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Book Review: Break Free by Don Soriano

Don Soriano is a Filipino book author who wants to share his experiences from a bankrupt entrepreneur with half million debt to financial freedom and success in less than three years. He shares his story about how he messed up big time and how he rebounded back by using the principles he shared in his book.

Break Free by Don Soriano

In his book Break Free, 8 Principles to get from employee to employer in 3 years or less he wants to make a first world out of the Philippines which is not actually impossible.

Break  Free the book is an easy read. You can finish it in an hour. It tells people who have bright ideas and planning on going into business not to quit their jobs unless the passive income is higher than the salary. I heard that from successful business mentors, too.

The eight principles embodied in the book tells us about not giving up the job just yet, what is the best investment that you’ll ever make, teaches us how to manage money and how to make it work for us and also the power of leverage and how others use it to their advantage.

If you are going into business, what are the first steps. And have you heard of the Law of Association and how it can benefit you. You will also understand financial freedom and ways to achieve it. Then finally Don Soriano shares that success is only 20% skill and the rest is mindset. And thru mindset, you can teach yourself mastery. Mastery that will lead to success, like habits and self- motivation.

My favorite part of the book is his claim that even regular people like us can do it. You do not need to have special powers to be successful. You just need to start. And then comes the money jars. I used to have money jars too. and it keeps me motivated. Until shit happened and I lost them to fire.

I also enjoyed the quotations in each page from prominent authors, successful people that inspires your to act upon your dreams.

Nonetheless, its never too late to start. And this book is a friendly guide to help you out become financially free or achieve your dreams.

We all have dreams. We all need mentors. And Don Soriano in his book churned out digestible bits of wisdom to help everyone who wants to make a dent in the universe.

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Business, tourism, Travel

Air Asia is back in Clark 


Air Asia Philippines is set to resume its flights at the Clark International Airport, a move to seen as a welcome development by authorities of the state-run Clark International Airport Corp., the operating arm of the international gateway north of Manila. 

Air Asia will launch thrice weekly Clark-Kalibo flights starting March 27 and four times weekly flights to and from Davao by April 22, two routes that are expected to further boost CRKs passenger traffic.

“CIAC’s efforts to attract more airlines have been rewarded and we are glad that Air Asia has finally agreed to resume flights this year,” Alexander Cauguiran, CIAC’s President and CEO, said during the second leg of the CRK Roadshow in Dagupan City on Friday.

Clark Intl Airport President Alexander Cauguiran discussing the plans of CIAC

Cauguiran added that Air Asia’s business decision is a positive effect of President Rodrigo Duterte’s thrusts to further develop and encourage additional flights at the airport of the north

“(Department of Transportation) Secretary Art Tugade’s marching order is for us to entice airlines to ensure first-rate operations of Clark airport,” Cauguiran added.

Air Asia, awarded the World’s Best Low Cost Carrier for eight consecutive years, has earlier committed to connect domestic cities to the North and Central Luzon regions and to choice tourist destinations in the country.

The resumption of Air Asia’s flights at CRK is seen to strengthen domestic hub. It also marks the airline’s return after it suspended operations in 2013 and transferred operations at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

“The target market (of passengers) from central and Northern Luzon is ripe and we expect that passenger volume will grow in years to come as we continue to promote CRK as the next choice gateway of the country,” Cauguiran said.

Philippine Airlines had already made its strong presence at CRK with domestic flights to Caticlan, Cebu, Davao, and international flights via Incheon in South Korea. The flag-carrier is also set to launch its Palawan route via Puerto Princesa and Busuanga domestic flights by March 26.

Clark International Airport hosts other airlines such as Emirates Airlines via Dubai, Qatar Airways via Doha, Asiana Airlines via Incheon, Jin Air via Incheon and Busan, Cebu Pacific Air via Hong kong, and Tiger Air via Singapore.

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What my mentor in Isabela told me minutes before I left 

I always want to talk to this person. Because I heard a lot of stories about him.

