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What have I learned in 2017

What have I learned in 2017
What have I learned in 2017

This year has been a tough, so I’m sharing with you what have I learned in 2017. I wish it was easy like 2012 or 2013. But it wasn’t. I had my fair share of ups and downs, just like any other person walking on the face of the earth.  Some are quite relevant, some not really.

1. Its not easy to start anew

It started with a new company we have to register as an offshoot to the previous start-up. New company that needs new documents and financials. And it was hard coz we barely had savings in 2016 to finance its requirements. I had to give up so many things to just make it stand up. Its a given.

Then there were a few trips abroad, I treat them as gifts from wonderful people and The One up above. But it has taxed the new company too. I haven’t really automated it so my absence really took its toll. But that was taken as part of the learning curves. No regrets.

2. Real friends stay and support

Along the way, I met new people, made new friends. Visited new territories and tried to blend in. New language, new culture and I think it was fun  too.

This year, we made a leap to another region. I felt it was right time to be there to share their stories. There was a need and I felt in my heart I can help. So there. Its was also a leap of faith. I haven’t done that without the help of other people like Jimrey Biosa, Kuya Isaias a brother from another mother 🙂 and his wife Janette who treated me like family. Then there was Kuya Benjamin De Yro who eventually introduced me to Madam Irma Maguigad and the rest is history.

A piece of my life in 2017
What have I learned in 2017

3. You win some you lose some

I lost a few people too, Reginald was with us for five years. He has been part of the company since Day 1. But since we were incubating, and he has other dreams, we have to let him go. We cannot afford him just yet. 🙂

Some clients were too difficult to please. So it was time to let go, some ideas are born ahead of their time so it was also time to rest it for a while. We can  only proceed with three of them. And we were happy with it.

4. Reflect. Rethink. Restrategize

This year was a lot of reflecting. And a lot of thinking sessions. We recalibrate the strategy and we stood by three. The survivors were Tourism Radio, Shareable Stories and Shareable Academy.

Tourism Radio is the only tourism focused online radio station webcasting from Cagayan valley to the world. Our target market is the Filipino living outside of the Philippines and their circle of influences such as their families and friends as well their communities. We also reach out to domestic and international travelers looking in to the Philippines as their  preferred destination. Lastly, local government units wanting services on how to further boost their destinations and attractions and how will visitors stay and spend in their respective areas.

Shareable Stories is the mother unit of Shareable News. We innovate how people consume news through visual storytelling. Expect video, audio and text formats as part of this innovation. We saw how people reject newspapers because publishers seem to have neglected the needs of its readers. So we are taking them back though Shareable Stories.

Lastly, we introduce Shareable Academy. It is the learning arm of the company. We don’t have to be left behind or left out. Shareable Academy will share  events, learning sessions, training and consultancy to our clients.

5. Start strong and finish it stronger

I also learned to start the year strong and finish it stronger. Start it early. Work hardest in the early days and give it your all. Then by November and December, finish it early and stronger. I learned to take it slow during the last days of the year. Because the faith is calling. And it is far more important than anything.

This year, I was able to do this. I started strong but slowed down in the middle and finished stronger by saving what is the most important thing in my life which almost cost my sanity.

6. What have I learned in 2017 ? Fight for people who matter

In my quest to be better at career, I seem to have forgone people who matter. I messed up at relationships. I have no time and patience because I was always busy and I hated negative news.  I was always chasing my schedule. I stopped listening.  Really. And it was a mistake. Listening is caring. I stopped caring because my hands were so full. And my mind is so cluttered.

I stopped fighting for people. I got tired. Then I realized I have lost my best friend. My anchor. Those who make me happy day in and day out.

So it was time to win them back. I put down everything, including my pride ( which is not easy to disregard ) to bring back people who matter.

And there was no regret. I learned my lesson very well. I could continue fighting for the world but if there isn no reason to fight for, what is there to gain?

