Wednesday, November 26, 2014

A Song For My Sick Grandma

Quite a late post but I guess I did this on purpose :-) I'm not used of sharing my video in public but I will make an exemption on this one. In my old post, I've mentioned that our family was doing a fundraising for my sick grandmother that we came up with a dinner concert. So, last October 4, 2014, the second concert took place in our city where my brother, husband, daughter and myself participated. My sister in-law was in charge of pictures and videos (including this video I posted).

So here you can see and hear me sing Celine Dion's version of A Mother's Prayer. I did the opening song and the rest of the family members played the piano, guitar, did a solo number or duet. The concert was a success and we were truly grateful for those who came, for those who donated and supported the cause even though some were not around. Thank You Lord and may God bless us all!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Huge discounts await customers at Samsung’s Galaxy of Christmas Wishes

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MANILA, Philippines – Samsung gives Pinoys more reasons to love the holidays with Samsung’s Galaxy of Christmas Wishes. From November 15 – December 31, 2014, customers can get a chance to take home their favorite Samsung device at a lower cost by visiting participating Samsung Experience Shops and authorized dealers nationwide.

“We are very excited to make the holidays extra special for the Pinoys with Samsung’s Galaxy of Christmas Wishes” said Rhinn Piczon, Product Marketing Head for Mobile of Samsung Electronics Philippines Corporation “We listened to what our customers want and we’re thrilled to be able to give it to them this Christmas.”

Included in the promo are the Samsung Galaxy V, Galaxy Tab 3 Lite, Galaxy Core 2, Galaxy Tab 4 7.0, Galaxy Grand 2, Galaxy S4, Galaxy S5 and Galaxy Note 3.

The Samsung Galaxy V is a dual SIM phone that features a 4-inch screen and runs on Android Kitkat 4.4.2. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite, on the other hand, features a super light, slim design with a 7-inch WSVGA screen, as well as a a 1.2 Ghz Dual-Core Processor and Android Jellybean OS.

Also available at the Samsung’s Galaxy of Christmas Wishes is the Samsung Galaxy Core 2 which features a powerful Quad-Core processor on Android Kitkat and a 4.5-inch large screen, Samsung Galaxy Grand 2, with a large 5.2-inch screen an 8MP camera, Samsung S4 which boasts of a 5-inch Full HD Super AMOLED Display and 13MP rear camera, the latest Samsung S5 which has a 5.1-inch display and 16MP rear camera, and one of Samsung most powerful smartphones in the market, the Galaxy Note 3 which features a 5.7-inch display and a Quad Core 2.3GHz processor running on Android Jelly Bean.

At Samsung’s Galaxy of Christmas Wishes, customers can avail of their very own Samsung devices for as low as Php 7,000 less than the original selling price or get a special item from Samsung upon purchase.

MODEL                   RETAIL PRICE    PROMO PRICE
Galaxy V                 Php 4,990.00         Free Jelly Case
Galaxy Tab 3 Lite    Php 6,990.00        Php 6,490.00
Galaxy Core 2         Php 8,990.00        Php 6,990.00
Galaxy Tab 4 7.0     Php 11,990.00      Php 10,990.00
Galaxy Grand 2       Php 13,990.00     Php 12,990.00
Galaxy S4                Php 21,990.00       Php 19,990.00
Galaxy S5                Php 34,990.00       Php 31,990.00
Galaxy Note 3         Php 36,990.00      Php 29,990.00

Samsung’s Galaxy of Christmas Wishes can be found at participating Samsung Experience Shops and authorized dealers nationwide. Per DTI FTEB-SPD Permit No. 4704.

Globe Telecom mulls expanding operations in Asean region

Globe Telecom President and CEO Ernest Cu said the Philippine telecommunications provider is exploring the possibility of expanding its operations within the ASEAN region to complement relatively strong economic growth within the region. 

“We will look for white space within Asean and Asia on where to leverage the skills we’ve developed overtime and we do think we’ve developed a decent telco business here in the Philippines. We have a great team and we’re thinking of ways to leverage that further in emerging economies,” Cu said in a video shown at the recent APEC CEO Summit in Beijing, China. The APEC CEO Summit is a premier business event, attended by thousands of economic and business leaders from around the region. 

