Of Maguindanao and how politicians use social media

Here’s an excerpt from my CNET Asia blog post on this barbaric incident. May the victims rest in peace, and may the killers be brought to justice.

We are still in shock over yesterday’s massacre of civilians in the southern Philippine province of Maguindanao in the run-up to the Philippine presidential elections in May 2010. The victims, who were beheaded, include at least 13 women, with the number of bodies recovered as of this writing already totaling 30.

Reporters Sans Frontieres has called the massacre a “dark day for press freedom” as at least 12 journalists were among the victims. On the social networking site Twitter, updates may be found using the hashtag #maguindanao.

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GameOPS Featured Gamer

Just want to thank John Phillips Bengero, co-founder of GameOPS, for making me the Philippine gaming site’s Featured Gamer.

Here’s an excerpt from the article.

1. Could you tell us something about yourself? How old are you? Where are you located and what are you currently engaged in?

I’m the Multimedia Head of the leading Philippine online game publisher Level Up! Inc. (http://levelupgames.ph). As head of the Multimedia department, I create and oversee the company’s strategy for online, video and mobile content and services. I’m also a tech blogger (http://asia.cnet.com/blogs/babelmachine) for Singapore-based CNET Asia. Prior to joining the corporate world, I was the multimedia editor of INQUIRER.net, handling, among other responsibilities, its gaming news site hackenslash.net.

2. When was the first time you actually played a video game? What’s the name of the game and game system? What or who made you play?

The first system I played on was the Famicom — yup, the Family Computer. I played Galaga and Road Fighter. It was my uncle who owned the Famicom and got me hooked on video games. I also played on the Game and Watch a lot — the titles I owned included Popeye, Octopus, Fire, and Lion. I mastered Popeye to the point that I played it with the Game and Watch turned upside down, much to my dad’s consternation, heh.

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Manny Pacquiao wife gets support from Filipino Twitter users

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

Ironically, rumors of an affair with a sexy young actress may have done more to hurt boxing’s pound for pound king Manny Pacquiao than tough erstwhile welterweight champion Miguel Cotto.

A number of Filipino Internet users are expressing their support for Pacquiao’s wife Jinkee and outrage at the alleged affair with starlet Krista Ranillo, to the point of creating a #teamjinkee hashtag on Twitter (others have also created #teamkrista and the more tongue-in-cheek #teamdionisia, referring to Pacquiao’s mother).

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Obama: “I have never used Twitter”

Check out my CNET Asia blog post on US President Barack Obama’s town hall meeting in Shanghai.

Here’s an excerpt.

One of the interesting things to come out of his just concluded town hall meeting in Shanghai was US President Barack Obama’s admission: “I have never used Twitter”.

Obama casually divulged this while answering a question about the Great Firewall of China in this historic town meeting between the US president and Chinese students, which was livestreamed by the White House, with a discussion on Facebook via Facebook Connect.

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Manny Pacquiao also pound for pound king of the Web

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

Manny Pacquiao not only made history Sunday as the first boxer to win seven world championships in seven weight classes, but the Filipino regarded as the world’s best pound for pound fighter also ruled cyberspace.

As I blogged yesterday while live tweeting the Manny Pacquiao-Miguel Cotto encounter, Manny Pacquiao became the top Twitter Trending Topic along with several other Pacquiao-related keywords.

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Manny Pacquiao vs Miguel Cotto: Firepower live blog and live tweets

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

Like many Filipino Internet users, I’m online now sharing updates on the Manny Pacquiao-Miguel Cotto: Firepower boxing clash on social networks such as Twitter. As you might expect, the number of people tweeting about Pacquiao has made the world’s best pound for pound boxer a Top Trending Topic, namely his nickname, Pacman.

In fact, I’m watching the boxing card right now via Smart 3G on my Nokia N82 while blogging this and tweeting updates.

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