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Top 30 Under 30 Honorees by the Pilipino American Unity for Progress UniPro

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I am absolutely honored to be on this list of the Top 30 Under 30 Honorees by the Pilipino American Unity for Progress UniPro

UniPro Editor Note

Comprised of young professionals and students, Pilipino American Unity for Progress (UniPro) is a state certified non-profit NGO that was established in 2009. Bonded by the common vision of promoting unity within the community, UniPro seeks to educate, collaborate and stimulate dialogue amongst Pilipino American organizations, programs, and institutions. UniPro also engages in various projects that promote the Pilipino community in American society.

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Their mission is to promote cohesion within the Pilipino American society–its organizations, programs, and community for the collective progress of the community.

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Certainly overwhelmed to be included on this list! Thanks so much to the people at the Pilipino American Unity for Progress UniPro for somehow recognizing any work I’ve done. Again, truly humbled by this and still unsure of how I made this list.

UniPro feature Hannah Villasis of FlairCandy

You can see the full copy of this Top 30 Under 30 Honorees by the Pilipino American Unity for Progress UniPro issue at http://www.calameo.com/read/000005816978c430221e1

UniPro feature Vince Golangco of When In Manila and Mellow 947

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Top 30 Under 30 Honorees by the Pilipino American Unity for Progress UniPro


WINNER of the Ultimate Luxury Movie Massage Contest


There were lots of entries and we had to pick one from the pictures with the most likes and the judges just really felt that the caption and the picture for this one was the most heart-felt.

So congratulations to Susan Tan and her family for winning this contest!




The joy and laughter that resonates across the room is indeed hard to forget. However, it has been quite a while that such gathering by family members has come to pass. Geographical locations, work commitments and other personal endeavors have driven to a wedge towards the materialization of this rare occasion.

Upon learning of this contest, nothing came to my mind but the long overdue family reunion culminating with an all inclusive SPA. The presence of each family will surely be realized because along with this SPA we wish to also celebrate the 80th birthday of our beloved mother. Indeed another unforgettable event will surely be experienced by all.

“I want to win the BlueWater Day Spa and

http://WhenInManila.com/ ’s FAMILY / BARKADA MOVIE MASSAGE contest! TWENTY FRIENDS! 20 FAMILY and/or BARKADA MEMBERS will get to experience BlueWater Day Spa’s movie theater massage! High Definition (HD) movie and massage for me and my barkada!!! Just for posting a picture here. More info – http://bit.ly/hk2pMF




Again, congratulations! If you guys want to see the original post with info for this contest, you can check it out here – http://www.wheninmanila.com/the-ultimate-luxury-movie-massage-contest-you-20-friends-or-family-win/

Thanks to everyone who joined! Stay tuned for more contests coming soon! We’re trying our best to get more cool stuff for you guys! Thanks again for all the support!


PUMA SOCIAL puts the spotlight on After Hours Social Athletes

I wanted to thank my friends from Puma for introducing me to this event and introducing me to the new social concept of “Social Athletes” or “After-Hours Athletes”.” Curious as to what that is…. well read on…


‘PUMA® SOCIAL’ puts the spotlight on

‘After-Hours Athletes’

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Believing that life itself is a sport and that everyone should be its champions, PUMA unveiled its new campaign at Manila’s happening club Republiq recently. Dubbed PUMA Social, the event paid tribute to Manila’s ‘after-hours athletes’, personalities who are top scorers in table tennis, foosball, darts, asking for a girl’s number, or any other social challenge that can be played with a beer in one hand.

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Made glittery by local celebrities who are after-hours athletes themselves, the event celebrated social sports that regale groups of friends who know how to have fun and be competitive in the arena of life. Prefer taking 5AM cab rides than 5AM runs? Going for marathons that end at 6AM? These after-hours athletes who represent PUMA Social do too, and the event brought them together for a legendary league.


Fueling the burning passion of after-hours athletes, PUMA Social inspires with its line of iconic styles that are functional and stylish such as the PUMA Suede, Dallas and the T7 Track Jacket. With such comfortable and stylish gear, social events become matches easily won.

“PUMA Social is a global campaign that celebrates the after-hours athlete – those unsung heroes of the night who, after work or any undertaking takes time to relax, grab a pingpong paddle, dart pin or bowling ball while a drink on the other; those who take life not too seriously,” said Teresa Liwanag, PUMA Philippines marketing head.


