Blog Weekend Bootcamp 2012

Join us this coming September 21-23 at Philippine’s first Blog Weekend Bootcamp organized by the hyperactive local blogger community in Davao – the Davao Bloggers.

Whether you’re an old-timer or a newbie when it comes to the world of blogging, don’t fret. This first of it’s kind occasion, featuring both basic and advanced tracks, is suited for both amateur and pro bloggers alike.

Blog Weekend Bootcamp 2012 in Davao

Go to the Blog Weekend Bootcamp Event Site to secure yourself a slot now!

2nd Davao Bloggers Photo Walk

Please excuse the content and formatting of this post. It’s taken right out of my diary!

Today was quite a day for me. Well, not really.

To be more accurate, it’s what happened in the evening that made it quite a day. I joined my fellow Davao City Bloggers in the *second Davao Bloggers Photo Walk*, an event annually hosted by no other but the traveling expert from Davao himself, **TheTravelTeller.com**, Sir Olan.

## The Silent One

I guess they just can’t help but notice my mute feel today. It’s not like I’ve ever been talkative when I was with this particular set of people – it’s just now that they took notice or voiced it out. *That’s just me, a bit **too** noiseless as ever*.

## Import (not from) Abroad

The Davao Bloggers were joined by another traveling fella, one who is noted as Sir Olan’s first friend in the broad blogosphere – and that’s Dong Ho who goes by the blog [eskapo] (http://www.escapeislands.com/). It was my first time to meet him. I thought of him to be somewhat different knowing that he’s one of the more popular bloggers in the blogosphere, but he seems to pace himself fairly well with our young group.

No, I did not lose my mind when I wrote the text above, notably the *young* part. Aside from our import from outside of Davao City we were joined by a handful (or more) of [Markable's] (http://markable.me) minions. He dragged along some of his classmates, some of which are said to be into blogging as well. Of course I didn’t manage to socialize with them, you know how poor I am at that. But I hope I get the chance to meet the them, and hope they join the Davao Bloggers officially. There’s always a “next time”. :)

**But what did we actually do during our Photo Walk?**

It started off pretty odd. Our host, Olan arrived a bit late. The sky turned dark already and I couldn’t help but imagine it raining at any moment now. Then I realized that all the flashing going on was courtesy of the camera’s that my fellows brought out.

We later on found out that the reason Sir Travel Teller arrived late was because of the I.D’s. Once everybody received their I.D’s, we swiftly formed a circle and introduced ourselves. I had something new to say along with my name – being the Davao Bloggers’ Membership Coordinator for this term. Others introduced their blogs as well – which I failed to do, because my blog, may it be Pinoy Teens and even more so this awkward Personal Blog of mine suck at the moment.

After introducing our names (and our blogs), we positioned ourselves in front of the City Hall and took another few shots there. Pictorial is becoming increasingly longer due to the growth of cameras in our group. Back then, there used to be only one or two of them – now we had to deal with more than a handful of camera’s, each eager to get a snap.

We headed to the San Pedro Cathedral which was pretty empty as we arrived. The group has decided to settle near the candle lighting thingy (where people pray), and take shots of that place. Of course, there wasn’t much going on, on my end – because a. I didn’t brought a camera with me, b. I’m not that talkative c. you know how I am when in front of other people. I’m working on it, promise!

The next place we headed to wasn’t too far from the Cathedral, in fact we just headed right across the street of the San Pedro Cathedral. It was time to eat some street food. Guess what I ate? Nothing. I didn’t feel good at that moment and figured it’s best if I don’t eat anything just yet. I was tempted to try some street food, but decided to hold back for dinner.

It’s not that I don’t like street food, I do. In fact, street food vendors used to be pretty much my go-to-place to resolve my instant-hunger issues every now and then. I’d eat anything the street (vendors) offer, let alone Kwek-kwek and anything fish related.

Davao Bloggers marched on towards Rizal Park, right at the back of it. There were a few stands that offered massage sessions. I would’ve taken one right here, but I knew better and decided to stick with the group. I felt pretty drowsy and sleepy. And of course I haven’t talked much.

