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31 July 2007

Reflections: A Painting & Photography Exhibit

REFLECTIONS - A Painting & Photography Exhibit
Granos De Cafe, 39 Timog Avenue, Q.C.
August 10, 2007 - September 10, 2007

Group Exhibit featuring: Jose Barja, Grandier Bella, Jes Evangelista, Lucy Fernando, Kara Iñigo and Dennis Rito present photos and paintings in “Reflections,” which opens on August 10, 2007, 6 p.m., at Granos de Café, 39 Timog Avenue, Quezon City (front of Zirkoh).

As the title of the show suggests, the works represent each artists’ personal interpretation of different subjects through two mediums, the camera and the brush. Exhibit runs until September 10,2007.

For information, email at: or text/ call: 09154814388 / 09209071303.

30 July 2007

Pitik 3

It was my nth time to attend photography forum which is organized by Konrad Adenauer Asian Center for Journalism at the Ateneo de Manila University in cooperation with World Press Photo in the recently held Pitik 3: Forum Series on Photojournalism and my second time to hear Dr. Shahidul Alam, Director of Drik Picture Library and Founder of Chobi Mela Festival of Photography in Asia (Bangladesh) who discussed “Imaging the South in the Globalized World.” With him present was Dave Clark, Course Leader, International Photojournalism, Documentary and Travel Photography, University of Bolton (UK) and Dalian China/ Panos Pictures London who discussed ‘International Image Economy and Representations” and Alison Morley, chairperson, Photojournalism and Documentary Photography Program at International Center of Photography (ICP) who talked about “Recent Trends in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography.”

I took interest on things discussed by Dr. Shahidul Alam and Mr. Dave Clark (no, he’s not the singer your grandma knows), particularly the issue on how the world’s images are being controlled by large organizations/ photo agencies. It was they ‘who control what the world want to see’ and how these images are being used. Two contrasting issues was the use of foreign photographers, who flew in with lack of knowledgeable of the issue, culture and subject vis-à-vis local photographers who is more knowledgeable of the issues, its culture and have access to the subjects. It was apparent that local photographers can do the work in a more efficient and timely manner but due to lack of access to publications/ publishers, local photographers have a hard time getting in. But this trend was being reversed in Bangladesh with the establishment of Drik Picture Library under its visionary, Dr. Alam. A pioneering effort ‘to represent a group of media professionals that other agencies did not cater for.’

"It was seventeen years ago. A small group of people set up a picture agency in the unlikely location of Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh. Named Drik, the Sanskrit word for vision, the agency set out to represent a group of media professionals that other agencies did not cater for, practitioners living and working in the majority world. In the years that have followed, many others from Asia, Africa and Latin America have joined the original group. All of them share a common vision; one that sees the majority world, not as fodder for disaster reporting, but as a vibrant source of human energy and a challenge to an exploitative global economic system.

Drik's social commitment is central to its work ethos. While its professional team making up the library, darkroom, studio, gallery and publication, multimedia and Internet departments provides state of the art media products for an international clientele, it also provides support for its network of creative individuals around the world who challenge western media hegemony. Its training programmes range from providing education for working class children to training the region's brightest young photojournalists through Pathshala, its education wing, where top professionals from Magnum, National Geographic, Time, Contact Press Images and other leading media organisations make up the visiting faculty. The launch of the first festival of photography in Asia, Chobi Mela, and Drik Partnership, a global conglomerate consisting of some of the most innovative organisations in Asia, Africa and Europe, will ensure that the majority world continues to carve out a space for itself in world media. "

Will this happen in the Philippines? It is for the new and upcoming photographers to answer these for themselves.

And if i may borrow the saying... The future belongs to the brave!

27 July 2007

Know the Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs 2007

This coming August 1, 2007 will be the 'judgement day' for all participants who joined Janette Toral's Emerging Influential Blogs 2007. This will be held at Max Restaurant, Park Square 1, Makati City from 6PM-9PM. Please confirm your attendance by posting a comment here.

Janette will be drawing the 10 winners on this day who will get $100each. Those who can't attend are still part of the draw and can win. If your blog was cited and would like to attend this eyeball, then please write an entry as well citing your Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs. Again, here's mine.

