Bo’s Coffee’s 2016 Journal is out and IGersManila’s in it!

It was July 2015 when IGersManila got an invitation to collaborate with Bo’s Coffee for its 2016 journal, which of course we humbly accepted and has since asked our fellow IGers to submit their standout Instagram posts, with us moderators shortlisting Phoneography tips from our experience doing our Create-Share-Inspire talks. Months have passed and almost forgetting about the project until we got another invitation, this time to its launch at Bo’s Coffee in Bonifacio High Street BGC, with which we finally got to see how the journal turned out! Ahead of the launch date, our photos were on exhibit at the venue, a teaser of sorts and added surprise treat to our collaborators – we’re excited and proud to have become a part of this collaborative project – a playbook to showcase homegrown talents and inspire creativity, thanks to the support of a homegrown brand, Bo’s Coffee.

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Bo’s Coffee’s Start: A Creativity Journal highlights the amazing creative work of Filipino creatives – Works of Heart, Jayneil Padilla, Vincent Navarro, and IGersManila – with helpful tips to get you started on an artistic endeavor, whether it be typography, sketching, and of course mobile photography, even coffee painting. continue reading »

Zenfestival @ Manila

Traffic was very discouraging that payday-holiday weekend but I’m glad to have managed to still make it on time for ASUS’s Zenfestival @ Manila held at The Eye in Green Sun, Makati.

Hosted by lifestyle blogger and TV personality Kim Jones, ASUS CEO Jerry Shen was immediately called on stage to introduce an exciting new line up of Zenfone models for the Philippine market, each designed for specific smartphone needs. continue reading »

Instagram welcomes landscape and portrait snapshots

I woke up to the sound of continuous notifs from my iPhone as fellow Instagram’ers are abuzz with talks about this unprecedented move by Instagram to finally support landscape and portrait formats, well aside from the usual square, updating its app to version 7.5 for both iOS and Android.

It’s not an unwelcome change but it seem to have surprised IGers as Instagram has been known for its square-only format since day one, and you’ll have to make do with the white (or black) space or border when choosing to upload “squared” photos in landscape or portrait orientation. continue reading »

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 »

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.