He is a self-made man, successful business owner, has an unquestionable love for his family and a rock solid faith in God.

IGC Motors big boss Isaias  G. Corpuz with his eldest son

Mentor IC is the proprietor of IGC Motors in Isabela.The company sells quality cars at affordable price. Mentor IC has clients from up to Visayas and Mindanao even though he is from a small town in Isabela.

He was not born with a silver spoon. He admits that they are so poor that at a very early age when boys like him are busy playing games and going to school, he and his elder brother need to look for food.

It was never easy. Everytime I hear their story, it makes me cry. Their struggle is real. He eats hard labor breakfast, lunch and dinner. He worked at a logging business and whenever they get logs from the mountains, he would buy junk materials in sacks that he carries one by one and sells in town.

He also worked as a helper in their eldest brother’s palay and corn buying store, drove tricycle for years just to earn additional money and support their needs.

Bottomline is at a very early age, he has to go through hard labor and learned the value of money.

Minutes before we left their town, I asked him to teach me about financial management. I told him I lack the necessary knowhow on how to handle money, make money work for me instead of the other way around. I told him I don’t want to mess up with blessings that God shall be giving me because I suck at fiscal management. And here are his tips:

Put God first 

All wealth and blessings come from God.

Being alive is a blessing. Having peace of mind is a blessing. We are taught to set aside a portion of our incomes as offering. This offering is being used by the Church to propagate the words of God and introduce Him to other people. The more people who will rightfully worship Him according to His will, the better it is for man. The better it is for us givers.

We offer it during the first day of every week as per the Bible. After setting aside the amount, you now have the freedom to control what’s left of your income.

Do not spend business capital on dead investments.

Cars, unless a necessity should be carefully thought of before you purchase. Think of how the vehicle can help you achieve your dreams or ease up your life rather than splurge on it for the sake of having a nice car.

Houses are also stagnant investments. He said he never spends on house renovation, improvement, expansion unless the money come from other revenue sources or incentives. He does not touch his revolving capital. Revolving capital should be revolving, not stalled.

Capital outlays should always grow  

Before spending your capital, think about how will it earn. How will it work for you. How it will grow. It you think it won’t grow, do not spend on it. Put it elsewhere.

You should go into a business that makes you happy 

I asked him why he went into buying and selling cars when he was a very popular geodetic engineering practitioner.

He said he loved cars, even when he is young. It made him happy. He used to buy a wooden truck when he was a kid. Paid P8 a day to the seller just so it can be told that he owns a truck.

He got the idea to buy and sell SUVs because his father in-law and brothers in-law are few of the best mechanics in town.

He added that he does not buy SUVs from second or third owners. Just first owners. Saves him a lot of trouble and unforseen costs. It makes flipping better and faster.

Most of his customers are silent millionaire farmers. And Isabela has a lot of those. They plant three or four crops a year because of better irrigation facilities. And his clients do not mind price much. They want a better performing, better looking SUV for their family to reward hard work.

Diversify only when ready 

Mentor IC said it is better to focus on one industry and grow or establish it before thinking of diversification. It takes about two to three years to reap rewards in business so its better to put your eggs in one basket first then focus on growing it before thinking of another.

Be a hands-on business owner 

You can delegate tasks but always be there to supervise. You must know every aspect of your business. Get your hands dirty and get paying clients. The adage ‘build and they will come’ only applies to the lazy ones. Build and give them reasons to come over and over are but two of the keys to success.

Live below your means and do not envy what is not yours 

I heard this gazillion times before. My millionaire aunt lives like a poor one inspite of her wealth. Mentor IC shared that when he was young, he used to iron his money to become creaseless. He values it and although he can spend it on anything he likes, he lives like he has lesser money to spend. He does not splurge. He does not have a vice or his spending habits are under control. He is a cash kind of person. Does not use check or credit cards. Just cash. 

Wanting what does not belong to you is the beginning of greed. He said convert the envy into positive energy like instead of thinking how can you ‘keep up with the Joneses‘, work hard for it instead. Do not want what is not rightfully yours. Instead, challenge yourself and put in the efforts.  

