AFM presents: Launch of the AFM-Philippine Artist Residency Program 4th Edition – 2013


Program Schedule:

Application period: September 1 to November 15, 2013
Deadline of application: November 15, 2013
Evaluation period: December 2013 to mid-February, 2014
Announcement of selected grantee: Early March, 2014

Alliance Française de Manille is pleased to announce the launch of its fourth artist residency grants program (AFM-PARP). 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, an artist residence, or an artist-run initiative. It is conceived more as a professional opportunity rather than a project-based grant. Its aim is to enrich the experience of Filipino artists by providing them with the opportunity to initiate contact with the contemporary art scene in France.

The recipient of the second AFM-PARP grant was sculptor Ronald “Riel” Jaramillo Hilario in 2012 and the third recipient, glass sculptor Christina Osorio “Goldie” Poblador, has just came back from a 3-month residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris.

The AFM-PARP is open to all Filipino visual artists: painters, sculptors, multi-media artists, and photographers. One residency is offered annually, during 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 one session of free French language classes at AFM.

The AFM-PARP application period is from September 1 to November 15 2013; deadline for submission of applications is on November 15, 2013.

The AFM-PARP 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 major cultural institutions, museums, art galleries, and can be downloaded from the AFM website at

For more details about the 2013 Alliance Française de Manille-Philippine Artist Residency Program (AFM- PARP), kindly contact Ms. Sabrina Durand (AFM Cultural Coordinator) at 895 7441 / 895 7585 or email, or visit the AFM website at

August 31 Deadline for Call for Entrees: Health Media Awards

Print, radio, television, online media and bloggers are invited to submit
stories for the “Parangal sa mga Kuwentong Kalsugan Pangkalahatan” (PKKP)
health media recognition. Stories should have been published, posted or
aired from the period of Jan 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013. The stories must
cover health issues that cover the theme “Kalusugan Pangkalahatan” or
universal health care, including issues related to social health insurance,
health facilities and attainment of the Millennium Development Goals
(MDGs), such as safe motherhood, child nutrition and family planning.

Attached is the info sheet and application form. Up to 5 entries may be
submitted. A trophy and cash prize of P10,000 will be awarded for the best
stories. A journalist may be recognized for a maximum of two stories.

*Deadline of entries is August 31, 2013. Stories and the entry form may be
submitted to
*For more information, visit or

*Parangal sa mga Kuwentong Kalusugan Pangkalahatan Health Media Awards aims
to recognize Manila and province-based journalists from mainstream and
non-traditional media for excellent stories that tell of ordinary folk’s
strides in making a health-conscious community and healthy family. A
special prize for bloggers will also be given. “By telling their stories,
of their struggles and little successes in life, our friends in the media
will be powerful instruments in getting the message across. Needless to
say, we should have healthy citizens to be able to build empowered
communities,” said DOH Assistant Secretary Dr. Eric Tayag.

Probe Media Foundation is cooperating with DOH’s National Center for Health
Promotion in the implementation of the program. Deadline for entries is
August 31, 2013. For the application form and further inquiries, visit

Meet the speakers at “Communicating for Social Change” forum

Mark your calendars as we have an upcoming event this August that you shouldn’t miss! Writer’s Block Philippines and Smarter Good present “Communicating for Social Change”, a forum about how women leaders engage social change.

Three empowering women are set to take the stage at the event.


Jane Leu is an internationally recognized social entrepreneur and expert on global migration, talent, and workforce issues. For the past decade, she has been working to create shifts in the hiring practices of multinational companies that enable them to more effectively tap into the pool of skilled and educated immigrant professionals produced by the developing world. She is currently developing Smarter Good, a new venture that outsources key functions for nonprofit organizations by tapping into and creating jobs for global professionals in their home countries.

She has nearly 20 years of experience as an innovator and has been on the launch and founding side of numerous enterprises and projects, including Upwardly Global, the craigslist nonprofit venture forum, RefugeeWorks, seven Welfare-to-Work programs, and the Hauser Research Center for Nonprofit Organizations at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

She serves as advisor to emerging social enterprises in Asia and across the US and is on the Advisory Council of the Migration Policy Institute, Joshua Venture Group, and Ashoka U and the Board of Directors of Career College of California and Upwardly Global.

Jane holds a master’s degree from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and a bachelor’s degree from Tufts University.


Ros is a digital strategist specializing in social media integration. She is passionate about community-building and collaboration—helping the offline go online and enabling netizens to interact offline—and is an advocate of social media for social good, leading and participating in causes such as #rescuePH and Twestival Manila. She is the Founder of TweetUpMNL and recently helped organize Women On The Web with Google for Entrepreneurs.

She currently manages the online community of several SMEs and organizations, including Travel Time with Susan Calo Medina, and was most recently Social Media Director for Group M. IRL, in real life, Ros runs her own café-bar, Commune, in the Makati CBD.

Ros majored in Communications Technology Management at the Ateneo de Manila University and took further studies in Mandarin Language at Shanghai Jiao Tong University.


Ana is an award-winning journalist whose area of interest is population and development and their impact on Millennium Development Goals and the country’s progress.

As a correspondent for international media agencies, Ana has written about women and children suffering in the midst of armed conflict and internal violence in the southern Philippine island of Mindanao, natural disasters and the state of reproductive health in the Philippines.

Her work on these topics have been published on IRIN News, the humanitarian news and analysis   service   of  the  UN   Office   for  the  Coordination   of  Humanitarian   Affairs (UNOCHA).

Ana’s other full-length features and essays have also been published in a variety of magazines like Marie Claire (Philippines), Women’s Health (Philippines), Metro Magazine. She has a monthly column entitled, “Happy Even After” in Working Mom and a bi-weekly column on Rappler entitled, “Dash of SAS”.

In November  2011,  Ana  was  awarded  Runner  Up:  Best  Investigative  Report  by  the PopDev Media Awards for a series of stories she did on “HIV: Where It’s Hiding and Why It’s Growing”.

In August 2012, Ana received an International BlogHer Activist award from BlogHer, the largest on-line community  of women bloggers in the United States. Ana accepted the award and spoke about her work on population, gender and development during the BlogHer Conference in New York.


Engage, Inspire, Network, Collaborate! Join us on Tuesday, August 27, 2013.

Communicating for social change: How women leaders engage their communities

Changing the world is one monumental task, so Ashoka fellow Jane Leu thought it would be great to ease the burdens of social sector leaders by taking some key functions like finance and grant writing off their shoulders.

Digital strategist Ros Juan has been so passionate about social media and online collaboration for noble causes like #rescuePH that she wanted to create a dedicated community for similar-minded Filipinos.

Writer Ana P. Santos wished to break the prudish silence that was preventing young people from being properly informed about their sexual health rights.

So what do these women all have in common?

First, they made all of that happen—Leu with Smarter Good, Juan with netizen community TweetupMNL, and Santos with sexual health information portal and by co-founding Writer’s Block Philippines.

Two, they’re all communicating for social change.

Three, they’re going to be together in a forum to show how women leaders engage communities in a rather tech-savvy way.

And you can join definitely join them on August 27 (Tuesday), 1:30-4:30pm at Top Shelf, Fully Booked High Street, Bonifacio Global City for only P350. Limited seats are available though, so interested participants are advised to email or call 0917-820-7277.

This event is presented by Smarter Good and Writer’s Block Philippines and sponsored by BusinessWorld,, Fully Booked, MicroSourcing,, Peter & Harris Digital Inc., Commune, Kape Isla, and Edgy Veggy.