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Back in Bacolod City for the Business Marketing and Social Media Summit

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The last time I was in Bacolod was August last year when I was privileged to speak at the first Social Media Summit held at Avenue Suites. Before that, I was last here in 2006 when I helped set up one of the first medium-sized call centers, iSolutions Outsource Asia Inc. or I/O Asia for short, long before TeleTech and Teleperformance went live.

It’s good to be back.

JMB Events Management, owned and operated by Bing Montinola, is spearheading this unique public seminar which will be held tomorrow, January 18, 2014, at Metro Inn hotel. Speaking with me are Myra Sandico of PMCM Events Management, Australian entrepreneur and online marketer Khoa Bui and the country’s most prominent e-commerce and online marketing advocate, Janette Toral.

In last years first social media summit, I spoke about redefining and preparing yourself before engaging the digital world, particularly in social media. Half of my presentation was about my experience in using social media and blogging as a means to pursue both for-profit ventures and even charity endeavors.

For tomorrow, I’ll touch upon a few slides from last year but this time providing a not-so-secret strategy to pursue ditigal marketing for business in the Philippines. I’ll show proof that the Filipino has already been social media fanatics yet most organizations still think quite the opposite. The assumption is already so untrue that not many know the Philippines is now hailed as the “social media capital of the world.” So, why in the world do many businesses still think social media is a waste of time and resources?

Duh?

Metro Inn Hotel in Bacolod City, the site of the second Social Media Summit.

But while in Bacolod City, I’ll be talking to Bing of JMB Events Management to plan the upcoming Bacolod event of November’s successful public seminar, “Work At Home ‘Pinas, The Seminar,” which was organized by the Philippine Bloggers Network (PB Network or PBNet). This seminar is an advocacy of PBNet which it aims to educate people of all ages seriously thinking of working from home but have no idea how to do it. Last November, PBNet held it in Quezon City. On February this year, it is going run one in the City of Las Piñas of southern Metro Manila. March would be a good month to hold it in Bacolod City. The rest of the next six months will be held in the northern and southern provinces of Luzon island.

Here’s to a successful summit tomorrow.

Photo of Metro Inn and GT Hotel from respective Facebook accounts.

Other photos and images by PMCM Events, JMB Events and @raffypekson.

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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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