A. WHAT IS PEBA?
The Pinoy Expats/OFW Blog Award or PEBA is a search contest aimed to recognize and honor the exemplary work of blogging Pinoy Expats/OFW. PEBA wishes to present their blog work and bring their creative talents to light. We want to highlight their inspiring blogs and learn from their lessons, their stories, and their works which are normally contained in their blogs.
Considered as "Bagong Bayani" (new heroes), we believe that we ought to hear their voices and amplify it for the world to hear.
PEBA which was registered with SEC last 18th of August 2009 as Pinoy Expats/OFW Blog Awards, Inc is running on its 3nd year of awarding the Top 10 blogs and bloggers of the year.
SEC registration No. CN200913026
PEBA is also registered at the Philippines Bureau of Internal Revenue and can issue BIR certified receipts.
BIR-TIN registration No.280-505-833-000
B. SHORT HISTORY
Founded by Jebee Kenji Solis, a blogger and OFW based in Saudi Arabia, PEBA was launched on July 1, 2008 to recognize the growing popularity of blogging among Filipino expatriates and OFW. Being an OFW blogger himself, he witnessed how expatriates and OFW’s artistically narrate their sob stories, stories of trials, opinionated posts about the Philippine politics, etc in their blogs. Thus he thought of recognizing their efforts – not with monetary reward but an award of some sort.
He later tapped the support of some bloggers to be his partner in the project. Among them are Pete Rahon, then an OFW based in South Korea, and Lionel Gonzaga, an OFW in Dubai, and Nereus Jethro Abad, an OFW based in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
Owing to the success of the 2008 Top 10, PEBA launched 2009 more visibly this time. Almost simultaneously, around 50 blogs posted the announcements of PEBA 2009’s launching.
It reached as far as Canada, America, Australia, Middle East, Europe, South East Asia, and even the Philippines. Hundreds of SUPPORT PEBA banners are likewise displayed online by several prominent bloggers.
PEBA founding office is the Lepiten and Bojos Law Office with address in 21-F Pedro Rodriguez St., Capitol Site, Cebu City Philippines. Its Manila office is Xavierville Royale Condominium, 61 Xavierville Avenue, Loyola Heights, Quezon City, Philippines.
C. Pinoy Expats/OFW Blog Awards, Inc.
PEBA Organizer & Founding Chairman.
He is a 2009 POEA - BBFI Bagong Bayani Award Nominee. The Quality Assurance Department Head of Al Jazeerah Water Bottling Division, AH Qhatani & Sons Group of Companies, a company based in Dammam, Saudi Arabia. He has been in Saudi Arabia for 5 years with his wife and one year old daughter hailed as “PEBA” baby. Email:
President of the PEBA 2009 Project.
He is the Head of Department of the Harvest and Logistic Support Service of the Commercial Business Division of the world’s biggest aquaculture project, the National Prawn Company. He is based along the Red Sea desert coast in Al Laith, Saudi Arabia for 6 years. NJ is husband of a Trial Court Judge based in Cebu Province. They have three beautiful children.
Graphics Artist & VP for PEBA 2009
Jon Guzman is a veteran Graphics Artist and Website Builder working as Senior Artist of one of the thriving Dairy and Beverage Company in the Eastern province of Saudi Arabia. He along with his wife and two kids are here in Saudi Arabia.
Secretariat, PEBA 2009
Azel is an accountant based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates as well as an active blogger. She receives messages and materials from PEBA, and relay, coordinates and impose to nominees, finalists and winners and all other PEBA contacts. She won the 2009 PEBA badge making contest.
Adviser in SPONSORSHIPS and STRUCTURES.
Noemi is not involved in the setting of guidelines and will not be involved in the judging processes. She is a prominent Blogger, new media publisher, and founder of FilipinaImages.com. She is also involved in advocacy and family recovery groups. She is the former president of the Philippines Blogger Awards, Inc. She is wife to a lawyer based in the National Capital Region and they have 3 beautiful children, the youngest Luijoe is forever 6 years old.
Felix Jigs Segre, http://jigsbloggedlife.blogspot.com/
serves as PEBA Program Director and Chairman of Public and Media Relations. Felix Jigs Segre is a blogger and photography enthusiast. As a writer and member of Taking It Global, he has been active in the advocacy of migrant workers, unfair labor practices and the environment. Mr. Segre worked as Marketing and PR Manager for several companies abroad and an active member of the International environmental group Greenpeace
PEBA Area Coordinator in Luzon/Metro Manila.
Pete is a former OFW who used to be based in Saudi Arabia and South Korea. He is the Project Coordinator of Change Politics Movement and a Blogger. He is one of the original PEBA Volunteer. Email Pete at
PEBA Coordinator in Mindanao.
Avel is Consultant on Media Affairs and a Blogger who is currently serving as administrator of gensantos.com, an online magazine. He is also the webmaster of a Local Government Unit website, www.gensantos.com.ph. He was also a former OFW who was based in Kuala Lumpur and worked all over Malaysia, Thailand and Singapore. He also worked for a Tuna Processing Plant in Lae, Papua New Guinea. Email:
serves as the PEBA Visayas/CEBU Region Coordinator. She is a lawyer based in Cebu City, and is the Executive Director of the Philippine Center for Media Advocacy. She is also a freelance journalist. Email:
Reanah Bautista, Rhandy Villanueva, Yanie
Aside from Honoring the blogging heroes, PEBA has also adopted two poor but deserving kids to finance their studies. This is through the support of PEBA Sponsors and donors. Read the details of PEBA Scholars here
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