CLA-RAS Mini-Grantees for Creative Writing 2014-2015 announced

The De La Salle University College of Liberal Arts Research and Advanced Studies Office (CLA-RAS) is pleased to announce the recipients of the CLA-RAS Mini-Grants for Creative Writing 2014-2015.

Raquel E. Sison-Buban (Faculty, CLA Filipino Dept.)
Liberty I. Nolasco (Faculty, RVR College Business Management and Organization Dept.)
Adrian V. Remodo (PhD Philosophy)

Carlomar Arcangel Daoana (MFA Creative Writing)
Tanya Katrina Sevilla-Simon (Faculty, CLA Literature Dept.)
Brylle B. Tabora (MFA Creative Writing)

Mark Adrian Ho (MFA Creative Writing)
Diana Therese M. Veloso (Faculty, CLA Behavioral Sciences Dept.)

Randy T. Nobleza (PhD Philippine Studies in Language, Culture and Media)

Maria Neobie G. Gonzalez (MFA Creative Writing)


This grant program seeks to lend a modest assistance to DLSU writers and artists who are in need of minimal resources to produce creative work—poetry, fiction, drama, creative nonfiction, or film (screenplay). Each fellow will receive a mini-grant of Php10,000.

This grant program is supported by the DLSU Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation.

Fellows for 1st Kabanata Young Adult Writers’ Workshop announced

The Philippine Board on Books for Young People (PBBY), National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), and National Book Development Board (NBDB) are proud to announce the Fellows selected to participate in the very first KABANATA Young Adult Writers’ Workshop.
  • Gabriela Dans Lee
  • Mary Amie Dumatol
  • Raissa Rivera Falgui
  • Ricky Ornopia
  • Jonellie Santos
  • Bernalyn Sastrillo
  • Fe Esperanza Trampe
  • Michael Jude Tumamac
  • Marjorie Anne Yoro

For a period of at least six months, the 9 Fellows will meet monthly for learning sessions with industry experts, and progress discussions with their co-fellows. Upon novel completion, PBBY will help them with publication by inviting publishers to bid on the finished works. With this, KABANATA hopes to provide a venue and support system to writers who share in PBBY’s commitment to the promotion of a culture of reading among Filipino youth by providing this growing population with books that recognize their culture, aspirations, and sense of maturity.

PBBY is a private, non-stock, non-profit organization committed to the development and promotion of children’s literature in the Philippines and is the lead agency in the annual celebration of National Children’s Book Day (NCBD), which falls on the third Tuesday of July.

Ateneo de Naga University to host lecture series on Nora Aunor

ADNU to host a Conference on Nora Aunor and Philippine Cinema Ateneo de Naga University invites everyone to the first lecture series on Nora Aunor and her stellar contributions to Philippine Cinema on October 6, 2014. Dr. Patrick D. Flores, art studies scholar and curator of the Vargas Museum of the University of the Philippines will deliver the keynote address.

Other discussants include Bikol writer and cultural worker Frank V. Penones Jr. together with Ateneo professors Adrian Remodo, Dennis Gonzaga, Rico Raquitoco and film critic Tito Valiente , a member of the Manunuri ng Pelikulang Filipino. Kristian Sendon Cordero is the convenor of this conference.

The conference is an intiative of Ateneo Center for Arts and Culture, the Institute of Bikol History and Culture in cooperation with Media Studies Department. Aside from lectures, there will also be performances and film screenings. Program starts at 8am.

The public is invited to attend.

UP Diliman to host Asian translation conference

From October 23 to 25, 2014, the Department of English and Comparative Literature of the University of the Philippines in Diliman will host the 6th Asian Translation Traditions International Conference (ATT6). The conference seeks to explore translation theories and methodologies arising from the specific historical and contemporary contexts of Asia.  ATT6 features eminent speakers and academics such as Resil Mojares of the University of San Carlos in Cebu City, Anis Nor of the University of Malaya, Harish Trivedi of the University of Delhi, Judy Wakabayashi of Kent State University, and Lawrence Wong of the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

The conference is open to teachers, students, academics, researchers, translators, and anyone interested in translation studies. For those who are interested in participating in the conference, the registration fee is 5000PHP, which covers a conference kit, one conference dinner, and morning snacks, lunch, and afternoon snacks for the duration of the conference. The deadline for registration is October 15, 2014. For further information about the conference, kindly visit or For questions and inquiries, please email

The Asian Translation Traditions (ATT) conference series began in 2002 with the aim of challenging the Eurocentric emphasis of translation studies. The conferences have since been held in Hong Kong, India, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates.   


