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Happy 1st Blogoversary, Bariles Republic!

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Today, November 8, 2008, Bariles Republic is celebrating its first birthday, or in the world of blogs, its first “blogoversary“.

A lot of things have transpired since I first came out with my first post that day, which sported the boring title “Banana Snack Vendors at the Oval Covered Court”.

As I related before the participants of the 2nd Mindanao Bloggers Summit late last October, I began Bariles Republic as a photo blog about General Santos City.  I wanted to showcase the “positive” side of the Tuna Capital because, admittedly, a year ago, when one google searches about it, all that comes out are news from mainstream media about “bombings”, “terror attacks”, and the like.

Developmental news, if any are relegated far behind the searches, thus painting a dismal view about General Santos City and its environs.

That was why I made it a personal cause to do something about it, in my own small way.

Being a former overseas contract worker myself, I know that this would benefit not only my townmates but also those who are now based abroad and are hungry for good news about home.

So, I started blogging, and blogging, and blogging…… all for the love of General Santos City.

And, now, 268 articles/posts later, I am proud to say that Bariles Republic’s GenSantos.Com has already made it to the front pages of Google Search, landing among the TOP 3 RESULTS if you’re looking for “gen. santos“, or among the TOP 10, if you key in the longer “general santos” or the shorter “gensan“.

Click on the image of the screenshot below for a larger view.


And other than introducing the name “Bariles” to the blogosphere, this blog has also hugged the top pages search for that word.

More rewarding achievements also came in, even before I turned a year old.

First, in August 2008, Bariles Republic was awarded one of 2008′s TOP 10 EMERGING INFLUENTIAL BLOGS, a project of Ms. Janette Toral.

Then just this week, Ratified.Org, one of the top blog ranking sites in the Philippines, released its Top 100 Blogs in the country for 2008.  And guess what?  Bariles Republic also made it, landing #15 among the 2nd set of newer blogs!  Yeheyy!!!


And so to celebrate this milestone, my dear readers and subscribers, I AM RUNNING A CONTEST.

Here are the CONTEST RULES:

  1. First, you have to be a subscriber to be able to enter this contest.  The SUBSCRIBE TO BARILES VIA YOUR EMAIL Box is just below the list of Sponsors for the 2nd MBS on the right sidebar, waiting for you.
  2. Second, write your short and sweet greetings in the COMMENTS portion below this article PLUS your Blogoversary WISH(es) for Bariles Republic.
  3. A team of jurors will decide on the best comments and winners will be declared on November 12, 2008 at exactly 12:00pm (Philippine or Eastern Standard Time).
One of the priceless perks I have received in the past year while blogging me is meeting other bloggers and forging new friendships with some of whom I have met only in the internet.  And due to their magnanimity, they have agreed to sponsor Bariles Republic’s 1st Blogoversary Contest</strong> prizes and so here goes.

CONTEST PRIZES:
  • A priceless copy of Virtual Earner Video from Bob Martin, or now more popularly known as Mindanao Bob.  Bob owns the newly-reborn Mindanao Magazine and is one of my very first Internet pals whom I met in 1996, when internet connections were just dial-ups.   His wife Feyma, is a fellow Soccsksargen native, who hails from Sarangani Province.  I happen to be godfather of their 2nd child.
  • Three (3) bundled Domain Name and Hosting for one year from my blog mentor, Oliver “Blogie” Robillo, who as everyone must have known by now, is convenor of Mindanao Bloggers. Com and heads the group (The Usual Suspects) instrumental for the Mindanao Bloggers Summit, WordCamp Philippines, the DAVAO Food Appreciation Tour, among other blog projects.  These go to 3 winners.
  • Five (5) Domain Names from Jehzeel Laurente of Jehzlau Concepts.  Jehz’s blog is the Ratified’s 2nd Top Blog in the country.  We haven’t met personally yet but he is one of the nicest bloggers in the blogosphere, ready to help out newbies like me.
  • Two (2) Domain Names from Engineer Winston Almendras of BatangTechie.Com.  Winston’s other blog, Batang Yagit, won the Blogger’s Choice Award in the 2008 Philippine Blog Awards>.  He just recently passed the board for Electronic Engineers.
  • One (1) Domain Name from Job Oberio of NokiaHost Philippine Webhosting.
  • Two (2) Domain Names from photojournalist Toto Lozano.
  • One (1) Domain Name with 200 MB capacity from website designer Dennis Paul Custorio.
  • Five (5) Premium WordPress Themes from Cagayan de Oro’s ChiQ Montes of WP Theme Designer.  ChiQ, the best Pinay designer in her field, was recently featured in Manila Bulletin.
Thanks to you guys for making Bariles Republic’s 1st Blogoversary most significant and unforgettable.
So far, these are the prizes we have gathered and we are still open to accepting a few more from kind-hearted blogger friends out there who want to be linked here and join the fun.  Whoever you are, thanks in advance.
And to you dear readers, friends, subscribers new and old, Daghang Salamat.  Magkit-anay unta ta pirme dinhi sa blogosphere ug hinaut nga mupadayon ang pag-uswag sa atong pinalanggang GenSan ug Soccsksargen arun dili kita mahutdan ug topic nga i-blog! (whew!)

