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Sunday, June 29, 2014

Social Media Day in Urban Sands Iloilo

Social Media Day in Iloilo 

Today Iloilo joined the millions of social media enthusiasts and practitioners from all over the globe in celebrating the Social Media Day. 

For the second year of its celebration in Iloilo, Social Media day was organized  by the Google Business Group in Iloilo and was attended by around 30 participants in Urban Sands Resort in Molo, Iloilo. 

I was fortunate to be once again invited to be one of the resource speakers where I spoke about how we can use social media responsibly and how we can create not just content online but most importantly, create an impact in other people's lives. 

Friday, May 16, 2014

Walkabout Singapore: Exploring Offices of some of the Hottest Startups in Singapore

Walkabout Singapore: Best Way to Get to Know the Best Startups in Singapore

This upcoming June 13th, Walkabout Singapore 2014 is going to have another a city-wide open house event for technology startups and participants will get a chance to see behind the scenes of some of the most successful and interesting offices in Singapore see how the companies work and learn about their stories right from their employees. 

Last year, I've explored 3 offices together with 3 of my would-be entrepreneur friends. We started with Airbnb - the revolutionary lodging where you can rent out places (an entire house, villa) when you travel instead of going for hotels, Roomarama then Zalora. 

Their logo is made up of different things which aims to represent the region where they are in so in the photo below is a logo made of rice since most countries in the Asia Pacific have rice as their staple food (my country, Philippines, perhaps tops that list) 

Behind me is the Airbnb logo made up of rice, a staple food in Asia Pacific

Airbnb encourages an environment of creativity as shown in its graffiti-filled walls 

Together with 3 would-be entrepreneurs, we've explored offices of some of the hottest startups in Singapore

Funny reminds at the Roomarama office about netiquette 

Zalora threw a mini pizza party during the Walkabout where we stayed most of the time before the after-party. They've also prepared a fun photo booth so the participants visiting their office could take bunch of photos
Awesome after-party. 

How to Join Walkabout 2014: June 13

If you're in Singapore and interested in the startup scene, I would totally recommend joining this year's Walkabout in Singapore 2014. Visit their site for schedule, companies that are opening their office and more details. For more photos taken during last year's Walkabout, click here

Friday, March 22, 2013

Nick Vujicic in Manila on May 18 and 20, 2013

Nick Vujicic: LIVE in Manila on 18 and 20 May 2013

Nick Vujicic, known as "The Man with No Limbs" and "No Arms, No Worries", will be in Manila Philippines on May 18 and 20, 2013. His story of overcoming a limbless life with the message of hope and strength found in Jesus Christ alone, has reached millions of people at conferences and churches worldwide!

Image Source: Becca Music

How to Book Tickets

For tickets, you may call call 911.5555 or 9105352 for inquiries.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

PSY Concert at the Marina Bay Sands Singapore Reaction

Reaction to PSY's Concert: Was Singapore That Emotionless?

South Korean rapper, PSY, best known for his single "Oppa Gangnam Style", performed at the Events Plaza of the Marina Bay Sands. 

PSY performing Oppa Gangnam Style at the Marina Bay Sands  Event Plaza 
(Photo from Marina Bay Sands Facebook page) 

PSY is known for his energetic "invisible-horse" style dancing and last night, December 1, Singapore was to lucky to see him perform his epic dancing moves with the Marina Bay Sands goes "Gangnam Style" at 'Get PSYched at Sands!'

Below is a video of the event from the Marina Bay Sands YouTube channel with somewhat ironic description because that's not exactly what you see on the video.

Thousands of fans danced in rhythm with global sensation PSY, as he performed his hit song "Gangnam Style" live on 1 December at a special Marina Bay Sands "Give back to Singapore" public showcase at the Event Plaza.

Was Singapore Really Unimpressed and Quiet, or was it Bad Sound Mixing?

True, there were thousands of fans who were at the said exPSYting event, yet, it's a little odd that the crowd was so quiet. Was it just bad mixing or Singapore is living up to the articles circulating on the internet that it's the most emotionless country

Were the people more busy filming, Instagramming, Facebooking, Tweeting instead of simply enjoying? Is Singapore becoming overly sharing and too tech savvy that it forgets to savour some of the precious moments like these? 

I wasn't in PSY's concert so I couldn't tell. Yet some people who were there thinks that it's frustrating that the audience wasn't easily psyched..nor excited. 

