20 May

Guess who will be our guest speaker for TRAVEL THE WRITE WAY?

Writer and editor

Erica Paredes, Writer and editor

We’re delighted to share that Erica Paredes will be our guest speaker for TRAVEL THE WRITE WAY happening on May 30, 1-6pm in Fully Booked, Bonifacio Global City.

About Erica Paredes

While in university, Erica originally wanted join the world of advertising until the magazine industry fell on her lap on her last year in school. She started as a contributing writer for Chalk Magazine and the 2bu section of the Philippine Daily Inquirer (PDI) in 2001, and was offered a job as a Beauty Editor for Pink Magazine before graduating. Since then, she has spent the past 13 years writing furiously about beauty, fashion as an editor for Metro Magazine, and in the last five years also travel and food. A curious adventurer, with a huge appetite and insatiable wanderlust, her itchy feet and constant hunger has brought her to many different corners of the world, both for work and pleasure. 

Currently, she is the Editor-in-Chief and Sales and Marketing Director of beauty website Calyxta.com, which she and her team started from scratch. She continues to travel the globe and write about it via PDI and her personal blog fatkitch-skinnykitch.com. Her ideal life would be one that included unlimited plane tickets, free Wi-Fi, and the patience to homeschool her 11-year-old daughter so she can come along and join all the adventures. 

Listen to her tips about travel writing by attending the workshop. For inquiries and reservations, email [email protected] or contact 0917.397.9927.

13 May

“Travel the Write Way”, a workshop for aspiring travel writers

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Traveling enriches one’s mind and soul. When we set foot on new places and experience new things, we make our lives more meaningful.

Those with the spirit of wanderlust and those who want to immortalize their travel experiences on paper may either create a journal, or better yet, turn those vacations into travel articles. Join the half-day workshop of Writer’s Block Philippines, “Travel the Write Way” happening on May 30, 1:00 to 6:00 PM in Fully Booked, Bonifacio Global City.

Aspiring writers, freelancers, and bloggers will go through an introduction to travel writing, learn the anatomy of a travel story, and disover tips and techniques of this style of feature writing.

The Co-Founders of Writer’s Block Philippines, Ana P. Santos and Nikka Sarthou-Lainez, will share their secrets of the trade and how they were able to write travel-related features for various print and online publications. While guest speaker, Erica Paredes, a curious adventurer who has over a decade of experience as editor and writer, will reveal her own tips as well. She has been writing about travel and food for the past five years, and continues to travel the globe and write about it for a major newspaper and her personal blog.

Registration is now open and there are only limited slots available! For inquiries and reservations, email [email protected] or contact 0917.397.9927. Visit www.writersblockphilippines.com for more details.

This event is made possible by Fully Booked, 2nd Avenue, BusinessWorld, Freelancer.com, WheninManila.com, and Dong-A.

27 Apr

“Travel the Write Way”: Guide to Frequently Asked Questions

Travel the Write Way 2015

GUIDE TO FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQS)

What are the details of the workshop?

What: Travel the Write Way: Turn Your Vacations Into Travel Articles

When: May 30, 2015 (Saturday),
1PM to 6PM

Where: U-View, Fully Booked, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig

Who is this workshop for?

The act of traveling is such an enriching activity that it seems only natural to put your experience on paper. But if you want to share your thoughts, experiences, and travel tips to a bigger audience, you should consider turning your vacations into travel articles.

Let our upcoming workshop, “Travel the Write Way”, help you get started in your journey as an aspiring travel writer.

Who should attend the event?

Do you like to travel or write? That’s all that is required for this workshop, apart from the fact that you should be at least 18 years old to attend. We don’t expect you to have previously published works, nor do we expect you to be the next Pico Iyer.

Whether you’re college-age or about to retire, as long as you love to travel and have an interest in writing, you can join the workshop. This is especially ideal for the following:

  • freelance writers
  • bloggers
  • employees and stay-at-home folks who want to write on the side and turn their vacations into travel articles

What can I learn from this workshop?

The workshop will discuss the following topics:

  • Introduction to Travel Writing
  • Anatomy of a Travel Feature
  • Travel Writing Tips & Tricks
  • Getting Published

How much is the registration fee?

