first post in this blog was in november 22, 2008. after 3 years and 3 months, 772 posts and 10,007 comments posted, the blog has reached 1 Million hits. that to us is a lot of zeroes and we are above ourselves that we got this far.
the blog had modest beginnings – just another blog talking about the upcoming presidential elections in 2010. the blog quickly got hits which we credit to the fact that this is one of the first blogs to use the term “presidentiables” as a blog name. it was a marketing decision. we thought getting a recognizable name and being first at it was going to be critical in getting readership. we thought it was natural for netizens to search for the word “presidentiables” to get information or news on the upcoming presidential elections.
the strategy worked.
after the 2010 elections, we thought of closing down the blog. but then there were requests to continue it and thus we transformed the blog to talk about topics other than the election that was already concluded but also national issues in politics or governance. and those that concern the people.
we like to thank those who contributed to the 1 Million hits.
we are expecting that this blog will reach a new milestone of 400,000 hits within the week. it now stands at 397,000 hits.
we like to thank all the readers and authors for making this possible.
quotations from this blog are featured at the april 2010 of the Entrepreneur Philippines Magazine. check out the article entitled “Meet The Candidates” by jimbo owen b. gulle on pages 62 to 68.
the article picks out quotes on our views on the tv advertising aired by the presidentiables. next at The 2010 Presidentiables are our add ons to the quotes used in the magazine.
It will only take less than 30 minutes to watch the attached videos. But, it will give you a very good idea about Nicanor Perlas, his platform, his stand on certain issues, and his character. The exchange between the panel of hosts and Nick are rapid-fire so there’s no boring moment. I encourage you to watch this, especially if you are still in the process of deciding who you will be voting for president this coming elections. And even if you have decided on a candidate already but haven’t studied or heard about all the other candidates, this is also for you. And for those who are already supporters of NP (Nicanor Perlas, new politics and new Philippines) , please pass this to your friends and encourage them to watch this.
This election is probably one of the most important in our history. 30 years of traditional politics have destroyed our institutions and our values. The power is in our hands to say ENOUGH. Before making your choice, ask yourself what is your highest aspiration for our country. Then study the track record of each candidates versus their platforms and their stand on issues. Then, make your choice. Please forget about “winnability, ” please don’t choose on the basis of the lesser evil. You are doing yourself and the future generations of Filipino a disservice. Vote what your heart and your conscience tell you. This is the least we can do for our children and for millions of Filipino children.
He does not have an unlimited advertising budget – but he has everything else it takes to be the President our country needs.
Please take 30 minutes to watch Nicanor Perlas’ powerful interview on GMA’s Kandidato. Then see if he really deserves your vote.
If you need more info please text 0908-8-PERLAS( 737527), call 02-4669520 or visit www.nicanor-perlas.com
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Nicanor Perlas who is pursuing a platform based on integrated sustainable development has specifically declared his direct platform for Muslims in the Philippines.
These platforms primarily includes the following:
- provision of holistic, integrated, and comprehensive support for ecological agriculture development in Muslim areas;
- the delivery of basic social services to the poorest Muslim communities and provinces;
- the appropriate revival of the Memorandum of Agreement on Ancestral Domain (MOA-AD) negotiations;
- the overhaul of the National Commission on Filipino Muslims (formerly the Office of Muslim Affairs or OMA) to ensure proper assistance to all Muslims especially facilitating the reduction of plane fares to Mecca in connection with Hadj;
- the appropriate support of Muslim schools or Madrasas; and
- the establishment of hallal slaughterhouses in Muslim towns.
Perlas vows to establish a government which is for all and ensures the participation of various sectors of society. He is also the first ever presidential candidate who lays down concrete programs for Muslims.
With Nicanor Perlas‘ clear platform on Indigenous People and the respect of ancestral domain he is drawing support from both Muslims and various indigenous groups. Here is an article from the Inquirer.
