November 26, 2014

The Thrill of Giving: 36 Days of Buqo Christmas Surprise

Good news to all the bookworms out there! You can get a free book or magazine everyday until the end of the year courtesy of Buqo.

What is Buqo?

Buqo is an online pinoy bookstore, newsstand and reader in one app. It is the best place for pinoys here and abroad to access all the digital media that they truly love. It can give you instant access to the bestselling Filipino magazines, books, news and other amazing reads.

The Thrill of Giving 

‘Tis the season of giving and, yet again, the Christmas spirit brings out the generous side in most (if not all)of us. What you would love to know is that we here at buqo have also contracted the generosity bug that’s been going around!So to mark our very first Christmas, we have prepared a little something (quite awesome, actually)just for you!

That “Childhood” Feel

We want you to re-experience that “childhood” feeling of anticipating, of finding your gift under the Christmas tree, up to the moment of opening it to your heart’s delight. But this time, allow us to do it digitally (we’re an app after all). Dear friends, we to present to you“36 Days of Buqo Christmas”. Yes, that’s 36 days!Because 12 days just isn’t enough!

A New Gift Every Day! 

So what happens in those 36 days? Buqo will be giving away a book or magazine EVERY SINGLE DAY from November 26 up to the very last day of 2014. A new item will be featured daily and will be completely free to download for 24 hours. Hey, that’s a total of 36 books and magazines you’ll be finding under the “Christmas tree” (a.k.a. the “36 Days of Buqo Christmas” banner in the app). Isn’t that exciting?!

How Does It Work?

We kept it simple. Starting November 26 at 11:00am, a new book or magazine will be unveiled on our social media channels as the featured freebie every day (better add us up now!). You will then have 11:00am until 10:00am the next day to get it. When 11:00am comes around again, a new freebie will be up for grabs.

The buqo apps and website will have a special banner in the store that you can check anytime for the featured freebie. If you don’t have the buqo app yet, now’s the best time to get it. Download it on your iOS(link) or Android(link) device, or both!

Add us up on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram so you’ll be sure to get the freshest and latest news on buqo. Visit us at for more detailed information.

November 18, 2014

PDW 2014: Philippines Ducati Weekend

Philippine Ducati Weekend is based on the popular World Ducati Week, which is held at the Misano World Circuit in Italy. The Philippine Ducati Weekend was first launched at Clark International Speedway, Philippines, in 2012. From the first Philippine Ducati Weekend, it had achieved an outstanding level of success from the attendance because of its variety of events, activities and full immersion of pure Ducati Lifestyle. This event only happens every two years.

Ducati Philippines will make raves as we once again bring the most exciting Motorbike event in Manila and Clark….THE PHILIPPINE DUCATI WEEKEND!

Hundreds of people are expected to witness this once in a lifetime “2-wheel” spectacular in the Philippines. Highlights of the Event will include a Ducati Diavel Drag Race, Motokhana, track-day for both Ducati owners and non-Ducati owners, Dunk Tank for a cause, Bikini Bike Wash and the much awaited viewing of the Ducati Scrambler. Superbike champion Carlos Checa will also be gracing the event. Aside from that, there would also be concessionaires for motoring, food, drink and games. The great thing is that there are different packages to choose from that will suit one’s preferred activities.

The Philippine Ducati Weekend is an event open to all, motorcycle enthusiasts and non-motorcycle enthusiasts alike. Save the date, see you all at Clark International Speedway on November 22-23, 2014, and let’s all be a part of this historical Ducati event in the Philippines!

For tickets, you may contact 09178691790 or you may visit Ducati dealership stores (Ducati Manila, Ducati Alabang, Ducati Bacolod & Ducati Davao).

PDW 2014 Tickets:

November 17, 2014

Sandstorm Electronic Experience 2014

The Philippines will bring forth a festival on November 21, 2014 that will fuse its biggest talents in one massive celebration of sound – the Sandstorm Electronic Experience, produced as a collaboration between So Familiar Productions, The Wildfire Productions and Trance Till Dawn.  The event aims to make a staple when it comes to the music festival in Southeast Asia as well as  to make the Philippines, the next music destination.

