Hurrah for Globe Telecom’s 1st Pokemon Fest

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poke2I am a Pokemon Pikachu fun eversince it was created many years back. And when the gaming app Pokemon Go was released, all the more my love for the pika grew and I did not fail to attend the first ever Pokemon Fest held by our friends at Globe.

Globe recently held the first ever Pokémon festival in the Philippines during Halloween weekend. Free and open to all, guests had a wonderful time meeting Pikachu, enjoying original Pokémon screening, costume contests and many more family surprises. Pokémon GO players also took part in walks and tours around BGC, Taguig.

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Photo Credit: Wishcraft Creative Affairs Team, Inc.

Starting October 28, Pokémon GO trainers will find that Globe retail locations and charging stations have become PokéStops and Gyms in game, with more and more PokéStops sprouting across the country. To help spread more Pokémon GO joy, Globe will be working with its partners, namely Ayala malls, Puregold, Robinsons Malls and SM Supermalls. With this, players will be able to see more of these markers on their Pokémon GO apps for more chances of catching Pokémon to expand their Pokédex.

Globe will also ensure its customers have better accessibility to the app through different mobile offers. On Globe Prepaid’s leading GoSURF50 mobile promo, customers will be able to access Pokémon GO as one of the free apps within the bundle. Globe customers can also download the free Pokémon GO promo on the Globe Switch app. Included in the partnership are distribution rights to Pokémon merchandise, including digital connectors, cool gadgets and a selection of apparel that is perfect for the holiday season.

poke3poke4What was perhaps the highlight of this weekend event was the first ever visit to the country of John Hanke, known to be the brains and creator behind this sought after app, Pokemon Go who graced the event and along with Globe executives CCO Albert de Larrazabal and Senior Adviser for Consumer Business Dan Horran, officially sealed their exclisive partnership. Congratulations!

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pokestagePhoto Credit: Wishcraft Creative Affairs Team, Inc. poke6Yael of Spongecola and his band gave a rousing mini concert to the audience’s cheers and delight!
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\With Mr. Pokemon Go! My thrill was to the moon and back meeting Mr. Hanke. Thank you also for signing my Pikachu hat! His visit to the Philippines may be short but sweet but he was more than satisfied with how his gaming app has received wild reception here nationwide!

As what Pokemon’s battle cry is, we gotta catch ’em all guys!!!

Many thanks to Globe Telecom and our PR Friends for the invite on this exciting event! Pika pikachuuuu!!! ☺☺

How Strange is “Doctor Strange” Movie?

I never expected for Doctor Strange movie to become a big hit and opening right before Halloween weekend here in the Philippines. In fact I even had a special block screening invite which I was not able to attend (aww shucks!) due to schedule conflict and terrible city traffic!

And so according to a Wikipedia quote, Doctor Strange is a 2016 American superhero film featuring the Marvel Comics character of the same name, produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. It is the fourteenth film of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The film is directed by Scott Derrickson, who wrote the screenplay with C. Robert Cargill from a story by the duo and Jon Spaihts, and stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, Benedict Wong, Michael Stuhlbarg, Benjamin Bratt,Scott Adkins, Mads Mikkelsen, and Tilda Swinton. In Doctor Strange, surgeon Stephen Strange learns the mystic arts from the Ancient One after a career-ending car accident.

I have also seen lots of people in the mall cinemas trooping this movie so it must be really that GOOD!
Looking forward to watching this latest hit from Marvel Studios in the coming days…

Tell and share me what you think of it?

Agora Best Talks Inspires People to Reach Out and Excel

agora4Just recently, the AGORA Best Talks series featured four of the best in the marketing industry. They are also AGORA  Awardees in their fields who shared their thoughts and insights on marketing matters.

The Agora Awards, dubbed as the Oscars of Philippine Marketing, have been giving special recognition to them, passing on the torch and sparking up inspiration to all marketers in the country.

