Tuesday, May 7, 2024

Call for Entries: Mindanao Creative Non-fiction Writing Competition

The celebration of National Literature Month continues in May as the Call for Entries for the first-ever Mindanao Creative Non-fiction Writing Competition persists.

Led by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), in collaboration with the Komisyon ng Wikang Filipino (KWF) and the National Book Development Board (NBDB), participants are invited to explore the theme of "Literature and Peace" or "Panitikan at Kapayapaan." Encouraging and empowering Mindanaoan writers, the competition comprises two categories: Senior High School and College levels, welcoming students currently enrolled in any public or private educational institution in Mindanao.

Thursday, May 2, 2024

Have you seen the newest trending ad?

This latest Maja Salvador hair commercial is making its rounds online as netizens can’t get enough of how simple and funny it is. In “dogshow humor,” Maja is seen confidently combing her hand through her long and shiny hair, talking about Keratin Plus, the brand she’s now endorsing. Known for repeating herself in gay tonality and lingo, it’s apparent that Maja is the ultimate peg of this commercial before they even filmed it.

Tuesday, April 30, 2024

Panawagan ng Aplikasyon: Ika-2 Palihang Rene O. Villanueva

Panawagan sa mga Manunulat ng Panitikang Pambata
Deadline: Hunyo 11, 2024
Palihan: Hulyo 11-13, 2024
Lunan ng Palihan: UP Diliman

Nananawagan ang Larangan ng Malikhaing Pagsulat ng UP Departamento ng Filipino at Panitikan ng Pilipinas (DFPP) at ang International Board on Books for Young People Philippines (IBBY Philippines) sa mga manunulat ng panitikang pambata, partikular sa mga anyo ng tula at maikling kuwentong pambata.

Pagpupugay ang palihang ito kay Rene O. Villanueva, naging guro, mentor at kaibigan ng DFPP. Sa kanyang buhay, nagkamit siya ng mga parangal para sa kanyang mga akdang pambata tulad ng Ang Unang Baboy sa Langit, Kung Bakit Umuulan, at Nemo, Ang Batang Papel na pawang nanalo sa Palanca Memorial Awards. Siya ang kauna-unahang Pilipinong nominado sa Hans Christian Andersen Award. Naging head writer siya ng Batibot, na umabot sa higit na dalawampu’t limang taon sa ere, naging palagiang kaibigan ng mga batang Filipino ang mga nilakhang tauhan dito tulad nina Pong Pagong at Kiko Matsing. Isa rin sa mga nilikha niyang kahalina-halina, ubod ng talinong pagkukuwento ang Ang Pambihirang Buhok ni Lola. Nagtataguyod at kumilala sa katapangan at kabayanihan ng mga Pilipina na naisantabi ng kasaysayan. 

Monday, April 29, 2024

Century Tuna unveils Top 36 Finalists vying for Superbods 2024 Best You Ever

Century Tuna Superbods 2024 Finalists

Century Tuna, the Philippines' leading tuna brand, finally unveiled the highly anticipated Top 18 male and female Finalists for Century Tuna Superbods 2024 Best You Ever who have inspiring stories to share as they strive for the healthiest and fittest versions of themselves with Century Tuna.

Launched in 2006, Century Tuna Superbods celebrates individuals who have embarked on remarkable journeys of physical transformation, personal growth, and a commitment to healthy living. Now in its 9th season, Century Tuna Superbods has become an iconic national fitness challenge and movement that motivates Filipinos to adopt a healthy and active lifestyle.

After a rigorous evaluation process including online and onsite auditions, the finalists were selected from hundreds of hopeful applicants, each with a unique and inspiring story to share. The finalists were announced at the recently held Century Tuna Superbods Final Callback Event at Ayala Malls Market! Market! in Taguig City.


Century Tuna Superbods Top 18 Male Finalists

The Top 18 finalists for the male category are Nikko Nackaerts, Tony de Oteyza, Angel Mallari, Jerico Ejercito, Jether Palomo, Kris Guevarra, John Jenric Saldivar, Michael Ver Comaling, Jose Vicente Sobrevilla, Patrick Patawaran, John Paulo Dela Cruz, Carlo Adorador, Aaron Davis, Jeff Ong, Enzo Bonoan, Derick Hibaler, Naia Ching, and Joshua David Spider Webb.


Century Tuna Superbods Top 16 Female Finalists

Meanwhile, the finalists for the female category are Monique de los Santos, Mariah Nicole Valdez, Justine Felizarta, Brooke Barredo, Lea Macapagal, Hazel Ortiz, Morena Carlos, Chrystel Mae Correos, Jasmin Ariola, Julia Sucgang-Bonoan, Nælah Alshorbaji, Clare Dacanay, Jessica Marasigan, Miaow Ayesa, Keylyn Trajano and Teodora Marie Reiss.

Completing the Top 18 female Superbods are Imelda Schweighart and Inka Magnaye who were announced as the two online wildcard contenders who were automatically named as Finalists.

The esteemed panel of judges evaluated the finalists' journeys including Century Pacific Food Inc. Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Mr. Greg Banzon, Century Pacific Food Inc. Vice President and General Manager for Branded Tuna Division Mr. Carlo Endaya, Marketing Manager of Century Tuna and Vita Coco Ms. Bea Ballesca-Martinez, Multi-awarded Actress and Miss International 2016 Kylie Verzosa, and Century Tuna Superbods 2022 Grand Winners Kirk Bondad and Christelle Abello who shared their expertise and insights throughout the competition.

