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Save Time, Order Online via Bo’s Coffee Advance Ordering BOTTY

As Iloilo City is becoming a progressive metro city in the country, having enough time has been a big challenge. We have experienced slow-moving traffic, long line over the counter and still longer time to wait on your order even just for a cup of coffee. The launching of Bo’s Coffee Advance Ordering BOTTY through Facebook Messenger was just in time for the season. Here is some news for our coffee lovers in Iloilo City.

With Bo’s Coffee Advance Ordering BOTTY, you can enjoy the following:

  • You can order online ahead of time. Especially for those who have tight schedules or short break time, you can order while you are still finishing your work. Just in time when you are done with work, you can just go to the nearest Bo’s Coffee store and grab your coffee.
  • You can pay online with PayMaya. Not only you can order in advance, but you can also pay online via PayMaya. Just choose PayMaya as your payment method. Interesting!
  • You can just pick-up at your preferred time. Working in and out, you can inform through Facebook Messenger the time you need to arrive at the store. This one can adjust the preparation time of your coffee.
  • You can skip the line. One thing that also eats our time is the long-standing or waiting line as we arrive at the store. The good thing with Bo’s Coffee Advance Ordering BOTTY, you can grab your coffee and just go. Best for people who have the convenience of a drive-thru.

For more details, you can check the video below for a quick guide on ordering online at Bo’s Coffee.

Bo’s Coffee is a Filipino-owned enterprise founded in Cebu in 1996. It has over 100 branches in the Philippines. Bo’s Coffee is known for sourcing its coffee beans from farmers in Sagada, Mountain Province, Mt. Kitanglad in Bukidnon, Mt. Matutum in South Cotabato and Mt. Apo in Davao.

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Bluejay at 15 Years + Promos

Bluejay

Bluejay Coffee and Company is celebrating its 15 years in the business of serving Iloilo with their best selling coffee-based products. “We are proud to say that we only source our coffee beans from Sagada, ” said Mrs. Arlene Juantong, owner of Bluejay Coffee and Company. This celebration will be exciting as events and promos shall captivate the coffee lovers in the city in Bluejay’s three branches.

This coffee shop started as the husband of Mrs. Arlene is a coffee drinker. To satisfy their love for coffee, they decided to come up with a coffee shop that serves only the best of Philippines’ coffee beans last 2004. Bluejay gets their from Mr. Goad Sibayan of Bana’s Cafe in Sagada. Last 2017, Mr. Goad’s coffee beans received the Medaille Gourmet in the International Contest of Coffees Roasted in their Countries of Origin organized by the Agency for the Valorization of Agricultural Products. “This only shows that internationally, Philippines can compete when it comes to coffee beans.” emphasized by Mrs. Arlene.

This year on its 15th anniversary, Bluejay Coffee and Company graced the celebration with promos on their hot americano, iced mocha and ensaymada.

Bluejay

October 15, 2019 – SM City Branch, get one (1) hot americano or iced mocha for P15 only when you buy one (1) ensaymada.
October 19, 2019 – Ayala Technohub Branch, get one (1) ensaymada for P15 only when you buy either one (1) hot americano or iced mocha.October 23, 2019 – The Medical City Branch, get one (1) hot americano or iced mocha for P15 only.
Until supply last. One purchase per person only.

Bluejay

And gracing this whole celebration is the tour of Ms. Tsina Jade Chu, Miss Iloilo Tourism 2019. Kindly follow the Facebook page of Bluejay Coffee and Company for the schedules.

For events, Bluejay will have Coffeecon: The Coffee Connection – A gathering of like-minded coffee-drinkers who want to appreciate coffee on Friday, October 18, 2019 (9AM – 11AM) at Ubra: Shared Space + Cafe Lounge, SM Southpoint. This a FREE class so reserved your slot now!

Bluejay

Also, check out the watercolor art class at Ayala Technohub Branch on October 26, 2019, 10AM to 12NN together with Erika Velasco, a watercolor artist. For every minimum purchase of P350 an any branch, you can register for the class. Limited slots only, so get yours now!

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#NewFoodxBookLatte Christmas at Book Latte + Giveaway!

#NewFoodxBookLatte

It’s Christmas at Book Latte! By the way, Book Latte is Iloilo City’s first library cafe, that is a fact. Cheers! It is located now at the Festive Walk Parade in Megaworld. In line with the season, they launched their new food menu with the hashtag #NewFoodxBookLatte.

#NewFoodxBookLatte launches their food menu which includes the following food creations and more.

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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

Check out other events on this blog.

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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Cafe Diem Southpoint in a Potter World

Cafe Diem SM City Iloilo

Cafe Diem in Southpoint SM City Iloilo made me feel how it is to be in the world of Harry! I enjoyed the ambiance and the coffee together with friends. It was more than just savoring their food and coffee. Most assuredly, it was a defining moment to all of us as we enjoyed each other’s company!

Cafe Diem SM City Iloilo

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Book Latte Cake: Best Cheesecake Ever!

Book Latte Megaworld Cakes

Book Latte, now located at The Festive Walk Parade in Megaworld, Iloilo, is on the edge of more exciting and innovating treats for Ilonggos. They are becoming more active than ever as they make new waves of trends as a coffee shop. Let’s explore their pastries today for their own Book Latte cake!

Book Latte Cake Megaworld Cakes

Check out these delectable cakes at Book Latte!

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Cafe Gloria: Savoring Delightful Moments

Spaghetti Tuna Pasta Cafe Gloria Iloilo Coffee Shop

Iloilo City has been a food crib to Ilonggos where different gastronomic adventures can be experienced even in just one province. After enjoying a cool savory twist from Lar’s Buko Batchoy, let’s go for another food adventure. Just a few kilometers away from the downtown city proper, you can enjoy a cozy place with great dishes at Cafe Gloria. From a relaxing ambiance secluded from the noise of the noise of the city to its luscious food, you will surely have a time of your life! So what’s my story?

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Wall Of Thousand Stories at Excursion Cafe

What would you do with your own story? One day I had a chance of toppling another world – the world of stories. 

Spending some quality time, I had a fun experience at Excursion Cafe in Iloilo City.  It is one of the hometown coffee shops in Iloilo City. Excursion literally means a short journey or trip, especially one engaged in as a leisure activity. So I had mine at their place. Want to see what I had?

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Seattle’s Best Coffee “Bold + Tasty” Opens in Iloilo City

Seattle's Best Cofffee Iloilo

March 2017 marks the opening of another crib for food and coffee lovers in Iloilo City. Seattle’s Best Coffee Philippines decided to open their 47th branch in the City of Love! It is located on the upper ground floor of  North Point – SM City Iloilo. More than just a coffee shop, it serves a lot more for everyone to enjoy food with family and friends.

Seattle's Best Coffee Sm City Iloilo
Seattle's Best Coffee SM City Iloilo

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Book Swap at Book Latte Iloilo

Hey! Are you fond of books? Do you own some? Have you finished reading them all? I guess, if yes, then it is time to give them away and let others read them earnestly. But wait! You can also get some other books to read in return… That is Book Swap – happening on December 20-23, 2016 at Book Latte.

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