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Tuesday, February 20, 2024

5 Ways to Motivate Yourself to Read

Are you on a reading slump?

Do you lack the motivation to read your books?

Is your TBR list piling up? 

If you answered yes, then you are not alone. At one point or another, many readers go through this phase where it's just hard to get inspired to read. You have no interest or you lack the energy to do so. Sometimes you simply just feel lazy. However do not fret because we're sharing with you the 5 Ways to Motivate Yourself to Read


Set Clear Goals: Establish specific reading goals, whether it's a certain number of pages or books per week, exploring a particular genre, or learning about a specific topic. Having a clear target gives you something to work towards and can keep you motivated to pick up a book.

Keep in mind that it doesn't have to be high. Small goals count too! 


Create a Reading Routine: Incorporate reading into your daily or weekly schedule by setting aside dedicated time for it. Whether it's in the morning with your coffee, during your lunch break, or before bed, having a consistent reading routine helps make it a habit. 


Find Enjoyable Material: Choose books that genuinely interest you and align with your passions or curiosity. When you're excited about the content, you'll naturally feel more motivated to read and explore further.

It doesn't have to be popular or trending. So, do away with booktoks if it is really not your genre. There is no point of forcing yourself to read something that you do not even enjoy. 


Join a Reading Community: Participate in book clubs, online forums, or social media groups where you can discuss literature with others. Engaging with like-minded readers can provide encouragement, recommendations, and accountability, making the reading experience more enjoyable and motivating.

Feel free to join Book Philippines if you are looking for a book community. You are also welcome to suggest activities that you wish to find in the group. 


Reward Yourself: Establish a reward system to celebrate your reading milestones. Treat yourself to something you enjoy after completing a book or reaching a specific reading goal. These rewards can serve as incentives to stay motivated and continue making progress with your reading habits.

Little rewards like a cup of coffee or chocolates is a good way to reward oneself. You can also buy a new book and continue growing your collection. 

Friday, February 16, 2024

Philippine Ballet Threat Ablaze with Passion


The Philippine Ballet Theatre’s triumph over daunting obstacles and hardships is a celebration of the company; resolute spirit that continues the revolutionary fighting spirit of its founders. Bold, Brave, and Beautiful, the company, and all the people behind it, continue to dream and fight, striving to see their dreams come to reality.

In 2023, the Company celebrated its dramatic emergence from the pandemic. With the revolutionary fighting spirit of the Company and the solid vision of Artistic Director Ronilo Jaynario, the company proved that they have stayed at the forefront of the industry. They closed the season with a warmly embraced full Filipino ballet “Ibalon”, an electric tour in the United States of America and their crowd favorite, “The Nutcracker”. This 2024, their journey continues as they prepare to take flight.

The Philippine Ballet Theatre proudly announces its vibrant 38th season. This season, PBT embraces the theme “Ablaze”. They begin the season with another brand new Filipino ballet “Sarimanok”. This ballet is ready to soar unveiling the beautiful tapestry of our culture.

“Sarimanok” is a dance of culture and myth. “Sarimanok” is a bird in Filipino Mindanao mythology. The magical bird with its majestic colors is the center of a love story between a mortal and a moon goddess.

This mythical creature, renowned for its vibrant feathers and captivating presence, takes center stage in a ballet that transcends the boundaries of time and culture. The ballet will be choreographed by the same creative team of “Ibalon”. Artistic Director Ronilo Jaynario will be choreographing the ballet with the music of Paulo Zarate. It is slated to premiere in early July.

“Music in Motion”, PBT’s second offering will be a mixed bill program of neoclassical works by artistic director Ronilo Jaynario with the music of maestro Raul Sunico. It will be a blend of familiar Filipino music brought to life through Philippine Ballet Theatre’s exquisite dancing. A flurry of emotions and diverse movement all packed in one show. In a dinner and dance format, this season offering is set to be performed sometime in September.

PBT will end their season with their crowd pleaser. “Nutcracker” is a tradition that is hard to resist. It not only serves as a ballet that ushers in the holiday spirit, it also serves as PBT’s advocacy project. With a cast of 100 dancers, it is able to educate young dancers from different schools regarding the remarkable discipline of ballet.

With a renewed passion for their advocacy, PBT will try to keep their fire burning for their advocacies. As of date they are scheduled to go on a local tour including Legaspi, Bicol, and Bacolod. The number of tour dates are increasing in number as we speak. The Company is also scheduled to go on an international tour this coming October to select cities in the United States of America.

Much has been accomplished but more is to be achieved. PBT is excited to engage with a wider range of audiences this 2024. A RESIDENT COMPANY OF THE CULTURAL CENTER OFTHE PHILIPPINES

CONTACT : (02) 632 8848 | (0912) 945 5151 | (0949) 325 2545 | (0995) 158 0538 | secretariat@pbt.ph

Monday, February 12, 2024

Call for Nominations: 8th National Children's Book Awards

The National Book Development Board (NBDB) and the Philippine Board on Books for Young People (PBBY) are proud to announce the return of the National Children's Book Awards (NCBA). 


This prestigious award is held every two years where the NCBA celebrates the finest achievements in Philippine children's and young adult literature. The award recognizes works of fiction, nonfiction, picture books, graphic novels, and comic books expressly labeled for children. 

If you have a book that you wish to nominate, then you can simply please fill out the form here: https://bit.ly/8THNCBA.

Here are some reminders before you submit that nomination: 
  1. Only books published in the Philippines by an NBDB-registered publisher within 2022 and 2023 are eligible for nomination
  2. It must be written in English or Filipino. 
  3. The deadline for submission is on February 28, 2024, at 2:00 PM.

The full submission guidelines can be accessed at https://books.gov.ph/8thncba.

For more details: please contact Addie Pobre or Catherine Orda at awards@books.gov.ph