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Sunday, June 25, 2017

Gamecon Philippines is Set on July 8 and 9, 2017


More than 1,000 guests are expected to attend the 1st Gamecon Philippines, a 2-day gaming convention and competition happening on July 8 and 9, 2017 at the Megatrade Hall 2, SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City.

"We want Gamecon Philippines to be a platform where families of all ages can come together and experience different types of games and play under one roof", said Elaine Cedillo, the Co-Founder of Redwizard Events Management and the lead project head of the said event. "Also we want us to be platform where different gaming communities come together and share their passion."

Gamecon Philippines will have a Game Art Competition that is open to all students and professionals, who would like to join using traditional or digital medium. The winners will get cash and a Huion Tablet from American Technologies Inc.

There will also be different board games, table top and card games around. Cedillo said that you can just hang out and play all weekend. Every area has its own feel and play especially if you watch the preliminary tournament and championship of X-wing miniature game. It is a tactical ship-to-ship combat game in which players take control of powerful Rebel X-wings. It recreates exciting Star Wars Space.

Gamecon will also have a Cosplay Competition that is open to 2 to 3 members of a family. It can be siblings, parent and a child, cousins or even husband and wife. Just get ready to wear your favorite game characters on Sunday, July 9 and you can win up to P10,000.00 cash and gift items.

While all Mobile Legends fanatics can also enjoy the 2-day Mobile Legends competition. It is estimated to have more than 100 participants per day. If you want to join, be there early so you can have your team listed down and compete and be crowned to be the best Mobile Legends Team.

ESGS Indie Arena will also be showcasing the different PC, Console and mobile games that is proudly created by Filipinos. You can test it as you play and enjoy the entire experience.

While one of the highlights is the RoboRumble, a lightweight robot combat with participants from High school students up to professionals, so if you are a fan of Battle Bots or you just simply loves robotics, this is an interesting match to watch!

If you are interested to join any of the competitions or just simply want to watch and learn more about it, you may visit: http://gamecon.ph/eventhighlights/

There will also be Game Development Workshop and Plenary on July 7, 2017 from 9:00am to 6:00pm at the Megatrade Conference Rooms A to C, 5/F SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City. They will be featuring some of the country’s top game designers and producers with the likes of Derrick Mapagu of Flippy Bottle which became a global hit mobile game that attained the Top 1 rank in Google Play in more than 16 countries, including Austria, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Latvia, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, and the UK.

Gamecon Philippines is presented to us by Eon, for the digital me. Also by Huion, American Technologies, Inc., Jack 'n Jill, Maxx Gums and Great Taste Iced Coffee Drink. In partnership with Game Developers Association of the Philippines (GDAP), Philrobitcs, Ellinov, Thinklab, Sparklab Innovation Center and supported by iAcademy as one of the school partners.

Get your day pass tickets now for P100 only per day while the workshop is at P500 inclusive of Certificate of Completion and PM Snacks.


The early bird promo is good until June 30, 2017. To get your tickets, please check:  http://gamecon.ph/ or call Redwizard Events Management at 218 9023, 0917 9048777 and 0920 9734926.

Don’t miss this chance to bond with your family as you play, learn and enjoy the entire Gamecon experience. 



Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Ragnarok Online Philippines: Closed Beta Testing Officially Begins!

"Today is the day that all RO fans have been waiting for."


Ragnarok Online (RO), the most popular MMORPG (Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game) in the Philippines which revolutionized the landscape of online gaming will once again open the gates of Rune Midgard. 

We have been waiting for this day, when publishing partner companies Electronics Extreme Ltd., and ELITE, began its CLOSED BETA TEST, June 20, 2017, 3:00 pm. Henceforth, beta testers will get firsthand experience and involvement on this phase by helping the ROPH team in providing the best MMORPG experience.

During the Ragnarok Online’s Q & A Session, last May 12, 2017, Kamphee "Ken" Phiromwad, Managing Director of Electronics Extreme, and ELITE CEO Johnny Paek revealed some of the most awaited game details:

  • It will be protected by EasyDefender (Solid proof from Thailand), this improves the game experience with its anti-bot and cheat protection systems;
  • FREE TO WIN: All Key-items could be dropped in game. All you need is teamwork and assiduity. It will provide everything that gamers need to advance and thrive in-game;
  • A special Revo-Classic version of the game starting with the 2-1 class, with class 2-2 and high class expected within 6 months and within 1-2 years, respectively;
  • The return of the demised Morroc Town;
  • Monsters will be back to their original spawn point and will ignore the level differences between players and monsters;
  • Guild Wars will be released within the first 3 weeks and Godly Items will not be immediately available but will soon be released;
  • Customized events for the Philippines;
  • Revival of team competition through the Ragnarok World Championship;
  • There will be 2 available servers in CBT, namely, Thor and Loki.


