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Congratulations to Livi Bautista for winning the OPPO F1s: #FeedGoals blog contest! She wins an OPPO F1s phone.

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Check out her entry here!

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Thank you to everyone who joined our OPPO F1s contests! We had fun reading your entries.

Sachie Reyes
Nuffnang Community Team

Thank you for sharing with us your worry-free bonding moments with OFF! Insect Repellent Lotion!

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Check out the winning entries!

Kessa Thea Nielsen
Grand Prize Winner

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Gracie Maulion
1st Runner Up

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Herlyn Calabio
2nd Runner Up

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And the consolation prize winners:

Mary Joy Gurtiza – http://joygurtiza.com/worry-free-off-lotion/
Michelle Lalic – https://mitchlalic.blogspot.com/2017/01/have-enjoyable-and-worry-free-bonding.html
Nerisa Nunag – http://www.babyneosmama.com/2017/01/bye-bye-insects-with-off-insect.html
Sophia Angeline Llegado – https://sophiallegado.blogspot.com/2017/01/worry-free-playtime-with-off-lotion.html
Mary Jane Dionela – http://frugalyetsofab.com/fight-dengue-and-zika-with-off-insect-repellent-lotion/
Jannell Cajote – http://jakieandthebeadstalk.blogspot.com/2017/01/hi-off-bye-dengue.html
Jane Timbol – https://mothersroad.blogspot.com/2016/12/stay-worry-free-this-christmas.html
Juliefe Cuenca – http://freespiritedvixen.blogspot.com/2017/01/turn-off-mosquito-fever.html
Maria Kricell Sobrevinas – http://reenkay318.blogspot.com/2017/01/worry-free-playtime-with-insect.html?m=1
Maryjade Anne Manzanero – http://motherhood247.blogspot.com/2017/01/extended-playtime-with-off-for-kids-off.html
Jeanne Khe – http://thejeannejournal.tumblr.com/post/155523377372/get-off
Pam Baroro – http://heymissadventures.com/worry-free-camping-with-kid/
Mona Liza Verdida – http://www.southboundmom.com/2017/01/protect-your-loved-ones-with-off-lotion.html
Almaira Casanguan – http://www.thecuriousmom.com/2017/01/i-trust-off-insect-repellent-lotion-for.html
Katherine Rose Rivera – http://www.kathrivera.com/2017/01/worry-free-bonding-with-off-insect-repellent-lotion.html
Joanne Gonzales – http://stylishvoyager.com/2017/01/06/want-a-dengue-free-life-check-this-out/
Mary Grace Cabanilla – http://gracesongbird.blogspot.com/2017/01/a-call-of-duty-no-retreat-no-surrender.html
Prelel Yu – http://www.prelel.com/post/155428598174/worry-free-family-road-trip-off-lotion
Janisha Catacutan – http://forallthingspretty.blogspot.com/2017/01/worry-free-outdoors.html
Signey Yambao – http://apinkchuck.blogspot.com/2017/01/off-lotion.html
Melanie Lluch – http://tweenselmom.com/2017/01/03/off-insect-repellent-lotion-keeps-my-kids-protected-from-mosquitoes-in-all-occasions/
Lhourdes Mercadero – http://thekitchenmombydhess.blogspot.com/2016/12/dengue-is-real-keep-your-child-safe.html?m=0
Vivian Aguilar – http://divineviva.blogspot.com/2017/01/a-worry-free-life-with-off-lotion.html
Berlin Domingo – https://momiberlin.com/2017/01/16/momi-recommends-off-dengue-off-insect-repellent-lotion/
Kevin Michael Huffer – http://yollymother.blogspot.com/2017/01/off-insect-repellent-lotion.html
Marites Darroles – https://matet0327.blogspot.com/2017/01/make-your-bonding-moments-with-your-kid.html
Eliakin Einstein Ernesto Materum – https://eliakinfinity.wordpress.com/2017/01/13/an-off-a-day-keeps-dengue-mosquitos-away/
Mary Dee Ramos – https://wordpress.com/post/tigress02.wordpress.com/3
Stephanie Lee – http://www.stephanie-lee.net/2017/01/forever-worry-free-with-off-lotion.html
Nilyn Matugas – http://www.abovepreciousrubies.com/2017/01/from-worrisome-to-worry-free-my.html
Jesmarynin Salas – http://www.truefalsemaybe.net/2017/01/off-lotion-my-skins-best-friend.html
Gerilen Polon – https://gerilen.wordpress.com/2016/12/30/gerilenmbf-saving-planet-earth-is-worry-free-with-off-insect-repellent-lotion/

Please wait for an e-mail from us on how you can claim your prize.

