Saturday, January 26, 2008

The 2008 Philippine Blog Awards

Dear Me,

I am promoting the upcoming
2008 Philippine Blog Awards in an effort to show recognition to those wonderful bloggers out there!

Are you a Filipino with a blog worth noticing? Think you got what it takes to be called one of the Philippines' best bloggers?

Help us spread the word about the 2008 Philippine Blog Awards!

The Philippine Blog Awards aims to recognize notable Filipino-owned blogs in their respective niches. With topics ranging from the arts, culture, technology and politics, Filipinos have become more abreast because of the fast growing blogging industry here and abroad. The Philippine Blog Awards is a venue to showcase notable blogs with quality content that engages readers from around the globe.

Now on its second year, the Philippine Blog Awards continues to recognize Filipino blogging talent from around the world. This year, the awards extends its reach towards network blogs written by Filipinos, blogs written by mainstream media practitioners as well as local corporations that use blogs are effective communication tools.

Let the blogathon continue!

A Short History
The Philippine Blog Awards was a project conceived in the latter part of 2006 to recognize quality content in the Philippine blogosphere. The main propagators of this project involved Abe Olandres, Gail de la Cruz-Villanueva and Jayvee Fernandez, three individuals involved in different areas of online media. Though they are involved in their own projects, they have since become attracted to a common passion of organizing the Filipino blogosphere and help give Filipinos a louder voice in cyberspace.

Abe Olandres |
As one of the owners of Philippine web hosting start-up company plogHost, Abe has built his blogging success story as the chronicler of the Filipino blogosphere with his "The Philippines According to Blogs" and the Pinoy Top Blogs Project.

More famously known as "Yuga" in the local blogosphere, he has become a valuable resource person doing advocacy talks and trainings on blogging and podcasting both locally and on various Asian countries such as Taiwan, Pakistan and Indonesia.

As a professional blogger, he has successfully established several niche group blogs such as Pinoy Tech Blog, Pinoy Travel Blog and Pinoy Urban Blog. He is also one of the co-founders of the recently launched blog network, the Bayanihan Blog Network.

Gail Dela Cruz-Villanueva |
An international award winning designer, Gail has claimed several recognitions from the International WordPress 2.0 Theme Competition bringing a local flavor to the Web 2.0 design industry. She is the creator of the "Dapit Hapon" theme, the first Filipino-inspired WordPress theme on public release, which was recognized by international WordPress users and online media. Gail is also one of the owners of Sheero Media Solutions, where she had done work for some of the Philippines' top websites.

As a blogger, Gail runs Kutitots, My Filipino Wedding, Pinoy Dog Lover, Dog Fashionista, and The Filipino Web Designer. She has also co-founded The Pinoy Pets Network with Connie Veneracion.

Jayvee Fernandez |
In the Philippine technology scene, Jayvee is best known for his work as contributing editor for the four year old publication Mobile Philippines under Hinge-Inquirer Publications. He is deeply involved in the professional blogging industry as Technology Channel Editor for global new media network, b5media Inc as well as editorial consultant for, the number one news website in the Philippines.

He is also one of the minds behind the local blog advertising brokerage called The Blog Bank.

So while waiting for the nominations to commence, do your share and spread the word! =)

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