November 27-28, 2010
It was during Dinagyang 2010, while having lunch with Iloilo Bloggers, that seasoned travel bloggers, Enrico Dee of Byahilo.com and Bernie Arellano of HabagatCentral.com suggested a summit for bloggers in the Visayas region. They wanted to create a venue for bloggers all over the Visayas region to come together, socialize and share knowledge. In response, the Iloilo Bloggers share the same vision of uniting Visayan bloggers for personal and professional enrichment.
Unlike Luzon and Mindanao, the Visayas region does not yet have a solid community of bloggers. Although there are separate groups, such the Cebu Bloggers and Negros Bloggers. Through the Visayas Blogging Summit (VBS) 2010, all these groups as well as bloggers who were not members of any group unite into one community. During the VBS, bloggers from all over Visayas as well as invited guests from Luzon and Mindanao will convene in Iloilo City for a two-day event. Local and national delegates benefit from the vast experience and knowledge of VBS speakers who are seen as experts in their fields.
The goal of the Visayas Blogging Summit is to gather ideas from bloggers and explore the potential impact of blogging on society, business and politics in the Visayas and beyond. Considered as new media, blogging proved itself a strong marketing medium as well as a political channel that connects the company or person with their intended audience, something TV and radio do not provide.
For this reason, many businesses have signified their interest in sponsoring the event. Some have even gone as far as offering their full services in return for a portion of the pie in online advertising. The Summit’s co-presentor is SM City Iloilo, which provided us the use of their Cinema 8 for the whole day of November 27. Other major sponsors for VBS include Bourbon Street and Sunsilk by Unilever Philippines. Yehey.com is our official online media partner. Days Hotel is our official hotel partner. Globe will be our official WiFi provider.