It was only a short and simple conversation but indeed, it was one for the books. How can you afford not to listen to the story of a self-made man? The man whose character is unbreakable even by poverty? The person whose determination and business acumen is impeccable? The man who, when he gives something out, God returns it tenfold or more?

I told him to teach me more. I thought I would learn more from Mentor IC like I do from his elder brother. And it was one of the most memorable talks I had in Isabela, the land named after the Queen of Spain.

                                  The display area of IGC Motors in Ramon, Isabela

IGC Motors, dealer of quality cars at affordable prices is located at National Highway, Burgos Ramon, Isabela Philippines. If you need a trustworthy and reliable car dealer, call them at mobile number 0999.574.4262. 

Business, Tech, Travel

The surprising Calle Uno trip we were talking about

Three members of the ‘Norte Bloggers’ dropped by Calle Uno Co-working and collaborative space on a Saturday night to propose a collaborative event in Baguio to be held on April 2017.

We pitched that Calle Uno hold The Storytellers’s Summit Baguio leg to the owner, Ace Estrada and the idea is welcome to him.

According to their website, Calle Uno is “located in a bustling commercial-residential area in Quezon Hill, along Naguilian Road in Baguio City, our working space of 1800 square meters is spread over three storeys. The building is a grand old mansion lovingly restored to its former 1950s glory. Its best feature is the beautiful brick arches sitting at one end of the spacious grounds. It offers spaces and rooms designed to flexibly serve multiple purposes. Its ambiance ranges from the laid-back atmosphere of a cafe to the seriousness of purpose found at a campus library.”

I found my happy place in Calle Uno. The thing that I was dreaming to have since I was small. It was their walled bookshelf that I wanted to build in time for my precious books.

Vanj Padilla happy place
My happy place. i think I could live here

Calle Uno is more than just your ordinary co-working space. The team behind it through Ace Estrada and his family is revolutionising this industry in Baguio. The Baguio market is just ripe for this kind of business and I was impressed with its long-term goals.

Calle Uno is also a launchpad for food startups and one of their mini kitchens can be rented to launch your food business. What is more interesting is that food start-ups have a ready market such as the members and their patrons to test their minimum viable recipes.

 

Calle Uno also has uniquely designed food trucks from old Volkswagen cars locally called “PENDONG” where concessionaires can sell food, do cooking demos and soon launch an online TV cooking channel under the Calle Uno brand.

It is indeed exciting. And It is refreshing to see people finally getting IT, the technology and disrupting the co-working industry to stay on top of your game.

Calle Uno aims to build a community of tech start-ups, budding food and  tech entrepreneurs, artists, online professionals, virtual workers and what nots.

Visit them and find out how they can help you build your career and your dreams.

 

Disclaimer:

I was instantly awarded a membership by the owner, Ace Estrada who happens to be my province mate.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Business

A moment with Marianne and her “Masterpiece”

It’s an undeniably proud moment when you learn that someone from your community took the leap of greatness and inspires others while bringing out the best in them. Young author Marianne Mencias of Alcala, Pangasinan and the youngest sister of the town’s mayor wrote her book “What’s your Life’s Masterpiece” and gladly shared to focus the story behind her book, about finding one’s purpose in life, happiness and passion.

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Maan, as she is fondly called, belongs to a family of six. She shares that she is very close to her family. “They are really my life’s treasure”.

She loves to travel, loves to go out and hang-out and shop. She loves reading books. “Sobra!”,she emphasized. Here is the Marianne’s story and what she wants us to understand:

Vanj Padilla (VP): Your book, ‘What’s your Life’s Masterpiece’, what is this about?

Marianne Mencias (MM): What’s your Life’s Masterpiece is all about helping people discover their purpose, their passion. It’s really about realizing that you are a masterpiece and that you’re meant to create something amazing that will not just make you very happy but also bless a lot of people.

