Freelance, Are You? Join the Freelancer Fair 2016!

Working as a professional freelancer is very fulfilling. Managing your own time and having freedom with how your day will go is truly an advantage especially for people who do not like routine (Count me in!). Alongside such liberty is the challenge in terms of cash flow stability. So we don’t stop looking for customers to buy our products or clients to avail our services despite weekends, holidays, and vacations(!).

Part of the work scope is building connections and taking care of our brand. But to some, the job description of a “freelancer” remains a question. What are we, really?  Google search defines it as:

What is a Freelance?

On top of the many activities given our respective industries, it helps if we continue to harness our skills; stay focus on our job; excel on what we do and remain open to new learning.

There is a gathering this weekend for us, it is said to be the first in the country and the largest freelancing event so far. Take time to visit as this is a good venue to train and network.

Join the experts from different industries gather and share their knowledge to the Filipino Freelancers to help them become experts in their own right.

Freelancer Fair 2016

WHO should attend The Freelancer Fair by Manila Workshops?

  • Aspiring Freelancers and Experienced Freelancers
  • Brands who offer services to Freelance Professionals
  • Companies that are looking to hire freelancers for certain job functions

WHEN: November 19, 2016 (Saturday) at 9 AM (Registration will start at 8 AM)

WHERE: The Tent, Acacia Estates, Taguig City, Metro Manila, Philippines

You get to roam around the Expo area for an entrance fee of Php500. You will also be free to attend these talks, as follows:



09:00 AM:   Building Alliances: Freelancing in the Philippines with Evan Tan, Freelancing Advocate

09:30 AM:    Keynote Speaker: Government’s Role in Building Alliances with Freelancers with Monchito Ibrahim of DICT

10:00 AM:    7 Steps to a Successful Freelance Business with Marvin De Leon of Freelance Blend

11:00 AM:     How to Stand Out: Branding 101 with Fitz Villafuerte of

12:00 NN:    LUNCH

01:00 PM:    Art of Pricing with Francis Guintu

01:30 PM:     How to Get International Clients with CJ Maturino of Online Filipino Freelancers

02:00 PM:   Business Registration with Dandy Victa of Manila Service Review


04:30 PM:    7 Tools that Multiply your Freelance Earnings with Genesis Reonico of

05:30 PM:    Business Correspondences and Maintaining Key Relationships with panelists: Charlie Aquino of Sophie Creatives and Pau Lagura of RIS Philippines


To register and to join other related Freelancer training, visit the Freelancer Fair website today.

Grab every possible opportunity to learn more about your craft and reach your target market! Hope to catch up with you there.


Free Digital Marketing Events on September 2016

As bloggers and digital marketers, staying in the know about anything and everything about the updates and new tools related to online marketing is very vital but sometimes the cost of various training and seminar is just so high. Attending all events becomes so expensive!  This September, three organizations are conducting free conferences around the Metro. Check each one on the list below, take your pick or attend it all without spending for the entrance!  Register today.

Ecommerce Show Philippines 2016

  • September 6 to 7 – Pasay

Ecommerce Show Philippines 2016

The two-day conference to be held on September 6-7, 2016 at the SMX Convention Centre, Pasay has been designed to enable delegates to learn from the best case studies across the country. The main conference themes will be focused on E-commerce technologies and strategies, payment and security, delivery and fulfillment, digital marketing, customer experience, and service.

Some portions of the event are paid but the organizers also opened the door for non-paying attendees (just like last year) as they kept quality access for those coming.

Free exhibition pass covers 23 on-floor seminars, 16 E-Commerce & Retail Workshops at the E-Commerce University & Retail University, Online Marketplace Consultation Village, The Accelerator Zone – Fintech & E-commerce Start-up Hub, open gate to 50 exhibitors featuring the latest innovations in payments, banking, e-commerce & retail with pre-arrange 1-to-1 meetings.

iBlog12 – The Philippine Blogging Summit

  • September 16 – Quezon City

iblog Philippine Blogging Summit

The 12th Philippine Blogging Summit (#iblog12) will be on September 16, 2016 at the Malcolm Theater, UP College of Law, UP Diliman, Quezon City. It is an annual activity organized by the Philippine Blogging Community.