Puma Social continues until May with Social Games featuring pingpong and foosball matches at Encore Superclub at the Fort starting April 12 then off Cebu, Cagayan de Oro, Bacolod and Davao.

For more information and updates on Puma Social in the Philippines and around the world, visit www.puma.com/social, www.facebook.com/Puma and follow us on Twitter @PUMA or www.twitter.com/PUMA.

Puma Stores are located at Bonifacio High Street, Eastwood Citywalk 2, Festival Supermall Alabang, Glorietta 4, Greenbelt 5, Newport City Resorts World, Trinoma, Ayala Center Cebu, Gaisano Mall of Davao, Limketkai Cagayan de Oro, Robinsons Place Bacolod.


PUMA is one of the world’s leading ‘sportlifestyle’ companies that design and develop footwear, apparel and accessories. PUMA starts in sports and ends in fashion. Its sport performance and lifestyle labels cover ‘sportlifestyle’ categories such as football, running, motorsports, golf, sailing—and social sports. For more information, please visit http://www.puma.com.


Here are some sneakers to be launched during this campaign:


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Ebony-lemon chrome-mood indigo

RP 3,430

Launch: Feb 2011

This classic 80’s runner was an instant hit when first introduced; it featured a lug outsole pattern and nylon/suede upper. This sneaker takes inspiration from other great Archive styles such as the Speeder and Easy Rider.


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Mood indigo – heritage blue

RP 3,670

Launch: April 2011

Reissued from the 1980’s, this iconic futbol flat ties back to the counterculture movement that took place in Norther England in the early 80’s and was later adopted by Europe’s b-boy community. Features include luxurious suede, textured pattern outsole for grip, gold foil branding and leather details.

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Flintstone-new navy-dandelion

RP 4,550

Launch: March 2011

From the Puma Archive in 1987, the First Round was a high cut version of the Suede with a padded collar. The high padded ankle collar made this shoe an instant hit with the skateboard community. We updated the First Round this season with a unique twist to the classic silhouette. Jersery print splatter graphic dripping over the shoe along with bright bold colors makes this shoe a statement piece.


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RP 4,230

Launch: April 2011

A different take on the classic desert boot style, the Hawthorne Mid is a clean mid-cut silhouette featuring an all over premium suede upper and subtle debossed formstripe detailing. Soft mesh lining for comfort and heel pull tab to finish. Built directly on the original PUMA Match sneaker’s bottom, this shoe provides a contemporary look at lifestyle tennis. A perfect blend of athletic and leisure.


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Puma royal-black team- orange

RP 2,870

Launch: April 2011

A favorite among the RS Running family, this lightweight racing flat was first introduces in 1981. This latest release of the popular Cabana Racer features bold colors with scribble graphic on the upper giving the shoe a distinct two tone look.


351342 03 Balleracer Women’s

Dazzling blue

RP 2870

Launch: Feb 2011

The Balleracer ia a unique hybrid, a combination of a sneaker and a ballet flat. The iconic Cabana Racer style back mashed with a ballerina toe is feminine and sporty. This style looks like maryjane with a twist! It is a must-have piece of the season.


347164 49 Cabana Racer II Women’s

Chocolate brown – fossile-shocking pink

RP 2,550

Launch: Apr 2011

A favorite among the RS Running family, this lightweight racing flat was first introduced in 1981. Featured here on lively colors in classic nylon and suede.



PUMA SOCIAL puts the spotlight on After Hours Social Athletes

NEW Tek Tok TV (Tech Talk TV) Logo

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We just wanted to say thank you to Nemory Oliver Martinez for hooking us up with this cool new logo for Tek Tok TV!

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“Tek Tok TV” (Tech Talk TV) is your source for the most up-to-date news, topics and info from the world of geeks.

We talk about the latest trends in technology, gizmos, the internet, blogging and more!

Every week, live on GNN, we’ll feature gadgets, bloggers, tech experts, cosplayers and more of your favorite geeky stuff.

Tek Tok TV is part of the Global News Network’s Business Portal series. Every Wednesday, LIVE – 11am-12noon. Only on GNN.

