Tuesday, January 19, 2016

A Night of Love and Music with Dan Hill This Valentines

I grew up with love songs. I love listening to music specially to love songs. Until now, my best form of relaxation specially when I'm in the office or blogging my article posts, I listen to the love songs saved in my iPhone 6. 

The love songs like "In Your Eyes" and "I Fall All Over Again" were some of my childhood favorites. And yes, glad to hear that the man behind these love songs will come in the Philippines to serenade our hearts with his lovely music.

Dan Hill, the famous love song singer dubbed as The King of Romance will come in Manila this February 2016 for two pre-Valentines concerts. The first one will be on February 10, 2016 at the Newport Performing Arts Theater in Resorts World Manila while the other one will be on February 13, 2016 at the Midas Tent in Midas Hotel and Casino

Our tickets for two were ready! And we will see Dan Hill on his Resorts World concert:

Glad that yours truly Bits of Rocks is one of the blogger partners of this exciting Valentines event. And we're excited to see Dan Hill in person. I'll definitely have my one-on-one interview with him after his song numbers!

Brought by Redstone Entertainment and TAG Media, the ticket prices are as follows:

Resorts World Manila (1500 Seater):

SVIP - Php 6,500.00

VIP - Php 6,000.00

GOLD - Php 5,500.00

SILVER - Php 4,000.00

DELUXE - Php 2,500.00

Midas Hotel & Casino (400 Seater):

SVIP - Php 8,500.00

Tickets are available at TicketWorld - 891-9999 and Resorts World Manila Box Office Booth - 908-8000 local 7700. You may also buy your tickets here via Bits of Rocks my website for a 20% Discounted Price! 

Also joining Dan Hill in the concerts are The Mobb Band, The Angelos, and the mother of Janella Salvador, Ms. Jenine Desiderio.

So see you all in the concert and let's have a romantic Valentines! (Bits of Rocks)

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Sunday, January 10, 2016

2015: "A Year of Runs and Loveteams" - Uncovering My Top 15 of 2015 #2015YearEnder

Since 2009, it's always my tradition every end of the year here in Bits of Rocks to share with you my personal yearender blog post wherein I share the highlights of my year. From Top 10 to now's Top 15, exciting revelations of the year that was always surprise my readers.     

2015 was really a very good year for me. Yes, it was truly my lucky year. "2015: A Year of Runs and Love Teams," sounds intriguing right?! Yeah, that best describes my 2015 as my year revolved mostly on runs and on my personal 'love teams.' And I will describe these things one by one.

Are you ready to know my Top 15 of 2015? Check these out as I ranked them from least Top 15 up to the leading No. 1:

15. ) 10 Years of #rockyron 

- Who said there's no 'forever'?! Well, there is! A friend can be forever! And glad that we met again inline with our 10TH Year anniversary, September 14, 2005. We unexpectedly met again during my Banchetto Night Market event in BGC. He approached me and had a new round of selfies and pictorials the way we always do way back in college. Rockyron, our tandem and the original "Mulawin" superheroes reunited after 10 years to celebrate a decade of friendship! 

Just to note, after college, we also met in 2010 and 2012 before our 10TH year reunion last September 2015.

And yes, rockyron is our combined name - Rocky and Byron (Lord Byron his complete name). And both of us were 1/4 Chinese, if I am Chua, he is Tan on the other hand.

rockyron Then and Now

The Best Nine Photos in Instagram

14.) The #BloggerKing Reached 2K Plus Followers in IG 

- Aside from Runner Rocky, you can also call me as the Blogger King being one of today's pioneer and one of influential bloggers with a true passion and heart for blogging and social media (humbly speaking). Last year, I've reached my target to gain 1,000 plus followers in instagram although I'm very new to that said picture-sharing social media. And my target for 2015 is reach 2,000 followers. August 2015, I have achieved my goal as I reached my target followers. As of this writing, my IG followers are 2,264 though I have minimal posts.            

First Time to Meet Them in 2015

13.) #FirstTime Fresh Faces

- Though my blogging career revolves around meeting different stars, celebrities, and personalities, I still haven't met yet some of the known names in our industry. And 2015 paved way for me to meet the different personalities in the fields of music, showbiz, fashion, and sports. 

