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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Vote for the Best and Win an Entertainment Showcase

The Christmas celebration in the Philippines is arguable the longest in the world.

As early as September, we could already hear Yuletide tunes from almost every corner and would probably be played until the first Sunday of January (Feast of Three Kings).

Well, if you'll find yourself strolling at SM North EDSA anytime between today and 03 January 2011, you might want to go to the Atrium where you can find a display of almost 60 Christmas trees and Belen that are all made of old newspapers.  These are actually competing for the annual contest organized by Manila Bulletin.

Here's a treat for you by just looking at the display.  If you can figure which among the amazing displays will win the top prize this year, You can win for your self an Entertainment Showcase courtesy of Changhong and Rainbow DVD.

To vote just text MB Say XMASTREE or XMASBELEN Number of your choice Your name Your address.

Send your entries to 6800 to Smart subscribers or 2256 to Globe subscribers.

For more information, you may call 524-7884.

Win WWE Premium Items

As far as I can remember, I've been a pro wrestling fan since I was 5.

Those days, you already know who will win even before the bell rings. The match-up makers then would just pick one WWF superstar than put him in the ring with an unknown fighter which we would describe as "parang pinabili lang ng suka sa palengke"

But of course, there were a few times that a mediocre wrestler would win the match if your name happens to be like Barry Horowitz or Steve Lombardi.

Today's WWE has evolved into a real eye candy with glitz and brawl combined. My all-time fave is still the Hulkster but I would not be amaze now if somebody will win a match via leg drop.

Now here's a great treat for WWE sucker like me. Jack TV has this amazing promotion for all their loyal viewers where WWE Premium items will be given away. Here's the contest PR I read from their official website.

Jack TV gives you more reason to watch and stay tuned to WWE Raw and Smackdown!

With new timeslots and now even closer to its US airing, Jack TV adds more excitement to the breath-stopping shows each WWE Titles offer. Simply catch the weekly featured wrestler during either Raw or Smackdown, and key in your answer here. Do this for the whole promo period to get a higher chance of being drawn as the Grand Winner of WWE merchandise from Mattel. JACK TV proves all the more why it’s called to be WWE’s home.

Promo Period: December 22 – January 25, 2010 (5 weeks).

Check their website for more details.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

FREE Entrance to Ginebra vs Alaska Christmas Do-or-Die Game

Last year, after almost spending Noche Buena in the hospital, I whispered a simple prayer hoping that this year's Christmas day celebration would be better and more exciting.

Last night, I think Santa did noted my plea from last year and granted a convincing 94-76 Barangay Ginebra win over rival Alaska Milk in Game 2 of their best-of-3 quarterfinals match. This means that the two teams will have to meet on Christmas day to determine who will face San Miguel Beer for a best-of-7 semifinals match. The other semis battle will be between Talk N' Text and B-Meg Derby Ace.

Now, here's a Christmas treat for fellow Ginebra fanatics like me: PBA will be giving away FREE tickets to the first 1,000 spectators (Gallery section) to the Kings-Aces match on Saturday at the Cuneta Astrodome. The game starts at 5 p.m. Lucky ticket holders will also be treated to special raffle prizes during the game.

I just hope the Kings win so it will really be a great holiday celebration for all the ka-Barangays!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

FREE Toll Fee from SLEX

Here's a good news I just read from Manila Bulletin which I think in way can make a lot of motorists happy during the holiday season.

Southbound motorists will enjoy toll-free use of the South Luzon Expressway (SLEx) and the Southern Tagalog Arterial Road (STAR) on Christmas and New Year.

As a treat to expressway users, the South Luzon Tollway Corporation (SLTC) will waive collection of the toll for the 36-kilometer expressway from Alabang in Muntinlupa to Sto. Tomas in Batangas from 10 p.m. of December 24 to 6 a.m. of December 25, and from 10 p.m. of December 31 to 6 a.m. of January 1.

The STAR Tollway Corporation (STC) will observe the same toll holiday at the 42-kilometer highway from Sto. Tomas to Balagtas town in Batangas province.

Given the toll holiday, motorists are expected to save P86 at SLEx and P60 at STAR.

Although the Citra Metro Manila Tollway Corporation (CMMTC) will not implement a similar toll holiday for users of South Metro Manila Skyway, it is still letting motorists use the elevated portion of the expressway from Bicutan to Sucat toll free until the Alabang extension is finished by May 2011.

Nevertheless, CMMTC will revert to its P85 toll rate for the use of the elevated Skyway starting December 22.

On the other hand, the Manila North Tollways Corporation (MNTC) and the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) said there will be no toll holiday for users of the North Luzon Expressway (NLEx) and the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEx).

Both MNTC and BCDA have a pending application to implement 11 and 43 percent toll fee increase, respectively, before the Toll Regulatory Board. Target implementation is on January 1 but TRB officials said no decision on the petitions has been made.

The MNTC is seeking an 11 percent toll rate increase from its present rate of P2.13 per kilometer while the BCDA is requesting for 43 percent increase from its current rate of P2 per kilometer.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Make a pledge and get a FREE Ingat Pilipinas Kit

When you finish reading this blog post, two accidents will have occurred.

It's a fact that we should not take lightly especially during this holiday season when parties and drinking sessions are simply irresistible. That's why we should be careful ALWAYS! Sabi nga ng kahawig kong si John Lloyd, "Ingat!" (What I meant was kahawig kami kasi pareho kami ng Natasha shirt na suot niya sa brochure na dala ng nagpapa-order dito sa office)

Anyways, here is a great promotion to get some freebies this Christmas. Just register and make a pledge at and you will get a FREE Ingat Pilipinas Kit!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Get a Php 200 David & Goliath coupon when you donate

Our parish priest asked us to be like Manny Pacquaio this Christmas.

I said, "Huh? Get a career in boxing, showbiz or politics?"

Actually, what the priest meant was to practice the the best evah boxer's mantra," It's better to give than to receive."

So if you have old clothes just acting as abode of roaches and mice in your cabinet, why not check for items which you think other people can still wear, wash them and go to the nearest David & Goliath outlet (Bonifacio High Street, Greenbelt 5 or Trinoma).

As an added incentive for your good deed, you'll get Php 200 David & Goliath coupon.

Here's the complete mechanics of this remarkable activity:
1. For every two (2) shirts donated *, get a 200php coupon that can be used when you purchase any regular-priced David & Goliath Tee.
2. Only one coupon can be used for each David & Goliath shirt purchased.
3. The coupon cannot be used in conjunction with other existing promos and/or discounts.
4. The coupon is transferable but not convertible to cash.
5. The coupon is valid until March 31, 2011.
6. You may drop your donations in any David & Goliath store

* any brand as long as they are in decent, wearable condition.
* Donation period is from December 10, 2010 to January 16, 2011.
* This project is for the benefit of the T-SHIRT DRIVE OF ROCK ED PHILIPPINES.

Visit for details.

