Red October for the Wonderful Cebu Blog

October 2015 has been a very busy month for the Wonderful Cebu Blog. Let us take a look at what happened with the Wonderful Cebu blog in it's Red October 2015 campaign.

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Wonderful Cebu's Red October


1. Cebuano Tourist Blog Rebranded as Wonderful Cebu Blog

For the longest time, this blog was known as the Cebuano Tourist blog and only used a free domain name hosted on Blogger. Recently, it has been rebranded to become the Wonderful Cebu Blog and purchased a new domain, www.wonderfulcebu.com.

Here is the link to the blog rebranding post:

2. Wonderful Cebu Blog Completes 30-Day Blogging Challenge

The Wonderful Cebu Blog has successfully completed the 30-day blog posting challenge organized by the Cebu Blogging Community (CBC). Because of such feat, it has earned the coveted golden badge along with six (6) other CBC-affiliated blogs.

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CBC 30-day blog posting challenge


Other blogs who completed the 30-day blog posting challenge and earned the golden badge are Why Cebu by Carlo Andrew Olano, Channel Marie by Channel Marie Imperial, Fueled by Caffeine by Melanie Dianne Manso, Zuprome by Romeo Nicolas Bonsocan, Bjorn Bernales by Bjornson Bernales, and Emjae Fotos by Meliton John Argallon.

Wonderful Cebu published a record total of 33 blog posts (34 including this) in October 2015. Below is a list of the articles published at the Wonderful Cebu Blog during the month of October 2015 including articles submitted for the 30-day blog posting challenge.

Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6 Day 7
Day 8 Day 9 Day 10 Day 11 Day 12 Day 13 Day 14
Day 15 Day 16 Day 17 Day 18 Day 19 Day 20 Day 21
Day 22 Day 23 Day 24 Day 25 Day 26 Day 27 Day 28
Day 29 Day 30 Day 31


Day 1 

Wonderful Cebu Joins CBC 30-Day Blogging Challenge
The first article published at the Wonderful Cebu Blog on October 2015 announces that the blog will be joining the 30-day blog posting challenge organized by the Cebu Blogging Challenge through the efforts of partnership lead Bjornson Bernales. This is part of the blog's drive to reach 100 published posts. A longer term goal is to have 500 posts on the blog, a feat that we wish to accomplish by next year.

On day 2 of the blog-posting challenge, we published an article about quick city tours that tourists who have limited time in Cebu can still enjoy.


Day 3

Win a PhP 500 Planet Grapes Gift Certificate
The Wonderful Cebu blog announces its first ever blog giveaway contest on day 3 of the blog posting challenge. Up for grabs is a PhP 500 gift certificate from Planet Grapes. Winner was announced on 31 October 2015. The lucky winner, , claimed her prize on November 2015 at.


Day 4

Win and Enjoy With Promos From Planet Grapes Cebu This October 2015
Planet Grapes is celebrating the first year anniversary of it's store in Cebu. Wonderful Cebu shares about their contests and promotions for the anniversary month in this post.


Day 5

Take a Stroll at Plaza Independencia
Wonderful Cebu writes about Cebu's most popular public park on day 5 of the blog posting challenge. 


Day 6

Discover Wine, One Grape at a Time at Planet Grapes
On the first day of October 2015, Wonderful Cebu author Thadz Engaling was invited for a wine and food tasting event at Planet Grapes Cebu. He shares about the experience on Day 6 of the blog posting challenge.


Day 7

Wonderful Cebu Applauds CBC Bloggers Nominated for #bloggys2015
Wonderful Cebu happily notes that a number of blogs affiliated with the Cebu Blogging Community have been nominated for the 2015 Philippine Blogging Awards or #bloggys2015. This day 7 post lists all CBC-affiliated blogs nominated for the people's choice award for #bloggys2015. It also includes a call for support for the nominated blogs.


Day 8

The Best of Wonderful Cebu For the First Week of October
In response to a parallel challenge issued to the bloggers participating in the 30-day blog posting challenge, Wonderful Cebu created a link post of it's published posts on the first week of October 2015.


Day 9

Yoyi's Pastries and Desserts Celebrates 1 Year in Cebu With Giveaway
To gain several raffle entries into the giveaway raffle in connection with the first year anniversary of the Cebu branch of Yoyi's Pastries and Desserts, Wonderful Cebu created a blog post about the giveaway. Six (6) days later, Thadz was informed that he won a box of assorted pastries for every month in the next three (3) months.


Day 10

Cebuano Tourist is Now the Wonderful Cebu Blog
Responding to the call to level up in blogging, a domain was bought. What was once known as the Cebuano Tourist Blog also rebranded into the Wonderful Cebu blog.


