on the early evening of june 2, 2009 wawam.wordpress reached another milestone – 200,000 hits! hitting this new milestone during the month of june, 2009 is made even more special as the month of june is the blog’s 1st year anniversary. (first post in this blog on june 30, 2009)
this blog reached the 100,000 hits milestone only last may 2, 2009. (read it here: http://wawam.wordpress.com/2009/05/02/wawamwordpress-reaches-100000-hits-may-2-2009/)
what happened in the month of may? manny pacquaio happened, hayden kho, katrina halili and maricar reyes. the primary post on the hayden kho sex videos has so far gotten 30,000 hits and still counting. all posts on the hayden kho sex video most likely totals to more than 80,000 hits.
thank you to all the readers of wawam.wordpress.
sometime shortly after midnight
of may 2, 2009, wawam.wordpress
breached the 100,000 hits mark.
thank you to the readers, bloggers and contributors
for making it possible for this blog
to reach an important milestone
in just 10 months since the first post made in this blog.
we are proud that this blog has served
to become a good source of information and opinion
and a venue where those concerned with specific issues
can express their thoughts to share them with others.
we are also proud that this blog and its contents
have been featured on national tv and
read by journalists and national news organizations
of traditional media with impecable reputation.
we are particularly pleased
that we have received invitations
from national media practitioners
for interviews and guestings in their shows
indicating the views and information
we have in this blog are of some value and weight.
thank you again and celebrate with us!
we had published our views on the news coverage abs-cbn aired on the ted failon story, actually the death of ted failon’s wife where we said we thought abs-cbn was not impartial in it’s coverage. we thought abs-cbn did not just deliver the news, it editorialized the news and delivered a slant or a message to the public. (read here: http://tinyurl.com/cq4hj5)
we are printing here a response from someone who claims to be maria ressa, the head of abs-cbn’s news & current affairs department. that was the name used in the comment posted in this blog (view the comment on the same post http://tinyurl.com/cq4hj5) and the email used to register the comment. note that we have not confirmed if the person who posted the comment is actually maria ressa. we will gladly retract the comment and this post if we get confirmation it is not her.
in the meantime – just a note on maria ressa. we have seen ressa at cnn news clips when she was the cnn jakarta bureau chief. she has done extensive and admirable work for cnn covering jakarta and other parts of asia.
wawam.wordpress thanks ms. ressa for her response to our blog. our response to her comment is next in wawam.wordpress.
First, thank you for watching TV Patrol and Bandila (where the Ces interview with Ted aired). For the purpose of debate, I want to challenge both the Inquirer article and some of the reasons you used for your conclusions.
On the Inquirer article, I find it funny that ABS-CBN was criticized for following the police while “the MEDIA” in general was praised for following the police! (Read the bottom part which talked about the footage of police arrests, and you’ll see that Inquirer didn’t write that that footage they praised was from ABS-CBN).
I think you’d also be interested in knowing that the media critics they quoted also criticized the police, the Inquirer and GMA7, but all that was cut out of the article. I’ll be writing a letter of complaint to their ombudsman and editor-in-chief so stay tuned.
As far as what you said about ABS-CBN interviews, I’d like to offer you other interviews and stories where we’ve focused as much, if not more attention, than we did on the Ted Failon story.
Ces also did an exclusive interview with “Nicole” – the alleged rape victim. That was only part of a coverage that was so exhaustive that Bandila became the first Philippine newscast to be nominated for an Emmy – ranked the fourth best newscast in the world by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
Karen Davila did an exclusive interview with Sandra Cam, the whistleblower against jueteng who was afraid for her life. Jing Castaneda did an exclusive interview with Joey De Venecia on the NBN-ZTE deal (both stories covered in depth for weeks). I can name many more, but of course, you would expect me to defend my news organization.
You know that we broke the Proclamation 1017 stories, Danny Lim’s coup attempt, the Garci scandal, the Hyatt 10 (Ricky Carandang did a fantastic job with that exclusive and the exhaustive coverage following that).
So, no, I think it’s flawed to say that we only covered Ted Failon because he’s our anchor. In fact, some critics said early on that we didn’t cover the story BECAUSE we were protecting our anchor. We gave that space early because he – like any victim of a family suicide – asked for it. DZBB, by the way, said it would also follow his request. That, however, was only good until the police began portraying the shooting as a possible murder attempt – what they called parricide.
The picture I can’t get out of my mind is Col. Mabanag taking Trina’s letter and showing it to reporters, asking them to read it, then using it to fan himself.
I only ask that you not take what’s written as gospel truth – both the Inquirer’s and what I’m writing now. Check it out. I know what I write you will stand up to scrutiny.
