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Synchronized gift opening

This twins are my nephew, William and Aaron. They were opening their Christmas gifts and their mom called them and they both looked up and I snapped the photo.

New resources for CSS and web design

I made websites for my CSS and Photoshop Class (short courses)in which my course outline and articles plus the exercise files are all online.

This makes my life so much easier as an instructor.All I had to bring in my class was my ipod or any usb drive plus some notes (the pen is still mightier than the sword) If you want to take a look and read, be my guest!

CSS Kungfu -
Web Design Kungfu - a collection of RSS feeds on the best of web design
All Photoshop - Photoshop course and exercise files

Of course all this resources are better explained by the instructor (thats me!)I have come to a point that these lectures are second-nature to me and I can explain them with ease because I also use this stuff everyday in my web design projects. After more than 10 years in web design, I still find this career exciting as there's something new to learn everyday.

Flash gallery webpage with email ordering

I've just finished another website for a photographer client Miss Sofia Genato -

The website design is clean and simple. but that doesnt mean that it did not go through a lot design revisions, because we really wanted to achieve a certain look and that needed revisions here and there. But it was well worth the effort.

Another feature added was to have a client page where each client album was password protected. That was the asy part via cpanel. What was challenging was how to make the web gallery and teach the client how to upload it via FTP. and the client should be able to select the images and email those selections to the photographer. Another consideration was these had to be in flash to make the images a little harder to grab.

It turns out that all this can be done via Lightroom, and the web gallery album used was - LRG FSS Select - Version 1.1 Here are the features;

# Scrolling Horizontal strip of images
# Can display 800+ images
# User can select …

Top Ten reasons to have Virtual Tours on your website

1. 60% of internet users take virtual tours online
(Source: ClickZStats - Nov 2006)

2. Properties complete with virtual tours are , on average clicked 10 times more than those that do not offer the service
(Source: Property Week)

3. Virtual tours reduce the amount of wasted viewings by 40%
(Source: Property Week)

4. Virtual tours serve up over 5 million trips per day, up from roughly 2 million in 2004 (Source: ClickZStats - Nov 2006)

5. On a typical day, more than six million people are taking virtual tours in cyberspace, up from roughly two million in 2004.(2006 Pew Internet & American Life Study)

6. Statistics from REALTOR.COM show that listings with virtual tours get clicked on 40% more than listings without virtual tours. -- Susan Barber in the Business Development section of RISMedia's Real Estate magazine (May 2006)

7. 80% of Internet shoppers say images are imperative when deciding to buy or use a company's product or services.(2006 Pew Internet & American Life Study)

8. …

Dont Blame it on someone else

I have heard this theory that the Philippines will never be a strong country because we have inherited Spanish traits, we have been colonized by Spain for 300 years and thats why we have their traits.


Spain is a powerhouse in the Olympics, they have been gathering olympic golds in the past, even in the present. A country that wins in Olympics reflects how the people behave and work in their own country.

Now, why are we blaming our colonizers?

Sure we have been seeing red tape, and corruption in the Philippines since birth and seeing that in early stages make it seem normal, sometimes we even see it as something right, God forbid. Manyana habits, being late and procrastination are something we blame for our colonizers. But isn't those bad traits universal to other culture as well?

But as these things are learned, they can be unlearned.

If it is wrong, just refuse to do it. People will respect you for that. and they will not ask you next time to do it again (usually) because the…

Proud of my Mama

My mom, who retired a month ago from teaching at Aurora A Quezon as a Public Teacher, was suddenly taking charge of our Village "beautification" services.

Her first project is to clean-up our public park and repaint the whole thing. Here are some pics, and then some.

Team Hoyt

Once in a while , you get to read about something that moves you, touches your heart and makes you close your eyes and thank the lord.

This is one of them.

The son asked his father, 'Dad, will you take part in a marathon with me?'. The father who, despite having a heart condition, says 'Yes'. They went on to complete the marathon together. Father and son went on to join other marathons, the father always saying 'Yes' to his son's request of going through the race together. One day, the son asked his father, 'Dad, let's join the Ironman together.' To which, his father said 'Yes' too.

For those who don't know, Ironman is the toughest triathlon ever. The race encompasses three endurance events of a 2.4 mile (3.86 kilometer) ocean swim, followed by a 112 mile (180.2 kilometer) bike ride, and ending with a 26.2 mile (42.195 kilometer) marathon along the coast of the Big Island Father and son went on to complete the race tog…

Latest news on my Photoshop Seminars

I'll be teaching Complete Photoshop on DLSU Manila. 6 intensive saturdays of Photoshop heaven, guaranteed learning or your money back! (No, i have not returned any money) Schedule will be on July 26, August 2,9, 16, 23, and 30. If you want to enroll pls call Sheng of DLSU Manila at (632) 526-4247

For students, or any interested individuals, here's the Photoshop Course Outline (pdf 101kb), or just read it below.

Course Description:
Learn basic to advanced course on how to use Photoshop CS2 the indusrtry standard for image enhancement and compositing for print, multimedia and the Web. Duration of the course is 36 hours.

Who should attend:
Anyone who wants to learn computer imaging, even with modest or no background in graphic design. Ideal for photographers, designers, even painters who wants to learn the digital way of design.

At the end of the course the participants will:
1. have knowledge of setting up Photoshop for print and/or web
2. know the basic necessities in understanding th…

Small actions vs. Big Actions

I will be reformatting my hard drive soon and instead of deleting some quotes, I'd rather share it with you.

"Don’t ever let anyone tell you that something is too competitive. Once you subtract the people who don’t work very hard, or the people who aren’t as good as you, your competition shrinks dramatically."

