It’s my third time to attend Blogapalooza and I’d say that this is one of the best they have organized! It was held at Novotel Manila Araneta Center on November 05, 2016 – Saturday, from 10am – 8pm. I thought it wasn’t going to be fun because the exact area where the program was held was at the 6th floor Versailles Garden which was an open area but with several tents to shelter us from the sun. This is also the hotel where the iconic 90s female R&B group – SWV (Sisters with Voices) stayed before visiting Pinoy Big Brother’s House. I actually saw them in person wearing the same attire when they went live on PBB House, but didn’t get the chance to snap a picture with them because I felt like they were in a rush.
There aren’t as many brands and booths this time compared to the past, but me and my fellow bloggers did enjoy the activities with the different brands who were present that day, because we felt that they seriously prepared for it. It wasn’t just an exchange of contact information, but we got to interact with them through games. Krispy Kreme, San Mig Food Ave, Taisho Ramen & Teppanyaki House, VitaminBoost and other food and beverage brands were also very generous to serve us with food and drinks for the day.
I noticed that the sponsors’ booths weren’t as crowded as they were, maybe because the booths and the conference was held in two separate area, unlike having both packed in one place before. Now everyone who are finished visiting the booths in the garden can now sit and listen to the speakers inside the conference hall. It’s like a system that everyone can easily understand…
Then, it got me thinking why the event was promoting to use the #UnitePh beside the usual hash tags, then I realized, it was because of the bloggers coming from the rural areas of the Philippines! Blogapalooza gathered as many groups from different parts of the country such as those coming from North Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao! Yeah, you got that right! Blogger society from Metro Manila got to meet and greet their co-bloggers from the province! I am seriously surprised that they even existed and that they have been in the blogging world since 2007! Thanks to Blogapalooza, we are now well informed of their presence! I can’t say anything on their efforts just to make it to the event with us!
Let’s be real, talks get a little bit boring sometimes when you’ve been siting and listening from one speaker to another for hours. You then start to just focus on your social media accounts and talk about a different topic with your friends. But the 30 minutes comedy segment with The 4th Player Improv got me laughing till my jaws started hurting! I noticed that after their stage, the audience were more lively and active throughout the end of the program.
ATC Health Care Corporation who once sponsored me to write about them was also present, and boy, they are heavily armed with activities, prizes, giveaways and freebies. I also noticed that their marketing campaign is competitive this year. I often see bloggers posting about them here and there…
Correct me if I’m wrong but Chemworld Fragrance Factory never missed out a Blogapalooza event and they are very consistent with their booth’s activity for 3 consecutive event. This time, I received a full size perfume instead of vials, so yeah, it was worth it to play Pick-Up-Sticks and remember my childhood days.
Ruby Caberte of CDO Bloggers Society
Vanj Padilla of Pangasinan Bloggers Society
Sinjin Pineda of Cebu Bloggers Society
Ria Jose of Davao Bloggers Society
The last segment of the program where the panelist for the discussion were the founders of the blogger groups from Davao, CDO, Pangasinan and Cebu was I think one of the best decision that Blogapalooza team has ever made for this year’s event. I felt the truth, sincerity and wisdom from their answers even when they are thrown with an intimidating question from the audience. Compared to the past discussion panelist, these people weren’t sugar coating their answers and weren’t playing safe. You will see it from the way they look and the way they choose their words. I felt the struggles that they’ve surpassed and how they really deserve where they are right now.
“Let people be what they want to be.” – Ria Jose of Davao Bloggers Society
“Blogging is a passion, you cannot micro manage it.” Vanj Padilla of Pangasinan Bloggers
“Give bloggers a good and worth blogging experience.” – Ria Jose
“We don’t ask. We also don’t refuse.” – Vanj Padilla
“Your passion for blogging will answer your own question.” – Ria Jose
“Blogging is a personal enterprise.” – Ria Jose
Now that all the blogging society has been united, and the program was about to end, it was the perfect timing for the big revelation that had everyone been waiting for!
Blogapalooza heard us, so they created a platform where bloggers and businesses can easily collaborate with each other. BUZZIN, a new and trusted marketing partner, where bloggers can join as many campaigns as they want, provided that brands still gets to select which bloggers they will be hiring. The best part here is, we get paid for collaborating with them! We don’t need to worry on how to reach brands anymore, and we get paid. Let’s Buzzin!
Bloggers don’t forget to Buzzin!!! See you guys on the next Blogapalooza!!!