Let’s not ask why subscribing to one’s blog is a common criterion for all the blog contests out there; let’s be thankful Thaya Kareeson over at Weblog Tools Collection has written a helpful tutorial for keeping track of new subscribers to your RSS feed.
The technique involves adding a special contest code that appears only in the feed, which subscribers can use to indicate they are indeed subscribed:
A known solution to this problem is to include a special contest code into your RSS feed and not have this code visible on your website. That way each contestant will be forced to grab the code from your feed and submit the code via comments to verify that they have subscribed to the RSS feed.
Even if you’re uncomfortable with editing PHP, all you have to do is copy the code given in the article and you should be good to go. All in all, this is a smart technique that should help you out for your next blog contest!
The call for nominations for the DigitalFilipino Social Networking Awards have opened. The competition, which is part of the 2010 Social Networking Conference, recognizes the Philippines’ best efforts in social media and social network marketing & advertising. Here are the categories:
- Social Network
- Virtual Worlds / Games
- Social News, Bookmarking, Media Voting
- Photo / Video / Media Sharing
- Ratings / Reviews
- Search engine marketing
View the last year’s winners here. The social campaigns must have occurred from April 1, 2009 to March 10, 2010. Judging criteria will be equally divided among the following: design, creativity, copywriting, impact. Deadline for nominations is on March 13.
Aside from a logo design contest, iBlog6 is also running a video contest to “capture what blogging means to you, or highlight how blogging has changed your life, helped you earn, promote a project or cause, or some other similar theme.” This is a great opportunity for bloggers to express how this hobby, profession, art has impacted their lives, hopefully also in the context of the Philippine blogging scene.
This contest is organized as a means to celebrate how blogs and the bloggers behind it are:
- Changing lives – their own and/or of those around them;
- The way blogs allow them to communicate their ideas and thoughts;
- The way establishments, whether profit or non-profit, use blogs and bloggers to reach out;
- and many more..
Entries will be judged according to concept, visual artistry, editing, production value, and overall impact. You need to be at least eighteen to be eligible. The winner will be announced during the iBlog event and will receive an 8GB iPod Nano.
Deadline is on March 7. Read the full mechanics here.
iBlog6: the 6th Philipping Blogging Summit is happening on April 16 and 17 at the Malcolm Theater, UP College of Law, UP Diliman, QC. Here’s what to expect in this two-day event:
iBlog6 is targeted to take place on April 16 and 17. The first day will focus on Blogging for Business (entrepreneurs, corporation, non-government organization, and the likes). We would like to receive proposals that can help businesses understand better on how blogs can be tapped as a tool for promotion and how to work effectively with bloggers (through events, contests, advertising, and the likes).
The second day will focus on topics for Bloggers that includes introduction to blogging, use of photos and videos, policies, and promotion. We also want to look at political blogging, election coverage, and building offline blogging communities.
iBlog is also launching a contest for the redesign of its logo. The mechanics are listed here. Submission of entries runs from February 1 to 15 and the winner will win an 8 GB iPod Nano.
Now on its second year, the Pinoy Expats/OFW Blog Awards will be held on December 27 at the Philam Life Theater on UN Ave., Malate, Manila. There are 37 nominees whom you can vote for at the sidebar of the website.
Aside from the blog awards itself, there’s also a photo contest open to all Pinoy bloggers abroad.
Can’t make it to the awards night? Check this page for live streaming of the event.
PBA 2009 Best Technology Blog JaypeeOnline is holding a Thanksgiving Giveaway contest for all the bloggers out there. The sheer amount of prizes is staggering, with a total worth of $1,500.
Thanksgiving is one of my most favorite holidays and I always look forward to it because its one of the times in the year where I get to spend time with family and friends and at the same time eat good food. Thanksgiving is the time to give thanks and express gratitude so in celebration of this special occassion, I’m giving away $1,500 worth of cash, premium WordPress themes and web hosting. This is my way of expressing my gratitude for all the blessings I’ve received this year including the recent achievements and success of JaypeeOnline.
Contest mechanics include subscribing to his blog, blogging about the contest, and leaving a comment on the contest entry. There are bonus points you can also earn to give each person a total of 12 points.
Deadline is on November 30; winners will be announced the next day. Join here.
Two Filipino blogs brought home honors in the first Nuffnang Asia-Pacific Blog Awards held last October 23 in Singapore.
Congratulations and mabuhay kayo!
Other Asian News
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Time for the Mindanao leg of the Chikka Readers’ Choice Award. Here are the nominees and their blog codes:
Davao Mac User M1
Ganda Ever So Much M2
Plurk Designs M3
Gensan News Online Mag M4
Blogging Frenzy M5
Random Randoms M6
A Pinoy Experience M7
Himantayon nga Kagay-anon M8
Travel and Tours M9
Manilenyo in Davao M10
Just like before, send CHIKKARC [BLOG CODE] and send to 2929 (Smart and Globe). Each text is worth two votes and costs Php2.50. Deadline is on October 23.
