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.

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

Yuletide 2021 Deals: Celebrate Responsibly At Acacia Hotel Davao

An orthopedic bed, a roasted beef, a simply heartfelt stroke of hospitality

Coined terms for socials like “intimate gathering” and “celebrate responsibly” prove that the pandemic mutated our ways on how to celebrate. Now that the Christmas and New Year’s Eve celebrations are fast approaching, how do you plan to spend them?

“Resting on an orthopedic bed, waiting for the melt-in-your-mouth roasted beef to be served while feeling that simply heartfelt stroke of hospitality the entire time.” Well, if that imagery dazzles you, then this list of Yuletide offerings below deserves deliberation.

Utmost comfort and optimum rest! The “Acacia Dream Bed” – an orthopedic bed with a memory foam top specifically designed to surely luxuriate you!

CHRISTMAS DEALS

A MERRY APPETITE

A merry appetite awaits with Acacia’s Holiday Flavours offered from Christmas Eve until December 26. The Christmas buffet spread features Western and Asian cuisine along with the luscious highlights at Waling Waling Café such as Lechon Roll, Roasted Beef Chuck Roll, and Roasted Turkey.

… AND A MERRY STAYCATION

A laid-back holiday fun? Gift yourself and your family that unforgettable holiday getaway with a genuine Filipino hospitality that is simply heartfelt!

A more affordable offer exists too with “‘Tis The Season” room package at Php3,888 nett per room per night which includes Breakfast for Two and a surprise Christmas gift.

NEW YEAR’S EVE DEALS

The Countdown!

The trendiest and most functional accessory in the past two years takes center stage! Do not forget to dazzle your mask and win exciting prizes as we greet 2022. Acacia’s New Year’s Eve Dinner Buffet is priced at Php 2,488 nett per person on December 31, 2021 at Aves Function Hall.

A fine dining experience on New Year’s Eve is also available! A 4-Course Set Dinner at Php 1,888.00 nett per person is offered at Acacia’s Waling Waling Cafe.

For a more budget-friendly option, “In With a Bang” room package at Php 4,288 nett per room per night entitles you with a Breakfast for Two and complimentary party hats and trumpet.

A well-rested you. Whatever season, when you are in Acacia.

You will not see any chimney from afar looking at Acacia Hotel Davao nor any fireplace in any of its suites. But the warmth inside, especially this Yuletide season is different. Why? Because it’s simply heartfelt no matter how you would want to celebrate the Holidays. You deserve to get that holiday feeling.

RESERVE NOW: Email: enquiry@acaciahotelsdavao.com I Telephone: +63 82 298 8088 I Mobile: +63 917 827 0088

Unfolding Why Galaxy Z Fold3 5G Is My Bleisure Smartphone For 2022 And Beyond

With the upcoming surprises and statistics unfolding in 2022 and beyond, I hope your perception is at a clear, uninterrupted display with grit that is more dependable than ever.

A brand new year comes with new surprises and new statistics! Also, in this business era where your electronic signature is trusted now more than ever to authorize transactions digitally, I can not look forward to another unfolding year without prying for a smartphone that is equally enterprising and tenacious as me. I opted for the Samsung Z Flip3 before but I changed my mind. I want the Z Fold3! Here are “D” reasons why:

DISPLAY

With a 7.6-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X Infinity Flex Display, the Galaxy Z Fold3 5G provides a wider perception for both business and leisurely dealings throughout the year and beyond!

This foldable’s Multi-Active Window feature allows the display of three live apps simultaneously. Furthermore, your handwriting using its pen can be instantly converted to digital text! Can you imagine how efficient the sales process is, from lead generation to actual sales pitch and ultimately, to the e-signing of contracts? Indeed, Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G predisposes you to a performance of tenfold increase.

Since we all agree that all work and no play makes you dull, below is an infographic on how Z Fold3 5G surprises you on your entertainment night, workout day, social media hour, last-minute reservations, and instant deliveries.

DEPENDABILITY

With countless tech brands mushrooming in recent years, I learned to pick those which I can vouch for dependability across work settings from on-site, work-from-home, or even on the go. It is indeed reassuring that Samsung had designed an innovative way of developing and testing the durability of the revolutionary Z Fold3 5G.

This foldable is encased with Armor Aluminum Gorilla Glass Victus which improves protection with enhanced durability. Existing components on the layers of the display panel are optimized as well to maintain the highest durability standards yet.

Here are some of the testing procedures Samsung uses to ensure that the latest Galaxy Z Fold3 5G meets the highest standards possible:

UNFOLD NEW SURPRISES, NEW STATISTICS

The stay-at-home advisory in the past two years had indeed unfolded unexpected adjustments as to how we work and play. We mutated ways on how to manage staff and numbers, how to persuade prospects, and how to take care of existing accounts. Coincidingly, we also evolved how to express and present ourselves, how to socialize and how to be entertained. Noteworthily, trust in remote transactions is stronger now than ever gauged before. With the upcoming surprises and statistics unfolding in 2022 and beyond, I hope your perception is at a clear, uninterrupted display with grit that is more dependable than ever.

… AND A NEW SMARTPHONE

Visit samsung.com/ph to get yours now or find the nearest Samsung Experience Store here: samsung.com/ph/samsung-experience-store/locations.

The Galaxy Z Fold3 5G retails at Php 87,990 SRP for 256GB (Phantom Black, Phantom Silver, and online-exclusive Phantom Green) and Php 95,990 for the 512GB variant (Phantom Black, Phantom Green, and online-exclusive Phantom Silver). Buy now for as low as Php 3,666.25/month at 0% for up to 24 months via credit card payment.

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Smile For Good: Saving The Smile Of Our Kids With Cleft Conditions

It would only take few seconds and clicks as your Do Good part to make their perfect smiles stay for good.

“Recent research shows that mothers who are using charcoal when cooking (or exposed to the smoke from charcoal) have a higher risk of having a newborn with a cleft condition.” Emiliano Romano, Executive Director of Operation Smile Philippines revealed during the Watsons Smile For Good webinar.

For nine unwavering years, Watsons Philippines has been a partner of Operation Smile Philippines (OSP) in transforming the life of 1,986 children with lip and palate defects. This year, as part of its mission, to Look Good, Do Good, Feel Great, Watsons teams up with OSP again to bring perfect smiles to more than 50 more children affected by cleft conditions.

Cleft Conditions: Splitted Lip and Divided Palate

A cleft condition is a gap in the mouth that did not close during the early stages of pregnancy. A cleft condition in the lip that can be easily inspected during birth is a Cleft Lip while an opening in the roof of the mouth, which is a harder condition to identify upon birth, is a Cleft Palate. In the Philippines, 1 in 500 children born has this defect. Every year, about 4,500 Filipino babies are born with this condition.

Screen captured from the Watsons Do Good For Our Children webinar, Mr. Romano discusses cleft conditions.

“Recent research shows that mothers who are using charcoal when cooking ( exposed to the smoke from charcoal) have a higher risk of having a newborn with a cleft condition.” Emiliano Romano, Executive Director of Operation Smile Philippines revealed during the Watsons Smile For Good webinar.

Operation Smile Philippines has helped change the lives of many children born with this condition since 1982.

Almost A Decade Of Partnership: A. S. Watsons and Operation Smile Philippines

“The partnership was paused in 2020 because of the pandemic but this year, we are back with Smile For Good. Of course, we will be very mindful of the physical distancing restrictions, but our desire to continue to bring smiles to the children has not wavered,” said Viki Encarnacion, PR & Sustainability Director of Watsons.

This partnership in the Philippines is part of ASW’s global commitment to bring 10,000 perfect smiles in partnership with Operation Smile. It aims to educate the public and raise awareness about cleft lip/ palate conditions.

Online Outreach For This Year’s Run

Aided by technology, Watsons Philippines pharmacists and employee volunteers will conduct hygiene orientation seminars online for the patients’ families on the subject of post-operation feeding and oral and lip care. Watsons will also provide Hygiene Care Kits with oral and hand care products to the 50 kids post-operation.

Aside from partnering with Operation Smile, A.S. Watsons Philippines is engaging with its employees, strategic partners, and customers contributing time and financial support in order to sponsor as many free surgical missions to continue changing lives, one smile at a time.

Join The Smile For Good Squad

It may take the medical team 45 minutes to an hour to provide a bright, beautiful new smile and a healthier, happier future to a child born with a cleft condition. But it would only take a few seconds and clicks as your Do Good part to make their perfect smiles stay for good (and that feels great). Visit Operation Smile Philippines to know how to help make a difference in these children’s lives.

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

These were just some of the stories of heartfelt solace that would make you feel that they all seem ready to assist you in Acacia and at that, they mean doing it sincerely!