"I view my life in a way … I'll explain it to you, OK? The greatest thing about tomorrow is, I will be better than I am today. And that's how I look at my life. I will be better as a golfer, I will be better as a person, I will be better as a father, I will be a better husband, I will be better as a friend. That's the beauty of tomorrow. There is no such thing as a setback. The lessons I learn today I will apply tomorrow, and I will be better."

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in …

We had a bang at the CSS workshop

The CSS training and workshop that I conducted at NCC - National Computer Center was successful thanks to the help of NCC, NCDA and PWAG. Special mention goes for Mam Grace Amberong, Miss Nelia De Jesus and PWAG president Jojo Esposa. The participants was also very interactive and asked a lot of questions which signified their interest.

Participants came all the way from Bacolod (Rebie Relator), Aringay (Elvira PAjo), Bicol University (Jose Michael Appan) and from Phil Rice Institute in Nueva Ecija (Marlon Velayo and Arturo Arocena). Food was great and I still had time to do some card magic (yes, magic!) at the end of the the course.

Web Accessibility was promoted by Jojo Esposa and all participants were willing to be part of the solution after his talk, meaning they all want to make their sites aceessible after they learned about it.

Photos are available at at my picasa website

CSS Training at NCC (National Computer Center)

CSS training and workshop is brought to you in partnership with NCC (National Computer Center), NCDA (National Council for Disability affairs) and PWAG (Philippine Web Accessibility Group)

Course: CSS training (Basic and Advanced)
Schedule: June 19 & 20 (Thursday and Friday)
Venue: NCC (National Computer Center) at UP Diliman, Quezon City

There are only 15 slots for this course.

What you will get;

• 2 days intensive training course on CSS
• Open source tools for CSS development
• Hands on training, every student will have his own PC
• A portable web development office in your USB stick (all open source, and free!)
• Certificates for the training duly signed by trainer, PWAG and NCC
• FREE Book - "Basic Web Accessibility Guide for Filipinos"
• FREE lecture on Web Accessibility by Jojo Esposa (author of the book)
• lunch and snacks for 2 days
• handouts of the workshop

Course Fee: 4,000 for 2 days (whole course)
DISCOUNT for PWAG members: 20%
Course fee for PWAg members: P3,200 for 2 days…

UN Ratifies Rights of Persons with Disabilities

I think not too many people know that Im also an advocate for web accessibility. But I am :) I am a founding member of PWAG (Philippine web accessibility group). We help as private citizens improve websites so people with disabilities can also access private and government websites (with emphasis on government websites)

But enough of me.

After six years of deliberation and almost a year after its signing, the Philippines became the 23rd country that ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).

This landmark event will have a simultaneous worldwide celebration on May 12, 2008 at UN Headquarters in New York City. For its part, the Philippines will also have a prayer and walk for unity on May 12 from 7:00 am - 12:00 pm at SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City. Autism Society of the Philippines President, Erlinda Koe, was adjudged to be the emcee of the unity walk. Captain Oscar Taleon will be the in-charge of events security and together with Lauro Purci…

Whiz Kid at Web Design

It is not rare for us to hear some news about whiz kids at every facet of skill building. But it is rare to meet one.

Meet Kim T. Selorio, my 12 year old student at DLSU manila in a web design (short) course. He's in grade 6, already a BLOGGER using Wordpress, asks advanced CSS questions, already an expert an html ( I suppose, coz he's the only one who doesnt ask about it) and manages his own site thru Cpanel, and even asks about web security using Chmod.

This kid is great.and he's humble too. Her mother enrolled her in this web design course. Kim tells me her mother is asking her to build the company website for them. Now, how many of you can say that your company website is built by a 12 year old whiz kid? Not too many I guess, and the ones who do may not be too relaxed to say that to the public.

But a little more guidance and this kid will go places, and maybe a lot of schools may want to give him a scholarship.

See Kim's Profile:

Kim T. Selorio

Personal data
Date of birt…

APC South Tour at Tagaytay ( Caleruega)

The day Manny Pacquiao fought Marquez the second time around, the Accenture Photography club (APC) was busy at Tagaytay having our photo shoot. This also coincides with the Cebu APC having their own photo shoot at the South Side.

There was also a contest on both manila and cebu participants on 3 different categories, travel and place being one of them. A beginners luck maybe but I won that category (travel and place) and 1st place no less! And to think that photo I entered was something I took out of the album the second time I rummaged thru my shots. If youre wondering about the photo, its about a grand staircase I took with my sigma 8mm fish eye at the Caleruega. on my Canon 400d

Below is the flash album on google's picasa

What I had fun with was making the the Virtual Reality (VR) photography where you can pan around 360 degrees sideways , upward and downwards, real 360 virtual tour! Interested to see that VR? head on to my personal site at

Those cute, little rascals

Ahhh to be kid once again... even only in the photographers' eye. They are adorable, cure, little rascals. And yeah they can be mean sometimes but only when they are tired already.

They are interesting, hard to capture subjects. They are almost always on the move, credit that to their adrenaline pumping every minute. Shoot them at their eye level, shoot them when they are dirty. Be on the shutter priority setting and you will always be ready to capture those "Kodak" moments.

Still Life Photography

Studying photography is exciting. These are my shots on my Canon 400d (Rebel Xti) on various ocassions. Im not worried if people like them or not (I do like them hahaha) coz it's the journey on my photography I'm enjoying. It's inevitable I'll make some good shots and not so good ones.

Enjoy! (I know I am)and if for any reason you want to see larger version of the photos, head on to Photoshop Daily