Greenwich unlocks Swarm Badge at 2nd Cebu 4sqDay

2013/05/04

The 2nd Cebu Foursquare Day at Greenwich (Ayala Center Cebu) last April 17, 2013  (Wed) was quite a SUCCESS! Ideally, this should have been an April 16 (four squared) event. But since the Western world celebrated a bit later, it was delayed. BAD DECISION, since it took the fun out of unlocking the 4sqDay2013 badge, which unlocks only on the 16th!

Still, over 40 folks came to celebrate and claim official Foursquare swag. Jumpers also checked-in to help unlock a Swarm badge.

Cebu Foursquare Day 2013 Swarm badge

THANKS to generous host and sponsor Greenwich, attendees were treated to FREE pizza, pasta, and drinks. AND of course, blue water bottles from Foursquare!

2nd Cebu Foursquare Day Greenwich pizza

There was no program for the day, just a simple meetup with old and new friends and super-friends.

As it stands, there is no official Cebu Foursquare community (with officers, etc). However, there is a Foursquare Cebu FB Group that is intended for Cebu-based SuperUsers, wanna-be-SuperUsers, and active Foursquare users who want to clean up Cebu. There is also a Foursquare Cebu FB fan page with pictures and status updates of Cebu Foursquare Day events.

Cebu Foursquare Day

This event couldn’t have been successful without the help of co-organizers @jerminix and @karissayu. So PROPS to these awesome guys… and to Greenwich and staff!

BY THE WAY, anybody is welcome to organize the next Cebu Foursquare Day event, or even just a Swarm event. Cebu still yet has to unlock the Super Swarm (250 check-ins) badge! Think you’d be part of that history? CHECK-IN NOW!

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Greenwich to host Cebu Foursquare Day 2013

2013/04/14

Last year, Cebu City celebrated Foursquare Day with Bo’s Coffee. This year, we celebrate with GREENWICH, a popular pizza chain in the Philippines.

While Foursquare Day is celebrated every April 16, we’re doing this on April 17, so that we can celebrate together with the other side of the world. After all, this is an American GLOBAL thing.

We will be handing out OFFICIAL 4sqDay2013 water bottles, thanks to Foursquare. We will also be giving out Foursquare tip stickers from last year’s Meetup.  And if you’re feeling hungry, there’s also a slice of GREENWICH for the first 50 to check-in to their venue.

4sqDay 2013 water bottle

What do you need to do to get one of these? Not a lot.
1. RSVP at our Meetup page. Immediate freebie reservation.
2. Like our Foursquare Cebu page.
3. Show up at Greenwich, Ayala Center Cebu on April 17 (Wed) 8-9PM.
4. Check-in at Greenwich’s Foursquare venue.

NOTE: While the Meetup is on April 17 (Wed), the one-day-only Foursquare Day 2013 badge can only be unlocked on April 16 (Tue). So, make sure to check-in on April 16!

SPECIAL THANKS to Foursquare for the freebies, Greenwich for hosting the Cebu 4sqDay 2013, and to @karissayu and @jerminix for co-organizing this Meetup!

cebu foursquare day 2013


Smart Launches Philippines’ First Foursquare Badge

2012/05/20

Are you a Foursquare fanatic in the Philippines? Then I’ve got Brilliant News for you, if (1) you are in Manila, and (2) adore Lady GagaSMART is bringing the FIRST-Ever Foursquare Badge in the country called the SMART #LiveMore Badge.

This badge can be UNLOCKED by checking in at Lady Gaga‘s Born This Way Ball at the Mall of Asia Arena on May 21 (Mon) and May 22 (Tue) 6PM – 2AM.


While this may NOT be a Country- or a City-specific badge tourist-wise, I hope this SMART #LiveMore Badge will pave the way for those opportunities in the future. With more businesses like Bo’s Coffee and SMART making use of Foursquare, it just might be possible for Philippines to earn its City badges!

This news was brought to you through @4sqPhilippines. FOLLOW them on Facebook and Twitter. For MORE INFO about Lady Gaga’s concert, read this. For SMART’s Foursquare badge and RAFFLE, read this.

While we’re on the topic of Foursquare, I have just recently been PROMOTED to Super User Level 2. If you are an SU in Cebu, please reach out me, so we can organize events! You can also follow @SUPhilippines to get in touch with other SUs in the country.


Cebu Unlocks its First SWARM Badge

2012/04/22

Cebu made history on Foursquare last April 16, 2012. On that day, Cebu joined the world in celebrating the 3rd Foursquare Day. From 7:45PM-10:00PM, at least 50 people (WOW!) checked-in at Bo’s Coffee in The Terraces, Ayala Center Cebu to unlock its first-ever SWARM badge.

