TBAC 09: The Blogging Principles

Democracy is alive and well in the blogosphere. Blogging has liberated our thoughts and opinions and provided us a platform to enjoy a great deal of freedom and independence. We write openly, not being prey to editorial intrusions. But absolute liberty has its wild side too: the rise of blog flaming, defamation, gossip, intrigues, unverified allegations and the liberal posting of ten thousand snapshots of one’s pet cat can be, well, a little bit out of hand. On this issue, TBAC gives you, the blogger, another opportunity for fantasy to play The Power That Be.


Pen a charter containing 25 most creative, interesting, provocative, amusing suggestions/recommendations, guidelines, prescriptions, things to avoid (“Posting close up shots of your granny’s purple gums a NO-NO”), things to be encouraged for blog citizens to consider. This Blog Charter may include justifications, arguments and validations as to why they should be widely acknowledge or accepted for the common blogging good.

Few reminders:
1. Minimum of 700 words and a maximum of 1,500 (Longer entries will only be considered upon judges discretion, or if it really upholds the caliber of excellence to merit consideration.)

2. You can write in either Filipino or English in any style you wish to write (humorous, sentimental, romantic, argumentative etc).

3. Leave the exact link/URL of your entry (not the URL of your blog, but the entry) here at the comment section of this post. NO entry link should be submitted in the Cbox/Tagboard.

4. You have until the 14th of December to submit your entries.

5. Entry links will not appear in the comment section until the deadline date to prevent idea theft.

6. Those who participated in the previous challenge can still join. [rule no.11]

7. Participants must place this line at the end of the post: “This is my entry to the Blog Challenge 09: The Blogging Principles“, with the corresponding backlink to this challenge. [Link to this challenge]

Read the complete rules.

Blog Challenge 7 Winners!

Winners for the Blog Challenge 7 are now posted! Congratulations to the winners. You may now claim your distinction badges.

Blog Challenge 8 Entries!

The finalists for the “Blog Awards Challenge 8: Teach me eroticism in school, please” are now up for voting.

The entries will now compete for blogger votes, which will count for 20% of the final score. Final tally of scores and results will be posted on December 15th.

See the TBAC 08 top 4 entries and vote for your favorites!

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Blog Challenge 8 Entries — vote for your favorite!

The 8th Blog Awards Challenge “Teach me eroticism in school, please” produced thought-provoking and brilliant entries. The challenge in itself was very arousing as it involved ‘sex education in the curriculum’.

The four final entries tackled TBAC 8 with ease and with contradistinct twists. Here they are, the four finalists, expecting for your votes! Please read the voting rules before casting your vote.

Teach Me Eroticism in School, Please by Hit-or-Miss
If you have visited my blog a couple of months back, I wrote a post entitled My Thoughts on Unplanned Pregnancies. In the post, I mentioned the alarming increase of such population and the decreasing of age levels involved. I included some possible factors and one of which was lack of knowledge.

That being said, it takes us to the topic of sex education. Sex education is a broad term used to describe education about human sexual anatomy, sexual reproduction, sexual intercourse, reproductive health, emotional relations, reproductive rights and responsibilities, contraception, and other aspects of human sexual behavior [1]. Basically, sex education’s purpose is to educate people regarding sex, protection and its pros and cons.

When I was still in high school, you can pretty much say that I was taking BS Sex Ed. For nearly four years, I was constantly exposed to information regarding sex and everything that comes with it. I do not know with other people, but I seemed to digest every bit of knowledge being taught. Sex was (or still is?) considered a taboo, but deep inside, I had no problems to be constantly reminded of its pros and cons. Read more >>>

Teaching SECKS by notsovictor
At age five, I began to revel at how my various titas would balloon after marriage and, after nine months, would expel their spawn from within enlarged bellies.

I of course asked the inevitable question: Where the do all these babies come from?

In a spectacular display of parenting skills reverse psychology and their knack for evading awkward situations, my parents turned the question on me, with a very clever “What do you think?”

Eyebrows furrowed, I explained my hypothesis with reluctance: “After people get married . . . when they kiss a lot . . . the woman’s stomach gets bigger and then babies come out of the belly button?”

