One of the highlights of the past week was the finals of the Philippine Blog Awards. Being a judge and minor sponsor to this event, I was egging my friends to go with me but nobody wanted to, either because they were busy, shy, scared or whatever. Finally, my buddy James, managing ed of Metro Magazine relented…maybe because he’s curious about blogging and will start a blog soon?? (abangan)
Here’s one of our first pictures when we arrived at the humungous RCBC Plaza with another blogger, Pierre of The Jester in Exile.
Who else would I see loitering in the buffet area but local blogging celebrity Bryanboy? So I waste no time striking The Famous Bag Pose with him while he played a little trick at the back of my head, nyahaha. BB is a colorful character not only online but also in real. He even came with a uniformed yaya.
At the lobby, I also got to mingle with blogger-friends like Eric of Byahilo (a finalist in the Best Travel Blog category), head organizer and blogging guru Yuga as well as Anton of Awesome Planet. Likewise I saw the other finalists like Bloggers’ Choice Marketman, Lori of Dessertcomesfirst, Manuel Viloria, Paul The Unlawyer, Sonnie, Noemi, Jun of Mabuting Balita, Mike Villar and talented others who I interviewed in the past for Blog-o-Rama. During the awarding proper, I got to be seated next to Connie Veneracion who brought along her whole family. She’s still feisty as ever and every inch deserving of the Blog Achievement Award from Globe.
This was the audience at Podium 4 of RCBC Plaza in Makati. Maybe because admission tickets were limited, it wasn’t filled to capacity. But I can just imagine the excitement felt by the finalists (and winners!) as screenshots of their blog were flashed on the huge screen. The huge Philippine Blog Awards backdrop added drama to the whole thing.
There were a few boo-boos (such as “the two emcees” who my media companion found “vapid” and “annoying” to the max.. quote unquote) but the artwork and stage design made by SheeroMedia really rocked!
One of the highlights of my evening was presenting the award to the winner of the Best Home & Living Blog … one of the hotly-contested categories, as they were all good and famous in their own right. We, judges, didn’t know until that moment. And I was very glad it went to someone dear and near, Toni of Wifely Steps. Another Blogkada, Batjay, won Best OFW Blog for his Kwentong Tambay.
My fellow Blogging Berks Toni (holding her award) and Karla, the event’s official photographer and provider of all the photos in this post,hehe.
The full list of winners are on the Philippine Blog Awards website.
Overall, it was a great night. A model project of volunteerism in action. Winners, finalists and bloggers came in full force to show one and all that bloggers in the country…are going places indeed 😛 Congratulations are in order for everyone.