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Friday, May 09, 2008

Az video blog- behavior at work



thats me going crazy while working... beating the deadline for a magazine ad.
and hey its a total of 27 minutes, who's gonna watch this? hahhahaha

we will be out today just to remove the stress in our body, will have a morning swim at www.Watercampresort.com and then eat a big mac as our breakfast..wow. so excited for tomorrow.

thats me on a whole video doing the last minute of the graphic layout of a kick ass event for June 2008

My cosplay hosts for Toy Con 2008



got it from RG's website www.ronaldguanzon.com

I'm very comfortable working with the duo, and glad that they agreed to host the annual cosplay contest at the Toy Con. Also we are preparing for a meet and greet, photo op and autograph signing with artist and Toy Con guest of honor - Alodia Gosiengfiao. More news coming up soon!
So thats a big chance for YOU to meet her in person.

for more info visit www.toyconph.com





The 7th Philippine Toys, Hobbies and Collectibles Convention production note 11



just finished this today... what do you think???????
we're following the Toy Con poster tradition for almost 7 years.. yup thats right..toy images on the poster...pretty original di ba? ahhaha funny that this method being used by other conventions all over the world.

this is for our print ad and will finalize it later with approval with my group.

but before that, need to take a break and we'll watch SPEED RACER tonight. time to take a bath.

if you have any suggestion or any request for a toy to be put up in the poster,
just send me a good hi res picture or just post a link in my comments below.

hope this one looks more than a kick ass poster last 2007.

lots a meetings - LEGO Philbricksters, I.ph bloggers and office

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"my name is Rain!"

Its a meeting marathon for me last night and every minutes of it is very important to me.
read my story below after the jump

First meeting was in our office in Caloocan, I went there to do something and learned that my boss from the USA will arrive here in Manila this morning, learned new things and also saw that the office is quiet and everyone is not there, having a great time chatting with our Glass House Graphics, Noel, Joy and Anthony were there busy in their drawing gig and we joke around about that Ragnarok online game, which I really don't get it because I'm not a super online gamer.

After an hour long ride from Cavite to Caloocan, I went to Megamall for my other meeting, its one of the successful meeting with my group LEGO Philippines Bricksters, After arriving I saw Victor in his uncomfortable situation building a Speed Racer Lego set on the Starbucks table and Mach was there waiting for us, One by one our members and meeting personel arrive, Mari and a friend arrives and showed to us the Indiana Jones Lego set, which I need to bring it home in order for me to build it this weekend, the set will be displayed in Toys R US, Robinsons Galeria.

Then followed by Mico, then the last guy the late Mark Cerbo hahahah, joke lang!
We were there for a magazine feature interview and after some series of talks with my team mates for some upcoming event, I impromptu showed them a 5 minute floor layout design from scratch via using a Google Sketch up for a big LEGO August event coming soon.

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more photos in my album at
LEGO® Philippines Bricksters meet up @ Starbucks, Megastrip

we went crazy in seeing a Speed Racer Mach 5 Lego toy built by Mach and its all white and pretty plain, we plan on submitting a photo diorama for that magazine to add some photo content in the article.

Then after the meeting, I went to another meeting with people of dot Ph and I.ph bloggers, just saw a preview on the latest upgrade on their I.ph blog platform and because of that Im now planning to use my i.ph blog account to post some other topics which are related-or not related to this blog, just find out what is my i.ph blog add haahhahaha.

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more photos in my album at bloggers meeting with I.ph

met some bloggers, one of them is my former officemate which we never talk in our department due to different work, and one is from my anime shop days - our loyal customers-friends and the happy people who usually hang out everyday, others were people who I usually saw at some bloggers event and party.

nice to meet the people behind the blog of:
http://micamyx.i.ph/
http://caiabbass.i.ph/
http://margadsison.i.ph/
http://chippercupcakes.i.ph/
http://dessertcomesfirst.com/
http://peterjuan.i.ph/


It was raining so bad last night, got wet and tired on my way home, met with Lace and road this Bus going back to Cavite, it was like we were inside a moving freezer, so hungry when we arrived at home and then when we open the fridge...goody good!!! theres a box of pizza! then the other story went down into our stomach that night ehhehehe..

now time to finish that magazine ad....its my #%#%#@% deadline today!!!!