Congratulations to all the winners of this year’s Philippine Blog Awards!
- Best Personal Blog: Writing on Air
- Best News and Media Blog: Virtual Journals
- Best Commentary Blog: The Marocharim Experiment
- Best Technology Blog: JaypeeOnline // Blogging News & Reviews
- Best Beauty Blog: The Doctor Is vaIN
- Best Photo Blog I Am A Documentary Photographer
- Best Fashion Blog: who is elyoo?
- Best Culture and Arts Blog: magnetic-rose.net: Japanese Pop Culture for Filipino Fans
- Best Sports Blog: Fire Quinito
- Best Advocacy Blog: Autism Society Philippines
- Best Humor Blog: The Professional Heckler
- Best Podcast Blog: Brink Notes Entertainment Daily
- Best Business Blog: Negosyo Ideas
- Best Gaming Blog: Mike Got Game!
- Best Family and Living Blog: Make or Break
- Best Food and Beverage Blog: Table for Three, Please
- Best Travel Blog: Langyaw – Sojourns and Off-the-Beaten Path Travels
10 Best Blog Posts
- The Parable of the Furry White Rabbit (Good Times Manila)
- Lost Gems Of Philippine History: The 1896 Board Meeting (It’s true! It’s true!)
- Finding Your Soul Mate: A Statistical Analysis (guttervomit)
- karnabal (tuyong tinta ng bolpen)
- The Diving Boys of Quezon Bridge (Dennis Villegas)
- Twenty Pesos (lost photograph)
- The way of the leaf (SMOKE)
- Portrait of a dramatic highlight in Nick Joaquin’s A Portrait of the Artist as Filipino (Gibbs Cadiz)
- Kaya Dumarami ang Bading Kasi… (Manila Gay Guy)
- The Amazing Bulul: A Story of Epiphany (The Cat Whisperer)
- Bloggers’ Choice: Micamyx.com
- Best Blog Design: The Site Guy
- Best Filipino Blog Abroad: The Warped Zone
- Best Foreign Blog: My Sari Sari Store
- Best Filipiniana Blog: Pilipino Komiks
Check out Tonyo Cruz’s post for the complete list of awards and other highlights from the awards night last October 9.
Stay tuned for Visayas and Mindanao legs happening in the next couple of weeks.
Register to attend the Philippine Blog Awards Luzon night on Friday, October 9, by completing this form. There’s also a special raffle during the event courtesy of Nokia: you can win an E75 by signing up at Ovi, snapping a photo, and being the lucky pick. Complete mechanics listed here.
Finally, don’t forget to send in your vote for the Chikka Readers’ Choice award as the deadline has been extended to October 8.
The results of the WordPress Plugin Comeptition 2009 are out, and here are the clever plugins that got the thumbs-ups:
Winner: Section Widget
Godfrey’s plugin provides a way to display section specific content on your WordPress sidebar with an easy to use interface.
First Runner-up: Advanced Export for WP and WPMU
Ron’s plugin provides WordPress users (both WordPress and WordPress Mu) the ability to break up their exports into multiple files with each file containing different sections of their blog. Ron wins $500 in cash.
Second Runner-up: Live Blogging
Chris’ plugin provides live micro blogging functionality to WordPress blogs using Meteor technology. Both comments and posts are automatically updated on viewers’ blogs with the plugin. Chris wins $500 in cash.
Congratulations to all those who participated and organized this contest!
The 2009 Philippine Blog Awards finalists have been announced. We have lots of new categories this year, and that means more finalists and more winners. Check out if you or your favorites made it. Congratulations and good luck!
Take note that this is for the nationwide categories; the regional finalists will follow soon. And speaking of which, pre-registration for the Visayas event is up. It will be held on October 18 at Ayala City Sports, Cebu Business Park.
Nuffnang has launched the first regional blog awards in the Asia-Pacific. It’s going to be a glitzy whole-day affair in Singapore on October 23, where over 400 bloggers will walk down the red carpet, eat sumptuous dishes, and enjoy famous acts from the region.
You can also score tickets to the awarding ceremony by writing two blog posts, the mechanics of which are detailed here. Over SGD$5000 worth of prizes are to be given out.
Don’t forget to follow them on Twitter for instant updates.
IMV Solutions and YugaTech are holding a blog raffle where 3 passes (worth Php9,500 each) to the Search Engine Marketing Conference 2009 are at stake. The event will be held on October 1 and 2 at the Grand Ballroom of Hotel Intercontinental in Makati City.
