Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Look at the brighter side: My tips for positivity

With the pandemic getting longer in the Philippines sometimes I get sad and anxious. I feel I am not the only one who experience this and maybe others feel worse specially those who lost their jobs or business.

Here are some of my advices. I think this is applicable not only during pandemic.

🌻 Focus on the love from God and people who loves you and not on the wrong accusations or bullying. Pray and release your stresses to God. 

πŸ’– Avoid looking at social media accounts that main intention is to show off riches to avoid comparison in your current state. I do understand that people work hard to be richer but if their current post is not reality plus if the intention is to get people envious and not to inspire people to work smarter and harder then avoid those accounts. 

πŸ“ Do more journaling. If no one is available to talk to, write your feelings on a paper or type them using your laptop.

🎨 Create. Even drawing and coloring in a sketch pad will do. I love doing DIYs because it is like a de-stressor. You can also mend clothes that  have little tears or repair a broken table. Or do some chores. Sometimes I find sweeping the floor relaxing. It is like dusting off the negativities in the house.

🌹Display more inspiring quotes on the wall of your room or desk. This helps you to get reminded to look in the positive things. 

πŸ“– Read more inspiring books. It is as if a person is counseling you. Highlight words that made an impact to you or place a bookmark so you can go back to those pages. 

🎢 Listen to inspiring music. I read in an article that music lessens stress by 15%,

πŸ“Ί Avoid watching shows or movies with violence. Sometimes the scenes get into our subconscious. I don't watch horror films because it gets into my dream.

πŸ‘¦πŸ‘΅Talk with loved ones. Have a fun time with them. Even 1-2 minutes of light moments and simple chats. Eat with them if you have time. Have a confidante.

🎯 Schedule your day. Even freelancers and work from home employees should take care of themselves. Set alarms like time to eat, time to sleep, exercise a little bit. To avoid eyestrain exercise your eyes every 20 minutes. 

🍎 Eat healthy. Eat more vegetables. I read in an article that vegetables and fruits help decrease stress and detoxifies the body.

🍸Drink plenty of water so you won't get dehydrated or have urinary tract infection.

😊 Have enough sleep so your body can repair tissues and you will be more energized for the next day. 

πŸ‘ Have time for yourself. Do some pampering. I consider it 'me time' even a short time of clipping and cleaning my nails. 

🌸 Walk around the house or look at the sky (just like the picture I took and uploaded in this article) Breathe fresh air. Do some exercise for better blood circulation.

πŸ€ Do something new. Do some plant or cat photography using your phone. Plant vegetables or take care of ornamental plants. For me the thought of keeping a plant alive which is also a living things makes me happy. It is like your a creator and manager. Ahahaha πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

πŸŽ₯ Learn new things. Attend free webinars or youtube tutorials like cooking, DIY, etc.

πŸ’» Avoid long screen time specially when sleeping time is about to come because short wave radiation in phones and computers prevent us to sleep immediately.

πŸ’ Install apps that give daily inspiring quotes or help mental health.

πŸ‘§ You may consider going to a mental health professional, psychiatrist or psychologist and maybe you also need medications to cure brain chemical imbalances.

I hope I was able to help you in some ways.

Lets connect. πŸ˜ŠπŸ’•


Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Thoughts this pandemic

It scares me now many are asymptomatic and there are more people in the streets. I hope the government and private companies conduct mass testing, disinfection of offices, provide shuttles for workers, disinfect shuttles and people should practice hygiene and sanitation and social distancing.

Before I am not scared but it is taking too long. New Zealand, Vietnam and Thailand said they are covid free. A lot of people are jobless and want to earn money but there is fear that they will acquire the virus if they go out of the house. But how are they suppose to eat? There seems to be no distribution of foodpacks anymore and SAP second trance distribution has long been delayed. Bills and house rental still continue. An added burden is the increase in electricity bill. Unlike in other countries there is sufficient food packs given and bills and rentals are onhold.

The Philippine government should do something. If all voters will be gone. No one will vote them in 2022.

The world is also watching on how we deal with this pandemic. The numbers of new cases just continue to increase and there is no declared available or subsidized medicine for covid treatment for the poor or masses.

