iLuvCebuInstameet 5.0


My version of "blogger pose" during  #iLuvCebuInstameet 5.0.
I am currently living in the heart of Cebu province – in Cebu City, a place where all things are possible for a millennial like me. You name it! Learn new courses, attend to one-of-a-kind events and activities, participate in hackathons/technology meetups, grow the network of friendship, build startup businesses and then there is Instameet.

I started living in this place since I was in college and I could still remember my introverted self few years ago.  Afraid to go out from my tiny little shell in order to venture what opportunities could offer; scared to say “hi” to people I met in the hope to gain new friends; reluctant to acquire things and learning needed to be my own kind of unique self now. It’s a little bit funny to think of these but a sigh of relief and gratitude as well thinking that somehow at some point I overcome these. Okay, enough with the drama. Let us go back to “Instameet”. What in the world does it mean and why I am I correlating this to my self-improvement particularly in the friendship aspect of my journey. 

What is Instameet and #iLuvCebuInstameet 5.0?

Instameet is literally an Instagram Meeting by instagrammers. If you have no clue what instagrammers are, these are literally users of Instagram application. In a nutshell, this is an event where people gather in a prearranged place and time to meet new friends, share stories and ideas, take photos and upload it to Instagram of course. That’s it really, growing the network of friendship both offline and online! Plus, you get to meet your favorite Instagrammers that you’ve been Insta-stalking forever.

#iLuvCebuInstameet 5.0 is an instameet specifically organized by Doyzkie of iLuvCebu.com with an aim to give an avenue for everyone especially millennials to meet up and share best social media practices. Held last 15th of October 2017 in The Glass House of Montebello Villa Hotel, it had the theme “We Meet Again” commemorating its fifth anniversary. The said event was supported by the country’s No. 1 Pizza Chain – Greenwich Pizza and Pasta.

Everything Greenwhich :)

What are the activities and what to expect?

1. Meet new faces and gain friends. Making new friends can be intimidating especially when making your way to those that have unapproachable appeal individuals. I’ve been there, kinda scary but the trick is, just be an open-minded individual. If they’ll like you, they’ll respond. If not, then go find another. Let us not complicate things, shall we? Hehe. Nonetheless, I tell you, Instameet participants are very friendly - all of them. I usually instantly become friends with them. That's how feeling close (FC) I am, lol. Instagram influencers grew their network by gaining friends. So be prepared to meet new faces. There is no harm in talking funny and humorous topics along the conversation to spice up the conversation. Just don’t be too personal and keep it unobtrusive.

Unity in diversity, lol. Feeling close na kami agad even if we just meet. :)
2. Learn new ideas and techniques. Ever wondered how instagrammers manage their accounts, how they gain followers and how they curate/beautify their shots? Well, I learned it from this event. Broad number of Cebu influencers as speakers  of the event tackle different areas regarding such topics surely helped. Plus, multiple methods and tools to help us and a whole lot more. Who wouldn't want that? How to properly use Snapseed, VSCO and instagram filters were tackled.

3. Picture here, picture there, picture everywhere. iLuvCebuInstameet 5.0 was a half day of getting reaquainted with previous meets and newer participants. When I arrived at the venue, I could see people scattered everywhere taking photos. Such a good thing because I belong, lol! Well, you actually don’t have to be an amateur in photography when taking photos. Just be creative and unique. Find the best spot you could think of. Show yourself  through your pictures. Luckily, Montebello Villa Hotel, where the event was held, has picture perfect scene in every corner. I grabbed some few  friends and took pictures of each other. Voila! Some of my shots are here:






4. Raffles and prizes. Get a chance to win awesome prices and giveaways offered by the event. We participated in Best Barkada Shot (Group Award) and 5 Most Creative ILuvCebu Instameeter.

5. Good food. The event was sponsored by the country’s No. 1 Pizza Chain – Greenwich Pizza and Pasta. Good food were served. Lucky for us it was saturday which meant "cheat day". Yas!

Lafang :)
6. It's all about promotion. Put yourself in the spotlight. It's yours!

Ako ang dyosa! :)

My #OOTD

…because it’s basically about Instagram drama, so why not pull off a unique OOTD (outfit of the day)?

On the bridge of the pond. "I wish there's a bridge I can take towards you." Genern!
I was happy to be one of the participants of iLuvCebuInstameet 5.0. Aside from I ditched my computer at home which basically is my prison, I had the chance to know and talk to awesome instagrammers of Cebu. I had relaxed my mind from the city noise. My blogger friends were also there making the experience extra special.

Blogger friends. She's the thorn among the roses, hahaha.

Love Instagram? Participate in iLuvCebuInstameet!
If you are interested to join the next events, you may follow iluvcebu.com in their official Facebook page and website.

