Philippine Blog Awards 2009: Chikka’s Readers’ Choice Mindanao

October 23, 2009 | No Comments Yet

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.

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Mindanao Bloggers Summit and Philippine Blog Awards Mindanao on October 24

October 19, 2009 | No Comments Yet

Two huge events for Mindanao bloggers are happening on the same day at the same venue: this Saturday, October 24, at the Pearlmont Inn, Limketkai Drive, Cagayan de Oro City. First comes the Mindanao Bloggers Summit from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, then the Philippine Blog Awards – Mindanao leg happens after at 7:00 pm.

Register for MBS3 here. This year’s theme is “Mindanao Bag-uhon ang Panan-aw” or “Changing the way people see Mindanao”. Looks like a jam-packed and exciting couple of events happening down south.

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Philippine Blog Awards 2009: Chikka’s Readers’ Choice Visayas

October 14, 2009 | 1 Comment

The Philippine Blog Awards 2009 is now moving on to the Visayas leg with the Chikka Readers’ Choice Award for Visayas. Here are the nominees together with their blog codes: V1
Sinjin’s House V2
The Extraordinary Kiddo V3
Intiendes V4
Byahilo: Ito ang Trip Ko! V5
Explore Iloilo V6
Habagat Central V7
My Cebu Photoblog V8
Kevin Ray N. Chua V9 V10

Voting is done through SMS: 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 17.

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Winners of the 2009 Philippine Blog Awards

October 12, 2009 | No Comments Yet

Congratulations to all the winners of this year’s Philippine Blog Awards!

Main Awards

10 Best Blog Posts

  1. The Parable of the Furry White Rabbit (Good Times Manila)
  2. Lost Gems Of Philippine History: The 1896 Board Meeting (It’s true! It’s true!)
  3. Finding Your Soul Mate: A Statistical Analysis (guttervomit)
  4. karnabal (tuyong tinta ng bolpen)
  5. The Diving Boys of Quezon Bridge (Dennis Villegas)
  6. Twenty Pesos (lost photograph)
  7. The way of the leaf (SMOKE)
  8. Portrait of a dramatic highlight in Nick Joaquin’s A Portrait of the Artist as Filipino (Gibbs Cadiz)
  9. Kaya Dumarami ang Bading Kasi… (Manila Gay Guy)
  10. The Amazing Bulul: A Story of Epiphany (The Cat Whisperer)

Special Awards

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.

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Philippine Blog Awards 2009 registration & raffle

October 7, 2009 | No Comments Yet

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.

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PBA ’09 Bloggers Choice Special Award voting opens

October 2, 2009 | No Comments Yet

Voting for the Bloggers Choice Special Award at the 2009 Philippine Blog Awards is now officially open. There are three categories this time: National, Visayas, and Mindanao. But as with last year, your vote should be in the form of a blog post explaining why you’re voting for a particular blog. This also means you can only vote once. Also, only Filipinos can vote.

Check out the list of nominees then submit your vote here. Deadline is on October 7 at 10:30 PM (National) and October 14 at 10:30 PM (Visayas and Mindanao).

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Philippine Blog Awards and RockEd Philippines join forces for Ondoy relief operations

October 1, 2009 | No Comments Yet

The Philippine Blog Awards organizers and RockEd Philippines are working together to help the victims of Typhoon Ondoy. Everyone is invited to drop off relief goods during the PBA Luzon event on October 9:

These donations will be collected at the lobby of the PETA-Phinma Theater before the program begins. The collected donations will be turned over to RockEd for distribution to victims of the recent typhoon.

With this year’s theme being “One Blogging Nation”, the spirit of Bayanihan through this blogging event and community is stronger and more relevant than ever. Stay tuned for donation drive announcements in the upcoming Visayas and Mindanao events.

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Philippine Blog Awards 2009 finalists in the nationwide categories announced

September 24, 2009 | No Comments Yet

Philippine Blog Awards 2009

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.

