Express Yourself! Vigan Edition
|Abe Olandres with Vice Mayor
Francisco Ranches Jr. and participants of the "Express
Yourself!" workshop in Vigan, Ilocos Sur
The Friedrich Naumann Foundation (FNF) supported an offshoot
of the successful “Express
Yourself!” blogging and podcasting workshop on August
15-16, 2006 at the University of Northern Philippines (UNP). This
initiative is part of the Foundation’s ongoing effort to
encourage the freedom of expression through new information technologies.
Thirty-nine Sangguniang Kabataan of Vigan
(Youth Council) members actively partook in the workshop, headed
by no less than Mayor Ferdinand Medina and Vice-Mayor Francisco
P. Ranches Jr.
This was the first time for many of the youngsters to use the
Internet, but they gamely learned the basics with the help of
Mr. Abraham “Abe”
Olandres, technical consultant and resource speaker for “Express
Elena Cardines, dean of the UNP College of Law and alumna
of the second workshop,
gave pointers on how to create appealing Weblogs. At the end of
the day, 35 new blogs and three podcasts were created.
"We are delighted to see the “Express Yourself!”
series take root in another part of the country,”
said FNF Resident Representative Dr.
Ronald Meinardus. “Blogging and podcasting encourage
participatory politics. We will continue to support initiatives
that make new communication technologies more accessible to Filipinos.”