Monday, February 12, 2007

The Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards 2007

Ahh, it's been a while. :-) Just wanted to post the following announcement for the budding writers out there:

Palanca Awards 2007 for Literature Now Open to Entries

The Carlos Palanca Foundation announces the opening of the 57th Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature. The country’s premier literary awards will accept entries until the midnight of April 30, 2007.

The literary awards is open to all Filipino citizens and former Filipino citizens. The competition includes the following categories: Short Story, Short Story for Children, Essay, Poetry, One-act Play, and Full-length Play in Filipino and English divisions; Screenplay in Filipino division; and Short Story in Cebuano, Hiligaynon and Iluko regional languages.

This year’s theme for the Kabataan Essay is “The Filipino Value I Would Like to Share with the World” for the English division; and “Ang Kaugaliang Pilipino na Nais Kong Ibahagi sa Mundo” for the Filipino division. This is a special category open to persons below 18 years old.

Established in 1950, one of the objectives of the Palanca Awards is to serve as an incentive for Filipino writers to craft their outstanding literary works. It is noteworthy that more and more first-time entrants are winning in the contest.

National Artist for Literature Edith Tiempo noted that writers should take full advantage of the annual literary competition to hone their craft. “We are all privileged to have a good number of our writers and their best works being acclaimed and applauded – and we, readers and writers may well wonder about the enormity of literary expertise and craftmanship and long earnest labor that must have gone into the performing of these chosen works.”

Entries for the literary competition may be submitted in person, or sent by mail or courier service to Carlos Palanca Foundation, 6th Floor, CPJ Building., 105 C. Palanca Jr. St., Legaspi Village, Makati City. Entries may also be submitted through e-mail in Rich Text Format or in Microsoft Word Document as an attachment, together with the author’s resume, official entry form and original copy of the notarized authorization form.

Complete contest rules and official entry forms may be obtained from the Carlos Palanca Foundation office or via e-mail to or For inquiries, please call 818-3681, local 31.

There are a lot of helpful links in this unofficial site.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Torture and death in World War II by Ambeth Ocampo. An excerpt:
The opening statement of Maj. Pedro Lopez, the Filipino prosecutor, was long and horrendous. Atrocities were committed all over the archipelago and while he chose to highlight some cases as examples, he apologized for the use of frank and precise language. "While realizing our duty to express ourselves here in temperate and restrained terms, the crimes committed to my country and my people were so shocking, so brutal and so revolting that resort to euphemism would only do violence to the truth," he explained.

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Looking for research paper topics?

These articles might interest you. :-)

Human species "may split in two"
NASA studies Mars water in hope of mission
New image give insight to colliding galaxies
How Stonehenge could have been constructed
"Green manure" may protect Idaho crops
Google seeks solar power
RP mobile phone penetration growth can be replicated--Smart

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

More "What's your temperament?" quizzes

In need of a third (fourth, fifth...) opinion regarding your temperament? You might want to take these nifty quizzes:
Quick Quiz to Identify Your Personality Type.
Keirsey Temperament Sorter II. Take this quiz only if you have all the time in the world.
What's Your Temperament? Another long quiz.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

TIPS on how to ace an English essay

1. Gather your thoughts before you write them down so that you won't go around in circles before making your point.

2. Follow the directions! When you're asked what a character said about something, quote or paraphrase. When you're asked to compare, find the similarities between the two or more ideas given. When you're being asked to relate your answer into your life, write about yourself.

3. Make sure that the words you write down do exist.
  • prejudism is prejudice (noun).
  • discriminize is discriminate (verb).
  • discriminization is discrimination (noun).
  • imaginate is imagine (verb).
4. Be clear about your antecedents!
In To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee talks about discrimination against Negroes. They discriminate them just because of their skin color.
Who are the they underlined in the above paragraph? The Negroes? Or perhaps some other people? Rewrite the second sentence so that your antecedent is clear:
In To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee talks about discrimination against Negroes. The whites in Maycomb discriminate them just because of their skin color.
5. Start strong and end strong! Conclude your essay. A short one, like the one you wrote for the exam, needs only a sentence that wraps up your whole essay.

Here's a good example of an essay -- it got a 10 in the exam. Note the logical flow of ideas, the ideas lifted out of the novel, the comparison between the literal and figurative mockingbirds, and the conclusion that summarized the whole idea of the short essay.
According to Atticus, it is a grave sin to kill a mockingbird. Mockingbirds are innocent creatures that do nothing wrong to humans; in fact, they are a good thing, with their wonderful song. It is wrong to kill such a peaceful and innocent creature--and Harper Lee wishes to show that. She shows the mockingbirds killed by society's hatred, biases, and fears, both literally and figuratively. One of these mockingbirds is Tom Robinson. Maycomb's prejudice against the Blacks (a prejudice very widespread during the 1900s, and alive until today) led to the injustice of sending an innocent Negro to jail, eventually ending him into the hands of death. Tom hadn't done anything wrong to Mayella Ewell, or to any white, for that matter; in fact he tried to do what was right, but the jury, with their bias against blacks, decared Tom guilty. "To Kill a Mockingbird" means to kill one who is innocent, and that is precisely what the citizens of Maycomb did -- as some did the shooting, others watched and did nothing.
Gian Dapul, 2-Camia
Congrats to Jill Lee of 2-Champaca for being the highest scorer in the English perio among the second years! ;-)

Thursday, July 13, 2006


The deadline for your storybooks is moved to Monday, July 17, until 1:30 PM.

The extemporaneous speeches will still be held on the week of July 24-28.

Friday, July 07, 2006

Langston Hughes

The past has been a mint
Of blood and sorrow.
That must not be
True of tomorrow.

"History" by Langston Hughes

You can read "Salvation" by Langston Hughes here.

Read about Langston Hughes' life and works here.