Some of them that I have met this 2015 were Chris Banchero (PBA Heartthrob), Gabbi Garcia (GMA Young Actress), Chris Dayto (AZKALS Player), Hideo Muraoka (Brazilian Model), Gabe Norwood (PBA Star), Luane Dy (TV host), Mica Reyes (Volleyball Superstar), Shot Reyes (Gilas Pilipinas PBA Coach), Reyn Talosig (Model Athlete), Daryl Ong (Singer Heartthrob), Neil Perez (Policeman and Mister Philippines 2015 Winner), and Jason Dy (The Voice Ph Grand Champion).             

Glad that I met them for the very first time!

Meet My New Inaanak, Baby Emmanuel

The Ninong Runners

12.) #ProudNinong to My New Godchildren Baby Sophia and Baby Emmanuel

- I got two new inaanaks this 2015. They are Baby Sophia and Baby Emmanuel from my two close friends.

Baby Sophia is the first baby of my college bestfriend Marfe Antoniette Bermudo-Mallari. She was wed last 2014 to my now's bayaw Richmond (you may read back their wedding story in my 2014 blog post). The name Sophia or Pia is Angel Locsin's name in her movie with Richard Gutierrez called "Let the Love Begin" which reminded me of someone. :) I wasn't able to attend the baptismal of Baby Pyang because I was in Baguio (March) during the said date.      

My second godchild for the year is Baby Emmanuel, the son of my close friend Eric Del Mundo. Eric is one of my close friends in our running group Team Run Direction and in our barkada group Happy Kids. Eric and I became close friends only this 2015 after our urban guerilla race last April. I bet, Baby Emmanuel will be a runner and marathoner soon since majority of his ninongs were runners! And did you know that right after our Run United 3 Philippine Marathon in SM Mall of Asia, we rushed to the church in North EDSA to attend Baby Emman's baptismal?! It was such a cool marathon story - from run to baptismal!

Baby Sophia and Baby Emmanuel are like my own anaks. And I'm proud to be their cool ninong

Certified Kapuso Blogger Award! Proud Kapuso!

The Awards Night During our Year End #KapusongPasko Party

11.) Certified Kapuso Blogger Awardee #CertifiedKapuso

- Though I started as a Kapamilya blogger and most of my followers were from Kapamilya, I'm glad that the Kapuso network recognized me as one of their best bloggers. Kapuso station truly take care of me - they always invited me in their events, recognize my talent, and talagang pinahalagahan ako! I admit, I'm not a Kapuso before but because of this good treatment and the efforts from the GMA social media people, they caught my heart! Nakuha nila ang puso ko! And I'm now proud to be one of them! I can't say no whenever they invited me in their events and I really make ways to attend their happenings.  

Kung binabalewa ka lang at dinededma ng istasyong sinuportahan mo, here in GMA-7, I really feel the love! Thank you for the love Kapuso! MaGMAmahalan tayo kahit di na Pasko! Excited for their new events this 2016.      
Winning the Happy House Donut Franchise

10.) So Lucky in Most of the Raffles #LuckyRocky

- 2015 truly proved to be my lucky year! I always won in most of the raffles whether minor or major from different running events, presscons, or even in our company. Some of the major prizes I have received this year from the raffles were a Happy House Donut Franchise during our EntrepRun media launch, a Soleus GPS Watch during our Financial Fitness Run, and a membership privilege and overnight stay at the New World Hotel during our company Christmas Party! So lucky indeed!

Unboxing My iPhone 6 New Gift

Selfie Using My iPhone 6

9.) iPhone 6 The Most Expensive Gift I Have Received #ForeverThankful

- Receiving a 64 GB iPhone 6 as a gift was truly the biggest luck I received for the year 2015. It was given to me by my friend and owner of the restaurant. I've organized and hosted her events and write good reviews and write-ups to her restaurants. I even brought good bloggers to her during our food tasting event. iPhone 6 then served as my recognition. Thank you very much mam!

Aside from iPhone 6 this year, last 2013, she gave me a Canon Digital Camera which she bought in Hongkong. I'm very much thankful for this!

My Blog Logos Printed in the Race Singlets and Billboards

My Blog Logos in the Huge Billboard of Johann Mendoza Concert

8.) A Proud Media Partner of Major Events #MediaPartner

- Yours truly the Blogging King ruled this 2015. I was the official media partner of different events of different fields - mapa-running, mapa-showbiz, or mapa-concert. The logos of my blogs were printed in their official posters, tickets, or even in the singlets.

