Vote for Filipino finalists in Ultimate Thailand Explorers

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

Back in October, I blogged about Filipino couple Michael Paul and Jennifer, who were hoping to reach the finals of the Ultimate Thailand Explorers competition, in which contestants would use blogs and social networks to chronicle their adventures in Thailand.

I’m happy to share that they made it to the finals, vying with four other couples for the top prize. They’re now asking for the help of fellow Filipino Internet users to check out their blog, vote for them, and help spread the word.

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Vote for Filipino finalists in Ultimate Thailand Explorers

Friendster bought by Asian firm MOL Global

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

After months of speculation, Friendster’s search for a buyer in Asia has finally ended with today’s announcement that an affiliate of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia-based online payment solutions provider MOL AccessPortal Berhad is acquiring the pioneer social networking site.

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Friendster bought by Asian firm MOL Global

Of journalism and abolishing ‘citizen journalists’

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The editorial Let’s Abolish ‘Citizen Journalists’ on The Digital Journalist caught my attention, thanks to a tweet from @gangbadoy retweeting the link from @glossmania.

While I don’t agree with the article entirely, it does raise good points on the need to vet stories posted and spread through social networks, and the kind of dedication and courage it takes for journalists to actually cover news events.

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Of journalism and abolishing ‘citizen journalists’

180 Microcinema Festival aims to promote online filmmaking in the Philippines

Check out my latest CNET Asia blog post.

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I’ve always been a big believer in online video, and I’m happy to note that filmmakers in the Philippines are also experimenting with this medium to share their vision with a global audience.

One of these initiatives is the 180 Microcinema Festival, an online short film competition hosted by the Film Development Council of the Philippines that’s open to aspiring Filipino filmmakers from all over the world.

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180 Microcinema Festival aims to promote online filmmaking in the Philippines

Online petition demands justice for Maguindanao massacre victims

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

The online petition An Open Letter to Mdm Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, President of the Philippines is now being circulated by Filipino Netizens on social networks and the Philippine blogosphere. This calls on the President to take firm steps to ensure that the guilty parties in the Maguindanao massacre will be punished and that private armies all over the country will be disbanded.

Yesterday, the primary suspect, who belongs to the powerful clan in Maguindanao that has strong political ties with the President, surrendered and was brought to Manila, where he is now detained at the National Bureau of Investigation.

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Online petition demands justice for Maguindanao massacre victims