Last week, I met a guy who was operating an online car blog. What he told me during that meeting made me reflect how online forums, or Web 2.
IT rantings from the Philippines.
Melvin G. Calimag
Melvin G. Calimag is currently the executive editor of an IT news website in the Philippines. Melvin has been covering the local IT beat for the last 13 years. He is currently a board member at the IT Journalists Association of the Philippines (CyberPress), and also serves as a charter member with the Philippine Science Journalists Association.
The title above aptly describes the antiquated manual elections in the Philippines that were replaced--thankfully--by an automated system this week.The old model I'm talking about is the scientific approach which the Philippines, and perhaps other countries as well, is employing to solve the problems it is currently facing.
There were two issues that cropped up recently here in the Philippines--both involving the technology sector, and top government leaders whose seeming stupidity is giving the country further embarrassment.The first instance happened right in front of Congress and in millions of television sets, when President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo delivered her annual SONA (state of the nation address).
Despite being given the assignment to cover it, I was initially hesitant to go to the membership meeting last week of the IT Association of the Philippines (ITAP), a group that represents technology vendors in the country.It was just one of those regular meetings attended by group members, but I decided to attend anyway.
It's weird, but the last two weeks have been absolutely crazy for fans of a former band in the Philippines. Someone, it seems, has been sent by a mysterious organization to relay the information that the band is about to resurrect from the grave.
As we've written before in this section, journalists are quite fortunate to be given the chance to cover events outside of their home country. Two of the most common places we go to, like in my case, are Singapore and Hong Kong.
It's difficult to imagine now, but the Philippines was for a time the toast of Asia. Just visit YouTube and type the words "Manila, Queen of the Pacific" and "Old Manila", so you can view videos that can give an idea on what I'm talking about.
Except perhaps for some boxing aficionados in Thailand, the name Manny Pacquiao is virtually unheard of in the rest of Southeast Asia where soccer or football is the ruling sport. But in the Philippines, boxing is a religion and Pacquiao is the god of the highest order.
It may no longer be the king of the Internet, but Yahoo still casts a long shadow here in the Philippines.It wasn't surprising, therefore, when the company announced last February that it was opening a local office.
Not many good stories come out of the Philippines nowadays, so there's always a reason to celebrate when a piece of positive news comes up once in a while.One such story is the remarkable success of a project called JEDI (Java Education Development Initiative), which was first hatched and implemented in the Philippines but is now copied all over the world.