The Manila Times: Benilde prof creates online museum for fallen pandemic heroes

The Manila Times: Benilde prof creates online museum for fallen pandemic heroes. “FALLEN heroes of the Covid-19 pandemic are at the center of an online animated museum that is part of the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde Center for Campus Art’s ongoing digital art exhibition. ‘Hall of Heroes’ is Benjamin Marasigan Jr.’s contribution to the online art exhibit ‘To Differ, Digitally 2: Love and Dissent in the Time of Pandemic.’ The CCA led by Architect Gerry Torres and the New Media Cluster headed by Associate Dean Maria Sharon Mapa Arriola called on faculty members for ‘works in digital media that will venture to engage with and generate new content from its audiences online.’”

Inquirer (Philippines): Internet archive of ‘subversive’ publications launched

Inquirer (Philippines): Internet archive of ‘subversive’ publications launched. “An ‘alliance,’ as they call themselves, of teachers, researchers, and other professionals in the education sector has launched a website archiving progressive publications and documents deemed ‘subversive’ by the military as it conducts an ongoing purge in various school libraries nationwide.”

Manila Times: The National Museum of the Philippines launches its new website

Manila Times: The National Museum of the Philippines launches its new website. “The new website hopes to strengthen the relationship of the museum with its communities, especially those who have limited access to our facilities brought about by closure due to health protocols or physical limitations. We intend it to be a reliable online information resource site that can serve the needs and interest of fellow government employees, and its varied audiences, locally, nationally, and globally. Some of its salient features are views to exhibitions in video format or 360 virtual tours, highlights to collections in our care, news and events, job opportunities in our museum and downloadable forms.”

Business Mirror: Online forum crosses intersection between art and activism

Business Mirror: Online forum crosses intersection between art and activism. “Artist groups pushing for social justice converged to examine how art and activism cross paths to rally and protest against oppressive regimes. In the recent online forum, titled ‘Intersections of Art, Activism and Social Justice in the Philippines,’ several art movements discussed their roles in critical discourse and protest movements from the Marcos dictatorship to the Duterte administration.”

Manila Bulletin: For its 134th anniversary, National Library pivots with a digital library initiative

Manila Bulletin: For its 134th anniversary, National Library pivots with a digital library initiative. “Among the key plans of the NLP is to continue the enhancement of its building and at the same time procure necessary equipment which would be vital in the development of its online facilities, among others, as part of its vision to focus on enhancing services and facilities contributing to the social and cultural development of Filipino society.”

BNN Bloomberg: Google and Facebook’s New Cable to Link Japan and Southeast Asia

BNN Bloomberg: Google and Facebook’s New Cable to Link Japan and Southeast Asia. “Dubbed Apricot, the infrastructure project will link Japan, Singapore, Taiwan, Guam, the Philippines and Indonesia and help serve growing demand for broadband access and 5G wireless connectivity, Facebook said. In March, the company announced two new transpacific subsea cables connecting Singapore to the U.S. west coast, Bifrost and Echo, with Google participating in the latter.”

GMA Online: New website introduces past, present Filipino Olympians

GMA Online: New website introduces past, present Filipino Olympians. “The Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) and the Philippine Olympians Association (POA) joined forces to set in motion a website that aims to tell stories of past and present Filipino athletes that competed in the Olympics. Titled ‘The Living Archive of Olympians PH,’ the website specifies the year when an Olympian competed in the quadrennial meet, including the Winter, Summer, and Youth Olympics.” The version I explored was in English, translation unnecessary.

BBC: Covid rule-breaker ‘dies after exercise punishment’

BBC: Covid rule-breaker ‘dies after exercise punishment’. “A Filipino man who was found breaking quarantine rules has died after being made to do 300 squat-like exercises by police as punishment, his family said. Darren Manaog Penaredondo was allegedly stopped by officers while buying water after 1800 local time in Cavite province on Thursday. He collapsed the following day and later died.”

Voice of America: Global TB Fight Set Back 12 Years by COVID Pandemic, Doctors Warn

Voice of America: Global TB Fight Set Back 12 Years by COVID Pandemic, Doctors Warn. “In nine countries with a high prevalence of TB — including Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Philippines, South Africa, Tajikistan and Ukraine — diagnosis and treatment fell by an average of 23%, according to analysis by the Stop TB Partnership, a non-profit hosted by the United Nations in Geneva.”

The Manila Times: Tackling misinformation in closed social media spaces

The Manila Times: Tackling misinformation in closed social media spaces. “Big social media companies are starting to take action to curb falsehoods and conspiracy theories in public spaces. But most of the harmful misleading narratives about Covid-19 vaccinations are being shared in messaging platforms, groups or closed spaces. No wonder a December 2020 survey conducted by OCTA Research found that only 25 percent of Metro Manila respondents were willing to get an anti-Covid vaccination. Another survey conducted by Pulse Asia between November and December 2020 showed that only 32 percent of Filipinos wanted to get vaccinated against the coronavirus, and 47 percent did not want to get vaccinated at all because of safety concerns.”

Lifestyle Asia: Filipinas Heritage Library And Rick Rocamora Uplift Filipino WW2 Veterans In Virtual Exhibit

Lifestyle Asia: Filipinas Heritage Library And Rick Rocamora Uplift Filipino WW2 Veterans In Virtual Exhibit . “The Filipinas Heritage Library (FHL) is partnering with photographer Rick Rocamora and filmmaker Howie Severino for a virtual multimedia exhibit about the Filipino veterans of World War II. Called A Long Road to Dignity, the multimedia exhibit will be freely accessible via Google Arts and Culture, starting on February 18, 2021.”

DigiPhiLit: A digital project for Philippine literature (Manila Times)

New-to-me, from Manila Times: DigiPhiLit: A digital project for Philippine literature. “TWO weeks ago, I wrote an article where I highlighted the importance of preserving sources, documents, books and old imprints. The existence of these should not be taken for granted, as in a nation such as the Philippines, which is prone to floods, typhoons, earthquakes and fires, these are exposed to irremediable loss. … Largely unnoticed is a praiseworthy initiative named DigiPhiLit.”