Sunday, February 15, 2015

And the Winners Are...

We are very pleased to announce that Rea Robles, Tina Hipolito and Andrea Lazaro have won our most recent 3-sentence short story contest.

Here then, for your reading pleasure and in no particular order, are their winning entries and the artworks that inspired them.

Congratulations to all our winners, and thank you to everyone who participated. Sa uulitin! :-)

Artwork by Mickey Velarde

Afternoon Off
by Tina Hipolito

"How are you feeling right now, Mr. Crocodile?"

"Just a little gassy. You probably have enough time for two more adventures before your parents manage to climb out of my stomach."

Artwork by Mitzi Reyes

 Of Mice and Mounds
by Andrea Lazaro

"I am the king of this mountain so bow to me!" proclaimed Magnus the Mouse.

"But your mountain can only carry one mouse, Magnus. You are king of only yourself!" was the reply.

Artwork by Borg Sinaban

by Rea Robles

Inakyat ng lalake ang bubungan ng kanilang bahay upang muling tumugtog, kagaya ng gabi-gabi niyang ginagawa, at tumingala sa taas, ipapahinga ang mga mata sa mga tila natutulog na mga tala sa itaas. 

Matapos ang ilang kanta ay hindi pa rin natitigil sa pagkinang ng mga maliliit na tuldok sa langit at hindi pa rin napupundi ang liwanag ng buwan.  

"Hindi ba kayo napapagod?", huminga siya ng malalim at nangarap.

Friday, October 3, 2014

And the winners are...

We are pleased to announce that Santino Bretaña, Pen Prestado and Lea Lite have won our 3-sentence short story contest for "If Trees Could Talk".

In no particular order, their stories, and the artworks that inspired them may be read below.

Congratulations to all three, and our many thanks again to the hundreds of authors who participated in this competition. Hanggang sa susunod!

artwork: "Handle with Care" by Dante Lerma
"Shattered Like Glass"
by Santino Bretaña

From within my glass prison, I saw a young girl.

I could only imagine the childlike innocence within her mind as she stared at me with a wide-eyed fascination, comprehending the embodiment of a time long past.

All the more did my heart shatter like the glass walls that surrounded me when I heard her whisper silently in awe, "So, that's what green looks like."

Artwork: "Gaia" by Anthony Palomo
by Pen Prestado

Nang mapagtanto ng mga puno na maaari nilang ihakbang ang kanilang mga ugat, dali-dali nilang hinugot ang mga sarili mula sa kinatatayuang lupa, at nagtatakbo sila papalayo sa mga sementadong lungsod.

Narating nila ang mahabang ilog, umupo sa pampang para ipahinga ang pagod na mga ugat, habang inaalala ang mga batang nagsisipaglaro sa kanilang mga sanga.

Nang magpatuloy na sila sa paglalakbay, nakiusap ang isang matandang puno na magpaiwan doon, para hintayin ang batang palagiang sumasakay sa nakasabit niyang duyan at nangangarap na balang-araw ay tutubuan siya ng pakpak.

Artwork: "Tree Huggers" by Elmer Borlongan
by Lea Lite

As the thick clouds of smoke and ash fell upon the forest, I felt something warm encircle my trunk, and looked down to see a child wrapping her arms around me, and saw the same thing happening to the others: men, women, the children, the elderly; they were all walking towards us, their arms outstretched -- and slowly, tentatively, pairs of hands would creep around tree trunks until we found ourselves engaged in some sort of one-sided embrace.

And that was how we found ourselves in the last minutes of life: broken humans, left to give up on their survival, their own machines and inventions suffocating them to extinction, hugging broken trees.

And, as if by some small miracle, the rain fell.

Monday, August 25, 2014



We're using CANVAS STORIES, our Facebook app, again to showcase artworks designed to inspire new stories.  This time, we're looking for stories (or poems or musings or random thoughts, really) that build on the theme: IF TREES COULD TALK...

The rules are simple:

  • Between now (August 25) and September 9, take our app ( for a spin, and submit 3-sentence stories for any, some, or all of the artworks.
  • We will choose the three stories we like best from all the entries submitted. The writers of the three selected stories will each get P3,000.
  • Entries may be in English or Filipino, and you may submit as many entries as you wish.
For more details, check out our FAQs, and our Terms and Rules.

Log on now to to unlock the stories with your imagination. We look forward to reading your 3-sentence answer to the question: IF TREES COULD TALK, what would they tell us?

Friday, July 4, 2014

And the Winner Is...

CANVAS is very pleased to announce that Recle Etino Vibal's "Inang Kalikasan's Bad Hair Day" has been selected as the winner of the 11th Romeo Forbes Children's Story Writing Competition! It was a unanimous decision. 

Honorable mentions go to Catherine Rose Torres for "Ditas and the Birds" and to Sitti Aminah "Flexi" Sarte for "The Girl with a Secret."

Congratulations to all three authors, and thank you to everyone else who participated!

Thank you, too, to Abner "Kuya Fidel" Delina and Bb. Pilipinas Universe MJ Lastimosa for helping to select the winning story!

Until the next competition! 

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

A 3-Sentence Story Contest for Art Fair Philippines


We have a new facebook app, CANVAS STORIES, where we will showcase artworks designed to inspire new stories.  We are launching the app to coincide with Art Fair Philippines, for which we asked 16 artists, including National Artist BenCab, to come up with works to inspire children’s stories.

So now, to encourage everyone to start tapping the writer in them, we are opening this flash contest. Between February 19 and 23 (the period of the Art Fair), and using our app (, submit 3-sentence stories for any, some or all of the artworks.

We will invite 3 special judges to choose their favorites from all the entries submitted. The 3 chosen favorites will get P3,000 each, plus a limited edition hardbound copy of our latest children’s book "A Fish Tale", and a copy of CANVAS’ special brainstorming journal.

Entries may be in English or Filipino, and you may submit as many entries as you wish.

So log on to to unlock the stories with your imagination. We look forward to reading your 3-sentence tales!