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Jesus Is Love Church Celebrates 23rd Anniversary

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ILOILO CITY, November 19, 2017, Jesus Is Love Church (JILC) celebrates 23 years of God’s faithfulness as a church family.  JILC is an autonomous Pentecostal church in the city that adheres to the doctrinal beliefs of the Assemblies of God. It also values its unified beliefs with the evangelicals who believe in Jesus Christ as Divine Being, His saving death and resurrection, the triune God, and the Bible as the ultimate authority.

The celebration started with a combined worship service at 9:15 in the morning at Jesus Is Love Church Sanctuary, Cinema 3, 4th Floor, Gaisano City, La Paz including the preaching of God’s Word. About 600 JILCians, the Christians of JILC, gathered in the joyous event.

The theme of this celebration is Rise of the Remnants declaring how God will spare those who will stay faithful up to end!

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After the service, lunch is prepared at the lobby of the cinema hall.

Menus were Fish Fillet, Lengua and Steak, Lechon Baboy, Pancit, Soup, Buttered Chicken, Cake and Ice Cream.

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Simultaneously, there was also a photo booth for JILCians to capture the moments with their family.

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Not long after a sumptuous lunch, the church started giving away gifts. The winners are picked by drawing a ticket number. Aside from a worship service, this part became the most alive and energetic segment. Everyone had their own share of tiny heart attacks while the ticket numbers are being announced. Excitement filled the whole lobby. When God blessed a church like Jesus is Love Church, the first in line to be a recipient is its members. From bedroom essentials, kitchen essentials, to appliances and some mystery envelopes who know what’s inside, everyone was tickled now and then. Here are some giveaways during the celebration.

Jesus Is Love

Jesus Is Love

It was indeed a day of celebration at Jesus Is Love Church! I am sending my warmest greetings on your 23rd anniversary! More favored and blessed years to come!

Everyone is welcome to join the regular worship services at Jesus Is Love Church every Sunday, 9:30AM and 5:30PM and prayer and soaking every Friday at 6PM. Visit the church at Cinema 3, 4th Floor, Gaisano City, La Paz, Iloilo City!

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Mahalo in Olotayan Island, Capiz

Mahalo in Olotayan

After some heartwarming outreach in Sicogon this summer, we bring Mahalo in Olotayan Island, Capiz to spread some Word of God, faith, love, hope, and joy to kids and to the community. Nile on Weekends joins Mahalo Team to touch the hearts and inspire the minds of the kids in Olotayan Integrated School in Capiz and the rest of the people in the community.

On November 11, 2017, at four in the morning, we headed off to Roxas City by car and arrived around 6:30 in Banica, Roxas City, Capiz. We waited for the boat to have us cross the island.

We arrived at the school around 8:30 in the morning. We set everything and settled everyone to prepare for the program. Activities were sharing of God’s word to the kids by grade level, gift-giving, lunch for the kids, free circumcision for the boys and medical mission simultaneously. We had 235 kids (15 of those had free circumcision), and around 70 elders who benefited from the outreach program.

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My class was composed of grade 7 and 8. As I started to share in the class about God’s story of love, I noticed the scarcity of hope and dreams for the students. When asked about their aspirations, a blank stare filled their faces. This made me shift the message to address this issue.

Mahalo in Olotayan

Mahalo in Olotayan

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Aside from sharing them the love that God has for everyone, I showed how God can change one’s life when dreams are manifested into reality. God talked to them in motivation to show that He has a bigger plan for their lives. That realizing the dream of God for them is not a selfish ambition but a divine pursuit of His good intention for us all. God has to break the mentality of inferiority and the unwarranted contentment.

Mahalo in Olotayan

When God said that ask whatever it is in Jesus’ Name, it simply means that He has divine discontentment to our state. He wants progression and success for all of us, even to these kids. He sent Jesus to give us life, and have it more abundantly. Their contentment of their current state is unwarranted and divinely not permitted because God has greater plans for them. That these kids should not listen to the voice of disappointment, discouragement, doubts, fears, lack, and scarcity. They should listen to the voice of hope that God sends to them every now and then.

