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Are You A Filipino College Student And Want To Travel The World For Free? This Is For You!

"Go Green in the City" Global Competition.

Be part of the journey as young students like you innovate and crunch out smart ideas to make cities smarter.

Compete for a trip around the world and a career opportunity at Schneider Electric, one of the biggest global specialists in energy management.

Open to all Filipino college students of any course who have ideas that utilize, optimize, conserve and or generate electricity. No need to create an actual prototype. Just a one-pager of what you think will change the world someday.

Four easy steps:

  1. Register.
  2. Fill out your profile.
  3. Form a team of two with, for diversity purposes, has at least one girl in the group.
  4. Submit your one page case solution.

Deadline for submission of proposals is February 1, 2015.

Inform your colleagues and the professor you have chosen to become your mentor about this today and start exhausting all available resources to conceptualize your project.

Pinoy Pride

In 2013, two engineering students from the Ateneo de Manila University outperformed more than 25 other teams from around the world. The competition gave them the chance to showcase their talent in the global search for viable energy management solution.

Alyssa Tricia Eloise Vintola and Lorenz Ray Payonaga

Alyssa Tricia Eloise Vintola and Lorenz Ray Payonaga won with their entry project entitled ‘Oscillohump’, an awesome energy management solution that harvests energy from road humps using the concept of induction. To explain it further, it simply means that whenever a vehicle passes through the Oscillohump, they generate power that charges a battery which may be used to power street lamps, traffic lights, or CCTV cameras. They even had the chance to get an all-expense paid visit to Paris, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Denmark and Indonesia.

What are you waiting for?

Think Big. Think Green. Think Schneider Electric.
Visit now

P.S. Event photos from the Shangri-la Makati Press Conference to be posted soon.

#JayseeBlabs Closer Look on Contest Marketing

There are a lot of ways small businesses can benchmark on Schneider Electric's marketing strategy. If you have noticed, they used competition for brand marketing. They are trying to reach the Millenial Generation as a company of choice as part of talent acquisition and brand positioning in the potential market.

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The stakes they are offering are very exciting and the learning experience that they will get is definitely priceless. The competition they are organizing will also aid research and development and stir up creative outputs in the chosen field as a catalyst of idea generation and eventually it might trigger new lines of businesses as well.

As reports, "Like other tools, contests can be extremely effective when used as part of a comprehensive social media strategy." Consider mechanics, platform, reach and target audience, regulations, industry reports and trends, specific measurable goals such as brand awareness or inspiring change or entrepreneurial spirit, prizes, and assess the current strengths of your company and brand as well as the opportunities for growth and understand how you can use that to your advantage.

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Gilas vs Croatia: Heroes of our own Tale

August 30th was a FIBA underdogs' memorable night which so happens who represent our country too. The journey was arduous but a fight worth cheering for anyway.

The sports bar heated with so much excitement as I entered. I can only grin looking at people munching through their food as they stare on strategically-placed flat screens which all played the Gilas vs Croatia basketball match. In an ear-deafening symphony everyone elated with joy as our home team player shot, then the people's chatter went back. That was more or less the pattern that went on all throughout the game, like a lifeline indeed. I can only brim with so much joy thinking about such similarity. Armed with my Philippine flag t-shirt and oozing Pinoy pride, I willingly blended in and was escorted by my friend Ms Kezia to the table I shared with blogger friends from Manila. It was the exclusive media viewing party hosted by Unilab, the makers of Alaxan.

A sport close to our nation's heart. At some point I was fumbling through live tweeting the event via @jayseeblabs and instagramming the event. My reflexes have to be fast as I might miss a glorious moment. Like it was written by the most twisted of action novelists, the game was worth every second. As per my instagram, my update says:

"PHL vs CRO 17-28 2nd quarter Exclusive media viewing party #pusongpalaban #katawangalaxan"
 - @jayseeblabs, Instagram -

Croatians were taller and Europeans are stronger fundamentally by nature. But I guess our advantage is that Gilas was more agile. Even if the other team went ahead for the first few quarters, we were still able to catch up in the end and gave the people a run for their money. The fight was so close that the game had to go overtime since we tied up in the last second. It was like watching High School Musical 3's basketball opening act where the players would belt out a tune in the lines of "the way we play tonight is what we leave behind." It was a good thing though that in between ring camera shots were cutscenes showing our countrymen cheering by the sidecourts which would somehow represent the loudness of support I have here with me right now at the heart of the best business district in the country, Bonifacio Global City.

The other team was rough but we were never shaken. There was a point were Jason Castro was reprimanded for a foul that gave Croatians free throws and possession which could've been used to our advantage. That was five points had we won the argument the moment it was raised. And if there are two things this sport teaches us: it is that every point makes or breaks the game, the other thing is that we needed to attract the right allies. We needed Blatche.

We could only admire at how Filipinos work hard to achieve. Nothing was never easy for us as a nation that is why we need victories every now and then to get us through. But sadly, we did not get the victory we wanted but it came in the form of bravery. The valor of a handful sportsman who turned what could've been just another Saturday night into the night we prove we can go at par with the world's best.

One of my live tweets that made me smirk:

And the tweet that made me specially autographed Gilas basketball richer is:

To Unilab, makers of Alaxan, thank you so much!

Ending with 78-81 to Croatia, it was hard to take such defeat since we needed 2 victories to go on the next level. But it was not an ugly loss either. In fact, it was so epic it seemed like the ending of the movie 300. We didn't win but we continue to be the heroes of our own tale.

#respect #puso

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What The UK Ambassador Did That Delighted Filipino Guests

British Ambassador to the Philippines Asif Ahmad greeted guests in eloquent Filipino which came as a pleasant surprise in an intimate event with British diplomats and Cebu society.

He shares the hardships they had to go through when the most unfortunate thing happened to our country. "As we had no military operational links with the Philippines, I had to ensure that our deployment of two navy ships, three [Royal Air Force] cargo planes and 1,200 military personnel were able to operate effectively."