Happy birthday Bariles Republic!  Happy 1st Blogoversary!

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About Avel Manansala

Avel Manansala aka Bariles, is a native of a bustling city down south of Mindanao Island. He is a consultant on Blogging, Social Media, and Marketing . He is co-founder and head of the SoCCSkSarGen Bloggers and manager of Google Business Group (GBG)- General Santos. You may add him to your circles on G+ - http://plus.google.com/+AvelManansala. If you need more info on any of these fields, please leave him a message.

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73 thoughts on “Happy 1st Blogoversary, Bariles Republic!

  1. bariles Post author

    Originally Posted By Aethen
    Am I not yet late to greet the eminent blogger from General Santos who in a year surprised the online community with a blast? :D

    I think not.

    Congratulations to the person behind the success of the Gensatos.com. Cheers to the warmest and accommodating person in General Santos city – the big â??BARILESâ?? who keeps on flipping his fins to swim the blogosphere to bring the â??goodâ?? image of Mindanao online; He is Kuya Avel, Manong Avel for respect. Kid.

    Kuya Avel is one of the bloggers I knew who is very passionate in blogging. He supported me in organizing the Blog seminar in Marbel which became the venue of the birth of the SOCCSKSarGen bloggers which became a community now because of his leadership. He is truly influential in his ways to touch peopleâ??s lives.

    Trust me, I knew him best.

    As a greeting for your first blogoversary, I wish your blog more blogging years to come, more good readers who will subscribe to your feeds, and good earnings soon [balato ha!].

    Convinced? Read his blog. Update with it. Be inspired.

    Kudos.

    Aethens last blog post..Mindanao Blogger Summit 2 on TV PATROL SOCSARGEN

    Hello Mark! I wouldn’t have done it without you guys, you and Ariel and Hector and Job and yes, Bro. Vincent (who has long since abandoned us to work in the foot of Mt. Apo, joke!). What pushed me on was the inspiration I got from all of you, who were blogging long before I started doing it myself. If not for your support, encouragement and the endless blogging lessons, Bariles Republic would have been another nameless entity on the internet.
    This shoutout from you is worth hundreds of testimonials already. Damu gid nga salamat toto mark. And yes, may balato if ever Lyle’s magic will continue to work on Bariles Republic. Hehehe! :)

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  2. bariles Post author

    Originally Posted By blackmeat
    Happy 1st Blogoversary, Bariles Republic! Please don’t stop swimming on the net. Please tell us more and more about Gensan’s fishy stories! Mabuhay ka, Bariles! Isa kang.. isa kang.. MALAKING ISDA! Ahehe!

    Hi Blackmeat! Hahaha! Salamat gid. For being one of the most funny commenters here, I owe you one. See you there in Davao soon! :)

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  3. bariles Post author

    Originally Posted By White Knight
    CONGRATULATIONS Bariles on your 1st BlogAnniversary and more power.
    I could not say more since everything have been said on this site, keep it up!

    Hello White Knight! Thanks so much too for keeping this blog alive with your regular comments, which are the fuel driving this blog forward. :)

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  4. bariles Post author

    Originally Posted By gensanite
    congratulations, KUYA AVEL!!!

    remembered the time when you were bugging me in subscribing to “dustdiangas”… hehehe… :)

    from an entry on “bananacues” to the mbs2; your first year is the start of a long and wonderful journey in your blogging “career”… thank you for keeping me close to home in your posts, and for showing the best of dadiangas to the world…

    keep on blogging!!!

    “happy birthday” to your blog… :)

    cheers!!!

    Hahaha! Thanks for mentioning Dustdiangas, gensanite. That was the URL name of the old Bariles Republic. It still exists though but will be saying goodbye soon as I have another blog coming up. I just want to maintain 2-3 blogs, if my time permits.
    And for being one of my faithful commenters, my heartfelt thanks again to you. See you in December with those Danggit for me. :)

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  5. rashidsmom/sarah

    salamat Bariles sa pag gunit
    sa among kamot
    kanamong mga gagmay nga nagasuwat
    sa gwapo ug manindot nga balita
    diri sa atong Mindanao
    sa pag hulagway nimo
    sa kanindot sa Gensan
    salamat sa mga balitang
    dili puro tungod sa kapangit sa kinabuhi
    kanimo namo nakuha
    nga ang pagsuwat
    pwede pud makapadako sa kinabuhiang muslim
    nga dili mi sagbot sa katilingban

    sa imoha Bariles.. Sukran a benal (Daghang Salamat)

    rashidsmom/sarahs last blog post..bamboo me.

