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How to do Kickass Rebranding and Awesome Social Media Strategy

Social Media Primer

What is social media?

Social Media is defined as a conversation powered by online platforms. Conversations between all people in the internet.

There is no regulation and no formal organization so an expert consultation is needed to aid entities who wish to utilize this form of media. Content that you share has to be emergent, fun, compelling but the key thing is to listen to your target audience.

The ability of your target audience to respond in real-time makes goals quantifiable as well as measurable qualitatively. It is a brand new way of understanding markets not just another messaging channel.

What are the things you can do with social media?


  1. Post real-time updates and advisories
  2. Complement your traditional media campaigns by making the materials available online
  3. Archive and distribute important government documents meant for public distribution
  4. Promote events 
  5. Raise awareness
  6. Crowd source materials, ideas, feedback, suggestion
  7. Recruit volunteers
  8. Raise funds


What are its limitations?

It is not a magic bullet, it will not help you if you don’t develop your brand, and if you don’t have a staff. As with any other medium, it takes time: to listen, to participate, to generate buzz and build a community. The biggest struggle non-profits and government have is understanding the platforms as tools to engage communities, that is what new media companies are built for.


Why is it important?

Internet usage is growing at an exponential rate. This year, Asia Pacific is expected to triple theirs with wifi-enabled mobile computing devices becoming commodities. Corporations, governments and NGOs are capitalizing on their social media profiles to engage.

Philippines has a fair chance to achieving the same brand success given the right tools, planning, and implementation. GlobalWebIndex published a study about social networking usage for 2011-212 and we, Filipinos, ranks first; all the more reasons to tap the medium. Industry insiders attribute it to our culture of kinship among family and friends.

Publicity.com reports that it took radio and TV to reach 50 million users. Facebook added 100 million users in 6 months. Amazing isn’t it?

No wonder why department and agencies of developing countries’ governments are on Facebook: Department of Health Victoria AU and Department of Health and Health Services of the US.


Overview of Social Media Planning


  1. Preplanning
    • Listening to existing benchmark entities and target market
  2. Planning
    • Setting goals
    • Developing brand
    • Developing key messages
    • Developing social media plan
    • Choosing the right platforms
  3. Implementation
    • Social media scheduling or action plan or workflow
    • Creating content
    • Posting content
    • Engage
  4. Evaluation and Recommendation
    • Checking metrics
    • Updating campaign strategy




Sample redesigned Cover Photo for National Nutrition Council Region 7 (NNCRVII)

Full-scale Implementation Proposal

Case Study for @NNCRVII


PROBLEM


  1. Workflow Managment. NNC 7 has to consolidate all social media properties.
  2. Branding. Needs to strengthen brand to effectively deliver key messages: 2012 NUTRITIONAL GUIDELINES FOR FILIPINOS 
  3. Promotion. Needs to let citizens in the region practice healthy lifestyle and healthy eating habits


SOLUTION

Full-scale implementation of rebranding of NNC 7, developing content that engage target market, quantify results and widen reach, positive brand perception to increase reputation, authority, build community, loyalty and mind recall, hire an NNC outsourced social media manager to post, engage and maintain social media properties and brand equities.


GOALS


  1. Develop strong branding guidelines for NNC 7
  2. Increase Facebook page followers
  3. Increase Facebook page targeted content engagement
  4. Increase Twitter page followers
  5. Increase Twitter page targeted content engagement
  6. Create social media content (ONLINE) and marketing collateral (OFFLINE) that effectively deliver the key messages included in the 2012 NUTRITIONAL GUIDELINES FOR FILIPINOS 
  7. Update communities in the region about NNC 7 projects and advisories


Main Target Audience

Region VII Filipino Youth Age 14-22 (High School to College Students)
Region VII Filipino Young Adults Age 23-30 (Working Professionals and Young Parents)







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Nominations now open for the #bcba 6th Best Cebu Blog Awards!

One of the emerging sub-industry in IT and media, blogging has indeed come a long way; and the people behind one of the most organized blogging community in the Philippines is once again ramping up yet another great event to honor the very best bloggers today. 

I am proud to be part of the organizing committee with my colleagues from the Cebu Bloggers Society Inc. (CBSi) after winning the honor some years ago and it has been my calling since then to evangelize on placing your passion into online publishing ideas.

If you have a friend or fellow who has what it takes to win home this years exciting prizes, then skim through the mechanics and fill out this Nomination form.

Check out Best Cebu Blogs website and Facebook page for more details. Send us your inquiries and shout outs through our Official Twitter account.

Be the very best version of yourself and live your greatest life yet!


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Be a Better Blogger, Leader, Businessman, Advocate by #TrendingForward



The turnout of this summit is expected to be varied as they will be hailing from the academic world, youth, business, non-profits and government agencies. Using the tools available to us, social media will be the platform as the driving force to move the country forward.  All this will be discussed, taught and debated at the biggest social media event of the year, Social Media Influencers Summit (SMIS). 

