Calling All Bloggers: Sign up for a FREE Personal and Practical Finance by Randell Tiongson, RFP

Blogging and Personal Finance.  These are subjects which don’t normally go hand-in-hand. =)

RT Seminar

 

Randell Tiongson, Director of the Registered Financial Planners Institute of the Philippines will conduct a free seminar for bloggers on personal and practical finance. Randell will be talking about the various financial instruments that you can invest on so that you can break out of the “rat race”.
All you have to do is to sign-up by either leaving a comment on Carlo Ople’s blog or by e-mailing oplecarlo@gmail.com. The event will be on June 27, 2PM-5PM at the Victory Center, Promenade, Greenhills, San Juan.
Slots are limited so sign-up now.

Btw,  if you would like to take your blog to the next level,  you may want to consider enrolling in  Anton Diaz’ webinars.  Go to http://antondiaz.com/mavensecrets/ for more details. 

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Private Iris: a comic book that teaches money management

Gosh,  I’m really feeling my age.  I’ve made the transition from Mythology Class to Private Iris.  =) 

The comic book series created by Jamie Bautista and Arnold Arre follows the young detective Private Iris as she solves mysteries while imparting useful facts and money savings tips which are relevant to today’s youth.  

The first case – “The Cashbox Caper” introduces the lead characters:  Danton Cord is one of the most popular boys in MacGuffin Elementary. His friend, Iris Able, is a loner whom people think is weird. Because she doesn’t talk to anybody, the kids in school have given her the nickname “Private Iris”. However, Iris is also the smartest and most observant person in town. When the money of a class’ cashbox is stolen, Danton sees this as a chance to make people see how special Iris really is. If he can convince her to solve the crime and get the class its money back, maybe he can get Iris to be a bit more popular. But will Iris be willing to help out people she doesn’t like?

Private Iris #2: The Spirit of the Shoemaker will be launched this month at the following locations:

September 20, 2008 2:00 to 5:00PM: Powerbooks Megamall
September 27, 2008 2:00 to 5:00PM: Powerbooks Mall of Asia
Fun games and activities await kids during the book launch!

Glowing slime. Floating objects. Mysterious messages appearing on walls. Kids are willing to pay any price to get rid of this unwanted ghost. But Private Iris and Danton think that it’s a big hoax to trick the kids out of their money.

Want to learn more about the series?  Please visit the Private Iris website.  

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Coffee Talk Series: Be Financially Empowered

The current turmoil in the financial markets has more and more people thinking about their financial future.  Suddenly,  what seemed safe ground seems to be quick sand.  The “sure” thing is now uncertain.  Compound this with problems such as paying our regular bills and you realize the increasing importance to making (and keeping) a budget sufficient to satisfy future needs. 

On Sept 20,  attend a wealth management forum with Financial Columnist Karen Galarpe hosted by Mom Exchange and Alveo Verdana Homes.

Date: Saturday, September 20
Time: 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Where: Coffee Bean Tea Leaf Greenbelt 3

Please RSVP to Geisler Maclang at 812-8828 or 812-9919 if you would like to attend. Here is the invitation.

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2008 Christmas Bazaar Schedule

Ahh… the “Ber” months are upon us and the shopping frenzy has begun.  I’ve compiled a list of those bazaars which I think should be interesting, historically offering unique items at a fairly reasonable amount.  I’ll expand the list as soon as I get updates on the others.  =)

The 7th World Bazaar Festival
World Trade Center, Metro Manila
Dec 5-16

Karl Edwards International Bazaar
NBC Tent, Taguig
Sept 13-14 / 27-28
Oct 4-5 / 11-12 / 25-26
Nov 8-9 / 15-16 /22-23 / 29-30
Dec 6-7 / 13-23 /27-28

American Women’s Bazaar
World Trade Center, Metro Manila
Sept 8, Oct 6, Nov 3, Dec 2

Casa Y Jardin
Hotel Intercontinental, Makati City
Oct 12 & 18 (9am-9pm

Woodrose Family Bazaar
Cuenca Community Center
Ayala Alabang Village, Muntinlupa
Oct 11-12

The Network for Enterprising Women Bazaar
Delicacies Village, Tiendesitas.  Admission is FREE.
Oct 25-26
New concessionaires still welcome.  Email mbci.events@gmail.com or go to www.mbcievents.multiply.com for more details. 

Urban Bazaar Series
Rockwell Tent,  Powerplant mall.
Oct 24-25; Nov 28-30; Dec 12-14
For more information, please call 898-1702 or log on to powerplantmall.multiply.com.

