10 things about social media

November 30, 2010 | No Comments Yet

Juned Sonido writes 10 personal observations and lessons about social media. Here’s the second item on the list:

It is not just the number of posts or messages delivered. It is the message snd the ties – human ties – ties that binds people together. Social Media are social networks, blogs, forums, and a number things. Social Media is everywhere digital and non-digital.

A lot of the points boil down reinforce the idea that it’s less about the new technology and more about one’s own actions. They are just tools, and they do not give you the right to spam and mislead people. Be respectful, be useful to the people you are reaching out to.

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Protect Your Most Valuable Blog Resource, Stop Content Scraping and Plagiarism

September 17, 2010 | 8 Comments

There’s a very popular saying amongst bloggers, and it goes: content is king. As a blogger, your content is your most precious resource. I don’t know about you, but I’m not going to let sploggers and feed scrapers take that away from me. Not if I can help it. Not if you can help it. How?

Label your feeds with copyright notices.

Add your name, website, and URL (site URL or post URL) to your feed so that when it is read elsewhere, others will know where it really came from.

Recommendation: FeedEntryHeader Plugin. Many feed customization plugins exist, but I like this particular plugin because it affixes the necessary information before the content of the post rather than after, as feed scrapers usually truncate the content. And if you can help it, spell out the URL in plain text to your website or blog post rather than link to it using HTML. Scrapers will definitely want visitors to think they didn’t steal someone else’s content.

Feedback: Do you use summaries instead of full feeds because you don’t want scrapers to access them? Or do you provide both?

Block questionable visitors.

If they can’t find your blog, they won’t be able to take advantage of it.

Recommendation: AntiLeech Plugin. This plugin ideally stops potential scrapers from accessing your website content and instead feeds them fake content. You can enter either IP addresses or User Agent strings that identify the scrapers. Read more about AntiLeech here.

The tricky part is figuring out who your enemy is. They will have to scrape your feed first for you to know about it, right? You can use ©Feed to figure out who is reading your feeds, but more often than not they actually send trackbacks to your post once they’ve scraped it, so you can get their IP address from that as well.

Feedback: Where do you find your IP address blacklists?

Disable hotlinking.

Hotlinking is a term that describes how other people use your content with your own server bandwidth, which is how much data your server transfers over a period of time. Every time someone loads your website, all those files that get loaded is equal to a certain bandwidth. So if people keep hotlinking your photos, music, or videos, your bandwidth quota for the month (or quarter or year) gets used up. Now hotlinking may not be an issue for you—if you have lots of bandwidth, and don’t care about attribution or who uses your content. Normally it is; it’s bad netiquette. If you do care, you need to stop people from hotlinking.

Recommendation: Hotlink Protection Plugin. Enter the file location which you want to protect, and if an external website loads any image from it, a different image will be displayed (which is customizable). Since images are the most common target anyway, this plugin will suffice.

Feedback: Do you host your own images or do you hotlink them from sites like PhotoBucket?

*Note: What the plugins can accomplish can also be done in less straightforward but more flexible methods like PHP programming, .htaccess editing, cPanel configuration, web applications.

Take action.

Protecting your content isn’t just about setting up defense mechanisms. You should be vigilant enough to find out if you’ve been scraped or plagiarized and then do something about it.

Recommendation: 6 Steps to Stop Content Theft. These are six long and tough steps, but if you value your work, you will be thankful when it gets you through:

  1. Detection
  2. Preserving the Evidence
  3. Contact the Plagiarist (if Practical)
  4. Contacting the Advertisers (optional)
  5. Contacting the Host
  6. Contacting the Search Engines

Feedback: Do you think Filipino bloggers stand a chance in a battle against plagiarism, with all these (US-biased) steps that need to be accomplished?

Feedback: Do you know that Creative Commons Licenses like the CC Attribution 3.0 License have been ported to play nicely with Philippine copyright laws?

Sugod mga kapatid!

Right now, fighting plagiarism especially in the form of sploggers and scrapers is very tedious. Hopefully things get easier in the future, but for now, at least we stand a very good chance against it.

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Speaking Our Native Tongue on the Web

June 17, 2010 | 1 Comment

When WordPress Philippines first launched, I left a comment saying we should try to write in our native language. We it owe it to all our heroes who died fighting for our right to be free. Language is one of the most important signs of sovereignty. And besides, if you’ll look at the sixth box of links at the footer, all those foreign WordPress sites are written in their own language!

It appears blog provider giant Blogger has translated its service to “Filipino” and this has got me thinking. Google owns Blogger. Google also provides localized versions for several other services for us Pinoys. Several other sites do, too. But what does a “local” version mean, really? Is it the Filipino language? Or is it Tagalog?

Filipino o Tagalog? Ano ba talaga, kuya?

Google Language Tools: When you select Filipino as the language of your choice in viewing Google Search, the abbreviation in the link is “tl”, which clearly stands for Tagalog.

Google Directory: When you click on the Filipino language under World Languages, it is actually linked to Tagalog.

