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Arch Ian Bantilan: Featured in UST Varsitarian Issue

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My Art Exhibit Featured in UST Varsitarian Issue

A few months ago, my alma matter’s publication the Varsitarian conducted an interview about my exhibit. They have published that interview. I have also collected some pictures from the event from my media supporter which I will post here. I never knew other people would appreciate my art. I am just happy they do. Thanks Mone and Cat. 😉

Dad and Tito Arne, you too are mentioned in University of Santo Tomas’ News Publication.

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Bantilan Art Exhibit Featured in UST Varsitarian Issue 2014 (2)

Entrance to the Dark Sained White Exhibit in USLS

Article by: Mone Virma Ginry P. Gumapac and Catalina Ricci S. Madarang

THIS architect always had a way with words, not just with numbers.

Architecture alumnus Ian Jay Bantilan launched the second installment of his art exhibit titled Dark Stained White II last April 24 to May 22. The exhibit showcased both his drawings and poetry at Museo Negrense de La Salle in Bacolod.

“I’m really happy about this exhibit because this was something that I have been dreaming of for a long time now,” said Bantilan, who initially conceptualized the project 10 years ago and made it happen at the first exhibit in SM Bacolod in 2012. Continue reading



Crucial Lessons on Funding a Business Enterprise

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Talking again about Startups, I came across this Article which discusses about the crucial lessons that a Fundraiser can make in Funding his Company. The author, Boris Silver, is Co-Founder and President of FundersClub.

Crucial Lessons on Funding a Business Enterprise (Online)

We Put the Fun in Business Fundraising

We Put the Fun in Business Fundraising

Read the whole text for the below at the bottom.

  1. Only talk to investors when you are ready to raise money
  2. Make it easy for investors to research/find you online
  3. Timing matters for fundraising
  4. Raising money is about momentum. Continue reading


The Top 100 Outsourcing Cities in 2013

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The Top 100 Outsourcing Cities in 2013 by Tholons

IT Hub for Outsourcing in Bacolod City

Growing IT Hub for Outsourcing in South East Asia

Read the Summery: Top 100 Outsourcing Cities 2013

The Full Report of Top 100 Outsourcing Cities for 2013 

The Tholons Report for Top 100 Outsourcing Destinations for 2013 has come out last January. I was wondering why I haven’t heard about Bacolod City – it is confirmed the it didn’t make the list in 2011 and 2012.  The Tholons Report reflects the changes in the global competition for outsourcing.

The Big Three

The report shows a significant change in 3 major regions: Southeast Asia, South America and Eastern Europe. Continue reading

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Manila at 4th, Bacolod City back at 94th of Top 100 Outsourcing Cities in 2013

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Manila at 4th, Bacolod City back at 94th of Top 100 Outsourcing Cities in 2013

IT Hub for Outsourcing in Bacolod City

IT Hub for Outsourcing in Bacolod City

After a long hiatus in 2011 and 2012, Bacolod City comes back to the prestigious list of the List of the Top 100 Outsourcing Cities in the World for 2013.

At the Top of the list are the two greatest Information Technology Cities in India, – Bangalore and Mumbai. Their strong competitive advantage is having English as their second language. This is followed by our beloved Manila, in 3rd place – one notch higher than before. What is interesting in the list is that it is dominated by India followed by China. Continue reading


State of the WordPress Bloggers Address March 2013

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State of the WordPress Bloggers Address March 2013

It has been 3 years since I started this blog and lots of tears and sweat has fallen, countless nights of watching statistics and analyzing data and statistics. All of these have been our bread and butter; – constantly tweaking our machine to give the best results for our few posts and articles. Welcome to, this is the home to the best bloggers all over the world! That includes you (if you blog here.) Blogs Logo 2013 Blogs Logo 2013

Every month, about 287 million people reading about 2.5 billion pages in blogs. This blog, is my personal blog. isn’t just available in English, it empowers bloggers to write in their own language – all 120 different languages. But English is the native language of two-thirds of all written articles. Trailing English are Spanish and Portuguese sites.

WordPress is the top choice for bloggers, this includes non-English bloggers. The articles are written in more than 120 languages. Here is a breakdown of the top 10 languages:

1st English 66%
2nd Spanish 8.7%
3rd Portuguese 6.5%
4th Indonesian 3.5%
5th Italian 2%
6th German 1.8%
7th French 1.4%
8th Russian 1.1%
9th Vietnamese 1.1%
10th Swedish 1.0%

Below is my screencapture (Archian here) of Alexa Statistics in March 27, 2013. It shows the World Statistics of in different countries. My anaylysis brings me to the question: if English is the main language of wordpress users, why doesn’t wordpress come up as the top websites in the Top English Speaking countries?

Wordpress Statistics March 2013

WordPress Statistics March 2013

From the graph above, it shows that Romania and Indonesia are countries with the highest rating for wordpress. More percentage of the population use than any other nation on earth. This is followed by the Philippines in third and India at fourth.

You may find it interesting to find that is ranked at 20th in the UK, 21st in Canada, Australia in 22nd and 27th in the US. One way I could explain this is the distributed focus of those countries. Their advanced economies are driven to more important concerns while the third world economies, the Philippines and India are getting the article making, blogging and research to drive traffic and earnings for those companies.

It is also noteworthy to see that Romanian’s population blog more than any other population. They may also be doing the blogging more directly than than their European, American and Australian counterparts. I am surprised to learn that Indonesia spend more time in wordpress than the Philippines, knowing the Filipino’s love of books and learning.

Wordpress Blogging Software 2013

WordPress Blogging Software 2013

One thing to understand is that each country is segregated, not by the number of bloggers from that country but the percentage of active bloggers in in comparison to other countries. This means that for India’s 11th standing for wordpress as the most utilized website, could have millions of bloggers knowing their 1.2 Billion population. And if we take out the Filipino Bloggers from the 65% English bloggers, could they “outblog” the 3.5% Indonesian bloggers? Just thinking. . .

How about you? How do you read the above statistics?