Tour the Philippines in an hour
The best description of the Internet that I have found
is the one from Brendan Kehoe (
Zen and the Art of the Internet
). He writes:
"You have at your fingertips the ability
to talk in `real-time' with someone in Japan, send a 2,000-word short story to a group of people who will
critique it for the sheer pleasure of doing so, see if a Macintosh sitting in a lab in Canada is turned on, and
find out if someone happens to be sitting in front of their computer (logged on) in Australia, all inside of
thirty minutes. No airline (or tardis, for that matter) could ever match that travel itinerary."
Thirty minutes? Well, the above article was written in
January 1992 before Netscape was born. At that time, web browsing was done using text-only browsers
that don't load graphics or pictures. So they were fast- then. But now that people are flooding their
homepages with heavy graphics that take forever to load, the World Wide Web is now
known as the World Wide Wait. A 30-minute tour of the Philippines via the Net might
not be possible now. Instead, budget for an hour and let's go to these places including the links that you
will come across as you surf these pages:
- President Joseph "Erap" Estrada's Home Page
Visit this homepage and do something that, without the Internet, you will not be able to accomplish if you are just an
average citizen--have your opinions and complaints heard by the President himself. Get to know the
President and his Family. View his Photo Album. Read his speeches. Critique his policies. The homepage
also provides links to various Government offices.
- National Economic & Development Authority (NEDA)
If you are planning to do business in the Philippines, this site provides good references to key economic
indicators as maintained by the Philippines' highest social and economic development planning and policy
- Tanikalang Ginto (Philippine Golden Links)
A compilation of Filipino web sites that earned the Best of CyberPinoy Award from the one-
man Tribong Pinoy organization of Kenneth (Ken) Yerro Ilio. Since 1995, Ken has been checking several
Filipino homepages- sometimes as many as 50 sites a day if he surfs the net deep enough. He then gives
out the award to the site that impresses him the most.
- Philippine Webby Awards
This site gives
out the Webby Awards (just like the Oscars and the Famas) for the most popular Filipino-made web sites
during the year.
1998 Pinoy Webby Award
recipient for the Culture category. A one-stop surfing site for Filipinos on the Net.
If you want a free Filipino-sounding e-mail address similar to Hotmail, this is the place to go.
Looking for a Filipino store on the Net? Look no further.
Looking for a job in the Philippines or abroad? This site may be of help in your search.
- Evoserve/WWW Directory with Search Access (EDSA)
The first Filipino-oriented search engine (similar to Yahoo).
Another good Philippine-related search engine.
- Philippine-contents of the Yahoo search engine.
- Journeys to the Philippines
Travel experience to the Philippines of a former Filipino citizen who now lives in California.
- Adventure:Vacation in the Philippines
Another travel experience as related by two Americans who came to visit the Philippines at the urging of
their Filipina friend.
If you are planning a visit to the Philippines and you need more information, check these