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Wednesday, December 29, 2021

Philippine Post Office releases stamps to mark 125th Anniversary of Rizal Martyrdom


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The Philippine will issue new postage stamps on December 30, 2021 to commemorate the 125th Anniversary of the Martyrdom of Dr. Jose P. Rizal with this year’s theme, Rizal: Para sa Agham, Katotohanan at Buhay.

Jose Rizal, the national hero of the Philippines and pride of the Malayan race, was born on June 19, 1861, in the town of Calamba, Laguna. Rizal was an extremely gifted student and has won literary competitions from a young age. Rizal was a multifaceted intellectual best known for his two famous novels, the Noli Me Tángere and El filibusterismo, that inspired the Philippine revolution.

The (Block of four) Postage Stamps depicts the lives, works and heroism of our National Hero.

The stamps feature Rizal’s inherent love and compassion for the Filipino people and the country. He is also admired for possessing intellectual brilliance being a doctor, scientist and linguist. Through his writings, he awaked Filipinos sense of nationalism, while his death sparks a revolution to overthrow colonial repression.


“Filipino talents and ingenuity should be recognized around the world. Rizal’s sheer determination to achieve his goals to succeed should serve as an inspiration to Filipinos especially the youth. Therefore, we should emulate the traits and ideas of our national hero”, Postmaster General Norman Fulgencio said.

He added, “the post office is now recognizing the talent and industry of the Filipinos here and abroad in pursuit of excellence and distinction in their work or profession by issuing stamps to honor artists, sports personalities, musicians and scientists as well as other national and international figures, both living and posthumously”.

“It would be nice to showcase all the Filipinos who have greatly contributed to the joy, inspiration and pride of the nation”, he said.

PHLPost has printed 40,000 copies of the stamp sold for 12 pesos each, was layout and designed by in-house graphic artists Israel A. Viyo and Eunice Dabu respectively.

Stamps and Official First Day Covers are now available at the Philatelic Counter, Manila Central Post Office.For inquiries, please call 8527-01-08 or 8527-01-32 or follow/like the facebook page https://www.facebook.com/PilipinasPhilately/ for updates.

Full Circle Lab Philippines Renewed for New Three-Year Cycle (2022-2024); Set for January Kick-off


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The Film Development Council of the Philippines’ (FDCP) flagship international film lab for Filipino and Southeast Asian films and filmmakers is set for an exciting three years. The Full Circle Lab (FCL) Philippines has announced not only its latest edition with applications opening this coming January, 2022 as a part of its three-year vision that will culminate into the FCL Horizons, but will also be introducing a new section—the Story Editor’s Lab and a bigger Fiction Lab welcoming twelve participants, four more from the previous years’ eight.

The Full Circle Lab Philippines vision, in partnership with Tatino films, aims to hold the annual lab for three more years from 2022 to 2024, with the upcoming 2022 edition having a two-part hybrid workshop which will include an onsite residential workshop in April and follow-up online sessions in September 2022. The 5-month program will be composed of 4 separate film labs, First Cut Lab and Fiction Lab under the project-based labs, Creative Producers Lab and Story Editing Lab under the talent and skills-based labs.

The first installment of the next edition of FCL is a five-day residential workshop set to be held from April 26 to 30, 2022 where mentors and participants can interact and collaborate in a face-to-face set-up. This will be followed by online sessions during the celebration of the Film Industry Month in September 2022, where consultations will be done virtually.

FDCP Chair and CEO Liza Diño shared, “We are delighted to renew our partnership with Tatino Films especially because next year, we will be celebrating 75 years of diplomatic relations between France and the Philippines. With FDCP’s long-term partnership with Tatino Films through what we call Horizons 2025, we are taking concrete steps toward making the Philippines a creative Hub for Filmmaking in the South-East Asian region.”

Film projects, series, animations, and talents representing the Philippines and neighboring countries Brunei, Cambodia, East-Timor, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam are welcome to apply. This new three-year cycle will be seeing a mentoring team enriched with film professionals from Asia and mentors from all over the world.

“The whole world is looking at Asia now, and we want to capitalize on that and make sure that we are ready and equipped with the tools to take our diverse and unique stories to the global stage,” Diño added.

The program will be selecting 12 projects for Fiction Lab, 3 projects for First Cut Lab, 8 participants for Creative Producers Lab, and 3 participants for the new Story Editing lab.

Full Circle Lab Philippines is a capacity-building program aimed at supporting Filipino and Southeast Asian filmmakers. Through organizing the various labs ranging from the stages of pre-production to post-production, the program enhances selected projects from around the globe, elevating a particular film to its highest potential and allowing it to reach international standards. The Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) brought FCL to the country in partnership with Tatino Films, a French production and consulting firm that created the programs of the film lab.

Official call for entries and participants will be opened on January 10, 2022.

More details and announcements will soon be available through Full Circle Lab Philippines’ Facebook page and Instagram.

Film Development Council of the Philippines

Media Relations Unit

ADDRESS 855 T.M. Kalaw Street, Ermita, Manila, Philippines 1000

PHONE +63 2 82569958 loc. 100

E-MAIL mediadesk@fdcp.ph

WEB https://www.fdcp.ph/

Tuesday, December 28, 2021

Welcome 2022 at Sheraton Manila Bay


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Join the New Year’s Eve Countdown 2022 Party at Sheraton Manila Bay’s Pacific Lounge on December 31, 2021, from 7:00 PM to 1:00 AM, and dance to DJ music performances, savor a bountiful dinner buffet spread of international and local cuisine prepared by our seasoned culinary team, and enjoy a rooftop view of fireworks display around Manila. 

Guests and party revelers will get a chance to win exciting prizes including an overnight accommodation with breakfast for two at Sheraton Manila Bay, Courtyard by Marriott Iloilo, or Clark Marriott in Pampanga. 

New Year’s Countdown Dinner ticket is at Php 2,888++ per person while Rooftop Countdown access with sparkling wine is at Php 788++ per person. Brunch buffet will be served at Pacific Lounge on New Year’s Day, January 1, 2022 at Php 1,188++ per person.

Avail of the New Year’s Eve Room Package and stay overnight for only Php 9,888 ++ per night for a Deluxe Room and Php 13,888++ per night for a Junior Suite inclusive of buffet breakfast for two, complimentary glass of sparkling wine and access to countdown party, festive turndown treat, complimentary high-speed internet access, and access to swimming pool and fitness facilities.

For reservations, please call +632 5318 0788 or email reservations.manilabay@sheraton.com. All quoted rates are subject to room availability. Check our 2021 Holiday E-brochure at bit.ly/SheratonEcoChristmas

Sheraton Manila Bay is located at M. Adriatico cor. Gen. Malvar Streets, Malate, Manila. For reservation please call +632 5318 0788, 0917 583 7294, 0917 583 7326, or email reservations.manilabay@sheraton.com. Like us on Facebook and Instagram @sheratonmanilabay and Twitter at @sheratonmnlbay.
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