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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Dance Unite!: One United Move and Groove to Raise Funds for the Rebuilding of Yolanda-­‐Stricken Areas


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The Yolanda-stricken communities are still in the process of rehabilitation so we could bring back a new and improved-for-the-better Central Visayas. It was such a touching experience hearing about lots of relief donations in many forms, from cash to kind, from service to celebrity visits, to the Philippines after the Yolanda or internationally known Haiyan tragedy.

However, we must not stop helping because the storm may be over, but the tragedy is still very clear in memory for those affected especially when they are now starting again from scratch, or from what little remains of their personal belongings or properties. The noble efforts must continue if we really want to

It would be of great help if we help rebuild their lives that have been devastated by a cruel weather disturbance that left many of our countrymen feeling so hopeless and forsaken after the loss of their loved ones and homes.

Thus, it is with great admiration to keep seeing movements for the benefit of these Yolanda-stricken areas. I understand that the process to recover will take years so all the efforts are well appreciated.  Among the many organizations that have partnered together to bring back hope for the Yolanda survivors are the Lifeline Foundation and Food for the Hungry.


Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth Supercharged by AMD Radeon's Mantle Graphics API


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AMD today joins Firaxis Games in celebrating the release of Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth, which features day-one support for AMD’s Mantle graphics API to enable top gaming performance for AMD Radeon graphics customers.

“AMD Radeon GPUs with Mantle are over a year ahead of other graphics companies in delivering high-throughput, high-efficiency graphics to gamers and developers,” said Matt Skynner, corporate vice president and general manager, Product and Platform Solutions Business Unit, AMD. “As gamers settle in for a marathon session of Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth, we’re proud that the potent combination of Mantle and the award-winning Graphics Core Next architecture effortlessly enable the definitive experience.”

Mantle is a “low-overhead” graphics API that can help improve performance for gamers by making better use of multi-core CPUs, streamlining game code execution, virtually eliminating software bottlenecks and utilizing GPU resources with incredible efficiency.


Friday, October 24, 2014

Property24 Makes the Big Move to a New Home


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The largest real estate classified ads site in the country has recently transferred to a new, bigger and better home within the same Union Bank Plaza building in Ortigas Center. Your friendly neighborhood pambansang blogger decided to pay a visit to see what the "big move" fuzz was all about. I later found out that they are now at the 27th floor coming from their previous work hub at the 24th floor shared with OLX.

The property portal's new urban-themed modern workspace can now accommodate more people up to an average of 50 personnel. The new office environment is designed to be a laid-back setup so that the staff can freely move around and work comfortably wherever corner or spot of the office they prefer.

Property24 Country Director Steve Santos says they wanted an open office design that encourages out-of-the-box thinking and employee collaboration by implementing a good balance of fun and function.


BGC Passionfest 2014: A Boni-Fide Urban Fiesta on November 28 to 30


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"BGC Passionfest" is set to once again fill the dynamic city on November 28, 29 and 30, 2014 with various activities focused on culture, art, fitness, lifestyle and most of all, FUN!"

At a press conference held at the Lorenzo's Way restaurant last October 21, 2014, the team responsible in organizing BGC Passionfest 2014 announced the many planned activities happening on the three event dates highlighted by traditional Filipino food, games, and culture-inspired activities like kalesa rides, street food extravaganza and many more.

Your friendly neighborhood pambansang blogger is such a sucker for "throwbacks" and historically significant events so these activities lined up this last week of November would be a sure hit for me. This will also make the young ones appreciate the good old days when the Internet has not yet conquered the lifestyle of many individuals. Nowadays when smartphones, social media and apps ruled the past time of many, it is such a wonderful sight seeing the youth experience how it was during the past.


Dinner in the Dark from Zoomanity for the Benefit of the Eye Bank Foundation


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The Zoomanity group has started bringing us "Dinner in the Dark", an activity that is already popular in some countries because of the uncanny situation that will leave most people learning to appreciate our sight more, and understanding the state of the blind handicaps.

The honorable program, that is more of an advocacy to support the Eye Bank Foundation of the Philippines, was designed to encourage more people to undergo an experience that simulates the world of the blind people by providing you a venue where you will eat in total darkness. It initially started in Tagaytay as a part of the 4 venue trials but may soon become a regular activity in many of the Zoomanity group establishments.

We got to experience "Dinner in the Dark" in Makati, specifically at the Misono Teppanyaki restaurant along Jupiter street, where we were taken to a dark room, blindfolded at first, and eventually taken off as soon as everyone was seated.

