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Friday, June 03, 2005

mirror project


Me having some mirror project fun in my room in Nirwana Gardens Resort during the ITJourno Asia Forum 2005. Posted by Hello

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bintan connection


Members of Media Connect and the Philippine Team at the ITJourno Asia Forum in Nirwana Gardens Resort, Bintan Island, Indonesia. (L-R) Edison Ong and Red Samar of Manila Bulletin; me; Tan Lili of Media Connect; Ed Geronia of GamesMaster; Darlene and Glen Myles of Media Connect; and Joel Pinaroc of Manila Times. Posted by Hello

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ed sandwich


It's an Ed sandwich for Singapore-based Wireless World business correspondent Sumathi Bala (left) and Wireless World editor Lunita Mendoza, as they pose with GamesMaster editor in chief and Asian Gaming Journalists Association member Ed Geronia during the ITJourno Asia Forum 2005 in Bintan Island, Indonesia. Posted by Hello

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Thursday, June 02, 2005

game on!


The AGJA boys engage in some serious console gaming after the presentations during the AGJA general meeting and EB party. Stuff Philippines editor in chief Emir Samonte gives the thumbs up. Posted by Hello

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all smiles


Asian Gaming Journalists Association members Manila Times Infotech editor Joel Pinaroc (left) and INQ7.net executive editor, hackenslash co-editor and Philippine Daily Inquirer Infotech editor Leo Magno at the AGJA general meeting and EB party on May 31. Posted by Hello

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gamejournos push responsible gaming

Check out Erwin Oliva's article on the Asian Gaming Journalists Association which came out in INQ7.net's Infotech section.

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powered by intel


Ricky Banaag, country manager of Intel Microelectronics Philippines, was the first guest speaker at the first Asian Gaming Journalists Association general meeting and EB party. Posted by Hello

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united we stand


Some of the stakeholders in the Philippine gaming community that attended the first Asian Gaming Journalists Association general meeting and EB party on May 31 at Extreme Gaming Grounds Greenhills. I won't even attempt to identify everyone, but the companies and organizations that sent representatives (some of whom are not in this pic) to the event in an overwhelming show of support include Intel Microelectronics Philippines and their PR firm Strategic Edge; Beetlerock (FairyLand Philippines); Netgames (Khan: The Absolute Power); Digital Media Exchange/Mobius (MU and Gunbound) and South Korean developer Webzen (MU); Level Up! (Oz World, Philippine Ragnarok Online, R.O.S.E. Online Philippines, RF Online Philippines); Netplay (PristonTale Philippines); ABS-CBN Multimedia (Tantra); Slycesoft Games Development (the company developing Away Agila, the first Philippine-made 3D fighting game for the PC); International Game Developers Association Manila chapter; Team Asia; World Cyber Games Philippines, Kokoro-Works, Anino Mobile, and members of the Filipino blogging community Jac Ting Lim (Slycesoft art director); Sacha Chua (on whom one of the Away Agila characters was based); Clair Ching; and Jonas Diego. Posted by Hello

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rose among the thorns


AGJA members and guests posing on the first floor of Extreme Gaming Grounds Greenhills after the general meeting. (L-R) Aileen Quijano, marketing officer of Beetlerock (FairyLand Philippines); Edwin Sallan (partially hidden) of Manila Bulletin/hackenslash; me, Emir Samonte, Ronald Panis and Sean de Jesus of Stuff Philippines; Leo Magno of hackenslash/INQ7.net/Philippine Daily Inquirer; Jing Garcia of Manila Standard/Speed/hackenslash; and Derek Arculli, CEO of Beetlerock. Posted by Hello

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ladies in pink


Frances Fernandez (left, foreground), marketing manager of Netgames (Khan: The Absolute Power), with Sheila Paul, marketing head of Level Up! (Oz World, Philippine Ragnarok Online, R.O.S.E. Online Philippines and RF Online Philippines) strike a pose during the Asian Gaming Journalists Association genmeet and EB party on May 31 at Extreme Gaming Grounds Greenhills. I had just asked the two ladies in pink for an update on the joint venture announced last year between Level Up! and Netgames (no update, actually, hehe). In the background are (from left) Agnes Tapia and Harry Docena of ABS-CBN Multimedia (Tantra) and AGJA members Lester Co and Erin Chupeco of Hardware Magazine Philippines. Posted by Hello

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Wednesday, June 01, 2005

agja at egg

The first genmeet and EB party of the Asian Gaming Journalists Association last night at Extreme Gaming Grounds Greenhills was a blast and it was really overwhelming to get all that support from the different stakeholders in the Philippine gaming community.

