Happy 20th Birthday, Philippine Internet!

Over 14 years ago, I interviewed Manny V. Pangilinan and Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala II about ecommerce and convergence as a tech reporter for the Philippine Daily Inquirer, for an article that came out on print and online at INQUIRER.net.

You can read the archived story here. As we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Philippine Internet, here’s hoping more Filipinos will have access to the Internet and benefit from ecommerce and convergence.

Here’s an excerpt:

Ayala also co-chairs the National Information Technology Council, the country’s highest IT policy-making body. Like Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. president and CEO Manuel V. Pangilinan, Ayala is a member of the Estrada administration’s Council of Senior Economic Advisers. And though the respective conglomerates that they represent might be rivals in several fields–such as the Ayala Group’s Globe Telecom and Metro Pacific’s Smart Communications Inc.–Ayala and Pangilinan were in complete agreement on the need to remove legal obstacles to convergence.

Read the full story.

For more updates on the 20th anniversary of the Philippine Internet, check out the #20PHNet hashtag on Twitter.

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How to piss off bloggers and drive away influencers

I’m happy to report that I’m among the initial batch of LinkedIn users given access to their publishing tool.

Here’s an excerpt from my first post on LinkedIn.

Still, I believe the first thing you should be asking yourself before reaching out to a blogger and inviting him or her to your event is: “What’s my story?” You know something’s wrong when you think the most important question is “What’s the venue?” or “What kind of food will I serve?” or “What’s my raffle prize/blogger kit/giveaway?”

I’m a big believer in the power of blogging and citizen journalism, and I know that many bloggers are very passionate about the content they create and the community that they’ve built. Remember, it usually takes bloggers years of hard work to grow their audience and build a following. They did this for their readers, not for your company, so your goal should be to develop long-term relationships based on mutual respect.

Read the full post and let’s connect on LinkedIn.

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Happy Birthday, Ellen!

Happy Birthday to my awesome wife Ellen — my best friend, my better half, my soul mate.

I love you so much, B, and I will always love you and strive to be worthy of your love. We’ve been through a lot and have overcome a lot of challenges to get to where we are now.

I’m grateful to God that we met each other, and that we’re making our dreams come true, creating great memories each day, and building a brighter future for us and Sam. Happy Birthday, B! Sam and I love you so much!

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