20PHNET. 20 years of internet connections in the Philippines

JUMP Center, SM Megamall , Mandaluyong City- Philippines

 JUMP Center -venue of the seminar

When internet was introduced in 1994. we  did not have an idea that the Internet would pave the way for the growth of the business process outsourcing (BPO) industry and entrepreneurs who make money just by connecting to the Internet.

Philippine Internet, he said, started with a meager 64 kbps shared by educational institutions.

The Internet has equalized access to the world for rich and poor. Of course, it was only a footpath – an incredibly small 64 kbps (kilo bytes per second) which cost US$11,00 per month. We can now access the Internet at 100 mbps (mega bytes per second) for a few dollars.

Mr. Jim Ayson

He introduce the speakers of the event

Mr. John Dang

He discussed the future of real estate business in the country.

Mr. Markku Lepistro

Mr. Edison Tan

Three Important points: 1.) Super Apps 2.) Natural Interface 3.) Cloud

Mr. Douglas Ma

Uber is evolving the way the world moves. By seamlessly connecting riders to drivers through our apps, we make cities more accessible, opening up more possibilities for riders and more business for drivers. From our founding in 2009 to our launches in over 70 cities today, Uber’s rapidly expanding global presence continues to bring people and their cities closer.

Uber: https://www.uber.com/

Note: At the end of the short talk we were treated to an afternoon snacks

Easter Festivites in Araneta Center

 SMART Araneta Center , Cubao- Quezon City , Philippines

SMART-Araneta Coliseum

After attending an early dawn mass  , I   went to a  food  and plant hunting trip in a weekend market  somewhere in  Quezon City .  Then rode a passenger bus going to Cubao for a quick stop-over .  Traffic was very heavy due to the arrival of passengers coming from the provinces. It was past noontime when i reached Cubao -Araneta Center and bought some pasalubong for my aunt who incidentally is having her 80th birthday .

 a child looking for Easter eggs at the Farmers Market stage area

People visiting the site image that they are in wonderland of some sorts . Floating through the clouds at the giant balloon ride, express their creativity by painting the giant doodle eggs, listen to stories of fun and adventure during storytelling time.

a clown added delights to kids and parents

There is an on going science experiments dubbed as the  Mad Science show, all at the Smart Araneta Coliseum’s Quadrant C Activity Area.

crowd

Kids together with their parents participated in several events like a Magic Show , Dancing contest , “Best in Easter Costume ” , Face Painting contest, on the spot spin a wheel and other freebies.

 emcee together with kids in Easter inspired- costumes

Entrance is free for everyone who wants to come into the fair grounds. To take part in some of the activities and get freebies, just show a P300 single or accumulated receipt purchase from March 15-31, 2013 before entering the fair grounds.

a kid in fairy costume is one of the participants of the costume contest

Glenn in an Easter Egg costume delighted several photographers

I quickly took the opportunity by asking the guardian of this kid .  His costume seems to stand-out in comparison with  the other kids around the activity center, It looked like hand- made and crafted to suit the occasion.  Most of the kids costumes were  ready to wear .

a kid in military -inspired costume

The event is an  all-afternoon affair with tons more activities for kids (and kids-at-heart!)Other activities in store for the kids are games such as the Easter Egg Hunt and Family Egg Relay, face painting, costume contest, rides, and more.

food tents

Media partners includes ABS-CBN channel 2, TV channel 5 and ABS-CBN publication. What did i find in this event? I saw a limited edition collector edition of  Spider man published by ABS-CBN publication ( Marvel)  being sold for just Php 70 pesos! They even called  “The Super Summer Issue ” .

limited edition Marvel Spider man comics

I only stayed for a few minutes at the activity center, It was quite hot and very humid during the afternoon. I had to leave the place by past 3:00pm .

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