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The 2010 Presidentiables Blog about to reach 200,000 hits, a new milestone

December 28, 2009 2 comments

As of this writing, The 2010 Presidentiables Blog is set to reach 200,000 hits within the next 10 days or so. This is once again a new milestone for the blog. We like to thank all the readers who come to this blog, those who add the link to this blog in their own blogs and various bulletin boards for helping this blog grow to where it is now.

We also like to acknowledge and thank those who come to this blog to post their comments and views on topics discussed in this blog. This blog has 443 posts or topics and it’s readers have posted 3,088 comments, an amazing display of reader participation and interaction among readers. We think this kind of participation and interaction is one of the key reasons that make this blog special and relevant to readers.

We thank all of you for your patronage of this blog.

nearing 105,000 hits for 2010 Presidentiables Blog – a new milestone

September 15, 2009 4 comments

the 2010 Presidentiables Blog as of this writing has 96,000 hits and on track to reach a new milestone of 105,000 hits within the next 2 weeks 2010 Presidentiables(100,000 hits within the week). this is a new milestone for the blog.

hitting 105,000 hits is an important milestone as it will mean this blog’s hits would have tripled since the last time we marked a milestone last july 2009.  on july 27, the blog reached 35,000 hits and hitting the new milestone will  mean this blog will more than triple in hits in just 2 month’s time.

a monitoring of the growth of this blog shows significant increases coming from facebook account users, twitter and an aggressively growing number of other blogs and websites quoting and providing links to this blog on the topic of the 2010 presidential election. among other things, the presidentiables poll we started  in april 29, 2009 has become a strong magnet to readers.

thank you to the readers and authors of this blog for making 2010 Presidentiables Blog  a continuing success.

read other milestones:

september 18 – the 2010 Presidentiables Blog reached  100,000 hits!

september 25, 2009 – 105,000 hits reached, 2010 Presidentiables has tripled in hits since last milestone in july.

2nd milestone reached by 2010 Presidentiables Blog – 35,000 hits

July 28, 2009 1 comment

sometime yesterday july 27, 2009 2010 presidentiables reached the second milestone – it got 35,000 hits. this is an impressive growth considering as recent as july 22, it reached the first milestone of 25,000 hits.

as of this writing, it is at 36,000 hits with 11,000 hits made in the last few days on the SONA 2009 topic.  this growth represents a +44% growth in 5 day’s time behind the SONA.

as of this writing, 2010 Presidentiables has tripled in hits versus previous month june 2009. from the beginning of the year, at 2,000 hits, the blog grew to 36,000 or x18.

we like to think all the readers and contributors to this blog for reaching this new milestone.

2010 Presidentiables Soon To Reach 25,000 Hits Milestone

July 22, 2009 2 comments

the 2010 Presidentiables  blog will soon reach a first important milestone of 25,000 hits. it now stands at 24,500 and will hit that new milestone of 25,000 most probably

The 2010 Presidentiables Blog

The 2010 Presidentiables Blog

within the week.

the growth of this blog has been phenomenal specially in the last 3 to 4 months. from a top hit of 900 a month at the end of 2008, it grew to 2,000 hits by start of this year or +122%.

the growth continued to peak in march at 2,400 hits growing more than twice from the beginning of the year. starting in may, the hits more than doubled month to month and has now peaked to 7,300 hits as of today. that is a staggering +265% from the start of the year and a phenomenal +711% since end of 2008.

the phenomenal growth of this blog is due to a significantly growing and widening reader base. the addition of two new authors, alexangelph who writes for loren legarda and shenbrood who writes for nicanor perlas have also contributed significantly with their highly informative pieces on the presidentiables they support.

the efforts of these two new authors is not only helping the candidates they support, they are pulling in new readers.

another contributing factor to the growth of this blog is the natural seasonal pull of philippine election fever as the country approaches closer to the may 2010 elections and as the candidates and traditional media populate the minds of the electorate with election related topics.

more importantly, we think the branding or naming of this blog, the use the word “presidentiables” in the URL makes it a natural and strong magnet for searches on the topic.

it is a lesson in marketing 101 and something that we had planned and strategized from the very beginning. this blog was the first the use the word “presidentiables” in wordpress and in twitter. naming and branding is key in the very vast world of the internet where viewership is almost totally dependent on the words we type in our searches.

our projection is that this blog will continue to grow exponentially in the coming months specially as we get closer to the election.

and on that note, we like to once again invite supporters of presidentiables to become authors here in 2010 Presidentiables. this blog is already delivering the audience and that can only grow exponentially in the coming months. not only will you be able to help the presidentiable you support, it will also help bring in readership.

we like to thank all the readers, old and new who visit this blog for pushing this blog to reach a new milestone. many thanks to the authors in this blog,  specially the blog’s new authors – alexangelph and shenbrood  who have significantly helped this blog expand and reach more readers.


update: today, july 22, 2009 at close to 8:00 pm, 2010 Presidentiables reached the 25,000 hits mark. thank you to all the readers.

condom use is lesser evil, everyone can use – pope benedict

November 24, 2010 4 comments

Vatican: Everyone can use condoms to prevent HIV

VATICAN CITY (AP) – Using a condom is a lesser evil than transmitting HIV to a sexual partner — even if that means a woman averts a possible pregnancy, the Vatican said yesterday, signaling a seismic shift in papal teaching as it explained Pope Benedict XVI’s comments.

The Vatican has long been criticized for its patent opposition to condom use, particularly in Africa where AIDS is rampant. But the latest interpretation of Benedict’s comments about condoms and HIV essentially means the Roman Catholic Church is acknowledging that its long-held, anti-birth control stance against condoms doesn’t justify putting someone’s life at risk.

“This is a game-changer,” said the Rev. James Martin, a Jesuit editor and writer. “By acknowledging that condoms help prevent spread of HIV between people in sexual relationships, the pope has completely changed the Catholic discussion on condoms.”

The change came on a day when UN AIDS officials announced that the number of new HIV cases has fallen significantly — thanks to condom use — and a US medical journal published a study showing that a daily pill could help prevent spread of the virus among gay men.

“This is a great day in the fight against AIDS … a major milestone,” said Mitchell Warren, head of the AIDS Vaccine Advocacy Coalition

In Africa, AIDS activists, clerics and ordinary Africans alike applauded the pope’s revised comments.

“I say hurrah for Pope Benedict,” exclaimed Linda-Gail Bekker, chief executive of South Africa’s Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation. She said the pope’s statement may prompt many people to “adopt a simple lifestyle strategy to protect themselves.”

Worldwide, 33 million people live with HIV.

In Sierra Leone, the director of the National AIDS Secretariat predicted condom use would now increase, lowering the number of new infections.

“Once the pope has made a pronouncement, his priests will be in the forefront in advocating for their perceived use of condoms,” said Dr. Brima Kargbo.

Vatican spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi said Benedict knew full well that his new comments would provoke intense debate. Conservative Catholics have been trying to minimize the scope of what he said since excerpts were published this weekend in the Vatican newspaper.

Lombardi praised Benedict for his “courage” in confronting the problem.

“He did it because he believed that it was a serious, important question in the world of today,” Lombardi said, adding that the pope wanted to give his perspective on the need for a greater humanized, responsible sexuality.

Benedict said, in a book released yesterday, that condom use by people such as male prostitutes was a lesser evil since it indicated they were moving toward a more moral and responsible sexuality by aiming to protect their partner from a deadly infection. On yesterday, the Vatican expanded the comments to include women.

Benedict received a copy of the book “Light of the World” during an audience yesterday with the author, Peter Seewald, who conducted several hour-long interviews with the pontiff last summer.

“I hope that this book is useful for the faith of many people,” Benedict said.

The pope’s comments in the book implied that he was referring primarily to homosexual sex, when condoms aren’t being used as a form of contraception. Questions arose immediately about the pope’s intent, though, because the Italian translation of the book used the feminine for prostitute, whereas the original German used the masculine.

