Quote of the Day

by Sophy Burnham

There are so many different kinds of writing and so many ways to work that the only rule is this: do what works. Almost everything has been tried and found to succeed for somebody. The methods, even the ideas of successful writers contradict each other in a most heartening way, and the only element I find common to all successful writers is persistence-an overwhelming determination to succeed.

~ Sophy Burnham

Post your travel photos and get a chance to win GCs from asianTraveler Magazine!

Here’s another contest from our friends at asianTraveler Magazine!


I Heart Pinas photo contest by asianTraveler MagazineTheme: I Heart Pinas

To tickle our Filipino pride, we would like to know about the things you love best about the Philippines. Share with us photos of anything that makes you feel proud to be Filipino. Feel free to interpret the theme any way you want. Impress us with how you give meaning to things. 😉

How to join:

  • ONLY photos submitted via our Facebook fan page will be accepted as valid entries.
  • NO registration fee. However, a photo has to reach a minimum of 25 likes to be considered a qualified entry.
  • Maximum of three (3) photos per entrant so choose wisely from your materials 😉
  • Provide an ingenious title for your photo and a one-sentence justification per photo of how you see the relevance of your entry to the theme. Don’t forget to include the theme or keyword from it in your entries so we can recognize that it is an entry.
  • Low-res photos may be submitted, but JPEG copies with higher resolution may be asked from winning entries after the contest for publication purposes.


50% – People’s choice. The more likes an entry gets, the more chance of getting into the top pick. Remember you have to at least 25 likes to qualify for the contest. 😉
50% – Judges’ voice. Our panel of judges will consider the following factors:

Aesthetic appeal
Relevance to the theme
Title and caption. How you justify your material. Exhibition of unique creativity and wide perspective is an essential part of your entry.

Judges: Entries will be judged by the asianTraveler editorial board.

Awards and Prizes:

We will choose the Top 5 entries based on the above criteria. Prizes for each are as follows:

Grand Prize: 1000 worth of gift certificates in Chateau 1771 Restaurant

Other 4 best entries will get a free copy of asianTraveler magazine’s current issue.

Announcement of winners will be on August 8, 2011.

Winners will be notified via personal message. A list of winners and a compilation album of winning entries will be posted in our Facebook fanpage

Duration of the contest: The contest will run until August 5, 11.59pm (Philippine time).


Previously published photographs will not be allowed to join.

Only photographs with necessary rights will be considered valid entries.

Photographers, writers, and members of asianTraveler’s editorial board and pool of contributors, past and present, are not eligible to join.

Top 5 winning images will become the property of asianTraveler Magazine and may not be submitted for publication to other print or online publications.

Prizes are not transferable or exchangeable and cannot be taken as cash.

Entrants will not submit any photograph that is unlawful or fraudulent, or that is defamatory, obscene, derogatory, pornographic, sexually inappropriate, violent, abusive, harassing, threatening, objectionable with respect to race, religion, origin or gender, not suitable for children aged under 15, or otherwise unsuitable for publication.

asianTraveler Magazine reserves the rights, at any time, to verify the validity of the entries and to disqualify any entry that is not in accordance with the Terms and Conditions. Any incomplete, indecipherable or illegible entries will be deemed invalid.

Winners will only be allowed to win once during the duration of the contest. If the winners do not respond in seven (7) working days upon the notification of winning entries, asianTraveler Magazine shall choose an alternate winner from the pool of remaining eligible entries in accordance with the criteria and rules stated herein.

Any decision of asianTraveler is final and no correspondence will be entertained.

Official rules are only those posted in the asianTraveler Magazine fan page.

2012 Alfred Friendly Press Fellowships Launched

Alfred Friendly Press Fellowships

Professional journalists from Asia, Africa, the Middle East, the Americas and Caribbean, Europe and former Soviet Union, can now apply for the 2012 Alfred Friendly Press Fellowships (AFPF).

The fellowship is designed for journalists in the early to middle stages of their careers, with an average of six years working experience.

Yearly, the AFPF brings about 8 to 10 mid-career reporters and editors (usually between age 25 and 35), to the United States for an in-depth, practical exposure to the professional and ethical standards of the U.S. media for six months.

Named in honor of the late Alfred Friendly, a Pulitzer Prize winning reporter and former managing editor of The Washington Post, the fellowship provides hands-on experience in reporting, writing and exposure to the free press in the American society. It also fosters continuing ties between journalists in the United States and counterparts in other countries.

The fellowship programme, usually begins in March, and exposes selected journalists to the technological changes occurring in the media industry. It also equips them with new skills that they would transfer to their colleagues back home.

General requirements:

  • Should be a full-time employee as a journalist for the news or editorial departments of independent newspapers, magazines, wire services, or online publications of general public interest
  • Should have at least three years of full-time professional experience as a journalist in the print/online media
  • Early to mid-career status and between 25 and 35 years old
  • Should have a demonstrated personal commitment to a career in journalism
  • Should have ability and desire to share what is learned on the fellowship with other journalists at home
  • Must have endorsement from the management of the home publication
  • Excellent command of both written and spoken English is essential


Click for application form in pdf

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For more information

Deadline: August 8, 2011

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Career Opportunities

The Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility is looking for two staffwriters/reporters.

The Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility is looking for two staffwriters/reporters. They must be:

-Graduates of Journalism, Mass Communication or any related course
-Knowledgeable in journalism principles and ethics
-With above average written and oral communication skills in English and Filipino
-Updated in current events, trends and general information
-Highly proficient in Microsoft Office applications

Knowledge and skills in website management is an advantage.
Fresh graduates are welcome to apply.

Interested applicants can send their comprehensive resume and other materials to: staff@cmfr-phil.org. For more information, please contact us at: (+63 2) 840-0903/894-1326/894-1314/(Telefax) 840-0889.


Share your travel photos & experiences with asianTraveler Magazine!

Here’s a note from our friends in asianTraveler Magazine:

Where do you find YOUR “Cosmopolitan Sanctuary”?

Marina Bay Sands, Singapore (Photo by Erick Lirios/asianTraveler Magazine)
Marina Bay Sands, Singapore (Photo by Erick Lirios/asianTraveler Magazine)

We love Big Cities that are vibrant and colorful, making us feel more alive with their pulsating beats and their never-ending frenzy of sights, sounds, scenes, and flavors. But we also like those quiet corners of creativity and rest, where we can escape from all the bright lights and the buzzing sounds to unwind and simply be ourselves.

Now we’d like to ask you: What’s YOUR favorite Big City, and where here do you go to find some peace amid the urban jungle? Is it a favorite cafe? A museum? A bookshop? A little-known restaurant? A spa? A yoga studio? In one paragraph, share with us your favorite “cosmopolitan sanctuary” and get a chance to be featured in asianTraveler Magazine’s September-October issue.

Please also send us your:

Name and Location/Hometown

And TWO high-resolution (2) photos (at least 1MB): one tight profile shot, and one photo of your favorite cosmopolitan sanctuary

Deadline for submissions: Monday, July 18, 2011. (We’ll extend it to July 20 for our friends from Writer’s Block Philippines!)