Appstart Academy: Creating Apps and Bridging Gaps In our world, there are those who create and design bridges. Structures that are integral in getting others to their destinations. Coming as a mission to help others erase the distance between them and their dreams, Technopreneur Ann Jacobe along with her team have built Appstart Academy from the ground up, a training center that will launch aspiring individuals to be successful Appreneurs.

Trainings and Workshops: Innovating the Learning Experience

– Winning in the App Economy is a 3-hour workshop that will show the limitless opportunities in Appreneurship. It will equip attendees the tools and knowledge to succeed in this field of business.

– iOS Development Immersive is a 12-week program that will enable Appstart trainees to launch their app in 12 weeks transforming their ideas into revenue generating projects.

– iOStarter Pack is a 4-hour/3-day workshop for those starting in iOS Development who want to learn the ropes in coding apps.

– Advanced Swift is a 4-hour/week month-long program that will help take your existing Swift skills further while you build your real-world app.

– iOS for Designers is a 4-hour/3-day workshop for graphic designers who want to gain the XCode experience and learn to present prototype apps without writing too much codes.

– Specialized iOS Trainings and Workshops for Geo-Location, Push Notifications, AF Networking, Messaging and others will also be offered soon.

APPortunity Initiatives

APPortunity Initiative is Appstart Academy’s own way of supporting and encouraging women to be active in tech and the app development scenario. Through it, headstrong women in tech can be sponsored by willing financiers, companies and foundations. Given the proper funding and support, every determined woman can finally be given the chance to learn and become prime movers in the App Economy.

APPrentice Program

APPrentice is Appstart Academy’s way of recognizing real talent and helping those who want to get started with their goals right away. With the “Learn Now, Pay Later or Join Us” option, students can pay as they learn with realistic terms or eventually be a part of the Appstart Team.

Using competitive learning strategies, Appstart Academy promises an immersive learning experience that can bring every aspiring Appreneur to global status. Appstart Academy ushers in a vast window of opportunities for them here in the Philippines and beyond.





Just this month of July year 2016 Anne Villar Jacobe launch a company called AppStart, appstart is language development merely base for iOS or apple programming. It focuses to build different kind of application for iOS mobile and iMac application.

Let me give you brief story about the brain of AppStart, Ms. Ann Villar Jacobe is very active such as Hackaton, Hack2Bigas and so on as long as there is programming fundamentals involve until one day decided to study in USA to learn more about programming and this time is Xcode base.

Xcode is a language use to build an apple or mac application for iPhone, iPad, iTouch and iMac.

And so the day come that ann studied more about xcode and build an application for apple until such give birth to her first application called ShopAholic, of course there is a partner to be more precise for this project.


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WebGeek DevCup Hackathon 2016

WebGeek DevCup Hackathon 2016 Registration Starts July 18th


For the fifth consecutive year, WebGeek will host its annual hackathon, DevCup, on August 20-21, 2016 at the Meralco Multi-purpose Hall in Ortigas.

DevCup aims to bring together amazing developers, designers, and technology professionals to create innovative apps and showcase the Philippine developer talent. Participants are provided with a theme in which they must develop their app and they are given two days to complete their app to be presented to the judges.

Last 2015, 70 teams battled it out for the DevCup championship title. Out of the 70 registered teams, 60 apps were presented at the end of the event for the judges to select. The winning team of Jose Marco Padillo, Giovanni Angelo Balaguer and Micah Andrew Bule of Cynder,  presented their app First Response which provides crowdsourced notifications for information dissemination during a disaster or calamity . On second place are Jezer Crespo, Marc Levinson B. Suarez, Reynaldo Del Rosario Jr  of Xudoer with Xonar and CodeBuddy was third place with Connectify, with members Patrick Ofilada and Rommel David.

Early bird registration opens on July 18 until the 20. You can sign up as an individual, or up to a maximum of three as a team. Last year, tickets were sold out in just 2 days. Better to register early, as the event only have limited slots.

This year’s DevCup is expected to be as exciting as the previous years’ hackathons with the participation and support of Philippine developers as well as its esteemed sponsors. With your support we can make it a collaborative and fun experience for everyone.

For those who are interested to sponsor, shoot them an email at

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Advocacy program by Alcatel

Advocacy program raises awareness about mental illness
in the Philippines

It’s a sad reality that in the Philippines, there’s an undeniable stigma with families whose one or more members are suspected to be suffering from mental illness. Most are hesitant to go to a psychiatrist for consultation because once the people around them find out about it, there’s a tendency to be looked at differently — to be considered not normal.

