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.

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Political posturing at expense of tech

Political posturing at expense of tech

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).

published August 3, 2008 by

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Tech comes to the rescue of Philippine education

Tech comes to the rescue of Philippine education

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.

published July 29, 2008 by

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SQ vs CX: Which one is more e-ready?

SQ vs CX: Which one is more e-ready?

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.

published July 13, 2008 by

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Longing for lost Philippine glory

Longing for lost Philippine glory

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.

published July 7, 2008 by

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A freebie from the Internet

A freebie from the Internet

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.

published June 30, 2008 by

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An IT story worth telling

An IT story worth telling

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.

published June 16, 2008 by

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Frustrations of a technology slave

Frustrations of a technology slave

Like basic utilities such as electricity and water, technology has crept into our everyday lives in such a way that we have become so dependent on it even when we know that it's not a perfect system.If you make a random survey of the things that people can't live without, you're likely to find a cellular phone on the list.

published June 9, 2008 by

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Philippines' outsourcing ambition spurs English proficiency

Philippines' outsourcing ambition spurs English proficiency

Aside from its bountiful natural resources, the other main wealth of the Philippines is perhaps its people. Despite the poverty and corruption that still pervade in the country, the current generation of Filipinos has ably demonstrated they can surpass the achievements of their elders and raise the standard of living in the country.

published June 2, 2008 by

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An inconvenient healthcare reality

An inconvenient healthcare reality

In the Philippines, healthcare is almost an alien concept to half of the local population, especially to those living in remote villages. Would you believe that 50 percent of Filipinos die without ever seeing a doctor in their entire lives?

published May 19, 2008 by

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A new telco in town? Maybe not

A new telco in town? Maybe not

A few days ago, an e-mail with a subject line "Invitation to the exclusive launch of a new telco" greeted me as I opened my inbox. Not knowing the person who sent it, I mistook it first as a spam mail.

published May 12, 2008 by

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The end of cheap prices

The end of cheap prices

The current rice crisis gripping Asia and the United States has led experts to declare that the era of cheap food is over. That seems to apply as well in the low-cost IT labor sector, particularly in the electronics manufacturing, in the Philippines.

published May 4, 2008 by

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Finding the gold in blogs

Finding the gold in blogs

If you place the word "blog" in front of a mirror, it may read something like "gold". It may sound cheesy, but that seems to be the status of blogs right now--both literally and figuratively.

published April 28, 2008 by

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