Bloggys 2015: Celebrating Why We Should Support Filipino Writers

Throughout time, history and culture has been shaped by writers. Their descriptions of their lives and social changes are passed out generation to generation.

Jose Rizal, the Filipino national hero, is a writer. He wrote to tell the world about the poverty and mistreatment that occurred during the Spanish regime. His legacy of writing to create change in the country has been passed on to today’s youth. One great example is the Bloggys 2015.

What is Bloggys 2015?

Bloggys 2015 is a blog awarding event that has gathered the best internet writers of the country. Last month, writers have been nominated by fans and friends to be qualified for the competition. They have been nominated in categories like Travel, Business, Religion, Fiction and Literature, etc. This October, these talented Bloggers are grabbing attention of internet users for votes. Anyone can vote for their bet on the best blog. They will be judged by category and popularity.

please comment and share :)

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Besides internet users, there is a panel of judges who will decide who is the Bloggys 2015 Philippine Champion and Overall People’s Champion. These judges are prominent writers in the society like Donald Lim, Chief Digital Head of ABS-CBN and Maria Ressa, Founder and CEO of Rappler.

On November 21, 2015 the announcement of winners will happen on Bloggys’ awards  event called Gala Night. Bloggers from all over the country will come to the event and celebrate the Filipino writing. It will be an event to empower them and promote the culture.

Why and How Bloggys Supports Filipino Writers

Bloggys highlights the talents and views of Filipinos. Filipino bloggers write about the beautiful places in the country. They share the struggles and successes of Filipinos. They give relevant information and news about the country. They can reach out to global standards with their pieces on business and entertainment. With the Bloggys competition, their works are now more recognized. Writing contests like this sharpens the skills and challenges Filipinos to compete with other writers of the world. ❤

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The Kiss not meant to be

Hi guys please vote for my blog on Bloggys.ph!  Just look for joanchristisevilla.wordpress.com on this site: 

http://bloggys.ph/section-2/

Then click the box next to it and scroll down to the bottom page. Fill out your name, email, and mobile phone number. Then click: Vote via Facebook. 

Here’s a sample of my work:

The Kiss not meant to be

A POEM INSPIRED BY HARRY POTTER AND OF COURSE, RON

Out in the mucky midst, strange smells, and piercing peers

Small compared to the big trees of the Forbidden Forest.

So this is what I get for trying to sneak into Gryffindor’s dorm!

I thought. Oh the pains of unrequited love I must confess!

I should have never wanted to get Ron’s sweater.

 

I think these thoughts as we march in and towards the unknown.

Hagrid with his silent disappointment still in sight.

Then suddenly the tall gray cloaked figure glides in front of me.

When I see it the pitch of my terror bursts out of me with all its might.

Ready to capture my soul it is, a dementor.

I step back, searching for help, as it seeks my souls.

Looking back at the creature, I instead see

The moments I put down others because of my own insecurity,

The times I embarrassed myself because of great struggles in me,

The words that have slashed at my soul and dignity throughout the years.

The longer I dwell in these dark phases of my life

The worse it gets in stabbing my heart,

The faster it takes to draw out the spirit in me.

I get to my senses, my fingers try to get my wand for a start.

I think of nothing but Patronus.

Webbed feet stomp before me

Standing for each day I’ve tried to stand on my own.

Feathered wings spread to protect my scared wits

Formed by the dreams I’ve fought and still fighting to be shone.

Long its neck, regal its stature—a swan, my Patronus.

Before the dementor could even touch me

To give me the first kiss I’ve always imagined Ron to give

This swan came to save me,

She the epitome of all things beautiful in me that lives.

She being the friend to take the kiss for me, a kiss not meant to be.

Literature Challenge!

What were the figures of speech used in this poem? Can you think of your own? Please do comment below 😀

Bloggys :)

I’m taking the challenge of being part of the blog challenge for Filipino writers by http://bloggys.ph/

I’m so thankful that there are contests like this because it really supports and challenges Filipino writers. I mean like hey, how else can we be motivated to get our voice out there?

These kinds of contests shows Filipinos are versatile and are experts in several areas good for business also for world change. I hope I will be qualified for the Voting Phase. I’m running up for the best Fiction and Literature blog.

Here’s an example Flash Fiction piece I promised to write for a “fan” hehe:

Your world and hers are alike. Going out of the house. Both of you working with all your capabilities to earn for your loved ones and a bit of happiness too. Yet one day she stepped out of the house. The trees were calling her name. You may have heard the trees do the same for you. But you’ve probably misheard it. She is different. She heard them out and decided to go out and plant some more. For like a tree she lives for growth. For like a tree she grows for the welfare of all.