VP: What do you want people to understand after reading your book?

MM: I want people to get to know themselves more and to realize that God created all of us for a purpose. Sabi ko nga sa book, I see the world as one big puzzle and each one of us, ako, ikaw, sila, we are all puzzle pieces and in this big world puzzle, we’re meant to do something we’re assigned as spot in that big world puzzle that will fit our mold perfectly. So maraming tao ang ipinipilit nila ang sarili nila in a particular spot na hindi talaga for them so they end up unhappy and at the same time the person who belongs to that spot is also unhappy.

VP: So why do they need to understand that they have to fill a certain spot or they have to fill a certain piece?

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MM: Kasi ako I really believe that we all have the potential to be successful, fulfilled and happy. I really know it’s the kind of life that God wants for us and if we don’t find our unique purpose, our unique contribution, I don’t know how it’s going to be possible for people to live their dream lives which is actually the life meant for each one of us.

VP: FOCUS helps our readers make better decisions, so how can Life’s Masterpiece’ help them make better decisions and choose the right ones?

MM: If people only knew how important our choices are, so many beautiful changes will happen in the world. The book will help them, because I feel that if we will remember who we really are that we are wonderful people, we’re created in God’s image and likeness as we have so much beauty, love inside our hearts. If we remember that and we base our decisions on that base on a healthy self-worth, and we always remember that we are here for a purpose to contribute something that only you can, only I can. And if you leave this world without filling that spot and that big world puzzle, umalis ka na hindi mo na-fulfill ‘yon, the world is left with a gap, the world is left with a gap with an empty space sayang hindi na fill in.

VP: Do you have a particular target market for the book?

MM: Yes. My main target for the book are the yuppies, students, and people who wanted to start again, who are not happy with their work and looking for directions.

VP: Punta naman tayo dun sa writing process. How long did it take you to write the book?

MM: From the concept writing to the finished product, it took me three years. Actually, ‘yong three years na ‘yon nakakausap ko na si Brother Bo Sanchez, si Jose Mari Chan. When I attended this seminar na we’re supposed to come up with our personal goal, and one of our goals was to write a book. So that’s when I really started.

VP: Please tell us more about the interviews and how you put it all together during the writing process.

MM: The writing process was fun, it was light. Of course there are many times that I felt like, that I didn’t feel like writing, marami rin na ganoon. Na pagkagising ko sa umaga, magsusulat na naman ako, bakit ko ito ginagawa? Tapos I’d look at my laptop and then at the top of the page nakasulat talaga that this will change lives. And that has kept me writing especially on those days that I don’t really feel like it. Also the process was very fun because having a chance to meet successful Filipinos and learning from them is like once in a lifetime experience. Yong parang sitting down with them, learning from them, iba eh. That’s a gift in itself. So that was fun.

VP: What challenges have you faced in writing ‘Masterpiece’

MM: The challenges I’ve faced in writing the book. Well, one is the people I’ve approached, not all of them said “yes”. Mayroon namang iba na sinama ko na talaga sa line up pero nag-yes na tapos biglang hindi na. So those are some of the challenges pero kasi ako I really believed in the power of surrender that when you know what you’re doing is God’s will.Then there it comes a point wherein this is what I want to happen. These are the people I want to interview but if it’s not your will then I will still have peace. So ‘yon, ni-line up talaga ni God the best people. Kasi now I’ve been getting feedback on the book. “Wow, I was so touch by the story of Jose Marie Chan. I love the story of Marvin Agustin”, talagang perfect line up siya. So the ‘no’s’ in the process were actually blessings.

VP: So ‘yung mga interviews ba ay all planned?

MM: There was one time, I was travelling from Pangasinan to Manila. When I was looking out the window, tapos ayan na ‘yong mga greeneries. Tapos sabi ko, out of all the nationalities, why did God make me a Filipino? Di ba? Ang dami-daming ibang nationality, bakit Filipino? So ‘yun yung reflection point ko. Tapos sabi ko, what if I interviewed most successful Filipinos and really share with the rest of the world what work for them. Their mindsets, their attitude, what if I do that? I started jotting down names on my phone without any idea kung paano ako mag- ko-connect sa kanila. ‘Yong iba, wala talaga. Parang bahala Ka na Lord. So I listed down names of different people— successful people who were inspiration in their respected fields, iba-iba ‘yan.

