Feliix Lights : Chic,Fashionable and Environmental Friendly

Alabang Town Center, UG Activity Center (beside Zapote entrance) , Muntinlupa City-Philippines

Alabang Town Center

Feliix Incorporated  brings in a new and fresh concept of lighting fixtures in the Philippines through promoting QisDesign.  The LED lights designs are chic, fashionable and environmentally friendly products.  Aside from the usual lightning effects, they can easily be a conversational pieces , focal point or accent pieces in any modern homes , offices or even restaurant centerpieces !

store display

QisDesign Debuting in 2009, QisDesign is part of Qisda, a leading Taiwanese tech firm whose revenues in 2010 reached US$3.03 billion.

Coral Led Suspension

It’s staffed with talented and experienced experts in all critical areas of design: industrial design, graphic design, market research, user interface, mechanical design, computer-aided design and prototype production.

flamenca lights

Inspired by the breathtaking movement of Flamenco dancer’s ruffled skirt twirling around in the air, the Flamenca, is an ambient light which captures the playfulness of this true essence.

The Crystal Light- a reddot award winning design

 The LED  lighting fixture, amazes consumers with its fascinating color-changing feature. It’s composed of various “crystals”–shimmering with silver, sparkling like diamonds, glittering with illuminating reflection. Customers  can assemble these “crystals”, each of which is connected by a magnet, into any form they desire.  The crystal light can also be used as an accent in any table center pieces.

L-R Mr. Direk Gang Alonto- emcee  , Ms. Marianne Rodillo – managing director ( 2Xsist Events Production) , Ms. Kristel Sycaoyao (marketing maanger -Feliix Lights) and Mr. Jerry Cabantan ( senior account manager Summit Media)

The program started at around past 6:00pm , with their latest products and designs.  They have chosen Alabang Town Center as the initial hub in the country, since they had a lot of customers which reside in the area, aside from the growing business center like the ones in Cavite, Laguna, Batangas . They are planning to expand their business in North Metro Manila area such as Quezon City .

a flamenco light  piece won by Mr. Rain Ferdinand De Ocampo with
Ms. Kristel Sycaoyao (marketing maanger -Feliix Lights)

after the product presentation an attendance raffle was won by fellow blogger Mr. Rain Ferdinand De Ocampo .

Award Winning Designs:

piano light

This award winning design , got its inspiration from the piano keyboard , an LED lighting fixture, allows users to play the light as if they were playing the piano. Utilizing LED’s low-temperature characteristic, which makes it possible to touch the product’s surface without being burned, the Piano Light allows consumers to interact with the light.

QisDesign’s excellent design capabilities have won it accolades of many international awards. Albeit young, QisDesign has won a total of 87 international design awards, including Germany’s iF awards and Red Dot awards and Japan’s G-Mark awards.  Currently, they already have sales outlets in Europe, USA, Dubai, Japan, Hong Kong ,Singapore and now here in Alabang Town Center -Muntinlupa City , Philippines!!

Contact Information:

Ms. Krisel Sycaoyao – Marketing Manager ( 0917-833-3299)

 Showroom: Alabang Town Center , UG Activity Center , ( Beside Zapote entrance ) Muntinlupa City 1780, Philippines

Telephone : (+63 2) 966-0442


Feliix Lights: http://feliix.com/

Feathers in the Field : A Photo exhibition of wild birds in IRRI

Asia Room, Riceworld Museum, International Rice Research Institute – Los Baños, Laguna province -Philippines

facade of International Rice Research Institute building

Feathers in the Field” provides a glimpse of birds that are rarely seen even by those who work in the fields. The photographs are supplemented by scientific names, descriptions of the birds, and information on their habitat and diet. There are about 60  photographs of birds which are found in IRRI are on display.

ribbon cutting ceremony

“IRRI sees the rice fields wholistically,” says V. Bruce J. Tolentino, IRRI’s deputy director general for communication and partnerships. “The exhibit on the birds of IRRI underlines the Institute’s attention to rice production as part of a functioning ecosystem that not only supports human food security, but also serves as a habitat for flora and fauna.”

