FBN Welcomes 2020 with a Fresh Start and Full of Positivity

It really is the best thing about facing a new year, a new decade. It can signal a fresh start and yes, positivity.

Another chapter in our lives unfolds in the beginning of each year. 2020 is extra special since it is also the start of a new decade.

We all await exciting opportunities for a fresh start and new beginnings in our personal lives and of course in our blogging community. No matter what your goals are in 2020 or how many new year’s resolutions you plan on making this year, we should always find time to celebrate and reminisce all of your experiences from 2019, whether good or bad; and welcome the new year ahead with hope and positivity.

For eight consecutive years, the Filipino Bloggers Network (FBN) hold its annual get together and this year it will be a fun pan pizza party in Quezon City.

It will surely be an afternoon of great fun, awesome giveaways, delicious food and a great opportunity to make new friends and catch up with old friends they have not seen for a while. Representatives of different sponsors, PR groups and brands are also expected to grace the event and personally thank bloggers and social media influencers who have supported them in the past years, or should we say at least in the last decade.

FBN currently has a membership of more than 2,000 and continues to expand as it provides a venue for Filipino bloggers, vloggers, and online writers and influencers to interact with other members and partner brands from different parts of the Philippines. Moderating the discussions and posting opportunities from different sponsors for the group are co-admins Divine RC, Richard Mamuyac and Lariza Garcia, the annual event has become even bigger on its 8th run.

This year’s celebration would not have been possible without the support of the following generous sponsors and partners:

Century Park Hotel Manila

Situated in the heart of Manila’s business, cultural, shopping and entertainment district is one of the most renowned and finest hotels in the metropolis. A mere seven (7) kilometres away from the Ninoy International Airport, Century Park Hotel – the premier hotel in Manila, is also an ideal airport hotel for busy executives. Follow Century Park Hotel Manila on Facebook for news and updates > https://web.facebook.com/centuryparkhotelmanila.officialpage/.


FuentesManila is one of the few full-service PR agencies in the Philippines. While publicity remains its core service, FuentesManila provides the following services to its clients: Publicity; Special Events;  Online Publicity; Advertising; Media Monitoring; Creatives & Graphic Design; and Digital PR. Follow Fuentes Manila on Facebook for news and updates >  https://web.facebook.com/fuentesmanilapublicrelations/.

www.wnot.com.ph (What’s New Out There)

www.wnot.com.ph (What’s New Out There) is an online guide of all new items and products that is introduced in the market or even a product that is to be launched in the industry. WNOT was established in August 2011 to give our consumers an idea of every new product to be purchased. WNOT provides a user-friendly search engine that allows keyword searching, company promotion, and Search Engine Optimization (SEO). This site also acts as a directory for article submission which offers more exposure across the net. Follow www.wnot.com.ph (What’s New Out There) on Facebook for news and updates >  https://web.facebook.com/WhatsNewOutThere/.

Cebuana Lhuillier

The P.J. Lhuillier, Inc. (PJLI) is the proud parent company of the Cebuana Lhuillier Pawnshop, one of the leading and largest non-bank financial services provider in the Philippines with 2,500 branches nationwide. PJLI attributes its dominance in the industry to integrity and heartfelt service, robust network of local and international industry partners, and steadfast commitment to nurture market-leading businesses for its growing clientele. Visit Cebuana Lhuillier website for news and updates > https://www.cebuanalhuillier.com/.

DZBB’s Dobol B Bantay Balita  

Dobol B Bantay Balita sa Kamara is a radio-television program aired simultaneously in Super Radyo DZBB 594 khz and GMA News TV Channel 27 every Sunday, 10am to 11am. Hosted by DZBB’s House of Representatives reporter, Divine Reyes, the program discusses current events, news and issues in the country. Follow Dobol B Bantay Balita on Facebook for news and updates > https://web.facebook.com/DobolBBantayBalita/.

CID Communication

CID is a pioneering, full-service corporate communication agency in the Philippines. CID’s dedicated professionals craft and engineer communication programs and campaigns to bring out and project the essence of organizations, individuals or products. Follow CID Communication on Facebook for news and updates > https://web.facebook.com/CIDCommunication/.

