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Balamban Liempo, Cebu’s Tastiest

Balamban Liempo

Bursting with that succulent flavor which distinctively pleases the tongue of every picky meat lover, Balamban Liempo is definitely Cebu’s tastiest liempo.  Juicy and flavorful grilled meat seasoned with local herbs and cooked to perfection, Balamban Liempo is definitely a Cebuano dish I can recommend to everyone.

Balamban Liempo Food Corner was established on July 2009 by native Cebuano couple, Jojo and Honey Vergara.  Both are from Abucayan, Balamban.  For those people who don’t know, Balamban is a farming and fishing municipality in South Cebu known for their ship building industry.

Jojo and Honey were inspired by Balamban’s method of grilling liempo using several local herbs and secret ingredients.  They first set up their business at Jojo’s father’s residence in Mabolo, Cebu.  Their first customers are the people in their neighborhood who spread the news to the locals about the newest dish in town.

Just recently, they opened their second branch in Salinas Drive, Lahug.  For this opening, they invited 12 members of the Cebu Bloggers Society to check their product and make an objective review about it.  And,  my verdict is…

Well, as what I said in the very first paragraph of this post, Balamban Liempo is definitely very tasty.  Well-cooked meat and heavenly crunchy skin dipped in a special local vinegar would make you crave for more.  The liempo is very meaty, no extra fatties.  If you have tried CnT’s lechon, then the quality of taste is in the same level.  The only difference is, you can buy a whole piece of liempo for only Php 160, and that’s already good for 4-5 persons.  It’s great for barkada, office, or family dining.

Balamban Liempo Food Corner has also opened their 3rd branch in Hi-way, Mandaue.  They aim to open five stores by the end of 2009 and 10 stores by 2010.  For orders and inquiries you can contact 09226205921, 09285022605, or 4158592 and look for Mr. Jojo Vergara or Mr. Gaylord Tingzon.

Reference: Balamban Liempo Profile

Photo Credits: Cebu Classifieds (I tried to search for its link, but can’t find it ):), Mark Tan, Prince

Review empressofdrac.com on alexa.com

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Twilight – The Cebu Bloggers Parody Series

N.B.:  I’ve been thinking of a creative way, wherein I can express and release all these craps inside my bloody head, and this concept just popped in.  I don’t have any talents in drawing, nor do I have great talent in writing, but all I want is to offer an alternative entertainment to everyone.  I hope this style (which is obviously not original) would somehow interest some readers.  Enjoy Reading. (: Click the image to see full size.

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Cebu Bloggers Parody Series: Teaser

This is only a teaser of Cebu Bloggers Parody Series that I’ll be featuring here in my blog.  This Parody series includes love, humor, horror, suspense and everything.  This serves as the main content of  my site’s Entertainment section.  The photos are from CBS members, but I’ll create a story in each series.  Please be reminded that all these are for entertainment only.   Let’s celebrate the humor in every funny things and events that we had shared.  Long Live CBS!

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More people, more laughs, more fun in the next post to come. LMAO.

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CBS Castaways stirred Sumilon Island’s Silence

Where could you find a group of sociable cyborgs who has this “cam-whoring” personality disorder, but were courageous enough to play with big waves and survived a sandstorm?  They are a group of unique and happy individuals who love even the pettiest of things, and laugh at the cheapest and lamest of jokes.  Well, I’m referring to my fellow CBS barkada, the second main reason why I enjoyed our Sumilon Bluewater Island trip last 1st of August.

The main reason is of course, the island resort itself.  Sumilon Bluewater Island Resort is one of the finest Cebu destinations that I’ve been to, so far.  We were picked up by their three caravans at SM for a two and half hours of land trip to Oslob.  The road trip itself didn’t take so long because I didn’t notice the time since we were so busy with our chit chats and nonsense talks inside the van.

We arrived at Sumilon’s port area twenty minutes after we toured the whole island (in a pump boat) .  I noticed how raucous the whole gang every time the ocean waves carelessly wobbled the whole boat.  They screamed, laughed, shouted at each other, and others were amused looking at other people’s reactions.  A few were too busy capturing photographs and did some sight seeings at the upper deck.

