AFM – Launch of the Philippine Artist Residency Program 2011

 Alliance Française Launches AFM-PARP 2011
The 2011 Alliance Française de Manille
Philippine Artist Residency Program

Now on its second year, the AFM-PARP offers Filipino artists the possibility of a structured visit to France for a period of two to three months. The residency will be hosted by a French non-profit cultural organization, artist residence, or artist-run initiative. It is conceived as a professional opportunity rather than a project-based grant. Its aim is to enrich the experience of Filipino artists by affording them the opportunity for contact with the contemporary art scene in France.

AFM-PARP Program Schedule 

Application Period: July to October 2011
Deadline of application: 31 October 2011
Evaluation period: November 2011 to January 2012
Announcement of selected grantee: February 2012

The recipient of the first AFM-PARP grant was printmaker Ma. Victoria “Ambie” Abaño, who has just completed her three-month residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris. She was enrolled at the print atelier La Taille-Douce, and held an “open studio” at the Cité on July 20.

The AFM-PARP is open to all Filipino visual artists: painters, sculptors, multi-media artists, and photographers. One residency is offered annually, to take place in the spring or autumn months. The AFM-PARP provides a financial grant to cover costs of travel and living expenses. The grantee may also avail of a free French language course at AFM.

The AFM-PARP 2011 application form/brochure is available at Alliance Française de Manille, 209 Nicanor Garcia St., Bel-Air II, Makati City. It will also be available at the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), and can be downloaded from the AFM website at www.alliance.ph

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Alliance Française de Manille
209 Nicanor Garcia Street (formerly Reposo Street), Bel-Air 2,
Makati City, 1209, Philippines.
Tels: 895-7585 / 895-7441          Fax: 899-3654         
e-mail: info@alliance.ph             
website: www.alliance.ph 
 
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     Fridays & Saturdays: 9 am to 5 pm    

FAQs: An Introduction to Writing About Arts & Culture Workshop

AN INTRODUCTION TO WRITING ABOUT ARTS AND CULTURE
WRITER’S BLOCK PHILIPPINES & THE YUCHENGCO MUSEUM

Guide to Frequently Asked Questions

What are the details of the workshop?

What: Introduction to Writing About Arts and Culture
When: October 8, 2011 (Saturday)
Where: Yuchengco Museum, RCBC Tower Ayala Avenue, Makati
Time: 9AM to 6PM
Info info@yuchengcomuseum.org or (+63 2) 889-1234 (Please look for Carla Martinez)

What does the P3,500 course fee cover?

The P3,500 per head course fee covers

·         Course fee
·         Light snacks + drink

*NOTE: Bona fide members of Writer’s Block Philippines (those with annual membership) get 10% off on the workshop fee. Students also get a special 15% discount; to avail yourself of the discount, present or email or valid student ID to info@yuchengcomuseum.org before making payment. The 15% student discount does not apply to credit card payments and may NOT be combined with the 10% WBP member discount.

How can I pay for the workshop?

Workshop fees can be paid in cash, bank deposit, or check to the Yuchengco Museum. For payment details, please contact info@yuchengcomuseum.org or call (+63 2) 889-1234 and look for Carla Martinez.

You can pay for the workshop via credit card or PayPal, which you can access on www.writersblockphilippines.com.

Who should attend this workshop?

Anyone who wants to write effectively and creatively about Philippine arts and culture. This is ideal for students (at least university level), writers and journalists who cover the travel & leisure or arts & culture beats, or gallery publicists who want to attract a wider public through their writing. Bloggers who write about arts & culture and related themes will also benefit from this workshop.

Who are the speakers?

The workshop’s main speakers will be Yuchengco Museum curator Jeannie E. Javelosa and architect and graphologist Manny Miñana. Writing sessions will be handled by Writer’s Block Philippines’ trio of editor-founders Ana Santos, Nikka Sarthou, and Niña Terol-Zialcita.

