Month: August 2015

Asia e-Commerce Expo 2015 brings together the biggest brand leaders in Asia

[Sponsored Post] Leading e-commerce experts from emerging markets, award winning e-commerce players, and established e-retailers in the Asia Pacific Region (APAC) will be gathering under one roof at the Asia e-Commerce Expo 2015 (#AECoE) on 25 November 2015 (Wednesday), 8 AM to 6 PM, at SMX Aura in Taguig City. Organized by TAG Media and Public Relations, the #AECoE provides a unique opportunity both for learning from and networking with senior leaders from the biggest brands in the Asia Pacific region. Discussion topics include market analysis, digital marketing, CRM, eCommerce, and more. The program will also feature an hour of Speed Networking among the participants and industry leaders to encourage future collaborations as well. Speakers, who are leaders from different industries and are always engaged in momentous pursuits of significance in the ASEAN region and beyond, include: Constantin Robertz – Managing Director, Zalora Lars Jeppesen – CEO, Tech One Global Jacqueline Van Den Ende – Managing Director, Lamudi Kristian Melquiades – General Manager, Viber Janette Toral – Founder, Digital Club Filipino Subir Lohani– Managing Director, Carmudi Philippines Chinkee Tan …

Look Good, Feel Good: A free makeover for cancer conquerors

[PR] More than forty cancer conquerors from Las Piñas, Parañaque, Muntinlupa, Cavite, and Laguna were recently treated to a whole day of  pampering at the Asian Hospital and Medical Center. This free complimentary care activity entitled “Look Good, Feel Good”, was part of Project Pink Cancer Support Group’s Stage Zero Campaign, a movement that aims to strengthen the self-confidence and quality of life that is often compromised among those facing cancer. In partnership with the Maquillage Professional (MP) School of Makeup Artistry, cancer conquerors were shown how they could continue to look good and feel good, especially with the use of makeup. All the participants and guest supporters were given a free makeover before the seminar was over, making each of them look more radiant. Project Pink Cancer Support Group is headed by five cancer conquerors and a medical doctor, namely, Melissa De Leon Joseph, Angelita Laborte, Jocelyn Trinidad, Maria Victoria Arjona, Ramel Aguasin, and Dr. Rumalie Alaparaque-Corvera, M.D. They conduct seminars that educate both men and women about cancer and cultivate the spirit of …

A day with cancer conquerors

I was recently invited to attend Project Pink Cancer Support Group’s “Look Good, Feel Good” makeup workshop for cancer conquerors as a PR writer/blogger. I thought I would just be there to observe, learn how to put on makeup, write what I had seen and experience, then submit the article to publications. Little did I know that I would be on an emotional roller coaster, given the fact that my parents both died of cancer, and I was surrounded by cancer conquerors. Somehow, just the thought of being surrounded by cancer conquerors made me feel vulnerable. I was a little nervous when I arrived at the venue. Maybe it’s also because somehow, I already knew that I would inevitably remember my parents… Or, maybe it’s because none of the bloggers and journalists I have invited could make it, given the bad weather and late notice, so I had to be there by myself. I mean, these days, I would be the one to coordinate PR events and contact the writers, who would write about the event, and not the other …

Guilt-free shopping, anyone?

Lately, I’ve been out most of the days of the week, doing errands, filing legal cases, paying off personal loans… and shopping. The latter, however, was more of a by-product of all those things that I had to do. I think I finally understood why my husband once felt a sudden urge to buy himself a very expensive pair of leather shoes in Singapore, when we have just spent nearly 100k for our family vacation abroad. For the past several years, mind you, I have successfully practiced avoiding window shopping unless I intend to buy a particular item. I would only go into a particular store if there’s something there that I have really been planning to buy and if they’re holding a sale. I have always prided myself for being able to refrain from impulsively buying stuff for myself at the mall, even if there’s enough cash in my wallet or debit card for me to be able to purchase anything I’d fancy. Like my husband, I tend to spend money on good food, and …

Sister love

My sister is on her way back to the US this evening. We accompanied her to the airport, but we didn’t stay long – just enough for us to have a couple of group hugs and have our picture taken. I have no idea when we would see each other again, Facetime aside, but I’m really hoping that I’d get to visit her and my niece (and some of my friends) in the US in two years. The past few days, we tried to spend as much time as we could with each other. Finally, we became close as sisters could ever be, sharing confidences over good food, sleeping late into the night, catching up. It was an answered prayer for me, yes, but I didn’t expect that it would only come around after the death of our father, although we have started to get close to each other long before she first left for the States. I remember my sister always giving me candies as pasalubong whenever she got home from school when I was a toddler. I …