Tuesday, November 17, 2015

More than 150 alumni of Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc – Kool Adventure Camp (RAFI-KAC) gathered to share best practices in the implementation of their school and community projects in the Alumni Homecoming 2015 with the theme “Taking Flight, Creating Change” held in KAC Adventure Education Center, Balamban last Oct. 24 to 25.

Just to share, I am also an alumni of the program. While the events are fun in themselves, RAFI-KAC is a serious business, promoting self-confidence, trust, optimism, positive attitude, courage and the assumption of one’s responsibility for their future; whether that maybe in pursuing one's business ideas, community projects or the like advocacies.

The projects implemented that was shared encompass the areas of education, health, environment, youth and community development, culture and arts.

KAC alumni campers ready to go! "Oo, syempre!"

The participants from the different public high schools, universities and organizations in Cebu City and Cebu Province include: Lilo-an National High School, Toledo City Science High School, Talisay City Science High School, Minglanilla National Science High School, Alcoy National High School, Looc Norte National High School, Alliance of Argawanon Young Leaders, Argao Youth Heritage Society, Don Andres Soriano National High School.


The two-day event benefitted the participants to learn from the sharing and discussions from the invited speakers and RAFI’s partners from Luzon and Visayas. Resource Mobilization, Stewardship in the Community, Personal Leadership and Creating Change through Environmental Involvement are the topics discussed during the event.

. Jamaal Jamed Calipayan, KAC Alumnus from the City Government of Mandaue, on his inpirational message
I am very encouraged with the results of KAC. I see the energy and the hands that are really involved. Through the camp, I hope that everyone will no longer be afraid to share and face their fears. The KAC alumni are now in the position to act, to start the change from themselves”, shared RAFI President, Roberto Aboitiz.

Among the speakers were alumni campers Tristan Aboitiz of Pilmico, Atty. Jamaal Calipayan of the City Government of Mandaue, Joe Aperdo of the Alliance of Argawanon Young Leaders, Rene “Tatay Ite” Vendiola of the 5th RAFI Triennial Awards, Tobit Cruz of Angat Kabataan, Elisabeth Baumgart of Ayala Young Leaders Alumni Association, Jerome Muñoz of KAC Operations Support, Atty. Christine Red and Ariel Baquillos both from Timawa (first alumni group of KAC).

Some of the alumni say that they have already conquered the dragons (also known as the Challenge Ropes Course elements of KAC), others say that they have done more than three but in the new KAC Adventure Education Center in Balamban, what is exactly the correct number of elements? Well, in the photo you can see two of the new higher challenges – Spacewalk and Cargo Net. And yes, currently KAC has 28 challenge ropes course elements!
Merliza Ipis, one of the KAC alumni from Toledo Science High School shared that "..big projects come from small ideas and that is with teamwork every problem can be resolved."

I really miss everybody. After 16 years, it is really an honor to be in front of my co-alumni campers and share my KAC experience. The best thing that happened after I experienced the camp is that I realized that I have the power, that I am not a “nobody” but I am “somebody” who can do something and create positive change. I hope all of the KAC alumni will not stop doing change because the camp is not just for the big group but it is for every individual personally,” shared Ariel Baquillos, alumnus from Camp 1 since KAC started in 1999.

On the second day of the event, KAC also recognized the People’s Choice Awardees.  Minglanilla National Science High School received the Best in Project Display for Exhibit, Best Project Presentation and Best Project Presenter. The People’s Choice Award for Best Project is the school project implemented by Toledo Science High School.

About RAFI's Kool Adventure Camp

KAC has been offering adventure education programs for leadership and team development for youth and professionals for the last decade. It is a program under the Leadership and Citizenship focus area of the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI).

Let's not forget, the people making KAC possible today. KAC staff with partners from the Ayala Young Leaders Congress.
Kool Adventure Camp empowers through the 28 kinds of challenge course high elements. A Challenge Ropes Course (CRC) consists of aesthetically designed series of ropes, cables and wood poles combined in such a way as to simulate challenges that might be found in a natural setting. The CRC is a tool in an experiential education program, offering groups and individuals the opportunity to participate in a series of activities involving mental, physical and emotional risk taking.

CRC programs give individuals the opportunity to increase their communication skills while becoming more resilient in overcoming self imposed limits & fears, while groups learn to be more interdependent and collaborative. Attempting and succeeding in this type of activity often gives one a feeling of accomplishment, self-worth, elation and recognition that seemingly impossible situations are in fact quite possible.

It has recently opened the Philippines’ first fully dedicated adventure education center last August 2. For more information on KAC and its services, contact 260-9000 local 1001 and look for Althea May Santillan, or visit www.kac.rafi.org.ph or www.facebook.com/kooladventurecamp.

