Blog Action Day 2009 Pilipinas take a stand against climate change

October 8, 2009 | No Comments Yet

Bloggers Kapihan once again spearheads the Philippine version of Blog Action Day. It’s happening on October 15, with this year’s topic being Climate Change.

The theme is more relevant than ever with the onslaught brought about by Typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng.

We cannot be apathetic or cynical. We as a people have the solemn duty to accept the reality of climate change, to study it, and to take a stand.

Bloggers Kapihan thus calls on Filipino bloggers to take time out on Oct. 15 to post your thoughts and aspirations, frustrations and hopes, photos, videos and stories, on climate change and how it affects our family, community, country and the globe, and how we wish to make things better.

Local organizations such as TXTPower, Kabataan Partylist, Kalikasan-People’s Network for the Environment, Agham, Computer Professionals Union, and Philippine Climate Watch Alliance all support this blogging event. Have a post ready by next week and grab the badge to put on your blog!

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Philippine Blog Awards and RockEd Philippines join forces for Ondoy relief operations

October 1, 2009 | No Comments Yet

The Philippine Blog Awards organizers and RockEd Philippines are working together to help the victims of Typhoon Ondoy. Everyone is invited to drop off relief goods during the PBA Luzon event on October 9:

These donations will be collected at the lobby of the PETA-Phinma Theater before the program begins. The collected donations will be turned over to RockEd for distribution to victims of the recent typhoon.

With this year’s theme being “One Blogging Nation”, the spirit of Bayanihan through this blogging event and community is stronger and more relevant than ever. Stay tuned for donation drive announcements in the upcoming Visayas and Mindanao events.

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Philippine Right of Reply bill will cover bloggers

June 1, 2009 | No Comments Yet

Representatives Mong Palatino and Bienvenido Abante confirm that House Bill No. 3306, also known as the Right of Reply bill, will cover websites, emails, and other electronic devices. Meaning, blogs are included.

Palatino noted that Section 1 of HB 3306 states, “All persons, natural or judicial, who are accused directly or indirectly of committing, having committed, or are criticized by innuendo, suggestion or rumor for any lapse in behavior in public or private life shall have the right to reply to charges or criticisms published in newspapers, magazines, newsletters or publications circulated commercially or for free, or aired or broadcast over radio, television, websites or through any electronic device.”

“The bill, therefore, would not only affect media outfits and journalists but also all website owners, website masters, e-mail account holders and other netizens who are not necessarily media practitioners,” said Palatino who has been a blogger since 2004.

Palatino believes this is “Internet censorship and suppression of freedom of speech and expression” and encourages both bloggers and texters to oppose the passing of this bill in Congress. Abante says people will have to refer to the specific implementing rules and regulations, especially for cases such as blogging.

Considering commenting systems are a default feature in blogs and anybody can start his own blog anyway, one wonders if the Right of Reply bill should be applicable, even feasible, on the Web.

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Filipino Voices

April 2, 2009 | No Comments Yet

Filipino Voices

Filipino Voices is a powerhouse of Philippine bloggers who report and comment on news, politics, and society in this country and the rest of the world. Barely over a year old this April 1st, this group publication is the place for fostering a collective conversation on our direction as a nation.

Filipino Voices is more than a blog, it’s a start to the growing power of The Filipino to manifest his own destiny in the online world, which hopefully will have an impact on the physical and more tangible world we live in. Words are powerful and we the bloggers of FilipinoVoices.com know this to be the true power of this blog.

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Bloggers Kapihan bloggers’ briefing on poll automation

July 14, 2008 | No Comments Yet

Bloggers’ Kapihan is back with another relevant event every Filipino blogger should attend. The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) will give a special briefing on poll automation for roughly 20 bloggers on Saturday, July 19, at 1:00-3:00pm.

COMELEC and its technology suppliers will conduct actual trainings on the usage of electronic voting machines and automated counting machines. Video presentations and tutorials will also be shown. The voting machines will be used in the ARMM elections next month.

Interested participants must send an email to mongpalatino[at]gmail[dot]com. The complete programme is found here.

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Blogswarm against Sulpicio Lines catastrophe

July 9, 2008 | 1 Comment

Here’s another blogswarm in the Philippine blogosphere on a current events issue that practically everyone feels strongly about.

Filipino Voices urged Pinoy bloggers last July 4-5 to stop the operation of Sulpicio Lines, which was allegedly responsible for the death of hundreds in the sinking of its ship, the MV Princess of the Stars.

That doesn’t mean the swarm has ended, though. Blog entries continue to pour in and are listed in the above post. Visit FilipinoVoices.com to read up on those articles.

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Photographer-blogger sues Manila Bulletin for copyright infringement

June 11, 2008 | 4 Comments

Filipino photographer and blogger Anton Sheker has filed a lawsuit against Manila Bulletin for copyright infringement and damages.

In October 2007, Sheker presented proof that this major daily publication used his photos of Vigan. They appeared in a Travel & Tourism article in March 2007. He got featured in the Picture Perfect column as artist of the week, but without his photos.

