Vote for your #WUHeroes!

In support of Hero’s Wish, a parallel contest for the 25 Heroes of the “HEROES FOR BETTER” campaign, we would like to ask for your support by voting for your favorite hero from the 25 selected ordinary Filipinos who were able to achieve extraordinary things through their small acts of giving and heroism. Know who are these 25 heroes by reading their stories and VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE HERO UNTIL SEPTEMBER 28, 2015 AT 11:50PM. To vote, simply go to this link. The hero with most number of votes will receive USD 25,000 and a free round trip economy class ticket to the Philippines to attend a tribute ceremony on October 8, 2015.

To know more about this amazing campaign, read on what the organizers have to say:

“Western Union honors twenty-five Filipino migrants as Heroes for Better

After months of searching for Filipino migrants who had made an outstanding difference

in making a positive impact in the community, The Western Union Company

(NYSE:WU), a leader in global payment services, announced the top 25 Filipino

migrants who are living proof that Filipino migrants are indeed our modern day heroes.

Western Union had deemed it important to recognize heroic efforts of Filipino migrants,

to affirm their invaluable contribution to their families, communities and the country.

These migrants did not just send money back home; they had also given pride to the

Filipino community with their successful missions.

The “Heroes for Better” campaign celebrates the lives of migrant Filipinos, their work

and their personal advocacies because they were the ones who were courageous enough

to run after their dreams and to take it further by fulfilling other people’s dreams,” shares

Patricia Riingen, Senior Vice President, South East Asia & Oceania, Western Union.

“The campaign does not just recognize and tell their stories, it also provides them a

platform to inspire others to pay it forward.”

The 25 heroes are Eddie Vega, Nestor Puno, Nilo Beltran, Adelaida Saito, Edmond

Corpuz, Nanette Carillo, RJ Garcia, Agnes Granada, Mauro Oreta, Vangie Jorquia,

Consorcia De Leon-Scholtz, Jay Jaboneta Vincent Benares, Edna Dorado, Mary Jane Al

Mahdi, Hengie Taton, Mario Balboa, Alexis Belonio, Benette Cueto, Julieta Solas,

Armand and Bing Serrano, Judith Gonzales, Nilda Cochrane, Cecilia Cech, and Asma


“I guess it holds true for all of us heroes that it started with an issue that had affected us

and it simply compelled us to take action. It’s not that we wanted to change the world, we

just wanted to help in our own way,” says Nestor Puno.

“This recognition given to us by Western Union only inspires us to continue and even

extend the reach of our advocacies, involve more people, and hopefully influence other

migrants to start their own missions too,” adds Nilo Beltran.

Western Union will award USD25,000 to support the advocacy of the highest-voted hero.

People can vote for their favorite hero by logging on to

Voting closes on September 22, 2015 at 11:50pm.”

IGersManila believes in modern day heroism and we support campaigns that promotes positive vibes and inspiring stories. Let’s celebrate these heroes by simply voting for the person who most deserve the award. Vote now at

Keep the good vibes rolling!

Our #IGFeatureWish through #IGMNLonViber

With the recent updates on Instagram like sharing of photos and videos in portrait and landscape orientation, and the recent update on its Direct Message, we wonder; are there any more features we wanted to wish for?

Through IGersManila’s Viber Public Chat Room, we came upon a Question Of The Day or a #QOTD where we asked co-#TheMods, some #TheColl, and our #KaViber or those people following us on Viber to answer our question:

“If you can request ONE new feature added on Instagram, what will be your #IGFeatureWish and why?”

See screenshots of our answers:

It turns out, we got pretty interesting answers from #TheMods, #TheColl, and our #KaViber. Here is the summarized list of our #IGFeatureWish:

Text on Photos. It’s no secret that we love putting those witty words, relatable lyrics, and #YOLO statements on our photos. Most of us wished that Instagram could add a feature where we can add text on our photos directly instead of using another App.

Multiple Log-In. Since some of us, have more than one Instagram account, we wish that Instagram could have a feature that enables you to switch accounts without logging in like how it was done in other social media platforms. We feel that this feature will help make Social Media Managers lives easier.