My parents neither confirmed nor corrected my theory. For thirteen years. They now merely assume that, as a high school graduate, I paid proper attention to my Biology classes and now know the ins and outs of fornication. For all they know, however, to this very day, I might still believe that babies are the products of liberally-applied flavored lipstick and overactive tongues. Read more >>>

teaching old dogs new tricks by PROSETITUTE
Amidst issues on overpopulation, high numbers of teenage pregnancy, and poverty, the immediate passage of a bill that would mandate the inclusion of a reproductive health education in the curricula of grade 5 to 4th year high school has never been this tempting.

It is for this reason that Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman brings to fore the controversial Sexuality Education, causing the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) to stand firmer on its stance against the things they deem immoral.

The conservative orientation of most Filipinos can be traced to the 300 years of Spanish colonial rule. During those times, they had spread their influence by introducing Christianity to the Filipinos.

The Spaniards may have succeeded but beliefs, like any other things, are subject to change. Though it takes time, traditional beliefs are challenged and later discarded.

A recent Social Weather Station (SWS) survey concluded that 4 out of 5 adult Filipinos favor Sex Education in public schools- a lucid vindication that, as 2008 nears its closure, Pinoys are fast-becoming decisive, and are now smarter. Read more >>>

Nang Mangalabit si Nene… by RADYO MONITORYO
Sex. Bilang isang alipin ng radyo, madalang kong marinig ang salitang ito sa mga balita. Rape, oo pero sex, madalang. Kahit ang mga balitang tunkol sa prostitusyon o sex dens o live show, kadalasang hindi ginagamit ang salitang ito sa pagbabalita. Mangilan-ngilan lamang ang programang may tapang na pag-usapan ang mga bagay tungkol dito. Isa na rito ang programang Love Chat ng DZRH. Dito, deretchan ang usapan pero may censorship. Dahil kasama sa mga panuntunan ng Kapisanan ng mga Broadkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP), ang mga salitang hindi na kaaya-aya sa pandinig ay pinapalitan ng mga teknikal o siyentipikong termino. Ayon nga sa kanilang tagline…

May mga tanong na hindi pwedeng itanong kung kani-kanino lang…
May mga tanong na hindi pwedeng pag-usapan ng ganun-ganun lang…
May mga tanong na hindi basta-bastang binibigyan lang ng payo…
Ngayon pwede na… pwede lahat… Read more >>>

If you want to vote, here are the guidelines:

* To promote peer-to-peer recognition and respect only bona fide bloggers can vote for the competition. Anonymous voters without a valid blog will not be added to the tally of votes.

* Voters must be blogging for at least three (3) months with a minimum of thirty entries in his blog prior to his voting in the competition. This will eliminate phantom voters and reduce incidence of cheating.

* A voter is allowed to pick three best entries among the finalists.

* The votes are added up and the winner is declared with a Reader’s Choice Award citation.

* The total number of votes (converted into weights) are added to the other weight points as set in the Winner Selection Criteria.

Are you qualified to vote? Then LEAVE A COMMENT here (please don’t use the chatbox) with your best entry picks. We will manually check your blog for qualification requirements before counting your votes.

Voting ends 14th December 2008.

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Blog Challenge 08 deadline extended

We are giving everyone two more weeks.  We are extending the deadline for our Blog Challenge 08 to November 9, 2008 following requests from some of you. 

Our Blog Challenge 08:

Is the Philippines not ready for “sex education” in the public school curriculum, just yet? Do you think the program will work in Catholic/Christian-dominated countries? What are your thoughts about sex education in schools? What are the advantages and disadvantages of the program? Would you prefer to learn sex from Ma and Pa, or from Maam and Sir?

To first time visitors, read our previous post and join the challenge

One more thing, you can still cast your votes for the Blog Challenge 07 finalists. Here.

Remember, the more entries you submit, the more chances you have to become part of our TBAC book project.


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TBAC 7 second runner-up: Traditional Journalism VS BloggerMania

Blog Awards Challenge 7 – 2nd runner-up (Achievement): Kwentong Miko and General Nonsense

Winning Entry Title: Traditional Journalism VS BloggerMania [original link]

Winning entry is reprinted below.

Magandang araw sa lahat, masugid na mambabasa
Isa pong Blogtalastasan, sinikap kong inihanda:
Ang Traditional na Media, noon pa man ay subok na,
Laban sa uso at bagong Blogging – ‘to ang ating paksa.

Sa Traditional na Media, mga bagay na kasama
Dyaryo, radio at magazine, pati TV ay ang bida.
Sa kabilang panig naman, sinasabing BloggerMania
Dahil sa murang internet, nararating din ang masa.

