Liberal Workshop Produces 16 New Filipino
|Dr. Ronald Meinardus facilitates
the Podcasting and Blogging workshop.
The Sixteen highly motivated blogging novices from all parts
of the Philippines assembled at the premises of the liberal Foundation
in Makati City on March 9-10, 2006 for a workshop entitled
After the two days of
hands-on training, they added 16 new liberal Filipino blogs –
and half a dozen new podcasts – to the universal blogosphere.
Prominent Filipino bloggers Manolo
Quezon III and Abe
Olandres familiarized the group with the basics of blogging.
“All bloggers compete in the free market of ideas,”
said Manolo Quezon III, who many consider as the patriarch of
Philippine blogging. In order to be ready for this competition,
Friedrich Naumann Foundation Resident Representative Dr. Ronald
Meinardus, who started his professional career as a radio journalist
and also writes a blog,
shared some advice on basic editorial guidelines for creating
high-impact blog content and the strategic importance
of finding and communicating a message.
Day two was reserved for podcasting. Under the guidance of Angelo
Racoma, an experienced producer of online audio content, the
participants created a series of liberal podcasts in a make-shift
recording studio set up in the Foundation’s office.
In his opening remarks, Dr. Meinardus emphasized the significance
of blogging and podcasting as political communications tools:
“These are the most liberal of all communications tools;
they give everyone with a computer and an Internet connection
the means to speak up,” he said.
As the Foundation received many more applications for the activity
than could be accommodated, it is planning a re-run in
June 2006. Please send us an email should you be interested.
You may view the workshop
program and a
list with links to all new 16 Filipino blogs set up during