Lifestyle

Metro Blogger, the Philippine Social Circle for Bloggers

By on November 12, 2014

A day in the life of a blogger entails attending events that span from 3 hours to a whole day affair, taking lots of pictures/videos while listening to the speakers, talking to a lot of people and finding the time to write on top of their work or school schedule. Bloggers gather twice a year to network and up their game via iBlog and Blogapalooza. However there is no formal organization or association that exists in the Philippines to empower bloggers and bridge their gap to untapped brands.

The Metro Blogger’s 1st Bloggers Night Out held at the Gramercy Skypark last October 22 was a welcome break to this fast-paced routine. A diverse group of bloggers and brands were present, from lifestyle, fashion, food, travel, technology. It was fun mingling face to face in an informal setting, just getting to know each other and exchanging ideas about various facets of the blogging world.

For those who don’t know yet, Metro Blogger is a social circle or organization of bloggers around the metro. It aims to be an avenue to disseminate information, event invitations, new products and services and campaigns that are of great interest to everyone. This is fueled by a team of passionate writers who share similar views about personal and professional know-how in life.

Fellow female bloggers :)
Fellow female bloggers 🙂

They work hand in hand with different brands such as Rapid Cloud Singapore, a top Singapore web hosting and e-Business consulting company; Hawk Bags, recognized for their high quality bags using the finest materials available, superior craftsmanship, durability, innovation, and exceptional design with practical functionality; Slimmers World International, the Philippines’ foremost name in Slimming, Health, Fitness and Beauty with over 35 years of excellent service in providing great bodies & great skin; Emerge Systems Sdn. Bhd., South East Asia’s premier enterprise website and e-commerce solutions provider; iTWORKS Global Solutions; and Kingdom Magazine.

Mr. Jess C. and Ms. Ana of Metro Blogger with Mr. Ong Pang Seng of Rapid Cloud Singapore and Ms. Fion Lee of Emerge Systems
Mr. Jess C. and Ms. Ana of Metro Blogger with Mr. Ong Pang Seng of Rapid Cloud Singapore and Ms. Fion Lee of Emerge Systems
Ms. Agnes Degamo, Branch Manager for Emerge Philippines Mr. Jess C of Metro Blogger
Ms. Agnes Degamo, Branch Manager for Emerge Philippines
Mr. Jess C of Metro Blogger
​Guests from iTWORKS Global Solutions and Mr. Simon MIller
​Guests from iTWORKS Global Solutions and Mr. Simon MIller
​Representatives of Kingdom Magazine
​Representatives of Kingdom Magazine

I am excited to work with these brands in the near future as well as attending the upcoming Metro Blogger events! Thank you Ana and Choy for the invite and the goodies!

Metro Blogger cake, notebook and pen
Metro Blogger cake, notebook and pen

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Be an official Metro Blogger too! Like them on Facebook, follow them on Instagram and send your details and official blog site URL to MetroBlogger.Org@gmail.com.

Rapid Cloud Singapore

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Slimmers World International

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Emerge Systems Sdn. Bhd.

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iTWORKS Global Solutions

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Kingdom Magazine

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Giveaway

I’m giving away Slimmers’ World International gift certificate worth P1,500. Open to Metro Manila and Rizal (Cainta, Antipolo) residents only. Must be available to meet up to claim his/her prize. Good luck! 🙂

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Lifestyle

6 Reasons Why You Should Have An Ever So Happy Christmas

By on November 7, 2014

Ever Gotesco Ortigas is inviting everyone to visit the Ever So Happy Christmas Bazaar. Catering to the residents of Rizal province, Pasig and nearby cities, the mall’s frontage will turn into an amazing Christmas recreational and shopping area for you and your family.

To share this news, bloggers were invited to a fun blogger’s night where games and a male bloggers’ pageant was held. Told to be true, I can’t remember the last time I laughed so hard just like that night. It stay true to their tagline, “dito ang sentro ng saya!

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The bazaar will open on November 15, 2014 at 6PM. There will be a opening program comprised of a street dance, opening remarks from Ever Gotesco Ortigas, and a ceremonial Christmas tree lightning that will be headed by Pasig City Mayor Bobby Eusebio and Ever Gotesco VIPs.

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Bazaar and Food Market

Shop ’til you drop for food and Christmas presents from Ever So Happy Christmas Bazaar’s two hundred (200) concessionaires!

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Kiddie Rides

Ever So Happy kids can enjoy various games / rides while you shop!

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On-stage Activities

Battle of the Bands

A battle of rock bands will be of entertainment for the young and young at heart! Elimination rounds will happen on November 15, 22 and 29 while semi-finals will happen on December 6, 13, 20 and 27. Six (6) bands will be selected for the Grand Finals on December 30 along with the year-end countdown. Show starts at 8PM.

Children’s Play and Acting Workshop

Acting workshop is slated on November 20 and 27. Play rehearsals will happen on December 4, 11 and 18. Theater play performance will be on December 26.

Loom Band Making Workshop

Bring your loom band kits and be creative on Fridays (Nov 21, 28, Dec 5, 12 and 19), 4PM.

DJ House Music

Dance to the beat every Friday (Nov 21, 28, Dec 5, 12, 19, 26), 6PM onwards! An invited DJ will do the house music to hype the crowd.

The Ever So Happy Christmas event will run from November 15, 2014 to January 6, 2015. Ever Gotesco Ortigas is located along Ortigas Avenue Extension, Pasig City. For more information, visit Ever Gotesco Malls on Facebook.

