I Hope This is Dangerous Enough (An excerpt)


Writers write, everyone else makes excuses.

A tall order, but true.

“’Wannabe Writer’. Yes, that’s me, a frustrated writer. I had some stints back in college and luckily, had a few pieces published for the university annual. But I have never been published at a scale that would affirm myself as a legitimate writer. So until then, I will happily confine myself to being a ‘wannabe.’”

With this line of thought, I found myself scribbling down these same words to indicate my profession at a dream boarding event by Writer’s Block Philippines and co.lab. The event organizers even told me that I’m no “wannabe,” and I replied by saying something like, “I’ll erase it and leave out the word ‘writer’ someday (cue in dramatic song please).”

Anyone who wakes up each morning with the mantra, “Today, I am going to improve on being a wannabe [insert occupation here]” is wasting precious time. I was one of those whose anthem used to be a Spice Girls hit song.

We may see this “wannabe philosophy” as an act of humility, or as a form of restraint to avoid getting ahead of ourselves. Unknowingly however, we create a wall of limitations, thrusting us farther away from what we can actually become. It ironically permits more excuses and creates mediocrity, because there’s really nothing on the line. Hence, instead of aiming to walk on the moon, we become satisfied with just looking up, gazing, as its glowing visage stares back.

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Celina Baylon was a participant of Feature Writing 101 (version 3). After the workshop, and with peculiar but happy thoughts for a parachute, she plunged toward the joys and pains of her first love: writing. She is currently working on becoming an ardent tourist in her own country, and claims to have an extensive familiarity on OPM. Getting into entrepreneurship also keeps her mind buzzing these days.


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Virgin Labfest 8 Writing Fellowship Program


The Cultural Center of the Philippines is mounting a two-weeklong Virgin Labfest 8 Writing Fellowship Program for 10 aspiring writers from June 26-July 6, 2012.  Consisting of script writing workshop, lectures, discussions and script critiquing, this program is part of the Festival’s desire to train young aspiring playwrights.

To be qualified for the Virgin Labfest 8 Writing Fellowship Program, applicants must be: 

  1. 1.       an enrolled college student;
  2. 2.       23 years old or below;
  3. able to submit the following:
  1. Fully accomplished Application Form (downloadable from the CCP website)
  2. 1 (one) to 3(three) sample literary works, either drama or fiction, full or excerpts which should have the following requirements.
  • Written either in Filipino, English, Hiligaynon or Kinaray-a.
  • Not have been published or produced by a professional theater company.
  • Not have won in any national writing competition.
  • In .pdf format (12 points, double-spaced, 8” x 11” paper)
  • Total number of pages must not exceed 10.
  • The real name / identity of the applicant must not be written on any part of the sample works.

All submissions should be sent via email to ccp.artist.training@gmail.com

Deadline for submission of all requirements: June 8, 2012. 

All submissions will undergo a pre-screening process. Accepted applicants must be present for the full duration of the two-weeklong fellowship and the culminating showcase.

The 10 applicants accepted to the Virgin Labfest 8 Writing Fellowship Program will be given an all-access pass to this year’s festival plays and selected rehearsals as part of their mentorship. The fellows will also have the opportunity to join the Talkback and Interaction with known playwrights, directors and selected actors. A minimal registration fee of P300 will be required of all accepted applicants.

The Fellowship Program will conclude in a staged reading of the fellow’s works on July 6, 2012 at the CCP Bulwagang Amado Hernandez at 6 PM.

Observers are also welcome to attend selected lectures and discussions, for a fee of P50 per session.

The Virgin Labfest is a highly distinguished annual festival of unpublished, unstaged, untried and untested works of playwrights, directors and actors. In the past seven years, it has gained its reputation by producing provocative and outstanding ‘virgin’ plays mostly which have been recognized by the Palanca Awards for Literature.

Announcement of accepted applicants: June 15, 2012

For other inquiries on the Virgin Labfest 8 Fellowship Program, go to the www.culturalcenter.gov.ph, email ccp.artist.training@gmail.com, or call 832 1125 loc 1605.

