Mobile Photography 2016: 20 Food & Travel Photos Shot Using LG G5 & LG 360!

( Related Blog Post: Our Best Mobile Photos of 2016! as Shot by LG G5 & LG 360 )

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Yes, all these photos were shot with a mobile phone like our 360 degree selfie! Mobile photography has come a long way thanks to advances such as wide angles lenses, 360-degree cameras, and creative pop-out shots.

Here are our favorite food & travel photos from June using the LG G5 and LG 360-Degree Camera…

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Birthday Favor: Can I Request for the Gift of Feedback? (OAP Annual Survey 2015)

Here’s a quick link to the OAP Annual Survey 2015:


Dear Our Awesome Planet Friends,
Awesome Greetings!

First of all, thank you for all the awesome support for 10+ years! 

Thanks for the honest feedback in the survey last year which greatly influenced my directions for OAP amidst the changing internet landscape 🙂
After a year, I would like to get feedback on how OAP met your expectation
Here’s the 5-question Annual OAP Survey 2015.

As I plan for the next decade of OAP, I want to make sure to incorporate as much feedback as possible on how to continue what’s working, to correct what’s not, and to understand your expectations for OAP for the years to come.

2015 is a turning point in Our Awesome Planet. I’m making a transition to more video content, a better design for the blog, to write my first travel book and expand internationally.

I read all the survey feedbacks (both positive and negative) and it directly influences my plans and directions for OAP.

AWESOME THANKS for caring enough to answer this survey: OAP Survey August 2015


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Instagram Workshop Weekend: Learn From the Pros @jelitodeleon @marvinconanan @kimijuan

#igWeekend#IGWorkshopWeekend is a fun and inspirational workshop for photo and Instagram enthusiast.

Our Awesome Planet, in partnership with Purveyr presents #IGWorkshopWeekend, a workshop on the Introduction to Instagram Culture, Shooting Stills and Spaces, and Traveling & Mobile Photography. Learn from the most admired Instagrammers in Manila Jelito de Leon, Mark Conanan and Kimi Juan

Here are some helpful tips straight from @jelitodeleon, @kimijuan and @mavinconanan…

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DISCOVERY SHORES BORACAY: Vote @DiscoveryShores in the World Luxury Hotel Awards 2015!

DISCOVERY SHORE BORACAY, the Philippines’ multi-awarded luxury resort, is recently nominated to the prestigious World Luxury Hotel Awards 2015 in the following categories:

  • Luxury Beach Resort
  • Luxury Island Resort
  • Luxury Wedding Destination

Please vote for the Philippines here: (until July 19, 2015).

Here’s why you should take time to cast your vote this long weekend for Discovery Shore Boracay:

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Travel + Fashion Takeover: How to Pack Stylishly Light and Travel Alone Safely (as a Woman)?

Travel + Fashion Takeover: ManilaTravel + Fashion Takeover: Manila is an inspirational workshop for women who seek to travel the world while maintaining their distinct style.

Viajera Filipino, in partnership with We Are Sole Sisters and Our Awesome Planet presents Travel + Fashion Takeover: Manila a workshop on Travel Planning, Fashion and Inspiration, with guest speakers Alexandra Jimenez of and Aleah Taboclaon of Solitary Wanderer. The event was held at A_Space Manila near Greenbelt 5, Makati.

We had a fun time learning travel tips and sharing our stories with everyone. Here are the highlights of the workshop…

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Applications Now Open for Our Awesome Planet Digital & Social Media Manager (Apply Here!)

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I’m offering a full time Digital and Social Media Manager for Our Awesome Planet. You’ll be working with me directly to execute social media campaigns and strategies for the food and travel projects in the OAP blog.

Here are some details on qualifications and work expectation, with the process on how to apply in the end. Please share this with your family and friends who might be fit for this role.

I’m looking for a trustworthy individual with the following qualifications:

  • Must be passionate about online business, digital platforms, and blogging business,
  • Must be meticulous and gives attention to details,
  • Have experience in social media marketingblogging and instagram, and
  • Graphic designer or illustrator is a plus, or at least knows how to process images.

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Announcing… AWESOME TAIWAN FOOD TOUR with Anton Diaz on March 20-22! @JeronTravel

Favor: Please share this with your friends and family who might be interested to join this awesome food trip in Taiwan 🙂

Dear Our Awesome Planet friends,

Greetings from Our Awesome Planet!

I would like to invite you to an Awesome Food Tour of Taiwan this coming March 20-22, 2015 🙂 It would be an awesome weekend food trip to remember in Taipei!

I love Taiwan! I’ve been to Taipei a couple of times and I fell in love with the people, its history and most specially the food 🙂

I partnered with Jeron Travel, the leading travel agency in the Philippines specializing on travel to Taiwan, to create an itinerary of my favorite places to see, the yummiest food to eat, and the best route to experience all of these in one weekend.

During the trip, we will visit the awesome destinations in Taiwan which include:

    • Ximending and Shilin Night Market
    • Huanshan Cultural Park, Tamsui Warf
    • Toilet Restaurant, Tian Wai Tian, Du Xiao Yue
    • Chiufen Tea House 
    • Eslite Bookstore and more!

