Calling a​​ll writers as 67th Palanca Awards deadline nears

The deadline for entering the 67th Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature is fast approaching! At midnight of April 30, 2017, the Carlos Palanca Foundation, Inc., its sponsor and organizer, will be closing submission to the country’s longest running and most prestigious literary competition.

Participants may submit only one entry per category. This year’s Palanca Awards is accepting entries for all 22 categories: English Division – Short Story, Short Story for Children, Essay, Poetry, Poetry Written for Children, One-act Play, and Full-length Play; Filipino Division – Maikling Kuwento, Maikling Kuwentong Pambata, Sanaysay, Tula, Tulang Para sa mga Bata, Dulang May Isang Yugto, Dulang Ganap ang Haba, and Dulang Pampelikula; Regional Languages Division – Short Story-Cebuano, Short Story-Hiligaynon, and Short Story-Ilokano.  Published/produced works which were first published or first produced between 1 May 2016 to 30 April 2017 and/or unpublished/unproduced works, may be entered in the contest.  Only unproduced works may be entered in the DULANG PAMPELIKULA category.

This year, the Kabataan Division for young writers 17 and below begs the question “How can the youth contribute to building interest in Philippine culture and literature?” (Kabataan Essay) and “Paano makaaambag ang mga kabataan sa pagsulong ng interes sa kultura at panitikang Pilipino?” (Kabataan Sanaysay).

Completing the lineup are the Novel and Nobela categories open this contest year. These categories accept unpublished and published works, provided they were first published within a period of two years prior to April 30, 2017.

Entries may be submitted at any of the Palanca Foundation offices at Unit 603, 6th Floor Park Trade Centre Bldg., 1716 Investment Drive, Madrigal Business Park, Ayala Alabang, Muntinlupa City or at Unit 3G, OPL Bldg., 100 C. Palanca St., Legaspi Village, Makati City, or through the CPMA website at www.palancaawards.com.ph.

Winners will be honored during a special ceremony on September 1, 2017.

For more information, contact cpawards@palancaawards.com.ph or call (632) 511-0003 or +639253887103. Look for Leslie Layoso.

67th Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards issues call for entries

The Carlos Palanca Foundation, Inc. has announced its call for entries to the 67th Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature. This year’s competition is also accepting submissions to the Novel and Nobela categories, which are offered only every two years.

Established in 1950 in honor of Don Carlos Palanca Sr., the Palanca Awards aims to continue developing Philippine literature by providing incentives to writers and serve as a repository of our literary treasures for generations to come.

The regular categories for this year are as follows:

  • Novel and Nobela categories
  • English Division – Short Story, Short Story for Children, Essay, Poetry, Poetry Written for Children, One-act Play, and Full-length Play;
  • Filipino Division – Maikling Kuwento, Maikling Kuwentong Pambata, Sanaysay, Tula, Tulang Para sa mga Bata, Dulang May Isang Yugto, Dulang Ganap ang Haba, and Dulang Pampelikula;
  • Regional Languages Division – Short Story-Cebuano, Short Story-Hiligaynon, and Short Story-Ilokano.

Young writers below 18 years old may also begin crafting their entries to the Kabataan Division with the theme “How can the youth contribute to building interest in Philippine culture and literature?” (Kabataan Essay) and “Paano makaaambag ang mga kabataan sa pagsulong ng interes sa kultura at panitikang Pilipino?” (Kabataan Sanaysay).

The contest is open to all Filipino or former Filipino citizens of all ages, except current directors, officers, and employees of the Palanca Foundation. Published/produced works, which were first published or first produced between 01 May 2016 to 30 April 2017, and/or unpublished/unproduced works may be entered in the contest. Contestants may submit only one entry per category. The deadline of submission is on April 30, 2017.

For official contest rules and forms, visit the Palanca Foundation offices at Unit 603, 6th Floor Park Trade Centre Bldg., 1716 Investment Drive, Madrigal Business Park, Ayala Alabang, Muntinlupa City or at Unit 3G, OPL Bldg., 100 C. Palanca St., Legaspi Village, Makati City, or download from the CPMA website <www.palancaawards.com.ph>.

Winners will be awarded at a special ceremony to be held on September 1, 2017. For inquiries and other concerns, participants may contact the CPMA Administrator Ms. Leslie Layoso through email at cpawards@palancaawards.com.ph or at (632) 511-0003 / +639108878552.

