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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Summer Gadget Sizzlers event at Cyberzone OneE-com, SM Mall of Asia

If you are planning to buy a new gadget, a pc, a laptop, a camera or a cellphone, then this 1st 3 days of the month of May will be the best time for you to acquire that gadget for your techie lifestyle. Cyberzone OneE-Com Center will be having a big discount and sale in some participating shops on May 1, 2, and 3. There will be also a mini gadget fair at the 2nd floor North Wing, Entertainment Mall, SM Mall of Asia.

And if you want to try your luck, then go to Cyberzone OneE-com center and drop your calling in the fish bowl in order for you to have a chance to win premium items and gadgets from participating stores at Cyberzone.But if you don't have any calling card, you can still join by filling up a piece of paper as your raflly entry. This is a one entry per person only.

Big promos and discounts awaits you at the Cyberzone OneE-com center, SM mall of Asia. I suggest that you drop by at the mini gadget fair and then proceed to Cyberzone to join the raffle contest. Shoppers will also get to meet Cosplay characters at the North Wing and at Cyberzone for photo ops and details of the event!

Summer Gadget Sizzlers
at Cyberzone OneE-com center, SM mall of Asia
May 1,2,3, 2009

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Contest : take home this cool and funky Havaianas Flipfloats

Its contest time my dear readers. Havaianas is here to give away one exclusive inflatable slipper raft to one of my readers and all you have to do is post a comment below here in my blog and one winner who has the best answer will take home a giant Havaianas flipfloat that will be perfect for your Summer beach adventure.

Questions is:
"What can you do with a Havaianas flipfloat?

post your answers below!
and don't forget to include your valid email address.




Fully Booked Summer Workshops 2009

If you are looking for a series of Summer Workshops this summer 2009, I suggest that you check out the different kinds of workshop that Fully Booked offers.

check out the details on the poster and for details, visit their official website at
Tel. no. 858.7008

and whoa..they have workshop for animation, photography, art and many more..

I might check out of the workshop if ever I'm not busy.

thanks to Aimee for sharing this info to us.
see ya around in the book corners of Fully Booked.

Free Comic Book Day Philippines on May 2, 2009

Free Comic Book Day is here again!!! and I'm so excited to plug this in my blog because Comic Odyssey is hosting another year of giving away of FREE comics to all store visitors and comic fans. Last year was the best year for Free Comic Book Day or FCBD, and it was participated by lots of comics titles from the USA and all of the FCBD special printed comics were given for free to all people who will visit the store this May 2, 2009.

The FCBD is happening every year in every 1st Saturday of the month of May, and here in the Philippines we are now celebrating it every year. I think this is the third successful year for the Free Comic Book Day Philippines event, and last year it was the first ever FCBD event to be broadcasted via a live video streaming and it was participated and viewed by international comic artists, writers and comics fans, who just got experience FCBD in their area and also got a close look on how we celebrate FCBD here in our country.

So for this year, I will do another round of live video streaming coverage and also do live twitter and plurk post on what's happening inside the store.

As Gerry Alanguilan said in his blog post "Insanity on Free Comic Book Day 2009!", yes its an insanity! because our top Filipino Comic book creators will be there and I almost cried to see the guest roster of comic book creator for this year. I know every comic fan will be happy to see this global event happening again for this year. You can meet the creators there and have your comics signed by them, just make sure that the comics you will bring is created by them.

Now time to contact my media friends to cover this big big big big FREE comic book day.

just save the date!

Free Comic Book Day Philippines
May 2, 2009
12 noon - 4PM only
at the Comic Odyssey, Robinsons Galeria (2nd floor infront of Red Ribbon)

Raffle prizes will be given every half hour of the event, so better register at the event and claim your number stumb before falling in line.

Featuring special Guest artists:
Leinil Yu
Gerry Alangguilan
Ed Tadeo
Stephen Segovia
Mico Suayan
Noah Salonga
Harvey Tolibao
Gilbert Monsanto
Wilson Tortosa
Kajo Baldisimo
Jay David Ramos
Elbert Or
Budjette Tan
Romulo Fajardo
Jan Michael Aldeguer
and many more!!!!!! ( believe me..this will be like a comic book convention hahaha)

Also the event is also accepting sketch requests or drawing
if you want a sketch or drawing of a character done by the artists listed above
you may contact the Sandy Sansolis of Comic Odyssey for details and availability of the artists, you may email him at

Comic Odyssey website -

you can also check out my coverage from 2008 Free Comic Book Day Philippines here


and check out the video of Hugh Jackman, movie actor and star for X-men Origins: Wolverine, inviting everyone and explains about the Free Comic Book Day

video source from

Monday, April 27, 2009

Movie bloggers...get ready to embrace adamantium glory!

