Davao City, Philippines – The Davao Bloggers Society (DBS) successfully hosted their first Valentine-themed virtual hangout entitled “Love in the Digital Era: Valentine’s Then and Now” on February 10, 2024. The event, co-presented by foodpanda, brought together different blogging communities and esteemed brands for an insightful discussion on the evolution of love.

Organized by the DBS officers and headed by their President, Gem Tadefa, the virtual hangout was a resounding success. Over 70 people joined the fun and shared their insights about love and relationships in the digital age.

“We initiated the DBS Hangout tradition amid the pandemic to maintain connections with our members. After the pandemic, it evolved into a means of fostering and fortifying relationships with other blogging communities. The hangouts involve casual discussions on various topics and sharing stories in a virtual setting,” Gem Tadefa said.

“The DBS Hangout “Love in the Digital Era: Valentine’s Then and Now” marks our first Valentine’s Day special since 2020, and it’s a remarkable, highly engaging event. It’s puzzling why we haven’t organized such specials before, but it has proven to be the most entertaining hangout to date. Despite the diverse backgrounds of attendees from eight different regions, we all find common ground in one universal language—love,” he added.

The event was graced by different blogging communities across the country, including the Bulacan Bloggers, CDO Bloggers, Iligan Bloggers Society, Iloilo Bloggers, Inc., Negrense Bloggers, Palawan Bloggers, and SOX Bloggers.

Attendees engaged in lively discussions exploring the differences between love in past generations and the digital age. Topics ranged from long-distance relationships to expressing love through technology and love languages. Speakers and attendees shared personal experiences, opinions, and insights, promoting a lively exchange of ideas. The engaging and entertaining Michael Carbon, also known as Manay, hosted the hangout and ensured that attendees remained captivated throughout the session.

Apart from the blogging communities, the virtual hangout was graced by representatives from Davao Bloggers’ partner brands, who shared a bit about their agencies and what’s new in their industry. Jainy Carilla of DM&A Co. told everyone to look forward as their agency has several campaigns in 2024. Kim Vargas of Metrobank organized a fun trivia game about Valentine’s Day and highlighted Metrobank’s reliability for banking needs. Ripple8’s Julius Macalagay and Michelle Opple introduced their agency and its awards and engaged attendees with a mini-quiz. Jarren Mateo and Erwin Colcol showcased Cebu Pacific as a trusted airline and generously gave away two roundtrip tickets to any domestic destination in the Philippines.

As the Co-Presentor of the virtual hangout, foodpanda gave everyone ₱500 foodpanda gift vouchers. They currently have a promo where you can get 200PHP off for selected foodpanda food merchants. Just enter the code PANDA. T&Cs apply.

DBS President Gem Tadefa highlights that there will be more events for everyone this year. “The Valentine’s Day special hangout won’t be the last. There will be more, and they will only get better and bigger. We are working on something exciting, a project I cannot disclose. Content creators should stay tuned.”

The Davao Bloggers Society extends heartfelt gratitude to all its members, fellow blogging communities, and partner brands for their support and participation. With more exciting events in the pipeline, DBS looks forward to fostering further engagement and collaboration.

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