And, at the very moment we set foot in Sumilon’s 24-hectare virginal island, the calm and still surroundings of the place was disturbed (I was the only one who noticed all these.  Hehehe).  The meek white sands sensed something is not all right, the old Ipil-Ipil trees bent their slender trunks to investigate, the white seashore waves moved closer to the seashore’s end to take a peek, the beautiful water in the infinity pool wanted to jump out to greet us, the kayaks at the small river’s end were nervous, the snorkels were optimistic, the delectable foods served on top of the table were scared, the famous white sandbar was unaffected, and the sandstorm had something deadly in mind…And wait, the innocent, chinky-eyed Koreans were dumbfounded. LOL!

Well, the rest of this careless, I mean carefree bunch of cyborgs was not aware of all these commotions.  They were too awed with the resort’s beautiful attractions, unaware that there were other creatures watching us, checking our every moves, listening to our thoughts (creepy).

Nothing can stop our giddy spirits.  It’s because when we entered the resort’s Island Pavilion (the building that houses the resort restaurant that serves delectable fare of local and international cuisine), a few heads turned, chairs and tables murmured at each other, and the mouth watering foods on the buffet table turned pale.  Once again, all of us (except me), noisy androids, were totally unaware how our presence affected the creatures around us.

After the resort background briefing, and after consuming our mid-morning snacks, we proceeded to check and to take photos of the island resort’s deluxe rooms.  And as expected, the harmonies of the cozy private verandas, comfortable lounge bars, privacy of the toilets and showers, and the coolness of the rooms’ mini bars, were soiled by the our unending “cam-whoring” sessions.

Famished after over an hour of whoring our bloody faces before our lowly and poor cameras, we voraciously  attacked all the mouth watering foods that were served on the buffet table.  These foods got no time to faint because they were already consumed before they could react.  Acid filled stomachs were their final destination.

Full and ready to ramble, we tried every possible island activity.  From snorkeling, paddle boating (kayaking), hiking (trekking) to skim boarding, swimming, and playing with the big waves (in the sandbar).  It was during our fun-filled-challenge-the-waves moment that we encountered the mischievous sandstorm.  While we held each other to face the big waves, we were surprised by a sudden violent rush of wind, and it only took us a few seconds to discover that we were already hit by a sandstorm.

It was like rain of tiny bullets were fired toward us.  The intensity of the ocean wind served as a momentum that ignited the fiery white sands to ambush us unexpectedly.  An angry current violently squashed us as we ran with all our might toward the safety of the caves at the seashore’s end.  It was like  a tragedy is unfolding on our very eyes as we ran for our lives, forcing our legs to run as fast as it can.  A few minutes later, we found ourselves groggy, tired, out of breath, and full of red patches.

Still not satisfied from our sandstorm encounter, we jumped in to the very relaxing water of the resort’s Infinity Pool.  There, we tried to relax our tired bodies and feed our eyes with the beautiful island sceneries.  From the magnificent ocean below the pool, the graying sky above us, the chirping of birds in the nearby tress, the salty humid air that caresses our tired senses to the “delectable” pretty Koreans squealing and playing at the other side of the pool…  It seemed like we were in paradise.

We ended the escapade with warm cups of tea and palatable plates of carbonara.  Thank you very much to Sumilon Bluewater for the very great and hospitable accomodation.  That trip was indeed one of our most memorable island adventures.

Photo Credits: Bryan, Atty. Ouano, Tiborsho, Xerxes, Mikyu.  Dili na nako maidentify ang uban.  Sori jud au.  Huhuhu.

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Maribago Bluewater – A Recall

Obviously, this is not my first post about Maribago Bluewater, but it was my first time going there last May along with my co-blogging cyborgs.  For all those people who don’t know, Maribago Bluewater is one of the finest beach resort here in Cebu.  Its world class amenities and high quality customer service made it one of the most sought tourist destination worldwide.