Skechers Kids @ Nickelodeon event (Spongebob and big wave party)

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Last weekend, Nickelodeon turned the Bonifacio Global City Open Field into one huge playground featuring water-themed inflatables to game booths, with loads of prizes and exciting surprises, it was a thrilling afternoon of fun and games.

Skechers kept the Nicksters busy with their inflated pool filled with balls and Skechers Cali Gear shoes. Within 30 seconds, kids who were able to match a pair of shoes with the same color and size got to bring home sling bags and stickers from their favorite characters—Z-Strap, Kewl Breeze, Elastika and Hydee Hytop.

Dressed in funky bright-colored hi-tops, La Salle Dance Company-Street-- the reigning college champions of the Skechers Streetdance Battle 4 kept the kids entertained with their jaw-dropping moves.

Kids also got their chance to be on stage when they joined the Skechers Pass the Surfboard game. When the music stops, whoever has the surfboard is out. The winner of the game won a pair of Skechers Cali Gear shoes; perfect for walking in the beach this Summer.

For those who missed the premiere of SpongeBob and the Big Wave, you can watch the encore telecast on April 28 at 6 p.m., on Nickelodeon.

check out photos below from the event

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Department of Tourism on creating employments with expanded investments and increased travel movement

Media Release
April 2009


Room capacity in key tourist destinations for the first quarter of 2009 expanded with the opening of new hotels and resorts that created additional employment in the midst of global economic downturn.

For the period January to March 2009, a total of 1,231 additional rooms were opened. With an aggregate cost of P8.016 Billion, these new investments directly employed 1,286 people.

The opening of the P3.18 Billion Imperial Palace Water Park, Resort and Spa increased the room supply in Cebu by 4% to 14,792. With 616 rooms, this new tourism project provided employment to 780 workers.

The San Remigio Beach Club in the northern part of Cebu has also opened its new facilities during the first quarter. With P8.5 Million in investments, the resort has built a convention facility to capture the meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions (MICE) of both international and domestic markets.

Shangri-la’s Boracay Resort and Spa, a high-end 217-room resort in Boracay Island, opened just in time for the influx of tourists on vacation and long holidays. The resort has initially hired 488 workers to manage its various ranges of product offerings.

Seven locators investing in 28 cluster villas for a total cost of P 761.9 Million in the Amanpulo Tourism Enterprise Zone in Palawan also began their operation during the first quarter.

In Metro Manila, the opening of the Legend International’s Park, Bed and Breakfast Hotel, Eurotel Hotel Branch in Makati, and the expansion of Oakwood Serviced Residences increased the total room supply by 320.

By year-end, some 1,946 people will be directly employed nationwide once the additional 2,315 rooms become operational in the following destinations:

Read more below

· Metro Manila: Manila Ocean Park (120 rooms), The Picasso Serviced Residences (136 rooms), Newport Marriott Hotel (342 rooms), and Maxims Hotel (178 rooms)

· Cebu: Radisson Hotel (400 rooms)

· Boracay: Crowne Regency (449), Phonex Hotel (130 rooms), Boracay Regency Lagoon (120 rooms), Seven Stones (100 rooms), Grand Water (100 rooms)

· Puerto Princesa: Microtel Inns and Suites (50 rooms)

· Tagaytay: Summer Ridge (108 rooms)

· Albay: Discovery Bay Misibis (82 rooms)

With greater demand for tourism services, the Department of Tourism (DOT) endorsed five development projects worth P6.323 Billion in the first quarter of the year. These initiatives will generate 6,340 employment opportunities for local residents in the said tourist areas.

A US$ 200-Million luxury spa and resort is also set to be developed by Banyan Tree in a 55-hectare property in Diwaran Island of Palawan. This project will generate 8,000 direct and indirect jobs during the planning, construction and operational stages from 2009 to 2012.

In Subic, Harbor Yacht Services (HYS) Philippines will construct a restaurant and resort in a marina facility with an investment package of P 36.1 Million.

Creating New Tourist Products

An 18-hectare manmade lake called Lago del Rey, the biggest in the country, was opened to tourists by the Provincial Government of Camarines Sur. With the cost of P 20 Million, this new tourist product complements the wakeboarding park set up by the LGU in 2005. The facility offers family-oriented activities such as boat ride, fishing, and swimming, among others.

Anguib beach in Sta Ana, Cagayan has started to draw foreign and domestic wind and kite surfing enthusiasts because of its unspoiled natural wealth and wider and bigger reef ideal for the said sports. To promote the area, the DOT and Cagayan Economic Zone Authority (CEZA) have organized a windsurfing exhibition which was highly attended by international and local windsurfers.