    Check out the Awesome Taiwan series in the blog:

    TAIWAN: Guide to an Awesome Experience in Taipei! #CometoTaiwan

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    10 Biggest Business Money-Making Opportunities in Manila in 2015! (Must Read!)

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    2015 is the year to start a new creative business and capitalize on new opportunities in Manila!

    It’s the year when you can throw new business ideas into the marketplace and have a higher chance to succeed. People nowadays are more exposed to travel, more open to new concepts, and demand more groundbreaking businesses.

    It feels like 10 years ago, when blogging was still in its infancy and the Philippines was just being discovered by the world. There’s a real opportunity to get that first-mover advantage and capitalize on the trends.

    2015 is the year of NO EXCUSES. If you don’t make lots of money this year, you only have yourself to blame for not capitalizing on the biggest opportunities.

    I would like to share with you the 10 Biggest Money-Making Opportunities in Manila in 2015

    1. Madrid Fusión & the Culinary Revolution in Manila

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    Elena Arzak (Arzak, 3 Michelin stars & 3 Repsol suns)

    Madrid Fusión Manila is the gastronomic event that will introduce the flavors and ingredients of Manila to the world. It’s envisioned to be the catalyst for making Manila the center of culinary excellence in the region.

    The event consists of three exciting events–the International Gastronomy Congress, the Trade Exhibition, and the Flavors of the Philippines Festival. It will be held at the SMX Convention Center, Pasay City this summer, from April 24 to 26, 2015.

    It will feature the best of critically renowned chefs from Spain and Manila:

    Featured Spanish Chefs:
    ● Andoni Luis Aduriz (Mugaritz, 2 Michelin stars & 3 Repsol suns)
    ● Elena Arzak (Arzak, 3 Michelin stars & 3 Repsol suns)
    ● Quique Dacosta (Denia, 3 Michelin stars & 3 Repsol suns)
    ● Ramón Freixa (Ramón Freixa Madrid, 2 Michelin stars & 3 Repsol suns)
    ● Francis Paniego (Echaurren, 2 Michelin stars & 3 Repsol suns)
    ● Paco Roncero (La Terraza del Casino, 2 Michelin stars & 3 Repsol suns)
    ● Mario Sandoval (Coque, 1 Michelin star & 3 Repsol suns)
    ● Paco Torreblanca (Torreblanca Bombonerías, Best Pastry Chef in Spain and Europe)

    Featured Filipino Chefs:
    ● Fernando Aracama (Aracama)
    ● Margarita Fores (Lusso)
    ● Jay Gamboa (Cirkulo)
    ● José Luis Gonzalez (Gallery Vask)
    ● Pepe Lopez (Rambla)
    ● Rob Pengson (The Goose Station)
    ● Bruce Ricketts (Mecha Uma)
    ● Myrna Segismundo (Restaurant 9501)
    ● Claude Tayag (Bale Dutung)
    ● Juan Carlos de Terry (Terry’s)

    The Manila culinary landscape will surely move to the next level.

    Are you prepared for Madrid Fusión? Is your food & beverage business ready to take advantage of this culinary revolution in Manila?

    For information on the chefs, the activities and registration, please visit

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    TBEX: Is Attending Travel Blog EXchange Really Worth it? (A Review) @TBEXEvents

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    The Travel Blog Exchange (TBEX) is the world’s leading conference for Travel Bloggers. It is held every year in North America, Europe, and now, also in Asia Pacific.

    I was finally able to attend my first TBEX in Athens, Greece! 

    I’ve been a food and travel blogger for close to 10 years in the Philippines, ASEAN, and recently, Europe. I invested around $1,900 to attend TBEX Athens–Conference fee ($150), Manila-Athens flight via Qatar Airways ($1,360), Air BnB Accommodations ($250), and Pocket Money ($140). 

    Considering the cost, the reputation of TBEX as being only for newbies, and the “TBEX Mafia” that is supposedly racially discriminatory and not friendly to first timers, was attending this event really worth it

    Speaking with both newbie and top travel bloggers from all over the world and the conference organizers during my 12-day Athens trip helped me reach an informed conclusion about my first TBEX experience. 

    Here’s a review of what I liked and didn’t like about the Travel Blog Exchange… 

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    ASEAN INTEGRATION: 5 Digital Influencer Power Tips to be Successful in the 2015 ASEAN Integration! @DigitalFilipino @EONTweets

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    As Digital Influencers, are you ready for the ASEAN Integration that will happen by December 31, 2015? Are you prepared to compete or collaborate with other ASEAN Digital Influencers?

    Thank you to Janette Toral for inviting me to give a Keynote speech–in tandem with Junie del Mundo, CEO of EON Inc.–on the impact of the ASEAN Integration, during the recently held Digital Influencers Marketing Summit.

    Here are 5 Digital Influencer Power Tips to be successful in the ASEAN Integration in 2015…

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