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The 3rd AFP Social Media Summit Happening on 15 July 2016

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Press Release (July 11, 2016) — The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is all set to hold its 3rd Social Media Summit on July 15, 2016 at the AFP Theater in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City.

Spearheaded by Media and Civil Affairs Group (MCAG) and Civil-Military Operations School (CMO School) of the Civil Relations Service of the AFP (CRSAFP), the conference now on its 3rd year is scheduled to tackle current social media trends and issues as a tool to further enhance online engagement within the Armed Forces and key partner organizations.

With this year’s theme: “Change.Move.Achieve: Moving forward through Social Media”, the Summit is aimed at boosting and synergizing AFP’s online initiatives and strengthening nationalism and public service awareness through social media networks.

This one-day conference will cover issues on getting the most out of social media networks and its capabilities in nation building and how to utilize its potential and its relevance to the Philippine society in stewarding and synergizing online reputation management and strengthening nationalism and public service awareness through online presence.

One of the main topics that will be discussed is how did social media shape and affect the 2016 Philippine National Elections.

LtC. Michael T. Aquino (INF) PA, MCAG Commander, CRSAFP said: “We have been feeling the power of Social Media in recent years. We saw how Social Media technology has created an impact on the lives of many Filipinos even in the 2016 Philippine National Elections. With its fast-paced advancements and developments, it is high time for all of us, not only the AFP, to move forward through Social Media and utilize its power to achieve our personal and organizational goals.”

More than 1,200 participants (30% AFP, 20% PNP/BJMP/BFP, 30% from the public audience which includes students, working public, and academe, and 20% from other government agencies) are expected to attend this conference.

The event is co-presented by Smart Communications and HAIER Philippines. These organizations share the same value on the importance of social media in promoting the goals of their organizations.

“We have been part of the AFP’s social media summit since the beginning.  Not only because we are a partner of the AFP, but more importantly we share the AFP’s strategy of a connecting and engaging our stakeholders.  As more and more Filipinos connect to the Internet and with a new Administration in place, the 3rd AFP Social Media Summit could potentially be a powerful tool for developing the value of nationalism,” said Wo Rosete, Head of Public Affairs at Smart Communications.

Invited participants in the conference include information officers from various units of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, the Department of National Defense, the Philippine National Police, academic institutions and other government organizations and agencies. Non-government and civil-society organizations will also be invited.

BGen. Rhoderick M. Parayno AFP, Commander, CRSAFP said: “With about 50% of Filipinos actively engaging in Social Media networks and the enormous number of people around the world, the Internet has become not just an efficient tool for disseminating information but it has also become the most important venue for connecting to those we in the AFP serve. The 3rd AFP Social Media Summit will tackle how we can optimize the power of Social Media to connect for change while we actively move forward to achieve the AFP’s organizational goals related to public service.”

The 3rd AFP Social Media Summit will provide participants the opportunity to get insights on:

  • Content Marketing and Social Media Benchmarks
  • Organizing and Mobilizing Online Community
  • Going Viral: Lessons for Creating Stories with Impact
  • Bridging Generation Gaps and Social Media
  • Shaping National Issues through Social Media
  • Social Media and Countering Violent Extremism

The summit is open to all interested parties who want to know more about trends, developments and issues in Social Media, the effect of Social Media in organizations, and best practices in utilizing Social Media in spreading useful information to intended audience, among others.

Interested parties may contact: 09265540787.

Event partners include Ardent Communications, DWDD Katropa Radio 1134 kHz, AFP General Insurance, AFP Theater, ACDI Multipurpose Cooperative, and PNP Police Community Relations Group.

Media partners include the Philippine Bloggers Network, Llamadista TV, StyleList,,,,,, and

More information about the 3rd AFP Social Media Summit can be accessed at

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Health, Fitness and Wellness at #LoveYourBody Fair 2016

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Isn’t it ironic that we all want to go to travel fairs and food fairs, but when it comes to health and fitness, especially one with a lot of activities involved, we shy away? Why is that? Have we read too much Garfield comic strips that we idolize that cat, funny and lovable yet so much of a wrong icon to personify?