Wikipedia: There is no Filipino language version of Wikipedia, only Tagalog, Bikolano, Cebuano, Chavacano, Ilokano, Kapampangan, Pangasinense, Waray.

All of this is pretty ironic considering the page on the topic Filipino says:

Note: “Philippino” and “Philipino” are misspellings of this word and are not considered part of standard usage. Pilipino is used to describe the people of the Philippines. The term “Filipino” is commonly used when you are talking or writing in English or other foreign language. “Filipino” is the Philippines’ national, official and constitutional language (While the Filipino language is largely based on Tagalog, pure Tagalog has slight differences to Filipino).

This is the accepted definition of Filipino, as well as Filipino versus Tagalog, right? Then why do these websites—which are multi-million dollar companies no less—assume that in order to be a little more user-friendly to its Filipino visitors, it should create a custom language version in Tagalog instead of Filipino? What gives them the right to do so? As Filipinos, should we accept their bad judgment on something that affects no one else but ourselves?

Philippine-based wiki competitor WikiPilipinas has acknowledged this and created a Filipino language version of its wiki. But then there seems to be no Tagalog counterpart along with other provincial languages. So did they drop the Tagalog because it’s essentially Filipino anyway?

Ano ang problema?

I know I’m getting into a huge debate here, one that might never ever be resolved so long as our country remains an archipelago, so long as we have strong affinities for provincial languages, even foreign ones. After all, we are a nation of provinces and a nation of balikbayans. Our national language has never been that strong especially in the midst of the languages we’ve had to deal with.

But I am not asking you to be a little more patriotic (especially in the spirit of the EDSA Revolution, whose anniversary we commemorate on Monday) by choosing to write in our own language. I just want to underline what we may be overlooking:

On the web, is it correct to say that a Filipino speaks only Tagalog? Are these two terms interchangeable?

Should we be content that websites like Google consider Tagalog as the language of choice for Filipinos?

Should we be content that other Philippine languages from Cebuano to Waray are represented on some websites, but not the lesser known but equally Pinoy ones?

The Web is as liberating as speaking in one own’s tongue. Blogging, for example, lets you do exactly that. How lucky are we to find a new medium by which we can express ourselves as Filipinos? Other times, however, our identity as a people gets eroded just because a website assumes and restricts, despite the best of intentions. We accept it because we know technology still hasn’t found a way to seamlessly translate any language into another. Or is it because it just doesn’t matter anymore?

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WordCamp Philippines 2010 venue announced; answer their survey

May 19, 2010 | 1 Comment

WordCamp Philippines 2010 schwag from Automattic

This week the WordCamp Philippines organizers have announced the venue for the conference to be held on October 2: it’s back to College of St. Benilde in Taft Ave., Manila in partnership with the Association of Information Management. It’s also been announced that Matt Mullenweg will be gracing the event, so better RSVP on the event page now.

You’re also invited to complete a short survey which covers your expectations for the event. Also note that the entrance fee will cover lunch, schwag, and a WordCamp Philippine shirt.

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Akismet on the State of Web Spam

April 27, 2010 | No Comments Yet

The Akismet blog posts a 9-point summary of their findings over the last 5 years they’ve spent combating web spam. It’s a fascinating peek into the different types of spam out there, which has established itself as a highly organized and thriving business in various parts of the world.

Abe Olandres of YugaTech speculates that the first point on the list about human-posted spam, which is reportedly rampant in Southeast Asia, may very well be coming from the Philippines:

They didn’t really mention the Philippines but we all know that among the countries in South-East Asia, the Philippines is the top English-speaking country.

Another interesting discussion is on trackbacks and pingbacks, which are prone to the most abuse by both spammers and unwitting but legitimate bloggers that it’s not a feature anymore, but a nuisance.

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Pinoy Blogfest 1.0 on April 17

April 13, 2010 | No Comments Yet

Pinoy_Blogfest 1.0

Gadgets Magazine, together with several other commercial sponsors, is holding its own blogging event this weekend called Pinoy_Blogfest 1.0 at the Richmonde Hotel in Ortigas.

Should bloggers observe journalistic ethics? Can Bloggers make money from their web presence? Is there a blog copyright? These are the issues that Pinoy_Blogfest 1.0 will seek to address.

The programme is as follows:

08.00 am Registration
09.00 am Opening of Exhibits / Networking Opportunities
09.30 am Welcome Remarks / Keynote Speech “Ethical & Social Responsibility of New Media” / Light Snack
10.00 am Plenary Panel / “Optimizing the Economic Potential of your Blog” (Abe Olandres) / “Bloggers as Media Practitioners” (Ira Panganiban) / “Creating a Bloggers’ Code of Ethics” (Yvonne Chua)
12.00 nn Lunch / Luncheon Speaker (Coca-Cola CSR)
01.30 pm Breakout Session I / A. Technology & Trends / B. Photography / C. Home: Digital Living
03.00 pm COKE Break
03.30 pm Breakout Session II / D. Mobile Networking / E. Gaming / F. Food & Travel, Health & Fitness
05.00 pm Networking Opportunities
05.30 pm Cocktails / Announcement of Blog Competition Criteria & Entry Guidelines
06.30 pm Entertainment / Raffle
07.30 pm Closing

Fifty to sixty free tickets will be raffled off but the regular rate is Php2,500, inclusive of meals. Ask for a registration for by emailing gadgetsmag.events@gmail.com. Call 332-4005 for more information.

