Two Year Blog Anniversary & LoveStruck Winners

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Today marks the two-year anniversay of Today, I will celebrate my blog’s anniversary with you.

second-anniversaryI’ve always told you how I feel about celebrations. Celebration is a high form of praise of gratitude. To celebrate is to delight in the gift, to show gratitude. My blog’s goal was to promote my advocacy to as many readers as possible through my life experiences. What is a blog without readers? Two years later with 1,602 blog entries, I continue to achieve that goal and receive more blessings due to blogging. Blogging brought me so much, more than I ever imagined it to be. I feel that writing about it might look like bragging. So, I will avoid tooting my own horns and instead focus on my gratitude to all of you for being part of this blog.

love struckFor more than a month now, I launched a Love Struck Writing Contest as a way of getting to know you through your love stories. Oh my, look at the 47 Lovestruck stories!

1. Mitch – Two Weeks
2. Edelweiza – Against All Odds
3. Kiel – Thank You Daddy
4. Lad- Joy of Having Joy
5. Peko-peko – Love Struck Writing contest; ng pumana si Kupido
6. Marjie – Darion: the introduction
7. Fitz- A Valentine’s Date to Remember
8. Rolly- Love Story
9. Mhel- The Whirl of Love
10. Ami- In that Room
11.Ann- Postcards
12.Yoru- Reminiscing the Small Red Box
13. Em Dy- Not Love Struck All the Time
14. Jesy- Perfect 10
15. Kreez- Right under my nose
16. Mhalou- Unforgettable
17. Mec- Love Struck
18. Summer- Love Struck
19. issai- Love, a change in perspective
20. KingDaddyRich- Siya
21. Klinne- Nang dahil sa YM
22. Karmi- Dahil sa isang bote ng Coke
23. JHS- It All Began at Chuck E. Cheese’s
24. Buds- Sleeping Prince
25. Vloe- One More Time
26. Dakilang Tambay – Crush
27. D. Superwomom – Love “Trip”
28. Jel- A Shot at Happily Ever After
29. Andrea- The Story of Us
30. Michelle – Happy 11th Monthsary, Mahal!
31. Igno- Drive: fairy-tale ng man in waiting
32. Isel- Ocean Avenue
33. Ria Jose- The Cheesiest Songs
34. Bojoy- Utopian Dream
35. Joanna Marie- Love Struck Writing Contest
36. Romy Diaz- quickie
37. Joaquin- Second Time Around
38. Vylette- Harana
39. Cherry Mae- sAkit nA dULot nYa..
40. Lingling- Taluhan
41. Andrea- the story of us
42. Woobie- Friendship Driven Love Affair
43. Eliza- Book Perfect
44. Lady Cess- The Promise of a Fairy Godmother
45. Kongkong – The End of Friendship
46. Mnel- First Kiss
47. Mr. Z- Strange Times My Dear

I could have easily asked for sponsors for more prizes for this contest but I felt it is more symbolic to give part of the prize money I won last year. My daughter Lauren was chosen to be the judge for her impartiality. I don’t think she knows any of the bloggers in the 47 entries. Without further ado, here are the love-struck winners.

Top 3 Winners (in no particular order)
Prize: Three (3) winners receive US$ 50.00 each for top 3 Love Struck entries.

1. Mnel- First Kiss

Lauren says This story is captivating because it focuses on just one aspect of the love story – the first kiss. Other events and details were written in such a way as to emphasize the magic of that moment.

2. Lady Cess- The Promise of a Fairy Godmother

Lauren says that Her love story has a great hook and an interesting twist. I love how the ending leaves a lot to the imagination.

3. KingDaddyRich- Siya

Lauren says It was a bit of a struggle to read his entry because it’s written in Tagalog, but I love how he made poetic use of the language to create imagery that stays.

Runners-up (in no particular order)
Prize– Each receive a lifetime (for the life span of my Protagonist WebHosting) domain and hosting plan worth $30.00 each. Prize is transferrable but NOT convertible to cash.

1. Kongkong – The End of Friendship

2. Fitz- A Valentine’s Date to Remember

3. Mr. Z- Strange Times My Dear


I am definitely sure you will agree that these love struck entries deserve the special mention.

To all those who participated, each of your love story is unique and deserves its own winning place in your heart.

There are so many lessons learned in love. I have learned that love comes from the most surprising places, including from within ourselves. When we are open to receiving love, we will begin to receive it. We will be open to and aware of the love that is and has been there for us all along. We do not have to accept love from unsafe people…people who will exploit us or with whom we don’t want to have relationships.

There is plenty of good love available—love that heals our heart, meet our needs and makes our spirit sing.

From with love to you on its second anniversary.

(To the winners, please send an email to [email protected] with subject: Winner of Love Struck Writing Contest for further instructions. You may use the banner below.)


Noemi Lardizabal-Dado (1388 Posts)

You may contact Noemi (noemidado @ for speaking and consultancy services in the following areas: Parenting in the Digital Age (includes pro-active parenting on cyber-bullying and bullying) ; Social Business ; Reinventing One’s Life; and social media engagement. Our parenting workshop is called "Prep to Prime (P2P): Parenting in the Digital Age (An Un­Workshop)" P2P Un­Workshops are conducted by two golden women in their prime, Noemi and Jane, who have a century’s worth of experience between them. They are both accomplished professionals who chose to become homemakers. This 180­degree turn also put them on a different life course which includes blogging, social media engagement and citizen advocacy. They call their un­workshops Prep to Prime or P2P, for short, to emphasize the breadth of their parenting experience. They tackle different aspects and issues of parenting ­­ from managing pregnancies, prepping for the school years of children, dealing with househelp, managing the household budget, to maximizing one’s prime life and staying healthy through the senior years.

  • aaaay!!!! nanalo akooooo!!!!

    it was a pleasure to join the contest, and i am honored that i am chosen. thank you, lauren, for your comment. mwa mwa mwa!

    cheers to the winners and to all who submitted their entries! love is all around!

  • happy anniversary! and thank you for your posts wc never fail to touch me. keep blogging!

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  • Congratulations on your blog-annivesary. 2 years! wow, what a milestone.

    And congrats to the winners of your contest. i just read Mnel’s entry and loved it. Great choice Noemi.

  • OMG! The winning entries are so excellent and heartwarming. Lauren did so very well, and all these tales of being love-struck could inspire a lot of hearts as well. Very nice anniversary idea Noemi…. we’ve met since the beginning and you’ve certainly gone a long way:)

    Never thought the extent of the competition my darling was up to, but then I really don’t want to think of it that way – more like a sharing of stories that could enthrall and inspire each and every one of us. But of course, My Sweet will always be the biggest winner to me..and in my heart as well:)

  • Happy Anniversary!! And congrats to all the winners…teka, kasama pala ako dun…WOOHOO!! Thanks Noemi and Lauren!!

    More power!!

  • happy 2nd anniversary to your blog ate. =)

    i was glad i became part of this contest.. those entries are really heartwarming..

    god bless and more blessings to come.. ^_^

  • newsbarbers says: “Happy 2nd Anniversary of your blog!”

    thanks and God bless.

  • Wow! I feel so honored. Thank you Noemi and Lauren.

    Congratulations to everyone who participated for having the courage to share a piece of their love life.

    More power to all Pinoy bloggers!

  • o my. i wasn’t expecting to win.

    thank you so much! ^_^

    more power! cheers on your 2nd anniversary!

    more blogging years to come! ^_^

  • Happy blog anniv! 🙂

    Congrats din to the lovestruck winners.

  • rolly07

    I couldn’t agree more with Lauren’s choices. Magaling siyang mag-judge! The winners deserve it. Congratulations to all of them. I would just like to add that the biggest winner here are all of us – bloggers (I think I’m included here. I can consider myself a blogger kahit Friendster blog lang at kaunti lang ang nagbabasa ng blog ko…hehe).

    Mabuhay ang mga blogger and again congratulations to the winners.

    Happy 2nd year Blog Anniversary to Noemi. More power and more blogs to read!

    God Bless to all.

  • happy blog anniversary!!! congrats sa mga nanalo!! ang galing ninyo!

  • Happy 2nd blog anniversary Ms. Noemi! Congrats to all the winners, though I’m not one of them. I must say Lauren’s picks are well-chosen. Congrats again. 😀

  • Happy Second Anniversary po Ms. Noemi! More blogging years to come! 😀

    Congrats to all the winners, especially to mnel!

  • Congratulations on your second anniversary, Noemi!

    Thank you again, for the opportunity, and the reward. I first came to this contest nearer it’s start with only four or five entries on display.

    I can’t believe there are 47 entries here today. I can’t wait ’til I’m off work today, and can read the other entries that have appeared.

    Thank you again for the award, and simply providing an opportunity, a forum, and encouragement for all of us to share in.

    Salamat Po!

    Mr Z

  • Wow! Congratulations on your 2nd year blog anniversary, Noemi! And congratulations to the winners and contestants of Love Struck Writing Contest too!

    Sayang, I missed it, di ako nakasali. But then again, my love story might take a whole book when written. .. hehehe.

    Congrats again! And wishing you more years of blogging!

  • Happy happy 2nd Blog Anniversary Noemi! you’ve inspired so many with your posts. here’s wishing you more and more years of blogging.

    and to the winners, esp. to Mommies Cess and Cookie, congratulations! 🙂

  • congratulations to all of us

    and more power to your blog miss noemi

  • Awww. Happy 2nd anniversary sa blog mo! Yey. Basta lagi kang magbback up ng site mo lalo na yung mga entries mo. hehehe.

  • congratulations to the winners!

  • masaya ako sa resulta. haha nakakatuwa at kilala ko ang isa sa mga winners.

    congrats sa isang successful na contest, sa mga nanalo at sa iyong anniversary.

  • Ami

    Hi Ms. Noemi and Lauren,
    Thanks for this opportunity to feel young again, LOL! Congrats to all winners.

  • happy 2nd anniversary to your blog!!
    it’s a great contest….. 🙂
    great stories….

    congratz to the winners!!

  • Hi Noemi, happy 2nd blog anniversary. Keep it up, I learned so much from you. Thanks a lot. Cheers!

  • Congratulations Ms. Noemi on your blog anniversary and to all the winners. Being part of the contest is already a privilege and thank you for the opportunity to share our lovestruck stories. 🙂

  • Congratulations Noemi on your award and happy anniversary to AboutMyRecovery… Your contest is a hit & you’re so generous to share your prize money with your winning readers.

  • congratulations to the winners, and most of all–congratulations, Noemi, happy 2nd! here’s to more meaningful and more award winning blogs!

  • Hi Ms. Noemi,

    Thanks so much for the opportunity to share our love story to the world. 🙂 Congratulations to all the winners, and especially to you for your second anniversary. You have touched so many lives and have inspired readers like me to always have a grateful heart and live life to its fullest. 🙂 Happy Anniversary! God bless you.

  • Hi Ms. Noemi! 🙂 Congratz on your 2nd year anniversary! More blogging years to come! 🙂

  • Happy Blogging Anniversary. I hope I could also reach that blogging milestone. Congrats! 🙂

  • Thank you so much! You mean so much to me…

  • I can’t believe this blog’s still so young 😀 It feels like it’s been on the net for years already. Maybe I associated you with your daughter’s 😀 Happy anniversary to you! Hope you inspire others much more.

    And congratulations to the winners too. 🙂

  • Belated Happy Anniversary! It’s been a pleasure getting to know you through blogging and meeting you twice in person.

    Congratulations to all the LoveStruck winners!

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  • Hi Noemi! Just wanna know if you have a copy of the blog of Mnel, “First Kiss?” I lost it in my email. Na-delete ko ata. The link is no longer working kasi. I just neeed it for record purposes. Thanks! =)

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