It’s been a busy time. Have laws and jurisprudence to memorize, and not to mention an upcoming internship with Saligan-Bikol for I am one of the three who qualified. I also helped choose the winners for the 9th Sural Essay Writing Contest sponsored by UP Harong, an organization of UP students who are from Camarines Sur. The next WG is also upcoming. No semestral break for me.

Saligan-Bikol is an NGO concerned with labor, women and other marginalized groups. Their approach is alternative lawyering, a way to bring the machineries of justice closer to the people. They speak the language of the people, immerse with the cause of the people. The lawyers are not confined to law officers and courts. As a writer and student of law, this will sure bring me to places where I should be.

The theme for this year’s Sural Essay Writing Contest is youth and peace or how could the youth contribute in espousing a culture of peace in the Bicol region and the country. It is worth noting that the young Bikolnons have a lot to say in the middle of political bickerings and government neglect. In all aspect of cultural and intellectual formation, the youth sector is right in the middle. The contest was a way for them to express their views, winners or not.

The seventh installment of WritersGig at WharfGalley is againt forthcoming! See you on November 5 at 7PM. Let us read our poems, enjoy music and other performances. The Super Poet Genome Project will again play. I also expect dancers and actors. Books will be sold also. We have Pagsasatubuanan and Sagurong as part of our booksale. Come join us next Saturday. It sure will be fun!

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Writers Gig at Wharf Galley last Sunday (Oct. 9, 2011) was a success. The fun part was playing with my band The Super Poet Genome Project. We performed the WG anthem song ‘Di Kami Papayag na Walang Makata sa Lipunan,’  ‘Uniberso,‘ and ‘Seekin the Cause.’ Theater dance group Fire n Ice also did two dance numbers. It was just electrifying. Poets read their works too, and in fact were the mainstays. The readers were Jerome Hipolito, Noel Cervantez, Ronel Astor, Jusan Misolas, Kevin de Quiroz, Irvin Sto. Tomas, Buboy Aguay, Marissa Redburn and Elbert Baeta.

Meanwhile, my busy self must have dimmed my radar for I missed one great event, the 1st Annual Bicol Bloggy Awards. Great news is this: Hagbayon won the citation for Best Literature Blog for 2011.

The nominees for the Professional Category are:

PROFESSIONAL CATEGORY NOMINEES:

Best Photoblog
1. Byahero Snapshots – http://www.byaherosnapshots.com/
2. Chris Aquino – Raving Mad – http://aquinochris.blogspot.com/
3. Roxx Luzada – She Roxx Photos – http://www.roxxluzada.blogspot.com/

Best Hobby & Recreation Blog
1. Goldimyrr Repolles – Musings of the Midnight Writer – http://goldimyrr.repolles.com/
2. Chris Aquino – Raving Mad – http://aquinochris.blogspot.com/
3. Frederick Maurice S. Lim – Cinemalibog – http://frederickmauricelim.com/
4. Kerby Rosanes – [Sketch Pad] – http://www.kerbyrosanes.tumblr.com/
5. Irvin Sto. Tomas – CamSur Bum, Running – http://www.camsurbumrunning.blogspot.com/
6. Rhyz Peralta – This Side of the Game – http://rhyeza.blogspot.com/
7. Apple Brillantes – Eat All You Can – http://www.eatallyoucan.info/
8. Missy Penaverde – http://www.tamanggala.com/

Best Sports Blog
1. Irvin Sto. Tomas- CamSur Bum, Running – http://www.camsurbumrunning.blogspot.com/
2. Halley anne – built from scratch – http://jaggedcore.blogspot.com/

Best Travel Blog
1. Byahero Snapshots – http://www.byaherosnapshots.com/
2. Dex Baldon – Wow Legazpi – http://wowlegazpi.com/
3. Claire Raborar – Lakwatsera de Primera – http://www.lakwatseradeprimera.com/
4. Mat Corral – Bikolandia – http://3ikolandia.blogspot.com/
5. Missy Penaverde – http://www.tamanggala.com/

Best Personal Blog
1. Claire Raborar – Lakwatsera de Primera – http://www.lakwatseradeprimera.com/
2. Peachy Galias – Atomic Girl – http://atomicgirl.net/
3. Chris Aquino – Raving Mad – http://aquinochris.blogspot.com/
4. Jdejesus Cabrera – In A Bucket – http://inabucket.wordpress.com/
5. Ron Sarte Banzagales – DisKorner: Love Ko ‘To – http://www.diskorner.blogspot.com/
6. Maria Kristina Tormes Abiog – Speckles n Spectrum – http://kristinabiog.blogspot.com/
7. Damn-Me More – Point and Shoot – http://demimarieborja.blog.com/
8. Rhyz Peralta – In My SiLenT LuCidiTy – http://www.thissilence.blogspot.com/
9. Peachy Brillantes -The Brown Beauty – http://thebrownbeauty.blogspot.com/
10. Jefrey Apuli – Life: You Can Never Define It – http://jefreyapuli.blogspot.com/
11. Cyrel Nicolas – My Online Journal – http://www.cyrelnicolas.blogspot.com/
12. Aileen Asuki – The Unbearable Lightness of Being – http://asukiwillgoplaces.tumblr.com/
13. Risha Amaranto Porras – Risha – http://rishaporras.multiply.com/
14. Missy Penaverde – http://www.tamanggala.com/

