This modest space congratulates the finalists and winners of the Philippine Blog Awards 2008 which just had its successful run at One Esplanade last Sept. 21. It was blogger power at its finest, the awards having been organized by a group of bloggers and carried to fruition by a big army of blogger-volunteers. Everything, from the smashin’ AVPs to the emceeing and last-minute details, was done by bloggers.
I can still remember the first blogger event I attended in 2004 which filled a long table at Cabalen. Now, blogging in the country has come a long way!
Each year I feel obsolete, and each year I feel amazed at the wealth of blogging talents that keep cropping up. This is how I look at it because I judged the Blog Awards in some categories again this year. Doing so has always been an enlightening experience as it opens my mind to great blogs I haven’t added yet to my Google Reader. These are the blogs who we don’t get to see in the blog events, or get monetized, or who don’t receive 75 comments. Read: underestimated. I will always doff my hat to fellow bloggers who blog with aplomb and blog for the sheer love of it, treating it almost like science, or a well-researched dissertation. All i can say is: wow, people! 🙂
Batang Yagit emerged the Blogger’s Choice through a well-managed campaign among Vis-Min peers. Senor Enrique appeared to be the winning-est gentleman with three awards in the best single post category, followed by The Jester-In-Exile who won two. Three blogging doctors brought home prizes as well (including an avowed atheist, who won for Best Personal Blog.) And I think Arpee Lazaro received the cutest award for his “It’s The Blogger, Not The Blog” citation. The rest of the winners over at the official PBA site.