After a grueling judging session, the grades were tallied, and the finalists in the 10 categories have finally been released! As part of the Council who judged the many entries, it was really a difficult task to judge such talented groups of people, because they’re mostly great at what they do, and we tried our best to whittle it down to the most deserving few.
The event was held at Salon de Ning of the Peninsula Manila. It was a gorgeous venue and the set-up was really nice. The food and drinks were also abundantly served.
I literally had to shoo away the servers to stop tempting me with those bite-sized morsels and refreshing potions they were constantly proffering. I could get used to that kind of royal treatment. Eventually the short program started and the finalists were revealed. (These are just their Twitter accounts. The finalists were judged on their blogs/websites, Twitter and Facebook accounts)
Of course, I was not only part of the Council that judged, I was also quite starstruck. So forgive the cam-whoring, but there were some online glitterati or royalty I just HAD to have pictures with. I was looking for co-Council member Maria Ressa but I didn’t catch her.
Fashion Royalty Rajo Laurel
Model/Businesswoman/Socialite Divine Lee
Provocateur Extraordinaire Carlos Celdran
Host/Actress/Blogger Bianca Gonzales
Okay, that out of my system, good luck to all the finalists! We judges have done our part, now it’s up to the votes you guys will cast. See you at the Awards Night!