Thursday, December 6, 2007

Illustrado Mag Needs People

Dubai-based Illustrado, the Magazine for the International Filipino, a monthly publication devoted to uplift the image and morale of the Filipino expatriate, is looking for full-time Manila-based staff to join its dynamic and aggressively growing team.
Associate Editor
· A talented wordsmith with no less than three years writing/editing experience in a publishing environment
· a professional who is gifted and experienced in a wide range of editorialskills: research and copy generation, features and newswriting, clear editing,writing for the web, sub-editing – rewriting, handling and proofing text, and iscompetent to produce integrated, cross-media communications.
· The person should have a natural interest in the Philippines, and in all things Filipino, and possess innate national pride.
· Marketing & Sales Representatives
· With at least 3 years experience in advertising sales,possessing strong selling, negotiation as well as communication and presentation skills.
· Should be well-connected within the (advertising) media industry with acompetent understanding of marketing and sales strategy.
· Highly motivated,well-presented and mobile.
The right candidates are resilient, flexible, resourceful, hardworking and possess a great attitude, to cope with the demands (and excitement!) of a pioneering endeavor, and are interested to grow within a young, dynamic and non-traditional team.
Interested applicants – please send your CV to : illustrado@inbox. com
For information on Illustrado visit:

Monday, December 3, 2007

Get You Free Writer’s Calendar Now!

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Monday, November 26, 2007

Wanted: Full-time Graphic Designer

SugarSugar, the freshest teen title from Sesame Seed Creatives is looking for a full-time Graphic Designer. Other Sesame Seed titles include Wedding Essentials, Fudge Magazine and Imagine Magazine.
· Male/Female, 18-23 years old
· Graduate of Fine Arts/ Communication/ similar courses
· Proficient in Adobe CS (In Design, Photoshop)
· Can work in both Macintosh and Windows platforms
· Illustration skills a plus
· Design- and fashion-savvy also a bonus
· Willing to learn the ropes of magazine how-to’s
· With at least 1 year experience in graphic design
· Fresh graduates welcome to apply
Job Description:
· Will work closely with the Art Director in producing magazine layouts
· Will prepare and enhance images for layout and printing
· Will help in producing PDFs for printing
· Will assist in quality-check of colors for final output

Interested applicants may send their CV along with a link to their web portfolio and/ or 5-10 samples of work (JPEG format) to tayawa.jobelle@

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Neil Gaiman in Manila

Neil Gaiman will be in Manila for the 1st Phil Graphic Fiction Book launch and also awarding of the winners of the 2nd Phil Graphic Fiction Contest.Where: Fully Booked, Bonifacio High Street Global City, Taguig near Market Market.When: Nov. 25, Sunday at 3PM. Don’t miss this event!

Neil Gaiman in Manila

Neil Gaiman will be in Manila for the 1st Phil Graphic Fiction Book launch and also awarding of the winners of the 2nd Phil Graphic Fiction Contest.Where: Fully Booked, Bonifacio High Street Global City, Taguig near Market Market.When: Nov. 25, Sunday at 3PM. Don’t miss this event!

Monday, November 19, 2007

UP ICW issues guidelines for writers’ workshop

The UP Institute of Creative Writing (UP ICW) is now accepting applications for the 47th UP ICW National Writers Workshop to be held in Camp John Hay, Baguio City , from April 5 to 12, 2008.
UP ICW Director Vim Nadera also announced that four (4) fellowships are available for open competition and that these are open only to advanced writers.
Submission Guidelines:
Applicants: (1) must be writers in English or Filipino; (2) must have attended at least one creative writing workshop (national/regional, including the UP National Writers’ Workshops), or earned a degree in Creative Writing/Malikhaing Pagsulat, or won at least 1 national/international literary award; (3) must have published at least three (3) poems or two (2) short stories or two (2) pieces of creative nonfiction (e.g., essays, memoirs, profiles) in reputable collections or anthologies, journals, magazines (including campus publications), or refereed Internet web magazines, or have had a play staged. Writers who have been fellows at any of the UP National Writers’ Workshops are eligible. Some of these qualifications may be waived in exceptionally meritorious cases, with the unanimous concurrence of the UP ICW Associates, Advisers and Resident Fellows.
Applicants must submit the following: (1) five copies plus digital file (12 points, double-spaced, 8 x 11) of one original unpublished manuscript (short story, poem, or creative nonfiction, play) to be discussed during the workshop – this manuscript should not have been submitted to any other workshop; (2) a two-paragraph description of a work-in-progress in any of the above genres, in English or Filipino (also 12 points, double-spaced, 8 x 11); and (3) photocopies of the applicant’s published work, including publication details; and (4) application form (available at the UP ICW office in UP Diliman, on the ICW website: , and on
The deadline for submission is January 15, 2008. For inquiries, call 922-1830 and ask for Ms. Eva Cadiz.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Wanted: Full-time Web Copywriter

Full-time Web Copywriter Needed!
-Preferably with knowledge in Search Engine Optimization-Must have a background in editing and proofreading-Must be adept at multitasking-Can work well within a team-Preferably female
Interested applicants can submit their resumes to untroddenpath( at)gmail( dot)com.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

UP Gawad Likhaan: Write Or Die lectures in PowerBooks

Write Or Die: Writers Write lecture-workshops will be held every weekend from November 2007 to February 2008 in different Powerbooks branches and will be moderated by some of the best writers in the country.
We especially encourage people who are non-professional or non-academe-based to attend the workshops and submit their works to the Gawad Likhaan. Teachers are welcome to bring their students. No reservations are needed.
The schedule for the Fiction workshops is as follows:
Dean AlfarNovember 10, 2007Powerbooks Megamall2PM - 4PM
Jun Cruz ReyesNovember 17, 2007Powerbooks Trinoma2PM - 4PM
Amelia Lapena BonifacioNovember 24, 2007Powerbooks Trinoma2PM - 4PM
Charlson OngDecember 1, 2007Powerbooks Trinoma2PM - 4PM
Admission is free and open to the public. For more details, contact Eva Garcia-Cadiz at 922-1830.

Monday, November 5, 2007

Quotes from Writers

“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.”Mark Twain“Experience is one thing you can’t get for nothing.”Oscar Wilde
“Imagination grows by exercise, and contrary to common belief, is more powerful in the mature than in the young.”W. Somerset Maugham“There are times when quantity is at least as important as quality in learning an art.”Lawrence Watt-Evans
“Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can see only as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.”E.L. Doctorow
“Work is love made visible. And if you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work and sit at the gate of the temple and take alms of those who work with joy.”Kahlil Gibran
“Good writing is supposed to evoke sensation in the reader—not the fact that it is raining, but the feeling of being rained upon.”E.L. Doctorow
“Art is not a handicraft. It is the transmission of a feeling which the artist has experienced. “Leo Tolstoy
“He is able who thinks he is able.”Buddha
“Great ability develops and reveals itself increasingly with every new assignment.”Baltasar Gracian
“Becoming the reader is the essence of becoming a writer.”John O’Hara
“Read a lot, finding out what kind of writing turns you on, in order to develop a criterion for your own writing. And then trust it—and yourself.”Rosemary Daniell
“If you would be a writer, first be a reader. Only through the assimilation of ideas, thoughts and philosophies can one begin to focus his own ideas, thoughts and philosophies. “Allan W. Eckert
“Start early and work hard. A writer’s apprenticeship usually involves writing a million words (which are then discarded) before he’s almost ready to begin. That takes a while.”David Eddings
“Read, read, read. Read everything—trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the most. Read! You’ll absorb it. Then write. If it is good, you’ll find out. If it’s not, throw it out the window.”William Faulkner
“I took a number of stories by popular writers as well as others by Maupassant, O. Henry, Stevenson, etc., and studied them carefully. Modifying what I learned over the next few years, I began to sell.”Louis L’Amour
“Write what you care about and understand. Writers should never try to outguess the marketplace in search of a salable idea; the simple truth is that all good books will eventually find a publisher if the writer tries hard enough, and a central secret to writing a good book is to write on that people like you will enjoy.”Richard North Patterson

