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Thursday, August 31, 2006

the flash seminar

I'm so tired....very tired this day

this coming morning I'll be conducting a workshop in my school (FEU) for a basic web animation site and interface using flash.

uhhumm.....so sleepy today.

zzZZZZzzzzZZZZZZZZZZZZ

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Book fair, book list and book shopping
and Games Masters Magazines Last issue

me and lace are now listing all the stuff we will buy this year's bookfair, It will be a one day shopping at the book fair with me and her mom, coz Lace might get a hard time getting out of the office hours just to grab some stuff at the book fair. All I got here is a list of magazine, books and graphic novels. Also I haven't listed any reading materials that I need to buy, but God will guide in there just to take home one precious item.

I saw already new magazines for Sept. issue in 711, but I stayed my hands off of it, coz new issues will be released at the book fair. and I know if you buy one new issue, you can get one back issue for FREE..ohohohoh...Ill grab that FHM Eula Valdez Cover tomorrow.

here are new stuff we are targeting to buy
pics from http://summitmedia.com.ph


I know Lace won ban me from buying this, coz I dont read this magazine (sometimes if ever I need to see the girl's horoscope and confession stories), its Angelica Panganiban and this is one of the whole cover pose of her in a magazine. If you remember Maxim's maiden issue, this will make the magazine stand go tumbling.


yes, yes, I buy this stuff last year and I stopped. Its a good material for market research and also for tips and trips for having your own business. By reading this I already got a good talk while ago in our school seminar with the one of the owner of Figaro coffee, Ms. Pacita Juan.


for me........
its the saddest issue for Games Masters Magazine. I got the information 3 weeks ago from one of the big boss of Summit Media. and they emailed me about the fold of GM. Its really sad to hear this, I was hoping that they put up a happy cover of the magazine, perhaps the people behind it. but a big GAME OVER logo came up to screen., me and Lace almost cried to see this.
I think there might be an ad inside of the Manila Comics Seminar. I dont know but the Summit people told me that I gave a big contribution to their magazine when I started promoting and getting them as our media partner. to Ed Geronia, Alvin, Denis, thanks guys for the wonderful gaming sharing and experience, I really remember when this magazine is not yet published, I was invited by Ed to write a sample article and visit their office to play games... coz Im so busy that time, I already forgot about it and then I got the 1st ish and join them in their mall tour.
oh dang...now I didn't get a chance to write for them (hehehehe. I was the one tagging them to put classic and retro game reviews). But I owe GM for being one of our best media partner in every event we have (yeah! talk about free gaming the whole day and a Voltes V chogokin freebie)


the September moment of truth is here! I was waiting for this issue and I know no more Az appearance in the pages of FHM (well., you can still see my ass in one of the shamless pics in there website) I was informed by one of my friend that the female vocalist of Narda, Katwo will appear in FHM, Im not yet sure if in Sept. issue. I just previewed the FHM TV and see the FHM girls for this month, but I haven't seen any Katwo shadow on it. Im not sure if she joined the Girls next door. or might she one of those Girlfriend of the month. It was a surprised for me. to know that. we meet only during gigs and event during my rock era,and I haven't made my promised to her to play in our ToyCon event. hmmm...I might invite them next year.



this is not from Summit.
I forgot to buy Arnold Arre's ANDONG AGIMAT, you see Im so busy and I forgot to buy this during the launching, release and the Graphic Fiction awards. the book fair is my big chance to grab this graphic novel. (hoping for a freebie from their publisher hahahaha)

retro Az blast from the past


many people are wondering why did I end up and enjoying organizing events and also ask questions when did I started in this field, I just saw some photos in the net and I guess this will be a good chit chat on why am I so active organizing events

the year was 1998 (i think or 1997) I was hooked and enjoyed being part of a band that plays rock music, it was a good start for me, coz im a shy type torpe person who hides under table whenever we have visitors at home. I got exposed to the underground music scene and my band - forgot the name but all I remember we go out as the name -Divine After 7, which was given a name by our drummer Eugene. We play rock music of Deftones, Rage againsts the machine and Coal Chamber. Its the only music we know as I disliked so much the music of KORN. By that time I was like a little ordinary worm learning lot of things from the outside world( school). It was the rock era for me, drinking, rocking, playing, gigs, chicks, and etc.

I didnt experience a Rockstar Supernova moment but all I know is that I enjoyed the rock and head bangs. Our friend who is a former manager of Razorback and Greyhoundz helped us in breaking into the scene, vocalist of the Greyhoundz band also lifted up his hands for us to help us being noticed by NU 107, it was the ticket that time to the big scene, coz we know that if you have a big backer you can reach the gold mine easily. During our drinking night with the band, my guitarist refused and didn't like the idea and he convinced us to reject the idea, he explained that if we want to break into the industry, we should work it that out with our own feet and sweat, coz that time we dont want people tag us we reached that gold mine coz of another band that offered a big back up.

for me, it was okay, I didnt dream of being a rockstar. but for my other 2 band mates it was the big opportunity that we threw into that pile of garbage, in that time I acted as manager of the band and also bassist.

shift to 1999, I met and introduced to Khavn who owns this cafe in Kamias, called Oracafe. It was the coolest venue in Manila, after Club Dredd and 70's Bistro. Indie bands play there and it's the best place for art events.


(circa '99 that's jac ting lim, during our college days..er...but im still a college student today aahahah)

we started to organized an anime film showing with my old group featuring anime movies and series that are not being shown here locally, the venue is plain simple - in Oracafe. We organize the event there every 1st saturday of the month and it runs for almost 2 years, then we transfered to Powerbooks Makati after the cafe's closure.