What was amazing during that night was that our guides were the members of the blind community.

Chef Lau's Pugon Roasters Now at SM San Lazaro: Fiesta Araw-Araw with Fast Good


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Your friendly neighborhood pambansang blogger was recently invited to a grand opening of a new branch of restaurant partly owned by a famous chef couple. The invitation came directly from the chefs themselves so I'm pretty sure we were more than welcome to join the other VIPs and guests mostly coming from the friends, affiliates, suppliers, relatives and friends of the owners.

Chef Lau's Pugon Roasters now opens its 4th branch at SM San Lazaro, just a short walk from the LRT Tayuman station, and offers "fast good" that's not just yummy but healthier for you as compared with the traditional fast food restaurants that uses artificial flavorings and the dreaded MSG (more popularly known as the "vetsin" or "mono-sodium glutamate") or its similarities and variations that are continuing to proliferate the market and makes our food seem tastier but are actually endangering our health.

Chefs Rolando and Jacqueline Laudico, or more widely known as Chef Lau and Chef Jacqui of the famous Guevarra's by Chef Laudico and Patisserie Filipino, boasts of using only natural and fresh ingredients. No instant, no artificial, all good. The "pugon" oven or brick oven concept used in this fast food type but fine dining level of restaurant operation is remarkably the first, and a daring approach backed up by the culinary expertise of the Laudicos.


Plush Toy Making Workshop at Yuchengco Museum on November 9


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Create your own stuffed toy from scratch and spend quality time with your children at Yuchengco Museum’s hands-on Plush Toy Making Workshop on November 9, Sunday, from 2 to 5 p.m. In three hours, learn how to make your own plush toy, from cutting the pattern (or making your own!) to stuffing the toy and sewing it all together.

Choose from three plush toy options: pink teddy hug bear, blue teddy hug bear, or a googoo monster. The workshop is open to children at least 5 years old, as well as adults. Children between 5 to 8 years old must be accompanied by an adult, who will help create the plush toy.


About the instructors

Apol Lejano-Massebieau established La Pomme, an online shop of handsewn whimsical fabric objects, in France in 2007. Having relocated to her birth country, the Philippines, Apol opened her own brick-and-mortar shop in Makati, specializing in handmade toys and offering a craft space for children.

4 Things to Look for in a Franchise


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Franchising has boomed recently because of its reliability and potential as an investment for aspiring entrepreneurs and OFW’s.

Compared to starting out on your own franchising has several benefits chief such as reduced risk on the part of the franchisee. Franchisors have developed a system that takes out the guesswork on how to run the business. The have also built up a brand elevating it from other businesses. These factors have helped the industry thrive with thousands of franchise stores opening every year. To get started with franchising here are tips to help you choose the right franchise for you.

1) Reputation and Brand

This should be the top consideration for aspiring franchisees since with today’s hyper competitive market investing in a well-known brand usually boosts your chances for success. In the water refilling industry, Aquabest is considered the top brand with more than 700 stores nationwide. The company invests in high profile marketing and advertising on television or billboards to ensure that it is top of mind among consumers. At the same time it has a solid track record of industry reputation and integrity.

Wazzup Pilipinas Original Short Stories Series: Just Friends


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“You'll never know what you have until it's what you had.”

This story showed us to value the people we love. It showed us that if we love someone, we should not hurt them and we should show them that we love them and care for them. It simply shows that we will meet many people, people come but we shouldn’t let the people that we love go.

The story creates a spontaneous powerful flow of emotions. It promotes love in many ways. It shows the love for another person. It showed how Sean loved his own best friend; it showed how Sean got the courage to finally confess his feelings for her best friend. It also showed Cara’s love for Sean as a friend. After Sean’s confession, Cara decided to call Hans, to make things okay. Cara tried to fix things and sort things out, because of the love she has for Hans as a friend.

The story also showed a person’s love for himself/herself. It showed how they decided to move on after being rejected or hurt by the person you love, they decided to end things to stop the pain they are feeling.

Below is our short story for the day. Read on and enjoy the rest of the day.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

#OCT302014: A Big Easy Taxi Event Happening on October 30


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Easy Taxi, the biggest taxi hailing app company in the world, in partnership with four great brands in the Philippines, is up to something big at an event happening on October 30, 2014 at 6:30 pm somewhere at the Eastwood open park.