LEADERS of three indigenous groups — the Aetas, Maharlikas and Alimaongs — have pledged their support for environmentalist presidential candidate Nicanor Perlas.
“We will live and let die for Nicky Perlas,” Marlon Sayson, Maharlika for Cultural Recovery chief of management services told reporters yesterday.
The leaders, who claim he has millions of supporters in the Visayas and Mindanao, briefly met with Perlas at the arrival area of the Mactan Cebu International Airport.
Sayson, Aeta chieftain Manuel Sanger, Alimaong representative Floro Velarde, and some Cebu-based supporters exchanged with Perlas a “salute, by putting their right hands on their chests.
“This is very touching. This is highly significant. The indigenous people are the original residents of our country. They have the purity and honesty as a people,” said Perlas “I am humbled by their total trust in my candidacy.”
Perlas continued his Cebu campaign with a lecture on “Climate change and the future of the Philippines” at the University of San Jose-Recoletos in downtown Cebu City.
After his Cebu stop-over, he boarded a ferry to Bohol to meet with other leaders of indigenous groups.
Perlas, an environmental activist, is running under the Partido ng Marangal na Sambayanan. He has been campaigning without bodyguards in different parts of the country, accompanied only by a small group of supporters.
Sayson, who claims to have a following of 7 million Maharlikas from the Visayas and Mindanao – 200,000 in Cebu alone – said that his group perceives 2010 as the year for indigenous people.
He said they consider Perlas as the “final medium who would help their people.”
Velarde, who represents the Supreme Council of the Datus Alimaong, which is also called the Holy Warriors or native warriors, said there are 3 million Alimaongs in the Visayas and Mindanao.
“In Cebu, we have 25,000 members and 10 tribal councils,” he said.
Sanger, on the other hand, heads only 57 indigenous families based in Naga City, south of Cebu.
Green Presidential Candidate Nicanor Perlas Launches P3-RLAS LIVELIHOOD ASSISTANCE PROJECT in Response to Drought Affecting Farmers in Iloilo
Independent presidential aspirant Nicanor Perlas, president of Partido ng Marangal na Sambayanan (PANGMASA) inagurated today in the province of Iloilo a joint project with Lifebank (Rural Bank of Maasin),Iloilio Inc. . P3-RLAS, the acronym stands for Patubig, Patubo and Patubas Rural Livelihood Assistance Scheme, is a proactive response aimed at assisting farmers grappling with the effects of the El Niño weather phenomenon. This is a brain child of Nicanor Perlas, the only Green presidential candidate, jointly with the Iloilo- based microfinance enterprise Lifebank, headed by its President, Dr. Vicente Perlas.
Patubig, Patubo and Patubas in Hiligaynon is roughly translated as Irrigate, Grow and Harvest. P3-RLAS is a loan product of Lifebank offered to farmers for the construction of artesian wells,and for the purchase of water pumps and other farm implements so they can irrigate their land during the drought season. Read more…
Independent Presidential candidate Nicanor Perlas, President of Partido ng Marangal na Sambayanan (PANGMASA) announced today that Muslim leaders from five major organizations officially joined the PANGMASA initiated coalition for new politics. A diverse and large sector of the Muslim world is endorsing the presidential candidacy of Nicanor Perlas. Counted among the new members of the fast growing nationwide coalition for new politics are:
- Iman Faisal Baulo – Iman of the Manila Golden Mosque in Quiapo
- Sultan Hadji Basher M. Alingan – Chairman,Lanao del Norte Sultanate Group Movement
Sultan Manking M.Liawao – Sultanate of Lanao Sur
- Sultan Osop Guinto – MNLF Group of Lanao del Norte
- Datu Macabagul “Bobby” Paudac- MILF Returnist Group
- Sultan Jamael A. Ampaso
“The support of these Muslim leaders and their constituents is the basis for the possibility of a lasting peace in Mindanao. These leaders are supporting my candidacy and new politics because of the credibility of my Peace Platform.”, stated Perlas.