Jeannie E. Javelosa

Jeannie is an Advocate for Culture and Sustainability. She is an award-winning Painter-Printmaker with more than 20 solo exhibits to her name; an Art Critic-Reviewer in the first part of her career; a Writer and Author with several awards for coffee table books on culture and the arts. She has run cultural institutions such as the Cultural Center of the Philippines Contemporary Visual Arts Museum, the Australia Center, and through the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and as Consultant under the Office of the President,  has handled national government projects on culture and the arts positioning Philippine culture in the International and ASEAN level.  She is presently the Curator for the Yuchengco Museum.

Jeannie is also a Strategic Branding and Marketing-Communications Specialist with her company EON Stakeholder Relations Firm whose main advocacy is Branding the Philippines. She is a Social-Entrepreneur for the green sustainable lifestyle through her establishments ECHOstore Sustainable Lifestyle and Le Bistro Vert Sustainable Foods, and leads the ECHO Sustainable Initiatives or the ECHOSI Foundation.

Jeannie is a yoga practitioner for the past 16 years, and a yoga teacher for the past decade with a certification for teaching Ashtanga Yoga.  She also writes about topics of her interest (culture, consciousness and wellness) in her regular Sunday column entitled A Spirited Soul at the Allure Section of the Philippine Star, as well as contributing articles to other glossy magazines.

Manny Miñana

Emmanuel Miñana is an architect by profession who has had a life-long interest in painting, drafting, photography, and graphology.

He received his degree in Architecture from the University of the Philippines’ School of Architecture in Diliman. He has taken further executive education on Sustainable Green Architecture, Hotel Design, Tourism and Resort design from the Graduate School of Design in Harvard.

Manny started his interest and study of graphology when he was twelve.  For the past thirty years, he has analyzed thousands of signatures here and abroad.  He hopes to share a clearer, finer insight on the nature of people through his personal studies and graphological theories that have arisen from this quiet pursuit.

Manny is married to commercial and fine arts photographer Denise Weldon and has two children, Alejandro, 13 and Carolina, 9.

Manny is a student of Siddha Yoga meditation. Last year, he ran the Paris and New York marathons.

This is Architect Miñana’s first public lecture on graphology.

Writer’s Block Philippines

The editor-founders of Writer’s Block Philippines have combined writing and editorial experience of over 20 years, spanning a wide variety of lifestyle, socio-political, and corporate themes. Ana Santos is the Associate Editor of Illustrado, an upscale lifestyle magazine for expat Filipinos based in Dubai, which also has an annual arts issue. Nikka Sarthou is a Contributing Editor of Cebu Pacific’s Smile, and is a prolific lifestyle, travel, and food writer. Niña Terol-Zialcita is the Editor-in-Chief of asianTraveler, and has been covering arts and culture themes for a number of years now.

Writer’s Block Philippines has been conducting regular writing workshops since 2010 and have covered freelance writing, feature writing, food writing, travel writing, and corporate writing. Their collaboration with the Yuchengco Museum is a first-of-its-kind endeavor, one that is sorely needed to help boost public engagement in Philippine arts and culture.

What will the course cover?

An Overview of Philippine Arts, Culture, and Heritage in  Contemporary Life
This session aims to contextualize the tech-savvy journalist within the equally wild, wired world of Philippine arts, culture, and heritage. It seeks to answer the questions: What is the current state of Philippine arts, culture, and heritage? How do these fields interact with travel writing? With food writing? With lifestyle writing? How are these relevant today—and why should we care?

Telling the Story of Arts and Culture
Presents a summary of the different types of stories that may be generated within the arts and culture beat, as well as examples of compelling reporting and its results:

– The Artist’s Sketch (personality profile)
– Traveling through Culture and Heritage
– Designing Pieces on Philippine Architecture
– The Art Review
– Opportunities in Arts, Culture, and Heritage Reporting

What You Need to Know
Presents an interactive “toolbox” of the different resources that arts and culture writers need to know in the Philippine context. Who are the sources for these stories and where can they be found? Where else can we go for research? How do we avoid tackling the same angles and using the same sources?