Per DTI-NCR Permit No. 8055 Series of 2010.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Mapanghingi ka ba? Php 1000 Winila Credits Giveaway

I just realized this morning that I am on an "instant" diet in the past few days because of my deadlines at work.

From my instant coffee in the morning to my instant pancit canton for meryenda, I transacted and closed deal with a client after a few emails and made revisions on a lay-out with just a few clicks on my mouse--- hah! you can't do these things instantly back in my college days.

Other "instant" things I do lately is online shopping so I was delighted to be introduced by my friend Jayson Biadog (who's also giving away credits via his popular blog) to Winila, another cyberspace gem which promises up to 95% savings form the actual prize of the product. Indeed, it lives up to its tagline Spend Small, WIN BIG!

Bid for products and gain huge savings. Or, buy products directly. Worst case, you pay the retail price.

How does Winila work? You can either start shopping directly for the retail price, or you choose a bid package in order to bid for your desired products.

All placed bids raise the price & add time to the clock. You win the product if you're the final bidder when the clock hits zero!

What if you don't win? With the Buy It Now functionality you can purchase the product for a discount equal to the value of the bids you put towards that auction.

To get you started , Mapanghingi ka ba? is giving away Php 200 Winila credits to five (5) lucky followers of this blog. Here's the mechanics how to win:

1. Just subscribe to Mapanghingi ka ba? (kindly submit your email address on the widget on the right portion of this page) or simply follow this blog.

2. If you are already a subscriber or follower of this blog, just indicate your name and email address and say the magic words "I wanna have P200 Winila credits")

3. Winners will be determined via will be announced here on the first week of January 2011 and will be contacted via email on how to claim the prize. Promo Period: December 10 to December 31, 2010 11:59 p.m.

On the left side is a user/ winner's testimony about his great experience with the site.

Winila credits can be used when you register for FREE at

To know more about, click here or go to their Facebook page.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Win Channel V G-shock and Bon Jovi Shirts

I am not a big Bon Jovi fan but I love to sing his hits during videoke sessions.  Well, it is only with Bon Jovi songs that I can adlib and eat the words and get away with it.

So what is your favorite Bon Jovi song?  

    *  It’s My Life
    *  You Give Love A Bad Name
    *  Wanted Dead Or Alive
    *  Have A Nice Day
    *  What Do You Got?
    *  Livin’ On A Prayer

Just choose one from the list and explain why and you might end up winning a Bon Jovi shirt and a Channel V G-shock watch! 

To join, just click HERE and place your answer to the question.

Monday, December 6, 2010

PMAP High Flyers Video Making Contest

The High Flyers Campaign official endorser Dingdong Dantes with members of the Academe-Industry Committee of the People Management Association of the Philippines (PMAP) led by Director-in-Charge Ana Marie S. Bongato, FPM (third from right) and Chairperson Vicente U. Kilayko (extreme right).

The People Management Association of the Philippines (PMAP) is a fifty year old national association of top HR practitioners in the country. With about 1,800 member companies, PMAP helps institutions mold an enlightened, competent, socially responsible and influential sector of people managers who can effectively participate in nation-building.

Part of PMAP’s thrust is to work closely with academe to ensure the availability of talent for the current and future requirements of industry. For this purpose, the Academe-Industry Committee has been working with the Coordinating Council of Private Education Associations (CoCoPEA) and a Memorandum of Agreement has been signed.

Fact: 400,000 college students graduate in the Philippines every year. In a 2006 survey of PMAP member companies, it showed that 40% of applicants fail in their job interviews and most of these fresh graduates. Moreover, most of them fail not because of lack of technical skills but rather, they lack key behavioral competencies necessary to perform in typical office situations. The top three behavioral competencies were: Initiative, Communication Skills , and Critical Thinking.

In 2009, PMAP, through its Academe Industry Committee, has therefore invested in an audio visual presentation (AVP) entitled “Book Smart is Not Enough” to highlight these key skills. The objective is to create a desire among students to develop these behavioral skills. PMAP also wants to make sure that the message is positively received by the students. The target group are incoming first year college students because PMAP believes they, compared to upperclassmen, will have enough time to develop these skills. The format is adapted to the mindset of a typical youth where comedy is used to increase retention and creative use of copy to incite action. The AVP has been successfully distributed and shown in various universities and colleges.

For this year, PMAP created the “High Flyers Campaign” video-making contest which aims to continue the campaign and reach the youth more effectively through an interactive activity, where they will not only participate and exhibit the three (3) behavioral competencies but gain a much coveted reward in the end. The term High Flyers is a metaphor for the kind of youth that we believe to be winners, not just for the contest but for the rest of their lives, since they are more assured of jobs and a secure future.

To create a high level of awareness, PMAP has partnered with Dingdong Dantes as the campaigns’ official endorser. The young actor along with PMAP Director Ana Marie Bongato and Academe-Industry Committee Chair Binky Kilayko formally launched the contest at Hotel Intercon, Makati City last November 24, 2010.

Dantes explained the importance of developing the three (3) behavioral competencies and also invite students to join the PMAP and SEAIR Search for the High Flyers. The contest is open to students 16-21 years of age and it will run from November 25, 2010 until February 28, 2011. Grand prizes include trips to Boracay and Singapore. To view the contest mechanic and download the registration form, please search “PMAP High Flyers” via Facebook and “like” the fanpage to get access to the files.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

FREE Comic Book Day at NBS - Powerplant

There are so many things happening on December 5. Well, if you're looking on my desk calendar. Two binyagans, an appointment with a colleague, three bodega/ warehouse sale in Pasig and other activities I hope I can still accommodate.

Lucky for those who has an open sked on December 5 (Sunday) 'coz it's Comic Book Day at National Book Store- Power Plant Mall from 2 pm to 5 pm (only).

So what do you expect at NBS Power Plant that day aside from getting a FREE comic book? Here's more...

1. Get a FREE sketch by top graphic novel artists!
2. Get a chance to win prizes by just showing purchase necessary!
3. Get 20% OFF on all graphic novels at the event only.
4. Get a chance to win a sketch by Leinil Yu with any graphic novel at the event only!

This event is in partnership with Sketch Pad Studios and the Power Plant Mall.

I wish back issues of Funny komiks would be available that day. I will really make time to go there if that will happen. Batibot just got second life recently so why not? :-b

Friday, November 26, 2010

Mapanghingi ka ba? 18-hour contest Winners

Hi everyone!

Below are the winners of my 18-hour contest. Winners were drawn with the help of an officemate, Mr. Jojo Buenaflor:

The 360 Fitness Club 10-day Pass goes to:


The Earth, Wind and Fire Experience two (2) tickets goes to:


and for the Arnel Pineda concert tickets, I decided to split the winnings since a lot of people really wanted it. The two winners who will win two (2) tickets each are:


Thanks to all the winners. Please send me an email: astig316[at] with your complete name and contact info so I can tell you how you can claim your prizes.

