Kaloy Apolinario on the best way to die. Check out his August 2012 Rivalry Issue 

Kaloy Apolinario on the best way to die. Check out his August 2012 Rivalry Issue 

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corinth:

I feel so blessed to have married my best friend today! I’m now officially Mrs. Corinth Suarez! ❤️ | #MiAmorWedding #AlwaysMiAmor (at Miles Canyon - Yukon River, Whitehorse YT)

Congratulations Corinth! 
Get to know Mrs. Suarez back when she graced our first Music Issue in September 2012 

corinth:

I feel so blessed to have married my best friend today! I’m now officially Mrs. Corinth Suarez! ❤️ | #MiAmorWedding #AlwaysMiAmor (at Miles Canyon - Yukon River, Whitehorse YT)

Congratulations Corinth! 

Get to know Mrs. Suarez back when she graced our first Music Issue in September 2012 

1. Love life. Yes life is pretty much a rollercoaster that gives you the upset tummy and makes you throw up but sometimes, it gives you the thrill you need to let loose and have fun. It will always be a mystery for all of us to know how life really works but that’s the great thing about it. We write our own stories. We decide what comes next. So the next time you have a bad morning, grab a cup of coffee and let the aroma sink in then tell yourself, “Only me can make my day go horrible. So fck off bad juju. I’m gonna have me an awesome day!” 
2. Read as many books as you can. Books give you the wisdom, inspiration, and escape from the real world. Linger with every word and let your mind wander. You can take books everywhere as books can take you anywhere. 
3. Live a life of honesty. A lot of people take this for granted for reasons my fingers could’nt count. Because they don’t want to hurt the people they love, because it’s just a small thing, because it’s better if they don’t know, it’s just a white lie. Well thing is, it’s still a lie. Good relationships don’t come from lies. They are based on trust and honesty. Whether it would hurt them, you still have to tell the truth. Always remember that the truth comes out no matter. It creeps up on you no matter how deep you bury it. Plus, a clear conscience gets you the good sleep you need. And that leads to number four. 
4. Bank on sleep. Yes, you can’t just say no to friends and parties and weekend benders because your friends are in your priority list but keep in mind too that your brain needs some rest more than anything else. Save your brain cells for more significant things.. like.. school. More so, everyone needs their beauty sleep. You’ll appreciate more what I mean when you reach your late twenties. Trust me. 
5. Do what your heart truly desires.
6. Don’t work for money, work for what you are passionate about. Yes, one of the most convenient things in life is to have a bank account that is disposable but keep in mind that to keep a job, you must love it. It is hard to go and do the same thing over and over again for the rest of your life if you have no passion for it. It will drive you nuts more so, dry you out. 
7. Travel. Explore. Learn. Leave your comfort zone and learn about life first hand. There’s nothing more appetizing than satisfying your hunger for answers when you travel. You get to immense yourself in the culture of a different world you’ve been, experience the things you never knew existed, discover a side of you that never was once there. Open yourself to all possibilities that life hands to you. Grab them. Start a list that holds your dreams and aspirations and make them true one step at a time. 
8. Be kind. Don’t yell or hold grudges. Hug the people you love. Be grateful. Say I love you only when you mean it. Be your own self and never doubt a drop of your existence.
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Get to know more about our September 2011 Tumblr Mag Cover Girl :)

1. Love life. Yes life is pretty much a rollercoaster that gives you the upset tummy and makes you throw up but sometimes, it gives you the thrill you need to let loose and have fun. It will always be a mystery for all of us to know how life really works but that’s the great thing about it. We write our own stories. We decide what comes next. So the next time you have a bad morning, grab a cup of coffee and let the aroma sink in then tell yourself, “Only me can make my day go horrible. So fck off bad juju. I’m gonna have me an awesome day!”

2. Read as many books as you can. Books give you the wisdom, inspiration, and escape from the real world. Linger with every word and let your mind wander. You can take books everywhere as books can take you anywhere.

