Yesterday was my birthday, second I spent as a blogger in one score and two years of my life. Throughout my year of adventures, I have blessed to have gone miles in my journey, failed in some endeavors but achieved so many milestones that defined who I am now. Journal, I am tempted to write, almost a novel but I will be bringing you photos of the places I have been, maybe some significant eats, and perhaps the baby steps that turned to great leaps as I continue down the Life Street.
Negros Bloggers is an 80-member strong premiere blogging association in Negros Island. Nang Glady Tomulto, now Glady Reyes added me in. Core group welcomed me officially on July 2, 2011 in the monthly meeting at Negros Museum Cafe and as a core group member as I won the logo making contest while doing some liaison work in Manila for some events.
The Ruins in Talisay City, Metro Bacolod was my destination for my 21st Birthday. I did not spend my 21st in a fancy dinner or some elegant reception, just a simple trip with family to Mambukal and The Ruins, with simple family dinner at 18th Street Pala-Pala. Nevertheless, it was my first time visiting The Ruins with a personal debut to the blogosphere.
26th Negros Trade Fair
Negros Trade Fair by the Association of Negros Producers is an annual event in Metropolitan Manila where members of ANP bring their products to be showcased here. It has been going on for almost three decades, the longest provincial trade fair in the metropolis. I was honored to be a media partner and organize a bloggers and an online forum meet-up.
Philippine Blog Awards Visayas
Philippine Blog Awards Visayas 2012 was the first major event organized by the Negros Bloggers and we chose Silay City, the acclaimed Seat of Arts and Culture of Western Visayas and Paris of Negros, as the host city. I went back to help the core group in organizing the event through web and on ground at Sen. Dr. Jose C. Locsin Cultural and Civic Center.
Silay Bloggers Tour
Silay Bloggers Tour was organized by the Silay City Tourism Office to thank the bloggers for choosing Silay City as the host. City Tourism Officer Ver Pacete toured us around the historic city of 32 ancestral houses, several undeclared, farms and unseen cultural wonders that took to Hacienda Adela Folklore Village and nearby Fresh Start Organic Farm.
Balay Negrense deserves a separate place since it was my first time to visit the ancestral house-musuem and I was so happy about the bloggers’ reception given to us by Fresh Start and the City Government of Silay. The mansion was once owned by the family of Yves Germain Gaston, the French haciendero. It now houses display on Negrense culture and lifestyle.
Philippine Blog Awards Luzon
Philippine Blog Awards Luzon and the National Leg were held together at the RCBC Auditorium in RCBC Plaza, Ayala Center in the City of Makati. I was not nominated but was there to represent for Negros Bloggers and lone blogger finalist from our group. I was able to network with some interesting bloggers. This year, I wish to make it as a finalist for PBA L&N.
Nabas, Aklan may not be familiar to the ears except to those tourists wo travel from southern Panay, grudgingly look at the image at Google Maps if they are near Boracay already, though it hides a charm not commonly seen. I went on a cultural immersion in that town and stayed close to the fishing community. I joined them one morning in buso or pull fishing.
Dr. Richard Espeno, physician friend of mine who works in Singapore, came to Bacolod for him to see it first time so I acted as his guide. We were not able to go to the beach but he was able to experience at least chunk of Negrense culture and heritage. We also went to Hinigaran and tasted seafood, also ate at Mila’s. It was also my first time in that Negros town.
When In Manila
When In Manila is a blog turned online magazine headed by Vince Golangco, the Editor-in-Chief and DJ at the Mellow 94.7. I sent my application of sorts with an article about The Ruins attached. He immediately accepted me and rose up the ranks fast as Senior Writer. Most of my blogging breakthroughs in Manila are because of When In Manila and friends.
Uncle Cheffy was my first full food feature at When In Manila and this led me to several more food features that became my specialty of sorts in the online magazine. This led me to focus more on food with travel at my own blog as well though I feature other things on interior design and fashion if they are Negrense products. From here on, read my food articles.
El Nido Resorts
El Nido Resorts was my first sponsored tour as a blogger which I got via When In Manila. I was the first one to reply in an email sent by DJ Vince hence another breakthrough. It was my first time in Palawan and flying in a turboprop plane as well. I was with travel bloggers and a PR officer from Geiser Maclang. We went to Apulit, Lagen and Miniloc Islands.
My birthday is just the start of another year for blogging and my chosen career. I give thanks to the Lord God Almighty who keeps me safe and provides for my needs, even in my trying times. My family as well for supporting me all the way in my writing stuff and for keeping me company in some features. Mark and Jo Tan, especially Ivy Say, who keeps me up in my articles for When In Manila. When In Manila, GCF Ortigas and blogger friends, muchas gracias y Dios bendiga!
“So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”
1 Corinthians 10:31, NIV 1984