VP: The hardest part of writing the book is….?

MM: The hardest part in writing the book is, siguro ‘yong squeezing out from all that they’ve told me. Really squeezing out which story to put in the book what inside I relate to that and also making sure that the book will be… that people will keep on turning the pages, ‘yong ma-hook talaga sila in every page.

VP: You just have to ask your mind to listen?

MM: Oo at tsaka when you know you’re doing His will, you’d really feel that things will just fall into place. Totoo ‘yon

VP: So, what are your future plans?

MM: Ito na! Future plans. I plan to get married, Joke lang! My future plans are, I wanna write a book on also love na talagang helping single people to maximize and develop your potential and not make this significant other the center of your life or finding that significant other. It’s really finding yourself, loving yourself so that when you are in a relationship with someone, you’re in a healthy relationship and at the same time when you have children. I also like to continue writing about successful people. We’re all the same, more or less, pare-pareho lang tayo ng struggles,self-worth, dreams, we all have dreams, we all want love, to feel loved, so may mga taong may narating na eh, ‘yong mga gusto nating marating and it’s important we learn from these people. I also want to line up an all women book na parang ano naman siya, women empowerment naman siya. Women should really see how powerful we are and we can change the world. Malaki talaga ang role ng babae but I would never discount the fact that we still need the men. We have to work together kasi we’re really created differently and in a complementary way kasi we’re gonna create beautiful changes together, ‘yon ang take contact.

VP: Beautiful changes?

MM: Yes, beautiful changes together, masterpieces together.

VP: Including children?

MM: Oo naman. Naku ‘yong mga bata! Children should always be reminded that they’re worthy, that they’re loved because they will bring it eh, when they grow up. A lot of people di ba when
we we’re kids, we’re so brave, we’re so happy when we look at life in a positive way pero somewhere along the way, may nasaktan ka, so nag-iba na ‘yong outlook mo sa world pati na sa sarili mo, nagsi-shrink ka na. So I really encourage people to treat children with so much love, so much respect, really tell them you’re beautiful, you’re great, you’re awesome, you’ll do something amazing. Magsa-shine sila and magiging maganda ang effect nila sa buhay nila, and at the same time, sa buhay ng mga taong naka paligid sa kanila.

VP: Where can we buy your book?

MM: ‘What’s your Life’s Masterpiece’ is available in National Bookstores nationwide. It is also in PowerBooks, and in select branches of Fully Booked. It can be purchased online through www.nationalbookstore.com as well as amazon.com.

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Tree Top Adventure presents The 2nd Tour Operators Meeting: a first in the City of Pines

City of Pines, brace yourself, for Tree Top Adventure’s 2nd Tour Operators meeting will be held at its Baguio Branch located within the cool Camp John Hay. On September 10, 2015 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, over 300 tour operators and travel agencies from different parts of Norhtern Luzon, different media personnel both local and national, special guests from John Hay Management Corporation, Department of Tourism, Philippine Economic Zone Authority and many more are expected to attend the said event.

Tree Top Adventure is the only motorized ziplines and the only motorized Teambuilding facilities in the Philippines. From a zipline that is seated to a free fall from 60 feet above, one can truly appreciate nature at its vest while quenching one’s thirst for adrenaline rush.

Tree Top Adventure has six outdoor activities which offer a different experience for every thrill seekers. If one wants to relax, then, one might try the Canopy Ride,a ride similar to the concept of cable cars. The Trekking and Skywalk is good for adventurers who just like to walk and appreciate the beauty of nature.