Maribago Bluewater Beach Resort was established on July of 1989.  The establishment has a 50-50 recruitment process, that is, they hire employees 50% from agencies and another 50% from independent applicants.  Their target market is mostly foreigners, and the Japanese chinks topped their list of regular customers. These are few of the information I learned after the small conference they held.

One of Maribago Bluewater Cebu’s main attractions that captivated my interest and awed me a lot, is their man-made island.  I’ve been to a lot of resorts here in Cebu and outside the province, but I never seen such kind of attraction.  A man-made island a few meters away from the main beach is just simply terrific.  It’s just too bad we didn’t able to explore the place because our time was limited.

Anyways, there’s another good news.  Once again, the Maribago Bluewater management in cooperation with PinoyWorld, invite another batch of blogging cyborgs to visit their Sumilon Bluewater Island Resort.  This beach resort is located in Sumilon island, a 15-minute boat ride from the town of Oslob, Cebu.  For more information about this tourist destination, you can check their Sumilon Bluewater blog, or you can also watch the Maribago Bluewater video.

Photo Credits: Michelle

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Senator Mar looks better in person

He has better skin complexion, and has this wholesome aura in person. (I think he has a facial routine in Belo.  Hahahahaha!)  I had the opportunity of meeting him along with my fellow blogging cyborgs when Kevin, CBS spokesperson, organized a one-hour interview that was held in Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, IT Park about a month ago.

Honestly, I’m not campaigning for him, nor do I have any plans of giving my precious vote  to him on the upcoming 2010 presidential election.  It just happened that Kevin is his die-hard supporter here in Cebu.  The blogging cyborgs got no other choice, but to interview him. LOL!

Anyways, after listening to his very nice platform and observing how he carried himself during the course of the interview, I think that he’s not bad at all.  I don’t want to be so bias.  Let’s give our beloved senator a chance to prove his capability.  I mean let’s give all those people who are vying for the presidential seat a chance to prove themselves.  Just think of it.  What will happen if no one is interested to become a president?

N.B.: Senator Mar Roxas was 30 minutes late.  Hahahaha!

Photo Credits: Doyzkie

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La Maison, not for true-blue Pinoy

It was way back 2007 that I first went to this European resto with my colleagues.  We were actually with our Swedish boss that’s why we got no other choice, but to eat there.  I rarely go to this type of restaurant because I have limited budget, and also, I really find it impractical to spend my hard earned money to expensive foods.  I prefer to eat in carenderia (small local food stores) and pungko-pungko (street foods stored in carts or put up on small tables).

Honestly, I never learned to love eating European foods except pizza.  My first time eating a roasted lamb made me feel like I wanted to puke everything that I swallowed.  The smell really made me feel nauseated and I swore that I will never eat a roasted lamb again.  This may sound ridiculous to those people who are into European dishes, but may be, my taste buds are just so “Pinoy”.

It was last week of May this year that I had the opportunity of going back there again, since CBS had a small conference with Yehey.  The restaurant is now located at The Terraces inside Ayala Mall.  I noticed that its whole ambiance was changed and it’s more spacious than before.  Along with other CBS members, the Yehey team introduced us to its co-owner.  La Maison is teaming up with Yehey for their restaurant’s promotional campaign.

Among the courses on the menu that they served and that I could still remember were barkada ribs, classic gourmet platter, tostitos and seafood marinara.  There’s also a pizza, but I can’t remember what’s the flavor.  All the foods mentioned above didn’t make any impressions to me except the barkada ribs.  But still, while I was eating, I can’t help but compared it to Golden Cowrie’s.   Same with their tostitos that resembled Moon Cafe’s quesadillas, but can’t even be compared to its succulent taste and flavor.  And also, the fish fillet in their classic gourmet platter has this somewhat “non-salty” taste which definitely disappointed my very Pinoy taste buds.

