July 4, 2006

We are currently attending “Express Yourself!”, a blogging and podcasting workshop by the Friedrich Nauman Foundation-Philippines. Coming from various preoccupations and geographical locations, the participants are: Jennifer Y. Javier (Light Rail Transit Authority-Manila), Remedios N. Garcia (International Property Office-Manila), Fidel L. Esteban (Kabataang Liberal ng Pilipinas-Manila), Sara Jane A. Suguitan (Ateneo de Manila School of Law), Felicito C. Payumo (Liberal Party-Manila), Donna M. Babadilla (Liberal Party-Manila), Precy Obja-an (Isis International-Manila), Josefa Inocencia Natividad (Joint Monitoring Committee-Manila), Ruby Ann Kagaoan-Calo (American Institute of Learning-Manila), Flordelyn Eyana (Office of Senate President Drilon-Manila), Argee Gallardo ( Liberal Party-Manila), Roda L. Cisnero J.D. (Tanggapang Panligal ng Katutubong Pilipino-Baguio), Manuel Mejorada (Provincial Capitol of Iloilo), Jason B. Mande (City Government of Antique), Jose Jason L. Chancoco (OragonRepublic), Ma. Elena Cardinez (City Government of Vigan), Lawrence Joseph M. Nogra (City Government of Naga), M. Husni Thamrin (Friedrich Naumann Foundation-Indonesia), Sung-eun Lim (Friedrich Naumann Foundation-Korea).

Fellows from outside of Metro-Manila are provided transportation allowance and billeted at the Asian Institute of Management Conference Center. The workshop runs from July 4-6 in 76 Amorsolo St., San Lorenzo Village, Makati City.

So far we have had three speakers, Manolo Quezon III giving an overview of political blogging and podcasting in the Philippines, Ronald Meinardus of FNF lecturing on basic editorial and journalistic guidelines for creating high-impact blogs and how to identify and write about issues that matter–not only to the blogger, Abe Olandres of Pinoyblog expounding on the different blog providers and facilitating a step-by-step tutorial on setting up a blog using wordpress.

The workshop is part of the FNF’s advocacy on Liberalism particularly in the Philippine political set-up. Needless to say, we assent to this ideology–that blogging is freedom. We already articulated on this in a previous entry. However, as blogging is a potent instrument for reform, it can also be used for political character assassinations and perversions. Though all blogs are created equal a good bloghopper knows the ones with substance and value. 

Also the internet remains to be quite an urban commodity. We noted that in blogging the marginalized has the chance to be heard but still this is true only for those with internet access. That is why some bloggers take on the cause of these people, like an academic scholar echoing their concerns through critical papers. Thus blogging is not purely personal. It is just a chance for us to express ourselves but in the light of our milieu.



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