There is a P1,800 fee per person, which simply covers the course fee. We’ll take care of the substance, but you take care of your sustenance, that okay?
How can I reserve a seat?

Simply sign up through our online registration form  to signify your interest and we’ll email you the details on how to confirm a slot.

How can I pay for the workshop? 

You may settle the workshop fee by making a deposit to our bank account. Details as follows:

Bank: BPI


Account name: Writer’s Block Training Services

Account number: Savings account 1759 0377 11

If you have the BPI app on your phone, you can also pay via bank transfer without having to enroll our account in your Bills Payment Roster. Simply click on the option, “Transfer to Anyone”.

Once you’ve made the deposit/funds transfer, please email us a copy of the deposit slip/screen cap so we can confirm your slot.

You may also pay via Paypal, which has a payment feature in the upper right-hand side of our website.

Is there a deadline for signing up?

There is no deadline but please note that we will close the registration once all the slots have been filled up. Walk-in participants will only be accommodated if there are still available slots.

Who is hosting the event?

It will be conducted by Writer’s Block Philippines, a duo of editors and communicators who have collectively had more than 20 years of experience in freelance lifestyle and corporate writing.

Ana P. Santos: reproductive health rights and women’s issues

Ana has had over 12 years experience in advertising and marketing communications. She left her post as Assistant Vice President of a financial institution five years ago to pursue a career as a freelance writer.

As an independent journalist and foreign correspondent covering sexual health rights and women’s issues, Ana has received media grants from Newsbreak, Probe Media Foundation and the Philippine Press Institute to cover population and development issues.

Most recently, she was named the 2014 Persephone Miel Fellow by Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.

Ana has regular columns in Rappler and Working Mom while some of her full-length features have been published in the Washington Post and Foreign Policy.

Nikka Sarthou-Lainez: lifestyle / travel

Nikka has over 10 years of experience in writing for various online and print publications, as well as developing content for corporate clients. She is currently a full-time freelance editor/writer handling independent projects and corporate accounts.

In 2012, she was chosen as one of the five Asian representatives for Moleskine’s Modern Nomads and was included in its exhibition of travel writers’ kits where some of her travel paraphernalia were shown on display. She was the only featured travel writer from the Philippines, the others were from Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, and Malaysia.

Her feature pieces have appeared in local publications like asianTraveler, Travelife, Spark, Celebrity Mom, Business World, Highlife, Metro, Metro Society, ClicktheCity.com, Spot.ph, Herword.com, Homegrown.ph, GMA News Online and Rappler. She has also been published in Filipino publications abroad such as Filipino Star News in Michigan, Hawaii Filipino Chronicle, and Dubai-based magazine Illustrado.

She is currently a Contributing Editor in Smile, the in-flight magazine of Cebu Pacific Air.

Who do I contact for more information about the workshop?

You can call us through this number (0917) 397.9927 or email [email protected] You can also check out our website: www.writersblockphilippines.com.

26 Apr

Get Cool and Spark Your Creativity

Artists, writers, singers, designers… People in the creative industry may have innate talents, but it’s not enough to perfect the craft. Even creative geniuses need to get up from their workstations, go out, mingle, and show the world what you can do. Nobody wants to be a starving artist, right?

You also need to practice your gift of gab as you market yourself. Make sure to socialize with other like-minded individuals and people from the industry so they can learn more about you and the work that you do. It may take some effort and your throat might experience some wear and tear, which is only natural. No need to worry. Those who have a lot of speaking engagements, those who sing for a living, and those whose work involves a lot of talkies, know how it feels to have a stressed throat.

Relaxing or taking a breather is one way to deal with this condition, but a more instantaneous approach is by chewing on some lozenges like Valda Pastilles, which has been in the Philippines for over 100 years.

These tried-and-tested pellet-shaped pastilles help alleviate dry and itchy throats with its cooling effects. It has a unique formulation of plant extracts that soothes the throat immediately. It has menthol that produces a sensation of coolness in the mouth; the camphor-like smell of eucalyptol mixed with a spicy, cooling taste; thymol which is an antiseptic; terpinol which is known to loosen mucus; and safflower or lemon extract to add a more pleasant flavor.

