Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Week 1: Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs for 2012

Here's the first week summary of entries and their choices in The Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs for 2012. If you haven't submitted an entry yet, head on to our writing project page on how to join.

This writing project will not be possible without the support of sponsors such as Tof SalcedoPhilippine data centerPhilippine online shoppingManila Standard TodayDigitalFilipino ClubSearch Profile Index, and more to be added.

Week 1 only
For the first week, we received 5 entries that have cited at least 5 qualified blogs. They are from Ross Flores Del Rosario, Pa Ul, Nanardxz, Pinay Thrillseeker, and Paula Anntoneth.

Our winning writing project entry this week who will get an iTunes gift card is Pinay Thrillseeker. (Kindly contact me with your real name, contact number, and email address. Please expect me to do a verification to ensure that no one is misrepresenting you.)

A total of 38 blogs were cited from the 5 entries. They are:
  1. http://pinaythrillseeker.blogspot.com
  2. http://ohbeautifulmadness.blogspot.com/
The following got one mention each:
All blogs listed in the previous weeks won't be re-posted unless it gets chosen again by entries submitted in Week 2 or still included in the total Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs for 2012.
We still have 12 weekly updates to go.

If you haven't submitted an entry yet, head on to our writing project page on how to join.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Thank you Immuvit and Coach Jim Saret: 1 Month MetaFit Challenge ends

As my 1-month Immuvit MetaFit Challenge ends,  I went through a transformation. The change is more mentally rather than physically.

On physical changes, I have lost less than 10 pounds since I started the challenge. Growing number of friends and family are noticing the change in my legs, arms, and abdomen area especially when wearing fitted clothes (haven't worn those fitted shorts for a long long time).

Some of the lifestyle changes that has happened since my last update includes:

1. The 4-minute daily workout that started on the first week has already escalated to a 1-hour workout where my approach to it goes through constant change from increasing the number of workouts in a day to increase in exercise repetitions.

It already became a habit to the point my day is not complete if I don't do it. Missed a day since I started and felt being bugged about it.

2. When am no longer satisfied with my body response, I seek exercise inspiration from the MILO - APEX Running Clinic and FITFIL Fitness Boot Camp Cebu. Watching the participants made me determined to heal my left knee injury soon and start running (used to join running competitions in my teenager days).

3. Learning more on how to use the Thera-band and medicine ball for working the body out. Also been on the lookout for exercise that will strengthen the muscles around my patella or knee cap.

4. Got a Timex Race Trainer (heart rate and calories burned monitor) to help me review my workout effectiveness approach. Hopefully, being able to create a baseline on my heart rate and calories burned every workout, I'll be able to track and make the necessary calibration as needed.

5. I realized that it won't be easy for me to sustain an every 2-hours eating habit. However, will be conscious in eating less processed food whenever a food decision comes. Still taking orlistat, calcium, vitamin C, and related supplements to help me in my fitness journey.

Thank you Immuvit!

Immuvit made me aware about somatopause and glad I am taking this multivitamin to counter it.

I recall being in a Mercury Drugstore last week to buy a box of Immuvit as the trial one given to me already ran out. It wasn't on display and their staff had to go somewhere at the back to get it. Upon return, I said that they should make it more visible. My companion asked which is cheaper and mentioned brands. The staff replied that Immuvit is better than x (another competing brand which I also used to take years ago) as it has CoQ10.

I just smiled for I wasn't asking for any affirmation on my purchasing decision.

Thank you Coach Jim Saret!

What made this journey further special I guess is the inspiration gained from Coach Jim Saret.

Immediately after the briefing about the Immuvit MetaFit Challenge, I began supporting his advocacies such as the FITFIL Fitness Boot Camp and MILO - APEX Running Clinic.

Seeing how much inspiration and guidance he gives to peers and participants in achieving their fitness and agility goals made me further committed. That is why I can only express my dismay when a few folks tried to maliciously put him down.

I look forward to the FITFIL Fitness Boot Camp this June 25 to July 27, 2012. The experience has been so great to the point I am also encouraging DigitalFilipino Club members to try it out.

My next 6 months will be interesting as I squarely face my knee injury therapy and fitness routine. If done right and all goes well, I should be able to do my first run this December 2012 or January 2013.

If you are planning to do the MetaFit Challenge, here are some suggestions:

1. Start with the daily 4-minute workout (week 1, week 2, week 3, week 4). Increase as needed.
2. Be conscious on what you eat. Don't skip meals.
3. Get inspiration from others. Check out the Immuvit Facebook page for more Immuvit MetaFit Challenge stories.

Getting into the Running Fever with Run United 2

Back in my teenager years, I used to join our intramurals and compete in the track and field category. Preparing for it required running every morning in our Kalookan neighborhood. The last one I joined was a 3 kilometer STI Fun Run in the 90s where I almost won (was pointed to a wrong direction when nearing the finish turn).

3 years ago when I started doing blog campaigns, running was becoming popular again and abuzz in various social media channels. Unfortunately, my left knee suffered an injury from a slip that prevented me from participating. Have done check-ups, MRI, and made a commitment lately to do the daily therapy sessions just to get it back in action soon.

Watching the MILO-APEX Running Clinic sessions in Bonifacio Global City and Quezon City Memorial Circle has inspired me to get into the running groove soon.

