All posts by: Anna Oposa

Anna Oposa is a blogger, freelance writer, advocate, performer, runner, swimmer, scuba diver, and planeteer. She is best at being an ambassador of good vibes.

Anna graduated from the University of the Philippines-Diliman, with a degree in BA English Studies. She now works at the Law of Nature Foundation.

An Introduction to Writing About Arts and Culture

An Introduction to Writing About Arts & Culture

A writing workshop by Yuchengco Museum and Writer’s Block Philippines

Weekend Workshop: October 8 (Sat), 9 am-6pm

Weeknight Series: November 7, 10, and 14 (Mon-Thu-Mon), 6-9pm

Workshop Fee: P3,500 (10% off for WBP members, and 15% off for bona fide students with valid ID)

With the growing art scene in Manila and the increasing number of Filipino artists receiving international attention, it is only appropriate to shine the spotlight on Philippine arts, culture, and heritage. Learn how to share and write about these topics to a wider audience. Get an overview of the different fields and opportunities in writing about arts and culture–be it visual arts, architecture, theater, music, or design.

The Yuchengco Museum and Writer’s Block Philippines are offering “Writing About Arts and Culture,” a series of writing workshops that bring together writing skills development, cultural information, and art appreciation. The first workshop in the series will be facilitated by Yuchengco Museum curator Jeannie Javelosa and administrator Dannie Alvarez, alongside Writer’s Block founders Ana Santos, Nikka Sarthou, and Niña Terol-Zialcita. Interested participants can choose either the weekend workshop on October 8, or the weeknight series for three nights of November. The introductory course will cover:

  • An overview of Philippine arts, culture, and heritage in contemporary life
  • Telling the story of arts and culture
  • Asking the right questions
  • Q&A, case studies, and a writing exercise

Slots are limited to only 30 participants. The workshop fee is P3,500, which includes snacks, workshop materials, and a certificate. For registration and more details, contact Yuchengco Museum at 889-1234 or email [email protected].


Sexuality and Spirituality: Using art and contraceptives to teach sexual health


SAS_ART-H poster


(Quezon City, Philippines—September 22, 2011) Sex and Sensibilities (SAS), in partnership with DKT Reproductive Health (Frenzy Condoms and Filipinay), will be holding a mandala art making contest using contraceptives on September 26-28 at theUniversity of the Philippines-Diliman. A cash prize of up to P15,000 is at stake for groups with a winning mandala design.

The word “mandala” is Sanskrit for both “circle” and “center.” Mandalas are a good way to communicate sexual health, because mandalas are seen as a model for the organizational structure of life itself. Mandalas are also reflections of the spiritual self because they offer a unique and powerful way to self-discovery and healing through the use of imagery, symbolism, color and balance.

About 100 UP students are expected to participate in the ART-H contest. On Monday, September 26, registered groups will attend the ART-H primer: a sexual health workshop and mandala art making orientation in Palma Hall. This primer is open to all: contestants, bloggers, journalists, writers, students, RH advocates.

During the contest on Tuesday and Wednesday, the participants will create mandalas using Frenzy condoms and birth control pills to be provided by DKT-Reproductive Health. They are expected to create designs linked to the related key issues: reproductive health, maternal health, women’s sexual health rights, and informed choice.

The mandalas will be evaluated based on a panel of judges and the number of most “Likes” on the Sex and Sensibilities Facebook page. All artworks will also be displayed in front of the office of the College of Social Science and Philosophy Student Council, located at the West Wing of Palma Hall, for a week.

“By using art, students will get to touch, feel, and interact with condoms and birth control pills. We want to create an environment that will allow young people to ask questions about their sexual health and openly discuss sexuality issues. We see this as a concrete step in fostering a healthy and responsible attitude towards sex among young adults,” says Ms. Ana Santos, founder of SAS. “We highly encourage the participants to attend the workshop as a primer to the contest because the story has to be complete–it is not enough that you’ve touched or felt condoms or know about birth control pills. You need to know how to use them properly and responsibly,” she adds.

DKT Reproductive Health, manufacturer of Frenzy condoms and Filipinay line of contraceptive pills, has always been a staunch supporter of SAS in actively promotion positive sexuality and informed choice.

This project is supported by the UP-Diliman based network, RH AGENDA (Reproductive Health and Gender Advocates Movement).

Students must join in groups of 4-10 members, and must indicate time slot for the ART-H primer: 10AM-12PM or 12-2PM. The participants will then be divided in two groups for the contest on Tuesday, September 27, and Wednesday, September 28 from 11:30AM-1PM at the Palma Hall lobby. The group that lands first place will win P15,000, 2nd P12,000, and 3rd P10,000 in cash.

To inquire and/or register, students may email [email protected], or contact +63917-851-0209 or +63917-836-0345 from September 1-22, 2011.

For the complete mechanics and details, please visit and follow @dash_of_sas on Twitter.


