Friday, July 6, 2007

Aww, Awarded I Am

Lemme see, is it: I rock, therefore I think? Or I think, therefore I rock?

If I am trying mightily to draw out existentialist meanings to blogging, thinking and rocking -- it's just from wanting to show I am truly entitled to the Thinking and Rocking Blogger awards given to me by esteemed blogging buddies. That I just didn't happen to be passing by with my umbrella open upside down when the awards were raining down. That Rachel and Gypsy and Singlguy weren't just mesmerized with my looks and style and charm (Ahem!). And that I didn't bribe them .

Seriously, now. Every blogger worth her dashboard knows blogging is its own reward, much like virtue. And to be given premiums -- medals, trophies, citations (and even tens of dollars and freebies) -- for blogging .. then that deserves an AWWWWWW! As in "Aw can't believe it .. you like me, you really like me (with apologies to Sally Fields.)"

Singl, Gypsy and Rach: I cannot tell you how much I appreciate these gifts -- especially coming from you who I so admire for -- well, what else, blogging, thinking and rocking. Its only measure is my inability to say how much. These are the first awards I ever received for blogging and I pin the medals on the lapel of my heart.

Before I flood this piece with gush and mawk, histrionics and hyperbolics ... let me compose myself and pass on the trophies as I have been instructed to do.

The envelopes please.


The Rocking Girl award, is passed on to:

  • Noemi, quintessential Prime-time Gal, who translated grief into positive energy, inspiring and giving hope to those who suffered excruciating losses like her -- as she now shines and shines. and rocks
  • Chateau, Queen of Quirks -- the one, the only who can beat my own royal weirdness. She's very kalog and funny -- though she has to unfreeze first before she goes campy. With a heart soft as marshmallow for Nate, Patricia, Vgood and Technohub and big enough to embrace new friends like me.

  • Leah, woman of many talents, not least of them mothering. wifery and blogging with savvy and wisdom and facility of language.

  • Gina , whose cheerfulness and goodness of heart and humility just runneth over her blog site.
  • Rhodora - blogger after my own heart, goldie, too, though many karats younger. Often giggly like me. Coping with life's ups and downs bravely. I like it, really like it, that she is in Law school pursuing an early dream. Rock on, Rhoda baby.


Now, the second envelope please. The Thinking Blogger award is passed on to:

  • Chesca - whose pieces shift from being really down-to-earth to funny to absolutely deep and intellectual but not pointedly so. And her writing style, ooh, is to die for!
  • Abaniko - whose "soul" is often kept in check in his posts on everyday things (travel, scrabble, badminton, photography, restaurants) but somehow sneaks out every now and then. The guy's got brains! which he doesn't flaunt.
  • Myepinoy - though he blogs peripherally and is sometimes deliberately careless with his grammar (his words, not mine) he is an acute observer of events and is usually able to catch a different take on a subject ). Even his comments to others' posts are so well thought out they could be blog pieces in themselves.

  • Toe - Need I say anything about Toe? When she first visited me, I felt like Mohammed being visited by the mountain. An illustrada whose heart is in the right place : with the masa.

  • Vernaloo - One has got to have great thinking caps to make people laugh so hard and so consistently. She is at her best when laughing at herself. I sometimes call her "The Raconteur." And, yes, Candida -- go figure.

!!Now, the awardees are supposed to hand down the awards to bloggers of their choice!!


Speaking of awards, I take this opportunity to address e-commerce guru Janet Toral and submit my partial list of nominees to her "Top Ten Emerging Influential Bloggers" award: GIBBS CADIZ , theatre blogger without equal whose blogging has influenced others to appreciate and write Philippine theatre and music and art; DINE RACOMA aka SEXY MOM of D-spot for her prolific and exemplary blogs on parenting and family life, continuing education, friendship, and other values we hold dear; and PHILOSOPHICAL BASTARD for his not so bastardy and definitely philosophical takes on his young life.