—A lady for Planet Earth

Do you want me to write a flash fiction piece about you? Comment on this website and share my blog 🙂 I will do so EVER so happily and FREE 😀

My First Collection of Flash Fiction Pieces

Hi guys! October 5, #Bloggys2015 will announce those blogs qualified for Voting. I hope mine will make it. For now, please continue to comment and share 😀 Thanks ❤

MY FIRST COLLECTION OF FLASH FICTION PIECES

We met a month (or so?) ago. He had great humor! But he never heard me laugh. He says sweet things to me. His words inspire me to continue to teach and write even in my saddest times. But he has never saw me smile. He has never wiped my tears. Yes this is us. We write to each other everyday. I, in exchange, advise him on his love life. I read about his tales about a life across lands. Yes this is us. We are sharing life’s moments together and yet far apart.

–Friendship Online

I know that his ideal day is eating meals with okra for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. He has his teaching and book promotion gigs all around the Philippines but his favorite will always be his province. He reads the same book as me because he shared about the challenge of doing so on FB. I know he used to live in a small apartment near La Salle but is living the life in a condo in Ayala. He used to wait for a FX as I’d pass by him on a jeepney.

(Yes obsessed!)

His destination? I’d hope to be the same as mine.

I know his career is his passion. I know because it is painted in each picture and status he posts. As I hope to buy his works or go to his next event, I hope to be a little closer. I hope he can dust off the secret to being a success and inspiration on my shoulders. For I’d shower under it like pixie dust 😀

–Professor Crush

There was once a girl who I was deeply jealous of. She was tall She had fair skin. She had a loving family. Each day she’d go to the same school as me and enter each class with a string of admirers. Oh how I’m jealous of her! I’ve befriended her to try to get my wrongful nerves out. Instead, I found it more irritating that she is very very sweet. She is the friend you can come to for comfort and will mention your name in her prayers at night. I’ve said some hurtful things to her because of my jealousy. There I found out the best thing about this girl–now a young woman and teacher–is that she isn’t just sweet but kind. She forgave the moment I asked. Maybe she would have anyways if I haven’t. I will never forget meeting this person….

–She Gave Me a Heart-Shaped Letter

Do you want me to write a flash fiction piece about you? Comment and share about these pieces, then I’ll work on it for free 😉

Every time I travel, I see this…

I ask you of spare change to please my hungry owner

My owner a mother who has traveled from fruitful lands to beg in this cold city.

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My owner a relative of an ill person waiting for him to get bills paid or medicines to take.

My owner being a child who also wants to keep his shelter.

I ask of you for spare change because poverty is a never ending problem like how the world never stops to turn on invisible wheels.

I ask of you: Spare Change for Change…

ENVELOPE

Nurse, Para Sa’yo Ito

*Another trial of my Tagalog writing skills, bear with me*

Puede ba kitang interviewhin? Matapang ka at nais ko rin maging matapang katulad mo.

Sa pag araw-araw mo maghanap sa mga tao na

nakakawa

nakakainis

mga walang disiplina

mga makulit

concerned

pasaway

Sa mga tao may puso at problema pero hindi nagisip na ,ay may puso at problema ka rin

Maari sa career o pamilya

Pero aalagaan mo pa rin sila na hindi mo kaano-ano. Aasikasuhin ang lahat na bagay na hinihingi.

Harapin mo siya o sila na calmado. Minsan mataray. Madalas matapang.

Gagawin mo trabaho mo…siguro passion mo talaga ito, ano kaya nagmomotivate sa’yo?

Ano yun nagiindak sa’yong puso upang gawin ito?

Alive everyday siguro ang buhay mo.

Hinahanga kita nurse, ang kagandahan mo sa loob at yun kasimplihan mo na pinapakita mo

Ang kagandahan mo ay nasa puso at passion mo upang gawin ang dapat ….upang gawin kung ano man nagpamahal sayo sa iyong serbisyo ❤

Online Reading Club: The Site for Bookworms Everywhere

Do you often find yourself curling up in bed with a book after a long day?

Do you want to find out about the next good book that will sparkle up your imagination?

http://onlinebookclub.org/ is the website for you 🙂

At Online Book Club for Reading,

book lovers can discuss their favorite books and literature topics. There are forums covering all genres of books–new and old. Each month, the members agree to read one book and discuss it. They also vote for the genre and nominate another book for a new topic. These forums are great for teachers to motivate their students in reading especially if its online. They are also fun for any reader who wants to exchange their ideas about literature.

