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Globe partners with Cebu media for Sinulog 2012


Globe Telecom partners with Y101 to bring a Super Fun Sinulog.

Globe Telecom joins forces with the Sinulog Foundation and the local media in Cebu to help them in their coverage of the world-famous Sinulog Festival. Globe provided high-speed broadband connectivity and Wireless Fidelity (WiFi) connections at the Sinulog Media Center, located along Abellana Street in downtown Cebu.

The internet connection allowed hundreds of journalists covering the Sinulog Festival to easily send their stories and photos to their respective media organizations.

Globe Telecom Visayas Legal Dept. chief Atty. Mac Gordon entertains members of the Cebu media led by Bobby Nalzaro of GMA 7 and Sun.Star Cebu at the 'Super Fun Sinulog with Globe' Media Center.

Aside from internet connectivity, Globe also gave special freebies and perks for subscribers who purchased prepaid load and SIM cards for the duration of the festival, such as free umbrellas, keychains and Henna tattoos. The company’s flagship broadband brand, Tattoo, also hosted the most glamorous parties during the Sinulog Festival, held at The Loft and Penthouse, Cebu’s hottest nightspots, which was capped by a grand party at the Ayala Center Cebu.

Globe Telecom CEO Ernest Cu and Corporate Communications head Yoly Crisanto just disembark from a helicopter on a tour of the Grand Sinulog Parade in Cebu City.

The Sinulog crowd at the Fuente Osmena area.

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Super Fun Sinulog with Globe’s Gerald Anderson


Gerald Anderson is partly hidden in the middle.

“Artista lagi (Yup. an actress),” somebody said after hearing some loud screaming from the thick crowd in and out of the Fuente Osmeña Circle in Cebu City and a float bearing the actress-comedian Giselle Sanchez in a  showed around the bend in a sexy white get-up. Then louder screaming reverberated through the crowd further on. Another float was coming.

It was nearly 4 pm. The grand Sinulog parade began at around 8 am. It would take a few hours more for it to end before the real Sinulog fun began — whole night parties and discos, the overnight tagay, and

The screaming went louder as teenagers around the plaza began moving towards the float. Intrigued, we followed the crowd movement and soon saw the cause of the commotion.

A young mestizo in white shirt climbed atop a higher platform of the float and pointed to a large Globe Telecom tarp wrapped around a portion of the building across him. The tarp had a huge picture of Gerald Anderson and Sarah Geronimo. Oh! That mestizo was Gerald Anderson himself. And the screaming became louder as the float approached.

We soon were told that it was the ABS-CBN float with other network stars Vice Ganda, Jason Gainza, Melai Canteveros, Ryan Bang, and Pooh. Well, the stars on that float could have been more but these are the ones we recognized from the photos.

But it was Gerald who wowed the crowd making the Sinulog at our corner of Cebu City super fun.

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Filed under: Globe Telecom News, News

Idol si ‘Sinulog idol’


Ronna Jenn Lofranco

WE avoided the thick crowd and the rains last January 12, 2012. Thus, we missed the Sinulog Idol 2012 finals. Fortunately, thanks to Sun.Star Cebu and the Sun.Star Exchange desk, we now have the chance to view the winning performance of Ronna Jenn Lofranco, the Sinulog Idol 2012.

Check this out:

This winning performance of Ronna Jenn Lofranco, a third year student of the University of San Jose Recoletos, bagged her the title ‘Sinulog Idol 2012,’ a trophy, and P15,000 cash prize.

According to Sun.Star Cebu’s report:

“Danielle May Ozaraga, a 14-year-old high school student from Looc, Danao City, was named Sinulog Idol first runner-up, while Mark Vincent Sevilla, 19, of Talisay City, finished second runner-up.

Ozaraga and Sevilla received P10,000 and P7,500, respectively.

The three made it to the finale after surviving a six-day elimination phase. Of the 12 original contestants, six made it to Thursday’s grand finals.

