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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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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Ragnarok World Championship 2009 results: Follow Level Up!’s RWC 2009 social media coverage

Want to get updates on the results of the Ragnarok World Championship 2009 tournament that will be held on Nov. 1 in Yokohama, Japan?

Then follow Level Up!’s social media coverage of RWC 2009.

Here’s an excerpt from my Level Up! blog post.

To get updates on the RWC 2009 results, become a fan of the official Level Up! Page on Facebook at

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Good luck to Team Philippines!

Ultimate Thailand Explorers: Vote for Filipino semifinalists Michael Paul and Jennifer

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

Attesting to how social media can be effectively tapped for the tourism industry, the Ultimate Thailand Explorers competition sees Internet-savvy travelers vying for the chance to explore five of the country’s top holiday destinations: Bangkok, Phuket, Pattaya, Chiang Mai, and Koh Samui.

Making it to the semifinals for Koh Samui are Filipino newlyweds Michael Paul and Jennifer of Zamboanga City, Philippines. You can vote for Michael Paul and Jennifer here after registering at the Ultimate Thailand Explorers site.

By voting, you won’t just be helping your favorite team, but you’ll also get the chance to be one of two lucky voters who will each receive $2,500 price packages.

Read the full story. blog post sparks online furor over DSWD handling of relief goods

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

For the better part of Friday, the Philippine online community was buzzing over a blog post on lamenting the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s handling of  relief goods donated to typhoon victims. The blog post showed photos of “relief goods rotting in DSWD warehouses”, allegedly still undelivered to victims due to the agency’s lack of manpower.

When the blog became inaccessible, other sites such as Jenni Epperson’s and Gang Badoy’s abashet: what a glorious time to be free reposted the original entry and photos. Filipino Internet users spread the word via social networks and microblogs such as Twitter, Facebook and Plurk, even making DSWD one of the top Trending Topics on Twitter for a time.

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Follow Level Up! on Twitter, Plurk and Facebook

Want to get regular updates on Level Up! games, events and promos? Then follow us on our social networks and help spread the word.

You may follow us on Twitter @levelup_inc and on Plurk @levelupinc.

You can also become a fan of our Facebook Page.

Did you upload photos and videos from the Ragnarok Philippine Championships 2009 event held on Friday, August 21 at the SM North EDSA SkyDome? Go to our Facebook Page and post the links there so that you can share them with the LU! Community.

You can also read the entries from our blog coverage of the event by going to the RPC 2009 live blog page.

Who needs Facebook when you have Facebuko?

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

Think it’s funny how much time a lot of us spend on social networks? Then have a good laugh by visiting the Philippine humor site

Facebuko spoofs the popular social networking site Facebook to such an uncanny–and hilarious–degree that you simply have to see it to believe it. Here’s a screenshot of the Facebuko site.

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Here’s a screenshot of Gloria Labandera playing Restaurant City.

Props to Jonas Roque for creating Facebuko.

Cory Aquino: Live video stream of funeral and global mourning in cyberspace

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

Today, August 5, the Filipino nation will bid farewell one final time to the woman who restored democracy in the Philippines and inspired peaceful People Power revolutions in other countries (some successful, some not).

Thousands of Filipinos are expected to turn out for the funeral of former Philippine President Corazon “Cory” Aquino, with thousands more inside and outside the country watching the live video streams of GMANews.TV and ABS-CBN and interacting with fellow mourners online on social networks, such as on Facebook through this President Cory Aquino Facebook Page and the Global Wake for Cory Aquino in Cyberspace Facebook event.

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Death of Cory Aquino: Live video stream and photos of former Philippine President’s cortege

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

Thousands of Filipinos have lined the streets to catch a glimpse of the cortege and pay their respects as the remains of former Philippine president Corazon “Cory” Aquino were transferred to the Manila Cathedral. As of this writing, the cortege is on its way to the church, where her body will lie in state after being transferred from La Salle Greenhills. The procession is being live streamed by GMANews.TV and ABS-CBN.

Aquino will be buried on Wednesday, Aug. 5, which has been declared a special non-working holiday by Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo as part of the 10-day period of national mourning.

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