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Sunday, December 21, 2008

The Honorable Judges

This post will be updated for several times as we proudly introduce the 12 high caliber and topnotch judges of the 2008 Pinoy Expats/OFW blogs. We will keep on updating as we fill info's about the judges who despite of their fame, and successes, voluntarily submit to the rigorous and painstaking task of reviewing and judging our nominees, and there are a couple of dozen of them all!

We, as the organizer are overwhelmed. 
We are standing in awe, as we take off our hat and wonder at the goodness of these people. It is fitting that one by one we will chronicle their profile so the public and our visitors may know.

I called her Ms. Twitter Elite of Manila, Aileen Apollo is one of the most sought after personality in the Philippines as she is the Google Country Consultant. A long-time marketing practitioner, Aileen has been involved in marketing and business development of technology products for more than 11 years. She is a graduate of De La Salle University with bachelor's degrees in AB-Political Science and BS-Legal Management and she joined the largest mobile telecommunications company in the country, Smart Communications.  Prior to joining Google in 2006, she also did consultancy work for Dream Satellite TV, ABC 5 and DMCI Homes. She maintained these blogs here.

Avel Manansala is the man I consider to our mentor-friend. He is the blogger behind the most popular Bariles or -an online ezine or idiots guide to General Santos, the MANNY PACMAN PACQUIAO City and beloved home city of the Organizer, Mr. Kenji Jebee of Thoughtskoto. Avel is a graduate from the University of the Philippines of Marketing and Communications. The Bariles republic blog is one of the winner of the Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs of 2008He has worked throughout most of Southeast Asia and even Papua New Guinea.  Currently, he devotes his time, beauty, and talent  in the fields of Communications and Media and acts as consultant on Marketing on the side.

Ellen Tordesillas is one of the most popular journalist in the blogosphere evident of her blog as a consistent No. 1 in the TOPBLOGS Politics. In her online blog, she is posting her write ups and columns that appears in Malaya and Abante as well as articles relevant to strengthening democracy and making life worth living. Malaya ( is a daily (except Sunday) newspaper in English that has a courageous history in the Filipinos' fight against tyranny. Abante ( is a Tagalog tabloid. 

Ellen Tordesillas  is also a trustee of a newly formed group VERA Files
a group that does in depth articles on current issues.

Janette Toral is the author of the E-Commerce Workshop E-Book and co-author/editor of the Philippine Internet Review: 10 Years of Internet History (1994 - 2004)She has published 14 research reports tackling Internet, e-commerce, online banking, IT manpower, outsourcing, mobile phone usage, IT adoption developments in the country.She owns two professional online communities, where knowledge sharing and business matching are usually conducted, the Club and Philippine Software Process Improvement Network. She splits her time between Australia and the Philippines. Janette is also participating in the Busby SEO Test, and maintains the following sites, JANET TORAL, ECOMMERCE PHILIPPINESBLOGGING FROM HOME.
She is the woman behind the 2 consecutive year TOP 10 EMERGING INFLUENTIAL BLOGS of the PHILIPPINES.

Jehzeel Laurente is one of the most successful young blogger in the Philippines and the boy behind the Jehzlau Concepts. He is an only child, and a gibberish to the eyes of many, but a priceless piece of rare ornament to the people who knows him and cares for him. He was a DOST -SEI scholar during his college days and has a passion for painting. He won several awards, both in Regional and National level oil painting competitions. He was also featured on Manila Bulletin’s Blog-o-Rama and was mentioned in Philippine Daily Inquirer

Pete is one of the major sponsor of this contest and is the 
man behind the matrix for judging the 2008 nominees. He is based in South Korea working as the international staff of the May 18 Memorial Foundation, one a very memorable event in the South Korean history. His online presence can be found here. Pete is one of person we are always grateful for his valuable contribution to the project. 

One of the most promising bloggers in the Philippines, and one of the Ten Outstanding Young Men of the Philippines for 2008, and a DOST Scholar in UP Diliman, Mark Aethen Agana is one of the bloggers from the Mindanao region that I come to befriend with. His intelligence and enthusiasm is very admirable. He said that he can't say no to a good cause. So I asked him to join in judging the nominees voluntarily. Thank you Aethen! He has a very strong leadership skills and very friendly, and at the same time has in depth knowledge about blogging. As he said "I am fond of biting my closest friends. It usually leaves a mark." Mark is just a happy person towards his friends. 

Sandro Rafael is a Senior System Administrator with 10 years experience in Windows Servers and Advanced Linux Administration currently based in Qatar and is the man managing the Filipino Expats community portal QA.FILEXPATS for Qatar kababayan, and SA.FILEXPATS for Saudi Kabayan. But Sandro is managing a personal site, where you can read about his life and experiences as he "enjoys the process of learning Information Technology and Personal Development". He is also managing an aggregator site and a linux site.

Kevin or Ben or Chiz to his relatives and friends is hailed from the beautiful and scenic islands of Biliran and Cebu, Philippines. He is a DOST Scholar taking up Information Technology and currently the SSG Representative of CIT. Kevin has been interviewed and mentioned in several national daily newspapers as well as TV stations. He is managing the most popular Mar Roxas for President blog, a winner of the Top 10 Emerging Blogs of 2008 and has a personal blog that can be found at

Sherwin or Chered online is the webmaster of an online community PinoymatterSG catering the online needs of Filipinos working in Singapore. 

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