Even ABS-CBN, who has allegedly done the same thing to several bloggers, reported about this. According to the article:

The law does have its say on the matter. The country has a Copyright Law under the Intellectual Property Code of the Philippines that protects literary and artistic works, including photos. In one of its sections, it is noted that “Works are protected by the sole fact of their creation,” an automatic copyright protection, as some may view it. Penalties for violators may be subject to fines ranging from P5,000 to P 150,000, and P1,000.00 for every day of continued violation, among others. (A copy of the Intellectual Property Code can be read here: http://www.lawphil.net/statutes/repacts/ra1997/ra_8293_1997.html)

Does Anton stand a chance in court? Will the small-time Pinoy blogger leave a scar against a mammoth media outfit?

The same newspaper that threatened to slap me with a criminal case if continued my claim.

If Manila Bulletin has nothing to hide, why are they being defensive?

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Ces Drilon and 3 other journalists missing (breaking news in the blogosphere)

June 10, 2008 | No Comments Yet

The Mindanao Examiner reports:

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / June 9, 2008) – Abu Sayyaf militants have seized a Filipino television journalist and two cameramen, including a Muslim university professor in the southern Philippine island of Sulu, police said Monday.

The news broke out in the Philippine blogosphere last night. It was also covered by foreign publications like the International Herald Tribune.

Earlier this morning, an official statement from ABS-CBN came out:

ABS-CBN OFFICIAL STATEMENT ON CES DRILON:

Three ABS-CBN journalists Ces Drilon, Jimmy Encarnacion, and Angelo Valderama are missing in Sulu.

All efforts are underway to find them and bring them home.

Until we learn more details, ABS-CBN News requests other media to report on this matter with utmost consideration for the safety of our news team.

ABS-CBN News is in touch with the families and asks that their privacy be respected.

It’s interesting to note how such important news broke out on the internet—on a blog, no less.

Further reading:

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Attend Ed Panlilio’s blog launch in Pampanga

June 3, 2008 | No Comments Yet

Update: Visit Among Ed’s blog here.

Now that Jun Lozada’s blog has been launched, it’s Among Ed Panlilio’s turn. This will be held on June 7, 10:00 am, at the Executive House, Provincial Capitol, City of San Fernando, Pampanga.

Anybody can attend, but only 30 Manila-based bloggers will get to enjoy free food and transportation for the tour in the afternoon. Details can be found at the Bloggers’ Kapihan site.

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Jun Lozada and Ed Panlilio blog launches in Bloggers’ Kapihan events today and next week

May 31, 2008 | No Comments Yet

Update: Visit Jun Lozada’s blog here.

ZTE scandal star witness Jun Lozada and Pampanga governor Fr. Ed Panlilio will be launching their very own blogs in two events led by the Bloggers’ Kapihan team.

Jun Lozada will launch his blog today, 1:00pm, at Kape Tasyo, 2nd Level Anonas Commercial Complex, Project 3, Quezon City. Expect good food, coffee, wi-fi, and conversations among participants.

Ed Panlilio’s blog launch will be held next week, June 7, in Pampanga. Thirty bloggers will join the BK crew there.

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Bloggers Unite for Human Rights on May 15

May 15, 2008 | 1 Comment

Bloggers Unite

You might be familiar with past iterations of Bloggers Unite. On a certain date, bloggers come together to learn and spread the word about one important issue. Today, May 15th, it’s about Human Rights.

I recently wrote about the possibility of Philippine bloggers being put in danger because of what they write. People have suffered terrible fates because of what they write, including our country. In certain countries, bloggers already belong to that group; we could be next.

But this day is not just about the abuse of the freedom of expression, but other rights. As bloggers, we should not stop with what may put ourselves in danger, but that which concerns our families, our neighbors, our countrymen. Blogging is as much about keeping our eyes open and learning about the world around us as it is about posting updates about our mundane lives.

Take time out to discover these human rights issues presented by Amnesty International. These are just suggested topics you can write about:

  • Human Rights In China: “China has long promised to improve its human rights record for before the Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics. Instead, there has been a crackdown on peaceful dissent in Tibet, prominent human rights activists, and media. Today, China human rights record is worse than it was before they made their promise.”
  • Illegal Detentions at Guantanamo Bay: “Since first detainees arrived on January 11, 2002, the U.S. detention facility at Guantánamo Bay has become a global symbol of U.S. human rights violations. Infractions have included: illegal detention, denial of fundamental legal rights, and torture. The only proper recourse is to close the detention facility.”
  • Crisis in Darfur: “One of the worst atrocities and abuses of human rights in the world today is taking place in Darfur, Sudan. The conflict in this country has led to the worst human rights abuses imaginable — the systematic and widespread murder, rape, abduction, and displacement of peaceful citizens.”

Participate in today’s challenge by grabbing a badge, blogging about a human rights issue, and sharing it at the Bloggers Unite group page.

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Malaysian blogger arrested and goes on hunger strike; Could this happen to the Philippines?

May 9, 2008 | 3 Comments

A 57-year old Malaysian blogger (Raja Petra Kamaruddin) was arrested for writing an article implicating a top official (Deputy Prime Minister Najib Razak) to the murder of a Mongolian woman (Altantuya Shaariibuu), and soon after began a hunger strike in jail. Inquirer has picked up this news item and it’s now circling around the local blogosphere.

Do Filipino bloggers worry that what they write could lead them to their arrest, torture, even salvage? We’re all familiar with stories about the families of activists, journalists, and witnesses crying for the justice never given to them after their loved ones’ threats, arrests, disappearances, and deaths. It’s happened way too many times in this country.

Could Philippine bloggers be next?

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