During the part renovation of the cafe, I became one of the event organizer of the cafe, I organized every month my own Rock Fest, I didn't have a good title of the event by Khavn's suggestion was the AZ FEST. I didn't reached that idea, I was too shy for that year and I just labeled the event Rock FEST, featuring indie bands and other amateur bands that need exposure. It was a hard thing to organize that rock event. Coz some people I invited are not known to me, so every time I told them 4 songs only, sometimes they do it 5 or 6 songs.

the next band will complain, coz it will cause delay for the next band. its hard for this pasaway. Sometimes when they reached the 3rd song I stand up in the middle of the venue and remind them that they will play the last song and after they must leave the stage for the next band to perform.

It was another rock era for me. then sometimes me and my band play at the end of the event.


payat pa ko....

then I formed, managed and organized another band, they played anime music, Neotaku was a fresh band that time and it was a good time for them to managed coz I taught them some philosophies about music and attitude. And at the start they were good listeners.

I acted as one of the back up vocals and also manager, (even that they disliked to be managed) I just let them go and do their own decision , so after exposing them in the community and introduced them to jrock music like Larc en ciel, Siam Shade and etc. I decided to leave the band to rest and let them learn the rock days in their own. But now the band is one the hottest and idolized jrock cover bands in the country. evolving and still rocking.

After being exposed to many school tours and collectibles convention. I quit being part of my old group and started as an individual helping other group like the Artists' Den and Animanga club of Pinoyexchange.com the learning experience is there already, i did comic launch, the 1st comic seminar in megamall, anime radio launching, film showing, small convention, collectors meet up with TransFormers PH, and more.

as time goes by, the learning never stop always, it keeps on coming until someone new is discovered.

well I hope this post serves a backtrack how I enjoyed an organizer.
but maybe soon, I might retire and focus more on to something.

xxooxx
Azrael

Monday, August 28, 2006

The 27th Manila International
Book Fair 2006



http://www.manilabookfair.com/

There are bookworms, and there are BOOKWORMS. If you're one of those
willing to brave the crowds and the long lines (and when we say long,
we mean LOOOOONG), tilt your head to one side for hours (and risk
going home with a stiff neck) while going through all the different
genres known to man, or rummage through piles and piles of books just
to get that title you've been looking for (at a really good deal, of
course), then it's best that you visit the Manila International Book
Fair.

The biggest book fair in the country has been attended by more than
fifty thousand people in just a span of a week, participated by over
a hundred exhibitors (both local and foreign), and showcasing
hundreds of thousands of different publications-from books to
magazines, periodicals to journals.

For those who haven't picked up a book in quite a while, we suggest
that you take a time out and visit the World Trade Center. The fair
runs from August 30 to September 3, from 10am to 8pm daily. Let out
the shopaholic in you and get yourself some brain food, with whatever
tickles your fancy-be it a chicklit by Weisberger (The Devil Wears
Prada is showing soon!) or Kinsella (possibly every shopaholic's
fave), a classic by Tolstoy or Dostoevsky, or a sci-fi novel by
Gaiman or Lucas.

* The World Trade Center is at the Financial Area, Sen. Gil Puyat
(formerly Buendia) Avenue corner D. Macapagal Boulevard, Pasay City.


// hehhehehe. we are already prepared for this year's book fair, its a one year preparation for us and we mean book shopping for this year hahahahaa.. all of us here at home are excited and Im already thinking of buying new magazines and other reading materials, well Lace here is targeting good books, while her mom is one collector of Filipiniana books and art books of Filipino painters. I know that this year will be the good grab for reading materials. //


photos are from last year 26th book fair.

Sunday, August 27, 2006

Tarlac, Don Bosco and Benilde


I was with Lace yesterday in their school's campus tour in Don Bosco, Tarlac, and it was a very tiring day for us, we enjoyed the ride and sleep, and also munching the Jollibee meals somewhere in Tarlac.

Before we arrived in Tarlac, we were asked to stop for a check point by the LTO, and It was scary coz all of them are armed with guns. They are very strict in that place coz shooting carnappers and kidnappers happened couple of days earlier, and I almost piss my pants when they started the check point and asking for ID's.. I got scared what if they kidnapped me!
er....yeah I heard the news about those artist being kidnapped by the army.

the LTO guy is scary too, he suspected first that we might be students who are anti the government.

er...cheesecake!!! then they allowed us to pass. and whew!!!1




the CSB booth



the merry Lace and Astrid ...I am Benilde !



ipod nga! (it means move hahahah)
ipod na hindi i-pod



wearing my Lady in the Water limited shirt!
yeah! check out also my THE COVE keychain with a room number, a premium item that I won after giving a good review and meaning about the powerful symbolism of M. Night's LADY in the WATEr.... and damn! I lost to that Lady in the water poster with the actors and actresses signature.

Seminarista


This September 7, I will be having again my seminar about blogging and it will be my second time to do it in school, 2nd year students of FEU I.T. will be there to learn more about weblogs.
i think I might do this another round for 3rd year students Im not yet sure when it will be. But I have a schedule for a live workshop about blogging and digital movie for 4th year students and this will be for their requirement in their subject CS Trends.

I just made some short activity for Sept. 7 and this might boost up my teaching skills, coz Im doing a new style for the students.

Well see for the coming months and we might have a series of workshop in other school.
Im not that pro for the field, I got the experience and beliefs, but this mentoring program sure is fun !

4th Manila Comics Creation Seminar
production note 6


The start and end of every week is now busy for me, and running the event for a good impact of promotion must continue and never let this pass the other day. I went too early last thursday for a meeting for one of our media partners and I thought that I will be the only to be there, Im glad that the others txted me and said that they are already in there way.

I arrived 1 hour early and I sat down to one of the coffee shop inside the building, there I conduct a short review and analysis of the event space and marketing gimik for the comic seminar. Stuff that I have is magazines and my clear book containing important documents for the event.

after gulping that capucino I decided to read my PC Magazine for a quick techie breakfast, now after reading some articles, I got excited to try that new web browsers that is easy to use with blogging and sharing photos.

i got annoyed in the length of my hair, it always covers my eyes and because of it is already a cold season, my hair grows much faster and I started now wearing my sunglasses as a headband.

to my decision, I went to Bench Fix Salon to solve my problem, it will be a good start for me to have a new style of hair that will give me peace of mind whenever im in school or outside.


my hair stylist is named Cesar Sitchon, and wow he got a good point for the style of my hair, at first he wants my hair to be cutted mohawk style, i said to him that its okay, I really need a new hair and I dont want this old style of mine to stay long for another year. I really need to have a new hair lifestyle. hahhaah

so he cut and then he stopped styling my hair into a mohawk, but he likes it my new style coz it will make my head more small, than my previous hair, he said that I looked like a girl in my old style.

he wants my hair to colored, but the I told him that I will come back after college, (and thats this October), While styling he discovered about my lil' career in the web and events and dang!! he told me that I was like Tim Yap (and again, I never heard of his name for half a year) and there ya go! people can't stop dubbing me as Tim Yap of the comic-anime-music-pop industry.

so there my hair is now short and we finished our mission of our meeting and it was a blast.

i got a really cool lunch meeting with the people of Glass House Graphics and its a good and long meeting and planning for the seminar. Im still having a problem for the ticket venue in Megamall, But I will be having a meeting this week in one of the shop owners in Mega to finalize my proposal re: the selling of tickets.

my buddies of ToyCon, Cholo and Vic gave a go signal to put the tickets in their shop in Greenhills and Marikina Riverbank.

so now Im waiting for the ticket prints and teaser poster.

3 schools are now waiting for the poster and tickets, I have to make the printing double time. and it seems that this will be my last week for August to finish all of these task.

uaghhhh....... 3 meetings for this week and I have to schedule it wisely.

midterm exam is this thurs and fri, so for the the two days, it will be a no no for the comic seminar for me, to give me more focus in my exams

Friday, August 25, 2006

L'Arc~CON:PIECES of Yesterday ~an LPFC
Anniversary Special~


September 16, 2006, UP Ang Bahay ng Alumni
12:00-10:00 pm
program officially starts 2:00 pm

L'Arc~en~Ciel Philippine Fan Club

presents



Activities are as follows:
· Exhibition Booth - An exhibition of the Organizer's Pride Collection of original L'Arc~en~Ciel stuff and merchandise (albums, singles, dvds, posters, magazines, etc.)

· Music/Listening, Karaoke and Film Showing Booth - Several music listening area will be provided for all the fans. Also a karaoke area wherein fans can sing Laruku karaoke tunes. Plus, a chance to view rare videos and the "latest" from the band.

· Bazaar - Different anime-, manga-, Laruku-, and other Japanese-related goods from different stores will be up for grab for all fans during the event at a very reasonable price.

· Organization/Institutions Booth - School organizations, clubs or institutions considered as an Affiliate for the event is encouraged to promote and exhibit their respective organizations.

· Fan Art Competition - A showcase of Filipino artists through original fan art and designs of L'Arc~en~Ciel and it's members.

· Cosplay Competition - Participants shall portray a certain character of their choice. There will be two (2) categories for the cosplay competition and are as follows:
o Laruku Idol Cosplay Competition - individual cosplayer shall portray any from the L'Arc~en~Ciel band members.

o Anime/Movie Laruku-related Cosplay Group Competition - group cosplayers to portray any from the L'Arc~en~Ciel-inspired anime and movie themes.

· Wall Graffiti and Commemoration Area - An area for Laruku fans to display their sincerest appreciation for the band. This section shall serve as our project for LPFC's Scrapbook activity.

· Auctions - Original pre-owned or new items of any Laruku or J-related items.

· Games - Fun-filled games to keep the camaraderie among Laruku fans.

· Laruku Concert - Five (5) hours of non-stop Japanese Music as the ten (10) performing Filipino J-Coverer bands play L'Arc~en~Ciel music.

++++++++++++++
COSPLAY GUIDELINES
++++++++++++++
1. The L'Arc~CON cosplaying contest is open to all event attendees.

2. The L'Arc~CON is divided to two (2) categories namely:
a. Laruku - Idol Individual Cosplay Competition - In this category, a cosplayer is required to portray ONE L'Arc~en~Ciel member
b. Group Cosplay Competition - In this category, there is a group of 4-15 cosplayers who will portray any of the anime or movie that is any way related to L'Arc~en~Ciel.

3. The L'Arc~CON cosplay event is a First - Come, First - Served basis.

4. The registration starts from 12:00 to 2:45 pm only at the Filcosplay Booth. The cosplayers will then receive their corresponding numbers. The call time for all the cosplay participants is 3:45 and they shall proceed at the Filcosplay Booth* (near the stage area).

5. All individual cosplayers are required to submit one (1) sample picture of their choice for cosplay for pre-judging purposes. For the group cosplayers, they are given five (5) minutes to perform their skit. If the group desires to have background music, they are asked to submit the needed materials with the proper label during their registration.

