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Important note to all The Filipino Scribe subscribers

If you received a notification about this post through email, then you are one of the subscribers of The Filipino Scribe (TFS). Before anything else, I’d like to thank each of you for being regular readers of this blog.

As I have said time and again, this blog has gone a long way from its simple beginnings back in 2011. After three years and 552 articles, TFS has now received over 2.6 million page views. As the sole administrator of this blog, I can’t help but be proud of that achievement.

In those three years, TFS has been hosted in Since WordPress takes care of everything, from backing up of blog entries to page security, I was able to focus my (limited!) time on writing.

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


However, this set-up is like me just renting an apartment instead of having my own house. Although has been a magnificent host, I felt it’s high time for TFS to be self-hosted.

This will give me more flexibility to tweak this site as I please, particularly its overall appearance. This will also allow me to earn more from this endeavor. As I noted in a post last January, I have earned very little through WordAds.

I am leaning toward tapping BlueHost as my new blog host, with as the new platform. If the entire migration process go smoothly, you shall see the upgraded version of TFS by April 21 at the latest.

For now, I am asking all WordPress subscribers of TFS to re-subscribe by entering your email address in the space provided in the right side of this web page (below “Subscribe to this blog!”). You can see it just above my Twitter widget.

As one song says, “This is not goodbye, this is starting over.” See you all very soon. 😉

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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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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)

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.

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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

Notes From The Philippines’ first anniversary and thoughts on the next two years

My blog marked its first year anniversary on the cyberspace yesterday, March 31. Like a proud parent whose child just celebrated his/her first birthday, I would like to take this opportunity to look back at how far things have gone for this blog in that short a time.

Of course, it did not happen overnight. During the first three months of my blog, it received on the average less than 10 views per day. The site’s viewership went uphill since then, prompting WordPress to include this last September in their global list of Growing Blogs. Contents from this blog had been excerpted in three Philippine broadsheets and a Cebu City tabloid. And, as you can see through a badge in the right side, this site received the Best Text Blog award during the 7th Annual Population and Development (PopDev) Media Awards held last year – a feat I hope to duplicate this 2012.

While it is true that maintaining a blog site is time consuming and not exactly financially rewarding, I enjoy being able to write often. I get a kick whenever people tell me that the information I post here is useful for them (even though they don’t know my name).

Please don’t take the subtitle “Writing about everything” literally. If you are looking for articles on food, fashion, and IPhones, this site is not for you. Nevertheless, I do write about a wide-array of topics. Here are examples:

David Archuleta ‘Forevermore’ track list and album cover – released! – March 9, 2012

Inquirer’s photo of Demetrio Vicente: Tasteless and unethical – March 14, 2012

Emilio Aguinaldo Day in Cavite – March 22, 2012 pay rules – March 18 2012

It is not exaggeration for me to say that this blog had opened a lot of opportunities for me. Since most of my writings are now accessible to the public, more people had been appreciative of how I do my craft. I am grateful to non-government organizations like The Forum for Family Planning and Development and Alyansa Tigil-Mina for believing that this blog is in a position to promote their respective causes.

David Archuleta to fans: "I'll be back!" Notice the #DA2014 hash tag

Now, you’re probably curious as to why I mentioned about “the next two years” on the title. Here’s why. As some of you might already know, 2008 American Idol runner-up David Archuleta has began his two-year hiatus from the music industry last March 29 to serve as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints (or more commonly, the Mormon Church).

In a farewell video for his fans posted on YouTube, Archuleta hoped his fans would stick around and wait for him to return once his mission ends in 2014. Aside from promoting the hash tag #DA2014 on Twitter, some of his fans have started an online countdown to the day he will return from missionary work. I would write more about David Archuleta on a future post. For now, let me reflect on the two-year timeframe in relation to myself.

Two years ago, I remember feeling extreme desperation because of the monumental task of trying to finish my journalism thesis (I graduated on time, of course). Between that time and the present, I’ve had published articles on one hand and had gotten two awards on the other. I am now on my third semester as an MA History student in UP Diliman. And, to share something more personal, I have undergone an open gallbladder removal surgery last December due to gallstones.

I want to share with you what I want to achieve in the next two years. Between now and 2014, I wish to have more recognition. Besides that, I want my blog to have more publicity. So much for high dreams like that! A more realistic goal is this one: Before I turn 24, I should have already earned my MA degree.

I will end this post by saying thanks to all my readers, subscribers, and blogging partners! I am sharing this milestone to all of you! Special thanks to The Profesional Heckler, Ms Raissa Robles, and Arvie Rex Abrea of  for letting me promote my posts on their sites.

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