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Walk Write This Way with Writer’s Block Philippines and Carlos Celdran

Writer’s Block Philippines is once again holding a one of a kind travel writing workshop with Carlos Celdran.

A group founded by freelance writers Ana Santos, Nikka Sarthou, and Nina Terol-Zialcita, Writer’s Block Philippines believes in conducting writing workshops that are both experiential and inspiring.

“Combining something we are passionate about–like food and travelling–with writing has been our formula from the start. It’s proven to be something that participants look for and look forward to,” says Ana Santos, who writes about sexual health rights and women in armed conflict.

Take a walk around the famed city of Intramuros and listen to Manila tourist guide extraordinaire Carlos Celdran regale us with his own kind of history lesson / tour that is also a one-man theatrical performance.

Workshop participants will start the morning with the Carlos Celdran “If these walls could talk” walking tour of Intramuros and then be given free time to write about their experience.

Later, these writing pieces will be discussed with Writer’s Block Founders and a guest speaker from Travelife Magazine who will share what really makes a good travel piece and provide an editorial perspective on what editors look for.

“I see travel as a learning experience–whether it is a local or foreign destination. Traveling is a nice opportunity to learn about the things beyond the four walls of the classroom. For me, the best way to document each travel experience is to write about it. Walk Write This Way 2.0 will help aspiring travel writers become more effective in their craft, as the founders of Writer’s Block Philippines will share tips that every writer will find useful.”, says Nikka Sarthou, a lifestyle and travel journalist.

Writer’s Block Philippines also dispels the myth that travelling entails a lot of time and money. “Sometimes, the most surprising discoveries await us just in our own backyards,” says Nina Terol – Zialcita, who writes about themes on “changemaking” and culture and the arts. “Those of us who live in Manila tend to take it for granted because all we see is the traffic, the pollution, and the stressors that accompany our daily grind. But if we peel all those layers and look closely, we will discover that we live in a vibrant and culturally diverse locale where there are also many stories to be uncovered and shared.”

As Writer’s Block Philippines is a firm believer in freelance writing as a career, various writing opportunities in travel writing will also be discussed. We hope that at the end of the workshop, the participants will have learned the basics of what they will need to combine their passion for writing and travelling and earn from it!

Log onto www.writersblockphilippines.com or message 0927.850.8280 for more information.

Writer’s Block Philippines believes that writing is both art and craft, both creative and methodical, a form of expression and a discipline. Writing itself is only one aspect of “writing”; a culmination of other processes that make it easier for you to write your piece. Through its workshops, Writer’s Block will bring all these different processes together and teach you how to be an effective writer.


Christmas Shopping with Global Pinoy Bazaar at the Rockwell Tent

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The Yabang Pinoy – Filipino Pride movement celebrates its 5th year by celebrating Filipino Love and Pride.

Together with Yabang Pinoy’s community of Filipino entrepreneurs committed to Filipino artistry and craftsmanship, Yabang Pinoy will once again stage the 6th Global Pinoy Bazaar on Nov 6-7, 2010 at Rockwell Tent, Makati City.

Global Pinoy Bazaar 2010 will feature businesses with 100% Filipino Love and Pride, showcasing ladies’, men’s & children’s apparel, accessories, jewelries, bags & shoes, home decor, beachwear, home and wellness products, as well as Pinoy art and design.

“We believe in buying Philippine-made products.  Our products are just as good as the products from other countries. We have a lot of good ideas and our workmanship is also very good.  We like the vision of the Yabang Pinoy movement as the title  “Yabang Pinoy” says it all.  We can never move forward as a people if we do not believe and take pride in what we have and what we can achieve,” shared Tessa Coscolluela of Tiny Wonder.

Ea de los Santos of outdoor apparel brand Agos says: “We (with partner Mica Ferrer) started as Yabang Pinoy volunteers three years ago. Being part of the group inspired us to start our own local brand. Since there are only a few brands promoting the Philippine outdoor lifestyle, we saw the opportunity and decided to give it a try. Now we can prove that there is really a growing market in the outdoor/extreme lifestyle world: one great example is surfing. It was not hard for us to come up with this business because it is also our lifestyle. Now it will be our second year as merchants and we realize that Global Pinoy Bazaar is not just a bazaar. It is a celebration of local brands growing together and of Filipinos who continue to support local products and ideas.”

“Shoppers can expect unique, quality products for the comfort and safety of mommy and baby at reasonable prices. Our products are made to provide unique and helpful solutions for each mother and child,” says Karen Lopez of MomTreneur.

As early as now, mark you calendars for the best Filipino Christmas shopping experience.

Other exhibitors include Jetset Travel Accessories, Magic Bag, Mayella’s Wires and Strings Fashion Accessories, Shoeology, Galing Pinas, Sole Sister, Tot Couture, Creative Prints, Manikako Inc, KJAAD & Co, Baubles, Bangles n’ Beads, Amber Lights Laguna, Brown Belly, Palabras at Letras, Everything’s for Fun, Messy Bessy , Yellow Ribbon Movement, Yayin, Wire Art Fashion, Alessandra Libongco Art & Design, Elaine Adoptante , The Tunic Project, CEVA Designs Specialty Products, Swordfish, Kikayism, Vanity without Apology, Twee Shop, Bedazzle Accessories, Firefly Row, Shoe Struck, Piroutte, Rina Pia, BeautynBeads, Ylla Shoes, El Maestro Muscovado, Eco Sack, Maarte Novelties, Cole Vintage, Suelas, MYCX Flats, Pili Footwear, Cris Cel Cor, Laura’s Versatile Fabrics Collection, Seventy-Seven & Lucky Marias, H by G Licaros, URU Manila, Balai Matteo Home Furnishings, Beansprout, Babinski Baby, Badj Swimwear & Couture, Chilli Margarita Shoes, Dashe Cosmetics, Fab Manila, Punchdrunk Panda, Sewn Sandals, Catrina Paulino Enterprises, Baligya Na’ko & Co, Erzullie, Lalaughka Inc, Happy Feet, Depaige Manila, Poisonberry, Rurungan sa Tubod Foundation, The Beacbaby, I Love Koi, Willow Clothing, MomTreneur, Les Roux, Reserved, Hanky Panty, Gold Dot, Electromagnetic Tentacle, Magu Clothing, Tawid Crafts, Bo Couture, Tiny Wonder Trading, Casa Amarilla, Sam’sa’kara, Deseo Clothing, Mallos, BECE Manila, Trishca’s Store, Bolso Manila, Bigkas Pilipinas, Sigaw Sambit Collections, Dodong loves Bebang, Agos Pilipinas, Kape Ni Juan, Weewilldoodle, Sagada Pottery, Corbin , M.Y. Likha, Ang Illustrador ng Kabataan, and many more.

