I was cleaning up a few clutter on the library (Facebook and Twitter included)  of our office a few days ago when one of the magazines I was about to dump all of a sudden fell in front of me. The back cover advertisement was definitely a “not most ads” that I usually see to entice the M.I.C.E. (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, Exhibits) sector. But it was really catchy. One of a kind indeed.

If this is really possible, I’d love to include it in one of our themed activities…that is of course, depending on how our client may perceive this crazy idea.


CSR: The Love Yourself Project

CSR usually stands for “Corporate Social Responsibility” but in this post, I’d rather personalize it calling it “Carlo’s Social Responsibility”. For years, I have blogged about celebs, models, sexy stuff, interesting stories, personal & work/responsibility issues and the like but never about advocacy.

So I’m taking this chance (and space) to introduce to my loyal & new readers to support The Love Yourself Project which aims to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS among the youth and the Men who have Sex with Men (MSM) sector in the Philippines, primarily through education and counseling. It is the first project by the VINN Advocacy group.

WE can make a big difference by supporting this important group through their current two projects:

1) The Love Yourself Charity Photoshoot

When: August 14, 2011

For your kind donation of only Php 1,000,  get a chance to be photographed by one of the most talented photographers in the Philippines, fellow TLYP advocate Ian Felix Alquiros. The amount entitles you to (1) one Love Yourself t-shirt; (2) grooming services for the shoot; and (3) one digital photo layout, in the style of “Love Yourself.” You can start registering here.

2) Benefit Screening of “Ang Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa” and “Zombadings”

When: August 23, 2011

If I were only in Manila, I’ll be the first one to book for tickets of these two fantastic movies! I’ve seen the trailers of both flicks and the more I watched it, the more I made myself crazy to go back to Philippines for a vackay! But you guys are there and fortunate enough to see this back-to-back films for only Php 500. Not only you will enjoy these movies but you know for yourself that you helped TLYP for a special cause.

And since I’m stuck here in the Land of Smiles, the only closest pic with the similar pose (sans the TLYP T-shirt & background) that I can show to you is this one which was taken last July 28 during my recently concluded event in Phuket. I’ve posted this in my FB account with the caption: “Crispin…Basilio…asan na kayo???”

With that, now I know why I can’t find both “Crispin” and “Basilio” because they are either registering for the TLYP Charity Photoshoot or reserving tickets for the TLYP Benefit Screening 😉

Special thanks to fellow blogger Migs for reminding me of this special cause 0:-)

Raise Your Glass!

There are so many reasons to raise a toast with you: 1) I had a successful 6-day event in  HCMC, Vietnam; 2) a fantastic belated Loy Krathong Festival greetings to all my Thai & Pinoy friends in Bangkok last 21 Nov.; 3) an abundantly belated Happy Thanksgiving to all my relatives & friends in USA last 25 Nov.; and last but not the least, to all of you for being there for me during my 9-day stay in Vietnam. I’ve met many new people, friends, strangers that turned out to be new acquaintance…my heart is just so filled with joy right now. And oh, I’ve also survived a few “personal challenges” when I was there so I’d like to raise a glass as well to myself for being…”me”. Cheers!

Speaking of “Raise Your Glass”, this celebratory song of Pink is currently #2 in the Billboard Hot 100 singles. I’ve been listening to it soon as I finished my event and to this writing. The video of the song overall promotes gender, racial, social, sexual orientation, religious, and species equality including animal rights.

On the last scene, Pink flew a candle hot air balloon in the air. During Loy Krathong Festival in Thailand especially in Chiang Mai, people do lit up Yi Peng (candle hot air balloon in Thai) in the sky to make their dreams come true. So once again, raise your glass and wish everyone the best. Here, here! (“,)