Migration Advocacy and Media (MAM) Awards now accepting nominations

This is reposted from the official press release of the the Migration Advocacy and Media (MAM) Awards
Nominations to the Migration Advocacy and Media (MAM) Awards are now formally open. Conceived in 2011 by the Inter‐Agency Committee (IAC) for the Celebration of the Month of Overseas Filipinos and International Migrants Day in the Philippines (December and December 18, respectively every year) chaired by the Philippine Migrants Rights Watch (PMRW) and co‐chaired by the Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO), MAM Awards aim to recognize the significant role of the media in the promotion and advocacy of migration and development. Read more

And this year's Oscar nominees are…

– “Black Swan”
– “The Fighter”
– “Inception”
– “The Kids Are All Right”
– “The King’s Speech”
– “127 Hours”
– “The Social Network”
– “Toy Story 3”
– “True Grit”
– “Winter’s Bone”

– Darren Aronofsky for “Black Swan”
– David O. Russell for “The Fighter”
– Tom Hooper for “The King’s Speech”
– David Fincher for “The Social Network”
– Joel Coen and Ethan Coen for “True Grit”

– Javier Bardem in “Biutiful”
– Jeff Bridges in “True Grit”
– Jesse Eisenberg in “The Social Network”
– Colin Firth in “The King’s Speech”
– James Franco in “127 Hours”

– Annette Bening in “The Kids Are All Right”
– Nicole Kidman in “Rabbit Hole”
– Jennifer Lawrence in “Winter’s Bone”
– Natalie Portman in “Black Swan”
– Michelle Williams in “Blue Valentine”

– Christian Bale in “The Fighter”
– John Hawkes in “Winter’s Bone”
– Jeremy Renner in “The Town”
– Mark Ruffalo in “The Kids Are All Right”
– Geoffrey Rush in “The King’s Speech”

– Amy Adams in “The Fighter”
– Helena Bonham Carter in “The King’s Speech”
– Melissa Leo in “The Fighter”
– Hailee Steinfeld in “True Grit”
– Jacki Weaver in “Animal Kingdom”

– “How to Train Your Dragon”
– “The Illusionist”
– “Toy Story 3”

– “Biutiful” (Mexico)
– “Dogtooth” (Greece)
– “In a Better World” (Denmark)
– “Incendies” (Canada)
– “Outside the Law” (Algeria)

Pinoy's design chosen for 2012 Olympic coin

Pinoy’s design chosen for 2012 Olympic coin
By Danny Buenafe

LONDON – A Filipino graphic designer based in London has brought a rare and distinct honor for the Philippines.

Roderick Enriquez could not believe to this day that his coin design would become one of the treasured mementos for the 2012 London Olympics.

His sporting design was chosen to be printed on millions of 50-pence, the biggest coin circulating in Great Britain.

Enriquez submitted four entries, but his design for the wrestling sport got the nod of the International Olympic Committee.

More than 30,000 people submitted designs to the biggest ever competition held by the Currency Manufacturer Royal Mint.

The designs were anchored on the 31 sports events that will govern the 2012 Olympics.

Of the winners, only Enriquez hails from Asia while most were Brits.

As one of the winners, Enriquez received one gold and one silver coin bearing his Olympic design.

The commemorative coins will become part of the British Museum.

These are now available online but the commercial distribution will start early next year.

Enriquez is willing to share his talents for free even to the current Philippine government.

He is particularly interested to design a new logo for the Department of Tourism, after its previous logo, “Pilipinas kay Ganda,” was shelved due to negative reviews.

Enriquez is also concentrating in designing a commemorative coin that will characterize the much-awaited royal wedding between Prince William and university sweetheart Kate Middleton in April next year.