This is a re-post of the official 2009 Philippine Blog Awards Announcement.
On the Awards Night
It has often been said that the Internet breaks down boundaries and leaps oceans to connect people. And it is true. Lost friends, old loves and distant family members become connected in the virtual world. But like the infomercial says,”Wait there is more!”
Due to this virtual network of among Filipinos – To be specific among Filipino Bloggers relationships develop and communities spring about. In recent years, the numbers of bloggers have increased and its not limited to one area alone. From Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao: Bloggers have increased in numbers. And its not only in our local shores. Filipino Bloggers can be found almost everywhere.
It is a diverse and vibrant mix of personalities and individuals. Bloggers of different tastes. Bloggers of different views. Bloggers of different ages. Bloggers of different persuasion. Bloggers of different forms, shape and purpose. All Filipinos in spirit.
And this is as it should be. Whatever is said about the Filipino Blogging Community it is an exciting and dynamic universe.
Populated by Filipinos by birth; Filipinos by choice; and Filipinos by Spirit.
It is truly a One Blogging Nation.
A niche blog that focuses on developments and news about Technology. But what is technology? In its most simple definition Technology refers to the tools and machines that are used to solve real-world problems. Such tools and machines need not be material in this sense it can be virtual. So a Technology Blog could be a blog about the Internet, software, mobile phones and television sets. Each are tools that are used to solve real-world problems.
A blog that focuses on the different aspects traveling for an extend period of time from point A to B. It may be a narrative or even an advice post focused on a trip or destination.
A blog that focuses on news and commentary about the entertainment industry. This covers the following areas of show business – from television shows, film, popular music and concerts. It may also cover personalities and people involved in show business.
A blog that covers the personal. A diary or a journal a record and treasure chest of one’s thoughts and ideas. It could be on any topic from the food eaten this morning to national issues. The important thing is that it is one’s personal take on the issue.
Food & Beverage
A blog that focuses on the food and drink. A description of it. The manner by which it is cooked or served. The history or chronicle of it. A critique of how food is cooked and served. And even the personal experience of eating in a particular place or time. It could be scientific or literary as long as it is about Food & Beverage.
Family & Living
A blog that focuses on things about the family and how to live and enjoy life. It tackles family issues and chronicles family occasions. It also covers how to improve one’s life and one’s life by improving the home and family environment — with a better designed living room or a unique experience for the family or the individual.
News & Media
A blog that focuses on News & Media. It could chronicle the life of a journalist and it could also be a blog that primarily tackles issues and events covering News and Media.
A blog that represents or is the face of business. The posts we find here tackle the daily grind and important news of an enterprise. It will also contain news and updates about the business and its product or products.
A blog that reports and discusses events and issues about Sports. It could be about boxing (both pro and non-pro) or it could be about marathon running. More often the distinction here is that this blog covers competitive sports.
Hobby & Recreation
A blog that focuses and discusses about pastimes and hobbies. It is the thing you do on your spare time and it may or may not be competitive. It could be about hiking a mountain or stitching a quilt. It could even be stamp collecting or keeping fishes called Green Terrors. It is something you enjoy doing in your spare time and not covered by the other categories. For example, a blog about basketball belongs to the Sports category but a blog about collecting basketball trading cards belongs to the Hobby/Recreation category.
A blog that focuses on the styles and customs of clothing. In a sense this blog focuses and highlights a form of communal art through which the notions of good and beautiful to wear can be seen by the eye.
Is a blog composed of photos chronologically arranged or posted. It is not a gallery but a post maybe composed of more than one photograph scanned from film or taken with a digital camera – cellphone, point-and-shoot; and DSLR.
Culture and Arts
Is a blog that focuses on the different forms of art whether they be literary, visual, performance and musical art. The posts found in this blog could be a feature of a play; a post reporting on a cultural event, a review of a book or a critique of a play.
This blog focuses on the commentary and expository blogs. These are not only blogs that talk but discuss. The topic they covered a variety of topics from Social, Political, Historical and even Scientific posts.
The blog that moving images: videocasts or vlogs. These are the items we download from the blog or delivered to us by RSS. They may span from one minute to an hour. NOTE ALL CONTENTS MUST BE ORIGINAL.