The theme this year is on “Data Privacy, Cybercrime, Libel, and Legal Concerns: Its Impact on Bloggers, New Media Publishers, and Social Media Users”.

Note that the first 200 registered participants to come early (on or before 9 am) will be given food stub and participant kit. Afterwards, remaining food stubs and participant kits shall be given to early walk-ins.

#iblog12 is a FREE event. It is a popular gathering of newbies, novices, and veteran bloggers, social media users, media publishers tackling topics and themes that are relevant to the online community.

BlogEx Manila 2016

  • September 24 – Taguig

BlogEx Manila 2016The first BlogEX Manila 2016 will be on September 24, 2016 at the SMX Convention Center, SM Aura, Taguig. This is the country’s first blogging conference, expo, and awards event to be attended by 600 of the top digital influencers from the Philippines.

The event aims to bring together the country’s premiere bloggers, social media enthusiasts, digital broadcasters, entrepreneurs, influencers, brands and corporations, marketing, PR and advertising agencies, and influential new media experts in one location. The organizers curated a wealth of information to help grow brands, businesses and audience with the latest knowledge, upcoming trends, and important educational sessions.

DICT Promotes Online Job Opportunities with the 1st Digital Career Bootcamp

So many opportunities are available online and it is becoming a lot easier to explore home-based digital jobs nowadays. Supports are coming from government and private institutions to push more and more Filipinos to financially maximize the use of the internet.

The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) of the Philippines and (OJU) will be having the 1st Digital Career Bootcamp happening this July 30 from 8 am to 5 pm at Unionbank, 48th floor, Ortigas Center, Pasig City.


The Bootcamp is a one-day event aiming to equip participants with the awareness and up-to-date information on how to get started finding sustainable work online through inspirational talks and lectures with actionable steps. Aspiring and experienced work-from-home professionals are invited to join and be part of this learning event.

To give the keynote talk is the Deputy Executive Director for eInnovation of the Department of Information and Communications (DICT) of the Philippines Mon Ibrahim will give the participants an overview of the state of digital careers in the Philippines and government initiatives.

This bootcamp showcases experienced online professionals; listen and learn from various experts in the field:

  • Genesis Reonico – Digital Career coach and founder of Online Jobs University (OJU)
  • Rea Yadao – OJU Training and Development lead and founder of REA Solutions
  • Charlie Aquino – OJU Media and Creatives lead and CEO of
  • Fitz Villafuerte – Co-Founder, Registered Financial Planner (RFP) and Blogger
  • Gilmar Padua – Founder and CEO of Infinity Hub
  • Sherlane Fortunado – E-Commerce Specialist and Virtual Assistant
  • Valerie Joy Deveza – Social Media Manager  of Bidsketch,
  •  CJ Maturino – Freelance Customer Support Service Provider  of ‘Online Filipino Freelancer’ Community
  • Nizza Gueco – Article/Content Writing Service provider and founder of “Do It Write Solutions”
  • Leif Brian Margallo – Virtual Workforce Professionals’ CEO
  • Maritess Pasag – Front Line Virtual Services’ COO

The speakers shall share their respective success stories in creating their own Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) agencies. Attendees will also be given an opportunity to ask questions directly to them during the open forum in the afternoon.

Learn more, access big discounts and buy your tickets for the Digital Career Bootcamp at Learning investment starts at Php1,777.00  inclusive of event pass, lunch and snacks, access to exclusive online mastermind group and event recording, and discount to the upcoming ‘Digital Career Online Training Bootcamp’.

The Digital Career Bootcamp is done in collaboration with Unionbank (venue partner), Unionbank EON, Infinity Hub, RIS Philippines,, REA Solutions, Bbulletin, OsipCampus and (media partner).

For inquiries contact or the “Digital Career Philippines” Facebook page.

Take advantage of this learning today!

