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EDC - 20th Graphic Expo

6 Reasons Why I’m Thankful I Attended the 20th Graphic Expo

Taking time off work, I was able to attend a 3-day seminar at the 20th Graphic Expo on June 4-6, 2015 together with my fellow @IGersManila moderator Petim Maminta at SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia, Pasay City.

Organized by Fiera De Manila, the 20th Graphic Expo is a premier trade show and marketplace for creative and printing professionals.

Thanks to our dear friend Jeoff Solas for inviting us to this awesome event. Here are the 6 reasons why I am thankful I attended the 20th Graphic Expo:

1. Met new friends. 

The expo is a convergence of buyers, decision makers, businessmen and entrepreneurs, top suppliers and industry players/professionals. This annual event is participated by big names in graphic arts, printing & publishing, photo-video, creative design and imaging, Internet and web publishing, and multimedia.

While @IGersManila is not involved in the printing industry, our dear friend Jeoff Solas still invited us to the seminar series for digital creatives.

2. Learned the latest creative/digital trends

The seminar series provided us an avenue for networking while we enjoy learning new things from our speakers who shared their knowledge on the craft along with the latest trends in the creative and printing industry.

I attended the following sessions from the seminar series:

After each sessions, the speakers were very accommodating and very smart to answer questions from the group of digital creatives. Interestingly, the sessions I have chosen for the seminar series centered on photography, creating videos and website profitability– #AllForLove of @IGersManila.


3. Renewed love for phoneography.

Petim and I had some common sessions during the 3-day seminar series. Our personal favorite? The Street Photography session. It gave us a new take on capturing visual stories in public places, and how we can be better phoneographers. Thanks to our cool speaker Sir Edwin Tuyay, who even gave us a souvenir photo with signature. (Oh, by the way did I mention he is the dad of Led Tuyay, guitarist of the band Kamikazee?)

Now we are ready to share with #IGersManila the tips and tricks from Sir Edwin Tuyay.


4. A display of amazing photo gallery from different camera clubs

It is always a happy sight for me to see works of art  publicly displayed in a gallery of amazing visual stories. Different participating camera clubs staged their photo gallery using different media at the Expo.

I was silently wishing that @IGersManila shall also be part of such display amazing photo gallery in future Graphic Expos (*hands-crossed*)


5. Accommodating staff of Fiera de Manila.

While our invites from Jeoff Solas gave us the ticket to the20th Graphic Expo, we were not able to enlist ourselves early for the seminar sessions. Thanks to the team from Fiera de Manila for accommodating @IGersManila during the 3-day seminar series. Special mention to Jeanne Soriano who personally assisted us during registration on the sessions.


6. Reconnected with IG friends.

During lunch breaks on the 3-day seminar, I did not miss the chance to visit and bond with fellow IGers in the area. There is no better way to have lunch but be with friends who share the same passion as you are. Thanks for your time @iPetim, @Christofferking and @Nagaryan!

Looking forward to the next Graphic Expo! (*excited*)





#DrinksInAction is back with #ShareACoke

When I was starting in Instagram in 2011, I tried sharing visual stories by using softdrinks bottles (and cans, too) as subjects.

In Instagram, I started #DrinksInAction hashtag and it carries my snapshots as a newbie. Here are some of them:





When I came across this YouTube video from Coca-Cola Australia, I silently wished we have the same campaign in the Philippines.

And come 2014, Coca-cola Philippines launched the #ShareACoke campaign with our Pinoy culture in it. Coke bottles and cans not only have names like the ones in Australia, but it also has generic names like “‘Tay”, “Barkada”, “Ka-Liga”, Ka-banda”, “Bro”, “Sis”, “Daddy”, “Mare” among others.

This August, #DrinksInAction comes to life again with my #ShareACoke #AgostoKoTo series.



More of this at my Facebook page.


#Fluid111: How far will you go to get what you want?

How far will you go to get what you want?  
That question printed on a tarp on the theater lobby for #Fluid111’s Press Preview caught my attention.
I was lucky to be invited to the Press Preview of  Fluid, a Palanca Award-winning play,  written and directed by Floy Quintos.
Through an IG friend, @iamkebok, and the efforts of  Tita Toots Tolentino , this writer, together with  2 IG friends, were invited to De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde’s (DLS-CSB) Technical Theater Program Batch 111  reinterpretation of the play  #Fluid111 on 23-July, 7PM.
Due to monsoon rains and the traffic going to the venue, the play already started when we arrived at the 5/F SDA Theater, School of Design and Arts Campus of DLS-CSB.
The play is an interesting twist of 3 seemingly unrelated stories whose characters ultimately converged in an art exhibit–with their own stories unfolded and stitched together seamlessly in more or less 2 hours of run-time.
The cast included Ana Abad Santos, Kalil Almonte, JC Santos, Russell Legaspi, Amihan Tanedo Ruiz, Gel Basa and Tony Falcon.
Catch #Fluid111 on the following  play dates:
  • July 24, 2014 1PM and 7PM
  • July 25, 2014 1PM and 7PM
  • July 26, 2014, 1PM and 7PM
Ticket price ranges from PHP 150.00 (Balcony) to PHP 300.00 (Orchestra). For inquiries, please contact Stephanie Ocampo +639179285737. - For One More Day


An IG friend (@mrjalandoni) recommended that I read For One More Day by Mitch Albom.

