Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Year

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"After the frenetic pace of 2010, I decided to slow down a bit in 2011 and regain some semblance of a normal life by toning down the number of events I organize and the projects I take on in a given year. It seemed to have worked as I was generally happy and less stressed this year (though I doubt if it can be totally eliminated)."

Check out how the rest of the year went for me. Click here!

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Monday, November 14, 2011

White Space Market at NIGHT!

Whitespace is trying something new tomorrow, Whitespace Market at night! Same place 2314 Chino Roces Ave. Ext., Makati City. Different time from 4pm to 10pm, so you can drop by after work to get your shopping on.

Look for us at the Whitespace Market, we will have 2 booths:

The Rurungan sa Tubod Booth, where you can get your Tepiña wraps for the upcoming holiday season as well as your chic gifts for special friends.

The Abra Atbp, where you can get your northern exposure of Piniliian Bed spreads, Tableware and Clothing.

We hope to see you there.

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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Rice-ing up for Street Children

It’s the same story: mommy prepares veggies; child says no; mommy chases, threatens, and bribes; child cries and finally mommy relents and prepares hotdogs. This is the case for every other household you visit in the country – but what about those children who aren’t even given a cupful of rice; much less a choice between vegetables and hotdogs?

According to a report from UNESCO (United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization), there are 1.5 million street children in the Philippines – and guess what, you encounter 100,000 of them everyday right here in Metro Manila.

Virlanie Foundation is a non-profit organization striving to provide a better future for these children by giving them a home, a family and an opportunity to study. Virlanie has helped over 13,500 children since 1992 through their 12 Homes and 12 programs within and outside Metro Manila. This October, Virlanie shares the opportunity to help street children through their latest effort—the Rice Up for Street Children campaign.

“Every child’s well-being starts with a healthy meal”
“Street children are not only living in poverty; but more so, they are abandoned, neglected, abused and in need of special protection. They are the poorest of the poor,” shares Dominique Lemay, Virlanie Founder and President.

Through Rice Up for Street Children, Virlanie aims to collect enough pledges to accommodate its monthly needs of 50 sacks of rice per month for its homes and outreach programs in slum communities.

“ Everyone knows that rice is an important part of any Filipino child’s diet—unfortunately, for one reason or another, not every child is given his share of it,’ notes Lemay. “ Not only is rice the only carbohydrate that contains the essential amino acids needed for a developing child, it’s a cultural staple for any Filipino family.”

“Doing well by doing Good”

One is acknowledged as the society eventologist in the Philippines and the other is recognized as one of the top public relations firm in
the region—and a gathering for street children is the last place you’d expect to see them together. But for Tim Yap and GeiserMaclang,

it has always been about doing well in their respective industries, while giving back to the community.

“In GeiserMaclang, we’ve found a way to put social benefit at the heart of a successful business model,” shares GeiserMaclang Communications Director, Amor Maclang. “We don't just sell broadband internet, we do it in such a way that grandchildren teach their lolos and lolas to use the internet; we don't just promote a resort, we find ways to increase tourism and generate jobs inside of communities; we don’t just write press releases; we aim to bring the "social" in social marketing. And this is exactly how we have been working with Virlanie Foundation this past year.”

On the other hand Tim Yap will be taking the lead in Rice Up for Street Children campaign as Virlanie Foundation’s new Ambassador of Goodwill.

“At the end of the day, empowering children to have a brighter future, will always be greater and more important than individuals, affiliations and beliefs,” says Lemay. “And we hope that in the coming years, more and more people will realize this and find ways to help children, especially the disadvantaged ones, to become self-reliant, productive and independent.”

To find out more about Virlanie Foundation and how you can participate in the "Rice Up for Street Children" campaign, please visit or contact us through: Tel: +63 2 895.3460, Fax: +63 2 895.5232 or Email: frcom2(AT)

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Monday, October 10, 2011

The 23rd CCP Independent Film and Video Competition

The Cultural Center of the Philippines presents
(The 23rd CCP Independent Film and Video Competition)

22 to 25 November 2011
CCP Tanghalang Manuel Conde (Dream Theater)

Awards Night: 25 November 2011, Friday

Gawad CCP Para sa Alternatibong Pelikula at Video (The CCP Independent Film & Video Competition)
promotes Filipino independent filmmaking by giving recognition to the year's most outstanding film and video artists.
It is also the longest-running independent film and video competition in Asia.


