Tonyo Cruz

I'm a blogger, newspaper columnist, digital strategist and advocate of causes.

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Philippines: People mourn death of Corazon Aquino

  3 August 2009

The Philippines is in a state of national mourning after Corazon Aquino, who became a global democracy icon after leading the fight to topple the Marcos dictatorship, died last weekend from cardiorespiratory arrest. Aquino was the first woman president of the Philippines and the first female head of state in Asia.

Filipino portfolio, plagiarized by US design firm

  16 December 2008

In the Philippines, many are angry that a US-based company WebSapient plagiarized the entire portfolio of a Filipino web designer. WebSapient has brought down the plagiarized materials and have not been able to put up its own, as of posting time.

Philippines: Bloggers look back to 2007

  2 January 2008

Bloggers in Philippines reflects on the past year and talk about the things they blogged about across a range of subjects from sports to politics, music, blogging and life in general.

Philippines: Jeepney Drivers Launch Strike

  13 December 2007

Jeepney drivers in many parts of the Philippines did not ply their routes today to protest oil price increases which they branded as “unwarranted”, “unchecked” and “oppressive”. A Jeepney in Manila (from Wikipedia) The jeepney drivers group PISTON declared the strike a success, with the government saying it did not...

Philippines: Bloggers Take on Blast at Legislative Building

  13 November 2007

An explosion of still-undetermined origin destroyed the South Wing of the Philippines’ House of Representatives complex, killing a lawmaker and a driver of another. Two other solons lead the list of injured. Killed were Basilan Rep. Wahab Akbar and Marcial Tualdo, a driver for Gabriela Rep. Luz Ilagan who was...

Philippines: Issues raised over President's appointment of new poll official

  5 November 2007

President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo recently appointed Moslemen Macarambon Sr. as the chairman of the Commission on Elections of Philippines. Several bloggers are questioning the appointment and demanding a more transparent method of choosing the chairman. Some bloggers including the chairman's son are asking the people to give him a chance to justify his appointment.

Philippines: Artists Cry Censorship Over Altered Mural

  3 November 2007

The National Press Club commissioned an artist's collective to paint a mural for the club. The Press Club later altered the contents of the mural without consulting the artists. The artists and their supporters are considering this an act of censorship and taking their anger online.

Philippines: Deadly Mall Blast Shocks Filipinos

  19 October 2007

Citizen journalism and citizen punditry is alive in the Philippine blogosphere, and we saw this within minutes of a deadly blast at the popular Glorietta mall in Makati City, the country's financial capital. As of posting time, eight have been confirmed killed while 120 others were being treated for various...

Philippines: ‘Desperate Housewives’ Uproar Continues

  15 October 2007

Tonyo looks at the continuing uproar among the Filipinos over the American TV drama Desperate Housewives. The featured blogs are responding to the suggestion the protests against a racist remark by one of the character in the TV drama are “going overboard”

Philippines: A Roundup of the Week

  14 October 2007

Tony Cruz rounds up the weeks happenings in the Filipino blogosphere. The roundup features bloggers talking about movie stars, politics, religion and morality, sports and trekking and more.

Philippines: Sexism in activism

  9 October 2007

Penned by a Filipina novelist based in New York, Lily Pad replies to two letters asking about political sexism and models for activist women. Interestingly, the term Lily Pad seems to be a successful play of words and can mean “to fly” if heard by a Tagalog-speaking Filipina or Filipino.

Philippines: Arroyo's “Third” Impeachment Complaint

  9 October 2007

Coming at the heels of the controversial National Broadband Network contract with Chinese firm ZTE, Gloria Macapagal Arroyo on Friday (Oct. 6) was slapped an impeachment complaint before the House of Representatives. Tonyo Cruz has reactions from Filipino bloggers.

Philippines: “Desperate Housewives” Apologizes Over Racist Slur

  4 October 2007

Tonyo Cruz rounds up opinions from Filipino bloggers who are protesting against American television series Desperate Housewives. In a recent episode, one of the characters made a comment ridiculing Filipino medical professionals. ABC-TV has since said sorry but the bloggers are not happy with it and are demanding a more sincere apology.