Author Archives: Revilla Carbonell-Noel

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Iligan Blogging Contest 2012

Today, Iligan City celebrates its 62nd Adlaw sa Iligan (Iligan Day) when Iligan became a chartered city. To celebrate the Adlaw sa Iligan,  the Iligan Bloggers Society, Inc. (IBS) has chosen this day to launch the Iligan Blogging Contest 2012.

IBS coordinated with the City Government of Iligan through the City Tourism to conduct a blogging contest for Iligan. The blogging contest aims to promote the “bests” of Iligan City not just to the Philippines but to the rest of the world.

Two types of bloggers may participate in the contest:  First, the bloggers who have visited Iligan and experienced firsthand the beauty of Iligan.  Second, the bloggers who have read from the internet or have heard from friends about how beautiful Iligan City is, in turn, luring him to visit Iligan and see for himself.  A blogger may submit at most two (2) entries.

Submission of entries will start on June 17, 2012 and the contest will run until September 1, 2012 when the winners shall be announced during the Opening Salvo of the Diyandi Festival sa Iligan.

For the full mechanics of the contest, please click the button below.

Dates to remember:

  • Start of entries submission: June 17, 2012
  • End of entries submission: July 31, 2012 at 11:59pm Philippine Time.   EXTENDED TO  August 15, 2012.  🙂
  • Complaints and protests (if existing only): July 1, 2012 until August 16, 2012
  • Judging of entries: August 5-25, 2012
  • Notification of winners: August 31, 2012 through email
  • Winning entries announcement: September 1, 2012 at Rizal Park, during the  opening salvo of Diyandi Festival.

Submit your entries now for a chance to win big prizes.  Happy blogging for Iligan! Maayong Iligan!


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IBS Hosted and Participated Photography 101 Seminar

In celebration of the Iligan Bloggers Month, the Iligan Bloggers Society, Inc. (IBS) conducted a Photography 101 Seminar last May 11, 2012 with Mr. Bobby Timonera as resource person.

Photography 101 was Basic Photography.   The seminar was only about four hours.  Bobby first showed the participants some pictures he has taken.  Then he talked about the 3 basic camera controls :  Focusing, Aperture and Shutter Speed.  He also discussed on ISO, exposure, flash, histogram, and types of lenses.  What they all are for and how to use them.  With each topic, the participants have a little hands-on photo shooting to see for themselves what he was talking about.   His last topic was on composition, the Rule of  Thirds, and how to take good pictures.

Below are some of the behind the scenes pictures.


Some advice the participants learned during the seminar are as follows :

  1. When shooting at slow speeds, always use a tripod or other means of stable support to avoid blurry pictures.
  2. Do not use full manual mode in all your shooting activities for you will miss the subject or the moments you need to capture.
  3. The key element in photography is good composition.
  4. To make ordinary subjects into extraordinary photos, explore other angles.
  5. Learn the rules but don’t be afraid to break them when the situation calls for it.
  6. To get good pictures, move in close to the subject, except for wildlife.
  7. Capture “decisive moments”.
  8. Capture emotion.
  9. Take lots and lots of pictures.  One of them is bound to be a perfect one.
  10. “A technically perfect picture with a fuzzy visual concept won’t cut it.” – Adam Ansel
  11. A picture that tells a good story, even if technically flawed, is always better than a technically perfect but boring picture.
  12. Shoot the event’s highlights but shoot the sidelights too and don’t forget to look for interesting details.
  13. Experiment. Experiment.  There is no added cost in digital photography, just extra effort needed.
  14. Read photo books.  Both instructional and story books.

The Iligan Bloggers  Society, Inc. would like to thank Mr. Bobby Timonera for taking his time off his busy schedule to share his talent to the participants.   IBS also would like to thank the Diocese of Iligan for accommodating us in their conference room in such short  notice.   Without their support, Photography 101 would not have been a success.





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Blogfest Soccsksargen 2.0

The Iligan Bloggers Society, Inc. had the chance of witnessing the Funnest Bloggers Eyeball in Southern Mindanao last November 26, 2011.

