PINOY  BLOGGER'S  INTEREST  IN  U.S.  POLL  RACE  HAS  NO  LIMITS

WASHINGTON, OCTOBER 30, 2008
(STAR) By Jose Katigbak, STAR Washington Bureau – Martin Perez of Parañaque lives an ocean and a few time zones from the United Sates but the first thing he does when he gets up at 5 a.m. to get ready for work as a high school teacher is to go online to read the latest news in the US presidential race and blog about the McCain-Obama showdown, the Washington Post reported.

Perez told the daily in a telephone interview that following the White House race between Democrat Barack Obama and Republican John McCain has been “like a religion” to him.

In an article in its pullout Style section on Tuesday headed “The Election That Has the Whole World Blogging” the Washington Post said every twist and turn in the race is endlessly commented on by the blogosphere and keeps the rest of the world on its collective mouse, with bloggers from countries as disparate as the Philippines, South Africa and Brazil glued to the historic race.

“It’s official. This US election matters to me more than it should,” Perez wrote shortly after the first presidential debate.

His two-year-old blog, Ako Mismo, or I Myself in Tagalog, is written mostly in English with some Tagalog mixed in, the daily said.

It said Perez can rattle off every state that Obama won in the primaries, even his margins of victories.

“I’ve been too busy paying attention to this American election that I don’t really know what’s going on here in the Philippines,” Perez told the Post.

There’s been an absolute explosion in the number of bloggers outside of the US and one of the subjects they blog about is US politics, the daily said.

“Americans can see, if they don’t realize it already, that their votes affect the rest of us when it comes to foreign policy, the environment, the global market, you name it,” Amira Al Hussaini, a journalist from Bahrain who currently lives in Canada, told the Post.

Al Hussaini edits Voices Without Votes funded by Reuters and staffed mostly by volunteers scattered throughout the world who scour the Internet, reading blogs and searching for mentions of the upcoming US elections.

The site opens a window on what the world thinks about the US and the role it plays in the lives of millions worldwide.

When it comes to online global popularity, Obama has overwhelming support, the daily said.


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