And as for the quality of their service, I can’t really tell because it’s obvious that they were treating us well since we were there to criticize and blog about their place.  All in all, La Maison is an ideal restaurant for those people who loves and appreciates European dishes.  I won’t recommend it for true-blue pinoys like me whose taste buds are loyal to salty foods.

Photo Credits: Van, Miss Elaine, Doyzkie

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Yehey!, a copycat of Yahoo!?

I know I’ve already heard about the website a few times in the past, but I didn’t pay any attention because of its name.  Yehey!, when I first heard about it, I normally thought that it’s just another struggling website that rides on with Yahoo’s popularity.  I was thinking that why should they not come up with an original name and made a name out of it?  I mean, come on!  We all know that ipod is very hot in the market because it’s the original.  Though there are lots of less expensive products which imitated its features, most consumers still prefer the genuine and original one.  And that’s what I thought of Yehey! before.

Honestly, my opinion really doesn’t change that much now.  The only difference is that I had the opportunity of meeting the people behind this search engine company.  I’ve learned new things during the short presentation held at La Maison and discovered how friendly their staffs are.  I also think that their strategy of tapping bloggers to help them in their promotion campaign business is very practical, economical, and most of all brings learning and fun to most blogging enthusiasts.

Though this company is not that original(well, we don’t need to be original all the time to be successful), I think that they became one of the effective agents of internet revolution in the Philippines.  As the country’s second most visited website(next to INQ7.net), Yehey! people could now proudly shout their company name.  Yehey!

Reference: Answers.com

Photo Credits: Michelle and Andrew

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Ultimate Overclocking Showdown 2009

The very first Philippine overclocking showdown was held at Entertainment Plaza, SM City, Cebu last 23rd of May, 2009.   This historical event was mainly sponsored by ASUSTeK Computer Inc..  Two teams(from Cebu region) equipped with OC enthusiasts were competing with each other.  Both teams performed tweaks in both the latest AMD and Intel Platforms.  They took turns testing the limits of both advanced processors for the ultimate glory of who can set the highest percentage of Overclock, CPU Mhz, Bclock, memory speed, 3DMark Vantage score in the overclocked system and Super Pi.

Both teams, the Sugbu Elite and Cebu Extream, were amply provided with the latest motherboards (ASUS Rampage II Gene and M4A79-T deluxe, an AMD-based one), graphic cards (ASUS EAH4890 and ASUS ENGTX285), memory from OCZ, Caviar Black hard disks from Western Digital, Sunbeam coolers, Silverstone power supply, cordless mouse and keyboard from Logitech,  and operating systems from Microsoft Corporation.

ASUS Rampage II Gene motherboard is specifically designed for serious gamers and OC enthusiasts, who are always at the edge of testing the limits of their computer hardware for best gaming and CPU performance experience.  This board is part of ASUS’ Republic of Gamers series, which is among the very few microATX motherboards that support the Intel Core i7 processor.  Rampage II Gene, according to ASUS, has also premium features such as MemOK! for worry-free memory upgrades, CPU Level Up for easy system performance boosts, and onboard SupremeFX X-Fi for true-to-life surround sound.

On the other hand, M4A79-T deluxe motherboard which is based on AMD 790FX chipset, features the unique ASUS Xtreme Phase Power design.  According to their press release, this board utilizes more phases to deliver more power and achieve better performance, more stability, enhance power efficiency, and lower temperatures under any loading.

And if I’m not mistaken (since this event happened two weeks ago), it was in the former motherboard (Rampage II Gene) where team Sugbu Elite achieved the highest percentage of overclock.  From 2.0 GHz to 4.2 GHz.  That is more than a hundred percent change.  While on the other side, Cebu Extream,  using the latter motherboard(M4A79-T deluxe) had only managed a less than 50% increase.  That is, from 3.0 GHz to 4 GHz.  Please correct me if I’m wrong with these.  My memory of the event is kinda vague now.  Hehehehe.

Sugbu Elite and Cebu Extream both garnered awards from different categories mentioned above.  Some of the audiences also received ASUS freebies during the event’s Q & A portions.  It is reported that the main sponsor had given a total of Php50, 000 worth of token cash and hardware.

