Tuesday, March 31, 2009


Who are qualified to join?

The contest is open to all photograph-loving individuals residing in the Philippines, male or female, but is a Filipino citizen aged 18 and above.


1st prize: P 75,000 plus gift pack from YKL Color-Fujifilm

2nd prize: P 50,000 plus gift pack from YKL Color-Fujifilm

3rd prize: P 35,000 plus gift pack from YKL Color-Fujifilm

Special prize: P 20,000

All winning entries will be shown in a photo exhibit at VLI terminals, and posted online (Victory Liner website). Names of all the winners will also be published in newspapers and magazines. Winners will also be notified via phone call and registered mail.

Prizes can be claimed at Victory Liner’s marketing department in Caloocan within sixty (60) days from receipt of the notification. Prizes not claimed within said period shall be forfeited in favor of Victory Liner, Inc. To claim prize, winners must present 2 valid ID’s.

Submission of entries is from February 1 to April 30, 2009. Mailed entries should be dated on or before April 30, 2009.



Family tour and continuous line art workshop inspired by our ongoing exhibition
Monumental: New Works by Arturo Luz.

Selected Saturdays
14 and 28 March 2009
3:00 PM
Classrooms 1 and 2

Free with museum admission.
Materials will be provided.


A variety of art activities to make your visit to Ayala Museum more enjoyable.

Selected Saturdays
21 March 2009 (Kite-Making)
4 April 2009 (Painted Rocks)
18 April 2009 (Paper Weaving)
25 April 2009 (Paper Baskets)
23 May 2009 (Stained Glass)
30 May 2009 (Paper Lanterns)
6 June 2009 (Pinwheels and Butterflies)
13 June 2009 (Eggshell Mosaic)
20 June 2009 (Stenciling)
27 June 2009 (Storytelling)
4 July 2009 (Food Art)
11 July 2009 (Printmaking)
18 July 2009 (Papertwine Crafts)
25 July 2009 (Boatmaking)
3:00 PM
Museum Lobby or Classrooms 1 and 2

Free with museum admission.
Materials will be provided.


Ayala Museum invites you to a Basic Watercolor Painting Workshop
to be conducted by Orville Tiamson, a member of the Angono Artists Group.

For participants 14 years old and above.

April 4, 11, 28, and 25
May 2, 9, 16, and 23
3:00 PM

Registration is required. Registration period runs until March 31.

Workshop fees are at Php 2,600 for Ayala Museum and Asia Society members,
and Php 3,250 for non-members. A special early-bird rate of Php 2,700
will apply to non-members who sign up on or before March 20.

A maximum of 35 participants will be accepted.

Materials are not included; participants will be provided with a list of required materials
upon registration.



Calling all Newbies at Lomography.
Learn the quirks. Break all rules. Meet fellow Lomographers.
Presented by Lomographic Embassy Manila + Lomomanila, in cooperation with Fully Booked

Venue: The Forum, 4/F Fully Booked Bonifacio High Street
Time: 3:00 - 5:00 PM
Dates: April 4 (Saturday)
Fee: FREE!

Register for a seat before March 27 by emailing your full name, mobile number and email address to lomoembassy@teammanila.com

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GSIS Scholarship

Good news to all GSIS active members of good standing!

You may join the GSIS Scholarship Program Raffle. There are 200 scholarship slots available.

The application period will start on the second week of February 2009. Application forms are available in GSIS offices nationwide. The electronic raffle draw will be on April 17, 2009.

Winners may nominate any student of their choice who may be an incoming college freshman or an enrolled college student in any 4- or 5-year college course.

The scholar may be any member of your family or even your friend. The student will enjoy P20,000 tuition and miscellaneous fee and P2,000 monthly stipend.

For more information, please call Emma, Amie, or Alex at 551-1878 or 891-6161 locals 4862 and 4863.