6. Total number of the cosplay participants:
a. A maximum of one hundred (100) participants only for the individual category
b. A maximum of eight (8) groups only for the group category

7. After the quota has been completed, the registration is automatically closed. However, those cosplayers who were unable to join the contest still have a chance. The organizer will pick one (1) lucky Special Award winner from their crowd.

8. All cosplayers must enter through the BACK ENTRANCE. The entrance fee for all the cosplayers is PHP 80.00. If they are accompanied by a family or a friend, their family or friend should enter from the MAIN ENTRANCE and pay for the corresponding ticket fee.

9. The lounging area for the cosplayers is provided by the organizers located at the back of the stage area. This is where they can place their costumes or props. All of the cosplayers are requested to label their belongings. Make sure that wallets, cell phones or other important things are in safe place. The organizers will not be held responsible for anything lost of their property.

10. If a cosplayer or any member of the cosplaying group commits any violations, the organizers have the rights to disqualify them.

11. The organizers, sponsors and/or the authorized press media may take picture and/or videos, which will be exclusively a property of the organizers, sponsors and/or press media and may be used for further publications or promotions.

12. There are no exceptions from the guidelines mentioned. The organizers' decision is FINAL.

*for follow-up

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CRITERIA FOR JUDGING
++++++++++++++++
30% - audience participation
20% - initial impression
40% - costume and resemblance of their model of choice
10% - over all impact

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AWARDS
++++++
Best Hyde
Best Tetsu
Best Ken
Best Yuki
Special Award - Best Sakura [if there's any]

Best Group Cosplayer
Special Award - Organizer's Best Bet

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PRIZES*
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1. Individual Cosplayers - each winner shall receive:
a. One (1) original audio/video courtesy of Japan Foundation, Manila
b. One (1) special edition of Plushy Doll
c. Five Hundred Pesos worth of Gift Certificates from Tokyo Tokyo, Inc.
d. One (1) special L'Arc~en~Ciel poster
e. One (1) special Thought Factory item

2. Group Cosplayer - they shall receive:
a. Cash Prize [not yet confirmed]
b. One Thousand Pesos worth of Gift Certificates from Tokyo Tokyo, Inc.
c. One (1) L'Arc~en~Ciel poster each
d. One (1) Thought Factory item each

3. Special Awards/Consolation Prizes
a. Coupon voucher/s from Tokyo Tokyo, Inc.
b. L'Arc~en~Ciel poster/s
c. Thought Factory item/s

* additional prizes will be announced on the event proper

*****************************************End of Cosplay Guidelines****************************************

+++++++++++++++++++++++
FANART COMPETITION GUIDELINES
+++++++++++++++++++++++
1. L'Arc~CON fanart competition is OPEN to ALL (above 15 years old).

2. Entries must be in a ¼ size WHITE CARTOLINA and can be of any medium (e.g. color pencil, pencil, watercolor, paint, etc). It can be of original fan art, or not. If not original, submit sample photo of your model.

3. Registration is on a First-Come, First-Served basis, from 12:00 - 3:00 pm only at Devian Art's* booth. Entries will be numbered accordingly. Submitted works will be up for display at Devian Art's booth.

4. Entries should be submitted together with the following information:
Real Name:
Alias Name:
Description of Work:
Medium Used:

5. All entries submitted will become the sole property of the Organizers and will be used for LPFC's scrapbook project that will be sent to Japan within the year.

6. The Organizer reserves the right to disqualify a Fan Art's entry in the event that any of the aforementioned guidelines and rules is violated.

7. No exception from the above guideline is allowed. The Organizers' decision is FINAL.

*for follow-up

++++++++++++++++
CRITERIA FOR JUDGING
++++++++++++++++
30% - audience participation
20% - initial impression
40% - originality, color and creativeness
10% - overall impact

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AWARDS
++++++
Organizer's Best Choice Award - Grand Winner
Organizer's Best Choice Award - 2 consolation prizes (2nd and 3rd placers)

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PRIZES*
+++++
Grand Winner
- cash prize
- One Thousand Pesos worth of Gift Certificates from Tokyo Tokyo, Inc.
- One (1) Thought Factory item
- Two (2) L'Arc~en~Ciel's posters

Consolation Prizes
- One (1) Thought Factory item each
- Coupon Voucher/s from Tokyo Tokyo, Inc.

* additional prizes will be announced on the event proper

*****************************************End of FanArt Guidelines****************************************

Filipino J-Coverer Bands: "Laruku Concert"
Paradoxical Review
Borazuteru
Ethereal Anthem
Euphoria
tRANCE
Himitsu Heiki
Progeny
Rtschrk
Do'Ahou
Xeven:Thvrsday

for the temporary poster:
http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a386/larukuphilfansclub/LPFC%20Promotional%20Flyers/temp-poster1.jpg

Partners:
Japan Foundation, Manila
HD5
AsiaCom
FilCosplay*
Devian Art*

Sponsors:
Lipovitan
Tokyo Tokyo, Inc.
Legend of MIR II
Aqua Soft
SanMig Foods
Thought Factory

Media Sponsor:
GMA Network
... more sponsors coming up

for more updates, email us at larukuphilfansclub@yahoo.com

ticket price is P100.00
cosplayer's entrance fee is P80.00 (entrance at the back door of BnA)

pre-selling of tickets is on September 2, 2006 @ SM Megamall Foodcourt, near the Kiddie Ride (right side)
10% discount for bulk orders (15 tickets and up)

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Az gag video blog 4

Here' the new Az gag video blog for this week. I got lazy in getting a good location, but I hope this one entertains you hahahahahha

topics is about Events, plans, and Rockstar Supernova


Zsa Zsa Zaturnnah emailed me!



