Helping Honorary Russian Consul Armi Lopez-Garcia promote Philippine-Russian relations.

The Visayas and Mindanao, the central and southern islands in the Philippine archipelago, have been the public relations playing field for the Cebu-based PRworks for several years now.

Top Philippine corporations like Globe Telecom and Nokia Philippines along with small-medium enterprises like GT Cosmetics Manufacturing has precisely engaged PRworks because of its Vis-Min niche.

In Cebu and Central Visayas, we are helping several friends, corporations, and agencies like Honorary Russian Consul Armi Lopez, the San Remigio Beach Club (SRBC), the KEPCO-SPC Power Corporation (KSPC) and SPC Power Corp. (SPC), the Cebu International Convention Center (CICC), the National Nutrition Council (NNC) 7, and the Department of Tourism (DOT) 7.

As we approach the end of 2011, we begin looking into the year ahead. And we ask, what’s in store for public relations work in central and southern Philippines for 2012?

Increasing market share of online news media.

English-language community papers will increasingly feel the pressure of the increasing market share of online news media.

A growing segment of urban and provincial population is going online and spending more time in social media especially Facebook through the years. They are learning the habit of accessing news, not by buying anymore their favorite English dailies. More often, they now merely click on news shared by friends, go to search engines like Google, Yahoo, and Bing for more related information, or enter the online versions of their favorite community paper.

This trend has led to the emergence and growing audience of online versions of practically all community papers in major Vis-Min urban centers. This also paved the way for the rise of online news and opinion blogs and the shift of local news syndicates like Minda News to being online publications. The forward looking management of Sun.Star network of community publications has closed weak publication affiliates in the cities of Ilo-ilo, Zamboanga, and General Santos and shifted news coverage to the online Sun.Star news exchange (Sunnex).

This means the community papers will be using only the best stories – and that includes press releases and news pitches – especially with the more intense competition and declining news space. For PRworks, this means adhering to its belief that the best PR uplifts lives. Read Part B

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A talent powerhouse headed by PRworks Chief Digital Officer Emmanuel Mongaya, former managing editor of Superbalita and former city editor of Sun.Star Cebu. Team members include Global Voices correspondent and blogger Karlo Mikhail Mongaya, our Online Community Manager Ynna Erika Bisnar, digital marketing consultant Borislav Tatarov, and former Sun.Star Publishing Inc. IT boss Sammy Sumaya.

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