Thursday, September 26, 2013

Top 10 Emerging Influential blogs 2013: Definitely Librarian : Find out the reasons why bloggers voted for a Librarian

The Digital Influencer's Marketing Summit was held last September 21, 2013 at SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia, Pasay City.

It was also my first time to attend an event like that. I guess, because I am new in this blogging thingy. I am also grateful for the organizers of the summit because they had given me a free slot (Note: Conference fee is PhP1, 500)

I learned a lot from the speakers. From Measuring digital influence, to Mommy Influencer (which interested me because I started blogging when I became a Mommy), Using Social Media for Marketing, Digital branding, Vlogging, Building Online Communities, Using Social Media to inspire, and Bloggers as Digital Influencers and a lot more.

One of the highlights of the event is recognizing the Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs 2013.

Here's the Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs for 2013.

A Letter Writer
Wazzup Pilipinas
Online Jobs Lifestyle
Business What Ifs?
Sarap Pinoy
San Josenyong Gala
Saranghae Korea

Even if I wasn't able to make it to the Top 10, it is an honor for me to be nominated as one of the Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs. Being nominated in the Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs 2013 is like being a winner in a prestigious award. :)

Here's the Definitely Librarian's Blog background:

How my blog started? I started blogging because of reading Mommy blogs. But when I attended a Library Automation Boot Camp in Cebu, that's how I started my Librarian's Online Diary. I have to take down notes but I don't have a pen and a notebook. What I have with me is my net book  (sometimes I have a "senior moments") so I take down notes using my net book and save it in my blog. Of course, my first "fans" are the librarian participants in the said seminar.

Who influenced me? I could say that I am an accidental blogger. I have two librarians in mind when I created Definitely Librarian's blog. It's Zarah Gagatiga and Von Totanes. They are a very good Digital Influencer in the area of Librarianship.

When I attended the iblog9 as a speaker (for Mommy blogs), I learned that there are lots of opportunities in the blogosphere. After the   summit, I thought that it would be nice if I could also apply it in librarianship.

Steps taken to build influence? I am librarian. I love reading and at the same time has passion in blogging.

I am so inspired of the 9th Philippine Blogging Summit and to Ms. Janette Toral , that is why I founded the Green Bloggers Club (student organization for Grade 8-12). One of the reasons why I created it because nowadays young bloods are exposed to Social Media. I wanted to tie social media and social responsibility among the youth.

Last September 19, 2013 we had Mini blogging Summit here in De La Salle Zobel. Our speakers were Eyriche Cortez and Engr. Grace Bondad Nicolas. They talk about Blogging, Social Media and Students.

I am also promoting different activities, forum or seminars organized by different Philippine Library Associations through my blogs.

What's next? This November, I will participate in the two big events
I think this is also part of my advocacy as an educator and a librarian.

I could also say that blogs is not only focused on businesses. It can also be applied to Education, Teachers, Libraries and Librarian's world to market/ promote it to our clients (our students and faculty members).

As Anne Curtis' line in her sizzling (No Other Woman) movie  "I know the market, because I am the market..."

Guess who our "market" is?

Let your customers define what your product is for them, take ownership, rather than you dictating what you want it to be.

Here's some of the reason why Bloggers voted for Definitely Librarian:


Here's the Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs 2013. Congratulations to the winners!
Photo courtesy of Wazzup Pilipinas and Mac Vasquez

With Ms. Janette Toral, Engr. Grace Bondad Nicolas and Laguna Blogging Summit Core. Congratulations to Ross Del Rosario and Jay-L Santiago Aquino.
Photo courtesy of Wazzup Pilipinas and Mac Vasquez

With the participants of Digital Influencers Marketing Summit 2013
Photo courtesy of Wazzup Pilipinas and Mac Vasquez

Photo courtesy of Wazzup Pilipinas and Mac Vasquez

Sunday, September 15, 2013

UST Artistang Artlets Stages "Sa North Diversion Road" by Tony Perez


Artistang Artlets, the official theater guild of the Faculty of Arts and Letters of the University of Santo Tomas, on its 33rd season is proud to bring you its Major Production this coming September.

North Diversion Road, written by Don Carlos Palanca and FAMAS awardee Tony Perez, is a play which tackles different varieties of love stories. Plotted along the stretch of North Luzon Expressway, common are the cars that drive around the highway but it begs to ask the question what’s behind those moving vehicles.

Staged and even turned into a movie starring John Arcilla and Irma Adlawan, the North Diversion Road will take you on smooth ride combined with unexpected swifts and turns of a couple's love story.

Directed by Ma. Kristina Magno and produced by Christine Emano, the North Diversion Road will be staged at the Tan Yan Kee Auditorium, Tan Yan Kee Building, University of Santo Tomas, on September 24, 25, 26 and 27, 2013. Time slots are 10am, 1pm, 4pm and 7pm.