See you in the next #iLuvCebuInstameet event!




Lazada Online Revolution: Shop the Universe 2017


Yay, this stuff toy is so cuddly!

Lazada, the number one online shopping site which operates Southeast Asia (Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam), will cause a great a BANG this coming 11th of November (11.11) up to 12th of December (12.12) in the online shopping arena! Prepare yourself to shop the universe with countless products available on Lazada’s portal. As the Pioneering eCommerce in the region, it will provide customers great offers at discounted prices – up to 90%.

The Roadshow in Cebu City

I got an email from Lazada Philippines team that they’d be having Lazada’s Online Revolution Roadshow in Quest Hotel and Conference Building on November 6, 2017 in order to unveil and spread the good news. I got no conflicting appointment with it based on my calendar so I confirmed. Participated by Cebu influencers and content creators, the event was held in the hotel’s Henson Room in the 7th floor. It was spearheaded by Sydney, Aya and Kyru over a sumptuous dinner. A lot of awesome deals have been revealed ranging from fashion, appliances to electronics and gadgets that customers should surely be rejoicing at. Magnificent news has been announced, too. Alibaba Company invested US$1 billion thus owning 83% of Lazada’s stake and strengthening the financial security of the company. A new factory site has also been constructed making transactions even more convenient and faster for the buyers.

Outside the venue. What’s more fun way to do other than to take a picture? Haha!
A lot of giveaways and freebies had been given too in the course of the program.

I won hair conditioner, bracelet and pouch. Harhar.
Shopping the Universe

Known as the biggest and the grandest sale of the year, the Lazada Online Revolution is an event where shoppers can get hefty discounts on almost everything. This festivity is where you’ll most likely find all the great deals and massive discounted items from all the trusted brands in the industry. Expect to be blown away with their extensive range of fabulous and smashing products. So what are you waiting for, give yourself a treat and visit avail their Online Revolution offers.

Some of the brands and products to watch out for:


Why Shop at Lazada this coming November 11 to December 12?

1. Discounted Prices. Grab your favorite items and enjoy a discount up to 90%. More awesome deals await!
2. New Offers. Taobao Collection is now in Lazada. If you want authentic Chinese collections, you can now shop it here. There are more digital goods at your grasp, too.
3. Safe and Secure. Choose from broad secure payment options either through credit card or cash-on-delivery. Products quality and authenticity are assured to be genuine and not defective. If in case there are problems, simply return it within 7 days for a full refund under the Buyer Protection Program.
4. Easy and Accessible. No more traffic jams, crowds and long queues! Shop anytime, anywhere via your computer and mobile phone. It is just one click away.
With their quick and reliable delivery service, just sit back, relax and your package will come to you.

Let the online revolution begin!

How to make most of your online shopping especially during Lazada’s Online Revolution?

1. Create your wishlist now. Add products from their selection to your wishlist and get them at a discount on November. Big things coming your way at discounted prices.
2. Visit Official Stores. In order to really make sure you shop for authentic products, go to http://www.lazada.com.ph/official-stores/ and browse your heart out.
3. Take note of Product Reviews. Know what customers are saying about the product you chose. Avoid products with poor reviews.

For more details, visit Lazada now!

Got our cool packages. Happy faces!

Live Brighter with Sun Life Financial




Financial Ignorance, Financial Literacy. Wait, what?

It's a well-known fact that financial ignorance is very common amongst my countrymen - the Filipinos. Compared to other people in other countries, finance matters serve as an off-topic and we usually correlate it to some sort of networking pyramid schemes so we tend to avoid it for good. This should not be the case. Finance literacy should be one of the main things that our brain must be fully equipped with.

Looking a little bit backward, it seems on of the main reasons why we think this way, is because of the  environment type we had when we were still children developing our minds. Filipino parents usually tell their children to study hard in order to have a good job someday when we grow up. I might be wrong but I have heard this from a lot of friends and even to my own parents as well. This is our culture and this is the truth. Even teachers and professionals agree with this. I have no intention to sound like questioning our parents and their parents. What they did is good but it would have been better if they also added the financial aspect. You know, exposing our young and developing minds to engaging ourselves into management and creation of any sort of business when we grow up will surely add a big difference rather than just planting this phrase to our brains “study hard to get a good work when we grow up”. Even our schools do not implement clear class subjects about this except for those who took Business Administration courses (which are just few by the way).

Welcome to a brighter life!

We cannot change what has been done. We cannot go back to our childhood days and demand for financial trainings or things similar to that, but we can move on forward and take trainings on our own. We are the in-charge of our own lives after all especially now that we are grown ups.