ELITE, ensures that there is a continuous improvement of game experience through gathering of data during and after CBT. There is also a 24/7 customer support that will be available to handle all concerns that the players may encounter.

*CBT Client ready for download on their official website.

THE NEW ERA OF THE LEGENDARY RAGNAROK ONLINE WILL RISE TODAY.

It is never too late, REGISTER an account NOW.

For more updates and details, kindly check out their official website or the Official Facebook Page at or you can follow them on their Twitter and Instagram pages, respectively.



Monday, June 19, 2017

Zillable Disrupts Enterprise Social Networks with the Launch of Collaboration and Innovation Platform

Zillable launches a secured collaboration and innovation platform that consolidates familiar productivity and collaboration apps for teams of any size.


LOS ANGELES, California, June 1st, 2017 — Zillable™, an innovator in collaboration and innovation, unveils the world’s first collaboration and innovation platform specifically designed for forward-thinking teams and enterprises of 10-10,000 members to collaborate and innovate on any device and from any location.

Productivity and innovation tools, such as: boards, mind mapping, chat, and news feeds, are ordinarily one-off apps created by various developers. Zillable offers the enterprise a suite of integrated collaboration and innovation tools on a single platform, specifically designed for organizations to realize new value from diverse employees working across departments and time zones, and to be responsive to disruptive markets.

"Zillable is like your digital coffee shop where teams collaborate and innovate - seamlessly at ease,” Andrew Pham, CEO and Founder of Zillable explained. "The enterprise can create private collaboration networks that dissolve departmental silos and streamline the way employees get stuff done, innovating faster." Public communication channels may also be employed by the enterprise, engaging the Crowd and fine-tuning predictions for market shifts and internal company strategy.

"Today’s global workforce can’t be constrained by the limitations of conference calls, corporate emails, or video conferences," Mr. Pham said. "Zillable empowers employees to create and innovate whenever and wherever they need – not just when it fits into someone else’s schedule."

The Zillable platform effectively merges social media with enterprise collaboration workspaces and business productivity apps, such as boards, mind mapping, news feeds, and task management. "The autograph of innovation isn’t mysterious," explains Andrew. "When you get right down to it, innovation happens when you give freedom to your employees to engage, share ideas, and provide them with the productivity tools to help them streamline their workflows.

Zillable’s disruptive collaboration and innovation platform is designed exclusively for teams and organizations of any size. Free and paid plans are offered, including a basic free plan for unlimited evaluation that includes chat, boards, and other productivity tools at no cost. To learn more about Zillable, visit: Zillable.com




About Zillable
Zillable is the world’s first collaboration network where teams can creatively and dynamically work, ideate, and innovate. Teams of any size can engage employees and bridge divides, including partners and customers. Zillable makes work and innovation happen. For more information, please visit Zillable.com



Sunday, June 18, 2017

Head of the Family: Not Just a Provider But a Father


Imagine working in a world where time seems to just pass by and where almost everything changes instantly. Think of having to keep up with an environment where it costs a lot to stop or even slow down for a while. Sounds taxing, right? What more of prioritizing the welfare of everybody in the household on top of it all. 

But every head of the family doesn’t mind about it. Fathers are said to be the pillars of our homes. They toil sun up to sun down to give our needs and desires.

Some of them go abroad with tears in their eyes because they will be physically separated from their families. However, there is a certain joy in their hearts knowing that they will be able to provide for their loved ones back home.

To honor these gallant paternal men and let them feel how extraordinary they are and important their sacrifices are for their families, Father’s Day has been a yearly universal event. As we mark again this special occasion on Sunday, June 18, 2017, our applause and recognition will never be enough to show them how grateful we are to have them in our lives.  

Our dads, together with our moms, take good care of us the moment we’re born. They are the ones who provide everything we need for our everyday lives. From infancy up to adulthood, they feed and clothe us. 

As we take our initial baby steps, our patriarchs guide and lead us in the right direction. When we stumble and fall, they assist us to rise and move on. In times of danger or any threat, they shield us from any harm.

All of these, they do out of unconditional love. Their selflessness, though, has its own toll. Working tirelessly could lead to high levels of stress constantly and problems not only mentally, but physically, too. So better watch out for the signs. 

Has tatay been constantly complaining about losing strands and strands of his hair every day? Or maybe has he been searching for a way on how to get them to grow back?

According to the hair loss statistics conducted by Statistic Brain in the year 2016, 40 percent of men experience noticeable mane vanishing as early as age 35. And as per the American Hair Loss Association, there are a couple of different factors that cause excessive hair fall, one being extreme degree of stress.