Asking the Right Questions
For the novice arts and culture writer, it is easy to make the mistake of presuming too much or asking too little. This session aims to share the best questions to ask to get the right kind of information, the right quotable quotes, and the right material to make a piece meaty, engaging, but not over-the-top

*Plus other hands-on writing exercises

European Union holds feature writing contest for campus journalists

Calling all campus journalists! The Delegation of the European Union to the Philippines has a feature writing contest for you!

Calling all campus journalists! The Delegation of the European Union to the Philippines has a feature writing contest for you!

Check out the poster below for more details, or contact the following for more information:

Email: Delegation-Philippines@eeas.europa.eu
Phone: (02) 859 5124

EU Feature Writing Contest - Campus Journalists

 

Editors of NatGeo Traveler share inside advice for pitching and writing your travel stories (A MatadorU exclusive)

We in Writer’s Block Philippines have learned that there’s nothing like getting inside advice from an editor to get your writing on track. In this MatadorU exclusive, the NatGeo Traveler editorial staff–Keith Bellows, Amy Alipio, Norie Quintos, Marilyn Terrell, Kathie Gartrell, and Dan Westergren–share inside tips on the kinds of stories that ultimately make it to NatGeo Traveler’s pages.

We in Writer’s Block Philippines have learned that there’s nothing like getting inside advice from an editor to get your writing on track. In this MatadorU exclusive, the NatGeo Traveler editorial staff–Keith Bellows, Amy Alipio, Norie Quintos, Marilyn Terrell, Kathie Gartrell, and Dan Westergren–share inside tips on the kinds of stories that ultimately make it to NatGeo Traveler’s pages.

Watch this video to get a sneak peek, but if you want to access the full video, enroll in MatadorU by clicking on the MatadorU box on the upper-right side of the website.

MatadorU is an online education center for the advancement of new media professionals, particularly travel writers, photographers, and filmmakers.

Read more about them HERE

Nominations to Migration Advocacy and Media (MAM) Awards now open

This is reposted from the official press release of the the Migration Advocacy and Media (MAM) Awards

Nominations to the Migration Advocacy and Media (MAM) Awards are now formally open. Conceived in 2011 by the Inter‐Agency Committee (IAC) for the Celebration of the Month of Overseas Filipinos and International Migrants Day in the Philippines (December and December 18, respectively every year) chaired by the Philippine Migrants Rights Watch (PMRW) and co‐chaired by the Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO), MAM Awards aim to recognize the significant role of the media in the promotion and advocacy of migration and development.

This is reposted from the official press release of the the Migration Advocacy and Media (MAM) Awards

Image by Riley Kaminer, under a Creative Commons Attribution license
Image by Riley Kaminer, under a Creative Commons Attribution license

Nominations to the Migration Advocacy and Media (MAM) Awards are now formally open. Conceived in 2011 by the Inter‐Agency Committee (IAC) for the Celebration of the Month of Overseas Filipinos and International Migrants Day in the Philippines (December and December 18, respectively every year) chaired by the Philippine Migrants Rights Watch (PMRW) and co‐chaired by the Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO), MAM Awards aim to recognize the significant role of the media in the promotion and advocacy of migration and development.

Eligible for the Awards are works by government and private media outlets, institutions and practitioners in the fields of print, radio, movie and television, advertising and internet based in the Philippines and abroad. Entries must have raised public awareness on issues on Filipino migration, advocated the cause of Filipinos overseas, or/and promoted a positive image of Filipinos overseas, and migration and development.

Entries must be submitted on or before September 30, 2011 to MAM Awards’ Secretariat, Commission on Filipinos Overseas, Citigold Center, 1345 Pres. Quirino Avenue cor. Osmeña Highway (South Superhighway) Manila, Philippines 1007.

For more information on the Awards, please call the MAM Secretariat at (632)561‐8291 (telefax), (632)552‐4766 or email at info@cfo.gov.ph.