3. Live a life of honesty. A lot of people take this for granted for reasons my fingers could’nt count. Because they don’t want to hurt the people they love, because it’s just a small thing, because it’s better if they don’t know, it’s just a white lie. Well thing is, it’s still a lie. Good relationships don’t come from lies. They are based on trust and honesty. Whether it would hurt them, you still have to tell the truth. Always remember that the truth comes out no matter. It creeps up on you no matter how deep you bury it. Plus, a clear conscience gets you the good sleep you need. And that leads to number four.

4. Bank on sleep. Yes, you can’t just say no to friends and parties and weekend benders because your friends are in your priority list but keep in mind too that your brain needs some rest more than anything else. Save your brain cells for more significant things.. like.. school. More so, everyone needs their beauty sleep. You’ll appreciate more what I mean when you reach your late twenties. Trust me.

5. Do what your heart truly desires.

6. Don’t work for money, work for what you are passionate about. Yes, one of the most convenient things in life is to have a bank account that is disposable but keep in mind that to keep a job, you must love it. It is hard to go and do the same thing over and over again for the rest of your life if you have no passion for it. It will drive you nuts more so, dry you out.

7. Travel. Explore. Learn. Leave your comfort zone and learn about life first hand. There’s nothing more appetizing than satisfying your hunger for answers when you travel. You get to immense yourself in the culture of a different world you’ve been, experience the things you never knew existed, discover a side of you that never was once there. Open yourself to all possibilities that life hands to you. Grab them. Start a list that holds your dreams and aspirations and make them true one step at a time.

8. Be kind. Don’t yell or hold grudges. Hug the people you love. Be grateful. Say I love you only when you mean it. Be your own self and never doubt a drop of your existence.

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Get to know more about our September 2011 Tumblr Mag Cover Girl :)

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RENZ BULSECO - October 2011 (Travel Issue)

RENZ BULSECO - October 2011 (Travel Issue)

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Actually there are a lot of things you need to know about women. But then again, I’ll give you the top 5; in which in my perspective are the most important things you should know about us.
 1. Moody. Everyone knows that women tend to be moody sometimes. Well, most of the time. Specially when it’s that time of the month. (Sorry boys, blame the hormones!!) We’re just really sensitive with everything. It just takes just one “Okay” from someone to set our mood on fire. One minute we’re happy, then after another minute we’re not. Just be cautious when you know someone’s not in the mood. You know the drill, right? 
2. Clingy. Oh yes. I think women are more clingy than men. My friends tell me that I am the clingiest of them all. And I am not denying it. I am clingy with my friends and special someone (hopefully, soon). Being clingy is actually a sign that you really enjoy and love that person. That there’s no dull moment everytime you spend time with each other. No awkwardness or anything. That you’re comfortable with that person.
 3. Insecure and Jealous. We may get compliments such as “You’re gorgeous/hot/sexy/beautiful” and all the other nice things that you can think of, but if we can’t feel it, it won’t get through us. Specially when we see that our other half is secretly taking glances on another girl, or when our bestfriend talks and hangs out with another person. It makes us want to throw a book at you. Most of the time, what you don’t say usually matters more than what you do say. Actions speak louder than words, yes?
 4. Demanding. This is the part where we are misunderstood. It’s not that we’re really demanding. No. We don’t care about the things you give us. Sure, it’s sweet. But what we really want is that you give us your attention, time and effort. We just want to feel loved, trusted, respected and adored. Tell me, are these things really that complicated? 
5. Emotional and Dramatic. Who hates rejections? We are more afraid of rejections than men. We desired to be desired. Getting hurt is a big deal for us. Whether you agree or not, women are to be pursued.
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Get to know more about Maica Reynoso. Follow her tumblog :)

Actually there are a lot of things you need to know about women. But then again, I’ll give you the top 5; in which in my perspective are the most important things you should know about us.

1. Moody. Everyone knows that women tend to be moody sometimes. Well, most of the time. Specially when it’s that time of the month. (Sorry boys, blame the hormones!!) We’re just really sensitive with everything. It just takes just one “Okay” from someone to set our mood on fire. One minute we’re happy, then after another minute we’re not. Just be cautious when you know someone’s not in the mood. You know the drill, right?