Thanks to everyone who joined. This is just my pre-christmas giveaway. Watch out for my Christmas giveaway which will start anytime soon.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Mapanghingi ka ba? 18-hour contest

I won't do any of my usual pasakalye today since this is just an 18-hour contest.

Contest starts at 6:00 pm (Nov. 25) tonight and will end 12:00 nn tomorrow (Nov. 26). all you have to do is to be a fan of two (2) Facebook fan pages and you're in for the raffle draw that will happen before I take my lunch tomorrow.

Here's the mechanics:

1. "Like" both FB fanpage of Mapanghingi ka ba? and PMAP High Flyers.
2. Then, leave a comment on this post of which prize you want to win. That easy!


a. Four (4) tickets to Arnel Pineda's concert at Resort World Manila (Nov. 26 - 8:30 pm) for one winner

b. Two (2) tickets to the Earth, Wind and Fire Experience at Resort World Manila (Nov. 27 - 9pm) for one winner

c. a 10-day Visit Pass (FREE) at 360 Fitness Club (Valid until Dec 31, 2010) for one winner

* Winners should get the prize from our Mandaluyong office.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Share Your Story and Win a Trip to Taiwan and ASUS Products

ASUS, maker of the world’s bestselling and most award winning motherboards, commands the biggest market share globally. The company started in 1989, and quickly became an industry leader through innovation, and building a reputation among global media and consumers as a trusted hardware provider. As a result, the company has sold more than 420 million motherboards since 1989 — the combined length of which would circle the Earth over three and is the equivalent of 14,478 times the height of Mount Everest! In 2009, ASUS received 3268 awards, averaging about 9 awards per day.

That's the story of ASUS. How about you, do you have any ASUS story to tell to the world. Something you are proud of. Well, if that story is quite a remarkable one, you might win yourself a trip to Taiwan with hotel accommodations.

To enter, users need only share their stories of how they’ve used ASUS technology to achieve amazing things at They can choose to submit either a video or photos, and then select the PRIDE category of their choice.

The categories are Performance, Reliability or Innovation/Creativity, and users must write a short story explaining how their entry fits into their chosen category. Grand prizes for each category include ASUS ROG Motherboard Maximus III Gene, ASUS P8P67 LE, and ASUS O! Play HDPR-1 multimedia player for local Philippine winners, to global prizes, such as the latest ROG 3D notebook (G73) or a trip** to ASUS headquarters in Taiwan to meet up with one of the world’s top overclocker, the ASUS R&D team, and much more for global winners.

To enter the competition, visit and submit your entry before midnight 23:59 (GMT) on 16th December 2010 to be eligible. Entrants can gain international recognition for their innovative and impressive stories and win fantastic prizes. Plus, anyone who takes part in the international voting (from 05th January 2011) will have an opportunity to win other great ASUS prizes in the second round.

The top six winners from each qualifying country will be selected and announced on 5th January 2011. The fan favorite vote for the regional winners starts on 5th January 2011 at with the final vote closing on 17th January 2011.

Voting qualifies you for a daily raffle prize. Grand prize winners will be decided by ASUS and announced on 18th January 2011.

With a trip** to ASUS headquarters in Taiwan and the latest technology up for grabs, there has never been a better time to share your PRIDE in your PC.

**Taiwan trip includes: Round trip airfare from your country of origin to Taiwan and 4 nights hotel accommodation fee, plus airport pick up to hotel (return). However, it does not include daily expenses that might occur.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Attention Bloggers: Presscon/ Launch of Contest with Dingdong Dantes

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I miss blogging for weeks now.  As much as I want to post new contest sightings, work has been my priority in the past few days.  Well, after a big event in Cebu last month, we are organizing a presscon this month with one of the country's top leading men today--- Mr. Dingdong Dantes.

The presscon will be held at Hotel Intercon in Makati City on November 24 (4 pm onwards) to hype up
“The High Flyers Campaign” video-making contest which aims to continue an earlier campaign / advocacy of the People Management Association of the Philippines (PMAP) and reach the youth more effectively through an interactive activity. The term High Flyers is a metaphor for the kind of youth that we believe to be winners, not just for the contest but for the rest of their lives, since they are more assured of jobs and a secure future.

To create a high level of awareness, PMAP has partnered with Dingdong Dantes as the campaigns’ official endorser.  The 2-minute video will feature Dingdong as he einvite students to join the PMAP and SEAIR Search for the High Flyers. The contest is open to students 16-21 years of age and it will run from November 25, 2010 until March 15, 2011.  Grand prizes include trips to Boracay and Singapore. Details of the contest will be discussed in the presscon which I will also post here.

The presscon will be open to bloggers but registration is required.  Kindly send an email to on or before November 19 to confirm your attendance.   Limited slots available.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Win a Samsung SF40 Notebook

Just read this announcement from The Philippine Star just this morning: One lucky reader can win a Samsung SF410 by just being creative!

How to win? All you have to do is to answer this question: What have you done for yourself lately? in the most creative way possible.  Make an essay, a poem, a photo, a video or just about any idea that will pop out your head as long as you can send it via email through or via tweet to

There was no deadline indicated so my best advise is for you to send your entries ASAP before they gave PhilStar gives their big YES to that lucky one!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Take Home A Clinique Travel Set Promo

So it is indeed November.

After the scent of candles from All Souls Day, here comes the cold breeze that would remind us that it's time to do your Christmas wish list and another list of those you feel like giving gifts to. It's always a good thing to have a longer list of names of people than items. It just shows not only that you have a lot of friends and love ones but you also have the means to buy each one of them gifts. If you ended up having a longer list on items you wish to have, you might had too much window shopping lately.

Reminds me of some stuff at home that I got as gifts last Christmas that I have yet to use. I know what you're thinking but I have no plans of making recycle gifts out of those blessings since some of them came from people who are really dear to me. And that includes my wife who gave me a big bottle of Clinique Happy.

I have yet to open it since I still have a few ounces left on the small bottle of Happy which I personally bought. I just love the cool, light and refreshing scent of this perfume. I can say that it is one of my favorites along with Gucci Rush and Cool Water.

Now, here's your chance to win a Clinique Travel set from an online buddy Dash Estefani. From November 2-23, is running a contest called Take Home A Clinique Travel Set Promo where one lucky winner can win the following Clinique products:

Take The Day Off Travel Size [1.7 fl.oz/50ml]
Travel Dish
Blushwear Cream Stick Mini in Rosy Blush

FREE Hearing Aid Batteries from Energizer

This is one great news that one of my office mate would be delighted to hear.  I just hope he can hear me loud and clear when I tell him about this.

FREE hearing aid batteries available to residents in Philippines, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Malaysia only.  This good deed is courtesy of Energizer.  Yup the same company who gave the world the most annoying yet cute non-stop bunny.

If you know someone who needs an extra battery for his/ her hearing aid.  I don't know how much these things cost but I'm sure the fact that it's FREE, they should avail it while supplies last.  Delivery time is from 8-12 weeks from the time of request.

