2016 National Writers Workshops

2016 national Writers workshops.jpgFilipino writers looking to hone their craft can apply to these prestigious national workshops. List will be updated when the call for manuscripts are opened or closed. Follow the links for full details.

55th UP National Writers Workshop

22-29 May 2016, Los Baños, Laguna

Deadline: 14 February 2016

16th IYAS National Writers’ Workshop

24-30 April 2016, University of St. La Salle-Bacolod, Bacolod City

Deadline: 19 February 2016

KRITIKA 2016 National Workshop on Art and Cultural Criticism

13-16 July 2016, University of San Agustin, Iloilo City

Deadline: 12 March 2016

23rd Iligan National Writers Workshop

30 May – 3 June 2016, MSU-Iligan Institute of Technology, Iligan City

Deadline: 15 March 2016

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Tips for surviving the #PHBookChallenge

Read fb adReading a new book every week may seem like a daunting task, but it’s certainly not impossible! Here are some tips to help you complete (and enjoy) the #PHBookChallenge:

  1. Make it a personal goal. Call it a New Year’s resolution or a personal improvement project. You’re more likely to stick with the program if you’re invested and determined to work through the process.
  2. Add it to your schedule. Whether you prefer to read a little every day or binge a whole book in 48 hours, set aside a specific time for your reading and stick to it. Treat it like precious “me time”, so if you need to go to a secluded place to avoid being bothered, do so.
  3. Bring it everywhere you go. As an ebook publisher, we’re obviously fans of the digital format. Otherwise, stash your current read into your day bag. If you find yourself stuck in traffic or faced with some dead time, getting some reading done will keep you feeling productive.
  4. Break it down to small bites. This is especially important when reading novels and long reads. Have an idea of how many pages you can finish (or have time to finish) in a day, then follow that format in reading your book rather than waiting to stop in between chapters.
  5. Take breaks. If the story is getting too heavy or emotionally taxing, give yourself some breathing room. Take a day off from reading, or pick up something more lighthearted.
  6. Cut yourself some slack. If you’ve fallen behind on the proposed reading list, don’t get discouraged! Read at a pace that feels comfortable instead of trying to meet deadlines. We’ve put together a mix of both long and short reads, so you can opt to stretch out reading a tome over a few weeks while completing easier ones.

Got more tips to keep you motivated? Share them with us in the comments below!

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52 books in 52 weeks

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Trying to read more books this year? Do the ‪#‎PHBookChallenge‬ with us and read 52 books by local authors this 2016!

If your New Year’s resolution involves reading more books, we’ve given a twist to the usual #52Books challenge. Our staff has compiled a list of their 52 must-read books by Filipino authors to get Filipinos to read more of our home-brewed literature. We’ll be featuring a new title every week on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts so make sure to watch out for the announcement every Saturday!

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We’re looking for The Next Great Comic Book!

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Three winners will receive a publishing contract for their entries. The Board of Judges is composed of Josel Nicolas, Mervin Malonzo and Tintin Pantoja.

Entries may be submitted to contest@flipside.ph by 31 January 2016.

Rules and Guidelines:
The contest is open to all individuals or group of individuals, except for employees of Flipside Publishing Services, Inc. and the judges. Only one entry per individual or group. A participant can only be part of one group.

All entries must be stand-alone, original works and must not have been previously published. Participants represent and warrant that the submission is their own work and has absolute ownership of all intellectual property rights thereto. Participants retain copyright of their submitted work.

Entries must be submitted via email. Submissions must be accompanied by names and contact details of entry participants. Deadline for entries is 31 January 2016.

Entries must contain a minimum of 12 pages. There are no restrictions on length. There is no limit to the themes or genres that can be submitted.

Submissions must be in JPG or PNG format, 300 dpi, and Letter-size (8.5 x 11 inches). Entries can be in either English or Filipino, in full color or black & white.

The Board of Judges shall have full discretion to determine which entries are the winners and shall be final, as long as the winning entries comply with the rules listed here. The Board of Judges can also choose not to award any prize if, in their judgment, no worthy submission has been entered.

The winning entries will be published in ebook format. Three winners will be selected: the grand prize winner receives P5,000.00 as an advance against royalties, first place runner-up receive P2,500.00 as an advance against royalties, and second runner-up receives P1,000.00 as an advance against royalties. Winners will be announced in March 2016.


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Flipside apologizes to T.Wei

Flipside Publishing apologizes to artist Tien Wei Hee regarding the images used for our comic book contest.

One of the designs for the promotional materials was based on the work of T. Wei. Our graphic artist misunderstood the concept of Derivative Works and believed that if an image was modified by X%, this would count as an Original Work. Flipside takes full responsibility for this error, and would like to apologize to T. Wei, the artist community at large, and comic creators. We also thank the parties that brought this matter to our attention.

Flipside Publishing upholds Intellectual Property Rights, and acted immediately upon learning of this infringement. We have taken down all materials with these images, and will be issuing a new poster with original design. We have also discussed on intellectual property laws with our artists and instituted a new company policy to prevent such occurrences.

For more information, a copy of the Intellectual Property Code is available from http://www.ipophil.gov.ph/images/Patents/IRRs/RepublicAct8293.pdf

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Of Book Covers and Blunders

Hey, readers. David from Flipside here. It’s been a while since we posted anything at all on this blog, but something happened a week ago which I felt I needed to address.

First, a chronology of events:

Last Thursday, March 5th, Paolo Chikiamco alerted me to the fact that Manilarama Music—which from what I gather is a local events organizer, focusing on indie bands and musicians—had put together a gig at Selda-Dos Music Bar and Studio with the theme ‘Alternative Alamat’. (Alternative Alamat is also the title of a book Paolo edited.) The gig took place on Thursday, February 26th. To promote the gig, Manilarama used the cover of the Alternative Alamat anthology in a poster—

Please pardon the incredibly low resolution.

