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Jumpee Tipon’s hobby-turned-business

by Epi Ma. Kassandra A. Dajao 
Photo by: Judy Rose Sayson

While others were clawing their way up to the corporate ladder, she had a choice of running her own business and establishing distinct name through it. Though giving up careers in the events management and banking wasn’t easy for her years ago, she sensed that all those tricky decisions and calculated risks she had to take would yield her countless fruits. And they did, in a year or so.

Twenty-four-year-old Jumpee Tipon is a graduate of University of St. La Salle. In 2009, she finished her degree in Bachelor of Science in Computer Science. She’s a CHEERLEADER way back in college. She’s seen flying in the air for the Artians Cheer Squad in her college days. In addition to her “dancing-flying” abilities, as a graphic artists and a layout editor she’s also one of those sneaky Zombies working night and day in the student publication. Undeniably, she’s one extraordinary student way back in college.

After finishing her college degree, she was hired to work in an event-organizing company. During those times, she and her brother were already starting their T-Shirt printing business though “unofficially”. She was about to quit her job for a bigger opportunity to work in a bank. Ergo the enticing opportunity, she found herself postponing her dream to work in a bank to heed her family’s request to manage their emerging business. She fully remembers the day when she had to utter the big N-O word to the bank employers but as she says, “No regrets at all”.

Jumpee’s Inkcreme Printshop, officially established in May 2010 is growing enormously than expected. Inkcreme caters to different clients – teens, organizations, schools, industries, telecommunication companies, and the likes. From colourful comfy shirts with customized graphic design print, Inkcreme has expanded to customized items like tumblers, cups, caps, key chains, pens, bags, and more. (Visit the shop in L.Hervias Building, Burgos Lopez Jaena Streets, Bacolod City if you want to see more of their unique items).

When asked about the hurdles that she has to face while doing business, Jumpee shrugs her shoulders and narrates about the struggles she has to face when she was starting the business. She says she and her brother were, at the start, unfamiliar of the materials, techniques and styles in printing but eventually they have mastered them through seminars and hands-on work. In fact, Jumpee who’s passionate about the business also had a diploma from University of the Philippines-Diliman Institute for Small Scale Industries. Aside from competence as a difficulty, she also mentioned about getting credible suppliers, visiting them in Manila and making sure they are in good faith.

In her almost two years of being an entrepreneur, Jumpee noted significant lessons worth sharing to other entrepreneurs like her. She says, “Never be afraid of trying new things and of learning,” stressing the importance of taking calculated risks, taking chances and recognizing even the smallest things that come for they may grow bigger in time. “Love what you do,” she exclaims. “..And never work for money alone but for yourself,” she adds. She suggests for people to find a hobby, learn to earn from it and the most important part of it is to be able to share it to people.


A young entrepreneur like Jumpee is worthy of emulation. We may not find our niche in the very competitive corporate world today. But we should be reminded that we can still create our own niche outside the corporate ladders. Like Jumpee, we may choose to listen to our family members and pursue a hobby-turned-business idea.  We may opt to listen to our child-like-crazy ideas and turn them into something… gold.



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The Labor Day Fair

by Epi Ma. Kassandra A. Dajao

Nearly 5,000 job hunters rushed to SM Bacolod today for the annual Labor Day job fair sponsored by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and Public Employment Service Office (PESO) in collaboration with SM Supermalls and other Media Partners.

May Castro, public relations manager of SM Bacolod shared that annually SM Supermall hosts job fairs in line with the Labor Day celebration, adding that for the first time, there was a job fair partnership between SM Supermall Bacolod and DOLE.

She also added that there were 7,000 job vacancies up for grabs in the job fair.

As for her tips to job applicants, Castro shared that applicants should secure good resume, highlight special skills and capabilities. Also, skills and attitude are two important factors. Since skills are acquired, attitude plays a great deal. “It [attitude] will get you to places,” she said.

When asked about the relevance of the job fair, she said, “if people have jobs it will contribute to economic growth.”

A total of 63 local companies were able to participate in job fair most of them are Information Technology (IT) and Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) companies, manufacturing companies, service sector, recruitment and employment and other SM affiliates.

Meanwhile, Hospitality Management graduate of University of St. La Salle Cherrie Boston who was one of the applicants waiting for interview and has been looking for a job for about a month said she’s hoping for a job in hotel, restaurant or even call center. She shared she expects minimum income since she’s starting but she’s looking forward to a friendly working environment if ever she’s to be given a job.