To get the FREE batteries, click HERE.  I am actually about to register in behalf of my office mate.  And he was all smile when I told him about this news.  Actually anything FREE can make him smile :-)

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Bettibot's 1st Giveaway Blowout!

(1) Victoria's Secret Pure Seduction Ultra-Moisturizing Cream 200mL
(2) Can Can by Paris Hilton. Body Lotion 90mL
and Bath & Shower Gel 90mL
(3) Bath & Body Works Warm Vanilla Sugar Shimmer Lotion 118mL

The list above reminds me of my wife's Christmas wish list but all these fabulous beauty products are actually prizes that you can win if you join Bettibot's First Giveaway Blowout.

It is so easy to join, just follow some simple ala-Simon says instructions and you'll be included in the raffle via There will be three winners where the first name to be drawn will get the chance to choose which prize he/ she wants to win. Bettibot will send the prizes right to the doorstep of the lucky winners who will be notified via email and through a post by the contest host.

How to win?

Follow this steps to earn 10 points: (Required)
1. Go to
3. "LIKE" the page
3. Go to "PRICELESS MOMENTS" on the Tabs
4. Enter Site and Register
5. On the bottom right corner click "VIEW ALL ENTRIES"
6. Search for "BETTI" on the Search box in the promo page
(or select the picture same as the header pic in this blog)
7. Click and then "LIKE"
For additional points
1. Follow me via Google Friend Connect (1pt)
2. Blog about this giveaway (3pts)

1. Comment on Bettibot on the things that you did and the corresponding points for it.
2. Email her the screenshot of the page where you will "like" her entry picture
( This is for her to know that you really did the requirements.
3. Don't forget to leave your email address so I can contact you
4. Promo period is until November 15, 2010 12midnight (Philippine time)
5. This giveaway is open to Filipino residents only.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

FREE Septic Tank Cleaning

I am back!

After a week of no promos and contest because yours truly needed to go full-time with his work, I'm on a comeback of blogging more FREE stuff. And what a way to return with a great news to Maynilad customers -- FREE septic tank cleaning! Woohoo!

This October, Maynilad will offer the said service, which usually costs around Php 2,500 per truck, to selected areas in Caloocan, Malabon, Manila, Navotas, Valenzuela and Cavite.

Septic tank cleaning prevents the spread of diseases, clogging of plumbing systems and minimizes the discharge of pollutants into our surroundings. I hope people from Manila Waters would read this so they can also offer such service.

To inquire on how to avail the FREE service, just dial (02) 981-3401 and/ or (02) 981-3402 or visit

This post makes me wanna go to the comfort room for I don't know why.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Do you know a Laging Handang Bayani?

I have been very busy with work lately that this is just my second post in this blog this month.  We'll we have this huge occasion happening in Cebu next week and the pre-production as nerve-wracking as the actual event.

I have lost count of the days that I came home with my son already sleeping.  Poor wifey... I can only imagine the "running around and wrestling" she and our 1-year old son went through before he finally decides to sleep.  Me and my wife are tag team partners in juts about anything, but most especially in taking care of our son.  And for one week, she will have to do things at home alone (actually with little reinforcement our son's yaya).

So I can only promise her that after our event, we'll take a much deserve break somewhere where "work" is non existence.  I know my wife can do a great job even without me 'coz he is a laging handang bayani.

Incidentally, Eveready is looking for a Laging Handang Bayani who will win Php 25,000 in cold cash. If you know someone who deserves the title and prize, just end your Laging Handang Bayani nominee and share the story of how he/she has helped in times of hardships, emergencies, calamities or how he/she continuously helps and inspires people.   Please include your nominees picture , name, age, gender, barangay and contact details. (Photo must be set to 640 x 480 pixel dimension). 

Entries can be submitted in 2 ways: (1) Mail to Eveready c/o Multi Media Exponents , 108 Tordesillas Street, Salcedo Village Makati City 1227 or (2) Log on to

Mailed entries must have the full name, complete address, contact numbers and email address of the participant.  Entries submitted via mail will also be uploaded on the website by Eveready Phils. in behalf of the participant.  Deadline for submission of nominations/ entries is until Nov. 20, 2010.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Halloween treat at Sta. Lucia

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October is here and both the oldies and youngster have something to be expected about.
It’s Octobeer Fest for the grown ups and for the little ones… it’s Halloween.  Just want to share this event that I read at

Sta. Lucia Mall presents its Halloween line–up of activities this month. Daring individuals 15 years old and above are invited to join the Animé Explode Costume Contest. Come in animé-inspired Halloween costume and get a chance to win prizes from the mall. Get entry form from the Ad & Promo Department, attach a photocopy of your valid ID with birthdate and a P300 single purchase receipt from the Department Store or Planet Toys. Only 15 participants with complete requirements will be accommodated. Finals will be on Oct. 30.

Kids 10 years old and below can join the Animonster’s Delight Grand Trick or Treat event. Purchase a pumpkin pail from the Department Store or Planet Toys and pay the registration fee at the mall’s Customer Service Booth Phase 3.

Only 300 kids will be accommodated to join the event. Come as your favorite animé or cartoon character for a chance to win prizes after the parade. The Grand Trick or Treat event is set on Oct. 31.

Now, are you headed to your favorite bar for a drink or the mall for the trick or treat? 

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Win I ♥ BWnT VIP cards

I love spicy things!  That's why when you check what's inside our fridge, you'll see atleast three kinds of peppers or chili in it.

One afternoon, my wife and I found ourselves dining in at Buffalo Wings 'n Things in Ortigas Home Depot and we shared pounds of hot and spicy buffalo wings.  We never cared that moment if we gain some pounds. 

For sure, we'll be back anytime soon.  For those who wants to try the great food at BWnT, join this cool  (or should I say hot) promo at where five (5) I ♥ BWnT VIP cards ,will be giving away and will be shipped for free to the winners’ doorsteps.

The card comes with coupons with a cumulative value of up to P1,250. Some of the perks of a BWnT VIP cardholder includes discounts, rebates, freebies when used on cardholder’s birthday month. There are more freebies with a minimum single receipt of delivery and/or dine-in purchase of an amount specified in a particular coupon. Most importantly, a cardholder is entitled to exclusive monthly promotions as announced in Buffalo’s Wings N’ Things Facebook fan page.

Monday, September 27, 2010

I Love Being a Teacher because...

This essay writing contest is exclusive for teachers, both from public and private schools, who are currently teaching in the Philippines. Also you should be 22-65 years old. So definitely I am not qualified even if I make a career shift into teaching since I am just 21... hehe.

Seriously, this is a great contest and you should encourage all the teachers you know because they definitely have a lot of stories to tell. This is also a tribute of sort to these heroes that are often portrayed as "titser na nagbebenta ng longgonisa" or "si mam na namamalo"

We have three teachers in the family, all are my in-laws, and I will definitely ask them to consider this contest.

