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John Llamas Wins 2021 Davao Blogger Of The Year, Reacts To The Winning Nomination Statements

When you finally find the purpose for a passion, that is when you start doing anything for it consistently.

I was in a virtual sales meeting with a client when the announcement was posted on the FB page. When the notification beep started to sound more of an alarm tone saying that I am tagged on a comment by several Davao Bloggers, I thought: I may have won!” John Llamas, the content creator behind the blog, Johndappercloser, and social media handle @Johndappercloser reminisced the winning moment. He is the 2021 Davao Blogger of Year. It is the most coveted annual accolade given to an official member of the Davao Bloggers Society who best represents the ideals and aspirations of the organization. This award is given to the blogger who has best served the organization and the community in 2021.

We were able to obtain some of the winning nomination statements from the declaration post. We asked John to react to the quotes on why fellow members endorsed him as a candidate for such an award.

“…for his work as a blogger, consistently making blog posts”

Nominator

When you finally find the purpose for a passion, that is when you start doing anything for it consistently.

I created Johndappercloser in 2015 simply as a creative outlet. No brand partners. No regular readers. I went back to writing just like in high school and college months after being promoted as the youngest Sales Manager of the one-call-close sales company that I am working for. This time, I was writing about the corporate lifestyle – sales strategies, motivation, corporate style. When my blog statistics started showing that I may have gained traction from readers, that was when I thought that there is a classified group of corporate people out there who actually related to the topics I write about. That was when I started publishing blog posts more frequently.

Joining DBS in 2017 added dimensions to my blog articles. The brand collaborations coordinated by the organization helped me discover the intricate skill of weaving every brand’s promise into my readers’ work-life dealings through every post I publish. This indeed widened my audience.

“…his accomplishments as an officer by doing his best to communicate with brands.”

Nominator
DBS Virtual Acquaintance Party 2021

Everyone was adjusting when we took over the office as a new set of officers. Our work in maintaining the external relationship of the organization with brands and agencies was really put into a test battery. It was not an easy negotiation every time. Being mindful though, of the organization’s strength and reputation plus the collective efforts of the officers made every partnership successful.

Indeed, the most challenging negotiations that I have participated in so far happened when I was the incumbent VP for External Affairs of a premier blogging community, while the world was facing a pandemic.

“…maintaining an updated IG feed with high-quality photos.”

Nominator

It is flattering that my fellow creators describe my Instagram photos as “high-quality”. Updating an IG feed was actually a challenge during the pandemic. Limited areas to shoot for content inside my living space as well as sporadic creative blocks as results of worrisome scoops from news channels, were just a few of the hurdles that we have to keep on overcoming to maintain the visual narrative of our handle. Knowing the core message that you want to resonate as a brand and sticking to a well-thought-out preset are helpful ways to enjoy creating intentional content on Instagram.

The Awards Belong To You!

“I already concluded 2021 as the most rewarding year so far when Kolm came to our life. Then the Outstanding Davao Blog award was given to our blog, Johndappercloser last Saturday. After less than 48 hours, here is another honor awarded to us. I am so thankful!” Llamas expressed.

READ ALSO: Johndappercloser Bags 2021 Outstanding Davao Blog Award

“To my fellow members of the Davao Bloggers Society, thank you for appreciating our work. To my readers, I hope to grow with you one published post at a time. To the brands and agencies who keep on trusting me and our beloved community, Davao Bloggers Society, your brand’s message will always be impeccably amplified. To my family and friends, thank you for the genuine engagement on my online channels. To my Almighty God, please keep on whispering interesting content angles in the years to come. Thank you! Lastly, to Jasmine, since you are too good to be an Instagram Girlfriend, you are now promoted as an Instagram Wife! Hakhakhak Llamas celebrated.

2021 Brand Partners

Treasure Cloud Storage • Acacia Hotel Davao • Watsons • Nissan • Diclosil • Unilever • Shopee

Grab PH • PLDTHome • PayMaya • Blue Posts Boiling Crabs And Shrimps • Holcim

PARTNERSHIP HIGHLIGHT: “Creating content for Shopee Philippines was the collaboration we enjoyed the most. We even made a “Shopping” section on our blog for such partnership.” John Llamas divulged.

