It was on November 11, 2007 when I wrote and published my first post at Bariles Republic (An Idiot’s Guide to GenSan). That initial post sported the unimaginative title, “Banana Snack Vendors at the Oval Covered Court“.
At that time, my objective was to come up with a photo blog and feature my shots around Gen. Santos City and so I did not bother much about content. Gradually, guided by my readings and reviews of other blogs in the internet, it evolved from a purely photo blog to what I can proudly consider now as the definitive source of bits and pieces of info about the Tuna Capital of the Philippines.
Since then, as a PLACE BLOG, Bariles Republic has published 193 posts, undergone 4 header changes and 3 major theme switches. And midway in February 2008, it moved from utilizing the publishing flatform Blogger to the current self-hosted WordPress.
Now, exactly nine months, one week and 1 day to that fateful time in November, this blog which now sports the name Bariles Republic’s GenSantos.com has just been proclaimed as one of the TOP 10 Most Influential Emerging Blogs for 2008 in a an exciting Awards Ceremony last night at the Legends Villas, Mandaluyong, Manila.
Mark Aethen Agana subbing for Bariles at the Awards Nite.
The Search for the TOP 10 Most Influential Emerging Blogs which is now on its second year is a writing project spearheaded by Ms. Janette Toral, which aims to “identify new and emerging blogs that are making an impact to its readers in 2008” and are “gradually gaining a considerable amount of readership and influence.”
For 2008, a total of 177 bloggers submitted their Top 10 lists, citing 413 blogs.
After 14 weeks, these are the results of the Search of the TOP 10 Most Influential Emerging Blogs for 2008:
- Manila Foodistas
- Filipino Voices
- Visit Sagada
- Missing Carlo
- Mar Roxas for President in 2010 blog
- You Got Tech
- The Not so Talented DJ Montano
- Davao Delicious
- Bariles Republic
- Bloggers Da Who
Too bad I could not make it to the affair and instead asked fellow Soccsksargen Blogger Mark Aethen Agana who now studies at the UP Diliman to sub for me and get my plaque. Thanks a lot Mark. I would have been the oldest blogger there if I showed up…hehehe!
By the way, congratulations to my fellow winners especially Aileen Apollo, Kevin Ray Chua and Davao’s blog guru, Blogie Robillo.
The awardees in a group photo
To all those who nominated me (you know who you are), thank you from the bottom of my heart.
To my subscribers (now 170+strong), regular readers and visitors, thank you for your time and continued patronage.
Lastly, to all the SOCCSKSARGENians, especially my fellow GENERALS, this award is dedicated to YOU. (showbiz ba? hehehe)
Photos are courtesy of Jehzeel Laurente. Arigato Jehz!
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One of the best blogsite ever…
@Fahdingding, as long as people like you keep on patronizing this blog, I will always be inspired to improve it even further. Thanks my friend. 🙂
wow. ang galing niyo sir. 😀
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CONGRATULATIONS! astig talaga tong site na to! long live…..
dapt mauna ang site na ito kasi maganda eh.. kumpara sa 1st to 7th ranks.. lain kaaau..
actually, pwedeeeee!!!! hahahaha! uwi ka ba ryan?
ormans last blog post..nakakapagod.
‘di ba dapat ‘to part ng speech mo sa mbs2? hehehe…
puwede rin siyang part ng “thank you speech” ni BARILES sa mbs2…
suggestment lang… 😀
with the imminent success of the 2nd min-bloggers convention, bariles republic’s prominent place in the bloggers’ map is assured.
ormans last blog post..nakakapagod.
ikaw ni, PART?
ikaw si ROSEANNE noh?
belated happy birthday… 🙂
burger!!! burger!!! burger!!!
Hi, Kuya Avel!
Wow! Congratulations!!! Though it does not come as a surprise since you are definitely one talented creature…. c”,) Everytime I want to catch up on news about Gensan all I do is read Bariles Republic, that way I won’t miss out on the good things happening there in Gensan. I really miss being part of the City’s activities… Cheers! Kuya… I miss you!!!
Fr. Manny, thanks a lot! Maayong Kinabuhi pud!
Will mention you to Aileen. She’s coming over next month. Will bring her to you pads. Salamat uli. 🙂
Salamat Guapo Ako! Pinataba mo tuloy puso ko. Pero parang mahirap mangyari ang pagdami ng lahi ko. Hahahaha! 🙂
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Congratulations! I am proud of you. You have given great contribution for the recognition of our city. Maayong Kinabuhi.
By the way, I know Aileen Apollo. I was assigned before in their parish, Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary, in Sun Valley, Paranaque City.
Congrats…. I know on how Genius and Talented you are??? Sana lang po dumami talaga lahi Mo….
Hello neurotic sis! Welcome to Bariles Republic and to the wonderful world of blogging! Just be yourself and write about your experiences in your Bataan home. Cheers! 🙂
Thank you Faust! Welcome to the Bariles Republic! Hope you can make it to the 2nd Mindanao Bloggers Summit! You have a cool site by the way. 🙂
Hi Sister! Ok lang uy! I know naman how busy you are juggling your duties as a mother and as a teacher. Gusto mo pa, BIG MAC or CHAMP? Hehehehe! Thanks Sis. 🙂
Hi UM student! Thanks for your kind words. I have checked the link you submitted and I must say that you’re doing a good job in your field of volunteerism. If you have stories about your projects in Mindanao, feel free to email me about it at bariles (at) gensantos (dot) com.
Daghang salamat! 🙂
Thanks a lot liezl. Long time no see ha? Regards to Job and to your baby. You and Job are actually two of my inspirations in coming up with this blog. Salamat jud. 🙂
i was blog hopping and dropped here on your magnanimous blog site.:-) and congratulations on the award! that was way cool!:-) haha i’m new in this blogosphere, and i hope to drop by here anytime soon!:-) congratulations again!
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kudos! and cheers to all!
Congrats idol! Ngaun ko lang nabasa ito.
Mabuhay ang mga tagaMindanao! 🙂
….kahit medyo late na, congrats !!!! mana ka talaga sa akin….hehehehehe….pa burger ka naman jan….
This is so amazed you got the award. The world needs to see it more. We had a man from IBM in USA come to visut us last month with other IBM people from other countries like Brazil and China. You should send Sir Andrew Levy your website so he can add it to his. His is only on emergencys but he is friendly and can add it to his website if you are nice. It is citizencorps.blogspot.com and has pictures of my friends there with me.
congratulations!!! you truly deserved the award. nwey, thanks for dropping by in our site and leaving some messages.
keep up the good work. padayon sa paglambo! 🙂
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Maraming salamat Menard. This award is dedicated to all my readers like you. Pa-cheese burger ka naman! Hehehe! 🙂
Thank you soulrocks! Ganda naman ng name mo abe! Masanting!! 🙂
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