Sex and (SAS) is a non-profit website committed to improving the level of understanding of sexual reproductive health rights among Filipinos through the dissemination of accurate, practical and factual information on STI/HIV prevention and population and development in governance. SAS open to all, and is represented in other online media outlets, including popular social media networks Facebook and Twitter.



TOMS is looking for dynamic young Filipino leaders!

If you are a dynamic and passionate youth leader in the Philippines with great ideas, then TOMS wants YOU to be part of Campus Clubs Philippines.


Pioneer projects, help children in need, connect with other agents of change, and promote conscious consumerism by being part of Campus Clubs. Learn more about it during the launch, which happens next week.

When: 7-10PM, Friday August 12, 2011 (International Youth Day)

Where: U-View, Fully Booked Bonifacio Global City

TOMS, if you haven’t heard about it, is a company that matches every pair of shoes purchased with a pair of new shoes given to a child in need. It’s grounded on the One for One principle. TOMS was created by American Blake Mycoskie in 2006 after he befriended children in Argentina who had no shoes to protect their feet. (Yes, the founder’s name is Blake. Don’t worry, akala ko rin Kuya Tom. The name comes from the word tomorrow and the idea that we will have a better tomorrow. PAK!)

TOMS proves that a successful business can have a clear social conscience. In other words, it’s not just a shoe company, it’s a movement.

And a green one at that. TOMS was featured in Tree Hugger back in 2008. I support and purchase products that use earth-friendly and animal-friendly materials. The shoes in their Vegan line contain no animal products.

See you at the Campus Club launch!

Stay updated with TOMS news by Liking the TOMS Philippines Facebook page and confirming your attendance to the Campus Clubs launch.

call for applications: Global Changemakers Youth Summit in the UK

Sixty (60) social activists will be selected from all over the world to attend the Global Youth Summit in England, November 13-19. The participants will spend a week in the UK sharing best practices in the areas of human rights, climate change, poverty reduction, education, HIV/AIDS, and social entrepreneurship.

The sixty Changemakers will share best practices in the areas of human rights, climate change, poverty reduction, education, HIV/AIDS, and social entrepreneurship, and will work together with experts and organisations like MTV, Oxfam and Save the Children. The week will consist of five full days of training, workshops, as well as visits to local community projects to help build participants’ capacity and establish innovative youth-led solutions to pressing global challenges.

Who will be selected?
Candidates should:
✔ Be aged between 16-19 on November 13, 2011
✔ Have a proven track record of social entrepreneurship, community activist, or volunteer work
✔ Possess good spoken command of English

How will participants be selected?

On 4 July 2011, an online call for applications will go out on
asking social entrepreneurs, community activists and volunteers from around the world aged 16-19 to submit a written application and 2-minute YouTube video detailing their track record in community work and how they plan to contribute to the network activity and wider impact if selected.

Deadline of Applications: 24 July 2011 (Sunday)

Applications will be evaluated for quality of the applications as well as geographic, thematic and gender balance. Sixty candidates will be invited to attend the summit and join the Global Changemakers network.

There are currently nine (9) Global Changemakers from the Philippines. Six of them were recently selected to attend the Asia Youth Summit in Delhi, India on 17 – 23 July. They are: Albert Gonzalo Bautista, Joseph Anthony Ernest Mansilla, Anna Oposa, Dwight Jason Ronan, Samuel Rottiers and Ponce Ernest Samaniego. They have been selected from over a thousand young people who applied from all over the world. It is the first time that the Asia Youth Summit is being held.


The Global Youth Summit is part of the British Council’s Global Changemakers initiative. Global Changemakers is a global youth network of social entrepreneurs, social activists and volunteers.
They meet to share ideas and best practices, and work individually and together on projects that directly impact the lives of those in their local communities. In addition, each year, a select group of Global Changemakers is chosen to participate in high-level political and economic events like the World Economic Forum, to act as advocates and to raise decision-makers’ awareness of key issues on the global agenda.

Since its inception at the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in 2007, Global Changemakers has organised and run over 15 regional and global youth workshops across the world – in Amman, Beirut, Cape Town, Doha, Harare, Rio de Janeiro and London, among others. Global Changemakers have been invited to participate in World Economic Forum events in Cartagena, Dar es Salaam, Sharm el Sheikh, Cape Town, Rio de Janeiro and Davos, the Clinton Global Initiative, G20, UN World Climate Conference, Women Deliver, and the launch of the World Bank’s Youth Anti-Corruption network.

For more information or questions, please contact:

Jennifer Domingo, Programme Coordinator
T +914 1011 to 14 ext 134
E [email protected]

The British Council is the UK’s international body for cultural relations. We build engagement and trust for the UK through the exchange of knowledge and ideas between people worldwide.
We are registered in the UK as a charity.

For more information, please visit: or

Join the Blog Action Day on June 8 to Save our Coral Reefs and Seas!

