NiceThings at the Digital Influencers Marketing Summit 2015 #dimsummit

I was blessed to have snagged a seat to the recently concluded Digital Influencers Marketing Summit. Now on its 7th year, the #dimsummit is DigitalFilipino‘s “unique conference designed to motivate, empower, inspire” digital marketers in digital leadership and social media marketing tactics.

digital influencers marketing summit 2015

Digital Influencers Marketing Summit 2015 #dimsummit

The speakers were very generous in sharing their best practices. Here are my favorite takeaways:

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NiceThings at Prism Gallery: Giselle Kasilag’s Short Stories Exhibit

I had the privilege of meeting Giselle Kasilag, a photographer/writer at the launch of her exhibit, Short Stories, at the Prism Gallery last October 10.

prism gallery giselle kasilag

It was a joy speaking with Giselle Kasilag. Her passion for her work is inspiring.

Giselle not only captures stories with her lens, she marries her talents in writing and photography by captioning her photos with fictional short stories. Is your interest piqued? It should be.
Here’s a sample of her work, my favorite piece from the exhibit — Wordsmith. I love minimalism and the simplicity of this image drew me in. The short story that goes along with it amused me. It’s like a private joke among my friends who struggle to keep from editing posters, billboards, and public notices.

Wordsmith by Giselle Kasilag

This photo was taken in Barcelona, Spain at an art exhibition celebrating the written word.

The Short Stories exhibit is the result of Prism Gallery’s challenge to Giselle to come up with a series that has never been seen from her before. The result is Giselle’s best work to date.

Giselle showed her work in her first solo exhibit last year at the Yuchengco Museum. Some of her photos have been featured in Times Square in New York, and the Louvre in Paris.

prism gallery giselle kasilag exhibit

Giselle’s wanderlust fills her treasure chest (translation: hard drive) with beautiful photographs.

The opening of Short Stories was graced by Giselle’s family, friends, and Prism Gallery’s habitues. It will run until October 24.

prism gallery giselle kasilag exhibit opening

Short Stories will run until October 24.

One thing I loved about the Prism Gallery is the absence of snooty curators. The place had a very laid back, open, and welcoming vibe, quite  unusual for an art gallery.

prism gallery giselle kasilag exhibit opening night

A guest admiring Giselle Kasilag’s exhibit.

If you love art but are uncomfortable with the buttoned-up, straight-laced feel of most art galleries, you might want to pay Prism Gallery a visit.

Prism Gallery is located at Island Tower Condominium on Salcedo Street, Legaspi Village, Makati City. For inquiries you may reach them at +63.886.3947.

prism gallery

Prism Gallery is tucked behind AIM.

Heneral Luna: Ang Obra

HIndi ako magpapanggap na malawak ang aking pangunawa sa kasaysayan ng Pilipinas. Hindi ako pinalad na magkaroon ng mga guro na nakapagpaliwanag sa ating makulay na kasaysayan kagaya ng nagagawa ng isang mahusay na aklat o pelikula kaya isa ito sa mga kurso na hindi ko binigyan ng pansin.

heneral luna

Heneral “Articulo Uno” Luna

Pero ang isang bagay na alam ko mula sa sariling karanasan at obserbasyon ay ito: Bihira ang Pilipinong nagmamahal sa Bayan. Walang kinalaman dito ang mga kababayan nating naghahanapbuhay sa ibang bansa o ang mga napipilitang magpaampon sa ibang bayan dahil sa pagnanais ng maginhawang buhay. Ang tinutukoy ko ay ang pang-araw araw na pagwawalang-bahala sa ikabubuti ng bansa — mula sa simpleng pagpapakita ng kabutihang asal sa pagtatapon ng basura o pagsunod sa batas trapiko.

Hindi ibig sabihin na ang mga Pilipino ay kulang sa pag-ibig, bagkus, kulang lamang tayo sa pag-ibig sa Pilipinas. Gaya nga ng linya ni Heneral Luna sa pelikula, “Kaya nating magbuwis ng buhay para sa pamilya pero para sa isang prinsipyong makabayan?”

Kung ating pagninilaynilayan lamang, hindi ito isang akusasyon o obserbasyon na binibitawan ng basta-basta dahil lamang sa init ng ulo na nakakabit na sa pangalang Heneral Luna. Isa itong masakit na konklusyon sa mga taon ng pakikipaglaban para sa dignidad at kalayaan ng bansa.

