Friday evening found me with fellow finalist Madz and her boyfriend, rushing to get to PETA Theater on time. We were running late for the 3rd Philippine Blog Awards, and as expected traffic wasn’t cooperating with us. The bus ride to Cubao LRT took ages, and the lines in the LRT station were horrible, and when were finally able to land at Gilmore, there were no taxis around.

So we spent around 30 minutes, dressed in awards attire (well, I was going for the homeless wino look anyway so I didn’t mind), running around a gas station trying to flag a taxi. Half an hour later we went “fuck it, we’re tired” and I flagged a tricycle. Yep, going to a prestigious event in a tricycle. Good idea. What could possibly go wrong?

So we traversed the streets of New Manila in a tricycle. I was sitting behind the speed demon driver, hanging on for dear life, while Madz and her boyfriend were seated snugly inside the sidecar. When we reached PETA Theater, I jumped off the trike, sweaty and panting, for all to see. Noelle, Marcelle, Marck, and Karen stared in the other direction rather awkwardly, trying to avoid my glance as I attempted to greet them.

I’m disappointed there wasn’t a red carpet though. Getting off a trike onto a red carpet is one of the things I would like to try at least once in my life.

I ran into Bim, Pete, Nansan, The Muddafakken’ Billycoy, Benj, Rico of Technogra, Arpee, fellow Comicgasm writer Fiel, Ren, Arbet (who won a shitload of awards that night), Maki, Mica, Janette, MLQ3, Jayvee, Poyt, Dani, and lots of other people.

Kring grabbed me and Marck so that we could be interviewed by Chrina Cuna of Flippish.com. I thought this was an opportunity to impress the lovely Chrina with my profound insights on blogging and its effects on society, especially in the light of Ondoy and Pepeng and how vital blogs were in spreading the word.

So I opened my mouth to say things that’ll impress even the most intelligent woman, and then… I stuttered and slurred saying things like “I… blog coz it’s fun, you know? Heeeee. Also, remember that one time the bushes behind your home were rustling and you almost freaked out and called the cops? That was me ohmygodwhatthefuckdidijustsaypleasedon’tcallthecops”

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I spent the rest of the night hiding in the back row.

The awards ceremony started, and I crossed my fingers, hoping that my blogs (Comicgasm, My Asus Eee, and this here blog) win at least one award.

As luck would have it, I lost in all three categories (Technology, Hobby and Recreation, Humor) I was nominated in. I’d like to congratulate the winners. I hope you guys enjoy the awards you stole from me. To the judges, I hope you can sleep soundly at night, knowing you deprived a genius of the recognition he deserves!

*flips hair*

On another note, who else thinks The Marocharim Experiment does not deserve to win Best Commentary Blog? Just look at his hair. If you were to comment on whatever is happening in the country, you need to have your hair fixed, or properly combed at least so you can have peripheral vision. Seriously man, if you can’t see what is going around you, you have no right to comment on stuffs. You look totally out of place man, like an old geezer in a sea of young people who decides to take pictures of asses of random females instead.

So what I’m saying is that Marck should get a haircut. Or probably get a perm.

Congratulations to the winners by the way. I’m listing you all here so I can break into your houses and steal those trophies that belong to me.

Special Awards:
Best Blog Design – The Site Guy
Best Filipino Blog Abroad – The Warped Zone
Best Foreign Blog – My Sari Sari Store
Blogger’s Choice – Micamyx
Best Filipiniana Blog – Pilipino Komiks

10 Best Posts of the Year
Karnabal by Tuyong Tinta ng Bolpen
Finding Your Soul Mate: A Statistical Analysis
by Guttervomit
Lost Gems Of Philippine History: The 1896 Board Meeting by It’s true! It’s true!
The Diving Boys of Quezon Bridge by Dennis Villegas
Twenty Pesos by Lostphotograph
The way of the leaf by SMOKE
Portrait of a dramatic highlight in Nick Joaquin’s A Portrait of the Artist as Filipino by Gibbs Cadiz
Kaya Dumarami ang Bading Kasi… by Manila Gay Guy
The Parable of the Furry White Rabbit by Good Times Manila
The Amazing Bulul: A Story of Epiphany by The Cat Whisperer

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Sponsored Awards:
Chikka Media-Philippine Blog Awards Reader’s Choice Award: Good Times Manila

Globe’s “Digital Elders” awardees:
Noemi Dado
Janette Toral
Anton Diaz
Manolo Quezon

Globe’s “Digital Tribe” for Luzon awardees:
Hay! Men! Ang Blog ng Tunay na Lalake
Good Times Manila
Enrico Dee of Byahilo.com
Marck Rimorin of The Marocharim Experiment
Lori Baltazar of Dessert Comes First
Cecil Zamora van-Straten of Chuvaness.com
Karen Ang of bury me in this dress
Dine Racoma of The D Spot
Azrael Coladilla of Azrael’s Merryland

Geisler-Maclang’s “Transformative Influencer Award”: Jonel Uy of Lets Go Sago

Main Categories:
Best Personal Blog: Writing on Air (author: Jim Paredes of APO Hiking Society)
Best News and Media Blog: Virtual Journals
Best Commentary Blog: The Marocharim Experiment
Best Technology Blog: JaypeeOnline // Blogging News & Reviews
Best Beauty Blog: The Doctor Is vaIN
Best Fashion Blog: who is elyoo?
Best Culture and Arts Blog: magnetic-rose.net: Japanese Pop Culture for Filipino Fans
Best Sports Blog: Fire Quinito
Best Advocacy Blog: Autism Society Philippines
Best Humor Blog: The Professional Heckler
Best Podcast Blog: Brink Notes Entertainment Daily
Best Business Blog: Negosyo Ideas
Best Gaming Blog: Mike Got Game!
Best Family and Living Blog: Make or Break
Best Food and Beverage Blog: Table for Three, Please
Best Travel Blog: Langyaw – Sojourns and Off-the-Beaten Path Travels
Best Entertainment Blog – Lessons from the School of Inattention
Best Hobby & Recreation Blog – Bearbrick Love
Best Photo Blog – I am a Documentary Photographer
Best Videocast – Entrepbuff.com