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Saturday, February 14, 2009

Spectacular Spider-man Mcdonalds Happy Meal Toys ( February 14, 2009)

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Check out this new Mcdonalds Happy Meal toys and it features the all new Spectacular Spider-man animated series. I got surprised to see this last night in Mcdonalds El Pueblo, and according to them,the toy just arrived at midnight of February 14, 2009. Collect all 8 Spider-man characters, all are toys and perfectly made for your kids and toy collectors too.

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Green Goblin - pull back roll action

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Venom - water squirter

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Spider-man - web shooter


Doctor Octopus - which you can stick it in a glass wall or cabinet

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Spider-man black - it crawls on the floor

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Sandman - sand punch blaster

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Spider-man black - string crawler pull back action

Friday, February 13, 2009

My speed dating experience at One Week Notice : A Pre-Valentines Celebration

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I got an invite for this event, and its a speed dating event for singles called "One Week Notice : A Pre-Valentines Celebration" organized by Arete Events and it was held inside Galileo Enoteca in Pasong Tamo, Makati. This event is a good timing for the week before the Valentines Day for 2009, and the invitation is not for being a participant, but I was there to have a photo coverage of the event. The organizers event told me that I'm not allowed to participate because I'm not single aahaaha. But then I dragged my friend RG with me to have a coverage with me, but the organizers told me that they are 1 guy short for the whole dating activity, and I convinced RG to join in the dating game. Oh boy, RG is lucky during that night, dating 18 girls in one night ahhaah. I haven't done that before, but after my observation to all of them, it seems that speed dating is very tiring and if ever I tried it, I might end up quitting on the 5th girl. ( read more below)

I enjoyed the red wine at Galileo Enoteca and felt a little warm after a few sips, I began taking photos til the last minute and end of the dating event.

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The Italian made red wine kicks in and according to the bar tender, it is 12% proof and much stronger than San Mig Light. I stayed inside the bar and later on transfered in the two rooms were the speed dating is held.

here's my video coverage from the event




and below is my recorded tv clip from the Probe tv show, which they featured the speed dating event and interviewed the organizers and some daters.




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After the speed dating, I got a conversation to 3 girls who were a participant of the speed dating event, and I asked them if they enjoyed it or what are their comments, they just shared to me that is is fun and not easy to start off a conversation, some guys are shy, while others are good in conversation. RG introduces to me with the girls and we shared everything on what we experienced that night, as a speed dating participant and me as an observer. Valuable lessons has been learned to each everyone is that "don't ever expect too much in a speed dating event", because it is just a game, a fun night meeting new people, and way of having new friends.

After the event, the organizers will check out on their rating card to see which of them are perfectly match for each other. Speed dating events occur not only in Valentines day, but it is mainly a game for all season.

more photos at One Week Notice : A Pre-Valentines Celebration ( speed dating event) @ Galileo Enoteca

and visit Arete Events official site at http://areteevents.multiply.com/

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Round Table Talk : Ethics and the blogger part 1

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I attended a round table discussion last Saturday in AIM, Makati and its about a topic prepared by the Blog and Soul Movement for bloggers, the topic is about ethics and the blogger. The discussions is very hot and I know many of you are interested in hearing different opinions and comments from the bloggers. And because that bloggers behaviour and the purpose of its role in the online community is starting not too good and needed to be discussed and shed some light to each other and for those who aren't aware.

I will create a separate blog post on what I think is right and the way I do as a blogger for the general public. Because many of the new bloggers didn't know some important roles and ways of doing it right, for example.

Here are some what I learned and I like to share it here

1. You must not copy an original content done by another blogger and post it in your blogs.

2. You must add a credit of the original content maker, if it is a blog quote content, photo, or video posted in your blog

3. Bloggers that are invited to and attending a PR and media events should observe proper conduct and behave properly

4. If you are invited to an event and required to RSVP via email or text, it is good for the blogger to send the RSVP right away or at least a day before the event.

5. Inform the event organizer, if for example , you are bringing someone with you ( wife, husband, gf, bf or companion) A blogger sometimes has chaperons in attending events.

