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Meeting the Rockstars of Franchising

25 Oct

“Is franchising for you?” This was one of the questions Linda and Butz Bartolome asked us during a very rare interview that we have with them during the Bloggers’ Night at Fresca, Makati in RCBC. I went there without any huge expectations, but I left with tons of knowledge about how franchising works, and what it takes to succeed in business here in the Philippines.

Who’s Butz Bartolome? To those who just heard of his name, he is dubbed as the Franchise Guru of the Philippines. He continues to help entrepreneurs and wannabe entrepreneurs by giving them a chance to showcase their business in the Philippine SME and Franchise Expo 2011.

Now on its 3rd year, this well attended event will be held at the PICC forum of the Philippine International Convention Center (CCP Complex) Roxas Blvd., Pasay City, Manila on October 27-29, 2011 with 120 SME and Franchise Business on display targetting over 8,000 visitors during the three day expo.

During our mini press conference with them, they talked about how they started and what are the challenges they faced during the journey to success. I was deeply amazed at how the couple, Linda and Butz slowly paved the golden road to success. Being an OFW in Saudi, Butz felt the need to start a business so that he can be close to his family and to get better income. Upon hearing this, I can’t help but think about how most of the Filipino families here experience almost the same plight. But this two really made a difference through monster perseverance and passion to succeed.

Fiorgelato, Chicken Deli of Bacolod and Uniload owners also shared their amazing stories. Truly, franchising requires a lot of discipline and hardwork in order to succeed.

Do you want to know more about how to start a business? Go to the Philippine SME and Franchise Expo 2011 and educate yourself by attending the battery of seminars they have in store for all the attendees. Members of the FIP such as Fiorgelato, Potato Corner, VCargo, Lay Bare, Generika, Cut, Bibingkinitan, Julie’s Bakeshop, Freshka, Baliwag, Chicco di Caffe, Baliwag Lechon Manok, El Bono Pizza, Unigosyo, Chichariffic and the newest member Chicken Deli of Bacolod will be joining the roasters of participants and exhibitors of the Philippine SME & Franchise Expo 2011. To know more about the 3-Day event and to register for free visit and don’t miss the chance to know about the business of starting a business through their seminars and activities that might bring you the long term success you’ve been dreaming of.


My Shirt Story

15 Sep

I’ve been browsing through my photos so I can join Electrolux’ newest contest about your shirt story. It was not an easy feat to find a particular shirt that is best for the contest, until I came across this photo:

I'm the "sexy" girl in blue 😀

This is a photo of our first Company Bowling-Movie-Dinner Night out!

I remembered how fun it was, we were able to watch Cowboys and Aliens in IMAX 3d that day and then had a bowling tournament.

The Communication Coaches and Quality Advisors department in our call center were merged during that time, and our manager felt the need for us to bond because we will be working closely together. We all had a blast, the highlight of that day is when we all went to the SM MOA Bowling Center, my very first time to try bowling. My officemate turned great friend Erik taught me how to bowl correctly. But as expected, I sucked big time! Luckily I have very skilled and competitive  😀 bowler team mates. We bagged second place during the mini tournament, no thanks to me! hehe. We do not have any prize that time, but bragging rights is enough compensation for the award we’ve got.


The boys prepping up for the bowling tournament of the year 😀

Proud second placers 😀

What made it funner is that I am with the best officemates in the world!

This baby blue shirt may just be a shirt, but it is forever part of my capsule of memories. I hope that the next person who will own this shirt will have good, if not better memories. 🙂

I love this shirt! Now I want someone else to love it too! I support the Electrolux Wash-athon Clothes Donation Advocacy.

A Call To End Hunger: WFP’s Walk the World 2011

15 May

“Feed them so they focus on their studies” It was such a simple remark from Flow Galindez, a hunger warrior for the World Food Programme who shared a lot of information to us about their cause. Last Thursday, me together with the bloggers attended the Walk the World Blogger’s Night, a culminating event to promote End Hunger: Walk The World to raise funds for school feeding activities of the World Food Programme in numerous schools in Central Mindanao.


