We're participants of the 4th CALD Communications Workshop!! Having loads of fun and learning a great deal! Let's hope we'll all be able to grow together as party partners!

Monday, March 20, 2006

Blogs, blogs everywhere (and podcasts too)

There are 16 new blogs and 4 new podcasts on the internet .

It's nothing new, blogs and podcasts are produced everyday. You can say I’m particularly proud because they were created in “Express Yourself”, a two day hands-on workshop on blogging and podcasting I coordinated for a few weeks ago. I’m still happy that almost everything went by without a hitch. A banner fell down, someone was late, participants begged for more time (hmmm. Sounds familiar?), and…that was it. We had 16 computers there and there was not a single mysterious electronic glitch. All the resource persons we wanted were in full attendance. Filipino internet superstars Manolo Quezon III, Abe Olandres, and Angelo Racoma were there to coach participants (to understand my awe, check out their blogs).

What I find interesting about the blogs and podcasts produced in this workshop is that they were created by people who want to have a thing to say about politics. I’ve read all sort of blog but its not so often that I stumble across Filipino political bloggers (or podacasters, for that matter). They’re a rare breed. Now we’ve added 16 more to their ranks.

I like political bloggers because they have ideas and opinions that sometimes don’t appear in broadsheets or TV. A friend of mine couldn’t have put it better, “I feel that local politics has been saturated with the SAME hulabahoo from the SAME people who have been in politics for the past 10 years or so. It is time for new blood. Times have changed - it is the Internet that gives people opportunities to be heard by anyone around the world. Thank God for this. And thank God that not a lot of these politicians that say the same thing have online journals,”

The feedback from the workshop was very good. FNF’s Dr. Meinardus, who was our moderator, is still receiving fan mail (hehe) and requests for a ‘part 2’ of this workshop. We have at least 3 participants who are now updating their blogs everyday. I’m not sure if any of the participants have ventured into producing podcasts in their own backyards but they’re still very proud of the podcasts that they made. “This podcast may be too amateur to you but this is labored with love”, proclaimed one. Our newbies gamely grouped themselves into teams and used the makeshift recording ‘studio’ at our office. The hot topic of the day: how to promote liberalism in the Philippines.

On that note, fellow CALD Cloggers, I cant wait for our next communications workshop!


Wednesday, March 01, 2006

"Express Yourself" - blogging and podcasting workshop in Manila

"Express Yourself" - by learing how to blog and podcast

Have you ever thought about publishing your own weblog so that everyone can read about your take on the issues confronting the world? Do you download podcasts and wish you had your own voice in the internet as well? If your answer is ‘yes’ to these questions, then we would like to invite you to apply to the Friedrich Naumann Foundation's “Express Yourself” workshop with hands on tutorials on blogging and podcasting on 9-10 March 2006 in Makati City.

There, you will learn about:

  • The best practices in the field of blogging and podcasting with a special emphasis on the Philippine political context
  • How to craft a clear message that will define your blog
  • The basic editorial and writing guidelines regarding online communications and apply them and
  • How to produce and maintain your own blog and podcast
Well-known names from the Philippine blogosphere like Manuel L. Quezon III and Abe Olandres will be speakers during the workshop.

Apply now by sending your resumé, a short note or essay on why you want to participate, and samples of previous work (if any) through email at or by fax at (+63 2) 8101431. Applications will be accepted until 2 March 2006 only.

As this is a workshop with many practical, hands-on exercises, only 15 successful applicants will be invited to participate in “Express Yourself!”. Please take note that participation is free of charge and inclusive of materials and lunch. FNF may also cover transportation costs and accommodations for participants traveling from outside Metro Manila.

View the blogging and podcasting workshop program.