The Competition

• is open to all Filipino artists age 18 and above

• entries must respond to the theme: “LRT at ang Buhay Pinoy”

• entry size requirement is 3 feet by 4 feet, horizontal or vertical,
and must be done in either oil or acrylic on canvas

• entries must be original and have been done within 2009, not
been exhibited nor entered in any other art competitions

• entries must be submitted ready for hanging on May 30, 2009,
Saturday at the LRT Cubao Station West Side in Quezon City

• other rules and guidelines and offi cial entry forms will be
available for download at the LRTA website, www.lrta.gov.
ph by the launching date, March 18, 2009, or at the NCCA Arts
Division c/o Ferdie isleta, and at the CCP offi ce of the VisuaL Arts

• Awards include: One Grand Prize with Php 200,000.00 cash;
Five Jurors’ Choice with Php 100,000.00 cash; and Six Finalists
with Php 50,000.00 cash

• Awarding of winners and opening of the exhibition of selected
entries will be on July 11, 2009 to coincide with the LRTA

• All winning entries shall automatically be the property of the
LRT Authority

Information about the
competition will be released
in major newspapers

For inquiries:
09276543707 • 09153810230
Sponsored by LRT I & II

FOR MORE DETAILS, go to www.lrta.gov.ph


It's summertime… and the living is easy.

Join the Faber-Castell Art Workshops, free!!!

On its 9th year now, the Faber-Castell Art Workshop at SM Supermalls kicks off for another year of creativity and fun! Children from 7 to 12 years old are all invited to join. There is no joining fee! The participants will be taught art projects such as sponge art, batik art and wood shavings art using the Faber-Castell Water Colour Pencils.

The materials will be provided by Faber-Castell for free. Officers of Philippine Art Educators Association (PAEA) will facilitate all workshops.

The workshop starts at 1:00 pm and ends at 4:30 pm.

For more info, pls. call: 361-7391, 361-7392 loc. 113.

SM Bicutan March 28, 29
SM Centerpoint April 4, 5
SM The Block April 11, 12
SM Manila April 15, 16
SM Fairview April 18, 19
SM Marikina April 25, 26
SM Sucat May 9, 10
SM Southmall May 16, 17
SM Molino May 23, 24
SM Dasmarinas May 28, 29
SM Megamall June 3, 4
SM Sta. Rosa June 6, 7
SM Lipa June 13, 14
SM Batangas June 20, 21
SM Lucena June 27, 28
SM Marilao July 4, 5
SM Baliuag July 11, 12
SM Pampanga July 18, 19
SM Clark July 25, 26
SM Baguio Aug. 1, 2

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Monday, March 30, 2009

Urban apparel brand Marc Ecko is inviting artists and graphic designers to submit entries to the Marc Ecko UNLTD Global Art Battle. Winners from each country will have their artwork featured in the Ecko Unltd Spring 2010 collection and get $1,000 worth of Ecko products.

Deadline for art submission is on May 8, 2009. No purchase is necessary to participate. For full-length contest rules or to submit your artwork online, go to the official Ecko Unlimited Art Competition Website.

1. No purchase necessary to participate
2. Final art deadline for submission to Marc Ecko is May 8, 2009
3. The winners of each country will be announced May 15th on this site and Marceckoenterprises.com
4. Submit art in JPEG or PDF format. If your art is selected you will be requested to submit a Adobe Illustrator of Photoshop file built on white background
5. Artists should implement their signature somewhere in art piece
6. All submissions must include: full artist name, email, contact number, country
7. Submissions are accepted on this microsite, Ecko Unltd. stores or via mail:

Marc Ecko Enterprises
Ecko Unltd. Art Battle
40 West 23rd Street 5th Floor
New York, NY 10010
8. A. Winners artwork will be featured within the Ecko Unltd. Spring 2010 Collection
B. Artist bio and portfolio will be featured on Marc Ecko global websites
C. Ecko Unltd. stores in participating territories will display pieces from the winning artis
D. ECKO UNLTD.® apparel with US retail value of $1000 (as chosen by Ecko Unltd.)

SUBMIT your entries HERE.

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Contest Calls on Aspiring Pinoy Designers with Analog Soul

Pinoy retail clothing and accessories store Analog Soul is in search of T-shirt designs befitting everything the brand stands for: self-expression, creativity, eclecticism.

“Do You Have An Analog Soul?” is a call for every Pinoy aspiring designer or artist who thinks he has what it takes to create a shirt worthy of the brand’s product line. Analog Soul owners Mika Bautista, Paolo Lim, and Miguel Naguiat are on the lookout for the True Analog Soul, a design that best fits the brand. The winning design will be featured in an Analog Soul shirt and will get a P6,000 cash prize.

A special P4,000 cash prize will be given to the Soul On-Demand design, which registered users of the Analog Soul Website will choose through online voting. Entries should be submitted through the brand’s official Website until May 30, 2009. Voting begins April 15, 2009, and ends June 15, 2009. The winning designs will be announced on June 30, 2009. Contest details may be viewed in full here.

“Analog Soul has always [been proud of] our Pinoy artists and their truly eclectic designs, and this [contest] is just another way for us to show the world the ever-changing expressions of truly creative Pinoy artists. The next best design may be out there waiting to be discovered,” says Migs Naguiat.

Analog Soul was started in 2004 by a group of friends who wanted to find something different in the retail market. Since then the brand has come up with original-design, imaginative, and innovative products, including limited-edition graphic tees, jeans, laptop bags, swimwear, and accessories.

In Metro Manila, Analog Soul can be found at the Archeology in Rockwell Center,the Ramp in Glorietta 4, and Trinoma Mall.

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Take a shot at READING

Discover the life-changing power of books oin a PHOTO CONTEST that will stir your creative juices!

Take a creative shot of yourself, posing with a book that has made a significant impact in your life. Take your pick from absolutely any of your favorite books – whether it’s a romance novel, an autobiography, non-fiction, or a thriller.

Weekly winners will be features in the Sunday Lifestyle Section and will receive P5,000 worth of National Book Store gift certificates.
Three final winners will be selected, with the Grand Prize winner getting a whopping P50,000 worth of cash and gift certificates. Second and Third Prize winners will get P30,000 and P20,000 worth of cash and gift certificates, respectively.

1. Email takeashotatreading@gmail.com
2. Snail Mail Entries must be sealed in an envelope and addressed to Christine Correa or Karla Tricia Magno of Marketing Services Quad Alpha Centrum Bldg., 125 Pioneer St. Mandaluyong City 1550
3. Dropboxes at NBS branches
Entries submitted via snail mail or in drop boxes located at National Book Store branches nationwide must be saved in a CD with printouts fo the photo (at least 4x6 inches in size).
Submitted photo entries must be in JPEG format with a standard size of 800x600 pixels, web format (72dpi). Entries must include a brief description of the photo (not more than 5 sentences) and an information sheet containing your name, age, contact number, mailing and email addresses.

2009 PBBY Alcala Prize Call for Entries

2009 PBBY Alcala Prize
Call for Entries

The Philippine Board on Books for Young People (PBBY) is now accepting entries for the 2009 PBBY-Alcala Prize. The contest is co-sponsored by the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) and The National Library.
The winner shall be given a cash prize of P25,000.00, a gold medal, and an opportunity to be published. Prizes will be awarded in an appropriate ceremony to be held during the celebration of National Children’s Book Day on July 21, 2009.

1. The contest is open to all Filipino citizens except those who are related to any PBBY members up to the third degree of consanguinity.
2. Entries must be based on the 2009 PBBY-Salanga Prize-winning story, Ang Higante sa Loob ng Aming Bahay by
Raymund Garlitos.
Copies of the story may also be requested from the PBBY Secretariat.
3. All entries must be original unpublished illustrations that have not won in any previous contest.
4. All entries must consist of three (3) illustrations that are of the same size and medium.
5. A contestant may send in more than one (1) entry.
6. Each entry must be signed by a pen name only, preferably on a small piece of paper pasted on the back of each artwork. Entries with a signature or any identifying marks are automatically disqualified.
7. Together with each entry, contestants must submit a separate envelope, on the face of which only the pen name of the contestant shall appear. The envelope must contain the contestant’s full name, address, contact numbers, short description of background, and notarized certification 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.
8. All entries must be sent to the PBBY Secretariat, c/o Adarna House, 2nd Floor FSS Bldg. 20 Scout Tuason Street, Quezon City 1103, Philippines by March 27, 2009.
9. Winners will be announced no later than April 24, 2009. Non-winning entries must be claimed no later than May 22, 2009, after which they will no longer be the responsibility of the organizers.
For more details, interested parties may contact the Philippine Board on Books for Young People, at 2nd Floor FSS Bldg. 20 Scout Tuason Street, Quezon City 1103, Philippines, Telefax 372-3548 or email pbby [at] adarna.com.ph.



1. For its third issue, Likhaan: the Journal of Contemporary Philippine Literature 3, 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 likhaanjournal@gmail.com, 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 May 31, 2009.
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 likhaanjournal@gmail.com.



