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MISS UNIVERSE DRAWS RECORD-HIGH 34 MILLION TWEETS; THAILAND, PH BETS MOST MENTIONED


JANUARY 31 -Most mentioned Miss Universe candidates on Twitter. Graphic by Twitter
- The recently concluded Miss Universe peageant in Manila which saw the Philippines’ own Pia Wurtzbach relinquishing her crown to Iris Mittenaere of France generated a record-breaking number of tweets, Twitter said on Tuesday. Twitter said a total of 34.6 million Miss Universe-related tweets were recorded during the live event—the highest tweet volume for an entertainment event during a live show. The most mentioned contestants during the pageant were Chalita Suansane of Thailand (Top 6), Philippine bet Maxine Medina (Top 6), and Raissa Santana of Brazil (Top 9). It was also Thailand’s Suansane who won the Miss Universe online voting, which earned her a spot in the Top 13. READ MORE...

ALSO: Pinoys top social media users, according to study


JANUARY 25 -This May 21, 2013 file photo shows an iPhone in Washington with Twitter, Facebook, and other apps. Tired of that friend or relative who won't stop posting or tweeting political opinions? Online loudmouths may be annoying, but a new survey suggests they are in the minority. In a report released Tuesday, the Pew Research Center found that most people who regularly use social media sites were actually less likely to share their opinions, even offline. AP
Filipinos spend more time on social media sites than anyone else in the world, going online roughly four hours and 17 minutes a day, according to a report released on Tuesday. Filipinos spend most of their online time on sites such as Facebook, Snapchat and Twitter, said the report, called Digital in 2007, and prepared by social media platform Hootsuite and United Kingdom-based consultancy We Are Social Ltd. U.S. among bottom half Brazilians and Argentinians followed closely behind, spending three hours and 43 minutes and three hours and 32 minutes on social media, respectively, the report said.
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ALSO: Google Philippines’ new home adopts all-Filipino theme


JANUARY 30 -Google Philippines country manager Ken Lingan (left) and Department of Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez turn on the lights made of code.
When Google Philippines launched its new headquarters at the Bonifacio Global City recently, it opened the place with lights made of code. “No electricity, just apps,” says Gail Tan, corporate communications manager for Google Philippines, of the newly lighted Google signage placed on a huge Philippine map mounted on the wall. “That is our commitment to the Philippines here at Google – we are here for innovation and technology, and we are here to digitize the Philippines.” The lights were turned on by Google Philippines country manager Ken Lingan and Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Ramon Lopez who was the guest of honor. While the search behemoth opened its Philippine office in 2013, it is only now that its local headquarters has been completed. And it did not disappoint. READ MORE...

ALSO INQUIRER TWEETS: Pia Wurtzbach, Marlon Stockinger visit Bato’s office


FEBRUARY 2 ---Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach and boyfriend Marlon Stockinger visited the office of Philippine National Police chief Director General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa in Camp Crame. Dela Rosa’s son Rock posted on Instagram a photo of Wurtzbach and Stockinger posing with the police chief with President Duterte’s trademark clenched fist gesture while holding a Philippine flag. Rock also posted his selfie with the beauty queen with the caption “@piawurtzbach in the house 👊🇵🇭.”  It wasn’t clear, however, if it was on Thursday when the couple paid Bato a visit. JE READ MORE...


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Miss Universe draws record-high 34M tweets; Thailand, PH bets most mentioned


Most mentioned Miss Universe candidates on Twitter. Graphic by Twitter

MANILA, FEBRUARY 6, 2017 (INQUIRER) By: Yuji Vincent Gonzales - Reporter / @YGonzalesINQINQUIRER.net / 04:39 PM January 31, 2017 - The recently concluded Miss Universe peageant in Manila which saw the Philippines’ own Pia Wurtzbach relinquishing her crown to Iris Mittenaere of France generated a record-breaking number of tweets, Twitter said on Tuesday.

