See you at iBlog 10

Me and my friend, Jeff already registered and we're coming on the 5th of April. Are you coming too?

Here are the details of this free event for bloggers:

iBlog: The 10th Philippine Blogging Summit (#iblog9) will be on April 4 and 5, 2014 at the Malcolm Theater, UP College of Law, UP Diliman, Quezon City from 8 am to 5 pm.

DAY 1 AGENDA (Names of speakers and panelists will be posted and updated this week)
9:00 to 9:20 Flag ceremony, prayer, participant intro (limited)
9:20 to 10:20 Bloggers as New Media Personalities (Carlo Ople, Noemi Lardizabal Dado, and more to be added)
10:20 to 10:40 BREAK
10:40 to 11:40 Building Communities through Blogging (Azrael Coladilla, Jinoe Gavan, Vince Golangco, and more to be added)
11:40 to 1:00 LUNCH
1:00 to 1:30 SPONSOR TALK
1:30 to 2: 10 Bloggers as Digital Marketers (Grace Bondad Nicolas, Jonel Uy, Fitz Villafuerte, Boris Joaquin)
2:20 to 3:00: Blogging as Part of Internet Marketing and Advertising (Jeoff Solas, Mannix Borromeo Pabalan, Brad Geiser, and more to be added)
3:00 to 3:20 BREAK
3:20 to 4:00 Bloggers as Activist (Tonyo Cruz, Francis Acero, and more to be added)
4:00 to 4:40 State of Blogging in the Philippines – report from bloggers in the countryside (Ruben Licera Jr.)
4:40 RAFFLE / GROUP SHOT

DAY 2 AGENDA (Names of speakers and panelists will be posted and updated this week)
9:00 to 9:20 The Rise of the Sports Bloggers (Ivan Stewart Saldajeno)
9:20 to 9:40 Future-Proof Link Building: No Spam, More Juice (Jayson Bagio)
9:40 to 10:00 Why Doctors and other Professionals should Blog? (Bien Nillos)
10:00 to 10:20 BREAK
10:20 to 11:00 Bloggers as Entrepreneurs (Genesis Reonico, Sonnie Santos, Vanj Padilla, and more to be added)
11:10 to 12:00 Crowdsourcing, Social Media, and its Impact on Business (Richard Eldridge, Lace Llanora, Michael Ngo Dee, and more to be added)
12:00 to 1:00 LUNCH
1:00 to 1:30 SPONSOR TALK
1:30 to 2:10 Mentoring Entrepreneurs through Blogging and Social Media (Christian Blanquera and more to be added)
2:20 to 2:40 The Present and Future of Internet Regulation (Atty. JJ Disini)
2:50 to 3:10 The Philippine Internet at 20 years old (Janette Toral)
3:20 to 3:40 BREAK
3:40 to 4:40 Future of Blogging and Social Media
4: 50 RAFFLE and GROUP SHOT
EMCEE: Flow Galindez and Adrian Benipayo

Registration is still open.

Please note that the iBlog10 is still looking for sponsors. Please contact the organizers at http://iblogph.org/

Help the Yolanda Survivors

Janette Toral, a well-known social media expert recently spearhead a seminar for the benefits of the typhoon Yolanda survivors called We Are One. It’s a fund raising seminar that features known speakers such as Ricky de Vera, Boris Joaquin, Randy Esguerra, Janette C. Toral, Jc Libiran, Pido Aguilar, Raju Mandhyan, Warren Domantay, Polo Ablazo, Al Ian Barcelona, Boom San Agustin, Joey P.Reyes, Ivy Villanueva Lloyd Luna Pocholo Gonzales and others.

Minimum donation is Php 1,000 per head.

EVENT DETAILS

WE ARE ONE. | One Nations, One Purpose, One Voice
Vista Center, UGF Worldwide Corporate Center, Shaw Blvd., Mandaluyong City.

December 7, 2013
9:00am – 5:00pm 

Program
09:00am Prayer/ Yoga Exercise
09:15am Session 1 – Resilience Is Not Enough (by Coach Randy Esguerra)
10:15am Session 2 – YES! You Can Inspire As You Live! (by Ricky de Vera, MBA, CSP)
11:15am Session 3 – Creating A Personal Vision: You Can Do It If You Can Perceive It (by Boris Joaquin)
12:15pm Lunch
01:15pm Session 4 – Connecting and Engaging Online (by Janette Toral)
02:15pm Session 5 – Victim s. Responsible Mindset (by Joey Reyes)
03:15pm Panel Discussion (by Gwen Pang, JC Libiran and Pochollo Gonzales)
04:15pm Session 6 – Understanding & Appreciating What Happens To You (by Pido Aguilar)
05:15pm Closing

For more info, click here or visit We Are One – FaceBook page .

Please share!

Lucy Torres Exposes Truth Behind Yolanda Relief Efforts

This is a very firm and elegant way of a woman exposing ugly things about the government. Kudos to Lucy. However, these things are open secrets and known to every Filipino who knows that dirty politics reigns in the Philippines. I doubt there'll be changes anytime soon after this expose. Credits to the owner of the video.

Arcan Ville and Regghie M. Orpiada

They're speaking the Filipino language but seems they belong to another planet. With an evil mind and heart, they already got what they ask for - fame! Yes, you two will be forever remembered for your evil and heartless tweets.
And as a reminder, "Be careful with what you wish for!" Karma is now digital and God is always watching.

Note: I actually contemplated for a while about posting something about these two disgusting creatures. I was asking myself if they are worth my time then I realized that referencing them through my blog archive and be forever tagged as a disappointment to the Philippines especially to their families is worth of my 5-minutes.

How Can I Contact DFA for Passport Questions?

This is really disappointing and annoying! The Department of Foreign Affairs in the Philippines offers several channels to contact them. They have a website, a Facebook Page and several trunk lines. But I can't reach to them!

I was on the phone for 15 minutes waiting for my call to be picked up! Imagine how much I can do with such time I wasted waiting on the phone. No one answered!

So I rushed to the Internet to find their plugged Facebook Page on the phone call waiting, Liked their page and then realized that there's no way to send them a private message? Duh?!



So I then went to their website and try to send a mesage via their contact form and they only have this option?
So DFA, do you have a Twitter, Instagram or Tumblr or a working email? argghhh....

This is my first time to renew my passport and I hate to accept that I have to go through these discoveries after five years. All I want to know is a confirmation that I will not need this requirement:

This is stated on their website under Renewal Passport - https://www.dfa.gov.ph/index.php/2013-04-04-07-00-11. Their listing is kinda' confusing and I would like to personally hear that this is only for first time minor users.

Aliens who acquired Filipino citizenship or applicants with foreign-sounding family names (e.g. LIM, CHO, SY, LEE, SAMADI, SINGH, etc.):
  • Bureau of Immigration Identification Certificate
  • Certificate of Naturalization
  • Election of Filipino Citizenship / Oath of Allegiance
  • If necessary,
  • Marriage Certificate of parents (duly authenticated by NSO)
  • NSO Birth Certificate of applicant or applicant’s brother or sister 
  • Anyone who knows?
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