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Cebu Blog Camp 2010

April 5, 2010 | No Comments Yet

Cebu Blog Camp

The first Cebu Blog Camp will be held on May 22 at the CAP Auditorium, CAP Complex.

Cebu Blog Camp is an event that focuses on honing the skills of bloggers offline. This event will gather a large number of bloggers all over Cebu to discuss the latest developments on the Web, Search engines, and making money online.

No details on the topics and speakers yet, but the about page gives details on the organizers. Registration begins today. The event is free of charge but only the first 200 signups will enjoy seats. Always great to see new blogging events all around the country like this.

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Pampanga Blogging Workshop on April 24

March 26, 2010 | 1 Comment

Blogging 101 Hands-On Workshop will be held on April 24 at the Universe Internet Cafe, SM City Pampanga from 10:30 am to 6:30 pm. This intensive workshop taught by Janette Toral is organized by the Pampanga Bloggers. Here’s an outline of the event’s proceedings:

  1. Introduction to Blogging
  2. Find and monitor blogs and topics of your interest
  3. Set up and configure your first blog
  4. Blog ethics (Yes! There is also blogging ethics)
  5. Content Development Process Explained
  6. Monitor Blog Performance
  7. Promotion and Advertisement
  8. Trends in blogging
  9. How to make money and make a living out of blogging

Registration is Php800. Register here. Great to see the northern part of the Philippines mobilizing its own blogging groups and events!

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New date for WordCamp Philippines 2010

March 23, 2010 | No Comments Yet

There’s a new date to mark on your calendars for the third WordCamp Philippines: October 2. Last December the organizers set August 28 as the date to save, but it got changed to work with Matt Mullenweg’s schedule.

The date for the third iteration of one of the most anticipated blogging events in the Philippine blogosphere is set. Mark your calendar, folks. WordCamp Philippines is on October 2, 2010 and we’re announcing it this early — that’s how excited we are!

WordPress developer and Automattic founder Matt Mullenweg will be back to attend the event.

The event is still in the planning stages and the organizing team welcomes your suggestions. Together, we can make this year’s version a community effort. So get those creative juices flowing and tell us your ideas in the comments section.

And the more the merrier, right? Help us spread the word about WordCamp Philippines 2010. Tell your friends, blog about it, plurk it, tweet it, post on walls, or make smoke signals.

Let’s get the ball rolling!

Other than that, no new details yet, but stay updated with these links:

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Blog Action Day on Feb. 25: The Real Heroes of EDSA

February 24, 2010 | No Comments Yet

Blog Action Day: The Real Heroes of EDSA

The Kabataan Partylist is inviting everyone to participate in the Blog Action Day this February 25, in commemoration of the EDSA Revolution that took place 24 years ago. More specifically, it celebrates the people who participated and made it happen, hence the title “The Real Heroes of EDSA”.

We may have been too young then or were not even born yet, but we can ask them to recount their tales of real-life heroism to us. What prompted them to join the uprising? What were their thoughts and feelings? What did they wear, eat, chant? How did it feel to be able to be surrounded by overwhelming unity and patriotism among millions of other heroes marching in the streets on those three historic days.

Blog Action Day posts linking to the announcement will be posted as early as 12 noon on Thursday. It’s interesting to see a partylist spearheading an online mass action this time.

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Filter out political ads from Google AdSense

February 22, 2010 | No Comments Yet

As the 2010 presidential election on May 10 draws near, candidates are campaigning more aggressively than ever, including online. However, as much as Filipino bloggers enjoy making money from advertisements on their websites, inadvertently endorsing politicians doesn’t sit well with a lot of people. Carlo Ople’s tutorial on removing political ads from Google AdSense should help out with that. He also cites another reason to do this:

Here’s a more compelling reason to filter ads though – adsense earnings. I noticed that the CTR of my various sites went down over the past few months. I decided to observe for a week and I noticed that my blogs are being flooded by political ads. Not just from Manny Villar, but also from Bayani Fernando and Mark Jimenez. It looks like my site visitors are sick and tired already of politics to the point that they refuse to click them at all, hahaha!

If you’ve tinkered with AdSense long enough, you probably know how to do this already. If you don’t, the instructions are straightforward: go to AdSense Setup > Competitive Filter and enter the URLs of the sites you’d rather not advertise on your blog.

What the tutorial is missing is a complete list of political candidates’ websites, which would make the filtering process even more convenient.

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iBlog6 schedule posted & registration open

February 19, 2010 | 1 Comment

iBlog6 has opened its doors for online registration, on this page. The 2-day event is completely free, so there’s absolutely no reason not to sign up now. The schedule has also been posted, which indicates the difference between the talks on April 16 and 17:

The first day (April 16) is targeted for businesses and entrepreneurs wanting to understand how to tap blogs as a medium to promote their products and services. The second day (April 17) is meant to everyone interested about blogging.

