Wednesday, December 14, 2005

KUTING Christmas Party 2005

Originally posted in The Coffee Goddess

KUTING had its annual Christmas Party at the Rivera's new residence in Cubao. Mike Rivera, Augie's better half cooked delicious seafood pasta. There were only eight KUTINGs present - Me, Astrid, Augie (of course!), Agay, Tito Doc, Cynthia, Dang and Heidi.


Masaya kami dahil nanalo si Nene! Merry Christmas!
Counter clockwise - Augie(Kapuso), Dang (Kapamilya), Astrid, Cynthia, Heidi, Tito Doc and Me.


Heidi: Hotdog lang yang hawak n'yo!


Heidi: Naubos na ang mga hotdog nyo, ako, may pincers pa!


Papa Augie and Mama Mike...aaaawwww...


Augie: Nasan ang "palaman"? Hmm...
Dang: Yay! Gift checks!
Cynthia: Green towel, green cologne, green hairbush...basta kay Zarah galing, puro green!
Astrid: Di kaya Lasalista si Zarah sa kanyang past life?
Heidi: Vietnam Rose inspired ba ito, Dang?


Final round of exchange gift ala white elephant.
Zarah: Sino yung nakakuha ng Vietnam Rose?

Till next Christmas!

Thursday, December 01, 2005

Elias Dakila Storywriting Competition

Elias Dakila Competition for Children's Storywriting on Environment
and Culture Contest Rules

1. The Elias Dakila Competition for Children's Storywriting on
Environment and Culture is open to all Filipinos.
2. Entries must not have been previously published, and all entrants
must warrant the
originality of their submitted entries.
3. Writers may submit only one entry, in English or Filipino, which
shall be of 800 words or less. Entries that exceed this limit shall
automatically be disqualified.
4. The objective of this contest is to come out with interesting,
original and uplifting stories celebrating the environment and/or
culture of the Philippines. Each entry must be based on, or inspired
by the contest piece below, an illustration specially rendered for
contest by INK member Sergio Bumatay III.
5. The story must be suitable for a 32- to 36- page read-aloud book.
6. Entries shall be evaluated based on the following criteria:
• Relevance to Environmental/Cultural Theme (30%)
• Character Development (30%)
• Quality of Writing & Suitability for 6 to 8 year old children (30%)
• X-Factor (Judges' discretion) (10%)
7. CANVAS shall shortlist the five to ten best stories from which a
panel of judges shall
collectively choose the final winner. If the judges cannot come to a
consensus on the
winner, they shall take a vote and the entry that gains the most
number of votes shall be
declared the winner. Judges shall not see the entrant's name until
winner is chosen.
8. Entries must be submitted by email, as a Microsoft Word
attachment, to with the subject heading ELIAS DAKILA STORY
COMPETITION. Entrants must include a cover sheet with their name,
mailing and email
address, and telephone number. Only the story title should appear on
all pages of the
9. The deadline for submission of entries is 5:00 p.m. (Manila
time), 31 January 2006.
Entries received after the deadline, even if sent earlier, will no
longer be considered for
the competition.
10. CANVAS and INK shall not be responsible for entries which are
not received, or which are received after the deadline, due to
technical failure or for any other reason
11. By submitting an entry, all entrants thereby agree to authorize
CANVAS and INK to post such entries on its website, as they deem
fit, and free from any payments, royalties or fees whatsoever.
12. There shall be only one winner, who shall receive a cash prize
of PhP 25,000.00 for
his/her entry. The winner shall be responsible for all applicable
13. There is no guaranty of publication, but the winning writer
shall also be entitled to five (5) free copies in the event of
14. The winner shall grant and transfer to CANVAS all intellectual
property and publication rights to the story, including any
translations, adaptations or modifications thereto. It is therefore
understood that the cash prize to be awarded to the winner shall
include consideration of such intellectual property and publication
rights to the story, and the writer shall not be entitled to any
other royalties or fees from earnings, if any, that may result from
future publication of, licensing of, or other transactions on the
15. CANVAS shall not retain any rights to entries that are not
selected as the winner, but
may enter into separate agreements with other writers for the
publishing rights to their
16. CANVAS shall exercise full and exclusive editorial and artistic
control over the
publication of the book.
17. While, it is the full intention of CANVAS to publish the winning
entry as a full-color
children's book, CANVAS reserves the right not to publish the same
for any reason
18. The winner of the CANVAS storywriting competition will be
announced in February
2006 on the CANVAS website ( The winner will also be
notified via
email on the same announcement date.
19. CANVAS reserves the right not to award the top competition prize
in the event that the judges decide that no entry was received that
is deserving of the top prize. In such event, however, CANVAS shall
have no right whatsoever over all entries that were received; and
shall not publish any entry, in its website or in any other venue,
without the prior written consent or agreement of the author.
20. The decision of the competition judges shall be final, and no
correspondence or inquiries into the same – including requests for
comments/feedback on entries – shall be
21. Employees and members of CANVAS and INK, and members of their
immediate family, are disqualified from participating in the

