Janette Toral

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63 in Leaderboard – share price

In Empire Avenue on October 28, 2011 at 12:42 am

My first time to see my Empire Avenue listing in the global 100 leaderboard (share price) where am currently ranked 63.

Janette Toral #63 in global share price at Empire Avenue

I must admit that increase in share price becomes more difficult lately. You go up and then you go down and then come back up again. Getting used to this now.

Janette Toral Empire Avenue Share Price - 7 days trend

Wonder how long will it take before I reach the top 10. (started playing with this site last August 1, 2011)


Rockstar YouTube party

In Home on October 26, 2011 at 6:36 pm

When I got the invite to attend the YouTube party, I immediately knew that it is going to be flocked by industry rockstars.

The trailers shown at the event showed how much the world all over are joining in to congratulate the Philippines as YouTube’s launch pad for country specific channel.

I am sure that a lot of us Pinoy’s are happy and excited about what YouTube and Google has in store for us.

YouTube.com launch in the Philippines

In Home on October 26, 2011 at 5:23 pm

Just got home from YouTube.com Philippines event. I am so happy right now for I can feel that the Internet industry is so much bustling in our country again.

Look forward seeing more dotcom action in the weeks and months to come.

Need comments for your blog post?

In Empire Avenue on October 23, 2011 at 1:01 am

I made a shout-out earlier this morning in my social networks and Empire Avenue to help a fellow blogger receive comments in her blog post. Was happy to see the post got around 40 comments – mostly from my shareholders in Empire Avenue.

Mission letter to Shareholders to help Holly get blog comments.

I allotted a 500 eaves reward each to be given to 100 peers in Empire Avenue who are committing in fulfilling the mission – to leave a comment in Holly’s write-up about me. As of this writing, the rewards are already consumed. Am happy to see that around 40, out of 100, carried out the mission this time.

I only hope that Empire Avenue will allow some feedback system later on where you can tick, among those who completed the mission, as to which ones really did it. This way, those who claim a reward but don’t do the mission can be penalized and not be allowed to participate in future missions.

On another note, I think missions can only work well if what you are asking folks to do is easy to follow and has other possible benefit – more than just getting the Eaves and satisfying a personal agenda. This can include the possibility of winning in a contest or helping someone else.

I have seen other creative use of the mission feature that includes giving a +k in Klout. The usual ones will be liking a Facebook fan page, follow someone on Twitter, and related stuff.

SIM unlocking the Samsung Galaxy S2

In Home on October 22, 2011 at 2:12 pm


Yesterday, my attempt to unlock the Samsung Galaxy S2 using the various references available online did not succeed.

The phone was taken this morning to a specialized shop to get the task done. Relieved when it was returned later on with my telco postpaid sim working properly with it.

Afterwards, spent time downloading apps that I normally use with the iPhone to this one. Most were available and was surprised to spot Yahoo Answers and Google Docs here too (which is not available in Blackberry and iPhone).

When I first got this unit, complained about its battery life as I first loaded an inactive SIM and hardly logged on to various sites. Friends gave various tips such as disabling background data sync and trying out some battery saver applications too.

Using my primary line with this phone, let’s see how impressive this gadget will be.

8 out of 100 followed instruction in “Missions” feature – an Empire Avenue experiment

In Empire Avenue on October 20, 2011 at 3:27 pm

I sent my first stakeholder message in Empire Avenue earlier today to test the new “Mission” feature. This allows a member to incentive shareholders in performing a desired action.

I used this as an opportunity to promote my ongoing contest – “Reblog: Get a free slot in Blog and Social Media Entrepreneurship Program“. Interested participants needs to reblog the post in Tumblr with an answer on why they want to become a blog and social media entrepreneur.

Sent my first Mission and shareholder message to try out this feature. Out of the 100 who clicked on the link, 8 performed the "mission" given.

I gave 500 eaves to 100 shareholders who will click on the link provided. Once the 100 spots was fully availed, I checked my contest page to see the results. I noticed that only 8 heed the call of joining the said contest.

If getting inbound traffic is what one desires, then I guess that guaranteed traffic is more than welcome. In terms of following instructions given, that is another thing especially if it is a bit complicated.

Managing growth in Empire Avenue

In Empire Avenue on October 12, 2011 at 2:42 am

Running a hectic schedule this past two weeks made it not possible for me to spend as much time in the Empire Avenue forums.

This made me think on what to do with the daily earnings received from the system.

Then I read one discussion where the EmpireAvenue tool from SetSocial was suggested. It allows you to monitor your portfolio and shareholders – sort them according to desired parameters.

So this past week, I began looking at my shareholders, sorting them according to highest earnings and invest.

