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Help our artisans and weavers by supporting rural livelihoods – Filipino designers

October 9, 2020

MANILA, Oct. 8  — Filipino fashion designers and entrepreneurs urged the public to patronize and support our innovating weaving and textile industry in this time of pandemic during the 20th episode of “Stories for a Better Normal: Pandemic and Climate Change Pathways.” This episode is the second part of the topic “Weaving Resilience: Reviving Indigenous Textiles and Crafts” which highlighted collaborative efforts in utilizing local textiles from the rural weavers and promoted appreciation of indigenous weaving textiles from various regions in the Philippines. The online conversation hosted by Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda featured designers and brand owners including Lenora Luisa Cabili of Filip+Inna; Marga Nograles of Kaayo Modern Mindanao; Nina Corpuz-Rodriguez of Nina Inabel; Looie Lobregat of Linea Etnika; Susan Marie Liao of Designs by Marie; Jor-el Espina; and Elsie Standen of Allena. Legarda discussed the significance of reviving the production of Piña Seda, a handwoven fabric made of silk and pineapple fibers, and other traditional textiles. “The strengthening of the local tropical fabrics industry is attuned to our advocacy of promoting sustainable development and preserving our rich heritage. With our efforts, we are able to help the local tropical fabric industry, we are able to help our rural artisans, and we are able to provide rural livelihoods," said Legarda. Ms. Cabili shared the beginnings and products of Filip+Inna, and how they collaborate with different artisans around the country to banner their excellent craftsmanship. She also stressed the exquisite characteristics of piña. “One of the beauties of the piña is that it is taken from its purest form. The way it is extracted, stripped, dried, knotted, and weaved is an amazing process that I don't see in other textiles around the world," said Cabili. Ms. Nograles shared the story behind Kaayo Modern Mindanao and its partnership with the Indigenous Weaving Communities of Mindanao. “People asked me what 'Kaayo' is. I would summarize it into three points: First, 'Kaayo' means kindness or goodness in Bisaya. We wanted everyone to be inspired by kindness. Next, 'Kaayo' is a curated collection of different Mindanaoan stories. So basically, we are a platform to present the treasures of my hometown [Davao]. And lastly, Kaayo Modern Mindanao is about coming together of everyone, of all Mindanaoans. Our brand celebrates collaboration and empowering other people to come together to bring the brand to life,” said Nograles. Ms. Corpuz-Rodriguez shared how Nina Inabel helped the local weavers, dressmakers, and farmers in Ilocos, and how the brand promoted the many use of the Inabel fabric. “As an Ilocana, I'm familiar with the fabric "Inabel." It is used all over the household - from curtains to blankets, and even uniforms and medals. But we showed everyone that the traditional fabric, "Inabel," ay hindi lang ginagamit sa bahay, kundi pang fashion din,” said Corpuz-Rodriguez. Ms. Lobregat shared how she was inspired by their local cultural heritage to create products that make weaves mainstream and celebrate the stories of the hands and parts that make them – through Linea Etnika. “Linea Etnika really embraces slow fashion. Things are purposely made to last. I know that Linea Etnika is a small company but I'd like to believe that we have a very big heart and strong conviction to make this happen. We go for zero waste, and we upcycled and repurposed some of our products,” said Lobregat. Mr. Espina shared the background of his brand and how fascinated he was with the colorful handwoven fabrics of Iloilo, Aklan, and Antique. “The designers and entrepreneurs are here to revive and give respect to these fabrics. We are free to create new things, we are free to do and work on different colors and patterns, but we have to respect the crafts of our ancestors so that our tradition will be preserved and continue,” said Espina. Ms. Liao shared the inspiration behind Designs by Marie, which came from their family’s love for arts, culture, and heritage that made them create a sustainable brand, especially in helping the artisans of Antique. “It is a sustainable brand that has a tribute to our beloved province of Antique. We merge tradition with fashion. We aim to empower more Antiqueño artisans and continuously support their livelihood,” said Liao. Ms. Standen shared Allena’s advocacy of protecting and preserving the past tradition which should be enjoyed and passed on as a legacy to the future generations. “As a brand with responsibility, we know that consumers nowadays are getting smarter, so being "traceable" means we can answer their questions such "who made our clothes?," "what is it made of?," and "is it relevant that it can be passed on to their daughters?". Traceability, for us, has different ingredients: the people, the raw materials, and the research and development that comes with it,” said Standen. As a textile art, culture, and heritage advocate, Legarda showed her extensive collection of local garments and Filipino knitwear made by the invited guest designers, in support of the rural artisans, weavers, and livelihoods. “While this is about fashion, we talked about rural livelihoods, Philippine innovation and design. What we discussed is connecting businesses and enterprises in the cities to the mountains and the farmlands, and the need to connect artisans, livelihoods and weavers to the market,” Legarda concluded. This three-part episode emphasizes the role of the traditional weaving industry in preserving our cultural heritage and local craftspersonship. The last part, which will focus on promoting traditional arts and crafts will air on October 8th. The upcoming episode will feature founders of social and community-based enterprises including Karl Lozano of Sesotunawa; John Francia and Trish Lim of Woven crafts; and Nida Danao of Silnag. Episode 21 will also show video clips of local artisans including weavers Angelina and Sammy Buhle from Hingyon, Ifugao; Teofilo Garcia, a Casque maker and Gawad Manlilikha ng Bayan from San Quintin, Abra; Eduardo Mutuc, a Metalsmith and Gawad Manlilikha ng Bayan from Apalit, Pampanga; and Magdalena Gamayo, a Textile weaver and Gawad Manlilikha ng Bayan from Pinili, Ilocos Norte. As an online discussion to promote health, environmental consciousness, and climate-adaptive practices, Stories for a Better Normal aims to change the mindset of individuals, families, and communities by demonstrating ways in which a ‘better normal’ can be realized within our communities. This online discussion is organized in partnership between the Office of Deputy Speaker Legarda and the Climate Change Commission, with support from the Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities, The Climate Reality Project-Philippines, and the Mother Earth Foundation (CCC)