Edit: No word yet on there will be an afterparty this year. Keep up with all the updates at the iBlog site.

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DigitalFilipino Social Networking Awards 2010 call for nominations

February 10, 2010 | No Comments Yet

The call for nominations for the DigitalFilipino Social Networking Awards have opened. The competition, which is part of the 2010 Social Networking Conference, recognizes the Philippines’ best efforts in social media and social network marketing & advertising. Here are the categories:

  • Social Network
  • Virtual Worlds / Games
  • Social News, Bookmarking, Media Voting
  • Photo / Video / Media Sharing
  • Ratings / Reviews
  • Forums
  • Micro-blogs
  • Blogs
  • Search engine marketing

View the last year’s winners here. The social campaigns must have occurred from April 1, 2009 to March 10, 2010. Judging criteria will be equally divided among the following: design, creativity, copywriting, impact. Deadline for nominations is on March 13.

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Philippines Top 100 blogs in 2009 according to Alexa.com

January 27, 2010 | No Comments Yet

Pinoy Money Talk has compiled a list of the top 100 Filipino blogs for 2009, ranked according to traffic using statistics from Alexa.com. Also listed were the biggest gainers, losers, and newcomers to the list.

Finally, we bring you our listing of the Top 50 Blogs in the Philippines for the year 2009, ranked based on each blog’s 3-month Alexa.com traffic rank.

We started monitoring blogs in 2008 (see our 2008 Top 50 Philippine Blogs list) and, in 2009, we see a diverse collection of old and new blogs alike.

In this list, 19 blogs or 20% of the Top 50 entered the list for the first time in 2009. They either became popular or started only in 2009. This means the length of time a person has been blogging does not necessarily translate to higher traffic rank.

PMT itself, which is 6th on the list in 2009, admits that the ranking is flawed (the traffic stats are only for 3 months; it also removed porn and warez sites from the list), but still gives people a good grasp of the biggest names in the Philippine blogosphere. View the complete top 100 list here.

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Pinoy Expats/OFW Blog Awards 2009 on December 27

December 16, 2009 | No Comments Yet

Now on its second year, the Pinoy Expats/OFW Blog Awards will be held on December 27 at the Philam Life Theater on UN Ave., Malate, Manila. There are 37 nominees whom you can vote for at the sidebar of the website.

Aside from the blog awards itself, there’s also a photo contest open to all Pinoy bloggers abroad.

Can’t make it to the awards night? Check this page for live streaming of the event.

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WordCamp Philippines 2009 talk: WordPress in the Wild

November 26, 2009 | No Comments Yet

Markku Seguerra just blogged about his talk in this year’s WordCamp Philippines called “WordPress in the Wild”:

WordPress used to simply be a blogging app and not much more. It’s growth in the past few years though has pushed it to adapt a more extensible structure to allow for other uses beyond blogging as well as various other customizations. These changes made it more appealing to a wider range of users, but at the same time it also introduced some performance bottlenecks that become apparent when your blog rises to be just a bit too popular. Ah, the price of success.

His slides on WordPress deployment, performance, optimization, and security are embedded in the post, but scroll down for all the important links and points covered by his presentation. A bit on the technical side, but definitely a must-read for everyone running a WordPress website.

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Two Filipino blogs win in the Nuffnang Asia-Pacific Blog Awards

October 26, 2009 | 1 Comment

Ferdz Decena of Ironwulf.net and Arnold Arnaez of Mr. Gadget Australia at the Nuffnang Asia-Pacific Blog Awards

Two Filipino blogs brought home honors in the first Nuffnang Asia-Pacific Blog Awards held last October 23 in Singapore.

Ferdz Decena’s Ironwulf.net bagged the Best Travel Blog while Australia-based Arnold Arnaez won Best Geek Blog for Mr. Gadget.

Congratulations and mabuhay kayo!

Other Asian News

The comfort women speak out against the Korean government again

Could Japan’s relations with South Korea be on the mend?

 

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Philippine Blog Awards 2009: Chikka’s Readers’ Choice Mindanao

October 23, 2009 | No Comments Yet

Time for the Mindanao leg of the Chikka Readers’ Choice Award. Here are the nominees and their blog codes:

Davao Mac User M1
Ganda Ever So Much M2
Plurk Designs M3
Gensan News Online Mag M4
Blogging Frenzy M5
Random Randoms M6
A Pinoy Experience M7
Himantayon nga Kagay-anon M8
Travel and Tours M9
Manilenyo in Davao M10

Just like before, send CHIKKARC [BLOG CODE] and send to 2929 (Smart and Globe). Each text is worth two votes and costs Php2.50. Deadline is on October 23.

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Mindanao Bloggers Summit and Philippine Blog Awards Mindanao on October 24

October 19, 2009 | No Comments Yet

Two huge events for Mindanao bloggers are happening on the same day at the same venue: this Saturday, October 24, at the Pearlmont Inn, Limketkai Drive, Cagayan de Oro City. First comes the Mindanao Bloggers Summit from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, then the Philippine Blog Awards – Mindanao leg happens after at 7:00 pm.

