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Event: iblog5

Similar to what I posted about the iblog4 last year, being in the summer season yet again calls for the announcement of the iblog5. In it’s 5th year, the Iblog, the Philippine Blogging Summit holds a whole day of tips and talks not only about blogging, but about the world of blogging. Photo blogging, Video Blogging and Mobile Blogging will be talks brought up during this year’s summit. The usual do’s and don’ts about blogging, as well as blog promotion, and blogging in light of the elections will be discussed during the talk.

Finally, I’ll be able to attend the iblog and I’m very much excited to finally attend, meet new bloggers and learn new things.

Tentative schedule of the summit, as seen on the site:

Morning session: (some can be sponsored talk)

Afternoon session:

  • 1:00 – 1:20 Legal issues in Blogging
  • 1:30 – 2:30 Preparing Bloggers for the 2010 Elections
    – COMELEC on Blogging & Bloggers
    – Citizen Journalism for the 2010 Elections (Oliver Robillo, NAMFREL Chairman – Davao City)
    – The Bloggers Election Handbook project release (Janette Toral)
  • 2:40 – 3:30 Blog Advertising Situation in the Philippines (Yehey and 2 sponsors)
  • 3:30 – 3:45 Break
  • 3:45 – 4:45 Blogging to the Next Level (Fitz Villafuerte and another speaker)
  • 4:45 – 5:00 Raffle & Group picture taking

Register Here


When: May 9, 2009, 9am-5pm

Where: Malcolm Theater, Malcolm Hall, UP Diliman College of Law


E-commerce for Enterpreuners

One of the best things about the internet is that a person can look up just about anything. Google and other search engines have made it possible for people to look for topics they are interested in, without having to get off the chair. Online sites for shopping, banking, even learning have made it possible for people to do everything they want without having to get up and go out of their house, and drive through traffic to get to one specific destination. Web blogs (otherwise known as blogs) have made it possible for people to write about their inner most thoughts, and if they want, they can even get famous for it. Seriously, there is nothing that the internet cannot do for the average Joe/Jane. It’s the world at the tip of one’s fingers.

But there is one thing that we musn’t forget, and that is that with great power comes great responsibility…in other words, great access to all these things comes with a price and a responsibility to the user. Once, we thought that the internet was a safe place to roam. Because we have access to information and other such accessible things without having to get many things in person, we believe that we don’t have to risk anything of our own to get what we want. This is false. Even the internet isn’t safe, and some believe that the internet is even more dangerous than real life. Since more and more people have access to the internet, the possibility of danger is even greater. There are people out there who may abuse things that they gather from the internet. It could be a simple thing such as plagiarism for a paper, or posing as someone on some social networking site. It could lead to something more dangerous such as tricking other people into doing something because they believe the site or user to be someone else, like clicking on viruses or getting people to give you their personal information; and the possibility of identity thefts and other such thievery is more possible now than ever.

Which is why, I am very much interested in getting a copy of this book. As internet users, it is our responsibility to keep ourselves up-to-date with everything around us, including the internet. Ignorance does not give us the right to do as we please without fear of consequence. Be it for people who are interested in getting to know the workings of the internet for entrepreneurial purposes or not, this book has a cause, and its to educate people about some things we should and should not do. As internet users, it is our responsibility to know our rights when faced with “the world of the internet”. It is also our responsibility to make sure that what we do, does not go against any code or protocol on the internet. Honestly, they should teach these in schools, especially to young children who aren’t aware of what consequences their small actions may lead them to.

Me, I want a copy of this book because despite the fact that I have been using the internet for quite some time, I am not familiar with a lot of things I should know. In my countless years on the internet, I’ve usually stuck to personal things which don’t involve other people knowing a lot about what I do and whatnot. But in more recent years, I’ve been involved in more active blogging and other such aspects, which needs further knowledge on the matter. I believe that this book, will in some way help me and my friends (who are getting into using the internet for blogging and entrepreneurial purposes) to know the basic fundamentals to accessing the “world of internet”.

Being ignorant does not mean that we are free from the consequences of our actions. Educate yourself.