Watsons PH Upgrades Delivery Services, Here Are 3 Easy Ways To Shop For Your Health Essentials

The Express Delivery Service feature on the Watsons app has now expanded to Visayas and Mindanao. Among the areas covered are Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, and Davao.

Maintaining optimal well-being is a challenging responsibility to one’s self, with or without a pandemic. While most of the reasons why we fail to sustain our health rituals differ among individuals, you would agree with me that our compliance with our health “doses and routines” are directly affected by our accessibility to shopping for our favorite brands. This challenge to our health habits is understood well by Watsons. Thus, the Philippines’ leading retailer of health essentials invested in their shopping and delivery services. You now have three options for hassle-free shopping.

Option 1: Express Delivery Go through the Watsons PH App

With a minimal fee of Php50 flat delivery fee nationwide, you can enjoy Watsons’ wide range of health and beauty products through Watsons Express Delivery Go. It is now available not just in Metro Manila and nearby cities, but also in Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, and Davao! Download the Watsons App at https://mshare.app.aswatson.com/share/watsons/wtcph/api/v1.0.0/app/share?type=HBA

Watch this reel for the complete guide on how to shop using the Watsons PH app: https://www.instagram.com/reel/CgosKk8hQcE/?igshid=YmMyMTA2M2Y=

Option 2: Call & Delivery through the mobile number of the Watsons branch nearest to you

Simply prepare your list of favorite Watsons products. Then, look for the mobile number of the nearest Watsons branch. Visit this link for the directory: https://www.watsons.com.ph/call-and-delivery-list-of-stores. The hours for receiving of orders are 10:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M. Delivery follows from 11:00AM TO 6:00PM.

Option 3: Click & Collect through the Watsons PH app

Aside from delivery services, customers also have the option to order products and collect them in-store within 30 minutes after placing the order via the Click & Collect feature of the Watsons App. You have over 900 Watsons stores in the Phillippines to choose from! Download the Watsons App at https://mshare.app.aswatson.com/share/watsons/wtcph/api/v1.0.0/app/share?type=HBA

The app is also loaded with exclusive deals and offers stackable coupons that will make the shopping experience budget-friendly and convenient at the same time.

Indeed, Watsons has invested in online and phone delivery services to give us the convenience that we deserve in fulfilling our health, wellness and beauty, and grooming needs. With these shopping and delivery options, you do not have any reasons to skip that routine! The question is, which way would you want to restock your health essentials, through Express Delivery Go, Call & Deliver or Click & Collect?

ABOUT WATSONS
Watsons is part of the Health and Beauty Store chain of A.S Watson, the largest health, beauty, cosmetics, and perfumery retailer in the world. Today, Watsons H&B Asia is the leading health and beauty chain on the continent with successful operations in 37 countries.

In 2002, A.S. Watson Group joined hands with SM Prime Holdings Inc., the Philippines’ leading shopping mall developer. The partnership brought about the first Watsons stores in SM Megamall and The Podium (Ortigas). Today, Watsons operates 900+ stores in the Philippines serving more than 100,000 customers per day.

Watsons strives to ensure that its customers get the best value for their money through monthly promotions, special offers, and continuous consumer marketing programs. Each Watsons store houses nothing but the best brands from top manufacturers all over the world and also carries its own
competitively priced, high-quality private labels and brands. With more than 1000 brands ranging from medicines, cosmetics, and fragrances to personal care items and general merchandise, Watsons Your Personal Store delivers only the best health, wellness, and beauty solutions to each and every customer.

Help Spark The Energy With Berocca Performance

Let 2022 Be The Year You Bounce Back, Find Your Focus, and Push the Pace!

As we continue to stay productive and power through the humdrum of our hybrid work schedules, we are also finding ways to address the inevitable burnouts and daily energy gaps. Sometimes all it takes to relieve that stress is a quick breather away from our work desks to refocus or to step outside for a change of scenery or to try something completely new so we can push the pace once more and bounce back.

This 2022, Berocca Performance continues to curate and offer free activities designed to help you recharge and destress, grind and be productive, and get the boost that you need to spark the energy. All of these were designed with you in mind – so you can continue to live your life with all that positive energy.