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More Business = More Job

Presidential Spokesman Lacierda says
there are more employment opportunities now

by Epi Ma. Kassandra Dajao

A taller building is replacing the once wide green plantation owned by an old baron and his heirs and heiresses. According to overly curious passersby, the parcel of land was sold and anytime within this year a new Call Center is opening; the hired agents are the residents of that new ritzy building in the middle of nowhere. It sounds interesting.

The sprouting of tall buildings is not only thing that we should notice. There are also increasing numbers of small businesses around the city; some of which are owned by some hard working students.

Noticing these scenarios and listening to some economic predictions, optimism strikes like a spark of hope. When there are more business opportunities around, it means that employment is also just right there. Yes, it’s true.

Lacierda, on his visit in Bacolod City, Negros Occidental last April 18 shared that there are more opportunities for employment right now because of the increased in the number of companies and local business that had contributed to the increase in employment opportunities.

Unemployment rate dwindled from last year. Good news, isn’t it?

“We are looking for continued decline in employment.  Hopefully, the graduates in March will get jobs,” Lacierda said, adding that, they (government officials) are looking forward to a bullish economy and more employment opportunities.  He also shared that that the government must have Government Internship Program and that a summer job program for the new graduates is ongoing.

So here’s the equation:

More Business = More Jobs.

The more business there is in the locality and in the country, the more opportunities there is for people to either earn a living or to be employed.

So you know, what could the taller infrastructures can do to do the economy? It boosts it, gradually.

What is (not) good about 7 billion?


7 billion, JuanTrabaho

Seven is one lucky number. Count in billions. Isn’t it enormous? What if we reach seven billion as inhabitants of the fragile Earth? Wouldn’t that be alarming?

The birth of the world’s symbolic seven billionth baby is another demographic milestone. Sure Phillippine’s Danica May is one of the luckiest babies Earth today. Her birthday was celebrated with United Nations volunteers, press people and the rest of world. Danica’s timely birth
last October 31 gave her family an overwhelming prize, sufficient enough to start up a family business. She is one lucky Filipino, isn’t she? What do we think?

She, as well as her counterparts in Ankara, Basrah, Karachi, Dubai, New Delhi and Baghdad, is incidentally famous. Where does she owe her fate? To the heavens and to the United Nations, of course. Well, at least, young as she is, she’s able to give her parents pride, and of course, some little perks. There’s nothing much to worry about her future; she’ll surely make it. After all, she’s the world’s seven billionth baby. What else to ask for?

Danica’s birth, if I may say it right, is a side issue. What could be the implication of having seven billion humans on Earth is the pressing problem. Seven billion people are growing exponentially over the years and living on the spherical planet Earth. Should this scenario continue up to 2025, scarcity would be a famous word around the globe. There would be shortage, and never-ending shortage of anything, from merely a small piece of grain up to the last drop of water from the faucet. Shortage would wage war among nations, as what most economists say. Of course, we don’t want to experience such horror. Even so, I believe that the war on resources has started in this era already. It is unforgiveable but yes, it has become a cause for waging war. The war we see in the Middle East and in other oil-rich countries today, isn’t it a war for control of resources? I won’t believe they fight and spend millions of money solely for religious conflicts and clashing ideologies. There is more than just gods and glory in a fight. Perhaps, GOLD. History proves it.

Now, talking about the high population growth in the Philippines, statistics shows we are less populated that the other countries in the world today. But mind you, we are moving up to the 12th in the rank on the list of the most populous countries in the world; India and China as the top two according to the United Nations Population Fund. We rank second largest in population next to Indonesia in Southeast Asia region. Ergo, we cannot afford to multiply over time without ensuring food security, and the rest of the requisite services of for the human population. We cannot be just another third-world country relying mostly on the first-world countries’ financial aid. Philippines should continue to grow with its people. Population has to be equated with economic growth. Sure, we won’t have any problem so long as the Philippine economy grows with its population. Population growth should not (never) outpace economic development.

So as we celebrate with the parents of the seven billionth baby on earth, we cannot say we’re totally happy about it despite our belief that babies are gifts of heaven. Figures would tell us, we might have a problem in the near future (had the economists calculated it right). The six billionth baby was born in 1999, that was only 12 years ago. In brief, the world’s population hit another billion in just a short period of time. Granting that all factors remain constant, Philippine health officials believe that it would take only 11 more years for us to reach another billion. So, we should be ready to welcome the eight billionth human being shortly after a decade or so. Reports say, we hit one billion in 1804. In no less than a hundred year later, it doubled to two billion. But, in 1974, only 47 years after, the population rapidly increased to four billion. If this trend continues, we can only expect rapid population growth in the coming years. The question is: Are we ready for population boom?