Nutramedica Inc. introduced a revolutionary product that aims to address this problem: NOVUHAIR, nature’s answer to hair loss. Being the only topical scalp lotion in the country that is made from 19 natural herbs, essential oils and co-factor nutrients all working synergistically, it’s perfect for all the heads of the family out there, be they biological or not.

NOVUHAIR is proven effective and safe to help prevent and stop the progression of hair loss and, at the same time, help promote locks’ growth. Simply spray a liberal amount of NOVUHAIR topical scalp lotion onto the scalp and massage for 5-10 minutes. Voila, it penetrates deeply into the roots, which helps rejuvenate, nourish and maintain the natural moisture of the hair. 

Still have no idea on what to give him on his big day? Well, NOVUHAIR might not be the most expensive gift to impress him, but the most valuable present he could ever have. This nature’s answer to hair loss provides him the chance to be ahead already in preventing his "crowning glory" from receding in the near future. 

So, head on to all leading stores nationwide and get a dose of this breakthrough product. NOVUHAIR is also available in shampoo and conditioner formats to further complement the benefits of NOVUHAIR topical scalp lotion. NOVUHAIR is available at Mercury Drug and other leading drugstores nationwide. You may also order NOVUHAIR online at www.lazada.com.ph. For inquiries, you may call 413-6570 or 0922-8830575, and visit www.novuhair.com



Sunday, June 11, 2017

Play, Learn and Enjoy Games at Gamecon Philippines this July!

Gaming has already become part of our lifestyle. Whether it’s the traditional games like cards and table tops or digital games like computer and mobile applications, it is undeniable that gaming is more than just a pastime activity now. It is a way to bond with our friends and family and it has even become a source of income and job through professional e-sports and game development. This year, we are bringing gamers of all ages under one roof as we gather together for a celebration of one of the biggest gaming convention in the country.

Gamecon Philippines is a 3-day gaming convention happening on July 7-9, 2017 at the Megatrade Hall 2, SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City. It is a 2-part event, which features a conference on July 7 and an exhibit and trade show on July 8 and 9.

The workshop will feature notable local personalities and key players in the industry of Game Art, Design and Development. Here, guests and participants can learn about asset creation, game design and basic game development facilitated by the people that put the Philippine Gaming Development on the global map. This is open to all high school, college students and professionals who would like to jump start their careers in game development. This is in partnership with Game Developers Association of the Philippines.



There will also be an exhibit and trade show where everyone can learn more and play games from all shapes and forms such as digital (consoles, desktop, and mobile), table top (board, card), robotics, toys, up-and-coming game technologies, and so much more. Visitors will be treated to an exciting experience as they get to try out and play featured games from various gaming companies for free!

We will also be featuring competitions during the exhibit, such as the X-Wing Tournament (Star Wars table top game) and RoboRumble (Robot combat), Cosplay, Game Art, several electronic game show matches and more.

So, what are you waiting for? Join us as we play, learn and enjoy in the biggest gathering of gamers!

If you are interested to attend the workshop and plenary or the exhibit hall pass you may purchase the ticket online at discounted rate until June 30.

For more details, you may visit their website at www.gamecon.ph or follow them on Twitter and Facebook @gameconph or contact 0917 9048777 and 0920 9734926.

Gamecon Philippines is organized by Redwizard Events Management.


Thursday, June 1, 2017

Events in Manila: Workshops to Build Your Confidence

Looking for ways to boost your career or get the job you want? 

In the Philippines, a research from Jobstreet.com in 2015 named communication, train-ability, and competence as the top three functional skills being sought by employers. A survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers in the US almost has a similar result ranking leadership, communication, and ability to work with a team as the most valuable skills in the workplace.  

You need to continuously invest in developing yourself to cope with the demands of your job. Aside from reading articles or videos from the internet, an effective way to learn is by attending workshops where you can interact with the trainer and meet fellow participants face-to-face.


Go Up Events, an all-around event logistic provider, aims to support your career goals by organizing various workshops in Manila this 2017.  Their upcoming events this June and July focuses on communication, leadership, and marketing. Attending can be a sure way to set your learning objectives on track.

Business Writing Seminar


In partnership with Manila Workshops and WhenInManila.com, Go Up Events Manila presents Write Your Way to Success - A Business Writing Seminar for Professionals.  If you want to learn how to write an effective letter, memo, minutes of the meeting, or e-mail, this is a highly-recommended workshop for you.  To register and view course outline, visit http://bit.ly/WYWJune.


Effective Proposal Writing


Writing Hacks for Entrepreneurs is a two-hour seminar discussing tips on how to write content fast, create winning proposals, and use online tools to polish your documents. Professionals working in the fields of sales and marketing who write correspondences to gain clients will benefit from this event. The registration fee will suit your budget at Php 200 only.