At last! After 10 months in business exile from Davao due to the pandemic, I was able to visit the city for my unit’s recruitment and sales roadshow. And since it is my first long trip after months of work-from-home only dealings, I made it imperative to stay in the city’s newest hotel plus a 3-day trip to Governor Generoso.

LEISURE: Where The Davao Gulf And The Pacific Ocean Meet

Due to matrimonial considerations, this trip started with the leisurely part. Governor Generoso, Davao Oriental is a 4-hour drive from Davao city. It is famous for Cape San Agustin. Reaching the trio lighthouses was literally reaching the terminus of the Philippine road. The view from the top though was truly an emancipating experience for my long-quarantined senses. A refreshing prelude before the meetings in the city.

BUSINESS: Where Davao’s Latest Hotel Amenities And Heartfelt Hospitality Meet

Acacia Hotel Davao was my only preference for this trip. Apart from its 11 event spaces, I was thrilled to do my intimate meetings about finance at the exclusive club lounge on the 10th floor. Most importantly, its location along JP Laurel is easily accessible for my recruits and prospect owners to meet me.

What made a mark for a recommendation from this stay though was the thoughtfulness of the staff.

As soon as I opened the car trunk to prepare the bags for check-in, the guard at the basement parking, who was carefully directing an entrant car, asked me if I would like to request a bell service staff. This appears to be usual in a hotel but that initiative was irresistibly comforting for someone who came from a 4-hour drive, with luggage for four to be unloaded. A few minutes after, the bellhop arrived with a luggage cart.

The staff was indeed pampering. We requested the breakfast meals the next morning to be served in-room for my mom, sister, and Jasmine, and my little dapper, who chose to stay in bed and rest more. They delivered it instantly without any charges. These were just some of the stories of heartfelt solace that would make you feel that they all seem ready to assist you in Acacia and at that, they mean doing it sincerely!

And oh! I just simply love the sizing of their bath robes. hakhak It fits just right. You know what I mean! (versus the baggy, mascot-suit-like ones)

Real, Than Reel Meetings

The post-vax business dealings might not swiftly resume to the office. Thus, a hotel for both business and leisurely use is indeed a significant preference for scheduled work trips. You may have mastered creating new businesses through virtual meetings for how many months, but do not ever forget that selling has its “personal” component. Visiting both your prospects and existing partners is knowing their needs better, simplifying business negotiations, cultivating the relationship, and improving your well-being.

PH’s Favorite Wellness Retailer And How It Takes Care For The Oceans

After stringently picking a wellness product for you, consider choosing a retailer as well that promotes solutions to environmental problems.

Our country is drowning in plastic waste. In fact, the Philippines is one of the top 3 contributors to the world’s plastic problem. But your choice of retailer for wellness and grooming products though can help solve this pollution.

Here are the plastic waste management initiatives you co-support when you purchase your health products from Watsons Philippines. These advocacies aim to contribute to ocean protection.

Watsons – Plastic Bank Impact Program Collaboration

To help reduce plastic pollution and alleviate poverty by creating livelihood, Watsons Philippines has entered a collaboration with Plastic Bank. Through such partnership, Watsons Philippines will continue to Do Good for the Oceans by committing to the prevention of 50,000 kg of plastic bottles from entering the world’s oceans – the equivalent of 2.5 million bottles over the first 12 months.

“We are happy to team up with Watsons Philippines – a company that shares our vision on creating a regenerative economy. This collaboration showcases our unified goal of stopping ocean plastic while creating more opportunities for people living in vulnerable coastal communities,” said David Katz, Founder, and CEO of Plastic Bank.

Sustainable Choices Campaign: Refill and Reduce and Better Packaging

Two of the four lifestyle choices in Watsons Sustainable Choices campaign directly address the plastic waste problem in our oceans. These are Refill and Reduce (refilling bottles and reusing containers) and Better Packaging.

Read more about Watsons’ four Sustainable Choices HERE.

Microplastic Ban

The A.S. Watsons Group has banned the use of microplastics in its own brand of rinse-off cosmetics or personal care products since 2014. By the end of 2019, this ban has been extended to all brands so no rinse-off cosmetics or personal care products from any brand are sold at any Watsons’ stores.

It feels good every time you get to restock your beauty and grooming products from your favorite retailer. What feels great though is knowing that you were able to contribute to care for the oceans and our planet through the purchases you made. Thus, after stringently picking a wellness product for you, consider choosing a retailer as well that promotes solutions to environmental problems – Plastic pollution is, but just one.