N.B:

  • Both teams (Sugbu Elite and Cebu Extream) are members of Istorya.net
  • The host of the event (the name I forgot), is also a member of the said Cebu forum
  • Cebu Bloggers Society was among the press people who was invited to cover the event

References: ASUS Press Release, InsideHW

Photo Credits: Vanjahnn, Doyzkie

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Buy A Sketch For Charity(From People of the Behind Closed Doors Exhibit)

Title/Subject: Buy A Sketch For Charity
Dates: June 10, 13, 17, 20, 23, 27 & 30
Venue: Turtles Nest, Gorordo Ave.
Time:
Notes/Details:
The artists from Behind Closed Doors exhibit are selling their sketches for Charity. They highly appreciate those lovers of the arts who use what they CAN as an instrument to make life a bit easier for those who are underprivileged. If you can think about it, you don’t have to be filthy rich. You just need to share what is spare and share a bit of your TIME. (from Dan, one of the artists)

Coordinator’s Name: Dan Guillano
Contact: 09263567270
Email: dan@sigbin.com

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Maribago Bluewater Turns Bloody Red…

Once upon a weekend, in the beautiful island of Cebu, a throng of blogging cyborgs were invited to the pulchritudinous beach paradise which is sublimely located in the historic island of Mactan.  This mob of hyperactive cyborgs were very pleased that an inmate of theirs, Mr. Ruben of Pinoyworld, had specifically asked them to check his place of jurisdiction and blog about it.

Maribago Bluewater is the name of this tropical paradise.  All the “low-teched” cyborgs were so excited to see the place, and also,  to experience how it is to become human beings.  That’s why when everyone arrived at the venue, the Maribago royal slaves immediately catered to their needs.  The humanoids were treated to a very refreshing cold drink.  And most of the cyborgs concluded that it tasted like a seashell soup with a hint of lemon.

Later on, a pretty tour guide appeared and accompanied the whole gang to take a look at the whole resort.  All of the cyborgs were pretty excited.  They took pictures of almost all the living and non-living matters they saw as the tour guide stopped once in a while to give brief backgrounds of the resort’s amenities.  The thrilled humanoids had non-stop fun as they took photos as evidences, that for once in their bloody lifetimes, they had also experienced the high of becoming lowly human beings.  They were so delirious, they forgot to shut their bloody mouths and had kept the tour guide wondering what an “ORGY” is.  Every zombie lovers like the CBS cyborgs knew about it, but, unfortunately, the pretty tour guide had to ruminate about it for a long time before she got it.

After the tour session, the hyperactive blogging cyborgs were whisked to the resort’s conference room and had the chance to have small talks with its management team along with their PR manager, Mr. Ruben of PinoyWorld.  The humanoids, true to their ambitions of becoming real human beings were also treated to a very colorful and delectable afternoon tea.  While pigging with the colorful treats and assuming that they tasted how appetizing those were, a Q & A portion was also happening.

The cyborgs learned that Maribago Bluewater Beach Resort was established on July of 1989.  The establishment has a 50-50 recruitment process, that is, they hire employees 50% from agencies and another 50% from independent applicants.  Their target market is mostly foreigners, and the Japanese chinks topped their list of regular customers.  The resort, as a payback to the people living in the locale, gives special discount rates to them whenever they wanted to visit and avail the resort’s amenities and services.

The management had also confessed, that the resort business has also been affected by the global recession.  That is, the number of vacationers and tourists are lesser this year compared to last year.  And when asked about what makes Maribago Bluewater Beach Resort different from other high class beach destinations in the country, the management team said, that it is the kind of service they provided to their clients.  In Maribago Bluewater, they see to it that they not only make good business with their customers, but also good interpersonal relationship that would imprint better impression and higher customer satisfaction.