Eight members of IBS, Inc. namely, Xy-Za Yape, Lisa Marie Mirasol, Richard Celeste, Lovette Jam Jacosalem, Revilla Carbonell-Noel, Alexander Singcol, Jr. and Pat D. Noel, traveled about 12 hours from Iligan City to General Santos to participate in the Blogfest Soccsksargen 2.0 with the theme “The Emergence of Blogs & Social Media” held in SunCity Suites, General Santos City.

More than 100 participants and a total of 10 speakers packed in a day’s event made the blogfest a very successful one.   And made the travel definitely worth the while.   🙂

The speakers of the blogfest were the following :

Mr. Bob Martin.   He talked about the history of internet in Mindanao. He sure was the right person to discuss about it since he witnessed the emergence of internet in Mindanao way back in 1994.  He is the owner of and 39 other websites.Mr. Manuel Quezon III.   Popularly known as Manolo Quezon is the Undersecretary of the Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office , who is also an essayist and a blogger.   He talked about effecting progress and change through blogs and social media.  His advice to the participants “Write in white heat but edit in Cold Blood”. Mr. Jack Madrid.   He is the country manager of Multiply Philippines.   He talked a little history of Multiply in the Philippines.  He said that the commerce (buy and sell platform) in originated in the Philippines as Filipino users started posting and selling products online.   Today, there are about 106,000 Filipino stores in Ms. Darlene Antonio-Custodio.   She is currently the Mayor of General Santos City.  She presented to the participants her administration’s achievements in implementing projects that made use of technology and the internet.  The city through the SHEEP-Computer Literacy Program, have just launched in October 2011 the newly created websites of 69 public elementary schools and 26 barangay high schools. Mr. Raffy Tima.   A field reporter and at the same time a host of GMA’s i-Witness and the Reporter’s Notebook.  He also anchors GMA News TV’s Balitanghali.   His discussion focused on the social media guidelines and the “Think Before You Click” advocacy program of GMA.   He said that as a social media user, one has to really first verify facts before posting, tweeting or retweeting anything that one hears or reads.Ms. Mae Paner.   Or more popularly known as Juana Change.   She talked about Video Blog as a medium for social change.  Just like what her video blogs have done in affecting change in the government, the people and in herself as well.   She said that one has to ground himself in things that are real.   And that if you criticize others, you should also be able to criticize what you are doing. Mr. Abe Olandres.    The owner.   His site is the number 1 resource for reviews of electronic gadgets and other IT stuff.   He presented to the participants new gadgets in the market.Ms. Cynthia Cook.   Deputy Press Attache’ of the Embassy of the United States of America to the Philippines.   She presented the various websites/ blogs created to share to the people the activities of some US Government officials such as the visit to the Philippines of Secretary of State Hilary Clinton.   Before her talk, a video of US Ambassador to the Philippines HE Harry Thomas was shown.   He advised the participants to post, publish and empower. Ms. Aileen Apolo-de Jesus.   Google’s Asia-Pacific Consultant.  She informed the participants, the bloggers in particular, the latest on YouTube and the Google+ social media platform.    Google have just recently launched YouTube Philippines.   And what’s good with having YouTube Philippines?  The users may now earn money with their YouTube videos through advertisements. Mr. Flow Galindez.   A staff of ABS-CBN.  But during the Blogfest he represented the World Food Program Philippines with the topic on Blogging for Advocacy.    He gave the participants tips on how to effectively blog for advocacy.    And it is not enough to just Click, Like, Retweet and Share information in the internet.   It is also equally important to act and do our share in implementing a program.

IBS congratulates the Soccsksargen Bloggers lead by Mr. Avel and Orman Manansala for a very successful conduct of Blogfest Soccsksargen 2.0.


Photo credits to Pat D. Noel, Lisa Marie Mirasol, Jeffrey Wong and  Xy-Za Yape.


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IBS goes on Tour

The Iligan Bloggers Society will embark on its first Fam Tour of Iligan on Sunday,  August 7, 2011.   The group will be touring the Tourism Triangle  –  Barangays Maria Cristina, Buru-un and Ditucalan.     They will visit

1)  2nd Mechanized Infantry Brigade, LAD, PA at Barangay Maria Cristina

2)  Maria Cristina Falls and NPC Nature’s Park  at Brgy. Maria Cristina

3)  Iligan Paradise Resort and Eco-Park at Mimbalot, Barangay Buru-un,  and

4)   Tinago Falls at Barangay Ditucalan.

