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Portraiture under pressure

We’re at History Con Philippines 2017 and in the Photo Face-Off Masterclass with Justin Mott, under his eager coaching and cheerful push to be uniquely creative with only 30 seconds, this quick snap won me Top 3 and a prize! As I don’t usually get the chance to join contests, this is really unexpected, what I thought felt like being Miss USA during Pia Wurtzbach’s controversial Miss Universe win!

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Third of July

Today marks the start of one of our biggest family project – we’re having our house renovated. My wife and I were initially unsure, even apprehensive, but through my mother-in-law’s support, and after going back and forth, checking and re-checking on costing, design and layouts, and several ideas shared with our kids, we’re convinced this is something we need done this year. While we’re about to welcome the rainy season soon, which some might be dissuaded as it’s bad timing for any major construction, there’s no turning back as we start turning our ancestral single-floor house to a home we can finally call our own. Update soon 🙂

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Learned from teaching kids social media

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I just have to say yes when IGersManila got invited by SM City East Ortigas to its KidCon 2017 to do Social Media Bootcamp last May 2017. While I initially hesitated, having learned the target audience are kids, I realized I didn’t want to pass this opportunity to impart what little or big knowledge I have of social media. Awesome to be able to help out in educating youngsters on how they can have fun using sites and apps for sharing creative work and interacting with family and friends without getting trolled or bullied.

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#ArtKarnival at SM City North EDSA

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Last weekend, we were invited by SM City North EDSA to explore visual arts from renowned local artists via #ArtKarnival, an interactive exhibit installed at the entire stretch of the Skygarden. In partnership with Vinyl on Vinyl, one of Manila’s hippest contemporary art galleries, #ArtKarnival offers a different mall-going experience, showcasing unique masterpieces curated specially for the outdoorsy and hang-out fave Skygarden, in the hopes of attracting shoppers to appreciate and experience art first hand. Read more

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Instagram’ing with our furry friends

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When Instagram announced the Worldwide Instameet 15 and the theme will be “kindness” we thought this is something we’ve already done at IGersManila in many of our social good campaigns and so we asked our collaborators pool for ideas. We got several amazing ideas but we figured most will be difficult to do given the short timeframe to prepare and the minimal resources we have. Read more

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To be young and in love

Here’s another reason why nostalgic, melancholic music lovers such as myself can’t help but fall in love with Lana Del Rey. Her Honeymoon album may already be too old for fans having been released 2015, but some luckily got an ear-load of her new song “Love” after it leaked across the Internet ahead of its official release. Read more

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Are you a quitter in seat?

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“Quitting in seat” is the more popular use, referring to an employee who decides to stay with a company but is no longer engaged or is just doing enough to keep the job. You may have dealt with one, but quitters in seat are not necessarily problematic employees who fail miserably at the tasks they’re assigned to. In fact, they may have become top performers at one point, then slowly faded in the background having no interest in doing more than what’s expected, for the practical reason of just staying in the payroll. Read more

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Calculating the math of Hidden Figures

When I got an invite to the press screening of Hidden Figures, I actually thought it’s either a tearjerker movie about body consciousness, of women empowerment or a comedic book adaptation about shaping-up to breakout as a model. While I read snippets of news about it when it released in the US last December, I honestly didn’t have a clue what the buzz was all about, though I got intrigued as it got Oscar and Golden Globe nominations, and already won at SAG, among other accolades. Read more

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