Tuesday, March 14, 2023

Call for Submissions: Novice 12th issue centering on the "Jeepney" theme

Sa ika-12 na special digital issue ng Novice, iniimbitahan namin kayong magpasa ng mga artwork, komiks, maikling kwento, sanaysay, at mga lawarang na nagbibigay pugay at importansya sa isa sa mga mahahalang simbolo ng pagiging Pilipino, ang jeepney.

Email your entries to:

Dealine of submission:
April 15, 2023

Submission guidelines:

#NovicePH #KeepCreating #NoviceMagazine #DigitalMagazine #NoviceSpecialIssue12 #CallForSubmissions #Photography #Essays #Artworks #Anecdotes #NonFiction #Fiction #Comics

Wednesday, February 22, 2023

Intellectual property law enforcement, student academic groups, publishers sign statement of cooperation against content piracy

(L to R): Jesus Manapat - National Bureau of Investigation, Stephen Floyd Abuso Gopez – Executive Vice president - Association of law students of the Philippines, Atty. Rowel Barba - Director - Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines, Dean Lilibeth Aragon - President - association of administrators in Hospitality, hotel and restaurant management educational institution and Atty. Dominador Buhain - Chairman Rex Education

Rex Education hosted a press conference recently, bringing together key organizations committed to educating people about piracy and stopping the illegal reproduction and distribution of copyrighted content.

Friday, February 3, 2023

Lessons you can get from Saving Money

Image courtesy of Green Bush Financial

Have you heard of the famous line, “the art is not in making money but in keeping it.” It would like us to know that we will always have the chance to earn money, we have a lot of opportunities to make money as long as we work harder and smarter, but keeping the money so it would last for a longer period is somewhat hard to do and it would require a lot of discipline in handling the finances. It is crucial to arm ourselves with smart financial decisions, so we never lose control of our finances. Our biggest goal in life should be to make a solid budget plan and stick to it while working towards saving, to ensure a sound future. 

Here are some lessons about saving money that can inspire and guide us toward our journey to financial freedom. 

Image courtesy of Efren Nolasco

Define your priorities 
What are your priorities in life? Of course, it is basic that you should settle the needs first before the wants. For you to be able to save more money, you should have paid your bills first, which might include the mortgage or rent, the electric bill, other utilities, insurance, loans, and debts, etc. After paying, a part of what will be left will go to savings. As a rule of thumb, you should save at least 20% of what you are earning every month, but if it isn’t possible, then you can adjust your expenses. Canceling some of your monthly subscriptions that are not needed or rarely used will help a lot for you to save bigger amounts. 

Paying your bills first and repaying loans and debts on time, is also saving because doing so saves you from penalties such as late fees. You also save time and effort because you free yourself of any inconvenience that may arise.  
Your savings must be based on your entire paycheck but your spending should be based on the money left over, that is what you live on. 

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Saving for rainy days and your dreams 
These two things go hand and hand because they are the reasons why you are saving.

Saving for your dreams is securing your future, retirement, and financial freedom. Saving for the future will give you a less stressful life as you grow old; and as you get older, you'll live your remaining days with freedom and peace because you have enough savings that can cover whatever expenses are needed. 

Of course, you don't only save for your dreams, but more importantly for uncertainties in life. You don't wait for something undesirable to happen before you realize the importance of saving for rainy days. Emergency savings should be at least 3 to 6 months of what you earn monthly, according to experts. In this era of too much uncertainty, being proactive is an advantage. 

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Difference between savings and Investment 
Money that is sitting in a bank, doesn't always earn much. Not all financial institutions can give each depositor a big interest. But if you invest your money in a business, it generates income and when you manage the venture well, your money multiplies. Saving in a bank and investing in a business, both have downsides. Money on investments isn't always accessible and the risks are higher, depending on where you put it. But over the years, most investments increase and that is savings multiplied. The best way is not to put everything on investments. Have some money in the bank which you can withdraw any time you need it.

Saturday, January 28, 2023

Call for Submissions: 6th Valenzuela Writers Workshop

The Valenzuela Arts and Literary Society, in cooperation with the Valenzuela City Cultural Affairs and Tourism Development Office (CATDO) is now accepting applications to the 6th VALENZUELA WRITERS' WORKSHOP which will be held this August 2023!

The VWW is a community-based and LGU-funded writing workshop and is envisioned to be an annual creative writing fellowship of new and emerging writers from Valenzuela. It is aimed to make the city a haven for creative writers. The fellows will be entitled to free registration and certificate of completion at the end of the workshop. Fellows will receive a continuing mentorship program online from the core group of the panelists and VALS membership. The revised works of the fellows will also be digitally published in the next issue of “Ang Pulo”, its official arts and literary journal.

