Blogging in the Philippines
Blogging has truly evolved in the Philippines. A long time ago, probably a decade, blogging was just merely a part of online journal activity by some aspiring individuals who wanted to be heard in the world wide web. Initially called ‘web log’ because all data journals were logged on the Internet. It then evolved to online term ‘we blog’ for a common name by individuals – who were not even called netizens back then, derived from web log, obviously.
Twenty years of Internet, and the Filipino bloggers became one of the major sources of news, fashion, travel, business, and what’s not and what’s cool inside and out of the country. Thanks to the fast rising Internet services, those who came from the dial-up stages can now easily download megabytes files of photos and movies into their computers and laptops. The rise of Internet connectivity also gave bloggers more access on the internet. Thanks to SMART and Globe Telecom for providing the country Internet services, way better, let’s say than five years ago.
This opportunity to access the world wide web by Filipino bloggers gave them enough time to socialize online (and offline) and bond with fellow social media specialists around the world.
Welcome, Philippine Bloggers Network!
And so this group of bloggers was born out of the rising need to maintain the quality standards of being a blogger. These Filipino bloggers set up a group called Philippine Bloggers Network or PBNet in 2013 and last December 18, 2014 they took the first step to formalize the organization by inducting its first officers and members in a simple ceremony officiated by Louis Casambre, Department of Science and Technology Undersecretary and Executive Director of Information and Communications Technology Office
Casambre said in his keynote address as PBNet looks for a brighter year ahead, “2015 will be very special. It will be the first year of Philippine free wi-fi and hopefully TV whitespace, which have the power to bring what all of us have been enjoying for so long. With these two, next year is our chance to fix the digital divide in our country and provide Internet in unserved areas. We should all rally behind it for next yaer to make it work.”
PBNet members have been forging activities since 2013. This year, during its first general membership meeting last May 17 held at its Official Headquarters at vOffice, Bonifacio Global City, the following were elected as officers: Raffy Pedrajita (http://digitalspidey.com/), President; Ian Irving Bacungan (http://theroguewriter.net/), Vice President-Internal; Ron Villagonzalo (http://wahpinas.com/), Vice President-External; Rafael Pekson II (http://miniphilippines.cm/), Secretary; Arabelle Jimenez (http://arabellejimenez.com/), Treasurer; Marlon Magtira (http://techTV.ph/) and Azrael Coladilla (http://azraelcoladilla.com/), Directors.
Other members of the group include: Gian Carlo Viterbo (http://gadgetpilipinas.net/), Mary Anne Barbieto (http://buhaykuneho.net), Edel Santiago (thekitchengoddess.blogspot.com), Eli Villagonzalo (http://elifestylemanila.com), Myrna Roman (http://myrnaroman.com), Enzo Luna (http://juanmanilaexpress.com), Ted Claudio (http://wazzup.ph), and Irene Enriquez (http://girlygeek.ph).
With their own respective niche followers as online publishers, PBNet members cover travel, food, lifestyle, technology, business, and entertainment industries.
Pedrajita, Magtira, and Bacungan promote blogging insights in Bloggers’ Hour radio program every Friday, 11:00 AM-12:00 NN at DWDD 1134lHz Katropa Radio with live streaming over http://dwdd.com.ph/
Ron Villagonzalo, Pekson, and Enriquez are advocating freelance and work at home employment and entrepreneurship through series of seminars.
In his message during the officers’ induction, Pedrajita said, “As PBNet aims to develop and enhance the skills toward responsible blogging of its members, the organization will be gearing up to spearhead in educating Filipino bloggers on ideal manners and proper ethics in delivering digital publication.”
“Being at the forefront of providing significant and credible information, PBNet will become the premier bloggers’ organization in the country,” added Pedrajita as his parting words before PBNet officers and members.
Come 2015, nominations and applications for new members will be opened to interested individuals.
Please visit the official site of Philippine Bloggers Network http://bloggers.net.ph/.
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