Dane Frias Presents. July 2011.

Dane Frias Presents. This July 2011.

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Blo-piphany!

You came from the Cebu Blog Camp 2011 if your word for the day (at least yesterday) is “Epiphany.”

CBC Logo. (Apparently, I don't have a picture of me in the event. Oh well.)

I thought I can’t join this year’s blog camp. After the fun and learning that I had from Cebu Blog Camp 2010, I was very much excited for this one. Unfortunately, due to very important matters, I came in late and went home early. Nevertheless, I learned a lot from the afternoon session.

I came in the hall in a very quiet manner, but was warmly welcomed. After which I snatched a seat from the back table, and met new friends on the way (A little shout-out here to: Doi who welcomed me in, and tablemates Grace, Phillip, Sol, Mark and Michelle).

I personally learned a lot from the sessions that I was able to witness:

1. Travel 101  by Mr. Estan Cabigas. He was able to present his topic in a short, simple yet jam-packed manner. It was of interest indeed especially that it deals with travel. Many of the bloggers surely dream of becoming a travel blogger and talk about the many wonderful sightings here and around the world, and he surely filled the curiosity of those who were there.

2. Bloggers’ Etiquette by Ms. Janette Toral. She has again graced her presence during this year’s blog camp, and talked about a very important matter especially for those who cover events. It was a great way to present the do’s and don’t’s in different blogging events. I would also say that even in events outside blogging, the ettiquete would really come in handy.

3. Google and Travel by Ms. Aileen Apolo – de Jesus. No bias intended, but it’s undeniable that Google is becoming a useful tool (close to an essential need), and their products are just getting better, and thanks to Ms. Aileen, she made us aware of even more great tools for Google for our very blogs.

4. Food Review by Chef Anthony Gomez. He would probably be one of the most interesting speakers I listened to in this camp. His delivery was very great and enticing, the same way he may serve his food. Somehow while we were eating our afternoon snacks, we suddenly had the urge to actually feel and understand how our food is getting in us, absorbing the food in every detail. It was surely of great use for food bloggers out there (which I may say, I want to try soon – well, it’s FOOD!).

5. Social Media Marketing by Coy Caballes. This was one very useful topic. In the manner that he presented his topic, it was somehow related with Chef Anthony’s (Appetizer-Drinks-Main Course-Dessert). I found this one very interesting as well. The plight of social media networks make everyone go crazy, and sometimes, confused. With all these, you can actually use it for marketing.

A little segue here: I have been a fan of Coy’s blog and vlogs for about three years now (and even joined his contest before), and it was actually an honor to have finally met him yesterday at the blogging event, just before I left.

Congratulations to the organizers of the Cebu Blog Camp 2011, especially to Evanjohnn Mendoza, for a job very well done. You guys have just stirred the excitement for CBC 2012!

Now this big deal on “Epiphany”.

Last January 1, 2011, I said that I would be pressing the ‘pause’ button first for blogging, as I am preparing to take for the biggest examination of my life yet: the July 2011 Nursing Licensure Examination. This would mean that I will touchdown to my blog as soon as the examinations are over.

With the interesting turn of events yesterday at the blog camp, I served myself a major epiphany to this one: I’m moving out here.

Before thinking that I will leave the blogosphere for good, let me clarify that I’m not. After yesterday, I have come into terms with the fact that blogging will always be part of my system, and I have decided that after the board exams, I will improve this hobby-slash-craft that I am pursuing. With all that I have learned yesterday, I would like to make this announcement: Mang Daney will now be “blo-piphanized” to  Dane Frias Presents.

More details will be announced in the coming weeks. You can like the official Facebook page of DFP.

CAN’T WAIT FOR CBC 2012!

I’m Joining The Blog Camp Because…

Last year, I took the liberty in joining the Cebu Blog Camp 2010 at CAP Auditorium, bringing myself and a blog that barely worked. I believe to have learned a lot, although I was not able to employ much of it since I was at the peak of my college life. This year, I’m doing it again, and I’m joining because:

8. Just because.

7. My dear childhood best friend (who happens to be one of the organizers) told me to do so.

6. It may serve as a little breather for my so-called hectic review life (I guess a few hours of non-Nursing stuff won’t hurt).

5. I heard it’s going to be more fun, and bigger than the first.

4. I want to meet the people behind the stories that I have been reading online.

3. I might have to brush-up on some things that I may need to learn.

2. It would be fun to be in the company of those who are also hungry for this harmless vice called “blogging”.

1. Writing will always be one of the many additional chambers of my heart that might soon pump into my veins

The Cebu blog Camp  is an event organized annually by the Cebu Bloggers of the Blog and Soul Movement which is the educating leg of the Philippine Blog Awards Inc. which has been running for already four years. This is the largest gathering of bloggers in Cebu.

THE CEBU BLOG CAMP 2011

is co-presented by

Bronze Sponsors

Geiser Maclang Marketing Communications, Inc.

Media and Institution Partners

Official Web Browser

Official TV Media Partner

Official Online Print Media

Official Photo-Social Media Partner

DONOR

Academy for International Culinary Arts

Pressing The ‘Pause’ Button

Happy New Year everybody! To every reader who has made his / her presence felt in this little blog of mine, thank you very much for lending a few minutes of your time reading this one. May our 2011 be filled with blessings and wonderful events in our lives.

Now here’s the thing: after three months, twenty posts and a thousand plus views (Thank you!), I will need to press the ‘pause’ button for now, put down the pen and take a so-called sabbatical leave. I don’t know if this is even the right time, as I’m feeling that I’m still building readership (which I somehow barely have) while improving this craft and passion of mine.

However, I’m called to prepare for the biggest examination of my life so far: the Nursing Licensure Examination that is scheduled on July 2011. It would mean that I will have to postpone a few of my plans and hobbies, and prepare for the exam that will hopefully grant me entry to the Nursing profession and vocation. This will be an exciting and nerve-wracking moment of my life, something that might hinder me from being present online more often. (Maybe I’ll be more present in the more personal portals of mine, places for me to de-stress.)

I will come back, if I will still have a place for me to come back to. When I come back, I hope to be better in this craft, to be a better citizen journalist in my own way.

See you soon.