Lucky enough to be put on the first page of ComputerWorld Philippines (December 15, 1999 issue). But, its supposed to be Cheryl Oliva Fuerte, not Sheryl Oliva. Nevertheless it is one and the same.=)

 
 
A FEW GOOD ARTICLES, atbp.
 

FemaleNetwork.com: Designing Inday (April 2000)
One of my best interviews, by the wonderful May Agaran.


BusinessWorld Online : Wanted, Web Site Creators (April 2000)
Some web designers (including me), interviewed about their careers/job/path.


JobStreet.com: Riding the internet Boom (March 2000)
Early pioneers say the most important qualification to succeed is not a technical educational background but creativity and an enormous capacity to learn.

ComputerWorld Philippines: Philippine Web Awards
(Dec 15, 1999)
An Article about the 1999 Philippine Web Awards By Jennifer E. Bagalawis & Mayme P. Fernandez (where I got the front page exposure!)

Philippine Daily Inquirer: Phil Web Awards (the Oscars and MTV rolled into one) (Nov 25, 1999)
A Good Article about the 1999 Philippine Web Awards; and my second interview! By Pam Pastor.

Manila Times: Webmasters of the Universe (Nov 22, 1999)
An Article about the 1999 Philippine Web Awards by Gibbs Cadiz
 
 
PICTURES AT THE AWARDS
 
More Webby Pics
Webby Awards Night Pictures (Warning: Big File Sizes of Big pictures). Thanks to JP, PJ, Baduj, Kuya Jojo, and David!
 



 


This is the article about the 1999 Phil Webby Awards in the 2BU Section of the Philippine Daily Inquirer (Nov. 25 Issue), the most widely read newspaper in the Philippines. It is indeed an honor to be in this article! Read on...


PHILIPPINE WEB AWARDS
The Oscars and MTV rolled into one
By Pamela Angela Salomon Pastor
(Nov 25 1999, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Lifestyle Section, 2BU)

IF you think that that the Internet community here in the Philippines is made up of geeks and nerds, bite your tongue. The 2nd Philippine Web Awards last Nov. 17 proved that notion wrong. The New World Hotel's Grand Ballroom was transformed into a futuristic venue for an explosive audio-visual experience. The place was packed with people--and there were no geeks or nerds in sight. What you could see was a big bunch of different people--from yuppies, college students and executives, to celebrities, musicians, webmasters, members of the press and techie people--enjoying the awards night which was hosted by actress Pinky Amador and TV personality Mari Kaimo. And if you think that this event was only for cyber nuts, and that you'd be bored out of your wits, you'd better bite your tongue again. The 2nd Philippine Web Awards--which was organized and managed by the WS Expositions Management Group and produced by the WS Computer Publishing Corporation--is dubbed as ''the major event for the Net generation.'' It's definitely major. Think Oscars and MTV put together.

All throughout the night, big names in the music industry provided the Netizens with entertainment. Kulay, a group that has made waves not only in the Philippines but in the UK as well, got the adrenaline going with their hits. The crowd went wild over their flip-hop performance. Marc, Mike, Myrene, Diego and Raymund--better known as Sandwich, NU Rock Award's Best Group--gave a performance that could equal the acts from Woodstock '99.

The night of the awards was the end of a six-month search to find the best Filipino-made sites. Out of the original 1,100 nominees, 89 finalists were chosen to vie for the Webby Award for each category.

The judges for the 18 categories are celebrities and big names in the arts, media and the IT world. Artist Robert Alejandro, columnist and TV host Karen Kunawicz and Cosmopolitan Philippines editor in chief Myrza Sison were the judges for the Arts/Design, Print and Weird categories. For the Family/Personal and Children/Education categories, the judges were The Web Philippines editor Heinz Bulos, columnist Tonette Martel and talent manager Girlie Rodis. Gerry Anigan, project manager of Philippine Exporters Confederation, Inc., IBM Philippines president Ramon Jocson, Mari Kaimo and Atty. Francis Pangilinan judged the sites for Business, Computer and Government categories. For Health/Science, Environment, Travel--Joel Desini, president of the E-mail Company, vice president of WS Fiesta Online Dave Quitoriano, and Wong, Chin Wah, editor of Computer World Philippines. For Home/Hobbies, Games and Sports--president and CEO of Wolfpac, Communications, Inc. Albert dela Cruz, Mia Goloy, editor of PC World and sportscaster/writer Quinito Henson. And for Film/Celebrities, TV/Radio and Music--guitarist/vocalist of River Maya Rico Blanco, country manager of 3Com Philippines Gil Edeza and musician Bo Razon.

Aside from the 18 websites that won that night, there were also 18 sites--one for each category--that were given the People's Choice Awards. These were the nominated sites that were voted online by the most number of Net users from all over the country. Inquirer On-line got the People's Choice Award for the Print category. A plaque of appreciation was given to Pinoy Pulis Help Online--a Philippine National Police Website. The awards night had winners who won multiple awards. ABS-CBN got three--the Compaq special award, the Webby and the People's Choice award for the TV/Radio category. Lakbay.net got the Webby for the Travel category and Hewlett-Packard special award. Aside from being the Most Popular Site of the Year, the Provincial Government of Bohol also got the People's Choice for the Government Category. Mike's World was not only hailed Website of the Year by The Web Magazine Philippines, it also received a Webby for the Family/Personal Category.

The 2nd Philippine Web Awards was also a chance for young web designers to shine. Twenty-one-year-old Cheryl Oliva Fuerte got three awards for three different sites. She studied web design in '96 and started generating websites in '97. ''May pagka-vain kasi ako, gusto agad matuto kung pa'no ilagay ang picture ko sa web,'' she candidly shared. She received a Webby for the Film/Celebrities category and two People's Choice awards--Inday@Unforgettable.com (www.indayworks.com) for the Family/Personal Category and Noni Juice--the Tahitian Health Drink (www.nonijuice.com.ph) for Health/Science.

''I'm glad that there's finally an award-winning body that gives due recognition to websites created by Pinoys,'' Cheryl said after the awards night. ''Winning the Webby and being recognized for my talents are very rewarding but that shouldn't be the goal.'' This young web designer has created 10 sites and that number is still growing. Her advice to aspiring web designers? ''Work from the heart, design with passion and share your talents.''

The 2nd Philippine Web Awards was entertaining, fast-moving and a great graphic and visual experience--just like what any good website ought to be.

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