THE HIGHLAND MAMA GOES TO BLOGAFEST 2019!
Updated: Jan 18
I have always been enticed with the idea of blogging. Ever since I’ve come across several fashion blogs during my teenage years, I yearned to initiate my own blog site which will serve as my own outlet for whatever creativity I have hidden within me. However, as it turns out, my creativity was hidden deep, deep down in the abyss of my insecurities and pushing on top of it were a number of self-induced fears which made this budding idea just that..a budding idea. Squished and contained until it was finally laid to rest at the back of my mind.
Earlier this year though, I have decided to add a tiny pizzazz to my domesticated life by changing jobs and creating a website in the process. The website was supposed to be a platform for my writing portfolio just in case a possible employer will require one.
Unexpectedly, it paved the way for getting invites from blogging communities and various product features. Despite being riddled with hesitation from head to toe. I still dove on every opportunity head first. I was able to meet different people with different perspectives and made great friends with people with the same interests. It’s kind of cool whenever I think about it. I’ve always thought that the time for me to make friends have already lapsed but now, I was able to hang out with people from different age groups. That still didn’t stop me from feeling like a tita, though. Lol.
Every month, I have mingled and attended countless events within Baguio City and sometimes La Trinidad. November was a game-changer though as I have been lucky enough to be one of the 70 regional content creators that were invited and sponsored to join the BlogaFest by BlogaPalooza, the Philippines' premier influencer marketing company. The BlogaFest is an annual convention of content creators from all over the country and this year, there were over 2000 attendees. This event is generously sponsored by big brands such as Nobu Hotel, which served as our accommodation, City of Dreams, Manila, Cebu Pacific Air, McDonalds, and too many brands to mention. Made possible by the CEO of BlogaPalooza, Ms. Ace Gapuz and her team, it turned out to be such a spectacular celebration.
Check out my Nobu Hotel experience here.
Carnival was this year’s theme. As fun as that sounds, my reservations were still apparent as I’m not even sure if I belonged in this particular crowd. I mean, I’ve been into it for over 10 months now since February however, everything was still hazy to me. I can’t help but feel a tad overwhelmed. This is where the sense of community came into play. Being with the right group mattered. My fellow Baguio Bloggers helped me overcome those vague bad vibes. During the event, I felt so welcome. I still get intimidated at times knowing I am already a few kembot away from my thirties and yet most of the people there were in their early twenties or still basking in the glory of their teenage years. Nevertheless, I did not feel entirely out of place. It just made me want to work on my blogging a little bit more.
BlogaFest was indeed super fun. Not only was I able to meet content creators from Manila but I was also introduced to bloggers flown in from Palawan and Visayas. Not to mention catching up with some ladies from Connected Women. I also felt much more relaxed knowing that a lot of Blogger Moms also attended the event. It was a great time for networking and building bridges.
Eye-opening talks were also scheduled during the day which made me realize more about this community. Having a following will not only let you get a creative outlet for your personal disposal but also for you to use in promoting the advocacies that you believe in. From then on, I vowed to make my platform a venue to feature things that matter, things that will aid and assist others and things that may provide insight. Here’s to pursuing your ideas no matter how impossible you think they are! Cheers to more BlogaPalooza events to come!