That is why am happy when I got the call from Unilab Active Health to cover the 21k category race at Run United 2 this Sunday happening at Bonifacio Global City. More than 5000 runners registered in this category that shows how much the running community has matured.

Run United 2 on June 17, organized by Unilab Active Health and RunRio Inc., is off to break the half-marathon category record set during Run United 1 earlier in March. As registration closed over the weekend for the 21K category, the 5,000-mark has been breached. Over 14,000 are expected to have signed-up in all categories for the much-awaited run race.

The 21k will start at Bonifacio Global City (BGC) and finish at SM Mall of Asia. Free shuttle services for all 21k runners from SM Mall of Asia to BGC starting at 2:30 am. This service will be available at 15 minute intervals until the last trip scheduled at 3:30 am in time for the 4:30 am gun start.

Run United races are for the benefit of Gawad Kalusugan (the health program of Gawad Kalinga) and the Children’s Hour.

Run United 3 will be held on September 16 and will be followed on October 28 by the much-anticipated Run United Philippine Marathon, Run United’s first ever full marathon or 42.195K race.

Unilab Active Health’s Tri United 2 is set on June 30 to July 1 while Tri United 3 is scheduled on November 10 and 11. Year-round running and triathlon clinics are also conducted in various venues.

Race kits were claimed at the first ever Run United Expo—a new enhancement to the Run United experience, patterned after known international races. The expo showed runners to the latest trends in the running industry and avail of huge discounts from the exhibitors. A special line of Run United memorabilia apparel will also be available for Run United enthusiasts.

You can monitor Run United 2 tweets at http://rununited2.tweetwally.com

Looking forward monitoring the race this Sunday and share the updates online.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Join the Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs for 2012 Writing Project

As we are supposed to close the writing project entry submission tonight, I have received numerous request for an extension for a variety of reasons (submission error, among others).

In this regard, I am extending the writing project submission deadline for one more day. Entries will be accepted up to 11:59 PM of September 20. 

Note though that I will no longer be able to accept entries beyond this September 20 final deadline as we need time to process all entries received and ensure that proper notification be sent for the September 29 recognition / networking day for writing project participants

Many thanks and look forward catching up with writing project participants at the September 29 get-together.


Hello everyone. Welcome to the 6th year of this writing project that seeks in identifying new and emerging blogs who are making an impact to its readers in 2012.

These are blogs that started anytime from June 1, 2011 to the present. These blogs are gradually gaining a considerable amount of readership, followinginfluence and fascinating the reader in various ways. The bloggers behind them established the blog for various reasons such as expression of thoughts, sharing of knowledge and insight, building a movementevents reporting or coverage, and some for profit.

This writing project will not be possible without the support of sponsors such as Tof Salcedo, Philippine data center, Philippine online shoppingDigitalFilipino Club, Search Profile Index, DigitalFilipino.com, and more to be added.
Who can join?
  • Any blogger in the world. Only one entry per blogger.
    • Blog or website owner profile and e-mail is accessible or visible online.
    • Blog is at least 3 months old by the time one joins the writing project.
    • Blog used to submit an entry must have no less than 10 blog post since its creation.

To join this effort, please do the following:

1. Write a blog post and pick your choice of at least five (5) to ten (10) emerging influential blogs.

2. Post a comment and let us know about your entry. Only one entry per blogger.
 Cut-off date and time for submission of entries is on (September 19) September 20. After the said date, submission of comments in this page shall be closed. 

3. On September 20 to 25, I will:
  • Make a final review of posts. We will post a message in your entry to inform you that we've completed the review and no more updates shall be entertained afterwards. Changes that will be allowed includes: adding a link to the writing project page, completion of 10 blogs cited, and adding sponsors link for raffle inclusion.
  • Note that we have the right to disqualify entries and the citations they made, if we are not able to confirm or authenticate the blogger's identity on or before September 22. This is especially true to blogs with anonymous identities and those with pre-dated entries (versus its blog date creation).
4. On September 29, we will do the following:
  • Recognize The Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs for 2012 based from entries received at the Digital Influencers Marketing Summit happening at SMX Convention Center. 
  • Pick ten writing project entries in random who will get one hundred dollars (US$100) each.
    • Only those in the raffle entries master list and with link to sponsors shall be included in the raffle. 
    • Only those with complete 10 qualified blogs mentioned shall be included in the raffle.
    • Prizes are given in cash during the eyeball event or transmitted via Paypal.

The sponsorship fee for this writing project is US$250 that entitles them to a mention in the writing project announcement and participant writing project entries. They are writing project participants who would like to be considered for having the best writing project entry and in the ending raffle. 

    • We only have 10 sponsor slots.
    • Kindly contact me if interested. 
    • The sponsorship fees are to be used for the weekly and end of writing project prizes, winners announcement, and site maintenance.

Joining a writing project has its own benefits that includes:

  • Getting link love.
  • Meet bloggers.
  • Receive traffic (especially to those who join early on) from current and prospective participants.
  • More than anything else, you will also be supporting a worthy purpose of spotting and promoting new blogs that are making great waves out there.

Please don't forget that this is a writing project - not an award. Who gets included in the final 10 is based on the total number of mentions by all qualified writing project entries.

As all writing project entries url link will be posted in the comments section, anyone interested can check and make their own independent count.

I hope you can join.

If you are encountering problems in submitting your entry using Disqus below, you can also post it here. However, entries received after 11:59:59 pm of (September 19) September 20 shall no longer be included: