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 A digital word file (.doc or.docx) of their original and unpublished manuscript.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All entries must be original, unpublished, and not previously submitted to other creative writing workshops.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.

Saturday, December 17, 2022

Cinemalaya calls for Short Film entries for its 2023 edition

CINEMALAYA is now accepting entries for the Short Film category for its 2023 edition.

Interested filmmakers must submit their application on or before March 3, 2023 (Friday), 6:00 p.m. They may submit their requirements either online by following the official link at or onsite at the Film, Broadcast, and New Media Division (FBNMD), Design Center of the Philippines (CCP Annex) at Vicente Sotto St. corner Magdalena Jalandoni St., Pasay City.

For online submission, requirements include online entry form, uploaded film, and filmmaker’s profile.

For offsite submission, entries must include: the duly completed application form; the final work in MP4 format with violator saved on USB, properly labeled with the title, production company address and contact numbers, production date, director’s name and running time; synopsis in English; and a brief rรฉsumรฉ and two (2) recent 2x2 photos of the filmmaker(s). Entries must be submitted in a long brown envelope properly labeled with the proponent's name, title and contact details.

The 10 best short films will be informed on May 26, 2023, and will compete for the Best Short Film award during the 2023 Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival on August 4 to 13, 2023.

Fresh from its successful 18th edition, Cinemalaya is an all-digital film competition that aims to discover, encourage and support the cinematic works of Filipino filmmakers that boldly articulate and freely interpret the Filipino experience with fresh insight and artistic integrity.

For entry forms and complete guidelines, visit, For more updates, follow the CCP and Cinemalaya official Facebook accounts.

#Cinemalaya2023 #ShortFilm #Cinemalaya #Competition #CallForEntries

Saturday, December 10, 2022

Try this healthy recipe for Noche Buena from The Goodwill Market

The holidays mean indulging in good food to celebrate traditions with family and friends. However, having too much rich foods may take a toll on your health. Serving healthy alternatives on your get-togethers can ensure that you are providing nutritious and delicious options that everyone can enjoy without missing out on the festivities.

Thursday, December 8, 2022

Asian Academy Creative Awards (AAA) 2022: Full List of Winners (Night 2)

The Asian Academy Creative Awards (AAA) 2022 revealed its winners for Night 2 on December 8, 2022 (Thursday) in Singapore. This event was held concurrently with the Asia Television Forum and Market.

Full List of Winners (Night 2):

Best Actor in a Leading Role
Korea ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ท
Jung Hae-in – “D.P.”
Climax Studio/Netflix

Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Taiwan ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ผ
Wu Kang-Ren – “Light The Night”

Best Actress in a Leading Role
Philippines ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ญ
Jodi Chrissie Sta. Maria – “The Broken Marriage Vow”

Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Taiwan ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ผ
Liou Yiin-Shang – “Still Me”
Tzu Chi Culture And Communication Foundation

Best Cinematography
India ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ
Shreya Dube – “Thar”
Anil Kapoor Film Company/Netflix

Best Comedy Performance
Singapore. ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฌ
Mark Lee – “It’s All Your Fault!”
Wawa Pictures/Ministry Of Communications & Information (Singapore)

Best Comedy Program
New Zealand ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฟ
“Kid Sister”
Greenstone TV/ TVNZ/ NZ On Air

Best Direction (Fiction)
India ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ
Basil Joseph – “Minnal Murali”
Weekend Blockbusters/Netflix

Best Drama Series
Korea ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ท
“Twenty Five Twenty One”
Studio Dragon, Hwa&Dam Pictures, CJ ENM

Best Entertainment Host
Hong Kong SAR ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ฐ
Johnson Lee – “Family Feud”
Television Broadcasts Limited (TVB)

Best Feature Film
Japan ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต
“Asakusa Kid”
Nikkatsu & Django Film/Netflix

Best General Entertainment, Game or Quiz Program
Korea ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ท
“My Boyfriend Is Better”

Best Music or Dance Program
Australia ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ
“Eurovision – Australia Decides – Gold Coast 2022”
Blink TV Production/SBS Australia/Tourism & Events Queensland

Best Non Scripted Entertainment
Australia ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ
“Eurovision – Australia Decides – Gold Coast 2022”
Blink TV Production/SBS Australia/Tourism & Events Queensland

Best Screenplay
Korea ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ท
Noh Hee-Kyung – “Our Blues”
Studio Dragon/GTIST/CJ ENM

Best Single Drama/Telemovie/Anthology Episode
India ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ
“Qatil Haseenaon Ke Naam” (“Ode to Femme Fatales”)
Zee Zindagi/Zee5/Zee Entertainment

Best Theme Song/Title Theme
Thailand ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ญ
“Who Am I” By Bright, Win, Dew, Nani For F4 Thailand:
Boys Over Flowers

Best Visual/Special FX in TV / Feature Films
Australia ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ
Method Studios/Warner Bros.