Saturday, October 25, 2014

Insights from the Professional Blogging Summit

When I first heard that there’s a blogging summit, I got interested with some topics that seemed beneficial to me since I am blogging for at least five years in the business. I have high ambitions for my blog and I need to learn more from the veterans since I worked with them in the past. Ms. Janette Toral used to give me blog assignments and Sai Sayson-Montes is a long-time friend and PR who invites me to her launch events.

What I really looking forward to is about getting clients although I am already getting some for my blog but I need to learn more. I arrived late from another event but I was able to catch up with the segment of another blogger Ross Flores sharing his controversies and what it has done to him. This segment also has Azrael Colladilla which I missed but I got to hear Jay-L Aquino who is doing social media marketing for an agency that handles celebrities.
Jay-L Aquino
I agree with Ross when he said that no one should go in between conflicts because it may just get you in trouble. It is better to stay out of it because I had similar incident before.

After hearing the bloggers’ presentations, it is time to hear the presentation from a PR. Mr. Jeoff Solas handles marketing for the host location A-Venue. He started with a question, why are we blogging? I agreed with his answer that we all bloggers wanted to share our passion. This is a refreshing presentation after the last segment shows what we should not do; this shows what we should do.

I also agreed that it is about engaging people. One way is to do your homework before attending an event. This shows that you are interested with the client. It is similar to prospecting or profiling. It also got me to evaluate myself as a blogger about my relationship with the PRs.  In my experience, I need to behave appropriately and show my contacts that I always do my part and in the same manner, maintain a mutual relationship with the PR contacts. This way, bloggers and PRs don’t take advantage of each other.

In another insight, Online Seller Sai Sayson-Montes offers her insight on how to market online especially when you sell your products. I learn a great deal about this since I also sell online. Similar to blogging, there is also stats called insights in Facebook pages that can be useful evaluate it just like in Google stats. 

In summary, my time during the summit is not a waste of time since I also gained ideas. The next step is application for what I learned. For more updates, follow this blog or like L.E.N.S. blogs on Facebook.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

WATTPAD PRESENTS four new stories

The internet brought new new innovations and one of it was telling stories. I read lots of published works that was discovered from online websites and online forums. When blogging first started, it also brought in many stories.

Wattpad was also instrumental about this stories. It is a venue for those who aspire to be authors but are not able to get their works published in a traditional manner. What's good about Wattpad, it is similar to forums and social networks which the reader who also opened an account will be able to interact by commenting.
Cast of batch 2's Wattpad Presents

It was also recently that some of these popular stories entered the cinematic world and TV5 was able to make four stories in their previous run of Wattpad Presents. TV5 now releases four new stories from Wattpad.

The four new stories that will come to life are The Savage Casanova, Fake Fiance, Diary Ng Hindi Malandi, and Dyepni. The selection of these stories is based on its readers stats.

The actors who will give life to its characters are Edward Mendez and Ritz Azul for Savage Casanova, Sophie Albert and Vin Abrenica for Fake Fiance, Isabelle De Leon and Edgar Allan Guzman for Diary Ng Hindi Malandi(who got 3.5 million reads), and lastly; real-life couple and newly weds Alwyn Uytingco and Jennica Garcia in their first TV project, Dyepni.
TV5 Exec Ms. Wilma Galvante(Left)

Isabelle De Leon admits that she read the Wattpad story for reference while Alwyn Uytingco has a different opinion. Alwyn just read the script and read the story after the project was finished because he does not want to compare it to the book. But the TV5 executives assured the Wattpad readers that their stories are faithful to the books. Even the authors are present to show support during the press conference.

TV5's Wattpad Presents batch 2 of stories begins October 20 on its new timeslot at 9:30 PM after Amazing Race starting with Dyepni followed by The Savage Casanova on the 27th, Fake Fiance on November 3rd and ends this batch of stories with Diary Ng Hindi Malandi: Slight Lang on the 10th.

Watch out for the announcement of the Wattpad fans' day and follow this blog for more new shows from TV5 or like L.E.N.S. blogs on Facebook.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Professional Blogging Summit: Learn Blogging From Some Of The Big Names In The Social Media Industry

In my 5 years of blogging, I aim to upgrade in the industry. Some of the best contacts I worked with in the past introduced me to blogging while some mentored me in the past 5 years. Among them were Sai Sayson, Janette Toral and Joselito "Toots" Tolentino.