Best Culture and Arts Blog
1. Goldimyrr Repolles – Musings of the Midnight Writer – http://goldimyrr.repolles.com/
2. Dex Baldon – Wow Legazpi – http://wowlegazpi.com/
3. Claire Raborar – Lakwatsera de Primera – http://www.lakwatseradeprimera.com/
4. Jason Chancoco – Hagbayon – http://www.hagbayon.wordpress.com/
5. Frederick Maurice S. Lim – Cinemalibog – http://frederickmauricelim.com/
6. Mat Corral – Bikolandia – http://3ikolandia.blogspot.com/
7. Jimple Uy Borlagdan – Suralista – http://jimplejimple.blogspot.com/
8. Jimple Uy Borlagdan – Satong Kakanon sa Aro-aldaw http://www.satongkakanon.blogspot.com/
9. Jimple Uy Borlagdan – Karangahan – http://www.karangahanonline.blogspot.com/
10. Kerby Rosanes – [Sketch Pad] – http://www.kerbyrosanes.tumblr.com/
11. Gibbz Cadiz – Gibbs Cadiz – http://gibbscadiz.blogspot.com/

Best Entertainment Blog
1. Frederick Maurice S. Lim – Cinemalibog – http://frederickmauricelim.com/
2. Gibbz Cadiz – Gibbs Cadiz – http://gibbscadiz.blogspot.com/

Best News & Media Blog
1. Dex Baldon – Wow Legazpi – http://wowlegazpi.com/
2. Jdejesus Cabrera – In A Bucket – http://inabucket.wordpress.com/
3. Jay J.a. Carizo – Bik-Lish – http://www.biklish.wordpress.com/

Best Food & Beverage Blog
1. Byahero Snapshots – http://www.byaherosnapshots.com/
2. Chris Aquino – Raving Mad – http://aquinochris.blogspot.com/
3. Apple Brillantes – Eat All You Can – http://www.eatallyoucan.info/

Best Fashion Blog
1. Jdejesus Cabrera – My Orange Pulp – http://myorangepulp.wordpress.com/
2. Rhyz Peralta – Pretty, Cute and Outrageous – http://rhyzbloggin.blogspot.com/
3. Twinkle Salgado – Twinkoolet – http://www.twinkoolet.blogspot.com/
4. Apple Brillantes – Wonderfully FAB – http://www.wonderfullyfab.com/

Best Beauty Blog
1. An Dre Ahh – Bee’s Kyoote Blog. – http://beekyoote.blogspot.com/
2. Jdejesus Cabrera – My Orange Pulp – http://myorangepulp.wordpress.com/
3. Rhyz Peralta – Pretty, Cute and Outrageous – http://rhyzbloggin.blogspot.com/
4. Twinkle Salgado – Twinkoolet – http://www.twinkoolet.blogspot.com/
5. Apple Brillantes – Wonderfully FAB – http://www.wonderfullyfab.com/

Best Technology Blog
1. Marvin Ryan Vista – Batch Processed – http://batchprocessed.blogspot.com/

Best Commentary Blog
1. Jdejesus Cabrera – In A Bucket – http://inabucket.wordpress.com/
2. Jay J.a. Carizo – Bik-Lish – http://www.biklish.wordpress.com/

Best Advocacy Blog
1. Goldimyrr Repolles – Musings of the Midnight Writer – http://goldimyrr.repolles.com/
2. Jimple Uy Borlagdan – Kun Bikolano Ka, MagBikol Ka – http://www.kunbikolanokamagbikolka.blogspot.com/

Best Literature Blog
1. Goldimyrr Repolles – Musings of the Midnight Writer – http://goldimyrr.repolles.com/
2. Jason Chancoco – Hagbayon – http://www.hagbayon.wordpress.com/
3. Frederick Maurice S. Lim – Cinemalibog – http://frederickmauricelim.com/
4. Jimple Uy Borlagdan – Suralista – http://jimplejimple.blogspot.com/
5. Jimple Uy Borlagdan – Satong Kakanon sa Aro-aldaw http://www.satongkakanon.blogspot.com/
6. Jimple Uy Borlagdan – Karangahan – http://www.karangahanonline.blogspot.com/
7. Gibbz Cadiz – Gibbs Cadiz – http://gibbscadiz.blogspot.com/

