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Election 2016: How safe is our automated election system?

The 2016 National and local election is just around the corner. The smell of politics is more reeking than the Christmas air.The Filipinos are nauseated with the demolition jobs that every opposing parties do to their rivals. The media has been pounding the citizens with sensational news almost every minute of the day.

Smartmatic Philippines officials led by Cesar Flores, CEO (leftmost)

One night in BGC, we have met with guys from Smartmatic Asia Pacific and we were given the chance to ask questions regarding the automated election system. Smartmatic is the supplier or seller of PCOS machines that were used during the last Philippine elections.

According to them, Comelec was able to save billions of pesos for using their technology and equipment. Cesar Flores, the CEO for Asia Pacific shared that the controversial company has delivered honest and clean elections to the Filipino electorates. That using automated elections, just like in any other country minimized electoral fraud, protest…

SM Baguio 3-Day Sale: Shop, save and win a Suzuki Ertiga

Its Octoberrrrrr! The beginning of the last quarter of the year, where Filipinos start to seriously think about shopping for the holidays.

Holiday spending plans are made during this time thinking of what to buy, who to give it to and where to buy it. SM Baguio is having another exciting 3-Day sale on October 17-19, 2014.

Mark the dates and come on a Saturday
With a minimum Php5,000 single receipt purchase on a Saturday and Sunday, get up to 60% savings exclusively for SM Rewards card, BDO credit card holders or SM Advantage cards. Get the box fan on the photo for only P499! Thats a lot of savings… and comfort for your home too 
Wait, there’s more
There’s an extra 2-hour special for cardholders on Friday from 10am up to 12nn, get an additional 10% rebate from your purchases with a single receipt of P5,000. Use your BDO master cards and get up to 10% more or 3% more. Cardholders availing of this promo will also get to win a Samsung Galaxy S5. And it keeps getting better.

mark the dates…

The future of politics in the Philippines

I tried my best to avoid discussions about Philippine politics ever since I realized it is not good for my health. Although we publish a local community paper, we try our best to do away with politicians and issues concerning them.

In fact at one point, I turned my back on political blogging, which admittedly raked in millions of organic hits for my blog in 2009 to 2010. I was an angry citizen. I share my community’s views online, regardless of whether I get the ire of politicians. The people’s voice need to be heard.

In 2014, I am angry again. And I can’t help it. I live in the Philippines. Although I am a selective news consumer, the media is so busy pounding political issues and current events are mostly towards political mudslinging, demolition jobs and the like in our faces.

Being an observer for quite a time, i thought of coming up with my own futuristic vision of what Philippine politics will become in the near future.

Here is my fearless forecast of what’s gonna be the future …

Breeze ActivBleach calls on Pangasinan moms to join 1Laba Day

Breeze ActivBleach is treating mommies across the country to a day off from their laundry chores with the simultaneous nationwide event 1Laba Day happening on August 28. Moms in barangays throughout Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao are invited to head to 1Laba Day venues and let Breeze’s revolutionary ActivBleach take care of their stained clothes while they take part in exciting activities Breeze has in store for them to celebrate every mother’s hard work and love for her family.
With 1 Laba Day, Breeze aims to wash 1 million stains using Breeze ActivBleach, which removes even the toughest of stains in just one wash. Participating moms can enjoy their ultimate laundry day-off as Breeze treats them to various entertainment activities, while the Breeze Laba Ladies and Laba Machines, sponsored by campaign partners Electrolux, White Westinghouse, Whirpool and LG, will take care of washing their clothes.

Simultaneous 1Laba Day events will happen in Metro Manila (Pasig, Marikina, Quezon City, Pa…

Internet Addiction and How to Stop It

Today was indeed not a normal day for me. I don’t usually wake up early for a discussion. Especially if its at 5:00 o’clock in the morning.

But because Melanie Heng of ABS-CBN ( a tv network in the Philippines) asked for an interview in their morning show Bagong Umaga, bagong Balita, I did go to the studio.

The discussion was about online addiction, internet addiction, addiction to social media sites, online games and other forms of digital distractions that id borne about by the internet.

There are instances when kids and the youth are so into social media sites and online games that their behaviour dramatically change over time.

Vanj Padilla as interviewee at ABS CBN’s Bagong Umaga, Bagong Balita with Host Melanie Heng

They become passive for physical social interaction but aggressive, more violent and less respectful for other people’s rights and immediate environment. They become overly obsessed with their online personas and think that the universe revolves around their superpo…

Making Use of Nature

This guy we passed by along the zigzag road in Baguio City was fully utilizing Mother Nature to his advantage.

After washing his jeepney from the waterfalls, he started to wash himself too, unmindful of commuters seeing him and taking pictures too, as I did.

I know that the water is so cool, but he seems to have enjoyed it.

I can imagine how refreshed he is after the activity.

Food, Investment ,Tourism and Technology (FITT) Blogger

Today I start my FITT Blog under my namesake. You can call me Vanj, from the bountiful province of Pangasinan. I am a digital influencer in my community. My day job is being a communications strategist specializing in social and digital media.

When not beating deadlines and not servicing clients, I blog. Among other things, hosting an agriculture and investment walkthrough show are two of my ventures that you will see here on later posts.

I chose to blog about FOOD, INVESTMENT, TOURISM and TECHNOLOGY because its my passion.  My friends call me "laging gutom" (always hungry) because wherever I go, food is always an attraction for me. I am constantly looking for unique food offerings in a place. 
When travelling, I always assess the economic activity or non-activity of a place. Then see what they have or what they don't. What they need and what would be profitable here. What is abundant and what is lacking. Then I ask myself, "what do they need, and how can I help the…

Be a Certified Blog and Social Media Entrepreneur and level up!

We are living in a highly modernized and technologically advanced world, where almost any industry is now using and reliant upon digital communications. Mainstream media is evolving and digital marketers, promoters, online publishers are some of the jobs that are in demand in the marketplace.

Bloggers are now considered influencers and their authority and relevance are highly recognized in communicating brands to their target markets.

Being a Blog and Social Media Entrepreneur can equip you with necessary skills and knowledge to start your own service business like I did.

I was one of the early adopters of this online learning program, belonging to the first batch in 2010. Coming from the mainstream media industry, radio broadcast and journalism, I thought that if I don’t innovate and upgrade myself, I will be left out and wake up one day under the UNEMPLOYMENT and OBSOLESCENCE TENT.

So I invested in myself then, sacrificing my paycheck to finance this program which costs P25,000 . …