Thanks to all the members who went to EGG last night, and to those who were unable to go (like Cristina Peczon), don't worry, Ed Geronia, Jing Garcia and the others who brought their digicams will be sending their pics shortly and I'll post them here and on other sites.

Thanks to Erwin Oliva for blogging about the presentations in real time -- check out his blog. We also had a few bloggers over who were part of the Slycesoft team (and friends hehe) -- Slycesoft is the company developing the first Philippine-made 3D fighting game for the PC, Away Agila. Clair Ching has already blogged about it. Jac Ting Lim, Sacha Chua and Jonas Diego were also there. So yes, it's really gratifying to see that AGJA/Gamejournos is also getting support from members of the Philippine blogging community. Gabby Dizon of web development and blog outsourcing company Kokoro-Works and Anino Mobile also dropped by to show his support for AGJA -- and we might be announcing something pretty soon, right, Gabby?

Briefly, I presented our three main projects: the Campus ORG tours, ORG standing for Operation: Responsible Gaming. We would like to correct the wrong misconception that gaming is a waste of time or that it corrupts the youth, by teaching them responsible gaming. We'd also like to train campus gaming journalists, to teach the next generation of Gamejournos what we learned from experience, since many of us didn't get any formal training on how to write for gaming since it's relatively new and it still isn't recognized as a separate beat.

Of course, our second project is the website, while the third one is the regional gaming conference which we plan to hold in the Philippines, which will bring together gaming journalists from all over Asia and will feature speakers from the Philippine game companies, Asian game developers and, we hope, regional players like EA Asia and World Cyber Games. Yup, that conference is going to be a biggie, but hey, we're here to make our dreams come true.

The guests who were present and who gave informal talks were Ricky Banaag, country manager of Intel Microelectronics Philippines; Greg Kittelson, director for business development of Digital Media Exchange, parent company of Mobius, the Philippine publisher of MU and Gunbound; Mike Hamlin, managing director of Team Asia; Sheila Paul, marketing head of Level Up!, the Philippine publisher of OZ World, Ragnarok, R.O.S.E. Online and RF Online; Ranulf Goss, chairperson of the Manila chapter of the International Game Developers Association and founder/chief game architect of Slycesoft Games Development, the company developing Away Agila; Derek Arculli, CEO of Beetlerock, the company behind FairyLand Philippines; Ramil de la Cruz of the marketing department of Netplay, the Philippine publisher of PristonTale; Frances Fernandez, marketing manager of Netgames, the Philippine publisher of Khan: The Absolute Power; Marky Fernandez, games master of ABS-CBN Multimedia's Tantra Philippines; and Tjader Regis, head of the Philippine team to the World Cyber Games and organizer of WCG Philippines.

We now also have budding chapters in Malaysia and Singapore after several Malaysian and Singaporean journalists joined the group just this morning -- we now have 34 members and counting.

AGJA/Gamejournos was just a dream, just another idea, but thanks to all those who believed, it's now a reality. And this is just the beginning.

Cheers!

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Tuesday, May 31, 2005

the three amigos


(L-R) Ben Wightman, marketing communications manager of SAP SEA Asia Pacific; Erwin Oliva and I are all smiles as blackjack dealer Michelle lays down the cards. Again, this was during the MapInfo Casino Night at the ITJourno Asia Forum 2005 in Indonesia. We didn't play with real money -- we wouldn't want to get Ben in trouble, now would we, hehe. Posted by Hello

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chipping in


Me (left) in a huddle with Edison Ong of Manila Bulletin (center) and Erwin Oliva of hackenslash/INQ7.net. Actually, we were counting chips during casino night. Posted by Hello

