The first time I engaged into blogging was February of 2009 when a church mate and a cousin inspired me to start one (Thanks to Ate Lalaine and Pinay Mommy Online). I then attended the Mindanao Bloggers Summit way back October 24, 2009 and happened to meet the pioneering's of CDO Bloggers. I was not that active back then but I already joined the premier blogging organization of Cagayan de Oro after a month.
Voila!!! I never thought I was part of this organization for almost a decade now! Simply Amazing!
A week ago (November 17, 2018), CDO Bloggers recently concluded our first Bloggers Ball themed: “Rebels in Black & Gold: The CDO Bloggers 10th Anniversary Bloggers Ball”. Though our ball was not the typical kind of ball hold in a very prestigious hotels with a sumptuous fine-dining thingy. Ours is different, it was done out of passion, determination, dedication and hard work from the officers and of course the generosity from our beloved sponsors.
Everyone in the organization was so excited for this long awaited event which was finally realized after years of planning and brainstorming. The night was full of fun and glamour when the members and guests were on their best Black and Gold themed dress! So nice to look at that everyone was so prepared for the ball night!
|the TERs in their glamorous black and gold themed|
The Program Proper
The program started with an opening prayer led by Ms Judy Teves and was welcomed by our VP for events Ms Ruby Caberte...
the photos below will tell on itself....
|Mike Abonitalla shared the history of the org on how they started....|
|raffles were given in between's..thanks to our generous sponsors...|
|the crostini bar from Restaurant Damaso|
I happened to meet our keynote speaker up-close for the first time and I could say that he is a cool politician... No other than Atty. Rufus B. Rodriguez~ the Congressman of the 2nd District of Cagayan de Oro!
He admitted that he is new to the social media thing. Sharing to you some highlights of his speech...
The dissemination of information was difficult, because you can only reach a few of your constituents that way. Today, blogging and social media are bringing the people and communities together such that timely and relevant information is shared between us, their representatives in the government, and them, our constituents.
The bloggers are close to my heart because like me, you work hard on writing about something relevant that you feel should be shared to others for the common good. I know how hard it is to think of a topic, to research it, to weave your own thoughts into the topic, to edit, to re-edit, to re-edit the edited before sending it out into the world. I know what it feels like when someone tells you your writing is not good enough. And I know what it takes to keep on writing despite that. And I share with you that wonderful feeling when your words have caused people to think or to take action or to talk about an issue.
The CDO Bloggers group is now on its 10th year and you have already proven yourself in the digital world. You will become increasingly relevant not just in Cagayan de Oro, but in the entire Philippines in the coming years. And I hope that, kung malooy ang Ginoo ug tabangan ako ninyo, I will become a Congressman again, I will be able to work with you so together we can ensure that bloggers will be given technical assistance through trainings and funding for projects and activities so you can continue to make positive impact in society.
Thank you so much Atty. Rufus Rodriguez for the precious time you spent with us and for imparting and encouraging us with your words of wisdom to continue what we've started. I salute you Sir as a person and my long time wanting to be a lawyer was awakened that night. *hoping*
|Strike a pose with our Keynote Speaker Atty Rufus Rodriguez|
- Atty. Rufus Bautista Rodriguez
- SM CDO Downtown Premier for our venue (especially Ms. Ivy Guantero)
- Restaurant Damaso for the uber delicious crostini bar
- Centrio Mall (for the Robinsons gift certificates)
- N Hotel (for the overnight stay gift certificate)
- Ororama (for the gift certificates)
- StreetBy (for the gift cards)
- Smart (for the delicioso porchetta)
- Krispy Kreme (for the four dozen Original Glaze doughnuts)
- Louie Yee for the projector and screen
- Vital Audio (for saving us with their lights – and for the audio system)
- Odyssey Airport Vans (for transporting our non-CDO-based bloggers)
- John Teves for the photos
Thanks also to our friends KC and Alvin of The Explorer’s Channel, Kim of CDO Dev, Dave of Urban Life-Mindanao Gold Star Daily, Manolo Fortich Bloggers Association (Lee, Heterae, and Keinly), and Iligan Bloggers Society (Xy-Za) for, celebrating your glamorous night with us!
|CDO Bloggers members and guests|
Once again, thank you CDO Bloggers (Officers) for making this event possible, indeed, it was a successful one!
|The Officers..ooppss!! insert Edu|