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NCCA: We have a photo essay for Overseas Filipinos

Dear Kababayans and Friends:

The Philippines’ National Commission on Culture and the Arts (NCCA) is holding a Photo Essay Contest in honor of Overseas Filipinos with the theme “A Day in the Life of an Overseas Filipino: Stories of Excellence, Ingenuity, Patience, Hard Work, and Success”

The contest is open to all Filipinos based overseas, including migrant workers, immigrants, second and third generation Filipinos Overseas and Former Filipino citizens, age 13 years old and above. All entries shall be submitted via email to the NCCA at [email protected] Deadline for submission of entries is on 15 October 2012.

For more details please check the NCCA website at The contact person at the NCCA is Ms. Veronica D. Amboni at tel numbers (632) 5272206/5272192 loc 614.

Thank you
Philippine Consulate General in New York

Editor’s note: This was sent to us via email.

Pinoy Travel Writers and Photographers Chance to Cover France for Lonely Planet

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Editor’s note: this was sent to us via Email.

KLM, in cooperation with Lonely Planet Magazine Philippines and Digital Photographer Philippines, is proud to announce that On Assignment, one of the most prestigious photocontests of the country, is back for 2012!

Last year, the photography contest sent two photographers in the all-expense-paid trip to the Netherlands to do a travel feature published in Lonely Planet Philippines. This year, KLM has decided to up the ante: along with two photographers, it will now send a travel writer to fly to “le ville rose” (The Pink City), Toulouse, France, in September, for an exclusive travel article to be published in the Lonely Planet December 2012 Issue. The winning writer will create a travel feature on the culture, food, and city life of the Toulouse. The two photographers traveling with the writer will collaborate to determine the best photos for the Lonely Planet article.

You don’t need to be a professional to join this contest! Anyone – both photographers and writers – can join, as long as s/he’s 18 years old or older at the time of travel, and has a valid passport.

So how does one win a chance at France? Aspiring Lonely Planet writers must write an article entitled “Rediscover Manila.” The article must be 1,500-2,000 words long, and focus on Metro Manila – not just the
City of Manila. Upon reading the piece, locals and foreigners alike should want to visit and discover what the metro has to offer.

Likewise, photographers must submit a portfolio of 10 images – 2 images for each category. The categories are as follows: (a) Portraits, (b) Landscape, (c) Culture, (d) Architecture, and (e) Food. Aside from the portfolio, which comprises 70% of the score, the photographer must also pitch and state why they should be chosen. Be as creative as you want to be, simply be sincere with your reason; the pitch is 30% of the score.

All contest entires should be submitted at 12NN on Friday, 24 August 2012, to [email protected]

Don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity to travel to the South of France on an all-expense-paid assignment for Lonely Planet. Sponsored by our favorite European airline, KLM. Winners can definitely look forward to an unforgettable experience.

For more information, visit the contest website of thread at the Digital Photographer Philippines

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Avaaz Team for #RHBILL – Contraception is vital for women everywhere

"Convinced she can do everything she's ever dreamed of with just a little more space". Some rights reserved, by Helga Weber
“Convinced she can do everything she’s ever dreamed of with just a little more space”. Some rights reserved, by Helga Weber

I got this via email:

Dear friends across the Philippines,


In days, our Congress could take the pivotal step of securing universal access to birth control and maternal care for all Filipinos. But the powerful religious lobby and its political allies could kill it unless we act now.


Over 70% of the Filipino population supports the Reproductive Health (RH) bill, but politicians fearful of Church pressure have for years been ignoring public opinion. The tide, however, may be turning. Experts say President Aquino’s brave endorsement of the Bill last week could convince other lawmakers to do the same – let’s tip the balance in our favor by telling Congress we won’t sit by idly while they kill the bill for the 14th year in a row.


The House of Representatives votes in 5 days and it’s likely to be close – if it dies here, we’ll have to wait one more year to even bring up the subject. Sign this urgent petition now and forward widely – when we reach 10,000 signatures, we’ll deliver it straight to Congress before voting begins.


