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Marking The Filipino Scribe’s third anniversary

Yesterday was the third anniversary of The Filipino Scribe (TFS). I can still remember the exact circumstance when I began this blog. It was late afternoon of March 31, 2011 and I am still working as an editor for a book publishing firm.

I haven’t really written in a long time so I felt an urge to have an online diary of sorts for my thoughts. I never imagined that within the next three years, my life would be greatly shaped by this blog. We’ve had 538 blog posts so far and 2.6 million total page views.

I want to personally apologize to all the readers of this blog. You may have been disappointed by the fact that TFS has gone untouched for over three weeks last month. Believe me, that’s not something I wanted to happen.

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The Filipino Scribe’s interface as seen mobile (credits to my student Miguel Maravilla)

No matter how much will I have to write, working as a full-time college professor took most of my time. The past few weeks had been extremely busy for me since it coincided with the end of the past semester (where we got flooded with tasks like checking papers and computing grades). Now that I’m already on a summer break, expect TFS to have more frequent blog posts.

Anyway, I’d also like to share that I have just completed two school years teaching in college. By my estimate, I’ve already handled about 1,000 students. I enjoy interacting with students from diverse backgrounds and different personalities.

I’m happy to be part of their college life. Needless to say, they’ve also become a part of my life. And I firmly believe that our paths crossed for a reason.

Teaching is a grossly underpaid profession, but it puts you in a position to influence minds and shape the future like no other. Whichever direction the wind takes me in the future, I’d look back at the past two years with much pride and happiness.

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Happy New Year from The Filipino Scribe!

In a few hours (depends on your time zone), we’ll be saying goodbye to 2013. The past year has been a banner year for The Filipino Scribe (TFS) and for me personally. The blog has now received over 2.2 million page views, more than half of it from 2013 alone. Here are the top blog posts from the past year:

  1. Marjorie Barretto photo scandal?
  2. Aquino’s animosity toward Tacloban City mayor hampering relief efforts?
  3. Chito Miranda Neri Naig scandal video?
  4. Wally Bayola sex video scandal?
  5. Anderson Cooper talks about ‘Yolanda’ on the Letterman show
  6. Proclamation 459 – Philippine holidays for 2013
  7. ‘Download USJR sex video scandal?’
  8. Is Charice Pempengco lesbian? And so?
  9. ‘Download Arno Morales sex video scandal?’
  10. Gregory John Smith, owner of stolen photo, speaks out
  11. Comedienne jokes about Filipino children on BBC show
  12. Anne Hathaway and Ricky Lo – The Interview
  13. Korina Sanchez vs Anderson Cooper and journalism ethics
  14. On Kristel Tejada’s suicide
  15. Mark Joseph Solis’ ‘stolen shots’

Five of the most viewed posts this year feature a ‘scandal,’ which proves that even in the Internet, ‘sex sells.’ In fact according to Google, Chito Miranda, Neri Naig, Wally Bayola, and EB babe Yosh are the most searched about celebrities in the country this year.

At this point, I’d like to share stories behind some of my other notable posts this year. My blog entry about Marjorie Barretto’s photo scandal proved to be my most controversial post so far.

Her camp, through lawyer Lorna Kapunan, sent me a letter demanding that I take down Barretto’s photo as well as the write-up itself.  In the end, they had to admit publicly that the woman in the photos circulating is indeed Barretto for them to have a reason to threaten us with a possible lawsuit.

Three articles related to super typhoon Yolanda (international code name Haiyan) also received huge page views this year. The issue can be dissected from many angles and I’m pretty certain I’ll be writing about it again soon.

Personally, this has also been a big year for me. I’m now in the thesis proposal stage of my master’s program, with the goal of finishing it by 2015. Despite the distractions, I am still committed to having the degree before I turn 25.

At this point, I’d like to give a shout out who gave me speaking opportunities this past year, most notably Ms Janette Toral of the Philippine Blogging Summit, De la Salle University, UP Socius (from UP Los Banos),the Center for the Professional Advancement of Educators, and the organizers of National Collegiate Journalism Conference hosted by Mapua Institute of Technology. I am grateful to be given the chance to share to others what I know.

