The biggest things to hit the Philippines in 2014? Wicked, Spotify, Tim Ho Wan, H&M, McRibs, Sasha Grey, Uber. The last one has earned the ire of the LTFRB (because it falls under colorum vehicles) and that of local legislators (because it’s so easy to jump on a bandwagon to pick their next political crusade), but it’s no simple victim here. In just a few weeks, the local headlines went […]
Clearly taking a page from The New York Times’s A Game of Shark and Minnow, which in turn had its roots in the controversial Snow Fall, The Official Gazette of the Republic of the Philippines has published a special section of its website for the Sesquicentennial of Andres Bonifacio. It focuses on “Monumento”, his famous edifice in the north. The page starts with a CloudFlare loading screen; a jarring but […]
Update (09/15/10): The New Philippines Free press is up. Update (07/26/10): gov.ph now runs WordPress, but per technogra.ph, it returns a lot of missing pages and database error messages. Here’s a thought: news sites should take a page out of the Philippines Free Press and use WordPress themes instead. I’m not entirely serious here, because it’s yet another example of how pathetic Philippine websites are, from the highest office in […]
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 […]
Three stories in three weeks condemning the use of the Internet for freedom of speech. (Or libel, you decide.) We’re on a roll!
“Sorry na po, sorry na po…tama na…tama na po…” “Hindi nila kami kilala! Sabihin mo nga sa kanila kung sino ako!” “Nakakahiya kayo. Singkwenta’y sais anyos ang tatay ko. And kapatid ko kakatorse anyos. Anong ilalaban nila sayo?” “Tatandaan kita!” “Maam, umalis na po kayo, may mga baril sila…Maam…umalis na po kayo please…” Friday, December 26, 2008. Bambee dela Paz and her family had an encounter with a father-son political […]
Lately we’ve had several whistleblowers risking their lives so that Filipinos may know the truth. Those who are outraged have upgraded their means of communication from texting to blogging; they’ve even come up with a backronym for it: Electronic Data Swarm Against Arroyo (EDSA). But that addresses only the current political crisis, and not the greater illness plaguing the whole government. How do you moderate greed and corruption? Could it […]
Two weeks ago I tagged along with my mom on an international conference, the ICAS5 or International Convention of Asia Scholars, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She read two papers and was chair for one of the panels. Since I finally finished school (I’m not the type who skips school for any leisure traveling) and can work anywhere Risk has an internet connection, nothing was stopping me from finally stepping out […]
Rattling off online and offline happenings interwined with one another. UP Blogger’s Circle Meetup BA, Marielle, Noel, J (and his family), Phillip, Garro, and I met at The Chocolate Kiss Cafe (downstairs then moved upstairs) for the first offline meeting of the UP Blogger’s Circle last Friday. ‘Twas difficult coming up with a rigid plan with all our questions, but we all agreed we wanted an offline presence—otherwise we won’t […]
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