Attend a Workshop to Unleash Your Writing Skill the Write Way

To establish a strong online presence for companies, services, or personal brands, I always recommend my clients to write—write about industry issues, give tips, answer questions, and share stories that capture the interest of the target market. Creating fresh articles can drive more traffic to a website, build a better connection to a specific community that can lead to sales, and become one of the many signals for Google to rank up the page.

Without a question, writing has so many proven benefits but the process seems to discourage a lot of people for content creation; perhaps they feel that writing is not their forte while some lacks the confidence to start the effort.

Therefore,, together with Not Your Ordinary Mum, came up with a writing workshop, specially created for the community of writers, digital marketers, and more! The event is happening at Festival Mall, Filinvest City. Save your slot now!


  • WHAT: “Unleash Your Writing Skills the Write Way” writing workshop
  • WHEN: October 17, 2015 (Saturday) | 2 PM – 5 PM; registration starts at 1:30 PM
  • WHERE: Hog’s Breath Cafe, Civic Drive River Park Festival Mall, Filinvest City, Muntinlupa
  • FEE: Php500 inclusions: Workshop fee, snacks, certificate (to be emailed)

Quoting the organizers: Everyone has an “author” in him. We know as we’ve taken the leap of faith of becoming writers. We’ve converted our paper journaling online and it is extremely fun! Little did we know that through our words, we were able to help people find their voice, build their portfolio, and finally become a writer themselves!

We don’t claim to “know it all” but just like you, we understand the value of community – by creating this simple but fun workshop! The goal of this workshop is for aspiring writers to unleash their innate writing skills the “write” way by producing quality and meaningful content.

We’ve invited talented and accomplished writers to share their expertise and journey to make it even more effective and incredible workshop for YOU!

  1. Isabelle “Isay” Yason – Newspaper Standards and Techniques in Writing (Social Media)
  • Social media reporter and writer, Philippine STAR
  • Graduate of Political Science from DLSU
  • National Model United Nations (NMUN) – New York delegate
  1. Angeline Rodriguez – How To Land a Writing Gig: An Editor’s Perception in Writing
  • Managing Editor,
  • Writer/Blogger,
  1. Irene Enriquez – Blogging: Finding Your Voice; Blogging Engagement
  • ‎Head of Communications, Veems
  • (former) Editor-in-Chief, Adventour Magazine
  • Writer/Blogger,
  • Core Member, Philippine Bloggers Network (PBNet)

Bonus TopicA Blogger’s Journey by Azrael Coladilla: On Getting Noticed by Readers and Sponsors

  • Azrael is a Core Member of PBNet
  • Writer/Blogger of Award Winning Blog, Azrael’s Merryland

This workshop aims to impart valuable tips and tricks to becoming a better writer like Angeline Rodriguez, Managing Editor of When In Manila, Irene Enriquez of and Veems App, and Isabelle Yason, Social Media Manager/Writer for the Philippine Star.

About Health Junkie

Health Junkie (HJ Online – is a health, fitness, beauty and lifestyle community of fun-loving and active women who want to live a stronger and happier life, one healthy habit a day.

About is an extraordinary woman, balancing being a mother of 4, a wife, and working as a freelance writer and blogger.

Take Your Pick — The Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs 2015

Creating a blog and maintaining it is a two different story. I’ve known quite a number of people who started their own blog but just dropped it after a while. Being consistent, enjoying the process of writing and sharing your advocacy, ideas, experiences, and expertise are all worth the effort.

Aside from having a space on the net for our thoughts, there is always a level of fulfillment seeing that there are people reading and are actually interested about the contents we are passionate about.

Blogging opens the door to many other opportunities—get an invite to exclusive events, meet new friends and connections, and grow the business. It demands a lot of time, yes. You don’t publish a post now and assume legions of followers tomorrow… it takes a while and requires consistency. Reach out and write with a purpose.


It is always exciting to discover a new blog knowing that we all have something special and unique theme to present. Organized by Janette Toral’s Digital Filipino is the  Emerging Influential Blogs 2015, this is the 8th year of the writing project that seeks in identifying new and emerging blogs who are making an impact to its readers in 2014 until now.