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FDCP’s Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino 4 Offers Premium Films, Classics, Oscars Submissions, Tributes, and More

October 9, 2020

QUEZON CITY, Oct. 8 — The Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) will showcase over 100 films in the 4th Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino (PPP) which will have its first online edition this year from October 31 to November 15 at the agency’s new FDCP Online Channel. The PPP4 is an FDCP-led omnibus project featuring titles from local film festivals like the Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival, QCinema International Film Festival, Cinema One Originals Film Festival, Sinag Maynila Film Festival, CineFilipino Film Festival, ToFarm Film Festival, and Metro Manila Film Festival as well as from various producers and regional film festivals, a PPP Retrospective, the Lab portion of the Sine Kabataan Short Film Competition, and the CineMarya Women’s Film Festival. “This year’s PPP is a solidarity event that aims to encourage support for Philippine Cinema in light of the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. It aims to propagate the love for Filipino films among audiences and help sustain the country’s film industry that is gravely affected by the COVID-19 crisis. The FDCP is glad to announce that all proceeds will be given to producers involved in the festival through revenue sharing,” said FDCP Chairperson and CEO Liza Diño.  PPP4 Festival Lineup PPP4 features the following sections:  Premium, Classics, PH Oscars Entries, Tributes, Romance, Youth and Family, Genre, Bahaghari, PPP Retro, Documentary, and From the Regions, along with Sine Kabataan and CineMarya. A partial list was provided by the national film agency when the PPP Early Bird Rate Festival Pass was made available from September 30 to October 15. The Premium section will feature films that had limited release or have never been released to the Philippine audience. The Premium Showcase lineup, along with the regional short films and other additional selections, will be revealed by the FDCP on October 8 in a press conference. The Classics section will screen cinematic gems by National Artists for Film, with the first three being restored films by the FDCP’s Philippine Film Archive: “White Slavery” by Lino Brocka “Genghis Khan” by Manuel Conde “Manila by Night” by Ishmael Bernal “Balikbayan #1: Memories of Overdevelopment Redux VI” by Kidlat Tahimik “Ang Panday” by Fernando Poe, Jr. PH Oscars Entries include critically acclaimed films that were submitted by the Philippines to the Academy Awards Best Foreign Language Film race. “Ma’ Rosa” by Brillante Mendoza “Verdict” by Raymund Ribay Gutierrez “Sa Pusod ng Dagat” by Marilou Diaz-Abaya “Saranggola” by Gil Portes The Tributes section pays homage to departed screen legends and industry pillars. “Death Row” by Joel Lamangan (for Eddie Garcia) “Adela” by Adolfo Alix, Jr. (for Anita Linda) “Insiang” by Lino Brocka (for Mona Lisa) “Muro-Ami” by Marilou Diaz-Abaya (for Marilou Diaz-Abaya) “Filipinas” by Joel Lamangan (for Armida Siguion-Reyna) “Sonata” by Peque Gallaga and Lore Reyes (for Peque Gallaga) The Romance section provides the kilig factor that is a surefire hit among Filipino audiences. “Sakaling Hindi Makarating” by Ice Idanan “Moments of Love” by Mark Reyes “Ulan” by Irene Villamor  “Never Not Love You”  by Antoinette Jadaone “Kailangan Ko’y Ikaw” by Joyce Bernal “Una Kang Naging Akin” by Laurice Guillen “Mga Mister ni Rosario” by Alpha Habon Films with lighthearted or heartwarming stories, meanwhile, are part of the Youth and Family section. “Pepot Artista” by Clodualdo del Mundo, Jr. “Family History” by Michael V. “1st Sem” by Dexter Hemedez and Allan Ibañez “Edward” by Thop Nazareno “Dayo” by Robert Quilao In the Genre section, there are action, horror, drama, mystery, thriller, science fiction, and historical biopic films. “Alpha: The Right to Kill” by