Dec 31, 2007

The Top 100 Mindanao Blogs

Several bloggers in Manila have published their own versions of the top blogs in the Philippines. Most of them are using blog juice as a basis for ranking the blogs. While talking over coffee with Ate Ria (riajose.com) and Kuya Blogie (robilloblog.com), we came up with the idea of making a list for Mindanao bloggers. Since we have a reliable source of registered blogs in Mindanao, we thought of using it as reference in determining whose blogs are qualified for the list.

Yesterday, I started working on the idea on how to rank the blogs.

  1. Use Blog Juice - the idea seems to be good since TLA has this application which can calculate the blog's blog juice. The bottom line, you have to input each blog url and set its category in order to get its blog juice.

  2. Use Ratified Rank - Ratified.org uses PR, Technorati and Feedburner data to rank the top 100 blogs in the Philippines. Ratified.org is updated everyday and keeps a fresh record of the blog's statistics. The catch, not all mindanao blogs use ratified. Second, most of the blogs listed on the top100 blogs are from Luzon. Lastly, Kuya Andrew (the owner of ratified.org) is in Bohol for his family reunion.

  3. Use a new ranking system - This is the final option left for me, to create a new ranking system for the top 100 blogs. The idea seems to be difficult at first but I was able to plan my algorithm. I can utilize technorati and feedburner APIs to get the blogs popularity (rank and subscribers). I created an application which runs through the list from Mindanao Bloggers Directory and sends out queries to technorati and feedburner. The formula I used is this: 40% for feedburner, 55% for technorati unique blog links, 5% for total technorati links.
The list is available at Mindanao Bloggers. Congratulations to those who made it in the top 100.

I'm planning on doing a resume service for next year. It seems like a good project.

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Dec 29, 2007

Pasko ni Batang Yagit


Kamusta naman ang pasko ni Batang Yagit?

Exciting ang turn out ng pasko ko. Hindi ko man inaasahan, mero marami-rami rin ang mga bagay na nagpasaya sa aking pasko. May mga naging realizations din ako.

  • Masaya ang charity work. Sa halip na gamitin ang pera para sa Christmas party sa mga walang kabuluhang bagay, ginamit namin ito para magpakain ng mga bata sa isang orphanage dito sa Davao. Nakakatuwang tingnan ang mga kapwa batang yagit ko na masayang kumakain ng masasarap na pagkain. Namigay rin kami ng laruan, damit ang kaunting tulong para sa ikakaginhawa ng pananatili nila sa bahay ampunan.

  • The older you get, the slimmer the chances of getting gifts. Yan yung isang realization ko. Tumatanda na nga si Batang Yagit at hindi na in-kind ang natatanggap tuwing pasko. Kung hindi cash, x-deal naman. Parang business. Pero ok lang, hindi naman ito ang talagang diwa ng pasko. Having your family around is more than enough.

  • Mahalaga ang buhay, hindi mo alam kung kelan ka mamamatay. Ang paskong ito na siguro ang pinaka-exciting sa lahat ng mga paskong nagdaan. Mantakin mong kamuntikan naming ipagdiwang ang pasko sa hospital, worst case sa morgue. Papunta kami nung araw ng pasko sa bahay ng lola ko sa Obrero para sa kaunting lunch kasama ang ibang mga kamag-anak. Nung nasa bandang intersection na kami ng Torres-Jacinto, biglang bumunggo ang taxi na sinasakyan namin sa isang malaking truck. Basag ang mga salamin, wasak ang bumper at ang ibang parte ng taxi. Sinwerte ang yagit dahil nakaupo sa likuran ng taxi at kaunting mga galos at pasa lang ang nakuha ko. Minalas naman ang Tita ko na nakaupo sa harapan ng taxi. Tumama siya sa dashboard ng taxi at hinimatay. Agad agad naman namin siyang dinala sa hospital. Mabuti na lang at negative ang mga naging results ng test niya. Ayun, gutom tuloy ang inabot namin sa hospital.

  • Magastos ang pasko. Hindi mo mamamalayang ubos na pala ang pera mo sa wallet. Kanina lang eh may daan daan at libo-libo ka pa sa wallet, pag-uwi ng bahay..ubos na. Mabuti pa sila at may Christmas bonus, si yagit wala kahit paypal donation.

