Part of what we do in our agency as government communicators is to help empower our partners in the localities in communicating public service messages. The public information officers (PIO) of the local government units are critical to our goal of an “enlightened citizenry empowered to make informed decisions.” The PIOs serve as the spokespersons of the local government units and government agencies. One way … Continue reading Sharing is caring: Handouts on Writing
I delivered the Closing Remarks during the 15th General Membership Meeting of the Coalition for Better Education, a Cebu-based national NGO working on helping improve public education in the country. This was the speech I wrote on my phone just minutes before I was scheduled to walk up onstage. I wish I can say that I work better under pressure but the truth is I … Continue reading Education as a weapon
My favourite coffee shop is the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf (CBTL), not because of their coffee but because I absolutely adore their Banana Chocolate Muffin. It’s flakey on the outside and moist on the inside. You can really taste the banana goodness in it. I never really realised how perfect a pair banana and chocolate makes until I took a bite of this muffin.
CBTL is “born and brewed” in California, USA. Other American enterprises that have become popular among Filipinos are Krispy Kreme, Starbucks, Forever 21, among others. One of the reasons why these American companies, and other foreign-based ones, were able to set up shop here in the Philippines is because of trade agreements such as those discussed during APEC Meetings.
APEC stands for Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC). There are 21 member-economies under APEC: Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, People’s Republic of China, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Peru, the Philippines, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, the United States of America, and Vietnam. Continue reading “What and why APEC? (My version of APEC for Dummies)”
It was an idea that came out of another idea. It’s funny, and wonderful, when ideas seem to spark off each other, until it becomes a series of fortunate events that connect people to other people, to places, to other ideas. Last year, after the Climate Change Advocacy Project between Philippine Information Agency (PIA) and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) was finalized, … Continue reading #iBLOGforBANTAYAN started from an idea and a couch
It was only when I became an editor that I became a better writer. It could be that by spotting the typos and grammatical errors in other people’s works that I learned how to best tighten my own copy. Editing other people’s articles made me look at my own writing from a different perspective, a better one. It’s like when you slip in the other person’s … Continue reading My three best books on writing
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Whether or not you’re a Christian or read the Bible, I think you’ll find this infographic pretty interesting. The Bible, by far, is the “best-selling” book of all time. In sheer numbers, just look at how it compares in terms of copies sold. Also, of note, the infographic shows the books with the largest word count. Mission Earth by scientologist wack… Continue reading The Most Popular Book Of All Time
The view is straight out of a charming travel postcard: powdery white sand, blue-kissed waves that sparkled under the summer sun, Crayola-color painted bancas parked under tall, swaying coconut trees. One might say that the beaches in the town of San Remigio in Cebu look just like any other beach in the Philippines. But there’s one fact that separates the shores of this fishing town … Continue reading San Remigio: Haven for beach and basket lovers
I’m typing this out on the WordPress app on my iPhone to roadtest mobile blogging. I haven’t blogged in months (or is it nearly a year?) and I’m hoping that mobile blogging will help me get my blogging mojo back. What prevented me from giving this a try before is the thought of typing long form on my phone. I’m naturally suspicious of gadgets that … Continue reading Sampling the moblogging