Lombardi told reporters yesterday that he asked the pope whether he intended to refer only to male prostitutes. Benedict replied that it really didn’t matter, the important thing was the person in question took into consideration the life of the other, Lombardi said.

“I personally asked the pope if there was a serious, important problem in the choice of the masculine over the feminine,” Lombardi said. “He told me ‘no.’ The problem is this … It’s the first step of taking responsibility, of taking into consideration the risk of the life of another with whom you have a relationship.”

“This is if you’re a man, a woman, or a transsexual. We’re at the same point. The point is it’s a first step of taking responsibility, of avoiding passing a grave risk onto another,” Lombardi said.

The clarification is significant.

UNAIDS estimates that 22.4 million people in Africa are infected with HIV, and that 54 percent — or 12.1 million — are women. Heterosexual transmission of HIV and multiple, heterosexual partners are believed to be a major cause of the high infection rate in Africa.

UNAIDS on yesterday announced a nearly 20 percent drop in new HIV infections around the world over the past decade — largely due to increased condom use.

Benedict drew the wrath of the United Nations, European governments and AIDS activists last year when he told reporters that Africa’s AIDS problem couldn’t be resolved by distributing condoms. “On the contrary, it increases the problem,” he said then.

In the book, the pope was not justifying or condoning gay sex, condoms as a means of artificial contraception or heterosexual sex outside of a marriage. He reaffirms the Vatican opposition to homosexual acts and artificial contraception and reaffirms the inviolability of marriage between man and woman.

But by broadening the condom comments to also apply to women, the pope is saying that condom use is a lesser evil than passing HIV onto a partner even when pregnancy is possible.

“We’re not just talking about an encounter between two men, which has little to do with procreation. We’re now introducing relationships that could lead to childbirth,” Martin said.

While the lesser evil concept has long been a tenet of moral theology, the pope’s comments mark the first time a pope had ever publicly applied the theory to condom use as a way to fight HIV transmission.

Individual bishops and theologians have applied that theory, but it had previously been rejected at the highest levels of the Vatican and theologians have been disciplined for voicing it, Martin said.

Monsignor Jacques Suaudeau, an expert at the Vatican’s bioethics advisory board, said the pope was articulating the theological idea that there are degrees of evil.

Contraception is not the worst evil. The church does not see it as good, but the church does not see it as the worst,” he told The Associated Press. “Abortion is far worse. Passing on HIV is criminal. That is absolute irresponsibility.”

He said the pope broached the topic because questions about condoms and AIDS persisted and the church’s teaching hadn’t been clear. There is no official Vatican policy about condoms and HIV, and Vatican officials in the past have insisted that condoms not only don’t help fight HIV transmission but make it worse because it gives users a false sense of security.

The late Cardinal Alfonso Lopez Trujillo famously said in 2003 that the HIV virus was small enough that it could “easily pass through” a condom — setting off furious criticism by AIDS activists.

Suaudeau said Benedict deliberately raised the issue in the interviews.

“He was not foolish,” Suaudeau said. “It was intentional. He thought that this was a way of bringing up many questions. Why? Because it’s true that the church sometimes has not been too clear.”

Lombardi said the pope didn’t use the technical terminology of “lesser evil” in his remarks in the book because he wanted his words to be understood by the general public. Vatican officials, however, said the concept was what he meant.

“He spoke with caution and courage of a pragmatic way through which missionaries and other ecclesial workers can help to defeat the pandemic of AIDS without approving but also without excluding — in particular cases — the use of a condom,” said Luigi Accatoli, a veteran Vatican journalist.

Scientists, meanwhile, reported yesterday that a pill already used to treat HIV infection turns out to be a powerful weapon in protecting healthy gay men from catching the virus.

Daily doses of Truvada cut the risk of infection by 44 percent when given with condoms, counseling and other prevention services, a global study found.