To be eligible, an applicant must be a resident of Valenzuela City and 18 years or older. The workshop is open to students, professionals, workers, and out-of-school youths. Fellowships are open for poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and play/screenplay in Filipino or English.

1. A digital word file (.doc or.docx) of their original and unpublished manuscript. The manuscripts shall be composed of any of the following:
a. For Poetry: 2 poems of any kind
b. For Fiction: 1 short story, 1 children's story, or 2 flash fictions
c. For CNF: 1 personal essay/CNF
d. For script: one-act stage play, or a screenplay for a short film
2. A brief bionote with contact details (email address, Fb account link, contact number, and home address) in a separate word file
3. Most recent photo (jpg or png).

All entries must be original, unpublished, and not previously submitted to other creative writing workshops. Submissions must be sent via email at

Please follow the subject line and filename format: [Language], [Genre], [Title], [Author’s Last Name]. (e.g., English, Fiction, “Young Dr. Pio”, Gracio)

Deadline is on March 15, 2023.

Kindly wait for further announcements regarding the workshop through the official Facebook page of the Valenzuela Arts & Literary Society.

For inquiries, please contact or through their Facebook page.

Casting Call: Solitude (A Documentary Film)

From Solitude Documentary (Facebook Page):

We are currently casting for a documentary about individuals who have turned to sailing the ocean as a form of healing and self-discovery. We are looking for individuals who have experienced a significant event in their life that was challenging, and found solace and healing from living and sailing on their boat.

We are looking for individuals of all ages, genders, and backgrounds who have a captivating story to share about their journey.

This casting call is open worldwide and our crew will travel to film participants on their boat.  

If you or someone you know fits this description, we would love to hear from you.

Please click the link below and complete the online application. 

Cut-off date: 1st March, 2023.

Thank you for your interest and we look forward to hearing from you!

We would love your support by sharing this post so that we can get to as many potential participants as possible and find the inspiring stories we are looking for.

Friday, January 27, 2023

Open for Applications: NBDB Translation Grant

The National Book Development Board of the Philippines (NBDB) offers translation grants to Filipino publishers who wish to translate and publish their books in other Filipino and international languages.

The NBDB will subsidize the book's translation, design/redesign, and five (5) copies of international standard print. The publisher will be responsible for the concept, approval of translations, and publication design.

The publisher will also be responsible for the translation, design, production, and retail pricing of the book. At least five (5) international standard print copies will be provided to the NBDB and associated trade collateral, such as pricing and marketing materials. 

Grantees will receive subsidies ranging from PHP50,000.00 to PHP200,000.00 depending on the genre. Apply now! ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ญ

๐Ÿ“– Read the full application guidelines here:

๐Ÿšจ Submissions are accepted until MARCH 3, 2023.

๐—–all for Applications: ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฌ๐˜๐—ต ๐—”๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ผ ๐—ก๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—ช๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€ ๐—ช๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ธ๐˜€๐—ต๐—ผ๐—ฝ

The Ateneo Institute of Literary Arts and Practices (AILAP), in collaboration with the journals ๐˜’๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฌ๐˜ข ๐˜’๐˜ถ๐˜ญ๐˜ต๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ข and ๐˜’๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฑ๐˜ถ๐˜ฏ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ, is now accepting applications for the 20th Ateneo National Writers Workshop (ANWW20), to be held at the Ateneo de Manila University campus on June 9-12, 2023.

This year’s workshop will focus on the possibilities of the form and practice of research, engaging across disciplines such as the humanities, social sciences, and physical and biological sciences. In particular, the workshop proposes to reconsider the essayistic spirit in research work, and thus invites projects that attempt to traverse between the scholarly and the poetic, and the critical and the creative. 

#ANWW20 seeks submissions that dare to rethink forms and methods of scholarly research, and thus encourages critical projects that are not confined in the typical classification of forms and genre, moving across the boundaries of visual, aural, digital, or performative modes. Moreover, ANWW20 is open for submissions from collaborations among artists (up to two representatives for a collective), as well as from fellows of previous iterations of ANWW. 

For this year’s workshop, fellows are expected to deliver short presentations based on their works-in-progress. After the workshop proper, revised versions of the fellows’ works may be considered for publication in ๐˜’๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฌ๐˜ข ๐˜’๐˜ถ๐˜ญ๐˜ต๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ข or ๐˜’๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฑ๐˜ถ๐˜ฏ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ. 