Twitter said a total of 34.6 million Miss Universe-related tweets were recorded during the live event—the highest tweet volume for an entertainment event during a live show.

The most mentioned contestants during the pageant were Chalita Suansane of Thailand (Top 6), Philippine bet Maxine Medina (Top 6), and Raissa Santana of Brazil (Top 9).

It was also Thailand’s Suansane who won the Miss Universe online voting, which earned her a spot in the Top 13.

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READ: Miss U pageant: Online democracy at work

The most talked about moments were the end of the evening gown competition, end of the interview round, Miss Kenya being asked about United States President Donald Trump, end of the swimsuit segment, and the announcement of Top 6 contestants.

Despite Medina’s loss, Twitter noted that Filipino users tweeted out “big support” to the Philippine representative.

Here are the top Twitter moments on the 65th Miss Universe pageant: https://twitter.com/i/moments/825598159409647616


INQUIRER

Pinoys top social media users, according to studyBy: Miguel R. Camus - @inquirerdotnetPhilippine Daily Inquirer / 02:19 AM January 25, 2017


This May 21, 2013 file photo shows an iPhone in Washington with Twitter, Facebook, and other apps. Tired of that friend or relative who won't stop posting or tweeting political opinions? Online loudmouths may be annoying, but a new survey suggests they are in the minority. In a report released Tuesday, the Pew Research Center found that most people who regularly use social media sites were actually less likely to share their opinions, even offline. AP
 

Filipinos spend more time on social media sites than anyone else in the world, going online roughly four hours and 17 minutes a day, according to a report released on Tuesday.

Filipinos spend most of their online time on sites such as Facebook, Snapchat and Twitter, said the report, called Digital in 2007, and prepared by social media platform Hootsuite and United Kingdom-based consultancy We Are Social Ltd.

U.S. among bottom half

Brazilians and Argentinians followed closely behind, spending three hours and 43 minutes and three hours and 32 minutes on social media, respectively, the report said.

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The United States, where many of these social media players were founded, is among the bottom half, with Americans spending an average of just two hours and six seconds per day. The least active were the Japanese, who log on an average of just 40 minutes daily.

“It’s probably due to the same cultural dynamics that made us the text messaging capital of the world,” said Ramon Isberto, spokesperson for telecoms giant PLDT and Smart, referring to mobile phone text messaging in the past decade that is now giving way to internet-based applications.

“Filipinos like to keep in touch,” Isberto said.

Slowest in Asia-Pacific

The Philippines’ social media usage was in stark contrast to its internet speed. Fixed-broadband speed here is among the slowest in Asia-Pacific, while mobile connections are among the fastest, according to the most recent Akamai report.

There appeared to be a relationship between poor fixed-broadband speed and time spent on social media.

The Philippines, Brazil and Argentina have an average fixed-line broadband speed of 4.2 megabits per second (mbps), 5.5 mbps and 5 mbps, respectively.

The fastest was South Korea, with 26.3 mbps, and its citizens just spend about 1 hour and 11 minutes a day on social media.

Internet use on the rise
According to the report, the Philippines’ internet and social media users grew by over 25 percent, up 13 million and 12 million over last year, respectively.

Mobile was also a fast-growing platform, accounting for 38 percent of all Web traffic in the country, up almost a third over 2016.

The Philippines, so far, had a social media penetration rate of 58 percent, higher than the average of 47 percent in Southeast Asia.

Around the world, internet users grew 10 percent, or an additional 354 million people, while active social media users jumped 21 percent, or an additional 482 million.

Global active netizens using mobile phones and other devices surged 30 percent, or another 581 million people.

Digital connectivity

The total internet penetration rate stood at 50 percent, or 3.77 billion people, the report showed.

“Half of the world’s population is now online, which is a testament to the speed with which digital connectivity is helping to improve people’s lives,” said Simon Kemp, a consultant at We Are Social.

“The increase in internet users in developing economies is particularly encouraging,” Kemp added.