Congratulations to the winners!

Megan Marie Acsay
Nuffnang Community Team

The wait is over! After going through all your glamorous holiday looks, we finally have our three lucky winners of the ‘Tis the Season to be SEPHORA Glammin’ Blog Contest!

Sephora_Glammin_BG-01 (1)Congratulations!! You all win Sephora PH credits!

Please wait for an e-mail from us on how you can claim your prize.

Check out the winning entries below:

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seasalthair.blogspot.com

Congratulations again to our winners! :)

Ren Tupas
Nuffnang Community Team

October 27 was an eventful day for the bloggers who attended Urbanize’s #IAmUrbanBrave Blogger Event held at Melt Grilled Cheesery in UpTown Mall, Bonifacio Global City. It was there that they tested their skills, their team work and as well as their creativity in dealing with tasks that were given to them that day. True to it’s theme: #IAmUrbanBrave, the bloggers got to experience and find out for themselves how they can fare in the challenges of the urban jungle and figure out what kind of Urbanite they really are.

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1Urbanize’s Senior Marketing Communications Manager, Mr. Eros Enriquez, started the event with an opening remark and wishing everyone to enjoy the day that they prepared for everybody.2
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Hosts Louie Reyes and Geoff Ledesma, got everyone into high spirits during the event.

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6Mr. Francis Kong also graced everyone with his presence and his wisdom during the event. It seemed that he was able to fire up everyone just in time for the games that were prepared after his talk!

After the talk, the bloggers—who were already grouped into teams—were given kits for their first activity #ONTHETABLE where they took a flat-lay photo of Urbanize items.

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It seemed like the bloggers were in their natural sprit as they laid their things and perfectly executed the flat-lay challenge.

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They look so serious!

For the next activity, #INSTADRINK, the teams were tasked to do a drop test of the Hydrapak and take a Boomerang.

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Creativity at work! Phya and Justin about to do their drop test with their Hydrapak!

#SQUADGOALS was the final activity where the teams had to go to the Urbanize store to choose their favorite item that will help them survive the daily urban grind._MG_0177 The next task was to post a creative group photo of their team on Instagram.

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Most organized group for #ONTHETABLE was awarded to Johan Aguilar, Nicole Aguinaldo, Chin Chin Obcena, and J Yap’s team.

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The bloggers were very competitive and as a result, the judges’ scores were very close to each other! But ultimately, the team consisting of Ana Gonzales, Jeanne Khe, Joana Zandra Carrasco and Marga Banaga won. Congrats!

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Visit the Urbanize store at the 3rd Floor of Uptown Place Mall, 36th Street, Bonifacio Global City
Follow them on Instagram at instagram.com/urbanizeph
Like them on Facebook at facebook.com/urbanizeph

Megan Marie Acsay
Nuffnang Community Team

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How to Join?

  • The contest is open to all Nuffnangers (Nuffnang-registered bloggers)
  • Create a blog entry about the blog title of the week: “Why I want an OPPO F1s”
  • Choose your most favorite OPPO F1s feature (1)
  • Tell us why it is your favorite feature and why should you win an OPPO F1s phone
  • Use the photo of your favorite OPPO F1s feature here: http://bit.ly/OPPOF1sPhotos
  • One lucky winner will be receiving an OPPO F1s phone
  • Contest runs from October 20 – 26 only

To Validate your entry:

  • Register your entry in the form below to let us know you’ve joined the contest!

    Why I want an OPPO F1s?

  • Add the analytics code on your blog. The code will be provided by the Nuffnang team after bloggers submit their entry.

NOTE: All contest joiners from previous OPPO F1s blog contests do not need to request a new code

  • Share your blog post on your Twitter account with the hashtag #OPPOF1S and tag @oppophilippinesand @nuffnangphilippines
  • Share your choosen photo on your Instagram accounts with the hashtag #OPPOF1S and tag @oppophilippines and @nuffnangphilippines
Joanna Yap
Nuffnang Community Team

Hi Nuffnangers!

Our parent company, Netccentric, is now on its 10th year!

As part of its celebration, we’re taking a deeper look at how social media has shaped and changed the lives of the people who live through it everyday. Nuffnang PH Country Manager, Abe Olandres, shares his #WeLiveSocial journey. Read about his extensive blogging and social media experience as he tell us about the beginnings of YugaTech.com.

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Indeed, #WeLiveSocial everyday. What is your journey? Share your stories with us by tagging #WeLiveSocial.

