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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Basic Blogging & Blogging Advocacy in USJR w/ Triennials Exchange Sharing

Tuesday, November 30, 2010 Posted by vernon go , , , ,
Me talking about crazy concepts :P
I just recently did a Blog Talk w/ Sharing of Triennials Exchange Experience including the Flow Movement concept in USJR - University of San Jose Recoletos, in which I gained lots of lessons learned. I chose the topic Basic Blogging & Blogging Advocacy because I adjusted to my audience, which were mostly Mass Communication Students and some AB English education students; 2nd, I put importance and emphasis in Blogging for Advocacy for I wanted to share it's role and importance in our society.

I emphasized on a unique type of blogging for advocacy since it needs to be done for the benefit of many. For example, simple History of Streets and Barangay names, ironically we do not know them and if we try to search for it on the internet, we may not find it. At the same time, we don't know if it's in our local library and the elders who know about it are slowly fading away.

Listening or Nosebleed?
There is a vast need or demand for local-user-generated content (For the Philippines); most students, when doing research immediately run to google to search for content and basis for their assignments, research and the like for their school works. But often times, we are hit by a brick wall that says "No search results found," especially for local or Philippine related topics such as languages, culture, geography and history to name a few.

All the more for advanced subjects and examples for college; like when I was still in college, I searched the net for problems relating to Industrial Engineering, although I found them but most were from Foreign sources and often times, it is difficult to relate since the industry examples are not found in the Philippines. if that is the case for my course, what more for other courses, what more for Elementary and High school subjects?

Hello new friends?
Travel Blogging is a step to documenting our beautiful country, the next step will be to be able to document it's rich culture, heritage and history as well. And if you cannot afford to travel, you can always start at your backyard!

The examples I used were that of my experience from my trip to Davao which was through the Triennials Exchange program of the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc.. We met a lot of people who created change and best practices of their own for their respective communities and advocacies while at the same time listening and interacting with them through the recent Leaders of Change Summit in Ateneo de Davao University.

Some people we met were like the people behind the artificial hatching of Philippine Eagles through the Philippine Eagle Foundation, some people from CITE (Center for Industrial Technology and Enterprise), SOS Children's Village, Brokenshire Healing Ministries, a Datu from Agusan Marsh who spearheaded a Floating School, to name a few (I'll definitely share more about this through another post).

I also shared the things and systems not found in Cebu and the FLOW Movement concept to them which they found a bit interesting. Hopefully I was able to encourage these students to not just blog and rant about their surroundings, but also use blogging as a tool for positive change, sharing, education and their respective advocacies for our community and country!

SPECIAL THANKS to the USJR - MassCom and AB English Students, and to the College of Arts and Sciences!
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