I was checking my email one day and I was fixing also my event letters for the comic seminar when I saw an email that gave me a big WOW and HUWAW!!

Zsa Zsa emailed me!

at first I thought its one of those spam email circulating and I got to check it my self, after opening it and reading it, it took me 10 seconds to reflect and analyze and poom !! its a valid email that come from an existing user.

hi, i'm zsa zsa p. i found your website by accident. anyhow, we're
already filming and i was hoping you could visit us on the set.
can't wait to meet you. :)

zsa zsa padilla

After reading it for two times! I was surprised again (lagi naman e) to see the sender's name!
holy !!! the email sender was Zsa Zsa Padilla.

I sent her a reply and fan boy scream and told her that, yes, Im interested to visit her and to see the latest development of the movie Zsa Zsa Zaturnnah Ze Movie (i dont know if it is the official title)

and again! thanks to Zsa Zsa P. for the invite and now I can't wait for her reply and the set visit

wohoohoh!!!!!

4th Manila Comics Creation Seminar
production note 5




Im a little busy for now preparing for the comic seminar this October, I went to Megatrade last week just to sign and check out some stuff to finalize everything for the event, thanks to the staff of Megatrade for helping me in the production. Im planning to expand the comic seminar and maybe next year, the start of the international comic seminar. Im still putting those plans in my little notebook for future references.

Megatrade Conference Hall, Function B is the one event that I started, Collectibles Convention was the first convention in my life, and it was held here in the Function Room. The number of crowd is not that the same as in Toy Con.


This is the Function Room, its a very classy venue and perfect room for seminars, conference, meetings and press conference. From the previous Comic Seminar we filled this room with lots of comic artist and students.
I got a good feeling that this year will be the biggest crowd for the seminar.

im planning to transform the whole conference area with a big Comic Art walkthrough and booths of sponsors and partners, I haven't checked the other hall way, but I will definitely use it for the 2 day event.
I might provide an activity area outside the seminar hall, thats a place for meet ups and art sharing for people.

Megatrade said that I should get both Function Room A and B, but I told them that we will get it next year.
I have to discuss this part to Glass House Graphics, its good to have invites from other schoo, we may expand the seminar soon in schools and institutions, will fix that after the Oct 14-15, 4th Annual Manila Comics Creation Seminar 2006.

Thanks to Manila Bulletin, hehhhee I got a shamless plug insert of the seminar inside my article interview in Blog O rama. ehhehehe

Az in Manila Bulletin's BLOG O' RAMA



I've been dreaming to be included in Manila Bulletin's TECH NEWS section, I like the articles and Jerry Liao's story about Tech and people and also Im an avid reader of Annalyn Jusay's BLOG O RAMA, and at first I was dreaming that my blog is featured in that section, but now it has come true and I was super surprised to see Ms. Jusay's email in my Gmail inbox. Thanks for featuring my blog, having it printed in broadsheet is one cool experience, er....with my face hahahahahhahah

http://www.mb.com.ph/issues/2006/08/21/TECH2006082172293.html

Blog-O-Rama

Azrael’s Merryland

.:Annalyn S. Jusay (now blogging at www.annalyn.net)

This week we interview Azrael Coladilla, a graduating student of Far Eastern University who’s taking up Bachelor of Science in Mathematics Major in Computer Science. He describes himself as a freelance multimedia artist, convention and events organizer.

"I’m really hooked with the culture and arts, and my blog’s content is all about toys, comics, movies, events, music and technology." For more about him, check out his blog at www.azraelsmerryland.blogspot.com

Q. When did you start to blog? Did anybody influence you?

A. I started blogging last June 2003 and since then I became one of the active bloggers in the Philippines.A friend named Ariel Atienza of figuritivity.blogspot.com and Jaclyn Ting Lim of jactinglim.blogspot.com influenced me to blog, at first I was out of place when all of my friends blogged, I didn’t get the idea on why we should blog, until they guided me in making my own, then it already became my habit and hobby at the same time.

Q. Why do you blog? What do you like about this activity?

A. I blog because I want people to know that I exist. So that they will recognize me as an individual who is actively participating in different happenings. I can do lots of things to inform and entertain people who are in the Internet.

I like it a lot, especially when I post some personal events in my life, people can know me more by reading all of my post. Publishing my production notes and events diary, for my freelance work,. I boost up marketing and it helps my sideline job to expand. My blog is like a morning newspaper or magazine sometimes.

Q. What benefits do you derive from blogging?

A. It connects me to other people who knows me and people who are strangers to me but later on become my friends. Also I earned money from it too, and thanks to some online advertisers who truly believed that my blog is one big portal for everyone, a perfect ground for marketing and advertising.

Q. On the other hand, what do you dislike about it (blogging) if any?

A. When people crash by and start to bash you whenever you are caught off guard (offline) ,sometimes they do it on a regular basis, that’s why I changed my tagboard to myshoutbox.com, so that I can trace their IP address and block them or report them to their office boss for using their PC to bash me during office hours. It’s okay to have a personal comment in one post or have a natural reaction to one article, but bashing you and insulting your loved ones publicly is one different scenario for me.

Q. Do you still see yourself blogging five years from now? Please explain.

A. Yes, I can see that I may have my own domain and host for all my blog entries. Going indepedent from free web based blogging services. And readers will also increase.

Also having my own TV blog channel. Well it sounds so funny but blogging is here to stay and it is already a part of my life. Its already a time capsule, and my blog will remain here forever.