The Search Engine Marketing Conference (SEMCON) Philippines 2009 is the leading edge event for sharing real world information about the growing search industry, with key topics in search engine marketing, search engine optimization, pay-per-click, conversion optimization, web analytics, viral & word-of-mouth marketing and social media & community-driven marketing.
Answer the question “Why do you want to attend SemCon 2009?”, follow @semconph on Twitter, and link to the the two sites. Deadline is on September 15. Complete mechanics here.
The Internet and Mobile Marketing Association of the Philippines (IMMAP) is holding its third summit on August 25 and 26 at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia. With the theme “Digital Delivers”, the event will feature the most prominent industry figures discussing digital marketing ideas that will help tap into the 23 million internet users and 63 million mobile users in the country:
- Procter & Gamble
- Rianna Roces Trinidad of Proud Mama Store
- Anton Diaz of Our Awesome Planet
- Mark Laccay of Drip
Registration costs Php12,000, with special discounts for early birds, IMMAP/PANA/4AS members, academe/governement delegates, and group reservations. They’re also raffling off a Canon PIXMA printer and a Powershot A470 digital camera for online registrants.
More information about the event here.
Deadline for nominations in this year’s Philippine Blog Awards was supposedly yesterday, but that has been extended to August 21, Friday, at 11:59 pm Philippine time.
Again, you can either nominate your own blogs or recommend someone to enter the awards. You’ve got another week to go through the eligibility rules, awards categories, criteria, and process, so participate now!
The WordPress Plugin Competition 2009 has closed its submissions and Weblog Tools Collection has now announced the complete list of participating plugins. You can download all of them in one ZIP file, too.
There are lots of Twitter/microblogging-related plugins on there, as well as other interesting tools to streamline your blogging and WordPress usage. Don’t forget to participate in the contest by rating the different plugins!
Winners of the Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs 2009 writing project were announced during an eyeball over the weekend. Here’s the list:
- Writing to Exhale
- Patay Gutom
- The Struggling Blogger
- Father Blogger dot Com
- Kelvinonian Ideas 2.0
- Tales from the Mom Side
- Let’s Go Sago!
The Saranggola Blog Awards is not your typical blogging contest. Aside from recognizing blogging in the Filipino language and in various formats (short stories, children’s stories, poetry, video blogging), there is a charitable aspect to the event: every blog entry submitted will be matched with a kite (saranggola) for children and children’s causes throughout Metro Manila.
Ang pagsulat ng blog ay gaya ng paglikha at pagpapalipad ng saraggola, kailangan mong buuin ang mga salita at pakawalan sa kalawakan ng blogosphere o blogosperyo. Maraming makakakita at makakabasa, nagmimistulang makulay ang kalawakan sa ating mga sinusulat.
Gayundin, ang bawat entry ninyo ay tutumbasin namin ng saranggola. Sa madaling salita, kung mayroong 50 entries, magkakaloob kami ng 50 saranggola sa mapipiling mga bata / organisasyong pambata sa kalakhang Maynila. Ito ay upang hikayatin ang mga batang maglaro, mangarap at bumuo ng kani-kanilang saranggola.
The contest is open to all bloggers in and out of the Philippines and runs from July 8 to August 31, 2009. Bloggers’ Choice, Judges’ Choice, and Finalists will be announced on September 15, 2009. Special prizes will also be given, such as caps, mouse pads, PANPIL Pipol books, and of course, kites. Complete mechanics listed here.
What’s the single most important step to get the Philippine Blog Awards rolling? The nominations, of course. The process seems a lot simpler this year, but there are still a good number of guidelines for eligibility you have to keep in mind. Deadline is on August 13 at 11:59 pm, Philippine time.
But that’s just the start of the exciting new features in this year’s prestigious blogging event: aside from a swanky site redesign, the blog awards will take place not just in Luzon (October 9) but also in Visayas (October 17) and Mindanao (October 24). Looks like this year’s theme is to unite the three main islands of the Philippines under “one blogging nation”. This shouldn’t be so difficult to do as blogging groups are more active than ever down south!
Avalon.ph is holding the second annual Blog Hopping Moleskine Giveaways throughout July. The online bookstore is partnering with several blogs to raffle off moleskines to their blog readers. Here’s this year’s schedule:
- Jul 2-8 – Animetric’s World
- Jul 9-15 – Perlas Design Studio
- Jul 16-22 – Tina Zamora Photography
- Jul 23-29 – Topaz Horizon
Aside from the roving raffle schedules, the site owners can set their own contest rules, so head over to the above blogs during the corresponding weeks for more details.