Writing the Trends Piece Workshop FAQs

Here are the Frequently Asked Questions on “Writing the Trends Piece: A Workshop on Feature Writing About Design and Innovation” by Yuchengco Museum and Writer’s Block Philippines

What are the details of the workshop?

What: Writing the Trends Piece (Feature writing on design and innovation, inspired by the ongoing exhibition, “Somewhat Different. Contemporary Design and the Power of Convention)

When: May 26, 2012 (Saturday)

Where: Yuchengco Museum, RCBC Plaza, Makati City

Program is as follows:

PART A (Writers’ Workshop c/o Writer’s Block Philippines)

9:30 – 10:00 am      Registration & welcome

10:00 – 10:15 am    Workshop Preliminaries

10:15 – 11:15 pm    Session 1: Innovations in Philippine Art and Design

11:15 – 12:15 pm    Session 2: Introduction to Feature Writing / Writing a Trends Piece

12:15 – 1:15 pm     Lunch

1:15 – 1:45 pm     Q&A

1:45 – 1:55 pm     Workshop Evaluation

1:55 – 2:10 pm     Closing remarks and distribution of certificates

2:10 – 3:00 pm     Writing exercise and critique (optional)


PART B (Substantive Talk (open to the public) c/o Yuchengco Museum)

3:00 – 5:00 pm    Topic:  “Somewhat Different. Contemporary Design and the Power of Convention”


Who is this workshop for?

If you’re someone who loves art and design, and would like to try your hand at contributing feature articles on art and design innovations in the Philippines, “Writing the Trends Piece” will give you the basics to get you started. The one-day workshop is open to participants who are at least college-age and above.


What can I learn at this workshop?

Participants will leave the workshop armed with basic knowledge about the trends in Philippine art and design, and will likewise be equipped with the tools to write feature articles and “trends pieces” on the subject. The second part of the workshop will feature a hands-on writing and critiquing session, as well as a talk on the exhibition, “Something Different. Contemporary Design and the Power of Convention.”


How much is the fee?

Parts A & B (includes lunch, snacks, cocktails, workshop materials and certificate)

P2,000 workshop fee (which includes light snacks)

P1,800 discounted  (for students, seniors & WBP members)


Part B only

Museum talk comes with museum admission

(P100 for adults, P50 for students, P25 for children and seniors)


Who is conducting the workshop?

The workshop sessions will be facilitated by Ms. Jeannie E. Javelosa, Curator of the Yuchengco Museum; and Ana Santos, Nikka Sarthou, and Niña Terol-Zialcita, founders of Writer’s Block Philippines.


What do I need to bring?

Please bring whatever writing materials you’ll need to take notes. Laptops are not advisable, as there might not be enough outlets in the venue. As a provision, you may also want to bring a sweater or light jacket. You may also take your lunch in any of the nearby restaurants or bring food that we can heat at the workshop venue.


How do I register?

To register, please  email info@yuchengcomuseum.org or call (02) 889-1234. You may settle the payment at the Yuchengco Museum or deposit to the Museum’s RCBC account.


Invitation to the 17th Graphic Expo










From June 14 to 16, the most-awaited event for creative imaging professionals, photo-video, publishing and printing businessmen will be held at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia, Manila Philippines.

The 17th Graphic Expo, the 3rd Photo-Video Expo and the the 9th Print Tech Manila will feature state-of-the art technologies, equipment, products and services in graphic arts, digital imaging, photography, video, outdoor advertising and printing!

Over 150 booths, 120 companies, 500 seminar participants and 10 industry trade organizations are joining and exhibiting their wares, creative folios, software, hardware, services and total print solutions. Entrance to the exhibition is free!


Writing the Trends Piece: A workshop on feature writing about design and innovation

Renowned writer Oscar Wilde once said in his novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray, “Those who find beautiful meanings in beautiful things are the cultivated. For these there is hope.”

From classic to contemporary pieces, eye-popping designs and innovation inspire a lot of people to write. Colors, textures, materials, origin–there are various points of interest to draw upon even a succinct but engaging account of a design masterpiece.

But how does one write about such creations?

