Monday, October 15, 2007

Gatecrashing the Bloggers' Kapihan

Showed up at Bloggers' Kapihan 2.0 held at the Ramon Magsaysay Cubao High School last Saturday. There weren't many people around. Was it because it was a long weekend and many bloggers had gone out of town? Or because they learned that Benj was one-half of the hosting duo, and felt intimidated? (Peace, man!) Or because the topic--Blog Ed 101, on the “importance of blogging in learning, learning in blogging and blogging as a tool for alternative education”--appealed more to teachers than to their students?

The speakers were Prof. Danny Arao, assistant professor of the Department of Journalism at the University of the Philippines College of Mass Communication; Martin Perez, Social Studies teacher at the Philippine Science High School; and Tonchi Tinio, chairperson of the Alliance of Concerned Teachers. I had to leave early for work, so I only caught the presentations of Prof. Arao and Mr. Perez (who, I must say, is showing the way for other teachers with his extensive and novel use of blogging to reach out to his high-school wards.)

(Read the full text of their speeches here).

Despite the lackluster attendance (at least compared to the first Kapihan held at the Philippine Science High School, which had an all-star line-up of speakers in Manolo Quezon, Bikoy Villanueva and Abe Olandres, plus a captive audience of Pisay students), the Kapihan organizers should still be commended for their initiative and commitment “to bring young bloggers together to discuss issues and matters that affect the blogosphere and the youth in general,” as Ederic put it.

I suppose the right mix of fun and seriousness in these events will draw in more of them. But what do I know, since I'm ancient at 37, or one year over the official “youth” age cut-off? Aaargh. I better just play photographer to the kids.

Bikoy, Benj, Karla, JM, Shari

Ederic (in green shirt) giving the opening spiel in flawless Filipino. To his right are Tonchi Tinio of the Alliance of Concerned Teachers and UP's Danny Arao.

Sparse but all-ears audience

Prof. Danny Arao of the UP College of Mass Communications

BK organizer Mong Palatino (in blue shirt) with student-reactor Lalon dela Rosa (right) and other bloggers

Philippine Science High School teacher Martin Perez deep into his presentation

PLUS: “Things Learned in Bloggers' Kapihan 2.0: Blog Ed 101” by Shari. More pics here and here.


P0ytee said...

Aww too bad I couldn't go. Good thing my students can't use the intarnets! Was there an afterparty? HAHA.

gibbs cadiz said...

POYT! i think there was an after-dinner, not an after-party, haha. benj texted me afterwards to say they were at super bowl having chow. :)

hxero said...

sayang d ko nabalitaan to... malapit pa nmn pad ko sa cubao...

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