With increased demand for nature and wildlife adventure, the DOT and the Wild Bird Club of the Philippines have jointly developed birdwatching tours in coordination with tour operators and LGUs in key destinations. The most notable bird watching sites are in Balanga Ciy, Candaba Swamp, Paitan Lake, Pantabangan Dam, Puerto Princesa, Hundred Islands National Park, Subic Bay, Olango Island and Mount Apo.

The Wildfowl and Wetland Trust, a leading conservation organization in the United Kingdom will dispatch a fact finding mission in May 2009 to assist the DOT and other agencies in the preservation and promotion of wetlands for wildlife habitat.

A sea kayak tour has also been designed by the DOT and the LGU of Alaminos in the Hundred Islands National Park in Pangasinan. Managed by the Hundred Islands Eco-Tour Association (HIETA), a community-based organization of out-of-school youth, the package involved a half- and whole-day kayak clinic and tour of the charming islets of the Hundred Islands as well as camping experience in Bolo Beach. The HIETA has been tapped by the DOT and Sun and Sea Kayaks to provide tour services during the Kayak Explore Hundred Island Summer Eco-Challenge in April 2009.

Capping on the popularity of the CamSur Wakeboarding Camp, a P500-Million Wakeboard Park will rise on a 12-hectare area in Silang, Cavite.

Increased Travel in Key Destinations

Tourist arrivals in top destinations of the country during the first quarter of 2009 grew by 10.33% for a total of 1.3 Million[1].

Cebu attracted the biggest volume of visitors with a share of 32% followed by Boracay (12%), Davao City (11.9%), Camarines Sur (11%), Zambales (7%), and Bohol (5%).

Domestic tourist arrivals to Puerto Princesa City and Coron in Palawan posted a record breaking growth of 392% as more flights were mounted to these destinations from Manila, Cebu, and Caticlan as well as Kota Kinabalu in Malaysia. Likewise, local visitors flocked to Camarines Sur for wakeboarding, Surigao del Sur, Sorsogon (Donsol) for whale shark interaction, Zambales (Subic) for recreation, Ilocos Norte and La Union for sightseeing and beach holiday resulting in double digit gains in these destinations.

Overall, the volume of domestic tourists visiting key destinations grew faster at 13% while foreign arrivals recorded a 4% hike in the first quarter.

Cebu was the most frequently visited destination by foreign tourists with 184,790 arrivals followed by Boracay (63,903), Zambales (25,252), Camarines Sur (24,976), and Bohol (24,350).

[1] Preliminary Data Tourist Accommodation Establishments

Back in the blogging circulation

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I'm back and fresh from my trip in Sampaloc, Quezon and I'm still having a hard time checking out and back tracking my activities, events and also for my work. Deadlines are already here and I need to finish everything before April 28th. I have this big factory trip on the 29th and I'm very excited to check it with media friends, its another out of town trip, so expect me running again in the long highway of SLEX and going to Laguna, glad that the transpo is provided by this company.

Also the photo of the camera above is my new partner in blogging and in photography. This brand new baby Olympus E520 is coming and I'm excited to use it and join the DSLR family. I'm now a born Olympus user and will stick to Olympus as soon as the item is good and affordable.

the Olympus Evolt E-520 Black 10 MP DSLR Camera with Zuiko 14-42 mm Lens and Zuiko 40-150 mm Lens will be my tag team partner in the next coming weeks. So the time of learning to photography will eat a lot of my time, because I'll be using a different gadget and must learn more to evolve myself into something more than me. ahahahaa. ( sounds like a part of my keynote address)

see ya around!

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Saturday travel to the south

On the road now to Sampaloc,Quezon. Im here in Sta.Cruz,Laguna with my sis at the jeepney terminal going to Lucban,Quezon. Its the only ride going to our province in Sampaloc.

Its the town fiesta there and all our family and relatives will be there. Im sure it will be a food fest later ahehe.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Im at the social networking and ebusiness conference

I just finished my user keynote address at the social networking ane ebusiness conference 2009 here in the grand ballroom of hotel intercon.

Just listened to j disini about data privacy, wilson chua of about widgets map and eradioportal, cris concepcion of yahoo phil about the new start up of yahoo and joevel rivep of bayantel about broadband connection and wimax.

More talk later, im waiting for jay de jesus of titikpilipino keynote about phil music surviving the download era

my production note for Social Networking and eBusiness Conference 2

Today is the day, that the Lord has made! hooraay! I just finished my powerpoint presentation and its already 6:30am and a few hours away it will be my keynote speech at the Social Networking and eBusiness Conference 2009. I'm having my great spirit today after being lost last night and unbalanced. And as Master Obi Wan Kenobi said " Az, the force is strong in you."

and for a little warm up, here's my answer to bikoyski's Q and A tips for my talk.

