The Cebu Blogging Community will hold it's first ever ultimate meet-up, an event that has long been anticipated by this locale's bloggers. The meet-up will happen starting at 1:00 p.m. on the 7th of March 2015 at the Diamond Suites and Residences, No. 8 Apitong corner Escario Streets, Kamputhaw, Cebu City, Philippines. Yours truly, the author of Cebu Travel Blog will be attending the said event.
Agenda of the CBC Meet-up
Getting to Know You
Since this is a first ever meet-up for the Cebu Blogging Community, getting to know the people behind the blogs and the social media profiles should be in order. It would be nice to finally physically meet and converse with the people who we only interact with online.
The Cebu Blogging Community rules will be discussed in the gathering. As is customary in any organization, it is important to set rules and norms to avoid unnecessary conflict. This exercise will also be a forum for everyone's expectations to be expressed in the interest of leveling off with that of others. Lastly, this forum will be an avenue for each blogger to be informed of his roles, duties, obligations, and responsibilities upon joining, and consequences of certain infractions committed.
Small Group Coaching
An initiative of the Cebu Blogging Community, small group coaching will be a set-up of small and intimate groups where topics such as hosting, domains, photography tips, ads, content writing pointers, monetization, and other blogging concerns can be tackled. This is a good opportunity to learn from the experiences of each other.
What are the Costs
Thanks to the generosity of Diamond Suites and Residences, the 1st ever CBC meet-up will not charge any fee to those attending. Aside from providing CBC with a venue, Diamond Suites shall also sponsor snacks and dinner through The Grain Restaurant. As of posting time, meet-up organizers are still negotiating to include swimming pool use in the sponsorship package.
About Diamond Suites and Residences
The main sponsor for the 1st CBC Ultimate Meet-up is Diamond Suites and Residences. Diamond Suites and Residences, a hotel that caters to both business travelers and vacationing tourists. They have amenities that cater to both those who are doing business and those who are seeking pleasure, or those who are in Cebu for both business and pleasure. It's 129 guestrooms are designed for comfort and functionality. For gastronomic satisfaction, guests may dine at the Grain Restaurant and the 8th Street Bar and Coffee Lounge. Other facilities include a swimming pool, a mini gym, a business center, and banquet and meeting facilities.
How to Get to Diamond Suites and Residences
Diamond Suites and Residences is located very near Cebu City's premier business district, the Cebu Business Park in Barrio Luz. Although it is a stone's throw away from Cebu Business Park, it is also situated in relatively quiet Apitong Street making it a good place for relaxation after a hectic business day. If you are driving, CLICK HERE for the exact location of Diamond Suites on Google Maps.
Coming from Colon
If coming from Colon, one may ride a jeepney along Osmena Boulevard across Gaisano Metro. The jeepney route number is 14D and will take you to Ayala Center Cebu. This is the same jeepney you ride if you are coming from Fuente Osmena, Cebu Provincial Capitol or from any point in Osmena Boulevard, Disembark at the corner before Cebu Parklane International Hotel along Escario Street then walk towards Diamond Suites.
Coming from SM City Cebu
When coming from SM, ride a jeepney with route number 03Q at the PUJ Terminal and disembark at the Ayala Integrated PUV Terminal. From there, cross Archbishop Reyes Avenue to where the Filinvest or Grand Cenia building is. Diamond Suites is right at the back of that edifice. 03Q is the same jeepney to ride if coming from Mabolo or Carmelite Monastery.
Alternatively, one can also take on a jeepney with route number 04L although the journey will be longer as this jeepney route will go through Pope John Paul Avenue in Mabolo then travels through Salinas Drive in Lahug passing by Asiatown IT Park, Waterfront Cebu City Hotel, University of Southern Philippines Foundation and JY Square Mall. It then turns left to Gorordo Avenue passing the Mormons' temple, University of the Philippines Cebu then turns left to Escario Street. Disembark at the corner street before you reach Cebu International Parklane Hotel and walk towards Diamond Suites.
Coming from Ayala Center Cebu
Diamond Suites and Residences is a walking distance from Ayala Center Cebu. From the Ayala PUJ Terminal, cross Archbishop Reyes Avenue towards the Filinvest or Grand Cenia Building. Diamond Suites and Residences is right behind that building.