The mechanics: Entries must be written in English (12 pts Time Roman font) and not more than 1000 words. A participant can send as many entries as they want until October 5, 2010 (5:00 pm only). Send your entries via email to with the subject: I Love Being a Teacher because...

This contest is sponsored by the Manila Bulletin, HP and Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines. Winners will be contacted via email and will be awarded with special prizes.

Although the prizes are not indicated, Manila Bulletin is such a generous company when it comes to giving of prizes. The last essay writing contest they had, they gave away three (3) Samsung laptops for three months.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Show me your oldest photo contest

I found this cool contest by Yugatech in cooperation with i-DigiWorld just this morning and made me pause for a few minutes reminiscing of the past. I am just a sucker of anything retro and oldies.

The reason being is that they are asking contestants to share the oldest photo they can find where they are included. The prize to the grand winner is a 14-megapixel GE X5 digital camera Here's my entry:

This is me doing my "I Have a Dream" speech during the graduation rites of the San Miguel Kindergarten Batch '81 in Pasig City. I can barely breath because of the tightly looped bow tie on my neck and the smell and weight of 1-kilo Sampaguita given to me by my mother, ninang and Titas. As indicated on my diploma, the event was held on May 9, 1981.
This contest runs until September 30. Just post your photo in your blog or any photo sharing site and leave the link HERE. Follow i-DigiWorld on Twitter or Facebook.

Monday, September 20, 2010

FREE Eraserheads Limited Edition CD Set

This is the coolest promo ever created by man!

That is if your a fan of the E-heads and loves pizza. Greenwich is giving away an Eraserheads Limited Edition Cd Set includes all 10 Studio Albums and EPs Digitally Remastered, Bonus CD of rare Eraserheads unreleased recordings, POP-U-MENTARY DVD, Eraserheads Magazine and a Collector’s edition shirt until October 31.

The mechanics is ala-Starbucks where you'll have to collect stamps to get the freebie. Or you can choose the one time, big time offer that includes the CD set:

1. Get an E-heads card from Greenwich and collect six (6) stickers for it. Each sticker requires you to order one Family Rolled-Edge pizza plus a pitcher of softdrinks.

2. Get the Bigatin Barkada Feast I for Php2,499 and it comes with the Eheads CD Set already. The Barkada Feast I consists of a double thin crust overload pizza, 4 pcs of chicken, 2 spaghetti boats, 4 rice and a pitcher of softdrink.

Astig ang nakaisip ng promong ito, gusto ko siyang isayaw sa saliw ng El Bimbo o kaya e ibili ng paborito niyang Magazine!

FREE Admission to Dawn of the Space Age Gala Premiere

I just to share an invitation I receive from Damicaye (Where everything is FREE) about gala premiere of the Dawn of the Space Age, a planetarium film:

Nido Fortified Science Discovery Center cordially invites their Facebook Fans to the Gala Premiere of DAWN OF THE SPACE AGE Planetarium Film on Saturday, October 2 · 4:00pm - 7:00pm at Digistar 3 Planetarium, Nido Fortified Science Discovery Center-Mall of Asia. Limited Slots available.

Please call 5562193 to reserve seats or comment in their post to confirm your attendance. See you there!

Don't forget to follow them on their Official Fan Page Nido Fortified Science Discovery Center.

If only I'll be available on that day, I'll definitely be there with my wife and son. But I am fully loaded this October because of the upcoming 47th PMAP Annual Conference in Cebu. But for those who'd love to have a great bonding and learning experience with their family and friends, this is an event you should attend!

FREE Admission to Pormang PBA Fashion Show

I've been a basketball fan from the very moment I learned how to dribble the ball. I religiously follow my teams from the NBA, UAAP and of course, the PBA.

My all-time NBA fave is Charles Barkley and has a huge collection of "anything Barkley" and since he has retired for almost a decade now, I consider it a great find every time I stumbled upon any Sir Charles item whether online or in shops. Now, I am a Dwayne Wade follower. One reason is that The Flash is a Wade which is actually Barkley's middle name. But of course, this Miami Heat star is one of the most athletic and gifted cager in the league.

In the PBA, I am a certified die-hard fan of Barangay Ginebra since the the 80's. I still have with clippings of Sen. Robert Jaworki and his boy's exploit since the 1980's. It survived Ondoy.

Today, I never missed any PBA game as long Mr. Fearless Ronald Tubid is playing. I have followed the career of this Ginebra spitfire guard since his college years 'coz I am also a University of the East alumnus. Then he went to play with Welcoat in the PBL and saw almost every FREE games held at the Caruncho Stadium (Pasig) before he was drafter by Shell in the pro league.

It has been 7 years since I last saw "The Saint" in person and would love to see him again. Then I saw this great announcement from Araneta Center:

Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) stalwarts try their hands on the ramp this time as they showcase their modeling skills in a special fashion show billed as “Pormang PBA.”

Sixteen of the top players representing the league’s 10 member teams have been tapped for the event scheduled on September 26 at the Araneta Coliseum parking lot.

Staged in cooperation with Binibining Pilipinas Charity Inc., the show is set for 6 pm. Joining the PBA superstars in the three-hour extravaganza are 2010 Ms. Universe 4th runner-up Venus Raj and the rest of this year’s Binibining Pilipinas winners.

Leading the cast of player-models are Derby Ace’s James Yap and Rico Maierhofer, Barangay Ginebra’s JC Intal and Ronald Tubid, Rain or Shine’s Gabe Norwood and Doug Kramer, San Miguel Beer’s Arwind Santos, and Jarred Dillinger of Talk ‘N Text.

Also parading on the ramp are Wesley Gonzales and the rookie pair of Severino Baclao and Rabeh Al-Hussaini of Air21, Alaska’s L.A. Tenorio and Elmer Espiritu, Aris Dimaunahan of Barako Bull, Powerade’s Francis Allera, and Mac Mac Cardona of rookie franchise Meralco.

The PBA stars will don formal, casual, and sporty wear. The activity ushers in the league’s 36th season under new commissioner Chito Salud. “This will showcase the other side of our players apart from basketball, so that fans can see them in a different light, and not just their basketball skills,” Salud said.

A street party will follow after the show and admission is absolutely FREE!

Now, my only wish is that I can get a good seat to view Tubid and the show. I also want my wife to meet him in person and see for herself why I dig this guy who I believed is a really nice guy beneath the bad boy image and tattoos all over his body.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Save the World, Win a Sony Playstation 3

I will forever be a kid in front of a Sony Playstation.

I used to own the a PS 1 unit and even used it in a mini business along with another unit from a friend. I never knew whatever happened to my unit after I left for a 2-year stint to work abroad. In Saipan, it's always a game day every Friday night with some friends I met there who owns a PS 2.

Huh... those were the days.