In an effort to provide the best experience for all their customers, Easy Taxi continues to come up with innovative ideas to make a significant presence in the country. They are becoming so aggressive and it can be truly felt especially on October 30, 2014.

Can you guess what it will be? Can you guess which brands they are partnering with based on the teasers below?

The logos are dead giveaways! So I'm pretty sure you have it figured out already/ But are you 100% sure about it. Come join us there and find out for yourself.

We are all excited to join this event as Easy Taxi claims October 30, 2014 with the official hashtag #October302014

Why Phishing Works and How to Avoid it


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Phishing attacks are by far the most popular form of cybercrime in the 21st century. There have been news reports on the lists of organizations whose customers fell victim to phishing attacks.

Phishing scams increase in quality and quantity every day. Whereas spam tends to be merely an annoying distraction, phishing frequently leads to real financial losses.

If the threat is so real, why don’t people learn to avoid it?


Why Phishing Works?

There are many ways to take advantage of a user’s trust

There are numerous reasons why phishing works so well, starting with the ability of the scammers to play mind tricks on victims, in order to lure them into trouble.

Phishers can use tempting offers, like complimentary giveaways, in order to bait users. This is a very efficient method, as many people would likely take advantage of a free offer.

A scammer can also use the buzz around a certain topic or event – take, for example, the large-scale scam that occurred after the FIFA World Cup. In the summer of 2014, a phishing site imitating the official FIFA web page, prompted users to sign a petition in defense of Luis Albert Suarez, the star forward on the Uruguay national team. In order to sign the petition, a user had to fill out the online form, which required one’s name, country, mobile phone number, and email.

Wazzup Pilipinas Original Short Stories Series: Rain


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You'll love the part of the story when Ana treated Rain to a meal. She was so confused that time because whenever she's near Rain, her heart couldn't stop fluttering and the butterflies in her stomach wouldn’t stop. She even kissed Rain that day.

When Ana and Jacob went on a date, she has felt the same confusion towards her feelings for both Jacob and Rain. She always thought of Rain even when it's Jacob she's with. Thus, she broke up with Jacob.


But the part when Ana realizes that her feelings towards Rain was a big mistake, she realized she wants to get back with Jacob. However, when she decided to meet Jacob at the park, she found out the truth that broke her heart.

Here is our short story for the day. Please read and enjoy.

"Romeo and Juliet, The Musical ", Set to Open on October 24


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As a season offering to all young adults, Kids Acts Philippines proudly presents “ ROMEO AND JULIET ” edited with additional lyrics by LUIGI NACARIO and music by EUGENE BELBIS.

This William Shakespeare’s novel will be staged by maintaining the classic requirement of the play from costumes to the set. The music is composed through a fusion of western and eastern with contemporary flavor. “Romeo and Juliet” is simplified without sacrificing the original texts of Shakespeare to let young adults understand and comprehend on how the play is written. In the play, dialogues are sung with full observance of how phrases are being read.

IN THE TOWN OF VERONA, there were two rival families, the Montagues and the Capulets, involved in a family feud that goes back years before any of the members were born. One night, the Capulets held a supper at their house inviting friends and relatives of their own.

Though a Montague, Romeo attended the party to forget his love for Rosaline. During the night he met Juliet and immediately fell in love with her. To his dismay he found out that she was a Capulet. But still, he pursued his feelings towards her, that after the supper he decided to jump inside the Capulet’s yard to express his love for Juliet. In the balcony, they confessed their love for each other and agreed to secretly marry the next day.


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Inaugural Herbalife Nutrition Day in Asia Pacific Region on October 25


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Herbalife, a global nutrition company, today announced that it will be celebrating its inaugural Herbalife Nutrition Day on October 25 across 15 Asia Pacific markets including Australia, Cambodia, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Macau, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.

Held in conjunction with the Asia-Pacific Wellness Tour, the Herbalife Nutrition Day is a large-scale public event that is being held for the first time ever by Herbalife. A variety of activities will be conducted across the countries to raise awareness of the importance of good nutrition and healthy active lifestyles to our overall well-being. As a community-based event, over 30,000 people, including community leaders, health care professionals, Independent Herbalife Members and their family and friends are expected to attend the Herbalife Nutrition Day across Asia Pacific.