Brillante Mendoza “Instalado” by Jason Paul Laxamana “Abomination” by Yam Laranas “Dyamper” by Wes de Guzman “Jose Rizal” by Marilou Diaz-Abaya “El Presidente” by Mark Meily “In Nomine Matris” by Wilfredo Manalang The Bahaghari section features at least five LGBT-themed films. “Akin ang Korona” by Zig Dulay “Billie and Emma” by Samantha Lee “Ned’s Project” by Lemuel Lorca “Ang Huling Cha Cha ni Anita” by Sigrid Andrea Bernardo “Rainbow’s Sunset” by Joel Lamangan It’s a walk down memory lane in PPP Retro as this section contains past PPP entries. “Pauwi Na” by Paolo Villaluna “Gusto Kita with All My Hypothalamus” by Dwein Baltazar “Star na si Van Damme Stallone” by Randolph Longjas “Paglipay” by Zig Dulay “Circa” by Adolfo Alix, Jr. In line with FDCP's goal to push for more opportunities for Filipino documentary filmmaking, a Documentary section is included in this year's edition of PPP. “Nick and Chai” by Cha Escala and Wena Sanchez “Lugta Ke Tamama (Land from God)” by Kevin Piamonte “The Search for Weng-Weng” by Andrew Leavold “God Bliss our Home” by Nawruz Paguidopon “Carving Thy Faith” by Hiyas Bagabaldo In the From The Regions section, feature-length films show indigenous stories and unique narratives from various parts of the country. “Tanabata’s Wife” by Charlson Ong “Ang Daan Patungong Kalimugtong” by Mes de Guzman “Baboy Halas (Wailings in the Forest)” by Bagane Fiola “Tu Pug Imatuy” by Arbi Barbarona “Magkakabaung” by Jason Paul Laxamana “Ari: My Life with a King” by Carlo Catu “Salvi: Ang Pagpadayon” by TM Malones As for this year’s edition of Sine Kabataan, the youth-oriented filmmaking competition will be focusing on project development where the selected stories and concepts will undergo a Project Lab during PPP. At the end of the Lab, projects will be pitched and the winning stories will receive a production grant to push through with their projects. For the PPP screening, Sine Kabataan short films from earlier editions will be featured, including the following: “Sa Unang Araw ng Pasukan” by Arjen Manlapig “Bato Bato Pik” by Lorys Plaza and Jaq Sanque “Kalakalaro” by Rodson Suarez Finally, the FDCP’s CineMarya, in partnership with the Department of the Interior and Local Government and Philippine Commission on Women, gets its own PPP section this year. The final 12 CineMarya short films will be premiered during PPP4.  “Daadaan Na (Her Walks)” by Julius Legoen Lumiqued “Super-Able” by Arjanmar H. Rebeta “Night Shift (Reverie) (Loud Voices)” by Mariel Joy S. Ong “Dalaginding na si Isang” by Kristinne Nigel Cenosin Santos “Noontime Drama (Tanghaling Tapat)” by Kim Rivera Timan “She’s Perfect” by Jochelle Casilad “Hakab” by Mel Rose Aguilar “Super Woman” by Angela  Francesca V. Andres “Winged Dreams to the Blue Heavens” by Maria Ena Aimee Lourdes Apostol Escasa “Binakol sa Dahon” by Gary T. Tabanera “Ola” by Mijan Jumalon “Adira” by Jorzheema Hamid PPP4 offers several festival subscription options such as the Full Run Pass (PHP 599) that grants a 16-day access to the Premium Selection films and events, free content, free panel sessions/workshops, calendar, and trailers. The Half Run Pass (PHP 299) provides access to the short films library and full-length scheduled screenings for eight consecutive days while the Day Pass (PHP 99) gives access to the short films library and full-length scheduled screenings for one day. The Early Bird Rate for the Full Run Pass, priced at PHP 450, is available until October 15. There is also a Free Pass that provides access to the calendar and free content. Beginning October 16, senior citizens and persons with disabilities (PWDs) can avail of a 20% discount while students will get to enjoy a 30% discount. The FDCP announced that additional titles in the PPP4 lineup will be revealed in the coming days. Watch out for updates on more film titles and other events lined up in the first online edition of the PPP. For updates and more information, visit FDCPchannel.ph and facebook.com/FDCPPPP. (FDCP)