I really hope it's just bad sound mixing..because it's really saddening to know that we've become so caught up with trying to preserve memories and not actually live the moment. That we've been so busy trying to think of the most "like-able" and retweetable captions that would garners lots of social media attention and affirmation from our friends than actually enjoy the moment as they happen. 

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Thoughts On Network Marketing - Agel Singapore

 Network Marketing - What Things Come to Your Mind?

Whenever you hear the word Network Marketing, what's the first thing that comes to mind? 

Scam? Down lines? 

I seriously don't have a clear idea of what network marketers do but I've always had a strong fear in whatever it is. 

I think I have attended several presentations in the Philippines and while I have great respect for those I meet or invite me over, most of the presentations are just too good to be true that once you meet the person who invited you over to the presentation, you would learn that they're no longer connected with the said organization. 

My friend, Rowena Bolo, invited me over for a presentation at Agel Singapore. It was quite a refreshing presentation where they talked about the health products in such a fresh way. The speakers - Sara Tay, Mickel Ang and Kelly Baader were so passionate about what they're talking. Instead of talking about the product, they talked about how they're doing it to provide opportunities for others. Sara Tay, in particular, doesn't have to do Agel yet she still does it..because she believes in the product and how the company could help those who don't have access to opportunities created and made available by Agel.

With Kelly Baader 

Kelly Baader was such an inspiring spirit. She's very passionate about the topics she shares her thoughts about. 

Mickel Ang was an interesting speaker. He gives refreshing definitions on traditional abbreviations like B2B (Belief to Behaviour), CPF, etc.

Sara Tay has this genuine and contagious smile that makes everyone in the room feel her passion for what she's doing and believe in.

The approach by Sara Tay's team was unique and refreshing that kinda brings back my faith in marketing..specially in the tarnished name of network marketing. 

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Nicki Minaj LIVE in Manila Philippines 2012

Get FREE Ticket to Nicki Minaj Pink Friday Tour Concert in Manila Philippines

Catch the international music icon Nicki Minaj live in her one night-only concert in Manila this July as Globe, the leader in postpaid, together with BlackBerry, give you the biggest freebie ever: a free ticket* to her Pink Friday Tour concert, along with a free BlackBerry Curve 9220.

All you need to do is subscribe to Globe My Super Plan 499 and P99 BlackBerry Chat. For as low as P598/month, Globe subscribers can get the BlackBerry Curve 9220 complete with a P499 monthly consumable amount for calls and texts, unlimited access to BBM™ (BlackBerry® Messenger), 2 call, text and surf freebies, plus the ultimate chance to sing “Superbass” and “Starships” with the rapper- songwriter herself.

If you want more, subscribe to Globe My Super Plan BlackBerry Unli Surf Combo 999 to get a free BlackBerry Curve 9320 and two (2) free tickets** to the concert! For only P999 a month, enjoy unlimited surfing, P400 monthly consumable for calls and texts, and 1 call, text and surf freebie, plus a date for two to the biggest concert party of the year.

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Now's the best time to get a new Globe Blackberry! Enjoy the new BlackBerry Curve smartphones that offer all the market-leading BlackBerry messaging and social-centric features and apps that people love, PLUS tickets to see Pink Friday gal Nicki Minaj live in Manila.

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U.S. Embassy Launches New Blog: Peace, Prosperity, and Partnership in Mindanao

U.S. Embassy Launches New Blog: Peace, Prosperity, and Partnership in Mindanao

The U.S. Embassy in Manila launches its 2nd blog entitled Peace, Prosperity and Partnership in Mindanao".  The U.S Embassy in Manila has previously launched last year their 1st blog, Visatisfied Voyager, which focuses mainly on Visas). 

Peace, Prosperity and Partnership are the main thematic approaches of  the U.S. Embassy in diplomatic engagement with the people of Mindanao and the Government of the Republic of the Philippines.  The blog’s aims to highlight the many partnerships between the U.S. Embassy in Manila and the Government of the Republic of the Philippines, and the people of Mindanao through this blog.  The blog will be moderated by a team representing different organizations that regularly engage in Mindanao.   

With the launch of Peace, Prosperity and Partnership in Mindanao,  U.S. Embassy hopes to provide up-to-date news and information as well as engage with the online community.

You may visit their new blog here:
For regular updates, connect with the U.S Embassy in Manila on their Facebook and Twitter pages. 

Monday, June 11, 2012

Look, Ma, Iloilo Bloggers in the Newspaper!