After we discussed God’s dream for them, we allowed them to have some personal moments to write their gratitude to God and their aspirations, dreams, and hopes in life. We prayed over them and their individual destiny in this life. Then, we gave them just enough food for lunch. Then we proceeded with a short program in the covered court to have some fun, dancing, and singing. (Check the video posted on Facebook.)

Mahalo in Olotayan

Mahalo in Olotayan

Then we distributed the school supply packs to the kids. The kit contains pad papers, notebook, pens or pencils, erasers and sharpeners, a pocket bible and some pairs of socks.

Mahalo in Olotayan

Mahalo in Olotayan

Simultaneously, Mahalo in Olotayan Outreach Program also had the medical mission and free circumcision. Here are some photos.

Mahalo in Olotayan

Mahalo in Olotayan

After the program was finished, we had our lunch. You can surely tell we were on the island as we had the following food for lunch. Shrimp. Oysters. Dried fish.

Mahalo in Olotayan

After we enjoyed the sumptuous lunch, we rested for a while. After regaining some strength, we went to some greens in the island to plant some trees as our support to our environment.

Mahalo in Olotayan

Mahalo in Olotayan

Mahalo in Olotayan

The tree planting concluded our Mahalo in Olotayan outreach program. We packed our things and went straight to the other side of the island where we had space for our tents. The sunset ended the day perfectly with the hues and colors.

In behalf of the whole team, we want to extend our deepest and warmest gratitude to all who supported this outreach. We hope to have still on our upcoming outreaches. Also, a shoutout of thanksgiving to Brgy. Captain Bongbong Aninang and Ma’am Agnes of Olotayan Island. I am blessed to be part of Mahalo in Olotayan.

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Saving Money: 4 Disciplines For A Savvy Millennial

Saving money has been a dilemma especially for millennials. With all the trendy stuff everywhere, savings go thinner and thinner. Everyone is easily distracted and tempted to buy new gadgets, travel to places and buy in the new fashion. Money smoothly flows out of our pockets in just a matter of a day.

According to statistics, 62 percent of millennials under 30 say they are experiencing “some” financial stress, also 15% says that they are being faced with a skyrocketing financial stress. Moreover, there are only 20% of millennials think that they can retire at the age of 65. This means that they are not sure of their financial stability and their preparation towards it.

Here is my quick tips to start your millennial savings.

Saving Money Tip: Consistency on little efforts yields to big results.

Start little. You don’t need to have a huge amount to start your savings. Start with what you have and take it slow but consistently. Ideally, savings must be 25% of what you earn. But, you can start from 10% of it and increase it after some time. Make it 15%. Then, you can shoot up to 25%, while you still enjoy your essentials and necessities. Do it every day, faithfully. In the long run, you will see the fruit of your labor.

Saving Money Tip: Spend less than you make.

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This is a common knowledge but still is worth the repeat. According to a report,  nine (9) out of ten (10) millennials overspend, under save or take additional debt at least one month per year. That is troublesome, right? Overspending sometimes is an unaware habit. Make sure that before spending any of your resources, keep a portion for saving. And be very decisive not to touch the saving unless an unforeseen critical situation arises. Having a monthly list of things to buy or pay will ease your management of the budget.

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Saving Money Tip: Don’t hop the bandwagon.

With the access to social media platforms, you can easily see what’s new with your friends. They may either have new fashion outfits, traveled to different places, or eat some delicious food. And it’s hard not to aspire and do the same. However, you have a different situation in your hand with different sets of priorities. This time, you should be determined to save money because spending it is a lot easier. Discipline is necessary. That may be difficult at first but in the end, everything will pay off.

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Saving Money Tip: Save while you enjoy.

I am on a journey of starting my own discipline of saving a portion of my income. I can tell it is really hard with the kind of setup that I have for myself. However, what I realize as of this moment is that to save is not really to sacrifice one’s enjoyment. It only needs a proper management of priorities. Starting little with the goal of increasing the saving over time, spending less with the essential needs, and discipline on priorities will align you to save while you enjoy. You will have to make goals and monitor your progress. From their, small efforts combined over time will become a huge result.

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I am convinced that savings won’t grow without you starting it. Let’s try it for a little amount. Every day, with discipline and determination, just keep doing it regularly. Look far ahead to what the future holds. That little amount that you have at the moment will become an investment that you will surely enjoy. Start little, start now! Think bigger, live better!

