What was your first time like? Tell us here!

What was your FIRST time like?

Here’s your chance to hobnob with fellow writers, editors, and people from the industry! Writer’s Block Philippines will be holding its first-ever networking event on September 25, 2010 (Saturday), at Mozu Café. It’s the start of a series of networking nights where you can mingle with other writers, meet and greet editors, do craft and skills building, and participate in many more activities.

For our introductory networking night, we want to hear the juicy details about your first time—your first job, the first time you saw your name in print, your first kiss… Get ready to divulge the details of this memorable event with people who share the same interest as you.

SIGN-UP NOW to attend the first networking night for only P150; the fee is inclusive of a complimentary drink. Members of Writer’s Block Philippines can attend the event for FREE! Limited slots available so be the first to register.

Mark the date—September 25, 4:00-6:00 pm! See you then!

Mozu Café
Linden Suites Tower 2
Amethyst Road
Ortigas Center, Pasig City

Jack Canfield, "Chicken Soup for the Soul" co-author, live in Manila on September 27

This text was taken from an email announcement

World-famous author and motivational guru Jack Canfield will be back in Manila to conduct another success seminar entitled “Breakthrough Results in Work & Life: The Success Principles & the Law of Attraction in Action”. The event will be held at the SMX Convention Center on September 27, 2010.

Apart from his work on the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, Canfield penned international best-sellers The Success Principles, Key to Living the Law of Attraction, Life Lessons for Mastering the Law of Attraction, Self Esteem and Peak Performance and The Success Principles for Teens. He is also the founder and chairman of the Canfield Training Group as well as the Chicken Soup for the Soul Enterprise which offers training programs and seminars for personal and professional development. A most-sought after inspirational and motivational speaker, he has been on radio 600 times and has appeared 200 times on television shows including The Oprah Winfrey Show, Good Morning America, 20/20, CNN’s Talk Back Live, PBS, The Montel Williams Show, Larry King Live, and on BBC.

The seminar will teach participants how to build resilience and develop competencies with a positive winning mindset to ensure sustainable growth and organizational success even in the most difficult times. Those who attend will learn how to effectively apply of The Secret Law of Attraction, The Success Principles and many more useful tools for personal and organizational success.

Business and government leaders, managers, entrepreneurs, executives, educators, trainers, counselors, coaches, consultants, and other professionals who wish to achieve peak performance and far greater heights of success in work and life are all invited to join the upcoming event. The seminar is presented by ITD, the country’s leading multinational provider of superior quality organizational and human resource development solutions in Asia Pacific, and the prime mover behind the finest motivational speaking engagements in the Philippines.

Special rates and group discounts are available. For inquiries about the event, email itdmanila@itdworld.com, call (632)887-7428, text (63)915-4974559, or visit www.itdworld.com.

Special Turkey tour rates from Travelife Magazine!

*This is a taken from an email announcement by Travelife Magazine*

Over two thousand years in seven days,
with a little help from TRAVELIFE Magazine

TRAVELIFE Magazine is organizing a very special one-week tour of Turkey at an unbeatable price, in cooperation with award-winning Turkish Airlines. We’ll be visiting magical Istanbul, the Virgin Mary’s house in Ephesus, and the ruins of great and ancient Greek and Roman cities around Izmir. Stroll through the remnants of Constantinople. Marvel at the Blue Mosque. Go Christmas shopping in the famous Grand Bazaar.

PRICES

This non-profit  seven-night tour costs US$1999* and includes all flights and tours, five-star hotel accommodations, most meals, and even a private Bosphorus cruise. You’ll see all the major sights and there will be enough time for shopping and optional opportunities to experience Turkish culture and dine in some of Istanbul’s best restaurants. Your return ticket is even flexible, in case you want to extend your stay in Turkey or head on elsewhere.

DATES

There will be two groups: Nov 13-20, 2010 and Nov 17-24, 2010.
For more information, call Rachel at the Travelife office at (+63 2) 813-8400/ (+63 2) 892-2620 or email travelife@travelife.biz. Or visit www.travelife.biz or our blog at www.travelifemagazine.com.

Isn’t it time you experienced the amazing?

Don’t miss this incredible opportunity from TRAVELIFE Magazine, the Philippines’ leading travel and lifestyle publication.