With the most respected speakers eager to inspire the mass with best practices, calls to action and guidelines in making the most out of the modern day medium that could reach hundreds of thousands and incite actions a hundredfold.

It will be the first summit of its kind and will be an annual event organized by iNewMedia Online in cooperation with Cebu Bloggers Society, Inc. (CBSi). For free tickets, you may log on to http://socialmedia.org.ph/





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CebuTechJobs.com: Gateway to your Awesome Dream Job

Life is hard these days and if you are someone who is taking care of yourself or your family then you ought to have a career that pays you off well. CebuTechJobs.com does that and so much more. 

What could be more awesome than to have a job that jumpstarts the career track you've always wanted. They simply have all of the hottest job listings from the leading industries such as ADMINISTRATION/OFFICE, ARTS/DESIGN, BPO, ENGINEERING, FINANCE/ACCOUNTS, IT, LEGAL, MEDICAL, OFFSHORE/OUTSOURCING, RECRUITMENT/TRAINING, SALES/MARKETING/RETAIL and so much more.

There have been a lot of job sites existing today but CebuTechJobs.com wins the competition by being a specialized site that is usable, visually elegant, fresh and has partnered with the biggest and best employers to date.

Talent attraction is always one of the challenges of today's companies and for a site that is advanced both in front and at the back-end of development, it just makes it a whole lot easier for people to reach the jobs they are most employable in. They have tools that is simplified for the employers and the candidates and they even sport filtering options and recommendations to positions that gets you the jobs that suit you best.

Visit now and start being somebody!

Go to CebuTechJobs.com.




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Team “Wait Know More” rules Startup Weekend Cebu


WAITING in queues when paying bills, groceries, medicines, etc. will soon be a hassle of the past as Team “Wait Know More” came up with a solution – a web application with SMS integration -- that would help reduce people’s long waiting times in the shops and won the inaugural Startup Weekend Cebu (SWC) on Sunday (May 13) at the Conference Hall of the University of the Philippines – Cebu (UPC).

The 10-man “Wait Know More” team, composed of members from different age groups – 16 being the youngest and 40 the oldest, ran away with the fabulous top prizes, including incorporation as a United Kingdom entity, as it bested 17 other teams in the 54-hour competition for developers, designers, marketers, technopreneurs, and venture capitalists.



It was a glorious weekend for “Wait Know More” as they were also named the “team that can change people’s lives” and received the special Faster World Award from incubator Kickstart Ventures Inc. Kickstart president and SWC judge Minette Navarrete handed out the award personally to Team “Wait Know More.”

“People really hate to be kept waiting in lines. So, I pitched the idea of creating a solution for this and drew nine other participants to form the team,” the skinny 20-year-old “Wait Know More” team leader Janessa Padin said. “I guess, our passion to get rid of those long lines and make people more productive helped secure the win for us, along with our great teamwork.”

Members of the winning squad are Kaom Te, George Padin, Cedric Santos Jr., Lance Quejada, Dandeljane Maraat, Cyrus Rufino, Kristian Jacob Abad Lora, Wesley Chiongbian, and Jason Coppage, the most senior in the team.

Team Luto.co, whose Android application would help food lovers save pantry resources, claimed second place, while Team Codetoki finished third with its employment apps for students.

Codetoki, whose application aims to assist IT students land a job, actually did not go home as a mere runner-up as it earned a slot in the Appbridge.org program of the Bill Clinton Foundation together with Team Digital Lifeline for their social enterprise initiatives.



Codetoki and Digital Lifeline will likewise get additional and extensive mentorship from experts who will assist them in the furtherance of their digital platforms and may possibly get the chance to meet with former US President Bill Clinton.

Team Commute.ph, with its web and mobile geolocator which aims to alleviate traffic problems in the Philippines, emerged as the people’s choice in the very successful staging of the first-ever Startup Weekend in Cebu which drew a total of 280 participants, including foreign technopreneurs from the US, Canada, Japan, and Australia.

Organizers, spearheaded by TechTalks.ph, said SWC was a complete success as the end-results have far exceeded their expectations.

“No, we did not expect SWC to be this successful,” said TechTalks.ph founder Tina Amper. “It’s absolutely crazy. The key factors for the success are the online developers who helped us spread the news, the untiring efforts of the local volunteers, and very generous support of the sponsors.”

Amper and the rest of the TechTalks.ph IT grassroots community are looking forward to the next Startup Weekend Cebu.



The prizes received by the winners were all courtesy of Amazon.com, Globe Telecom, Kickstart, Blackberry, Nokia Phils., Lenovo Mobile, ePremium Solutions, Harolds Hotel, and GT Cosmetics Manufacturing.