Plan ahead for the summer with this writing lab for teens

Summertime means vacation, and that means finding activities to keep your kids busy. Explore your child’s other interests and even cultivate his creativity. Inject educational activities to his summer schedule like “The Write Stuff: A Writing Lab for Teens” on April 1, 2017, Saturday, 1:00 to 5:00PM in Fully Booked, Bonifacio Global City.

Facilitating the workshop will be Ana P. Santos and Nikka Sarthou-Lainez of Writer’s Block Philippines, an organization dedicated to empowering writers, communicators, and creative entrepreneurs.

“Aside from our typical freelance writing events, we also host a workshop for teens every summer season. We’d like to develop childrens’ interest and passion for writing at an early age. In this half-day activity, we’ll be sharing tips and techniques on how to discover your writer’s voice,” shares Santos, a journalist who focuses on women and gender issues.

Santos is a regular columnist in Rappler and Working Mom and as the 2014 Persephone Miel Fellow for the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, her work has been published in The Atlantic and The Washington Post.

“What’s unique about this workshop is the way we’ll ask participants to create stories using Talecraft, a story-creation card game. It’s a fun way to learn writing! As long as your teen has an interest in either reading or writing—and is between 13 to 18 years old—he can join the event,” says Sarthou-Lainez, a lifestyle writer who was chosen as one of the five Asian representatives for Moleskine’s Modern Nomads in 2012.

Talecraft Founder, Ria Lu, will be there to help the young writers break out of mental block and create stories with genres and characters that are outside of what they usually like to create. Participants will get to bring home their own set of Talecraft cards.

Registration is now open for “The Write Stuff: A Writing Lab for Teens” happening on April 1, 201, Saturday, 1:00 to 5:00PM in Fully Booked, Bonifacio Global City. For inquiries and reservations, email writersblock.ph@gmail.com or contact 0917.397.9927. Visit www.writersblockphilippines.com for more details.

This event is made possible by Fully Booked, ClickTheCity.com, and Brownroots Creatives.