Overcoming a huge dilemma in transporting care to those who need it most, it has never been highly publicized that United Kingdom is the number one contributor in the wake of supertyphoon Haiyan/Yolanda’s wreckage in the Visayas, surpassing the US, humility that is of record level, a testament to their genuine care for us as a nation. 

He also shares his vision of attracting more stakeholders to come and invest in the country thus creating more jobs and opportunities and his track record would speak for itself.

He now looks forward to a brighter future for Philippines as with the rest of us.

He has chosen a long time Cebu resident who served a key role in organizing British aid as UK new honorary consul in Cebu. Ms Tamsin Booth has been assigned to care for British citizens in the Visayas and she speaks our local vernacular (Bisaya) as beautifully as she looks.

To our British envois, we, the Filipino people, will be forever grateful by your generosity, urgency and humility all these years.

Instagrammed with [l-r] Ms Victoria Buenaventura, Consul Ms Tamsin Booth, Ambassador Asif Ahmad and yours truly.

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What Happens When Kids Are Taught The Basics of Fire Safety

For 10 days across different schools in the operating area of VECO, the electric service provider to Metro Cebu conducted enjoyable seminars to fifth graders aimed at fire safety, education against kite flying, personal defense, and practical first aid treatment. The Fire Safety Caravan fortifies the fact that kids learn when they have fun, understand its relevance and when they have complete hands-on experience. Enjoy the short film featuring the kids from Mandaue City Central School!


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#JayseeBlabs Closer Look on Corporate Social Responsibility

For a firm that monopolizes a utility service, VECO as a brand is never perceived as an evil capitalist mainly because they genuinely care about their customers by having numerous activities, benefit programs and marketing strategy such as this. It is a mantra that is passed on from generation to generation that every enterprise, big or small, should give back to its community. Implementing programs that encourage social good in the interest of your firm could be a first step in adding this component to your operations.

This is a great way of establishing what your company truly stands for. Being involved in city fires especially those living in cramped rundown spaces, the company has been challenged a numerous times and they could never do it alone that is why they have active education programs that helps consumers make wise energy-based decisions.

Events like this which targets children would need to go through a lot of planning and the content would even need to go through approval since it is a sensitive market, and VECO did a stellar job at creating modules which are both fun and informative as well as visually entertaining and interactive at best. The whole school area was utilized and the children did have a lot of laughs and when you can initiate an emotion like that, your frontrunners and company representatives did a great job for the day.

VECO also had to outsource the program to a non-profit who specializes in survival for content creation, training and event handling which gives us a lesson that you should capitalize on your strengths and tap the strengths of others to develop yours.

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Viral Video: Why Philippine Army Scout Rangers Are Plain Awesome

Ex-Navy SEAL Joel Lambert faces off against the Philippines Army Scout Rangers, with just 48 hours to escape the dense jungle. Over a distance of 25 kilometers, and with two trucks as their only asset, the Scout Rangers prove they are among the world's best at jungle tracking as they utilize their unique death defying skill set to stay hot on Joel's trail. But the harsh heat and humidity of the Philippine jungle and an unfortunately timed typhoon push Joel, the hunter unit and crew to the brink. Brace yourselves...

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2014 Ten Outstanding Students of the #Philippines Region 7 Launched | TOSP Region 7

The Search for the Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines Region VII (TOSP Region VII) 2014 has officially commenced. Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) can now nominate graduating students who are outstanding in leadership, social responsibility, and academics. Colleges and universities should send their nominations on or before March 17, 2014, 5pm. Late submissions will not be accepted. The following designated offices should be considered in submitting the nomination forms:

HEIs in Cebu

CHED Region VII OfficeNational Government Center, Sudlon, Lahug, Cebu City
Contact Person: Edilyn Lopez

HEIs in Bohol

Dreams Project OfficeNew Capitol Building, Tagbilaran City
Contact Person: Nesie Fe Binatero

HEIs in Negros Oriental and Siquijor

ABC Learning CenterPiapi, Dumaguete City
Contact Person: Ryan Jay Riconalla

About TOSP

TOSP nomination forms can be downloaded at or or contact the aforementioned persons for more information.

After all the nominations shall have been submitted, a screening process will be done to determine the Top 20 finalists who will undergo a three-day formation workshop and final interview in April 2014 in Tagbilaran City, Bohol.

TOSP is an Awards and Formation Program that seeks to galvanize the youth into nation building through exemplary academic performance, change-making social involvement, and inspiring leadership services to their school, local communities, and the country.

Since 1961, TOSP has been a laboratory of great leaders. In its roster are the likes of church luminaries Bishop Antonio Ledesma and Fr. Manoling Francisco, good governance icons Rene Saguisag and Raul Roco, social development gurus Vicky Pineda-Garchitorena and Sonia Roco, renowned broadcaster Ricardo Puno, and the current chief of the country’s higher education mandate, Dr. Patricia Licuanan who is the first awardee of the Search.

TOSP is a commitment of RFM Foundation, RFM Corporation, Commission on Higher Education (CHED), National Book Store, PLDT, and TOSP Alumni Community (TOSP-AC).

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The Rise of Techie Pinoy Laborers

Digital skills are seen as most critical to economic growth especially in the Asia Pacific region. Governments are encouraged to revamp education and offer more opportunities for employment to hasten economic development.

To address the increasing demand for skilled technical workers, Intel and TEVSAPHIL are working to integrate the Intel Easy Steps course into vocational programs nationwide.

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To date, Intel Easy Steps, through its various partners, have reached a total of 54,034 grassroots learners and 1,182 trainers.

About Intel-TEVSAPHIL Partnership

Intel is looking at this collaboration to scale the reach of the Intel Easy Steps through the 4,500-strong private vocational school network of TEVSAPHIL INC.

“These days, knowing how to use ICT tools like computers, tablets, word processing, email, the internet among others is imperative in delivering quality services in healthcare, tourism, and business process outsourcing,” 
- Alex T. Escaño, Chairman & President, TEVSAPHIL -

“We envision a future where the Filipino workforce can readily harness the power of technology for both employment and their lives outside work. 
"Our partnership with Intel is definitely a step towards that direction.” 
Mr. Escaño adds.

