@your SiRVis... Simon Francis Blaise R. Vistro wants to be known as SiRVis (an amalgamation of his name, profession and penchant for service). He is a polymath wannabe in the fields of training and education, civic voluntarism, sports, arts, travel, photography and social networking. Born and raised in Dagupan City, he is a staunch advocate of the preservation of Pangasinan language, arts and culture. Follow me on: Twitter. Facebook, Tumblr, Plurk.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Apple iPad 2 out on March 2

2011 is indeed the Year of the TabletIt can now be said that the Apple iPad 2 will be out on March 2 based on the invitation to selected members of the press:

Please join us for an invitation-only event at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater in San Francisco on March 2 at 10:00 a.m. Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. Please arrive early. RSVP to rsvp_media@apple.com.

This has been reported by Mashable and CNN

I can't wait to have an Apple iPad 2! I'm also open for a review/demo test.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

TNL ka ba? Sagutin at manalo ng iPhone 4!

Bro, Tunay Na Lalake ka ba? Prove it and you can win an iPhone 4!

All you have to do is 
LIKE the Belo Men Facebook fan page 
Go to the Tunay Na Lalake Application tab 
Fill in the status message with your entry:
Week 1: Ang TNL ay may confidence dahil...
Week 2: Ang TNL ay malakas ang dating kasi...
Week 3: Ang TNL ay matipuno dahil...
Week 4: Ang TNL ay parating good-looking kasi...
SHARE your TNL Statement

Here are the mechanics of the contest. Click here to join.

Here is my entry. Please LIKE and comment.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

My Customized Toy in Art in the Park 2011

Remember the customized toy that I created in the Toymaking Workshop with the Pilipinas Street Plan at the Lopez Museum last Ferbruary 12?

"How Film Lost its Innocence" by SiRVis 
It was on display in the Lopez Museum's booth in the Art in the Park at the Jaime C. Velsaquez park in Salcedo Village last February 19! The Art in the Park is an annual project of the Museum Foundation of the Philippines. It is an affordable art fair for paintings, prints, photos, and sculpture at P20,000.00 and below

Proceeds of the customized toys that we made will go to Knowledge Channel Foundation’s programs for Filipino schoolchildren. 

I wonder how much did my toy sell?

Thanks to Mark Cerbo for taking a photograph of my artwork. Read Mark's article Sights & Images of Art In The Park for more pictures and full story. Revisit my article on the Toymaking Workshop with Pilipinas Street Plan

Friday, February 18, 2011

Ground Zero Paintball is Now Open!

Pangasinenses no longer have to go to Camp John Hay, Baguio City just to enjoy a game of paintball. Ground Zero Paintball, the first paintball center in Pangasinan is now open! The opening day was a SPLAT (the sound of the paintball successfully hitting its target)! Fr. Anthony Layug officiated the mass and conducted the blessing of the playing area. He also played a round of 2 on 2 paintball game. 

SiRVis at the target range
Gilmark Meneses in combat
Rex Lor and his son Argee testing the paintball marker
Angelo, Aries and the GZPB staff
Nice shot by Derrick Dulay 
A Paintball player in action
Atty Joey Tamayo is enjoying the experience
DOJ Undersecretary Francisco Baraan III goes Splat!
The special guests who graced the paintball center's opening last February 18 were Rob Erfe-Mejia, the incoming President of Dagupan Practical Shooting Association (DPSA), Derrick Dulay of Terra and Footprints Spa and Massage, Gilmark Meneses and wife Lingayen Councilor Maan Verzosa-Meneses, former Dagupan City Councilor Joey Tamayo and Department of Justice Undersecretary Francisco Baraan III. The two media networks, ABS-CBN and GMA covered the event. The event was also livestreamed online at http://livestream.com/whatsupdagupan

The Ground Zero Paintball is a venture of paintball enthusiasts Manda Abratique, Angelo Cerezo, Rex Lor and Aries Layno. Ground Zero Paintball Center is a 3,000 square meters net-enclosed facility with obstacles and designed scenario located at Brgy. San Vicente-Banaoang Road (Back of Plato Wraps, De Venecia Highway) Calasiao, Pangasinan. This is perfect for school and company tournaments, team building sessions,  barkada gimmicks, birthday parties, etc.

Print this coupon and present to the staff avail of your 10% discount.
Visit their website  http://www.groundzeropb.com for more information or call 09228503569.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Winning an iPhone 4 through Facebook

I just claimed the iPhone 4 which I won by joining the Nescafe Decaf Night Studio 2 Contest in Facebook. I went to the Nestle Office at Rockwell Center and got the iPhone 4 from Jose Martin Antunez of NuWorks Interactive, the digital agency that handles the online promotions/contests of Nestle Philippines.

I can now say that Facebook contests are legit (as long as the companies that run them are also legit). Thank you Nescafe Decaf. Thank you Nestle!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Splat! Let's play paintball at Ground Zero Paintball Center

Splat! That's the sound of being hit by a round capsule with gelatin and food coloring (no worries because it's a non-toxic, biodegradable, water soluble mineral oil). One hit and you'd be tagged with colors- either red, blue, yellow, pink, orange etc. and you or your team would lose the game. This is a game called Paintball.

Paintball is said to be a combination of the childhood games "tag" and "hide & seek" but instead of tagging through physical contact, a paintball is fired from a painball marker (paintball gun). Paintball is played with potentially limitless variety of rules and variations, which are specified before the game begins. The most basic game rule is that players must attempt to accomplish a goal without being shot with paintballs. But what sets the game apart is the adrenalin rush, competitive edge, team work, and strategy brought by the gameplay. 

