We started as a group of bloggers who hang out in coffee shops every after press conferences in 2013. I assisted Ron (of Sagabay Group) to blog to help his headset distribution company be found in Google search. I then connected him to Azrael of Azrael’s Merryland so that he can learn more from this veteran blogger. Meantime, Azrael, Enzo Luna (of JuanManilaExpress) and me had an out of town trip to Baguio for the Panagbenga 2012, it was later on followed by a trip in Malaysia. Then I spotted Ian Bacungan doing a marketing pitch for GadgetPilinas.net (Gian Vibertbo’s tech blog), I asked Ian if he can do the same for my site too. Raffy Pekson on the other hand is also a long time blogger, maintaining several blogs while working as an officer at GoAutoDial. Pekson is Ron’s supplier who also became a coffee/beer buddy after corporate meetings. And then, I should say the rest is the formation of PBNet or the Philippine Bloggers Network.
A group of fifteen (15) Filipino online publishers came together as one force to form Philippine Bloggers Network (“PBNet”), an organization that aims to professionalize the blogging industry. Taking blogs or online publishing to the next level, PBNet is a solid mass marketing group to any business and clientele, who are seeking premium and professional online communication services.
Attending to invites and events led the three gentlemen to meet top bloggers and businessmen Ron Villagonzalo and Ian Bacungan, who, later on as a group had a project for GoAutodial’s Rafael Pekson II, who blogs as a hobby. Other same-minded online publishers joined in and had their first-ever exclusive project with the French Chamber of Commerce, of which media publicist; Arabelle Jimenez is its PR for the Soiree Beaujolais project.
On May 17, 2014, PBNet’s First General Membership Meeting was held at their vOffice, located at modern Bonifactio Global City. Election for the Board of Directors and Officers was one of the Agendas.
Philippine Bloggers Network (PBNet) 2014 Officers:
President – Raffy Pedrajita
VP/Internal (Membership) – Ian Bacungan
VP/Exrternal (PR) – Ron Villagonzalo
Secretary – Rafael Pekson II
Treasurer – Arabelle Jimenez
Director – Marlon Magtira
Each of the fifteen PBNet member has their own background in the corporate world, like IT, human resources, media, marketing, finance, technology, etc. Their blog sites rank among the top in the country and has a great following from different industries. These online publishers have their own niche in the market, like travel, food, lifestyle, technology, business, and entertainment. Bringing their own experiences, they have successfully used digital marketing to respective businesses and clients in the past 10 years. Below are their blog sites:
Taking the online industry to the next level is a win-win scenario for both PBNet and their clients. Adhering to professionalism and respecting the code of ethics of the companies they work for, PBNet is out there to give the right message, at the right time and the right way.
PBNet on Facebook – www.fb.com/pbnet
PBNet of Twitter www.twitter.com/pbnetworkph
PBNet website – www.bloggers.net.ph (coming soon)
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