The great thing about Valda Pastilles is that it is not considered medicine, it is categorized as food, so there is no limit in taking it. These come in two enjoyable flavors: menthol and lemon. You can take it anytime, anywhere. It’s very convenient because there is also no need to consume water right after taking the product, as it easily dissolves in the mouth.

Valda Pastilles come in nifty pouches and tin cans that you can bring anywhere with you—to the office, a client meeting, a performance, a speaking engagement, and other occasions. It comes practical for those with respiratory illness like colds and coughs, too. You won’t be bothered by your stressed throat anymore, and can easily continue with your work, as the menthol soothes you, calms you down, and sparks your creativity.

Keep Valda Pastilles handy in your bag and say goodbye to a dry and itchy throat!

Valda Pastilles is available in leading drugstores nationwide. For more information, visit facebook.com/VALDAPILIPINAS. For product inquiries and concerns, email [email protected] or call (02) 792-8000.

Valda Pastilles was a key partner of the Writer’s Block Philipppines’ Creative Entrepreneurship Summit held last 31 January 2015 at Top Shelf, Fully Booked, Bonifacio Global City. 

26 Apr

Let the Words Flow and Your Skin Glow

Writers sometimes have a love-hate relationship with words. Writers love it when words flow effortlessly on the page but that doesn’t always happen.

Even the best and most veteran writers get stumped. And…that’s the start of long hours of pen tapping, hand-wringing in front of a blank screen. Mild panic starts to creep in as a writer wonders, “Where have all the words gone?”

When the words do come, then comes the struggle of editing and obsessing over words to get just the right ones to complete a story.

Being at a loss for words is something that no writer can afford to suffer from. And neither can they have dehydrated uneven skin from all those late nights sitting in front of a computer.  Dehydrated skin is the number one reason skins takes on a dull and aged appearance.

Writers can find a surprise ally comes in the form of Bio-Oil, a skin care oil brand made from Australia.

Bio-Oil is infused with letters that can help writers fight off the dehydrated skin: vitamin A which aids in skin renewal and elasticity and vitamin E, a natural anti-oxidant that makes skin soft, smooth and supple.

Bio-Oil is made with natural herbal ingredients like lavender that promotes skin conditioning, calendula that has a cell regenerative effect and rosemary that conditions skin. (And it smells great, too.)

Gently massage Bio-Oil on your face in a slow circular motion twice a day. Enjoy its relaxing and soothing powers, rejuvenate your skin and get your creative juices flowing so you can get back into your writer’s groove. Let the words flow and your skin glow.

Writers need not have love-hate relationship with words. And with Bio-Oil, they need not have a love-hate relationship with their skin either.

Bio-Oil is available in leading supermarkets nationwide. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/biooilPH. For product inquiries and concerns, email [email protected] or call (02) 792-8000.

Bio-Oil was a key partner of the Writer’s Block Philippines’ Creative Entrepreneurship Summit held last 31 January 2015 at Top Shelf, Fully Booked, Bonifacio Global City. 

21 Apr

Invitation to #AsiaOnScreen Film Festival on May 8-12, 2015!

ASIA ON SCREEN 2015 Film Festival
May 8-12, 2015
Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza

Asia Society Philippines and Security Bank, together with Shangri-La Cineplex and the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP), invite you to witness the best films from Asia at ASIA ON SCREEN 2015.

Moviegoers will enjoy a showcase of award-winning films from across the region. Participating countries in the film festival are the following: Australia, Indonesia, India, Thailand, Malaysia, South Korea, China and the Philippines.

Bring your date, friends and loved ones to experience the best of Asian cinema!

Tickets will be available on site at Shang Cineplex for PHP 100. For inquiries, please contact Jenny Rockett or Avanti Narayanan at [email protected] or 550-2612.

Official Facebook event page: http://bit.ly/AsiaOnScreen.
Official Hash tag: #AsiaOnScreen
Asia Society Philippines: @AsiaSocietyPH

16 Apr

Final call for entries to 65th Palanca Awards

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With the April 30 deadline fast approaching, the Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature issues its final call for entries to the 65th Palanca Awards. Interested participants have until the end of the month to turn in their literary submissions to the country’s most prestigious and longest running literary competition.

