Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Political Thriller Film Project ‘Filipino’ Wins Top Prize at Singapore Project Market

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A film project from the Philippines stood out and won the prestigious Cre8 Co-Production Award during the Southeast Asia Film Financing Forum (SAFF) Project Market, beating out 15 projects from Southeast Asia. The project-in-development titled Filipino by Mel Allego wowed the jury for its powerful storytelling and potential to be commercialized and co-produced globally. Allego took home a co-production deal worth up to $200,000 from Cre8 Productions.

“I always have had (these) thoughts and ideas about my experiences living in contemporary Philippines. I wanted to do a film that is something nonconventional, and get people thinking about what is correct, what is incorrect–against the backdrop of the current uncertain socio-political landscape,” said Allego.

Set in Cebu, it tells the story about a journalist who sneaks through the blockade and inevitably gets caught up with five individuals cornered in a deadly chess game between fundamental extremists and higher powers.

The SAFF Project Market is back for its fourth edition this year to offer opportunities for investment and co-production to feature films from Asia and Europe and featured five (5) Filipino projects in its slate, including:

Ani (The Harvest)
Science Fiction, Coming-of-Age
Producer: Toni Zuniga
Director: Kristine Zuniga

Bangsa Badjao
Drama Thriller
Producer: Suzanne Richiardone/Jessel Monteverde

Director: Jessel Monteverde

Feminist Action Drama
Producer: Bianca Balbuena and Kriz Gazme
Director: Gino M. Santos

John Denver Trending
Drama, Social Satire
Producer: Sheron Dayoc and Sonny Calvento
Director: Arden Rod Conde

Launched by ScreenSingapore in partnership with the Southeast Asian Audio-Visual Association (SAAVA) and Ties That Bind: Asia/Europe Producers Workshop (TTB), the annual summit was established in 2015 to bring together key players in the international film industry and promote fruitful collaboratios.

Meanwhile, in line with the celebration for the Philippine cinema’s 100th year anniversary, the Singapore Media Festival (SMF) puts the Philippines in center stage as this year’s country of focus. The Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) was the lead agency in the Philippine participation to the SMF, and brought together thirty (30) companies including film buyers, producers, service providers, distributors, and animation agencies to attend SMF-established events, including the Asia TV Forum & Market (ATF) Leader's Summit and SAFF Conference.

The SAFF Project Market 2018 was held from December 5 to 7, 2018 at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore.

FDCP and Nabunturan Gov’t Inaugurate Cinematheque in Compostela Valley

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Residents of Nabunturan and neighboring communities can finally enjoy a unique cinematic experience and access diverse film programs as the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) and the Municipality of Nabunturan inaugurate the Cinematheque Centre Nabunturan last Monday, December 10, 2018.

The Cinematheque’s inauguration ceremony was spearheaded by FDCP Chairperson and CEO Liza Diño and Mayor of Municipality of Nabunturan Chelita C. Amatong. It was also attended by Executive Director Wilfredo Manalang, Admin and Finance Head Emilita Alquiza, Alyssa Jane Mernelo of Department of Budget and Management (DBM), and members of the Board of Trustees Anna Abalahin and Atty. Rochelle Macapili-Ona. They received a warm welcome from the Cinematheque Centre Davao team led by Distribution and Exhibitions Division Lead Officer Dustin Guillermo, Jamir Mallari, and Rejh Castillon.

The Cinematheque is an alternative venue for screening a diverse set of films as well as for hosting film development programs and various events that cultivate film culture and unify the community, such as workshops and symposiums.

The 92-seater cinema was built by the FDCP in partnership with the local government of Nabunturan, which donated an 800-square meter lot for the building. It is the first Cinematheque under the leadership of Chairperson and CEO Liza Diño and the first establishment sponsored by FDCP built from scratch, as the others were refurbished structures.

Despite not having a formal cinema house, Nabunturan residents made creating a film community in the region possible. FDCP Chairperson and CEO Liza Diño hopes to strengthen the passionate filmmaking community of Compostela Valley even more with the construction of Cinematheque.

“I’m so excited to be able to share the rich and lively world of cinema with the Nabunturanos and I hope that you can take advantage of this opportunity because this is where we can come together as one community. Maraming-maraming salamat po. This is yours. Make it relevant to you and make it personal to you,” said FDCP Chairperson and CEO Liza Diño during the Inauguration. 

The event was followed by the ceremonial unveiling of the plaque and blessing of the Cinematheque. A screening of Kip Oebanda’s Liway concluded the historic event.

The Cinematheque Centre Nabunturan’s inauguration ceremony was held last December 10, 2018 at 3:00 PM at Layug Avenue, Purok 13 beside SPED, Central Elementary School.

DOE: Nuclear Energy Issues Up for More Public Consultation

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Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi announced today (December 18) that the Nuclear Energy Programme Implementing Organization (NEPIO) has ironed out several issues with the country’s vision of nuclear energy.

This was verified by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)-Integrated Nuclear Infrastructure Review (INIR) mission during the ceremonial turnover of its review results on Monday afternoon (December 17) at the Makati Shangri-La Hotel. 

DOE Undersecretary and NEPIO Head Donato D. Marcos accepted the INIR findings together with other NEPIO members.

