Eighty people showed up. Massive relief as we expected ten. (Admittedly the ideal number would’ve been zero. We don’t like parties. Crowds in general make us go into lockdown unless it is a concert.) To ensure attendance we considered inviting celebrities but decided to keep it amongst ourselves. This party was for our readers; we don’t know if those people read.
Our fifth anniversary event was hosted by Jump Experience Center, a showcase of convergent technologies from PLDT and Smart and a high-visibility platform for strategic brand marketing and communications. Thank you, Jump, for hosting the party. We really liked the bar chow.
Since our site has turned five we presented five awards to friends and readers, beginning with Best Transition from Old School to New Media to National Bookstore. National Bookstore continues to make books easily accessible and affordable to the general public while building up its online presence and preparing for the next stage in the evolution of publishing. The award was accepted by National Bookstore’s Xandra Ramos Padilla and Miguel Ramos.
We handed the Awaaard for Best Use of Digital Technology to Raymond Lee, executive producer, writer, and tireless promoter of the surprise indie hit Zombadings 1: Patayin Sa Shokot Si Remington. In the photo: Raymond with our friend Jerome Gomez, managing editor of Esquire, whom we hijacked on his way to his birthday dinner. Happy Birthday, Jerome! As Raymond noted, his birthday is on the 10th day of the 11th month and he has 12 digits on his hands.
L-R: Stella, balqis, listbonne and Brewhuh23. Brewhuh23 is the recipient of our Best Online
Stalker Researcher award for her unparalleled skill at rooting out people’s deep, dark secrets. If you have a crush on anyone, Brewhuh23 will find the information that will de-crush you instantly. Seriously, we’re going to open a detective agency. Note hoop earrings so large she can never wear them on the MRT.
The Readers’ Choices for Best Subject/Columnist and Best Commenter were determined through online voting. For Best Subject/Columnist you picked our indefatigable agony aunt Auntie Janey, who will not show her face lest those who have followed her prescriptions chase her with an ax. For Best Commenter there could be only one: Momelia our resident tattooed badass.
With his super-sight Momelia spotted an interesting-looking guest. “Si Sam Milby ba yon?” he demanded. (Brewhuh23 thought it was Joem Bascon.) It was in fact one of our LitWit winners, Evan, who is also in our Reading Group for The Sense of an Ending. Talent scouts, please leave your contact information in Comments.
Class picture: The last to leave the party. Thank you for showing up. Socializing in large groups wherein we are the featured entertainment is not one of our favorite activities, but you make it comparatively painless. Special thanks to Jackie O for the wine. And Miguel for the signed Walking Dead, Kim for the book (We confess we never liked Sylvia Plath and prefer Ted Hughes actually), Stella for the Eye of Sauron and Jules for the Kahlua.
Thanks to Smart for the raffle prizes: the Netphone 701 went to the chronicler of boredom and the Samsung Galaxy Y went to our friend, journalist Stella Arnaldo. We swear that the raffle was not rigged. When we saw their names in the fishbowl we tried to avoid them but they kept coming up.