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Ilonggo Cinema Rising: CineKasimanwa Reaps Five-Years of Film Greats

CineKasimanwa

CineKasimanwa: Looking Back

Ilonggo Cinema is rising. Our filmmakers have been winning in major national festivals and are selected in international festivals. Director Tara Illenberger’s most recent major win in ToFarm Film Festival 2017 proves our point. Filmmaker TM Malones is one of Cinemalaya’s finalists this year and was also a finalist in Cinema One last year. The same filmmaker won last year in an international film festival. Filmmaker Reymundo Salao’s film is a finalist at FACINE 24 in San Francisco, USA, competing with Ilonggo filmmaker and CineKasimanwa’s Festival Director, Elvert Bañares. These are just but a few records made by Ilonggo filmmakers in 2017.

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Book Latte Art Gallery: Cacher by AL

Book Latte Art Gallery Cacher

Book Latte Alternative Art Space now opens for another exhibit on its art gallery with artworks by Al Restar. The exhibit entitled “Cacher” opened last November 19, 2017, with some family and friends of the artist.

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Jesus Is Love Church Celebrates 23rd Anniversary

Jesus Is Love

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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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Sun Life Philippines Launches Three Digital Financial Literacy Initiatives

Sun Life Philippines

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.

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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?

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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.

Iloilo Digi Hub

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.

Iloilo Digi Hub

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.

Iloilo Digi Hub

Iloilo Digi Hub

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.

Iloilo Digi Hub

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

Iloilo Digi Hub

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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Create stories worth sharing!