I feel humbled

This will be just a short post, but I want to acknowledge an award which I was given last night.  Last night, December 3, 2011, was the Luzon award session, and National awards of the 2011 Philippine Blog awards.

A few months ago, during the nomination process of the Philippine Blog awards, I was nominated for this site, Live in the Philippines, under the National category of Filipiniana.  There were 12 finalists in the category, including this site.  Much to my surprise, I woke up this morning and found that I had won!

This blog is the winner in the Filipiniana Category of the 2011 Philippine Blog Awards!
This blog is the winner in the Filipiniana Category of the 2011 Philippine Blog Awards!

This is my second time to win a Philippine Blog award.  In 2009, I won the “Digital Tribe” award for Mindanao for my Mindanao Magazine site.  That was sort of a “special award” which did not involve voting.  The Digital Tribe award was sponsored by Globe Telecommunications.

When I was nominated for the Filipiniana category by my friend, Cathy, I didn’t think that I had any chance to win.  Frankly, I thought “do you really think the Philippine Blog Awards will give an award for Filipiniana to a foreigner?”  Well, I was wrong!  I am surprised and very pleased to see that these awards can be won by a foreigner like me, and I take back my thoughts that it could not happen.

I’d like to thank the Philippine Blog Awards for their recognition, and I’d also like to thank the thousands of readers who come and visit this site every day, and participate in the community here.  This site is very important to me, and so is the group of community members who frequent this site.

Also a special thanks, and a share of the award to all of the LiP writers who write and bring enjoyable and entertaining content to the readers here!  I couldn’t get it done without the writers!

Thanks again to everybody!

Post Author: MindanaoBob (1354 Posts)

Bob Martin is the Publisher & Editor in Chief of the Live in the Philippines Web Magazine. Bob is an Internet Entrepreneur who is based in Davao. Bob is an American who has lived permanently in Mindanao since May 2000. Here in Mindanao, Bob has resided in General Santos City, and now in Davao City. Bob is the owner of this website and many others.

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  1. says

    There are many blogs written by foreigners about the Philippines now, but yours certainly stands out above the rest.

    Congratulations on the recognition of that by your pilipino colleagues. Well done!

  2. Lenny says

    Wow!!… What an honor!! You and your family of writers, I salute you for a job well done..You certainly got my attention with this site… Tell Feyma congrats also, I sure she is very proud of you.

  3. rebecca ferry says

    Wow, Bob, congrat’s i’m so happy for you and your family, your site is one of my favorites coz you also had a great readers too.. Goodluck to a more recognitions in the future…..

  4. Papa Duck says


    Your site provides a great deal of info/insight on the Philippines for people who are planning to live there. Kudos to you and Mrs Feyma and the other writers/readers who make the site what it is today. Job well done!

  5. Bob New York says

    Congratulations Bob ! The information and topics covered by your websites, with contributions from such a wide variety of regular and guest writers, could almost be considered an encyclopedia of present day Mindanao.

  6. says

    Hi, Bob and all who are involved with this site. Congratulations! I read this site for various reasons — especially about life styles in Philippines. This site is as unique as and you can’t really compare it to some other sites that I have been to about Philippines.

    Congratulations again!

  7. marjorie says

    Congratulation to you Bob and all the team. Not only for the articles but the hard work put in to keeping this a great read. Thanks to you all.

  8. Glen Elligsen says

    Congratulations Bob!! there should be no arguments, from anyone on the blog award comitee. Hands down to a TRUE winner my freind for all your efforts and determination, SO well deserved.

  9. Neal in RI says

    Congrats on your award, I am sure it feels good to be recognized for all your hard work and efforts.
    Thanks as well to all the other writers that write articles and keep it interesting so we all can read articles from different perspectives.

  10. Paul Thompson says

    It is always a pleasure to see a guy that has labored long and hard to receive the recognition you so rightly deserve. It’s been a pleasure to read your site every day. The readers are the best!

  11. Coffee Grin says

    Congratulations. I’ve red and followed both blog sites and you deserve it. You provide great information and assistance to those like myself that are preparing to move to the Philippines but don’t know where to start.

  12. Greg says


    I’m still catching up with all the postings on LiP. This site has been very infomative to me. In a few years, my asawa and I will be moving to Southern Leyte to spend the rest of or lives with family. I am so looking forward to this part of my life. I have been in RP many times during my career in the US Navy and also on vacations. I stumbled on your website a week ago and I have found that the information that all of your writers put out is so very interesting and worth studying for a future expat. Congratulations on your achievment and keep up the good work. Thanks a million…..


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