The Familiarization Tour was organized to give the members of the Iligan Bloggers Society a more detailed picture of the above-mentioned destinations and for them to share their experiences through their respective blogs.   This will give their blog followers a  clearer picture of what to expect when they visit Iligan City.

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Personal Encounter with Drew Arellano : Weekend Getaway

I am now “striking while the iron is hot”, hehe..

This morning me and some IBS members had a personal encounter with Drew Arellano, host of Weekend Getaway- a new show in GMAnewstv which launched just this year.   Drew and his crew arrived yesterday to shoot an episode of Weekend Getaway here in Iligan.   Their guest adventure-seekers for this episode are Liza and Lizel Verdadero from Cainta, Rizal.   They are twins – pretty twins.

They have shot scenes yesterday at Tinago Falls and Maria Cristina Falls-NPC Nature’s Park.   Last night Pat texted me to be ready by 8:00 this morning if we want to meet Drew in person.  So, via FB and text, I informed the others of the schedule.   And so, we met this morning outside the mosque in Camague, Iligan City.  With me were Xy-Za, Jam, Alex, Jeffrey and Richard (who was so dressed to interview).  It’s a Saturday and we all woke up early just so to meet Drew Arellano in person.

We waited for about an hour with some heat from the morning sun.  But then it was all worth it.    Below are the photos I took of the group and what transpired from 8:10-9:50 this morning.


A pose at past 8:00 in the morning, while waiting for Drew and company.

Now, Drew is here but look at the bloggers – they seemed to be shy. Starstruck mode!

Still, nobody dared converse with Drew for a few minutes.

Jeffrey broke the ice and started telling Drew he saw him in the TV just this morning before going to the mosque.

Then Richard finally got the courage and was the next to talk to Drew.

Xy-Za (lady in black shirt) still looks starstruck.

Discussing on how and where to shoot.

Richard in action

Richard and Xy-Za, posing with one of the cameraman, the researcher and the two adventure-seekers, Liza and Lizel

Special interview with Marvin, the researcher, for more inside information

A chat with the cameraman

The guest adventure-seekers, Liza and Lizel Verdadero

Me, Pat, Jam, Xy-Za and Alex posed with Liza and Lizel- the pretty twins.

Incharge of the mosque giving instructions to the crew.

More instructions, this time from Drew

It was learned that the planned shoot could not be realized as there are men inside the mosque who are sort of in a retreat so women are not allowed inside so as not to distract them.  So, it was decided that only Drew and his cameraman will be allowed to enter the mosque.

And the shooting begins…


While Drew was shooting inside the mosque, Richard busied himself by interviewing Liza and Lizel.

Just outside,  looking in

After a tour inside the mosque, the shoot was concluded.

Finally, the most awaited – group photo with Drew, Liza, Lizel and the crew.

(photo taken by Rene with my camera)



Well, as I was taking most of the pictures, I didn’t get to have an exclusive photo with Drew.  So, I came up with this :

A cropped photo of me and Drew from the group photo above.  Just to make it bigger and clearer.  And it’s a good thing, I stood beside Drew.  🙂




PS.  Just realized,  I didn’t get a close up photo of drew.   🙁


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Insiders of the Pinoy Big Brother Season 4 Audition


Me and 3 other members (Richard, Xy-Za and Jam) of the Iligan Bloggers Society had the opportunity to cover the audition of Pinoy Big Brother Season 4 held in Iligan City last June 10, 2011.  And that is thanks to my husband, Pat, for helping us in getting a “Pass” so we can have access to St. Michael’s College Auditorium, the venue of the audition.

We arrived at the area before 10am and many wannabe “housemates sa Bahay ni Kuya” were already lining up even when it is very hot.   It was said that the registration started at 6am, yet many aspirants were already in the vicinity as early as 8pm the night before.


After the guard at the gate inspected our bags, we went up the stairs to the auditorium.  And we passed by aspirants lining up the stairs waiting for their turn to get inside the auditorium.

Inside, many are already comfortably sitting down, some chatting with new found friends, others texting – probably to their family and friends, some just sat quietly waiting for the next instruction.  I asked one of the in-charge how many were already in as of the time, and he said, it was already a total of 900.  Wow!


Crew from ABS-CBN Local  covering the audition