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Accenture Gave Close To Million Pesos; Awesome Apps That Will Change Philippines

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Accenture “Program the Future” Competition Recognizes Top Technology Apps Developed by Students
Winning apps promote environment protection & public health Accenture in the Philippines recently concluded a competition, titled “Program the Future: The Accenture Technology Campus Challenge 2015,” that yielded innovative apps developed by high performing college students to help address environmental and public health and safety issues.

Of the nearly 80 entries received from colleges and universities across the Philippines, the top 10 overall teams were chosen — five teams each for the Games App Challenge and App of the Future Challenge categories.

The champion teams of each category won Php 200,000 and Php 250,000 worth of prizes respectively and an additional Php 50,000 for their respective schools. Meanwhile, the runner-up team for the Games App Challenge was awarded Php 100,000 worth of prizes and the runner-up for the App of the Future Challenge received Php150,000 worth of pri…

Helping OFWs Bridge Financial Gaps

After years of uphill struggle, many OFWs come home to stay into the same financial status and way of life they had before they departed the country. There are many whys and wherefores for such an upshot – their families back home were unable to save, the salary earned out of the country proved inadequate for the family’s mounting necessities, the OFW overseas had so many other trials to deal with such that economic groundwork fall through the cracks, or financial implements abroad simply did not tone with the needs of our fellowmen in other countries. 

With AXA iON, Filipinos abroad who log on to the internet quite often can now access the most basic financial products that can help them secure their financial future in a transparent, easy, and affordable way.

“The internet is playing an ever increasing role in the way we communicate, transact and find information about anything,” Rien Hermans, President & CEO of AXA Philippines said,   “With AXA iON, we now give Filipinos the c…

The Gift Filipinos Deserve This Season

Criticized about how commercialized it has become, gift giving has kept economies bustling every December as families honor each other's relationships with tangible offerings and there is nothing bad about making the people we love happy.

For busy working professionals, shopping has become a dreadful chore that is why online shopping sites have sprouted up guaranteeing convenience to the flustered Filipino consumer. These may teach us delayed gratification as packages arrive two to three days later, but you can never put a price on time you've saved that you can use to attend to the more important things in life like family and career than wasting time driving through traffic, being bombarded with confusing choices and long lists, going head to head with other aggressive shoppers, lining up to the counter and don't even get me started about having these wrapped.

Top-tier e-commerce websites like Zalora.com.ph, Lazada.com.ph, FoxySales.com, Wego.com.ph, Bebe.com catering t…

How This Big Brand Gets You to Be #BetterTogether

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With the recent launch of the #BetterTogether campaign, McDonald’s and Coca-Cola took a stand and asked people to stay offline a little longer to celebrate real-world connections.

Encouraging its customers to spend time with one another over a McDonald’s meal and a Coca-Cola drink, the two iconic brands introduced the BFF Bundles, meals best shared with friends, enabling them to experience moments of genuine connection anytime, anywhere.





In order to amplify and sustain the #BetterTogether campaign’s big idea of inspiring people to enrich their friendships by being physically together, McDonald’s and Coca-Cola have developed a new mobile app that will make bonding time even more exciting—the BFF Timeout App.




A fun new way to bring friends closer together, the BFF Timeout App is a gaming app which challenges players to go on a “digital timeout” with friends—to celebrate real-world connections without digital interruptions, such as checking their mobile phones. Customers just have to dow…

Cebu #Startup Weekend 2014 Champions Aspiring Entrepreneurs @swcebu @CebuBizMonth

Everyone who are willing to build up businesses, aspiring marketers and passionate entrepreneurs whether with technical or non-technical background, from students to professionals to retired persons who have a passion to build a business or desire to learn how, or anyone who are established business persons looking for technology partners are encouraged to be part of the community of startup enthusiasts, who gather together to share ideas, form teams, build products, and launch start-ups.

The University of Cebu (UC) – Banilad Campus will play host to the fourth leg of Startup Weekend Cebu (SWC) slated on June 6, 7 and 8, 2014 at 6:30PM to 10:00PM.
The 54-hour event starts with an “open mic” pitching of business ideas on Friday night, wherein attendees are urged to bring out their ideas and inspire others who are present to join or make their team.

Each team should focus on:

customer development, validating their ideas, practicing LEAN Startup Methodologies and building a minimal viab…

How to do Kickass Rebranding and Awesome Social Media Strategy

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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?
Post real-time updates and advisoriesComplement your traditional media campaigns by making the materials available onlineArchive and distribute important government documents meant for public distributionPromote events Raise awarenessCrowd source materials, ideas, feedback, suggestionRecruit volunteersRaise funds

What are …

Why Amazon Top Tech Honcho Speaks at KickstartPH

Amazon.com Vice President and Chief Technology Officer Dr. Werner Vogels is set to speak before local tech startup companies to help them determine the best low cost and easy-to-use infrastructure necessary to scale and grow their businesses.

Vogels is the special guest at the Kickstart Ventures, Inc.’s Startup Mixer, a ​regular ​community event ​that stimulates interaction and collaboration ​​among startup founders, mentors, and investors, to be held at The Globe Tower in Bonifacio Global City on April 30.

