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The Half-Rice Bill – Are You Kidding Me?!

Musings, Other Events By October 2, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , 2 Comments

Yes, are you kidding me?! Because that is Lia’s favorite line and because, if you know me, I eat at least 2 cups of rice every meal. Not that it shows, but that is not the point. According to this bill, if I go to a restaurant and order a meal, instead of ordering 1 extra rice for myself for say Php10-30, price depending on what kind of restaurant, or where this restaurant is located, I will be ordering 3 extra cups of rice! And that means Php30-90 more on my bill, right? Unless of course they only charge half the price because it is only half the standard serving.

As if it is not enough that it irks me endlessly to know that we, as an Asian country, and the location of the Rice Research Institute no less, cannot produce enough rice to feed the population and have to resort to importing rice, these lawmakers have the audacity to propose a law that will supposedly reduce rice wastage. Fine, I may be one of the few who eat more rice than the usual serving (and actually have nothing to show for it) but this bill does not address the problem at all – which is rice shortage.

Mikka Wee of Pepper.ph wrote about the issue yesterday on her article, “Will Serving Rice at Half Portions Now Be Mandatory Because of a New Bill?” in reaction to the article that came out on Manila Standard Today last month, “Amid rice crisis, two lawmakers push anti-wastage bill“, while HecklerForever made mention of it in his blog titled, “Megan Young Pork?

To quote from the article that came out on Manila Standard Today:

…Two administration lawmakers on Tuesday vowed to file a measure that would address the P8.4-billion worth of rice that Filipinos waste every year.

Mark Llandro Mendoza of Batangas and Agapito Guanlao of Butil, chairmen of the House committees on agriculture, and on food security, respectively, said that their proposal intended to address the increasing rice prices amid uncertainty regarding rice supplies.

Once enacted, the bill would require restaurants and similar establishments to serve rice in one-half cup portions, instead of one cup each serving.

Citing the International Rice Research Institute, Mendoza said Filipinos waste rice worth at least P23 million every day, or about P8.4 billion a year.

On the other hand, the Food and Nutrition Research Institute under the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) revealed that every Filipino wastes an average of 3 tablespoons (9 grams) of rice daily, which is equivalent to 3.3 kilograms per year.

“This means that 96.7 million Filipinos waste as much as 319,000 MT of rice annually— an amount even greater than the amount we imported this year,” Mendoza said.

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Jesse Robredo Remembered on his First Death Anniversary

Camarines Sur, Other Events, RMAF By August 18, 2013 Tags: , , , , , No Comments

I remember this day quite well from last year. I remember that it has been raining for days and we were all busy trying to make exams for our students, when I got the news, and I was just crying and staring into space for a few days, hoping and praying that he would be found alive. Yes, I was that affected. August last year was quite eventful, and now every time August swings by, I am awashed with both good and bad memories and feelings.

Today is Jesse’s Day. For all those in Naga, come and join the celebration. For those, who are not, come and join in remembrance. Because a guy likes this deserves it.


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Vote for the World We Want – a United Nations Project

Advocacy, Other Events, Technology By May 22, 2013 Tags: , , No Comments

I just voted.

And these are what I voted for:

(Yes, I am actually 31 and) the last item on the list checked seems so trivial, but I place quite high value on phone and internet access. That’s me being very, very personal, in my list of priorities. It was either that or better healthcare.

It was nice to know how the world voted, so far.

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iBlog9: The 9th Philippine Blogging Summit – May 31-June 1, 2013

Digital Filipino, Other Events, Technology By May 4, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , 2 Comments

iBlog9 is a 2-day FREE event. The first day (May 31) is targeted for bloggers, marketers, businesses and entrepreneurs wanting to understand how to tap blogs as a medium to promote their products and services. Also as a means to generate income. Day 1 also tackles advance topics on blogging – taking blogs to the next level. The second day (June 1) is meant to everyone interested about blogging.

iBlog9: The 9th Philippine Blogging Summit (#iblog9) will be on May 31 and June 1, 2013 at the Malcolm Theater, UP College of Law, UP Diliman, Quezon City from 8 am to 5 pm.

The first 300 registered participants to come early (on or before 9 am) will be given food stub and participant kit. Afterwards, remaining food stubs and participant kits shall be given to early walk-ins. So REGISTER now.

