Check out my INQ7 Infotech column piece.
Here's an excerpt:
During the MindShare session, I talked about how big gaming has become in the Philippines. Still think gaming is a fad? Hmm, let’s see: research firm International Data Corp. Philippines says the Philippine online gaming industry generated an estimated $13.4 million in 2005. As of 2005, the country has four million online gamers, and this is estimated to reach 6.9 million by 2009, making the Philippines the biggest Southeast Asian market for online games, according to the IDC report. Oh, and a certain company named ePLDT recently acquired 60 percent of leading Philippine online game publisher Level Up!
And you know what? Gaming, online and offline, is going to get even bigger in the Philippines. It’s going to become even more mainstream, becoming part of the lives of many Filipinos, just as the Internet had a tremendous impact on the way we work and play.
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Got this from Janette Toral:
iBlog2: The 2nd Philippine Blogging Summit shall be on Tuesday, April 18 at theU.P. College of Law, U.P. Diliman, Quezon City from 9 am to 5 pm. Same as last year, this event is FREE!
The following are our confirmed topics and speakers to date:
1. Keynote Message by Rebecca MacKinnon, Global Voices (http://www.globalvoices.org)
2. Prospects and Challenges for Filipino Bloggers
by Atty. JJ Disini (http://disini.i.ph)
Political Blogging Panel
Blogs and the battle for ideas: personalities and issues
by Manuel L. Quezon III (http://www.quezon.ph/blog/)
Art and Literary Blogging Panel
Write here, Write now: The Author as a Blogger
by Dean Alfar (http://deanalfar.blogspot.com)
Comics and Blogging
by Jonas Diego (http://jonasdiego.blogspot.com)
Professional Blogging Panel
Problogging: Professional Blogging and Blog Monetization
by Abe Olandres (http://www.yugatech.com/blog/)
Blogging as a Profession: From Full-Time Employee to Full Time Blogger
by J Angelo Racoma (http://jangelo.i.ph/)
Putting search engines to work for your blog
by Marc Hil Macalua (http://www.macalua.com)
Personal Blogging Panel
Making your blog funny and humorous
by Anton De Leon (http://antonisat.blogspot.com)
Shameless Self-Promotion: How to Be Heard in a Referral World
by Mike Abundo (http://www.mikeabundo.com)
Use of Podcasting in Promoting Advocacy and Products
by Pocholo Gonzales (http://www.creativoices.com)
Check out http://www.iblogph.org for updates.
Sam and her nursery class had their graduation rites on Saturday, March 18.
Here's Sam after giving a short speech in one of the presentations that was part of the graduation program. Next to her is her classmate Vijay.
I find it almost hard to believe — didn't I just experience the excitement of Sam's first day of school? Sometimes I find myself wondering where the little baby has gone. She's a big girl now, and I'm so proud of Sam. But part of me can't help but feel wistful.
For the past year or so, I've found myself beginning conversations with Sam with "Remember when you were a baby?" and then we'd reminisce over some of the things she did when she was still little, the little routines we had.
Now, she's the one who sometimes begins these talks. She'd tell me: "Let's talk about when I was a baby." I always treasure these conversations, and feel guilty over all the times when I was too busy to listen to her or my wife Ellen, all those occasions when I was too preoccupied with work and other stuff, and took for granted that they'd always be around, that we'd always have time later to talk and be a family.
But you know what? The years have a way of passing by quickly.
I can't change the past. But I hope I can learn from my mistakes and make the present better. It's the toast Sam and I have been making for the past few years whenever we're drinking something: "To the future!"
Sam sure enjoyed this train ride.
Here’s my four-year-old daughter Sam posing with the mascot of this store that sells Japanese products (well, some of the stuff is actually made in China, as many things are nowadays) in the Waltermart mall in Makati City.
Here’s the first example of the way hackenslash, the gaming portal of INQ7.net, and GAME!, the country’s first purely homegrown gaming mag from Hinge Inquirer Publications, will complement each other.
Check out this article by hackenslash and GAME! contributor Kiven Codamon:
(INSTEAD of the usual game review, we asked hackenslash and GAME! contributor Kiven Codamon to recreate the Manny Pacquiao-Erik Morales rivalry in Fight Night Round 3 — on the Xbox 360 of course so that we could see this epic battle in all its next-gen glory. Here’s Kiven’s blow-by-blow account of Pacquiao-Morales 3–Ed.)
Hello, sports fans… and gamers everywhere. Electronic Arts’ Fight Night Round 3 has hit store shelves and once again it’s time to wear those old gloves for another round of console boxing.
When you first boot up the game, you’ll notice that the Xbox 360 loading screen is virtually the same as the PlayStation 2 version, apart from the 360 showing off its graphical prowess in a short intro movie. After selecting the Play Now option to create a match between two boxers, I naturally chose our very own Manny Pacquiao as my boxer and picked Erik Morales as his opponent.
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Wait till you see what other surprises we have in store. A lot of exciting things are happening in the industry, and it truly is a great time to be a gamer.
I had a great time giving a presentation on “Why gaming makes business sense” yesterday at the Asian Institute of Management in Makati City.
Luli Arroyo had invited me to be the guest speaker at the MindShare networking session. MindShare is a joint project of the Foundation for Information Technology Education and Development (of which Luli is the director for strategic development — her previous title was director for operations, which is what I used in an earlier blog entry), AIM, and the Philippine Venture Capital Investment Group.
The funny thing is that this was the first time we met in person, though we’d known each other for years. I blogged about one of those conversations, and how I’ve always admired her for being so down-to-earth. She’s the daughter of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, but Luli has never sought or expected any preferential treatment. She puts to shame all those people with an inflated sense of self-importance, who demand VIP treatment wherever they go. Luli just quietly does her work in the private sector — in fact, the great thing about MindShare is that it has survived for six years and is still going strong even though it is not sponsored by any big company. She wanted it that way, so that MindShare could be a free-wheeling networking session that would not be beholden to any corporation.
I was touched that when Luli introduced me, she added how happy she was that I accepted the invitation, explaining to the participants that we’ve been online friends for years and was glad that we finally got to meet.
I’ll write about the MindShare session soon. Luli also gamely posed for a pic, holding the copy of the first issue of GAME! magazine (the country’s first purely homegrown gaming magazine — 100% Filipino-made, no syndicated content from foreign mags) that I gave her.
Thanks Luli. It was really great to finally meet you.