We celebrated the 4th year founding anniversary of IGersManila Philippines with an instameet (19th in the Philippines) at the Quezon City Memorial Circle, the perfect venue for the various “Circles” of activities we did – some old and customary to IGersManila’s events (such as Circle of Energy and Porky Adobo) and a new one we introduced as “Circle of Interaction” which is like speed dating with a twist, that encourages participants (attendees are a mix of new and familiar faces) to get to know each other (and eventually become followers and likers) within 1 minute.
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If you haven’t seen it yet, a few days ago, a fan-made 14-minute video of the 90s’ “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers” rebooted as a darker, more realistic and violent “Power/Rangers” directed by Joseph Kahn and produced by Adi Shankar, was making the rounds in social media, catching everyone’s childhood fancy, targeting of course the 90s kids who are now adults, but getting the ire of Saban Brands as well, the company that owns the franchise, who asked the video to be pulled from Youtube and Vimeo, for copyright claims. But it’s been settled with the inclusion of a disclaimer in the short film, it being unofficial, “unauthorized and hardcore” in a bootleg universe, so enjoy and see your childhood destroyed, that is if you’re a Power Rangers fan. How I wish they can do the same for Thunder Cats.
Kumusta? It’s been very busy for me for the first two months of 2015. I’m not complaining though, it’s just that sometimes the tricky balancing act between having to keep work equally productive and enjoyable without affecting or neglecting personal life or family, can get too overwhelming. And I guess I’m not the only one getting almost burned out–I’ve been asked several times how I manage to overcome the madness of the daily grind and stay positive amidst circumstances that seem to encourage negativity or simply push you to quit–that got me asking myself do I even have an answer? I have more questions actually. And I have no formula, except that I get excited how things will turn out positively, even if it doesn’t come out exactly that way all the time.
But I’m thankful that I’m surrounded with loved ones who inspire me to be at my best and support me even if I fail miserably, friends who shower my every day with good vibes, and lucky that I’m in the company of individuals who seem bullies at first impression but are actually just exuding with confidence, sometimes to a fault, but cheerfully jovial and reliably hardworking. There’s really no secret, just be in the circle of people who’ll help you keep at it, whatever you’re busy with.
So I won’t even bother worrying about the busier March, in fact, I’m excited about the prospects of the new month I’m calling it March Madness. I’ll be even busier but that’s fine, it’s not as if I didn’t sign up to this, I did and I’m going to work even harder this time. I’d count my blessings, and while we can never put a halt to worrisome problems, some of which will seem to finally bring us down, realize that you’re always blessed and that there’s always something to be thankful for, huge or small.
IGersManila Philippines, in partnership with SM North EDSA, recently held an Instagram’ing 101 workshop focused on using Instagram (and phoneography in general) to #CreateShareInspire, kicking off the first day of the #ANNEXxIGERSMANILA exhibit as well, showcasing the finalists and winning entries of #KalyePH2014 black and white street photography contest, which runs until 01-February-2015 at the 4th floor activity area of SM City North EDSA Annex. This will be our first major event for 2015.
Sharing the stage with my fellow @IGersManila moderators Petim Maminta and Ed Calaycay, I took charge of “Create” and talked about how it’s become easy and fun to turn seemingly ordinary photo and video snapshots into amazingly beautiful visual art that’s Filterrific and stand out from the grid, using only your mobile device, a set of filter and editing apps, limited only to one’s creativity and imagination.
Because we were only allotted 2 hours for the program, aside from sharing a few tips for making mobile photography (and videography) easily enjoyable, I went straight to discussing essential Instagram’ing apps that I (and most IGers I know) actually use, these are free and available for both iOS and Android devices, starting off with everyone’s favorite VSCOcam, then Phonto for putting text on photos, the swipe-easy Snapseed next, and the layer-artsy-doodle-friendly Studio app, each demoed with the help of our collaborators #TheColl members @nagaryan, @iamkebok, @ianaperalta, and @breinmars. In between sessions, our audience were serenaded by artists from SoundCloud Philippines. Our Instagram’ing 101 workshop was hosted by @ivanborlongan and @gelaramirez13.
Big thanks to the marketing team at SM North EDSA for reaching out to our community and to #TheColl members who were there to support and make sure everything’s smooth-flowing. as well as snap photos of the event, some of which are included in the photo collages below:
If you’re near the area, please do visit our #ANNEXxIGERSMANILA Exhibit until 01-February-2015 at the 4th floor activity area of SM North EDSA Annex. See you there!
Proud parent here. My youngest son, Kirk Marcus, is the lead guitarist for the band endeared with the name “Sound of Heaven” or simply SOH, which he formed together with his best friend Luigi (guitars), tagged along Kurt (bass), Zaraji (drums), and Leila (vocals) later, all Grade 8, to join this year’s Battle of the Bands at Mater Carmeli School of Novaliches. And the family’s so proud that the band made it to the finals. As a kid I always dreamed of becoming a rockstar (until theater acting got the better of me back in college), I sure hope Marcus gets to fulfill his.
The wife and Luigi’s mom’s been busy acting the band manager part, from scheduling studio practices and hiring a coach, to shortlisting songs and picking outfits. I helped out with the photoshoot and did SOH’s tarpaulin, which would’ve won the best band tarp (turned out to be bigger than most on display at the school lobby), if there ever will be one, hahaha. While they didn’t win (actually the kids didn’t really want to win because they want to qualify to join again next year) SOH surely has won our hearts with the rawness of their music, resonating the pure, youthful vibes uniquely theirs!
Here are the videos of their performances, captured with an iPhone 5s and edited with iMovie for iOS.
It’s become an annual gadgetry watchdog of sorts, even for Instagram’ers who are on the lookout to upgrade and improve their phoneography. And when Apple officially announced the much-rumored and highly-praised iPhone 6 big duo, its fastest iPhone roll-out ever, it’s only a matter of weeks before these huge iPhone-siblings are expected to get locally introduced, just in time for the snap-shooting-fest of the holiday season. The new iPhones are both equipped with the Retina HD touchscreen display, now with enhanced iSight camera featuring Focus Pixels for faster autofocus, enabling quick photo and video snapping.
As expected Globe Telecom, my network of choice and the first to bring the iPhone here in the Philippines, has already put up its iPhone 6 page at http://www.globe.com.ph/iphone6 where you can register your interest for getting either the 4.7 iPhone6 or the bigger 5.5 iPhone 6 Plus. Smart subscribers need not worry, as it has likewise posted its own page at http://www1.smart.com.ph/pages/iphone6.
If my guess is right, we should be snapping strikingly color-rich photos and steadier videos with the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus by November 2014, until then, we all know what we’re saving up our Christmas bonuses for.
Pre-order for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus starts November 7 while the official local release will be on November 14 for both Globe and Smart.