Short Feature/Narrative

Short Feature/Narrative

*Best Regional Entry
*Best Entry On/For/By Children

1. Open to all Filipino citizens. Employees of the CCP and their close relations are disqualified from participating in the competition.

2. Entries may be in the following format:
FILM - 16mm, 35mm
3. All works must be strictly independent works and not produced for commercial screening. School-based work (e.g. theses) are eligible.

4. Entries must have been completed not earlier than December 2010.

5. An entry must not exceed 60 minutes in all categories.

6. Each participant is allowed a maximum of three (3) entries in each category.

7. An entry can only be submitted in one (1) category.

8. A digital video entry (DVD or MiniDV) must contain only one (1) title.

9. Entries must include the following a duly accomplished entry . Forms may be obtained online (downloadable from or from the CCP Media Arts Divsion (4th Floor, CCP Main Building, Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City) office during office hours (9:00am to 6:00pm), Tuesday to Friday. Regional Entries should download the forms via the internet.

10. Awards for winning entries shall be given to the filmmaker/director indicated in the entry form.
For joint directorial works, the group must assign a single representative to act in its behalf. All official communications shall be addressed to this representative. The CCP shall not be liable for any controversy re the sharing of awards among the members of the group.
11. The decision of the Board of Judges is final. The board reserves the right not to give awards in any category should no entry merit it. In the case of ambivalence, the jurors shall decide the category of the entry.

12. Cash prizes for the categories SHORT FEATURE, EXPERIMENTAL, DOCUMENTARY and ANIMATION, are as follows:
1st PRIZE - P25,000.00
2nd PRIZE - P15,000.00
3rd PRIZE - P10,000.00
13. Honorable mentions may be awarded by the jury, in consultation with CCP officials, with cash equivalent and/or changes in the prize structure.

14. Special cash prizes worth P15,000.00 each will be given this year to the following:
Best Regional Entry
Best Entry for/on/by Children
15. All cash prizes are subject to standard government tax on prizes and awards (20%).

16. Entries must be submitted not later than 6:00pm, October 18, 2011 (Tuesday) at the CCP Media Arts Division Office (4th Floor, CCP Main Bldg).

17. Winners shall be announced in the awards ceremony during the festival week, and in the leading dailies right after. Winners will also be informed by phone, mail, email or telegram after the competition.

18. The Center reserves the right to exhibit the entries, winning or not, during the festival week. Also, the Center reserves the right not to screen entries it deems unsuitable for public screening.

19. All entries are insured by the Center.

20. Winning entries will be archived (copied to disc/hd) by the CCP for library purposes, as well as for possible inclusion in CCP programs and productions. Films/videos shown will be properly compensated based on existing copyright laws.

21. Entries may be picked up a week after the festival.

22. Previous winning titles (i.e. as Best Short Film or Special Jury Prize) in the short film category of the Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival are not eligible to join the festival. Kindly note that all Gawad short feature entries are eligible to join the Cinemalaya shorts competition if they meet the Cinemalaya guidelines.

For more information, kindly call CCP Media Arts at 832 1125 locals 1702, 1704 and 1705.

Or visit the CCP website at
Cultural Center of the Philippines
Cultural Center of the Philippines

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Friday, October 07, 2011

Creative Workshops

Digital Photography
October 10-14, 17-21, 3pm-5pm
(for ages 13 up)
Reg.Fee: Php 6,000 inclusive of handouts and prints

Learn how to take fascinating photos, and enhance them digitally. Photography exercises include food photography, fashion photography, photo journalism and portraiture. Students are required to bring their own digital camera.

Basic/Intermediate Painting
Saturdays, 2pm-4pm starting October 15
(for all ages)
Reg.Fee: Php 6,000 inclusive of materials

Who says you can’t paint? This program is created for the aspiring painter who wishes to learn the basic painting principles and techniques. Students are exposed to different painting materials (acrylic, oil, watercolor) and different genres (still life, portrait, landscape, seascape, etc.).

Mommy & Child Culinary Arts Workshop
October 15, 22 & 29, 10-12:30
or October 16 & 23, 1pm-5pm
(for kids & teens)
Guest facilitator: Chef Cecille
Reg.Fee: Php 4,200/mom&kid pair, inclusive of ingredients

A productive way to bond with your child is to learn culinary arts with him/her. Share the fun of baking and pastry decorating with your child and make sweet treats while spending sweet moments with your child. This workshop is an introductory course in baking and pastry decorating to develop baking skills vis-à-vis creativity.

