Thursday, June 11, 2009

Philippine Independence Day, June 12

On June 12, 1928, Filipino revolutionary forces under General Emilio Aguinaldo (who later became the Philippines' first Republican President) declared Philippine independence and proclaimed the sovereignty of the Philippine Islands from the colonial rule of Spain after the latter was defeated at the Battle of Manila Bay during the Spanish-American War.

The declaration, however, was not recognized by the United States or Spain, as the Spanish government ceded the Philippines to the United States in the 1898 Treaty of Paris, in consideration for an indemnity for Spanish expenses and assets lost.

The United States recognized Philippine independence only on July 4, 1946 in the Treaty of Manila.  Because of this, Independence Day was observed in the Philippines every July 4 until, upon the advice of historians and at the urging of nationalist politicians, President Diosdado Macapagal signed into law Republic Act No. 4166 on August 4, 1964, designating June 12, previously been observed as Flag Day, as the country's Independence Day.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Mastering Twitter

I am sure you have heard already of Twitter, the social networking and micro-blogging service that enables users to post updates of up to 140 characters.

On Twitter, users post updates known as tweets on the service's website, or reply to or re-post (retweet) other people's tweets.

Twitter also allows you to follow your favorite celebrities and read their updates as soon as they are posted. It is like constantly following them celebrities without being accused of being a stalker.

And there's more. I have discovered that a combination of applications actually allows you to post updates via text to Twitter, Facebook, Yahoo Messenger and even your blogs.

Here's how. Register at Then turn on the Twitter application on Facebook. Next, install the Yahoo Messenger plugin Twitter-Sync.

Finally, if you are using, you can add this code to your blogs to show your Twitter updates.

Try all these and experience mobile blogging in the truest sense. And, in case you are interested, feel free to follow me (gelumantao) on Twitter. I would be glad to follow you too.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Negoskwela's Schedule for June 2009

June is known for a lot of things. It is a great month for weddings, which why we read about Jude brides everytime. It is also the start of classes in the Philippines. Literally millions of children troop to public and private schools to learn new things. This they start doing in a month the rains fall almost daily, causing floods, landslides, and a whole range of calamities and inconvenience.

June is really a reminder to our people to continue to strive for learning and education despite everything. And this should not stop even after formal education, or despite having been deprived of it. All of us should try to learn new skills. Just like the ones they offer at Negoskwela. Check out their schedule for the early part of June 2009.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Earn money through PayDotCom, a great affiliate marketplace

You may have heard of Or, even if you have not but you want to make profits online, then you may want to check this asap.

While I like Clickbank and it is a great marketplace, I realized that it has a lot of limitations and restrictions on selling products or earning affiliate commissions.

Thus, I was happy to have discovered PayDotCom. It is a new free marketplace where you can sell any product you want, either your own or that of others as an affiliate.

PayDotCom is very powerful. It allows you to become an instant affiliate for any item in their huge marketplace. And, joining is absolutely free.

They have their an affiliate program that pays you cold cash just for sharing the site with people just like what I am doing now.

They also give you cool tools like blog widgets and even have advertising program to help you get traffic to your site.

If you want an army of affiliates to sell your products for you, they also allow you to have free placement in their marketplace.

If your product becomes one of the top 25 products in its category (which is not that hard to do), then you will get free advertising on the blog widget which is syndicated on thousands of sites world wide and gets millions of impressions per month.

What are you waiting for? PayDotCom pays. Get your free account now. Click here to join.