Call for submissions to The Multiple eXposure Project

The Multiple eXposure Project is a multimedia, multi/trans/inter-disciplinary artistic practice and research-based initiative that explores the many layers of image-making, participatory photography, visual ethnography, and performative encounter(s) between the image and the spectator.

We are happy to announce that we will be publishing the very first issue of our collaborative zine and we are now accepting submissions until December 31, 2014.

The theme of our upcoming zine is “Self-as-Subject”, an exploration of the “self” and its manifold permutations – its presence, identity, representation, liminality, and (dis)embodiment – in this day and age of digital madness, hyperreality and mobility.

The zine is multimedia so we are accepting text and image-based submissions related to the theme in any format imaginable such as: articles, essays, reviews, short stories, poetry, interviews, photographs (film or analogue), visual narratives, videos, digital art, illustrations, cartoons, mixed media, collages, experimental pieces, etc. Collaborative projects are very much welcome. Multiple entries are also accepted. Digital and printed copies of the zine will be released.

Some notes to remember:

–   Please include your name, short profile, country of origin, and blog/website (if applicable) in your email.

–   Photo submissions in jpeg format must include a title and description.

–   When necessary, please follow the proper citations (MLA style) in article submissions.

Please email your submissions to For more information on The Multiple eXposure Project, check out our website:

Japan Foundation issues call for grants application

The Japan Foundation, Manila is pleased to announce the various grants that are now open for application for individuals and organizations. 

Grants are intended in different fields of study that are Japan-related divided in four major categories – Arts and Cultural Exchange, Japanese-Language Education, Japanese Studies and Intellectual Exchange and Strengthening Cultural Exchange in Asia.

DEADLINE OF SUBMISSION: not later than Monday, 01 December 2014.

The pertinent grant information and accompanying application form for fiscal year April 2015 – March 2016 can be accessed at The Japan Foundation, Manila’s website:–fiscal-year-april-2015–march-2016-c.html

TINTA: Region-wide General Assembly set for October 4

The College Editors Guild of the Philippines – Northern Mindanao cordially invites you to this academic year’s TINTA: Region-wide General Assembly on October 4, 2014 at Word of Life, Seaside Bible Camp, Barra, Opol, Misamis Oriental with the theme: “PASIUGDA: Promoting Valiant Campus Journalism for truth and Accountability”.

The College Editors Guild of the Philippines (CEGP), now on its 83rd year, is the broadest, oldest and largest existing intercollegiate alliance of tertiary student publications in the country. The Guild has been conducting seminars and other activities under the banner of press freedom. CEGP holds different forms of activities to provide a venue for the students and campus journalist to enhance their skills in writing and to awaken up on the issues of the society.

This year’s General Assembly will feature workshops on basic, intermediate and advanced journalism skills training. And as part of the Guild’s dedication to educating campus journalists on the plight of the country, forum and various socio-political discussions will also be features. It will also feature the TINTA Awards, the Guild’s annual Region -wide contest for student publications.

The registration fee is P200.00 per delegate inclusive of lunch, snacks and kit for the duration of the event.

An annual regional fee of P500.00 per publication will also be collected from member publications. Non-member publications who wish to become part of the Guild must also pay P500 for the institutional fee.

For confirmation of attendance and inquiries, you may contact the following or e-mail us at :

For CDO: Jeanette at (09054129252)

For Iligan: Kate (09056124127)

For Bukidnon: Delfin (09066404211)

For Marawi: Lady (09463475331)

Understand the difficulties in your biography by Dancing with Your Dragons

DANCING WITH YOUR DRAGONS is a workshop on recognizing, understanding and working on the challenges, difficulties and trials in one’s biography.

Sept 28, 2014, Sunday 
1:00 – 5:30 PM 
Meals & Books Vegetarian Café 
Theosophical Society Philippines 
# 1 Iba Street, Quezon City (near Welcome Rotonda) 
Call 741 57 40 for directions

Fee: Php 500.00 includes heavy snacks

Please confirm your attendance on or before Sept 26 for meal head count. Contact 0915 5917142 (Globe)/ 0949 8956341(SMART.) Kindly bring pencils, colored pencils or pens, any blank, pieces of drawing paper or sketch pad, a notebook or your journal.

Facilitator Annabellie V. Gruenberg is an Integrative Psychologist, Life Coach, Biography Counselor and Educator

University of Nueva Caceres to hold a Seminar-Workshop on Teaching Bikol Literature in K-12 Program

The students of School of Graduate Studies, University of Nueva Caceres will hold a Seminar-Workshop on Teaching Bikol Literature in the K-12 Program and the New GEC on the 4th of October, 2014, from 8:30am to 5:00pm, at University of Nueva Caceres Social Hall (3rd floor, JH Building), Naga City.