Inspired by the ongoing German exhibit “Somewhat DifferentContemporary Design & the Power of Convention,” Writer’s Block Philippines (WBP) will be holding a workshop on feature writing about design and innovation.

Entitled “Writing the Trends Piece,” the writing workshop will be held at the Yuchengco Museum on May 26, 2012 (Saturday) from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The workshop will be facilitated by Writer’s Block Philippines’ editor- founders Ana Santos, Nikka Sarthou, and Niña Terol-Zialcita, together with Yuchengco Museum curator Jeannie Javelosa. It fuses practical knowledge about writing, an overview of art and design trends in the Philippines, and hands-on feature writing and art appreciation exercises to give the participant a starting point for covering themes on art, design, and innovation.


The Yuchengco Museum was createdto house the art collection of Ambassador Alfonso T. Yuchengco, and highlight his distinguished career as a businessman, diplomat, collector, philanthropist, patron of the arts, and advocate for education in the Philippines and beyond.

The Museum’s primary goal is to foster a greater public appreciation of the finest in Filipino and Filipino-Chinese visual arts and creativity. Located in Makati, the heart of Metro Manila’s financial district, the Museum is not only a “temple” that showcases art, but also a “forum” of exchange, debate, and education.


Writer’s Block Philippines is an organization that works to empower  both individual and organizational writers and communicators. Believing that writing is both art and craft, both creative and methodical, a form of expression and a discipline, it offers workshops and customized editorial services to fit various needs.

For details and reservations about the workshop, email info@yuchengcomuseum.org, call (02) 889 1234, or visit www.writersblockphilippines.com

Somewhat Different. Contemporary Design and the Power of Convention


02 – 31 May 2012
Yuchengco Museum
Free Entrance
+632 817 0978
The Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations (ifa) and curator Volker Albus have prepared the exhibition SOMEWHAT DIFFERENT. CONTEMPORARY DESIGN AND THE POWER OF CONVENTION which shows selected examples of the phenomenon of contemporary design.

The great diversity of designs diverging from the conventional is illustrated by 106 different items and a total of 148 objects by 67 individual designers and studios, 47 of them based in Germany and 20 in other European countries. The exhibition discusses the objects in terms of function, materials, constructions and content references. It is complemented by the artworks of EPOCH, a young group of international designers. These six young artists as well challenge old concepts and provoke minds to dream of alternative perspectives. Their artworks and experimental designs are presented in the frame of SOMEWHAT DIFFERENT. CONTEMPORARY DESIGN AND THE POWER OF CONVENTION.

For additional details, please visit Goethe Institut.

Changing the Conversation with Rappler.com

Technology has ushered in almost limitless possibilities for various industries—especially for media, where real time reporting has become a focal point of competition for media organizations.

Moreover, the decreasing limitations in time and space have enabled these outfits to interact with an ever growing audience, a manner previously unseen in “traditional media”. At the forefront of global media development these days is the concept of “citizen journalism,” where ordinary citizens are included in the process of gathering and reporting the news.

In the Philippines, social news network Rappler.com has begun carving its own mark in the field of this new form of journalism.

“Technology now allows us to work in ways never before possible to create connected communities and to tap ’the wisdom of crowds,’ the process of harnessing a group’s collective answer which, under the right conditions, have proven to be better than any single expert opinion,” says a statement Rappler Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director, veteran journalist Maria Ressa.

On May 10 (Thursday), join Rappler.com and Writer’s Block Philippines as they discuss media’s ever-changing landscape and its implications on citizens, journalists, and netizens alike.

Entitled “Changing the Conversation: An intimate chat with Rappler.com on the ever- changing landscape of journalism and the media,” this conversation will be headlined by Rappler Citizen Journalism Director Chay Hofileña, who will discuss issues such as the looming death of print, the decreasing viewership of television and the booming number of online news readers, the relevance of journalism college degrees, and the narrowing gap between bloggers and professional journalists, among others.

This FREE EVENT has been organized by Writer’s Block Philippines, and will take place on May 10, Thursday, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Fully Booked High Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.

For details, email Writer’s Block Philippines at writersblock.ph@gmail.com or contact (0927) 850 8280.