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State of the Philippine Blogosphere

by Kyaw Dee
Talking at BlogFest Soccsksargen

The last of the major blogging events for this year was the BlogFest Soccsksargen held at General Santos City on December 11, 2010. It was successfully organized by the Sox Bloggers in only 3 weeks.

Avel Manansala gave me the task of opening the BlogFest with a talk on the “State of the Philippine Blogosphere.” I had a hard time gathering my thoughts and inputs while I made my presentation. I depended on Ratified data and the input of many Filipino bloggers before I finalized my talk.

Here is the slide show presentation that accompanied my talk:

I divided my talk into three parts focusing on current trends, the development of blogging communities, and the landmark blogging events of 2010. 30 minutes is definitely not enough to summarize how vibrant and controversial the Philippine Blogosphere has been in 2010. I refused to focus on the controversies and divisive issues and highlighted the best moments of the Filipino bloggers and Philippine blogs.

Surprisingly, the theme of my talk coincided with the theme of the Philippine Blog Awards 2010, which is “Beyond Blogging.”

Most of the other speakers during BlogFest also emphasized the significance of blogs and the importance of responsible and effective blogging in personal growth, career and business advancement, and nation-building.

I would like to thanks Avel and the Sox Bloggers for trusting me to deliver the State of the Philippine Blogosphere. It is my hope that we indeed go beyond blogging.

Credits go to Iggy Go of Cebu Bloggers, Marie Claire Bretana of Iloilo Bloggers, Enrico Dee of Negros Bloggers, Irene A of Bukidnon Bloggers, Chiq Montes of CDO Bloggers, the officers of Davao Bloggers, Soccsksargen Bloggers, Ryann Elumba of Zamboanga Bloggers, the co-founders of Mindanao New Media, my colleagues at Avatar Media, Juned Sunido of PBA Inc, Andrew dela Serna of Ratified, Micaela Rodriguez, Berniemack Arellano, Doyzkie Buenviaje, Noelle Dotillos, Fitz Villafuerte, and Tonyo Cruz.

Daghang salamat! Padayon Mindanao! 🙂

Photo courtesy of Kyawster Dee.

Top Ten Emerging Influential Blogs 2010

My votes for this year’s Top Ten Emerging Influential Blogs go to the following:

Davao Bloggers Blog

Davao Bloggers was just formed last December, but the group has already accomplished a lot in making the local blogging scene more vibrant, active, and visible. With projects and events geared towards improving competencies and developing blog content while promoting Davao, the group has been making a mark online and offline.

Avatar Media Blog

Avatar Media
Avatar Media is composed of nine internet professionals who specialize on different aspects of blogging and web development. Combined, these individuals form a unique new media company “that aims to bridge the gap between the Internet and business intelligence.” With the success of the Davao Food Appreciation Tour 2010 and with the anticipation high for WordCamp Ph 2010, people are looking forward to new and exciting products, services, and events by Avatar Media.

Kusina Maria

Kusina Maria
Paella by Kusina Maria

Kusina Maria is my own cooking and food blog. I believe with my blog, I am able to share tips and tricks, recipes, and knowledge on food, eating, cooking, and baking which will empower my readers to enjoy food, cooking, and baking more. I offer practical information for cooks and wannabe cooks at all levels. Even those with zero knowledge can learn how to cook.

Plurk Designs

Twilight Plurk Design by Lyle Santos
Twilight Plurk Design by Lyle Santos

Plurk Designs by Lyle Santos is proof of the talent and ingenuity of Davaoeños. A one man operation, working on designing customized themes for Plurk users, the blog offers various themes inspired by movies, tv shows, games, and even professions.

Get Prettified

Get Prettified
Get Prettified by Brendel Balaga is proof that being kikay, pretty, and vain does not have to be complicated and expensive. With practical and simple tips and information, the blog helps every girl and guy get prettified.

Artisan Design Studio Blog

Artisan Design Studio
Artisan Design Studio is the business of young Davao entrepreneur and artist April San Pedro. April designs invitations, stationary, notepads, and almost anything she can get her hands on. Her tips provide inspiration for readers who need new design ideas.

Ganda Ever So Much

Ganda Ever So Much by Orman Manansala combines wit and insight to provide a humorous view on the realities of life. Touching on life, love, heartbreak, friendships, food, and even politics, the blog never fails to elicit comments from its readers.


Rabsing by Ricky dela Cruz is a unique music vlog wherein the blogger sings his own versions of songs he likes or song requested by his followers. He presents a venue for promoting his own talent while expressing his passion for music.

Project 52 Weeks

Project 52 Weeks is the pet project of young filmmaker Mica Rodriguez. Through the blog, she shares 52 short films which she hopes to complete within a year. Another showcase of young and upcoming talent which provides entertainment to its viewers.

The Top Ten Emerging Influential Blogs Writing Project is sponsored by: Events and Corporate Video, Budget hotel in Makati, Pinoy Party Food, Copyediting Services, PR Agency Philippines, Budget Travel Philippines, Send Gifts to the Philippines, Black Friday Deals, Roomrent – units for rent, Search Profile Index, and Corporate Events Organizer.

My PBA 2008 Thank You Speech

Last year, I was nominated for several categories, but wasn’t even a finalist in any. I told myself, I’d be a finalist this year. And quickly forgot about that goal.

But lo and behold, this year, three of my blogs were finalists for various categories. One blog which I am part owner of was also a finalist, and was, in fact, up against my other blog. Six of my posts were also finalists. I submitted entries for two sponsor awards. That give me around 12 chances to win. But I didn’t win. NADA!

Nonetheless, I would like to thank the following people:

It's An Honor, Thank You!

{I might be busy this weekend so I am posting this early.}

Two of my blogs are now finalists for the Philippine Blog Awards 2008. My DotAStrategy Blog is a finalist in the Hobby and Recreation category. And Chikadora, despite what critics say, is a finalist in the Entertainment category. I have browsed through some of the other contenders and I am proud to be one of them, and even prouder that somebody considered my blogs worthy of their time by nominating it.

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