Philippine Blog Awards 2007 – Oh What a Night!

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Anton of Our Awesome Planet, Joel of Market Manila, and Lori of Dessert Comes First

This was so memorable for me — this is the first time I met Lori and the first time that the three of us were together in one room. I was really excited like a baby, and I have so much things to ask Lori that night but I was star strucked πŸ™‚ All of us were finalists in the Home & Living Category which should stand for everything that is about the home, food and lifestyle. As it turned out, there was a big upset (in terms of sportsmanship) and Toni of Wifely Steps won the category because her blog is the finest really in the Home & Living category. It was a pleasure seeing Toni and her big smile during that night — well deserved!

Of course, as expected Market Manila won the 2007 Bloggers Choice Awards and this is the most prestigious of them all! According to the organizers, he got around 59 unique votes out of 600+ votes and he was my choice as well. We will make a big protest if he did not win that award! Also, congratulations to Lori for winning Globe’s special Deli Blog Award! Lori, you were so fabulous in your dress and I was pleasantly surprise to see a fit and beautiful Lori πŸ™‚

Our Awesome Planet meets Bryan Boy

The celebrity of the night is no other than Bryan Boy and I did not hesitate to have a picture (or is it the other way around — I wish πŸ™‚ He really arrived in style in the red carpet during that time and he posed for the cameras to the max. He was very nice and easy to talk to and his celebrity status did not get in the way of meeting other people. He was the most photographed person that night and he was also the talk of the town because he brought his yaya with him in full maid custome (how cute could that be). Congratulations again Bryan Boy for winning the Fashion Category ! You should host the next Philippine Blog Awards!

The blogger priest Stephen Cuyos, gave one of the best opening invocation that I’ve heard in any ceremony. It was so relevant to the fact that it starts to hit some nerves while he was saying it. Father, you are really soo cool! This was my only regret that night, that I was not able to get to know you in person. Here is the bloggers Prayer:

The Blogger’s Prayer by Stephen Cuyos
So compassionate, so faithful, so loving You are Our Father.
We ask You to increase our faith and our love for You that we may use blogging as an instrument to fulfill Your purposes.
May we become bloggers of truth and promoters of peace.
Help us to be steadfast in our Christian commitment that visitors may find in our blogs a source of encouragement and inspiration. Give us strength to proclaim Your word, that we may play our part in breaking down the walls of hostility in the world and use our blogs to strengthen the bonds of friendship, solidarity and love.
Make our hearts meek and humble
that we may treat our readers as friends, not as unique hits,
that we may strive to change ourselves for the better more often than we pimp our site templates,
that we may find more time to ease the pain of someone in our own home than to reply to comments left by strangers,

that we may interact with our next door neighbors as often as we chat with our blogrolled friends,
that we may be more concerned about helping the less privileged than about the number of subscribers to our RSS feeds.
Deliver us, Father, from spams and viruses, from pride and selfishness, and from the temptation to replicate images without permission and copy ideas without crediting the original authors.
May we always be united as a network of bloggers and friends working together in Your name. May our blogs lead us closer to You.
We ask all these through Christ, Our Lord. Amen.


Noemi of About my Recovery won the Family Blog award recognized by Globe.

Connie, the Sassy Lawyer, and AJ or Annalyn.Net are part of the judging committee in the 2007 PBA. Connie also won the Blog Achievement Award — Congratulations!

I think the biggest winner of all was Toni of Wifely Steps ! Just look at this winning shot — we are so happy for you!!


The Finest Bloggers of them All during the 2007 Philippine Blog Awards!! Congratulations!!

The results are out!