The show is hosted by bloggers Vince Golangco of WhenInManila.com (also DJ Vince G of Mellow 94.7) and Hannah Villasis of FlairCandy.com.

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Nemory worked with us for a few weeks to creatively draw out a logo that perfectly reflected our TV show. He did an AMAZING job and we wanted to thank him.

Thanks so much Nemory!

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Manilas Best Kept Restaurant Secrets Awards 2010

MBKRS Awards 2010 Winners Crowned

The judges have spoken and the Manila’s Best Kept Restaurant Secrets Awards 2010 winners have just been announced at the grand awarding ceremony held at Enderun Colleges’ Culinary Center last November 24, 2010.

Chef J Gamboa accepts the award for Best Japanese RestaurantBobby Lim accepts the award for Best Bistro

Chad Davis, Cyrille Soenen, Javier Infante, J GamboaChef Cyrille Soenen of Cicou accepting the award for Best Hotel Restaurant-Fine DiningChef Robby Goco accepts the award for Best Specialty CuisineChefs Sunshine and Rob Pengson accept the award for Best Emerging Talent

Here is a complete list: Best Italian Restaurant L’Incontro Ristorante Italiano; Best French Restaurant La Regalade French Bistro; Best Spanish Restaurant Cirkulo; Best Japanese Restaurant Tsukiji; Best Chinese Restaurant Peking Garden; Best Continental Cuisine Antonio’s; Best Thai Restaurant AzuThai; Best Filipino Restaurant Café Juanita; Best Middle Eastern Restaurant Ziggurat Cuisine; Best Korean Restaurant Korean Garden; Best Indian Restaurant Kashmir; Best Central European Restaurant Mickey’s Delicatessen; Best Specialty Cuisine Cyma Greek Taverna; Best Steakhouse Mamou; Best Bistro Apartment 1B Gourmet Comfort Food; Best Restaurant-Bar The Establishment; Best Enoteca Galileo Enoteca; Best Fusion Cuisine Kai; Best Wine ListMasseto Wine Bar and Restaurant; Best Burger Joint Brother’s Burger (Bonifacio High Street); Best Dessert, Ice Cream and Cake Shop Bizu Patisserie; Best Newcomer The Goose Station; Best Hotel Restaurant – International Buffet Circles (Makati Shangri-La); Best Hotel Restaurant – Fine Dining Cicou (Hotel Céleste); Best Hotel Restaurant – Specialty Cuisine Inagiku (Makati Shangri-La); Best Hotel Bar Martinis (Mandarin Oriental); Best Emerging Talent Sunshine and Rob Pengson; Best Chef Antonio Escalante; Lifetime Achievement Award winnerMargarita Fores; People’s Choice Award winner People’s Palace.

Citibank's Alma Gruenberg and Bea Teh-Tan granting the award to Bizu for Best Dessert, Ice Cream and Cake ShopCitibank's Mattel Luna, Alma Gruenberg and Lynden CatapangColin Mackay of People's Palace accepting the People's Choice AwardDr Efren Vasquez accepts the award for Best Filipino Restaurant

The MBKRS Awards 2010 are presented by Citibank, who recently launched their Citi Dining Privileges program, in association with San Miguel Lifestyle Brews, including San Miguel Premium All-Malt, Super Dry, and Cerveza Negra. Leading accounting firm SGV&Co. witnessed the announcement of the winners at the awarding ceremony, which are the results of the online ballot voted on by the panel of more than 100 judges distinguished in the restaurant industry and other related fields, and compiled using the survey tool QuestionPro.

Edna Diaz and Tim YapElian Habayeb and Ines CabarrusFerdi Salvador, Tina Pamintuan wins Best Italian Restaurant, Gianna KesslerGail Gonzalez, Koby Parcell, Lexi Schulze-Testa, Johnny Revilla, Jay Labrador

It was a night filled with excitement and anticipation. Enderun’s Etoile Bar and Atrium were packed to the brim with restaurateurs, chefs, hoteliers, foodies and fans. There was food everywhere! Lavish spreads prepared by restaurants such as Mana-ish, Sugi, Alba’s, Cyma, Mesa, Ninyo’s, Sala, Zong, Chocolate Fire, Le Bistro Vert, Magyar Hungarian Restaurant, and Discovery Suites were laid out for guests to enjoy, along with great wines supplied byFuture Trade International, Brumms Quality Wines, Best World Beverages and Fly Ace Corporation, and coffee by Malonggo Coffee. Free flowing lifestyle brews, which are expertly designed to accompany food, were provided by San Miguel Brewery.