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Philippine Blog Awards 2009 releases new video, “Jingle”

September 18, 2009 | No Comments Yet

The Philippine Blog Awards 2009’s first teaser video was a little skit entitled “Blogger”. Now we have a fun little “Jingle” featuring the Philippines’ most famous blogs. There’s even a little nod towards WordPress at the beginning. Check out the lyrics:

Lyrics and Music by: Coy Caballes
Guitarist: Markku Seguerra

Binuksan ko ang laptop
Homepage ko ay Technograph
Ako’y Pinoy Blogero
Sa WordPress ay adik ako

Let’s Go Sago, Lakwatsero
Coron hanggang Batangas sobrang Byahilo
Kahit ako’y mag-Visit Sagada
Basta may WiFi ay solved ka na

Laging Good Times Manila
Basta naka-online enjoy tropang Foodista
Alam mo lahat Da Who sa showbiz landia
Talo mo pa si BryanBoy Abunda

Over the top sa page views
kahit Patay Gutom busog ka sa news
Dumating si Mommy galing Project Manila
Nahuli niya si daddy nasa Facebuko niya

Let’s go, c’mon! Kung gustong sumikat
Just wear your Happyslip at sa Merryland umakyat
FunnySexy man o Komikero ang drama
Sa Radio Cubao natin wala nang panama

Okay lang ang maging Misteryosa
Basta Awesome Planet ating ipakita
Kahit sino ka pa, Batang Yagit o Tanggera
Basta Pinoy at Blogger… Tayo ay iisa

And don’t forget, catch the Flippish livestream on October 9 at 6:00 pm!

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Catch the Philippine Blog Awards 2009 livestream

September 10, 2009 | 1 Comment

Can’t make it to the Philippine Blog Awards on October 9? Flippish will be streaming the awards night live on its website. And it won’t be a delayed, low-quality stream, but something that will rival TV productions:

This event is dappled in awesomeness. We’re trying something new this year — a live stream coverage of the event over the Internet courtesy of Flippish. If you’re expecting fixed point webcam quality work with a 30 second delay, well we’re out to prove you wrong. The live coverage has similar production value as on television, except that everything will be streamed via a dedicated line over the Internet. For those who will be unable to join us on that day, the live stream is actually the best way to follow the awards night.

Enjoy this teaser video too:

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Philippine Blog Awards 2009 nominations extended

August 14, 2009 | No Comments Yet

Philippine Blog Awards 2009

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!

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Philippine Blog Awards 2009 nominations open, goes nationwide

July 13, 2009 | No Comments Yet

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!

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Philippine Blog Awards 2009 on October 9

June 9, 2009 | No Comments Yet

That’s right folks, preparations for this year’s Philippine Blog Awards have begun and two things are now set in stone: the date, October 9, and the venue, Megatent Events Venue (30 Meralco Ave., Bgy. Ugong, Pasig City).

For those who missed last year’s event, check out the night’s highlights courtesy of Buddy Gancenia:

The Philippine Blog Awards 2: Awards Night Highlights from BUDDY GANCENIA on Vimeo.

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October 21, 2008 | 4 Comments


PinoyBlogero is the blog of Karlo Licudine, a twentysomething college student writing about the Philippine blogosphere and blogging in general. If you want to learn how to start blogging and become more successful at it, this is the blog to read.

Karlo has gained recognition in several different awards, from an interview in a local newspaper, to joining the ranks of the top probloggers and influential blogs in the country, to winning the best technology blog award in the 2008 Philippine Blog Awards.

Readers of PinoyBlogero will also enjoy his unique brand of comics sprinkled across the different posts (it’s even branched out to a separate blog,

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mga kuwento ni samjuan

October 13, 2008 | No Comments Yet

Samjuan is the blog of an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) in America who grew up in Nueva Ecija. Here he shares his thoughts and experiences as a Pinoy living and working abroad. He also won the Best OFW Blogger Award in the 2008 Philippine Blog Awards.

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Philippine Blog Awards and blogging covered by mainstream media

October 9, 2008 | No Comments Yet

Coy Caballes has posted a partial video of an interview about blogging and the Philippine Blog Awards in Mornings @ ANC. In the video, TJ Manotoc interviews Juned Sonido, Ferdz Decena, and Karlo Licudine. Watch out for part two!