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Wanted 3-D Animators

A movie production company is currently looking for MAYA 3D Animators. Interested individual may send their resume to junto_manila@ or contact 09278748172

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Amusing Analogies and Metaphors

Every year English teachers from across the country submit their collections of analogies and metaphors found in high school essays. These excerpts are published each year to the amusement of teachers across the country. Here are last year’s winners…
1. His thoughts tumbled in his head, making and breaking alliances like underpants in a dryer without Cling Free.
2. She grew on him like she was a colony of E. Coli, and he was room-temperature Canadian beef.
3. She had a deep, throaty, genuine laugh, like that sound a dog makes just before it throws up.
4. Her vocabulary was as bad as, like, whatever. (How can you not, like, love that one?)
5. He was as tall as a six-foot three-inch tree.6. The revelation that his marriage of 30 years had disintegrated because of his wife’s infidelity came as a rude shock, like a surcharge at a formerly surcharge-free ATM machine.
7. From the attic came an unearthly howl. The whole scene had an eerie, surreal quality, like when you’re on vacation in another city and Jeopardy comes on at 7:00 p.m. instead of 7:30.
8. Long separated by cruel fate, the star-crossed lovers raced across the grassy field toward each other like two freight trains, one having left Cleveland at 6:36 p.m. traveling at 55 mph, the other from Topeka at 4:19 p.m. at a speed of 35 mph. 9. John and Mary had never met. They were like two hummingbirds who had also never met.
10. He fell for her like his heart was a mob informant and she was the East River.
11. Shots rang out, as shots are wont to do.
12. The plan was simple, like my brother-in-law Wally. But unlike Wally, this plan just might work.
13. The young fighter had a hungry look, the kind you get from not eating for a while.
14. He was as lame as a duck. Not the metaphorical lame duck, either, but a real duck that was actually lame, maybe from stepping on a land mine or something.
15. He was deeply in love. When she spoke, he thought he heard bells, as if she were a garbage truck backing up.

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Short Story Contest for Teeners

Calling all budding teenage writers, this is surely an excellent opportunity for you. Someone in my yahoo group for writers posted this. Candy Magazine invites you topjoin their writing contest for teens.
Winners get to be interns at Candy magazine! To join, please visit this link:

Friday, October 19, 2007

The Reason Why I am Here

I love to write and I really enjoy reading blogs of other people. I learn so much from reading blogs and gets quite amazed with the idea that one can get to know a total stranger only by following one’s entries in a blog.
I started quite a few blogs since I discovered (and appreciated) the world of blogging but for some reason were unable to maintain it (uh oh!!). Anyway, this entry is yet another attempt to start and maintain an interesting blog. This idea came to me while in a job fair. The company where I am currently working is one of the major sponsor and we are in charge of the registration area. Apparently not too many people came.
This job fair however is quite fun because of the fact that the computers have internet connection. So in an attempt to find something better to do, I decided to read some of my favorite blogs. After a while I found myself signing up on and thinking of an interesting username for my blog.
So here I am thrilled and happy with my new blog. I know too well that maintaining a blog is not a very easy thing to do. It takes effort, time, and thinking but something tells me I will be able to maintain it this time…

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Join Peaks: A Creative Writing Group

Are you a writer or would like to be one? Join http://groups. group/peaks and be in the company of those who love creative writing. Budding writers as well as previous workshoppers from Dumaguete, UP, Iligan, Ateneo, etc. are most welcome : ]
Introduce yourself, post your works, comment on others’s works, and read works of established award-winning writers. Learn and teach. A litreview session to be organized soon. It willl be fun.

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Job Opening: Creative Writer

Posting this job ad in case anyone’s looking for a regular writing position.
Are you quite the wordsmith? Glyph Studios, Inc., a mobile content provider, is looking for a creative writer to churn out advertising copy, think up stories, and develop content for other mobile services.
You must write well in English and Tagalog, know your way around Microsoft Word and Excel, and be obsessive with the teeny, tiny details. We’d prefer it if you know the content provider business.
Wanna give it a try? Send your resume to