This is why it pays to “Suit up!”

gannsdeenta1.gifLast night, I attended the second Bloggers Food Fest at the Mall of Asia’s Taste Asia, sponsored by SM Hypermarket, San Miguel, Procter and Gamble, Magnolia, Coca-Cola, Colgate, and CliqueBooth. While Crazy Choco chocolate fountains failed to make a second appearance, it was, without a doubt, the most fun I’ve had at any local blogging event thus far.

I had an entry to the first SM Hypermarket Blogging contest, so it was important to me that I represent well, in the event that I win a prize. Taking a page from How I Met Your Mother’s Barney Stinson (played by Neil Patrick Harris), I suited up! Well, kinda: nice silk polo, black sweater vest, black slacks, and, of course, my awesome new shoes from Bradford (which brought me to a respectable 5″10!). Suiting up pays off; some bloggers paid me compliments on the look. Barney was right!

Riding Gina with me were bloggers Angel and Gurl Alien, and their respective boyfriends. Upocliquebooth2.JPGn our arrival, we ran into bloggers Riz, Joni, and Marian. Jomar‘s list wasn’t updated with my name, and there was no list of SM Hypermarket blogging entries, so I literally had to get in as a “friend” of Riz’s. The absence of my name on the guest list also meant wasn’t on the bloggers’ roll provided so people could go around. No hard feelings, though; it’s hard to keep track of 300++ bloggers. It’s a shame, though, because I wasn’t able to go around and make as much new friends as I would’ve liked.

Met a slew of bloggers for the first time, including Joyce, Darwin, and the men (and women) of Man-Blog (including old pals Peter [and his wife Jen], Ade Magnaye, Fritz, AlohaPenny, Helga, and, of course, Mike Villar).

Saw old blogger acquaintances Karlo, beautiful Mae, statuesque Liz, fabulous fabulous Dr. Tess (I beso-ed her on the cheek and regretted it immediately. Come on, Ganns, ano ka, feeling close? Sorry, Doc Tess), a somewhat subdued Shari, Magic Marcel, photobug Chris H, gorgeous Apples H, a bubbly teacher Julie, TinaMats, and the two coolest Moms on the planet, Tita Dine and Tita Noemi. Saw Jeff, who I have to thank for inspiring me to go to the gym. Was inspired by Kuya Jun‘s positivity and graciousness, as always.

Special mention to Benj, who I thought snubbed me at first. I literally had to tap him on the back and assert myself. It turns out my favorite med student/debater/atheist didn’t recognize me with the weight I lost. (He even encouraged me on his blog! Few congratulatory remarks on my weight loss thus far have meant as much to me.) Shortly afterward, I congratulated him on his renewed fire for the fine art of debate and med school. Lately, I’ve really enjoying his blog, so do swing by and share my enthusiasm.

cliquebooth1.JPGExtra special shout-out to Arnold Gamboa, who gave me the privilege of being the person with whom he, his wife Joyce, and his friend Jigs, decided to hang out at their first Taste Asia blog party event. Bro, it was a blast hanging out with you. Rock on for Jesus!

God remains faithful. By night’s end, I won a DVD player from SM Hypermarket for my entry to their contest. My entry was judged one of the three best blog posts. I am humbled, humbled, humbled. Thank you, judges, thank you for affirming how Hypermarket continues to help make milestones in my life major memories. I’m adding this blogger night to that list. God superbless you all! Til next event!

Link love to the some of the best bloggers on the planet who were at the event too:

Paul’s Blog
Touched by an Angel
Pinoy Food Photoblog
Bakla Ako, May Reklamo

Manuel Viloria
The Lonely Vampire Chronicles (live blog)
The Lonely Vampire Chronicles (retrospective)
Geeky Guide to Nearly Everything
Takbo! (sa wakas ng pagkatuliro)

Dax’s Site
Roaming Around with Romela
Real People / Real Style (girls)
Real People / Real Style (boys)
Pinoy Moms Network

Teacher Julie
Jehzlau Concepts
Prudence and Madness
Scrooch Chronicles

Mike Villar: Rising Internet Star
TJ Cafuir
Loida de Vera
Mon’s World
The Four Eyed Journal
The Disastrous Urban Primadonna
Pinoy Blog Machine

SM Hypermarket
Tainted Song
Bababa ba?
Half the World Away
Noisy Noisy Man
Penny for Your Thoughts

  • Mae

    it’s always nice seeing you in events Ganns! :D hoping to see more of you and Gina (live) soon :)

  • Ade

    Nice meeting you dude! Hope to see you on the next few blogger events!

