Saturday, August 5, 2017

Join Kabataan Night 2017: Voices of Youth

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Come, witness and experience YOUTH POWER!

In celebration of International Youth Day on August 12, Voice of the Youth Network (VOTY) brings you "Kabataan Night 2017: The Voices of Youth". VOTY's brainchild activity is back this year with bigger, better and bolder surprises for the Filipino Youth.

We have a whole day of fun, learning and entertainment lined up for you, including:

- open mic to showcase your talent in singing, voice acting and spoken word poetry
- motivational talks from some of the country's most sought-after youth empowerment speakers
- performances from local bands and musical groups
- meet and greet with fellow youth from different schools and organizations
... and so much more!

Witness the launch of VOTY Awards, a recognition program to acknolwedge various organizations and their advocacy.

Art In Island to Launch Newest "Paintings in Motion" Attraction Soon

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Art In Island, known for its 3D and interactive paintings, is a 3D art museum and the biggest of its kind in Asia. With over a hundred 3D paintings painted in the walls and floor, you can freely touch, be creative with your poses and take pictures as much as you want. The paintings become real like you are actually in them. But how about if these paintings can now move?

This September 2017, Art In Island brings media art through projection mapping and media facade art combined here in the Philippines for the very first time! This newest attraction will not be on a limted time but will be added as one of the museum’s attractions.

Be ready to discover beautiful visuals recreated with light and art combined! With the use of projection mapping, Art In Island creates exciting projection mapped performances which are carefully wrapped around Art In Island’s 30-feet tall panoramic 3D paintings. Projection mapping is actually a development in projection technology used to turn common objects into interactive displays. Along with Art In Island’s interactive 3D paintings, we combine interactive projections and create a new and exciting fantasy world only here in Art In Island.

To learn more, visit or call us at 421-1356.

AsiaPOP Comicon Manila 2017 is Bringing Cyborg to Manila

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DC’s ‘Cyborg’ smashes his way into AsiaPOP Comicon Manila 2017 as part of the second batch of guest artists to be seen by their fans live in Manila.

So better hold on to your plasma cannons as DC’s newest fighter makes his way to the Philippine stage!

AsiaPOP Comicon Manila 2017 (APCC Manila) unveils American actor Ray Fisher, aka Cyborg, from Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and the highly anticipated film Justice League. Fisher will be the first Hollywood celebrity headliner to take on the biggest pop culture event in the country. APCC Manila 2017 is slated from August 25 to 27 at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City.

Victor Stone, aka Cyborg, is a former college athlete turned cybernetic warrior through the mysterious power of an otherworldly living machine known as a Mother Box. Cyborg is the latest addition to DC's Justice League, an organization of Earth's greatest superheroes dedicated to protecting the world from its greatest threats.

“We have always believed in bringing unique talent and content to AsiaPOP Comicon Manila and this year is no different as we are bringing one of the brightest talents and potential future superstar, Ray Fisher who is reprising the role of Cyborg in the forthcoming blockbuster Justice League and will continue to be key superhero character within DC Universe” said Abdulla Mahmood, Director, Marketing and International Business, Al Ahli Holding Group. “Die-hard DC fans who were craving for a superhero talent have their wishes fulfilled as they will get an opportunity to interact with Ray Fisher as Cyborg”.

In 2020, Warner Bros. is said to release a solo Cyborg film, where Fisher will reprise his role as Victor Stone/Cyborg. Fisher’s performance as Cyborg marks the actor’s big screen debut. His past performances include a brief appearance in the period television drama, The Astronaut Wives Club, and various theater productions across the United States, including his portrayal of Muhammad Ali in the New York Theatre Workshop's Off-Broadway production of Fetch Clay, Make Man. 

Friday, August 4, 2017

7 Tips to Make Every Family Vacation Awesome

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Much like eating, a family that travels together stays together. This might sound cliched, but travelling does strengthen bonds and brings you closer to your loved ones. Vacations with your family can be some of the best experiences you’ll have. However, keeping to a schedule while trying to keep an eye on your kids and making sure your elderly mother is comfortable can be a lot to handle. It doesn’t have to be though.

The key to happier vacations with your family is to pay attention to their needs, and to find the perfect balance between activities and rest time.

Ricoh Philippines Offers Total Office Productivity Solutions to Empower Digital Workplaces

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Imaging devices like printers, photocopiers, scanners, projectors and other similar equipment are still prominently needed at every workplace. Though many companies have gone digital and have their online work space, nothing compares to the actual prints on paper, to the images projected on larger screens, to working on digital boards, and some more technologies that are still required for options on our workplace.

Print may be slowly discouraged since we do save a lot of trees by using online alternatives. However, the need to save the environment would only be successful if the people would patronize the usage of digital devices. 

We do attract attention more if we innovate on using mobile or digital equipment (connected to the Internet) to actively support the ultimate vision and mission of companies like Ricoh Philippines.

