Christmas in the Philippines

As soon as the -ber months hit the Philippines, meaning from September to December, you will hear Christmas songs being played on the radio. Popular tunes like Jose Mari Chan’s Christmas in Our Hearts , Gary Valenciano’s Pasko na Sinta Ko ( It’s Christmas, Darling) and Pasko Na Naman Muli ( roughly translated as It’s Christmas Once Again).

Christmas is the best time for everyone in the Philippines because families are gathered and spend time together. It usually includes lavish food preparations with all the relatives. Some families spend it at a hotel and have Christmas dinner there. Celebrations vary depending upon the familiy’s preferences.

I will be showing photos of Christmas displays located in public areas like malls, and the like. Here are some of my favorite displays:

 

SM City Sucat Walt Disney’s Cars themed Christmas Tree

With reference to the movie Cars, the tree is made up of rubber tires. Beside the tree is a Disney signage you can take a photo with.

 

Teddy Bear Christmas Tree, SM City Sucat

Huge Christmas Tree display in Cubao,Quezon City

I attended an event in Eastwood, and heading for home, you wouldn’t miss passng by Cubao, near Araneta Center. I saw this huge tree wherein people are taking selfies with.I took the chance and made a trying hard selfie as well.

 

Christmas Displays at Santana Grove, Paranaque City

City of Dreams Casino Christmas Display

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Blogapalooza Fever: The Experts Talk(Part 3)

This is the last installment of my Blogapalooza experience last November 18. I made two blogposts on Blogapalooza in general, and the souvenirs that I got from the event. I am sharing to you what transpired during that time. The highlights of Blogapalooza are the talks from different personas of the digital industry.

For starters, I am sharing to you the program flow for Generation D series of talks:

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Mr. Kris Ablan shares to us the involvement of the present government with social media, that we bloggers are being encouraged to be a part of it. I think this is very important for people here in the Philippines to be aware of what’s happening in the country, and what President Duterte is doing for the country.  He also informs the audience of the plans of the government to have better internet services so that no one is left out in this digital age.

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Media practitioners Niccolo Cosme, Anna Oposa, Justin Joyas , and Jayne Uymatiao shared their thoughts on how to effectively use social media to promote awareness and to spread good. They also reminded the audience to exercise due diligence when reading news, and discern whether it’s real or fake.

 

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Up next is the talk on Video Content and Distribution Strategy wherein Micco Solis, Lyqa Maravilla, Gian Viterbo, and Lloyd Cadena share their experience in putting up YouTube videos. Dennis Lim, the moderator, and representative for Adober Studios, shares to the audience what topics are trending in the video world, and videos from Adober Studios YouTube page that made an impact with its countless viewers.

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Up next is Mario Domingo , a tech expert, who shares his knowledge on artificial intelligence. I saw a video from ANC 24/7 where anchor Tony Velasquez interviews him. This video helps to make us understand better what artificial intelligence is all about.

(Photo credit source: Upgrademag.com)

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(Video from Facebook ANC 24/7 )

(Video from YouTube Rappler page)

 

Next up are people in the business and agency world Donald Lim, Norman Agatep, Jane Villa and Jason Cruz who share their expertise in the agency, business, and influencer relationships.

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Next up are Internet rockstars Ramon Bautista, Louise delos Reyes, Kim Cruz and Joyce Pring. They shared with us their experiences with social media, and how it has help them launch their careers.

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A group of mentalists entertained us with their show called Mind Play. They remind me of the things that mentalist David Blaine does. All of their acts blew me away especially the last one wherein he did astral projection. He asks a volunteer to think of a place in her head, and recreate it in her mind where she’s been. Aside from that, he also calls in a medical professional present among the audience to take his vital signs, and announce if it was slowing down and stopping. Then he was able to guess what the girl was thinking, (the place is Saranggani) and even gave her a handful of sand that he got from Saranggani the volunteer was imagining.

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Mr. Daniel Meyer shares in a nutshell how analytics help blogger analyze their corresponding blog or video’s reach.

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Carlo Ople of unbox.ph shares to us to that in order to be good at something, you need to spend 10,000 hours with it. He encourages us to spend our time wisely, and use that time to be productive, and not waste away doing nothing.

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Attorney JJ Disini shares his knowledge on protecting ourselves legally while we use social media.

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I am looking forward to future Blogapalooza events. It was a success, and I met new people through this event. My friends Aileen, Johaness, and I took our time to have photos at the venue as well. I enjoyed every minute that I was in here.

