Sunday, April 1, 2007

Long Live Philippine Blog Awards-07

Finally, the bests of Filipino Blogs was acknowledge at the 1st Philippine Blog Awards last night at the Podium of RCBC Plaza in Makati City. I was able to attend the awards night with my wife and I was thankful to the organizer for sending me an invite.

I accompanied my wife at the Glorietta to do her regular shopping before we proceeded to the venue earlier at 5:00 pm. She was actually hesitant to go because she was already exhausted but I have been able to convinced her to go since we are already in Makati.

We have meet Mr. Abe Olandres who was one of the early birds. He was known to the bloggers as "Yuga" and one of the pioneers in the blogging scene in the Philippines. Actually his group are the ones who conceptualized this project because they believe that there's a blog community growing in the Philippines.

The venue started to be filled with guest as we are invited at the cocktail area by Noemi Lardizabal-Dado, one of the winners of the blog awards. I was also able to talk to fellow bloggers and finalist and chat about their blogging experience and interests. Most of this young bloggers are doing this for fun. They are not even expecting for any recognition but they are also possitive with the organizer's initiative and believe that it's about time for Filipinos to be recognized with their excellent blogs.

Noted wordpress template designer Gail de la Cruz-Villanueva was in her cocktail attire, Google country representative Aileen Apollo and Jayvee Fernandez was on their party dress too. Not to mention that these are one of the presentors for the award's night :) Lots of photographers scattered in the area busy taking photos of the guests. This is truly an exciting event for all bloggers out there who are gathered for this very special day in blogging history in the Philippines.

A photog and fellow webmaster Melo Villareal of LakbayPilipinas was also present for the awards night and was so excited to see a long photo-buddy. He is representing Jessica Zafra's blog site who is a finalist for the Personal Blog Category. We had talks on our adventures in Vigan for a travel assignment. He ask me if I was able to made it to the finals, and I told him that mine was just a sort of a personal blog that was boring, seldom to have a fresh entries and for sure no body won't dare to nominate it. :)

I'm convinced with Ailleen Apollo ealier gesture that night (she is one of the emcees). The crowd according to her was so tamed. Yes, its true..they are silent, unlike with other award giving body where crowd are energetic and sometimes unrully. Maybe this is because of the limited invites the organizer had imposed. Meaning, if you are a finalist, you are only given two additional invites and those will serve as your supporters. So next year, I hope the organizer will have more space to accomodate those who are willing to participate or attend the awards night.

Anyway, the night was a success with lots of special awards that was provided by the sponsors. The crowd might be silent for tonight but for sure the pinoy blogosphere would be crazy and noisy again when they start jotting with their keyboard as they spread the news of this momentous event.

To the congratulations!

See the event photo gallery at Abe's site

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