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Do you love creating videos and films? Are you aspiring to become a film-maker? Then you might be interested to join UPelikula 2015, a film-making contest that is launched by UP Cebu’s Mass Communication program.
UPelikula 2015 calls out aspiring film-makers and video producers to join this year’s video production contest. Prizes include Php10,000 (plus trophy and certificate) for the Grand Awardee and Php3,000.00 (plus trophy and certificate) to the Special Awardee. Deadline for entries will be on March 25, 2015. For submission inquiries contact firstname.lastname@example.org or you may contact the organizers via Twitter and Facebook.
What is UPelikula’s Mission?
UP Cebu’s Mass Communication program launches this year’s UPelikula themed “Lantawa, Paminawa, Pamati-a”.
On its fourth run, the Organizing Committee kept the doors wide open for anyone who aspires to be part of the film-making industry.
UPelikula is a video productions contest that aims to put the spotlight on talented amateurs and video artists who go often unnoticed by the general public. UPelikula hopes to be a stepping stone in bringing Filipino Art to the world.
The theme of this year’s UPelikula “Lantawa, Paminawa, Pamati-a” is a direct Cebuano translation of “See it, Hear it, Feel it.” Films are meant to be seen, heard, and felt, same way to the oppressed, marginalized and underprivileged.
This year’s UPelikula wants to have a purpose: to take time and notice the oppressed the same way we take time to appreciate films. The only way to develop is to face the problem, and to face the problem, we have to see, to listen, and to feel the demanding society around us.
Guidelines and Other Infos
To find out more about UPelikula 2015, kindly read the official guidelines below on how to join the contest. Good luck!
Time flies so fast. Our beloved blogging organization will be celebrating its 7th year of founding this Sunday, February 15 at Marriott Hotel. February 14 is the actual founding anniversary but we’ll celebrate it on the 15th for the obvious reason that everyone is busy during the former.
Cebu Bloggers Society 7 Years Ago
From its humble beginnings, CBSi has become a community that doesn’t only promote camaraderie within the blogging sphere but has also been inspiring its members to pursue careers in the online writing and marketing professions.
CBSi’s main vision is fueled by the passion to promote Cebu through blogging and encourage Cebuanos to know more about their native homeland.
Cebu Bloggers Society 7 years ago came into existence on Valentines Day. I’m not sure if Mark Monta (the founder) has really nothing to do on that day (no date? lol) but thanks to him, CBSi was born and from there everything became history.
This photo shows how we look like seven blogging years ago. Everyone looks so young. I mean what the heck, we really look like c^$###! Hehe!
7 Reasons Why I’m Celebrating
Cebu Bloggers Society is one of the main reasons of my big career change 5 years ago. The organization enables me to meet many amazing people who have influenced in shaping my worldview when it comes earning money and doing business through the internet.
Without further ado, here are the top 7 reasons I’m celebrating.
1. Because I owe my very first news blogging coverage with CBSi.
Seven years ago, I have no idea how to cover news via blogging. This photo was taken during US Election Watch 2008 wherein our group was invited as part of the new media.
2. I met a lot of interesting and amazing personalities through CBSi.
My active years in the organization were filled mostly with amazing and talented people. This photo was seven years ago when we guested in a local radio tech program hosted by a prominent Cebuano journalist.
Uhmmn, yes. The guy beside me is an inspiration and one of the very few that I look up to. He’s no other than Atty. Ethelbert Ouano. There’s no dull moment when you are with this person. He is CBSi irreplaceable legal adviser. (;
3. CBSi made me understand more the importance of gender equality.
The group is composed of diverse individuals from heterosexuals, homosexuals, bisexuals, and every thing in between. Every one in the group wholeheartedly embraces and respects each fellow member disregarding gender preference. And, this is what made me stick more to the group.
4. It was CBSi that helped me mend my broken heart. (LOL)
A group of cheerful people plus a bit of alcohol solved it all. Well, they have no idea why I got myself drunk. Lol! Photo above was taken 6 years ago at McBilly’s house.
5. CBSi helps me polish my skills in writing, blogging, and marketing.
During my active years in the group, I learned a lot of things that help me enhanced my skills more specifically in writing, blogging, and online marketing. Photo above was taken during our monthly Board of Trustees and Committee meeting.
6. It was in CBSi that I learned how to loot for foods. LOL!
We always get invited to food parties and you know, eating is always fun when you are with a group of people. I can’t count anymore how many times I overeat when I was with CBSi peeps. (:
7. Because I experienced my very first SANDSTORM with CBSi.
Our sandstorm experience in Sumilon Island way back 2009 is still very vivid in my mind. When it hit us I thought I won’t survive and gonna die. LOL!
I really have so many things to say but I still have a lot of pending work this week. Will continue this list if I’ll get some “free time” next time.
Happy 7th Anniversary CBSi! Cheers to more years of blogging! Namaste!
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.
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.
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. (:
Parkmall continues in giving recognition to homegrown Cebuano talents by having VISPOP artists Earl Andrei Ornopia, Kenneth Corvera, Johnever Canlom, Jerika Teodorico as featured guests on October 17 and 18 for their month-long anniversary celebration . On October 24 and 25, BISROCK band The Agadiers will also jam with the mall goers. Earlier this month, the Quaruplee Band and violinist Adrian Niño Beltran had also performed.
