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Mong Palatino · March, 2009

Activist and former two-term member of the Philippine House of Representatives. Blogging since 2004 at mongster's nest. Joined Global Voices in 2006.

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Latest posts by Mong Palatino from March, 2009

Filipino loses Facebook account for using real name

The Facebook account of Antonio Piamonte from the Philippines was removed because Facebook thinks his first and last name on his profile isn't his real name.

Indonesia: “Mini-Tsunami” hits village as dam collapses

Last Friday the Situ Gintung dike collapsed in Indonesia which killed almost a hundred people and injured 190 others. At least 300 houses were destroyed and 1,600 residents were displaced....

Vietnam: Motorbike stunts

Young “street artists” are performing their dangerous motorbike stunts in the streets of Vietnam.

Vietnam: Impact of economic crisis

Lawrence summarizes news reports about the impact of the economic crisis on Vietnam.

Indonesia: Sharia Finance

As the financial system crumbles in the developed world, some analysts in Indonesia are proposing to replace it with the Sharia Finance system.

Malaysia: Dress worth $30 million

Despite the economic crisis, a designer in Malaysia has created a dress adorned with 751 diamonds. The price tag: US$30 million. The dress is called the “Nightingale of Kuala Lumpur”

Cambodia: Demand for microfinance

The economic downturn has raised the demand for microfinance programs in Cambodia.

Global Recession Survey: Survival Tips and Business Opportunities

Everybody is trying hard to cope with the global economic crisis. Bloggers are offering survival tips to their readers. Businesses around the world are adjusting. Some are even profiting from...

Indonesia: Deadly dam burst

A dam burst outside of Jakarta Friday dawn which killed more than 50 people. Twitter user Indrika Kurnia writes: praying for my friend's father who was carried away by the...

Indonesia: Vegetable Seller's Motorcycle

How does a vegetable seller's motorcycle looks like? R. Sa di from Indonesia posts a picture of this type of motorcycle.

Indonesia: Traditional Javanese artists

The Aroengbinang posts pictures of old traditional Javanese artists based in Jakarta.

Singapore: Desecrating a National Icon

Miss Loi writes how the Merlion, Singapore's national icon, has been desecrated over the years.

U.S. official holds dialogue with Myanmar Foreign Minister

Stephen Blake, director of Mainland Southeast Asian Affairs met Myanmar's Foreign Minister Nyan Win in Yangon. This is an important visit and may signal a shift in U.S. policy towards...

Malaysia: Government's love-hate relationship with new media

During a speech in a Party assembly, Malaysia's incoming Prime Minister said that new media should not be regarded as enemy. But hours before the speech, the party banned almost...

Spiderman in Thailand

An autistic kid climbed outside the window on the fourth floor of a school building. How was he saved? A Bangkok fireman pretended to be Spiderman to convince the kid...

Myanmar: Hip Hop craze

According to blogger Fear from Freedom, Myanmar youth in Yangon is having a fever of Hip Hop fashion, songs and dance.

Malaysia unveils its second stimulus plan

Malaysia’s first stimulus plan last year was inadequate. So the government unveiled a second stimulus program this month. What are the reactions of Malaysian bloggers?

Cambodia: Oil wealth

There are reports hinting of large oil and gas deposits in Cambodia. Will this create a vast oil wealth for Cambodia?

Cambodia: Online music websites

Piseth suggests a few websites which offer free Cambodian music downloads.

Cambodia: Rising cases of acid attacks

A report shows there has been an increase in acid attacks in Cambodia in recent years.

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