Sandstorm Electronic Experience  2014

The festival will be a 3 day event at 3 stages and over 50 of the country’s greatest performers from Metro Manila, Cebu, Bacolod  and Davao are representing every group from the city’s forward-thinking best scene producers, the enigmatic underground techno enthusiasts, the soulful house music lovers, the iconic bass music elite, to every hard hitter of the country’s biggest clubs and more. It’s about time that the country will have a festival  that pays homage to local electronic artists. A tribute to music and dominated by homegrown performers, in an absolutely breathtaking location by the sand and the water just south of the metro.

Sandstorm’s official venue is the Southcrest Beach Resort. A 15 hectare of a scenic land near the beach in San Juan, Batangas. San Juan, Batangas is 116KM from Manila, known for the wide variety of Eco-Tourism activities like hiking and swimming on the emerald green sea. San Juan, Batangas is indeed the right place for the event. They also collect P20 for the tourism fee to keep San Juan the cleanest and greenest place you’ll stay. Each of the venue’s themed stages will give the audience a different sound and atmosphere, taking them on a thrilling adventure through different and wildly imaginative realms. The events, major transportation sponsor DLTB bus line will be shuttling guests from Manila – Batangas –Manila (The transport schedule is posted below).  Tickets are sold from P7,000 for VIP and P4,500 for General Admission.


Some of the industry’s biggest names embellish the lineup. Huge icons such as Deuce Manila, Motherbass, Red-I, Pav Parotte, Funk Avy, Martin Pulgar, Similar Objects, The Zombettes, John Odin, and Mecaha have been revealed to be performing for the festival. Joining the list are 2 international artists to be revealed in the coming days.

So better pack a lot of your swimming gear and party adrenaline as this will be a 3 day event of music and party. As we celebrate our own music with our full grown talents, plus invited international artists.
See you there and let’s party harder!

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Useful hashtags: #idreatherbeach #see2014 #sandstorm2014

November 15, 2014

Philippines Long Weekend 2015

You can expect eight long weekends for the year 2015. But wait there’s more. If you know how to manage your leaves and you are certain that you can maintain physical fitness for the next year, you may experience 13 long weekends. 

Here’s how:

January is still a month to be merry. This month has two holidays listed at January one and two respectively.  January 1st will be a Thursday so and you will have 4 days of rest before the second Monday of the month.

For February, on the 19th day which will fall on a Thursday, the nation will be celebrating the Chinese New Year. If you use your first leave credit on the 20th day, you will once again have four rest or vacation days. A week later, we will be commemorating EDSA Revolution’s anniversary on the 25th day of February.

There are no agreed holidays for the month of March.

April is the month for practicing religious rites.  Please make sure that you observe the nations collective religious ceremonies before going into parties and any social events. April 2, which will fall on a Thursday up to the 4th (Saturday) is for the observance of Holy Week. Then, seven days later, on April 9, 2015, Thursday, Araw ng Kagitingan will be celebrated. Once again, if you use another leave credit for the following day, you will have another 4 days of rest. Summer season is in full swing during this month, Use the long weekend to go to the beach or any place that will give you a cool body and a cool head. More will likely stay in their offices for the air conditioning benefits.
On May, Labor Day will fall on a Friday. That means three days of rest and family bonding time.
June will also accommodate one long weekend with our nation’s celebration of Independence Day. June 12 will fall on a Friday.

July has one pending long weekend declaration. This is another month dedicated to religious rites. The holiday declaration for the start of Eid’l Fitr is estimated to be implemented on July 17th, which will fall on a Friday.

August will have plenty of holidays and starting at the 21st day, Ninoy Aquino day, Friday.  On the 31st day of the month, we will celebrate National Heroes day. This will fall on a Monday, which means you can stay up late on the 30th, Sunday night.

If our calculations are correct, if  Eid’l Fitr will be declared on July 17, that means Eid’l Adha will be declared on September 24.This will fall on a Thursday. Once again, a leave credit can be used to have four days of rest.

NO declared holidays for October.

