Blogfest Soccsksargen 2.0 and Philippine Blog Awards for Mindanao

Blogfest Soccsksargen 2.0 and Philippine Blog Awards for Mindanao
On Nov. 26, 2011, General Santos City will be the host city in Mindanao for 2 major blog events: Blogfest Soccsksargen 2.0 and Philippine Blog Awards for Mindanao.

Blogfest Soccsksargen debuted in 2010 where over 120 bloggers from Davao, Cotabato, Cagayan de Oro, Bacolod , Zamboanga and the rest of South Central Mindanao participated in a whole day of talks given by guest specialists in blogging, online marketing, IT, writing, web design, social media  and internet security.

Blogfest Soccsksargen 2.0 is this year's official title with the theme: “The Emergence of Blogs & Social Media“.   

Mindanao’s Funnest Eyeball
November 26, 2011, SunCity Suites, General Santos City
Theme:  The Emergence of Blogs & Social Media


7:00 – 8:30 - Registration
8:30 – 8:45 - Launching of Exhibit
8:45 – 9:00 - Opening of Blogfest/Acknowledgement of Guests
9:00 – 9:15 - Welcome Address/Orientation
9:15 – 9:45 - The History of Internet in Mindanao
Speaker: Bob Martin, Internet Entrepreneur
9:45 – 10:15 - Effecting Progress and Change through Blogs and Social Media
Speaker: Manolo Quezon III, Office of the President of the Phils
10:15 – 10:45 - The State of the Internet in the Philippines Address
                                        Speaker:  Jack Madrid, Country Manager, Multiply Philippines
10:45 – 11:00 - Snacks, Games
11:00 – 11:05 - AVP -  GenSan LGU
11:05 – 11:30 - Wiring Public Schools to the World: The GenSan LGU story
Speaker: Hon. Darlene Antonino-Custodio, City Mayor of Gen. Santos
11:30 – 12:00 - Open Forum
12:00 – 12:10 - Official Group Picture A

12:10 –   1:00 - Lunch/ AVP Presentation of Smart, Dolefil, SMI

1:00 – 1:30 - The Think Before You Click Program: An Overview
Speaker:  Raffy Tima, GMA News and Current Affairs
1:30 – 2:00 - Video Blog as a Medium for Social Change Speaker: Mae Paner aka Juana Change
2:00 – 2:30 - Mobile Internet Usage in the Philippines
Speaker: Abe Olandres, Tech Blogger,
2:30 – 2:35 - AVP – His Excellency Harry K. Thomas, US Ambassador to the Philippines
2:35  - 2:45 - US State Department Embracing Social Media
Cynthia Cook, Deputy Press Attache, US Embassy
2:45 – 3:00 - Snacks, Games
3:00  - 3:30 - YouTube and Google+ for Pinoys
                                        Speaker:  Aileen Apolo, Google Asia-Pacific
3:30 – 4:00 - Blogging for Advocacy
Speaker:  Flow Galindez, World Food Programme
4:00 – 4:15 - Mindanao’s Funnest Blogging Circle
4:15 -  4:45 - Open Forum
4:45 – 5:00 - Official Group Picture B
5:00 - 5:15 - Grand Blogfest Raffles Draw
5:15 – 5:30 - Acknowledgements and Closing Remarks

Following a full schedule of speakers from various sectors, the blogger's day will continue in the evening with the Philippine Blog Awards for Mindanao.  Winners will be chosen from Finalists in each of the 7 categories which include Beauty and Fashion, Food and Beverage, Lifestyle, Personal, Photoblog, Technology and Travel.

Goodluck to all the finalists!

Here are the finalists for the 2011 Philippine Blog Awards for Mindanao:

Beauty and Fashion
Food and Beverage

Pacquiao is Trending in Both Philippines & Mexico; Marquez on Neither Country

Twitter Trend in Mexico as of 11/13/11 11:45am 
Twitter Trend in Philippines as of 11/13/11 11:45am

Thousands of tweets have been posted about the Manny Pacquiao-Juan Manuel Marquez boxing match as it nears its bout.  Several related hashtags and variants of their names have been tweeted too.

It's interesting to note that upon making a quick check on twitter trending topics for both Philippines and Mexico, you would expect each of them to be a trending topic on the country their representing.  

However, the case is that Manny Pacquiao is trending on Philippines with the hashtag #PacMan and in Mexico with the hashtag #Pacquiao while Marquez is not trending in both countries at all.