TechTalks.ph has partnered with innovative organizations -- Globe, Kickstart, Philippine Development Foundation (PhilDev), Developers Connect (devCon), Exist/Morphlabs, and the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) -- to bring this much-anticipated event to Cebu.

Startup Weekend Cebu was held in partnership with the DOST–ICT Office and sponsored by Globe, Kickstart, devCon, PhilDev, Morphlabs, Exist Global, UP-Cebu, CeBuinIt, Microsoft BizSpark, Northern Worx, Wavemaker Labs, Blackberry, Gist, Third Team Media, Startupr, Symph, CareSharing, Clicking Labs, Ripe Concepts, webbROI, The Islands Group, Epremium Solutions, NCR, Nokia, Harolds, Lenovo, GT Cosmetics, RAFI Micro Finance, NSparks, Cedf-it, MyCebu.ph, Cebu Directories, Cebu Institute of Technology -University, PinoyBorn, Ching Palace, The Lean Entrepreneur, Maverick, AdSense Flippers, AppSumo, Shakey’s, Red Carpet Catering Services, Chedz Cakes and Pastries, Chinese Ngohiong, Philippine Spring Water Resources Inc., Shobee Bakeshop, Cebu Bloggers Society Inc., Zero Three Two, Everything Cebu, Amazing Cebu Channel 54, Alcordo Advertising, Sun.Star Cebu, Cebu Daily News, The Freeman, SGEntrepreneurs, D+B Wine Shop and PRWorks.




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Designing a Real Estate Homepage in Photoshop

I may not go into details as there are millions of Photoshop tutorials online but I'm going to impart some insights as we move along. First, designing for web means you have to master CSS first so that you could limit your vision to what could be doable for the browser especially for business websites like real estate. 

As what I tell people always, the principles of art must be applied on graphic designs so you can always use them (or even break them!) depending on your call of judgment. 

Studying colors, typography, light, shades, placement, how people scan a web page, what makes a striking image, optimizing photos, finding the best patterns, layering, optimizing screen real estate, interpreting design briefs smartly, Web 2.0 and etc. There are so many things you should know as to what must go on within a designer and a developer's mind.

Suppose I wanted to create a portfolio website for our family's fictitious property and I want it to look clean but at the same time very regal, affluent with an atmosphere of great greenery. Here is a homepage mockup that I made within hours with a colour scheme: red brick, apple green and sky blue, apparently my favorite colors. I took the brick background as inspired by our home's facade which is visible from the banner. For tourism-related websites, full width image banners work best and contrasting hover backgrounds on the main menus give more clickability rate. The banner is our real home actually and I wanted to take the target audience of this personal project (around young professionals to families) to come feel the place before they even came.






The light streaks behind the logo is actually a brush that I placed on a separate layer so that it could be isolated once the design proceeds to cutting and the blue header gradient is linear so that it could be tiled horizontally. Address and contact details should appear on the header when necessary.





That's my real dog, Zack, on one of the supposed amenities being featured under the banner. It also took me a while to find an image that could be great as a wall vine and just duplicated the image and warped around to become the shadow.




This is the finished homepage. Enjoy!



Startup Weekend Cebu opens Friday at UP Lahug!


IT’S all systems go for the much-awaited first-ever Startup Weekend Cebu on May 11-13 at the Conference Room of the University of the Philippines – Cebu (UPC) along Gorordoave.in Lahug, this city.

Startup Weekend Cebu organizers, led by TechTalks.ph, have partnered with innovative organizations -- Globe Telecom, incubator Kickstart Ventures Inc.,Philippine Development Foundation (PhilDev), Developers Connect (devCon), Exist/Morphlabs, and the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) --  to bring this much-anticipated event to Cebu.

In a demonstration of community collaboration, the Startup Weekend Cebu community also received enthusiastic support from the Startup Weekend Manila organizers – web engineering firms ProudCloud and Dynamic Objx, as well as incubator Kickstart Ventures – to build on the lessons learnt from the two previous Startup Weekend Manila events, weaving in specific grassroots Cebu community perspectives.

Startup Weekend  -- a 54-hour competition where developers, designers, marketers, technopreneurs, and venture capitalists come together to share ideas, form teams, build products, and launch startup businesses – is designed for entrepreneurs interested in receiving feedback for an idea, looking for co-founders, or who want to learn a new skill, especially in the field of mobile and internet applications.

The concept, which started in the US, is now a global movement, taking digital start-up businesses from ideas to investment readiness through intensive mentoring from industry experts and access to markets and investors across Asia.

The Cebu community kicked off their startup momentum with a pre-Startup Weekend Cebu Bootcamp organized together with the Google Technology User Group (GTUG) on May 5, and an online campaign to invite aspiring and first-time technopreneurs, as well as the serial startup veterans, to join what promises to be an energetic and creative weekend at the University of the Philippines Cebu campus.

