I texted Harry about our planned trip to Siquijor. If we were going, there was no way that I would be able to attend the Best Cebu Blogs 2010 Awards Night. Strangely enough, Harry replied that our host wouldn’t be able to make it. And she’s asking if we could go on the 18th, instead.
So, since we’ve both got nothing to do, I asked Harry to come with me to the event. Ok, so here’s the real deal. I’d have to be honest. I didn’t want to go because I didn’t know anybody there. I’m sure all the other nominees already knew each other and I’d surely end up talking to my self. Or my plate. So, I asked the organizers if it would be all right if a friend tagged along. Thankfully, they agreed. (You guys are great! Hehehe.)
MCPB wins! 🙂
So, anyway, Harry and I agreed to meet at 4:00 in SM. He was late, however, because he said that he still had to get his hair cut. He arrived at 4:30. Basically, we were running all the way to the penthouse of Sugbutel (6th floor) because I specifically told him that I didn’t want to make a grand entrance. It’s either we arrive there before everyone else does or we don’t attend the event at all.
Fortunately, when we arrived at the venue, there were like around only ten people. Apparently, it’s ok to arrive late during awards nights. Hahaha. I kid. We saw the registration table near the door and after introducing ourselves, we were given freebies from Yahoo! and snacks from Orange Brutus. We were also given ‘raffle numbers’ for a special raffle draw. I got 78 while Harry got 70.
Our freebies! The Pacqiao shirt went to my uncle because he loves Pacquiao. Hehe.
Although the main activity area was still almost empty, a few tables were already occupied by people who were busy chit-chatting. Obviously, they were expecting company. So, we picked a table at the back where a couple was already seated. Mr. Mark Montra came to our table and introduced us to the couple. The lady (who was pregnant. congrats!) was Veronica of veronizm.blogspot.com, also a nominee. The guy was her husband. Her husband revealed that he visits my blog. Hehe. It was nice meeting you, guys.
While waiting for everyone to arrive, the host announced that it was time to eat. And guess what? The buffet table was right behind us. Haha. So, obviously, Harry and I were the first ones to stand up.
The buffet table. Hehehe.
While eating, they raffled off some gift bags from Virginia Food. Harry and I were hoping that we’d win. Hahahaha. Veronica’s number was called and later, her husband’s, too. When the host announced that they were going to pick the last two winners, we felt hopeless. Hahaha. Then, the host called my number. Hahaha. Lucky night!
Gift pack from Virginia Food, Inc. Akong gift ni Harry. Hahahahaha.
After dinner, the program officially started. The TOP 20 nominees were given certificates and the 10 nominees with the most number of Facebook ‘Likes’ were all given gift certificates from Orange Brutus.
With the Top 20 winners.
After that, the Top 10 winners (chosen by 3 judges) were announced. I was hoping that I’d make it. Number 10 would be nice. Number 8 would be great. 5th, maybe, would be awesome. When the 2nd spot was given to someone else, I knew that there was no chance that they’d be calling my name next. I mean, it’s either I get the TOP 1 spot or I don’t make it to Top 10 at all! “You’re going to get it. I can feel it!” Harry kept saying. But I told him to zip his mouth because I didn’t want to embarass myself. Haha.
Then, the host started reading the description of the winning blog. Two words caught my attention and made me realize that he was indeed going to call my name – ‘web log.’ I’m probably the only person who uses those two words in my About page. Later, he mentioned Satchmo, which he pronounced incorrectly (he’s going to get you! Hahaha. I’m kidding), So, long story short, I got it. MCPB is this year’s Best Cebu Blog. Hehe.
Top 10 winners
The plaque. It was huge. Hehehe. I had a hard time carrying it around later when we decided to watch a movie. The lady guard wouldn’t let me in. Hahaha.
Special prizes – Overnight stay for two at the Maribago Blue Waters, Timex Watch, and Orange Brutus Gift Certificate. Hehehe.
Timex watch. I’m sure my dad is already wearing it as I make this blog. Hahaha.
Harry with Sinjin of libotero.com, 2008’s Top winner.
Awesome experience, guys!
Thanks sa tanan! Especially sa mga readers who believed in my work. Thanks for the kind words and encouragement. Special thanks to the organizers, sponsors, and all other nominees. You guys did great!
(photos by HarryJ)