Right from the start, something was already amiss with U Mobile and so I was not surprised when the company, now renamed Red Mobile, changed its name and eventually discarded its ad-supported business model that was supposed to be the first in Asia.The sudden change of name and business model were announced not through a press conference or a formal launch, but with advertisements and calls from telephone agents who informed subscribers that they will be given new SIM cards.
ZDNet's Philippine bloggers, Melvin G. Calimag and Joel D. Pinaroc, discuss key ICT developments in their country
Joel D. Pinaroc
Joel has been a media practitioner since 1996, starting off as a reporter and eventually becoming editor of a pioneering IT trade newspaper in Manila. He is currently one of the content producers of a Manila-based developmental website.
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.
It's easy to make this claim, but I have no doubt in my mind that the Philippines is the most savvy country in the world in using Web-based social networks. Way before Facebook and MySpace even became popular in the U.
I've written in this blog before about my great admiration for Barack Obama, whose sweeping message of change has catapulted him to the presidency of the United States. I was fortunate enough to witness his historic election during my recent trip to the United States, which coincided with the Nov.
Before boarding my Philippine Airlines flight to San Francisco last Sunday night, a document inspector at the Centennial Airport in Manila, upon learning that I'm a journalist, asked if I was covering the U.S.
It's that time of the year again when Filipinos troop to cemeteries to remember their departed loved ones. It's fascinating to note, however, how a pre-dominantly Catholic and tradition-bound country like the Philippines is adapting to modern trends, even in the field of religion.
The title above is the first line of the official anthem of Cagayan, my home province here in the Philippines. I've been wanting to write about this topic for the longest time, and it was only recently that I finally found the perfect excuse to do so with the launch of the Google Map Maker.
The journalist group that I belong to, CyberPress, held our regular industry forum last Friday and I should say that it was the best that we've ever had since we started the discussion way back in 2005.It was a hastily organized event since most of our officers, including myself, were busy with various coverages and writing assignments.
It's easy to ignore things especially when it's become part of one's everyday routine. Filipinos, for instance, have gotten so accustomed to using SMS or text messaging that we no longer care about other innovations happening in this sector.
What does it take for a country to become economically progressive?For sure, it involves a lot factors such as good infrastructure, rich talent pool, and the political will of national leaders.
This blog turned one this September and I'd like to believe that there are Filipino readers out there who regularly check out the "IT rantings" that I pretentiously dish out in this corner.But, I apologize for not being able to post an update last week.
It took a while before it became quite widespread, but public Wi-Fi access is probably the coolest thing that has been invented by the IT world since the USB thumbdrive.For a not-so-developed market like the Philippines, it's surprising to know that free Wi-Fi is beginning to proliferate in key parts of the metropolis like coffee shops, hotels, malls and airports.
Let me acknowledge first that my topic for this post has nothing to do with technology. It will be all about a local rock band whose musical genius continues to cast its spell on mesmerized fans like myself.
Unlike in countries like Singapore and Hong Kong, where cashless transactions are already the norm, credit card purchases in the Philippines are still the exception rather than the rule.This is one of the reasons why online commerce hasn't really taken off here.
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.
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.