Global Pinoy Bazaar 2010 is supported by Rockwell Land, Inc., Yellow Cab Pizza, Binalot, Reyes Barbeque Yo Card, and Digiprint. Media partners include Manila Bulletin, The Philippine Star, Southern Living, Sense and Style Magazine, Styeweekend magazine, 24/7, Circuit and Juice. TV partners: ETC, QTV’s The Beat, MYX and Astig TV. Online partners: Clickthecity.com, Yehey.com, Philstar.com, Manilashopaholic.com, Wheninmaniila.com and ProPinoy.net. Radio partners:  99.5RT and Jam 88.3.

For more information about this Christmas Shopping Bazaar, visit www.yabangpinoy.com, email us yabangpinoy@gmail.com, or call us at mobile # 0927-826-3926.

Christmas Shopping with Global Pinoy Bazaar at the Rockwell Tent

Group Buying GIANT Discounts Thanks to BUYanihan.com

BUYanihan.com is a new site determined to give you “the best for less!”

How Buyanihan works…

Using Buyanihan is easy and takes less than a minute. You can check our website every day to find out what deals in the city are featured every day. Or you can subscribe to the email alert which we distribute to subscribers every morning. Subscribers enter their name and billing information.

If you like the deal, click the link on the Today’s Deal page to buy it. You won’t be charged unless the minimum number of people required to sign up is met to make the Buyanihan deal successful.

If enough people join before midnight, the Buyanihan e-Coupon will appear in your inbox the next morning. You can use your coupon anytime you want during the specified run of the offer.

Contact BUYanihan’s dedicated Customer Support team at +632 886-6190 and +632 836-1329. You can also email us at support@buyanihan.com.

What is Buyanihan?
Each day, Buyanihan features an unbeatable deal on the best stuff to do, see, eat, and buy in Metro Manila (for the time being) . By promising businesses a minimum number of customers, we get discounts you won’t find anywhere else. We call it “collective buying power!”
Do I have to sign up a group of people I know to get the deal?
Nope, the number of our members make up a big enough group. But please go ahead and clue in the people you know about the deal so that they can sign up too.
What happens if the Buyanihan deal doesn’t reach its required minimum number of purchasers?
If not enough people sign up, then the deal is canceled, and you won’t be charged. Better luck next time! So if you really want the Buyanihan, either beg or threaten your friends.
Do I need to use my Buyanihan coupon the same day I buy it?
No. You don’t have to use them on the date of purchase. Buyanihan coupons have an expiration date. So use the coupon anytime during the offer’s specified date run.
I bought a Buyanihan coupon – how do I use it?
Once you’re charged, you’ll receive an email with a link to sign in and print your Buyanihan coupon. The Buyanihan coupon has redemption instructions and a map right on it!
If I don’t use the full value of the Buyanihan deal in one visit, can I use the remainder later?
No. Unless otherwise stated you do not receive store credit or cash back for whatever you don’t use.
Can I combine my Buyanihan Deal with other offers or specials?
No… not unless the Buyanihan Deal specifically states otherwise.
Am I billed as soon as I join Buyanihan?
No – you are only charged if the Buyanihan deal reaches the required minimum of buyers.
Is Buyanihan safe?
Extremely. Your credit card number is transmitted by SSL directly to a secure electronic vault. At no time is your credit card information stored on our servers.
Can I return a Buyanihan coupon?
All sales are final and coupons are issued by the featured companies. If you want to discuss returning a coupon, please bring it to the merchant’s attention whose contact details can be found on the Deal’s Page. If you can’t reach them, by all means give us a call at +632 886-6190 and +632 836-1329.
Are the coupons transferable?
If you want to give them as gifts, on the day that they avail of the deal, your beneficiaries must take with them a copy of your credit card’s invoice or charge sheet to present as proof to the merchant.
What happens if my Buyanihan coupon expires?
Once a Buyanihan deal reaches its expiration date, it loses its promotional value. All is not lost! You can still redeem it at the price you paid for the length of time stated by gift certificate laws in the Philippines.
What if the business for my Buyanihan Deal closes down?
If anything happens that makes it impossible for you to redeem your Buyanihan coupon, we’ll make sure you get your money back.
How can I get my business on Buyanihan?
Check out Feature your business section for more information.
Where did you get the name “Buyanihan?”
Buyanihan comes from the Pilipino word Bayanihan – meaning collective power and spirit by a group of people to overcome a challenging task. Similarly, Buyanihan means collective group buying power and enjoying big savings and enjoying life!
When will Buyanihan be in my city?
Soon – we’re growing fast. If you like to help us launch Buyanihan in your city, feel free to email us at support@buyanihan.com (for buyers) or sales@buyanihan.com (for business support).
Who are you guys?
Buyanihan evolved out of Platform2u.com, an e-Commerce platform developer that provides social e-Commerce solutions to SMEs and SMIs in the Philippines.
What distinguishes you from other group buying sites?
True there are other collective group buying websites overseas. But we are the Philippines’ first discount deals e-commerce website and we are leveraging on the Filipinos’ renowned bayanihan spirit to make all the deals we promote on behalf of our merchant-partners become successful.
Where is Buyanihan based?
We are at the heart of Metro Manila’s financial district. We are located at the 10th flr, 98 Cityland Herrera Tower, V.A. Rufino St., Salcedo Village, Makati City
Call our dedicated Customer Support team at +632 886-6190 and +632 836-1329. You can also email us at support@buyanihan.com.

Group Buying GIANT Discounts Thanks to BUYanihan.com

Why Not Forum w/ Ogie Alcasid, Alex Lacson, Noel Cabangon, Rico Hizon, Reese Fernandez and Bill Luz

The WhyNot?Forum was inspired by TEDTalks, wherein leading thinkers and doers around the world share their thoughts, ideas, dreams, and experiences, which are then posted on the web for all the world to see.

We envision the WhyNot? Forum as an advocate of inspiring filipino ingenuity; It is a smorgasboard of great, brave ideas, an open-source innovation soup that will hopefully inspire other Filipinos to connect adjunct thoughts, take impactful action, and weave together new breakthrough ideas — redefining and challenging the inertia of the status quo;

All in the spirit of positive change for the Philippines.

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WHY NOT? FORUM 8.0 – NOW WHAT?