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pinoy journos


The Philippine team at ITJourno Asia Forum 2005 in Nirwana Gardens Resort, Bintan Island, Indonesia. (Clockwise from left): Me, Joel Pinaroc of Manila Times, Edu Lopez of Manila Bulletin, Erwin Oliva of hackenslash/INQ7.net, Delia and Ibarra Gutierrez of Media G8Way, Red Samar of Manila Bulletin, and Ed Geronia of GamesMaster. Posted by Hello

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be our guests


Members of the Philippine delegation and the ITJourno Asia team. (Seated, l-r): Darlene Myles, general of MediaConnect (the company behind ITJournoAsia.com); Victoria Lea, head of the MediaConnect editorial team; Delia Gutierrez, president of Media G8Way, the parent company of ComputerWorld Philippines and Stuff Philippines; and Sumathi Bala, business correspondent of Singapore-based publication Wireless World. (Standing, l-r): me; Erwin Oliva, reporter of hackenslash/INQ7.net; Ibarra Gutierrez, publisher and editor-in-chief of Media G8Way; and Red Samar, Infotech editor of the Manila Bulletin. Posted by Hello

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agja at the 'casino'


Asian Gaming Journalists Association members Joel Pinaroc of Manila Times (left), me (4th from left), Erwin Oliva of hackenslash/INQ7.net (5th from left) and Ed Geronia of GamesMaster (4th from right) with the guys and girls who acted as dealers during casino night. I only remember the name of Michelle (the girl next to me) and Amanda (extreme right). Posted by Hello

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cheers, everyone


Me (right) and hackenslash and Infotech reporter Erwin Oliva with Michelle, the model who acted as of the blackjack dealers during the MapInfo Casino Night in the ITJourno Asia Forum. No, we didn't play with real money, hehe. And nope, they didn't have San Mig. Posted by Hello

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last day on bintan


Me and Priscilla Tan, senior account manager for Singapore of Octagon, the PR firm of MSN Southeast Asia. Posted by Hello

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im, p2p and you

BINTAN ISLAND, Indonesia--The increasing popularity of instant messaging (IM) and peer-to-peer (P2P) applications for personal use and even in the workplace means that these two areas are emerging as the next biggest sources of viruses and other security threats, experts warn.

Read my Infotech article.

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msn meets friendster

BINTAN ISLAND, Indonesia--After offering users more ways to connect to their “human network” with the launch of MSN Search and its own blogging service, MSN Spaces, Microsoft is now looking at adding more social networking features to its current suite of communication solutions.

“We are planning how we can make best use of the existing social network that is based on MSN Messenger,” Adrian Lee, lead for MSN Southeast Asia’s Information Services, told INQ7.net during a roundtable discussion at the ITJourno Asia Forum 2005.

Read my Infotech article.

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oregon scientific eyes rp market

BINTAN ISLAND, Indonesia--The world's first water-proof MP3 player. A clock that projects the time on your wall or ceiling. Digital weather stations with remote sensors that provide weather forecasts and display simulated weather conditions on a full-color monitor. An alarm clock that vibrates instead of waking you up with sound, so that you won't disturb others sleeping in the household. And a wide range of educational toys, including Barbie electronic products and the soon-to-be-released Batman laptop, which was demonstrated on May 26 during the first day of the ITJourno Asia Forum 2005.

Read my Infotech article.

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jac and the art of away agila


Wondering who is the artist behind the look of Away Agila, the first Philippine-made 3D fighting game for the PC? Hackenslash gives you some quality time with freelance comic book artist and full-time art director Jac Ting Lim. Posted by Hello

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blog addicts for YOU

Hey there, I've been so busy lately and only had limited access while we were covering the ITJourno Asia Forum in Nirwana Gardens Resort, Bintan Island, Indonesia last week (well, you had to compete for laptops at the media center, and of course I was editing and filing stories from there). Plus two stopovers in Singapore -- it's just a 45-minute ferry ride from Singapore to Bintan Island.

Which is why I haven't blogged lately and am now posting this entry on the past few YOU Blog Addicts, hehe.

Say hello to Tuesday YOU Blog Addict (May 17) Ala Paredes, Friday YOU Blog Addict (May 20) Tiborce Malapo, Tuesday YOU Blog Addict (May 24) Jay Beltran, and our Friday YOU Blog Addict (May 27) Jonas Diego.

Whew! Sorry guys -- and gal -- and thanks for supporting YOU Blog Addicts.

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