Pagdating sa journalism, ano ba ang naaangkop?
Blogs na likha ng Netizen, doon ba tayo tututok?
O manatili sa luma, tradisyunal na at subok?
Halina’t ating alamin, bawal ang aantok-antok.

Mayroon pa bang uubra, sa pahayag na tradisyon.
Masusing pagbabalita, ganap na imbestigasyon,
Mahigpit na pagsusuri, paglakap ng impormasyon,
Totohanang paglalahad, sinusumpaang propesyon.

Ikaw ba ay makikinig, sa taong ‘di mo kilala
At ang kanyang sinasabi, pagbasehan mo ng pasya?
Sa reporter na kilala, reputasyon ay subok na,
Sa walang kredibilidad, tayo na ay dumistansya.

Will you say that is credible… ang news na pinagbibili?
And blogs that are cheap and free, at the same time walang puri?
You got it the wrong way, my friend, regarding credibility
For Old Media ay bumenta, balita ay pinipili.

‘Coz reporters are bayaran, many can be easily bought
“Say good things about our product, I’ll give you more than your sahod,”
Unlike our concerned Netizens-> they worked, they wrote, they voiced, they stood,
Kahit walang bayad or “thanks”, they continue for the sake of Truth.

Aba, wag kang magmalinis, ani mo’y walang napala,
Dahil din sa patalastas, ikaw rin ay kumikita,
Lahat ng sulok ng blogs mo, logo ng ibang kumpanya,
Laman ng latha mo, pili… Para sikat, magkakwarta.

‘Di tulad naming reporters, panganib ay sinusuong,
Kahit sa gitna ng g’yera, buong tapang na nandoon,
Di mapipigil, ilan mang death threats at kidnap for ransom,
Samantalang mga bloggers, kampante sa kanilang “room”.

Which is reliable, ang nagtatanong o dumadanas?
As reporters ask their questions, ang oras ay lumilipas,
Writing, editing, at proofreading bago nila ilabas,
While the offender and victim posted blog, video, or podcast.

Why in your frontpage, always na lang balitang kumakaway,
Kung hindi famous na pulitiko, litrato ng bangkay,
Your news are sensationalized, all the time na lang may away,
While we bloggers, we post ‘bout almusal hanggang questions of LIFE.

Bakit namin iimprenta tsismis ng kapitbahay nyo,
Kung meron namang tungkol sa Bwayang nahuli sa Damo?
Bakit ibo-broadcast ang bagong tirintas ng aso mo,
Hindi ba’t pasikip lamang, ‘yong basura sa publiko?

Kaming mga alagad at tagapaglingkod ng masa
Latha’y serbisyong totoo, sa kapuso’t kapamilya,
Magsiwalat ng mali, o maggawad ng gantimpala,
Iangat ang kamalayan, ito’y aming tanging nasa

Duh! Sinong niloloko mo? Ratings lang ang iyong gusto.
Trail blazing news, you paused, then commercial ay ihahalo.
The wrongdoers, you blackmail first, if no pay, sumbong, xa talo,
Please spare me the bola, hindi poh ganyan ang serbisyo.

Hindi tulad namin, we write to express and not to impress,
May readers man o wala, we type away, we post regardless
Wala kaming target market. Figures and trends we don’t asses,
This is my outlet, my life, my self, my soul. Cursed man me or blessed. ^_^

Pagkamakasarili, sa iyong latha nakikita,
Basta makapagsulat, walang paki sa mambabasa,
Kalapastangan sa pagkatha, brutal na balarila
Si Webster man o Quezon, parehas kang itatatwa.

Gosh, personalan na to, niyayari pati style ko,
Function over form, this is more correct, di lang nauuso,
Superficial writing, yan lang naman ang panlalaban mo
Pero ‘bout contents, my dear, kaming readers naman ang talo

Matabil na bata, sarili’y tignan bago mangutya.,
Usapin na walang kwenta, sa sulatin mo ay sadya

Buong katotohan ng Life, may kwenta man o wala,
Bigay ko, at hindi benta, sa masa aking gawa

Kay Cesar ay kay Cesar, balitang tunay, dapat lang – bayad

True service comes from the heart. News, talks, videos – libre lang dapat

Sa balita, kami’y sapat!

But in Life, you are kulelat!

LAKANDIWA (Paghahatol)
Sandali lang, awat muna! Ako naman ang bibida.
Kayong dalawa’y tumahimik, sa sulok magpalamig muna
Makinig kayo sa hatol, alamin ang aming pasya,
Traditional ba or Blogging? Ano ba ang mas mabisa?