English: Sinulog 2010, Cebu City

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The six finalists, in the first round of Thursday night’s competition, performed songs that each of them finds special. Three, however, were eliminated and the remaining top three – Lofranco, Ozaraga and Sevilla – competed for the final category dubbed “Time of My Life”, which highlights songs that gave the finalists inspiration.

One of the six grand finalists, JemKeziah Keren Felicilda, 16, of Mandaue City, won the Sinulog Idol 2012 Texter’s Choice award after garnering 4,560 votes. The special award was given by Globe Telecom.

Judging the performances Thursday were Jay Unchuan, vocal coach and branch manager of the Center for Pop-Cebu; Apple Abarquez, a Pinoy Dream Academy scholar; Mark Ryan Borinaga, a Cebu journalist.”

According to Cleofe C. Albiso, Central Visayas trade marketing manager of Globe Telecom, TM has been supporting the Sinulog Idol Search for three years now in partnership with the Cebu City Government, the Sinulog Foundation Inc., Center for Pop Music Philippines, and Soundtraxx Production Studio.

The search involved seven consecutive nights of rigorous elimination for the most versatile singer. The finalists were made to perform in different genre per night from Boradway, pop, Original Pilipino Music (OPM), Visayan hits, and inspirational selections.

Those who joined the grand finals will be trained by Cebu Center for Pop Music Philippines and ultimate vocal coach of the province – Jay Unchuan.

Albiso said:

True to Touch Mobile’s thrust of engaging the Cebuano consumers via the Sinulog 2012 Celebration and providing them with additional benefits in the form of value for money tariff like the AstigCombo 10 where a subscriber can avail of 50 sms to All Networks plus 10 minutes of calls to Globe and TM.  This year’s support is highlighted by the provision of the text voting facility and merch collaterals support, which were mounted in the different barangays and schools represented by the finalists.”

Check out the following photos to give you a glimpse of the show:

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Sendong survivors refuse to become ‘victims’


Relief goods gathered at Balay Mindanaw

THE brief trip to Cagayan de Oro City turned out to be more than just the distribution of relief goods to what we in Cebu City and the rest of the country refer as victims of typhoon Sendong (Washi).

Doris Mongaya, managing director PRworks Inc., and Karlo Mikhail Mongaya, Panay coordinator for the Kabataan Party List, met people who though struck by the destructive typhoon too were in the thick of helping others.

Balay Mindanao was buzzing with activity being one of the NGO relief hub in Cagayan de Oro or CDO when Doris and Karlo arrived last December 27, 2011.

In his Balay Mindanaw Relief Operations Report No. 11 December 29, 2011 posted in Facebook, Kaloy Manlupig said: “We refuse to be victims. We are resources. We continue our modest efforts to respond to the needs identified in the community centers which have shifted to non-food items since there is already enough supply of food items that will last until the end of the year. Yesterday, we were able to serve a total of 366 families (or 1,830 individual) in two community centers (Canitoan and Bonbon).”

Only much later did Doris and Karlo learned that a number of Balay Mindanao staff members were also hit  by the flood that wrought Sendong’s wrath. These staff members were among the 1,500 people whose houses were either damaged or washed away by the huge flood.

Doris and Karlo, nevertheless, primarily went to CDO to distribute assistance of another set of courageous and selfless souls who refused to become victims — members of the CDO media that included an editor-in-chief of a local daily, correspondents of Manila-based newspapers and wire agencies, radio and television reporters. In fact, Doris said, six of them saw their houses totally washed away at the height of typhoon Sendong while another found two siblings dead after successfully saving their mother.

(For the complete PRworks list of affect CDO journalists, click this link)

Nevertheless, they refused to be tied up as victims. They continued going about their duty of reporting while at the same time networking with benefactors for assistance, not for themselves, but for all members of media who were affected by the flood.

