Spotlight: RJ Yu

Rj Yu is a junior student at the Ateneo de Manila University majoring in Computer Science. He has a knack for both programming and design, often integrating both in his various projects.

He has been using Flash for web development since he first discovered it, and has fallen in love with the software ever since it’s widespread acceptance. His blog,, also a finalist in the 2006 Philippine Web Awards under Blogs category, is a glimpse of Rj’s normal life and experiences with his God, his family and friends, popular culture and the technology around him that is constantly changing.

He is still currently learning a lot in the fields of programming and design, knowing his quench for knowledge will never end. He is currently working in various projects, both in and out of the web. Aside from IT related projects, he helps out in his local Church.

Know more about him by visiting his blog, The Orangelover.

Spotlight: Rick Manzano

Rick Manzano is an I.T. graduate from Asia Pacific College who’s majored in Systems and Software Engineering but absolutely abhors anything that has to do with programming.

Now, he’s trying to pursue his dream of setting up his own clothing line and to continue being a freelance Web & Graphic Designer Photographer.

A nominee for the 2006 Philippine Web Awards under Blogs category, his photoblog,, is his attempt to document his exploits in different parts of the metro (and beyond?) using mostly his trusty cam phone and sometimes his bulky digital cam. He’s currently saving up to buy himself a DSLR, hoping to be a professional photographer someday.

Know more about him in his Portfolio:

Spotlight: Intellego

Intellego Synergies Asia, Inc. (formerly CIS Phils.) is the pioneer in broadband Internet services, leading-edge website design and development, and multimedia software technologies in the Province of Bulacan, Philippines since 1996.

Powered by a team of highly-competent and creative I.T. professionals, Intellego—owner of the Bulacan Point-of-Presence of Internet pioneer Mozcom Internet (, has been providing consulting services to a prestigious roster of government, academic and private institutions within and outside Bulacan for the past 9 years. Intellego has the distinction of being an IT partner of the Provincial Government of Bulacan and the Bulacan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI). As a testimony to its continuing commitment to excellence, Intellego received the much-coveted Most Outstanding Bulacan Businessman Award in 1999.

A respected authority in the field of I.T. in the province of Bulacan, its President, Mr. Dennis Gerard F. Manalastas, is the Immediate Past President of the Bulacan I.T. Industry Association (BITIA), and is likewise a former Director of the Bulacan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI).

Their valued Website development clients include among others, Microsoft Philippines, Lani Misalucha, Bulacan Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Cong. Wilfrido B. Villarama, Cong. Lorna C. Silverio, Simbulan Industries Phils., Pilipinas Development Corp., Globe Care Services, Asian Land Strategies, Baliuag University, Dona Rita Realty Corp., Reina Realty Corp., Mighty Corporation, C&B Marble Corp., The Rocka Group, Contract Environmental Philippines, Bulacan Commercial and Industrial Association and Paradise Resort.

Second SEO Contest Underway

BNS is proud to be a sponsor of the PHilippines’ second SEO contest organized by Marc Macalua, who says:

“Right on the heels of the very successful Isulong SEOPH keyword ranking contest, I’m pleased to announce the launch of the second Philippine keyword ranking contest. This is a pet project of SEO Philippines, a local organization dedicated to the growth of the search marketing industry in the Philippines.

While this is first and foremost a keyword ranking contest, we’ve added a special twist. It’s called the Triple Jackpot Prize. With PHP 300,000 in cash to be given away to the best of the best, this is without any doubt the biggest search engine optimization contest this side of the globe”

Second SEO Contest rules are here.
Write up by is here.

Bulacan bags NCC 2006 Best LGU website award

Congratulations to The Provincial Government of Bulacan, for being at the top spot in the 2006 Search for Best Local Government Websites, an annual contest sponsored by the National Computer Center under its eLGU Project. Bulacan retained its title as they already received the same award in last year’s contest.

More of this story comes in NCC News

Further, Bulacan is one of the nominees in this year’s 2006 Philippine Web Awards competing for the E-Government category.

Electronic Payment and Collection System (EPCS)

From Digital Filipino:

The Department of Trade and Industry and Department of Finance Joint Administrative Order #2: Guidelines implementing R.A.8792 on Electronic Payment and Collection System (EPCS) in Government was just signed last October 25, 2006. This will take effect upon publication this November.

The guideline provides a transparent process that all revenue collecting agencies of the government, local government units, government-owned and controlled corporations, state colleges and universities can take to enable acceptance of electronic payment (credit card, mobile payments, e-banking, among others). The Commission on Audit is also expected to release government audit guidelines in this regard.

Kudos to the DTI, DOF, Bureau of Treasury, and EPCS TWG for their hard work in making this a reality.

The creation of this guideline was asked by the Congressional Oversight Committee for the E-Commerce Law (COCEC) last year. The body is chaired by Senator MAR Roxas and Congressman Junie Cua. It was seen as a necessity to push for compliance by government agencies to Republic Act 8792 or the E-Commerce Law.

An electronic copy can be downloaded at

This is the 4th guideline pushed by the COCEC that got enacted this year.

1. Financing for Information Technology Build-Up (SME-FIT)

2. DTI Administrative Order #8: Prescribing Guidelines for the Protection of Personal Data in Information and Communication Systems in the Private Sector (PDF file)

3. Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Circular No. 542: Consumer Protection for Electronic Banking

4. DTI-DOF Joint Administrative Order #2: Guidelines Implementing R.A. 8792 on Electronic Payment and Collection System (EPCS) in Government

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Spotlight: Chris Amor Arizala

Christian Amor K. Arizala is the president of Caline Images Networks, a graphic and web designer with 3.5 years design experience and over 5 years of computing experience.

In addition to his freelance work, he has a passion for all forms of graphic and web design with an emphasis in logo and image creation. His ultimate goal is to provide a design that is user friendly and is exactly what the client is looking for. He has a diverse mix of design and people skills, enabling him to build solid relationships with customers. It also allows him to be especially attuned to the needs and desires of her customers and clients.

You can contact him thru:
Mobile: (63)918-701-9006

Spotlight: Dome Pili

Creative advertising graduate graphic artist web designer/developer with eight years experience designing desktop and print graphics and four years designing website’s freelance and for business clients.

Skills include proven search engine optimisation, MySQL database integration, flash website animation and PHP server side scripting. Highly trained in Digital image and Vector based applications.

Personal Details:

Name: Romericen “Dome” Pili

Nationality: Filipino

Address: 1247 Blumentritt St., Sampaloc Manila, Philippines

Hime: 410 6781

Office Phone: 832 61 09


Paypal now open for Philippine Users

We got the scoop from an email from Philippine Internet Review blog , courtesy of Ms Janette Toral:

“A few days ago, I was chatting with a friend about this expected development – of an upgrade in that will include accepting new accounts from the Philippines.

Actually, it was just a matter of time and no lobbying influenced it – it is more of a practical decision for Paypal. Today though, the facility is limited to sending of money overseas, not acceptance.”

Araw Values Award

The Advertising Foundation of the Philippines, in collaboration with the ADBOARD, presents the 2006 ARAW Values Advertising (AVA) Awards, the biennial awards program honoring the most outstanding works in the advertising industry that help promote and communicate Filipino values.

Focused on its objective of recognizing advertising that promotes values, the ARAW Values Advertising Awards program is founded on seven (7) Cornerstone Values:

Love of God and respect for religious beliefs
Commitment to truth, honesty and justice
Love of country and respect for national customs and traditions
Reverence for family unity and the inviolability of marriage
Respect and care for human life and dignity and the rights of all
Respect for law and authority and the promotion of self-discipline
Concern for and preservation of environment