MTV is giving away a brand new Plasystation 3 to that lucky person who can give the best answer to their question tied-in with Milla Jovovich's Resident Evil : Afterlife.

What would you do to help Alice save the human race?

You have until September 23 to send in your answer via

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

FREE Cherry Mobile Phone from ASUS

When I purchase a product, especially gadgets, I see to it that I'll get a brand I can depend on and a service center convenient to my place just in case I need some assistance in the future. And of course, being a promo-holic, I also consider if they have some add-ons or FREE stuff bundled with it.

A few months ago, ASUS gave away FREE Nokia phones for every purchase of participating laptops which a friend availed. This month of September, Asus will again throw in a colored mobile phone unit with FM radio when you buy an ASUS’ RT-N13u router.

The ASUS RT-N13U wireless router is the latest in the line of quality routers from ASUS that aims to provide users with a host of easy-to-use wireless features.With more wireless connectivity options, the ASUS RT-N13U can also support 24/7 downloads—even when the PC is turned off. It is also a stylish performer that complements any home or office with its clean design and hidden internal antenna.

It also has EZ All-in-One Printer feature that allows multiple users to share printers and scanners without a dedicated server managing the process. It increases office efficiency by handling multiple printing requests simultaneously. Additionally, convenient scanning can be done on the printers with auto-installation of drivers. No loading of additional programs is required. For easy configuration, EZ All-in-One Printer supports and detects all the major printer brands on the market.

This promo is on going until September 30 in all Luzon authorized ASUS wireless resellers. Customers just need to present their official receipt in any of the following redemption areas to avail of the free phone:

ASUS Concept Store, SM North EDSA
ASUSworld, Megamall
PC Gilmore, Gilmore

Visit ASUS Philippines at Facebook for more details.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Want to win a pair of Adam Lambert Concert tickets?

10-10-10 in the calendar only happens in a lifetime unless you can live up to 101, you might still get a chance to experience it once again... but heck, if you're still living at the age of 101, you might want to be wrapped in calendars or newspaper and be thrown into the river.

What is fun at 101? Don't ask me back I'm just 33.

Anyways, what I'm trying to say is 10-10-10 is such a very rare event that you should do something extra ordinary that day like watch an Adam Lambert concert perhaps?

Well, if your definition of extra ordinary is same as mine, just answer this simple question and you might win a pair of tickets to the concert of the 2009 American Idol runner up on October 10, 2010 at SM MOA Concert Grounds:

Question: What’s your favorite Adam Lambert song and why?

You may send in your answers to together with your contact details. is also giving away other cool stuff this month of September like Gold's Gym GCs and bottles of Jack Daniels. Just visit their official website for more details.

FREE Kilos of Rice depending on your Weight

Just in case the heaviest person in the Philippines lives in your household, this is the best time to convince him or her to eat more and add up his weight.

Just want to share what Shopwise call Weigh To Go crazy promo where every 50 kilos of a customer's weight will be rewarded with a kilo of rice.

That's why the more you weigh, the more rice you get for FREE.

So, how do you avail of the promo? Just visit any Shopwise branch from September 15 to 20 and buy a minimum purchase of Php 1200 plus a sponsor product. Present your receipt and the butcher will start to cut you down into pieces so you can be placed inside the plastic na malabo. No, just kidding. You'll still be in one piece when you get home. :-)

Children's Audition for The Lion King Musical

Calling all parents of kids ages 8-13 years old who loves to act, dance and sing and wants to go to Singapore!

This is an almost late post since the registration for a slot for the audition for Disney's The Lion King Musical is only until tomorrow (September 15).  Kindly email a headshot and resume of your child (of course) to

If chosen, your child will be given a slot to audition on September 18 at the Bonifacio Arts Center, The Fort, Taguig City.

Who knows, this Singapore production might be your child's ticket to stardom.  Rehearsals will commence in January 2011, two months before the show's premiere.

Monday, September 13, 2010

FREE Chicken Bourbon Sandwich from Delifrance

I should be eating lunch at this very very moment but I choose to blog about this great find--- FREE sandwich from Delifrance.  Absolutely FREE.

Well, I checked their online menu and it says that the Chicken Bourbon Sandwich is worth Php 99 but they'll be giving away it away for you for FREE via a digital coupon that you need to print.  The coupon is good until October 31, 2010.

So if you can't wait to get a bite of this yummy-looking treat, just click HERE and suit your self.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

On-the-Spot Contests at The Best Anime 2010

I'm sure at some point of your life, you got hooked with Anime.

Well, I'm still a fan but a lot of things occupied the top spot of my priority list that's why watching an episode of a Jap cartoon either on TV or net is something I really missed doing.

Well, for those who share the same sentiments, here's a good alternative to compensate for the lost time you should be spending with the Gohans and Samurai Xs of the world. Primetrade Asia and Hero will stage The Best Anime 2010 at the SMX Convention center, MOA, Pasay City.

The day-long event which will run from 10 am to 6 pm will feature Cosplay competition (of course), Dubbing competition, seminars and workshops and other exciting events.

Cool prizes awaits the winners for the following on-the-spot contests: Photography, Anime Trivia, Drawing, on-site blogging and online gaming and more. You can also play PS3 and X360 games for FREE.


Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Are you a SULITIZEN?

When I opened my inbox today, the first email on the list was from informing me about its 4th anniversary. It's been for years that this local website has been a useful tool for every SULITIZEN...

What is SULITIZEN? Here's my definition...

United in
Looking for
Trades from
Internet-savvy &
Entrepreneurs on the

Buy and Sell Philippines
Sign Up at
Buy and Sell Philippines

As part of 4th Anniversary, they have a blog writing contest where SULITIZEN can win the following:

1st Place: Apple iPad
2nd Place: Nintendo Wii
3rd Place: Nokia 5800

The contest runs until September 12, 2010. To view the mechanics, just click HERE.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Modus Operandi sa QC Post Office?

Please share this hanggang makarating sa Post Master ng QC Cental Post Office

Well, commercial break muna sa mga promos and contest. Just want to share to my readers a forgettable experience at the QC post office today.

This morning, I came out from the Quezon City Central Post Office feeling that I have been unfairly served by three staff of the government institution. Well, I just went there to pick up a package from Hong Kong. I thought all is smooth after paying the Php 40 custom fee but it’s not. A certain Girlie Umali of Window 37 said that the item is subject to Php 1,457 VAT on the imported item, which was a wrist watch, even if it’s just a gift from an overseas based company. I told them that I did not buy it. It's a gift. Hindi ako negosyante. It’s just for personal use.

But they won’t release it unless I pay the said amount. Then, a man came into the picture and immediately took the item from me while I am still checking my watch, and made me feel that as if I just stole it from them. Girlie even gave me her office number (928-1667) in case I already have the money. Hmm... parang na-hostage... este nakidnap bigla ang relo ko.

Good thing, an “angel” approached me and said, “Malaki ba yung fee? Ako na ang bahala kay, mam.”