Day 1 AGENDA (May 31)

9:00 to 9:20 Flag ceremony, prayer, participant intro (limited)
9:20 – 9:40 Understanding the Blogger Psyche
(Jonel Uy, BloggerCircles.com)

9:50 to 10:10 Blogging as an effective Content Marketing Tool for Businesses
(Ben Francia, http://www.benfrancia.com)

10:20 to 10:35 break
10:35 – 10:55 Empowerment in Digital Marketing
(Grace Bondad Nicolas, www.empoweredgrace.blogspot.com)

11:05 – 11:25 Working with brands either for your business or advocacy, and even both
(Jeoffrey Solas, www.liberatingjepoy.com)

11:35 to 11:55 Sponsor Talk: Sun iMessenger: blog marketing case study
(Louie Oviedo, President & CEO of Greetings Unlimited Inc.)

12:05 to 1:05 Lunch break

1:05 – 1:25 How to Get the Influencers Write About Your Startup
(Jonha Revesencio, http://ijustdid.org)

1:35 – 1:55 Bloggers and political organizations – the road to 2016
(Mark Pere Madrona, rightonthemark.wordpress.com)

2:05 – 2:25 Fighting corruption online and offline
(Angel Bombarda, www.bantay.ph)

2:35 to 2:55 Income & Opportunities through Blogging
(Khoa Bui, www.secretsentrepreneur.com)

3:05 to 3:20 BREAK

3:20 to 3:40 Bloggers as Digital Influencers
(Janette Toral, DigitalFilipino.com)

4:00 sponsor raffle, shirts raffle, and group photo

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The SM Cartoon Fest Launch at SM City Fairview

Family, Other Events By April 12, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , , No Comments

The SM City Fairview Annex Atrium was jam packed with moms, dads, kids, kids-at-heart, babies in strollers, mascots, as well as all kinds of cartoon character goodies this Friday afternoon. We quickly circled the entire area to find entrances, and to get an idea of the event’s general lay out, so we knew what we needed to do in that sea of people. Stage and audience area on one end, the booths and play centers in the middle, and the gift shop on the other end, next to the registration booth and main entrance to the cartoon fest. Check!

SM Cartoon Fest - SM City Fairview

We went around the booths as the characters were being introduced one by one onstage and the booths were still empty. We found a booth that Lia loved at first sight: the Barbie Ballerina booth, where there was a table for coloring pages and activity books, as well as a table where she could get her nails painted. My 4-year old daughter did not like the idea of having her nails painted, but took a seat without a moment’s hesitation on the activity table and started coloring Barbie pages.

She had to stop coloring when Spongebob went onstage and shrieked with delight upon the explosion of the confetti. Confetti that kids would love throwing onstage, up in the air, and at each other, afterwards.

SM Cartoon Fest - SM City Fairview

At five o’clock, the characters went to their respective booths one by one so kids could come meet them, or have their photos taken with them. Lia, upon going through all the booths, also one by one, and overwhelmed with the mascots’ sizes, said they were all scary so we went around the shop instead. And here is where she found the most joy, amidst the Barbies.

SM Cartoon Fest - SM City Fairview

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SM Cartoon Fest Launch, SM Fairview, April 12, 2013

Other Events By April 11, 2013 Tags: , , , , No Comments

The SM Cartoon Fest is launching this coming Friday at SM Fairview from 4pm onwards. Go and bring the kids and the kids at heart!

Expecting a deluge of kids and kids-at-heart with their families at the SM Supermalls this summer, the country’s largest chain of malls is launching the biggest and only gathering of 38 cartoon characters in 44 malls nationwide on April 12. Dubbed “ SM Toonfest”, the summer-long festival that ends May 31 will feature a never-seen-before number of activities and cartoon-related toys and interesting finds for the whole family and the cartoon-lover to enjoy.

The SM Toonfest will showcase meet and greets with beloved characters such as Spongebob and Patrick, Dora and Boots, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Polly Pocket, Monster High, Big Bird, Bugs Bunny, Barbie, Green Lantern and many others. Fun activities include face painting, coloring contests, exciting raffle prizes, scrapbook making, cartoon film showings, arts and crafts shows and one-of-a-kind play centers and game areas. Special discounts will be available for toys and other character items on sale.SM’s Toonfest is supported by Bates/Nickelodeon, Richprime, Pacific Licensing, Honeybarn, Solar, Click Licensing and Astroplus/Magnavision, among others. With all the beloved cartoon characters in the malls this summer, SM can truly say, Everything’s Here.Watch out for more details on SM Toonfest events and promos atwww.facebook.com/smsupermalls.

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Mayon 360 – A 50 Mile Run – April 6, 2013

Albay, Other Events By April 2, 2013 Tags: , , , , No Comments

Mayon 360°

A 50 mile run around the circumference of the world’s most perfect coned volcano, Mt Mayon Volcano. Organized by the Junior Chamber International – Legazpi Chapter in cooperation with Liga ng mga Barangay – Albay Chapter and sanctioned by the Philippine Association of Ultrarunners. Sponsored by the Provincial Government of Albay, Governor Joey S. Salceda, and the Magayon Festival 2012.