Participants of the End Hunger: Walk The World 2010

It might just be a simple endeavor but to some of the children, going to school is their only way out of poverty. Little do we know what this children go through to go to school. Some would walk miles and arrive to school with empty stomachs.

WFP together with its major partners: TNT, Unilever and DSM are passionate about taking action on this important issue and believe that everyone can help by joining Walk the World Pilipinas as a step towards ending hunger.

The event is going to happen at the SM Mall of Asia, IMAX Parking Lot on May 29, 2011 5:00am to 10 am. This is open to walkers and runners who would like to help in WFP’s cause to fight hunger. This is a spin-off to the usual fun runs that is quite a hot ticket these days as WFP would like the attendants to walk to the finish line. Yes walk! Categories are available after the jump: Continue reading

Bloggers climb Mt Pinatubo for a Cause

10 May


I’ve been planning to create  a serious lifestyle blog for years. I thought that if there is one event that I would be very interested in with the bloggers, then I will consider that as a sign to “lifestyle” blog. But I think I do not need to wait anymore because I got my sign for this event happening on May 28,2011!

Let’s Go Sago is inviting bloggers to climb Mt. Pinatubo for a cause! Entitled as Akyat Pinatubo, this project aims to help Tahanang Walang Hagdanan. Happening on May 28, 2011 this is going to be a day tour to the beautiful Mt. Pinatubo.

I’m really excited as this is going to be my first climb and this event will launch my first serious blog.

Come on join us! For only 1,900 (blogger fees) you’ll get to help out Tahanang Walang Hagdanan as well as see the breathtaking Mt. Pinatubo. Prizes will be given away for the early registrants. See details below:

  • 1st 10 full registrants receive a pair of Havaianas Flip-flops
  • 11th to 20th full registrants receive a box (1 dozen) Starbucks VIA Coffee Brew & 1 year webhosting
  • 21st to 30th full registrants receive a Unilab gift pack.
  • 31st to 40th full registrants receive 1 year webhosting

This event will not be possible if not because of our sponsors. Special thanks to  Jollibee, Havaianas, Starbucks Philippines, Unilab, Travel Factor, Solid Hosting, Nuffnang Philippines, ChurpChurp Philippines, Orange Magazine TV, and Blogger Manila

For full details of the registration, itinerary and how to snag those great prizes, visit

Teleserv’s Bloggers Night Out!

6 May

That is a photo of the happy bloggers who witnessed the unveiling of Teleserv’s newest offering to everyjuan :). They premiered the newest installment of the Fast and the Furious movies entitled Fast Five! I’ve been curious why they decided to have a movie premiere instead of having a normal event with the bloggers to showcase their services. According to Ronnie De Vera they believe that the movie embodies the service they are giving to Filipinos: Fast and Furious!

You might be wondering what is all this commotion about Teleserv? They are the company behind NSO Birth Certificate Delivery, POEA Balik Manggagawa OEC Delivery and DFA Passport Appointment System.

The NSO Birth Certificate Delivery Helpline started the trend with the expansion from the reliable hotline 020 737 1111 to the expansive reach of the web with the launch of The new online channel allows applicants to chat on the web regarding their NSO certificate inquiries and requests which ranges from birth, marriage, death and certificate of no marriage. The website also offers pages of countless information where people can find answers to frequently asked questions regarding NSO certificates, civil registration guides and NSO certificate problems.

They also developed the Online Payment Channel where people can pay for their NSO certificate requests online using their credit cards. Safe and secured, The online payment facility is compliant with the PCI-DSS strict certifications.

The POEA OEC Balik Manggagawa Delivery Service has made overseas exit clearance processing a breeze for vacationing OFWs over the years. With the expansion of the online website, OFWs can now find more information and useful tips for their vacation in the country. This website is for OFWs. We all know the hassle of going to government offices such as POEA. This service will make getting an exit clearance easy breezy :).

The DFA Passport Appointment System is geared to expand the passporting experience of every Filipino. A FREE (yes free!) appointment service that is available via hotline 02 737 1000 and online at, the service optimizes the integrated systems of processing a passport. Various information is loaded on the website including passport requirements, passport fees, a locator map and an appointment scheduler.

