my first book: e-business made easy

(Update: You can now buy a copy of “E-Business Made Easy” online via by clicking here.

The book is selling for 225 pesos or approximately US$4.37.  

Thanks for your support!) 

Yup, I’m still alive, but this has been a hectic week punctuated by a really bad typhoon. I’m sad to hear of the devastation that Milenyo wreaked. I was in Singapore from Tuesday to Thursday, so missed the brunt of the storm apart from having our flight delayed.

Last Monday, the Philippine Internet Commerce Society launched my first book, “E-Business Made Easy: The Philippine Internet Commerce Society’s Official Internet Roadmap for Small and Medium Enterprises.”

Here’s an excerpt from my INQ7 Infotech @Play column piece:

One of the things I have to stress is that this book is not just about technology, but how people use IT to achieve their goals and overcome obstacles to success. When I was approached to write this book by Inquirer Publications Inc., I said from the start that I didn’t want to just talk about why the proverbial tindahan ni Aling Nena needs to embrace e-commerce.

I wanted the readers to get to know the people behind these businesses, to learn of their struggles and how they were able to overcome these challenges.

In other words, I wanted people to care about Aling Nena, and what happens to her tindahan.

Thanks to Erwin Oliva for writing about the launch, and for all the years of friendship and support.  

Mike Abundo also blogged about the book launch, and posted an image of my “autograph,” haha, because he asked me to sign his copy, which it turns out he’s had for about a month. Here’s the image he posted, which I got from his blog — that’s also where I got the image of the book’s cover. 

I know, I know, my handwriting sucks, heh.

After the book launch which was held Monday night, I flew to Singapore for a regional online gaming conference that showcased two of the most highly anticipated MMOGs that will be released in the next few months, Granado Espada and Hellgate: London. More on this event in another post.

“E-Business Made Easy” will be sold on and I understand PICS will also distribute it to National Book Store and Fully Booked branches in October. Please just e-mail for more information on where to get a copy of the book, which is being sold for 225 pesos.

Having a book is a dream come true for me, and it feels great. I also dream of meeting Nicole Kidman one day, so who knows, heh.

Thanks to everyone who made this project possible, especially Maan Tolentino, president of PICS; Edna Belleza, formerly of Inquirer Publications, who is now with GMA Network; and Winthrop Yu, the book’s editor.

Above all, thanks to my wife Ellen and daughter Sam, to whom this book is dedicated. 

level up! confirms resignation of senior executives

Here’s an excerpt from our hackenslash banner story, which was written by Erwin Oliva.

SEVERAL senior management executives have left Philippine online game publisher Level Up! to join local and foreign firms, an official told hackenslash on Friday. Sheila Paul, chief operating officer of Level Up! Philippines, said the reasons for the resignations varied.

Paul, however, denied there was a mass resignation, stressing that it was only a “glaring” development because most people who are leaving the company occupy senior positions in the company.

Read the full story.

online press conference held to commemorate martial law

Check out my latest CNET Asia blog post.

I blogged while participating in the online press conference. Kinda like what I did for the INQ7 Running Account during the Estrada impeachment trial and People Power 2, and, more recently, the Marine HQ standoff.

Here’s an excerpt:

As I’m blogging this, I’m taking part in a very interesting online press conference/Internet relay chat session to commemorate the 34th anniversary of Martial Law, which was declared by the late Philippine dictator Ferdinand E. Marcos on Sept. 21, 1972.

What makes this online press conference particularly significant is that it’s another example of how technology can be used to encourage political discourse and safeguard freedom of expression. It’s particularly apt considering that Martial Law sought to curtail these freedoms.

Guesting in what is being dubbed as the first in series of online press conferences being held by Philippine portal is House of Representatives Deputy Minority Leader and Bayan Muna (People First) Representative Satur C. Ocampo. Popularly known as “Ka Satur”, Ocampo was formerly a journalist, political prisoner and communist rebel, who was the spokesperson of the National Democratic Front during the peace talks in 1986 between the Philippine Government and communist rebels.

Read the full story.

of gamesmaster and gold rush

Here’s an excerpt from my INQ7 Infotech @Play column piece this week:

Ed’s last Editor’s Note best sums it all up, and while it’s a poignant farewell, the last issue is also a celebration of everything that made GM great. The irony is that GM was becoming better and better in what would turn out to be its final few months. It was firing on all cylinders, spurred on perhaps by the entry of a competitor in the form of Hinge Inquirer Publication’s GAME! magazine (Hinge Inquirer Publications is a sister company to

The Philippine gaming industry has certainly seen its share of ups and downs, from the online gaming boom that resembled the dotcom rush of yesteryears, to what many now see as a time for consolidation and new business models.

Read the full story.

whee! wii to debut in us nov. 19 for $250

Wii is coming, and for the first time, Nintendo is launching a console in the US before it debuts in Japan.

A suggested retail price of US$249.99 for a Wii bundle that includes the console, one wireless Wiimote (which is how people have nicknamed the Wii controller, heh), one nunchuck controller… and Wii Sports! Remember that Wii Sports is composed of five different sports games on one disc.

