Go Crumpler shopping this January

The holidays are over and you must have bought or been gifted with a brand new phone, a shiny tablet or a sleek notebook computer, and now you’re looking for a matching bag that will let you carry all these gadgetry with you, in style. You of course don’t want these precious gizmos easily gadgetnapped or get dropped or broken when you’re out and about. Good thing January is the aftermath of the holiday shopping season, and it’s the best time to grab that Crumpler bag you’ve been eyeing, now at a special price!


Crumpler Philippines got you covered and you have until January 31, 2014 to go shopping and enjoy discounts from 30% to 80% OFF on bags at its end of season sale at these Crumpler stores: EDSA Shangri-La Plaza Mall, TriNoma, Robinsons Magnolia, and Bonifacio High Street.

It’s a feast at Fez!

Our waistlines seem to be the benchmark for setting New Year’s resolutions, having failed to resist gluttony, what with the many colorfully-delicious and mouth-watering dishes you only get to see and taste during the holidays, leaving you a happy tummy but feeling guilty plate after plate. But while most will swear to hit the gym or go on a crash diet to lose the extra inches earned like unwanted Christmas gifts, the rest of us are on the lookout for new dining spots for our next gastronomic misadventure. And as if on perfect timing that IGersManila got invited by Fez Gastro Pub BGC to try out their latest menu offering. With fellow IGersManila #TheMods Ed Calaycay (@edcalaycay) and Petim Maminta (@ipetim), we tagged along our #TheColl members Ivan Borlongan (@ivanborlongan), Iana Peralta (@ianaperalta), Oscar Garcia (@oscardelahopia) and Christoffer King Perfiñan (@christofferking).


Fez, a word that either refers to the Turkish/Arabic hat or the second largest city in Morroco, what this restaurant and bar is rightfully named after, as it offers an intimate dining spot for enjoying modern fusion Morrocan cuisine. It’s not exactly a new joint in the Serendra block, but with its Arabic-spiced menu, Fez surely is an added attraction for Instagram’er-cum-foodie like me. My snapshots below (posted via Twitter and Instagram) aren’t enough to do these Fez delicacies justice, it’s my first time (except for the Kebab) and each dish served seem to explode with flavors, new and spicy, but all delicious. Continue reading

Thank you!

If there’s one thing I’ll never ever forget from last year’s #IGnitePH (IGersManila’s 13th Philippine Instameet and Yearender Special) it’s having been presented with this surprise tribute video and watching it for the very first time (with each moderator getting a special plaque) – it’s like the culmination of everything we’ve accomplished so far as an open community, leaving us teary-eyed, with fellow Instagram’ers cheering us on, telling us how we have redefined “friendship” using Instagram as a venue not only for sharing visual stories but also for transforming virtual relationships into true-to-life friendships.

Cheers to 2014, keep the good vibes rolling!

Pre-loved iPad 4 for sale – SOLD!

Selling my 1-year old iPad 4 (4th generation, retina display, lightning connector), 16GB Wi-Fi only, black. RFS: Upgraded to iPad Air Wi-Fi + Cellular. Details

Today we take the #FreedomPledge

We’re supporting MTV Exit’s #FreedomPledge campaign and today we’ll be at Kalayaan, a free public screening of MTV Exit’s various feature films and documentaries such as “Jason Mraz Live in Myanmar” and “Butterfly” an original Korean drama. We’re also running a special #9pmhabit at IGersManila Philippines to encourage our community of Filipino Instagram’ers and Phoneographers to use Instagram in sharing visual stories that help raise awareness about the global crime of modern day slavery.

If knowledge is freedom then we all have the power to end modern slavery.

And VSCO Cam goes Android

Its website proclaims VSCO Cam as “the standard” and Instagram’ers and Phoneographers who take their mobile photography seriously can only agree. The app pretty much got you covered: from the straightforward camera and image tweaking tools, to the creative filters or presets, and its own network of VSCO goodness via the Grid. It recently broke its iOS-only iteration with its release of VSCO Cam for Android, that will run on most Android devices with version 4.0 up, available now as a free download from Google Play.


I borrowed my son’s Samsung Galaxy Duos (Android 4.0.4) to download and explore the app, and my initial impression is that there’s almost no difference to its iOS counterpart. VSCO Cam for Android comes preloaded with 10 presets and you can add more via purchase from the in-app store.


VSCO Cam is a personal favorite as it is one of my essential apps for Instagram’ing and phoneography. The familiar interface is clean and straightforward as usual and it almost felt like using VSCO Cam on an iOS device.


