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Avalon is this Year’s Venue Host for the 7th Best Cebu Blogs Awards

Best Cebu Blogs Awards 2013 Trophies

Last year's trophies

Last year, Avalon hosted the venue for the 6th Best Cebu Blogs Awards.  This coming 7th of December, they will host again  the venue for the awarding night of our 7th year of recognizing Cebu’s finest bloggers.  We had a great awarding night in there last year and we look forward to a more fun and enjoyable event this December.  Below are a few throwback photos of last year’s awarding night.

And below is a peek of the entrance to the venue inside the Avalon.

The Avalon Cebu Hosts Best Cebu Blogs Awards 2014 - Entrance

For this year’s awards, we have already wrapped up who the winners are.  You can make a guess who they are by checking the finalist here.

 

SPONSORS and PARTNERS

This year’s awarding event is made possible by the following sponsors, donors, and partners.

Gold Sponsors

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Silver Sponsors

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Donor Sponsors

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Javders

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Media Partners

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Official Photographer

Alvin Asayas Photography

Blog Partners

Best Cebu Blogs Awards 2014 Blog Partner - FaceCebu

Best Cebu Blogs Awards 2014 Blog Partner - cebufitnessblog

Best Cebu Blogs Awards 2014 Blog Partner - Empress Of Drac

Best Cebu Blogs Awards 2014 Blog Partner - Geemiz

Best Cebu Blogs Awards 2014 Blog Partner - The Gumshoes by Hannah Marie Suquib

Best Cebu Blogs Awards 2014 Blog Partner -  One Frozen Mind

The Organizers

Before I will end this post, I would like to mention the major effort exerted by Mark Monta (BCBA founder) to make this bloggers recognition event an official tradition every year.  Also, to all my co-organizers, Geezelle Tapangan, Chanel Marie and Kevin Maglinte for all the efforts and support.  Lastly, a special mention to our resident judge, Miss Nancy Cudis for the undying support.  See you guys on the 7th next month.  I’m excited to see all the winners. (:

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Masskara Festival 2013: A Glimpse of the Street Dancing Parade (Photos)

Because I didn’t find the time to get my media ID from a prominent blogger who offered us an ID pass, I had no choice but to battle my way down to the street dancers.  Starting from the very strong crowd, photography enthusiasts, and down to a group of Caucasians (a foreign TV crew I guess) who dominated the street every time a group of dancers passes by.

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At first I was kind of contented just taking photos from afar, but then I thought, I was there to document the event.  It’s just unfair not take some close-up photos.

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I easily made my way to a group of local photographers but there’s just something in the crowd that made them hesitate to go near towards the main attraction.  And it’s no other than this group of foreign TV crew who were also covering the street parade.  This group is so domineering.  They have all the lenses and have this very “authoritative air” every time they take their position to get a good shot/video each time the dancers stop by to perform.

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Fortunately for me, I didn’t find this group a hindrance at all.  I used their domineering presence to get some good close-up photos.  Every time a new group of dancers stopped by, I immediately positioned myself by their (foreign crew) side.  It was a BREEZE!!! (:

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Having a foreign TV crew by your side is AWESOME!!!! LOL!

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I only took a few photos as the heat of the sun is something that I can’t bear.

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All these photos were taken on the 21st of October.  That was on Sunday.  The 3rd of day of our trip there in Bacolod.  More stories of our Bacolod travel in my next blog posts.  For more street parade photos, you may visit my Facebook fanpage.

 

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Nominate Your Favorite Blogs for Best Cebu Blogs Awards 2013 #bcba2013

Do you know someone who writes online through a blog site? Do you have a favorite blogger you want to be recognized as one of Cebu’s finest? Then here’s your chance to help them get noticed.  Nominate your favorite blog by filling up this form.  This year’s contest mechanics and guidelines can be found here.

The Best Cebu Blogs Awards has been recognizing Cebu’s finest bloggers in the past five years.  Now, in its sixth year, BCBA continues to pool the best online writers here in the Queen City of the South.  Qualified nominees will compete for the Top 10 Famous Cebu Blogs and for the main competition – the Best Cebu Blogs by Niche for the following categories.

