Happy New Year to all!
New Year’s Day does not only mark the beginning of the year or a new start for the brokenhearted but also the First Year Anniversary of República Negrénse, twenty days from now. The blog was started as an emotional diversion to ease out a big heartbreak but ended as a public service, a lifestyle website to showcase to the world the wonders of Negros and people beyond it, the heritage the people from all over go back to in Negros Island. These unique experiences I have enjoyed helped for people to discover what Negros Island really is and for some people to rediscover the wonders of their Negrénse heritage. The year has seen people being helped out in their vacation plans for my home Island and actually visited the Island because of this blog, people who have actually thanked me for encouraging them to visit the unique places Negros has to offer.
The year has also seen unique participations, interactions and features. For the likes of companies and organizations like Negros Bloggers, the Association of Negros Producers, Negros Museum, Fresh Start Organics, Negros Daily Bulletin, Merci Pasalubong Treats, the Silay City Government, 92.7 Wild FM Iloilo and many more I have forgotten to mention, I would like to thank all of you for believing in my blog, welcoming me in your company and even letting me have a peek with what’s new and latest for the people yet to see.
I would also like to thank the people who have directly made an impact with my blog and blogging. From sponsors like Nang Glady Tomulto-Reyes, Atty. Eli and Elena Gatanela who sponsored a year of my site’s domain and my airfare to the Philippine Blog Awards; Nong Jojo Vito, Nang Ria Akamatsu, Nong Chin-chin Uy, Congw. Mercedes Alvarez and Ina Ramos who let me featured their organizations, companies, products or events like the Association of Negros Producers with Vito Creations, Merci Pasalubong Treats, Fresh Start Organics, Run for CHICKS (Negros Occidental Sixth Legislative District) and Comer.cio with Swap Straps; Jillian Bantang, Dilyn Lopez, Ej Bioneda, Vir Silva and Bernie Arellano for blogging partnership or link exchanges at The Food Scout, Sugarcane Nomads, Jane Meets World, Melankoliko and HabagatCentral.com; Ashley Rivera and Gindy Cezar who are lovely girls behind Petra Mahalimuyak and Sexy Maggie of 92.7 Wild FM Iloilo, and many more I have actually forgotten to mention. Thank you for being part of my República Negrénse and its first in history.
To all of you approximately 9,000 readers and your friends, I would like to thank you for loving my blog, Above all, Soli Deo Gloria, to God alone be the glory! Without You, there could never be República Negrénse. Viva República Negrénse! God bless all of you and a billion thanks from my heart!
Truly and sincerely yours,
MARK WILL MAYO – MAGALLANES