Saturday, October 29, 2016

RBL ION MNL 2016: The Unconference

Manila was the home of RBL.ION, the biggest unconference: RBL.ION.MNL

I was lucky to have been invited to join this event. This was not the predictable conference that most people are used to attending. It involved wild thinking of sorts.

It was a gathering of an assembly of the advanced people who make certain that the ecosystems will be brought into being to thrive and prosper. They were a mixed of artists, entrepreneur, inventors and investors coming from different fields.

The experience I had was a chaos in a good way (if there is such a thing). In point of fact it was a well thought-out mayhem. Everything was a combination of live experiences with niche activities.

I specifically listened to 4 speakers whom I found very interesting:

  1. Carlos Celdran, a Filipino tour guide, cultural activist and performing artist,

2.Mito Fabie, aka Curtismith, a young rap artist whose song impressed renowned philanthropist Richard Branson

3. Paco Guerrero, editorial and commercial photographer and cinematographer based in Manila. He is also the Executive Editor of GRID Magazine.

4. Kenneth Cobonpue, a multi-awarded furniture designer and manufacturer from Cebu. He graduated in Industrial Design from Pratt Institute in New York with highest honors and subsequently worked in Italy and Germany.

Their focus was so simple: to teach, guide and inspire. They all  started by exploring the meaning of Rebel and Rebellion.

The event was produced by A SPACE, the Philippines leading cowork + collaboration project. It happened last Oct 28-29th, 2016 at CITEM Manila.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

BGC_hostel Makati : A Hostel Like No other

There was a time in the past when people want to travel and see new places in and out of the country but are hesitant because they worry about the accommodation rates. Those days are gone because of the proliferation of guesthouses and hostels in most of the famous cities and other tourists attractions on the globe. 

One good thing about staying in a hostel is it lets you save an ample amount of money and another is, it enables you to intermingle with other like-minded travelers. Which of course leads you to learning some local recommendations, consequently makes your stay extra authentic.

I recently stayed at BGC Hostel Makati. By and large, it is very affordable compared to other hostels around the city. BGC Hostel Makati has all the amenities that are very essential for all the guests. It has private and shared rooms, there’s communal area which allows travelers to meet new interesting people who may turn out to be future friends or travel buddies on their next voyage. Shared kitchen is also available where guests can cook their own food instead of always eating out at the fast food which lets them save a large sum of money. Another very important thing that I noticed was the hostel’s strong wi-fi connection. I managed to write 2 articles for my blog during my stay there.

The staff treats all guests like family. They are very warm and friendly. BGC Hostel Makati’s top priority is providing security and safety to all their guests so they can have a worry free and comfortable experience. The security option of this hostel range from safes behind reception, lockers in the rooms, electronic swipe cards for door rooms, 24-hour security on site and CCTVs recording common areas.

One vital aspect of this hostel is its location. It is near the transport link so the guests enjoy the convenience of getting to various tourist places they are interested in.

The BGC Hostel Makati is approximately 30 meters away from EDSA via Danlig Street, a stone's throw away from Kalayaan Avenue.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Película-Pelikula Spanish Film Festival 2016

PELÍCULA-PELIKULA, the Spanish Film Festival is a 2-week event and known as the biggest Spanish film festival in Asia. It features the best of Spanish and Latin American cinema to the local audience of Manila.

The Festival started the ball rolling last October 5th, with the opening ceremonies at the Ayala Museum in Makati. It will end on the 16th PELÍCULA-PELIKULA is a Spanish Film Festival, an annual event at Greenbelt 3 in Ayala Makati sponsored by Instituto Cervantes.

Pelicula-Pelikula is a blend of the Spanish word “película”, which means film, and its Filipino origin “pelikula”, the cultural ties shared by Spain and the Philippines.

For the duration of the Festival, the audience will be given stubs with which they can rate the movies they have seen. For every five movies, members of the audience qualify to join the raffle where they get a chance to win a round-trip ticket to Spain and other exciting prizes.

Since I want to join the contest and get the chance to win a trip to Spain, I obliged myself to watch a total of 5 films. I watched 3 films on the 6th and 2 more on the 7th. 

The movies I watched were as follows: 

  • Techo y comida  
  • Aqui no ha pasado nada  
  • Perdiendo el norte  
  • A esmorga  
  • Azul y no tan rosa