Passing the RH bill is crucial at this moment in history when birth control is out of reach for most women. The Philippines has one of the fastest growing populations in Asia, half of all pregnancies are unintended, and there are over 475,000 illegal abortions every year. Granting greater access to birth control could make all the difference in reducing abortions, improving maternal health, and even combating poverty.


But politicians and religious leaders opposed to the bill are distorting public debate by wrongly claiming that those of us who support the RH Bill are anti-life. The truth is millions of Catholics throughout the Philippines and around the world support access to birth control because it can save lives by reducing illegal abortion.


It’s time for our elected leaders to be fearless in representing the views of most Filipinos rather than cave in to pressure from outside lobbies. Let’s let Congress know where we stand. Sign the urgent petition now and send to everyone:


Contraception is vital for women everywhere, but especially where birth deaths are rampant, unplanned pregnancy rates are high and access to regular birth control is severely limited. Let’s stand together as Filipinos now and ensure our politicians vote for the future of our country.


With hope and determination,


Jamie, Laura, Ian, Dalia, Diego, Ricken, Maria Paz, David and the whole Avaaz team



Congress urged to pass RH bill for the future (Manila Standard Today)


House to decide on RH bll next week (The Philippine Star)


Proponent unfazed, Palace appeals for support over RH measure (Business World Online)


Mention of reproductive health bill in Philippines’ president’s speech seen as endorsement (National Catholic Reporter)


Congress leaders push RH bill passage, Charter amendment (Sun Star)

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MEDIA ALERT: Habitat for Humanity Philippines Youth Build 2012 (in Navotas City)

WHAT: Habitat for Humanity Philippines Youth Build 2012 (in Navotas City)


On Saturday, May 12, 2012, for the first time ever,  Habitat for Humanity organized  an Asia-Pacific-Wide Youth Build  in  China, India, Indonesia, Thailand and Philippines with 5,000 volunteers from Generation Now.


The Youth Take On Navotas City Habitat for Humanity Philippines Youth Council  Officers FROM LEFT Simon Tantoco, Alexandra 'Alex' Eduque, Kevin Yang and Isabel Martel Francisco will lead 1,000 Filipino Youth build homes for 100 Families at the  Habitat Youth Build on Saturday,  May 12, 2012, also happening simultaneously in Thailand, China, Indonesia and India.
The Youth Take On Navotas City Habitat for Humanity Philippines Youth Council Officers FROM LEFT Simon Tantoco, Alexandra 'Alex' Eduque, Kevin Yang and Isabel Martel Francisco will lead 1,000 Filipino Youth build homes for 100 Families at the Habitat Youth Build on Saturday, May 12, 2012, also happening simultaneously in Thailand, China, Indonesia and India.

In the Philippines, the build will be take place in 2 sites: Barangay Tanza, Navotas City and Indahag, Cagayan de Oro City. For each site, there will be 1,000 young Filipino builders building 100 homes.


WHO:  Fernando Zobel de Ayala, Susana “Chuchu” Madrigal, Navotas Mayor John Rey Tiangco,
Acting Mayor of Malabon  Antolin “Len Len” Oreta,  
Habitat Youth Council Founder and Chair
Alexandra “Alex” Eduque, Matteo Guidicelli, Cris  Villonco,
1000 Generation Now,

100 Habitat Home Recipients.


Interview Opportunities will be available with the persons above and the other Habitat Youth council Officers Isabel Martel Franscisco (President), Kevin Yang (Incoming President), Simon Tantoco, Pedro Roxas, and Sylvia Zobel


WHERE: Sampaguita Dulo, Barangay Tanza, Navotas City


WHEN: May 12, 2012, 9:00am to 2:00pm

9:00am Media Pick-Up at Habitat Office 111 Paseo de Roxas (across from
Greenbelt 1, along AIM)

9:30am Media Pick-Up in Trinoma (in front of Conti’s restaurant)

11:00 to 12:00nn Coverage of Building (Media is free to interview anyone)