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Money Tips: Money Through The Eyes Of Love

Money Tips

Money has been a red-hot topic in every generation particularly to today’s “millennials”. This makes financial literacy and management an essential tool to thrive on this aspect. Looking up the latest money tips, everyone just wants to earn, save and invest. But the concept of money and savings is tainted with doubts, disappointments, and disasters due to lack of right information, system, and decisions.

Now, I want to discuss money in comparison with “love”. Interesting, right? I am not saying we must love money, rather money has some unique qualities that are comparable to love. How do you love? Can love grow? Can love be shared and given? Can love return to the lover? Can love be lost? Now, let’s talk about love and money!

Money Tips: Love, just like money, is investible.

Everyone has the ability and the potential to love. It’s in our nature. We love and crave for love. Love is a powerful thing that can grow in time. It becomes undefiable when we know how to invest it in a right person. To grow love, we invest our time, emotion, and our resources. This is one picture of money. We can’t deny that money is an essential thing today. We all have the ability and the potential to earn money. But, to maintain or even grow the money we have, we must be dead sure on how and where we invest it. Understand different aspects of investments from bank saving to an insurance policy or to shares and stakeholdings. Each investment option has its purpose and perks. Just like in savings, invest your money in the bank when it’s a short-term period (from time-to-time you can withdraw) while you can invest in an insurance or a house renovation when it’s a long-term one.

Money Tips: Love, just like money, doesn’t always yield to an ROI at your first shot.

Not all who fell in love for the first time gets the jackpot. Not all first love stories succeeded to stay strong and intact for years. Some fell to the ground, while others realized it’s not working and went to next relationship. Sometimes, it takes several heartbreaks to arrive in your destined life partner. Most of the relationships grew outside the first shot of love. In like manner, you have no assurance that your money invested in something will return to you in folds. Even the Giant of the Giants, Bill Gates and his team, once had an investment that did not turn out well.

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Despite efforts to sell our wares as far afield as South America, we had virtually no customers. Traf-O-Data was a good idea with a flawed business model. It hadn’t occurred to us to do any market research, and we had no idea how hard it would be to get capital commitments from municipalities. Between 1974 and 1980, Traf-O-Data totaled net losses of $3,494. We closed shop shortly thereafter.” – Paul Allen

When it happens, that your investment fails, don’t lose the vigor of your life. But just like these people, don’t give up. Arise and account another day into your history book. Learn from it and better yourself. That is the best ROI from a failed investment.

Money Tips: Love, just like money, earns a compound interest.

With the right investment of your time, emotions and resources in love, you can never imagine the return of it all. You will never know the weight of your investment until its return has been recognized. Just like that, your money in the right investment will go nowhere but to return with interest. As it does not always yield to an ROI at the first glance, it takes your time, consistency and right decision to start a life-long dream of compound interest. Start now, and continue with consistency. If you grasp the power of a compound interest, surely success will just flood you on your doorsteps.

Money Tips: Love, just like money, is best when shared with the right people.

Love that is expressed and shared with the right people can be the best leisure to spend your resources. Just like that, when we earn to have money, one way that we can enjoy it is to spend some with our family, friends and special someone. It is because we are creatures of memories. We tend to create memories in order to make our future. We spend our money to create memories that will propel and push us into motivation. The laughter, joy and hilarious moment spend with the right people is another ROI. Why not? Money matters. But memory matters more and family matters most. Do not be afraid to spend some of it for good memoir’s sake.

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Money Tips: Love, just like money, must be managed properly to save some for one’s self.

When in love, never forget to leave some of the love for yourself. Never go empty trying to spread your love everywhere that you go so thin. As what Jesus said, love your neighbor as you love yourself. Based on the construction of the sentence, loving your neighbor comes first. But in essence, loving yourself came first being the standard given. We project our love to others reflecting how we love ourselves. We cannot give what we don’t have essentially.

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Much the same, let’s not spend all our money that at the end of the day we don’t have money left for our own tomorrow. Savings will save us when our external investment heads on to fail at some point. Just like love, when the relationship won’t work out anymore, that same love you have for yourself will keep your sanity. We can achieve this by having a proper financial management that won’t make us sacrifice a lot while we save a portion of our finances. From a little amount, begin to gradually increase it periodically.  Start saving now!