FAQs – Social Media Crisis: How to Manage, Ways to Avoid

Social Media Crisis
What are the details of the event?
What: Social Media Crisis: How to Manage, Ways to Avoid
When: October 15, 2016 (Saturday), 1PM to 6PM
Where: U-View (basement), Fully Booked, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
What is the seminar about?
Every brand wants to go viral — except if it is for the wrong reasons. In today’s current business environment where social media is the first line of interaction with customers, effective social media engagement now requires knowing how to manage and prevent social media crisis.In this half-day seminar, social media experts will share best practices and key insights on social media crisis management and prevention.
Who can attend the event?
If you manage a social media account for a company or organization, if you are a digital marketing strategist, or own a small business and use social media to promote your brand, Social Media Crisis: How to Manage, Ways to Avoid is for you. Others who might benefit from this seminar —
  • Those working in the field of communications and other related fields
  • Anyone whose job relies heavily social media promotions and marketing
  • Social media strategists
  • Entrepreneurs who act as a “one-person show” managing their small business
  • Freelance writers, creative entrepreneurs and other business owners who use communication to build their brand and promote their company.
*NOTE: This workshop is open to participants who are 18 years old and above.
What is the course outline?
The workshop will discuss the following topics:
1.) Setting up a social media crisis management framework
2.) Social media crisis management best practices
3.) Q&A portion with the speakers
How much is the registration fee?
There is a P2,000 fee per person, which simply covers the course fee. We’ll take care of the substance, but you take care of your sustenance, that okay?
How can I reserve a seat?
Simply sign up through our online registration form https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeO6GjXQP4UWrUKJ15-T5PPVxbwGm3rV1Pi-Zol5ZTNmCmP0g/viewform?c=0&w=1 to signify your interest and we’ll email you the details on how to confirm a slot.
How can I pay for the workshop?
You may settle the workshop fee by making a deposit to our bank account. Details as follows:
Bank: BPI
Account name: Writer’s Block Creative Enterprises Co.
Account number: Current account 1751-0828-82
If you have the BPI app on your phone, you can also pay via bank transfer without having to enroll our account in your Bills Payment Roster. Simply click on the option, “Transfer to Anyone”.
For check payments, please make sure to deposit the check at least three banking days before the event. Once you’ve made the deposit/funds transfer, please email us a copy of the deposit slip/screen cap so we can confirm your slot. You may also pay via Paypal, which has a payment feature in our website.
Is there a deadline for signing up?
There is no deadline but please note that we will close the registration once all the slots have been filled up. Walk-in participants will only be accommodated if there are still available slots.
Who is hosting the event?
It will be conducted by Writer’s Block Philippines, a duo of editors and communicators who have collectively had more than 20 years of experience in freelance lifestyle and corporate writing.
Ana P. Santos: reproductive health rights and women’s issues
Ana has had over 12 years experience in advertising and marketing communications. She left her post as Assistant Vice President of a financial institution to pursue a career as a freelance writer. As an independent journalist and foreign correspondent covering sexual health rights and women’s issues, Ana has received media grants from Newsbreak, Probe Media Foundation and the Philippine Press Institute to cover population and development issues.
In 2014, she was awarded the Persephone Miel Fellowship by Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and produced a series of stories about migrant mothers in Paris and Dubai. Her other Pulitzer Center grants include “HIV in the Philippines: State of Emergency” and “Au Pairs: The Dirty Work of Cultural Exchange”.
Ana has regular columns in Rappler while some of her full-length features have been published in the Guardian, The Atlantic and Foreign Policy.
Nikka Sarthou-Lainez: lifestyle / travel
Nikka has over 10 years of experience in writing for various online and print publications, as well as developing content for corporate clients. She is currently a full-time freelance editor/writer handling independent projects and corporate accounts.
In 2012, she was chosen as one of the five Asian representatives for Moleskine’s Modern Nomads and was included in its exhibition of travel writers’ kits where some of her travel paraphernalia were shown on display. She was the only featured travel writer from the Philippines, the others were from Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, and Malaysia.
Her feature pieces have appeared in local publications like asianTraveler, Travelife, Spark, Celebrity Mom, Business World, Highlife, Metro, Metro Society, Philippine Tatler, ClicktheCity.com, Spot.ph, Herword.com, Homegrown.ph, GMA News Online, Rappler, and WayToGo powered by Smile magazine. She has also been published in Filipino publications abroad such as Filipino Star News in Michigan, Hawaii Filipino Chronicle, and Dubai-based magazine Illustrado.
Guest speaker: Jason Cruz
Jason Cruz is the Business Lead Director for Social Products, New Business, and Strategy for MRM//McCann Manila, the four-peat Campaign Asia Digital Agency of the Year, and digital arm of McCann Worldgroup Philippines.
He is also a lecturer at the IIDM Certified Digital Marketer program. His social media marketing website is listed by Social Media Examiner in the Top 24 Social Media Blogs of 2013, and he has professional publications on the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Medium, and LinkedIn.
He currently has over a hundred brand involvements in four years with McCann Worldgroup Philippines. He is the first MRM//McCann employee from the Asia-Pacific region to be featured on the Employee Spotlight, found on the company’s global website. His social marketing strategies are experienced in the industry through some of the country’s biggest brands and businesses, and he is a frequent face at industry events as a speaker and thought-leader.
Outside of social- and digital marketing, Jason holds a Kettlebell Fitness Trainer – Level 1 (KFT-1) certification, is a trained Emergency Medical Responder, and an adventure hiker.
Guest speaker: Dante Gagelonia
Dante Gagelonia is a communications consultant and project manager with Puzzled Owl, a partnership of like-minded writers and editors. He has worked in the academe, most notably as an English instructor at the University of the Philippines Diliman and as the publications coordinator of De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde.
He has also worked with the Probe Media Foundation as one of the proponents of the Mulat Pinoy-Kabataan News Network social media initiative, and has pursued advocacy work related to population and development. Dante has also been published in Entrepreneur Magazine, GMA News Online, K-Zone, and the Fully Booked Zine. Outside of work, Dante co-produces two of Metro Manila’s regular after-hours events: the pop-culture quiz GeekFight Trivia Night, and the comedic erotica performance Deus Sex Machina.
Who do I contact for more information about the workshop?
You can call us through this number (0917) 397.9927 or email writersblock.ph@gmail.com. You can also check out our website: www.writersblockphilippines.com.

66th Palanca Awards winners, named

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Fifty-one literary personalities emerged as winners in the recently concluded 66th Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature (Palanca Awards). Among this year’s victors, 24 were first-time winners and one contender took home prizes in two separate categories.

The Carlos Palanca Foundation, Inc., the Awards’ organizer and sponsor, received entries in 20 categories, as the Novel and Nobela categories were not opened this year. Distinguished judges handpicked from their respective areas of expertise evaluated the submissions.