This, according to Edmundo Isidro, president of Open Minds Foundation, is a crucial factor why mental health continues to be a growing problem in the country. “Stigma against mental illness can only be addressed by promoting education and awareness about it among individuals, families and communities,” Isidro said.

For people suffering from mental health problems, the social stigma attached to their illness can make it even harder to recover. Their conditions are also made worse with the discrimination they experience not just from the society but from their families and friends as well. Recognizing this, Open Minds Foundation seeks to have relatives and friends of mentally ill patients gain a deeper understanding of mental illnesses, as well as help and train them to find ways to cope. The support group’s objectives also complement other private efforts, such as an advocacy program dubbed as the “Patient’s Equity to Support ‘Out-of-Pocket Expense’ Value” (PESO Value). Funded by Johnson & Johnson (Philippines), Inc., (JJPI), it seeks to develop models of healthcare financing including for mental illness.

Since 2002, Open Minds Foundation has been hosting a forum each month at the Quezon City General Hospital, wherein they invite a psychiatrist to talk about mental illness on specific topics. Their participants, composed of 30 to 40 patients and caregivers, learn more about schizophrenia, depression, bipolar, anxiety, among others. In addition, the support group also has a regular radio program to reach out to more mental ill patients and their families, as well as a call center that provides a directory of psychiatrists. Through these efforts, they hope to make the public aware that mental illness is a disease that is curable and can be managed, Isidro said.

Consulting a psychiatrist is what saved the life of a 36-year-old mental patient diagnosed with schizophrenia, whose name will not be divulged for personal reasons. According to his mother, who also wishes to remain anonymous, she sought help for her son when he was in his early 20s, after he manifested unusual behavior, such as having difficulty in sleeping, shaving his hair and physically hurting himself and other people. The family could not pinpoint the exact reason that triggered the mental illness, but they suspect it was because of the high expectations set on him as the eldest, or the stress that he experienced from work. Prior to his diagnosis, the patient was working as a mechanic in one of the country’s leading automotive companies.

Stress was also one of the factors that led to the bipolar disorder of a 46-year-old mentally ill patient, who will also not be named. A widow with four sons, she believes her condition started as early as in her 20s, when she worked as an all-around maid for her relative. Over fatigue took a toll not only on her physical health but on her mental well-being as well, which was worsened by her marital problems. These led her to be depressed, and after going to the hospital for her goiter, she was recommended to seek the help of a psychiatrist. According to her, she displayed odd behavior, such as being too talkative.

Isidro confirmed that stress could be one of the triggers of mental illness. In fact, there is an upsurge of mental illness because of work schedules and unhealthy lifestyles, according to him. He reiterated, however, the importance of consulting a psychiatrist or a doctor to correct their mental health. In both cases, the two patients are taking medications to stabilize their conditions, upon the recommendation of their doctors. While the cost is considerably expensive, they opt for quality medicines to ensure efficacy, so they only take it once a day.

More than the financial support for hospital confinement or to buy medicines, mental ill patients need the utmost understanding of their families who usually are their caregivers. In the case of the 46-year-old bipolar, it took a long time for her family to accept her condition, mostly because they were embarrassed. The 36-year-old schizophrenic, on the other hand, do not experience the empathy of his friends, who do not understand his situation.

Support groups such as Open Minds Foundation and efforts such as the PESO VALUE aim to free mentally ill patients from the social stigma and discrimination, which can trap them in a cycle of illness. With the help of various advocacy programs focused on mental illness, patients not only have higher chances of managing their mental health, but of recovering fully.


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Asia E- Commerce Expo 2015

Asia E- Commerce Expo 2015 (#AECoE) will be at SMX Aura, Taguig on November 25, 2015, Wednesday and brought to you by TAG Media and Public Relations. #AECoE will give you a unique opportunity to learn from, and network with senior leaders from the biggest brands in Asia Pacific region and in which the leading e-commerce experts from emerging markets, award winning e-commerce players and established e-retailers in APAC gather under one roof. Industry leaders will share independent experiences and insights for delegates from different countries. You can be a part of this inspiring environment and benefit from the excellent networking opportunities it offers. Asia E Commerce Expo 2015 (#AECoE) is expecting 300 attendees & up to 30 companies to share their products and services in the expo. For partnership/sponsorship, please contact the organizer at 09166299381 or at Registration Fee per delegate: Php 3,000.00 (Inclusion: Snacks, Elegant Buffet Lunch, Conference and Expo.)



