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The calm before the storm

By on Apr 7, 2011 in Random Remarks | 0 comments

I posted an update on Twitter earlier about enjoying the calm before the storm. I just wanted to add a few more lines to it here since what I had in mind just wouldn’t fit in 140 characters. Enjoy the calm before the storm, close your eyes, give thanks, pray for strength, surrender your life to God, and then brace yourself. When the storm is there, don’t blink because you will miss the savage and brutal beauty of it’s fierceness. Don’t turn away because there are challenges to be faced, mistakes to be made, and lessons to be learned. When the storm comes, be the captain and steer the ship. Keep the course, hold steady, and be resilient. The storm will pass and the sun will shine. The waters will stop surging, the winds will stop howling, and the dark clouds will fade. When the storm passes, enjoy the sweet kisses of the calm breeze, the warm embrace of the glaring sun, and the peaceful still ocean. Enjoy the calm because another storm is coming, stronger than ever. Life is a series of storms and calms. The most important thing is the course you’ve set for yourself. What is your destination? What is your purpose? Because without one you will not be able to enjoy the calm nor brace for all the storms that will come your way. Where do you see yourself 5 or 10 years from now? How about 20 years? 30 years? Set your course because I would rather face storms than float in the ocean without direction for...

TV5 News5 Trade Launch at NBC Tent

By on Feb 20, 2011 in My Work at TV5 | 0 comments

Last Friday TV5 held a trade launch for the News5 organization. It was the formal and official launch of the various news platforms of TV5. We have the first news station on FM, Radyo Singko (live stream on the TV5 Website). Our free TV news channel called AksyonTV 41 (which starts airing on Monday). We also have our news site which should be launching soon which is called InterAksyon. Btw, the person heading our online news is Roby Alampay. Really cool dude so expect a lot of unique and great content from InterAksyon. Anyway, here are some photos that we took during the event: Showing the TV5 iPad App (coming soon) to MVP and RCE More after the break. With my former boss at Level Up, Ms. Jane Walker! She gets younger every time I see her! With Media 5’s Yvette Dela Trinidad. She’s one of the driving forces of Marketing in the company. With my lovely wife who also happens to be a reporter for TV5! 🙂 It was a fun night. You guys might want to read my post on NMP about the amazing opening production number. I’m really excited about where the company is going! Para sa inyo mga Kapatid!...

Reading dozens of resumes

By on Feb 16, 2011 in My Work at TV5 | 4 comments

I’ve been reading dozens of resumes lately for various positions open under the Social Media Marketing Unit at TV5. At first I was a bit hesitant to get into the task since there were a lot of resumes piled up on my desk but I eventually took the plunge a few days ago. I’m glad I did though because it was such a rewarding and exciting experience especially when I would pick up a resume with an awesome cover letter. Reading well-written resumes with cover letters felt like taking a peek into the dreams and aspirations of the applicants. I distinctly remember one cover letter that said that while he didn’t have the experience he will make up for it with… and I quote: While I don’t have too much experience in the industry I have an indomitable passion for learning, reading, and self-improvement. There was another letter which said: I want to make my mark in this world and I believe that my journey should start in TV5. I’m not saying this just to be cheesy but I want to leave you sir with an impression that if given the chance I will always give 110%. It’s okay to start cover letters with statements like this because it grabs the attention of the reader and pulls him in to take a closer look into your profile. However I strongly recommend that you back your words up by listing down your previous accomplishments or immediate plans should you get hired (don’t make it too long though). Before I end this post though let me just one last observation. There are way too many people just listing down job descriptions in their Experience section. Don’t just put what you do. Share your accomplishments for each position that you’ve held. Makes a huge difference. 🙂 Okay that’s it for now! Time to read more...

What’s your Passion?

By on Feb 14, 2011 in Speaking Engagements, Success | 1 comment

I was invited to be a panelist for the Ayala Young Leaders Conference 2011 last week. During the discussion, we were asked what we were most passionate about in life. Initially I was going to say “marketing” or “digital marketing” because that was my profession and industry. However a few minutes before I was called to answer I had a realization that everything that I’ve ever done was the result of my true passions: reading and writing. It started way back when I was a kid when my older brother gave me a fantasy novel called Dragonlance. At first I was bored with reading it but after a few minutes I got hooked and was plunged into another world. I distinctly remember missing lunch and merienda that day because I just poured all of my time into reading it. I couldn’t stop reading! After I’d finish one book I’d pick up another and read more. That was how my love affair with books began but just like any great love story it would have to temporarily end. I stopped reading books sometime in High School and it was only until I was in the corporate world that I rediscovered it again. When I was trying to get promoted to Brand Manager in one of the companies that I worked for, the Sales & Marketing Director gave me advice that I would forever take to heart. He told me that the secret to success is learning from the experience from others and the best way to do that is to read books. He gave me a list of marketing books that I should read. That same day I went to National Bookstore and almost blew my entire paycheck on books. The rest is history. Former Sales Director Level Up! Apol Dionglay (man on the right) After that incident in my last job, I would turn to books each time I need to improve at something. When I was having problems handling my finances I invested in several personal finance books including titles from Chinkee Tan, Larry Gamboa, Francisco Colayco, Efren Cruz, and Dave Ramsey. When I was starting to play competitive poker, I hit books again written by Daniel N. and Doyle Brunson. When I rediscovered God I spent countless hours on Christian books and of course the bible. When my career started to head towards digital I got almost all the digital marketing and social media books in Fully Booked and Powers Books. I also got a lot of encouragement from my family and friends who told me that my late grandfather (Sen. Blas F. Ople) was also a voracious reader. To add to all of that I subscribe to around 30 blogs and websites and I read all of them everyday. It’s sad that when you’re young reading books is “geeky, nerdy, and uncool”. I strongly encourage everyone, especially the next generation, to see the value in reading. It can change your life for the better. Knowledge that you can apply and put into action will be one of your best secret weapons in the corporate world and even in business. Invest in your self-improvement. Read books. Read blogs. Read newspapers. Read magazines (and don’t just look at pictures). 🙂 Thank you again to the AYLC for inviting me over. It was a phenomenal experience sharing my life stories with the kids (81 of the top student leaders in the PH attended the...

I can feel it!

By on Feb 7, 2011 in My Work at TV5 | 0 comments

Some of the cast members of TV5’s Babaeng Hampaslupa dropped by the office this afternoon and we took advantage of the opportunity to grab a video for the TV5 Facebook page. I was able to meet Alice Dixson, the woman who made waves in the 90’s with the TV show “Okay ka Fairy ko” and her Palmolive “I can feel it” commercial. Here’s the video that we took: Awesome. I can feel it! Lol. Photo of some of the cast members in our...

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