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Mico with the Mach 5

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Victor seriously building his on Racer X

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LEGO Speed Racer

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toy photography 101 with the late Mark Cerbo

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Mach and Victor checking out some LEGO mascot hahahah

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LEGO is delicious! - thats me

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The battle of the camera guy

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the screen

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the food

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I created my very own candid shot hahhahaa

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group pic

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ohhhh yeah!!!!!

Thursday, May 08, 2008

Free Comic Book Day at Fullybooked on May 24th


Fully Booked celebrates FREE COMIC BOOK DAY on May 24, 2008.

Come to Fully Booked and get a free comic book absolutely free! No need to buy anything

Plus all graphic novels will be 20% off.*

A special auction will be held at the Fully Booked Atrium showcasing special comic books and collectibles. Silent bidding will be enforced.

Comic giveaway starts at 10AM.
First come first served.

Exclusively at Fully Booked Bonifacio High Street.

* 20% discount applies to cash purchases only. Locally consigned items are not discounted.

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Just you thought that the FCBD is finished. Fullybooked has annouced that they will be celebrating the wonders of giving free comics to all. I'll be there early maybe around 7am to line up or maybe we might camp out as early as before 6am just to make sure that eveyone will have their free comics hahahaha - well I just say that, but I'm not too sure in going early, crazy me.

I might be there to take coverage of the event and also do video coverage and chat with people, I remember the big crowd during the Neil Gaiman signing in all Fullybooked branches, and luckily that I'm not having a trauma back then for being worried standing in the back of hundreds of people.

but hey! If you missed the FCBD in Comic Odyssey, this is your last card to get the exclusives FCBD comics and also super discounts in their items.

And for all First timers of FCBD, I posted a 101 or a tip on how to survive the Free Comic Book DAy, you can read my February Survival tip for FCBD here

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Yehey.com Chat Event with Kitchie Nadal


Chat event on May 14, 2008
at 2PM-4PM

log on and register at www.yehey.com

Chat board at http://www.yehey.com/Chat/Default.aspx

Video Live Streaming details to follow, just check out for updates here :) - Az
read more info below after the jump

Kitchie Nadal: Off to the Highway

Singer-song writer Kitchie Nadal is no longer singing on the same ground. With a lift from petrol firm Caltex, Kitchie is ready to hit it off the highway as she launches her second full-length album titled, “Love Letter”, April 11, at the Fully Booked in Bonifacio High Street.

The album contains 17 tracks disclosing Kitchie’s newfound inspiration and intense relationship with her Creator. “I want to share the grace I have received. I want my new album to be life-changing,” she said.

“What I wrote about here were inspired by the Bible… I was moved by the word ‘grace’ and wrote extensively about it in the album,” she explained, adding that, ”Grace is something difficult to grasp. It is easily thrown and said, but (seldom) understood. It caused so much breakthroughs in my life.”

One of the personal favorites of Kitchie in this new ensemble is the easy listening “Highway”, which is a mid-tempo love song to God. “You are the highway, apart from you are roads downhill, you are the highest way, the truth and the life, there’s no other road for me…”, writes the singer and lyricist.

The album carries 16 more original compositions of Kitchie as well as collaborations with Jack Rufo producer and co-writer of the songs Tadhana, Luc Middeldorp, Cynthia Alexander producer of the song “Iniibig Kita” and Akshai Sarin co-writer of the song “Walk on Water”. One of the compositions was written by Luc Middledorp a Europe-based band called “Insight.”

Other titles in the album include Armour Bearer, Wide Awake, Takipsilim, Love Letter, Beautiful Jesus, Grace, Apple of the Eye, and Lalaland.

