One Blogging Nation!
That is the theme of this year’s Philippine Blog Awards that will now be held nationwide on separate dates of the same month — in October.
For Luzon, 9 October 2009, PETA Theater, Quezon City
For Visayas, 18 October 2009, Ayala City Sports, Cebu Business Park, Cebu City
For Mindanao, 24 October 2009, Pearlmont Hotel, Limketkai Drive, Cagayan de Oro City
The Philippine blogosphere, although relatively new, is growing at immense speeds we’ve never imagined. It is breeding a culture of connectivity through real-time data exchange and the propagation of huge amounts of information that used to sit mainly in our heads, unheard of and unused.
The information revolution has now made it possible to exchange information at the speed of thought. Advices, answers, tips, recommendations and opinions are but a keystroke away.
It is unbridled power. It is the kind of power that if harnessed efficiently and responsibly can do wonders if not miracles.
All of a sudden, everyone knows what’s going on — from “up to the second” news reports to something as mundane as what “you are chewing on” for lunch.
This made possible convergence of audio, video, text — multimedia, to be more relevant because it powers the very lives we now live. Take it all away in just one day and you’ll see how it it can cripple us all. We have grown very dependent on it.
Blogging is evolving. It is not dead as others are claiming. It is simply morphing into something else better, without exactly losing its very essence. Evolve or die, so they say.
The challenge now to those of us who have been immersed online for so very long (internet time is so much different from offline time), is to bring in the “unconnected” community on board, to show them the way, to educate, to enlighten, to help and sustain.
Blogging is not about influencing. It is about using resources at your disposal to contribute to a bigger cause, bigger than “you the blogger”, bigger than “us the online community”, bigger than “us the country”. Let us all contribute to the bigger cause that is the protection, support and continuous development of humanity.
You do not need to blog for Red Cross or the Salvation Army. You only need to blog responsibly and meaningfully. You do not need to blog “heart-wrenching” poetry. You only need to bring value back to the blogosphere and the internet as a whole by making sure what you write attempts to “help” in whatever little way you can.
Help people find vacation spots, dear backpacking blogger. Help people find good eats, dear foodie blogger. Help us laugh away our worries, dear entertainment blogger. Help us see “meaning” in the confounded world of politics, dear political blogger.
Help. Contribute. Blog.
We are bloggers. That is our mantra. (Or at least that’s what I hope.. :)
Congratulations to The Finalists for Philippine Blog Awards 2009!
Hail to the best of the best of the Philippine blogosphere! You are all winners in your own rights. It is our pleasure to have read you and it is our hope that you make us read more. :)
Presenting the 2009 Philippine Blog Awards finalists of the nationwide categories…
Best Technology Blog
JaypeeOnline // Blogging News & Reviews
MMO GrindHouse- fueling your daily grind on MMO Games
My Asus Eee PC
TechPinas : The Philippine Technology Blog
The Mike Abundo Effect
The Rookie Blogger
Best Travel Blog
A Pinay in Europe
BYAHILO: Ito ang Trip Ko!
Langyaw – Sojourns and Off-the-Beaten Path Travels
Making Things Happen
sagada tourism guide
Best Personal Blog
Excuse My French
Funny is the New Sexy
Life with Ria
room for squares
The Casual Observer
The Free Lancer
writing on air
Best Food & Beverage Blog
A Scientist in the Kitchen
Flipflopping my way around Town
Our Daily Blog
Overseas Pinoy Cooking
Table for Three, Please
The Thirsty Blogger
Yedylicious: In Between Bites
Best Hobby & Recreation Blog
Bored & Crafty
Comicology: The Study of Awesome
Flying in Crosswinds
Mad Labs and Hug Dogs
Pinoy Experience Mountain Biking and Outdoor Philippines
The Singing Blogger
Best Photo Blog
Asin at Paminta
I Am a Documentary Photographer
Best Culture & Arts Blog
Art in Action
magnetic-rose.net: Japanese Pop Culture for Filipino Fans
Perlas Design Studio
PinoyTattoos.com – Filipino Tattoo Source
SA GUBAT NG NAMIMINTOG NA PATALIM
Sari-Saring Sineng Pinoy
The Spy in the Sandwich
Views from the Pampang
Best Commentary Blog
ad maiorem Dei gloriam
J. R. Ramos Go
Matinong Ehemplo Ng Youth Ehemplo ng Kabataan
Me and My Big Mouth
Pencil Pusher/Number Cruncher
Splice and Dice
The Marocharim Experiment
Best Advocacy Blog
Autism Society Philippines
discourses of a free mind
Fide Quarens Intellectum
Filipino Deaf from the Eyes of a Hearing Person
Gloria Macapagal Arroyo RESIGN!
Greenpeace Southeast Asia
Below are the finalists for the Special Awards. Stay tuned for the finalists of the Regional Awards, we’ll be announcing them soon.
Special Award: Best Blog Design
Design was here
DigDesignz: Blog of a young Filipino Web and Graphic Designer
Loy Meets World
Pink is Fab!
Pink Notes Diary
Simon Ong | Personal Blog and Portfolio
The Rookie Blogger
The Site Guy
Special Award: Best Filipiniana Blog
Simbahan – Philippine Heritage Churches and Related Structures
The Philippines and Beyond
Congratulations to all the finalists!