About Intel Easy Steps

With the Intel Easy Steps course integrated into its programs, TEVSAPHIL will be able to improve the digital literacy skills of both trainers and tech-voc students, who will in turn impart their acquired skills to other members.

Intel Easy Steps teaches adult learners basic computer skills like word processing, spreadsheets, multimedia, internet, and email, and trains them how to use these skills for entrepreneurship and employment. 

“We have seen great success from Intel Easy Steps in the Philippines, and we are very grateful for the continued support of TESDA.
We are very hopeful that with this complementary partnership with TEVSAPHIL, we will be able to reach more technical vocation learners and together achieve a digitally literate workforce in the future,” 
- Yvonne Flores, Corporate Affairs Manager, Intel PH -

#JayseeBlabs on Supporting Vocational Training

For a global technology technology brand, investing in vocational education could only develop positive brand awareness as well as reaching out to potential market, who will, one day, consume and adapt to high-end technology by increasing its value to the life of the learners; a smart move indeed both in business and social responsibility perspective.


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A Dying Man's Wish

We are not strong.

I am sorry to disappoint you, world but we are not as “resilient” as what you may have heard of us. You can’t just say that we had this crisis because we are "strong people."  

When the greatest storm of biblical magnitude comes crashing in, you’ve got nowhere to run, the strength we once know just… disappears.

Nothing will ever discount the pain brought about when our towns got awashed like an ant thrown into a tumbling industrial washing machine. If developed nations took a considerable amount of time to recover, imagine a small country like ours suffering hundred times more.

No one could ever be prepared enough for the tragedy that took the lives of hundreds of thousands and one heart of our nation.

An expat stormchaser recounts the last days of Tacloban as a sea of water where, moments later, lit up the dark sky as the remnants of the city went afire.

Where were you as a child got torn away my arms by ravaging waters finger by finger? Where were you as a gym’s roof got ripped away by devilish winds and landed on some crouching people as furious as you would stomp on a cockroach? Yes. You were safe and warm. Oh wait, have you ever seen a bloated corpse? Yep, she could be a wife, a mother, or a sister over there.

The winds had this… sinister ominous whistle. You heard it didn’t you? How can I forget it? It cradled me to sleep.

Thing is, we’ll never know when we are able to stand up again. 
The people were beyond exhausted. 

The rest of us had grief taken over our bodies and began to act on instincts. Ravaged. Beastly. The stench of death everywhere taught them to be stronger. Panning your vision around, you are unable to make the places that you once call home. Survival withers away by the second and the last ones have hit rock bottom.

I wish I can say to myself that the only to look is up, but their joints are too weak to even pivot. Emotionally. Spiritually. Physically. 

I don’t have the energy to blame anyone. So should you. No blaming politicians and their cohorts whose corruption scandal just went public. No blaming risk councils whose disaster plan was a blank web page. No blaming the media who upon hearing the tragedy went on to air stupid dance numbers instead of a telethon and uninterrupted coverage. No blaming the all mighty President who went on to say that we were not prepared enough. No blaming yourself for doing nothing or not doing enough. No blaming God. And I could go on but… Just. Stop. Blaming. Each Other!

Can you imaging a Dying Man's Wish? "We’re gonna use our last weakened breaths to scream for help. Screams that will haunt you in your sleep. The same sounds dying families made while struggling in the water. I’ll keep screaming that if I may not be able to live a day more… someone else will."

We are not 'strong'...


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Cebu’s premier shopping, dining and entertainment destination, Ayala Center Cebu and Earthday Jam Foundation Inc., bring you the first leg of the Earthday Jam Tour 2013 this November.

On November 23, 5pm at the Ayala Terraces, catch the launch of the 2013 Clean Air Concert to mark the month-long Clean Air celebration by Earthday Jam Foundation and DENR in a series of Earthday Jam concerts.

The country's biggest concert for a cause is back with ethnic, reggae and alternative artists such as Bambu Spliff, Dance With Me Kris and Kaliftra with Rivermaya, Nina, Lou and her band, Noel Cabangon and Karel Marquez.  

Earthday Jam Tour will also feature local non-government organization partners, DENR Cebu and educational organizations and supporters in the series of events. The program will highlight environmental documentaries, animated music videos, booths, demonstrations and trivia segments with various prizes and environmental citations. Admission is free.

For more information, contact Ayala Center Cebu Concierge at (032) 516-2035 or (032) 231-5342. You can also visit the website: or “like” the official Ayala Center Cebu on facebook ( for more details on upcoming shows and events.

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Top 8 Brutally Honest Money Tips for Filipinos. Seriously.

Filipinos are apparently boastful and naive when it comes to money. This was quantified during a financial literacy survey headlined by Philippine Daily Inquirer with "Filipinos as money ‘experts’: Clueless on bonds, stocks, loans." 

I don't claim to be a financial expert but I know enough and I care so much for people around me but educating them seems to be hard so I just hope they read this and the rest of millions of Filipinos who haven't got a clue. 

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Rule number 1. 

Get Paid What You're Worth. 

Make sure you make an industry review of what your job is worth on the market. Network is the best source so chat up with peers and build lasting valuable relationships. Think about what you could do to advance your career and what your options are in the future.

Rule number 2. 

Spend Less Than You Earn. 

Why is everyone finding it so hard to live within their means? Why buy things you don’t need? Live humbly. Is that so bad? But reward yourself especially if you deserve it once in a while, before you go crazy.

 Rule number 3. 

Stick to a Budget. 

Know where your money is going. Set aside a few minutes within this day and think about how much you spend for each expenditure. Trackash is a simple app you can download for Android. You’d be surprised to see the results.

Rule number 4. 

Don’t blame the credit card. 