This activity is geared towards retooling and upgrading the skills of literature teachers in both Secondary and Tertiary Levels in an attempt to improve the literature education in the country. It is the time for the new generation to appreciate the outstanding works of our very own writers.

Registration fee is 650 inclusive of kits, snacks and lunch. The book “Obras Maetras: Manual For Teaching Bikol Literature” and other books will also be available during the seminar.

For inquiries, message Esting Jacob on Facebook, or: Mobile: 09192959821 E-mail

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The Sandbox Collective conjures The Imaginarium, a multi-arts festival of the absurd

Social media has been abuzz lately about The Sandbox Collective’s most exciting (and curious) endeavor – The Imaginarium, a multi-arts festival of the absurd. Everyone from philosopher Albert Camus to designer Karl Lagerfeld has been quoted on their philosophies and thoughts on the ‘absurd’ (whether taken at face value or its core essence inspired by the post-World War II French theatrical movement). These were then followed by the hashtag, #ImaginariumMNL.

On September 22, 2014 at the PETA Theater Center, the veil has been lifted as Manila’s newest performing arts group, The Sandbox Collective, following the success of its critically acclaimed production of the Off-Broadway musical “Dani Girl,” a musical good for the soul, launches The Imaginarium, a multi-arts festival of the absurd.

Running from October 28 to 31, 2014 at the PETA Theater Center, the festival will feature performances, presentations, and collaborations of various media, including film, fashion, dance, visual arts, improv, spoken word, music, food and beverage, and theater.

With the global movement shifting towards artistic expression and experimentation, “The Imaginarium” comes at an opportune time. Across cultures, there is a growing interest in the unconventional and oftentimes bizarre. In recent years, crowds have flocked towards mercatos, trade fairs, music festivals, specialty stores, and fringe movements – looking for vitality and renewed authenticity of their own lifestyle and experiences.

“We believe the game is changing,” shares The Sandbox Collective’s managing artistic director Toff de Venecia. “There’s a new generation of cultural connoisseur and practitioner who isn’t afraid of stepping outside of the box anymore and being unconventional or different. They’re about celebrating and championing what’s new and creative.” He shares that The Sandbox Collective’s market, composed of mostly students and young professionals, a.k.a. millennials, are exposed to what’s happening in other parts of the world, primarily because of travel, word-of-mouth, the Internet, and social media. “It’s no longer about being particularistic to the genre,” shares Toff, “but creating an overall experience, a meaningful experience.”

With that, The Sandbox Collective assembled a young team of curators and influencers who, for the past months, have been brimming with energy and excitement in reaching out to their respective markets and solidifying The Imaginarium’s multi-faceted programming. For dance and physical theater, the group tapped Daloy Dance Company’s PJ Rebullida; for music, critic and music aficionado Ren Aguila; for film, magazine editor Don Jaucian; for visual arts, media practitioner and editor Raymond Ang; and for food and beverage, EDSA Beverage Design Group’s David Ong. “We’re honored to have them join us for the festival,” shares Toff, adding, “They add energy and insight to both the product and the process that help facilitate wonderful experiences for our audience.”

It is this cross-pollination of cultures that The Sandbox Collective, with its multi-disciplinary approach to the performing arts, hopes to foster through The Imaginarium – “that we find spaces in which we can work together, instead of separately or against each other, and raise a proverbial middle finger to the establishment.” Toff ends, “It is no longer about exclusivity, rather, inclusivity.”

The Imaginarium, a multi-arts festival of the absurd, will cap off The Sandbox Collective’s 2014 season before it returns in 2015. The festival will run for four consecutive days at the PETA Theater Center, No. 5 Eymard Drive, New Manila from October 28-31, 2014. There is a limited amount of tickets being sold for most stages and/or special events so advanced reservation and transaction is encouraged. As with most festivals, the schedule is a proposed estimation and is subject to change within a one to two-hour window.

For ticket bundles and inquiries, please contact 585-6909 or 0917-8996680. You may also call Ticketworld at 891-9999. Follow The Sandbox Collective on FB: TheSandboxCollective | Twitter: @TheSandboxCo | Instagram: @TheSandboxCo. You may also visit to find out more about our shows and our festival programming, including talkbacks, packages, ticket bundles, special promos, and student and teacher discounts.

The Imaginarium is co-presented by PETA Theater Center with official makeup sponsor MAC Cosmetics, and media partners: YStyle, Metro, Chalk, The Lifestyle Network, MYX, and Circuit Magazine.