A Mindanao Bloggers Summit 2 remember
This is the first of three parts of my MBS2 experience.
October 25, 2008, the date when several bloggers from Mindanao met in one place, had fun, and united as one as they participated in the second Mindanao Bloggers Summit in the tuna capital of the Philippines, General Santos City (GenSan).
Months of preparations and hard work paid off. More than 150 bloggers from the different parts of Mindanao gathered at the Family Country Hotel and Convention Center for a whole day MBS2.
Andrew, Ria, Gwing, Aileen, Jay, and I went to General Santos City a day before the event. We arrived there past 6:00 pm so we were not able to take a lot of pictures. Good thing i was able to take a pic of the KCC Mall of Gensan.
We were warmly welcomed by our good friend from GenSan, Avel Manansala who is also this year’s lead organizer for the summit.
We stayed at East Asia Royal Hotel, which was also one of the sponsors for the event. More about this nice hotel in a separate post.
I was at the venue early the following day to help in the last minute preparations. Gates were open as early as 6:00 am and registration started at around 8:00am.
Two quick power interruptions gave some participants fear that the event might not push through. The venue was equipped with generators to provide power for a whole day event, but normal power was quickly restored.
AMA Computer Learning Center (ACLC) of GenSan was tasked with handling the registrants. “Early birds” were given “loot bags” packed with materials from the event’s sponsors.
As more and more delegates came, i saw familiar faces. Most of which were present during a gathering of bloggers in Davao City which also happened in the same week. I was happy to help the organizers welcome them the same was true to several new faces from GenSan, Iligan, Zamboanga, Cagayan de Oro, and other provinces here in Mindanao.
Now, i was able to give face to those whom I’ve only met online either by reading their blogs, or by providing their summit’s pass which I was tasked to send via email. I wasn’t surprised that some were shy in person than how I’ve known them online. But I can see the happiness and excitement in their eyes.
The organizers were not able to post a copy of the programme online as some changes were still made even the day before the event. But i’ll give a rundown of what transpired during the event on part of this topic.
It was a privilege that i was also able to host this year’s MBS, just like the first one. I was joined by Joana Grace banting-Lapore, who teaches English and Mascom in GenSan. She’s also a blogger who have also encouraged her students to start their own.
It was about 9:30 am when the event started.