Also check the links in the post for more coverage by other stations including GMA, QTV, and TV5. Who says the “old” and “new” media can’t get along?

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Pinoy WordPress Theme: Una

September 25, 2008 | 1 Comment

Una WordPress Theme

Una is a 2-column, slightly grungy WordPress theme created by Dino Latoga. It won the best free custom theme in the 2008 Philippine Blog Awards.

The front page shows the latest post with it’s accompanying large graphic image which helps attract readers more than the usual large text titles. Below the latest post is a list of the 3 other recent posts with each post accompanied by a nice thumbnail image. Each section title is supported by a nice subtitle. The comments and trackbacks are divided to produce a clean and organized look.

It’s widget- and Gravatar-ready and requires Twitter Tools and the Advanced Excerpt Plugin, so be sure to read the instructions first.

Download Una

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The Philippine Blog Awards 2008 Winners

September 22, 2008 | No Comments Yet

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.

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Philippine Blog Awards 2008 Judges revealed and last minute reminders

September 21, 2008 | No Comments Yet

Here are the judges and their profiles for this evening’s most prestigious event: the Philippine Blog Awards 2008.

Aileen Apollo
Blogger & Google Country Representative

Migs Paraz
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.

Manuel L. Quezon III

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.

Benj Arriola
US-Based Filipino SEO Specialist working with the SEO team of BusinessOnLine ( 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).

Gang Badoy
Writer & RockEd founder

Erwin Romulo
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.

Erwin Oliva
Blogger and Journalist – VDO & 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.

Max Limpag
Blogger & Journalist – Editor, Sun.Star Cebu

JJ Disini
Blogger, Lawyer & Professor

Derek Punsalan
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 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.

Brad Geiser
PR and Marketing Consultant

Annalyn Jusay
Blogger and Journalist

Luis Buenaventura
Syndeo Media Founder

Janette Toral
“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.

Really not going? Find out how you can watch the event here. And here’s the crew getting the venue ready right now.

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Philippine Blog Awards 2008 Finalists posted! (Updated: 09/21/09)

September 20, 2008 | 3 Comments

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.

Food & Beverage

Family & Living








Culture & Arts


Photo Blog

Fashion & Lifestyle

News & Media

Level Up’s Gaming Blog Award

Free Custom Theme


Blog Design

Single Post

(Please visit link for the complete list.)

Network Blogger

OFW Blog

Nokia’s: Kaleidoscope of Connections Award

(Please visit link for the complete list.)


Check them out now!

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More announcements for the Philippine Blog Awards

September 15, 2008 | No Comments Yet

Less than a week to go! The Philippine Blog Awards is happening on September 21st at One Esplanade, 5:00pm. Here are some reminders and announcements for those who are participating in various ways:

Bloggers Choice Award voting process modified. The voting process for the Bloggers Choice Award has been updated a bit so that it’s easier to participate. The sponsors link list is now optional, and you may use rel="nofollow".

Level Up! and Nokia sponsor awards extended. Deadlines for the Level Up! Gaming Blog Award and the Nokia Kaleidescope of Connections Award have been extended to September 19 at midnight. You can also email your entries to

Register now! If you haven’t already, be sure to register for a slot immediately. There are only 200 available and they’re sure to run out soon.

PBA press conference held. The Philippine Blog Awards organizers (Noemi Dado, Juned Sonido, Gail Villanueva, Jayvee Fernandez) together with Blog Bank met with the press today to officially announce the event. See coverage from GMANews.TV and Yehey! Lifestyle.

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Philippine Blog Awards attendee registration opens

September 14, 2008 | No Comments Yet

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.

Register here.

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Voting opens for the Bloggers’ Choice Award at the 2008 Philippine Blog Awards

September 10, 2008 | No Comments Yet

The Philippine Blog Awards 2008 has just announced the nominees for the Bloggers’ Choice Award and the voting has opened. The process has changed since last year:

  • 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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Level Up! Gaming Blog Award at PBA ’08 announced

August 28, 2008 | 1 Comment

The Philippine Blog Awards announced yet another sponsor award called the Level Up! Gaming Blog Award. It’s open to all Filipino bloggers who blog about gaming in general or about Level Up! games.