November 1, 2015 is a Sunday, perfect for All Saint’s and Soul’s day ceremonies.

Then, it’s time to be merry once again. December 24 will fall on a Thursday, 25 on Friday and the next days will be the weekend, weekend, weekend! The celebration of Rizal day on December 30, Wednesday, is the start for a week long rest period, provided that the government declares January 2nd 2016 as additional Holiday.

PH Long Weekend 2015
Stay responsible for 2015 and maintain high quality work output to fully enjoy your long weekends. If you are a student, you’re one lucky kid in 2015.

November 12, 2014

The Dream Shirt: Printing your Favorite Books, One Shirt at a Time

Started out as an idea to create shirts for bookworms, The Dream Shirt has finally marked its 2.5K likers after a year of operating online. With more and more fangirls and fanboys finding out about the online shop, The Dream Shirt is planning to have its relaunch come 2015, which includes creating a line for locally published books, releasing more collections, and a collaboration giveaway with Fandom Trinkets PH.
The Dream Shirt

The Dream Shirt is an online shop that offers made-to-order shirts, with prints that features quotes and designs based on different books. Each design is printed on a cotton shirt in vinyl or via heat transfer. As of today, most of their selections are based from Young Adult novels like John Green’s ‘Looking for Alaska’ and ‘Fault in our Stars’. They also print designs based on the popular dystopian novels such as the infamous Hunger Games trilogy and Divergent. Although their current fan base is consisted of young people and fanatics of YA masterpieces, The Dream Shirt is planning to target a larger market, tapping in the bookworm crowd in general by providing designs that are based on the classics, fiction novels, and the like. The designs are slated to be released early next year, along with their official relaunch.

Unlike most of its competitors, The Dream Shirt aims to stick to creation of book-based shirts, and expand its designs by having its own artistic team that will put their ideas into reality. They are also aiming to be more present offline by participating in bazaars and other book related activity. Their website is also in the works, aiming to provide a better experience for their customers.

Know more about The Dream Shirt by checking on their facebook account: They are also open for partners and collaborations, just send them an e-mail at

The Dream Shirt
Twitter: @thedreamshirt_
IG: @thedreamshirt
Mobile #: 0906 381 1776

November 10, 2014

Revolutionise Your Online Shopping Experience

Lazada online retailer is preparing to the take world wide web by storm with their marketing campaign entitled "Online Revolution" which is the biggest sale of the year in Southeast Asia, set to rival Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Singles Day. On November 11, 2014 the region’s leading online retailer is offering shoppers a month of sales, discounts and promotions with all the best deals under one digital roof.

Offering the widest and deepest products online - from mobiles, tablets and consumer electronics to fashion, household goods, toys, and sports equipment, Lazada is the ultimate one-stop e-commerce destination. Lazada also makes shopping effortless by providing a fast, intuitive and secure online buying experience. Shoppers on-the-go have access to a best-in-class mobile shopping experience via apps and/or the mobile site. For added convenience and peace of mind, Lazada offers the widest reach of delivery and cash-on-delivery service, so shoppers from all over Philippines can buy now and pay only on arrival.


Visit on 11th November as the Online Revolution launches with a day of mega sales. There will be a flash sale every hour from 11am to 11pm, with up to 250 of deals across each category.

Online Revolution: Lazada's Daily Offers

With unbeatable daily deals continuing on 12 November and the ultimate effortless shopping experience, there is no better place to be than online at Lazada Philippines.

MasterCard Monday – enjoy 10% off when you pay with a MasterCard

Trendy Tuesday – find great bargains on the hottest items in Fashion, Home & Living and Watches

WOW Wednesday - go crazy with up to 70% off on products across all categories. This offer is exclusive to Lazada App users. Download Lazada App (Android & iOS) to have the chance to participate to this WoW (Win on Wednesday)

Tech Thursday - get tech-savvy with this steal on our latest technology gadgets and innovations

Flashsale Friday - it’s fastest fingers first every Friday for timed deals and steals. Ready, get set, click!

Wireless Weekends – save money on-the-go with our mobile exclusive sales

Online Revolution: Lamido's Daily Offers

Visit for more Online Revolution promotions from our sellers.

