Archive | December, 2012

iPhone5 VS Samsung S3

20 Dec


In a world where technology evades and fast growing there is this In-depth comparison in mobile world.  For the past few months people keep talking about this 2 latest editions of phones coming from two different brand, Apple and Samsung. Yes! I’m talking about Apple iPhone 5 VS Samsung Galaxy S3. A serious competition is going on with this 2 phones since they were released in the market. People start comparing and asking what is the best phone for them.

Apple iPhone 5 vs. Samsung Galaxy S3  In depth comparison   Digital Trends

The iPhone 5 is a touchscreen-based smartphone developed by Apple. It is the sixth generation of the iPhone and succeeds the iPhone 4S. The phone is a slimmer, lighter model that introduces a higher-resolution, 4-inch screen to the series with 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio support. The phone also includes a custom-designed ARMv7 processor called the Apple A6, an update to Apple’s mobile operating system known as iOS6 and support for LTE.  Apple held an event to formally introduce the phone on September 12, 2012. After Apple began taking pre-orders on September 14, 2012, over two million were received within 24 hours. Initial demand for the iPhone 5 exceeded the supply available at launch on September 21, 2012, and has been described by Apple as “extraordinary”, with pre-orders having sold twenty times faster than its predecessors. (Wiki)


The Samsung Galaxy S III is a multi-touch, slate-format smartphone running the Android operating system. It is designed, developed, and marketed by Samsung Electronics. It sees additional software features, expanded hardware, and a redesigned physique from its predecessor, the Samsung Galaxy SII. The S III employs an intelligent personal assistant (S Voice) , eye-tracking ability, increased storage, and a wireless charging option. Depending on country, the 4.8-inch (120 mm) smartphone comes with different processors and RAM capacity, and 4G LTE support. The device was launched with Android 4.0.4 “Ice Cream Sandwich”, and can be updated to Android 4.1 “Jelly Bean”. Following an eighteen-month development phase, Samsung unveiled the S III on 3 May 2012 in London. The device was released in 28 European and Middle Eastern countries on 29 May 2012, before being progressively released in other major markets in June 2012. Prior to release, 9 million pre-orders were placed by more than 100 carriers globally. The S III was released by approximately 300 carriers in nearly 150 countries at the end of July 2012. More than 20 million units of the S III were sold within the first 100 days of release. Samsung has since sold more than 30 million devices. (Wiki)


Now, above photo is a snap-shot of a tool I used to do some comparison in terms of Social Media. Using these search queries for iPhone 5, “iphone5” OR “iphone 5” OR “#iphone5” OR “@iphone5” and for Samsung Galaxy S3, “samsung s3” OR “samsung galaxy s3” OR “GalaxySIII” OR “@S3Galaxy” OR “@samsungs3” OR “samsungsiii”. Running these search in my tool to see comparison. And I’ve found out that iPhone 5 got more mentions as compared to Samsung Galaxy S3 weather it is Blogs, News, Forums and Twitter. (sysomos map)

Both phones has their own advantages and disadvantages. But at the end of everything, still only you has the power to decide which phone suits you, your personality. You might be influenced by some people, friends and relatives but it is still you can decide which phone can make you happy and contented. Here are some links you want to check if you are still confuse. (digital trends and trusted reviews)


Giant Lantern Festival (Pampanga)

19 Dec

feature photo -Pampanga Giant Parol Festival

One of the most awaited event every December for Kapampangan is The Giant Lantern Festival. Every year it is being held in the City of Pampanga, in San Fernando. The City is known as the “Christmas Capital of the Philippines”. During Christmas Season, you can find a lot of lanterns in the city, that’s why it is also popularly known as “The City of Lanterns”.

