Happy Easter!

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The sun dotting beautifully the skyline almost always reminds me of Easter, such as this photo I took when my wife and I went to Marinduque. I remember looking at the seemingly endless horizon and I just can’t help but think about life and get that contrasting feeling of melancholy and elation. Sadness because of discouraging circumstances, happiness because I have overcome and continue to be hopeful.

Like most faithfully celebrating this meaningful day having renewed their faith, I’m thankful to be alive and that all’s well. continue reading »

Let’s hang out at TAYO!

If you work or live near Kapitolyo in Pasig City, there’s this trailer-turned-gastropub you can hang out for late lunch and beyond that serves hefty servings of Asian fusion and Filipino favorites. TAYO All-Day Brunch & Beer (TAYO is short for Tambayan sa Kapitolyo) also serves a mix of local and imported below zero beer and hard drinks for after office gimmicks. Aside from the witty names in the menu (they’re all instagrammable and of course delicious!), you’ll definitely love the familiar “tambayan” look and feel of the place. TAYO is located at 16-I United Street, Bgy. Kapitolyo, Pasig 1603.

Check out some of my snapshots (I was terribly late but glad I decided to drop by) when @IGersManila was invited there last February 3 for a food instameet.

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Disclosure: @IGersManila’s Food Instameet was sponsored by TAYO. Here’s the rest of the #IGMNLxTayo photos.

Instagram that #KindComments!

We’re doing a sit-down instameet (read: sit and sip coffee while talking about social phoneography) for Instagram’s Worldwide Instameet 16 #wwim16ph #wwim16 at Commune in Makati City. As the theme this time is #kindcomments, we thought of bringing back the early days of Instagram meetups, which are usually done in coffee shops or “instagrammable spots” where faceless usernames with the same passion for actually anything mobile app or online-related, meet for the first time and reveal their true identities (and later to become very good friends), and talk, exchange follows and likes, do on-the-spot editing tutorials, and snap lots of selfies and group shots.

Sign up now as seats are very limited, see you!

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!

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. continue reading »

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. continue reading »