I was invited last last October 18, 2017 to a #LiveBrighter forum organized by Sun Life Philippines in Parklane International Hotel, Cebu City. The forum was a great portal for learning how a career in Sun Life as an advisor makes a difference. It was also a decent opportunity for me to listen various discussions from successful financial advisors as well as their success stories in the financial road. I was really moved since that time and until now.

Blogger friends with the Sun Life Financial Advisors.
Sunlife is giving Cebuanos an opportunity to become a Sun Life advisor and help fight financial ignorance once for all, ganern!  A high performing Sun Life advisor will be well-compensated and are granted opportunities to see the world. The company has been the number one and longest-standing life insurance company in the country.  It has survived the World War II. The company has been operating in the Philippines since 1895.

Live a Brighter Life now. Wink, wink.

1. Balance your time work and passion.
2. Get in the business of helping people.
3. Fulfill your dreams and look forward to a brighter future.
4. Be a Sun Life advisor.



Why Be a Sun Life Advisor?

1. Rewarding in compensation and generous in time. Earning potential is limitless. Enjoy time flexibility.
2. See the world. How about trips to the word as a reward for a job well done? Yes!
3. Noble and fulfilling profession. Make a positive difference in the lives of others by helping them fulfill their financial goals.
4. Professional agency with a bright legacy. Good company, good people. Sun Life is the longest-standing life insurance company in the Philippines.

"Embrace the Brighter Life. Be a Sun Life Advisor. Get an insurance that’s best for you."

Visit sunlife.com.ph to know more valuable information.
Call: (02) 849-9888 or 1800-10-SUNLIFE (PLDT domestic toll-free)
Email: Phil_AgencyRecruitment@sunlife.com

Punk Princess at Selina's Beauty Castle




The look! Bouquet's not mine. Just borrowed it.
Have you heard of a particular salon in Cebu that treats their customers as royalties? I mean like literal “royalties”. I tell you there is! Sharing to you…drumbeats rolling… Selina’s Castle of Beauty and Wellness salon. This salon usually reminds me of my childhood dreams and thoughts. 

When I was a kid, I always wanted to become a princess or a queen, wear colorful fancy gowns, own a golden castle, hold my knight in shining armor's arm and live happily ever after. I used to read fairy tales way back so I couldn't really blame myself for thinking that way, lol. Well, I grew up now; made my own path of life and experienced both the world's sweetness and bitterness at times. It is funny to think now what my aspirations and thoughts were that hilarious. 

When I received an invitation of Selina’s Castle of Beauty and Wellness's opening event, I was intrigued. The curious cat inside my brain just wanted to see the place right away and so I decided to go there. This bloody red, lacy fancy chair in the lobby welcomed my eyes. It was as if calling me to sit on it. There was also a bouquet of flowers on the table next to the chair that time. What other perfect thing to do besides holding it and letting my friend took a picture of me with it? Lol. That was the story of this picture. No, this was not given to me by someone else; I just borrowed it!

I chose to look as if a punk princess during the event. I opted for a cropped gray tshirt with letter F print on it; paired with short faded denim shorts; balanced with an old-school high-cut converse shoes you’d probably ditch when you’re schooling. I accessorized the look with a black choker around my neck tied it into a ribbon then rolled my hair just a little bit up high and formed a bun on the head.

What is Selina’s Castle of Beauty and Wellness?

Selina’s Castle of Beauty and Wellness is a state of the art beauty and wellness center strategically located at the 2nd floor of the West Strip Main Mall Entrance or Parkmall in Mandaue City, Cebu. It offers enchanting facial treatment, royal body treatments, slimming and injectables. It has also services for kids so mothers do not have to worry about taking so long pampering themselves. This castle of beauty has saunas, showers, hot and cold tubs intended for its royal customers – the people of Cebu and the rest of the Visayas.


Selina’s Castle of Beauty and Wellness is another milestone that followed the successful launch of the partnership between Calayan Medical Group and M. Lhuillier Group last March. Currently, they have two beauty clinics in Cebu located at Oakridge and Parkmall. “If you want the best, you know where to go,” said Michel Lhuillier.

What’s their mission? To provide 5 Star services fit for a royalty for lesser price.

The place and staff

The lobby and reception area are dope! I mean it was very vibrant! With the wall covered with golden decorations as if those from a real castle, you can really feel as if you are inside a fairy tales' kingdom – lively and vivacious! The staff were friendly. They looked cute in their uniforms and the girls wore crown on their heads, too. So much cuteness!


The services and products

Selina’s Castle of Beauty and Wellness offers facial and body treatments, whitening and slimming services, royal VIP room and wet area packages, hard waxing and warts removal, laser treatments and kid’s services.  Prices ranges from a hundred pesos to one thousand depending on your choice. To know more of the prices of their services, please contact their contact number indicated below or you may visit them directly at their castle center.


