Monday, May 30, 2005

Question and Answer

I saw this "Interview Me" thread at Bing's blog. I decided to give it a shot and am encouraging my W3O readers to do the same by following the instructions below.

1. What do you think would be the best way to preserve culture and ethos?
By sticking to a set of principles in everything that we do.

2. How do you think information superhighway could help uplift the Philippine economy?
Filipinos have been empowered through equivalent access to information and knowledge via the Internet. This in turn has also lead to numerous opportunities to do business, entertainment games, travel, e-learning, and the likes.

3. In your own opinion, what makes a woman ‘complete’?
A woman is complete if she is in control of herself - able to control her response to various situations and in dealing with vices. She must has a trustworthy relationship with her husband, children, family, and friends.

She is an entrepreneur who focuses on her business while proactive to the needs of the customer, stockholders, and personnel. She is an employee who strives hard in never letting her bosses down.

She serves the community with the intent of making things better. She continuously inspire and enlighten others to change their mindset on destructive behavior.

4. What is your definition of feminist?
Hmm.. I guess those who are sensitive to women's needs, challenges, and concerns.

5. Is it beneficial to be thin, and that would make a woman live longer?
In one way yes as they are less susceptible to sickness that those with overweight problems are exposed to.

Here are The Official Interview Game Rules:

If you want to participate, leave a comment below saying "interview me." I will respond by asking you five questions - each person’s will be different.You will update your journal/blog with the answers to the questions.You will include this explanation and an offer to interview others in the same post. When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them five questions. If you don’t have a blog, I will still ask you 5 unique questions and you can post your answers here.

Sunday, May 29, 2005

I am a Filipina!

Vonjobi's effort to change search engine's mining of Filipina is gradually paying off. It now even has a logo contributed by Jonas Diego.

I am partly embarrassed by this whole discussion. For one, I don't refer to myself as a Filipina but a Filipino especially when I achieve a feat that is truly a first, regardless of gender. I guess I have to refer to myself more as a Filipino/Filipina hereon.

Perhaps, the reason for that attitude as well is that the feat achieved had nothing to do with me being a Filipina or woman. As I become more gender sensitive, perhaps my outlook will change in the long run.

Monday, May 23, 2005

What is a Filipina?

In the iBlog site, there's a great appeal ongoing that encourages each and every blogger to populate their blog as to what a Filipina is all about. This is to populate search engines results with relevant content that truly depicts what a Filipina is all about.

A Filipina is a Filipino lady or woman. More than half of the country's population is composed of Filipinas. You can find her in almost every profession. Overseas, she can also be found working in various services industry.

A young Filipina lady is often assumed to be having her own career or take care of her family as she reaches maturity. This mindset has left many Filipinas unprepared to take on the challenge of possibly becoming an entrepreneur. However, I hope this will change in the near future as more and more schools are integrating entrepreneurship in their courses.

As the Philippines is very much gender neutral, every Philippine resident, regardless of gender is often referred to as a Filipino. I noticed that a lady is only referred to as a Filipina whenever she gets featured or recognized in events, publications, and awards.

Perhaps this is the reason why there's not much content specifically referring to Filipinas. This is also where women publications in the country should take the challenge of taking their content online and populate search engines as to what Filipinas are truly all about. More than just mail-order brides and the likes... ayayay!

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Mother's Day

My Mother's Day experience this year was quite special. We all went to mass and the church called on all mothers to be given the priest's prayers and blessings. Afterwards, we were given a small pink note that reminded us of our role as a mother.

I'm glad our community church made an extra effort this year to make Mother's Day more meaningful for those of us who were attending mass then.

How about you? How did your mother's day go? (If you have a blog about it, post the url here.)

Sunday, May 08, 2005

Reactivating W3O

I just initiated a discussion to revive this blog by having a theme or topics that can be blogged on a weekly basis. Those of you who are interested to join W3O are invited to email at