Phone Raffle on Facebook – stand a chance to enjoy the best phone deals from 1 – 10 November for Facebook fans who tag 11 of their friends and share Lamido’s post

Power Bank Raffle on Twitter – find bargains on power banks from 1 – 10 November on Twitter

WeChat Flash Sales – get special discounts off 11 items in flash sales from 10am – 11pm

Shipping Deals – enjoy 20% to 80% off shipping for the top 20 products across 11 categories

I already saw products that I want to buy! I will surely keep an eye on it on November 11! EVIL LAUGH! 

Visit Lazada Online Revolution 11.11 FB Event Page

November 8, 2014

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Official Trailer

“The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” brings to an epic conclusion the adventures of Bilbo Baggins, Thorin Oakenshield and the Company of Dwarves. Having reclaimed their homeland from the Dragon Smaug, the Company has unwittingly unleashed a deadly force into the world. Enraged, Smaug rains his fiery wrath down upon the defenseless men, women and children of Lake-town. 

Obsessed above all else with his reclaimed treasure, Thorin sacrifices friendship and honor to hoard it as Bilbo’s frantic attempts to make him see reason drive the Hobbit towards a desperate and dangerous choice. But there are even greater dangers ahead. Unseen by any but the Wizard Gandalf, the great enemy Sauron has sent forth legions of Orcs in a stealth attack upon the Lonely Mountain. 

As darkness converges on their escalating conflict, the races of Dwarves, Elves and Men must decide – unite or be destroyed. Bilbo finds himself fighting for his life and the lives of his friends in the epic Battle of the Five Armies, as the future of Middle-earth hangs in the balance.

Now, who's excited to see the defining chapter of The Hobbit?

Source: Warner Bros. Pictures

November 4, 2014

Share a Story, Save the World: A Volunteers’ Meet-up

Would you care to listen or share an amazing story? We all know that storytelling is an age-old tradition of the world. It has been practiced to pass on information, make sense of experiences, and understand one another. It has the power to immortalize individuals and events, incite ideas and action, and bring people together. It is in the spirit of this powerfully unifying practice that Hero Of D Day and CSR World bring to you Share a Story, Save the World: A Volunteers’ Meet-up.

On the 8th of November, Saturday, 6:00 PM, aspiring and seasoned volunteers from the youth sector will meet at Co.Lab, Brixton St., Brgy. Kapitolyo, Pasig City to tell their own tales and listen to others. Php 250 will avail participants of a Hero Of D Day kit, certificate, food, drinks, and an invaluable storytelling experience. 

There will be an opportunity to share volunteer stories with fellow volunteers. Juana Change, an advocate of freedom, justice, good governance, and social change is slated to speak at the event. Geoanna Corneby, a Corporate Social Responsibility officer and an active volunteer for various NGOs that further youth development, empowerment of the poor, and nation building, will be conducting a writing workshop for the participants as a culminating activity as well. 

Share a Story, Save the World: A Volunteers’ Meet-up is led by two groups one in the cause – Hero Of D Day and CSR World. Hero Of D Day is a social media organization that believes there is a hero in every one. Focusing the lens on the everyday hero, it recognizes great and small acts of heroism by collecting stories and publishing them online. CSR World is the youth department of Benita and Catalino Yap Foundation that ensures the knowledge and experience of young people on CSR 3.0 – Citizenship, Sustainability and Responsibility – are comprehensive and will enable them to be better citizens.

Both organizations focus on stories of volunteers and volunteerism and through this joint event, they aim to inspire participants to pursue their passion for helping others and live lives worth telling stories about.

To register for the event, please go to

For more information on Hero Of D Day, visit Like them on and follow them on Twitter and Instagram @heroofdday. For inquiries, email To know more about CSR World, visit


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Don Garcia Jr is the author of Don Garcia Photography and My Thoughts and the Act blogs. He is a graduate of Information Technology of Saint Mary's University. Currently working as an SEO/SEM and Social Marketing Specialist. A photography hobbyist, a frustrated dancer and singer.


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