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Relearning the art of letter writing and using ‘snail mail’


To try to bring back the forgotten art of letter writing in the age of email and 140-character limitations of Twitter, the Department of Education is urging high school students to take part in World Post Day activities.

Posted: October 4th, 2014 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Growing bolder, not older


Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about aging. I suppose it comes with the territory of realizing that the big 5-0 is but a few weeks away.

Posted: September 21st, 2014 in Columns,Featured Columns,Headlines,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

Crash a door

AMBETH Ocampo points to Peter Solis Nery whose orange fur
jumpsuit, colored like a quek-quek, upstaged mine. Rody C. Vera and
Peter were the two Hall of Famers (five First Prizes).

You will now be punished with the keynote speech I gave on Palanca Awards night this September.

Posted: September 14th, 2014 in Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns | Read More »

Silliman writers workshop: When music and texts intersect

53RD SILLIMAN University National Writers Workshop fellows and panelists. Front row: Daniel Olivan Jr., Jake Rivera, Rolly Jude Ortega and Jason Chancoco. Middle: workshop director Susan S. Lara, Alvin Pang,National Artist for Literature Bienvenido Lumbera, Merlie Alunan. Back: Arkay Timonera, Camille Rivera, Prescilla Dorado, Gracielle Deanne Tubera, Cesar Aquino, Tim Tomlinson, Ricky de Ungria, Lorraine Janice Wood, Johanna Michelle Lim, Renz Torres, Jovy Almero, Deil Jossaine Galenzoga, Reno Evangelista, workshop coordinator Ian Rosales Casocot, Mae Young. RAZCELJAN SALVARITA

The first thing I did when I got home from my three-week trip to Dumaguete, where I was one of 15 fellows to the 53rd Silliman University National Writers Workshop, was create a playlist

Posted: July 7th, 2014 in Arts and Books,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

UST workshop tackles writer’s responsibility, honesty

SEATED: UST writers workshop fellows Lester Babiera, Maynard Manansala, Lilibeth Oblena Quiore, Brylle Tabora, Rommel Roxas, Scott Saboy. Standing: fellow Marc Joseph Ocampo; panelists Lito Zuleta, Ralph Galan, Jack Wigley, Joselito de los Reyes, Ferdinand Lopez; fellow Arnie Quibranza Mejia; panelists Chuckberry Pascual and Rebecca Anonuevo; fellow Mary Anne Mallari; UST writing center director Cristina Pantoja Hidalgo; fellow Rowena Ross Lee; panelists Mike Coroza, Jayme Siao; fellow Joel Donato Jacob; panelist Oscar Campomanes; Anna Nicolas; panelist Augusto Antonio Aguila; and fellow Ariel Valeza

Aspiring writers must remember that more than anything else writing is a social responsibility.

Posted: July 7th, 2014 in Arts and Books,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »