#CBSTalks: Best Blogging Practices

#CBSTalks: Best Blogging Practices

Social media today has greatly changed the landscape of our society and how we view it. We can now access rich amount of data and resources available in the internet, like blogs, where people have the power to share their thoughts. But with this power, comes a responsibility.

It is important for new and seasoned bloggers to keep in mind what are the best blogging practices. One event that advocates this is the #CBSTalks: Best Blogging Practices presented by Cebu Bloggers Society (CBS), Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino and Smart Communications.

Cebu Bloggers Society will be holding the #CBSTalks: Best Blogging Practices which is one of their major events this year. It aims to promote best practices and nurture professionalism in blogging and social networking.

It is patterned after the rousing TED Talks where some of the best digital influencers from Cebu and Davao will share their personal inspiring stories. They will talk about best practices related to content, website management, ethics, and online interactions which will be captured on film and uploaded on Cebu Blogger Society’s YouTube channel, website and other social media channels.

Catch this FREE event on November 28, 2015, 9AM-4PM at the Jimei Room of Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino. Visit http://www.cebubloggers.com/cbstalks for more registration details. This is organized by the Cebu Bloggers Society, Cebu’s first and premier blogging organization, established on February 14, 2008.

CBSTalks Best Blogging Practices


Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) is the Philippines’ leading wireless services provider.

Waterfront Cebu City Hotel & Casino is the official venue of #CBSTalks. The hotel is grandly situated at the heart of the city’s commercial and business district. A convenient 30-minute drive from the Mactan International Airport, the hotel is home to 561 guestrooms and suites, 10 wining and dining outlets, and is popularly known for its superior meeting and conference facilities. With a seating capacity of up to 4,000, the hotel’s Convention Center is outfitted with 4 function rooms and 2 grand ballrooms designed to host all event types and sizes.

Gold Sponsors

Megaworld Corporation is the Philippines’ biggest developer of integrated urban townships and the largest lessor of office spaces. As the country’s pioneer in integrated urban township developments, Megaworld now has 18 townships all over the country. The Megaworld Group has around 4,000 hectares of land in its portfolio. Around 80 percent have been dedicated for LIVE-WORK-PLAY townships or mixed-use communities, the concept of property development that Megaworld pioneered in the Philippines way back in the 1990s. The townships combine the residential, office, commercial, retail, recreational and institutional components to form mixed-use communities.

Cebu Pacific Air is the Philippines’ leading airline. It remains to be the pioneer in creative pricing strategies as it manages to offer the lowest year-round fares for all its flights. CEB currently operates a fleet of 47 Airbus (9 A319, 32 A320 and 6 A330) and 8 ATR 72-500 aircraft, one of the most modern aircraft fleets in the world.

Silver Sponsors

Islands Souvenirs revolutionized souvenir shopping by transforming cottage-industry type products and giving it a fresh take. It carved out a new niche for itself by providing premium quality souvenir items that are creatively designed and packaged in vibrant shopping environments.

Sheb’z Cakes and Brownies


The Spa by Omnia Bellus

Maison des Fleurs Cebu Flower Shop is a flower shop in Cebu city and your personal florist online. They offer flower deliveries, wedding giveaways and party souvenirs like wines and perfumes.

Program Flow

8:00AM-9:00AM – Registration
9:00AM – Welcome Remarks
9:10AM – Morning Session
11:40AM-12:40PM – Lunch Break
1:00PM-3:40PM – Afternoon Session
3:40PM – Closing Remarks

The Speakers

For full list of speakers, their topics and profiles, visit http://cebubloggers.com/cbstalks/.

So what are you waiting for? ADMISSION IS FREE! So register now at http://cebubloggers.com/cbstalks/

Parkmall’s Unique Indoor Park

Parkmall’s Unique Indoor Park

Parkmall has been known to be a game-changer when it comes to giving their shoppers and customers a satisfying experience. They have created an identity as a mall within a park and as the first pet-friendly mall. But wait, there’s more! They just opened their indoor park named Rediscover Life last November 7, 2015. This time, they have brought the real park experience inside the mall.

Another first in Cebu, the new Atrium is reminiscent of a park where families and friends can gather and enjoy a recreational ambiance. It gives shoppers the opportunity to take a breather and slow down amidst the fast-paced city life.

Left Rediscover Life Indoor Parkmall

People Behind the Indoor Park

The unique indoor park was conceptualized by Parkmall Managing Director, Arch. James Co and brought into a masterpiece by world-class Cebuano designers Arch Buck Richnold Sia and Miss Janice Minor. Truly, Parkmall celebrates Cebuano talents who have excelled not only in the local setting but also in the global scene.