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  6. bariles Post author

    Originally Posted By rashidsmom/sarah
    salamat Bariles sa pag gunit
    sa among kamot
    kanamong mga gagmay nga nagasuwat
    sa gwapo ug manindot nga balita
    diri sa atong Mindanao
    sa pag hulagway nimo
    sa kanindot sa Gensan
    salamat sa mga balitang
    dili puro tungod sa kapangit sa kinabuhi
    kanimo namo nakuha
    nga ang pagsuwat
    pwede pud makapadako sa kinabuhiang muslim
    nga dili mi sagbot sa katilingban

    sa imoha Bariles.. Sukran a benal (Daghang Salamat)

    rashidsmom/sarahs last blog post..bamboo me.

    Kaanindot sa imung maayong pagka-han-ay sa imung mensahe,
    Nga nagpatandog sa akong kasing-kasing.
    Simple man lang ang akong gusto mahitabo,
    Ang mapakita kung unsa kaanindot ang atung palibot,
    ug nagkadaiyang kultura.
    Kung kining akong mga paningkamot
    Nakahatag kaninyo ug kalipay,
    Igo na kining ganti
    Nga akong tipigan
    Hangtud sa kahangturan.

    Sa imoha Sarah, usa ka libo nga MWAH!

    :)

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  7. Miah

    wow, congrats sir avel! :) belated happy blogversary to you, wishing u all the best. For the love of Gensan you made it to the top of the serps… sana mag tuloy2 pa.. good luck po! :)

    Miahs last blog post..Smallest Websites

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  8. Liann

    Hi kuya avel a.k.a. bariles of Gensan..congratulations in your 1st year blogoversary..Thanks for all the support and help for me in this world of blogging..wishing u more earnings through your blog.. .

    Lianns last blog post..gugmang gi atay

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  9. Awa Tiro (The Copycat)

    Happy Anniversary Bariles Republic!!!!

    You are one of the blogs na akong gina awat. I am a newbie sa blogging and I learn a lot from you and other Mindanaoan bloggers. I’ve read and observed almost 30 blogs and you’re one of them.

    I copied the list of Mindanao Bloggers Summit attendees and posted on my links page. I hope it helps promote the blogs of the attendees.

    Awa Tiro (The Copycat)s last blog post..I signed up Entrecard

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  10. bariles Post author

    Originally Posted By Liann
    Hi kuya avel a.k.a. bariles of Gensan..congratulations in your 1st year blogoversary..Thanks for all the support and help for me in this world of blogging..wishing u more earnings through your blog.. .

    Lianns last blog post..gugmang gi atay

    Hi Lian! Thank you and you’re welcome at the same time. Congrats on your new blog too. Ipadayon ang mga gugmang gi-atay! Hehehe! :)

    Reply
  11. bariles Post author

    Originally Posted By Awa Tiro (The Copycat)
    Happy Anniversary Bariles Republic!!!!

    You are one of the blogs na akong gina awat. I am a newbie sa blogging and I learn a lot from you and other Mindanaoan bloggers. I’ve read and observed almost 30 blogs and you’re one of them.

    I copied the list of Mindanao Bloggers Summit attendees and posted on my links page. I hope it helps promote the blogs of the attendees.

    Awa Tiro (The Copycat)s last blog post..I signed up Entrecard

    Thanks Awa! Were you at the MBS2? If not, it’s good that you have been in touch with other Mindanaoan bloggers. You will really learn so much from reading other blogs… and at the same time, earn some precious friendships. Blog on my new friend! :)

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  12. bernie allen

    Hello Again Avel,

    You may have missed my personal e-mail.

    We in Tubu Foods Manufacturing Corporation is willing to sponsor some give aways for you bloggers.

    The fastest selling slimming beverage will soon be available in Gensan, it’s called slimfit, the best in the market today and the fastest growing indeed.

    This goes with the first Slimming Snack Food Rice and Oats (yes that correct) in the market. the more you eat, the more you loose weight.

    It’s a product that is endorsed by no less than Dra. Vicky Belo.. watch “slimfit, rice & oats -Vicky Belo at Youtube.

    So call me so we can talk about how I will send them to you.

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  13. Richard

    congrats sir avel! more years to come for bariles republic!

    after reading this post, naalala ko, di pala ako nakapagcelebrate ng anniversary.. hahaa! never mind.. :-)

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  14. rammyboi

    Kuya Avel! Congrats! Your celebrating your blog’s 1st anniversary. I maybe late in greeting you but heck! it’s the thought that counts right? :)

    What can I say, You’ve gone too far. You’ve gained recognitions already even before you reached your 1 year. You already have the best gift for your blog’s 1st anniversary… your determination in changing people’s perceptions of Gensan. :) Keep it up Kuya Avel! I really appreciated your company during MBS2, especially on the latter part of the event which is the tour. :) See you around… maybe in Coffee Club 101. hehehe :)

    Congratulations again and May the Force be with You! :)

    ps.cnxa na.. im not that active lately sa blogosphere kasi i was just hired sa NDDU as part-time instructor. so i have to catch up with my lesson plans for my 3 major subjects, kasi they hired me nung naga start na ang classes. no proper orientation pa gyud. hehehe :) ayu2 kuya avel! :)

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