Call for Emerging Writers from Central Visayas: The 2018 Cebu Young Writers’ Studio  

Are you an aspiring writer from Central Visayas? Here is your chance to grow in your craft.

The Libulan Queer Collective, a writers’ bloc of queer poets, essayists, fictionists, and playwrights from the southern Philippines, in partnership with Kagis Bisaya and YOUTeacH Philippines-Central Visayas, is now accepting applications to the 2018 Cebu Young Writers’ Studio to be held in January 2018 at the University of Cebu-Banilad at Gov M Cuenco Ave, Cebu City.

The Cebu Young Writers’ Studio, an adaptation of the Cagayan de Oro Young Writers’ Studio, is an annual creative writing fellowship for 14 of the most promising emerging poets, fictionists, and essayists born and/or based in Central Visayas — Cebu, Bohol, Negros Oriental, and Siquijor. Fellowships are available per genre — poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. (Applicants may apply for more than one genre.)

To be eligible, an applicant must (1) be born and/or based in any of the provinces of Central Visayas and (2) not have attended any regional and national writers’ workshops organized by reputable creative writing centers and institutes.

Entries (original and unpublished works) in Binisaya and/or English shall be composed of any of the following:

  • For a Poetry fellowship: 4 poems (not more than 60 lines each); or
  • For a Fiction fellowship: 2 short stories (2000 to 5000 words each) of any genre; or 1 novel chapter (3000 to 6000 words each) with a synopsis; or 3 flash fiction (500 to 1500 words each); or
  • For a Creative Nonfiction fellowship: 2 works of creative nonfiction (2000 to 5000 words each) such as nonfiction memoir, personal essays, travel writing, or other hybridized forms; or 3 micro-essays (500 to 1500 words each).

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Two Long Weekends for August

This August, we will be enjoying two long weekends as there will be two consecutive Mondays in the official holidays list.

philippine holidays 2017

President Rodrigo Duterte had signed the Proclamation No. 50.

The regular holidays are:

January 1, 2017, Sunday – New Year’s Day
April 9, 2017, Sunday – Araw ng Kagitingan
April 13, 2017 – Maundy Thursday
April 14, 2017 – Good Friday
May 1, 2017, Monday – Labor Day
June 12, 2017, Monday – Independence Day
June 26, 2017, Monday – Eid’l Fitr
August 28, 2017, last Monday of August – National Heroes’ Day
November 30, 2017, Thursday – Bonifacio Day
December 25, 2017, Monday – Christmas Day

December 30, 2017, Saturday – Rizal Day

Special (non-working) days:

January 2, 2017, Monday – based on Proclamation No. 117
January 28, 2017, Saturday – Chinese New Year
February 25, 2017, Saturday – EDSA Revolution Anniversary
April 15, 2017 – Black Saturday
August 21, 2017, Monday – Ninoy Aquino Day
October 31, 2017, Tuesday – additional special (non-working) day
November 1, 2017, Wednesday – All Saints’ Day
December 31, 2017, Sunday – last day of the year

Filipinos will also have another special holiday for the observance of Eid’l Adha, but the date has yet to be announced.

Igorot Story of Creation

“People from the mountains” or Igorot are one of the many indigenous tribe in the Philippines. They have inhabited generally the southern part of Benguet and Nueva Vizcaya. They have left so many folklores that contributed to Philippine Literature. One of which tells how the world began.

12 Health Benefits of Melon

Melon or Cantaloupe is more than just a cool summer snack! Besides its cooling and soothing effects, melon is a nutritious punch offering a variety of health benefits. Melons might just be the best fruits for the summer season.

1. Anti- Cancer:

Melons are packed with high content of carotenoids which can prevent cancer and lower the risk of lung cancer. Eating melons regularly is effective in preventing and killing the cancer seeds that invade your body. So incorporate melons in your diet to prevent this deadly disease.

2. Promotes Heart Health:

An anticoagulant called adenosine present in melon fruit can stop the clotting of blood cells which causes stroke or heart disease. Melons lower the risk of heart disease by smoothing the blood in the body. Besides, the high content of water in melon provides a soothing effect which helps relieve heartburn. Read the rest of this entry »

15 Fellows to the 15th Ateneo National Writers Workshop Named

The Ateneo Institute of Literary Arts and Practices (AILAP) and Kritika Kultura (KK) have selected 15 fellows for the 15th Ateneo National Writers Workshop (ANWW) to be held at the Ateneo de Manila University from May 29 to June 2, 2017.