If you’re on Android and have been waiting for a phoneography app that is equally powerful as its iOS flavor, then check out VSCO Cam, it’s perfect for the snap-filter-share workflow, and should get you going with your creative visual storytelling.


IGersManila’s new website

Was happy with Tumblr, but realized because it’s a microblogging platform, it simply lacked the flexibility we need for bringing our online presence to the next level. And so I purchased a hosting account, experimented first with this website, installed WordPress which is by the way too easy, played around with several themes, figured into a few errors, imported content from previous blogs via plugins, got the hang of it, then decided to go the self-hosted WordPress path for IGersManila, even convinced fellow moderator EdCalaycay.com to do the same.

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Through this website, we aim to provide content essential to Instagram’ing and phoneography in general. It’s a work in progress and we’re hoping to go full-blast before the year ends. And we’ll soon open it for writing collaboration, what we at IGersManila are really excited about.


Offline from Instagram’ing

Yesterday, we went offline with IGersManila, for the very first time. While we’re overwhelmed with the support we’re getting from around the world, we all know more help is needed to make sure relief efforts are directed to those affected by super typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan. We have been doing the #9pmhabit daily visual storytelling habit, one of the longest photo challenges in Instagram, since 2011 and the only day we missed is ironically the 2012 social media day celebration, when Instagram went down in mass power outage.

And so here’s hoping after this offline day, our community of Instagram’ers and Phoneographers, will find time to put down our mobile devices, and do offline activities, such as the much needed support for relief efforts, in any which way we can.

At the Mobile Festival 2013

I’m usually 7:00am pronto at the office every Monday, that’s because I chose a car plate number banned until 7:00pm in Makati City every first day of the workweek, the same reason that pushes me to be early at work and avoid missing the almost always busy Mondays. But yesterday I found myself walking the whole stretch of SM Mall of Asia at the break of dawn to look for an open coffee shop, as I need to be wide awake for what seems to be the longest conference I’ll ever join – the first Mobile Festival in the Philippines at the SMX Convention Center, with 5 plenary programs that are supposed to end past my car coding hours. Insightful topics are to be presented by speakers from here and abroad, known for their expertise and contributions to mobile and a variety of industries.


I’m actually enrolled at the Mobile Marketing Academy, that instantly registered me to this event, and I sure am glad to have joined. Saw familiar faces and got to talk to some business owners who seem to be late in the game or just starting but are embracing mobile anyway. There’s this consensus on the floor that indeed, mobile technologies have changed the way consumers engage with brands, that before deciding on a purchase, the typically-pocketable device has become an automatic go-to for information that can greatly influence the buying decision. And that companies must be ready to use mobile for making customer engagement more productive, convenient, and instant.

Aside from the overwhelming learning sessions, the highlight of the conference is actually “The Pitch” with which our Web Marketing Officer Pauline “Petim” Maminta (and fellow moderator for IGersManila), is a contestant and who eventually won with her Team Saucy, who pitched a seemingly simple app/service idea that got the judges scoring high for its straightforward presentation and high practicability for McDonald’s 30-minute delivery.

I can’t wait to get all these mobile ideas rolling for the projects and campaigns I’m involved with, now back to work. Too bad, I didn’t find any coffee shop that opens that early at MOA, but hey I managed to stay awake in that 7:00am to 7:00pm ordeal.

Instagram’ing soon on a Windows Phone

Sorry BlackBerry, but it looks like Nokia beat you to the queue, as Instagram is officially releasing “in the coming weeks” a version of the hugely popular photo-sharing app for the Windows Phone mobile platform. This great news was somehow overshadowed by Apple’s October 22 iPad event, but is considered to be a big deal anyway as this is seen as a jumpstart to encourage other application developers to support Windows Phone. After Instagram, it’s expected that photo filters and video editing apps will follow suit with official releases.

As for Nokia, the clamor via photography app and hashtag probably worked, and its Lumia line will greatly benefit from this development, and should convince Instagram’ers and phoneographers looking for more device choices. We’re of course excited to welcome Windows Phone users to our Instagram’ing community. And here’s hoping BlackBerry can work things out and catch up.


And this will be my excuse for falling in love with Nokia again, by way of its latest powerful duo: the Nokia Lumia 925 or 1020 (pictured above), as I’m sure either smartphone won’t fall short when pitted against its iOS and Android device counterparts, at least in terms of phoneography features.

Source: The Verge | Photo: Nokia Philippines