Sunday, June 29, 2014

EVENTS: #TweetUpMnl's #BoomPH Social Media Day 2014 #SMday

June 28, 2014, Saturday, marked the 3rd Social Media Day in the Philippines held at Samsung Hall, SM Aura Premier. Social Media Day (#SMDay) is an annual global event launched by Mashable  in 2010 "as a way to recognize the digital revolution happening right before our eyes," where people and communities are encouraged to organize local meetups in their respective cities.

image from +IGersManila 

In the Philippines, in Metro Manila in particular, the first such event was organized in 2012 by Tweetup Manila (@TweetupMNL), an online community of people who are genuinely into social good, be it about disasters, rescues, and many more. 

This year's Social Media Day was dubbed as #BoomPH, short for "The Best of Online Media in the Philippines." This year, celebrations in cities like Baguio, Cebu, Davao, and General Santos also took place which shows that Filipinos are taking participation to responsible usage of social media. 


Some of the presenters. Look! It's +Niccolo Cosme 

my name tag for this event


Booths from sponsors, food sellers and with charitables causes lined up from the lobby all the way inside the main event area of #BoomPH. The pre-event program was graced with a cool set of drumbeaters, acrobats, musical numbers, videos, and panel discussions.

Lakas maka-Fiesta

one of SoundCloudPH's performers

Click this picture to watch SoundCloudPH's performance at #BoomPH


The playing of the Philippine National Anthem signaled the start of the main program having the animated version of it playing as the background. Chuckie Dreyfuss of 80s That's Entertainment fame hosted the event while Tweetup Manila's Ros Juan and Tonyo Cruz delivered the welcome remarks. A video about the existence of Internet being 20 years in the Philippines was shown afterwards.

Mr. +Chuckie Dreyfus on stage.

Ros Juan and +Tonyo Cruz of Tweetup Manila


Was in awe when the host introduced Mr. Jonathan Yabut, the 1st The Apprentice Asia winner, to deliver the keynote speech. He shared how people become selfish through "SELFIE" and how it can be used to unite and be one community in making a stand on issues using social media. He also stressed that we need to be more inclusive in our engagement, not exclusive of other communities, and that we need to let go of online elitism. He likewise said that despite social media being effective in mobilizing and moving people, someone else has to act on it. As such, we need to collaborate with government agencies, NGOs, and corporations. Someone has to be accountable.

Mr. Jonathan Yabut delivering his keynote speech


Participating communities were: IGers Manila, Tumblr Philippines, Mozilla Philippines, Windows Phone Users, Google Business Groups (GBG), Google Student Assistants (GSA), Google Education Group (GEG), Google Developers Group (GDG), Hootsuite Ambassadors, Soundcloud Philippines, istorya.net, iVolunteer.ph, Tradeschool Manila, Philippine Web Designers Organization, Filipino Freethinkers, Change.org PH, Youth Act Now and labor advocacy group EILER Inc.


image from tweetupmnl's account


Supporting Social Media Day are SM Supermallls, SM Cares, Globe Telecom, BPI, Asia Brewery, Nestle, ATI, Solid Mac, Picture City, Digit DM9, Smart, Google, Hootsuite, Beyond the Box, Thoughtbuzz, Team Manila, Oishi, Echostore, Commune, Bayani Brew, Puto Flan, Burger Company, Croque, Bronuts, Moon Leaf. Media Partners are: Solar News, The Manila Bulletin, Philippine Daily Inquirer, BlogWatch, PinoyExchange and Tomasian Cable TV.


Ticketing area

Booths

Photo wall


To everyone who made #BoomPH to materialize, CONGRATULATIONS! Hope to see more of social media users, volunteers and partners next year!


#BoomPH




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Friday, June 20, 2014

EVENTS: AyosDitoPh's iBall 2014

I am really happy to be invited at AyosDitoPh's iBall 2014!

AyosDito.PH's iBall 2014 Street Vibe Stage!

AyosDito.ph , the internationally affiliated internet buy and sell portal with counterpart websites in more than 30 countries, recently hosted iBALL, an appreciation party for media including online journalists affiliated with news sites and blogsites as well as social media. Events like this is also an opportunity for bloggers like to personally venture and understand a company’s endeavor, to meet fellow bloggers and establish new connections.

Freedom Wall

Me writing at Freedom Wall


Mr. Jon Santico, Director for Strategic Initiatives, said that iBALL was an initiative of AyosDito.ph to stay in contact with stakeholders, especially media, consistent with its commitment to be a part of the daily lives of its community of consumers who come together to buy and sell on the site. Rebecca Ricalde, Marketing Manager of AyosDito.ph, said the occasion was an opportunity to share with media friends its various activities reaching out to consumers through various events in recent months.

The set up...

The crowd!
My FOOD platter :)


Both Santico and Ricalde emphasized the commitment of AyosDito.ph to make transactions as safe as possible for buyers and sellers with, among safeguards, a team dedicated solely to reviewing ad placements. Furthermore, from the start, the site has always segregated items for sale by geography to maximize convenience of transactions for both buyers and sellers.


With Papi DJ SamYG

The event was hosted by Jojo the Love Survivor and Ramon Bautista along with DJ Sam YG, Slick Rick and Tony Toni of Boys Night Out.

L to R: Dj TonyToni, Dj SlickRick, Dj SamYG, Jojo the Love Survivor and Ramon Bautista hosted the event.

The event was graced with performances from LaSalle Dance Company Street, Beatbox Gor and a spin for after party care of DJ Inno Naguit. The place has a street vibe and visual artist Jose Gabriel made actual graffitis posted on walls. It's very cool, hip and classy at the same time.





Beatbox Gor

DJ Inno Naguit


Open Bar!


Participants get a change to win raffle prizes from VonZipper sunglasses, G-shock watches, to Loudbasstards, Instax Mini and GoPro Cameras.



Over all, AyosDitoPH's iBall was a great event! Hope to see you in next year's iBall. Thank you +AyosDito.ph!


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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

EVENTS: Virgin LABFest - The Harvest. Now on it's 10th year.

The Virgin Labfest is an annual festival of untried, untested, unstaged and unpublished plays. This year, it will be held from June 25 to July 6, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Huseng Batute with 3pm and 8pm shows. It is a project of the CCP in cooperation with the Writer’s Bloc, Inc. and Tanghalang Pilipino and with the assistance of the National Commission for Culture and Arts.



Now on its tenth year, the Virgin Labfest has earned a solid reputation for its exciting and provocative line-up of one-act plays from playwrights both young and old. In addition to the main features, there are three staged readings and a Fellowship program.


SET A: June 25, 3pm & 8pm; July 5, 3pm; July 6, 8pm



ANONYMOUS
Liza Magtoto
Direction: Audie Gemora

It’s a dreaded reunion between a man and a woman who had anonymous sex two years ago. The man appears at a time the woman is in a relationship. He wants to extort some money from the woman or else he will destroy her by showing a video of their sexual act. The truth is out and puts the current relationship to a test, meanwhile interrogating our own discomfort about this level of sexuality among women.










SA ISANG HINDI NATATANGING UMAGA, AT ANG MGA ULAP AY DAHAN-DAHAN PUMAIBABAW SA NABUBULOK NA LUNGSOD
Allan Lopez
Direction: Denisa Reyes

Meg and AJ meet in the most typical friendly lunch at work. Five years afterwards, Meg visits AJ’s house on his 40th birthday – a date he had once said would be the day he’ll kill himself. In the short and nostalgic “birthday celebration,” the ghost of a brief but ultimately dead love story awkwardly looms above them.









SA PAGITAN NG DALAWANG KAHONG LIHAM
Layeta Bucoy
Direction: Chris Millado

Not wanting to be left alone by his long-time lover Tata, successful actor Tart reminds Tata of their tempestuous yet romance-filled relationship by reading the letters Tata sent him. To justify their separation, Tata fires back at Tart by reading the letters Tart wrote him. As they consume each other’s box of letters, the history of their love affair flashes back with the intermittent singing of Julie Andrew’s “Time is My Friend.” But even as they traverse the romantic rope tying their two boxes of letters, they eventually learn that in matters of the heart, perhaps love is never enough.








SET B: June 26, 3pm & 8pm; July 5, 8pm; July 6, 3pm



ANG NAGHIHINGALO

Raymund Reyes
Direction: Dennis Marasigan

Intoy is in critical condition after a ruptured aneurysm triggers a stroke and leaves him unconscious. The doctor recommends immediate surgery but even the down payment for the surgeon’s professional fee is beyond the means of the street ice cream vendor and his wife. Felisa, the wife, calls Intoy’s siblings for help. While their brother’s fate depends on their decision, the reunion between Guido, Doreen, and Linda results into bickering and opens up long-held feelings of animosity, resentment, and envy for each other.














WENDY WANTS TO BE A HOUSEWIFE

Ricardo Novenario
Direction: Charles Yee






THE MISSING PEACE

Carlo Vergara
Direction: Marlon Rivera

It is the year 2045, and the world is teetering towards explosive widespread conflict, the likes of which it hasn’t seen in almost a century. But that won’t stop the Miss Universal Empress beauty pageant from taking place in Barcelona, Spain. The pageant is of particular importance to the Philippines, as the South East Asian nation has so far won four of the world’s top five beauty competitions. A grandslam seems inevitable, but then there’s, well… the prophecy.