Buwan ng Wika comes early this year with the launch of Tinig.com’s writing contest entitled Wikang Filipino sa Panahon ng Twitter.
Ayon kay Gat Jose Rizal, na ang kaarawan ay ipinagdiwang natin kahapon, “ang hindi magmahal sa kanyang salita, mahigit sa hayop at malansang isda.” Ngunit sa panahong ito ng Twitter at iba pang makabagong kagamitan sa pandaigdigang komunikasyon, lalo na sa Internet, ano ang papel na ginagampanan ng ating sariling wika?
Very good question. In fact, it feels inappropriate to even write this blog post in Filipino.
But anyway, the mechanics are simple: register at Tinig.com and submit an essay with 500-700 words discussing the importance of the Filipino language in this modern era. Entries should not have been published elsewhere (including blogs). Deadline is on August 19, 2009.
MTV Asia, in cooperation with Nuffnang, invites all all bloggers to be part of their trendy blogging squad, which means taking part in lots of MTV events around the world and enjoying lots of goodies. To join:
We believe that words speak volumes, and if your writing oozes with confidence, sass and personality, don’t languish in the background, let your opinions shine! Express yourself and be the voice of MTV Asia as one of our official bloggers.
Categories for submissions include VJs & Celebrities, Lifestyle & Fashion, Gadgets & Gaming, and Music & Entertainment. Deadline is June 30, 2009. Enter here.
Weblog Tools Collection is back with its annual WordPress Plugin Competition, the breeding ground for some of the most useful plugins in the community, e.g.:
- 2008 grand prize winner: WP Comment Remix
- 2007 grand prize winner: OneClick
- 2005 grand prize winner: Vhosts and Secure Login
The Philippines’ Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs for 2009 Writing Project is back. All you have to do is write a post detailing your top 10 emerging influential blogs for the current year. Take note of the following cut-off dates:
- Featured blogs must have been created no earlier than May 1, 2008
- Blog posts can be updated until August 2 but you must notify the writing project organizers
- Deadline for submissions is on July 30.
- Featured blogs of the week on Influential Blogger will begin on May 16.
- A final review of posts will be made on August 5
Ten participants stand to win $100 each. Read the complete mechanics here.
Design an avatar based on the LG Cookie’s thumbprint graphic that represents your personality, have your friends rate it, and share the link of your blog post containing the art. Deadline is on Friday, April 29.
Give a short review of the SE W760i in the comments section of the article, then get your answer published and you might even win a special prize (no word if it’s a cellphone too). No specified deadline.
TV5 is holding a bloggers contest/writing project for viewers of the shows Lipgloss, Flo, and Midnight DJ and the prizes at stake are pretty interesting. Up for grabs are a DSLR camera and either an invitation to be on one of the shows or a VIP guest at one of their events.
Here are the mechanics posted at this page:
1. This Contest is open to all bloggers who watch the following TV5 shows: Midnight DJ, Lipgloss and/or Flo.
2. Participants must blog about any or all of the 3 TV5 shows listed above. Anything goes! Entries may include comments, recommendations on how to improve the show/s and reasons to watch them or otherwise. They can also express their take on the technical elements of the show like the plot, over-all appeal and other aspects of production.
3. All participating bloggers must register at the TV5Kommunity and post their blog entry’s entry’s URL in the specific thread assigned for this contest.
4. Entries shall be judged via ‘point system’. For every hit and positive feedback generated about the program on both the contestant’s personal blog and their entries in the TV5Kommunity page. Contestant earns ‘points’.
5. The Top 3 bloggers with the highest points shall receive special prizes and their blog entries shall be posted in the TV5 Blogs. Moreover, they shall be given special credits/acknowledgment within their ‘blogged’ TV5 shows.
6. The Grand Prize winner shall receive a DSLR camera and an invitation to be in one of the program’s episodes or in any TV5 event as a VIP guest.
7. All entries must be submitted on or before May 20, 2009. Only hits and positive feedback received until May 20, 2009 shall be considered.
Don’t forget to read the disclaimer too. Isn’t it great to see mainstream media companies reaching out to online media?
Heads up, WordPress designers! WPWebHost has announced the Best WordPress Design Award, which honors the quality looking WordPress sites.
There are 5 categories: Best Clean & Minimalist, Best Retro & Vintage, Best Grunge, Best Hand-Drawing Style, Best Modern & Elegant. The rules are quoted below:
Your website must be WordPress powered with an original design or a completely original modification of a free or premium theme design. And here’s how to join:
- Write a blog post (or announcement) about joining the Best WordPress Design Award (and mention which category you are joining) in your website.
Submit your URL in the comment form here. (trackback works too)
- Done! (are you expecting more?)
Deadline is on 22nd March 2009.
