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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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250 bloggers joined the Visayas Blogging Summit 2011

Cebu City Mike Rama and Ms. GT Cosmetics Charlyn Noble Macaraeg pose with Miss Earth candidates Miss England, Estonia, Guatemala, and Guam.


The Cebu Bloggers Society Inc. (CBSi) successfully conducted 2nd Visayas Blogging Summit 2011, the biggest social media gathering of some 250 bloggers across the Visayas region last November 26 at SM City Cebu.

CBSi has clinched partnerships with SM City CebuRamon Aboitiz Foundation Inc.PR Works, and GeiserMaclang in staging the summit.

CBSi has also secured support of VirtualStaffFinder.comWatsons,International Pharmaceuticals Incorporated (IPI),, Bluewater ResortsTibiao Fish SpaCrimson Resort and SpaHero Hungarian Sausage,Coffee DreamBos CoffeeHarolds,HoneyCombFC.comNokiaGlobe, GT CosmeticsCebu Daily NewsThe FreemanSunstar Cebu, Panay NewsABS-CBNGMATV 5,GeohMediaBrennAlmario.comJunixBlog.comHome Radio,Monster Radio and Y101, for the event.

CBSi also gathered the support of various blogging groups and professional organizations to the 2nd Visayas Blogging Summit, including Cagayan de Oro Bloggers Inc., Davao Bloggers, Iligan Bloggers Society, Iloilo Bloggers, Mandaue Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Manila Bloggers Network, Mindanao Bloggers, and Negros Bloggers.

With the theme, “Blogging and Beyond”, the 2nd Visayas Blogging Summit featured reputable speakers in the field of social media.

The event’s keynote speaker was Chris Ducker, founder of Live2Sell Group, a business process outsourcing firm working with clients around the world. He talked about a professional blogging titled From Blog to Business – Getting Serious Online!

Other speakers included Janette Toral, author of several books and research reports on social media and the Internet, who talked about social media responsibility; Joanne Apat, director of Online Marketing & eBusiness Consulting at Gwion Limited Hong Kong  Tim Bennet of Argon Management, Brad Geiser of GeiserMaclang, and Max Limpag of Sun Star Cebu and bloggers Vernon Joseph Go and Evanjohnn Mendoza talked about personal blogging.

Kabataan Party List Rep. Raymond Palatino, a blogger since 2004 and the South Asia editor of Global Voices, broadened the discussion to a global advocacy perspective while Gina Lopez of the ABS-CBN Foundation pushed the advocacy against mining in Palawan.

The Visayas Blogging Summit, which was first organized by the Iloilo Bloggers in Iloilo City, is a gathering of bloggers in the Visayas to talk on issues and concerns related to blogging and discuss how to further make blogging an effective tool for community development.

This year, the Visayas Blogging Summit highlighted the value of blogging as a potent tool in community development and in encouraging community participation.

For more information on the 2011 Visayas Blogging Summit, or to register, please visit

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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.

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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 ( on “Getting steady with blogging”;
Chris C. Ducker on ( “From Blog to Business – Getting Serious Online!”;
Ms. Joanne Apat ( “Basic Tips in Using Social Media for Business!”; and
Janette Toral ( “Social Media Responsibility: A Perspective”
Coy  Caballes ( 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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Cebu Ateneans to raise P500T to provide poor Talisay kids with school supplies

The 'Bags of Dreams' team: Christine Mae Sia, Blonx Tirol, Shobe Pamela Ymas, John Rey Guadalquiver, Marie Tone Ynoc, Paolo Diaz, and Samsam Gullas.

In a bid to donate thousands of school bags and educational supplies to public school students, the Business Communication class of the Ateneo Graduate School of Business-Cebu campus will raise half a million pesos through their “A Bag of Dreams” charity campaign class project.

The 2,407 students of San Roque Elementary School in Talisay City, Cebu were chosen to benefit from the campaign, which was launched last month in partnership with the Cebu Arts Foundation Incorporated.

“A Bag of Dreams campaign supports every child’s right to proper education. We aim to raise money in order to provide these public school students in need the necessary tools for education. It is in this light that we will ask for everyone’s support in this charitable advocacy,” said class project co-leader Samsam Gullas.