Indra Singh of Kashmir and Lara ParpanInes Cabarrus and Mari de TerryJack TuasonJavier Berenguer Testa of Martinis accepting the award for Best Hotel Bar

The evening was hosted by authors and organizers Ines Cabarrus and Elian Habayeb, who were joined on stage by presenters including F.A.S.H. on Lifestyle Network co-host Ferdi Salvador, foodie Gianna Kessler, WAVE 89.1 FM DJ Wendell Garcia, Phil Lux Manager Stephanie Kienle, food writer Marco Rodriguez, Olive Magazine Editor-In-Chief Stephanie Zubiri, San Miguel’s Erik Riola and Elaine Ninoza, Citibank’s Bea Teh-Tan and Alma Gruenberg, Zong’s Joshua Tiu and Women’s Health EIC Lara Parpan, Our Awesome Planet food blogger Anton Diaz, Cook Magazine EIC Nancy Reyes-Lumen, Chocolate Fire’s Koby Parcell, and megastar and Spoon on Net 25 host Janice de Belen.

Jessica Tan-Gan, Katrina Padilla, Alexandra RochaKitchie Diaz of The Establishment accepts the award for Best Restaurant BarLexi Schulze-Testa and Chocolate Fire's Koby ParcellLuis de Terry, Anton Diaz, Nino Laus

And what a crowd! The list of names read like a celebrity list of who’s who in the Manila restaurant industry: C’Italian’sChris Locher, Aubergine’s Norbert Gandler, Cicou’s Cyrille Soenen, Discovery’s David Pardo de Ayala, Chef Sau del Rosario, Chefs Sunshine and Rob Pengson, Chef Jessie Sincioco, Cyma’s Chef Robby Goco,L’Entrecote’s Chef Martin Kaspar, Chef Nino Laus, LU’s Luis de Terry, L’Incontro’s Tina Pamintuan, Caffe Caruso’s Dario Giardini, Bellini’s Roberto Bellini, Café Juanita’s Dr. Efren Vasquez, J and Malu Gamboa, Mari de Terry, Chef Adrian Cuenca, 4th Street Kitchen’s Michelle Pantoja with the dashing Santi Picornell, Colin Mackay, and Margarita Fores. From the hotel scene there included Mandarin Oriental’s F&B Director Chico Angeles and Manager Javier Berenguer-Testa with his lovely wife Lexi Schulze Testa, Sofitel General ManagerGoran Aleks, and Discovery General Manager Bobby Horrigan.

Marc de la Cruz, Tricia Tensuan, Ana Galang, Sau del RosarioMarilyn and Jess CabarrusMark Whittington and Kirja ParcellMichi Zepeda of Masseto accepting the award for Best Wine List

Other attendees from the foodie world included F&B World’s Nana Ozaeta, The Wine Steward’s Jay Labrador, actorJohnny Revilla, Living Well on QTV’s Ayee Domingo, Lifestyle Asia’s Cheryl Tiu and Lifestyle Asia Travel’sPierra Labrador, Dine Asia EIC Mary Anne Miely. The list goes on! Other guests included the lovely misses Sasha Haman, Alexandra Rocha and Jessica Tan-Gan, Enjoy Philippines’ Alfie Sy, Vanessa Fernando, Net One’sRaymond Rufino, 99.5 RT’s Ana Gonzalez, Tim Yap, Karen Grupp-Elizalde, UNO Magazine’s RJ Ledesmawith his charming wife Vanessa, Stram Events’ Tetta Tirona, Philippine Star’s Audrey Carpio and even the fabulous thespian Ms Cherie Gil!