The awarding ceremony had multi-awarded actor, director, and theater artist Antonio “Tony” Mabesa as speaker and guest of honor. Mabesa is a professor emeritus at the University of the Philippines, for which he founded Dulaang UP. Mabesa was conferred the Gawad Dangal ng Lahi for a stellar career spanning six decades, during which he was involved in countless productions and has mentored students who eventually carved their own names in the industry.

The Palanca Awards is the longest-running literary competition in the Philippines and is considered as the gold standard in writing excellence. Named after the businessman and philanthropist Don Carlos Palanca Sr., it aims to both enrich Philippine Literature by giving incentives to writers and serve as a treasury of Philippine literary gems.

Following is the list of winners of the 66th Palanca Awards:

KABATAAN DIVISION

KABATAAN SANAYSAY

1st Prize          Mikaela Lu Apollo                                Hulagway sa Rabaw ng Tubig

2nd Prize         Harvey D. Lor                                      Minsan Nag-Selfie ang Isang Propagandista

3rd Prize          Jason Renz D. Barrios                        Ang Pinakamagandang Pamato sa Larong Piko

School Prize    Jubilee Christian Academy

 

KABATAAN ESSAY

1st Prize          Jill Esther V. Parreño                                       To Thine Own Self Be True

2nd Prize         Dawn Gabriela Emmanuele G. Dela Rosa       Then The Abstract Was Misunderstood

3rd Prize          Alpheus Matthew D. Llantero                         iThink, Therefore iAm

 

FILIPINO DIVISION

MAIKLING KUWENTO

1st Prize          Orlando A. Oliveros                            Ang Daga

2nd Prize         Emmanuel T. Barrameda                     Bangkera

3rd Prize          Paolo Miguel G. Tiausas                      Cutter

 

 

MAIKLING KUWENTONG PAMBATA

1st Prize          Annalyn Leyesa-Go                            Ang Nakabibilib na si Lola Ising

2nd Prize         Manuelita Contreras-Cabrera              May Pula

3rd Prize          Eugene Y. Evasco                              Ambon ng Liwanag

 

 

SANAYSAY

1st Prize          Christopher S. Rosales                       Pugon na De-Gulong

2nd Prize         Eugene Y. Evasco                              Mga Pagsasanay sa Paggalugad ng Siyudad

3rd Prize          Segundo Matias                                  #PaperDolls

 

 

TULA

1st Prize          Mark Anthony S. Angeles                   ‘Di Lang Lalang

2nd Prize         Louie Jon Agustin Sanchez                Tempus Per Annum at Iba pang Tula

3rd Prize          Allan John Andres                              #PagsisiyasatSaSugat

 

 

TULA PARA SA MGA BATA

1st Prize          German Villanueva Gervacio              Ang Totoo, Raya, Ang buwan ay Itlog ng Butiki

2nd Prize         John Patrick F. Solano                         Tiniklop-tiklop na Bugtong

3rd Prize          Vijae Orquia Alquisola                         Awit ng Bakwit

 

DULANG MAY ISANG YUGTO

1st Prize          Real Name: Miguel Antonio Alfredo V. Luarca           Bait

Literary Name: Guelan Varela-Luarca

2nd Prize         Mark Adrian Crisostomo Ho                                        Billboard

3rd Prize          Ma. Cecilia C. De La Rosa                                           Ang Mga Bisita ni Jean

 

DULANG GANAP ANG HABA

1st Prize          WALANG NAGWAGI

2nd Prize         WALANG NAGWAGI

3rd Prize          Full name: Carlito P. Casaje                  Chiaroscuro

Literary Name: Lito Casaje

 

DULANG PAMPELIKULA

1st Prize          Jimmy F. Flores                                               Kulay Lila ang Gabi na Binudburan pa ng mga Bituin

2nd Prize         Real Full Name: Ericdante Cabahug                Deadma Walking

Literary Name: Eric Cabahug

3rd Prize          Real Full Name: Ymmanwel Rico Provinio       Alay ng Lupa sa Daing ng Dagat

Literary Name: Raffaell Orotyerro

 

 

REGIONAL DIVISION

SHORT STORY – CEBUANO

1st Prize          CD Borden                                           Tigpamaba sa Magay

2nd Prize         Gumer M. Rafanan                              Lumba

3rd Prize          Manuel M. Avenido, Jr.                        Estatwa

 

SHORT STORY – HILIGAYNON

1st Prize          Ritchie D. Pagunsan                            Ang Panaad

2nd Prize         Early Sol A. Gadong                            Nagakaangay nga Panapton

3rd Prize          Alain Russ G. Dimzon                         Bahal Nga Tuba

 