2. How these entered the Philippine scene
The users brought the social networking sites here in the Philippines, and because that you can connect to it by the use of the internet, the access and use of the sites is easy to capture any user who is online. And because of the big traffic and number of users in our country, each of the social sites are now in the move to concentrate in our country to power up more of the service and also bring more users.

3. Why are people attracted to these social networking sites...
Many users just go online and find something that it can change their lives, and thats having a partner, a friend or someone that you can tell those stories and they become a good listener. Some users just go to these sites for some entertainment and spend their time surfing and talking to people. They discover many things about their self and the personality changes or enhances them away from being a shy type person. In my experience, I got this fear of talking to people that I don't know and because of social networking sites, I slowly defeated that fear and the sites trained me not to be afraid of talking to people. I remember my mom told me when I was a youngling, everytime that there's a visitor at home I always ran under the table and hide myself there til the visitor goes away. I'm very shy to new people, but because of these sites, I started to shooo away my fear in meeting new people.

4. What are the advantages and disadvantages.
The advantages of social networking sites is that you can meet lots of new people, and when have built your network, you'll become famous and there are many opportunities are coming in for you. You can start your career from that site and get a job from your massive connection to social site users. The disadvantages is that many people are abusing the use of the social sites, like many are posing as a different person and use that other identity to fool people online. Users should be aware of the disadvantages and must be responsible in putting all those information about yourself.

5. What is your experience as a blogger/twitter/plurker etc?
as a blogger, it changes my whole self from a happy go lucky person, into a more responsible, productive and creative individual. I began to contribute and have this big concern in changing the whole nation/country.

6. Would could be the future? Are these threatened by the recent crisis?
The future of social networking sites will evolve more. Users can generate money from it and save them from that crisis. Users who want to have business can serve this as a stepping stone and a learning ground to become a professional business person.

7. How about social networking sites in the future what could they be like...
All I can say is that, the access of the sites can be anywhere and anytime.


whew..that was a quick warm up..
so good luck to me today at the conference..

Pops Fernandez Live at Eastwood Mall

Eastwood Mall presents Pops Fernandez Live at the Eastwood Mall Open Park on April 24, 7pm. The free concert is part of the OPM power series at the new Eastwood Mall, Eastwood City Libis, featuring the country’s top artists Regine Velasquez and Jed Madela, who both had free concerts last March. The country’s one and only Concert Queen will be performing cuts from her latest album, Hope, comprising of an all revival song line up, including the 80s hit Little Star.

Be there as Pops Fernandez belts out heartfelt performances at the Eastwood Mall. For ticket reservations, contact 687-6770 to 74, and look for Joan, call the Eastwood Mall concierge at 709-193 or text 0918-8-EWCITY.

bloggers commentary.
I'm still thinking if I can attend this event, and since that I'll be living in Pasig City starting this Friday, I think I can make it to cover the event for everyone and besides, I need to listen to music just to cool myself down.

Shizen Orchestra : A manga, anime convention and a celebration of East Asian music


bloggers commentary:
check out this event! its more than just an anime-manga-cosplay event. The event is also a celebration of Eastern Asian pop culture in the Philippines. I know many are fans of Japanese, Chinese and Korean pop, this event is for you and it was organized by students of Ateneo de Manila University.

Shizen Orchestra : A manga, anime convention and a celebration of East Asian music

April 25, 2009
Functional Room 4

SM X Convention Center

11:30 to 7:00 p.m.

Ticket: Php 100/person

~Guests will be entertained by performances of Do'Ahou, Himitsu Heiki, Japan Baby, Onigiri Infusion, Raika and Rtschrck.

Japanese Fashion Designing Contest~
~Participants design an outfit on paper inspired by trends in Japanese music fashion. There will to two categories: Traditional and Contemporary Design. The entries will be submitted before the convention and will be judged during the event itself. Convention goers will also have the opportunity to vote for their favorite designs.

Japanese Music Fashion Contest~
~Contestants will put together an outfit inspired by either Traditional or Modern Japanese music and parade them on the catwalk.

Individual and Group Cosplay Competitions~
~ Participants showcase their interpretations of different characters from various anime, manga, video game and mainstream culture influences.

Doll Designing Contest~
~Participants design plushie or stuffed toy costumes inspired by Japanese fashion.

Artist’s Corner~
~Participants are artists whose works are inspired by the anime and manga styles exhibit their work in this area of the convention.

Doki Doki Kissaten~
~Convention guests will be invited to dine at this café with servers dressed as maids and butlers. The theme of this booth is inspired by the popular otaku cafes present in Akihabara.