Search Engine Optimization 101



The second series of Writing Hacks is about Search Engine Optimization (SEO). SEO for Marketers is designed for the professional tasked to create content and drive traffic to their company website. Learn more about this event at http://bit.ly/WRITINGHACKS2.


Leadership Training for Supervisors


Leading direct reports require communication, management, and interpersonal skills. Coaching that Sticks - Leadership Training for Supervisors will help you navigate the task of motivating people to maximize team performance. 

Save the date on July 15 and reserve your slot at http://bit.ly/CoahingThatSticks.

Schedule Your Next Learning Event 
Does any of these workshops in Manila interest you? Contact Go Up Events Manila by sending an e-mail at goupeventsmanila@gmail.com or visit their website goupeventsmanila.wordpress.com.



Commit yourself to developing your skills and building your confidence. Take action and plan to join at least one workshop in Manila in each quarter. Set aside a sum of money each payday for the events you’d like to attend. You may also share this link with your boss and ask if your company provides budget for training opportunities.  

Also, for a limited time only (Valid Unlit July 15, 2017), you can use the 10% discount being offered by using the promo code GOUPBLOGS.




Help Lavinia Battle Chronic Kidney Disease

Her name is Maria Lavina Cajoles. She looks strong and vibrant but deep inside she is bruised, fighting a battle that not ordinary women have. 


A year ago, Lav is diagnosed with what we call as Chronic Kidney Disease or commonly called CKD.  A person with CKD has kidney whose function gradually becomes impaired. In its advanced stage, electrolytes and wastes can build up in the body making one’s body weak. There will be complications like anemia, weak bones, and even nerve damage.


Treatment for chronic kidney disease focuses on slowing the progression of the kidney damage, usually by controlling the underlying cause. Chronic kidney disease can progress to end-stage kidney failure, which is fatal without artificial filtering (dialysis) or a kidney transplant.

Most people don’t have any symptoms early in the disease. Once the disease progresses, the symptoms can include feeling tired, feeling weak, loss of appetite, not sleeping, not thinking clearly and swelling of the feet and ankles. The most common causes of CKD are high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease. Chronic kidney disease can also be caused by infections or urinary blockages.

Today, as Lav takes the battle field to the next level, she finds comfort in knowing that she is never alone in her fight. The fact that people she doesn’t personally know care about her gives her strength.

Currently, Lav is an active member of Life Saving Shirts wherein the group sells shirts for a cause not only for Lav but also for other patients who are fighting the battle of CKD.




Support Lav in her battle by visiting the fan page of Life Saving Shirts.


Sunday, May 28, 2017

Magayon Festival 2017 to Have A Big Close


Enjoy the beauty and majesty of Region V as Albay culminates its yearly month-long celebration of the Magayon Festival. Founded by Governor Al Francis C. Bichara, this month-long celebration aims to not only emphasize the beauty of the province but also the majesty of one declared wonder of the world, the Mayon Volcano.


The Magayon Festival started in 1999 from its original festivity, Karangahan Festival founded in 1997. This was a move by the governor not only to highlight the majestic volcano but also the legend behind it, the Legend of Daragang Magayon — a story that is so beautiful to read and heart-touching to all romantics. "Daragang" or "Daraga" means young girl or maiden and "Magayon" means beautiful.

It is the story of a young maiden, child of a datu, whose beauty is beyond compare. She had a lot of suitors, but none was able to catch her eye or fancy until a young man named Ulap from a far land came into her life. They fell in love and her father gave his blessing. A wedding was prepared but was thwarted when another suitor, Pagtuga of Iraga, kidnapped Magayon’s father. To save her father’s life, she agreed to wed him instead of Ulap. Ulap went home to his land and prepared an army to defend his love. On the wedding day of Magayon, a battle took place as the armies of Ulap and Pagtuga met. Pagtuga was killed, but it was not a happy ending because an arrow hit Magayon. In the arms of her love, she died and Ulap was stabbed by a guardsman of Pagtuga. They were then laid together, Magayon and Ulap, and on the ground where they were buried, a volcano slowly rose to great heights showing the love between the maiden and the warrior.


It is said that whenever the volcano is hidden by clouds, the lovers are kissing one another. This year, the culmination will happen on May 29-31, with various activities covering beauty, sports, talent, and thanksgiving. On the 29th, the 57th Sikaran National Tournament will take place at 9 a.m. in the Ayala Mall. On the same day, the grand finals of a singing contest will be held at 6 p.m. in PeƱaranda Park.


The search for Mutyang Magayon will happen the next day at 7 p.m. in the Albay Astrodome. May 31 will be a day for the Summer Dance Camp from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., with a street competition at 2 p.m. The closing event will be a fireworks display and a street party at the PeƱaranda Park. Simultaneously, a musical treat is set in the Astrodome at 7 p.m. True to his vision, Governor Bichara aims to make Albay a top tourist destination in Southern Luzon.

