More than 37 OFW Bloggers from 21 countries are vying for the most coveted 2009 Best Expats/OFW Blog Awards. The Pinoy Expats/Overseas Filipino Workers Blog Awards or PEBA, together with Friendster.com, Nokia Philippines in cooperation with Smart Communications, Blas Ople Policy Center, School of Labor and Industrial Relations, University of the Philippines and Western Union; the award giving body aims to recognize and honor the exemplary work of blogging Pinoy Expats/OFW.
The 2nd Annual International PEBA Awards is held on Philamlife Theater, United Nations Ave., Malate, Manila last 27th of December 2009. Red Carpet Ceremony and Press Presentation are conducted prior to the awarding. This year’s theme is “Filipinos Abroad, Hope of the Nation, Gift to the World”.
The primary advocacy of the organization is to present the blogs of our modern-day heroes and bring their creative talents to light, helping other Filipinos to understand and appreciate their plight, sufferings, thoughts, ideologies and stories that made the “Filipino worth dying for”. PEBA advocates the welfare of migrant workers through blogging, strengthening the freedom of speech and the right to information. OFWs are uniting to educate and inform the Filipino people while protecting their rights and safeguarding the democracy of the Philippine nation.
Gracing the said event are Former DSWD Secretary Dinky Soliman, Congresswoman Risa Hontiveros Baraquel, Susan Ople and Juana Change aka Mae Paner, and the families and representatives of the PEBA finalists.
Nokia Best Photo Entry Award – Floyd Amor, Singapore
- Best Blog Element: Style Shanghai, Shanghai, China
- Sen. Manny Villar Award, Most Popular Blog - Wits Expression , Dubai, UAE
- Blas Ople Policy Center Best Video Award – Utak ni Drake, Riyadh, KSA
- Smart Blog Award – The Chook-Minders Quill, Port Wakefield, Australia
- Western Union Award, Best Blog Lay-out: Kablogie, Doha, Qatar
- Best Entry in a Video Format – Poging (Ilo)cano, Abu Dhabi, UAE
- Friendster Award, Best Blog Theme: The Desert Dude, Dubai, UAE
- Mapagkawanggawa OFW Blogger Award -The Dungeon Lord, Koror, Palau
- Nokia Best Blog Entry Awards – Isla de Nebz, Al Khobar Saudi Arabia
- Middle East and Africa – Isla de Nebz
- North America and Canada- Top Express
- Europe – Francesca in France
- Asia and the Pacific – Wits and Spirits
And the 2009 Top 10 Pinoy Expats/OFW Blogs:
1. ISLA DE NEBZ (Al Khobar, SAUDI ARABIA)
2. PINK TARHA GIRLS (Riyadh, SAUDI ARABIA)
3. WITS AND SPIRITS (Bangkok, THAILAND)
4. FRANCESCA IN FRANCE (Nice, FRANCE)
5. A PIECE OF CAKE (Yishun, SINGAPORE)
6. PALIPASAN (Doha, QATAR)
7. TOP EXPRESS (Nova Scotia, CANADA)
8. BONI STATION (Dammam, SAUDI ARABIA)
9. BA BE BI BEBING (Georgia, USA)
10. HULASCOOP, atbp. (Misawa, JAPAN)
You can check out other photos of these event at my Multiply account: