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 http://www.facebook.com/levelupinc

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Good luck to Team Philippines!

EllaGanda.com 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 EllaGanda.com 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 Mabuhaygirl.multiply.com 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.

Nationwide protests vs. ConAss Charter Change in the Philippines: Live blog and live audio stream

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

Makati City, the financial capital of the Philippines, is the venue for today’s main rally against the moves of pro-administration lawmakers to turn Congress into a constituent assembly (ConAss) that will amend the Philippine Constitution.

If you’re outside the Philippines and would like to participate in the rallies online, or keep yourself updated on developments, you may check out the live blog and live audio stream of alternative Philippine news site Bulatlat.com.

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Microblogging keeps Filipino Netizens informed on ConAss in absence of mainstream media

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

As Filipinos saw last night, the true test of digital tools is when they are used by citizens to defend democracy and keep information flowing.

Mainstream media was virtually prevented–or perhaps in some cases, unwilling–from doing a live coverage of the House of Representatives plenary debate on amending the Philippine Constitution that lasted deep into the stormy night. New Media, however, kept Filipino Netizens informed (search for #conass on Twitter and Plurk) as the pro-administration majority used their numbers to railroad the approval of House Resolution No. 1109, which would allow Congress to convene into a constitutional assembly (ConAss) and amend the Philippine Constitution.

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Filipino Netizens rally vs government’s ‘book blockade’

Find out all about the Philippine government’s “book blockade” — and how you can help end it.

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

From blogs, to microblogging tools like Twitter and Plurk, to online petitions, Filipinos are taking the fight against the Philippine government’s “book blockade” to cyberspace.

The “book blockade” refers to the decision of Philippine Customs officials to impose a tax on books which are not “educational”, such as novels, thereby curtailing the entry of imported books into the country. Here is an article written about the issue by Robin Hemley, director of the Nonfiction Writing Program at the University of Iowa, who is in the Philippines on a Guggenheim Fellowship, and an opinion piece from columnist and TV host Manuel L. Quezon III published in the leading Philippine newspaper, the Philippine Daily Inquirer. On Facebook, Louie Aguinaldo also started the cause Filipinos against the Taxation of Books by Customs.

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Ampfufu! and Plurk

Guess what? We launched the Level Up! Music site over the weekend.

Here’s an excerpt from my Play to Win blog post.

Finally we can talk about it! I was itching to spill the beans while writing my Tayo’y Mag-Ragnarok ‘n’ Roll blog entry, but I couldn’t hehe 🙂 Now it’s official: Level Up! Music is online, so head on over there to get a sneak peek at Kevin Roy’s new “Ampfufu!” music video and relive the hits from our first two music albums.

The site is still in beta, so please bear with us if there are bugs and rest assured that we’re going to continue improving Level Up! Music.

Also, check out my CNET Asia blog post “Have you plurked your life yet?

Here’s an excerpt.

It took me a long time to switch to Plurk–I only started Plurking this September–but now I’m really into it and can say this microblogging tool is way cooler than Twitter. My Plurk addiction is funny considering that the first time I saw it, I was put off by the timeline–and yup it is something that you need to get used to if you’ve been weaned on Twitter or other similar microblogging services.

The great thing about Plurk is that the format really encourages people to comment on your posts. Each plurk indicates how many comments it has already received. Click on the plurk and you can read the comments, then post your own, reacting to the original poster or to those who commented. So yup, each plurk is like a thread in a discussion board.