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Saturday, April 25, 2009

PiNoY EXPATS 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 
http://pinoyblogawards.blogspot.com/, this is what I saw! I had to capture what was displayed on the screen as this is a milestone for PEBA.
You're about to be redirected
The blog that used to be here is now at http://www.pinoyexpatsblogawards.com/.


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!
Post from NJ of Desert Aquaforce of the PEBA 2009 Team

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