  • Best Cebu Technology Blog
  • Best Cebu Personal Blog
  • Best Cebu Travel Blog
  • Best Cebu Food Blog
  • Best Cebu Fashion Blog
  • Best Cebu Photo Blog
  • Best Cebu Entertainment Blog

To help your favorite blog win a top spot, visit the Best Cebu Blogs Awards Fan Page to vote.   Learn more about BCBA by visiting this link.

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Join COSMOSIS, A Cosplay Masquerade this October 22

[NOTICE: Date of the event is officially changed from 15th of October to 22nd of October due to some unavoidable occurrence.  Kindly check the Event Page on Facebook for more details. ]

Calling all Cebu Cosplayers! Here’s another cosplay event that would surely liven up your otaku life – COSMOSIS, A Cosplay Shock Masquerade. Unmask your other self and show your truest otaku persona this 22nd of October (Saturday), 1:00PM to 9:00PM at the Atrium, Robinsons Cybergate. Spice up the Cebu Otaku Scene with your most shocking otaku costume. Click here to join the masquerade contest. Or, if you just want to watch the show, RSVP here.

Read the Contest Guidelines below.

Cosmosis Masquerade Cosplay Contest Rules & Information

  1. You may join the contest if you cosplay a masked character from any source, including but not limited to anime, manga, video games, J-Rock or J-Pop, comic books, movies, television shows, cartoons, etc. Original costumes are NOT allowed, such as steam-punk, historical, or ethnic.

  2. Hard masks (inflexible) or soft masks (flexible) are acceptable. Hard masks can be made from paper mache, cardboard, PVC, wood or hard plastic material. Soft masks can be made from silicone, latex rubber, cloth, light-weight paper, soft plastic or even latex facial paint as long as it is non-toxic breathable and above all safe to wear. A combination of hard and soft materials is of course allowable. Masks that fully or partially covers the face of the contestant is acceptable.
  3. NO REGISTRATION FEE, NO ENTRANCE FEE WILL BE COLLECTED (Applies to everybody)
  4. Online registration starts today Thursday 15th September 2011 simply download the Registration Form using the link below. Fill in the required information and email to hattori.media.events@gmail.com with the subject “Masquerade Contest”.http://dl.dropbox.com/u/35099277/Cosmosis%20Masquerade%20Cosplay%20Contest%20Regitration%20Form.doc

  5. On-event registration starts Saturday 15th October 2011 from 10:00AM until 1:00PM at the Robinsons Cybergate Cebu Atrium. Look for the Information/Registration Booth.
  6. Craftsmanship judging is optional. Entries that do not participate in craftsmanship judging are not eligible for the Best in Show award. If you wish to participate in craftsmanship judging, you must indicate this on your Registration Form. Craftsmanship judging will take place in the Phantom Room.
  7. Submit your mp3, mp4 or audio CD (other sound file formats are discouraged) to the Information/Registration Desk on Saturday, October 15th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Any Mp3, Mp4 or Audio CDs must be made available after registration and submitted at the Information Desk on Saturday, October 15th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Any CDs not submitted after 2:00 pm will be disregarded. Flash USB drives are acceptable although not preferred. If the flash drive, iPod, Mp3 player, etc is lost it will not be organizers responsibility.
  8. Costume documentation is optional and most applicable to contestants who participated in making their own masks, costumes and/or props. Youth contestants under 12 years old need to supervised by a parent/older sibling/older relative or guardian.
  9. Human props or ninjas are allowed but up to a maximum of five members only. Human props or ninjas ideally should not wear masks. If you join as a main character/contestant you are no longer eligible to join as a human prop or ninja for another group/entry.
  10. Cosmosis cosplay safety guidelines apply all throughout this event as well. Any prop weapons in violation of those guidelines will disqualify the entrant.  Read the long version of the Guidelines here.

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Join Intel’s “Sing To Win”, An Online Music Video-Making Contest

Do you want to become a star? Do you have confidence in singing, and have basic video editing skills? Then this is your time to shine! Join Intel’s “Sing To Win” Contest and get a chance to win notebook computers powered by 2nd Generation Intel Core processors.