This new album shares a plethora of insights about Kitchie’s own introspection that she wants to share to her listeners. “It’s a more mature album. It’s a breath of fresh air that can be your perfect companion on your own journey,“ she added.

Love Letter is available in identified Caltex-Star Mart branches for only P280. Get a chance to win a free signed album of Kitchie through Caltex’s new promotional activity.

The new gig with Caltex came at a right time, not to mention the perfect project, for Kitchie. She is featured in the new Caltex with Techron commercial and has appeared in various radio tours of the petroleum firm.

Her new album will be playing in all Caltex stations together with a promo that gives Caltex patrons a chance to win three I-Touch phones, six Ipod Nano 3G and six P5,000-worth of gift certificates from Odyssey. Fifteen (15) albums of Kitchie will also be given to lucky raffle winners.

Kitchie will be having a concert tour of identified stations nationwide, so watch out for her to gas up and grab a bite at Caltex Star Mart branches.

Kitchie’s career soared with her double platinum single titled Huwag na Huwag Mong Sasabihin that sold over 80,000 copies. The success of this release was followed by another hit title, Same Ground.

Kitchie was the singer-composer for both giant networks’ (ABS-CBN and GMA) popular soaps like I Luv New York, Rounin and Majika. She has also appeared in several tribute albums for legendary musicians in the Philippine scene.

Official Website : www.kitchienadal.net

David and Goliath - Little Losers Bloggers Party ( photo coverage)

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The event has held in Mag:net Cafe in Bonifacio High street, the event was packed with bloggers, photographers, food lovers, shirt lovers, fotoloco fanatics, beer belly guys, bitches, shit-head, fart face, gossip peeps, losers and opssss wait! I'm not talking about the people.. but I'm talking about this brand new shirt line by David and Goliath hahaha, just look at the 2nd pic above and just don't mind the first pic on top of it, because that me enjoying and fooling around on my first fotoloco machine pic, which I grabbed from their Flickr account.

more photos below

Little Losers is a new shirt brand line of David and Goliath, it is a collection of funny graphic characters that gives a big tribute to character stereotype that carries a big sense of humor to people who wears it and reads it. There are 57 characters and it was created by artist Todd Goldman. you can check out some info and graphic samples in their website at http://www.davidandgoliathtees.com/ . The shirt is available in David and Goliath store in Bonifacio High Street, Globa City in Taguig City.

The event is crazy and wacky, I just can't stop laughing at Gabe Mercado's funny stage line. There was a charade game, some kind of bring me game, and the Little Loser Dating game which Arthur blogger of Chickenmafia.com won a big prize, this time not in a chicken costume hahahaha.

I'm now planning this next week to grab my own Little Loser shirt, there's a shirt that has a label "Bloggers suck!" ahhaha, might grab that one too, I'm now collecting funny shirt just like the shirt I'm wearing that night " Hentai Inside" spoofing the Intel Inside logo.

Just went home with a big hang over of laughter and took home some freebies like this Little Loser stickers pad, Fotoloco pics and a caricature.

thanks for inviting us bloggers! and also hello to my ka-table bloggers that night.

more photos in my album at
David and Goliath - Little Losers Bloggers Party

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Wolverine and the X-Men Animated Series - 1st trailer



Its a 3 minute trailer for the upcoming Wolverine and the X-men animated series, at first I thought that it is for an animated movie, but the according to Marvel.com that this is a new animated series. Just watched the trailer and all I can say is that we can now leave that X-men Evolution series, and start from here were we can relive the days of our high school moments when we watch X-men the Animated series, which opens for me to the world of mutants and also going to Marvel comics as I was a big DC comic fans during my youth times.

Its so weird that they made Wolverine as the leader of the X-men, well it sounded that it like a possible story arc for the X-men live action film, we can say that it is possible.. see Jean Grey is gone, Professor X is into Coma, and look at Emma Frost! she's in the team. Looks like this will be a big proposal for another X-movies soon, just missed the mutants before, but here in the animated series you'll see a LOT of MUTANTS!! and also my favorite - SENTINELS!

