As how I start a blog post that doesn’t have any topic, I shall share my thoughts recently or maybe share something about myself: what has happened to me lately, etc.
Since December 2013, I started to read the books I needed to finish (I guess we all have those kinds of books in our shelves… better finish them first before buying new books!), and gladly I was able to finish them one by one until the month of February. Allow me to share with you the titles and authors of the books* I have read (again) during the past few months:
*most of them are Christian and Christian Living books
1. Susanna Foth Aughtmon’s All I Need Is Jesus and a Good Pair of Jeans: The Tired Supergirl’s Search for Grace
2. Kelly Carr’s (she’s compiled the short stories/testimonies found in the book) Xtreme Calling
3. Mitch Albom’s The First Phone Call From Heaven
4. Joshua Harris’s Dug Down Deep: Unearthing What I Believe and Why It Matters
5. C.S. Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia (Books 1-2) — don’t worry, I’ll soon read the rest of the books 😀
6. Ransom Riggs’s Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children
7. Ayala Museum’s (there were certain writers and this is actually an exhibition in the Museum, but it’s mainly Ayala Museum, haha) Manga Realities: Exploring The Art of Japanese Comics Today
8. Dennis Edward Flake’s Loyal Macabebes: How The Americans Used the Macabebe Scouts in the Annexation of the Philippines (Well, this one is for a book review… school work LOL)
I’m not sure if I missed other books that I read (again). Now, I am currently reading D. Thomas Lancaster’s The Holy Epistle to the Galatians: Sermons on a Messianic Jewish Approach. It is very rich in deep information about the Galatians, and I really tried digging deeper into the book of Galatians because I found its words very crucial. It contains contradicting ideas about my beliefs, and this book helps a lot.
Without this post, I wouldn’t have noticed how slow I became in reading. Before, I can finish 2 books a month, but recently, because of semi-personal problems and issues, I slowed down in reading. I can only finish one book per month. But sometimes, it really depends upon the book. For example, one can finish a novel like that of Ransom Riggs in only two days. Haha. My first time, actually.
A couple of days ago, I started to read regularly again, and I am hoping to share more books that are worth the read soon in my future blog posts. 🙂
I totally loved the words. 🙂
Occasionally we let someone in, we open the folds of our insecurity and give access to the darkest parts of us. We hand over the key, and it’s terrifying. And sometimes they bump into a raw nerve, they say a callous insensitive remark, they ridicule a strange notion we have, they poke at our dreams just a bit. It hurts pretty bad and we push them out and fold up fast. We remind ourselves, “This is why I don’t let anyone in.” And we run.
It’s right here that most people apologize like crazy. They feel terrible. They were trying to figure out how to navigate the labyrinth of your wonderful story. It’s like holding a tiny flash light in a cave of a new world. They didn’t mean to provoke those old wounds. They didn’t mean to poke fun at your dreams. They considered it an honor that they…
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For the past couple of weeks, I interviewed two editors with regards to press releases. I was only able to interview them through e-mail and another through personal messages via Facebook. I figured it would be more practical because they only have to answer basic questions about press releases. I didn’t expect the interviewing to be a bit hard because of communication; our country experienced a strong typhoon (Glenda) during the past couple of weeks that’s why.
For my readers to be guided, I gave three questions for them to answer, and these are:
- What do you look for in a press release?
- Is receiving a press release important? Why or why not?
- What catches your attention most in a press release?
The first editor I interviewed was a schoolmate of mine, and she’s the editor-in-chief of a school organization. Press releases, according to her, should contain all the important information needed to inform an audience about a certain event. As a school organization editor-in-chief, she found press releases as something that provides information about an upcoming event. It helps editors/writers to write their articles “accurately”. She also thought that the people involved in the event were important for her in a press release. Details regarding the event that was introduced are essential in a press release.
As for the second editor I interviewed through e-mail, she is the managing editor for a Philippine food blog. As a managing editor, she personally doesn’t like press releases because what she values most is the experience that she will be getting from the product endorsed to her or to the company. She also pointed out that press releases are there to help writers/editors to have a knowledge about the product introduced to them. Press releases for her are better if they will have samples of the product.
From those two interviews, I gained a lot of ideas about press releases. The first interviewee focused on events, while the second focused on products. Press releases vary – they depend upon the company you will be giving those to. A press release also must give enough knowledge to editors/writers/publishers about what it wants to endorse. It must be appealing to the media first before going to the public. Personally speaking, press releases really are still important in today’s time.
The “Hills of Nikko” that was painted by Jose Joya, who is a known Filipino abstract expressionist painter (particularly in “gestural painting”), was made in 1964. It shows no form, as how an abstract expressionist painting really looks. Compared to the reality of the hills in Nikko, Japan, the hills where this painting was depicted, the Hills of Nikko are tranquil and calm. They show no complexity of emotions; they purely show peace. But in Jose Joya’s painting and interpretation of the Hills of Nikko, it shows too much confusion yet joy with its vibrant colors. It’s as if the hills were come to life through the strokes and colors that the artist used for this work of art. The thin and thicker lines combined along with earthly colors such as orange, blue, green, red, and yellow. Joya depicted nature in a very different and playful way through his painting. Abstract expressionism paintings may seem to be very difficult to understand, especially if one is to talk about what the artist thinks about as he does such art work. But one thing is for sure: they are a part of the painting that they do, and they work as if they are in the painting (quoted by Pollock).
Jose Joya was fond of creating new ways in visual arts. His forte is within painting and multimedia arts. He was one of the modern artists that incited younger Filipino artists to go beyond the norms of painting through this style, abstract expressionism or best known as gestural painting.
De La Salle – College of Saint Benilde’s Hotel Benilde opened their doors for the International Museum Day 2014 Forum, which happened last June 27, 2014 and was co-sponsored by ICOM (International Council of Museums), International Federation of Social Sciences Organization (IFSSO), and De La Salle – College of Saint Benilde. The theme of the forum was “Museum Collections make Connections”.
Museum owners and artists gathered for the said forum, and it was truly a great experience to be there as an Arts Management student because I was able to share ideas with those kinds of people who are into the creative industry. Contributing my own concepts and ideas to those people who already gained a lot of experience in the creative industry was really humbling and fascinating. I enjoyed the activity that we did: brainstorming towards the questions with regards to preserving museum collections and their value. It was there that I was able to meet people who were practicing professionals in their own field, particularly in the arts. One was working in the Bantayog Memorial Center (Quezon City), and one is working in a handicrafts store that preserves the Philippine culture. I was able to learn certain terms like ancestral domain and museum collection, terms that I wasn’t familiar of before.
Being in the forum during the afternoon session did not make me feel left out at all because of the construction and unification of the ideas all throughout the forum. True to the International Museum Day’s goal which is “to increase public awareness about the role of museums in the development of society”, I became mindful about museums’ role in the society as an Arts Management student. Museums exist in the country to fulfill their missions and vision. But in fulfilling their missions and vision, they must also reassess their performance and know their standards of success to keep themselves soaring and to accomplish their dreams for the good of the society.
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