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2016 New Year Resolution for Bloggers

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That is right, it's about time to set resolutions for next year. These are goals that we ignore and forget sometimes we just let it pass by until it's too late to change. On this blog post, I will recommend some goals we (bloggers) must consider that will help our blogs grow and accomplish them without hesitation.

1. Review your blog's overall traffic, visitors and bounce rate
This is the best time to start reviewing your monthly or yearly traffic stat and how many visitors normally stay to read your blog. If you got below 50% below the fold bounce rate, you're in the right track but if the blog's bounce rate was above 50%, then, that means your visitors don't stay long and just leave immediately.



How to fix: Go to Google Analytics and check your page load time. Look for the high bounce rate pages and check your keywords. Those were the key items you need to improve your content. What went wrong? Maybe the keywords you used were attractive but not with your conten…

Say hello to the 63-foot Christmas tree in Millennium Park, Chicago, IL

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This year, Chicago's annual Christmas tree was moved to Millennium park which was an excellent idea because people can take a look into this beautiful tree in addition to other attractions ice skating rink and Santa Claus house. We went last year at the Chriskindlmarket and it was so crowded. It so hard to take a photo and the space were limited. We were curious on how it looked like this year so despite of rains, we managed to hop around the city and enjoyed the beauty of the Christmas tree.




The 63-foot Christmas tree can be seen at Millennium Park between Washington and Michigan Avenue. So if you get off from Blue Line, just take the State Street all the way going to Michigan Avenue. Or if you get off from Washington, you'll able to see Chriskindlmarket and Millennium Park is just few blocks away.

Holiday attractions in Millennium Park is free.

Meralco lights up 'Liwanag Park'

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Glamour Moments team is very fortunate to witness the grand lighting ceremony of "Maliwanag ang Pasko" in MERALCO compound in Ortigas, Pasig City last December 2, 2015.

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This attraction is open to public until January 10, 2016 from 4:00 pm to 10:00pm, so bring your friends and family to take a look into this annual Christmas feature in Metro Manila. Park's feature include a Christmas figures, Nativity scene, minature train and night bazaar which proceeds will go to One Meralco Foundation's "One Child, One Lamp" campaign.

I know traffic is bad everywhere, so if you somehow trapped in traffic somewhere in Ortigas - just feel free to drop by at this place (walking distance from Robinson's Galleria and SM Megamall) and feel the Christmas vibe.

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My Post Notes from ClickZ Chicago 2015

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I won an all access pass to ClickZ Live Chicago last November 17. I would like to thank those who supported and voted for my entry.


Yes, this event is worth $2K! Feels like I won a lottery! Every digital marketer (like me), wishes to attend big events like this. So, I grabbed my very last chance on that night to submit my entry. Luckily, I got the highest vote and WON.



As promised to everyone am sharing some of the topics as well as the links to the presentations and articles. Are you excited?



ClickZ Live Chicago 2015 was held at Hyatt Regency in downtown Chicago. It was a three days of new learnings, discoveries and networking plus full of excitement and fun (happy hour) right after each sessions. The kick off pre-launch party was held a day before the actual event, unfortunately I have work and my workplace is far from downtown. The morning keynote was all about digital transformation and it was amazingly delivered by Victor Lee of Hasbro. As we deal with technology, rampant changes oc…

Christmas Tree Lighting Celebrations

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There were tons of lighting celebrations in different villages and in Chicago (which the giant tree can be seen at Millennium Park). We were fortunate that the temperature got warmer and gave us an opportunity to go out to witness two tree lighting celebrations.

Rosemont, Illinois
Our home is close by Rosemont (where I usually go shopping and attend conventions like Comic Con). The lighting celebration started with an ice skating dance routine followed by Mr and Mrs Santa parade. One of the main attraction on that day was ice carving and free ice skating for everyone.




Christmas tree lighting at MB Financial Park, Rosemont, IL
A video posted by misyel coladilla (@daomisyel) on Nov 27, 2015 at 4:05pm PST




Niles, Illinois
Our village welcome brightly lit Christmas tree in Oasis Waterpark. As we begin the holiday season, activities were non-stop. It was my first time to check out the celebration and it was full of FUN!

There was a fireworks display after tree lighting ceremony!

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Filipino youth to mobilize and tackle poverty housing through regional Habitat for Humanity Young Leaders Build

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More than 1 million young people to build homes and communities, and speak out on substandard housing issues
MANILA (5 December 2015) – The launch today of Habitat for Humanity Young Leaders Build in The Philippines marks International Volunteer Day, a day to celebrate volunteerism. The annual Young Leaders Build is Habitat’s largest youth movement in the Asia-Pacific region. This youth-driven campaign, which originated in The Philippines by the Habitat Youth Council, led by Habitat for Humanity Philippines Ambassador, Ms. Alexandra Eduque, will take place regionally for the fifth consecutive year focusing on tackling the challenges of poverty housing.





