How to start your own vlog

These days, going digital seems to be the answer to almost everything. Everything, except finding peace of mind, I guess.

I notice the trend lately: seemingly, a lot of people aspire to be a vlogger/ blogger. Never in my life had I thought of such thing — i mean, me, a vlogger??– but I guess I have to go with the flow in order to survive and thrive in this digital era. Call me a sell out, but I guess one would just have to adapt. We all have to at some point.

I know for myself that I am a very private person. What does that mean… these days? I enjoy my privacy. I don’t share a lot of personal info, photos, videos or escapades in my social media. The thought of me checking in FourSquare is cringe-worthy. But having zero strong personal presence online in this digital times might be a bit disadvantageous on one’s end, especially for me who work in the media industry.

So yup, I am slowly adapting. In fact, given the very competitive online market out there, I’d even like to study digital or social media marketing. Not because I swayed to what is called the herd mentality. But I’ve always been an advocate of continuous learning or education. I’m currently studying MA-Film in UP Diliman. I’ve studied black and white film photography, I’ve studied sales and just last month, I finished studying Basic French!

Now, I’m trying to set foot in this frontier that seems everyone is ga-ga over: vlogging. I’m just a new vlogger. And admittedly, I don’t like seeing myself oncam. Yet in the next several videos that I’ll be uploading, what you’ll normally see would be my hands or hear my voice. I’m not sure if that’ll work — vlogging without the vlogger oncam– but I’ve settled, and at peace, with this idea for the time being. Haha.

A few weeks ago, I got the privilege to sit down in a very insightful seminar-forum given by Sir Ted Claudio. He’s the founder of Wazzup.PH, and being a man in his 50s, he’s a self-confessed not-so techie baby boomer, but one who is very determined to adjust and adapt to the millenial culture of going digital. I am inspired, actually, and very much. So thank you very much, Sir Ted for sharing your knowledge and experiences with us this time. I am one of those you have motivated to start doing this and I hope there’d be many more out there.

So I’m sharing here my takeaways from the said forum with the hope that I’ll be able to help the aspiring vloggers out there, and may be build a community through my website where we can help each other out. 🙂

Sharing the tips from Sir Ted Claudio (with some additional input from yours truly):

  1. DON’T DELAY STARTING YOUR YOUTUBE DUE TO GEARS. Start by using your mobile phone! Edit using video apps installed on your phone.
  2. DON’T BE AFRAID OF HATERS. Just be yourself because that’s what separates you from the others, which in turn would make your vlogging unique and personal.
  3. BE CREATIVE AND PLAN YOUR CONTENT. As with all passion in life, it has to be paired by religious and consistent action. Plan your strategy. Implement it. Be consistent.
  5. CATCH ATTENTION IMMEDIATELY. Do it in the first 10-20 seconds. Tease what they will see. Get them excited. Shock and awe!
  6. BE CONSISTENT. Produce content on a regular basis. Plan one that suits your schedule.

I actually made an audio-video material about it. Sharing this to you now. If you’re a long-time blogger/ vlogger, share your tips to us now!

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The Kundiman Party – Dulaang UP

Earlier this week, I had the privilege to go to the special preview of Dulaang UP’s upcoming offering, “The Kundiman Party” at the Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero Theater in UP. And boy, I enjoyed it so much! Its take on our kundiman and patriotism is very compelling. And wonderful performances from the ensemble!  Congratulations to Dulaang UP, the production team, to Direk Floy Quintos and Dexter M. Santos!


In challenging times like the one we Filipinos find ourselves in today, how does resistance take on creative and powerful forms? And how can Art unify different generations of Filipinos in a time when protest is so vital? These questions are addressed in the season ender of the UP Playwrights’ Theatre’s 26th season, The Kundiman Party, a play with music by Floy Quintos and directed by Dexter M. Santos.

The Kundiman Party is set in the tumultuous present. It revolves around a retired singer, Maestra Adela Dolores and her belief in the transformative power of the Kundiman art song. When she meets a young, tech-savvy activist, Bobby, her long-dormant sense of Nationalism is awakened. Together they embark on a crusade that surprisingly becomes a viral sensation. Their eccentric form of protest and its dangerous consequences are the stuff of bittersweet comedy about the times we live in and the choices we all must make.

The production boasts of a powerhouse ensemble of actors led by Shamaine Centenera-Buencamino as Adela and Kalil Almonte as Bobby. They are joined by some of the finest stage actors who have graced the Dulaang UP stage: Frances Makil-Ignacio, Stella Cañete-Mendoza, Missy Maramara, Jenny Jamora, Arya Herrera, and Teetin Villanueva. Teroy Guzman takes on the crucial role of Bobby’s estranged father, Senator Juancho Valderama.

Joining Quintos and Santos on their fifth theatre collaboration (previous works include Angry Christ, Ang Huling Lagda ni Apolinario Mabini, Ang Nawalang Kapatid, and Collection) is a formidable team of theatre artists: Monino Duque (lighting design), Krina Cayabyab (musical direction), and Mitoy Sta. Ana (production design).

The Kundiman Party is set to run from April 11 to 29 (Wednesdays to Fridays at 7:00 pm; Saturdays at 3:00 pm and 7:00pm; and Sundays at 10:00 am and 3:00 pm) at the Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero Theater, 2nd Floor Palma Hall, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City.

The Kundiman Party is a most timely reminder to sing, remember and resist.

Please see below the scanned copies of the press release from Dulaang UP.

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Acknowledgment:  Special thanks to Direk Floy Quintos for inviting me to the special preview. 🙂


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What it feels to go to the 2018 NBS Warehouse Sale

It was a Friday. Just had to rush to the Quezon Avenue branch of National Book Store. They were having a warehouse sale! A few years ago, I went to one and I went cray! There were a lot of affordable finds– both local and foreign titles– precious and hard-to-find selections for as low as 50php! That was probably 4 years ago at the same place.

So I was disappointed when I set foot again this time around because comparatively, there wasn’t much of a variety. Unlike those I saw several years ago where I bought fiction titles to references and of course movies and pop culture. Also, I am probably looking for the same variety with what #BigBadBooksPH had offered during its short visit here in Manila last month.

Also, in terms of book selections, the titles I saw were usually the same ones I encounter during a normal trip to Book Sale.

Anyway, I took home four books: Cheryl Strayed’s WILD. Rough Guides to Italy and Sienna, Bernhard Schlink’s THE READER, and some How-To-Millenial book.

Here’s basically what went through as captured by my handy phone! Haha

National Book Store Warehouse Sale 2018. Vlogging. Quezon Avenue. Lots of books. Discount. Sale. Promo.
National Book Store Warehouse Sale 2018. Vlogging. Quezon Avenue. Lots of books. Discount. Sale. Promo.

Mike de Leon’s CITIZEN JAKE invitational screening

So last Saturday at the UP Cine Adarna, I was at the invitational screening of Mike de Leon’s comeback film after almost two decades, CITIZEN JAKE. It was a full house featuring notable names from the showbiz industry.

CITIZEN JAKE will have its public screening starting tomorrow, March 14. Check out the UP Cine Adarna’s official Facebook page and social media accounts for details. 🙂 #MikeDeLeon #CitizenJake

Check it out here!


PETA’s ‘NIGHT, MOTHER press preview highlights

Better late than never talaga. On January 24 this year, I was invited to the special press preview of PETA’s ‘NIGHT, MOTHER. It’s a brave depiction of someone experiencing depression, and about to commit suicide. PETA is still staging it so catch it if you can. Sharing to you some highlights during the ‘debriefing’ after the play. #NightMother

Watch it here.

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