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Monday, May 25, 2015

Sumakah Festival 2015

Sumakah Festival is held in Antipolo City. Sumakah stands for Suman, Mangga, Kasoy and Hamaka (Hammock). Last May 9, 2015 was my first time to attend the festival. It’s a long parade – composed of floats, drum and lyre, street dancers, barangay officials and yes, even Ms Gay candidates dressed in Sumakah-inspired outfits.

The parade was too long and tedious. They should have focused on street dancers only or drum and lyre. They also could have organized/paraded the floats on another day so that photographers could have taken better pictures. Even the participants are joking that it was “alay-takbo” because they are in a hurry. They also started late – past 7am, instead of 6am which they announced on their flyers/FB page.

Here are some of the pictures that I've taken of the Sumakah Festival 2015 and a little video. The song that they used in the parade is no other than the famous song “Tayo Na Sa Antipolo”.

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Friday, March 20, 2015

The Flying Adventure Continues In Lubao

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LUBAO, PAMPANGA - Expect a bigger and more festive event as Pilipinas International Balloon Festival Inc. (PIBF) together with the Arts, Culture and Tourism Office (ACTO) and Pampanga Provincial Government spearhead the 2nd Lubao International Balloon Festival (LIBF) on March 26-29, 2015 in Pradera Verde, Prado Siongco, Lubao, Pampanga.

It will be the biggest annual hot air balloon festival in Southeast Asia that will feature more than forty (40) colorful hot air balloons coming from different countries all over the world, fourteen (14) of which are special shaped balloons like Darth Vader, Yoda, Humpty Dumpty and Frog.

Aside from the majestic balloons that are all set to soar, there are other activities such as cultural presentation, water balloon fight, motor paragliding, paint ball exhibition, night glow and fireworks display.

Local concessionaires will also be featured aside from carnival and kiddie activities, making LIBF 2015 a family oriented event and a great attraction for tourists.

Known celebrities and bands such as Kamikazee, Mitoy with the Draybers and The Voice of the Philippines Season 2 – Final 4 will be performing and jam with us on this four-day event.

Tickets for the festival are priced at Php250. Tickets can be purchased at SM ticket outlets located at SM Cinema area or you can visit www.smtickets.com for online purchases.

Details of the event can be checked at www.lubaoibf.com or thru our social media accounts Facebook: www.facebook.com/lubaoibf, Instagram: @lubaoibf and Twitter: @lubaoibf (use the hashtag #LubaoIBF)

LIBF 2015 is sponsored by San Miguel Corporation, San Miguel Beer, Petron, Meralco, North Luzon Expressway, Purefoods Tender Juicy Hotdog, Magnolia Ice Cream Best of the Philippines Collection, Magnolia Pure Water, Victory Liner, Resorts World Manila, Click the City, and Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office. Our official media partners are: Inquirer.net, Inquirer LIBRE, Inquirer BANDERA, Diva and Universal Channel, NET25, UNTV37, WISH 107 5, Sonshine Media Network International, DZAR 1026, ABS-CBN Publishing Inc., Working Moms Magazine, CHALK Magazine, Star Studio Magazine, Lifespots Magazine, Mellow 94.7, wheninmanila.com and Philippine Bloggers Network.

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Sunday, February 22, 2015

I Finally Attended the Blogopolis (Part 2 of 2)

The Blogopolis 2015 is composed of 4 segments:

  1. Movement: Social Relevance
  2. Machinery: Content Shift
  3. Accessory: Social Marketing
  4. Armory: News Online

The last speaker for Segment 2 was Jackie Go and her topic was “Steadfast Blogging Through The Years: Growing With Your Blog”. She mentioned about the 3 Cs of steadfast blogging:

1. Content -- commit to posting regularly, at least 3 times a week, product finds
2. Connectivity -- mingle online, be visible in different social media channel, engage
3. Core -- blog because you want to, not for anything else, be consistent online & offline, learn as you go along

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After Segment 2, there’s even a Guest Speaker – and he’s one of the writers of Berto in Brogues. Their blog is all about the modern Filipino gentlemen. The most important thing I got from this Berto is that “True creative content promotes, inspires and influence. The content lies in your intent”.

Lawrence Munsayac of Asus presented their latest products, mostly the Zenfone and tablets. The name Asus was actually derived from Pegasus, the winged-horse of Greek mythology. They even gave away a Zenfone after their product talk.

For Segment 3, the Googly Gooeys gave a talk on “Venture Global, Deliver Local: Maximizing Opportunities Beyond Borders”. Their story is truly amazing and it made us realized that there is a bigger market outside of the Philippines that our blogs could reach.

The Googly Gooeys mostly blog about universal topics using colorful images and comic strips. Their blog is all about colorful, happy life, locally-celebrated global events and local attractions. They advised us to tap the international audience on social networking sites. They also mentioned about The Big Blog Exchange – a program that swaps bloggers from around the world similar to exchange students, to make them experience blogging from another country.

Globe has 2 representatives that spoke about the latest plans of Globe, particularly the #MyLifestyleBlog. They even presented us with their latest TV commercial and challenged us to create a story about our daily lifestyle experience for a day, for a chance to win an iPhone 6 with 64 gig of storage capacity.

For the last segment, it was Stacy de Jesus and Tony Velasquez who spoke about using social media to report about current events, help with weather updates, and promote tourism in the Philippines through social media.

Stacy de Jesus works for Rappler and she showed us some of the hashtags and projects that they initiated on social media to promote awareness: #ShowThePope #SharePH and Project Agos.

Tony Velasquez talked about political participation through social media. He was the most humorous and lively among the speakers, joking about the upcoming 2016 presidential elections, wherein we could probably have our first black president. He calls for calmer and more rationale debate on social media (through comments).

For the panel discussion, the question “kelan po ba nagiging credible and opinion ng netizens” was raised. They responded by saying “when it’s viral” and that (as a media organization) they “look for representative comment” (out of random, similar comments). They also encourage people to speak up and get involved (with current events).

The Blogopolis 2015 ended up around 7:30 PM and it was indeed a very informative seminar/gathering of bloggers. All these were made possible by the numerous sponsors present during the event – Globe, Asus, Dusit Thani Manila, Acer, Airbnb, Great Taste, KitKat, Nissin Yakisoba, Pop’n Chips, Security Bank, X.O., Western Digital, SM Supermalls, Zipniture, Zomato, Adobo Magazine, ETC, Print Social, among others.

See you again next year fellow bloggers for Blogopolis 2016.

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Jackie Go

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JPV of Berto in Brogues

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That gorgeous guy from Asus Philippines

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Globe representative who showed us their latest TV commercial

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Googly Gooeys

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Revo Naval talked about “Craftsmanship in Today’s Communication: The Shift of Communication Platforms”.

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Blogopolis 2015: Shifting Gears

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Jim Paredes of APO Hiking Society was present at Blogopolis 2015. He announce that a Jim Paredes App will be released very soon.

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That guy from Zomato

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Stacy de Jesus of Rappler

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Tony Velasquez of ANC

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Saturday, February 21, 2015

I Finally Attended the Blogopolis (Part 1 of 2)

Blogopolis is an annual gathering of bloggers organize by Nuffnang Philippines, the country’s premiere blog advertising company. For the longest time, I'm not attending the event because of its pricey entrance fee of P1,000. Yesterday, I was able to attend it for free and realized that you’ll just have to join their contests to avail of a free ticket.

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So Blogopolis has a lot of guest speakers associated with the blogosphere and they’re given 10 minutes to talk about their topic, which greatly varies from speaker to speaker. I was surprised at the number of speakers to the event and I only got bits and pieces of their advice on how to improve my blog. They’re constantly looking at how many minutes are left on their allotted time.

I’ll probably create a more detailed blog post on some of the speakers but here are the topics that the speakers talked about.

Ivan Henares talked about heritage, conservation and adaptive reuse. He emphasized that we don’t need to destroy old buildings – we just have to conserve it and re-use. He also talked about social media as a powerful tool to disseminate information. One example is how netizens reacted on social media about that building behind the Rizal Park that totally destroys its vista.

Sen Bam Aquino talked about WASAK (anti-kotong hotline), Sangguniang Kabataan Reform Bill, Go Negosyo Law and the status of Internet speed in the Philippines. He was a bit disappointed that netizens tend to notice Tweets related to his personal life that his work as a senator. He also cited a famous meme on Facebook (on how slow the Internet speed in the Philippines compared to other countries in Asia) and how it lead to senate inquiry with the telcos to improve this situation.

Pamela Cortez (and her co-author) of Pepper.ph talked about creating viral contents. They gave emphasis on providing quality contents on blogs and how they managed to achieve it. They gave tips like planning the content of the blog, to focus on quality and readability, to give different features, create magnetic headlines. They also achieved their position as one of the leading food blogs in the Philippines by giving unbiased ratings on the food and restaurants that they feature and by giving leverage on honesty and integrity.

Gang Badoy of Rocked Philippines shared the importance of having a good blog name and how important it is to be at the right place at the right time when an important event happens or simply being the journalist that you have to be. She also wanted Filipinos ask better questions, to complain intelligently, to look for a cause or advocacy and to choose the best language to one’s blog.

Representative from Acer Philippines showed the latest gadgets that will greatly improve our blogging experience. He mentioned that they called their product Liquid because it takes the form of its container, which means, it can fit the personality of its user.

Abe Olandres talked about increasing traffic and expanding contents to our blogs. He and his team from Yugatech achieved a whopping 3 million pageviews a month by content planning, having editorial calendars, studying social media and web analytics, having content diversification and YouTube-first content, doing re-purpose contents (looking at archives articles), offline engagement, horizontal & vertical content, and having thematic topics (based on season or occasion).