Want to fly like a superhero? Then one might want to try the Superman Ride, a horizontal motorized zipline in which you’ll be flying once backwards and once forwards. Or, Silver Surfer Surfer might be for you in which you’ll be standing on a specialized platform and glide up and down diagonally for multiple cycles.

Want to try more extreme? The Parachute fall will. You’ll be slowly lifted and be dropped suddenly when you reach the 75 feet mark. The Tree Drop also offers the same extremeness rather; one will be suspended 60 feet parallel to the ground and be dropped as fast as 2 to 3 seconds.

For Team Building, Tree Top offers the only motorized teambuilding facilities in the Philippines in which one will be challenged not just physically but also mentally. A variety of 12 teambuilding activities can be chosen from.

This event won’t be possible without the following sponsors: Apag Marangle, Aquabest, Globe, Hattendo, Manila Bulletin, Pinoy Blogger, Subic Bay Yacht Club, Tag Media and Public Relations, The Manor, The Forest Lodge and Wrangler.

For more information, 09166299381. You could also visit our websitewww.treetopadventureph.com.

To be more updated, you could like our Facebook page treetopadventurecamp and follow us on Instagram @tree_top_adventure and Twitter @TreeTopPH.

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G-Xchange Presents Asia Digital Marketing Expo 2015

G-Xchange, Inc. (GXI), a wholly-owned mobile commerce subsidiary of the leading telecommunications company in the Philippines, Globe Telecom, Inc. supports and joins The Asia Digital Marketing Expo, the biggest convention of leaders for Digital Marketing. The Asia Digital Marketing Expo 2015 will happen on July 26, 2015 at the SM Aura SMX Convention Center in Taguig from 8AM to 6PM.

G-Xchange, Inc. (GXI), pioneered GCash, an internationally acclaimed micro payment service which transforms a mobile phone into a virtual wallet for secure, fast, convenient money transfers at the speed and cost of a text message.

Earning various international awards such as GSMA Awards for the Best Mobile Messaging Service received in February 2015, Mobile News Asia’s Most Innovative Mobile Services and Global Messaging awards for Best M-Commerce Service application both received in June 2005, GXI continues to be a leader in innovation and provide ground-breaking business solutions to different sectors and make mobile money services more relevant to the growing market in the Philippines.

In this year’s Asia Digital Marketing Expo, headed by Engr. Grace Bondad Nicolastogether with TAG Media and Public Relations, G-Xchange, Inc. (GXI) will be participating as its Lead Sponsor showcasing Globe Charge, GCash MasterCard and GCash American Express® Virtual Pay and how these products are contributing and transforming the future of online marketing in the Philippines.

At Asia Digital Marketing Expo 2015, top executives from different companies will also join to share their insights and expert opinions regarding the future of digital and online marketing in the Philippines and the Asia Pacific Region with the following key points for discussion:

• The digital economy of the Philippines
• Positioning the Philippines as a gateway from east to west and west to east
• Is the Philippines ready to be a cashless society?
• Disrupting tradition and embracing innovation
• Technology and entrepreneurship driving inclusive growth
• Micro- multinationals- e commerce connecting SMEs to ASEAN and beyond
Partial list of speakers are as follows;
Mario Montejo- Secretary, Department of Science and Technology (DOST)

Xavier Marzan- CEO, Globe GXI

Constantin Roberts – Managing Director, ZaloraPhilippines

Tina Pang- Head of Online Sales, Twitter

Earl Valencia- Head Corporate Development/Innovations, Smart Communications

Kristian Melquiades- General Manager, Viber Philippines

Richard Upton- President, John Robert Powers Asia

Donald Lim- Chief Digital Officer, ABS CBN

Janette Toral- E Commerce Advocate, Digital Club Filipino

Robert Yupangco- President, Yupangco Group of Companies

Chinkee Tan- Best Selling Author, Motivational Speaker, Radio Host and Wealth & Wellness Coach

Rebecca Bustamante Mills- CEO, Chalre Associates & President, Asia CEO Awards

Mikel Yaw- CEO, Elabram Systems Group

Carlos Celdran- Brand Ambassador, Tour Guide

Maria Camille Montejo- CEO, NWSteel Technologies & Tree Top Adventure Inc.