Cu specifically cited Myanmar as a potential expansion area. “There’s already a telco player in Myanmar but there are other areas we could get involved in, like financial services and mobile advertising and these areas have potential,” he said. 

As a telco provider, Globe has taken the direction of providing products and services most relevant to customers amid fast-paced evolution of digital technologies. “We’ve always taken the position that if consumer habits are changing, then we have to change along with it and deliver what’s relevant to them. The real prize would be getting all of these individuals to access the internet through their mobile phones and alternatives offered by different mobile apps become more commonplace and become the main mode of communication,” said Cu. 

Cu earlier said Globe is considering the possibility of offering its mobile-based banking service to other Southeast Asian markets once the ASEAN integration is in place. Globe operates GCash, the mobile money service of its subsidiary G-Xchange Inc. It also operates BanKO, a mobile-based, microfinance-focused savings bank, along with Bank of the Philippine Islands and Ayala Corp. 

By 2015, the ASEAN Economic Community sets in motion the creation of single market and production base for the 10-nation bloc fostering free flow of goods, services, skilled labor, investments and capital. ASEAN groups Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. Cu’s vision of expanding Globe Telecom’s operations in the Asean region mirrors goals expressed by other CEOs surveyed by PwC International Survey Unit. The APEC CEO Survey was conducted between June and August 2014 covering 635 CEOs and industry leaders across 39 countries with operations in APEC economies. 

Based on the survey, 57% of the CEO respondents said they are either building or expanding facilities in APEC economies in the next 3 to 5 years. The survey found that 67% of executives plan to increase investment in the APEC region over the next 12 months. Their plans are spread over each of the 21 APEC member economies with China, the US, Indonesia, Hong Kong-China and Singapore as the most popular destinations for investment. 

The Philippines will be hosting the APEC Summit next year. An intergovernmental grouping currently composed of 21 member economies, APEC focuses on three key areas namely trade and investment liberalization, business facilitation and economic and technical cooperation.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Welcoming the People's Champ

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People's Champ, Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao gets full military honors from Army Reserves Command upon arrival in General Santos City International Airport on board AirAsia flight from Macau. He just returned after he won the fight against Chris Algieri last Sunday held in Macau. The attendants of AirAsia personally gave Pacman a cake specially made for him.

Congrats Manny for bringing home another victory!

Renowned designer Tim Kobe arrives in the PH to visit Globe GEN3 stores

Iconic Apple store designer teams up with Globe Telecom to revolutionize telco retail Multi-awarded designer Tim Kobe—lauded for transforming the retail landscape through his work on the iconic Apple Store in New York City—has arrived in the Philippines to visit the revolutionary “Generation 3” stores that he especially redesigned for leading telecommunications company Globe Telecom. Globe tapped Tim Kobe in remodeling its stores to set the standard for store design and telecoms retail experience in the Philippines and in the world. 

Tim Kobe is the CEO and founder of Eight Inc., a strategic design firm with offices in San Francisco, New York, Honolulu, Tokyo, London, Singapore, and Beijing. The "8 design human experience”—which hints at the Generation 3 store promise—states that "we design meaningful experiences. Experiences with emotion and purpose that change the way people think, feel, and do." 

A graduate of Environmental Design from Art Center College of Design, Kobe began his career working as a designer for The Burdick Group, a design firm based in in San Francisco California, In 1987, Kobe became a founding partner in West Office Design Associates, focusing on museum and exhibition design for several science museum exhibitions in the US and Hong Kong. 

Years later, Kobe founded the globally recognized strategic design firm Eight Inc. At Eight Inc., Kobe worked with numerous brands in the retail and commercial space including Apple, Virgin Atlantic Airways, Nike, Coke, Knoll and Citibank, among others. 

Beyond his duties at Eight Inc., Kobe is also trustee at Art Center College of Design and currently serving as Chairman of the Academic Affairs Committee. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Grabhorn Institute in San Francisco California. 

Together with Kobe, Globe is set to revolutionize customer experience through a highly engaging retail concept that reimagines the digital lifestyles of Filipinos. The new stores will feature interactive lifestyle vignettes that will showcase numerous products within interesting displays that are relevant to customers. The installations are flexible and reconfigurable enabling the store to transform, keeping the environment always fresh and giving customers a reason to return. 