Intel’s “Sing to Win” Online Music Video-Making Contest started last August 8 and will end on December 1, 2011. Participants need to create an original music video using any of the 22-pre-selected OPM songs on the Intel Philippines Sing to Win Facebook page. Contestants are allowed to sing, dance, or perform accompaniment to their chosen song, and develop their films using any film style like flash animation, stop-motion filming, live action and a lot more.

How to Join

To join, participants must register for the contest and upload their videos to the Facebook page on or before December 1. They may submit entries as they like, but are only able to win once. Each music video entry must not exceed 5 minutes, and each participant should be the star of his/her own music video.

Criteria

Winners will be judged on creative merit and general appeal, as well as technical skill, song rendition and artistic impact. Judging of entries by members of the Intel team will commence on December 7 at the Intel Philippines office, with the awarding ceremony announcing the prize winner to follow on December 16.

Prizes

The 3 best entries will win notebook computers powered by 2nd Generation Intel Core processors and other goodies from Yamaha and Shure.

As of this writing, the Intel “Sing To Win” Samsung leg is currently picking up potential contestants in their road and mall show in Baguio. Other Interactive Road shows are also currently going nationwide. These road shows are made possible by the participation of Lenovo, Acer, Samsung, Asus and Neo. Visit the Intel’s “Sing to Win” Facebook Page for more details.

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Miss Cebu 2011

Miss Cebu 2011 Candidates

Photo: Michael Sinjin Pineda

Joining a beauty pageant requires physical prowess and a personality that stands out above the rest.  We know a lot of attractive and beautiful people but do they have the attitude that can handle pressure and the brain that can outwit challenges?

Beauty queens like Miriam Quiambao, Ruffa Guttierez, Charlene Gonzales, and Gloria Diaz have one thing in common — unshakable confidence.

Who Stands Out?

Last 27th of October, I attended the Miss Cebu 2011 press conference wherein for the first time the twelve finalists were presented to the media people.

Among the very few candidates who stand out during the question and answer portion were Vanessa Claudine Ammann, Katrina Raye Yuson, and Tiffanie Lene Llamada.

My Top 6

The Miss Cebu 2011 finalists are mostly nursing and medical technology students, and I noticed that most of them are studying in Cebu Doctor’s University.  I am a bit disappointed that there are no candidates from
technological institutions.

It’s not actually hard picking up my top 6 candidates.  Originally, I only have my top 3 favorites but I plan on making a separate review post for the six remaining contestants that are not in my top 6 list just to give a second look at those ones who don’t impress me that much.

Check Miss Cebu 2011’s schedule of coronation night here.  Anyway, I will be revealing my top 6 candidates in my next post.  So, stay tuned. (;

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Kraft Cheez Whiz’s Palamantasan Kicks Off in Cebu

Palamantasan 2010, the first interschool competition among grade school students nationwide, was successfully held last 17th of July at Lapu-lapu Central Elementary School. The event aims to educate the young minds about the importance of proper nutrition and healthy diet.  Kraft Cheez Whiz, one of the most-loved cheese brands in the country in partnership with the Department of Education initiated the said event.

Nutrition Education

Palamantasan is a school-based program to further raise public consciousness and enhance nutrition education in schools.  According to Dr. Alex Dan Tacderas, Category Manager for Cheese and Spoonables, Kraft Foods Philippines, School is second to home where children learn basic lessons and values.  He said that this is the very reason why they direct their cause and execute their programs in schools – in both an enjoyable and educational way.

Kraft Chiz Wheez and DepEd declared Palamantasan as a nationwide nutrition advocacy that will be conducted until the month of September.

Winners

Below are Palamantasan Winners for the Lapu-lapu Elementary School Leg.

Essay Writing – Despi Montesa (91.7%)
Jarchitecture – CH Whizy – Body Protector (84.33%)
Speech Choir – Team Aktibo (95%)
Sandwich Art – Mrs. Dina and her daughter, Samantha Montero (93%)
Cheering – She Brats (85.33%)

The winners will be competing in another round of higher level competition. Visit http://palamantasan.com for more details.

