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Philippines: Bloggers look back to 2007

Before 2008 started, many Filipino bloggers wrote their assessments of the year 2007.

rolling store listed the top 12 events for people's organization.

Topping the list is the release of the damning report of United Nations special rapporteur Philip Alston that said that the Philippine military was behind the extrajudicial killings of about nearly 900 activists.

durianburgdavao meanwhile posted the annual report of the human rights situation of the Bangsamoro people.

Filipino gamers celebrated milestones for 2007, as noted in gmtristan.com in a review.

Courtesy of Pinoy R.N., a “quick roundup” of events in the Philippine nursing world for all months of last year.

Basketball-crazy Filipinos went amok over these stories, according to the Philippine Basketball News Blog.

For what are considered as blogs with “best design” for 2007, head off to Basapa.com.

“Look backs” on 2007 aren't complete without a list of controversies in the blogosphere and they are listed here by Prudence and Madness.

Noting that other bloggers have written recaps on what have transpired in the Philippine blogosphere, yugatech made a personal review of the past year.

yugatech caps the review with this note:

I thought 2007 was the longest blogging year ever, at least for me. Hope the 2008 presents a better one.

JaypeeOnline also recaps the bloggers’ 2007 achievements and thanks readers for being part of the successes:

2007 was a great year for me and my blog. I would call it the coming of age for JaypeeOnline. For what started out as my personal blog, has now turned into a more focused blog. I”ve never imagined my blog to reach this far but I’m very proud of it. I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank my family, friends and loyal readers because without them, all of this won’t be possible. You guys are the driving force, my inspiration. Thank you so much!

Also, Pinoy Ambisyoso Blog wrote “Top Seven on 2007″ which encapsulizes the blog stats and thanks readers in the Philippines and abroad for many feats.

Ditto for Work With Ria.

Another blogger, Coredump, takes a different approach and recaps the year with photos:

I’m building up a review of 2007, using Flickr photos. Nothing spectacular — just a retrospective tool for me. We have had many blessings this year, and what better way to reminisce than through pictures.

gibbscadiz.com shares a review of the performing arts scene in which the blogger notes that theater companies celebrated many milestones like 20th, 30th and 40 anniversaries but:

[they] by and large held back on the self-congratulations–no grand fetes or nostalgic tributes–and just went about what they did best: mount plays.

and listed the best performances, as what the blog has done in 2005 and 2006.

A post on Autumn Blossom shares the the blogger's top music choices for the year and issues this caveat:

I'm not even pretending to know the best music that came out this year. I just want to remember the best stuff I've listened to in 2007.

Big changes were noted by bikoy.net who joined a Greek-letter society, lost in campus elections and went on a tour of the United States in 2007.

2007 was the “Year of the Risk“, according to Blue Pencil Chronicles.

The blogger explains:

for all the times I had to leave my comfort zone, for all the time I had to take on a challenge, for all the times I took a leap of faith (and times I fell, and times I rose from falling), and for all the times I took a chance… this year, it was definitely worth taking risks, for I’ve reaped many rewards because of it.

andrea's corner has bitter-sweet memories of 2007 and looks forward to 2008 with hope.

Expect another year of turbulence, says Carol P. Araullo who gives a searing look-back on 2007 from the perspective of an activist critical of the Macapagal-Arroyo government.

On a lighter note, 2007 was a year for Filipino vloggers or video bloggers. CokskiBlue presents a list of the top Filipino vlogs.

Also, CokskiBlue lists the most popular vlog posts, headed by the one that tackled the infamous Malu Fernandez fiasco.

Akomismo, shares two recaps on 2007: the blogger's top book choices for the year, and about the moments and travails as a teacher-cum-blogger.

Amid crisis, most Filipinos — or 91 percent, according to a survey — look forward to 2008, offering proof that we Filipinos always endure and find bright spots amid gloom and doom.

Also read: New Year's wishes for President Arroyo and Filipinos

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