My third time in Cebu is very memorable and should I say ‘historical’ because I witnessed the first ever Philippine Blog Awards ’09 Visayas Leg last October 19 at Ayala City Sports, Cebu City. The event was well-attended by Cebu-based bloggers, PBA Organizers, volunteers, press and media from the Queen City of the South.
Ada and I booked a flight to Cebu last month via Zestair (and I regret my choice of airline LOL). We originally wanted to go to Cebu then take an hour ride to Bohol for Saturday and go back to the City by Sunday morning to attend the awards night at the evening. Plans changed due to the weather reports and lack of funds 😛
Our first day in Cebu with some of our Manila blogger friends is made of pure win. I got the chance to patch up with Pangga couple Hana and Markku, who were my former workmates (that deserves another blog entry hehe). We got the chance to gallivant around the city and visit Talisay, Kuya Markku’s hometown.
Let’s go back to the awards night 😛 After eating our lunch at Mooon Cafe, Ada, Winston, Van and I went to the venue to simply check the place. We went back to our hotel room at Sampaguita Suites to sleep (yes, sleeping in Cebu is a great experience! haha). We dressed up at around 5pm and went straight to Ayala City Sports for the awards night.
I am happy to see familiar faces mostly Cebu Bloggers Society members. I saw Bryan Karl, my bespren that night and all of a sudden, the EK experience which took place last May went back to my head. It’s like riding in a rollercoaster ride and you can’t really explain how you feel. Wait, why am i making this part complicated? Haha 😀
It’s an honor for me to present the Bloggers’ Choice-Visayas award to the Cebu Bloggers Society, which was represented by Mark. I hoped the members of the CBS went up the stage with him though 😀
Sinjin, my kembotera friend won the Reader’s Choice award from Chikka and was also recognized as one of Globe’s Ten Digital Tribe. Some of my friends who were recognized by Globe were McBilly, Jorich, Van and X. Much-deserved recognition 😀
Here’s the complete list of winners for the Visayas leg:
Globe Digital Tribe
1. Wilson Ng â€“ Best of Wilson Ng
2. Max Limpag â€“ Leon Kilat
3. McBilly Wilford Sy â€“ Mcbilly
4. Xerxes Bernaldes â€“ Obnoxious Queer
5. Junelle Caravana â€“ Intiendes
6. Evanjohnn Mendoza â€“ Focal Glass
7. Marcos â€“ Explore Ilo-ilo
8. Jorich Ponio â€“ Beyond the Norms
9. Estan Cabigas â€“ Langyaw
10. Sinjin Pineda â€“ Sinjinâ€™s House
CHIKKA READERSâ€™ CHOICE AWARD
Sinjin.ph â€“ Sinjin Pineda
Pnilippine Blog Awards 2009 MAIN & SPECIAL AWARDS
Visayasâ€™ Bloggersâ€™ Choice Award â€“ Cebu Bloggers Society
Best Visayas Locale Blog â€“ Explore Iloilo
Best Visayan Blog â€“ Dahong Laya
Best Travel Blog â€“ Langyaw â€“ Sojourns and Off-the-Beaten Path Travels
Best Photoblog â€“ I Am a Documentary Photographer
As expected, everyone took lots of pictures of one another when the program ended. I borrowed Winston’s camera and pretended i own it since he’s a busy boy that night 😛 Here are some of the pictures grabbed from different sources:
To summarize everything, the event is a big success and I had so much fun! It’s pretty evident in the photos, right? To be honest, I am happier in the Visayas leg hehe maybe it’s because of the fact that the venue is a bit more relaxed and I got the chance to talk to almost everyone. Ada and I wanted to join the CBS at their post-videoke party, but we’re not familiar with the venue. We went to Starbucks Ayala and later on joined the PBA organizers at Gellatissimo.
Am I going back to Cebu on November? Maybe not. I might go back on January for the Sinulog Festival 😀 I can’t wait to go back to Sugbu!