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In last year’s Philippine Blog Awards (PBA), despite being just five months old and facing tough competition, Filipino Boxing Journal nabbed the highest honors in the event’s sports category. The win was a definitive moment for FBJ. In some ways, winning such award was a stamp of validation for this writer, who had long to become a boxing scribe and found the blogosphere as his avenue.

But more than just personal agendas and delivering fight news that matters to Filipinos worldwide, FBJ was also created to feature Filipino fighters from obscure places in the country and put their names on the boxing world’s radar, though the task seems to be a very ambitious one. FBJ is still a long way from becoming a trusted source of boxing news and updates among the Filipino fight fans, but this writer is also confident that the blog will get there, by hook or by crook.

In this year’s Philippine Blog Awards, Filipino Boxing Journal is nominated for the “Best Sports Blog” award for the second time in a row. The nomination itself is already a huge achievement. It only goes to show that FBJ is very committed to the goals that became the basis of its foundation – to disseminate news, opinions, and information that are useful to the Filipino boxing fan and in the process, make known to the boxing world the throngs of Filipino prizefighters who want to make a name for themselves and rake in honors for the country.

Filipino Boxing Journal takes a second trip to the Philippine Blog Awards

No other sports blog has bagged the PBA’s “Best Sports Blog” Award twice since its inception, which makes the thought of winning very sweet for this particular blogger. A win will give FBJ the distinction of being the only sports blog to bag the award twice in a successive manner. It’s history and FBJ is in the position to write it.

Nothing is set in stone and considering the other sports blogs that are vying for the title, the judges will definitely have a hard time tabulating the points, so to speak.

(To check the list of other “Best Sports Blog” finalists, click here. Awards night will be held on December 3rd, 2011 at the Carlos P. Garcia Auditorium, RCBC Plaza, Makati City.)

But FBJ will not be in such a place if it wasn’t for the people who have been faithfully reading every article and writeup posted in the site, and for the Filipino boxers, who have always put their lives on the line every single time they step inside the ring and trade punches not only with their opponents, but with their fates too. FBJ salutes you!

This writer would also like to express his thanks to many individuals who have helped FBJ this year in more ways than one:

Award-winning international boxing judge Salven Lagumbay

Dr. Rene Bonsubre, Chito Katangkatang, and Dong Secuya of PhilBoxing.com

International referee Danrex Tapdasan

Mr. Mario Delmindo

Prof. Nancy Puno

Chino Trinidad of GMA Sports

Carlos Costa of Notifight.com

Brad Cooney of 8CountNews.com

Dennis Guillermo (Examiner.com), Oliver Suarez (BoxingOracle.com), and Ryan Songalia (BoxingScene.com)

John “Iceman” Scully of ESPN

Vincent Parra of Rogue Promotions

Gary Andrew Poole, author of PacMan: Behind The Scenes With Manny Pacquiao

Peter Maniatis of Peter Maniatis Events

SanMan Promotions of General Santos City

Sammy Gello-Ani of SGG Promotions

Gerry Penalosa of GerryPens Promotions

ALA Promotions

Lemuel Maglinte (The Freeman) and Dale Rosal (Cebu Daily News)

Members of the Cebu City Sports Media

Special thanks are also given to Ferdinand Tan and Edgar Clam, the two people who introduced this writer to blogging. To those this writer failed to mention, you know who you are. Thank you all and may the best sports blog in the country win!

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Kenneth P. Ragpala is an award-winning sports blogger who has been covering the sport of boxing since 2008. His works have appeared in local newspapers in his home city in Cagayan de Oro and in several online publications abroad. Ragpala has written for several boxing websites, namely Fight Hype, 8 Count News, and Bleacher Report.