Parting Words of Love

Love and money have a lot in common in a good sense. I don’t know what you went through both in love and in money. You might have gone through high water or hell fire. You might have made it through the flood and the brimstones. But I want to say to your total being. You have gone through what you have gone through, even when it hurts so much, just to learn things books can’t give you; blogs can’t give you; your coach can’t give you; your teacher can’t give you; your adviser can’t give you. That is your best ROI for you to start afresh and to become who you are today. It was not about the people around you nor the money that you only had. But it was all about the potential that is in you. You must understand that what you have in you is something you can invest to grow it, share it, and enjoy it. 

No matter how hard it is to earn, save and grow your money, DO NOT GIVE UP!

Never give up on something that you can’t go a day without thinking about. – Sir Winston Churchill

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Sun Life Philippines Launches Three Digital Financial Literacy Initiatives

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Boosting its efforts to make financial literacy accessible to Filipinos, Sun Life Philippines offers three free online resources to help many learn and plan for their future. Together, they provide a three-step push for individuals and families towards achieving their dreams: attend the Brighter Life Institute, begin their journey with the My Future Fund Calculator, and connect with the #SINAG online journalism contest.

“Nowadays, Filipinos are more empowered in taking charge of their finances. They are turning to online resources to help them understand financial concepts and manage their money. Given our expertise and experience, we want to be their go-to partner as they progress in their financial journey,” declared Sun Life of Canada (Philippines), Inc. Chief Marketing Officer Mylene Lopa.

Sun Life Philippines: Attend the Brighter Life Institute

Open for enrollment since 2014, the award-winning Brighter Life Institute or BLI is an organized learning program inspired by MOOCs (massive online open courses). For this year, BLI rolls out the Moving Up module – a set of lessons which aim to teach families basic financial planning practices and the value of honest conversations about money, even to one’s children.

The Moving Up module takes its cue from Sun Life’s ‘Money For Life’ philosophy, which shows a holistic journey through four different life stages. With lessons spanning from creating a household budget to preparing for future milestones such as a college education, BLI’s latest offering can now be accessed via http://brighterlife.com.ph/bli-moving-up/.

Sun Life Philippines: Begin your journey with the My Future Fund Calculator

For a glimpse of how an insurance-with-savings product can help in reaching one’s dreams on time, the My Future Fund Calculator is available via bit.ly/myfuturecalculator. Just set a target date, choose a My Future Fund nearest the target date, and pair it with a suitable Sun Life variable life insurance product.

My Future Fund is perfect for families who are preparing for a specific purpose, like a college education or owning their own home.

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What’s more, users of the My Future Calculator can get a chance to win P25,000 cash when they share it on Facebook and subscribe to Brighter Life Institute through the Plan 4 Your Fam, Win a Future Fund promo. Full mechanics here.

Sun Life Philippines: Connect with #SINAG Online Journalism Contest

Now on its fourth year, #SINAG invites Filipino bloggers and online journalists to be part of Sun Life’s financial literacy advocacy by sharing and posting about their insights and experiences on money management.

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From securing their future to learning about financial instruments, #SINAG is a valuable compilation of life stories and advice from writers who also believe in the benefit of being financially prepared.

Interested writers can send a link of their entry to editor@brighterlife.com.ph. Full contest mechanics can be found here. Clueless on where to start? The Brighter Life Institute and the My Future Fund Calculator are good jump-off points to select a #SINAG-worthy entry.

For updates on Brighter Life Institute, My Future Fund Calculator, and #SINAG, follow us on social media via @sunlifeph.

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Financial Management: Start A New Journey + Doable Tips

Financial Management

It’s been a couple of months since I left my regular office work and took a huge leap of faith in pursuing blogging as of today. I am not speaking for the end of itself, but I am speaking as someone who had some transition especially on my finances. I lost over 60% of my usual income a month since then. Financial management became a top list topic by that time til now.

For over two and a half years at my office work, I never had that sense of savings in my hand even when I tried (*smirk). Although, I am not saying I am spending on worthless things at all. I spent my salary commonly on my payments, dental and aesthetic maintenance, food, some stuff that I am really happy having them now and of  course, the first on the list, tithing. Basically, I was living just enough for everything financially and working just to make a living. Now, what happened when I got a cut down on my income and my aspirations on financial management?