The author of the book, Ecommerce for Enterpreneurs, is Janette Torral. She is the same author for the book Blogging from Home, for which me and my mom have a personal copy. 🙂 Thanks again Tita Janette! I hope I get to attend the launching of this book.


Bloggers at the Biggest Outdoor Gallery in Asia Opening at Top Shelf

October 16, 2008.

Top Shelf, on the 5th Floor of Fully Booked Bonifacio High Street, was venue to the opening of the Biggest Outdoor Gallery in Asia by 2nd Media. What began from 10 promising Filipino artists (namely Popo San Pascual, Riel Hilario, Eddie Boy Escudero, Jose Terrence Ruiz, Mario V. Fernandez, Gari Buenavista, MM Yu, Christina Quisumbing Ramilio, Loatsu Manes and Tina Fernandez) creating artworks that highlighted environmental awareness within the country, surged to 29 artists whose arts are featured in different billboards throughout the Metro.

One of the points highlighted in the event, was to promote environmental awareness by posting artworks in billboards which would temporarily take the viewer away from their everyday stress. Instead of merely seeing advertisements for so and so products, one can appreciate and give insight to the current environmental situation in the Philippines. 2nd Media and the Outdoor Advertising Association of the Philippines aims to raise awareness that billboards are effective channels for communication, and not simply tools for advertising.

The event was a simple but delightful event attended by bloggers, the artists, and press people alike. Though catering to a small crowd, the event brought about a distinct awareness towards the presence of billboards, and the aim to present them as something more than an advertising media tool. Many of the artists were present to present their distinctive and creative artworks, ranging from photographs, to paintings, to graphic designs, to simple artwork, and even to recycled materials. Even MM Yu, who was an artist whose works we visited for our FA101 class at the Ateneo Art Gallery, was there with her beautiful photographic artwork.

I really liked the event. I agree with the companies’ aim to present billboard as something more than just an advertising tool. Mere advertising has tainted billboard art, and I’m glad that they’re starting something like this, especially since Manila is one of the Billboard Capitals of the World.

So far, I’ve only seen Mating Call by Popo San Pascual which can be seen along EDSA, on the freeway coming from SM into Greenhills. If you happen to see more of them, please leave a comment stating which one you’ve seen and where. This is where you can see the first 10 artworks that were presented, as well as some other pictures taken at the event.


Event: Bloggers Halloween Party – Clear Black Night

What: Clear Black Night, a Halloween Dance Event
When: October 31, 2008, Friday, 7:00 p.m. (to super sawa!)
Where: Taste Asia (beside SM Hypermarket, Mall of Asia)
Attire: Come in Sexy Black (no need to for costumes!)
What to expect: Just be in party mode and get a chance to win instant prizes! Everything’s going to be Fun! Fun! Fun!

To register click here. List of registrants are available here.

Hope to see many bloggers and friends here. 🙂

Reposted from Achi Aileen.


Bloggers at Ponds Event in Taste Asia

Last July 4, Taste Asia at Mall of Asia hosted a Ponds Event that featured one of Pond’s products, the Age Miracle Cream. Bloggers were invited to participate in the event, giving away a small free trial casing of their age-miracle cream product. Catered food and drinks were also given to the guests, as well as performances and prizes for the game participants.

It was a nice event. Decorations were amazing, with food and wine being served to the guests.

I’m glad that I went to event. Mom brought me and my sister with her to the event, and she introduced us to a lot of her online blogger friends, including Aileen Apolo (Head of Google Philippines). I also bumped into an Ateneo friend of mine who introduced me to her friends. I spent the rest of the evening conversing with these friends from Ateneo, DLSU, etc. We were a real lively group where we were standing. We talked about a lot of things regarding school, jobs and video games.

Ren and Fiel are new bloggers who opened a new site called, which talks about trying new and unique foods most people are afraid to try. Foodistas in the making.

Marcel and Jay are magicians, entertainers and hosts.

Cybs, my Ateneo friend who attended as a guest in the event.

With some of the young bloggers I met at the event. Dresden Doll (utmost right).

Picture above credited to my mom.

More pictures here.

I look forward to more blogging/blogger events, and new oppurtunities to meet new people.

P.S. I’m trying the Ponds Age-Miracle cream product given to me at the event. Might probably blog about it’s effectivity in a few weeks.


Event: iblog4

A year has come and gone since my mom asked me to go to the iblog3 summit with her. Last year I declined since I had a lot of studying to do (as I was taking up summer units). I was looking forward to meeting new bloggers this year and attending this year’s iblog4, but I’ll sadly have to decline yet again. I’ll be in Guangzhou, China studying for the next 6 weeks (starting April11) and won’t be able to blog a lot, much less attend the blogging summit.

But that doesn’t prevent other bloggers from attending such an event. From my mom’s experience, she has gotten to meet a lot of different bloggers and has learned a lot of new things, so it’s really an opportunity to take hold of.

Click here to register

Further details

Basically, the summit will take place..

When: April 26, 2008, 9am-5pm

Where: Malcolm Theatre, College of Law, UP Diliman, QC

This event is organized by the University of the Philippines – Internet Society Program.

So..hope you attend and take this opportunity to learn more about the world of blogging, with all its twists and turns. It’s not as easy as it looks, blogging can be a very complicated profession/hobby.


Philippine blogging and bloggers

This is my entry in celebration of Women’s Month. For the contest held by WikiPilipinas, and Other entries found here.

The Filipino people have always been thought of as the country of househelpers, nurses, sea voyagers, and other seemingly ‘demeaning’ jobs and . We’ve been unjustly stereotyped into the jobs that our proud and very patriotic OFW’s and migrants have chosen to take on for the sake of their family and future. We’ve been figuratively placed into this limited space that has been labeled as the “characteristics and appearances of a Filipino”, and with that in mind, it has been very difficult to escape from the image that has been associated to the Filipino people.

Yet, Filipino bloggers nationwide and even abroad have slowly begun changing how the world views Filipinos. Though it seems like such a small thing, the appearance of more and more Filipino bloggers have given people a better view of the realities behind who we are as a people. Blogs have introduced our culture, our way of life, and who we truly are to those who do not know the truth. From our homes and offices, the internet has allowed us access to the world, giving us the chance to promote our interests and views on just about anything in society.

It isn’t simply a one-sided tool for communication. It has allowed us the opportunity to prove what kind of people we truly are. To a reality far from the scandals and stereotypes.

The power to prove ourselves is at hand. Blogging has become more than just a hobby, and bloggers have become more than just a small group of people talking about small time things. Through blogs, bloggers have shown their skills in the aspects of communication and expression. For the common Filipina, this has uplifted the views of foreigners towards what was commonly known as mail-order brides. Filipinas around the world have exhibited their prowess in using the internet. Hot topics about marriage, parenting, sports, books, cooking, advocacies, and even humor filled blogs and such have become frequently visited sites of not only fellow Filipinos but also people in other countries.

It has become an area of expertise for many who have become professional bloggers, or those who have a personal expertise to write about and share to the world. Most Filipinas not only have the advantage of writing in very good English, but there is also the advantage of the Filipinas’ skill to adapt their writing to anything. Coming from a very rich Spanish, American and Japanese-occupied history, the Filipina can write about anything uniquely Filipino, without making anyone from abroad seem entirely isolated. With the variety that comes from our background, there is always something of interest that can be found in the various subjects that the different blogs touch upon.

The Filipino hospitality, mixed in with our skills at adaptability and communication, in addition to the interests and expertises’ of various Filipinas around the world, have led blogging to become the starting point for something great and the Filipinas to something more than what people assume them to be. Little by little, blogging has given Filipinas the chance to prove their worth against stereotypes, and against bloggers from abroad.

The Doll(dalera)

What lies behind the mask of a doll, kept sheltered and propped against the shelf wall. Beautiful and untouched for all to see, she comes unmasked in beautiful glory.

The Doll behind the mask

A fresh university graduate from the Ateneo de Manila University who loves to write stories, articles and poetry. Enjoys reading books - mostly fiction, and loves to play video games.

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