Food and Non-Food Concessionaires~
~Various wares and products of the concessionaires exhibited.

-- Read more below


For the maid/butler cafe:

This is the official terms and conditions of the DokiDoki Kissaten
This is the shifts sched and price list

Official multiply site for the Maid/Butler Cafe

Official multiply site for the Shizen Orchestra

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Busy boy Az and the no show at Why not Forum 6.0

Sorry for not posting lately, I've been busy for the past days and I'm still in a rush mode of things in preparing for an upcoming personal event and also my keynote talk for the Social Networking and eBusiness Conference, and my talk will be tomorrow at 9am at Hotel Intercon, I'm very nervous already because I'll be delivering this keynote address as a power user of Social Networking Sites and thanks to all people who nominated me as a keynote speaker and also thanks to my network friends for voting me.

Lace went to Australia last Tuesday, and it was a hard thing for me to be alone for 2 months, now must focus on working lots of project for the month of May and June. She now blogs her adventure at Suzaku Lace and I spent my time with her before she leave and went busy in stuffing some items in her traveling bag.

I missed one event yesterday and I'm very disappointed to myself for waking up late in the morning and didn't realized that Jollibee will be launching this 3 new meals. I know its an event called Jolly fair, and I've been to a Jolly fair and wow we took home lots of Jollibee items from that bazaar. Will post some details here soon about that 3 new meals of Jollibee. I really need to write down all events on paper and have a calendar with me to look at it everyday in order to track all events that I got invited too.

Last night I went to the launching of MTV Asia and our Department of Tourism, and its about this project that they have in promoting tourism in the Philippines. It was a great night and surprised that DOT Secretary Ace Durano greeted me after I arrive late at the M Cafe, I got embarrased because many look back at the door when someone is talking infront about Awesome Philippines. If wanna know more about the project, visit

I'm also working on this comics script for a comic book project for May 2009, and I'm hoping that I finish it before the week ends, because the comics production will begin on May 1, 2009 and I don't want to give pressure to my artist partner, Jake Sumbing in the drawing board. I'm very excited for this project and it will be big debut as a comic book writer and its a dream come true that I am now in the real field of the comics industry in the Philippines, that is not a comics convention or events organizer, but one of the guys who makes pinoy comics. Will post more details soon after I finishes some gigs this Friday. And to note it, its really hard to write stories for comic books hahahahahaha, now I can feel how pressure it is to be in the field of creating comics.

I'm also having this series of events for May 2009, its a series of events for techies, bloggers, cosplayers, gamers and music lovers. I'm still gearing up for the big events coming up and I know everyone is excited to see a teaser of events listed in my events calendar here in my blog. Been receiving lots of calls, emails and sms messages asking me to spill some details about the events labeled under different kind of titles. But I told them that they should wait for it and will give info soon. Also I'm putting up a gig for cosplayers and its "the greatest summer job for a cosplayer", yeah I'm opening up a gig offer to all cosplayers to earn money and make cosplaying as a career. Will post more details soon.

And I'll be out later tonight to attend 2 events, one is a laptop launching and the other one is a restaurant-foodie event with 5 bloggers. I'm excited and its the only thing that I can visualize and freshen up myself, because I love to conceptualize and also rehearse my talk for my keynote whenever I'm outside, I'm still a wanderer and love to be outside and talk to myself during my travel from Cavite to Manila. See you all later my blogger friends.

Its sad to say that I won't be joining the awesome people of Why Not Forum 6.0, I'm very excited for that talk and it seems that the date of the event is conflicting with my visit in Sampaloc, Quezon province for the town fiesta and family gathering, and also an unexpected incident happened as my Lola Nena died last Tuesday in the province, so I will be there with my sister in the province with the family and relatives. I already sent my message to the people of Why Not Forum about my no show for their event, and also told Anton Diaz that I wont be able to join them, he's excited too about the event, and he blogged about it and informed everyone that I will be there to talk about pop culture, but it seems that its impossible for me to divide myself and must prioritize my family event. But I told Anton that I still be participating, and I will upload a video of me this Friday night here in my blog as an online participating for the Why not Forum event, and I'm not sure if they will use it just for the people who will attend to know more about the pop culture scene in the Philippines.

here's an announcement from Mark Diaz of Why Not Forum.

We've got great news ...

Art & historical artifact collector, 8-time Palanca Awardee for Literature, multi-awarded & highly sought-after writer and director for theatre, TV, print and corporate events as well as art, culture and history resource FLOY QUINTOS will now be speaking also at the Why Not Forum 6.0 this Saturday at Alchemy with the rest of the other geniuses!

