Airbnb Meetup in Manila

I have been a member of Airbnb since September 2012 and recommending it to family and friends as a great alternative to your usual hotel accommodations. For those who haven't heard of Airbnb, it is a trusted booking site that offers unique accommodations in 34,000 cities and 192 countries around the globe. Why unique? Check these listings out:

From L-R: Cubehouse in the Netherlands, Avalon Luxury Yacht in Bali, Treehouse in Canada and The Seashell House in Mexico

Just last month, the company rebranded and showed off its new logo, the Bélo (if I heard it right, it is pronounced as bey-loh). At first, to be honest, I didn't liked it. Heck, I didn't even have an idea there was a social media backlash. But I suggest you watch this video for better understanding why the logo looks like that now. Ang galing! ;)

Anyway, so I got an email inviting me to the Airbnb meetup in Manila which I attended last August 15, 2014 at Relik Tapas Bar & Lounge in Bonifacio Global City Taguig. Photos posted were grabbed from the Airbnb Philippines FB page.

We got freebies from Airbnb as well as printed copies of our personalized Bélos! Create your own Bélo now and it will appear in your Airbnb profile page. ;)

We had our photos taken with this makeshift IG photobooth (hehe) and had dinner while waiting for program to start. ;) Sending a shoutout to Tammy David who was our photographer that night. She's a friend of my boss so I'm glad to meet her. Hehe.

I mingled with fellow members and hosts by sharing our travel stories and discoveries using Airbnb.

Our program started with an introduction by Joy Tacandong (Partnerships & Marketing) who flew in from Airbnb Singapore.

Here's Joy sharing her personal experience to us with using and working with Airbnb. :)

Of course I also shared my experience as a member. Remember the apartments I stayed at in Macau and Seoul? Anyway, those who shared got an awesome shirt from Airbnb. Woop woop! ;)

Apart from Manila, Airbnb also had a stopover in Cebu for the community meetup. Click here for photos from their event. Hindi na sana ako pupunta 'coz I couldn't find my name in the guest list (even if I RSVP'd) but I took my chances because I'm really interested to list my space and learn more about hosting. So thank you so much to Joy for the invite, I learned a lot from this meetup. ;)

Few days after the event, I wore my Airbnb shirt and found out later in the afternoon about the good news from Nuffnang Philippines and Airbnb. Coincidence? Maybe.

Remember #MyAirbnbBucketList post? It won and I got second place! Woohoo! Congratulations as well to fellow winners Nina Fuentes and Macy Añonuevo. ;) Time to tick off a new place to our travel bucketlist ladies! Perfect timing 'coz I am currently planning my trip to Osaka this October! How about you? ;)

Thank you soooo much once again to Nuffnang Philippines and Airbnb!