SHORT STORY – ILOKANO

1st Prize          NO WINNER

2nd Prize         NO WINNER

3rd Prize          Roy V. Aragon                                    Pamulinawen

 

 

ENGLISH DIVISION

SHORT STORY

1st Prize          Richard C. Cornelio                             Zoetrope

2nd Prize         Larissa Mae R. Suarez                       Sundays at the Cardozas’

3rd Prize          Michelle Abigail Tiu Tan                       Things that Matter

 

SHORT STORY FOR CHILDREN

1st Prize          NO WINNER

2nd Prize         NO WINNER

3rd Prize          Joemar L. Furigay                               Saranggola

 

ESSAY

1st Prize          Joel Vega                                            A View From Masada

2nd Prize         Hammed Q. Bolotaolo                          Circle

3rd Prize          Maria Roselle G. Umlas                       Lip Reading

 

POETRY

1st Prize          Ana Maria K. Lacuesta                       Hush Harbor

2nd Prize         Dr. Merlinda Bobis                               Accidents of Composition

3rd Prize          Angela Gabrielle Fabunan                   Homecoming Collection

 

POETRY WRITTEN FOR CHILDREN

1st Prize          NO WINNER

2nd Prize         Jaime An Lim                                       The Small Bright Things

3rd Prize          Patricia Celina A. Ngo                          Miniature Masterpieces

 

ONE-ACT PLAY

1st Prize          Peter Solis Nery                                  Tic-Tac-Toe

2nd Prize         Robert Arlo DeGuzman                       1990

3rd Prize          Patrick James Manongdo Valera         Gawani’s First Dance

 

FULL-LENGTH PLAY

1st Prize          Joachim Emilio B. Antonio                    The Floret Road

2nd Prize         NO WINNER

3rd Prize          Michael Aaron C. Gomez                    Tirador ng Tinago

FAQs: Travel the Write Way (2016)

Travel the Write Way poster

What are the details of the workshop?

 

What: Travel the Write Way: Turn Your Vacations Into Travel Articles

When: March 12, 2016 (Saturday), 1PM to 6PM

Where: U-View (basement), Fully Booked, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig

 

Who is this workshop for?

Gone are the days when you write entries for your hardbound travel journal and keep it all to yourself. Nowadays, blogging or writing online is the way to go so you can share your thoughts, tips, and experiences to a bigger audience.

 

It’s simply not enough to put your thoughts on paper or publish it online. If you want to turn your vacations into travel articles, you should learn how to filter your ideas and see what’s worthy of publishing.

 

Let our upcoming workshop, Travel the Write Way, help you get started in your journey as an aspiring travel writer.

 

As long as you like to travel and/or write, and are at least 18 years old, you may sign up for this travel writing workshop. We don’t expect you to have previously published works, nor do we expect you to be the next Pico Iyer.

 

This is especially ideal for the following:

· freelance writers

· bloggers

· employees and stay-at-home folks who want to write on the side

· anyone who would like to immortalize their travels and adventures with words that can recreate memories when read

 

What can I learn from this workshop?

The workshop will discuss the following topics:

· Introduction to Travel Writing

· Anatomy of a Travel Feature

· Travel Writing Tips & Tricks

· Getting Published

 

How much is the registration fee?

There is a P2,000 fee per person, which simply covers the course fee. We’ll take care of the substance, but you take care of your sustenance, that okay?

 

How can I reserve a seat?

Simply sign up through our online registration form to signify your interest and we’ll email you the details on how to confirm a slot.

 

How can I pay for the workshop?

You may settle the workshop fee by making a deposit to our bank account. Details as follows:

Bank: BPI

Account name: Writer’s Block Training Services

Account number: Savings account 1759 0377 11

 

If you have the BPI app on your phone, you can also pay via bank transfer without having to enroll our account in your Bills Payment Roster. Simply click on the option, “Transfer to Anyone”.

 

You may also pay via Paypal, which has a payment feature in our website.

 

NOTE: Once you’ve settled the fee, please email us your complete name, contact details, and a copy of the deposit slip/screen cap of transaction so we can confirm your slot.

 

Is there a deadline for signing up?

There is no deadline but please note that we will close the registration once all the slots have been filled up. Walk-in participants will only be accommodated if there are still available slots.

 

Also, it’s best to sign up and confirm a slot way before the event so we can prepare your handouts and certificates.

 

Who is hosting the event?

It will be conducted by Writer’s Block Philippines, a duo of editors and communicators who have collectively had more than 20 years of experience in freelance lifestyle and corporate writing.