These are a few of what have I learned in 2017. What have you learned this year? I’m interested to know.. Comment ‘what have I learned in 2017’ below and let us discuss.


tourism, Travel, vanj padilla

Charmed by natural wonders of Pamplona Cagayan

Pamplona Cagayan on a weekend

Pamplona” to me, used to be just a city in Spain or a town in Rizal. Which also happens to be a town in the beautiful province of Cagayan. The northern most provinces were highly Hispanized. Isabela, the nearby province was named after a Spanish queen. In Cagayan, Lal-lo town used to be the seat of the Nueva Segovia before it was transferred to Vigan.

Where there is a river system, there is a town heavy of Spanish influence, Catholicism. The rivers, being the main thoroughfare during old days, conquistadores used them to reach Filipino natives.

The treehouse in Pamplona is strategically situated at the century-old Acacia tree

Fast forward to the 21st century, Pamplona in Cagayan is a charming destination. A weekend with the very young lady Mayor Arnie Angelica Sampaga revealed that indeed this town has a lot of potential and is a sleeping giant ready to be awakened.

Bio-ethanol is produced in this 4th class town. It produces approximately 850 liters of bio-ethanol daily and supplies a hospital in Ilocos Norte. Bio-ethanol, similar to ethyl alcohol – is a bi-product of the nipa palm tree abundant in the rivers of Pamplona. Other products were Binarayang or nipa wine that has a high alcohol content.

We initially had the river cruise, traversed the vast river in a floating hut with karaoke or videoke while sharing stories and eating fresh grilled clams or ‘caggu‘ as they call it here. It was a refreshing cruise. We can do so much in this activity. And Masi river is apparently where Miguel De Salcedo landed in Cagayan.

Pamplona River Cruise
with the Arapang Media team and Team Pamplona
Emoting at the river

Up next, tired bodies rested at Nena’s Beach Resort in Nagattatan owned by Dr. Nena Ifurung, a staunch supporter of Pamplona’s development. It was a restful sleep, it was like sleeping in my house in Lingayen in front of the beach. The food they served was sumptuous, too bad I wasn’t able to take a photo due to excitement 🙁

In the morning, we were fetched to attend the flag ceremony and witness the awarding of the winners of the official tourism t-shirt design and to rejoin the lady mayor and other municipal officials of the bustling town.

Arapang Media & Consultancy with Mayor Arnie Angelica Sampaga

Right after the brief meeting, we were toured around again, by the Tourism Officer designate- Jernelli Ruiz, along with team Arapang Media & Consultancy other guests and locals. We went to the Malagabavi River where small basins of water from the Malagabavi falls flow freely to the Masi River.

The river bank in itself is a postcard photo in itself

The river cruise in itself is a visual feast, along the way we saw carabaos happily wading in the crystal clear waters. Some fisherfolks cast their nets and eagerly wait for their catch.

The Skyline is a postcard photo in itself
vanj padilla postcard photo
some more postcard photos

We were surprised to learn that some villagers were waiting for us at the dock. Lunch is being prepared there for us. It was wonderful. We experienced local hospitality, a signature trait of Filipinos. We were served a fish specie from the river, I forgot its name.

This tasty fish came from this river

After lunch and before sleep will engulf our full tummies, we went on to continue with the river cruise towards our destination- the PIKKAN FALLS. A thirty-minute or so boat ride ensued and we dropped off to a riverbank where a tiny farm house can be seen.

It was not an easy trek, the path is very tricky and some stones are quite slippery


There is a time to rest and pose for a photo

After about twenty minutes of trekking, at last we arrived at the enchanting Pikkan Falls. The boat ride, the trek, the stories and the muscle cramps were all worth it. Adults survived. Kids survived. All were very happy.

The enchanting Pikkan Falls of Pamplona, Cagayan
Look at how clear the water is, you can actually see the multi-colored pebbles underneath
Achievement Unlocked! The blogger reached the falls in one piece

NOTE TO READERS: The Pikkan Falls is not yet ready for tourists. The LGU is currently doing a tourism mapping to check on the assets of the town to be readied for mass tourism. There is no readily available boat going to Pikkan Falls. If you want to visit and go there, kindly coordinate with the Mayor’s Office or thru LGU Pamplona for assistance. The trip was LGU-sponsored and ushered us to all the sites.

Do you have an interesting story about Pamplona, Cagayan? Share it with us by commenting on the blog. Share this story on Facebook if you think others are interested to visit Pamplona.