Enter, a go-to resource for doable exercise, healthy recipes, and happy lifestyle tips exclusively run by Tonette Nicolas, blogger extraordinaire and (well, it’s obvious) a health and wellness junkie. I met Tonette like two years ago in a health and wellness seminar the The Fort Strip in Bonifacio Global City. Through the years, she’s slowly held on to her interest and advocacy – teaching us (yeah… you and I) – how to be fit and how to be happy. In less than a week’s time, she and PMCM Events Management will be running a unique sports and fitness camp.

Dubbed #LoveYourBody (with a hashtag, please), it’s a one-day health and wellness activity camp that starts at 6:00AM on Saturday, February 20, 2016, at the Central Park of Greenfield District (formerly EDSA Central) along the block of EDSA, United St., Mayflower St., and Shaw Blvd.

  • #LoveYourBody means doable exercises, allowing everyone to participate no matter what figure you are in.
  • #LoveYourBody means healthy recipes, because apart from the activities, there are talks about diets and healthy recipes.
  • #LoveYourBody means happy lifestyle tips, because everyone needs a makeover in lifestyle every now and then.
  • #LoveYourBody means a healthy lifestyle, because being happy isn’t enough; we all have to be healthy for ourselves, our loved ones, our employers or clients, our friends and most everyone else that we are significant to.
  • #LoveYourBody is about fitness activities, because aside from health tip talks and booths, there are also activities like Zumba, yoga, running clinic, and so on.
  • #LoveYourBody is a wellness bazaar, and did I mention booths and the bazaar? You won’t see crispy chicken skin and fatty liempo being sold here. What are they selling? There’s only one way to find out – come visit them this Saturday (and please, wake up early for once!) LOL!
  • #LoveYourBody means you value your health, because a few hours on Saturday won’t really screw your weekend. C’mon, give your brain and body a chance, and forgo going up to Tagaytay or the beach for once.

Though the Wellness Bazaar is open to the public, the Zumba, sports and fitness camp activities are not.

An ALL-ACCESS pass is only worth 450 Pesos allowing you join Zumba, Sports + Fitness Camp (Yoga and Running Clinic), raffle stub, health and fitness talks, and bazaar entrance.

Separately, a ZUMBA ACCESS only pass costs 350 Pesos, while a SPORTS + FITNESS CAMP ACCESS only pass is also 350 Pesos.

The #LoveYourBody Fair 2016: Sports and Fitness Camp + Wellness Bazaar is co-presented by Greenfield District, Gelattto by Gelateria Italiana, and Zalora Philippines. This event is co-organized with PMCM Events Management. One of the media partners is The Philippine Bloggers Network – our association of professional bloggers covering various brands, activities and events.

Please go online to register, at

FREEBIES! The first 200 people to register online gets freebies and goodie bags from our sponsors! Register by going to this link:

Reference: Press release from

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Madonna to Perform in Manila on February 2016

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MMI Live and Globe Telecom recently started posting photos and posters in their favorite social media accounts of Madonna’s Manila concert.

The Rebel Heart Tour is the tenth worldwide concert tour by Madonna, in support of her thirteenth studio album, Rebel Heart. The Philippines is one of the lucky countries that will be part of Maddona’s Rebel Heart Tour, slated on February 24, 2015 at the Arena Concert Hall of the Mall of Asia.

Madonna’s 43-city tour (44 if you include the two concerts in New York City) in 18 countries begins on September 9, 2015, in Montreal, Canada at the Bell Centre and continue throughout Europe, finally concluding on March 27, 2016 in Brisbane, Australia at Brisbane Entertainment Centre.