The first lantern festival was held to honor President Manuel L. Quezon. At that time, Quezon made Arayat his rest area and converted Mount Arayat into a tourist resort. As a show of gratitude to Quezon, the people of San Fernando held a Christmas lantern contest to honor the first family. Quezon himself donated the prize for his lantern contest, which was personally awarded to the winner by First Lady Aurora Aragon Quezon. (Wiki)


The San Fernando lantern industry evolved from the Giant Lantern Festival of San Fernando. The festival, which is held every December, finds its roots in Bacolor where a much simpler activity was held. Following the transfer of the provincial capital from Bacolor to San Fernando in August 1904, this lantern event followed as well. “Ligligan Parol” was said to have started in San Fernando in 1904. But some say that the “Ligligan Parol” did not happen immediately after the transfer and in fact began in 1908.

This predecessor of the modern day Giant Lantern Festival was actually a religious activity which we know today as “lubenas.” The lanterns measured just two feet in diameter, a far cry from the fifteen feet that we see today. These were created in each barrio from bamboo and other locally available materials. During the nine-day novena before Christmas, which coincided with the simbang gabi from December 16 to 24, these paruls were brought around each barrio in procession to their visita. Before the midnight Mass on Christmas Eve, the lanterns were brought to the town church together with the barrio patrons.

This tradition gradually evolved as the lanterns became bigger and the designs more intricate. Later, one big lantern was made for each barrio, which was created through a cooperative effort. Each resident contributed to its construction, from the concept and design, to the materials and labor. In the end, these lanterns became a symbol of unity for the barrios.

It was in 1931 that electricity was introduced to the San Fernando lantern, thus sparking the birth of the first Giant Lantern Festival. The added illusion of dancing lights highlighted the bright colors and intricate designs of these Giant Lanterns. At this time, the lights were controlled by individual switches that were turned on and off following the beat of the music. The barangays of Del Pilar, Sta. Lucia and San Jose were among the first barangays to participate in the festival. (Wiki)


And just recently, they held the “Giant Lantern Festival 2012” in Robinson’s San Fernando. On December 15, 2012, Saturday, Barangay Del Pilar claimed the Giant Lantern Festival crown. They took a giant star-shaped trophy and Php 120, 000 prize. Telabastagan placed second and got Php 60, 000 and San Jose placed the 3rd and got Php 40, 000.

Truly, it was a big event now not only for Kapampangan but also for foreigners and other tourists. Gathered as one to commemorates the essence of Christmas.

Why I joined Igo2group?

18 Dec


Good Day everyone! My name is Naiah Donna Mercado Laxa. I’am from Philippines. I was name after Ninoy Aquino International Airport because my birthday falls every 21st of august, and that was the death anniversary of the late Ninoy Aquino. It was my grand father who named me after the airport.

For the past 5 years, I’ve been with call center industry. And just recently I decided to change my career path. With the help of Cecilio Bong Ramos, Kevin Leversee and Antoine  Houdaille, I joined Igo2group Philippines.

What is Igo2group?

We are a Social Business Company supporting Critical Social Media Business Strategies. We are business people. We have run sales teams, presales teams, lines of business, divisions, product management etc. We are not a marketing agency or PR company.

WHAT WE DO – iGo2 provides strategic insights to business and governments into the use of Social Media by their customers/citizens, partners, and competitors. Allowing our clients to execute planned Social Business Tactics based on ROI. iGo2 also provides Social Business Intelligence to monitor and measure the inputs and the outcomes to Social Strategy.

HOW WE DO IT – We Integrate SMART and Responsible Social Business practices, processes and technologies into the enterprise/government. We also train and recruit specialist skills.

WHO WE DO IT FOR – We deliver outcomes to governments and businesses that have identified Social Media as a key contributor to customer/citizen, partner and employee engagement and thereby enabling profitable growth or citizen outcomes.

WHY IT MATTERS – Today, nearly everyone is engaged in Social Media as it appeals to our 10 most basic desires. For your organisation this is not about engagement, but being engaging!

Our leadership team have held senior corporate positions similar to yours.  And we understand that the substantial and measurable benefits of weaving Social elements to the organisations’ environment,  also come with a requirement for learning and change – both for the client, and across the organisation.