Friday, October 09, 2015

Did you know that bloggers can earn big through affiliate sales? This post is going to tackle How to Make Money Online with ShareASale – affiliate marketing. As one of the most popular affiliate marketing services online, ShareASale continues to add merchants and currently offers over 2,500 merchants for their affiliates to select from.

With a large array of categories for affiliates to choose from and an easy-to-use site, ShareASale brings affiliate marketing to the masses. With reports and sales updated in real-time, users are able to watch their commissions steadily increase.

Share-A-Sale is a definite alternative and additional online income stream for us bloggers!

Why I recommend shareAsale

There are many great marketplaces like Commission Junction, Clickbank etc. from where internet marketers can pick and promote the products that suits to their blog audience but the reasons I recommend to use Shareasale are:
  • Shareasale has a very user friendly and easy to use interface.
  • Pay Per Sale and Pay Per Lead both type of programs are available there. A few programs pay 2 Tier commission too.
  • It is simple and easy, and add to that having high paying affiliate programs.
  • ShareASale is not only loved by publishers. It is an affiliate software trusted by merchants
  • The infrastructure of ShareASale makes it possible to earn residual income. You get paid recurring revenue each month for a single sale. But you'll have to find, apply and get approved to these merchants first!
  • Another great part of ShareASale affiliate program is the tier program. It means you make money when your referral make money!
  • It also pays per referral!!! ShareASale pays per referral as well. An affiliate network which is an affiliate merchant; isn’t attractive? You get pay $1 per free affiliate sign-up who attract a lead, $150 per referred merchant.
  • It pays for performing well. With ShareASale, you earn both per lead and per sale.
  • It has detailed reports and It covers your field of interests.
  • Your site niche is not a problem for ShareASale. It is built for a large audience. It includes product/service categories such as: Cosmetics, shoes, jewelry, Musics, art, photography. Automotive. Business, marketing, office. Clothing. Career, jobs. Computers, electronics. Education.   Family. Travel. Weddings. Web hosting.etc…
  • Lastly, it is free to join. You do not have to pay to join. It is free. So, nothing blocks you from giving it a try and making money with ShareASale. You can receive your money through Payoneer via US payment services.
Make Money with ShareASale

Generally, there are two obvious ways to earn from ShareASale as an Affiliate:
  1. Signing-others-up via referral and get paid directly by ShareASale
  2. Find and select the best vendors to work with, share their ads, links, pages in your site/blog and wait for the money to come in via leads, or sale!
Do go over to ShareASale and sign up if you haven’t already done so.  By the way, that was an affiliate link, so I’ll get $1 if you sign up with them, place an advert and generate a click on your advert.  I hope you don’t mind!

STEP 1: Signing up: Go to Shareasale.com

You will be guided through five steps that are pretty self-explanatory. After completion of the sign up process, you will have to wait for confirmation and account approval.

STEP 2: Confirmation and account approval:
Confirming can be done easily by either clicking an approval link sent to the email address registered with the domain or by placing a custom text code between the and section of your website template.

STEP 3: The dashboard:
The dashboard is as easy to navigate as it could be. The first thing you notice is a to-do-list that enables you to find what incomplete tasks you need to perform.

The threshold payment for shareasale is $50 only. This is easily attainable by any blogger. Sometimes a single sale makes more than $100 alone. The payment is made on 20th of each month.
You can check out your earnings daily.


For new publishers (we, the affiliate marketers) we have the merchants section where you can hunt the top merchants (the companies whose products will be promoted by you).

You can then sign up for the merchants individually; if there products that interest you, then you can promote them.

After getting approval from merchants, you can get your affiliate links/banners from Links section to promote on your blog. A quick guide in choosing the product/service or merchant to apply for:
  • Promote products that pay you hugely for single sign ups. 
  • Choose products that fit your niche. 
  • Promote products you use or have an idea of it.
Affiliate Program?

An Affiliate Program allows you to place links to our products on your web site. By placing these links, visitors to your site have the opportunity to buy products. If a product is purchased through a link on your web site, we pay you a commission for each sale. An Affiliate Program allows you to make money by referring customers to our web site. Every time you refer a customer to us and that customer makes a purchase, you earn a commission. It’s that simple!

About Share-a-Sale:

Founded in 2000, ShareASale is an famous affiliate marketing network based in Chicago, Illinois. ShareASale pays commissions to affiliates based on sales. As an affiliate marketer, you can choose from more than 4,500 programs that allow you to earn these commissions.

In addition to the network of affiliates ShareASale also operates a network of merchants. Shareasale is one of the trustworthy and reliable resources for affiliate marketers  like me.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Kawasan Falls is located at Matutinao Badian, Cebu, Philippines. It is an hour away from Moalboal (a beach & diving spot here in Cebu) and some 100kms (or 2.5 – 3 hours by road) south of Cebu City. It is my second time to visit and see this multi-tiered Kawasan Falls and explore it's multiple levels with various look, view and water cascades with the source from the Kabukalan Spring!