Note: I deliberately didn't cite a blogger twice, though the line between thinking, rocking and influencing can be so thin. And I didn't give back any award to their source as we may end up just tossing the ball, sweet ball, to each other -- in the manner of mutual admiration societies.


chateau said...

Aaww,thank you for yet another award! I'm honored.
I received my prize for the Queen of Quirk Award last night. Melikey, hublikey, patchy-likey it! When I got home, we went down right into playing scrabble. This morning when I woke up, patchy was in my room asking if we could play after breakfast.. And oh, she got her first bingo this morning ha, on her second game. Beginner's luck she got! Again, thank you for the scrab set. You can tell we love it!

Noemi said...

thank you for the award! *bows* Hehe I witnessed the awarding of the queen of quirks yesterday. too bad we missed you

kathy said...

"I think, therefore, I rock" - who else but multi-awarded AnnaManila could come up with such a witty concoction of words. :)

Rock on! :)

rhodora said...

I rock? Wow! Thank you, Anna! My first award in the blogosphere! Now, let me write my acceptance speech.. hehehe.

Annamanila said...


Wow. Patchy bingoed, all of eight? Ang galing naman. Watch out -- baka malampaso si i-mom hehehe

Delighted your family is enjoying the scrabble set. Buti ka pa .. I can't play with any one in my family. The reason why I was so happy to stumbled on online scrabble.

Annamanila said...


That was just tiny 'bauble' or trinket for the multi-awarded primetime gal!

Abaniko said...

Annamanila, thank you very much for the mention. I'm deeply honored. :)

Annamanila said...


Thanks .. and you rock and think too .. i know. I think we were handed out the trophy at same time by same person?!

Annamanila said...


Of course, you do! Looking forward to the speech! Make it rock ha?

Annamanila said...


You are welcome, I am sure. :)

SexyMom said...

congratulations! you really rock! and you think!

and congratulations, too, to your awardees, they all deserve the award, i read them, too, you know.

and thanks for the mention for the 2007 emerging, influential blogs. coming from one whom i admire, i am greatly honored!

gibbs cadiz said...

wow, what an honor, annamanila! salamat! glad too to be in dine and paolo's company! :)

Gina said...

I feel really honored Anna. Thank you for appreciating my blog & me.

Leah said...

Awww! I'm deeply flattered. Thank you my friend.

vernaloo said...

Thanks Anna :) I am so touched...muah!


evi said...

congratulations to the awardees! an award coming from you is an award indeed.

Gypsy said...

Good choices! good choices! Some of them I don't know, so must make time to visit. :) Even in the height of your mushiness you are still is witty! Hehe! Cheers!

Jaymie said...

I've just read a few posts so far and yes, although perhaps prematurely, I would say you do deserve that award! After work, I'll be jumping in and reading more. Congrats for the insightful blog and again the award!

By the way, why is it that all the commenters are women? :)

myepinoy said...

Peter Ustinov said "To refuse awards is another way of accepting them with more noise than is normal."

So, I have no way but to accept it because I am not a noisy man. Thinking about it, I found myself looking for the meaning of admiration which according to Ambrose Bierce is our polite recognition of another's resemblance to ourselves.

I am awarded (AWWW) because of your rationality which according to Ayn Rand is the recognition of the fact that nothing can alter the truth and nothing can take precedence over that act of perceiving it.

Oh, I would like to believe now that I have got the pride which according to Ayn Rand (again) is the recognition of the fact that you are your own highest value and, like all of man’s values, it has to be earned.

Ah..and because of this, I'd like to think that I can do much. Charlize Theron said, there's only so much you can do, but if somebody doesn't give you a chance there is nothing you can do.

Ang haba. Iisa este dalawa lang naman ang ibig kung ipaalam sa yo, Maraming salamat at CONGRATULATIONS! sa yo.

Ang sabi ng pulis, ay wag na lang. LOL.

Basta, muli maraming salamat at CONGRATULATIONS! sa yo.

auee said...

You rock naman talaga :-)
And your posts always make me pause to think.

Jigs said...

