Category Archives: Blogging

WordCamp Philippines 2012

Okay, I swear I thought I would never get involved with events organizing this year.  I have so many nursing-related tasks to do — license renewals, certifications, even an English exam.

But surprisingly, I found myself involved in organizing WordCamp Philippines once again.  I’ve helped organize the event twice before and although  fun and exciting are two adjectives that always come to mind when I think of WordCamp, it was physically and emotionally draining at the same time.  In a blog post I wrote in October 2010, I said that I was looking forward to attending WordCamp Philippines, not as an organizer,  but as a camper.  But here I am, yet again working behind the scenes for the love of blogging and WordPress.  And what makes the third time more challenging is that I joined the organizing team only a month into the event.

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Life is Here: The Davao Bloggers Tour

July 14 was a fun day for me.  I participated in the Life is Here:  The Davao Bloggers Tour, an event organized by the City Tourism Operations Office in partnership with the Davao Bloggers.

Forty-four participants, divided into four teams, hied off to different tourist spots in Davao City.  Armed with our cameras and smartphones, we all had one objective in mind: Promote Davao’s many tourist destinations through social media.

I was assigned to the Toril Trailblazers group and we went to three different resorts — Villa Carmelita Inland Resort and Hotel, Eden Nature Park and Resort, and Loleng’s Mountain Spring Resort.  I’ve never been to Villa Carmelita Inland Resort and Loleng’s Mountain Spring Resort before the tour so I guess I was really really excited.

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Top Google Algorithm Changes for 2011

Google makes hundreds of algorithm changes every year and 2011 is no exception.  This year, Google made big algorithm changes that affected that search engine rankings of millions of websites.

The first notable algorithm change made by Google was on January 28 when they released an update that focused on weeding out sites that scrape content.  This was followed by the First Panda Update on February 23, 2011.  Other much-talked about Google algorithm changes include the launch of the Google +1 button and succeeding Panda updates.

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Top 10 Influential Blogs for 2011

Here’s my list for the Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs for 2011.  This writing project, now on its 5th year of recognizing new blogs , was started by Ms. Janette Toral.

I know this entry is long overdue and I don’t even know if it meets the deadline.

But I’m joining this project anyway and hope that the few blogs I follow will make it to the list.

  • Eat’s Terrific!– This is the food blog of Orman Manansala, one of my favorite bloggers.  I love reading Orman’s food and restaurant reviews because of his honest,  no-nonsense writing style.
  • KiKay Much–  This is Donna Mae Congson’s beauty and fashion blog.  A true kikay, Donna shares valuable beauty tips to her readers and features hot trends in beauty and fashion as well.
  • I Am Ariel Lalisan – One of the founders of the Sox Bloggers, Ariel is also a dedicated educator who finds time to get involved with a  lot of interesting things.

2010 in One-liners

2010 is over.  And the customary year-ender post is very delayed.

Looking back, how was the year for me?  Was it better compared to 2009?  Well, here’s my 2010 in  one-liners.

  • Spent time with Lyle and the guys at Dunder-Mifflin.
  • Found lots of peace at home.
  • Lost a loved-one.
  • Made a few good (bad-ass) friends.
  • Severed and renewed ties.

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My Vote Goes to Life With Ria

I am voting for  Life with Ria for the Philippine Blog Awards 2010 Bloggers Choice Award.

I am voting for Ria’s blog because it’s a fun read.   I also like the fact that she blogs about her experiences and life as it is. No pretense.  No sugar-coating. No attempts at making her life appear more interesting.

Enough said.

GenSan Tuna Festival 2010 – Day 3

Day 3 of my Tunafest 2010 trip started early.  My group was tasked to be judges of the Mardi Gras Streetdancing Competition so as early as 9:00 a.m. (quite a feat for me!)  we were already at Pioneer Avenue, General Santos City.

(Photo by Olan Emboscado)

It was a sunny day in General Santos City and despite the heat, I stood at my judging post for more than an hour observing the different contingents as they danced to Centerpoint Band’s Whoa Gensan in their colorful costumes.  The   streetdancing routine was progressive and I was really delighted to see very young contingents perform with much gusto. 🙂

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GenSan Tuna Festival 2010 – Day 2

The second day of my Tuna Festival 2010 experience was as busy as Day 1.  Thankfully, we were able to sleep a little bit more before our host came to pick us up for lunch.

Knowing that our group has a big appetite for seafood, Avel brought us to Leeonga Mongolian and Seafood Grill at the Sun City Suites Complex.  There, we were treated to a spread of delectable dishes that could satisfy any craving for seafood.

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Red Ribbon Bloggers’ Event

Last October 3, I attended a Red Ribbon event for the bloggers of Davao, GenSan, and Cagayan de Oro who were in Manila to attend WordCamp Philippines 2010.  The event, which took place at the Fort Bonifacio branch of Red Ribbon, was organized by Red Ribbon’s Marketing  Team through blogger Jonel Uy.

I have always liked Red Ribbon products so  I was super delighted that they treated us to an early lunch consisting of a combination of their bestsellers and newest offerings like salisbury steak, pancit palabok, and crispy chicken.  I  also had their bestselling chicken empanada, a slice or  two of  Mango Passion cake, and one of their signature blended drinks.

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WordCamp Philippines 2010- Behind The Scenes

It’s almost two weeks after WordCamp Philippines 2010 and  I admit I haven’t blogged about it yet.  I’m still too tired to blog about it in full-length so I thought I’d just share some pics before and after the event here.

Well, just a background, I was one of the event’s project leads.  My tasks included coordinating with the different Avatar Media team members on WordCamp-related stuff…you know, like “you need to get this done by this time”, or “what’s the latest update on”…During the event, I helped out during the registration and headed the food committee.

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