Magandang gabi po mga kabayan,
Good Morning in California,
from our humble home in Khobar the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,
we greet all our friends that stretches from 4 corners of the world,
as far as France, Germany, UK, and the rest of Europe.
To all of friends in Asia, our beloved homeland the Philippines, Japan, Malaysia, and the Pacific Island of Australia.
To our fellow Expats and OFW in Dubai and the other Emirates countries, Qatar, Kuwait, the Kingdom of Saudia, and the rest of the Middle East,
To our Expats friends in the freezing United States of America and snowing Canada, welcome and thank you for visiting.
We've come to the time where some beginnings have to end for a new thing to begin.
Magulo ba? Hehe. Nope, the year 2008 is over, parating na ang 2009.
6 months ago, when we first started it, we thought it will just be for fun. A simple recognition to the many wonderful men and women, the modern heroes of our time, the Filipino expats and OFW's blogger. I never thought people will be so interested, and wanted to make it an annual awards.
I am no Superman, there are many men and women, people so prominent and admirable, people so famous and yet humble and simple who helped me along the way. Without them, this will be useless, this event will not be so laudable and commendable. I will repeat what I have said a while ago, I am taking off my hat, in humble reverence and gratitude to the sponsors, the noble judges, the volunteers, the nominees and those who voted to the Top 10 Pinoy Expats/OFW Blog Awards.
Today, me and any Filipino's should stand with their head held high. Today, we recognize the talented expats and ofw bloggers from all walks of life who shares and makes a difference in their small and simple ways. Today, we present to you the
2008 TOP 10 FILIPINO EXPATS and OFW BLOGGERS of the YEAR!
Picked 5 times to the Top 10 by the judges, Emelyn's blog is one the most visible blog in the sophisticated and state of the art haven-country of Dubai. It is also a blog fun to read, at the same time informative. Said one judges; "It’s a nice blog. I think the blogger should not be shy for being nominated in this award. You deserve it."
Josiet, a UP graduate stay-at-home-mom who loves to blog about her adorable son EJ is the Mumsified. Voted 4 times to the Top 10, one judges commented, "The blog layout is good and loads fast. Insightful posts also are a big plus…” another judge added “it embodies the way how Josiet shares her experience in KL."
Voted 4 times to the Top 10, judges says the Sari Saring Kulay of Caryn Santillan is “a well read, just takes long to scroll the entire page…as another judge added” still has navigational problems but the contents are worth reading.”
Voted five times to the top 10, and managed by Mimi, Sleepless in KL is a very nice blog about family, fashion, food and parenting. “You won’t simply get to bed and sleep without reading this blog,” one judges noted. Another judge added, “The contents are worth reading.”
Picked once by a judge as the No. 1 Blog, and four times to the Top 10, Manilenya of Nalen Aguilar is a photo and fun blog. One judge chose Manilenya as No. 1 by citing "Nakakatuwa ang blog na to kasi masaya basahin ang mga experiences na sinusulat nya. Purely written in tagalog din, kaya kahit nasa abroad sya, di nya parin kinakalimutan ang sarili nating wika. Masaya ang mga karanasan, haka-haka at opinyon ng isang "bobang" pinay sa abroad."
Everlito's blog is Voted five times to the Top 10, and picked twice as No. 1 by two judges citing "Pamatay Homesick delights not only expats but pinoys all over the world with its light take on everything that comes out of the talented blog author’s mind. He writes, he paints, he draws, he composes poems, he designs buildings, he is a stand-up comedian, etc. He is one super OFW blogger. I am so pleased to have encountered his blog." Another judge commented: "The blog is very conversational. It has a great appeal to readers for its approach"
Voted 5 times to the Top 10, twice as the No. 1 pick. Cites by the judges “Though he is away from the country…Blog that must be read by OFW to be aware of what’s happening in our country’s socio-political situation.” “Highly research blog posts. (Well maybe it’s just his interest)” “Up to date on issues that concern Overseas Filipinos. Passionate and competent writing. Layout can stand improvement.”
Voted 4 times to the top 10, Ed or Bloguvox of the Sandbox is No. 2 in the Blog Content, and picked twice as the No. 2 best blog. It is one of the most insightful and truly OFW blog especially the cartoons he himself make. Judges cites the Sandbox as "Expresses OFW emotions. Effort to keep alive Filipino identity admirable."
Gigi Refugia, the woman behind the Pansitan.net is one of the most admired and respected blogger in the Pinoy blogging world. As a Filipina expats in the US, she is hosting expats bloggers worldwide through her Pansitan blogging portal. Voted 6 times to the Top 10, her blog is insightful, witty and real life stories. "I love the lay-out, and the content is good" says one judge.
and the No. 1
(tantantaran..... drum roll please!)
Voted 7 times to the Top 10, twice as No. 1, three times as No. 2, and twice again as No. 3.
As per the judges verdict,
His blog is No. 1 in the BLOG CONTENT
No. 1 in the Blog Element
No. 2 in the Visibility and Metrics
No. 4 in the Voting/Popularity category
No 1 in the Over All Judges Pick
2008 BEST EXPATS/OFW BLOG
“Meaningful and inspiring posts” “Brings out pride in being Filipino” “Writing on Air has depth and substance. Jim’s blog is brilliant and inspiring. His take on issues around the world and as well as personal experiences are culturally enriching as a Filipino. The lay-out and design is clean” Some of the judges notes about Jim Paredes blog.