This lady said that I can have the item for a lesser price but they won’t issue any receipt. We met at Php 500 just to get out of this “tiangge.”

Kung alam ko lang cell. no. ni Noynoy, isusumbong ko sila. Alam ko e ayaw ni niya ng corrupt. Baka pwede naman mapagsabihan ang mga tumatao sa Window 37 na hindi lahat ng kumukuha ng parcel o package sa kanila ay may pera. Sayang din yung ibinayad ko pambili ng diapers at gatas ng anak ko. Mapupunta lang sa bulsa ni Girlie Umali.

This is no fiction. This happened in the morning of September 7, 2010.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Winners of Happy na, Birthday pa giveaway

This is the entry of Darwin Miranda Cayetano who asked the CSA in Science Discovery Center to post this greeting on their LED Screen. I was touched and flattered with his effort that’s why I’m giving him a special prize.

Before I announced the winners of my Happy na, Birthday pa giveaway, I would like to say thank you to the sponsor of the prizes: Unilab, Mr. Jesse Rebustillo of Philippine Daily Inquirer (PDI) and Mapagbigay ka ba?

And of course, major major thanks also to all who gave time and effort to join this contest. I really had a hard time in choosing the winners. As in! If only I have enough prizes to give, I can come out with 10 winners. But I only got 5 prizes to give so to those who won’t win this time, I would like to invite you to join again in my upcoming promos/ contest. Some sponsors have already approached me for a tie-up and will post the contest in the near future.

Being a father to a 1-year old son, I can’t help but to be biased to entries featuring kids so I needed some help to be fair in choosing the winners. I consulted four other individuals to pick their top 3 out of the 49 entries that I received. I also took the suggestion to pick two (2) photos featuring adults and another pair featuring kids to level the playing field. Then I also decided to draw one winner via

So here are the four (4) runner-up winners who will each receive the following:

a. Giftpack from Unilab
b. Guyito stuffed toy from PDI
c. F & B World magazine (back issue) with a FREE recipe booklet inside
d. Sticky notepad and a pen

Winner no. 1 (c/o Rene del Rosario

Winner no. 2: Agnes DC

This is one of the first entries sent and has been a personal favorite since Day 1. It’s not everyday that you can make a big guy wear a party hat and pose with a white teddy and his chocolate cake. He must have been very very happy that day.

Winner no. 3: Ging Baarde Martirez

What I love in this photo more than the theme party is PIZZA which will forever have a place in my heart (and stomach, of course). It has been a tradition that my wife and I eat in a pizza parlor during our anniversary and birthday date since our first meal shared together as a couple is a box of slice of eight.

Winner no. 4: Josephine Soliman Gregorio

A baby in front of a birthday cake will always bring a priceless feeling to his parents. The photo seems simple but when you look at it a little longer, you can feel how proud and happy his dad and mom were while capturing this great moment on camera.

And the Grand Winner which will receive the following:

a. Php 2000 worth of Dental First GCs
b. Giftpack from Unilab
c. Guyito stuffed toy from PDI
c. F & B World magazine (back issue) with a FREE recipe booklet inside
d. Sticky notepad

(Drum rolls)...

Ronald Delima

The entry sender was just 2-years old in this photo. Look how happy he was with his Dad and birthday cake. His mom probably was the one taking the photo. Well during that time, the camera used here might still not have a self-timer option that’s why it’s only the two of them in the frame. What I’m actually trying to say is: this photo is a classic, literally and figuratively. We will forever be a our Dad’s little angel no matter what.

I also gave weight to Ronald’s effort to revisit his family photo album just to join the contest. Actually, I did the same thing after seeing his photo. Iba pa rin talaga ang mag-browse ng picture sa lumang photo album kesa digital album

To all the winners, that includes you Darwin, just leave your complete name and email address on the wall of Mapanghingi ka ba? FB fan page so I can send you the details on how to claim your prizes.

Again, congratulations to the winners and to all, thank you for sharing your photos, time and effort. ‘Till our next giveaway!

Spot and Win a Larry Alcala shirt

Just one of the many items from the Larry Alcala collection
Funny but I learned to read through the 80's local kiddie fave Funny komiks.

That's why I have high respect for cartoonists because they make reading more fun.  I admire more those who can tell a story without using any text in his work.  Take the case of the great Pinoy illustrator Larry Alcala whose Slice of Life is simply a joy to look at.  His works not only give us something to smile about but it also showcases the "fun" in the Filipino life via his black and white strips. Another fun part is the fact that Larry Alcala always include a concealed image of himself in all his works. 

Solo, a clothing line which heeds today’s generation’s pursuit of liberty, self-expression and individualism, has launched a Larry Alcala collection that will surely interest even those not familiar with Alcala's work (especially those who are living under the rock).

And the good news is, you have a chance to get a "slice" of that Larry Alcala collection. Just visit and download a contest sheet/ comic illustration.  Just spot the hidden head of the illustrator and send it to at  Winners will be announced via Solo FB fan page. Just search for "Solo Online" 

Friday, September 3, 2010

Gastro Chef Giveaways

My wife loves to cook. I love to eat. And I think, you can't beat that combination.

It's not that I don't know how to cook. Actually, my sinigang and kaldereta is the best according to my wife. I just want to make her feel how being a good housewife can be that's why I let the kitchen be her kingdom.

I'm sure she will be delighted to hear this great promotion I found online:

Through its "The Chef in You" promo, Gastro Chef will be raffling away the following items: (a.) Two (2) Aprons worth P450.00 each, (b.) Four (4) Utility knives worth P645.00 each, (c.) Two (2) Sandwich boards worth P1,125.00 each, (d.) Two (2) Small cutting boards with hole worth P1,300.00 each, (e.) Two (2) Regular steak sets worth P1,495.00 each, (f.) Two (2) Napkin holders worth P1,550.00 each, (g.) Two (2) Cleavers worth P1,595.00 each, (h.) Four (4) Eight inches chef's knives worth P1,595.00 each, (i.) Two (2) Knife magnets worth P1,795.00 each, (j.) Two (2) Steak board with hole and groove worth P1,895.00 each, (k.) Two (2) Carving sets in a box worth P1,980.00 each.

Whoa! That's a lot! If you're interested to join, just visist to answer a simple survey form to get a raffle entry.

This promo is only valid for Metro Manila residents. Participants should send their entries on or before 12mn of September 10, 2010. Announcement of the winners via will be made on September 15, 2010. Winners will also be notified via email and SMS.

FREE tickets to Piolo Pascual's concert

I used to think that I am handsome. But when people like Piolo Pascual came into the picture and created a Papa P syndrome: meaning hindi ka pogi kung di mo kamukha si Piolo, my beliefs I have carried since birth was all shattered.

Well, it's not my concern now since my wife already assured me that I am more good looking than Piolo by her standards. That's why I have given her a deaf ear every time she complains about eye irritations and stuff that she want to consult an ophthalmologist.

Anyways here's the deal, Sun Life Financial placed this ad on Philippine Star today: FREE tickets to Private Time with Piolo Pascual.

This is a concert with the music genius Ryan Cayabyab with special guest Vina Morales, who happens to be my showbiz crush since high school... kabisado ka pa lyrics ng hit niyang Pers Lab, promise!

The Concert is happening at the Forum Tent, PICC on October 9, 2010 and as the ad indicated, anyone can get 2 FREE concert tickets and Php 50k personal insurance for one year (which made me ask, rock concert ba eto na may batuhan ng bote, hedbangan at slaman kaya kelangan me insurance pa with kasama yun ticket? Nagtatanong, Ate Charo)

To avail the promo, just call 849-9888 and leave your contact details. Viola! Promo period is up to Sept. 20 only! Limited seats lang daw kaya tawag na!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Win Php 25,000 from Hen Lin

Today is a rainy day! Sarap matulog at mag-food trip.

I remember a college friend once said that in times like this, all he needs are three "Sio" --- siopao, siomai at siota!

Which reminds me of a simple yet yummy contest from Hen Lin in cooperation with Philippine Star. In Libre na, Panalo pa: Sagot ka ni Hen Lin, participants will get a chance to win a food treat from Hen Lin or a better luck next time note from them every time you visit the contest microsite.

The good thing is, whether you get a FREE meal or not, you'll automatically get a raffle entry every visit (once a day) for a chance to win a hot na hot Php 25,000 cash.

2010 Palanca Award winners

As a writer, I have yet to accomplish two things that I've been aiming for the longest time: (1) for me to publish a book and (2) to win a Palanca Award.

I have published countless articles, essays, and others stuff in different publications, both local and abroad, but to have my work printed in a book is a lasting legacy. I have also won a number of literary contests but a Palanca is like the Oscars for Pinoy writers.

I almost got a book deal in 2001 but for some reasons, it did not push through. I did tried joining Palanca Awards in two separate occasions but never got the judges' nods.

But this time, my personal goal is in within the next three years I would accomplished at least one of them. For those interested to join Palanca Awards 2011, just visit for more details although they have yet to update their mechanics and official form for next year, since they just announced this year's winners yesterday.

But what I'm sure is the deadline for entries for next year is April 30, 2011 so you can start drafting your entries now. For the curious souls, below is the full list of this year's Palanca Awardees:

Dulang Pampelikula
1st – Kristoffer G. Brugada (Patikul)
2nd – Jerry B. Gracio (Magdamag)
3rd – No Winner

Dulang Ganap ang Haba
1st – No Winner
2nd – Liza C. Magtoto (Rated PG)
3rd – Christian R. Vallez (Kapeng Barako Club: Samahan ng mga Bitter)

Dulang May Isang Yugto
1st – Nicolas B. Pichay (Isang Araw sa Karnabal)
2nd – Floy C. Quintos (Suor Clara)
3rd – Allan B. Lopez (Higit Pa Dito)

Kabataan Sanaysay
1st – Christopher S. Rosales (Gulayan Klasrum)
2nd – Marianito L. Dio Jr.
(Ang Aking Pangalan, Ang Aking Kababata at ang Mithing Tilamsik para kay Third)
3rd – No Winner

1st – Carlos M. Piocos III (Guerra Cantos)
2nd -- Romulo P. Baquiran Jr. (Parokya)
3rd – Mark Anthony S. Angeles (Engkantado)

Tulang Pambata
1st – No Winner
2nd – No Winner
3rd – Will P. Ortiz (May Puso Ang Saging)

Maikling Kwento
1st – No Winner
2nd – Rommel B. Rodriguez (Toxic)
3rd – Thomas David F. Chavez (Sa Kabilang Lupalop ng Mahiwagang Kaharian)

Maikling Kwentong Pambata
1st – Christopher S. Rosales (Si Berting, ang Batang Uling)
2nd – Renerio R. Concepcion (Ang Kagilagilalas na Paglalakbay nina Mumo at Am-I)
3rd – Bernadette V. Neri (Parada ng mga Alingawngaw)

1st – Maria Clarissa N. Estuar (Ang Reyna ng mga Tumbong)
2nd – Ferdinand P. Jarin (D’Pol Pisigan Band)
3rd – Mark Gil M. Caparros (Sina Bunso at ang mga Batang Preso)

Full-length Play
1st – Jay Crisostomo IV (God of the Machine)
2nd – Jorshinelle Taleon-Sonza (The Encounter)
3rd – Lito Casaje (Shooting the Boys)

One-act Play
1st – No Winner
2nd – No Winner
3rd – Peter Solis Nery (The Wide Ionian Sea)

Short Story
1st – Ma. Elena L. Paulma (Three Kisses)
2nd – Ma. Rachelle Tesoro (Waiting for Rain)
3rd – Catherine Rose Galang Torres (Café Masala)

Short Story for Children
1st – Irene Carolina A. Sarmiento (Tabon Girl)
2nd – Hiyasmin Ledi C. Mattison (Little Bear Goes Home: A Love Story)
3rd – Grace D. Chong (I am an Apple)

1st – Merlie M. Alunan (Tales of the Spiderwoman)
2nd -- Rafael Antonio C. San Diego (My Name in Reverse)
3rd – Joel H. Vega (Latitudes and Other Poems)

Poetry for Children
1st – Duffie Alejandrino H. Osental (After the Storm and Other Poems)
2nd – Patricia Marie Grace S. Gomez (Poems from the Pantry and Prehistoric Times)
3rd – Ma. Celine Anastasia P. Socrates (Playgrounds)

1st – Miro Frances D. Capili (Vinyl)
2nd – Florianne Marie L. Jimenez (Postcards from Somewhere)
3rd – Corinna Esperanza A. Nuqui (Library)

Kabataan Essay
1st – Miro Frances D. Capili (The Nature of Nurture)
2nd -- Anton Raphael S. Cabalza (A Shot at Perfection)
3rd – Catherine D. Tan (Green at Heart)

Short Story – Cebuano
1st – Richel G. Dorotan (Si Tarzan)
2nd -- Jonecito R. Saguban (Tinuboang Sapatos)
3rd – Noel P. Tuazon (Patas)

Short Story – Iluko
1st – Sherma E. Benosa (Dagiti Pasugnod ni Angelo)
2nd – Ariel S. Tabag (Voice Tape)
3rd – Joel B. Manuel (Apo Bannual! Apo Bannual!)

Short Story – Hiligaynon
1st – Andy P. Perez (Bayuso)
2nd – Ferdinand L. Balino (Dumdumon Ko Ang Imo Guya)
3rd – Jesus C. Insilada, Ed. D. (Walingwaling)

The awards, in honor of Don Carlos Palanca Sr., aims to help develop Philippine literature for writers to craft their most outstanding literary work; to be a treasury of the Philippines’ literary gems from our gifted writers; and to assist in its dissemination to the public, especially the students.