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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Ateneo CCE & AFFI Franchise Development Program 2010

Franchise Development Program 2010

Ateneo Center for Continuing Education and the Association of Filipino Franchisers, Inc. will offer the 6-day Franchisee Development Program this November 2010.
Visit their booth at the upcoming AFFI Trade Show at the World Trade Center from Sept. 16 - 19 to find out more!
They will also have a short talk this Friday, Sept. 17, 3pm at the AFFI Trade Show to be delivered by AGSB-CCE Prof. Enrique M. Soriano.

The new Franchisee Development Program will be headed by Ateneo CCE Program Director, Mr. Jorge Noel Wieneke.

Ateneo CCE Launches Franchisee Development Program The Center for Continuing Education (CCE) of the Ateneo Graduate School of Business (AGSB) is formally launching its Franchisee Development Program at the 9th Filipino Franchise Show.

Monday, September 6, 2010

The 5th AAA Speakers Bureau

The Fifth Ateneo Alumni Association Speakers Bureau
September 18, 2010 |1:00pm - 5:00pm

Veritas Room, 4th floor of Ateneo Professional Schools, 
Rockwell Center Makati City

For reservation or any questions, please contact Ms. Jesica G. Santos (Ateneo Alumni Association - Executive Director) at jesica[at]ateneoalumniassociation[dot]org.

Clinics and Laboratories in Binan City, Laguna, Philippines

Megahealth Multispecialty Clinic (049) 411-3734 Room 203, Ray Building, 16 A. Mabini St., Barangay Poblacion, Binan, Laguna

Ating Pagamutan Multi-Specialty Clinic (049) 511 7359 National Highway, Canlalay, Binan

Alabang Medical Clinic 699-2364 National Highway, Canlalay, Binan

Veracruz Medical Clinic & Laboratory A. Bonifacio, Binan (049) 511-8737

Felipe-Dy Clinic Compound (OB-GYN, Pedia, Dermatology) (049) 511-9740 A. Bonifacio, Binan

Health Choice Laboratory (049) 511-9721 National Highway & along A. Bonifacio, Binan

Save Drugstore & Medical Clinic Gen. Capinpin St,, Binan

UNIVERSITY OF PERPETUAL HELP MEDICAL CENTER-BIÑAN, National Highway, Sto. Niño, Biñan, Laguna 699-2051

EENT Clinic (Dr. Norman Potenciano) F. Gana St., Poblacion, Binan

General Medicine Clinic (Dr. Mariano Marcelo) near Intelco & Caltex, Manabat St., San Antonio, Binan

St. Angelo's Multispecialty Clinic & Diagnostic Center (049) 511-6011 Manabat St., San Antonio, Binan

Binan Mother & Child Specialist Clinic (049) 411-5774 (0922) 364-5558 Manabat St., San Antonio, Binan

St. Uriel Medical Clinic and Laboratory (049) 411-0728 (0926) 6164109 Manabat St., San Antonio, Binan

Binan Community Hospital (049) 8381717, National Highway, Canlalay, Binan

Binan Doctors Hospital Dr. Arturo Tolentino, (049) 511-6167 / 511-9159 National Highway, Platero, Biñan, Laguna

Friday, September 3, 2010

1st Certified Blog Entrepreneur Program with DigitalFilipino.com

Learn how entrepreneurs can earn and grow their business through blogging and social media
This course can be taken purely online via webinars and online learning
    Module 1: Blog Launch, Copywriting, and Basic Promotions October 16-November 6
    Module 2: Blog Marketing and Advertising November 6-27
    Module 3: Blog Monetization and Business November 27-December 18
Offered by the DigitalFilipino.com, Ateneo Java Wireless Competency Center and BlueBlade Technologies
To register, go to www.influentialblogger.net or email elearning@ateneo.edu
For more information, contact Coni Cruz at (63-2) 426-6001 local 5678, 927-0096, (0928) 506-5382

The Philippine Graphic Design Awards 2010

The Philippine Graphic Design Awards or PGDA is the first and only local awards program in the Philippines that celebrates Filipino graphic designers in a showcase of the most creative and innovative artwork produced within the last year.

PGDA endeavors to elevate the stature and perception of the Philippine graphic design industry by establishing a point of reference for Philippine graphic design among its regional and international counterparts. It strives to create opportunities and to inspire Filipino graphic designers to continually produce unique, cutting-edge artwork that exude distinctively Filipino qualities.