On a slightly sad note, Azrael Coladilla - Pop Culture Blogger - won't be able to join us anymore. But not to worry as we've still got a power lineup that will definitely make this event absolutely electrifying.

See you all on Saturday @ Club Alchemy. Registration starts at 130pm. Bring on the Tribes ... !

The WhyNuts :)
So there you go guys. I'll log off now and finish this powerpoint thing for my keynote tomorrow. Good luck to me and I'll see you all later.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

lets party at "UNO Online and April ‘09 Party at M1nt Bar, The Fort" open bar starts at 9 pm!

What: UNO Online and UNO Magazine April ‘09 party
When: April 30 2009, 9 PM onwards
Where: M1nt Bar, The Fort

Let’s party on April 30 with UNO Online and the lovely ladies from our April 2009 issue. We’re going to be doing autographs so grab a copy of our latest issue and be one of the few people with limited edition signed copies!

We love you, so this is an open invite! Bring your friends!

from :

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

The film+music+party+launch of Cinekatipunan.MOV

Cynthia Alexander
Kate Torralba
Junji Lerma
Easy Fagela
Roberto Nicolas
Dr. Ninja & The Skullcrashers
Biscochong Halimaw
Earth Jazz Trio


this wednesday night,
april 22, 9:30pm onwards,
celebrate the death & rebirth of cinema
& party harder like you've never partied harder

it's the launch of the new

lots of bands,

free admission!


Cinekatipunan.MOV =
microcinema for the macromind!
wazak flicks for wazak peeps!
great movies from the philippine islands and beyond!
mondays to saturdays, 4:30pm-6:30pm at magnet katips!
presented by .MOV International Digital Film Festival
& Magnet Cafe Katipunan!


bloggers commentary:
if you are free on Wednesday night and you're looking for some party and fun filled art event, better check out this launching of, its another event and vision by As they say, its to be creative in celebrating the death and rebirth of our film industry.

"Wolverine:Prodigal Son" Premiere Launching Event


Comic Odyssey is back again in launching an international comics and this time its for the comics launching and premiere of "Wolverine: Prodigal Son". The comics is a manga version of Marvel comics' character Wolverine. The comics is illustrated by our very own Wilson Tortosa and with the power team of Jan Michael Aldeguer and Romulo Fajardo, all pinoys!

Event will be on April 25, 2009 at 1:00-3:00pm
at the Robisons Galeria Branch.

You can go there on time and have your comics sign by Wilson, Jan Michael and Romulo. Copies of the comics will be launched on that day, so go there early.

And if you reserve a copy of the comics, a special mini print poster will be given away to the first 30 person who will pre-order or reserve Wolverine: Prodigal Son

For information you may call 914-0040 or email

Monday, April 20, 2009

8th Philippine Toy Con 2009 production note 6

We are complete last meeting and its nice to see everyone and looks like that we are ready to Volt in and pilot that big giant robot. For me the pre-production is very slow, and it affected most of our tasks during that holy week and holiday. But I'm hearing good news already that some sponsors for the event are now showing their interest to join and be part of Toy Con 2009.
Today, I'll be having a big meeting and will do a presentation about the event to some sponsors who will be joining as co-presentor for the event. I'm very excited also to the role of ABS CBN, as the giant tv network will be our TV partner for Toy Con 2009, and we are still shifting our tasks and make the event more bigger and much for fun that the previous years.

The venue just extended and there is now a big place for film showings, panel talks, auctions and exhibits. The conference center rooms will be big addition for the event, and it will expand the attactions and also the eye candy exhibits by our Toy Con communities. I haven't started fixing the website, but I got my time frame already and will finish all of it after my big talks in an upcoming event this Thursday. I will be out of town on the weekend and go back with fresh ideas and start kicking the site and power it more for anothe round of Toy Con.

The Toy Con road show is still on works, but the date will be on May 8, 2009 at the Megatrade Hall in SM Megamall, just consider this post as a teaser for that big event for animation, toys and comics. Don't worry I will create another blog post about that event.

my production note for Social Networking and eBusiness Conference 1

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My keynote speech will be this April 24th, and I will be the first speaker for that day starting at 9:00AM, I'm a little bit nervous because I'm delivering my first ever keynote to a very different crowd, so I researched and also asked advice from my fellow online friends on how/what should I deliver a keynote to this event.

I will try to answer some of the topics that Bikoyski suggested and this will serve as my warm up before doing my real keynote and also that powerpoint presentation.