It is no question that the kawasan waterfalls is one of or the most famous waterfalls in Cebu and that means there are tourist traps there as well compared to when I visited the place when I was a child. But it is still worth the visit despite the many visitors it gets from both foriegn and local groups of people. Expensive or even sometimes overpriced cottages, food, bamboo ride to the 1st level big falls and the like.

But you can still enjoy the place raw beauty in certain spots.

People getting a natural massage from the falls itself
Getting to Kawasan Falls in Badian!
Either you purchased a packaged tour from a hotel or travel agency, you either have to commute publicly (Go to South Bus terminal and ride a bus for about 3 hours!) or privately (Hired Van/Car or heck a motrocycle/habal-habal).

Getting to the Water Falls is a 1+ kilometers hike from the main road. There are no vehicles that would take you there, as the local government is trying to protect the area from things that could destroy it's natural beauty.

Enjoy the breeze and the views along the way from the main road (you will pay an entrance fee of Php20.00 in a government booth along this path)
Two of the many bridges you will pass by (top), bottom is an old bridge
Atop the old bridge, which reminds me of the film - The Bridge to Tarabithia
Do as the local children do, play with rocks or in this case, boulders and the river along the way since it's gonna be crowded at level 1 anyway
You will know you are near the kawasan falls once you see this mini dam
reminiscing the childhood memories
Explore the hidden lagoons in between levels, this one is between level 1 and 2, no one will bother you!
Not as crowded as level 1 but it's smaller but sill somewhat crowded. Best bet is to go overnight in this place so you can have the perfect view and scenery all to yourself!
Trekking from level 1 to 2 is easy peasy, level 2 to 3 however is quite well "not easy"
There are mini-falls and streams along the way and just have fun and go with it!
mini natural obstacle course ahead
mini watery caves!!
Level 3 or the Kabukalan Spings! This is the coldest of all the levels where people are crowding. To the right is where you will come out if you came from Alegria doing Canyoneering and to the left there is a trail if you traversed from Osmeña Peak in Dalaguete
Another way to access the place is if you are already from the south west side of Cebu via Santander (Port Town in which you can go to Dumaguete crossing Tañon Strait) or if one is traversing from Dalaguete via Osmeña Peak by foot.

Go with the Flow! Till next time Kawasan!
It's one of those places where you can just sit back and enjoy nature in certain spots or do people watching. Get some exercise via trekking the all the multiple levels of Kawasan Falls or via swimming. It's still a recommended place to visit as there is none like it in Cebu!

Sunday, September 20, 2015

“Ingles-inglesin mo ko sa bayan ko?! Punyeta!” - Heneral Luna, Movie

I just watched the movie and it was awesome!! Fine, but certainly times have changed and somewhat different since then. English is now a global language at huwag kang gamol dahil ang Pilipinas ay hindi lang puro tagalog; to this day we have 160+/- spoken language across the 7100+ islands Punyeta!!

The Filipino of today I'd argue are more aware, informed individually and socially but it is still not enough as the issues raised by the Movie Heneral Luna still hold true even today. But I believe watching the movie makes things a bit clear in the sense that we now know who not to vote come 2016 elections. At least for me!

Para kayong mga birhen na naniniwala sa pag-ibig ng isang puta.” a.k.a. self interests and "balimbing"

This movie made me hate Aguinaldo even more and the balimbings he surrounded himself with (although not all). You could say he was our first dictator since heck, no one voted for him but instead was agreed by a handful to be "El Presidente." Punyeta!

Although the movie was a mix of fiction and facts, one cannot deny and relate to the "siesta" attitude of Filipinos and for it to be portrayed in the movie (SPOILERS SLIGHT) that one general attending a fiesta in times of war was really pissing me off. It's like our government officials taking a lunch break despite a sign of "no lunch break" or National Officials attending some turn over n another place while leaving their primary job because it's "election season." Punyeta TALAGA!

“Ganito ba talaga ang tadhana natin? Kalaban ng kalaban. Kalaban ng kakampi. Nakakapagod.”

I feel like cursing, so P*****a! I'd say this still is somewhat true today. In-fighting, regionalistic tendencies has limited or held back our growth and development as a country. Yes we have strong family values, we can die for our family but not for our country? Truly, just like what Luna emphasizes in the film, the Filipinos’ greatest foe is ourselves.

From Humabon siding with Magellan to fight Lapu-Lapu here in Cebu; Antonio Luna, Bonifacio, and Aquino were all killed by an unidentified mastermind but without question at the hands of their own kind. Same with Leon Kilat, Gregorio del Pilar, Diego Silang, Macario Sakay, and perhaps more!

Aguinaldo was of course captured due to a tip from a Filipino (take that b**ch) although he himself allegedly became one of the first Japanese collaborators (!@#$%^&*).

