Snippet Media Launches the "X" Space for Bloggers

by 12:24 PM
During the launch of SnippetX (Thursday, August 10 @ Yes Please, BGC), the founder Kitson Kho, explained to us how Snippet Media works and how did they come up with the idea of building the SnippetX for bloggers. Technically, their goal is to make blogging better and wider. Aside from the country's top bloggers, other models and celebrities were also spotted during the launch.




In the last five years, we have seen the dramatic rise of the influence of social media and blogging all over the world. From training their sights solely on celebrities, brands have shifted their attention to influencers and bloggers to market their brand and their products. That's undeniable! I am always disclosing to you guys if the post is sponsored or not and if you are following this humble blog for quite some time now, you know for sure that I always give my honest opinion regardless if it is sponsored or not.




Here in the Philippines, apart from being a medium of creative self-expression for many Filipinos, blogging has become an effective tool in communicating—from promoting the Philippines and what the country has to offer, to influencing and shaping opinions about particular issues and society in general.



With this in mind, Filipino technology company SnippetMEdia, creator of the mobile app SnippetMEdia (which I am using and loving), has decided to take blogging a step further by creating a new platform to cater exclusively to bloggers and independent content creators—SnippetX. 


The check shows how much investment they put in to build the SnippetX
SnippetX is a new platform in SnippetMEdia that brings a whole new dimension to news aggregation by providing unique access to stories written by local and international content creators on topics users are most interested in. I personally signed the application form to be part of SnippetX during their launch so I am hoping that our humble blog will be chosen because it will be a great platform to showcase my creations.



“Whether it’s about travel, fashion, food or technology, Filipinos will now have access to a multitude of stories written by Pinoy bloggers all in one click,” Kitson Kho, founder and chairman of SnippetMEdia said.



So you may be wondering how does SnippetX work?



Kho likens SnippetX to a hub, where content from bloggers and freelance writers can be accessed by readers through the app. With SnippetX, online content creators can maximize the impact of their stories and keep readers engaged with the stories they want to see and follow.




“People are on their smartphones for a good number of hours every day. Being in a mobile app opens opportunities to reach a more captive and responsive audience through targeting and better recommended stories,” he explains.



“SnippetMEdia makes reading and discovering online content easier by saving the users the time and effort in finding what they want to read among a multitude of sources,” stresses Kho. “And now with SnippetX, SnippetMEdia brings a whole new dimension to news aggregation by providing unique access to stories written by Filipino online content creators on topics users are most interested in,” he adds.





Donwload the SnippetMedia App now on Google Play and App Store for FREE! :) For more information, visit http://snippetmedia.com






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Soft Laser Peel experience at O2 Skin Laser Center

by 6:34 PM
Soft laser peel is an FDA certified procedure using 1064nm wavelength which safely stimulates epidermal renewal and collagen synthesis. It effectively minimizes pore size and promotes acne recovery by targeting the bacteria found in acne and reducing sebum production. It also promotes skin tightening.

This procedure includes facial cleansing, pricking, the carbon masking, soft laser itself, relaxing charcoal facial mask, and pimple injection. To be honest, it wasn't painful at all. I have low pain tolerance so you are assured that it doesn't hurt, you'll just hear a bothering sound but it only means the laser is working its way to make you more beautiful. :)






Where to avail?

http://o2laserskincenter.com

How much?

P6,000 per session

How many sessions needed?

A minimum of three sessions is needed to see visible effects.

Is it worth it?

After my first treatment, I noticed that my pores tightened a bit and the oil production in my T-zone area were lessened. I can see the benefits up until now since the effect of this treatment is for a long time.

Who is O2 Laser Skin Center?

Established in 2006, O2 Laser Skin Center provides the latest facial care & laser derma services. It already has good reputation to the Korean and Japanese community through providing vitamin facial care which is vital lonzyme and latest cutting edge laser derma services such as fractional laser for skin tightening and Laser toning for Melasma.

Where to find them?

Ground Unit A, Waypoint Building,
4 Bayani Road, AFPOVAI, Taguig City 1634

Call: (02) 512-8315


I documented my entire Soft Laser Peel experience at O2 Skin Laser Center via video blog. I know you guys are excited to see so here it is:





Disclaimer: I received free services from O2 Laser Skin Center but I am not paid to do this vlog. It's my personal discretion to upload a video and share you my experience. You know how honest I am in giving you my thoughts and opinion about the products and services I am trying. It is still best to consult them or your local dermatologist first before availing any treatment.



