The 38th Manila Critics Circle and the National Book Development Board are pleased to announce the finalists for the National Book Awards for books published in 2018: Literary Division Novel in English: The Betrayed: A Novel by Reine Arcache Melvin, Ateneo de Manila University Press (ADMUP); Nightfall by Eliza Victoria, Visprint Inc. Short Fiction in English: A River, One-Woman Deep by Linda Ty-Casper, University of Sto. Tomas Publishing House Inc. (USTPH); Field of Play by Francis Paolo Quina, Visprint Inc.; Heroes, Villains, and Other Women by Kate Osias (ADMUP); The Last Sacristan Mayor and The Most Expensive Mass For The Dead by Tito Genova Valiente, Ateneo de Naga University Press (ADNUP); Seekers of Spirits by Jude Ortega, University of the Philippines Press (UPP). Short Fiction in Filipino: Hantong: Mga Kuwento ni John Jack G. Wigley, USTPH; Muling Nanghaharana ang Dapithapon: Imus Novel 5 ni RM Topacio-Aplaon, UPP; Mga Apoy sa Ilaya at Iba Pang Kuwento ni Rommel B. Rodriguez, … [Read more...] about National Book Awards finalists
Journalism awards 2018
The 2019 recipients of the Ramon Magsaysay Award, Asia's highest honor dubbed as the region's counterpart to the Nobel Prize, are faces of "undaunted courage" in the midst of "timidity, helplessness or hopelessness," in the words of the award-giving body's officials. On Sept. 9, two journalists from India and Myanmar, a human rights advocate from Thailand, an anti-bullying campaigner from South Korea and a respected Filipino musician will each be conferred the prize in formal ceremonies in Manila, where the Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation is based. This year marks the 61st season of the award, which came about after the 1957 plane crash death of then Philippine President Ramon Magsaysay, hailed by the foundation for "his leadership and moral courage, his simplicity and humility, his passion for justice, particularly for the poor, and his advancement of human dignity." "Looking at these diverse individuals and (their) unique causes, we were amazed to note that they share a common, … [Read more...] about 2019 Magsaysay Award recipients exemplify ‘undaunted courage’
Last Saturday I attended the COL Premium Mid-year Outlook for 2019 entitled The Long and Winding Road Ahead. It was a well-attended event where the guest speaker was Tony Lambino, the Assistant Secretary of the Department of Finance, specifically handling the Strategy, Economics, and Results Group. Top photos: The guest speakerAssec. Tony Lambino together with COL Chairman Edward Lee, and Marvin Fausto; Below: The author with Marvin Fausto, April Tan, Cathy Yang, Assec. Tony Lambino and his “Bright Boys” from the Department of Finance: Aldrin Advincula, Louie Limkin and Lyonel Tanganco. I got to know Tony years ago when he was still with Ayala Corporation as head of Public Policy. To those who feel that he looks familiar, it’s because as a young boy, Tony Lambino was one of the original members of the singing group created in 1989 by the maestro Ryan Cayabyab called Smokey Mountain, together with Geneva Cruz, Jeffrey Hidalgo, and James Coronel. The original member … [Read more...] about From Smokey Mountain to Poverty Eradication
Last weekend, my three sisters and I went on a staycation at a hotel along Roxas Boulevard. We went to the hotel together, checked in, chatted all day, all night long – until the following day up until it was time to do our noon check out and go back to our respective families. I’m the youngest of four daughters. We have a one and only favorite brother who happens to be our youngest also. He lives abroad with his family so we only get to be with him during milestone events and visits. Like most siblings, we grew up both loving and quarreling with each other. One of my mom’s most important parenting lessons that left a mark on me was this, “It’s normal for siblings to quarrel. You may quarrel with each other everyday but at the end of the day, you have each other’s backs.” This made me grow up knowing that arguments are inevitable and probably part of a healthy relationship. And this lesson I really held on to when my own three sons reached that … [Read more...] about How’s your relationship with your sibling(s)?
(Why people are drawn to scams) Financial scams come and go. The same old tricks played by different characters using essentially the same principles. It’s a puzzle why even if we say time and time again that If it is too good to be true, it is not true. It is a scam! people still fall prey to this same old trick! Bakit ang tigas ng ulo? The latest addition to big time financial scams in the country is that of Kapa MinistryInternational Inc. (Kapa), founded by Pastor Joel Apolinario. It claims to help millions of Filipinos grow their money, by paying out a hefty (I think a need a stronger adjective here) return of 30% per month for life after a one-time donation anywhere from P10,000.00 to P2,000,000.00. The interesting thing about this scam is that there is no complaint from the members, now running at five million. In fact, last Friday, I spoke to someone who personally invested P50,000.00 and is not complaining, “Naku, ma’am, okay lang sa akin kahit hindi na ako … [Read more...] about KAPAg sobrang taas ang pangakong kita, kataka-taka!