SET C: June 27, 3pm & 8pm; July 2, 3pm; July 4, 8pm








LAST 10 MINUTES

Joy Icayan
Direction: Tami Monsod

Two strangers find ways to connect over loss and past experiences during the last few minutes in a motel room.









MAPAGBIRONG HAPLOS

Kevin Tabora
Direction: Melvin Lee











ANG GOLDFISH NI PROF. DIMAANDAL

Eljay Deldoc
Direction: Roobak Valle

Prof. Dimaandal (a.k.a Ma’am D), a retiring cranky Science teacher, demands justice for her beloved goldfish. Allegedly murdered by three students, her pet becomes the center of chaos inside the Principal’s office as concerned parents, who turn out to be alumni of the school and former sweethearts at that, obliquely resolve their open-ended past; while faculty members struggle to grasp the logic of seeking justice for a dead fish. Based on real events, “Ang Goldfish ni Prof. Dimaandal” portrays how absurdity can effortlessly prevail in places where things are expected to be normal, even in the academe. Because after all, does anything even make sense?









SET D: June 28, 3pm & 8pm; July 2, 8pm; July 3, 3pm

BETANG
Joanna Katanyag
Direction: Ed Lacson






SA LILIM

Reya Laplana
Direction: Jenny Jamora

“Sa Lilim” is a play about best friends, Lai and Hani, who reunite after a year of separation. Lai returns to her hometown from the city where she takes her secondary studies, while Hani is struggling with her own education from the local high school. As they start off from a series of awkward confrontations, there unfold secrets that they have never shared with each other, not until now.










BAGO ILIBING

Maynard Manasala & Uzi Eliserio
Direction: JK Anicoche

Kiko’s uncle abused her. Now he is dead. Kiko can finally bury the shame and the pain. But first, she has to reveal the truth to her mother, who, unfortunately, has secrets of her own. A testament to the strength of children and the power of women, Bago Ilibing is a play about love, loss, and distributing snacks at Filipino wakes.









SET E (Virgin Labfest 9: Revisited): June 29, 3pm & 8pm; July 3, 8pm; July 4, 3pm



IMBISIBOL

Herlyn Alegre
Direction: Law Fajardo

The play is set in 1992 on an ordinary Sunday in Tokyo. Two Filipino friends, Benjie and Manuel, both illegal workers in Japan, gather at the house of their Filipina friend, Manang Linda, to collect the letters their families send to fictional names they created to hide their true identities. At the middle of the happy lunch, Rodel, another young Filipino illegal worker, barges in, declaring he had just killed a man who threatened to report him to the police. His friends suggest that he moves deeper underground by moving to another prefecture, finding a new day job, cutting ties with his family and friends, keeping a low profile, changing his name, and staying hidden for good. Would Rodel choose to stay invisible not only to the police but also to his family and friends to keep his freedom and continue working for his family’s sake?






ISANG DAAN

Liza Magtoto
Direction: Ed Lacson

Ting has a Katipunero hero for an ancestor. In fact, a street is named after him. He wants his Fil-am daughter, Bituin, to feel that Pinoy pride by showing her that. The bad news is that the street will soon give way to a highway, which is being built through a mayor’s initiative. Bituin couldn’t care less, but Ting wants to preserve the legacy of his great-grandfather. An informal settler and an NGO worker also seem to have reasons to stop the mayor from building this highway. What’s in this street anyway that they have to fight for it? Perhaps a quest for immortality, survival or something else?











KUNG PAANO AKO NAGING LEADING LADY

Carlo Vergara
Direction: Chris Martinez

Being a maid is tough enough, but when Mely finds employment under a group of unconventional employers, she steps up to the unique challenge for the sake of her family. When Mely’s sister Viva enters the picture, Mely is reminded of a disturbing past, made complicated by an unsettling romantic revelation made by one of her employers. All this in a tragicomedy about domestic help, sibling rivalry, and shattered dreams.





STAGED READINGS

One-Act Plays: June 26, 6pm

LAGALAG
Samantha Dadolfalza

NOCTURNE
Juan Ekis

Full-Length Play: July 3, 6pm

MGA BUHAY NA APOY
Aureaus Solito

WRITING FELLOWSHIP SHOWCASE
Staged Reading: July 6, 6pm

FRAGMENTS
Harlequin Theater Guild


TICKETS:

Ticket price for each set is at Php 300.

Virgin Labfest Festival Pass

(Priority lane entry until five minutes before show.)
Extra Virgin Premiere (for 5 sets, June 25-29) – Php 1,200
Virgin Premiere (for 4 sets, June 25-29) – Php 900
Extra Virgin Encore (for 5 sets, July 02-06) – Php 1,200
Virgin Encore (for 4 sets, July 02-06) – Php 900

Call 832-3704 and 832-3706.