About Kraft Foods

The combination of Kraft Foods (http://kraftfoodscompany.com) and Cadburry creates a global powerhouse in snacks, confectionery and quick meals.  With annual revenues of approximately $50 billion, the combined company is the world’s second largest food company, making delicious products for billions of consumers in more than 160 countries.  The combined company’s portfolio includes 11 iconic brands with revenues exceeding $1 billion – Orea, Nabisco and LU biscuits; Milka and Cadburry chocolates; Trident gums; Jacobs and Maxwell House coffees; Philadelphia cream cheeses, dinners and dressings; and Oscar Mayer meats.  Another 70+ brands generate annual revenues of more than $100 million.  Kraft Foods (NYSE: KFT) is a member of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, Standard & Poor’s 500, Dow Jones Sustainability Index and Ethibel Sustainability Index.

Photo Credit: Jorich Ponio

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Help Others and Win an Apple Ipad!

I always believe that there’s no such thing as impossible if we help each other.  No man is an island because we, human beings, are programmed to live and to depend on each other.  In this era of Information Technology, helping each other is just a click away.  The internet revolution brings the human race closer to each other that even if you are not in Haiti, you can still extend helping hands to help the earthquake survivors there.  Well, we can’t help it.  We are the only race in the entire universe who are gifted with ingenuity.

Extend Yourself.org believes in the power of the internet and how important it is as a medium in helping people.  As part of the launching of their website, they are giving away a brand new Apple Ipad.  Check below for more details.

Last Two Weeks to Raise 100K and Win an Apple iPad!

QUEZON CITY, PHILIPPINES, July 19, 2010. – Vote for a cause & get a chance to Win an Apple iPad! Yes, you can win a brand new Apple iPad just by extending yourself and helping others! CLICK HERE TO VOTE & WIN NOW!

Why should you vote?

1. The cause that gets the most votes at the end of this campaign will be rewarded P100,000 to help fund their efforts.

2. You get a chance to win a brand new Apple iPad!

How does it work? Simple. All you have to do is choose which cause you would like to help. You
can help the cause by voting for it.  Choose ONE cause. Once you’ve voted for a cause, you cannot change it
anymore so choose wisely.

There’s absolutely no catch. Just VOTE FOR A CAUSE and get a chance to WIN a brand new Apple iPad now!
Know more about the different groups you can vote for: Visit Featured Causes Page

*iPad raffle available to Philippine residents only.

About ExtendYourself.org

We believe in the power of the Internet. It has brought about a lot of changes in the way we live our lives, the way we do business, the way we communicate, and the way people help out one another. Taking action and extending yourself to others has never been this easy. Just last year, Facebook and Twitter were both used incessantly in everyone’s effort to save lives and help those in need when Typhoon Ondoy hit the Philippines. With this website, we hope to encourage visitors to learn more about the different socially relevant organizations they can help in the Philippines.  We envision http://www.extendyourself.org as the convener of causes in the country. We are here to actively promote the activities of different organizations and give easy access to those who would like to volunteer and participate. We will also serve as a rallying force to ensure that  followers who believe in the different programs will be informed properlyon how they can support advocacies that appeal to them. Visit ExtendYourself.org for more details.
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Two Cebuanas finalists in the PLDT myDSL WatchPad Crew!

After a nationwide search that commenced in March and generated thousands of entries, the journey from anonymous to famous is on its homestretch as the top 10 finalists of the PLDT myDSL WatchPad Crew was unveiled online recently.

PLDT myDSL is not just looking for the usual eye-candy as the finalists were chosen based on their unique personalities, love for the internet, and a passion in life ranging from music, sports, the performing arts, and even advocacies relevant to today’s generation. Simply put, these are teens who want to stand out and make a difference.