Monday, October 24, 2005

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Filipino Writer (dot) Com

Isn't it fantastic how the Internet works!? I got this interesting web site (read title) from my list of recent referrers from my library blog. Go check it out! Our workshop is featured there!

Click here.

Thursday, September 29, 2005

Read the winning stories
It is fascinating to see how a single painting can inspire diverse and unique stories that children and adults can enjoy alike. See for yourself! Below are four of the very best as selected by our panel of judges, downloadable as pdf files.

WINNER: "The Rocking Horse" by Becky Bravo


"Si Ninjang Kabayo at ang Ermitanyong Kalbo" ni Andrea Lazaro
"Treasures I have Known" by Raissa Claire Rivera
"Sol" by Anna Cristina Llanera

Also listen to a radio interview of Carla Pacis and Augie Rivera on Wed, Oct 5, 2005 on DZFE Kalikasan Vigilante with hosts Emily Marcelo and Vic Milan.

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Kwentista ng mga Tsikiting (KUTING), the premier organization of Filipino writers for children, in cooperation with Phoenix Educational Systems Inc., will be conducting a workshop on

at the

5th flr. Robinson’s Galleria Corporate Center, Ortigas, Pasig City on October 22, 2005 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Workshop topics and speakers are the following

Why write for kids? Why not?!

Dr. Luis Gatmaitan MD

Palanca Hall of Fame Winner and TOYM Awardee

Writing for Kids : Labor and Love

Carla Pacis

Palanca Winner and Manila Critics’ National Book Awardee

Rhyme and Reason : Writing Poetry for Kids

Heidi Eusebio-Abad

Published Writer and Professor of Creative Writing & Children’s Literature

University of the Philippines, Diliman

Workshop fee costs Php 1,000.00 inclusive of snacks, lunch and workshop kit. A 15% discount will be given to early registrations on or before October 15, 2005.

For reservations and inquiries contact 09164340167/09209602884/723-0481 loc 424

Or email /

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Congratulations to Kuting members who won in the recent CANVAS' first annual children's storywriting competition:

Grand prize winner:
Becky Bravo, "The Rocking Horse."

Honorable mention:
Raissa Claire U. Rivera, "Treasures I Have Known"
Agay Llanera, "Sol".

The panel of judges was composed of Gigo Alampay (Executive Director of CANVAS), and multi-awarded children's story writers Carla Pacis and Augie Rivera.

Wednesday, September 14, 2005


If you think puppet shows are 'just for kids', you're definitely wrong. To prove this, come and watch Teatrong Mulat's SITA & RAMA: PAPET RAMAYANA this Sept. 16 (7pm), Sept 17 & 18 (10 am & 2pm), Guerrero Theater, 2/f Palma Hall, U.P. Diliman.