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2020 NAST AND DOST AWARDS: Call For Nominations

November 29, 2019

The National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST), Philippines, the highest recognition body on science and technology in the country is searching for nominees for the various NAST and DOST awards for 2020, namely;   I.      NAST PHL Awards 1.       Outstanding Young Scientists 2.       NAST Environmental Science Award 3.       NAST Talent Search for Young Scientists 4.       NAST Award for Outstanding Research in Tropical Medicine 5.       Geminiano T. De Ocampo Visionary Award for Medical Research 6.       Outstanding Book/Monograph Award 7.       Outstanding Scientific Paper Award   II.    DOST Awards 1.       NSTW Outstanding Science Administrator Award - Dioscoro L. Umali Medal 2.       NSTW Outstanding Technology Commercialization Award - Gregorio Y. Zara Medal 3.       NSTW Outstanding Research and Development Award a.       For Basic Research – Eduardo A. Quisumbing Medal b.       For Applied Research – Julian A. Banzon Medal 4.       Magsaysay Future Engineers/Technologists Award (MFET)     Please take note that the deadline for the submission of nominations for all awards is on the last working day of November 2019 except for MFET award which is due on the last working day of July 2020.   NAST PHL is also accepting abstracts for the Call for Papers for the Scientific Poster Session with the deadline of January 15, 2020. Attached are the announcements on the awards for your information.   The nomination forms can be downloaded at http://nast.ph/index.php/about-nast/functions/recognition.          

