ALEXBAMIN3D Goes to Blogapalooza: Horizons!
Last May 21st, I headed down to Elements at Centris for the much awaited Blogapalooza: Horizons. In case you’re not familiar with the event, Blogapalooza is the Philippines’ first & largest B2B: Business to Blogger event which aims to connect and match participating businesses with bloggers that fits their needs to properly market their business or brand.
This event’s theme is Horizons: Charting the Uncharted and just like the theme I’m charting the uncharted this year as this is my first time attending this exciting event.
I actually have no idea on how the event works but I marched to the venue with my camera, a bunch of business cards, and some boost of confidence so I can face the businesses & brands participating in the event. Checking-in at the event venue is a breeze and upon entering the venue, I can already feel the energy of the event.
The event kicked-off with a tradition photo op with all the participating businesses together with the organizers of the event, this was the followed by a talk by Grace of mommygrace.com who discussed about treating blogs as a business. It’s great to know that they have these talks to help bloggers improve their craft for their audience as well as for their future deals with businesses.
After Grace’s talk, I managed to roam around the venue to check out the businesses and brands that participated in this year’s event. First get my attention is Cocio Philippines’ booth which sports this cool looking set-up, bloggers had the chance to play around & design their own flat-lay, they can even join the flat-lay like what this dude did.
Arla Philippines also sported an awesome looking (and very Instagram-friendly) booth where you can enjoy sandwiches made their Arla cheese products and refreshing milkshakes, also made with Arla milk.
Did you know their products are made in Denmark? I personally love their Arla Cheese Spread and cheese slices, it’s included in my monthly grocery list.
I also visited a couple more food-related booths, one of which is Gold Stack Honey Butter Chips booth which has a challenging game for bloggers to win a tube of their yummy chips. Using a balloon and an air pump, you need to knock down 6 tubes of their Honey Butter Chips under 1 minutes. I said ‘Pssh, no problem!’ and managed to knock ‘em all down in just 25 seconds, chicken! (Yabang! Haha)
But seriously though their chips are delicious, no wonder Koreans had trouble getting their hands on these chips a couple of years ago. You can check out my complete review on Gold Stack’s Honey Butter Chips here.
Other booths at the venue are familiar to me such as Hey Kuya! which is a text-based personal assistant service where you can ask him to do literally anything – as long as it’s legal. You will learn more about Hey Kuya! in my upcoming post soon.
Another familiar one I spotted in the event is Speedy Cards which is a new player in the business cards scene that promises quality business cards delivered straight to your place in just a couple of days, they are actually the ones who made my business cards – will also post a review of their service soon! They had this game where you need to complete the puzzle to win free 100pcs business cards.
On the other end of the venue are more booths, one of which is Victoria Court. I’m so familiar with this hotel and glad to see them participate at Blogapalooza, I managed to win a Victoria Court Card and Gift Cerficate from them by playing their puzzle game. I also received an invite for their Space Wars room launch but unfortunately didn’t RSVP because it landed on a weeknight where I have work. :(
Other brands who participated at the event are Empire East, Vita Coco, Skin Station, TAG77, Rappler, World Vision, Happy Fresh, Regroe, Chemworld: Fragrance Factory, Hotteok King, and Blue Water Day Spa who invited two of their endorsers to the event – Christian Bautista and Wyn Marquez.
Another set of talks was done during the event, Lloyd Cadena known for his viral memes and videos shared techniques on how to go viral on social. It’s really an interesting talk and eye-opener for those who wants to go viral – sometimes there’s no science to it, it just happens.
Following Lloyd’s talk was a panel discussion with experts & celebrity influencers who shared their thoughts about bloggers and how to market themselves to the public & businesses. It was really an insightful panel discussion, my favorite one during the event.
Overall, my first Blogapalooza was fun and educational, I also managed to discover new brands that I can try and feature here on my blog. I’m definitely looking forward to attending the next one, I heard it's happening later this year.
If you’re a blogger and wants to join future Blogapalooza’s, I recommend you visit Blogapalooza.ph and follow them on social to be updated on when the next event is happening. Hope to see you there soon!