Hope in the future they can do animated movies for the great X-men sagas like the Onslaught saga, Age of Apocalypse, and many others.

Free comics, anyone? - Inquirer.net


That's me in one of the video interview by Alex Villafania of Inquirer.net Hackenslash, It was funny because its turning to a regular appearance in every geeky and comics event coverage done by Hackenslash for their news blog website. and here I am giving some news and discuss what is Free Comic Book Day. The interview should be for Sandy, but since he went out to grab new comics boxes for everyone, so I did the interview cover for him and then I introduce Alex to Gerry Alanguilan and the others for a video interview too. Also in the article, Gerry's video interview is embedded too.

At the end of the video, I suddenly revealed some upcoming event that I'm working on! ahhahaha, its an exclusive revelation of some big event for the coming months.

COMIC books still appeal to many people, collectors and non-collectors alike. And if there’s one thing that everyone loves, it’s freebies and what more can make a comic book fan happier than free comics?

At the Free Comic Book Day celebration at Comic Odyssey in Robinsons Galleria, comic book enthusiasts lined up just to grab copies of the comic books. The event, which is an annual activity for Comic Odyssey, is aimed at reinvigorating the comic book collection community.

Read more here!


Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Toy Con 2008 contest rules and mechanics are now updated



We already updated the contest rules and mechanics for our contest this year.
They are online and can be found in our website at
www.toyconph.com

we added new contest like

Toy Designer contest - were you can design your own cute and funny playable toy design.

Toy Con blogging contest - if your a blogger this contest is for you, blog about the event in your own blog site and then win a great prize from us and from our sponsors.

Comic Creation Contest- the contest is back and everyone can join even if you are a pro or freelancer.

2nd Philippine Game Girl Contest - premiered last 2005 at the andGames and Gadget Show, the girl gamer pageant is back at Toy Con. if you are a cosplayer and also a gamer, this contest is for you.

Fan Film Contest - the big, the bad and the ugly of wild west of film making for sci fi, comics and games is here again for its 3rd year!

Cosplay Clicks - After the success of the Toy Clicks contest, now comes Cosplay Clicks, bring out your camera and shoot your Cosplay model in a creative pose and action.

Animation Contest - we love short animation!, even if it is a stick people animation, it is considered an animation to us, animate your own short film with style.

Booth Babe Contest - The muse of Toy Con is on search for 2008.

and also we have the customized figures contest.

We are still finalizing the contest rules for LEGO, STIKFAS and Cosplay. Rules of the three contest will be announced next week as we finalized it with our sponsors and team.

if you have any questions, feel free to email us at info@toyconph.com

Monday, May 05, 2008

production notes of all

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Been busy today and I'm still figuring out on how will I create a super kick ass poster for the 7th Philippine Toys, Hobbies and Collectibles Convention, I already have a May 9th deadline for the magazine ad and here I am still studying on how to create a super kick ass poster, there are lots of styles and design I visually printed in my brain but for me Its so hard to materialize it, I think my heart is already to far from our event and I just don't feel it, it's like eating your pizza and according to Sensei Hiko Seijuro that if you don't taste the sake well, it means that there is something wrong with you.

yup thats right, there is something wrong with me and I don't feel the ToyCon this year, it seems that it will be my last for this year. well, I don't know..

also got a May 6th deadline for a magazine article, glad that they liked my photos in some event that I covered, will write that later on and this magazine gimik really activates my radioactive blood, need to write more and I guess that I really should blog more since I missed a lot of blogging schedules the past days.

We're having a meeting tonight for the ToyCon and I'm not that excited, because I feel not too confident right now, thats in opposite of Janina San Miguel's quote for the Q and A of some pageant, well I just feel some pressure and it drags me to smithereens.

