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METRO Online Influencers Kapihan sa Wheatberry Bakery and Coffee Shop

In Home on August 2, 2015 at 7:06 am

Manila Vice Mayor Isko Moreno’s experience in using social media as a tool in engaging constituents was my biggest take-away from Kapihan. I hope there will be more politicians like him – knows how to use social media to serve citizens better.

Collectors Connection

84 Scout Castor cor. Scout Tuazon, Barangay Laging Handa, Quezon City-Philippines

L-R Miss Lynda Jumilla -ABS-CBN channel 2 reporter , Ms. Janette Toral ( social media e-commerce practitioner ) Vice-Mayor Isko Moreno ( Manila),Dr.  Ana Maria L. Tabunda ( Pulse Asia -Research Director )and Atty. Karen Jimeno ( CNN Philippines anchor , host )

It was a bright and sunny day , We were invited to join a press conference and a coffee snack at the Wheatberry Bakery and Coffee Shop located just a stone throw away from a popular Filipino restaurant where fellow coin, stamp and ephemera collectors would meet once in a while .

Topic: “ Role of online media and influencers in shaping up the business
and political landscape of the country towards 2016″

Engr. Lance Cheng-Marketing Manager of Bewell Nutraceuticals Corporation

Bewell Nutraceuticals Corporation is  one of the sponsors of the kapihan , They gave…

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Luna Engine is out!

In Home on September 27, 2014 at 6:03 pm

So proud of you Jasmin. Cheers!


Finally after like, more than a year of development and testing the Luna Engine is out! You can find it over here or by clicking the banner! Lunarea is also doing some giveaways over here!

There is also an entire board for the Luna Engine should you encounter any compatibility issues! Make sure to tell us about it 😀

Now that Luna Engine is out of the way, hopefully I can make more free resources ❤

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First Time No. 5: Get a SEO Corporate Job

In Home on July 16, 2013 at 9:10 pm

It brings great joy when someone tells you that your advocacies helped them in their business or career. All the best to you Vier. 🙂

the first time blogger

Yep! You read the title right! I just got my first corporate work! Wuhoo! Actually, it has been about 2 months already since I was hired and started working.  Have been really busy with all the adjustments, trainings and lessons that I had to take up that I find my self exhausted after a day’s work, or let’s blame the darn traffic.

So, what do I do?

I am currently working as a Search Engine Optimization and Marketing Specialist in Makati, Philippines for an IT/SEO/SEM Company where I will be on a training period for 6 months. Along with my team, we take the position of Web Promoters who basically do intensive internet marketing for a company’s website wherein our ulitmate goals are to drive traffic and eventually to get conversions from the website. As of now, our client base are e-commerce websites of a Gadgets and Laptop Repair and Recycling…

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Get your Start-Up Running and Attractive to Investors

In Home on May 22, 2013 at 8:08 pm

I left a comment on this blog post asking for it to copy only one paragraph of my original article and provide a link to the full one. My comment has been approved but the blogger still has not heeded my request.

2011 in review

In Home on January 14, 2012 at 3:33 pm

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,300 times in 2011. If it were a cable car, it would take about 22 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

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.

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.

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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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?