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Saturday, September 24, 2011

BLOGAPALOOZA: connecting bloggers with businesses

Exactly a week ago last Saturday, I was invited to attend the first ever BLOGAPALOOZA event for bloggers to meet local businesses and the other way around. I was excited when I saw the list of companies who will be presenting their brands while we were in Thunderbird Resort Poro Point la Union. Good thing we were scheduled to go back to Manila on Friday so I was able to attend the Saturday event.

When I tweeted about it, one blogger asked me, WHAT IS BLOGAPALOOZA? Will bloggers be gathering to kiss each other? Making his remark in reference to the Lovapalooza event sponsored by Close Up every Valentines day.
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BLOGAPALOOZA: connecting bloggers with businesses
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What is Blogapalooza?

Blogapalooza is a community. It’s a link between big and small businesses who have something cool to share and the online community of people who love to share. Blogapalooza is a blogger event on crack! Lots of giveaways for the bloggers and online community and a chance for big and small businesses to present their product / brand to 100-150 Influential bloggers and online social media influencers.

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Vince Golangco of wheninmanila
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This was the 1st ever BLOGAPALOOZA event and I say it was a sounding success. A total of 50 sponsors and presenters we at the event. I heard that almost 100 businesses signified their intention to join the event but the organizers could only accommodate 50. Since the is quite big, each brand were just given 5 minutes each to introduce thier products to the blogging community. It was quite a parade if I could say. Kinda tiring at times given the fact that the venue---FULLY BOOKED, Bonifacio High Street is quite small but all in all fun and informative.

I personally got acquainted with a couple of brands I haven't heard of before or say I am not very familiar with. Some captured my attention and rest assured that I will be making specific entries on them one of these days.

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Nathan Flores of FREESTYLE BALLERS


Here's a complete list of businesses present during the event:


Avira Antivirus
Lay Bare Waxing Salon
360 Degrees
Human Nature
KameraWorld
Jap-OK
Matabungkay Resort
Gallileo Enrichment Learning Program
Treehugger
Sofitel Hotel
Easy Pha-max
FART (Fashion Art)
Lazer Xtreme
Freestyle Ballers 
Budoir Dolls
Tripologie
Aquabest
Healthy First

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Unilever
Creativoices
Sparkle Spa
Size Matters
Golden ABC (Regatta, Memo, Forme)
Beyond Beauty
Leslie's (Farmer John Premium Potato Chips)
Oryspa
Phiten
Polecats Manila
Focus Ventures
Shopinas.com
Blue Water Day Spa
HTC
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Dubbed as the ultimate lootbag event, each bloggers present were given a big lootbag with the following contents. http://www.wheninmanila.com/whats-inside-the-blogapalooza-loot-bag-cat-not-included/


For me it's more about the privilege, and meeting new people aside from the many bloggers I have already met before and I go to in events. To be called one of the 150 Influential bloggers and online social media influencers is already enough for me. I feel proud to be part of this circle. Bragging rights ba. For sure there more media influencers around. Hope they join the next blogapalooza event.

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JC of wheninmanila ___(left)
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Azrael loving the footlong!!!:D


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boy and girl kuripot
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L-R:  Myke, Alex, Stonibert and Azrael--parang boy band lang.lols
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The lovely Hannah Villasis in the restroom.hehehhe
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pusangkalye with Vince Golangco

And yeah, on our way to Fully Booked, we accidentally met Edcel Suyo of http://soloflighted.com/ and DonHo of http://www.escapeislands.com/. I missed these 2 so I made sure I got a group pic with them. hehehe
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Pinoy Travel Bloggers Ed, Mica and DongHo
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If theres one conclusion I can make out of the 1st Blogapalooza event last September 17, its that local businesses are really recognizing the marketing potential of blogs and bloggers. That's the present reality that each serious business entity should accept.

PS: Thanks Hannah for being so accommodating during the event, the first time I met her I was speechless. Glad I was able to talk to her more this time around. Congratulations to you and Vince and http://www.wheninmanila.com/ for the successful event. Also, nice meeting you finally Dianne Dequina and Xander Catiero !!!!

For those who missed it, another one will be coming this October or November so watch out for it!!!:D
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8 comments:

  1. Blogging has now become part of an evolution in advertising. New companies get to introduce their products outside of mainstream media (o baka nga pati blogging is now part of the mainstream!).

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  2. so kinompute mo talaga ang laman ng lootbags matapos mo'ng "nakawin" yung chips ni xander . hehehehe

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  3. Wow, just read this post now. Glad that blogging has become a way for businesses to advertise their products. Mabuhey! hehe

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  4. gulat nga ako at sa gitna ng daan pa tayo naguusap nung una.

    congratulations sa event na to. cheers to more years of blogapalooza.

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  5. Nakakaaliw talaga yung part na nagkita-kita tayo by accident nina Edcel at Dong Ho hehe :D nice to see you that day woot glad to be of support din sa Blogapalooza :D

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  6. di ko to napuntahans. sayans. pero baka may next time pa

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  7. ngayon ko lang nabasa to.. hehe.. parang may pamilyar lang.. :P

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