> It’s a bit funny how many people have come to notice my being quiet. I think first of them was Olan, then I guess Ria Jose, too. And of course there was our Medical Officer, Joanna whose attention I’ve also caught by just being quiet. The Nierva couple have sensed my quietness, too, I think. It’s a work in progress!

### We ride the… what do they call that again?

Forgive me, but I forgot the name of that orange colored rides we took (yes, it was some sort of electric tricycle but they called it something else). What’s notable about them though is, that these were electrically powered and riding with them was quite comfortable, except that I inhaled a lot of smoke from the surrounding vehicles.

Our final destination for the evening was *Hudyakaan*, a place specifically setup for this Araw ng Dabaw celebration. I’ve missed the good company from another blogging pal, Faust who would’ve joined me in having a drink. I was the only one who ended up with a peculiar order of some beer. All of the others settled for the more common beverage like water and soft drinks.

### DINNER

I was pretty much excited for this part of our event. Why? I was hungry already! And like I said, I already felt tempted to eat while we were still in San Pedro.

I settled for two hotdogs, one rice and a bottle of beer. It was not quite up to par from what my stomach wanted but I couldn’t help it since everybody swiftly went home or some place else after our dinner.

Let’s not get ahead of ourselves though. During dinner, there was this awkward incident and misunderstanding when my seat mate took the cup which was for the beer I had in another cup. The one with ice. I managed to gobble down the beer without the ice just fine, but it tasted a bit odd to be honest. But hey. That’s a nonissue. Just something funny to note.

I also had some quick chit chat with Dong Ho who sat right in front of me, and with Perry who seated to my left. It was a happy ending to a boring day of mine. It’s always good to have the Davao Bloggers around to spice up any day with social gatherings like these!

After Dinner, I joined the two travel bloggers, Olan and Dong Ho to people’s park. I didn’t stayed too long though and headed home right after our quick tour around the park.

I think I’ve said too much already and have left little to write about on Pinoy Teens. But anyways. It was a fun experience!

**Post with pictures, et al to be published on Pinoy Teens**

Pasko Fiesta sa Davao 2011 launch

PASKO FIESTA in Davao opened at Davao City’s People’s Park last December 5, 2011. In attendance during the event were fellow Davao residents along with public officials, the Davao Bloggers and our very own Mayor Inday Sara Duterte.

I may have lived in Davao City ever since I was still in Grade 5, yet I was never able to attend to a Christmas opening here in Davao, not even the first Pasko Fiesta opening that happened last year.

Now on its second run, the Christmas Season in Davao opened with a bang!

Featured Image courtesy of Renz Bulseco

BlogFest 2.0 – I’m so excited!

BlogFest is about 30 hours away from now.. but I’m so excited that I can’t sleep! I know I share this sheer excitement with many other bloggers as well! So, what’s making me so excited and thrilled about the second rendition of the General Santos City hosted BlogFest?

  • Meeting Avel and Orman – I’ve seen either of the two at some occasions throughout the year, but I’ve barely caught two birds with a single stone! Meh, it’s gonna be another bun, meat, bun (sandwich) photo again when I’m amidst the two!
  • It’s going to be more epic than the former! – BlogFest 1.0 was one heck of an event already, and this one is looking to be much more fun, and more epic! I don’t intend to undermine or underrate the first version, hah, even that event was great, but the way things shape up and all the hype that’s going on around BlogFest 2.0, this is certainly the blogging event of the year in Mindanao!
  • Davao Bloggers galore in Gensan! – Olan, Faust, Lyle, Brendel, Alma, you name ‘em! Most, of the Davao Bloggers will head out to our neighbors from General Santos City to attend this once in a life time event (next year it’ll be BlogFest 3.0, so technically, BlogFest 2.0 is a once in a lifetime event :p)!
  • Pinoy Teens represented by my girlfriend – This will be the first major blogging event that my girlfriend will attend to, how lucky she must be that her debut blogging event is going to be the BlogFest! The first major event that I attended though, also happened in Gensan which dates back 3 years… Mindanao Bloggers Summit 2.0!
  • Getting my blogging vibes back! – I’m so positive about it that after this event, I’m going to be ubber inspired to keep blogging again the way I used to. :)
What BlogFest has to offer:
Of course, the list of speakers is in good shape as well, with incredible speakers all over the place! YOU, what are you most excited about BlogFest 2.0?!

