Monday, March 31, 2014

Free storytelling sessions from FILCOLS Member Adarna House

For 4 weekends of summer, Adarna House will be at certain National Book Store branches for free storytelling sessions!

The session are free and open to the public. So come by and see our professional storytellers at work. They will take kids to different worlds by making our stories come to life and engage them in fun games and activities, while exposing them to their rich and colorful culture and heritage.

The storytelling weekends will be held at 2:00 PM at the following dates and National Book Store branches:

April 5 and 6 : Cubao Superbranch
April 26 and 27 : Trinoma
May 3 and 4 : Alabang Town Center
May 10 and 11 : Crossing Quezon Ave.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Klasrum Adarna summer workshop for kids on comic illustration!

April 12 is the last day of early bird registration for this Klasrum Adarna summer workshop for kids on comic illustration!
Also a week-long class (May 12-16), the Illustrating Workshop is for kids 11-16 years old. The workshop will be facilitated by comic book and graphic artist Koi Carreon, along with PilandoKomiks creator Borg Sinaban.
  • Day1: Introduction to the Comic World
  • Day 2: Plot Discussion; Character Development
  • Day 3: Different Coloring Medium
  • Day 4: Cover Design, Title Pages and Creating an Alias/Pen Name
  • Day 5: Finishing Touches and Citations
To register or inquire, send an e-mail to lance [at]

Friday, March 21, 2014

Open for Applications: KABANATA Young Adult Writers’ Workshop

The Philippine Board on Books for Young People (PBBY) formally launches the KABANATA Young Adult Writers’ Workshop with a call for fellowship applications. Slated to begin in October 2014 in Quezon City, KABANATA aims to provide a venue and support system to writers who share in PBBY’s commitment to the promotion of a culture of reading among Filipino youth by providing this growing population with books that recognize their culture, aspirations, and sense of maturity.
For a period of at least six months, fellows accepted to KABANATA will meet monthly for learning sessions with industry experts, and progress discussions with their co-fellows. Upon novel completion, PBBY will help fellows with publication by inviting publishers to bid on the finished works. With this, KABANATA hopes to produce chapter books and young adult novels that will set the bar for similar endeavors to aspire to, and be the growth spurt of what will hopefully become a thriving, diverse, and quality Filipino literature inventory for kids and teens.
Applicants are asked to submit, among other requirements, a novel-in-progress represented by three chapters and a chapter outline. Novels-in-progress should be aimed towards children within the age of 9 to 16. Those interested may visit or to see the application guidelines, fellowship requirements, and complete workshop details. Deadline for applications is on July 31, 2014. For further inquiries, contact KABANATA via pbby.kabanata[at] or (02) 352-6765 local 119.
The Philippine Board on Books for Young People (PBBY) is a private, non-stock, non-profit organization committed to the development and promotion of children’s literature in the Philippines and is the lead agency in the annual celebration of National Children’s Book Day (NCBD), which falls on the third Tuesday of July.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Books up to 80% off offered by FILCOLS Member Anvil Publishing

1)  The sale is open to the public. Venue is the Anvil Warehouse located at #107  West Capitol Drive, Brgy. Kapitolyo, Pasig. The sale will run from April 2 to  April 6, from 10:00 AM until 8:00 PM
2)  Discounts vary per title
3)  Discounts are from 50% - 80% from the retail price
4)  All purchases are non-returnable
5)  Only cash payments will be accepted

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

FILCOLS Member Adarna House launched a book about nutrition

Go!, a  big book about nutrition and healthy energy, was launched today at McDonald’s Greenbelt. Present at the launch were Adarna House President Emelina S. Almario, Ronald McDonald House Charities Executive Director Marie Angeles, FNRI-DOST Director Dr. Mario Capanzana, McDonald’s EVP and CFO Bing Bachoco, and McDonald’s Philippines Chairman Mr. George Yang.
And with today being World Read Aloud Day, Adarna House storyteller Heidi Santos-Demaisip was also there to do a storytelling session with Grade 1 children from Pio del Pilar Elementary School.
Go! is published by Adarna House, in partnership with RMHC which uses the big books for their Bright Minds Read program, and with FNRI-DOST, the principal research arm of the government in food and nutrition.