  • Pwedeng gawing summer ang Pasko. Kung hindi mo feel ang cold image ng pasko, then go for a summer theme. Yun ang ginawa namin. Dalawang araw akong nasa tubig dagat. Yung una, nag-island hopping in Samal kami. Buong araw din yun ng pagbibilad sa init ng araw. Tamang-tama lang naman ang pagkakaluto ng likod ko, medyo mahapdi nga lang. Hindi gumana ang powers ni sunblock spf 45. Sa pangalawang araw, nag-SCUBA diving kami. Introduction lang. Masakit pala sa tainga. Mas masakit kaysa sa pressure sa eroplano. Pero masaya naman. First time.

  • Kailangang bigyan ng magandang gifst si Eduardo Castro. May susunod ata kay Malu Fernandez na mapanglait at mapanghusga. Nakakainit ng dugo ang naging remarks ni Eduardo Castro sa blog ng isang Manilenyo in Davao. Tawagin ba namang TH ang mga taga-Davao sa pagtatagalog. Hmp. Amfness. Bago tayo manghusga o magbigay ng kumento, sana tingnan muna natin kung tama ba yung grammar natin ng hindi magmukhang BOBO ang image nyo. Galit na ata lahat kay Eduardo Castro. Kung saan man siya ngayon sa middle east, sana dun na siya. 'Wag na sana siyang bumalik at magpakita.

Yung lang naman ang mga bagay-bagay na nangyari so far sa Pasko ko. Mamaya, kakain na naman kami kasama ang TUS para sa isang Davao Food Trip again. This time, indian food naman sa Taj Minar ang pagtritripan namin.



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Dec 24, 2007

Mga hiling ni Batang Yagit ngayong pasko

Hindi ko namalayan, magpapasko na pala. Naging abala ako sa iba't ibang bagay at hindi ko na namalayang ika-24 na pala ng Disyembre. Ilang oras na lang ang aantayin ko at kakain na naman ako sa kaunting salu-salo ng aming pamilya.

Gaya ng ibang batang yagit sa mga kalye, may inihanda rin akong wish-list para ngayong pasko. Inaantay ko ang butihing Santa na tutupad sa mga kahilingan kong ito.

  1. HP Pavillion DV2614TX

    Feature-packed ang laptop na to. Maganda at mabilis. Kaso may kamahalan.


  2. Apple Earbuds

    Kanina lang eh nalaman kong nasira pala ang Earbuds ng iPod ko. Nakakalungkot kasi mahal ko pa naman ang headphone na ito. Oo, mahal nga 'to. Nasa P1700 ang isang pares nito. huhuhuhu


  3. Sony Ericcson P1i

    Crush na crush ko ang phone na 'to. Symbian na Sony Ericsson. Ito ang pinakapaborito ko sa mga P-series ng Sony Ericsson. Gumagana pa naman ang K608i ko kaya ok lang.


  4. PSP Slim

    Bagay na bagay ang gadgy na ito para sa mga batang katulad ko. Ito ang in sa mga bata ngayon. Di ka lang nakakalaro, nakaka-internet din ito.


  5. Paypal Credits

    Kailangan ng bata ang paypal credits upang matustusan ang kanyang mga pangangailangan sa internet. Para sa donasyon, maaring i-click ang button sa ibaba.










Yun po ang mga mumunting kahilingan ni Batang Yagit ngayong kapaskuhan. Maligayang Pasko po sa inyong lahat.


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Christmas Gift Ideas

A lot of people might be doing their last minute Christmas shoppings these days. Christmas is getting near, yet, I can't still find a good item to give to my cousins.

For an older cousin like me, I need to find gifts which my little cousins would definitely like. Thus, the idea of having a personalized baby girl gifts came up. After hours of searching the internet for a good idea, I found this very nice site of a company which offers custom designed pillows and blankets.

Vission Bedding can print photos and other digital designs into your pillows and blankets. They use the latest technology in large scale printing for fabric. The resulting product sharp and vivid colored.

The customer can choose any design he/she desires. It can be printed on pillow cases, bed spreads, duvents, blankets, throws, pillow shams and dog pillows.

I can now have my cousin's favorite cartoon character printed on her bed sheet. Isn't it a nice Christmas gift idea?


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Dec 22, 2007

Blue Christmas

Christmas is going to be different this year. I hope I'm wrong.

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Dec 20, 2007

Charice Pempengco at The Ellen Degeneres Show

A pinay kid was invited to guest in The Ellen Degeneres Show. Charice Pempengco, 15 year old kid from the Philippines, started her international career when a Swedish recording company saw her videos on You Tube. She also performed in South Korea where she "wowed" the Korean audience.

Yesterday, Charice made her first appearance in North America at The Ellen Degeneres Show where she also surprised the host and the audience. Here's a clip I found on You Tube.