Be a part of history, be one of the few to have run around this world famous volcano.

Mayon 360  Facts

Famous for its “Perfect Cone”, the Mayon Volcano is the Philippines’ most active volcano and the most popular tourist destination in the Bicol Region. With a height of 2,463 meters, it is the centerpiece of the Albay province

This run will cross 7 Municipalities, 3 cities, and 77 Barangays

A Total distance of 50Miles (80kms)

All paved roads, with close to 60 percent asphalt and 40 percent concrete

The Second Run around the circumference of Mt Mayon Volcano

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The Digital Influencers Marketing Summit 2013 Experience – Part 1: La Union

Entrepreneurship, La Union, Other Events By March 19, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , 4 Comments

Sometimes, fate has a way of allowing you to find the people you need the most. That is how I view my experience on those two fateful weekends that I spent in Thunderbird Resorts – Poro Point in La Union, and Binangonan, Rizal.

To be honest, I never thought I would find myself in such a summit – the Digital Influencers Marketing Summit – because for a time, I disliked the word “marketing” and everything associated with it. I felt that I did not have the required guts to be involved in anything related to “selling.”

But after years in theater and events, and a full year at a rock bar where I did pretty much everything myself, I realized I have been doing marketing without really knowing it.

When I needed customers to come to my bar and other events, I did marketing. When I needed sponsors for my events, I did marketing. When I met with my suppliers, I did marketing.

I have been doing marketing ever since I have been traveling, “marketing” the places I go to by posting my experiences, my photos and any information related to these places. I have been doing marketing since I put that online retail shop, Kikayism, with my good friend from graduate school PJ Valenciano, now designer and owner of Palamuti– a line of handmade accessories made for women. I have been doing a lot of marketing and I never actually realized it.

I found out about the summit from my friend Ana Locsin, the woman behind Pitaka Lifestyle Billfold, a line of tarpaulin wallets with adhoc Filipino designs, who shared the summit’s poster on her wall. At first I was really just interested in being able to come see Thunderbird Resorts.

There were two venues on two different weekends. One was for February 2, at Thunderbird Rizal, which was quite close to where I lived. Another was for January 26, at Thunderbird Poro Point in La Union – less than an hour away from the surfing capital that is San Juan. At first thought I decided I was going to the one in Rizal because of the proximity. On second thought, I thought going to La Union was also a good excuse to come out there to do some surfing.

I compared the two schedules, modules and speakers and found that they were not too similar, and that I could benefit from attending both. And so I did.

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Part 1: DIM Thunderbird Poro Point

The Journey:
I took the 6-hr bus ride from El Nido to Puerto Princesa, flew in to Manila, and took the 5 hr-bus ride all the way to La Union, from Thursday til Saturday. I arrived in San Fernando very early in the morning, quite freezing and very sleepy, but very happy to be there. I got to see the sunrise and had delicious coffee with the view of the San Fernando sea.

I was the very first to arrive at the resort and was perhaps, the first one too to the coffee table. I needed it.

Digital Influencers Marketing Summit, Thunderbird Resorts Poro Point, La Union

 

The Speakers:
The speakers were varied, but I loved them all. From the honesty of Vanj Padilla of Pangalatalk.com, admitting how she found it hard to switch from traditional to new media, and how difficult single motherhood was (and how I loved her in every way!)

Digital Influencers Marketing Summit, Thunderbird Resorts Poro Point, La Union

Digital Influencers Marketing Summit, Thunderbird Resorts Poro Point, La Union

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Travel Factor’s Summer Block Party

Other Events, Travel Factor By March 17, 2013 Tags: , , , No Comments

On April 13, 2013 join Travel Factor at the MNL Boutique Hostel for a laid-back night of good vibes and music. There is also free booze if you come early enough. Party starts at 9PM!

This event is brought to you by Travel Factor and their partners: Victory LinerMellow947Dencio’s Bar and Grill, Otter Box, Lagu and Maggi Magic Meals.

Click HERE for the Facebook event page for updates.