All this for US$249.99 — is that a sweet deal, or what?

Oh, and how about Wii Channels?

Check out hackenslash GameBlog for more info.

microsoft unveils zune

Boy, it must suck to have to unveil your iPod killer two days after Apple wowed the world with its improved iPods and new movie download service.

But if the company plotting to take over your market happens to be Microsoft, you’d better take the threat seriously.

Microsoft has unveiled Zune as it prepares to go toe-to-toe with Apple and its market dominating iPod.

Zune is supposed to ship in time for the holidays, though Microsoft hasn’t announced the price yet. The initial version will have 30 gigs of memory and come in black, white or brown.

Check out the Microsoft announcement for more details.

You can also view this YouTube clip of the new Zune ad that came out on My initial reaction when I saw it was “WFT?!!” but maybe you can make more sense out of it, heh.

aol gold rush breaks new ground

Sigh, I wish we had something like this in the Philippines.

Check out “Gold Rush,” the groundbreaking interactive reality game from reality TV king Mark Burnett. It’s now live on

It’s a game that tests your pop culture knowledge, offering clues by pointing you to TV episodes you can watch and magazines you can read.

See, Mark gets it — it’s his first time to produce an online competition, and the level of integration of New Media with print and TV is amazing to see. Let’s see if this online competition can get more people to watch those shows and read those magazines, and if it will encourage more Netizens to explore AOL.

You need to be a US resident to register for the actual “Gold Rush” competition and get the chance to win the US$1, 000, 000 grand prize. Of course, you can still explore the site and enjoy the online games and other interactive content even if you can’t participate in the competition.

cyberpress aims to make a difference with it

Here’s an excerpt from my CNET Asia tech blog post:

CyberPress (Information Technology Journalists Association of the Philippines) elected its 2006-2007 board members last night in a general assembly held at STI‘s iAcademy office in Makati City.

Founded in 1996 by then tech journalist and now Microsoft Philippines official Sam Jacoba, CyberPress is the country’s pioneering organization of IT journalists.

The idea behind CyberPress is that even though we work for competing publications and naturally want to outscoop each other when it comes to IT news, we could cooperate to achieve the common goals of making technical information accessible to more readers, educating the public on IT issues, and using technology to make a difference in the lives of Filipinos.

Read the full story.

state of play iv update

The “State of Play IV: Building the Global Metaverse” site is now online. I’m one of the invited speakers at this conference that will be held in Singapore from Jan. 7-9, 2007.

Here’s the current list of confirmed speakers:

Confirmed speakers include, but are not limited to:

  • Joey Alarilla (Founding President of Asian Gaming Journalists Association)
  • Peng Hwa Ang (Chair of School of Communication and Information at Nanyang Technological University)
  • Richard Bartle (co-designer of the first MUD)
  • Betsy Book (Makena)
  • danah boyd (UC Berkeley)
  • Greg Boyd (Kenyon and Kenyon)
  • Erik Champion (University of Queensland)
  • Vivien Chen (Nanyang Technological University)
  • Kevin Collins (Indiana University School of Law)
  • Aaron Delwiche (Trinity University)
  • Julian Dibbell (Play Money)
  • Cory Doctorow (Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom)
  • Kjartan Emilsson (CCP Games — Eve Online)
  • John Erskine (Vice President, NCSoft Austin)
  • Steve Goldstein (Flagship Studios)
  • James Grimmelmann (Yale Law School/New York Law School)
  • Ge Jin (Director of Gold Farmers)
  • Yehuda Kalay (Center for New Media at UC Berkeley)
  • Raph Koster (A Theory of Fun)
  • Greg Lastowka (Rutgers School of Law)
  • Pathfinder Linden (Second Life)
  • Peter Ludlow (Only a Game: Virtual Worlds and the Journalist who Knew Too Much)
  • Thomas Malaby (University of Wisconsin Milwaukee)
  • Jeff Malpas (University of Tasmania)
  • Jane McGonigal (42 Entertainment)
  • Jessica Mulligan (Developing Online Games: An Insider’s Guide)
  • Joshua Fouts (Director of USC Center for Public Diplomacy Annenberg School for Communication)
  • Eric Nakamura and Martin Wong (Giant Robot)
  • Beth Noveck (New York Law School)
  • Cory Ondrejka (Linden Lab)
  • David Post (Temple Law School)
  • Ren Reynolds (Terra Nova)
  • Constance Steinkuehler
  • Neal Stephenson (Snowcrash)
  • Alice Taylor (BBC Worldwide)
  • Mark Wallace (Second Life Herald)
  • Sue Yang (Shanghai University of Sport)
  • Nick Yee (Palo Alto Advanced Research Center)
  • Judge Unggi Yoon
  • Frank Yu (Microsoft Research Asia Advanced Technology Center in Beijing)
  • Jonathan Zittrain (Oxford Internet Institute)

You can also check out Terra Nova, the conference’s official blog.

It’s truly an honor to be part of this. Somebody pinch me, I think I’m dreaming, heh.