Berocca Performance Summer Dance Camp

Kicking things off is the brand’s Summer Dance Camp with 808 Dance Studio. This 5-week online camp was designed for both dancers and dance enthusiasts – students will learn new choreography, improve their existing skills and work on their fitness. These 60-minute lessons culminate into one final online recital at the end of the camp.


Weekend Leisure Bike Rides

It’s no secret the pandemic has turned biking into one of the Metro’s favorite weekend activities and as the country continues to work on making it safer for cyclists to get to places, Multivitamins and Minerals (Berocca Performance) wants to help you engage with key biking communities in the city.

Join the brand for Summer Eco Tours with Bambike as we go through curated bike tours around Intramuros, Guimaras, and Batangas. For those who are looking for a more urban adventure through the different cities, Multivitamins and Minerals (Berocca Performance) will also have weekend group rides with the Esteban Cycling Club – and yes, you will be stopping for coffee at
some of these city bikers’ favorite spots!

Community Dialogues

On top of these exciting activities, Berocca Performance wants you to understand that resting is just as important as working hard. And when you live in a society that puts such a high value on the grind, the brand wants to help you find that balance so you can still prioritize wellness and develop a more holistic lifestyle.

As the first to represent the brand’s Community Dialogues, The SHEEo Society allows you to connect with the key women of today. This happens just in time for National Women’s Month and gives these powerful ladies a platform to have important conversations with us about their version of success and how they manage to spark good energy in their own respective communities.

Furthermore, you can watch out for a series of content on the brand’s TiktTok page https://www.tiktok.com/@beroccaph featuring ways from content creators on how to regain your energy, enhance your productivity, and bring out your best as you spark action and thrive in your passion.

Berocca gives me an additional dose of energy, a more powerful force of motivation to be both a better rookie entrepreneur and a novice hands-on dad.

Get an additional dose of energy as well! Shop for your Multivitamins and Minerals here: https://shp.ee/ycfnigt

Up your physical energy and mental sharpness, and let Berocca Performance help you #SparkTheEnergy with proper diet and exercise! Visit the brand’s microsite https://superchargedsquad.berocca.com.ph/ to get access to various content, activities, and rewards exclusively for the community. Sign up and be part of the Supercharged Squad NOW!

For more information on Multivitamins and Minerals (Berocca Performance), visit http://www.berocca.com.ph. You can also the brand’s Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/beroccaph/ and Instagram at @beroccaph.

Sa Watsons Ako! | How Every Watsons Purchase is a Vote to Save Our Planet

May you choose a wellness partner that enables you to participate in voting for a healthier state of the Earth for the next generation. That feels great, inside and out!

Vote for a more livable Earth!

Your social media timeline by now perhaps is filled with campaign content posts from the candidates for May 2022 Philippine Elections. Yes. Same as mine! Furthermore, some of your friends may even have started becoming “too passionate” with their posts declaring their support for their pick. But this is not a political blog post about the Philippines. This though is an advocacy blog post about our planet – that just like how you would vote for your chosen candidate, may you would also vote for a more habitable planet Earth. Here is how to do it in simpler and easier ways with Watsons.

Sa Watsons Ako this 2022! For Relentlessly Doing Good For The Planet

Trusted health and wellness partner Watsons Philippines continues to DO GOOD for the planet by presenting more sustainability options and programs that will help save the environment.

Sustainable Choices Campaign

Watsons has made available almost 1,200 Sustainable Choices products and
continues to add more for consumers so they have better and more environment-friendly options. Such a program, puts sustainability at the core of brand development and sourcing, from packaging to ingredient choices. These are aimed to help shoppers make Sustainable Choices by providing them with Earth-friendly options for their wellness needs.

“We rely on fossil fuels that give gas, heat and oil but they are exactly what bring about global warming and all these extreme weather occurrences. What are the DO GOOD acts we can do? One of these is to always choose sustainability in our health, wellness and beauty products. For Sustainable Choices, Sa Watsons Ako,” said Viki Encarnacion, Watsons Philippines PR and Sustainability Director.