August 22, 2010 2pm-6pm Ayala Museum, Makati CBD

Exactly a year ago, Why Not 7.0 asked : Why Not a Reimagination?
As the nation opens a new chapter, Why Not? asks NOW WHAT?

Join us as our speakers answer the question :

Bill Luz – Now What for Philippine Business?
Rico Hizon – Now What for the Global Pinoy?
Noel Cabangon – Now What para sa mga Mabubuting Pinoy?
Reese Fernandez – Now What for Social Development?
Alex Lacson – Now What for Good Citizenship?
Ogie Alcasid – Now What for the Pinoy Entertainment Industry?

Answer the question with us. See you at WhyNot? Forum 8.0
August 22, 2010. 2pm – 6pm at the Ayala Museum, Makati CBD.

Regular entrance fee : P250. Student price : P200

email whynotforum@gmail.com for reservations.

Write About the Philippines and Win Prizes!

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Write About the Philippines and Win Prizes!

The amazing land formations of Chocolate Hills, the spectacular subterranean river in Palawan, the magnificent man-made Banaue Rice Terraces, the picture-perfect Pinatubo crater, the unbelievable underwater life in Palawan, and the pristine white sand beaches in Boracay… If those aren’t enough reasons to write about the natural wonders of the Philippines, then what is?

OfficiallyPhilippines.com, a travel website that aims to raise awareness of the Philippines one island at a time, invites you to write about anything under the Philippines’ tropical sun.  Choose from the three categories – personal travel journal, documentary, or other topics such as Filipino fiestas and celebrations, local food, the hidden treasures in the country, and Filipino traditions (kaugaliang Pinoy).  In 500 to 800 words, paint a picture of the beauty of the country by sharing your travel tales and more, and at the same time, be able to promote nationalism and also national fervor.  Who knows?  Your piece might just inspire someone to come to the Philippines for a visit.

By being an ambassador of Philippine tourism through the website’s writing contest, you will have the chance to win a combined total of Php 45,000 in cash and prizes.  You can even submit more than one entry to improve your chances of winning.  Deadline for submission of entries is on August 15, 2010.  Check out www.OfficiallyPhilippines.com for more information about the contest, and to read about the best travel spots in the country with its all-original content from local travelers and writers.  Spread the word and help create more awareness for travel to and within the Philippines.

Freelance Writing Workshop with Writer’s Block Philippines

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Manila, 3 August, 2010Three freelance writers dreamt of putting together a group where other writers could be inspired and armed with the proper skills to be more effective communicators.

It may have started out as a wish. But it was also the start of Writer’s Block Philippines, a group founded by Ana Santos, Nikka Sarthou and Nina Terol-Zialcita.

The trio collectively have two decades of experience in freelance writing as a career. Together, their works on lifestyle, travel, arts & culture, changemaking, advocacy, sex & relationships, and women’s issues have been extensively published both locally and internationally.

As freelance writers, they know how much effort it takes to establish and manage their own bylines and how hard it is to make writing a lucrative enterprise.

“Writer’s Block Philippines is the kind of support system that we wished we had when we were starting our own freelance writing careers,” says Santos, a sex & relationship columnist and sexual health advocate. Santos, who also writes about armed conflict in Mindanao, has had her work published in international publications like IRIN News, the humanitarian news agency of the United Nations.

“There’s a misconception that freelance writing does not entail serious work, but it’s actually a business in itself,” Sarthou says. “Aside from practicing the craft, you have to disciplined enough to manage your projects and meet all your deadlines. Through our workshops, we’ll share  practical tips and insights on how to  go about with having a freelance writing career.” Sarthou focuses more on lifestyle writing. She also manages corporate accounts, which give her the flexibility to pursue her other passions such as traveling.

Writer’s Block Philippines conducts writing workshops that cover a wide range of topics to get writers started on their freelance writing career.

The warm reception of their first workshop inspired Santos, Sarthou and Terol-Zialcita to do another run of “How to Jumpstart Your Freelance Writing Career 2.0” on August 22  and 29, 2010 at Powerbooks, Greenbelt 4,  Makati. The two-day workshop will focus on writing techniques and practical insider information on how to get started with freelancing and is supported by Powerbooks and Travelife magazine.

“We were overwhelmed and also very happy about the response we got to the first workshop which was sold out,” says Terol-Zialcita, who is also a poetess and political communicator. “This session will be beefed up with more hands-on coaching on writing and a section on ethics. We included an ethics portion because we believe in maintaining a high level of professionalism and integrity in writing.”

While the most common avenues for freelance writing may be magazines and newspapers, “How to Jumpstart Your Freelance Writing Career 2.0” will discuss the variety of non-traditional media and international publications that can be tapped and the nuances of writing for each specific media.

“How to Jumpstart Your Freelance Writing Career 2.0” will be held on August 22 and 29, 2010. Log on to writersblock.ph@gmail.com or message 0927.850.8280 for more information. Avail of a special Early Bird rate of P3,500 for the two-day workshop by making a reservation on or before August 6, 2010.

For media inquiries, please contact:
Ana Santos:
0917.886.4862

Writer’s Block Philippines believes that writing is both art and craft, both creative and methodical, a form of expression and a discipline. Writing itself is only one aspect of “writing”; a culmination of other processes that make it easier for you to write your piece. Through its workshops, Writer’s Block will bring all these different processes together and teach you how to be an effective writer.

Writers Block Press Release Jumpstart 2 August 2010


Ready, Set, Travel: Cebu Pacific’s Backpacker Challenge Adventure Contest

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Ready, set, travel: Cebu Pacific’s backpacker adventure contest

With just P12,000, a backpack and a chunk of resourcefulness, just how far can a traveler go in the Philippines? To answer the question, Cebu Pacific (CEB), the country’s largest airline, will pit local travel experts against each other in a five-day, four-city journey across the Philippines. Dubbed the Cebu Pacific Backpacker Challenge, the competition also aims to show that a fun exploration of the beautiful Philippine islands can be done without going over one’s allotted budget.

The contest will test the participants’ sense of adventure as they visit various pre-selected locales—Cebu, Cagayan de Oro, Davao and Iloilo. Their journey will begin and end in Manila for the awarding of the winning team.

There will be five teams of two travel experts each. They will form Team Sanuk, Team ROX, Team Columbia, Team High Sierra and Team Eagle Creek, named after participating Primer Group brands synonymous with fun, adventure and travel. These travel experts will go from place to place enjoying as many activities and having as many experiences as their budgets will allow. They can savor local cuisine, visit tourist attractions, try local sports and enjoy whatever else the locale offers.