The blog that posts sound: podcasts and videocasts. These are the items we download from the blog or delivered to us by RSS. They may span from one minute to an hour.
A blog that focuses on putting a smile on a readers face and/or a series of giggles of ha ha has from its readers. It is hard to do comedy whether it be witty or just being plain pleasantly silly.
A blog that focuses on games both online and offline: Whether the game is played on an actual chess board or a virtual one.
A blog that activelt supports a cause, causes or an idea. A blog that champions, advocates, argues, support, looks for support and even pleads for a cause whether it be social, political or ecological.
A blog focuses on beauty. It talks about; gives advise; and shows how beauty is taken cared of and even accenuated in order to look more pleasant to the eye.
This award gives due recognition to best blog design by a Filipino for 2009.
Free Custom Theme
This award gives due recognition to the best crafted and design Free Custom Theme for a blog done by a Filipino for 2009.
This award gives due recognition to the Filipino blogger or blogger of Filipino ancestry who has contributed significantly to the community and the country through blogging.
This award gives due recognition to a foreign owned or foreign blog that has focused and blogged significantly about the Filipinos and the Philippines.
This award gives due recognition to the blogger who has been judged by fellow Filipino bloggers by vote as the 2009 Blogger’s Choice.
This award gives due recognition to the blog that has focused and consistently blogged about the Philippines whether it be social, political, historical and cultural. Everything Filipino: Everything Filipiniana.
This award gives due recognition to the best blog application developed for 2009.
Ten Best Posts of the Year
These awards are given to the ten best posts for 2009. There are times when a single post of a blog is so powerful that one never forgets it or one is inspired by it. Such is the power of that one post.
Best Visayan Blog
This award goes to the blogger whose blog showcases his talent in blogging in any of the Visayan Languages.
Visayas Bloggers Choice
The Visayas is now a growing community of Bloggers from Cebu, Bohol, Iloilo and more. There are a good number of impressive blogs but some stands out above the others. This awards goes to the blogger whose blog is the talk of the town—the influential blog, the inspirational blog and the example. This award will recognize the blogger who is well respected in the Blogging communities in Visayas.
Best Visayas Locale Blog
As we have different travel blogs showcasing the different beautiful places a travel blogger goes to, this next award focuses on a Visayan blog which will promote one’s hometown or city here in Visayas. This award goes to the best blog which talks about a certain blogger’s hometown or city.
Best Visayas Nature Blogger
When one comes to Visayas he/she may have the different choices of experiencing the Life of nature. We cannot deny the white sand beaches, the rare virgin forests filled with exotic wild life and the beautiful waterfalls that are located in this region. We recognize the blogger who best presents these best things in life found in Nature.
Now on its third run, the Philippine Blog Awards celebration is pegged to bring in more funfare and pizazz with a slew of activities on the following dates:
October 9, 2009
Megatent Events Venue (30 Meralco Avenue, Bgy. Ugong, Pasig City)
October 17, 2009
Venue remains a surprise until further notice.
October 24, 2009
Venue remains a surprise until further notice.
Find further announcements here or you can just stay tuned on Pachuvachuva for any word about this.
As a first time nominee, I am rather excited about the turn of events. I would like to thank everyone who recommended Pachuvachuva for Visayan Bloggers Choice, a very great honor indeed considering I have only been blogging “seriously” fairly recently. It would be super cool to win knowing there’s more than an ample number of very good blogs coming from the Visayas region but of course, the nomination itself is so much more than I could hope for. 😀
I am supporting and nominating a friend who I went to high school with, Mark Andre Yapching, who, with another fellow nature tripper, blogs about the charms of the town of Liloan on Liloan Trippers for the category Best Visayas Locale Blog. Good luck to us, Josenians! ^_^
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Above image is my take on the PBA 09 Announcement. Original picture was taken using [my then functioning] Canon Powershot A430 on June 24, 2007 12:12pm aboard a standard airbus operated by Cebu Pacific Air on our way back to Cebu from Davao City after a three-day seminar. Feeling nostalgic? You bet I am. (Image copyright by author; PBA Logo courtesy of Philippine Blog Awards.)