The results are “a major advance” that can help curb the epidemic in gay men, said Dr. Kevin Fenton, AIDS prevention chief at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But he warned they may not apply to people exposed to HIV through male-female sex, drug use or other ways. Studies in those groups are under way now.


The 2010 Presidentiables Blog set to reach 400,000 hits

May 3, 2010 Leave a comment

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.

march 1, 2010 – The 2010 Presidentiables Blog reaches 300,000 hits

March 1, 2010 Leave a comment

sometime this morning, this blog reached a new milestone of 300,000 hits. thank you to all the readers, posters of comments and the authors of this blog for making it possible.

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.

The 2010 Presidentiables Blog – more than triples daily average hits, soon to reach 300,000 hits

February 23, 2010 2 comments

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.

1. Home page  
2. President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s Stat  
3. Eddie Villanueva    
4. villanueva continue to lead, aquino and    
5. Presidentiables Reactions To Arroyo’s SO    
6. noynoy aquino    
7. RH Bill No. 5043 Full Text    
8. the noynoy aquino-mar roxas platform of    
9. the 2010 Presidentiables Poll officially  
10. manny villar

 thank you to the authors, readers and posters for making this blog one of the more successful 2010 elections blog.

January 1, 2010 – The 2010 Presidentiables Blog reaches 200,000 hits

January 2, 2010 1 comment

sometime during the day, manila time of  january 1, 2010,  this log reached 200,000 hits, a new milestone for the blog.

we like to thank all the readers and authors of this blog for their continued patronage of  the blog.

we are expecting to hit the half a million mark by election time in 5 month’s time.

the loren legarda saga that irritates and the pain of being ronnie puno

October 16, 2009 3 comments

there are two (2)  things that strike us in this news report on loren legarda:

  • the melodramatic saga of legarda’s political life goes on. gasp! this really reads like a badly written telenovela not even the koreans and taiwanese  can write.
  • legarda says it is “agonizing” – ah alas she knows the torture she has been making us go through on her indeciveness. at least she knows it.
  • she also knows the symptoms of her ADS? Sindrome – she says she will announce her plans withing 10 days, barring any severe weather disturbance. let us all pray no super typhoon comes our way and no new global financial crisis hits us, please! please! (good news is wall street just hit a new milestone and the US is officially out of the recession.)

here is the second thing that struck us, actually like a lightning bolt!

  • gilbert teodoro, yes GILBERT TEODORO, is pursuing her as VP??!! WTF?!
  • i thought LAKAS-KAMPI-CMD has chosen ronnie puno??? what has happened to that?

    gibo teodoro - loren legarda

    The Gilbert Teodoro-Loren Legarda Tandem

  • this is not the first time we have heard that some people in the ruling/admin party is trying to get puno replaced as VP. very early on, members and top officials of the party floated governor vilma santos, and now loren legarda.
  • what is wrong with puno? why is everyone trying to replace him?

come on now, let’s cut the BS on this melodrama. loren legarda will be VP partner of chiz escudero. that is pretty obvious to me. legarda is just milking this whole thing trying to get as much mileage from it.

what she does not realize is that, this drama makes her look very indecisive and wishy-washy, unfit for higher office. it is not endearing at all, it is irritating. she is not gaining any goodwill or political brownie points, all she is doing is playing up to the stereo type of women not being able to make up their minds.

Loren: Suitors down to Chiz, Manny, Gibo
By Michael Lim Ubac
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 05:07:00 10/16/2009

MANILA, Philippines — Two down, three still on her list.

Sen. Loren Legarda Thursday admitted that the list of presidential aspirants who were wooing her to be their No. 2 in the May 2010 polls had been shortened.

Legarda reiterated to reporters that “at least five” presidential hopefuls had asked her to be their running mate. “But entertaining them is another issue,” she said without naming names.

Later, however, Legarda told the Inquirer that the hopefuls still on her list were Senators Francis Escudero and Manuel Villar and Defense Secretary Gilbert Teodoro Jr.

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