Date City Country Venue
9-Sep Montreal Canada Bell Centre
12-Sep Washington, D.C. United States Verizon Center
16-Sep New York City United States Madison Square Garden
19-Sep New York City United States Barclays Center
21-Sep Quebec City Canada Videotron Centre
24-Sep Philadelphia United States Wells Fargo Center
26-Sep Boston United States TD Garden
28-Sep Chicago United States United Center
1-Oct Detroit United States Joe Louis Arena
3-Oct Atlantic City United States Boardwalk Hall
5-Oct Toronto Canada Air Canada Centre
8-Oct Saint Paul United States Xcel Energy Center
11-Oct Edmonton Canada Rexall Place
14-Oct Vancouver Canada Rogers Arena
17-Oct Portland United States Moda Center
19-Oct San Jose United States SAP Center at San Jose
22-Oct Glendale United States Gila River Arena
24-Oct Las Vegas United States MGM Grand Garden Arena
27-Oct Inglewood United States The Forum
29-Oct San Diego United States Valley View Casino Center
4-Nov Cologne Germany Lanxess Arena
7-Nov Prague Czech Republic O2 Arena
10-Nov Berlin Germany Mercedes-Benz Arena
14-Nov Stockholm Sweden Tele2 Arena
16-Nov Herning Denmark Jyske Bank Boxen
19-Nov Turin Italy Pala Alpitour
24-Nov Barcelona Spain Palau Sant Jordi
28-Nov Antwerp Belgium Sportpaleis
29-Nov Mannheim Germany SAP Arena
1-Dec London England The O2 Arena
5-Dec Amsterdam Netherlands Ziggo Dome
9-Dec Paris France Bercy Arena
12-Dec Zürich Switzerland Hallenstadion
14-Dec Manchester England Manchester Arena
16-Dec Birmingham England Barclaycard Arena
20-Dec Glasgow Scotland The SSE Hydro
20-Jan Atlanta United States Philips Arena
23-Jan Miami United States American Airlines Arena
27-Jan San Juan Puerto Rico Coliseo de Puerto Rico
24-Feb Manila Philippines Mall of Asia Arena
5-Mar Auckland New Zealand Vector Arena
12-Mar Melbourne Australia Rod Laver Arena
19-Mar Sydney Australia Allphones Arena
26-Mar Brisbane Australia Brisbane Entertainment Centre


Tickets will be on sale starting Sunday, July 26, 2015 at 10:00AM through SM Tickets and other outlets.


Text sources and photo: MMI Live | | | @akosynixon | @sinosicat


Soiree Beaujolais 2014 in the Philippines

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La vie est trop courte pour boire du mauvais vin.

It is once again the third Thursday of November. No, that’s not Thanksgiving USA. This special Thursday of the month is the celebration of Beaujolais Nouveau – the new wine from the rich, fertile grape fields and wineries of Beaujolais region in France. It is the most popular vin de primeur or nouveau, fermented for just a few weeks before being released for sale on the third Thursday of November every year. Hence, this special day will also be celebrated by the French community in the Philippines together with guests from the diplomatic, corporate and social registers of the country.

Oh, the French phrase above means “Life is too short to drink bad wine.” Sweet!

This year’s celebration of Beaujolais Nouveau will happen on Thursday (of course), November 20, 2014 at the Tent City of the Manila Hotel. Organized by the French Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines—Le Club, the gala starts at six in the evening. Last year’s event recreated the moments of Parisian street scenes with couture, music, food and, of course, wine. On Thursday, it will tell the story of France’s dynamic movement from the turn of the century in the 20’s up to today. Murals, visual collages, lighting, music, and the interpretative renderings in dance and other theatrical art forms are what’s in store for those attending this once-a-year celebration.

The chamber has been celebrating the Soiree Beaujolais for the past 22 years in conjunction with a simultaneous gala in most countries of the world where there is a sizable French community including France, of course. All the wine, cheese and delicatessen are being flown in from France while The Manila Hotel will prepare the other hors d’ oeuvres, charcuterie, oysters, salads, hot French cuisine, pastries and desserts.

The Chamber President, Mr. Cyril Rocke, will welcome all the guests, while the keynote message will be delivered by His Excellency, Gilles Garachon, Ambassador of France to the Philippines. The Chamber Board of Directors, headed by Soiree Beaujolais Committee Chairperson and Past Chamber President, Mr. Bernard Flour, will lead in the uncorking of the new bottles, declaring the arrival of the Beaujolais Nouveau.

Book your ticket through the French Chamber of Commerce and Industry, by calling telephone number, +63 (2) 491 7708. You can also purchase tickets online at

Sources: | Beautiful Life

Photo: Board of Directors of the French Chamber of Commerce and Industry in the Philippines by Ted Claudio via Beautiful Life


The 35th Manila International Book Fair

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The country’s biggest book event is right around the corner: the Manila International Book Fair (MIBF), which heads back to the SMX Convention Center at the SM Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City on Sept. 17-21, 2014.

Now on its 35th year, the MIBF still remains the country’s biggest and longest-running book fair. It showcases the largest and most varied collection of literature for leisure and academic reading. Everything you need from fiction bestsellers, to textbooks, to graphic novels, and even educational materials are all under one roof. Moreover, the MIBF is also the go-to venue for this year’s most awaited book launches and signings, dialogues with readers, contests, and other literary events.