 

Ana P. Santos: reproductive health rights and women’s issues

Ana has had over 12 years experience in advertising and marketing communications. She left her post as Assistant Vice President of a financial institution five years ago to pursue a career as a freelance writer.

 

As an independent journalist and foreign correspondent covering sexual health rights and women’s issues, Ana has received media grants from Newsbreak, Probe Media Foundation and the Philippine Press Institute to cover population and development issues.

 

In 2014, she was named the 2014 Persephone Miel Fellow by Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting to do a series of stories on migrant mothers entitled, “Who Takes Care of Nanny’s Children?”. She has just finished reporting for her second Pulitzer Center grant entitled, “HIV in the Philippines: State of Emergency”.

 

Ana has regular columns in Rappler and Working Mom while some of her full-length features have been published in the Washington Post and The Atlantic.

 

Nikka Sarthou-Lainez: lifestyle / travel

Nikka has over 10 years of experience in writing for various online and print publications, as well as developing content for corporate clients. She is currently a full-time freelance editor/writer handling independent projects and corporate accounts.

 

In 2012, she was chosen as one of the five Asian representatives for Moleskine’s Modern Nomads and was included in its exhibition of travel writers’ kits where some of her travel paraphernalia were shown on display. She was the only featured travel writer from the Philippines, the others were from Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, and Malaysia.

Her feature pieces have appeared in local publications like asianTraveler, Travelife, Spark, Celebrity Mom, Business World, Highlife, Metro, Metro Society, ClicktheCity.com, Spot.ph, Herword.com, Homegrown.ph, GMA News Online, Rappler and WayToGo. She has also been published in Filipino publications abroad such as Filipino Star News in Michigan, Hawaii Filipino Chronicle, and Dubai-based magazine Illustrado.

 

She is currently a Contributing Editor in Smile, the in-flight magazine of Cebu Pacific Air.

 

Who do I contact for more information about the workshop?

You can call us through this number (0917) 397.9927 or email writersblock.ph@gmail.com. You can also check out our website: www.writersblockphilippines.com.

Creative Entrepreneurs: Making business sense of the creative life

Creative Entrepreneurs Summit

Follow your passion. Do what you love. Make a decent living. Does anyone really get to do all three? Often we are made to believe that the best you can do is get one out of three.

Writers Ana P. Santos and Nikka Sarthou-Lainez would like to think otherwise. The two who are behind Writer’s Block Philippines know a thing or two about turning passion into profit.

Santos left a cushy banking position as Assistant Vice President to pursue a career as a freelance journalist. Meanwhile, Sarthou-Lainez has maintained a career as a full-time freelance writer-editor for more than a decade.

“We were always being asked how to get started in writing and then always asked if it is possible to make a living from it,” said Santos who is a two-time Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting grantee.

Answering that question was the reason behind forming Writer’s Block Philippines (WBP). Santos and Sarthou-Lainez began conducting writing workshops that would help aspiring writers jumpstart their freelance writing career.

Dozens of writing workshops and hundreds of participants later, they continue to do what we love and love what we do.

“Globally, the creative industries are booming. To maximize this shift in the marketplace, we need to learn how to be creative entrepreneurs,” said Sarthou-Lainez, a former travel ambassador for Moleskine notebooks.

To help creative professionals along, WBP will bring together successful creative entrepreneurs who are at the top of their game and are eager to give participants the needed fist pump to take the first leap (it’s never just a “baby step”) to starting their creative enterprise.

Writer’s Block Philippines is hosting the second Creative Entrepreneurship Summit on March 5, 2016, Saturday ,1-5pm, at Commune Café, Polaris corner Durban Streets, Poblacion, Makati City.

Guest speakers include Marielle Nadal founder of CraftMNL, fashion photographer Niccolo Cosme, and performance artist Carlos Celdran.

What:                      Creative Entrepreneurs Summit

When:                      March 5, 2016, 1-5pm

Where:                    Commune Cafe

Polaris corner Durban Streets,  Poblacion, Makati

Entrance Fee:       P500.00 (inclusive of coffee and snacks)

Running a creative enterprise can be taught. But to think like a creative entrepreneur, one needs to learn how to create a balance between passion and profit from other creative entrepreneurs.

This event is made possible by Fully Booked, Freelancer.com, ClickTheCity.com, WhenInManila.com and Rappler.

