Silay City and Negros Bloggers Prepare Blog Awards On Saturday

Inset: The revised and final poster of the Philippine Blog Awards Visayas.

After a long wait, series of café meetings, Facebook core group planning and sponsor searching, the chosen venue Silay City will be abuzz with activities for the Philippine Blog Awards Visayas this coming Friday. Coming home from a late dinner with a friend from Singapore yesterday, I saw my Inbox full of updates with a list of finalist for the blog awards. Unfortunately, our beloved blog was not on the list but who knows, a year from now when you nominate us again. However, this writer is proud to be a contributor of two finalist blogs namely Tumandok and Experience Negros that will have the chance to receive the awards. Tumandok is aiming to be the first continually-running and purely Hiligaynon blog on the web while Experience Negros is a travel and leisure website featuring the best of Negros Island. Not to spoil the fun, the Negros Bloggers core group are busy piecing bits together for D-day. The Philippine Blog Awards Visayas will be a litmus test in the preparedness of Negros Bloggers and an open door for future major projects. The following are the finalists for the Blog Awards:

Culture and Arts

Jaysee Blabs
Visayan Filipino Martial Arts*
Visayan Arnis/Eskrima*

Food and Beverage

Flavours of Iloilo
The Culinary Adventures of the Bacolod Food Hunters*


Tribo’s Cup
The Ilonggo Network


Locally made
Mashed Patatas
The Young Pinoy Blogger
The Freudian Slip*


Bacolod City Online*


Leon Kilat: The Cybercafe Experiments Philippines


The Travelling Feet
backpack traveler
Exotic Philippines
Experience Negros**
ILOILO Travel Guide
Iloilo I LOVE!
Viaje Negrense*

Legend: * – Negros Bloggers finalists; ** – Blogs with the Writer as Contributor

Inset: Sen. Jose C. Locsin Cultural and Civic Center, the first cultural center in the Philippines.

The Philippine Blog Awards Visayas coincides with the month-long fiesta of the City of Silay. Silay City Mayor, the Hon. Jose “Oti” L. Montelibano will grace the occasion as the gentle father of the host city which was determined by the Philippine Department of Tourism as one of the top 25 tourist destination in the country. Here is the basic program flow for the day:


Kabataang Silay Rondalla Ensemble

National Anthem

Opening Remarks
 Henry James G. Toga
President, Negros Bloggers

Words of Welcome
 Mayor Jose L. Montelibano
Mayor, City of Silay

Acknowledgement of Guests 

Rationale of the Awards
 Juned Sonido 
President, Philippine Blog Awards Inc.

Introduction of Judges

About the Trophy and the Artist 
Gil Severino

Presentation of Nominees

Awarding of Winners 



Closing Remarks
 Elena Gatanela


All bloggers far wide, especially in Negros Island are invited to grace the historic event for Negros Bloggers. The program is open to everyone who are blogging enthusiasts, neophyte bloggers and those that are interested to blog. The guests will be treated to some snacks and the genteel scenery of classical Silay. You need to pre-register here to avail perks and privileges for guests. Chatting and building friendships with Visayan bloggers will be a worthwhile activity in this not so ordinary afternoon. Join now!


About Mark Mayo - Magallanes

MARK MAYO - MAGALLANES – blogger by passion, cook by hobby, student by life, theater actor by fate, writer by work, and Christian by grace. Part Filipino, Chinese and Spanish by blood, he is proudly 100% Negrénse. His love for his home Island of Negros, heritage and lifestyle has led him to write much about it and full-time, all-time. View all posts by Mark Mayo - Magallanes

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