Monday, March 23, 2015

In the new research  of Microsoft Philippines shows a vast majority of students in the Philippines wants coding to be a core subject in school. Microsoft Philippines recently studied and recognized the value of coding for the future careers and enjoy relatively strong support and give opportunities to parents and schools as they revealed the result last March 21, 2015. 

In line with the Microsoft YouthSpark #WeSpeakCode campaign, they conducted the survey polled 1,850 students under 24 years old from 8 countries in Asia Pacific including Philippines on their ideas towards coding or software programming. These student are came from different academic backgrounds that includes arts & humanities, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics), business, and other general fields of study.

According to survey, a large majority of students in the Philippines, about 97% wants to know more about coding, and 96% percent wish that coding could be offered as a core subject in heir schools.

To help educators sustain and further this positive trend, the Microsoft YouthSpark #WeSpeakCode campaign is back for its second year in Asia Pacific. This year movement promises to be more exciting than ever with local events in more than 13 countries throughout the region. Microsoft also aimed to inspire youth in Asia Pacific to try their hand coding and become creators, the campaign will connect aspiring student coders of all skill levels with the tools, resources, and experiences they need to turn their innovative ideas into reality.



Microsoft Philippines celebrates #WeSpeakCode by teaching coding to selected schools within and outside of Metro manila with the help of Microsoft Student Partners (MSPs), college student volunteers who have been trained for free in Microsoft technologies and serve as Microsoft evangelists in their respective schools.

During the activation at SM Megamall, Microsoft Philippines offers fun and easy coding lessons to kids and adults alike using popular games such as Minecraft, Angry Birds, and animated movie Frozen as a platform to teach coding and make it more accessible.




To learn more about the #WeSpeakCode campaign, visit www.wespeakcode.net and to find out more news and perspectives from Microsoft Asia Pacific, please visit the Microsoft Asia Pacific News Center at http://news.microsoft.com/apac/.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Have you ever wonder what would life be like without electricity? Power outage is so hassle like what we experienced during 90's, it affect us personally as we lose the comfort of our homes and the stability of livelihood and businesses.

Today, Philips newest campaign called #MayMagagawaKa it a campaign that encourage Filipinos to start saving energy to manage the impending power shortage this coming summer and the in the coming years.

It was jointly organized by Philips, Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgessellschaft mbH (DEG) Bank, World Wide Fund fr Nature (WWF) Philippines, and the European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (ECCP).





The #MayMagagawaKa campaign was also seeks to boost awareness and build urgency on energy conservation in the country. It comes on the heels of the Malampaya maintenance shutdown which will left a 700 megawatt void in the local power grid and renewed the mounting calls for energy conservation for the country.




Saving energy is also an emerging environmental issue and as part of the #MayMagagawaKa camoaign, Philips launched an online video series on Facebok and YouTube last month featuring real-life testimonials from Filipinos, whose lives were or would be afflicted by power outages.

So, choosing the right LEDs can make a big difference. According to Philips, the right LEDs are designed in accordance with international standards of safety and performance, they do not dramatically fade in brightness over time and offer money for value.

To help promote the cause, the Philips #MayMagagawaKa campaign partnered with graphic design studio Team Manila Lifestyle to create three limited-edition shirt designs.




Supporters of the campaign can get the shirt for free with every purchase of Philips LED lights in participating stores. They will also be given away as exclusive prizes in an ongoing Facebook contest in the Philips LED Ph Facebook page for Philips' annual switch-off event for Earth Hour with WWF.

To reach an even  wider audience, the campaign will partner with local government units (LGUs) for a series of barangay-level activities dedicated to promoting the cause.

For more information about the Philips campaign, log on to www.philips.com.ph or visit their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/PhilipsLEDPH.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

With the upcoming ASEAN integration, the country's fast growing economy, plus an annual growth of 20 percent in the franchise industry, the Philippines has the potential to become the franchising hub in the region. With over 1,300 local and international franchises, franchising remains a preferred route for many Filipinos to start their own business.