Start the year right and join CANVAS' 5th Annual Romeo Forbes Children's Storywriting Competition! This year's contest is based on an original untitled oil on canvas painting by Juanito Torres (see above).
Please read the rules carefully. There are a number of changes from our previous competitions, not least of which is a P5,000.00 increase in the cash prize.
In addition to receiving P35,000.00 in cash and a trophy, the winning author will also see his/her story rendered and published as a full color children's book in mid-2010.

1. The 2009 Romeo Forbes Children's Storywriting Competition is open to all Filipinos.
2. Entries must not have been previously published, and all entrants must warrant the originality of their submitted entries.
3. Writers may submit only one entry, in English or Filipino, which shall be limited to 1,800 words or less.
4. There is no particular theme, other than the use of this year's contest piece by artist Juanito Torres as the inspiration or basis for the entry.
5. Judging Process.
• A CANVAS review panel shall read and award points for stories received based on the following criteria:
o Originality and Storyline (40%)
o Imagery (30%)
o Quality of Writing (20%)
o X-Factor/Judges' discretion (10%)
• Based on the points received, CANVAS shall forward a shortlist of at least five stories with the highest scores to the Artist. The Artist shall then provide comments on any or all the stories, for consideration by the panel of judges.
• The panel of judges - taking the contest criteria and Artist comments into non-binding consideration - shall collectively choose the winner from the shortlist of stories.
• If the judges cannot come to a consensus on the winner, they shall take a vote and the entry that gains the most number of votes shall be declared the winner.
• None of CANVAS' review panel, the judges or the Artist shall see the entrant's name until the winner is chosen.
6. Entries must be submitted by email, as a Microsoft Word attachment, to storycontest@ canvas.ph with the subject heading 2009 ROMEO FORBES CHILDREN'S STORYWRITING COMPETITION.
Only the story title should appear on all pages of the entry, except for the cover page on which the entrants shall indicate their name, mailing and email address, telephone number, and the title of their submitted story.
7. The deadline for submission of entries is 5:00 p.m. (Manila time), Friday 20 March 2009. Note: CANVAS sends an acknowledgment for each and every entry that we receive. If you submitted a story, and did not receive an acknowledgment from us within 24 hours, please assume that your story was not received and kindly resend it to us.
Nevertheless, entries received after the deadline, even if sent earlier, will no longer be considered for the competition. CANVAS shall not be responsible for entries which are not received, or which are received after the deadline, due to technical failure or for any other reason whatsoever.
8. Subject to Rule 13 below, by submitting an entry, all entrants thereby agree to authorize CANVAS to post such entries on its website or blog, as CANVAS deems fit, and free from any payments, royalties or fees whatsoever.
9. There shall be only one winner, who shall receive a cash prize of PhP 35,000.00 (less the applicable withholding tax) and a trophy for his/her entry. The winner shall be responsible for all applicable taxes.
The winning writer shall also be entitled to five (5) free copies upon publication of the book.
The winner shall grant and transfer to CANVAS all intellectual property and publication rights to the story, including the right to translate, adapt and/or make modifications thereto. (Please see our short note on why we have this rule.)
It is hereby understood that the cash prize to be awarded to the winner shall include consideration of such intellectual property and publication rights to the story, and the writer shall not be entitled to any other royalties or fees from earnings, if any, that may result from future publication of, derivative works, licensing of, or other transactions on the same.
Except for the right to publish any received entry on its website and/or blog, CANVAS shall not retain any other rights to entries that are not selected as the winner, except where separate agreements are reached with the writers.
10. CANVAS shall exercise full and exclusive editorial and artistic control over the publication of the winning entry and resulting book.
11. While it is the full intention of CANVAS to publish the winning entry as a full-color children's book, CANVAS reserves the right not to publish the same for any reason whatsoever.
12. The winner of the CANVAS storywriting competition will be announced on or around 20 April, 2009. The winner will also be notified via email on the same announcement date.
13. CANVAS reserves the right not to award the top competition prize in the event that the judges decide that no entry was received that is deserving of the top prize. In such event, however, CANVAS shall have no right whatsoever over all entries that were received; and shall not publish any entry, in its website or in any other venue, without the prior written consent or agreement of the author.
14. The decision of the competition judges shall be final, and no correspondence or inquiries into the same – including requests for points received/comments/ feedback on received entries – shall be entertained.
15. Employees of CANVAS, 1/of Gallery and members of their immediate family, as well as the Artist's immediate family, are disqualified from participating in the competition.
Why We Ask for the Transfer of Rights
The competition rules clearly state that the winning author should agree to transfer all rights to CANVAS and "...shall not be entitled to any other royalties or fees from earnings, if any, that may result from future publication of, derivative works, licensing of, or other transactions on the same."
This rule has understandably raised quite a few eyebrows in the writers' community, and this note is just to clarify where it is that CANVAS is coming from.
First of all, having complete ownership of the story rights makes it easier and less complicated for us to quickly and liberally share and give our consent to anyone who may ask for permission to use the winning story (something that we have always granted in the past).
It is for this very reason that the stories and illustrations of books we publish are all available for free viewing and enjoyment on our website (www.canvas. ph), despite the concern of some that the easy availability of the stories on the Internet could eat into the sales of our books (which, happily, has not proven to be the case).
We will now take it one step further. Just as we did for Message in the Sand,we will make all our stories available and downloadable on our website FOR FREE, in both English and Filipino. Just as we were fortunate enough to have been given permission to adapt "The Man Who Planted Trees," into our maiden publication- -"Elias and His Trees"-- we hope that the stories that we work on will inspire similar creativity.
A second reason why we ask for the transfer of rights is that CANVAS is a small NGO, and is not equipped to document and track royalty shares that ideally should accrue to authors and artists. In fact, we only rely on and trust our partner publisher(s) to remit to us our own royalty shares. It is for this reason that our prizes (we think), are quite substantial and approximates (if not exceeds) what writers would normally expect to receive in royalties.
Third, we are also trying to get the stories published abroad. Now, should we get really lucky and end up on the NY Times Bestseller List or say, get our book selected by Oprah, we will make things right with the artist and writer (you'll just have to trust us on this)… but until then, having demonstrably complete ownership over the rights, again, makes it easier and less complicated for us to approach and negotiate with would-be publishers (who hopefully would not be spooked by our giving out downloadable e-books for free in the first place).
Finally, we are also trying to be financially sustainable. We rely on a small amount of grant funding to conduct our activities, including co-sharing the publication costs of the books. We can only hope to recoup the expenses so that we can do these activities on a continuing and recurring basis in the years to come.
Please be assured of our continuing effort to balance our desire to contribute to the public domain in a manner that is also fair to the writers and artists, on the one hand; and our need to also be fiscally responsible with the grants that have been entrusted to us, and to the publishers that we partner with, on the other.
To know more about CANVAS, pleaselog on to http://www.canvas.ph/.