Havas Media Ortega

Havas Media Ortega is the first full-service media agency providing end-to-end solutions in the Philippines. It does not only offer the most complete and cohesive set of media services in the Philippines, it also aspires to provide clients work that is best in class in all the media channels on offer. Follow Havas Media Ortega on Facebook for news and updates > https://web.facebook.com/HavasMediaOrtega/.

Perceptions, Inc.

Perceptions is a public relations company that provides PR counseling and various corporate and marketing communications services to business and industrial organizations, government institutions as well as trade and professional associations. Follow Perceptions, Inc. on Facebook for news and updates > https://web.facebook.com/Perceptions.Inc/.


FleishmanHillard specializes in public relations, reputation management, public affairs, brand marketing, digital strategy, social engagement and content strategy. Visit their website, https://fleishmanhillard.com/about/ for news and updates.

Salgado Public Relations

Salgado PR specializes in PR, Event Execution, Creative Design, Digital Marketing and Influencer Management. Follow Salgado Public Relations on Facebook for news and updates > https://web.facebook.com/SalgadoPR/.

LeapOut Digital

LeapOut Digital is a leading digital marketing agency based in Manila offering digital marketing services for brands, SMEs, and agencies. They started as a search engine optimization (SEO) company in 2008 in Manila, helping raise the awareness of SMEs in the Philippines and other countries through their expertise of digital technologies. Visit their website, https://leapoutdigital.com/ for news and updates.


Ripple8 is the full-service PR arm of DDB Group Philippines. With a clientele comprising top brands in diverse fields, they provide expert traditional and digital PR services, combining creativity and effective communication to create ripples of positive change. Follow Ripple8 on Facebook for news and updates > https://web.facebook.com/ripple8/.

Strategic Works, Inc.

Strategic Works, Inc. live for the possibility of making an idea come to life as they align their passion with the client’s needs. They spot the hot buttons that unlock consumers’ hearts and brand success. Stratworks do Public Relations; Creative Services; Activations; Events Management; Digital Marketing; Advocacy and Social Marketing. Follow Strategic Works, Inc. on Facebook for news and updates > https://web.facebook.com/StratWorks/.

Lorem Ipsum Communications

Lorem Ipsum Communications is a marketing communications agency offering the following services: Digital & Traditional Public Relations; Event Management; Social Media Management; Creative Design and Human Resources Consultation. Follow Loremipsum on Facebook for news and updates > https://web.facebook.com/LoremIpsumCommPH/

Greenbulb Communications

Greenbulb Communications is an integrated communications solution firm specializing in Digital PR and Communications strategies that work. Follow Greenbulb on Facebook for news and updates > https://web.facebook.com/GreenbulbComms/.

Full Circle Communications, Inc.

Full Circle Communications, Inc. is a full-service public relations firm established in 2000. They work with clients to create proactive, ongoing public relations campaigns that generate positive press coverage. Follow Full Circle Communications on Facebook for news and updates > https://web.facebook.com/fccpr.ph/.


M2Social is a team of young, creative, and passionate social media advocates. They believe that social media is not just about pushing out content – it’s about reaching out and telling your brand story to a well-targeted audience using content that’s timely, relevant, and strategic. Visit M2Comms’ website, https://www.m2comms.com/ for news and updates.

Buensalido Public Relations

Buensalido and Associates Public Relations is a leading and independent full-service public relations agency based in Manila, Philippines. Established in 1983 by renowned PR practitioner Joy Buensalido, the agency has since grown into a close-knit group of young, creative, and motivated individuals, who are always teeming with fresh and original concepts. Follow Buensalido Public Relations on Facebook for news and updates > https://web.facebook.com/BuensalidoPublicRelations/

Dominguez Marketing Communications Inc.

Dominguez Marketing Communications Inc. is a top-notch Philippines-based integrated marketing communications and public relations company trusted by global companies and SMEs serving major industries such as Information Technology (IT), telecommunications, banks, health and wellness, pharmaceuticals, travel, logistics, consumer and household products. Visit Dominguez Marketing Communications’ website, https://www.dominguezmarketing.net/ for news and updates.

