Young Ilocana Blogger/Writer/Photojournalist Ivon Domingo bags Philippine Quill Award of Excellence

Ivon Domingo-Quill Award

A blog post entitled “Understanding the Philippine’s Power Supply Chain, at Bakit wala kaming kuryente eh hindi naman binagyo ang poste sa (tapat ng bahay) namin” wins Ivon Claire Domingo the Philippine Quill Award for Excellence, under Communication Skills (Writing) Division. Given by the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) Philippines, Quill is the Philippines’ most prestigious and relevant award for business communicators.

Ivon Domingo-Quill Awards

Ivon takes very good photos, in fact, her photos have been published in publications, took up journalism at UP, and according to her blog blurb, has lived alone and nomadic since 16, has had 9 home addresses, made permanent residence in 6 cities and had 6 legit jobs in less than 4 years of catapulting from one industry to another.

BlauEarth asks Ivon, how does it feel winning a Quill for a blog post that was steered to answer basic ranting about “basic” kuryente on social media? “(Uhm), well first, it came as a surprise to me, being that I did not really write it to win an award. It was not my goal. I just wanted to enlighten people in the way that I can (writing), using the resources or channels available to me (my blog), at a time when information was direly needed. I guess it also was, to me, an affirmation that people do read what I write afterall (ha ha!), and that blogging is not just a form of vanity but it can actually be utilized to inform, educate and enlighten, as long as the intent is sincere.”

Congratulations, Ivon!

Photos courtesy of ViewFinders Keepers
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The Polka Dot Launch

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Had a blast at the successful launch of Red Dot’s latest line — POLKA DOT! The three fab ambassadresses, Ericke Tan, Lovely Abadilla and Ivon Domingo were the personification of  uber-freshness in their Polka Dot dresses.

Congratulations to Mary Ann and Bernard Macaraeg and the creative team of Visionaire Inc. for coming up with the new online store,, exclusively carrying Polka Dot!

I seldom attend social gatherings… ’twas great seeing the couple, old friends, fellow bloggers and facebook friends:)

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On the left is beautiful beauty blogger Christine… you may want to check out her site here.

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Lovely Abadilla and her equally lovely mom.

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Moms and Daughters

Beautiful moms and daughters, Francine and Kristine Umali-Fariñas, and Ann and Ginger Ang. Btw, Ann is the owner of Red Dot, Tuguegarao, and Tutti Footie, Dagupan, both authorized Havaianas dealer.

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Alexa joins the Fariñases — Rachel, Kristine Fariñas-Tecson, Francine and Kristine, the kitchen wonder girl of Bistro 51, one of my fave restos in Laoag.


Spotted: Emilio Pucci! on Teenie!

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Catching up with my fashionable friend Marla and my former co-tourism officer Toni Carag.  Happy with their first dibs:)

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Alma Oida came all the way from Kapuluan in Pagudpud to witness the launch. And shop.

Polka Dot Launch 4Little MissesA bowl of fraise macaronsI Heart MacaronsRed Velvet Cupcakes

Being the ever meticulous hostess, Me-Ann had fraise macarons, red velvet cupcakes (all specially made in Laoag by a special baker, a secret as of now:)), kabobs, lasagna, veggies on pita bread and feta cheese on toasts. Yum!

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Blogger/restaurant co-owner Tricia Domingo, make-up artist Mara Manuel (third from left), Royalty Heels’ China Chua Miguel, Nerissa Madamba, fashion designer Joel Dul-loog and photographer/blogger Marianne Pasion.

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Isn’t that sweet? A stylized bakya, hahah, wooden clogs, also available at the Red Dot online store. How I wish I could run in them. It would look great with any of my outfits.

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Pastor Bryan Shah and the man behind Saramsam Ylocano Restaurant and Balay da Blas Pensionne House, Sammy Blas, in a rare photo over at BlauEarth:)

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Tintin Alcid Apostol and Jojami Tremor Alcid of Shop & Go convenience stores, Danda  Alcid and photographer Glenn Tumaneng.

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Flanked by two super interesting personalities Ivon Domingo and Visionaire’s Ajo Rumbaoa.

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Got 3 necklaces for my first Polka Dot purchase. Will post photos next time. Btw, got the very comfortable maxi dress I wore from the Red Dot Plains & Prints summer collection.  Enjoy your Sunday, everyone!

Photographed by Blauearth © Blauearth™ All Rights Reserved 2009-2012

Fresh from Red Dot

This Friday, May 18, Red Dot unveils its entire Polka Dot line, exclusively available at

Playful, Sweet or Edgy?  I see colorful birds on my fingers, a stylish mullet dress in an easy fabric, oh, a bucket bag for my camera… after all, fashion knows no rules. Polka Dot is all about creativity and style.

First dibs, you can do it online at Red Dot:)

Visit the new Red Dot online shop
Check out Red Dot’s Facebook page for a heads-up

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