Philippine Blog Awards: Finalist Spotlight –

Wow! Within 24 hours of my bloghopping spree to contact each of the Philippine Blog Awards Finalists, the response to this project has been awesome! Thank you to all those who have participated and for being such a good sport.

Here is the first half of the first edition of The Road to the Philippine Blog Awards: Finalist Spotlight. Our category for today, the Personal Category. With more than 200 nominees in this category, selecting the 5 bloggers to be the finalists must have been a daunting task for the judges and organizers. Thanks to their hard work, we now have 5 final contenders for the award of Best Personal Blog.

To get an idea of what’s going on in their minds about being a finalist for the Phil. Blog Awards I’ve invited them to be interviewed via e-mail, and the great thing is, majority of them have obliged. Today, we’re going to find out right from them. is the personal blog of Victor Villanueva, he’s a 19 year-old, college junior at the University of the Philippines – Diliman taking up BA Film & Audio-Visual Communication. He currently resides in Quezon City, Philippines. Most people nowadays call him Bikoy.

He wrote on his blog that this is the first time his blog has been recognized by an award-giving body, the Philippine Blog Awards no less, after six years and a half years of blogging.

He expresses more on his thoughts on this blessing in the interview which follows below:

1. How does it feel to be nominated for the PBA?

Bikoy: I’m honestly honored and a little surprised. I mean to be noticed among thousands of bloggers, I mean I don’t even attend all these offline blog parties and gatherings, now I feel quite embarrassed with all the attention. Also, unlike many serious personal bloggers out there, I barely even post informative and researched entries that can contribute to say, a reader’s intellectual growth or whatnot, nor do I write prolific well-thought of entries. I simply blog about my life and my opinions, the same way ordinary personal bloggers do. And perhaps my only claim to being ‘special’ is that I post loads of ‘scrapbook’ pictures to complement my entries and that I have been blogging for almost seven years. Otherwise, I’m just like any other personal blogger out there.

2. Do you know who nominated you?

Bikoy: Not until a few minutes ago.

3. Why do you think your blog was nominated?

Bikoy: I think some people like the way I post photoshopped pictures to complement my entries. It makes mundane daily accounts of my personal life a little more appealing, visually, I guess.

4. Who do you think will win in your category?

Bikoy: Shari of

5. Why do you think you should win?

Bikoy: Hm, I guess I should win on merit of what sets me apart. And perhaps what makes me special, aside from the personality behind the blog, haha, as I’ve said in my answer to #1, is that I’ve been blogging for nearing seven years, and that I post loads of scrapbook-like pictures to complement my entries

6. What would you do if you win?

Bikoy: I’ll simply continue being myself. I’ll blog the same way Ive been blogging the past years, perhaps improve a little on various aspects, like grammar or on being more informative and relevant to other people. But if I would win because of who I am and what my blog is now, I don’t think anything should change.

7. What do you think of the Philippine blog awards?

Bikoy: It’s a good way of promoting ‘excellence’ in blogging. The criteria for judging, among all other subjective factors, can be debatable however.

8. Is there a blog that’s not nominated but deserves to be nominated in the PBA?

Bikoy: Like what I’ve said. I still think the whole idea of giving awards to blogs is still highly subjective. I don’t want to impose my own biases and standards, so I think it’s irrelevant for me to say who I think deserves blog awards such as of the PBA. (Hehe, perhaps you can say this is just my way of avoiding such a ‘controversial’ question).

9. Would you join the next Philippine blog awards?

Bikoy: Only if someone nominates me. And only if previous finalists are allowed to. In other words, it’s really not up to me.

10. Any messages to your fellow nominees?

Bikoy: Good luck, and see you!

The best of luck to you Bikoy, congratulations for making it this far. I’ve been a lurker of your blog ever since I found it last year and I would say you richly deserve this honor. Astig!

You can find out more about Bikoy and his personal blog by visiting it, that’s

Do keep an eye on the Philippine Blog Awards homepage for updates and the list of the other finalists as public voting would soon open. In the meantime, keep tabs on The Four-eyed Journal as next in this series are the other Finalists for the Personal Category.

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