Join the Blog Action Day on June 8 to Save our Coral Reefs and Seas!

Our beautiful and diverse marine resources and wealth need your attention and your help. They are under attack.

Exploitative foreign firms, in tandem with local partners and left unchecked by irresponsible government officials, are illegally harvesting and peddling our precious coral reefs. In one case, coral reefs twice the size of Manila was destroyed, and the plunder continues.

We cannot accept this. We must act now to save what’s left of our coral reefs and to protect our seas so those beautiful and important natural resources are preserved for our and the next generations to enjoy.

We call on all Filipino bloggers, Tumblr and Posterous users, Tweeps, Plurkers and all netizens to join the June 8 International Blog Action Day to save our seas and coral reefs. Your voices, our actions are that important.

What can we do?

  • Tweet, Plurk, or post to spread the word about this event: Share or repost this announcement.
  • Use the Twitter hashtag #reefwatchPH.
  • Spread the URL.
  • Repost and share our official campaign badge (to be posted soon so please come back!).
  • Most importantly, on June 8, join the Blog Action Day from your favorite social media channels (blog, Tumblr, Posterous, Twitter, Plurk, Facebook, etc.

Some ideas and suggestions

While the issue is serious, there are a lot of creative ways to send our message across on or before June 8:

  • An open letter to officials and companies.
  • A photo essay about your favorite beaches or dive spots.
  • Design and share mini-posters, posters and drawings.
  • If you grew up near a beach, tell us about your fond memories.
  • Post about why your (future) kids and future grandkids ought to have the chance to see and enjoy our coral reefs and seas.
  • Why harvesting and peddling corals is bad for the environment and is bad business.
  • Proposals on how to protect or clean up our seas.
  • If you belong to a clan, group, or organization, invite them to join the event.

Taking an extra step or two won’t harm too. You may email your senator, congressman, the Environment secretary, and even the President to demand action.

NOW is the time to act.

We can do this. Let’s make our social media work for something good. Let’s make Philippine coral reefs, seas and the need to save them the trend – to raise awareness, to inspire action, to grow our communities, and to compel government action.

by Tonyo Cruz
First posted at:

Photo credit: Richard Ling, some rights reserved.

Youth Manifesto to Address Planetary Malpractice

Beginning yesterday, the youth of America, led by the brilliant 16-year-old Alec Loorz and Our Children’s Trust, began filing a series of legal actions in every state and the District of Columbia to compel the government to address climate change. The goal is to have the atmosphere declared as a “public trust” deserving special protection.

It’s epic. It’s historical.


To add more pressure for the US government to respond, there will be over 100 marches in over 25 countries around the world from May 7-14, organized by young people who want their voices to be heard.

To further seal the deal, we are collecting online signatures from younger generations of the world, because we need to show America and the rest of the world that our future is at stake here.

The text of the online petition can be found below. You may sign the petition here.


To: The Federal Government and All State Governments of the United States of America

A Manifesto to Address Planetary Malpractice on Behalf of Present and Future Generations

“There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.”
Nelson Mandela

We, the youth of the world, speaking with one common voice, regardless of color and creed, respectfully express our support for the series of legal actions filed by the youth of the United States of America. These actions, based on the rule of the Law, are directed to compel their federal government to take serious, sustained, and effective action to address the challenge of rapid climate change and global heating.


The environmental and humanitarian planetary crisis caused by anthropogenic climate change presents the worst case of environmental injustice. Leading climate scientists today warn us that the Earth is in imminent peril, on the verge of runaway climate heating that will impose catastrophic conditions for generations to come. We are already bearing the consequences of a whirlwind of past misdeeds—floods, cyclones, droughts, crop failures, water insecurity, and extreme poverty made worse by degraded environments and economic losses. For island countries, the very existence of their people and their entire country is at threat.

This is the world that we – the youth of today – will inherit: a parched Earth incapable of sustaining life. No less than our right to self-preservation and self-perpetuation is at stake.

We have entrusted you, and other decision makers and leaders of today, to be the guardians of our inheritance. You have a window of opportunity to ensure that when our time comes, we will still have the necessary sources of life of Land, Air and Water. These are the assets entrusted to you to protect. A violation of this trust will expose us, and generations to come, to irreparable injury and irreversible damage.

Younger generations hereby state our intention to take positive action, and where necessary, legal action against malpractice of the trust reposed in our political leaders. The series of legal actions taken by the youth of the United States of America today, backed by an elite team of lawyers and grounded on the common and general principle of the Public Trust Doctrine, is only the beginning. Younger generations have a right to inherit an Earth that has sustained all of human civilization. It must continue to do so.

How old will you be in 2050? We will be between the ages of 51 and 64, living our lives in the legacy of your decisions today.

The time for talk is over. It is time for action.



Please sign the petition here, and feel free to repost, tweet, and link.