1st Blogger Fest April 2011 @ Thunder Bird Resort – Binangonan, Rizal

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Been blogging for less than a year, totally started it from a scratch and progresses on I believe. I acquired knowledge little by little and started to gain friends at the same time. 
Organized blogging events like this is another venue to learn and increase exposure in the world of blogosphere. 
Thunderbird Resort’s Even Center
Blogger Fest 2011 turned out to be a success attended by approximately 200 bloggers/participants. A social festive for Pinoy blogging community, one way to actively encourage camaraderie among bloggers.  
Thunderbird Resorts host the event and capped off the Extraordinary Online Video Contest, one lucky participant brought home the bacon: PhP 100K cash prize, plus 5 more consolation price. 
Winner of Thunderbird Resort’s Extraordinary Online Video Contest
Blogging 101 by Azrael Coladilla
Blogging 101 by Mica Rodriguez
Writing with SEO in Mind by Joney Uy
Photoblogging Essentials by Anton Carranza
Several talks and workshops awaits the pro and amateur bloggers. The Blogging 101 of Azrael Coladilla hit the stage first. He featured his pop culture & events blogsite, shared some tips on promoting a blog. 
One phrase he quoted: “Write contents for human & not for search engines”. A mixed reaction for some and an opposing argument to put forward.
I once, twice tried paid posting, the offer are not that flourishing, but initially I write based on personal encounters. It’s not the fault of a blogger if an offer comes in, honestly in my theory, it’s an opportunity for some, might as well grab it. Although there are really numerous content pertaining for SE’s benefits. One could easily notice it’s a paid blog, I often get disinterested in reading it in full, I perceived it so fake by nature, but thats just me otherwise.

We also enjoyed Jonel Uy’s talk regarding an interesting topic about SEO in mind and the photo blogging of Anton Carranza. Also in line was Food Blogging by Fritz Villafuerte, Domain & DNS Management, How to secure your blog from SolidHosting.ph and a lot more activities for bloggers.
with Ms. Janette Torral
http://purpleplumfairy.blogspot.com
http://millette05.i.ph
http://iaadamlim.blogspot.com

on location with Young Photographers Philippines
Blogger Fest gave out raffles and special prizes for lucky bloggers. The most awaited price was from Thunderbird’s Free Accommodation Package and  Zest Air’s 3 round-trip ticket good for two [2] anywhere in the Philippines. There were shirts, domain hostings, mags given away. I did not won any, but happy enough to play the Casino’s Fiesta Coupon worth PhP100 [included in each blogger’s kit], you can either encash or start gambling it! =) My buddies, we played the slot machines, I gain PhP531, a beginner’s luck? I want to play farther but they stopped me thinking I may get lost afterwards. Our Blogger Fest and casino experience was so overwhelming. =)
Blogger Fest K

Thanks to Azrael Coladilla and Thunderbird Resorts for organizing this event.
And to the sponsors as well: Zest Air [major sponsor] and partners: Travelbook.ph, Nuffnang, Enjoy Philippines, Baicapture, Solidhosting.ph, Dependable Printing, Perfect Renders and Manila Bloggers Network.
Looking forward to another great event like this!

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