B&W Film Photography & Photo Processing
October 22, 29, 10am-5pm
(for teens and adults)
Guest facilitator: Mr. Buck Pago
Reg.Fee: Php 6,500 inclusive of film, photo paper and lab materials

Learn photography the traditional way! Be technically adept in image-making, capture the world in black and white, process your own film rolls and make your own prints in this intensive workshop. Participants are required to bring their own film camera. Rentals are available.

Art for Beginners: Let’s Tour the World
Saturdays, 10am-12nn October 22
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 2pm-4pm, starting October 18
(for ages 5-9)
Reg.Fee: Php 4,800 inclusive of materials

This program is a hodge-podge of different art forms, composed of 10 sessions of light, fun and relaxed classes that combine play and art appreciation/production. We encourage new students to take this program before proceeding to other more specialized programs. This quarter’s theme is ‘arts of the world’ to give the kids an experience of famous art forms around the globe.

Fashion Design Camp for Kids and Teens
October 24-28, 1pm-5pm
(for ages 13 up)
Reg.Fee: Php 6,000 inclusive of sewing materials, fabric and hand-outs

A week-long all-in-one workshop in basic fashion design, fashion illustration, basic patternmaking, sewing/construction that will surely give a complete fashion experience for young fashionistas.

Interested parties may write youngartistsstudio(AT) for more information.

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Sunday, September 25, 2011

Become an Organ Donor

Picked up one these cards at a random retail outlet and I thought it was a good idea to sign up as an Organ Donor. What happens is that, after you die, you give your consent to donate your organs (transplant, research, education, etc.) via this card.

I figure since I’m not going to use it anymore (me being hypothetically dead by then), it might as well benefit others.

If you also want to become an Organ Donor you can contact the National Kidney Institute located at the East Avenue, Quezon City at tel nos. (02) 924-3601, 924-3610 to 19 or you can use their direct line at (02) 924-0680.

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Saturday, September 17, 2011

Kenny Rogers in the Morning

I don’t get you Kenny Rogers.

Your call center start accepting orders for deliveries at 9:00 AM but your stores open at 10:00 AM which means that, given a delivery period of 45 minutes, the food will get to me by 10:45 AM. You guys can save a ton of money by cutting your call center’s time to coincide with the time when you can actually deliver food.

I love your roasted chickens but you guys are just not a good idea in the morning.

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Monday, September 05, 2011

Revolutionary Routes

Revolutionary Routes by Angela Stuart-Santiago is now available at the Filipino Department, UP Diliman, 2nd Floor Faculty Center. Look for Ate Susan!

Revolutionary Routes, Five Stories of Incarceration, Exile, Murder, and Betrayal
in Tayabas Province, 1891-1980 by Angela Stuart-Santiago based on the memoirs in Spanish of Concepcion Herrera vda. de Umali translated into English by Concepcion Umali Stuart, foreword by Reynaldo C. Ileto.

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Saturday, August 27, 2011


You are all invited to Epistolary, an art exhibit by Lyra Garcellano at the Finale Art File, upper gallery. The exhibit opens September 2, 2011 Friday and closes September 27, 2011 Tuesday.

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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Important EMERGENCY Numbers

PAGASA 4338526
DepED 6361663
BFP 4106254, 4138859
NDRRMC 9111873, 9125296
REDCROSS 143: 5270000
MMDA 136
PCG 5276136
Meralco 16211

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Thursday, May 05, 2011

Batibot Soars High with Exciting Second Season on TV5

The iconic children’s show Batibot soars higher as TV5 Kids and Philippine Children’s Television Foundation, Inc. (PCTVF) present a whole new exciting season starting this May 7. Loads of fun and learning await kids as Kuya Fidel (Abner Delina) and Ate Maya (Kakki Teodoro) bring in the freshest and the most interactive Batibot along with muppets Kapitan Basa, Manang Bola, Ning Ning, Ging Ging, and Koko Kwik-kwak.

Batibot fans across generations have a lot more to expect this season as the show offers more fun-filled segments in addition to its signature activities, such as story-telling, live action films and interactive games. There will be thematic episodes featuring “How children lived”, bringing kids on a wonderful journey in time where they will learn history in ways that are relevant to them. They will enjoy the how-to segments which present step-by-step instructions on creating and doing things. On top of having more celebrity guests, Batibot’s young viewers can also look forward to seeing a new and adorable muppet they will surely love.

