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Goodbye March, Hello April 2019

It's time to recap what happened for the month of March 2019 with side stories here and there plus things to look forward to in the coming month.

March has been the most memorable month so far for 2019. First, we had a free block screening for Captain Marvel at work. Then, I attended Discipleship 2019 for the very first time which is a yearly conference attended by leaders and interns of Victory churches in Metro Manila. I also had my first TV interview as the blogger behind SavingsPinay.

My first hike for 2019 but also my first twin day hike experience ever at Mt. Manalmon and Mt. Gola also happened in March. At work we also had our first marketing event, Smart Women Invest where we gathered bloggers, influencers and friends from the media for an afternoon of financial wellness. We also celebrated my brother and my nephew’s birthday before ending March with a Tagaytay wedding event.

Whew. It was busy but filled with amazing opportunities and events I can’t wait to share the details about. Let’s begin.

Related read: Here's March 2016 and March 2017



Captain Marvel Movie Screening

Instead of a company outing, our company hosted a block screening of Captain Marvel. This was the first time the company hosted a free movie for all employees and it was a nice experience. I plan on watching Captain Marvel with my sisters but I opted to take advantage of the free ticket instead.

Aside from the free movie we were given free popcorn and snacks inside the cinema. There was also a raffle but I didn’t win so yeah. The movie was around an hour and a half minutes long and it had me on the edge of my seat right from the beginning. I enjoy superhero movies especially the one produced by Marvel and I did have fun watching Captain Marvel.

Discipleship 2019 Victory Makati

This is my first ever discipleship conference experience. For Discipleship 2019, the theme is Equip wherein current and upcoming Victory Group leaders gathered for a time of praise and worship and to hear words of encouragement as we do the ministry.

Victory founding Pastor Steve Murrell talked about spiritual maturity and how no one will mature unless they minister. The more you do the ministry, the more you become equipped to do God’s work. After that Victory Makati’s very own Pastor Dennis Isleta also gave encouraging speech right after.

Unlike last year where the annual discipleship conference was held in one venue, this year it was held in separate Victory churches. Pastor’s Steve preaching was simultaneously shown throughout the centers in Metro Manila which was epic by the way.

I am genuinely grateful to be in a church community that values strong biblical foundation.

With Rizza



TV 5 Oplan Asenso March 16 Interview

Part of my 30 before 30 list is to be published or appear in mainstream media and I finally tick this item off! Yesss!

Last March 16 I did my first ever televised interview for TV 5’s Oplan Asenso hosted by Sir Gerard de la Peña & Ma’am Michelle Orosa-Ople. I didn’t tell anyone that I was doing an interview because I actually only got the invitation the day before Sir Gerald sent me a message on Facebook and at first I thought it was not true but after seeing his profile, I said yes for the once in a lifetime opportunity.

For a first timer, I didn’t feel that much nervousness at all. Sir Gerald and Ma’am Michelle made me feel super welcome in the studio. I had a chance to explain how I started SavingsPinay, why I chose personal finance as a blog niche and my saving tips for everyone.

You can watch the whole interview here - My interview starts at 1:02:00.

Oplan Asenso Interview

Mt. Manalmon and Mt. Gola Twin Day Hike

First hike of 2019 officially done!

I did my first ever twin day hike at Mt. Manalmon and Mt. Gola together with my high school classmates Jevi (whom I’ve been with in my past hikes at Mt. Manabu and Mt. Daraitan), Lhean and Christopher. We also had Cha, Jevi’s church mate with us.

The last climb I did was in 2017 and I really missed the outdoor adventure hiking brings. Full story of my Mt. Manalmon and Mt. Gola experience here -

FAMI’s Smart Women Invest 2019

Can’t be any more blessed to be in a company that supports financial empowerment for women! Last March 21, Smart Women Invest happened which is a financial and investment literacy workshop specifically catered to help Filipinas transform from savers into investors.

This is my first event as part of the Marketing Team of First Metro Asset Management Inc. (FAMI) After months of labor finally done and succeeded in conducting an all women event! A first of many more event from FAMI.

In case you missed it, I reported last month that I have a new role in the company. From a System Documentation Associate to Digital Marketing Associate! Whaaaatttt?!!! Truly God’s blessing at work.
Attendees of FAMI's Smart Women Invest event at Shangri-La at the Fort

FAMI President Karen Liza Roa giving her talk

Kuya and Lyron’s Birthday Celebration

My brother and my nephew, Lyron share the same birthday, they both turn a year older every March 30! This year we had a low-key celebration but still worthy bonding all in all.

Bella Rosa Garden Tagaytay Wedding

To wrap up the month of March, I did have an event gig at Bella Rosa Garden Tagaytay. Team IzzaGevents became the on the day coordinator of Sir Jerry and Ms. Jane Menil - Briones wedding last March 30. Aside from coordination, I also did the hosting for the said event and it feels so good to share my skills as an emcee again.

March 2019 Favorites

Beauty - I’ve been loving the Bobbie Cosmetics lipstick in Timeless Taupe so much for March. The shade suits my skin color so much. I mentioned in a past blog post how it is the perfect dupe for MAC Matte Lipstick in Taupe and it is definitely true. Now that I’ve been using the Bobbie Cosmetics in Timeless Taupe almost every single day now.

Movie or Show - Of course for March 2019 I will include Captain Marvel as my movie of the month. I had fun watching the movie with my officemates. I am still watching Friends and I am currently on Season 4.

Song - There is no song on repeat for me on the month of March except for what I have last February.



Looking Forward Next Month

Content 360 at Dusit Thani

I will be joining the biggest digital marketing conference in the country, Content 360, this April 6. It’s part of my training program at work and I am so excited to learn a lot about content marketing trends and strategies worth applying. 

Overnight Swimming with Team WiFun

After years I will be reuniting with my ex-colleagues from WiFun! Makes me reminisce our Pansol experience back in 2016, which was a definite fun by the way. So excited for this to happen.

Long Weekend with Ate Malen

We will be spending the long weekend again at my eldest sister’s condo in Quezon City. I miss the place so much. We had such an amazing bonding as a family for New Year’s eve and now we have another chance to do so. I plan to read more books for April since I wasn’t able to finish any book for March.

That’s it.

How was your March 2019?

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