I do not know what was in store for us in the Blogfest 2.0 and the prestigious awards night of the Philippine Blog Awards which was held at the Tuna Capital of the Philippines, General Santos City. But anyway, I still signed up and paid $5.00 via PayPal last September (or was it early October?) and hoped that it would be an awesome experience.
The excitement escalated when I learned that I was one of the finalists for the Philippine Blog Awards Mindanao (Travel Blog Category).
But wait, there's MORE!
The whole-day affair was jam-packed with bloggers and writers coming from different points of Mindanao (some delegates came from as far as Iligan City, Lanao del Norte!). I really had fun listening to the speakers who were all insightful and inspiring albeit the lack of sleep. Teehee!
|Bob Martin and Orman Manansala|
|Manolo Quezon and the Fab brothers!|
|The beautiful, witty and techie mayor of GenSan, Mayor Darlene Magnolia Antonino-Custodio|
|Mae Paner aka Juana Change!!!|
I have learned a LOT from Blogfest 2.0 most especially Mae Paner's video blogs (equally hilarious and an eye opener to everyone) and Raffy Tima's "Think before you click" campaign. Also, I was pretty much amazed by Mayor Darlene's educational program - almost all public schools have their own websites, powered by Wordpress, and students were also encouraged to blog! Kudos Mayor Darlene for that innovative program!
And of course, the highlight of the event! Everyone was all dressed up for the prestigious awards night held at East Asia Royale Hotel, just a few stone throws away from SunCity Suites.
Being one of the finalists felt REALLY great (thanks Lloyd for nominating me, btw), knowing that my travel blog is only 5 months old. I can't help it, it's my first time! I believe it's a great opportunity to become a finalist!
Anyway, I am so happy that two Davao Bloggers members won! For the second time in a row, Kuya Faust won the Best Tech Blog award and Kuya Olan bagged the Best Travel Blog award. Yahoo! I'm so proud of you, guys!
And of course, di talaga mawawala ang group photos!
|Pinoy Travel Bloggers invades GenSan w/ Kuya Avel!|
|With Mae Paner aka Juana Change|
|My Vlog Idol!|
|With Madam President-slash-schoolmate!|
I would like to commend the Manansala brothers, Orman and Avel and the Sox Bloggers for the successful events - Blogfest 2.0 and Philippine Blog Awards Mindanao!
I really had fun! REALLY!
AS IN SUPER!