To support the event, Bo’s Coffee offered FREE DRINK UPSIZE to those who checked-in at their venue. In another corner, Foursquare freebies were given away to Foursquare fans. Simple, but FUN!

In other parts of the country, Davao celebrated Foursquare Day with food and games! Meanwhile, in Manila, @4sqPhilippines organized a post-Foursquare Day event at Fitness First with cupcakes and group exercise.

So, what’s next, now that Cebu has had its SWARM badge? Well, I challenge these organizers to level up! Can Cebu unlock a SUPER SWARM badge, with 250 check-ins? We’ll see.

NOTE: If you’re a business in Cebu, and would like a #4sqCling sticker for your glass door or window, post below. Click here for pics of the sticker.

[Update][2012-05-12] Read Bo’s Coffee’s blog post here: Click me.


Bo’s Coffee (Terraces) FREE DRINK UPSIZE on 4sqDay

2012/04/11

It’s official! Bo’s Coffee (Terraces) in Ayala Center Cebu will join the world in celebrating Foursquare Day on April 16 (Mon). If you check-in their Foursquare venue from 7:45 – 10:00PM, any drink you order is automatically UPSIZED for FREE! Just show your checked-in phone to the barista. Take note: ONE checked-in user, ONE upsize.

Plus, you also get to pick any ONE of these official Foursquare FREEBIES: (1) a Foursquare badge pin, (2) a Foursquare logo sticker, or (3) a Foursquare tip sticker. No purchase necessary. Just show up, check-in at Bo’s Coffee (Terraces), and look for the guy handing them out in the area. That’s me, obviously.

If you’re a business owner, you can also ask for a Foursquare cling sticker. Stick them on your shop’s glass door or window, and tell your customers to check-in! #awesome

AND because it’s Foursquare Day, we’ll be attempting to unlock the first-ever SWARM badge in Cebu. On April 16 (Mon), from 7:45 – 10:00PM, stay checked-in at Bo’s Coffee (Terraces). When we hit 50 checked-in users, we’ll start unlocking that elusive SWARM badge. So, come be a part of history. Check-in with us in Foursquare! RSVP here.

Foursquare Day 2012 FREEBIES. The Best of Cebu City 2012.

Bo’s Coffee website. Bo’s Coffee facebook. Bo’s Coffee twitter.


Cebu City Foursquare Day 2012 Meetup Swag

2012/04/03

Hey, Cebu City! Are you excited to unlock the Foursquare Day 2012 badge on April 16 (Mon)?

No? Well, I guess I’ll have to keep all these Foursquare freebies for myself. Yep, you read that right! FREEBIES. Man, I just love that word. I’ve got cute button pins, and foursquare stickers just for you people of Cebu! These are exactly the same stuff you see in the Foursquare Store, all sent by Foursquare themselves!

So, come join us at the Foursquare Day Meetup in Bo’s Coffee in Ayala Center Cebu from 7:45PM – 10:00PM. RSVP here. If at least 50 of us check-in at Bo’s Coffee, we just might unlock the first-ever Swarm badge in Cebu City (after 2 failed attempts last momth).

Please note that I am not related nor connected to Foursquare in any way.


Cebu City Nearly Wins in Foursquare Badge Contest

2012/03/30

Foursquare, a social networking site for location check-ins, announced a global city badge contest last March 7 (Wed). Three days before the deadline on March 23 (Fri), I came up with an initial list for Cebu City, Philippines.

The Best of Cebu City 2012 ended up with 49 venues, most of them from existing lists, and from recommendations. It contained a combination of iconic Cebu City venues, malls, restaurants, and several others.

The biggest challenge was in getting folks to follow the list. For the most of the time, I resorted to spamming local check-ins in Foursquare. I also posted tips in the recommended venues, and made use of other social networking sites like Twitter, Facebook, and Yammer. I also posted to forums like istorya.net and CebuTechForum. To date, this effort has earned The Best of Cebu City 2012 54 followers.

Today, March 29 (Thu), Foursquare announced the list of winners. Unfortunately, Cebu did not win. But, we did get a special mention:

With that, I’d like to thank all the people who were involved in the creation of the list, to those who followed and shared the list, and to those who retweeted my posts! THANK YOU, ALL! This activity, especially the spamming, was not something I was comfortable with, but it was a challenging and interesting experience nevertheless.

BUT, this does not stop here. We are going to improve on this list, and make sure Cebu City wins in future contests. This coming April 16 (Mon), join me and fellow Foursquare users as we celebrate Foursquare Day! in  Bo’s Coffee at Ayala Center CebuRSVP here, and be one of the few to get official Foursquare freebies (while it lasts) from Foursquare themselves!