*economy class twin-sharing basis or single supplement applies
**business class upgrade option available


Cine Europa turns 12; brings European films to more Filipino cinema lovers

Cine Europa, the tradition of bringing excellent European films to the Philippines, has now turned 12 years old and promises to provide Filipino movie enthusiasts with a range of powerful films which will surely touch everyone’s hearts and minds.

Cine Europa opens on 10 September with public screenings from 11 to 20 September 2010 at the Shang Cineplex of Shangri-La Plaza Mall, Mandaluyong City. (Click HERE to view the complete schedule.)

The film festival then goes to Liceo de Cagayan de Oro for the second time from 2 to 4 October and hits Ayala Center Cebu from 9 to 11 October.

In Manila, Cine Europa 12 will be opened by Ambassador Alistair MacDonald, Head of Delegation of the European Commission to the Philippines; Mr Sven Malmberg, Minister, Political Affairs, Embassy of Sweden in Bangkok;  Mr Alvaro Trejo, Deputy Head of Mission of Spain representing the Presidency of the European Union; Atty. Andy Bautista, Chairman and CEO of Shangri-La Plaza Corporation; and Ms. Lala Fojas, Executive Vice-President and General Manager of Shangri-La Plaza Corporation.

Ciné Europa 12 continues its tradition of further enhancing dialogue between European and Filipino cultures through the silver screen. Eighteen European films from Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom will further endear Europe to Cine Europa enthusiasts in Manila, Cagayan de Oro and Cebu.

Der Räuber / The Robber, Austria and Germanys entry to Cine Europa | Photo taken from the Goethe Institut Philippinen website
Der Räuber / The Robber, Austria and Germany's entry to Cine Europa | Photo taken from the Goethe Institut Philippinen website

This year’s selection of movies, carefully handpicked to cater to the Filipino audiences, showcases the range and breadth of emotions from the different stories of love, laughter, hope, despair, survival, courage and, steadfastness. While approaches may vary from country to country, Filipino audiences will be able to empathise with the different characters in each of the films.

Mr. Gabriel Munuera Vinals, Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. of the Delegation of the European Commission to the Philippines, said that, in line with the 2009 European Year of Creativity and Innovation, this film festival hopes to promote creative and innovative ways to mirror the realities of life and to portray the shared values and tradition between Europe and the Philippines through the strength of the silver screen.

Meanwhile, Mr. Alvaro Trejo, Deputy Ambassador of the Embassy of Spain and representing the EU Presidency, said: ”Cine Europa showcases the heritage and diversity of Europe, because film, after all, is a universal language which portrays life’s realities and promotes the understanding of our distinct culture.”

In line with the festival’s goal of fostering a more vibrant and engaging rapport with Filipino stakeholders in the industry, the Goethe Institut in Manila together with the German Embassy and Instituto Cervantes will hold a seminar with Dr. Peter Zimmermann of Wuppertal University, Germany on 10 September (10:30 a.m. to 5:30 pm) and on 11 September (1 to 7pm) in Instituto Cervantes, 855 T. M. Kalaw St, Ermita, Manila.

The seminar “From the ‘Cold War’ to the Fall of the ‘Iron Curtain’ and the Berlin Wall: History and Film in Eastern, Western and the United Germany” is in commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall.

This year’s film festival has a new special feature that should prove particularly endearing to Cine Europa enthusiasts, as one lucky member of the audience will travel and tour Europe courtesy of KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and Rajah Travel Corporation.

Admission to the screenings is free on a first-come, first-served basis.

Cine Europa 12 is presented by the European Union Member States’ Embassies and the Delegation of the European Commission to the Philippines, with Shangri-La Plaza Mall (Manila), Arts Council of Cebu and Liceo de Cagayan de Oro (Mindanao) as partner organisations. It is supported by KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Rajah Travel Corporation, YoCard and Click the City.