Yes, our historical figures/heroes are human. Though this must not stop us from pursuing the ideal, our hopes, goals and dreams for this country. We can't change the past but learn from it to create our future!

Antonio Luna (Antonio Luna de San Pedro y Novicio Ancheta) the Bad-ass: Like Rizal, you could say he was a Polymath (google it! :D)

  • Scientist - he studied literature and chemistry in the University of Sto. Tomas and a license & a doctorate in pharmacy at the Universidad de Barcelona and Universidad Central de Madrid respectively.
  • Writer - he wrote under the pen name Taga-ilog which he used to publish his articles in La Solidaridad
  • Artist - gifted with so many talents particularly in arts and music. In fact, he was an excellent guitar player during his younger days.
  • Educator - not in the traditional sense, he helped establish the first military academy for Filipinos for his desire to have a professional army of the Philippines (as shown in the movie as well). A precursor to today’s Philippine Military Academy, the Academia Militar was Luna’s brainchild.
  • Tactician - studied the art of war under General Gerard Leman who had a major role in WW1. He created the Luna Line which was admired by the Americans and proposed a mountain fortress for Guerilla Warfare.
  • Fighter - was a marksman and student of martial arts, having practiced the art of arnis, fencing, and shooting. 

and it took more than 5 Filipino cowards and traitors who inflicted 40 bullet and stab wounds to put him down. Disgusting, PUNYETA!

Lastly, even his enemies admired him!

"the ablest and most aggressive leader of the Filipino Republic.” - General Frederick Funston
“was the only general the Filipino army had.” - General James Franklin Bell
"The Filipinos only had one general, and they have killed him.” - General Hughes

Aguinaldo et al? never mind.. I recommend additional reading to the following articles/blogs:
8 Dark Chapters of Filipino-American History We Rarely Talk About
SA NGALAN NG BAYAN AT BIGOTE: 10 Long Reasons why you should watch “Heneral Luna”
7 Un-Heroic Deeds Of Emilio Aguinaldo
10 Most Infamous Traitors in Philippine History
7 Fascinating Facts You Didn’t Know About Andres Bonifacio

Carry on with our dreams together with the Philippines!

Friday, August 28, 2015

I recently got the opportunity to try out HOOQ’s streaming services through a 30-day trial period thanks to their sponsorship of Cebu Blogging Community’s first anniversary celebration! HOOQ markets itself as a gateway to a world of unlimited entertainment. With just one app, you can stream, download and enjoy thousands of movies and TV series all from your phone, laptop or tablet.

I was pleased to see some of my favorite superhero movies and was amused with nostalgia a considerable list of local Filipino Movies and TV series!

HOOQ is definitely a must for those who are glued to one's mobile device 24/7. Aside from being able to download up to 5 movies or episodes offline, they also offer this feature where you can basically pick-up where you left off if your online viewing was suddenly cut short due to some circumstances. COOL!

About Hooq:
Hooq Philippines is Asia’s brave answer to the growing demand for online video streaming service with more than 10,000 titles of foreign and local movies and TV shows in its repository. Hooq, in partnership with Globe Telecom, is an esteemed brainchild that sprouted from the startup partnership between Singtel, Warner Bros. Entertainment and Sony Pictures Television.

Details are all in https://www.hooq.tv/ph/ and try it for yourself, Happy Watching!

---Here's my general take on using Hooq

  • User interface is pretty straight forward and easy to navigate
  • Search box and that cool bandwidth signal indicator (red-yellow-green)
  • Description or synopsis of a movie/series you may not be familiar with


  • If streaming, it is highly dependent on your internet, so if you are on the move or travelling/commuting, chances are when the speed slows or signal is weak, it's gonna lag and pixelate the whole scene.
  • When downloading, I think one must turn off your phone's sleep feature since that may cancel-out, interrupt or stop the download
  • To be honest the movie library is fairly limited. Perhaps it's due to the free trial? Maybe the premium service one will have additional choices.

My entire viewing experience with Hooq was generally smooth as I watched/streamed two movies and downloaded one.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Another social media platform has been created called YAMBA - which is a new way to fast share your photos and connect the to world. Are you ready for the next big thing?

Yamba Beta Test
As Yamba’s beta tester, I was free to roam around and navigate the site as well as make a post, comment, sharing.

Yamba is a web based (currently) application that functions like Pinterest + Instagram (that's a simple example as to what Yamba is really about). As a beta application, Yamba is still coping with bugs and other flaws of their system. Nonetheless, using it was still convenient and I like how they combined the ideas from existing applications today and also because it was something different and new!

Though not perfect (that's why it's in beta) It is worth exploring as an alternative or if you are looking for something else, Yamba really does rock in it's own way!

Or better yet, try it for your self and register!!