Meet the blogger behind When in Manila

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Posted at Jan 11 2018 03:54 PM | Updated as of Jan 15 2018 04:10 PM

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MANILA -- People who want to be bloggers, or want to have their own website, need to have thick skins as well as a sharp eye for mistakes.

"My advice to the people out there, you need to learn how to ignore a lot," blogger Vince Golangco said in an interview on ANC Alerts.

Golangco is a US-based blogger who founded When In Manila, one of the Philippines' biggest blogs. 

"I learned [the importance of ignoring] especially as When In Manila grew. In the beginning, I was so afraid when someone says one negative thing about my blog," he said.

"When you make a small mistake and you accidentally post it online, you'll get all these bashers," he warned.

However, not all people who say negative things are trolls, he clarified. Some criticisms can be constructive, and might prove to be valuable.

"There are time when you need to take constructive criticisms and feedback, especially when a lot of people are saying the same thing like, 'Hey, you shouldn't say that. You shouldn't do that. That's wrong,'" he said.

"But, of course, as long as you're not hurting anyone, you're not saying anything offensive, you're not saying anything negative, you should be okay." 

When In Manila started in 2010 as Golangco's personal diary. He was vacationing in the Philippines when he opened the site to share his adventures and local discoveries.

The site has since grown to become a popular blog which features stories of people, places, and trends that interest millions of Filipino readers not only in the country but abroad. 

It now has about 400 contributors, and When In Manila continues to grow bigger and collect more impressions online, Golangco, now the blog's CEO, reported.

This year, When In Manila plans to ramp up its foundation's operations, and find more ways to help the country's poor.