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Hooray for my First Blogapalooza

November 10, 2016
Blogapalooza 2016

Hi, loves! The past few weeks have gone by with me being so busy with college stuff – exams, quizzes, and fieldworks. But these weeks also have gone by with some exciting and worthwhile moments. One of these is Blogapalooza Horizons 2.0 which happened last November 5, 2016 at the splendid five-star hotel, Novotel Manila in Araneta Center, Cubao.

What is Blogapalooza?

According to their website, it is where “bloggers meet their future clients and advertisers”. Through connecting and stimulating interaction among businesses and bloggers, businesses ought to lower their costs and bloggers are aided to have more featurables and posts in mind.

This was my first time going to their events and God knows this was one of the most thrilling moments of my life! I went there alone because my blogger friends, Rafter, Ate Mel, and Micki, couldn’t come. I was very anxious of going there alone because I’m honestly awkward with meeting and talking with new people. But I thought, why the hell not go? I survived my first blogging event alone so why couldn’t I survive this, right? Well, as it turned out, I made the right decision in going.

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After the registration, I went directly to the sixth floor of the Novotel. This stand, apart from the hotel staff, was the first one that welcomed me. My heart jumped with joy, and probably, I somehow felt victorious, too, because I’m conquering new things on my own. It’s something I was proud of.

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I didn’t expect for the event to happen outside of the hotel though. It was pretty hot because it was 10 AM and the sun was at its brightest. That didn’t stop me, though; the last thing I expected to ruin my day would be the sun.

As I entered the event venue, I was greeted by the Blogapalooza team with a smile and some tents that sheltered various brands and clients for us, bloggers. I immediately went to the booth in front of the entrance which was the Habitat for Humanity.

Habitat for Humanity is an international non-profit organization present in over 80 countries that aims to build safe, sustainable, and affordable homes for those in need of decent housing. They believe that “everyone [should have] a decent place to live”. Through their Habitat for Humanity ReStore, they offer new and slightly used furniture, accessories, appliances, and all other to the public in which the proceeds will be used by their organization to build homes, communities, and hope.

I admired their organization’s vision. As a development communication student from the University of the Philippines, I have a bias for the poor and the marginalized. I believe there should always be equity and building homes for the homeless is something to aid in reaching the development of the country and the people. If you also think what I said is right then I encourage you to check out their site and donate! Your donation will come a long way!

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With Renz of Habitat for Humanity

When I came back to their booth that night, I was the third person to solve their puzzle. I won a Coffee Bean gift certificate. Yay! Thank you Habitat for Humanity!

After visiting their booth, I, then, checked out some other booths and decided to stop by the booth right at the corner of the venue. I learned that it was MigMe, a social networking site and app where you can meet new friends and get close to latest stars, influencers, and bloggers. Here’s the catch, if you’re a blogger yourself, the site gives you the chance to connect with your fans and readers more, and apart from that, earn some extra income, too. Cool, right?

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Check out and follow me on my Mig.Me profile here! I’d love to talk to you there, loves! You may also give me a gift, which I’d love and appreciate so much! 🙂

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While I was at their booth, I finally received a text message from a blogger, who I am tweeting with, that they’re finally here. I met them in the seats on the poolside and I was all hyped when I met them. Because finally, I have some company! And finally, I met new friends! They are Mich of michsantillan.com and Alyssa of weeklyalyssa.com. Before entering the venue again, I also met Nika of wheresnika.com and LA of parapixelife.com. Surprisingly, I met a blogger from the same university as I do, Chardy from chardybaldyosa.wordpress.com.  Check out their blog, loves!

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We took some photos courtesy of the Blogapalooza team. We also had some photos [which are literally my fave of them all] taken at the booth of Marianas Visitor Authority. I really loved the free mwarmwar that they gave the three of us – REALLY LOVED that I wore it all throughout the event and REALLY LOVED that my Mom started wearing it when we arrived home (my Gahd! hahaha). If you have wanderlust like I do, I swear you won’t regret checking out their site!

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Alyssa, Mich, and I also went to the booth of GoMoto, an e-hailing app that’s very reliable and let’s you pick-up or delivers you their service within 30 minutes or less. They told me they are planning to extend their services beyond Manila so we should definitely wait for that! MyCure, on the other side, is also an app that caters to Filipino doctors and patients that aims to maximize their time and resources by using their electronic medical records mobile app. The free tea they served us, which was natural and sugar-free in the sense that the only sugar used was black sugar, is so delicious!

