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.
Designing Inday (April 2000)
One of my best interviews, by the wonderful May Agaran.
Online : Wanted, Web Site Creators (April 2000)
Some web designers (including me), interviewed about
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.
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
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.
Times: Webmasters of the Universe (Nov
An Article about the 1999 Philippine Web Awards by
|PICTURES AT THE AWARDS
Awards Night Pictures (Warning: Big File Sizes of Big pictures).
Thanks to JP, PJ, Baduj, Kuya Jojo, and David!
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...
Oscars and MTV rolled into one
By Pamela Angela Salomon
25 1999, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Lifestyle Section, 2BU)
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
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
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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