Kim Bernardo Lokin- Managing Editor, Business Class Magazine

Pocholo Gonzales- CEO, Creative Voices Productions

Tanya Llana- Marketing & Sales Director, Victoria Court & General Manager, Hotel La Corona De Lipa

James Jimenez- Director, Commission On Elections

Lloyd Luna- CEO, Lloyd Luna Corporation

Jonathan Luzuriaga- President, Philippine Software Industry Association

Donald Felbaum- Managing Director, Optel

Lewis Hong- Web Digital Marketing Specialist, Xyxon Pte. Ltd.

For more information, you may visit www.asiadigitalmarketing.ph. For partnerships and sponsorships, you may contact TAG Media & PR at09166299381 or at grace@asiadigitalmarketing.ph

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DOST Secretary Mario Montejo supports Asia Digital Marketing Expo 2015

Jose Mario G. Montejo is the current secretary of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST). He was appointed by President Benigno Simeon Aquino III on 1 July 2010. As inventor and engineer, he aims to solve the country’s recurring problems like flood and traffic congestion. He and his staff also plan to address the increasing number of dengue cases in the country through locally conceived and fabricated traps for attracting and eliminating dengue-carrying mosquitoes.

Montejo obtained a BS Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of the Philippines, Diliman (UP) in 1975. In 1989, Montejo received the Gold Medal Award for Creative Research from the Filipino Inventors Society.

He was among the 100 Outstanding Alumni Engineers of the Century awarded by the UP College of Engineering in 2011.

Secretary Montejo will welcome all delegates in the upcoming Asia Digital Marketing Expo 2015 happening on July 26, 2015 at SMX Aura, Taguig, Philippines and will be introduced by TAG Media and Public Relations CEO Engr. Grace Bondad Nicolas.

The complete set of speakers are as follows;

Mario Montejo– Secretary, Department of Science and Technology (DOST)

Xavier Marzan– CEO, Globe GXI

Constantin Roberts – Managing Director, Zalora

Tina Pang– Head of Online Sales, Twitter

Earl Valencia– Head Corporate Development/Innovations, Smart Communications

Kristian Melquiades– General Manager, Viber Philippines

Richard Upton– President, John Robert Powers Asia

Donald Lim– Chief Digital Officer, ABS CBN

Janette Toral- E Commerce Advocate, Digital Club Filipino

Robert Yupangco– President, Yupangco Group of Companies

Chinkee Tan– Best Selling Author, Motivational Speaker, Radio Host and Wealth & Wellness Coach

Rebecca Bustamante Mills– CEO, Chalre Associates & President, Asia CEO Awards

Mikel Yaw– CEO, Elabram Systems Group

Carlos Celdran– Brand Ambassador, Tour Guide

Maria Camille Montejo– CEO, NWSteel Technologies & Tree Top Adventure Inc.

Kim Bernardo Lokin– Managing Editor, Business Class Magazine

Pocholo Gonzales– CEO, Creative Voices Productions

Tanya Llana– Marketing & Sales Director, Victoria Court & General Manager, Hotel La Corona De Lipa

James Jimenez– Director, Commission On Elections

Lloyd Luna– CEO, Lloyd Luna Corporation

Jonathan Luzuriaga– President, Philippine Software Industry Association

Donald Felbaum– Managing Director, Optel

Lewis Hong– Web Digital Marketing Specialist, Xyxon Pte. Ltd.

At Asia Digital Marketing Expo 2015, different top executives will join together to share the future of online marketing in the Philippines and for the Asia Pacific Region with the following points to discuss;

• The digital economy of the Philippines
• Positioning the Philippines as a gateway from east to west and west to east
• Is the Philippines ready to be a cashless society?
• Disrupting tradition and embracing innovation
• Technology and entrepreneurship driving inclusive growth
• Micro- multinationals- e commerce connecting SMEs to ASEAN and beyond

For more information, you may visit www.asiadigitalmarketing.ph. For partnerships and sponsorships, you may contact TAG Media & PR at 09166299381 or at grace@asiadigitalmarketing.ph

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Work will never stop, even if you’re dead

Everyone has a piece of work to be done. Day by day. When you get a job or a project, work is constant. You work for a living. But you don’t live to work.