Read more on the rules here.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

1st Ateneo de Manila University Social Entrepreneurship Training for Trainers

If I were still MNL-based, I would have loved to take this course.  Here's the course description from Mr. Harvey Keh:

Social entrepreneurship is defined as an innovative solution to social problems using entrepreneurial skills. In the Philippines, there are social enterprises that have successfully attained this objective, thus helping raise the quality of life of the partner marginalized group and to some extent, doing good to the environment.

Globally, initiatives and endeavors promoting business and social development as a framework are growing and indeed, developing. In fact, top universities around the world such as Harvard University, Oxford University, and Stanford University are taking the lead in promoting and institutionalizing social entrepreneurship as a systemic classroom-based curriculum for individuals wanting to advance a social mission as social entrepreneurs.

Now, the Ateneo de Manila University-School of Government and the Institute for Social Entrepreneurship in Asia (ISEA) together with the Ateneo Center for Social Entrepreneurship are developing a social entrepreneurship program that is aimed at providing skills training to those interested to become social entrepreneurship trainers for their respective organizations.

In line with this, we are inviting your institution to send delegates to the
1st Social Entrepreneurship Trainer’s Training which will be held on October 18 to 29, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm (Mondays thru Fridays only) at the Ateneo de Manila University, Loyola Heights campus. Program fee is P29, 000.00 covering the meals (lunch & snacks) and course materials of the participants. The main facilitator for this program is Prof. Marie Lisa Dacanay, ISEA Executive Director. Certificates of completion will be awarded to the participants upon completing the whole training program.

DISCOUNTS: An early bird discount of 10% will be given for those who register and complete their payment by 30 August 2010. A Group discount of 5% is also offered to groups of 3 or more registrants. Early bird groups will be given a total discount of 15%.

For registration, you may e-mail us at ateneoylse[at]gmail[dot]com or call us at (02) 434-1458.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Pecha Kucha Night Manila Vol. 3 || 02 Sep._ 730pm Shangri-La Mall

It’s Pecha Kucha Night Manila Vol. 3 on September 2, Thursday at the Cineplex 4 Shangri-La Plaza Mall.

Tickets are sold at 220php inclusive of popcorn & drinks.
For inquiries call 4368864 or visit htttp://www.pechakuchamanila.com


reposted from: http://ishotthesher.i.ph/blogs/ishotthesher/2010/08/20/pecha-kucha-night-manila-vol-3-02-sep_-730pm-shangri-la-mall/

Friday, July 23, 2010

[Ateneo SMPH] Boost++ Medical Marketing Forum 21 July 2010

Albeit late, I saw this link on Ateneo's twitter account: http://www.ateneo.edu/index.php?p=120&type=2&aid=8641 so I rushed to inquire about participating. I was corresponding with Ms. Isobelle Ramos who was enormously helpful. She pointed me to this page where I found more details about Boost++, which was basically the first Medical Marketing Forum spearheaded by the Ateneo School of Medicine and Public Health (ASMPH) Pioneer Class of 2012.
I woke up at 5:30am to prepare for this, which meant driving in sleep-inducing rain and pout-inducing hunger. I arrived at the new Medical City compound a little past seven o'clock. Parking in the basement was easy as the guards were helpful and there was a parking aide showing me the reserved area for forum attendees.
I happened to be too early for the registration, so I took my camera out and captured snapshots of the elegant building. Twice, I was mistaken by event organizers as the official photographer / videographer of the event. Hmmm, didn't know I had THAT kind of aura. I should get a more socially-acceptable haircut and clothes.
The registration committee was a group of six people who made sure that forms were prepared, guest books were signed, and name tags & certificates were printed out properly. They also provided me with a goody bag that included products from pharmaceutical companies, an ID tag, a Boost++ coffee tumbler, and a souvenir program. I would have traded the feminine wash for a notepad and pencil.

