CyberPress Holds Forum on the 20th Anniversary of Internet Connectivity in the Philippines


The IT Journalists Association of the Philippines (CyberPress) held a forum celebrating the 20th year of Internet connectivity in the Philippines. Here are some of the key speakers.

Bill Toress, above, the “Godfather” of the Philippine Internet, laments that we’re ahead worldwide in selfies and texting but are behind in education, farming, food production, and infrastructure.

CyberPress President and veteran, veteran tech journalist Alora Uy Guerrero opens the event.

LG Philippines Product Manager Faith Mijares covers LG’s contribution to LTE development.

“The average age of tablet use if ten months,” this according to Fernand Cocoy Claraval of Globe.

While these speakers presented various (and often politically differing) eyes on the development of the Internet (and of Internet-spurred behavior) in the country, absent were the nostalgia-inducing rise and fall of user-centered narratives – EdsaMail, Yahoo Messenger, Blogspot, Banner Ads, Citizen Journalism, Friendster, Video Scandals, MySpace, Mininova, Napster, YouTube, Gdrive, MMORPG, and the like.

CyberPress Forum 2014 was sponsored by LG Philippines.

Well, there’s always next year.

Happy 20th, Internet in the Philippines. Someday, maybe, enough Tweets and FaceBook unlikes may unseat many a hideous government official.

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Irwin Allen Rivera loves his wife's cooking so much he's now twice the man he used to be. His English essay won a Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Award for Literature in 2012. His philosophical-horror story appeared in Philippine Speculative Fiction 8 (2013). He was managing editor and lead writer of Sites and Symbols 2 (2005), a coffee-table book about buildings in UP Diliman - his alma mater (BA Philosophy; MA Creative Writing continuing). He worked at the UP Diliman Information Office before shifting to web content writing. His sudden fiction, "Notwithstanding Pigs," initially a Friendster testimonial, appeared in Philippines Graphic (2006) and in Very Short Stories for Harried Readers (2007). He used to write for