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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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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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Image Source: YugaTech.com

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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Image Source: YugaTech.com

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

Indeed, it has been such an inspiring experience for Nuffnang to witness how fashion became a way to extend help to those in need. Fashion with Compassion by The Filo Dapper was held last June 5 at the Metrotent. This effort aimed to give back to National Children’s Hospital and help their children battling cancer.

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Pre-loved items from our celebrity and blogger friends were sold throughout the day. Thanks to the following — Enchong Dee, Victor Basa, Vice Ganda, Vina Guerrero, Crissey Si, Aljur Abrenica, Gerald Anderson, Getchen Fullido, Angel Locsin, Dimples Romana, Charlene Ajose, Ida Anduyan, Za Carrasco, Louise delos Reyes, Kim Cruz, Bea Benedicto, Mikyle Quizon, Dani Barretto, Johan Aguilar, Jeanne Khe, Krizia Catapang, Ana Gonzales, Rhea Bue, Kaycee Enerva, Jessa Velasquez, and Phylicia Marie Pineda. We appreciate all your effort!

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Krizia Catapang and Charlene Ajose

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Jeanne Khe sold clothes from her former clothing line.

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Bea Benedicto

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Kaycee Enerva selling her beauty haul.

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Rhea Bue and Jules Aquino

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Louise delos Reyes with her cute dog, Cloud.

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Look at those rack of shoes from Vina Guerrero!

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Dapper finds from The Filo Dapper himself. 

Aside from the bazaar, here are a few more highlights from the event.

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OLX booth offered games for the attendees where they would win cool premium items. They also raffled off select pieces from the bazaar!

We also had items from Sneak Peek and Komono.

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Our photobooth was care of our friends from Print Social and Storytell.

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AJ, Vina, Crissey, and Mikyle being goofy in the photobooth!

Our bazaar participants enjoyed some KitKat Rubies.

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Victor Basa, Vina Guerrero, Crissey Si, Phylicia Marie Pineda

In the afternoon, we enjoyed awesome beats from The Zombettes (Ornusa Cadness & Sanya Smith) and Marc Marasigan!

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Enchong Dee also came to support his brother’s event.

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To everyone who shopped and supported, we’d like to extend our heartfelt THANK YOU because last week, we were able to turnover a total of P115,000 to National Children’s Hospital. This will surely go a long way for the children!

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AJ was able to take some time to chat with the kids and their parents. Nothing compares to seeing their smiles as AJ handed them some snacks.

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#FashionWithCompassionPH was certainly a success! But, helping won’t stop here.

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Like AJ, let’s always have a heart to willingly be a blessing to other people. ‘Til the next charity event, Nuffnangers!

FASHION WITH COMPASSION

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SPECIAL THANKS TO

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Nuffie Dana

Dana Picazo
Nuffnang Community Team

What’s an afternoon spent with kids, watercolor, and lots of snacks like? Definitely FUN! 🎉🎉  Googly Gooeys hosted its first ever Watercolor Crafts workshop for moms and kids last Sunday, May 15 at Fully Booked, BGC.

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The participants learned to mix colors, doodle and draw cute animals. 🐰 🐥 🐭

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“Teacher” Tippy in action! 😉

The kids also let their imagination play as they assembled animal cut outs that Tippy prepared. Seeing the smiling faces and interesting outputs of their kids, I’m sure the parents enjoyed this experience as much. 🎨

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We’re so happy that some of our blogger friends joined us for this colorful afternoon! 😊

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Here’s Gab, son of Jinoe (takbo.ph) and Que (lifeofque.com) Gavan, in full concentration.

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Jackie Go taking snaps of Gabbie’s works! 

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Shari Macainag of The Misty Mom with Selene, showing off their cute animal cut outs. 

Lastly, a special bonding experience like this wouldn’t be complete without the snacks and goodies from our sponsors. Thank you! ✨

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We can’t get enough of these fries from Potato Corner.

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These delicious Chocolate Muffins from Monde Baker’s Specials were a treat.

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Awesome candies for kids and chocolates for moms from Marks & Spencer.

Now, that was a Sunday well spent. Until the next workshop!👋

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If you’re interested in joining future workshops by Googly Gooeys, you can sign up at http://bit.ly/GGworkshops.🖌 Loads fun and definitely worth it! 👍 👍 👍

Nuffie Dana
Instagram: @daananess

 

 

 

 

Dana Picazo
Nuffnang Community Team

Hey, Nuffnangers!

Were you able to vote for your favorite bloggers and social media influencers at this year’s Nuffnang Awards? Last February 27, we also awarded the biggest and brightest personalities in the blogosphere!

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Our host for the night, TV host and comedian, IC Mendoza with our country manager, Abe Olandres

The night started with a fashion show from one of our Blogopolis 4D sponsors, Aéropostale!

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AJ Dee of thefilodapper.com

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Miko Carreon of thestyle-architect.com

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Shari Poquiz of themistymom.com

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Yen Dreyfus of thetummytraveler.ph

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Vivian Tan of thesoshalnetwork.com

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Jackie Go of gojackiego.com

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Victor Basa of  victorbasa.net and Phylicia Pineda of phyliciamarie.com

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(From L-R: Chuckie Dreyfus, Yen Dreyfus, Miko Carreon, Vina Guerrero, AJ Dee, Camie Juan, Victor Basa, Lilian Yeo, Phylicia Pineda, Kaycee Enerva, Chessika Chua, Camille Buhain, Cha Ocampo, Faye Condez, Shari Poquiz, Vivian Tan, Jackie Go)

After the fun fashion show, we awarded the winners of the #NuffnangAwards2016! Here they are:

BEST FOOD BLOG

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The Fearless Foodie – Peachy Adarne (thepeachkitchen.com) *not in photo

Online’s Choice – Jill Bantang (thefoodscout.net)

BEST TRAVEL BLOG

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The Wander Warrior – Yoshke Dimen (thepoortraveler.net)

Online’s Choice – Camie Juan (wild-spirit.net)

BEST FASHION BLOG

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The Style Savvy – Vern and Verniece Enciso (vernverniece.com) *represented by their brother

Online’s Choice – Vern and Verniece Enciso (vernverniece.com) *represented by their brother

BEST BEAUTY BLOG

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The Glamour Guru – Shari Poquiz (themistymom.com)

Online’s Choice – Martha Sta. Barbara (thebeautyjunkee.blogspot.com)

BEST PARENTING BLOG

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The Matchless Mom – Jackie Go (gojackiego.com)

Online’s Choice – Rica Peralejo-Bonifacio (ricaperalejo.ph) *not in photo

BEST FITNESS BLOG

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The Fitspiration – Nikki Torres (prettydarnfit.com)

Online’s Choice – Noelle de Guzman (kikayrunner.com)

BEST TECHNOLOGY BLOG

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The Gizmo Geek – Wayne Ponce (geekypinas.com)

Online’s Choice – Wayne Ponce (geekypinas.com)

BEST SOCIAL MEDIA INFLUENCER

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The Feedstar – Maine Mendoza (@mainedcm)

Online’s Choice – Maine Mendoza (@mainedcm)

BLOGGER OF THE YEAR

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The N Factor – Camie Juan (wild-spirit.net)

Online’s Choice – Arisse de Santos (arissedesantos.com)

A huge congratulations to all the winners of this year’s Nuffnang Awards!!! 🎉 Thank you also to those who supported their favorite bloggers and social media influencers through voting!

‘Til next year’s awards! :)

Nuffie Ren
Instagram: @adriennetupas
Twitter: @adriennetupas

Ren Tupas
Nuffnang Community Team

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