To make long things short I’m bringing out this post straight to the point about the Mindanao Bloggers Summit. Although, I wanted to make this a quite long one which turned out to be effective for Ate Brendel and Kuya Lyle when they read my Digital Filipino Club post.
So, I was on my way to General Santos City on my own. No one accompanied me when I went on a Air Conditioned Holiday Bus set for Gensan with a single stop at Digos City. I was supposed to meet Ate Grace and co at around 1 o’clock but it took them years to respond, so my mother made the move and told me to get on the bus now.
It wasn’t quite long until I had some accompaniment I could talk to, someone I knew since the WordCamp in Davao and someone who I met at the Digital Filipino Club of Davao. You guessed it, Charles Ortiz was beside me on the bus from Digos City onwards. He was also the kind person who sponsored all my goods like food and beverages in General Santos, including fare every now and then. 🙂 And not to forget, he was my room mate at the Sleep Inn.
We arrived in General Santos City around 6 in the evening. The sky was cloudy and the athmosphere was pretty lone and monotonous. My eyes tend not to see any visible changes between Davao and Gensan, but I felt what was the difference. The atmoshpere was quite thick, the warmth around the place was different. In general, Gensan is a place of some temperature.
After waiting a couple of minutes, the said “sundo” that Kuya Avel has promised us arrived, with a fella from WordCamp Philippines, Aethen. He brought us right in front of the Sleep Inn’s door steps and left us after a while since they had to fetch other participants from the terminal as well.
I felt sleepy already but hey, the night is still young and there’s yet more to come!
We went to the Family Country Hotel, looking for the others, since Aethen has told us that there’ll be a dinner with the other organizers. But unfortunately dinner at the Family Country Hotel was negative. But, we were able to make use of their Wi-Fi Connection, check out some plugins, install some and maintain our blogs for a while. As we transferred from the Cafe to the Lobby, sad news reached me.
Pinoy Teens Online (pinoyteens.net) was down for more than 14 hours already, including the website of my host and almost all other websites that I run on that same server, not to forget my hosting service. I felt very nervous indeed, “what should I present to the people tomorrow if in case they would like to see my blog?”
I immediately setup a tempoary blog with wordpress.com, yet I misspelled the word KABATAAN to KABTAAN and decided to pay 10 USD to map my other pinoyteens domain name to the account to mask that mistake committed. And that’s the story how the 10 USD got wasted. Now, let’s set aside my personal problem with my domain name and hop over to a dinner at Grab A Crab.
I’m not quite a fan of seafoods, so I can’t tell how the food tastes like, but hey, it looked pretty yummy and almost seduced my lips to be devirginized for the first time eating crabs, but I insisted. All that I ate was a little beef sauce and a cup of rice, nothing more, nothing less. I just had too much trouble on my mind that time. At Grab-A-Crab, I was able to meet Kuya Avel, the one who emailed me to attend Mindanao Bloggers Summit and finally came to convince me.
Their stay wasn’t quite long and a talk was not to be expected since they all departed from the Restaurant and went back to the venue to prepare everything for the upcoming 2nd Mindanao Bloggers Summit which happened on the next day.
The main event up ahead:
It isn’t quite noticable that I was very sleepy that morning. Seems like I started my day with the wrong foot. Or was I just too stressed from Pinoy Teens Online’s downtime?
anyways, the event kicked off and everything was set. My site was up and running we’ve got a laptop and internet connection, everything was just fine and how it was expected. But, the internet connection really sucks big time.
The Mindanao Blogggers Summit in general was a great event and venue for all bloggers around Mindanao to inspire them, make them realize and understand the beauty of our place. Convince them to promote our dearest Mindanao in a good way. Wash away the negative image that media has put on us and make them come to see, what they haven’t seen yet. The other, positive side of Mindanao.
I met quite a couple of familiar faces from other blogging events that I have attended. I was able to exchange a couple of words with the people present and was able to listen to what the speakers had to share. Everything seemed to be interesting the way they engaged the people in attendance. And the event has almost convinced me to create a blog for Mindanao and contribute to the Mindanao Bloggers Community. Yet time and energy won’t allow me to. Since I’m a student yet who’s up for graduation.
Speaking about being a student, another student in attendance who was able to give a shout out was Mikko. One of the people I recall who flamed here on Pinoy Teens. I wonder how he made it up there and talk. Well, his school, University of the Philippines adds much to his reputation. Whilst I see it from the rear opposite. But that’s another blog post that I’ll be writing up.
For those who are really wondering why I said that and are looking for answers well, a couple of months ago, when I was still a newbie in the blogoshpere and was a little voice among the others (I still believe I am one), I was so bad and got a very interesting article from ABC-CBN which I wanted to share to my few readers, unfortunately, I forgot to add the foot notes of the post (credits bah) (it’s the first time I left them out). A few hours when I checked on my dashboard the incoming links and my comments I saw a link from his site to mine and a comment on my blog.