The campaign targets to engage 1 million youth volunteers to repair and build homes, and take part in community development activities, as well as raise Php 200,00 and serve 10,000 Filipino families in need.

The regional movement expects to rally even more youth, including celebrities and corporate participants to volunteer, fundraise and …

Love wins this Christmas in All You Need Is Pag-ibig

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KRIS Aquino, Jodi Sta. Maria, Ian Veneracion, Kim Chiu, Xian Lim, Julia and Talia Concio, Bimby Aquino Yap, Ronaldo Valdez, Nova Villa, Pokwang and Derek Ramsay comprise the stellar line-up of All You Need Is Pag-Ibig – Star Cinema’s official entry to the upcoming 41st Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) its MerryGalo this December.



All You Need Is Pag-ibig is a heartwarming and romantic family movie, written and directed by Antoinette Jadaone, with Yoshe Dimen as co-writer. The film illustrates and presents the varied forms of love along with all its complications and triumphs through the intertwined stories of the characters portrayed by its ensemble cast. All You Need Is Pag-ibig is an intensely relatable movie as it explores and presents all the wonders one may discover from the many facets of love – from puppy love to unrequited love; from love of family to a love that is the stuff of dreams; and from the kind love that has faded to a love that is jaded.



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Vice, Coco, Jadine spreads love and laughter at the MMFF with Beauty And The Bestie

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STAR Cinema continues its tradition of non-stop fun and laughter for the whole family in this year’s Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) as it collaborates with Viva Films for its MerryGalo-- Wenn V. Deramas’ Beauty And The Bestie starring Vice Ganda and Coco Martin.



With a script written by Mel Del Rosario, Beauty And The Bestie marks the 5th team-up of the phenomenal and unbeatable tandem of Deramas and Vice Ganda in the MMFF, this time with television’s Primetime King Coco Martin.



The film is centered on Erika (Vice Ganda), a gay photographer, and his former best friend, special agent Emman (Coco Martin). Emman offers Erika a secret mission to post as the missing Miss Uzeklovakia in the Miss Uniworld 2015 pageant to prevent the latter’s recluse country from waging a possible world war. As Erika accepts the mission, the former BFFs find themselves entangled in the crazy world of beauty pageants in their action-packed adventure of finding the elusive Miss Uzeklovakia. As they race agains…

TLC Festival Philippines - Our Fun Outdoor Event Coverage

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TLC fans gathered in Bonifacio High Street last November 21, 2015. We're lucky that our correspondent was able to attend this outdoor event and thank you in advance in sending these awesome photos that am going to share in my blog!



First, TLC fans need to get their passport and they need to complete 7 signatures. All they have to do is to visit each booth and if you have accomplished all 7, you'll take home a goodie bag (I don't know if our correspondent was able to finish all activities, lol).

There were booths from TLC shows that you need to take a look into them. Activities include pottery class, cake decorating or calligraphy class.



One of the event's highlight was a live cooking demonstration from Fabulous Baker Brothers, Tom and Henry Herbert. Also, TLC host Janet Hsieh (my favorite!) and Erwan Heussaff - this year's TLC brand Ambassador for Southeast Asia.

More photos below:

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Review on Majestic's Backlink Checker

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It's been a long time since I posted about SEO tools and gave a detailed review. Somehow, it motivated me to write today because this website is giving away a 13-inch Apple MacBook Air this Thanksgiving. Okay, am not after the prize (that's true!) but I wanted to give you a step by step analysis on how we use Majestic.

I've been working with this industry for almost 8 years (whew!), I witnessed the importance of using SEO tools in our daily lives, we called them "lifesavers" or "early warning detectors."

[caption id="attachment_10552" align="aligncenter" width="386"] Step 1: Go to https://majestic.com/. Register and Create your Free Account using your Email Address.[/caption]

Whether your website is new or old, it is a mandatory that you perform a diagnostics specially checking the backlinks. We didn't know that "some" harmful links hurt our Search Engine performance and rankings. If we didn't perform or anal…

Habitat Philippines opens first ReStore facility in Asia

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MANILA, PHILIPPINES — “ReStore”, Habitat for Humanity’s non-profit home improvement donation center, recently opened its first ReStore located along Alabang-Zapote Road, Las Piñas City. The center is managed by Habitat for Humanity Philippines.

ReStore offers the general public new and slightly used furniture, home accessories, building materials and appliances that are donated by individuals or groups to Habitat for Humanity. All proceeds from ReStore help in the building of decent and affordable homes, communities and hope.

[caption id="attachment_10545" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Photo: Charlie Ayco, CEO and Managing Director of Habitat for Humanity Philippines at the opening of Habitat ReStore in Alabang-Zapote Road, Las Piñas City.[/caption]

ReStore is a venue in which kind-hearted homemakers can find almost everything that they may need as well as donate their pre-loved appliances and furniture to fund Habitat’s advocacy. It also serves as anothe…

Elfster Meet and Gift Magnet and Favorite Chocolate Exchange!

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This is my second time to join Elfster Gift Exchange, there are two items need to send to exchange partner: Fun Magnets and Chocolates.