TopView Rediscover Life Indoor Parkmall

View of the park from the 2nd floor

Let’s take a look at the features of the indoor park and what makes it one of a kind.

Discovery Tree

Naturally, a refreshing park is best represented with the presence of trees. That is why at the heart of the mall stands what they call the Discovery Tree. It resembles a Talisay tree which is very Cebuano and evokes nostalgia from the summer days spent with the family at the province.

Talisay Tree Rediscover Life Indoor Park Parkmall

The Discover Tree that resembles a Talisay tree.


Mostly, parks are great for picnics so they usually have that snack bar for food and drinks. They have that too. According to Mr. Neal Co, initially they plan to transfer their concierge on this area. Then maybe later, they will make it a juice bar and serve refreshments. During the opening, it served cocktail drinks to the guests and gave us a glimpse how it can be a multi-purpose facility.

Bar Rediscover Life Indoor Parkmall

An area that can be a bar or concierge

Wooden Platform

The benches and platform is purely made of wood which makes it child-friendly. Kids are expected to be roaming and jumping around the place so it’s one thing less to worry.

Kids Rediscover Life Indoor Parkmall

Kids already enjoying the park

Artificial Grass

What’s a park without the grass? Probably the favorite feature is their artificial grass which is very relaxing to the eyes. It is a rare sight to see grasses inside a mall and it makes you want to walk and even roll on it, as a kid. Even pets will surely be interested to play on it so owners please watch out for their deeds. 🙂

Doggy Rediscover Life Indoor Parkmall

Curious doggy is enjoying the grass

Unique Indoor Park

Overall, the indoor park is an eye-candy with its creative and intricate design. It answers the shoppers’ common dilemma, a place to sit down and relax after hours of strolling. It is even more fun when you can let your kids play around.

Shoppers Rediscover Life Indoor Parkmall

This indoor park is another testament to their tagline, “Life is a Walk in Parkmall”. Have you visited their new Atrium? Share your thoughts and spread good vibes! 🙂

Introducing Emjae Fotos Version 2.0

Introducing Emjae Fotos Version 2.0

Most successful people have been through a lot of challenges and failures in life. Some may have started from the bottom, but now they managed to make their way to the top. It takes a lot of patience, perseverance and self-improvement to support your main driving force, that is passion.

For me, passion is the light that helps us find our purpose and guides us towards the journey. Let me share a quick background how Emjae Fotos has transformed so far. Allow me to answer why I blogged, and what keeps me blogging.

Emjae Fotos 1.0

It was in September 28, 2014 when I purchased the domain name EmjaeFotos.com. Prior to that, I have been blogging for 7 months already under a different name which until now I can’t imagine how I came up with. Honestly, I am so shy to share my blog posts with that name so I started to get insecure and slowly lost interest in blogging.

Emjae Fotos header

First Banner Image

Just when I needed the most, I was invited by the Cebu Blogging Community to attend a blogging summit with other bloggers and aspiring ones. After the inspiring talks and sessions, it was in that event that I decided to finally get a domain name. However, it was not an easy decision to choose a custom name. Do I use my name or create an anonymous brand?

It could have been an easy decision to choose an anonymous name. It sounds more professional and I don’t have to post something personal. But after a series of soul-searching, I realized I’ve already been branding the photos I share on Facebook by putting a watermark. So why not use it to brand my photo works?

Actually the main reason that I started a website is to create a portfolio of my photos. If you have read about me, I aspire to be a professional photographer. Yeah, that is my dream to make a living out of photography where I could travel places and have freedom of my time.

Blogging and Photography

But in most cases, part of reality in photography is that in order to get the big bucks, you got to have the big guns. For a starter, I still lack the gears and high-end equipment to handle big time events. So for now, I use blogging as a platform to hone and improve my skills. In the end, photography is not about the camera but about the shooter. It’s how you put creativity and art into a photograph.

Through blogging, I got to practice being creative in sharing photographs. Anyone can take a snap of an event or an adventure but as much as possible, I try to capture more than meets the eye. I look for a different perspective than an ordinary traveler sees. And not only that, blogging has turned me from simply documenting an activity into a storyteller.

That’s it! It’s my passion to share the stories I see through my camera that brought me and keeps me into blogging. As I look back to my first ever post, it was the intention to share a social good activity we did that pushed me to blog. I will always look back to this activity when I ask myself why do I blog.

Emjae Fotos 2.0

Since then, I only took blogging for fun and as a means to share what meets my eye. But now, I believe I have improved myself by surviving the Cebu Blogging Community’s 30-Day Blog Posting Challenge. I have learned a lot of things and was able to appreciate the great opportunities of blogging.