12:00 to 1:00pm Lunch and Interview Opportunities

1:00pm to 2:00pm Program Proper

2:15pm Departure for Trinoma and Habitat Office, Makati


MEDIA CHECK IN: (1) 9:00 am  Pick-Up in Habitat Makati Office Lobby or (2) 9:30 am Pick up in Trinoma
(Conti’s), or directly at Habitat Site, Sampaguita Dulo, Barangay Tanza, Navotas City
by 11:00am


Carissa Villacorta  0917-595-5480  / [email protected] / Carla Pekas 0917-554-07801 / [email protected] / Krizelle Macam  0905-250-4668  / [email protected] / Ryan Songalia  0917-595-5498 / [email protected]

Top technopreneurs to offer “Entrepreneurship Camp” in Cebu City on Monday, May 14


High-impact event will bring together “EntrePinoys” to share local and global experiences for individual successes and national development


Filipinos from Silicon Valley, Intel and Microsoft to Share Concrete Steps, Real Tips and True Stories to Success

MANILA, PHILIPPINES (May 9, 2012) – Developers Connect Philippines (DevCon) and the Philippine Development Foundation (PhilDev) are pleased to announce the first-ever Entrepreneurship Camp in Cebu City, Philippines on May 14, 2012, 5pm to 9pm at the Casino Espanol.

Winston Damarillo, Founder of DevCon, and Dado Banatao, Chair of PhilDev are both excited to show why the best targets for entrepreneurship endeavors might be right at our backyard, and how we can enable a world-class environment for local entrepreneurship.

We at PhilDev believe that truly sustainable economic development can only be realized when we have achieved a critical mass of Entrepreneurs in the country,” said Banatao, who founded three start-ups himself before funding other start-ups with great potential through Tallwood Venture Capital.


“It is important that we provide a pathway for our technologists and engineers to become entrepreneurs,” said Damarillo, himself a highly successful technopreneur having founded software companies Morphlabs and Exist Global, Inc., before founding Developers Connect to discover and nurture the natural capacity of the Filipino to innovate and create. “Our talent pool is scarce and fleeting – it is important to maximize our potential through entrepreneurship.

Co-hosted by the Philippine Development Foundation (PhilDev) and the Developers Connect (DevCon), the Entrepreneurship Camp offers mentoring opportunities from the top technopreneurs in the industry. This event also provides a venue to discuss and advise the attendees of the current startup trends and practices.

The Entrepreneurship Camp will also feature Eric Manlunas (Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Siemer Ventures), and Alvin Gendrano (Director of Microsoft) who will be sharing concrete steps and real tips on how to start and succeed in your own business. Entrepreneurship Camp is the final event to the Start-Up Weekend Cebu, also supported by DevCon. The Entrepreneurship Camp is free-of-charge.


The speakers will also discuss the PhilDev SuperFund Scholarship Grant, which aims to provide 151 brilliant Filipino students with P1M each to complete degrees in the fields of science and engineering: an important step in the course of learning and contributing to the industry and society.

The Entrepreneurship Camp is also a teaser/trailer to a bigger PhilDev event: “Silicon Valley Comes to the Philippines,” being planned in Cebu or Manila this October 2012.

The Casino Espanol is located at 107-109 V. Ranudo Street in Cebu City 6000.

Members of the media are invited for interview opportunities with Banatao and the other speakers at 4pm.

For more information, please log on to /  or call 0917-984-2705 / 0917-595-5480.

Job Opening at the Asia Society-Philippines

Asia Society is the leading global and pan-Asian organization working to strengthen relationships and promote understanding among the people, leaders, and institutions of the United States and Asia. We seek to increase knowledge and enhance dialogue, encourage creative expression, and generate new ideas across the fields of arts and culture, policy and business, and education.

We are currently searching for a responsible and dynamic full-time Executive Assistant to be based at our Philippine office at the AIM Conference Center, Legazpi Village, Makati City, Metro Manila. The person will work directly with the center’s Executive Director in the development and implementation of programs and activities of the center. S/he will also be tasked with administrative duties and responsibilities in the center. 