Traditional na balita, produkto ng korporasyon,
Sa pagganap ng serbisyo, alagad ay isang lupon,
Nakakapagduda ang lathain dahil bayad ang propesyon,
Pero nakikita, sining ay nalinang at puno ng aksyon

Ang blogging naman libre, lahat ay isinasali,
Tsismis man ‘to o totoo, malimit na pinipili,
Ang ibang gawa may kalidad, ang iba nama’y irresponsible,
Kahit ano nilalagay, masama man o mabuti

Sa simulang panunuri, mukhang Masa ang natalo
Kapos ang kalidad ng Blog, at lugi ang peryodiko
Pero di magpapabaya, mam’mahayag na totoo
Ang Passion, Skills at Talent, sa masa iseserbisyo.

At sa ating pagtatapos, kayo na lang ang maghusga,
Sa laban nitong dalawa, sino ang dapat magbida?
Dahil sa aking paningin, patas at walang duda,
Parehas silang may hina, at lakas na ibubuga!

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TBAC 7 first runner-up: Blindspots of Blogging

Blog Awards Challenge 7 – 1st runner-up (Distinction): PROSETITUTE

Winning Entry Title: Blindspots of Blogging [original link]

Winning entry is reprinted below.

In today’s Web-driven arena of information, print journalism seems to be a fading name in the game.

The advent of blogging has undeniably shaken the foundations of traditional media by introducing new sources of information. It has challenged the radio scene with its podcast, the television with its vlog (video log), and, of course, the newspaper with its blog (web log). The internet has indeed drawn a new line of media, and, consequently, a new line of contention between blogging and the old media.


As the speed of technological advancement accelerates, with thousands of eager people signing up each day for their own accounts, credibility, for many, has become the hottest issue in blogging. Since the internet has afforded everyone the opportunity to create their own blogs, in websites like Blogger and WordPress, most of the information posted in one’s blog are unverified, and, therefore, unreliable.

A typical personal blog is maintained by an individual (that’s why it’s personal), and articles are mostly done single-handedly – from making the draft, gathering of information, and up to editing and online publishing. The blogger stands as the writer, editor, copyreader and publisher all at the same time. Yet, the power of blogs to publish at an unimaginable velocity has amazed the humankind, but it has unconsciously compromised the credibility of every article published.

On the other hand, newspapers are managed by a pool of professional and seasoned writers. Articles normally undergo a series of rigorous editing before making it to publication: information and details are double-checked for accuracy; sources should be valid and reliable; grammatical flaws are fixed; and all statements are balanced. These things are standard procedures followed by almost all newspaper companies, for them to produce a credible and fair issue.


From a legal viewpoint, blogging is devoid of any constitutional protection and rights because it’s difficult to determine how the law might actually apply. Print media’s position in the Constitution, on the other hand, is quite well-placed.

A blogger housemaid could hide behind a screen name and defame the president by accusing her of corruption without the fear of facing legal charges. Since the Constitution doesn’t enshrine blogging, there is no specific statute that would prove it unlawful. Thus, bloggers have all the freedom of speech in the world, and in their own wills and capacities they can abuse, overuse and misuse it anytime. While writers get sued, and even killed, for what they write, and just for doing their jobs.


Books have time and again shown us how newspapers made its mark in history.

During the Spanish rule, for instance, La Solidaridad and Kalayaan publications, both owned and managed by Filipino propagandists, had succeeded to spread their persistent clamor for change and further their dissidence among Filipinos despite perils of castigation by despotic Spaniard perpetrators.

Likewise, dictator Ferdinand Marcos had faced media’s potent function in stirring up mass rebellion, thus, he ordered the immediate closure of all mass media under the Martial Law. Yet, the alternative press, including the Philippine Collegian and some other national dailies, lived up to their promise and did not fail the masses; they had gone underground and had operated in stealth to avoid detractors.

It is in this lucidity that we see the clear future of the blogosphere. Its power is unquestionable, but blogging should always remain as a personal tool for there is no possible way it can possess journalistic elements such as accountability, reliability, and fairness.

Truly, the ascending popularity of blogging could never completely shatter that fortified fortress that journalism has built for decades. Despite constant claims on its ethical decadence, the old media have proven its age-old worth. And always, it will find a way to uphold its cause.

Over the course of history, the press has always justified its existence– and no blogging force could seriously change that.

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