Some victims lost their family members. Most victims lost their homes. If there is one thing that supertyphoon #Haiyan cannot take away; it’s the resiliency of the Filipino people.
Show your support in uplifting the spirits of every Filipino affected by the storm. ASEANpreneurs Philippines is selling T-shirts for a cause for only SGD 25.00*. All proceeds will go to the devastated communities in Cebu, Palawan, and Iloilo.
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Let us unite and be one in telling the typhoon victims that they are not alone. The whole world is joining them to rise up and overcome this tragedy.
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For the past month, I’ve been crazily joining online contests and raffle draws to win tickets to see OneRepublic LIVE in Manila. I’m a big enough fan to actually do this half my time and if you will look at how many plays my OneRepublic playlist has had, you’ll be surprised.
Imagine my excitement when I found out that I actually won a contest! Don’t get me wrong—I don’t jump in to any contest and join just because. I feel that when someone really wants something so bad, the universe conspires to give it! And so it did for me!
I won two VIP tickets and a meet & greet pass from Spinnr and MCA Music and found out on the concert day itself!
— Spinnr Philippines (@SpinnrPH)
SPINNR is powered by Smart Music and it allows you to
Spinnr just launched last week and I’m just so incredibly lucky that I found out about their giveaway. It’s like the Pinoy version of Pandora, an automated music recommendation service and internet radio available in the US, Australia, and New Zealand only. With SPINNR, Smart will be the first to offer in the country a music-streaming subscription service with unlimited access to more than 3 million songs from the catalogs of worldwide music leaders MCA Music, Inc. (internationally known as Universal Music Group, Inc.); and Sony Music Entertainment, through a partnership with local licensee Ivory Music and Video.
MEET & GREET: OneRepublic
I was so excited! I kept thinking about what I should do when I finally meet them because we were given very clear instructions on what NOT to do. I We got to take the picture at almost 7:30pm and we really had very limited time to chat with them. I stood beside Drew for the photo op and you couldn’t see it, but I was clutching at his waist. NUKS!! Ryan was giving everyone a fistbump and to me that was more than enough. I just felt so lucky to be in the same room with them!
My favorite part (song) during the concert — I can’t decide whether it’s Good Life because the lights were just so amazing, or Feel Again because of Ryan Tedder’s dance moves, or Counting Stars because the crowd’s energy was nuts!!! One thing I can definitely say though is that this concert had all the good stuff—incredible setlist, amazing stage, very talented frontman, and fantastic crowd. Everything was just beyond my expectations!
Thank you SPINNR and SMART for letting me meet my music idols. Like any music lover, I went inside to stay put, soak in the sounds, sing the songs along with everybody else, and just enjoy the moment. I basically couldn’t tear my eyes off of the stage for a minute!
Fan In 30 Days
I have an advice for everyone who like a song so much that they think the artist or band behind it is a musical genius. When this particular artist/band is coming to Manila but you’re not sure if you should go because you only know a couple of songs (that changed your life anyway), here are some steps on how to become a fan in 30 days:
1. Buy the band’s or artist’s album on Spinnr PH.
2. Look up their previous concert set lists on Setlist.fm.
3. Create a playlist on Spinnr and pattern it over the most recent and relevant setlist. (e.g. If you’re from Asia, follow the Asian tour setlist rather than European)
4. Look up their song lyrics online and make yourself your own lyrics sheet with all songs in order.
5. Save it on your computer, smartphone, or tablet so you can access it whenever you want, on-the-go or at-home listening to their music.
I’m listening to OneRepublic through Spinnr right now and I just can’t help but relive each song in my head as if the group was there in front of me again, performing. Really a great addition to my list of unforgettable moments this 2013!
Growing up as a child, I received formal education at a co-ed private school in Cubao. It was a Catholic school offering primary and secondary education, yet I transferred after graduating elementary because I qualified in the regional science high school. Back then, all I feared was change. Who were my classmates going to be? What will the lessons be like? Will there be a Religion subject? How will I find new friends? These were petty questions, but back then, it was all I cared about.
I never knew what it was like not to go to school. My parents always told us that education was the only thing they could leave us with. My paternal grandparents didn’t finish grade school, so my father always tells me this whenever I do something bad in school. My maternal grandparents were both teachers, therefore my mother grew up as an achiever and wanted us to be the same. Education had been important to me since the beginning. But I never valued it as much as Wadley did.
Wadley is the second girl you’ll meet in Girl Rising. She was 7 when she survived the devastation that was the Haiti earthquake. It destroyed her school, but it didn’t stop her from wanting to get an education. I was inspired by her love to study when she stood up to the teacher and said “No” after she was asked to leave. “I will come back every day until I can stay,” Wadley said. It really touched me how a girl her age wants nothing else but to study; to hold a book and read, to grip a pencil and write. I remember a similar enthusiasm with new books and supplies back when I was her age, but it never occurred to me that I can be deprived of them. When expectations meet reality, there’s always something taken for granted.
