to the moon and back: the 2011 philippine blog awards

To find out that we have been selected as one of the finalists in this year’s Philippine Blog Awards was enough for us to drop our delicates while walking to our respective offices…

Yes, we want to say it: We did not expect this…

Why? Because a year ago, somebody mentioned that our blog is full of rated contents. Let’s just say you would not recommend us to people below 21 years old, doing research on travel.

But hey, that just makes the nomination and being quoted on the final list, and National Category at that, the sweetest thing we ever tasted since … martabak. (stop thinking kinky!)

Brace yourselves, this is about to sound like an acceptance speech…

The first gratitude goes to Flip. Dude, you don’t know what you did for the travel blogging community in this country. A year ago, there were only a handful of Pinoy Travel Bloggers (and we are humbled to be the co-founder of the group). Now, we are more that 200 strong spread across the country and abroad. Your vision to create this community is epic.

To the PTB community, you guys are our instant barkada. More instant than 3-in-1 coffee in a drunken morning. No pretentions, no salutations, no getting-to-know-you phase and we fast forward to drinking sessions and karaoke nights. To find a brood of wanderers sharing our passion for traveling is one of the most exhilarating feeling of not being alone. We will be bringing the Party house down in our future travels together.

To our loyal readers, you are the blood of this blog. We can still travel without updating this site. But knowing that there are people who actually read us destroys Monette’s writer’s block and makes Ron perform an advanced stage of mental diarrhea.

To the Philippine Blog Awards, thank you for recognizing that behind our sarcastic puns and crazy antics, we really love what we are doing…

We also like to congratulate our friends/fellow travel bloggers and co-nominees Mich, Dong, Flip, Oggie, Claire, Gay, Pauline, Gerum, Edcel, Kayumangi Trails Team, GaelDoi and Vin. Most specially to those who bagged this year’s trophies:

Best Travel Blog, Mindanao – Olan Embuscado, The Travel Teller
Best Travel Blog, Visayas – RV Escatron, Looney Planet Philippines
Best Travel Blog, Luzon – Christian Sangoyo, Lakad Pilipinas
Best Travel Blog, National Level – Lois Yasay and Chichi Bacolod, We Are Sole Sisters

Cheers to a lifetime of dream-catching!

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  • The Pinoy Explorer

    December 12, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    Congrats for the nomination! Your blog is one of the few that caught my attention when I joined PTB.

  • erick

    December 12, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    congrats ron & monette. more adventures pa 🙂

  • flipnomad

    December 12, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    congratulations on your nominations ron and monette… wishing you more blogging success atsaka sympre more ads para more money hehe… more adventures and more amazing stories and gorgeous pictures to share 🙂

  • mheanne ojeda

    December 12, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    Congratulations Ron and Monette! Well deserved nomination. Next time, sa inyo na ang bulol trophy. Congrats sa mga PTB na nominate at nanalo. Dahil member ako ng PTB community, feeling ko nanalo rin ako! See you soon MOnette sa PTB party (Dec. 16) and Ron sa SG (Dec. 22). Excited na!!

  • Emme Rogers @ Roamancing

    December 12, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    Congratulations! You should be very proud of your accomplishments!

    ~ Emme

  • Claire @lakwatsera de primera

    December 12, 2011 at 10:39 pm

    Congratulations Ron and Monette, see you Down Under soon 🙂

  • Lawstude

    December 12, 2011 at 11:21 pm

    Congrats Ron and Monetter. Cheers to more travels and photos for the coming years 🙂

  • chyng

    December 13, 2011 at 12:39 am

    congrats guys! wai ying part 2, yes? Ü

  • mervz |

    December 13, 2011 at 2:27 am

    congratulations Ron and Monnete… inuman na!!! hehehe!

  • jade

    December 13, 2011 at 3:01 am

    Congrats! Keep having fun and loving life!

  • Lois

    December 13, 2011 at 5:27 am

    Congrats Monette and Ron! Thanks for inspiring us even before we became backpackers and bloggers. We had already been ‘stalking’ you then!

  • jenjenk

    December 13, 2011 at 5:49 am

    wow! congratulations on the nomination!!

  • vin

    December 13, 2011 at 11:35 am

    nagulat naman ako, kasama ako sa mention haha. congrats ron & monette and the rest of ptb. even though i haven’t met you guys in person i’m a fan of your blog ever since! 🙂

  • Bonzenti [Con tour Blog]

    December 13, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    Congrats to you Ron and Monette. Sorry guys if this warmth greetings in congratulating you is a bit late. Better late than never. Looking forward for your visit here in Bukidnon. :-).

  • Mark Wiens

    December 13, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    Awesome to hear this, keep up the excellent articles and photos!

  • Mike Masangya

    December 14, 2011 at 12:42 am

    Congratulations!!! Very happy you guys got nominated. Well deserved!!!

  • boogie

    December 14, 2011 at 6:44 am

    AMAZING!!! keep going places and keep writing phrases… by next year, you’ll bag the award… well done! :))

  • Ed

    December 14, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    naks. madramang speech nga! pwedeng pacopy and paste? lagay ko as blog entry sa site ko. (tamad mode ba? hehehe).

    thanks to Flip indeed! grabe ang support ng PTB. 😀

  • paul | walkflypinoy

    December 15, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    congraaats! medyo late na pero, congraaats! idol ko kayo with your hilarious writing and witty figures of speech. more please. 😀

  • dong ho

    December 15, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    i should say that flipntravels remains to be on my top five coolest travel blogs in the country. cheers to more years in travel and funny or i should say sometimes crazy stuff.

    see you in 24hours.

  • Christina (Jandal Road)

    December 17, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    Congrats on your nomination!

  • Olan | The Travel Teller

    December 20, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    Hi Ron and Monette. Congratulations guys. Idol ko kaya kayo. Hope to see you too soon. Let me know Kung magagawi kayo ng Davao. Happy trails. Travel hard, trAvel blog harder.

  • chris

    December 23, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    congrats,you deserved it!

  • Karla

    February 11, 2012 at 10:30 am

    Congratulations Ron & Monette! Very well done! <3 #pinoypride

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