Blogging has come of age. As we move forward into the digital age, bloggers will no longer be seen merely as individuals struggling to create influence in their own online sphere. Collectively, bloggers are now able to shape the world we live in.
The Cebu Blogging Summit 2015 celebrates bloggers as thought leaders and opinion makers, specially in the light of the Philippine general elections in May 2016. Now on its second year, the Cebu Blogging Summit gathers bloggers in Cebu whether they are affiliated with a blogging organization or not. It also invites non-bloggers who are curious about the starting their own blog. The Cebu Blogging Summit is also a prelude to the Visayas Blogging Summit happening in 2016.
Cebu Blogging Summit 2.0 is a free event. No registration fees will be collected. Free lunch and free snacks will also be provided to the 150 whose attendance have been confirmed by the organizers through a confirmation email. Aside from that, participants are also entitled to win a ton of prizes to be raffled off during the event.
Date and Venue
Cebu Blogging Summit 2015 will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. of 12 December 2015. Cebu Century Plaza Hotel will be the venue sponsor and the summit will be held at the 3rd floor function room of the newly renovated hotel. Cebu Century Plaza Hotel is conveniently located at the Cebu Century Plaza Commercial Complex along Juana Osmeña Street, barangay Kamputhaw, Cebu City, Philippines.
Sponsors and Partners
This year's Cebu Blogging Summit is presented by eStrat Media and co-presented by PLDT Home Fibr. Hosting Visa and Geiser Maclang are platinum sponsors while the gold sponsors are Max's Fried Chicken Restaurant, Krispy Kreme, Diamond Hotel and Suites, Happy Soy, and Global Hub Serviced Offices. Silver sponsors are Ginto Chocolates, SuWhat, Omnia Bellus Spa, and Songhits BTC. Bronze sponsors are Waki Waffles, Cebu Teambuilding Services, and Maverick Ideas.
Philippine Information Agency, Bjorn Cebuano, iNewMedia, and Cebu Blogging Community are the media partners. Other event partners are Narvasa Mary, Exotic Philippines, Channel Marie, Vanilla Housewife, Two Way Travels, Kalami Cebu, Wonderful Cebu, Zuprome, Mommy Wanders, Nested Thoughts, Emjae Fotos, and Pinoy Metro Geek. Blog partners are Lakambini Viajera, Bisaya Short Films, Mae Cimafranca, Why Cebu, and Rock X Scissors. Community partners are Google Business Group Mandaue, Google Developers Group Cebu, Google Educators Group Cebu, and Youth for A Better Earth (YABE) Portal.
The Cebu Blogging Summit 2015 will be hosted by Kaye Wolf, Sheena Litang (a.k.a. Kuro Hime Hitsugaya) and Katherine Annika Cutar. All three (3) hosts are affiliated with the Cebu Blogging Community. Registration will start at 9:30 a.m. and pre-event warm-ups will be done by facilitators from the Cebu Teambuilding Services before participants are welcomed and the Cebu Blogging Community will be introduced by CBC co-founder and current partnership manager Bjornson Bernales.
Miss Amor Maclang will then have a 15-minute talk on "Bloggers as Thought Leaders and Influencers". Following the talk, participants will be asked to choose topics on breakout sessions. The breakout sessions topics and time slots will be as follows:
Unconference 1- Basics, facilitated by Mary Narvasa
- Blogging with Wordpress
- Blogging with Blogspot
Unconference 2- Grow and Expand, facilitated by Eleanor Valeros
- Choosing the Right Niche for You
- Authoritative Content Writing
Unconference 3- Monetizing Your Blog, facilitated by Gay Aida Dumaguing
- Google Adsense for Bloggers
- Monetization Strategies for Bloggers
After the breakout sessions, focus will shift on sustainable blogging. Mary Narvasa will talk about how blogging has changed her life and Ruben Licera Jr. will talk about how he grew his Facebook fan page to 50,000 likes with a budget of only PhP 2,000. An open forum will culminate the morning session.
After the fellowship lunch, the afternoon session opens with icebreakers to be facilitated by facilitators from the Cebu Teambuilding Services. After the crowd gets energized for the afternoon session, talks on "Bloggers, Social Media, and the Public" will be done. The first speaker will be PIA Cebu information manager Miss Rachelle Nessia. She will talk about "Bloggers, Social Media for Social Good". Mr Emmanuel Mongaya follows with a talk on "Bloggers, Social Media, and the Philippine Elections in 2016". A couch session will follow right after.
The climax of the summit will be the fora dedicated to social media influencers with 2016 Philippine elections newsmakers. The first forum will be an open forum and couch session with bloggers and members of Team UNA (Cebu City) and Bando Osmeña Pundok Kauswagan (BOPK).
Lightning talks by Liberal Party (Cebu) and One Cebu will highlight the second forum where a couch session with bloggers will also be done. Both fora will be moderated by Kevin Ray N. Chua. Awarding ceremonies for some exemplary bloggers will culminate the program for the day.