"We are eagerly anticipating our first-ever Herbalife Nutrition Day in Asia Pacific. With trends of rising obesity, an aging population and increasing health consciousness in this region, it is vital that people are made aware that good nutrition and active lifestyle habits can go a long way in helping them lead healthier and more fulfilling lives," said Mr William M. Rahn, Senior Vice President and Managing Director, Herbalife Asia Pacific.

Outside the Box 2014: Youth Participation in Healthcare Challenges for 2015 and Beyond


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To all medical students and health-related courses, have you ever wanted to learn more about health than what is taught in the classroom? Have you ever felt that maybe there are other things that you can do to improve the health of our fellow Filipinos? Don’t you want to think outside the box?

Well, we have a conference for you called, Outside the Box! This conference is in its 2nd year already and this year, our theme is “Shifting Sands: Youth Participation in Healthcare Challenges for 2015 and Beyond.” It is a conference about MGDs, and ASEAN economic integration with workshops that will help you be equipped for these issues for 2015 and BEYOND.

So what are MDGs? MDGs or Millennium Development Goals are eight international development goals that were established following the Millennium Summit of the United Nations last 2000. These goals are the following:



Wazzup Pilipinas Original Short Stories Series: Syringe


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"We can run away from our past and start a new life or we can let it dictate our life and thus affecting the way we are now."

Thomas Strauss experienced the cruelty of life at a young age. He saw how both of his parents died with pain and agony. Its his choice if he would let his horrible past affect him. He can control it. But he didn’t. Instead he let the pain and the agony that he felt as a child consumed him.

All his life he felt so alone. And the only way to escape this feeling is to take away somebody’s life. By doing this, he believes that he’s doing them a favor, buy ending their sufferings in a painless way.

As individuals, we tend to follow our own feelings and we regret to look at the bigger picture. The people would hate him. The family of his victims neither may or may not forgive him.

Here is our short story for the day.


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

WD Celebrates 10th Anniversary of My Passport Drives with New Design and Limited Anniversary Edition


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To commemorate the 10th anniversary of its My Passport line of portable hard drives, WD, a Western Digital company, is introducing a sleek new design of the world’s most popular and award-winning line of My Passport portable hard drives.

The My Passport Ultra - Metal Edition and My Passport Ultra - Anniversary Edition represent the culmination of a decade of refinement for WD’s enduring portable drive line. From their beautiful, spin finish exteriors to advancements in capacities, security and size reduction, My Passport Ultra - Metal Edition and My Passport Ultra - Anniversary Edition dawn a new generation of reliable and portable WD storage solutions.

My Passport Ultra – Metal Edition and Anniversary Edition incorporates a unique and innovative radial spin-design aluminum enclosure to withstand the everyday knocks experienced by today’s mobile consumer. In addition, the drive offers hardware encryption and password protection to prevent unauthorized use of the drive in the event it is lost or stolen.

Logitech Unveils G402: The World’s Fastest Gaming Mouse


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Logitech, a leading innovator of gaming peripherals, has introduced the fastest gaming mouse ever made, the Logitech G402 Hyperion Fury Ultra-Fast FPS Gaming Mouse. The Hyperion Fury features Logitech’s exclusive Fusion Engine sensor technology that can reliably track over 500 inches per second (IPS) and Logitech’s exclusive Delta Zero sensor technology for unrivaled accuracy.

“We took on the challenge of creating the world’s fastest mouse in service of FPS gamers, and after three years of intensive R&D we are proud to launch a mouse that only Logitech could develop,” said Ehtisham Rabbani, general manager of the Logitech gaming business. “The Logitech G402 Hyperion Fury is the fastest gaming mouse, bar none, and the best mouse for high-speed FPS gameplay. Its lightweight design, combined with the precision and capability of the Fusion Engine, lets you make fast, furious swipes and dominate the battlefield, proving once again that Science Wins!”

The Fusion Engine in Hyperion Fury, created by Logitech engineers, solves a problem many FPS players have: their mouse can’t track as fast as they can move. By combining state-of-the-art optical sensor technology with an accelerometer and gyroscope, the Fusion Engine provides unmatched tracking speed.

“Hyperion Fury is now the go-to in my hardware arsenal,” said Braxton “Swag” Pierce, a Counter Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) champion for iBUYPOWER. “It’s the mouse I have been waiting for.”


The New Flickr App for iPad: Browse Photos Like Never Before


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Yahoo is focused on making the world's daily habits inspiring and entertaining. By creating highly personalized experiences for our users, they keep us connected to what matters most of us, across devices and around the world. In turn, Yahoo creates value for advertisers by connecting them with the audiences that build their businesses.