Teaching education to children is special. Everybody learns quite differently from each other. Ruksana, an 11-year old girl from India, likes to learn best through drawing. In her story, the best day of her life was when her father bought her a sketchpad and coloring pencils when all she expected was to receive punishment after getting caught doodling in class. It was a very heartwarming scene, soon followed by a reenactment of how Ruksana’s house was demolished. She lives on the pavement.
This was the closest story I could relate to the Philippine context. It affected me to know how families living in slum areas are actually hardworking people who left their villages because they know their children will have better opportunities in the city. A good education and a well-paying job — these are their priorities. It occurred to me how we could prevent these families from leaving their provinces if only we could give a similar quality of education in their area. Decongesting Manila doesn’t translate to relocating informal settlers to the province. I think it starts with developing rural villages, giving incentives to people who move back to their hometowns, and making it sustainable for each family to live.
Girls here in our country are fortunate compared to girls in South Africa or Southern Asia. In these areas, girls are not allowed to go to school. They face hardships like sexual abuse, child slavery, and arranged marriage. In Afghanistan, nobody bothers to record the birth of a girl child.
Amina (not her real name) was only 11 when she was married to her cousin in exchange of US$ 5000, which her father spent on a car for her older brother. Women in Afghanistan are child brides, widows, daughter-in-laws — they all face scorn and disrespect from their families and society. The writer of Amina’s story, Zarghuna Kargar, bears Amina’s message in her words saying,
"When we seek freedom, we are burned. When we speak the truth, we are stoned. When we go to school, we are bombed, poisoned, shot. Don’t tell me it is simply because it has always been so. I don’t believe in your resignation. I refuse ignorance long ago. Don’t tell me you are on my side. Your silence has already spoken for you. Do not tell me to blame lies in my religion, in my culture, in my traditions."
Amina’s story left me feeling helpless. I do not know how else I can help girls like her. I am currently doing a project that can hopefully enable people to know how to help and where exactly to help. There are existing solutions to some of our country’s problems but the link between them is missing. Hopefully I can change that.
I never knew what it was like not to go to school, but this film changed that for me. Now, I carry with me the stories of other girls who wanted nothing else but to study. To them, not going to school meant child slavery, early marriage, and discrimination in society. To them, education is a treasure—a form of true wealth—that is the brightest solution to their problems. 10x10’s #GirlRising film encouraged me to engage in discussions about education and the girl. Through the film, I was able to see the different plights of girls around the world, particularly those countries that were featured. I quickly realised how lucky I am to be where I am now and to accomplish what I have accomplished. Part of this realization is a responsibility to do something to change the situation, no matter how small. Towards the end of the film, I was convinced that I wanted to be more like these girls—strong-willed, courageous, and determined.
Girl Rising is a global action campaign for girls’ education. It’s a documentary-drama directed by Academy Award nominee Richard Robbins. The film “spotlights the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to change a girl — and the world.” It tells the stories of 9 extraordinary girls from 9 countries, written by 9 celebrated writers and narrated by renowned actresses such as Anne Hathaway, Cate Blanchett, and Meryl Streep.
Don’t forget to catch Girl Rising at a film screening nearest you. Currently, Girl Rising can be hosted by individuals, non-profit organizations, schools, and companies. To learn more about how you can bring it to your community, click here.
In attempts to be interesting and be liked by @WeAreFilipinos’ followers, I staged a daily top 5 describing the things I know which are distinctly cultural, topical, and topographical Filipino.
14 July, Sunday: Top 5 Song Covers
#1 Maria Aragon’s “Born This Way" by Lady Gaga
#2 Johnoy Danao’s “2 Become 1" by Spice Girls
#3 Kaye Cal’s “Love on Top" by Beyonce
#4 Jeri Caingles’ “Black and Gold" by Sam Sparro
#5 Dane Hipolito’s “Don’t Judge Me" by Chris Brown
15 July, Monday: Top 5 Tech Startups
#1 InSync, a cross platform web app that allows you to sync files and save it in its native form from Google Drive to your computer.
#2 PicLyf, a picture blogging platform that lets you tell stories and keeps it interesting with interactive game-like features.
#3 TwitMusic is a Twitter-based social service made exclusively for musicians and their fans.
#4 looloo allows Pinoys to discover Philippines’ best places for dining, travel, and entertainment.