Before, I had to Camp John Hay in Baguio just to play paintball. That is about 1 hour and 30 minutes travel time from Dagupan City. Now, I could play paintball anytime I want because the first Paintball Center in Pangasinan is up. Yey! 

Ground Zero Paintball Center, a 3,000 square meters net-enclosed facility with obstacles and designed scenario field would be open starting February 18, 2011. It is also the FIRST Paintball Center in Pangasinan! It is located at Brgy. San Vicente-Banaoang Road (Back of Plato Wraps, De Venecia Highway) Calasiao, Pangasinan. This is perfect for school & company tournaments, team building sessions,  barkada gimmicks, birthday parties, etc.

Let the games begin! Splat!

Visit their Facebook page and their website for more information. 

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Should you fear the BLACK MAMBA?

The Black Mamba, staring Kobe Bryant, Kanye West, Bruce Willis, Danny Trejo, is a Nike Basketball production, directed by Robert Rodriguez.  The film brings Kobe’s alter ego, the Black Mamba to life in a way that’s never been seen before.

The Black Mamba highlights Kobe’s everyday determination and "fight to the finish" spirit.  The film also showcases Kobe as one of the best basketball players in the world, featuring him as a "protector" of basketball as he fights off those wishing to destroy and attack the game.

The film will be launched to consumers on Saturday, February 19, 2011, 6:00 p.m. at the Ronac ART Center, Ortigas Avenue, Greenhills, San Juan. Gates open at 4:00 p.m.

With the launch of the film is the unveiling of the Nike Zoom Kobe VI.  The Nike Zoom Kobe VI is a performance basketball shoe inspired by the black mamba. The design draws cues from this fearsome snake and incorporates key performance elements in a low-profile shoe that weighs just 10.6 ounces in a men’s US size 9.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Toy Making Workshop: From Painting, Customizing Toys to Helping Children

I came all the way from Dagupan City just to see and experience what the Toy Making Workshop with Pilipinas Street Plan is all about. I reached Ortigas at around 7:00am and this gave me a chance to try the food at Banchetto. I was the first one to arrive at the Lopez Memorial Musuem.  

Renz, a "mommy blogger" (who I met for the first time), came in next.  Since we came early, we were able to have a quick tour of the museum thanks to Ms. Mary Ann Pernia, the museum's education consultant who ably assisted us and made us feel at home. As it was my first time in the museum, I was in awe when I discovered they had a lot of Luna's and Hidalgo's. I'll surely feature the Lopez Memorial Museum in a separate post. 

The workshop participants
It was also my first time to meet Teacher Ria Tirazona and Mark Cerbo the Toy Photographer and his famous toy, Optimash Prime. Other participants include DigitalFilipino.com's founder Janette Toral, PR Professional Rosan Cruz, jewelry designer and gemologist Tara Soriano, Martin Vargas, Bettina Go 0f Cathay Drug Co., Eloisa San Juan and Karen AngSome of us tweeted via foursquare as soon as we had access to the museum's wifi:

 Simon Vistro 
 by Lopez_Muse
at the toy making workshop (@ Lopez Memorial Museum)
 Janette Toral 
 by Lopez_Muse
at toy making workshop (@ Lopez Memorial Museum)

 Renz Alcantara 
 by Lopez_Muse
At toy workshop at lopez museum.
 rosan cruz 
 by Lopez_Muse
At the  workshop @ Lopez Museum w Pilipinas Street Plan's street artists Whooop,Wed, FJ. 

 Karen Ang 
 by Lopez_Muse
Toymaking Workshop (@ Lopez Memorial Museum)

It turned out that the original plan of having public school children as workshop participants didn't push through and the Gawa/Laro Toy Making Workshop became a toy customization  workshop instead. The facilitators of the workshop were Wesley Valenzuela, Whooop (it should be with three O's according to him) and EpJey Pacheco, members of Pilipinas Street Plan.
Pilipinas Street Plan explained
Wes Valenzuela
Whooop and EpJey (partly hidden)
The participants

Wes explained what the group Pilipinas Street Plan (PSP) is about, the street wall art or graffiti movement, toy customization and it's historical connection to Philippine culture- the colorful jeepney! He also gave out instructions on toy customization. I found out that we are both alumni of UST. We graduated from college on the same year. You may check the youtube videos:

Whooop specifically explained further about the customized toy, where DIY toys can be seen and bought, and how the customization is made. He shared to me how PSP was formed. It all started individually in 2006. Artists who delved into stickers, graffiti and street art posted their works in the internet and soon they found common ground among themselves. A "conference" was done by gathering the artists until the whole concept was formed. There are about 10 active members of the group.  

I livestreamed the workshop via the http://livestream.com/whatsupdagupan account which I use exclusively for What's Up Dagupan. The link was tweeted by @Lopez_muse, the official twitter of the Lopez Museum and @digitalfilipino:
 Lopez Museum Manila 

[Video Update] Watch the Toy Making Workshop at the Lopez Museum 

 Lopez Museum Manila 

Ongoing at Lopez Museum now! 

 Janette Toral 

livestream of toy customization workshop by @

Sarah Meier - Albano dropped by the workshop she mused:
 Sarah Meier-Albano 

Love is wandering around a museum by yourself. Bliss is when there's a graffiti/street art installation when you go. 

And of course I had to take advantage of a photo opportunity. Starstrucked me!
@SiRVis and @sarah_meier Photo by: Mark Cerbo

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