Here is my TOP 10 bet in random order:

  1. Manila Concert Junkies

There are just so many events happening in the Philippines and I just don’t have the time and money to witness it all! But I’m always excited to read back about the highlights of my favorite concerts. Manila Concert Junkies narrates the summary with all enthusiasm as if you did not miss a thing.

  1. Personal Finance Tips

Sometimes it is good to be reminded how to save and learn about the process of saving. Think Pesos provides knowledge about investing and personal finance to Filipino readers.

  1. Fascinating Flowers

I love flowers but I don’t really know their names by heart, I get to see them around but with no information as to what they are exactly. Fascinating Flowers can virtually tour you to a garden and explain relevant info but not sounding as if you are in a formal museum.

  1. Garbage Pollution and Green Environment

Pollution is a major problem in the country and we have to be constantly reminded to take an initiative and do something to solve or at least lessen the alarming issue. The blog is right on the spot in discussing and pushing awareness about garbage, pollution, green environment, life and anything in between.

  1. Best of Negros Island

I’ve been in Negros years ago for work and would love to go back again with my family so this site is an ideal go-to resource for travelers in the area. Best of Negros Island features the beauty and excellence of the newly created Negros Island Region (Region 18). The blog aims to show not just the beauty of its locations and heritage spots but also the world renowned produce thereof.

  1. My Happy Hub

My Happy Hub talks about career, food, brands, and everything else. The site is also an advocate of work- from-home set up so I can completely relate to it.

  1. Nice Things Philippines

Positivity and just having fun is Nice Things Philippines. There are times when reading is my ultimate stress buster and visiting sites with nice quality materials is the best source to achieve it.

  1. Doctor Eamer’s Blog

Not a doctor but an environmentalist. I Am Doctor Eamer writes about love and relationship mostly in Tagalog with humor and relatable contents.

  1. Baby, JetSet, Go

We are a family that travels together; we never leave anyone behind as we fondly tell our friends. So I really appreciate the articles on Baby, JetSet, Go. Although we are past the toddler stage, tips here for parents traveling with kids are still worth reading.

  1. Naga City Blog and Online Directory

Another place I like to visit again is Naga and the site offers a view of the locality. Nagayon’s main objective is to promote Naga, its brands and the people. Nagayon came from the words Naga, and gayon, a bicolano word which means beauty.

You too can cast your vote for the new emerging blogs of your choice, take part in the writing project until October 4, and get a delegate slot to the upcoming Digital Influencers Marketing Summit event On October 10, 2015. Learn how!


Thank you to the Sponsors of The Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs Writing Project 2015, as follows:

Voice Care for Sales and Marketing Professionals

Is your voice cracking or getting tired even after a not-very-long client presentation? Do you still have a room for an agile Q&A despite the dry/harsh feeling of your throat? Or you just need to crawl for water, drop the tone, and rest your voice a bit? But stopping might cease the momentum of your well-prepared pitch!

On some occasions, I can relate to this scenario. Most of us are probably used to doing a presentation but there are just days that our voice quality is not cooperative. So, how to improve it? There are several ways to practice and a lot of ways to learn.

Asia Leaders Talk presents “Voice Care for Sales & Marketing Professionals. Make Your Pitch Matter by Pocholo De Leon Gonzales”.

The Voice Master of the Philippines, Pocholo De Leon Gonzales believes that in Sales and Marketing, the right tone and pitch matters. Learn how to convince your clients effectively and at the same time protecting your voice. Voice is very vital in terms of conveying the right message to the target market and closing the deal which in return contributes to a successful sales and marketing career.


Voice acting has already been synonymous with the name Pocholo De Leon Gonzales. As the Voice Master, his voice has already been used in literally thousands of radio commercials, television commercials, telenovelas, animes, and even video games. In fact, he is already considered a veteran in voice acting at the young age of 35—quite young for such an association. However, this is no longer surprising for he started being involved in voice acting as early as 16 which means that he, indeed, has already had ample amount of experience. Now, he is more focused on teaching and guiding different sales and marketing professionals on how to efficiently use their voice literally in convincing their target clients to increase sales.

Ready to learn from Pocholo and participate on this event happening tomorrow?