I grew up being taught never to incur debt to anyone because gratitude is hard to repay and debts in a financially challenging time is really bad too. But let me tell you, credit cards are the best financial tool you can use under the perfect circumstances. It could also be a nightmare if you are not responsible. One paradigm shift I had while taking graduate studies was when our Entrepreneurship professor encouraged us to get one for credit history reference should we decide to take out a business or huge personal loan someday. It could also help you acquire resources needed that adds value to your personal life or career at the present, e.g. an income-generating tool like a laptop. Using it to fill your egotistic materialistic social-climbing lifestyle leads you nowhere. I work with these types of people and they are in the worst financial shape of their lives.

Rule number 5. 

Think SSS Retirement Benefit is enough? 

Financial analysts and personal finance books and resources would tell you some things in common:

(1) build a business, (2) build up an emergency fund and (3) invest your long term savings. 

Emergency fund should be more or less three months worth of expenses to make you live comfortably if you go out of work or six months if you have kids. We have the best investment options in the market today and we can take advantage of our economy to place our savings for retirement in a fund that grows cumulatively over time.

Consider opening up pooled investment as a beginner like a UITF account from your local bank or a mutual fund. I currently have FAMI because it is linked to my Metrobank Account online. We are not in the US where they have 401(k) or Roth IRA funds but opening up a separate retirement fund is the next best thing.

Plenty of resources will teach you about long term investing actually and once you get the hang of it, you could try stocks. Stock trading is scary if you don’t have the tools or resources but long-term stock investing to blue-chip companies is the best option in growing your wealth. I recommend Citiseconline because of how they advocate investing among first-timers through tools and reports that guide you unlike BPITrade. Teach yourself delayed gratification once in a while.

Rule number 6. 

You have money for every plan you have, you just don’t know it. 

“I don’t have money for this and that,” you tell yourself.

Negativity only conditions your mind to fail. 

And if there is one thing I’ve realized after completing the Financial Management class being handled by the dean of the university I am in, there is nothing impossible if you plan. I have friends who have children and who have not given thoughts about starting to save for their kid’s college. I don’t encourage education plans because of what happened to CAP but I do encourage placing your savings into an investment vehicle so that you can shield yourself from inflation, make it grow if you don’t have the time for business and of course, shield it from your overspending itching hands. Whatever your other goal is like having a car, house, travel, or an expensive dog, spare a little money consistently every month and place it somewhere and be surprised to check it out after a long time. In addition, people wonder why I get to places and own nice things when I earn just like everyone else. I have a savings plan and it involves a simple equation.

Income – Savings = Expenses. 

I am still replenishing my savings as of the moment because I funded my own graduate studies but still I have a plan and have stuck to it all these years. Take a short time to assess your short term and long term plans, put in writing and post it somewhere you would see every day.

Start with the end in mind. Set a goal. Now.

Never underestimate the power of vision and memory sucks so put plans in writing. Plans should be SMART, our professor used to say. Specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely. Research about SMART Goals to educate yourself further.

 Rule number 7. 

Insure. Get a life insurance. 

I suggest VUL since you don’t necessarily have to die to enjoy the money since within a term of let’s say 10 years, you start receiving returns and dividends! I currently have Cocolife Platinum Savings because it also insures my ability to earn income with disability insurance but SunLife also offers attractive plans which I might put into future consideration. Talk to a financial adviser or go to an IMG seminar to know what products work for you based on your time horizon, goals and risk appetite. If you are young go for Equity. Be conservative if you are kinda mature like Bond Funds or Money Market Funds.

 Rule number 8. 

Get a funeral plan, memorial plan if you can. 

Death is a sensitive issue to most of us; certainly was for me not until I started working and thinking about the future.

Life is beautiful but being a person who have endured a biking accident and a motorcycle accident (coincidentally in the same city area), a rockclimbing accident, and lately, an ATV accident with my brother, all I can say, no matter how careful you are or in my case, the other way around, death is inevitable. But it isn’t such a bad thing if you think about it as a spiritual journey. 

If you’re not born rich, chances are, you can never afford to be displayed in a posh chapel in the city not unless you have prepared for it ahead of time. I recommend St. Peter’s plan because it is also transferable. Premium payments are waived if the plan holder passes away but is transferable to a family member. On the other hand, a memorial plan is important since I definitely have an attitude problem and I don’t like to placed in a public cemetery for a lot of reasons.  Haha And if you can insure your home too, Malayan is the country’s best non-life insurer today.

Stop procrastination. Be a positive-thinker. Stop making effin' excuses. 

Educate yourself to the highest level. Talk to an adviser or a peer you trust. 

The best time to live an awesome life is… now. 

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Awesome Cebu Startup: Citom partners with taxi-hailing app Micab

HAILING a taxi during the Christmas season has been a perennial problem in Metro Cebu.

To help the commuting public get easy access to a taxi ride this coming holiday season, the City Traffic Operations Management (CITOM) has decided partner with the mobile cab-hailing services of Micab.

The CITOM, to ensure the effective realization of its goal, will be handing out smartphones to taxicabs on Friday, supplementing the initial units that Micab has deployed for this pilot project.

Micab targets close to 1000 units deployed by end of the year in Cebu only. The project will expand fast to Davao, Iloilo, and Manila based on a franchise model to penetrate the market fast.

Micab aims 80-90 percent penetration of the taxi hailing service in the Philippines in the next couple of months.

The taxi-hailing smartphone app was launched in Cebu recently to assist the commuters in getting a cab hassle-free anytime and anywhere around the metropolitan area.

The Cebuano riding public will never have to wait in queues on taxi stands or even have to outsmart and outrun each other on the streets as they can simply use the Micab app by just tapping on their mobile phones to hail a cab to their location.

The app is just easy to use. People only need to download the app, key in some basic personal information and their self-description for recognition purposes.

With MiCab, a user can request for a taxi by just tapping on the app, which will then send a signal to available smartphone-equipped cabs within a 2-kilometer radius.
Taxi drivers equipped with smartphones are paying P30 a day for the mobile gadgets and data load credits. 
For using the app, the passenger will only pay a minimal P5.00 charge on top of the taxi fare.