What United Nations Resident Coordinator Jacqueline Badcock actually suggests, written in recent reports, is for the country to utilize its resources well so it can manage a large population. She says, “Well, the thing is whether you have a large number or a small number, you need to provide services for your population, and you need to provide the services you need to live a productive life.”


What is not good about seven billion?

There isn’t wrong about having seven billion people, except that this may mean more people residing under the wide bridges in the metropolis, more children staving off hunger with sweet candy treats, rugby and solvent. There isn’t wrong about seven billion more people on earth for as long as there is enough resources for everyone, enough working opportunities for all, and sufficient income to feed the family. No more questions asked.


This column was published in The Spectrum’s December Newspaper Issue.

January 2012 Employment Statistics

Employment Statistics


Reference: Labstat Updates Vol. 16 No. 12, March 2012, 
Bureau of Labor and Employment Statistics, 
Department of Labor and Employment



Tips, Bits and Pieces

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Yes. Trash cans do eat really bad resumes. Some resumes can be too dreadful that even trash cans refuse to swallow it. Irritated and disinterested hiring agents often get resumes thrown into trash baskets and then they would look for other well-written resumes out of the pool of papers they have. Crumpling your three-page resume may not really be a big deal for them, if it doesn’t make sense or if they see errors all over your paper.

Sure you don’t want your money, time and effort wasted. Sure you have hit the backspace key of your computer hundred times before having the final one. For sure, you have considered changing your 2 x 2 photo so it would look more pleasing. Definitely, you have spent money for papers and envelops. And, you don’t want your resources put into nothing.

So, here’s for you if you don’t want your treasured resume to sleep with candy wrappers, styro cups, rat and cockroach.



 Most of us don’t like talking to guys with so much to say but have less to show, do we? We play deaf when we hear people playing with hyperbole. Who wants to listen to twaddle and hundred lies anyways?

David King in his published book, “How to Win the Job You Want” in 2002 identifies exaggeration as of the important points to avoid in resume writing. He says: “Don’t pretend to be more than who you really are. Don’t write such superlatives like ‘hardworking, dynamic and constantly motivated’ unless you know you really are one.”

It’s important to reflect who you are in your resume. Flaunt what you really have but don’t go overboard. Sell yourself not with false information but with what you are and what you can really do.



  “Consistently assisted the company manager in different activities and responsibilities entailing accomplishment of monthly reports and statement of accounts, follow up meetings with the clients, conceptualization of vital correspondence and other pertinent tasks assigned.”

This may drown your reader.

Don’t get too overwhelmed by words and phrases. Let them work for you instead. Choose words that are powerful says Nikki Constantino, writer of Girlfriend Magazine in her article How to write a resume that’s sure to get you hired. She writes, “…use the most active impressive and accurate verb you can think of.”

Like in journalism, economy of words is important. Your readers may not have much time to read your long and wordy sentences. David King suggests: “Don’t make your work experience too wordy and detailed if you want yourself to get hired.

So, if you don’t want to get jailed, avoid abusing words. They can sue and curse you if they want to. Beware.



Typographical errors are sometimes forgivable; oftentimes they are not. Vague information is plain confusing. Cliches or overused expressions, just put them aside.

King (2002) stresses about the importance of an error-free resume. Most employers note even minor errors. “Even simple mistakes such as typos, misspellings and grammatical mistakes are noted by the employer. For instance, how do you think your interviewer would feel if you’re applying as a technical writer and you don’t know the difference in using it’s and its?” (King, 2002).

If errors are unforgiveable, so are the vague and unnecessary information in the resumes. Avoid causing your would-be employers headaches for the effort they have to put in just to understand (and even analyze, should they want to waste time in your resume) what you really mean. You don’t want to see their sour looks to your paper as they toss it aside. And then, it’s completely forgotten, rotten.  So, David King says avoid writing down unclear information that would puzzle your readers’ minds.  Don’t write G.R.O when you mean Guidance and Relations Officer if you don’t want misunderstandings.