Catch these local performers at the Atrium as Parkmall commemorate their 6 years of improving the lifestyles of Cebuanos.
Parkmall’s 6 Years of Celebrating Cebu Life
Run for your health and of course, for a Cause. Gaisano Country Mall is organizing a fun run on October 26, 2014 to help children who are victims of abuse and cyber sex/pornography. This is also to celebrate their 21st Anniversary. All the proceeds of the activity will be given to C.U.R.E. Foundation, an organization that helps and rescues victims of child abuse.
How to Join?
Registration has already started last September 15 and still going on. You can register at Gaisano Country Mall Customer Service Area or at Runner Ayala Center Cebu. You can also RSVP through Facebook here.
How Much is the Registration Fee?
For newbies or those who are not into heavy running, 5K is highly recommended. Registration fee for that is Php350.00 only. For advanced and more experienced runners, see details of registration fees below.
10K – Php450.00
15K – Php550.00
21K – Php650.00
Would You Run to Help the Abused Children?
If you will, then you are a solid evidence that there’s still hope in humanity. JOIN NOW.
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
In the past, flip flops or slippers were considered as a poor man’s footwear, an exact opposite to the common trend nowadays. Slippers nowadays are already used as fashion accessories and famous people are commonly seen wearing them.
The Most Liked Brand of Slippers
One of the most popular brands of slippers that gain massive following of loyal customers from all walks of life is Havaianas, a brand of flip flops that originates from Brazil. Havaianas slippers are very durable and comfortable to wear. But, one thing that makes Havaianas unique from other brands is the fact that they give customers the freedom to customize their pair of slippers according to their style and preference.
Make Your Own Havaianas 2012 in Cebu
Here in Cebu, Make Your Own Havaianas is a yearly event that gives Cebuano Havaianicos the freedom to mix and match their preferred soles, straps and pins to create their own unique pair of flip flops.
Make Your Own Havaianas 2012 in Cebu is officially launched today at the Northwing Atrium of SM City and is available to the public until August 5 (Sunday).
A special launching was done yesterday and I got the chance to customize my own pair.
Installing my preferred pin and strap.
Once done customizing your pair, you can have your picture taken in the photo-booth section to document your effort of going out your way to have your custom-made flip flops.
My friend, Jolla posed for me as I’m fed up looking at myself in photos. Lol
Top Famous Celebrities Who Wear Havaianas
Image above shows a few famous celebrities who love to wear their pair of Havaianas. From left are Amanda Seyfried, Blake Lively, Kate Hudson, Miley Cyrus, Nicole Ritchie, and Sienna Miller.
Head on to SM’s Northwing Atrium Center now and customized your own pair of Havaianas!
50 Colorful Years of Summer and Style: Havaianas Celebrates Golden Anniversary in MYOH 2012
This year, Havaianas will take you through a colorful and exciting tour back to where it all started. As the brand celebrates its 50th anniversary, Make Your Own Havaianas 2012 is geared to be the most special one yet. Havaianas will let you experience this through Make Your Own Havaianas’ exhibit. The Havaianas story is told through a blaze of color and fashion, showing how Havaianas paved the way for flip-flops to become a respected style statement the world over.
“We believe that every Havaianas pair that you own has a story to tell, and all those stories combined from our fervent supporters play a big part in the brand’s history. For this reason, Make Your Own Havaianas will not just be a branding event where they can design their own pair, but a gathering that will honor everything that contributed in making the brand what it is now,” shares Anne Gonzalez, Managing Director of Havaianas Philippines.
In true Havaianas fashion, self-expression has never been this chic with its ten special pins that speak volumes of its heritage. The happiness, 1962, Brasilipinas and soccer ball, all trace back to its roots in Brazil. Embellish these on soles that run the vibrant spectrum of the rainbow: from a pop rose, to an ice violet and lemon green, to the exclusive Make Your Own Havaianas estampas sole, these all remind you of the beautiful bursts of sunshine on a warm summer day.
50 Is the New Chic
Only the best things—and brands—age gracefully. Fifty colorful years have passed, yet Havaianas has remained the flip-flop of choice for most of the laid-back fashion lovers across the globe, as the brand has always stood for things that make them happy—summer, style and good memories.
“Aside from being a long-standing icon of summer, Havaianas also banners Brazil’s spirits through its eclectic designs and dazzling colors. Its vibrant varieties have also complemented the charm of countries that are blessed with sunshine all year long, like the Philippines,” adds Ammiel de Leon, Marketing Head of Havaianas Philippines.
From August 2 to August 5, step into the most special Make Your Own Havaianas yet at the SM City Cebu Northwing Arium. By mixing and matching colorful straps, soles and pins inspired by the brand’s heritage, vintage fashion and golden anniversary representations, to learning the story of their much-loved flip-flop brand, Havaianaticos will truly take part in creating yet another history by making a pair that will stand for their taste and will bring happy-fashion right at their feet. Tag all your Havaianas tweets and Instagram photos with #myohcebu2012.
Take part in the Havaianas story as the brand celebrates its 50th year of sharing summer happiness. In line with our 50th celebration, we want to share our happiness with Operation Smile. For each pair you purchase that is embellished with a Happiness pin, you donate Php 100 to Operation Smile, a charity organization for children that provides free surgeries to repair cleft lip, cleft palate and other facial deformities for children around the globe. Mark your calendars for Make Your Own Havaianas 2012 at the Northwing Atrium of SM City Cebu from August 2 – 5, 2012. For more information, visit http://makeyourownhavaianas.com.
