Sharing our Instagram’ing habits at #IMSocialxUST

I was a speaker at the first GMA News Think Before You Click and YouScoop Sessions, held at the University of Santo Tomas, and hosted by Thomasian alumnus and iJuander host Cesar Apolinario and Journalism student Samantha Belmonte, sharing the story behind IGersManila Philippines, along with UST Political Science student Justin Decastro, of “the boy who cried books” social media fame, and Jay Jaboneta, co-founder of the Yellow Boat of Hope Foundation.

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While I initially thought of it as a small gathering, I got nervous when the organizers declared the hall (which UST students lovingly call BGPOP) to be SRO, buzzing with students probably curious about the session speakers and topics, as the event was also livestreamed online via gmanews.tv/imsocial. continue reading »

Let’s keep the good vibes rolling at #SocialMediaDay2015 #ChangePH

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IGersManila is one of the online communities collaborating for the biggest social media gathering and most sharable event of 2015–#SocialMediaDay2015, now on it’s fourth year–happening this Saturday 27-June-2015, from 10:00am to 8:00pm at the Museo Pambata Open Grounds. Register to get your free tickets at bit.ly/ChangePH. continue reading »

Instagram on the web gets clean and flat

This midweek, Instagram has updated the look and feel of Instagram on the web, both for desktop and mobile, redesigning its web profiles, feeds, and hashtag pages to tidy them up and for faster loading.

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Gone are the rotating images on top, now with a cleaner, flatter layout, and a grid of larger images in rows of three, reflecting the same neat look on the mobile version. continue reading »

Who’s the better Steve Jobs?

So this first trailer reveals Michael Fassbender taking up the role of Apple’s former CEO, with the tandem of Director Danny Boyle and Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin adding a more serious twist to their recipe for this Steve Jobs biographical movie, tagging along Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen, and Jeff Daniels in the cast. Ashton Kutcher’s portrayal in Jobs was mostly criticized for being ho-hum, will this be any better? We’ll see on October 9.

Yes, that’s me on Banana Split!

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Friends have been asking me if I were in the live audience of the recent shows of Banana Split: Extra Scoop. Was kidding them saying “better sell your antipara for a new pair” but then some screencaps started getting posted, so yes thanks to fellow IGersManila Philippines moderator @ipetim, for the very first time, along with our collaborators at IGersManila, I became part of a TV show taping. continue reading »

4 years of Instagram’ing fun and counting

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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. continue reading »

Instagram’ing 102 at #WWIM11 #WWIM11PH

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When Instagram announced the 11th Worldwide Instameet, instead of doing the usual meet-up activity, which we’ve been doing for the past 3 years now with IGersManila, this being our 18th already for Manila/Philippines, we thought why don’t we do a workshop-cum-instameet with two of our food phoneography artists @iana.peralta @iamkebok, who recently did the same via #LetsSpeakApp, though for a smaller audience. Perfect timing as SM North EDSA‘s been supporting our community as our venue partner, with Adobo Connection pitching in to sponsor the food, and so we presented Instagram’ing 102 last 21-March-2015 at the SM North EDSA Annex with Food Phoneography as our focus. continue reading »