The 2nd ENTREPRENEUR AND FRANCHISE EXPO, with the tagline, Your Step 2 Success!, now on its second year is set to be held on June 05-07, 2015 at the Megatrade Hall 1, 5th Floor, Mega B Building, SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City, Philippines to strengthen the growth of franchise businesses and Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs).

In 2014 the show featured 88 businesses and attracted over 11,000 visitors covering over 1,348 square meters of exhibit space. In 2015 the show will feature 108 top franchise businesses and Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) from various business sectors and expects over 15,000 attendees. Visitors will be able to explore franchise opportunities from various business sectors, such as food, retail, eduction, travel, health and beauty. The show is also featuring industry suppliers and SMEs from the agriculture, manufacturing, technology, automobile, logistic and financing sector and will hold several activities to encourage business professionals, company owners and decision makers to meet face to face.

The expo will also provide seminars on The Power of Social Media, Search Engine Optimization, 5 Secrets To Run Your Business Like A Top CEO, Promoting Your Business Online, What To Look For When Investing Into A Franchise, Financing Opportunities for Small Businesses and much more.

“In 2015 we are expecting to see many new brand concepts at the expo, especially in the service industry, like beauty, healthcare, education and wellness. Our vision is to strengthen local businesses and provide a platform for them to showcase their innovative products and services. We also provide assistance for business owners and executives to network amongst other professionals and stakeholders in order to open opportunities for aspiring entrepreneurs to start their own business and for local businesses to grow regionally” says MEDIACOM SOLUTIONS INC. President and Entrepreneur and Franchise Expo Founder and Managing Director, David Abrenilla.

Get the chance to meet some of our exhibitors such as Murang Generiks Pharmacy (Healthcare), BN Whitening Shoppe (SkinCare), Megaworld Corporation (Real Estate), Website Express (Technology) and La Mulleure Nouriture Co. (Food kart Franchise). 

The Entrepreneur and Franchise Expo 2015 is endorsed and supported by the Filipino International Franchise Association (FIFA) and the Young Entrepreneurs Society Philippines (YES); and sponsored by GLOBE MyBusiness, 2GO Express,  Benchmark and ESQUIRE Financing.

If you are interested to visit the show, register for Free online at www.efe.ph. Interested to exhibit? Contact ELVIS ELORDE at+63.2.509.4792+63.927.395.1575 or send an email at elvis@efe.ph. Join the community on Facebook athttps://www.facebook.com/EFEph.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Have you ever wonder how far have you been in the field of Search Engine Optimization (SEO)? Have you tried to test your knowledge in this field? I tried these SEO quiz for fun and I'm so glad to be on the track in SEO. Got a good score in three different quiz from basic seo quiz to expert seo quiz which I got 90%. Today, let me share you some of the SEO quiz, that you can try answering and learn the levels of your expertise in search engine optimization. You can test your self, do it with your colleague or the whole team. 

Are you ready to show what you know about Search Engine Optimization? These SEO Quizes will not take more than 20 minutes of your time.

Try the Techfrog SEO Basic Quiz below and check out your answer after.
Also, you can try the Business News Daily SEO Quiz. It was fun and if you did not get a good score, you can take the quiz again and again.

And if you think you the ins and outs of SEO then try the SEO Expert Quiz of moz.com it has 50 question and will only take you 15 minutes to do it and let this game begin!

Share to me your score in the comments below and let's discuss some pointers and tips about search engine optimization.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Have you seen the latest news about confirming of Google that they will favor mobile-friendly websites in their search results?

Oh well, the updates are up on their blog, and you can check it out here; Google Webmaster Central - Blog Post 

Excited with their important announcement? Wait a minute...

Apparently, this mobile-friendliness is somewhat important in ranking signal. As a matter of fact, many people are talking about this for almost two years. Soon, it will become a bigger factor and websites that were not capable of mobile responsiveness will actually be penalized in rankings. 