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Dec 18, 2007

Dinner sa Zakoya bukas

Pagkatapos ng food adventures namin sa Lachi's at Hanoi, may nakabook na namang food trip bukas ng gabi. Matagal ko ng gustong sumubok sa Zakoya kaya lang wala akong mga kaibigan na trip ang Japanese cuisine. Excited na ang yagit para sa food trip bukas. Now I have something to look forward to this week, aside from the exams we're going to have.

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Dec 17, 2007

DigitalPuto: A new Batang Yagit blog

I bought two domains this week. Last Thursday, out of boredom, I bought a domain for Awitenista. It was a great buy since I was able to get it at a lower price. Thanks to that magic coupon Kuya Blogie gave me to get discounts in buying domains from Go Daddy.


Just this afternoon, I launched another website. I call it Digital Puto. It's a photo blog which I share with other amateur Davao Digital Photography practitioners like me. As of now, there are four of us who contribute for the said blog.




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Dec 16, 2007

My Music

Last week, Ate Aileen tagged me for the Naked Meme: What's on Your iPod? of Kuya Jayvee (A Bugged Life)

The meme goes this way

Take a screen shot of either your Top 25 Most Played / 25 Recently Played / Top Rated songs on your music device.

2. Post them on your blog and explain yourself.

3. Copy these instructions and tag 6 audiophiles to do the same thing.

So here is my response to that meme.


Now, to explain my self...

Most of the songs on top of the list are upbeat songs. I used to play these songs when I'm having workouts.

Jack Johnson - I like most of his music.
Jed Madela - OMP na pampatulog
The Fray - My favorite song's How To Save A Life did not make it on the list T__T


So to end this meme, I'm tagging Richard, Conrad, Mark, Aethen, Ate Hunee, and Kim




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Dec 13, 2007

Batang Yagit gets free meal at Lachi's


Since the kid joined the Usual Suspects, he started to enjoy the perks that come along with his affiliation.



It was lucky enough that someone saw Ate Ria's wish list in the internet and granted one of her desires, a free meal at Lachi's. (more of the story on how Ate Ria got us the free meal at Lachi's here.)

It was Ate Ria who invited me to join Kuya Drew, Kuya Blogie and her for the free dinner she received at Lachi's last Tuesday. We went there at around 6:30 p.m. Like many other good restaurants in Davao City, it is expected that the place would be full during peak hours. We waited for a while before the we got ourselves a table.

The food was worth the wait. No wonder why a lot of people go to this place. The restaurant is located at Marfori Heights. Even if it's far from the metro,a lot of people still go there on purpose to have a taste of the best food in town.

Here are some photos (courtesy of Kuya Andrew) of our TUS Food trip.



I ordered the Stuffed Chicken with Pineapple Sauce and I love it. The sweet and sour taste of pineapple dances with the salty mixture of flavors of chicken, ham and cheese. I also love the desserts.

OMG, I just realized, i'm not good in describing food at all. Hmm... All I can say is, Lachi's is now on top of my Fave list.

Check out these great articles made by the other "food monsters",

How to get there?

Taxi: Just tell the taxi driver you are heading for Marfori Heights, at the old AMA School Building.

Tricycle: From Bangkerohan or F. Torres, take the trike going to Marfori or San Rafael Village. Tell the driver to drop you at the old AMA School Building.

Private Vehicle: From the Circumferential Road, turn right at Ruby Street to the direction of San Rafael Village. It's along the street before the curb to San Rafael.

Lachi's is located at
Ruby Street, Marfori Heights Subdivision, Davao City.


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Dec 9, 2007

Night outs with Miss Google Earth Philippines

We've been hanging out with Ate Aileen Apolo, Google Country Consultant, for the past two nights. Last night, after her talk at MSITE in NCCC Mall, we went to Fwendz Diner for Kuya Tope's IT Party. Kuya Migs, Kuya Blogie, Kuya Rodney and Kuya Jun, were among those who went with us during the night. We were also able to meet Ted Padova, an Adobe Acrobat specialist and writer, at Fwendz.

Though there were only few IT Professionals present at the venue, a lot of students from UIC and Ateneo responded Kuya Tupe's invitation. One of the highlights of the IT party was the selection of a shirt design for Silicon Gulf.

A blogger girl approached Ate Aileen and asked to take a picture with her. Sikat. Ate Aileen and Kuya Migs also made a little video on the Quesadilla Ate Aileen was eating.

