Thursday, November 13, 2008

7 Pinoy Sites That You Arent Visiting Enough Of

Filipinos have been making digital waves on the internet for the last decade now. If you happen to reach the 10, or even 5-year mark online, then you're probably doing something right. (Hosting DOES NOT pay for itself.) But we've transcended the stuck-in-ideas phase now; hatching web projects is easier than ever --- with the wealth of free resources, newly-developed technologies and the hard work of Filipinos who have studied to be known as the hardworking programmers, designers and writers they are now.

Gone are the days when you'd make a site that was good enough to be featured on Digital Tour. (Remember that show?) Ideas are a dime-a-dozen (and other some-such cliche saying) --- the ones that stand out now are the ones that are timeless, self-sufficient and always-growing sites. Here are a couple of what I personally think are the best-hatched Pinoy sites.

Alleba - A "pure" Pinoy search engine and directory that is, impressively enough, maintained by only one person! (correct me on this one) Using a wordplay of his mother's maiden name, (Abella) Andrew dela Serna has pierced the heavens to create his dream from 2001: an all-Filipino web search/directory site. An ugaling-Pinoy (Pinoy trait) is helping out your fellow Filipinos, regardless of where you are in life; that's essentially what he did: he's made the effort in pushing purely-Filipino content out there by adding them to his directory. Additions in his directory then have a better chance of being crawled by the larger search engines.

Byahilo - If there was one word to describe Enrico Dee's Byahilo, it would be: passion. His unquenchable thirst for life has him combining his passion for travel and photography and turning it into Byahilo. When you read Byahilo, you not only get a virtual trip to the best spots in the Philippines, but you also get to find out that he's doing what he loves, and getting away with it. (Quite often, literally, in planes and boats and other forms of transportation)

Pinoy Life At Large - Then again, if you prefer getting to know the Philippines tummy first, Arpee Lazaro's Pinoy Life At Large will help you. Arpie is, in his words, a "foodie by heart" --- he will point out the best and the worst in his crusade for epicurean delights. Aside from that, he is fastly-becoming one of the most prominent bloggers in the country, with his friendly aura of sharing what he knows.

PhilMusic - Online since 1997, PhilMusic has essentially carved out a piece of Pinoy music internet history for itself. Being the longest site online that is solely devoted to Philippine music, PhilMusic has been around to share its gallery of musicians, stream (sometimes exclusive) music online, when information on a local musicians was scarce and few, way before YouTubes, Last.FMs and MySpaces of today.

Over40andFighting - Apparently, not enough people who are over their 40's are aware of the adverse effects of bad habits and vitamin deficiency. Over40andFighting, which just recently got online is helping erase that. With its ad campaign, fun online tests and directories of medical establishments and alternative healing locations, it is doing you, or your tatay a favor by keeping you up-to-date with what's good for you.

TipidPC - There used to be a time when a need for gadgets would have you dressing up and visiting GreenHills. TipidPC has now become the leading online resource for all things PC/tech-related sales, brand-new or second-hand. The site also cultivates a community of brotherhood, with forums that are dedicated to helping the newbie understand just what he's getting.

Connected24Ever - Forget social network groups! The Philippines is about Barkada. Rather than add features that would complicate that simple line of friendship, Connected24Ever focused on creating online groups to share notes and videos with. Because videos are the new story; imagine a friend who is now working overseas, he/she can share stories with people who are living here. Being solely focused on Barkadas mean that being friends online does, in fact, complement being friends in real life --- it merely enhances the medium by which unique perspectives meet. Plus, the quirky design WILL grab you.

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