Please find below the Cine Europa PR. I shortened this na — who knew the Europeans were so wordy.
The schedule of the film showing is in the link below.
Thanks,
A
SCHEDULE:
http://www.delphl.ec.europa.eu/index.cfm?pagename=cine12
PR:
Cine Europa, the tradition of bringing excellent European films to the Philippines, has now turned 12
years old and promises to provide Filipino movie enthusiasts with a range of powerful films which will
surely touch everyone’s hearts and minds.
Cine Europa opens on 10 September with public screenings from 11 to 20 September 2009 at the Shang
Cineplex of Shangri-La Plaza Mall, Mandaluyong City.
The film festival then goes to Liceo de Cagayan de Oro for the second time from 2 to 4 October and hits Ayala Center Cebu from 9 to 11 October.
In Manila, Cine Europa 12 will be opened by Ambassador Alistair MacDonald, Head of Delegation of
the European Commission to the Philippines, Mr Sven Malmberg, Minister, Political Affairs, Embassy of Sweden in Bangkok and Mr Alvaro Trejo, Deputy Head of Mission of Spain representing the Presidency of the European Union, Atty. Andy Bautista, Chairman and CEO of Shangri-La Plaza Corporation and Ms. Lala Fojas, Executive Vice-President and General Manager of Shangri-La Plaza Corporation.
Ciné Europa 12 continues its tradition of further enhancing dialogue between European
and Filipino cultures through the silver screen. Eighteen European films from Austria,
Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands,
Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom will further endear Europe
to Cine Europa enthusiasts in Manila, Cagayan de Oro and Cebu.
This year’s selection of movies, carefully handpicked to cater to the Filipino audiences,
showcases the range and breadth of emotions from the different stories of love, laughter,
hope, despair, survival, courage and, steadfastness. While approaches may vary from
country to country, Filipino audiences will be able to empathise with the different
characters in each of the films.
Mr. Gabriel Munuera Vinals, Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. of the Delegation of the European Commission
to the Philippines said that, in line with the 2009 European Year of Creativity and Innovation, this film festival hopes to promote creative and innovative ways to mirror the realities of life and to portray the shared values and tradition between Europe and the Philippines through the strength of the silver screen.
Meanwhile, Mr. Alvaro Trejo, Deputy Ambassador of the Embassy of Spain and
representing the EU Presidency said: ”Cine Europa showcases the heritage and diversity of
Europe, because film, after all, is a universal language which portrays life’s realities and
promotes the understanding of our distinct culture.”
In line with the festival’s goal of fostering a more vibrant and engaging rapport with Filipino
stakeholders in the industry, the Goethe Institut in Manila together with the German Embassy
and Instituto Cervantes will hold a seminar with Dr. Peter Zimmermann of Wuppertal
University, Germany on 10 September (10:30 a.m. to 5:30 pm) and on 11 September (1 to
7pm) in Instituto Cervantes, 855 T. M. Kalaw St, Ermita, Manila.
The seminar “From the ‘Cold War’ to the Fall of the ‘Iron Curtain’ and the Berlin Wall:
History and Film in Eastern, Western and the United Germany” is in commemoration of the
20th anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall.
This year’s film festival has a new special feature that should prove particularly endearing
to Cine Europa enthusiasts, as one lucky member of the audience will travel and tour
Europe courtesy of KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and Rajah Travel Corporation.
Admission to the screenings is free on a first-come, first-served basis.
Cine Europa 12 is presented by the European Union Member States’ Embassies and the
Delegation of the European Commission to the Philippines, with Shangri-La Plaza Mall
(Manila), Arts Council of Cebu and Liceo de Cagayan de Oro (Mindanao) as partner
organisations. It is supported by KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Rajah Travel Corporation, Yo
Card and Click the City.

Writer's Block Philippines supports Pecha Kucha Night Manila v3 for a night of all-out creativity

Writer’s Block Philippines is proud to support Pecha Kucha Night Manila v3, a fun and totally out-of-the-box forum and networking event for creatives, that will be held at the Shangri-la Cineplex 4 on Thursday, September 2, 2010.


This isn’t your ordinary talk or meet-and-greet, however. According to the Pecha Kucha Night Manila website, “The key to Pecha Kucha Night is its patented system… Each presenter is allowed 20 images, each shown for 20 seconds each – giving 6 minutes 40 seconds of fame before the next presenter is up. This keeps presentations concise, the interest level up, and gives more people the chance to show.”

Image courtesy of the Pecha Kucha Night Manila website
Image courtesy of the Pecha Kucha Night Manila website

“Pecha Kucha (which is Japanese for the sound of conversation) has tapped into a demand for a forum in which creative work can be easily and informally shown, without having to rent a gallery or chat up a magazine editor. This is a demand that seems to be global – as Pecha Kucha Night, without any pushing, has spread virally to over 100 cities across the world.”