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Asia Digital Marketing Expo 2015

Asia Digital Marketing Expo 2015

On July 26, 2015 at SMX Aura, Taguig, Philippines, The biggest gathering of leaders for digital marketing was held and attended by top executives from different industries from the following companies;

Adec Innovations
Air Asia Philippines
Apag Marangle
Artstream Hospitality Management Group Inc
Asian Institute of Management
Azalea Residences
Blue Dynamics Inc
Bounty Fresh
Business Process Outsourcing International
Chalre Associates
Commission On Election
Compos Mentis Inc
Creative Voices Production
Department of Science and Technology
Digital Club Filipino
Elabram Systems Group
Forward Direct Selling Company
Globe GCash
Helix Technologies
Hotel La Corona De Lipa
NWSteel Tehnologies
One Lightning
Orchid Cybertech
Paradigm Global
Philippine Software Industry Association
PMCM Events Management
Santuario Divino Memorial Resort
San Miguel Corporation
Subic Travelers Hotel
Summit Media
Sunlife of Canada
Tech One Global Phils, Inc.
Tree Top Adventure Inc
Victoria Court
Xyxon Pte. Ltd
Zoomanity Group

Thanks so much for the following speakers and moderators who made the event successful;

• Mario Montejo- Secretary, Department of Science and Technology (DOST)
• Xavier Marzan- CEO and President, Globe GCash
• Constantin Robertz- Managing Director, Zalora
• Tina Pang- Head of Online Sales, Twitter
• Dr. Donald Lim – Chief Digital Officer, ABS CBN.
• Kristian Melquiades – General Manager, Viber
• Earl Valencia- Head of Corporate Development/Innovation, Smart Communications
• Jonathan De Luzuriaga- President, Philippine Software Industry Association
• Janette Toral – E Commerce Advocate, Digital Club Filipino.
• Rebecca Bustamante -President & CEO, Chalre Associates.
• Mikel Yaw -Managing Director, Elabram Systems Group (ESG)
• Chinkee Tan – Motivational Speaker, Book Author, Radio Host
• Carlos Celdran – Brand Ambassador, Tour Guide
• Robert Yupangco – President, Yupangco Group of Companies
• Tanya Llana – Business Strategist and Director of Sales & Marketing, Victoria Court
• Pocholo De Leon Gonzalez – CEO, Creative Voices Productions.
• James Jimenez – Director and Spokesman, Philippines Commission On Election (COMELEC)
• Lewis Hong- Web Digital Marketing Specialist, Xyxon Pte. Ltd.
• Kim Bernardo Lokin- Managing Editor, Business+Class Magazine
• Chris Kiklas- CEO, EmLogis Philippines

Sponsors and Exhibitors;

Air Asia Philippines
Apag Marangle
Azalea Residences
Bounty Fresh
KCs Catering
Globe GCash
Got it all Marketing
Mernels Cake
Netplay Inc
PMCM Events Management
Tree Top Adventure Inc
Zoomanity Group

#AdMe is presented/organized by TAG Media & Public Relations. For more info please check & for partnership/sponsorship to the next events, please contact the organizer at 09166299381 or at



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Asia Digital Marketing Expo 2015

Asia Digital Marketing Expo 2015 (#AdMe) will be held at SMX Aura, Taguig on July 26, 2015 with a theme: Empower, Connect, Inspire & Learn.

The Philippines is known to be the hub of everything; Business Process Outsourcing, Knowledge Process Outsourcing, Network Planning & Optimization, Investment Grade, Empowered Talents and the Social Media Capital of the World.

Filipinos, more or less, are 100 million already as of 2014, while 30% are online, 100% are using mobile phones and most of us have two each, no wonder that different companies both local and international are putting up their digital marketing department as well as hiring of online strategists as part of the competitive edge of the company, and most importantly to reach the target market faster.

At Asia Digital Marketing Expo 2015, different top executives will join together to share the future of Online Marketing in the Philippines with the following points:

• The digital economy of the Philippines
• Positioning the Philippines as a gateway from East to West and West to East
• Is the Philippines ready to be a cashless society?
• Disrupting tradition and embracing innovation
• Technology and Entrepreneurship driving inclusive growth
• Micro – multinationals E-commerce connecting SMEs to ASEAN and beyond
Speakers are from international & local scenes who are leaders & powerful influencers. Some of them are as follows;

Constantin Robertz is the Managing Director of Zalora in the Philippines. He has lived in the Philippines since 2013 and previously worked with Rocket Internet in Global Venture Development, building its e-commerce ventures around the world in different functions, working with Zalando (Europe’s #1 e-commerce company), Lamoda(Russia’s leader in fashion e-commerce), and Zalora(Asia’s #1 online fashion destination). Before Rocket Internet, Constantin co-founded a personalized online shopping mall in Germany. He studied Business Administration in St.Gallen (Switzerland) and Singapore.

