Tuesday, October 2, 2012

First Laguna Social Media and Blogging Summit

Last September 27 and 28, 2012 at 8:00am to 5:00pm with the support of the Provincial government of Laguna under Governor Jeorge "ER" Estregan Ejercito, the FIRST Laguna Social Media and Blogging Summit (1LaBS) was held at the Cultural center of Laguna. The expected 300 participants from all around the Philippines who are compose of writers, bloggers and students became 600 on September 27, 2012 and on September 28 was 900, these are students from LSPU, STI, AMA and bloggers from Manila and Pampanga who allotted two days of their time to attend this historical event. 

Pagsanjan Mayor Girlie Javier Ejercito welcomed everyone and even sang the Pagsanjan "Bangkero" song that made the opening of the summit more memorable.

The Opening Remarks came from the Lead organizer of the event Engr. Grace Bondad Nicolas who not only a social media one of the most influential blogger, columnist and advocate but also a speaker herself at different summit in the Philippines and who is also a Lagueno from Calauan. 

Here are the list of speakers and their topics who came to Laguna not just to share their expertise in blogging and Internet but also to experience and promote the tourism of Laguna.

(Tony Ahn) Agency Confidential: Behind Blogger Relations 
Keynote Speech: Tony displayed a blogger event budget and discussed  how and why agencies charge what they do in order for their clients to engage with bloggers. 

Blogging for Advocacy (Sonnie Santos)

 Advocacy and Social Media (Democratic Socialist Women of the Philippines National Chairperson Elizabeth Angsioco)

 Impact of Social Media on Voters Education (Comelec Spokesman James Jimenez)

Social Media in Good Governance and Advocacy (Congress Chief of staff Wenchie Flores Sabban)

What To Do With The Money You Earn From Blogging (Award winning financial speaker Fitz Gerard Villafuerte)

 iBlog for Health (presidential awardee for health Nurse Alvin Dakis)

The Art of Personal Branding (Famous voice talent and GNN producer Pocholo Gonzales)

Blogging for motivation and empowerment (Best selling author Lloyd Luna)

 (Benjamin Vergel De Dios) Executive Director- Knowledge Community

September 28 Speakers;

Welcome Address from the Regional Director of the Philippine Information Agency  (Norito Cabotaje)

Keynote Address from Dr. Nestor De Vera, President of Laguna State Polytechnic University (LSPU) 

Ethics and Etiquette in Blogging ( Juned Sonido)

The State of Education in the Philippines–present conditions, needs and prospects for reform. (historian and rocket scientist Dean Jorge Bocobo)

 Travel + Photography and Social Media (Jaypee David)

Marine Life Advocacy (Jayvee Fernandez)

Actionable Start-Up SEO Blogging Strategies. (Mark Acsay III)

Strategies to Maximize Facebook Business Pages – (Jonel Uy)

Politics in Blogging (Author Janette Toral)

 The first Laguna social media and blogging summit is a success. The event hashtag which is 1LaBS or an acronym of the summit TRENDS on Twitter at number 6 that day. Trend is a twitter term which means its the MOST talk topic in the WHOLE Philippines. 

The objective of the summit is to bring to Laguna the best speakers and writers from social media to share to Lagueno the benefits of technology today. This in return, because the speakers are famous plus with writers and media as participants who are there not only to learn but to cover the whole summit. This will give mileage to the province in terms of tourism. 

The organizers would like to thank Governor Jeorge "ER" Ejercito of the Province of Laguna, Laguna 2nd District Board Member Neil Andrew Nocon, Andrew Grace Home Builders, Tiny Buds, Tony Ahn & Co., Melba's farm, Teen Azkals, OneA events place, Cafe Lupe, Asia Blooms hotel, KCs Catering, Jonessa Enterprises, D Star salon, Walk this way, Solid hosting, Geiser Maclang, Gardenia, Chowking, SM, When in Manila, Creative Voices, Microsoft, STI, AMA, Laguna State Polytechnic University, Manila Blogger, Phil IT, Philippine Information Agency 4A, Mary Pauline Salon, PRC, Kliping Times, McCarranz Graphics International, ALAM, Comelec and Mayor Ed Pamintuan of Pampanga, TaG Media and public relations. 


Gardenia Booth


Customized IDs from COMELEC

#1LaBS Technical Team

Philippine Information Agency Regional Director Norito Cabotaje

Laguna State Polytechnic University President Dr. Nestor De Vera

Dean Jorge Bocobo with the Gardenia Representative and Rod Magaru

Laguna 2nd District Board Member Andrew Neil Nocon, Janette Toral and the 1LaBS Team

Marine Life advocate Jayvee Fernandez

Jaypee David on Photography and Social Media

Juned Sonido on Ethics and Etiquette in Blogging

Mark Acksay on SEO

Sonnie Santos preparing his presentation

Jonel Uy

1st day Participants

2nd day Participants

Democratic Socialist Women of the Philippines National Chair Elizabeth Angsioco

Fitz Villafuerte

Motivational Blogger Lloyd Luna

1LaBS Sponsor Mernels Chocolate Cake owner with Comelec Spokesman James Jimenez and Laguna Tourism Officer BM Andrew Neil Nocon

Nurse Alvin Dakis

Congress Chief of Staff Wenchie Flores Sabban on Good Governance and Advocacy

GNN Producer and Creative Voices Pocholo De Leon Gonzales 

Rod Magaru interviewing the participant


  1. Congratulations Grace for a very successful event. Love the group shot btw. May I post them on FB? :)

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