poster of the exhibit

The photographs on exhibit were taken by bird enthusiasts Professor  Tirso Paris, Jr., vice president of the Wild Bird Photographers of the Philippines, and Mr. Segfredo Serrano, bird-watcher and photographer.  Professor Tirso is also an economics professor at the University of the Philippines- Los Baños while Fred is undersecretary for policy, planning, research and development, and regulations at the Department of Agriculture of the Philippines.

foreign delegates

Two other bird fans— Mr.Paul Bourdin and Mr. Richard Smedley—provided the content for the exhibit. Paul is a bird-watcher and researcher and is also a teacher at BRENT International School. Richard is a Ph.D. student at the University of Reading in the U.K. He is currently a scholar at IRRI investigating avian biodiversity in the rice fields of Southeast Asia.

part of the photo exhibition

The bird exhibit was attended by over 50 foreign delegates from about 30 countries .


After the short program and a tour of the exhibit area, the vips, guests were treated to an afternoon of cocktails by IRRI. This is the first time that a bird photography exhibit was held at the IRRI compound.

The exhibit opening on 3 May is by invitation only, but the exhibit opens to the public on 5 May and will run until 27 September 2013. Admission is Free.

Contact Person:

Mr.Paul Benjamin Hilario
Riceworld Museum and Learning Center
+63 2 580 5600 ext 2428


International Rice Research Institute: http://www.irri.org/

Facebook: Wild Bird Photography Philippines: http://www.facebook.com/wildbirdphotog.ph

iBLOG: 9th Philippine Blogging Summit is now open !

What : I-Blog: 9th Philippine Blogging Summit

Where: Malcolm Theater , Malcolm Hall – University of the Philippines, Quezon City

When : May 31 to June 1, 2013

Registration is now ongoing !

The Philippines biggest gathering of bloggers, IT practitioners , telecommunication giants, television station , social media strategists and internet marketing gurus.

Note that the first 300 registered participants to come early (on or before 9 am) will be given food stub and participant kit. Afterwards, remaining food stubs and participant kits shall be given to early walk-ins.

iBlog9 is a 2-day FREE event. The first day (May 31) is targeted for bloggers, marketers, businesses and entrepreneurs wanting to understand how to tap blogs as a medium to promote their products and services. Also as a means to generate income. Day 1 also tackles advance topics on blogging – taking blogs to the next level.

Day 1 AGENDA (May 31)

9:00 to 9:20 Flag ceremony, prayer, participant intro (limited)

9:20 – 9:40 Understanding the Blogger Psyche
(Jonel Uy, BloggerCircles.com)

9:50 to 10:10 Blogging as an effective Content Marketing Tool for Businesses
(Ben Francia, http://www.benfrancia.com)

10:20 to 10:35 break

10:35 – 10:55 Empowerment in Digital Marketing
(Grace Bondad Nicolas, http://www.empoweredgrace.blogspot.com)

11:05 – 11:25 Working with brands either for your business or advocacy, and even both
(Jeoffrey Solas, http://www.liberatingjepoy.com)

11:35 to 11:55 Sponsor Talk: Sun iMessenger: blog marketing case study
(Louie Oviedo, President & CEO of Greetings Unlimited Inc.)

12:05 to 1:05 Lunch break

1:05 – 1:25 How to Get the Influencers Write About Your Startup
(Jonha Revesencio, http://ijustdid.org)

1:35 – 1:55 Bloggers and political organizations – the road to 2016
(Mark Pere Madrona, rightonthemark.wordpress.com)

2:05 – 2:25 Fighting corruption online and offline
(Angel Bombarda, http://www.bantay.ph)

2:35 to 2:55 Income & Opportunities through Blogging
(Khoa Bui, http://www.secretsentrepreneur.com)

3:05 to 3:20 BREAK

3:20 to 3:40 Bloggers as Digital Influencers
(Janette Toral, DigitalFilipino.com)

4:00 sponsor raffle, shirts raffle, and group photo


DAY 2 AGENDA (June 1)

9:00 to 9:20 Flag ceremony, prayer, participant intro (limited)

9:20 to 9:40 Blogging and Social Thought Leadership
(Jason Cruz, http://jsncruz.com/)

9:50 to 10:10 Why do we blog?
(Wendell Glenn Cagape, http://www.journeysandtravels.com)

10:20 to 10:35 break

10:35 to 10:55 The Art of Interviewing & Quoting
(Arvin Ello, http://www.vintersections.com)

11:05 to 11:25 Blogging and Social Media Goodness
(Carlo Angelo Gonzales, http://carloangelogonzales.com)

11:35 to 11:55 Sponsor Talk

12:05 to 1:05 Lunch

1:05 to 1:25 Building your Identity as a Video Blogger
(Randolph Novino, http://pinoyscreencast.net)

1:35 to 1:55 The Rise of the Mommy bloggers in the Philippines
(Ms. Rhodora Espiritu-Valdez, http://deliberatelymom.blogspot.com/)

2:05 to 2:25 Avoiding Information Redundancy
(Jay Agonoy, http://deremoe.com)

2:35 to 2:55 Working as a homebased blogger
(Christian Melanie Lee, http://www.eccentricyethappy.info)

3:05 to 3:20 Break

3:20 to 3:40 Q &A Legal Issues in Blogging
(Atty. JJ Disini, Disini.ph)

4:00 to 4:20 The Future of Blogging: Greater or Less Influence?
(Manuel L. Quezon III, http://quezon.ph)

4:30 sponsor raffle, shirts raffle, and group photo

EMCEE: Flow Galindez

Website : http://iblogph.org/2013/05/03/get-ready-see-you-at-iblog9/

Philippine Hoya Conservation Group eyeball and plant exchange

La Mesa Eco Park , Fairview, Quezon City-Philippines

poster of the event


The eyeball and plant exchange was organized by Mr. Edward Ines Agdeppa a plant collector, environmentalist, farmer, organic grower , cactus and succulent collector  among others. He formed a group of  Hoya plant lovers and collectors . He made an announcement  on the first week of  March 2013  in  Plant Hobbyists Exchange Club ( PHEC )  and Philippine Hoya Conservation Group both in yahoo groups and Facebook sites. The small but close knit group was formed by Mr. Agdeppa for people having the same passion for plant collecting and propagation . The group desire is to establish a Philippine hoya sanctuary in major town and cities across the country.

group picture

La Mesa Water Reservoir

La Mesa Eco Park:

The La Mesa Ecopark provides healthful outdoor recreation and a true forest experience. It is a living classroom and laboratory for environmental education and aims to be a center for biodiversity conservation. Today, the park continues to be a popular destination for photography shoots, family outings and picnics, and educational field trips. In fact, it doubled visitor traffic – from getting 155,666 in 2005 to 281,846 in 2006. The Association of Tourism Officers of the Philippines (ATOP) in coordination with the Department of Tourism nominated the Project in August 2006 for their Best Tourism Practices Awards. In 2007, the Department of Tourism again nominated it as an official candidate for the prestigious Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Awards, Environment Category.

a narra tree with 2 species of dischidias on its trunk

The group had chosen the place for the plant exchange since most of the members are residents of  Fairview and Quezon City area. But some members allotted their time and had to travel long distances just to come and attend the event. Aside from sharing our common passion for plants and gardening . This is like our bonding moments .


My first encounter with Philippine hoyas was in our own neighborhood , A home owner growing some orchids and hoyas in their backyard sometime in 1991 ! I saw some flowering vines which looked like santan , But it was different since it grows like epiphytes in a coconut palm with native orchids. I was given some cuttings of Hoya carnosa by our kind neighbor but a long drought in 1993 killed my own hoya.  Eventually some dischidias and hoyas would be given to me as cuttings .

Mr. Vincer Quibral

Mr. Quibral hails from the province of Camarines Norte , He started collecting hoya plants several years ago from his trips to Cagsawa, Albay and other places. He would specialize in hoyas, native orchids, medinillas .  He also allotted the date just to come to the eyeball.

Mr. Mac Pagsolingan

Mr. Mac Pagsolingan hails from Pangasinan , He had to travel all the way to La Mesa Eco-park just to attend the event. A member of Philippine Orchid Society and various plant societies- He had several plants which won top prizes in plant shows.