Scheduled Posts. Though we know that the very purpose of Instagram is to post photos captured spontaneously, scheduled posts will help those who have a very hectic schedule to keep on instagram’ing, and not miss a day’s theme.

There are other several features we wanted to be added, but we feel that these top three requests are with higher demand and of importance for today’s Instagram’ing. How about you, what is your #IGFeatureWish? Tell us all about it by using the hashtags #IGFeatureWish and #IGMNLonViber.

We are looking forward to your suggestions. Keep the good vibes rolling! #KTGVR


#PIPE4_B1 With Their Zark’s Burgers

Meaty, cheesy, and BIG.

Those are the first three things that popped in our heads when we saw the Zark’s Burgers being served to us during the #PIPE4 Batch 1 Photowalk at SM North Edsa. We were presented with mouth-watering burgers with different styles, and different meaty flavors.


Thanks to Zark’s Burgers’ Joseph of SM North branch for being very accommodating.


Our #PIPE4_B1 and #TheColl can’t get enough of their delicious instagram’able burgers.


Watch out for the next batch of our #PIPE4 Qualifiers and their photowalk this August 2015 at SM North Edsa with our partners Smart Communications, Storytell Prints, and with our major sponsor Power Mac Center.

Keep the good vibes rolling!

#IGersManila is ready for #ChangePH this #SocialMediaDay2015

The most shareable event ever is happening on the 27th of June, 2015 at the Museo Pambata Open Grounds from 10AM to 7PM. IGersManila is proud to be part of Social Media Day 2015 together with the top social media communities in the country namely Pinoy Exchange, SoundCloudPH, TumblrPH, Muni, iVolunteerPH, and many more. This yearly grand meetup is hosted by TweetUpMNL, who has been a pioneer in the Social Media Community in the Philippines. From 2013’s #FWDPH, to 2014’s #BoomPH, to this year’s #ChangePH, IGersManila will definitely be there along with thousands of people who have signed up.


The theme #ChangePH is about exploring the possibilities of what Social Media can do for us today and by expressing and inspiring people through our posts. IGersManila is ready for some changes and we can’t wait to tell #TheColl and #iCoss about our plans for the coming months.


Invite your friends and get free tickets to this year’s #SocialMediaDay2015 by registering at and know more about Social Media Day at @TweetUpMNL. See you there and keep the good vibes rolling!


#ChangePH Social Media Day

June 27, 2015 MNL, PH

Social Media Day 2015 in the Philippines is for and about #ChangePH.

It is an opportunity to look at new apps, new tools, new technologies that help bring about significant changes, big and small: Changes in how we Filipinos live, work, do business, travel, study, express, communicate, share, and form relationships.

It is a chance to discover new communities, to perform before new audiences, to witness rising new performers, and learn new skills that bring fresh starts: Changes in how we view things, people, and the world we live in.

It is a moment to gather less than a year before we vote for new leaders and for change in government: Changes that solve problems, empower citizens, promote fairness, and improve our country.

Thanks to the spirit of collaboration and cooperation, #ChangePH will be the fourth time the Philippines joins this annual global event spearheaded by Mashable. Yes, communities, partners and volunteers have always made the Philippines’ Social Media Day possible and always different since 2012.

In Manila, join us on June 27, 2015 at the open grounds of Museo Pambata, the country’s first interactive children’s museum. Together, let us support Museo Pambata as a learning center for Filipino children who should ultimately benefit from progressive changes we seek to win.

Similar events will be mounted in many other cities across the country, thanks again to thriving and communities nationwide.

Join and support Social Media Day 2015 and be champions of #ChangePH.


Makati City



IGersManila joins influr’s Assignment – #MTVMusicEvo

We are excited on the upcoming MTV Music Evolution which will take place at the Quirino Grandstand, Rizal Park in Manila on Sunday, 17 May 2015 that’s why we are joining influr’s assignment #MTVMusicEvo. influr, the international marketing site that collects and calculates your influence based on your Social Media posts particularly Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, has launched this exciting assignment for the Philippines. Earn your treats and get a entry wristband for the first-ever MTV Music Evolution happening in the country. How? Join the assignment and go to influr for the full instructions.


