Hello there! If you’ve read my previous post, I was a food blog finalist for Best Cebu Blog Awards 2013. Do you wanna know the results? :D
This time around, the awards night was held at Avalon on December 7, 2013 and the emcee was the ever charming Rabsin dela Cruz of finalist.blogspot.com.
Having attended this event three years in a row now, I wasn’t worried about where or who to sit with anymore since I know a couple of bloggers already. And this time, my manager Luis, was coming along with me for moral support. :))
So, I put on some heels and a simple girly outfit. Well, that wasn’t exactly a good idea because I had to walk in those killer heels all the way from City Sports Club to Ayala and to Avalon. There was a brownout in Ayala that time, too. Oh well. I was running late so I didn’t have a choice. I’m just glad I made it in time when everyone just started eating.
This year’s recognition was interesting because the criteria for the Top Famous Blogs was modified to be more extensive. That means nominees do not get to win this award by Facebook likes alone.
The criteria this year is as follows:
30 % – Number of Facebook Likes at Best Cebu Blogs of 2013 Fan Page
35 % – Nominated Blog’s Page Rank
35 % – Nominated Blog’s Alexa and Domain Authority
Not surprisingly, the winners for this award were totally different from last year’s.
|Top Famous Blogs winners (from left): Mark Monta, Alexa Martin, Gay Dumaguing, Rodrick Guarin, Leylan Romarate, Edwin Castillon and Bjorn Bernales|
# 10 - Mr. Orville Tadle from www.iamdownloader.com
#9 - Ms. Alexa Martin from www.iamalexa.biz
#8 - Mr. Ken Michael Jon Taarup from www.aroundtheflexure.com
#7 - Ms. Gay Aida Dumaguing from www.exoticphilippines.info
#6 - Mr. Edwin Castillon from www.LakbayDiva.com
#5 - Mr. James Arnold Nogra from babydesertwolf.blogspot.com
#4 - Mr. Evanjohnn Mendoza from www.focalglass.com
#3 - Mr. Leylan Romarate from mycebuphotoblog.wordpress.com
#2 - Mr. Rodrick P. Guarin from www.spotaleopard.com
#1 - Mr. Enje Godinez from www.gotecotech.com
As for the Best in Niche Award, the criteria were as follows:
1. Content = 30% [Grammar, integration of photos, videos and other media, and blog's influence on its chosen niche]
2. Design and Layout = 30% [user-friendliness and appeal]
3. Relevance to NICHE = 40 % [Uniqueness of chosen Blog Niche, Presentation of Niche’s topic/article]
The winners were:
|Best in Niche winners (from 3rd from left): Edwin Castillon, Alexa Martin, Marco Paulo Diala, Dr. Narciso Tapia, Philip Mayol, and Leylan Romarate|
Best Cebu Events/Entertainment Blogger - Mr. Philip Andrew Mayol of www.cebufinest.com
Best Cebu Personal Blogger: Dr. Narciso Tapia of pinoylifewithpkd.blogspot.com
Best Cebu Photo Blogger: Mr. Leylan Romarate of mycebuphotoblog.wordpress.com
Best Cebu Travel Blogger: Mr. Edwin Castillon of www.LakbayDiva.com
Best Cebu Technology Blogger: Jose Farrugia of www.wiredmash.com
Best Cebu Food Blogger: Marco Diala of www.lamikaayo.com
Best Cebu Lifestyle/Fashion Blogger : Alexa Martin of www.iamalexa.biz
The highlight of the night would probably be Ed Castillon of LakbayDiva.com, who was the hoarder of all the awards – Top Famous Blogs, Best Travel Blogger and Greenwich Favorite ng Barkada Award. He was no doubt the life of the party, drawing smiles and giggles from the crowd every time he went to the front. All he said in his acceptance speech was “I’m gonna win the (Samsung) S4!” Hahaha. The biggest raffle prize was a Samsung Galaxy S4, which I’m sure everyone had their hopes on. I think we’d all become an angry mob if he had to win the S4, too. Right?! Haha. Peace, Lak Bay! :))
I’m just bummed the S4 didn’t go to me because I badly need a better phone to easily be connected to social networks more often and take better photos. Oh well. :)
Congratulations to all the nominees, winners, organisers and sponsors! It’s been a humbling experience and I wish you all the best. May we all continue to blog for the love of our beautiful island, Cebu, and most importantly to educate/inspire our readers. ‘Til next time!
*photos taken from Best Cebu Blogs Facebook page
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