Yuchengco Museum and Writer’s Block Philippines Partnership

 

Yuchengco Museum and Writer’s Block Philippines signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) to work together to train writers on presenting the arts, culture, and heritage to a wider audience through the “Writing About Arts and Culture” program. The MOA was signed by Writer’s Block Philippines co-founders Niña Terol-Zialcita (left) and Nikka Sarthou (right) and Yuchengco Museum curator Jeannie Javelosa (center) during the program’s press launch on September 12 at Yuchengco Museum (not in photo is WBP co-founder Ana Santos). The first workshop under this partnership program will be held at the museum on October 8.

MEDIA INVITATION: Press launch of “Writing about Arts and Culture”, Sept 12 (Mon) 10AM at Yuchengco Museum

To our friends in Media,

The Yuchengco Museum and Writer’s Block Philippines (WBP) come together in partnership to address a special need: to share information on writing about arts, culture and heritage and to train writers to present this topic to a larger audience.

Yuchengco Museum-WBP letterhead

MEDIA INVITATION

To our friends in Media,

The Yuchengco Museum and Writer’s Block Philippines (WBP) come together in partnership to address a special need: to share information on writing about arts, culture and heritage and to train writers to present this topic to a larger audience.

We would like to invite you to a PRESS LAUNCH of our new Partnership Program entitled WRITING ABOUT ARTS AND CULTURE, which will consist of workshops that will focus on writing skills development, cultural information and appreciation.

September 12, Monday

10 a.m. – 12 n.n.

Yuchengco Museum

RCBC Plaza

Corner Ayala and Senator Gil J. Puyat Avenues, Makati City

To confirm your attendance, kindly email Carla Martinez at info@yuchengcomuseum.org or call (02) 889-1234.

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you there!

Using feature writing to attract new clients, improve business communications

People commonly associate feature writing with lifestyle articles and glossy magazines. For the savvy business communicator, however, feature writing can be a great way to tell a company or brand’s story (and we all love stories!), grab mindshare, change behaviors, and attract new business.

People commonly associate feature writing with lifestyle articles and glossy magazines. For the savvy business communicator, however, feature writing can be a great way to tell a company or brand’s story (and we all love stories!), grab mindshare, change behaviors, and attract new business.

Take the case of a multinational cement company who wanted to soften its image and appear more approachable to its clients. It needed a communication solution to a perception problem about the product being “stiff”, “boring”, and “too technical.”

The solution: develop an in-house lifestyle publication that would show cement not just as a technical product, but as the stuff of which beautiful things are made. The feature articles housed in this magazine tackled architecture, interior design, even a bit of arts and culture, and, of course, profiles of people from all around the company that made it a great building partner.

There is also the case of a financial institution that wanted to promote one of its newly launched services. Using feature writing, it was able to showcase success stories of clients that had availed themselves of this service, as well as explain–in lay terms–mechanics that would otherwise have been crammed into a small flyer. Feature writing humanized the product and made it easier to understand.

Photo by Alaivani on Flickr | Some rights reserved
An example of a business lifestyle feature by Four Seasons, in Business Traveler Magazine | Photo by Alaivani on Flickr | Some rights reserved

Here are a few more ways to make the most of feature writing in your company or organization:

  1. Show human interest stories of your company’s leaders to show the open and warm culture in your company.
  2. Profile beneficiaries that show the positive, life-changing results of your work, and why it will be worth your donors’ money to choose YOUR non-profit or charity.
  3. Show tips for making the most of your product or service.
  4. Showcase a featured destination and show how, for example, your travel agency helps make memorable holidays like this come true.
  5. Share testimonials of happy clients and what makes your company THEIR partner of choice.

When done well, feature writing can be a powerful tool for business and can help you save on advertising costs. After all, there are few things more powerful than a compelling story shared online or through word of mouth.

To know more about how feature writing can work for your business or organization, join Feature Writing 101 by Writer’s Block Philippines. The one-day workshop runs on September 17, 2011 at Powerbooks Greenbelt 4. For complete details, visit, email writersblock.ph@gmail.com, or call/text (0927) 850 5280.