Saturday, April 25, 2009

PiNoY EXPATS-OFW BLOG AWARDS' New Home: A Milestone!

Every time I drive in a desert freeway, I always pay attention to signboards and mile markers. These markers always give me information on where I am; how far I am from where I’ve been; how far I am to my destination; what is the required speed limit at a certain kind of road; and a lot more other helpful information.

The “milestones” help me head to the right direction and guide me when I’m straying from the right direction.

On Friday, 24-April-2009, at around 4:30 pm in Saudi Arabia and 9:30 pm in the Philippines, after almost a year of being a free-lance resident of the blogspot community, the Pinoy Expats/OFW Blog Awards (PEBA) Philippine-flag-colored butterfly flew to a place she can truly call her home.

It’s a “milestone” in the journey of PEBA towards its aim of being recognized as a serious and determined platform for the blogging talents and brilliance of the Filipino expatriates and Overseas Filipino Workers. It’s a “milestone”, in PEBA’s desire to act as a conduit showcasing the notable and significant writings and expressions of the Filipino diasporic community in this phenomenal new media industry.

I found two definitions of “milestone” that I feel are both relevant to PEBA. It is either a stone or a monument that serves as a milepost and as direction information or as a significant point in development.

When I opened, this is what I saw! I had to capture what was displayed on the screen as this is a milestone for PEBA.

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The blog that used to be here is now at

As I look back at the success of the 1st Season of PEBA (I’m always enamored by seasons…though this simply means 2008), and the way things are shaping for PEBA’s 2nd Season, I am amazed at the progress of the journey of PEBA.

In my previous post, I made a bold statement that “given a few more seasons and PEBA will not just be a prestigious award-giving body for Pinoy Expats and OFW bloggers but will become a cause-oriented organization of Pinoy Expats/OFW Bloggers that will have its projects and beneficiaries.” My gut feel tells me that this may not take ‘a few more’ but just ‘some few’ seasons more to be realized.

Remember Lao Tzu’s “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” Yes, the journey of PEBA begins beneath the expats and OFWs’ feet.

May we all continue this journey, staking more ‘milestones’ to serve as monuments and significant points in the growth and development of PEBA!


  1. Nadalaw ko na sya kanina pero hindi ko napansin. This is great! May sariling bahay na ang PEBA! Yehey!

    And yes, I totally agree with you that PEBA will go a long, long, long way.

  2. I am overwhelmed... Will comment again later. thank you... and thanks to you and Nebz and the rest...

  3. I am so honored to work with you guys!

  4. Congratulations to the PEBA team! We're here to support your endeavors all the way! ;P

  5. I am impressed, finally we have our own place called HOME, I hope the floor or the wall cement is still fresh so I can doodle my name - "POPE WAS HERE 04/26/09" - HAHAHAHA

    More power to PEBA and the OFW.

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  7. Hello NJ! Galing ah! Congrats for being a part of this exciting project.

    Good luck kaibigan.

    BTW, medyo nahihirapan akong i copy paste ang banner. Maybe it's just me, ill try again. :-)

  8. me utang pa ako sayong award. di ko pa rin nakukuha...

  9. ur one of those OFW's, err..modern hero of today who are willing to walk an extra mile...may u continue to inspire others to follow ur footsteps..

    im jst behind,

  10. Huli man daw ay naihahabol pa rin: please greet Mrs Abad for me a happy mother's day. And happy father's day na rin sa yo.

    Hindi k p b babalik sa disyerto?

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