Register for MBS3 here. This year’s theme is “Mindanao Bag-uhon ang Panan-aw” or “Changing the way people see Mindanao”. Looks like a jam-packed and exciting couple of events happening down south.

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Philippine Blog Awards 2009: Chikka’s Readers’ Choice Visayas

October 14, 2009 | 1 Comment

The Philippine Blog Awards 2009 is now moving on to the Visayas leg with the Chikka Readers’ Choice Award for Visayas. Here are the nominees together with their blog codes:

Mcbilly.com V1
Sinjin’s House V2
The Extraordinary Kiddo V3
Intiendes V4
Byahilo: Ito ang Trip Ko! V5
Explore Iloilo V6
Habagat Central V7
My Cebu Photoblog V8
Kevin Ray N. Chua V9
Zdiaz.com V10

Voting is done through SMS: send CHIKKARC [BLOG CODE] and send to 2929 (Smart and Globe). Each text is worth two votes and costs Php2.50. Deadline is on October 17.

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Winners of the 2009 Philippine Blog Awards

October 12, 2009 | No Comments Yet

Congratulations to all the winners of this year’s Philippine Blog Awards!

Main Awards

10 Best Blog Posts

  1. The Parable of the Furry White Rabbit (Good Times Manila)
  2. Lost Gems Of Philippine History: The 1896 Board Meeting (It’s true! It’s true!)
  3. Finding Your Soul Mate: A Statistical Analysis (guttervomit)
  4. karnabal (tuyong tinta ng bolpen)
  5. The Diving Boys of Quezon Bridge (Dennis Villegas)
  6. Twenty Pesos (lost photograph)
  7. The way of the leaf (SMOKE)
  8. Portrait of a dramatic highlight in Nick Joaquin’s A Portrait of the Artist as Filipino (Gibbs Cadiz)
  9. Kaya Dumarami ang Bading Kasi… (Manila Gay Guy)
  10. The Amazing Bulul: A Story of Epiphany (The Cat Whisperer)

Special Awards

Check out Tonyo Cruz’s post for the complete list of awards and other highlights from the awards night last October 9.

Stay tuned for Visayas and Mindanao legs happening in the next couple of weeks.

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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 2009 registration & raffle

October 7, 2009 | No Comments Yet

Register to attend the Philippine Blog Awards Luzon night on Friday, October 9, by completing this form. There’s also a special raffle during the event courtesy of Nokia: you can win an E75 by signing up at Ovi, snapping a photo, and being the lucky pick. Complete mechanics listed here.

Finally, don’t forget to send in your vote for the Chikka Readers’ Choice award as the deadline has been extended to October 8.

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PBA ’09 Bloggers Choice Special Award voting opens

October 2, 2009 | No Comments Yet

Voting for the Bloggers Choice Special Award at the 2009 Philippine Blog Awards is now officially open. There are three categories this time: National, Visayas, and Mindanao. But as with last year, your vote should be in the form of a blog post explaining why you’re voting for a particular blog. This also means you can only vote once. Also, only Filipinos can vote.

Check out the list of nominees then submit your vote here. Deadline is on October 7 at 10:30 PM (National) and October 14 at 10:30 PM (Visayas and Mindanao).

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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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Help the victims of Typhoon Ondoy (Ketsana)

September 29, 2009 | 1 Comment

The Philippines is still reeling from the effects of Typhoon Ondoy (Ketsana), which had a record downpour over the weekend resulting in massive flooding in many, many areas. Thousands of families are now homeless, and as of writing over 240 are dead, several more are missing. Even worse, at least two stores have been spotted approaching the country in the next few days.

Please take a moment to visit these sites and offer any help you can—cash, in kind, or through voluntary efforts.

Help spread the word!

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Philippine Blog Awards 2009 finalists in the nationwide categories announced

September 24, 2009 | No Comments Yet

Philippine Blog Awards 2009

The 2009 Philippine Blog Awards finalists have been announced. We have lots of new categories this year, and that means more finalists and more winners. Check out if you or your favorites made it. Congratulations and good luck!

Take note that this is for the nationwide categories; the regional finalists will follow soon. And speaking of which, pre-registration for the Visayas event is up. It will be held on October 18 at Ayala City Sports, Cebu Business Park.

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Vote and score tickets to the Nuffnang Asia-Pacific Blog Awards

September 23, 2009 | No Comments Yet

Nuffnang Asia-Pacific Blog Awards

Nuffnang has launched the first regional blog awards in the Asia-Pacific. It’s going to be a glitzy whole-day affair in Singapore on October 23, where over 400 bloggers will walk down the red carpet, eat sumptuous dishes, and enjoy famous acts from the region.

Vote for your favorite blogs here: there are 60 finalists under 12 blogging categories, including the Philippine blogs of Jim Paredes, Luc Melgar, Bryan Boy, and more.