This month-long celebration is but a taste of what Albay has to offer in terms of sights, sounds, and hospitality. Let Albay enchant you with its beauty, story, and culture.


Sunday, May 21, 2017

Ragnarok Online PH Client is Now Up for Download

Here is what the homepage of RagnarokPH looks like now

Just earlier this month, right after our Q&A session with no less than Kamphee "Ken" Piromward, Managing Director of Electronics Extreme, and Johnny Paek of Elite Global Sourcing, Ragnarok Online PH started accepting registration for those who want to be one of the first users to play the game as soon as it becomes available.

Now, a week after, we are happy to announce that we already have the download link for its client. To get started, simply follow this link to get redirected to the game’s official PH site.

Your download options. We're going with torrent, just to be sure.

Ragnarok Online launched in the Philippines just recently and will be free to play with the Closed Beta Testing on mid-June.

You may also read our FAQs about Ragnarok Online PH.

Download Details:

  • .EXE file can be downloaded as a whole or by parts
  • Alternatively, you can download the client through BitTorrent
  • File size is 1.54GB

We suggest that you download in parts or with BitTorrent, unless you have a stable Internet connection to download the .EXE file as a whole.

See you in game guys!!!


Saturday, May 20, 2017

Philippine Employees Open to Flexi and Digital Workplace

Microsoft Asia Study says 79% consider themselves mobile workers today yet only 64% feel empowered by their organization to embrace the demands of the digital workplace.


Makati, Philippines, May 18, 2017 – Microsoft today unveiled findings of its Asia Workplace 2020 Study1, where it found that employees in Philippines do not feel empowered to embrace the demands of the digital workplace.

While 79% of Philippines respondents consider themselves to be mobile workers and spend at least 20% of their time working outside of their offices, 64% feel empowered by their organization’s culture and managers to be able to work together productively and collaboratively. In addition, only 53% of respondents agree that their organization is committed at a leadership level to ensure every employee is included in closing the digital skills gaps within the workforce.

The Study, which involved close to 4,200 working professionals from 14 markets in Asia, sought to understand shifting employee behaviors and gaps in the workplace when it came to productivity, collaboration and flexi-work practices. This included 312 respondents from Philippines.

"As Asia primes itself to become the most connected market with more than half of all mobile connections originating from the region by 20212, organizations need to rethink how they empower their workforce with the right culture, policy, infrastructure and tools to maximize their potential. This means enabling collaboration from anywhere, on any device. However, it is also critical for business leaders to evaluate and implement changes to counter cultural and management challenges that are hindering employees to work seamlessly from wherever they are, which will in turn, hinder an organization’s growth and progress in the digital age," said Cian O’Neill, Microsoft Philippines Chief Marketing and Chief Operating Officer.

A Digitally Savvy Workforce is Key to Digital Transformation
An earlier version of the Study conducted in 2015 found that 58 out of 100 respondents in Philippines were ready for the New World of Work, whereby organizations had the right People, Place and Technology principles in place to enable a productive, collaborative and innovative workforce. This year, 67 out of 100 respondents felt so, indicating that organizations in the market are slightly more equipped, although more can be done to move the needle.



But beyond People, Place and Technology factors, the rise of the 4th industrial revolution has also accelerated the pace of transformation. A recent Microsoft Asia Digital Transformation Study3 conducted in late 2016 found that "Empowering Employees" is the number two digital transformation priority among Philippines’ business leaders. On the other hand, having a digital skilled workforce was ranked the third barrier in their digital transformation journey.


The digital transformation pillar, "Empower Employees" emphasizes organizations to use technology to help employees be connected and work from anywhere, as well as collaborate and share knowledge digitally.

New Work Styles and Organizational Conflicts Need to Be Addressed 
It is evident that mobile professionals in the market are embracing flexi-work today, and organizations should look at new workplace practices, especially with the impeding influx of digital natives (born after 2000) entering the workforce for the first time.

A large majority of the respondents (84%) value work-life integration today, where the boundaries of work and life have blurred, but have enabled mobile professionals to be able to collaborate and work virtually.

The Study also found that organizations need to address several structural challenges within the workplace to ready themselves for the digital age, as well as flexi-work practices:

  1. Organisation’s Leaders are a key enabler to drive flexi-work practices in the workplace. Only 53% agree that their organization’s leadership is committed in bridging the digital skills gap in the workplace.
  2. Organizational culture is important. Only 50% agree that their organization has invested in culture development through training and development led by HR.
  3. Access to newer, data-centric technologies to enhance collaboration and productivity. 46% feel that their organization has invested in analytics and data tools to help them make informed and timely decisions; 50% agree that their organization has given them tools to simplify workflows.
New World of Teams Requires New Approaches
Workplace shifts have undeniably resulted in new ways of work, where technologies have enabled increased collaboration between individuals and teams across geographies and groups. However, the Study found that there were certain gaps today that hindered collaborative and productive outcomes from teams.

