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

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 prizes.

Earth-saving mobile game app


Team Technosaur from the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (PLM) emerged as the champion in the Games App Challenge for developing “Modern Sweeper,” a 5-in-1 mobile game that challenges players to protect and save the earth. Team members Princess Sicat, Fenela Bagalayos, Marco Francisco, and Paulo Santiago created a game that shows real-life problems that revolve around recycling, waste management, pollution, and dynamite fishing.

Games App Challenge runner-up Team EChO from the Cebu Institute of Technology (CIT) University highlighted the significance of teaching water conservation to children (ages five to nine) thru their “Water Warrior” mobile game. Team EChO is comprised of Chum Keji Ocan, Jobelle Gerasta, Mark Joseph Fernandez and Junjie Sumalinog.

Team GwaPro and Team Creativs, both from the University of the Philippines Cebu, along with Team Earth Rangers from the University of San Jose Recoletos, completed this year’s finalists in the Games App Challenge category.

Save power with the futuristic home automation app


Team UCL from the University of the Philippines took the top prize in the App of the Future Challenge with a home automation assistant app called “Irina.” According to Romelio Tavas, Jr., Jasper Mendoza, Jake Sabandal, and Randy Beros, their team was inspired by the Internet of Things. “Irina” enables users to command appliances to turn off on their own, present electric consumption in peso value, identify which appliance consumes the most electricity, and help determine electricity consumption trends on a monthly basis.

Team Spectrum’s Charlie Ahl Arreglo, Princess Lykken Abella, Antonio Sotto, Jr., and Joyce Marie Montegrande, also from CIT University, received the runner-up trophy. They developed “Golden Garbage, a waste segregation Android app that helps users locate nearby junk shops and provides information on the recyclable items accepted and their corresponding costs.

De La Salle’s Team CoDiverse, University of the Philippines Diliman’s The In-code-ables and AMA Computer Learning Center, College of Meycauayan’s Team MAX were also part of the top 5 teams in the App of the Future Challenge category. 




Skills development of IT students


Now on its second year, Program the Future seeks to encourage talented youth to use technology to create a greater future for Filipinos and the country. The competition is a testament to Accenture’s continued commitment to enhance the skills of today’s Information Technology (IT) students.

Ambe Tierro, Technology Lead of Accenture in the Philippines and chairman of the panel of judges, commended all the students for creating very impressive apps that exceeded the judges’ expectations.

“The apps that you developed, in addition to the teamwork, collaboration and passion you showed, are proof that our country’s future is in good hands. May you continue to realize that you can use your talents and skills to make a difference,” said Tierro.

In addition to Tierro, the finalists were evaluated by Prof. John Williams of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), ABS-CBN’s Chief Digital Officer Donald Patrick Lim, and some of Accenture’s top executives, including Country Managing Director Lito Tayag, Digital Lead JP Palpallatoc, Platform Lead Chucky Castro, and Delivery Director for the Avanade unit Stephen Alba.


Team Technosaur from the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (PLM), developer of the game app “Modern Sweeper,” is this year’s Champion in the Games App Category of Program the Future: The Accenture Technology Campus Challenge 2015. Back row (from left to right): Chucky Castro, Platform Lead, Accenture in the Philippines; Louise Sabariaga, Country Marketing Lead, Accenture in the Philippines; Cydelle Rondaris, Dean, College of Engineering and Technology (CET), PLM; Ambe Tierro, Technology Lead, Accenture in the Philippines; and Donald Patrick Lim, Chief Digital Officer, ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corporation. Front row (from left to right): Charito Molina, Faculty, Computer Studies Department, PLM and Leisyl Ocampo, Chairperson, Department of Computer Studies, PLM; Team Technosaur members: Marco Francisco, Princess Joy Sicat, Fenella Mae Bagalayos and John Paulo Santiago; Alvine Aurelio, Team Coach, Accenture Technology in the Philippines; JP Palpallatoc, Digital Lead, Accenture in the Philippines; Atty. Crisanto Saruca, Jr., Officer in Charge, Metro Manila Development Authority’s Traffic Discipline Office; and Jesper Madsen, Country Human Resources Lead, Accenture in the Philippines. Photo taken by Thaddy Boniquit, Accenture Photographers Club.