1. The contest is open to all poets of all nationalities, age 28 and below.

2. There are three divisions in the awards:
a) Filipino b) English c) Chinese

3. An entry must consist of at least eight (8) but not more than fifteen (15) poems.

4. Authors may join all the divisions but can submit only one (1) entry in every division.

5. All entries should be original in every language and not a translation of another entry.

6. A work which has been awarded a prize in another contest is not qualified for the awards.

7. Published or unpublished works may be entered in the contest. If published, the date of publication should be within 2008-2009.
8. All entries should be submitted in four (4) copies, double spaced on 8 ½ x 11 inches bond paper with one inch margin on all sides and the page number typed consecutively, e.g., 1 of 10, 2 of 10, and so on.
9. Font should be ARIAL or TIMES NEW ROMAN, and the font size should be 12.
10. Entry should be submitted with pen name only and not real name. Real name and pen name should be submitted in a separate sealed envelope together with a biodata, copy of birth certificate and a notarized declaration of originality and authenticity of authorship of the entry.
11. Entries must be addressed to the Maningning Miclat Art Foundation, Inc. (MMAFI) , 2/F, Mile long Building, Amorsolo St., Legaspi Village, Makati City not later than April 15, 2009. Entries sent by mail or courier should be postmarked/invoiced not later than April 1, 2009.
12. Entries submitted via e-mail should be an RTF (Rich Text Format) or a Word Document file and should be sent as an attachment together with the author’s biodata and copy of birth certificate and notarized certification of originality or authenticity of authorship of entry. The original copy of the notarized certification should then be sent to MMAFI thru mail. Entries submitted via e-mail should be transmitted not later than April 15, 2009.
13. Submitted copies of winning entries shall remain with and become the property of MMAFI. Copyright of the works remains with the author but the latter grants, assigns and transfers into MMAFI the right without necessity of any payment other than the prize which may have been awarded to publish any winning entry or selection or portion thereof as it may at its discretion determine; to make the work available for downloading on the Internet or other electronic medium; and /or to allow students to make copies for research or in connection with their school requirements.
14. Plagiarism is anathema to the contest and MMAFI has the right of action against the author, if it may be later on discovered that said person is not the creator or owner of the copyright to the winning work. The Foundation shall not be liable to any court action if a third party files a case against the winner who plagiarized the work of the said third party.
15. There will only be one Grand Prize winner for each division and the prize is
PhP 28,000.00 and a Julie Lluch sculpture trophy per winning entry.
16. The Board of Judges shall have the discretion not to award any prize if in its judgment no meritorious entry had been submitted.
17. MMAFI has the sole right to designate the persons who shall constitute the Board of Judges in each division of the contest. The decision of the majority of the Board of Judges in all divisions shall be final.
18. The names of the winners and the members of the Board of Judges shall be announced on September 12, 2009.