Head on to Luxe: 1st shopping soiree
Rockwell Tent,  Powerplant mall.
Oct 30-31
For more information, please call  (02) 480-5667 or visit http://luxeshoppingevent.tripod.com.

Cubao Expo Holiday Bazaar
Cubao Expo (formerly known as Marikina Shoe Expo.
Nov 8, 15, 22, 29.  Dec 6-7, 13-14, 18-24.
New concessionaires still welcome.   “No pirated products, fakes, imitation, or replica goods” policy. For more information, please visit http://cubaoexpogroup.multiply.com/journal/item/11/CUBAO_EXPOS_Y.E.S._08_Year-End-Series_of_Events_2008.

International Bazaar
PICC Forum
Nov 16

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2008 Manila International Book Fair

I’m so sad that I’m stuck here in KL in the upcoming week.  

Booklovers across the Metro have been counting down the days to the 29th Manila International Book Fair will be held from September 12 to 16, 2008, 10:00 A.M.to 8:00 P.M. at Halls 1-4, SMX Convention Center in SM Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City.

The MIBF 2008’s theme is Words without Borders. It celebrates the power of literature to cross boundaries of time, place and culture.  MIBF showcases the largest and most varied collection of literature, textbooks, educational supplements, general references, religious and inspirational titles, self-help books, management books, Filipiniana, coffee table books, popular novels, children’s books, art books, graphic novels, rare and hard-to-find titles, magazines, audio and e-books, multimedia, teaching supplies and services, publishers’ technology, and travel materials.

This celebration of books and all that it contains is one of the longest-running in Asia. It is also one of the most accessible and affordable, Through the years, it has welcomed millions of Filipinos to the Manila International Book Fair, which is for everyone of all ages, of all tastes and means and dreams. This year, the Book Fair becomes more international opening up to other cultures while continuing to champion the best of what Philippine publishing has to offer.

The world and the word comes to Manila this September for the sharing of stories and the meeting of minds. Come and join the conversation.

The 29th Manila International Book Fair is organized by Primetrade Asia, Inc. in partnership with Asian Communicators, Inc., Book Development Association of the Philippines, Philippine Booksellers Association, Inc., and Publishers Representatives Organization of the Philippines. For details, call 890-0661 or 896-0682, log on to www.manilabookfair.com, or e-mail bookfair@primetradeasia.com.

Many local publishing houses will have their booths there and hosting workshops at SMX.  I was particularly excited about the workshops being offered by the Philippine Board on Books for Young People (PBBYP):

  • A Thumbnail History of Children’s Literature in the Philippines
    A lecture to be delivered by Prof. Lina Diaz de Rivera
    9-12 noon, September 13, Meeting Room 8, SMX
  • 25 Ways to Entice Children with Stories
    A workshop on storytelling; Facilitator: Manolo Silayan
    1-4 pm, September 13, Meeting Room 8, SMX
  • Library Magic
    – 25 Steps to Building a Mobile Library
    – 25 Ways to Survive and Thrive: Managing Change in Libraries
    – Setting Up Children’s Libraries
    Facilitators: Nina-Lim Yuson, Zarah Gagatiga, PLAI
    9-5 pm, September 13, Meeting Room 9, SMX
  • Tong Tong Tong: Tinig, Tunog, at Talino ng Tulang Pambata
    Facilitator: c/o Linangan ng Imahen, Retorika at Anyo (LIRA)
    9-12 noon,September 14, Meeting Room 9, SMX
  • Creative Effective Visuals for Children’s Books
    Facilitator: Totet de Jesus
    1-4 pm, September 14, Meeting Room 9, SMX
  • Reading, Responding and Reviewing
    A workshop on reviewing children’s literature; Facilitator: Neni Sta.Romana-Cruz
    1-4 pm, September 15, Meeting Room 9, SMX
  • Each workshop has a fee of six hundred pesos (Php 600.00), except for Library Magic which costs one thousand pesos (Php 1000.00).  For inquiries or registration, please send an e-mail to pbby.ncbd@gmail.com or call 3723548.  Also visit www.pbby.org.ph.

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    Enjoy a pampering FREE Lancome makeover

    Ever once in a while, all moms just have to take a break from the daily grind for a little ME time. Are you up for a break? Well now, calling all kikay moms! Come to Rustan’s and pamper yourself to a free makeover with Lancôme’s Color Experts this September!

    Free consultation on proper skin care, base application, eye color advice and more! Try Lancôme’s newest Onyx Splendor 2008 Fall collection, and our new makeup products — Color Fever Dewy Shine lipsticks, Ombre Absolue eyeshadows and Virtuose Black Carat mascara!

