8th BCBA: What It Means To A Viajera

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8th BCBA or Best Cebu Blogs Awards Night on Sunday December 6, 6 p.m. at Avalon Building, Cebu Business Park.

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Cebu, Philippines — I had traveled around the Philippines as long as I can remember. Being a favorite niece, I had the privilege of being picked as a travel buddy of my late Uncle. As early as an elementary kid, I had been exposed to the culture and travel mechanics of our province. In truth, I had been packing my bags when Summer and Christmas Vacations start. Places in Luzon like Albay, Camarines Sur, Camarines Norte, Quezon, Manila and places in Mindanao like Cagayan de Oro and Misamis Oriental are some of the places that I had enjoyed when I was still a kid. On local destinations here in Cebu, I was already able to travel freely to and fro Aloguinsan, Oslob, and Camotes. Sumilon Island and Malapascua Island are also two destinations that I would want to visit again.

Fast forward almost 20 years to the present, I shifted from chronicling my journeys in my diary to a more techie one, owning and maintaining a blog site. It may have started as a ranting for my tired self, juggling education, martial arts, outdoors and other interests as well as being a new media practitioner. Never in my wildest dreams would I thought of being nominated for BCBA, or better known as Best Cebu Blog Awards for this year. It has been an honor and took more than guts and angst to be able to keep with my own niche of blogging. I had mainly intended to focus on adventure and travel blog niche, however, lately I realized that my brainchild blog is primarily a personal blog. 🙂 How come I haven’t thought of that in the first place? 🙂 Anyhow, still I write mainly to express my thoughts and not to impress anyone. I would like to see this as an opportunity for me to hone my craft, improving in a way to be a window of every traveler’s soul, exploring and discovering what lies ahead of LIFE. It has been an honor for me and my blog, Lakambini Viajera, to be a part of this momentous event for BCBA.

On December 6, Cebu’s Prime Awarding Body founded by a Blogger and dedicated to Bloggers, Best Cebu Blogs Awards (BCBA) is celebrating its 8th Awards Night. As co-presented by SMART Communications Inc., BCBA will acknowledge the excellent craft of Cebu-Based Bloggers over the year. With the help of Three respected Bloggers from Luzon and Visayas as our Judges, we were able to evaluate and come up with Winners from Seven different Niches/Awards such as Best Cebu Technology Blog, Best Cebu Personal Blog, Best Cebu Travel Blog , Best Cebu Food Blog, Best Cebu Fashion Blog , Best Cebu Photo Blog  and Best Cebu Events/Entertainment Blog. 

It really mean a lot to me being a blogger since I am able to:

  1. Hone my writing skills as well as proof reading my work prior to posting
  2. Encourage myself to be very mindful on responsible posting and crediting of information.
  3. Pack my things, get outside and travel more! 🙂

Wondered how I ended up as one of the finalist? Then check out this Mechanics:

Mechanics and Guidelines

Best Cebu Blogs by Niche

Cebu-based Bloggers can nominate themselves or other Cebu-based bloggers by filling-up the nomination page via this link:  CLICK HERE

  1. Nomination starts on October 5, 2015 to October 23, 2015. Blog must be updated constantly (latest article must be posted at least last month)
  2.    Last year’s Winners won’t be allowed to be nominated this year. He or she can come back to the nominee’s list by next year.
  3.    On October 24, 2015, nominees will be shortlisted to at least 5 basing on the category defined which is initially be judged by BCB2015 Committees

    4.   On October 28, 2015 to November 11, 2015, these finalists will be judged according to the criteria specified below. Note, organizers are not the judges. See Judges tab for details.

  4. Niches are defined in the following:

Best Cebu Technology Blog – BCBA is looking for this year’s best blog that features relevant technology information and updates.

Best Cebu Personal Blog – BCBA is looking for this year’s best blog that has multiple categories or features personal opinions.

Best Cebu Travel Blog – BCBA is looking for this year’s best blog which features places, travel experiences and anything related to travelling.

Best Cebu Food Blog – BCBA is looking for this year’s best blog which main topic is about food.

Best Cebu Fashion Blog – BCBA is looking for this year’s best blog which focuses mainly on fashion and lifestyle.

Best Cebu Photo Blog – BCBA is looking for this year’s best blog which focuses mainly on photo blogging.

Best Cebu Events/Entertainment Blog – BCBA is looking for this year’s best blog which focuses mainly on entertainment and events.

  1.  Top 5 Nominees in each niche are required to make Pre-Event post of the Best Cebu Blogs of 2015 Awarding Ceremony which contains requirements to be sent through email.

    7.  Judging for the Best Cebu Blogs by Niche is based on the Criteria for Judging detailed in below post.

  • Judges’ decisions are irrevocable and final.
  • Winners will be announced through email, BestCebu Blogs of 2015 Fan Page post and trough special blog post in this site on December 6, 2015.