Please pardon the incredibly low resolution.

Compare to the original book cover (presented here with a far more tolerable resolution)—


It would appear that all the folks at Manilarama did was to slap on a bunch of band names and some logos and then called it a day — they didn’t even remove the ‘EDITED BY PAOLO CHIKIAMCO’ at the bottom. But sloppy work wasn’t the problem. What bothered Paolo was that no one informed him that Manilarama would be repurposing the book cover as a poster, and that no one credited Mervin Malonzo (of Tabi Po fame), the person who designed said cover. Somehow, though, Paolo heard about the gig and saw the poster on Facebook. He shared the poster on his own timeline, where his friends and colleagues, including Mervin and myself, could see the lapse of judgment on Manilarama’s part. (I use that term with no sarcasm—I’ll explain later.)

A few people were quite pissed off at this infringement of rights, and quite understandably so. Paolo contacted Manilarama (not entirely sure, but I think it was either an email or a private message on Facebook) and asked them to—at the very least—credit Mervin. Mervin comically commented on the original post on Manilarama’s page, to the effect of “Ako ang nag-design ng book cover na ito. Walang nag-credit sa akin, kaya ako na lang ang magke-credit sa sarili ko.” I wasn’t directly involved in the book (I wasn’t even a Flipside employee yet when it was published), but as the current head of Flipside’s trade publishing arm, I thought I’d jump into the fray, anyway. (Because, hey, three voices are better than two, yeah?) I sent Manilarama a private message, requesting that they “update the post linked above to state explicitly that [they] used the cover of Paolo’s book to make the poster, and to give due credit to Mervin.” To this day, it appears that they haven’t even opened my message, so I guess I can’t really say I contributed much to rectifying the situation. I periodically monitored Manilarama’s page, but there would be no changes until the next day.

On Friday, March 6th, I checked Manilarama’s page again, and found that the caption to the poster (which previously only listed the gig’s details) had been edited—

Again, please forgive the low res.

Again, please forgive the low res.

On my end, I thought that was enough. But as Paolo pointed out, “‘thanking’ us for the art makes things *worse* not better,” and so he contacted them again to explain what, in fact, should be done. And so, another revision to the post was made, and thankfully, Paolo took a screenshot of said post—

Proper Credit v2.0 (or Apologia v1.0)

Proper Credit v2.0 (or Apologia v1.0)

So I thought about it again—and Paolo was right. Merely “thanking” him and Mervin for the cover implies that Manilarama sought and received Paolo and Mervin’s permission to use the cover prior to using it for their poster, which is simply inaccurate. Making things right would require admitting (not only to Paolo and Mervin, but also to their audience) that what they did was wrong. And to their credit, that, they did. Unfortunately, as of Monday, March 9, Manilarama had taken down any and all posts related to Alternative Alamat.

A side note: Some of Paolo’s friends wanted more retribution than that, but as Paolo pointed out, the way that the whole thing was carried out was “too slipshod, grade-school-plagiarist.” I tend to agree—I detect no malice behind the act (again, they didn’t even bother taking Paolo’s name off the cover!), so my conclusion is that they simply didn’t know any better.

Honestly, the idea of using reimagined folklore as a theme for a music gig is kind of awesome. If the whole thing were pulled off properly (and I’d heard about it early enough), I probably would’ve gone. This whole fiasco, it seems, is borne of the widespread notion that anything and everything on the Internet is free game. This could not be farther from the truth. Paolo, Mervin, Eliza Victoria, Dean and Nikki Alfar, and everyone else in the local writing community do this not for the money (it’s no secret we don’t exactly get rich off these books), but for the love of it. They take pride in the work they produce (and I take pride in helping to facilitate its production), and it would sting if someone were to appropriate said work for their own needs without bothering to ask permission. I would launch into a diatribe regarding intellectual property rights, but I find that I am unable to launch into diatribes in general. Ergo, I shall attempt a summary: I personally believe art and knowledge should be shared with all (I’m a fan of the idea behind Creative Commons), but I also believe that a person’s moral rights to their work—or the right of attribution, the right to have a work published anonymously or pseudonymously, and the right to the integrity of the work—should be irrevocable.

That is, as opposed to what the 2015 Palancas require of applicants. (Sorry, I couldn’t resist taking that dig!)

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Tikum Kadlum: Sugidanon (Epics) of Panay (Book 1)

After twenty-five years of hard work—the recording, transcribing, translating, cross-checking and more—the ten epics of Panay have finally been documented for posterity.

The University of the Philippines Press and Flipside Publishing present the Sugidanon of Panay: Panay’s ten oral epics preserved for future generations in digital form. Tikum Kadlum (Black Dog), Book I, tells about the hunting spree of Datu Paiburong, the cutting of the prized buriraw nga kawayan (a yellow-colored variety of bamboo), and the heavy payment demanded by the man-eating monster, Makabagting, from Datu Paiburong for the crashing of his prized burugsak (gold bell). From the mountain of Panay Island, to the cities, this book reaches out to its varied readers in three languages: contemporary Kinaray-a, Filipino (Tagalog), and English.

A standard edition and an enhanced edition of TIKUM KADLUM: SUGIDANON (EPICS) OF PANAY (BOOK 1) by Frederico Caballero, Teresita Caballero-Castor, Alicia P. Magos PhD are now available on the following ebookstores:


Barnes & Noble | Flipreads | Kobo | iTunes | Google Play


The enhanced edition includes an audio recording of the epic Pahagunong.


Also coming soon to iTunes and Google Play.


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