A Buzzin Time at Blogapalooza: Horizons 2.0!

They say it's better the second time around and for me, that's really true for me - especially if it's Blogapalooza. Just a backgrounder, Blogapalooza is the Philippines’ first & largest B2B: Business to Blogger event which aims to connect and match participating businesses with bloggers that fit their needs to properly market their business or brand.

Last November, we headed to the spankin' new Novotel Hotel in Araneta Center for Blogapalooza: Horizons 2.0. As a second timer for the event, I have an idea already on what to expect - click to check out my Blogapalooza: Horizons 1.0 experience.

After doing our check-in at the lobby, we headed to the 6th-floor pool & events area to get the fun started. As always, I headed straight to the tent where the talks are being held. As a blogger, it always amazes me that there are more things that I need to know to improve what I do.

After sitting in for the talks, it's time to check out the booths outside and see who are the brands participating. First booth that caught my attention is the Krispy Kreme booth because I really love their doughnuts.

They have a mini create-your-own doughnut station where Blogapalooza attendees just need to download their mobile app and input the promo code. I dipped mine in chocolate and put tons of sprinkles, just the way I like them.

Next on the booths I visited is MigMe, I was not familiar with what they are about but their staff explained to me that MigMe is an open social-entertainment platform where bloggers like myself can earn by posting on social.

Hungry and thirsty attendees are treated to a refreshing break from San Miguel Food Avenue who served delicious pastries & drinks for everyone.  Just looks at how delicious their booth looks!

Looking for an office space in the Metro Manila Business Districts? You might want to check out MyOffice. They have office spaces in Makati and BGC which can be customized to your preference - I think this is perfect for those starting out or freelancers that need their own office space and address.

Back to F&B booths, we visited the Vitamin Boost where we played a little match the card game, I got lucky and won a pillow. We also visited the Magners Irish Cider booth where I tested my aiming skills, I managed to toss a ring on one of the bottles and won a bottle for myself!

Chemworld Fragrance Factory is also back at Blogapalooza, I first encountered them during Horizons 1.0 earlier this year and glad to see them again during Horizons 2.0. They help those wanting to start their own business through their products - I love their perfumes!

They have this little activity where you spin a win on what game you will play, I ended up playing the only game I suck - pick up sticks. As expected, I failed miserably. haha

Lastly, we visited the Kleiner Klopfer Philippines booth. In case you're not familiar with them, Klopfer originated from Germany and they have delicious shots that are perfect for parties! I gave their Battle Ship style game and won myself a Cream Shot.

Lastly, Blogapalooza revealed their new brand called Buzzin by Blogapalooza - the country's first influencer marketing platform. Buzzin connects businesses to influencers by using a high technology system that enables streamlined matching, objective measurement of key performance indicators, and monetization of content. You can visit www.letsbuzzin.com to learn more about Buzzin.

Overall, this edition of Blogapalooza was awesome like my first Blogapalooza experience. The talks are insightful and the participating brands really prepared a lot on their respective booths. I'm already looking forward to the next one in 2017!

Fulfill Your Christmas Wishlist With Digital Walker!

It's definitely the most wonderful time of the year but also one of the hardest when it comes to thinking what gifts to give to your loved ones - especially when you're on a tight budget.

If you missed Digital Walker's Christmas Comes Early Sale last October then here's a good news from Digital Walker, the country's largest retailer of premium gadgets and accessories. They're making things easier this season with their Holiday Wish List Promo!

Do your holiday shopping from December 1, 2016 to January 31, 2016 in any Digital Walker branch and when you purchase a minimum of P5,000 you will get 1 set of Digital Walker Christmas Discount Coupons that you can use until March 31, 2017. One coupon applies to one item of choice only.

Customers can expect awesome discounts from a wide selection of brands suitable for both young and old, making the season of giving more enjoyable. If you're curious, discounts range from 10% off from Jaybird, 15% from Motorola Verve Ones Series, 20% discount from Audiofly, Defunc, Urbanears, Braven, Blue Ant, and Morphie, 30% from Tech 21, Speck, and Fusechicken. 

There is also good news for running enthusiasts, as prices of Fitbit accessories have dropped as well. The Fitbit Flex is now Php 3,599 (from its standard retail price of Php 4,599), the Fitbit Charge HR is now Php 5,499 (from Php 6,999) and the Fitbit Blaze is now Php 7,999 (from Php 9,999).

By throwing their Holiday Wish List Promo, Digital Walker has proved once again that they are the go-to gadget store for everyone’s accessory needs!

Visit Digital Walker stores at Glorietta 2, Eastwood, Robinsons Magnolia, SM Aura, Alabang Town Center, Harbour Point Subic, Vmall Greenhills, Trinoma, Robinsons Place Manila, Shangri-La | Rockwell, Greenbelt 5, SM MoA, Robinson Place Pioneer, SM City Cebu, Ayala Center Cebu, UP Town Center, Abreeza Mall, Centrio Mall, Century City Mall, Estancia Mall

Watch Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them for a cause!