The chosen school was cited to have the most number of students from kindergarten to Grade 6 who belong to low-income families in the city. It was also reported that the lack of proper school supplies pushes most of these children to drop out from school.

As part of their awareness and fundraising campaign, the group is selling “Dream” rubber wristbands online for P180 at their “A Bag of Dream Campaign” page in Facebook.

“Buying one band means giving a child one bag to fulfill his dreams and a chance to a better life,” said Gullas.

John Rey Guadalquiver, also co-leader of the class project, said that the half-million-peso target charity fund will not come from the sale of the wristbands alone and generous donors. He said that each class member will try to tap their network to encourage sponsors and corporations to share the same advocacy on its respective Corporate Social Responsibility programs.

“Our subject is about effectively communicating to various groups, organizations, private companies, and corporations. We’re happy to come up with a project that would not only allow us to apply what we’ve learned inside the class but also give us the opportunity to help the community in need,” said Guadalquiver.

The group initially aims to provide school bags and basic educational supplies such as pencils, ballpens, notebooks, pad papers, and boxes of crayons among others. However, the group is also looking at providing proper school desks if the campaign manages to raise more funds.

“Your donations will go a long way in shaping these kids’ future one bag at a time,” said Gullas.

For donations, please write a check to Cebu Arts Foundation Inc. You can also deposit cash to Unionbank Checking Account number 002750000380, account name Gerald Anthony Gullas. You may contact these numbers 09173253573; 09173250051; 09334486371 or visit their Facebook page for more



Doris I. Mongaya
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Cebu Media Exellence Awards-Launch / Globe & Media Friends Night

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Globe celebrates UE’s 65 years; launches UE SIM

Globe Telecom partners with the University of the East to celebrate its 65th foundation year with the launch of the University’s own UE SIM.

The new UE SIM powered by Globe gives its users customized content, providing up-to-the-minute important announcements and information to students, as well as the university faculty and staff via text.

Aside from this, UE SIM card holders enjoy a significantly reduced promo call rate of P0.05 per second, or P3 per minute to any Globe-UE, Globe and TM subscriber. This is 54 percent cheaper than the regular call rate of P6.50 per minute. Each text message sent from a Globe-UST Prepaid SIM costs only P0.50 per text message to any Globe and TM subscriber, which is 50% lower than the regular SMS rate of P1 per message.

To commemorate the 65th anniversary of the university, Globe launched special promos, which gives UE students special rates and freebies. Subscribers may avail of the special UE 30 and UE 45 promos exclusive to the users of SIM. With the promo, UE SIM users can 300 texts to all networks plus free 15 call minutes to Globe-UE, Globe, and TM for only P30 valid for 1 day’s use and P45 valid for 2 days’ validity.

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Jesuit-led group taps Globe for quick disaster response

With numerous typhoons hitting the country every year, quick and efficient response before, during and after emergency situations becomes a necessity.  In view of this, Globe Telecom has decided to partner with Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan (SLB), a Church-based, Jesuit-led organization, in tapping the power of mobile phones and the internet to reach out to Filipinos affected by disasters.

Through SLB’s E-Ugnay Disaster Management System, both Globe and SLB are able to take advantage of the next-level convergence of mobile and internet capabilities in consolidating information from all over the country, thereby, allowing on-ground personnel to act immediately whenever calamities strike.  The mobile and web applications were developed by students from the Department of Information System and Computer Science of Ateneo de Manila University and later on taken over by the Ateneo Java Wireless Competency Center under Fr. Charlie Cenzon, SJ.

“The potential of the internet in this field of disaster relief is largely underutilized.  On the side, the utilization of mobile phones for communication is heavy during disasters.  But without a web portal to consolidate these vital information being exchanged through the mobile phones, coordination for timely action is not possible, thus, born E-Ugnay,” said Erik John J. Gerilla, SJ, SLB Acting Director.

E-Ugnay,  an imperative “to connect” donors and beneficiaries, is the new portal for the Filipino spirit of “bayanihan” in the digital age since it allows partner organizations to send disaster assessment forms, request for relief goods and other data through a mobile phone application which will be consolidated by web-based application accessible online.  The same data, tagged with geographic location of the user, can also be sent to the E-Ugnay server via a mobile application.  The system would then save the data, organize the information geographically and display it on a map.