SPECIAL AWARDS is given to the
MOST POPULAR EXPATS BLOGS
Rolly Marcial's blog is No. 1 in the Voting/Popularity category.
We will announced tomorrow the Best Blog by Region.
We will send the certificate and badges by email, and the full ranking will be posted later.
Thank you once again to all of you. Goodnite and God bless us all!
HAPPY NEW YEAR to ALL!!!
Watch out for the announcement of the TOP 10 Pinoy Best Blog Around the world tonite, 7pm KSA, 12MN Philippines, 10AM California!
WE THANK OUR VOLUNTEERS, THE NOMINEES, THE JUDGES, THE SPONSORS
AND THE REAL WINNER IS...
THE PHILIPPINES, THE FILIPINO BLOGGERS AND THE PEOPLE!
THIS WILL NOT ALL BE POSSIBLE WITHOUT YOUR VOLUNTEER EFFORT! WE TAKE OFF OUR HAT, and BOW IN REVERENCE, RESPECT and AWE, and WE STAND WITH OUR HEAD HELD HIGH, PROUDLY FILIPINO. THE WINNERS OF THE TOP 10 PINOY EXPATS/OFW BLOG AWARDS WILL BE ANNOUNCED SHORTLY HERE and HERE and other blogs and sites that will carry the result.
7:00 PM in Saudi Arabia
12:00 MN in the Philippines
10:00 AM in Califonia
THANK YOU PINOY BLOGGERS, THE REAL WINNER OF THIS PROJECT
are the Filipinos wherever you are around the world.
See you all again in 2009!
Watch out and keep coming as we announces the winner by
the top 5 most popular blog
and Over All Top 10 winners.
COUNTDOWN TO THE TOP 10 PINOY EXPATS/OFW BLOG AWARDS
Magbubuhat po ako ng sarili kong upuan. I'm warning you that this will be cheesy!
Yes, that's me, Mr. Thoughtskoto and my supportive wife, Mrs. Thoughtskoto.
I am a father who wishes nothing but the best and great for his daughter, and a husband who love his wife more than she'll ever know and comprehend. I am a blogger of all sorts, political, gadgets, technology, spiritual, fun, ideas, freebies, anything that I think of, hence it is named Thoughtskoto, or 'these are my thoughts'.
I am a good and faithful employee to my employers, doing the task that is assigned to me, faithfully exceeding expectations not to impress but to leave a legacy so others will follow and benefit from whatever small good I might leave along the way.
I am a deeply religious person, and so with my wife, and so with my family. We come to Church and worship our God every Sunday,(Friday here in KSA) just like most of you. I volunteered two years of my life preaching what I believe to be true for free, without compensation, with considerable sacrifices, with tremendous faith.
I have a firm belief that education will unlock the door of opportunity and will uplift anyone from poverty. As you may know BELIEVE International
is the recipient of anything that this project will earn( and so sadly we haven't receive any donations for such a noble charity). I always believe that if we invest in the education of our people, we can get out of the rot we are in now.
I am an OFW, striving, toiling and working with my hands in other lands, in foreign country, speaking different language, exerting my best and finest for the country I don't even have affinity with, but for the sake of my family, for the future of my children and me to better serve my country and fellowmen in the future.
I have been to different countries and places, I appreciate the magnificent infrastructure and the skycrapers that reaches the clouds, the beautiful places and the amazing culture of other countries, but there is nothing better than the dusty roads of Manila, the squatters of Tondo and the taste of Buko or Mais. There is no place like home, the Philippines. I feel akin to it, I feel tremendous joy when I am home, and I have money to spend. But when the well runs dry, and my pocket starts to empty, I will be back to foreign lands and work and save again.
That's OFW life, that's being expatriates.
I have lost count of over a thousand Filipino expats blog site in the internet. The modern heroes find blogging a way of unleashing the boredom working abroad. Other's find it the way to share their thoughts. Other's wanted to be informative, inspiring, radical, or simply writing the memories living in the foreign land. It is through this that this award project was born.
No money or big prizes at stake, except for the honor and the commendation that as an expat/OFW, you are recognized for making a difference in your own little way.
I am a kind and loyal friend. Each of the nominees and the sponsors and the judges, I consider them my friend, our friend. I will be making a special link for all of you here in Thoughtskoto, and in the Pinoy Blog Awards Site. I am also planning to make an aggregator site for all the expats nominees and winners and judges and sponsors.
There are other people behind this project that I will definitely not forget.
, is my partner in this project. He does the matrix for the judging the nominees and my mentor during those times I needed some support. He is superbly wise and intelligent and yet kindhearted! If you are looking for someone who knows blogging and vlogging, and who is a master of the English language, he writes very well. He is a leader by word and deed. He is is very good friend.
, my advisor about this project, my mentor, me and my wife's dear friend.
She is just an amazing author! I love her books! I've asked her to donate books to the winners!