Day 11

APEC 101: How Did We Benefit From Hosting the Meetings in Cebu
Along with several other bloggers from the Cebu Blogging Community, Thadz attended the APEC 101 Forum organized by the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) at the Cebu Provincial Capitol on 7 October 2015. The objective of the forum was to spread awareness about the positive impact of the APEC to the general public. In a blog post on day 11, Wonderful Cebu lists down the benefits that the 2015 APEC meetings in Cebu has brought to its citizens.


Day 12

Event Alert: Beer and Roast Festival 2015 at Cafe Racer
Through the Cebu Blogging Community, Thadz attended the press conference for the first ever Beer and Roast Festival at Cafe Racer. The press conference tackled the general information about the upcoming event featuring Powerspoonz, Junior Kilat, Franco, Wilabaliw, and the Razorback band who is celebrating it's 25th year anniversary.


Day 13 

In a special post promoting a business, Wonderful Cebu writes about an Amazing Race-inspired team building program theme from Cebu Teambuilding Services. Cebu Teambuilding Services was established in 2012 by Wonderful Cebu blog author Thadz Engaling.
In keeping up with a parallel challenge to the 30-day blog posting challenge, participating bloggers were dared to publish two (2) blog posts on day 13. Wonderful Cebu blog's second entry was about Orosia Food Park, a snack bar, full service restaurant, and events place along the national highway in Consolacion.


Day 14

Eat Like a Boss at Barbeque Boss
The day 14 post is about Barbeque Boss, a fast-becoming barbecue joint that offers value for your money.


Day 15

People Still Flock To The Good 'Ol Larsian sa Fuente
Wonderful Cebu's blog entry on day 15 is another post about barbecue. This time, the article is about the most popular barbecue joint in metro Cebu, good old Larsian sa Fuente.

Thadz had an opportunity to explore once again the Cebu Provincial Capitol during the APEC 101 Forum organized by PIA. And on the day 16 post, Wonderful Cebu publishes an article about the historical building that serves as the seat of the provincial government of Cebu.

As an entry to a Nuffnang contest sponsored by SM, Thadz writes this article about gift giving.

On 17 October 2015, Thadz led a team of facilitators from Cebu Teambuilding Services to facilitate the team building seminar for GT Cosmetics. The venue was at Senen's Mountain Resort in Cabadiangan, Lilo-an, Cebu. Since it was Thadz's first time at the resort, he blogs about it on day 18.


Day 19

GT Cosmetics: Proudly Cebuano Made
As gratis for facilitating the GT Cosmetics team building seminar, facilitators from Cebu Teambuilding Services were each given a gift pack of sample products from the proudly Cebuano company. Wonderful Cebu writes a descriptive post about the GT Cosmetics products on day 19.

Day 20

More Anniversary Treats at Yoyi's Pastries and Desserts Cebu
Thadz won in the Yoyi's Pastries and Dessert anniversary giveaway. His prize is a box of assorted pastries for every month for the next three (3) months. When he claimed his prize, he was also given a loyalty card wherein he gets stamps for purchases exceeding PhP 120. He publishes a post about other Yoyi's anniversary promotions on day 20 at the Wonderful Cebu blog.

Day 21

Cebu Lifestyle Shots on Instagram
Guest author Romeo Nicolas Bonsocan of Zuprome curates a post about Cebu lifestyle shots on Instagram. Guest posting was a parallel challenge in the 30-day blogging challenge.

Day 22

Staying Positive in Cebu
Guest author Melanie Dianne Manso of Fueled by Caffeine writes about activities one can do when one is blue in Cebu. Day 22 is the second day of the guest posting parallel challenge during the 30-day blog posting challenge.

Day 23

10 Popular Delicacies in Cebu
A curation post of Instagram photos of ten (10) popilar delicacies in Cebu.


Day 24

Best Northern Spots in Cebu
On day 24 of the 30-day blog posting challenge, Wonderful Cebu releases a list of the best northern spots in Cebu. Of course, everything was about beaches in the north.


Day 25

Wonderful Cebu announces the appointment of its author into the Council of Leads of the Cebu Blogging Community. Thadz will be representing travel bloggers affiliated with CBC in the council.

Wonderful Cebu's entry in day 25 of the blog posting challenge is a long curation post about the best spots in Cebu south beaches and waterfalls. It is quite a comprehensive list that one can delight in reading.
This is a content curation blog post documenting what has happened so far at the Wonderful Cebu blog for the first twenty (20) days of the blog posting challenge.


Day 27

30 Thank You Notes From Wonderful Cebu
a blog post thanking people, businesses, and communities who have made an impact on Wonderful Cebu and it's author.