  • Prudence

    Hey, Ganns! We’re friends naman right? So we have all the right to make beso-beso :-)

  • Fritz

    Did you try the DVD? Was that penciled marking a joke? Nice to meet you, man.

  • Fritz

    Was the penciled-in mark for real? I still LOL myself when I remember. Nice hangin out with you, Ganns. hanggang sa muli!

  • Aileen Apolo

    Congratulations! You really do remind me of my college friend! Na-miss ko tuloy siya :)

  • julie

    This post wasn’t here when I visited you earlier. Again, congratulations and by the way, I like the outfit!

    Have a great weekend!

  • benj

    Hindi ako naniniwala na 25 pounds lang ang nawala sayo eh. :p And the hair rocks. It made you look younger. hehe.

  • Helga

    Hey you lucky man, it was nice having you at the TMB table. Lol, territoriality. Not rly. Van Heusen!

  • noemi

    Your entry was one of my favorites. Congrats.

  • ganns

    MAE: I wish we spent more time together! I really wanted to talk to you and Liz more.

    ADE: It will be an absolute pleasure!

    PRUDENCE: I suppose. I guess I’ll always be in awe of you for too many reasons.

    FRITZ: Dude, link exchange! LOL It was awesome meeting you. And no, I haven’t tried out the DVD player yet, because I wanted to show the entire package to my wife when she returned from Davao last night. (And boy, did she enjoy my package. ;)

    AILEEN: Don’t introduce me to your friend. The universe might implode! LOL Thanks for being one of the greatest blog party organizers on Earth! We owe you a debt of gratitude.

    JULIE: I wish we had more time! I wanted to talk to you and Trixie more.

    BENJ: Stop it! LOL No, please don’t. (And UB rocks.)


    TITA NOEMI: You are one of my favorites. Period! :D

  • romela

    It was a terrific night talaga. I’m so happy you got your wish.. you’ve been mouthing the wholeday about wanting to win the DVD player hehe… even Manny was so happy for you. ;)

  • alohapenny

    Hey nice meeting you, i want that dvd player!! haha and your sweater WAS nice.

  • AnitoKid

    Congratulations on the win kabayan!

    AnitoKid at

  • Fritz

    Ah, the package that need not be contained. hehehe. Link ex-ed!

  • Ganns

    ROMELA: It was a terrific night. I was so psyched to see you bring Manny!

    ALOHAPENNY: It was terrific meeting you. And no, my sweater vest wasn’t nice. It was AWESOME.

    ANITOKID: You deserve the kudos, kaibigan! Enjoy KL!

    FRITZ: Sssssh. Let’s not talk about packages here. Hehehe. Ka-pwing!

  • marian

    so that argyle vest was for the blog food fest! haha

    i wore my rattiest shirt and got two compliments, one being, “aktibista ka ba?” haha that’s what i get for wearing a cory tshirt with the slogan “YES YES YES ang sagot ni misis”

    anyway, congratulations on that dvd ganns! much-deserved :) thanks for the link too! i’m getting my own domain soon :)

  • Darwin

    Hi nice meeting you at Taste Asia ii. We’ve actually met already from the Blog Parteeh and Taste Asia I, I can’t blame you really for not seeing me then because I’m quite small… vertically that is.

  • ganns

    MARIAN: Just let me know when it’s up. :)

    DARWIN: I’m so sorry! Tsk tsk tsk. I promise I’ll remember you next time! (I’ll RSS feed to make sure I never forget your face.)

  • jun

    Great to see you again [though I am late in posting and commenting because of, well, work=( ]. The vest reminded me of the 60’s.. parpang Guy and Pip, Bobot and Vi hehehe.

    And God bless on the Kerygma songfest.

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