August 2012

It’s raining cats and dogs here. While I’m typing this, rain has been pouring nonstop and many areas are already submerged in flood, families are being rescued and relocated to evacuation centers, and classes for tomorrow are being suspended one by one.

Aside from the leak on our bedroom from the ceiling, so far, we’re doing okay. But it doesn’t mean we’re just gonna sit here and do nothing. I want to be better prepared now than how we were during Ondoy.

Let me share the pictures back then.

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From the organizers that brought you the first ever J-Pop convention in the Philippines comes another exciting fan gathering J-Pop event in celebration to Japanese popular music!

J-Pop Music Festival Event Program

12:00NN – Ticket Selling

01:00PM – Opening of Gates

01:15PM – Opening Remarks

01:30PM – Special Performance

01:35PM – Fan Club Activity: Kis-My-Ft2 Philippines + ABC-Z Philippines (Ebi Ph)

01:50PM – Event Highlight: J-Pop Diva Showdown

03:00PM – Fan Club Activity: Japan Fan Boys Philippines + Wataholic Philippines + HeiSei PH

03:15PM – Special Performance

03:30PM – Fan Club Activity: Namie Amuro Philippines + BoA Philippines + Utada Hikaru Ph

03:45PM – Event Highlight: J-Pop Cover Dance Competition

05:00PM – Fan Club Activity: JUMP Fandom Academy Philippines +  L’Arc~en~Ciel PH

05:15PM – Special Performance

05:30PM – J-Pop Trivia and Games

05:40PM – Announcement of Winners + Raffle

Note: Please keep your ticket stub for a chance to win exciting gifts from our sponsor.

Source: FB

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Manila, Philippines – Jejaview is tight. Their chemistry is flawless and their songs are densely packed, ear-candy-sonic-assaults from start to finish. A Jejaview live show is truly a sight to witness. As band mates, their closeness and determination to succeed as professional musicians inspire hunger and a rigorous work ethic among one another. Towards their fans, Jejaview is all about real interaction and getting out in the scene through concerts, gigs, and social media. Keeping it tight has been Jejaview’s mantra since day one.

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I just realized I haven’t posted about Toycon yet. I went there to meet with my friend Franz and his friends Eves and Apol. I was just going to have my phone fixed (which they didn’t, since it was just a showroom). I didn’t have plans to go inside the Megatrade Halls, however, I didn’t want to be left outside.

Ready to explore, go out and repeat. 😛

Now, take a look into Toycon Day 2!

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“A classroom is the best place to nurture our future leaders, the next generation of God-loving and nationalist Filipinos.”

– Jose Andes, National Director of Athletes in Action (AIA) Philippines.

I’ve always been an advocate of free and alternative education. Because education, for me, is indeed a right of every child. The fact that aside from inability of students to enroll because of poverty or high tuition fees, there’s the problem of lack of classrooms and facilities for learning, which makes me sad. For the people of Iligan City, the situation worsened after Typhoon Sendong back in 2011.

FILA and AIA invited bloggers last June 20 to spread the word for their noble cause — AIA’s first-ever student-based fun run entitled “Schools Run for School Rooms” aims to raise funds for the rehabilitation of classrooms in the said city.

To date, with 15,000 runners who have signed up to date, the Schools Run for School Rooms (SRSR) marathon will be gathering student-runners from major colleges and universities, to bring a glimmer of hope to Iligan city, where eager students have to do with makeshift classrooms as the school year starts. Thirteen (13) of known universities and colleges in our country have signified their interest to join the advocacy run. Also participating are groups from government agencies, private corporations and churches, as well as running enthusiasts.

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I’m one of the lucky bloggers who were able to score a special invite for the advance screening and press conference of the French movie Special Forces. Held last June 8, 2012 at the SM Mall of Asia, the press conference came first at the IMAX Theater then the advanced screening at Cinema 1.

Coming alone as always, I am glad to meet and share this experience with a fellow blogger and movie buff.

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The Results Companies, a leading Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) provider of Customer Experience Management (CEM) solutions, opened its third site last May 23, 2012 at Q Plaza, Cainta, Rizal. The celebration was attended by Cainta Mayor Mon Ilagan and Vice Mayor Roberto Sikat, various media personalities, as well as members of Results’ Executive Team.

The event started with a ribbon cutting ceremony, followed by the blessing of the facility, and a Q&A portion with Results’ Executive Team.

Ribbon cutting led by Cainta Vice Mayor Roberto Sicat, Results’ SVP for Operations Aaron Fender, Cainta Mayor Mon Ilagan, and President/COO Alec Brecker.

“The launch of Q Plaza is an exciting time for Results. The Philippine market has provided us with incredible success and we plan to continue the expansion of Q Plaza to a total of 750 seats over the next 12 months.”

– Results’ SVP of Operations Aaron Fender

During Q&A

The initial phase of the center’s build out will result in a 250-seat cutting edge contact center, equipped with the latest technology and amenities to support the work environment. The new location will include a significant support structure of operation managers, supervisors, trainers and quality roles.

Great news for the residents of Marikina, Rizal, Pasig and Quezon City, the new facility is strategically located at the junction of these heavily populated suburban areas. The BPO operates in two other locations in the country – Silver City, Pasig and Eastwood, Quezon City.

The company is accepting applications for sales agents and support positions through their website at www.theresultscompanies.com/jobs.

About The Results Companies

For more than 20 years, The Results Companies has served as a premier global customer solutions provider for Fortune 500 companies. With over 5,000 employees in 11 near shore, off shore and domestic customer contact centers, The Results Companies’ expertise extends beyond call centers. We’re experts in representatives, analytical technologies, brand fulfillment and creating strategic advantages for our clients.

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A small country with 7,107 islands, the Philippines has 120 – 175 recognized languages depending on the classification (4 of which does not have any known speakers anymore).

The original official language of the country is Spanish, given we had the Spanish invasion for three centuries. National Hero Jose Rizal uses Spanish in his works, such as Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo.

The Americans came after and the imposition of the English language gradually reduced the use of Spanish. 1935 Constitution made English an official language alongside Spanish. 1939 came and Tagalog was chosen among regional languages as Wikang Pambansa. It was renamed to Pilipino (1959) and to what we know now as Filipino (1973).

It is no secret that not every Filipino knows how to speak Tagalog and/or English. Depending on the region you live in, you’re most likely taught in your regional language (Ilocano, Cebuano, etc.) and English. And if you do speak English, you have a certain accent, which most of the time people mock you (and the sad thing is, it’s your own countrymen that do).

But after reading an article in Yahoo! Philippines entitled “PH: World’s best country in business English“, I was like “WOW! We beat U.S.? Seriously?”. To top that off, we’re the only country who got a score above of 7.0 and showing that the country’s economy is improving.

This isn’t bias, I assure you. The study was made by GlobalEnglish Corporation.

Very inspiring! It’s more FUN in the Philippines. So Proud to be Pinoy! ♥

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