Yahoo today announced that users all over the world can browse over 10 billion Flickr photos on the new iPad app. The new Flickr App for iPad makes it easy and enjoyable to access, organize, and share your snapshots from any device.

The app will deliver a better experience with iOS 8 so that you can best capture, improve, and explore your images. Catch your favorite moments with our powerful camera, then bring them to life on your screen with high resolution images - we’re talking up to three million pixels per photo!

Wazzup Pilipinas Original Short Stories Series: If Only


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The owner, a woman, lives in a house all by herself including her dog which acts as her body guard. The reason as to why the robber chose to rob her house in particular had something to do with the fact that she was a female. Because she was a female and lived alone, the robber thought that it would be easier to break in the house and subdue the victim if ever he was caught.

Although not mentioned in the story, the line ‘Her clothes were forcefully ripped off and barely covered her torso.’ Indicated that the thief may have done something sinister and sexually-immoral to the woman but stopped when the woman was struggling too much so he just decided to kill the woman quickly and take what he came for.

In fact, it has been proven in studies that women are mostly the targets of criminals especially when it involves robbery, breaking-and-entering, and rape. This is because women are physically weaker than men so they are easy to overpower. The robber in the story had been watching the woman’s house for a while to calculate whether it’ll be an easy target or not.


Below is our short story for the day.


Monday, October 20, 2014

Singapore Airlines Offers Exceptional Value for Business Class Seats to Singapore, Maldives and Europe


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Singapore Airlines, the world’s most awarded airline, is offering the world’s best business class experience to travelers at an exceptional all-in rate starting from USD 900. The all-in fares include business class roundtrip airfare, taxes and surcharges except Philippine travel tax, as well as access to the SilverKris Lounge. The promotion is valid for purchase until 31 October 2014, while travel period is until 31 December 2014. Customers can choose from nine destinations including Singapore, Maldives, London, Barcelona, Frankfurt, Milan, Moscow, Paris and Rome.

For only USD 900 all-in, customers can travel to the Lion City to enjoy Singapore’s stunning city scenes and modern landscapes. Customers flying to the Maldives can also take delight in the island-nation’s pristine beaches for only USD 2,000 all-in. Flights to London are also available for only USD 3,500 all-in for travelers looking into visiting the diverse and exciting European city. Other European destinations are also available for only USD 3,800 all-in, allowing travelers to visit cities such as Barcelona, Frankfurt, Milan, Moscow, Paris or Rome.

Customers flying Singapore AirlinesBusiness Class are treated an indulgent variety of in-flight amenities, which include contemporary seats providing passengers a more spacious and comfortable environment. Passengers can also enjoy a unique epicurean experience with meals specially crafted by the world’s most sought-after culinary masters from Singapore AirlinesInternational Culinary Panel, and may utilize the airlines’ pioneering Book the Cook service, which enables travelers to pre-order gourmet dishes to be served during the flight.


Schick's Smooth Lee Promo Extended Until November 30!


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Missed the Smooth Lee Adventure? You can still get the chance to win a trip to Hongkong and Macau for four days and other exciting prizes as Schick Philippines extends its Smooth Lee Promo until November 30, 2014.

The #SMOOTHLEEADVENTURE promo invites participants to create their own Schick television commercial using the Smooth Lee Adventure mobile application.

Participants joining the promo will be asked to download the “Smooth Lee Adventure” mobile application in IOS Apple and Android. Those downloading and playing with the app can now star in their own Schick TV commercial.

“We wanted the consumers to experience Schick Exacta 2’s refreshing, liberating, and stress-free shaving as Exacta 2 offers one-push cleaning button that helps remove hair easily. Exacta 2 likewise aims to precisely target hair in hard to reach areas leaving a smooth shave.

This kind of experience is what we want to make our Smooth Lee participants feel,” Claire Guevarra, Schick Senior Brand Manager said.


WD’S My Book Duo Offers Superior Performance, High Capacity, and Comprehensive Data Protection


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WD, world leader in storage solutions for the connected life, today introduced My Book Duo, the newest member of its award-winning line of desktop storage solutions for home and office. Utilizing two drives, hardware-level RAID and USB 3.0, My Book Duo delivers massive capacity and file transfer speeds not available on single-drive solutions. Available in 4 TB[1], 6 TB, 8 TB and 12 TB capacities, My Book Duo also comes with software that creates secure local, cloud and system-level backups for complete data protection.