You'll be impressed with their projectors that allows you to project images even at short distances from the screen. Their digital Interactive Board is definitely the future. That optional video camera to compliment group collaboration hits it right as one of the most interesting attraction. 

Though I still feel the photocopier is still as humongous as the extinct dinosaurs, that form factor is still indeed the most durable especially for large corporate requirements in printing, photocopying, scanning, etc. The bonus is the control panel that allows you to be more productive, plus the new alternative to staplers for documents.

Ricoh Philippines is prepared to deal with the fast-paced developments as they have solutions to provide for most workplace needs.

BGC Bus Rolls Out Improved Routes For Faster, Shorter Trips

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If you’re a regular commuter in BGC, this one’s for you.

BGC recently announced improved bus routes and schedules that will help lessen passengers’ waiting time. The new routes were developed based on historical data of foot traffic and travel time.

Starting August 7, Monday, Express buses plying different routes will be optimized with fewer stops so passengers can get to their destination faster.

For instance, two new routes, the Upper West and Lower West Express buses, will only have two and three stops, respectively; while buses in the East Express route will carry passengers via a P2P (Point-to-Point bus). In the meantime, buses driving the North Express route will have four stops.

Going home late won’t be a problem anymore, as each Express bus will now be accessible to the riding public from 6am to 10pm.

Sean Luarca, BGC’s Marketing Manager shares “The BGC Bus is considered the main transport system within BGC. We have the commuting public in mind when we decided to redesign the bus routes, stops, and schedules. By assessing historical data, we have come up with a system to help alleviate passenger wait time so BGCitizens and guests can reach their destinations safely and conveniently within the shortest time possible.”

Based on records, the BGC Bus serves a total of 41,000 passengers per day.

The standard BGC bus fare stays at P12. BGC Bus accepts payments via beep™ card.

For more information regarding BGC's updated bus routes and schedules, check out the image below. You can also visit their website at or email You can also check their Facebook at

DTI Launches OTOP Next Gen in Caraga, Screens Products for Go Lokal! Placement

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Modern, cool, and uniquely Filipino - these are the qualities looked for in products that will be recommended for placement/sale in Go Lokal! stores, retail concept stores showcasing quality and innovative Philippine products crafted, designed, and produced by the country's micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs). The stores, to be located in malls, are intended to be a free marketing platform for MSMEs to gain access to the lucrative local consumer market, and ultimately, to the global export market.

Twenty (20) out of 111 Caraga products initially screened were deemed ready for such endorsement to Go Lokal!. The process, called Screening, Assessment & Triage (SAT), was conducted in June by experts from the Design Center of the Philippines and local designers engaged by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Caraga.

DTI-Regional Operations Group Assistant Secretary Demphna Du-Naga who oversaw the screening said the rest of the products from the region’s 71 participating MSMEs will be lined up for further assistance in product design and development under the One Town One Product Next Generation (OTOP Next Gen) program.

Leon Flores III, project consultant of OTOP Next Gen, said during the press conference held on the last day of the screening sessions that the interventions will be customized and will not be the "cookie cutter" type. He stressed the importance of identifying what the exact needs are so that the development services for the MSMEs “are meaningful and the products become more marketable in terms of design and appeal and customer experience, among others.”

For her part, ASec Du-Naga, OTOP Next Gen National Project head, lauded DTI Caraga for being the only regional office that is successful in facilitating the full and sustained operation of not just one but two (2) OTOP Tindahang Pinoy/Pasalubong Stores. She said this is very good for the local producers because they have a ready marketing outlet for their produce.

DTI Caraga Regional Director Brielgo O. Pagaran said other MSMEs who need help only need to approach the nearest DTI office or any of the Negosyo Centers in the region.

Go Lokal! stores, a partnership between the DTI and the private sector, will soon open in selected SM Malls and Robinsons Malls nationwide.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

The 3rd Communication Conference: Exploring the Realm of Communication

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On its third year, the Communication Conference (CommCon) will open its gates once more to Communication majors, practitioners, and enthusiasts who want to learn and explore the world of Communication in a two-day conference, which will be held on August 4-5, 2017 that will take place in De La Salle University-Manila.

With the theme, Exploring the Realm of Communication, CommCon will offer two sets of five (5) plenary talks, panel discussion, and more than fifty (50) workshops on a wide variety of topics from Broadcast, Print, and Public Relations to name a few. The Conference team will once again gather an army of communication experts to share knowledge that can be created through the transformation of experience. The Conference will broaden the way delegates see the field and make them explore what more it has to offer.

The Regular Registration is currently ongoing and will end on August 3 for only PHP 1,000 for students, while PHP 1,200 for professionals. The registration fee includes admission, meals for both days, and a delegate kit. 

