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!
O Tuna fest na yan! Congrats!
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Jehzeel!!!! Blowout!!!! 🙂
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welcome! 😀 and once again.. CONGRATULATIONS!!! yay!
Hi Jasper! Thanks! Kung official website, dapat seryoso…hehehe. Tapos, wala nang comments section like this. Lungkot na. 🙁
Hi Kevin! Thanks. You too! Congrats for making it also. Haneps! Pandagdag sa pogi points natin ito. We couldn’t thank Aileen enough for this. 🙂
Thanks jinky! Dami na ba feathers? Para na akong si LOLA sa Copacabana nyan? hehehe! Salamat gid! 🙂
Gay! Welcome to Bariles Republic! It’s ok, it’s alright… don’t worry. It was not meant to be. Thanks sa incoming help for the MBS 2 in October ha? Mwah! 🙂
Hello whatchamacallit! (wow, long name!) Thanks for your kind words. Kaka-touch talga. 🙂 Welcome to Bariles Republic and check back often, ok? And yes, thanks for subscribing. 🙂
hi sheng! thanks a million. keep on checking back, ok? 🙂 See you soon.
Hi mark! thanks for subbing for me that night. I was not mistaken in asking you since you also promoted the 2nd Mindanao Bloggers Summit. Galing2x!
We could ask Marcelle to perform, why not? Let’s discuss this thing farther. He can perform with Nate Marx. 🙂
Hello none-air! Joker ka talga! Salamat sa pagbati. Regards to Rey and Pauline. 🙂
Gosh! Yeah, it should be a grand party! SASHIMI NIGHT! STREET DANCING! Ano pa? VIDEOKE CONTEST??? Hhehe! How I wish. Hehehe!
Thanks a lot manang. Coming from you, that’s a big boost. Mabuhay ang Gensan! :0
Powerful talaga!! hehehe Congratulations Mr. Avel M.! Sana ito na lang ang official website ng Gensan.hehehe Mabuhay po kayo!! 🙂
Congrats Sir Avel!
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congratulations, sir vel!
Another feather in your cap, huh! Andami na nga, nadagdagan pa! he he. you deserve it sir Vel!
Kuya, im so proud of you and so sad also. hay. kaw talaga. had i known, we could have done something noh! kainis ka! hehe..congrats pa rin…hanggang sa october!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Congratulations! You deserve the award. You are cool.
btw, I met Marcelle “Kel” Fabie at the awards night, he is a magician. He performed a fork (mental) binding trick in front of me. He is a cool magician who is unlocking a sense of wonder.
Padayon, SOCCSKSARGEN bloggers.
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Congratz!!! kuya avel! iba ka talaga…Im Proud of you.Imagine ur one of the top ten bloggers.before ko nabasa ang full story.. inisip ko ikaw ang pang 10th place..Gosh! top 9 pala hehehe..Congratz kuya vel!
i’m looking forward for an invitation on your “blogoversary”… it will surely be a “grand” celebration, with this award and all…
isa kang alamat, KUYA AVEL… 🙂
Congratulations for a job well done! I really enjoy reading your blog, it makes me feel closer to home!
You make me proud of being a General! Keep up the good work!!!
Mabuhay rin ang Afordabolz! Salamat noel. Kitakits!
thanks so much blackmeat! as one of my first subscribers, i owe you a lot. 🙂
Wow tnalak persona!!!! That has got to be the most poetic and touching note I have ever received in this blog. I don’t know what to say. I just wanted to inform and entertain my readers when I came up with this blog. I am so happy it has become a daily habit for generals near and far.
The champagne bottle is now open! CHEERS! Thanks tnalak persona!
Hi Nate Marx! I am sharing this to all Soccsksargen Bloggers and yes, hoping that it will inspire others to keep on blogging.
Salamat Nate! Hope to see you for the MBS2! You have to perform there, ok? 🙂
Hello Philos! Thank you and welcome to Bariles Republic. Please check back often. 🙂
Hi Ormz! Salamat. Ikaw blowout ha? Hehehe.
hi Gensanite! It’s people like you who make this task worthwhile. Basta keep on commenting here my friend. Thanks from my bottom…hahahaha! 🙂
Kudos, Kuya Avel!
You are indubitably blessed with the unusual gift of writing. You have the passion and the fashion. Keep up!
Congratulations! You deserve it.
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Hi Lionheart! You nominated me! That’s why I won! Maraming salamat Lionheart! Hope to see you on the MBS2. Treat kita! 🙂
MABUHAY ANG BARILES REPUBLIC! Ang galing naman. Congratz!
Hello Yam! Thanks a lot! You’re really my loyal friend and fan forever….hehehe! 🙂
Hi Janet! Hats off to you too for coming up with this writing project. You made it all happen. Thanks to you a million times. 🙂
Hi Rue! That’s so flattering but coming from you, I’ll take it. Hehehe! Thanks for being a loyal reader and for sharing my posts with your millions of friends all over the world.
Thanks Ann and welcome to Bariles Republic.
Check back soon! 🙂
congrats, bariles.. you’re the man! Ahehe!
the passion is you.
it created your blog.
you make it shining and bright!
an ocean of appreciation for
bringing me to our very
own gensan no matter how far
i am, for making learning fun,
for feeding my visual hunger,
for the different perspectives…
countless, endless giving…
open the champagne and cheers to you
my dearest AVEL!!!!!
Congratulations Sir Avel!!!
Winning the award is a great inspiration to bloggers like me in Gensan. I hope that next year tataas lalo ang rating the Bariles Republic.
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Congratulations! Good job! 🙂
congrats kuya avel… dapat mas gumanda pa ang blog site na ito…
iba talaga ang power mo, KUYA AVEL…
nasa ibang level ka na ngayon…
my hats off to you… you are doing a great job of promoting our beloved city in this “work of art”… this is a piece of “home” to me…
keep on, keeping on…
God bless… 🙂
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Congratulations! Hehe 🙂
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I never doubted your “in-born, God given talent” Avel! you always succeed in all your endeavors! CONGRATULATIONS!
pleased to meet you aethan! really nice name. sana makapunta ako sa gensan 🙂
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Hi Avel. Congratulations to Bariles Republic for making it to the Top 10! Cheers to you!
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You deserve it, Avel, for bringing Gen. Santos City to the PC’s of a lot of people worldwide. But it’s saddening that you did not get your award personally. I guess the city owes you this!
wow.. congrats! =)
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