2. Clingy. Oh yes. I think women are more clingy than men. My friends tell me that I am the clingiest of them all. And I am not denying it. I am clingy with my friends and special someone (hopefully, soon). Being clingy is actually a sign that you really enjoy and love that person. That there’s no dull moment everytime you spend time with each other. No awkwardness or anything. That you’re comfortable with that person.

3. Insecure and Jealous. We may get compliments such as “You’re gorgeous/hot/sexy/beautiful” and all the other nice things that you can think of, but if we can’t feel it, it won’t get through us. Specially when we see that our other half is secretly taking glances on another girl, or when our bestfriend talks and hangs out with another person. It makes us want to throw a book at you. Most of the time, what you don’t say usually matters more than what you do say. Actions speak louder than words, yes?

4. Demanding. This is the part where we are misunderstood. It’s not that we’re really demanding. No. We don’t care about the things you give us. Sure, it’s sweet. But what we really want is that you give us your attention, time and effort. We just want to feel loved, trusted, respected and adored. Tell me, are these things really that complicated?

5. Emotional and Dramatic. Who hates rejections? We are more afraid of rejections than men. We desired to be desired. Getting hurt is a big deal for us. Whether you agree or not, women are to be pursued.

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Get to know more about Maica Reynoso. Follow her tumblog :)

Source: tumblrmagph

I read your article on Pabee and Aaron. I 'was' following putograft a couple of years ago. It got me all excited to rediscover Tumblr. :)

BTS JULY 2014 - The 3rd Anniversary Issue
On the cover: Melvin Tordecilla
Photographed by Ariel Magyawe Jr.
Styled by Dexter Balita
(Special thanks to Hazel Tolentino)

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Happy 3rd Anniversary!
                                                   AGE OF EDGE
Allow me start by saying, I’m so done with tumblr. I mean, if only Tumblr Magazine was a mere product of my mental invention, then I’d probably be on a long hiatus or just be inactive most of the time. I just can’t afford blogging as much as i blog before. But with Tumblr Magazine, I feel like this passion brought me into a dimension where discovery and improvement meet. Last week, I attended an advanced writing workshop with The Philippine Daily Inquirer. According to their Lifestyle Editor, Ms. Pam Pastor, writing is muscle. You must keep on practicing. Write not only because it’s your job, or you’re obliged to. Write because you observed something. Write because there’s a story to tell, an experience to share. There are a LOT of tumblr bloggers, tumblr bloggers need to know. Even I don’t know where I’m getting the drive to push through with this online magazine project. Probably as long as there are interesting things to share and great people to discover, then the engine lives on. 
Now that we’re on our 3rd year run as the only online magazine on tumblr Philippines for tumblr bloggers, all that’s running through my mind is a series of past meet up I’ve had with the past covers, thinking, people are actually into this…into a project I started for me to sharpen my skills at the same time build a bridge that connects microbloggers to microbloggers. Where will this take me? I have no idea. But if this is a journey, I’d say I’m having the best times.
For our 36th Issue, after 3 long years, people actually think that having Melvin Tordecilla on the cover, (tumblr famous on his own rights) would be a testament that we have a lot of plans brewing, and that we know how to wait. What’s in store for this month’s issue? Just like the cover itself, it’s a series of entertaining reads in multiplicity. 
On behalf of my amazing Associate Editor, Raphael Balbaboco (the man who introduced me tumblr and supported me with this project the moment he saw how devoted I am into this), my resident photographer friends who never failed to amaze me with their God-given talent, to the creative team I’ve formed every issue (you guys know who you are), to the followers, readers and to everyone who believe that this is actually, SOMETHING….thank you. 
Here’s to a brand new year of productivity, discovery, and fun. 
Happy 3rd Anniversary Tumblr Mag PH!
—Dexter Balita, EIC

Special thanks to Ariel Magyawe Jr. for a wonderful wonderful job with our amazing cover. 
(share your thoughts & greetings here)