Day 28



Yoyi's Pastries and Desserts: The Home of Your Sweet Tooth in CebuWonderful Cebu writes about Yoyi's Pastries and Desserts, the pastry shop from Ormoc City that recently celebrated the first anniversary of their Cebu expansion.


Day 29

The Cebu Blogging Community holds it's first ever members' orientation at the Global Hub Serviced Offices at the 12th floor of the Keppel Building in Cebu Business Park. 19 CBC members attended the event highlighted by a brief learning session conducted by digital marketing guru Ruben Licera Jr.

 

Day 30

Why Do I Blog at Wonderful Cebu
A post describing the vision and long term goals of the Wonderful Cebu blog.


Day 31

Ram Kuizon Wins PhP 500 Planet Grapes Gift Certificate Giveaway from Wonderful Cebu
Wonderful Cebu announces the winner of it's first ever blog giveaway contest. The lucky winner is Ram Kuizon.



3. Wonderful Cebu Blog Publishes 100th Post

The Wonderful Cebu Blog published a record number of posts in October 2015. And on October 2015, the Wonderful Cebu Blog published it's 100th post. The 100th post is an article about Yoyi's Pastries and Desserts, a pastry and dessert cafe located at the Medalle Building along J. Llorente Street, Capitol Site, Cebu City. Yoyi's also sponsored the blog giveaway where Thadz won a box of pastries for each of three (3) months starting October 2015.

Here's the link to the Wonderful Cebu blog's 100th published blog post:
Yoyi's Pastries and Desserts: The Home of Your Sweet Tooth in Cebu

With the 100th blog post published, the Wonderful Cebu blog has completed it's short term goal of publishing at least 100 posts on the blog. In the longer term, Wonderful Cebu is now looking at publishing at least 500 posts in the blog. We aim to accomplish this feat within the next year.


4. Wonderful Cebu Blog Holds Its First Ever Giveaway

In celebration of its rebranding and domain purchase, the Wonderful Cebu Blog held it's first ever blog giveaway contest. The giveaway winner,, won a PhP 500 gift certificate from Planet Grapes who is also celebrating the first year anniversary of their branch in Cebu.

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And the lucky winner of the PhP 500 Planet Grapes gift certificate is Ram Kuizon.

Here is the link to the Wonderful Cebu blog's first ever giveaway announcement:
Win a PhP 500 Planet Grapes Gift Certificate

And here is the link to the announcement of the blog giveaway winner:


5. Wonderful Cebu Blog Author Joins CBC in Sensational Siquijor Trip

Wonderful Cebu Blog author Thaddeau "Thadz" Engaling II joined 9 other bloggers from the Cebu Blogging Community in the Sensational Siquijor trip last October 28-30, 2015. The Sensational Siquijor trip is the annual convention of the Regional Association of Development Information Officers 7 (RADIO 7), the umbrella group of all public information officers' networks in all Central Visayas or Region 7 provinces (Bohol, Cebu, Negros Oriental, Siquijor). Tourism officers also joined the said event.

The CBC-affiliated bloggers acted as blogger mentors to the convention participants, teaching them the basics of setting up a blog and running it.


6. Wonderful Cebu Blog Breaches Top 1,000 in Top Philippine Blogs 

Wonderful Cebu Blog's ranking has improved quite a great deal as a result of efforts in syndication, daily blog posting, social media posting, and blog hopping. It is now ranked as among the top 500 blogs in the Philippines according to Alexa. As of 30 October 2015, Wonderful Cebu is ranked number 226,529 worldwide and number 454 in the Philippines.

We are also eagerly awaiting the Mozrank updates on 18 November 2015. The Wonderful Cebu blog currently has a 1/100 page authority score and a 1/100 domain authority score from the last update on 16 October 2015. The low scores are understandable since the domain name is just recently purchased. We do expect upward movement in our scores in the upcoming update.


7. Wonderful Cebu Blog Author Conferred Level 3 Membership Status by CBC

In recognition of his active efforts in the Cebu Blogging Community, Wonderful Cebu Blog author Thaddeau "Thadz" Engaling II has been conferred Level 3 membership status or Mentor Level. He still needs to create a YouTube channel to access the full benefits of a Level 3 blogger. This also means that he could become a CBC Affiliate when he organizes at least two (2) events for the community.

The first event that Thadz will be organizing is a public team building seminar that will include the participation of the CBC Council of Leads. Italian team building guru Dr. Vittorio Simonelli will be one of the guest facilitators in the December event.

