First Laguna Blogging Summit: My Top 10 Learning Experience part 2

Cultural Center of Laguna , Capitol Grounds, Santa Cruz , Laguna province -Philippines

Cultural Center of Laguna or CCL

After a highly successful first day of the Laguna Blogging Summit, We arrived a little bit late at the cultural center on the second day .  There were at least 1,000 students, media practitioners , IT professors , bloggers , province of Laguna officials and employees were on hand to attend the summit,  Almost double the 600 plus attendees from the first day .

students having a great time listening

I took the chance of interviewing some students and guests on the second day  , some of them told us that they are different group from the first day . A lot of them are taking I.T. courses, Mass Communication, Web Technology , Business related  courses , Computer Science , Marketing , Education and even Biology .

6. ) Learning thru History – Laguna is a province known for a lot of historical sites some of them dates back at least 1,000 years even before the arrival of the Spaniards.

old American style colonial house in Pila , Laguna

bust of former Laguna governors

After the Mr. Norito Cabotage of  Philippine Information Agency and Dr. Nestor De Vera -president of Laguna State Polytechnic University , lucky winners of gift packs courtesy of Gardenia , Krispy Creme gift certificate, t-shirts, pins , booklets are given to the lucky  winners.

Engineer Grace- Nicolas together with the student who won a Gardenia gift pack , Gardenia representative and Mr. Florencio Jusay Jr.

7.) Learning with the use of Technologies

 Ms. Jinkee Umali

I must say that learning especially with the use of technology like internet , with just one click on key board is very fast.

Ms. Jinkee Umali is a well -known writer , blogger , entrepreneur , active member of Los Banos Horticultural Society . She gave some insights blogging and her experiences . She is the founder and Digital Publisher of Calamba Online – and Live Life Fullest –, Jinkee Umali is an I.T. practitioner by profession for almost a decade that runs and owns a family business, VirtualBIZ – which focus in developing e-commerce, business websites and blogs. :

Calamba On-Line :

Engineer Grace Bondad Nicolas , Honorable Niel Andrew Nocon , Ms. Jinkee Umali  received token of appreciation and gift  courtesy of  Gardenia, Tiny Buds and Mer- Nel Bakeshop .

Ethics and Etiquette in Blogging ( Juned Sonido)

He described the different types of blogger

1.) Diarist 2.) Story Telling/ Chronicle 3.) Opinion Maker 4.) Propagandist / Advocate 5.) Business

L-R Mr. Florencio Jusay Jr. , Engineer Grace- Nicolas,  Mr. Juned Sonido ( speaker ) -received  token gifts and certificate of appreciation   from Gardenia,  Tiny Buds and Mer- Nels Bakeshop .

He differentiate Ethics and Etiquette – Mr. Sonido  also cited Mr. William Graham Sumner an American Social Critic   ” Mores distinguished the difference between right and wrong , while folkways draw a line between right and rude ” 1906.

William Graham Sumner  :

Actionable Start-up SEO Blogging Strategies by Mark Acsay III

Mr. Florencio Jusay Jr. , Engineer Grace Nicolas, Mark Acsay III , representative from Gardenia and Mr.  Rod Magaru

Dean Jorge Bocobo, historian , professor, rocket scientist and national scientist  in his military outfit

Dean Jorge Bocobo according to his self introduction is one of the more elder blogger , His passion for writing and blogging led him to be an influencer in the blogging community.  Mr. Bocobo is a physicist by training and education, with a Masters Degree in Applied Physics from Harvard University (1980) and undergraduate degree from California State University at San Francisco (1977). He is a product of La Salle Green Hills High School.

L-R Engineer Grace Nicolas , Dean Jeorge Bocobo , representative from gardenia and Mr. Rod  Magaru  during the awarding of certificate of appreciation and token of gifts 

Since returning to the Philippines in 1995, he has dedicated his efforts to public
education–as a regular contributor and columnist for the Philippine
Daily Inquirer; as a writer and publisher of textbooks for the public
and private schools; and presently as a developer of digital learning
materials and e-books. He was a Bronze Medal Winner in the Epic Poetry
category of the National Centennial Commission’s Heritage Prize
Literary Contest (1998) for his poem in English, The Bells of
Balangiga. His principal advocacy is for the delivery of affordable, high quality education for all Filipinos.