Financial Management: A Turnaround

A couple months now, I am earning just about 40% of my previous salary. It’s not easy, I must say. Living a lifestyle of buying what you need and now thinking everytime you have to buy, “do I need this as of the moment?” This season of my life is developing some self-awareness as to how and where I invest my resources. I bet, you will also when you know that you just have a little compared to what you used to have. Right?

But having limited resources should not limit you from buying what is essential. When you buy something and you are dead sure that it is essential for the time being, think about this.

The price of a commodity will never go to zero. When you invest in commodities futures, you are not buying a piece of paper that says you own an intangible of company that can go bankrupt.” – Jim Rogers

Financial Management

Sometime in the future, we will value what we have bought now because we know and realize that the price of commodities will never go to zero, instead they go higher. As of now, when I buy something, I am pretty sure it won’t cost the same years, even months from now. If it’s essential, I go for it!

Financial Management: Savings, Not Sacrifice

When I look back from today, I am seeing different goals I have set along the way. I followed through and monitored my new goals and reassess them now. I realized that to save is not a total sacrifice. I enjoy eating the food I want, buy things I need, and go where I want to go now as I would before exiting my office job. Plus, I can meet new people and live the reality and the beauty of life and community.

To save is not a sacrifice but a matter of financial management. Thinking about my rat race a couple of months because I thought I won’t have enough for the day, God was actually teaching me, step by step, on managing the resources He blessed me with.  As I have said, I developed new goals and align my budget on them, monitor them and reassess the whole thing. At the end of it all, I had an extra untouched money. It all started from saving a little every day. The loss of 60% of my previous salary is not that painful anymore when I began to start a fresh and start it right.

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Financial Management: Enjoy Life Now, Still Save For Later

So, does it feel like you are reading your own story in my experience? I started my own journey in managing a bit of my finances in my little efforts. Over time, when you are hitting your goals and monitor their progress, you will begin to see the picture of a better life. The quality of life will improve. After all, that is the ultimate goal, right?

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Before I let you go, here are some tips you can take home to help you thrive every day!

4 Major Tips To Survive The Journey of Financial Management

Develop Different Sources of Income

Most of us, especially the younger gens “millennials”, is programmed and cultured to have one full-time job and that’s enough! That’s not a totally bad idea. However, it can be better to have at least two sources of income. The cash flow would be smoother.

With the type of your current work, if you can, you can additionally play along different freelance or part-time works to add up to your inflow money. That could be very challenging. Hey, I am there and still progressing today. And that’s a whole lot lesson to learn on time management skills

Afterall, if you want to have one source of income and you want to focus there, make sure you have enough that you are able to set aside a portion into your savings. While there is an actual flood of freelance opportunities for you depending on your skills and network.

Avoid Working in the Hassle of Metro City

A metro city commonly hosts several and some of the largest companies in the country coming from the capital. This fact makes it even more attractive for anyone to want a job in it. I’m not exempted.

Well, while its beauty can’t be covered, so is the ugly truth in it. Having the bustle and all, the cost of living and working in a metro city, Metro Manila, is higher compared to a city from the province. Consider the lifestyle, can you save or is it just enough to buy your basic needs? Remember, to save means to support your essentials in the present while you can keep a portion for the future. How is your travel time from home to work? Is it taking you hours? Take note, time is the most expensive currency every working individual has. Don’t waste it.

Unless you need to work in the metro city, consider finding a job closer to your home so that you can really save from your salary.

Create a Monthly Budget and Track Daily Expenses

According to the research report conducted by Head Solutions Group on behalf of TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation in 2016, nine (9) out of ten (10) millennials overspend, under save or take additional debt at least one month per year. That’s a lot considering its respondents were from the west! Imagine if the people who participated in the survey are from us who are suffering badly from economic collapse domestically or within the household.

However, budgeting is not easy as it may sound. To start, we need to really have a historical data on our daily expenses and we can approximately estimate a monthly budget from there. As for me, I am trying to take note of my daily spending essentially to come up with an effective budget plan. Make a list of what to buy monthly or periodically; this will also save you time and energy.