Thanks to Kaloy who is a long-time friend, Doris set up her base for coordinating with CDO media leaders in distributing assistance (some cash, clothing, and gallons of bottled water from GT Cosmetics, San Remigio Beach Club, family and friends) she brought from Cebu for some 27 CDO journalists who were also flood survivors.

Many thanks too to Charo Logarta-Lagamon of Globe Telecom who selflessly provided Doris and Karlo not only with her own vehicle but also her time driving them around as they reached out to these journalists who refused to become victims. Charo, who took charge of the Globe Telecom team helping Sendong survivors without much fanfare, added several dozens of t-shirts and blankets for the CDO media survivors.

Aside from assistance in cash and in kind, noteworthy is Globe Telecom’s Libreng Tawag program that afforded free calls to all networks and free Internet. The thousands hit by the flood definitely needed free means of communicating with family, relatives, and friends.

More than the assistance however, the attitude shown by local folk in standing up to help each other rise up makes us optimistic that Cagayan de Oro will rise up in no time.

Photos taken by Karlo Mikhail:

Television News Footage of the Globe Telecom Libreng Tawag ug Internet Service:

Prayer for those affected by Sendong:

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Helping Sendong survivors this Christmas


Celebrating Christmas means sharing our love, the blessings we received this year, and our prayers not just for our loved ones and friends. Celebrating Christmas is giving to those who need our love, the blessings we received this year, and our prayers most.

This Christmas season, those who need these most are not only our poor neighbors. They include the thousands affected and who survived the wrath of typhoon Sendong (Washi) in southern Philippines.

It is heartwarming to know that Filipinos have responded overwhelmingly to calls for help and prayers. The tragedy that killed over a thousand and rendered homeless thousands more has brought out the best in us as a people.

Here in Cebu, reporters belonging to the Cebu Federation of Beat Reporters (CFBJ) used Christmas parties to raise funds for Sendong victims. CFBJ President Elias Baquero said two Cebu reporters — who will cover Gov. Gwen Garcia’s trip to Cagayan de Oro next week — plan to personally turnover the funds to their media counterparts.

PRworks Inc., in our little way to help, is now gathering aid from friends and clients to address the particular needs of journalists and bloggers affected by typhoon Sendong. (Please read related story)

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Mediamen, bloggers among Sendong victims


A father loses his daughter. (Photo from http://twitpic.com/7udfiz)

TWENTY-FIVE media practitioners and bloggers in Cagayan de Oro and Iligan cities were among the victims of flash floods wrought by Typhoon ‘Sendong’ over the weekend.

Two of them, unfortunately, lost their lives as the violent flood swept their homes in Iligan. They were Michel Kundiman of dxRJ and Leonisid Alsonado of dxIC-RMN.

The media people affected by the tropical storm are:

 English: Political map of Northern Mindanao Re...Bloggers who were likewise victimized by the flash flood in Cagayan de Oro are Michael Abonitalla, BabyJane Lacaba, Eleanor Aguilar, Rob Bana, and Vic Madriaga.
PRWorks Vis-Min is calling on fellow media practitioners and charitable individuals and corporations for donations to help these affected journalists and their families get back on their feet and start living afresh.
Donations will be received at the PRWorks office right across the USC Main gym along Sanciangko st. until Monday, Dec. 26. Please coordinate with Doris (09167369463) or Mafe (09173829016) at 416-7159; or email dorismongaya@gmail.com or prworks2003@gmail.com.

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GT Experience Video Contest for Pinoy Bloggers


GT Cosmetics Manufacturing is inviting Philippine bloggers especially those based in the Visayas and Mindanao to document their GT (Gandang Tunay or Gwapong Tunay) Experience with the use of GT Cosmetics products in 2-3 minute video clips and win exciting prizes in the process.

All participating bloggers will get attractive packages of GT Cosmetics Products. But the blogger producing the best video and the most popular video will get P2,500 cash each!