ANWW is the flagship project of the Creative Writing Desk of AILAP. Annually, 10 to 16 fellowships are given to young writers from around the country who wish to undergo a week of intensive training in their respective genres, namely fiction, poetry, and essay. This year ANWW has also accepted fellows whose works pursue issues surrounding the formation of local history and memory.

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Contribute your works to the eleventh issue of Likhaan: The Journal of Contemporary Philippine Literature.

The UP Institute of Creative Writing (ICW) is now accepting submissions for the eleventh issue of Likhaan: The Journal of Contemporary Philippine Literature.

The Philippines’ leading literary peer-reviewed journal, the Likhaan Journal is published annually with funding from the University of the Philippines. It features the best of new and unpublished Philippine writing in English and Filipino. Submissions to the journal undergo a strict pre-screening and blind refereeing process by both the editors and a panel of referees composed of eminent writers and critics from within and outside UP.

Award-winning writer Luna Sicat Cleto will be the issue editor. Read the rest of this entry »

Pananaliksik or Research

Ano ang kahulugan ng pananaliksik?

Ang pananaliksik ay ang proseso ng pangangalap ng mga totoong impormasyon na humahantong sa kaalaman. Isinasagawa ito sa pamamagitan ng paggamit ng kung ano ang nalalaman o napag-alaman na. Matatanggap ang karagdagang kaalaman sa pamamagitan ng pagpapatunay ng mga panukala (teoriya) o mga pamamaraan (o sistema), at sa pagsubok sa mas mainam na pagpapaliwanag ng mga napapansin o obserbasyon. Isang prosesong mapagsuri, sistematiko o maparaan, organisado o nakaayos, at walang-kinikilingan (obhetibo). Nararapat na masagot ng prosesong ito ang isang katanungan o hipotesis. Sa ganitong paraan, dapat itong nakapagpapataas o nakapagdaragdag ng kaalaman hinggil sa isang hindi nakikilalang bagay na ibig mapag-alaman pa ng mga mamamayan. Read the rest of this entry »

Ang Kaligayahan ng Damo

May anghel na galing sa langit na nagbisita upang tiyakin kung tunay ngang ang lahat ng nilalang sa kagubatan ay nasisiyahan.

“Ginoong Punongkahoy, ikaw ba’y maligaya?” tanong ng anghel.

“Hindi,” ang sagot sa tinig na walang sigla, “sapagkat ako’y walang bulaklak.”

Ang anghel ay nagpunta sa bulaklak upang magsiyasat. “Binibining Bulaklak, ikaw ba’y maligaya sa iyong paligid?”
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Ang Kwento ng Bayaning si Francisco Dagohoy

Dagohoy-2Narinig mo na ba ang pangalang Gat Francisco Dagohoy? Marahil ay hindi pa. Si Gat Francisco Dagohoy ay isa sa mga bayaning hindi lubhang pamilyar sa mga bata. Ang kanyang kagitingan ay kinikilala lalong-lalo na ng mga taga-Bohol. Si Dagohoy ay tubong Boholano.

Ang pinakamahabang pang-aaklas laban sa mga Kastila ay naganap sa Bohol sa ilalim ng pamunuan ni Gat Francisco Dagohoy. Ang dahilan ng paglaban ni Francisco Dagohoy sa kapangyarihan ng mga kastila ay ang kanyang kapatid.

Ang kanyang kapatid ay isang konstable ng pamahalaan ng Kastila. Ang konstable ay tumutupad ng mga tungkulin ng pulis. Ang konstableng ito ay nakipaghamok sa isang lalaki. Sa kasawiang-palad siya ay namatay. Read the rest of this entry »

Interact with Your Descendants with the new Yourbot Technology

Technology’s many gifts to mankind would probably sound rather fictional to people of the previous century, and technology of the future certainly sounds like sci-fi to most of us who live in the present. However, stagnation is impossible for the human beings whose minds are continually looking for something more, something better. Read the rest of this entry »