Sure, it’s very challenging and crazily difficult. But as you do it every day, it will just be as normal as you breathe in and out. You will become more motivated when you are seeing the money you are saving daily adding up.

Connect with Respected People in the Field of Financial Management and Literacy

Have the people around you and get the right voice to listen to. We may not be able to befriend all financial management and literacy gurus in the country but most of them have active blogs and social media pages. You can start by following their story and their life lessons. We emulate their process and learnings as we duplicate their financial success!

Financial Management: Start Now!

What are you waiting for? Start your own story of financial success and inspire more people to achieve financial independence. Start a little but start it right! I will leave you this very truthful quote from Albert Einstein.

“Compound interest is the eighth wonder of the world. He who understands it, earns it … he who doesn’t … pays it.”

You will never know where your little coins or couple of peso bills can take you. So treasure them and keep them in your savings. You will definitely get a compound interest when you know how to invest every single one of them!

The transition and the new field I am venturing into will go a long way still, I know! Let’s see each other along my journey! Start your little steps now towards financial stability and independence in the future!

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Iloilo Digi Hub: Everyone has a story worth sharing!

Iloilo Digi Hub

October 21, 2017Book Latte Academy with Nile on Weekends and team successfully launched first Iloilo Digi Hub Session entitled “Creating Stories” as part of Book Latte’s official celebration not just as a coffee shop, library cafe and art gallery. But now, it is a celebration to formally open Book Latte as a learning hub!

Iloilo Digi Hub

What is Iloilo Digi Hub?

Iloilo Digi Hub is a team of passionate Ilonggos who are aspiring to bring influence in Iloilo through digital media. Everyone is welcome so as long one can maintain social responsibilities and journalism ethics in every activity related to digital media.

Iloilo Digi Hub exists to build an interactive community for aspiring digital influencers in the city in the path of responsible blogging, the pursuit of truth and commitment to the citizens. The community will be a support group for those who have the passion but somehow needs some skills sets. It will also be a group that can guide and can call out the attention of the members towards proper conduct and ethics in the field of digital media.

Iloilo Digi Hub

Iloilo Digi Hub will not compete with and is not a replacement of any established digital communities in Iloilo City. Rather, it will complement existing digital communities towards building a more influential Iloilo.

Iloilo Digi Hub: Story Behind The Curtains

On a personal note, Iloilo Digi Hub was birthed from a desire to help those who want to start their journey as a blogger. When I started blogging last year, there were several difficulties and discouragements hopped in along the way. Among these are lacking the skills sets and longing for a support group as I am starting my personal journey.

Nonetheless, God gave me a few from where I can start my journey. I had my family and friends who were constantly encouraging me that my passion in blogging and its purpose is not in vain. I was literally groping my way towards all of these. I can tell, it is not easy!

Iloilo Digi Hub

I began to see that most people only see the pleasure of blogging but have never gone through its pains. Going through rejection, neglect, and discouragement both direct and indirect would have taken me down and ended my dream-like journey. But I learned to go through the process and grabbed learnings from every experience.

Having these said, I longed to help people who are passionate in digital media. And in my little, sometimes unrequited efforts, I am hoping to encourage these people and to ease the pain that comes with the process of becoming a responsible blogger voicing out one’s thoughts in the manner that pursues what is true to build up, encourage and influence the world.

Iloilo Digi Hub

So I had the vision to create and start a community that would embrace and value people who are passionate but do not have enough skills, knowledge, support, and connections. In this way, I can at least contribute to preserving the integrity of bloggers in the city while guiding these people together with some key people who had experiences that I trust myself into. We all need trusted voices where we can learn from and listen altogether.

Lately, we already had pressing issues faced by bloggers that have reached the seat of our Senate when the Senate Committee on Public Information and Mass Media held a hearing about fake news. And there is a national debate about bloggers as we were misrepresented in that hearing. But I did not have this in mind when I planned and casted the vision about Iloilo Digi Hub last August 2017. It seems God already prepared a perfect forum where I can address the misrepresentation and misconception about bloggers. The launching of the first session was, in fact, a response to these issues.