Michi Zepeda, Elian Habayeb, Gail Gonzalez, Chad SoteloMurray Hertz, Peter Jentes and Ruth HungNancy Reyes-Lumen and Janice de BelenRJ and Vanessa Ledesma, Anton Diaz

Also seen were technology sponsor Optimind’s Wendy Ang, Kashmir’s Indra and Sirjan Singh, Mana-ish’s Philip Mazloum and Chef Majd Francis, L’Opera’s Abba Napa, and Apartment 1B’s Bobby Lim.  Also there were Citibank Country Manager Sanjiv Vohra, along with Citi’s Cecille Fonacier, Arlene Magtira, Mattel Luna, and Lynden Catapang, SGV&Co partners Rossana Fajardo, Vivian Cruz-Ruiz, Teresita Baes, Aldrin Cerrado, Sr. ManagerJuliet Bautista along with top regional execs from Ernst & Young Tokyo and Malaysia, and Enderun Colleges foundersJavier Infante, John Suits, and Jack Tuason, who gave the welcome remarks.

Rob and Sunshine Pengson with Janice de BelenSanti Picornell, Michelle Pantoja, Gianna Kessler, Sasha Haman, Oliver MenendezStephanie Kienle, Ines Cabarrus, Marco Rodriguez, Ferdi Salvador, Stephanie ZubiriStephanie Zubiri, Chris Gonzalez and Stephanie Kienle

TV sponsors covering the event include the Lifestyle Network, Channel V, Net 25, Studio 23, the Asian Food Channel, Living Well on QTV, and Cityscape on ANC.  Radio sponsors include Dream 106.7 FM, Mellow 94.7 FM, 101.1 Yes FM, 96.3 FM Easy Rock, Jam 88.3 FM, and Internet radio station musicandwineradio.com.  Magazine sponsors include Appetite, Lifestyle Asia, Rogue, Sense & Style, Uno, Women’s Health, Expat Travel & Lifestyle, Monday, 24/7 Nocturnal Navigator, Dine Asia, Circuit, Cook, F&B World, andEntrepreneur.  Newspaper sponsors include Manila Standard Today, Manila Bulletin, Business Insight,Daily Tribune, and Expat Newspaper.  Top food and lifestyle blogs supporting the MBKRS Awards 2010 include ourawesomeplanet.com, manilareviews.com, wheninmanila.com, foodiemanila.com, One Big Bite, gmanews.tv, dessertcomesfirst.com, and chuvaness.com.  Other sponsors include B+C Design, SATB, and Enjoy Philippines.

Chef Jessie Sinsioco and Elian HabayebJanice de BelenNorbert Gandler, Chris LocherNyco Maca

Visit www.MBKRSawards.com for more information on winners, nominees, judges, and sponsors of the MBKRS Awards 2010, and pick up a copy of the bestselling coffee-table book that inspired it all Manila’s Best Kept Restaurant Secrets, available at all major bookstores or by contacting 897-0087.

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*For more information contact Ines Cabarrus at 0917-816-0413 or ines@mbkrs.org

Manila’s Best Kept Restaurant Secrets Awards 2010

Maxine Mamba found the Gspot Radio: Dating 101 w/ Vince Golangco (DJ Vince G) on Mellow 94.7

This was my radio guest, the beautiful Ms. Maxine Mamba.

Maxine Mamba found “The G-Spot” w/ DJ Vince G on Mellow 94.7.

She came over for a segment of mine called “Edumacate Me!” where the listeners and I try to learn new things from the guests we bring on air.

“Edumacate Me!” is a segment that’s part of the radio show called “The G-Spot” w/ Vince Golangco, a.k.a. DJ Vince G on Mellow 94.7.
It’s just my funny, non-academically-threatening-way of saying: educate me, where we try to learn something new every Sunday from the guests that come on air with us at Mellow 94.7.

Edumacate Me on the Gspot Radio! you can tune in WORLDWIDE http://Mellow947.fm/

Mellow 94.7 Sounds Good!

Maxine Mamba spoke with Mellow 94.7 radio host Vince Golangco (DJ Vince G) about DATING 101.

DJ Vince G got an “edumcation” about:

  • How to tell if the girl likes you
  • How to help the girl see the great you
  • How to break up
  • How to make girls run after you

You can find out more about Maxine Mamba on Facebook here – http://www.facebook.com/pages/Maxine-Mamba/446412125351

Vince Golangco is the Editor-in-Chief of  WhenInManila.com, Radio DJ on Mellow 94.7, TV show host of Tech Talk TV, writer, US Military Veteran & more.

