How to win a BlackBerry from!
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Two weeks ago I was invited to a very intimate BlackBerry  event with all these afams (read: foreigners).
There’s Oliver Pilgerstorfer, RIM Senior PR Manager for Southeast Asia.
RIM or Research In Motion is the company behind the innovative and award-winning BlackBerry®, also known as the product that will change your life.


There was Arun Verma, RIM’s Platform Evangelist.

Arun Verma, RIM's Platform Evangelist

As a blogger, I get to review so many phones, it’s no longer funny. Yes, I have a stockpile of unused phones at home. But to tell you the truth, I’m hooked on the BlackBerry. I love it so much, I have two backups.
I love that I can get text messages, email, Yahoo messenger, Twitter, Facebook and more—all in one gadget and in real time.
Some of you may have all of that in your phone already, but what sets the Blackberry apart is the BlackBerry Messenger or BBM.
It’s a special feature for BlackBerry users to keep in touch with each other anywhere, anytime.
Just to give you an idea…

So that night there was this contest to win one BlackBerry Curve. There was a three-part elimination round that tested one’s BBM skills. I didn’t win the first two, but when the third question came up on the subject of Gossip—I knew I had it in the bag.
The question was: Which showbiz couple fell in love through BBM. The boy is a dancer who comes from a showbiz family.
—At this point I started to type in Rayver Cruz. And now it was just a matter of choosing between Sarah Geronimo and Cristine Reyes—I know because I NEVER miss an issue of YES! magazine.
The second part of the question went like this: The girl is a sexy actress….
—Freaking Cristine Reyes! Typed and BBM sent!
I won the third round! So I qualified for the final which asked three of us contestants to take a picture of the BlackBerry Curve on our phones and BBM it to Benjamin Thomas, RIM PR Specialist for Southeast Asia.

Me and Ben Thomas

Unfortunately an over zealous contestant from another newspaper pushed my boob in order to take the photo—and I lost. Let me just say this much: I hate it when strangers touch my boobs!!!
So I lost that round—but I’m happy to say BlackBerry has given me three new BlackBerry 9780s—one for me and two to give away.
• The contest is open to anyone in the Philippines who has a BlackBerry and the BBM feature.
I know it ain’t fair. But I will negotiate with BlackBerry to allow non-BlackBerry owners to participate in Round Two.
• The Prize: One BlackBerry Bold 9780 worth PHP 24,800, featuring the new BlackBerry 6 operating system, to be given per contest round. A total of two BlackBerry Bold 9780 devices are up for grabs for the duration of the contest. (Again, I will talk to them about letting non-BlackBerry users join the second round.

BlackBerry 9780BlackBerry 9780

1) Take your BlackBerry and scan this barcode into your contacts:


How to add a contact:

2) BBM your answer to this simple question: What’s the best thing about BBM? Only one entry per BlackBerry user. Deadline for Round 1 elimination is on Holy Wednesday, April 20, 2011.
3) The top 20 answers will be added to a BBM Group and their entries will be posted on the blog.
4) Once invited to the group, I will give you a special task using the BlackBerry camera.
5) No use of profanities / slurs / sexual insinuations and no asking me for a date, hehe, unless you are a member of F4.
6) Decision will be FINAL and no correspondence will be entertained.
7) By submitting an entry, you hereby agree for the use of the contents / creative to be used by and RIM for promotional and marketing purposes.
8) P.S. I am not a judge so what are you waiting for, join na!

Everywhere We Shoot at Ayala Museum’s Design Talks
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Ayala Museum’s Design Talks lecture series brings prominent and pioneering Filipino creative professionals to center stage.

On April 16, 2011, the creative duo Everywhere We Shoot is scheduled to speak at the Ayala Museum Ground Floor Lobby at 3 PM. Coinciding with the talk is the opening of their first solo exhibition at the Third Floor Glasslane.

everywhere we shoot

Composed of Ryan Vergara and Garovs Garrovillo, their moniker is not just the duo’s name but also a statement of intent, a manifesto of sorts in praise of the ambulant imagination.

Both trained at the De La Salle-College of St. Benilde’s School of Design & Arts, Ryan was a Multimedia Arts major while Garovs studied Fashion Design and Merchandising.

They’ve done commissions for brand campaigns, record sleeves, and lookbooks for top Filipino designers, with works appearing in almost every major magazine in the country as well as a number of publications abroad.

everywhere we shoot
everywhere we shoot

They have established an inimitable style of art through photography, fashion, and graphic design that is characteristically ironic and playful and always with a hint of humor.

everywhere we shoot
everywhere we shoot

They simplify the complicated, and exaggerate the basics. The success of their partnership is that they create images that refuse to stay put.

Tickets are sold for Php 300 regular rate or discounted at Php 150 for students, teachers, senior citizens and Ayala Museum members.
For inquiries, call 757-7117 to 21 or email .
Ayala Museum is located at Makati Avenue corner De la Rosa Street, Greenbelt Park, Makati City.
Click here to RSVP.

The Ritz-Carlton, Beijing
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We don’t have this kind of hotel in Manila, trust me.
It’s not a new hotel, but it’s lovely. Someone from the Ritz-Carlton met me at the airport and helped me clear immigration and get my luggage. A limo took me to the hotel.


This was my room, 935. It has the best pillows. I love that bench at the foot of the bed, where you can put on your shoes or lay down your handbag.


There’s my Rimowa trunk (best luggage ever!)


A place to read or relax


The best part is the makeup table next to the bed. Hotel owners always forget that women need a dresser.
Not the Ritz-Carlton.


A place to work or eat


And a bathroom with an old-world feel


Separate shower stall and toilet


Don’t really need this


The outside is just as romantic.


Ritz-Carlton Beijing

Wake up Noynoy
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While you were sleeping last Wednesday, there was a huge traffic jam in your congested NAIA Terminal 1—you know, the airport that bears your father’s name? It took me 45 minutes to go through Immigration!


We should be so lucky that foreigners even visit our country. But I can tell you what they’re all thinking when this picture was taken—I can’t wait to get out and I’m never going back. Take that, Secretary Lim.
Does anybody care about this airport? Why don’t you government officials just do away with all your VIP escorts and go through the airport just like regular passengers so you know what it’s like.
The airport is HORRENDOUS. If I were the President and my father’s name was on the airpot, it would not run like this and it would have Duravit toilets!
If my father were the Secretary of Tourism, I would bug him no end until something is done to rectify this horrible suffering called NAIA Terminal 1.
If I were Kris Aquino with senatorial ambitions, I would exercise Imeldific powers to fix this stupid airport.
Did you know that when you arrive you now have to fight for a trolley?
People have to wait in line now to get the next available trolley. What the hell is going on??


If I were in charge, I would have decent airport shops, like Team Manila, Havaianas, Starbucks, Watson’s, Buffini, instead of those shops that sell freaking BOY BAWANG. No offence to Boy Bawang, it is a wonderful, addictive snack, but does no wonders to our tourism industry.
And so Mr. President, bigyan mo kami ng kahihiyan. Bigyan mo si Ninoy ng kahihiyan. Please do something about this horrendous shame that is NAIA Terminal 1. When the hell are you going to open Terminal 3???

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