You can also score tickets to the awarding ceremony by writing two blog posts, the mechanics of which are detailed here. Over SGD$5000 worth of prizes are to be given out.

Don’t forget to follow them on Twitter for instant updates.

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WordCamp Philippines 2009 aftermath

September 21, 2009 | No Comments Yet

WordCamp Philippines 2009

WordCamp Philippines 2009 was a great follow-up to the one held last year. A lot of the campters live tweeted and plurked the event, while the videographers provided a livestream.

WordCamp had a good balance of topics for both designers/developers and bloggers. Here are the slides for two of the most awaited talks that day from Automattic and Mozilla representatives:

Meet the WordPress Family by Beau Lebens

Note: even though Matt Mullenweg couldn’t make it, he made a special video just for the participants.

A quick look into the Mozilla community through the lens of localization by Seth Bindernagel

(Download the presentation here)

Hope the other speakers can upload their slides as well. Congratulations to the Mindanao Bloggers for another successful WordCamp Philippines!

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Philippine Blog Awards 2009 releases new video, “Jingle”

September 18, 2009 | No Comments Yet

The Philippine Blog Awards 2009’s first teaser video was a little skit entitled “Blogger”. Now we have a fun little “Jingle” featuring the Philippines’ most famous blogs. There’s even a little nod towards WordPress at the beginning. Check out the lyrics:

Lyrics and Music by: Coy Caballes
Guitarist: Markku Seguerra

Binuksan ko ang laptop
Homepage ko ay Technograph
Ako’y Pinoy Blogero
Sa WordPress ay adik ako

Let’s Go Sago, Lakwatsero
Coron hanggang Batangas sobrang Byahilo
Kahit ako’y mag-Visit Sagada
Basta may WiFi ay solved ka na

Laging Good Times Manila
Basta naka-online enjoy tropang Foodista
Alam mo lahat Da Who sa showbiz landia
Talo mo pa si BryanBoy Abunda

Over the top sa page views
kahit Patay Gutom busog ka sa news
Dumating si Mommy galing Project Manila
Nahuli niya si daddy nasa Facebuko niya

Let’s go, c’mon! Kung gustong sumikat
Just wear your Happyslip at sa Merryland umakyat
FunnySexy man o Komikero ang drama
Sa Radio Cubao natin wala nang panama

Okay lang ang maging Misteryosa
Basta Awesome Planet ating ipakita
Kahit sino ka pa, Batang Yagit o Tanggera
Basta Pinoy at Blogger… Tayo ay iisa

And don’t forget, catch the Flippish livestream on October 9 at 6:00 pm!

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WordCamp Philippines 2009 program posted

September 14, 2009 | No Comments Yet

It’s one week to go before WordCamp Philippines 2009 the program is finally out:

8:00 AM – Registration

9:00 AM – Welcome Remarks
Backgrounder: Mindanao Bloggers Community by Blogie Robillo

9:30 AM – Meet the WordPress Family by Beau Lebens

10:30 AM – WordPress in the Wild by Markku Seguerra

11:15 AM – Citizen Journalism in the Context of the 2010 Elections by Danilo Arao

11:45 AM – A quick look into the Mozilla community through the lens of localization by Seth Bindernagel

12:25 PM – Lunch

1:30 PM – Vlogging Mythbusters by Coy Caballes

2:30 PM – The Editorial Voice and Taste in Writing Tech by Jeff Villafranca

3:15 PM – Advanced WP: Portfolio & Directory Sites by Gail Villanueva

4:15 PM – WP: The Ultimate Content Management System by Karla Redor

5:15 PM – Q&A with WP Experts

Emcee: Migs Hipolito

Unfortunately Matt Mullenweg won’t make it this year, but we still have an Automattic guy in the form of Beau Lebens, and interestingly, someone from Mozilla, Seth Bindernagel. As for the blogging talks, the Citizen Journalism panel is more timely than ever.

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Catch the Philippine Blog Awards 2009 livestream

September 10, 2009 | 1 Comment

Can’t make it to the Philippine Blog Awards on October 9? Flippish will be streaming the awards night live on its website. And it won’t be a delayed, low-quality stream, but something that will rival TV productions:

This event is dappled in awesomeness. We’re trying something new this year — a live stream coverage of the event over the Internet courtesy of Flippish. If you’re expecting fixed point webcam quality work with a 30 second delay, well we’re out to prove you wrong. The live coverage has similar production value as on television, except that everything will be streamed via a dedicated line over the Internet. For those who will be unable to join us on that day, the live stream is actually the best way to follow the awards night.

Enjoy this teaser video too:

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Win free passes to SEMCON Philippines 2009

September 2, 2009 | No Comments Yet

IMV Solutions and YugaTech are holding a blog raffle where 3 passes (worth Php9,500 each) to the Search Engine Marketing Conference 2009 are at stake. The event will be held on October 1 and 2 at the Grand Ballroom of Hotel Intercontinental in Makati City.