After the short conference, some of the rusty blogging cyborgs automatically transformed into their swimming costumes, shamelessly exposing their cybernetic organs.  And seconds later, the blue water of Maribago turned red and populated with millions of rust fungi.  On the other hand, the other half of the humanoids, spent their time sharing indiscreet talks.  Every now and then, they giggled, laughed and snickered as they dissected every fleshy gossips they could muster.

And the cyborgs visit was ended with a very sumptuous buffet dinner in the resort’s Allegro Restaurant’s poolside.  Since it was Saturday, the resto had their Barrio Fiesta specialty along with a special cultural dance extravaganza.  All the blogging humanoids enjoyed the mouth watering foods and cracked jokes over the performing dancers, for it’s the very first time that they saw people dancing with their butts out.  Hahahahahahaha!

N.B: Click here for the resort’s detailed information, and reservation.

Photo Credits: Doyzkie, Sir Ruben

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In the Company of Mom Concert Review

In lieu with the Cebu Bloggers Society’s advocacy, to promote Cebu thru blogging, we(I, X, Aileen and Atty. Ethelbert) went to the The CompanY and Aiza Seguerra’s Mother’s Day concert in Waterfront Hotel, Lahug, Cebu City.  The concert presentation was specifically held in Teatro Casino of the said hotel.  MJ, the event’s production coordinator, invited us to attend the concert and blog about it.

Though we missed half of the show, we still thoroughly enjoyed the rest of the presentation.  We arrived at Teatro Casino around quarter to nine, and it was Aiza Seguerra’s very melodic, enchantingly soothing and soul captivating voice that greeted us as we were making our way to our seats at the back portion of the venue.

I’m really not that familiar with her songs, but all I felt while listening to her voice lulling the whole crowd, is that somewhat very refreshing feeling which penetrates your soul, though its lyrics is somewhat melancholic.  The tenderness of her vocal softly embraced my tired mind and body, and as I closed my eyes to fully enjoy the moment, it seemed like a cold breeze of summer wind subtly kissed my haggard cheek…or is it just the “aircon”? Hahahahahaha!

On the other hand, The CompanY had definitely delivered a very exceptional performance through out the whole concert presentation.  The blending of their voices was splendidly perfect.  Their solo performances were unique and flavorfully seasoned with faint humor.  Their stage presence was omnisciently beautiful.  And the lighting effects complemented the rhythmic velocity of their vocals.

Hahahaha!  Please give chance to a non-experienced music critic’s way of describing a concert performance.  I’m not really knowledgeable when it comes to this kind of stuff.  Anyways, after their performance, Miss MJ personally introduced us to them(The CompanY members).  She also introduced us to the production staff of the concert especially to Mr. Joey Nolasco(a fellow Cebuano), one of the producers.  And later, we had our picture taken with the performing artists.

N.B: At the center of the Queen City of the South is Waterfront Cebu City Hotel & Casino, one of the Philippines’ famous landmarks. Located 30 minutes from Mactan international Airport, and a stone’s throw away from the city’s financial district and best attractions, Waterfront Cebu city Hotel & Casino is the place to go and stay. (Source: Waterfront Hotel Cebu)

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In The CompanY of Mom Tonight

Tonight, 16th of May 2009, a gala concert of The CompanY with Aiza Seguerra will be held  at Teatro Casino, Waterfront Hotel in Lahug, Cebu City at exactly 8pm.  For those people who are avid fans of the performing artists, this is your rare chance to show your support to your favorite music icons.  And for those people who wanted to give their mothers a belated Mother’s Day treat, then, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to bond with them along with the Philippine’s Premiere Vocal Ensemble.

This special concert presentation is brought by Over Coffee Management, Inc. and JCI Cebu North Chapter.

Ticket prices are available at Php 1,500 (VIP seats) and Php 750 (General Admission).   Ticket outlets: Gaisano Metro Ayala Customer Service, Casino Filipino Admin office (phone: 032.2329888) and KFC Parkmall and SM City branch. Please contact; Norman (032.2362901 / 0915.4990101), Weng (032.4237647 / 0917.5010501) or Joey (032.5151550 / 0927.5202416) for reservations.

