GetGo hails TravelBook.ph as Digital Marketer of the Year

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TravelBook.ph was awarded Digital Marketer of the Year by Cebu Pacific’s Lifestyle Rewards Program GetGo during their second anniversary celebration last March 31, 2017 at the Blue Leaf Events Pavilion in Taguig. TravelBook.ph bested three other competent nominees including other travel service providers and banks.

The Digital Marketer of the Year Award was judged based on the partner’s active participation in promoting the partnership’s proposition by creating effective contents using different relevant digital channels, not limited to SNS. As the future of travel gets more exciting with the continuous thrive of technology, these efforts to actively inject useful information and connect with members online definitely helps the journey of every traveller.

Travelbook.ph has been a GetGo lifestyle partner since 2015 in accord with their objective to provide quality leisure services through traveling. In its campaigns, Travelbook.ph has created weekly features for GetGo that was featured in their website, newsletters, and official SNS.

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The joy of successful partnership. From L to R: GetGo GM Nik Laming; TravelBook.ph team: Karen Luminario, Cyra Penol, General Manager Takumi Nakazawa, Business Development Manager Pinky Librada, Steffi Manikan, and Aldo Reyes; and Cebu Pacific Chief Executive Adviser Michael Szucs.

The Digital Marketer of the Year award was received by Ms. Pinky Librada, Business Development Manager of Travelbook.ph. It was awarded by Mr. Michael Szucs, Chief Executive Adviser of Cebu Pacific, and Mr. Nik Laming, General Manager of GetGo’s Loyalty Division.

Other GetGo lifestyle partners that were awarded were Robinsons Land Corporation (Outstanding Promoter), Petron (Customer Whisperer), Citibank (#TheSocialTrendsetter), and BPI (Promo of the Year).

To know more about convenient and affordable hotel bookings all over the Philippines, visit http://bit.ly/AMCRTTravelBook.

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5 things I did To Rekindle My Passion and Creativity

Have been looking for ways to rekindle your long lost passion? When was the last time you used it? Whether it is in painting, writing, playing an instrument, dancing or photography, read on.

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Edited by Anna Termulo using Adobe Photoshop. DISCLAIMER: This blog is part of my practice and my way of rediscovering my passion and creativity. We all have different approach in rediscovering our passions. It just happened that these 5 tips worked for me. Just sharing it because it might also work for you! Enjoy reading! 😉

My college Basic Painting Class professor, once said, “Always practice because once you have let go of your brush, pencil or your passion for a long time, believe me, it will never be easy.” I never forget that advice of him but the mistake I’ve made? I forgot to apply and practice it.

I enjoy working with colors, pencil, and brush as a kid and I’ve become more passionate about it when I took my college course. I’ve learned the basics from manual to digital arts. Then for some reasons, I focused on working with digital arts and got busy especially when I became employed.

Eventually, I completely dropped the things I’ve learned from manual arts. Fears and doubts came in until I can’t find a way to paint or draw anymore. I know that I had so many excuses and I should have kept practicing because, hey, I love and enjoy doing creative things like this.

So after almost 5 years, I finally decided to rekindle that artistic innocence or creative child in me. A creative child in me that doesn’t constantly judge my worthiness or compare my work to others.

Here are the steps I’ve made on how I have replenished that creative fire that has been smothered by years of doubt & fears:

1. Find Inspiration

I found inspiration when I recalled what I love to do as a child. I remembered how my dad supported me with arts. I think I got my creativity from him. I remember that feeling when he affirmed my pen-scribbled wall instead of scolding me and putting my kiddie artwork on a frame like it was a masterpiece. Remembering my dad, those framed artworks and those joyful memories of finishing artworks, inspires me to draw or paint again.

Michael Michalko, an author and creativity expert, said, “When you surround yourself with images of your intention — who you want to become or what you want to create — your awareness and passion will grow.

Start inspiring yourself by remembering where your passion started. Look back on the masterpieces you have created before and be inspired by it. Find your role model. Get yourself a vision board of who you want to be or what you want to create. Do what makes you inspired!

2. Go back to the basic

With that inspiration, I started to go back to the basics and learn again. I read art blogs, watch video tutorials and bought basic art materials. It wasn’t easy to get started for me because of some distractions. So I’ve decided to attend a basic art class to be totally guided and practice like I haven’t done any painting before.