I don't have time to shop for these so I just ordered both items in Amazon (shipped separately!). Same rules from the previous postcard exchange. Elfster will randomly select your exchange partner and start sending your gift (if there items on the wishlist, you may check their Elfster).

I'm glad that my exchange partners were so generous! I love their gifts. Again, thank you Elfster and to my exchange partners. Looking forward to another gift giving activity next month.

How about you? Have you started your Christmas (wish)list? Or tried any other gift giving activity? I know there are risks involved like "trusting" the gift exchange platform and the person they randomly select as your partner.

Happy Thanksgiving in advance!

7-ELEVEN AND HABITAT PHILIPPINES TO BUILD HOMES AND SCHOOLS FOR YOLANDA-AFFECTED FAMILIES IN CULION, PALAWAN

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MANILA (November 4, 2015) – After Super Typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan) levelled their province, some 150 families in Culion, Palawan will finally have the opportunity to rebuild their lives, as 7-Eleven Japan Co. Ltd. and PhilSeven Foundation Inc. (PFI) committed to provide them with new decent homes, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity Philippines (HFHP).

[caption id="attachment_10536" align="aligncenter" width="629"] 7-Eleven partner with Habitat for Humanity. With a commitment that will build 160 homes and 2 schools in Yolanda affected indigenous community in Culion, Palawan, Jose Victor P. Paterno, Philippine Seven Corporation President/CEO & Director (2nd from right) also signify its support to Habitat Vision 2020 and advocacy program to address poverty housing solutions. Photo shows Habitat for Humanity Philippines CEO and Managing Director Charlie Ayco (3rd from left) with Chief Marketing Officer Yvonne Lih, Donor Management H…

Blogapalooza 2015: The power of blogging and building brands

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First, I would like to thank my correspondent for attending Blogapalooza despite of her busy schedule she managed to represent my blog. And, I would like to congratulate Blogapalooza for another successful event.



For those first timers (I know there were a lot of them), I welcomed you to the crazy world of blogging! I hope you guys learned a lot during the event and scored some 'pro blogging tips.'

Let me share to you some of goals we had when attending events like in Blogapalooza. I know networking is one of our first priority that include introducing yourselves to the organizers and other attendees, getting to know the blogging industry, looking for potential clients and researching for possible connections to other bloggers. But also don't forget that your blog is the official passport in order to succeed so start tweaking your blog to generate audience and conversions.



1. When covering events, make sure that your blog is well represented. That means you or your correspond…

Save hearts with art – Rotarians

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MANILA – The Rotary Club of Makati West (RCMW) is calling on art lovers to support their annual all-sculpture exhibit-sale dubbed “Alay Sining” to be held at The Gallery, Greenbelt 5, Makati City from November 12 to 15, 2015. Now on its eight year, Alay Sining 8’s theme is “Art with a Heart” which complements the Rotary International’s theme of “Be a Gift to the World”.

Alay Sining is a fund-raising initiative for one of RCMW’s signature projects, the Gift of Life program, which gives congenital heart disease (CHD) patients under the program with free heart surgeries.


According to RCMW President Victor “Junvee” Vital, supporting the art-for-a cause exhibit will not only mean supporting Filipino children with heart ailments but also local artists.

Both seasoned and new sculptors will be contributing pieces to the Alay Sining, and donating a portion of the sale price of their art pieces to the exhibit’s intended recipients – the CHD patients that will be given free heart surgeries under th…

You're Invited: TLC Festival PH on November 21

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After the success event in Singapore, my favorite food and lifestyle channel TLC is bringing the festival to the Philippines on November 21, 2015 at Bonifacio High Street in Fort Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.

Come and meet some of your favourite TLC hosts: the lovely Janet Hsieh from FUN TAIWAN, THE FABULOUS BAKER BROTHERS Tom and Henry Herbert, and restauranteur and popular food blogger Erwan Heussaff – TLC’s latest personality and brand ambassador for Southeast Asia.

This is an outdoor, rain or shine event, so remember to bring your umbrellas and ponchos.

ADMISSION IS FREE

For more information on TLC Festival 2015 in the Philippines, please visit: www.tlcfestival.com

Event details is also posted at https://www.facebook.com/events/844547755660886/

Urbanista is coming to the Philippines

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Here comes a perfect companion at work, gym or any places you wanted. Urbanista headphones/earphones are unique, with great selection of designs and what makes it standout is the "tangle-free" cable that is placed behind the neck that makes you feel comfortable and another best features of this product are "water resistant" and "sweat proof."



Press Release:

“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.”

Urbanista came out of a vision to glorify the urban lifestyle and create products that make life better for modern people in urban developments. We design for life in motion.  Every product in the Urbanista portfolio is developed to serve a need for the target group - the Urbanistas. Within the tight portfolio, the offering is wide. The retail environment shall clearly show the most relevant product for each consumer. The Urbanista products are meant to be life companions. Therefore they are develope…