Nataraja Mom

Posted On 8:55 AM by nerdluck | 0 points of view

Another piece for the May 2009 issue of Baby for the article. "Keeping your cool under pressure...of baby's crying!" The illustration was inspired by the image of Shiva as Nataraja in the dance of Shiva in Tillai, where he is meditating and dancing to destroy a weary universe to make preparations for the process of creation. The article, however, proposes no such thing as to destroy anything. instead, it offers some tips to help new mothers stay sane during the first few weeks after birth when baby seem to be perpetually compelled to test the range of his vocal abilities. I should probably give my next door neighbor a copy.

The May 2009 issue is still available for around another 2 weeks. Get yers now. An editable copy of this illustration is available for FREE!... But! you have to subscribe via email and ask nicely. Following me on twitter and facebook would be cool too.
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Shooting the Flag

Posted On 10:17 AM by nerdluck | 3 points of view

The national flag of the Philippines is a horizontal bicolor with equal bands of blue and red, and with a white equilateral triangle based at the hoist side; in the center of the triangle is a golden yellow sun with eight primary rays, each containing three individual rays; and at each corner of the triangle is a five-pointed golden yellow star. The flag is displayed with the blue field on top in times of peace, and with the red field on top in times of war.

The Philippine flag was first conceptualized by General Emilio Aguinaldo in 1897 during his exile in Hong Kong, drawing inspiration from the flags used by the Katipunan and the Cuban revolutionaries. The first flag was sewn by Marcela Agoncillo, her daughter Lorenza, and Doña Delfina Herbosa de Natividad, niece of José Rizal, the Philippines' national hero.

The flag was formally unfurled during the proclamation of independence on June 12, 1898 in Kawit, Cavite. However, a Manila Times article by Augusto de Viana, Chief History Researcher, National Historical Institute, mentions assertions in history textbooks and commemorative rites that the flag was first raised in Alapan, Imus, Cavite, on May 28, 1898, citing Presidential Proclamation No. 374, issued by then-President Diosdado Macapagal on March 6, 1965.
And the colors will once again fly high in Imus, Cavite this May as the Wagayway Festival is celebrated on it's second year. Photography enthusiasts of all skill, tech and age level are invited to capture the essence of the event with the Litrato Imuseño Photo Contest with the theme: "Imus, Flag Capital of the Philippines"

Standard photo contest rules apply... ya know, 8x10 color or BW prints framed or mounted taken by any kind of camera (Digital or Film) during the Wagayway Festival (23-24May 2009). Standard darkroom techniques only such as dodging, burning in and cropping are allowed. Any creative effects must be done in-camera at the time of exposure, such as multiple exposure, flash fill, light painting, filtration, etc... ya know? the works... Anyway, other rules (like those most photogs frown upon) apply such as raw digital files or negatives must be submitted and all prints become property of the municipality. The greatest of 'em all will be rewarded PhP10,000.00 plus bragging rights and the other 2 winners will recieve PhP7,000 and PhP5,000 respectively. All winners will recieve certificates (yay!)

Submit your entries with a duly accomplished registration form (one registration form for each entry) together with 2x2 ID photo and your CTC No. at PAIA Office 2/F Imus Municipal Bldg. Look for Ohbet or Ojay. Registration forms may also be downloaded here

Make sure you submit your entries by noon of 25May 2009 or all is lost.

For more inquiries you can call:
PAIA Office – (046) 472-2564
Look for Ohbet Topacio or Ojay Ordoñez

*text in gray taken from wikipedia. Have a nice day...
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