Straight from Friday shift, I went home and just took a bath then headed to the Fully Booked Store in Fort Bonifacio for the much anticipated Blogapalooza. We were actually scheduled to fly to Cebu that morning but I had made up my mind and convinced myself that Cebu can wait – I have to attend the Blogapalooza.
What is Blogapalooza?! It is an event wherein Bloggers and Businesses meet each other. The brilliant DJ Vince of When In Manila shared that he always get requests from businesses to have their products/services be featured in his blog, since there are too many of them, he cannot accommodate, and thought of organizing Blogapalooza. So 150 “most influential” bloggers were invited after screening and 30 businesses presented what they got.
It was indeed fully booked at Fullybooked that morning. Lunch were served by Italiannis and refreshments were provided by Aquabest and Healthy First. I was not able to take the pic of the pasta, because the whole plate went straight in my mouth in less than 10 minutes.
The Healthy First Drinks offer different flavored juices. I tried to stay away from too much sugar but I have to taste this new drink. It is not pretentious – just look at the packaging. I can say it is good and refreshing! No wonder there had been shortage of these bottles during the event. Everyone enjoyed the drink!
Nice to have supply of clean water during the event. Who wouldn’t feel dehydrated with all the talking and socializing, and networking? Thank you Aqua Best!
Oh yes, we have to wear our name tags the whole duration of the event. I have this thing that I don’t want to wear name tags during events (especially during photo ops), but during the event, I had to keep it on so people would easily recognize me (I am no celeb blogger anyway), and everyone was so behaved that they obliged and wore their name tags. Plus, this was our ticket to the loot bag!
The program started and business representatives were only given 5 minutes to present their products. It was not a boring presentation like the typical lecture or seminar. Some were so creative from using Powerpoint presentation to even doing a little drama on their entrance, just like the Laser Xtreme Tag which even brought their laser guns in the event and Tripologie which did a fashion show stint of their products (and yes they raffled them off after presentation!)
|Grand Entrance with Mission Impossible on the background music|
|The Tripologie Team|
One of the products which really stood out is the Kameraman and I literally mean, cameraman. We can forget about photobooths with long lines and funky hats – Kameraman is here to roam around during your event and take your picture! Yes, complete with that logo or background of your choice. What is amazing is that it not only provides printed photos in an instant, but also cd which contains the photos and a photobook too! Yey! (yes, they are offering printed photobooks in which customer has the free will to lay out his/her photo. Check out my review here)
|As soon as the machine was set-up, everyone went crazy!|
|How ironic, Kameraman should be taking the pics!|
I am so proud and happy about this business. My friend works for Big K and I referred them to Blogapalooza – looks like they would have a very busy schedule after the event. It was also nice to meet Sir PJ who is the President and CEO of Kameraworld – and the brain of Kameraman.
Another product that really stood out, well, not actually the product but because of the presenter, was the Freestyle Ballers as presented by Nathan Flores. He’s only a student from University of Asia and the Pacific (funny how he asked the audience if we are familiar with the university!) but a certified entrepreneur. He shared that they wanted to come up with a business and at the same time come up with something that shows happiness, and good times for everyone. So tadah! The Freestyle Ballers are born. They offer not just watches, but slap bracelets too! What I love is they also do customized ballers for corporate give-aways or souvenir. Hmm.. I am thinking if I should order one with Ruthilicious design. Hehe.
|The guy behind Freestyle Ballers|
Thanks for the free watch! I have something to add on my collection!
Here are the other presenters:
During break time, it was time to get to know the businesses who had took time to set up booths and present their products.
Memo, Regatta and For Me don’t need further marketing. You see the stores in malls and just know they offer clothes for everyone. Fab!
Lipton Iced Tea has this cute mug-type booth!
Wheat Grass – a good grass! Hehe. A blogger friend and I were just talking about Wheat Grass few days ago, and how it effectively detoxifies him. Thanks for the free sample, I should try it (on weekends!). They offer free blood analysis during the event.
Leslie’s offers new snacks. Farmer John and Wild Willy’s. After a small talk with Ms. Joy Logico, I found out the products are all imported and repacked by Leslie’s. I was actually amazed at how classy and intimidating the packagings are, if not for the Leslie’s logo, I would think they would cost alot!
Phiten! They don’t just offer wonder bracelets and necklaces. I thought these were some sort of body-shaper like Spanx, but nope, they work much wonders than Spanx! They are designed to ease back pain (for too much blogging?) I tried some belts on, and I looked like a featherweight champion! 🙂
I was teasing the Certified Foodies at how big the site is now, and told them they should get a van with Certified Foodies printed on it!
What is breaktime without food? Here comes Sir JR Dela Paz and showed us that Size Does Matter.
He and his team served us what they got – and I mean, burgers and footlongs! Had a quick chat with him and he said they even brought the grills to ensure what they served were fresh, hot-off-the grill!
|Bloggers gone crazy over sausage burgers!|
|Big, big bite!!!|
|Size does matter and diameter too! 🙂|
More presenters went up the stage, and we encountered not just a presenter but a performer – Choi Gonzales of Creati-Voices. He asked us to close our eyes, and we imagined a scene with a boy, a grandpa and Captain something! I feel like listening to an AM drama station – and was amazed that there was only one voice producing the voice of a kid, lolo, kapre, and superhero – add the kabooms and the kapows! Choi is the voice behind the Bibo Hotdog commercial. My mom told me to pursue this voice talent thing (ok, I am confused now, should I model? or write? or move forward in my career?!). I would absolutely use the GC I got from Creati-Voices!
Another performance that got our body and blood working was the exhibition by one of Pole Cats residents.
We were free to try the pole, but I was so scared not that I might break the pole, but my bones! I would just use the GC and prepare for the class. Been wanting to try it but I just don’t find the time – but now I am compelled. And I am sure my favorite guy in the world would be too excited! *evil grin*
Since we are talking about pole dancing, it equates to sexiness. Here comes the Boudoir Dolls with DJ Shayla Sanchez (I find her really cute with spunk and style!). They went up on stage with sexy lingerie and even DJ Shayla in nice lace stockings. They offer classy photography for women, and sorry to disappoint the guys – it is not FHM/Playboy-like poses they specialize on. I like! Like! Like! Been wanting to do a nude photo of myself (please just keep your reactions to yourselves! Hehe) and just what they say, to immortalize the beauty; but I thought not a lot of photo studios are experts on this so I always dismiss the idea. I think I found the perfect contact 😉
Okay, I had been blogging for two hours and I am still excited over the stuff I got from the event. Please expect alot of blog posts from me featuring the products and services from the businesses featured in Blogapalooza. The businesses which gave away GCs so we could try out their services would be featured in the next month. I have to block my schedule. Just want to share this cute Spa-Etiquette shared to us by
|I wish I could have recorded the whole video. Got too amused and totally forgot to cover it!|
Last but not the least, HTC Philippines showed us its latest phones and literally dropped and scratched the HTC phone just to make us feel nervous and excited!
I don’t want to make you feel envious or jealous, but here are the bags and goodies I brought home after the event.
For your reference, here is the list of presenters that afternoon:
I hope I didn’t miss a brand. I can just check the loot bag and check out the products and services.
Thanks to WhenInManila and Blogapalooza organizers! It was fun! No bad comments! Love that wall with all the blog sites of bloggers, the food is good, and the distribution of loot bags is really organized! Congratulations to the winners of the raffle! My magic didn’t work that afternoon.
See more of events pictures here.