6. You are not allowed to bring your entire family with you, the event invites sometimes is good for 1 or 2 person only. I just heard some blogger who brought her entire barkada and family to a food event.

7. I sometimes ask the organizers if I can invite other bloggers for the event, and I let them do send the invites to my friends, sometimes if the organizers said "yes, invite your blogger friends, the more the merrier", that means it is an open event and you can invite them or bring them with you. But sometimes events are very private and confidential, the event organizers will decline in inviting others who are not in their list. We enjoy attending events, but all of it are not just for fun only, attending it means that you were there to listen, to write a story, and post a blog entry about it. You are not there just to meet your crush or eat foods or receive freebies.

8. You can not ask for more freebies at the event. The freebies, swags, or event giveaways is given to the present attendees of the event. You should keep it and not open the gift giveaway infront of the event personnel. Just open it or look at it if the event is finished.

9. Attacking a person by a use of blogs is now being looked upon as a bait for libel. You should be careful in posting anything about it. This is a big debate, and if comments and personal opinions apply if it is called an attack or a comment.

10. If you feel that you are wrong on some actions, try to approach a fellow blogger and ask for advice and tips on what you should do, there's nothing wrong in asking to a co-blogger and friend, this will resolve your problems immediately.

11. Having a code of ethics to bloggers is not applicable, and because that having a right for freedom of speech is what we really wanted, but not entirely abuse it. As for having an ethics to bloggers, it will be good that some bloggers should become a role model to others. Many new bloggers are lost in some ways, but needed to be guided in a possible way. By showing how we blog, how we act, and maybe we can guide them via plurk, multiply twitter or via facebook. There's nothing wrong in telling them nicely and have a personal talk to them if they acted something that is not right. This way, we can avoid those conflicts in having lots of misunderstanding.

This is some parts I know and what we discussed during the talk, in my future blog post, I will post some tips and how to's on what I do as a blogger.


below is my video during the round table discussions.




and below is my recorded podcast



more pics at Round Table Talk : Ethics and the blogger part 1

and JP's album at Blog and Soul Sessions (Set 1)

Nina Fuentes's Photos - Blog & Soul Roundtable Discussion

Thursday, February 12, 2009

March 6, 2009 will be the end of the Superheroes, so who watches the Watchmen ?

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Its all posted now in the webs, and according to the press release posted at Yehey.com, the movie will be available in all Philippine cinemas starting on March 6, 2009. Now I'm wondering if the IMAX is available in the Philippines. check out below for the new TV spot of the Watchmen movie.



check out also the contest posted at http://www.yehey.com/promos/watchmen/ , win lots of Watchmen premium items
and yeah...i joined already! wish me luck




Subverting and deconstructing the concept of superheroes, the story introduced a handful of characters that have been called “more human than super”—real people who deal with ethical and personal issues, who struggle with neuroses and failings and who, aside from Dr. Manhattan, are without superpowers. The original team of heroes, the Minutemen, was comprised of The Silhouette, Silk Spectre, The Comedian, Hooded Justice, Captain Metropolis, Nite Owl, Mothman and Dollar Bill. The next generation of masked adventurers—those at the heart of the graphic novel’s mystery—are Silk Spectre II, Nite Owl II, Rorschach, Dr. Manhattan, Ozymandias, and The Comedian, who is the only holdover from the Minutemen. Each is a symbol of a different kind of power, obsession, and psychopathology. A different kind of superhero. In theaters March 6, 2009 (Friday). - yehey.com




"Summer VoiceOver Funtasy" - Creativoices announces it's breakthrough voiceover seminars.



Do you love voice acting? Can you do voices for a living or as an art? Or are you are actively involved in preparing materials for speaking, or your work requires you to meet people and carry conversations well? Then read along. Creativoices Productions, the creator of 7 seasons of the premier Voice Acting and Dubbing workshop in the Philippines - VoiceWorx!, announces their newest activities this summer.

