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Finding My Own Place in the Blogging World

How I started blogging more than 10 years ago.

I started my first blog on a free platform in 2009 in the hope of continuing to share correct information about HIV/AIDS.

My husband encouraged me to set up a blog so I could post the news and feature articles I wrote for a daily publication. Those stories were mostly about People Living with HIV/AIDS or PLWHAs. The intention was to share them online for people looking for reference materials about HIV/AIDS.

Because I was a newbie in the blogging platform, I searched for other blogs/bloggers who may share the same interest as mine. I did not find one, but I stumble on mommy blogs instead. One blog features photos of kids following a weekly theme. I thought it was cute and decided to join the “meme” by sharing my kids’ pictures on the blog. The fun part was visiting and dropping comments to each blog participant. It was fun because I look forward to interacting with fellow mommies every week.

Earn online

From interacting with other bloggers, I’ve learned that I can earn online. So I started signing up for various companies that paid bloggers for writing articles.

In 2010, I bought my first domain in the hope of earning more online. Online friends were supportive, they even help me set up a blog with a nice layout. I’m still thankful to them for all the help they’ve extended to me. Other mommy friends also helped me with the technical stuff and hosting my first blog and the succeeding blogs thereof. It was an overwhelming experience indeed.  

They’re the same friends who were generous in giving referrals to paying sites and direct advertisers. I was able to generate funds from the passive income. It was a big help for a single-income family like mine.

Brand ambassador

In 2012, I became part of a campaign that assists people to lose weight. Thanks to mommy friends who recommended me to join the weight loss challenge. Overall, it was a nerve-wracking but productive experience. I believe it was the peak of my blogging journey to date. I’ve met a lot of interesting people behind the blogs.

I guess I share the same sentiments with popular influencer Amy West when she recalls her memorable brand partnerships, although hers are travel-related. Amy travels a lot and sees various places yet still does what she loves most – promote and write blogs, and make money in doing so.  

I didn’t win the weight loss challenge, but I learned to take care of my own health. I continue to exercise and mind my food intake.

Blog coverage

The blog exposure somewhat allowed me to cover events. I was lucky to attend a few, a Family Day in an exclusive school for girls; green social enterprises in a municipality in Metro Manila; and an art exhibit by human rights activists. The coverages brought back the memories I had as a reporter.

There were opportunities to review certain products. The good thing about blogging is that you can express your honest opinion about the product. For me, blogging plays a big role in the promotion of new merchandise in the market. Potential consumers can easily access product reviews online and decide for themselves if they will buy the product or not.

Blogging onward

I have been in this business for more than a decade now. I can’t say I’ve made a mark in the blogging world because I’m an ordinary blogger with no accolades or large following to boot. I feel happy enough to share the side of an introverted mommy blogger.

What keeps me motivated to continue blogging these days is a personal goal. You see, my son is in the last two years in college and I rely on whatever income I get from blogging.

Advocacy

I’ve mentioned sharing/posting PLWHAs stories here. I have actually posted a few in my other blogs. I believe those real-life stories will help convey a serious message about the real threat of STDs, HIV/AIDS to the current crop of young people.

Virtual Toast for the Holidays

Despite repeated warnings by health experts, many continuously violate the health and safety protocols of Covid19. We have seen people posting on social media big gatherings of family members with their relatives and friends outside their home on Christmas Eve.  

Face-to-face parties outside the home are still prohibited this holiday season. Why don’t we listen to the warnings of experts? This way, we can protect ourselves and our loved ones from getting Covid.

Photo by Gabriel Tovar on Unsplash

On New Year’s Eve, please do not invite your relatives and friends to any physical parties. There is too much at stake if you hold an activity outdoors. Why not invite them to a zoom party. People are doing this worldwide. I think a virtual party is more fun and does not require you to dress up and prepare a lot of food on the table. Let’s be patient, please. We have been in this situation for several months now; let’s wait for a few more until the vaccine reaches the country.

Even with the dramatic turn of events, let us claim a better 2021 for everyone.  Happy holidays and please stay safe.