See your art through the eyes of a beginner. Going back to the basic will help you improve your skills – a lot. Apart from recalling those basic skills, you will  learn new things! Trust me, I kept saying “hey, I didn’t know that before!”. It’s exciting, right?! Learning never stops. Eventually, that creative passion in you will continue to grow.

3. Do small creative action every day

I know the struggle is real! We all have different excuses. I am guilty of skipping practices but this one is real.

One of our course requirement on Basic Drawing Techniques is to submit a 100 Drawing by the end of the semester. I remember how the whole class reacted. Haha! We never thought that we did it with all other course requirements. Every single day, we draw everything we see or anything that pops out on our minds. Until we made it to the last page and realized that we’ve improved our creativity and drawing skills. We were all amazed with that challenged!

The world is our best creative classroom. Try to give time for yourself to explore and practice out there. When you see a flower, paint it if you are a painter. Try to write a story about it if you are a writer. Try to make a song out of it if you are a musician. Just enjoy and have fun! Allow your creative imagination to roam free. And if you failed, it’s okay. Don’t be hard on yourself. Do small action every day!

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My daily small creative action is designing posters/videos for my freelance clients, watching mini art tutorial clips or writing art blog. This Graphic Design is edited by Anna Termulo using Adobe Photoshop and GIPHY. Got inspired to create this graphic design after a 2-hour long nap. Haha!

4. Find your Tribe

They say it is good to surround yourself with like-minded people. On my journey to rekindling my passion for arts, I started to join support groups, got help from an NLP-Life Coach to remove my limiting beliefs and regain my confidence. I’ve also visited art galleries, even attended a Conference and followed Facebook Pages and Facebook Groups in line with arts or creativity. One of the tribes I consider is my basic art class. I’ve met a mentor and other wonderful students like me. I’ve learned a lot from them!

I know it might be not easy for some of you to be seen out there. Just be yourself and remember that you’re there for the support that other artists, musicians, dancers or writers who are going through the same things as you are.

5. Just Do it NOW and Keep on moving forward!

As I write this article, I’ve already finished my basic art class. I know that rediscovering my passion doesn’t end there. And so, I decided to practice by sharing it to this blog. (Yep! I’ll share my creative exploration here and this will be my mini gallery!) It’s just one simple way to remind myself, learn and rediscover my passions in life. I know it’s exciting and fulfilling to do!

There may come a time that you may feel down with your passion again. It’s okay and it’s normal. I, myself, is still struggling with it. We all have different reasons why we stopped from doing what we love to do. It will be a long process but the point is, you keep on trying to do it to move forward.

Forget about what others will say about your work! Sometimes we are stuck because of it. Remember that nobody is perfect and that we all have our own style and uniqueness.

Imagine yourself doing exactly what you want to create or being who exactly who you want to be. You just have to keep on practicing and learning, and when you fail, try again until you get it.

Soon enough, you’ll get there with ease and confidence… because you’ll realize that the passion that you are looking for is already within you – filled with love, freedom, and excellence. God bless us more!

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“Success and happiness come not from changing oneself, but rather from discovering one’s natural talents and abilities and aligning one’s life accordingly.” – Jim Cathcart’s The Acorn Principle

What are your action steps in rekindling your passion? Share it! We are happy to learn from your stories. 🙂

PS. There will be upcoming blog tips about art and freelancing here! Like, share and Follow this blog to stay connected. ❤

COL Financial advocates financial literacy among Filipinos

The leading online stockbroker in the Philippines, COL Financial, in partnership with SM Investment Corporation, successfully conducted their nationwide financial literacy summit, SMart Investing – COL’s 2016 Wealth Building Summit for the Filipino Investor.

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The summit aims to educate Filipinos so they can understand how investing and the stock market works. Over thousands of participants from Davao, Cagayan De Oro, Cebu, and Manila were able to participate in and learn from the educational and informative talks by some of the financial industry leaders in the country.

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COL Financial President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dino Bate opened the summit with his inspiring welcoming remarks to all the participants, which was followed by the presentation of COL Wealth Building Specialist, Jed Velarde, who highlighted smart and effective ways to invest in the stock market.

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On his keynote presentation, COL Financial Chairman and Founder Edward Lee shared the many different investment styles and their unique attributes, saying that, “to be a successful active trader in this market one must understand the rules and manage his risk properly to avoid any major set backs.” 

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Meanwhile, COL Fund Expert Marvin Fausto pointed out that the most important thing to remember in investing through mutual funds is to apply the principle of S.M.A.R.T.: Stay Invested, Manage Risk, Asset Allocation, Regular Investing, and Target Reviews.