“From creative pros and expert consumers to everyday content creators – people with large amounts of data will find My Book Duo the fast and reliable way to offload content from their computers, organize it in a single location and protect it with backups, passwords and encryption,” said Jim Welsh, executive vice president of content solutions and worldwide sales at WD. “My Book Duo offers super-fast transfer speeds, massive capacity and integrated WD Red drives to provide the ultimate desktop storage solution for all your digital libraries.”


PJMA Presents the Governors’ Leadership Training Summit (GOLTS) 2014


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The most awaited teambuilding event among junior marketers will come forth this month!

Are you all set to feel the thrill and be challenged as you unleash the inner Katniss Everdeen or Peeta Mellark in you?

The Philippine Junior Marketing Association is certainly delighted to present the annual Governors’ Leadership Training Summit (GOLTS) entitled, “TURBULENCE: Building a Leader’s Success Amid Challenges!”

This will be held on October 24 to 26, 2014 at Camp Benjamin, Alfonso, Cavite.

Volunteer as one of our tributes for an intense three-day and two-night leadership training igniting your sense of teamwork, passion and humility all the while building new and lasting friendships among participants from across the country.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

WD Expands NAS Storage Offerings with 6 TB, 5 Platter Hard Drive Featuring Industry-Leading Areal Density


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WD, world leader in storage solutions, today announced the expansion of its award-winning WD Red line of SATA hard drives for home and small office NAS (network attached storage) systems with the release of a 5 TB and first-to-market 6 TB capacity for NAS-specific storage and the introduction of WD Red Pro hard drives that address the medium to large business NAS market. Compatibility-tested with top NAS system manufacturers and optimized for power and performance, WD Red 3.5-inch hard drives are now shipping in 1 TB to 6 TB capacities; and the new WD Red Pro 3.5-inch hard drives are available in 2 TB to 4 TB capacities.

“With the expansion and evolution of the WD Red family, WD once again is providing its loyal customers with increased capacity up to 6 TB; improved bay count support with up to 8 bays; increased product breadth with WD Red Pro; and more features with the latest generation of NASware technology,” said Matt Rutledge, senior vice president and general manager, WD Storage Technology. “WD continues to listen to its customers and bring exciting innovation to the category they helped to create.”


Win Pixy Cosmetics To Get Truly Asian Beauty That Radiates Within


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Pixy Philippines is sponsoring a giveaway through our blog. Get a chance to a cosmetics pack care composed of mascara, lipstick, eye shadow, two-way cake foundation and eyeliner. The total amount of all products amount to more than 1k so this is a great giveaway that you wouldn't want to miss.

For beauty that radiates within, Pixy is for truly Asian beauty.

Just join using the Rafflecopter application embedded below this article and the winning entry would win the Pixy gift pack.

Pixy is a quality casual cosmetic brand suited for Asian women and distributed by Mandom Philippines Corporation, the same company distributing Gatsby products. All Pixy and Gatsby products are sold in Watsons drug stores at selected SM department stores.

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PATAS-UPLB Calls for a Mob at the "This Is How We Do" Mob Dance


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The Philippine Atheists and Agnostics Society UPLB (PATAS-UPLB) in partnership with Wyre Underground of UPLB and the UP Community Broadcasters’ Society, presents THIS IS HOW WE DO: A Mob Dance for Social Equality and Camaraderie. The event will be held on 30 October 2014 (Thursday), 5:00 PM at the Carabao Park, University of the Philippines Los Baños, College, Laguna.

This is How We Do
is a promotional event of PATAS-UPLB that invites people to join the cause of promoting camaraderie and social equality, not just for non-believers, but for all the members of the society as a whole regardless of the group or groups they belong into.

Furthermore, the event also aims to significantly diminish, if not eradicate, the prevalence of the common misconceptions and stigma of the community towards non-believers—the primary aim of PATAS.


e-Blog Mo Na Yan! Welcomes Our Brothers from the Muslim Community


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October 18 episode of e-Blog Mo Na Yan! was an eye-opener for most of us in Vigattin Radio of Radyo Inquirer as we welcomed our guests from the Muslim community who was there to talk about their event at one of the hotels in Makati.

Since it is an invite-only gathering due to limited resources of the group, we won't mention anymore when and where except the fact that is it today, Sunday October 19, 2014.