After the food and talks at Fwendz diner, we went to Pops Resto Bar for the Nokia Xpress Music product launch for Nokia 5310 (I might right a review of nokia 5310 at tech-o-rati). The music and the DJ were cool. We took a few photos but never really enjoyed the party (maybe because at this time, we were already sleepy). The drinks were free. But since it's a party sponsored by Nokia, the visit was worth it.

To neutralize some of the alcohol we had, we went to Basti's Brew to have some coffee. We didn't stay long. We exchanged some photos before we left for home.


Second Night

Tonight, after I had my meeting at Cups and Lowercase, I tried to catch Kuya Blogie, Kuya Migs and Ate Aileen who were already at Studio Onnie in Torres. The night was fun. Kuya Blogie insisted that all of us should sing. I had a duet with Ate Aileen. Kuya Blogie sang his Sana'y Wala ng Wakas and Kuya Migs with his I'll Be. Kuya Andrew did not sing (KJ?).

Right after SO, we went to see the Statue of David. We only took some pictures, stayed for a while and eventually left.

Then we went to the City Hall to see the Christmas decorations and lights. One thing I noticed about Ate Aileen is her addiction with lamps. Even though how tipsy she was, she tried to capture a shot from her digital camera of the lamps in the places we've been. She seems good in what she's doing (lamp photography).



One of the lamp pictures Ate Aileen took.


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Dec 6, 2007

The ride

I was walking my way to the high way when a white vehicle passed my way. The vehicle slowed its speed to match my pace. The driver, in the mid 40's I guess, offered me a ride. For no particular reason, I obliged. I immediately jumped at the back of his truck. (it's a white multi-cab.) It would be troublesome if I'd sit at the passenger seat since I assumed that I would take off at the highway. Yet, the driver made some gestures asking me to sit at the passenger seat.

The driver might be one from our neighborhood. I only know a few because I seldom stay at home and whenever I am at home, I rarely go out. The driver's identity is unknown to me.

I seated myself comfortably on the passenger's seat. The usual questions were thrown to me and I deliberately answered them. He asked what school I go to (or which school I am heading for). He said that he'd drop me at NCCC Mall cause his way on the opposite side of the city.

He also asked for my course. That was when we started to talk about the profession on which I am trying to pursue. We talked a lot. We even talked some lessons in life. He shared some of his insights and made some advise, the usual stuff a father tells is son. But traffic jammed us at NCCC. I didn't notice time. It's time for me to leave his vehicle. I said my thanks before he left for the other side of the road.

I went off the truck realizing something. I may not have my biological father to give me lessons a father should teach his son, but God has his own ways of making me learn. I don't need my father, God will always find a way.



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Dec 5, 2007

The Evil Blog Award Founder is indeed Evil

My friend, Kuya Paolo Mendoza has brewed another project at khoops.com. After doing a successful campaign for Pinoy Evil Blog Awards, converting his Philosophical Bastard into an Evil Money Making Machine, he has now turned his new site to an online community.

Khoops.com is yet another social networking site. If you have an existing Ning ID, you don't need to register in order to join.

KHOOPS.com is a social network for young, cool, fun-loving individuals. It's like Mac; we got more features and no spam. Sign up and check it out. I guarantee you'll like it here.
Now bloggers have their own social networking site.

My friends, Ate Ria and Jehz, already joined Khoops. Join now!



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Music Trip: Gikumot-kumot

This was my last song syndrome yesterday. I heard this song when it was played on the radio while I was on my way to school. I really didn't pay attention to the lyrics but the song is FUNNY. I tried looking for the song in the internet, and I found this.



The lyrics can be found here.

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Dec 4, 2007

Kids have little achievements too

My PRC Board Exam Results site has now reached its 3000 subscriber mark, not to mention the 2400+ subscribers for the SMS subscriptions. Of course, this won't be possible without the help of my two partners, Kuya Blogie and Jehz.

The PRC Board Exam Results is now on its second month. Since its first launch, the site has been featured in several blogs in the world wide web. Just recently, our site was featured in Mindanao Bloggers.

Within this 2 month period, our site received more than one thousand reactions and comments from our users and from other blog owners in the internet. We have also served to more than 100,000 young professionals by bringing the latest and reliable list of successful examinees in the different professional fields.

What makes the PRC Board Exam Results site different from any other blogs which offer this kind of public service is our capacity to deliver information through SMS for FREE. The 2400+ subscribers would be nothing if our services are not reliable.

As of the moment, we are waiting for another few hundred thousand professionals who recenltly taken the Nursing Licensure Examination for December 2007.



