3rd Rotaract Tea Talk: on Cebu Bloggers Society, cosplaying and money
Afternoon of September 4th, socio-civic youth had flocked at the Café Uno Annex of Waterfront for the 3rd Tea Talk: The New Generation.
It is organized by Rotaract Cebu Fuente Community Based and Rotaract Cebu University of San Carlos Chapter. Covered by Media Partners including ABS-CBN, SkyCable and Cebu Bloggers Society (CBS), the event aims to promote the organization’s activities for September dubbed as their New Generation Month.
WHY TEA TALK?
Tea, coffee and light snacks were served all throughout the afternoon as we engage in a talkshow-like atmosphere. Speakers and interviewees take center stage as tackle on topics that best concerns the new generation which includes finances, blogging, promoting arts through theater and movies, cosplaying and the upcoming Rotary New Generation’s Web Conference. This year, Café Uno at Waterfront Cebu and Casino became the venue for this society oriented gathering.
The speaker was Jon Fredrich Siu, a financial adviser who works at IMG Company and the husband of Raki Vega. His first few words will strike you:
“Common sense is the ability to do the right thing.”
He reiterates that it is all you need to manage your money and become wealthy in the process. You must be equipped with knowledge and accept a financial wakeup call.
When do you know it’s time for a financial wakeup call?
- Do you lack of planning when it comes to your expenses?
- Do you lack of knowledge about savings and protection/insurances?
- Do you dependency on someone else for managing your finances?
Families fight over money so to protect your relationships you must make a way for money to work for you and not the other way around. This leads us to graph that Mr. Siu presented through his slide:
This is the simplified version and it tells a lot about how we all should live. This graphs could say a lot of things like:
- You can decrease your responsibility by increasing your savings.
- Work hard while you are young.
- Savings grow as time passes so time is literally gold. Save earlier.
“Discipline,” Mr. Siu says “should be in our mindset.” He also reminds us of setting priorities right like protecting our life is more important than the things we own. We shouldn’t say “how’s the car?” when you mean to say “how are you?”
He also has this tip saying that banks are good for short term goals like savings. For long term goals like retirement however, banks are not recommended because of the inflation rate.
He instills more lessons like:
- Save early. He gave an example using Person 1 and Person 2. Person 1 saved P20,000 for seven years. Person 2 saved the same amount seven years later than Person 1. By that time, Person 1 had stopped saving the same amount and instead focused on the interest he gains year after year while Person 2 kept on saving the amount. The conclusion? Person 2 never caught up with Person 1 even if he saved all his life. Interesting isn’t it?
- Think. Most people have too much MONTH at the end of MONEY. This pretty much sums up what most of the working people experience.
- Live below your means. Don’t spend more than you can afford. Common sense, remember?
- Pay yourself first. When you keep spending, companies will benefit from you. You will have little money left for yourself. All of us should think this way:
Career and Lifestyle Change
Where do you see yourself 3-5 years from now?
“You don’t need luck” Mr. Siu says. “You need the right information.”
He also reminds us to dream big because it’s free. Then you have two crucial options to do after:
1. Either you shrink your dream to fit the size of your income or
2. To challenge yourself to grow maturely and increase your income to fit the size of your dream.
For more information, you may contact
Mr. Jon Fredrich Siu at firstname.lastname@example.org.
He runs IMG Company who’s responsible for making hundreds of families manage and increase their wealth. Their mission is “No Family Left Behind.”
Kindred Hearts: A Musicale
After a successful run of last year’s Kindred Hearts at SM Cebu Cinema, an original screenplay written, conceptualized, musical arrangement, and played by Cebuanos. It tells the untold stories of nurses: their lives, loves and everything in between. This year, featuring an inter-college cast and original 16 tracks with great composition and arrangement, Kindred Hearts is sure to captivate our hearts in what could be a world-class production.
Christian Ray Malintad and their ever vibrant director talked about what the play is all about, what makes it different, what to expect and what you will learn after watching this play. This is what they have to say:
“Kindred Hearts is an original story.
“It will touch you even in the deepest recesses of your hypothalamus.
“You only have one thing to expect: You will never think ‘when is this play going to end?’
“You will learn a lot of things after watching:
(1) You will not focus on the past as mistakes cannot be undone.
(2) You will not focus on the future as it is uncertain.
(3) You will learn to say ‘I love you Today.’
(4) You will learn to forgive your enemies today and live life to the fullest.”