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YouTube NextUp comes to the Philippines

by 11:37 AM
YouTube is announcing the inaugural launch of its NextUp contest in the Philippines to turbocharge the careers of local up-and-coming YouTube creators. Since its launch in 2011, NextUp has helped over 300 creators in more than 15 countries take their channels to the next level, giving them skills, mentorship, and a network to help them create compelling content. This year, YouTube NextUp is looking for creative and inspiring creators who will join a week-long creator camp at the next YouTube Pop-up Space Manila from October 19-24, where they will learn production techniques from NextUp alumni and work closely with top YouTube creators.


So who’s NextUp? YouTube is looking for passionate and motivated YouTube creators who are ready to create powerful stories with better production skills; those who are seeking mentorship from production and channel development experts, and eager participants looking for an opportunity to collaborate with talented creators and be a part of the global NextUp community. 

If you are selected to join the NextUp Manila’s class of 2017, you are eligible to receive:

  A ₱100,000 voucher for production equipment to help you make your video dreams a reality.
  A spot at a week-long creator camp at the YouTube Pop-up Space Manila. You’ll team up with production experts to harness new techniques in camera, lighting, and sound, and receive coaching from the YouTube Partnerships team on how to grow your audience.
 Mentorship by YouTube NextUp grads, plus the opportunity to meet and work with other fast-rising creators.



To enter the contest and see full details, go to youtube.com/nextup to fill out the application form. To be eligible for NextUp Manila, your channel must be in good standing with 10,000 to 100,000 subscribers. The channels will also be selected on the basis of their potential for improvement, capacity for attracting audiences, and alignment with YouTube’s core values. The deadline for submitting the application form is August 2, 2017.

NextUp’s launch in the Philippines further boosts opportunities for a growing community of Filipino creators. Last year, the Philippines saw a 150 percent growth in hours of content uploaded to YouTube and a 65 percent year on year growth in mobile watchtime.

“We’re bringing NextUp to the Philippines to support Filipino creators, who are among the most creative and inspiring in the world. We want to help them bring their YouTube careers to the next level by exposing them to meaningful learning experiences,” said Gabby Roxas, Google Philippines Country Marketing Manager. “We are also giving Filipino creators the opportunity to inspire and learn from other creators around the world who share their passion for creating great online content.”

For inquiries on YouTube NextUp Manila, visit youtube.com/nextup or send an email to nextup@youtube.com.



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Alexander Lee is your new Oppa at My Korean Jagiya

by 4:34 PM
Alexander Lee, a former member of the K-pop boy band, U-Kiss is the newest leading man of our Kapuso Star, Ms. Heart Evangelista, in her upcoming rom-com series, My Korean Jagiya. It is an upcoming Philippine-Korean drama series directed by Mark A. Reyes. The series is set to premiere in August 21, 2017 replacing I Heart Davao on GMA Network's Telebabad primetime block.

Photo: @iamhearte



Aside from being a K-Pop Idol, Alexander Lee is also a dedicated actor. Some of his projects are "3 Peas in a Pod," "Immortal Masterpiece," and "Moorim School." Aside from singing, dancing and acting, this young idol speaks seven languages and they are Korean, English, Cantonese, Mandarin, Japanese, Spanish, and Portuguese. Wow! That's really impressive.

Photo Source: GMA Entertainment website

This is the first time the network is shooting in South Korea for an original series and the first time Kapuso stars will work with popular Korean actors. Heart Evangelista and Alexander instantly warmed up to each other when they started filming for 'My Korean Jagiya.' at  MBC Cultural Village, the same exact location where the famous former Kapuso series, Jewel in the Palace was filmed. Nami Island, Namsan park, and lock bridge are also some of their shooting locations.

Photo Source: GMA Entertainment website

Aside from Lee, David Kim, Michelle Oh, and Jerry Lee are some of the imported talents people should watch in the upcoming show. The entire cast includes Janice de Belen, Ricky Davao, Iya Villania, Edgar Allan Guzman, Valeen Montenegro, Myke Salomon, Jinri Park, Frances Makil Ignacio, Divine Aucina, and Khane Dela Cruz.





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Open Kitchen: A New Food Park in Cubao

by 5:05 PM
I saw this newly opened food park when our uber driver change our route going home. It was around 11:00pm and I was wondering why there's a party going on during that time. I was amazed by the lights and sound so I asked our driver to slow down so I can check what was going on and confirmed! It's a newly opened food park!

Open Kitchen Food Park


Open Kitchen Food Park is designed such that containers hosting various unique food concepts have kitchens that are largely open to the entire food park. Not only will the environment entertain and make diners comfortable, it will also showcase chefs’ talents in their habitat so that guests can see how their favorite dishes are prepared.

Where?
34-36 P. Tuazon Boulevard, Brgy. Kaunlaran, Cubao
Quezon City, Philippines

Contact
0917 834 2446

The ambiance of this food park is really nice as it gives that chill yet appetizing vibes. There are bands serenading the guests and enough parking for those who want to bring their cars. The food park itself is along the road so it is really easy to locate.





