My Philippine Blog Awards Night 2008 Experience

Hey guys! I didn’t win. I already expected that. There were 14 of us who competed. The winning blog is about cats and dogs. Mine is about the deaf. No comparison. No bitterness. Congratulations to the winners! 🙂

I don’t want to dwell on that. I’ll tell about bits and pieces of what I experienced volunteering last Sunday, September 21.

  1. I arrived SM Mall of Asia at around 3:00 pm carrying the fish bowl I promised to contribute. I thought One Esplanade was just behind the main block. It wasn’t. It was way too far right of the mall. I had to pass through wilderness in order to get there. I almost got lost going there. I’m not sure how. Either I’m not good at directions or I’m simply dumb.
  2. When I entered, I saw the program venue. It was huge but not very impressive. The first person I met was Mark Dela Cruz (?). I asked him about Gail of the secretariat. I introduced myself as the one “who volunteered and to provide the fish bowl”. He immediately recognized. He introduced himself to me as the husband(?) of Gail. He was very friendly and accommodating.
  3. He escorted me to the dressing room at the side of the stage. There I saw around a dozen of busy yet cool dudes. Mark introduced me to them as the “fish bowl guy”. So for the whole event, I was called the “fish bowl guy”. Was that a compliment? I’m not sure. Either it sounds surreal or simply stupid.
  4. There I met Shari of I knew it was her because of her size, no offense meant. She looks exactly what appears on her blog. She was in charge of the prizes and video presentations. She was very cordial and has a ready smile. But due to her busyness, I wasn’t able to hobnob with her longer. I understand. Either I’m bored to look at or we have nothing interesting to chat about.
  5. I don’t remember the names of rest of the people inside the dressing room so I can’t mention them here. I helped Mark cutting the votes for Blogger’s Choice Awards who will win the Nokia cell phone. I’m not sure who won. Either they announced the winner late at night or they didn’t.
  6. I promised myself, I have to be useful. Then, I saw Gail. She told me that I need to register because of the prizes to be given away. So I did. I’m not sure who won. Either they announced the winners late at night or they didn’t.
  7. Then I saw Mark carrying the box full of trophies. So I volunteered to get the rest from the dressing room. The trophy was a gold-painted wire meticulously twisted and turned on top of a wooden base. I was very careful not to re-twist the wires as they dangle with others because it was supposed to look abstract. I’m not sure how to look. Either it’s really a work of art or I just don’t appreciate art.
  8. I tried to socialize with nameless people. It’s a blogger’s awards night so the most common entry line is “What’s your blog about?” Then, when they returned the question to me, I explained about my blog. Their surprising look was expected. They asked, “Ano yun?” (What’s that?) Only 20% of my readers are from the Philippines. Refer to Geo Counter at bottom left of this page for the stats. Besides, who would be interested about the deaf and disabled persons? Either they are unaware or simply don’t care.
  9. Then I saw someone whom I’m familiar with, Sonny Villafania, web designer of Emilio Aguinaldo Colleges and PWAG Secretary. At last, I wasn’t a stranger anymore. We had a long chat because we haven’t met in almost a year. His blog about Pangasinan’s literature was one of the finalists under the Culture and Arts category. The winner was a theater reviewer. His blog lost. I’m not sure why. Either his literary works is unappealing to the judges or the judges don’t appreciate the beauty of his unique literary works.
  10. Presidential aspirant and current Senator Mar Roxas was the special guest speaker. His talk was good especially when he focused on the significance of the day (Former President Marcos declared Martial Law). He wants to befriend the Filipino bloggers. I’m not sure about his motives. Either he champions their work or he wants them to work to make him a future champion.
  11. The first two front rows were empty. There were many empty seats in other parts. I thought many would come since 600 bloggers submitted their entries and 37 trophies are at stake which is far greater than last year. The registration was lax. Anybody can enter. I’m not sure why there were few who attended. Either bloggers have other things to do or they have better things to do.
  12. I was at the back stage or err, right side stage together with Mark arranging the trophies according to the program’s continuity. We also assisted in handing out of trophies to the trophy girl and boy up stage. But as the names of winners were called, Mark and I soon moved back and forth collecting the trophies because the claimants were absent. Out of 37 trophies, 17 were unclaimed, nearly half. I’m not sure why some didn’t bother to attend. Either bloggers have other things to do or they have better things to do.
  13. The program started a little bit late. There were technical problems during the event but was very minor. The stage was perfect. Everybody especially the winners, were ecstatic. The cocktail was very delectable especially because it’s free! I had multiple servings during the night. They were served on both sides of the venue yet the food disappeared ultra fast. I’m not sure about the cause. Either the audience were so hungry or they have nothing else to do except to eat.
  14. The program ended at around 8pm.Overall the event was a success. Afterwards, dance party with 50 cases of beer freely flowed courtesy of the major sponsor. They said the post-party event will end at 10. But I can’t stay that long. I wasn’t even able to get my fish bowl because they told me that they will still use it for raffle draw. Besides, there were a handful of policemen waiting outside talking with the organizers. I’m not sure about what they want. Either they want to secure the party because of the booze or they want to join the party because of the booze.

It was truly an eventful Sunday evening for me. I was satisfied volunteering. Congratulations to the organizers. They deserve a pat in the back. I hope they read this but I doubt if they will (Refer to Item 8 for my reason). Now, will I volunteer again next year? If given a chance, I certainly would. But I’m not sure about the future. Either there will be a 3rd Philippine Blog Awards or there won’t be a 3rd Philippine Blog Awards. 🙂

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