Criteria for Judging

1. Content & Relevance- 40%

– interesting and informational content
– quality of images
– free from spelling issues (we need not to include grammar, for as we know most blogs are written freely)

2. User Friendliness – 20%

– Blog navigation easy to use by visitors
– Site should be readable
– design and layout

3. Authority – 20%

Page Rank
Alexa Rank
Domain Auhtority
Page Authority
No. of Backlinks

4. Social Media Presence – 20%

Blog Facebook Page
Blog Twitter Page
Blog instagram Page (Okay if only personal instagram)

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Here are the Judges for this year’s event. They actually sifted through everything making it a worthy competition. 🙂

> BCBA Resident Judge – Nancy Cudis

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Nancy Cudis-Ucag was once a journalist, covering the general assignments and business beats for Sun.Star Cebu before she handled the media and public relations of Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc.

What she has learned and experienced during her years as an employee were applied in The Memoriter Writing Service. As owner and managing director of this duly registered small business, she writes content for a diverse clientele.

She considers her position as an accidental entrepreneur as a service and extension of being a teacher, employing young people and accepting interns and training them to become better communicators through writing.

She is a part-time teacher at St. Theresa’s College, teaching major Mass Communication courses, such as news and feature writing, investigative journalism and newspaper editing and layout.

Within the past 10 years, she won several awards like Best in News Writing in the Cebu Archdiocesan Mass Media Awards in 2009 and Blogger of the Year in the Globe Cebu Media Excellence Awards in 2012 and 2013, among others.

A volunteer at heart, she goes to public and private schools, teaching young people on the basics of news and feature writing, blogging and social media. Her latest talk was a sharing of online tools for small and medium enterprises for the WINNERS candidates of the Mandaue Chamber of Commerce and Industry where she is a member.

Apart from the Chamber, she is also vice-president for Cebu Bloggers Society, secretary for Cebu Association of Communication Educators and co-organizer of Cebu Book Club. She is in constant search for learning and business opportunities.

She will be completing her Master of Arts in Media Studies major in Print Journalism at the University of San Jose-Recoletos in March next year.

> BCBA Judge Azrael Coladilla

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Azrael Coladilla is a full time blogger based in Manila and Cavite, aside from being a blogger, he is also a freelance social media consultant and blogger relation manager for brands, he is also known as one of the co-organizer of the annual Philippine Toy Convention, and organizer of Manila Bloggers Fest and Blogger Fiesta Manila conference.

He started online publishing wayback 1997, publishing news and event reports about pop culture and then he discovered blogging in 2003 and launched Azrael’s Merryland Blog as his online diary, and then on 2007 after graduating BS Math in FEU, he quits his day job for 3 years as a web master and decided to be full time blogger.

He blogs at Azrael’s Merryland Blog www.azraelsmerryland.blogspot.com, its a lifeblog and also a blog about his interest and reports about lifestyle, food, tech, travel and social media.

Awarded as the 2009 Most Influential Blogger for Luzon, Philippines, awarded by the Philippine Blog Awards.

He is the founder of several online communities – Manila Bloggers Network, PBNET, Oh My Food! community, Cavite Bloggers, Rizal Bloggers Network, Travel and Blog Community and Philippine ToyCon.

He loves traveling, eating, watch movies, meet new people, photography and collects Transformers toys.

This year, Azrael is on a study of building his startup company and also organize more events for bloggers in Manila.

Last August 2015, he was elected as the 2nd President of the Philippine Bloggers Network (PBNET).

> BCBA Judge Marco Paulo Diala

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Marco Paulo Diala is an Operations Supervisor by day and a Web Developer and Blogger at night. He’s the man behind lamikaayo.com, philippinestreetfashion.com and countocram.com. He started blogging back in 2010 when he moved to Cebu and got exposed to the growing blogging community. Marco grew his network and gain lots of friends because of blogging which made him fall in love with Cebu even more. He’s currently one of the Admins of Cebu Fashion Bloggers, a community of bloggers focused on  fashion and lifestyle.

After 2 years of blogging, he received his first award. Marco won the Triple Threat award for Cebu during Globe Tatt Award 2012 for philippinestreetfashion.com. The following year, he was recognized as the Best Cebu Food Blogger during Best Cebu Blogs Awards 2013 for his lamikaayo.com blog.

Marco is also very active on social media especially on Instagram. His personal account @countocram has made it on Instagram’s Suggested Users list twice and his @lamikaayo account once. The two Instagram accounts also serve as a channel to reach more audience for his blogs. Besides blogging, Marco is also an active member of iLearners Inc., a non-profit organization focused in fighting rural illiteracy in Cebu. He’s currently the Vice President for Marketing and Social Media of the organization.

This event is made possible with the following Sponsors and Co Presented by Smart Communications, Inc. 

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Gold Sponsors:

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Silver Sponsors:

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Donor Sponsors:

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Media Partners:

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Official Photographer:

Alvin Asayas Photography

Partners:

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PARTNER BLOGGERS:

FaceCebu.Net

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