Filipino Bloggers Recognized at the 2008 Philippine Blog Awards

Last September 21, the Filipino blogosphere celebrated as the winners of the 36 different categories were announced at the awarding ceremonies of the 2008 Philippine Blog Awards held at the 1 Esplanade in Pasay City.

I was lucky to have beennominated for two Best Blog awardsin different categories, but obviously the better blogs won. (BTW, here’s thelist of the 2008 Philippine Blog Awards winners.) I think the Philippine Blog Awards is one award to that is difficult to win because of the quality of entries, plus the fact that more and more bloggers are entering the fray every year.

The event was a big improvement from last year’s blog awards, with a bigger venue, higher number of sponsors and evidently wider media coverage. It’s really hard to imagine that the whole thing was purely a community-based production with volunteers running the show.

I’ve been hearing and reading several criticisms of the awards, such as the release of the list of finalists, the promptness of the event, the arrangement of the program and “surprise” awards, but I say that’s only part of the growth and evolution process. Heck, the Philippine Web Awards is already more than a decade old, but it is still being hounded by criticisms. My suggestion to the next year’s organizers is to outsource the event management part and handle the strategy and conceptualization aspects of the awards.

The Philippine Blog Awards is definitely a salute to the Filipino Blogger, an event by bloggers for bloggers. So let’s take good care of it. 😀

Two of My Blogs at the 2008 Philippine Blog Awards

In a few hours, the awarding ceremonies of the biggest blogging event this year will take place: The 2008 Philippine Blog Awards.

I’m pleased to share that two of my other blogs have reached the final list in their respective categories: Big Lakers Fan for the Best Blog for Sports Category and Screensucked for the Best Blog for Entertainment Category. While I believe in the effort I put in for my blogs, I think only have a longshot of winning since the list of finalists are a virtual who’s who of great bloggers.

So, I’d like to allot a little space for my two blogs that made the finals:

  1. Big Lakers Fan – This is probably the easiest blog I maintain because I always talk about my favorite basketball team– the Los Angeles Lakers. Like any sports fan, I want to curse at the world whenver my team loses and rejoice when they win, so I figured creating a blog about them would be the natural thing to do. This blog is also my blog that got the notice of the global crowd when I got published at last June, ironically about a post on the Lakers’ loss to the Boston Celtics in the 2008 NBA Finals.
  2. Screensucked – This blog has an interesting history. Almost three years ago, I wanted to make a blog about, well, nothing– just rants, links I found interesting and travel posts. But I soon realized that I got bored with those things because I found those things too limited, i.e., I rarely had a strong negative opinion about something, I didn’t have the time to look for “cool new sites” and I didn’t travel much. Thus, I put the blog on the shelf for a few months (Look at the blog’s archive).But I dusted the blog off after I realized I was watching movies with my girlfriend two to three times a week (thats’s our “thing”) and I seem to have something to say about the things that we watched. So, Screensucked was “reborn.”

These two blogs may or may not end up winning the Best Blog plum, but I sure am glad they got recognized. 🙂

My WordCamp Philippines 2008 Experience

A good portion of the Philippine blogosphere (including myself) considered September 6, 2008 a special day because it was WordCamp Philippines 2008 day.

And that day started really early because I had to polish the presentation I was going to give as a plenary session for WordCamp. My topic was something very close to my heart– Web Standards and WordPress– two of the main components of this blog. Since I left the house late in the morning, that meant I had to miss a significant part of the day’s talks. 🙁 (This should be a lesson to me not to wait for the last day/hour/minute.)

The past week was already doozy for me because I had already given a talk at the Y4IT Conference on Wednesday, and then the WordCamp a few days later. (I think Jayvee and Juned had the same schedule) The two talks were significant, yet contrasting. Y4IT was like a rock concert, and WordCamp was more like an Unplugged event where it was more grounded and intimate.

When I arrived at the College of St. Benilde, it was in the middle of the talk. I met a few folks from the organizing committee who were extremely helpful. What they lacked in facilites, they really made up by the personal attention towards me and effort.

I was slotted after Aileen‘s Google Analytics presentation and once I got to the stage, I had some more clarity to what WordCamp was really all about. Unlike talks I’ve done before, I didn’t feel like an expert lecturing people, but a peer to the audience sharing what I like and do. We were all bloggers or somehow involved in blogging, so it was easier to draw from my experiences. In the end, I really felt good about giving the presentation.