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Blogapalooza Fever: Awesome Haul (Part 2)

Last November 18, I just a most awaited event for bloggers and Vloggers called Blogapalooza. I am excited to share with you the plethora of souvenirs that I got from the event.

For starters here’s the ID I got upon registration.

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Coke Studio gave away personalized Coca Cola bottles. There’s a machine that looks like a jukebox, stationed in their booth that processes this. You may visit Coke Studio’s Facebook page here.

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Then, I also got this cool eco bag that you can use when doing your grocery shopping. Inside the bag are two Coca Cola products in a can and plastic bottle. I got the extras from a friend who joined as well. The Philippines is slowly moving away from using plastic bags to more sustainable friendly canvas bags. I hope that all stores eventually stop using plastic bags because it harms the animals, especially those who live in the ocean.

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Next up, I got this sampler of Nestea’s new milk tea product in Winter Melon flavor. For more info about their products, please visit the Nestea official Facebook Page here.

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Another sampler I got is called the Wilkin’s Delight drinks. It’s water infused with fruit flavors.  For questions, check out the Wilkins Water Facebook Page here.

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Blogapalooza attendees also got discounts for joining. I also got gift certificates from KimStore and Zalora.com.ph. Aside from this I got an email of a 30 percent discount when attendees avail of their calling cards.

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The booths gave away prizes. I won this giveaway keychain that also doubles as a mirror from Alfox Printing Services.  Aside from that I also got a card about their countless services, and a notepad.

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I love the color of this  carboard Adober Studios fan. Perfect for the warm weather here in the Philippines.  You may also visit Adober Studios YouTube page to view the videos. According to their official Facebook Page, “Adober Studios formerly known as Chicken Pork Adobo is ABS-CBN’s multi-channel network initiative structured to build a roster of online personalities with innovative ideas.”

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Business cards of the booth exhibitors and from attendees of the event itself.

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Finally, I got this awesome Blogapalooza pen. I love collecting pens!

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I am looking forward to attend more Blogapalooza events in the future. I want to learn more, and meet new people. Thank you Team Blogapalooza for making this possible. To learn more about Blogapalooza, please visit their official page here  .

 

 

 

 

 

That Blogapalooza Fever (Part I)

Last Saturday November 18, I got the chance to attend one of the coolest events for bloggers, and vloggers as well. It’s called the Blogapalooza and according to their official website,  their goal is to ” connect businesses and influencers directly.” Prior to this, I registered to the event to reserve a spot. I checked my email, and I saw my Blogamomma confirmation e-mail. Voila! All set for the event.

I did a bit of research about Blogapalooza from previous years. It’s so cool to know that the event is going to be held at the City of Dreams in Pasay City. It’s my first time to go to such a grand place.  So yeah, I feel this is going to be one awesome day. Aside from that, I also got to invite friends like Axl, Aileen, and Johannes, people whom I met  from a previous PayPal event that I attended in Alabang.

(stock photo of City of Dreams Photo courtesy of alamy.com)

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When I got to City of Dreams, I was just there in time to witness the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. After that, the Blogapalooza has officially opened. Going inside the ballroom, I got to see the different booths available. I made a mental note of each booth, and decided to check it out later. I wanted to listen to the talks of various speakers so I made a beeline for the seats instead. I was lucky to find a front row seat which gave me a full view of the stage with the official Blogapalooza logo.

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City of Dreams Grand Ballroom photo by Johannes Bangao
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City of Dreams Grand Ballroom photo by Johannes Bangao

The event officially opens with the hosts Karla, and Ian introducing Ace Gapuz, Chief Executive Officer of Blogapalooza. Ace welcomes attendees with warm opening remarks.

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Chief Executive Officer Blogapalooza Ace Gapuz

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For starters, I review today’s program, and infographic that I got from my confirmation  email.  Wow! There’s so much to look forward to today.

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Program Flow of the Blogapalooza event
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Cool Blogapalooza infographic

Here’s a list of booths  at the event namely:

RAPPLER.com

Wilkins Coca Cola

Tralulu.com

Beauty and Butter Nail Spa

Adober Studios

StyleGenie PH

CokeStudio PH

VOffice

AAP Analytics DMAIPH

Alfox Printing Services

Wizher

GoMoto Philippines

Here are some of the booths that I visited such as Wilkins Coca Cola. They have drinks on display.

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I was surprised to see Team Style Genie in the event. I met Abbie Victorino for the first at another event fromm Woomen.ph called Beauty Deconstructed. It’s so nice to see her here!