Sysomos reports that at as of December 2009, Mexico had a slightly bigger percentage of users than the Philippines at 1.11% penetration rate. In June 2010, according to Comscore, the Philippines Twitter penetration grew to 14.8% surpassing Mexico at 13.4%.  Regardless of the slight different between the two countries in Twitter market penetration, both Philippines and Mexico are among the Top 10 countries in the report.

Sighted Hashtags for the Pacquiao-Marquez Boxing Match

As the Filipino boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao and his Mexican rival Juan Manuel Marquez are set to go head to head in their 3rd encounter for Pacquiao's WBO welterweight title in a few hours, we've searched for all the hashtags related to this fight.

Here are the hashtags related to Manny Pacquiao:
And for  Juan Manuel Marquez, the hashtags spotted are:
Hashtags spotted referring to the Pacquiao-Marquez boxing match are:
Thousands of tweets have already been posted using these hashtags. Any one of these hashtags is bound to trend as the actual fight nears and especially during the match. Choose your favorite hashtag and use it for your Pacquiao-Marquez tweets.

Also spotted is a new unofficial YouTube channel named marquezvspacquiao3 at

ABS-CBN Talents Dominate Top 10 Twitter Users in the Philippines

ABS-CBN Talents Dominate Top 10 Twitter Users in the Philippines
Based on the latest ranking on as of November 7, 2011, 9 out of the top 10 Twitter users in the Philippines are all affiliated with ABS-CBN.

Rank Twitter User Tweets Followers today Followers week Followers month Total Followers Affilitation
1 Anne Curtis-Smith 13,242 6,715 39,825 135,265 1,848,220 ABS-CBN
2 Sam Milby 2,617
19,482 69,218 903,855 ABS-CBN
3 bianca gonzalez 17,703 2,015 12,171 58,769 795,909 ABS-CBN
4 Iya Villania 10,707 2,350 12,284 57,517 783,529 ABS-CBN
5 marietta subong 9,254 1,684 9,250 42,652 772,451 ABS-CBN
6 Luis Manzano 10,781 1,821 13,018 55,645 739,919 ABS-CBN
7 Noynoy Aquino 111 1,564 8,511 28,871 668,018 Politics
8 MYX Philippines 19,297 1,564 9,473 43,806 639,592 ABS-CBN
9 kim atienza 2,248 1,751 8,386 40,143 570,939 ABS-CBN
10 maja salvador 3,736 1,391 9,367 40,570 559,421 ABS-CBN

Topping the charts is Anne Curtis, who is at the top with 1.8 million Twitter followers. Anne's astonishing lead is twice than that of Sam Milby, who is ranked 2nd among all Philippine celebrities and personalities on Twitter. Other ABS-CBN top twitter personalities are Bianca Gonzalez, Iya Villania, Marietta Subong (more popularly known as Pokwang), Luis Manzano, Kim Atienza and Maja Salvador. The only other ABS-CBN affiliated Twitter account which is not an individual is Myx Philippines ranking 8th.

Extracting the most number of tweets posted among the Top 10 Twitter Accounts in the Philippines , Anne Curtis is the 3rd celebrity with the most tweets posted currently at 13,242.

Similarly, 36 Twitter accounts, which account for more than a third of the Top 100 Philippine Twitter accounts in terms of the most number of followers are affiliated with ABS-CBN. Some of them include Karylle, Nikki Gil, John Prats and Karen Davila. In contrast, only 8 of the Top 100 are affiliated with GMA with the likes of Maxene Magalona, Camille Prats, Iza Calzado & Rhian Ramos.

Famecount aims to be a comprehensive and useful source of data on usage trends within the major social networks, and a means for to identify and connect with stars on each of the social networks.

To check out the latest Twitter rankings of Philippine personalities on Social Media, visit

Update: failed to include 2 Filipino celebrities which have a million followers each.
Angel Locsin - 1,090,994 Followers
Jose Marie Viceral (Vice Ganda) - 1,039,645 Followers
The number of their followers puts them in 2nd and 3rd place below Anne Curtis.  Interestingly, both Angel and Vice Ganda are also ABS-CBN talents.

About the Author

Jay de Jesus aims to be a social media influencer by sharing content and insights on social media. Being an experienced web, internet & social media manager skilled in developing and implementing social media communication and strategic online campaigns producing results, Jay is keen on exchanging ideas, tips as well as experiment on new tools and technologies.