8. Wonderful Cebu Blog Author Appointed to CBC Council of Leads

Thaddeau "Thadz" Engaling has recently been appointed as part of the Cebu Blogging Community Council of Leads. He will represent bloggers who belong to the travel blogging niche. Other bloggers who were recently appointed to the CBC Council of Leads are:
  1. Romeo Nicolas Bonsocan of Zuprome for the Lifestyle Niche
  2. Rose Angelie LapiƱa of Mommy Wanders for the Mommy Bloggers
  3. Cesar Ian Fuentes of Pinoy Metro Geek for the Technology and Business Niche
  4. Meliton John Argallon of Emjae Fotos for the Photography Niche
  5. Carlo Andrew Olano of Kalami Cebu and Why Cebu for the Food Niche
  6. Katherine Anne Cutar of Nested Thoughts for the Fashion Niche
Here is the link to the CBC Council of Leads appointment of Thadz:
Wonderful Cebu Blog Author Named to CBC Council of Leads

Gratis

Thank you's are in order for all those who made a positive impact to the Wonderful Cebu blog this past month of October 2015.

Bjorn, Carlo, and Romeo

For the administrator and game masters of the 30-day blog posting challenge, a big thank you for stepping up and making the challenge fun and wonderful.

 

30-Day Blogging Challenge Survivors 

Thank you to my fellow survivors of the 30-day blog posting challenge. You pushed me each day of the challenge until we finally completed it on Day 30.


My Brother Nathan 

Big thank you to my brother Nathan for the food trips we spent together. It was always an awesome bonding moment each time we share time with food.


Planet Grapes 

Thank you to Lhady of Planet Grapes for having me and other bloggers in a food and wine tasting last October 1st. We enjoyed the food as well as learning about wine.


Alumni Facilitators of FC 

Thank you to AF's Natnat, Joyce, and Jelly for assisting in the October 2015 programs of Cebu Teambuilding Services. We look forward to working with you again in the future.


Senior Facilitators of FC 

Thank you to the senior facilitators of the 23rd circle of the Facilitators' Circle who have provided valuable assistance to Cebu Teambuilding Services in its programs in October 2015. Thank you to general co-facilitator Angela for facilitating the participation of the SF's in our training programs. And thank you to Eula, Bianca, Jelvie, Josil, Jireh, and Chai for assisting.


Philippine Information Agency 

Thank you is in order for Miss Rachelle, Ma'am Minerva, Ma'am Ferliza, and all the awesome individuals at the Philippine Information Agency for inviting bloggers from the Cebu Blogging Community to assist in the #SensationalSiquijor annual convention of the RADIO 7.


GT Cosmetics 

My gratitude goes to Miss Agnes for inviting my team at Cebu Teambuilding Services to facilitate the team building seminar for GT Cosmetics at Senen's Mountain Resort in Cabadiangan, Lilo-an last 17 October 2015. We had a blast. It was a great learning experience and I hope you and your colleagues had a wonderful time too.


Saint Anthony Mother and Child Hospital

Thank you to Ma'am Jonah for allowing my team of facilitators from Cebu Teambuilding Services to conduct their team building activities at Vistamar Beach Resort and Country Club at Dapdap, Mactan, Lapulapu City last 17 October 2015. We hope you had a lot of fun.


Yoyi's Pastries and Desserts 

I am delighted to win three (3) boxes of assortied pastries from Yoyi's Pastries and Desserts in their anniversary raffle. Thank you Tara for informing me about the contest.


Above the Line Productions 

Thank you to Above the Line Productions for involving the bloggers in the promotion of the 1st Beer and Roast Festival at Cafe Racer last 24 October 2015.

Melanie, Channel, and Romeo

I would like to extend my gratitude to Melanie, Channel, and Romeo for doing guest posts on the Wonderful Cebu blog as part of the CBC 30-day blog posting challenge.

#iBlogforCBC #CBCLevelUp #CBC30DayChallenge #WonderfulCebu

10 comments:

Hoven Andre Encontro said...

October really did great for you sir thadz!

Thaddeau II Engaling said...

Indeed Hoven! October was great!

Anne M said...

Wow October looked like a blast!

Richie B said...

Congratulations for completing the October challenge!

Pam / Hey, Miss Adventures! said...

So awesome you are able to complete posting everyday of the month. Kudos!

Vernon Go said...

I remember my super active blogging days na nuon hahahaha plus 30 day challenge pagyud! wohooo just gogogogo with the flow and enjoy the journey!

Thaddeau II Engaling said...

It sure was! Thanks for dropping by.

Thaddeau II Engaling said...

Thanks! We missed you there.

Thaddeau II Engaling said...

It wasn't all easy but it was truly rewarding in the end.

Thaddeau II Engaling said...

Thanks, am truly enjoying it.