Last Saturday was the 3rd year of SARANGGOLA BLOG AWARDS (SBA) of which I am an avid supporter. I have made an entry about the group last year http://www.pusangkalye.net/2010/12/saranggola-blog-awards-2010.html but for the sake of those who haven't heard about it yet, yeah, there's one. It categorically is an informal grouping still, more on the solo effort of bernard umali who created it as an advocacy and his admins.
SARANGGOLA BLOG AWARDS was created in 2009 for the love of Filipino literature. Bernard recounts that he used to be a Filipino teacher and he had difficulty looking for short stories and poems online which could be used by Filipino subject teachers as teaching references. As such, he created SBA to encourage bloggers to write in the local language and spread the love for Filipino short stories and literary work.
One of the reasons behind the success of Saranggola Blog Awards could be attributed to the Facebook group U-Blog. It is here where I am also a member and where we share kulitan moments with each other. It's a laid back group where people are cool and level minded. Alam ko may attitude ako but here, I have no reasons to be mean coz people are really nice. Wala kasing pataasan ng ihi. This is not to compare with other groups that I also love but in UBlog, parang barkadahan lang ba. Chill ang mga tao.