READ MORE HERE: The Watsons Sustainable Choices campaign

Do Good For The Oceans With Plastic Bank

“The partnership with Watsons is an opportunity for the world to bear witness to great change, to witness great organizations that truly are standing on the right side of history. It takes the bold and the authentic to do something that hasn’t been done before and we know that in partnership with Watsons, the world is going to witness the change in the communities and the lives of our collectors,”

David Katz, Founder and CEO of Plasric Bank
In collaboration with Plastic Bank, Watsons has been able to recycle 833,000 plastic bottles last 2021.

READ MORE HERE: Do Good For The Oceans With Plastic Bank

Do Good For Earth Webinar Series

Watsons regularly tap online amplifiers of information on how to take part in taking care of the Earth by hosting webinar series.

For 2022, Watsons held its first DO GOOD For Earth, Sa Watsons Ako webinar with “Smart Waste Management Towards A Sustainable Future,” where Commissioner Crispian Lao, Chair of the National Solid Waste Management
Commission, and David Katz, President and CEO of Plastic Bank, talked about global warming and the benefits of recycling.


The Watsons DO GOOD webinar, which was moderated by environment advocate Anna Oposa of Save Philippine Seas, tackled important topics such as how people can contribute in environment conservation thru 3Rs (Reuse, Recycle, Refill), the relationship of solid waste management and climate change, the impact of recycling on the environment, economy and community and future activities to be conducted jointly by Plastic Bank and Watsons Philippines.

Plastic Bank’s David Katz discussed what social plastic can do to help impoverished communities gain access to necessities such as food and water.

Do Good Act: Reduce

Do Good Act Checklist: Environment conservation thru 3Rs (Reuse, Recycle, Refill)

Watsons stores have made a collective effort to be more conscious about energy
consumption and this has helped reduce energy intensity by 17 percent from 2015. 

Sa Watsons Ako this 2022! For Consistently Doing Good For The Community

Watsons Smile For Good with Operations Smile Philippines

Since working in partnership with Operation Smile eight years ago up to the present, Watsons has helped transform the lives of 2,036 children through cleft surgeries.

READ MORE HERE: Watsons Smile For Good with Operations Smile Philippines

For its employees, Watsons has conducted 22 wellness seminars and counting to help its personnel to cope with the challenges brought about by the pandemic.

Doing Good is in Watsons “Track Record”

Whoever is your bet this election day, I believe that you somehow made some research about their track record. As to for your health, wellness and beauty product retailer, may you choose a wellness partner that enables you to participate in voting for a healthier state of the Earth for the next generation. That feels great, inside and out!

For boldy doing good for the Earth, Sa Watsons Ako!

Baby Essentials Guide 1: Our Trusted Products For Colic Symptoms

Caring for them needs the help of certain products which we as parents are ought to be well-knowledgeable about the effectivity, as well as where and how to purchase it.

Kolm, my dapper mini-me is now more than a month old! Somehow, I have also improved from being a novice hands-on dad to an advanced beginner. Being a registered nurse who was able to study and served hours of clinical practice for the concept of Maternal and Child Health Nursing, made it easy for me (and Jasmine) to do the necessary newborn care routine for our eldest son.

Kolm at 1 month a 22 days old.

Choosing a specific product for your little one can be made easy and reassuring when prescribed by a professional healthcare provider. But buying these supplies, especially amidst a risky marketplace like in a pandemic situation is quite challenging and cynical. Thus, we thoughtfully collated the list of our trusted brands that might also be helpful for you and your baby. These all can be conveniently bought and delivered to your doorstep through the Shopee App – the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia & Taiwan.

Kolm is a colicky baby

When your baby tends to just suddenly cry in a more high-pitched like than usual, fussy and burps frequently after feeding, has a tight belly, and produces loose stool, these may be best reasons to seek a pediatrician’s opinion. As for Kolm experiencing those, his pedia diagnosed him having a cow’s milk allergy which results in belly pain, thus being colicky. Read more about colic here.