I’ll never be tired of thanking all readers and subscribers of TFS. If not for you, this website will be just like any fly-by-night blog out there. Your continued support is highly appreciated, as always.

According to Chinese calendar, 2014 is the year of the horse, which also happens to be my birth symbol (I was born in 1990, and the cycle repeats every 12 years). Cheers to more big things ahead for 2014!  🙂

Click here to see the complete report prepared by

Here’s an excerpt:

The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 1,400,000 times in 2013. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 60 days for that many people to see it.


Thanks for the two million page views!

Last Monday, The Filipino Scribe finally reached the 2,000,000 views mark. It’s a quite remarkable feat given that I only began blogging regularly in mid-2011. To all loyal readers, thank you so much for your continued support. As you probably noticed, I haven’t been able to update this site as much as before. Obviously, being a college instructor is such a taxing job. Nevertheless, I will do my best to write as regularly as before again. 😉

Right now, I feel that TFS is already at a cross roads. Shall I remain as its sole writer or is it time for it to evolve into a collaborative site? In the next few months, I shall be exploring those possibilities. For now, I’d like to thank you once again for hanging right there.

Let me end this post by asking you to take the time to help Typhoon Yolanda victims.  You may send your donations to the following education institutions:

Quezon City Polytechnic University

#673 Quirino Highway , San Bartolome , Novaliches , Quezon City

Contact person: Ellirie (09396707619)

Maurine 09107611747

University of Caloocan City

Contact Person: Jesper (09106184479)

I’m in the book “Career Life Choices” by Central Books!

Two years ago, Ms Eva Echin-Turner, a Filipina based in New South Wales Australia, ran advertisements in Manila Bulletin and Philippine Star asking interested parties to submit stories about their high school life for an upcoming book project. What got me interested into the project (aside from the honorarium, haha) is that it gave me the opportunity to sit down and write about the ups and downs of my life as a student of Ramon Magsaysay High School (RMHS)-Manila.

I have wanted to do that throughout my four years as an undergraduate in University of the Philippines-Diliman but due to my schedule, I wasn’t able to do so. A few days after reading about her project, I sent Ms Turner an email, and that initial exchange eventually led to a close working relationship between us. I am honored to have the task of editing the work of some of my fellow contributions. It made me realize early on the trailblazing nature of the project on hand.

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The main appeal of the book is that it features the lives of ordinary people whose stories of triumph and failure are so relatable to everyone (“relatable” is a relatively new word). The book has eighteen contributors coming from different backgrounds – accountants, a lawyer, a biology lecturer, a composer, an online journalist (ahem!), among others. Ms Turner says she wants her first book to “serve as an inspiring and illuminating guide” for the younger generation as they map out their future.  A book which features stories about how to overcome poverty, family problems, humble beginnings, among other challenges on your way to success will surely meet this goal.

Despite its noble intentions, the book project met some tough challenges on its way to the printing press. Finalizing the manuscript lasted until the middle of 2012, and as soon as that is done, it’s time to look for a publisher that might be interested to support the book. As someone previously employed in the publishing industry, let me give you some insights as to how things go there.

Book projects are divided into two: textbooks and trade books. Textbooks are the ones used in schools while examples of trade books include memoirs, novels, etc. Publishing firms prioritize textbooks over the latter because textbooks have definite customers (e.g. teachers and students). After some months of uncertainty, a major breakthrough happened last December 2012 when Ms Turner finalized a publication deal with Central Books Supply.

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Ms Eva Turner (the one carrying the book) together with ten of the contributors.

Central Books is no stranger to me since it’s the same firm that published “Kon(tra)teksto,” one of the recent books of Professor Danilo Arao. True to her word, Ms Turner sent each of us contributors an advanced copy of the book. Reading my autobiography two years after I first wrote it made me chuckle a bit though I can’t help but be amazed at how far things have gone for me in the 11 years since I entered RMHS Manila. Indeed, certain events during high school have left an indelible mark on me years after.