Iloilo Bloggers in the The Daily Guardian During the Lanai Grill and Sports Bar's 1st Anniversary

I grew being fond of reading newspapers. I specifically love the comics and crossword puzzle sections. In the digital and fast paced world where a lot of people have shifted the way they consume news from the traditional ways (radio, television, newspaper) to the digital ways (Twitter, Livestreaming, YouTube, etc), I still love newspapers. 

So I was psyched to see my photo along with the other Iloilo Bloggers during the Lanai Grill and Sports Bar's First Anniversary

I've seen myself in a local television a couple of times but still, the excitement of a little child getting published in the newspaper is different. It starts in my toes, made me crinkle my nose..That made me smile ;) 

Friday, May 25, 2012

Biggest Free Surgical Mission in the Philippines 2012 - Operation Smile The Journey Home

Since 1982, through the help of dedicated medical volunteers and generous partners — has provided more than 2 MILLION PATIENT EVALUATIONS and over 200,000 FREE SURGERIES for children and young adults born with cleft lips, cleft palates and other facial deformities around the world.

As one of the most prominent children’s charities in the world with a presence in over 60 countries, they were able to heal children’s smiles and bring hope for a better future.

On NOVEMBER 8 to DECEMBER 2, 2012, Operation Smile will undertake another milestone as it celebrates its 30th year!

Operation Smile will celebrate with a special homecoming mission to the Philippines to give back to the country that gave birth to what is now a global children’s medical charity organization.  It aims to provide free life medical treatments to at least 6,000 Filipino children and young adults in 24 days through 10 dental and cleft surgical missions sites in various parts of the country, namely, Koronadal City, Cavite, Cebu, Cagayan De Oro, General Santos, Silay City, Manila, Naga and Pampanga.

Aside from  international volunteer from 30 countries who will come to the Philippines to do simultaneous surgical missions in 10 mission sites in our country, Operation Smile Philippines is eyeing for two famous Asian stars  to come here in the Philippines to celebrate with us this coming November, for Operation Smile 30th anniversary.

2012 Program Plan

Minimum Surgical Objective
Area Coverage
Jan 25 – 29
Local Cleft Surgical Mission (Mindoro)
Mindoro Island and Batangas
Mar 2 – 10
International Cleft Surgical Mission (Iloilo)
Panay Island (Iloilo, Capiz, Antique and Aklan) and Negros Occidental
Mar 16 – 23
International Craniofacial Mission (Davao City)
Mar 22-24
NCR Local Cleft Mission (Manila)
NCR, Bulacan, Laguna, Batangas, Cavite
Local Cleft Surgical Mission (La Union)
Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union, Pangasinan
Oct 25-31
International Dental and Cleft Surgical Missions (South Cotabato)
5,000 dental
30 cleft
South Cotabato and Sultan Kudarat
Nov 8 – 18
(1st Leg)

Nov 23-Dec 1
(2nd Leg)

30th Anniversary Simultaneous Missions
San Fernando, Pampanga
Pampanga, Nueva Ecija, Tarlac
NCR, Bulacan, Laguna, Rizal
Cavite, Batangas, Mindoro, Palawan, Marinduque
Naga City
Quezon and Bicol Region
Bacolod City
Region VI
(Western Visayas)
Cebu City
Region VII (Central Visayas)
Region VIII (Eastern Visayas)
Cagayan De Oro City
Region IX (Zamboanga Peninsula)
Region X (Northern Mindanao)
Region XIII (Caraga)
General Santos City
Region XII (Socsargen)
Region XI (Davao Region)
Manila Cleft Care Center
Mindanao Cleft Center
15 missions

The Need for Volunteers

Operation Smile Philippines is in need of the following Medical Volunteers! 

Operating Room Nurses
Ward Nurses 
Speech Pathologist
Biomed Technician
Plastic Surgeon
Medical Photographer
Medical Records Specialist

From these areas:

Cagayan De Oro
General Santos
South Cotabato

Benefits of a Medical Volunteers

Qualified / Credentialed Volunteers will be given proper training and receive certification from American Heart Association (AHA) in Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) and Basic Life Support (BLS). You can't find this training just anywhere and Operation Smile will give it to credentialed medical volunteers for FREE, as Operation Smile Philippines is the first organization recognized as a global and mobile international training organization (ITO) of the American Heart Association.

Travel incentives - Operation Smile Philippines was able to send 31 of its volunteers to 10 countries where international missions are held, (China, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Russia, Thailand, East Timor, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Bolivia, Brazil) 

Calling for Non-Medical Volunteers 

During missions, non-medical volunteers assist in patient mobilization, final screening, patient assistance, physical set-up, photo and video documentation and other non-medical tasks that may be required.  