Two Cebuanas have made it to the coveted circle of young, vibrant personalities from all over the country and with Cebu’s support may just become part of the coolest crew in town joining the ranks of Rhian Ramos, champion drifter Alex Perez, Isabel Oli, Gino de la Peña, Viktor Aliwalas and Steph Henares. The top five with the most online votes will have a chance to become a part of the 5 new PLDT myDSL WatchPad Crew. Public online voting is open until May 23. Read the rest of the press release here.

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World Bloggers’ Day 2010

At first glance, the thought of initiating a worldwide event is like a vagary.  People are raising their eyebrows, some are pessimistic, and some don’t even give a deal.  The main point here is that, we successfully initiated something which would result to a global impact later on.  We don’t need to expect a lot because this is the first, and though we have some failures, we surely can learn from it.

I wanted to congratulate Cebu Bloggers Society Inc. for successfully launching the very first World Bloggers’ Day event at Parkmall Cebu just a while ago.  It’s actually the very first time that all blogging communities around the Philippines made representations for each group.

The event started with an Invocation led by Willand Cuna (CBS member), followed by a welcome address by Miss Ma. Carla Estella, PR Officer of Parkmall, Cebu.  This was followed by the presentation of the blogging communities from around the Phillippines by Mark Monta, founder of Cebu Bloggers Society Inc..  Three blogging communities sent in their presentations: Manila Bloggers’ Network (headed by Azrael Coladilla), SOCKSARGEN Bloggers (headed by Avel Mananzala), and Davao Bloggers (headed by Ria Jose).  And, of course, Cebu Bloggers Society Inc. had also presented a short AVP about their organization.

After the blogging community presentations, Mark Monta presented the newly elected CBSI officers to the public.  The following are Cebu Bloggers Society Inc.’s newly elected officers.

President - Vernon Joseph Go
VP for Content Management - Michelle Louise Maglasang
VP for Corporate Affairs - Agnes E. Jimenez
VP for Education - Jerry Gervacio
VP for Marketing - Michael Sinjin Pineda
VP Membership - Clarence Andrew Mongado
VP for Ways and Means - Mark Monta
Treasurer - Bryan Karl Yuson
Secretary - Wilhelmina Sarawi
Auditor - Jorich Ponio
BOTs for Special Projects
- Gerrymie Tampus
- Guada Conception Esmena
- Mark Alessandrew Abitona
- Prince Ryan Gilig
- Ruben Licera Jr.
Ombudsman/Legal Counsel - Atty. Ethelbert Ouano

The presentation of officers was then followed by the unveiling of Parkmall’s monthly blogging contest.  Agnes Jimenez, the Events Coordinator, presented the contest’s guideline and mechanics.  This blogging competition is open to all Cebu-based bloggers.

The bloggers then enjoyed a sumptuous dinner prepared by Parkmall’s best food tenants.  The event ended with the awarding of the blogger of the day, the one with the best cast-away outfit, and a closing remark by CBSI’s new president, Mr. Vernon Joseph Go.

A lot of raffle prizes were also given during the event.  By the way, Ricky dela Cruz of Rabsing.com, won the best cast-away outfit contest.  Atty. Ethelbert Ouano and Doyzkie Buenaviajie were the men of the event (emcees).  Thanks a lot to Parkmall’s Marketing Team, headed by Madam Judith Letty Sellner for the major support and sponsorship.

N.B.: Before ending this post, I would also want to give special thanks to the special team behind World Bloggers’ Day’s online launching.

Graphics and Design - Jim Villaflores
Press Release - Bert Padilla
Post & RSVP - Michelle Louise Maglasang
Article - Milafel Hope Dacanay
Wikipedia Release - Jerry Gervacio (to be published later)
Others - Mark Monta, Agnes Jimenez

Photos will follow later.

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Have You Joined a SEO contest?

Webthesurfi Rugs Webdesign are the keywords that we are currently competing to top in the Google SERPs. Clairemont Webdesign spearheaded this contest, which started last middle of March and will end in the 2nd week of April.

This is my very first SEO contest, and I really feel its thrill. My original intention why I joined, is to drive new traffic to my main site. Winning is not really my aim because truthfully, I still have a lot of things to learn about search engine optimization.