With TV5’s popularity among children, as proven by the strong TV5 Kids block, Batibot made a successful comeback last year. The show was able to stir the nostalgia for the well-loved Filipino children’s program and at the same time attract young audiences to watch an educational and fun show that’s particularly made for them.

“We at TV5 felt it was high time for today’s children to have a share of the Batibot experience their parents enjoyed during their youth. We’re very happy with the show’s successful comeback. For something as intrinsic to Pinoy culture as Batibot, it deserves to continue its worthwhile advocacy of teaching good values to our children in the most entertaining way,” shared TV5 Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Roberto V. Barreiro.

According to Teacher Feny delos Angeles-Bautista, Philippine Children’s Television Foundation Executive Director and Batibot Executive Producer, introducing Batibot to a new generation of Filipino children has been worth all the effort. “The summative research we conducted with children in both public and private schools and their active engagement during the live performances in schools, parks and even at the PGH Cancer Ward reaffirmed our expectation that kids would welcome Batibot and make it a part of their lives,” Bautista added.

Batibot begins its second season on TV5 on May 7. The show airs every Saturday at 8:30am with 3-5 minute shorts on weekdays at 9:00am and 2:55pm.

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Monday, May 02, 2011

FREE Comic Book Day!

FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2011 is SATURDAY, MAY 7, 2011 at Comic Odyssey's ROBINSONS GALLERIA branch. This year is the 10th Anniversary of Free Comic Book Day and it promises to be the biggest one yet!

Aside from the yearly FCBD sponsored comics, Comic Odyssey will also be giving away thousands and thousands of comics from their own backstock going back 15-20 years. They will also be holding their annual FCBD SALE...their BIGGEST SALE of the YEAR! Save up to 50% OFF all graphic novels, hardcovers, action figures, manga, and more.

PLUS all back issues in our bins will be only Php 50.00 each!!! Our Back Issue bins will be fully restocked for FCBD.

For more info and a peek at the confirmed Artist Guest List, please click here.

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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Deadline for the PALANCA AWARDS

The 61st Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature (Palanca Awards), the country’s most prestigious and longest-running literary contest, reminds contestants that the deadline for the submission of entries is midnight of April 30, 2011.

Each contestant may submit only one entry under the following 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.

This year, the Palanca Awards is also accepting entries for the Novel category, which is open every three years, in both English and Filipino divisions.

In the Kabataan Division, Palanca Awards’ special division for young writers below 18 years old, this year’s theme for Kabataan Essay is “What is the most valuable lesson I learned from the Internet?” for the English category and “Ano ang pinakamahalagang aral ang aking natutunan mula sa Internet?” for the Filipino category.

The 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 Palanca Awards’ official website,

Entries with complete requirements may be submitted to the Foundation’s office at the 6th Floor, One World Square Bldg., 10 Upper McKinley Road, McKinley Hill Town Center, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City or may also be entered online through the Palanca Awards website or sent through email at cpawards(AT)

Winners will be announced on September 1, 2011.

For further information, you may email cpawards(AT) or call telephone number (02) 856-0808.

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Monday, April 18, 2011


What're you going to do when you find an ice glacier heading your way while at the beach one day and there's a giant San Miguel Beer bottle inside it?

I don't know about you but it sounds like it's time to party!

Join now and get a chance to win a trip for 4 to Boracay!

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Friday, March 11, 2011

Tsunami Alert in the Philippines

Tsunami Alert Level 2 raised in 19 Philippine provinces after 8.9-earthquake hits Japan. The Philippine Coast Guard say that tsunami waves are expected to arrive in the country approximately at 7:08 PM tonight (Philippine Time).

You can reach the ABS-CBN Foundation tsunami hotline at the following numbers:
(+63 2) 411-0011
(+63 2) 411-0012

The Department of Foreign Affairs has established a hotline for Japan-related concerns.
(+63 2) 834-4646
(+63 2) 834-4580

National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) Operation Center's numbers are the following:
(+63 2) 911-1406
(+63 2) 912-2665
(+63 2) 912-5668

Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) Hotline:
(+63 2) 426-1455 to 79

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) Hotline is the following
(+63 2) 927-2877

ABS-CBN Foundation tsunami hotline: (+63 2) 411-0011 or (+63 2) 411-0012

Filipinos with loved ones in Japan can also call up the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) at the following numbers:
(+63 2) 722-1155
(+63 2) 722-1144

Map of Philippine provinces affected by tsunami warning.