“The Cycle in the City, a BTC Fun Ride and Bikefest” is set to take place on June 16, Saturday, 2012. It is open to all road bikers, mountain bikers, folding bikers, tandem bikers and BMX riders. Registration is only P150. Participating riders will gather at the BTC grounds at 5:00AM and shall kick-off the 25-kilometer city-wide ride by 6:00AM.
“Cycle in the City, a BTC Fun Ride and Bikefest” is co-presented by Bikecology and endorsed by the Cebu City Sports Commission. It’s also made possible by Robinsons Supermarket, Nike Athletic Club, Gear Up Zone and Optical Adult & Child; with special thanks to Pancake House and Postrio.
This event is not a race. It is an occasion that aims to celebrate cycling and the bicycle culture, and most importantly, it presents a unique opportunity for bicycles to take over the city streets, and for bicyclists of all shapes, sizes and ages to get together to celebrate and promote cycling as a way of life.
Registration is now on-going at BIKECOLOGY. For more information, call Bikecology at 416 19 29. Deadline for registration is on Friday, June 15, 2012. Click route map below.
Banilad Town Center is a bike-friendly zone, one of the very few in Cebu. After the race, an unveiling of a bicycle parking area on BTC grounds await the riders and their family members as they return to BTC; plus prizes will also be given away. Special prizes will go to the rider who will be judged as Best in Fancy Attire, Youngest Biker and Oldest Biker; other fun categories are Biggest Group/Contingent, and Vintage Bike Award.
Enjoy the BTC style of living with a variety of shopping and dining options along the lifestyle strip to cater to your every need and whim. Banilad Town Centre is located along Gov. Cuenco Ave. and is open from Monday to Sunday; for updates and more information contact Customer Service at (032) 345 32 60 – 61. For a list of stores, promotions and activities visit www.baniladtowncentre.com.
The official list of registered participants was already released by the Secretariat Committee yesterday. Double check if you can find your name in the final list (the list is arranged alphabetically by name). Read more notes and instructions here.
Be sure to be there on time. The first 50 walk-in registrants will receive special prizes. This is part of the event’s Early Bird promo. Be there in SM Trade Hall as early as 7:30AM. SM’s Gate 5 will be open by then. Read the Entrance Instruction here.
Don’t forget to bring your wifi devices. SM Trade Hall area is a wifi zone. Spread the news about Visayas Blogging Summit 2011 by using #vbs2011 as your twitter hashtag. You can also use it as a marker if you are posting in Facebook and other social networking accounts.
And, DON’T forget to CHECK-IN the moment you arrive in the venue. Let your friends know that you are attending one of the country’s largest social media summits by checking in at Visayas Blogging Summit 2011 in foursquare.
Excited much? Check VBS 2011 website to learn more about the people behind the event.
See you. (:
N.B.: Also, get your cameras ready all the time. Miss Earth Candidates will be dropping by at the summit at around 11 AM.
Your favorite flip-flops event is here again to give you another round of stylish and fashionable experience. Havaianas, the world’s most loved sandals brand, invites all Havaianaticos to join Make Your Own Havaianas 2011 (MYOH 2011) this July 28 – 31, beginning 10am at the North Wing Atrium, SM City Cebu.
All Havaianaticos, travel enthusiasts, and those ones who want to experience the flare and fun in customizing their flip-flops should not miss this yearly activity. In MYOH, Havaianaticos are free to personalize their own Havaianas sandals by mixing and matching the colors of their soles and straps and then embellishing them with fun and unique pins.
This year’s Make Your Own Havaianas offers travel-inspired designs on the MYOH Estampas soles (available in Top and Slim designs) and iconic pins from around the world which are sure to give Havaianaticos and travel buffs their very own trendy travel experience.
Make Your Own Havaianas is your passport to mixing and matching travel-inspired limited edition soles, straps, and pins. Be a jetsetter and a trendsetter at the same time and travel in personalized style with Make Your Own Havaianas 2011, July 28 – 31 at the North Wing Atrium, SM City Cebu, event starts at 10am. Visit www.makeyourownhavaianas.com.ph for more details.
Cebuano Bikers partied the night away when Kawasaki Philippines held a Back to the ‘80s party last July 01, 2011 at the famous Club Vudu. It was tagged as The Kawasaki Leisure Bikes’ Roadgasmic Bikers’ Party 2011. They were entertained by hot girls and big beastly bikes from Kawasaki’s Leisure Bikes series – all geared up to traverse Cebu’s streets.
Kawasaki Philippines treated the rugged Cebuano Bikers to a night where they ride back to the ‘80s – the classic time when big hair, shoulder pads, off-shoulder sweaters, and ripped jeans were seen all over the busy streets .
Among Cebu City’s most important people who joined the roadgasmic party is Mr. Andrei Ursal, owner of DREI Bikes, and known bike dealers, Emcor and Gud Moto Trading.
It was also the night wherein a pack of wild, beastly, mean machines were introduced to Cebu’s toughest road rangers.