A total of 200 participants, or approximately 28 teams composed mostly of experienced developers are expected to converge at UPC starting 5:30 p.m. Friday, May 11, and start their high-energy, high-impact, and high-creativity weekend experience.  Registrations are still open at http://cebu.startupweekend.org

Aside from the mentors and judges, also expected to attend the weekend gathering are some investors from Singapore, to whom the participants will be selling their best ideas for a viable product.

Tapped to assist the participants as mentors are Christian Besler, Dan Siazon and Minette Navarrete of Kickstart, Eugene Fabian and Alex Goh of Microsoft Singapore, Albert Padin of SpellDial, PpipCimafranca, Jay Fajardo of ProudCloud, Jonathan Lansangan of Dynamic Objx, finance professional Bryan Low, Chris C. Ducker of VBS, Eric Su of Twidl Inc., Paul Villacorta of Cebu Directories, Gwendolyn Regina Tan, Ruben Licera Jr. of RLComm International, Taylor Miles of webbROI, and Wilson Ng of Ng Khai Development Corp.

Named judges for Startup Weekend Cebu are Kickstart president Minette Navarrete, Alvin Gendrano of Microsoft, Winston Damarillo of Morphlabs, Jean-PatirckBisson of ClickingLabs.com, Harm Rietjens of CareSharing, Vinnie Lauria of Golden Gate Ventures, Jay Aldeguer of The Islands Group, and PhilDev COB DiosdadoBanatao.

Aside from Cebu, Startup Weekends in Naples, Italy and Burgos, Spain are also scheduled on May 11-13.


STARTUP WEEKEND BOOTCAMP. Male and female attendees are all ears to the discussion of the resource person during the Startup Weekend Bootcamp at the University of the Philippines - Cebu on May 5. The participants are composed mostly of experienced developers who will be attending the Startup Weekend Cebu on May 11-13 also at UP-Cebu.

TechTalks community

Startup Weekend Cebu is made possible through the concerted efforts of TechTalks.ph’s TinaAmper and Mark Abellawith the able support of fellow organizers Dave Overton of Symph, Fleire Castro of Third Team Media, Mark Buenconsejo of CareSharing Inc., Ian Bert Tusil of NextSparks Studios Co., Paola Galan, Miguel Antonio Garcia, Bjorn Bernales of Bjorn iMedia, Vicki Saguin of CIT-U, Pauline Wade of UP, Ryan Hermocilla, and Patrick Villaruz.

TechTalks.ph is an IT grassroots community in Cebu founded by Amper in November 2010. It started with only a dozen people but eventually grew up to over 440 members, including businessmen, developers, and designers, among others.

After running into TechTalks member and Startup Weekend Manila 2011 organizer Jonathan Lansangan in January this year, Amper broached the idea to the online community of bringing Startup Weekend to Cebu. And, of course, the rest was history.

Startup Weekend Cebu is held in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology – ICT Office and is sponsored by Globe Telecom, Kickstart Ventures, devCon, PhilDev, Morphlabs, Exist Global, Microsoft BizSpark, UP Cebu, CeBuinIt, Gist by Blackberry, ThirdTeam Media, Startupr, Symph, CareSharing, TechTalks, Clicking Labs, Ripe Concepts, webbROI, The Islands Group, Epremium Solutions, Nokia Phils., Wavemaker Labs;

NextSparks, Cedf-it, MyCebu.ph, Cebu Directories, Cebu Institute of Technology -University, PinoyBorn, Ching Palace, Lenovo Mobile, Harolds Hotel, The Lean Entrepreneur, Red Carpet Catering Services, Chedz Cakes and Pastries, Chinese Ngohiong, Philippine Spring Water Resources Inc., Shobee Bakeshop, Maverick, AdSense Flippers, Cebu Bloggers Society Inc., Zero Three Two, Everything Cebu, Amazing Cebu Channel 54, Alcordo Advertising, Sun.Star Cebu, Cebu Daily News, The Freeman, and PRWorks.





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Join World Bloggers Day 2012: It’s More Fun in Blogging and Social Media

Blogging is quite a job compared to what others perceive it to be.

You have to establish a reputation, create compelling useful content, market your site and have a lot of handful of tasks in between.

But the key is interacting with a community.

Connecting with other bloggers has always been both a passion and a challenge.


World Bloggers Day 2012: It is more Fun in Blogging and Social Media.


This year 2012, the initiators of World Bloggers’ Day we came up with a theme that can encourage more bloggers anywhere in the world to push their blogging passion and efforts.  It’s now just about posting an article, clicking the social media buttons and connecting with other bloggers. Integrating fun in blogging is a relevant ingredient to ignite or rekindle the passion in blogging, treating the blogs not just a business but a platform for rewarding enjoyment.

The proliferation and increasing relevance of social media is not a supplementary factor, but an equally significant integration in blogging.