Team Technosaur


Team Technosaur from the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (PLM), developer of the game app “Modern Sweeper,” is this year’s Champion in the Games App Category of Program the Future: The Accenture Technology Campus Challenge 2015. Back row (from left to right): Chucky Castro, Platform Lead, Accenture in the Philippines; Louise Sabariaga, Country Marketing Lead, Accenture in the Philippines; Cydelle Rondaris, Dean, College of Engineering and Technology (CET), PLM; Ambe Tierro, Technology Lead, Accenture in the Philippines; and Donald Patrick Lim, Chief Digital Officer, ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corporation. Front row (from left to right): Charito Molina, Faculty, Computer Studies Department, PLM and Leisyl Ocampo, Chairperson, Department of Computer Studies, PLM; Team Technosaur members: Marco Francisco, Princess Joy Sicat, Fenella Mae Bagalayos and John Paulo Santiago; Alvine Aurelio, Team Coach, Accenture Technology in the Philippines; JP Palpallatoc, Digital Lead, Accenture in the Philippines; Atty. Crisanto Saruca, Jr., Officer in Charge, Metro Manila Development Authority’s Traffic Discipline Office; and Jesper Madsen, Country Human Resources Lead, Accenture in the Philippines. Photo taken by Thaddy Boniquit, Accenture Photographers Club.









Team UCL


Team UCL of UP Diliman won top prize in the App of the Future Challenge of Program the Future: The Accenture Technology Campus Challenge 2015. Back row (from left to right): Chucky Castro, Platform Lead, Accenture in the Philippines; Louise Sabariaga, Country Marketing Lead, Accenture in the Philippines; and Donald Patrick Lim, Chief Digital Officer, ABS-CBN. Front row (from left to right): Ambe Tierro, Technology Lead of Accenture in the Philippines; Team UCL’s Romelio Tavas, Jr., Randy Beros, Jake Sabandal, and Jasper Mendoza; Prof. Nestor Tiglao, their coach; JP Palpallatoc, Digital Lead of Accenture in the Philippines; Atty. Crisanto Saruca, Jr., Officer in Charge, Metro Manila Development Authority’s Traffic Discipline Office; and Jesper Madsen, Country Human Resources Lead, Accenture in the Philippines.     
          

Team EChO


Team EChO from CIT University who developed the game app “Water Warrior,” 1st runner-up in the Games App Category of Program the Future: The Accenture Technology Campus Challenge 2015. Front row (from left to right): Chucky Castro, Platform Lead, Accenture in the Philippines; Louise Sabariaga, Country Marketing Lead, Accenture in the Philippines; Ambe Tierro, Technology Lead, Accenture in the Philippines; and Donald Patrick Lim, Chief Digital Officer, ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corporation. Back row (from left to right): Cherry Lyn Sta. Romana, Dean, College of Computer Studies, CIT University; Mark Joseph Fernandez, Junjie Sumalinog, Jobelle Gerasta, and Chum Keji Ocan of Team EChO; JP Palpallatoc, Digital Lead, Accenture in the Philippines; Atty. Crisanto Saruca, Jr., Officer in Charge, Metro Manila Development Authority’s Traffic Discipline Office; and Jesper Madsen, Country Human Resources Lead, Accenture in the Philippines.     









Team Spectrum


Team Spectrum from CIT University, 1st Runner-up in the App of the Future Challenge, developed the “Golden Garbage” mobile app. Back row (from left to right): Chucky Castro, Platform Lead, Accenture in the Philippines; Louise Sabariaga, Country Marketing Lead, Accenture in the Philippines; and Donald Patrick Lim, Chief Digital Officer, ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corporation. Front row (from left to right): Ambe Tierro, Technology Lead, Accenture in the Philippines; Victoria Ocay, Team Coach, Accenture Technology in the Philippines; Cherry Lyn Sta. Romana, Dean, College of Computer Studies, CIT-U; Team Spectrum members: Antonio Sotto, Jr., Charlie Ahl Arreglo, Joyce Marie Montegrande and Princess Lykken Abella; JP Palpallatoc, Digital Lead, Accenture in the Philippines; Atty. Crisanto Saruca, Jr., Officer in Charge, Metro Manila Development Authority’s Traffic Discipline Office; and Jesper Madsen, Country Human Resources Lead, Accenture in the Philippines.     