Browne Communications

An agency of global tech, pharma & lifestyle brands where bright minds, inventive thinkers, ingenious beings and imaginative humans thrive. Follow Browne Communications on Facebook for news and updates > https://web.facebook.com/BrowneComm/.

i55 Talent House

Named after a bible verse, the brains of i55 Talent House responded to what’s needed to be done to create and inspire people with messages. Their talents work with clients to nurture ideas, practice creativity, curate, so we can all live in a world of inspiring messages. Follow i55 Talent House on Facebook for news and updates > https://web.facebook.com/i55TalentHouseCorp/.

EON Group

Delivering insightful communication solutions that enable trust-based relationships. Follow EON Group on Facebook for news and updates > https://web.facebook.com/theEONgroup/.

Aldenver Events

A team of dedicated and passionate individuals who are mastering their craft in creating and organizing different kinds of events. Follow Aldenver Events on Facebook for news and updates > https://web.facebook.com/aldenvereventsmktg/


Trendspotting is a Brand & Advertising Consultancy company which targets great result. Follow Trendspotting on Facebook for news and updates > https://web.facebook.com/TrendspottingConsultancy/.

Prosolutions Management Corp 

A dynamic player in the PR industry for the past 15 years that handled and developed communications and media strategies for corporate and government Clients.
We develop sound strategies that achieve maximum exposure and optimal returns for our Client’s unique identity and specific needs, that focuses on strategic and effective PR. Follow  on Facebook for news and updates >https://www.facebook.com/PROSolutions.Ph/

Fujidenzo Appliances

Fujidenzo Home and Commercial Appliances combine style and performance to meet the high demands of fast-paced living. Taking into account the high cost of living and non-stop surge of prices of commodities, Fujidenzo Appliances are designed to give quality performance at the most consumer-friendly prices. With Fujidenzo, you get the latest features and technologies all within the budget of the average Filipino household. Follow Fujidenzo on Facebook for news and updates > https://web.facebook.com/FujidenzoAppliances/.

doTERRA Essential Oils Philippines

dōTERRA® produces and distributes exceptionally high quality CPTG® essential oils through more than three million independent distributors, also known as Wellness Advocates, around the world. In addition to a premium line of essential oils used by individuals and health-care professionals alike, dōTERRA® also offers products that are naturally safe, purely effective, and infused with CPTG® essential oils, including personal care and spa products, nutritional supplements, and healthy living products. Follow doTERRA Essential Oils Philippines on Facebook for news and updates > http://www.mydoterra.com/jrpagalilauan.


An industry leader in the production of powder and cream hair color. At the same time, it also carries its professional line of hair care products which includes cream hair color, shampoo, conditioner, and rebonding formulas. Novelina is also the OEM manufacturer of hair-color for two of the world’s largest and most prestigious hair-dye brands being marketed in countries such as Vietnam, Thailand, Japan, China, North and South America, as well as the Middle East. Follow Novelina on Facebook for news and updates > https://web.facebook.com/novelinacosmetics/

Sinalco Philippines

Sinalco is a German brand of non-alcoholic drinks that has been refreshing the European market since the early 1900’s.  It stands by the German quality standard which only means that the highest grade of ingredients and manufacturing is applied to the production and flavor of the beverages. Follow Sinalco Philippines on Facebook for news and updates > https://web.facebook.com/sinalcoph/.

Barlico Philippines

Barlico may have been popularly known as a coffee substitute, but this healthy drink is more than just that. It is made of barley grass from barley plant, which is among the earliest grown sweetgrass in the world that traces its history even before 5000 BC, popular among ancient Greeks and Romans. It’s been dubbed as “nature’s best fast food” attributing to its multidimensional health benefits. Follow Barlico Philippines on Facebook for news and updates > https://web.facebook.com/barlicophilippines/.

Bubble Man

Bubble Man is a highly effici12ent, economical, environment friendly, & Philippine-made Dishwashing Liquid that promises to make cleaning easier and more fun for the entire family. Follow Bubble Man on Facebook for news and updates > https://web.facebook.com/BubblemanPH/.


One Proud Momma – https://www.oneproudmomma.com/

Digital Circles Asia http://digitalcircles.asia/

Good News Manila https://goodnewsmanila.com/

The News Makers http://www.thenewsmakers.info

LarizaGarcia.com http://www.larizagarcia.com



Welcoming a New Decade

Here we are facing a new year, a new decade.

