Grenade Launchers

A grenade launcher is a weapon that can fire a grenade more accurately, with higher velocity, and with greater distance than a typical human being could throw it unassisted. This is a good thing because when it comes to zombies and things that go boom, putting some distance between you and them is always a…

Manong’s Big 50

Gerry Alanguilan, one of my closest friend is turning 50 today and I wanted to greet him a Happy Birthday. It’s not everyday that someone turns 50 so I wanted to write something about him to commemorate the occasion. I first encountered Gerry through one of his Timawa stories, the one published in Alamat 101….

Running Onwards

We had a novel task last Tuesday on our box Tuesday, earlier this week: after doing our mandatory warm up and mobility exercises, we were asked to run 5km. I decided to pace myself, running a steady rhythm using a reasonable speed (not too fast, not too slow). Since this was the first time I…

Monkeying Around

I got a message on Viber from my box’s head coach late December last year inviting me to join the Ape Games. Having just had a minor brush with the flu, I decided to decline as I was not feeling a 100% just yet and I didn’t feel like I had enough time to prepare…

Knives in a Zombie Apocalypse

I used to have a blog called Zombie Philippines whose given mission was to prepare the Filipino People for the upcoming Zombie Apocalypse. It has gotten a bit of attention during its time, most notably from an author (whose name I currently can’t remember) who mentioned the blog in his book (the title slips my…

The Captain’s Log

Late in 2015, as I began my tenure as Studio Manager of the Ladbrokes Coral Manila’s Creative Team, I also started what I half-jokingly refer to as the Captain’s Log (a not so subtle nod to Star Trek). The Captain’s Log is basically just a simple record of what I did daily using short sentences…

What do you Look for in a Potential Team Member?

Good help is hard to find these days and that’s why people are more than willing to pay to find it. Forbes estimate that the recruitment industry is over $200 billion worldwide and no surprise. People, for better or worse, make or break a business (or a Creative Team). That’s why I’m quite particular about…

My New Year’s To-do List

I’ve never been a big fan of New Year’s resolutions. I’ve always felt that most everyone, me included, just made one up but never really get around to getting it done which I suspect has a lot to do with the very nature of these things. Still, in the spirit of self-improvement, I feel that…

The Year that was 2017

Writing this has become a tradition of sorts for me, looking back at the year that’s been. My year end report, if you will. I’m happy to report that, for the most part, life in general for me has taken a turn for the positive and this year has had a lot of pleasant surprises…

Does a Creative Director need an MBA?

Recently, a junior member of the Manila-based Creative Team I am managing for the Ladbrokes Coral Group came to me and asked for advice. He wanted to eventually become a Creative Director (or its equivalent) someday so he wanted to know if: Pursuing an MBA was going to help him achieve his goal and; If…

Managing a (Creative) Team

I’ve been managing people for a little over 18 years now. If I had to describe my management style, I would describe it as a facilitative style of management. That is to say I like empowering my people, giving them the resources they need to succeed, and then getting well out of the way (after…

Preparing a (Kick-ass) Portfolio

I’ve been working as a Creative Manager for over 18 years now, give or take a few days. I’ve produced mobile content for some of the biggest telcos in the Southeast Asian Region, provided storyboards and animatics for the US and UK advertising industry, and I currently oversee the provision of creative services to the…