The Blogapalooza for this year finally pushed through! The biggest business-to-blogger event was supposed to have commenced in September but because of a storm, it had been moved to October 11. The wait was all worth it as I had a great time at the event.
Blogapalooza was organized by When In Manila to link businesses and a community of people who love to share. This year is my first time to attend this event and as a former event organizer myself, I admire the smooth organization of the affair. So, thank you and congratulations to When in Manila!
The occasion happened at the SM Aura SMX Convention Center in Taguig City and lasted from 10AM to 8PM. There were at least 30 booths from different small and big businesses who partnered with Blogapalooza. The venue was big that I was only able to have a thorough discussion with a few of them - Brain Fit Studio, Essays.ph, Dr. Kong, Eat Out Manila, Niu by Vikings and Look It's About Me. As much as I'd like to stay at the other booths and connect with them, it's either the booths are filled with bloggers or the booth representative didn't have much to say.
I had to leave in the late afternoon and was unable to finish the whole stretch or attend the raffle. If the venue was a mere 1 hour travel from my house, I would have stayed longer. But it was a Saturday and the traffic was terrifying that my regular 1.5 hours travel time ran longer than expected (take note, I even took the Metro Rail which was a faster alternative than taking a cab). Although it was a very tiring day, it was filled with experiences of connecting with different brands that I'd like to blog about in the future.
Let me bomb you with photos from the event.
|Booths at the Blogapalooza 2014. Event place at SM Aura SMX Convention Center|
|One of my favorite booths where I won awesome prizes. Visiting the booth are fellow bloggers|
from Mommy Bloggers Philippines - Mel of mrsmelmedrano.wordpress.com,
Marie of mamaneesnest.com, and Rikka of rikxknowsbest.com
|More booths! I was able to try the feet assessment by Dr. Kong,|
photo shoot at Canon, and the Root Beer Float variant of Chips Ahoy!
|Maxene Magalona gives a short talk about Flawless|
|Decorated my own donut at the Krispy Kreme booth|
We were also invited by Niu (pronounced as nee-uh) by Vikings, the newest addition to the Vikings group of buffet restaurants. This one is located on the 6th floor of SM Aura Premiere.
Niu by Vikings is a posh-looking restaurant that boasts of its nine different stations of different types of meals. They also have a vast array of refreshments from tea, sake, wines to beers.
|Everything tastes great! I also loved the green mint tea I had.|
|Delectable! And look at the cutlery!|
|A pleasure spending time with these mommies from Mommy Bloggers Philippines.|
May, Jhanis, Mel and Marie (the one taking the pic)
Photo Credit to Mamaneesnest.com
The reason I was eager to attend this event was to connect with different brands that I would like to write about in my blog. Not all booths though were able to provide media kits for the bloggers. Some only gave out flyers which did not contain much information. I really appreciate the organizations who gave well-thought media kits for us. These would help us write about them. I haven't read every media kit yet but I've already pointed out at least one that I'll write about. Watch out for that. :)
|Media kits from the different companies|
|Euca Lift balm. My tired legs felt so relieved after using this.|
Thank you, Bio Essence!
|Prizes and giveaways. My favorite? The book about brain fitness by Brain Fitness Studio and|
the Euca lift balm by Bio Essence
It was nice to meet the different people behind the blogs that I've been reading. Special shout-out to the mommies from Mommy Bloggers Philippines and my former work colleague, Nancy, for accompanying me. You were all amazing.
I had a great time and I'll definitely attend next year's event!