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Philippines: People mourn death of Corazon Aquino
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.
Philippines: Uproar over mauling by mayor/son of Cabinet secretary
Filipinos are unleashing online vitriol at the son and namesake of Philippine President Arroyo's agrarian reform secretary, who reportedly mauled two persons last Dec. 26 at a golf course.
Filipino portfolio, plagiarized by US design firm
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 in mourning over death of legendary labor leader
The death of Filipino veteran labor leader, street parliamentarian and legislator Crispin “Ka Bel” Beltran at 11:48 am Tuesday due to massive head injuries saddened and shocked many Filipinos. He was 75.
Philippines: Bloggers look back to 2007
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
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: Teacher-blogger tries out ‘Wu Wei 10′ with students
Akomismo introduces Wu Wei 10, a classroom game and merit system based on the principles of Taoism where:”students are rewarded with Chi points for the tasks they fulfill, and they use these Chi points to level up and cast spells. The objective of the game is to eliminate all the...
Blogenyo, a Webcomic about the Philippine Blogopshere
Tonyo Cruz introduces a newly launched webcomic blog that takes on the Phillipine Blogosphere. Blogenyo seeks to poke fun at the events, intrigues, controversies, issues, and trends among Filipino bloggers.
Philippines: Bloggers Take on Blast at Legislative Building
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: Bloggers react to shocking suicide by girl, 12
Postcard Headlines has a roundup of bloggers’ thoughts on the shocking suicide by a poor 12-year old girl in southern Philippines and her lamentations about her family's poverty right before she took her own life.
Philippines: CokskiBlue leads Filipinos in vlogging
CokskiBlue is a whiff of fresh air in the Philippine blogosphere, and features videos, vlogs and vodcasts.
Philippines: Issues raised over President's appointment of new poll official
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
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: Arroyo Pardons Plunder Convict Estrada
Tonyo Cruz looks at the angry reactions of the bloggers in Philippines after the president Arroyo pardoned former president Estrada Joseph Estrada just a couple of weeks after he wad jailed on corruption charges.
Philippines: Deadly Mall Blast Shocks Filipinos
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
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
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: A theatre roundup
Gibbs Cadiz rounds up recent writeups on Philippine theatre.
Philippines: Sexism in activism
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
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
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.