When I joined this contest, I was actually thinking that I would learn a lot about SEO since I will do my best to at least put my entry in a higher rank. Thus, it will drive me to be more resourceful and find things that I don’t know about.

At this very moment, I can already tell how those 4 entries made their way to the top. And it’s very obvious that their efforts are much larger than mine, though I believe that I also did a tremendous job so that my entry won’t end up in the bottom list.

One thing I learned about being part in this contest is, if you are wise enough, you can actually mimic the strategy of the other contestants. This, is because of the web’s transparency.

A contestant who is wondering why this certain entry is constantly topping the SERP, would eventually do some analysis and will pull out resources to diagnose it. After the nosing around, if you are really keen to details, before you know it, you already discovered their secrets.

For the first quarter of this year, there are only 3 keywords that won’t get easily erased from my mind…webthesurfi rugs webdesign.

Anyways, have you joined a contest lately?

N.B.: I wrote this post on the last week of March and shared it to my forum comrades.  I posted this now here in my main site to at least push my SERP rank.

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Join The PLDT myDSL Cebu’s Newest Icons Search

Do you want be FAMOUS? Do you want to join the ranks of Rhian Ramos and other famous celebrities?  Are you 16 to 20 of age?  If your answers are all yes, then it’s your time to shine!  Join The Search for the PLDT myDSL WatchPad Crew Auditions in Cebu.  Check the following guidelines and announcements for more details.

This exhilarating journey begins with the question “Why should we pick you to be a part of the Watchpad crew?

Answer this in a 2-3 minute video, and you might just be one of the ten finalists that will be chosen from all over the Philippines.

Application forms and live auditions booths will be set up at the following venues:

March 2 & 3, 2010
Cebu Institute of Technology (CIT), 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

March 4, 12 & 20, 2010
VUDU at the Crossroads on from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.

March 6, 2010
The University of Cebu (Banilad), 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

March 11, 2010
Bigfoot Mactan, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Qualifications:

* 16-20 years old
* currently enrolled for the school year 2010
* passionate about making a difference
* articulate in English and Filipino
* net savvy and shares a passion for music, fashion, fitness, film and technology

Prizes: The 5 winners will each get

* a laptop with free one-year myDSL subscription
* a chance to be part of WatchPad events, campaigns and ads
* P100,000 in cash.

The ten WatchPad Crew finalists will be unveiled and subject to online voting on April 26.  The top five with the most votes will be the newest members joining the ranks of Rhian Ramos, champion drifter Alex Perez, Isabel Oli, Gino de la Peña, Viktor Aliwalas and Steph Henares. The five new WatchPad Crew members will each win a laptop with free one-year myDSL subscription, a chance to be part of WatchPad events, campaigns and ads and P100, 000 in cash. Deadline for uploading videos directly on the WatchPad site should you wish to use this option is on April 15.

Be famous for all the right reasons and be a part of the coolest crew in town with PLDT myDSL WatchPad. Spread the word to all Cebuanos and grab the chance to possibly represent Cebu.  For more details, go to www.PldtWatchpad.com.

PLDT myDSL Watchpad, the country’s pioneering internet TV, just keeps on getting bigger and better. PLDT myDSL subscribers can now experience internet TV viewing at its best and the hottest shows from 18 free channels to choose from on their DSL-powered PCs, some of which are not available on local Cebu cable: Channel [V], CNN, National Geographic, E!, PBO, CNBC, Cartoon Network, Animax, History, The Biography Channel, Crime and Investigation, Living Asia, RCTV, Go, Splash, Smart Shopping, TBN-Word and myView.

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Win A 12-Day Trip to Brazil

Win a 12-day trip to Brazil along with your three friends and enjoy a once in a lifetime vacation adventure with them.  Check the details below to know how.

Are you ready to flip-flop your way to a once-in-a-lifetime experience in Brazil?