This 2015, I am the official media partner of the following: Celebrity Basketball (Basketball with the Stars) held in De Lasalle University Dasmarinas, Johann Mendoza Concert in Music Museum, Glow City Zumba Party in Quezon City, and Guerilla Race 2015 in Timberland Heights San Mateo Rizal.                       
The Fitness Buddy RocKarl

RocKarl Conquered The First Ever Music Run in the Country

7.) The Fitness Buddy #RocKarl

- 2015 was my year of fitness, runs, and obstacles. This year, I have conquered a military-inspired run called the Guerrilla Race aside from taking fitness training into the next level via Crossfit in Crossfit Salcedo and Men's Health Training Combine. And glad that I found my fitness buddy Karl Mikhail.  

I dubbed Karl as a "Master of Obstacles." He's not the typical gym-goer because he has skills in stunts and obstacle courses. In fact, he ranked second place in our recent Guerrilla Race in San Mateo Rizal.

Karl and I both have a passion in fitness. He even trained and showed me some fitness stunts. We conquered different obstacle runs such as the two Guerrilla Races and the Men's Health Urbanathlon Survival of the Fittest in addition to the runs like Run for Odyssey, Affinitea Brown Race Marathon, and The Music Run. Soon in my blog Runner Rocky, we will share our fitness videos demonstrating fitness activities and stunts. RocKarl rules!

So Happy with the Happy Kids

6.) And We Called Ourselves as The #HappyKids                 

- A brokenhearted version of me brought me to our barkada group called as the Happy Kids.Yeah we are group of good friends founded by now my close friend Fahad.

Fahad and I became close friend last March 2015 during the time that I was brokenhearted. I revealed to him my situation. And he shared to me his own heartaches. From then on, we became good friends together with my other close friends in TRD like Eric and Ian.

Our group expanded with the addition of new good friends. And we called our group as the "Happy Kids" since Fahad our founder always uses the hashtag #HappyKid in most of his status. Happy Kids is our cool barkada reminding me of the youth-oriented shows before like "Gimik"  and "TGIS."  

"Happy Kids" starring Fahad, Rocky, Ian, Eric, Emart, Eduardson, Karl, Chano, Onin, Gil, Emerson, and Julius. Haha! We were all fitness enthusiasts as well!       

And before we jump to the next item, did you know that aside from Fahad, the hashtag #HappyKid was always used by my ex in the posts?!

5.) Aching for the Three Letters - The #ASeries

- I don't want to elaborate this anymore. And yes, this was the caused of my heartaches this year! I suffered from this from March to October. Imagine 7 months! And the 3-month rule didn't work for it! Ang dami nang itinambal sa akin ha pero ang hirap niyang palitan! LOLS!

Well if I have four letters in 2014, this 2015, it was downed to three letters! Read between the lines na lang to avoid issues. Baka maghabulan na naman kami pag nagkita!
Playing the Character of Superman!

4.) The Vengeful Iconic Characters #Superman and #AmorPowers   

- If in 2014 my most remarkable character was a merman when I turned to be a merman in Ocean Park, this year my iconic character was the man of steel Superman. I wore the superman suit during our DC All-Star Superheroes Run in April. And yes even in real life this year, I was like superman when I was able to defeat the 'salot' (villains) in our office!      

My life and challenges I've underwent this 2015 were like in "Pangako Sa'yo." Just like the iconic Amor Powers na inapi nung una eventually turned vengeful and powerful defeating the enemies! "Matitikman nila ang batas ng isang api,"  her famous line in the teleserye holds true. 

Well I can say, para akong pusa na may siyam na buhay (sa opis) na pilit pinabagsak pero di nila nagawa! In the end, ung mga gustong magpabagsak sila pa 'ung nawala 

3.) Tandems, #LoveTeams Rule    

- Love teams were truly a huge hit in showbiz this year. Well, magpapatalo ba naman tayo sa KathNiel, JaDine, LizQuen, KimXi, at AlDub since I also have my own love teams in real-life?! And yes, not only one but seven ang naging ka-loveteam ko this year! Haha!

But the negative side of it, naging puro love teams na lang wala nang naging for real life! ;( Reel versus Real, should I believe now to #WalangForever?!