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Dec 2, 2007

Anong pinagkakaabalahan ni Batang Yagit?

Mula noong umakyat kami ng mountains, wala na akong nagawang post. Medyo nagiging busy si Batang Yagit sa kanyang online at offline life. Anu-ano nga ba ang mga pinagkakaabalahan ni Batang Yagit nitong mga nakaraang araw?

Debut ni Nemia
Ito na ata ang pinaka-effort na debut na dinaluhan ko. Maraming preparations na ginawa, hindi lang ni Nemia, pati rin nga mga dumalo. Masaya kasi si Nemia, as of the latest, ang natatanging Kalasag sa batch namin na nag-debut.

Medyo cramming ang nangyari. Pagkatapos nung pag-akyat namin sa kabundukan ng Calinan, agad-agad kaming umuwi para magbihis dahil late na late na late na kami sa debut.

Buti naman at hindi agaw-pansin ang pagdating namin. In general, masaya ang debut.

Photoshoot sa Kalye
Part two ito ng photoshoot trilogy ng Kalasag. Kung noong una eh city scape pictorial ang ginawa namin, this time naman, staff pictorial sa kalye. Para san ang photoshoot na 'to? Well, yung theme ng yearbook sa taong ito ay Urban. Kaya kailangan naming kumuha ng shots ng city sa gabi. At dahil kami ang gagawa ng yearbook, dapat lang na andun din ang mga pictures namin sa yearbook.

Ginawa namin ang pictorial after ng debut ni Nemia. Hindi na kami nag-bihis. Kaunting ayos lang at ok na. Medyo tumagal hanggang umaga ang pictorial. Mga alas tres na ng umaga kami nakauwi sa aming mga bahay.

Migration ng PRC Board Exam Results
Dahil medyo hindi na kinaya ng server namin ang load ng website, napagdesisyunan naming ilipat na ito sa bagong server. Kumuha na si Kuya Blogie ng sarili niyang VPS account para dun na ihost ang PRCBER at ang iba pa niyang mga website. Medyo nagkakaroon pa ng kaunting problema ang website pero ginagawa namin ang aming makakaya para ayusin ang mga settings ng VPS.

Civil Engineer Licensure Examination Results - November 2007
Medyo matagal ko na ring inabangan ang paglabas ng results ng board exam ng Civil Engineering. Umaga't gabi, tinitingnan namin ang mga newspaper, RSS feeds at google search alerts para sa mga lalabas na results pero wala kaming nakukuha. Wala rin kaming balitang nakukuha galing PRC. Masamang-masama ang loob ng mga kumuha ng exam dahil sa naging desisyon ng PRC na pag-invalidate ng November 2007 Exam para sa Civil Engineers.

Studio pictorial for Kalasag 2008
Eto ang huling part ng Kalasag Photoshoot Trilogy. Nung Friday, pumunta kami ng studio para sa aming yearbook staff pictorial. Gusto ko yung pictorial this year. Komportable kami sa pictorial kasi kilala namin ang kumukuha ng pictures. Hindi rin kami tinitipid ni Kuya sa mga shots. Hindi kagaya nung pictorials namin last year, limited kami sa tig-tatlong shots bawat set. Ngayon, kahit ilang shots ang gusto mo, pwede. Ikaw na lang siguro ang aayaw. Mahirap ring mag-isip ng magandang pose noh.


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How to open an online store.


The term e-commerce has never been new to most of us. We've been hearing this term since the day we got used to the internet. E-commerce is defined as the buying, selling and exchange of goods and services through a computer network such as the internet. Examples of popular e-commerce websites are eBay and Amazon for the international market. We also have Davao Sales and Davao Exchange here in Davao City.

But a lot of us are seeking for opportunities in the internet. We apply to a lot of programs which offers quick way to earn money. But how much effort we exert, we can't match up with the earnings these e-commerce websites get from their business. Thus, the idea of putting up our own e-commerce websites comes into our minds. But how do we start an e-commerce website?

First, an e-commerce website would generally need a shopping cart software installed. Ashop Commerce is an example of a software which gives your website the ecommerce software gurantees 99.98% uptime and back-ups on a daily basis. This ensures the continuous productivity of your online shop.

Second, do a marketing for your online store. Tell your friends and plan how you could drive people to visit your site. The more visitors you have, the more chances that you will get profit. You can turn your online presence to profit.

The success of the online store primarily depends on how you manage your shop. Like in real world, you need to do things as efficient as they could possibly be. The answer lies on what type of software you use for your shop. A little investment might turn up later as a big money maker.

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