UPDATE II: Google Philippines has joined the efforts by helping large TV networks contextualize the disaster areas. The link to the team and the maps can be found here. If there are others missing, please contribute to this page.
UPDATE: You can proceed to Philippine Aid for donations and more information about the Ondoy aftermath. So far, the site has raised USD $6,000.00 in donations from the International community. Thank you very much!
Hi, this is Jayvee Fernandez, chief editor of Splashpress Media. As you may have witnessed in mainstream media, the blogs, and Twitter (we are trending), the Philippines (where I’m from) has been hit by the worst flood in recent history because of typhoon ‘Ketsana’ / ‘Ondoy.’ The media has labeled this an epic flood since 1967. One month’s worth of rainfall in the span of 6 hours. It is so epic, it has its own Tumblr account.
As I write this entry from a safe refuge, I cannot say the same for many other citizens and blogger friends who have had their material possessions, including cars, washed away. A detailed account can be read here, courtesy of Manolo Quezon.
The local blogging community has been adamant and vigilant disseminating information about relief centers, hotline numbers, donations and other such efforts through Facebook, Twitter, and our other local social networks (we’re glad that most still have Internet, despite cellular networks conking out). it is during times like these when we realize how powerful social media can be in the absence of conventional networks.
A single mother from Manila has put up a blog documenting her 5 year old son’s brave fight against cancer, specifically Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL). The entries document conversations between her and her son Mio, and how he has been reacting to the treatments.
These don’t come often in the archilepago in South East Asia. June 12 2009 (GMT +8 so they’re advanced) is Independence Day in the Philippines. And Google is first to greet. The logo today represents the colors of the Philippine flag, three stars and the sun. The sun’s design is quite reminiscent as well of the tees made for WordCamp Philippines ’08 (video).
If you’re half way around the world and still awake, you can catch the 5th iBlog conference right now on live stream. Currently on its 5th year, iBlog is the longest running conference in the Philippines that brings the entire blogging community together. Morning sessions are usually dedicated to niche blogging topics such as blogging basics, photo blogging, video blogging, mobile blogs and SEO tips.
The afternoon session discusses more about the local blog industry including blog advertising, viral marketing campaigns, and the role of bloggers in the Philippine political scene preparing for the 2010 presidential elections.
The 2008 Philippine Blog Awards was concluded Saturday evening with the awarding ceremonies at the Esplanade in Pasay City, Metro Manila. Finalists in the 23 categories were narrowed down from hundreds of nominees, with winners selected by judges from various fields, mostly in the new media industry.
With the aim of recognizing notable Filipino-owned blogs in different niches, the Philippine Blog Awards was launched in 2007 to showcase notable blogs with quality content that engages readers from around the globe. This second year of the event marked the inclusion of network blogs written by Filipinos, blogs written by mainstream media practitioners as well as local corporations that use blogs are effective communication tools.
Two of our folks from Splashpress Media (which also owns the Blog Herald) were also finalists: Sophia Lucero’s Stellify.net was a finalist for Best Blog Design, and this writer for Best Network Blogger.