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Spain is Coming to Invade Philippines Again #awesomeph



Time has stood witness to the centuries-long bond between our country and Espana. They have colonized us long enough to instill some family values, cultural and faithful traditions that we hold so dear today. In the next few days, that bond would soon be rekindled but in a grander, more festive and flavorful way as we celebrate the Madrid Fusion Manila 2015. Check out the artsy upbeat TVC above.

About Madrid Fusion

It is a yearly conference and trade show where the greatest chefs, entrepreneurs and tycoons in the industry come together and build the future of food in Madrid. We are lucky enough that Department of Tourism and SM brings it here for the locals to have a taste of the good life.

“SM is proud to be the venue of the historic Madrid Fusion Manila. We believe that one of the Philippines’ best-kept secrets is our rich culinary heritage,” said Steven Tan, SM Supermalls Senior VP.

I am personally inviting you to take your love for food to the next level this April 24-26, 2015, at the the Madrid Fusion Manila 2015 at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City.

There's going to be a Gastronomy Congress where food tasting will overflow and avant-garde techniques in food prep and serving will be demonstrated by eight Spanish chefs who have been flown in for the event.

A Trade Exhibition will showcase the latest in food gadgetry and supplies.

There's also the Festival of the Philippines where hotels and restaurants will brandish celebrity chefs in food tours, trucks, tastings, and bar crawls all month of April.

New food concepts will be available at select SM Mall of Asia restaurants, while SM Aura Premier will host its own Spanish-themed fiesta with music, dancing, food and drinks on April 26 at the Sky Park lawn.

Also from April 24-26, irresistible dining deals await all food lovers at SM Megamall’s newly-opened Mega Food Hall.

#JayseeBlabs About Food Event Marketing

Event Marketing is a very dynamic industry that juggles through visual design, program handling, guest relations, staff coordination, branding and advertising, on top of that you need to creatively capitalize on the audience's innate nature for the love of food and flavor. 

It is a good thing to note that companies has begin to tap on social media for marketing and feedback aggregation all the while using the messages about the cultural roots to draw attention and personalizing the campaign. 

But then again one measure of success is how much buzz is generation and creating a 'regionalized' version of the world-class event right here in our land is a big challenge. Lifestyle here in the metro has already matched the pace of our western counterparts so adoption of such ideas has not been much of a drag. So when in doubt, choose food.



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Watch Why Manila Motorists Had a Great Morning #awesomebrand

City life is something dreadful for the everyday motorist. Though there are beautiful reasons to smile and welcome the day, we can't help but linger about things to do at home, stressing about tasks to complete at work and, yes, frown upon the dragging traffic that makes mornings the worst part of the day for some. Then there comes a fastfood chain who made the most pleasant surprise in a PR stunt that brought joy in the most unexpected of ways.



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Manila's New Comfort Food Addiction

Filipino culinary virtuoso CHEF MENOY GIMENEZ introduced the “Traveler’s Menu” now available at TITO CHEF EXPRESS in Microtel Acropolis. He showcased the gourmet tastes found in the well-chosen dishes from the highlighted menu.

With the celebrated blend of classic food at reasonable prices, the new Traveler’s Menu pleased the tastes of the guests. From the luscious appetizers that elated everyone’s liking to the plentiful servings of the mains, and the satiating desserts, the well-curated menu truly mirrored the cooking panache of Chef Menoy in Tito Chef Express, which is enchantingly candid comfort food enthused from the classic preferences of every Filipino home.

Dulce de Leche Cheesecake
Dulce de Leche Cheesecake

Affordable and well portioned at the price of PhP 250 for each dish, the menu selection is a perfect choice for people looking for something quickly served and conveniently available anytime within the day.

  • From the creamy hit of Fish in Pesto Cream to the 
  • spicy kick of Salmon Ramen, 
  • the juicy punch of American Burger, 
  • the savory mix of Barbecued Chicken Jambalaya and the 
  • braise attack of Smothered Pork Chop, 


the Traveler’s Menu had indeed let the taste buds of the guests travel from East to West with its flavors from around the world.


Spanish Chorizo & Mushroom Penne
Spanish Chorizo & Mushroom Penne

Tito Chef Express brings a unique and progressive menu that has comfort food delights, which include

  • starters, 
  • entrees, 
  • pastas, and 
  • desserts. 