The Micab app was developed by the talented trio of Kenneth Baylosis, Keith Levi Lumanog, and Eddie Ybanez, who acquired the full backing of award-winning ICT company, Next IX, for their startup venture.

Seeing the potential in the Micab startup, Next IX chief executive officer and founder Bobby Suson has offered to support Baylosis, Lumanog, and Ybanez.

The MiCab app is only available for Android devices at the moment, but the three young developers said it will be available for iOS and Windows devices before the year ends.

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What's Happens When You Gather 300 Geeks At Boracay

A Philippine start-up community road map is needed to push the Philippine economy forward faster. 

This consensus began shaping up as some 300 Pinoy and international attendees participated in the two-day conference dubbed as Geeks on a Beach or #GOAB in the world-famous tourism destination in the Philippines, Boracay Island.

Held last Sept. 26-27, the conference themed “Bringing together tech innovators – from startups to global heroes” gathered an impressive lineup of 41 tech / startup experts as event speakers and the support of59 sponsors and partners.

In a roundtable discussion among stakeholders, deputy executive Director Mon Ibrahim of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Information and Communication Technology Office (ICTO) welcomed, among other recommendations, the crafting of a Philippine road map for startups.

Startups refer to fast-growing Internet-based businesses set up by entrepreneurs, something that began in the first startup community in Silicon Valley decades ago and spread globally through the years.

During the press conference that opened the #GOAB conference, Ibrahim revealed that government plans to generate 1.5 million direct employment for the Philippine IT industry. Of this figure, he said, 40% is planned to be generated outside of Manila.

Veteran startup entrepreneurs say that private sector initiative for growing the startup community should continue. Tina Amper of and prime mover of the #GOAB conference, for instance, initially funded efforts for startup gatherings from her own pocket.

Bowei Gai, a successful Silicon Valley entrepreneur, likewise said that venture capital is also not necessary at the beginning in order to develop startup communities. “Startups can self-fund and venture capital will just come.”

Gai, who just concluded a 29-country tour in nine months for his World Start-up Report, said the Philippines has a lot of potential as an emerging startup destination during his keynote talk during the second day of the conference.

Plug and Play co-founder Jojo Flores said that three years ago MIT funded 26,000 companies which hired 3 million employees and earned $2 trillion a year.

“This is the 11th largest economy of the world. That’s just a university. If the Philippines do this right, we can create startups . . . an industry of techno-preneurs on top of outsourcing. We still don’t have enough startups in the country yet.”

The young Cebuano Albert Padin who founded SpellDial said, startups are risky but if you’re afraid to take risks we’ll still be where we are exactly right now.

According to Earl Valencia, president of, “We have the next 5 years to prove that we are the epicenter of something – technology. If Sundance is for films, Davos for G8 leaders, then Philippines should be about startups.”

The loud call from the country’s emerging startup communities should be a signal for Philippine policymakers to move towards helping homegrown tech entrepreneurs become global champions rather than simply attracting foreign multinationals to invest in the country. 

As of the moment, Ibrahim of DOST said his office has contributed funding to #GOAB. While his office has been responsible for making Philippines an outsourcing destination starting in 2005, “we believe the country is also about tech innovation.”

Organized by, powered by, public relations and event management by PRWorks, branding by, #GOAB is co-organized by DOST-ICTO and co-presented by SMART, SMART Bro, SMART Devnet, and

Other partners are Amazon Web Services as platinum sponsor, WaveMaker Labs as gold sponsor,, Ng Khai Development Corporation, LBC Express as the official logistics partner, Fineupgrades,, Boracay Pub Crawl, SPR Boracay Real Estate as silver sponsors, Airbnb as the official accommodation partner, Microsoft Philippines, Island Souvenirs, GTCosmetics Manufacturing and Megaworld as bronze sponsors.

Philippine Software Industry Association, National ICT Confederation of the Philippines, UP,, Game Developers Association of the Philippines, Digital Commerce Association of the Philippines, Brain Gain Network, DevCon, UVNS, and STAC-Silicon Valley are the event’s institutional partners.

#GOAB is also supported by Lenovo Mobile,, KuyiMobile, Plug and Play Tech Center, SHIFT, SeedAsia, Mynimo, Pinoy Great Deals, Crowdsourcing Week, Geek Speak, R & M Preserves, Malee, Lenddo and Lakwatsa Resto Lounge, along with Webgeek, Newsdesk Asia,,, Third Team Media, Panay News, Davao Bloggers Society, Vigattin Radio, Inno Pub Media, e27/SGEntrepreneurs, Rappler, Alcordo Advertising, Asian Journal Publications, Balik Bayan Magazine, and ABS-CBN as media partners.

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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.

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My Alternative Proposals Instead Of #ScrapPork #MillionPeopleMarch PDAF

I have nothing against #ScrapPork and the #MillionPeopleMarch. In fact, I am so happy that the people are not passive about this, as active citizenship is badly needed in these challenging times. I call it heroic. Our country, despite the amazing credit rating, is currently facing grave effects of corruption, cities drowning under water because of torrential rains and hundreds of lives lost in yet another sea tragedy. 

I want the people to be angry. We need a burning passion to rebuild, passion for our country to excel. But we should do it smartly.

I strongly believe Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) is not to blame. It was intended to distribute national wealth for soft (social services) and hard (infrastructure) government projects supposedly. A vision to serve people. Please don't blame the initiative. Even great NGOs are suffering from bad publicity because of the involvement of the bogus ones. We can't abolish it since the government agencies would have to do all the spending since they have their own priorities as well. Legislators need the fund too for the improvement of their constituencies.

What I am suggesting is the incorporation of third-party auditors before and after the funds are released. We are home to Asia's, if not the world's, best auditing firms, The Big Four (esp. SGV and Manabat Co.) and the best business consulting firms such as Guthrie-Jensen, McKinsey, Bain and BCG. So why not invest in their capabilities and save billions along the way? Since Commission on Audit and our corruption watchdog agencies could only do so much. Even in their presence these things happened, so then we ask, isn't it about time we partner with people who do world-class project development and unbiased auditing and accounting services?

