meandmyawards.jpgMy feet are killing me! For 2 hours, I walked the Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium lobby to cajole guests to eat cocktails and be merry. Well, what a day! I got a surprise! I received a special award from Globe Broadband : the Family Blog Award which is meant to honor family-oriented blogging. It’s indeed an honor to receive the Family Blog Award as it helps promote my blog’s advocacy. Of course, I never imagined myself to be a recipient of any award for tonight’s [tag]Philippine Blog Awards[/tag] since I chaired the Venue and Food Committee. I learned that Globe Broadband/Innove guys thought of this idea and selected their winners based on their own criteria. What an innovative way to promote brand name recall and recognition to a very special niche. It’s a good thing that my Globelines Broadband Internet is working well so far or else I would not have been happy to receive this award.

Other awards given out by Globe Broadband were

1. Blog Achievement Award” The Mommy Journals
2. Pinoy Ako Blog Award: [email protected]
3. Blogirl Award: Well Whatever
4. Deliblog Award: Dessert Comes First

The best thing about receiving the Family Blog award is that my whole family attended the Awards Night with me. They enjoyed the food (thanks Josiah’s Catering), the bloggers and just being there with me. All my family members maintain a blog except that Butch and M chose to keep a private url. So it was quite an exciting adventure for them to see/meet the person behind the blog that they have been reading for ages.

(Photo courtesy of Anton)

The night flew so fast…In just one hour and half, winners were announced.

The winners of the 16 categories are:

Best Personal Blog: Misteryosa
Best Home & Living Blog: Wifely Steps
Best Socio-Political Blog: Philippine Commentary
Best News & Media Blog: Inside PCIJ
Best Fashion & Lifestyle Blog: Bryanboy: Le Superstar Fabuleux
Podcast of the Year: HappySlip
Best Technology Blog: Leon Kilat: The Cybercafe Experiments
Best Business/Entrepreneur Blog: Reflections of a BizDrivenLife
Best Entertainment Blog: Retzwerx
Best Sports & Recreation Blog: Who rides a Vespa?
Best Travel Blog: Ivan About Town
PhotoBlog of the Year: Señor Enrique: Wish You Were Here

For the Special Awards winners, we have…

Best Blog Design: Far from Neutral Notions
Best Free Custom Theme: Blu3zin3
Best Plugin/Extension: iPap
Best OFW Blog: Kwentong Tambay
Bloggers’ Choice Awards: MarketManila

(Photo courtesy of Anton)

Spotted for the first time in Blog events were celebrity bloggers like
Bryanboy of . Photographers were all over him as he posed graciously with us. Bryanboy is such a fun person and so nice to his adoring yaya who waited on him.

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That’s me handing out the trophy to Bryanboy for winning the Best Fashion & Lifestyle Blog

Anton of , Awesome Planet, Joel of MarketManila and Lori of Dessert Comes First

and who else

Connie of, the The Sassy Lawyer and of The Mommy Journals and my co-founder of Pinoy Moms Network

Tonight marked the day that blogging in the Philippines is brought to a new level. The winners showed to the world that we are serious about blogging, that “our growth is only matched by our desire to create a unique online identity; our maturity is moved by creativity and the drive to push meaningful content; our credibility is carried by our passion to be heard, to engage and to be counted.” I feel vindicated again with the pioneering efforts of the Philippine Blog Awards. I have mentioned before that I received so much flak and ridicule from in-laws and even from my own husband during those days (mid nineties) when I first worked on websites.

Congratulations to all the winners, the organizers, the judges, sponsors, and the hard-working volunteers.

There’s a post party event at the EDSA Shangrila but I am not young anymore to party all night. hehe

I’m sleepy. I will blog more later. Meantime, visit the Philippine Blog Awards website , Michael’s Philippine Blog Award Musings and view a few Photos of the 2007 Philippine Blog Awards and excellent photos from Chris Haravata and Karla Redor.

and some selected photos:

With Organizers, Abe and Gail
abe and gail

(Photos courtesy of

About Noemi Lardizabal-Dado

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.

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