Gig Book Storywriting Contest
Call for Entries: March 9, 2009

Official Contest Rules

1. The Gig Book Storywriting Contest hereinafter referred to as the “Contest” is organized and sponsored by Gig and the Amazing Sampaguita Foundation Inc. hereinafter referred to as the “Organizer” with business address at Suite 600 The Gregorian, 2178 Taft Avenue, Malate, Manila, Philippines.

2. The Contest starts on March 9, 2009 and is open to anyone age 17 years or older, except the officers and employees of the Organizer and their relatives up to the third degree of consanguinity.

3. Entries must be stories written in English and intended for children age 6 to 12 years. The theme must be something that seafarers’ families – especially children – can identify with. The story must, in the judges’ opinion, resonate well with children whose fathers are mostly away at sea, and preferrably promote positive human values (e.g. love, respect, honesty, compassion, care, humility, responsibility, understanding, strength, courage, resilience, etc.). The word count must be 1,000 words or less, and the plot and sequence must be capable of sustaining a 24-page illustrated book.

4. By entering the Contest, entrants warrant that: (a) their entry is their original creation; (b) it has not been previously published; (c) it has not been entered in another contest where it won First, Second or Third prize.

5. All entries must be submitted by email to gigbookcontest@gmail.com. The subject heading must be the word “Entry” followed by a space, dash, another space and the title of the story. (Example: Entry – My Dad is a Sailor and I am a Mermaid) Furthermore: (a) The main message of the email must contain the following items only: the title of the story, and the contestant’s complete name, age, mailing address, cellphone number, and landline. (b) The entry itself must be sent as a Microsoft Word attachment. It must be set in 12 points Times Roman normal (no bold, no italics, no underlining), double-spaced, with no accompanying or inserted artwork or graphics or identifying marks whatsoever, on letter-size paper (8.5 inches by 11 inches) with a 1-inch margin all around. Entries that do not conform to these specifications may be accepted by the Organizer at its discretion and reformatted accordingly, or rejected outright. (c) By submitting an entry via this method, the entrants agree that the primary mode of communication between them and the Organizer will be via the email address that they used to submit their entry.

6. The deadline for the submission of entries is April 9, 2009 at 5:00 p.m. Manila time.

7. The winners will be selected by a Board of Judges consisting of three (3) or five (5) individuals, depending on the number of entries received. The individual judges will be selected by an Executive Editor/Book Designer who will also serve as Chairman of the Board of Judges. The decision of the judges will be final.

8. There will be five (5) to 10 (ten) winners. Each winner will receive a cash prize of PhP 20,000.00, a Winner’s Certificate, and the opportunity to have their winning story published as a full-color, fully illustrated storybook.

9. Barring any unforeseen circumstances beyond the Organizer’s control, the winners will be announced on or before May 9, 2009. On the day of the announcement, individual winners will also be notified by email.

10. The Organizer reserves the right to declare that there are no winners if the judges decide that no entries were deemed acceptable. In this case, the Organizer shall have no right whatsoever over all the entries received, and no entry will be published by the Organizer in any venue or format without the prior written consent of the author.

11. By entering the Contest, the entrants individually and independently agree that the Organizer will be the exclusive publisher of their winning story, if the Organizer decides to publish it. In this case, it is understood that: (a) the winners automatically grant and transfer to the Organizer all intellectual property rights to their winning story, including the right to publish it in whatever venue or format the Organizer deems fit, as well as the right to translate, adapt, and/or make modifications to the winning story as the Organizer deems fit; (b) aside from the cash prize received from winning the Contest, the winners are not entitled to any other additional payments, royalties, or fees whatsoever resulting from the Organizer’s publication of their winning story in whole or in part, in whatever venue or format; (c) the Organizer shall have full and exclusive editorial and artistic control over the publication of the winning entries, resulting books, and other derivative works.

