Wednesday, March 10, 2010

CaPas PiP: Juliet Corpuz and Pinaykeypoint

As part of the regular content of this blog, ( CaPas PiP ) I’m suppose to write about our beloved Capas and its people, a Capaseno who made a contribution (whether great or small) in our daily lives. While there are interesting personalities of our cabalens that are worth mentioning in the future, I decided to write about a person who is not a CapaseƱan and whom I haven’t met yet personally as of this writing, but whom I think made a difference in the lives of our cabalens and our province. Her name is Juliet Corpuz – Pinatubo Trek organizer, freelance blogger, translator/graphics & web designer.

You read it right. We haven’t met personally but this woman is such an inspiration for me... I accidentally read her blog, pinaykeypoint late 2007 or 2008 when I was helping out a friend searching online for job vacancies at Robinson’s Tarlac.

After reading “A glimpse of the Pearl” and all her articles, I become an instant fan. Although I never follow her publicly (because of my limited knowledge on how to do it, LOL), my online time wouldn’t be complete without checking her blog. I was so amazed to know her story. Without her knowing, she rekindled my passion to write regardless my limited technical know how and my ardent wish to have an editor,hahaha. I considered her my idol/ mentor in putting up my first blog: followed by and this latest blog about Capas. Although unlike her, I never gained huge following and readership except a couple of friends and relatives (LOL again), these blogs become part of my daily life, my outlet of self expression in pursuing and open opportunities particularly on my real estate buy and sell activities.

Going back, Pinaykeypoint became part of my online routine. That’s why, when there are no more updates on her blog after her February 2009 post about Mt. Pinatubo tour; I thought I lost a good read to follow online. That’s about the same time when I got hooked on Facebook and discovered her FB account. Excitedly, I added Mam Juliet and to my surprise, she accepted me. Online fan meet her idol and we occasionally exchange comments and greetings thru FB.

It was last Saturday, March 6,2010, when I have enough time to go online that I checked out her other site: and I’ve also found out that she now have her own domain and discovered that the site is actually a dedicated site in promoting tourism of our town Capas and its famous offering – the Mt. Pinatubo Trekking experience. The site provides detailed information about Mount Pinatubo Trip, routes, fares, food, hotel, travel time and tour guiding services. Judging on the pictures posted and the feedback coming from the Filipino and foreign trekkers, Mam Juliet and her team is doing a great job of excellent promotions by maximizing her knowledge on search engine optimization (SEO) .She also helps the Capas Municipal Tourism’s objective to create a source of livelihood by hiring local and native residents as tour guides and encourages Aeta Village visits and donations of food and used clothing.

The site is commendable and a brilliant idea. It was so overwhelming to know that a person who is not a Capas resident could actually contribute her time, effort and talent to encourage foreign and local tourists to come and visit our hometown in a safe and well-organized manner. On the side, mejo merine kupin uling yaku mismo , eke pa ikit personally ing pagmaragul tamung gateway to Pinatubo! Perhaps, this year matuloy na ing mapopostpone trekking with some of my officemates and friends...

Again, my hurray for Mam Juliet! I really mean it when I said that she can be an adopted daughter of Capas! Thanks for validating our town’s status as the tourist capital of Tarlac. I know there are greater things ahead of her. I wish her goodluck on her plans to become a full time travel agency.

To all my friends and relatives (who composes my readership, LOL), check out Pinaykeypoint site ( for your future treks and explore the beauty of nature at its best! Of course, come across to our beloved Capas as the safest trail to visit Mt. Pinatubo Philippines…

Saturday, February 13, 2010

SNS & mWe!

( MwE- shortcut for me & we)

Bear with me. It's been months since my last blog entry. Although I wanted to give you the latest buzz about Capas, mejo makasad na I wasn't able to update this blog regularly than intended. I wouldn’t say I became too busy. Sabi dapin, “ pag gusto, me paraan, pag ayaw me dahilan, hahaha”. Sige na nga, nanu ing dahilan? The reason I wasn’t able to catch up on my regular blog is because mefocus ku kareng Social Networking Site (SNS). Well, dati naku atin atin Friendster account and FS blog, pro recently I switch to Face Book (FB) and become a certified addict. Honestly, it’s taking much on my online time. Though, this is not my first time to join SNS, FB is the best as far as functionality is concern. All- in -one ya talaga!. You can play games, chat, join fan pages and interact with all sorts of discussion boards; get updates kareng frens and more……

On the “more” side of SNS, I wanted to take advantage on the interactive platform of FB. You can’t blog if can’t organize your thoughts and put into writing. But for SNS like FB, no need for elaborate words! Ita bang picture yamu, makagawa nakang istorya, It’s amuses me on how one picture will trigger off all the reactions in the world. Itang balamu maging simpleng chikahan lang king kanto, hahaha…. Kalupa na ning metung sangkap ning masanting a istorya, atin ya kasing “human interest or personal touch”… ita bang makarelate ka agad….Minsan pin, maski ali ka magcomment ye. Basan mula mu reng comments malibang naka, ewari!

Take for example, deng kabaryo ku king Sto.Rosario, imagine to the highest level na ing pagiging friends! Kanta panga malyaldo, ating paliga basketball po atin mete ( atin kasi sakla,hehe) mula mu atipon at akit deng tiga Small Tokyo, aba ngeni jang buri mung 24/7 maging updated kareng bie daring mika bie, pwde! Through pictures posted, you get to interact with each other whether locally or abroad, kamag anak man, elementary and high school classmates o dating kasiping bale. Balamu megi neng virtual community! Enaku magtaka na king tutuking barangay election, online narin ing botohan! Ka FB nerin ing Kagawad Peds ampo Kapitan Raul so madagul nala advantage, hahaha !

Kadwa, SNS brings out our sense of belongingness and hopefully can unleash our sense of involvement…

As a social being, there’s no doubt that we all need to belong. Kayapin megi lang click deng SNS kasi it bridges us to other people and expand our network. Importante ini lalu na kekatamung Filipino na known for strong family ties, pakikisama and extended families. Pero more than being part of it and showing what you have become after years of no communication, joining SNS is an opportunity to get involve, to learn, to look back on your roots and share a part of yourself. Bakit kaya hundreds are joining groups such as Capas,Tarlac and Taga Tarlac Ako? Local groups lareni pero we feel proud na kayabe tamu as we shout, tiga Capas,Tarlac ku pagmaragul ku. Bakit kaya magi lang interactive reng discussion boards although sometimes very trivial mu topics na pag usupan? Palage ku dahil manintun tamung outlet to voice out what’s on our mind. Not because buri tamung iapakit na magaling tamu pero buri tamung ipakit na mag exist tamu. Pero ali importante ing kabud naka mag-exist diba? Dapat mabyasa tamu rin pantunan ing lugar tamu king lalam ning aldo keng pekasimpleng bage agawa tamu. Posible mu ini nung I involve tamu ing sarili tamu king kapakipakinabang although malating paralan. Tin tamu pwde I contribute, tin tamu pwede gawan. The mere fact you join SNS, you are sharing a part of yourself. It’s a matter of expanding ME into We. mWe- together we can make a difference….