Esperma Book Grant’s Call for Submissions Conclude for 2020


Esperma Book Grant, the annual book grant founded by Rebo Press founder Maria Kristelle Jimenez, has recently concluded its call for submissions.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the deadline for submissions has been extended a handful of times to give writers additional opportunities, due to the natural difficulties faced by the country in these trying times.

The Esperma Book Grant endeavors to provide a renewed platform for writers from the youth sector to shine by offering an opportunity to be published by an independent press in the Philippines.

According to Rebo Press founder Maria Kristelle Jimenez, the Esperma Book Grant “necessarily champions the most promising youth writers of today, as we face even bigger threats to our democratic rights, including our rights to expression and dissent.”

A total of 17 entries and 13 participants have been finalized from the call for submissions. The Esperma Book Grant has fielded 5 English entries and 12 Filipino entries. Four finalists will be selected from each pool, accordingly.

Announcement for the Esperma Book Grant’s finalist will be announced at February 28, 2021.

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Tungkod PH Launches “Christmas in Our Arts” for the Deaf and Blind Community


Tungkod PH, a non-profit organization founded by University of Sto. Tomas – Senior High School graduates, has launched Christmas in our Arts, an online art competition,

Participants will pay ₱150 as entry fee and one vote will cost ₱20. An individual may choose to vote several times. This Yuletide fundraiser is for the benefit of the Deaf and Blind Foundation of the Philippines.

Christmas in our Arts aims to bring joy in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic by providing 15 Noche Buena packages to Tungkod PH’s beneficiaries. Tungkod PH aims to raise about ₱20,000 through the online art competition. The winner will be announced on December 16, 2020 (Wednesday). Interested participants may visit Tungkod PH’s Facebook Page for updates on the competition.

Tungkod PH is dedicated to raising awareness about the condition of Filipinos living with impairments. The organization is also working with the PVI community to help this sector gain more recognition in society, as PVIs can have a more significant role in nation-building.

Phone: +639052695621

This press release is provided by Revolt Magazine PH, one of the official media partners for this art competition and fundraising event.

Bicolano Artists Launch Donation Drive for Typhoon-Ravaged Communities in Bicol



Groups of artists and cultural workers collaborated on a solidarity and fundraising activity to help typhoon-ravaged communities in the Bicol region. Spearheaded by the Concerned Artists of the Philippines Bicol Chapter together with U.S. based community theater group, Circa Pintig and Bicol-based organizations, The Kindness Station, Matugtog Kita and Kurit-Lagiting, they launched the fundraiser #TindogBicol through an online event which was streamed live via facebook on Sunday.

During the live event, videos and photos courtesy of individuals in communities affected by the wrath of typhoon Rolly were shown.  There were also performances, and artworks as well as calls and solidarity messages demanding from the government to prioritize immediate needs of the communities instead of band-aid solutions. The groups also called to channel resources in the Bicol region where people are in dire need of support and attention after the impacts of typhoon Rolly.

The typhoon first made landfall in Bato town, Catanduanes province. There were also significant damages in Albay, and Camarines provinces. A volcanic mudflow damaged homes in the municipality of Guinobatan in Albay which was hit with the lahar flow triggered by the onslaught of Super Typhoon Rolly. In Sorsogon province, badly hit were the towns of Donsol, Pilar, and Castilla.

The Concerned Artists of the Philippines is an organization of Philippine artists and cultural workers. It is committed to advancing freedom of expression and the people’s movement for justice, nationalism and democracy during this time of heightened attacks against our rights. The Concerned Artists of the Philippines Bicol Chapter is one of its newest chapters formed in October 2020, composed of artists, musicians, writers, filmmakers and cultural workers from various disciplines that works toward a nationalist, people-oriented art and culture.

Interested donors may visit the CAP Bicol’s official facebook page for details on how to help.

For more information, please contact:

Gerald Jintalan (CAP Bicol/Kurit-Lagting)

CCP Highlights the Role of Books in Filipino Life Through “Sa Pagbabasa, Hindi Ka Nag-iisa” E-Book Launch

“Sa Pagbabasa, Hindi Ka Nag-iisa” e-book launch official poster. (PHOTO | CCP INTERTEXTUAL DIVISION)


Committed to the promotion and development of Philippine children’s literature, the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) through its Intertextual Division launches “Sa Pagbabasa, Hindi Ka Nag-iisa” e-book on November 27, 2020, at 4pm, via CCP and CCP Intertextual Division’s Facebook pages.

As part of the celebration of the CCP Children’s Biennale, the launch does not only highlight the role books should play in our lives, but it champions the importance of nurturing the young readers’ curiosity and imagination through reading.

The e-book contains a collection of children’s books, artworks for children, comics and other artistic and literary works about health, COVID-19, and the value of cooperation created by Filipino writers, illustrators and children from different regions of the country.

The title of the e-book came from the Philippine Board on Books for Young People’s (PBBY) tagline for this year’s National Children’s Book Day (NCBD), as well as the cover design of the book which was illustrated by Kat Melo for the official poster of NCBD, a children’s literary festival celebrated every third Tuesday of July annually. Co-organized by the CCP and the PBBY, the NCBD commemorates the anniversary of the publication of Jose Rizal’s “The Monkey and the Turtle” in Trubner’s Oriental Record in London.

In addition to the e-book launch, there will be a storytelling session of “Masama Bang Humiling Ng Isa Pang Araw?” a story written and illustrated by Teacher Oliver V. Arevalo of Olongapo City.  His story is part of #KuwentongKalusugan, a project of the Department of Education’s Bureau of Learning Resources. Teacher Oliver won the National Competition on Storybook Writing for his story “Di Biro.”

Amidst the current social climate and pandemic, the e-book hopes to bring an encouraging message that can alleviate social isolation and generate a sense of purpose. 

The book project aims to engage children in reading local and relevant materials, as well as to give the general public, especially parents and teachers, access to numerous published children’s literature that teach children about the coronavirus and encourage them to protect themselves, in response to the COVID-19 global health crisis.

The e-book will be offered to the general public for free.

For more information, visit the CCP website ( ).

You can also follow the Facebook pages and social media accounts of CCP and CCP Intertextual Division for updates.

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