Simply Rins and a Recognition

I have good news!

Simply Rins grabbed the Best Beauty and Fashion Blog, Luzon Level, in the recently concluded 2011 Philippine Blog Awards (PBA). And we were a finalist in the same category for the national level. The awards night was held last December 03, 2011 at the Carlos P. Romulo Theater, RCBC Plaza in Makati City.

The Philippine Blog Awards happens every year since 2007 and its goal is to give recognition to outstanding blogs here in the country. Being a finalist already made me ecstatic. Winning was definitely an icing on the cake.

Philippine Blog Awards 2011
Stage set during the Philippine Blog Awards 2011


It has been a little over a year since I transformed Simply Rins into a nail art blog. I've had my shares of ups and downs. The worst that I have experienced is meeting or encountering people that reacts with an odd expression when I tell them that I blog about nail art. They simply don't get it. This is NOT just a nail art blog.

Philippine Blog Awards 2011
Photo grabbed from PBA Facebook Page


Simply Rins is not just a gallery of nail art designs. It has become an opportunity for me to reach out to all those who share the same passion. It continuously challenges me to develop my skills and creativity so I or my nail designs can serve as inspiration to others. But most importantly, this blog encourages self expression, regardless of form.

Philippine Blog Awards 2011
This is me, accepting the award.
Photo courtesy of Don


If I am not mistaken, this is the first time a dedicated nail art blog has been recognized by the PBA. I am hopeful that this recognition can somehow change how some people think that nail blogs do not really amount to anything. I also hope that this will serve as an inspiration to all nail or nail art bloggers out there to continue painting their nails because we put more than nail polish or nail art on the table.

Philippine Blog Awards 2011
The trophy and my Snowman Parade nail art design.


I apologize for my serious sentiments. This really means a lot to me and I want to believe, to the nail art community. And so I SHARE this recognition to all nail/nail art bloggers. Particularly to fellow Filipina nail art blogger -- Trixie of Nailfiled, who was also a finalist under Best Beauty and Fashion Blog in the national level.

I thought that the award would be the highest point of the evening. There was something greater. A few minutes after we got out of the theater, a few girls introduced themselves as my readers. I was totally overwhelmed and was practically speechless. I never imagined how wonderful it is to meet followers of my blog. They even asked if they could take a photo with me. I sort of felt like a celebrity. Really. If you girls are reading this, thank you. You made my evening perfect.

Philippine Blog Awards 2011
With my very supportive parents.
Photo courtesy of Don


So many opportunities knocked this year for Simply Rins and I know that none of them is possible without my family, my friends, and my readers. From the bottom of my heart, I thank you for your support. Thank you for all the messages that you sent me, for all the comments and suggestions. And of course, thank you to the Philippine Blog Awards for the recognition you have given my blog this year.

Special thanks goes out to 2 of my very good friends, Fitz of Ready To Be Rich and Don of Bongga Ba. Their support, generosity, and encouragement is overflowing. Fitz won 2011 Best Business Blog (National) for the second time and Don grabbed 2011 Best Lifestyle Blog (Luzon).

Philippine Blog Awards 2011
Me, Fitz, and Don during the PBA 2011.


I also had the chance to catch up with a friend way back in high school, Mitzi. She won 2011 Best Food and Beverage Blog (Luzon). You can check out her awesome food blog here. It was so nice to see you after a very long time.

My sincere congratulations to all the winners of the 2011 Philippine Blog Awards!

Let me end this post with a video from the awards night:


Video courtesy of my mom.


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30 comments:

  1. Congratulations! it's just about 3 months ago when I started reading and following your blog. and i can say that you are not just an inspiration but a hope to me. A hope that one day, nail enthusiasts, like me, will also be recognized not just here but even outside Philippines. I can only imagine your happiness right now. Again,congratulations and I do hope you will keep on inspiring girls and bloggers just like me. Kudos!

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  2. Congratulations!
    Your blog is amazing, you are so talented and deserved the prize.

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  3. Congratulations! You definitely deserve the recognition! ^_^

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  4. Way To Go Rins!! I am a follower from North Florida who is truly inspired by your art and passion. Thank you so very much!!

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  5. Congrats Rina :) keep inspiring!! God bless you more and more...

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  6. Congratulations! You are so deserving and talented! :)

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  7. Hiii Ms Rina! This is Cat (or Denise, however you want to call me) haha, the niece of Don Triviño. :) Congratulations again! Checking out your site now, and you undoubtedly deserved the win. See you again soon!

    ♥ Cat
    www.sinosicat.com

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  8. BONGGA!!!!!! BONGGA KA NA DIN!!!

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  9. omg rina that is so cool:X

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  10. Rina..heartiest congratulations to u!!!!!! I am extremely happy for you!! U totally deserve this and much more! (hugs)!!!

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  11. Thank you very much for your greetings. This recognition is for ALL OF US. Without you, this would not be possible. This is an inspiration for me as well to become better at my craft and to reach out to more nail art enthusiasts. :)

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  12. wow congratulations to u! I love your blog and your nails :D
    U deserve this and much more *-* kisses!

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  13. Congrats! That's awesome! You definitely deserve it-love your nail art and your b log!

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  14. Rins, congratulations, you really are one of the best in terms of nail art, a thoroughly deserved award. :-)

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  15. congrats dear, you deserved this :-D

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  16. félicitations pour cette reconnaissance,bravo :)) Angie

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  17. Congrats!!! ^_^

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  18. Oh WOW! Congratulations Rins! I just love your blog and you are right, we are sharing more than nail art here. The support and creativity that is shown on nail blogs is really wonderful. Congratulations for your achievement!

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  19. Congratulations! You deserved it :)

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  20. From the bottom of my heart, thank you. :)

    I really hope this is a start for nail art blogs to be recognized as more than just parading nail designs.

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  21. congratulations rins... truly ur creativity rock... :D

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  22. Congratulations!! I'm so happy for you!!! ^.^

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  23. Congratulations Rins! you deserve it. Don't mind the distractors. Envious little worms they are! more power!!! :)

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  24. Wow, Congrats!
    keep up the good work! :*

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  25. Thank you for allowing me to share this recognition with all of you. :)

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  26. But but but... What a wonderful news!!! I was touched from the video, congratulations A LOT!!! And your huge smile is so cuuuute!!! Keep on this way, alway!!! <3

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  27. congrats! AWESOME blog! keep it up.. am a proud follower here =D

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  28. Just saw this and I'm amazed! Congrats! (^_^) I think you deserved it.

    ~Chai
    http://chenmeicai.blogspot.com

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