At 8:00am, the auditorium was less than half-full (or only half-empty, since I'm an optimist), so the forum started at 8:40am because of late attendees. Below was the program and list of speakers:

Here are some snapshots of the speakers:

Thanks again to the Ateneo School of Medicine and Public Health, including everyone else who made this possible.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Noodle Night on July 9, 2010 at Wabi-Sabi

I recently visited Paolo's two week-old shop at The Collective, an event space along Malugay Street in San Antonio Village, Makati. He was with Inez and both of them were diligently fixing up the shop and finishing work. Paolo toured me around the compound and showed me the different store windows & introduced me to some of the owners, including Ibarra of Wabi-Sabi. Iya posted a recent review/ramen rant on her blog which made me additionally curious about the place. I placed some venue entries on Foursquare for information about what's inside The Collective http://ta.gd/4sq.

If you're interested in eating at Wabi-Sabi and meeting fellow twitterers/bloggers, join us on July 9, 2010.


Postscript: Photos & Blog Entry here: http://bit.ly/bkliZO /by Mark Cerbo.

friday afternoons

Catching-up Fridays is about invigorating friends.

I met up with Lette prior to an early morning flight to Caticlan. We met up in Greenbelt, Makati after I finished work in Laguna. Simple joys filled the afternoon: book cover browsing at Fully Booked, happy hour at Spicy Fingers, and Milo Dinosaurs at Kopi Roti before she met up with Mary for the evening screening of Toy Story 3.

The succeeding Friday (July 2, 2010) brought about a spontaneous meet-up at Le Bistro Vert, the venue of the #T13Tweetup. I was invited by Janette via a late Thursday tweet. It was great to finally see Ms. Chit Juan, who manages Le Bistro Vert and Echostore.
I intended to go to the cafe during the previous weekend to drop off some samples from Carmel's Food Products that she might be able to use for her menu. The two ladies were enjoying some red wine with thin kamote chips with aioli, and Janette was explaining the benefits of Foursquare for business owners.
We also tried some Caviar Pinoy on toasted ciabatta.
Kevin, fresh from a Vietnam work trip, dropped by after his dinner meeting with Kristin and Rochelle. Banana mojito shots were served shortly, and to my surprise, the ladies out-drank the men.

If you're weakened by the week or if your spirit is running on empty, plan an early Friday happy hour or night-out with friends and revive your energy. Cheers!

Monday, June 21, 2010


More Saturday surprises, this time from Chef Arch's Lime 88 restaurant.

Last Saturday was the third time for me to visit Lime. Previously, I went to see an old LSGH grade school classmate, Eugene Claravall, who is also a part-owner of the restaurant. Among the other (original) owners are Chef Arch (who is in New Zealand) and his brother Vince (pictured below with his lovely wife, Sandz.

Among the food items we had were the Osso Bucco Kare-Kare with home made Bagoong, Green Mango Salad, and Crispy Dinuguan.

There will be more pictures on JP Manahan's multiply photo page.
Thanks to Vince, Sandz and the rest of Lime's staff for the drinks and awesome food! Till the next foodfest!


I have to say, I enjoy new food experiences.

These don't have to be exotic (Hakarl or the regurgitated rice from a dog that a former office mate was telling me about), nor expensively upscale (USD5,000 burger?), just something that tells me a new story about the maker, the chef or the person I'm sharing the meal with.

I was researching about my ideal weight, and given my age (mid-30s) and height (5'5.5"), I should be only around 135 pounds. My pessimistic weighing scale determines that I have to lose more than 20 pounds, which means I have to augment my exercise and decrease caloric intake. I don't want to go scientific about it yet. I want to try something that I can sustain, so I'm riding a mountain bike to work (with knobbied wheels to make the pedal resistance greater) and cutting down on rice (half-a-cup of rice or none at all) during regular meals.
I've lost an inch around my tummy area because of (starvation?) discipline. I feel a lot lighter when I engage in sports, though I have to take care of the knees.

This morning's meal was pan de sal with Santol spread.
In a past life, it would have been half-a-can of SPAM and garlic fried rice with a little turmeric. And coffee. Not anymore.

Compared to normal jams/jellies, this didn't remind me of childhood & Santol fruits from the backyard (both of the homes where I stay have Santol trees visible from the topographic Google maps). The taste was very mild citrus, clouded by the sugary mixture. It might a while to get used to, especially since I'm a fan of guava jelly (nothing comes close).

What's your favorite jam? Spread the word!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Future Tweetups in Philippines = To Help Business

I just wanted to share this article I came across today. I hope we can do this in Manila and build business AND business networks.