                                                   AGE OF EDGE

Allow me start by saying, I’m so done with tumblr. I mean, if only Tumblr Magazine was a mere product of my mental invention, then I’d probably be on a long hiatus or just be inactive most of the time. I just can’t afford blogging as much as i blog before. But with Tumblr Magazine, I feel like this passion brought me into a dimension where discovery and improvement meet. Last week, I attended an advanced writing workshop with The Philippine Daily Inquirer. According to their Lifestyle Editor, Ms. Pam Pastor, writing is muscle. You must keep on practicing. Write not only because it’s your job, or you’re obliged to. Write because you observed something. Write because there’s a story to tell, an experience to share. There are a LOT of tumblr bloggers, tumblr bloggers need to know. Even I don’t know where I’m getting the drive to push through with this online magazine project. Probably as long as there are interesting things to share and great people to discover, then the engine lives on. 

Now that we’re on our 3rd year run as the only online magazine on tumblr Philippines for tumblr bloggers, all that’s running through my mind is a series of past meet up I’ve had with the past covers, thinking, people are actually into this…into a project I started for me to sharpen my skills at the same time build a bridge that connects microbloggers to microbloggers. Where will this take me? I have no idea. But if this is a journey, I’d say I’m having the best times.

For our 36th Issue, after 3 long years, people actually think that having Melvin Tordecilla on the cover, (tumblr famous on his own rights) would be a testament that we have a lot of plans brewing, and that we know how to wait. What’s in store for this month’s issue? Just like the cover itself, it’s a series of entertaining reads in multiplicity. 

On behalf of my amazing Associate Editor, Raphael Balbaboco (the man who introduced me tumblr and supported me with this project the moment he saw how devoted I am into this), my resident photographer friends who never failed to amaze me with their God-given talent, to the creative team I’ve formed every issue (you guys know who you are), to the followers, readers and to everyone who believe that this is actually, SOMETHING….thank you. 

Here’s to a brand new year of productivity, discovery, and fun. 

Happy 3rd Anniversary Tumblr Mag PH!

—Dexter Balita, EIC

Special thanks to Ariel Magyawe Jr. for a wonderful wonderful job with our amazing cover. 

(share your thoughts & greetings here)

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paelbalbaboco:

ALA EH… BYAHE KA NA DINE!
Tumblr Ala Eh is an evergrowing family and now, we are on our way to the biggest TAEMU yet - Tumblr Ala Eh Meet Up 12: The Amazing Race Batangas!
Yes, you heard it right. One of the most consistent Tumblr meetups in the Philippines is on its 12th installment, and yes, we are doing it, Phil Keoghan style. Fifteen (15) teams of two (2) will run the streets and landmarks of Batangas City to face challenges and obstacles, as they make their way to the final pitstop, to win the very first The Amazing Race Batangas.
The final pitstop will also serve as the venue of the 12th meetup (also to be held at the same day after the race) were you’ll get to meet and greet (and kiss) the amazing people of Tumblr Ala Eh!
HOW TO JOIN
The race is open to all Tumblr bloggers in and out of Batangas.
First fifteen (15) Batangueño bloggers and fifteen (15) from outside of Batangas to sign up will be eligible to join the race. Ten (10) more bloggers (5 Batangueños and 5 from outside of Batangas) will be shortlisted for the race, in the event that racers part of the first 30 back out.
View the online application form here and fill it out. Only applications sent via this online application form will be entertained. Any direct application to one of the organizers will be considered invalid.
You HAVE to sign up for the race as an individual racer, meaning - you have no teammate. Be up for the thrill of being randomly teamed up with another individual racer, minutes before the race starts.
Your application and participation to the race will be confirmed with a reply from Tumblr Ala Eh’s Gmail account.
The race itself has a registration fee of three hundred pesos (Php300) per racer. To confirm your slot, you have to secure your payment on or before August 2, 2014. The registration fee is non-refundable, but is transferable.
Winners of TAEMU 12: The Amazing Race Batangas shall receive cash prizes - Php3,000.00 (first place), Php2,000.00 (second place), and Php1,000.00 (third place).
The final pitstop of the race will also serve as the venue of the afternoon meetup. So if you are not going to join the race, and just going to be there for the meetup, we will soon post the link where you can RSVP.
Race is on August 23, 2014, Saturday, 8:00 AM. Meetup will start as soon as the race ends.
Note: The starting point of the race will be announced one week before the race itself.
For inquiries, follow and reach out to any of the following organizers of this amazing feat!
× AEROL× ALY× BEBEN× BIANCA× CRIS× HAZE× JANDI× JOHN× LEI× LYN× MHEDSNA× PAEL GANDA
Ala eh! Race SAFE. Race HARD. Race FAST. Sali na!
Join the fun! Our official hashtag for this event: #TAEMU12