It was a well spent morning to be with these gentlemen. It was awesome learning from Benjie Yap, Raul Falcon, Nol Montalbo and Donald Lim. They were defintely inspiring! 
agoraThis charismatic Unilever Philippines, Inc.’s , VP- Customer Development shared how branding must have a purpose. It starts with its internal ambassadors purposefully serving its customers considering their best interest in mind. Every brand must have its purpose. Mr Benjie Yap, The AGORA 2015 Awardee for Outstanding Achievement in Marketing Management is truly a global Filipino setting an example of how it is to be centered in fulfilling one’s life purpose in both the personal and professional sphere.
Mr. Yap has accomplished a lot in his expertise and continues to inspire more of his colleagues in the biz. 
agora2This one fine young gentleman of a doctor, Nol Montalbo of Mont Albo Spa gave so much hope to the attendees. His inspiring story of how his business started with practically no cash to now an established, respected and renowned spa in the wellness industry & the world. He brought tears to some of us. His sincerity and authenticity radiates with so much passion and pride in the culture and tradition of the Philippines. #HilotToTheWorldis touching lives even with the tip of our fingers. The AGORA 2015 Awardee for Entrepreneurship Small-Scale, Nol Montalbo left his mark and will leave an indelible print to those whose lives he will still be touching.
I have yet to visit and try out his fast growing and popular spa. 
agora5The Agora Way Book is now available and is a compilation of more marketing greats. 
agora7The AGORA 2015 Awardee for Outstanding Achievement in Overseas Marketing has moved us with how he has shaped the Corporate Social Responsibility of Procter & Gamble Thailand with his leadership. His long-term program and, relevant and timely projects has benefited its target audience with success measurement that will validate it. It also had clear results in mind therefore, creating impact to all parties involved.
Mr Raul Falcon shared 6 components in making advocacy and social responsibility work. Attendees became hopeful with the idea that companies here in the Philippines can collaborate for the nation’s interest. Time to unify our endeavours in helping the country.
May Mr. Falcon’s tribe increase and continue on to generate success and progress! 
agora6The first recipient of The AGORA Outstanding Achievement in Marketing Communications [2014] , Mr Donald Patrick Lim talks about Technology and how it is reshaping the market place. The key is to really know your customer and their media consumption behavior to have the right kind of marketing mix. Digital media is relative to the market you serve. A multi-awarded and trailblazer, Donald Lim shared how the Filipinos are making a big dent in the digital space.

Mr. Lim also brought up to our attention the popularity thru YouTube of some sensations and how they’ve made their marks online and the social media platforms. Time to rehash my YouTube channel!

The Agora BEST Talks have indeed featured the best talks from the best people in the marketing industry. In time, more people would get the chance to share their testimonials as the Philippine Marketing Association inducted its new members in the same event.

Dreams and ambitions can be reached with the help of life and career testimonials of successful individuals who once dreamt to become big and influence others. With their help and support of our closest allies, nothing is impossible. We just have to believe and have the confidence, perseverance, and faith plus prayers that goals can be achieved.

Congratulations to Team AGORA!

This year’s Agora Awards will be held on October 26, 2016 at the PICC.

<<Credits to AGORA Best Talks Facebook page for the speakers summary. Many thanks!

Get Your Spook in “Mulagat” A Multi Sensorial Horror Play

mulagatMULAGAT is a multi-sensorial immersive horror play being staged at the Black Box theater of the College of St. Benilde SDA Campus by TAXI Theater. I love scary and horrific stuff and mounting such premise in a play via theater is no easy cake. But I have to give it up to director-friend Eric Villanueva and his team for pulling this one off!

MULAGAT
Written & Directed by Eric Villanueva Dela Cruz

6/F Black Box Theater
Benilde School of Design and Arts Campus
P. Ocampo St., Malate, Manila

SHOW DATES
October 14 – 4PM & 8PM (LIMITED)
October 15 – 4PM & 8PM (LIMITED)
October 16 – 4PM (SOLD OUT)
October 16 – 8PM
October 21-23 – 4PM & 8PM
October 28-29 – 4PM & 8PM

For inquiries, call or text 0908 485 4983 or send us a message atwww.facebook.com/taxitheater

Follow them on Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat @taxitheater for more updates.

#TaxiTheater #TaxiMulagat #horror #theater #production #multisensorial#theaterinthedark

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mula4Q&A with the director and cast. Thank you to good friend Cathrine Go for the cool invite! 
mula6Spooking with the lead actor Timorhy Castillo. Not bad, haha! 
mulagat3Q&A with direk Eric 
mula5Did we scare you enough? Congrats Cathrine and Dylan Ray! 
mula3There were really spooky moments in your play, direk Eric that gave me gooosebumps! Congrats my friend! ☺ 
mula2Come and watch and get spooked scared in time for Halloween. Let’s support MULAGAT!

♥ Mom in Heaven ♥

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Mama loves flowers a lot! Any variety is welcome for her because for her it is the loving thought that counts.
It’s been a year now for her in heaven. What could she be doing at this moment? Perhaps praying and enjoying God’s eternal kingdom.
We miss you everyday Ma…the household is not complete without your loving care & guidance…our lives are not complete and not the same.
We thank the Lord for giving you to us and how you mattered the most in each of our lives.
We are basking with all the memories, fun crazy and hilarious ones especially those caught on video of you. Those touching moments will forever keep us company and be constant reminders aside from all the life lessons you shared. Dear family, relatives and friends, please say a prayer for our one and only Mama Marcelina. She would greatly appreciate such thoughtful gesture.
You are our angel from up above always guiding and sending out love in mysterious forms.
We miss and forever love you Ma! 😇
October 14, 2015

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Oh You’re Here, October!

october2No matter how late it looks like….here’s wishing “HELLO OCTOBER!”
From what time zone was I in not to notice the turning of a new ber month?
Let more good vibes in! ☺☺
We miss you a lot, Mom! ♥♥♥

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