You can join Chatters Care For Kids Inc. as a non-medical volunteer as our objective is to help in future missions of Operation Smile especially on the 30th anniversary in November, so if you are living in these areas,  Pampanga, Manila, Cavite, Naga, Bacolod, Cebu, Cagayan De Oro, General Santos, South Cotabato, Iloilo, Mindoro and Davao , sign up below

Non-Medical Volunteers can include bloggers who can cover the event, photographers and videographers who can document the event, Filmmakers who can make a video for Operation Smile, Masscom students and graduates who can also help in making videos for Operation Smile, Graphic Artists who can make brochures, flyers, posters that will be mass produced by Operation Smile  and anyone who have the kind heart and has a will to help change a child's life. 

Be a Non-Medical Volunteer 

You can become a non-medical volunteer too. Sign up here

Chatters Care For Kids Inc. is doing a Tinapay at Inumin Campaign where Non-Medical Volunteers can bring bakery products , juices or bottled water that we can give to the parents,patients, and volunteers during a mission..This will help cut down Operation Smile expenses so they can buy more medical supplies and do more surgical operations, instead of using their fund to feed the volunteers.

Non-Medical Volunteers can also bring Coloring books and Crayons and play with the patients so they won't worry about their upcoming surgery.

The simplest way to HELP

If you can't be a volunteer or a sponsor, you can help change a life, by just spreading this news in your blog, into your social networking accounts, and by telling them to your friends,

To learn more about Operation Smile Philippines and Chatters Care for Kids, visit the following links:

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Unilab Ideas Positive 2012 Top 12 Teams

Unilab Ideas Positive Ideas Winners

Unilab Ideas Positive is an idea generation and competition-in-one on social marketing initiatives that promote health and wellness in communities. There were a total of 82 entries, 28 finalists, 6 from the VisMin (Visayas and Mindanao) and today, they announced the 12 teams whose projects will receive Php 100,000 seed grants each. 

After a series of live screenings and deliberations all over the country, Unilab Ideas Positive announced the Top 12 teams that will advance to the next phase of the program. These 12 youth teams represent the best ideas and potential of the Filipino youth this year. To make these positive ideas come to positive realities, each of the 12 finalists will get Php100, 000 seed money for the implementation of their projects. 

The Unilab Ideas Positive 2012 Top 12 Teams are:

1. Tamang Teampla of GMA-Quezon City
"60 Piso Tungo sa Pagbabago" focuses on changing the mindset of mothers in Lupang Pangako, Payatas to fight malnutrition through the creation of affordable, nutritional and safe meal recipes.

2. Team BA from Baguio City
"Belat Bulate" is a comprehensive step-wise health program to improve the health of school children in Brgy. Tadiangan, Tuba, Benguet.

3. Team Bang of Cebu
"Catch Rain, We Can" gives the residents of Gitbingil Island, Medellin, Cebu access to potable water by installing a rainwater catchment system using ferro-cemented jars.

4. Team Five for Live of GMA-Quezon City
"Platong Makulay para sa Batang Matibay" leverages on the use of Nutri-Plates as guides for mothers of Brgy. San Vicente, Quezon City in feeding their children.

5. Team FNEC of Bicol
"Sama-sama Tayo Para kay Nanay at Beybi" focuses on the development of health strategies, protocal, materials and resources for the Muslim Maranao Settlers in Daet, Camarines Norte.

6. Green Label of Davao
"Gintong Bukirin para sa Gintong Kinabukasan" will bring to life a mini-farm in Brgy. Tigatto, Buhangin, Davao City, where residents can plant organic crops using Home Bio System Technology.

7. Team Jeytuditusi of Cavite
"Agos Ilog" is a drive to rehabilitate the river of Brgy. Anabu, Imus Cavite through a marketing communications campaign and the use of filtering trap made of bamboo and dayami.

8. Kabataang Katipuneros of Iloilo City
"KKK: Kalusugan at Kalinisan sagot sa Kahirapan" aims to educate the community of Brgy. La Paz, Nueva Valencia, Guimaras about the importance of nutrition through processed vegetable powders, building of livelihood facilities, seminars and trainings.

9. Team Matalaw of Batangas
"Kalampag Para sa Calumpang" is an information and awareness campaign to rehabilitate and savethe river that is of utmost importance to the community of Calumpang.