The restaurant also offers

  • afternoon tea morsels, 
  • breakfast and 
  • lunch buffets, 
  • full-service catering packages, 
  • party trays, and 
  • in-house banquets. 



Honored to be under the well-known aegis of The Romulo Food Group since 2013, the modern restaurant in the metro north took the hearts of connoisseurs in Eastwood area who love to appreciate kitchen-crafted meals, cozy atmosphere, and whole-hearted service.

Tito Chef at Microtel Acropolis - Interior
Tito Chef at Microtel Acropolis

From The Romulo Food Group of restaurateurs Enzo and Sandie Squillantini,
TITO CHEF EXPRESS 
Ground floor of Microtel Acropolis,
E. Rodriguez Jr. Avenue,
Bagumbayan, Quezon City.

For inquiries and reservations:
call +632.962.8899 / +63916.343.5331
email titochefrestaurant@gmail.com



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Why Being Fashionable Was Never This Good. Literally.

#ShowYourStripes for Ronald McDonald Bahay Bulilit Program

Doing good is always in style!


Starting November 15, McDonald’s brings you the limited-edition red and white striped socks in select restaurants in Greater Manila Area.

For only P100 a pair, you can #ShowYourStripes as an addition to your OOTD plus you are able to help build the next Ronald McDonald Bahay Bulilit in the country.

Striped. Jeric and Jeron Teng.

McDonald’s and Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) Philippines join the 40th global anniversary of RMHC by inviting Filipino customers to wear the red and white striped socks to support the Ronald McDonald Bahay Bulilit.

Ronald McDonald Bahay Bulilit


Bahay Bulilit is one of the flagship programs of RMHC in the Philippines. It is in partnership with the DSWD and with LGUs that build daycare centers in communities that need it most. It is a safe place for children to learn and play, free of charge, while their parents are at work.

McDonald’s has 25 Ronald McDonald Bahay Bulilit daycare centers to date. Its latest Bahay Bulilit was recently opened in Tacloban, Leyte to reinforce its commitment to help the community of Tacloban a year after Typhoon Yolanda.

“We were in awe with the community’s warm welcome of the Ronald McDonald Bahay Bulilit in Tacloban.  We are now more motivated than ever to continue this ripple of change through the #showyourstripes.” said McDonald’s PH President and CEO and RMHC PH President Kenneth Yang.

“We invite every Filipino to show their stripes and join us as we build more Ronald McDonald Bahay Bulilit for more kids who need it most.” Yang added. 


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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 gogreeninthecity.com 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.

Yours Truly with EON Team Members


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 Mashable.com 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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Did You Know You Are Losing Four Days Every Month, Here’s Why

Filipino motorists, apparently, spend over a thousand minutes each week on making decisions alone. At least that’s what a recent study reveals. 

We might not notice it but if we look at the bigger picture, we dedicate a large part of our lives unknowingly just to scratch our head stressing over life’s small unnecessary details.

A nationwide study by Shell publicized that Filipinos make over 30 conscious decisions each day that could have been dedicated to more important things like spending time with family, reaching organizational goals in your career, finding ways to expand your business, and laughing out loud with friends. As a firm that aims to make their customers’ lives easier, they are currently looking into ways in providing more value through introducing products that we can rely on.


With Shell's Celebrity Driver of the Year, Ms Bianca Gonzales sharing her experience with smart long haul driving.
With Shell's Celebrity Driver of the Year, Ms Bianca Gonzales sharing her experience with smart long haul driving.

With a lot of pressures about modern city living, our evolving needs have been the top priority of today’s top service and product providers.

Mango Tree in Bonifacio Global City Taguig City Metro Manila packed with bloggers and media practitioners celebrating the feat of the participants and winner of the Shell Driving Challenge.
Mango Tree in Bonifacio Global City packed with bloggers and media practitioners celebrating the feat of the participants and winner of the Shell Driving Challenge.

We should be conscious even in our small actions from now on and literally make every second count. For time can never be taken back once wasted. 

The Shell FuelSave Good Choice Report poked into the lives of commercial drivers, private individuals, moms and college students who drive at least once week, from different key cities such as Metro Manila, Dagupan City, Batangas City, Metro Cebu and Davao City. It is indeed revitalizing to note that our fretfulness even in deciding where to eat, what to do, where to go, to milestone decisions such as career and financial planning takes up a huge chunk of our lives.