The Search Engine Marketing Conference (SEMCON) Philippines 2009 is the leading edge event for sharing real world information about the growing search industry, with key topics in search engine marketing, search engine optimization, pay-per-click, conversion optimization, web analytics, viral & word-of-mouth marketing and social media & community-driven marketing.

Answer the question “Why do you want to attend SemCon 2009?”, follow @semconph on Twitter, and link to the the two sites. Deadline is on September 15. Complete mechanics here.

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WordCamp 2009 Davao on September 12

August 26, 2009 | No Comments Yet

The Davao leg of the WordCamp Philippines is happening again this year, exactly one week before the big one in AIM, Makati. The difference is that it will happen in the evening and it costs cheaper:

Venue: Villa Margarita Hotel, J.P. Laurel Ave., Bajada, Davao City
Date: 12 September 2009 (Saturday)
Time: 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Registration Fee: ?250.00 per person (for students, ?200.00)

It’s 23 days until WordCamp Philippines and 17 to WordCamp Davao. Register now!

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Pinoy WordPress Theme: Pinoy Pride

August 24, 2009 | 1 Comment

Pinoy Pride WordPress theme

Pinoy Pride is a dark, two-column WordPress theme sporting the famous yellow stars and sun found on the Philippine flag, created by Kaiser Mangampo.

This theme is 100% free and have Philippine Flag design. It has Stars that represent Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao and Sun that represents the provinces that fought against the Spanish Oppresor.

Download Pinoy Pride

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Philippine Blog Awards 2009 nominations extended

August 14, 2009 | No Comments Yet

Philippine Blog Awards 2009

Deadline for nominations in this year’s Philippine Blog Awards was supposedly yesterday, but that has been extended to August 21, Friday, at 11:59 pm Philippine time.

Again, you can either nominate your own blogs or recommend someone to enter the awards. You’ve got another week to go through the eligibility rules, awards categories, criteria, and process, so participate now!

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Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs 2009 announced

August 10, 2009 | 1 Comment

Winners of the Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs 2009 writing project were announced during an eyeball over the weekend. Here’s the list:

  1. Writing to Exhale
  2. Patay Gutom
  3. The Struggling Blogger
  4. Zorlone
  5. Father Blogger dot Com
  6. Kelvinonian Ideas 2.0
  7. Tales from the Mom Side
  8. Adaphobic
  9. Lakwatsero
  10. Let’s Go Sago!

Winners of the raffle for the nominations received $10 each. Read the event recap, lessons learned, and the winners list.

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Bloggers Kapihan initiates cyberprotest against Con-Ass on July 26

July 24, 2009 | No Comments Yet

Bloggers Kapihan is inviting everyone to participate in the cyberprotest against the Constituent Assembly or Con-Ass this July 26, one day before President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s last State of the Nation Address (SONA).

I’m not sure if this is the Philippines’ Blog Action Day movement for the current year, but considering it’s one of the biggest issues plaguing the nation today, it probably is. Take note of how you can participate in this cause thru blogging, texting, and joining Facebook groups:

Sa araw na iyon, isulat natin sa ating mga websites, blogs, at status updates kung bakit ayaw natin sa con-ass.
Narito ang mga iminumungkahi naming gawin natin sa Linggo:

Blog Action Day. Mag-blog tungkol sa con-ass at gamitin ang anti-con-ass banners sa NoToConAss.com
Online petition. Lumagda sa Kabataan Kontra Cha-cha online petition.

Text vs con-ass. Ipada sa 09071134503 ang message sa ganitong format: [no2conass] [space] [your message].

Facebook groups at causes. Sumali sa groups at causes gaya ng Pilipinas Kontra Con-Ass, No to Con-Ass!, at Stop Con-Ass Now!.

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Saranggola Blog Awards recognizes Filipino-language blogging and gives kites to children

July 23, 2009 | 1 Comment

Saranggola Blog Awards logo

The Saranggola Blog Awards is not your typical blogging contest. Aside from recognizing blogging in the Filipino language and in various formats (short stories, children’s stories, poetry, video blogging), there is a charitable aspect to the event: every blog entry submitted will be matched with a kite (saranggola) for children and children’s causes throughout Metro Manila.

Ang pagsulat ng blog ay gaya ng paglikha at pagpapalipad ng saraggola, kailangan mong buuin ang mga salita at pakawalan sa kalawakan ng blogosphere o blogosperyo. Maraming makakakita at makakabasa, nagmimistulang makulay ang kalawakan sa ating mga sinusulat.

Gayundin, ang bawat entry ninyo ay tutumbasin namin ng saranggola. Sa madaling salita, kung mayroong 50 entries, magkakaloob kami ng 50 saranggola sa mapipiling mga bata / organisasyong pambata sa kalakhang Maynila. Ito ay upang hikayatin ang mga batang maglaro, mangarap at bumuo ng kani-kanilang saranggola.

The contest is open to all bloggers in and out of the Philippines and runs from July 8 to August 31, 2009. Bloggers’ Choice, Judges’ Choice, and Finalists will be announced on September 15, 2009. Special prizes will also be given, such as caps, mouse pads, PANPIL Pipol books, and of course, kites. Complete mechanics listed here.

