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December 16, 2009

Technology drives Citizen Journalism

When I saw this hi-def video of the Serendra car explosion yesterday, I thought this is the future of citizen journalism — live or almost live video broadcast of incidents as they happen, taken by ordinary people.

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May 06, 2009

PopDev Media Awards to cite Bloggers

For the last two years, I’ve been invited by the Philippine Legislators’ Committee on Population and Development (PLCPD) to be in the panel of judges for their annual PopDev Media Awards. This year, they’ve decided to add a special citation for citizen journalists (bloggers).

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January 24, 2009

The Anatomy of a Blog Libel

Ever since I wrote my story on surviving a libel case about two years ago, there were a couple other people who asked recommendations for legal counsel (apparently, encountering the same situation I had).

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January 15, 2009

On T3 Mag’s Movers and Shakers List

This came as a surprise last night when I learned I made it to T3 Magazine’s list of “The Philippines’ Most Influential”.

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August 16, 2008

Why Blogger isn’t that popular in the Philippines?

During a cocktail party held yesterday for several folks from Google Asia-Pacific, the Product Manager from SEA asked me this — while blogging is huge in the Philippines, why isn’t Blogger enjoying the same popularity? I gave him some figures off my head as he wrote it down. And here are some reasons why.

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August 02, 2008

Sen. Mar Roxas blogs, for real

Mar RoxasYesterday on a round-table discussion with bloggers, Sen. Mar Roxas announced that he start blogging himself. This time, it’s for real. Likewise, he’s bringing his campaign for the suspension of VAT on oil (Senate Bill 1962) online.

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July 17, 2008

Manila Bulletin files counter suit against Photoblogger

Now it’s Manila Bulletin’s turn. The newspaper filed a counter suit against photographer and blogger Anton Sheker.

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June 13, 2008

PMPToday on Sprint Samsung Instinct Commercial

PMPToday, a Pinoy blog about portable media players, landed a cameo role in the upcoming Sprint/Samsung Instinct commercial to be aired in the United States next week. See a copy of the video after the jump.

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June 11, 2008

Filipino Photographer sues Manila Bulletin

In a potentially landmark case, a Php1.2 Million copyright infringement suit was filed against print publication Manila Bulletin for illegally using and printing photos of professional photographer and blogger Anton Sheker.

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April 19, 2008

Getting sued for Linking

When they said you can get sued for linking to a libelous blog, some people do really mean it.

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April 11, 2008

TopBlogs Philippines Update

Here are some updates from Enthropia on their first month of launching the new Top Blogs Philippines. Their blog is not yet up so I’m republishing the announcement here for the meantime.

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March 21, 2008

Brand New Pinoy Top Blogs Launched

The very long wait is over. A brand new Pinoy Top Blogs has just been re-launched, with entirely new code-base and design. All previous accounts have been imported. All you need is to get the new tracking code. Check it out here!

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January 25, 2008

A couple more out of the Blog Barn

Since my last post about seeding blog ideas, I’ve had a few additional blog projects collaborated with several more bloggers.

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January 11, 2008

To Boracay, Contest Prizes and a new PhotoBlog

By this time, we’ll be in Boracay for an early summer get-away. That means I won’t be able to send out the giveaway prizes by this week-end.

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January 11, 2008

2008 Philippine Blog Awards


It’s coming sooner than you’ve expected. We’d like to announce the official launching of the 2008 Philippine Blog Awards.

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December 29, 2007

Did Twitter Popularize Mobile Blogging in the Philippines?

As we close in on the end of the year, I’d like to go back and review some of the more interesting discussions and debates we had throughout the year. One of them is mobile blogging (moblogging) and its future in the Philippine cybersphere.

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December 10, 2007

What attracts you: the Blog or the Blogger?

There’s this one observation that when a blog/blogger becomes famous, they usually grow thin on content. Gone are the quality posts and coasting becomes a daily blogging habit. Still, they continue to be famous and admired.

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November 25, 2007

McDo, the Webbys and a Funny Cartoon Blog

I never realized talking 8 hour straight was so exhausting that after arriving home I hit the sack right away. My seminar on problogging was well received. Missed some stuff over the week-end so here’s a recap.

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November 15, 2007

Master Link Baiter of the Year

Who could have thought that our early forays into the controversial blogosphere was all just a huge link bait? Follow the link to discover who this master link baiter of the year is.

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August 15, 2007

Why I’m into Open Source Consulting

If I remember correctly, it was from Nick Nichols whom I first heard of this term. Nick says blogging is a form of open source consulting. I guess that was my approach ever since I first started my online presence back in 2000.

Back then, I saw the power of the internet as sort of dynamic collaboration with free flowing information and discussions of almost anything one can ever imagine. I was awed and thought the Internet was inherently good as it opens new possibilities for everyone who has access to it.

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August 14, 2007

Who’s MISrepresenting who?

As though we haven’t had our fill of controversies, Jayvee opens up a new one and is calling out somebody who he claims is misrepresenting bloggers:

It is such a sad experience to have a blogger misrepresent the Philippine blogosphere for his or her own merit. Recently, a huge conference was held and some industry folk mentioned a particular blogger who gave such a compelling presentation about the Philippine blogosphere. It was so compelling because it was the first BIG time that the local industry’s eyes were opened to the spectacle that is the Philippine blogosphere.

And while my curiosity wants to get the better of me (who are you referring to Jayvs?), I was more curious on the issue of “who’s misrepresenting who”. I mean, the second who, not the first one.

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August 14, 2007

Yuga meets the Kid Blogger

People have been calling and texting me all day yesterday. The common question — is there a blog wars going on? I believe the Philippine blogging community is going through growth pains. I think it’s a sign that we’re maturing as a microcosm of the society we actually live in. And yes, this society is so full of characters, with differing opinions. All these will come to pass but for the meantime, let’s all feel the pain.

So I had dinner with father and son Allan and Carl Ocab last night. And here’s my take on this issue…

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August 13, 2007

Will the real kid blogger, please stand up?

As I pointed out a few days back, there’s been a ruckus over at Noemi’s blog about the identity, ownership and authorship of the blog used to run by a 13-year old kid (he’s 14 now).

I have to be frank and say I initially believed it was really a 13-year old boy who created his own blog and wrote all those posts. First time I heard of him was thru the popular blogs of Darren Rowse and John Chow. I was proud to see a grassroots Filipino blogger succeed in blogging and at a very young age.

Nevertheless, a cloud of suspicion and curiosity looms on all those we see as “too good to be true“.

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July 21, 2007

Here’s why bloggers need proper PR Disclosures

Bryanboy throws in the towel on Globe Visibility. I’m a bit embarrassed, considering I was the one who hooked him up with the Globe guys. To be fair though, I also referred him to the people from PLDT WeRoam. In that same entry, the B alludes to the apparent silence of tech bloggers who are also Globe subscribers:
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July 17, 2007

Why no Michelle Malkin on the list?

Michelle MalkinThere are so many top list in the cropping up Philippine blogosphere nowadays and it’s a good thing because it allows us to discover the yet un-discovered. It also gives us a different perspective, depending on who’s creating the list and what that list represents.

However, if you regularly visited all these lists, you will see almost the same trend — the same names keep making it on the top, except for several bloggers who wanted to keep their identity a secret (nobody even knows what’s Bryanboy’s real name or if he’s really just 17).
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