By the way, I also would like to thank the following who had nominated this blog in the Top 10 Emerging Influential Blog 2007:
Have I forgotten anybody, please send me a note and I'd gladly oblige. To all my virtual friends and blog readers, hope to see you on August 1st.

26 July 2007

Tips for Protecting your Images

Even with the existence of Intellectual Property Code of the Philippines (RA8293), many photographers still are victims of copyright infringement. And the poor photographer can’t even sue the infringers (because of the money involved in pursuing the case) against corporations and publishing houses – which are more moneyed than the photographers themselves. The photographer can’t help but gnash their teeth in disbelief.

Meanwhile, here are some tips (though not fool-proof) that can deter infringers from using your images:

Read the fine print
This is usually taken for granted. Too often we find ourselves caught in some nasty surprise by not reading the terms and conditions. So, before uploading any images, read the fine print of that particular site offering a free on-line gallery service. So, don’t rush into clicking that ‘accept’ button. 

Avoid Rights-Grab Photo Contests
If you can, avoid photo competitions which are ‘manipulative’ (Yes, we have many of these here in the Philippines, contrary to the contests being organized abroad). I say manipulative because often, the rules/contest mechanics are obviously pro-organizers. Sometimes, I can't help but wonder if those photo contests was organized to just collect photos from photographers. Ironically, this has been going on for quite sometime. So, as much as possible, select the competition you enter where, even if you win, you still retain the ownership over the copyright of the image. Read the contest mechanics carefully. Here's the things you need to know about rights-grab photo contests.

Low Resolution
Do not upload files larger than 72 dot per inch (dpi). Since the purpose is to view images (online), said resolution is enough - 72 dot per inch (dpi) is same as that of the PC. As for me, I usually resize my images into 4x6 inch (proportionate to the full frame image area) at 72 dpi. 

Be sure to put watermarks on your images. You can watermark your images digitally or if you’re techie enough, you can embed a javascript (no right click script) or you may try Stephen Chapman's alternative means of image protection. But the simplest and most common means is done via Adobe Photoshop. You just have to lessen its opacity and place your watermark on prominent areas of the image. 

Before uploading, it may be well worth it to embed an IPTC data (International Press Telecommunications Council- a standard regarding meta data which is widely used in news images) on your pictures. This can be done with Adobe Photoshop (file> file info). There you can enter the title of particular image, author, caption, copyright notice, including keywords. Embedded IPTC data is helpful in image retrieval and makes it easy to locate images on a particular subject.

No Right Click
Images on the web can be easily copied and saved on a PC - through 'right click' and 'save-as' or through your page source but you can restrict copying of your image from your site by installing a javascript in your page. Here's a Javascript code you may use.

Lastly, avoid dealing with people who are after ‘freebies’ This is your way of educating your clients that, to produce an image is not an easy task and entails cost on your part. Charging a fee is the only way for you to have your expenses recovered and make profit out of your photography. As much as possible, know how/where your images will be used. Ask what do they intend to do with your images - will it be used for commercial purposes, a publicity, etc. For how long?

Just within the week, I encountered people posting in Multiply site asking for photographers who are willing to do event photography for free, and aside from that, they are asking for a resume and a portfolio of the photographers. Don’t you feel insulted reading it?

At the Picket Line (SONA 2007)

20 July 2007

Motorcycle groups rally vs. helmet policy

Atoy Santa Cruz, Director of Motorcycle Philippines Federation (right) presents to MMDA General Manager Robert Nacianceno (left) their petition papers.

Motorcyle riders came in all sizes and kinds of models ranging from high-end bikes to the smallest bike - the one driven by Renren Yjan, the youngest rider (4 years old) who also joined the protest with his father.

Renren was an instant favorite among the crowd.

Hundreds of motorcycle riders took part in the protest.

For related story, click here. Thanks to Geri Barcelona who informed me about this.

