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Best Travel Photographer Contest Launched by AirAsia and Nikon

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AirAsia in cooperation with ThinkDharma Inc., the exclusive distributor of Nikon cameras, got together to launch the first AirAsia Travel Photographer for 2015. Four newbie photographers and office workers will be coached and assisted by multi-awarded photographers from the Philippines and Malaysia as they all travel across Asia for one week starting July 21, 2015.

AirAsia Philippines Chairperson Maan Hontiveros was present during Thursday’s event held at the function rooms of ActiveFun in Bonifacio Global City. She introduced the four mentors and coaches of the contest, namely:

George Tapan – a self-taught photographer, Tapan served as director of photography of Philippine Airlines Mabuhay Magazine for eight years, won the ASEAN Tourism Association Award in 1999, won the gold prize for Pacific Asia Tourism Association twice, and first place in the Places Category for the National Geographic Photo Contest in 2011.

Christian Raymond Cruz – a graphic designer and one of the pioneers of landscape photography in the Philippines, also a self-taught photographer who spent the last seven years traveling the country and the world to capture the best nature scenery, and spends time sharing his knowledge and experience under the Redefining Vision Landscape Photography Workshops.

Philip Anthonie (Parc) Cruz – started as a hobbyist photographer in 2005, Cruz spent a lot of time tagging along with other photographers until he found his niche – portraits and cinematic shots. He is a privileged part of Nikon’s pool of endorsers and has since traveled around the Philippines and the world while imparting and encouraging other photo hobbyists to develop their creativity through visual images.

Adam Lee – an award-winning portrait and travel photographer who was trained in Los Angeles, he spent the last seven years assisting organizations to use photography as a means to tell stories and build communities. Lee is AirAsia’s resident photographer who contributes a large portion of his work to the airline’s in-flight magazine, marketing and communications, social media and brand management. Lee has won three silver awards and two honorable mentions in the Prix de la Photographie Paris 2014 competition and awarded the 27th ASEANTA Award of Excellence for Best Asean Tourism Photo in 2013.

The selected newbie photographers who will partner with these four photography masters are:

Marie Velvet Lagman-Macasaet – Marie is 36-year old an Executive Assistant to the SVP and Country Manager of VXI Global Solutions and mom to a 5-year old boy named Paco. She recently finished a half-marathon and bathing in an onsen (Japanese hot spring) while backpacking in Tokyo. She enjoys hiking, trekking and scuba diving. She is partnered with Coach Adam Lee.

Sarah T. Garcia – Sarah is a Front Office Agent at the Lancaster Hotel n Madaluyong City and loves to eat, love everything extraordinary and loves art. She is partnered with Coach George Tapan.

Paul Vincent Delfin – Paul is a Barista of Starbucks at the Greenbelt 3 branch. He’s into Indie music, loves football and loves long trips. He is an eager photography enthusiast as a form of art. He is partnered with Coach Parc Cruz.

Antonio Nepomuceno III – a marketing professional of Toyota in Taytay, Rizal, he is definitely a car enthusiast who is outgoing and loves the company of people, a necessity for his type of job. He is partnered with Coach Raymond Cruz.

Each team will be traveling around some exotic places in Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand to help everyone capture their best entries in categories that include landscape, food, portrait, architecture and travel. Winners will be awarded with over 200,000 BIG Points, AirAsia’s global loyalty program, or its equivalent free flights to any of AirAsia’s 100 destinations.

Online voting through will be opened to the public starting August 20, 2015 with Nikon cameras and BIG Points to be given away to lucky voters. The grand winner will be announced on September 11, 2015.

During the launch, AirAsia and Nikon drew lots to pick four lucky bloggers who will accompany each team in their respective trips to Asian destinations. My colleague in the Philippine Bloggers Network or PBNet Edel Santiago of The Kitchen Goddess blog won a spot among the four chosen bloggers.

Source: Press release – Manila, 16 July 2015

All photos by @raffypekson


Written by Raffy Pekson II

July 23, 2015 at 12:01 am

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Professional Bloggers Taking it to the Next Level

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Below is an excerpt from about the announcement and press release communication piece of the Philippine Bloggers Network.

Manila, Philippines. June 7, 2014.  The Internet and mobile landscape is developing in such a rapid pace, it’s like melted mercury that is absorbed in every country in the planet. In this digital age, internet and social media users increase in number every second, thus making online publishing and digital marketing a very effective communication tool for an individual, company and organization. The publicity is immediate, viral, and the reach is unlimited.

Online publishers and bloggers have been cropping up over the past decade, and many of them are presently great influencers or endorsers of products and brands. These top bloggers have a great following, boasting of a worldwide audience.

The Birth of Philippine Bloggers Network #PBNet

A group of fifteen (15) Filipino online publishers came together as one force to form Philippine Bloggers Network (“PBNet”), an organization that aims to professionalize the blogging industry. Taking blogs or online publishing to the next level, PBNet is a solid mass marketing group to any business and clientele, who are seeking premium and professional online communication services.

Read the entire announcement at

Photo from source.


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?


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.