Wednesday, September 21, 2011

I Came, I Saw, I Blogged at Blogapalooza!

*Warning.  Picture heavy post.  =)

The first ever Blogapalooza, held last September 17, 2011 at the Top Shelf, Fully Booked in Fort Bonifacio was, in my opinion, one successful event!  This fun-filled fantastic afternoon was stormed by a number of sponsors and ever eager bloggers meeting up, exchanging ideas and business cards.

Here are just a few of the highlights...

I am honored to be a member of the Blogapalooza community.  =)

I CAME...

...armed with my trusty cam and handy, dandy notebook, was actually quite early to the event.  I hate tardiness and I applaud the Blogapalooza organizers for trying their damnest to start on time. 

T'was ok, though, as I was able go around and meet some interesting people -- both bloggers and company representatives alike.

Don't let the empty seats fool you.  I was just really early.  Hehehe!  =D

Don't let the seemingly empty seats in the background fool you (yes, I was that early.  Excited much?)  for this was what the venue looked like at the end of the day.

Full house!
(photo from Azrael's Merryland blog)

I SAW...

...the The Average Jane website posted on the Blogapalooza board!  (Who knew I could still squeal like a little girl in delight?)  At least it confirmed I wasn't a gatecrasher and that the invite really wasn't just an error in judgement by the organizers.  =D

Oh joy!  =D

...and was even treated to some yummy food offerings.

Muffins and juices from Healthy First, Pasta from Italliani's and burgers from Size Matters.
Missing in the photo: water from Aqua Best (GQ West)

...and met a whole lot of wonderful people who had tons to say about their companies, advocacies and projects.

So many booths, so little time...

Some of the 30+ business representatives who regaled us with stories about their enterprises.

More on them and their products/services in full detail in the succeeding posts!  So watch out for them! 

...and met some interesting presenters and bloggers on a more personal level.  Here are just a few:

Sir Romel Delosa of Avira and also a fellow early bird.  =)

Ms. Ida Bata (she's the one behind the booth) of Easy Pha-max, and also a fellow UST Liberal Arts alumnus (Go USTe!) who regaled me with stories about our school during her college years.  =)

Patrick Gaerlan of Shopinas.com who is a fellow book lover as well.  (Ei Patrick!  If you're reading this, I'll tell you when I finally jump ship and opt to own a Kindle na talaga.  Hehehe!)  =D

The kuyas of Lipton (Unilever) who convinced me to try their Cinnamon Chai Latte (more on that in a future post!) -- and that's speaking a lot from someone who's not really into hot creamed teas.  =)

Was able to personally thank (finally!) Mr. Stonibert Lim of Manila Life who has always been so accomodating of my posting requests.  (Thank you again, sir!)

Also, a special shout out to Jaycelle of Dollhouse Diary who I met after the event on our way to EDSA.  (I am truly humbled, sis!)  =)

...some interesting and attention grabbing presentations.

The M.I.-inspired presentation from the people behind LazerXtreme.

PoleCatsManila gave the audience a sneak peek into their Polarity show scheduled on October 16, 2011. 

My funny photo for the day (picture below.)  I was too short to view the PoleCatsManila performance (as most of the tall male bloggers quickly stormed the stage. Hehehe!) And me, being of such a vertically-challenged stature, had to content myself with a view from a fellow blogger's cam. Patethic, I know but at least I was able to watch the performance.  =D

My funny photo for the day

...participated, and even won a prize in the raffle!  Oh happy day!  =D

Me in orange!  Woot!  =)
(photo courtesy from Azrael's Merryland blog)

My prize from Blue Water Day Spa.

I BLOGGED...

...slash that -- make that will be blogging about some of the great products and services I received, heard and tried at this first ever Blogapalooza event (stay tuned for that, folks!)

Goodies galore!  Thank you sponsors!  =)

Congratulations again to Vince Golangco of When In Manila and the organizers of Blogaplooza for a great and fun event!  =)

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For more information on how you can join the Blogapalooza community, check out the website here or visit the Blogapalooza facebook page.

16 comments:

  1. Wow! that was fun :) and congrats! bloggers community rocks!

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  2. Wow that looks fun! Blogging is a great way of meeting people talaga and for me, learning about new things/products from Pinas na wala dito. Thanks =)

    NIce to meet a fellow Thomasian =) Thanks din for dropping by my blog.

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  3. Nice! Congrats sis for being part of that event. **Drooling blogger here** hehe!

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  4. wow! goodies galore talaga! =) and nanalo pa sa raffle. =) looking forward for your product reviews.

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  5. Wow! The event was good. It has been a long time since the first blogging event that I attended. Very busy eh.

    Hope to join another Blogapalooza in the future.

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  6. @Irish Fleur: I agree. blogger communities are a great way to meet other bloggers. =)

    @Kristeta ♥ (kalokang Pinay): Hi fellow Thomasino! Great to meet you. =)

    @Pinay Mom: Join the next event so we could meet. =)

    @michi: Thanks Michi! Will try to do them justice. =)

    @Ishmael Fischer Ahab: Please do. I;m sure you miss events like these. =)

    @Vince Golangco: Congratulations again. =)

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  7. Wow! It looks like you had fun. It's great that there are events like this for bloggers. ^__^ Congrats also for winning such good items!

    By the way regarding the Binondo food tour, Jeff said he can schedule a tour once you have organized 10+ persons. It's 550 pesos all-in fee (food, drinks, entrance)

    Take care! ^_^

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  8. wow! congrats on being a part of this event..been reading about it from other bloggers :) goodies galore! hehe!

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  9. @Karla: Thanks! It really was a fun event.

    Can I have his e-mail address too? Would like to join his tour if there's a good date. =)

    @Nuna: Really?! Maybe we're related! Hello cousin! =)

    @kath: Thanks! Join the next Blogapalooza event. They're targeting November for the next one. =)

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  10. Congrats...I guess i should be a member of this it looks fun:) thank you for sharing!

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  11. wow sis congrats! sana next event ma-invite din ako =) i want to meet my fellow blogger physically

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  12. Me is jealous! I need to go there. :) I applied to blogapalooza, I hope I'll get in. :) Congrats, sis!

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  13. @SunnyToast: You're welcome. =)

    @lelay: Join tehe community! I;d love to meet my fellow bloggers here. =)

    @Miss `Chievous: Good luck! Hope you do get in. Would love to meet you there! =)

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  14. inggit! when we finally settle there in the Philippines, i would love to join this, too...

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