I feel blessed with wonderful opportunities and helpful mentors who’ve played a big role throughout my life. If there’s one thing I learned the past three years since I finished college, it’s the fact that you can take Adidas’ “impossible is nothing” motto literally. So let me end with this advice: Aim high and dream on, for big things are in the horizon.

Read a press release about our book “Career Life Choices” courtesy of Manila Bulletin

Order “Career Life Choices” now!

The Filipino Scribe’s 2nd anniversary – 1.2 million hits!

I started The Filipino Scribe on this day exactly two years ago. To date, it has already accumulated over 1.2 million page views. According to figures from, this site has received at least 1,000 hits from readers in 22 countries outside the Philippines. Obviously, a huge chunk of these readers must be overseas Filipino workers. Meanwhile, The Filipino Scribe has also occupied the number one spot in Top Blogs Philippines’ politics and government category for 44 of the last 45 weeks.

Achieving all these feats was not in my mind when I put up this blog two years ago. As I have mentioned before, I just wanted then to resume blogging after taking a hiatus from for about a year. One particular experience as a jeepney commuter provided me the impetus to write again.

Long-time readers of this blog probably noticed that I have renamed this blog for several times already, most recently as “Notes from the Philippines.” I decided to do away with it because I thought the name is too vague. Besides, I want the blog title to have a “newspaperish” name (a la Huffington Post, if you get my drift).

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The Filipino Scribe is one of the ten national finalists to the 2012 Pinoy Expat/OFW Blog Awards

Last year, I gleefully noted that my blog won a national recognition merely months after I put it up. In contrast, 2012 was rather uneventful on that aspect. As I pointed out in a blog post last year, three organizations that usually give recognition to bloggers annually did not do so in 2012. The Filipino Scribe was one of the national finalists to the 2012 Pinoy Expat/OFW Blog Awards, ultimately getting the second highest number of votes out of the ten nominees. I do hope that this year will be better.

Of course, and I will never get tired of pointing this out, this blog continues to open lots of opportunities for me. In recent months, I’ve been invited to talk about issues related to the social media on many occasions. I’m looking forward for more in the coming months. Indeed, this is one of the perks of maintaining a popular blog.

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Photo taken during a forum on media literacy organized by senior Communication Research students from Polytechnic University of the Philippines – Manila last March 16

Let me end this post by saying thanks to people who helped me get to where this blog is right now. First, to the thousands of readers who gave this blog their time. It’s an honor to have you here. Secondly, to all fellow bloggers who included The Filipino Scribe in their blog roll. Lastly, to those organizations who believed that invited me to address their events. Maraming salamat po!


Goodbye 2012, Hello 2013! Happy New Year to all!

First, I want to greet all of you a happy new year! As we say goodbye to 2012, let me share with you the incredible milestones this blog has achieved so far. During the past year, we received 800,000 views – nearly ten times what we got in 2011. According to figures from WordPress, Aside from the Philippines, The Filipino Scribe has received at least 1,000 views from 16 other countries – United States, Canada, Singapore, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, United Kingdom, Australia, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Qatar, India, Malaysia, Mexico, and Italy.

We will end 2012 at the number one spot in Top Blogs Philippines’ politics and government category – a position it has held the past 24 weeks. Let me take this opportunity to thank all the readers and subscribers of The Filipino Scribe for making this possible. As I always say, this wouldn’t be possible without your support. You can expect this blog carry more informative and entertaining stuff in the coming year.


Meanwhile, here are my ten most posts for 2012:

1. “Where to download Ram Revilla-Janelle Manahan sex video?”

2. “Is Charice Pempengco lesbian? And so?”