The grocery cashiers and courier riders who are risking their lives just to earn little amount of money everyday, trying to make ends meet even if they know they might catch the virus from different customers. They too become vectors of the virus.

The medical professionals can also get tired knowing the quarantine began March. It seems like this is just survival of the fittest, 'matira matibay'. It is 'kanya kanya' method on how to protect themselves and survive.

I pray that God will help us. May sincere, genuine and reliable leaders arise. I hope God will give the officials passion to help the poor and a heart to feel the pain and struggles of their people. 

#Covid19ph #masstestingnowPh

Friday, July 10, 2020

EDM artist Dylan House releases new single 'Wonder'

Dylan Housewright's new single Wonder is out now! You can listen to Apple music, Spotify, Deezer, Itunes, Amazon music. 🎢😊

It is written by Dylan himself, produced and mixed by Aaron Brohman and mastered by Drew Lavyne. 

The chorus is catchy. I noticed it has less bass and effects are dry. It is a Christian EDM so expect the lyrics are talking about God.

Click the video below to here a part of the chorus.

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Help Quezon city jeepney drivers

Tsuper Tulong para sa Tsuper Hero, a donation drive for affected jeepney drivers living in Barangay UP Campus. In addition to our ongoing project with UP CHK, this donation drive will benefit the non UP Route jeepney drivers living in Barangay UP Campus. These drivers are among those greatly affected by the pandemic and on-going crisis in our country. They have been asking for help along CP Garcia from cars passing by and hoping to receive any form of help from kind hearts. With this, we are reaching out to your kind hearts to help our jeepney drivers.

This donation drive aims to provide basic grocery items for them and their families. We humbly ask for your support by donating any amount to these accounts:
BPI - Susan C. Lara : 8309064276
GCASH - Alyssa Nicole Pogiongko : 09270534987 
Pay Maya - Alyssa Nicole Pogiongko : 09270534987

To also support the donation drive for our UP Diliman jeepney drivers, please check this link from UP CHK Student Council page - https://www.facebook.com/updchksc/posts/3182169455151814

Thursday, July 2, 2020

PhilPop goes global with #MusicBreakingBorders

PhilPop has always been a reliable and trusted platform in fostering appreciation for quality and original compositions that reflect Filipino culture, experience, and identity. This year, the country’s premier songwriting competition plans to continue its mission of promoting homegrown music on a scale that’s never done before: by going global and forging regional ties.

With #MusicBreakingBorders as its newest tagline, PhilPop is committed to celebrating and showcasing the diverse appeal of Filipino music through its Songwriting Festival.

This also serves as an opportunity to empower underrated music talents from the Philippines to harness their potential in the international music arena, and give them the necessary support to widen their reach and adapt to various challenges and trends in the industry.

Music Breaking Borders

National Artist and PhilPop Music Fest Foundation Board Member and Bootcamp Master Ryan Cayabyab puts into perspective the fascinating story and direction for original Pilipino music for which PhilPop dares to achieve. “Filipino music and songs become more meaningful, more colorful and more diverse when we tear down the barriers that separate us. The color that each language brings, the unique stories that each music creator conjures or creates, and the diversity of possible creations to choose from makes for a more exciting direction for Philippine popular music to take. Hence, we in Philpop has adopted the theme, Music Breaking Borders to achieve what we have set out. The other facet of Philpop’s #MusicBreakingBorders is, you probably have guessed – the task of Philippine pop music to break barriers in the international scene,” Cayabyab shares in a statement. 

PhilPop Boot Camp coach and folk icon Noel Cabangon also emphasizes the importance of giving voice to new, original Filipino pop songs from different parts of the country, and that an overwhelming number of aspiring songwriters outside Metropolitan Manila, have produced and written material that deserves to be heard on the mainstage. “The idea of breaking borders is to somehow break the “monopoly’ of music emanating from the National Capital Region (NCR).”

Cabangon explains, “We have to admit that there is a diverse musical sound of diverse influences from the regions. Music has been one of the popular art forms that expresses the culture and way of life of the people from the region. I’m not just talking about indigenous sound and ideas but distinct people’s character and sensibility. #MusicBreakingBorders is also not just an accommodation of music from the other parts of the country, but the idea being inclusive, in the sense of original Filipino music. We somehow want to break the wall of confinement in the center and allow/open the arena, and create a broader stream. Somehow this broader stream can lead all of us to the sea and to the ocean, where borders are opening up to new ideas.”