As Globe Telecom makes way for Kobe’s retail concept, it has closed down two of its biggest stores in SM North Edsa and Limketkai Mall in Cagayan de Oro. The two stores will reopen in December 2014 promising a groundbreaking experience for its customers. 

Prior to opening, the stores will feature themed surprises – Arts, Community, and Technology. Globe has commissioned a number of local artists to turn these stores into live art galleries that showcase murals exhibiting the vision Globe Telecom and Kobe’s Eight Inc. have for its upcoming Generation 3 stores. 

For weeks now, local artists have treated Globe customers and retail onlookers to live art performances at their stores in SM North EDSA in Manila and Limketkai Mall in Cagayan De Oro. Art enthusiasts and followers on social media have been keeping tabs through #Gen3nextACT on Twitter and photos uploaded on Facebook since the art event began last September 25. 

To participate in the #GEN3NextACT follow us on Twitter or get updates on https://www.facebook.com/groups/Gen3nextACT

To know about other Globe stores in your area visit http://www.globe.com.ph/store-locator or call 730-1000 for more details. 

 PHOTO CAPTION: 
1 – Globe GEN3 Stores designer Tim Kobe meets celebrated Filipino artist and creative director of the GEN3 murals Ross Capili 
2 – Tim Kobe with the Globe SM North Edsa team 
3 – Tim Kobe writes his message for Globe customers at the SM North Edsa 
4 – Tim Kobe and Ross Capili together with the rest of the GEN3 Spot-on Artists for ACT 4 at Globe SM North Edsa 
5-6 – Tim Kobe writes his message for the Kagay-anons on the Globe GEN3 mural at Limketkai mall 7 – Globe GEN3 store designer Tim Kobe together with Globe Head of Retail Transformation and Stores Management Joe Caliro at the Globe store in Limketkai Mall, Cagayan de Oro 
8 – Globe GEN3 store designer Tim Kobe and Globe Head of Retail Transformation and Stores Management Joe Caliro together with Globe Retail Area Head for North Mindanao Pear Cepeda and Globe Retail Manager for Limketkai Mall Andrene Buctuan

Monday, November 17, 2014

Monster Kitchen

CDOBloggers and other members from the media were privileged enough to be invited by Monster Kitchen last September 3, 2014. Almost all of their top chefs were present and gave us brief background about their 'specialty' and their achievements. Chef Mon Cardenas demonstrated to us his bestselling French macaroons. We also found out that Monster Kitchen was the overall Champion during the Kumbira competition held last August 2014. With what they shared, I instantly became interested to enroll or get a short course from them. I am not a cook but I believe I can be when they will be the ones to help me in this field. All of the chefs have something good to offer and I hope one of these days I will learn thru them. The chefs later served us dinner and it was super delish! The more I aspire to become a cook because the food served were incredibly yummy! See pics below!

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The Chefs: Chef Albert, Chef Cathy, Chef Geni, Chef Rachel, Chef Mon and his famous French Macarons
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Mouth-watering foods, so Yummy!!
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Monster from Mars mascot and yummy delicacies made by their students
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Me and some of the members of CDOBloggers
Congratulations also to Monster Kitchen for winning 2nd place (tied with Resorts World Manila) in the National Food Showdown held in Manila last September 2014. To know more about Monster Kitchen, visit their place located at San Agustin St., Cagayan de Oro City or visit their FB page. MKA is not only offering baking lesson but culinary arts as well. #MonsterKitchen #MKA

Want to Own a 7 String Guitar?

I love listening and watching people who knows how to play musical instruments. My late dad and two older brothers are good in playing the guitar while I am just average. I don't even consider myself that good because I am not so good in hearing, I am so dependent reading the chords. Anyways, I know a lot of you out there are professional guitar players and I guess having an ibanez 7 string would be more fun. I am only familiar with a 6-string guitar but I guess this one is much more exciting. If interested, you can order this online and will be shipped for free. What's more exciting is that Black Friday sale starts now so better check it from time to time because it will be offered for a very low price. Don't miss it!

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Halloween 2014

HAPPY HALLOWEEN EVERYONE! Have a great trick or treat day!

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