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Saturday, September 11, 2010

Fourth Blog Anniversary Contest: Mission- I *HEART* the Philippines 2010

This September, I am celebrating my blog's fourth year in the blogosphere. Throughout the 349-odd posts I've churned out, I tried my best to give my two-cents on topics ranging from sports to politics to movies and faith. I tried my best to share with the stragglers who wander into my blog the things I am most passionate about. And if I were to base my passion-meter on the labels I most frequently used to tag my posts, then I would have to say I love the Philippines and thinking aloud the most.
Mission: I *Heart* the Philippines

To celebrate my Year IV on this blogging platform, I am launching a simple (and my first-ever) blogging contest-

Mission: I *Heart* the Philippines.

I did two editions of this writing prompt in 2006 and 2008. It's turning out to be a biennial event; but methinks it ought to be done for frequently.

I envision this contest to be a means by which bloggers with strong positive feelings about the Philippines will be able to share their thoughts, favorite memories, and experiences. In the face of all the challenges in and around our country, I feel it is also important to celebrate what is good in the Philippines and among Filipinos to serve as additional inspiration to strive harder to be the best versions of ourselves as a nation.

Here are the contest details.

It is open to any blogger regardless of nationality, location, political color, etc. Newbie and veteran bloggers with single or multiple blogs are welcome.

To join the contest, the blogger must write a blog entry with the following...

Topic: Please write about four Philippine-related items you feel strongly positive about. It maybe four beaches, four churches, four street delicacies, four movies, four hotels, four artists, four Filipino attitudes, four historical figures, four stamps, four books, four blogs- a set of four-anything Filipino that you find fantastic and can't help but share to the world. You can choose Philippine objects, personalities, places, events, etc.

Blog title:
I *heart* the (beaches/churches/streetfood/movies/hotels/heroes/blogs/etc) of/in the Philippines = topic you wrote about or a noun/pair of nouns that summarize/s the list you wrote about most succinctly (heroism/talents/etc)

For example- I *heart* the beaches of the Philippines

Content: I hope the blog post will not be a mere listing of what you love but will include some annotation. Pictures- personal or borrowed from the web- would be most welcome. Best also if the blog would be at least 100 words long.

Tone: Light and positive.

Language: English. The blog post can partly be in our local Philippine language but there should an English translation ng mga salita na nasa Tagalog (of the words in Tagalog).

Badge: Please add at the end of your post-

[This is an entry to MISSION: I *HEART* THE PHILIPPINES]

And kindly add this badge at the bottom of your post.

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The contest will run for two weeks, from September 12 to 25, 2010.

A blogger can enter a maximum of three (3) entries for the contest. Bloggers with multiple blogs can enter a maximum of three (3) entries per blog. Each blog post entry must have gone online no earlier than September 12.

To enter the contest, just leave a comment on this post with this format:
Q: What's the best thing about the Philippines?
A: (Your one sentence reply)
Blog title:
Link to entry:

Deadline for entering the contest is on Saturday, September 25, 2010 at 8am Philippine Standard Time (+8GMT)

I will visit your link and see if your entry meets the minimum requirements of the contest. I will post a blog entry on Sunday, September 26, 2010 8pm Philippine Standard Time (+8GMT) to highlight the blogs who joined the contest and announce the winners of my mini contest.

Prizes for winning entries:

2 winners Adgitize gift card for a 7-day run of your blog's ad on the Adgitize network ($7 value) each
= courtesy of a very generous contest supporter
1 winner Adgitize gift card for a 31-day run of your blog's ad on the Adgitize network ($14 value)
= all three will be randomly chosen from entries

1 more winner Adgitize gift card for a 7-day run of your blog's ad on the Adgitize network ($7 value)
= my personal choice among the entries as having the best style (including correct grammar, appropriate use of pics, etc), unique point of view, positive content.

I chose Adgitize gift cards as prizes because I want more people to enjoy the winners' writings by way of driving traffic to your respective sites through Adgitize. But in case you don't want the Adgitize prize, I am willing to send to your PayPal account the dollar equivalent of the prize you won.