Register now because slots are limited. Explore the realm of Communication and secure a slot in the conference by registering through: .

DLSU-MaFIA to celebrate 5th year of National Finance Congress

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With the theme, “Pioneering Financial Literacy Among Filipino Youth”, the De La Salle University – Management of Financial Institutions Association (DLSU-MaFIA) will be hosting the 5th installment of National Finance Congress on August 5, 2017 (Saturday) at William Shaw Theater, De La Salle University.

The event aims to promote financial literacy by equipping its participants especially students with essential finance skills and knowledge that are necessary on withstanding the competitive working sphere. It also intends to establish and strengthen the financial foundation of the youth today in contemplation of prospective challenges posed by globalization and shifting marketplace.

Lastly, it aims to provide future leaders the necessary knowledge and skills in making logical and strategic decisions to optimize their investments and portfolios.

The topics for the event include Philippine’s Economic Outlook on Investments, EconomicsFinance, Digital Innovations in Banking & Finance, and Financial Literacy for Millennials.

As for the speakers, we’ve invited Mr. Edmund Lee to discuss about Investments, Mr. Alvin Ang to discuss how the Philippine economy affects Financial Markets, Mr. Lito Villanueva to discuss Digital Innovations, and Mr. Jayson Lo to discuss Financial Literacy.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Beware of the BUZZards of the Blogging Community

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Every time we hear stories about bloggers joining the bandwagon of bashing bloggers, we keep seeing them as vultures. Based on our research, vultures, some called as BUZZards, can often be seen circling endlessly and effortlessly on seemingly easy targets.

They're often mistaken for eagles but their bills and feet are not designed to catch or kill prey, so instead they feast on road kill and desert casualties. These birds are designed to poke their bills deep into a carcass. They feast on totally gross carrion.

When one finds a good updraft, other vultures will join in. Though most birds lack any sense of smell, vultures can sniff out a dead critter from more than a mile away. They smell the unique sulphurous chemical compounds of decaying meat from high in the sky, then will circle around downwards until they find the aroma's origin

It's a myth that vultures prefer things that have been dead for days. The truth is that they prefer their meals more fresh ... they'll definitely pass up carrion that's too, well, ripe.

Our advise to bloggers being continuously bashed by these BUZZards?

Keep yourselves alive and kicking. Show them you are all ready for whatever they'll throw at you. Don't succumb to desperation because they publicly shamed you. As long as you have a clear conscience, you should fight for your right to be in the blogging community.

To the spectators, don't settle being on the sidelines, hiding from their vision, in fear that they'll prey on you too. Soon they might target you as well if you remain silent from all their oppressive tactics, and let them feast on the weak. Your blogger friends need you more than ever.

To the bashers, your reputations will not get any better if you continue to pretend concerned about the blogging community, but deep inside you have an ulterior motive. Instead of public social media rants, backstabbing or badmouthing other bloggers, and anything similar, you directly communicate with those involved, and work on the problems privately.

You don't let the whole world know that your community is full of problems when you haven't tried ways to fix it. A family may have imperfect members, but each could make up for the weakness with the help of each other's strengths.

You don't alienate or "kill" a member of your family just because you believe they are below your standards. 

Successful brands don't advertise to promote their negative traits. They focus on the positive ones....while they work on improving their products or services. It may take time to change and improve, but we believe everyone deserves nth chances to be the better version of themselves.

These bashers cannot hide the fact that they just want to keep the opportunities within their circle of they talk ill about other bloggers thinking they'll be able to fool all their PR and event organizers.

Fortunately, the world is not full of gullible and weak-minded people. There are so many smarter persons around who know the true intentions of these bashers.

Why do they bash? Aside from being insecure and jealous of the achievements of their fellow bloggers, we all know that at certain events, only a few bloggers get the privilege of being invited. Since bloggers have been very much in demand, some are threatened and there brews some sort of competition. Most of the time, only those with the influence or contacts get to be invited. Nowadays, when you are very popularly invited at events, it does not mean you are the best blogger around.

However, PRs and event organizers have become smarter. They now do their own research and does not rely entirely on recommendations. They can now sense and identify who are pretentious and just after the perks and freebies, and who are naturally inquisitive and curious, and more into the stories and event coverage.

No one will deny that they enjoy the complimentary gifts, the raffle prizes, the VIP treatment, but if people are arguing about the controversial perks and freebies as a source of corruption among bloggers, and media, it should be removed just like how we feel that it is also not necessary to give politicians access to so much funds. 

Even though some bloggers may go overboard and abusive with feelings of entitlement, everyone else is guilty of their own "cheat days" and selfish moves.

If we really want to make this blogging community the most fruitful and rewarding for everyone, we don't limit our alliance with only a few. 

"Fact is there is room for everyone, and there's absolutely no need for hatred, just patience, perseverance, passion, and managed expectations."
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