I am just thankful for the blessings of the past year and the lessons learned. And I look forward to a fresh year of growth and being the best version of myself and continuing to live a life with purpose.

As the year ended this song proved to be an inspiration for me. Perhaps, it will be the same for you, too. After all, we all need a miracle worker and way maker. We need Someone who will be our light and guide in this life.

10 Things to Do to Build New Friendships/Relationships By the New Year

Whether we are single or not, I think we can all have more fun and better health when we engaged in relationships and build new ones. However, building new relationships can be a struggle among single people at times.

Let’s face it and I’m speaking from my long years of being single. Sometimes we become so used to being by ourselves, doing our own thing, being with the same group of people. And when we continue on this path year after year, we don’t really get to know new people and possibly date someone new.

Again from my experience and that of my friends, we had to invest time and energy (and even resources!) to be able to meet new people to build lasting friendships and for some to build relationships that paved the way to the altar.

So really, we have to welcome new things. New way of doing things. And it is the new year. It really is time for the new. (Okay. Overemphasis of the word “new” in this paragraph.)

Allow me then to tell you some new things you can consider doing on New Year’s Eve that can possibly pave the way for new friendships and relationships. Here we go:

1. Join a party or gathering outside of your own family circle and usual circle of friends.

Of course, if you stick to the same group of people, you won’t really meet someone new. Spend time with your family and gang on other days but for this coming new year’s eve, try something new. (Okay, you can tag along one or two of your singles buddies to the party/gathering).

Now, don’t tell me you have no idea which party/gathering to go to. Ask around, read up, scour social media, check out establishments (hotels, events center) in your area which can be sponsoring new year’s eve party or countdown events. Go out. Mingle.

2. Organize your own party/countdown event.

Well, if you can’t find an event to your liking, why not organize your own? And since you are the host, it can be as elaborate or as simple as you like. And it can be as fun as you like.

For this you may consider inviting some close family members and friends but MAKE SURE you invite new people, too. So it makes sense that before this new year’s eve event, you should already have a list of who to possibly invite, worked out the costs, the venue. This can be really fun, you know 🙂

3. Go online.

Yes, go online and connect with new people. This was what a couple of my friends did. They went on and tried dating sites and actually met their future husbands online. Yup, this happens more times than we know.

If you are based in UK, you can try out dating site uk . This can be something new for you but check it out and consider giving it a try. The international dating site to check: welovedates.com.

4. Hang out at a music club.

Okay, you may add hang out at a dance club, too. I just prefer the music club (like jazz club or folk music club) because I prefer listening/playing music than dancing 🙂 Many of these clubs stay open past midnight.

The point is that just by being at a place where you can enjoy something you like, like listening/playing music and dancing will bring you in the company of new people who love the same things you do.

5. Travel to a new place.

Why not? Travelling can open up new things for you to experience and yes, to meet new people.

A few days before new year’s eve, drive, sail or fly away to another city, country and celebrate there in the midst of new people, new culture even. Bring along a friend for fun and for safety (!). It’s a new place, culture after all.

6. Go on a cruise and welcome the New Year at sea.

Check out any New Year cruises and float your way to new experiences and meeting new people as the clock strikes 12.

7. Attend a concert or dinner concert.

Some hotels, clubs and key venues would hold a concert or concert dinner in time for new year’s eve. This is one way for you to meet new people and just in case you don’t, at least you enjoyed the music and/or dinner.

8. If you love playing music or singing, organize or join a jamming session.

This was one that my single friends actually did several years ago. And it was a blast! We enjoyed singing and playing live music to welcome the new year. They also made sure to invite new people to the group who either could play, sing or just enjoy live music. Some dating relationships were later on birthed from that event. This is a fun and cool way to meet new people on new year’s eve.

9. If you love games, organize or join a game night.

I have single friends who have done this. Board games, card games or video games — have fun and meet new people in the process. If you do the organizing, you can always ask your friends to bring their friends or contacts that you may not have met yet.

10. If you love literature or creative writing, organize or join a poetry reading.

My friends and I used to organize poetry readings and we met so many new people in the process! Attendees can either share what they have written themselves or works from writers they love. This common love for words actually paved the way for relationships (and marriages!) later on.

Let the new year be a time to meet new people. And for that to happen, do something different and fun, too, for a change 🙂