    Call 813-3739 (Rustan’s Makati) or 633-4636 (Rustan’s Shangri-la Plaza) and ask for the Lancôme counter to set up your free makeup session with one of Lancôme’s Colour Experts!

    GELA LAUREL-STEHMEIER
    September 12 in Rustan’s Shangri-La Plaza
    September 19 in Rustan’s Makati

    SABS HERNANDEZ
    September 26 in Rustan’s Makati
    September 27 in Rustan’s Shangri-La Plaza

    TATIN YANG
    September 13, 20, 27 in Rustan’s Makati

    MARIS DELOS REYES
    September 12 in Rustan’s Makati
    September 19 in Rustan’s Shangri-La Plaza

    STACEY TAN GANA
    September 13, 20, 26 in Rustan’s Shangri-La Plaza

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    We Are What We Do… Start the Change You Want to See

    I see them everywhere.. the ubiquitous “I’m not a plastic bag” bags which  have become such a rage that they are being sold for hundreds of dollars on ebay and mass marketed by pirates.

    Did you know where they came from and what they stand for?  The Anya Hindmarch bags were just one of the many initiatives of We Are What We Do, the global social change movement which originated in the United Kingdom and is quickly catching on around the world.  The movement has provided a quick list of actions which represent a simple way in which we can all make a difference to some of the biggest problems facing the world: climate change, poverty, crime, mental illness, community breakdown etc.

    The simple and very doable actions range from “smile and smile back” to “recycle your cellphone” to “plant a tree”…

    We Are What We Do….

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    In the Philippine context and in keeping with the Spirit of Edsa (I), I would add:

    Be the Change I Want to See.

    Related post: https://mommybanker.wordpress.com/2008/02/04/parents-help-build-the-philippine-brand/

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    Sick? Know your HMO entitlements

    Here are a couple of things I learned from my son’s confinement:

    1.  Know your medical benefits.
    Even though our employers use the same HMO,  the benefits were very different – mine (higher room rate – all incidentals must be paid upon discharge),  his (no cash out – subject to deferred payment via payroll deductions).  We had to sit down and compare line by line before deciding to use mine.

    2.  Know your rights under the contract signed between your employer and the HMO.
    All HMOs have liason officers at the hospital.  Ask them the nitty gritty so that you won’t be unpleasantly surprised when you get the bill.
    For example:  My employer has an agreement with the HMO that if a regular private room cannot be provided within 24 hours,  I am entitled to an automatic upgrade to the next class, so long as it isn’t a suite.  Now,  did you know that in MMC,  the next class to a regular private room is not a large private room but a suite?  I went ballistic when I called the call center and they said that I had to pay extra for the large private because it was within the same “class/category”.  
    Also,  did you know that the 24 hour count is used according to the hospital’s billing cycle?  So even if I had been admitted at 4pm on the 19th,  since MMC’s billing cycle starts at 9am,  I needed to find another room by 9am on the 20th or be charged extra.  Weird.

    3. ER is convenient but will cost you extra.
    When we rushed Andre to the hospital on the 19th,  he was suffering from dehydration.  His pedia recommended that he be admitted right away.  Rather than wait for a room to be found,  I requested that he be sent immediately to the emergency room so that he could be hooked up to an IV, and have his blood extracted and Xray taken.  Anyway, the ER costs were covered by our medical plan.  I’m glad I did because it took me some time to get a room for us (there’s a lot of sick children).

    4. Make HR your BFF.
    I don’t think that I would have been able to process our medical papers or get the kind of attention from the HMO that we got it if it hadn’t been for the help provided by HR.  We were able to get discharged even at the extremely odd hour of 945pm yesterday because all the paperwork had already been accomplished.

    Being hospitalized is mentally and emotionally draining.  It is good to know your entitlements before *knock on wood* you, or a loved one,  needs to be confined.

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    Mobile Passport Service coming to an LGU near you

    Is your passport expiring this year?  Make sure that you apply for a new one at least 8 months before the expiry date.  The new machine-readable passport has had a lot of birth pains — from long lines at the DFA to printer breakdowns.  To accomodate the demand,  the DFA is coordinating with various Local Government Units to bring the DFA to the provinces and big urban communities.    Bookmark this link to the DFA page listing the monthly schedule and contact details of the LGU coordinators.

    Note:  A personal appearance is a requirement for all applicants (excluding minors under 8 years old and senior citizens aged 65 and above).  The mobile passport fee is P750.

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