Q. How many blogs do you maintain? Would you recommend keeping multiple blogs?

A. Yes, I have lots of blogs, around 10 weblogs, all of them are active blogs, some of them are moderated by a group of bloggers. Others are personally built by me. But I maintain TransFormers Philippines (transformersph.blogspot.com), the live action movie is coming out next year. Next is the Philippine Toy Convention blog, (toycon.blogspot.com), the blog of our toy event and also all about the hobbyists and collectible toys, comics and anime.

It’s okay to have multiple blogs, it’s a way of dividing your audience and also the content. But if you have multiple blogs, make sure that you have a lot of time updating it and maintain it well, so that you won’t lose readership in the net.

Q. How do you choose which topics to post? What topics do you most often write about?

A. My topics are about me and the events happening around me. If a talk about movies, I will choose only the movies that I like, and later on make an entry of it or transform my blog into a movie theme. The topic is also about relationship with my life partner, Lace Llanora, she too has a blog ( suzakulace.blogspot.com) and together we sometimes post about what’s going on between us, the fun, the romance and sometimes the fight! hahahahaha.

Most favorite of the topics posted now is my video blog, it’s a new trend in the blogosphere. I tried one, and then later on people got entertained and also got informed about the latest update. Its like watching comedy news like John Stewart.

My favorite post for me is the production notes. People can see around on how I work and organize events and conventions. I can share to them my ideas and insights on the loops of being an event organizer.There they can see how hard it is and how I enjoy it. Readers can view behind-the-scenes of projects and sometimes the latest developments.

Now I am organizing the event for the 4th Annual Manila International Comic Creation Seminar on Oct 14-15 in Megamall. It’ a big production and putting it up on the web really increases the marketing.

Q. Your blogging habits...

A. Well, I post something that I like and upload photos, people love pictures and images, that’s why my blog is graphic intensive. I just share with them what I see by putting pictures. But blogging at night gives me more creative juice, and sometimes I can post 5 entries in one day, depends on the mood.

Q. Can you tell us more about your blog design and what platform you’re using? What makes you stick with Blogger?

A. I already got 4 blog designs when I started blogging and later on I composed my own design just to study all the html tags, but later on I scrapped it out after a long run and decided to download skins in the internet. The current design I used is a skin download and it stays for 2 years already.

I like Blogger, because they are user friendly and my entries and template are easy to maintain and manage. Also I don’t have any problems with bandwidth usage.

Q. In your own opinion, what are the qualities of a good blogger?

A. You should be responsible of what you have write in your blog, being original in all of the entries you posted and also giving credit to the photos and snippets of articles you used for your entry. Just be true to yourself and to the people who read it,so that you can gain more readers because they trusted you and they too rely on your articles sometimes for information.

Q. Can you tell us more about what kind of readers you have? What have been the feedbacks from your family and friends?

A. My readers are very open minded to everything I post. They are the people who supported me since I started blogging and now new readers emerged after googling their interest and then... bam!!!! found my blog. There are famous people who have read my blog, one of them is Neil Gaiman. It was a honor to see his email in my inbox, and later on I thanked him for the surprise letter and reading my blog. My family too, my mom,sisters, brother, cousins and aunts are my blog readers.

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(For comments and inquiries, email annalyn.jusay@gmail.com)

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Az gag video blog 3
the cooking show!

here's another educational webisode of my video blog, we shot this last saturday and this video is a no edit shoot. It means that I put it all everything and never cut a scene. well except that I added a music and one visual at the end.

hope everyone can enjoy view our kenkoy stuff here.

It took me 5 hours to upload this piece, coz I got a hard time dealing with our broadband connection.




with special participation of Cooking Master Chick

Monday, August 14, 2006

4th Manila Comics Creation Seminar
production note 4

hehehehe. the post below is the Production note 3, the one with the poster. The info of the comic seminar is now released in the net, and Its good to have a postive response and lots of people are interested to sign up, Maybe later I might create a yahoo group mailing list, just to store the people who will sign up for the seminar, the list will be used also for Glasshouse Graphics' promo mass email.

I've sent an email to CEO of GHG last night and its good to know that the seminar for this year will be different from the previous year, it means that new lectures and also visual presentation for all seminar attendees.

Im glad that they followed my suggestions in reformating the seminar a little, and I wont post it here yet the new stuff for the seminar. The update will be hot Im sure.

I just reviewed their seminar last year, and I think it didnt reached the max audience of the venue, but during the review I just found out the Mike Deodato will attend the last year seminar. and because of a new comic project from Marvel, he just gone busy and didn't make it for the seminar. but...hehheh, Mike's appearance here will be arranged for this year. and I wont tell how heheheh,

also Will Conrad, and Al Rio are doing something for the seminar too.

and here's a new update of the seminar.

**UPDATE AUG 14, 2006 **
: SEMINAR PROMO :
Visit the Glasshouse Graphics website ( www.glasshousegraphics.com ) and Submit your portfolio for review online in advance of the Seminar. We will award up to 10 free tickets to the artists we feel are most deserving. and also Artists who have attended in previous years will enjoy the refresher course for this year's Manila Comics Creation Seminar

Saturday, August 12, 2006

4th Annual
Manila Comics Creation Seminar 2006



Join the biggest comic book creation seminar of the summer!

Glass House grand guru David Campiti and a host of GHG talents,
in association with Studio Sakka,

presents

4th Annual MANILA COMICS CREATION SEMINAR

2-day seminar workshop

Learn various advanced techniques and practical details for a profitable career in comic book and newspaper strip creation from comic book professional writer/agent David Campiti; artists lecturing at the Seminar will include Rainier Beredo, Jinky Coronado, Tina Francisco, Jeffrey Huet, Jonathan Lau, Carlo Pagulayan, Wilson Tortosa, and others, including some special guests.