19 July 2007

Human Security Act

Tomorrow, June 20,2007 will be the 'formal' launch of RA9372 also known as the Human Security Act. This morning, as I was monitoring the news over the radio (DZRH/ DZMM), even police officers are doubtful of its loopholes and was concerned over the provisions under Section 41 which partly reads: "...Upon his or her acquittal or the dismissal of the charges against him or her, the amount of Five hundred thousand pesos (P500,OOO.OO) a day for the period in which his properties, assets or funds were seized shall be paid to him on the concept of liquidated damages. The amount shall be taken from the appropriations of the police or law enforcement agency that caused the filing of the enumerated charges against him/her".

I just hope that this law will not be used against its people. May God bless us all...

'Can't find a fitting video. If you find the video disturbing, please try to concentrate on the lyrics. It's one of the most touching songs I've heard. Peace!

18 July 2007

i-Witness Documentary Festival

Are you fond of documentaries? Well, I am. If you are, too, catch up with I-Witness' Documentary Festival to be held this July at SM Cinemas. I-witness will screen its best documentary films at SM Manila Cinema 4 on July 21 and SM Megamall Cinema 4 on July 28.

1st Set - 12NN

Sandra Aguinaldo’s “Lahat Legal Wife!"
Jay Taruc’s “Maestrang Bulod"
Kara David’s “Anghel sa Dapithapon"
Howie Severino’s “Best Friend"

2nd Set - 4PM

Sandra Aguinaldo’s Gold Medal-winning “Boy Pusit"
Jay Taruc’s “Gulong ng Buhay"
Kara David’s “Sa Mata ni Ekang"
Howie Severino’s “Huling Hala Bira!"

Open forum with the filmmakers follows after this screening. And, the best thing- admission to the I-Witness Documentary Festivals is free!

Source: GMA News

Leprozo-Palangchao Exhibit

Photojournalists David 'Kulot' Leprozo, Jr. and Harley Palangchao's images are currently on exhibit at The Mountain Province Museum, Gov. Pack Road, Baguio City. The exhibit (which opened last July 16) will run until July 31, 2007. Afterwhich, the images will be toured in different universities in Baguio from August 1 to 31.

The exhibit titled "Litrato (Picture)" highlights the richness of culture and traditions of the proud villagers of the Cordilleras in northern Philippines. Some of the images on display are the award-winning images of the two photographers, which include the documentary of the daily life of indigenous peoples.

The set of images was first displayed at SM Baguio last February before it was transferred to the Baguio Country Club. Selected images from the set will be shipped for exhibit at the Aarhus University in Denmak hopefully before the end of this year.

Leprozo works as photo correspondent of the Manila Standard Today but also moonlights in different magazines while Palangchao works as news and photo correspondent of The Manila Times and a staff reporter of the Baguio Midland Courier, the oldest regional paper north of Manila.

Catch them up!

13 July 2007

The 1st Internet & Mobile Marketing Summit

International and local internet and mobile marketing giants will be in Manila for the 1st Internet and Mobile Marketing Summit at the Hotel Intercontinental, Makati City on 9-10 August 007. The two-day summit was organized by the Internet and Mobile Marketing Association of the Philippines (IMMAP), the premier marketing associations for Internet and mobile organizations. With "Global Trends for an Interactive Philippines" as the theme, IMMAP invited the world's forward-thinking and competitive minds to speak about powerful campaign strategies and techniques for Internet and mobile marketing as well as interconnection, integration and innovation in the industry.

Speakers include Tom Sipple, managing director of Yahoo! Southeast Asia; George Gallate, CEO of Euro RSCG; Aileen Apolo, country consultant for Google Philippines; Yota Mitsunobu, chief consultant of Dentsu's Interactive Communications Division; Donald Lim, CEO of Yehey; Anders Kager, regional marketing manager of Nokia Networks; Bob Masher, chief technology officer of Isobar, a digital media agency; Ferdinand de la Cruz, head of the Wireless Business Group of Globe; Arthur Policarpio, CEO of Global Wireless Connections Inc., a mobile marketing agency; Enrique Gonzalez, CEO of IPVG, an online gaming company.

The Internet and Mobile Marketing Summit 2007 will also be the launching ground for the Boomerang Awards, the first and only awards that give recognition to the most creative and innovative Internet and mobile campaigns that made their mark in the country.