Tsunami travel times care of the West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center.

For the latest videos and updates on the Japan earthquake and tsunami warning in the Philippines, ANC News are streaming LIVE.

Google has set up a person finder for those missing in the Japanese quake. Click here.

More information about the earthquake in Japan and tsunami alert in the Philippines at the following links:

Blog Watch
Manual to Lyf
Azrael's Merryland
From the Office of the President of the Philippines
Yahoo! Philippines News
How to help Japan

I will be updating this page with more information as soon as I get them.

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Sunday, January 30, 2011

UP Love Letter Writing Contest

Swabe ka bang umibig? Patunayan mo. Sali na sa UP Love Letter Writing Contest!

The University of the Philippines Writers Club and the UP Office of Initiatives in Culture and the Arts invite you to join the UP Love Letter Writing Contest.


1) The contest is open to all undergrad UP Diliman students, except members and applicants of the UP Writers Club.

2) Write a letter addressed to your beloved (real or imagined, we don't really care). Keep it under 500 words, and sign it with only your initials. Save it as a .doc or .rtf with the filename YourSurname_LoveLetter.

3) Send it over to The deadline is Feb. 4, 11:59pm. Attach a separate .doc or .rtf file (named YourSurname_Info) with your full name, year, course, student number, mobile number and e-mail address.

4) Entries will be judged on content (30%), language and style (30%) and impact (40%).

5) Winners will be notified by e-mail, and their cash prizes (P3000 for the first prize, P2000 for the second prize and P1000 for the 3rd prize) will be awarded on Wednesday, Feb. 9, during the launch of the UP Writers Club's Literary Apprentice (5pm at the Vargas Museum). The winning entries will also be read on DZUP on Valentine's Day, so tune in!

Visit for more updates on the contest, as well as on other activities the Writers Club has prepared this February!

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Thursday, January 27, 2011

DC Holds the LINE!

Beginning January 2011, DC Comics will implement a line-wide pricing adjustment, lowering the prices of all standard length 32-page ongoing comic book titles currently priced at $3.99 to $2.99.

"This announcement reaffirms DC Comics' commitment to both our core fans and to comic book store retailers," said Jim Lee, DC Comics Co-Publisher. "For the long term health of the industry, we are willing to take a financial risk so that readers who love our medium do not abandon the art form."

"As Co-Publishers, we listened to our fans and to our partners in the retail community who told us that a $3.99 price point for 32 pages was too expensive. Fans were becoming increasingly reluctant to sample new titles and long term fans were beginning to abandon titles and characters that they'd collected for years," said Dan DiDio, DC Comics Co-Publisher. "We needed a progressive pricing strategy that supports our existing business model and, more importantly, allows this creative industry to thrive for years to come. With the exceptions of oversized comic books, like annuals and specials, we are committed to a $2.99 price point."

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Monday, January 10, 2011


The GREATEST MAN on the INTERNET is coming to sign your COMICS!

Happening January 29 at 9:00 PM, Saturday - January 30 at 2:00 AM, Sunday at Sputnik located at Shop 60 Cubao Expo Gen. Romulo Ave. in Cubao, Philippines.

Confirm your attendance at the event's Facebook Page.

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Saturday, January 08, 2011

Date a VIXEN! Get Enduranz

Enduranz is giving you a chance to date your favorite Vixen! Watch Karen as she tells you the easy steps to win that dream date!

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Monday, January 03, 2011

Win a DATE with a VIXEN!

The first ever sexy and uncensored live-streamed show to hit Philippine cyberspace!

Meet the Vixens and get ready to party all night on January 29, 2011 Saturday! You DON'T wanna miss this because anything can happen (and usually does)!

Be part of the action! Register now and get exclusive invites to be a live studio audience!

Live streaming starts 9:00 PM and only limited seats are available for the live studio audience at Blue Onion. The party begins at 10:30 PM AFTER the show.

How do you get a CHANCE to EXPERIENCE the Premiere Vixens LIVE and UNCENSORED? Become part of the studio audience and watch the show live at Blue Onion? Get an EXCLUSIVE PASS for Live and Uncensored simply by following these simple mechanics!
  • "Like" the Flippish fanpage
  • Go to your favorite Vixen's official poster and "like" the photo!
  • The Vixen with the MOST "likes" will be the girl whose fans we'll be raffling off a bunch of exclusive live studio seats to.
Winners will be announced on January 25, 2011.

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