Blogging tips from Geek Girl

Check out my latest story for Yahoo! Philippines — a feature on Lia Espina Lopez of

Geek Girl

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Here’s an excerpt:

Time was, few people had heard of blogging, let alone maintained their own blogs. Now that blogging has become a familiar online activity, with users ranging from hobbyists to professional bloggers to journalists to companies, how can Pinoy bloggers stand out from the crowd?

For blogger and social media manager Lia Espina Lopez, who maintains the Geek Girl Manila site, the key differentiator is passion. It’s what fueled the growth of her blog and led to it being named the best blog in the Lifestyle Category for the National Level of the 2011 Philippine Blog Awards.

Read the full story to check out her blogging tips.

MMA fighter Gina Carano in “Haywire”

It was great to see female mixed martial arts fighter Gina Carano (also known as Crush in the defunct “American Gladiators”) in attendance at UFC 141, the recent pay-per-view which saw former heavyweight champ Brock Lesnar retire after losing to Alistair Overeem.

I’m a big fan of Gina, not just because of her looks and charisma but also her athleticism. She paved the way for female MMA fighters and was rightfully called the face of women’s MMA.

I’m looking forward to watching her first movie, “Haywire.” Here’s the trailer, which was also shown at UFC 141.

Will we ever see Gina fight again, preferably in the UFC (which still doesn’t have a women’s division)? Let’s keep our fingers crossed.

Yahoo! Rocks concert at SM Mall of Asia

Today, Dec. 8, is Yahoo! Rocks Day at the SM Mall of Asia! Harnessing the power of the Internet to support Original Pilipino Music, Yahoo! Rocks features some of the country’s top acts, chosen by Yahoo! readers. 

Yahoo! readers also voted on submissions from aspiring Pinoy musicians, who will now get to perform on stage in front of thousands of fans.

If you’re outside the Philippines or can’t go to the concert, you can watch the live video stream and join the live blog at the Yahoo! Rocks site.

Here’s the list of Pinoy acts performing at Yahoo! Rocks.

Are you on Twitter? Follow @YahooPH and use the hashtag #YahooRocks to tweet about the concert.

Support our local music artists! Mabuhay ang OPM!

Ateneo ACOMM Social Media Summit

Social media is fun, and it’s a powerful tool that’s changing the way we work and play. Just as any tool, however, it can be misused and abused, depending on the person deploying it.

That’s why I’m glad that the Ateneo Association of Communication Majors (ACOMM) is holding its first Social Media Summit, with Yahoo! Philippines as its online partner.

I’m one of the speakers, and I’m honored to be in the company of Maria Ressa, Pilar Pedrosa Pilar, Jim Paredes, Ivan Henares, Candice Montenegro, and Rowena Azada-Palacios.

Here’s ACOMM’s 2011 Social Media Summit video.

For more information, check out this article on Yahoo! Philippines.

See you there!