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!
Congratulations! We are proud of you…
You make us Generals proud! Congratulations! and More POwer!
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Thanks Sunshine. Am really grateful that you like what I have been coming up here regularly. You inspire me to do even better. 🙂
Hi Scotty’s Princess! Thank you so much. You’re doing fine too. Say hello to the Kuerdas Band and good luck on their trip to Davao tomorrow. 🙂
Hi kagawad! What can I say? Thanks a billion! This one’s for you. 🙂
Hi Allan! Coming from you, am more than convinced that I deserve it…hehehe! Thanks a lot for keeping in touch. See you soon. 🙂
Hello Kimberly! Thanks for your inspiring message. This is dedicated to all my subscribers, including you. 🙂
CONGRATS to you dear amigo…
wow wow wow… ang galing mo da. with this BARILES blogs it keeps us posted on whats good and new in gensan.. thanks to you kuya avel.
keep it up and more power! we’re here to support you.
A well-deserved recognition!
OUR JOURNEY TO FOREVER
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i know this may come late but you know that i will always be with you to share all the joys and pains(if ever meron pa hahaha)that our friendship could ever have..
congratulations and god bless you
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Congrats bai! you and this blog certainly deserved the award. More power!
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Yeheyyy! congrats kuya avel! you’ve made it!
grabe! napagod ako sa pagbabasa mula sa umpisa
hanggang sa dulo ng mga comments… dami talagang
nagmamahal sayo kuy’! bilib na ako! everyone is sooo
happy for you! isa na ako doon! hehehe!
and of kors… our Lord above! He truly loves you for
your are blessed in so many ways! Whatever you do…
do it for His glory!
keep it up kuy’…
hey dong! long time, no see! how are you do-ing my friend? hehehe! I noticed that your blog now sports a new look. Congrats! And thank you for dropping by once again.
Before I forget, activate mo na rin ang subscription mo dito. Check your email. Hehe! 🙂
congratulations! galing naman!
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Thank you Miah! Welcome to Bariles Republic! Feel free to browse around. You are very much welcome here, among us Bisdaks. 🙂
Hi Lynn! Welcome to Bariles Republic and thanks for your kind words. You may email me your contact details at bariles (at) gensantos (dot) com so that we can correspond asap.
Thanks for responding to my call for volunteers. 🙂
Thanks rgb. Hehehe. Welcome to Bariles Republic. Feel free to visit us from time to time, ok? 🙂
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Wow! Congratulations! What an honor you’ve made for General Santos! Keep it up!
Anyways, with regards to your question, yes, i’m currently in Gensan. Would love to be a part of the 2nd Mindanao Bloggers Summit in GenSan on Oct 25. Just keep me posted.
Thank you! More power!
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Hahai..Ang daming comments…Congrats! 😉
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Mr. Marz, thanks a lot! Subscribers like you inspire me to do even better. Without you, I wouldn’t have been given this honor.
Salamat gid kasimanwa, MLV! 🙂
hello macario! finally, you made the right decision in joining the hundreds of commentators here. With your presence, all the forums sprouting here will even be more lively…hehehe!
Thanks a lot for voicing out your appreciation to what this blog has done so far. Your encouragement only keeps us going and going and going..just like the energizer rabbit.
Wherever you are my new friend, this award is dedicated to you and to the hundreds like you who are far away from their homeland.
wow! congrats mr. bariles!…
hi there kuya avel,
am an avid viewer of your site for months now and ironically it’s still my first time to drop a comment here. i just don’t want to dare miss the chance to congratulate you for a job indeed very well done. awesome! sure is this site is highly informative most specifically regarding the current headlines sprouting all over the tuna city. it really helped me gained loads of info though am afar. once again, congratulations and more power!
continue soaring high tuna city! we will all gonna hit big soon!
Thanks Juler….hehehe! You said it right! Now I have more time to concentrate on the MBS2. You too can help out. May meeting kami sa Monday, which is a holiday. Leave a note here. 🙂
Purple24, thanks a lot! Don’t worry, once approved ni Bosing ang blowout, ikaw ang unang kagat…hehehe! 🙂
i’m very happy!
five of my nominations made to the the top ten!
sana binigyan ako ng award ng may maraming nominations na pumasok.. wahahhahaa!
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Hello Sir Avel, congrats sa imoha… hehhe now you can focus on Mindanao Summit Godbless and More power…
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my warmest congratulations kuya..you really did a very great job for the city and for all the generals out there..we should celebrate na kse..Theresa’s/eurokitchen/afordabolz? hahahah! better late than never db? hehehe..ang hectic kse ng sked natin sa ofis..cheers to more awards for u..
Bestfriend Francis! Finally, you’re here bringing me words of inspiration to last me a lifetime.
Yes, let’s maximize our potential.. Kaya don’t forget to bring me along on your trips, ok? Hehehe!
And hey, thanks for always being there, pare. 😉
Hi Blogie! Thanks a lot for all the help from Day one. Without you, this wouldn’t have been possible. Congratulations to you too! Sulong Mindanao!
Hi padre! Thanks for the visit! Check back soon! Godbless! 🙂
Siraniks! Thanks to your vote, I got in! Yeheey!!!! Announcing the blowout soon…hehehe! 🙂 Hello to everyone in Koronadal!
Acheng Rachel, dacal a salamat ne? With friends like you, how can I fail in this venture? Miss you!
Rey!!!!! Welcome to Bariles Republic!!! Finally your first response! Thanks a lot. There’s nothing like receiving “nuggets of wisdom” from you. When is your blowout treat to me? Hehehe! 🙂
Hi attorney! A million heartfelt thanks to you and to the entire AMA. Yeah, let’s show them what GenSan has got! Mabuhay! 🙂
Thanks Jermaine! Check back more often. 🙂
MisterVader, thanks so much my friend! I owe you one. Hope to see you soon… during the tuna festival or the MBS2.
Unang tagay is on me! 🙂
Hi Dimaks! Salamat! Punta ka Tuna Fest? 🙂
Wow!!! Superb!!! Fantastic Achievement !!! Congratulations to my bestfriend….. Character speaks for itself!!! Your Blogs reflect your own character……VERY INFLUENTIAL……
The Glory Days are coming back. Gone with the days that our idle moments are converted into trash. Now look what we are now and where we are now?
CONGRATULATIONS!!! KEEP IT UP…..LET’S MAXIMIZE OUR POTENTIALS….
you have one end result already. The rest are still coming.
Congratulations!!! I’m so proud of your blog!
And thanks for the link-love. 🙂
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Congratulations! More Power.
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Sure sir Avel I will be there, I wanna learn more about bloggin and perhaps do some magic and mentalism to a few bloggers. I am definitely looking forward on collaborating with Kel Fabie (he is my mentor on mentalism) for a show and not just a mere intermission number this October.
Anyway I am planning to put up a self-produced show this September on Mentalism. I am a bit danggling on the logistics for it.
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Congratulations Kuya Avel!
You’ve done a great job! More power to you! Keep it up kuya
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Ache! What can i say? Ur a superstar!!! Para ka na ring si ate guy! But seriously u deserve it! Congrats and keep it coming 🙂
You got it! Great job and more blogging power! “Small success comes from small dreams but huge success always comes from huge dreams” Your dream to what your blog shall become is definitely huge. Congratulations!
avel, the entire aclc-gensan congratulates your achievement! let us sustain the presence of gensan in the world wide web!
Congratulations! I’m glad my nomination helped out somewhat. 😀
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