The top challenges included:

  1. Teams take too long to respond to internal issues (29%)
  2. Too many face to face meetings that are taking up productive time (27%)
  3. Team members are not accommodating with flexi-work schedules (24%); and teams are too rigid and not open to new ways of work (24%)
  4. Teams are not open to new initiatives to improve processes (20%)
However, respondents feel that strong leadership and vision from team leader (52%), access to technology tools (50%) and diverse team members across job functions (40%) can help build more collaborative teams.

Access to Newer, Collaborative Technologies will Enhance Productivity
The Study also found that respondents are seeking better devices to help them become more productive at work. Beyond hardware requirements, 36% wish for ability to access information and data on their mobile devices and 27% hope to have access to cloud-based productivity tools.

When asked about emerging technologies that will help build better work environments by 2020:

  • 46% look forward to real-time intelligence that will help them make informed decisions at work.
  • 42% would like virtual work spaces that support instant messaging and document sharing.
  • 36% think Artificial Intelligence will be able to help perform tasks independently

"As the nature of work changes, how employees collaborate and work together will be impacted as well. It is critical for business and HR leaders to seek ways to better empower individuals and remove barriers to collaborate for the digital age, especially when the Study clearly identifies gaps that can be minimized with technology. However, it is also important for businesses to also bridge the leadership and employee gap with more focus on people and culture," O’Neill continues.

The recently announced Microsoft Teams brings together people, conversations and content, along with the tools that teams need. It’s integrated with familiar Office applications and is built from the ground up on Office 365 and Microsoft’s global, secured cloud.

Microsoft Teams is built on four core promises:

  • Chat for today’s teams. Microsoft Teams provides a modern conversations experience, with threaded, persistent chat to keep everyone engaged. Team conversations can be either private or visible to the entire team, and users can access multiple teams, making it easy to switch between projects.
  • A hub for teamwork. The Office applications and services that teams use every day — Word, Excel, PowerPoint, SharePoint, OneNote and PowerBI— are all built-in, so people have the information and tools they need.
  • Customization for every team. Microsoft Teams offers the ability to customize work spaces with tabs, connectors and bots from third-party partners as well as familiar Microsoft tools like Microsoft Planner and Visual Studio Team Services. Today, more than 150 integrations are available or coming soon, with companies like SAP, Trello, Hipmunk, Growbot and ModuleQ building on the platform.
  • Security teams trust. Microsoft Teams is built on the hyper-scale, enterprise-grade Office 365 cloud, delivering the advanced security and compliance capabilities our customers expect. Teams supports global standards including SOC 1, SOC 2, EU Model Clauses, ISO27001 and HIPAA.

Microsoft Teams: A chat-based virtual workspace for collaboration

Customers worldwide are choosing Microsoft Teams to enable collaboration within their organizations.  Since announcing the preview in November, more than 50,000 organizations have started using Microsoft Teams, including Alaska Airlines, ConocoPhillips, Deloitte, Expedia, J.B. Hunt, J. Walter Thompson, Hendrick Motorsports, Sage, Trek Bicycle and Three UK. In Asia, customers such as Amicus, Blackmores, Graincorp, Objective Corporation, Readify and RSL Queensland have adopted Microsoft Teams for their workplace.

Andrew Grech, Blackmores’ head of IT operations, says the tight integration of Office 365 and Microsoft Teams means that when a group is working on a project everyone is assured that the most current artefacts and content are available immediately. "The benefit we’re seeing from the collaboration Office 365 brings are huge. We’re able to work as one team, in real time, helping us reach decisions quicker and driving engagement and connection within the business."

Organizations interested in the new chat-based work space can start using Teams today. For more details on Microsoft Teams, visit Office Blog here.

1The Microsoft Asia Workplace 2020 Study was conducted between February and March 2017 involving 4.175 respondents in 14 Asia markets. The 14 markets include Australia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. All respondents were pre-qualified as at least spending 30 hours per week in a full time role, or spending at least 20 hours per week in a part time role.
2eMarketer, Most of the World’s Mobile Connections Are in Asia Pacific, https://www.emarketer.com/Article/Most-of-Worlds-Mobile-Connections-Asia-Pacific/1014256
3The Microsoft Asia Digital Transformation Study was conducted between October to November 2016 involving 1,494 business leaders in 13 Asia Pacific markets. The 13 markets include Australia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand. All respondents were pre-qualified as being involved in shaping their organisations’ digital strategy, and are working in firms with more than 250 employees.