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WordCamp Philippines 2009 early registration begins

July 14, 2009 | No Comments Yet

WordCamp Philippines is less 2 months away and registration is now open. The earlier you pay, the less you spend.

Right now it only costs Php500 or $12 for a ticket, which includes lunch and freebies. This rate lasts only until August 8. Unfortunately they only accept PayPal, but I expect that to change pretty soon.

Also watch out for t-shirts and stickers that will be sold online. Can’t wait for the e-store to come back!

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Philippine Blog Awards 2009 nominations open, goes nationwide

July 13, 2009 | No Comments Yet

What’s the single most important step to get the Philippine Blog Awards rolling? The nominations, of course. The process seems a lot simpler this year, but there are still a good number of guidelines for eligibility you have to keep in mind. Deadline is on August 13 at 11:59 pm, Philippine time.

But that’s just the start of the exciting new features in this year’s prestigious blogging event: aside from a swanky site redesign, the blog awards will take place not just in Luzon (October 9) but also in Visayas (October 17) and Mindanao (October 24). Looks like this year’s theme is to unite the three main islands of the Philippines under “one blogging nation”. This shouldn’t be so difficult to do as blogging groups are more active than ever down south!

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Mindanao Bloggers Summit 3 on October 24

July 7, 2009 | No Comments Yet

Mindanao Bloggers Summit 3 logo

Pre-registration for the 3rd Mindanao Bloggers Summit is now open.

MBS3, whose theme this year is “Mindanao Bag-ohon sa Panan-aw” or “Changing the way people see Mindanao”, will be held on October 24 in Cagayan de Oro and is organized by the CDO Bloggers, Inc.

(via Blogpress.ph)

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WordCamp Philippines theme and plugin developer profiles

June 19, 2009 | No Comments Yet

Calling all Filipino WordPress theme and plugin developers! WordCamp Philippines is compiling a list of developer profiles and plans to feature them on a special section on their website.

As part of our activities running up to WordCamp Philippines 2009, we’d like to feature you right here. Wouldn’t it be great to have a section on this site containing all Filipino contributors to the further development of WordPress? Once we have enough of you guys in the database, we’ll publish a Philippine WordPress Developers section on WordCamp.ph.

Tangkilikin ang gawang Pinoy! This is a great next step in strengthening the local WordPress community. Sign up here.

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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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WordCamp Philippines 2009 on September 19

June 10, 2009 | No Comments Yet

The votes are in and a date has been set for WordCamp Philippines: it’s on September 19, the third Saturday of that month. Mark your calendars!

No final word on the mini WordCamp that will be held in Davao, but it will most likely take place a week before.

Finally, the organizers request everyone who will be talking about and tagging the event that they use #wordcamp-ph.

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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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Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs for 2009

May 7, 2009 | 1 Comment

The Philippines’ Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs for 2009 Writing Project is back. All you have to do is write a post detailing your top 10 emerging influential blogs for the current year. Take note of the following cut-off dates:

  • Featured blogs must have been created no earlier than May 1, 2008
  • Blog posts can be updated until August 2 but you must notify the writing project organizers
  • Deadline for submissions is on July 30.
  • Featured blogs of the week on Influential Blogger will begin on May 16.
  • A final review of posts will be made on August 5

Ten participants stand to win $100 each. Read the complete mechanics here.

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Philippine top blogs of 2008 from Pinoy Money Talk

April 22, 2009 | No Comments Yet

Pinoy Money Talk has recently posted the Philippines’ Top Blogs of 2008, all based on Alexa rankings for the past year.

The biggest jumper in 2008 is Jehzlau-Concepts.com. The blog initially ranked #29 with an Alexa rank of 102,719 but in the latest tally for 1st Quarter 2009, the blog zoomed to #5, making a 62.2% jump in its Alexa rank in just one year.

Completing the Top 5 in terms of biggest Alexa rank changes are #2: 5ThirtyOne.com (56.1%); #3: Carlocab.com (48.6%); #4: TechAtHand.net (46.3%); and #5: Alleba.com/blog (46.1%).

The report also covers the top blogs for the first quarter of 2009, the biggest gainers and decliners, and a note on the exclusion of certain blogs (featuring nudity, warez, and lack of substantial content).

Watch out for more top lists such as this, because it looks like it’s that time of the year again for popularity contests!

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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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Keep your blog credibility amidst sponsored events (redux)

April 1, 2009 | No Comments Yet

Marcelle Fabie has written his own version of the previously featured blog credibility tips by Jayvee Fernandez, and his strategies are, shall we say, more aggressive:

  1. You are a VIP. Act like one.
  2. Don’t attend if the freebies are not worth your while.
  3. Never shell out!
  4. No matter how compelling, don’t blog about the event! You have better things to blog about!
  5. Always invite a MOB with you when attending these blogger events!

Bottom line: you’re the customer, you’re the one with the purchasing power, so it makes sense for companies, PR people, and the media to be at your beck and call, right? I’m sure the event organizers will agree as well.

(Happy April Fool’s Day!)

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