TESTIMONIALS

 
James Deakin and family

“My three kids rave about how they can download a movie in a couple of minutes. They go to the kitchen to make some popcorn, and by the time they get back, their download is done! And when we stream YouTube videos, it feels like buffering was a relic from a past age.”

Multimedia motoring journalist James Deakin speeds through life, bringing his family closer with PLDT HOME Fibr

Say a random job to James Deakin, no matter how obscure that may be, and he would probably respond with “been there, done that”. From washing dishes to managing a karaoke bar to test driving everything but the kitchen sink, the man has done it all. The call, however, came more in the form of passionate pleas as the young Deakin ventured into the real world to support his struggling mother after a series of difficult events.

Armed with his self-described Filipino gift of gab, Deakin eventually rose above his setbacks and in 2008, he became the editor-in-chief of C! Magazine, the country’s longest running car magazine. The title adjudged him as one of the foremost motoring experts in the country and for years, he saw the world through the windshield glass.

For Deakin, work and play was so intertwined that he was cruising through life with an undying gratitude resounding from his heart. When he chanced upon an opportunity to give back, he did not hesitate to lend a helping hand.

He became an integral part of the past Oplan Hatid, which helped more than 20,000 typhoon Yolanda survivors reunite with their families in Manila. “I posted stories about Oplan Hatid on Facebook, doing my best to inspire people. I would get feedback instantly. My digital space allowed me to reach more people quickly,” he said.

James Deakin and wife

“My whole family is online and we have chat groups. We communicate like that. Technology brings us closer.”

Merging technology and art

His newfound passion for online activism drove him to launch his own website on all things motoring, www.jamesdeakin.ph. Through his new website and the power of social media, he was able to raise Php 819,000 for child heart patient Alessandra Tirona. “God has blessed me with a ‘voice’—an audience, if you will,” he says. “I feel it’s my duty to give back.”

An early adopter of PLDT HOME Fibr, Deakin explains how his powerful fiber optic broadband connection has changed the way he works. “With online projects, I knew I needed a powerful connection, so I shifted to PLDT HOME Fibr,” he said. “There’s just no going back—if I did that, it’d be like going back to cassette tapes in the day and age.”

He has also realized how a strong connection brings families together. “My whole family is online and we have chat groups. We communicate like that. Technology brings us closer.”

Keeping the family connected

Fueled by an indomitable optimism, Deakin stays on track with the power of a strong connection—all the while giving back and bringing his family closer.

James Deakin

With all his online projects, James Deakin knew he needed the powerful connection of PLDT HOME Fibr. “There’s just no going back—if I did that, it’d be like going back to cassette tapes in the day and age.”he said.