There’s no need for an offline event to organize. We encourage the World bloggers to use the social media to connect with other bloggers, breaking the barriers that only exist in international boundaries of jurisdictions.

Like it. Tweet it. Link it. And Pin it.

Using the social media, the Earth is a vast check-in place of bloggers with dots connecting them into one big cosmos.

The opportunities are still endless for bloggers who want to make it big online. Despite the competition, one or a throng of dedicated bloggers with a stronghold for determination and success-driven personality can pull off the blogging challenges.

Join us again for world Bloggers’ Day 2012. Use the Social Media to connect with more and more bloggers from around the world.

It’s more fun in Blogging and Social Media. And that’s what we should aspire in this small yet expansive world of blogosphere.






World Bloggers’ Day 2011 in Australia


At Dubai, Ion Gonzaga integrated the World Bloggers’ Day event at GeeksTalk Dubai.



Starting with World Bloggers’ Day Australia, Glen Frost was able to organize an event that involved him and other bloggers in Sydney for a blogging and Internet Marketing session with a keynote speaker. With a theme: How social media is changing corporate & Government communication. How you can use Facebook, Glen Frost and other Sydney bloggers were able to push WBD in Sydney, Australia. What made this event more awesome was that Ogilvy helped him in organizing it.



WBD 2011 in Geek Talks Dubai


Meanwhile, the Nepalese bloggers chose the World Bloggers’ Day as their platform for launching a social network for bloggers and journalists, the Mero Report (www.meroreport.net).


WBD 2011 in the Philippines


Bloggers from Lebanon, Singapore, Myanmar, New Zealand and Pakistan were able to join us. Although they chose to celebrate the day online using Twitter, their participation was still valuable to us in more ways that we can count.

In the Philippines, Azrael Codilla, the founder of Manila Bloggers Network, celebrated World Bloggers’ day in a mall with other bloggers. The event was pulled through thanks to the valiant effort of Azrael.



WBD 2011 Manila


In Cebu, the Cebu Bloggers Society organized a conference session with successful executives. The keynote speaker was Wilson Ng, who entertained the bloggers with his instrumental rendition of Lady Gaga’s Bad Romance.



WBD 2011 Cebu with Mr. Wilson Ng as one of the Keynote Speakers


Executives from Yahoo Philippines and SolidHosting.ph shared their inputs about social media and internet security at the Plenary Hall of RAFI Building.



WBD 2011 Cebu with Mr. Sam Jacoba of Yahoo Philippines


The World Bloggers Day event in Cebu was also used as the avenue for oath-taking of the newly-elected officers of Cebu Bloggers Society, Inc.

Cebu Bloggers Society, Inc. is still spearheading World Bloggers’ Day this year 2012. We want to make a challenge to the bloggers worldwide on how they can spend the day after announcing the event in just a short period of time. We aspire to make blogging a fun activity for bloggers with the theme:


About World Bloggers’ Day


Initiated by Cebu Bloggers Society, Inc., World Bloggers’ day is an annual blogging that started in 2010 at Cebu, Philippines. It is usually celebrated on the 2nd of May.  In 2011, it expanded to other countries that included Australia, Dubai, Lebanon, Singapore, Nepal, New Zealand, Myanmar, Pakistan and South Africa. It has an initial theme of Uniting the World through Blogs. Its website is www.worldbloggersday.org.

About Cebu Bloggers Society, Inc.


Cebu Bloggers Society, Inc. is regarded as an organized blogging organization in the Philippines and is the first to be SEC-registered non-profit blogging entity. All members of this blogging organization are from Cebu.  Its main portal site is www.cebubloggers.com.


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Globally-anticipated IT Startup Weekend set in Cebu


FOLLOWING the success of its inaugural staging in Manila last year, Startup Weekend comes back to the Philippines in 2012 to once again generate breakthrough ideas from tech communities not just in Manila this time but also in other key cities of the country as well, including Cebu.

Leading telecommunications company Globe Telecom launched the first-time-ever Startup Weekend in the Philippines last October in Manila with pioneering incubator Kickstart Ventures Inc., web engineering firms Proudcloud and Dynamic Objx, and innovative educator MINT College.

Startup Weekend Manila 2011 was one of the most attended among all Startup Weekends worldwide.  It saw almost triple the expected number of participants, making the organizers increase the number of events and cities in the Philippines for this year.

Startup Weekend Cebu will be held on May 11-13 at the University of the Philippines-Visayas Cebu College in Lahug, two weeks after the Manila event which is scheduled on April 27-29 at MINT College in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. Other cities/events are planned for later in the year with Davao as among the targeted destinations in October.

photo by MattHurst

Startup Weekend is a 54-hour competition where developers, designers, marketers, technopreneurs, and venture capitalists come together to share ideas, form teams, build products, and launch startup businesses.