#5 Kalibrr, a learning website that offers free online training for Filipinos who want to get a call center job (BPO)
16 July, Tuesday: Top 5 Youth Leaders & Generation Movers
#1 Patricia Evangelista, 27, journalist
#2 Efren Peñaflorida, 28*, educator
#3 Noreen Bautista, 23, social entrepreneur
#4 Gian Scottie Javelona, 19, techpreneur
#5 Anna Oposa, 25, environmental advocate
17 July, Wednesday: Top 5 Popular Sports
#3 Billiards / Pool
18 July, Thursday: Top 5 Summer Getaways
#3 Cebu + Bohol
#4 Camarines Sur
#5 Calatagan, Batangas***
19 July, Friday: Top 5 College Courses
#1 Bachelor of Science in Nursing
#2 BS Hotel and Restaurant Management
#3 BS Computer Science
#4 BS Criminology
#5 BS in Accountancy
Apparently, the 5th choice always resulted to a personal one and can deem a little bit questionable. However, this is my list and my curation week so there wasn’t anything they can do much regarding the choices I make. Overall, what do you think of my lists?
There’s this new Twitter phenomenon called Rotation Curation. Seriously, take a few minutes and catch up on readings about it especially if you’re a heavy Twitter user. It’s one of those things you’ll appreciate knowing because (1) it’s a social media innovation that’s making real impact socially, mentally, emphatically and geographically; and (2) you’ll realize how much you don’t know about a certain country or city you’ve visited before, much less a place you haven’t ever been to your entire life.
If you’ve read the wiki page, it all started with @sweden and they’re doing it for about one and a half years now. More than 70 Swedish people have curated for that account, and their country’s composed of 9.5 million people. That’s like 0.0007% — reflective of the amount of information available to you from that country. It’s a really interesting movement! Who better represents a country than its people, right? Up to now, I still can’t wrap my head around myself being chosen to curate for our own rotation curation (#RoCur) account, @WeAreFilipinos.
To be honest, I think I’m overanalyzing this curating thing. I want my tweets to be value-adding to my followers. Of course, it has to be about the Philippines and its culture. Some latest news and issues too but mostly, I should be tweeting the same manner that I usually do at my own Twitter account. I’ll probably avoid turning tweets into conversations between my friends and I but overall, every tweet should make sense. Shouldn’t it?
It’s only my first day anyway. Heck, it’s only my first couple of hours! I decided I’ll apply some of the lessons I learned when I grew my Twitter following from mostly friends to bigger networks. This also means following VIPs (verified important persons) and thought-movers here and abroad. This results to having a more relevant timeline where I stay up to date with what’s trending but still get to see filtered tweets about my hobbies and interests tweeted by influencers in my chosen field: entrepreneurship.
This experience should be as thrilling as a jeepney ride along EDSA (staying close to my Pinoy roots for a week so expect more of these). Come join me. :)
It all started when iOS app Days by Wander asked for a username. It seemed so cool at the time — imagine a daily journal where you can document your day’s happenings through a snapshot and a short caption, with timestamps and all that — because I seriously craved for a web journal of sorts (see, I’m starting a blog aren’t I?). However, there’s still one post on my account up to this day, and yup, it was that day I first got it to overcome my curiosity. It didn’t help that none of my friends are on Days, so basically I don’t have anyone to stalk. Same goes for my friends not being able to see what my day has been like so what’s the use? (Wander CEO and Founder Jeremy Fisher should read this article predicting its apparent failure to live up to its hype during TechStars NY.)
I thought @kattervox (just the word ‘chatterbox’, personified) would be a good username because in essence, posting about the unremarkable events of my day could only be considered as incessant sharing of content, right? For years I’ve been facing the 140-character limit in voicing out my thoughts, so I told myself it was worth giving a try to talk and post freely for a while. The app showed a lot of promise, but what it made up for function, it lacked in marketability.
the title of Kathleen Largo’s blog
2013; ‘katter’ is mispronounced ‘chatter’, which means to talk incessantly about trivial matters; ‘vox’ is Latin for voice; ergo ‘kattervox’ is a wordplay for ‘chatterbox’, defined as a person who talks at length about trivial matters, albeit of lesser frequency
Forgive me; the story of Kattervox isn’t so much a critique of Days (I’m still saving it for when I truly have interesting days to post! My everyday work-at-home schedule just didn’t seem to fit the typical Days user) than it is an etymology of the word. Initially, the name could be a good Twitter handle but I can’t risk a rebranding initiative at this point. Therefore, the only thing left to name is my newly launched website/blog!
I think I should arrange trademark rights to Kattervox, though. I can see it as the name of my future startup. Or a product of my future startup. It has a certain twang to it that segregates the market already, if you know what I mean. ;-) Nevertheless, the story of Kattervox is simple: this is my attempt in returning to my roots and getting comfortable with speaking again, albeit in typing words.