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 www.virlanie.org or contact us through: Tel: +63 2 895.3460, Fax: +63 2 895.5232 or Email: frcom2(AT)virlanie.org.

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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 www.culturalcenter.gov.ph) 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 www.culturalcenter.gov.ph.
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)gmail.com for more information.

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