“The results of this INIR mission are the fruits of our hard labor. Our NEPIO remained dedicated and determined to address all the gaps within the two-year period on nuclear feasibility studies,” Sec. Cusi said.

“The results will help us focus our efforts on the identified issues, accelerate the legislative process and prepare the national decision,” he added.

According to IAEA’s Nuclear Infrastructure Development Section Head Milko Kovachev, the NEPIO has followed a systematic approach in finalizing the country’s nuclear power strategy and completing the associated infrastructure development.

The INIR team noted that the NEPIO has completed several studies and a draft legislation addressing nuclear safety, security and safeguards. In addition, the establishment of an independent regulatory body is already being reviewed at the Philippine Congress, as information on the matter is being disseminated to the public for stakeholder engagement. 

The recommendations of the INIR team include involving a broader range of stakeholders to complete the work required to enable a national commitment to introduce nuclear power, and developing a legal and regulatory framework that ensures and demonstrates a commitment to safety, security and non-proliferation.

Other aspects include enhancing the approaches to human resource and leadership development, nuclear fuel cycle options and electrical grid impact, and adapting the existing national frameworks for emergency preparedness and response and nuclear security.

The INIR team also identified three good practices that would benefit other countries considering the introduction of nuclear power in the areas of legal framework, stakeholder involvement, and site and supporting facilities.

The INIR missions are based on the IAEA Milestones Approach, with its 19 infrastructure issues, three phases and three milestones. INIR missions enable IAEA member-state representatives to have in-depth discussions with international experts about experiences and best practices in different countries.

The results of the INIR mission are expected to help the member-state to develop an action plan to fill any gaps, which in turn will help the development of the national nuclear infrastructure. 

“It is high time we put the framework in place to bring nuclear power into the energy mix. We should learn the lessons from the past and catch up with the missed opportunities,” Sec. Cusi concluded.

Balikbayans are All Smiles as SM, BDO Hold a Heartwarming Christmas Tribute to Overseas Filipinos

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Piolo Pascual takes a selfie with the audience following his performance at SM-BDO’s “Pamaskong Handog” Christmas tribute to Overseas Filipinos held recently at the SM Mall of Asia Music Hall

Going home for Christmas has turned out to be a very pleasant surprise for some balikbayans this year as SM and BDO welcomed them with plenty of surprises, giveaways and raffle prizes through their annual “Pamaskong Handog event, recently held at the SM Mall of Asia Music Hall.

The event, especially dedicated for the overseas Filipinos and their families, is now on its 7th year and is said to be SM and BDO’s biggest, most heartwarming Christmas celebration ever held since 2012.

Pamaskong Handog was indeed a day full of laughter, entertainment and raffle prizes as the event brought to the stage today’s most in-demand artists – Piolo Pascual; Sam Milby; Moira Dela Torre; “Tawag ng Tanghalan” finalists TNT Boys, Anton Antenor Cruz and Jenny Gabriel; comedian Donita Nose and hosts MC and Lassie. Pamaskong Handog also featured BDO’s social media personality dubbed as Boss Teteng whose Facebook videos garnered millions of views for his funny and entertaining tips for Filipinos overseas as well as SM’s cheerful elevator girl Cheridel.

Some of the balikbayans couldn’t hide their joy and amusement, saying the event is the first of its kind they’ve ever experienced. “Nagulat ako. May ganun pala. Ang daming surprises and giveaways.  said, 65-year old Erminda Clarito, who works in Canada for almost 30 years. 

53-year old Bernardo Vergara, who works in Saudi Arabia for more than six years also shared, “First time ko naramdaman ang pagpapahalaga sa aming sakripisyong mawalay sa pamilya, parang family bonding na rin namin ngayong Pasko”.  

Amid the challenges of working abroad, some balikbayans shared that providing for their children’s education is their primary reason in choosing to work abroad, and will continue to do so for their families’ future. For Evangeline Buno, who works in Macau for almost 30 years, “Motivation ko ang apo at mga anak ko. With BDO, parang katabi mo lang ang pamilya mo, Hangga’t kaya ko magpadala, gagawin ko.Totoo rin yang we got it all for you ng SM. Lahat ng kailangan ng pamilya ko kumpleto, Salamat sa SM at BDO”.

Violeta Suyong, who recently retired after working for 31 years in France, was able to send her three children to good universities. “More than 20 years na ako sa BDO. More than everything, it’s their service. Yung retirement ko natatanggap ko ngayon sa aking BDO account”.

Susana Batalla, who’s based in Italy, was also proud to share about BDO Remit’s quality service and her family’s fondness of SM saying “Lahat sa pamilya ko, pinag-open ko ng Kabayan Savings. Ang aking pamilya ay napagsisilbihan ninyo.  Maganda ang asikaso ng BDO sa akin sa Italy, lalo na ang service ng mga staff. Lahat rin kami ay suki ng SM. Walking distance lang sa amin”.

BDO Remittance Senior Vice President and Head Genie Gloria said“Christmas is the time when Overseas Filipinos are excited to spend Christmas with their families. This is why Pamaskong Handog has become our annual tribute to our kababayans as we would like them to feel welcome and honored while they are here. We also make sure that our products and services as well as the other efforts of the bank such as special events are anchored on their needs, not to mention our international offices’ active participation in Filipino community events overseas. This year’s Pamaskong Handog event was also held in time for the International Migrants Day.”

SM shares the same mission of giving honor, gratitude and joy to the overseas Filipinos in return for their hard work and sacrifice. The goal is to make them feel special and let them experience once again how Filipinos celebrate Christmas,” said Supermalls Joaquin San Agustin, SVP for Marketing of SM Supermalls.

SM and BDO’s synergistic collaboration does not end with Pamaskong Handog as more joint overseas Filipino events are lined up for 2019. The partnership of the largest chain of shopping malls and the country’s biggest bank goes a long way given both of the institutions’ extensive branch network all over the country.

Friday, December 14, 2018

The After Six Club Accused of Scam, Changed Contest Mechanics On Last Minute

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BEWARE OF SCAMMERS: This is a complaint against The After Six Club suddenly changing the mechanics of a social media contest on the last minute of the event.

Ipinagpipilitan nila that the organizers daw have the right to change contest mechanics even on the last minute of the contest.

Wow! Even a child would know that is wrong and unacceptable.

Calling on Drew Binsky, this is obviously a scamming group. Avoid them and help us expose this people.

Speaking with The After Six Club EIC Author Kath Eustaquio-Derla via their official Facebook page, she checked if I was invited to cover as media or blogger/vlogger. Now I was preventedvin messaging the page. Blocked!

Unlike Anton Diaz or the other influencers there, I registered. Similar to my participation at the event of Nas Daily held at the Mall of Asia where we also did a video composed of the crowd that attended. I saw myself on the video too.

I was there as a fan, but since I am a blogger and vlogger as well, it has been habitual to also take photos and videos, and when the need arises, upload immediately especially when there's a social media competition announced.

I am very competitive thus I often win because I pay close attention to the instructions and try to be as creative as possible

So when they, Kassy Pajarillo  founder of The After Six Club and Ricky Shetty of, announced that the person with the most number of posts will win a 3days and 2nights stay in Boracay, I was naturally excited to participate since I want to see the island after it's 6-month hiatus brought about by the order of the President to rehabilitate it.

Thus, I did my usual routine at every event coverage I attend, took videos and lots of photos, and since there's a contest, immediately uploaded the photos and some short videos after every segment break. Like after the event introduction where they announced the social media contest, after Drew Binsky's introduction of himself, after a few Q&A, after Edwin Nombre's talk, after Cora's talk, after the donation portion, after the group video where we had to shout some words prepared by Drew Binsky, after the group photo with the other influencers, after the selfie with Drew, and so on.

As you can probably imagine, I was working fast-paced and thanks to my speedy data connection which costed me quite a bit to load up, I was able to upload immediately in an effort to win the contest.

However, towards the end of the event when they were announcing winners of minor prizes, they kept adding new hashtags and announced a different mechanics for the contest.

That was absurd! Why will they suddenly change the contest mechanics at the last part of the event when all uploaded already content based on the original instruction?

Was it to favor someone else to win? Nobody would just change the mechanics of a contest after everyone already did their part to join for a chance to win the Boracay contest, and also they never announced the criteria of their choice for a winner. It was not a computer-generated choice, neither the one with the most Likes, but just whoever they prefer to win.

I smell something fishy here. Maybe they like her more because she was with a child that was actively engaging with Drew?

It is a good thing that I was video recording, so their original announcement was recorded thus having proof without any doubt. It was loud and clear on video so they cannot deny it

However, I was shocked that when I approached them to complain, they seem to be oblivious of their original announcement, and they even told me "Would you like a planner instead?" that coming from the The After Six Founder, Kassy Pajarillo herself. Good thing my friend Jom was there to witness what she said. Jom just tried to calm me away, and said he will try to talk to them later since he knows the members of The After Six Club.

As I left the area temporarily to answer the call of nature,  my attention was called by another lady telling me she like me (probably of what I remarked out loud during the group video), as I passed by her before continuing on my way to the bathroom below, I told her about the incident, and clearly emphasized about the original contest mechanics that was announced at the start of the event, but she just said "I'm sorry. Next event na lang.'" like confirming it was true but realizing also that Kassy suddenly changed the mechanics during the last minutes of the event when majority were busy lining up for a selfie with Drew Binsky.

Ninja moves! She probably thought people won't mind since they were too starstruck with Drew. But since I was more observant and engaged with everything that was happening, this incident was clearly a complete turnaround of the original contest mechanics.

Why did she made this other person to win? Are they friends? The winner seems to be the mother of one of the kids who were present there. One of the kids was even given control of a microphone and started talking as if he was one of the emcees.

Though I am happy to meet Drew, there seems to be something to dig deeper here, and I am challenged to find out the organizer's connection with this particular winner.

Call it investigative bloggerism. We need to expose these scammers.

They changed their minds twice. When they first announced the Boracay prize, it was to be raffled among the attendees of the event

Then at the event they changed it to whoever will post the most on social media with the hashtag #DrewBinskyInManila

Then on the last minutes of the event when they were already giving away minor prizes, and everyone was busy lining up for a selfie with Drew, they changed the mechanics to three  hashtags  (#EmbraceAmbition and #TheAfterSix and #DrewBinskyInManila), must be checked in online at the venue, and the best post about their dream ambition...

As you can see. was very intentional

#WazzupPilipinas #DrewBinskyInManila #PambansangBlogger #TheAfterSix #MyTownPH

Cusi: Scientific Assessment of Going Nuclear Shouldn't Be Taboo

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PH NUCLEAR TEAM: Energy Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi (center), together with International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Nuclear Division Director Dohee Han and the Nuclear Energy Programme Implementing Organization (NEPIO) members headed by Undersecretary Donato D. Marcos, gather for a photo after the morning session of the Integrated Nuclear Infrastructure Review Mission held on Monday, 10 December, at the Makati Shangri-La, Manila hotel. "The more we learned about nuclear energy, the more open we became about it," Cusi said in his keynote address.

The Department of Energy (DOE) and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) conducted Monday (10 December) the Integrated Nuclear Infrastructure Review (INRI) Mission at the Shangri-La Makati hotel as part of the activities of the Nuclear Energy Programme Implementing Organization (NEPIO).

“In the spirit of technology neutrality, I decided to reignite the discourse on nuclear power despite its being taboo,” Energy Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi underscored.

He also highlighted that the Philippines has ranked first among 125 countries in the Energy Trilemma Index of the World Energy Council in the last four years, with a renewable energy share of 24.6% in the country's generation mix.

However, the DOE chief expressed his concern over the country trailing behind in terms of energy security and energy equity, which are the two other dimensions of the Energy Trilemma. The Philippines placed 70th on energy security and came in at 96th place for energy equity.

Thus, the DOE is openly considering the feasibility of introducing nuclear power into the energy mix of the country in the race to provide uninterrupted, secure, reliable, sustainable, and affordable electricity throughout the archipelago. This would also improve the country’s over-all Energy Trilemma Index rank, which currently stands at 74th out of 125 countries.

At the onset of the Duterte Administration, the DOE has adopted a technology neutral approach to allow the unhindered consideration of all options to achieve the energy goals of the Philippines.

The nuclear event serves as the country’s status report to the IAEA of progress made relative to the 19 infrastructure issues that need to be addressed before the Philippines is able to embark on a full nuclear energy program.

The event was attended by IAEA Nuclear Division Director Dohee Han; IAEA Review Team Leader Milko Kovachev; other IAEA personalities and partners from the Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (PNRI); and members of the NEPIO headed by DOE Undersecretary Donato D. Marcos.

The country’s initial undertakings on the nuclear energy option with the support of IAEA and PNRI include the establishment of NEPIO in 2016 and the DOE’s submission to the Office of the President of its proposed national position on nuclear energy in April 2018.

The energy chief assures the public that the government will continue to apply a calculated and scientific approach in evaluating the feasibility of nuclear energy for power generation, and ensure that the nuclear policy of the country will be comprehensive and sound, especially in terms of safety.

Sec. Cusi concluded, “We need to make the Philippines energy secure and equitable in the midst of ever-growing demand. We need to generate inclusive and sustainable economic development and make the country globally competitive.”


NUCLEAR OPTION: During the Integrated Nuclear Infrastructure Review Mission held on Monday, 10 December, at Makati Shangri-La, Manila Hotel, Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi (center) highlighted the country's achievements on environmental sustainability. He stressed that a nuclear option could answer the country's lag in energy security and energy equity. The event on nuclear initiatives was attended by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) headed by Nuclear Division director Dohee Han (left), and the Nuclear Energy Programme Implementing Organization (NEPIO) members headed by Undersecretary Donato D. Marcos (right).

EQUITABLE POWER: During his keynote address at the Integrated Nuclear Infrastructure Review Mission held on Monday, 10 December, Energy Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi emphasized that the country's archipelagic geography makes the pursuit of total electrification a most challenging endeavor. In areas that do have access to power, the costs are high. He explained that a comprehensive nuclear program could help find solutions to this matter.

Make Money While Traveling: 6 How-To Tips

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Traveling is a great way to get out there and see the world, but sadly you still need to earn some money if you want to do stuff. Take a look at our top 6 tips, and see for yourself just how easy it is to keep your wallet nice and full.

Look for work in bars and hostels
Every bar in the world is on the lookout for young energetic staff, so why not be one of them? Better still, you’ll come across plenty of hotels with bars that will offer you free accommodation as part of the deal. Can’t say fairer than that can you?

Find work as an au pair so you can meet more of the locals

If you want to integrate with the locals, then working as a nanny or au pair is a great way to go about it. There is plenty of work in most countries around the world, and it’ll allow you an up close and personal look at how the locals live. You never know, they may invite you around for a traditional dinner from time to time too!

If you’re in a non-English speaking country, use your language skills to work as a guide

Tour guides are always in short supply in tourist hotspots, especially ones who are fluent in English. Use your in-demand native tongue to your advantage by working as a tour guide for a few weeks. You’ll be sure to earn a good return for your hard work.

Not only that, but you’ll get to spend your time socializing and walking about in the sun. What could be a better way to get paid than that?

Fruit picking is a great way to earn some money outdoors in the summer

If you love the outdoors, then picking fruit with the sun on your back is a great way to go about it. Granted, it’s highly seasonal work, but so is travel for the large part!

Find a spot in a stunning bit of countryside and you’ll be sure of a couple of months of consistent hours. In sunnier climates a lot of pickers work early in the morning to beat the sun. This makes it the perfect job if you want to take a siesta and then head out into town in the early evening. 

Use online tools to write when you’re on your travels

Services like Trust My Paper are great for the writers amongst you, because they enable you to earn money without being tied to a specific geographical location. You’ll need to make sure you have a power outlet and reliable internet connection to hand, so don’t venture too deep into the jungle!

That said, with a little organization and focus, you’ll be able to cover all of your travel expenses in just a couple of hours a day. Ideal if you want to ensure you have more than enough time to go and see the sights before sunset.

Teach English as a foreign language

The final top tip that we have for you today, is to consider working as a foreign language teacher. Learning English is big business all around the world, especially in Asia and the Middle East.

By using one of your skills to earn money, you can get paid for doing something that comes naturally to you. Ideal if you want to be able to enjoy your time abroad, safe in the knowledge that you’ll never find it hard to earn the money you need to go and do things.

Final Thoughts
Earning money on your travels is all about identifying the skills you have which will allow you to earn money on a consistent basis as you move from place to place. With a little planning and foresight you should be able to ensure that you never run low on funds.

Joey Concepcion Recognized as One of the Outstanding Filipinos

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Hailed as this year’s outstanding Filipino, Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion was recognized in his sterling contribution in the advancement of the micro, small and medium enterprises in the Philippines and elevates the entrepreneurship spirit through programs of prosperity for all.

Concepcion was among the four eminent personalities in the country that was awarded in the The Outstanding Filipino Awards (TOFIL) held in Quezon City last December 5.

Among the awardees were Fr. Benigno P. Beltran for Community and Humanitarian Service; Congressman Raul V. Del Mar for Public Service; and Dr. Hilly Ann Maria Roa-Quiaoit for Environmental Conservation.

Conceived in 1988, TOFIL Award is an annual event and an honor given by the Junior Chamber International (JCI) Senate Philippines to distinguished Filipino men and women, 41 years of age and over, whose exemplary achievements are worthy of emulation.

Embodying this year’s theme, “Leaving a Legacy for a Better Philippines,” the awardees substantiate Filipinos’ valuable contributions that resulted to upliftment of the lives of many and led to the enhancement of the country. Through this, they transfigure symbol of excellence in community service and later on humanize the institutions belief that "service to humanity is the best work of life."

Why Real Estate Brokers Should Master Online Real Estate Marketing

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In the busy and fast-paced world of real estate, marketing is always a valuable tool. However, marketing today looks a lot different than that of just a few years ago. As businesses turn increasingly digital, it has never been a more important time for professionals immersed in real estate to ride the digital wave and apply new and updated skills and technologies to their own practices.

For real estate brokers, their roles as marketers are one of the key parts of their work. It is up to brokers to make sure they are constantly marketing not just client properties, but the community, their services, and themselves. But how does one achieve this in the digital age? The answer lies in adapting--learning, re-skilling, and utilizing available resources to stay competitive in the ever-changing market. For brokers, this means exploring and mastering online real estate marketing.

Why and how should real estate brokers adapt to digital marketing? For an innovation with the power to increase your business exponentially, it’s important to know what is at stake:

1. The world is moving to the Internet.
In a world where even the smallest processes of daily life,  such as buying food or groceries, have become automated and digitized, it is not surprising that most people would opt to go online for a decision as big and important as buying a home. For the typical property-seeker, it is much easier to have hundreds of options at their fingertips rather than pursuing more traditional means of looking for homes. Real estate brokers must acknowledge this and thus position themselves in a way that they’re visible, up-to-date, and approachable online. Primarily, most real estate searches begin online--today, this is where real estate professionals need to be. Start with a digital marketing strategy or plan, and work your way forward. Market your listings online. Build a website.

2. Presence and engagement will keep you on top of the competition.
Establishing an online presence opens you up not only to new customers but also keeps already existing customers engaged. Networking on social media, for example, is a technique which allows brokers to keep in touch with buyers and also have the potential to strike up new leads. Brokers will stay in line with their duty towards customer needs and satisfaction and also generate potential sales. Through the digitalization of nearly everything, customers still need the human touch when it comes to transactions. As brokers, this is where you must come in to ensure customers still get a personal experience. Engagement is the way to accomplish this.

3. In a sea of voices, you must establish your own.
The face of marketing has truly evolved--today, customers value experience-based advertising rather than archaic one-size-fits-all cold pitches. With the Internet at their disposal, people now do much more research on their own before talking to real estate professionals.
This makes branding a significant part of marketing your business. The brand is vital to keep you afloat in the market, especially with several competitors surely taking advantage of digital tools to empower their businesses. Content marketing is a great way to get your brand’s vision across, at the same time giving potential customers the experience-based insight they would want to consume before thinking about going into a transaction with you, which they wouldn’t otherwise get through more traditional marketing tactics. Reviews, blog posts, articles--digital storytelling is the truly authentic way to connect with property-seekers.

4. Utilize tools to turn leads into sales.
Tech is changing our world faster than we can grasp, but as more technology becomes available, individuals and businesses must utilize as many forms and channels as they can to grow. For real estate, for example, it becomes easier to target potential customers with several online tools such as SEO. With analytics tools, it becomes likewise easier for you to measure your marketing effectively. To increase presence, even more, you can go mobile. Apps make it much easier for property-seekers to search for potential homes.

If you are a real estate professional looking to grow your business further with digital marketing, training sessions with Lamudi Academy are open and available to both Lamudi subscribers and non-subscribers. Lamudi’s very own training program is geared to help real estate brokers master the world of online real estate marketing was launched just this year.

A comprehensive training package of six courses on topics such as top online lead generation channels; the power of online real estate marketing platforms, such as Lamudi; converting online leads into sales; improving online marketing strategies; digital trends in real estate; and understanding the market. No other training program will equip real estate brokers with such comprehensive skill set and knowledge necessary to stay ahead in the digital age.

To learn more about Lamudi Academy, visit the website.

First Pinoy App Nominated as Global Finalist to the NASA Space Apps Challenge

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Among the 2,729 teams in 200 locations all over the world who participated in the NASA Space Apps Challenge, an app made by Filipino innovators was nominated first time by NASA scientists and experts to become a finalist at the global level. Altogether, they will join the top 25 in competing for the six winners of the biggest hackathon in the universe.

The winning app seeking to communicate scientific data to fishermen even without Internet connection was made by IT professionals Revbrain G. Martin, Marie Jeddah Legaspi, and Julius Czar Torreda from team iNON, which stands for "It's now or never." Named ISDApp, from the Tagalog word "isda" meaning fish, it sends useful information to fishermen such as real-time weather, sunrise and sunset, wind speed, and cloud coverage to plan their fishing activities in catching more fish using the NASA GLOBE Observer app, a data collection from citizen scientists around the world used in concert with NASA satellite data to identify or communicate information, and educating the public about planet Earth. Fishermen will receive SMS notifications from the Amazon Web Services gateway while local government officials would manage their details using a smartphone app connected to the cloud. NASA scientists and experts consider this fisherfolk app made by Pinoys as one of the solutions "with the most potential to improve life on Earth or in the universe," therefore nominated as global finalist for Galactic Impact.

The fishermen app won in the local level on Friday-Sunday, October 19-21, 2018 at De La Salle University, Malate, Manila, Philippines, in collaboration with the Embassy of the United States of America to the Philippines and PLDT. US Embassy deputy chief of mission John C. Law, PLDT Enterprise Core Business Research and Development head Leandro T. Santos, DOST-Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development deputy executive director Engr. Raul C. Sabularse, Department of Information and Communications Technology senior planning officer Yvette M. Cabrera, and Animo Labs executive director Federico C. Gonzalez served as jurors at the local level.

An emergency checklist kit app designed for disaster preparedness also won at the local level developed by students Jeorge Loui P. Delfin, Bluen Ginez, Samuel Jose, Rainier G. Narboneta, and Eugenio Emmanuel A. Araullo. Other projects and solutions developed during the hackathon are games using images from the Hubble Space Telescope, augmented reality mobile app to tell a story of the changes in the Arctic and Antarctic ice, artificial intelligence app helping scientists confirm the habitability of exoplanets, and story-based game using NASA Earth imagery. They joined together with teams of coders, scientists, developers, designers, storytellers, makers, builders, technologists, thinkers, entrepreneurs, and everyone around the globe working together in a 48-hour sprint to develop solutions to some of the most pressing challenges on Earth and in space, using NASA resources and data.

A day-long data bootcamp was held to learn new concepts, strategies and skills from keynote speakers, panelists, and mentors. Michael Carroll from Urban Engine in Huntsville, AL and NASA Earth Science Division senior advisor Dr. Patricia Jacobberger introduced Space Apps through a virtual talk while NASA astronaut Drew Feustel, orbiting aboard the International Space Station welcomed everyone to the event. US Embassy science fellow Dr. Anondo Mukherjee and US Fulbright fellow Sarah Marie Hartman gave an online lecture about the Earth's environment. DOST-Advanced Science and Technology Institute acting director Dr. Joel Joseph S. Marciano, Jr. and PHL-Microsat program leader Dr. Marc Caesar R. Talampas discussed microsatellite development and advanced technologies in the Philippines.

Several mentors coming from different backgrounds such as YSEALI alumni Ryan Madrid and Malcolm Flores, De La Salle University professors Jordan Aiko P. Deja and Neil Patrick A. Del Gallego, PHL-Microsat engineers Ariston N. Gonzalez, Lorenzo Sabug, Jr., Benjamin Joseph D. Jiao, and Carlo D. Pastoral, Amazon Web Services developers John Luis Garcia, Dennis Magsajo, and Randy Bardaje, Animo Labs incubatee and MachiBox CEO Simon Gregory Mabanta, VR Philippines lead Cristopher David, Mobility IT 4 Youth lead Art Polo Gabriel III, nuclear physicist Dr. Jasmine Albelda, and entrepreneur Ibba Bernardo guided participants in creating their winning apps and solutions to solve problems on Earth and space. Department of Information and Communications Technology undersecretary Monchito B. Ibrahim gave an inspiring message to the participants. IdeaSpace and Animo Labs looked upon promising projects and solutions that might have a business potential.

During the hackathon period, teams are expected to find solutions to themed challenges put forth by NASA. They work together with the rest of the world on hackathon weekend to devise creative and innovative solutions to these challenges. Projects do not have to be apps and anyone does not need to become a computer programmer to participate. Participants collaborate to build anything — from open-source software, hardware, data visualizations, and citizen science platforms, to videos, art, and other communications solutions — aimed at addressing global challenges. The overarching theme of the 2018 challenges is "Earth and Space," underscoring the connections between major challenges, and the potential solutions to them, both on Earth and in space. The 2018 mainstage Space Apps event was hosted by Urban Engine in the US Space and Rocket Center at Huntsville, AL, also known as "The Rocket City."

Since its inception in 2012, the International Space Apps Challenge has become the world’s largest global hackathon, engaging thousands of global citizens to collaborate in building innovative solutions to complex challenges using NASA’s open data. Hackathons are technology development marathons that draw on the talents and initiative of bright-minded people. Space Apps inspires local innovation communities to convene, cooperate, and create.

The 2018 hackathon was organized by Matt T. Keener, Jeanie M. Duwan, Randolf D. Mariano, and Xavier E. Lara from the American Spaces Philippines of the US Embassy and Kai Shan L. Fernandez, Christine M. Abrigo, Donna Lyn G. Labangon,  Kevin Anthony Y. Kaw, and Dr. Rafael A. Cabredo from De La Salle University. Another hackathon was organized at Makati-Bonifacio Global City by Womensphere. In the past years, Tzar C. Umang brought Space Apps in Dagupan, Pangasinan on 2016 while Art Polo Gabriel III, Wilson Censon, and Tito Mari Francis Escaño organized one in PLDT InnoLab in Mandaluyong, Metro Manila. De La Salle - College of Saint Benilde also hosted Space Apps on 2017 by Dr. Edward M. Moises, Norman Lee, and Catherine Valdellon-Mojado.

Lead organizer Michael Lance M. Domagas is very thankful that NASA scientists and experts recognized the skills and talents of Filipinos in building projects and open-source solutions that address real-world problems, on Earth and in space, and hoping that Filipinos would win the competition.

Please use the hashtags: #SpaceApps #SpaceAppsPH

The Best Filipino Writers Of All Time

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Love to read? Many of us do. Great writers can take us into realms that we have never seen in real life. Filipino authors have also contributed greatly to the world’s greatest literature. They have truly created some of the most magical works of literature.

Here are some of the best Filipino authors of all time:

Jessica Hagedorn

This female author is namely known for her novel Dogeaters which came out in 1990. She was born and she grew up in the Philippines but then she moved to San Francisco as a teenager. Her book won the American Book Award and also almost won the National Book Award.  Her heritage is largely a mix between Spanish, Philippino, French, Irish and Chinese. This book shows that there are many layers of Filipino people and society as well as that there is a huge American influence on the entertainment market. She also writes poetry and plays.
Her play, Mango Tango was created and produced in the 1978 when she moved to New York where she currently resides with her daughters.

Nick Joaquin

Nick Joaquin won the National Artist Award For Literature and he is probably one of the most esteemed writers in Philippines. He came from an educated family and his first written work was published when he was only 17. Then he won a scholarship that took him to Hong Kong. When he returned to Manilla he worked as a journalist for many years, sharing his intellectual work with the country and rising the standards of journalism. When he returned to writing intellectual work, he wrote a book called The Woman With Two Navels which became essential reading in Philippines. He also wrote a lot of short stories which are interesting and more approachable to the newcomers.

F. Sionil Jose

“This writer reveals a lot about the social justice and his books have been translated into 22 languages. The Rosales Saga is a a five-part book that follows a family and how their life changes over 100 years. His other books are enlightening because they show the world the life in Philippines, especially the provincial parts. He was an anti-elitist and this made him quite unpopular in the past but he later received high acclaim and he became internationally popular.”, says Andy Sachs, a regular contributor to Draftbeyond and Writinity.

Luis Francia

Luis Francia is an award-winning author who lived in New York for many years but he was still under a strong impression of his life and upbringing in Philippines which continued to influence his work and his stories. He was a poet, an author and a teacher since he went to New  York after finishing college. There he wrote the Village Voice newspaper and Eye Of The Fish, his memoir which won many awards. 

Jose Rizal

“This is a Philippines’ national hero and a writer as well as poet and essay writer. His novels Noli me Tangere or El Filibusterismo revealed the injustice of colonization and praised the Philippines in its most organic state. These novels paint a great picture of the culture, people, history and how it all reflects today,” says Isabelle Fidel, an author at Researchpapersuk and Last Minute Writing.
Unfortunately, Jose Rizal was executed when he was 35 for these books which were also banned but he also started a revolution that created a way for Philippines to have their independence. However, his books and poems are more than just history, they are also literary masterpieces that influenced writers across the globe and especially Filipino writers.

There are many great Filipino authors out there, some old and some still creating great work. These have been just some of the greatest and the most popular authors from Philippines

Martina Sanchez works as an entrepreneur and a content marketing specialist with Lucky Assignments and Gum Essays. She loves writing and contributing to her blog where she talks about digital marketing, SEO tips and  tricks etc.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Get Into the Holiday Groove at WBF 2018

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Now on its 18th edition, the World Bazaar Festival (WBF), the country’s longest running annual charity bazaar, returns with another fantastic holiday presentation! Officially opening its doors last December 12 at the World Trade Center Metro Manila, WBF 2018 held a grand opening ceremony at the lobby of the bazaar venue.