DAY 1, August 09, 2007 (Thursday)
  • Using Digital Channels to Connect with Prosumers
  • Pinoy Attitudes and Behavior Towards Internet and Mobile Advertising
  • Building Brands through Internet Marketing: A Local Perspective
  • The Digital Brand Experience
  • Emerging Trends in Internet Marketing
  • Building Brands through Mobile Marketing: A Local Perspective
  • International Best Practices and Future Trends in Internet Advertising
DAY 2, August 10, 2007 (Friday)
  • How the World's Largest Internet Company Helps Bring Together Brands and Consumers
  • New Approaches in Digital Marketing
  • Multi-Channel Marketing Effectiveness: Successfully Integrating Internet and Mobile with Traditional Media Channels
  • Marketing Opportunities in Online Gaming
  • Creating Time, the New Brand Challenge
  • Marketing Opportunities in Mobile Advertising

Collective Administration of Visual Arts in the Philippines

IPO Philippines in cooperation with International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CSAC) had jointly organized the Seminar-Workshop on the Collective Administration of Visual Arts in the Philippines which I attended recently (originally scheduled last June 29). The seminar was held as part of the 10th year of Intellectual Property Code (or RA 8293) with the theme “Celebrating Creativity.”

Three foreign speakers shared their invaluable knowledge and expertise: Mr. Ang Kwee Tiang, Regional Director of CSAC Asia-Pacific Region talked about Basic Principles of Collective Management of Rights; Ms. Carola Streul, Secretary General of European Visual Artists and General Manager of OnLineArt discussed Collective Management of Rights in the Visual Arts, The Droit de Siute, and the Administration of Rights in Visual Arts in the Digital Environment while Ms. Chryssy Tintner, CEO – Visual Arts Copyright Collecting Agency (Viscopy) for Australia & New Zealand talks about Direct Licensing and Book and Magazine Publishers, Museums and Educational Institutions, Licensing and Enforcement of Primary Uses of Rights in the Visual Arts – The Practice in other Countries and its Applicability in the Philippines. Filipino counterparts are Atty. F.D. Nicolas Pichay who talked about Copyright in the Visual Arts and Mr. Albert Avellana, owner and curator of Avellana Art Gallery who talked about The Visual Arts Market in the Philippines.

It is interesting to note that VISCOPY Australia has 7,000 professional visual artist members, comprising of fine artists, sculptors, photographers, cartoonists, illustrators, designers and a number of high end architects. 40% of their members are Indigenous visual artists (Aborigines) which speak a total of 38 languages. Viscopy also represent over 250,000 International artists for the territory of Australia, both exclusively through their 42 CISAC affiliates. They have started with only two staff and now have eight permanent staff running the Collective Society.

More than ever, copyright infringements are now rampant with the growth of the digital market and ease of access to the internet – be it music, digital photographs, illustrations and other form of creative work to the detriment of its creator/ author. These infringements were done by various levels of users including magazine and newspaper publishers, advertising companies, and individuals. Even schools are guilty of this – it was noted that schools usually use copyrighted materials (photo and literary work) in their academic packs. The author is usually at the mercy of these companies who make money out of their creation. In the Philippines, artists and authors have no collective voice, which find themselves in a difficult position to pursue these infringers. Of course, with the exception of musicians who, through FILSCAP, was able to track down and pursue cases against copyright violators.

Mr. Ang Kwee Tiang, Regional Director of CSAC Asia-Pacific Region, expressed his concern over the proliferation of Filipino painter’s masterpieces being sold at foreign auction houses with its creator receiving none since there has been no resale right (Drois de Suite). He noted in particular, the auctioning-off of Anita Magsaysay Ho’s painting in Singapore for $15,000. Under Drois de Suite, which is a French concept and is being applied in all European countries, artists have a share of the profit should the artist’s works be resold on professional art market. Philippines is a gold mine for art and with nearby Singapore, aiming to be the art auction capital of Asia, visual artists must collectively assert themselves over control of their works.