The first batch of Pecha Kucha Night Manila v3 speakers includes luminaries in the Philippine creative scene, such as fashion photographer Mark Nicdao, photographer and The Late Isobel vocalist Wawi Navarozza, design studio Electrolychee, game designers By Implication, Tuldok Animation Studios, and t-shirt and apparel graphic artist AJ Dimarucot. Click HERE to read the speakers’ profiles.

PKN v2 tickets sold out in just around two weeks, so interested parties should get in touch with PKN organizers soon to get their tickets. Click HERE for venue and ticket information, and HERE for contact details.

Pecha Kucha Night Manila is organized in the Philippines by Ideals Creatives. Visit their website to know more about the creative minds behind this trailblazing event.

Win tickets to The Age of Stupid when you join Jumpstart Your Freelance Writing 2.0

Writer’s Block Philippines is raffling tickets to the hit indie film, The Age of Stupid,to participants of the forthcoming workshop, Jumpstart Your Freelance Writing 2.0.

This ambitious documentary/drama/animation hybrid stars Pete Postlethwaite as an archivist in the devastated world of the future, asking the question: “Why didn’t we stop climate change when we still had the chance?” He looks back on footage of real people around the world in the years leading up to 2015 before runaway climate change took place.It’s a very powerful film that is a true eye-opener about the effects of climate change.

The first ever Philippine screening of the film happens on August 27 at the Shangri-La Cineplex, Mandaluyong City.

For inquiries, email britishcouncil@britishcouncil.org or call (+63 2) 914 10 11 to 14 local 110 to 115.

According to the website of Spanner Films, the movie’s production house:

The production was notable for its innovative way crowd-funding financing model, as well as the Indie Screenings distribution system which allows anyone anywhere to screen the film. The full story of the production of the film is told in the 50-minute Making Of documentary which is free to watch online and also available on the double-pack DVD.

The film was released in 2009 and became one of the most talked-about films of the year. It also spawned the hugely-successful 10:10 campaign.

Read more about The Age of Stupid HERE

University of Santo Tomas presents "Literature from Shakespeare to Bob Ong"

We found this invite through our Facebook page. For those of you who are free, check it out 🙂

Please get in touch directly with the University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Arts and Letters for details. We’re just happy to pass the message along 🙂



Win a FREE Web package & professionalize your online portfolio

GOOD NEWS TO ALL PARTICIPANTS OF JUMPSTART YOUR FREELANCE WRITING CAREER 2.0!


You can get the chance to win a FREE Web development package courtesy of our Web partner, Virtual Biz, to jumpstart your professional online portfolio and zoom ahead with your freelance writing career.

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  • Domain name registration (one year)
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A professional online portfolio is just one of the many things you will need as a freelance writer. SIGN UP FOR THE WORKSHOP TODAY and get more tools, tips, techniques, and secrets to monetize your passion for writing–straight from our panel of experts and guest speakers.

Get EXCLUSIVE TREATS from Tech Tote when you join JUMPSTART YOUR FREELANCE WRITING CAREER 2.0!

Tech Tote joins Writer’s Block Philippines (WBP)’s growing list of supporters, as the brand announced that it will be giving away EXCLUSIVE TREATS to participants of WBP’s forthcoming workshop, Jumpstart Your Freelance Writing Career 2.0.

According to Via Medina-Perlas, Tech Tote’s proprietor, “Tech Tote was basically created as a response to friends’ requests for affordable, quality laptop bags.  The designs had to be fun and colorful but do not look like laptop bags at first glance, making them non targets for theft.  Today, Tech Tote continues to churn out fun designs to continue keeping its current and loyal Tech Tote customer base happy while attracting new ones as well.”

CHECK OUT TECH TOTE’s ONLINE CATALOG HERE or JOIN THE TECH TOTE FACEBOOK PAGE.


*TO ENJOY TECH TOTE’s EXCLUSIVE OFFER FOR WBP PARTICIPANTS, YOU MUST BE ENROLLED IN JUMPSTART YOUR FREELANCE WRITING CAREER 2.0 TO GAIN ACCESS TO THE PROMO CODE.*

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