Second, we need real-time transparency to the last cent through publicly accessed information channel such as the internet. Finance, business and accounting students all over the country may even incorporate it in their curriculum and projects as case studies for further scrutiny. When the general public have access to verified financial reports and supporting documents, our public leaders will be more cautious and shall be praised if they had done well.

I think we are past inciting hatred. It is about time we cultivate passion within our selves to start caring for this country and other people, so that one day, no one will be hungry, no one will be poor. Idealistic? Nope. I call it visionary.

As someone who has collaborated with NGOs, worked in the corporate world and graduated with Information Technology majors, I've concluded that we should start with the end in mind and everything will eventually fall into place if we do it right.

One thing we lack is that the bureaucracy needs to be collaborative, dynamic and innovative. Some of our systems are broken and it takes forever to address them, maybe because of the generational gap or the inefficient traditional processes. New ideas and technologies should be considered immediately just like how businesses and top-notch organizations operate.

Listening to the needs of the people and the organization and bench marking on the world's best practices should be priority as well. Lastly, we should always integrate risk mitigation, sustainability and protecting public interest at all times.

Here's what our legislators and significant people have to say about the fund and please don't miss out the honest comments below, trust me, you're gonna have a great time!

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Building the Nation and Better Ways of Tomorrow

Varsity athletes, honor students and student leaders from all over the county once again came together for the 8th Aboitiz Future Leaders Business Summit at the luxurious Marco Polo Hotel with the theme, "Significantly Changing My Philippines."

Every year, AFLBS gathers about one hundred delegates among thousands of applicants across the country are flown to Cebu to learn business and leadership straight from the executives of the Philippines' best-managed companies and renowned resource speakers. 

"We all have a part to play in nation-building and it's very encouraging to see the youth aspiring to contribute to it.
"But for them to shape our nation towards a better future, we need to shape their mindsets first. This is what we wish to accomplish during the summit," 
- Xavier “Txabi" Aboitiz, Chief HR and Quality Officer of the Aboitiz Group -

Among this year's speakers were:

  • Aboitiz Equity Ventures (AEV) President and CEO Erramon Aboitiz
  • Visayan Electric Co. COO Jim Aboitiz
  • CitySavings Bank VP William Paradies
  • AboitizLand President and CEO Andoni Aboitiz
  • Hedcor President and COO Rene Ronquillo
  • Union Bank of the Philippines Assistant Vice President Anna Aboitiz Delgado
  • AEV SVP for Human Resources Txabi Aboitiz
  • AEV SVP, CFO and CIO Steve Paradies
  • Aboitiz Foundation EVP and COO Sonny Carpio, and 
  • AEV SVP and Chief Reputation and Risk Management Officer Susan Valdez.

One of the summit’s highlights was the Leadership Forum, which featured Aboitiz Foundation President Jon Ramon Aboitiz and Trustee Romy Ronquillo, and Aboitiz Power Corp. FVP for Mindanao Affairs Bobby Orig.

Also present were Maria Ressa, CEO of, and Bianca Gonzalez, TV host and recognized voice of the youth, to give aspirational talks. 

What started as a small gathering of Cebu's brightest soon emerged as an annual coming together of leaders at a national scope.

Pre-summit activities included an enjoyable roundabout of the beautiful city as well as a tour of Don Ramon Aboitiz’s home and the Children of Cebu Foundation, Inc., one of the beneficiaries of Aboitiz Foundation, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year.


Erramon I. Aboitiz

Erramon Aboitiz is the CEO and President of Aboitiz Equity Ventures, Inc. since 2009, and of Aboitiz Power Corporation since 1998. He also serves as the CEO of Hedcor Inc. (the former Benguet Hydropower Corporation), Chairman of both Therma Marine, Inc., and San Fernando Electric Light & Power Company, Inc., and Executive Vice President of Davao Light and Power Company Inc. In 2011, he was named Management Man of the Year by the Management Association of the Philippines.

He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Major in Accounting and Finance, from Gonzaga University, Spokane, Washington, U.S.A.

Jim Aboitiz Jaime 

Jose Y. Aboitiz serves as the Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President of Visayan Electric Co. (VECO). He is also a trustee for the Aboitiz Foundation. He holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Loyola Marymount University in California and a Master's Degree in Management from the Asian Institute of Management.

 William Paradies 

William Paradies is the Vice President of City Savings Bank. He was previously a Manager for the Aboitiz Transport System Corporation and a Financial Analyst for Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco. He holds a Master's in Business Administration from IESE Business School, the University of Navarra.

Jon Ramon Aboitiz

Jon Ramon Aboitiz began his career with the Aboitiz Group in 1970. At present, he is the President of the Aboitiz Foundation, Inc. He holds a B.S. Commerce degree with a Major in Management from the Santa Clara University, California.

Romy Ronquillo 

Romy S. Ronquillo is a member of the Executive Committee of the Aboitiz Foundation, Inc. and also serves as a trustee. Bobby Orig Bobby Orig is First Vice President for Mindanao Affairs of Aboitiz Power Corp. Andoni Aboitiz Andoni Aboitiz serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of AboitizLand, Inc., where he previously served as Chief Operating Officer.

Rene Ronquillo 

Rene Ronquillo is the Chief Operating Officer of Hedcor, Inc. Anna Aboitiz Delgado Anna Aboitiz Delgado is Assistant Vice President of Union Bank of the Philippines.

Xavier "Txabi" Aboitiz 

Xavier Jose Aboitiz has been Senior Vice President - Chief Human Resources Officer of AEV since 2004. He is also Senior Vice President for Human Resources and a member of the Board of Advisers of Aboitiz & Company, Inc; Director of Pilmico Foods Corporation and Visayan Electric Company, Inc. He took up Business Administration-Finance at Gonzaga University, Spokane, U.S.A.