Maxine Mamba found the Gspot Radio: Dating 101 w/ Vince Golangco (DJ Vince G) on Mellow 94.7

Looking for that one thing to satisfy your weekend morning cravings? We’ve got what you want! Here’s something to stimulate your senses, fulfill your desires and delight your innermost needs. You’ve found “The G-Spot” with DJ Vince G, the weekend morning radio show that’ll get you moaning, laughing, thinking, bumping and grinding.  “The G-Spot” with DJ Vince G, helping you pleasure yourself, only on Mellow 94.7 – Sounds Good.

LISTEN WORLDWIDE: http://Mellow947.fm

Are you Sexy Enough to be a Video Blogger? (how to Vlog)

I spoke today at the iBlog 6 Summit (iBlog6) held at the University of the Philippines.

My topic was Video Blogging 101 with my own little twist. I titled my segment, “Are you Sexy Enough to be a Video Blogger?” and talked about why people should start a video blog, the power a video blog carries and what it can do for you. I then also spoke about common excuses that people give regarding why they don’t want to start a video blog.

Below is my supporting article to my presentation that appeared in the UP Law Center’s Internet and Society Program “Digit@l” Magazine Volume 9 Issue 1.

Find out more about the iBlog Summits here – http://iblogph.org


Are you Sexy Enough for Video Blogging?
By: Vince Golangco

Long before you and I were around, our great great great great grandfathers used to live by the saying that goes: “It’s all about what you know!” So they poured their blood, sweat and tears into working 12 hours a day and learning a craft to the point where they were better than everyone else. The problem with this concept is that you can be the very BEST at one thing, but if no one knows you’re the best, then you won’t really get much work.

From that splendid point of view came the old saying our great great grandfathers then lived by, that went: “It’s not about what you know, it’s all about who you know!” This concept of course came to life at the dawn of the marketing and advertising era. It was about making connections and seeking them when you need help. It’s a very basic premise that is still used a lot here in the Philippines, especially in politics (that’s a semi-joke). Knowing someone always ensured you could ask for help when you needed it. The problem was that your ask-for-help currency is usually limited. You can only ask for so many favors and people can only do so much for you.

What would be more beneficial to all parties would be you helping other people to find you, when they need you. Help them help you. Thus, in today’s new marketplace and new globalized culture, the new and most effective way of life goes as:

“It’s not about what you know or who you know, it’s all about WHO KNOWS YOU!”

If Big Widget Making Company needed to get someone to make their new widget, and they somehow heard about your excellent widget making skills, they would surely approach you to seek your guidance. If this said Big Widget Making Company need someone to market their new widget, and they somehow heard about your excellent widget marketing skills… well you get the point.

With the internet, we’re each able to promote our own personal brands and inform others about our personal expertise. The person who better markets themselves and promotes their brand will, more often, get the job. This person will get the job even though there may be others more skilled or qualified than he is. But don’t hate the playah’… hate the game.

Blogging and video blogging are some of the most powerful tools to get your name out there.

What’s the difference between a blog and a video blog? Well, it’s pretty simple; video blogging, or vlogging, is twice as powerful as regular blogging.

First of all, a vlog allows for more avenues to publish your work. You’re able to re-post your creative products on other sites such as YouTube, Vimeo, TwitVid and more. Furthermore, most blogs do not do a good job of putting a face on the writer. Have you ever tried remembering a name without a face? It’s much more difficult to remember someone if you can’t recall what they look like. So not adding a logo, or your face, to your blog and brand is a malpractice that most people overlook.

The best practice I’ve seen with vlogs is still having the blog aspect to your post, but having a video that compliments your article. Having the written part helps you with the Search Engine Optimization (SEO), while also giving more depth to your post. What vlogs have though that regular blogs don’t is the ability to feed the need of people to watch TV, or something like TV. Moreover, videos help you feature so much more about your topic that regular words or pictures simply can’t capture.

When I founded WhenInManila.com, I knew from the start that a travel site featuring the Philippines would not be justified with just stories and photos. I knew that this country had way too much splendor to encapsulate into just letters and static images. There was no question that creating a video channel was the best way to properly build this site. The traffic and positive response we’ve gotten as of today is just a small testament of the power of  video blogs.

You’ve most likely heard about internet sensations turning into global celebrities such as Charice Pempengco or Arnel Pineda. Both starting out as no more than YouTube video diary producers but are now international talents. These two individuals did no more than just post videos of their singing expertise.