With this, I am taking this blog, again, to the next level and pursue to make it a recognized brand. This image below will be my official logo and I call it, Emjae Fotos version 2.0.

Emjae Fotos Logo 2.0

I will consider this day as a milestone in my blog life. This marks my renewed passion in photography and blogging with a new goal, to turn this passion into paychecks. I’m not aiming to be successful in this career but I just want to enjoy it. There is nothing rewarding than earning from the things you love to do. Still Emjae Fotos is here to share what meets my eye and to continue spreading good vibes. So watch out for more creative contents! 😀

This is my Day 30 entry for the CBC 30-Day Blog Posting Challenge. I would like to thank the partners: CebuDomain.org, KalamiCebu.com, Zuprome.com, Channelmarie.com, PIA, iNewMedia.org. And to my fellow challengers  ChannelMarie.com, ZupRome.com, FueledbyCaffeine.net, WhyCebu.com, and WonderfulCebu.com, please do check their blogs as well.
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The Mandaue-Mactan Bridges

The Mandaue-Mactan Bridges

Mactan Island is known for its export processing factories, mass production of musical instruments, an international airport and a diverse collection of tourist attractions. These things makes it a viable place to live in and is considered as Philippines’s most densely populated island. But this economic and social boom couldn’t be made possible without the help of infrastructure, the Mandaue-Mactan bridges.

Aerial View Mandaue Mactan Bridge

Photo from tourism-philippines.com/cebu/

The two Mandaue-Mactan bridges paved way for the island to be easily accessed from the mainland province of Cebu. Both bridges have become iconic landmarks of Cebu. It connects Lapu-lapu City to Mandaue City, another progressive city in Metro Cebu, across the Mactan Channel. Let’s take a look at these two bridges and its brief history.

First Mandaue-Mactan Bridge

Its official name is  Mandaue-Mactan Bridge but when the second bridge was constructed, it is more commonly called as the First Mandaue-Mactan Bridge or the Old Bridge. It is 846 meters long (2,775 feet) and 9 meters wide (29 feet) and is categorized as a box truss type of bridge. The construction costs 65 million pesos which began in 1970 and was inaugurated in 1972 during the term of the late President Ferdinand Marcos. One impressive fact about it is it was wholly designed and created by Filipino engineers.

Worm View 1 Mandaue Mactan Bridge

During the Sinulog Festival in Cebu, people flock on top of the Mandaue-Mactan bridge to witness a very special and sacred activity. It is the Fluvial Procession of the Senor Santo Nino from Mactan to the mainland Cebu. Aboard a galleon, the Holy Image of the Child Jesus will cruise along the Mactan Channel and under the first bridge. Several motorboats and bancas will follow the galleon which a great sight to see from the top of the Mandaue-Mactan bridge.

Balloons Mandaue Mactan Bridge

People releasing balloons after seeing the Sto. Nino

First Fluvial Above Mandaue Mactan Bridge

People on top of the bridge to witness the fluvial procession.

People Fluvial Above Mandaue Mactan Bridge

Do you know that this bridge initially had toll booths on both sides? It was until the late 1980’s when the toll fee collection was stopped. The toll booths were then demolished and removed which makes the travel across the bridge smoother.

Marcelo Fernan Bridge

Eventually, the volume of people and vehicles rose which led to the congestion of the first bridge. To help ease the problem, the second Mandaue-Mactan Bridge was constructed. It is named after a former senator and Chief Justice of the Philippine’s Supreme Court, the late Marcelo B. Fernan. The bridge has a total length of 1,237 meters (4,058.40 feet) with a center span of 185 meters (606.96 feet).

Worm View Mandaue Mactan Bridge

The Marcelo Fernan Bridge began its construction in 1998 and opened in August 1999 during the term of former President Joseph Estrada. It is an extra dosed cabled stayed type of bridge and is considered as one of the widest and longest bridge spans in the Philippines. This was made possible with the help of the Japanese Government as a symbol of friendship between the Republic of the Philippines.

Center Shot Above Mandaue Mactan Bridge

One great feature of the bridge is the walkway on both sides of the bridge which makes it safe for pedestrian to walk across the bridge. Because of this, it is also a favorite spot for joggers because of the slope which is a good exercise and training routine.

Jogging Above Mandaue Mactan Bridge

At night, you can have a wonderful view of the Marcelo Fernan Bridge lights from a mini-park underneath situated on the Lapu-lapu City side. The mini-park has benches for people to chill and enjoy the sea breeze while some even jog around the walkways.