Best Humor Blog
1. Jdejesus Cabrera – In A Bucket – http://inabucket.wordpress.com/

Best Blog Design
1. Dex Baldon – Wow Legazpi – http://wowlegazpi.com/
2. Claire Raborar – Lakwatsera de Primera – http://www.lakwatseradeprimera.com/
3. Mat Corral – Bikolandia – http://3ikolandia.blogspot.com/
4. Maria Kristina Tormes Abiog – Speckles n Spectrum – http://kristinabiog.blogspot.com/
5. Rhyz Peralta – Pretty, Cute and Outrageous – http://rhyzbloggin.blogspot.com/
6. Jimple Uy Borlagdan – Karangahan – http://www.karangahanonline.blogspot.com/
7. Kerby Rosanes – [Sketch Pad] – http://www.kerbyrosanes.tumblr.com/

Best Filipino Blog Abroad
1. Claire Raborar – Lakwatsera de Primera – http://www.lakwatseradeprimera.com/
2. Roxx Luzada – She Roxx Photos – http://www.roxxluzada.blogspot.com/

Best Filipiniana Blog
1. Goldimyrr Repolles – Musings of the Midnight Writer – http://goldimyrr.repolles.com/
2. Dex Baldon – Wow Legazpi – http://wowlegazpi.com/
3. Frederick Maurice S. Lim – Cinemalibog – http://frederickmauricelim.com/
4. Mat Corral – Bikolandia – http://3ikolandia.blogspot.com/
5. Jimple Uy Borlagdan – Suralista – http://jimplejimple.blogspot.com/
6. Jimple Uy Borlagdan – Satong Kakanon sa Aro-aldaw http://www.satongkakanon.blogspot.com/
7. Jimple Uy Borlagdan – Karangahan – http://www.karangahanonline.blogspot.com/

And the winners are:

Blog of the Year:  Jdejesus Cabrera – “In A Bucket” – http://inabucket.wordpress.com

Blogger’s Choice : Goldimyrr Repolles – “Musings of the Midnight Writer” – http://goldimyrr.repolles.com/

Best Blog Design: Claire Raborar – “Lakwatsera de Primera” – http://www.lakwatseradeprimera.com/

Best Personal Blog: Maria Kristina Tormes Abiog – “Speckles n Spectrum” –  http://kristinabiog.blogspot.com/

Best Photoblog: Roxx Luzada – “She Roxx Photos” – http://www.roxxluzada.blogspot.com

Best Filipino Blog Abroad: Claire Raborar – “Lakwatsera de Primera” – http://www.lakwatseradeprimera.com/

Best Filipiniana Blog: Goldimyrr Repolles – “Musings of the Midnight Writer” – http://goldimyrr.repolles.com/

Best Hobby & Recreation Blog: Kerby Rosanes – “[Sketch Pad]” – http://www.kerbyrosanes.tumblr.com; Sherwin Magayanes – “Byahero Snapshots” – http://www.byaherosnapshots.com/ (tie)

Best Sports Blog: Halley anne – “built from scratch” – http://jaggedcore.blogspot.com/

Best Travel Blog: Claire Raborar -“Lakwatsera de Primera” – http://www.lakwatseradeprimera.com/

Best Culture and Arts Blog: Gibbz Cadiz – “Gibbs Cadiz” – http://gibbscadiz.blogspot.com/

Best Entertainment Blog: Gibbz Cadiz – “Gibbs Cadiz” – http://gibbscadiz.blogspot.com/

 

Best News & Media Blog:  Dex Baldon – “Wow Legazpi” – http://wowlegazpi.com/

Best Food & Beverage Blog: Chris Aquino – “Raving Mad” – http://chrisaquino.blogspot.com/

Best Fashion Blog: Rhyz Peralta – “Pretty, Cute and Outrageous” – http://rhyzbloggin.blogspot.com/

Best Beauty Blog: An Dre Ahh – “Bee’s Kyoote Blog”. – http://beekyoote.blogspot.com/

Best Technology Blog: Marvin Ryan Vista – “Batch Processed” – http://batchprocessed.blogspot.com/

Best Commentary Blog:  Jdejesus Cabrera – “In A Bucket” – http://inabucket.wordpress.com

Best Advocacy Blog: Goldimyrr Repolles – “Musings of the Midnight Writer” – http://goldimyrr.repolles.com/

Best Literature Blog: Jason Chancoco – “Hagbayon” – http://www.hagbayon.wordpress.com/

Best Humor Blog: Jdejesus Cabrera – “In A Bucket” – http://inabucket.wordpress.com
There you go. Congratulations to all the nominees and winners. Let’s blog as we please.

There is a copy  of my first book at Yale University Library. Just learned about it today. Here’s the link.

If you are there and you want to read about Bikol poetics, just look for my book. It might help.