3. Justin Bieber makes fun of Manny Pacquiao

4. February 25 2012 working holiday pay rules

5. Amalayer – Paul Jamie Salvosa

6. June 12 2012 Philippine Independence Day Holiday

7. On Robert Blair Carabuena

8. May 1 2012 Labor Day Holiday

9. Proclamation 459 – Philippine holidays for 2013

10. December 2011 nursing board exams results

The past year has also been very eventful to me personally. I am already done with my master’s coursework (24 units in all). Should things go on as planned, I will be able to begin working on my thesis as early as this summer with the goal of finishing it by 2014. I have also won four writing competitions – one of them organized overseas. Two weeks ago, this blog received a special citation from the organizers of the 2012 Pinoy Expat/OFW Blog Awards.

Because of my work on this blog, I appeared on one cable television talk show. I’ve also been invited to a number of  speaking engagements. Nevertheless, I am convinced that bigger things are bound to happen in 2013. Time to begin our journey through the year ahead! Happy New Year again! 🙂

Click here to see the complete annual report prepared by WordPress.

Here’s an excerpt:

About 55,000 tourists visit Liechtenstein every year. This blog was viewed about 790,000 times in 2012. If it were Liechtenstein, it would take about 14 years for that many people to see it. Your blog had more visits than a small country in Europe!


On this day exactly a year ago, I received the Best Text Blog Award from the organizers of the 7th Annual Population and Development (PopDev) Media Awards. Although I won four other competitions after that, going up that stage that night to receive my trophy remains one of the highest points of my life. As noted in a previous post, the PopDev Media Awards won’t be held this year, but despite that, I am once again running to get another blogging award. And this time, I will need your support to achieve it.

The Filipino Scribe is nominated to receive the People’s Choice Awards in the 2012 Pinoy Expats/OFW Blog Awards (PEBA). I badly need your help. You can vote in three quick steps:

1. Go to

2. In the page’s right side, you will find the list of ten nominees under the “Philippine-based bloggers” table.

3. Please check the space before nominee #8 which is The Filipino Scribe. Click ‘submit vote’ after.

The Filipino Scribe - 2012 Pinoy Expats/OFW Blog Awards

The Filipino Scribe is nominee # 8 in the 2012 Pinoy Expats/OFW Blog Awards – OFW Supporter category (credits: PEBA 2012 Facebook page)

Voting takes less than a minute and there’s no need to register. My official entry to the competition is titled “Embracing Social Media in my Life.” I have been writing about OFW-related issues long before taking part in this competition. Last year, I wrote about the “Saudization” labor policy’s potential impact not just for Filipinos already working in that country but also for other workers that are seeking jobs there.

A few months ago, I wrote about Manila Rep. Trisha Bonoan-David’s decision to kill her proposed measure that would have raised the contributions of OFWs to the government emergency fund from $25 to $50. OFW rights advocate Susan Ople went on to credit this blog for posting Bonoan-David’s actual letter to the House Majority Leader regarding her decision. Early this month, I came up with a post tackling the potential impact of Filipino-Americans in the 2012 United States presidential race between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.

According to figures from WordPress, this blog has received at least 1,000 views from readers in fifteen countries other than the Philippines. Their consistent support for my blog inspires me to continue writing more about issues they care about. Whatever happens to my participation in this year’s PEBA, I will certainly continue doing that.

Let me end this post by once again asking for your support. Please vote for The Filipino Scribe in this year’s Pinoy Expats/OFW Blog Awards simply by doing the following:

1. Go to

2. In the page’s right side, you will find the list of ten nominees under the “Philippine-based bloggers” table.

3. Please check the space before nominee #8 which is The Filipino Scribe. Click ‘submit vote’ after.

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Visit, see the right side, check the space before nominee #8 in The Filipino Scribe. Click “submit vote” and you’re done!

Voting ends on December 5. As of posting time, I remain in second place in a field of ten nominees. With the help of our blog followers and readers, victory is achievable. You can vote more than once as long as you’re using a another device.

WHAT IS AT STAKE: The recipient of the People’s Choice Award will get a citation from the organizers. Meanwhile, the top three blogs will get the following prizes:

1st Prize:             Cash Prize plus Freebies and Trophy worth P10, 000

2nd Prize:            Cash Prize plus Freebies and Trophy worth P5, 000

3rd Prize:             Cash Prize plus Freebies and Trophy worth P3, 000

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