Sometimes, I see online photography sites particularly in Multiply which the author has included, next to his copyright notice, a clause which reads:” Violators shall be prosecuted to the full extent of the law." Honestly, I don't know if the photographer really mean what he says because to file a case you will need, according to Harvey, P25,000 for attorneys fees notwithstanding the fee for successive hearings. If you are a photographer just starting out, will you spare trouble of pursuing the case?

Indeed, individual management of copyright is difficult thus, an establishment of Collective Management Society is important for artists. The Collective Society also functions as an alternative recourse in pursuing copyright infringements outside of the courts (which entail considerable amount of money on the part of the artists). According to EVA's Code of Conduct, the basic function of Collective Management Societies is to administer rights on works of their members; the authors. They license uses on a collective basis applying tariffs, collect royalties and distribute those royalties in a timely fashion to the authors. They are not-for-profit entities and operate as fiduciaries. The Collective Management Societies act as fiduciaries for the artists and should always operate in best practice models which strike a balance between efficiency and cost effectiveness, while reaching the highest possible level of transparency. Their main objectives are: efficient licensing of primary rights, such as reproduction and broadcasting; efficient collection of renumeration for secondary rights; fair and quick distribution to authors, nationally and internationally; facilitating the dissemination of works, without active promotion; protecting author's rights' and promoting further economic and moral interests of their members. This Societies represents a broad scope of creatives and this includes painters, sculptors, photographers, designers and artists of applied art, estates of artists and their heirs (which administers Droit de Suite, Reproduction, Broadcasting, Cable retransmission, Public lending and renting, Photocopying, Blank tape levy and Press Mirrors among others).

Later in the afternoon, we were asked to form two groups and discuss among ourselves the issues presented. Atty. Louie Andrew C. Calvario, Chief - Dispute Settlement Division, Documentation, Information & Technology Transfer Bureau of the IPO, urged participants to take a closer look at RA 8293 and assured the group that the IPO is open to suggestions. Another lawyer from the IPO stressed that Intellectual Copyright Law in the Philippines is still on its infancy and has no jurispundence yet so it’s good to start with art communities. IP Code does not even have provisions for CM. Fellow photographer Nathaniel Salang, raised his concern about the effect of Collective Management in standardization of photographer’ fees - which I think is difficult if not impossible to implement since each photographer has a different skill and level of expertise. Reggie Fernando, also pointed out the problem being faced by photographers who enter into a work-for-hire projects - a situation where photographers are on the losing end. I've known from Ms. Streul that Collective Management is different from an Artist's Rep since with CM, you have the freedom to accept projects all by yourself - meaning there's no exclusivity of work. However, the CM will not be able to prosecute infringers on projects entered outside of the CM. Government policy will be of great help too, in swaying market forces.

Furthermore, CM is a new development in Philippine Visual Arts and will become a collective voice that will empower artists to have control over their intellectual property rights. Artists, photographers in particular must be responsible enough to know their rights and exert efforts to educate users as well. It is only through safeguarding our basic rights over our artistic creation that we, photographers can have a sustainable photography industry. This is a good start indeed!

Thanks to Louie Aguinaldo for the heads-up. Likewise, I would like to thank Ms. Pie of the IPO Office who was kind enough to give me extra slots and was able to invite Harvey Chua and Kat Palasi. Kudos to the IPO Philippines for this very worthwhile initiative!

11 July 2007

My Travel Type

I was just browsing blogs when I came across Gala Pinoy's blog. So I tried to find out what 'kind' of traveler I am (via series of questions that I think is designed to gauge personality types) and where should I go - and where I shouldn't... Get your own travel Profile here.

'Think this confirms my quest for adventure. It's been my longing to travel to Kathmandu, Madagascar, India, Bolivia, Peru, Brazil and other exotic places (I should earn a fortune first to do that in my lifetime!). I had proved that, when traveling, I prefer what is practical - bringing only the necessary things. On a work-related trip to General Santos City, an officemate of mine was so surprised to see me carry only two bags (one camera bag and the other containing my luggage enough for a 3-working day).

