Browse Friendster on your mobile all day for just 20 Philippine pesos

Here’s an excerpt from my latest CNET Asia blog post.

With over 13 million monthly unique visitors in the Philippines, Friendster remains the top social network in the country.

Facebook may have made a lot of headway in the Philippines, overtaking Multiply, as fellow CNET Asia blogger Ignatius Javellana recently posted, but many Filipinos, particularly the youth, still seem to prefer to interact online via Friendster.

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Cebu dancing inmates pay tribute to Michael Jackson, King of Pop

Check out my latest CNET Asia blog post.

Here’s an excerpt.

The dancing inmates of the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center maximum security prison are back with a tribute to Michael Jackson, who died of cardiac arrest on Friday at the age of 50.

As I previously blogged, the Cebu dancing inmates became an instant Internet sensation in 2007 with their Thriller viral video. Here’s their tribute to the King of Pop.

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Michael Jackson: Mourning his death, celebrating his music

I wrote my first Hub at Hope you could read it when you have the time, and let me know how you feel about Michael Jackson’s death and what his music means to you.

Here’s an excerpt from my Hub, “Michael Jackson: Mourning his death, celebrating his music.”

It was early in the morning here in Manila when I checked my Gmail, and saw, to my shock, first a breaking news e-mail alert that Farrah Fawcett had passed away, and then another alert saying that Michael Jackson had been rushed to the hospital.

I went to the microblogging sites Twitter and Plurk, and was quickly updated on the latest news by the tweets and plurks.

Michael Jackson was dead.

Just like that.

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Death of Michael Jackson downing Web?

R.I.P. Michael Jackson and Farrah Fawcett.

Here’s an excerpt from my latest CNET Asia blog post.

My Twitter and Plurk timelines, as well as my social networks, are now filled with updates on the death of the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, who apparently suffered from cardiac arrest, according to reports.

Earlier, we’d already been jolted by news that actress Farrah Fawcett died, losing her battle against cancer. Now the Web is “collapsing under the weight of Michael Jackson’s death“, according to TechCrunch.

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Mourning Neda Soltani: Martyrdom in the digital age

Here’s an excerpt from my latest CNET Asia blog post.

Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and other online tools allowed the world to know what was happening inside Iran more quickly than mainstream media. Indeed, many Twitter users started using green avatars to express their support for the Iranians protesting the allegedly rigged election results.

Now a young Iranian woman, Neda Soltani, whose death was captured on cell phone video footage now spreading across the Internet, has become the face of the protest movement in Iran. Her death has been condemned by US President Barack Obama in what is his strongest statement to date against the violence in Iran.

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United we play: Level Up! LIVE 2009 and the Filipino online gamer

Here’s an excerpt from my latest CNET Asia blog post.

For Filipino online gamers, all roads lead to the World Trade Center in Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City every year. This is the venue of the biggest online gaming event in the Philippines, Level Up! LIVE, which this year will be held from Nov. 7-8.

As I blogged last year, LU! LIVE is the country’s premiere online gaming event, offline and online. I’m not just saying that because I joined Level Up! last year as their multimedia head–people in the Philippines have known this for years, and the numbers speak for themselves. Last year, LU! LIVE had over 20,000 attendees at the actual event, while online we had over 12,000 unique readers following the action via the live blog, and 55,000 viewers from 27 countries watching the live video stream.

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