The bookworm in me got a hold of the book that very day and started reading. The book is all about a mother and a son, and a relationship that covers a lifetime and beyond. The story basically revolves around “What would you do if you could spend one more day with a lost loved one?”

After reading the book, I began to reflect and ponder on the things that I will do, should I be given another day to spend in this lifetime.

Inspired by Albom’s book, the phoneographer in me started to illustrate via visual stories  the things I will do #ForOneMoreDay.  See them on my Facebook page.

While this IG series already ended, I can’t help but look at the collection I have created. Constantly reminding myself that whenever I come across challenges, an additional day hanging on could make the difference.



Kalahati. Sapat na ba para lumigaya?

Hindi na masama na ang bahaging napunta sa iyo ay kalahati— malaki na ito kung tutuusin.

Higit sa leg part o breast part lang na kadalasang inihahain sa ibang kainan.Higit na nakakabusog kaysa sa karaniwang servings ng fried chicken sa mga fastfood restaurants. Higit na maraming moments na juicylicous at crispylicous, at di mo na sasabihing “isa pa, isa pa!”

Pero napaisip ako, ang kalahating ito dapat sapat na sa akin. Dapat masaya na ako. Dapat kuntento na ako.

Pero bakit pagdating sa iyo, ayaw ko ng kahati?  Gusto ko buung-buo ka.  

“Waiter, isang Spring Chicken Meal pa nga!”



I’m growing up. She’s growing old.

This photo was taken some 3 years back.

And I am asking myself: the phoneographer in me always captures moments, freezes time and frames memories, why don’t I have a photo of me and mom lately?

The realization suddenly hit me.

That while I am busy snap shooting things whenever I get home, she is busy preparing my room that I use only when I am here in Tarlac.

That while I savor the healthy lunch she prepared, she is there still at the kitchen cooking some more.

That while I hone my skills and grow in love with phoneography, I forgot to notice Mom is busy being a mother to me.

That while I savor the healthy lunch she prepared, she is there still at the kitchen cooking some more.

That while I hone my skills and grow in love with phoneography, I forgot to notice Mom is busy being a mother to me.

This Friday was a turning point for me. I rushed home when I learned she was rushed to the hospital—dropping all the significant load I have at work, and all commitments I made for this weekend. It struck me that I was so busy growing up, I tend to forget Mom is growing old.

So this weekend, I am staying home.

To spend time with the woman I adore, to capture moments with person I deeply love, and to create more beautiful memories with my mom.

Happy Mother’s day, Ma! I love you.

Pangkain ko.

Pangkain ko.

Katumbas nitong sako ang pangkain ko.

Stop loving

Stop loving.

How do we forget someone?

The answer is simple. We cannot forget the people we love. It is only when we don’t love them anymore that we are able to free ourselves from the feeling of affection and attachment.

In fact, we don’t even remember the people we don’t love in the first place.

The key to forgetting is to stop loving.

For as long as we still love a person, time and distance doesn’t mean anything.

We all make choices in life. If loving a person is a preference, then not wanting to love a person can also be an option.

It is just a matter of deciding which one to take and making sure that we don’t look back and regret the choice we made.

– Joe d’Mango

That Crane

That crane.

“If you could be anything else but yourself, what would you be?”

That was your question while we were walking around Bonifacio Global City in Taguig one weekday after work.

That Crane

“I would be one of those cranes,” I said while pointing to the construction in front of us.

“Why?”  you retorted.

You stopped walking and faced me puzzled.

“Cranes aid you in building that dream skyscraper. It helps you work on the reinforcement better. It facilitates the otherwise complex task of completing that tower, ” I answered.

I paused for a while to take a deep sigh.

“But  when the tower is already complete, when everything in the blueprint is realized, when each details of the structure is done, you are not needed anymore. That’s when you are dismantled and disassembled.”

There was silence as we continued walking. We already passed by the tower being constructed when I said:

“I am that crane. And I know one day, I will be dismantled and disassembled from you. But I will be happy knowing that when you were being built into what you will be in the future, I was a crane in your life.”

“No, you are not that crane. You are something else for me.”  Your eyes met mine.

You smiled and we continued walking.