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Cagayan Food Crawl: Promoting the Philippines, One Flavor at a Time

20 restaurants. 10 bloggers. 2 days. 

In two days, close to 20 restaurants in Tuguegarao have hosted the bloggers and social media influencers and allowed them to review their best-sellers and must-try dishes. Authentic local cuisines were served, heirloom recipes, the flavors of Cagayan was put to test. 

Will the bloggers like it? Will it pass their discriminating palates, will they share the local food stories in the region? 

The first-ever Cagayan Food Crawl is a food appreciation tour for bloggers and digital influencers in Northern Luzon. It aims to promote and help the F&B industry in Region 2, Cagayan Valley. 

It was held last April 8 and 9, in line with the Department of Tourism’s (DOT) theme – Flavors of The Philippines. The DOT Cagayan Valley Region  supported the said momentous event. 

 The most exciting part was the warmth of restaurateurs in the area. A total of 60 dishes were served for review. Each has its own characteristic, each has its own story to tell. 
There was fusion. Asian. Filipino. Western. Italian. It was food tourism at its best. 

Pan De Cagayan Pizza

We started the food crawl at exactly 9am. The first participant was the Pan De Cagayan. Pizza, pasta, breads and more on a premium. Cagayanos are lucky to have this kind or concept in Tuguegarao. What stood out to the bloggers is the 5 cheese pizza- a combination of five kinds of cheese that is ultimately gooey. 

Manio’s Pampaguenos Kare- kare

Manio’s Pampanguena came next and their palabok and kare-kare is a must-try among other dishes. Lechon cannot be left out in important occasions and Cris’ Lechon has perfectly captured lechon’s flavor the way it should be. 

Cris’ Lechon

Then comes a Filipino buffet, Kainang Pilipino, an icon in Cagayan food industry. Bloggers were immersed in an actual cooking demo by the owner. You should try their pinaupong manok, a local favorite. 

Lumping Gulay at Kainang Pilipino

Must try Baked Caggu

Ice Craze surprised the bloggers with humongous slabs of pork baby back ribs cooked to perfection, it almost melts in your mouth. Sold at a very affordable price, customers can just take it home and feed the entire family.  

Humongous slab of tangy melts-in-your mouth baby back ribs

Ice Craze specialties for Cagayanos

Hap Chan’s bestseller Beef Broccoli

Hap Chan also served Asian and Chinese dishes. We loved the dimsum and the beef broccoli no questions asked. It is a runaway winner.  

Xanjero’s Pinoy Big Burger

Xanjeros’ pasta creation

Xanjero’s served the biggest burgers in Tuguegarao. If you wanna join the Guinness Record’s biggest burger. If you are hungry for days, you will never complain at the enormous size of its burgers.  

Hilaria’s cocktails

Hilaria’s bestsellers

Get these heavenly baked goodies at 8th Avenue

Indulge in 8th Avenue coffee

Leonardo’s steaks are very palatable. Good steak at very friendly price. Again, big servings. 

Leonardo’s steaks, perfectly big and affordable

Steak, just the way you like it

Billy Jack’s  Pancit Batil Patong serves the best-tasting and most unique pancit in town having balut as topping.  

Billy Jack’s Pancit Batil Patung with Balut

Barako Boy Coffee set up

Bark Boy pasta selection featuring Tuguegarao Longganisa

Get artisanal coffee from Barako Boy . La Luna Grill serves good food, also kare-kare and their sizzling plates.  

La Luna Grill’s crispy Kare-kare

Not to be left out, Hotel Carmelita also let bloggers review their pancit batil patong and the Culinare Pizza , a thin crust pizza filled with all the goodies on top. 




 Charlie’s Kitchen Savory has the uniquely different crispy path version. Get their fish rolls and you will never regret. 

Kitchen Savory Crispy Pata

Food is undeniably the second reason for traveling. It is next to tourism and destinations. Tourists travel for food, too. Tourist explore flavors different from their point of origin.

Our last was Fracasso, the giant pizza store in Tuguegarao. Margin four pizza flavors in one massive 30-inch pizza served hot and fresh from the oven.  