Monday, March 3, 2014

2014 Reading Association of the Philippines (RAP) Convention Call for Papers

Do you want to be one of the presenters during the 2014 Reading Association of the Philippines (RAP) Convention on May 15-17, 2013 to be held in the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC)?
This is your chance to share your expertise with fellow literacy advocates!
We encourage you to submit your proposals for paper presentations. Through this, we will bring together professionals and advocates from various parts of the country to share their best practices on literacy education in relation to the following strands:
  1. New Technology and Literacy (Tool Literacy, Digital Literacy, E-Learning/ Online Learning, Cyber/Internet Literacy)
  2. Language and Literacy (Basic Literacy, Mother Tongue-Based Education, Second Language Learning, Foreign Language Learning)
  3. Multiple Literacies (Health Literacy, Environmental Literacy, Multicultural Literacy, Political Literacy, Economic Literacy, Scientific Literacy, Global Literacy)
  4. Media and Information Literacy (Media Literacy, Information Literacy, Visual Literacy, Film Literacy, Social Media)
  5. Teacher Preparation and Development for the New Literacies(Pre-service Teacher Development, In-service Teacher Development)

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Last week of early bird: Book Making Workshop for Kids from FILCOLS Member Adarna House

March 15 is the last day of early bird registration for this Klasrum Adarna summer workshop for kids on Book Making!
The Book Making Workshop is for kids aged 6-10, and will be held from 9:00 AM to 12:00 NN for a whole week (April 7 to 11, Monday to Friday). It will be moderated by Annie PacaƱa-Lumbao, member of Ang Ilustrador ng Kabataan and author of But That Won’t Wake Me Up! and But That Won’t Make Me Sleep.
  • Day 1: Exercise and Visualization
  • Day 2: Constructing the Storyline and Character Development
  • Day 3: Illustrating, Layout and Editing
  • Day 4: Coloring and Book Cover Design
  • Day 5: Finishing Touches and Awarding of Outputs
To register or inquire, send an e-mail to lance [at]

CALL FOR PAPERS Plaridel Journal Special Issue from UP College of Mass Communication

Plaridel Journal
Special Issue
The Bad, The Worse, and The Worst:
The Significance of Indonesian Cult, Exploitation, and B Movies
Guest editor: Ekky Imanjaya (University of East Anglia & Bina Nusantara University)
In Indonesia, popular Indonesian films, especially exploitation and B-movies, are overlooked and underrated by most film critics, film journalists, and film scholars.  Until recently, these kinds of films have not been commonly considered as “official” representations of Indonesian cinema, let alone Indonesian culture. Majority of books, works of journalism, and academic papers dealing with Indonesian cinema history, both in English and Indonesian, generally exclude the significance of classic “exploitation” cinema. These works only discuss such films if there are controversial issues associated with them, or if representations of social classes and gender are explored.  Only a few texts have discussed the phenomenon of exploitation films as such.
Interestingly, instead of art-house films directed by auteur directors, or films that attempt to represent “Indonesian faces on screen”—which are commonly considered and celebrated as the official representation of Indonesian culture by the Indonesian government and culture elites--“low art,”, “lowbrow” or “bad” movies are exported to and disseminated by the international film markets in Manila, Cannes, Berlin, etc. since 1982. Apparently, exploitation movies could well fit with the demands of international distributors.  
In addition, many such films are still very popular among the working-class and lower-class spectators, with some even becoming box-office hits. Borrowing Barry Keith Grant’s term, these films became “Mass Cult” for local fans (Grant 1991, 123). The “Mass Cult” status of the films is important to highlight, because these films were not marginalized by mainstream audience in Indonesia. However, these films were discriminated against by the Politics of Tastes of culture elites, and their cult status was partly shaped by New Order policies. The films were circulated freely and massively through LayarTancap(mobile cinema) and Misbar (seasonal movie theatre) during New Order era in rural and suburban areas, which were out of New Order radar until 1993. These kinds of distribution and exhibition became channels of alternative distribution and exhibition for those “marginalized” films and have produced their own dynamics and characteristic subcultures.
This raises several questions:  How were film cultures and cinematic production, mediation, and consumption generated in Indonesia and beyond? To what extent can we consider these “bad” exploitation films important and significant culturally, socially, politically, and economically? How and why do many of these kinds of films become cult films abroad and celebrated by global fans? How and why do Indonesian films texts achieve cult status? How might they differ from so-called mainstream films? To what extent can we still consider these media ‘cult,’ given global media reach? What of other exploitation films which were not exported, such as dangdut musicals by Rhoma Irama or comedy films starred by Benyamin Sueb and Warkop DKI? What of recent exploitation and B-movies, like the virtual discussion on Azrax (Melawan Sindikat Perdagangan Wanita) <Azrax (Against Women Trafficking Syndicate)> or discussion on works by Koya Pagayo and KK Deraj in “#Vividism” fan culture? Finally, what can all of these reveal about other critical concerns, from industry culture, to (re)distribution, consumption, and reception?
This edition of Plaridel: A Philippine Journal of Communication, Media, and Society will provide an opportunity to share research on any aspect of these practices and initiate dialogue on Indonesian cult, exploitation, and B-grade films.  Topics might include but are not limited to the following:
·         The Production of Indonesian Cult, Exploitation and B-movies
·         Networks, Co-productions, and/or Financing
·         Exploitation Film and Policy (censorship, etc.)
·         Indonesian B-movie cult stardom and celebrities  (Barry Prima, Suzanna, Bing Slamet, Benyamin, Rhoma Irama, Eva Arnaz, etc)
·         The Roles of International Star movies (Peter O’Brien, Chynthia Rothrock, Chris Mitchum, etc).
·         Indonesian cult Auteurs (Arizal, Sisworo Gautama, Tjut Djalil, etc)
·         Genres in Indonesian cult cinema
·         The Marketing of Indonesian Cult Movies and the Institutions of Film Markets
·         Indonesian B-movie Channels of Distribution
·         Indonesian and International politics of taste and cultural distinction
·         Indonesia and International cult fandoms and communities
·         Indonesian Exploitation Films and Theories of cult Internet fandom
·         Local media and global receptions
·         Emerging marginalised Indonesian  cult films
Abstracts should be submitted via email to plarideljournal@gmail.comon or before 10 April 2014. The deadline for full papers by authors whose Abstracts have been selected is 10 June 2015.

