Showing posts from January, 2012

RAFI is now accepting applications for YMA season 6

Following the launching of the sixth season of Young Minds Academy (YMA) last Jan. 21, the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI) is now accepting applications for the program.

YMA is a youth leadership and citizenship development program of the Eduardo Aboitiz Development Studies Center (EADSC) of RAFI aimed at developing young people to become responsible and accountable leaders and proactive citizens ready to serve the public and its interests. 

This is done through awareness raising, experiential education, immersion, and open discourse, among others. 
It is open to young people aged 12 to 20 years old.

Because of my very wonderful 10 months, I designed a poster showcasing how awesome it is to be a YMAer.

YMA was launched in October 2006 and already ran for five seasons, including a special summer edition held in 2009 for Region 8.

“Through this program, I have discovered what kind of leader I want to be. The change has started in me already. Now it’s my time to be a role model to other…

How to Create Kickass Awesome Tourism Site Web Design

When I went to Bohol for the second time last year, I fell in love with the resort we stayed in. I was there for a learning visit on some of their great government programs and went to see the mayors and the governor himself. Our resort was in Panglao and I woke up early morning to enjoy the seashores and took some really great photos which got me thinking of designing a tourism site for the place. So as usual on a bored day, I pulled up Photoshop on my computer and drafted what I think is my best work so far. Colors, photos, and user experience design rules were considered as I got going designing a Jaysee Blabs Panglao site. Check it out!

The rotating banner with the cool buttons on the side showcasing the best features of the place.

The phone number creatively placed on a post it together with snapshots of the photos I took.
And yes, that's me on the Book Accomodations call to action. LOL

The footer with with my feet on it.

The header feeds on the thought of using complementary…

Awesome Web Design for Pirate Site AGGRRHH!!!

Last Christmas, I was able to attend a themed party and I got so inspired with my look that I decided to draw inspiration from it for my next web design project. I ran Photoshop and decided to get my creative juices flowing with logical web design rules running in my mind at the same time and created a homepage design for the i55 Christmas Party. And that's me on the banner. LOL

It's all in the details. Must be effective and consistent.

The main call to action.

The banner exudes old world elements and my photo.

The header with the main navigation, search box and a shopping cart.

The logo.

That's about it! Follow your passion, have an inspiration and just be awesome at all the things you do and you can just be surprised at what you can do. Trust me, I did.

For your web, graphic and print design needs, feel free to drop a line or two:

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See more of my designs and the stories behind them at:

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As the City of Cebu thrives and its economy flourishes, SM Supermalls, the country’s largest chain of malls, gives their vote of confidence in the city’s growth potential by developing what will become a major new landmark at their South Road Properties (SRP) site.

A new mall, aptly called SM Seaside City Cebu will be one of the first developments in the masterplan of SM Properties for their 304,100 sq. m. site, which stretches from the northern part of the SRP to the sea. 

Designed by Arquitectonica, an international architecture, interior design and planning firm from Miami, Florida, the grand, first-of-its-kind urban development at the SRP will dramatically change the landscape of the city with its nautilus-inspired design of expanding, concentric arcs from a central multi-purpose space.

A large church – a sleek, modern all-white structure nestled among lush foliage – will be the first to be built and completed in the SM SRP complex.

Hotels, a conference and convention center, resid…

TV5 celebrates with Cebuanos in “Sugod mga Kapatid Sa Sinulog 2012”

TV5 and its sports and news platforms—sports channel AKTV and 24/7 news channel Aksyon TV—join Cebuanos in celebrating one of the country’s grandest and most colorful religious events, the Sinulog Festival, happening in the whole province of Cebu simultaneously this week.

The Kapatid Network and its affiliate platforms roll out week-long activities to make the festivity even more meaningful to the Cebuanos via “Sugod mga Kapatid sa Sinulog 2012,” kicking off with the participation of United Football League (UFL) at the 2nd Cebu Sports Commission Football Championships that happened last weekend (January 7 to 8). 