Now instead of giving you more reasons why you should start a video blog, I’m instead going to give you the most common reasons why people haven’t already started a vlog and also the rebuttal I have for these initial mis-thoughts:

  • “I’m shy”

Let me share a secret with you – Some of the most successful, most popular, and seemingly most outgoing “celebrities” are actually some of the shyest and most bashful people in the world. Being shy is a normal part of being human. Many people are able to overcome this simply by ignoring their internal thoughts or by excessive practice of pretending not to be shy. The secret is that everyone has some level of bashfulness that comes from the basic human need of being accepted. In fact, sometimes the limelight triggers this need for acceptance even more and some people who get thrown into this popularity pool have no idea how to handle all the attention. They eventually start craving the positive attention and slowly start needing more of it to feed and counter their shyness. I constantly recall a friend of mine, named Pam, who’s a professional model. She once told me that she hates dating other models because models are very needy. She said that most other models need you to constantly remind them of how cool, sexy and special they are, or think they are. They need the constant ego boost in order to maintain their level of “unshyness” in order to properly perform their job. They may do a good job at hiding how shy they really are, but the bottom line is that they’re just as introverted as you are, but the difference is that they found a way to overcome this. So if you want to take your brand, or yourself to the next level, then you need to find your own way of overcoming this internal block. Start by contemplating this statement: “Fake it til’ you make it!” Now STOP, and think about it.

  • “I don’t look good on camera” / “I’m not sexy enough to be a video blogger”

This fruitless thought is yet another angle of the shy syndrome that we all need to overcome. We’re fed lies everyday by the television and beauty magazines. They dictate to us the need for excessive make-up and photoshopping skills in order to look like what the ad agencies and big corporations think we should look like. This is a trap that we should not fall into:

“Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking.”  – Steve Jobs, Apple CEO

It’s a new world and the dawn of social media has moved the control of what we think is beautiful from the advertising agencies to the end users. No longer is this an era of supermodels with fake tans and breast implants. Today’s Web 2.0 world dictates that the normal people are the more beautiful specimens. It’s all about what’s real today. Believe me, you are more beautiful and more real than half the fakers on TV today.  Now you just need to adjust your own self to think the same way.

  • “I don’t think I have anything significant to say or share”

Are you religious? Do you believe in women’s rights? Who do you think will be the best president for our country? Do you like cats?

You do have an opinion and you do have something significant to say. Having an opinion of something does not mean you have to be a certified expert in that field. It’s just what it is, an opinion. There is no need for a degree in law or political science to share your opinion on who you think will be the best president for the country. You can vote for whoever you want and have your own thoughts on why this is so. Some people will think you are an absolute idiot for thinking one way, while other will also think that you are an absolute genius for thinking the same exact thoughts. So just say it as it is. Get a camera and let people know what you think. Don’t expect everyone to agree with it. It’s actually a good thing if some people disagree with you. It means you have a good point. It means you’re challenging things. It means you are a leader. Good leaders are the ones who always challenge the status quo. Be that leader!

  • “I don’t have the tools to create videos” / “My camera is not the High Definition / Blue Ray quality that’s needed for online videos”

When I first started my vlog, WhenInManila.com, I thought I needed the best quality cameras and the best equipment known to man. It wasn’t long before I realized that the internet does not have such stringent entrance fees as I thought it would. This is one club that lets everyone in. This is not to say that you should produce material of low quality, instead it just means that sometimes, real videos that are less fabricated and more personal are more appreciated online. So that means cell phone cameras and digicams work just as well, if not better for the YouTube community.  You don’t need an entire production crew. It’s all about producing quality content with the tools you already have. iPods, digital cameras, your phones and even webcams are more than enough to get you started. Worry about content rather than equipment.

  • “I don’t know how to edit a video”

I live by this quote that says: “The man who says ‘I CAN’ and the man that says ‘I CAN’T’ are both right. Which one are you?”

So it all starts with the right attitude. If you’re willing to learn, then I guarantee that you will. In fact, video editing (like so many other things in life) is much easier than you may think. I still use the basic program for most of my video editing needs. You can actually download it for free, just search for “Windows Live Movie Maker.” It’s is the bare necessity / basic video editing program that will not leave you confused like a grandma on Facebook. There aren’t too many options or buttons but it still has more than enough to get you going. You can cut, paste, add videos, add pictures, add music and even put a watermark. It should take you no more than a few tries at this to be an expert at editing videos with this program. All it takes is the right attitude and the initiative to do so.