Dr. Donald Lim is the Chief Digital Officer of ABS CBN. Donald worked at Inquirer, & the Founding Officer of Internet Mobile Marketing Association of the Philippines (IMMAP).

Richard Upton is the President of John Robert Powers who lives in the Philippines for 45 years and managing all the companies’ transactions in Asia. When his company first use online marketing, sales went up dramatically which made him a firm believer of the power of technology.

Janette Toral is the CEO of Digital Club Filipino. Her Philippine Blogging Summit which she started 12 years ago with a yearly conference has been always a success. which she holds at University of the Philippines Malcolm Theater. She is considered as the E-Commerce Guru in the Philippines because of her contribution in different Internet & Electronic Bills which were pushed in the Philippines.

Rebecca Bustamante is the President of ChalresAssociates. She is considered as the most accomplished woman in Asia because of her struggles to succeed as a Domestic Helper who became the CEO of a multinational company.

Before becoming a CEO, Rebecca became the Director of Sales from an international cosmetics company in Canada. She’s also the President of Asia CEO Forum & Asia CEO Awards with a series of leadership seminars monthly in the Philippines.

Mikel Yaw is the Managing Director of Elabram Systems Group (ESG) with Headquarter in Malaysia & offices in the Philippines, Indonesia & Thailand. ESG main solutions are Network Planning & Optimization, Talent Acquisition & Deployment, Business Process Outsourcing & Knowledge Process Outsourcing. Mikel receives awards from HuaweiChina for the project contributions.

Mikel also won different awards in Malaysia & Indonesia as Entrepreneur ofthe Year. For two years, Mikel participated as one of the speakers at LTE World Summit in Amsterdam & in USA and as a speaker for the upcoming LTE Middle East in Dubai this May 2015.

Chinkee Tan is the famous motivational speaker with more than 200 talks a year all over the globe. He is a wealth and wellness coach, using Social Media in his advocacies and to reach his target audience.

Carlos Celdran is the famous Tour Guide in the Philippines and a Brand Ambassador of different B2C companies. He is well known for his different advocaciesand became more famous when his popular “Damaso” stint at Manila Cathedral was featured in international magazines and newspapers.

Robert Yupangco is the President of Yupangco Group of Companies; Zoomanity Group (Zoobic Safari, Residence Inn Tagaytay, Paradizoo Cavite, Zoocobia Pampanga, Zoocolate Thrills Bohol), YL Finance, Bel Air Transport, Nanten Restaurant, Misono Japanese Restaurant & Yamaha Music.

Tanya Llana is currently the Business Strategist and Director of Sales & Marketing of Victoria Court and the General Manager of Hotel La Corona De Lipa. For Victoria Court, Ms. Llana handles targeting new market segments, innovating revenue direction and ensures social media maximisation.

Victoria Court’s vision is to be the perfect host and mission is to aim forgenuine happiness for everyone, everyday, every stay and in every way.

As the General Manager of Hotel La Corona De Lipa, she strives to give herguests crystal clean rooms & amenities, quality food & beverage, and impeccable service. At Hotel La Corona De Lipa, she believes that the customer is King.

Camille Montejo is the CEO of NW Steel Technologies & Tree Top Adventure. Tree Top Adventure provides the only Motorized Team Building Facility in the Philippines & the 1st Motorized Zip Lines in Asia.

Pocholo De Leon Gonzalez is the CEO of Creative Voices Productions & shared his voice to 1000 projects around the globe with more than 10 radio shows in the Philippines. He is the most popular speaker for 3 consecutive years under Laguna Blogging Summit. Pocholo was the finalist at the recently concluded Asia CEO Awards last year.

James Jimenez is the Director and Spokesman of the Philippines Commission On Election (COMELEC). His topic will be “Disrupting tradition and embracing innovation” to share his expertise and experience of breaking the traditional and the effectiveness of the new technology especially in advocacy.

Asia Digital Marketing Expo 2015 (#AdMe) is expecting 1000 visitors with up to 30 companies to share their products and services. #AdMe is presented/organized by TAG Media & Public Relations.

For more information,you may visit For partnership and sponsorship, you may contact Engr. Grace Nicolas at 09166299381 or at

Registration Fee: Early bird rate Php 1,500.00 (Use coupon “adme”) until May 2015. Regular Rate Php2,000.00 from June 2015- July 26, 2015. Registration Fee Bank deposit to TAG Media and Public Relations BPI Checking Account # 1680 0010 29 (Inclusion: Snacks, Buffet Lunch, Conference and Expo.)



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