Monday, June 27, 2011

Press Release: NBDB Now Accepts Applications for Writing Grants

The (Philippine) National Book Development Board (NBDB) is now accepting applications for the National Book Development Trust Fund.

For 2011, the NBDB will be awarding three grants for the following topics: a) Health and Wellness, b) Environment and Biodiversity, and c) the English translation of a novel originally written in a regional language or a novel in English by an author from the regions.

Applicants are required to submit a draft equivalent to twenty-five percent (25%) or more of the entire manuscript, research, or multimedia work. Chosen authors will be awarded a grant of around P200,000.00 each. Winning applicants will be announced during the Philippine Book Development Month in November.

The deadline for submission of applications is August 15, 2011. For the complete submission guidelines, go to

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Wow, how time flies.

Remember when I decided to take a long break from teaching back in 2006? Remember when I decided last year to take a break from work in general? Well, I'm back! =D I'm teaching English again - to children and teens at the Obelisk International Learning Hub and to adult learners at the Ateneo Language Learning Center (ALLC).

I'd like to share some pictures of my BEAUTIFUL colleagues and students at the ALLC. =D

The long break from teaching and the break from work in general were REALLY good for me. I now have the same energy, idealism, and sincerity I had when I was a fresh college graduate!

These last two pictures are of me with my class at the ALLC. My students just graduated from the center's intensive English language program. I miss them already! Aden, Havier, Jin, Kelly, Peter, Placida, Puspo, Robin, and Yolanda, thank you for being awesome students!

Thursday, June 09, 2011

Press Release: The Moving Words Project (Singapore)

Bringing Poetry to You on SMRT Trains!

Moving Words is a campaign to create an awareness of local poetry, both old and new, by presenting them in media spaces in SMRT trains and stations. Besides encouraging an appreciation of Singapore poetry among the millions of daily commuters in this city, it aims to discover new poetry, submitted and written by Singaporeans.

The genesis of this project started with Singapore poet Madeline Lee, who approached SMRT with an initiative that would showcase Singapore poetry. With Moving Words, poets will have the opportunity to show how poems can become a part of everyday life even as we move through society.

Phase 1 of Moving Words

Twelve poems written in the four official languages of Singapore (English, Mandarin Chinese, Malay, and Tamil) from Singapore poets will be displayed in SMRT stations and trains. These poems will be displayed from May 21 to July 15, 2011.

Phase 2 of Moving Words

We invite all aspiring poets, young and old, to participate in an open Moving Words Poetry Competition. This is a great opportunity for budding poets to showcase their poems, in any of the four languages, on a national platform – the SMRT train network!

This competition is open to all Singapore citizens and permanent residents. The competition period is May 21 to July 15, 2011. The 12 best entries will be shortlisted by a panel of judges for display on the SMRT train network from August to October 2011. The public will then get to vote for their favorite entry and the public’s votes will decide the winning poem. The winner receives a brand new iPad2 and there will be two consolation prizes of Books Actually vouchers worth $200. Voters also stand a chance to win attractive prizes like the iPod Touch and Books Actually vouchers. Details about the competition can be found here.

The 12 best entries will also be published in the Moving Words Anthology together with the works of established Singapore poets, and launched in October at the Singapore Writers Festival 2011, Singapore’s largest literary event.