That’s why we offer a transparent and supportive environment that helps you to retain control and visibility of initiatives while change is occurring.

Our proprietary frameworks help us create a road map for your initiative, while our extensive project management capability ensures we deliver projects in a methodical, effective manner.

What’s more, we partner with industry-leading technology and intelligence organisations to consistently fulfill the benefits that becoming a social enterprise offers. (Igo2group)

Currently I’ve got the position of Social Business Intelligence Analyst. Social Business Intelligence helps you to listen, interpret and respond to the needs of customers who openly express their wishes online. Using social BI you can incorporate social data into strategic decisions to great advantage.The social web is full of amazing data that with the right tools and analysis can be turned in incredible insights and intelligence on your markets, your customers and your competitors. (Igo2group)

All these things are new to me. I’m still on the process of learning. With my dedication and with the help of my colleagues and bosses, I know I can make it. Igo2 simply offers me everything, a good career path and really a financial rewarding job.

Who is Santa Claus?

17 Dec


Ho! Ho! Ho! Merry Christmas! Oh! Yes! 8 days to go before Christmas. Most of the people are excited, especially children. They are all waiting if they are in Santa’s list of gifts. They believe that once you were given a gift from Santa, you’ve been very kind and good for the whole year.

I remember the days when I was young, I usually stare at the window every night when Christmas is already near. Hoping that I will see him (Santa Claus) and handed me my gift personally, so that I can hug and thank him personally too. But I end up sleeping and the moment I woke up, I have a gift from him. It was placed under our Christmas Tree. And my parents will tell me “Santa does not want to wake you up, so he just dropped by and gave that one for you.”

As year passed by, I’m starting to come up with this question: Who is Santa Claus? No one could ever told me who is the real Santa. There were times that I thought Santa is just my mom or my dad. Now I did some research because this question did not leave me until now.

Santa Claus, also known as Saint NicholasFather Christmas and simply “Santa“, is a figure with legendary, mythical, historical and folkloric origins who, in many western cultures, is said to bring gifts to the homes of the good children during the late evening and overnight hours of Christmas eve, December 24. The modern figure was derived from the Dutch figure of Sinterklaas, which, in turn, was part of its basis in hagiographical tales concerning the historical figure of Christian bishop and gift giver Saint Nicholas. A nearly identical story is attributed by Greek Orthodox and Byzantine folklore to Saint Basil of Caesarea. Basil’s feast day on January 1 is considered the time of exchanging gifts in Greece. (Wikipedia)

Santa Claus is a fictional character of the Christmas and winter seasons. He is the combination of the main subject of several different stories, including the tales of Kris Kringle, Father Christmas, and real-life St. Nicholas of Greece. Santa is depicted in various ways around the world, based on how these stories have come together over time, but in the West, he is shown as a jolly, fat man with a white beard and red suit. He lives at the North Pole, rides a sleigh pulled by reindeer, enters homes of good children once a year via the chimney and delivers toys. People generally consider him to be a symbol of goodwill, hope, magic, and joy, but in some regions he is controversial. (WiseGeek)

The true story of Santa Claus begins with Nicholas, who was born during the third century in the village of Patara. At the time the area was Greek and is now on the southern coast of Turkey. His wealthy parents, who raised him to be a devout Christian, died in an epidemic while Nicholas was still young. Obeying Jesus’ words to “sell what you own and give the money to the poor,” Nicholas used his whole inheritance to assist the needy, the sick, and the suffering. He dedicated his life to serving God and was made Bishop of Myra while still a young man. Bishop Nicholas became known throughout the land for his generosity to those in need, his love for children, and his concern for sailors and ships. (Santa Claus)

Facts or Myth, I know that here in my heart he will always be the man I’m waiting every Christmas. Because of him there is joy, excitement and hope on every children’s face during Christmas.