Overwhelming response

The 2020 PhilPop Music Festival started accepting entries last April 25, 2020 from all over the country in 5 different clusters: Northern Luzon, Southern Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao, the National Capital Region.

More than a thousand entries have already been submitted, with original and unpublished compositions not restricted to any genre, and written in various languages—from English to Filipino, from Bicolano to Ilocano, from Cebuano to Waray, and more.

Submission of entries is still ongoing until July 4, 2020. For more details on how to join, feel free to register online via their official website.

To date, PhilPop has produced some of the biggest songs of the last two decades, including massive streaming and radio hits performed, composed and written by Ben&Ben, Thyro and Yumi, The Itchyworms, Sam Concepcion, Johnoy Danao, Kyla, and Joey Ayala—to name a few.

The respected music institution has also created a world-class and sustainable curriculum for its annual workshops and seminars, facilitated only by the best in the Philippine music industry.

This year alone, PhilPop conducted several talks and performances online through its banner showcase, Q&A + Kwentuhan Songwriting and PhilPop Live, which can be streamed on its Facebook page.

According to PhilPop 2020 President Ricky Vargas, the country’s biggest songwriting competition aims to strengthen its presence by “coming up with digital initiatives and strategies to engage future music industry professionals with different approaches in songwriting, production, and other modes of creative expression that are at par with international standards.” He adds, “Despite the challenges posed by the pandemic, we remain as a stabilizing force in discovering world-class songwriters and composers, and making sure that their work stands out in terms of innovation, cultural pride, and global appeal.

Advice to aspiring composers

When asked about his advice to new and upcoming composers and songwriters, Ryan Cayabyab shares a few important reminders to achieve their goals of making it to the international stage. “The balance to be original and to be universal all at the same time is the key that anyone aspiring for global recognition needs to achieve. It also means that a careful balance between science and art should be the direction to take. This will entail a lot of observation and experimentation and a lot of creative spirit and practice to get to that point where one is ready to take flight! Like all types of experiments, there will be a lot of failures along the way, so we need to be prepared for the long haul: prepared physically, mentally and emotionally.”

Noel Cabangon encourages everyone to focus on honing the talent and turning the process into a habit. “Get inspired, keep on writing, open your ears and eyes to new ideas and transform and them your own.”

PhilPop Songwriting Festival 2020 is an initiative of the PhilPop Music Foundation, chaired by Mr. Manny V. Pangilinan. This year's PhilPop is co-presented by SMART, MERALCO, and MAYNILAD.

Splash Corp. Makes Nationwide Donation as Hospitals Continue to Battle COVID-19

The fight against COVID-19 is far from over. Until a safe and effective vaccine is found for COVID-19, Splash Corporation believes the private corporate sector should continue to help the government curb the spread of this disease and keep people safe.
As part of their continuing COVID-19 initiative, Splash Corporation has been supplying medical institutions and frontliners in Metro Manila, Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao with Hygienix alcohol and Hygienix soap to ensure that their disinfectant requirements are sufficient. These donations are coursed through Splash sales personnel on the field and delivered with the help of Splash official distributors. Splash’s target is to finish delivering 80 gallons of alcohol and 5 cases of soap to each of the 40 hospitals in their list this July.

Splash Corporation also donated Hygienix alcohol and Hygienix soap to several Manila based civic organizations. Splash Corporation hopes that their donations to ABS CBN Foundation, I am Hope, Safe Shelter, and World Vision will help these organizations in their respective campaigns and programs in the fight against COVID-19.

According to Mr. Marco Nieto, Splash Corporation SVP and General Manager of Philippine Operations and International Operations, “Splash Corporation donated Hygienix alcohol and soaps to the hospitals and organizations as our way of helping prevent the spread of the virus by protecting our frontliners who are tirelessly working to save those who are afflicted by COVID-19.” The battle against the pandemic may not be over but if frontliners continue to receive the help and support they deserve from businesses and private individuals, their fight could be easier––and may soon be won.