Activist and former two-term member of the Philippine House of Representatives. Blogging since 2004 at mongster's nest. Joined Global Voices in 2006.
Latest posts by Mong Palatino from October, 2009
East Timor: Situation of HIV-positive people
East Timor Law and Justice Bulletin blogs about the situation of homosexuals in East Timor and the lack of efforts to address the needs of HIV-positive people.
Philippines: Disaster interactive map
CP-Union has put up a disaster interactive map to monitor the extent of damage caused by the recent flooding in the northern part of the Philippines
Philippines: Potential and limitation of new media
Twitter user Noel Colina underscores the potential and limitation of new media sites like twitter and facebook during the onslaught of typhoons Ketsana and Parma in the Philippines.
Philippines: Typhoon disasters and climate change
Two deadly storms struck Philippines in the last two weeks killing more than 500 people. Aside from using the internet to help flood victims, Filipino netizens are sharing their thoughts on the relationship of the recent natural calamities and the reality of climate change.
Korean products are popular in Cambodia
According to blogger prosthom, Korean celebrities, TV programs and even products are popular in Cambodia today.
Cambodia: Cost of mobile phone services
prosthom compares the call and text rates charged by phone companies in Cambodia.
Cambodia: Ex-King wants to die soon
The 87-year old former Cambodian King Norodom Sihanouk wants to die soon, according to a personal handwritten note published on his website
Brunei: Power supply interruption
Due to haze and heat and higher power demand, Brunei was forced to cut off power supply in some districts in the country
Indonesia: Batik Day
October 2 was designated as Batik Day in Indonesia. The UNESCO has also declared the batik as part of the world’s intangible cultural heritage.
Philippines: Soup kitchens for flood victims
Soup kitchens were set-up in different parts of Metro Manila to serve thousands of flood victims.
“Fast for the Nation, Peace for Malaysia”
“Fast for the Nation, Peace for Malaysia” or Fast4Peaceinitiative aims to invite all Malaysians to become a positive force for change by uniting in a common fast for one day, and committing to at least one act of kindness to another person.
Typhoon Ketsana's impact in Thailand
The typhoon which hit the Philippines, Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos also affected Thailand. Some areas in north Thailand are still vulnerable to flash floods.
Philippines: Top 10 blog posts of the year
The 2009 Philippine Blog Awards announces the finalists for the Top 10 blog posts of the year
Malaysia: Red Durians
An exotic durian species is getting attention in Sabah, Malaysia today. This durian fruit has a red-colored flesh.
Haze is back in Brunei
The Journey writes that the haze is back in Brunei. The blogger adds that it is unusual that it is almost not raining in the country today
Singapore: Foreign workers live in slum-like conditions
The Online Citizen has a report on the substandard living conditions of foreign workers in Singapore
Indonesia: Thousands still trapped under rubble
More than 3,000 people are still trapped under rubble days after a 7.6-magnitude quake struck Indonesia. Indonesian bloggers are reacting to the latest earthquake disaster which killed at least 1,000 people in the country.
Typhoon Ketsana batters Southeast Asia
Typhoon Ketsana struck several Southeast Asian countries leaving hundreds dead and millions homeless. It triggered the worst flooding in the Philippines which affected 3 million people as of this writing. It displaced hundreds of thousands of villagers in central Vietnam, Cambodia and southern Laos.
Philippines: 2.5 million persons affected by flooding
The number of flood casualties continues to rise in the Philippines: Almost 300 dead bodies. More than half a million individuals living in evacuation centers. And at least 2.5 million Filipinos affected by the flooding caused by Typhoon Ondoy. Bloggers are sharing their "typhoon" stories.