I had though my most uncomfortable bus ride several years ago. It happened during one of my Christmas vacations. It is during this time when I made it a point to go home in the province (Albay) and spend Christmas time with my family. And usually, I prefer to ride on an ordinary bus over airconditioned ones due to practical reasons. To avoid the rush, I reserved a ticket (it's an ordinary bus) in the old BLTB Station in Pasay City prior to my trip. I left the terminal assured that I have a sure seat. On the day of my departure, I arrived just on time. It's Christmas rush and everyone's desperate to go home. The bus was almost full when I arrived. As I board the bus, I was greeted with luggages and cartons stacked along the bus' passageways, ubiquitous cans of biscuit which almost every passenger buys for a pasalubong, passengers of all sizes and smell, and fighting cocks crackling at the back - quite a feast for the senses you might say. As I searched for my reserved seat, I was caught by surprise to see an old lady sitting on the seat assigned to me. I greeted the old lady and informed her if I can take the seat reserved for me. The lady, which is approximately 80 years of age, seems to have a hearing defect and can't hear me. I asked the passengers beside her if the lady had a companion, they told me there was none. Poor Dennis! I have to stand along with other chance passengers. The bus left the terminal and looking at us, we seem like bats hanging on a wire. And we swayed to and fro as the bus wiggled its way down South. The journey become torturous upon reaching Quezon Province, where, at that time, majority of the road are being repaired so we have to contend with the bumpy ride. One of the passengers lend me his can of biscuits for me to sit on. What a relief! I had only taken my reserved seat when we're in Daet, Camarines Norte. The rest was history :)

10 July 2007

SBN - 2666

Voyeurs Beware! SBN-2666 known as the Anti-video voyeurism act authored by Sen. Miriam Santigao penalizing Photo and Video voyeurism pending approval in the Philippine Senate:


The advances in technology have brought about many comforts in our everyday activities. However, some unscrupulous individuals have misused these technological advances to the detriment of their unsuspecting victims. An example of such misuse is photo and video

Photo and video voyeurism is the act of capturing an image of a private area of an individual without their consent, and knowingly doing it under circumstances in which the individual has a reasonable expectation of privacy. With the proliferation of camera phones, webcams, PDAs and a host of other miniature lenses, some individuals have become victims of photo and video voyeurs.

In the U.S., “cyber peeking” is often focused on fetish photographs taken from cameras mounted on shoe tops, labels and hats. In addition, U.S. law enforcement authorities report a steady increase of hidden cameras in bedrooms, bathrooms, public showers, locker rooms and tanning salons. From there, millions of photographs and video hit the Internet. While the situation is not that bad in the Philippines, there are several instances when individuals, mostly women, become the victims of “high-tech” voyeurism.

For the victim, it is obviously very embarrassing and degrading to be photographed in a compromised position. It is a form of invasion of personal privacy. Since it is the duty of the state to guarantee the right of its citizens to privacy, this bill is aimed at fulfilling such duty.

Miriam Defensor-Santiago

Should this be made into law, an offender shall be punished by imprisonment of not less than one (1) year nor more than five (5) years or a fine or not less than ten thousand pesos (P10,OOO) nor more that fifty thousand pesos (P50,OOO) or both at the discretion of the Court.

Source: Senate of the Philippines website

09 July 2007

Boomerang Awards 2007

Boomerang Awards, the 1st Internet and Mobile Marketing Awards is now up and online. This is the first and only awards that recognizes the role of Internet and Mobile platform in building the business of brands, services and companies in the Philippines The awards give recognition to campaigns that utilizes the web/internet and mobile devices as vehicles in meeting business objectives in the most creative, innovative and breakthrough manner.

How one handles a Boomerang dictates how it performs and "goes back" to the handler or user. If one throws it properly, more likely than not, it will perfectly "boomerang" back to him, thus "meeting his objective". This is what the awards is all about.

The competition is open the public. Internet and Mobile campaigns launched by companies in the Philippines between January 2005 and March 2007 is qualified to participate in the competition. Because the competition put premium on the significant contribution of the campaigns to business of brands, services or companies, IMMAP reserves the right to authenticate business results submitted in the entry form.