Power Mac Center presents ​​‘Cinemansanas’

Pixelworx Cinemansanas 1

Premier Apple reseller Power Mac Center launches Cinemansanas, a campaign for aspiring and established artists who have a vision in storytelling through film in the digital age. Cinemansanas is the second installment of Pixelworx, Power Mac Center’s advocacy of recognizing artists who break the standards of the art scene. It is celebrated with a series of workshops, live demos, and an ultimate art challenge.

This year, Cinemansanas dares artists to defy convention and create a short film using Apple devices. The digital short competition calls for short film entries with the theme “Designing for a Bold New World.” Entries may be executed in any form, i.e., documentary, narrative fiction, and the like as long as they are original and shot and edited using Apple devices.

The contest has two main categories. The Student Category is open to all officially enrolled High School and College/University students while the Professional Category is for local residents. All finalists in the Student and Professional categories will qualify to win the People’s Choice Award.

Power Mac Center aims to honor the brightest and best local talents in contemporary creativity further by participating at the Adobo Design Awards Asia (ADAA) Open/Theme category: Digital Short Film. Student entries are automatically eligible to win the much coveted ADAA recognition (Student category) while professionals will have to pay a nominal fee of Php500 for their category.

“Power Mac Center challenges everyone to reconnect with their inner artist. We need a new breed of storytellers now and with the amazing things you can do on the iPad and iPhone, the only limit is your creativity,” said Joey Alvarez, Marketing Director of Power Mac Center.

The Student Category Diamond Award winner will receive Php30,000 worth of Power Mac Center Gift Cards, while the Professional Category Diamond Award winner will take home Php50,000 worth of Power Mac Center Gift Cards. Runners-up in both categories will get Power Mac Center Gift Cards and products as well. Meanwhile, special prizes await winners of the Adobo Design Award for Digital Short (Student and Professional categories) and the People’s Choice Award.

The deadline for submission of entries is on March 20, 2016. For the registration form and full contest mechanics, visit www.powermaccenter.com.

As in the previous year, Pixelworx Cinemansanas will feature a series of workshops led by brand ambassadors, as well as live demo sessions in select Power Mac Center stores. This year’s workshops will showcase some of the country’s premier figures in the film industry.

The chosen Pixelworx ambassadors are Erik Matti for Direction, Yam Laranas for Cinematography, Ricky Lee for Scriptwriting, and Mario Cornejo and Monster Jimenez for Film Production. It is a rare opportunity to have these distinguished film artists share their unconventional way of visual storytelling to equip participants with valuable skills that can help in their own filmmaking.

 

Apart from the workshops, also scheduled are in-store activities featuring live demonstrations of apps used for filmmaking. Topics include Digital Filmmaking with iMovie, Musical Scoring with GarageBand, and Final Cut Pro X for Mac OS. This will show how Apple devices can be used as instruments in crafting in any chosen medium, particularly in creating film masterpieces.

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Interested participants may check the Power Mac Center social media accounts for the online registration announcement.

For more information, visit any Power Mac Center branch, or go to www.powermaccenter.com or call 855-8888.

JUMPSTART YOUR FREELANCE WRITING CAREER (2016): Guide to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Jumpstart Your Freelance Writing Career 2016

What are the details of the workshop?

What: Jumpstart Your Freelance Writing Career
When: February 20, 2016 (Saturday),
 1PM to 6PM
Where: U-View (basement), Fully Booked, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig

Who is this workshop for? How will this workshop benefit me if I am –

An aspiring writer who has not yet been published
“Jumpstart Your Freelance Writing Career” (JYFWC) has very practical tips on how to get published, finding stories, and living a sustainable life as a creative entrepreneur. It also aims to dispel the myths—and highlight the realities of freelance writing and help the participant start out with the proper mind frame needed to start a career as a writer.

Already working as a freelance or full-time writer
JYFWC is all about creating a career as a writer. If you are already working as a freelance or full-time writer, this workshop can help you learn about the other different writing opportunities that are available, to help diversify your income.

You will also learn how to market and brand yourself as a writer.

Who should attend the event?

You don’t have to be a published writer to join the workshop. As long as you have an interest in pursuing writing as a career—and are 18 years old or above—you can sign up for the event.

This is especially ideal for the following:
• freelance writers
• bloggers
• employees and stay-at-home folks who want to write on the side
• retirees who want to pursue writing

How much is the registration fee?
There is a PHP2,000 fee per person, which simply covers the course fee. We’ll take care of the substance, but you take care of your sustenance, that okay?

How can I reserve a seat?
Simply sign up through our online registration form to signify your interest and we’ll email you the details on how to confirm a slot.