To sweeten the pot, the first 10 (10) bloggers with EC widgets to share this contest- not necessarily join it- will each receive 700 Entrecard credits from me. Write about my event and please don't forget to include in your post the badge below. Just please leave a comment again on this announcement with the link to your blogpost announcing my contest.

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It's time to express our pride in our nation and highlight what's positive in our country. It's time to share our positive encounters with Filipinos and unforgettable Philippine experiences.

Start writing and be part of the mission- MISSION: I *HEART* THE PHILIPPINES!

Mission: I *Heart* the Philippines

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Blogger Dinesh Raj said...

i share your contest in my blog,

Saturday, September 11, 2010 10:11:00 PM  
Blogger verabear said...

i ♥ this contest! Good thing there's still time for me to think of and write quality posts :)

Tuesday, September 14, 2010 6:10:00 PM  
Blogger *josie* said...

congrats Ian, good luck with your blogversary contest..

Wednesday, September 15, 2010 10:09:00 AM  
Blogger zoan said...

whew, sali ako dito :) sali ako, ang here is my post not for the contest yet but in helping you spreading the word :D

Wednesday, September 15, 2010 11:16:00 AM  
Blogger ian said...

@dinesh- thank you for being the first to share about my contest!

@vbear- thanks thanks! looking forward to your entries! up to three per blog!

@josie- thanks for the greeting =] hope you'll have time to join =]

@zoan- thanks for the post!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010 4:50:00 PM  
Blogger zh3en22 said...

I will join this contest, anyway, I also share it here...

Wednesday, September 15, 2010 5:12:00 PM  
Blogger zh3en22 said...

anyway, I forgot to say, Happy Anniversary

Wednesday, September 15, 2010 5:12:00 PM  
Blogger BARILES said...

Good luck on your contest and congratulations on your anniversary!

This is a very noble cause and hopefully, will get bloggers to write more positively about the country of their birth.

Mabuhay ka!

Saturday, September 18, 2010 8:16:00 AM  
Blogger ToTo Antonio said...

Ako ay Pilipino. Pilipinong Totoo! Mabuhay Ka.


Sunday, September 19, 2010 9:54:00 PM  
Blogger supermommyjem said...

Q: What's the best thing about the Philippines?
A: The best thing about the Philippines is our traditional way of celebrating Christmas.
Blog title: I *heart* the Christmas Events in the Philippines
ink to entry:

Monday, September 20, 2010 3:07:00 PM  
Blogger cornelio03 said...

Q: What's the best thing about the Philippines?
A: Filipinos' sense of service and heroism is the best thing about the Philippines
Blog title:
I *heart* the heroism in the Philippines

Link to entry:

Tuesday, September 21, 2010 10:55:00 AM  
Blogger Chin chin said...

Congratulations on your 4th year blogging. I'm joining the contest, too.

What's the best thing about the Philippines?
I *heart* my favorite foods in the Philippines.
Blog Title: Stay at Home Blessings
Blog URL:

By the way, blog post title and blog post URL po ba?

Tuesday, September 21, 2010 2:28:00 PM  
Blogger ian said...

zh3n22: thanks for helping spread the good news!

bariles, at toto- maraming salamat! mabuhay ang Pinoy!

to those who submitted their entries already for the contest proper: i will post your comments here on Saturday. i will withhold them from public view so that the 'uniqueness' of your respective entries will be preserved =] thank you to the early birds who submitted who/what they truly *heart* about the Philippines =]

Tuesday, September 21, 2010 10:54:00 PM  
Blogger luckyfinds said...

Happy 4th blogversary!

Shared your contest post on my blog at

I'll be sending my contest entry later

Wednesday, September 22, 2010 9:51:00 AM  
Blogger luckyfinds said...

Q: What's the best thing about the Philippines?
A: Our sense of mysterious connection to each other
Blog title: I heart human empathy in Philippines
Link to entry:

Friday, September 24, 2010 6:49:00 PM  
Blogger ian said...

the Mission is over for now! thank you to those who helped spread the word and to those who participated in the Mission =]

please come back again tomorrow- September 26th- to find out who won which prize =]

Saturday, September 25, 2010 8:15:00 AM  
Blogger ian said...



Sunday, September 26, 2010 7:33:00 PM  

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