“Go lang ng go” sa Davao Bloggers Christmas Party Handog ng Globe!

True, Christmas is still way over a month ahead of us, yet it was no excuse for Globe to host a small party for the hyperactive blogging community of Davao City last November 10, 2011.

The party was certainly one of the most memorable events that happened in my adventurous blogging journey this year. Not just because it was hosted by Globe, not just because it was only hosted for the active blogging community of Davao, but because of everyone who was present at the said affair.

Matagal tagal ko na rin hindi nakikita sina Lyle Santos, Winston and co. sa isang okasyon na hind tungkol sa launching ng isang bagong produkto o di kaya sa isang preskon… It felt good to be with like minded people and be away from my Mac. I have never laughed so naturally, so carelessly and freely in a long time. In other words, I started enjoying being a blogger again, isn’t that what using Globe is all about? Enjoying the life and have it the way you want it to be? :)

Renz, Karla, Natalie, Anj, Kuya Olan, Richard and Princess accompanied me on the table where I sat… and we’ve definitely been the loudest group of the 3 tables full of bloggers. We talked about various issues that were circulating around the web, exchanged a few ideas about our Davao Bloggers Christmas Party and of course, had a ton of fun while doing that. Tamang tama lang at nababawasan ang stress ko ngayon dahil dito.

Everything was right that evening, from the food we got a the Probinsya (which is located near Victoria Plaza) to the fun games and raffle draws.

The whole blogger group was invited to get close and seat near the center of the activity room. Our hosted asked us to count off 1 – 3. I belonged to group 1 which later on ended up with the third place. It may sound cool, but since there have been only 3 groups, getting third isn’t really that cool. :p

We had a quiz-style game. Our group has left a lot of points behind carelessly, answering supposed to be easy questions with far off answers like answering the question Where was A. Einstein born? with Israel instead of the more obvious and correct answer, Germany.

Pero hindi kami papatalo noh! the first round may have turned to be in favor of the other two groups, but it didn’t mean we weren’t competitive throughout the game. One of our members was even lucky enough to win a X2 in the first raffle draw of Globe.

Admittedly, the second round also didn’t ended up the way we expected it to be and I was pretty much helpless because I couldn’t relate to most, if not all of the questions given – but it was really a lot of fun.

Someone from the 3rd group then emerged as winner for the iPhone 3GS raffle draw.

It was ’round the 3rd part of the quiz when we excelled and closed in to the competition from table 3. We got as close as 1 point behind the leaders and 3 ahead of the second table.

Karla & Anj from Davao Bloggers - Princess & Kevin from Pinoy Teens

Yet we failed to keep the momentum going and ended up with a wimpy third, but of course not empty handed.

It’s all about Teamwork

The word teamwork has popped up every now and then throughout the evening. And it has really got me thinking. I remember the host saying that Globe is also exercising a good practice of teamwork across the large community they have. The games also proved to be that it a one-man show isn’t going to cut it because everyone was able to chime in something at some point… It was the effort of the team as  a whole that mattered at the end. And I believe that it was the effort of all the bloggers from this City that has earned the recognition of Globe to have such affair planned for us.

There’s more to come from Globe

People from Davao should be pretty excited and are probably really lucky about what Globe is planning for Davao City in the coming weeks. Like I’ve noted several times across some of my blogs… Davao has always been special to Globe, and the SUPERLAHAT20 Promo is the most solid proof of that. Yet there’s more, way more to come. Not only for the Mobile Users, but for people who are using other Globe services as well. I’m so excited about the slightly speedier internet from Globe since I have been a subscriber of their broadband service for several years already. :)

Don’t worry readers of Pinoy Teens. We’ll provide you with all the updates you want and need to read about Globe and their future plans. Dito ako nagsisimulang mag-iinternet and

Today, we’re a little closer in going all-Globe at Pinoy Teens, so, go lang ng go!**

Congratulations to Crislyn for winning an iPad 2!

**We are planning on something Globe related.

Photo Courtesy of Koya Andrew (ata) :p