filipino novelist Edgardo M. Reyes.

Friday, August 2, 2013

39th UMPIL Congress sa 31 Agosto 2013

Mahal na Kapatid sa Panulat:

Malugod ka naming inaanyayahang dumalo sa ika-39 na Kongreso ng UMPIL na gaganapin sa Leong Hall Auditorium ng Ateneo de Manila University sa ika-31 ng Agosto 2013, ika-8:00 ng umaga hanggang ika-5:00 ng hapon. Ipagdiriwang sa pagtitipong ito ang ika-150 kapanganakan ni Andres Bonifacio at pagtutuunang-pansin ang kaniyang pagkamanunulat.
Bukod sa pagkakataon upang makapagkumustahan, taunang idinaraos ang kongresong ito upang magkatipon-tipon tayo na nagmumula sa iba’t ibang rehiyon at sektor ng lipunang Filipino upang makapagpalitang-kuro hinggil sa mga usaping may kinalaman sa kalagayan ng ating panitikang pambansa at, higit sa lahat, upang mapangalagaan at maitaguyod ang ating mga karapatan at kapakanan bilang manunulat ng bansa.

Mag-uulat ang ating Tagapangulong si Karina A. Bolasco hinggil sa mga kinasangkutan at pinagtagumpayang aktibidad ng UMPIL sa nagdaang taon. Magdaraos ng Writers Forum na katatampukan nina Leloy Claudio, Axel Pinpin, at Katrina Stuart Santiago bilang mga tagapagsalita. Iinog ang kanilang pagtalakay sa tanong na “May protesta pa ba sa pagsusulat?”

Pinakatampok na bahagi ng ating Kongreso ang pagkakaloob ng “Gawad Pambansang Alagad ni Balagtas” sa mga piling kasama natin na nag-ukol ng buong búhay at lakas sa pagsulat at nakapag-ambag sa kabang-yaman ng ating pambansang panitikan. Magkakaloob din tayo ng Gawad Pedro Bucaneg para sa pangkat pampanitikang may malaking naitulong na sa pagsusulong ng panitikan at Gawad Paz Marquez Benitez para sa guro ng wika at panitikan na naging bukal ng inspirasyon at karunungan at nakalinang ng mga malikhaing manunulat at kritikal na mambabasa.
Maraming salamat sa iyong pagpapaunlak sa paanyayang ito at magkita-kita tayo sa ating Kongreso sa ika-31 ng Agosto.

Lubos na sumasaiyo,

Kalihim Pangkalahatan

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