Lionel Gonzaga and his wife Racquel
is the amazing graphics artist couple based in Dubai who is behind the magic logo, banner, and the winners, nominees and judges badges and certificate logo.
His work is so amazing!
and the many wonderful people
Kater Shokran Sadik!
(Thank you very much, my friend!)
This post will be updated for several times as we proudly introduce the 12 high caliber and topnotch judges of the 2008 Pinoy Expats/OFW blogs. We will keep on updating as we fill info's about the judges who despite of their fame, and successes, voluntarily submit to the rigorous and painstaking task of reviewing and judging our nominees, and there are a couple of dozen of them all!
We, as the organizer are overwhelmed.
We are standing in awe, as we take off our hat and wonder at the goodness of these people. It is fitting that one by one we will chronicle their profile so the public and our visitors may know.
I called her Ms. Twitter Elite of Manila, Aileen Apollo is one of the most sought after personality in the Philippines as she is the Google Country Consultant. A long-time marketing practitioner, Aileen has been involved in marketing and business development of technology products for more than 11 years. She is a graduate of De La Salle University with bachelor's degrees in AB-Political Science and BS-Legal Management and she joined the largest mobile telecommunications company in the country, Smart Communications. Prior to joining Google in 2006, she also did consultancy work for Dream Satellite TV, ABC 5 and DMCI Homes. She maintained these blogs here.
Ellen Tordesillas is one of the most popular journalist in the blogosphere evident of her blog as a consistent No. 1 in the TOPBLOGS Politics. In her online blog, she is posting her write ups and columns that appears in Malaya and Abante as well as articles relevant to strengthening democracy and making life worth living. Malaya (malaya.com.ph) is a daily (except Sunday) newspaper in English that has a courageous history in the Filipinos' fight against tyranny. Abante (abante.com.ph) is a Tagalog tabloid.
Ellen Tordesillas is also a trustee of a newly formed group VERA Files
a group that does in depth articles on current issues.
Janette Toral is the author of the DigitalFilipino.com E-Commerce Workshop E-Book and co-author/editor of the Philippine Internet Review: 10 Years of Internet History (1994 - 2004). She has published 14 research reports tackling Internet, e-commerce, online banking, IT manpower, outsourcing, mobile phone usage, IT adoption developments in the country.She owns two professional online communities, where knowledge sharing and business matching are usually conducted, the DigitalFilipino.com Club and Philippine Software Process Improvement Network. She splits her time between Australia and the Philippines. Janette is also participating in the Busby SEO Test, and maintains the following sites, JANET TORAL ECOMMERCE PHILIPPINES, BLOGGING FROM HOME.
She is the woman behind the 2 consecutive year TOP 10 EMERGING INFLUENTIAL BLOGS of the PHILIPPINES.
Jehzeel Laurente is one of the most successful young blogger in the Philippines and the boy behind the Jehzlau Concepts. He is an only child, and a gibberish to the eyes of many, but a priceless piece of rare ornament to the people who knows him and cares for him. He was a DOST -SEI scholar during his college days and has a passion for painting. He won several awards, both in Regional and National level oil painting competitions. He was also featured on Manila Bulletin’s Blog-o-Rama and was mentioned in Philippine Daily Inquirer.
Pete is one of the major sponsor of this contest and is the
man behind the matrix for judging the 2008 nominees. He is based in South Korea working as the international staff of the May 18 Memorial Foundation, one a very memorable event in the South Korean history. His online presence can be found here. Pete is one of person we are always grateful for his valuable contribution to the project.
One of the most promising bloggers in the Philippines, and one of the Ten Outstanding Young Men of the Philippines for 2008, and a DOST Scholar in UP Diliman, Mark Aethen Agana is one of the bloggers from the Mindanao region that I come to befriend with. His intelligence and enthusiasm is very admirable. He said that he can't say no to a good cause. So I asked him to join in judging the nominees voluntarily. Thank you Aethen! He has a very strong leadership skills and very friendly, and at the same time has in depth knowledge about blogging. As he said "I am fond of biting my closest friends. It usually leaves a mark." Mark is just a happy person towards his friends.
Sandro Rafael is a Senior System Administrator with 10 years experience in Windows Servers and Advanced Linux Administration currently based in Qatar and is the man managing the Filipino Expats community portal QA.FILEXPATS for Qatar kababayan, and SA.FILEXPATS for Saudi Kabayan. But Sandro is managing a personal site, where you can read about his life and experiences as he "enjoys the process of learning Information Technology and Personal Development". He is also managing an aggregator site and a linux site.
Kevin or Ben or Chiz to his relatives and friends is hailed from the beautiful and scenic islands of Biliran and Cebu, Philippines. He is a DOST Scholar taking up Information Technology and currently the SSG Representative of CIT. Kevin has been interviewed and mentioned in several national daily newspapers as well as TV stations. He is managing the most popular Mar Roxas for President blog, a winner of the Top 10 Emerging Blogs of 2008 and has a personal blog that can be found at
Sherwin or Chered online is the webmaster of an online community PinoymatterSG catering the online needs of Filipinos working in Singapore.
The next will be the sponsor behind the project...