The report compiles data from the world’s largest studies of online behavior, conducted by organizations including GlobalWebIndex, GSMA Intelligence, Statista, and Akamai in “a comprehensive state” of social media reference.

The 2016 report has been downloaded 70,000 times and read 2.5 million times on SlideShare so far.


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Google Philippines’ new home adopts all-Filipino theme By Eden Estopace (The Philippine Star) | Updated January 30, 2017 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0


Google Philippines country manager Ken Lingan (left) and Department of Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez turn on the lights made of code.

MANILA, Philippines – When Google Philippines launched its new headquarters at the Bonifacio Global City recently, it opened the place with lights made of code.

“No electricity, just apps,” says Gail Tan, corporate communications manager for Google Philippines, of the newly lighted Google signage placed on a huge Philippine map mounted on the wall. “That is our commitment to the Philippines here at Google – we are here for innovation and technology, and we are here to digitize the Philippines.”

The lights were turned on by Google Philippines country manager Ken Lingan and Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Ramon Lopez who was the guest of honor.

While the search behemoth opened its Philippine office in 2013, it is only now that its local headquarters has been completed. And it did not disappoint.

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In keeping with the Google tradition of adapting to the local culture, its new office has an unmistakable Filipino theme. Even from the entrance, you wouldn’t have any doubt that you just stepped into Google’s Philippine office.

Welcoming guests at the entrance is a huge logo that may seem familiar – it’s an adaptation of a Google Independence Day logo Google used a few years back with the Philippine flag as motiff. The backdrop is made of stones that look like they were plucked from iconic Ivatan houses in Batanes. Rooms and wall accessories include capiz windows from old houses, and murals of the iconic Filipino jeepney and the Filipinized Android mascot painted on the walls.

Most chairs and sofas were designed by famous Filipino industrial designer Kenneth Cobonpue. Native fans made of dried anahaw leaves in Google colors adorn part of the ceilings near the pantry.

Yes, there is a pantry. Just like in its headquarters at Mountain View, California and all its offices around the world, the Google pantry at the local office is filled with free-flowing food all day for employees. Here, the look simulates the typical Filipino salu-salo (get-together) and fiesta.

The entire office area is also bordered by a glass wall where one can see a sweeping view of the entire metropolis and even the Sierra Madre mountain on one side. The meeting rooms also have Filipino stories to tell. Themes like Vinta, Palawan and Salakot come complete with small details like colors and textures on the walls. And in keeping with another Google tradition, there is a gaming room where employees can relax, a lot of collaboration areas for people to meet and converge, comfortable lounges for resting and taking a break, and a “Nanay” room for mothers to relax. It comes with a massage chair and a mini refrigerator to store breast milk for nursing moms.

The whole scheme isn’t purely decorative, though. Simultaneous with the opening of the new headquarters is the commitment made by Google Philippines to continue working for the digitization of the country.

Lingan says that since the launch of Google Street View in the Philippines in 2015 to support local tourism, almost 200 more locations have been added to the list, bringing Google Street View locations to over 300 today. Newly added locations include Palawan, Cebu and Guimaras, to name only a few.

The search giant also launched the Launchpad Accelerator, a program that will provide equity-free support to help start-ups scale into thriving companies. Tan says selected program participants will undergo a six-week training at Google’s headquarters in Silicon Valley to be mentored by Google engineers and executives.

Citing the recent Google-commissioned report by Temasek, Google shares that the Philippines’ online market value is set to reach $19 billion by 2025, making e-commerce a major economic driver in the next 10 years. “Our local developers and startups are instrumental in creating impactful businesses that are tackling tough local and global issues.

We see the importance of their role in what will be a booming e-commerce in our country in the very near future because what they do has direct impact in people’s lives,” Lingan says.

