Where are the inspiring Filipinas online?
When I was a child, the inspiring Filipinas I heard about were those listed in the history books. You know, heroes such as Melchora Aquino, the mother of the Katipunan. She was also known as Tandang Sora. You might also recall the founder of the Girl Scouts of the Philippines, Josefa Llanes Escoda.
Yet those names sound so far away, as if they belong to a time partly hidden in the recesses of my childhood memories.
Today, I wonder which Filipinas have made their mark, given the speed at which information travels around the internet. And so I begin my quest to find contemporary Filipinas who have served to inspire more Filipinos who have long left the hallowed corridors of grade school.
Mikaela Irene "Mikki" Fudolig is popularly known for her April 22, 2007 speech delivered during the 96th General Commencement Exercises, at the University of the Philippines, Diliman: Take Not The Road Less Traveled.
You also have the inspiring team of Filipina mountaineers who reached the summit of Mt. Everest: Janet Belarmino, Carina Dayondon, and Noelle Wenceslao.
Ems writes in Tagalog about her mom in Happy Mother's Day. I admire Ems for sharing her love and affection for her mother online. Usually, bloggers tend to write about "more" kewl things like gadgets, parties, or barkada stories.
"Pambihirang Patis!" is the favorite expression of my high school biology teacher. What happens when you get Filipina moms from around the world and gather them around a virtual platito of patis (fish sauce)? You get FilipinaMoms.com -- check out their flavorful tales today!
On the search engine side...
According to WordTracker, there are about 4,500 searches daily for "filipina", while there are about 3.77 million pages in Google when you search for "filipina." Of the 3.7 or 3.8 million, 825 pages are in the main index while the rest are in the supplemental results.
(This post is still in its early days, and will be updated as we find those places online which provide more information about these Filipinas. I invite you to share online your views on the Filipina. Please participate in the Filipina Writing Project.)
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