Steve Paradies 

Steve Paradies is the Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President, and Corporate Information Officer of Aboitiz Equity Ventures Inc. since 2004. He also serves as the Senior Vice President for Finance of Aboitiz & Company, Inc., the Vice President of AEV Aviation, Inc., and the Vice President and Treasurer of Aboitiz Jebsen Bulk Transport Corp.

 He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Santa Clara University, California, U.S.A.

Sonny Carpio 

Augusto P.I. Carpio III is the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Aboitiz Foundation, Inc., He also serves as the Managing Trustee of the executive committee of the foundation. 

Susan Valdez

Susan Valdez is Senior Vice President and Chief Reputation and Risk Management Officer of AEV. She is also a Trustee of the Aboitiz Foundation. She is a graduate of Bachelor of Science in Commerce, major in Accounting, from St. Theresa's College and earned her Masters degree in Business Management from the University of the Philippines.

She has completed a program on Management Development at Harvard Business School, Boston, U.S.A.


Maria Ressa

Maria has been a journalist in Asia for more than 25 years, most of them as CNN’s bureau chief in Manila then Jakarta. She became CNN’s lead investigative reporter focusing on terrorism in Southeast Asia and wrote "Seeds of Terror: An Eyewitness Account of al-Qaeda’s Newest Center of Operations in Southeast Asia" (Free Press, 2003). The book was the first from the region documenting the growth of Jemaah Islamiyah and its links to Al-Qaeda.

Maria has worked for every major television network in the Philippines and was one of the founders of independent production company, Probe. In 2005, she took the helm of ABS-CBN News and Current affairs, for 6 years managing more than 1,000 journalists for the largest multi-platform news operation in the Philippines.

She taught courses in politics and media for her alma mater, Princeton University, as well as in broadcasting at the University of the Philippines.

Her latest book, "From Bin Laden to Facebook," is part of her work as the Author-in-Residence and Senior Fellow at the International Centre for Political Violence & Terrorism Research in Singapore.

She was named the Southeast Asia Visiting Scholar at CORE Lab at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. 

Bianca Gonzalez

Bianca Gonzalez is a Filipino model and television host. At 23 years old, she became the youngest person to be cited by the People Asia among the Most Influential Personalities of the Year. She also became the editor-at-large for Meg Magazine and holds a lifestyle column at the Philippine Star.

She was appointed a UNICEF Philippines Child Rights Supporter in 2012. She holds a degree in Communication Arts, Minor in Philosophy from the Ateneo de Manila University.

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Special Feature: Awesome Women for Tomorrow!

Moving women from poverty to financial independence is a dream that only a handful of organizations have attained.

Standing strong against indicators and factors that microfinance institutions face is what Negros Women for Tomorrow Foundation, Inc. (NWTF) promises, if it is the last thing they would do.

I was fortuitous enough to be able to get the chance to meet the people behind the globally-recognized institution that has changed the way millions of Filipinos have lived. I would like to thank Gadgets Magazine and their judges and partners for recognizing this blog as the winner for the Special Category of the GoodBlog Awards last year and to my teammates and friends for life from the Young Minds Academy (YMA) and shoutout to people NWTF especially to Ms. Presy Alba and Mr. Pachito Genovia for the travel opportunity of my life. Thank you for arranging my itinerary and accommodations. Also I would to extend my gratitude to the staff of South Gate Inn in Kabankalan City, O Hotel in Bacolod City, and Danjugan Island for your hospitality.

Flying from Cebu-Mactan Int'l Airport, I was able to see the green quaint landscape of vast agricultural lands of Bacolod City an hour after departure when the heavenly fluffy clouds had cleared away below my plane window.

What is NWTF?

In more than three decades of operating, NWTF has proven that financially handicapped people are very credit worthy partners contrary to what traditional banks think of them. Reports will show that they have made significant and amazing contributions to nation-building by stimulating the economies of rural areas.

As they have gained economic stability as their home businesses grew, so did their dignity. The organization has expanded socio-economic performance by providing benefits that used to be just a dream to the poor such as scholarships for their children, insurance benefits, dental aid and business marketing and management training.

Over the years, they have emphasized the culture of excellence and partnership which I think brought them to heights they have never imagined.

I was introduced to the NWTF Kabankalan Branch team where major transactions are being done. I met Ma’am Virgie, a loan officer for twenty long years whose motivation to work is the relevance of what she does for others. I also met Ms Aileen Talanguenes and Ms Sharyn Aroz who make sure the paper works are done right. NWTF also offers scholarship to less fortunate but deserving students as well and as for the business loans, they offer a 2.5% interest rate with a rebate of 10% at the end of the term, an offer so generous no mainstream bank would dare counter.

NWTF Achievements

Their new policies, strategies and direction have paved the way for their yearly successes and the divergence between the people working behind have contributed just as much.

In fact, they have sought partnership with Ateneo University, Citi Foundation and Bayan Academy to roll out training courses that will empower their employees as they try to reach organizational goals. Investing in their managers and flying them all the way to the USA is one of their greatest feats in the area of employee development; special thanks to Wharton Business School in Philadelphia, and Harvard Business School in Boston for making it happen.

Known to be blessed with fertile lands, straggling rice plantations are an enlivening common sight. If you move around poetic country roads, you will be welcomed with stately trees lining as you pass by like soldiers welcoming a distinguished guest.

Building a rock solid banking player, their Dungganon Bank Inc. boasts of amazing critieria: 20 million pesos in portfolio, 3,000 active clients and zero portfolio at risk as of 2011.
Expanding to 50 more provinces in Panay, Cebu, Bohol, Leyte, Samar and Palawan, their loan disbursements and portfolio has no way to turn but up.

Buses and tricycles are the main modes of transportation going around the nostalgically attractive kabankalan city negros oriental. Those are zealous farmhands loading sugar canes on their truck at one stop we had, and the one inset is a preacher who discusses relevant scriptures and would ask for donations to make what does sustainable which is actually quite common in Manila as well.
Buses and tricycles are the main modes of transportation going around the nostalgically attractive town. Those are zealous farmhands loading sugar canes on their truck at one stop we had, and the one inset is a preacher who discusses relevant scriptures and would ask for donations to make what does sustainable which is actually quite common in Manila as well.