Winners will be chosen by the public and will get badges and $200 in cash. Join now!
BlueWater Day Spa is giving 28 local bloggers a chance to experience the first spa movie theater in the world, which is located right here in the Philippines.
All you have to do is come up with a great idea for a spa theater party in the form of a blog post:
- Blog a post on what would be a great (unique, ‘FAMILY’ type) party event on our spa theatre. (Try to think as unique as possible)
- A Link back to this ‘blog post’
- A Link to ‘BlueWaterDaySpa.com’
- Comment here once you’ve finished your write up.
Deadline is on February 15.
Show your love for blogging by designing Infectious’ I <3 Blogging design competition. WordPress has teamed up with this online gadget customization store and you can win hundreds of dollars plus WordPress goodies. And by team up they also mean people like Matt Mullenweg are among the judges.
1st place wins:
A WordPress Hoodie, mug, and t-shirt
All winners recieve:
5% of Net Sales
$400 of Infectious product
A WordPress t-shirt
March 31, 2009
Read the specific guidelines here. Join now!
Over two years ago, the Blog Herald held a small contest with a $200 USD cash prize for the winning blog. Given the gloom and doom around blogosphere today owing to the economic crisis, we feel that there could be no more appropriate time to repeat this contest and once more offer $200 USD for the most deserving blog.
To join the contest, simply leave a comment on their blog post or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org on or before the midnight (PST) of January 31.
Melo Villareal of Manila Freelancer is giving away several items this Christmas, namely: SUPER TALENT 200X 4GB USB Flash Drive, 1 Ridata 1 GB USB Flash Drive, 1 Memorex 1 GB USB Flash Drive, 1 PQI 1GB USB Flash Drive and FOUR 2009 RED Starbucks Planners. More to come soon!
You need to do both all the three steps to qualify, qualified participants will be posted here. Once we reached a good number of entries we will draw the winner.
What you have to do is leave a comment, blog about your own Christmas wishlist, and link back to the contest. No specified deadline date/time, so try and get qualified now!
Music Picks is holding a contest slash giveaway for 12 Days starting December 20, and the prequalifying round has already started. Here’s how you can join:
A) Subscribe through e-mail (FREE) by filling out the e-mail subscription form somewhere below this post.
B) Or, make a blog post (be it in multiply, friendster, wordpress, etc.) about the contest and put http://blog.edarevalo.net as a link and label it as Music News Philippines or Music Blog Philippines
C) Do both (subscribe and make a blog post). This will double your entry as well, so more chance to win.
You can win music-related goodies and other prizes. They’re not yet revealed to add to the excitement, but I’m sure you won’t pass up on this contest.
JaypeeHabaradas of JaypeeOnline is giving away over $900 worth of prizes in his Christmas Giveaway. Here are the prizes at stake:
3 Revolution Two Pro Plus Memberships (each worth $149.95) – courtesy of Brian Gardner.
2 Mimbo Pro Single-License Copies (each worth $89.99) – courtesy of Darren Hoyt
2 FlexxTheme Single-Use Copies (each worth $79.95) – courtesy of Cory Miller
2 WP-Member Plugin Singe-Site Licenses (each worth $27.13) – courtesy of WP-Member.com
2 Elegant Themes Membership Licenses (each worth $19.95) – courtesy of Nick Roach
Deadline is on the midnight of December 30, 2008, US Pacific time. Read the blog post for the full mechanics of this contest.
Congratulations to the winners of the Digital Filipino Web Awards 2008! The awarding ceremony was held last November 5 at Taste Asia, Mall of Asia.
Apparel / Fashion Category – Tesoro’s Philippine Handicrafts and Barongs
Art Category – Hiraya
Association / Organization Category – Information Technology Association of the Philippines
Auction / Shopping Portal Category – KabayanCentral
Automotive Category – AutoIndustriya
Beauty Category – Godiva
Blog – Corporate Category – The Belo Medical Group Blog
Blog – Personal Category – The D Spot
Blog – Professional Category – Tech at Hand
Books Category – OMF Literature
Community Category – TipidPC
Computer / Consumer Electronics Category – Villman Computers Philippines
Consumer Banking / Bills Payment Category – Philippine National Bank
Corporate / Professional Category – Syntactics
Events / Conferences Category – WordCamp Philippines
Financial Services Category – Absolute Traders
Food Category – Filipino Recipes
Games Category – RF Online Philippines
Gifts Category – Express Regalo
Guides / Review Category – ClickTheCity.com
Home Furnishings / Improvement Category – Philippine Interior Design & Feng Shui Tips
Jobs / Employment Category – MyNimo
Magazine Category – Candymag.com
Music / Movie/ Film Category – TitikPilipino
Newspaper Category – Inquirer.net
Pharmaceuticals Category – GlaxoSmithKline Philippines
Podcast Category – The Daily PCIJ
Politics Category – Filipino Voices
Real Estate Category – BF Homes Properties
School / University Category – De La Salle University – Manila
Services Category – Load.com.ph
Social Networking Category – GreatPinoy!
