Bloggers trooped Friday night to the PETA-Phinma Theater in Quezon City for the Philippine Blog Awards 2009 which carried the theme “One Blogging Nation”.
I had the privilege of sharing the stage with Benj Espina of Atheista.net, a fellow crew member at Bloggers Kapihan, as presentors for the last four award categories. Last year, both Benj and I won awards for best personal blog and best news and media blog categories.
Here is a list of this year’s winners I was able to take note of through my Twitter posts Friday night:
- Best Personal Blog: Writing on Air
- Best News and Media Blog: Virtual Journals
- Best Commentary Blog: The Marocharim Experiment
- Best Technology Blog: JaypeeOnline // Blogging News & Reviews
- Best Beauty Blog: The Doctor Is vaIN
- Best Photo Blog I Am A Documentary Photographer
- Best Fashion Blog: who is elyoo?
- Best Culture and Arts Blog: magnetic-rose.net: Japanese Pop Culture for Filipino Fans
- Best Sports Blog: Fire Quinito
- Best Advocacy Blog: Autism Society Philippines
- Best Humor Blog: The Professional Heckler
- Best Podcast Blog: Brink Notes Entertainment Daily
- Best Business Blog: Negosyo Ideas
- Best Gaming Blog: Mike Got Game!
- Best Family and Living Blog: Make or Break
- Best Food and Beverage Blog: Table for Three, Please
- Best Travel Blog: Langyaw – Sojourns and Off-the-Beaten Path Travels
Awarded too were the year’s top blog posts:
- The Parable of the Furry White Rabbit (Good Times Manila)
- Lost Gems Of Philippine History: The 1896 Board Meeting (It’s true! It’s true!)
- Finding Your Soul Mate: A Statistical Analysis (guttervomit)
- karnabal (tuyong tinta ng bolpen)
- The Diving Boys of Quezon Bridge (Dennis Villegas)
- Twenty Pesos (lost photograph)
- The way of the leaf (SMOKE)
- Portrait of a dramatic highlight in Nick Joaquin’s A Portrait of the Artist as Filipino (Gibbs Cadiz)
- Kaya Dumarami ang Bading Kasi… (Manila Gay Guy)
- The Amazing Bulul: A Story of Epiphany (The Cat Whisperer)
This year’s Bloggers’ Choice honors went to Micamyx.com.
Other special awardees were:
- Best Blog Design: The Site Guy
- Best Filipino Blog Abroad: The Warped Zone
- Best Foreign Blog: My Sari Sari Store
- Best Filipiniana Blog: Pilipino Komiks
Also eliciting laughs and applause from the bloggers in attendance was this video by When in Manila:
Good Times Manila won the Chikka Media-Philippine Blog Awards Reader’s Choice Award.
Globe named ten bloggers/blogs as part of what the company describes as its “Digital Tribe” for Luzon:
- Hay! Men! Ang Blog ng Tunay na Lalake
- Good Times Manila
- Enrico Dee of Byahilo.com
- Marck Rimorin of The Marocharim Experiment
- Lori Baltazar of Dessert Comes First
- Cecil Zamora van-Straten of Chuvaness.com
- Karen Ang of bury me in this dress
- Dine Racoma of The D Spot
- Azrael Coladilla of Azrael’s Merryland
- Rico Mossesgeld of Technogra.ph
Geisler-Maclang’s “Transformative Influencer Award” went to Jonel Uy of Lets Go Sago, who also won the grand prize — a Nokia E75 — in the grand raffle.
RalphGuzman.org was likewise awarded as the Flippish Viewer’s Choice for Personal Blog.
It was also during our turn on the podium when the Philippine Blog Awards paid tribute to journalist and techie Alecks Pabico who died Wednesday. Pabico was multimedia editor of the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism. He put he PCIJ on the worldwide web and made history with the PCIJ Blog, the first institutional blog of a major news organization in the country. With Pabico at the helm, the PCIJ won the best news and media award in 2007, and the best podcast award in 2008.
Check out too these awards night photos:
[As you can see, the list of winners cited here is by no means complete. I will update this as soon as I get more information on the other winners or if there is any correction.]