Just saw the Iron Man movie with Lace yesterday, it was a big movie out for us and I'm now excited for Speed Racer and also Indiana Jones this month.

forgot to mention, my boss will arrive in Manila, he's from the USA and I feel excited to meet him again and will propose a lot of ideas for the company.

that's another blogging round for today, my picture above is from our swimming gig at Shangri La hotel in EDSA, my family and cousins were there so its a big freebie for all of us to get a quick dip that night.

hmm.. more to come this week, because I really need to blog this out!
geeez..I really need to go swimming again, and eat embutido, lechon paksiw!
gahhhh!!!! I'm going to take a bath today, and leave early for our meeting.
I'll pig out tonight and that will be the last... diet comes tomorrow. okay?

blogging about the FCBD

This is my blog post on what happened at the FCBD

Free comics were given away last Saturday at the Comic Odyssey in Robinsons Galeria, I arrived early in the morning once the mall opens at 10am. I was surprised to see a number of 20 people already outside the store and falling in line, most of them are inside the store checking out some comics bin and some of them bought some back issue comics,. I interview some of the early birds and they are from a group of collectors who are a member of an online forum.

I immediately set up my laptop, camera and microphone, then place my laptop outside the store, I'm using the free wifi access of the mall so its not a problem for me, but the good signal comes from outside the store infront of the entrance. While I placed the camera and microphone on the glass display counter near the entrance, a better view of the whole store. I tested the online broadcast that minute, just experience some wonky connection and after a few minutes, everything is smooth and online.

Thanks to our friend OJ, who went early to help me compose a database of FCBD visitors, and glad that he brought a camera tripod, there we use his tripod for the camera and it was place in a very good view, semi birds eye view.

I just recorded the online video stream, from 10am-2pm, and some of the highlights are available for view in my youtube account. I didn't posted all of the video because some of them runs about a 40-minute footage, were you can see people laughing, talking and getting their free comics.

I really like the idea that we did a countdown from 10 to zero and many people enjoyed it, it was like celebrating Xmas or New year and this time we go to celebrate the love of reading comics. "Welcome to Free Comic book Day" Sandy Sansolis, owner of the Comic Odyssey store, shouted after the countdown and everyone went to scream "Yey!!!" and it was the best part of the event.

I got the idea of broadcasting the FCBD sometime last year, I prepared for it and I am very happy that this year's FCBD online video stream is a big success, got connected from a lot of people and Filipino around the world, just like our friend Homer who is in Cebu and David of Sydney, Australia was there online with other pinoy viewers and David relays his experience about the FCBD in his country that started 4 hours early ( which states that Australia might celebrated it first than here in the Philippines). Also at the online video stream and chat, Tom Pomplum, publisher for Graphic Classics was online and also Anne Timmons artist for "The Dream" of Graphic Classics, both of them wants to see Gerry Alanguilan online and glad that it turn out well, funny to see Gerry's reaction when I told him about Tom and Anne viewing his comic signing sessions with fans. Also great to see some of the online chatters are chatting with Anne Timmons and glad that they get connected in an instant via my online stream and chat for the FCBD day in the Philippines.

Comic book signings started at around 1pm and Gerry Alanguilan, Edgar Tadeo, Budjette Tan and Mico Suayan was there as one of the guest artist, and also there are lot of artist went there to say hi and participated the event, Leinil Yu arrived later that day and also other artists like Jonas Diego, Gilbert Monsanto, Dennis Crisostomo, Gio Paredes, Randy Valiente, Andrew Villar and many more. Comic fans was there and glad that they received some quick sketches, autographs and also commissioned pin up artworks. Budjette Tan distribute limited posters of Trese comics, while Gerry give away some copies of Elmer issue 3 comics.

I was busy that time moderating the chat online and also monitoring the video stream, I just talked to some fans while waiting for my time to leave. And also the effectiveness of the FCBD event is that it attracts a lot of non reading comics individuals who went there too to get some comics, there are kids, mom and dads - in other words -> family members are all there, waiting in the line.

