October 13, 2009

One blogging nation

A couple of weeks ago, I found out that My Manila made it as a finalist in the Best Photo Blog nationwide category of the 2009 Philippine Blog Awards. That alone was a big surprise because I knew that the category was very popular and would have had lots of nominees. When I visited the other finalists and discovered that out of the nine, seven were professionals and the other two were serious hobbyists, the fact that my blog even made it to the finals was even more astounding. I think that most of you know by now that I don't even think of myself as an amateur photographer. I tend to think of myself as a blogger who happens to have photos in my posts. Though I knew that I couldn't win given the exceptional quality of the photos of the nine, my husband and I still attended the awarding last Friday, October 9. I've never been to an event of that kind and wanted to see what it was like. This was the poster in front of the venue. The screen shot of My Manila is the first of the dark blue squares in the L. And in case you're wondering, the winner of the Best Photo Blog category is a photographer named Estan Cabigas.

Philippine Blog Awards 2009



It's funny how things turn out sometimes. I wrote this post on Sunday and scheduled it for Tuesday, then I got news on Monday that Jacob and Lois Anne had given me their Pixel Perfect Award! Coming from two amazing photographers, it's a great honor. So now I have strangely mixed announcements. Strangely mixed, that's me. :)

Pixel Perfect Award The Pixel Perfect award is given to a photo blogger who exhibits exceptional photographic skill in terms of artistic creativity, composition, sharpness and exposure. The criteria for receiving this award also includes a commitment to the City Daily Photo community.

Thank you, Jacob and Lois Anne!

30 comments:

Lisa Wilson said...

Both are exciting and well-deserved awards! Congratulations!

Euroangel said...

congratulations! you deserve it esp. in showing the beauty of Phils. thru photos! keep up the good job!
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Don and Krise said...

Hilda, please don't cut yourself short. You can be proud of your blogging abilities. I see that you are almost up to two hundred followers. These are all people that find your blog informative, well written and just plain fun. Keep on doing what your doing. Don't worry, the movie offers will come. ;-)

Leif Hagen said...

Congrats again, Perfect Pixel pretty person photographing Phillipines!

arabesque said...

Congrats all the same hilda!
altough you felt a little mixed, i should say don't be! ^-^
you have a great blog, always interesting post and you do take pictures well...that's for sure!
more power!

Kaori said...

Congratulations on the nomination and the Pixel Perfect Award! I really like your blog not only for it's photo's but because you always have interesting info on Manila. Thanks, Hilda!

Cherie said...

my heartfelt congratulations, ate hilda! your blog is very informative, too, so i agree with their choice of My Manila as a finalist - you're a winner! big hugs!!!

James said...

Congrats Hilda! You are really showing Manila in a wonderful way.
Keep up the good blogging!

Layrayski said...

Hilda! you go our country proud with your daily photo. I mean that. You deserve the awards and more. The dedication to your posts is impressive. Congrats! =)

Olivier said...

felicitation pour ton Award, ton blog le mérite, il est superbe. J'aime beaucoup cette photo montage pour la journée des blogs
Congratulations for your award, your blog deserves, it is superb. I love this photo montage for the day blogs

Gattina said...

Congratulations ! that's a big honor ! and you deserve it. It's wonderful that you represent your country so nicely !

Halcyon said...

What an honor to be on the shortlist for the whole country! Congratulations.

√ Abraham Lincoln said...

The photo you posted today is really clever and I like it.

Pam said...

Hi Hilda,
You should be very proud to have made it to the end. You are a winner... no matter where you finished in the Philippine Awards.

You are and always have been an exceptional blogger and photographer.

Congratulations on receiving the Pixel Perfect award. That in itself is quite an honor.
You have always been an asset to City Daily Photos.

Chin said...

Congratulations!

Lois said...

Congratulations Hilda! You are truly deserving. Your blog is one of my favorites!

George said...

Congratulations on your award. I for one happen to think it's well-deserved.

cieldequimper said...

I'm happy for you, your blog is fantastic!

Cezar and Léia said...

We love your blog dear Hilda!
Congratulations!
Léia & Cezar
( and Luna )

Photo Cache said...

You are short selling yourself. You have a good balance of well thought of text and wonderful photos in every post.

Congratulations.

Vogon Poet said...

Congratulations for the award! You are one of my favorite bloggers and a good photographer.

Ursel said...

Congratulations, Hilda, for both, the award and being among the finalists. You deserve it!

Eki Qushay Akhwan said...

I was following your blog's nomination and was kind of expecting that it'd make it to the top 3 because has a certain charm about it, such as the way you tell the stories in it.

congratulations, Hilda.

FA said...

Hilda, absolutely you deserve to be nominated. Your blog is exceptional. Congratulations!

the donG said...

i saw that wall too but i missed looking at my blog header. saw a lot of people that i know and so didnt had enough time to check out the collage.

again congratulations! being a finalist is good enough.

brattcat said...

Congratulations, dear Hilda! I hope you continue to float on this nomination (and Jacob and Lois Anne's award) for a long time. How is clean up coming there?

Gunn White said...

Congratulations!
Your blog is beautiful, interesting, informative and inspiring. Keep up the very good work!!

Frank said...

It is clear from your words in this post why you and your blog are so popular. Using your photos - which are always good - and copy you show us the kind of person you really are and despite not be a "professional" or serious amateur, we like you and what you post. Very much!

Huge congratulations on both awards.

White Oleander said...

Congratulations :)

JM said...

This is so interesting! Double congratulations, Hilda!