The discussion revealed a lot about our brothers and how many of us are blinded by the false common knowledge that made the word Muslim sound like a rebellious or terrorist group. Many would equate our Muslim brothers as main perpetrators of crimes and wars against Christians, but many of us in the studio begged to question that perception.

I shared that one time when we were toured around Manila and passed by the Muslim community where the Golden Mosque is located as well as the Quiapo church, I told them the noticeable difference between  the two religions and their manner of praying to their Gods. I also mentioned how the tourist guide and the vendors there would warn us against snatchers and pickpockets that would usually be committed by non-Muslims.

A Well-Engaged Audience at the Professional Blogging Summit


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Thank you to Jeoff Solas of DPop and Janette Toral of Digital Filipino for the opportunity to become one of the speakers at the recently concluded Professional Blogging Summit last October 18, 2014 held at the A. Venue Mall Vibe Live events place located at the 2nd floor of the said mall in Makati Avenue of Makati city.

Your friendly neighborhood pambansang blogger, Ross Del Rosario, and fellow bloggers Azrael Colladila, Jay-L Aquino, Seph Cham, and Sai Montes joined Jeoff and Janette in giving talks related to blogging. Azrael, Jay-L and I were asked to talk about how we started our blogs, and how we managed our networks plus how we dealt with the issues and controversies. Seph Cham talked about his fashion turned lifestyle blogging that later made him as endorser or ambassador of many brands, and Sai Montes shared how she used her blog to sell and earn in an online business. Of course, the two organizers (Jeoff and Janette) also shared valuable inputs that will surely benefit everyone who decides to enter into blogging.

Being among the three bloggers who talked about topics related to maintaining a professional bloggers and social media specialists network was already an accomplishment since the other two have been in the blogging industry for several years already. I on the other hand started Wazzup Pilipinas only last March 2013, but is very grateful for the many recognitions and partnerships it has already achieved.

I appreciate the opportunity to reminisce the past when I first decided to blog and network with fellow bloggers, partners, supporters, clients, and of course our readers, plus the eventual developments that took place as I managed my Wazzup Pilipinas network.

ManilART 2014 at the SMX Convention Center of SM Aura Until October 19


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The ManilART 14 is until today October 19, 2014 at the SMX Convention Center, SM Aura, Taguig. If you appreciate art, you should not miss this event. The event showcases contemporary art of the highest quality that represents a wide range of talent, insight, as well as whimsy.

Your friendly neighborhood pambansang blogger was invited by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts on opening invite-only gala night last October 15, 2014. Exhibit dates started October 16 until 19. This is a simultaneous launch of the Endangered Visions International Art Exhibition. Endangered Visions presented fresh and arresting original works from 40 foreign and local surrealist artists.

Endangered Visions features artwork that seeks to counterbalance an art world driven by a rapacious market with something more contemplative, subtle, and challenging. This is the first show of its kind in the Philippines, curated by internationally recognized Cabanatuan-based artist Gromyko Semper. See the works of Salvador Dali protege, Louis Markoya, visionary artist Otto Rapp, contemporary symbolist Danny Malbeouf, Maura Holden, Gromyko Semper, Marcel Antonio, and Mideo Cruz, among others.

The 6th edition of ManilART, with 28 of the best galleries in the Philippines, plus works from Europe and Southeast Asia, is presented by the Bonafide Art Galleries Organization (BAGO) and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA).

Wazzup Pilipinas Original Short Stories Series: Hera


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With Hera's experiences with her father and husband, women, even today, are still striving to achieve gender equality. Men are traditionally superior to women. This is an old saying that is still true nowadays. Currently, women wants to be recognized not just as a housewife but as an individual who could also do what men could do.

Traditionally, men are the only one who should be handling weapons such as guns. But to show her invulnerability, she showed everybody that women are also made to hold weapons especially when they are in great danger. They should posses strength and bravery, too.

Generally, men are superior to women. This is one thinking that was changed in the story. Hera proved that women should be equally superior to men. There are things that we all know were only done by men but are now also done by women. Violence against women should be stopped. Women shouldn't be treated as slaves, prisoners, or possessions.

Government groups focusing on women's rights are very essential to each community to give attention to those women who are experiencing the same as what Hera does. They need to feel loved and cared by people around them. Or else, just like Hera, they would also experience depression and other illnesses. They are not only physically ill, but also mentally, emotionally, and psychologically.

We hope you will enjoy our short story for the day.

 
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