I just can't believe to see that impact of the FCBD, thus it makes the scene here in Manila to host the biggest FCBD event and thanks to Comic Odyssey and glad that Sandy is so prepared for it, also there are other FCBD event that happend in Manila, there were FCBD event at Fullybooked and Druids Keep, some say that there are other stores in Q.C. and Makati who just got their own FCBD event. It was so cool, sad to say that I failed to promote them too, because when I checked the official website of FCBD, only Comic Odyssey was listed there are as one of the official host in the Philippines and I was not aware that they updated the website days before the FCBD May 3, 2008.

Comic Odyssey gave away 3 FCBD exclusives on each visitor, and also 20 pcs. of comics in their back issue bin, and a Graphic Classics for the first 250 visitors. Some say that the FCBD exclusives ran out at 2:30pm, thus making some problem in some visitors who are still lining up. All left at that time were back issues. So some of the visitor accepted the truth that they missed the FCBD exclusives,but were happy to take home some back issues limited to 10 pcs at that time. And also met our pinoy artists who were present that day.

It was a fun event and right now I'm having a concept for making this FCBD bigger next year by helping all comic stores in promoting the joy and fun of reading comics. See you all next year!!!

Az Video Blog - Free Comic Book Day Philippines

Here's my video blog of the Free comic book day Philippines

highlights are:
1. interview with comic fans
2. with sandy sansolis of comic odyssey
3. countdown to FCBD
4. comic artists signs comics

music by : Shiela and the insects



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o00ungkqrxs

Free Comic Book Day Philippines (photo and video coverage)

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Here's my photos and video coverage of last Saturday's Free comic book day at Comic Oydssey in Robinsons Galeria. Many thanks and hugs to Sandy Sansolis of Comic Odyssey for organizing the biggest FCBD event in the Philippines and also thanks to Gerry Alanguilan, Edgar Tadeo, Budjette Tan, Mico Suayan (guest artist of the event) and all artist who went and say hi - hello to me hahahah. to friends and toy club members, to Mark and Fanky of Fudge, Alex Villafania of Inquirere.net, To online viewers of the video stream, to Tom Pomplum, Publisher of Graphic Classics, Anne Timmons artist for Graphic Classics, David of Sydney, Strangeheart of Cebu and many others! thanks!!! And also to friends, and comic shop visitors and also to all comic store owners and shops in the Philippines for making our own FCBD big!

videos are recorded from our online broadcast

for photos and videos and also links are located below
watch and view it after the jump.

Here are my photo albums and albums of my friends and networks.

Free Comic Book Day Philippines 2008 @ comic odyssey (Az camera)

Free Comic Book Day Philippines 2008 @ comic odyssey (Marc Cerbo camera)

Free Comic Book Day Philippines 2008 @ comic odyssey (OJ camera)

Free Comic Book Day Philippines 2008 @ comic odyssey (Victor PSP camera)

Free Comic Book Day photos by BJ

Free Comic Book Day! photos by Victor

Free Comic Book Day photos by Andrew Villar

Free Comic Book Day: The Line at 12 p.m. video by BJ

Blog post by Gerry Alanguilan (more other links of coverage and blog post here)

I made it to Free Comic Book Day! by Adrian Arcega

Recorded Video web stream


Free Comic Book Day Philippines - comic signing begins


Free Comic Book Day Philippines ( 19 minutes footage)


Free Comic Book Day Philippines - comic signings footage 4


Free Comic Book Day Philippines - comic signing footage 2


Free Comic Book Day Philippines - Raffle time

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Azrael Coladilla is the blogger of Azrael's Merryland. This blog started as a personal blog in 2003, and then converted the blog into a lifeblog about his interest and reporting about pop culture, lifestyle, entertainment, technology, food, travel, toys, outdoor adventure, internet and social media. Awarded as the 2009 Most Influential Blogger for Luzon, Philippines, awarded by the Philippine Blog Awards. He is a full time blogger and photographer and freelance events organizer, social media specialist and marketing consultant. He is the founder of several online communities - Manila Bloggers Network, PBNetwork PH, Oh My Food! community, Cavite Bloggers, and Philippine ToyCon. He loves traveling, eating, watch movies, meet new people, photography and collects Transformers toys.

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