Blogopolis is like a blog congress where both bloggers & advertisers get to learn more about blogging, the social media & how to maximize it. This year’s theme is #IntoTheWild wherein WILD stands for Weaving Information for the Leaders of the Digital World! Blogging & social media can indeed be very tricky. Sometimes, it feels like as soon as you’ve figured out the game, the rules change! We are grateful to have been invited to speak again in this year’s Blogopolis event and we were equally excited to listen to what everyone had to share! During the talks, I kept on jotting down notes & live tweeting some quotable quotes from some of our speakers: Jim Paredes, Maria Ressa of Rappler.com & Lori Baltazar of Dessert Comes First (also my motto in life), TJ Manotoc & Chuckie Dreyfus.
…and we just had to inject that quote on the last line. Sorry, we can’t help it! 😉
The series of talks was opened by the very inspiring Maria Ressa. She shared with us how the digital world can help each other in the spirit of Bayanihan. Currently, in the light of the recent Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda), to find the missing persons, Rappler has teamed up with Google for database management, Department of Social Welfare & Development for the names of the missing victims plus Facebook for its face recognition capabilities. Rappler.com was awarded the Ripple Effect–a well deserved one at that!
Clockwise: Abe Olandres of Yugatech.com, also the country manager of Nuffnang, Lori Baltazar of Dessert Comes First talking about the importance of quality content, TJ Manotoc of AncAlerts talking about how netizens make it to the headlines and Jim Paredes imparting words of wisdom & saying that one is not a netizen if s/he has not been praised or condemned. Kids, you see, long before Twitter, the song composed by Jim Paredes “Handog ng Pilipino sa Mundo” which became the theme song of the 1986 EDSA Revolution. So you can say he trended even for trending was invented 😉 It’s just amazing that he continues to have a strong influence in the online community years later.
Clockwise: Divine Lee hosting the games for the night, Jackie Go of GoJackieGo.com winning one of her three awards & prizes that night, second host for the night Justin Quirino, host Franco Mabanta (a.k.a. Jasper from a Coke / Globe ad years back).
Clockwise: Jeff Lo of PinoyFitness.com talking about the importance of an interactive online community, Ana Gonzales & Aisa Ipac sharing how they’ve hosted a successful series of Bloggers United Events, Christine Dychiao of ManilaFashionObserver.com sharing what tools can bloggers use to drive back traffic to their blog & 2/3 of The Soshal Network joining the panel.
Above: A quick Q&A with Jim Paredes as interviewed (a.k.a. cornered by) his nephew & host for the night Franco Mabanta about his favorite Tweeters. It felt like we were eavesdropping on a very interesting & dynamic conversation during a family reunion 😉
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Left to Right: Abe Olandres, F.R. Javier who helped us take photos of the event during the night, Jim Paredes & travel blogger Ivan Henares.
Ooh! That’s us (and the best part about writing this blog post & editing this photo is that I get to crop my legs. Yay! *Ahh..me & my standards of happiness.*
Ponggo & I presenting…
Before we went onstage, it actually felt like we were doing the same marketing presentation we did a decade ago. *Oh no! I just gave away our age!* I don’t really know what we were smiling at but I’m pretty sure among other things, thoughts like “What’s the next slide?” “Does my voice sound nasal?” “Am I eating my words?” “Are my feet together?” “Am I hunching my back?” “What am I supposed to say here again?” & “Why did I wear a dress? These legs don’t have the right to be exposed!” “I hope my hair’s behaving.” *Nope, it didn’t end up behaving anyway* were nagging my brain.
The jampacked Hotel Intercon Makati function room. Tickets were sold out that night & #Blogopolis trended even until the next day! Good job Nuffnang!
Above: Second Host for the night Justin Quirino with Randolph Novino of Pinoy Screen Cast winning one of the digital cameras! Lucky guy! Incidentally, you will also find a link to his site at the footer of this website 😉
Three Go’s & a Dychiao: Christine Dychiao in a panel discussion with Anthony Go, Tippy Go & Jackie Go.
(Did I just refer to myself in the third person?)
Mrs. & Mr. Dreyfus: Yen & Chuckie talk about the ultimate selfie and the importance of being the person you want to interact with online as well as being responsive to your readers.
Above: Chilling before the Nuffie Awards with fellow nominees: fashion bloggers Tin Iglesias and David Guison together with Eason de Guzman of Asus & Hezron Peralta.
Above: Pretty mom Jackie Go & My Husband’s Lover’s Victor Basa winning the Jane & Tarzan of the Night Awards respectively. *This is the moment when I really really wanted to get one of those Oishi bags!*
Above: The very hardworking Nuffnang Team who put together Blogopolis 2013 Into the Wild. I woke up that morning and checked my Twitter account and voila, the Nuffnang girls are already in the holding room. Registration started at 12:30pm but some of the girls were there since 6:30am!
Nuffies with the Food Club together with former Nuffnang Talent Manager Trixie Esguerra & Nuffnang Philippines Director Jay Singson.
Thanks for having us again Nuffnang! We’re also so proud of you guys to have donated 100% of the proceeds to Philippine Red Cross. We really learned a looooot, enjoyed ourselves and went home happy with giant bag of Oishi among other things. We’re already excited for the next Blogopolis!
P.S. Missed Blogopolis this year & last year? Make sure you follow Nuffnang on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram. If you have a blog, don’t forget to have it registered on the Nuffnang Philippines website. There are so many surprises for bloggers over there as well as opportunities to grow one’s blog & network with fellow bloggers. 🙂
P.P.S. More Nuffnang events here:
Nuffnang Asia-Pacific Blog Awards in Malaysia (Day1)
Nuffnang Asia-Pacific Blog Awards in Malaysia: Day 2
Day 3 of Nuffnang Asia-Pacific Blog Awards
Nuffnang Blogopolis 2012: Onstage & Behind The Scenes
…and collaborations with our fellow Nuffies:
How to Prepare for a Date with Erwan Heussaff
Beauty Tips by Nikki Tiu
Five Excuses Guys Give When Caught Looking at a Girl with Abe Olandres, David Guison, Richard Co, Anthony Go & Jinoe Gavan
Exercise (Or Something Like It) with Jinoe Gavan
Biscoff Muffin Recipe with FrannyWanny
Five Good Things About Breakfast (a Collaboration with Tales from the Tummy)
Preparing for Your Big Day with Patty Laurel