12. Barring any unforeseen circumstances beyond the Organizer’s control, the printed books will be launched on either August 4, 2009 or March 9, 2010, but not any later than May 9, 2010. Otherwise, the Organizer forfeits its right to publish the winning stories. In this case, the winners shall be free to individually and independently submit their winning stories to other publishers.

For further inquiries, email gigbookcontest@gmail.com or visit gigbookcontest.blogspot.com

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For inquiries regarding the Gig Book Storywriting Contest, email gigbookcontest@gmail.com

For inquiries regarding the Gig and the Amazing Sampaguita Foundation, Inc., email gigfoundation@gmail.com

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife

Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife

Lokasyon: Quezon Avenue, malapit sa Quezon City Memorial Circle
Halaga: P8 ang matanda at P6 ang bata
Iskedyul ng pagbubukas:
Dapat dalhin: payong at insect repellant

Ang Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife ay maituturing na isang sanktuwaryo sa gitna ng syudad. Malilim dito, higit na presko ang hangin at makakarinig ka ng huni ng mga ibon.

Mainam ang lugar na ito sa mga gustong mamasyal sa zoo pero masyadong malayo ang Manila Zoo sa Maynila at namamahalan naman sa Avilon Zoo .May dalawang lugar na pinaglalagakan ng mga hayop. Ang isa ay nasa bandang bungad lamang, pagkapasok sa gate sa may Quezon Ave. Karamihan sa mga hayop ay iba't ibang klase ng ibon. Ang ikalawa naman, sa bandang loob, ay isang maliit na lugar na may sariling gate at bakuran. Dito sa ikalawa, mas maraming hayop ang mayroon at narito din ang upisina ng tagapag-alaga ng mga hayop.

Pagkatapos bisitahin ang mga hayop, pwede ring magpiknik dito ang buong pamilya. Malawak ang lugar para makapaglatag ng banig at makapagrelaks. Pumunta lang ng maaga lalo kung weekends dahil dagsa ang tao. Karaniwang nagtitipon ang mga tao sa lugar malapit sa lagoon.

Kung magtatagal din dito ng lampas sa alas-dose ng tanghali, tiyaking magdala ng baon dahil bihira ang kainan sa loob, bagamat may mga panaka-nakang naglalako ng tsiterya at kung anu-ano pa.

Nung nagpunta kami dito ay alas-dos ng hapon, medyo kainitan pa ng araw. Pero ayos lang iyon dahil malilim naman dahil maraming puno sa paligid.

Paano makarating dito: kung galing ng EDSA, sumakay ng bus na dadaan ng Quezon Avenue. Kung galing ng Quiapo, sumakay ng bus na byaheng Fairview.

Friday, March 20, 2009

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La Mesa Eco Park

La Mesa Eco Park

Lokasyon: Fairview, Quezon City
Iskedyul ng Pagbubukas: 8am - 5pm
Halaga: P50 sa matatanda, may discount ang mga residente ng lungsod ng Quezon
P80 sa swimming pool
Dapat dalhin: insect repellant kung sa park, at "proper swimming attire" kung magsi-swimming.

Ilang beses na rin kaming nakapunta dito. Tunay namang isang kakaibang karanasan ang pagpunta dito sa La Mesa Eco Park dahil nasa loob lamang ito ng syudad.Sa gitna ng mga polusyon, ingay at bilis ng buhay sa syudad, para bang nasa ibang mundo ka pagpasok mo sa Eco Park.

Popular itong puntahan ng mga mahilig magpiknik. Hindi rin naman kasi mahirap ang magdala ng mga kagamitang pangpiknik dahil mayroong electric car na pwedeng sakyan. Kung gusto niyo namang talagang mag-nature trip, isakay niyo lang ang mga gamit niyo doon kasama ang isang bantay at lakarin niyo na ang ilang metro mula sa gate papasok sa picnic area. Magandang maaga kayo pumunta dahil mabilis mapuno ang picnic area. Ibig sabihin, mabilis maubos ang mga libreng lamesa na gawa sa semento. Kung ganito ang mangyayari, pwede kayong magrenta ng plastik na lamesa at upuan sa halagang. Pero kung tipid talaga, magbitbit na lang kayo ng banig at ilatag na lang ito.