The KSR-110, the Ninja 250R and Ninja 650, the Vulcan 900, and the Ninja ZX-10R composed the Kawasaki’s Leisure Bikes’ series. The Ninja ZX-10R is the biggest of them all and the newest addition to Kawasaki’s vicious line of beasts. It sports the a 1000cc engine displacement, and was carefully designed and conceptualized by brilliant Kawasaki Engineers.
Photo Credit: Michael Sinjin Pineda of www.libotero.com
As part of the launching of Multiply.com’s new E-Commerce system here in Cebu, they feature one of the most successful online shops that is originally created by three Cebuana sisters. WAGW or What A Girl Wants, the trendy shop located at the 2nd floor of Ayala Mall Centre, started as a mere online shop in multiply.com way back 2008.
The three Cebuana sisters who have no background on how to build a website make use of multiply.com’s user-friendly platform to sell their products. After a few years of hard work and maintaining their online presence through multiply.com, WAGW has now reached avid customers from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. They also have clients from outside the country like Singapore, USA, Dubai, and a lot more.
What A Girl Wants is featured on the top 1 spot of Spot.ph’s Top 10 Online Boutiques: 2011 Edition. Below is an excerpt why a lot of people love WAGW.
“They’ve enlisted the help of real Filipino models, fashion stylists, hairstylists and makeup artists to come up with editorial spreads that give you ideas on how to mix and match their clothes. They’ve also collaborated with emerging fashion icons such as Laureen Uy and Camille Co to help them come up with collections for the young and trendy market.”
With Multiply’s new interface and more refined e-commerce system, small online store owners and shoppers are expected to reap better and bigger benefits.
Multiply.Com Launches New E-Commerce System in Cebu
Multiply.com, one of the most visited and largest social networking sites in the Philippines launched their new E-Commerce System in Cebu last June 16, 2011 at Formo Bar & Restaurant, Banilad, Cebu City. This new system is their main ace and what makes them stand out from the rest of social networking sites that are also popular in the country.
Multiply Commerce has upgraded features for both shoppers and merchants. For shoppers, Multipy Commerce introduced teh Marketplace that offers a listing of the variety of shops available so people can easily find what they’re looking for. For sellers, the Multiply Commerce program was developed to help them manage and grow their business. Read more here.
Today’s unknown heroes (who selflessly dedicated themselves for the betterment of our community and our less fortunate brothers and sisters) are not the typical sword-wielding katipuneros nor the ones we see in the class of the over-publicized politicians and company CEOs. Today’s unknown and un-named heroes are ordinary individuals who do extraordinary things without any expectations of rewards and fame.
The rich and the famous who build foundations and charitable institutions are called philanthropists, but the poor and unknown people who make use of everything they have to help the needy and influence leaders and policy makers to constitute change have never been tagged with anything. Today’s unknown heroes are are at par (or even better) with those famous philanthropists who are commonly featured on the front page of magazines and in big talk shows on TV. Today’s unknown heroes are the brave individuals who went through hardships and sacrifices for the good and betterment of their communities despite undergoing personal hardships themselves.
Last June 15, 2011, the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI) presented the top five finalists per category of the 5th RAFI Triennial Awards for Visayas and Mindanao in a public forum at the Eduardo Aboitiz Development Studies Center.
Below are the 5th RAFI Triennial Awards Finalists with their work, advocacies, and contribution to the community. Presenting today’s unknown heroes for the Ramon Aboitiz Award for Exemplary Individual.
The 5 finalists of the 5th RAFI Triennial Awards during the Public Forum last June 15, 2011
- Mr. Apolinario Leyson, Sr. – At the age of 6, Leyson was left alone in Carbon, Cebu City to take care of himself. Often referred to as “bugoy”, “askal”, and other street names, young Apolinario earned money for his survival by engaging in several jobs like shoe shining, dishwashing, being a “kargador”, and selling fruits and vegetables, among others. He described himself as a young rascal. But even if he needed to work while studying, he managed to finish his elementary and secondary education with flying colors. His passion for scouting – not minding the low allowance, high risks, and intense demands of job – gained him several awards and distinctions. Read more about Tatay Apolinario here.
- Fr. Dennis Tamayo – One of his most challenging types of development work is that which requires to deal with indigenous people like the Baja. Helping those groups requires more than just having the right skill and enough resources to sustain the project. In a place like Basilan where kidnap for ransom is the most lucrative way of life, it requires a special character or an unconventional mindset to choose it as your place of assignment. This is most particular, especially for those who have the option on what to do and where to do it, like Fr. Dennis Tamayo, CMF. Read more about Fr. Dennis here.
- Prof. Estrella Cantallopez – She saw massive deaths, regular displacements of communities, and the unthinkable damage of various levels and the hurts of different communities because of armed confrontations. She is by far known by in NDU as someone who has established contacts and gained respect from three warring parties: military, MNLF and MILF. Read more about Prof. Estrella here.
- Mr. Rene Vendiola – He is a high school drop-out and is considered as a local dendrologist and parataxonomist by many environmentalist in Negros island. He used to be a hunter and a slash and burn farmer but at a certain point in his life, has been transformed into one of the Negros Island’s leading and respected environmentalist. His efforts in environmental protection, promotion and conservation have influenced policy makers and local chief executives in the town of Bacong and the Province of Negros Oriental, particularly the former Vice Gov. Of the Province to adopt environmental conservation efforts. Read more about Mr. Vendiola here.