About Plaridel Journal
Plaridel: A Philippine Journal of Communication, Media, and Society was first published in 2004 as a national journal of communication and has since been released on a regular bi-annual basis. Eventually, the journal expanded its scope to include regional (i.e., Asian and Southeast Asian) topics and began to publish papers from other Asian countries. Papers published in Plaridel Journal are original researches emanating from various disciplines that engage with media and communication studies. Such papers may include qualitative or quantitative researches concerned with media effects, industry practices, political economy, cultural and subcultural formations, reception and consumption, among others.
Current and past issues are available at
Information for Authors
Plaridel: A Philippine Journal of Communication, Media, and Society is a refereed bi-annual journal published by the University of the Philippines, College of Mass Communication (UP CMC). It publishes papers on any aspect of Asian and Southeast Asian communication and media. Reviews of books, films, websites, television and radio programs, and other media texts are also accepted for publication.
All articles should have a high degree of scholarship. All article submissions are vetted by the issue and/or associate editor and then blind reviewed by at least two experts in the field.
All articles should be written with proper citations using the American Psychological Association (APA) style. Articles must not exceed a maximum of 10,000 words, while reviews must have at least 1,500 words. Articles in English or Filipino may be submitted.
Articles should be accompanied by an abstract of 100 to 150 words. Abstracts for contributions written in Filipino must be written in English.
Article submissions are to be e-mailed to the Editor-in-Chief at in MS Word format without any identifying information such as author(s) name and institutional affiliations. Authors should submit a separate document with the manuscript title, author name(s), institutional affiliation and contact information.
Authors submitting articles for consideration should not simultaneously submit the same articles to publications or journals. Articles should not have been published elsewhere in substantially similar form or with substantially similar content. Authors are responsible for gaining permission for including any copyrighted material that needs permission, including quotations of more than 300 words and illustrations.
Plaridel Journal Refereeing Process
Plaridel Journal publishes original articles that have gone through a rigorous double-blind peer-review process. Papers submitted to the journal for publication consideration undergo an initial editorial review by issue and/or associate editors. At this stage, papers can be accepted or rejected. Papers that are favorably reviewed move forward to the blind peer-review process. Referees or reviewers are selected based on their publication history and expertise in the field where the article seeks to make a contribution.
CHED Accreditation
The Plaridel Journal is accorded Category A-2 status in the Philippines by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Journal Accreditation System since 2010.
For further information, call (02) 9206864 or UP trunkline 981-8500 loc. 2668 or email Patrick F. Campos (Plaridel Journal Managing Editor) at <>.