September 26, 2017

E! Bloggers Ball 2017: A Gathering of Top Social Media Infuencers at City of Dreams

Last weekend, D and I attended our first E!Bloggers Ball held at the Grand Ballroom of City of Dreams Manila. It was a gathering of the country's top social media influencers, bloggers, vloggers, Youtubers, instagrammers, and celebrities, all dressed up and made up to this once-a-year social event.

Everyone lit up the night as attendees came in their best ensemble, looking all stylish, dashing, and glamorous. Think of it as the Star Magic Ball of the local blogging/vlogging community.

The main dining hall was not yet open when we arrived past 8pm, but cocktails were served while everyone was busy going around the booths and lining up for the 360selfie station.

Alas, doors to the main event opened and the program commenced immediately after. One highlight of the E! Bloggers Ball, is the recognition of selected individuals/groups, who have become icons and inspirations in their respective field. There were nominees in the Fashion, Travel and Food category, and there were also awards given to the best dressed, trending bloggers, breakthrough bloggers, and best groupie.

While the host introduced the nominees and announced the winners for each category, guests were treated to a special course meal prepared by the venue partner City of Dreams Manila.

We started off with some assorted breads and butter while waiting for the courses to arrive.

Tasmanian Salmon Sashimi
Ponzu Jelly, wasabi, Coriander

Roasted Butternut Pumpkin & Vanilla Soup
with Crispy Pancetta

Main Course 
Slow Braised Angus Beef Cheek
Potato Mousseline, Roast Baby Carrots
Caramelized Shallots and Jus 

24K Dark Chocolate Dome
Flourless Orange Cake, Kumquat Compote
Grand Marnier Foam

We were planning to leave early because D needs to be at the airport at 5am the next day, but good thing we managed to stay until all winners were announced, and dessert has been served.

It was not until we were about to leave that we had a decent photo together.
(Thank you Jeng of Food in the Bag for taking our photo)

Missed the makeup and touch up booth by Ever Bilena, but I was able to sample the nail polish stickers of Incoco. Can't wait to try my samples at home soon!

Awarding of winners:

Look Who's Trending (Female): Jenica Sanchez
Look Who's Trending (Male): Wil Dasovich
Breakthrough Blogger of the Year (Female): Nina Nuguid
Breakthrough Blogger of the Year (Male): Dee Gee Razon
Blogger Groupie: The Soshal Network
Blogger Icon of the Year (Fashion): Janina Vela
Blogger Icon of the Year (Food): The Fat Kid Inside 
Blogger Icon of the Year (Travel): The Poor Traveler
Best Dressed Female of the Night: Kim Cruz
Best Dressed Male of the Night: Daniel Marsh

Thank you and congratulations to Sir Ed and the rest of the E!Bloggers Ball team for organizing this spectacular event.

Congratulations as well to all the winners that night, and to fellow foodies Jill (The Food Scout), and Mark & Bianca (Eatsplorations) for being nominated. 

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