Michael Josh Villanueva of Gadget Match talked about the reason why he quit his job to become a YouTuber and shifted gears towards a new direction. He mentioned that the Internet is a great equalizer – and that you can achieve success online, regardless of the school you came from. He gave very practical tips on how to improve traffic on your YouTube channel and even gave some of his inspirations like Tyler Oakley, Sam Tsui, among others. According to him, to succeed on YouTube, you need a great concept, space, fast upload Internet speed and lots of practice. His tips are:

Produce great content
Be consistent
Make what you love
Be shareable
Be conversational
Find your niche

Jeff Lo of Pinoy Fitness told us his success story and how to took the risk of quitting his regular job and focus on his career, both online and offline, as the man behind Pinoy Fitness. He also talked about influencing other people, in a good way. The lessons he learned are:

1. Passion - love what u r doing
2. Find a need
3. Take a risk
4. Commit
5. Evolve -- let your passion transform you

They are just some of the numerous speakers at Blogopolis 2015: Shifting Gears. I’ll probably post the lessons I've learned from the other speakers, some other time. Thank you Nuffnang Philippines for the free ticket and hope to see you again next year for Blogopolis 2016.

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Ivan Henares talked about “Social History Online: Importance of Heritage, Culture & Tourism in Today’s Social Society”

 

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Senator Bam Aquino talked about “Putting The Message Across: Social Media as a Tool to Disseminate Relevant News & Information”

 

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Pepper.ph authors talked about “Audience Reaction Towards Viral Content”

 

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The hosts with Pepper.ph authors as well as Gang Badoy – who discussed “Empowerment of Advocacies Through Social Media”

 

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Acer Philippines representative showing the reasons why to choose Acer Smartphones.

 

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Abe Olandes of Yugatech talked about “Revisiting Possibilities: A Blogger’s Options for Expansion and Content”

 

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Michael Josh Villanueva talked about “Why I Quit My Job to Become a YouTuber”

 

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Jeff Lo of Pinoy Fitness talked about “Expanding Audience Beyond Social Media” Going Offline and Still Expanding”

 

Sunday, January 18, 2015

My Clash of Clans Village

I started playing Clash of Clans last year around June. After almost 6 months of playing, I’m still a “weakling” at this hugely popular smartphone game.

I wish I could afford to buy gems to boost up my village. I still have a lot of upgrading to do. What I like about this game is that it’s popular and a lot of my Facebook friends are playing this as well. At work, I have 2 team mates that already started playing this.

I hope more of my co-workers would find that Clash of Clans is the best strategy game there is.

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Monday, November 10, 2014

“Is your barkada #TeamFrenchVanilla or #TeamChocolateMousse? And why?”

“Is your barkada #TeamFrenchVanilla or #TeamChocolateMousse? And why?”

I remember that moment, in a French Restaurant after having a nice lunch, we have a nice dessert in the form of Cadbury Chocolate Mousse.

The word mousse in French means “foam.” You’ll definitely hear the strains of “La Vie en Rose” as you bite into the light and airy taste of chocolate-flavored cream covered in delicious milk chocolate. That’s what makes the Cadbury Chocolate Mousse the best chocolate bar there is.

You can watch the beautiful Manila sunset while on a Balcony and the experience of eating this chocolate will be just as romantic. Every moment is memorable when shared with your best mates.

Me Alex and Noel 2

We’re definitely #TeamChocolateMousse.

#CadburySweetEndings @NuffnangPH

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Saturday, July 26, 2014

What Skill Would You Want To Be Unlocked After Taking A Kit Kat Break?

I want to unlock the skill of Wonder Woman so I can force anyone to tell the truth.

If I could unlock a superhero's skill, I would definitely love to unlock Wonder Woman's skill to use the Lasso of Truth.

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Wonder Woman can rival Superman in brute strength – plus she can fly, has an invisible jet and possess the greatest weapon in the DC Universe: the Lasso of Truth.

In the DC universe, i can say that the Lasso of Truth is the greatest weapon -- simply because it can bind Superman and Captain Marvel. The lasso of truth can also compel anyone to tell the truth. In fact, in the animated film Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox, Wonder Woman was able to compel Captain Marvel to reveal the secret to his power.

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Wonder Woman’s Lasso of Truth can bind strong willed superheroes like Superman and Captain Marvel.

Imagine what wonder woman can do for the country. She can resolved some of the most notorious unresolved mysteries like "who ordered the killing of Benigno Aquino?” She can simply ask (under the influence of the lasso of truth) the suspects.

Wonder woman could also free those innocent people suffering in our prisons by simply asking them (again, under the influence of the Lasso of Truth) whether they committed the crime or not.

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The PDAF Scam can easily be resolved by using Wonder Woman’s Lasso of Truth.

Lastly, wonder woman can also solve some of the high profile cases in the country like the PDAF Scam. It's definitely faster than Batman's capability to solve crimes or Professor X's ability to read minds. A simple question, under the influence of the lasso of truth, can make a senator confess his guilt. It can definitely extract the truth out of Napoles.

If i could only acquire a superhero's power, i would definitely want wonder woman's power to use the lasso of truth. What could be more powerful than knowing the truth?

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