Monday, May 15, 2017

FAQs about Ragnarok Online Philippines’ Relaunch

Ragnarok PH CBT is Coming on June 2017! The Closed Beta Testing (CBT) of Ragnarok Online Philippines will happen in the middle of June 2017. This was announced in last Friday's Q&A Session with no less than Kamphee "Ken" Piromward, Managing Director of Electronics Extreme, and Johnny Paek of Elite Global Sourcing.



The duo also answered questions from members of the media, bloggers, Guild Masters, and Ragnarok enthusiasts regarding the server settings and what to expect in the upcoming relaunch.





Here are some of the information that we got from the Question and Answer session with Kamphee "Ken" Piromward and Johnny Paek:

  • Multi-Client (up to 5) will be allowed. This could mean that you can set up your shop in one client while grinding for materials in another client. 
  • There will be no Ragial marketplace or RO Player Database (ROPD) bot roaming around to collect data. Selling and buying items will be done in the old-fashion way
  • There will be an anti-bot program from Finland. The system is protected by Protected By EasyAntiCheat. As of this writing, there are no solid proof of the existence of Bots in the Thailand servers.
  • It will be a Free-to-Play, Free-to-Win (F2P-FTW) server with no IMBA item in the cash shop. All Key-items could be dropped in game. All you need is teamwork and assiduity.
  • No VIP service. That would mean no monthly subscriptions.
  • Item mall will mostly consist of costumes. There will be some rental items but most items will be permanent.
  • Rate of server is 1x (both experience and drop). 
  • All items that used to be obtained via cash shop before (with the old publisher LUG) will be available in-game. Even Bubble Gums will be obtained from activities in-game. Again, all you need is teamwork and assiduity.
  • Support for the game will be via chat. Improved customer service and a real-time response is expected.
  • No instance dungeon (MVP). The game promotes equality of the players.
  • Top-up card will be available for players’ convenience. As long as you have access to sellers of top up cards or you own a credit card, you can purchase from the item mall.
  • There will be no IP restrictions. Anyone from anywhere can technically play at the new server. Old players who are overseas can still play the online game they love.
  • The game will be launched for PC version only. No native Mac support (unless there is Windows inside Mac) or mobile version. However, there is an "official" Ragnarok game already launched for mobile, this is not the same with what will be launched for PC this year.
  • There will be no double standards. GMs will have no access to in-game items and all GM items will be reviewed by the Thai publisher. The GMs function will be limited to player support.
  • Closed Beta Testing will be in the middle of June 2017 and the Open Beta Testing will be announced after the CBT once it’s perfect. Pre-registration pahse for CBT is now ongoing, head on to the Ragnarok ONline PH official site to create your account.
  • Godly items. Godly items will be released soon.
  • Guild allies will be allowed. 
  • Server settings will be Revo-Classic. Philippine server will be very similar to the Thai server. As they say, where the joy and balance meets. 
  • Guides. The publisher will provide basic quest information but monster information and monsters location is highly encouraged to be learned during the CBT.
  • There will be no simulator for a 7 vs 7 match in the game. Players are encouraged to join the real-life events that will be held in different parts of the country. On that same note, bring back Ragnarok World Championships!
  • There will be no instant job change. You have to do it the old way.
  • There will be two CBT servers. These will be known as Thor and Loki.
  • The server will start with Episode 1 with the basic 2-1 Class. 2-2 Class will be released within 6 months and High Class within 1-2 years.
  • All monsters return to original spawn points. Ignore level differences between Player and Monster (Renewal Feature). Easier grinding, if we may say.
  • Guild war will be released In the first 3 weeks. Time to grind and build your levels after the CBT closes.
  • Custom Events For Philippines. There will be more details about this feature as we move forward.


The Closed Beta Phase will kick-off in the middle of June this year with the soft launch and the full launch to take place once the major bugs have been worked out. The good news is, you don’t have to wait until June in order to reserve your slot in the CBT servers as a pre-registration phase is already ongoing through the official Ragnarok Online Philippines website, better hurry up and head to the site now if you want to register for CBT as the slots are assumed to be limited considering it will only be for Closed Beta Testing.



Ragnarok Online Relaunched in the Philippines!

Electronics Extreme and ELITE reveal game and community plans for the relaunching of pioneering MMORPG in the Country

Pasig City, May 12, 2017 –  It’s official! Ragnarok Online is coming back. This landmark gaming announcement was made during the Ragnarok Festival event last May 7, 2017 at the SM North EDSA Annex in Quezon City. Hundreds upon hundreds of players flocked to the event to witness the announcement, gaming and cosplay competition, rock band performances and more.