Ang mga pangyayari sa  Heneral Luna ay hindi naman malayo sa ating buhay ngayon. Kung gano kahalaga na malaman at maintindihan ng mga mamamayan ang totoong sitwasyon ng bayan noon, ganun din ito kaimportante ngayon.

mga kapatid mayroon tayong mas malaking kaaway kasya mga amerikano ang ating sarili heneral luna

Ang kagandahan nito, nasa ating mga kamay ang solusyon

Walang banyagang gobyerno na nakaupo sa Malacañang pero ang ating mga mata ay nakatutok sa labas ng bansa — pano gayahin ang kanilang pananamit, ano ang usong pagkain, ano ang bagong paraan ng pamumuhay. Ika nga ni Dr. Jose Rizal: pati ang ating mga kapintasan ay hiram.

Malimit sa ating pangarap ay magbakasyon sa ibang bansa. Hindi masama, pero sa tulad nating mahina ang ekonomiya, mas mainam sana na paikutin ang salapi sa loob ng bansa. Kung ito lang ay napaguusapan, marahil marami rin naman ang susuporta sa ganitong adhikain.

negosyo o kalayaan bayan o sarili heneral luna

Siguro di na dapat pag-isipan pa ang sagot

Naghihingalo ang Filipino — ang wika nating sarili na dapat sana ay ating kabisado gaya ng sarili nating anino pero mas pinipili pa nating maging bihasa sa wika ng iba. Nakakahinayang ang mayaman nating wika na may eksaktong salita para sa lahat.

Halimbawa, mayroon tayong apat na salita ng pagpapahayag ng nag-iisang salitang Ingles na love – pagmamahal, pag-ibig, pag-irog, pagsinta. Ang bawat isa ay iba ang ibig sabihin, iba-ibang uri ng pagmamahal sa iba’t ibang antas. Di ba nakakamangha?

Ang Heneral Luna ay isang obra hindi lamang dahil sa ito ay isang magandang pelikula na mahusay ang pagkakasulat at pagkakaladha. Ang obra nito ay ang pagbubukas ng diskusyon na akmang-akma sa panahon natin ngayon na uhaw ang mga mamamayan sa katotohanan. At lalo lamang gumaganda ang usapang ito dahil sa darating na halalan.

Ikaw, ano ang gusto mong buksan? Ano ang gusto mong baguhin? Pagusapan natin.

ang taong may damdamin ay hindi alipin heneral luna

Ang ating kalayaan ay nasa ating sariling mga kamay.

My Pick of Top 10 Emerging Blogs of 2015

Digital legend and walking ecommerce encyclopedia Janette Toral is giving newbie bloggers a platform to be celebrated and encouraged through the Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs. Nice Things has been nominated and is, in turn, nominating other deserving blogs. YayUs!

emerging influential blogs 2015

NiceThingsPh is nominated in the Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs of 2015. Keeping my fingers crossed.

Here are my 10 votes, in no particular order:

  1. Bicol Bloggers – For anything and everything about the Bicol region, hop on over to their site and take your pick of the best sites, food, buys, and more.
  2. Girl, Unspotted – I love to travel and this girl has a bad case of wanderlust. So, hover over to her blog for some awesome travel tips.
  3. Our Travel Dates – It’s about a traveling couple who love the beach. Are you beginning to see a pattern in my picks? Hehe
  4. Jon to the World – A travel blog that digs beneath the pleasures of travel and tries to find meaning in the mundane
  5. Artful Chapter – Who wouldn’t be impressed with this 11-year old girl who has a sensible blog that even I, with our over two decades of age gap, can appreciate?
  6. Vigor Buddy – For health and fitness tips, visit Vigor Buddy.
  7. Best of Negros Island – Anything and everything Negros is on this site. To learn about top destinations. food, events, and more before hopping on that plane, make sure to visit Best of Negros Island.
  8. Make Happy Money – A no-nonsense, straightforward money-handling advice site for teens and young adults.
  9. Fascinating Flowers – I love flowers and this blog is just the site to visit when you need a dose of a little floral beauty
  10. Frugal Yet Fab – I often refer to myself as a cheapskate but it’s really because I take pleasure in getting something fab (dress, bag, hotel room, concert tickets) while being frugal which is why I am nominating this blog – a kindred spirit.
Dim-Summit

The Digital Influencers Marketing Summit is happening on October 10 #dimsummit

The Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs 2015 Writing Project is made possible through the generosity of the following sponsors:

Digital Influencers Marketing Summit

Certified E-Commerce Specialist, Entrepreneur, and Professional Program

Alfox Printing Services

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Keeping my fingers crossed for Nice Things, folks! Let’s hope for the best 😀