paelbalbaboco:

ALA EH… BYAHE KA NA DINE!

Tumblr Ala Eh is an evergrowing family and now, we are on our way to the biggest TAEMU yet - Tumblr Ala Eh Meet Up 12: The Amazing Race Batangas!

Yes, you heard it right. One of the most consistent Tumblr meetups in the Philippines is on its 12th installment, and yes, we are doing it, Phil Keoghan style. Fifteen (15) teams of two (2) will run the streets and landmarks of Batangas City to face challenges and obstacles, as they make their way to the final pitstop, to win the very first The Amazing Race Batangas.

The final pitstop will also serve as the venue of the 12th meetup (also to be held at the same day after the race) were you’ll get to meet and greet (and kiss) the amazing people of Tumblr Ala Eh!

HOW TO JOIN

  • The race is open to all Tumblr bloggers in and out of Batangas.
  • First fifteen (15) Batangueño bloggers and fifteen (15) from outside of Batangas to sign up will be eligible to join the race. Ten (10) more bloggers (5 Batangueños and 5 from outside of Batangas) will be shortlisted for the race, in the event that racers part of the first 30 back out.
  • View the online application form here and fill it out. Only applications sent via this online application form will be entertained. Any direct application to one of the organizers will be considered invalid.
  • You HAVE to sign up for the race as an individual racer, meaning - you have no teammate. Be up for the thrill of being randomly teamed up with another individual racer, minutes before the race starts.
  • Your application and participation to the race will be confirmed with a reply from Tumblr Ala Eh’s Gmail account.
  • The race itself has a registration fee of three hundred pesos (Php300) per racer. To confirm your slot, you have to secure your payment on or before August 2, 2014. The registration fee is non-refundable, but is transferable.

Winners of TAEMU 12: The Amazing Race Batangas shall receive cash prizes - Php3,000.00 (first place), Php2,000.00 (second place), and Php1,000.00 (third place).

The final pitstop of the race will also serve as the venue of the afternoon meetup. So if you are not going to join the race, and just going to be there for the meetup, we will soon post the link where you can RSVP.

Race is on August 23, 2014, Saturday, 8:00 AM. Meetup will start as soon as the race ends.

Note: The starting point of the race will be announced one week before the race itself.

For inquiries, follow and reach out to any of the following organizers of this amazing feat!

× AEROL
× ALY
× BEBEN
× BIANCA
× CRIS
× HAZE
× JANDI
× JOHN
× LEI
× LYN
× MHEDSNA
× PAEL GANDA

Ala eh! Race SAFE. Race HARD. Race FAST. Sali na!

Join the fun! Our official hashtag for this event: #TAEMU12

Any guesses on who’s ushering our 3rd Anniversary Issue?

Any guesses on who’s ushering our 3rd Anniversary Issue?

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BLOGGED: Dream Weekend With Havaianas (PART II)

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Second Day it is! It’s gonna be an exciting follow up for our Cam Sur experience. But I must commend Avenue Plaza Hotel first for their comfy bed. Super comfy I felt like there’s no way I’m gonna leave my room & just stay there the entire day. But today’s itineraries were too exciting to ignore.

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We’re gonna cover MangoRED’s shoot, still with the couples. This time at Bigg’s Diner Magsaysay. But before that, we just can’t afford to miss the breakfast buffet at Avenue Plaza Hotel.