-from maria ressa
head & vp ABS-CBN News & Current Affairs Department
read other posts in this blog on ted failon: http://wawam.wordpress.com/?s=ted+failon
this happened last year, october 2008 and we got to know of it only this week – WAWAM! blogspot was mentioned on the front page of The Manila Standard Today.
it’s months after, but we like to thank The Manila Standard Today for the exposure and the publicity. it’s a one liner, but we love it just the same. and big thanks! we don’t think it’s that often that internet blogsites are mentioned on the front pages of a national newspaper.
read more about it here: http://the-wawam-file.blogspot.com/2009/03/wawam-on-manila-standard-today-front.html
Pinoy Advertising Tsismax, a blog on philippine advertising, actually as the blog name says, it is a blog for tsimis or rumors on the philippine advertising industry. in one of the posts there, it mentioned that WAWAM! is a “fan” of the blog: http://advertizzzing.blogspot.com/2007/01/tsismax-trivia.html
we do not know what the point is of that post nor what that blog is trying to do, but WAWAM! is certainly not a fan of that blog, contrary to what the post claims.
for the record – wawam does not intend to post or make a comment in that blog in the future. when and IF we do, we will also state it here in this blog. other “wawam” postings if not published here are impostors.
although not true, we are nevertheless flattered that Pinoy Advertising Tsismax , as they obviously found it important and useful, to drop the WAWAM name as a reader of their blog and a fan, even! we will allow that blog to think we are a fan for whatever self-serving purpose they may find in it.
but for the rest, we categorically say we are not a fan and we do not even read that blog.
Blogs: Ateneo pupil hit by ‘texting’ driver
The 37-year-old mother who accidentally ran over and killed an Ateneo de Manila gradeschool pupil on Tuesday afternoon was allegedly “texting” moments before the tragedy.
Witnesses said Ma. Theresa Torres appeared to have dropped her mobile phone and was picking it up when she seemed to have mistakenly stepped on the accelerator of her Hi Ace van just as the victim, Julian Carlo Miguel “Amiel” Alcantara, was passing in front of her.
“Torres asked her driver to get her own son and so she was seated on the driver side, buckled up. Eyewitnesses saw her texting with her cell phone. Then people saw her unbuckle her seat belt and she stooped down to get something on the floor of the van, presumably she dropped her cell phone and bent down to get it from the floor,” one witness said. “It was in that position that led her to mistakenly step on the gas accelerator rather than the brakes,” the witness added.
read in full here: http://www.manilastandardtoday.com/?page=police3_feb28_2009
congratulations to wawam.wordpress readers and bloggers – just a few minutes ago, ABS CBN aired a video newscast about this blog, your signature campaign and contents of this blog on their TV Patrol World news program (aired on national TV March 4, 2009).
for an internet blogsite to hit national tv / mass media is a huge achievement! ABS CBN’s TV Patrol World is also the highest rating news program in the country.
the readers and bloggers efforts here at wawam.wordpress are moving forward and taking some energy. your comments and posts here are making a difference.
this will go a long way at achieveing the goals you have set for yourselves – celebrate the life of Amiel, continue his footprints and together with the Ateneo school officials implement changes and improvements on safety for school children inside the campus.
again, congratulations to all!
to all the readers of wawam.wordpress - the petition letters you have been signing have landed on the ABS CBN website! congratulations!
Signature campaign to improve safety inside Ateneo launched
Parents of Ateneo de Manila Grade School (AGS) students launched a signature campaign Wednesday to back a petition for the safety of their children.
This is following an accident last week, where Grade 4 student Amiel Alcantara was pinned down by a van and died inside the AGS parking area.
The AGS said that the motivation of the petition is the parents’ deep desire “that what happened to Amiel should never happen again at the Ateneo campus.”
The petition is led by “Amiel’s Footprints”, a group of parents wanting to preserve the memory of Amiel who loves playing around Ateneo’s outdoors.
The parents wrote, “We can only imagine the many footprints Amiel must have made on the many outdoor places he has gone to, marking each one a happy moment in his young life.”
They are urging AGS Headmaster Father Kit Bautista, SJ, to do an exhaustive research on the school’s traffic management system.
When research is done, drastic and meaningful changes should be made to improve vehicular traffic management system and parking lots in the school.
In another letter, the parents provided a short background of the traffic situation inside Ateneo.
They said that based on the figures provided by the Ateneo de Manila administration, 5,000 vehicles enter and exit Ateneo daily.
A driver’s mafia, they said in the letter, blocks free parking space on campus. The drivers reserve it for their friends who are late in picking up other students.
The parents wrote that the school should prioritize having more parking space rather than “non-productive” spaces such as open fields and tents.
An area near one of Ateneo’s football fields could accommodate up to 150 vehicles. The open area near the Manila Observatory and Meralco’s Henry Lee Irwin Theater inside the campus could accommodate 300 vehicles.
“Let us not waste precious lives,” the parents wrote in the letter urging for immediate action.