On October 18, there will be a professional blogger summit from 1PM to 5PM at A-Venue near Best Western Plus Antel Hotel as the people I mentioned will speak about getting clients, blogging ethics, becoming Social Media Entrepreneurs and more. If you are already blogging professionally or just starting up in blogging business, this is the right venue.

The summit will only limit itself to 100 participants via invitation only. To get included, fill up the registration form and wait for response from the organizers. For more updates, follow this blog or like L.E.N.S. blogs on Facebook.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

2014 Kiddo-Preneur Christmas Bazaar

Last quarter, I witnessed how the kids does business at Kiddo-Preneur Summer Bazaar held at Robinson Place Atrium. Now that Christmas season is fast approaching, it will be a perfect time to scout for your Christmas gifts or giveaways for the occasion. I've seen three sisters trying to sales talk to me about buying their products and they were quite convincing that I can't help but buy it.

I encourage everyone reading this blog to visit the 2014 Kiddo-Preneur Christmas Bazaar on November 23 at Glorietta Activity Center, Palm Drive for the following reasons. First, it is a kid initiative. Most of the booths are being manned by kids with supervision of their adult guardians or parents. Second, you will see products that are made by these kids or products that this bazaar has and not available anywhere. Lastly, it is fun and this will encourage the kids to learn about being an entrepreneur at a young age.
Kiddo-Preneur Summer Bazaar early this year

The kids will learn from this experience about working hard to establish a business and will learn the value of money and save for it. It will also teach them to use portion of their earnings for charitable cause.

Your kid can also be part of this experience. If your kid is age 5 to 17 years old and has an interest in business, he/she will just present a business plan with the help of their Mom or Dad by contacting the KP Secretariat via their website, . The secretariat will provide a format for the business plan or just check the format in the web page.

The designated slot will be provided if your business plan is approved for the duration of the mall hours. Each slot will be provided with a table about 80 inches in width, 16 inches in length and 30 inches and two chairs. There are limited slots available. Each slot cost only P3,000.

Not only your kid's booth will be given exposure and earn from it but it will also be judged by the event organizers at the end of the day for the best booth on the following categories: Best booth design, Best Concept, Highest Sales and Best Service.

This is the fifth year of Kiddo-Preneur and the bazaars are held twice in a year. Check out Kiddo-Preneur website for more information. For more updates about Kiddo-Preneur, follow this blog or like L.E.N.S. blogs on Facebook.

Saturday, September 27, 2014


Manila, Philippines – Bestsellers like Haruki Murakami’s “Norwegian Wood” have long inspired film, tv and theater adaptations worldwide – but dance? Touted as a “rising star” by Britains’ national daily, the Independent, British choreographer James Cousins dared to.
For promotion purpose only. Photo by Benedict Johnson
British Council, PETA Theater Center and the Cultural Center of the Philippines are delighted to present the Asian premiere of British choreographer James Cousins’ contemporary dance works: the highly-acclaimed There We Have Been and its sequel Without Stars.  Shows are on Thursday, October 9 (8pm) and Friday, October 10 (3pm and 8pm) at the PETA Theater Center. The twin-bill production will next tour Malaysia and Vietnam this year.

There We Have Been focuses on the first half of Murakami’s novel, wherein two dancers enact the development of relationships between the novel’s protagonist and his late best friend's girlfriend. This duet sees English performers Aaron Vickers and Lisa Welham intensely folding, wrapping and balancing, with the female character never once touching the floor.

Without Stars tells the other half of the story. Framed from the male protagonists’ point of view, the piece for three dancers tells the story of a man on the brink of losing the life of his love.  The dance piece features international contemporary dancers Albert Garcia (Spain), Chihiro Kawasaki (Japan) and Georges Hann (UK).

James Cousins trained at the London Contemporary Dance School (LCDS), graduating in 2010 with a first class honors degree. As a performer, major highlights of his career are dancing for the international tour and film adaptation of Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake and performing for the 2012 film Anna Karenina starring Keira Knightley and Jude Law. 

As a choreographer, Cousins has created numerous works that have been performed throughout London and abroad to great acclaim. In August 2011, he became the first winner of the inaugural Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures Choreographer Award. There We Have Been was the resulting showcase piece from the said award.

