Cebu bloggers to meet tomorrow

Several Cebu-based bloggers are set to meet tomorrow at 2 p.m. in Bo’s Coffee shop near Capitol and Cebu Doctor’s Hospital. The meet-up is being organized by Winston, the blogger at BatangYagit.com. Quite a few Cebu-based bloggers have already confirmed their attendance. I’m also attending the event and, if I can remember to bring them,… Continue reading Cebu bloggers to meet tomorrow

Despite existence of open source products, many still use pirated software: CICT secretary

THE Philippines still lacks awareness of and support for free and open source software (FOSS), Commission on Information and Communications Technology (CICT) Secretary Ray Anthony Roxas-Chua III said yesterday. Chua, in his speech during the opening of the Philippine Open Source Summit at the Cebu International Convention Center (CICC) early today, said that despite the… Continue reading Despite existence of open source products, many still use pirated software: CICT secretary

Philippine Open Source Summit opens

Blogger’s note: Hit refresh to read updates. I’m live-blogging event. The Philippine Open Source Summit is now open at the Cebu International Convention Center in Mandaue City. The two-day summit is Vice Mayor Michael Rama, speaking for Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmena, told the delegates that information and communications technology (ICT) should always be guided… Continue reading Philippine Open Source Summit opens

ümobile: ad-funded mobile network launches in Cebu

I attended the Cebu launch last May 24 of ümobile, the first advertising-funded mobile phone network in the country, and boy was it the loudest telecoms-related launch I’ve ever covered. It was the sexiest, too. The launching was held in Club Vudu and by the time it ended, I knew more about what “Vudulicious” was… Continue reading ümobile: ad-funded mobile network launches in Cebu

The Internet is for sale

Do you have a spare P350,000? The Internet, apparently, is for sale for that amount. I regularly read the classified ads section of Sun.Star Cebu, the paper I work for. At any given day, you’d have people selling anything from pets, houses, power tools to second-hand vehicles to adult toys (under Various Items, together with… Continue reading The Internet is for sale

Munisipyo Wi-Fi

I spent a day in Argao recently and was pleasantly surprised to find several dependable and free Wi-Fi hotspots. I was surprised because in Cebu City, free Wi-Fi access isn’t as widespread as they say it is in places such as Davao City. Many shops, at least the last time I went warbiking or going… Continue reading Munisipyo Wi-Fi

Is Sony Ericsson trying to buy off Cebu journalists?

What if politicians announce, during their press conferences, that they will be holding a “writing” contest and the journalist who publishes the “best article” about the press conference gets to win P5,000 in cash. What do you call that? If you were a journalist or a blogger, what would you feel? That, in effect, is… Continue reading Is Sony Ericsson trying to buy off Cebu journalists?

Read this and weep

Here’s a quiz for you. Look at the photo below (don’t read the caption yet). Which is more expensive? Is it 1.) the street lamp on this road in Mandaue City in Cebu or 2.) the motorcycle and the bag that contains a laptop, digital camera, and various other gadgets of my trade? Here’s a… Continue reading Read this and weep

When you cover a motel fire, make sure you’re not a regular

A radio reporter was busted on air while covering a fire that gutted New Colon Lodge in downtown Cebu City last Feb. 16. The broadcast journalist was reporting live and conducting interviews when, I’m told, the seedy motel’s front desk clerk shrieked “suki!!!” Suki is what Filipinos call a frequent customer. I wasn’t able to… Continue reading When you cover a motel fire, make sure you’re not a regular