The good thing about it though is that I have seen and been interacting with them for quite awhile, directly or indirectly, where after the investment, appreciation is also given.

So yes, I am staying with the system for awhile for networking purposes which have been most valuable in my Flickrista Empire community.

My new goal is to reach the highest share price in the system. Let us see how long will that take to be attained.

Investing in E-Commerce Technopreneurship

In Home on October 11, 2011 at 5:16 pm

I had the opportunity to give an e-commerce talk at Ka-Entrep forum and OrgCom 152 in UP Manila. In both occassions, the host gave me the option to choose a topic I can talk about. Decided to focus on e-commerce to support two activities am undertaking from now till next year.


The first one is the release of my 3rd e-commerce book. The 2nd is in preparation for my upcoming project, a virtual startup accelerator niching on e-commerce projects, to be carried out under the DigitalFilipino Club community.

The project was inspired after meeting 3 tech incubators and 3 entrepreneurs in the U.S. who shared insights on how I can go about it. This October 13 and 14, will attend TechVenture 2011 with the intent of learning more.

The reaction to my recent talks have also made me hopeful about the possible kind of entrepreneurs we will meet in this space, their way of thinking that reflects the mindset of current crop of Filipino Internet users. This ranges from thoughts on “naked” online user behavior to having a community-oriented entrepreneurial mindset.


E-Commerce for Entrepreneurs

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Measuring Social Capital in SunStar

In Empire Avenue on October 5, 2011 at 12:51 pm

I talked about my Empire Avenue experience in my Sun.Star column today with focus on measuring social capital.

Am very glad that some of the community members took the effort of leaving a comment to join the conversation. Many thanks!

Lost Dance

In Home on October 1, 2011 at 1:53 am


I was at Museo Pambata last week to visit the Sayaw! exhibit (part of the Zero In series). It highlighted the work of National Artist for Dance Ramon Arevalo Obusan whose life work spans documentation, research, choreography, stage production, filmmaking, and performance director of various Philippine dance.

In 2002, he formed the group Batang Ramon Obusan to further enrich the performances of Ramon Obusan Folkloric Group. Now numbering around 35, these children are multifaceted performers able to switch from dancers to musicians and vice versa. 

Watching their videos made me realized that I hardly knew Philippine dance at all. Except for the popular ones like tinikling and other simple dances. I guess for the younger generation, the same can be said although their exposure to the Internet may have given them more information compared to my time.

But nevertheless, the access to such information may not necessarily mean an increase in interest on the subject.

When I was in Zero In launch, a different set of kids performed. They are the CAP Kids that rendered a Gumboots dance with Escola De Samba and Nyko Maca. 

The Children’s Advocacy Program of Museo Pambata Foundation, Inc., or better known as CAP Kids, has been part of the foundation since 2002. The program selects 15 children, who are between the ages of 7 – 12 and are residents of Manila, and trains them to be child advocates of the foundation through various workshops and learning sessions done in and out of the museum.

This year, the children underwent various art workshops, from visual arts, theater, to music and dance. They were trained in hip-hop and street dancing by professional dancers and musicians from Germany through the Goethe-Institut, Alliance Francaise and Japan Foundation’s Rap In Tondo project, which has been running for two years now. The children have performed in B-Side, The Collective along with other children and professional dancers from Manila for the Rap In Tondo 2 culminating activity. They also recently went through a series of dance workshops on the South African Gumboot Dance with Ms. Nyko Maca.

The Escola de Samba de Manila is the first and only such group in Manila that performs Afro-Brasilian drums and dance. Founded by Toni Bernardo, who is also its drum director, Escola de Samba have performed in the Philippine International Jazz Festival of 2006 as well as the World Pyrotechnic Show in 2005.

Nykó Macá draws upon her United World College experience to bring the globe home to the Philippines. As a multi-lingual vocalist she and her Brasil-inspired band GAFiEiRA are a soul, samba, and all-around funk movement. She has performed in various venues around the country and abroad, and works to bring the Philippines to the world stage: A filipina who represented the country in foreign lands and aspires to represent the world here at home.

But at Museo Pambata, there was a video was being played of Philippine dance performed by Batang RO. I wish I had made time to return to MOA and watch them.

Exhibit manager Joseph De Vera also shared to me that Batang RO needs all the support that they can get in order to sustain their advocacy of promoting Philippine dance.

Moving forward, I can’t help but ask myself what do we want to happen with Philippine dance. Is this something that we want our kids to learn? Or just be forgotten? If you can support Batang RO in anyway, will you take action? What can we do?

After Ramon Obusan, who are taking the lead in promoting and nurturing Philippine dance? What can we do to support them further?

As much as we embrace modern forms of dancing, what have we done to promote Philippine dance to our children?