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February 2009

Awesome Festivals

Mobile 2.0 War: Sandbox vs. Pixlink

It is exciting to be in Manila. We are now in the center of the next generation of Mobile 2.0 services from the biggest telcos. This week, Smart launches Sandbox, while Globe launches Pixlink. It is interesting to see the difference in mobile strategies in the attempt to elevate the user mobile experience from SMS-Centric to Social Multimedia-Centric. We will have to wait and see who will win the Mobile 2.0 Wars. 🙂

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Food Tours

Jeepney Sunset Tours

The best time to watch the Manila Bay sunset is usually during the first week of March. In this period, the cool winds bid farewell to Manila as we welcome the start of summer. As the sun sets in Manila Bay, you’ll notice that the sun is fully round and, often, it paints the sky with a reddish or orange hue.

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#Restaurants, Tagaytay

Pamana, Tagaytay – a Family Legacy of Filipino Cuisine

Pamana is the latest Filipino restaurant in Tagaytay. It offers Filipino cuisine based on secret family recipes handed down to Happy Ongpauco, a third generation member of the Barrio Fiesta Restaurant Clan. The concept is similar to Tootsie’s but better executed. Plus, it has a great view of Taal Lake.

(Note on the photo above: This is one of those rare moments I was able to ask my sons to sit down and smile at the same time.)

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AIM Internet Marketing Course

The AIM Internet Marketing Course for Business Executives is now OPEN.
I'm excited to be part of it and I'll be teaching specific topics on:

– Generating Traffic: Internet Advertising & Search Engine Marketing
– Creating the Mindset: Manage Your Company's Brand and Reputation Online
– Blogging & Blog Marketing: Conversations that can lead to Conversions

You can get the full description of the course in AIM's official website:

Awesome Festivals

Top 9 Ideas on How to Spend Valentine’s Weekend 2009

What is the point of Valentine’s Day? Just the word, “Valentine” evokes images of romantic escapades, unique surprises and the pressure to do better than last year.

I think the whole idea is just to have another loving milestone to celebrate with your loved one. For entrepreneurs, it is a special moment to monetize that loving feeling. For lovers, it is a day to celebrate your relationship that lasted until that day. For long-time lovers, it is an ordinary day because everyday is Valentine’s day.

Personally, Valentine’s is a challenge for me each year to showcase my love for my special someone, in the most creative way possible. Sometimes, I live up to the challenge but sometimes I don’t. But what’s the point of Valentine’s anyway…

Whatever the point is, here are the Top 9 Ideas on How to Spend Your Valentine’s Weekend this 2009:

1. Make Virlanie your Valentine

Valentine’s Day has always been synonymous with love and family, and by transitivity, with good food. This Valentine’s Day, various generous restaurants have pledged to feed a child under the care of Virlanie Foundation for the entire year.

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