The Blogger, Ion Gonzaga

  • Thursday, December 25, 2014
  • By Ion Gonzaga

From a serial blogger to a perspective storyteller and thought leader in the influence sphere.

Ion Gonzaga is a no-nonsense authority blogger in the Middle East. He is named into the 100 Most Influential Filipinos in the Gulf for 3 consecutive years - 2015, 2016 and 2017.

He started in 2011 to share his personal experiences about living in Dubai - what to eat, where to go, and what's happening. "Boy" is a common prefix in the Philippines pertaining to ownership or mastery to the succeeding word. Hence, BoyDubai means 'self-proclaimed' mastery of everything about Dubai.

Today he writes more meaningful stories about life, surviving Dubai, struggles and successes in the workplace, challenges of being away from home and some bits on health, fitness - which is challenging by the way - and principles and wisdom to live by.

A year after, he was selected as the UAE representative for World Bloggers Day. He delivered a talk at Geekfest Conference about the power and influence of blogging.

He volunteered his way to the influence circle starting from Dubai Twestival and the global event Blog Action Day.

Ion, a pioneer volunteer of PEBA, originally designed the Pinoy Expats Blog Awards logo and was once among the panel of judges which also included celebrity bloggers in the Philippines.

His opinions on timely social issues have been also featured in major publications in UAE like Gulf News, The National, The Filipino Times, Kabayan Weekly and Sport 360.

He was featured in an interview with Dubai OFW, one of the world's best blog about overseas Filipinos.

His growing following on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram makes him one of the most sought-after digital "influencer" in the UAE

The UK-based restaurant Ping Pong Dim Sum first took him as an ambassador in 2011. He's also chosen as ambassador for Samsung Galaxy Tab, LG 3D mobile and recently Huawei P8.

His blog got nominated in du Social Media Awards 2013 and Ahlan Awards 2015.

He has also done several interviews with the global VIPs which include Kobe Bryant, Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach, Don Moen and Nick Vujicic - one of his most memorable conversation with.

Ion also writes an article monthly for the On The Prowl column of Illustrado magazine.

He is also a scriptwriter for radio commercials at TAG 91.1.

Ion is a husband to Raqz Gonzaga, and a father to Sofia Isabelle.


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Thank you.

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  1. Hi Ion my name is johnny. My wife and i are actively serving the family ministry. and i would like to invite you to our annual couple s retreat in baguio country club sept30-oct1. Its a wkend of fun, learning and discovery. You will be mtg other couples too. Some speakers include francis kong. Also open to couples not married. Let me know if you have questions or need more info. Just tx or call me at 3665690 or 09178494294. Thanks. God bless