You can buy beauty products at their shop that was just next to their salon center.

Now, sit back and relax. Take a break from the busy city life. Pamper yourself and treat yourself to a beauty castle. Visit Selina’s Castle of Beauty and Wellness now and experience like a royal-blooded homo sapien! Let me know what you think of this place by commenting below.

Address: 2nd floor, West Strip of Parkmall, Mandaue City
Contact number: 0917-524-8009

"At Selina's, your beauty wish is their command."

Baby Blue Chick at Sun Life Tri-Team Press Conference


One of the many great things Cebu is well-known for is the exciting "Ironman Triathlon" event that happens every year. Ironman Triathlon is a series of long-distance triathlon races consisting of a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bicycle ride and a marathon 26.2-mile run, raced in that order and without a break.

If you are like me who is a big fan of this, then you know this is really exhilarating! A lot of people all over the Philippines including celebrities join this yearly healthy competition to showcase fun and strength. How about watching your celebrity crush soaked in sweat while looking cute and handsome still? Who wouldn’t want that? Hehe.

This year, Ironman 70.3 happened last August 6, 2017. One of the many participants of the said event was Sun Life Financial Philippines, with its very own executives, advisors, and brand ambassadors Piolo Pascual leading the Sun Life Tri-Team.

The Press Conference and My Outfit-of-the-day #OOTD

Before Ironman 70.3 took place, I was invited to witness the press conference of Sun Life Tri-Team in Shangri-La's Mactan Resort & Spa, Cebu. As a fashion wannabe (charr lang), one best way I figured to enjoy that yellow fun-filled day was to mix and match my outfit-of-the-day to achieve a girly chick look.


Since it was a sunny Saturday, I opted for a baby blue off-shoulder top paired with white lacey shorts to beat off sun’s hotness. This was just perfect and stylish especially with the baby blue handbag and Dior glasses on. Almost all people in the conference room were wearing yellow that day. Well, I felt I was the sky and they were the sun! In order to add a little bit of a class to the look, I sported out this not-so-old black criss-cross heels that was just residing in my shoe rack. Haha.

It was a wonderful experience especially after knowing Sun Life’s goal about promoting ideal fitness and active lifestyle. Sun Life had been boosting its health and wellness initiatives with GoWell, a community that promotes holistic wellness through a fit and active lifestyle, healthy eating, and living a balanced life. Its website, www.gowell.com.ph, offered fitness and wellness content with articles from experts; while community workouts and fitness classes were also offered to its members.

This is how you do the candid shot!

The participating teams and racers had also been introduced. Yes, I met some of the hottest Philippine celebrities namely Enchong and Piolo which made the experience much more interesting!
Enchong (swim) was joined by fellow celebrity Piolo (bike) in his team along with Toniel (run). Sun Life Board Director Paco Sandejas (swim) raced with Sun Life advisors Eboy de Leon (bike) and Mike Miras (run).

According to Sun Life CEO and Country Head Riza Mantaring, Sun Life had taken part in the Ironman many times over the past few years, and yet, the excitement it brought never gets old. That’s just true. I felt it!

Sun Life CEO and Country Head - Riza Mantaring

The Medal

The medal to be awarded to racers was once again designed by multi-awarded industrial designer Kenneth Cobonpue, a Sun Life brand ambassador himself.

Look at that genius-styled medal, just incredible!

During the conference, Sunpiology Dou had also been unveiled.

What is Sunpiology Dou?

The good thing about Sun Life is that it does not only provide financial services to the people, it also promotes physical fitness and supports worthwhile causes. Sunpiology is a highly anticipated annual fun run organized by Sun Life Financial Philippines. Now, Sunpiology will evolve into a two-fold event and will soon cater both running and cycling enthusiasts thus called Sunpiology Duo.

Sunpiology Duo will come into two parts : Sun Life Cycle PH and Sun Life Resolution Run.

Sun Life Cycle PH is about cycling that will take place from November 18 to 19, 2017 at the Bonifacio Global City in Taguig, while Sun Life Cycle PH is about running that will happen on January 20, 2018. Through these, people who are eager to get a boost in their fitness journey can be catered much more than before and can also contribute to worthwhile causes while participating at it. This will be a star-studded happening to be participated with Star Magic celebrities and GoWell ambassadors. It is surely going to be an exciting event!

So what are we waiting for? How about marking our calendars and planning to participate to these? Let’s go! For more updates on Sunpiology Duo, follow @sunlife on Facebook, Instagram, and twitter. More details will also be available  soon on www.sunpiology.com.

Special thanks to Sun Life Financial Philippines for having me during this day!