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We also dropped by the booth of Vitamin Boost Drink where we played a game and won us some free drinks! I honestly loved how they offered different flavors and functions, expecially the Anti-Stress drink! I need that whenever it’s hell week! Hahaha!

After having lunch with Mich and Alyssa, we took some break from the event and went outside to have a photoshoot. I had so much fun!

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When we arrived at the hotel again, we then dropped by the Klopfer booth, which are drink shooters and a brand that aims to make parties a lot more exciting! Check out their page here.

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Some of the brands we’ve also talked to are:

  • Eurotel, where I took some selfies in their booth with their beautiful flowers (hehe). Find their hotel here.

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  • Victoria Court, where I shook the ass off of my head just to win their prize (and eventually failed lol)

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  • Alfox Printing, where I also won their game (yayy!)
  • Taisho, where I loved their ramen so much (it was tasty!)
  • SanMig Food Ave, where I also totally loved their free snacks, especially that yummy nutella bun!

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With Alyssa and X of xeressays.com! She’s so adorable!

  • Amada’s Desserts, where I bought their leche flan that my Mom loved as well!

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Also, my Mom and my Tito also dropped by the event to fetch me. She also met Mich and Alyssa! Hihihi.

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The three of us also went inside the air-conditioned room where speakers and clients were meant to talk and give some tips for the bloggers. I fel home in there, like those people around me were family because they’re bloggers like me, too! It didn’t matter where they came from (some even came from Davao), we were all just having fun and learning altogether there! I also stood up and recited why I was a blogger. I felt honored because that was Miss Mafae of Mafae Management I talked to and it also felt thrilling because it was something I did just because I wanted to “just DO it”. Her speech was totally inspiring as well!Processed with VSCO with a6 preset

When the night finally came and the program finished, Blogapalooza team finally spilled what their surprise was! It was about Buzzin, a new site that lets bloggers and brands interact not just every Blogapalooza or any blogging event, or monthly, but 24/7! So nice!

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With that, I want to congratulate everyone who made Blogapalooza and LetsBuzzin.com possible! Kudos to you guys for the successful event. Also, to all the brands and sponsors, online influencers, and bloggers I’ve met and talked to, thank you, thank you, thank you!

You can’t even imagine how much I appreciated this day and how excited I am for the next event. Until the next Blogapalooza!

Yours truly,

Official Myrra


Have you been to a Blogapalooza event? Or are you planning to? Share your thoughts on the comments section, love!

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  • It really looks like you had a great time! Wishing that I could attend events like this in the future. Also, you had a haircut ate Myrra? looks really good on you! Short hair suits you better 🙂

    blissfulpotato.wordpress.com

  • wah I’d love to meet you too, you seem so nice <3

  • I regret not going to Blogapalooza. Anyway, I hope you enjoyed the event. So jelly. Lol! Hope to see you soon girls! 😉

    • Aww we really enjoyed the event, love! Hope to meet you too! //!

  • The Victoria Court booth game was crazy! I didn’t even get a point and I got dizzy sick after the game. Hahaha.
    XX Nikaia | http://www.wheresnika.com

    • Yasss! I thought it was easy at first but when the clock was ticking, it was so pressuring. Glad to know you tried it too because it was so much fun! 🙂

  • Hi! I’m from UP Diliman too! I wasn’t able to go to this Blogapalooza but I went earlier this year and I absolutely loved it too! Maybe we can meet up at school and chat sometime!

    Love,
    Mitzi Jonelle
    mitzijonelle.wordpress.com

    • Hi Mitzi! Omg, hellooo! I’m from UPLB though. Pero I often go to UPD naman since malapit lang sa house namin sa Manila and I have a Kuya there. Hihi. That’d be lovely! I’d like to meet with you din! How about after this sem? Pm me on any of my social media accs so I could give you my number if ever. Thank you for reading my post btw! 🙂 – Myrra

  • Hi! We didn’t actually talk at the event, but I was with LA and Nika, lol. Love the photos you took! I didn’t expect the open grounds as well, but the games were really fun. Hopefully we can interact more on future events, maybe.

    xx, Richel Goes Places

    • Hi Richel! Thanks for checking out my blog. I agree, the open grounds were a bit challenging but the games were more challenging yet still so fun! Just reach out if you see me in an event someday! I’d love to talk with you! 🙂

  • Ann

    Nice to see you had a blast on your first Blogapalooza event, Myrra! You were stunning on those pics and so are the guys with you! The events’ aim was great , I hope to attend one too if given the chance and I am in the homeland. Will check your blog posts from now on..