“We recognize that our customers are very busy people and are pre-occupied with so many things,” says Mr Anthony Yam, VP Pilipinas Shell. 

While most Filipino motorists make decisions based on own personal prejudices and considers themselves as strongest influencers in their decision-making, there are a lot of things being put into regard. Funds, family and life partners are naturally being consulted as well.

The study also emphasizes that these decisions are done in the morning, while out of home and most of the time, on the road. These are things we all know already, can all relate to and it is saddening that it had to take a corporate study to make us aware of our habits.

Beautiful models manning the Shell app kiosk at the event.
Beautiful models manning the Shell app kiosk at the event.


And just a great way to highlight how making good choices impact our lives positively, Shell organized a Driving Challenge event. Putting together celebrity Bianca Gonzales and 13 everyday drivers test road savvy and fuel efficiency skills as they drive from Bonifacio Global City to Batangas and back. To those who are not aware of how long a drive that is, it is about 240 kilomoters. That’s around five audiobooks, 10 US Top 40 albums, singing your next favourite song on Spotify, ranting about that annoying girl at work or taking a pic of the cars in front you for Waze points and the list goes on.






Shell Fuel Scientist Mae Ascan, the only Filipino Fuel Scientist in the world, gave a special mentoring session to the participants on smarter driving behaviors. Ultimately, through this Challenge, choosing the right fuel does not have to be a tough decision, states Mr Yam. And yes, there’s a hundred years of street cred of the conglomerate to prove that.

What is your goal for today? How will you make life’s precious minutes count? What difference will you make after reading this?


#JayseeBlabs Closer Look on Consumer Studies

Knowing all about your consumer will make you a greater company since you would be able to adapt to lifestyle changes that might be influencing them as they make choices. Consumer Studies are a great way to and Shell did a great job at collating data and developing marketing strategies that revolves around the results.

Business communication can aid in resolving market problems as people make smarter decisions and the way they did information acquisition and manipulating it in such a way that it would promote the brand was a great way of making a process personal for a company of a global heritage.

There are a lot of consumer behaviors that you should put a focus to such as social, economic, psychological, even technological. Sampling methods based on what your research goals may be employed accordingly. You can reach your consumers by personally communicating with them through your social media channels or 'incentivizing' their answers through e-survey prizes.




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Something to Hooray About

If not just the sunset, mornings are my most favorite part of the day.

Something about new beginnings and second chances, a promise to do something great, mornings just give us so many things to be anxious or smile about.

McDo brought together bloggers and media practitioners to do something together for the first time.

When I heard that I am invited to do yoga, I was like nah, that's going to be easy.

But little did I know that it is so strenuous, I could actually consider it a sport. My arms were literally shaking from the weight of my body and hamstrings ached as it was stretched doing the standing dog position. I just knew right then and there I had to do this every day. For someone who lives a monotonous lifestyle of endless officework with little to no movement for hours, this is a treat to your body as it tones your arms, loosens up joints, awakens your digestive system, improves blood circulation, and hardens your core.

"May all human beings find peace."

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What was taught to us by the ever glowing guru, Ms Elizalde of ECHOYoga Shala in Makati, were the first two batches of yoga poses namely, Surya Namaskar A and Surya Namaskar B. Each with co-related steps that when done, would leave you gasping for air and sweating the toxins out as you do the repetitions.

And contrary to popular belief, no, you won't fall asleep and no, it is not easy to do. It appears light as the instructors we see on TV or movies are effortless but for a beginner, you could just make a fool out of yourself much like us who laugh at our own bloopers every now and then.

Glide like a butterfly and not stump like an elephant, Ms Marilen Elizalde would jokingly remind. Revealing her age of 40, she looked more youthful and peaceful than I do. She has mastered the bodily discipline since 2001 and willingly introduced us to the joy of healing and strengthening your body from within. The dads and adult men in our batch fared just the same as the ladies.