 

The 65th Palanca Awards is accepting entries in the following categories: Novel and Nobela; Short Story, Short Story for Children, Essay, Poetry, Poetry Written for Children, One-act Play, and Full-length Play under the English Division; Maikling Kuwento, Maikling Kuwentong Pambata, Sanaysay, Tula, Tula para sa mga Bata, Dulang May Isang Yugto, Dulang Ganap ang Haba, at Dulang Pampelikula under the Filipino Division; Short Story-Cebuano, Short Story-Hiligaynon, and Short Story-Ilokano under the Regional Languages Division. The Kabataan Essay Division accepts entries from writers below 18 years of age as of April 30, 2015.  This year’s Kabataan Division theme is, “How Can Philippine Literature Cultivate National Unity?” for the English category and “Paano Mapag-iisa ng Ating Literatura ang Ating Bansa?” for the Filipino category.

Contestants may only submit one entry per category.

Aspiring and seasoned writers participating in this year’s Palanca Awards are advised to read the official revised 2015 rules and forms which may be downloaded through www.palancaawards.com.ph. Entries, along with accomplished contest forms, must  be submitted on or before the following deadlines: 1) through direct submission to any of the Palanca Foundation offices by 12 midnight of April 30, 2015; 2) by mail or courier, postmarked no later than April 30, 2015; and 3) through the Palanca Awards website, with time of transmission no later than April 30, 2015, and the envelope with the original signed requirements must be sent by mail or courier postmarked no later than April 30, 2015.

Submission process must be completed by sending the notarized contest documents to: 1) Unit 603, 6th Floor Park Trade Centre Bldg., 1716 Investment Drive, Madrigal Business Park, Ayala Alabang, Muntinlupa City; or 2) Unit 3G, OPL Bldg., 100 C. Palanca St., Legaspi Village, Makati City.

Confirmation that a literary work qualifies as an entry to the 65th Palanca Awards shall be sent by email. Winning entries will be announced on September 1, 2015. 

For more information about the 65th Palanca Awards, email [email protected] or call (632) 511-0003, +639108878552 or +639255560457.

10 Apr

ALL ADVENTURES BEGIN HERE!

Get ready to go outdoors this summer

8.5x11_ROX Outdoor Festival 2015_2nd Option AD

Celebrate a weekend packed with the best reasons for you to Get Outside. R.O.X. continues on with its final stage of the Get Outside campaign through its highly-anticipated R.O.X Outdoor Festival, which will be happening on April 18 to 19 in partnership with Bonifacio High Street.

This two-day event shall be the outdoor convert’s gateway to the adventuring life. There will be sporting competitions – Bouldering Competition, TNF Mountain Athletics, Columbia Trying Stuff Ramp Challenge, Fox Pedal Plank, mini games and activities, as well as exhibit and booths from R.O.X.’s top outdoor brands and partners. The event will also feature different adventure groups, tour operators, and environmental organizations who’ll be helping bridge the gap between customer and experience provider.

There are several talks lined up tapping topics such as outdoor photography, trail running, backpacking, surfing, bird watching, travel talk, outdoor filming and mountaineering as well as special Outdoor Film Showings, concert/band performers from Indio I by Quiksilver, Lena McKenzie by Roxy, Lucille Band by Hurley and the awarding of the winners of the photo contest, which showcases incredible outdoor experiences. Those who are interested to take part in the contest can submit their entries up to March 20, 2015. Up to P60,000+++ total worth of prizes plus a chance to see his/her photo on display at the R.O.X. Outdoor Festival are at stake. For full details, visit http://on.fb.me/1AtTjLB. In addition, special discounts will also be offered on selected products from R.O.X. brands during the event.

The two-day outdoor activity will not just focus on promoting the different brands that the store carries, but more importantly, highlight the benefits of enjoying the outdoors. More than just providing a great shopping experience, R.O.X. really aims to engage people in enjoying exploring the outdoors through fun activities that even newbies will be able to appreciate. So come and visit the R.O.X. Outdoor Festival and make this a summer to remember.