ADVISORY:

Only audiences who are 18 years old and above can be admitted. Plays in the Virgin Labfest plays may contain scenes and other elements that are not be suitable for viewers below 18 years of age.

Source: CCP Website and VLF Facebook Page


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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

MODUS OPERANDI: Confession of an Anti-Networking World

DISCLAIMER: I'm nothing against about networking itself but the way how they market their products is what I'm against with. This blogpost may or may not end some of the friendships I've established but I want to save "you" from losing more of your friends. :)

image source www.business2community.com 

Who would not be happy when you received a random message from someone asking how are you doing and would love to know  your current status especially if it's a long-time-no-see friend?

B: Hello kevin, kamusta.
ME: Okay naman
B: Andito ako sa Makati, gusto mo makipagkita?
ME: Wow. Talaga? Sang banda ka ba?
B: Andito ko sa may tabi ng iAcademy. Yung building don. Ano punta ka?
ME: Sige, sige!

As I arrived at the venue, she encouraged me to sit down on a talk or seminar of that sort discussing the benefits of the products the "company" is offering and how can it level up the power of money and how life would be so much comfortable. #FACEPALM #trapped I felt manipulated and taken advantage of. I just wanted to talk to a 'friend', check what is going on with her but unfortunately, nothing of these things happened.



A: Kamusta?
ME: Okay naman, Kamusta ka? Anong balita sayo?
A: Okay din naman. San ka na nagwowork ngayon?
ME: (Company name and position)
A: Wow, gusto mo ba ng extra income?
ME: Wow? Talaga? Sure! Paano ba.
A: Kelan ka ba free? San ka malapit? Papakausap ko sayo yung boss ko kasi alam kong qualified ka dito. 
ME: Ano ba yan? Product or Services?
A: Basta okay ito. Let my boss speaks to you para mas ma-explain niyang mabuti. Kelan ka ba free?

I stopped replying to her messages since I know where our conversation is going to. #FACEPALM

image source: www.wikipedia.com

I want to share to you a status from a friend with regards to people that were consumed by so much of the things I'm talking about. She just can't tolerate it anymore and these words come from her bursting with annoyance and irritation which made her feel BEYOND pissed off:

Nothing against networking and multi-level marketing, but I really hope you invest in a more compassionate approach when enticing people to join your company. 
Sitting next to me inside this famous doughnut shop is a small group of individuals whose ages vary from 20+ to 40+. They are listening to this guy who keeps listing down what he was able to buy since he started with the company which includes gadgets (he changes gadgets, plural, yearly daw), a car from Audi which he expects in a few months 'coz it needs to be pre-ordered if you're from the PH (daw), top-of-the-line clothing, and was even able to travel in and out of the country whenever he wants. 
I wanna kick him and slam my tray on his head. 
I remember my experience with one such company; she said that after she earned her first million, she went up to her hometown somewhere up north and met up with her teachers from elementary. It made her sad. Her words? 
"I saw my teacher in elementary, kung san siya nakatira dati, dun pa rin sya nakatira gang ngayon. Kung san sya nagtuturo, sa luma kong classroom, dun pa din sya nagtuturo hanggang ngayon. Gusto nyo ba ng ganung buhay? Di man lang umunlad? Lagpas 60 na sya, andun pa rin sya. E ako, after ko magjoin dito, in 2 years, may dalawa na kong sasakyan, bayad na, may bahay na rin ako dito at sa probinsya. Gusto nyo rin ng ganun diba?" (I saw my teacher in elementary, she's still where she used to live. She still teaches in the same classroom that I was in when she was my teacher. Do you want that kind of life? No growth? She's over 60 years old, and she's still there. What about me? After I joined this company, in 2 years, I already have 2 cars fully-paid, I have my own house here and in the province. You want that, too, don't you?) 
It's not enough that you help people earn so much money; take responsibility as to how those you help can improve as better individuals. Come up with investment options or tie-up with social entrepreneurs. 
And in case I meet her again, I'll tell that bitch: "Between you and your teacher, she's living a luxurious life. Go figure."
This particular post become an instant trending topic as shown with the likes and comments from other Facebook users. To share some:





I have my own fair share of opinion too:



Most of the networking companies have worst marketing strategies which deceives  innocent people to the point of taking advantage on physical needs. If these companies are really proud and believed with how their product works, they don't need to mislead people. They need to be HONEST from the very beginning what are their offerings, how it works and how it will be beneficial for the parties involved, the company, the sellers and the buyers.

Collect moments not things.


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