My Certificate Being the Emerging Influential Blogger

Runner Rocky is No. 1 in the Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs 2015

2.) Hailed No. 1 in the Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs of 2015 #EmergingInfluentialBlogger 

- It was more than a dream come true! Before, I just wished that my new blog will be part of the Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs. But, God gave me more - my new blog Runner Rocky took the No. 1 spot in this prestige credible award-giving body.  

Bloggers and online influencers will pick and vote for the new blogs (one year old blogs) which they think made a great impact and influential to people. And they voted for Runner Rocky, my fitness, sports, and marathon blog. It received the most number of votes surpassing the other new blogs. Therefore, it captured the No. 1 spot. Thank you!

Some of My Runs for 2015
Certified Ultramarathoner

1.) #RunnerRocky - The Blog, The Runs Rolled Into One    

- In relation to Item No. 2, the Top 1 in my Top 15 of 2015 list goes to no other than Runner Rocky! Yes, aside from being an emerging influential blog today as proven by the mentioned award above and as being a media partner in most of the huge events in  2015, my year also revolved mostly in fitness and running and I wrote all of them in the said blog. And of course love teams, di ba mostly sa running nabuo?! 

In terms of running, 2015 also paved way for me to conquer new forms of runs namely the obstacle races like the Guerilla Races and SyncRUNize, the music-inspired run like The Music Run, and of course the ultramarathons like the 50K Ninoy Aquino Day Ultramarathon, the 50K 2-Man Relay Rizal to Rizal Ultramarathon,  and the 120K Bonifacio Day Ultramarathon (4-Man Relay). I am now indeed a certified master of obstacles and ultramarathoner at the same time!  

And that's my list of my Top 15 of 2015 highlights of my year concluding my 2015. Indeed my major roles for the said year was a runner, blogger, and lover all rolled into one! How do you find my real-life stories for the year?!

2015 now signing off! (Bits of Rocks)  

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Saturday, January 9, 2016

Paying Tribute to the Master Showman German "Kuya Germs" Moreno

The showbiz world was saddened by the lost of one of the pillars of Philippine entertainment, German Moreno or popularly known as Kuya Germs.

At exactly 3:20 am of Friday, January 8, 2016, Kuya Germs' nephew John Nite announced via social media the death of his uncle due to cardiac arrest. Kuya Germs, 82, who was with his family passed away peacefully in St. Lukes Hospital.

Yours truly is in deep sympathy to the family of Kuya Germs. And yes, I would like to offer this blog post as form of my tribute to the one and only Master Showman of Philippine showbiz, Kuya Germs.

I've looked some of my photos together with Kuya Germs since we always met in many of huge showbiz events and presscons. And here are some:

I'm proud that I personally met this well-respected guy. He was truly an institution, a pioneer in show business who served as a father to the different well-known artists today. Who could forget his legacies like the "That's Entertainment," the Walk of Fame in Eastwood City, and the current "Walang Tulugan with the Master Showman?" These were just some of his huge contributions in Philippine showbiz.

Once more, I would like to express my condolence to his family. Kuya Germs is now on the good hands of our Dear Lord. His legacy and contribution will forever live! May you rest in peace Kuya Germs. You're like a grandfather to me. (Bits of Rocks)

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Thursday, January 7, 2016

#RunnerRocky is My 2015 Most Used Word on Facebook

A web application calculated the most used words on Facebook for the year 2015. Yours truly used the app and it revealed that runnerrocky or Runner Rocky is my most used term for the year.

Next from Runner Rocky, my other most used words in Facebook are year, running, team, 2015, throwback, time, and story. 

Now it's your turn! What are your most used words in Facebook last 2015?! Share it with us! (Bits of Rocks)

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Sunday, January 3, 2016

January 2016: "Cheers for the New Year"

Happy New Year!!!

It's 2016 already! And we concluded 2015 with fun, happiness, and thanks-giving as the said year was very kind to me! It was indeed a lucky year for yours truly!

And now that we are on the third day of 2016, lots of surprises and excitements await!

Well for this month, I'll be very busy doing year end blog posts. I'll share with you in a while my much awaited list of the highlights of my 2015. 

And of course if I have my own personal yearender, I also have my year starter! I will also share with you my Top 16 list to do and to look forward this 2016.

So let's all start the year right! Begin 2016 with a bang! (Bits of Rocks)

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