In 1975, a young graduate of the University of the Philippines named Teresita packed her bags to pursue her post-graduate studies in the United States. Dismayed at her country’s economic and political state then, she vowed never to come back.
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 whole Philippines--that includes me, of course--has just gotten back to work after a long break. Filipinos probably enjoy the longest Christmas season in the world, which usually starts when the "ber" months arrive and lasts until the Feast of the Three Kings in the first Sunday of January.
I'm out and away on a holiday vacation in some remote place here in the Philippines.Well, that's what I'd like to think.
Swamped under the tons of IT news and frenzied holiday rush was the recent formal launch of the 136 million pesos (about US$3 million) e-payment gateway for the Philippine government portal.It took four long years before the payment facility was inaugurated despite the fact that it was a flagship project of the Philippine government under the auspices of the Commission of Information and Communications Technology (CICT).
On the day a UN-sponsored summit on global warming opened in the island of Bali in Indonesia, a much smaller gathering of IT players also took place in the Philippines to address a contentious issue bugging the industry and the whole country in general--the threat of electronic waste.That conference on green IT was organized by CyberPress, or the IT Journalists Association on the Philippines, which I'm heading right now.
Something weird happened again in the Philippines last week. But I'm not referring to the hotel siege staged by renegade soldiers last Thursday in the heart of the country's financial capital--this has become quite ordinary here.
There are things that are really terrible here in the Philippines, like traffic and the way politicos take credit for projects that are funded by public money. However, I'm still convinced that the country has a lot more positive traits over the not-so-good ones.
Since learning how to use a computer, I've been fascinated by the sheer loyalty and god-like devotion that Apple founder Steve Jobs enjoys among a group of Filipino Mac users and other fanatics around the world. I find this behavior extremely puzzling and, to be quite honest, silly.
While the Philippines has, in recent years, fairly succeeded in promoting itself as an outsourcing and IT hub, it still hasn't produced a real homegrown tech superstar in the mold of India's Infosys, Wipro or Satyam.But a recent announcement by Gurango Software Corp.
One day in the summer of 2000, the Philippines unexpectedly got into the world spotlight when a young Filipino college student launched what is dubbed as the most destructive malware since the start of the Internet era--the ILOVEYOU virus.The man suspected to have authored it, Onel de Guzman, was arrested and charged with an old law penalizing unauthorized access on credit cards and bank ATMs.