Iloilo Digi Hub: The Foundation of Blogging

The first topic discussed in the session was the face and heart of blogging. I pointed out that a blogger is simply one who blogs. Freebies, VIP access, connection, popularity, free food or whatever is not the entirety of a blogger. Although, these things will just come once the blogger is recognized with integrity, honesty, and credibility. The core of a blogger remains as one who blogs.

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According to Andrew Sullivan who is an English-born American author, editor, and blogger, “blogging is the first journalistic model that actually harnesses rather than merely exploits the true democratic nature of the web. It’s a new medium finally finding a unique voice.” I personally love how he nails down that indeed blogging is one face of journalism, in fact, considered as modern journalism. Although, bloggers have wider independence compared to traditional journalists.

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Personally, I want to build a community of journalistic bloggers. What do I mean by that? Bloggers who are storytellers. In the very core of journalism, journalism is storytelling the experience, the situation as factual and truthful it can be. With the broader independence of bloggers, what is left is social responsibilities knowing that our influence can really make or break someone around us.

I ended the topic with a biblical point of view from Apostle Paul to wrap up it all.

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. – Philippians 4:8

Let these qualities be our motivation in blogging even in constructive criticism towards encouraging and building up one another. Don’t forget to my grab free ebook entitled “5 Easy Steps To Start An Awesome Blog” at the Resources section! Let’s start blogging!

 

 

Iloilo Digi Hub: Content Writing

The next topic was Content Writing discussed by Cris Antonio, a content strategist. She discussed the difference of writing online from print which are the length, diversity, interaction in online contents. Furthermore, she gave some tips and hints as to content publishing and management. She also dropped some useful online tools for bloggers. You can grab her free ebook entitled “Writing Stories For The Web” from Nile on Weekends Resources.

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Iloilo Digi Hub: Journalism Ethics

As I have said, bloggers still need to have social responsibilities even when criticizing or just giving out some information online. This topic was fluently discussed by Gerthrode Charlotte Tan-Mabiloga 13-year GMA news anchorwoman and Ratsada Executive Producer.

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She nailed down the following guides for bloggers who would influence the world through online presentation and publication of information and personal expression.

Basic Human Values

  • Truth-Telling – accuracy, contextualization, multisourcing, proper attribution
  • Justice – fairness, objectivity, neutrality
  • Freedom – It is necessary for the press to adequately and competently perform its functions of citizen advocate and critic of government.
  • Humaneness – not doing the innocent harm, being considerate of the basic rights of the people
  • Stewardship – preserving that which has been entrusted to them

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3 Ethical Commands

~According to the U.S. Poynter Institute

  1. Seek the truth and report it as fully as possible.
  2. Act independently.
  3. Minimize harm.

JOURNALISM needs to concern itself with ethics because of its potential  for either harm or good.~ Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility

You can get the whole presentation on this topic entitled “Journalism Ethics” at Nile on Weekends Resources.

The whole session had a really good audience. This is just the start. We will continue on equipping and empowering these passionate and aspiring bloggers – the storytellers of today. Also, please do like our official Facebook Page for Iloilo Digi Hub | @iloilodigihub

I want to personally thank Sheila Mae Gomez and Alen Mapillo for all the efforts and ideas! In behalf of the whole team, I want to send my warmest and deepest gratitude to our official partners for this session who made this session possible.

 

 

Iloilo Digi Hub: Official Partners

 

Book Latte | Cubis Bytes | Cris Antonio Storyteller | Jesus is Love Church | Kusina Tsina | Lar’s Buko Batchoy and Eatery

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Thanks for following Nile on Weekends and my experience during the Iloilo Digi Hub: Creating Stories in Book Latte Megaworld, Iloilo Business Park, Mandurriao, Iloilo City, Philippines! More photos in my Facebook Album. Also, like my Facebook Page, follow me on Instagram and let me know your thoughts on this journey! Don’t forget to leave your comments below… Stay tuned for the next adventure!

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Sun Life Financial: Iloilo How To #LiveBrighter 2017

Sun Life Financial #LiveBrighter Featured Image

Last Saturday, October 14, Sun Life Financial-Philippines held its #LiveBrighter Forum at Seda Atria, Mandurriao, Iloilo City to share their passion and mission on helping Filipinos become financially independent. The event is saturated with financial literacy and freedom. Their advocacy is not just to sell policies but definitely to help every Filipino in managing financial resources and planning out investments suitable to one’s personal lifestyle.

