Last night we attended the Philippine Blog Awards 2 at the One Esplanade MOA. As I've said in the previous post, this blog was nominated and a finalist for Best Blog under the Hobby/Recreation category.
First a little bit background about my hobby. Deltiology is the study and collection of postcards. Worldwide, deltiology is the third largest hobby after stamp collecting and money collecting. Postcards are collected because of their importance in research. For example, I have in my collection a postcard of Hyatt Terraces Baguio's restaurant, which, as we all know, was a casualty of the July 16, 1990 quake. Or I have Bookmark reproductions of old postcards that shows Philippine buildings and images during the American period.
It has been almost 10 years now since I started collecting postcards. Now I have more than 2000 postcards in my collection. So I decided last year to start blogging all my postcards. I mainly collect Philippine postcards, UNESCO sites, Maps, Paintings, Bridges, Buildings (Hotels, Museums, Palaces, Schools, Airports, etc.), Places of Worship (Churches, Cathedrals, etc.), Planes, Ships, Birthday Greeting Cards.
Now back to the awards night. We arrived at the venue before 6 P.M. and registered, and were then ushered to our seats. There I was able to see the faces behind some of the famous blogs, although I was only able to meet and converse with just one blogger, Greg Quimpo, who owns the blog Dogs Are Us!, a blog that advocates the protection of dogs. (The Animal Kingdom Foundation Rescue Center is located in Capas, Tarlac.)
We also saw several known personalities, Sen. Mar Roxas (who also blogs and gave a speech related to blogging) and Manuel L. Quezon III (one of the judges). I was hoping to meet Ivan Henares and Senor Enrique, two of the blogs I frequently read. PBA gave away 36 awards, including Best Blogs (Hobby, Personal Travel, etc., categories), Best Blog Design, Blogger's Choice Award, etc.
My blog didn't win. But heck, am happy that my blog was one of the finalist. I just want to increase awareness (maybe appreciation) on postcard collecting, and this is a good start!
To all the winners, congratulations. And KUDOS to the Philippine Blog Awards Committee!