Interested applicants must submit an essay of 5,000 to 7,000 words in length, inclusive of bibliography and footnotes/endnotes; in the case of hybrid essays, the word count may be waived or adjusted to suit the form of submission. The essay should not have been previously published, nor should it be under consideration for other publications. This should be accompanied with an abstract, approximately 200-250 words, explaining the critical concerns of the essay. Projects to be submitted may take any of the following concerns as their points of departure: 

• Climate change, anthropocene, posthumanism, post-history, post-______;
• Translation and decolonization, translation studies;
• Geopolitics, the archipelago, island and tropical studies;
• Folklore, mythocriticism, the supernatural and the gothic; 
• Auto/ethnography, representations and practices of identities; 
• Audio-visual, cinematic, and other extra-textual modes of research; and
• Other propositions on forms and methods of inter-/multi-/transdisciplinary research.

Submitted works must be computerized on A4 bond paper, with 1” margins on all sides, in Garamond, size 12, and double-spaced (with exception to instances when it is necessary for the work to be in different format, in the case of which must be noted at least in the submission). The portfolio must have page numbers at the center of the footer, and a cover page bearing the title and the abstract of the essay. The author’s name should not appear anywhere in the submission. 

Portfolios, as well as the accomplished application form (which can be downloaded from should be submitted in PDF. Applications must be sent through The deadline for submission is on April 1, 2023, Saturday.

As with the previous iterations of ANWW, submitted portfolios will not be evaluated according to genres (poetry, short story, essay, and play) or languages (Filipino and English). From all the applications to be received, eight (8) fellows will be chosen from all over the country. The names of the chosen fellows will be announced in late April. For further information and other inquiries, send a message through the AILAP Facebook page. 

ANWW is a yearly workshop organized by AILAP. Since 2001, in its nineteen versions, the workshop has given over 200 fellowships in creative writing to young writers from different parts of the country. ANWW focuses on the craft of such young writers, honing the crucial elements in their writing as a practice, art, and philosophical encounter that enables them to further partake in the literary community in the Philippines with the desire to deepen and give directions to national cultural practices. Furthermore, the AILAP also takes into consideration the intellectual tradition of Atenean education to encourage writers to initiate projects related to the history of ideas and cultural traditions in the country.

#ANWW20 is coorganized with ๐˜’๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฌ๐˜ข ๐˜’๐˜ถ๐˜ญ๐˜ต๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ข, the international refereed journal of language, literary, and cultural studies of the Department of English, ADMU; and ๐˜’๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฑ๐˜ถ๐˜ฏ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ, the refereed journal of language, literary, art, and cultural studies of the Department of Filipino, ADMU.

Thursday, January 26, 2023

How to know the country of origin of your iPhone / iPad?

We can determine the iPhone/iPad origin country, we can check it through its model code.

Go to Settings > General > About > Model

1. Open the Settings menu.
2. Select General
3. Select About.
4. Then scroll down until the “Model” appears in the about Tab.

The two letters before the slash (/), that is the country of origin of your iPhone/iPad. If the last two letters before the slash are ‘’LL" (see image above), then your iPhone’s country of origin is USA. Similarly, if the last letter before the slash is ‘PP,’ that means your iPhone was  made in the Philippines.

Device Model Code (Country of Origin of iPhone/iPad):

A - Canada

AB - UAE, Saudi Arabia

AE - UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia

AH - Bahrain, Kuwait

B - Great Britain or Ireland

BZ - Brazil

C - Canada

CH - China

CN - Slovakia

ะกZ - Czech Republic

D - Germany

DN - Holland, Austria, Germany

E - Mexico

EE - Estonia

ET - Estonia

F - France

FB - Luxembourg

FS - Finland

FD - Liechtenstein, Austria, or Switzerland

GR - Greece

HB - Israel

HN - India

IP - Italy

J - Japan

KH - China, South Korea

KN - Denmark or Norway

KS - Finland or Sweden

LA - Peru, Ecuador, Honduras, Guatemala, Colombia, El Salvador

LE - Argentina


LP - Poland

LT - Lithuania

LV - Latvia

LZ - Paraguay, Chile

MG - Hungary

MY from Malaysia

NF - Luxembourg, Belgium, France

PK - Finland, Poland

PL - Poland

PM - Poland

PO - Portugal

PP - Philippines

QL - Italy, Spain, Portugal

QN - Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Iceland

RK - Kazakhstan

RM - Russia or Kazakhstan

RO - Romania

RP - Russia

RR - Russia

RS - Russia

RU - Russia

SE - Serbia

SL - Slovakia

SO - South Africa

SU - Ukraine

T - Italy

TA - Taiwan

TU - Turkey

UA - Ukraine

X - Australia

X - New Zealand

Y - Spain

ZA from Singapore

ZD - Germany, Belgium, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Austria, France, Switzerland, Monaco

ZP - Hong Kong, Macau

Thursday, January 12, 2023

Call for Submissions: 2nd Caloocan Writers Workshop

Inaanyayahan ang lahat ng manunulat na anak ng Kalookan na maging bahagi ng 2nd Caloocan Writers Workshop na gaganapin sa Abril 22-23, 2023.