Peace, according to Perlas, is situated in the larger context of integral sustainable development that recognizes the primacy of social justice, broad-based and equitable economic development, and respect for the diverse identities of the Filipino people. There will be meaningful and principled dialog with the Muslim groups in Mindanao and consultation with the general public and appropriate civil society groups.
The structural roots of conflict and the pursuit of social justice, including the equitable delivery of government social services, infrastructure, and economic opportunity will be addressed.
Perlas’s peace platform will demonstrate the government’s will for genuine peace by ensuring that the appropriate government services are delivered to the poorest provinces of the country, even before and while peace negotiations are going on.
The Muslim leaders join the growing ranks of Perlas supporters that include Partido Kalikasan (PK), an emerging national Green political Party operating in 15 bioregions nationwide represented by Cagayan de Oro environmental lawyer Maning Ravanera, PK Chairperson and National Leader ; Roy Cabonegro, Secretary General of PK and Jules Penales, spokesperson of PK Metro Manila that formally endorsed “Green Candidate” Nicanor Perlas. Read more…
we think a large part of the success of this blog is due to its readers who post comments in this blog. to-date, a huge 5,982 comments were made across 514 posts or articles in the blog. posting comments mean its readers are passionate about their beliefs and they enjoy the exchange of ideas and comments here.
aside from those who comment, the number of active subscribers have grown exponentially as well. that means there is a large number of readers who receive posts and comments made in this blog through e-mail. these are readers who enjoy reading the posts and comments made in this blog.
we expect we will reach half a million hits in the next few months ahead.
within the next 2 weeks, The 2010 Presidentiables Blog will hit a new milestone of 300,000 hits. this blog has grown very rapidly in the past 3 months.
from an average of 500 hits per day in the whole year of 2009, this blog has more than tripled it’s average daily hits to 1,700 per day starting December 2009.
these are the top 10 topics of this blog since it opened.
thank you to the authors, readers and posters for making this blog one of the more successful 2010 elections blog.
we got this interesting comment from one of this blog’s regular posters:
Estipona ng Davao :I appreciate the effort of wawam for creating this blog.Wawam gives us an avenue to express our opinions(even it is outrageous or sober)and ideas to others.Even I do not agree with wawam’s opinions,I agree to disagree with him.Let us express our opinion without slandering or cursing others,it reflects our maturity(immaturity) to face opposing views.I hope wawam will continue this blog even after its expiry date.Maybe,a blog about our new president and officials after election.How about it wawam? God bless you always.
this was our reply:
i have received similar requests and suggestions from many others. this blog will continue to be open even after the election. as others have also told me, i think we have collected here a very wide body of thoughts and opinions not only on the candidates but also on our country and what is good for our people. i think we have here by and large excellent views. they are diverse, wide and well thought of. we like to build on these good things that readers and authors have in this blog.
to be honest, because of the authors, readers and those who post comments here, the blog has exceeded my personal expectations. it has grown from a specifically marketing and advertising in politics to a much wider but pointed discussion not only on politics but good governance.
thank you again for everyone in this blog – authors, readers and those who post comments for making this a rich and uplifting experience on the net. and thank you for your suggestion and compliments.
we like to get your comments and POV.
Ayala, a recipient of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts’ Fr. Neri Satur Award for Environmental Heroism, will even help compose the campaign song and participate in some of Perlas’ campaign sorties, a statement from Perlas’ camp said.
Ayala also allowed Perlas to use any of his more than 100 songs, which include the classic “Walang Hanggang Paalam.”
“Si Nick lamang ang nakakaintindi ng tunay na pakikipag-ugnay sa kalikasan at tunay na pagbabago (Nick is the only one who understands true interrelatedness with nature and genuine change),” Ayala said.
The critically-acclaimed Alexander, Ayala’s sister, as well as Tapati Tarangoy of Ayala’s band Bagong Lumad have also lent their support to Perlas.
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