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Mindanao Daily News, Noypi Vlogger launch FB Like & Share Challenge (Part 2)

November 6, 2019

Good news to the avid fans and supporters of Mindanao Daily News! In cooperation with Noypi Vlogger, Mindanao Daily News launched the "FB Like & Share Challenge Part 2." This time the contest already includes subscribing to a YouTube Channel of Noypi Vlogger to become illigible to join the contest. There will be great prizes that await the winners of this event that has already started and will end on March 28,2020. "Apil namo sa contest for a chance to win a brandnew cellphone and brand new appliances," says Noypi Vlogger Joel Escol. Last year, Mindanao Daily News started this "FB Like and Share Challenge" and a teacher from Camaman-an grabbed the brandnew Huawie mobile phone and other winners of cellphone loads also got their respective prizes. Earlier, MDN President and Publisher Dante M. Sudaria thanked the participants of the contest. He said there will be more contests in the future as MDN's way of thanking the continued participation and support of its 175,000 FB fans. "Nalipay kita nga daghan usab ang miapil sa maong contest so in the future mas daghan pang mga prizes and atong ihatag sa atong mga MDN fans, says the president and publisher of Mindanao Daily News. CONTEST MECHANICS Below are some of the details to make sure you give yourself the best possible chance to win the brandnew Celphone and home appliances! 1. Like and Share our FB Page to 3 of your friends on Facebook - link here >>bit.ly/2pOPEK2 2. Subscribe to our YouTube Channel (click subscribe and click the bell BUTTON to receive more video updates from us) link here >>bit.ly/31PCGdd 3. After subscribing to our Youtube Channel, paste this comment  either in Facebook Fan pages or in Youtube Page "I Want To Win" and then paste your FB link for checking purposes that you have made all the tasks to qualify for the contest. 4. Visit and like our other FB Fan page here >>http://www.mindanaodailynews.com All of the tasks above will increase your chances of winning the brand new Home Appliances! PRIZES GRAND PRIZE - Brandnew Celphone 1st Prize - Brandnew Rice Cooker 2nd Price - Brandnew electric stand fan 3.Cash prize - P500

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Mindanao Daily News FB Like and Share Challenge!

April 1, 2019

MINDANAO DAILY NEWS FB FAGE LIKE AND SHARE CHALLENGE   WANT A BRAND NEW HUAWEI Y6 PRO PHONE NOW FOR FREE? HERE ARE THE STEPS TO WIN!!   Want to get your brand new HUAWEI Phone? We would like to say THANK YOU for joining "FB PAGE HUAWEI PHONE GIVEAWAY CONTEST." Below are some of the details to make sure you give yourself the best possible chance to win this brandnew cellphone and load! ·          Our give away promo winner will be drawn on June 15, 2019. See Official Rules for more details. ·         The Winner will be announced on both our Facebook Fan Page and via our Newspaper (print) on the day of the drawing! ·         This includes liking and sharing Mindanao Daily News Fan Page for our online edition to gain maximum mileage with your help ·         Sharing our social media promotion to just 3 of your friends and commenting "I want to win a cellphone will give you 1 official entry to the contest.  If you haven't done so already make sure to post on your Facebook page the following message (so your friends and family can enter!)… Just copy and paste the below message to your Facebook wall! Don't miss out! The easiest way to own a brand new phone. Here's how you can connect with us right now:  ·         Become a Facebook Fan (if you’re not already) – Click HERE ·         Join Our Group Page – Click HERE  ·          All of these things will increase your chances of knowing if you win the brand new Samsung Phone. Plus help you stay connected with us for additional promotional offers! VISIT OUR PROMO PAGE NOW TO JOIN AND CONFIRM YOUR ENTRY

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