Tourism Category – Cebu CeBoom CeBlog
Travel Category – Philippine Airlines
Winners will receive 500 pesos worth of credits to their accounts. Read their blog entries here.
Read the massive list of winners at the official website. Congratulations to everyone, from the finalists to the winners to the organizers and participants. Another landmark in Philippine blogging history right here.
Also a great read is Jayvee Fernandez’s closing remarks entitled The 3 Head Fakes of Blogging, inspired by Randy Pausch.
Here are the judges and their profiles for this evening’s most prestigious event: the Philippine Blog Awards 2008.
Blogger & Google Country Representative
Miguel Paraz started working on the commercial Philippine Internet in 1995. He’s been through a lot of significant local Internet events, from the days of personal home pages to today’s blogging.
Today Miguel develops telecoms software and is active in various software development communities. He still finds time to blog once in a while.
Miguel graduated from the Ateneo de Manila University in 1995 with a BS degree in Computer Science.
Blogger & Columnist. Host of the weekly program “The Explainer”on the ANC cable news channel. Manolo is an opinion and editorial writer and editor: Working as a columnist for the Arab News Newspaper; head of the Speaker’s Bureau, columnist, and an editorial writer for The Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper; and Assistant Managing Editor and editorial writer for The Philippines Free Press weekly news magazine. MLQ3 has received various awards for his professional work – “Opinion Writer of the Year” in 1994 and 2005 by the Rotary Club of Manila’s Journalism Awards, the oldest journalism awards in the country.
US-Based Filipino SEO Specialist working with the SEO team of BusinessOnLine (www.benjarriola.com) has delivered corporate blogging best practices to Fortune 1000 clients including the official blog of Sony PlayStation. Benj, a blogger himself does not consider being a fulltime blogger and dives more into SEO learning and sharing knowledge in SEO circles, primarily visible at the SEOPhilippines Forum. Benj joined International SEO contest winning on various occasions: 2nd place 2008 UKWebmasterWorld SEO Contest, 1st place 2007 SEO World Championship, 1st Place 2006 Vorgermilten SEO Contest. Benj also runs his own company for SMEs, YDS Web Solution (Philippines & US Offices).
Writer & RockEd founder
Journalist Philippine Star
August Dela Cruz
August Dela Cruz is photo correspondent for the Philippine Daily Inquirer, and has garnered numerous awards in sports photography and a Press Photographers of the Philippines (PPP) awardee. Prior to becoming a photo journalist, Mr. Dela Cruz had been a fashion, lifestyle, and wedding photographer while doing corporate and product shots on the side.
Ernesto G. Sonido Jr
Blogger, Fish Keeper, Reader & Librarian, indexer, photo hobbyist, ex B5 blogger and uncle.
Blogger and Journalist – INQUIRER.net VDO & INQUIRER.net Blogs
Ernie U. Sarmiento
Through his lens, Ernie Sarmiento has witness part of the Philippine’s history as it unfolds — the coup d etat that changed the government, the struggle of his fellowmen as they flee war torn Iraq and Kuwait during the Gulf War and the Filipino athletes as they vie for the gold in two Olympics. The boy who started out as a travel photographer’s apprentice is now the Philippine Daily Inquirer’s chief photographer.
Blogger & Journalist – Editor, Sun.Star Cebu
Blogger, Lawyer & Professor
After initially discovering the challenge of maintaining a completely personal blog, Derek Punsalan settled in as co-author at UNEASYsilence in May of 2004. From there, motivated by aspiring goals of web
development, Derek once again embarked on a personal endeavor to start afresh powered by WordPress. After discovering the satisfaction of sharing theme downloads online, Derek created a new personal site at 5thirtyone.com. He would continue on to share a collection of WordPress releases including the October Special (Breast Cancer Awareness Month) and the WordPress Foliage Mod (awarded Most Creative Design).
Enjoying the success of freelance web design, Derek Punsalan now leads YES – a radio station & content tracking service – as their front end design lead moving forward into the 2007 year.
Raised in a mixed Ilocano Tagalog household with deep family beliefs, Derek enjoys the company of close family & friends whenever the Apple displays are turned-off.
PR and Marketing Consultant
Blogger and Journalist
Syndeo Media Founder
“Janette Toral is the author and publisher of the book Blogging from Home.”
People who want to go but don’t have tickets can still show up, but they won’t be eligible for the raffle portion.