Mayroon ding mga ihiwan dito na maaaring gamitin, kaya pwedeng magbaon na lang, o manghuli muna ng isda (P20 ang renta sa pamingwit kung wala kayong sarili, P80 ang kilo ng isda na mahuhuli) ng mga lulutuin kaya ng isda, barbekyu at gulay gaya ng talong. Mainam din na maagap kayong magluto dahil madalas ding punuan ang mga ito. Huwag kayong mag-alala, pwedeng pumila para makapagluto kayo dito, piliin niyo lang iyong kaunti lang ang iihawin.

Meron ding mga gripo na pwedeng paghugasan ng kamay kaya GO! lang ang pagkakamay. Magdala lang ng sabong panghugas.

Kung hindi ka naman mahilig magpicnic, may ilan ding kainan na pwedeng bilhan ng murang pagkain.

May ilang playground din para sa mga tsikiting. Mayroon ding lugar na pwedeng pagrentahan ng bike, pero sa loob lang ng rentahan pwedeng gamitin ang bike.

Bukod sa picnic area, may fitness trail at may swimming pool din dito. Pwede ring mag-boating sa labas ng picnic area.

Sa swimming pool, may dagdag na bayad ito na P80, pero may discount pa rin para sa mga residente ng lungsod ng Quezon. Medyo may kasikipan ang pool para sa matatanda, lalo;t marami laging tao dito. May hiwalay na pool para sa mga bata. Bawal and magpasok ng pagkain dito sa loob. Kung kaya, kung balak ninyong magswimming pagkatapos magpiknik, tiyakin na may-isang maiiwan sa mga gamit niyo sa labas ng swimming pool area.

Paano makakapunta dito: Sumakay ng bus na byaheng Fairview, bumaba sa East Fairview Subd, at sumakay ng traysikel papasok ng Eco Park. Kung may sariling sasakyan, abangan ang billboard na nagpapaskil ng direksyon ng EcoPark. Sundan ito.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

The Children's Library

Lokasyon: Robinson's Place Novaliches
Halaga: libre
Iskedyul ng pagbukas: Lunes hanggang Sabado, 1pm hanggang 7pm
Dapat dalhin:ID ng bata o matanda.

Ang The Children's Library ay isang proyekto ng Gokongwei. Libre nila itong pinatatakbo at nabubuhay sa pamamagitan ng mga donasyon, isponsor at mga boluntaryo. Malamang, bahagi ito ng kawanggawa ng mga Gokongwei na may-ari ng mga mall ng Robinson's at iba pa.

Marami itong mga aktibidad na inihahanda. Araw-araw ay iba. Noong nagpunta kami, inabutan namin ang isang demo ng educational CD-ROM at isang puppet show. Iba-iba din ang magagawa dito. May ilang kompyuter na nakahandang gamitin ng mga bata para mag-laro ng mga educational CD-ROM. Kailangan mo lang magpakita ng ID sa isang kuya/ate at ipipila niya ang pangalan mo. Mayroon ding radyo na para sa mga audio books. Mayroon ding malaking telebisyon para sa mga aktibidad nila.

Marami-rami din ang mga libro. Bagamat kalakhan sa mga libro ay para sa mga bata, mayroon ding mga libro na para sa mga guro, magulang at iba pa.Hindi na rin kailangang pumila pa para sa mga librong gusto mong basahin dahil nakalabas lang ang mga ito sa mga estante, parang library sa eskwelahan ko noon. Mayroon ding mga komiks at mga pambatang magasin.

Maraming upuan sa loob. Hindi pa kami pumunta rito na talagang punum-puno at wala ka nang maupuan. May mga beanbag din na patok na patok sa mga bata.

Ang siste lang, dahil sa dami ng aktibidad at mga batang nasa loob, hindi na tahimik ang silid-aklatang ito. Hindi rin aktibo ang mga boluntaryo sa pagsaway sa mga maiingay kahit pa nagkalat ang mga paskil tungkol sa tamang gawi sa loob ng aklatan.

Pero maliban dito, wala na akong reklamo. Sayang nga lang at hindi maaaring ilabas ang mga libro at hindi rin sila nagpapa-photocopy ng mga ito.