Nomination runs from August 27 to September 15, 2008. Submit your nominations here.

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Philippine Blog Awards nominations closed, Nokia’s special award announced

August 27, 2008 | No Comments Yet

The 2008 Philippine Blog Awards is inching closer and closer as the nominations have closed. The last day for nominations was actually August 10th, but the deadline for the Special Awards division was extended until the 22nd.

Nominees have been notified to submit 5 of their top posts to make the judging process easier. The deadline was noon today, August 27th.

Aside from the three major awards divisions, there are new awards from the co-presentors. One of these is the Nokia Kaleidoscope of Connections Award.

Challenge: Produce a video of how you connect with others using mobile technology

Your post will be judged on concept, style, and its popularity.

1st place – Nokia N95 8GB
2nd place – Nokia 6220 Classic
3rd place – Nokia N78

More details can be found here.

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Philippine Blog Awards 2008 date and venue announced

July 31, 2008 | 3 Comments

Update: Here’s the official announcement at the Philippine Blog Awards blog.

We’re getting closer and closers to one of the biggest Philippine blogging events of the year, and it just so happens it’s also in September, like WordCamp Philippines. Yes, the Philippine Blog Awards night will take place on September 21, 2008, at the Coral B room of One Esplanade (near SM Mall of Asia and Manila Bay).

Here’s a video announcement and tour of the venue:

A few minor notes on this event: the date was originally August 30, but because it was announced that the Eraserheads reunion concert will be held that night, PBA 2008 had to be rescheduled. Also, the website has been migrated to a new server, so you may be seeing the default WordPress theme instead of the snazzier design.

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Philippine Blog Awards 2008 Nominations Now Open

April 17, 2008 | 1 Comment

Philippine Blog Awards 2008

This year’s Philippine Blog Awards draws one step closer as the nominations have finally opened. Last time we checked, it’s been moved to July. Now, we have a whopping 36 categories under three divisions: the Best Blog Division, the Best Single Blog Post Division, and the Special Awards.

Best Blog Division Categories and Best Blog Post Division Categories

  • Technology
  • Travel
  • Entertainment
  • Personal
  • Food & Beverage
  • Family & Living
  • News & Media
  • Business/Entrepreneur
  • Sports
  • Hobby/Recreation
  • Fashion & Lifestyle
  • Photo Blog
  • Culture & Arts
  • Commentary (Social, Political, Science & History)
  • Videocast/Podcast

Special Awards Categories

  • Bloggers’ Choice Award
  • Best Blog Design
  • Best OFW Blog
  • Best Free Custom Theme
  • Best Blog Plugin/Extension
  • Best Network Blogger

From the looks of things, the awards committee has done well in representing as many blogging topics as possible. Descriptions of the awards categories can be found on their respective pages.

Now before you hop off and go on a nomination spree, be sure to check out the criteria for eligbility first. Perhaps the most important one is the minimum age of the blogs (4 months before April 2008) and posts (created during April 2007-2008, maximum of 5 posts per blog).

I know it’s still pretty early to consolidate an ample amount of funds, but I can’t wait to find out what the prizes are—both for the winners and the attendees (raffle!). Not to mention just how swanky this year’s awards night will be. People were supposed to dress in semi-formal to formal attire last year. Will there be a red carpet this time? Fashion police? An afterparty?

Okay, I’m getting ahead of myself. Go show your support by nominating your favorite blogs, blog posts, and bloggers, then write about it on your own blog!

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2008 Philippine Blog Awards Moved to July

March 19, 2008 | 1 Comment

The 2008 Philippine Blog Awards got off to an exciting and early start, but we haven’t seen any updates since January—until now.

We’ll have to wait until July (last year it was on March 31st at the RCBC Plaza Auditorium) before having another awards night for Filipino bloggers, but it’s only because the committee has to find an ideal venue. Any guesses? NBC Tent? IMAX Theater?

Read the full announcement here.

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