The answer better be yes as world-famous fashion brand Havaianas kicks off its new Happy Soles campaign for anyone 18 years old and above. This campaign celebrates the fact that Havaianas has been both a witness and a reminder of Filipinos’ happiest moments. A constant companion on everything from beach trips to food trips, Havaianas has trekked up mountains, walked down wedding aisles and danced under the pale moonlight. For many happy soles, Havaianas is a daily reminder of moments spent with friends and filled with laughter – moments that define who we are.

And in an effort to be present in even more unique life experiences, Havaianas kicks off the Happy Soles campaign with a creative competition titled “Happy Soles Will Travel to Brazil.”  Answer the question “If anything was possible, what would you do to make the world happy for a day?” as creatively as possible and you could get the chance to win an all-expense-paid vacation for four to the land of sunshine, Brazil.

The winner, along with three friends, will fly to Brazil on an unforgettable, all-expense-paid retreat, complete with travel must-haves from Havaianas, Sony, David and Goliath, and Aloha Board Sports. The group of friends will get to experience the cool climate of cosmopolitan Sao Paulo and the endless summer of Rio de Janeiro in quirky clothes from David and Goliath, and stylish resort wear from Aloha Board Sports. Not only will they stay in chic, boutique hotels and dine at world-class restaurants, the four friends will also visit Oscar Freire Street, home to Brazil’s fanciest boutiques, where they will enjoy a shopping spree at the Havaianas Concept Store.  A visit to Daslu, a super luxurious shopping mecca is also on the agenda.  In Corcovado Mountain, they will get to see the Brazilian icon, Christ the Redeemer, and record the priceless memory with their Sony CyberShot cameras. They will also experience everything from the football madness at Morumbi and Maracana to the breath-taking tropical landscape of Jardim Botanico, a UNESCO site, and the laid-back beach culture of different world-renowned beaches like Copacabana. The winner will also be able to share these memories with ease, with a new Sony HandyCam camcorder and Sony Vaio laptop, and even a new Sony Walkman mp3 player to bring home the sound of Samba.

Answers can be recorded via the Havaianas roving video booth that will travel to key malls nationwide or uploaded on the campaign website: www.havaianasphilippines.com/happysoles. The top ten happiest and most creative entries will be shortlisted by a board of judges that includes a representative from the Brazilian Embassy, magazine editor Pauline Suaco-Juan, travel blogger Anton Diaz, Capoeira guru Professor Fantasma, and the Managing Director of Havaianas Philippines. The public will then decide who of the ten will be awarded the grand prize through online voting at the campaign website. The remaining nine finalists will also walk away with prizes from Havaianas and new Sony CyberShot cameras.

“Havaianas has always had the privilege of being with Filipinos during their happiest moments – at the beach, in malls, at home, practically everywhere.  We wanted to create the happiest possible experience through this unique, luxury vacation to Brazil,” says Anne Gonzalez, Managing Director of Havaianas Philippines.

Visit www.havaianasphilippines.com/happysoles for complete contest details or visit the roving video booth in Cebu City from March 8 to 14 at the Ayala Center Cebu, Cagayan de Oro from March 22 to 28, Davao from April 5 to 11, Bacolod from April 19 to 25 and Metro Manila once more from April 30 to May 2.

A.L. Amizade Marketing, Inc. is the exclusive sub-distributor of Havaianas in Central and Eastern Visayas. In Cebu, Havaianas is available in All Flip Flops, Rustan’s, What a Girl Wants, July, Republik, Plantation Bay Resort and Spa, Maribago Blue Water Resort and Abaca Boutique Resort.

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Win 1000 pesos Ayala EGC: Food discOVIry Contest

Are you a food addict, a food worshipper who wanted to share your best food discovery?  It is now your chance to spread the delectable words and win 1000 pesos Ayala EGC from OVI by Nokia.  To join please follow the steps below.

  1. Create an OVI Mail account at www.ovi.com.
  2. You must put the following details in your email entry: (a) Name, (b) Address, (c) OVI Mail Address, and (d) Mobile Phone Number.
  3. Send your entry to fooddiscOVIry@ovi.com.

Contest period is from October 27 to November 20, 2009. There will be 10 winners, and each of them will win P1000 Ayala EGC!  So what are you waiting?  Join NOW!

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