Cousins’ twin bill production is a proof of arts’ capacity to inspire more art, bridging cultures through creativity and talent.

Tickets are Php 450.00. For tickets contact Ticket World at 891-999 or or contact the PETA Theater Center at 725 - 6244, 0915-4933728 or email

About the PETA Theater Center

The PETA Theater Center is owned and managed by the Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA). PETA continues to be a trailblazer; developing original Filipino productions and educating its audiences through meaningful and timely creative collaborations.

Follow the PETA Theater Center on social media:
Twitter: @petatheatercenter

About the British Council

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for educational opportunities and cultural relations. We create international opportunities for the people of the UK and other countries and build trust between them worldwide.

We work in more than 100 countries and our 7,000 staff – including 2,000 teachers – work with thousands of professionals and policy makers and millions of young people every year by teaching English, sharing the Arts and delivering education and society programmes.

We are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter. A core publically-funded grant-in-aid provides less than 25 per cent of our turnover, which last year was £781m. The rest of our revenues are earned from services which customers around the world pay for, through education and development contracts and from partnerships with public and private organisations. All our work is in pursuit of our charitable purpose and supports prosperity and security for the UK and globally.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Filipino defense takes the spotlight as Gilas Pilipinas battles Asia’s best in Incheon

Press release material

#LabanKungLaban spirit lives on as Pinoys, Conzace fuel PH’s quest for elusive Asiad gold

Fresh from the rousing success of notching the Philippines’ first win in 40 years in the FIBA World Cup, Gilas Pilipinas takes on yet another formidable task as it squares up against Asia’s elite basketball squads at the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea.
Photo caption: Gilas Pilipinas center June Mar Fajardo (with possession) secures the ball against a member of the Indian squad in Tuesday’s 2014 Asian Games action in Incheon, South Korea. Fajardo scored 12 points and grabbed nine rebounds to help steer Gilas Pilipinas to an 85-76 win over India.
Focus immediately shifted on how Gilas Pilipinas’ defensive tenacity will translate to wins and eventually advance the entire nation’s dreams of capturing a gold medal at the Asian Games. This came shortly after the Filipino squad kicked off their Asiad campaign with an 85-76 demolition of India last Tuesday. Once again, the team showcased its patented #LabanKungLaban defense, as it torched the opposition from the opening buzzer and never looked back until the final seconds of the match to book its first win.

Defense has become the name of the game for Gilas Pilipinas, a team that has kept its eyes on regaining basketball supremacy in Asia. The players’ resilience and strong desire to win has been on full display every time they take on the court with the words “Pilipinas” emblazoned across their chests. They have also been very thankful for the inspiration and all-out support they’ve been getting from legions of Filipinos all over the world who continue to rally behind them in their quest for basketball greatness.

In behalf of the team, Marc Pingris sincerely extends his gratitude for the all out support that the team has been getting from everyone. “Gusto ko po pala magpasalamat sa inyo, sa suporta niyo, at sa pagppray niyo at sinamahan niyo kami sa laro namin. Mabuhay kayo! Maraming maraming salamat po mula sa puso. Thank you.” 

For the Gilas team, the limelight belongs to the crowd who has ever been supportive of their games. Head Coach of Gilas Pilipinas Chot Reyes says, “Sa ating mga taga subaybay at taga suporta sa Gilas at sa lahat ng mga Pilipino, maraming maraming salamat.”

However, the players’ ability to keep dishing their A-games day in, day out now faces a serious threat as back-breaking playing schedules and rigid training regimens take a toll on their health. What keeps them in tiptop condition and motivated to keep fighting, aside from the overwhelming support of millions of basketball-crazy Filipinos, is the overall superior immunity protection they’ve been getting from Conzace multivitamins.

Proven better than just Vitamin C, Conzace helps strengthen Gilas Pilipinas players’ defense against illness by activating the body’s immunity cells to combat viruses and bacteria.

Gilas Pilipinas believes that great defense can make all difference in winning against opponents, a virtue that it shares together with Conzace multivitamins. With this in mind, we can all surely expect that our boys in Incheon will come out ready to brandish their signature #LabanKungLaban defense as they protect the one thing that keeps them fighting: every Filipino’s heart.