My routine lately has been unpredictable. I sleep less and work more. My body clock has gone crazy. And feeling the physical consequences, I wish I could stop.

A few years ago, during a yoga class, I have learned to control what dominates my mind. Yes, I am a worrier, got this from my mom. But when the mind says, its too much– I stop and selectively entertain thoughts in my head.

Work. Its always work. Always thinking about what needs to be done uses too much energy and brings in anxiety. So my discovery led me to:

1. Let go. Releasing mind control over work or tasks that won’t do themselves even if you break your own skull is useless. Sometimes it is easier to let go than hold on. Can’t fix the aircon? Not enough funds? Let go. When you let it go, the mind can focus on looking for solutions rather than dwell on the problem.

2. Let God. This I always experience. Whenever I have problems and challenges, I try to ask for guidance. Praying for me is the greatest weapon a man could ever have. Trusting in the Lord like He asks us is the real deal. How big is the problem or work? How big is your God? Let God.

3. Delegate. You can’t do everything. Seek help and collaborate. Accept the fact that you do not have the monopoly of talents in this world. There will always be people better than you. Far talented than you. More knowledgeable than you. Seek them and ask for their help.

The more work you have the more stressed you become. So if the work that you are doing is not making you a better person or a happier one, drop it. Or leave early.

At the end of the day, it is always you as a person that matters and not your work. Someone else can do the work, but someone else cannot live your life.

Take it easy, you only have a few decades in this world. Let not work ewt you. Work is work, even if you’re dead.

Have a great Sunday everyone!

Business, Food, tourism, Travel

Food, Investment ,Tourism and Technology (FITT) Blogger

Today I start my FITT Blog under my namesake. You can call me Vanj, from the bountiful province of Pangasinan. I am a digital influencer in my community. My day job is being a communications strategist specializing in social and digital media.

When not beating deadlines and not servicing clients, I blog. Among other things, hosting an agriculture and investment walkthrough show are two of my ventures that you will see here on later posts.

Recent Food Tour adventure, Bangsal’s Pinoy  Boodle Meal

I chose to blog about FOOD, INVESTMENT, TOURISM and TECHNOLOGY because its my passion.  My friends call me “laging gutom” (always hungry) because wherever I go, food is always an attraction for me. I am constantly looking for unique food offerings in a place. 
When travelling, I always assess the economic activity or non-activity of a place. Then see what they have or what they don’t. What they need and what would be profitable here. What is abundant and what is lacking. Then I ask myself, “what do they need, and how can I help them?”

The view from Sual viewdeck

Who doesn’t want to travel? I have been to a few places outside my country but I want to explore the beauty of the Philippines even more. It seems that every island has its own wonders and its really worth exploring.

    Amanjiwo Resort, Yogyakarta Indonesia

The advent of technology has modernized and made everything easy and shareable. Smartphones and tablets, netbooks and laptops has made every person his own media. It made everyone an instant publisher. Social media made it possible to distribute content easier and faster. Digital innovations are presented to the world at lightning speed. And then comes technology review and testing.  And since we move around the communications technology industry, it is imperative to be on top of it, at least be in the know, so you can teach and share.

What can you expect from  eVANJelist, the  FITT blogger? 

1. Lots of food adventures, interesting food stories from communities who make it.

2. Investment profiles of towns and cities and other remarkable business stories worth your while

3. Travel adventures and stories, destination stories, culture and the people, experiential tourism in the Philippines and Asia

4. Technology events, stories, ventures and start-ups

Join me, your local FITT Blogger and eVANJelist as we explore Asia and the rest of the world 🙂