- Fr. Angel Buenavides – Aside from being a Catholic priest who is very active in evangelical works, Father Angelo “Angel” Ruyeras Buenavides is contributing a lot to society. He has provided some MNLF ex-combatants access to decent peaceful living and livelihood, advocating peace and environment conservation, organized and empowered the youth, mobilized resources for relief assistance to the displaced communities, and was able to implement the Integrated Rehabilitation Project for IDPs in Barangay Gasi, Kiamba Saranggani Province funded by UNDP Stride Mindanao. His ability to make people converge for volunteer works/regardless of religion, sex, and sector has helped him realize his own definition of peace (in Mindanao) that is “food on the table”. Read more about Fr. Angel here.
About RAFI Triennial Awards
The RAFI Triennial Awards aims to provide a platform in recognizing individuals and institutions who are instrumental in leading change in their respective communities. Established in 1996, the awards honor the men and women who, through their efforts to bring about change and improve the lives of the less-privileged, reflect the humanitarian and holistic ideals of RAFI founders, Don Ramon Aboitiz and Don Eduardo Aboitiz.
I would like to apologize for this very late thank-you post. I was preoccupied with lots of stuff in the past few days that I only manage to update my blog today.
Last 2nd of May, World Bloggers’ Day 2011 was successfully celebrated by bloggers from around the world and I’m so proud to tell the whole blogosphere that it was made possible through the efforts of World Bloggers’ Day – Cebu Team. This team is composed of Cebu Bloggers Society, Inc. members who selflessly contributed their time in making the online and offline WBD events successful.
I would like to especially mention Bjorn Bernales, CBSi’s new VP for Content Management for his huge contribution on this project. Without him, I can’t really tell if the event will be pushed through. Organizing an event is a very tedious task and it’s very difficult to find people who will stick with you all the way. Bjorn is responsible in scouting sponsors and he has also helped me in setting up the official World Bloggers’ Day website.
I’m so thankful and would love to work again with the following people in the next World Bloggers’ Day events to come.
Jim Villaflores – The one who is responsible for the overall World Bloggers’ Day designs – logos, banners, photo-wall, and the likes. He’s the graphic artist behind World Bloggers’ Day 2010 & 2011. The official WBD logo is his original design. Jim is a very efficient person. Though he’s busy with his work, he still manages to squeeze the designing task and can promptly implement changes at an admirable speed. It’s definitely rare to find someone who can work wholeheartedly without expecting anything in return.
Michelle Maglasang – Mikyu is CBSi’s former VP for Content Management. This little woman left a strong impression on me. Despite being busy in school (she’s graduating from college during the event preparation), she still manages to insert WBD-related writing tasks in her schedule. She’s very prompt in publishing and editing Press Releases. She’s in-charged in proof-reading all the contents of the World Bloggers’ Day website.
Milafel Hope Dacanay – Lemski is one of the best writers in the Cebu Bloggers Society, Inc. family. Aside from being the main Press Release writer for World Bloggers’ Day 2010 – 2011, she’s also the one who’s responsible in every PR article CBSi releases every time the organization has an upcoming event. CBSi owes a lot from her.
Ken Michael Jon | Gezelle Mae Tapangan – Ken & Gezelle are CBSi’s newest members who took part in the preparation of World Bloggers’ Day 2011. Both of them are in-charged in writing themed articles for the World Bloggers’ Day website. Ken is the author of the article “The Roles of Blggers“. On the other hand, Geezelle is the one who wrote the article about the history of blogging (unpublished). Ken is the official event photographer during the actual World Bloggers’ Day – Cebu event.
Dr. Narciso Tapia – Dr. Buboy is the one in-charged in scouting for sponsorship and in the finalization of the World Bloggers’ Day Audio Visual Presentation – Offline and Online versions. His WBD-Cebu event Invocation is really cool. Attendees and speakers asked for a copy of the “Bloggers’ Prayer”. Doc Buboy is a very meticulous person which is actually a blessing because he’s now the newly elected CBSi Auditor.
Ruben Rallos | Jaysee Pingkian – Sir Ruben Rallos is the best graphic designer in the CBSi Family. He’s the one responsible for the org’s ID design and has contributed his WBD-Philippines logo for World Bloggers’ Day 2011. On the other hand, Jaysee has helped a lot on the graphics-related tasks in the last few events of the org. At a very young age, Jaysee has a raw talent in web and graphic design. He’s currently a member of the org’s Board of Trustees.
Ruben Licera – Sir Ruben is CBSi’s mentor and adviser. He helps the WBD-Cebu event financially. He’s the one who bought the hosting & domain service for wordlbloggersday.com and worldbloggers.org. He also shouldered some of the expenses for the WBD-Cebu offline programme. Though he’s not always present in every CBSi activity (he’s a very busy man), he always finds time to join major and important events of the organization. One thing I learned from him is that, we should not judge other people according to our standards or perspectives because we don’t have any ideas what they are going through. Every individual has his own reason why he ch0oses to act indifferently and we have no right to bring him down just for the fact that our expectations towards him/her are not met.
Orville Tadle – The homegrown SEO guy of the CBSi family. Despite his busy schedule he finds time to do some onsite optimization for the WBD website. Thank you so much, Sir Orvz. Orville is currently the head of Cebu SEO, an organization of SEO specialists all over Cebu.