  • Date: August 25, 2015
  • Where: Misono Events Place
  • Time: 2PM-5PM
  • Registration Fee: Php 800.00
  • Slots: 50

Three easy steps to register:

  1. Deposit the registration fee to TAG Media and Public Relations BPI Checking Account #1680 001029
  2. Scan the deposit slip
  3. Send the scanned copy to

For more information and registration: 09166299381 or send an email to

E-Commerce Show Philippines 2015

Have you ever purchased a product or service online? How was it? Filipinos are starting to build their confidence with internet buying and selling. Perhaps this is the reason why brands and businesses are seriously looking at the opportunities that e-commerce offers to achieve national, regional and even global sales.


Running for 2 days (September 2 to 3, 2015) at the SMX Convention Center in Manila and bringing together 1000+ attendees, 60 expert speakers and 40 international & local exhibitors, Cards & Payments Philippines and the E-Commerce Show Philippines will be the premier meeting place for the entire payments and e-commerce ecosystems from across the country to address the Philippines’ commercial future.

Register now and get an EXPO PASS for FREE!

Industry leaders confirmed to speak include:

Undersecretary Prudencio M. Reyes Jr., Department of Trade and Industry

Inanc Balci, CEO, Lazada Philippines

Paulo Campos, CEO, Zalora Philippines

Raymond Estioko, Deputy Director, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas

Orlando Vea, Co-Founder, Smart Communications

Xavier Marzan, President & CEO, G-Xchange, Inc, Globe Telecom

John Owens, Chief of Party, E-PESO

Randy Montesa, Head, Card and Electronic Banking Group, Land Bank of the Philippines

Reese Fernandez-Ruiz, President & Co-Founder, Rags2Riches

Rafael Danilo Reynante, Chief Compliance Officer, Development Bank of the Philippines


Explaining the Organizer’s, Terrapinn Pte Ltd, decision to launch the conference in Manila, Managing Director Sharon Roessen said:

“With 20 years’ experience running Cards & Payments Asia and the E-Commerce Show Asia conferences in Singapore, we are excited to announce the launch of both events in Manila. The Philippines market is going through a phenomenal period of growth, and the opportunities facing the payments and e-commerce markets are vast. We are looking forward to this event becoming a key driver of growth for both these industries.”

Undersecretary Prudencio M. Reyes Jr. from The Philippine Department of Trade and Industry had this to say about DTI’s support for the conference:

“E-commerce in the Philippines is booming, with the market expected to grow to USD 2 billion by the end of 2015. Critical to this continued growth is the sharing of best practice and access to market leading solution providers. We are therefore delighted to be supporting the E-Commerce Show Philippines. As well as delivering the opening address within the conference, we are also excited to be sharing an exclusive update on the E-Commerce 2020 Roadmap. We look forward to meeting all the key players in the Filipino e-commerce community.”

Cards & Payments Philippines 2015 will address some of the critical payment infrastructure challenges facing the market, taking a deep dive into the future of e-money, digital payments, crypto-currency, compliance and cash handling.

E-Commerce Show Philippines 2015 will bring together leading e-commerce companies, to learn from e-commerce leaders on best practice customer acquisition & retention, logistical challenges, marketplace disruption and more.

The event is supported by some of the leading solution providers in payments and e-commerce, including:

  • SM Lifestyle and Entertainment who will be showcasing their revolutionary e-Plus! Tap to pay system.
  • Smart e-Money who will be presenting PayMaya, the first non-bank in Asia to be awarded a Visa issuing and acquiring principal license.
  • Voyager Innovation who will be featuring Takatack, the largest online e-commerce store in the Philippines, and TackThis, which provides online entrepreneurs a storefront where they can post and showcase their product inventories.
  • SMK-Logomotion, Wirecard, Ziaplex and HPS, who over both days of the conference will be demonstrating their expertise and helping our attendees to drive their business forward.

About Cards & Payments Philippines and E-Commerce Show Philippines Date:

  • 02 – 03 September 2015

Exhibition opening hours:

  • 10am – 6pm (02 September 2015), 10am – 5pm (03 September 2015)


  • SMX Convention Center, Function room 1 & 2