Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Wishing for a Bookmark Collection Exhibition?

 Oh, I’ve been planning to exhibit my bookmarks since about four years ago. That’s right, SINCE FOUR YEARS AGO. Well, there are really a lot to consider and prepare before even thinking of doing a legitimate exhibition. Besides that, I shouldn’t forget the fact that what I’m displaying are bookmarks. Let’s admit it, how many people are there who find bookmarks interesting? I mean, compared to paintings, sculptures, and photographs? Don’t get me wrong, I’m not like thinking of people swarming and going crazy about my bookmarks. Hell, no. I’m only thinking if there are people – besides my friends – in this country of mine who cares about BMs? Well, I hope so.

1. How did you public display your collection? Was it like in frames hanging on the walls?
2. How big was your collection when you had your exhibition?
3. What preparations did you make? Did you send invitations? Did you have souvenirs?

Ideas please. :)

P.S. If you’re a bookmark collector from the Philippines and have also been thinking of doing an exhibition for your collection AND are interested of doing a collaborative one, I’d love to meet you.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Instituto Cervantes of Manila

"Instituto Cervantes is a worldwide non-profit organization created by the Spanish government in 1991.  It is the largest organization in the world dedicated to the teaching of the Spanish language and increasing knowledge of culture in Latin-American Countries.  At present, Instituto Cervantes has 77 centres in 44 different countries."

"Instituto Cervantes’ mission is to promote the teaching, study and use of Spanish as a second language, and to contribute to the advancement of Spanish and Latin-American cultures throughout the world. The library and cultural programs of the centre aim to enhance and provide a clear, global and updated version of Spanish culture."

Check their website for the schedule of Spanish Language Classes ---> http://manila.cervantes.es/en/default.shtm

Monday, April 9, 2012

Organizing your bookmark collection

So, how do you arrange your bookmark collection? I’m curious what are the other ways to arrange a bookmark collection. The most common would be grouping them by country and theme/subject (films, libraries, tourist destinations, books, authors). I organize mine by country. I get bothered looking a bookmark with non-English writing on them and not be able to recognize what country it came from. I need to know from where it is. Hence, I arrange them by country. When I’ll get better at languages (be able to recognize Catalan from Spanish BMs) or with my memory (which is kinda difficult) and remember from whom or where it came from I’d love to re-arrange my collection to grouping them by theme. 

For now, this is how I arrange and label them.
Some bookmark collectors I have trade BMs with label their trades, especially the non-English ones. Sometimes I asked them to put labels what they are about or, at least, a general description. It shouldn’t be something too much to ask, right? We’d want our trade partners to appreciate our BMs more by somehow having an idea what the scripts on the bookmarks say. So, I keep the labels my exchange partners put in them… just like this.

How about you? How do you arrange your bookmarks?

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Keeping your bookmark collection

When my bookmarks were accumulating in my bookmark box, I was so itching to find an idea how to arrange and keep them organize and easy to browse or show to my friends – the interested ones. After several weeks of contemplating and researching over the world wide web, I finally got this idea. I thought of putting them in a clear file. I made a little modification, though. I used a plastic sealer to create pockets from a whole page of a clear file. It’s very easy to do. You can customize the size of the pockets depends, of course, on the size and shape of the bookmarks you’ll put in them. This is how it looks like.
Use a clear file that is bound together by screws. In this way you can de-screw the clear file leaves and make pockets easily. Once you’re done with the pockets you can just gather them and put the screws on to hold them together. I don’t want to make a step-by-step “how to” here, it’s too easy to do. I know you can already picture-out how to do it. Or, you might also have been doing it already for your bookmarks. I guess it’s the easiest and smartest (and cheapest) way to organize a bookmark collection, right?
I’d love to hear how you keep your bookmark collection. :)

Well, ‘allo! Again.

This is a post from my now-old blog.   
Bookmark Collectors of the Philippines to It’s Called Bookmarking
A few years ago, when I started this blog, me and my friends had a noble plan of putting up an organization that aims to spread our passion for reading and knowledge. We have thought of going to remote places or depressed areas and teach children to read, to write, to read and to love learning in general. We’d make the small projects going by making and selling our own bookmarks and well, from our own pockets. We’ve got it all figured-out since my friends are active members of non-government organizations doing social services such as I’ve mentioned. Unfortunately, it didn’t materialize. Our lives got extremely busy and I hate telling this but the plan was one of the least of our priorities. But that dream still has a space in my heart. I’d still love to do it. 
Now, the point of this entry is to tell you that I’m leaving this blog. It just doesn’t make sense anymore since I’m just blogging as an individual collector. So, I’m moving to a new blog. All entries are transferred to this new blog. Hope to see you there.   
So, now you're here. Welcome to It's Called Bookmarking!

Monday, May 10, 2010

Help Fight HPV

PGH doctors on a mission against HPV
by Eric Michael Santos

Started in December 2008, a group of obstetrician-gynecologists-infectious disease specialists at the University of the Philippines-Philippine General Hospital (UP-PGH) is implementing an advocacy program to make human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination accessible to more Filipinos. The program headed by Dr. Ricardo Manalastas, Jr., chief, UP-PGH Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Section of Infectious Diseases (OB-IDS), initially focused their program on socio-civic organizations, private schools, and corporations.
“We explain to members of these groups the benefits and cost of HPV prevention through vaccination and that through our advocacy program, we no longer charge a certain professional fee for the vaccination.”
Increasing incidence rate of cervical cancer and other HPV diseases
“From 1980 to 1995, the incidence rate of cervical cancer in the country has remained a relatively high 22 per 100,000 women. Almost 7 out of 10 of cases are diagnosed in the advanced stage when the chance of dying from the disease is high. About 6 out of 10 Filipino women with cervical cancer will die within 5 years,” Dr. Manalastas said.

more at http://www.hpv.com.ph/media.html

We need your old glasses

I saw this in the National Museum's yocard stand. This is the first time I have heard of recycling eyeglasses for other people's use. See below details of this advocacy of George Optical. I'm an eyeglasses user myself. I've got really bad eyes. And I understand completely how it is like to live in blur. Unfortunately, due to rampant poverty a lot of people in the country who've got eye problems can't afford to buy a pair of eyeglasses. [Well, I've been using the frame I'm wearing for about 4 years now. I only upgrade the lenses not the frame because it's expensive.]
I believe in the cause, so I'll visit the shop one of these days to donate my glasses. If you intend to help, too, see details below.

The G.O. Green Campaign, which officially kicks off April 1, 2010, encourages eyeglass wearers to support the environment and aid the less fortunate by helping recycle old frames. In light of this, recycling efforts will benefit the Missionaries of Charity (Home of Joy), the charity patients of the Ophthalmology Division of the Cardinal Santos Medical Center, Ophthalmology Division of the University of Santo Tomas Hospital, and UNTV.

Customers can drop off their old frames (no purchase required) at any George Optical branch, where they will also be recycled for the use of the George Co Sr. Foundation. The Foundation will also cover the costs of the lens and actual repairs.