For instance, whatever information sent by authorized field reporters via their E-Ugnay powered mobile phones are processed by the system to track in real time the number of relief goods needed in a particular location as well as facilitate their timely delivery to affected areas.  Pictures can also be generated and published on the website ( for public viewing.

“We are very glad to share our ICT competencies to a civil society initiative that increases disaster resilience by improving the coordination and communication of real-time disaster information, expanding donation channels, and connecting volunteers. Through this partnership, Globe and its employees hope to be more proactive in disaster relief efforts nationwide and at the same time showcase its network resiliency and innovative ICT solutions for Disaster Risk Reduction Management,” said Rob I. Nazal, Globe Head for Corporate Social Responsibility.

Responding to SLB’s call in their 28 Sept On-line Disaster Monitoring Map, Globe provided food packages consisting of canned goods, instant noodles, rice, coffee, sugar, and milk to some 400 families seeking temporary refuge at Daanghari Elementary School in Navotas as requested by SLB.

“With this innovation, we are confident in our ability to respond to emergency situations anywhere in the country.  The system will become our main vehicle to disseminate information to our volunteers and potential donors, thereby, maximizing our limited resources during calamities and disasters.  It is also an effective way of preventing or lessening duplicate efforts among the response groups,” Gerilla said

As the official technology partner for E-Ugnay, Globe provides infrastructure support that will enable E-Ugnay to run on the Globe network consisting of a postpaid mobile account; cellphone units for the E-Ugnay team, nationwide institutional hubs, and community-based partners; specialized SIM cards with discounted rates; and a PP240,000 grant for SLB to implement its planned training activities for 2011-2012.

Globe also pledged to donate its services during disaster relief operations through employee volunteers mobilization, fundraising support and GCASH services, Libreng Tawag for victims and families of affected communities, and Libreng Internet for E-Ugnay authorized field reporters.

Set to become collaborators of Globe and SLB are action centers and academic institutions  such as:  St. Paul University- Tuguegarao City; Lourdes College -Cagayan de Oro City; Marikina People Power Volunteers- Marikina City; Ateneo de Manila University –Quezon City, Ateneo de Naga University –Naga City; Aquinas University – Legazpi City; Diocesan Pastoral Council-Catarman, Northeren Samar; Social Action Center – Diocese of Borongan; Holy Infant College – Tacloban City; Ateneo de Iloilo – Iloilo City; Sacred Heart School – Cebu City; Father Saturnino Urios University – Butuan City; Xavier University – Cagayan de Oro City; Social Action Center  – Archdiocese of Cotabato City; Ateneo de Zamboanga University – Zamboanga City; and Ateneo de Davao University – Davao City.

Globe Telecom and Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan (SLB) undertake their first joint relief operations in Brgy. Daang Hari, Navotas City, one of the hardest hit areas by Typhoon Pedring.

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Globe celebrates Press Freedom with Cebu reporters

GLOBE Telecom’s Jerry Yntig and Doris Mongaya of PRworks Inc. unveiled Globe’s Cebu Media Excellence Awards as they celebrated Cebu Press Freedom Week with Cebu’s biggest organization of active journalists working in the different news beats in Metro Cebu and the rest of the region last September 21, 2011.
The occasion — the general assembly of the Cebu Federation of Beat Journalists  (CFBJ) — is a regular mid-week highlight of Cebu’s Press Freedom Week and Globe Telecom has been supporting the event for several years now.
This time, Globe Telecom made the celebration more special by unveiling the Cebu Media Excellence Awards.
Bulk of the award categories are reserved for excellent performance by reporters working in print, radio, and television from September 21, 2011 and the awards night shall be during the celebration of Cebu Press Freedom Week 2012.
Yntig explained the rationale for the awards after short unveiling ceremony before helping out during the exciting raffles portion of the agenda.
Elias Baquero, president of the Cebu Federation of Beat Journalists (CFBJ), thanks Globe Telecom for the successful conduct of the general assembly.



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Globe launches Cebu Media Excellence Awards

Cebu Media Excellence Awards ‘Unveiling’ Photo Gallery

Cebu Media Excellence Awards (Yoly’s Message)

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