The finalists were evaluated through a walk-off to showcase their physiques, charisma, and stage presence and a question-and-answer portion to demonstrate their ability to share their fitness advocacies and wits.

“This year, Century Tuna Superbods does what it does best - bringing out the best in individuals. The ‘Best You Ever’ campaign is truly a game-changer in how we define healthy living in today's times, as portrayed by every passionate heart that accepted this year's challenge. Congratulations to our Top 18 male and female finalists who have shown what becoming their best selves truly means and how different it can be for everyone's journey. We are excited to know more about your journey and watch you inspire others,” said Mr. Carlo Endaya.

The Century Tuna Superbods Final Callback Event was hosted by Robi Domingo with special performances by Sheena Belarmino and Klarisse De Guzman.

Century Tuna Superbods embraced the "Best You Ever" campaign this year, promoting self-love and holistic self-improvement beyond physical transformation. The theme encouraged participants to become the best versions of themselves, led by its celebrity Superbod ambassador, Kathryn Bernardo.

Be on the look out for the finals night of Century Tuna Superbods 2024 Best You Ever Campaign in July and witness the glorious moment of naming this year’s #CenturyTunaSuperbodsBestYouEver winners.

For more information, please visit https://centurytuna.ph/ or visit Century Tuna on Facebook at  https://www.facebook.com/centurytuna or @centurytunasuperbods on Instagram for more updates.

Sunday, April 28, 2024

Call for Application: 8th Amelia Lapeña-Bonifacio Writers Workshop

Submissions are now open for the 8th Amelia Lapeña-Bonifacio Writers Workshop for emerging writers. This 2024, the theme is centered around “Retelling Folklore for Children/ Muling Pagsasalaysay at Pagtula ng Panitikang-Bayan para sa mga Bata.” We are looking for new methods of retelling the classic Filipino folktale catered to today’s Filipino children, and for these retellings to be rooted in our nation’s stories, history, and mythology.

Here are the guidelines for submission:

1. We are accepting entries for children’s fiction and children’s poetry. For fiction, submissions may be made up of 2 stories, 5-10 pages each. For poetry, a suite of 5-8 poems may be submitted. In accordance with the theme, themes and elements of Philippine myths and folklore must be evident and represented in the text.

Filipinos love concerts, but venue infrastructure gaps are a threat to the experience

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Countries with better, bigger, and more competitive concert venues have reaped economic benefits, especially with the massive and significant influence of popular international acts like pop superstar Taylor Swift’s Eras Tour and Coldplay’s World Tour in consumer behavior and spending. 

Driving tens of thousands of ‘Swifties’ and concert enthusiasts, the success of these concerts was an economic stimulus for countries worldwide, including Southeast Asian countries such as Singapore and Japan.  Filipino fans alike had to spend big and travel miles to watch the exclusive performance of superstar Swift in Singapore’s National Stadium while others went to Japan’s Tokyo Dome and Sydney’s Accor Stadium in Australia. The massive concert gigs boosted the respective country’s economies, benefitting entertainment, hospitality, retail, and transport industries significantly.

Friday, April 26, 2024

A school renovation project amplifies the potential of deaf community

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A dedicated teacher from PSD provides a hands-on lecture inside their newly rehabilitated school building.

Being hearing-impaired is a challenge in itself, navigating a world where communication relies heavily on spoken words. 


In the Philippines, this challenge further creates a gap, as opportunities for the deaf are limited, particularly in education and employment. The struggle is intensified as only a few secondary learning institutions are catering to their unique needs, with affordability and facility conditions further hindering their pursuit of skills and knowledge. 


Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Henry Sy Foundation promotes inclusive education

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Philippine School for the Deaf (PSD) hand signs a gratitude message to Henry Sy Foundation (HSF), Department of Education, and Pasay Local Government after they collaborated for the revitalization of the 12-room laboratory building of Senior High School students.

The Philippines’ Magna Carta for Disabled Persons ensures the rehabilitation, self-development, and self-reliance of persons with disabilities. The country provides educational assistance to people with disabilities from primary to tertiary education, including vocational or technical training.


One such school is the Philippine School for the Deaf (PSD) in Pasay City. For over a century, the school had demonstrated the transformative power of education in empowering and unlocking the capabilities of those with diverse disabilities to live fulfilling lives.


Saturday, April 20, 2024

Call for Submissions: Santelmo Journal 9

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For the next issue due in June 2024, SANTELMO 9 welcomes original and unpublished (online and elsewhere) poetry, fiction, and non-fiction on the theme of GENIUS LOCI or Spirit of Place (Travel, Destinations, Sojourns, Bucket lists... ), as well as original artworks. Please email your submissions to santelmopilipinas2022@gmail.com along with a three-sentence bio note as an attached Word file in Times New Roman 12 points font size. 

Kindly include your surname and the submission's genre and language in the email subject. Acceptance will merit a complimentary copy and a modest honorarium.

Sunday, April 7, 2024

Daikin Run for Clean Air 2024 at Bridgetown East, Pasig | April 28, 2024

Daikin Philippines
and RSRJ Events Management are inviting all runners, running and fitness enthusiasts to join the Daikin Run for Clean Air which is happening on April 28, 2024, at Bridgetowne East, Rosario, Pasig City. The event features two race distances – 5KM and 10KM.