Fracasso’s massive 30-inch pizza

With the success and positive feedback the Cagayan Food Crawl has generated from the event, and most importantly the online content it created for the F&B industry, participating restaurants are thankful to DOT Region 2 for bringing in events like this one. 

More of these, please DOT,” stated the owner of Crown Restaurant who boasts of the best Yang Chow rice in Tuguegarao. 

Crown Restaurant’s Pork Asado

Crown Restaurant’s famous Yema cake

And because the Philippines is a bountiful archipelago, each locality, each town has its own unique food to offer for its visitors. 


This post also appears at MomFluencer Blog

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DuterteNomics to be unveiled

The Department of Finance (DOF) and the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO), in cooperation with the Center for Strategy, Enterprise & Intelligence (CenSEI), will unveil DuterteNomics in a forum on April 18, Tuesday at The Conrad Hotel, Pasay City.

DuterteNomics is the President’s economic and development blueprint for the Philippines. It includes the current administration’s main governance and fiscal policies, comprehensive big-ticket infrastructure programs and upgraded social services targeted to accelerate growth, and by 2022, transform the Philippines into a high middle-income economy.

Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea will open the forum while Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez, a member of the President’s economic team, will deliver the keynote address.

The forum is divided into six sessions – Session 1: Economic Overview and Philippine Development Plan (PDP) Highlights; Session 2: BuildBuildBuild Infrastructure Plan; Session 3: Fiscal Issues on Revenue and Spending; Session 4: Mindanao Economy/ Major Development Initiatives in Mindanao; Session 5: International Context and Environment for the Philippine Government; and Session 6: Reactions to DuterteNomics.

The six sessions will be presented by notable panel of speakers from the President’s Cabinet. Secretary Ernesto Pernia, Director-General of the National and Economic Development Authority (NEDA), will report on the focal points of the Philippine Development Plan 2017 – 2022 which embodies the Filipino people’s dreams and goals as also envisioned in the AmBisyon Natin 2040.

Secretary Martin Andanar of the PCOO, Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella, Secretary Mark Villar of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Secretary Arthur Tugade of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and President and CEO Vince Dizon of the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) will talk about the Comprehensive Infrastructure Investment Program bringing about ease of access to electricity and water, increase in productivity, inter – island connectivity and overall improvement in the people’s standard of living.

Secretary Benjamin Diokno of the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) will provide a summary of the necessary fiscal and budgetary reforms for financing the infrastructure and social spending programs.

Representing the business community is Mr. John Gaisano, Chairperson of the Board of the Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industries, Inc. who will discuss the major development initiatives for Mindanao. Professor Richard Heydarian from the academe will tackle the international context and environment for the Philippine government.

Former Secretary Cielito Habito will serve as a reactor of Dutertenomics.

Former Chairperson of the Philippine Civil Service Commission (CSC) Ricardo Saludo will host the forum while Associate Professor Gary Olivar of the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) will serve as the moderator of the forum.

The event’s official hashtag will be #DuterteNomics. Registration will start at 12:30PM.

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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.

Vanj Padilla Break Free Book
Get your copy

Get your copy by visiting the author’s Facebook page and order here. 


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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. 

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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 For partnerships and sponsorships, you may contact TAG Media & PR at09166299381 or at

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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 For partnerships and sponsorships, you may contact TAG Media & PR at 09166299381 or at

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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!

Politics, vanj padilla

Pangasinan is not for sale! — Gov Espino

NOTE: This is a post written in Filipino language and first appeared on Istorya newspaper

Governor Espino delivering his State of the Province Address

“Pangasinan is not for sale!“

Isa ito sa mga pinakamalaman na sinabi ni Governor Amado T. Espino, Jr. sa kanyang State of the Province Adress( SOPA) 2015 kamakailan. Ito ay bilang reaksyon sa talamak na umano’y bigayan ng pera sa iba’t ibang opisyal ng Pangasinan para pumanig sa pwersa ng kabilang kampo.