Spotted during the momentous affair were select VIP personalities including DSWD Assistant Sec. Glenda Relova, Justin Brownlee and Renaldo-Balkman with celebrity guests PhoemeLa Baranda, Miles Ocampo, Dimples Romana and Toni Gonzaga alongside Worldbex Services International’s Founding Chairman Mr. Joseph Ang, Co-Founder Levi S. Ang, Managing Director Jill Aithnie Ang, as well as key officers Rene Ramos and Tessie Roque.

Every Christmas, WBF never fails to mount a spectacular holiday show that gives bazaar goers something new and exciting to look forward to. This year, WBF draws inspiration from the pure and unfiltered memories of yuletides past to present a “Boogie Woobie” Christmas – a retro-inspired celebration that invites everyone to take part in a groovy and nostalgia-infused holiday shindig.

Apart from the awesome bazaar installations and splendid holiday decors inside the bazaar halls, bazaar goers are sure to be impressed by the massive array of shopping finds and fabulous gift ideas that abound at WBF 2018. With nearly 800 booths on display which features top brands, local makers and even foreign retailers. WBF is truly the most incredible one-stop shop for all of your holiday shopping needs.

There's so much in store for everyone with the fantastic bazaar highlights that await at WBF 2018. Among these include the Designers’ Avenue, where one can find a wide range of branded apparel and accessories at affordable prices as well as the holiday edition of Bloggers United, where fans can meet and shop the closets of the metro’s top fashion and beauty bloggers.

Another star-studded affair at WBF 2018 is the Celebrity Pavilion, a designated area within the bazaar where local celebrities set up their own booths to sell brand new products as well as their own pre-loved clothes and belongings. Aside from the unique shopping finds, the Celebrity Pavilion is also a great way for fans to get up close and personal with their favorite showbiz personalities. Other bazaar zones to check out include the Christmas Village, BFAR and Department of Agriculture Pavilion.

Knowing full well that the holidays will not be complete without the music, cheers, and festivities, bazaar goers are also in for a treat with the family-centered events that will be held throughout the 11-day run of WBF such as the Streetdance Competition, Himig ng Pasko, Woobie’s Kid Idol Competition and Christmas Carol with the Angels

After a productive day of shopping, bazaar goers can recharge and unwind over a plethora of mouthwatering food choices and drinks over at Woobie’s Food World. Before heading home, bazaar goers are also encouraged to drop by at Woobie’s Goodies, a massive food shop where one can find a delectable array of holiday sweets and treats. 

WBF 2018 Ceremonial Ribbon Cutting Photo Caption:

Experience an unforgettable Retro-tastic Christmas! The 18th World Bazaar Festival is now open until December 22 at the World Trade Center Metro Manila. The event is organized by Worldbex Services International. Hailing the opening ceremony were VIPs, celebrities and WSI executives. <L-R> Ms. Miles Ocampo, Ms. Toni Gonzaga, Ms. Dimples Romana, Mr. Justin Brownlee - Brgy. Ginebra Player, Ms. Phoemela Baranda, Mr. Rene Ramos - WSI Director, Ms. Tessie Roque - WSI Director, Mr. Renaldo - Balkman - NBA New York Knicks and Alab Pilipinas Import, Mr. Joseph Ang - WSI Founding Chairman, ASec. Glenda Relova - Department of Social Welfare and Development (DWSD), Mrs. Levi Ang - WSI Co-Founder, Ms. Jill Aithnie Ang - WSI Managing Director and Mr. Paul Mercado - Chief Marketing Officer of ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation Inc.

Organized by Worldbex Services International and presented in partnership with ABS-CBN, the 18th World Bazaar Festival runs until December 22, 2018, from Sunday to Thursday at 12:00nn to 10:00pm and Friday to Saturday at 10:00am to 12:00mn at the World Trade Center Manila. The bazaar is for the benefit of the ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation. For more information, follow @worldbazaarfestival on Facebook and Instagram, call (02) 656-9239, or email

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

PHLPost Released Commemorative Stamps to Mark GenSan 50th Anniversary

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The Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost) released new commemorative stamps featuring the City Government of General Santos to commemorate its 50th Cityhood Anniversary.

General Santos City is a First class highly urbanized city in Mindanao. Formerly known as Dadiangas, the city is named after General Paulino Santos, a former Commanding General of the Philippine Army.

Postmaster General Joel Otarra said that aside from being the Tuna Capital of the Philippines, General Santos City has a great variety of unique travel destinations with countless beautiful places, and more importantly, a sense of history and a dynamic, cultural diversity.

He added that it is only fitting to recognize the efforts of the city government to highlight this important milestones by  issuing four (4) different designs of commemorative stamps to show the rich history, places, marine life and the world famous Tuna of General Santos City. 

The launching and unveiling of the 50thAnniversary Commemorative Stamp was participated by General Santos City Mayor Ronnel C.Rivera and Postmaster General Joel L. Otarra.

PHLPost has printed 60,000 copies of the four (4) colorful designed stamps by PHLPost in-house graphic designer Victorino Z. Serevo which is being sold at P12.00 each.

The stamps and official first day cover will be available starting today at the Philatelic Counter, Central Post Office, Liwasang Bonifacio, Manila and selected Area Post Offices nationwide. For inquiries, please call 527-01-32.
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