#itsmorefuninthephilippines zooms to top Twitter trend? Wow!

The slogan sounds really simple and conversational. It surprised many who expected something akin to Wow Philippines or Amazing Thailand. Some expressed cynicism that it's just a slogan. Others, a truly Filipino trait, began nitpicking.

But the slogan is so simple, conversational, and rings true to most Filipinos that the hashtag #itsmorefuninthephilippines immediately began trending in Twitter. It is indeed more fun in the Philippines than anywhere else in the world.

Let's take the Sinulog, for instance.

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PR in southern Philippines 2012 (d)

Impact of the 2013 elections.
[caption id="" align="alignright" width="300"] The post on Miss Universe runner up Chamcey Supsup and businessman-politician Glenn Soco of One Cebu was one of the most viewed so far in politika2013.wordpress.com.[/caption]

A huge portion of the broad social media community is involved in advocacy and sharing of politically-related news and views.

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Public Relations in southern Philippines this 2012 (c)

[caption id="attachment_2154" align="alignright" width="406" caption="Cebu City Mayor Mike Rama (center) poses with Miss Earth 2011 candidates and Charlyn Macaraeg, image model of GT Cosmetics, during the second Visayas Blogging Summit held in Cebu City. Charlyn was promoting GT & Me, the Facebook community of GT Cosmetics. PRworks helped organize the event."][/caption]

Emerging social media communities.

Since the first Filipino bloggers began writing online at the turn of the century, their numbers and significance have grown as the years passed. In 2010, Visayas and Mindanao bloggers have separately organized blogging summits and awards for several years now.

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Public Relations in southern Philippines this 2012 (b)

[caption id="attachment_2151" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Doris Mongaya, managing director of PRworks Inc., poses with Superbalita columnists Bobby Nalzaro (left) and Ruphil Bañoc (right). Bobby is also a columnist of Sun.Star Cebu, a top rated commentator of dySS, and news anchor of GMA 7. Ruphil, on the other hand, is the station manager of dyHP and news anchor of TV 5."][/caption]

Sun.Star publisher Sonny Garcia and Editor-in-Chief Pachico A. Seares published the first Cebuano-language daily in1994 that primarily catered to the B-C-D market in Cebu and neighboring provinces.

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Public Relations in southern Philippines this 2012 (a)

[caption id="attachment_2145" align="alignright" width="262" caption="Helping Honorary Russian Consul Armi Lopez-Garcia promote Philippine-Russian relations."][/caption]

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

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PRworks list of CDO journalists affected by Sendong

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Houses totally washed out:

1. Cong Corrales - Mindanews, Gold Star Daily, TV 5, and Reuters

2. Joe Felicilda - Mindanao Daily Balita

3. John Paul Barsopia - Newsline Mindanao

4. Henry Lasola - GMA 7 CDO

5. Aping Bergacio - Reuters

First floor of houses totally inundated:

1. Erwin Mascariñas - Associated Press

2. Jigger J. Jerusalem - Gold Star Daily, Phil Star

3. Mike Baños - Business Week Mindanao

4. Joe Palabao - Business Week Mindanao

5. Joe Pantoja - Business Week Mindanao


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Globe’s Libreng Tawag in CDO & Iligan

[caption id="attachment_2030" align="alignright" width="365" caption="Employees of Globe Telecom did not let-up on relief operations, working through Christmas Eve and Christmas Day to help thousands of families in Cagayan de Oro and Iligan affected by Typhoon Sendong. Globe volunteers repacked relief goods over Christmas and continued to extend free all-network calls and SMS as well as free internet access. Relief work will continue for the rest of the week, with funding from SingTel.

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Helping Sendong survivors this Christmas

Celebrating Christmas means sharing our love, the blessings we received this year, and our prayers not just for our loved ones and friends. Celebrating Christmas is giving to those who need our love, the blessings we received this year, and our prayers most.

This Christmas season, those who need these most are not only our poor neighbors. They include the thousands affected and who survived the wrath of typhoon Sendong (Washi) in southern Philippines.

It is heartwarming to know that Filipinos have responded overwhelmingly to calls for help and prayers.

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Mediamen, bloggers among Sendong victims

[caption id="attachment_1985" align="alignright" width="406"] A father loses his daughter. (Photo from http://twitpic.com/7udfiz)[/caption]

TWENTY-FIVE media practitioners and bloggers in Cagayan de Oro and Iligan cities were among the victims of flash floods wrought by Typhoon ‘Sendong’ over the weekend.

Two of them, unfortunately, lost their lives as the violent flood swept their homes in Iligan. They were Michel Kundiman of dxRJ and Leonisid Alsonado of dxIC-RMN.

The media people affected by the tropical storm are:

Reuters correspondent Cong Corrales;
Associated Press photojournalist Erwin Mascariñas;
Phil. Star correspondent Jigger J.

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