Umani ito ng masigabong palakpakan mula sa libo-libong dumalo sa SOPA ng gobernador. Subalit kapansin-pansin ang paghikbi ng Unang Ginang. Marahil ay bunga ito ng mga sakit ng kalooban na pinagdadaanan nila sa mga nababalitaan nilang di patas na laban na ginagawa sa kanila ng kalaban.

Maging ang mga dumalo ay kinapanayan ng Istorya kung ano ang kanilang masasabi sa emosyonal na pahayag ng Gobernador.

Unity Walk ni Governor Espino at ng myembro ng Sangguniang Panlalawigan

Ayon kay Estrella Maniacop, isang guro na dumalo sa SOPA, sang ayon sya sa pahayag ni Gob. Espino. “ Syempre ayaw natin ng ganun, dapat ang laban sa politika ay patas. Kasi kung lahat ng tao dito ay babayaran nila para sila ay panigan o suportahan, anong klaseng serbisyo ang ibibigay ng mga iyan pag sila na ang nakaupo? Malamang pati ang mga binayaran nilang Mayor, Bise mayor, Kagawad, Kapitan ay magiging bulag, pipi at bingi sa mga pang aabuso. Kasi nga magiging tuta na sila…” , ani Maniacop.

Kay Sofronio Marquez naman na taga Binmaley, ito ang kanyang opinion “ pag binayaran nila ang mga opisyal, di may karapatan na silang walang-hiyain ang ating probinsya at wala ng pupuna sa mga gagawin nilang kalokohan kung sakaling sila ang maupo? Mali yun, tama si Governor, Pangasinan is not for sale.”

Ang youth attendee naman na si pinangunahan ni Lanie Montemayor ay nagwikang “Talaga. Agree kami na Pangasinan is not for sale kasi yung mga nakaupo na tumanggap ng pera nila ay mangangahulugan na ibinenta na nila ang kanilang mga nasasakupan. At hindi tama yun. Walang price tag ang mga kabataang botante.”

Ilang bahagi ng mga opisyal na dumalo sa SOPA

“Alam kasi nilang hindi sila mananalo kay Governor Espino, kasi outstanding ang performance nito kaya, pinipilayan nila yung tao sa pamamagitan ng pagbili sa mga dati nitong mga kaalyado,” kwento ng isang dating aktibista sa Pangasinan.

Ayon sa mga istorya at text message sa Istorya ng mga kapitan, tuwing may patawag ay binibigyan sila ng pera. Maging ang mga Mayor na nagpahayag ng suporta sa kabilang kampo ay pinaniniwalaang may pledge umanong dalawampung milyong piso kada isa.

Dagsa ang mga taong makikipagkamay at babati sa mga opisyal matapos ang SOPA

Nitong huli umano ay sa Urdaneta naman ang bigayan at limang libo kada isang kapitan. Ito ay base sa kwento ng isang kapitan sa Istorya sa kundisyong di ito papangalanan.

Ayon pa sa source ng Istorya “ nagpapasalamat nga kami kay Board Member Pogi Espino, kasi kung di sya lumaban, aba’y hindi kami magkakapera mula sa kabila. Syempre may kalaban ang M&M kaya ang istayl nila dahil syempre hindi sila ang nakaupo, magpapatawag. Eh kami naman pupunta, wala naman masama, hindi naman kami humihingi eh. Pero, grabe din, nililitrato bawat isa. May camera! O, diba nakakatawa? Bakit kami pipicturean kung binigay ang pera ng kusang-loob?” anang kapitan.

Tinanong namin ang aming source kung alam ba ni Governor Espino ang nagaganap na bigayan ng pera tuwing magpapatawag ang kabila. At ang sagot ng kapitan ay “ Oo, sinasabi namin sa kanya. Sabi naman nya eh tanggapin nyo lang, kasi pera ng taumbayan yan, sabi naman nya. O kami, dahil di naman kami ang humihingi—kinukuha lang namin” , dagdag pa ni Kap.

Hindi na rin bago sa Istorya ang mga balitang ganito. Dahil ayon sa aming mga kausap at mga media friends, kahit saang bayan pumunta ang kampo ng M&M, sa San Carlos, sa Urdaneta, sa Alaminos, sa mismong munisipyo ng bayan ng Malasiqui, namumudmod sila ng pera.