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By Jonas Cabiles Soltes

Naga City (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) - Filipinos who have long been away from their country can virtually “return home” through the popular social networking site Facebook.

The online pages have become venues for prospective “balikbayans” who want to be updated on happenings in the places they had left for work abroad or for good. They may give comments and suggestions on how their hometowns may improve.

"San Vicente is a little community in the Philippines, on the main island of Luzon, 350 kilometers south of Manila," reads a Facebook account of the town of San Vicente in Camarines Norte in welcoming "fan" or "friend" to view and post.

As of July 10, the page has been “liked” by 462 people, including the town’s mayor, Joseph Stanley Alegre. Persons who “like” the page can post.

Hundreds of people with roots in the small municipality have already posted.

"I miss Mananap," says one Facebook user, referring to a village that has a waterfall.

"Then go here so you won’t miss it," the page administrator tells the user.

The conversation goes on and on until the discussion boils down to the fiesta and the reunion of users who have liked the page.

Also posted are photos of tourist attractions or landmarks that, evidently, make people long for their hometown more.

In the Facebook page of Daet in Camarines Norte, one user says, “I am proud I am from Daet where the Bagasbas Beach, the number one surfing destination in Bicol, is found.”

But he was quick to say that he was missing his hometown. The user works as a management trainee in a food company in Qatar.

In the page of Milagros, Masbate, many persons are exclaiming love for their hometown.

"How is there in our place?" asks a user, who works as a security guard in Malabon City.

"I feel sad that I have to leave Milagros soon after the town fiesta. I miss the place," says another, who is working in a health facility in Quezon City.

Progress check

In the Facebook page of San Ramon, Uson, Masbate, many have expressed gladness over the progress of the barangay in a photo of two traders on board a motorcycle that is overloaded with what appears to be farm produce.

"I salute San Ramon for the development," comments one user, an interior designer based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

"The people in San Ramon are lucky now. In my time, it’s hard because the road is very bad," replies another.

In the page “Cawayan Masbate Watch,” one user posts: “I really miss my birthplace … But I’m counting the days to be there again! Hope that it will be soon …”

"How are you Pio V. Corpus. My birthplace," says a user in the Facebook page of Pio V. Corpuz who is now living in San Diego, California.

"Wow, I miss the place. Maybe five years from now, I’ll go there on a vacation," says another now residing in Cebu City.

Home soon

The Facebook page of the town of Balud, Masbate-the westernmost town of Bicol-is full of posts from persons missing the far-flung town.

"Things have changed in Balud. I’m missing it," says one user.

"Balud, I’ll be home soon. I’ve been gone for almost three years. You have changed much," says another.

Still another commented that he suddenly missed his hometown upon seeing a photo of its pasture lands. He now lives in Calamba City in Laguna.

In the Facebook page of San Fernando, Masbate, one user tells all other persons who like the page “The only thing that changed in San Fernando is the mayor [who runs it].”

Richard Gacu, 24, of Talisay, Camarines Norte, who has been a Facebook user since last year, “liked” the page of Camarines Norte in May.

"I did it because I am proud of my hometown," he said. He now works as a documentation officer in Metro Manila.

Dustin Sierra, 21, the administrator of the Facebook page “Tamban Camarines Sur” said he created the page to update all those who were born in and spent a part of their lives in Tamban on what has happened in the place long after they left.

"It is also meant to update them on important local developments."

The page, he said, was for those who who had ties to Tamban who were missing their families, looking for childhood playmates, craving for native fares and missing the good times of the bygone years.

Anyone who is not a minor can create and administer a page in Facebook, the social networking site founded by Mark Zuckerberg, Chris Hughes, Dustin Moskovitz and Eduardo Saverin in 2004.

As of July 2011, it has at least 750 million active users around the world.

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Think before you click! A video presentation telling us how to properly Network Socially.

By Matt Peckham

If you can’t join ‘em, try and beat ‘em—that’s the gist of the reaction by notorious hacker group Anonymous to several of its members’ accounts feeling the banhammer from Google’s new social network site, Google+. But instead of hacking Google+ in retaliation for the bans, Anonymous says it’s launching its own social networking site, dubbed “AnonPlus.”

"Expect us," reads a caption under a lineup of headless suits supporting a Guy Fawkes mask (yep, the site’s already pseudo-live).

"Welcome to AnonPlus. This will be your future. This will be our future. Today, we welcome you to begin anew…to watch this glorious incipience happen – one upon which you will never turn your back on," reads the site’s mandate. Seditious yes, though eloquent, perhaps not.

"Welcome to the Revolution – a new social network where these is no fear of censorship…of blackout…nor of holding back," continues the statement. "Life is what you make it – and we are making it. As you step through into the coming weeks, months, and years with us…they will know that we’ve arrived. There will be no more oppression. There will be no more tyranny. We are the people and we are Anonymous. We have arrived."

Anonymous—specifically ‘youranonnews’—was banned from Google+ last week for harboring content that “violated” Google’s Community Standards (Google also yanked their Gmail account). The group says that at the time, it didn’t realize it was just one of several Anonymous accounts shown the door.

"This is the sad fact of what happens across the internet when you walk to a different beat of the drum," opined the group on a subsidiary site. “We’ve all heard the stories of activists being banned from FaceBook, Twitter, YouTube, and governments blocking their people from these sites as well through organized black outs.”

"That day has came to an end. Not only did a few people organized [sic] an Operation [against] Google+, but we have started to build our own Social Network… The sheep era is over.  The interwebz are no longer your prison."

Hacker groups Anonymous and LulzSec have been relatively quiet in recent days, after news off worldwide arrests involving claimed members. LulzSec has since denied any of its core members were picked up, and at one point claimed it was disbanding, though the group’s Twitter account remains active and updated.

Social Network Communication VS. Conversation.

Communication by Oliver Parrao

Social Network Communication VS. Conversation.


Communication by Oliver Parrao

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