Friday, May 2, 2014

PLDT Cyberya Bloggers Challenge Week 2

Last week, I have written about having the Cyberya Minigosyo Package ready and necessary permit in place. It is better to pay small costs up front for the types of permits required by the local municipality and have peace of mind than to have expensive complications down the track.
There are two existing Internet Cafés where I set up my Cyberya Minigosyo so I need to come up with a plan on how to encourage customers to pre-pay for their internet time and opt for Cyberya. Now to fire up my Cyberya Minigosyo, I have surveyed the age level, kind of applications and games potential customers usually look for.

The demand for an internet café is high in my area. There are a few "sari-sari" stores and a small burger stall nearby which will attract pedetrians and casual customers. Most individuals have to queue in at the internet cafés especially in the mid-afternoon and evenings.

The patrons who frequent the Internet Cafés nearby are mostly in their schooling age and some are in their productive age.  The young kids are mostly into gaming while the older ones are into social media and job hunting sites. After looking into such details, I have decided to update the default browser Internet Explorer to Google Chrome for fast downloading speed and better surfing experience. Its enhanced security features are really commendable for users.
Had downloaded a Free Anti-Virus Program to protect my Cyberya Unit 
I came up with AVG anti-virus to give a good measure of defense against adware or malware programs. With a solid antivirus solution installed on my computer, my customers and I are protected against malicious software, spyware and other privacy-invasive software.

Next is  lining up top-rated games to stock.  Customers likes variety since everyone have different tastes. Offering a good line of choices  to game enthusiasts will surely make them come back to using PLDT Cyberya. Offering fun and simple Flash-based games will keep my customers clicking around for hours.
Downloaded Free Games to attract customers 

Happy first customers of my PLDT Cyberya Unit 

My Cyberya Minigosyo advantages over my competitors' countless rows of desktop PC terminals are:

►PLDT Cyberya offers fast and reliable connectivity. My unit's internet connection satisfies my customers' need for a higher grade, more robust connection. This is enough to draw a good crowd and establish a loyal customer base that will continue to grow since most internet shops skimp on internet quality to save money.

►Anyone can get online for just one peso for a four-minute use. This set up is an advantage to clients who want to check emails and social media accounts since they only pay for the time they use. The timer does away with manual monitoring of the users' time. When the 4 minutes is up, it cuts power to the monitor and ends connection promptly.

►This plug-and-play Cyberya minigosyo business can earn P 15 per hour multiplied by 16 hours/day of operations in 30 days will yield P 7,200 in monthly sales.

►PLDT Cyberya doesn't require technical know how.

►Cyberya's contact providers---PLDT and PC Express are always ready to assist anytime if something goes wrong with the unit.

Watch out for my Cyberya Minigosyante updates weekly. Be a fan and do vote for me at PLDT KaAsenso Site as your favorite Cyberya Blogger.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Mrs. Philippines Globe 2014 coronation night set on May 17

The search for next royalty will soon e over as twenty-three single moms and married women out of hundreds of applicants from all over the country have been shorlisted to compete for the prestigious crown of Mrs. Philippines-Globe 2014 on May 17th national pageant night at SMX Aura Premiere in Bonifacio Global City.

This year's lovely candidates who made it to the finals are — Eizza De Baron, Fe Saligumba, Sarah Jane Real, Jedalyn Sator, Grenjen Madridejo, Marie Charmaine San Luis, Melissa Esguerra, Jemmy De Leon, Aileen Jane Cavas, Sonia Mendoza, Marianne Bitara, Stephanie Sitoy, Winlove McLaren, Fritzie Lexdy Noche, Mary Rose Cariazo, Chiara Valerie Lizana, Maria Andrea Geronimo, Ivy Macalalad, Velinette Quiat, Janice Trillo, Czarina Cheloe Ylaya, Marie Claire Briones and Jay Angelique Wang.
Composed of women from diverse fields of expertise: hotel and restaurant management, academe, dentistry, pediatrics, speech and language pathology, business process outsourcing, direct selling, civil service and real estate, these hopeful candidates will put their best foot forward as they vie for much-coveted women of substance fit to be the face of Mrs. Globe, Mrs. Philippines-Globe is a platform to empower married women of substance and single mothers as movers of society.