October 14-15, 2006
10:00am-7:30pm
SM Megamall, Megatradehall, Conference Hall
Function B


Limited Capacity Only!

So hurry up and sign up now!
P1000 per ticket. Good for 2 days with free meal and drinks, free drawing supplies, limited ashcan memorabilia and lots of giveaways. Personal one-on-one portfolio review by the professionals.

For more details: Pls. call our office (02) 365-2974
or mobile number, 09198436312 and look for Michelle Calanog

Send us email of your inquiries and ticket reservation
at azrael@gmail.com or Michelle@glasshousegraphics.com

Official Website Visit www.glasshousegraphics.com

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Digital movie seminar photos

before I post the photos. Im really glad that they had arrested the terrorist who planned to blow up 10 planes in UK to US, 22 suspects were arrested for doing terrorist acts.
Liquid bombs were found...... now Airport are banning liquid materials and hand carry bags in the plane.

it will be the headline for this coming morning Im sure.


here are the photos!!!!


Great Teacher Az!



sign up!!!!!!!!!!!



okay? who will lead the prayer???


Class starts today!


nice intro....


Awarding of best choreograph fight stunt hahahahahahahah

thanks to the FEU I.T. class some photos will be uploaded in www.feumathsoc.i.ph so just check back here soon for the video editing demo, see you all in Aug 25th Blog seminar

:)

Bloggy moments.

thanks to everyone for visiting here in my blog, lately I was surprised for the blog visit of Mr. Dell Baras and found out that he posted a comment at the San Diego Comic Con 2006 photos that Noel Tuazon emailed to me. It was an honor to see them here in internet having small chat by using blogs.

Manila Bulletin's Tech News section emailed me for an interview and it will be all about me and this blog, thanks t Annalyn Jusay for choosing me for their featured blogger in their next issue. I'll be posting the article here once the article come out.

Thanks to www.thepinoy.com owener,Ernie Agtarap, for the YM feedback of my Az gag Video Blog, it was a great feedback and I was laughing here in my room when he said "that video is hilarious! i was cracking up here in the office and people were wondering what was wrong with me, crazy funnny! especially the slow mo intro, you should be in showbiz or something, we were all watching it here in the office....people were cracking up"

- hehhheh I cant believe that people in USA really digs my video blog crazy! hahhahhaha

well...I'll answer the showbiz thingie next video blog.

thanks to MMPI Publishing's Appetite magazine for visiting here, hope my info about the Superman shirt helps your photo shoot, check out their new issue soon featuring Chefs in Superhero costumes.

also..if you want to send some questions or stuff you want to hear from me, you can send it to me in my email at azrael at gmail dot com , and I'll answer that via my next video blog.

Digi-seminar


photo : last 2004, Serg Cafe, Mandaluyong City

the seminar this morning about Digital movie in Information Technology works out nice and fun! Every seminar that I conduct here are always about learning and also fun. I got worried that I almost failed to finished my slides for the presentation yesterday, but Im glad Lace went home early and then it makes my brain work again. A lot of my free time was lost yesterday in making myself in condition or in other words becoming hot and creative.

Reading and researching makes my mind work, I haven't read anything lately, except comic books and emails, but then after successfully reading some articles in the net and reading old newspaper and magazine, it added some new ideas and information in my brain to work.

now Im thinking of a new way on how to deliver information to my students during the seminar.

anyway, Im glad that all of the I.T. students got opened their mind after the digital movie and film making seminar. I was surprised to see some of them made a title of their own movie during an activity that I gave to them. "Buhay Porn" or "Porn Life", gave me a big interest on the topic of his subject. It sounds like a joke, but the idea is great!.

After the seminar, some students approached me and asked questions about movie editing and also softwares that I used. I gave a short editing workshop after the seminar and promised them that the video that I made a while ago will be uploaded here in order them to see how video blog work using digital softwares.

I still have one more seminar for this month, and it will be all about Blogging again. and my students will be the whole batch of FEU I.T. , and on September will be the 1st workshop for blogging and digital movie making.

Im really happy that the students made their own blogs and others got interested in digital movie making. and Im happy again that they listend and learned something from me again.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Monday, August 07, 2006

4th Annual Manila International Comic Creation Seminar

production note # 2

here are some info I found posted already in the Glassshouse Graphics website
Im not sure about the title, but I will clarify it if we will use Manila International or just Manila.
or Creating Comics Seminar and Comic Creation Seminar.

Glass House grand guru David Campiti and a host of GHG talents, in association with Studio Sakka, will present their Fourth Annual CREATING COMICS SEMINAR in Manila, Philippines this October at the SM MegaMall. Talents lecturing at the Seminar will include Rainier Beredo, David Campiti, Jinky Coronado, Tina Francisco, Jeffrey Huet, Jonathan Lau, Carlo Pagulayan, Wilson Tortosa, and others, inculding some special guests.

To reserve tickets, contact Michelle@glasshousegraphics.com

For further Seminar information, CLICK HERE!

4th Annual Manila Comics Creation Seminar 2006
October 14-15, 2006
SM Megamall, Megatradehall Conference Hall Function B

seminar fee : TBA

event hosted by: Glasshouse Graphics Asia, Inc.


I had created last 2004 my photo coverage of the 2004 Manila Comics Seminar, so for those who dont know yet what the seminar is you can check the photo coverage here at http://popazrael.tripod.com/comicseminar2004/page_01.htm

the thumbnails are not working, just click the link to view the pictures.

