Fifteen days ago I promised that I’d kick off a Filipina Bloggers Month. Well, I say it’s not too late yet.
The inspiration for celebrating a Filipina Bloggers Month began when I read inspiring posts last December. As early as 2004, these gentlemen – Jonas Diego, The Filipino Librarian, and Marc Macalua wrote about how to improve the tarnished image of the word “Filipina” in the web. Try it yourself, google the word “Filipina” and you’ll find the top ten sites are all about mail order brides, dating a Filipina or Filipina penpals. Not to demean anyone, but we know that there is so much more to being a Filipina than what Google search engine results define us to be, right?
After two years of Google bombing, we’re finally seeing some improvements. First on the Google search results now is at least a Wikipedia definition of the word Filipina, a testament to the efforts of the movement that began three years ago. But if you, like me, only heard about this movement now, and would like to continue redeeming the word=name=image of a Filipina (i.e, Filipino women, pinays) in the web here are some of what we can do (as lifted from the Filipino Librarian) -
1. If you are a woman of Filipino descent, identify yourself as a Filipina—not just as a “Filipino” or “Filipino woman”—on your blog or website. Or, if you have neither, urge those with blogs or websites to join this campaign.
2. If you are not a woman or are not of Filipino descent, whenever you refer to female officemates and friends who are Filipino in your blog or website, please identify them as Filipina. Or, again, urge those who have blogs or websites to join this campaign.
3. Link. This is the most important thing you can do. If you have time, turn every mention of the word “Filipina” into a link. If you don’t have time, just put a link anywhere on your blog or website, preferably on the sidebar. And it doesn’t have to be the word itself. Any image or photo that represents a Filipina may be turned into a link. And no, being a non-techie is not an excuse because if you have a blog or website, then you can cut and paste the following code into your template:
<a href=”http://www.ffwn.org/”><img src=”http://photos13.flickr.com/15739923_de334d9871_t.jpg” width=”67″ height=”100″ alt=”Filipina Women’s Network”></a><br />Logo by <a href=”Jonas’” DESIGNTIMESP=8723>http://jonasdiego.blogspot.com/2005/05/yan-ang-pinay.html”>Jonas Diego</a>
<a href=”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Filipina” rel=”tag”>Filipina</a>: Wikipedia
<a href=”http://www.m-w.com/cgi-bin/dictionary?book=Dictionary&va=Filipina” rel=”tag”>Filipina</a>: Merriam-Webster
4. Tag. We need to know who has joined the campaign so we can link to one another. If you use the code above, then the links will automatically be tagged. But if you would like to tag previous posts, then just copy and paste the following into your blog or website:
Tags: Filipina, Filipinas