The pediatrician then prescribed Similac TummiCare. This variant contains lesser cow’s protein as it is mainly made of “cooked” whey. Thus, reducing allergic reactions. The pedia also suggested using the Como Tomo feeding bottle and nipple as it features an anti-colic design with a nipple that closely resembles a female human skin to avoid nipple confusion for a mixed-fed newborn like Kolm.

It is relieving to know though, that colic is a common condition in young babies. It will go away on its own, from age 3 months to age 6 months. When managing colic symptoms, it should be considered that what works for one baby may not work for another. As parents, it is our role to evaluate which one is therapeutic to our little ones.

Here is a list of items we have used as part of the management of colic symptoms. You can tap on the product link to help you shop these items and have them delivered to your home. We recommend shopping for these items in the official Shopee stores of the respective brands to vouch for authenticity.

Feeding Kolmie! You can also shop other baby products from the Como Tomo PH official store on Shopee here: https://shp.ee/zddniet

A trusted family friend also suggested the Philips Avent feeding bottle for its clinically proven anti-colic valve designed to keep air away from the baby’s tummy. Yes, we have both Como Tomo and Philips Avent for the sake of Kolm’s health.

We also have tried and trusted the massage oil from Tiny Buds which is topical management to relax the stomach due to gas. The calming oil that helps the baby fall asleep works well with Kolm as well. We are also using the Pampers baby dry taped diapers. One with an aloe vera scent. These promote utmost relaxation for our little one. For daily baby hygiene, we recommend Cetaphil Baby Gentle Wash and Shampoo.

Kolmie enjoying his bath with mom Jasmine.

You might want to try these as well. Below are the product links.

Forever Parents

My son, I love you!

Taking care of our kids is a lifelong mission (even when one is not a “kid” anymore). Caring for them needs the help of certain products which we as parents are ought to be well-knowledgeable about the effectivity, as well as where and how to purchase it. Thus, we will definitely add more items to this list when we find one which helps us in managing the symptoms of colic in our newborn. Visit us here again and do not forget to download the Shopee app on your smartphones.

Home Makeover Guide: New Year. New Space. Also, New Aesthetic Home Items

Make sure that your home furnishings are reasonably priced and functional, and at that, exude aesthetic pleasure. 

To ring in our new life stage, we transferred to a commodious space for our young family on the first day of the year. And what then is more exciting when moving in than stuffing your new space with the items that foster daily positivity and calmness. As new parents, we are making sure that these furnishings are reasonably priced and functional, and at that, exude aesthetic pleasure. 

We started purchasing items for the dining area and since picked every stuff slowly and consciously. Below are some of the mood boards that we want to gradually achieve until mid-year. You might want to check it out too.

Along with channeling creatively your excitement of decorating (or redecorating) your space, one should also consider following a strict budget by setting every part of the house or according to a specific theme of homewares as “per project”. Consider prioritizing health and safety as well by having the items ordered online and delivered at your doorstep than buying them in person at stores. It is still risky. 

Project 1: Minimalist And Airy Rattan Pieces

Own these pieces too. Tap on the links below:

Project 2: A Vintage Home Office Collection

Retro-fy your workspace at home too! Tap on the links below to shop:

Project 3: Tidy And Timeless Kitchenwares

Complement your interior design of choice with these refreshing wood and white set as well. Own these by tapping the links below:

Project 4: Pastel Skincare Studio Ensemble

Make sure to achieve a couple’s vanity corner that reminds you to be ageless. Own these fixtures too. Tap on the links below to shop.

Looking for more homewares? Choose from the wide array of Home and Living items on Shopee PH here: https://shp.ee/5jx83rh

Johndappercloser Bags 2021 Outstanding Davao Blog Award: “It was like Leonardo Dicaprio’s journey to his first Oscars.”

Do not ever stop beefing up your talents just because someone told you that you are already great or that you are trying so hard. Do not ever stop beefing up your talents at all!”

After a series of nominations in Davao Blog Awards since joining Davao Bloggers Society (DBS) in 2017, http://www.johndappercloser.com (JDC) bags its first recognition as 2021 Outstanding Davao Blog.

“It was like Leonardo Dicaprio’s journey to his first Oscars.” John Llamas, Chief Content Strategist of JDC described the experience. The accolade was presented by Maria Jose, DBS Trustee during the DBS Sparkly Night – Virtual Christmas Party 2021 via the organization’s official Google Meet account, December 11, 8PM.