Each team’s budget also covers accommodation, transportation and meal expenses, which means that making such arrangements with family or friends in the chosen areas is not allowed.

To document their experiences during the trip, the contestants will also use Canon DSLR and Powershot and Ixus cameras with which they will shoot video diaries. They will also be required to report their actual expenses.

At the end of the challenge, the team with the most activities while spending the least will be declared winner. As their prize, each member of the winning team will receive two round-trip CEB tickets to Kota Kinabalu (exclusive of Philippine Travel Tax), and 3N/4D hotel accommodations and transfers in Kota Kinabalu courtesy of the Sabah Tourism Board.

Canon Philippines will also give away photography books and four (4) A490 Canon cameras to the two winning teams with the best DSLR and Point and Shoot photos, covering the theme, “You only live one life. Seize it with Canon.”

“This competition is all about showing Pinoy travelers that, yes, a little amount of money, creativity and planning can go a long way,” shares Candice Iyog, Cebu Pacific vice president for marketing and distribution. “By making the right travel choices, one can enjoy rich experiences and make the most out of any trip, especially here in the Philippines.”

Cebu Pacific has the most extensive network in the Philippines as it flies to 33 domestic destinations in 51 domestic routes. For more information, call (02) 7020-888 or (032) 230-8888 or visit www.cebupacificair.com .

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Airfare (lowest year-round fare)

  • MNL-CEB= P748
  • CEB-CGY= P648
  • CGY-DVO= P648
  • DVO-ILO= P1,288
  • ILO-MNL= P748

Total airfare: P4,080

Teaching Kids from Smokey Mountain about Blogging

I just got an invite for an opportunity to change lives in a positive way. Tomorrow, Saturday June 19, I’ll be speaking to 25 kids from Smokey Mountain about the powers of blogging. I’ll be telling them about the cool things I’ve been able to do and the achievements my fellow bloggers have accomplished because of a simple blog.

We’re hoping to inspire them to also put their thoughts into words and maybe, just maybe, someone will be able to find their amazing personalities and may be able to help them reach their dreams and goals.

I’m a firm believer that ONE PERSON can make a difference and I’m hoping that positive things come out of this.

Below was the letter I was sent just yesterday. My schedule was full, but I had to clear it up a bit for this really amazing event!

I’ll post updates and pictures after the event! I’m really excited and nervous about this one! Hope it goes well!

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BUHAY KO SA SMOKEY MOUTAIN: Invite from Manila Jaycess

Hi Vince!

Thanks for your support! As we briefly spoke on the phone, VJ and I are doing a project with the Manila Jaycess. Our project, entitled BUHAY KO SA SMOKEY MOUNTAIN aims to teach kids how to use blogging to change their lives. It is a weekly session, starting this Saturday.

For this weeks session, what we hope your talk will achieve is to introduce the world of blogging to the kids. At the end of the talk, we hope that we will create an excitement in the kids that they want to learn. It will be more of an inspirational talk, not a technical talk about blogs. Maybe you can show them your blog (wheninmanila.com) and other blogs. The stories behind the blog is as important as the blog itself. It would be great if you can bring other bloggers or other members of your team =)

The session will start 2 PM but your talk will start 230 PM and end 4 PM. I’ll forward you the map going to the center. This is in partnership with Young Focus Foundation. The center will have 25 computers all with internet access. We can provide you with a computer and an LCD projector if you need to show them any visual presentation like blogs or other stuff.

The event will be documented by Range Finder Philippines.

I have CC’d VJ so if you have any questions, please let us know.

I’m sure the kids will be really excited to have a DJ there =)

Thanks again!

A Short Bio of the Kids:

– High school to college students
– 25 participants
– All computer and internet literate
– Most of the have facebooks and plays farmvilles actually

UPDATE: Here’s some pics and info from that awesome event! Was a lot of fun speaking to the kids! – http://www.wheninmanila.com/teaching-blogging-to-smokey-mountain-kids-buhay-ko-philanthropy-projects/

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I’ll post updates and pictures after the event! I’m really excited and nervous about this one! Hope it goes well!

The 2010 Social Networking Conference ‘Connecting to the World Through Social Networks’

‘Connecting to the World Through Social Networks’

April 22-23, 2010
Grand Ballroom, Hotel Intercontinental, Makati City, Philippines

Social networking and online social media has proven to be an important element in today’ marketplace. Not only does this new media allow us to reach our customers directly, but it also allows us to get two way communication from anyone with an opinion.

Social Media is a beast that needs to be understood. Thus, the Social Networking Conference was born!

I’ll be hosting this year’s Social Networking Conference 2010! It’s the 3rd Social Networking Conference.

Hope to see you all there!

More info – http://socialnetworkphilippines.blogspot.com

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Conference Schedule

DAY 1, April 22, 2010, Thursday

8:00 – 9:00 – Registration
9:00- 9:05 – Invocation
9:05 – 9:10 – National Anthem
9:10 – 9:40 – Keynote Address – The Cacophony of User Generated Content is the Web
Speaker: MARIA A. RESSA, Senior Vice-President, ABS-CBN News & Current Affairs and Managing Director, ANC
9:50 – 10:20 – The Future of Social Networking and Social Norms
Speaker: PAUL PAPADIMITRIOU, Digital Intelligence Strategist,
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10:20 – 10:30 Tea Break
10:30 – 11:00 – Social Media Advertising: Measuring Effectiveness
Speaker: PAUL JOHN M. PEÑA, Head – Digital Marketing, Globe Telecom, Inc.
11:00 – 12:00nn – Social Media Marketing Strategies Insights and Lessons Learned
Speakers: JUAN ARMANDO V. ROJO,Vice President, Corporate Brand and Communications, Bayan Telecommunications; ALEX DAN TACDERAS, Brand Manager, Kraft Foods
12:00nn – 1:30pm – Lunch Break
PM Schedule
1:30 – 2:00pm – Social Media to Promote Philippine Tourism
Speaker: EDUARDO MAPA JR., Managing Director, Media Contacts Manila
2:00 – 2:30 – Video as a Powerful Social Media Application
Speaker: BYRON GARCIA, Social Media Consultant – Cebu
2:30 – 3:00 – Using Social Media to Disseminate CSR Programs
Speaker: ROSAN CRUZ, Assistant Vice President of Group Public Relations, BENPRES Holdings Corporation
3:00 – 3:30 – Harnessing the Power of Social Media by Yahoo!
Speaker: JOEY ALARILLA, Social Media Editor, Yahoo! Southeast Asia
3:30 – 3:40 – Tea Break
3:40 – 4:10 – Why 2010 is the Year of Mobile Social Networking
Speaker: JIM AYSON, Senior Product Manager, VAS & DATA Services/WCD, SMART Communications Inc.
4:10 – 5:00 – The DigitalFilipino Social Networking Awards Ceremonies 2010
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DAY 2, April 23, 2010, Friday