Frying Kick

We first activated our appetite to prepare our hungry tummies for the main dish haha. We ordered Mozzarella sticks from Frying Kick. This one's really appetizing and the serving is quite big so me and my friends enjoyed this so much.
Mozzarella Sticks P125.00
Someone's enjoying his cheese sticks haha


The Archipelago

After that appetizing starter, we then decided to order for heavy meals (rice) haha. We chose this restaurant called: The Archipelago. This one's a sister company of the famous Barrio Fiesta chain of restaurants so our expectations were high. Me and my friends were disappointed because we did not enjoy the foods. For their prices, we were expecting  a little more serving and something special but the foods taste typical. The good thing is that, their foods are well garnished so they are Instagram worthy.


Bangus Steak P185.00

Chili Pork P185.00

Crispy Liempo P185.00

Biggy's

Since we were not satisfied with our main dish, we decided to try another concessionaire and we found this Biggy's. They serve inihaw's in a bucket (isaw, bbq, chicharon bulaklak, etc.) My friends ordered the BM1 (3pcs Pork BBQ with rice and Achara) and the BB4 (2 BBQ, 2 Bulaklak, and 4 Isaw). I don't eat pork so my friends are the ones who told me that it tastes super good and they really enjoyed the suka or vinegar that the inihaws came with.


BM1 (3pcs Pork BBQ with rice and Achara) P129.00

BB4 (2 BBQ, 2 Bulaklak, and 4 Isaw) P149.00

After hours of food trip, we went straight to their rooftop to chill and feel the relaxing cold breeze while listening to band. We also took some pictures there because the environment was really inviting.



All in all, we really enjoyed our experience at the Open Kitchen food park and we will definitely go back because there's a lot of restaurants there that we wanna try. That's the good thing about food parks, you get to try different dishes in one place. I personally recommend you this place my awesome readers. :)






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The Most Popular YouTube Ads In the Philippines during Jan-June 2017

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Google released its YouTube Ads leaderboard for the first half of 2017. The list represents the top 10 ads on YouTube in the Philippines that resonated most with audiences across the country during January to June and celebrates the brands that performed best among Filipino audiences through a combination of popularity and promotion. This is the 8th time Google has release an ads leaderboard in the Philippines.

This list shows what brands can achieve through the creativity and power of online video. It’s often assumed that attention spans are getting shorter, with multiple distractions vying for people’s attention. But with Filipinos choosing to watch ads of over three minutes long— many times over—it shows that if brands have the right message, consumers will pay attention.

What brands have realised is that on YouTube what matters most is telling a good story. Their extremely touching tale of friendship and acceptance is first and foremost an emotional story, with branded messages kept to a minimum at the end of the video.

1. #CreateCourage -Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2:02 Duration Minutes)



2. Kaya Niya, Kaya Mo (1:17 Duration Minutes)




3. NESFRUTA Buko? WhyNot, Coconut! | NESFRUTA | NestlĂ© PH (0:30 Duration minutes)














6. The Boy Who Loves toStudy (3:20 Duration minutes)



7. Kwentong JollibeeValentine Series: Crush (2:55 Duration minutes)






9. Make meaningfulconnections like never before. (1:00 Duration minutes)



10. Ang Regalo ni Lolo (2:51 Duration minutes)



Other top trends from the leaderboard:

YouTube enables marketers to capture audience interest with the power of sight, sound and motion. The list shows the importance of being seen (or “viewability”) and being heard (“audibility”) and on YouTube ads are 93% viewable and 95% audible. The list clearly shows that Filipino brands understand the power of:

Valuing values. These ads are remarkable for reflecting Filipinos’ strong sense of community and shared values. With Globe’s ad promoting courage and Jollibee celebrating generosity and gratitude, brands know that if they want their audience to care, they have to share their values and appealing to Filipinos’ sense of community spirit is a great way to demonstrate this.

Family ties. Similar to the “values” point, family means a great deal in the Philippines and brands have realised this with 4 out of ten of the ads using stories that play on this theme including McDonald’s story of a mother and son persevering and Smart’s tale of a son sharing his adventures with his sick mother.

Catchy tunes. Music videos are hugely popular on YouTube so it’s no surprise that 7 out of the ten ads play more like music videos than ads with music in many cases doing most of the storytelling.


Gabby Roxas, Country Marketing Manager for Google Philippines said, “In this, our 8th leaderboard, brands earned the attention of Filipinos, many times over. The Leaderboard highlights the most watched ads on YouTube in the Philippines and is a great snapshot of Filipino creativity and storytelling ability. The range and quality is outstanding and it’s great to see all the brands on the list doing so well.”



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