A lead Pinoy tech startup should follow

When Illiac Diaz introduced the solar bottle to the poor households in the Philippines I thought the Pinoy tech startup community will take hint. Unfortunately, as of the moment none has followed. Generally, most Pinoy tech startups are still on the social media/mobile app whirlpool. Perhaps one more lead is needed. This is where the gravity-powered lamp comes in.

The GravityLight

A British company invented an electric light that runs by hanging a sandbag (or any weight for that matter) which through the aid of gravity runs a dynamo within the device. The dynamo in turn produces the electricity to power the light. An ingenious piece of work given that gravity is free and never runs out. They intend to distribute it in Africa and India.

So why not the Philippines, too?

But anyway, the real point here is that this is the kind of things the Philippines need, particularly those in the impoverished sector. Things that doesn’t cost much, relatively simple to operate, and creates a domino effect of positive results.

Read the full article here:

Mantra for 2013

A reminder to my future self

“Magic does exist. It is real and incessant. It is compelled by a force so powerful that abstract concepts — acceptance, kindness, peace, contentment — become empirical as a heartbeat. Acceptance is a friend who listens but does not give advice — not yet…”

[Credit to Nico Paolo Arguelles]

Ayala lights

Are you an Artist in waiting?

“They told you to get your résumé in order, to punch your ticket, to fit in, and to follow
instructions. They told you to swallow your pride, not to follow your dream.”

One young, brilliant individual who I came to know during my stint at the DOST-UP Enterprise Center for Technopreneurship posted this in Facebook. Clicking on it led me not to a site but to a sight – an  affirmation of a gut feel that I’ve tried so long to dismiss.

If you are among the many who are at the crossroads of their life, dragging your heart together with your foot, then perhaps Art is the way you should go.

I couldn’t give a discussion or position yet on We Are All Artists Now by Seth Godin as I’m currently in the middle of chewing and digesting it. All I can say is that the fist few pages already got me blazing. Perhaps you could do the same and we could exchange ideas.

Click on the link and allow your eyes be opened further.


What you feel isn’t necessarily what the world is

A few scenes I saw in the streets this morning left me shaken and questioning. But then again I was reminded of that fantastic Hobbit playing second to Frodo.

And so I’m keeping it. Faith in humanity.


Sam: I know. It’s all wrong. By rights we shouldn’t even be here. But we are. It’s like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger, they were. And sometimes you didn’t want to know the end. Because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened? But in the end, it’s only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come. And when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with you. That meant something, even if you were too small to understand why. But I think, Mr. Frodo, I do understand. I know now. Folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back, only they didn’t. They kept going. Because they were holding on to something.
Frodo: What are we holding onto, Sam?
Sam: That there’s some good in this world, Mr. Frodo… and it’s worth fighting for.

Source: http://www.imdb.com/character/ch0000142/quotes


This video is a testament that all is not lost.

Indeed, an unexpected briefing in the air

I am such a fan of the Lord of the Rings (LOTR), be it the books or the motion pictures. Fans, for sure, will be on its heel for every update and developments especially now that the first installation of a new trilogy is about to hit theaters this December 14 with the release of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey*. It has such a following that I don’t think it even needs grand promotions and advertisements so I was quite surprised when I found this Lord of the Rings-inspired Safety Video produced by Air New Zealand. I was so amused as I watched the rest of the video I just couldn’t help grinning the entire time. It was so creatively crafted I almost wished all airlines would do the same.

If it was effectivity and purpose they were after, the video surely delivered. At least for me.

See the Safety Video here:

And, the official trailer of the movie here:

*The Hobbit Trilogy is the prequel to the LOTR Trilogy and tells of how Bilbo Baggins ended up with the One Ring.

Ang Sabi Nila by William Elvin

It never ceases to amaze me whenever I get to come across original and ingenius piece of  works that have not reached commercial success yet.

Such is the case of Ang Sabi Nila by William Elvin. I don’t really know William Elvin nor have heard of his other works. All I know is that the first time I heard the song I sincerely loved it. It has depth and soul. In layman, may pinaghuhugutan.

This leads to the question why something so good has not reached commercial success, or at least presence? I guess the nearest answer would be the one from an OPM icon himself, Ely Buendia.

“This whole “death of OPM” thing is an imagined state of affairs that has been made semi-acceptable by the fact that right now people consider any kind of new music that fails to live up to the past in terms of sales or cultural impact a failure. This is what makes me depressed. And you should be too. I can name ten bands out there who are making vital, exciting music. You’ve never heard of them, they don’t sell gold records, but who says they should?” 


I’m hoping to bump into more of these brilliant, unheralded creations and creators.