Long Exposure Mandaue Mactan Bridge

The night lights of Marcelo Fernan Bridge.

A Third Bridge

But wait, there’s more! Do you know that a third bridge, with a span of about seven kilometers, is on the work? A proposed P16.88-billion Cebu City – Cordova bridge project officially broke ground on January 1, 2015 on Shell Island, Cordova town.

The Mandaue-Mactan bridges have greatly facilitated the transport of people, goods, services and opportunities between Mactan Island and mainland Cebu. A third bridge would surely help decongest Mactan Island, again, and a good sign of economic development in Cebu. I just hope for the success of this project as well as the welfare of our environment and natural resources.

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Cebu Heritage Sites At Night

Cebu Heritage Sites At Night

Cebu is the oldest city in the Philippines and is know for its rich culture and heritage. Aside from the many attractions such as beautiful islands, white sand beaches, luxury resorts, it is also visited for its historical spots. It is considered the Queen City of the South and center for commerce in the Visayas .

The best time to visit Cebu heritage sites is during the Gabii sa Kabilin, an event that showcases Cebu’s rich culture through museums and historical buildings. Check out a few of the sites you can visit and how the spots look like during the night.

Yap-San Diego Ancestral House

This is one of the oldest houses in Cebu which was built in the late 1600’s. It was built by a family of Chinese merchants out of coral stones and wood. The Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House is now a museum and houses a lot of antique furniture. Because of it’s vintage look, it is mostly visited during heritage tours as well as photo shoots like wedding engagement sessions.


Cebu Heritage Monument

Just across the street from the Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House is the Cebu Heritage Monument. It is a work of national artist Edgardo Castrillo which was started in July 1997 and inaugurated on December 8, 2000. It depicts the history of Cebu which shows scenes of the city starting from the time during the Spanish colonization as well as the modern-day scenarios. It is a great piece of located at the end of the oldest street in Cebu, Colon Street.


Archdiocesan Museum

The Cathedral Museum of Cebu is a museum situated next to the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral, and not far from the Basilica Minore del Santo Niño. The building was one of the few extant structures in downtown Cebu City that was totally spared from the ravages of World War II. It was first the parish convent of the Cathedral, then a school of the University of San Carlos, then a cooperative store, and even as a temporary chapel during the renovation of the Cathedral.


Casa Gorordo

The Casa Gorordo Museum is a 19th century lifestyle museum which was built in the 1850’s. It has a massive stone walls around and parts of the buildings were made of corals. You can see wide windows with translucent shells and huge posts of molave for a strong foundation. It has undergone several renovations to strengthen aging elements and preserve it as a National Landmark.


Lapu-lapu Shrine

The shrine of Lapu-Lapu was erected to celebrate Chief Lapu-Lapu as the first Philippine national to resist foreign rule. It was when Ferdinand Magellan made a historic journey to the Philippines and convinced the locals to convert to Christianity. Eventually, there was conflict of interest that ended into a Battle in Mactan. Lapu-lapu then beat Magellan and killed most of his troops.


Magellan’s Cross

Though he is considered the villain at Battle of Mactan, Magellan is also honored for bringing Christianity to the Philippines. He brought the symbol of the Santo Nino (Child Jesus) to the Philippine islands and had a sucessful run in baptizing majority of the people to Christianity.

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Fort San Pedro

Fuerte de San Pedro, also commonly known now as Plaza Indepedencia, is a military defence structure during the time of the Spanish colonization. It was built under the command of the first governor Miguel López de Legazpi. At the end of the 19th century, it was attacked and taken by Filipino revolutionaries which they used as a stronghold at the height of the Philippine Revolution.


University of the Philippines Cebu

The University of the Philippines Cebu was founded on May 3, 1918, ten years after the founding of UP in 1908. It is an autonomous unit of the University of the Philippines system which is located in Lahug. There are a lot historical events and stories about UP Cebu and that includes the spooky ones. It served as a camp during the war for American and British civilians and later occupied by the Japanese troops.

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First stop for the #GabiiSaKabilin.

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Cebu Capitol Building

The Cebu Provincial Capitol is the seat of the provincial government of Cebu located at the north end of Osmeña Boulevard. The building’s architectural style was designed by famous a Filipino architect Juan M. Arellano which is neoclassical in spirit. The most distinctive part of the façade is the central concave pavilion with an inscription, “The authority of the government emanates from the people. Erected A.D. MCMXXXVII.”

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30 Reasons to be Grateful

30 Reasons to be Grateful

Thank you is the simplest thing you can give that can bring the biggest impact. Sometimes we are too distracted with a lot of things that we forget to be grateful of the little things we have. We sometimes forget the little help from the people around. But a simple thank you can make the good karma continue to flow in us.

