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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 www.airasiatravelphotographer.com 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

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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 Pekson.com 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 www.pekson.com.

Photo from source.

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More Fil-Ams May Seek Medical Care in Philippines

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A photo of General Santos Doctors Hospital

A new bill is being drafted that will allow United States Medicare beneficiaries to travel to the Philippines for medical reasons, according to Eric Lachica, a lobbyist who is working to get the bill introduced. The new bill would allow Medicare to reimburse certain hospitals in the Philippines directly for Guam residents, thus allowing for the full export of Medicare benefits to the Philippines. Lachica said there are about 400,000 Filipino-Americans in the U.S. mainland, and about 200,000 have seriously expressed interest in retiring in their homeland to take advantage of the low cost of living.

Currently, because of proximity, Guam Medicare residents are allowed to travel to the Philippines to seek medical care for procedures not currently offered on Guam. The patient is then directly reimbursed for the medical visit.

Read more at Marianas Variety

Photo by ManilaBoy45 at Flickr.com

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Written by Raffy Pekson II

February 19, 2012 at 9:12 pm

Philippines and Vietnam Sign Open Skies Agreement

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Photo of Vietnam Airlines

The Philippines and Vietnam have recently signed its latest bilateral agreement in announcing an open skies deal, liberalization air rights between the two countries. Based on the new deal, Manila and Ho Chi Minh cities will both allow 2,650 seats per week of travel.

“The provision for unlimited flights to all points outside Manila is in line with the government’s efforts to decongest the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, while at the same time promote countryside development,” writes Paolo G. Montecillo of the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

Source: Asia News Network

Photo by tuvancong2003 at Flickr.com

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Written by Raffy Pekson II

September 18, 2011 at 3:48 pm

Travel Nurses – The Next Overseas Job?

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Poster by star1950 at Flickr.com

Travel nurses are nursing professionals like any other. The difference is that travel nurses  serve in special travel conditions. They serve in travel or mobile conditions such as in aviation companies, trains, and ships, to name a few. Travel nurses go through the enrollment, training and education; like the nurses that serve in mainstream heath care service centers and entities like public and private hospitals and clinics.

The best place to look for a good travel nurse is the internet. The internet will furnish you with vast databases and directories with hundreds of listings and leads that you can pursue and then identify the traveling nurse companies that you would want to work for. As soon as you get to identify the companies the next thing you have to do is to deal with the staffing agencies that handle recruitment matters of the companies.

If you want to land that top travel nursing job or the kind of basic travel nursing job the best thing you have to do is to get in tough with recruitment agencies that that handle the recruitment business and process of many nursing travel companies.

Read more at the New Haven Railroad Blog

Written by Raffy Pekson II

March 9, 2010 at 7:37 am

Sony CyberShot Online Blogger Search

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You can start by voting for this blog-site, right? ☺

You can start by voting for this blog-site, right? ☺

Do you know your favorite bloggers? Send in your top 3 local bloggers under the following categories and get a ch ance to win a Sony Cyber-shot.

FOOD, FASHION, TECH and TRAVEL

Submit your nominees to cybershottx1@gmail.com. Follow the entry format below:

Name: Anna Cruz
Address: Unit 234 Princeton Building Makati City
Contact: 09174253777

Technology

1. blogsite
2. blogsite
3. blogsite

Fashion

1. blogsite
2. blogsite
3. blogsite

Travel

1. blogsite
2. blogsite
3. blogsite

Food

1. blogsite
2. blogsite
3. blogsite

Submission of nominees is from September 15 to 30, 2009.

Sony is taking the digital imaging technology to the next level with its introduction of the new Cyber-shot TX1 and Party-shot accessory. Taking great photos under various situations has never been this exciting and fun.

Only the best will be captured on October 15, 2009. The party is about to begin.

Written by Raffy Pekson II

September 15, 2009 at 1:07 pm

Asian Publishing Convention in July (Philippines)

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The 2009 Asian Publishing Convention (APC) will be held on July 16 and 17, 2009, at the Mandarin Oriental hotel. Its theme for this year is “Multimedia Content Development, Deployment and Management.” Though no program agenda has been posted yet, registration is on-going. The “early bird” registration fee for local delegates is PhP 12,500 while overseas delegates pay US$ 495. Registration includes access to all workshop sessions, scheduled lunches, refreshment breaks, welcome cocktails, and gala dinner. A discount is given to two delegates and “four or more delegates.” Partner associations of APC also receive 10% discount. All overseas delegates are entitled to a complimentary hotel room for three nights at one of the three designated satellite hotels.

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Written by Raffy Pekson II

May 21, 2009 at 4:15 pm