To check out the discussion of their latest Book of Month:http://forums.onlinebookclub.org/shelves/book.php?id=3445

The book chosen was:

Another great feature of this site is Book Reviews. At Online Book Club for Reading, you will get book reviews on the latest book or books you’ve been curious about. You can search if there are forums on books you are required to read. You might even find the books your interested in the Free Sample of Books section.

You will loooove Online Reading Club if books are the thing for you. What’s waiting? Check it out now 😀

My Child: A Poem”ish” Piece for my Students

My child is the one who looks shyly upon me

Wanting to ask a question, earn approval, seek attention, or accept comfort.

I don’t know why my child looks at me that way!

Is it because he considers me wise? Does he consider me his parent?

He has no choice for I will forever see him as my child (even if the only possible blood connection we have is through Adam and Eve).

My child is the one who talks too much or laughs the loudest.

The one who runs straight past by you when you told him five minutes NOT to (and TOTALLY out of concern).

My child is the one who pouts at me guiltily when he admits his wrongdoings.

Does he know, deep down inside, I’ll accept him anyways?

My child is more intelligent than me but I will never dare to vocalize such!

He has more creative ideas and potential to contribute to his home than I may ever have the power of.

Does he know that too?

I sometimes see it when his eyes brighten up as he addresses a challenge or presents his thoughts.

I can only hope he’ll one day realize how to use such power.

My child can be boastful.

He can seem to know it all! Or be the leader of a winning team. Or a contributor of an amazing performance.

Sometimes it makes his ego a little bigger than it should.

It can make him a bully or simply disliked by others.

Who can blame him?

For his parent, yes I, have spoiled him so. But my dear, do remember that humility is the secret to true success.

My child is a dreamer

(Sometimes “taking advantage” of doing so in class).

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He is an author of notes–during discussions–sometimes silly, sometimes good.

An athlete of mischief. An artist of “intriguing” perceptions of his other siblings.

A bandwagon fan of some trend but he has better interests that are more useful.

A comedian (though sometimes I have to force myself to laugh).

The dancer I’m jealous of. The singer of the song, he and his siblings wrote within five minutes. The actor of Drama (Operation: “Clinic”) and Romance (production number: So Your My New Crush).

He is the professor of interesting logic. A constructor of big projects. A doctor to his friends.

My child may have doubted the parent in me. My parental skills may have not been as skilled as his.

But again, he has to accept in my eyes he is my child.

My child will forever be my inspiration.

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#BloggysPh2015

Movie Review, Reaction = Critique ;)

For high school and college students writing movie reviews and reaction papers are always a brain draining activity. They all size up to the more technical term: critique. Here are some helpful facts and tips about them:

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A critique is a genre of academic writing that briefly summarizes and evaluates a piece of work.

Where do we see critiques?
*Creative works like movie and book reviews, exhibits, poetry
*Research in journal articles and theories
* Media through news reports and articles

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Format of a Critique
I. Introduction
-can be a summary, question, comparison, and/ a challenge
2. Thesis
-presentation of arguments. Serves as outline for the body
3. Body
-restates arguments and proves them through
*describing the best scenes
*citing other critics
*analyzing themes, characterization, elements of the work (ex. movie: special effects,  book: values, issues of events (ex. Ship sunk- issue: overloading)
*combination of these
4. Conclusion
-summarizes arguments and proves it with an impact to readers

Tips in Writing a Critique
Summarizing
When describing the work, write what the readers should know.
What is it mainly about? ex. a blind boy looking for a parents

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Describing the Best Scenes
-choose the best scenes which suppport the argument. Describe them briefly. Word it in such way which explains the argument
ex. The movie truly showed the theme of compassion. One scene showed a woman picking up the child and singing it sleep. Her eyes closed and the audience knew she would adopt him.


Comparing and Contrasting
State the similarity or differences of two works. Be straightforward. Note: A critique compares and contrasts through analyzing the elements of the work. A comparative essay similarly states opinons of the similarities or differences through supporting details.
ex. The movie and the book are far apart because the book’s plot focuses on the boy’s experiences while the movie scenes focus on the woman’s.

