Peering into the future, the year 2015 is poised to be a year of many milestones.

Globally, this is the year when the goals under the Millennium Declaration (also known as the Millennium Development Goals or MDGs), signed by 192 United Nations member states and at least 23 international organizations, shall have been achieved. The MDGs include eradicating extreme poverty, reducing child mortality rates, fighting epidemics such as Malaria and HIV-AIDS, and developing a global partnership for development.

Regionally, this is also going to be a banner year for the member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) comprised of Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. You see, 636 days or 90 weeks from now, these countries will collectively usher the exciting era of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) which is expected to have the following key characteristics: (a) a single market and production base, (b) a highly competitive economic region, (c) a region of equitable economic development, and (d) a region fully integrated into the global economy.

This integration and community-building, without a doubt, will be facilitated by the vibrant social media landscape in the region. Currently, five ASEAN countries are in the Top 25 countries with the most number of Facebook users, with Indonesia being ranked number 4 worldwide with a whooping 47 million users (http://www.socialbakers.com/Facebook-statistics/)!

It is perhaps no coincidence then that the ASEAN Blogger Festival 2013 will be held from May 10-12, 2013 in the City of Solo located in Central Java, Indonesia. The blogfest will feature the following:

  • Seminar on ASEAN Cultural Heritage Linkage and ASEAN Tourism
  • Exchange of views on Social Media Development in ASEAN Countries
  • Discussion on the role of social media in the ASEAN integration process
  • Discussion on the ASEAN Blogger Community Plan of Action
  • Workshop on Photo and Video Blogging, Online Business, and Online Advocacy
  • Heritage site visit, exhibitions, cultural performances, competitions, food festival, etc.




Air AsiaAsia’s largest low-fare, no-frills airline and a pioneer of low-cost travel,  will fly a select group of influential bloggers from the ASEAN region to the luxurious Kusuma Sahid Hotel in Solo, Indonesia to attend the ASEAN Blogger Festival 2013 for free!

How cool is that?


5 thoughts on “ASEAN Blogger Festival 2013

  1. Unfortunately, when I learned that one has to compete for the free 50 limited Air Asia returns seats, I lost interest on this. I thought it was invitational because nothing was mentioned about joining a contest on the first email. If they’ve been more organized the first time they sent invite and have been honest enough to admit that not everything will be free but will be in a contest-form, things could’ve been more acceptable to me. Anyhow, Good luck, Jun! I saw Gael posted her entry too.

      • hala, bakit may labeling?

        hindi, sana kasi maliwanag sa umpisa gaya last year when i attended a sponsored 3D2N ng Sg Blog Awards (Oasia pa hotel ko ha), maliwanag sa umpisa na may contest but they only required you to state the reason why you should be sponsored; blog posting was required only after the event. but then again, rules are rules. ganyan gusto nila e. perhaps, it’s not yet time for me to experience indonesia. sayang lang, kasi i can relate to their theme the most.

      • actually that was my first reaction din. pero i still gave it a try as a measure of goodwill. hindi ko nga lang sinunod ang gusto nilang blogpost. ayokong maging trying hard hahaha.

  2. I feel you two, guys. When I received the first letter of invitation, I thought that was it. I was dismayed with the second e-mail but this topic is so close to my heart and I have a lot to say about it that I just had to try too, like Jun. 🙂

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