Pinoy Potterheads, the much awaited Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will hitting the theater really soon and just as excited as I am, you're already planning on where to watch this movie. But what if you can enjoy watching while helping out at the same time?

On November 19, 2016 watch the special block screening of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them at Cinema 3, SM City North EDSA - The Block for the benefit of Danz Maderazo's kidney transplant. Ticket is priced at 500php each and will go a long way in helping our friend for his Kidney Transplant.

I've known Danz since 2007 as we are colleagues at Probe Foundation Inc.'s Kabataan News Network (KNN) - Manila Bureau and I know that this kidney transplant will definitely help him a lot on his journey to recovery.


At 28 years of age, Danz is battling Stage 5 Chronic Kidney Disease.

Before he was forced to stop working due to his illness, Danz was a producer in GMA-7’s I-Witness, Survivor and Reporter’s Notebook, and in Probe Productions, and Kabataan News Network (KNN).

He was 19 years old when his documentary for the Kabataan News Network entitled “Salibabat” about young people and the practice of self-flagellation during the Lenten season, became a finalist in the New York Film Festival.

In 2013, his documentary about “Kopino” or Korean-Filipino children who have been abandoned by their fathers, was named a finalist in the Plural + Youth Video Awards under the United Nations. Danz has also been part of several media teams producing short documentaries on children's rights and child participation in the Philippines and the ASEAN.

Aside from being a responsible servant of media, Danz is also a thoughtful and loving son, brother and friend, with an adventurous spirit and a zest for life. A scene-stealer in parties, his laugh and antics are one of the loudest and merriest.

Danz and Chronic Kidney Disease

In May 2014, Danz was diagnosed with Chronic Kidney Disease/Failure. It is a condition characterized by gradual loss of kidney function resulting to dangerous levels of fluid, electrolytes and wastes in the body.

At that time of diagnosis, the doctors estimated that only 25% of Danz’s kidneys were working. Currently, Danz is still looking for a donor for his transplant. His kidney function is now down to 0% and he needs to undergo dialysis treatments three times a week.

It is with tremendous discipline and faith that Danz is able to manage his illness. He completely changed his lifestyle, particularly his diet. He now only eats a plant-based, organic food. He and his family have found ways to enroll Danz in Philhealth dialysis program which allows him to have sessions at lower cost.

However, the challenges are still very present. Most of the food Danz needs are expensive and are not be readily available in the local market. Examples of which are strawberries, blueberries and cherries that are high in antioxidants. Also, by October, Danz's allocation for the subsidized dialysis sessions will be used up.

Since his diagnosis, Danz has stopped working because strenuous activities, stress and long hours, which is the nature of TV production, worsens his condition. This led to the cessation of his income, more expenses and dwindling of his savings. This has been especially difficult for him, because he is the breadwinner of his family.

Danz' father is a retired OFW and is now a volunteer pastor at their local church. They own a small sari-sari store at home.

It is with utmost humility that we ask for your support in these trying times for Danz and his family.

For more information or clarifications, please contact Ros at 0920-938-0963.

To purchase tickets to the special block screening of 

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
for the benefit of Danz Maderazo's Kidney Transplant

Experience Taiwan’s Best Brands at Market! Market! from October 21 to 23!

Got nothing to do this weekend? Then why not head to Market! Market! this weekend for the 4th Taiwan Excellence Experiencing Zone. Experience Taiwan's best brands from October 21st to 23rd at the Market! Market! Activity Center!

Taiwan Excellence Experiencing Zone is led by the Bureau of Foreign Trade, under the Taiwanese government. It is an interactive product showcase featuring innovative, reliable, and durable brands that bear the Taiwan Excellence seal - a seal that assures consumers of the product' superior quality.

So what can you expect during the event? Expect to see over 150 products from 55 Taiwan Excellence-accredited brands ranging from tech, household goods, and sports & leisure. There are definitely products here for everybody!

And because this is an experience event, visitors can try various fitness equipment perfect for home use such as Ucheer's Kinetic Enegy Dumbbell and Victory's 5kg Bumper Play. For those who want to have a secured home, consumers can explore GKB Atherlink and learn how they can upgrade their home security.

There will also be booth tours and brand presentations to educate consumers on how the featured products can complement their lifestyle. Selling booths from brands such as Asus, FECA, MSI, Tatung, Thermaltake, and Transcend will be available, while generous discounts will be given Asus, Kymco, MSI, Sakura, Tatung, Tern, Thermaltake, and Transcend.

Aside from the brands, there will be performances, fashion shows, games, and raffle draws to keep shoppers entertained throughout the event. Some of the performances include Hot Spot (October 21), Julie Ann San Jose (October 22), and Erik Santos (October 23).

Know more about these latest gadgets, home appliances, fitness gear, and many other treats from Taiwan Excellence-approved brands and head to Market! Market! on October 21 to 23.

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored a sponsored posts for Taiwan Excellence Experiencing Zone at Market! Market!
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