The Iligan Bloggers Society, Inc. had the chance of witnessing the Funnest Bloggers Eyeball in Southern Mindanao last November 26, 2011.

Eight members of IBS, Inc. namely, Xy-Za Yape, Lisa Marie Mirasol, Richard Celeste, Lovette Jam Jacosalem, Revilla Carbonell-Noel, Alexander Singcol, Jr. and Pat D. Noel, traveled about 12 hours from Iligan City to General Santos to participate in the Blogfest Soccsksargen 2.0 with the theme “The Emergence of Blogs & Social Media” held in SunCity Suites, General Santos City.

More than 100 participants and a total of 10 speakers packed in a day’s event made the blogfest a very successful one.   And made the travel definitely worth the while.   🙂

The speakers of the blogfest were the following :

Mr. Bob Martin.   He talked about the history of internet in Mindanao. He sure was the right person to discuss about it since he witnessed the emergence of internet in Mindanao way back in 1994.  He is the owner of and 39 other websites.Mr. Manuel Quezon III.   Popularly known as Manolo Quezon is the Undersecretary of the Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office , who is also an essayist and a blogger.   He talked about effecting progress and change through blogs and social media.  His advice to the participants “Write in white heat but edit in Cold Blood”. Mr. Jack Madrid.   He is the country manager of Multiply Philippines.   He talked a little history of Multiply in the Philippines.  He said that the commerce (buy and sell platform) in originated in the Philippines as Filipino users started posting and selling products online.   Today, there are about 106,000 Filipino stores in Ms. Darlene Antonio-Custodio.   She is currently the Mayor of General Santos City.  She presented to the participants her administration’s achievements in implementing projects that made use of technology and the internet.  The city through the SHEEP-Computer Literacy Program, have just launched in October 2011 the newly created websites of 69 public elementary schools and 26 barangay high schools. Mr. Raffy Tima.   A field reporter and at the same time a host of GMA’s i-Witness and the Reporter’s Notebook.  He also anchors GMA News TV’s Balitanghali.   His discussion focused on the social media guidelines and the “Think Before You Click” advocacy program of GMA.   He said that as a social media user, one has to really first verify facts before posting, tweeting or retweeting anything that one hears or reads.Ms. Mae Paner.   Or more popularly known as Juana Change.   She talked about Video Blog as a medium for social change.  Just like what her video blogs have done in affecting change in the government, the people and in herself as well.   She said that one has to ground himself in things that are real.   And that if you criticize others, you should also be able to criticize what you are doing. Mr. Abe Olandres.    The owner.   His site is the number 1 resource for reviews of electronic gadgets and other IT stuff.   He presented to the participants new gadgets in the market.Ms. Cynthia Cook.   Deputy Press Attache’ of the Embassy of the United States of America to the Philippines.   She presented the various websites/ blogs created to share to the people the activities of some US Government officials such as the visit to the Philippines of Secretary of State Hilary Clinton.   Before her talk, a video of US Ambassador to the Philippines HE Harry Thomas was shown.   He advised the participants to post, publish and empower. Ms. Aileen Apolo-de Jesus.   Google’s Asia-Pacific Consultant.  She informed the participants, the bloggers in particular, the latest on YouTube and the Google+ social media platform.    Google have just recently launched YouTube Philippines.   And what’s good with having YouTube Philippines?  The users may now earn money with their YouTube videos through advertisements. Mr. Flow Galindez.   A staff of ABS-CBN.  But during the Blogfest he represented the World Food Program Philippines with the topic on Blogging for Advocacy.    He gave the participants tips on how to effectively blog for advocacy.    And it is not enough to just Click, Like, Retweet and Share information in the internet.   It is also equally important to act and do our share in implementing a program.

IBS congratulates the Soccsksargen Bloggers lead by Mr. Avel and Orman Manansala for a very successful conduct of Blogfest Soccsksargen 2.0.


Photo credits to Pat D. Noel, Lisa Marie Mirasol, Jeffrey Wong and  Xy-Za Yape.


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