Aside from the Mrs. Philippines-Globe title itself, they will also vie for the Woman of Substance title alongside other special awards such as Achievement of the Year, Advocacy of the Year, Best Talent of the Year, Career Woman of the Year, Most Beautiful Face, Darling of the Press, Entrepreneur of the Year, Mrs. Body Beautiful, Karimadon Super Model Mom, Nikon Tough Mama Life Story Award, Most Elegant Woman / Designer of the Year, Personality of the Year, Husband of the Year, Celesty Shinagawa Mrs. Celestial Beauty and Solane Mother of the Year.

“These are women who do not let age and civil status get in the way of fulfilling their dreams, and whose achievements, charitable acts and life stories serve as inspiration to others forming a community and sisterhood of empowered women. Women are usually stereotyped to skills confined inside homes but Mrs. Philippines-Globe tries to change how married women and single mothers perceive themselves,” said national pageant director Morena Carla Cabrera-Quimpo.

Mrs. Philippines Globe is the local franchise of Mrs. Globe USA, an organization strongly affiliated with The Women In Need Foundation, which aims to help abused women and children recover their self-esteem. Mrs. Globe emphasizes that women have the right to be heard, loved and respected.

Mrs. Philippines-Globe is presented by Solane and Celesty Shinagawa in cooperation with 96.3 Easy Rock, SMX Convention Center Taguig, Datem, Galderma, Restylane, Cetaphil, Slimmers World. Special thanks to Nikon Tough Mama, Wacoal, Calchews, Working Mom, Venice Piazza, SM Tickets, Dezire, Karimadon, Tamayo’s Catering, Kopiko, Godiva, Island Rose and Glyderm. This pageant is organized by EVI Marketing Communications.

For ticket inquiries, log on to or call SM Tickets at 470-2222

Free Access to BPI Express Mobile app

Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) launched free access to the BPI Express Mobile app, the most downloaded finance app in the country. Starting April 30 until August 31, 2014, Globe Telecom’s 38 million prepaid, postpaid and TM subscribers will enjoy using the said app since the data charges are waived whenever they log on and transact using the BPI Express Mobile app.

Since its relaunch in June 2013, the BPI Express Mobile app has been the number one downloaded finance app in the country according to SVP Manuel C. Tagaza, Electronic Channels Group Head. This innovation reinforces BPI's commitment to be at the forefront of introducing new, convenient channels in order that their clients may access their accounts fast and easy. BPI Express Mobile app gives access to power of banking with just a swipe of the finger wherever they are, whenever they want to. Gone are the days when customers queue in long lines for their bank transaction. With the BPI Express Mobile app, users can complete banking transactions using their mobile phones in as fast as 30 seconds.

“In line with the Bank’s new corporate slogan, ‘Make the Best Happen,’ we not only want to offer the best mobile banking channel in the country; we also want to make mobile banking even more accessible by providing free access to all Globe and TM subscribers–no service fee to transact, no data charges to access. This is definitely another milestone for us.”

“This partnership with BPI enforces our customers’ digital lifestyles, where access to the mobile phone is not just about calls and texts, but financial services as well. With the growing smartphone users, more customers will definitely benefit from this wonderful service using our robust mobile data network with the largest 4G coverage nationwide, giving subscribers faster and seamless connectivity and making the banking experience more convenient through the use of a smartphone,” says Daniel Horan, Senior Advisor for Consumer Business at Globe.

“From offering our subscribers free online services, we want to get more Filipinos online and fully embrace the smartphone and data revolution. With the free access to the BPI Express Mobile app, banking has become easier, more convenient, and definitely more affordable.”