How can I pay for the workshop?
You may settle the workshop fee by making a deposit to our bank account or via Paypal. Details as follows:

Bank: BPI
Account name: Writer’s Block Training Services
Account number: Savings account 1759 0377 11

If you have the BPI app on your phone, you can also pay via bank transfer without having to enroll our account in your Bills Payment Roster. Simply click on the option, “Transfer to Anyone”.

Once you’ve made the deposit/funds transfer, please notify us of your transaction by emailing us a copy of the deposit slip/screen cap so we can confirm your slot.

You may also pay via Paypal, which has a payment feature in our website (writersblockphilippines.com).

Is there a deadline for signing up?
There is no deadline but please note that we will close the registration once all the slots have been filled up. Walk-in participants who will pay on the day itself will only be accommodated if there are still available slots.

Who is hosting the event?
It will be conducted by Writer’s Block Philippines, a duo of editors and communicators who have collectively had more than 20 years of experience in freelance lifestyle and corporate writing.

Ana P. Santos: reproductive health rights and women’s issues
Ana has had over 12 years experience in advertising and marketing communications. She left her post as Assistant Vice President of a financial institution five years ago to pursue a career as a freelance writer.

As an independent journalist and foreign correspondent covering sexual health rights and women’s issues, Ana has received media grants from Newsbreak, Probe Media Foundation and the Philippine Press Institute to cover population and development issues.

Most recently, she was named the 2014 Persephone Miel Fellow by Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.

Ana has regular columns in Rappler and Working Mom while some of her full-length features have been published in the Washington Post and Foreign Policy.

Nikka Sarthou-Lainez: lifestyle / travel
Nikka has over 10 years of experience in writing for various online and print publications, as well as developing content for corporate clients. She is currently a full-time freelance editor/writer handling independent projects and corporate accounts.

In 2012, she was chosen as one of the five Asian representatives for Moleskine’s Modern Nomads and was included in its exhibition of travel writers’ kits where some of her travel paraphernalia were shown on display. She was the only featured travel writer from the Philippines, the others were from Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, and Malaysia.

Her feature pieces have appeared in local publications like asianTraveler, Travelife, Spark, Celebrity Mom, Business World, Highlife, Metro, Metro Society, ClicktheCity.com, Spot.ph, Herword.com, Homegrown.ph, GMA News Online and Rappler. She has also been published in Filipino publications abroad such as Filipino Star News in Michigan, Hawaii Filipino Chronicle, and Dubai-based magazine Illustrado.

She is currently a Contributing Editor in Smile, the in-flight magazine of Cebu Pacific Air.

Who do I contact for more information about the workshop?
You can call us through this number (0917) 397.9927 or email writersblock.ph@gmail.com. You can also check out our website: www.writersblockphilippines.com.

Are you ready for another run of FEATURE WRITING 101?

Feature Writing 101

There are many reasons for writing a story and just as many ways to do it. Whether you are writing to entertain, inform, expose, a story should always be written in a way that is memorable and easy to understand.

Writer’s Block Philippines, an organization that is committed to helping aspiring writers and communicators write their stories in a most engaging way possible is holding a second run of its Feature Writing 101 workshop.

The writing workshop scheduled for October 17, 2015, Saturday will have sessions on the different kinds of feature stories and will share best practices on how to put the needed punch to make your story memorable.

“A feature article is not about hard news. It has room for more creativity, expression but should still be anchored on solid facts or current trends. It informs on a deeper level,” said Ana P. Santos, co-founder of Writer’s Block Philippines and the 2014 Persephone Miel Fellow of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting in Washington, D.C.

“From our own experience, feature articles cover personal essays, travel logs as well as other narratives. Whatever form it takes, the basics of good writing and expression apply,” said Nikka Sarthou-Lainez, co-founder of Writer’s Block Philippines and a Contributing Editor in Smile, the in-flight magazine of Cebu Pacific Air.

No professional writing experience required; just an open mind and a story idea. Oh, and you have to be 18 and above to attend.

Feature Writing 101 will be held on Saturday, October 17, 2015 from 1pm-6pm at U-View, Fully Booked, Bonifacio Global City.

Registration is now open and there are only limited slots available! For inquiries and reservations, email writersblock.ph@gmail.com or contact 0917.397.9927.

Visit www.writersblockphilippines.com for more details.

This event is made possible by Fully Booked, 2nd Avenue, BusinessWorld, ClicktheCity.com, and Rappler.