#TheMods @cclozano @edcalaycay and @ipetim are excited to see you on May 17 at the #MTVMusicEvo. Keep the good vibes rolling!

IGersManila invites you to #CaptureViga

In partnership with Rising Reel Productions, #IGersManila invites you to join Viga Catanduanes Adventure Photo Camp and Contest entitled

“Seeing Viga Through The Lens – Explore. Capture. Invite.” to be held on May 22-24, 2015.

#CaptureViga by Visualizing the Island by Going on an Adventure. Learn from great landscape photographers and get a chance to win 100,000 worth of prizes.

Know more about this photo camp at Rising Reel Productions’ FB Page or inquire and call 331-6645 or 09173361012.

Keep the good vibes rolling!


IGersManila at Banana Split Extra Scoop

IGersManila has always been an advocate of good vibes, and watching a show that gives us the laughs is an experience definitely worth it! #TheMods and #TheColl had an amazing time watching Banana Split Extra Scoop that showed us how to keep the energy alive.

Special thanks to Direk Jemster Reyes of Banana Split Extra Scoop for accommodating us, and of course to Mr. John Prats who greeted us live and let us took a picture with him backstage.




Some of us were even seen on TV on the April 18, 2015 episode. Thanks to our #TheColl @reyjohnino for capturing that split second exposure.





Watch out for the next episode of Banana Split Extra Scoop and you might be seeing IGersManila again. Keep the good vibes rolling!


IGersManila supports the Affinitea Race

It’s truly an honor to be part of Affinitea Run‘s upcoming “Affinitea Race: For Every Mile, Experience Unfold presents Raise D’ Roof 2015 – More Than Medals”. In fact, it’s not IGersManila’s first time to be part of their prestigious event, it’ll actually be the second time that we are teaming up. The first one was the Affinitea #BrownRace last November 2014 which gave so many wonderful memories with our #TheColl.

This year, Affinitea Run is raising the bar higher with it’s back to back run with Raise D Roof and Brown Race Marathon. This exciting event was launch last 10-April-2015 at the Akira, Art of Sushi & Teppanyaki at Makati.

Know more and read what Affinitea Run has to say to all you exciting runners out there.


It all started when we join a fun run last 2013, thinking of how we can give back the blessings we are receiving from the business. At that very moment, we decided to make our own AffiniTea Run For A Cause. We didn’t hire any organizer because we don’t have any budget for it but since we believe in the saying that “there is always a first time” and if you’re happy with what you are doing then you will achieve what you desire. As we prepare for the event, many challenges arises such as suppliers, coordination and even relationships were slightly damage but we never fail to go back to our purpose that is where we started why we have this kind of event.  We strongly believe that purpose must come first in order for us to be successful in what we are doing.


The word AffiniTea is derived from the word “affinity” which means relationship, attraction or connection. It aims to provide a new level of tea experience with its high quality, health-inspired, and natural-sourced products. After all, we have a common affinity to TEA! AffiniTea is here to improve quality health while promoting camaraderie among tea aficionados.

The word AffiniTea was continuously used even in the race to bind family members, friends, colleagues, lovers and to meet new friends.


AffiniTeaRace to promote healthy lifestyle and camaraderie among friends and family members through running, while we serve our community to help the needy most especially the children.

Our purpose is to give wonderful experience to the runners and encourage them to support public charity.

BENEFICIARY : He Cares Foundation

Raise D’ Roof concept was started year 2013 the 1st run for cause of AffiniTea. The inspiration of the theme was to help the homeless street children, abuse children, and abandoned children from Tahanan ng Pagmamahal and this year beneficiary is from He Cares Foundation same as the above mentioned advocacy.