Unfortunately, I had to scoot immediately after my talk because of another commitment so I wasn’t able to meet more bloggers and get my photo taken with WordPress founder Matt Mullenweg. (Damn!) I did attend the afterparty at the mag:net cafe where I went up to the stage again and performed with the resident Rock-a-oke band, the Johnny’s.

Kudos to the Mindanao Bloggers, the volunteers and the Pinoy Blogosphere for making WordCamp Philippines 2008 possible. 🙂

I’ve culled this list form Jehzlau’s blog (I hope he doesn’t mind), where he has a compilation of the WordCamp Philippines 2008 posts. This list is up-to-date as of this writing so check his blog post out, which he updates:

  1. The Best and Most Memorable Blogger Event in the Phils by Jehzeel Laurente
  2. I Got Wordcamped! by Tess Termulo
  3. The First WordCamp in Southeast Asia by Adrian Jeric Pea
  4. My WordCamp Experience by Master Betong
  5. WordCamp Philippines by Hannah Rika Villasis
  6. WordCamp Philippines 2008 by Nina Fuentes
  7. Matt at WordCamp Philippines 2008 by Binary Silver
  8. Matt Mullenweg Highlights from WordCamp Phils by The Bachelor Girl
  9. WordCamp Philippines Report by Fear the Spork
  10. WordCamp Philippines Shirt Please by Evenly Piece
  11. WordCamp Philippines 2008 by Alrenz Cabasa
  12. WordCamp Philippines 2008: A Success!
  13. WordCamp Phils, 1st Southeast Asia WordCamp by Ana Katharina Pena
  14. WordCamp Philippines 2008 Aftermath by Zero Blade
  15. WordCamp Philippines 2008 by Mae Paulino
  16. WordCamp Philippines 2008 by Green Bucks
  17. Matt Mullenweg by Charmed Mom
  18. WordCamp PH 2008 and Afterparty by Carlo Reid
  19. WordCamp Philippines After-Party by The WordCamp Philippines Blog
  20. WordCamp Philippines 08 by Project 365 Days
  21. WordCamp 2008 Philippines by Karla Redor
  22. Live Blogging from WordCamp Philippines 2008 by Spilled Lustre
  23. WordCamp Philippines 2008 by Aja Lapus
  24. Experiencing WordCamp Philippines 2008 by Heres to Life!
  25. WordCamp Manila Blow-by-blow by Jonel Uy
  26. Just got home from WordCamp Philippines 2008 by Jayvee Fernandez
  27. Bloggers Event: WordCamp Philippines 2008 by Ada Lajara
  28. WordCamp Philippines 2008 Winners and Bloopers by Funny Sexy
  29. WordCamping 2008 by Billycoy
  30. Ernie Meets Matt Mullenweg by AJ Matela
  31. Matt Mullenweg, Volunteers, and WordCamp Phils by Misteryosa
  32. The WordCamp in Philippines by Mark Aethen Agana
  33. Matt Mullenweg by Animo Hosting
  34. WordCamp Manila 2008, I was there! by Sha Ang
  35. On WordCamp 2008 and Meeting MrWordpress by
  36. My WordCamp Philippines 2008 Experience by Regnard Raquedan
  37. WordCamp Philippines Status Report by AWB Holdings
  38. Live from De La Salle CSB, Marocharim is at WordCamp! by Marocharim
  39. For the Love of WordPress by Kristina Ana Matanguihan
  40. WordCamp Pilipinas Success by Ikabon
  41. WordCamp 2008: For Healthy and Wealthy Blogging by Hitokiri Hoshi
  42. WordCamp 2008 Philippines Success by Arvins Thoughts
  43. WordCamp, Meeting Matt Mullenweg by Miss Wicked
  44. Meeting Matt at WordCamp 2008 by
  45. Finally, WordCamp Philippines 2008 by Estan
  46. Toothache VsWordCamp Philippines by George Putong
  47. Notes and Photos, WordCamp Philippines a Success by Tonyo Cruz
  48. Some WordCamp Philippines Afterthoughts by Undercover
  49. Live Blogging in WordCamp by Pageman
  50. My WordCamp Experience by Junele Malaga Caravana
  51. WordCamp Philippines A Success! by WordPress Philippines
  52. Bakla Goes to WordCamp Philippines by Bakla Ako
  53. My WordCamp 2008 Experience by Micaela Rodriiguez
  54. WordCamp 2008 Philippines: Its a success! by Joyceish
  55. My WordCamp 2008 Experience by Fitz Villafuerte
  56. A Personal Evaluation of WordCamp Philippines 2008 by Danny Arao
  57. An Event Which I Failed To Attend by Dexter Panganiban
  58. The WordPress WordCamp Fever by Pinoy Web Listing
  59. WordCamp Philippines by Batang Yagit
  60. Philippine WordCampers 2008 by Sabrina Lajara
  61. WordCamp Philippines 2008 by Roanna Roro
  62. On Meeting with MrWordpress, Web Standards and Other Stuff by Shari
  63. WordCamp Philippines 2008 Highlights by Sophia Lucero
  64. WordCamp Philippines 2008 by Mong Palatino
  65. WordCamp Philippines 2008 by Rowjielogy
  66. I was WordCamped by The Industrious Time-Waster
  67. HURAH! for WordCamp Philippines by Migs Hipolito
  68. WordCamp is on today at De La Salle – CSB by AIM CSB
  69. WordCamp Philippines 2008 Updates by Teacher Julie
  70. My WordCamp Philippines 2008 Experience by Icezorg
  71. I was at WordCamp Philippines 2008 by Gail Villanueva
  72. WordCamp Philippines 2008 Ramblings by Sarah Cada
  73. Weekend Snapshots #6 WordCamp Philippines by Joni Ang
  74. WordCamp Philippines 2008: Bloggers Made Better by WazzupManila
  75. My WordCamp 2008 Experience by Paul Villacorta
  76. Success! by WordCamp Philippines Blog
  77. WordCamp Philippines 2008 by Tina Elaine
  78. On Being a Remarkable Responsible Blogger by Scrumptious Anime Blog
  79. Word-FN-Camp! by The Deranged Writer
  80. WordCamp Philippines 2008 – a success! by The Mindanao Bloggers
  81. WordCamp Philippines, below expectations by Kevin Georg Paquet
  82. My WordCamp Experience by The Grape Bunch
  83. WordCamp Philippines 2008: Wicked! by Andrew Dela Serna
  84. WordCamp Philippines 2008 Video Highlights by Buddy Gancenia
  85. WordCamped by La Dolce Vita
  86. The WordCamp that was by Oliver Robillo
  87. WordCamp Philippines 2008: A Blast! Rein Winds
  88. WordCamp Philippines 2008 by On the 8 Spot
  89. WordCamp Philippines 2008: Awesome! by i.PH News and Updates
  90. WordCamp: Developing WordPress Plugins by Markku Seguerra
  91. A Day of Firsts! by Sablay.Org
  92. WordCamp Made Me Sick by Charmed Mom
  93. WordCamp Philippines 2008 by Aileen Apolo
  94. I was at WordCamp Philippines 2008 by Sun Choke
  95. My Wordcamp 2008 Experience by Chiq Montes
  96. My WordCamp Philippines 2008 Story by Ria Jose
  97. WordCamp Philippines = WIN by Dean Lozarie