The summit also convened representatives from the top fund houses in the Philippines for an informative panel discussion: Phillip Hagedorn, Managing Director for Equities of ATR Asset Management; Augusto Cosio, President of First Metro Asset Management; Carol Tinio, Vice President and Head of Partnership of Philam Asset Management; Wilson Sy, President of PhilEquity Management; Valerie Pama, Director and President of Sun Life Management; and Ruben Espiritu, President and Director of BPI Investment Management Inc. 

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The afternoon session was spearheaded by COL Head of Research April Lee Tan and COL Chief Technical Analyst Juan Barredo, who discussed COL Financial’s mid-year market briefing. The summit concluded with a panel discussion with investment experts and representatives from SM Investments, BDO, and SM Prime, which was followed by a Q & A session.

COL Financial is the Philippines’ largest online stockbroker, established in 1999 with the goal of educating Filipinos on how to invest in the stock market the easy and convenient way. Today, with over 170,000 customers and a client equity of around Php56 billion, COL Financial is clearly the Filipino investor’s most trusted stockbroker.

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The company continues to make investing even more convenient, with the recent addition of the COL Fund Source, the first and only fund supermarket in the country. Through the COL Fund Source, Filipinos can now invest in 26 pre-selected mutual funds from the top six mutual fund houses in the country using a single online platform. “COL has revolutionized the investment landscape by being the only independent source of funds online that will provide our customers a smart solution in making confident investment decisions,” says Marvin Fausto.

Through events such as the SMart Investing Summit, and through new products such as the COL Fund Source, COL Financial remains committed to financial literacy and to helping its clients build their wealth and achieve financial independence.

For more updates and info visit COL Financial.

Rescheduled: COL’s SMart Investing – Manila Event

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The Manila leg of the COL Smart Investing Summit has been rescheduled due to the potential disruptions that may be caused by a large comic convention occurring the same event day (August 27). COL Financial has decided to change the date and venue of the Manila portion of COL SMart Investing Summit to September 3 at SM Aura Premier, BGC Taguig to ensure a smooth and better experience to all attendees. 

You may check the event details here. For more information on this event, visit the official Facebook page of COL Financial (https://www.facebook.com/colfinancial).

Build Wealth the Smart Way

The Philippines’ most trusted online stockbroker, COL Financial, and the largest Filipino conglomerate, SM Investments Corporation, will be sharing their secrets to investing success in this month’s “SMart Investing – COL’s 2016 Wealth Building Summit for the Filipino Investor.”

By joining this free summit, Filipinos can increase their financial literacy and find out what it takes to invest your way into financial security and independence.

Learn about stock market investing in the Philippines and discover how to grow your portfolio by investing in mutual funds. Hear from an impressive team of financial experts, including COL Financial Chairman and Founder Edward Lee, Philippine Stock Exchange President and CEO Hans Sicat, COL Fund Expert Marvin Fausto, and the top fund houses of the Philippines:  ATR Asset Management, First Metro Asset Management, Philam Asset Management, PhilEquity Management, and Sun Life Management.

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Participants will also be able to sit in on COL’s mid-year market briefing in the afternoon session, spearheaded by COL Head of Research April Lee Tan and COL Chief Technical Analyst Juan Barredo. In addition, each day’s activities will come to a close with a panel discussion with investment experts and representatives from SM Investments, BDO, and SM Prime, followed by an exclusive Q&A session.

SMart Investing will kickstart this journey towards financial literacy on August 22 in Cebu, at the Radisson Blu Hotel from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm. The summit continues on August 23 at Cagayan de Oro for a 12:00 pm afternoon session at the Pryce Plaza Hotel. The last two days of the summit will be in Davao on August 25 at SM Lanang Premier, and in Manila on September 3 at SM Aura Premier, BGC Taguig, from 8:30am to 5:00pm on both days.

[UPDATED] *The Manila leg of the COL Smart Investing Summit has been rescheduled due to the potential disruptions that may be caused by a large comic convention occurring the same event day (August 27). COL Financial has decided to change the date and venue of the Manila portion of COL SMart Investing Summit to September 3 at SM Aura Premier, BGC Taguig to ensure a smooth and better experience to all attendees. 

For more information on this event, visit the official Facebook page of COL Financial (https://www.facebook.com/colfinancial) or register for the event at http://bit.ly/COLsmartinvesting.