The lists of the Philippine Blog Awards finalists Best Blog Division are finally out. Since there are 36 categories in this division, it will take a while before all of them are posted, so we’ll update this entry as the new lists come in.
- Brown Rice
- Pinoy Mountaineer
- Life on Pinky Street
- Bear Brick Love
- Bibliophile Stalker
- The World Thru Postcards
- DotAStrategy Blog
- Sped Life Cebu
- Tech Source From Bohol
- Captain’s Log
- Unlock For Us
- Seed Interactive Multimedia and Animation
- Tech At Hand Dot Net
- Big Lakers Fan
- Bleachers’ Brew
- HooPh – Philippine Hoops Blog
- Lakers Today
- Sports and Tech sa Pilipinas
- The Bull Runner
- Victorious One
- Brink Notes Podcast
- CokskiBlue – Pinoy Vlogs, Videos and Vodcasts
- Eksena Manila – Tamang Trip!
- Funny is the New Sexy
- Komikero Video Channel
- The Dan & Rye Show
- The McVie Show, Season Seven
- City Boy Sedricke
- Da Couch Tomato
- Music Picks
- Philippine Star Supreme
- Sari-Saring Sineng Pinoy
- The Professional Heckler
- Adventures of the Coconuter
- BYAHILO: Ito ang Blog ko!
- Explore Iloilo
- Ironwulf.net: En Route
- Ivan About Town
- Just Wandering
- Paraiso Philippines Tourism and Travel Guide
- Philippine Travel Blog
- Trippin’ with Noelle De Guzman
- Visit Sagada
- Walk This Way!
- A Tribute To An Angel
- Creature Lover
- Filipino Deaf from the Eyes of a Hearing Person
- In Defense of the Real CFC
- Mongster’s Nest
- New Philippine Revolution
- Pagod Ka Na Bang Maging Si Juan?
- Pinoy Bochong
- Splice and Dice
- The Journal of The Jester-in-Exile
- The Pelican Spectator
- Blue Block Theme
- Flower Border
- Mag on Wood
- Rebel Magazine
- Stargaze WordPress Theme
- Una WordPress Theme
- Accidental Rebel
- Blog of a Freelance Web Designer
- Noel Perlas – Perlas Design Studio
- Pinoy Teens Online
- Strawberry Colada
- Tonet’s Daily
- Well Whatever
(Please visit link for the complete list.)
(Please visit link for the complete list.)
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Wondering how you can watch the Philippine Blog Awards live? We finally have an answer. Organizers have opened registrations for blogger attendees. There will be 200 available slots. Take note, this is for bloggers only.
Due to venue limitations, we are only opening 200 slots for bloggers at the moment. Once all slots have been filled out, we’ll post an announcement on this blog. We’ll also announce it should there be additional seats available.
At WordCamp Philippines last Saturday, a blog contest sponsored by Cebu Pacific airlines was announced. Here’s the official announcement and mechanics of the Cebu Pacific Blogging Challenge.
All you have to do is write a blog post about the destinations of Cebu Pacific, making sure that when you mention the airline you describe it in a positive light. You must also link to them without
rel="nofollow", without any other links in the entry.
The top 5 entries, picked by Cebu Pacific and the WordCamp organizers, will each win a domestic airline ticket.
This is open to all bloggers who are 18 years old and above (not just the participants of WordCamp). Contest runs from September 6 to October 31. Register here.
- You need to be a Filipino blogger with a blog, which “must be established at least three (3) months from today with a minimum of 10 posts.”
- You need to pick one nominee and write a blog post about why he/she deserves to win. “Yes, you can vote for your own blog. And no, you cannot vote for a blog that is not on the list of official Bloggers’ Choice Award nominees.”
- You need to include the list of sponsors in your blog post.
- You need to submit your blog post here.
So why would you go through all the trouble of doing that? Every blog post counts as one raffle entry (but one post per blogger only). Prizes to that raffle will be announced soon.
Finally, congratulations to the nominees:
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- Adventures of the Coconuter
- Alfredo B. Palconit Jr. Blog
- Basta Igat, Sikat!
- Batang Yagit
- Behind Wonderland
- Buhay Coy on Campus
- Confessions of a Pinoy Blogger
- Day-toDay Heroes
- Dog Are Us!
- Filipino Voices
- Flavored Tongue
- Heart of Rachel
- Hola Filipinas
- Indistinguishable Gibberish
- just curious
- kain pinoy
- Kiss the stars with me
- L A G A L [ O G ]
- Life’s Existence
- LUCKWATCHERO: My STORY. My PRIDE. My THOUGHTS.
- Makoy’s Memoirs Of A Certified Blogger
- Mico Santos’s Lagalag
- Mike Villar
- My Boring Life… Now A Blog!