AM Schedule
8:00 – 9:00am – Registration
9:00 – 9:05 – Invocation
9:05 – 9:10 – National Anthem
9:10 – 9:40 – Becoming Larger Than Life Through Social Networks
9:40 – 10:10 – Social Media Study by DigitalFilipino
Speaker: JANETTE TORAL, Founder, DigitalFilipino
10:10 – 10:20 – Tea Break
10:20 – 11:20 – Using Social Media in Political Campaign and Voters Education
Speakers: RACQUEL CAGURANGAN, PoliticalArena.com and
NICK B. FONTANILLA, Ph.D., President, The Asia-Pacific Centre for Research, Inc. and President, Philippine Marketing Association (PMA)
11:20 – 12:00 nn – How Brands are Becoming the Media (and Why Your Brand Should Do The Same)
Speaker: LEAH CAMILLA R. BESA-JIMENEZ, General Manager, Proximity Philippines
12:00nn – 1:30pm – Lunch Break
PM Schedule
1:30 – 2:00 – Pitching Social Media Marketing to Clients
Speaker: BRAD GEISER, Co-Founder, GeiserMaclang Marketing Communications Inc.
2:00 – 2:30 – Using Social Media in Search Engine Marketing Campaigns and It Influences Your Search Engine Rankings
Speaker: JANETTE TORAL, Founder, DigitalFilipino
2:30 – 3:00 – Is E-Mail Marketing Dead in the Age of Social Networks?
Speaker: CHINIE HIDALGO-DIAZ, Marketing Director, Teleforce Asia Inc.
3:00 – 3:10 – Tea Break
3:10 – 4:10 – Case Study Presentations of Winners in DigitalFilipino Social Networking Awards 2010
Speakers: 3 Winners
4:10 – 4:40 – Technology Presentation
Speaker: JON-TJIN KEE, Senior Consultant, SEA, EyeBlaster
4:40 – End of Conference.

What’s On in Social Networking Conference?
Social Networking is fad and cutting edge! It has proven to strongly influence public opinion, shape important decisions, link corporate networks and friends, reach to millions of audiences and target markets, disseminate informaton, and change the landscape of doing marketing, advertising, and business.
Are you in Facebook, Yahoo, Friendster, YouTube, Twitter, Multiply, MySpace, LinkedIn, Digg, Orkut and many more? If not, now is the time to be present in these social networks!
Connect to the world through social networks. Gain insights on how to maximize the use of social networks. Learn from various case studies. Learn from various Experts sharing their unique perspectives on social networks.
The Social Networking Conference 2010 is an event geared towards companies and digital marketing/advertising professionals and buisnessmen/entrepreneurs who are interested to use social networks for advertising/marketing their products and services. It is for dynamic and innovative companies, start-ups, and upcoming players who would like to leverage on current technologies to communicate and sell their products/services through social networks; and, gain knowledge as to how this industry is working and evolving.

Who Should Attend:
Social Networkers, Bloggers, Managing Directors, General Managers, Digital Strategist, CRM Managers, Direct Marketing Managers, Database Managers, Brand Managers, Category Managers, Product Managers, Advertising Managers, Corporate Communication Managers, Marketing Managers, Internet Marketers, Media Managers, Content Providers, Web Developers, and those involved in marketing/advertising using the internet and mobile.

Bothering me… cat serial killer




If you haven’t heard, there’s this blog going around the internet that’s really bothering me. It’s from a self proclaimed “cat serial killer”, Joseph Carlo Candare, who hates cats but enjoys hurting and killing them. It’s really disturbed me not only because I love cats but also because am very appalled by those who abuse their power over others who cannot defend themselves. Below is my comment on his blog and also a re-post of his original entry (he took it down after the masses expressed their opposition of his actions).

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Joseph’s friends are right, he shouldn’t be apologizing to these people… the only ones Joseph Carlo Candare should be apologizing to are the cats he has hurt!

It’s not about what you harm — a cat, a horse a monkey, or a person. The fact is that those who have power should not abuse it over those who don’t. A person clearly has the power to jump on a cat, expose it to extreme suffering and even end its life. But those mature adults who are responsible, considerate and humane would not ever invoke pain or suffering on those who cannot defend themselves.

This is no different than domestic violence, when a stronger man would beat up a weaker woman; or child abuse, when a grown adult would hurt a defenseless child.

So if anything, I really hope that people think before they act. Joseph, you imposed a lot of pain and tremendous suffering into another LIVING, BREATHING creature. Please put yourself in the shoes (or paws) of that harmless and powerless being and try to empathize next time before you go on your power trips.

You know you remind me of another person who believed he was superior to others and that his hatred towards them justified his deranged actions. He believed in his ascendancy so much, that he was able to rally a whole nation into “cleansing” themselves of those whom they thought were inferior. Today we know this event as the Holocaust… and the person who bravely led this movement was Adolph Hitler.

I hope others can learn from this…

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iBlog 6 Philippines Summit Schedule of Events and Registration

The 2010 iBlog Summit is one of the top internet marketing and blogging conferences in the Philippines to date. It is an event organized by one of the top online entrepreneurs, Janette Toral of DigitalFilipino.com.

It’s a two day event full of the top speakers in the geek tech world. OF course, you”ll have me speaking about Video Blogging 101. It’s scheduled for April 16 and 17.

The first day, April 16, Friday, of the iBlog Philippines Summit is has speakers and presentations targeted towards businesses and entrepreneurs while the second day, April 17, Saturday, is more focused on blogging.

iBlog: The 6th Philippine Blogging Summit will be on April 16 and 17, 2010 at the Malcolm Theater, UP College of Law, UP Diliman, from 8 am to 5 pm. This event is FREE. Note that the first 250 registered participants to come early (on or before 9 am) will be given food stub and participant kit. Afterwards, remaining food stubs and participant kits shall be given to early walk-ins. iBlog6 will be two days this year. The first day (April 16) is targeted for businesses and entrepreneurs wanting to understand how to tap blogs as a medium to promote their products and services. The second day (April 17) is meant to everyone interested about blogging.