Entries must fall under any of the following classifications:
  • Internet/ Web Marketing
  • Mobile Marketing
The Entries will be judged based on the following:
Strategic significance in meeting the desired business objectives
Creativity and innovativeness in using the web/internet and mobile devices as communication mediums


Gold Boomerang
It is awarded to the campaign that has most effectively utilized both the Internet and Mobile platforms demonstrated by a creative, breakthrough manner with remarkable advancement in business performance.

Cyber Boomerang
This award is given to highly effective campaigns that use the web/internet as its central communication platform.

Mobile Device Boomerang
This award is given to highly effective campaigns using mobile devices as its central communications platform.

Board Of Directors Boomerang
This special award is given by IMMAP board of directors to honor individuals and/or organization for their significant contribution in the promotion and progress of Internet and mobile marketing industry in the Philippines.

Boomerang Awards require an entry fee of P1,500/ entry.

Submit an entry to the Boomerang Awards: the 1st Internet and Mobile Marketing Awards

06 July 2007

Simple Lang: Pledge For The Planet Campaign

As mentioned in my previous post, here it is:

Greenpeace would like to invite you to the launch of Simple Lang: Save the Climate. The Simple Lang campaign challenges Pinoys to do simple things that will help save the planet from climate change. Come and party with Greenpeace! We hope to see you at this Saturday, July 7, at the Conspiracy Bar along Visayas Avenue, Quezon City (Phone: 453-2170). Party from 8pm onwards! No cover charge.

Local artists will be performing and you can jam with them later in the evening. They will also feature an online feed of the Live Earth concerts. Don't miss the chance to party for Mother Earth and hang out with Greenpeace friends! See you there!

Haven't pledged for the climate? Click here

Greenpeace is an independent, campaigning organization which uses non-violent, creative confrontation to expose global environment problems, and to force the solutions which are essential to a green and peaceful future.

05 July 2007

Live Earth: The Concerts for a Climate in Crisis

Illustration/ Graphic from Inquirer Page One

Live Earth is a 24-hour, 7-continent concert series taking place on 7/7/07 that will bring together more than 100 music artists and 2 billion people to trigger a global movement to solve the climate crisis.

Live Earth marks the beginning of a multi-year campaign led by the Alliance for Climate Protection, The Climate Group and other international organizations to drive individuals, corporations and governments to take action to solve global warming.

Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore is the Chair of the Alliance and Partner of Live Earth. Live Earth was founded by Kevin Wall, the Worldwide Executive Producer of Live 8, an event that brought together one of the largest audiences in history to combat poverty. Wall formed a partnership with Al Gore and the Alliance for Climate Protection to ensure that Live Earth inspires behavioral changes long after 7/7/07.

Live Earth will stage official concerts at Giants Stadium in New York; Wembley Stadium in London; Aussie Stadium in Sydney; Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro; Maropeng at the Cradle of Humankind in Johannesburg; Makuhari Messe in Tokyo; the Steps of the Oriental Pearl Tower in Shanghai; and HSH Nordbank Arena in Hamburg.

Live Earth is a project of the SOS campaign, which is using a powerful multimedia platform - films, television, radio, Internet, books, wireless and others - to move people to combat the climate crisis.


Live Earth USA - Giants Stadium
AFI, Akon, Alicia Keys, Bon Jovi, Dave Matthews Band, Fall Out Boy, John Mayer, Kanye West, Kelly Clarkson, KT Tunstall, Ludacris, Melissa Etheridge, The Police, Roger Waters, Smashing Pumpkins

Live Earth UK - Wembley Stadium
Beastie Boys, Black Eyed Peas, Bloc Party, Corinne Bailey Rae, Damien Rice, David Gray, Duran Duran, Foo Fighters, Genesis, James Blunt, John Legend, Keane, Madonna, Paolo Nutini, Razorlight, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Snow Patrol

Live Earth Australia - Aussie Stadium
Blue King Brown, Crowded House, Eskimo Joe, Ghostwriters, Jack Johnson, John Butler Trio, Missy Higgins, Paul Kelly, Sneaky Sound System, Toni Collette & The Finish, Wolfmother

Live Earth Germany - Arena at Hamburg
Chris Cornell, Jan Delay, Juli, Katie Melua, Lotto King Karl, Maná, Michael Mittermeier, Sasha, Silbermond, Reamonn, Roger Cicero and Snoop Dogg

Live Earth Japan - Makuhari Messe
Linkin Park, Rihanna, Ai Otsuka, Cocco, Genki Rockets, Kumi Koda, RIP SLYME, RIZE

Live Earth South Africa - Coca Cola Dome
UB40, Joss Stone, Angelique Kidjo, Baaba Maal, Danny K, The Parlotones, The Soweto Gospel Choir, Vusi Mahlasela, and Zola.