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I love their breakfast buffet! Sabi nga ni Kris Aquino, Lasang mayaman! After our sumptuous breakfast, we visited the dressing room for the couples, where Ms. Theresa Carbonell  is doing their make up (using Ellana Mineral Cosmetics) and the hair courtesy of Regine Matias

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I believe they’re working on this early 50’s look (like the ladies we saw on the movie The Great Gatsby) to achieve a vintage feel on the eldest couple’s shoot. 

While waiting for the shoot (set to happen at Bigg’s Diner Magsaysay), my co bloggers and I decided to play around the hotel a.k.a. photoshoot! 

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Photos courtesy of the beautiful, Jamie Lou Borile. You guys can check out her blog, http://jamielouborile.blogspot.com/

I had the chance to bond with these lovely girls roaming around the hotel and take photographs of this lovely 5-star hotel in the heart of Naga. 

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We head off to Bigg’s Diner Magsaysay. When we got there, this lovely couple were being photographed by sir RV of MangoRED.

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Sir Ben Nasayao (the stylist & production designer) and Sir RV in action with the cutest couple that day. This is so 50’s legit pin up lovers out on a date. I just love everything about their look, the outfit, and the set up of the whole thing.

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Working on our own BTS shots in between coverage haha. Thanks Paul for this wonderful shot :)

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I was just there watching everyone do their magic, including this lovely couple just keeping things romantic and classy. One of my favorite shoots tbh :)

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I just have to include this on my Naga City experience on this blog. I was craving for a cup of milktea. As a milktea lover, I really have to try Naga City’s very own, Bubble Town and their best-seller, Milky Malt Tea. It’s actually one of the best-tasting milktea i’ve tried. it’s just sad that there’s no Bubble Town in Batangas :(

After covering the shoot at Bigg’s Diner we went back to the hotel (which is by the way, a few walks away from Bigg’s Diner) and prepared for our group lunch with the couples. We were fetched at the hotel, going to Chef Doy’s, one of the premiere gourmet restaurants in Naga City. 

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A lot of celebrities ate here at Chef Doy’s. I’m impressed how they managed to make the freedom wall look somehow classy and fun without looking like a vandalized wall with celebrity notes and signatures. It’s cozy, very inviting and the vibe inside the restaurant is very Pinoy.

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I just can’t help but be thnakful for being invited in this Naga City experience, I get to taste these Pinoy dishes at Chef Doy’s with a twist. You have the little squid cooked as adobong pusit for appetizer alongside a refreshing buko shake with sago’t gulaman, tortang sili, seafood paella, bagnet kare kare, 

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BLOGGERS BE LIKE… 

I was so into tasting everything that was being served to us that i lost track of listing down the names of the dishes. But if you’re going to Chef Doy’s you gotta try out their Pansit in Dinuguan sauce. Sobrang nakakabusog! 

If you wanna check out on their dishes, you can go ‘like’ their facebook account https://www.facebook.com/pages/Chef-Doys-Gourmet-Restaurant/321324605902 :)

On the third part of my blog entry about my CamSur Experience with havaianas Philippines (South Luzon) & MangoRED, I will show you our Blue Water Spa experience (how awesome it was) and our few remaining hours in Naga City. 

I just have to cut my blog entry here (sobrang haba na kasi haha). 

Check out the first part of my blog entry HERE.

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Special thanks to our Partners and Sponsors:

CWC Blue Water Day Spa Bigg’s Diner Avenue Plaza Hotel 

Chef Doy’s MangoRED Ellana Mineral Cosmetics 

Theresa Carbonel (make-up artist) Regine Matias (hair stylist)

Ben Nasayao (production design and stylist) Maison Sangreal

paelbalbaboco:

Tumblr Magazine PH is now Facebook!
As part of our brewing third anniversary issue, we are expanding our social media scope. And yes, it is just today that we launched our official Facebook page. But hey, we still got a long way to go.
Stay posted ‘cause in a few days time, our third anniversary cover is going to be released and man, it’s going to be a bomb!
For three years, we waited to say this… LIKE US ON FACEBOOK!
https://www.facebook.com/tumblrmagph/
https://www.facebook.com/tumblrmagph/
https://www.facebook.com/tumblrmagph/

paelbalbaboco:

Tumblr Magazine PH is now Facebook!