Aerial view of the crowd for Ragnarok Festival last May 7 (Sunday) at SM North EDSA.



Electronics Extreme Ltd., and ELITE, the publishing partner companies behind the relaunch of Ragnarok Online, are set to answer all of the questions that gamers, media, and bloggers have been asking. Electronics Extreme currently owns the publishing rights to Ragnarok Online for the country and ELITE is its Philippine publishing partner.

Ragnarok Relaunched
Ragnarok Online enjoyed a resurgence through its renaissance in Taiwan, Thailand and Indonesia. Since it was launched in 2003, close to 10 million people played the game in the Philippines. The game introduced Filipinos to the world of gaming adventure and competition also created lifelong friendships. It was so popular that Ragnarok Online was made into an incredibly known 26-episode anime series.


Kamphee "Ken" Piromward, Managing Director of Electronics Extreme shared the plans for Ragnarok Online. According to Piromward, Ragnarok Online was relaunched in Thailand last year and enjoyed critical and commercial success. It currently enjoys 93,000 Peak Concurrent users with five servers. Electronics Extreme made sure concerns were addressed. Bots have been one of the major reasons players stopped enjoying the game.



On top of that, Ken and his company offered over 40,000 USD for the Ragnarok Thailand Championship, their E-Sport campaign.

Ragnarok Online Philippines is back!
Electronics Extreme and ELITE have great plans for Ragnarok Online. Piromward promises that the game will be more community-centric. To show this commitment, Electronics Extreme and Elite started to invite active Ragnarok Online Guild Leaders to a Q&A Session.

He revealed that there will be Custom Events for the Philippines and a number of Ragnarok Online Key Items which were previously acquired through in-game purchases, will now be found in-game. Players will initially experience 2-1 character classes, improved monster spawn points, the Guild War feature and so much more!



ELITE, Extreme’s Philippine publishing partner, will make sure the game and its community activities are optimal to provide the best gaming experience to Filipino players. The Ragnarok Online Closed Beta Testing will commence very soon (mid-June this year).



For more information on Ragnarok Online, visit the Ragnarok Online Philippine Website at https://ragnarokonline.com.ph or their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/RagnarokOnline.com.ph/ You may also follow their Twitter page at @ragnarok_ph.



Sunday, May 14, 2017

GetGo Hails TravelBook.ph as Digital Marketer of the Year


TravelBook.ph was awarded Digital Marketer of the Year by Cebu Pacific’s Lifestyle Rewards Program GetGo during their second anniversary celebration last March 31, 2017 at the Blue Leaf Events Pavilion in Taguig. TravelBook.ph bested three other competent nominees including other travel service providers and banks.

The Digital Marketer of the Year Award was judged based on the partner’s active participation in promoting the partnership’s proposition by creating effective contents using different relevant digital channels, not limited to SNS. As the future of travel gets more exciting with the continuous thrive of technology, these efforts to actively inject useful information and connect with members online definitely helps the journey of every traveller.

Travelbook.ph has been a GetGo lifestyle partner since 2015 in accord with their objective to provide quality leisure services through traveling. In its campaigns, Travelbook.ph has created weekly features for GetGo that was featured in their website, newsletters, and official SNS.

The joy of successful partnership. From L to R: GetGo GM Nik Laming; TravelBook.ph team: Karen Luminario, Cyra Penol, General Manager Takumi Nakazawa, Business Development Manager Pinky Librada, Steffi Manikan, and Aldo Reyes; and Cebu Pacific Chief Executive Adviser Michael Szucs.

The Digital Marketer of the Year award was received by Ms. Pinky Librada, Business Development Manager of Travelbook.ph. It was awarded by Mr. Michael Szucs, Chief Executive Adviser of Cebu Pacific, and Mr. Nik Laming, General Manager of GetGo’s Loyalty Division. 

Other GetGo lifestyle partners that were awarded were Robinsons Land Corporation (Outstanding Promoter), Petron (Customer Whisperer), Citibank (#TheSocialTrendsetter), and BPI (Promo of the Year)


About TravelBook.ph
TravelBook.ph is the leading online travel e-commerce company (online travel agent or OTA) in the Philippines dedicated to offering great value hotel bookings and with a varied selection of Philippine hotels and resorts in Baguio, Batangas, Bohol, Boracay, Cebu, Davao, Laguna, Metro Manila, Palawan, Pampanga, Tagaytay, Zambales, and more. A total of 3,200 affordable hotels are currently listed in Travelbook.ph.

TravelBook.ph also offers the best / lowest prices with attractive discounts for hotels and resorts and innovative payment options without credit card - “Pay at Hotel, No credit card needed.”

To know more about convenient and affordable hotel bookings all over the Philippines, visit www.travelbook.ph. Follow TravelBook.ph on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram


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