Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Coco-Loka featuring Ederic

I stumbled upon the i-Witness TV program featuring a story, Coco-Loka, on Marinduque and the fight of younger generations to claim benefits under the Coco Levy Fund that were paid for by elders, many of whom have passed away already. It featured blogger Ederic (Ederic Penaflor Eder) who hailed from that area and showed his journey in search for the truth, of whether the Coco Levy fund will be really felt by his community in Marinduque.

What is interesting about the program is that it showed a document trail from authorization of releases and how the funds will be used. Ederic and Howie asked questions and even gave references to abuses that happened with the Fertilizer Fund Scam to their interviewees. There was a certain level of discomfort whenever those questions were answered.

Kudos to Howie and Ederic for such a great story. Should you folks continue to remain vigilant and with the power of media within your grasp, perhaps, the Fertilizer Fund Scam will never happen again.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007


I've been doing a lot of advocacy in my life for as long as I can remember. More often than not, it requires a lot of hard work but what makes it exciting is the end benefit where you can make a lot of people happy.

Challenges normally that comes in are sometimes lack of community support, fund shortage, prioritization, to time management. Nevertheless, these events normally turn out well and great. The cycle continues.

Three Sundays ago, I attended a mass where the priest discussed the value of making sacrifices. It calls on giving up some of our luxuries and put it into better use that will benefit other people. By then, I realized that these efforts of advocacy truly had a bigger meaning.

I often get asked the motivation behind organizing contests such as the Philippine Schools Cyberfair and now the DigitalFilipino.com Web Awards, whether I also earn from it. So far I don't and that is not the point. Whenever I organize, I know that I'm willing to put my resources in it just to make it happen. Whether with sponsors or not, the contest is on and there'll be prizes.

This attitude also goes the same in business. I keep on doing what I feel is right and serving the needs of my community. Competition is always welcome as the market is big enough for more players.

But of course, you can't control your competition and most of them, including me, are fierce. If it's business, I will go head-on but if it is for advocacy, I'll turn blind-eyed and adjust for the sake of the community whom I want to benefit.

Monday, February 19, 2007

Thanks for supporting our Ituloy AngSulong entry

The Ituloy AngSulong contest shall end this Friday. I will not be updating the Ituloy AngSulong site anymore and will just wait how the search engines will behave and learn from there.

There are many great things I've done and projects launched because of Ituloy AngSulong. It also got me into this blogging groove and I encourage those who would like to get a break-in into blogging to join contests like this.

Here's a brief summary on the stuff that I've been blogging about in Ituloy AngSulong:

To those who gave us some linking love, for finding our posts worth blogging, my sincerest thanks as well.

Until the next SEO contest!

Monday, February 12, 2007

Meet up with Art Samaniego

Last Thursday, I got the chance to catch up with Art Samaniego. He is the Technews Editor and IT Manager of Manila Bulletin. He attended one of my seminars more than a decade ago (it was his first according to him).

Great to see you again Art and look forward in collaborating with you!

My Starbucks treat

I don't go to Starbucks that often. Although I find myself hanging out there from time to time.

Whenever I have a training or appointment and arrive early in a place, I will likely end up hanging out in a Starbucks establishment, plug in my laptop, and start working. Come to think of it, some of my blog posts, especially in Ituloy AngSulong, were made while I was in Starbucks.

If this happens in the morning, my favorite treat is a multi-grain bagel with cream cheese and a short Cafe Latte. That is good for me up to lunch and won't make me feel hungry. Deciding to be healthy, without any medicine intervention, requires food knowledge, family support, and discipline.
How about you? What is your favorite Starbucks treat?

Thursday, February 08, 2007

Call for sponsors - iBlog3!

The iBlog3 team just met this morning and we are ready!

iBlog3: the 3rd Philippine Blogging Summit is all set! We are aiming for 300 newbies and professional bloggers to attend this FREE event on April 13 and 14 at the Penthouse, Espiritu Hall, University of the Philippines College of Law, Diliman, Quezon City.

Pre-registered attendees will get a delegates kit. Two snacks and lunch are also provided.

Final info shall be posted in the official website soon.

Tentative program is nearly full and hope to wrap it up this week. Speaker and moderator volunteers are still welcome.

Just need to give you a heads-up on:

  1. Don't forget to tell us about your blog so that you can be included in our program directory.
  2. Speakers interested to contribute an article are requested to submit such on or before February 28 to Pia Rieza at piarieza[at]gmail.com.

We are now looking for sponsors. As this is a non-profit event, all fees will be paid directly to suppliers by sponsors. This includes:

  • 2 Major Sponsors (P66,000 per sponsor)
    This includes a table booth space for the 2-day event and a sponsor talk slot.
  • 3 Minor Sponsors (P26,000 per sponsor)
    This includes a table booth space for the 2 day event.
  • Bandwidth sponsor
    Provide wireless Internet connectivity and 350 wifi cards at the event. Sponsor must have desktops or laptops available where attendees can do live blogging. This includes a table booth space for the 2 day event.
  • Video/podcast sponsor
    Provide video and audio documentation of the event. This includes a table booth space for the 2 day event.
  • Name badge sponsor (taken)

All sponsors will be included in all website marketing activities, collaterals, streamers, posters, and link love from the community.

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Reading the Catholic Digest

I just received a copy of the Catholic Digest yesterday. It is an interesting read as a lot of the topics intend to remind people on the importance of values and understand one's spiritual connection with God.

The January 2007 issue tackled concerns such as:
  • Four things to know about troubled marriages
  • How do you help a friend who has a troubled marriage
  • 12 questions Catholics ask about annulment
  • Apologize your way to better health (saying sorry and making apologies)

As we get ourselves exposed to traditional magazines and blogs that talks about money, power, sex, technology, new age, among others, reading publications like the Catholic Digest allows people like you and me to sit back and reflect on concerns and values that perhaps matter the most.

Catholic Digest, published in the United States since 1936, is the only Catholic publication devoted exclusively to connecting faith and everyday life. It is for Catholics who want to understand, celebrate and live their faith more fully in their families, parishes, neighborhoods and communities. With its readership base of over 2.5 million, it was recently acquired by Bayard Publishing Group, an international publisher with more than 100 periodicals in Europe, Africa, Asia and America. Its single shareholder is the French congregation of the Augustines of the Assumption.

Recently, Bayard signed in with AZ Direct Marketing Inc., one of the Philippines’ largest distributor of magazines, that gives exclusive rights to market the magazine nationwide. AZ Direct Marketing holds similar exclusive rights for Reader’s Digest and other foreign publications.

Special thanks to my club member, Gilbert Enriquez, for the copy!

Sunday, February 04, 2007

Tell us about your blog

Preparations for iBlog3: The 3rd Philippine Blogging Summit, organized by the University of the Philippines - Internet Society Program (UP-ISP) this April 13 and 14, 2007 is now picking up.

As part of this year's event, UP-ISP is coming out with a special issue of its digit@l magazine on bloggers. A section will be dedicated showing various Philippine blogs online.

To be included, describe your blog in five or so words and be featured! You may post your description as a comment here or send to Pia Rieza at piarieza[at]gmail.com on or before February 28, 2007. See you on digit@l!