“Ours is a society where polite small talk takes the form of inquisitions about body weight, oftentimes the spirit of levity masking impoliteness.”

Says it all.

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Letras y Figuras

Justin Leyva crafted lettering that’s all about Jose Rizal, which is awesome.

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Today in the Philippine Twittersphere: fighting the Book Blockade

Update (05/25/09): The Philippine Star reports that President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has lifted the book tax imposed by the Department of Finance / Bureau of Customs. Also, a postscript from Robin Hemley, the first to write about the whole thing. The Great Book Blockade of 2009 has been buzzing for a few weeks now, but not as loudly as one would have wanted. It’s about the taxation of books and the […]

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Survey for people who make websites in the Philippines

To all the Filipino people who make websites, we would greatly appreciate it if you could answer our survey. (With apologies to A List Apart. Will report the progress of the web design conference we’re planning—soon.)

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WordCamp Philippines 2008 Highlights: Development Track, State of the Word, Web Standards, Random Fire

My highlights from WordCamp Philippines 2008, held on September 6 at De La Salle – College of St. Benilde:

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When GMA Resigns…

Edit (12/15/08): Obama won. But will GMA resign?

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Urduja

On Urduja, the first full-length Filipino animated film about a legendary warrior princess from Pangasinan: Maybe our culture is so enmeshed with foreign culture that we can no longer distinguish one from the other. The story is ours; the animation isn’t. It would have been better if we handed our history and mythology over to Disney; I bet they would have created something more Filipino.

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How Do You Bring Reading and Learning to Philippine Cellphones?

EDSA Dos. Electronic cash. Train passes. Dual-SIM phones. Miss calling phones. Most of the innovations in this texting republic take on specific and unique needs—be it avoiding theft, minimizing expenses, or ousting no less than the President of the Philippines. Could literacy and education be added to that list? Last night I learned literacy rates among Filipinos have diminished by 7% since 2003. And that predictably, text messaging and online […]

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ABS-CBN Signs an Advertising Deal with Multiply

Yesterday I learned Philippine television giant ABS-CBN has signed an advertising deal with social networking site Multiply. The official press release writes: The partnership allows Multiply to monetize a significant portion of its traffic while still retaining a primary focus on product development and global customer acquisition. Unlike MySpace or Facebook but like Friendster, Multiply has become very popular in this country (39% of its site traffic and 5th largest […]

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Design + code + words for a better web, made in the Philippines by Sophia Lucero.