Daily Archives: October 20, 2012

The Filipino is worth buying for

Filipino-made, that is. Found this bit while browsing. I’ve always thought that we should patronize Philippine-made products. I’d like to share this event with you all.

Yabang Pinoy intensifies its consumer revolution campaign through the PHmade movement.

The pioneering Filipino pride movement, through PHmade, yet again encourages Filipinos to support Filipino ideas, business concepts, products, and services. The campaign aims to educate Filipinos, through videos, print materials and events, on the availability and viability of Filipino brands, and on the positive impact that going local contributes to the economy.

PHmade’s tagline “It’s Worth Buying For” encourages each Filipino to think twice before spending: is it really worth buying for? Yabang Pinoy believes that small things, when done together, can create a big difference. If each Filipino became conscious of where he spends one peso, he will understand how each choice affects himself, fellow Filipinos, and the country. PHmade also aspires to influence Filipino entrepreneurs into supporting local natural and human resources.

Indeed, patronage of locally made goods and services should be a lifestyle. It enables homegrown brands to improve and compete against foreign brands. The local economy also improves as money goes back and forth between consumer and business, employee and employer. And as more entrepreneurs create, develop, and expand their businesses, more job opportunities are generated. PHmade recognizes Filipino ingenuity and the role of each Filipino in nation-building.

PHmade focuses on seven categories: Produce, Home, Footwear, Fashion, Personal and Home Care, Food and Beverage, and Entertainment. The campaign will continue to collaborate with Filipino entrepreneurs and encourage them to continue to improve their products and services and to always aim for Filipino brands to be global brands.

PHmade is a project of Yabang Pinoy, the pioneering Filipino pride movement that started in 2005. As it celebrates its 8th anniversary, the organization includes it among numerous Filipino pride projects, such as the Y.A.B.A.N.G. Camp (Youth Achievers Building A Nation of Greatness Camp), Yabang Pinoy Goes to School, Pinaka-mahabang Todo Patintero, Global Pinoy Bazaar, and many more. In the 8 years that Yabang Pinoy has immersed itself in various nation-building activities, it re-affirms its belief that true progress and development in our country will start once Filipinos begin living a proudly Filipino lifestyle.

Yabang Pinoy invites every Filipino to be part of the PHmade movement. As early as now, save November 10- 11 2012 for the 8th Global Pinoy Bazaar – a showcase of Filipino products made with 100% Filipino Love and Pride.

For more information on Yabang Pinoy, visit http://www.yabangpinoy.com or email yabangpinoy@gmail.com.

My Buzz

Have you tried googling your name? When I first googled my real name (three or so years ago), the results were my blogs, stories about that mining engineer who disappeared in Indonesia, and the screen writer of Jaws 4. A couple of days ago I googled my publishing name and I was surprised at the results.

Well, this one wasn’t really a surprise because I’ve been reading his blog since 2008. The surprise here was that he didn’t know that I was the author of the story that he mentioned in his review of the anthology.

from Kawadjan

This is a surprise because I don’t know her and her blog, which had a really wonderful name: Bomba Starr–a sister perhaps to Brenda Starr? Hehe! By excerpting my story in her blog, I’d assume that she liked my story. So, thanks, Bomba Starr, for the shout-out! Wished I saw this sooner…

This is another surprise because I certainly did not expect my name to be in someone’s list of favorite authors, but there it was. This young girl from Iloilo who also likes Jessica Zafra, Stephen King, Helen Fielding, etc. apparently likes me as well, even when I don’t have a book out yet. She also listed ‘Epiphany’ as one of her favorite literary works, can you imagine? What I cannot imagine is the fact that ‘Epiphany’ seems to resonate among women readers.

For a bit of trivia on ‘Epiphany’: I wrote this in 1996–almost right after attending the Dumaguete Writers’ Workshop. This was my first short story to be published (in the now-defunct newspaper ‘The Evening Paper’. Isagani Cruz named it among the best stories to come out in the last quarter of 1996. This was anthologized in the 3rd Volume of Ladlad, which did not come out until 2007. Me thinks Bomba Starr and Ms Iloilo read it from Ladlad 3. Which proves that Ladlad is not just for gay, bi & curious boys.

Anyway, again, thanks for the appreciation, girls! Does this mean I have a place in the pantheon of chick-lit writers, now that I’ve decided to tread the waters of self-publishing? I can only imagine!

My author page in the Amazon Kindle Store