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Excited to watch RHCP next week at 7107IMF

I am a big fan of Red Hot Chili Peppers since high school and they will be in the Philippines for the first time next week and will perform live at the 7107 International Music Festival in Clark, Pampanga. But more than watching RHCP, I am excited to attend the 2-day Music Festival with my wife, Tin.

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I have read a lot of articles and blog posts saying a lot of negative things about the 7107IMF and the organizers and most were saying that the event will be a flop. I am not here to defend the organizers. (Disclaimer: My sites Philippine Concerts and Concert Tour Asia are partners to this event).

I admire the organizers for thinking big. I have been in the concert scene since 2010 and each concert no matter how big the artist is a big risk to the producers and it is not easy to organize a concert specially at this magnitude.

Travel Blog

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I wanted to have my own Travel Blog for many years now, the second domain name I bought was pinoytrek.com in 2006 (my first domain name was gmtan.com). Unfortunately, even though I had many trips around the Philippines the past few years and lots and lots of travel photos, I was not able to update it and decided to shut it down and just start from scratch.

Now, Philippine Travel Spots is my second attempt in putting up a travel-related site. My first feature is Movenpick Hotel Cebu.

I really want to help in promoting places in the Philippines. Hope you enjoy my new site!

Thank you 2013!

There are a lot of things I am very thankful for in 2013! Lots of new experiences for me and my family.

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I think biggest blessing that we received in 2013 was Mika passing the UPIS exam and Daniel adjusting well in his first school in JASMS.

Family and Solo Trips (Almost all were free)
-Subic Bay Yacht Club with Family (Twice)
-La Luz Beach Resort in Batangas with Family and Tita Ning and Uncle Juju
-Lorenzana San Juan Batangas Trip
-Iloilo Trip with my Mom and Dad
-Solo Trip in Guimaras
-Solo Road Trip in Tarlac
-Tuguegarao Trip with my Mom and Dad
-Lorenzana Family Trip in Cebu
-Field Trip with Daniel in Manila Ocean Park and Museo Pambata
-Family Trip in Tagaytay (Twice)
-Custodio Family Trip in Pansol
-Tagaytay Trip with Tin

Memorable Shoots (Thanks to Philippine Concerts and Philippine Sports)
-FIBA Asia Championship
-Linkin Park Concert
-Derrick Rose Tour in Manila
-Marlon Stockinger F1 in Manila
-Yao Ming in Manila
-Felipe Massa in Manila
-Nick Vujicic in Manila
-Fast & Furious 6 in Manila
-NBA Preseason Game
-SugarSmash Gin Concert
-Bamboo Concert
-The Voice of the Philippines Grand Finals

Other Memorable Events
-Wealth Summit
-Kiddopreneur
-UPCAT Review 2013
-Opening of Symmetry QC
-Xbox Kinect and Playstation Rockband Rental in Unang Hirit TV Show

My Home for 2 weeks

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For almost 2 weeks which started last August 1, 2013, I will be mostly at the Mall of Asia Arena taking photos of the 2013 FIBA Asia Championship from August 1 to 11, 2013 and go to the concert of my favorite band, Linkin Park on August 13, 2013.

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Since 2009, I started following our Philippine National Basketball Team, Smart Gilas now called Gilas Pilipinas, I created a site smartgilaspilipinas.com where I post my photos of Gilas since 2011. It has been my dream since 2011 to shoot the FIBA Asia Championship and now I am glad I am here to support Gilas Pilipinas in this capacity.

Here are my recent photos of Gilas Pilipinas in the 2013 FIBA Asia Championship
-Gilas Pilipinas vs Chinese-Taipei Photos
-Gilas Pilipinas vs Jordan Photos
-Gilas Pilipinas vs Saudi Arabia Photos

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In 2004, I bought my first front-row concert tickets using my own money to watch Linkin Park at the CCP Grounds. It was an amazing performance by Linkin Park and after the concert, I started thinking about blogging, my first blog post was about the Linkin Park Live in Manila 2004. And after 9 years, Linkin Park is back in Manila this time at the Mall of Asia Arena. I started Philippine Concerts in 2010 because I wanted to take photos of my favorite bands, but now it has become more than what I originally had in mind and hopefully I get the chance to shoot Linkin Park this August 13.

More info about Linkin Park Live in Manila 2013

Photos here using my Huawei Ascend W1, it is good with other functions except taking photos, need to find a better camera phone soon!

UPCAT Review Summer 2013

Young Einstein Learning Center is offering UPCAT Review for Summer 2013! My wife started YELC in 2004 and the Tutorial Center has gotten great feedback from past students.

YELC now has 4 venues for UPCAT Review this Summer, 1 in Makati (Near Greenbelt) and 3 in Quezon City (2 near Katipunan and 1 near Banawe).

UPCAT Review Package includes:
100 Hours of Diagnostic Tests Lectures, Quizzes, and Discussion Comprehensive Tests
Personalized Assessments
Leadership Seminar on Goal-setting, Time Management, and Test-taking Skills
Refresher Course and Simulated Test
Online consultation with teachers
• Mentoring from our professional faculty
• Complete review materials
• Faculty: UP and PSHS Alumni
• MAXIMUM OF 20 STUDENTS IN A CLASS

Enroll Now for UPCAT Review 2013