He wrote a post about me copying content from other websites and labled the post On Posting Copyrighted Material. Wouldn’t it be nicer if he would have just left a comment and reminded me about it? Being someon who’s quite old in the blogoshpere that time, it shouldn’t be a problem. Unless…. – Princess Quin
The morning and afternoon sessions were completed. (parang WordCamp Saint Benilde, may sessions sessions?! XD) Sachimi dinner was next on the list, oh wait, Kuya Lyle sets us all up with his Mr Almighty prank!
Heading back to the hall, I was left alone by my buddies because I was yet blogging again. Though I wasn’t all alone, the band scheduled to perform later on was rehearsing their numbers.
After the tasty dinner, Party time was on again (just like at Digital Filipino Club) but just a little bit more wacky!
Hope to see more people during the 3rd Summit here in Mindanao and all the objectives set for the next months to be achieved. Let’s altogether witness the positive change here in Mindanao and all of us contribute to the development that everyone dreams of..
I would love to share even more from the event which I can’t do with just so little time left. Hopefully, I can finish my post about the trp last Sunday with all the pictures and link love to all those I have met. Let this be all for now and good night!
ps: Thanks to Kuya Avel. More thanks link love, photos, stories about the whole Gensan experience coming up soon!
whew! tag-asa ninyog posts uie.. wehehehe.. ako ala pa gyud kabuhat nyahahaha… wait n see lang… 😀 buti okay na imu site… thanks sa mga plugins na imu gtell, lalo na ang genki announcement, nice! nagamit gyud.. hehehe.. nailad lang ko sa imu Mr. Almighty dah.. tma jud ko atik ra to.. la lang nko nafigure out…cge till next blogging event…
@meiyah, ako gani, wla naq na figure out daun, tingala pud ko hahaha.. taas man gani ang imohang post
thanks din sa pictures with us (^_^) naka bonding gyud tayo sa tour noh! dapat pala parating may tour para bonding2x mga bloggers (^_^)
lge.. hehe.. penge ako ng mga pictures ko dyan sa cam mo, pasend sa email ko, [email protected]
Hi Kevin, maau pa ka naka post na ako wala pa. I still have to finish my back logs sa work. 🙁
Oh cge na kay mag meeting pa mi. I’ll do a post this week jud.
Thanks for making it to the MBS2.
Hope to read more of your gensan experience here including our tour. Am sure it will be another interesting read from you.
@bariles, thanks for having us there also 😀 hehe.. gitamad pa jud ko pag au mag post post bah.
Hi Kevin, How can I email you? may mga pics tayo and gusto nako i send sa imong email. email me please, pangitster[at]pangitster.com
@pangit ster, musta naman ang css na gipahimo naq? 😀 ang mga pics asa na pud?
ang adik mo sa mga pictures mo, lalo na ung isa para kang soooper wasted. yan kasi di nagpapasama
hey, i think i saw you during the summit and at the regal hotel in lanang, ahehe.
kaw pla ang someone behind this blog, the entire summit prang puro laptop kasi nsa harapan mo, hehe.
bka pwedeng paturo sau come the time i receive my domain name award from nokiahost, npanlunan ko kasi nung raffle s gensan, and hindi p ako msyadong geeky s mga technical stuffs, bka pwedeng p tutor.
thanks in advance, ahehe
aww… sayang di kita nakausap dun, add mo nalang ako sa ym mo, i.believe_11
hope I can help you out when needed.. dili man pud ko hawd aning mga geeky stuff..
hi. well, i came here before. hehe.
cre for xlinks??:D
@Princess – walajud ka gipansin oh
@Joseph – oo ngaeh.. kainis naman,kevin san ka na?!hehe
hello..auz tlga blog mo…no doubt..visit ka rin
Nice site dude….but you suck, you call me a loser for using blogspot insted of wordpress when infact I have both of them. I wanna try naman blogspot this time, I was intrigued lang with the Adsence. Yun lang yun. Anyways….good luck on your site…I think you had a hundred hits already for this day.
@patet – I don’t mean it when I said blogspot users suck, and I didn’t meant specifically you. It’s just an expression I used to express myself how much I hate blogspot.. No personal offense menat 😀
@Patricio – I’d be delighted to help you out the best I can, just add me to your Yahoo! Messenger: [email protected]
haha.. kayo talaga yan, pansin ko na kayo :p
Just added you on ym.
I’ll be counting on that ha? hehe. cge2.
mag abot unta ta one time s ym. hehe.
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Kev, nice post! Mao ni akong ginabalikbalikan diri. Keep it up! 🙂
Lyle, RNs last blog post..Disqus Comment System
@Kevin Paquet – kev something is wrong sa last lines mo..ganyan ka madaya..
Anyways…don’t you have a Friendster account…..just add me if you had
… and sorry for the word “suck” there…I think that was too harmful for my new friend…lol… and I remember you at the Mindanao Bloggers summit was you are wearing a red one with a WordPress mark on the center. Are you connected with the WordPress team? Can you give a t- shirt with a wordpress logo. I think that was awesome. hehehehehe
patets last blog post..Chris Brown and Rihanna Live in Manila!
@patet – I’m not related with WordPress, I just love it. haha
@Princess – thanks, I’ll fix it later.
woah..buti ka pa ang taas na ng post mo about Mindanao Bloggers Summit ako naman inuna ang pictures ni Pacquiao hehehehe!
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