#ChangeIsComing even on Instagram

As #Eleksyon2016 draws to a close, we see that #ChangeIsComing not just in our country, but on our visual storytelling app as well.

The update, both available on iOS App Store and Google Play, has the Instagram app icon changed. From the old-school icon, the new one is now flat with a rainbow gradient as a background.

Along with it, is a redesign of the app. The updated design “gives focus more on your photos and videos without changing how you navigate the app”. There is also an available update for the family of creative apps from Instagram – Layout, Boomerang and Hyperlapse.

Check out this video from Instagram:

Your thoughts on this change?

Keep the good vibes rolling! #KTGVR

Building a #ResilientPH

In January 1996, the Carlos P. Romulo Foundation for Peace and Development was founded as an independent Philippine organization that promotes peace and development. It was named and inspired after the late President of the United Nations (1949-1950) and Secretary of Foreign Affairs (1968-1984), Carlos P. Romulo.

With the previous disasters that the country has suffered, most especially last November 2013’s “Typhoon Yolanda” (Haiyan), the foundation in cooperation with the Zuellig Family Family Foundation is inviting everyone to join their series of events on how to initiate and prepare citizens in building a resilient Philippine Society. Their series of events will start with a free seminar this July 9 to 10, 2014 at the Manila Polo Club.

There will be succeeding activities over the next three years, including the convening of specialized workshops, to review and assess progress, identify roadblocks and find ways to move forward on resilience across sectors and geographic areas.

To know more about the foundation and the details of their upcoming events for #ResilientPH, go to http://carlospromulo.org/ or like their Facebook Page.

Photo from http://carlospromulo.org

Photo from http://carlospromulo.org

NDFY invites IGersManila to Fete Dela Musique

NDFY is hosting the Fete De la Musique Event on June 21, 2014 at 12 Monkeys Music Hall & Pub, in Makati City. Doors open at 2pm and the show starts at 3pm. Special thanks to NDFY’s Glen Macadaeg for inviting IGersManila.

According to Glen, the 12 Monkeys Music Hall & Pub is owned by popular local artists like Champ Lui Pio (of Hale) and Chito Miranda (of Parokya Ni Edgar).

Everyone is welcome to join the event and admission is free. Enjoy good music with good company and celebrate art with our talented local artists like Ourselves, Brisom, The Jireh Calo Project, Tarsius, and many more.

Know more about this event at bit.ly/feteindie

#Unselfie Project

More than 9.6 million Filipinos were victims of the super typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan). It didn’t just destroyed homes, but it has also stolen many lives, hopes, and dreams. As we face the aftermath; let’s help, reach out, and make use of Social Media as a powerful tool to disseminate helpful information. @IGersManila supports the #Unselfie Project, for spreading awareness via Instagram. The #Unselfie Project was launched to help raise awareness and call for donations for the victims of Yolanda.Let’s do something selfless by posting for #UnSelfie. The victims need help and as a nation we can help in our little way.

Here’s how to participate:

  1. Take a photo of yourself or anyone holding a sheet of paper covering the face.
  2. On that sheet of paper, write down the donation page URL of an organization that accepts online donations for the victims of Yolanda.
  3. Put the hashtag #UnSelfie after. Tag your post to IGersManila or add #IGersManila #IGersPhilippines to your photo or video caption so we can see and feature your work. Spread the word and let the world know that we need their help.

All #UnSelfie photos will be collated and showcased at www.unselfie.me, a website dedicated for this project. It’s time to take action and use our Instagram’ing device/s as a way to help our fellow Filipinos who have devastatingly suffered because of this tragedy.

Bringing the Instagram community in focus

Bringing the Instagram community in focus

Instagram and Facebook

Rumors have been floating around since last year that Facebook has been trying to acquire Instagram, now with over 30 million users, and growing rapidly, thanks to its recent release of the Android counterpart app.

This early Tuesday morning (PHT) it’s been confirmed, much to IGers’ mixed reactions, that Facebook has indeed snatched up Instagram for a whopping one billion US dollars (cash and stock options). Read the statements from Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Instagram’s Kevin Systrom.

While this seems to be a scary development, @IGersManila can only think of positive and creative possibilities – Instagram with even more awesome features and getting more “social” with photos and stories exchanged to a massive community – though there’s no denying these might shoo away IGers who’ve enjoyed the simplicity of Instagram that we all came to love and can’t help but get addicted to.

As for @IGersManila, we’ll continue keeping the good vibes rolling in Instagram!