Brown Race inspiration came from being pro country ( Maka – Bayan). Brown Race has many meaning to us this can be Lahing Kayumangi, Angat Lahi or Takbo ng Lahing Kayumangi. Creating awareness about the identity and origin of a Filipino that we came from the ancestry of great heroes and rich civilization before the pre Spanish colonizers. To upholds hidden potentials and maximize it for the glory of God and the country. Last year theme were focus on “Deepening one’s Faith, Identity and Love for the Country”. We believe that it all started of knowing our origin – Creator how powerful He is and how wonderful we are made. Even to our categories we can learn lesson on how to be Angat Lahi? Starting at 3K Conqueror , 5K Excellence, 10K World Class and 16K is Champion. This year theme “Nurturing God’s Love, Core Gifts & Family Relations” through this theme we should able to answer the secret of success. Starting at 3K Dream, 5K Passion, 10K Potential, 16K Good Habit, 21K Character and 42K is Purpose.

IGersManila tastes the #PerfectCoke

It was such an honor to be part of Coca Cola Philippines‘ #SarapNgFirst #PerfectCoke launch last February 15, 2015 at Glorietta Mall Activity Center in Makati City. It was celebrated simultaneously with Cebu and Davao that made everyone wonder what the perfect coke tastes like. Together with #TheMods, #IGersManila’s #TheColl were there too to experience and rediscover the perfect coke for the first time.

#igersmanila's #TheMods and #TheColl is here at #SarapNgFirst #PerfectCoke Launch at Glorietta Activity Center!

A photo posted by IGersManila Philippines (@igersmanila) on

@igersmanila for Coca-Cola! Thanks guys for experiencing #SarapNgFirst with the #PerfectCoke with us! ❤️

A photo posted by Fatima Gaw (@fatimagaw) on–czfgn/?modal=true


We also received special gifts from Coca Cola so we can share the taste and experience the #PerfectCoke even on the go.





Philippines tastes the #PerfectCoke for the first time – truly a #SarapNgFirst

The past couple of weeks have been a guessing game for many Filipinos as beverage company Coca-Cola teased about “tasting Coke® for the first time again” through social media, TV, and several billboards along major highways. Many wondered how this could possibly happen as the popular drink has been in the Philippines for more than 100 years.

On February 15th, Sunday, we got the answer. Coca-Cola revealed that there is a way to enjoy an even better tasting and more refreshing Coke, as if having Coke for the first time! The secret? Chill your Coca-Cola bottle up to 3˚ Celsius and voilà! You now have a perfectly chilled Coca-Cola!

Jasmin Vinculado, Vice President for Marketing of Coca-Cola Philippines engaged the crowd with Coca-Cola trivia that gained oohs and aahs – “What’s the first word that comes to mind when asked about the taste of Coca-Cola? Some will say a bit spicy, others will say refreshing, or it may even be described as having a bite in the throat. No matter who you ask, there is not one word to describe the taste of Coca-Cola. This is what we call flavor amplitude – because flavors are well blended and balanced, it triggers all five primary tastes that creates the “bloom” in the mouth that is hard to describe. Basta masarap!”

So what exactly is the Perfect Coke experience? It is drinking from a Coca-Cola bottle chilled to perfection. Normally we get to taste Coke at 4 degrees Celsius or even warmer. But drinking it at 3 degrees takes the experience to a whole new level. It brings out that great Coca-Cola taste, like you’ve never tasted it before.

This was launched to the public through a simultaneous event done across the country – with key venues in Abreeza Mall Davao, Ayala Center Cebu, and Glorietta Mall in Makati. The afternoon was made more fun by performances from the Coke Ambassadors. Julia Montes & Jerome Ponce joined the celebration in Abreeza, Joseph Marco & Janella Salvador fired up Cebu, and Miles Ocampo & Manolo Pedrosa doubled the happiness in Glorietta.

Gigantic coolers – the first of its kind in the Philippines – were filled with ice and Coca-Cola bottles and were set up on each site. These came with giant thermometers showing the coolers’ temperatures, which started at 10˚ Celsius.

The highlight of the event was when the Coke Ambassadors, together with key Coke representatives in each venue, poured buckets of ice in the coolers – which made the temperature drop to 3˚ Celsius. It was a eureka moment as the audience realized that the key to getting the perfect Coke is simply by chilling it to 3˚.