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The Beauty and Butter booth for nail spa afficionados.

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I also got another surprise when I met Chris in here. I met her from a previous event as well, from Woomen.ph’s Beauty Deconstructed workshop.  Small world indeed!

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This is the Coke Studio booth which makes your personalized Coca Cola bottle.

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My personalized Coca Cola bottle. Hurray!

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GoMoto Philippines booth

 

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Alfox Printing Services Prizes

 

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Games that you can play at the event

 

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Kristian Guevara and Andrew Cua of TraLuLu.com

 

Present as well, were noteworthy personalities who graced the event such as Lloyd Cadena, Joyce Pring, Louise delos Reyes, Kim Cruz, and Ramon Bautista.

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Internet Rockstars From left to right:  Ramon Bautista, Louise delos Reyes, Kim Cruz, and Joyce Pring

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Video Content and Distribution Strategy Left to right: Lyqa Maravilla, Gian Viterbo, Miccolo Solis, and Lloyd Cadena

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Photo op with Lloyd Cadena

 

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Meeting Jai during breaktime. Jai is also a blogger and a nurse. I am glad to learn that we have common interests too. Her blog is jai-munoz.com
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With awesome friends Finance expert Aileen Ello and and Travel blogger Johannes Bangao of wanderera.com

I will post the next installment of this blog post on Sunday and Tuesday. I will my Blogapalooza haul and photos about more new people I met, Team Blogapalooza, and the speakers themselves during the event. Thank you for reading!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sogetsu Ikebana Demo

I was so lucky to watch an ikebana demonstration at Glorietta Mall in Makati City, Philippines last October. It was so impressive to watch these ladies and gentlemen come up with their own creative arrangements. I love Japanese culture. I am interested to learn ikebana. Wikipedia defines ikebana as “the Japanese art of floral arrangement.”

 

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The designs were arranged according to different color schemes. Here are some of my favorites, and their corresponding artists’ names:

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Doing ikebana was challenging. The artists are doing their best to ensure that their works of art remain standing up during the entire demonstration. They all came up with creations that revealed their unique personalities. I hope I can find an ikebana organization that I can join. I am interested to learn ikebana like them.

 

4th PayPal Freelancer Workshop

October 21, 2017 was an interesting afternoon for me. I went to the Vivere Hotel in Alabang and attended the 4th PayPal Freelancers Workshop. It’s my second time to be in here because I was able to go to the last 3rd PayPal Freelancers Workshop at Acceler8 in Paseo de Roxas, Makati City.

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The speaker for that afternoon was YugaTech founder Abe Olandres. YugaTech.com  is an online tech website established in 2002. Their site offers a plethora of news related to consumer electronics, and gadgets. They also do reviews when you go the YugaTech YouTube page.

Abe’s talk for that afternoon focuses on the basics of  Skills Upgrading. I am not a techie person, and my knowledge about this particular topic is limited. But I have briefly read a bit about SEO from the internet, but I think I need to hear out what Abe has to say about it.

First of all, Abe explains the concept of Search Engine Marketing (SEM) to the audience. He shows in his presentation the reasons why SEM is imperative for freelancers:

SEM focuses on demonstrable skill that can be honed

SEM increase one’s online reputation.

SEM adds value to one’s current skillset

SEM zooms in on the freelancer’s target customers

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Jerome Sangalang is the host for the PayPal Freelancer Workshop. 

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Personally, I think I need to attend more workshops to gain new skills focusing on:

BASIC PHOTOGRAPHY

VIDEOGRAPHY

MAKEUP

STYLING

SEO

Aside from these, I have to upgrade my WordPress blog to a Business plan. Once I do that, I will be able to add more plugins to my site.

I plan to travel next year in order to put these skills to the ultimate test. I still have a long way to go. I am a diamond in the rough.

Finally, Abe reminds that every upgrade made to one’s skill  is an investment. It’s like you putting up gold coins inside your piggy bank. It’s you who will reap the benefits in the end.

 

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I have learned a lot from Abe’s workshop. I also got the chance to meet new friends in the process like Axl Guinto,  Johannes Bangao, Aileen Ello, couples Wil Bajo and Khristine Callangan. I want to attend future PayPal Freelancer Workshops. I give my thanks to PayPal Philippines for the wonderful experience.

 

If you’re currently a freelancer, please join the PayPal Philippines Freelancers Community Facebook Page.

 

 

 

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Here are some of the freebies that I got from the event afterwards

PayPal Canvas Bag

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Photo Credit: 

Photo of Abe Olandres’ workshop from PayPal Facebook page

 

 

 

 

The WOOmen.ph Media Launch

Words and Photos by: Ana Liza Benetua

Last October 14, 2017, I was able to attend WOOmen.ph’s Media Launch in Quezon City. WOOmen.ph is a Hair and Make-up Artists website whose main goal is “to raise the profile of cosmetic artisans in the Philippines”.  According to their portfolio, their mission is to “think of ways to Win Others Over- the reason we are called WOOmen.”

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The launch was held at the Palm Grill in Tomas Morato Avenue.  I love their chosen venue to hold the launch because it’s cozy, and well-lit.

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A few months prior to the launch, Ms. Guiden Amalay, one of the co-founders of WOOmen.ph, sent me an invite via Facebook Messenger. I felt a rush of excitement running up my spine because I will see Team WOOmen again.

I met Team WOOmen for the first time at their BEAUTY: DECONSTRUCTED workshop in Greenfield District, Mandaluyong. The place is near Shaw Boulevard. I won a ticket for the event via Ms. Sonjia Calit-Kakilala’s Instagram page. Ms. Sonjia is the Chief Social Officer of WOOmen.ph. Aside from that, she is also the the model for their BEAUTY: DECONSTRUCTED workshop.

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There were some challenges faced while traveling to go to the event itself. I was shocked to see the roads filled with vehicles,  bumper to bumper, on a Saturday afternoon in the metropolis.  These places had the heaviest traffic: Buendia Avenue, Quiapo, Manila, and near Banawe. Que horror! At the same time, the weather seems to have a mind of its own, bringing gray clouds and mild showers merrily along with it. (I am beginning to sound like a weather girl.)

Amid the hurdles faced, I was able to cross and jump over it.  I managed to arrive despite the Gordian knot of a traffic situation I had experienced earlier. I asked the security guard if the event is already finished. Lucky me, because he replied that the launch is still on-going. Whew! Thank you!

I went inside Palm Grill and what greeted  me is a  gorgeous venue, styled a la mode. The ceilings in the loft area are lined with yellow and black balloons, reminiscent to the WOOmen.ph’s color scheme. The tables in the ground floor are also decorated with black balloons as well.

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The registration area is a sight. I am loving the creative vibe the event brings! Every thing on the table is well-thought out. Too bad for me because I wasn’t able to get some of the goodies from them because I arrived late. But that’s OK, because in spite of that, I was still able to make it. DSC08068.JPG

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A custom-made WOOmen.ph paper place mat that you can color your own way.

 

The most important ingredient in an event such as this are the people you meet along the way.  After all, an event is not complete without the people itself. You get a lot ichigou ichie moments (meeting for the first time). At the same time, it’s also nice to touch base, and chat with the gorgeous ladies I have met previously at the BEAUTY: DECONSTRUCTED workshop like Abbie Victorino, CEO and Founder of Stylegenie. ph

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Mindy, and Abbie Victorino, founder and CEO of Stylegenie.ph
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Photo op with Team WOOmen.ph and attendees

 

 

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WOOmen.ph Co-founders Chrislyn Cruz and KC Carandang
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Chrislyn, KC, and professional make-up artist Michelle Miranda
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Pabz and one of the founders of WOOmen.ph Guiden Faith Amalay

 

Overall, the WOOmen.ph Media Lauch is a success.  You can sense so much positive vibes that it’s literally lingering above our heads. You can still feel the love in the air hovering, which is evident in the photos posted below:

 

Team WOOmen.ph Pabz, Guiden, Chrislyn, Myca( I hope I spelled the name right), Gelo, Kristine and Shu

 

Of course, I also have to thank Bryan who works at Palm Grill (or is it Brian, hope I spelled his name right) for happily obliging to have his photo taken beside the WOOmen.ph poster. Hmmm, a model in the making. What do you think?

 

Me with the funny lips. I was not able to have my photo taken at the WOOmen.ph photobooth. Oh well, this will have to do.

 

Are you an aspiring or a professional hair or makeup artist? If you’re reading this, I tell you,  this is  your chance to shine. Simply check out the official WOOmen website and their social media accounts, and sign up to be part of the WOOmen squad today. I will post the links below:

Instagram: Woomen.ph IG

Facebook: Woomen.ph FB

Source Credit for content:

Goal and mission from The Official Woomen.ph About Us page