Dubbed as "Summer VoiceOver Funtasy!" It involves participants exploring the potentials of their voice acting career with advance learning tools and techniques in Radio Commercials, Radio Drama, Script Reading, Mic handling, and Voice Over marketing. And now they will also be providing an exclusive Children's Voice Acting Workshop this summer.(Read more below)



The classes will start as follows:

SUMMER VOICEOVER FUNTASY!

Radio Advertising Voice Over Workshop!!

March 2 and 3 CLASS A-RAV

March 4 and 5 CLASS B-RAV

March 6, 2009 GRADUATION

Advance Voice Acting and Radio Drama Workshop!!

March 9 and 10 CLASS A-RAD

March 11 and 12 CLASS B-RAD

March 13, 2009 GRADUATION

Children's Voice Acting Workshop (10- 16 years old only)

March 16 and 17 CLASS A-CVA1

March 18 and 19 CLASS B-CVA1

March 20, 2009 GRADUATION

Children's Voice Acting Workshop (10- 16 years old only)

March 23 and 24 CLASS A-CVA2

March 25 and 26 CLASS B-CVA2

March 27, 2009 GRADUATION

"The class will do more activities than ever, that involves working with the mic and less with the pen", says Brian Ligsay VoiceWorx Director of CreatiVoices. Ligsay who is an accomplished performer, was hired recently by Rosetta Stone, Inc. as a Voice Director/Coach to work on their Filipino/Tagalog software program. CreatiVoices, he claims has successfully produced over a hundred voice over enthusiasts, bringing their total database of available on-call voice talents, close to a thousand.

"And that's what producers are looking for nowadays in voice over production.. effeciency, diversity, creativity," adds Pocholo Gonzales, Managing Director of the company. Gonzales is also known as the Voicemaster, who's consummate performance is heard on TV, Radio and the Internet. He also recently starred in the animation movie DAYO Sa Mundo ng Elementalia Official entry to the 2008 Metro Manila Film Festival. He was the only professional Voice Artist among the Cast of Actors.

With talks from the Veteran and Young Voice Actors.

Phil Cruz

Joe Placiego

Jeff Utanes

Eloisa Cruz Canlas

Vilma Borromeo

Pinky Rebucas

Yvette Resureccion

Jill Fernandez

The summer workshop features professional voice performers and directors working closely with students in a strict all recording facility and studio at the heart of Makati City. So get ready to explore your talents this summer. Join the workshop and excel your skills in voice acting. Don't hesitate to call, because in the world of success… it's always first come, first served.

For details contact them at:

729-7274 or 970-0971

Text us at: 09195731714/09272404886

Email us at: info@creativoices.com, brian@creativoices.com

Visit our website: www.creativoices.net and creativoices.com

Our Studio address link online: http://creativoices.net/blog/?page_id=8

Official social network: www.voiceworx.ning.com

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

FHM February 2009 Autograph signing - Katya, Maui and Andrea



FHM boys and girls...get ready to rumble!

Save the Date : February 16, 2009 at 4PM to 6:30 PM
Robinsons Pioneer

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 - Civil War



This makes my seat vibrates...Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 is now in the time line of the world of Marvel Comics, and its the massive cross over of Civil War storyline that gives a big change in all comics history. I love to play Captain America, Wolverine, Thor and Human Torch, too bad that Iron Man is the bad guy here. I'm expecting to battle other superheroes and maybe villains. But I'm not sure if you will take sides like joining the registered superheroes or the non-registered superheroes.


I'm glad that they are back in making a new comics video game. Will wait if ever they will include Secret Invasion in their list.

now time to wait for the Wii version :)

Valentines Day special treat at Bizu, Greenbelt 2

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Enjoy a special treat in Bizu this Valentines Day, and you should try their Passion Box package and its a perfect gift for your love one. Me and some bloggers attended a Bloggers Merienda event at Bizu, Greenbelt 2 and I went there so late after a meeting, but glad that Audrey Tanco of Bizu still welcomes me and asked me to try their Strawberry Shortcakes and Cake Desire. (Read more below)

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But before trying out those cakes, I got a little introduction with this yummy Tomato and Spinach Ravioli, and I love the taste of it, and it is very healthy and rich of tomato sauce and greeny spinach. I was looking for meat or beef in the pasta, butI finished all and never seen any meat on it. Its a perfect pasta to all those vegetarians. I love the spinach inside the ravioli, although it will taste weird to first timers, but that's how spinach tastes. I was wondering of Popeye at that time when I ate the pasta. The good part for this pasta is the overflowing of tomato pasta sauce, which gives a big points if I'm going to grade this food.