Yoga Benefits


Recommended to be performed amid sunrise or natural lighting, yoga can do so much more like treat insomnia, makes the skin glow, lose extra calories, and for the ladies, regulate menstrual cycle. But let me give a focus on the total physical workout benefits you are going to get: limbs become symmetrical and your vital organs become more functional. For someone who values health before anything else, I recommend that you check out your local yoga studio and inspire everyone you know to be health conscious. The poses are monotonous so it is easy to master and you can do it when you wake up, before going to work, anywhere.

And when done in solitary, yoga can be the best way to clear your vulnerable mind in this seemingly self-destructing world.


McDo


Give yourself the gift of yoga and enjoy mornings the way it should be. And while you're at it, succumb to the latest breakfast offering of McDo with, my favorite, Chicken McMuffin. Also check out the Chicken Egg McMuffin and the delectable Sweet Ham Special. Let the most important meal of the day be something to hooray about.

Namaste.

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That World-Class Science Museum in Manila

When you are in the mood to be taken out of this world with all the awesomeness of Science, then head on to the most beautiful business district in Manila and visit The Mind Museum in Taguig

Sitting mightily on a 1.2 hectare lot in Bonifacio Global City, brace yourself with most visually stunning exhibits and interactive stations that educates, entertains and lets you grow appreciation to the world we live in.


It’s a great place to get lost in as every corner has been filled with facts and info that is sure to keep you overwhelmed with excitement. 

It is so well-built from the ground up that I would recommend it to all foreign guests and diplomats visiting the Philippines.



The story of our world is well told in pieces that is easy to understand and digest. Think of it like your elementary Science book coming alive.



The architects, designers, engineers, scientists, businessmen behind this visionary project deserve the highest recognition and my ultimate respect.  

I was blessed to share this day with my best buddies since high school Jammy and Jasper.



It’ll blow your mind and bring out the kid in you. I’m proud to be a nerd and I love to be in a place where I can be one without being weird.

You can be with your family or with your barkada and I guarantee you’d have a great time. The dinosaur, piano stairs, harp with no strings, the phases of the moon, solar system, the evolution theory, human senses, the arcade, animals, molecules, heart and the brain, the static globe that raises your hair, wildlife, the huge chocolate and so much more to look out for.



Three hours is actually not enough for you to run around, take pictures, read the infographic, press buttons and pose some more.

The 3D film which boasted an all-Filipino team was the highlight of our visit. After the movie, I was left in awe and saddened that it had to end. I was taken through a filmic tour of the history of the universe.



The visual and verbal consistency of the messages and signages was also notable. Everything about it was well-thought out. Plus, the striking futuristic architecture will make you beam with pride. 

Known to be worth a billion pesos, The Mind Museum in Taguig materialized solely on private donations from the biggest companies in the country and most of whom you will find out once you get there due to some branded stations. I just wish they could’ve muted down the corporate branding on some stations since we paid a regular price but that’s just me. For all I know they could've charged me much higher. The ticket prices are a bit high compared to NIDO Discovery Center in MOA but they justify the experience nonetheless. I wish I could’ve gotten it at a subsidized rate since I am an employee of the benefactor but I had learned about it a bit too late.

Anyway, when in Manila, you know what to do...



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How This Pinoy Print Ad Can Teach Us About Moving On and Letting Go #awesomebrand

Adding a touch of humor has positive impact on your brand provided the right timing and the right mix of elements. And since the Filipino culture thrives on comedy, it makes business sense to use it in delivering a message that promotes fidelity and fitness in the most unusual of ways.


GNC's Burn 60 product brandishes the slogan Fit Lives Longer in a series of print ads created by JWT in Manila, Philippines, that was plastered on national glossies. The telenovela feel of the ad makes it really familiar to the Filipino market and I just want to single out the character design and details where the illustrators and artists did such a fantastic job. Notice the attention to details such as lighting and shadows, how the canvas was divided to distribute focus and how tension was translated through the character emotions and color tones. The copy is catchy and the art direction, perfect. It has this Disney gone bad feel to it which makes it more laughable.

The situation itself is very much personal to everyone as we have a mix of macho culture and tolerance to infidelity. Heck, we even re-elected an impeached president to become mayor of the country's capital city. No wonder why shows like the Legal Wife and My Husband's Lover and movies like No Other Woman, A Secret Affair and The Mistress had such a huge following. I found article that could not elaborate our double standard of morality any better. The author was raw and honest and just a word of precaution, it is subjective so respect his/her opinions and I sadly agree to most parts of it. If there is anything you would want to speak on this matter, I welcome you to comment below.