“Overall, Startup Weekend is an event driven by the grassroot community - not corporations,” Globe New Business Group (NBG) Advisor Christian Besler said. “We at Globe team up with Startup founders, technopreneurs and like-minded individuals to make this event happen. Given our sheer size, we act as an enabler, supporter and commit our resources to help the community with PR, broadband, fundraising/finances and introductions.”

Given this approach, Besler said Globe is very happy that a Cebu-based team took up the challenge to kick off this event and they are very excited to be part of this first-time-ever Startup Weekend in the Visayas region.

“Globe believes in giving opportunities to everyone with the skills and burning desire to turn their bright ideas into viable businesses.  Startup Weekend Cebu is the venue for those who have a passion for innovation and who want to be part of a global movement towards reshaping our economic future,” said Minette Navarrete, head of Globe NBG and president of Kickstart Ventures.

Startup Weekends are designed for entrepreneurs interested in receiving feedback for an idea, looking for co-founders, or who want to learn a new skill, especially in the field of mobile and internet applications. The concept, which started in the US, is now a global movement, taking digital start-up businesses from ideas to investment readiness through intensive mentoring from industry experts and access to markets and investors across Asia.

Participants get acquainted with one another starting Friday night. They pitch startup concepts they are passionate about, and form teams around the most popular ideas. They refine their ideas and business plans and start building product prototypes with the help of the onsite mentors, and then present what they have accomplished in a four-minute pitch and demo by Sunday evening.

Startup Weekend Manila 2011 winner HobbyMash – the preformed team of Liezl Buenaventura, Josh Liao, Rafael Oca and Mark Co – came away with a Singapore $15,000 startup fund and enrolment in a 100-Day Startup Bootcamp in Singapore, led by SingTel Innov8 -- the corporate venture arm of leading telecoms provider SingTel, and Joyful Frog Digital Incubator (JFDI). They presented in Demo Asia 2012, and are working towards the 2012 Demo Day this May.

Aside from the Philippines, Startup Weekends this year will also be held in France, Singapore, Argentina, Canada, USA, Norway, UK, Denmark, Mexico, Italy, Palestine, Senegal, Taiwan, Hungary, Australia, Lithuania, Algeria, Ireland, Switzerland, Martinique, Tunisia, and Spain, China, India, Brazil, Chile, Czech Republic, Belarus, Poland, Turkey, Uganda, Kosovo, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Germany, Peru, Moldova, Croatia, Cambodia, Egypt, Bolivia, and  the Netherlands.

Startup Weekend Cebu now has a growing list of sponsors including Globe, Microsoft BizSpark, UP Cebu, CeBuinIt, Third Team Media, Startupr, Symph, CareSharing, TechTalks, Devcon, Nextcue, Cedf-it, MyCebu.ph, Cebu Directories, Cebu Institute of Technology University, Pinoy Born, Cebu Bloggers Society Inc., Zero Three Two, and Everything Cebu.

Parties interested in Startup Weekend Cebu can register via http://cebu.startupweekend.org until May 11 or while slots are available. To know more about Startup Weekend Cebu, visit www.cebu.startupweekend.org.



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Facebook App: Turn your Facebook Timeline into a Movie

Facebook became more than just a social networking where friends, families and colleagues get to interact in ways that were not possible some years ago. 

But now it has become one of the most indispensable web applications that we could never live without because basically you can do everything on the site from online shopping, events organizing, group productivity up to raising funds and awareness. 

Now, it has introduced a lot of innovation with the launching of Facebook Timeline. It has changed the way Facebook lets us share our life story to the world.

And as if that wasn't enough, they have partnered with a respected marketing agency, Definition 6 to release an application that creates a movie based on your Facebook Timeline aptly called "Facebook Timeline Movie Maker". It highlights the biggest changes in your life and some amazing photos that plays with great cinematic effects and soundtrack that'll make you say AWEESSSOMMEE. But one catch though, you can't choose which posts will appear and it doesn't have the option to download the movie or send it to Youtube but either way I think it is really cool and Facebook could never had done a better job as they did now.

Screenshots of my Facebook Timeline Movie


They have not released an official statement regarding the application and the collaborative project yet but it is clearly an attempt to make users more comfortable with the new profile setup as there have been quite a number of resistance despite all the awesomeness I think it brings.

Make your own Facebook Timeline Movie now!

timelinemoviemaker.com/ 


Make one for yourself through the link after watching the video above.

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It’s More Fun in CBSi: The Cebu Bloggers Society’s 4th Anniversary Celebration

"There is only one blogging group in Cebu that continues to thrive in reshaping the online publishing norm in the locality, and introduces a new form of media to the locales, bringing citizen journalism and independent online publishing to the next level.