Christian Besler, Vice-President and Head of Community Engagement, Kickstart Ventures, said We are excited about the visit of Dr. Werner Vogels who is Amazon’s number two guy.  It only shows Amazon’s strong belief in the Philippines as a growing market for cloud services. We are also extremely proud to have him as a speaker for the Startup Mixer. Startups in the Kickstart investment portfolio have been using Amazon Web Services since the early days, thus, it is a rare treat for all…

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 wa…

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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Awesome Nerds Invades Boracay for "Geeks On A Beach" | DOST supports GOAB

THE Philippines’ first-ever “Geeks On A Beach” (GOAB) tech and startup conference scheduled for Sept. 26-27 in the world-famous Boracay Island is now being co-presented by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).

This was learned from Tina Amper, founder and president of the organizing TechTalks.ph who said that DOST, through its Information and Communications Technology Office (DOST-ICTO), has since been very supportive of the group’s activities.

“The DOST has always been there for us,” said Amper. “From the first Startup Weekend Cebu to Startup Weekend Cebu 3, the DOST has been a perennial supporter. We owe all of this to Usec Casambre and sir Monchito (Ibrahim).”

Undersecretary Louis Napoleon C. Casambre is the executive director of DOST-ICTO, whose leadership has moved the agency forward in its new thrust to uplift the entrepreneurial spirit in the ICT industry. Monchito Ibrahim is Casambre’s deputy executive director for policies.

“We in the ICTO believe that providing supp…

Give the gift of hope this Mother’s Day with special Lazada gift cards

Mother’s Day is all about commemorating moms everywhere and celebrating their love, kindness and inspiration.  It is a time for thoughtful gifts, cheerful family gatherings and unique ways of showing them how much their kids care. It also serves as a reminder about the less fortunate children who grow up without devoted mothers, and urge kind souls to do their share to help.  

This Mother’s Day, the Philippines’ online shopping mall LAZADA is teaming up with World Vision, the international community development organization, to improve the lives of underprivileged children across the country through special Mother’s Day gift cards. 
These limited series World Vision Mother’s Day gift cards are available for P600 at www.lazada.com.ph/worldvision.

“When you purchase this World Vision Mother’s Day card, a donation in her name will be made in honor of your mother,” said Jun Godornes, Associate Director of World Vision.“This donation will go to World Vision’s Child sponsorship program that en…

Earn Free $25 By Helping Others

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A revolutionary micro-financing website launched a few years ago. Now with over millions of dollars lent, with a guaranteed 98.99% repayment rate from borrowers, the success of the US-based company lies on how efficient it is in mobilizing crowd-sourced funds to those who need it most, our struggling brothers and sisters all over the world.

I am proud to introducing Kiva. Empowering people and alleviating poverty $25 at a time. 
Choose a borrower. Make a loan. Get repaid. Repeat!


I had a first hand experience on how it was able to change the lives of its loan clients here in the Philippines when I was flown to Kabankalan City, Negros Oriental and meet the people behind the success of the social enterprise.

Negros Women for Tomorrow Foundation Inc. (NWTF), increases its aid to the homemakers by seeking the partnership of Kiva to some of its members. These women are trying to increase family income through setting up businesses in farming, raising hogs, feeding fowls, setting up stalls an…

ASUS Secret to Perfectly Engineered PCs and Tablets is YOU

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What started as a motherboard manufacturer now becomes a top lifestyle brand with a line up of electronic devices that makes personal and work life so much easier and fun!

ASUS, the leading global brand in PCs and mobile among others, got its name from Pegasus of Greek mythology. And just like the winged horse, it has soared to become one of the pioneers in the industry today.

I am living testament to the power of their products as I am one of the proud owners of ASUS Google Nexus 7 and to tell you that it is worth all the hassles buying it from Adorama.com (all the way from the US when it first got out of the market), is an understatement. It has hypothetically never left my side except in the shower and it has aided me in my book reading, collaboration with my orgs, social networking and power surfing. Did I mention that NVidia Tegra has made my gaming experience top notch? So much to love about such a great product but it is another blog post to tell though.

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

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How to recharge prepaid mobile balance from anywhere in the world

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I have relatives on both sides of my family living abroad for various reasons reasons and it always has something to do with trying to give the very best for their families. Technology has enabled us to connect with our loved ones in ways we never knew a few decades back. It has enabled us to simply talk and laugh with them like they were never gone. In fact, last Christmas, the whole family gathered around the computer to skype with our cousins abroad and they did a little magic show to our little children's amazement. Things like this are priceless.

But Skype has limitations, they're gonna need to login to their computer to be able to contact you. They even need to load credits to call you, or when worse comes to worst: what if there is an emergency and you need to get contacted immediately. Computer and internet connection may not always be there but your phone is. Worry not, there is hope.

I had just learned about how to enrich your experience with loved ones abroad throug…

Lazada Philippines' Biggest Online Shopping Mall

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Lazada Philippines (www.lazada.com.ph) is the trendy fastest-growing online shopping site in the nation. 

Lazada deals with a vast choice of merchandises and offers a useful, awesome online shopping encounter with  free delivery available. They also give a 7-day return policy, and an innovative payment scheme: cash on delivery. 

With Lazada, consumers can shop at any time, wherever, and discover the best deals in electronics, cellphones & accessories, computers, home & living, home appliances, toys, kids & babies, travel accessories and luggage, beauty, jewelry & watches, fashion and so much more.



Lazada is also present in Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, and Malaysia. Lazada is owned by Rocket Internet, the largest, fastest and most successful international online venture builder. Rocket Internet has been building online companies since 1999 and has created over 100 market- leading companies in over 40 countries. Their headquarters is in Berlin with 25 international office…