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The Desire Cake is a chocolate mouse type with Starberry on top of it. I tasted it and it is very smooth in my tongue, but the chocolate taste kicks in after. It is very rich in milky form, because it is like a mouse cake, very soft and it melts in your mouth quickly. The chocolate plates will give you a big crunchy bite, after you take some slice of the Desire Cake. For me, it is very sweet, but I know a chocolate lover will surely enjoy this.

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One of the best seller in Bizu, the Macarons de Paris, many people are aware of this Macarons, and according to Bizu, it is made of almonds, which I don't get it where's the almond in this food. But the sweetness and softness of the Macarons will give you a tasty sweet sensation in your toungue when you dissolve the sugary like thing in the part of the Macarons.

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The best cake ever in Bizu, and that recommendation comes from me. I love this cake..and it made me back to love Strawberry. The Strawberry Shortcake is a cake with white icing, soft chifon style cake, and lots of Strawberry fruits. Not too sweet, but the fruit drives it very yummy and heavenly. The cake is best serve with a hot coffee. I feel in love to this cake and I recommend it that you should try it. I think in one piece, there are 11 strawberries inside it.

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look at my face on how happy I am.

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Also the Passion box of Macarons de Paris and Cake Desire is the Valentines Day dessert for all. In every purchase you can take home that special love cuff and roses.


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and here's my video




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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Enjoy a Spa session while watching a movie at Blue Water Day Spa



Have you tried getting a nice spa while watching a movie? I can imagine myself in a comfy pamper mode while watching The Transformers movie. It will be the most relaxing day to experience it, letting my body feel a great spa and massage, and then excite myself watching geeky movies. But all of it will be in reality, because Blue Water Day Spa did the first ever Spa Movie Theater in the world, and it is located at BlueWater Day Spa Ortigas Avenue Branch. The Spa Movie Theater can accommodate 28 guests, you will feel a HD cinema projections and a Dolby Surround 7.1 sounds. You can watch your Blu Ray disc or you can play PS3 with your friends insdie the Spa Movie Theater. The venue is best for the family, friends and class reunion.

For my unique party concept will be a Class Reunion Party, it can be a High School or College class reunion. Everyone will dress up with their school uniforms and attend the Spa Movie Theater with their old time classmates and friends. The Party can be attended by teachers and professors. Enjoy reliving the old school days watching the class reunion video, funny graduation pics slide show, or watch a funny movie with your classmates, barkadas and school teachers. The class reunion attendee can also do videokes and watch live acoustic band during after or before the movie. I can imagine it too seeing my college barkada and old classmates enjoy the spa party at Blue Water Day Spa Movie theater.

check out the video below of Blue Water Day Spa and the spa theater featured in a show of QTV



if you wanna know more about the Spa Movie Theater, I suggest your visit this blog post by
TechFilipino about First Spa Movie Theatre in the World

e-Services 2009 (Game Development Creative E-Services Track)


Me with the people of Veritas Development, our local team behind the all Filipino made online fighting game "BangĂș-Bang Mania!"

I'm at the day 1 of the 9th e-Services Global Sourcing Conference and Exhibition 2009 here at the SMX convention center in SM Mall of Asia. I arrived a late and missed our President's talk and speech from the event, but just caught the conference talks starting 1:00pm, I will be posting the coverage of the panel talk about "Leading Edge in Global Sourcing" on the next coverage.

on the day 2, that will be hours away from now. I will try to come in and check out the panel talks about Game Development that will be held inside Meeting Room 2. The talks will start at 8:45 AM and I'll try to wrapped myself up at 11:35 PM. I just found some interesting guest speakers who will spearhead lots of interesting topics about Game Development.