Google is very clear in their intentions and gave us time to adjust. However, those websites that are not mobile friendly are going to be left behind and if your website is one of these, I'm telling you to be prepared! 

Well, if you are on Wordpress you don't have to worry much because most of Wordpress themes are already responsive. However, there is nothing wrong if you check your sites to be safe. You can run a mobile friendly test right now with your Google webmaster tool:

Run A Mobile Friendly Test Now! 

If your website is not a mobile friendly, there are helpful instuctions in Google Webmaster Tool to make your site a mobile friendly. You just have to pick the options that will describe on how you created your website and simply follow the step by step guide. 

There is still more time. So, no worries! 

Below are the gists of two important #WebmasterNews announcement;

1. Google will be expanding the use of mobile friendliness as a ranking signal starting April 21 of this year. It means that there will be more #mobilefriendly sites in their search results from that day.

2. Google will be started to use the information from indexed apps as their factor in ranking for signed-in users with installed apps. 

If you like my post and find it informative, why don't you share your thoughts and opinion about it in the comment box below.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

I was invited to visit one of the promising schools in the Philippines together with other fellow blogger friends where we had the chance to meet the key people behind it. We are welcomed by Ms. Raquel Perez who gave us the introduction about their school, iACADEMY.

It was followed by a breakout sessions with the Deans of different academic divisions. We met Chair Ryan Abeledo for MMA and Dean Dane Romely for Animation. It was very amusing to know how they teach their students.  They use the modern, very practical and hands-on in teaching that making their student learned not just the basics but the ins and outs of the industry to shape their future in their chosen fields.  Not to mention the state of the art facilities and the environment that they have to keep their students creativity immersed.


We also had the courtesy visit to iACADEMY’s President, Ms. Vanessa Tanco, who is very hospitable and down to earth. Actually, I love her Lego collections and heard that she was the one who assemble it. Amazing right!




Lastly, we had the campus tour. We use the stairs to fully visualize the whole campus building as set to be creative because every floor there is a mural with different themes that describes the schools and the students of iACADEMY.  Did I mention before their state of the art facilities? Yes, they have it because they used one is to one ratio with their computers and it was so impressive because they have Mac computers for their laboratories. The libraries and their amphitheater are very nice as well. They also encourage students to visit the faculty as well as the president’s office if there are some concerns that make their environment to be more like homey compare to other schools.






iACADEMY offers four year courses that caters to the needs of the industry. It was designed and maintained by experienced academicians and professional practitioners with very impressive portfolio that give hands-on teaching for their students.


They offer Bachelor of Science in Computer Science Major in Software Engineering, Bachelor of Science in Game Development and Bachelor of Science in IT, Major in Web Development for the School of Computing.  They also have Bachelor of Science in Business Administration for Financial Management and Marketing and Advertising for the School of Business while their offer Bachelor of Science in Animation, Bachelor of Arts in Multimedia Arts and Design and the Bachelor of Arts in Fashion Design and Technology for School of Design.

Their academic programs are aimed to honing the theoretical skills and practical talents of students so that they can succeed in their chosen professions. As they develop holistic graduates who stands out in the field that they choose and prepared to compete in the global market, iACADEMY partners to prestigious companies in different industries and businesses that helps their student with their internship programs as they prepare their students for the challenges in workplace both here and abroad. Placing their students within the reach of industry professionals and partners, who can teach, train, and eventually hire them.

iACADEMY is strategically located at 324 Sen. Gil Puyat Ave., Makati City. For inquiries, you may call (02) 889-7777 or email them at inquire@iacademy.edu.ph. You can also visit their website at www.iacademy.edu.ph and like them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/iACADEMY.


By the way, iACADEMY College Admission Test (iCAT) is every Monday to Saturday from 9am-10:30am and 1pm-2:30pm.
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