Philippine pride is alive and well on the internet (Happy Independence Day!)

June 12, 2009 | No Comments Yet

Proclamation of Philippine Independence in Kawit, Cavite on June 12, 1898

It’s the 111th Philippine Independence Day today, meaning there’s no better day to take pride in our heritage as a nation. If you’ve been keeping tabs on online Pinoy culture, however, you’ll notice how we don’t need to wait for June 12th come around to celebrate all the things that define who are as a people, big and small.

Pilipinas kong mahal

Let’s start with our lovely flag, the elements of which has inspired clothing lines, magazine covers, and every Pinoy-centric campaign you can think of.

Google and Yahoo Philippine independence day logos

Of course it does help with big companies like Google and Yahoo! join in the festivities too.

Filipinos biscuits

Speaking of festivities—food! Lechon, balut, isaw, taho, mangoes, bananas, rice, or the biscuits called Filipinos, our love for our delicacies is found around the world, websites included.

Noli/Fili meets the Katipuneros and Propagandistas, Facebook-style

June 12th is also a time to remember how our heroes, from Rizal to Ninoy, fought and died for our country. Apart from reverence, there seems to be a different kind of fascination with our ancient elders. There’s a LOLcat version of Mi Ultimo Adios and a series of Noli/Fili meets the Katipuneros and Propagandistas here and here, Facebook-style.

TGIS cast

That’s not the only kind of nostalgia we Filipinos enjoy on the Web. We can watch all the retro TV commercials and telenovelas on demand. And if that isn’t your thing, we’ve got present-day stars to watch too: Charice Pempengco, Manny Pacquiao, Arnel Pineda, Christine Gambito, the Philippine All-Stars, the Cebu inmates, Apl.de.ap, Nicole Scherzinger, Batista, and more.

Finally, perhaps the most important part of the Philippine revolution online are the different causes and movements to better our nation. From reactions to controversies like the De la Paz-Pangandaman golf incident and the Great Book Blockade of 2009, to politically-motivated initiatives like No to Con-Ass, to grassroots sites like Ako Mismo and One Tama.

Happy Independence Day, everyone!

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Filter out Filipina dating sites on advertisements, but the plot thickens

October 11, 2008 | 3 Comments

Filipina Images seeks to improve the online image of Filipinas with its website. Part of the problem are all the Filipina dating sites, so this is a great tip coming from them: a Filter Filipina Dating Site Ads guide.

It’s a list of sites that you can filter out from your Google AdSense ads. And yes, it will be updated from time to time with new sites.

I think this is a great tip that all Pinoy bloggers should use. The problem is in having to manually search the web for such sites, recompile the list, and update the ad filters. Still, it’s better than not doing anything about it, especially as families, loved ones, friends, and colleages of Filipinas.

But the plot thickens! As I’m reading the blog post at Filipina Images, there are still new problematic ads that have popped up:

Filipina Images ads

We now have to filter out keywords like “marry a USA man” and “date foreign men” as an additional strategy to this.

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Filipina Images

March 10, 2008 | 1 Comment

Filipina Images

Filipina Images is an initiative that helps reshape how other other people view Philippine women online. All it takes is for you to register at the website and write a post with a Filipina-centric theme.

Chances are that the prominent entry you will find on the first page showcases the keywords, “Filipino girls, Filipina dating, Philippine women.” Search for “Filipina.” You’ll most likely notice that six out of 10 sites are NOT devoted to the advancement and accomplishments of the Filipina.

The Filipina of the Future deserves a more empowered, diverse image online. Multiple, complex, and whole.

The site is also holding a writing contest still about Filipinas (deadline is on March 15), together with WikiPilipinas. But if writing is really not your thing, there are other ways you can help with the campaign, notably by linking the word “Filipina” to more useful sites.

One great thing about WordPress is that it’s very search engine friendly, and since one of the main goals of this site is to change how Filipinas are being represented through web searches, Filipina Images is one step closer to that.

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