Minimum Qualifications for this position are as follows:

a.) College Graduate
b.) Must be willing to work under pressure
c.) Must be a team-player
d.) Must be willing to learn
e.) Must have good communication and organization skills
f.) Fresh Graduates are welcome to apply

For more information about the Asia Society, you can visit our website at

Interested applicants can send their comprehensive resume with picture to [email protected] on or before  May 15,2012. 

The Age of Peace: The Intergenerational Peace Building Process

Contact: 09175746639


THE AGE OF PEACE is a project of JCI Manila and Asia America Initiative in cooperation with Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao Liaison Office in Metro Manila (ALOMM), Barangay Maharlika, Maharlika Elementary School, Young Moro Professionals Network, GroupAid, 7th Civil Relations Group Civil Relations Service, Armed Forces of the Philippines, Consular Corps of the Philippines and Unipipe Philippines.



April 16, 2012, 9:00 AM- 5:00 PM

Maharlika Elementary School, Maharlika Village, Taguig City (Near Blue Mosque)


JCI-Manila is the oldest leadership development organization in the Philippines and in Asia. It was formed primarily to fill the need to properly channel the energies and idealism of the Filipino youth into an organization that undertakes activities and projects that would eventually rebound to benefit the community as a whole. JCI-Manila is the first and premier Chapter in the Philippines and in Asia, which contributed to the growth of other chapters all over the Asia-Pacific region.

The Asia America Initiative (AAI) is a non-profit charitable and educational organization that serves as a catalyst for cross-cultural and international cooperation to promote peace, justice and development in order to build healthy communities in the Philippines and the Asia-Pacific Region. AAI’s mission is to build hope and empower communities affected by conflict and severe poverty.


The JCI-Manila and Asia America Initiative in cooperation with Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao Liaison Office in Metro Manila (ALOMM), Barangay Maharlika, Maharlika Elementary School, Young Moro Professionals Network, GroupAid, 7th Civil Relations Group Civil Relations Service, Armed Forces of the Philippines, Consular Corps of the Philippines and Unipipe Philippines is doing a project called, THE AGE OF PEACE on April 16, 2012 at 9:00AM – 5:00PM in Maharlika Elementary School, Barangay Maharlika, Taguig City. The objectives of this project are to build and bridge generations to respond to the challenges of building sustainable peace and to find sustainable solutions on Building a Culture of Peace across generations. It will also be a day of fun and interaction where the guests and participants will get to experience The Mighty Adventures of KapaYapaAn Intergenerational Mission and learn more about the importance of Intergenerational Peace Building Process, Forming Young Minds to be Catalysts for Peace and Creative Peace-Building as a Way of Bridging Generations for Sustainable Peace. The project will be culminated with an activity called “The Age of Peace: Our Gift for the Future”, a Peace Time Capsule. Mr. Rj Jimenez, Former Scholar of ABS-CBN’s Pinoy Dream Academy and now AAI-Catalyst for Peace Celebrity Ambassador will serenade us with Songs of Peace. He has been supporting AAI’s Building a Culture of Peace projects.


Jumpstart your Freelance Writing Career!

Aspiring writers who want to know more about how to “jumpstart [a] freelance writing career” can learn from the pros as Writer’s Block Philippines will offer a “crash course edition” of its flagship workshop, “Jumpstart Your Freelance Writing Career”, on Saturday, March 17, 2012, from 9AM to 6PM at co.lab, 4/F Optima Building, Salcedo Street, Legaspi Village, Makati City.

Jumpstart Your Freelance Writing Career by Writer's Block Philippines | March 17, 2012 at co.lab
Jumpstart Your Freelance Writing Career by Writer's Block Philippines | March 17, 2012 at co.lab

The workshop will be facilitated by Writer’s Block Philippines’ founders who are also editors of their respective publications with over 20 years combined experience under their belts. Ana Santos, a contributor of, is the editorial director of the website and associate editor of the Dubai-based lifestyle magazine, Illustrado. Nikka Sarthou is a contributing editor of Cebu Pacific’s Smile magazine and is content manager of the travel website Niña Terol-Zialcita is the deputy editor of, a former editor-in-chief of a travel magazine, and has co-authored a number of books. All three editors will share practical tips and tools for getting started on a freelance writing career.

