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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.

Tips on How to Survive as a Freelance Writer

by Nikka Sarthou, Writer’s Block Philippines

Writer's Block Philippines co-founder Nikka Sarthou | Photo by Ena Terol

Freelance writing wasn’t really an option for me when I graduated from college. I took the more traditional route and worked in a publishing company to learn the ins and outs of the industry. And so I did, for a few years, at least. But then I realized that I didn’t want to be stuck in the office with an eight-to-five job, so I looked for an alternative in my chosen field.

The promise of flexibility in terms of time and projects is the main reason why I decided to dive into a freelance writing career. I’ve been my own boss for about five years now and I’m enjoying the perks of my job. During downtimes, I would travel and indulge the wanderlust in me. But I had to work hard to get to where I am today. Success didn’t come right away for me right away. Sometimes I would stay up until past midnight to write an article, or work during weekends to finish a project. You could, though, fast track your way to success with the following tips I gathered from my experience as a freelancer.

  • Do not lose your passion for writing.

Whenever you’re feeling down about something, you should always remember why you love writing. For me, it’s the idea of being able to express your emotions and the satisfaction of seeing my name in print.

  • Networking with Carlos Palma of Nuffnang | Photo by Paul Zialcita
    Networking with Carlos Palma of Nuffnang | Photo by Paul Zialcita

    Network, network, network.

It’s not just enough to maintain your existing set of clients; you should always be on the lookout for new prospects. Go out there and hobnob with other people from the industry. Attend book launches, seminars, workshops, and the like. Don’t forget to keep your business cards handy during such events.

  • Keep your contacts.

Keep track of who is working for whom. Maybe you have a close friend who’s working for a newspaper. Or there might be a magazine editor among your circle of friends. You’ll never know when you might need someone’s expertise to interview for your assignment. Or when you might need to get in touch with someone so you can write for his publication.

  • Develop your relationships.

Establish a rapport with editors and publishers, and make sure that you’ll stand out from all the other writers. Who knows? Next time they have a project, they might just call on you. My personal style is to touch base with them even if I don’t have any existing work with them.

  • Stay disciplined.

It’s necessary that you be very disciplined with your writing, as well as your deadlines. It’s important to list down all your projects and keep up with your deadlines so there won’t be any reason for you to submit any assignment late. Don’t get too complacent if you’ve already worked with the same person before. Even if you’ve become friends, you should maintain your professionalism when it comes to work.

  • Develop other skills.

Instead of just depending on your writing skills, you need to cultivate other interests that could possibly complement your talent. For instance, if you’re good at taking photos, you could enroll in a photography class and learn the technical aspect of it. Instead of just submitting a simple write-up, you’ll have photos to accompany it and be able to earn extra for it as well.

  • Be realistic.

Keep in mind that success doesn’t happen overnight. You need to work hard at something in order to get to the level that you want to. If you want to be a successful freelance writer, you must think of it as your own business and create a business plan for yourself. Don’t think of it like a ‘raket’ or a sideline. It’s a business that you have to manage by yourself because you are your own boss after all.

This article is published under a Creative Commons License.

Contact Writer’s Block Philippines for reprinting permission.

Writing at a Time of Turmoil


From Jumpstart Your Freelance Writing Career (April 2010) | Photo by Ena Terol
From Jumpstart Your Freelance Writing Career (April 2010) | Photo by Ena Terol

As I write this, it’s the evening before we close our workshop, Jumpstart Your Freelance Writing Career 2.0, and a few days after the much-publicized hostage crisis in Quirino Grandstand, Manila. On one hand, it is part of my job in Writer’s Block Philippines to encourage writers and other kindred spirits in the creative industry to follow their passions and try to write for a living; on the other, I am reminded of the tremendous burdens that writers and journalists carry on their shoulders.

And I can only underscore that writing, although highly creative and has been defined by many by its romantic characteristics, is a craft and a discipline. It comes easily at times, but it is also complex and challenging–especially in today’s age of fast and easy access to information, social media, and everyone’s obsession with “the right to know.”

Writing as a craft and a discipline

Writing, at its core, is both an art and a science–much like baking a cake or playing the piano. Before you can even be creative with its execution, you need to have mastered your fundamentals. Grammar, usage, and composition are very, very important, and before you even start to get flowery with your words you’ll need to know how best to say what you really want to say.

Add to that the fact of having to fulfill editors’ or clients’ objectives, under often-tight deadlines, and the task becomes even more challenging and, sometimes, nerve-wracking.