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What are your experiences in writing critiques? Share now by commenting 😉

Top 10 Things You Should Know about Reading Historical Fiction

Stuck with a difficult book report? Curious about how to write a good book review online?  Or you simply just want to expand your readings? This article will help you find out more about historical fiction books. Here you will discover great information about the genre, its expected themes, character analysis, issues, and literature devices. Handy information indeed for any student, teacher, parent, online writer, or bookworm indeed!

#10 Historical Fiction Download

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Historical Fiction is a genre of prose based on actual events and people of the past. It is a fictionalized adaptation of a piece of history relevant to the author and his audience. You can see this in books, TV shows, and movies. An example of a recent historical fiction book which was later adapted into a movie is “The Book Thief”. The book and movie tells a tale of a girl who lied during the World War II. Though the novel’s main character Leisel is not a real person, the events she experiences (such as being prohibited of books that may fail the Nazi name) are actual experiences of people who lived during those times.

#9 History versus Fiction

How do you know if its history or factual? How about fictional? Here are some pointers:

  • Google the names of the characters in the book or movie you have to review. Read about them if they happen to be actual people in history. See if the events in their lives are the same as the book or movie describes it.
  • Research about the events in the story. Was it during the Depression? A biblical event? A political change in a country? You would know by the dates or years the book or move mentions. Extra research will help you understand the fiction and nonfiction of the book or movie.
  • Note that details about the character’s feelings and insights are usually the “fictionalized” parts of what you are reading or watching. The author will try to make you step into a historical figure’s mind or a historical event then make his audience wonder how to react.

#8 Insights on the Theme of Royalty

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Some popular historical fiction books, movies, and TV shows highlight royalty as a theme. With royalty is intrigue and power. What else to expect? They are about real kings and queens of different lands. You might have watched or heard about The Tudors. The Tudors was a 2007-2010 popular show about Henry VII of France. Its first season tackled the king’s affairs including Anne Boleyn. The kind of power he had for France was also highlighted.

#7 Theme of Love and Lust

If you were ever curious about how your favourite hero or heroine in actual history has fallen in love or has faced lust then you can find it through historical fiction. Hold hands with Marilyn Monroe as she decides whether or not to tempt John F. Kennedy. Find out about the true loves of Solomon. All stories of love and lost in actual history can be found in this drama.

#6 Social Issue of Discrimination

When dealing with historical events, you will discover the author discussing hot social issues the most common discrimination.

Racial Discrimination. This is a common social issue dealt with in historical fiction books. Common periods would be the Civil War, the times of Jim Crow Laws, or even 911. It could also be a theme for books based in Africa or Asia which had several countries suffering from colonization.

Gender Discrimination. Several books about the “first female” to do anything like reign a country or cross far distances are considered historical fictions. Books and films also about the third sex are now becoming more popular.

#5 History Speaks Awareness of Today’s Issues

The social issues that people have faced in the past have a big impact on today’s concerns. You will unconsciously reflect on today’s issues with war as characters of the past also face them. You may want to provide characters information you have today about health. Learning about the past and enjoying is credible due to historical fiction.

#4 Literature Devices in Historical Fiction

Films and books often use symbolism as a device for audiences to analyse. Like in “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” shows a hummingbird flying above their main characters as a representative of loved one they must let go of. Words of inspiration by the character or real event may be described through metaphors and similes. The author may also use imagery to bring the past to life for the readers.

#3 How to Analyse Characters in Historical Fiction

(Braveheart is based on the life of Scottish hero, William Wallace)

If characters are based on real people, you can critic if they would feel as the author describes it or beg to differ. You may also point out lack of emotion. You may even question their fictionalized decisions. If they are purely fictionalized then you might want to reflect how would you feel or what wise choices would you have made during the historic changes described.

#2 How to Write Historical Fiction

The best way to write historical fiction is by research. Look for books, magazines, newspapers, and websites about a person or event you’d like to write about. Place yourself in the shoes of that famous person or event as you research about it. Plan the plot very well using the facts as your guidelines. Describe the pictures you’ve seen or imagined but do make sure they are authentic to the real life event. Don’t forget your sources too.

#1 Why Love Historical Fiction

Historical Fiction is addictive because it paints colors to events and historical figures it also tackles past issues and will help you reflect on the status of these issues today. Historical Fiction also highlights the themes you’d fall in love with in other genres. It is extraordinary because of the authenticity facts have imprinted on today. So what else would convince you to kick back and enjoy  book or film with the Historical Fiction genre.

Do you know anymore facts about historical fiction? Favorite books, movies, or shows you want to share? Please do comment 🙂