For inquiries, contact Cymon Denise Mercado at 0927-329-6953 or visit Artistang Artlets’ Facebook page at

Buckle up, the shortest exit is about an hour away.

Fasten your lovers, everyone. You might leave the show in an open relationship.

Friday, September 13, 2013

ASLP Forum : Information and Media: The Role of the Library in the Re-shaping of Information

Mr. Jose Javier Reyes

I love watching movies. Comedy, Horror, Action, Romantic, Adventure... Name it. Mainstream or Indie.


One of my favorite romantic comedy films of Regine Velasquez is Pangako... Ikaw Lang. In one of the scenes, while she is having conversations with his ailing dad:

Dad: Bakit ganyan itsura mo? (Why do you look like that?)
Regine: Huh? Bakit? ano ba itsura ko? (Why, how do I look?)
Dad: Mukha kang Losyang. Para kang LIBRARIAN. (You look like an old unfashionable lady. Like a LIBRARIAN).

NOTE: Regine's character portrayed in the movie is not a librarian in fact, she is a business woman. But why of all professions in the world does his father describe her as a losyang like a Librarian

The Association of Special Libraries of the Philippines, Inc. (ASLP) in partnership with Primetrade Asia, Inc. had its forum on "Information and Media: The Role of the Library in the Re-shaping of Information" during the 34th Manila International Book Fair (MIBF) on September 12, 2013

The speaker of the forum is Mr. Jose Javier Reyes, a well-known Director and a Professor at the De La Salle University.

Mr. Jose Javier Reyes

Media. Films. Television. 

The forum is like a blockbuster movie wherein the lead character is Mr. Jose Javier Reyes. 

The producer is the Association of Special Libraries of the Philippines, Inc. (ASLP) and 

The audience or shall we say the "fans" is the librarians all over the Philippines. 

What impressed me is that he did his presentation without power point or whatever audio visual.

As he said, his mere presence is an AUDIO VISUAL!

All librarians were attentive, listening, note taking, nodding their heads, clapping their hands, laughing and were very entertained with some "juicy" details shared by Mr. Reyes.

That is what we call POWER. MEDIA. The power of media.

Librarians all over the Philippines

Some of the highlights of his presentation:
  • Encyclopedia is now replaced by Google. Before, the students go to the library, use the catalog, index, take down notes. Now, students just google which is often resulting to copy paste information.
  • Students read out of requirements or read books for entertainment. 
  • The moment you wake, you are bombarded by information. Television, Radio, Internet, Social Media.
  • Media does not give us time to synthesize. It is fragmentize
  • Because of the abundance and the accessibility of information, we no longer realize what is important.
  • Because of television, what is REAL is not necessary TRUE; What is TRUE is not necessary REAL.
  • Because of Media, people no longer think. They just accept information
  • What we fail to see is that media is made for profit.
  • He always advised students to read not just watch films so that they would have an idea what to write and they could create something new.
  • Media can create things in Kingdom. He who has the access to information has the power, more so, he who controls the information has more POWER.

In his presentation, he always talks about MEDIA. Films, Radio, Showbiz, Social issues. Now how does library fit-in? This is the challenge for the Libraries and Librarians.

Librarians in films are often portrayed as meek, timid, and unassertive in nature. Movies had established the stereotype of librarians as "spinsters" and "eggheads", unmarried, prim, and introverted.

Even on small screen or telenovela it follows the same stereotypes as those found in motion pictures. The librarian is often shown silencing the main characters - especially younger children - when they're in a library area which is often become (LOVE-RARY where they do some naughty stuffs). Some even ban the characters from the libraries for making rude or strange noises.

That is why I asked Mr. Reyes the question “How can we change the mind-set of people about Librarians and Libraries?”

He answered, “This is your challenge. We cannot change the way Media think about you. It should start it with you. You are the one who can reshape that impression. Be an active Librarian. Make friends with your students. Connect with the students so that they will change the impression that you are a not a traditional librarian. Be a modern librarian. Keep people to read. Because when they read, they are force to THINK. The Challenge is NOW!”

He even mentioned the movie of Vilma Santos in the movie In My Life where she portrays a “losyang” librarian. (Read Filipino Librarian's blog on Vilma Santos as a Librarian

He also thought “What if Anne Curtis portrays the role of a librarian? Will the people change the way they look at you?”

Though, media portrays stereotype librarian, in reality, there are lots of librarians who are active not only to their libraries but also active in supporting different advocacies.

To Mr. Reyes, I accept the CHALLENGE. As a SOCIAL MEDIA LIBRARIAN, I could change the way people think about Librarians.


How about you, my fellow librarians? Do you accept the CHALLENGE?

Thank you Mr. Jose Javier Reyes for the fruitful (with juicy details) information.