Best Personal Blog: Misteryosa
Best Home & Living Blog: Wifely Steps
Best Socio-Political Blog: Philippine Commentary
Best News & Media Blog: Inside PCIJ
Best Fashion & Lifestyle Blog: Bryanboy: Le Superstar Fabuleux
Podcast of the Year: HappySlip
Best Technology Blog: Leon Kilat: The Cybercafe Experiments
Best Business/Entrepreneur Blog: Reflections of a BizDrivenLife
Best Entertainment Blog: Retzwerx
Best Sports & Recreation Blog: Who rides a Vespa?
Best Travel Blog: Ivan About Town
PhotoBlog of the Year: Señor Enrique: Wish You Were Here

For the Special Awards winners, we have…

Best Blog Design: Far from Neutral Notions
Best Free Custom Theme: Blu3zin3
Best Plugin/Extension: iPap
Best OFW Blog: Kwentong Tambay
Bloggers’ Choice Awards: MarketManila

And last but not the least, the Globe Broadband Awards winners…

Blog Achievement Award: The Mommy Journals
Pinoy Ako Blog Award: ederic@cyberspace
Family Blog Award: About My Recovery
Blogirl Award: Well Whatever
Deliblog Award: Dessert Comes First

Abe of Yugatech, Eric of Byahilo and Bikoy of Bikoy.net during the Hula Hula Party @ Shangrila.

The after party was always cool and gave me a chance to meet other bloggers like Eric of Byahilo and Bikoy of Bikoy.net!! So much juicy stories and controversial tsismis during that night that is non-bloggable. I went home at 2.30am…. Oh, what a night!

Anton

16 thoughts on “Philippine Blog Awards 2007 – Oh What a Night!

  1. You’re a big winner yourself Anton. Yay! Going home at 2.30 a.m. and still blogging about it first thing in the early morning. We were all so excited, I have to admit. Great to see you again guys…

  2. You are just in the same level as Lori, Toni and Joel. That’s how I look at it. Thank you for the photo. Too bad I wasn’t there for the prayers as I had to attend to logistics. And too bad, I can’t stay up all night to party.

  3. It was great to have met you, Anton! You’re so sweet and charming! πŸ™‚ And thanks for posting that great prayer. You’re right, we bloggers should take it to heart!

  4. hey anton! too bad i missed you at awards night. honestly, i was sad because i went there to see you and jozzua.com win. di ko alam kung ano ang basis nila for selecting the winners, but as far as i’m concerned, yours is the best blog among the rest in the home and living category. i enjoy reading your blog as you have become my inspiration in starting mine. too bad i was not able to shake your hand or have a photo op at the awards night. i am hoping for other opportunities to meet you. my wife is also starting her own blog soon. all because you have inspired us. all the best to you!

  5. Sayang no, you didn’t win! Di bale in our hearts you are also a winner bro! So, congratulations pa din! You deserve to be nominated side by side with MM, Lori and Toni. Oh, and that dream picture of you, Lori and MM…fabulous! Thanks for sharing them with us!

  6. Oh my God. Pumunta ka pala! If I knew, nakipagpicturan narin ako with you! πŸ™‚ Naku, I’m a HUGE fan of your blog ( my friends are, too ) and I was rooting for you to win πŸ™‚
    You’re a winner in my book! Congratulations! πŸ™‚

  7. Nice to see you at the awards pre! =) Uy yung book na sinasabi mo, ano nga ulit yun? Pahiram naman, kung hindi ako makahanap ng copy. πŸ˜‰
    At eto lang ang hirit ko, “The Boutique” rocks! Hehehe.

  8. Hi Anton. Thanks for sharing the highlights of the event especially for people like me who weren’t there that night. Congratulations for being nominated for Best Home and Living Blog. I think that the nomination is a wonderful achievement by itself and makes each of you a winner in your own special way. Take care!

  9. I like the Bloggers Prayer.The photos speaks for itself, everybody seems to have a good time. Thanks for sharing. Congratulations also for being nominated. Keep up the good work.

  10. congrats. when toni showed us pix from the blogging awards,i saw your picture and you look familiar, i know it is you, anton, the former classmate. you may not remember me, but we were classmates in dlsu block ED. such a small world!

  11. your blog is worthy of an award na din!! soon, soon! πŸ™‚ happy easter by the way.. and i LOVE omakase too! πŸ˜€

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