Today, I would like to say thank you to 30 people/places/things that have been part of my journey both in daily and in my blogging life. Here are 30 reasons to be grateful:

  1. First of all, I would like to thank our dear God for all the blessings He has given to me. Thank You for keeping us safe and sound from day to day from the moment we wake up until we go to sleep. For the guidance and enlightenment during making decisions and doing what is good for your greater Glory.

  2. Dear Jane, thank you for being there to support me in my endeavors. For being my companion and partner in everyday conversation. For having patience in my imperfection and for laughing out loud on my jokes.I hope you don’t mind if I want to make you laugh and smile everyday. I may not be the perfect husband but I will always be your Mr. Right.

  3. To my sweet little Aya, thank you my little princess for being so adorable. Your smiles and giggles are heaven to me. It fills my heart with joy and relieves me of all the stress. I wouldn’t mind carrying you even you’re getting heavier now. You always have my back for a piggyback ride.

  4. I’d like to thank my parents who are ever supportive and never fail to check on me. Though I already have my own family, thank you for asking how we are and for giving some words of wisdom. Your advises are always my guiding light and inspiration towards a happy marriage.

  5. Also to my sisters, oh yes I have 2 siblings and I’m the only guy, thank you for the little chitchats. I miss our random food trip. Being with these ladies taught me how to respect and understand the opposite of me.

  6. Thank you to my full-time job, you have made this 30-day blog posting challenges really difficult. But I have no choice because you have brought food to our tables. I hope someday in the future, blogging will. For now I will cherish the 3 years with you.

  7. To my office mates, thank you for the little conversation and the random outing. I badly miss the quarterly dinners and team building. A lot has changed lately but I still look back to the fun times with you. Not only inside the office but also outside especially to my basketball mates.

  8. To my friends, well I’m actually unsure who to mention specifically. Lately, I think most of us are going through what we call midlife crisis. A lot of us are getting married, torn between jobs and too busy making a living. Still, thank you for the random invites over a karaoke and booze.

  9. I’d like to thank a few people in our neighborhood. Thank you for supporting and attending during my daughter’s simple birthday celebration. It is also fun having conversations with you about the weather, the news lately, sports and anything under the sun.

  10. To the strangers, ahmm this is strange. Well to those random strangers I meet everyday who are showing some random act of kindness, I really appreciate the good vibes you are showing.

  11. Thanks to my precious DSLR camera for being my best buddy during photo walks, photo shoots, travel and events. You are one of the main contributor to Emjae Fotos blog. I enjoy capturing the outside world through you.

  12. Thanks to my smartphone also for being so handy when my camera is not around. Because of you I can still capture random events and even create a blog post with your snaps. You are a very useful tool for sharing what meets my eye.

  13. To my personal computer and laptop, thank you for the bonding moments together during editing photos and writing a blog. Honestly, I am comfortable writing with you guys rather than in a smartphone or tablet.

  14. Thanks to the music I hear that sets the tone of my day. Many times you have made me smile through your love songs, you have made me dance to the beat, you have calmed down my emotions and inspired me through the day.

  15. To my travels both nearby and away from home, thank you for the experience that is more than what meets the eye. You have taken me out of my comfort zones and taught me how to be matured. You have shown me the beauty of nature and the fun of being with people you care.

  16. For the weddings I have attended and covered, thank you for reminding me how sacred is the marriage of two people. You have made a witness of another love story that has come to a new chapter.

  17. Thanks to my bicycle for the simple joys you bring. You have taken me through places and been very useful in certain situations.

  18. To my backlogs, I had a nice time with you. Now it’s time to say goodbye coz finally you are now published. Thanks to you, I did not ran out of blog ideas.

  19. Thanks to the syndication team for the traffic that my blog is getting. I love reading your blogs and I’m happy for paying a visit and your lovely comments.

  20. To the followers of my blog and social media accounts, thank you for your number.

  21. To JL Mainit who is the very first blogger I met.

  22. To Jhanis who is the person who convinced me to purchase a domain name.
  23. To Chanel who is very approachable during events and acknowledges my presence.
  24. To Ruben for the inspirational and fun talks that inspires us to do social good.
  25. To Ka Bino for the wit.
  26. To Gay and Mary for being great role models
  27. To Jeph who makes every event fun and exciting.
  28. To Bjornson who have inspired us to level up in blogging.
  29. To my fellow 30-day challengers for the camaraderie.
  30. And to the whole Cebu Blogging Community for being instrumental in keeping my passion in blogging, THANK YOU VERY MUCH! 🙂

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