UFL players such as Mark Hartmann, Misagh Bahadoran, Jose Paolo Pascual, Nestorio Margase and Lexton Moy were warmly received by Cebuano football fans during the event at San Roque and USC football fields. (The UFL series of games starts on Saturday, January 14, on AKTV on IBC)

TV5 also holds daily open TV viewing marathon at Fuente Osmeña Circle from January 9 to 12, 1 to 5pm,…

World’s Largest Chess Tournament to be held in CEBU! Registration Deadline Jan.19; more than 50,000 registered participants now recorded

It’s the grandest Chess event in history!  More than 40, 000 registered participants are now recorded in the most ambitious chess program in the country.  A series of eliminations began last October 2011, which will culminate in two weeks.

Nearly 4,000 finalists will converge at the Grand Finals during the first “Cebu Chess Festival: World’s Largest Chess Tournament” on January 21, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. at the Cebu City Sports Center Grand Stand and on January 22, 2012 at 9:00 a.m. at the Cebu City Sports Center Gym.

The first “Cebu Chess Festival: World’s Largest Chess Tournament” is organized by the Cebu City Sports Commission in cooperation with the Cebu City Government, Department of Education Region VII and the Philippine Sports Commission.

Generous sponsors such as Julie’s Bakeshop, Bioderm, International Pharmaceuticals Inc., Rose Pharmacy, Virginia Foods Inc. and the University of Cebu have thrown their support to make this noble program successful.

New DOT Campaign Wows International Travel Experts

This year’s ASEAN Tourism Forum at Manado, Indonesia witnessed the new Philippine brand launch with the line - ‘It’s more fun in the Philippines.’

“ATF 2012 is a perfect platform to introduce to some 1,600 international delegates composed of buyers and sellers, the NTO community and media delegates,” Philippine Tourism Secretary Ramon R. Jimenez, Jr. said.

Focusing on the country’s core strength, the campaign singles out what no other destination can offer - and that is the Filipino people.

The Lonely Planet guidebook calls Filipinos ‘among the most easygoing and ebullient people anywhere.’

Meanwhile, a constant truth that comes out in the passenger exit surveys is the “warmth and hospitality of the people.”

“Our strategy is simple: while other countries invite you to observe, Filipinos can promise a more heartfelt and interesting experience. Wherever you go, whatever you do in the country, it’s the Filipinos that will complete your vacation and will make your holiday unforgettable,” sa…

RAFI, partners open contemporary art exhibit on Cebu

The Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI) in partnership with Alternative Contemporary Art Studio and The Grove by Rockwell launched an art exhibit entitled “Contemporary Cebu” last January 4, 2011 at the Cebu City Museum. It will run until January 31, 2011.

An annual event, Contemporary Cebu is aimed at bringing national attention to Cebuano artists and their works. The first exhibit was held in June 2011 in Manila at the Ateneo de Manila University and Picasso Boutique Hotel.

Free admission is given to the public to view artworks that exemplify contemporary movements in painting, sculpture and performance arts. New masterpieces by leading and upcoming artist from the region – Palmy Pe-Tudtud, Marvin Natural, Kidlat of the Junks Collective, Karl Roque, Sio Montera, Ritchie Quijano and Tito Cuevas – are featured in the exhibit. Russ Ligtas will give Butoh performances on January 12, 2011 and January 13, 2011.

Alternative Contemporary Art Studio headed by Fr. Jason Dy, SJ, pooled together…

Something big is coming! | Welcome to another year of awesome

I really do hope that you started your year right. The kind where you have swept out skeletons in your closet, put on a brand new attitude, envisioned, and set your goals that bring forth happiness. Something about new years that changes the way people look at life. Maybe because of the hope that it gives or a reminder to that you can make bigger things right this time. 

Because we all know that no matter how life is designed to be simple, it is very hard to live.

Either way, we, the Cebu Bloggers Society Inc., are doing our best to continuously improve ourselves, the things we do and how we do it.