If you want to come to this, all you have to do is register online. The iBlog 6 Summit is FREE. All you have to do is sign up here – iBlog 6 Summit Philippines

Here’s a schedule of events for the iBlog6 Summit

Day 1: (Friday April 16, 2010)
09:00AM to 09:15AM – Opening Ceremonies (National Anthem, Welcome Remarks by JJ Disini)
09:15AM to 09:35AM – Blogging for Business: Tapping Bloggers to Generate Buzz (Janette Toral)
09:35AM to 10:10AM – Advertising in Blogs (Abe Olandres)
10:25AM to 12:50AM – Break
10:50AM to 11:10AM – Sponsor Talk (Ivy Jean Vibar)
11:25AM to 11:45AM – SEO & Blogging to Promote Your Business (Francis Gary Viray)
12:00PM to 01:30PM – Lunch / Networking
01:30PM to 01:50PM – Measuring Blog Buzz (Carlo Ople)
02:05PM to 02:25PM – Legal Concerns in Blogging for Business (Emerson Bañez)
02:40PM to 03:00PM – Break
03:00PM to 03:20PM – Blogger and Advertiser: What is the Win-Win Relationship? (Diana Paterno)
03:35PM to 03:50PM – Online Attraction Marketing (Manuel Viloria)
04:05PM – Raffle and Group picture taking.

Day 2: (Saturday April 17, 2010)
08:45AM – Opening Ceremonies (National Anthem & Welcome)
09:00AM – 09:20AM – Blogging 101 (Hannah Villasis of FlairCandy.com)
09:35AM to 09:55AM – Video Blogging 101 (Vince Golangco of WhenInManila.com)
10:10AM to 10:30AM – Photo Blogging 101 (Juned Sonido)
10:45AM to 11:00AM – Break
11:00AM to 11:20AM – Blog Policies (Emerson Bañez)
11:35AM to 11:55AM – Blog on Mobile (Racquel R. Cagurangan)
12:10PM to 01:20PM – Lunch / Networking
01:20PM to 01:30PM – Performance (UP Concert Chorus)
01:30PM to 02:15PM – Political, Online Community, Social Media, & Election Blogging 2010 (Marck Ronald Rimorin and Noemi Dado)
02:30PM to 02:50PM – Launching Successful Blog Contests (Jinoe Gavan)
03:05PM to 03:20PM – Break
03:20PM to 03:40PM – Impact of Blogging to the Community (Joseph Gonzales)
03:55PM to 04:15PM – SEO: A Must for Making Money Online (Marhgil Macuha)
04:30PM – Raffle, i Blog Video Contest Winner Announcement & group picture taking.

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Adam Carolla vs Manny Pacquiao & the Philippines

Here we go again, anther comedian says something about the Philippines and everyone and their mom thinks it’s the end of the world.

If you haven’t heard, talk show host and American comedian Adam Carolla went on a pretty funny (in my opinion) rant about the holy saint / prodigal son / chosen one / prophet almighty of the Philippines, Manny Pacman Pacquiao.

Examiner.com reports:

Adam Carolla starts off his vulgar tirade by bashing Manny for not giving blood before a fight. He then proceeds to say that Manny is off “praying to chicken bones” and that you don’t have to respect him because he’s a “fu**ing idiot”. “Someone has to tell him that it doesn’t make a difference.”

“Here’s how you know when your country doesn’t have a lot going for it: When everything is about Manny Pacquiao.”

“Get a fu**in life as a country”

“All you fu**in got is just an illiterate guy who happens to smash other guys in the head better than other people”

“Really, you want some guy with brain damage running your country? Why don’t you get your sh*t together?”

“All they have over there is Manny Pacquiao and sex stores.”

“What happens when Floyd Mayweather beats him? Does your country go into depression?”

I laughed a bit when I read that. Especially about the part where he questions the aftermath of a Pacman loss. Which does have it’s credits. I’m not quite sure how fans will react to a Manny Pacquiao loss at this stage of his career. Especially considering many people take many things, like this meaningless rant of Carolla’s, too seriously.

I’ve had my share of saying some things that I thought were absolutely harmless, yet got hate comments talking about how I’ve offended people by joking about locals re-using Christmas gift-wrappers. These people I’ve offended of course also add an encore by sending death threats and saying that I should die (Lol – click ignore).

In my opinion, it’s more of a personal matter where insecurity usually leads people to get defensive. People, who know who they are and are confident in who they are, do not easily get offended by others who call them out.

If you told Michael Jordan that he was a bad basketball player, instead of threatening you back or complaining, he would use that doubt you have and push himself to do better on the court. He’s confident in himself, he knows what he can do and that he doesn’t take everything everyone says too personally. If you however tell a struggling basketball player that he sucks, well then, you’ll get lots of hate mail, anger, frustration and more negative reactions.  It’s because the struggling basketball player is insecure about himself and thus, every little thing you say just makes things worse.

ou think Adam Carolla does not know what he’s talking about in this matter? Well, duh. Doesn’t really take a rocket scientist to figure that out. I know for a fact that he doesn’t know what he’s talking about. Which is exactly why I don’t bother lowering myself to even bother being offended by what he has to say.
Why waste any of my time or energy feeding off negative emotions towards an idiot? Why lower myself to that?
And that my friend is what is annoying about “people like you.” You waste time with negative energy towards an idiot like Adam Carolla and his pointless rant that had no justification.

You think Adam Carolla knows what he’s talking about in this matter? Well, duh. Doesn’t really take a rocket scientist to figure that out. I know for a fact that he DOESN’T know what he’s talking about. Which is exactly why I don’t waste my time lowering myself to even bother being offended by what he has to say.

Why waste any of my time or energy feeding off negative emotions towards an idiot? Why lower myself to that?

Don’t waste time with negative energy towards an idiot like Adam Carolla and his pointless rant that has no justification.

That’s my two cents. Love it or hate it. Hopefully people can realize that words are just words and that they should instead work to prove these words wrong, rather than go on a fruitless rampage.

Please direct all hate mail to my cat, Snug, who was the main influence that trained me to be a blunt, idiotic, country hater.

=)

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Vince Golangco & Tim Tayag give advice on safety in the Philippines

Two very strategic and smart ways to avoid being kidnapped in the Philippines.

Check out these in-depth strategies from experts such as Tim Tayag, of the Comedy Cartel and from the WhenInManila.com team.

Some similarities to the strategies, but both very effective!

Don’t be a victim of senseless kidnapping in third world countries!

BE INFORMED!

Full video, pics, info and post on our official site – WhenInManila.com


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At the Truly Rich Internet Marketing Seminar

Internet Marketing” is a buzz phrase that thrown out so often and so vigorously that I cringe every time I hear it used in a sales pitch. People with nothing more than a Facebook account have been caught red-handed calling themselves “Internet Marketers!”

Now there is some truth to that, you are on the “internet” and you probably are “marketing” something, like your new tshirt design with that cool design that says “You Suck.”

It’s like calling yourself a “Photographer” just because you have a camera. Yes, I guess you are a “Photographer”… but not really.

On the other hand, there are some experts out there who really know what they are talking about. If you want to really earn from your online ventures and do some real “Internet Marketing,” then one thing I do recommend is to take the “Truly Rich Internet Marketing” seminar with Jomar Hilario.

I’m actually here right now as I type up this post. I’m helping him facilitate the class.

Anyway, it’s a really practical, insightful and hands on class that teaches you, step-by-step, what you need to do to earn money online. They even have a money back guarantee (rare in the Philippines) where they’ll give you your money back, plus a thousand pesos more for your trouble, if you don’t make back that money you spent on the class through your blogging and internet marketing skills learned from the class.

To get more info on this class, check out Jomar’s website – http://jomarhilario.com

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How To Start Your Personal Blog

Here’s a video of Hannah Villasis, author of the blog FlairCandy.com. Hannah won the 2009 award for “Best Personal Blog” at the Digital Filipino E-Commerce summit (DigitalFilipino.com) held at the Intercontinental Hotel. FlairCandy gives us a brief talk on how to successfully start your own personal blog

Some highlights from Hannah’s talk:

  • Put yourself into the blog
  • Be just who you are
  • You are your own personal brand
  • Your own personal brand will connect with others like you and that will be your niche
  • You can be funny, crazy, goofy, sexy or whatever, your readers will relate to you if its you
  • If you want to communicate to your audience, it’s no longer about the super models, it’s about just you and me, the personal bloggers

Check out more of Hannah at her site FlairCandy.com or I recommend you follow her on Twitter at Twitter.com/FlairCandy.

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Check out more of Hannah at her site FlairCandy.com or I recommend you follow her on Twitter atTwitter.com/FlairCandy.

Top Filipino / Pinoy Twitters to Follow on Twitter

OK, so if you’re living in the Philippines and hanging out in the Twittersphere, then you know that Twitter was the number 11 overall site that Filipinos were hanging out at for 2009. Personally, I get so much news, cool links, funny videos and just plain awesome tweets from here, all condensed into 140 nifty characters.

Though, I must admit, it took a while for me to find out which Filipinos / Pinoys from the Philippines are cool or fun to follow. So here’s my favorite Filipino Tweeple that you definitely need to be following on Twitter!

funny-twitter-birds-philippines-top-tweets-people-follow@mistygirlph – I already talked about Misty on my previous post, but really quick, if you aren’t already one of the 18,000 people following her, then you need to start. She’s one of the co-founders of the “2009 Best New Blog” award recipient BitRebels.com that boasts viewers from 189 different countries and authors from all over the world as well. She’s a techie, a graphic artist, a “twitterholic” and just an overall nice person.  (Oh and you should follow @bitrebels too)

@ninaterol – Nina is the author of the blog ChangeMakersPhilippines.com. I know…!!! Don’t you hate people who want positive change and empowerment of the powerless through social entrepreneurship and affirmative action! So yeah…. anyway, when this change maker isn’t doing all that change making, she’s tweeting about advocating causes, evangelizing ideas, working with civic groups, or blogging and social networking.

@jimparedes – one of the members of the legendary Philippine music trio – “The Apo Hiking Society,” Jim is one of the most fun and creative Tweeple to follow on Twitter. He’s a singer, songwriter, author, photographer, teacher, writer and more. Best of all, you can sense all his creativity and talents within his 140 character Tweets. You need to follow this creative guru!

@jasonqua Jason is one of the founders of Fantastik!Manila, an integrated marketing communications agency. He’s a genius at helping clients properly communicate with their audiences to ensure a direct link between the brand and its consumers. His experience with events marketing and internet / social network marketing is highlighted in his tweets. He’s very selective with his Twitter links as well and only tweets the most informative, insightful and/or funniest links. He’s a future marketing and social network superstar. Start following him now.

@flaircandy – FlairCandy, or Hannah as some non-netizens may call her,  is one of the top bloggers in the Philippines and Asia with her blog FlairCandy.com. She’s got a good following from Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore and a lot of other countries other than the Philippines. Though a self proclaimed geek and Certified Public Accountant, she often manipulates time and space to fit in crazy escapades like surfing, skating, cheerleading, karting and eating cow testicles. With so many new experiences and discoveries, it’s no wonder people love following her candy sweet Tweets.

Twitter-Logo-top-people-to-follow-on-twitter-filipinos-pinoy-philippines@cocoy – not really sure where Cocoy is from or what exactly he does, but one thing I do know is that when he Tweets, he’s right on the money! He’ll usually tweet links to the best articles available for the top trending issue at hand in the Philippines or even around the world. Many times, the article will be one he wrote himself. Furthermore, these articles he writes always leave me impressed and wanting to read more. He contributes to filipinovoices.com, which is sorta like a justice league of Filipino writers, and blogwatch.ph which is comprised of the top Filipino bloggers banding together to blog and watch the 2010 Philippine elections in hopes of keeping it clean, fair and legal.

@momblogger – the editor-in-cheif for that said BlogWatch.ph site, momblogger is also one of the top bloggers in the Philippines who was dubbed a “Tribal Elder” because of her knowledge with social media and her undying support to the many beginners at blogging and online media. Momblogger, or Noemi, is often sought after for advice from the blogosphere all the way to top politicians.

There are many more AWESOME Tweeple out there in the Twittersphere, these are some of the top Tweeters and some of my personal favorites. I’m sure I missed out on many more but will definitely write more about that on part 2 of this list of Top Filipino / Pinoy Twitters you need to follow on Twitter!

Oh and if you want to follow me, I’m @VinceGolangco or I also manage the @WhenInManila Twitter account. I usually tweet about the funniest stuff I find online as well as useful links for social media, marketing, writing, trends and life-in-general. Happy Tweeting!

Carpe Twiem! ~ Seize the Tweet!

Who do you recommend following? #FFF #FollowFilipinoFriday

Life in the Fast Lane

Life is too fast, you'll miss it if you don't slow down once in a while

Finally got to ride my skateboards again! It’s a great release for me that calms me down and allows me to have fun. We each have our own refuges, our own little worlds that make us feel alive and safe. For me, it has always been surfing and skateboarding. The funny thing is that I love it so much, that I actually enjoy it even more when I get to share it with friends. I have three surfboards and two skateboards. I get extra ones so I can take friends out… lol. Yes, I’m a big geek like that.