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Advocacy | Health and Wellness

PhilCare Wellness Index: ironic facts on Pinoy health

By on November 3, 2014

FACT: While many Filipinos generally feel good about their health, they might not be as healthy as they think. We admit to self-medication, which is a very dangerous habit. There’s also a tendency to be mindful about our well-being only when start to get sick. And oh, we seem to be a lack in prevention of diseases.

How ironic, is it? These are just some of the many fresh findings affirmed by PhilCare Wellness Index. Top HMO provider in the Philippines, PhilCare, commissioned Dr. Fernando Paragas, a Filipino professor at the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He came up with an Index that is comparable to those of New Zealand (Sovereign Well-Being Index), Canada (Index of Well-Being), the US (Gallup-Healthways Well-Being 5), and Australia (Alere Wellness Index). This aims to measure and uncover the Filipinos’ sense of well-being. Wellness includes one’s physical, nutritional, medical, lifestyle, psychological, vices, and sex.

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One Friday evening I was out with friends for dinner and movies when I felt very sharp pain in my abdomen area. I woke up the next day sweating because I had a fever. I didn’t want to back out so I still went to an inauguration event. I barely ate, taking refuge in Friggies EGG, Marie biscuits and water for the rest of the day. Back home I was resting then I suddenly felt heaving. After that, I was alternating between sleep, drinking water, making ORS for myself and trips to the loo. I was already suspecting it was gastroenteritis. Sunday I stayed at home and kept myself rehydrated. By Monday, the symptoms were gone.PhilCare-Wellness-Box-card

Like many people today, I work as a consultant, thus I do not have access to typical employee benefits including HMO. Work, attending events and commuting can be stressful. Instead of binge drinking or chain smoking and damaging my body, I manage stress by resting, playing arcade or computer games, talking with my friends, listening to music and watching TV series. My only form of exercise is walking.

I admit that I also self-medicate by letting my body fight the disease on its own, coupled with lots of rest and water. I was never admitted to a hospital (even on bouts of horrible flu). I’m trying to eliminate taking medicine. I’m also guilty of binge or excessive eating, which comes from reviewing food almost every other day, but I’m learning to manage my share. Luckily I eat vegetables and fruits so it’s easy for me to trade meat. I’m also a green tea drinker. It also helps that I can now afford to buy good food, not anymore limited to cheap, processed food.

With that said, it isn’t enough. Health is wealth. Invest on it.

On that note, PhilCare recently introduced a total wellness program – the PhilCare 360. For more info, visit their website 🙂

 

Thank you to our new friends at PhilCare for sending over a PhilCare Wellness Box and reminding me to be proactive in taking care of myself! A jumping rope to start my day with, moringga tea to alternate with my green tea, calamansi and oatmeal soap to take care of my skin, and . As an added bonus, they included a card that I can use for an electrocardiogram (ECG), lipid profile and one Internal Medicine consult in PhilCare branches locared in Makati, Manila and Quezon City. <3

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How’s your lifestyle and health, dear reader? 🙂

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Tech

transcosmos Asia Philippines now serving global market

By on November 1, 2014

As part of expansion plans in the ASEAN region, world’s largest Japanese Information Technology – Business Process Outsourcing (IT-BPO) company transcosmos recently opened its latest 144-seater facility in the Philippines.

transcosmos Asia Philippines began operations as of September 2014. This is the company’s 70th overseas location and the fourth in South East Asia, following Thailand, Indonesia and Vietnam. Apart from providing BPO services such as contact center and back-office operations, transcosmos Philippines will also provide smartphone website and application development and operation services. Because of the English language proficiency of Filipino workers, the company will serve both the local and global market.

Present during the media conference were Mr. Hideki Yamashita (President, transcosmos Philippines), Mr. Hiroki Tanigawa (Corporate Affairs Director), Mr. Masakada Okuda (President & COO), Mr. Koichi Iwami (Executive Vice President), and Ms. Hanna Supetran (Country Manager, transcosmos Philippines).

Guests of Honor Senator Paolo Benigno ‘Bam’ Aquino IV and PEZA Director General Lilia De Lima gave some keynote speeches as well as DOST Deputy Executive Director Monchito Ibrahim. It was then followed by the inaugural opening ceremony in the form of Kagami Biraki. This ancient sake barrel ceremony symbolizes the beginning of a new endeavor and the strengthening of friendship.

Japanese Sake ceremony.
transcosmos Asia Philippines is the first to observe a Japanese Sake ceremony during an inaugural opening.

transcosmos Philippines is aiming to employ at least 2,000 people, setup additional hubs possibly in Cebu and Davao and generate sales of ¥2 billion by fiscal 2018.

In a brief conversation with Ms. Hanna Supetran, the company has a basic requirement: English proficiency. Undergraduates are welcome to apply. In case he/she fails the assessment, the company will train them until they pass. They offer a competitive salary package, based on industry standard.

transcosmos is part of the International Association of Outsourcing Professionals’ Global Outsourcing 100 Leaders (ranked number 13, 2014). What started as a data entry operations business in 1966 became an outsourcing company in the ’80 and is currently in 74 locations, employing around 15,000 globally.

Visit transcosmos Asia Philippine office at 32/f One Corporate Center, Julia Vargas Avenue cor. Meralco Exchange Road, Ortigas Complex, Pasig City.

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