Fleire Castro | Bert Padilla – Thank you so much, guys for the support. Though you are originally tasked to scout for sponsors, I’m still thankful for the support you give for World Bloggers’ Day. Thanks Fleire for encouraging the Illigan Bloggers to join WBD 2011. Bert, we can work for a better WBD next year since we already have you as the VP for Committee on Ways & Means.
Mark Monta | Kevin Ray Chua – Mark, CBSi founder and my WBD co-initiator; and Kevin, the newly elected CBSi president, are the ones in-charged in checking the venue set-up and logistics. Mark’s natural leadership skills and amicability proves to be very useful in times of “crisis”. Kevin, on the other hand, has extended his full support to WBD by promoting the event both offline and online. The organization has high hopes for the next three years to come having him as the org’s leader.
I hope I didn’t miss any team members. Anyway, I would like to congratulate Mr. Ronnell Padillo, CITs Supreme Student Council President, for a job well done. Despite the short notice, he managed to host the 5-hour World Bloggers’ Day program well. Can’t imagine how the program would continue without his help. Thank you so much, Nell. You’re the best!
Also, before I will end this post, I would also want to thanks Mark Razonable for the effort he exerted during the offline registration process. Thank you so much, Mr. Tambay. Until next time. (:
In my next post, I will be posting some photos of the offline WBD events held in some key locations. So long and happy blogging. (:
Have you noticed that of all foreign people who live, conquer, and settle down here in the Philippines only the Chinese has remained, has kept their roots, and has truly “conquered” the country?
The Chinese people have traded with and settled in the Philippines thousands of years before the Westerners discovered the archipelago. They considered the Philippines one of the golden lands far to the south. In Cebu, most of the Chinese settlers are traders. It is noted that they made a big community located north of Fort San Pedro (within the district of Parian) in the early 16th century. They lived primarily through the trade they conducted while traversing the length of the Parian estero.
Today, the country’s richest and most established business man is a Chinese – Mr. Henry Sy, one of the world’s multi-billionaires, owner of SM Malls.
The Very First Cebu Chinese New Year Festival
Xin Nian, the first Annual Cebu Chinese New Year Festival was held last February 5, 2011 at the Ayala Center Terraces. It was a festive celebration of Chinese food and culture highlighted by colorful presentations featuring authentic Chinese dynasty era costumes and fashion show.
All Cebuanos and people who watched and participated in the celebration were greeted by the mesmerizing live performances of the auspicious lion dance and ribbon dancing. Authentic and exotic Chinese delicacies and street foods were scattered everywhere prepared by the finest chef and cooks from various participating hotels and restaurants all over Cebu.
Xin Nian is set to be a yearly event to highlight the Chinese New Year. It is the first project under CCTC’s (Cebu City Tourism Commission) “What’s New in Old Cebu” campaign, a drive to introduce new events to the city to further encourage and attract local and foreign tourists to visit Cebu. (Event Photos to follow.)
References: ceburocks.com en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_Philippines philippinehistory.ph Photo Source blackandwhite999.blogspot.com
What makes your kids smile?
Chances are, the answer to this question doesn’t involve the latest gadgets or vacations in far-away, exotic places. More often than not, it is the simple things in life that puts a smile on their faces: a happy Sunday morning breakfast, a hug from mom and dad or even the feel of fine sand under their feet at the beach.
Smiles are the truest expression of happiness. To commemorate Smile Month this October, Havaianas, the world’s favorite flip-flops, is launching the “Design a Smile” campaign to spread cheer and share thousands of smiles with Filipino children. Havaianas is creating a venue for children to heal the broken smiles of other children who have cleft lip and cleft palate deformities.
A series of design contests from October 16 to November 14, “Design a Smile” will give children the chance to show the world their artistic talents and, at the same time, create better futures for the children of Operation Smile, a non-profit, volunteer medical organization that provides reconstructive surgery and healthcare to kids with facial deformities.
Children from 5 to 12 years of age can participate in “Design a Smile” to lend their creativity for a greater cause. All they have to do is come to any of the events, which will be held in major malls nationwide, and design the sole of a Havaianas pair based on the theme, “What makes you smile?” Prizes from Havaianas, My Masterpiece Movement, Polaroid, Faber-Castell, KidsSports, and Orange Juice await the winners.
The top winning entry will be produced by Havaianas in a future collection and will be sold nationwide for the benefit of Operation Smile. So, this October, let your kids share their creativity and help heal the smiles of their fellow children.
Design a Smile Schedule:
October 16 (Saturday) – Activity Center, Alabang Town Center
October 17 (Sunday) – Level 4 Exhibit Area, TriNoMa Mall
October 23 (Saturday) – The Gallery, Greenbelt 5
October 23 (Saturday) – Activity Center, North Wing, SM City Bacolod
October 24 (Sunday) – Lobby, Glorietta 4
October 24 (Sunday) – 3rd Floor, Chimes Specialty Store, Davao
October 29 (Friday) – Lower Ground Floor, SM City Iloilo
October 30 (Saturday) – Activity Pod 3, Bonifacio High Street
October 31 (Sunday) – Rotunda, Limketkai Mall, Cagayan de Oro
November 6-7 (Saturday and Sunday) – Northwing, SM City Cebu
November 7 (Sunday) – Lower Ground Floor, SM Tarlac
November 7 (Sunday) – G/F Center Atrium, SM City Lipa
November 14 (Sunday) – G/F Event Center, SM City Naga
Visit www.havaianasphilippines.com/smile for more information on how to make kids smile.