The event is in partnership with Bonifacio High Street and supported by TNF, Salomon, Fox, Columbia, Eddie Bauer, Telic, Nalgene, Roxy, Quiksilver, DC, Hurley, Mountain Hardwear, Stance, Timbuk2, Poler, O’Neill, Volcom, Core, Go Pro, Goal Zero, Otterbox, Spyder. Media Partners: Business Mirror, Malaya Business Insight, Philippine Daily Inquirer, The Philippine Star, WhenInManila.com, Juice.ph, Writer’s Block, Gist.ph, View Magazine, 2.0 Magazine, Explore Magazine, Powerplay Magazine, Speed Magazine, Endurance Magazine, Travel Now, Travelife, Clavel, Balikbayan and Multisport.

For event details and updates visit www.rox.ph or follow R.O.X. in fb/roxphilippines. #roxoutdoorfestival, #getoutside, #roxphilippines

R.O.X. is the only store that lets you in so you can get outside! Visit us in R.O.X. Bonifacio High Street, Marquee Mall Pampanga, Camp John Hay Baguio, Ayala Center Cebu, Ayala Centrio Mall Cagayan De Oro and the District North Point Bacolod.

08 Apr

Learn about story creation and more in “The Write Stuff: A Writing Lab for Teens”

The Write Stuff

Are you raising a teen who loves to read and write? Do you believe he has the potential to become a writer?

If you’re looking for a productive activity for your kid this summer season, sign him up for “The Write Stuff: A Writing Lab for Teens” happening on April 23, 2015 (Thursday), 1PM to 5PM in U-View, Fully Booked, Bonifacio Global City.

In this half-day workshop, the Founders of Writer’s Block Philippines, Ana P. Santos and Nikka Sarthou-Lainez, will share different writing techniques to help your child discover his writer’s voice. It will also feature the basics of fiction writing, character design and story creation, which will be discussed by Talecraft creator, Ria Lu.

Youngsters who aspire to be fiction writers, feature writers, bloggers, or those who simply want to hone their writing skills should definitely not miss this learning opportunity.

Knowing what you like to read is crucial to developing your writing style and honing your distinct writer’s voice. In this workshop, we will try to unravel your writer’s voice and discover what kind of writing works best for you. We will also be sharing our own writing techniques and hacks so the act of writing will come easier for you.

During the workshop, participants will experience playing Talecraft, a story-creation card game designed to help writers break out of mental block and create stories with genres and characters that are outside of what they usually like to create. There are three types of cards in Talecraft: the Genre cards, the Archetype cards, and the Key cards. Players need to pick cards from each type and create a story based on what they’ve picked.

The cool thing about this event is that participants will get to bring home their own set of Talecraft cards!

If you have a teenager who is between 13 to 17 years old, sign him up for this summer’s most interesting writing activity.

Registration is now open and there are only limited slots available! For inquiries and reservations, email [email protected] or contact 0917.397.9927. Visit www.writersblockphilippines.com for more details.

This event is made possible by Fully Booked, 2nd Avenue, BusinessWorld, Freelancer.com, Rappler, WheninManila.com, and Dong-A.

04 Apr

The Write Stuff: A writing lab for teens FAQs

The Write Stuff: A writing lab for teens
Guide to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) 

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What are the details of the workshop?

What: The Write Stuff: A Writing Lab for Teens
When: April 23, 2015 (Thursday), 1PM to 5PM
Where: U-View, Fully Booked, Bonifacio Global City

What is the workshop about?

Are you raising a teen who loves to read and write? Do you believe he has the potential of becoming a writer? If you’re looking for a productive activity for your kid this summer season, sign him up for “The Write Stuff: A Writing Lab for Teens”.

In this half-day workshop, the Founders of Writer’s Block Philippines will share different writing techniques and help your child discover his writer’s voice. It will also feature the basics of fiction writing, character design and story creation, which will be discussed by Talecraft creator, Ria Lu.

What is Talecraft?

Talecraft is a story-creation card game designed to help writers break out of mental block and create stories with genres and characters that are outside of what they usually like to create. There are three types of cards in Talecraft: the Genre cards, the Archetype cards, and the Key cards. Players need to pick cards from each type and create a story based on what they’ve picked. For more information about the game, please visit http://talecraft.komikasi.com.

