I just wanted to share a few awesome things to celebrate…

1. Our Awesome Planet in IMMAP!

It was awesome to present the story of OAP in the 3rd Internet and Mobile Marketing Association of the Philippines (IMMAP). IMMAP is the biggest conference attended by the digital marketing industry in the country. I shared the story of how I grew OAP from scratch to becoming one of the most popular food and travel blogs in the country with as high as 15,000 hits per day. I presented together with Mark Lacsay of Sonic Logo Multimedia of Sound Drip, and Rianna Roces Trinidad of Proud Mama makers of Funky Feet on how Digital Delivers for Small and Medium Enterprises.

2. The First Winning Internet Marketing Strategies and Techniques (WIMST) Elective Class in AIM MBA!

Congratulations to the first batch of WIMST MBA Class for Cohort 2 and 3! We learned a lot from this first class — thank you all for the healthy discussions and constructive feedback about the class. It was my first time teaching in the MBA class, which was dominated by Indians who were very cool. ๐Ÿ™‚

3. My first-ever Photoblogging Class in Cubao eXpo ๐Ÿ™‚

I received a lot of questions on how to do what I do in OAP with the nice photos. For the first time, I was able to run a photoblogging class in Cubao eXpo. (Thank you to my guinea pigs! ๐Ÿ™‚ ) I’m offering the class again this coming Saturday, Sept. 12, in Cubao eXpo. After that, I plan to conduct it in different destinations like Chinatown, Antipolo and/or Laguna.

4. Featured in Unang Hirit, alongside Mabuhay Girl Jenni Epperson ๐Ÿ™‚

It was cool to meet Jenni Epperson and her photographer-husband Tom Epperson during the Unang Hirit Bloggers feature. She is the author of the popular fashion blog, Mabuhay Girl. She recently launched her Cuteture multiply store, which sells Jaguar Glamour Rings, Fruit Tart Necklaces, Spoon and Fork Necklace and other cute fashion accessories. Check out Jenni’s Cuteture shop.

5. Congratulations to Dexter and my cousin-in-law Pam Cinco!

Finally, after years of searching for the right guy, Pam tied the knot with Dexter. They have a cute love story… We are just happy that Pam found the right one. ๐Ÿ™‚

6. The Launch of the Ultimate Philippines Tours 2010 Calendar!

Ultimate Philippines is launching our October 2009 to May 2010 Calendar by the end of this week. We are focusing on our core tours — Pampanga, Tagaytay, Batanes, Vigan Fiesta and San Isidro Festival. We are publishing it in advance so that you can fix your schedule and join us ๐Ÿ™‚ We are excited!

7. Awesome Most Trusted Food Blogs Rogue Feature!

It was awesome to be featured in Rogue, side-by-side with Market Man. ๐Ÿ™‚ It was an honor — thanks to Katrina for the kind description and write-up. At first, I did not get why it was entitled “The Recon Man”. She explained that it was because I go on reconnaissance missions to explore and check out new places before anyone else. Thanks again to Rogue and Katrina!

8. My 35th Birthday with my Family ๐Ÿ™‚

It was simply wonderful to celebrate my birthday — breakfast, lunch and dinner — with the family. Food trip galore! ๐Ÿ™‚

Thanks to my family for loving me for who I am. Thank you to all OAP readers and Facebook friends who greeted me on my birthday. Thank you to the 314+ people who gave feedback to Our Awesome Planet. Thanks for continuing to accompany me on my OAP journey!

Live an Awesome Life,  


Text and Photos by Anton Diaz. Copyright 2009. 
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