Everyone knows someone who may have cheated at one point/s in their relationships but our hearts should be big enough for forgiveness, acceptance and second chances.

“Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool."
Isaiah 1:18
Let us not cast the first stone unto our fellows who have fallen. Judgement and revenge is not ours, it's God's. And the bible speaks of forgiveness as a recurring theme as filling our hearts with anger will only be grounds of us being prohibited to enter His Kingdom come time.

If you are in the situation where you find it hard to forgive the people who have wronged you, give yourself time as the despair you are feeling makes you human. But remember each time that passes makes your heart decay and grow dark and you might reach a point where you cannot reverse the actions or words that you will let loose when the bottle has filled up. For hatred, like love, can grow in your heart if you nurture it. That is why I am glad about stories on the silver screen and Philippine television give positive resolutions or happy endings to shows of adulterous themes because it teaches people different ways of coping, moving on and letting go. The thing about real life relationships is that it may not be the same ending the fairy tales taught us but you can still happy none the least.

Let us take this time to think about who we have not forgiven and what we plan to do about it.

In the meantime, be awesome!




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Creative Pinoy Earth Hour Ads That Makes You Look Twice #awesomebrand

Earth Hour has been a worldwide movement encouraging every one to turn off all lights for an hour as a symbol of our commitment to the planet. Every last Saturday of March and supported by all key global organizations in the world, reminds every one to place the environment on top of every business and personal decision.

Contrary to popular belief, it is actually not an exercise of energy reduction so they don't really measure how much is saved at that period but the lights off and candles on is more of symbolism and for awareness generation.

Thinking that we would lose electricity because of its scarcity would make us value it even more. Generating energy through traditional means has a lot of negative environmental impact that is why we've been taught as child to use it sparingly. It makes sense to consider renewable energy as mainstream source and investing in sustainable business practices is one sure way to keep the world running and save millions of lives along the way. And for the record, Philippines topped Earth Hour participation reports at one point.

A design agency creatively made ads that promote the Earth Hour event and I'd like you to revel in its vibrant beauty for a sec before heading down to the details:




My first reaction to the artworks was "So?" then I took a second look at it and I could've gasped in my Eureka moment when I saw the candles blend in perfectly. The artistry that went into conceptualizing, producing and direction of the outputs was commendable. Congratulations to Leo Burnett Philippines in Manila for doing the campaign for WWF, organizers of Earth Hour. This recognition might be long overdue considering these were executed a year ago.

The earth is beautiful, let's keep it that way. Hope the images inspired you as much as did to me.

Be awesome today!



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Of Choosing Your Battles: Raw Sunday Reflections

If there is one thing that should be taught to grade school formative years, I would give two. One is financial independence and the other is introductory courses about the Real World. There are so many things the world after childhood has not prepared me for, and looking back, it made me become a better and bigger person but unfortunately, a bruised one at best. 

You’ll learn so much living with kids than you’ll ever do with adults actually. Their point of views in life are simple, raw and the most ethical ways you can ever take. I had a conversation with my niece a few days ago and aside from the usual kulitan we dropped into a serious note that left me blown away, she sighed about how hard it is to find true friends. I was saddened by that fact but a part of me felt glad since she would be able to treasure true friends for a lifetime the moment she finds one at a very young age.

 St. Alphonsus Mary Liguori Parish Magallanes Church


I am blessed to have friends who are as close to my heart as family. But sadly I had left all of them in Cebu and some of them have flown to different parts of the globe. I would be forever grateful of how social media bridges that gap and I could still continue to make daily connections as if they are just a stone’s throw away. After working in ruthless cities where everyone is driven by ambition, I’ve come to realize that you actually have to choose the people you associate yourself with. I grew up from conservative Catholic educational institutions that taught us values of befriending and trying to please everyone. But the real world doesn’t operate that way. Do good things and some people would only look at your flaws but do good anyway.

There will always be those kind of people whose guts you will never learn to love, even like for the least; those people who will try to defame or insult you and those people who you thought are your friends but will turn situations around and make you appear like you are the bad guy in a whiplash. I am not saying that people are mean but I am just saying that they will do everything to serve their interest. It is something adults aparently do. And there is nothing wrong with that but only when it crushes another soul.

 St. Alphonsus Mary Liguori Parish Magallanes Church
Word of caution as someone who have gained lifetime treasures of friends and someone who has been mistreated by wolves in sheepskins every now and then: choose your battles. I learned that after having a hearty lunch with my closest friend in the office after a long day. Silence may be the best way to go sometimes. You will never win a battle where the stakeholders do not support your cause. They may play safe because they have ambitions to feed but one thing is for sure, just when you thought a place became what it is today because people are forthright and frank, you may be wrong. I’ve come to realize that progress came to some people because they did not choose to fight for what they believe. Pop culture would define them as sipsip or maybe they are the ones who are just waiting for the others to fall.

Again, be careful with people you associate with because they might be the same people who are looking up to you when the world crucifies you on a cross. Just ask Jesus, he is the authority when it comes to defining how treacherous the world could be, even if you are armed with your purest of intentions of making the world a better place.
 St. Alphonsus Mary Liguori Parish Magallanes Church

Life is daily war in itself and to make it through, you need to have loyal soldiers by your side. It will take time to weed them out but once you get rid of toxic people in your life, you will surely live a life of awesomeness and nothing but true happiness. Have a blessed Sunday!





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That Tea Place in BGC That Will Revitalize You

When in BGC, you might want to check this really cozy place with eccentric interiors in splashy colors serving you with Japanese food worth trying out.

Tokyo Bubble Tea
Fort Bonifacio Unit 1 & 2
G/F, The Fort Residences, 30th St., cor. 2nd Ave.
Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City
Telephone Number (02) 478 7483







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The Widest Selection Awesome Food Haven at BGC

While in Bonifacio Global City (BGC), you may want to check out Mercato Centrale just right across MC Home Depot. It's plasters an al fresco dining experience that gives the best of both worlds.

Mercato gives a rundown-ish feel with the open tent venue but the wide food selection is just top notch, fitting those who have the penchant for the fine things in life.

If you want a place that is so laid-back that you and your work buddies are going to have a great time but still want to succumb on some tangy gellato, creamy soft velvet cupcakes, delectable seafood, Japanese bentos or mouthwatering lobsters, then this is the place to be.

It opens from 10 PM to 3 AM every Friday and Saturday and just right at 34th street and 8th avenue. You won't miss it as it is the only area bustling with lights and sounds amidst closed shops nearby.








Don't just sit there! Rally up your buddies this breaktime to Mercato for some pig out sessions!


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Instagram Photo Stories of Tantalizing Taguig and Mesmerizing Makati

It's definitely a challenge for someone to move out into a great big world. It's frightening at first but once you get the hang of it, everyday just seems to be a wonderful experience. 

I've been known to be someone who definitely never settles down on his comfort zone for I will not achieve the things I did if I didn't become outgoing, driven and passionate in life, a lover of the world and everything that goes beyond this short existence. 

I think it only gave a few seconds of shock even to my closest of friends and family when they have known that I have relocated to the National Capital Region for good to pursue professional interests and went immediately to their daily lives as usual when the shock wore off. Not that they don't care at all, I guess, but I think there is nothing left for me to prove myself to them that they just trust everything I do no matter how unpopular my decision might be at times.

I've ranted how hard it is to live here in Manila in the past but I have yet to show the simple things here that keeps me going. Snippets of the beauty in everyday urban life at the heart of the country's most progressive interlocked cities.

Let me show you the way to live from the perspective of a wide-eyed wanderer. Lights, sounds, smoke, heat, rain, chill creates a transcending melody as you go about your daily business. Here lays world-class institutions, illustrious townships, bustling business centers and strewed by the hurried look of people, who are just as eager as you are, to be champions of their very own lives.

I am thankful I live with a family here who I can lean on, for I will never know what dire living situations I will get into if they had not been around. Life is hard without family and I could not stress that enough. Yes, just being around here is hard enough, let alone having to live through the day. God works in mysterious ways and He blesses you with wonderful people if you just pray hard enough.

Everything will soon be worth it once we reap our investments in the far future.

But in the meantime, let me present you a masterfully filtered mobile Manila photography series all over Taguig and Makati.



















































































Love your life and everything else will fall into place. Trust that He only has great plans for you.




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