And once you throw into the mix the reality that writers in the Philippines (or, perhaps, writers everywhere in the world) don’t really get paid much and often have to wait for months before their paychecks come out, then you’ll understand why writing is such a high-EQ activity. It takes passion, dedication, commitment, perseverance, and a lot of hard work to succeed–and to succeed ethically–in this field.

The tremendous responsibility of journalists

Once a writer takes up the challenge of being a journalist, the responsibilities become much greater, the stakes much higher. In the European Journalism Institute, the program I attended just in July, we were reminded of the nine fundamental principles of journalism:

  1. Journalism’s first obligation is to the truth.
  2. Journalism’s first loyalty is to its citizens.
  3. The essence of journalism is a discipline of verification.
  4. Its practitioners must maintain a distance from those they write about.
  5. Journalism must serve as an independent monitor of power.
  6. It must provide a forum for public criticism and compromise.
  7. Journalism must strive to make the significant interesting and relevant.
  8. It must keep news comprehensive and proportional.
  9. Journalism practitioners must be allowed to practice their personal conscience.

Credit: Professor Laura Kelly, European Journalism Institute 2010

Filipino broadcast journalism Erwin Tulfo at a Senate hearing on the bus hostage crisis | Photo by Paul Zialcita
Filipino broadcast journalism Erwin Tulfo at a Senate hearing on the bus hostage crisis | Photo by Paul Zialcita

The widely criticized coverage of the Quirino Grandstand hostage crisis underscored all of this, and it opened up serious issues of ethics and competence among our reporters. Did they truly know how to cover a life-threatening crisis such as this one? Regardless of police directives, or the lack thereof, weren’t they aware of their boundaries as reporters and truth-seekers? Did the ratings game between networks really come into play in the coverage?

When is enough enough, and when does a reporter’s job end and the urgent task of saving lives begin? Our friends in Philippine media are still reeling from the question, and nobody is offering up any reassuring answers.

How blogging and social media are changing the landscape

The explosion of blogging and social media has forever changed the way people consume–and produce–information, as well as the way we write. Well-researched, in-depth reports are no longer the order of the day; these days, people want everything in bite-sized pieces, and they want them fast. Twitter has revolutionized (or revived?) the art of writing headlines, and anyone with a camera phone can now send information to the wires and be a “citizen journalist.”

I have to admit: I’m a fan of citizen journalism, and it’s a shift that I advocate. However, some discussions in EJI–plus the fact that the title “blogger” was hardly met with any admiration while I was in Europe–have opened my eyes to the reality that blogging and bloggers have, to a large extent, eroded the standards of journalism. Unethical blogging practices have put the reputation of online journalism at serious risk, and the proliferation of purely free content has put a huge dent on freelance writers’ income potential.

Why pay for content when you can get it for free?

Who needs to fact-check when you can put a piece up to drive traffic to your site and then just remove it later if it turns out to be false?

It’s clear that bloggers need to be trained on the discipline that accompanies “traditional” (or “legacy”) journalism, and while some blogging organizations are actually quite vigilant when it comes to journalism standards, others simply don’t bother; they continue to get the perks of blogging anyway.

Where do we draw the lines?

All of these realities are making the profession of freelance writing even more challenging than it used to be. It is no longer just enough to turn in a good story on time; a freelance writer now also has to contend with a rapidly changing landscape, growing competition, technology shifts, dipping pay, and a public that is insatiable and easy to criticize.

And speaking of the public: How much should they really know anyway? When is enough enough, or when is it too much or too little? In the case of the bus hostage crisis, did they really need to know everything in real-time? Couldn’t the coverage have been delayed even by a few minutes so as not to divulge too much information that became readily available to the hostage-taker? When journalists engage the public on Twitter and sometimes offer opinions and colored comments, aren’t they crossing the lines of objectivity and bias? And as for citizen journalists and bloggers with no formal media training, should they really be let loose with press passes and be allowed to cover events once reserved only for journalists?

There are many questions and not enough answers–at least not for now. But, perhaps, as we learn from the painful lessons of the past and, as Daniel Wagner has written in the Huffington Post, “demand more of [ourselves],” we will find more ways to equip ourselves with the proper tools and mindsets to do our jobs better.

Indeed, the demands of the job are growing. We will need to strike a balance between getting a good story and being guided by our ethics. We will need to remain objective and unbiased even when it becomes tempting to use our names to promote–or destroy–something. We will need to thorough and accurate, yet speedy and efficient. We will need to balance the need to serve the public and the the need to feed ourselves. We will be contending with a lot of issues, and must  face them squarely and honestly.