    Thanks for checking my humble blog also 🙂
    (www.annyamagishi.com)

    • Hi Ann! Thank you so much for passing by my blog. You really should come on their future events! It’s great for networking and for socialization with other bloggers like us as well. Hope to see you! – Myrra

  • Congratulations on your first Blogapalooza. Would love to also experience that. And I hope there’ll be a similar event in Bicol.

    • Thanks! Are you from Bicol? Because I am originally from Camarines Sur! I hope they can organize events on provinces, too, so a lot of bloggers may socialize 🙂

  • Wow! That’s an interesting event. I’m not sure if we have that here in Seoul, but your post gave me an idea. Perhaps I could invite other Filipino bloggers in Korea for a meetup.

    • That would totally be amazing! You could organize one, perhaps, so you guys could interact! 🙂

  • Was supposed to attend Blogapalooza a couple of years back but it got cancelled. But yey to conquering things! I also attended an event alone and made new blogger friends. I think it’s just natural for people to feel awkward. Kaya go lang! Happy to see you win so many prizes toooooo 🙂

    • Hi Matt! Were you able to go to their recent events after that cancelled event? I really think taking risks and trying new things are important, especially for us, blogger! And thank youuu, by the way! Hope to see you in future Blogapalooza events 🙂

  • Was supposed to attend Blogapalooza a couple of years back but it got cancelled. But yey to conquering things! I also attended an event alone and made new blogger friends. I think it’s just natural for people to feel awkward. Kaya go lang! Happy to see you win so many prizes toooooo 🙂

    -Matt Angeles (http://www.lonermeetsworld.com)

  • What an interesting event! I actually took part in some blogging events a few weeks ago, organised with the occasion of the World Travel Market in London. Next year i will try to attend more conferences though, I have already secured my ticket for Traverse 17, a week long blogging event where a lot of cool things will happen.

    • That sounds so great, Joanna! I’m glad you’re going to these kinds of events because they’re really useful for bloggers like us – what with networking and socialization. Wow, week-long? I haven’t heard of that yet since we only have one-day events here. Hope you enjoy though! 🙂

  • Wow, that was a full fun-packed day wasn’t it? Lots of freebies! I hope there would be some blogapalooza to happen somewhere near Cagayan de Oro too haha. It’s a great way to meet your fellow bloggers too! Amazing.

    • Hi John. Yep, freebies are love! Hihihi. Actually, a lot of bloggers from Davao so hopefully, you can go here in Manila for a Blogapalooza event in the future. Also, have you ever thought of organizing a mini-blogging event for you CDO bloggers? That would be soooo great! 🙂

  • Glad you enjoyed your first Blogapalooza event. Like your spirit of going there even your alone! That’s a real blogger spirit. *wink* Their sponsors are really cool that’s why they’re successful year after year.

    • Aww, thank you, love! I was really scared at first but when I arrived, I felt so carefree and happy. Maybe the blogger life is just for me. Hihi. Anyhow, I agree, their sponsors were so nice in giving us freebies and telling us all about their brands. It was so fun!

  • Congrats on your first blogapalooza! I’ve not yet been to it but I”m sure just by looking at the photos, that you’ve all had a great time! 🙂

    • Indeed, we had! I hope you can go on their future events as well. Thank you for checking out my post! – Myrra

  • Blogapalooza sounds like a nice event. It looks like you had a lot of fun and learned a lot. It’s cool that you got to meet some sponsors.

    • It was really great! Have you been to events like this one before? I hope you did because they’re so much fun!

  • Wow! Looks like you had a lot of fun! I wish I could attend such conventions too.

    • Ow em, you definitely have to attend one! They’re very fun and helpful for us as bloggers. I hope you can go to events like this, too! 🙂

  • I Love Paars by: Lee

    Nice to know you enjoyed bloga. Its really intended for newbie bloggers esp if they want to establish connections with brands and other bloggers

    • Hi! Yep, for newbie bloggers like me, it’s definitely a must! It’s been very insightful! 🙂

  • it’s been my dream for years, Blogapalooza is one of the events that bloggers shouldn’t miss. I hope to join next year…

  • I hope I can visit to some of blogger events like this soon. Hehe! 🙂 I’ve been reading posts from bloggers like you about their experiences on this event and hell yeah, all of you did have fun. 😀

    • I swear, you will have so much fun if you did, too! Hope to meet you on one of their future events! 🙂

  • I was there too. 🙂 I have to agree that the Victoria Court was challenging. I didn’t get to say hi with you. I was probably busy checking the booths. Hopefully we’ll meet in the future events.

    • There were so many booths so we’re probably so preoccupied to interact with spme other bloggers. Hehe. Hope to meet you soon!