I got a little surprise on this past Saturday evening. Feyma and I were watching a movie on TV with the kids. While watching, Feyma was also playing with her laptop, surfing the Internet a bit. Suddenly, she told me… “you won an award!” “What,” I said… “what kind of award?” She went on to tell me that I had won the “Globe Digital Tribe” award. Hmm… I never heard of it, what is it, and how did I win it?
Well, as it turns out, she was right, I indeed was one of the winners of the Globe Digital Tribe award, which was given out by Globe Telecom, at the Philippine Blog Awards over the weekend in Cagayan de Oro City. The Philippine Blog Awards actually held three different award ceremonies over the past month or so, one for Luzon, one for the Visayas, and this past weekend’s event for Mindanao. I was actually one of the judges for some of the Mindanao awards.
Well, when I found out that I had won this Globe Digital Tribe award, I was really surprised, and for several reasons:
- I didn’t know that I was even being considered for any award.
- I was unaware of being nominated for any award.
- I didn’t think that foreigners were eligible for such awards, based on some of what I have read in past years.
To be honest, I am still not 100% certain what this Digital Tribe award is given for. From doing some reading on the Internet, it seems to me that it is given to people who have had some kind of impact on digital advancement, or fostering understanding or participation in digital activities in their region. Globe Digital Tribe awards were given for each of the three regions – Luzon, the Visayas and Mindanao, and I was one of the winners!
I suppose that I will be hearing more about this in coming days, at least to get a better understanding of exactly what it entails. I will say, though, that I am happy to have been recognized, and to have my efforts recognized as having made a contribution in the Mindanao Region. It is flattering, and was fully unexpected.
The thing that I find most rewarding about this is that there is recognition for foreigners who try to contribute to the society here. In the past, I have often felt somewhat “left out” or looked down upon because I was not a Filipino. There have been blog awards in the past where it was specifically said that “foreigners are not eligible,” and Filipinos (even though not living in the Philippines) took prizes for their blogs, but foreigners who live here (not just me, but other foreigners whom I felt were deserving) in the Philippines were not considered to be eligible for the awards. That always kind of felt bad to me, and I am so happy to see that foreigners are now being recognized, and accepted as part of the community.
Even though, as I said, I sort of felt “left out,” I never really cared much about the award itself, but only the ability for foreigners to be made part of the community, for the contributions of foreigners to be considered “of value” to the Philippines and her people. So, even though an award is not what I ever asked, or desired, I do feel proud to have some recognition from a Philippine organization for my efforts to advance the digital lifestyle of the country, or at least the part of the country where I live.
I will say, too, that the readers of this site deserve recognition as well, because LiP would not be what it is today without reader participation on the site. There are not very many blogs (even the very popular ones) that can garner 50 comments for each post, or even up to 250 on certain posts. Because of the willingness of LiP readers to participate in interaction with the writers, LiP is special, and unlike probably more than 90% of other blogs on the Internet today. I would also like to recognize the other writers on the site, both writers that are writing now, and those who have contributed their articles over the past 3 years. Without having multiple viewpoints, through an array of writers, LiP would be only one-dimensional, and that is simply not as interesting as what we have today.
So, thanks to Globe Telecom, The Philippine Blog Awards, LiP Writers and LiP Readers (as well as those who participate on my other Blog sites – particularly Mindanao Magazine) for their contribution!