They even showed us an exciting trailer of the play and the cast was introduced. They also performed some scenes to give us a taste to whet our appetite for the Cebuano talent we are to partake. Proceeds go to charity, the Manna Ministry's "Adopt a Student Program" which helps those who cannot afford to go to college.
WHAT: Kindred Hearts: A Musicale
WHEN: October 1-2, 2010
WHERE: Ayala Cebu Onstage
Tickets are sold for Php150.00. For ticket reservations and information, contact by through these numbers: (032)5813679, (0916)7546649, (0932)6860315 or simply email email@example.com.
Cebu Blogger’s Society Inc. (CBS) members, Ate Wil, Angeli, and Kuya Rab were interviewed by the hosts about the tricks and trade of the industry. They asked how do you start a blog and Ate Wil encourages everyone to think about what their intentions are and what blogging platform to use, preferably Blogger.com.
Knowing about the privileges of being a member, the hosts asked about how do they become a CBS member. Angeli answered, “it’s not just about writing it’s about your interest.” Ate Wil guides us through by telling the audience that you must have started blogging for a long time and when you qualify on the rules set on CebuBloggers.com, you may submit your blog and wait for the Membership Committee to review your application.
Cebu Bloggers Society is a nonprofit organization that is registered under the country’s Securities and Exchange Commission. We have Board of Trustees and Officers that runs the group. We set standards on excellence so not all who applies makes it in, which may be misinterpreted by some as being “elitists”.
Our mission is to promote Cebu’s overall beauty through blogging and social networking and at the same time to be a productive group and productive individuals towards nation building.
They also shared how CBS started from humble beginnings. From a Yahoo! Group formed by Mark Monta, Jerry Gervacio and Kevin Ray Chua to the fastest growing community in the country today, CBS will eventually become not only a value-driven and responsible group but also proactive and productive citizens of our community, country, and world.
We also made it clear that we are in no way competing with traditional media when in fact we work with them.
We also assured that blogging is not just writing, it is the best creative outlet to showcase your talent like Rabsing.com who runs a video blog singing to requests from avid readers.
Our friends from Cane Events and Cebu Cosplayers Club where also there to talk about cosplay, what it is about, why they are so passionate about it, on the assumption that is a kiddie thing and that it is a hobby that is only for the rich.
They have this say:
- Cosplay means costume playing. It is another medium for us to express ourselves and appreciate Japanese culture while still being Filipino. You may call it as a form of fanaticism where we have fun; gain fulfillment in the sense that we see the appreciation from people for our hardwork while honing our skills.
- Anime is for everyone. For the young and the young at heart.
- As a hobby, it may cost a lot at times just like any hobby in the world. That is why most of us resort to being resourceful because most of us are still students.
- It makes us happy and just like everyone; we don’t want to lose the kid in our heart.
Rotary Club of Cebu heads were also there to promote a movie and the New Generation Web conference. The movie is entitled “Sigwa” or rage in translation. It tells the story of a circle of friends that blossomed in the middle of the First Quarter Storm of 1970. It is directed by critically acclaimed Joel Lamangan.
What is interesting about this movie is that it is an indie film yet the cast that top-bills are veterans like Zsa Zsa Padilla, Tirso Cruz III, Gina Alajar, Marvin Agustin, Jim Pebanco and Ms. Dawn Zulueta.
It is an official entry to the 2010 Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival Directors Showcase. Boasting of great cinematics, story and world-class production, it has been rated A by the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) of the Philippines.
“Sigwa” will be shown on
September 20- 21, 2010
University of San Carlos (USC) Cebu Main Campus and their Talamban CAFA Bldg. Theater
Open to all schools just coordinate with USC.
*Regular screening on major cinemas on October.
New Generation’s Web Conference
Expounding this year’s theme, “WOW: Wisdom of Winners”, the 2rd New Generation’s Web Conference is the main event of Rotary Club for September. It will simultaneously happen with Rotary Clubs in Tarlac, General Santos, Paseo de Roxas and Cebu.
List of speakers:
- Leo Lastimosa for Media
- Jude Bacalso for Gender Sensitivity
- Dondon Hontiveros for Sports
- Raki Vega for Entertainment
- Kenneth Cobonpue for Business and Design
New Generation’s Web Conference
Where: USC Cebu CAFA Theater
When: September 25, 2010
*Today until September 24, ticket price will be Php 150.00 only which already includes lunch. On September 25, you will be paying Php 200.00 on site.
This pretty much sums up the Tea Talk: The New Generation organized by Rotaract Club of Fuente Community Based and Rotaract Club of University of San Carlos Chapter. Till next year!