The 2008 Philippine Blog Awards would like to thank the following individuals for being part of this year’s awards as judges. This year’s judges mirror the growing diversity of the blogging community. A number are bloggers like you and me; several are known experts in their endeavors; there are even those who are pioneers and celebrities in their respective fields – although they would never be type of persons who would shout it out. Anyway, Thank you for all these people, members and friends of the blogging community who have agreed to be a judge in this year’s award.
The Judges with and a sprinkling of bios.
Blogger & Google Country Representative
Miguel Paraz started working on the commercial Philippine Internet in 1995. He’s been through a lot of significant local Internet events, from the days of personal home pages to today’s blogging.
Today Miguel develops telecoms software and is active in various software development communities. He still finds time to blog once in a while.
Miguel graduated from the Ateneo de Manila University in 1995 with a BS degree in Computer Science.
Adel Gabot is a prolific writer, editor, Palanca award winner, and radio DJ. In his past life, he was better known as “Little David” and used to host a radio show with Jessica Zafra. Today, Adel serves as the Copy Editor for ABS CBN Publishing Group.
Christian “Juan Ekis” Valles
Christian Valles, better known as Juan Ekis is a Palanca award winner and playwright. His most famous work is “20 Questions,” a play that has been running for several years and has become popular on online video sites.
Manuel L. Quezon III
Blogger & Columnist. Host of the weekly program “The Explainer”on the ANC cable news channel. Manolo is an opinion and editorial writer and editor: Working as a columnist for the Arab News Newspaper; head of the Speaker’s Bureau, columnist, and an editorial writer for The Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper; and Assistant Managing Editor and editorial writer for The Philippines Free Press weekly news magazine. MLQ3 has received various awards for his professional work – “Opinion Writer of the Year” in 1994 and 2005 by the Rotary Club of Manila’s Journalism Awards, the oldest journalism awards in the country.
US-Based Filipino SEO Specialist working with the SEO team of BusinessOnLine (www.businessol.com) has delivered corporate blogging best practices to Fortune 1000 clients including the official blog of Sony PlayStation. Benj, a blogger himself does not consider being a fulltime blogger and dives more into SEO learning and sharing knowledge in SEO circles, primarily visible at the SEOPhilippines Forum. Benj joined International SEO contest winning on various occasions: 2nd place 2008 UKWebmasterWorld SEO Contest, 1st place 2007 SEO World Championship, 1st Place 2006 Vorgermilten SEO Contest. Benj also runs his own company for SMEs, YDS Web Solution (Philippines & US Offices).
Gang is a prolific writer, poet, university professor and founder of the social phenomenon, Rock Ed Philippines, a
Erwin is a seasoned journalist for the national broadsheet, The Philippine Star.
August Dela Cruz
August Dela Cruz is photo correspondent for the Philippine Daily Inquirer, and has garnered numerous awards in sports photography and a Press Photographers of the Philippines (PPP) awardee. Prior to becoming a photo journalist, Mr. Dela Cruz had been a fashion, lifestyle, and wedding photographer while doing corporate and product shots on the side.
BryanBoy is an Internet celebrity most famous for his blog “BryanBoy” that features fashion, celebrities, and his awesome collection of bags.
Ernesto G. Sonido Jr
Blogger, Fish Keeper, Reader & Librarian, indexer, photo hobbyist, ex B5 blogger and uncle.
Erwin is a Blogger and Journalist for INQUIRER.net and now runs the VDO Section & INQUIRER.net blogs.
Ernie U. Sarmiento
Through his lens, Ernie Sarmiento has witness part of the Philippine’s history as it unfolds — the coup d etat that changed the government, the struggle of his fellowmen as they flee war torn Iraq and Kuwait during the Gulf War and the Filipino athletes as they vie for the gold in two Olympics. The boy who started out as a travel photographer’s apprentice is now the Philippine Daily Inquirer’s chief photographer.
Blogger & Journalist – Editor, Sun.Star Cebu
Blogger, Lawyer & Professor
After initially discovering the challenge of maintaining a completely personal blog, Derek Punsalan settled in as co-author at UNEASYsilence in May of 2004. From there, motivated by aspiring goals of web
development, Derek once again embarked on a personal endeavor to start afresh powered by WordPress. After discovering the satisfaction of sharing theme downloads online, Derek created a new personal site at 5thirtyone.com. He would continue on to share a collection of WordPress releases including the October Special (Breast Cancer Awareness Month) and the WordPress Foliage Mod (awarded Most Creative Design).
Enjoying the success of freelance web design, Derek Punsalan now leads YES – a radio station & content tracking service – as their front end design lead moving forward into the 2007 year.
Raised in a mixed Ilocano Tagalog household with deep family beliefs, Derek enjoys the company of close family & friends whenever the Apple displays are turned-off.
PR and Marketing Consultant
Blogger and Journalist for Manila Bulletin
Syndeo Media Founder
“Janette Toral is the author and publisher of the book Blogging from Home.”