We have no other choice. As writers who are as good only as our last byline, our survival in this industry will depend on our ability to transcend the turmoils of present.

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Niña Terol-Zialcita, Writer’s Block Philippines (August 28, 2010)

Ana Santos shows how to pick the right OB-GYN (FemaleNetwork.com)

Excerpts from Female Network: How to pick the right OB-GYN for you (published in FemaleNetwork.com in May 2010)


Is she non-judgmental, patient enough to explain jargon, and accessible at all times? Consult FN’s checklist of questions. By Ana Santos

Most women spend more time picking out a hairstylist than an OB-GYN, or so goes the complaint of many doctors. Perhaps it’s because with a hairstylist, we know exactly what we’re looking for in terms of cut and style. It’s time we exercised the same scrutiny when picking out a OB-GYN. After all, this is the doctor you go to see about your deepest, darkest secrets—or so to speak. Without the right doctor, things can get very awkward very quickly.

Here are some questions that may help narrow down the search.

When do I need to start seeing an OB-GYN?

According to the Dr. Donnica website, there are certain triggers that signal the need for a woman to see an OB-GYN. Visit the OB-GYN:

  • Annually after age 18 or after becoming sexually active, whichever is first.
  • When considering becoming pregnant for a preconception counseling visit.
  • As early as possible in a pregnancy.
  • When you have any unusual signs or symptoms in your breasts, vagina, lower abdomen, urinary system, period or PMS problems, hormonal concerns, need for contraception, etc.

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Read the rest of the article HERE

"The Single Mom’s Guide to Dating" by Ana Santos (in FemaleNetwork.com)

An excerpt from: The Single Mom’s Guide to Dating (published on July 14, 2010 in FemaleNetwork.com)

Raising your child alone does not mean that romance has to fly out the window. By Ana Santos

KEEP YOUR EXPECTATIONS REALISTIC.

Don’t expect to get it right on the first date. On the contrary, there will be men you wish you had never met, and dates that will make you wish you had stayed home watching animated movies with your kids in your jammies, but that’s what dating is all about. It’s a trial-and-error exercise, and this isn’t a problem restricted to single mothers—anyone in the dating game will have both funny, endearing, and horrific stories to tell you about life “in the wild.”

Dating someone means getting to know him to see if you will suit each other, and as the cliché goes, you have to kiss a lot of frogs before you find a prince. That means not letting one, two, or even three bad experiences make you a quitter.

GOING OUT DOESN’T MEAN PUTTING OUT.

Engaging adult conversation, getting the attention from a man who finds you attractive, even just considering the prospect of having sex again—all these may make you weak in the knees. Don’t let it cloud your judgment. Casual sex is not for the faint-hearted; you should know when you are ready for a level of involvement that involves getting between the sheets.

Be prudent and wait until you know each other well enough; if he’s a keeper, he’ll respect you enough to wait. Besides, sex carries a risk, and before you take a gamble on your future and that of your children, shouldn’t you make sure he is worth it?

Read the rest of the article on FemaleNetwork.com.

Ana Santos writes about Jinkee Pacquiao (LOOK Magazine, Dec 2009)

Look Magazine Dec 2009: Jinkee Pacquiao

It was all typical of the photo shoots that you see in magazines and on TV. The requisite bright lights, the hues of eye shadow palettes and blushes along with other hair styling tools were strewn on the countertop. The make-up artist and hairstylist were fiddling with brushes and curlers. The stylist was bustling around, arranging outfits and accessories. The managing editor and the photographer were discussing the shots to be taken.

And in the middle of this, Jinkee Pacquiao sat in her make – up chair, patiently getting made up for the camera.

I tentatively approach her and ask if she would like to be interviewed while she’s being made-up, in anticipation of a possibly long photo shoot. She declines, and says just as tentatively, “Uh, mamaya na lang”.

When the hum of the hairdryer dies down, we start the interview with what I think is an innocuous question to break the ice. Mimicing a television show host, “Sino si Jinkee Pacquaio?”

“Simpleng tao lang”, she replies, with her eyes cast downward.

The others in the room, who are no strangers to showbiz and may have heard similar statements before, jovially cheer, and Jinkee shifts a bit uncomfortably in her seat. The reply does sound like a typical response cooked up by a publicist, and but when said by Jinkee in that quiet and truthful way, rather than a press release, it becomes an authentic and sincere admission.

“Gusto ko sana, tayong dalawa lang mag-usap.”., she says politely. And I begin to understand why she initially declined to start the interview right away.