After three decades, it has evolved from an event for the publishing industry and the academe to one of the most-awaited exhibitions for all sorts of readers. The MIBF has become a gathering of sorts for bookworms of all ages and walks of life to celebrate the joys of reading and the knowledge each book brings about. It has also been providing a venue for the exchange of ideas amongst players in the publishing and academic industry.

Apart from great reads at affordable prices, the MIBF also showcases special events for readers: storytelling sessions, poetry readings, book signings, book launches, literary awards, quiz bee competitions, interactive education, the annual St. Paul National Bible Quiz and many more activities that enrich the reading experience and contribute to the reading awareness of the Filipino public.

For more information, visit

Photo from MIBF Facebook Page.



Note: This is not a paid article/post.

Viber’s Philippine Independence Day Biggest Event Ever

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I first started using Viber last year using my Nokia Lumia with Windows Phone operating system. After downloading the app, I took it for granted, ignored those who started messaging me, both known friends and strangers, and thought of the app as something I could do without. Then, something happened. My former and present customers, friends from all parts of the world and people I haven’t even shared a Facebook message started messaging and calling me. “Hey! This is better than Skype!”

I stopped accepting invitations with Skype simply because the profile of a total stranger wanting to connect to me isn’t complete. Who the heck is that guy? But Viber syncs the mobile phone number to the profile and often times has a face to reckon with. That’s as simple as why I stuck it out with Viber. Not having an LTE phone means my data connectivity sometimes sucks. So, I downloaded Viber Desktop on my laptop which is usually on 70% of an entire day, everyday.

Viber it is.

#VIbeOnePH announcement was held at TGI Friday’s in Bonifacio High Street.

I was invited to attend an announcement event by Viber Philippines, led by its Country Manager Crystal Lee, regarding its upcoming Philippine Independence Day celebration entitled as a hashtag, #OneVibePH. Happening the day before independence day (yes, that’s June 11 for those who just woke up) and to be held at the Mall of Asia Concert Grounds, this big event aims to integrate Philippine culture, music, artistry and food into today’s ever-changing modern times.

Headlining the event are international artists with Filipino roots like (yes, of the Black Eyed Peas for those who just woke up) and Filipino-Dutch DJ Laidback Luke. But according to Viber, Driven Manila and Eventscape, the main acts are our local music artists like Mars Miranda, Motherbasss and Funk Avy. The latter is someone familiar to me – I see Funk Avy at the bars I’ve gone or go to, I follow him at his social media and music site accounts, and he’s a good friend of good friends Franchelle Oliva and DJ Rico Arce, popular hosts of 71 Gramercy, Imperial Ice Bar, Haze, Prive, Urbn and so much more.

“After the success of #Viberacay which dominated the island of Boracay during the Labor Day weekend, Viber wishes to celebrate Philippine Independence Day (because of the) 13 million Viber subscribers (in the country).” It’s like asking all its Viber customers to come to one 12-hour day of partying.

With Viber Philippines Country Manager Crystal Lee.

Not to mention 12 prime bars and clubs will be closed on that Wednesday to take part in celebrating with six DJs and thousands of the 13 million Viber customers nationwide in one epic Viber event. Which are these bars and clubs that will shutdown for one night? These are Aracama, Dillingers, The Distillery, Haze, Hyve, Imperial Ice Bar, Prive, Prohibition, Republiq, Skye, Time and Urbn. Talk about an awesome event that has premier bars and clubs rooting with Viber.

According to their announcement, entrances at the Concert Grounds will open at 4:00 PM and the party will probably end by 4:00 AM. If you are 18 years of age but look younger than that, it’s best to bring a valid ID as only those with authorized wrist bands will be allowed to buy beer for 1 Peso. Yep, beer for a buck!

Tickets are priced at P1,000 for Patron tickets and P500 for students and Viber users. If you are a Viber user, just Viber Message 0911-VIBERPH using the hashtag #OneVibePH to get a promo code which you can use when purchasing online. Tickets are available through SM Tickets at (02) 470-2222 or and through Ticketworld at 891-9999 or

WooHoo Wednesday it is! As my friend Franchelle would say!

Image poster by Viber Philippines. Photos by @raffypekson.