 Dean Jorge Bocobo :

Krispy Kreme

There were Krispy Kreme boxes on each of the tables , While gift certificate was raffled-off  to the participants. Krispy Kreme is now celebrating their 75th anniversary ( diamond jubilee)  1937 to 2012 and part of the the organization advocacy is to support 12 organizations like Philippine National Red Cross, Philippine Native Plants Conservation Society , Incorporated ( the author is a proud founding member, officer ) thru their projects, proceed from their sales will be shared with these organizations. I must say , buying donuts and other products from the company will go a long way ….


Mr. Jayvee Fernandez

8. ) Learning that our country is very rich in biodiversity and photography sites .

Being a member of a lot of environmental NGO groups , I must say that our country is  rich in biodiversity , But when our next speaker Mr. Jayvee Fernandez  presented his pictures and slides . It blew me away ! With over 36,289 square kilometers of coastlines , the Philippines is the 4th longest coastlines in the world ( Source : )

Mr. Jaypee  Fernandez

Those sea creatures  he presented are indeed very spectacular and the richness of our country’s biodiversity extend beyond the land and the sea .

9.) Learning Thru Tourism and Hospitality( It’s More Fun in Laguna )

Mr. Jaypee David audio- video presentation  awed the audience, but was slightly interrupted by the frequently lagging Internet connection. He had visited some countries like Vietnam, Thailand , Cambodia , Singapore.

Link :

Tourism and Hospitality goes hand-in hand , I have been to a lot of provinces and cities in many parts of the country, I must say that one of the most hospitable people and places that i have been is in Laguna. From friendly government employees,  officials , students to even the simplest folks. They would show their smiles and warm greetings to all of the participants.

When the bus passed-by several towns and municipalities , you can see the province colorful past from its old churches, quaint houses, horticultural towns like Bay and Los Banos , Heritage towns like Pila,  Calamba, Binan, Pakil, Nagcarlan. Agricultural towns and its industries from embroidery, wood carvings, native delicacies, fruits  and among others. I must admit that i am a regular visitor in the province, I have some aunts, cousins and close  friends that are residents of Laguna . I must add to the nickname Laguna :  ” Horticultural Center ” of the South , which  plant lovers would definitely pick the province as their first choice whenever they wanted to showcase the richness and endemic flora of the country.

Mr. Jonnel-Uy

 Mr. Jonel -Uy is the blogger behind,, and, among others.

He is a freelance social media consultant and has handled projects for Magnolia Ice Cream and SM Hypermarket, to name a few. Three of his blogs were recognized as Top 10 Emerging & Influential Blogs, one for each year of 2009, 2010, & 2011.

Mr. Florencio Jusay Jr. , Engineer Grace- Nicolas, Jonnel Uy ,  representative of Gardenia , Mr. Rod Magaru

Three more of his Blogger Manila Network blogs namely Cosmo Manila, Good News Manila, and Digital Manila were all finalists in the national categories of the Philippine Blog Awards recently. He now teaches in Grace Christian College.

10.) Learning how to share your blessings!

Ms. Janette Toral- Queen of Philippine Social Media

If Ms. Kris Aquino is dubbed as ” Queen of All- Media ” in the Philippines, I must say , Ms. Janette Toral is the ” Queen of Philippine Social Media” is she behind the very successful I – Blog Summit , An active blogger since the mid 1990’s , professional lecturer and top influential blogger of the Philippines and perhaps the world. I have heard so much about Ms. Janette Toral even before joining the 8th I -Blog summit last May 2012. I must say that all of her blogging tips were very helpful .  Janette Toral :

L-R Mr. Rod Magaru – emcee / blogger , Honorable Niel Andrew Nocon -councilor , second district in Laguna , Engineer Grace Bondad- Nicolas, Ms. Janette Toral , representatives of Gardenia and Mr. Florencio Jusay Jr. emcee and blogger . 

Ms. Janette Toral raffled some slots for the Digital Marketing Summit which her group organize the following day ( September 29) at the SMX Convention Center , Pasay City.

group picture of the participants during the second day of the summit

organizers of the First Laguna Blogging Summit

After the very fruitful First Laguna Blogging Summit , We hope that there will be another blogging summit in the province next year ! Kudos and More Power to all the organizers, volunteers , sponsors, donors , Governor Jeorge ” ER” Ejercito-Estregan Jr.  and other nameless individuals which made this event very successful !!!!

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