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LitWit Challenge: The Universe is a Library

April 07, 2014 By: jessicazafra Category: Books, Contest 1 Comment →

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We might argue that libraries are singularities—so many fictional and non-fictional lives, so many time periods converging on a single point. At the very least, they make excellent settings for stories.

The LitWit Challenge this month, should you choose to accept it, is to write a story of 500 words or more set in a library. Any library, actual or imaginary. It could be a mystery in which the heroine races against time to locate a vital piece of information that would save civilization. It could be a time-travel adventure in which library patrons can enter the worlds described in books. It could be a horror thriller in which library patrons are walled up in the stacks. It could be a romance in which an anonymous admirer leaves love letters spelled out by the spines of old books. It could be Anything.

Post your stories in Comments before Sunday, 20 April 2014. The winner will receive a toy Philippine Eagle and 8 Twisted books signed by the author.

Start writing.

The winner of our LitWit Challenge: Write dialogue using only Pinoy movie titles iiiiissss…

March 07, 2014 By: jessicazafra Category: Books, Contest, Movies 2 Comments →

This video is For Mature Audiences Only. Meaning we can’t watch it.

If you’ve ever been curious about the Seiko movie from the 90s called Talong (Eggplant, Aubergine), here it is. “Tiffany, a young and confused artist finds inspiration in Edong, a handsome talong farmer. Tiffany bumps into Edong one evening in a public market but loses him during that first meeting. In a Cinderella twist, Edong leaves behind an enormous talong which tiffany uses to track down her Prince Charming.” Thank you, YouTube.

aspiringwriter29, for making the effort to use three or four titles for each line of dialogue. Congratulations! Post your full name in Comments (It won’t be published) and we’ll alert you when your prize has been delivered to National Bookstore in Power Plant Mall, Rockwell.

Read all the entries here, they’re hilarious.

LitWit Challenge: Write dialogue using only Pinoy movie titles

February 24, 2014 By: jessicazafra Category: Books, Contest, Movies 8 Comments →

Boboy directed us to this POYKPAC Comedy video in which a couple break up in a conversation composed entirely of movie titles. “Would be fun to have Talong and Engkantadang Kangkarot in there,” Boboy said. Great idea!

Your LitWit Challenge is to write us 30 or more lines of dialogue using only the titles of Pinoy movies. We’ll leave the situation up to you: breakup, courtship, argument, revenge, knock yourself out. Between Bukas, Tatakpan Ka Ng Diyaryo and Huwag Mong Buhayin Ang Bangkay, the possibilities are endless. Between Talong, Kangkong, Itlog, you’ve got salad.

Post your entries in Comments; submissions will be accepted until noon on 2 March 2014. Our Writing Workshop participants are disqualified from this contest.

The winner will receive these two books: Thomas Pynchon’s latest novel Bleeding Edge in hardcover, and an omnibus edition of the Smiley novels by John Le Carre, probably the greatest spy novels ever written.

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This LitWit Challenge is brought to you by National Bookstores.

The winner of the Philippine Heritage Sites photography contest is…

February 06, 2014 By: jessicazafra Category: Contest, Places, Traveling No Comments →

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Julius Joseph L. dela Cruz for his photograph of the Negros Provincial Capitol and lagoon in Bacolod City. It stood out among the entries showing facades, facades, and more facades. Congratulations, Julius. Your Tigerair domestic ticket voucher will be emailed to you today.

Tiger Traveller: Third set of entries to our Philippine Heritage Sites photo contest

February 04, 2014 By: jessicazafra Category: Contest, Traveling No Comments →

This is the last set of entries eligible to win a round-trip ticket to any Tigerair domestic destination in this month’s Tiger Traveller: Heritage Sites of the Philippines photo contest.

The winner will be announced on Thursday.

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Balay Dr. Niere by Kristina Cassandra T. Santos
“Built in 1928 during the American occupation, the Balay Dr. Dionisio Niere belonged to the first Doctor of Medicine of Boljoon. During the Second World War, this house was used as headquarters for the Japanese Imperial Army. It is now part of the popular Boljoon Heritage Trail.” Taken December 28, 2011 with a Canon 550D (18-55mm)

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San Juanico Bridge at dusk by Norman Jay V. Avena. Taken at the Leyte-Samar border, October 2009 with a Nikon D80.

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Baclayon Church by Kiko Untalan
Taken inside the Baclayon church in May 2009 using the missus’s Nikon D90 camera. With 15 family members, we visited the church during our 3 day summer tour of Bohol. Of the several hundred photos I took during that trip, this is my favorite.

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The Rice Terraces of Batad by Michael Vincent Mercado
Taken December 2012 in Brgy. Batad, Banaue, Ifugao with a Canon EOS Kiss X4. Walking along the narrow paths of the 2000-year-old rice terraces requires calculated steps and great balance. Something that the natives do not have problems with. What they struggle with however, is the decreasing interest in agriculture among the young.

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Portico of Baclayon Church by Jeffrey Catha Viri
Baclayon Church in Bohol was founded in 1596. Its portico is the focal point of its interiors. Taken September 6, 2009 with a Sony Cybershot DSC-TX10.

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Binondo Church by Allan Jay Quesada. Taken March 28, 2013 with a Nikon D5100

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Calle Crisologo, Vigan by Allan Jay Quesada
“Calle Crisologo is packed with well-preserved Bahay na Bato. The street’s cobblestone finish is intact as well. Along the calle, calesas are also available for hire.” Taken May 21, 2012 with a Nikon D5100

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Boljoon Church by Kristina Cassandra T. Santos.
“Established in 1692, it is the oldest remaining original stone church in Cebu. In 1999, the National Historical Institute declared it a National Historical Landmark.”Taken December 28, 2011 with a Canon 550D (18-55mm)

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Immaculate Conception Cathedral in Puerto Princesa, Palawan by Allan Jay Quesada. Taken June 27, 2012 with a Nikon D5100

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Win a bag of school and office supplies on Lunar New Year’s Day (We have a winner!)

January 31, 2014 By: jessicazafra Category: Contest 24 Comments →

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The limited edition Year of the Horse Ang Pao Bag containing over Php2,500 worth of school supplies and office products is available today only for Php500 at selected National Bookstore branches.
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You can win this Ang Pao Bag in our Lunar New Year raffle. To join, just type the title of your favorite post in JessicaRulestheUniverse in Comments. All entries are eligible in the raffle at midnight.

This raffle is brought to you by our friends at National Bookstore.

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The winner of our Lunar New Year’s Day raffle, as picked by the white cat, is…entry #18, misterfreedom. Congratulations! Your Ang Pao Bag of school and office supplies is ready for pickup at the Customer Service counter of National Bookstore at Power Plant Mall Rockwell, Makati. Just give them your full name and tell them you’re claiming your prize.

Thanks to everyone who joined the raffle.