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At the Global Pinoy Bazaar 2012 – Rockwell Tent, Makati

Design, Entrepreneurship, Friends and their Interests, Other Events By November 17, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , 3 Comments

Every year, I make it a point to go to the Global Pinoy Bazaar, held every second week of November at the Rockwell Tent Makati, and showcases Filipino products made with 100% Filipino love and pride. “At Global Pinoy Bazaar 2012” seems like such a boring blog title when it really should be more aptly titled “Lia Goes to the Global Pinoy Bazaar 2012 (And Has A Field Day)”. Indeed, my annual visit to the Global Pinoy Bazaar has documented my journey of motherhood. From being a harassed new mother to a harassed full-fledged mother to a toddler, Global Pinoy Bazaar has seen it through. When I used to buy baby clothes and toys, and things for myself like clothing, shoes, accessories, bags, and make-up, my purchases this year were for toddlers alone. My toddler was too caught up with so many things that we didn’t get to stay long enough to look at other things, much more buy any. Lia wanted to know the names of everything we saw, “What’s this?” “What’s that?” and she wanted to check out things I didn’t want to check out and she wasn’t interested in the things I wanted to look at – except if it was food. We got hungry from all the taste testing we did.

After going around all the booths quickly, Lia and I went back to the booths we liked. Lia absolutely loved this booth selling felt finger puppets and funky hats. She entertained other shoppers while there.

Global Pinoy Bazaar 2012

Global Pinoy Bazaar 2012
This row had all the booths selling items for kids, which weren’t a lot, and right next to it was the booth of “Likhang ArteSana“, and they had books, journals and other crafts items.

Global Pinoy Bazaar 2012

Global Pinoy Bazaar 2012

I was told by the owner who was manning the booth that their items are also being sold at Powerbooks. How I love the items at Powerbooks!

Likhang ArteSana, Inc.
17 P.Gomez St. Pasig City
Cellphone: +63.917.836.2250
Telefax: +632.641.0201
Email: info.artesana@gmail.com

Lia fell in love with the “Fun Artivity Book” and though I thought it was a bit complicated for her age, she didn’t want to let go of it anymore, so we brought her one.

Global Pinoy Bazaar 2012

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The Travel Massive Manila Event at B-Side – Oct. 19, 2012

Other Events, Travel By November 8, 2012 Tags: , , 5 Comments

My friends and I were raring to go to the Travel Massive event, Manila version, even though we had no idea what was going to happen. I arrived very early at Malugay, 5:51 to be exact, but I waited for my friend Macy, an environmental officer at a resort in Palawan and Marine Science grad student, and blogs at theislandergirl.com, who was going through the usual Friday traffic madness and coming all the way from UP Diliman. After registering and getting stamped at the desk by the door at B-Side, I instantly spotted Jerome, a friend I made through Travel Factor and blogs at balintataw.org. We haven’t really seen each other since that frustrating, failed Batanes trip in 2008! We started talking, very animatedly I suppose, judging from the fact that someone came up to us and asked us to tone down our voices, as the first speaker was already up in front.

Travel Massive Manila - B-Side, The Collective, Makati

Travel Massive Manila - B-Side, The Collective, Makati

Wanderlass of Wanderlass.com started sharing her story on her assigned topic, “Sugar High” and was telling us about her “moments in travel that we feel infinite”. She shared her experience couchsurfing with Bedouins in Petra, Jordan. Macy was more interested than I was because Petra was in her bucket list and she saw it first in the movie Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Wanderlass later blogs that her supposed 5-minute spiel stretched to over 15 minutes – which I patiently endured by taking photos.

Also, another friend from UP and Couchsurfing member, Dax, arrived with some of his friends, and it was a reunion of sorts!

Travel Massive Manila - B-Side, The Collective, Makati

Travel Massive Manila - B-Side, The Collective, Makati

Travel Massive Manila - B-Side, The Collective, Makati

Travel Massive Manila - B-Side, The Collective, Makati

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My Favorite Brands at the Global Pinoy Bazaar 2012

Design, Entrepreneurship, Friends and their Interests, Other Events By November 7, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , 1 Comment

PHMADE PRODUCTS WORTH BUYING FOR

The Yabang Pinoy Filipino Pride movement celebrates its 8th year by celebrating PHmade products worth buying, at the 8th Global Pinoy Bazaar on November 10-11 at the Rockwell Tent, Makati City.

Global Pinoy Bazaar 2012 will feature a lineup of brands and products made with 100 percent Filipino Love and Pride: in ladies’, men’s, and children’s apparel, accessories, jewelry, bags and shoes, beachwear, travel accessories, home décor, home and wellness products, as well as Filipino art and design.

I absolutely love Global Pinoy Bazaar. I have been actively promoting and participating in it since 2009 with the exception of 2011 when I was based in Naga City and busy with the bar.

Check out the blogs:
A Day at the Global Pinoy Bazaar (2009)
What You Missed at the Global Pinoy Bazaar 2010

Here are my favorite local brands:

Yabang Pinoy Home Brand: Agos Pilipinas

‘Agos Pilipinas is a brand fit for the active yet laidback philosophy of the eager outdoor addict. Agos brings out the passion for the tropilokal spots through its shirts, sandos, barabags and rashguards. Agos is more than just a label. Its the outdoor instinct. It’s a lifestyle.’

