Cebu City Mike Rama and Ms. GT Cosmetics Charlyn Noble Macaraeg pose with Miss Earth candidates Miss England, Estonia, Guatemala, and Guam.
The Cebu Bloggers Society Inc. (CBSi) successfully conducted 2nd Visayas Blogging Summit 2011, the biggest social media gathering of some 250 bloggers across the Visayas region last November 26 at SM City Cebu.
CBSi has clinched partnerships with SM City Cebu, Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc., PR Works, and GeiserMaclang in staging the summit.
CBSi has also secured support of VirtualStaffFinder.com, Watsons,International Pharmaceuticals Incorporated (IPI),SolidHosting.ph, CebuDirectories.com, Bluewater Resorts, Tibiao Fish Spa, Crimson Resort and Spa, Hero Hungarian Sausage,Coffee Dream, Bos Coffee, Harolds Hotel, PinoyGreatDeals.com,HoneyCombFC.com, Nokia, Globe, GT Cosmetics, Cebu Daily News, The Freeman, Sunstar Cebu, Panay News, ABS-CBN, GMA, TV 5,GeohMedia, BrennAlmario.com, JunixBlog.com, Home Radio,Monster Radio and Y101, for the event.
CBSi also gathered the support of various blogging groups and professional organizations to the 2nd Visayas Blogging Summit, including Cagayan de Oro Bloggers Inc., Davao Bloggers, Iligan Bloggers Society, Iloilo Bloggers, Mandaue Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Manila Bloggers Network, Mindanao Bloggers, and Negros Bloggers.
With the theme, “Blogging and Beyond”, the 2nd Visayas Blogging Summit featured reputable speakers in the field of social media.
The event’s keynote speaker was Chris Ducker, founder of Live2Sell Group, a business process outsourcing firm working with clients around the world. He talked about a professional blogging titled “From Blog to Business – Getting Serious Online!”
Other speakers included Janette Toral, author of several books and research reports on social media and the Internet, who talked about social media responsibility; Joanne Apat, director of Online Marketing & eBusiness Consulting at Gwion Limited Hong Kong Tim Bennet of Argon Management, Brad Geiser of GeiserMaclang, and Max Limpag of Sun Star Cebu and bloggers Vernon Joseph Go and Evanjohnn Mendoza talked about personal blogging.
Kabataan Party List Rep. Raymond Palatino, a blogger since 2004 and the South Asia editor of Global Voices, broadened the discussion to a global advocacy perspective while Gina Lopez of the ABS-CBN Foundation pushed the advocacy against mining in Palawan.
The Visayas Blogging Summit, which was first organized by the Iloilo Bloggers in Iloilo City, is a gathering of bloggers in the Visayas to talk on issues and concerns related to blogging and discuss how to further make blogging an effective tool for community development.
This year, the Visayas Blogging Summit highlighted the value of blogging as a potent tool in community development and in encouraging community participation.
For more information on the 2011 Visayas Blogging Summit, or to register, please visit www.vbs2011.cebubloggers.com.