'TweetUP' is about new forms of communication

SYLACAUGA – Business owners held their first “TweetUP” Tuesday, to discuss the various uses of Twitter and other social media.

The “meet ups” of people who “Tweet,” the common phrase for sending someone a message via Twitter, have become a regular occurrence nationwide.

Nick Lovelady, co-owner of Cupboards, organized the meeting with Wanda Craft of Just Vintage. Tabby Evans, owner of Gabby’s Coffee House, hosted the get-together.

Lovelady passed out flyers with “25 ideal ways to use social media.”

“There are probably 2,500 more reasons why you should do it,” he said. “I think that, especially in the business world, if you are not headed in that direction you are going to be left behind.”

Josh Andrews, owner of The Outsourced Associate law services, and Harris Bond, pastor at Knollwood Presbyterian Church, both attended the meeting. Andrews and Bond said they had found a variety of uses for Facebook and Twitter.

“Before I moved here, (Twitter and LinkedIn) is what got my business launched in Birmingham,” Andrews said. “I got on social media, and the effect it had on my business after just six months was exponential.”

Bond said he enjoyed passing along information to his friends through Facebook and Twitter, such as a good recommendation for a restaurant. But he also said it was a great way to relay information to his congregation.

“I can tell them what is happening on Sunday, I do a lot of that,” he said.

Chamber of Commerce director Carol Emlich-Bates also attended. She said social media could help keep the community better informed of what was going on and widen the chamber’s audience.

“We have people calling us and wanting to know why we aren’t (on Twitter),” Bates said. “We have a great website, and I can tie Twitter and Facebook to the website also. It’s the ‘old dog, new trick’ syndrome. We have to get out of old habits and try new forms of communicating too.”

The organizers said they planned on making the “TweetUP” a regular meeting. People with questions can contact participating businesses through Twitter at www.twitter.com/cupboards, www.twitter.com/JustVintage and www.twitter.com/GabbysCoffee2.

Article published at: The Daily Home website.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

#TweetUp@thePark December 18, 2009

This tweetup was organized by the Ms. Leah Besa's group at Prox, whose office is in the Insular Life Building in Ayala. I used to work there early 2000s as an Assistant Manager for Business Development under Ms. Leah Castaneda (Chill Pare author, and sister of my good friend Paolo). Celine Esguerra, a long-time family friend, posted an article on Posterous.

The photos from the slideshow are all from Vimella's Facebook album. Enjoy & relive good times + yummy snacks at the park.

Easter Tweetup 2010 Flyer Design

Easter tweetup blog entry via eMz here. Awaiting twitter list of attendees.

World FourSquare Day Manila 2010

#T13Tweetup at Le Bistro Vert

Sustainable network?

We've seen the rise and fall of Friendster, and now Facebook has come, conquered. Which social platform can maximize the six degrees of the human web? Maybe a combination of all these, integrated with LinkedIn, Flickr, and future unnamed apps will be what brings us together in efficiency and productivity. I personally think it's time to start bringing people together and intertwine each one's social circles. Tweetups are a great start, being innocent-mababaw, fun, easy-to-plan, and there's immediate common ground (RP Twitter users).

Ria Juan planned and produced the #T13Tweetup, which was held at Le Bistro Vert in Salcedo Village, Makati last May 13, 2010. It was originally dubbed Thursday the 13th tweetup, then a name suggestion conversation started on Twitter. I live a couple of buildings away from Le Bistro Vert, but had to drive from the clinic in Laguna. The traffic along SLEX wasn't too bad. There were raincloud reminders again but it didn't rain.

I arrived third, with Kevin and Janette already enjoying the plush seats, Fraser Place Wifi & hot coffee. A few minutes & a lasagna bowl later, I see Ria distributing gum labels and colored markers for our DIY name tags. We then request for the bar menu & FORMALLY start happy hour. Kevin, Janette and I were in a table with Carl, Poch, Rian (pronounced Ryan), and Tonyo. When Sherwin arrived, the program/Quiz portion started. A photo op with Yves was the highlight of the evening. Photos of T13tweetup are available from JP's Multiply site. Ria has a list of all twitterers who went to #t13tweetup.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

BHSTweetup at Texas Roadhouse Grill 10 June 2010

I never expected to see so many prizes.