Address: Pagsolingan Garden Center, Tocok ( Highway ) San Fabian, Pangasinan

Contact :+63( 0917-5505473) , +63 ( 0918-9659353)

a short talk – with Mr. Mac Pagsolingan

A short talk led by Mr. Agdeppa , Mr. Mac Pagsolingan and Mr. Fernando Aurigue Jr. about the propagation techniques of hoyas and its relatives.  Mr. Mac Pagsolingan  gave tips on how he propagated his hoyas with high percentage of success. He uses floral foam for the small cuttings, which he also dips in rooting hormone. Bigger specimens are grown in coco coir and husks. .  Then the hoya exchange started with some members bringing spare plants to swap . An attendance raffle followed and luckily the author won a Hoya waymaniae donated by Mr. Mac Pagsolingan

Link: http://www.myhoyas.com/W/waymaniae/eng.htm

wacky pose by the members

The participants all went home with smiles, especially the ones who won very nice pots of different Hoya plants and cuttings  by Mr. Mac Pagsolingan and some other attendees.   Until the next plant exchange ! Hoya be with you !

Website: http://www.abs-cbnfoundation.com/bk/lamesa-ecopark.html

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/groups/145885998815237/

Philippine Hoyas: http://www.bar.gov.ph/digest-home/digest-archives/64-2007-1st-quarter/1493-janmar07-hoyas-8

Bread Story-Philippines

Bread Story, SM San Lazaro , Manila -Philippines

Bread Story -SM San Lazaro branch

Bread Story is one of the latest food bakery which opened their store in SM San Lazaro , Their first store was located in SM South mall and their clientele is growing .

freshly baked breads

The manager said that the store got their franchise from Malaysia  and  outside the country their branches can be found in  Singapore, Indonesia, Dubai, Kuwait  and Australia. I like their tag line – A beautiful loaf story. The ambiance of their place  and the color of their store ( mint green ) caught my eye.

Walnut Apple Cinnamon

Aside from smelling the aroma of freshly baked bread, you can also view their kitchen and see the bakers working.   The aroma and texture of baked goods as they come out of the oven is strongly appealing but it is a quality that is quickly lost.

Since the flavor and appeal largely depend on this freshness  which the bakeshop had captured . Cakes and pastries are also available at the counter in reasonable prices.

poster of the best sellers

Since its initial operations in February 12, 2012 , the store had now 4 branches all located in various parts of Metro Manila- They have SM Fairview, SM South Mall- Las Piñas City, Robinson Galleria and SM San Lazaro- Manila .

Blueberry  Cinnamon

Bread Pitt

This bread was had a catchy name and richly textured

The store mission : Making a beautiful loaf story in Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Dubai, Australia, Kuwait  and now, the Philippines.

Website: http://breadstoryph.com/

Facebook : http://www.facebook.com/breadstoryph


Job seekers troop to SM San Lazaro and other SM malls

SM San Lazaro , Santa Cruz,  Manila -Philippines

SM San Lazaro , Santa Cruz- Manila

SM San Lazaro entrance with long lines of job applicants from Manila and nearby places

Department of Labor and Employment in cooperation with SM group of malls for the past 6 years have conducted a job fairs every May 1 – Last year , There were more than 320,000 job seekers who trooped to various SM malls nationwide to find jobs.

job applicant looking at the bulletin board

This year was no different, in SM San Lazaro where the event was launched just few hours ago -long queues lined the mall ! In SM Mega-mall job seekers lined from basement up the  fifth level !

some of the applicants are busy reviewing their resume

Yakult -Philippines

Yakult Philippines is just one of the 68 companies present during the SM San Lazaro job fair

Yakult-Philippines: http://www.yakult.com.ph/

Rice in a Box Food Company

Ms. Leah Casamayor – SM San Lazaro- Mall Manager

The mall manager graciously “welcome” all the job applicants to the job fair .

Ms. Ruby Socorro Daquigan a supervisory labor officer from DOLE

ribbon cutting ceremony -L-R Mr. Edgardo Baisa ( assistant mall manager ), Ms. Ruby Socorro Daquigan ( DOLE representative ) and Ms. Leah Casamayor ( SM San Lazaro mall manager ) and Mr. Arvin Ang ( AVP marketing )


One of the advantages of visiting a DOLE job fair is that a job seeker spends less money and less timer and minimal effort to find a job because DOLE gathers as many employers as possible—whether local or overseas—under one venue.

Note: all photos are taken by the author

Department of Labor and Employment : http://www.dole.gov.ph/

Facebook SM San Lazaro : http://www.facebook.com/SMCitySanLazaro