The ambassadors and Coke officials then gave away samples of perfectly chilled Coca-Cola to the audience. True enough, Coke chilled to perfection is nothing like you’ve ever had before. Even avid Coke drinkers must be wondering how they’ve never had Coca-Cola this good.

Diego Granizo, the newly appointed General Manager of Coca-Cola Philippines, says this is the company’s way of re-connecting with the consumers. “We want them to re-discover the thrill, chill, and refreshing feeling of drinking a bottle of Coke, as if it’s their first time again,” he says.

In able to reach out to as many Filipinos as possible, Coca-Cola also introduced the new Coke Happy Cycles. After the simultaneous launch, these coolers on wheels were sent out to the streets and have since been going around barangays to serve perfectly chilled Coke.

For more details on the #PerfectCoke and how to chill one on your own, check out the official Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter accounts of Coca-Cola Philippines. Feel free to post about your #SarapNgFirst time taste of the #PerfectCoke experiences online.


Keep the good vibes rolling with the #PerfectCoke!

#TheMods @iPetim’s talk at PUP

I was greeted by 2015 with “talks”. Last January, we just had our #CreateShareInspire talk at SM North Edsa about Instagramming 101. After that I was asked by my ex-OJT Jeremiah ‘Miah’ Noriel, a senior Marketing student at PUP to be part of their seminar this February. I thought – of course, why not. That’ll be fun. At least I’ll be doing something solo for a change. As the weeks went by, and as my workload and other activities were making me too occupied to finish my slides, my next thoughts changed and became something like this – I don’t think I can finish my slides on time or even do a speech. I was about to text Miah to tell her that I can’t do it, but then I thought, she needed this. They needed this and they’re counting on me to help them with their project. I don’t think I will be able to sleep at night if I knew in my heart that I failed some people. In short, I decided to take the plunge, and just finish the slides.

On the day of the seminar, I was greeted by her team, the Erudite Productions. They were definitely prepared and I was awed by how they transformed SM City Sta Mesa Cinema 9 into a place that looked like it was made for seminars and not movies. They have an AVP, glow-in-the-dark bracelets in tow, and snacks prepared. That gave me the boost I needed. The realization that this group really prepared, worked hard for this seminar, and was able to make it happen despite the odds. I decided right there and then that I will try to give them my best effort because they only deserve the best.


There are only two scheduled speakers for their seminar entitled “Metamorphosis: Unfolding The World of Digital”. Yours truly and Mr. TJ Villanueva, or more known as “Coach TJ”. Since I’m going first, I decided to do a short ice breaker the IGersManila way;  our trademark Pass the Energy and Massage Clinic. As I was talking, I noticed that my more or less six hundred audience were very responsive and loves to laugh, so I injected humor in my topics so that I wont lose their attention. I wanted them to laugh and to learn at the same time. Thankfully, it worked. My topic was a bit serious, so the jokes and laughs balanced out my talk. Here is the keynote and videos I used for my talk:

And thanks to Ryan @nagaryan Pesimo who accompanied me on that day and even took photos and videos of me, I was able to do a short video of my presentation. I never saw myself as someone funny, because I’m really not. I don’t know what happened on that day, I just felt like I wanted to throw out jokes and make everyone laugh. Let’s just say, I love the crowd. The energy and positive vibes were contagious. You be the judge, and watch the video below:

After the talk, I was surprised that everyone clapped. Because I kind of felt I was just out there to do a skit. I was afraid that they didn’t learn anything at all. Thankfully they did, and they enjoyed the talk. How did I know that they loved it? Well, let’s just say I gained new teen friends, and I received positive messages and comments regarding it. It was priceless. Little did they know, that it was I who learned a lot from them. Their enthusiasm in learning and trying something new is an eye-opener that the youth of today is not yet a lost cause. They will make it happen. I wouldn’t be surprised if I’ll be bumping into them on events a few years from now. They seem to be the people who will make it through and will be successful in doing so. And you bet, I’ll be one of those people who will be so proud of them.

With that, I would like to thank the whole Erudite Productions, Professor Angelina Goyenechea of PUP for the opportunity and most of all, for trusting me. I’m looking forward in meeting them all again.

Keep the good vibes rolling, PUP!