A fetching sworn seashore that is home to a retired boat is just beautiful for an afternoon stroll. bacolod city
A fetching sworn seashore that is home to a retired boat is just beautiful for an afternoon stroll.

Two fishermen seeking solitude below a sturdy tree before heading on to finish their shellfish harvesting. bacolod city
Two fishermen seeking solitude below a sturdy tree before heading on to finish their shellfish harvesting.

But one metric for their success is the fact that they had been recognized by international entities namely Kiva Microfunds, Vittana and WholePlanet Foundation to name a few.
They received the highest recognition as Triennial Awardee by the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc (RAFI).

Here is my short documentary of NWTF at one of their lively center meetings where members would update the cluster of their business progress, challenges they need assistance with and where they would remit their loan payments for the week...

Seeing how candidly happy they are with each other and how their lives turned out through the group sharing, they'll make you realize that the people behind the organization have done one heck of a job. Something about asking them to watch each other's backs and monitoring each other's progress contributed to the exponential success of NWTF all these years, as they try to venture out to new markets throughout the nation. These women have forged a bond deeper than anything I've ever seen. Their challenges with their home-based businesses and their families have not been toppled in their soft shoulders alone since they have the whole community walking through it with them. kabankalan city negros oriental
Seeing how candidly happy they are with each other and how their lives turned out through the group sharing, they'll make you realize that the people behind the organization have done one heck of a job. It really helps that my vernacular, Bisaya, is quite similar to theirs so communicating wasn't really much of a hindrance. Something about asking them to watch each other's backs and monitoring each other's progress contributed to the exponential success of NWTF all these years, as they try to venture out to new markets throughout the nation. These women have forged a bond deeper than anything I've ever seen. Their challenges with their home-based businesses and their families have not been toppled in their soft shoulders alone since they have the whole community walking through it with them. 

Just a walk away from the hut they have built as a modest community center are the muffled sounds of cute brown piglets seeking refuge with each other in a natural pen in one of the mom-client's business. Also a merchandise of an NWTF client is the refueling center catering to tricycle and motor drivers who ride in the area with a light-hearted warning that she takes no credit, as part of mitigating risk from heartless customers which made me smile. kabankalan city negros oriental
Just a walk away from the hut they have built as a modest community center are the muffled sounds of cute brown piglets seeking refuge with each other in a natural pen in one of the mom-client's business. Also a merchandise of an NWTF client is the refueling center catering to tricycle and motor drivers who ride in the area with a light-hearted warning that she takes no credit, as part of mitigating risk from heartless customers which made me smile.

What is Project Dungganon?

Project Dungganon provides credit of one thousand (P1,000) to hundred thousand pesos (P100,000) to women micro-entrepreneurs. Members form a group of five and organize weekly meetings and what is interesting about it is that they are also responsible in monitoring prompt payment of fellow members. They check on each other to ensure that they have a healthy credit standing with NWTF.

It is also note worthy that they have a supplementary system that enables them to assess how the client will be able to survive. They have devised a strategy that effectively sees the members' innate talents, skills and work experiences that has business potential. Through the IGSS or Income Generating Survival Skills method, clients can define a business plan and lower the portfolio at risk and higher repayment rates as they tend to go about their lives.

When the client has the capacity to expand business from the micro up to the Small and Medium Enterprise level, they then graduate and proceed to a new program, the Project Kasanag.

The first successful client I've met personally was Ms. Cecille Salarde who shines bright with her smile as she welcomes me into her first house's living room. Yes, right now she has a second bigger home reaped from her success. After a very engaging conversation over refreshments, I've learned about how she began with two trays of balut and selling it in the neighborhood personally excreting tears and pain in the process before becoming the mega-entrepreneur she is today. Being awarded by the Citi Foundation for her dedication to give her family and those who work for her a brighter future, she is also a living tribute to the very values that NWTF stands for.

Ms Salarde gives me a tour to her numerous enterprises. Clockwise from top left is one of the dozen salvers of boiled peanuts ready for packing, a balut or a delicious steam duck embryo over a light bulb to assess its freshness and age, one of Ms. Salarde's workers inspects the balut storage cabinets in one of her warehouses and a truckload of pink-tainted salted duck egg which exhumes a very aromatic brine and has become a staple appetizer in Filipino homes. Not in this collage are her three burger stands, sari-sari store and her frozen foods produce.

She has the penchant for brightly colored love birds and the songs they make all throughout the day works just like a charm.

I've also come to notice some adorable pigeons bathing at a puddle nearby like little kids on a beach and they were just ignoring them like a common sight but I really do find it very captivating.

Ladies and gentlemen, the NWTF-Project Dungganon Story...

I've also met Ms Josephine Rico who was elected the Chief of Center 50 who herself had gone through great afflictions before she progressed to be the leader of the women in her neighborhood. She remembers that before NWTF gave her the chance to build her own business, she used to share one whole egg with her husband and her children as a whole day's meal. I wouldn't know what she went through but I can definitely say she is one strong woman to have risen up from her challenges. Nothing ever prepared her of the difficulties of moving away from her hometown in Zambales to be with the man he loves but it all turned out quite amazingly well eventually. With strong faith and hard work, she now operates seven motorcycles, two sari-sari stores, donated a parcel of land to be the community center as shown in the photo and owns two houses.

As their name resounds the very essence of empowering women and their families for tomorrow, NWTF will continue to transform lives of their clients and their families each day.

2 Things You Can Do Now:

  1. Visit NWTF Official Website for more information so that you would have an idea as to how you can participate individually or through your company. There is a cluster in every major city in the country so they're probably not hard to miss.
  2. Wherever you are in the world today, you can easily invest in an NWTF mom at by just using your Facebook Profile

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