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World Bloggers' Day 2011 Celebration in Cebu

On May 2 of last year, the first ever World Bloggers’ Day was celebrated just by the Cebu bloggers. This time, on the same date at its second year, the event stayed true to its name, and it was celebrated worldwide. Though bloggers all over the world had different ways and times of celebrating, it did not stop them from actually bringing out the true meaning of the day.


The World Bloggers’ Day in Cebu was celebrated at the Eduardo Aboitiz Development Studies Center with a series of talks about the essence of blogging.


Mr. Wilson Ng of NG KHAI Development Corporation was the first speaker, and his talk was entitled “Creating a Name, Building a Brand, Preserving a Reputation”. He stressed out that to be successful and to create a name, you have to be noticed. This could be achieved by thinking out of the box and being different. And through that, a brand would be built eventually. But it doesn’t end there because reputation has to be preserved if you want to be continuously and continually successful, and that is done by gaining the trust of your customers/readers/etc.

Mr. Ng performs instrumental rendition of Lady Gaga's Bad Romance

Mr. Sam Jacoba followed with his talk about Yahoo! Philippines and the state of the blogosphere in the country.

Mr. Sam Jacoba of Yahoo! shares the rising influence of blogs and Yahoo! being the prime online media firm

The third talk entitled “How to Secure Your Blog” was delivered by Mr. Marlon Guzman of SolidHosting.ph.

Mr. Guzman pointed out the significance of files and database in a blog. For self-hosted blogs, it’s always best to back up everyday because blogs are never 100% hack-free. But hacks could be prevented as much as possible by encrypting log in, doing regular security scans, and updating the plug-ins and other blog files.

The last talk was by Mr. Kevin Ray Chua, the newly elected president of the Cebu Bloggers Society, Inc. and his talk was about “Political Blogging, Libel, and Social Media”. He mentioned that freedom of speech doesn’t necessarily mean you can say whatever you want even to the point of defaming a person or a company because this could lead to libel, a crime against honor. It’s recommended that you take responsibility for everything you say. But you can also build defense by stating sources and considering the setting of the situation.


After the comprehensive and fruitful talks by the speakers, the participants were given the chance to ask questions or state their comments. They were also given time to introduce themselves to other bloggers and to plug their blog/s.


This year’s World Bloggers’ Day wouldn’t have been a success without the help of the sponsors:




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Being the organizers of this event, the Cebu Bloggers Society, Inc. is looking forward to the participation of more bloggers in Cebu in next year’s celebration of World Bloggers’ Day.


by:  Michelle Louise Maglasang— Editorial Head, Content Management Committee


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