Please let me know if you have a post about the event; I’d be glad to add it to the list of links. 😀

I also have some rough photos of the event:


Found this news article covering WordCamp Philippines 2008 from GMANews.TV

Speaking at the Y4IT 2008 Conference

Yesterday, I had my second speaking engagement at the Philippine Youth Congress in Information Technology or Y4IT Conference. I was a late inclusion in the line-up last year and I gladly obliged, but I was included in this year’s roster of speakers early on and so I was able to cook up something nice for the audience.

Last year, I talked about “Web 2.0 and You,” which was a primer on, well, Web 2.0. This year, I got a little bit crazy had the talk “The Internets Next Big Star You!” where I talked about how ordinary people are getting famous through the Internet, deliberately on accidentally. I started my talk by citing Arnel Pineda, Charice Pempengco and the Cebu Inmates’ Thriller viral video as examples then proceeded on detailing how internet fame comes about. A nice case study I showed was the “iPhone Girl” case where a factory girl in China became an internet sensation overnight by mistake. We had a meaty Q&A after, which is good because it showed me that my talk got people interested. 😀

I’ve found speaking before a big crowd a good personal challenge and I really enjoyed my spot yesterday. What’s next for me is a slot at this year’s WordCamp Philippines.

Is the Web Moving Towards a “Participation Economy”?

With the Web becoming one big glop of information, especially with bits and pieces coming from the users, business pundits have observed that personal attention has become one scarce resource. And whenever there is a scarce resource, economic theories apply. Thus the term “Attention Economy” was coined.

It may come to a surprise that as early as the 1970’s, experts have observed the deluge of information from various sources have outpaced the span of human attention. Herbert Simon wrote about this phenomenon in a 1971 journal from John Hopkins University, and was followed up by Michael Goldhaber in 1997 during the advent of the Internet in his article The Attention Economy and the Net. The blogosphere has also taken notice of the Attention Economy.

Web 2.0 has undoubtedly accelerated the pace of information creation and codification in the last half decade and if was hard to get people’s attention then, it surely is harder now, even with new ways of interrupting and distracting people from their digital lives.

But from what I observe, there is something that has become crucial today for the web these days– it’s Participation. This could very well be the new “P” of Marketing for this generation (with Product, Price, Place and Promotion being the other “P’s” of marketing.) Participation for the Web 2.0 world creates the most value for web platforms. If attention is akin to money, as said by Goldhaber, then participation is the gold and silver being traded in the London Bullion Market.

Participation is the activity that creates the customer experience and would ultimately determine his or her satisfaction with a web application. Think about it– it’s easy to notice a website, but think how much a site or social application must do in order to get you to participate? Taking this further, once you have participated and felt satisfied, wouln’t you be feel more engaged? I came up with this simple model to illustrate my point:

Attention-Participation-Engagement Model
The Attention-Participation-Engagement Model for the Web

I’ve called this model the “Attention-Participation-Engagement Model for the Web” where attention leads to participation which then would lead to user engagement.

There are probably around 80 million blogs today and that number will grow. Each will vie for your attention, but how many will you engage in conversation with?

Back into The Game

I haven’t been building websites since I started my MBA last year. The reason? Well, business school has been very demanding and I’ve been caught up analyzing financial statements and crafting marketing strategies rather than busting out the elegant standards-compliant sites I’ve done in the past. I’ve also settled for doing speaking engagements and being a conduit for projects & managing them than taking on the projects themselves. (Hmmm… I think I could add “Web Designer Agent” to my resume… :P)

From a creative person’s point of view, business school is a place where the grand creative spark can be whittled down to a little flicker. It may be analogous to the whole “Management is where geeks go to die” business I read in Slashdot a few years back. (Whoa! Another Slashdot reference) But if you know where your strengths are, you can thrive in Marketing, or even Finance. I’m sure the guys at Enron were really, really creative.

But thanks to my relatively easy schedule for the past couple of weeks, I’m back in the game! I’m doing the design and development for the website of a Non-Government Organization and I sure am feeling the rust. I’ve never been out of the web industry totally, but I need to brush up on the cutting edge stuff (Geek mode on!). I’ve left the web craft for almost a year and I kinda feel a lot has happened in terms of the maturity of CSS and Web Standards implementations.

Ah, it sure feels good to be back in the game. 😀

The 2008 Philippine Youth Congress in Information Technology (Y4IT 2008)


For the second straight year, I’ll be speaking at the Philippine Youth Congress in Information Technology or simply, Y4IT. This year’s series of talks will be held at its original home– the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City from September 2-5, 2008.

Like the previous years, Y4IT will be focusing on contemporary and new technology that today’s youth will find useful and beneficial in their future careers. In my talk last year, the title of my talk was “Web 2.0 and You,” where, to my surprise, I introduced Web 2.0 to over 1,500 college and high school students. This year, I’m shifting my attention to the entertainment aspect of the Web. I thought of a catchy title and what I came up with was “The Internet’s Next Big Star– You!” I’m quite excited about it because I’ll be talking about a topic that combines two of my favorite subjects: The Web and entertainment.

Other topics for the multi-day event include eLearning 2.0, Blogging, CGI in Film Animation, Social Networking, Blu-Ray Technology, IT Certifications, Careers in Embedded Systems, Podcasting, PhilNITS as a National IT Standard, What Employers Look for in IT Graduates, Outsourcing & Offshoring, Ruby on Rails.

If you have the time, drop by UP Diliman in the first week of September. 🙂