A journey very few had dared: A look back at the beginnings of YugaTech

After 15 years, I think it can be said that my entire career has evolved completely around blogging and social media.

While the term blogs and social media might not be that popular back then, the foundations of online publishing and social networking are already in play. Aside from LiveJournal and forums, sites like Friendster really solidified the potential of social media as a force of change and movement.

My interest with the Internet started during my college days. I was taking up Chemistry and Computer Engineering back then and the Internet has just started in the Philippines.

Abe Olandres is the Country Manager of Nuffnang Philippines and founder of  YugaTech.com, top technology blog in the Philippines.

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So when I graduated, I instantly looked for a job that’s related to the Internet instead of pursuing Chemistry or working for multi-national companies like Intel. I didn’t have enough knowledge about making websites and fixing networks, but since you can find almost anything on the Internet, I learned how to start.

I have always thought that the Internet had huge potential, if only everyone can get on it. At that time, access to the Internet in the Philippines was very expensive. If you can’t afford an unlimited 56K dial-up account at home, you’ll have to settle with PHP25 per hour on the nearest Internet café.

I would buy load cards worth 10 hours for PHP100 (around $2.00) and log on to my dial-up account for only 1 hour each day, opening up all the pages that I needed to read or tutorials I follow then log-off to save on cost. The rest of the evenings are spent reading up and learning everything that I could off the Internet.

I put up my own website, signed up for every forums and looked for paid opportunities from the classified ads section of the weekly Buy & Sell newspaper at 7-Eleven. But it was thru a PinoyExchange.com that I got my first gig to build a database site for an international organization. I didn’t actually built the website myself. I sub-contracted it to one of my colleagues in the office while I act as the project manager.

That was the time I realized the true potential of social networking and the Internet.

It got me hooked. Later that year, I quit my day job and focused on looking for projects on the Internet, while also cooking up my own websites.

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The succeeding years were a mixed of highs and lows – I’d survive doing online projects for 6 months to a year only to run out of money and end up finding another day job, then quit when I have enough funds to sustain doing freelance works. This cycle repeated itself three times.

In between jobs, I would teach myself web design with Dreamweaver and Photoshop. I even used the office printer to print out 500 pages of the PHP manual that I can read while on my bus ride from Ortigas to Bacoor where I live, then fire up my Pentium 3 PC at home and try to run a LAMP sever from my bedroom so I can learn how to program for the web. In the process, I managed to create a web portal, a text-based lyrics search engine, and a blog CMS (even before the days of WordPress). I documented all these learnings and created a tutorial that I sold for $25 per CD. I only sold 1 copy – that was one of my most fulfilling moments.

It was only in 2005 that decided to quit my day job for the last time and focus on my Internet dreams.

I barely had enough savings to survive one and a half months of rent and food money. If this last attempt did not pan out, I’d be forced to quit on this dream, pack up and go back home to the province.

I’ve been following several blogs around that time but the one that I’ve been fervently reading is ProBlogger.net by Darren Rowse. His blog post on “The House the Blogging Bought” gave me the courage and motivation to pursue the same path.

Cracked open the piggy bank and saved up on everything that I could. No more TV to save on electricity bills. Bought 2nd hand books at Makati Cinema Square so I have something to pass the time while resting or just before going to sleep. Slept most of the day and woke up late in the afternoon so I can catch the 1am to 7am free dial-up access from ISP Bonanza. First meal of the day was banana que and Mountain Dew at 3pm and the next meal is tapsilog and Mountain Dew around midnight (yeah I love the Dew). That’s my Php60 daily meal budget.

With all the experience, knowledge and guts I had left, I soldiered on. My blog, my networks on social media, the forums I frequent and the friends and contacts I met online through the years were all the help that I had. I worked 18 hours a day but who’s counting anyway? I only had 6 weeks.

Team YugaTech

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That was 10 years ago. Yet, those 6 weeks are too vivid to forget. Today, I have a team of 8 people working with me to continue growing the site I was working on since 2002. I got everything that I hoped for and some more. It was a combination of passion, perseverance, great timing and a lot of hard work. Maybe, luck was also on my side.

Nuffnang Team at Blogopolis 2016

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Abe with Nuffies and Bloggerati Talents

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The Internet and social media has paved the way for stories like mine to be told with humility and pride. Being in Nuffnang Philippines allows me to witness more that have followed, maybe even surpassed this path. And each story is still worth telling. This one’s mine.

#WeLiveSocial

Dana Picazo
Nuffnang Community Team

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