After several days of carefully reading your essays (Yes, all 153 of them), I've finally a chosen a winner for our TPGBPPE!
But before that, I'd like to say 'Thank you so much!' to everyone who joined our contest and took time to write down their thoughts. There were a lot of really amazing and heart-warming entries that made realize that TechPinas actually has very smart readers (And that makes me feel extremely proud, really). Believe me, if I can give a prize to all of you, I'll do it -- but of course, I have to choose only one person who will take home the BlackBerry PlayBook and BlackBerry Curve 9360 powerhouse pair.
Now, without further ado, the sole winner of our TechPinas Gadget Bonanza BlackBerry Power Pair Edition is...
We received a ton of truly incredible entries but I chose DJ because, in his winning essay, he was able to clearly convey not only his purpose in life (and how he daringly went for his 'new' yet clear goal - even while still in school) but also how BlackBerry was able to create actual opportunities for him to make a name for himself in his chosen field. Also, it doesn't hurt that he's a true BlackBerry loyalista (I even checked his Twitter account and I saw that he actually updates his status using a BB - every single day!);
[...] funny thing is, i’ve lost two blackberries in the past, stolen but i’ve kept true to the blackberry loyalty. and mind you, i just have the basic 8520 curve right now but it’s been doing what it’s meant to do without too much flash and unnecessariness. [...]
I really hope he'll be able to use the BlackBerry Power Pair to its full potential in his budding career as professional photographer and videographer.
Believe me, it wasn't an easy decision to make but there can only one winner. I'm not really used to judging contests and it always makes me feel bad not to be able to give something to everyone who joins a competition where I'm a judge but I guess that what future contests and giveaways are for.
TP Friends, allow me to share a few entries that went very close to bagging the grand prize --
1. BlackBerry for the 'slashed' individual
2. On Becoming a Person of Purpose
3. More than just a smartphone
4. I want to keep my BlackBerry
5. Achieving my purpose in life with BlackBerry
6. How BlackBerry can change an IT student's life
7. I'm a BlackBerry mom
I also love the original illustrations on KeywordSpeak and ItsMeChampy's entries. Thumbs up!
Again, thank you so much to all TP Friends who joined this contest. Hopefully we can launch a new TechPinas Gadget Bonanza soonest.