Pinoy WordPress Plugin: Sideblog

September 13, 2010 | 1 Comment

Want to write about miscellaneous topics, but they don’t quite fit into the main purpose of your blog? Sideblog, created by Ilonggo developer Kates Gasis, is a great solution to that.

Choose at least one category to use in your sideblog, then configure how it will be displayed (typically as a list) and how many will be displayed. Finally, you can also set whether these sideblog posts will appear in your feeds.

Download Sideblog | Plugins by Kates Gasis | View Example

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Pinoy WordPress Plugin: Comment Hilite

August 24, 2010 | No Comments Yet

Show some comment love by highlighting notable comments on your blog posts with Comment Hilite. This WordPress plugin is 100% Pinoy and is made by Markku Seguerra.

Download Comment Hilite | Plugins by Markku Seguerra

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Pinoy WordPress Theme: Midnight Makoy

July 8, 2010 | No Comments Yet

Midnight Makoy

Midnight Makoy is a dark, 3-column WordPress theme by Yan of FubarGenre.

Midnight Makoy started as an alternative design for the Himantayon Pro theme, which I created for Himantayon.com back in August. I used more or less the same design elements as in Himantayon Pro, but with an entirely different color scheme. Here’s hoping you’d like it.

It uses a blue and dark gray color scheme and supports the Gravatar and Pagenavi plugins. Download and preview the theme here.

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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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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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Pinoy WordPress Theme: Maginoo

October 9, 2008 | 1 Comment

Maginoo WordPress Theme

Maginoo is a blue, 2-column WordPress theme created by Davao-based website design company Padd IT Solutions.

Maginoo is a WordPress theme tested on the latest version of WordPress, two columns, adsense ready with advertising blocks, right sidebar, cross browser compatible with IE, FF, Opera, Flock & Safari, valid XHTML & CSS, Ajax tabbed sidebar and widget ready.

Download Maginoo

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Pinoy WordPress Theme: Una

September 25, 2008 | 1 Comment

Una WordPress Theme

Una is a 2-column, slightly grungy WordPress theme created by Dino Latoga. It won the best free custom theme in the 2008 Philippine Blog Awards.

The front page shows the latest post with it’s accompanying large graphic image which helps attract readers more than the usual large text titles. Below the latest post is a list of the 3 other recent posts with each post accompanied by a nice thumbnail image. Each section title is supported by a nice subtitle. The comments and trackbacks are divided to produce a clean and organized look.

It’s widget- and Gravatar-ready and requires Twitter Tools and the Advanced Excerpt Plugin, so be sure to read the instructions first.

Download Una

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Voting opens for the Bloggers’ Choice Award at the 2008 Philippine Blog Awards

September 10, 2008 | No Comments Yet

The Philippine Blog Awards 2008 has just announced the nominees for the Bloggers’ Choice Award and the voting has opened. The process has changed since last year:

  • You need to be a Filipino blogger with a blog, which “must be established at least three (3) months from today with a minimum of 10 posts.”
  • You need to pick one nominee and write a blog post about why he/she deserves to win. “Yes, you can vote for your own blog. And no, you cannot vote for a blog that is not on the list of official Bloggers’ Choice Award nominees.”
  • You need to include the list of sponsors in your blog post.
  • You need to submit your blog post here.

So why would you go through all the trouble of doing that? Every blog post counts as one raffle entry (but one post per blogger only). Prizes to that raffle will be announced soon.

Finally, congratulations to the nominees:

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Pinoy WordPress Plugin: Daily Top 10 Posts

August 28, 2008 | No Comments Yet

Daily Top 10 Posts is a plugin by Andrew dela Serna that tracks the how many hits each of your blog posts receive. It then lists the most popular for the day as well as the most popular overall.

Download Daily Top 10 Posts | Plugins by Andrew dela Serna

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Pinoy WordPress Theme: Aoi Midori

August 14, 2008 | No Comments Yet

Aoi Midori WordPress Theme

Aoi Midori is a dark, 3-column WordPress Theme created by Asrai. It has special features like recent post excerpts and post image thumbnails, so be sure to check out the instructions.