- Mykiru Isyusero
- Philippine Nursing Resource & Updates
- Philippine Nursing Seminars & Trainings Source
- Pinoy Ambisyoso
- Ready To Be Rich
- Reel Advice
- Seed Interactive
- Senor Enrique
- Serena Mithane
- The Heritage of Cebu
- The Journal of The Jester-in-Exile
- The Konoha Ground
- TurfSite Manila
You can win 4 music CDs courtesty of MCA Music and Music Picks just by answering this survey.
Winner will be notified through e-mail. Prize will be shipped anywhere in the Philippines.
This survey and contest runs until September 17, 2008.
Winners of the Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs of 2008, organized by Janette Toral, were announced last night at the writing project eyeball event. Here’s the distinguished list:
- Manila Foodistas
- Filipino Voices
- Visit Sagada
- Missing Carlo
- Mar Roxas for President in 2010 blog
- You Got Tech
- The Not so Talented DJ Montano
- Davao Delicious
- Bariles Republic
- Bloggers Da Who
Ten of the participants in the writing project also won $100 each in a raffle. You can read the master list of their nominees here.
A list of articles about the eyeball is also posted here.
First prize: $100, plus Cinderella soundtrack album (the one that Lea and cast are recording in Manila) and original US-made DVD copies of The Making of Miss Saigon and Hey, Mr. Producer! (Not familiar with the latter? Here.)
The two co-finalists will receive the same package minus the $100 cash prize.
Everyone else who participates will also get a chance to win something, with more copies of the Cinderella soundtrack album and DVDs to be raffled off.
The best part is that Lea Salonga herself will pick the top three entries. The contest duration is the same as the schedule of Cinderella: July 29 to August 24. Winners will be announced by the week of August 25th.
Win a free delegate pass to It’s All Geek to Me! The 2nd Internet and Mobile Marketing Summit 2008 from IMMAP
The Internet and Mobile Marketing Association of the Philippines (IMMAP) is giving away 2 delegate passes to the It’s All Geek to Me! The 2nd Internet and Mobile Marketing Summit 2008, which will be held on August 13 to 15 at the Hotel Intercontinental, Makati City.
All you have to do is write a blog entry about the event and why you’d like to attend. Also make sure you link to the following websites:
- It’s All Geek to Me! The 2nd Internet and Mobile Marketing Summit 2008 at http://www.interactivesummit.com.ph/
- The Boomerang Awards 2008 at http://www.boomerangawards.com.ph/
- Internet and Mobile Marketing Association of the Philippines (IMMAP) at http://www.immap.com.ph/
Post a comment at the following blog post: digitalfilipino.multiply.com and mention the URL of the blog post you have written. Deadline of this contest is on July 30; winners will be announced on August 7.
Watch Simple Plan, Jamie Scott & The Town, and New Found Glory on August 4, 2008 at the Araneta Coliseum by joining Titik Pilipino and Viva‘s promo. All you have to do is leave your contact details and refer two friends to the website.
The grand prize winner gets 2 Lower Box seat tickets while 5 other winners will receive 2 Upper Box B seat tickets each.
You have to be at least 18 years old to be eligible for the contest. The promo ends on July 31, 2008.
Congratulations to the winners of this year’s Teen Blog Awards by Candy Magazine:
- Best-Written Blog: My Traffic Jam
- Best Blog Design: xsabrina.chic productions
- Best Blog Name: nikipidya
- Best Boy’s Blog: CokskiBlue
- Best Use of Photography: Kiss the stars with me
- Funniest Blog: Ang Desperadong Nobelista.
- People’s Choice: Nursecissism
- Best Special Interest Blog: Jezreel Faith Manugue
- Best Overall Blog: My Traffic Jam
You can still nominate and vote for your favorite blog of the week here.
To celebrate 3 years in the blogging world, Zaldy is giving away $100 by August 6th.
Rules will be simple.
1. Subscribe to my RSS feeds. You can use the subscribe option in the sidebar or at the end of this post.
2. Create a a blog entry that talks about this contest and contains a link back to zaldydalisay.com using the anchor text “make money online”
3. Post your entry url via comment here to let me know that you have joined.
Three winners will be picked randomly. You must have a PayPal account to participate.
How about an intensive “reality” contest to find out who will be the next Blogging Idol?
Show time! All the competitors have until the July 31 (midnight) to prove their blogging skills and to improve their RSS subscriber base.
This contest, hosted by Daily Blog Tips, has begun! To participate, you must prove that you are more than capable of improving your feed subscriber count as a measure of your popularity as a blogger.
The Blog Idol winner will take home $3000 in prizes, so join now!