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I BADLY NEED YOUR SUPPORT!

On this day exactly a year ago, I received the Best Text Blog Award from the organizers of the 7th Annual Population and Development (PopDev) Media Awards. Although I won four other competitions after that, going up that stage that night to receive my trophy

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December 8 2012 Taguig City holiday

Taguig will be marking the 14th cityhood anniversary this December 8. On that day in 1998, President Joseph Estrada signed Republic Act 8487, the law that paved the way for Taguig’s conversion into a city. President Benigno Aquino III is expected to declare the said

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December 8 2012 holiday in Batangas

The province of Batangas will be celebrating its annual foundation anniversary on December 8. The day, which falls on a Saturday, has been declared by the Office of the President as a special non-working holiday through Proclamation 504. The declaration was signed by Executive Secretary

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Ampatuan massacre anniversary – private armies still exist

*Press release sent to The Filipino Scribe by Human Rights Watch Several members of the Ampatuan clan are now in jail and on trial for the massacre. But of the 197 identified suspects, only 99 have been arrested. Of that number, 81 have been indicted.

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December 2 2012 – Pasay City day holiday

Pasay City will be marking its 149th foundation anniversary this December 2, which falls on a Sunday this year. On this day last year, President Benigno Aquino III issued Proclamation 294 (click here to read its full text) which declared December 2 as a special

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Colt 45 and the ‘real men’ myth

In late 2008, Colt 45 Philippines launched four 15-second advertisements featuring a group of men in different situations. The ad campaign intends to reintroduce Colt 45 as the “strong beer for real men.” The marketing blitz however contains highly insensitive gender stereotypes. In the first

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No Philippine Blog Awards for 2012, but VOTE FOR ME!

Here’s a bad news for bloggers looking for means to be recognized on a national level. This year, at least two major national competitions for Filipino bloggers will not be held. In its official Facebook page, the Philippine Blog Awards committee noted last November 1

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Embracing social media in my life

Canadian academician Marshall McLuhan noted in his 1964 book Understanding Media that “the globe has contracted, spatially, into a single large village” because of existing communication technologies at that time. Just imagine how dramatically the world had contracted the past ten years because of social

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Amalayer – Paula Jamie Salvosa

Move over, Robert Blair Carabuena and Christopher Lao. Filipino netizens now have a new object of ridicule – Paula Jamie Salvosa aka The Amalayer. Uploaded by Facebook user Gregory Paulo Llamoso, the one-minute clip shows Salvosa while berating a lady guard in an LRT station.

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Cyberbullying in the Philippines – let’s get personal

Last week, I appeared on Global News Network’s Opinion Leaders show to talk about cyberbullying together with Alvin Dakis of the Alliance of Young Nurse Leaders and Advocates. Before I venture into that topic, let me discuss some relevant basic stuff first re Internet in