Website: http://www.agospilipinas.com/

I first saw their booth at the Global Pinoy Bazaar 2009 and bought myself a CamSur wallet. I also wanted their surfing shirts and rash guards and absolutely loved their barabags! I bought two barabags from them – that we use to carry our snorkel and fins about. I blogged about the barabags here but the photos are missing because they were embedded from their Facebook account. Note to self: download and have own copies of photos so they don’t go missing. My barabag is by the way stuck at our house in Pili, Cam Sur because I brought my stuff there earlier this year when I was planning to go see and swim with the Butandings of Sorsogon. They have new stuff this weekend and I’m raring to check them out.

New wallet with the Agos peeps

 

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Yabang Pinoy Home Brand: Punchdrunk Panda 

They are a team of Filipinos that ‘funkifies’ the world with passionate, like-minded people through functional graphic-designed products and happiness-inducing events.

Now, Punchdrunk Panda carries ladies’ and men’s footwear, camera straps and other fun stuff.

Website: http://www.punchdrunkpanda.com/

I have their Paper Cranes laptop sleeve. And its my mac’s best friend. Photo below was taken at Pukka Bar, El Nido, Palawan last July. (Click here for the blog.)

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PROMO ALERT!

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Ride and Rock Relief 2 – Aug 12

Music and Arts, Other Events By August 10, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , , , No Comments

CALLING FOR CYCLISTS, MUSICIAN, ARTISTS, VOLUNTEERS, INDIVIDUALS, SPONSORS, DONORS, AND PARTNERS.

EVENT LINK: https://www.facebook.com/events/331157903643999/

Dakila – Philippine Collective for Modern Heroism, Yadu 621, and Bikekada – Manila Urban Cycling Group will be having its 2nd Ride and Rock Relief in partnership with The Collective, Manila Fixed Gear, POWPinay, Folding Bike Pilipinas, Tryon Marketing, MTB Brothers, Kaffir, Calle, Surf United Philippines, Mochiko, and Mr. Zaldy Austria.The 1st Ride and Rock Relief happened in December 29, 2011 in an effort to help the victims of Sendong in Iligan and Cagayan de Oro. An initiative of Dakila – Philippine Collective for Modern Heroism, POWPinay, and Yadu 621, in partnership with Tiktok Pilipinas, BSide, TatTulungan, MTB.PH, The Firefly Brigade, Folding Bike Pilipinas, and Mr. Zaldy Austria, Ride and Rock Relief brought together musicians, cyclists, tattoo artists, and volunteers to join forces in the efforts to raise funds and gather relief goods for Sendong victims.

This time, the Ride and Rock Relief will be for the benefit of the monsoon victims in Malabon City through Gawad Kalinga.

WE WOULD LIKE TO INVITE YOU to the event to help bring donations and pack goods at Yadu Store, The Collective, Malugay, Makati (Please see map below).

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Post-Flood Notes

Other Events By August 9, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , , , 1 Comment

Though the flood is only beginning to subside in the metro, and Lia and I were fortunate enough not to be in Cainta while all these are going on, I am posting some information that might be of help to everyone. It wasn’t too long ago when we we’re trapped in the second floor of our rented apartment in Pasig Greenpark Village while Typhoon Ondoy ravaged the metro. (Read that blog here.)

You would think we’ve learned something after Ondoy, and judging from the disaster preparedness exhibited by local government units (LGUs) and other government and non-organizations, we probably have, though not a lot. Individuals should also take steps towards disaster preparedness, and more importantly, initiate long-term changes.

Many areas in Metro Manila are below sea-level. This is enough to recognize that flooding might be a normal occurrence. It is time we build structures as prepared for floods as the Japanese structures are for earthquakes.

As drawn by Paulo Alcazaren: The meaning of the UPDATED PAGASA ‘FLOOD ZONE’ COLOR CODES!

Les Lesaca says on his Facebook account: “The lesson here is for the Municipios of the diff Flood Zone Levels to review & possibly update their respective Building Code Requirements due to the limitations of their vicinity. eg. Since the Marikina area is ‘BELOW” Sea Level, then perhaps it only makes sense that they RAISE the level of their structures to be FLOOD-PROOF! These MONSOON-RAINS happen EVERY YEAR right? Yet every year I hear the same news about flooding. When will we ever learn? We need PRO-ACTIVE BLDG OFFICIALS to utilize “real” PASSIVE yet EFFECTIVE SOLUTIONS!

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