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Friday, November 23, 2012

MEMBERSHIP PERK: Comic Odyssey


This perk is only available to Comic Odyssey branches of Robinson's Galleria and Robinson's Manila only.

Show your membership card and you get a 10% discount on your purchases at the store.

This perk is valid from 23 November 2012 up to 31 December 2013.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

ArmAGgathering kicks off next 20 years of Mensa Philippines


Requisite group picture from the ArmAGgathering 2012.
It’s been twenty — yes, twenty — years since Mensa Philippines first landed in, well, the Philippines. Several hundred members later, the organization finds its second wind thanks to its new set of officers. Pay attention now: Mensa is only as good as the volunteers who run it. And if it’s run by tired oldtimers, well, don’t expect much coming your way.

Which is why we need fresh blood. It’s a theme that you must be well familiar with by now, what with Twilight, True Blood, and a host of other vampire tales flooding the airwaves and all. We need new people, new volunteers, new pairs of hands.

Fortunately, we now have a crack team of officers (and not a team of officers on crack) that is pumped up with fresh blood. This can only mean one thing: exciting times are waiting ahead!

Your amped up Mensa officers kicked things into gear with a planning workshop that they conducted last October 12 and 13. Here, the officers prepared programs and strategies for 2013. Highlights include the formation of the Mensa Brown Bag, the formulation of the Campus Tour for Mensa tests, and strategies for getting old time Mensa members back into the fray of things.

Brown bag, you say? Yes, this is where we gather up every Second Saturday of the month as a Mensan volunteers to share what he or she knows about a topic of interest. This way, we get to learn even as we hobnob with one another. It’s definitely something to look forward to  next year!

What’s more, next year will also  see a souped up membership card, where Mensa membership will mean discounts to a growing number of reasonably intelligent institutions such as Fully Booked and the like!

And brace yourselves, because you guys are going to be part of the system that keeps this going. With the new M2M Program, we will be gathering discount opportunities from fellow Mensa members. Got a business? Spread the word and give fellow Mensans discounts to drive their traffic your way!

We are also putting together a book drive. Lots of Mensans love books. Lots of kids need books. If you have books that you’ve already gone through, let’s pass them on so that we can spread the knowledge. Uh, but please, please hold on to your 50 Shades of Grey.

Your officers will also be linking up with international Mensa communities, bringing you greater access to the Mensa at large.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Meet Your Friendly Mensa Officers


Mensa Philippines is fortunate to have a slightly refreshed crop of officers this time around.

Dimpy Jazmines is a human resources pro at Bayan Telecom. So if you have issues regarding your Bayan subscriptions, he’s the guy to hound. More to the point, he’s a former Mensa President (so yeah he’s not that fresh) and is currently our Public Relations person. He’s also a wiz when it comes to social networking communications.

Tiffany “TP” Tan is our newest source of fresh blood. She currently teaches at Mapua Institute of Technology as she pursues her Masters degree. If you’ve been to a recent Mensa event, you’ve likely have seen her at the reception table, which is fast becoming her natural habitat in Mensa.

Charlene Tan has been our Treasurer for centuries now. She’s so dang good at what she does that we just don’t feel like letting go of her. She also runs a solar energy business. If you’ve ever wanted to prop up a solar panel in your home, then single her out at the next Mensa meetup.

Atty. Melvin Villa is not a new Mensan, but he’s kind of a new recruit to the Execom, so he counts as fresh blood as he serves as our Corporate  Secretary. And he knows his stuff. He’s a geologist who went rogue and now runs his own law firm. Got legal issues? Get Atty. Melvin drunk first and then see if you can prod freebie advice from him.

Zuriel Bernardino is a seminarian who is now actively setting up an innovative church in the Fort area. That makes him a nice guy, and it makes it all the more difficult for me to write something snarky about him. But he’s our VP and Membership Director, and he likes people, which is good. We need more Mensans who actually like people.

And finally, Art Ilano is a professor at the University of the Philippines, where he teaches marketing and strategy to anyone who has the patience to listen to him. He is the President, but he’s been around for so long that he has singlehandedly upped the average age of the group to the line of 60s. He is looking forward to passing the baton to someone younger and brimming with ideas for Mensa. Next year!