I came from a drippy drive from Southwoods, via SLEX. Traffic was light (rainclouds made it dark) to moderate and the only congestion I faced was at the northbound C-5 ramp to Market! Market!, Taguig City. (I wonder if they took down Cy's/Silverfilter's billboard with Ivan Man Dy.)
I park behind Pancake House and walk across a conveniently-covered walkway to Texas Roadhouse grill. The first person I recognized was Janette, whose eyes, smile & expression are always a warm, welcome sight. I also noticed her Mojito, two-thirds full. Post-work alcohol at a familiar watering hole leads to an interesting exchange of stories and ideas. She was in an informal session with one of her bloggers, so I ordered a regular burger with extra pickles & mustard, and a liter of draft.
The sight/size of the burger almost instantly devoured my appetite. The translucent, tall beer glasses have been around since the days of Silhouette Tower in Greenhills (Macho Mugs) and Third World Cafe in Malate. After Janette says goodbye to her colleague, we check our Foursquare & Twitter clients.
Apparently, Grace, Sherwin, and Jeff were in the function room, preparing the name tags, quiz materials, and the ABS-CBN interview. Two crew-members from the station were there to supervise the recording, albeit without a reporter. A few more people came in, like Bob and John. We were positioned in an eight-seater table in front of the door - an opportune place to see everyone walking in (you should try it sometime).

AT 7:30PM, there were approximately twenty attendees and Grace was being teased to dole out prizes. Foursquare users were secretly pining for a possible Swarm badge. Curiously, ACSlater states this about Swarms: And yes, if you are number 49, you get the badge when number 50 checks in. Then Yves (aka @PCOSMachine) posted this yesterday: LOL. 1st time I use foursquare here in the US swarm badge agad.ü http://yfrog.com/mgnbfj. I'm beggin the Q: does the badge go to all or just number 49?

As the BHSTweetup crowd grew, Grace started her intro and flaunted the swag (including gift certificates from Lime 88, Carnipure, a pair of Anthology shoes, a ten-dollar iTunes card, Mozilla Firefox buttons, Karrots Cases for iPod, reams of Marlboro Lights in flip-top boxes, Royce chocolates, Nokia portable speakers, Yahoo pens, Microsoft Office 2010 bags, among others). A quiz initiated the Games portion. The tweeps were grouped into five teams (depending on which table one was seated), given writing implements and five minutes to complete a writing task. Each team had to choose a letter (we choose H, pronounced "etch"). The teams would have to enumerate all possible (English & Filipino) descriptive words that started with their chosen letter.

If the decibel level was an indication of the fun that people were having, then I have to mention that I couldn't hear the host who was standing 3 feet away. Rod had to tweet the winning team for us to find out the results. Norbs mentioned that security was considering crowd control. There was a Quiz portion that followed, and a Bring Me game that lasted until 10:00+ because of all the prizes. Another highlight of the evening was the arrival (and subsequent photo ops) of Cecile, the brains & beauty behind Chuvaness. I also learned from Bob about the denotation/connotation of "Chuva." Chubby Rain = Chuva Rain? More than fifty people braved the drizzle & Makati traffic. The tweetup lasted until midnight, with the remainder catching up, paying up, and downing their drinks. If this tweetup was a burger, it surely had everything on it.

I'm looking forward to the other pics & blog entries. Please share if you have any, and hope to see you at the next networking event.

Monday, May 31, 2010

#beerstorming at Le Bistro Vert

Happy hour with friends is always welcome way to end the five-day work week. A semi-spontaneous tweetup had been planned last Friday (28 May 2010) with this agenda: to drink and discuss some ideas from previous tweetups. Who came despite the rain? First to arrive was (current 4sq mayor of Le Bistro Vert) Ria Juan / @juanxi who came from work errands. Next was Marissa Manaloto / @mcmanaloto who braved the Valero rain to get to Le Bistro Vert. Le Bistro was the venue for the recent #T13tweetup. The menu consists of dishes produced from sustainable food (the Asian Development Bank has an article on Sustainable Food Security in Asia which is recommended reading). I ordered and shared the Roasted Vegetable Pizza (yummy with the cherry tomatoes & fresh arugula) and Super Dry. Ria and Marissa had Mango Mojitos while waiting for Rob.

Rob Angeles / @robangeles arrived last and was excited in discussing ways to help local social media. I am very hopeful with this project.