Here are the list of speakers that I must put my focus on ( check out their profile and who they are)

Mr. Chris Avellone
Co-Founder and Creative Director
Obsidian Entertainment

He is Creative Director and Co-Founder of Obsidian Entertainment, an international games development company. He was responsible for building brand new RPG game studio and creating some of the award-winning RPG. He was lead designer for Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic and Alpha Protocol.


Global Trends in Game Development will be discussed by Mr. Chris Avellone, while the panel discussions on "What's hot in Gaming" will be discussed by Mr. Vincent Ricot (Gameloft), Peter Paul Gaddi (Exist Global), Chris Avellone ( Obisdian Ent.), and it will be moderated by Gabby Dizn of GDAP.

Mr. Darrell Benvenuto
Partner
Collision Studios

He is the co-founder of Collision Studios, a software development firm with cross-platform experience. He has published books, comics and produced 2D and 3D animation including pilot episodes of Nickelodeon’s Dora the Explorer. He also worked with major motion pictures including films “300” (Warner Brothers) and “Jumper” (Fox). His games development company maintains studios in Los Angeles and the Philippines.

He recently spun a second firm called Digital Octane handling testing and games development in the Philippines.

Video Game Production and Outsourcing will be explained and discussed by Darrell Benvenuto, it's about the in-depth view of game development and outsourcing presenting the functions of a development team, what each discipline within the team contributes to the project and which of these elements outsouced.

Mr. Philippe Erwin
Chief Executive Officer
Collision Studios

He has 15 years working in the video games development industry. He currently serves as CEO of Collision Studios, an established video games developer with expertise in multiple platforms, including Xbox 360, Wii, DS, PSP, iPhone, and PC platforms. Under his term, the company has successfully launched video games based on films and television franchises from Warner Brothers, Fox Studios, and Cartoon Network.

He was former manager of the video games services division at SDI Media, the world’s leading provider of localization services to the entertainment industry with offices in 31 countries. Under his management, SDI acquired high profile clients such as Electronic Arts, Disney Interactive, Sega, and Nokia to name a few.

He has also served as senior executive at Warner Brothers responsible for video game publishing of franchises such as Harry Potter, The Matrix, Batman, Justice League, Scooby Doo, Looney Tunes, and Cartoon Network.

The Business of Game Development will be discussed by Mr. Philippe Erwin, the talk will be about the state of the game development industry and discussion on the current gaming platforms, the way publishers and developers work together, development budgets, licenses and how Hollywood deals and games are linked.


Mr. Peter Paul Gaddi
Practice Director
Exist Global

Paul Gadi was previously the Chief Technology Officer of Anino Games and at Anino Mobile, the mobile games development arm of Anino Games. Paul has been in the game development industry since 2004, when he started working as part-time level and concept designer for CSP-Mobile, a mobile game developer based in Germany. After that, he worked as developer and designer for PLDT on several games including Astig Fighter, Gearbox Puzzle Party, Power Hoops and Anito: Tersiago’s Wrath (for Anino Mobile). It was after his work on Anito: Tersiago’s Wrath when Paul eventually joined Anino Mobile and Anino Games. Paul graduated BS Computer Science from the University of the Philippines and has an MA on Technology Management also from the University of the Philippines.



from the e-services website


Penumbral Lunar Eclipse ( February 9, 2009) ( Manila, Philippines)



A lunar eclipse occurs whenever the Moon passes through some portion of the Earth's shadow. This can occur only when the Sun, Earth, and Moon are aligned exactly, or very closely so, with the Earth in the middle. Hence, there is always a full moon the night of a lunar eclipse. The type and length of an eclipse depend upon the Moon's location relative to its orbital nodes. The next total lunar eclipse occurs on December 21, 2010. The next eclipse of the Moon is a penumbral eclipse on February 9, 2009. - Wikipedia