This year we are proving ourselves to be bigger, bolder and definitely better in so many ways as we map out our agenda for the whole year. We are streamlining our internal processes and planning about big events that everyone can be part of. As we try to go beyond blogging, I do hope you paddle forward with us. Rough seas ahead are gonna rock us big time but with the right tools, methodologi…

Bounce forward as you push off with the Skechers ProSpeed SRR running shoes

Running has become a national pastime in the Philippines. Weekend warriors who used to jog around Greenhills and then find themselves in surrounding coffee shops after their run, now find themselves in the streets of Bonifacio Global City or the paved roads around Mall of Asia in sponsored Sunday runs.

As more and more people take to the streets to pound the pavement, there emerged a resurgence of interest in the right footwear to use as you see people in these runs wearing a variety of shoes from normal street rubber shoes to technical running shoes that offer a myriad of benefits.

This has led to the development and introduction of a new kind of lightweight running shoe from Skechers for active enthusiasts and serious athletes --- the Skechers ProSpeed SRR.

Chinggay Andrada, one of the trainers in the Biggest Loser Philippines show and a certified professional fitness expert; and Skechers Philippines newest fitness spokesperson said:

“This new footwear technology by Skechers will g…

Live: Jaysee Blabs Year-End Reflections

Life is simple. You are born. You grow, then you die.

But no one ever said it's easy. The roads we take in between, the people we meet, the circumstances that surround us and the challenges being thrown our way brings out the worst in us; and in some cases, our best. It’s very tempting to talk about positivity but there will come a time that God will test you so much that you will know what is real and where you really stand. People call it pessimism. I call it upright realization that life is irreversible so never take a leap to unknown heights if you’ve had your share of sorrows and mistakes.

It is knowing who you really are, what you are capable of and what you want to do that will define who you will become.
Life is harsh. The most horrendous things can make you become a stronger being you never thought you would be. I’ve taken risks and some may have paid off but one thing didn’t.

Life is short.Have fun. Love the simple things. Kiss the rain. And of course, don't screw things…

The 20 Awesomeness of Visayas Blogging Summit 2011

Blogging has been a great tool to market great solutions, events, ideas and businesses because of its dynamic and interactive nature compared to traditional media. That is why when the Visayas Blogging Summit was organized two years ago by Ilo-ilo Bloggers, it had strengthened the capabilities of online publishers by equipping them with knowledge and access to unlimited information to upscale this media.

After my great experience of flying all the way to Ilo-ilo to learn more about blogging tools, ethics, photography and travel blogging, I could just be nostalgic as I got into the hype of co-organizing this year's Visayas Blogging Summit 2011 (#VBS2011) with the great people (from fellow Board of Trustees, to its members and volunteers) behind the most organized blogging institution in the country, the Cebu Bloggers Society Inc. (CBSi).

SM City Cebu Trade Hall was opened early to give way to participants to converge for the #VBS2011 last November 26, 2011 and my organization, the C…

Groupon PH saved me from a really BAD day!

Since Groupon Philippines was launched here in the country, around a thousand people have enjoyed what their city has to offer in Cebu alone. We have been enjoying as much as 90% discount on restaurants, fitness and wellness centers.

December has been quite a ride and it burnt me out pretty bad so I decided to use the 30-minute foot spa and 1 hour full body massage, compliments from Groupon Philippines. 

It was actually so easy! All I did was go to the homepage and register then I clicked the Buy Now button which takes me to the payment page. There are so many ways to pay: Visa/Mastercard, PayPal, Bancnet, GCash and Bank Deposits via leading banks (BDO, BPI, Unionbank, RCBC).

Thru Groupon, I was able to enjoy a great time with myself at the Subtle Zen Spa Center just in time when I had a really BAD day just when my year was just about to end, but I had sorta snapped out of it already by now. But anyway, what was awesome about the foot spa and full body massage deal was that I was able …