Are you aware that breast cancer kills one woman every 75 seconds and in every 29 seconds a new case is diagnosed somewhere in the world, and more than 1 million women are diagnosed with this illness every year? And wait, men can have breast cancer too.
Moonwalk, a unique advocacy campaign of RAFI held every full moon of October, aims to promote the importance of observing monthly breast self-examination for women aged 20 and beyond.
Breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths among Cebuano women, based on the Cebu population-based Cancer Registry of RAFI.
From 1993 to 2007, Eduardo J. Aboitiz Cancer Center (EJACC) of RAFI recorded a total of 3,005 reported breast cancer cases in Metro Cebu. EJACC found a continuous increase of breast cancer incidence in Metro Cebu over the past 10 years, caused by lifestyle and health-related factors.
EJACC, which is organizing the Moonwalk, is expecting more than 1,500 participants in the upcoming activity.
The assembly area for this year’s Moonwalk will be at the Cebu Business Park near Pag-Ibig Fund Tower at 5 p.m. Participants will walk to the Asiatown I.T. Park where a short program will be held.
Moonwalk is open to the public.
The major partner for Moonwalk is The Walk in Asia Town I.T. Park (AITP). The event is also supported by other various groups and institutions, including Ayala Center Cebu, AITP, Cebu Business Park, Department of Health-Center for Health Development Regional Office 7, Destiny Medical Fund, Cebu City Government, Cancer Care Network of Cebu, Rotary Club of Fuente, Rotaract Club, Philippine Society of Medical Oncologists, Kahayag Network of Cancer Support Group, Cebu Cancer Fight, Cebu Breast Association, CAN with God, I CAN SERVE, and KALIPI Federation.
To know more about Moonwalk, or to register, please call 254-6351 or 256-3287 and look for Gina Mariquit.
Last Thursday, I attended the VIP and Media Launching of Make Your Own Havaianas 2010 at Northwing Atrium, SM City Cebu. The event was held in celebration of Havaianas’ 5th year of chic and colorful flip-flop customization.
When I received the invitation from the organizers few days before the event, I immediately told them that I can’t attend because I’m still in the office until 6PM (the event will start at 4PM). Fortunately, they told me that it’s not a problem because the event will run until 8PM. But, I was still doubting because I hate to be late when it comes to attending events or gatherings. Being tardy is not just my thing. I was just convinced to attend when all my co-CBS members who were also being invited were all sure that they will go.
Well, when I arrived at the venue (it was around 6:30PM), I was a bit confused of the event’s set-up. I thought there will be some party or something, then it dawned on me that we were being invited to actually experience the process of customizing our own pair of slippers.
I saw a few of my CBS colleagues lining up in the Havaianas booth already checking out their customized pairs. And unexpectedly, for the very first time, I experienced the fun of customizing my flip-flops.
I chose the white MYOH 5 limited edition for my pair of soles and a pair of gray straps with a “glow in the dark” logo. I then picked up the turtle and star pins to adorn the upper straps of my slippers. And, voila! My very first pair of Havaianas was born. LOL! Thanks a lot to Havaianas! (:
Photo Credits: Jorich Ponio and Michael Sinjin Pineda
Do you know that Havaianas became popular worldwide in 1998 after the the company customized a style of sandals for the World Cup that featured the Brazilian flag? Havaianas is a Brazilian brand of slip slaps that has been around since 1962. These flip-flops became wildly popular in the United States because lots of Hollywood celebrities were spotted wearing them. The company’s famous slogan “Havaianas. The Real Ones.” was created to knock-out other companies who tried to imitate their brand styles.
MAKE YOUR OWN HAVAIANAS TURNS 5
It is time again for the fashion event anticipated by all fashionistas and stylistas. Havaianas, the world’s favorite flip flops brand, is celebrating its 5th year of offering Filipinos the chance to add personalized color and style to their lives—and their happy soles.
Havaianas, the first flip flops brand to offer pair customization in the country, holds its 5th annual Make Your Own Havaianas event at SM City Cebu Northwing Atrium from July 30 to August 2, 2010. In honor of this landmark anniversary, Havaianas aims to make this fashion event bigger, better and brighter than ever.
“We always endeavor to improve Make Your Own Havaianas every year” says Anne Gonzalez, Managing Director of Havaianas Philippines. “This year, though, we can really say that we’re going all out. We’re celebrating the 5th installation of this trademark event in honor of all the Havaianaticos that show
Make Your Own Havaianas 2010 is the perfect venue to unleash your creativity and let your imagination go wild. Aside from the extensive color palette of Top and Slim soles and straps, Havaianas fans can choose from stylish new options—from silver letter pins and crystal studded pins to jelly, fluorescent and glow-in-the-dark Top straps.
True blue Havaianaticos (those obsessed with these comfy and stylish flip flops) can select a Philippine-designed MYOH commemorative sole and pin as mementos of this historic event. With all these options, you’ll never run out of creative ideas for your own personal version of the word’s favorite flip flops.
So head over to SM City Cebu Northwing Atrium from July 30-August 2, 2010 and Make Your Own Havaianas.
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.
