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Uniting PH at Blogapalooza 2016

In politics, what do you do to dominate the race? Get the right numbers.
And how do you get the right numbers? Unite your allies.
While this post is not about politics, this strategy seems to be what Blogapalooza has implemented in preparation for year 2017 dubbed as “The Domination.” On November 5, 2016 at Novotel Manila AranetaCenter (more about my Novotel experience on my next post), the event-turned-company gathered bloggers from Northern Luzon, National Capital Region (NCR), Visayas, and Mindanao to unite them as one collaborative organization of bloggers.
From being an annual event which kicked off in 2011 with the aim to connect businesses and bloggers, and which used to be organized by When in Manila, Blogapalooza is now a company headed by its chief executive officer, Ace Gapuz, who is nicknamed “Blogamomma.”

She said on her welcome address that she was “serious about getting to know each of the bloggers.” The aim now is not only to connect businesses and bloggers, but also to connect all bloggers to one another. And that, perhaps, was the reason why instead of getting famous personalities and internet celebrities, Blogapalooza invited representatives of Pangasinan Bloggers, Cebu Bloggers, Davao Bloggers, and Cagayan de Oro Bloggers to form the panel and discuss what blogging on the countryside looks like.
Some of the key points tackled were the history of groups they were representing, how they met the pioneer members and how the core groups were formed, their purposes for blogging, and what they do for a living, if blogging is not their primary source of income. Well, generally for most bloggers, blogging has never been a source of income since writing for or promoting the products of a company often means free trials, product samples, and gift certificates in exchange.
The panelists agreed that their groups started with passion and that’s what has been driving them for the last several years in continuing their undertakings despite the fact that they’re not earning real money from blogging. Each group’s chief aim is not to make business, but to allow a convergence of their interests. They don’t demand any amount to be paid by companies who ask for their services, but they don’t refuse if they’ve been offered.
Speaking of companies, various brands have once again graced the event to offer bloggers product samples, gift certificates, and trial vouchers and to find partners in campaigns that will help them gain more exposure.
Krispy Kreme treated bloggers with their design-your-own-doughnut activity. All the bloggers needed to do was to download their app, create an account, type in a promo code to get a virtual coupon and redeem the coupon to get their turn in designing their own doughnut.

I can’t thank Vaseline enough for the free facial wash product they’ve given away.

Vita Coco is great when ice cold. Refreshing, cool and healthy drink.

Oh, somebody’s happy he’s got several months’ supply of pens!

Well, you’ve just made my mom happy, Pond’s.

They also prepared exciting games and gave cool prizes to those who won. The event culminated with the introduction of Buzzin, the much awaited big reveal and the newest platform which allows businesses and bloggers to connect with one another in a faster and easier way, bringing Blogapalooza to everyone every single day.
To see more about what happened at Blogapalooza Horizons 2.0, watch this video by Keng of the World.

Gapuz said that four years—2011 to 2015—of exploration was over. This year meant opportunities for Blogapalooza and all the bloggers who took part in it. And next year, the domination begins.
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Hello, 2015!

Year 2014 was a year of extremes for me. It was a rocky ride on the marvelous path called life and a mixture of the best and the worst. But, as the previous year ended when the clock struck 12, I concluded with a smile that it had been a great year after all.
This year, I look forward to a new series of thrilling adventures and breath-taking discoveries. Continue joining me as I document and savor life bit by bit. Happy 2015!

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A Blogapalooza Saturday—the event!

It was indeed a fun and jam packed Saturday event at the SMX Convention Center at the SM Aura Premier, Taguig. And I, together with my colleagues, was there to personally experience this annual gathering of bloggers.

To blog means freely expressing your thoughts and opinions on various things such as food, lifestyle, travel and the like. And to be called a blogger is like being crowned with the authority to write on these subjects.
I was called a blogger. I am a blogger. And at the Blogapalooza 2013 on Nov. 16, it felt like my credibility as such had been recognized by the small and big business establishments who joined the biggest B2B or Business-to-Blogger event spearheaded by When in Manila and Our Awesome Planet.
Inside the venue, bloggers hopped from stall to stall, either playing a game, picking a piece of paper with a prize written on it, grabbing freebies, or simply getting to know what the business establishment has to offer. The set up was like a trade fair, but instead of buying, you get to experience and try out their products and services for free! Well, just don’t forget to blog about them after the event.
To know more about who or what business establishments were present at the Blogapalooza 2013, click here.
Anyway, I won’t be writing much about the experience and will just let the photos tell you the story.

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A Blogapalooza Saturday awaits

If I remember it right, the first time I heard the word ‘blog’ was in second year high school (2006). Back then, I was still learning the ins and outs on the Internet, its benefits and other important things related to it.

It was two years after when I tried blogging, but it was in fourth year college that I became serious about it. Since then, I’ve been blogging about my cool adventures, fun experiences and exciting activities (and about realizations and life’s harsh realities when the circumstances compel me to). That was when I got the hang of it and enjoyed blogging more.
And this coming Saturday, Nov. 16, I’ll be receiving one of the perks of being a blogger. My colleagues and I will be attending Blogapalooza 2013, a gathering of small and big businesses ‘who have something cool to share’ and bloggers ‘who love to share.’
As of now, 425 bloggers RSVP’d for the event at SM Aura in Taguig and few slots are left vacant, so sign up now and partake in this one of a kind experience! The event will start at 11 am and will end at 9 pm. With that long period, we can expect fun and exciting activities, and cool giveaways. On top of all that, entrance to the event is absolutely FREE!
Thanks to When in Manila for this one in a million chance. See you on Saturday, fellow bloggers!
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