As critic Isagani Cruz commented, SITA & RAMA:PAPET RAMAYANA "shows how far we have come in puppet theatre."

The play showcases the highly sophisticated puppets & sets designed by Amelia Lapeña-Bonifacio, the lilting melodies by Joey Ayala and Cynthia Alexander and the innovative direction by Amihan Bonifacio-Ramolete.

The brother and sister team of Cynthia Alexander and Joey Ayala who composed and arranged the melodies for the lyrics of the songs of Amelia Lapeña-Bonifacio are being featured together in one CD for the first time! Sita & Rama CDs will be on sale during the 3-day re-staging.

Schools, college groups, students and theatre aficionados who wish to watch a sophisticated puppet show, discover the beauty of the Indian classic, while listening to the music of Cynthia Alexander and Joey Ayala, can avail of discounted tickets by calling 921-9773 or 0918-903-2040 (Ami) Tickets will also be available at the gate.

Monday, September 12, 2005

Adarna 2005 Storybooks and Silver Editions Book Launching

Adarna House will have a book launching of their 2005 Storybooks and Silver Editions on Sept 17, Saturday, 2-4pm, Powerbooks Live, Greenbelt. Among the titles to be launched are the silver editions (or the 10th anniversary edition) of some of the Kuting members including Ang Alamat ng Ampalaya by Augie Rivera and Papel de Liha by Ompong Remigio and the reissued titles Tiger on the Wall by Annette Flores-Garcia and Manik Buangsi and The Love of Lam-ang by Virgilio Almario.

Friday, September 09, 2005

Call for entries for the 2006 PBBY-Salanga Prize

Call for entries for the 2006 PBBY-Salanga Prize

The Philippine Board on Books for Young People (PBBY) is now accepting entries for the 2006 PBBY-Salanga Prize. The contest is co-sponsored by the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) and The National Library. The winner will be given P25,000.00, a gold medal, and an opportunity to be published. Prizes will be awarded in an appropriate ceremony to be held during the celebration of National Children's Book Day on July 18, 2006.

Contest Rules:

1. The contest is open to all Filipino citizens except those who are related to any PBBY member up to the third degree of consanguinity.
2. Stories should be intended for children aged 6 to 12 years old. The plot and the sequence must be capable of sustaining an illustrated book of 28 to 32 pages.
3. Entries may be in Filipino or English.
4. Entries must be in hard copy, double-spaced, on short bond paper. Maximum length is five (5) pages.
5. A contestant may send in more than one (1) entry.
6. Each entry must be signed by a pen name only. Five (5) copies of each entry should be placed in an envelope, on the face of which only the pen name of the contestant should appear.
7. Together with each entry, contestants must submit a second envelope, on the face of which the pen name shall appear. This must contain the contestant's full name, address, contact numbers, a short literary background, and a notarized certification from the author, vouching for the originality of the entry and for the freedom of the organizers from any liability arising from the infringement of copyright in case of publication, and affirming that the entry or any variant thereof has a) never been published nor b) won any other contest i.e. that it has never won 1st, 2nd, 3rd, honorable mention in any other contest or otherwise been awarded a medal, a citation, or included in a publicized list of meritorious entries to a literary contest.
8. All entries must be sent through snail mail to the PBBY Secretariat, c/o Adarna House, Inc., Room 102, JGS Building, 30 Scout Tuazon St., Quezon City.
9. All entries must be received by the PBBY Secretariat no later than 5:00 p.m., October 28, 2005.
10. Winners will be announced no later than November 25, 2005. Non-winning entries may be claimed at the PBBY Secretariat until December 16, 2005.

The winning story will be the basis for the 2005 PBBY-Alcala Prize. For more details, interested parties may contact the Philippine Board on Books for Young People, at Room 102, JGS Building, 30 Scout Tuazon St., Quezon City, Telefax 372-3548 or email