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May 20, 2013

Second Baguio Blog Conference was a success!

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And so it happened. May 11 marked the 2nd Baguio Blog Conference (which I made the invitation post HERE) at Azalea Residences Baguio which was attended by almost 60 participants composed of bloggers, newbies, journalists, students and those who want to expand their knowledge about social media.
Invited speakers are top bloggers from Baguio and Manila who were generous to impart their knowledge to the participants on topics:
  • Ethical blogging
  • Creative Writing in Blogging
  • SEO and Blogging
  • Travel Blogging
  • Photoblogging
  • Niche Blogging

It was drizzling, gloomy and cold during the morning before the seminar even started. But though the weather was not cooperative, the conference successfully happened. The seminar was opened with warm greetings from Azalea Residence's representative and followed on with the first topic from Vincent Tabor of Lakbaybaguio.com on Ethical Blogging. Mr Tabor is a co-founder of Cordillera Bloggers Group and he was the one who organized the very first Baguio Blog Conference held last 2012.

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My friend Maccy, Sir Vince Tabor and me
Sir Vince shared his thoughts on the ethical principles in blogging. One point he emphasized was that there is no standard rule that governs blogging. Blogging ethics is however rooted on acceptable behavior. 

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Manila blogger Mica Rodriguez sharing her knowledge on Niche blogging

Niche blogging was then talked about by Ms Mica Rodriguez of Micamyx.com. Ms Rodriguez first started out as a personal blogger and just randomly blogged about anything happening in her life under the sun until she found out what her niche was.

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Baguio blogger Mr Dean Cuanso giving his talk on Photoblogging

The last topic in the morning was interesting, Photoblogging, which was presented by Sir Dean Cuanso of Watwatworld.com.  Sir Dean emphasized "a picture paints a thousand words" but putting words and captions would still be best. Sir Dean is a Baguio blogger photographer and entrepreneur.   

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Bagui blogger Rommel Fallarme on Creative writing

Although rain poured heavily in the afternoon, Mr Rommel Fallarme of rommelfallarme.com started the  pm session with Creative Writing. He showed us how to play with words to emphasize feelings, emotions and expressions to make your blog content more appealing and pleasing to read. He is I think one of the managers of SM Baguio who blogs about family, fatherhood and food.

Yoshke of yoshke.com gave his share on Travel Blogging. He pointed out that travel blogging may be expensive yet glamorous. He gave us tips and points to remember when travelling.

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Manila blogger Yoshke on travel blogging
Now the last topic was the most awaited. Ben Francia of benfrancia.com presented how SEO or Search Engine Optimization works and his top SEO tips. He stressed that there are certain things on the web that many believes to be working to increase traffic to your site but no longer work like web directories. Also, he mentioned that PR ranking don't matter anymore and that total hit views can be spoofed to attract blog sponsors and advertisers.  If you want to know what his tips are, you can watch his video HERE.


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Manila top blogger Ben Francia talking about SEO
By the way Abs-Cbn Baguio covered the event and was aired on TV. Credits go to their website and to Mr Fallarme who posted it on facebook.



Now feast your eyes on random photos from the conference.

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The 60+ participants who attended the event
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Baguio and Manila bloggers. Photo by Rommel Fallarme

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Cordillera Bloggers. photo courtesy of Happy Bunny Grin machine

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Our sumptuous and very satisfying lunch from Azalea Residences

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Selfie 1

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Selfie 2 at Azalea's restroom
This event was organized by the Cordillera Bloggers Group headed by Ane Fallarme and was held for free supported by various sponsors and media partners.
Smart
Sun
Unilab
Garden Balloons

WHAT DO I SAY
I definitely learned a lot during this event. I was more motivated to continue and keep blogging with the many thing I gained from the conference. It was also nice to see and know other Baguio based bloggers and those who are budding in this field. 

I felt respect and palms down for our speakers from Manila who are top bloggers and famous in their field when we had the chance to get to know them better when we had dinner after the event.  They were kind and humble to answer our questions during the forum. They were also friendly and easy to go along with. 

I am looking forward to more of this or similar event. A never-should-miss event and what more, it was free.

5 comments:

  1. It was nice meeting you, Stella! Thanks also for sharing the video! :)

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    1. Honestly, your talk boosted my motivation to blog more.. =)

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  2. I have a selfie in that same restroom too from a GBG Event I think! :D hahaha Anyhoo, thank you for being so supportive! :) Next year uli! :D

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