I am now teaming up in organizing the Comic Creation Seminar with Glasshouse Graphics for this year and we are working out new and upgrade keynotes and also activity for the annual comic creation seminar. Me for being there since the first 2 seminar in Megamall is now back in organizing and creating new grounds for people who want to learn about comic creation and getting into the business.

I should have made a production note for this, and this post should be the 4th entry in being involved once again. Im not really a comic artist, but by being present in the past 2 seminar, and also one seminar that happened in U.P. Diliman before Megamall. I really learned a lot about the business and its industry. That's why im so hyper active in this kind of event. Its good way in helping people to show them whats the real deal in the comics business.

next update will be the official notes from Glasshouse Graphics on who will be guest lecturer for this year.

news from my other blogs

right now im regularly maintaining two blogs that are very active and have a regular audience. Philippine Toy Convention and the TransFormers Philippines

at the Philippine Toy Convention, check out TJ's very own modified R2D2, its not the same Interactive R2D2, but its a special one. Creating and modifying your own droid sure is fun, but TJ just made his own droid that can see and record anything it sees

TJ with his modified droid R2D2

TransFormers Philippines updates very frequent about the upcoming movie next year. Every fan boys and even international forums link this blog as a source of info about the movie TransFormers. The blogsite is also about the Fans here in the Philippines. Last week they had succesfully played a war games in airsoft sport. too bad that time I was in Laguna and didn't made it at the war games. Good news is that Michael Bay appeared in an interview online, and also a possible leak of CGI test of Optimus Prime transforming. you can watch the video in the TransFormers Philippines blog site.

Crazy video blog

my first video blog, I call it the Az gag video blog, well it follows a certain internet trend and I've been planning this for last year, check out my youtube and there you can see my video blogs of some events and my no sound video blogs. But for today maybe I'll be posting 2 video blogs a week, or maybe 3 video blogs, depends on the importance of information that i will distribute in my blog.

the video blog may contains some gag video, updates on my events, work, school, projects and also stuff about the other side of people's blog. The Az gag video will be not the official title for the video blog, but on the serious side there will be an appropriate title will be labeled on the blog entry.

It fun to make a video blog, and its a nice hobby, and it feels good when someone comments about it, well it means that you gain already your own audience. I dont know yet what will be the new stuff coming in here in my blog. Just visit me daily and you might find something that suits your interest.

Maybe on Wednesday you might see the other side of ME, hosting the video blog.
catch me LIVE this wednesday afternoon.

Sunday, August 06, 2006

Mc' and me


the two food monster going home after the rewarding lunch break in Mcdonalds


Lace jackpot purchase of Marie Claire and Cosmopolitan August 2006 issue.
from Az's burning sock pocket


The two food moster as Birdie kissing


Lace and her Birdie


no happy meal toys for me, but I got a two bite from Lace's double cheese burger


non stop junk food festival in Mcdonalds DLSU

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Blog. Blogging. Blogged. Blogger.

above is my title for the blog seminar that FEU IT students invited me to do a lecture of it. I dont have any creative title for it but im glad that the title worked! hehhehe

i already posted my experience about the seminar while ago.
but this damned PC in Netopia Morayta went off automatically and all my entry was deleted.

Il try to repost this entry once i get home later.

well here are some pics of the seminar.



halatang puyat !


professor is still not around


students exchanging mp3's haahahhaaha

thinking what will be the topic for next week, but they suggested that I picked one of my field and interest, I gave them the topic digital film making, and I was surprised that all of them got excited of it.

many of the students approached me and asked me about video blog and podcasting. I gave them tips and tricks in blogging too, and sharing also the great experience as a blogger.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

the AZ Blog Seminar


Azrael blogging for almost 3 years

This thursday I will be conducting my 1st Blog Seminar in FEU, and Im the only lecturer and speaker teaching 3rd year I.T. students about the mystery, excitement, fun, horror, and wonders of blogging.

right now Im busy compiling blog images and blog sites for making it a good material for an example for my lecture. I already chose some blogsites like bryanboy.com, themovieblog.com, my blog and friends blog. I really have the time to ask permission to use that and show, and I know it is okay to use it coz its already inthe internet and hehheeh it will be an instant shameless plug.

there was this software that capture webpages, it was a good tool. But the problem is that it makes my PC's memory slow. Im not sure if it will work in other PC, I just scrap the program and got scared that this PC might crashed, and now I started to save and capture via Printscreen some other blogs.

Im not that an expert of blogging, but as one of the bloggers, I do understand whats this thing is for. I'll be featuring some blogs about photos, news, comics, movies, even youtube and about podcast. Some people really confused on the word Blog. And no thansk to Studio 23 BLOG show, people who are TV victims use the word blog as Barkada BLOG. ewww!
i really hate it when they use the term and call their TV viewers bloggers hahahahhaa.

and the tv show is a celebrity and showbiz news and show. and no relation to Blogging.

hope my seminar to student will help them and give awareness on what really do they get when they blogged or join with us in the blogosphere.

good thing is that I got lots of experience already as a blogger, and it give me some good benefit for it.

oh yeah!! Go bloggers!!!!!!
Azrael Coladilla is the blogger and founder of Azrael's Merryland Blog. 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 the founder of several online communities - Manila Bloggers Network, Philippine Bloggers Network, Oh My Food! community, Cavite Bloggers, Travel and Blog Community, and Philippine ToyCon. Azrael's Merryland Blog is included in a list of top 50 Blogs in the Philippines , ranked 65th in Top 100 Blogs that Matter , 49 must read lifestyle blog in the Philippines. and rank 40th in 100 Top Philippine Blogs by Feedspot.
He loves to travel, explore, discover, eat new food, document and record his life, meet new people, do photography and collect Transformers toys.
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