Live Earth China - Oriental Pearl Tower
Sarah Brightman, Eason Chan, Winnie Hsin, Evonne Hsu, Huang Xiao Ming, Anthony Wong, Joey, 12 Girls Band and Soler.

Live Earth Brazil - Copacabana Beach
Lenny Kravitz, Pharrell Williams, Macy Gray, Xuxa, O Rappa, Marcelo D2, Jorge Ben Jor, Jota Quest, Vanessa Da Matta and MV Bill.

Live Earth Philippines - Too bad there's none! :)

Lea Guerrero, Greenpeace Media Campaigner informed me that their group is coming up of an event in connection with this (though not included among Live Earth official concerts). No details yet as of this writing. Any developments will be posted in this blog, so stay tuned.

Live Earth will be transmitted worldwide, from EIGHT cities (New York, London, Johannesburg, Rio de Janeiro, Shanghai, Tokyo, Sydney, and Hamburg) by Intelsat ( using its industry-leading network of Satellite and terrestrial facilities in standard and high definition, across multiple media channels - TV, radio, Internet and wireless channels.

On July 7th, Live Earth concerts will be streamed live by MSN at

Electric Jeepneys: The first of its kind in Southeast Asia

The ubiquituous jeepney, a filipino creation of ingenuity now has a new cousin. These are the country's first e-Jeepneys which rolled-off Makati CBD in an initial test drive. The Electric Jeepneys are part of an innovative project, Climate Friendly Cities, led by Green Renewable Independent Power Producer, Inc. (GRIPP), Greenpeace and the Makati City Government. These jeepneys are intended to steer clear of the use of fossil fuels to help mitigate climate change, even while they address urban problems such as air pollution and solid waste.

Related links:
Electric Jeepneys welcomed in Makati City with first official test drive
Can the jeepney lead the way to a bright future of clean, renewable energy?
E-Jeepney electrifies Makati folk

The above image had also appeared in GMA News TV.

04 July 2007

Virtual No More: 100+ Bloggers Meet at Taste Asia

It was my second time to attend a bloggers' meet. The first was during the i-Blog 3 held at UP this year. I have known about the event through Armand Frasco (a.k.a. Bluman) of who urged me to register in the event.

I came not knowing what to expect, so I waited for the event to unfold. I finally met Karla Maquiling (also of at the venue, with her friends Tanya and Ailene. As I go ala societal voyeur, I've seen familiar faces like Carlo Tecson, a fellow photographer and listmember at PhiPho & PhPhoto, and Janette Toral . Got also a chance to have a chat with Aileen Apolo, Google Philippines Country Consultant, Ian Co of Tower Publishing, Inc., Robert Kwee, EVP of SM Hypermarket together with Josie Gan, AVP for Marketing & Promotions. Fellow bloggers I met were Geri Barcelona, Juan Karlo Licudine and Lalon dela Rosa.

Food was more than enough and drinks were kept flowing. The organizers too was very generous and made sure each won't go home empty handed. Bagful of giveaways (containing Walker shirt, notebook, socks, and complimentary cards for Bidwise) and mugs was raffled off.

Thanks to Aileen Apolo and SM Hypermarket for this initiative.

02 July 2007

Club Mwah!

Have you ever been to Club Mwah? I'd been there through the invitation of a friend, Jenny Exconde, to cover their company's event. I must admit that I don't have a night life and seldom go out at night except of course to shoot events, concerts and performances. It's my first time to be there and while I have seen gay impersonators perform on other comedy bars, production numbers in Club Mwah is truly exceptional. See it for yourself.