Topics to be covered include the following:

Why freelance?
Why should you freelance? Is it about having more free time or just doing what you want? While both may be true, we will look at the pros and cons, and the myths and realities, of freelance writing as a career.

Freelancing is and can be a viable and sustainable career. We will look at the various writing opportunities, how to capitalize on them and maximize them as diversified earning potentials.

Marketing Yourself
Your byline is your brand. Just like any brand you need to market yourself, create your portfolio, and create a positive image for yourself as a writer.

Practical Side of the Business
In this crash course of Jumpstart Your Freelance Writing Career, we will include a portion on the practical side of becoming a creative entrepreneur.

Getting Published
How do you start a freelance writing career? How do you get published? First, you have to know how to write a pitch A pitch to a writer is what an audition is to an actor—it’s a potential job that can lead to other potential jobs. Our pitching session—which has nothing to do with baseball–will clue you in on what editors are looking for and how to pique their interest.

For more information, read the FAQs in the Writer’s Block Philippines website. Slots are limited, so interested parties are encouraged to reserve online through this link.

Contact details:

Email: [email protected]

Mobile: (+63 927) 850 8280



The Dag Hammarskjöld Fund accepting applications from journalists of developing nations

About the Fellowship

The Dag Hammarskjöld Fund for Journalists accepts applications from journalists of the developing nations of Africa, Asia, South America and the Caribbean to cover the United Nations General Assembly beginning in September each year. Following extensive review of the applications the Fund board of directors selects four recipients each year.

The fellowships offer a unique opportunity for promising young journalists from developing countries to see the United Nations at work and to report on its proceedings for news media in their home countries.  Over the past five decades, fellowships have been awarded to hundreds of journalists from the developing world. These awards require the presence of the selected journalist in New York during the first few months of the General Assembly session and should be regarded as an opportunity for news organizations and journalists to provide their audiences with special assignment news coverage from U.N. headquarters.

Successful applicants must obtain a leave of absence from their employers. By endorsing the application of a staff journalist for a fellowship, the editor undertakes to meet all telephone or other transmission charges and to publish or broadcast copy filed by the reporter. Applicants must be full-time, professional journalists between 25 and 35 years old, be employed by a recognized print, radio, television, or internet media organization, and have a good working knowledge of English.

The Fund will provide: round-trip airfare to New York; accommodations; health insurance for the duration of the fellowship, and a daily allowance to cover food and other necessities. The Fund will not be responsible for other expenses of a personal nature, such as telephone calls.

There are a number of fellowship application Eligibility Criteria and Documentation Requirements that must be satisfied.  Please click on the links below for more information.

Your application WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED unless you 1) meet all Eligibility Criteria, 2) satisfy all Documentation Requirements and 3) submit a completed Fellowship Application Form by the stated deadline.

Getty Images offers creative grants to photographers promoting positive change

Ever tried using Getty Images? Now’s your chance to work with one of the largest and most popular image banks in the world.

According to the Getty Images website, the creative grants are meant to “proudly support photographers and communications professionals who use their talents to promote positive change in our world.”

It says, “Nonprofits need striking imagery and video to effectively tell their stories. Beyond that, in order to stand out from the documentary style traditionally associated with the nonprofit sector, they need innovative and creative visionaries at their side to produce campaigns which elevate awareness for their cause. This is why the Getty Images Creative Grants provide two grants of $15,000 annually, to cover photographer (or filmmaker) and agency costs as they work together to create compelling new imagery for the nonprofit of their choice.”

This year’s judges are: Jonny Bauer, Head of Strategy, Droga5; Karl Heiselman, CEO, Wolff Olins; and Nick Law, EVP, Chief Creative Officer – North America, R/GA.

Deadline for applications is on March 1, 2012. Grants will be announced in June. For complete application procedures, terms and conditions, and FAQs, click HERE.