travel & lifestyle blog by ruth dela cruz


Blogapalooza 2013

November 29, 2013

Two years ago, I came, I saw and I blogged about the Blogapalooza. The event opened more doors of opportunities, and contacts. It was a successful event hosted by When in Manila. Brilliant idea to connect businesses and bloggers. On the same year, I became part of the When in Manila family! How awesome!

Two weeks ago, Blogapalooza once again made history – organized by When in Manila and this time partnering with Our Awesome Planet. I attended the wedding early that day, but I got updated on what was happening during the event. Thank you to the bloggers who kept on tweeting and posting photos on instagram – all I needed was to check the #blogapalooza hashtag. We actually trended on twitter!

Now, let me show you the new products and businesses I discovered..

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First stop, we got our Blogapalooza eco-bag from Eagle’s Wing Enterprises. We were hopeful will take home some good products to sample at home.

We meet up with some fine people from Ambient Digital.
Then, we played this fun game at the Grab Taxi booth! This is the game that I only got to watch in Eat Bulaga! We needed to beat the best time to win an Instax! We failed. Haha

Grab Taxi offered a Php150 rebate to all bloggers who used the service to go to the event.
I love this new service especially I live in Manila that finding a cab is so difficult. 
Tin Advincula, fellow writer at WIM won an awesome bottle of wine!
That calls for celebration!

At the BYS Cosmetics booth, we stayed a little longer. I looove these colorful lipsticks!

I am reading alot of good reviews from my beauty blogger friends about BYS Cosmetics, I love that the line is also really affordable!

Say hello to my co-writers in When in Manila, Minette and Aileen 😉

We then moved to the View Park Hotel booth. I suddenly missed going on vacation and staycations. 
View Park Hotel is one of the most recommended hotels in Tripadvisor. 
I am envious of my friend who won an overnight stay in the hotel!!!

Coffee is love! The aroma in this booth was like a love potion for me. 
Brown Bag Coffee is a new local coffee brand. 
I was able to talk to one Chief Caffeine Junkie from Brown Bag Coffee 
and he shared that they want something simple for the brand. 
This crate sure makes a good gift. Watch out for my separate review of the product!

PlatoWraps need not a lot of promotion! 
Yes, they served yummy wraps for the bloggers!
There are more food!
Nice Day Coffee served coffee with different variants from skin whitening, 
figure slimming and body cleansing.

 Gavino’s Donuts are new to me, and my friend said that she had tried it and it is good! 

Yes, they are good, chewy and yummy! Addicting!

Here are some good, all natural cereals and drinks!

If you think the event is just for the girls, see this.. Meister Watches on display. I wish they gave away some for the bloggers. I can just lust over those watches.

Of course, Tino Suits is there! One of the businesses that When in Manila has helped to gain more businesses and followers.

Tino Suits also does custom-made blazers for girls 😉

Lazer Extreme is my favorite of all the businesses! They gave away tickets so we can experience playing the game. We actually love Lazer Tag and we did play before with co-workers and my nephew.

The Blogapalooza this year was set up differently than that of the first one. We got to visit booths and play different games. We only needed to download the Megaworld Lifestyle Malls app, and we got the chance to spin and win prizes!

And the When in Manila girls won the same thing! 
Cirque De Soleil DVD set!
with Minette, Tin and Aileen
Lulu Nails and Dry Bar offers free nail polish services that day. 
I love their seats – customized Pop-art designed chairs.
They offered 10% discounts on services and I will sure visit!

You wouldn’t feel hungry. So much food..

and coffee 😉

There were more surprises too. Like, the awesome stint by the Project Awesome! We thought our connection got hacked. The organizers started asking each other (Vince was such a good actor!). Then the Project Awesome team started dancing. They are a group of peeps who you can work with if you are planning to do a flash mob, or wedding proposal. They are ordinary people like you and me, and the next time that you see a show somewhere in Manila – check out, it could be Project Awesome!

Saving the best for last, we donated help to the survivors of 
Yolanda Typhoon through World Vision Philippines. Stories like this made me cry.
But the only good thing this typhoon has brought us, we became better citizens of the world 😉
It was an awesome event. I might have missed mentioning some of the brands,
but please do check out the below for other sponsors. And of course, I will post quick stories in my instagram  – @ruthilicious. Make sure that you are following me 😉

Congratulations again to Vince, Francis and Anton Diaz! Awesome event, as always. 
Thank you to the wonderful sponsors and contacts I met. 
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