It’s named Aoi Midori ..obviously because of the color scheme. Blue Green translates to Aoi Midori in Japanese. Yeah I suck at naming things. smiley You can change the color scheme if you know CSS. You can make it Pink, Orange or Red..whatever works for you.

Download Aoi Midori

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NurseAko

July 17, 2008 | 1 Comment

NurseAko - A Filipino Nurses Community

It’s nice to have an online community that celebrates our modern day heroes in the business of saving lives. One where they can describe their experiences whether they live abroad or here in Manila, still in school or already practicing in the real world.

NurseAko is calling all Philippine nurse bloggers to stand up and be counted in its blog round-up.

Visit NurseAko.

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Pinoy WordPress Theme: Mag On Wood

May 3, 2008 | No Comments Yet

Mag On Wood WordPress Theme

Mag On Wood is a 3-column, magazine-style WordPress Theme with a wood background. It supports widgets and various ad dimensions. This is the second time we’ve featured a theme by ChiQ Montes here on WordPress Philippines.

Download Mag On Wood

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Top Filipino Bloggers – A List of Lists

February 21, 2008 | No Comments Yet

Pinoy Social Media has made a list of the most influential Pinoy bloggers according to Technorati’s rankings. This is just the first part, so watch out for the next ones. Who said the Philippines isn’t a blogging country?

This is just the latest in a long list of top Pinoy blogging lists, and in case you’ve missed the other ones, check them out here:

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Pinoy WordPress Plugin: Technorati Tags for WordPress 2.3

February 21, 2008 | No Comments Yet

Will Garcia has written a WordPress plugin that displays Technorati tags for a post in place of its local tags.

After a few minutes of tinkering with the core files, I decided to try making a plugin that would mimic Ultimate Tag Warrior’s ability to display Technorati tags, a feature that I sorely miss, having to let go of the plugin I have come to know and love. I definitely know I have to do something about it. It’s the OCD-ridden kid in me that just has to scratch this itch.

I created this plugin so that anyone who wants their posts listed as Technorati tagged posts. That way, you get more traffic (hopefully) from Technorati. This is also something I want my blog to have, and I think I’m not alone on this one. In case I am, well, I still did it for me. What are personal blogs for but your own person, right?

Also check out related plugins Technorati Tag Cloud for WordPress 2.3 and Technorati Tag Cloud Widget for WordPress 2.3.

Download Technorati Tags for WordPress 2.3

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Get Ratified!

February 5, 2008 | 1 Comment

You might remember that we got this WordPress Philippines party started by asking you to contribute in several ways: submitting themes and plugins, posting at the forums, and tagging your blog posts with “wordpressph”.

This time, we’re encouraging all of you to get your Philippine blogs listed at Ratified.org. Ratified ranks Filipino blogs according to various stats from Google, FeedBurner, and Technorati. And yes, Ratified is for Pinoys, by Pinoys. Sa’n ka pa!

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Pinoy Tech Blog

January 18, 2008 | 3 Comments

100% Tech. 100% Filipino. 100% Blog. That is what Pinoy.tech.blog is all about. PTB, as the blog is fondly called, is one of the first and foremost successful team blogging endeavors by Filipinos.

At the forefront of PTB are several big names in the local technology and blogging scenes. The team is a set of professionals in the various technology industries in the Philippines, or involving Filipinos in and out of the country.

The PTB has often been cited by mainstream media, including print, radio and television, for its intelligent commentary, useful tips, and quick news reportage.

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2007 Top Filipino Probloggers

December 11, 2007 | No Comments Yet

Basapa.com has recently published a list of top Filipino probloggers, and frankly this blogger is quite surprised to have made it to the list. I have been more low-profile in my blogging activities lately, being more focused in developing Splashpress Media properties.

Still, it’s an honor to be considered in the forefront of my peers in the problogging community here in the country.

If you have time, do check out the list of top Filipino probloggers, which includes several known names in the local blogosphere.

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