As part of our brewing third anniversary issue, we are expanding our social media scope. And yes, it is just today that we launched our official Facebook page. But hey, we still got a long way to go.

Stay posted ‘cause in a few days time, our third anniversary cover is going to be released and man, it’s going to be a bomb!

For three years, we waited to say this… LIKE US ON FACEBOOK!

https://www.facebook.com/tumblrmagph/

https://www.facebook.com/tumblrmagph/

https://www.facebook.com/tumblrmagph/

BLOGGED: Dream Weekend With Havaianas (PART I)

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I literally don’t know where to start. It took me a week before everything that happened in CamSur sink in and where to start telling the story just puzzled me. But then I have to share my experience to everyone. To you reading this, I just want you to know that I’ve had the best times being with the entire team of Havaianas South Luzon, Mango RED, the winning couples, sponsors and of course, my beloved co bloggers. I want you to know that being a part of Havaianas’ dream photoshoot with Mango RED is definitely a dream weekend I will always treasure. 

It all started when I got a private message from tumblr. This blogger named Jamie was inviting me to be a part of a blogging opportunity set to happen in CamSur. Next thing I know, I was claiming this bus ticket at All Flip Flops branch at SM Calamba.

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I asked for a 2-day vacation leave at work from my boss after being formally invited by Ms. Rosemarie Rivera via email. Who can say NO to an all-expense paid trip to CamSur, coming as a tourist & a blogger. 

Basically, chosen bloggers were invited to witness & cover the Havaianas x Mango RED dream photoshoot for the flip flop brand’s 2-month promotion for Havaianatico couples. Five winning couples from South Luzon were chosen via raffle draw and got the chance to get photographed by the rockstar of wedding photography, the team that brought you the quirky pre nup shoot of Iya Villania & Drew Arellano, and Kim Jones & Jericho Rosales…Mango RED! 

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Just like these couples, we weren’t just there to take part at the photoshoot. We were privileged enough to enjoy our stay in CamSur with exciting itineraries ahead of us.

It was a 7-hour trip from Batangas to CamSur. I was having a hard time sleeping at the sleeper bus at the same time, I am very excited for what this extended weekend has to offer.

Havaianas South Luzon Team welcomed us at the Naga Central Station. Ms. Rosemarie Rivera and Ms. Camille Lazaro were there with co bloggers Jamie and Paul (photographer). From the terminal, they picked us up going to Avenue Plaza Hotel, where we’re about to stay for 2 days & 1 night. 

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There we met our co bloggers from Naga. There were only two of us coming from the other province. I was with Geraleen Nicole Gaytano, a blogger from Sta. Rosa, Laguna. So right there and then, I felt like we should be travel buddies haha. 

We were given the keys to our rooms. This is one of my favorite parts actually.

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It was actually a room for two. But since Kuya Ben, the creative stylist and production designer for Havaianas’ shoot, was too busy preparing things for the photoshoot, he had no chance sharing the room with me. Lucky for me, I felt like staying in a bachelor’s pad. I mean look at how beautiful the room is at Avenue Plaza Hotel. In my 2-day stay, this hotel proved me that they treat their tenants like royals. I just love everything about the room.

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Somewhere inside the room, i found this Havaianas bag with my name on it. I got a shirt and a pair of flip flops from Havaianas! Now I’m ready for the opening ceremony :)

I feel like a blogger already. I mean the real one. I mean the ones that attend such event like the ones I’m seeing on the internet, cover them and enjoys the perks of being a blogger. It’s actually my first time being a part of events like this. I’ve joined a food blogging event before for Openrice.com. I have an online magazine project which is running for 3 years already and met a lot of bloggers, done lots of photo shoot for it and blogged a lot of stuff on tumblr, but never for an event sponsored by a huge brand with perks as great as this.