This free access promo is another first for both BPI and Globe. “Globe is the perfect provider to help us in this project because their services have always been focused on helping people by bringing them together through telecommunication,” says Tagaza. “We have the same aim, that is, to help people live their lives better.”

You may download the BPI Express Mobile app from the iTunes App Store, Google Play, and Blackberry App World. Downloading the app itself is subject to corresponding data charges. Visit for more information about this promotionn.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

PLDT Home DSL sponsors "Heaven is for Real" screening

Last April 25, PLDT Home DSL treated families to the movie screening of "Heaven is for Real" at the Newport Cinema.
PLDT Home DSL recognizes the need of families for limitless family sized connection at home. With the reliable family-sized connection made available through PLDT Home DSL, a strong connection helps keep the family together, in more ways than one.

PLDT HOME DSL focuses on family values and connection through limitless sharing that spells the difference. Diego and entire the Ledesma family was featured in PLDT HOME DSL TV commercial and it is fast becoming another iconic presentation from PLDT HOME DSL.

The Ledesma family's claim to fame began with seven-year-old Diego and his “Ask Diego” advice column on Facebook, which won over thousands of fans. Diego and his family answers questions on his Ask Diego Facebook Page, with the help of PLDT Home DSL and its Family-sized connection. Paolo and Lara Ledesma delete offensive content, and answer the more difficult questions themselves. On certain occasions, Diego also gets ideas for answers from his Ate Trisha.

Heaven is for Real: The Story

This is a family drama wherein a small-town father must find the courage and conviction to share his son's extraordinary, life-changing experience with the world. Emmy® award winning actor Greg Kinnear stars as Todd Burpo and co-star Kelly Reilly plays as Sonja Burpo. The couple's son Colton (Connor Corum) claims to have visited Heaven during his near death experience following a ruptured appendix. Colton recounts the details of his amazing journey in heaven while he lay unconscious on the operating table. He tells of things that happened before his birth and incidences he couldn't possibly know.

Colton relayed that he met his other sister, who was miscarried and whom no one had told him about. He also tells about meeting his great grandfather who died 30 years before Colton was born. Colton then shares impossible-to-know details about each. His description of paradise doesn't jive with the one Todd Burpo has been preaching as part-time Protestant minister in in Imperial, Kansas.

Todd and his family had been having serious financial difficulties, and this has been seen as motive by people for playing Colton's story for any financial benefit it might bring. The Burpo's are challenged to examine the meaning of Colton's sojourn.

Image of Jesus Christ painted by Akiane Kramarik when she was 8 years old

Colton corroborates the Prince of Peace painting by Akiane Kramarik as the likeness of Jesus when 4-year-old old Colton visited heaven. At the end, his parents realize that he truly had been given a special gift of time with Jesus. They found solace in knowing that Colton had the same experience as Akiane Kramarik, who stated that God spoke to her when she was three years old, encouraging her to paint and draw her Godly visions.


The book "Heaven Is For Real" was written by Todd Burpo. It depicts the true story of the four-year old son of a small town Nebraska pastor who slips from consciousness during an emergency surgery and enters heaven.

Akiane Kramarik was born July 9, 1994, in Mount Morris, Illinois to a Lithuanian mother and an American father, who were both atheist at the time. They converted to Christianity on account of Kramarik's paintings and visions.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

“House of Cards” premieres in the Philippines on RTL CBS Entertainment Channel

Award-winning political drama series “House of Cards”, which stars Academy Award winner Kevin Spacey and Golden Globe winner Robin Wright will premiere in the Philippines on May 28 at 9:55PM first and exclusive on RTL CBS Entertainment channel. It is available on SKYcable channels 53 (SD Digital) and 196 (HD). This Emmy award-winning series produced by Media Rights Capital which premiered in the U.S. on streaming service Netflix is expected to dominate the local screen as it debuts on Philippine television.