Lastly, Google’s philantrophic arm, Google.org, has also announced its support to Digibayanihan, an organization that trains volunteers across the country to train people on digital literacy. “We are supporting them so they can expand their reach to about a million Filipinos in Visayas and Mindanao,” Tan explains. “We believe in e-commerce and its contribution to the economy. We believe that there is technology behind that. The developers are actually the ones who put up all these businesses online and we’d like to support them in that sense. It is also part of us bringing local relevant content to the Philippines.”

Lingan adds that the real successful transformation of the digital landscape is not just about Filipinos getting access. “It is also about Filipinos making the most use of the internet by creating things or solving problems. When this happens, that is when the real transformation will happen,” he explains.

Lopez affirms that with the population getting more connected and engaged every day, it is necessary for individuals, businesses,and communities to have the right skills to thrive in today’s modern economy. “That’s why we welcome Google’s commitment to promote digital inclusion and empower every Filipino online, and in effect, drive the country’s economy forward,” he says.

Lopez also emphasized that SMEs still account for more than 90 percent of our enterprises, and Filipinos rely heavily on them for goods and services.

“I think it is just right for the SMEs to embrace digital integration now and make use of programs like what we provide working with tech companies like Google so they can take advantage of opportunities that go with going digital,” he adds.


INQUIRER TECHNOLOGY, SOIAL MEDIA

LOOK: Pia Wurtzbach, Marlon Stockinger visit Bato’s office INQUIRER.net / 02:20 PM February 02, 2017

Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach and boyfriend Marlon Stockinger visited the office of Philippine National Police chief Director General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa in Camp Crame.

Dela Rosa’s son Rock posted on Instagram a photo of Wurtzbach and Stockinger posing with the police chief with President Duterte’s trademark clenched fist gesture while holding a Philippine flag.

Rock also posted his selfie with the beauty queen with the caption “@piawurtzbach in the house 👊🇵🇭.”

It wasn’t clear, however, if it was on Thursday when the couple paid Bato a visit. JE


Pia and Fil-Swiss race driver Marlon Stockinger

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PNP chief Bato's son seeks to follow dad's footsteps Angelo Caballero, ABS-CBN News Davao Posted at Oct 30 2016 05:48 PM


The son of PNP chief Bato dela Rosa talks to ABS-CBN News after an admission test for aspiring policemen.

DAVAO CITY - The only son of Philippine National Police (PNP) Director General Ronald "Bato" dela Rosa took his shot at following his father's footsteps on Sunday by taking the Cadet Admission Test (CAT) at the Bolton campus of the University of Mindanao.

Rock dela Rosa took up Business Administration at Philippine Women's College, but realized recently that his true passion lies in becoming a policeman.
He said growing up in a family of public servants is a major factor in his decision.

"Gusto jud nako kay nidako naman ko sa mga pulis so kabalo na pud ko sa ilang kinabuhi," he said in an exclusive interview with ABS-CBN News.
(I wanted [to become a policeman] because I grew up with cops in the family and I knew what they have been through.)

He also shared that his father did not push him to become a policeman, but advised him instead to enjoy life and pursue his won dreams.

"Dili nako gusto buhaton para sa iyaha, gusto nako ni buhaton kay love nako ang akong pamilya, mga PNP, mura nakog pamilya sa ilaha ug tibuok Pilipino gyud, ug ang Presidente pud, mahal jud nako ang Presidente," the 22-year-old explained.

(I am not doing this for him, but for my love for my family, the PNP, my fellow Filipino people and the President.)
Asked about his father's critics, he exclaimed, "Let's get it on!"

"Normal man na kay kung naa kay paninindigan, daghan jud ka kalaban na muabot," he added.
(It's natural to have haters coming if you have strong will.)

Rock, the youngest in a brood of three, also revealed that he looked up to President Rodrigo Duterte more than his father.

He was among over 22,000 aspiring policemen who took the Cadet Admission Test today.

The annual test is conducted by the Philippine National Police Academy to select 300 students for its Bachelor of Science in Public Safety class, who will become members of the PNP, Bureau of Fire Protection and Bureau of Jail Management and Penology after graduation.


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