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Celebrating Soiree Beaujolais in the Philippines

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I wrote about the (then upcoming) Soiree Beaujolais, including its rich history from the French vineyards to the Philippine shores and how it has been celebrated for the past 22 years. That was the press conference the French Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines, also known before as Le Club, held in the Roma Salon of The Manila Hotel.

Last November 21, the online media publishing and marketing group PB Network which MiniPhilippines belongs to, was again invited to grace the event at the Tent City of The Manila Hotel. The sumptuous food was prepared by The Manila Hotel. Wine was served generously by Le Cellier. The cheeses and delicatessen – oh, the cheeses – were imported from France, as well as the Beaujolais Nouveau, the new wine from the rich, fertile grape fields and wineries of Beaujolais region.

The PB Network group arrived at the Tent City of The Manila Hotel around seven in the evening. By past eight o’ clock, the number of people have swarmed to more than 2,000 in my guess-timate. We were of course graciously ushered in and taken cared of by the media publicist of the French Chamber of Commerce-Le Club, Ms. Arabelle Jimenez of Ecrit Comm.

I had a quick chat with Cyril Rocke, the president of the chamber and also president of DataOne (the hosting company in IBM Plaza), but being his most important event of the year, had too many things to attend to. Also there to greet us was Bernard Flour, past president of the chamber and the owner of Le Cellier who provided the thousands of guests with overflowing wine.

Champagne Morales, who hosted the press conference, was also the host of the Soiree Beaujolais event. Serving the Beaujolais Nouveau was done with some pomp on stage before everyone was invited to go to the serving stations and get their taste of the new wine. Because this Beaujolais Nouveau has not aged yet, the taste is quite unfamiliar compared to most of the aged wine bottles I buy. Still, it’s an experience worth the attendance.

Music, dancing, wine, entrees, cheeses, delicatessen, desserts – that went on till the wee hours of the morning. I left before midnight, a little tipsy from all the combination of red wine, white wine and new wine; and of course, the cheeses!

I think I should say that everyone who is reading this has to look forward to attending next year’s Soiree Beaujolais. It’s a once a year, if not at least once in your lifetime, that you enjoy what the people in the streets of Paris have been doing through the centuries.

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Photos by @raffypekson via MiniPhilippines.com

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Create Wealth in 2014

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There’s an upcoming event this December in the Philippines entitled “Wealth Creation Summit 2013” which might fit your bill if you’re looking for a seminar that has topnotch international and local speakers who have created wealth in their respective fields of expertise. Not bad for 250 Pesos which lasts the entire day of December 15, 2013 at the SMX Convetion Center in SM Aura, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City.

Visit the Wealth Creation Summit 2013 Website for more information.

Title photo from woodsy at rgbstock.com

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How to Get Fast Business ROI with PLDT Cyberya

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PLDT KaAsenso Cyberya is a coined term from two words: “Cyber,” involving cyberspace and the Internet, and “Barya,” a Filipino word meaning “coins” in literal translation. In reality, it’s a coin-operated machine that allows people to drop as little as one Peso to surf the Internet.

The Cyberya business is touted to be a high-profit, low-maintenance small business or minigosyo, helping provide extra income for small business owners or jumpstarting a small business into a bigger venture with multiple Cyberya machines. In partnership with Intel Philippines, the global leader that develops technologies, products, and initiatives to continually advance how people work and live, PC Express, one of the leading computer retailing shops in the Philippines that provides high-quality PC and electronic parts and accessories, and PLDT KaAsenso, PLDT HOME’s trusted enabler for minigosyos. Cyberya was launched in late 2012, it is now available nationwide.

A Cyberya package is an all-in-one surfing or gaming console comprised of PLDT’s wired broadband connectivity up to 2Mbps (minimum speed of 150 kbps at 80% reliability) and a complete personal computer (PC) set that the minigosyo owner can pay through their PLDT Bill with extended 24-month warranty (depending on parts) and after-sales service.

The more Cyberya units you get, the faster your return on investment (ROI) is. Revenue is always dependent on a good location where people will want to use the Cyberya unit, like a place where there is high foot-traffic. Make sure the location is not beside any existing Cyberya units. Remember, the longer the operating hours of your Cyberya unit is, the more customers it can service.

Here’s an illustrative way of making money with Cyberya:

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You can apply for the Cyberya Package in any accredited PLDT sales and service centers, or PLDT Home sales agents. You will need a valid ID (must be government-issued or company ID with SSS and TIN) and proof of business registration (Barangay Permit is allowed). Remember, this is a small business you are setting up and PLDT cannot allow you to purchase and lease a Cyberya package without proof of business registration. You will also need to fill-up a customer information sheet and a subscription certificate. For existing KaAsenso subscribers, all you need to present is your valid ID.

For more information, please visit the PLDT Home Cyberya website.

Images from PLDTHome.com.

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