1. History of networking sites
I don't know where to start if I'm going to narrate the whole story of the history of social networking sites, my advice will be go google it and read it in wikipedia. But I might be able to narrate my own story on how I got into these social networking sites. - I got invited by a user who is working in some animation studios. The is a site that you can organize meet up and form your own online clubs and cliques. The forum of the site is very useful in tackling major discussions. Professionals and online clubs engage in to connect with other for a possible collaboration. I left the site after they disable other features and asked for some membership fee. - I got invited by another user to join. Its a social networking sites for professionals and it is good to use it to connect with other business professionals who are connected to other users. The networking for business started here online at Linkedin. But I haven't used it properly and I left the site after not enjoying much of its activity online. Building your profile here is a must, and if you really like to be connected and meet other professionals, a powerful profile can attract them to add you and also work with you. - My cousin who is in the US invited us to join in this networking site. I didn't know that I will enjoy its features and makes it as my first ever social networking sites that I got sticked for some couple of years and use it for the first time in marketing and promoting stuff online. Been a member since May 2003,and I say that it change a lot from back then, I remember that we were the only pinoys who are in that site, and its hard to get friend-add ons since others are foreigners, but then Friendster became popular and mass membership came in and I got the advantage in using it for marketing and also study the target market's behavior. I was labeled as a walking Friendster last 2004, it was a funny tag name as they say that many people are connected to me and I'm anywhere. I still use Friendster, and since many are still in there who uses it for family connection. I sometimes use Friendster in looking up people's profile and reputation, because all people are in Friendster, and I got a 90% chance that I can research their profile there. - I got into this site from an invite of a friend who is in Australia, but I left the site after experience a slow loading of their site. It is similar to Friendster,but the site has their own blog feature and photo album. - I joined because I heard that everyone is in here, then I left after being attacked by spammers and also cyber bullied by racists. I left the site and never think of going back again. - I just discovered this and found out that all my artists friends are in here, so I decided to join last 2004 and saw many pinoy artists are in there. The site is a great place for art portfolio, critiques and reviews. You can also get comments from other members and add you as they will Deviant Watch your updates and artwork uploads. The site has journal, you can write there and update everyone and make it as your own blog. DeviantART expanded and it was popular to young artists. They use the site to connect to professionals for work and also get art commissions as they will be paid via paypal or direct bank transfer. - I was looking for a good photo album hosting and I just saw has this feature, it was easy to use and I enjoyed uploading all my media files from music, videos and photos. It became my busiest social networking site after I became a member of it since 2005. I finally found a new ground for studying the market and also use the site as an internet marketing tool. And I see it is 200% effective, as I proved it from my event Toy Con, who expanded after I use the internet. From my interview at, "Coladilla attributed the increasing size of Toycon to the Internet where collectors find each other through newsgroups, specialty collection sites or through trading websites."Many started trading collectibles through their mobile phones but it was the Internet that really boosted the industry."" Multiply is my 2nd home online and its my busiest social networking site. Iit connects me to the people who I wanted to be updated in my blog and promote something that falls under my interest. - my latest social networking site, I didn't failed to use as I know there will be a time that it will be used for internet marketing. But I felt that Facebook is built for that kind of use. Another busiest site for me, and I almost visit this everyday. The Facebook is popular in tagging your friends in some photos and notes. The events page is very useful for marketing and inviting people, and the online promotion never stops., because if your friend is attending an event, you'll find it out in your news feed that they joined, and because you are curious to find out more about that event, you will be tempted to click and read the details. Also the fanpage and groups page is another useful tool in Facebook, were you can build your own online group and community, and update them by sending a mass message and also give members a chance to interact and contribute content.

and Plurk - Micro blogging is the new blogging trend of the year, and it is now popular as it can be read via internet and mobile. Updates can be posted in 2 liners and it interacts with your friends who are connected to your network. The status updates are the main content for micro blogging. Twitter became more popular today, as the people in the USA are going crazy over it. But here in the Philippines, some users get over with it as Twitter is popular last 2008, but everyone is in Plurk now as it was very convenient to update each other, and the comments management of the users are better than Twitter.

I guess this is my own short story of how I got into social networking sites. I still have more sites to feature, but above is my main list that I usually hang out online. Tomorrow, will post another that will serve as my warm up for the event.

The Social Networking and eBusiness Conference 2009
will be on April 23-24, 2009 at the Hotel Intercon, Makati City
visit for more info and details

Sunday, April 19, 2009

what/how to deliver a keynote address speech ( any tips?!!)

hi everyone,

as you can see that I'm already preparing for my User keynote address for the Social networking and eBusiness conference on April 23-24, 2009 at Hotel Intercon.