You can use the samples we distributed during the Visayas Blogging Summit 2011 and the Best Cebu Blogs Awards Night. Or you can always grab one from any Watsons outlets.

We will be announcing additional prizes as the December 30, 2011 deadline for submission nears. So what are our blogger friends waiting for?

Here are the mechanics:

1. Video contest open to all bloggers old and new.

2. Each video must be at least 2 minutes but not more than 3 minutes (For easy download) and about your personal experience with GT Cosmetics. It could be a review or the act of using one or several products or any other creative ways one can portray your experience

3. Video entries must be posted in contestant’s blog(s) and linked to GT & Me. It could be uploaded directly to the blog or using Youtube.

4. Use familiar video formats mpg, .avi, .wmv, .mov including mp3 and flv.

5. Deadline for submission Dec. 30, 2011.

6. No obscene, inappropriate content. No use or reference to competing products.

7. Content to focus on the experience of using GT products.

Ms. GT Cosmetics during the USC TC Days beauty pageant Charlyn Noble Macaraeg has already been using GT Cosmetics products when she won. She went out of her way to help promote GT Cosmetics during the Visayas Blogging Summit 2013. Click this photo to bring you to GT & Me where there are more Charlyn pictures.

8. Criteria for Judging:

  • Category one: Best Video
    • Depiction of GT Experience – 50 percent
    • Creativity – 25 percent
    • Technical Execution – 25 percent
  • Category two: Most Popular — Most likes at the GT & Me Page.

10. Prizes for the Best Video and Most Popular Video:

a. P2,500.00 cash

b. Special package of GT Cosmetics.

c. Gift Checks from San Remigio Beach Club.

11 All participating bloggers shall have one gift pact for each video entry.

12. Winners shall be notified via GT & Me and email. All prizes and gift items shall be claimed at PRworks office. (Sent via JRS to entries outside Metro Cebu).

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Blogger-congressman to grace Visayas Blogging Summit 2011 in Cebu


KABATAAN Party List Congressman Raymond V. Palatino has accepted the invitation to speak during the 2011 Visayas Blogging Summit billed as the biggest gathering of bloggers in the Visayas on November 26, 2011 at the SM City Cebu Trade Hall in Cebu City.

Palatino, who describes himself as a Filipino activist and a blogger since 2004, has been instrumental in passing pro-youth legislation at the House of Representatives like the bill against the “No Permit, No Exam” school policy.

Aside from his blog mongpalatino and his work as a member of the Philippine Congress, Palatino is also the regional editor for Southeast Asia of Global Voices.

Image representing Global Voices as depicted i...

Global Voices is a community of more than 500 bloggers and translators around the world who work together to bring you reports from blogs and citizen media everywhere, with emphasis on voices that are not ordinarily heard in international mainstream media.

As Global Voices regional editor, he is thus an authority on citizen media and advocacy blogging not only in the Philippines but also in Southeast Asia.

Hosted and organized by Cebu Bloggers Society, the summit theme is: “Quality Online Publishing For Personal, Business, Government“
Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama will open the summit that also features the following speakers:
Vernon Joseph ‘Iggy’ Go (www.vernongo.com) on “Getting steady with blogging”;
Chris C. Ducker on (www.virtualbusinesslifestyle.com) “From Blog to Business – Getting Serious Online!”;
Ms. Joanne Apat (www.joanneapat.com) “Basic Tips in Using Social Media for Business!”; and
Janette Toral (www.digitalfilipino.com) “Social Media Responsibility: A Perspective”
Coy  Caballes (thegreatmaldito.wordpress.com) of Globe Telecom
 

PRworks has joined SM City Cebu and the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (Rafi) in co-organizing the summit with main organizer Cebu Bloggers Society.  Check out the poster below for a list of sponsors. Suffice to say that PRworks has brought on board as sponsors some clients like Globe Telecom, Nokia Philippines, and GT Cosmetics.

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