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Sun Life Financial in Four (4) Sentences

Sun Life Financial already had more than a century. In 1895, the company introduced life insurance in the Philippines. They survived two world wars and countless economic crises proving their resilience and prudence in the industry. This makes the Sun Life Financial-Philippines (SLFP) not only the first but also the longest-standing life insurance company in the country.

Sun Life Live Brighter Forum

Sun Life #LiveBrighter: Savings does not entail a Sacrifice but rather a Management

This is the first arrow that hit me during the forum. Part of this advocacy is to educate people about money matters and eradicate misconception on saving. Most Filipino when asked about their opinion in savings, their initial reaction is that they will have to give up some parts of their motivation in life.

Sun Life Live Brighter Forum

But as discussed by Sun Life Regional Sales Manager and forum speaker, Valerie Lagarde, you don’t have to sacrifice what motivates you like eating good food, traveling to places, buying useful stuff. You just have to manage them all especially your finances. Plan out ahead. Weigh everything on where to invest. Prioritize what is essential but take note what is on your leisure list. You can enjoy and save at once.

Sun Life #LiveBrighter: Get in the business of helping people

The next arrow that hit my senses is helping people can be a business. The difference with just a business that only earns to a business that helps individuals to better their lives is passion. This is what embodies Churchill Bejemino, a Sun Life Advisor with a transformed life. His passion is to really help people understand the value of a good investment, financial planning, and management. He advocates especially to millennials the value of investing even just a little amount for the future. Let’s not be driven only by what the present shows us. But let’s manage our present to achieve what the brighter future is showing us.

Sun Life Live Brighter Forum

Sun Life #LiveBrighter: Bank Versus Insurance for Millennials

When asked about millennials’ take on where to put their money (bank or insurance), a simple yet very substantiated answer struck me. This is the last arrow that hit my mind. Know the different types of investment and determine the purpose of each, said Mike Gustillo. Basically, between the two, bank and insurance, the difference is the length of terms. Bank can be part of your short-term investment suitable for your daily, weekly or monthly needs because you can easily access the amount. However, if you are looking into long-term investment, you can choose insurance plan which will yield larger amount couple of years from now.

Sun Life Live Brighter Forum

Also, during the forum, they gave everyone a chance to become their family as Sun Life Advisor. Here are quick information on this.

5 Steps to #LiveBrighter as Sun Life Advisor

  1. Join a #LiveBrighter Forum
  2. Attend the interviews/take the POP(Personality Orientation Profile) Screen Test
  3. Take the Licensing Exam at the Insurance Commission
  4. Finish the Sun Life Training Course
  5. Complete the contracting and coding process

Benefits of Being a Sun Life Advisor:

  • It is rewarding in compensation and generous in time. As a Sun Life Advisor, your earning potential is limitless and you can also enjoy the flexibility of time.
  • It allows you to see the world. A job well done is rewarded with a trip to exotic continents and exciting destinations.
  • It’s a noble and fulfilling profession. You can make a positive difference in the lives of others by helping them fulfill their financial goals.
  • Sun Life is a professional agency with a bright legacy. You can shine your brightest because you are with a good company. Sun Life is the number one and the longest-standing life insurance company in the Philippines.

Sun Life Live Brighter Forum

In the end, what matters is the length of support Sun Life can give us being a financial advisor. I want to end this with a snippet of a successful Sun Lifer. #LiveBrighter in your future!

“I have trusted Sun Life for over 20 years. I’m glad they’re still with me as I enter this new phase in my life.” – Charo Santos – Concio, Policy Holder since 1992.

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Tomorrow is “THE DAY” It’s National Pampering Day at Nailaholics!

Nailaholics National Pampering Day

The long wait will finally be over tomorrow as Nailaholics Nail Salon and Spa welcomes you once again tomorrow, October 17, 2017, for another real pampering treat at the celebration of the National Pampering Day.

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Relieve your stress and make sure to drop by at any Nailaholics branch nearest you from 10 AM to 1 PM to get a free pampering service of your choice. You may choose to get a soothing manicure, relaxing foot massage or a calming foot spa.

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