We all experienced the hassle of getting these important documents. Now it is going to be much much easier! Just go to those websites for more information. 🙂

Fujitsu Launches 2011 Lifebook Series

6 May

Fujitsu invited bloggers last April 27, 2011 at the Makati Shangri-La to witness the unveiling of their new range of Lifebooks. This array of enhanced LIFEBOOK is specially designed to deliver an unparallel user experience that includes solid computing performance, excellent media and graphic capabilities, and greater energy efficiency.

The  Product Marketing Manager of Fujitsu, Edmund Lim, gave us a very informative presentation of the innovations of their new products.

“We are now entering a multimedia-centric world where users demand for instant access to stunning and immersive visual, web and gaming experiences – often times all at once. Our latest LIFEBOOK line-up with versatile built-in processors is tuned to meet the varied preferences and needs of today’s customers. While we increase the power levels to achieve performance gains for high-intensity dynamic workloads; we ensure the power and thermal aspects are intelligently optimized at the very same time,” says Mr. Edmund Lim, Product Marketing Manager, Fujitsu PC Asia Pacific Ltd.

Aside from the new knowledge on the innovations of their Lifebooks, they also gave away a brand new Fujitsu 2011 Lifebook LH531 or a 3 days and 2 nights stay at Misibis Bay in Cagraray Island! Too bad I did not win though.

Fujitsu’s new line of LIFEBOOK that run on the latest 2nd Generation Intel® Core™ platform are specially engineered for higher performance, allowing its users to enjoy the best multimedia, visual and mobile computing experience.

Details of the new Lifebooks after the jump!

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World’s Largest Bibingcrepe at Halfmoon Asian Cafe

30 Nov

November 23rd was quite a normal day for the city dwellers of Tomas Morato. But in Halfmoon Asian Cafe, something incredibly different was unveiled as the bloggers witnessed the unveiling of the largest bibingcrepe ever made.

Halfmoon Asian Cafe offers one-of-a-kind “bibingcrepe” and good old home-cooked Filipino favorites
Located on Tomas Morato Avenue, just a stone’s throw away from ABS-CBN and beside Bluewater Day Spa, Halfmoon Asian Café is the place to be if you’re the type who enjoys good coffee and conversations and more.

Bibingcrepe has the same fluffiness of the traditional Filipino delicacy and the creamy goodness of the French pancake. Eating it is like enjoying a taste of the provincial and the modern at the same time. Gillette, part owner of the cafe,  is proud to say that they’re the first to come up with the concept of bibingcrepe.

I don’t have the exact measurements, but the largest bibingcrepe is almost 10 times the size of the regular bilao.

The bibingcrepe was already cut in half when I arrived, so much for being late. There was also a design your bibingcrepe contest earlier where the bloggers got a chance to design their own bibingcrepe. They used chocnut, marshmallows, chocolate Nips, chocolate sprinkles among others to design their bibingcrepes. Here are the results:

Those are just the cutest bibingcrepes aren’t they? We had a lot of fun in the event! Specially when the owner told us that we can take home a part of the bibingcrepe. The bloggers were like kids taking turns, violently I must say, in getting a part of the bibingcrepe to take home. Some of us even took four boxes of the bibingcrepes home. I almost got four too, but I was a bit hesitant to show my “pigginess” to the blogging public so I took home just two of the boxes. Here is a video taken by Azrael of this bibingcrepe banter.

Aside from the Bibingcrepe, foodies can also look forward to enjoying home-cooked Filipino food, like Bangus, Binagoongang Baboy and Beef Caldereta. For first-timers, the Crispy Adobo is not to be missed. Served with a generous helping of rice, egg and pork cooked so tender with a little bit of zest, this dish will make anyone come back to Halfmoon Asian Café.

Foodies can also partake of the cafe’s myriad choices of Asian favorites: Siomai, Sirloin Tapa, Spanish Sardines and Gambas. To cap off a delicious meal, they can choose from a variety of hot or blended coffee drinks: Halfmoon Americano, Cafe Latte, Mocha, Cafe Bonbon, Chai Latte, Cool Mocha, Coffee Ice Blend, and many more.