10. Team Protogenia from Batangas
"Project BRAVE" aims to empower the Badjaos of the Brgy. Malitam, Batangas by mobilizing the residents to be engaged in vermiculture and banig-making, among others.

11. Team Transits of Cebu
"A Bicycle for Water" addresses water scarcity in St. Arnold Jansenn Village, Lapu-Lapu City with the use of a bicycle water-pumping system from deep wells.

12. Team W.A.Y.A of Iloilo
"Tahong for Life" proposes health and livelihood education as well as the construction of an eco-friendly tahong center to eradicate unsanitary and hazardous handling of tahong shells in Brgy. Lacturan, Dumangas, Iloilo.

Unilab Ideas Positive Visayas and Mindanao Finalists

Last May 18th, me and Mary Jane Cabrera of Iloilo Bloggers got a chance to meet the 6 finalists in the Visayas and Mindanao (5 from Iloilo and 1 from Davao). 

Unilab Positive Ideas VisMin Judges

Iloilo Bloggers, Mary Jane Cabrera (left) and Jonha Revesencio (second from the right) together with the Unilab Ideas Positive panel of judges.

Screeners for the VisMin leg are social entrepreneurs Joe Castillo of JoeGreen Recycled Plastic Products and Annie Lim of Anthill Fabric Gallery and Unilab Corporate Affairs Assistant Vice-President Antonio Mapa. 

Unilab Positive Ideas core judges: social marketing consultant Ma. Christine Reyes, former Executive Director of Foundation for Philippine Environment, Dr. Mel Bandalaria, the Dean of UPOU's Faculty of Information and Communication Studies, and Unilab Ideas Positive Program Lead Barry Barrientos. 

Congratulations to the Top 12 Teams! To help the youth turn their ideas into concrete health and wellness programs for their communities, Unilab Ideas Positive provides them with the following:

- 3-day social marketing boot camp, where they learn and understand social marketing approaches from a pool of experts using current and relevant social marketing practices and case studies, and

- a seed money so they can implement their social marketing programs within six months.

Visit the following links for more informaton about Unilab Positive Ideas

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Moonleaf Soft Opening in Iloilo

Moonleaf Soft Opening in Iloilo - First Authentic Tea Shop in Visayas

May 18th, 2012 marks a history for the milk tea lovers in the the Visayas, specifically in Iloilo, as the first authentic Taiwanese Milk Tea Shop was opened in the city - Moonleaf Tea Shop. It is the 24th Moonleaf branch in the Philippines and the first in the Visayas. 

In an interview with one of the managing partners of Brunomuzizi, Inc, they wanted to bring Iloilo to the next level and that is to bring Moonleaf to the Ilonggos. 

Moonleaf's Bestseller: Wintermelon Milk Tea

The store opens at 10:00 am and closes at 10:00 pm.  The place is not just the usual hangout place as they also plan in holding events and make it an affordable, relaxing and lively haven for milk tea lovers.

Another interesting twist is the Tweet Board / Shout Out Boards where customers could freely post messages. 

Moonleaf Authentic Taiwanese Milk Tea Pricing

Black Tea              - 45
Jasmine Green Tea - 45 
Dolong Tea            - 55
Pearl Black Tea      - 55
Pearl Jasmine Tea   - 55
Wintermelon Tea    - 45

House Milk Tea             - 60
Jasmine Milk Tea           - 60
Dolong Milk Tea            - 70
Pearl Milk Tea               - 70
Pudding Milk Tea           - 70
Nata Milk Tea                - 70
Wintermelon Milk Tea    - 75
Vanilla Milk Tea             - 75
Caramel Milk Tea           - 75
Hakka Milk Tea             - 75
Honey Milk Tea            - 70
Caramel Pudding Milk Tea - 85

Passion Fruit Black Tea      - 55
Passion Fruit Green Tea     - 55
Passion Fruit Yakult           - 70
Lychee Aloe Vera              - 70
Lychee Jasmine Tea           - 50
Lychee Nata                      - 65
Lychee Yakult                   - 70
Honey Black Tea               - 55
Honey Green Tea               - 55
Honey Aloe Vera               - 75
Wintermelon Black Tea      - 50
Wintermelon Dolong Tea    - 60
Yakult Jasmine Tea             - 75

Pearls                                 -  10
Pudding                              -  10
Milk                                   - 10
Nata                                   - 10
Aloe Vera                           - 15

How to Find Moonleaf in Iloilo

Location: 22 General Luna Street, Sampaguita City Proper Iloilo City