"Cebu Bloggers Society, Inc. empowers the common people to know their rights and capabilities toward information dissemination which also changes the way they consume them."
 - CebuBloggers.com -


And to celebrate our four years of triumphs and hardships, we celebrated our anniversary February 14 days earlier at one of the emerging restaurants in the city with food, fun and games. It was really great seeing everyone together again and reshaping our goals and visions for the rest of the year.

To know more about the org and looking back at the golden moments that made us who we are today, and the relevance of blogging in Cebu society and beyond, check out the official press release in our official site:

It’s More Fun in CBSi: The Cebu Bloggers Society’s 4th Anniversary Celebration 


Here is quick snapshot of the fun that was:





Cebu Bloggers at Azkals Sports Bar and Grill


Azkals Sports Bar and Grill’s foursquare map on February 11 will surely be filled with black dots as members of CBSi would simultaneously check in for their 4th anniversary dinner celebration.  The whole CBSi gang would surely love to fill their foursquare page with fun photos and comments.
Visit Cebu’s newest and coolest hang out place at Treehouse Bldg, Ramon Aboitiz St, Cebu City. (right next to backgate of St.Theresa’s College). They are open Mondays through Thursdays at 4PM – 1AM and Fridays to Saturdays at 4PM to 3AM.  For reservation contact them through these numbers: +639153433251 / +63 32 2391967, or email them at azkalssportsbarandgrill@gmail.com.

The Cebu Bloggers would also like to thank Krispy Kreme and Magic Melt for making the event more special.

Thank you to all our friends, supporters, partners, volunteers, sponsors and participants. Great things will happen ahead. It always does.

CBSi family photo by Tambayanbox.org


Cheers for more years to come!

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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).

The official Visayas Blogging Summit 2011 logo
designed by yours truly, Jaysee Blabs
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 Cebu Bloggers Society Inc. pulled together bolts and screws to make this event a success. It was not a walk in the park as we had two months to gather everything! From the marketing, publicity and promotions, documentation, legal, meeting with sponsors, formulating the program, arranging the arrival of the speakers, resource mobilization and a whole lotta planning.



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 to get it with a 50% discount. So what is normally priced around Php 1,000.00 was bought for only Php 500.00 and your deal is actually redeemable within one year after purchase!

So what are you waiting for? Enjoy Cebu! Get a Groupon account now!

Official Jaysee Social Networking Sites | Jaysee Blabs Rebranding Launched!

Jaysee Blabs Official Avatars used
I have been putting on hold this blog's branding launch for quite some time now because of a lot of engagements. 

I wanted to be an identity and with so much avenues for expression, I admit I may have been quite inconsistent. 

I wanted Jaysee Blabs not just as a blog title but a reputable source of quality content; a mission I have not concocted not until I reached this far. 

The ironic thing is I am able to pull branding strategies and collaterals on other causes such as the Project Liwanag and iluvfarmers Campaign. and events like the Visayas Blogging Summit and 3rd CBSi Anniversary and other businesses via freelance and office clients... but certainly not on mine. Life, let's just say, has not been that kind enough to give me much time for the things I love.

You can read about the weird Jaysee Blabs story at cebubloggers.com, the mother site of the organization I am actively part of the Cebu Bloggers Society which has also garnered the respect of other institutions for its professionalism and its establishment: 
Looking back on Jaysee Blabs Journey

Jaysee Blabs blog's mission is to create editorial impact, build community, effectively market solutions, products, business, and events all by delivering quality content.


Jaysee Blabs is where you get to read quality articles about anything awesome. From life in Cebu, issues and great programs in the Philippines, technology and entertainment, graphic and web design and some other awesome stuff. 

My tagline: Anything Awesome!

Anyway, in just two days I was able to create a design guideline with consistent imagery amongst all the social networks where Jaysee Blabs and its network of blogs appear and I am proud to show you the output. Meticulous color scheme, design inspiration, HTML/CSS knowledge, and Photoshop layouting was put into place for all of this to be achieved. It was actually more of trial and error because of the different behaviors of the images in different browsers, different platforms and different screen resolutions. Anyways, drool on them below...



Jaysee Blabs Official Youtube Channel

Jaysee Blabs Official Twitter Account

























Jaysee Blabs Facebook Page - Landing Page

My Facebook Profile Timeline Cover Photo

Official Jaysee Blabs Google+ Page




Jaysee Blabs Official Myspace Profile

Jaysee Blabs Official Tumblr Site


Jaysee Blabs Official Multiply Site


Jaysee Blabs Official Vimeo Channel

Jaysee Blabs Official Friendfeed Profile



For that let me leave you another digital art promoting the new Jaysee Blabs brand. If you look closely it showcases gadgets that have contributed so much to me and my career. The theme for this art is all about empowerment.





So what are you waiting for? SUBSCRIBE, FOLLOW, +1 and LIKE  Jaysee Blabs now to get a grip of the latest awesome stuff.