I will be there as keynote speaker for being a user of social networking sites like Facebook, multiply, friendster and many more.

it will be my first keynote and also my first time to have a talk in a big event.

right now I'm researching on how will I start and what topics should I include in my keynote speech. hmmm.

if you have any tips, advice, suggestion, just post it away.

more about the event -

SpongeBob and The Big Wave Party @ Global City


Okay, I'm already going crazy to see this ad at the TK website, but sad to say that I can't attend and party with SpongeBob on the 25th. But if your kid is a big fan of creatures of Bikini Bottom, then this party will be best for you and for your kid this summer.

You'll go party and also watch a sneak preview of SpongeBob and the Big Wave at the event.

When a giant tidal wave hits Bikini Bottom, SpongeBob, Patrick and Squidward are suddenly swept away and find themselves stranded on a remote island. The pals travel to the heart of the island where they meet an enigmatic surf guru named Jack Kahuna Laguna (voiced by guest-star Johnny Depp) who tells them that the only way back to Bikini Bottom is to surf the legendary wave - The Big One.

Catch the big wave on this premiere episode at 10.00am, Sunday 26th April!

Jollibee's Jollitown Season 2 premieres on April 19th at GMA 7

We were invited to the launching of the Jollitown season 2 last March 30 at the NBC tent, and I'm so excited because its a Jollibee event and every time I attend their events, I feel that I turn into a kid again. Jollibee is here for 30 years already and its more than just a fast food resto, but it is also a tv show for kids. Jollibee and his friends Hetty, Popo, Twirlie and Yum will be back again at the Jollitown season 2 that will premiere this April 19th in GMA 7 , 8:30am- 9:00am every Sunday.

“For us at Jollibee, Jollitown became an important vehicle that allowed us to reach Filipino households in a very personal way,” Jollibee VP for Marketing Gold F. Tantoco said. “Through Jollitown, we want to ignite and touch the consciousness of our kids so they will not only be entertained but taught how
to become better and responsible citizens at their early age.”

Ms. Tantoco shared that for its second season, Jollitown will focus on imparting to kids simple yet timeless values such as being courteous, showing respect for others, obedience, honesty and even caring for their pets -- all in a fun and creative way.

As in the first season, the Wishing Well returns with dazzling superpowers. The Jollifriends and their new barkada will also be able to explore places beyond Jollitown such as the Cloudland and the breathtaking Giant Land.

Aside from the kids mainstays who will be introduced, new and exciting characters like Wind and Moon will also keep children glued to every episode.

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At the launching event, we were treated some goodies and we got photo op with the Jollibee friends, I'm very happy to see them perform all together on stage, and the tv show is very kid friendly and very educational, kids today are very lucky that they can watch this kind of show on local tv. I was wishing for a Jollibee cartoon when I was a kid, but mascots in a wonder of adventures and fun is more okay to me. The 1st episode of Season 2 will give more story on what will be the upcoming role of each of the characters, looks like the Wishing Well is more magical than from Season 1. I won't spoil more, just wake your kids before 8:30am and tune in to GMA 7, believe me, this show is more Filipino and a lot more better than Barney.

more photos in my album at Jollibbe's Jollitown season 2 launching event @ NBC Tent

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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - Worldwide Main Trailer and 4 New Banners

Check out the exclusive world debut of the main trailer and the release of the new 4 movie banners of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince here in my blog. Thanks to Warner Bros. for sharing this infos to movie bloggers.

You may watch the main trailer below, Coming to regular theaters and IMAX with some scenes in 3D on July 16th in the Philippines.

Warner Bros. Pictures has released the latest trailer for the next Harry Potter film, HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE, starring Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson and Jim Broadbent. Together with the latest trailer also comes the unveiling of the four latest banner artworks which features Harry and Professor Dumbledore, Hermione and Professor Slughorn, Ron and Ginny, and Draco and Professor Snape.

Voldemort is tightening his grip on both the Muggle and wizarding worlds and Hogwarts is no longer the safe haven it once was. Harry suspects that dangers may even lie within the castle, but Dumbledore is more intent upon preparing him for the final battle that he knows is fast approaching. Together they work to find the key to unlock Voldemort's defenses and, to this end, Dumbledore recruits his old friend and colleague, the well-connected and unsuspecting bon vivant Professor Horace Slughorn, whom he believes holds crucial information. Meanwhile, the students are under attack from a very different adversary as teenage hormones rage across the ramparts. Harry finds himself more and more drawn to Ginny, but so is Dean Thomas. And Lavender Brown has decided that Ron is the one for her, only she hadn’t counted on Romilda Vane's chocolates! And then there's Hermione, simpering with jealously but determined not to show her feelings. As romance blossoms, one student remains aloof. He is determined to make his mark, albeit a dark one. Love is in the air, but tragedy lies ahead and Hogwarts may never be the same again.

HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE will be released nationwide across the Philippines on July 16th, by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.
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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