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Remember the 5th of November

If you have been following the #AlDub phenomenon, chances are, you already know that Yaya Dub’s Twitter got hijacked for a couple of hours by Anonymous Philippines.

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What or who is/are Anonymous, really? Anon, as they are nicknamed, are hacktivists whose causes range from the promotion of free speech, unimpeded access to information, and transparency in government and corporate activities. The group has maintained that they did it for a cause.

So, who are the people behind Anonymous?

They are many and they are from all over the world. They go by the motto, “We are legion” and are fond of using the Guy Fawkes mask to brand themselves as part of the hacker group.

These masks were inspired by Alan Moore’s dystopian ‘V for Vendetta’, the 1988 graphic novel which is loosely based on the story of Guy Fawkes to protect their identity. Guy Fawkes is a member of the Gunpowder Plot, who was arrested while guarding explosives the plotters had placed beneath the House of Lords.

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But these “kids” are not your average punks. The international collective of hackers had, over the years, done good for the world: taking down a white supremacist radio show host’s website, Project Chanology, exposing Chinese made cyber-attacks against the US, Operation DarkNet against child pornography, and Free Korea campaign urging Kim Jung On to resign. .

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Our own PH based Anonymous group had achieved notoriety with their anti-China campaign against China’s occupation of Philippine territory.

Hackers are not all bad. But they can be, of course. Was Anon PH justified in hi jacking Maine’s account? Let’s hear it from these netizens:

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What’s your opinion on online activism?

Thank God It’s Mojito Friday!

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Looking for a relaxing yet elegant place to spend #TGIF nights? Well, aside from KTVs,  disco bars and other luxurious clubs, a five star hotel is also worth a try. Cebu City Marriott Hotel should be one of your must go to destress corners, precisely because on Fridays and Saturdays, they’re serving their own unique blends of signature mojito drinks. Why not give it a shot? Pun not intended.

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Aside from the luxury and comfort that the Cebu City Marriott Hotel offers, they take the word customer service seriously and kick it up a notch as you are made to feel at home by the warmest welcome given by their PR officer Mr. Nico Ivan Velasquez.

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Last October 16, 2015 (Friday) we were given the chance to experience Marriot Hotel’s Mojito Night together with other Cebu bloggers. We were served with various exciting mojito mixes, particularly the Dragon Fruit, Strawberry and Guyabano mojitos.

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Each drink has its distinct taste that surely would make you enjoy every single drop of it. The live band was a perfect complement for the night’s gathering.

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The Dragon Fruit was the first drink we had. Its delightful albeit sour taste perfectly blended with the light touch of alcohol.

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Then, we sampled the Strawberry mojito. It was sweet and very light, we couldn’t even tell that it had alcohol in it.

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Lastly, we had the Guyabano. We expected it to be sour, but it wasn’t. Instead, it was sweet and tangy, and the alcohol taste came out quite strong. Nonetheless, it was pretty good.

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Lunch Around The World at The Marriott

At Marriott Cebu’s Garden Cafe, lunch is a colorful international affair.

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When you only have lunch time to go around the world, an eclectic plate and palate is your best bet and greatest weapon!

My first stop was at the salad station, fronting a wall of wines, and flanked by the fresh fruits station.

I started with an appetizer of half a citrus from the Americas, Korea’s tangy kimchi, and chunks of Greek cheese from the antipasti station that I ate with a small portion of Marriot’s version of NYC’s oh-so-scrumptious Waldorf salad.

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I spent my second trip to the buffet at the Japanese station and enjoyed some melt-in-your-mouth Salmon. I would have gone for seconds except that the other stations had beckoned and sadly, I only have one stomach.

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A third trip landed me at the Thai curry station where I get to choose my own ingredients with the assistance of a chef on stand-by! Minutes later, a steaming bowl of curry was delivered to my table.

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The Filipino cuisine and the meat-loving countries are also greatly represented with chicken, pork, and beef dishes cooked into familiar comfort eats such as caldereta and roasts.

Dessert was a hearty episode as it brought me right back at home, wherever you consider that to be! Homemade and unpretentious desserts in shot glasses and generous slices of cakes and pies.

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Before I knew it, lunchtime has come and gone and instead of the usual afternoon sun, the skies started drizzling over Marriott’s pool area, the view from the Garden Cafe. Now that almost all the continents have been covered for lunch, time to think about dinner!

Cebu City Marriott Hotel’s International buffet starts at 12nn – 2pm and is priced at P850 per person.

Top 9 Reasons Why You Gotta Be at GOAB

It’s that time of the year again where we geeks wish we were relaxing at the beach,  instead of staying huddled in front of our laptops and gadgets. With our thoughts running a mile a minute and jumping from one project to another to keep up with the workload, we can only scream the words “I need a break!” in our minds. Sometimes, on the most tiring and task-filled days, we can only wish we could mix work and leisure together.

Sometimes, on the most tiring and task-filled days, we can only wish we could mix work and leisure together.

Now, friends, this is where Geeks on a Beach (or GOAB, to all you acronym-loving geeksters out there) comes in. Words cannot express our delight  for this event, where the brightest minds in technology, startup, entrepreneurship and design convene together in summer wear and bare feet against the fine sands of Boracay.

But alas, let us count the reasons why GOAB is the place and event to be, especially this August 2015:

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  1. Learn from the leaders of the technology, startups and design world

The best and the brightest minds in technology, startups and design will be present at this dress-down, straight to the point and no-holds-barred conference to share their ideas and best practices to invigorate the Philippine startup ecosystem! We’re just getting started, but it’s already awesome!

  1.  Get up close and personal with the panel —  find the answers you’ve been looking for

Don’t worry if our speakers’ presentations don’t cover questions that are left unanswered in your mind. At GOAB, we encourage everyone to throw these questions at our speakers so they can give us a lil’ piece of their brain. Yum!

  1. Choose sessions on topics that matter to you the most

We’re here to learn, yes, but we’re not in university anymore, where we’re required to attend classes for every subject that’s on your syllabus. Nope. Not here. Your best interests are prioritized. Feel free to join all the breakout sessions if that’s what floats your banca, but know that you can always choose to attend only those that matter to you.

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  1. Serious talks about anything under the sun  in your most comfortable clothes

Whether it be about the latest updates on what’s new with the social media scene or the syntax and semantics of programming languages, rest assured you’ll be having comfortable conversations. Who would pass up on the opportunity to chitchat about geeky topics on the beach while sipping a refreshing drink?

  1. Meet angels in disguise — your company’s heaven-sent angels

GOAB is not only a venue for us to meet our fellow geeks, it’s also where we start believing heaven on earth is real. Angel investors and seed funding groups abound at GOAB, where they are constantly on the look out for fresh startups with brilliant visions! Here, geeks are given the chance to pitch their brightest and most innovative ideas to prospective investors to get their ideas off the ground.

  1. Know what’s actually happening in the Philippine and Southeast Asian tech and startups scene

This event is spearheaded by Techtalks.ph, a known industry leader in Philippine technology and startups. This non-profit community group has helped organize over 10 Startup Weekend workshops so it has connections with most startup leaders in Southeast Asia as well.  It’s no wonder that most attendees invited to the conference will be updated with what’s going on in the PH tech scene as well as neighboring countries. This makes for a good conversation starter between like-minded geeks too!

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  1. More opportunities to grow your social butterfly wings

We meet more and more people at GOAB every year — some very familiar faces that have been around since the inaugural launch of the event, and some fresh, new faces that were led by the curious cat to the venue. Nevertheless, GOAB proves to be a key networking opportunity for its attendees, because it brings together key players — investors, startup founders, developers and designers — from all over the world.

  1. Sponsorship opportunities are endless for your brand

Just as angel investors are constantly on the lookout for fresh ideas, sponsors likewise are given opportunities to improve their brand presence through the event. Our sponsors get premium exposure for their brands throughout the marketing campaign for GOAB, the premiere startup conference in the Philippines.

Furthermore, sponsors seeking more specific goals such as looking to hire talent or looking to invest in specific startups, can work with the GOAB organizers to customize their sponsorship to meet these goals.  Take this opportunity to use GOAB to further your company goals and meet personal objectives.

  1. Sun + Beach = FUN!

Geeks on a Beach will never be Geeks on a Beach without the sun, beach and awesome geeks! In between sessions and after a long day at the conference, we geeks come together to unwind and relax by the sea — a perfect ending to a productive yet fun-filled day at GOAB.

Whether you’re a first-time attendee testing the GOAB waters, or a loyal, dedicated fan that’s returning to Geeks on a Beach for the third (!) time, one thing resounds clearly for all of you: GOAB is the convention made by geeks, for geeks. It’s our belated summer escapade, where we work hard, and play harder.Head on over to

Head on over to geeksonabeach.com and sign up for #GOAB this August! 🙂

Ten Tips for the Next Project X!

People often aspire to be part of the organizing team for events, mostly because of its perks, may it be the free food or merchandise, or the chance to be up close and personal with the event guests. However, events are not easy to organize, as they entail a lot of preparation on the organizing team’s part. One must be prepared for insanity — a lot of sleepless nights, countless stressful meetings that run for hours on end, and being pushed beyond their limits that a nervous breakdown is almost inevitable.

From strategic planning up until event delivery and closure, the entire event life cycle is a challenge in itself, but many will agree that the positive feedback they receive after the event make the experience worthwhile and much more bearable.

Of course, organizers don’t get out of these events clueless. A lot of valuable lessons are learned, some that would have saved time and kept their sanity a little more intact. Let’s take a moment to review these lessons together. This is not meant to discourage you from organizing your own events, mind you, but this is so that you can plan, execute your tasks properly, and save yourself the heartache while it’s still early.

Let’s get the ball rolling, shall we?

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Leveraging technology for Cebu tourism

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Promoting and showcasing Cebu tourism, food, people, culture, and heritage has leveled up, as technology becomes one of its drivers.

This will be shown through the Technotour Amazing Adventure Challenge (TAAC), one of the highlights of the upcoming Cebu Business Month (CBM) held in June. It is open to companies and individuals who like to embark on adventures and team-building activities while learning Cebu’s culture and heritage along the way.

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Suit Up Cebu for the Otaku Fest is Back!

Drop your sched and block it for Cebu Island’s most-awaited cosplay happening on February 21st! Dubbed as OTAKU FEST 8.0: ALTERNATE UNIVERSE, this cosplay event at the UP Grounds aims to gather over 2,000 cosplayers and enthusiasts for a full day of fun under the sun and moon from 8am – 8pm.

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This is Otaku Fest’s 8th year and it promises to be more colorful than ever with special guests Liui Aquino, Lyron Aquino and Ae Ri of Team M.A.R.C.H. Philippines. Liui, one of the country’s most popular cosplayers, will be playing Hiccup from How to Train your Dragon during the exclusive meet and greet portion. He will then play Tadashi from Big Hero 6 for the rest of the event.

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Liui as Hiccup of How to Train Your Dragon

 

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Lyron Aquino A.K.A. Ly Chii of Team March Philippines

 

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Ae Ri of Team March

 

K-pop stars FameUS will also hold a special performance at the event. FameUS is a six-member Korean pop boy group under KN Entertainment. Cebuano BL1SS fans will definitely feel blissful with the chance to meet FameUS and get signed merchandise! Limited FameUS merchandise are available at the venue from 2:00PM onwards.

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Official rates for # ‪#‎UPOtakufest‬ are as follows:

○ Regular rate: P80 (12 years old and above)

○ Children aged 4 years old and below: Free

○ Children aged 5 – 11: P40

○ Senior Citizens: P40

○ UP High School Students: P40

*Please present respective IDs

More questions? Here’s the official FAQ event poster.

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See you there!

Join PhilDev IDEA Global Entrepreneurship Program

PhilDev will be hosting the PhilDev IDEA Global Entrepreneurship Symposium & Workshops 2015 here in Cebu, Philippines on Feb 26-28, Cebu City.

Symposium:

PhilDev S&T and USAID will host an annual international symposium in areas of societal needs, entrepreneurship, and increasing expertise in productively utilizing innovations in science and technology. The annual IDEA Symposium will 
be a platform to create and expand dialogue between the US and Philippine HEIs, government officials, startup entrepreneurs, and industry leaders. The symposium will feature US professors and entrepreneurs and will be an important venue to link startup companies and venture capitalists with emerging technologies and expertise.

Workshop:

PhilDev S&T will conduct a series of hands on entrepreneurship workshop for science and engineering scholars and startup entrepreneurs. US and Filipino professors and established entrepreneurs will serve as trainers, speakers, and mentors to the one to two-day workshops that will include understanding global market, identifying major market needs, productization of innovative research, business incubation, searching and working with venture capital, among others.

Join up at www.phildev.org

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