Let’ have a virtual toast for a healthier life in 2021!

Lamudi Honors Buyers’ Choice in The Outlook Awards

Leading real estate platform Lamudi gathers the top real estate developers in the Philippines for The Outlook 2019: Philippine Buyers’ Choice Property Awards, a gala event co-presented by Philippine Daily Inquirer Property and Holcim Philippines to be held at the Makati Shangri-la on November 14, 2019. The event recognizes the real estate innovations developers designed in response to the changing needs of property seekers all over the country, with nominees shortlisted by a panel of judges and winners chosen through a survey with 10,000 active Lamudi property seekers.

Lamudi’s preparations started in January, when nominations were opened to all developers in the Philippines until May 31st, provided their development has not won at The Outlook Awards before. There was no nomination fee to submit the name of a project, and no limits were imposed on the number of nominees in all award categories.

The Judges

The real estate platform asked judges to review all the nominations between June and July, using a predefined category-specific score sheet for each category as a guide in shortlisting the nominees. The panel of judges will determine the winners of the Special Awards. The winners for the House, Condominium, Mixed-use, and Grand Awards categories will be determined via a 10,000-respondent survey involving active property seekers on Lamudi.

Here are the panel of judges for The Outlook: Philippine Buyers’ Choice Property Awards:

  • Atty. Robert Nomar V. Leyretana,  Deputy Administrator of the Land Registration Authority
  • Richard Raymundo, Managing Director of Colliers International Philippines
  • Kenneth Stern, Country Manager of RE/MAX Philippines
  • Platzer Georg, Market Development Manager of Ikano Philippines Inc. and Store Manager of IKEA Pasay City
  • Arch. Amado P. de Jesus, Vice Chairman of Philippine Green Building Initiative and  Principal Architect of A. P. de Jesus & Associates
  • Theresa Samaniego, Editor of Philippine Daily Inquirer Property
  • Amelita Remo, Writing Editor of Philippine Daily Inquirer Property
  • Dr. Eduardo Ong, Former Chairman of the Professional Regulatory Board for Real Estate Services
  • Leira Buan, Assistant Secretary of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC)
  • James Buskowitz, CEO of Buskowitz Group
  • Rick Santos, Chairman and CEO of Santos Knight Frank
  • Jason Buensalido, Principal Architect, Chief Design Ambassador and Founder of Buensalido+Architects

The Nominees

The Outlook: Philippine Buyers’ Choice Property Awards, which is supported by the Subdivision and Housing Developers Association (SHDA), received an overall increase of 30% in the number of nominations in its third year, with a 90% increase in the number of nominees from Visayas and Mindanao compared to 2018.

Awards for Developments in Luzon

The shortlisted nominees for the Best Affordable Condo in Luzon are:

  • Amaia Land Corporation – Amaia Skies Shaw
  • Cathay Land, Inc. – Stanford Suites 2
  • DataLand, Inc. – The Silk Residences
  • Empire East Holdings, Inc. – Cambridge Village
  • PHINMA Property Holdings Corporation – Arezzo Place Pasig
  • SM Development Corporation – Cheer Residences
  • Sta. Lucia Land, Inc. – Monte Carlo

The shortlisted nominees for the Best Premium Condo in Luzon are:

  • Avida Land Corporation – Avida Towers Makati Southpoint
  • Century Properties Group, Inc. – Iguazu Tower at Acqua Private Residences
  • Costa del Hamilo, Inc. – Freia at Pico de Loro Cove
  • Empire East Land Holdings, Inc. – San Lorenzo Place
  • Filinvest Land, Inc. – Fora Condotel
  • SM Development Corporation – Hope Residences
  • Torre Lorenzo Development Corporation – Torre Lorenzo Central
  • Robinsons Land Corporation – Chimes Greenhills
  • Alveo Land Corporation – The Sandstone at Portico
  • Anchor Land Holdings, Inc. – Princeview Parksuites

The shortlisted nominees for the Best Luxe Condo in Luzon are:

  • Ayala Land Premier – Park Central Towers
  • Megaworld Corporation – The Albany
  • North Bonifacio Landmark Realty and Development Inc. – Grand Landmark Residences South Tower (Grand Hyatt Manila Residences South Tower)
  • Century Properties Group, Inc. – Century Spire
  • Anchor Land Holdings, Inc. – Anchor Grandsuites

The shortlisted nominees for the Best Affordable House in Luzon are:

  • Amaia Land Corporation – Amaia Scapes Bulacan
  • Avida Land Corporation – Avida Southfield Settings NUVALI
  • CitiHomes Builder and Development, Inc. – Liora Homes
  • Demeterland Development Corporation – Valley Verde Villas
  • Filinvest Land, Inc. – Amarilyo Crest
  • PHirst Park Homes – PHirst Park Homes Tanza
  • Taft Property Venture Development Corporation – Cera at Citation Residences

The shortlisted nominees for the Best Premium House in Luzon are:

  • AboitizLand, Inc. – Seafront Residences
  • Brittany Corporation – Promenade
  • Crown Asia – Valenza
  • Filinvest Land Inc. – The Peak

The shortlisted nominees for Best Mixed-Use Development in Luzon are:

  • Ayala Land Corporation – Evo City
  • Costa del Hamilo, Inc. – Hamilo Coast
  • Italpinas Development Corporation – Miramonti Green Residences
  • NAI RCL Philippines – Waves Beach Club and Residences
  • Megaworld Corporation – Arcovia City

Awards for Developments in Visayas and Mindanao

The shortlisted nominees for Best Affordable Condo in Visayas and Mindanao are:

  • Amaia Land Corporation – Amaia Steps Capitol Central
  • Cebu Landmasters, Inc. – Casa Mira Towers Labangon
  • Damosa Land, Inc. – Seawind
  • Filinvest Land Inc. – One Oasis Cagayan de Oro
  • Grand Land Inc. – Amani Citygate Davao
  • PHINMA Property Holdings Corporation – Arezzo Place Davao
  • Taft Property Venture Development Corporation – Soltana Nature Residences

The shortlisted nominees for Best Premium Condo in Visayas and Mindanao are:

  • Anchor Land Holdings, Inc. – 202 Peaklane
  • Ayala Land Premier – The Residences at Azuela Cove
  • Cebu Landmasters, Inc. – 38 Park Avenue
  • Federal Land, Inc. – Marco Polo Residences
  • Filinvest Land, Inc. – Sanremo Oasis at City di Mare
  • Megaworld Corporation – The Palladium
  • Torre Lorenzo Development Corporation – Dusit Thani Residence Davao

The shortlisted nominees for Best House in Visayas and Mindanao are:

  • AboitizLand, Inc. – Amoa
  • ACM Landholdings, Inc. – Salas Real
  • Amaia Land Corporation – Amaia Scapes Iloilo
  • Cebu Landmasters Incorporated – Velmiro Uptown CDO
  • Damosa Land, Inc. – Damosa Fairlane
  • King Properties – Modena Liloan

The shortlisted nominees for Best Mixed-Use Development in Visayas and Mindanao are:

  • Cebu Landmasters, Inc. – Astra Centre
  • Gaisano Grand Group & Grand Land Inc. – The Grand Citygate Davao
  • Italpinas Development Corporation – Primavera City
  • King Properties – Meridian
  • Megaworld Corporation – The Mactan Newtown

Special Awards

The shortlisted nominees for Best Green Project are:

  • SM Prime Holdings, Inc. – Three E-Com Center
  • Century Properties Group, Inc. – Century Diamond Tower
  • Costa del Hamilo, Inc – Hamilo Coast
  • Filigree – Botanika Nature Residences
  • Innoland Development Corporation – Calyx Centre
  • Ayala Land Premier – Cerilo

The shortlisted nominees for Best Innovation Project are:

  • Megaworld Corporation – World Commerce Place
  • Sunshine Fort North Bonifacio Realty Development Corporation – The Seasons Residences
  • Italpinas Development Corporation – Primavera City
  • Innoland Development Corporation – Montage
  • Costa del Hamilo, Inc. – Hamilo Coast
  • Anchor Land Holdings, Inc. – 202 Peaklane

The shortlisted nominees for Best Co-Living Project are:

  • Philippines Urban Living Solutions Inc. – MyTown Co-Living Hubs
  • Fort Bonifacio Development Corporation – The Flats Fifth Avenue
  • First Georgetown Ventures, Inc. – The Grid Dormitel
  • Lino and Kux Co-Living Bedspace – The Communal
  • DEI Properties – iDorm @ The Fort

The shortlisted nominees for Best Co-Working Project are:

  • Unionspace – Acceler8
  • Common Ground – Common Ground – ArthaLand Century Pacific Tower BGC Branch
  • International Workplace Group – Spaces
  • Launchpad Coworking – Launchpad Coworking One Griffinstone
  • KMC Solutions, Inc. – Robinsons Gamma

The Philippine Daily Inquirer Property Special Award and the Personality of the Year will also be awarded at the gala night.

Grand Awards

The shortlisted nominees for Best Boutique Developer in Visayas and Mindanao are:

  • ACM Landholdings, Inc.
  • DATEM Homes, Inc.
  • Innoland Development Corporation
  • Italpinas Development Corporation
  • PHINMA Property Holdings Corporation
  • RFK Holdings, Inc.
  • Softouch Property Development Corporation
  • Sterling Land Residences and Development, Inc.
  • Torre Lorenzo Development Corporation

The shortlisted nominees for Best Boutique Developer in Luzon are:

  • ACM Landholdings, Inc.
  • Brittany Corporation
  • Central Country Estate, Inc.
  • Costa del Hamilo, Inc.
  • Citihomes Builder and Development, Inc.
  • Crown Asia Properties, Inc.
  • DATEM Homes, Inc.
  • Demeterland Development Corporation
  • Italpinas Development Corporation
  • Philippine Realty & Holdings Corporation
  • PHINMA Property Holdings Corporation
  • PHirst Park Homes
  • Torre Lorenzo Development Corporation

The shortlisted nominees for Best Developer in Visayas and Mindanao are:

  • AboitizLand, Inc.
  • Alveo Land Corporation
  • Amaia Land Corporation
  • Anchor Land Holdings, Inc.
  • Avida Land Corporation
  • Ayala Land Premier
  • Ayala Land, Inc.
  • Cebu Landmasters, Inc.
  • Damosa Land, Inc.
  • DMCI Homes
  • Federal Land, Inc.
  • Filinvest Land, Inc.
  • Grand Land Inc.
  • Nexus Real Estate Corporation
  • Robinsons Land Corporation
  • SM Development Corporation
  • SM Prime Holdings, Inc.
  • Sta. Lucia Land, Inc.
  • Suntrust Properties, Inc.
  • Taft Property Venture Development Corporation
  • Vista Land & Lifescapes, Inc.

The shortlisted nominees for Best Developer in Luzon are:

  • AboitizLand, Inc.
  • Alveo Land Corporation
  • Amaia Land Corporation
  • Anchor Land Holdings, Inc.
  • Avida Land Corporation
  • Ayala Land Premier
  • Cathay Land, Inc.
  • Century Properties Group, Inc.
  • DataLand, Inc.
  • DMCI Homes
  • Empire East Land Holdings, Inc.
  • Federal Land, Inc.
  • Filinvest Land, Inc.
  • Greenfield Development Corporation
  • Megaworld Corporation
  • NAI RCL Philippines
  • Robinsons Land Corporation
  • SM Development Corporation
  • SM Prime Holdings, Inc.
  • Sta. Lucia Land, Inc.
  • Suntrust Properties, Inc.
  • Taft Property Venture Development Corporation
  • Vista Land & Lifescapes, Inc.

For more information, visit lamudi.com.ph/outlook2019-awards.