When you submit your resume, think that your evaluator may have read thousands of resumes reading yours. They may be tired of the phrases ‘good moral character’, ‘excellent working skills’, ‘good English skills’. These are worn-out statements that were used by thousands of people for a thousand times in their lifetimes so get rid of them. (Please!) Kill those overused statements when you can; they’re too old to be in your resume. Also, avoid phrases that sound like you want to sweep Miss Universe’s crown.

Three EAT tips for you to avoid getting eaten by the trash can. Digest them fully, leave it in your heart and get hired.


King, David. 2002. How to win the job you want. Wordlink Books.
Girlfriend Magazine. May 2007. How to write a resume that’s sure to get you hired. 


Tips, Bits and Pieces


Your Two-Page Paper – Make It Work

by Epi Ma. Kassandra Dajao

Want three stars for your resume? Make it four.

Here are some friendly tips that stick on your fingertips.

  • Tip#1 The Shorter, the Better

Ideally, your resume should not exceed two pages but if there are necessary details you need to include, three pages can work; four is lengthy enough; five is too much. David King says limit your resume to one to two pages; use three pages only when necessary.

How would you make your resume shorter? Summarize the information you need to include. Choose the ones which are significant and relevant to the position you are applying for. Leave your achievements during nursery and kindergarten behind. They don’t really count.

Nikki Constantino in Girlfriend Magazine May 2007 edition writes “How to write a resume that’s sure to get you hired”, Tips from Mar Anne Felipe, hum an resources director for Mega Publishing Group. She says “From the readers’ perspectives, shorter is usually the better. But there really is no fast rule.” According to the write up, resumes can be 10-20 pages so long as you can keep your readers’ interests and excite them until they dial your digits on their phones to call you for an interview. So, make your resume shorter unless you have a wide variety of special achievements and skills to sell.

Details may bore readers. “Leave them wanting for more. Remember this is an ad to market you, not your life history,” she adds.

  • Tip#2 Make it Presentable.

Keep it clean, neat and presentable. Do not submit a paper that would only highlight how bad you are in organizing things. It would not help you land on the job you want.

Start with your stationery. Creases may be noted by your employers. They may take note of the folds, smudges, erasures and stains on your paper. It makes a bad impression.

Next step is your photo. HR Director Anne Felipe of Mega Publishing Group suggests that photos should “exude professional look.” It simply means that you have to show that you are groomed in your photo, so wear something decent. Photos can be enhanced but not to the extent that it looks like a different person. It should also be recent photo of you.

Another thing is the layout. Constantino writes: “Usually, experience sections should come first before education. This is because more qualifications are developed from experience than from education.” According to the write up, exceptions would be if you have just received your degree; this proves that your education is a stronger point than your work experience. Also, you can put emphasis on your advancement in your field, for instance, if you have just completed your MBA degree.

  • Tip #3 Flaunt your skills

Use words to flaunt. Words have power. They can make your resumes extra appealing and interesting. Use active verbs. Constantino writes: “For every skill, accomplishment or job described use the most active and impressive, accurate verb you can think of. Eg., lead, directed, headed, managed, engineered, generated.”

Also, highlight what you can do; what are the unique things you can do aside from eating fire while stepping intermittently on the burning charcoal. Felipe says, “But one important development in resume writing is the inclusion of objective and summary of qualifications and skills. If done well, these can be very powerful tools to develop an immediate psychological response from the mind of the reader.” The suggestion, according to Felipe, would also be helpful for those who are making a career change or have a limited work history. “By putting these things on the first part of your resume, you can immediately direct your employer’s focus on where are you going, rather than where you have been,” says Felipe.


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Learning (About the Blog)

This blog is a product of two freezing brains. Also, it’s a product of the four-day workshop with Mulat Pinoy and Probe Media Foundation, Inc. This blog’s journeyed with friends met during the seminar and experts in the field of social media and communication.

The seminar that was mentioned was the Social Networth Workshop on Social Media and Pop Dev held last 24-26 at Astoria Plaza, Pasig City. The seminar was filled with substantial discussions on population development, the different dimensions of population development, and the new media tools.

Ending the four-day confab was extra significant because of the blogs that the participants have to bring with them and develop as their mission to help answer the striking issues on population and development through the use of the ubiquitous social media. Because the participants were taught that above all, social media has to help make the world a better place, we thought of using social media as a tool to reach out to our fellow youth. Because we learned that we cannot easily combat population explosion, we thought of helping people develop themselves as employed/productive individuals. Because we thought the web has the power to make great things happen, we want to start out this blog.


So here’s it now.