After dressing up for the opening ceremony, we went to the poolside area and there we knew that Havaianas is up to something :)

First, we met the five lucky couples from South Luzon.

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(hooooray for the couple from Lipa City! And we live from the same Barangay) 

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We also get to meet the make up artist and hairstylist to the stars, Ms. Theresa Carbonel and Regine Matias of Ellana Mineral Cosmetics. They will be taking care of the couples’ look for the entire shoot.

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Alongside talks we get to enjoy these treats courtesy of Havaianas. haha.

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Also present at the opening program was sir RV from Mango RED and Ms. Rica Buenaflor, the Managing Director of Havaianas South Luzon.

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After getting to know each other, and being oriented with what’s instore for us on this two-day shindig, we head on to Bigg’s Diner Magsaysay. I’m actually looking forward to seeing the original branch of Bigg’s Diner in Naga, but my friend Paul told me that it’s already closed. 

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On our way to Bigg’s Diner, we saw this PUV you can only find in Naga. The famous Taxicle (an amalgamation of Taxi cab and Tricycle) haha. coolio!

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We’re only halfway on our first day but I feel like I’ve known them (co bloggers) for so long. Maybe because we share the same interests. Food. Photography. Blogging. Dressing up. Selfies. Candid shots. 

After a satisfying lunch at Bigg’s Diner, we went back to the hotel for a quick fix at some things we might wanna bring to our next destination. The CamSur Watersports Complex :)

Happening at the CWC will be the couples’ photo shoot and the bloggers’ wakeboarding sesh!

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We stayed inside a cabin as our holding room. Few walks from the wakeboarding area. 

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Ready for our wakeboarding sesh!

But before we start braving the current, we had a quick photoshoot muna haha. Props to my photographer, Paul Echano :)

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and with the wakeboarding gears & vest haha 

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Thank you Havaianas for the black flip flops matching my board shorts (and that yellow vest matching my yellow tank top from Coco Republic lol)

As beginners we were advised to try the course with no ramps and obstacles. To be honest, I was just aiming to have fun that day. Try wakeboarding and that’s it. I’m no sporty kind of guy. Learning the basics of wakeboarding catches my attention but it’s not my interest. But if you’re gonna ask me if I had fun floating, flipping, and braving the current….yes! I enjoyed it a lot. 

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The newbie stance. hahaha. 

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We all had fun. The staff of CamSur Watersports Complex were all accommodating. Especially our trainer. After an hour of gliding and falling on water, we wrapped it up with smiles on our faces. It’s like going back to your childhood when you used to play with your childhood playmates. One more thing i love about CWC, aside from their relaxing patio, pool and bars, is their house music. haha. Seriously, it was the first thing i noticed when we got there. After dwelling with wakeboarding, I was just there, sitting in the corner, listening to their house music. 

We wrapped up the day by watching how the photoshoot of Mango RED was doing. I noticed they’re playing music thru their speakers while doing the photoshoot to set the mood of the models. 

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After a much needed rest at the cabin from a tiring but enjoying day at CWC, we went back to Avenue Plaza Hotel for our dinner, courtesy of Bigg’s Diner :)

We went back to our respective rooms after having dinner at the poolside. I was surprised when I saw this piece of Ferrero chocolate and a thoughtful welcome message in my bed courtesy of Avenue Plaza Hotel for their guests. 

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One more thing i love about Avenue Plaza Hotel…the wifi connection. It’s very reliable. I am connected online and get to share my experiences on facebook, twitter, and instagram. And with that…let’s call it a day. i know there’s a lot more to be excited about tomorrow :)

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But first, let me take a selfie.

Special thanks to our Partners and Sponsors:

CWC Blue Water Day Spa Bigg’s Diner Avenue Plaza Hotel 

Chef Doy’s MangoRED Ellana Mineral Cosmetics 

Theresa Carbonel (make-up artist) Regine Matias (hair stylist)

Ben Nasayao (production design and stylist) Maison Sangreal

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