Beneath the fascination and adulation that now surrounds her, and the media circus that she and her family have been thrust into, Jinkee Pacquiao remains…shy. “Mahiyaan talaga ako.”, she explains, a tinge apologetic.

Wives of powerful men — the likes of Michelle Obama, Jada Pinkett, Katie Holmes – may initially take on supporting roles to their famous husbands. But sooner or later, they start to pique the interest of the public and are coaxed to come out of the background to share in the limelight.

With her own product endorsements piling up, magazines covers and recently being named a Woman of Style and Substance by People Asia, the signs of Jinkee Pacquaio becoming the next media darling are all there.

And while Jinkee is appreciative of the attention, she doesn’t seem to indulge in it. Rather, she remains unaffected by all the hype.

She still wants to be the same old Jinkee, the simple girl from General Santos.

“Sabi nila supladita daw ako dahil siguro sa features ko, pero tingin ko, hindi naman.” Yun kaibigan ko dati, sila pa rin ang friends ko and binabalikan pa din naming yun dati namin tinitirahan sa Gen San.”

Jinkee narrates a story of bringing their children Jimuel, Michael, Princess and Queen Elizabeth to GenSan during their summer vacation last July.“Si Manny kasi, dun [their old neighborhood in Gen San] pa din sya nagba-basketball. Sinama naming yun mga bata. Nagulat sila. Nakita nila yun mga bata na uh, madumi…yun walang wala. Tapos nag tanong sila kung bakit wala silang air-con, bakit kami nan dun.”, she hesitates a bit before continuing.“Sinabi namin sa kanila na dun kami nakatira dati noong maliliit pa sila. Kailangan alam nila na walang-wala din kami dati.”.

The explanation was enough for the children. “Tapos ok naman sa kanila, nakipag laro na sila dun sa mga bata.”

So near and yet so far from Gen San

Jinkee admits that there have been a lot of changes since Manny’s unparalled success in the boxing ring, the least of which was getting used to putting on make-up all the time. “Kahit nasa bahay ako, naka make-up ako. As in full, kasi hindi mo alam kung kalian o sino yun darating sa bahay.”

“Dati pa mahilig na ko sa make-up.”, she says, partly attributing this to having worked as a beauty consultant for Pond’s in a Gen San mall, when she first met Manny.

“Yun uncle ko trainer nya and sya yun nag pakilala sa amin. Boxer na sya nun and nagcha-champion na din pero hindi pa international. Tapos yun, lagi syang nan dun, sinusundo ako after work. Nagbibigay ng card, ng letters.”, say recalls, portraying a softer side of her husband whose media nicknames include “The Pacman” and “The Destroyer”.

Though they were married 7 months after they first met, Jinkee says that it wasn’t love at first sight. “Hindi din [love at first sight], parang wala lang. Pero hindi sya talaga tumigil sa pagsuyo sa akin. Nagustohan ko na hindi sya mayabang, mahinahon sya, tahimik lang. Mabait si Manny.”, she says softly. “Mula ng kinasal kami, laging nanalo si Manny. Tapos, dire-diretso na ang blessings, Madaming biyaya.”

And, what is it like to be catapulted to such fame and wealth? (Manny Pacquaio was recently identified by a US sports network as the 6th highst paid athlete in the world.)

She pauses for a minute before replying. “Masaya na malungkot din. Masaya na ngayon, nabibili mo gusto; nakikilala ako ng tao, massaya sa opportunity sa commercial and endorsements. Minsan mahirap din na hindi mo kilala nakabuntot sa ‘yo at hindi mo alam kung totoong tao. Malungkot kasi nababawasan ang time para sa bata.”, she says in the same quiet voice, without using flamboyant gestures or bouts of exclamation.

And that’s something obvious about Jinkee throughout this conversation. While she seems reluctant to be sucked up into the media frenzy that surrounds her husband, she is still grateful for and appreciative of the many blessings that his success brings to their family and to the country.

“Sinasabi ko na iba yun impact ni Manny sa mga tao. Ang mga fights nya, para talaga sa mga tao, sa bayan natin. Parang nakilala nga ang Gen San dahil kay Manny, e. Nakakatuwa nga nagiging role model sya ng mga ibang boxers. Nags-sign of the cross din sila bago ng laban”.

“Pero hindi ko talaga na-imagine na ganito. Parang pangaginip. Hindi ko maisip na ganito yung magiging buhay nya, na makikilala sya sa buong mundo.”