Anyway, this Motivated Monkey took out a pretty Flair Candy for my first skate session in the Philippines. Cool pics ensued…..

P.S. – Yes…. I have very EMO titles for the pics…. lol

Vince the Motivated Monkey from WhenInManila.com Longboard Skateboarding at Boni High Street with Hannah the Flair Candy

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P.P.S. I definitely recommend doing this When In Manila… *wink

I Love My Grandma – thoughts after the flood

There are times that I still can’t believe we were hit by a storm and a flood so vicious, over 100,000 people’s lives have been flipped upside down. I don’t know what stroke of luck, fate, blessings or coincidence it is that my house happened to be in an area that does not flood at all. On a day that saw raging waters rising over 20 feet in mere minutes, the worst it got in my area were waters rising as high as my ankles.

Forgive me for being naïve to all this at first. I honestly didn’t even know how bad it got ’til after it was all said and done. I was disconnected from the world as a blackout had cut off all links to the outside world and the heavy rains kept me from stepping outside of my home. So as many cried, suffered and perished, I sat blissfully ignorant at my house, complaining about the blackout.

The stories I’m now reading are horrendous. I just read about an 18-year-old son who saved 30 other people before finally being swept away in the currents and losing his own life, as his mother cried away and called him “brave.” I just read about a father who says “I don’t mind losing my business even though I’ve had it for 33 years. I’m used to a hard life. I don’t mind losing the house. I’d gladly exchange these for the life of my daughter,” as he mourns for his 12-year-old. Furthermore, I’m now hearing more stories from friends who just now found their grandparents (alive thankfully) whom have been missing for the past two days (yes, even through all that, they consider themselves the lucky ones).

One sad story after another as I sit here, still shaken by the whole thing.

So now, I thought, instead of more sad stories, I’d like to share with you an inspiring tale about my grandmother and how strong a mother’s / grandmother’s love can be. I’m not one for mushy stories but in light of all this tragedy, I’m starting to again count my blessings.

I’ve always looked up to my mom. She is one of the strongest people in the world and I’ve always been in awe of how resilient she can be (thought I rarely tell her this). I think I finally realized where she gets her strength from after spending an afternoon with my Grandma.

During typhoon Ketsana’s (locally named Typhoon Ondoy) rampage, I had two separate conversations with my grandmother. One was at around 9pm and another at around 1am. Both times, I asked her how she was, and both times she answered, “I ok Whinsent,” in her funny Chinese / Filipino accent. Yes, she pronounces my name, Vincent, as “Whinsent.” I continued to ask how bad the rain was at her house in Cavite, both times again she answered that it was ok and that it was not bad at all. I also asked if there was a power outage at her place and both times, yet again, she answered that she was ok and that there was no power outage.

Fast forward to the next day, I drive out to her place in Cavite (which is about 2 hours away from my place, but I got lost so it took me 3 and a half) to pick her up and drive her to the airport. She’s about to begin her chemo-therapy in the US because of a possible cancer cell the doctors have found again. The first time she went through the chemo sessions, she lost a lot of weight and a lot of her strength. It’s something that really takes a toll on her. So before she started this next session for the newly found possible cancer, she decided to fly here to the Philippines to visit us, and then to Australia to visit her other kids and grandkids. I was taking her to the airport so she could fly to Australia.

As I arrive at her place, she starts to make fun of me for getting lost and being a cocky guy for saying I would find her place with no problem. She then does what every Chinese / Filipino grandparent does best, she feeds me.

“You hungy Whinsent?” she asked in her funny accent.

“No, I’m good,” I respond.

But of course, her job as a grandma would not be complete if she doesn’t feed me, so she went on to cook me some noodles and get me some soda.

“Whinsent! Whe you woking woking now?” she asked.

“Oh, I’m starting a business here, it’s an internet thing.” I say.

“Ooo, so you hab prenty prenty money?”

“No, actually, I’m just starting out, so I’ve invested all my money and not really making much yet.”

“Ah, kawawa ikaw (Filipino for “poor you”), here I gib you some money”

I then try to convince her that I don’t need money nor do I want to take any of her money, but I never seem to win those debates, so I then just take the money she’s giving me. I remember being younger and always asking my grandparents for money so I could buy candies or other sweets. I think she still likes giving me money cause it makes her feel like my grandma more than anything.

So I finish my bowl of noodles she made me and again, she did what all Chinese / Filipino grandparents do best, she tries to feed me again.

“You want we go get chicken and crab?” she asked.

I then laugh and tell her that I just ate, but she persists on getting me more food. Eventually, we decide to grab another bite after we drive closer to the airport. So we headed off to catch her flight, and grab another bite.

On the way there, we get caught in some terrible traffic. I chit chat with her a bit about life and other small things, until she tells me that the traffic we’re in is just as bad as when it was raining really hard. I, dazed and confused, asked her how she knew this if she was home that whole time…

She then tells me the real story of how her night was during the Typhoon Ketsana / Ondoy.

My grandma says that she was on her way home from Manila. She was riding a bus with my grandpa when it rained. Eventually, their bus had to stop because the floods in front of them were too deep for the bus to pass on. She was waiting in the bus from around 3pm to 6pm when she decided to take another bus, going back to Manila, and just stay with us instead. So she crossed the street to catch a bus going the other way, where traffic was still moving. She got on a bus and started heading towards my place. Eventually, that bus stopped too because they too had reached a point where the water was too deep for them to cross. Being relatively close to my place, she decided to walk. She didn’t mind it at first, until the flood waters started coming up as high as her chest. This is about the time that she decided to turn around and just wait. So from there, soaking wet from the flood and rain, she walks all the way back to where her first bus was still waiting. She ended up sleeping on the bus and not getting home ’til the next morning.

Somewhere in between her switching buses and walking through chest deep water, was her talking to me on the phone, saying: “I ok Whinsent,” … twice. She didn’t want me or my sibling to worry about her.

Still in shock about her story, we finally arrive at the airport. I kiss her goodbye and wish her a safe trip. She tells me that we should go eat again and I just smile.

I love my grandma. I’m thankful that I still get to tell her that.


P.S. – Prayers and positive thoughts to all the victims and everyone affected by the typhoon.

P.P.S. – Volunteers and donations still needed. Please follow this link to find more ways of helping out – http://www.wheninmanila.com/?p=291 or see this consolidated list of how you can help


“When life knocks you down, try to land on your back. Because if you can look up, you can get up. Let your reason get you back up.” – Les Brown

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