Happy holidays and enjoy your Christmas eve!



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Best Cebu Blogs 2011 awards this year's great online promoters

Cebu is really worth promoting and there are a lot of awesome things to see and do; and the need for quality online publishing will put Cebu into the international limelight. Being awarded as Best Cebu Blog 2010, I am deeply honored as I was recognized for all the efforts into showcasing what Cebu has to offer.

This year, I am invited to be part of the team behind the Awards Committee and I have been assigned to do graphic designs for this year's Best Cebu Blog 2011 which is happening this December 9, 2011 at SM City Cebu. Here is the official online poster for the great event:



It is a very intimate social media gathering, as the event is invites only. Gracing the occasion are the finalists and some members of the Cebu Bloggers Society Inc.

I also personally congratulate friends who made it on the shortlisting of finalists:


Irish Nuñez of mcjobz.blogspot.com
Ken Taarup of aroundtheflexure.com
Sinjin Pineda of libotero.com
Mark Gallardo of triptabai.com
Rabsin Dela Cruz of philippinestreetfashion.com
Eden Villarba of chicinthetropics.blogspot.com
Fleire Castro of fleirecastro.com
Bert Padilla of cebutechblogger.com
Edcel Ceniza of thewanderingcouple.com
Mary Angeli Bas of foodiecraft.com
Marlen Limpag of marlen.limpag.com
Ronnell Padillo of ronnellpadillo.com
Jessa Bustamante of jessaster.net
Mikyu Maglasang of ifancy.me
Narciso Tapia of cebumd.com
Geezelle Tapangan of geemiz.com
Milafel Hope Dacanay of lemonsito.wordpress.com

For the complete list of Best Cebu Blogs 2011 finalists

God bless guys!

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RAFI’s YMA Nation-Building Scholars Offer Solutions, Promote Advocacy Against Poverty

Instead of going to malls or playing online games, a group of teens and young adults chose to spend their weekends in the community to help poor Cebuanos. They also used Facebook and other social media networks, went to schools to campaign and raised funds to promote the causes of local groups working on poverty alleviation.

These are scholars of the Young Minds Academy (YMA), a leadership and citizenship development program of the Eduardo Aboitiz Development Studies Center (EADSC) of the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI).

jaysee pingkian giving the iluvfarmers social marketing report in front of evaluators
That's me reporting my part about our Social Marketing Initiative,
iluvfarmers to our panel of RAFI external evaluators.
Iluvfarmers Final Report2
Here is our iluvfarmers Accomplishment Report Presentation Slide


The scholars presented their community-based projects in the Best of Young Minds Conference last Oct. 28 at Casino Español, Cebu City.

>RAFI YMA Season 5 scholars singing their graduation song, Journey and Millenium Development Goals Philippine Theme Song, Tayo Tayo Rin.
YMA Season 5 scholars singing their graduation song, Journey and Millenium Development Goals Philippine Theme Song, Tayo Tayo Rin.


An awards and graduation ceremony followed the conference to culminate the eight-month YMA program.


Jaysee Pingkian's team, TEAM CPMPC with RAFI President, Mr. Roberto Bobby Aboitiz who gave a talk about inculcating the Bugsay (Paddle) Principle in our way of living and in our projects.
My team, TEAM CPMPC with RAFI President, Mr. Roberto Aboitiz who gave a talk about inculcating the Bugsay (Paddle) Principle in our way of living and in our projects.

You An Artist? Create the LASER Mascot and get a chance to win 10,000 pesos

dilaab foundation mascot poster



I've been drawing for as long as I can remember. I used to scribble around characters of Fushigi Yuggi in 6th grade using charcoal and some shading. I then turned to landscape watercolor artworks then did some cray pas here and there. That is why it comes as no surprise that I work as a web designer because art was just that close to my heart.

I've done some branding and marketing projects for a lot of clients and for my organizations. Basically a new project of an industrious organization excites me so much. 

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Blogging for personal advancement, networking, business, governance, advocacy and culture. 

Online publishing could do so much than present a new style of storytelling, engaging audience, interacting with fans, friends, supporters, concerned citizens, clients or potential ones. 

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In fact,  28% of the Fortune 500's blogs link to Twitter accounts and 5  of the top 10 companies have public blogs: Wal-Mart, Chevron, General Motors, Ford, and Bank of America. Why so? Because blogs have the power to reach a wider audience and they are able to communicate and market their brands, products and services with a small investment.

RAFI collaborates with 10 groups for youth development

The Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI) inked a partnership agreement with six civil society organizations and four local government units for the project development phase of the Young Minds Academy (YMA) Season 5, RAFI’s youth leadership and citizenship development program.


The agreement was signed together with the YMA scholars last Aug. 2 at the Bryant George Hall of the Eduardo Aboitiz Development Studies Center (EADSC) of RAFI.

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