I'm joining the Mindanao Bloggers Summit on October 27 and kind of excited about it because...I am excited about it. Period.

No. Mandaya Moore-Orlis is playing a huge, huge role in the summit and the bitch is kind of dragging me into the pool and intends to leave me wet--all alone. The bitch is cooking up something with the organizers of the summit after we (I was privy to it no!) kind of "closed" a deal with a mighty-sounding aid agency actively working on how to make peace and development a sustainable experience in Mindanao. (Wait, I guess it's not accurate to say that the deal, if it is a deal, is already closed because negotiations are actually still underway. Labo ko ano?)

Anyways, if anything, what I am really excited about is the integration of the issues of peace and development in a gathering of bloggers. In my experience, these issues are only talked about during gatherings of journalists, peace and development advocates, conflict victims, students, artists and policy makers among the very few others.

I would like to think that Mindanao bloggers are embarking into something that is hardly talked about during gatherings of bloggers in other regions. I guess this is not only totally new to the blogging world (I could be wrong and if, I am sorry) but also very, very timely and relevant.

When I opened this up to somebody from the mighty-sounding funding agency, she said: "Wow...that's very interesting."














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10 comments:

Mindanao Bloggers said...

Hello! Thanks for this post! We'll be sending you your e-ticket via email very soon. But, please don't forget to also link to mindanaobloggers.com from within this post. :)

Chyt said...

Wow, that is nice (for want of a better term.)

I wish we could have the same in Luzon.

How did you do it? I mean, to get people to join the summit is already a task. And then there are financial requirements (but this can be solved by the patak-patak, the KKB, or Dutch treat approach).

When bloggers come together, they fortify their strength as change catalysts. Sana, we can have a national summit.

Mark Xander said...

Hi, Bananas. Thanks for the comment on my site. About what you said, I am with you 100% on that. Thing is, I went away to recuperate and relax and this was what I had to witness. I went through a deep depression lately (stopped blogging for a while) and was not ready for something this heavy in my life again. For the most part of my life, I was an activist, and it sure got me into a lot of trouble. Owners of some of the major establishments here in Negros are in fact, foreigners, and these people have money and power.

And then there's the justice system in the Philippines.. I mean, gawd, Ninoy Aquino's killers haven't even been put to jail yet.

Yas Ligtas said...

man...what about cebu?

that's really good by the way. Super Perfundo!

Emenn Esse said...

Can't wait to see a we Banana thrashing helplessly in the pool... Fancy running into you here, Your Graciousness...Let's keep in touch.

bananas said...

emenn, yep...let's keep touching. hahahah

tin-tin said...

ganda naman niyan. kse mostly ata ng bloggers convention about blogging ang pinag-uusapan. talagang you're really living to your name na for world peace. or mindanao peace muna:)

Emenn Esse said...

well hello...

Kiks said...

ang gleng gleng naman. so inggit.

magkikita na kayo ni chase!

chase said...

i've never heard anything like this in cebu.. maybe there is. but didn't heard it. hehehe
ang labo ko rin.=)