Proceeds of the concert will go to The Rise Above Foundation Cebu (Formerly Channel of Hope).

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Asus Ultimate 2009 Overclocking Show

Attention techies, geeks and computer addicts!  Asus will be holding an overclocking competition next week.  The Asus Ultimate 2009 Overclocking Show will be held this 23rd of May.  The show will start around 3pm in the Entertainment Plaza, SM City, Cebu.  This event is part of the Asus PC Fair (May 14-24).  The management decided to hold an overclocking competition to make a dynamic fair finale.  In the competition the participants are expected to showcase their overclocking skills using top hardwares from different brands.

Asus is a multinational Taiwanese company which is one of the world’s leading producers of motherboards, graphic cards, optical drives, PDA’s, computer monitors, notebook computers and a lot more computer related innnovations.  It is reported, that since the year 2006, 35% of PC’s sold used an ASUS motherboard.

The Asus management are inviting Cebu Bloggers Society members to attend and blog about the event.

N.B: What is overclocking?

To speed up the computer beyond the manufacturer’s specifications in order to run faster. Common in the gaming world, overclocking the CPU is accomplished by changing the clock ratio of the frontside bus (FSB) in the BIOS setup. Older methods were changing a jumper on the motherboard or changing the clock crystal. Although enhanced cooling systems are typically added when a CPU is overclocked, over time, the CPU or the motherboard may not be able to handle the increased speed.

References: Answers.com and Wikipedia

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5th iBlog Summit Assessment

Before anything else, I need to thank Miss Aileen Estoquia, for her help during our stay inside the UP Diliman Village. Xie xie ni for the very affordable, yet, very great accomodation. I also want to mention Mr. Xerxes Aaron Chua Bernades, my ultimate travel companion. Without him, my journey to Manila wouldn’t be that exciting.

I think, I’m the kind who expect too much, but has very low acceptance. I mean the summit is okay, but it is not what I expected it to be. This may sound unfair to the organizers who had shed rivers of sweats to make the event successful, but this is only my personal observation. This doesn’t necessarily reflect the majority’s impression. To make this review not so bias, I will enumerate first the positive stuffs.

PROs:

  1. It was held in a very comfortable venue.
  2. The activities started on time.
  3. Free snacks and lunch.
  4. Presentation equipments were all ready.
  5. Some nice speakers(i.e. those ones who tackled Photoblogging 102, Video Blogging…)
  6. Nice Q & A facilitation.
  7. Great after party treats.

CONs:

  1. There were no ice-breakers in between the talks.
  2. A certain speaker didn’t discuss well the topic assigned to him. He seemed like he was just talking to himself and was talking about how people treated him because of the peculiarity of his blog. I don’t even think he’s aware of the audience’s reaction while he was there on stage. Good thing his partner saved the topic.
  3. A few speakers were just merely reading from their power point presentation. Tsk…tsk…
  4. A certain speaker was out of his mind. He suggested a system of leveling among bloggers, which I find unrealistic and should only remain a theory. From an artist to a maven? What is that? Jeezzz…
  5. IDs were only given to the first 300 web registrants. This actually made me feel alienated. I’m soo weird. Haha…
  6. Some of the participants had no free lunch(mostly those late ones). This is understandable since the event had a limited budget.
  7. Siopao tragedy. I didn’t even bother to continue eating that thing. Haist…the prize of freebies…I sound sooo pathetic. I know. Hahaha!
  8. There’s no getting to know each other activity or program during the after party. Bloggers from Manila stayed with their crowd, and bloggers from the south…well, had also obviously stayed with their own crowd. There were only a very few bloggers who made efforts to reach out to other bloggers. Everyone was very comfortable with their own beloved minions. Or, is it just me? Hehehe!

Lastly, to be fair, I did enjoy the overall event. I also learned a lot of new things and had also met few interesting people. Btw, here’s a CBS group pic during the after party at Katips.

Photo Credits: lord_dracula and vanjahnn

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