  • “No one will watch me anyway”

Well what do you have to lose? It may take some time but if you do put out anything with decent quality, you’ll start finding your niche and you’ll start getting the support you need. It’s no secret that every blogger, video blogger, or TV star started out with one fan – their mom. Though with the right marketing tactics and persistence, all these people start building an audience of people who appreciate them for who they are and what they do. You don’t need to have any super talents. Sometimes, people appreciate you for exactly what you can bring to the table. In fact, this sometimes makes people more attracted to you as they feel like they can connect with you. They end up feeling just as simple as you are and thus they appreciate you for what you have to say, no matter how insignificant you may think it is (refer back to advice on you thinking that you don’t have anything significant to say or share).

The relatively low cost of starting an online channel has made video production much easier. In fact, marketers and bloggers today like going by the phrase: “Ready, Fire, Aim.” It’s a statement that means you can adjust your content toward your audience. Just get started with what you have in mind and worry about adjusting and tweaking it as you go along. It won’t cost you anything anyway. Go ahead, fire when ready!

  • “People might say mean things about me and my videos”

Yes they will. I won’t lie, there are a lot of “haters” out there who do nothing but try to drag people down. The one piece of advice I remember from Filipino internet sensation Christina Gambito, better known as HappySlip, was that you need to ignore all the negative comments and downbeat people. They will be out there and you just need to do your best to produce what you feel is quality videos and content. The rest will fall into place on its own.

Most are hindered from starting a vlog simply by their own selves. Well, it’s time to overcome your personal walls and turn yourself into the next internet video producer. With the right attitude and some practice, you’ll be the next video star faster than you can say “YouTube Sensation!”

Believe me, it’s a lot easier than you think.

“The greater danger for most of us, is not that our aim is too high and we miss it,
but that it is too low and we reach it”

Vince Golangco is the Editor-in-Chief and Creative Director of WhenInManila.com, a top video blog and digital content provider in the Philippines. Aside from blogging, Vince is also a Radio DJ on Mellow 94.7. Moreover, he is the host of “Tek Tok TV” (Tech Talk TV), a show on the Global News Network (GNN) which talks about the latest trends in technology, gadgets, the internet, blogging and other geeky stuff. You can find out more about him on Twitter.com/VinceGolangco or on Facebook.com/WhenInManila.

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Speaker at De La Salle University LEAP (Lasallian Enrichment Alternative Program)

I spoke today at the De La Salle University, Lasallian Enrichment Alternative Program or LEAP.

LEAP is a one-day event that aims to holistically develop Lasallians by offering alternative classes which cater to their special interest.

In front of about 40 students, I discussed the topic of: “Personal Branding & Blogging.”

It was a lot of fun being back in a college / university. I never really realized how different I am today as compared to my college days.

The Lasallian Enrichment Alternative Program (LEAP) is an annual activity during the University Week. It is sponsored by the Council of Student Organizations (CSO) and its accredited organizations, Student Council (SC) and its college and batch assemblies, and some offices in the University.  This annual activity was approved by the Council of Deans in 2001, and has been supported by the university community since then. This year the LEAP is scheduled for Tuesday, February 16, 2010.  The LEAP activity is implemented as follows.

In lieu of regular classes for the Tuesday, February 16, undergraduate students will attend one seminar/workshop as an alternative class.  They can attend a morning session from 0900 to 1200 hrs. or an afternoon session from 1300 to 1600 hrs.  Students are expected to have pre-registered for their preferred class.  At the end of the session, students would be given certificates, which they would have to present to their teachers as proof of their attendance.  Students who fail to attend an alternative class will be marked absent in all their regular classes for that day.

Anyway, I’ll post more about what I talked about and how it went on a different blog post.

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Asking the Right Questions

Random Person: “So what do you do?”

Vince: “I do a lot, but mostly I’m a creative writer and a travel blogger.”

Random Person: “Oh… so how do you make money with that?”

Vince: “Ummm… lots of ways. What do you do?”

Random Person: “I’m an accountant.”

Vince: “Oh… so how do you have fun with that…?”

Random Person: ” …… “




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!

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