Being Mr. and Mrs. Pacquaio

Jinkee and Manny have been married now for 10 years and like any couple have their share of trials. But as the wife of a champion athlete, Jinkee also has to deal with extraneous situations such as Manny being away from her and the kids for months at a time when he has to undergo rigorous train.

“Pag may fight, training sya for 2 months and wala sya sa family, tawag lang.” (at the time of this interview, Manny was in Baguio training for his fight against welterweight champion Miguel Cotto slated for November.) “Pag wala naman fight, busy sa labas, nagmo-movie pa sya.”

Manny’s recent dabbling into movies has opened up Jinkee to another territory that she was previously unfamiliar with – intrigue.

“Mahirap yung mga intrigua na naririnig mo pag wala sya. Minsan nag-aaway, pero naisip ko, ‘wag nalang pansinin. Price of being famous, kasama na yun”, she says with a slight shrug of her shoulders.

She’s learned to roll with the punches, so to speak, saying that when Manny is training, single-minded focus on his upcoming fight is crucial.

“Kailangan nya ang aking supporta pag nagtra-train sya. So, hindi ko sya aawayan at bigyan ng problema. I-isang tabi ko muna [yung feelings ko]. Tapos after the fight, masaya na ang lahat kasi nanalo sya, paano mo pa sasabihin? So sacripisyo muna.”

Pragmatically, she adds. “Kailangan maging patient. Habaan mo talaga ang patience mo. Mag-tiyaga, at mag- pray.”,

Life after boxing

Looking forward, Jinkee wishes, “Gusto ko after boxing, tahimik na buhay para madagdagan yun time sa family.”.

I ask her about Manny’s political aspirations and if a quiet life is possible.

“Ayoko talaga sana. E kasi, sa pulitika, sabi nila, madumi. Dadami kang kaaway and magastos syempre. Perang na-save nyo, magasgastos pa.”, Jinkee candidly admits. But she knowing how important this is to Manny, who she says even before dreamed of serving in government, she has given in. “Gusto nya talaga, so supportahan ko na lang sya. Mahirap kasi yun walang blessing ng family and dati pa gusto na nya maging konsehal.”

As for her own aspirations, Jinkee says, “Masaya ako na sinasabi nila na pwede ako maging role model sa mga nanay. Kung champion si Manny, champion din dapat ako sa pag aasikaso ng pamilya. Hindi ako perfect wife or mother pero ginagampanan ko ng mabuti yun mga tungkolin ko.”

Thinking of their young children, she shares, “Ngayon sinasabi ng mga anak ko na I’m the best mom in the world. Sana yun pa din ang sabihin nila pag laki nila.”

Simple, yet meaningful aspirations coming from the simple girl from Gen San. Jinkee Pacquiao.

Girl Talk with Jinkee

Favorite feature:

Eyes. Kasi madaming nagsasabi na maganda daw ang eyes ko.

Favorite make-up brands:

Dati pa mahilig na ako sa make-up. Pag may bagong brand, tina-try ko talaga. Madami akong ginagamit; kung ano lang yun nagustohan ko. Pero kung mayroon [favored] brand talaga , RMK and MAC siguro.

Skincare regimen:

Mayroon pang face and mayroon [separate] pang body. Bagong matulog, may facial cream and wash. Pero Belo lahat yun ginagamit ko.

Work-out:

Badminton, hindi ako nag gym. Pag nasa Gen San [badminton] everyday. Pero pag dito saa Manila diet lang — rice, puro ulam, tapos fruits and salads.

Wardrobe:

Gusto ko talaga dresses. Pag nasa States ako bumibili ako ng dresses, yun mga long. Sa pag pili, damit muna and then shoes. Mahilig ako sa high heels kulang kasi ako sa height, kaya kahit tsinelas ako, [pointing to her flipflops] may wedge.

On Style:

Wala akong stylist. Sa magazine lang ako tumitingin, tapos puro gaya lang. Di ako masyadong sumusunod sa uso.

Favorite fashion designers:

Wala ako masyadong kilala pa, pero siguro si Kate Torralba and Paul Cabral.

On her rumored amassing of Louis Vuitton bags:

Hindi naman madami. Madami akong paborito, yun favorite ko pag may nagustohan lang ako.

On being in the limelight:

“Naco-conscious ako. Baka next time laitin nila ako. Bahala sila. May iba ibang opinion. Kung ganito ako, ganito ako.”

How she wishes people to remember her:

“Sana sabihin nila na si ‘Jinkee kahit ganyan lang yan, mabait sya na tao’. Jina-judge kasi ako minsan”.

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 🙂