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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

Global Pinoy Bazaar 201OVE

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

Freelance Writing Workshop with Writer’s Block Philippines


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:

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

Then and Now VIP Tickets, Elevator Etiquette and more!

You’ve found “The G-Spot” with DJ Vince G.

A radio show on Mellow 94.7 FM every every Saturday from 6-9am and Sundays 6-10am.

Listing down all the stuff I talked about on air in case you wanted to check it out.

Listen online – http://Mellow947.fm

Connect with me on Facebook.com/djVinceG or on Twitter.com/VinceGolangco


YES!!!! Got more tickets for the concert TONIGHT!!!! Leave a comment on When In Manila with tags to FlairCandy and Mellow947 and let me know why I should give them to you. Also Tag your friend who you would bring! Will announce more winners at around 4pm

WIN VIP & GOLD TICKETS to the Then & Now Massive Music Festival!!

Full instructions are on my status on http://Facebook.com/djVinceG

Also, funny story but this girl cam barging in the front door of this building, and screamed for us to hold the elevator… so we did… then she comes in and presses the number 2…. WTF!!!


I shun people who take the elevator to the second floor…. lol. One of my pet peeves.

On This Day – May 15

1672 – 1st copyright law enacted by Massachusetts

1928 – Mickey Mouse made his 1st appearance

1930 – Ellen Church becomes 1st airline stewardess, United (SF to Cheyenne)

1933 – 1st voice amplification system to be used in US Senate

1940 – 1st nylon stockings sold in US

1940 – 1st successful helicopter flight in US: Vought-Sikorsky US-300

1951 – AT&T is 1st US company to have one million stockholders

#1 Song Today, May 15th in the 90s:

THE 1990s

1999 Livin’ La Vida Loca Ricky Martin
1998 Too Close Next
1997 Hypnotize The Notorious B.I.G.
1996 Tha Crossroads Bone thugs-n-harmony
1995 This Is How We Do It Montell Jordan
1994 I Swear All-4-One
1993 That’s the Way Love Goes Janet Jackson
1992 Jump Kris Kross
1991 I Like the Way (The Kissing Game) Hi-Five
1990 Vogue Madonna

Fact or Fiction

Gelatin is made from animal bones and hides.


Gelatin is made by boiling the hides and bones of cows and pigs to release their collagen, which is boiled some more, filtered, dried and ground into a powder. Because it has been so extensively processed, gelatin is not classified as an animal product by the government, but strict vegetarians avoid it nonetheless.!

Reason to party today – coz it’s happy hour somewhere in the world.

1905 – Las Vegas Nevada founded

Eastern Pacific Hurricane Season
Nylon Stockings Day
Peace Officer Memorial Day
UN International Day of Families
Hollyhock Festival (Aoi Matsuri – Japan)
San Isidoro Day (Mexico)
Independence Day (Paraguay)

Quote of the Day

You must not know too much or be too precise or scientific about birds and trees and flowers and watercraft; a certain free-margin, and even vagueness — ignorance, credulity — helps your enjoyment of these things.
– Walt Whitman

Thanks for listening to “The G-Spot”

Hope it was good for you too…

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


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,
Driving Left, Limassol and Tokyo
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

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.

FREE VIP Tickets to Massive Music Festival http://bit.ly/FreeTiks

http://bit.ly/FreeTiks Now is your chance to WIN EIGHT (8) FREE SILVER TICKETS every week or (2) a pair of VIP TICKETS to this once in a lifetime event! Coming to the Philippines are the top music stars like JoJo, Diana King, Frankie J, Baby Bash, V Factory, P.M. Dawn, SWV and more — each and every one of them performing their greatest hits onstage for all their fans in the Philippines. More info on – http://bit.ly/FreeTiks



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!


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


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


At the Truly Rich Internet Marketing Seminar

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.

Things I Wish People Knew When Driving in the Philippines


Driving in the Philippines isn’t quite like it is anywhere else. Here are some things I wish people would think of while driving when in the Philippines.


Patience isn’t just a virtue… it’s a flippin necessity!
You can start your day off by smiling and keeping the little things exactly what they’re supposed to be – little. Or, you could totally BLOW UP and frustrate yourself at that one guy who cut you off on the road. It’ll really reflect the rest of your day. Your choice.
Size doesn’t matterJust coz you drive a bigger car doesn’t mean that you’re the king of the road.
Motorcycles, bikes and pedestrians are people too you know!
Pedestrians should have the right of way
I mean they’re walking… you’re driving…. you hit them… they die…. So can we just wait an extra few seconds to let them cross the street?
Did honking your horn that much really make things move faster?
Like really? Quit being a horn-y-bastard (get it… ‘horn-y’…. no…? Nevermind!)
Mind your manners
If you insist on flipping me off every time something doesn’t go your way, then I insist that you also say thank you during times that they do – like when I let you cut in front of me
The evil stare makes you look like a punkDon’t give me a stare down like you’re gonna do something while you drive off and hide behind your locked car. It just makes you look like a wuss
Try smiling, it makes everyone’s days better
They invented this thing called “Trash Cans”USE IT!
Stop throwing stuff out your window! This is YOUR WORLD and YOUR COUNTRY too!
It would be nice if you were niceIt’ll make this long road trip better for me and you
I know you have somewhere to go and you’re in a rush, so is everyone else. Can’t we all just get along?

Hope you’re all having a wonderful driven and driving day!

*Image #1 photo credits to http://filamfunk.blogspot.com

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

Hannah of Flaircandy.com The world revolves

Shaking feeling Passing through life

Ghosts of the past and future haunt our present states This is SPARTA!

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