Who can attend the event?

Ideally, participants should be teenagers between the ages of 13 to 17 years who generally have an interest in writing and want to hone their skills, especially in the following topics: 

  • fiction writing
  • feature writing
  • journaling
  • blogging

What is the course outline?

The workshop will discuss the following topics:

Finding Your Voice

Knowing what you like to read is crucial to developing your writing style and honing your distinct writer’s voice. How do you know what kind of writing works best for you? We’ll take a short quiz to find out.

(Don’t worry, this isn’t the kind of quiz you need to study for.)

Writing Techniques & Hacks

How do you turn a personal experience into a feature article? How do you deal with writer’s block? Those are all issues that even the most veteran of writers have to deal with.

Writing Lab: Writing a Story with Talecraft

Then it’s Writing Lab time! Using Talecraft Cards, we’ll help you develop characters, work out a plot and create your own story.

How much is the registration fee?

There is a P2,500 fee per person, which simply covers the course fee and a Writer’s Block Philippines – Talecraft workshop kit. We’ll take care of the substance, but you take care of your sustenance, that okay?

How can I reserve a seat?

Simply sign up through our online registration form to signify your interest and we’ll email you the details on how to confirm a slot.

How can I pay for the workshop? 

You may settle the workshop fee by making a deposit to our bank account. Details as follows:

Bank: BPI
Account name: Writer’s Block Training Services
Account number: Savings account 1759 0377 11

If you have the BPI app on your phone, you can also pay via bank transfer without having to enroll our account in your Bills Payment Roster. Simply click on the option, “Transfer to Anyone”.

Once you’ve made the deposit/funds transfer, please email us a copy of the deposit slip/screen cap so we can confirm your slot.

You may also pay via Paypal, which has a payment feature in our website.

Is there a deadline for signing up?

There is no deadline but please note that we will close the registration once all the slots have been filled up. Walk-in participants will only be accommodated if there are still available slots.

Who is hosting the event?

It will be conducted by Writer’s Block Philippines, a duo of editors and communicators who have collectively had more than 20 years of experience in freelance lifestyle and corporate writing.

Ana P. Santos: sexual reproductive health rights and women’s issues

Ana has had over 12 years experience in advertising and marketing communications. She left her post as Assistant Vice President of a financial institution five years ago to pursue a career as a freelance writer.

As an independent journalist and foreign correspondent covering sexual health rights and women’s issues, Ana has received media grants from Newsbreak, Probe Media Foundation and the Philippine Press Institute to cover population and development issues.

Most recently, she was named the 2014 Persephone Miel Fellow by Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting in Washington, D.C.

Ana has regular columns in Rappler and Working Mom while some of her full-length features have been published in the Washington Post, Foreign Policy and The Atlantic.

Nikka Sarthou-Lainez: lifestyle / travel

Nikka has over 10 years of experience in writing for various online and print publications, as well as developing content for corporate clients. She is currently a full-time freelance editor/writer handling independent projects and corporate accounts.

In 2012, she was chosen as one of the five Asian representatives for Moleskine’s Modern Nomads and was included in its exhibition of travel writers’ kits where some of her travel paraphernalia were shown on display. She was the only featured travel writer from the Philippines, the others were from Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, and Malaysia.

Her feature pieces have appeared in local publications like asianTraveler, Travelife, Spark, Celebrity Mom, Business World, Highlife, Metro, Metro Society, ClicktheCity.com, Spot.ph, Herword.com, Homegrown.ph, GMA News Online and Rappler. She has also been published in Filipino publications abroad such as Filipino Star News in Michigan, Hawaii Filipino Chronicle, and Dubai-based magazine Illustrado.

She is currently a Contributing Editor in Smile, the in-flight magazine of Cebu Pacific Air.

Ria Lu: Talecraft Creator

Ria Lu is President of Komikasi Games and creator of the Talecraft Story-Creation Card Game. A published fantasy writer, Ria has done workshops on story writing for young people for more than five years.

Who do I contact for more information about the workshop?

You can call us through this number (0917) 397.9927 or email [email protected] You can also check out our website: www.writersblockphilippines.com.

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