A penumbral eclipse occurs when the Moon passes through the Earth's penumbra. The penumbra does not cause any noticeable darkening of the Moon's surface, though some may argue it turns a little yellow. A special type of penumbral eclipse is a total penumbral eclipse, during which the Moon lies exclusively within the Earth's penumbra. Total penumbral eclipses are rare, and when these occur, that portion of the Moon which is closest to the umbra can appear somewhat darker than the rest of the Moon. - Wikipedia




I got a text from my friend Jonel of Letsgosago.net and he just informed me about this lunar eclipse happening this evening February 9, 2009. I received the message at nearly 7:00pm and he said that the moon is full, glowing so bright and in appears to be big again. As I went to the bridgeway of SM Mall of Asia, coming from SMX, I got surprised to see the size of the full moon. I began to take photos using my Olympus SP 500UZ, but I failed to capture its beauty because I forgot my settings on taking photos of a bright object, just like the moon.

Then I went home and race against time, because the penumbra lunar eclipse will begin at 8:00pm til midnight. But as soon as I arrived home, I got a little disappointed in seeing a big cloud formation cover the entire view of the moon. Then I waited for a few minutes and went outside to check it out, then I saw a big hole opening in the clouds, and then I smiled to see the moon in the big cloud hole. I'm happy that the celestial body and elementals are cooperating well.

It was 9:00pm here in Bacoor, Cavite ( well an hour drive to Manila), and This is some of my best photos of it at that time till 10PM. I didn't catcht the good part due to massive clouds covering the face of the moon. I'm not really sure if I captured the Earth's shadow, but I may leave it to the expert in analyzing it.

If you have photos or blog entry about the Lunar eclipse, feel free to share it by posting it in our comments board below.

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Monday, February 09, 2009

NEC to Provide Smart Telecommunications with a Trunk Microwave system

Press Release

Philippines, February 09, 2009
- NEC Corporation announced the conclusion of a contract agreement today to provide the Smart Communications, Inc. with approximately 34 “5000 Series” SDH trunk microwave systems, including construction and follow up maintenance services.

SMART is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Philippines’ largest fixed-line telecommunications provider, the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT) and is the country’s largest mobile phone services provider with nearly 35 million subscribers as of end-2008. The company is now establishing a primary communications network that supports large capacity data transmission for high revenue broadband services, which drive average revenue per user (ARPU), and may be adapted for 3G and HSDPA services. Furthermore, PLDT also plans to capitalize on the network to provide high-speed digital data transmission.



NEC has worked previously with PLDT and SMART to provide services that include Switching systems throughout the past 18 years, and i-Mode platforms. NEC views its selection to provide this latest trunk microwave system as recognition of SMART’s high regard for these services that NEC has previously supplied.

The rapidly increasing number of mobile phone subscribers and individuals accessing mobile Internet services require the swift creation and support of microwave communications systems and quality infrastructure. As a leading global provider of wireless broadband communications systems, NEC will continue its proactive development and promotion of innovative new technologies.

About NEC Corporation
NEC Corporation is one of the world's leading providers of Internet, broadband network and enterprise business solutions dedicated to meeting the specialized needs of a diversified global base of customers. NEC delivers tailored solutions in the key fields of computer, networking and electron devices, by integrating its technical strengths in IT and Networks, and by providing advanced semiconductor solutions through NEC Electronics Corporation. The NEC Group employs more than 150,000 people worldwide. For additional information, please visit the NEC website at: http://www.nec.com.


About NEC Philippines, Inc
NEC Philippines is the local subsidiary of NEC Corporation of Japan and was incorporated in January 11, 1996. It officially started operations in April 1996, though prior to this, NEC was already present in the Philippines through its Manila Representative Office since the 1960s. NEC Philippines is primarily a sales, marketing & services company engaged in the supply of telecommunications equipment, computer systems, network, IP and Data Networks, ICT Integration, IT solutions and services , among others. NEC Philippines also recently launched NECare Center, its 24x7 support center that not only provides after sales and warranty support, but also offers other services like IT integration, project management and other IT- and networking-related services.

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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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