From trophy to a virtual badge. Due to advisories regulating social gatherings, this year’s DBA winners were given a special badge that winners may use and post on their blog and social media posts.

Before winning his first Oscar® for Best Actor in 2016 for his performance in “The Revenant”, Dicaprio received a series of nominations as Best Actor for The Aviator in 2005, for Blood Diamond in 2007, and for Wolf of Wall Street in 2014, which by the way is my favorite sales-related movie of him portraying a real-life Closer, Jordan Belfort,” Llamas explained. “These movies showed how masterful Dicaprio is in his craft. Most movie fans even suggest that these deserved him earlier Oscars wins. However, Dicaprio just kept on improving his acting prowess instead of allowing any accolade to validate his caliber as an actor. That is exactly the inspiration that I want to amplify out from our first award – Keep improving. Do not ever stop beefing up your talents just because someone told you that you are already great or that you are trying so hard. Do not ever stop beefing up your talents at all!” Llamas emphasized.

There were no niche categories and other special categories for this year’s Davao Blog Awards. Rather, the top blogs with excellent content that are aligned with the vision of the organization were given the “Outstanding Blog of 2021” Award.

Three more blogs were also declared as 2021 Outstanding Davao Blog. These are http://thepopblogph.com/ by NepC Ledesma, http://davaogeekhub.com/ by Josef Cagas, and https://www.youtube.com/user/JEXXHINGGO by Jexx Hinggo.

We also have listed below the nominations which Johndappercloser received from the previous seasons of the Davao Blog Awards.

  • 2020: No Davao Blog Awards due to the pandemic
  • 2019: Best Special Interest Blog, Finalist
  • 2018: Best Special Interest Blog, Finalist
  • 2017: Best Special Interest Blog, Finalist

A Second Award This Year, Maybe?

Right after the announcement of the Outstanding Davao Blog awardees, Jose also revealed the finalists for this year’s Davao Blogger Of The Year which included Jexx Hinggo of http://www.youtube.com/user/JEXXHINGGO, Olivia Limos of http://www.oc-craft.com, Roxanne Lacap of http://www.roxannelacap.com, and John Llamas of http://www.johndappercloser.com.

This year’s winner, which will be determined through the votes of the official members of the Davao Bloggers Society, will be announced on December 13, 6PM at the DBS Official Members’ Facebook Group Page.

Johndappercloser in 2022

Financial Calmness For Filipinos is the latest advocacy that I want to lobby using my platform. That means more finance blog posts are yet to be published from now on under our Investments and Insurances Blog Series. We have been trying out creating vlogs and reels as well. Those are content pieces that we are excited to produce for Style and for our transitioning lifestyle from corporate to business, the Bleisure Lifestyle. I intend to grow with my readers too as I unlock a new chapter in life! Thus, a Dad Cave section on Johndappercloser is coming up.” Llamas declared.

We hope that you will be visiting http://www.johndappercloser.com more frequently this year. Turning our weblog into a metaverse is a part of our lofty yet doable game plan in the years to come” – Llamas manifested.

2021 MOST VIEWED BLOG POSTS

Being this year’s Outstanding Davao Blog awardee, let us highlight the top 3 2021 blog posts of Johndappercloser which garnered the most number of readers.

TOP 1: Two Korean Business RomCom Series For Salespeople | Entertainment That Matters

TOP 2 : Bleisure Guide | Acacia Hotel Davao + Cape San Agustin, Gov. Gen. Sightseeing

TOP 3: My Kadayawan Revelry | From Food Hopping To Food Grabbing

MOST VIEWED BLOG POSTS SINCE 2015

These are the top 3 blog posts as well which created an impressive cadence onto Johndappercloser’s stats and insights since October 2015.

TOP 1: Grocery List for Young Urban Professionals | Feat. S&R Members’ Treat Sale Items

TOP 2: PayMaya Releases Newly Designed, EMV-enabled Card | How to Get | How to Upgrade

TOP 3: STYLE PICKS : Habi Kadayawan 2019