Can’t get enough of summer? Here’s another summer event that would surely get you wild and wet. PARADISO: The Ultimate Summer Kick-off and Outdoor Dance Party. This ass-kicking summer gig will be happening this 17th of April at Tambuli Resorts– East Wing, Mactan, Cebu. Gates will be open by 1PM and the party will start from 3PM onwards. There will be a Sunset Chill-out Session, BBQ Party, VIP Area, Activity Booths, a Visual Show Arts by 9PM, and a lot more. Invite your friends now and get get ready to rock your summer!
PARADISO is summer’s ultimate outdoor and dance party. Last year, Paradiso 2009 set the standard. This year, don’t miss out as we raise the standard higher. We are kicking-off the beginning of summer this April 17, 2010 (Saturday) at the Tambuli Resorts-East Wing.
Feel the vibe and bring out the energy of Cebu’s clubbing scene to the beautiful shores of Mactan with the mixes of Encore and Natural Born Klubbers’ BOMBI “The Bomb” Balquiedra, Manolet Dario and Chico Cristobal on live guitars and Fusion recordings and The Suite’s FUNK AVY. Let loose to the mixes of Cebu’s own Lady DJ Nikki Taylor and VUDU’s resident DJs Maxie Perez and Marlon Orellano, with live tribal beats by DJ LEANDRO ZAYCO and The Patiqueros featuring the Hutaru Flare Troupe.
PARADISO beckons the collective vibes of beach and partygoers. Brace yourselves for massive sound, lighting and visual effects. Allow your senses to be captivated by a visual show that will embark you on an epic journey into a higher dimension. Be there and ascend to the island’s ultimate beach and dance event
PARADISO is presented to you by PLDT myDSL Beyond Broadband. In cooperation with Tambuli Beach Resort, Cebu Beach Club, Metrografix,Sunstar Daily,Sarmeinto Construction, San Miguel Corporation and Department of Tourism. Also brought to you by Y101-Always First, Havaianas, Proctor & Gamble , Nescafe, Nestea Fit, Island Souvenirs and Island Banca Cruises. And in part with Ila Puti, Cebu Central.Com, Kumpara 63.com. This event is powered by A. Salonga. For inquiries and ticket reservations, email email@example.com or contact 0932.779.8689 or 0915.438.7351.
What is PLDT myDSL Overdrive?
- It is a series of events which includes a speedster bus roaming around the country. Its main aim is to go beyond broadband.
What is inside the speedster bus?
- Unlimited broadband connection thru netbook and lappy terminals. (Cool!!)
Inside the Speedster Bus
What are these series of Events?
- March 24, 2010 – Overdrive 2010 officially kicked off with the arrival of a newly decked out Speedster bus roaming the streets of Talisay, Mabolo, Mandaue and Mactan.
- March 27, 2010 – myDSL crew hit PC shops in SM City Cebu for raid upgrade.
- March 28, 2010 – Groundbreaking partnership with local cable channel RCTV in a free event dubbed LIVE and LOUD at Parkmall Grounds.
- April 11, 2010 – Speed Circuit Car Drifting Exhibition. See the hottest rides at the SM Northwing Open Parking area.
Diva Montelaba of Starstuck 5, one of the launching’s guest
Photo Credit: Jose Farrugia
Vice Mayor Rama assisting the handing ceremony
Globe WiMAX brought good news to 6 Cebu City Elementary Schools yesterday, during the handing ceremony held in Zapatera Elementary School. Along with Vice Mayor Rama, Globe handed a year contract of free Wi-fi connection to Banilad Elementary School, Bario Luz Elementary School, Kamputhaw Elementary School, Lahug Elementary School and Zapatera Elementary School.
This event is carried out thru Globe’s ISP (Internet in Schools Program), which is a part of their vision to become a leader in ICT for education. This program is the major education initiatives of Globe utilizing Globe Broadband to provide free internet for one year to applicable public schools all over the country.
Public schools which have wireless internet connection through WiMAX will have easy access to a wide range of information useful in enhancing the learning process. However, Vice Mayor Rama warned that the students’ access must be limited to educational websites only. Browsing adult and illegal websites are prohibited.
WiMAX is the newest and cutting-edge wireless broadband technology offering by Globe. WiMAX has improved reach versus other wireless technologies as WiMAX covers greater distances and is 33% faster and 25% more affordable than other broadband providers.
Catch one of Cebu’s most talented singer and songwriter, Cattski Espina, in her 10th anniversary concert dubbed as “Cattski 10” this 20th of March at the Outpost. She will be performing along with other famous local bands and musicians like SHIELA & THE INSECTS, JUDE GITAMONDOC & Friends, HASTANG, LUI CASTILLO and 22 Tango Artists ZAFRA and UNDERCOVER GRASSHOPPERS.
In this concert, Cattski Espina will be launching her first album for 2010 which is dubbed as TEN. It’s composed of her most memorable songs from her previous four albums. The main purpose of this is to acknowledge her 10-year contribution to Cebu’s local music scene. This album release also aims to promote her tracks online.
Cattski Espina is the vocalist of the popular Cebu band “Cattski” which has been around the local music scene since 2000. The band has already produced four albums: CATTSKI EP, VACUUM MY INSIDE, SOUND MINDS SPEAK VOLUMES, and KISMET The Singles. Other band members include Anne Muntuerto (guitars) and Junnell Codilla (drum). You can listen to Cattski’s songs and music videos in the following websites.
Cattski also maintains the following blogs.