Sa pangunguna ng Caloocan Historical and Cultural Studies Association, Inc. (CHCSA), binuksan ang palihan sa mga naninirahan, nag-aaral, o nagtatrabaho sa Lungsod ng Kalookan. 

Target na gawing hybrid ang palihan sa susunod na taon. Ang tema ay “Klima, Kalusugan, at Karapatan.” Maaaring magpasa ng alinman sa mga sumusunod:
▪ 3-5 tula o isang 3-5 pahinang tula
▪ 1 maikling kuwento (10-20 pahina)
▪ 3 dagli (3-5 pahina)
▪ 1 kuwentong pambata (5-10 pahina)
▪ 1 dulang may isang yugto (10-30 pahina)
▪ 1 personal na sanaysay (10-20 pahina)
▪ 1 papel pananaliksik/kritisismo (10-20 pahina)

Magpasa ng orihinal at 'di pa nalalathalang sariling akda sa wikang Ingles o Filipino. Tiyaking malinaw na naglalaman ang inyong akda ng sensibilidad ng isang mamamayan ng Kalookan. Iugnay ito sa tema para sa 2023.

Lahat ng manuskrito ay nasa Times New Roman o Arial, 12 points; MS Word format, doble espasyo, sa 8 1/2 x 11 pulgadang papel. Lagyan ng pahina sa ibaba (Halimbawa: Pahina 1 ng 12).

Ipasa ang file, kasama ng hiwalay na bionote (3-5 pangungusap na binabanggit ang inyong koneksiyon sa lungsod) sa, at i-cc ang 

Gamitin ang sumusunod na pormat sa subject line at filename: (APELYIDO) (WIKA) (GENRE) (“PAMAGAT”). Halimbawa, Agapito Filipino Tula “Si Ka Andres”

Ang deadline ng pagpapasa ay sa Enero 30, 2023. ---> Extended: Pebrero 10, 2023.

Tuesday, December 20, 2022

Some benefits of short-term loans that you should definitely consider

People acquire loans for different purposes which may serve them – for business or investment, for education and other personal reasons, to finance a large purchase such as a home or a vehicle, or for emergency expenses. When you get a loan, you enter into an agreement, and you commit yourself to monthly repayments for a certain period.

Loans and debts are a huge responsibility therefore borrowers must seriously evaluate and weigh the pros and cons before deciding to procure a loan particularly for first timers.

Whatever your purpose for applying for a loan is, you must understand that loans have different features in terms of eligibility and requirements, interest rates, and repayment agreements. Are you planning to borrow money? Then it is a good idea to consider the benefits of short-term borrowing, for the following reasons.

Flexible Payment Tenures
Short-term loans payment terms usually range from 3 months to a year. This will offer much convenience depending on your payment capacity and with shorter tenure, repayments are easy to manage. You can easily predict your monthly budget while you have an existing short-term loan. Aside from flexible repayment schedule and faster processing time, most short-term lenders don’t require collateral or a guarantor, which is another advantage of this kind of loan.

Solution for Unexpected and Beyond the Budget Expenses
With short-term loan lenders, you can find a loan even with bad credit and this enables people with bad credit scores to repair their financial status and be eligible for better loan deals in the future. A short-term loan is ideal for any individual or entrepreneur having problems with their credit history. For small business owners and individuals facing emergency situations who are having a hard time applying for loans from a bank or other financial institutions, they can benefit from short-term loans.

Build Good Credit Scores
Aside from the fact that short-term loans have faster processing time, it also offers less risk to borrowers. Payment tenure lasts for only a few months which makes repayments more convenient. The borrower can easily maintain a good repayment ability which will contribute to a good credit history. 

Short-term borrowing consists of only a small loan amount, but in most instances of financial hardships like when a company is facing a minor loss, falling behind in payment, or is trying to accommodate another operational activity, short-term loans are being considered. 

With the ease in application and faster processing period, short-term loans become popular to people and businesses who need immediate funding. Another advantage of short-term loans is that the applicant need not present any collateral and they can use the funds for whatever purpose they want. Some lenders would only require IDs and proof of income.

But just like the other types of loans, short-term borrowing is a major life decision, and the repayment part must not be taken for granted. Regular and full repayments on time are a must. If you can pay before the due date or can pay in advance like paying bi-weekly, it can help you build a better credit portfolio and will greatly contribute to a debt-free future.