ASLP tarpaulin

Congratulations to the Association of Special Libraries of the Philippines, Inc. (ASLP) for organizing this event.

with Cebu Normal University Librarians
Lots of "fans" flocked to Mr. Jose Javier Reyes to have their photo op. Well, I have my own set of "fans" hahaha! Here with me is the librarians from Cebu Normal University. They are very nice to me during my stay there in Cebu.

iNeed iValue iLove my Library Merchandise

T-shirts and books can be bought outside the meeting room.

iNeed iValue iLove my Library Merchandise

The active librarians of UP-Diliman. Love those shirts! 

UPDATE: Here's some of the tweets for ASLP

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

The Use of Social Media in School

Teens are actively Tweeting, Posting, Liking, and Commenting all across Social Media and there doesn't seem to be an end in sight. Increasingly, teachers and schools are attempting to leverage the engaging qualities of Social Media for use in the classroom and beyond - connecting students, teachers, and parents better than ever before.

The Use of Social Media in Schools
by obizmedia.
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Monday, September 9, 2013

Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs 2013 Writing Project #emergingblogs2013

Welcome to the world of Blogosphere!

Librarians today have to learn a lot in order to promote awareness of their programs and services. Opportunities to market their libraries in the real world such as traditional media : newspaper, brochures, newsletter, television, radio, pathfinders. Libraries and librarians now are stepping up to the plate on how to spread the world online using social media such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and blogs. Savvy librarians have blogs as another means to market their libraries and services.

The Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs 2013 is now on its 7th year and is now looking for blogs who are making an impact to its readers in 2013.

I want to join this project since my blog Definitely Librarian meet the criteria.

If you have a blog, or you know people who has blogs that started anytime from July 1, 2012 to the present. Please join the Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs 2013. Any blog in the world can be picked! Deadline of submission is on September 13, 2013.

Thanks to the support of the sponsors such as Infinity Hub, Optimind SEO Company and E-Commerce Entrepreneur Program.

Here's my picks for the Emerging Influential Blogs: 

1. Definitely Librarian - This is a librarian's blog. Stereotyped librarians? Nah! Librarian's nowadays are using social media in promoting programs and services.
2. Wazzup Pilipinas This is a community blog. It is like a guide to the spectacular events and awesome happenings in the Philippines. It contains informative, "controversial", educational and even social issues in the Philippines.

3. Social Media PH  A guide on using social media. You may read tips on blogging, secrets in branding and the like. Hmmm... as a newbie blogger, I think I have to follow this blog!

4. Curly Dianne A blog that features sports especially about running and her own experiences. She also blogs about lifestyle, food, entertainment and movie reviews.

5. A Letter Writer - In today's social media age, I could count a few of those who are writing letters personally without copying and pasting it. I love writing and reading letters! You can read in her blog the different kind of letters. :)

6. If You Look Closely, Stu Traveled! - a lifestyle blog that features in and out of the Metro Manila. What impressed me is that this blog is owned by a student.

7.  San Josenyong Gala - This is a travel blog. It also promotes Philippine Tourism. If you have plans on travelling in the Philippines, this blog is for you. 

8. The Conservative Wife  - An opinionated blog from a conservative wife. Most of the blogs here are about beliefs, politics and God.

9. Elymentary Kid - If you are looking for a happy and good vibes blog, then this is for you! :)

10. Business What Ifs - This blog is for entrepreneurs with short attention spans! Hahaha! Because most people who are into business doesn't like to be wasting their time. What I like in this blog? I admit I am impatient too... this blog doesn't have long post. Each blog is less than 200 words. No "palabok". Less words but full of information.

If you want to nominate new blogs, please read the full details here.

Joining a writing project has its own benefits that includes:

Getting link love.

Meet bloggers.

Receive traffic (especially to those who join early on) from current and prospective participants.

More than anything else, you will also be supporting a worthy purpose of spotting and promoting new blogs that are making great waves out there.
Please don't forget that this is a writing project - not an award. Who gets included in the final 10 is based on the total number of mentions by all qualified writing project entries.

I hope you can join.

For further inquiries, contact Janette Toral at

Monday, September 2, 2013

MAHLAP Forum: Fit or Fat: How to Have a Healthy Lifestyle

In celebration of the 34th Manila International Book Fair, the Medical and Health Librarians Association of the Philippines (MAHLAP) will be holding a forum entitled “Fit or Fat: How to Have a Healthy Lifestyle” on September 11, 2013 (Wednesday), 8:00 AM-10:00 AM, at Meeting Room 4, SMX Convention Center, SM Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City. The purpose of this forum is for the participants to:

1. Learn more about the risk of obesity in different work environments, and for those who sit long hours; 
2. Understand the consequences of obesity;
3. Identify benefits and risks of weight loss.
4. Acquire additional knowledge on prevention and management of obesity.  

MAHLAP have invited Dr. Enrique A. Tayag, Assistant Secretary of Health Designate of the Department of Health-Philippines, to share his expertise on prevention and management of obesity.

For more information on  Medical and Health Librarians Association of the Philippines (MAHLAP), visit their website