This is so cool! Sana ako rin one day makakuha ng ganitong award! Yeah right! Hahaha!

Jane said...

Hi Anna! I never had the chance to comment on your posts but I have been hearing about you from Chats, Dine & Noemi.

Hope to meet you in person one day soon!

Love this post. Your awardees indeed deserve the accolade. Chats so enjoyed receiving the Scrabble set when we were at Noemi's place.

Major Tom said...

A well-thought out site like this deserves all the notice and awards there is. Congratulations for this new feather(s) in your cap.

Annamanila said...

Sexy Mom!

Thank you, you're welcome, plus congrats - i hope you and Gibbs win Janet Toral's top 10. That's the least i can do for friends who rock, think, inspire.

Annamanila said...


I almost changed my mind abut nominating .. but I thought I owe it to my friends to support their bid -- especially if they truly and fully deserve the award as you do.

Annamanila said...


You just don't know how much I admire you and your blog posts. Ngayon lang nga nagkaroon ng opportunityl

Annamanila said...


Mutual admiration club! Up here!

Annamanila said...


Hmmm .. yw Candide.

Annamanila said...


Maybe because 10 of 13 bloggers I cited are women?

Ty for the tickling words .. am so ticklish pa naman. :) Will visit you soon sooon.

Annamanila said...


Sarap ng comment mo .. short and sweet. Will see you soon .. at your house. :)

Annamanila said...


Oooh hirap mamili ano? Type ko sana yung ala Simon Crowell na judge eh. haha My wit is a product of editing and re-editing .. if you only knew. But thanks my dear friend. Am also a fan.

Annamanila said...


Ano daw?! Sumakit ang ulo ko deciphering what you wrote. Si Ayn Rand .. ayan .. kilala ko yan .. existentialist writer .. galing nya ano.

Pero ... teka ka .. gayagaya! You're trying to show na thinking blogger ka nga ... so you write beyond our ken (can comprehend.) haha.

Sige, will come back another day when I am more clearheaded. Hindi kaya ng IQ ko ngayong araw na ito.

Annamanila said...


And so do you. My list is way too incomplete. nevermind .. i am sure those awards (big deal!!) will get around to you sooner or later if they haven't yet landed on your lap. luv your site too.

Annamanila said...


Ikaw pa. thinking, rocking ka din kala mo. Galing galing. I should know .. i made halukay your blog site.

Annamanila said...


Oo nga I feel i know you a lot already. Well ... pasasaan ba we will meet eyeball to eyeball. sooner than soon. Till then ... blog on.

Annamanila said...

Major Tom!

Ooooh .. what can I say. That really makes my day, Major!

exskindiver said...

congratulations annamanila!!!!
you definitely rock.
i too feel like i know you.
you have no idea how much i enjoy this site.
i am not surprised at this recognition at all.

and then the honor of getting a 'thinking'
from you.
thank you.
i still have to write about the book you sent me.
i will when i get back home.

love love love

Manila Mom said...

Congratulations! And to prove that I really think you deserve these awards, I have added another one: the Thoughtful Blogger Award. It's for always being gracious and making visitors feel welcome and at home in your blog by taking time to reply to each comment. :D

Annamanila said...


I don't usually run out of words, Chesca (haha) but you make me grope for the right reply.

Basta .. you're just tops. I knew it the moment you took that QQ judging challenge so solemnly. :) I am glad you seem to be enjoying your holiday ... its a long one, ha?

Annamanila said...

Manila Mom!

Wow, another award to pin on my collar! And exclusively for me?! Muchas gracias, MamaManila! haha ... tokayo tayo ah. :)

Sarap naman talagang sumagot ng comments eh. If blogging were a meal, its the dessert.

All best, MM!

Manila Mom said...

I have another award for you: the Schmooze Award! It's for being great at blog networking. The number of visitors and comments you get is a testament to this.

You can pick up both badges from my blog :D said...

Thank you again for joining this writing project. Will check your site tonight for any final addition to your top 10 list.

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