Kevin Spacey stars as Congressman Francis Underwood. Set in present-day Washington, D.C., this ruthless Democrat from South Carolina's 5th congressional district plans revenge on those he feels wronged him after being passed over for appointment as Secretary of State. He manipulates everyone around him to grab influence and prestige, at the cost of destroying his own cabinet members including the 45th President of the United States (Michel Gill as Garrett Walker) just to push himself forward and his own political agenda.

Francis and his equally ambitious wife Claire Underwood (Robin Wright), will stop at nothing to ensure their ascendancy. She runs an NGO called Clean Water Initiative. Power-hungry as her husband, she gets involved with Frank's political scheming, as an aid often setting her own lofty goals to work alongside with his.

After meeting Frank Underwood, Zoe Barnes (portrayed by Kate Mara), a reporter for The Washington Herald quickly forms an intimate relationship with him. Underwood uses her to leak stories to hamper the progress of his opponents. This one-hour American political drama television series slithers behind the curtain of power, sex, ambition, love, greed and corruption in modern Washington D.C.

Developed and produced by Beau Willimon (“The Ides of March”), HOUSE OF CARDS has earned several accolades including Robin Wright’s Golden Globe award for Best Actress in a Television Drama, as well as Emmy Awards for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series, Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series, and Outstanding Cinematography for a Single-Camera Series. “House of Cards” was also honored as one of the American Film Institute’s TV Programs of the Year for 2013.

“We’re committed to bringing a very strong programming proposition to operators and audiences in the region and are delighted to have secured ‘House of Cards,’” says Jonas Engwall, CEO of RTL CBS Asia Entertainment Network. “This award-winning, highly anticipated show will complement the stellar line-up of programs on our channel.”

About RTL CBS Entertainment HD

RTL CBS Entertainment HD is the first channel of RTL CBS Asia Entertainment Network, the joint venture formed by world leading content producers, RTL Group and CBS Studios International. Launched in Asia in 2013, it offers a balanced mix of reality, drama, comedy and daily programs and features exclusive first run content aired soon after the initial US broadcast including series Under The Dome, Intelligence, Elementary Beauty and the Beast, Star-Crossed and The Millers talent competitions America’s Got Talent; and daily shows Entertainment Tonight and Late Show with David Letterman.

About RTL CBS Asia Entertainment Network

Formed in August 2013, RTL CBS Asia Entertainment Network is a venture that brings together two of the world’s largest content producers: RTL Group, the leading European entertainment network, and CBS Studios International, the leading supplier of programming to the international market place. Its two new channels, RTL CBS Entertainment HD and RTL CBS Extreme HD, will be distributed in more than 20 Asian markets.

Monday, April 28, 2014

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Sunday, April 27, 2014

Halo-Halo and Sorbetes All-You-Can at Marina

Beat the summer heat with your own concoction of tropical fruits, preserves and desserts! You may also choose to top your Halo-Halo with pinipig or "sorbetes" scoops!

Avail of unlimited Halo-halo and Sorbetes All-You-Can promo ( P149 ) at Marina from 2pm-6pm daily until July 24, 2014
MARINA Oysters Seafood Grill also has following ongoing promotions:

Breakfast Buffet | P 199
Daily from 6PM - 10AM
Promo runs up to July 24, 2014

Sizzling Hot Deals | P 99
Monday to Friday from 11AM -3PM
Promo runs up to July 7, 2014

Halo-Halo and Sorbetes All You Can | P 149
Daily from 2 - 6PM
Promo runs up to July 24, 2014

Beerkada Bucket | P 299 for 6 bottles
Daily from 6AM -1AM
Promo runs runs up to June 30, 2014

50% OFF on all Frosty Beers during Frosty Hours
Daily from 5PM - 7AM
Promo runs runs up to June 30, 2014

MARINA Oysters Seafood Grill
Rockwell Drive corner Kalayaan Avenue
Makati City
Phone (02) 357-2725 Open Daily from 6AM to 1AM

See MARINA Oysters Seafood Grill Facebook Page for more update
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