YouTube releases YouTube Philippines, the first in SE Asia

Google’s YouTube officially unveiled yesterday YouTube Philippines, the Philippine version of the online video sharing site. The Philippines is the first country in Southeast Asia and 34th in the world to have this local feature.

It was through YouTube that Filipino artists such as Charice and Arnel Pineda gained world recognition and rocketed them to fame.

With the local settings, YouTube Philippines offers a local interface, retrieves and displays videos that are relevant to Filipinos.

Moreover, the video site also signed up with the local TV Partners such as GMA, ABS-CBN, and TV5, as well as the Filipino Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (Filscap) and the multinational corporation Procter and Gamble to stream tv shows, videos and contents.

Company executives also disclosed that President Aquino will participate in YouTube’s World View live interview series where the questions come directly from citizens. Aquino will be the first Asian head of state to participate in the program on November 4.

Video sharing in the Philippine is one of the highest in the ASEAN region. The Philippine online population is even bigger than the actual population of most countries in Southeast Asia,” Julian Persaud, managing director for Google Southeast Asia, said

Adam Smith, head of YouTube for Asia Pacific, added that Filipinos upload tremendous amount of videos to YouTube – also one of the highest daily averages among Internet users.

The company also announced that opening of the YouTube Partner Program to enable regular video content creators in the country to become content partners and earn from the site through advertising.

Maria Continues to Soar Up High


YouTube sensation Fil-Canadian wonder Maria Aragon now also known as Baby Gaga, is still soaring up in clouds as she still continuing to ride her dreams after her “Born this way” duet with her discoverer Lady Gaga.

Maria Aragon is non-stop, besides her guest appearances in radio stations in Canada and a number of covers post on YouTube that from time to time is collecting thousands of likes and comments, also had the time meeting her idol, a Tony Winner, and a Filipino pride Lea Salonga at The Inn at the Forks last March 17, who is so much excited to express her big impression with Maria’s acapella rendition of Lady Gaga’s hit that merited million likes and recognition all over the world.

Young girl Maria is also seen at the hunk actor Piolo Pascual’s first solo concert at Toronto, Canada.

“Now that I’m gonna be singing with Piolo Pascual and I have his signature on this hat. This hat is really very special. I have a lot of family there. I can see he’s really very nice,” she said in an interview aired on “Bandila,” March 29.

Aragon, who was born and raised in Canada, hopes to visit the Philippines soon. The Aragons have not visited the country since they migrated to Canada in 1997.

“I’m kind of giving it a thought, too. We have a lot of family there,” Aragon said. (from

The young Maria express her gratitude, long thank you and love you message to Lady Gaga, as the singer celebrated her 25th birthday, March 28, by singing her own version of the pop superstar’s hit “Born This Way.” Having this lyrics:

“Your mama told you when you were young you were born as superstar, coz you’re beautiful on your way coz god makes no mistake, you’re on the right track baby you were born on this day, mother must say you were born on this day, …ohh there ain’t no other day, gaga you were born this day, gaga you were born this day,(born this day), ohh there ain’t no other day, gaga you were born this day, ‘right track baby you were born on this day. Your mama told you when you were young you were born as superstar,”posted also that day.

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“Happy birthday Lady Gaga and I hope you enjoyed my little fixed version of ‘Born This Way’ a little bit of happy birthday. I hope you enjoy your 25th birthday and I hope that you have more than 25 years to come. I just really love you for the way you are. I hope you really stay Gaga and hopefully I get to see you again. And I wanna wish you more luck, more support and I just wanna say thank you because without you I would be nothing here playing my piano. I wouldn’t have been wearing this shirt or I wouldn’t get this hat. I wouldn’t post this video up. Just thank you and I love you and happy birthday,” as she added after singing.

Also, Prime Minister Stephen Harper with his wife Laureen also had a surprise visit at the Aragons to sing with the eleven-year-old uprising celebrity. The PM performed John Lennon’s “Imagine” on the piano together with Maria Aragon.

source: http://mariaaragon.ca

‘Siomai’ vendor, new Net sensation

The “Arnel Pineda Jr.” hits Youtube in a blast

MANILA, Philippines–ABS-CBN’S “Pilipinas Got Talent” has created a new Internet sensation in the person of Jovit Baldivino, 16, a high school student from Marilag, Batangas, who sells siomai at the town plaza after classes to help his poor family.

His audition video, uploaded on YouTube, has registered 2.2 million hits as of Monday (1.6 million on Sunday—and counting). Journey’s “Faithfully” has found another voice! Was Arnel Pineda watching?

Watch the video by clicking the link Pilipinas Got Talent – Jovit Baldivino – Journey’s “Faithfully”

Yes, as a matter of fact, Jovit dreams of singing a duet with Arnel. This doesn’t seem like a long shot at all. Interviewed on “TV Patrol World,” Journey’s Pinoy front man said of his young sound-alike: “He has a really strong potential to become a rock singer. When I was 16, I didn’t sound as good as he does now.”

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2 Pinoys join CNN, YouTube climate video tilt

MANILA – Two Filipinos, both graduates of De La Salle University-Manila, have joined an online user-generated video contest on YouTube that seeks to raise awareness of climate change worldwide.

Paul Darwynn Garilao and Alfonso Orioste, Jr. said the “Raise Your Voice” video tilt is sponsored by CNN, YouTube and the Danish government. The contest encourages individuals to send videos with their views, opinions, and questions about the upcoming United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark from December 7 to 21.

In an interview, Garilao said producers of the two best video campaigns will have a chance to join the conference dubbed as the biggest convention after Kyoto Protocol. Earlier reports said the United Nations Climate Change Conference will iron out platforms to “reduce global warming emissions and ultimately chart a course that avoids the most severe impacts of climate change.”

Garilao, who finished mechanical engineering and used to work for a local public relations firm, said he was challenged to join the contest after seeing the devastation wrought by Typhoons Ondoy (Ketsana) and Pepeng (Parma).

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Globe links mobile users to Facebook, YouTube, etc.

Globe Telecom subscribers don’t have to be logged online through their personal computers to upload photos and videos in virtual social networks Facebook, YouTube, Flickr, Blogger, Picasa, and G-Blogs.

On Thursday, the mobile phone operator launched Globe Pixlink, a new service that allows its postpaid and prepaid subscribers to upload, share, and publish multimedia content online through their mobile phones.

The new feature also has a widget feature which allows users to display their content on other sites not yet supported by the service via a copy-paste HTML code.

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Ellen invites Pinoy YouTube singing sensation duo

American talk-show host Ellen DeGeneres has invited two talented Filipino “bathroom singers” to guest on her popular “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.”

Rin and Roxanne of “Rin on the Rox,” who have become a YouTube sensation, are best buddies who do cover songs inside their bathroom.

“Recently, I found these two singers on the internet. These two girls are singing in the bathroom. So they are  fantastic. If you are watching right now, please, please come on the show if you are watching. We have a wonderful bathroom here… But seriously, you are great. So please, please come on the show if you would like to,” DeGeneres said in a recent episode.

Rin or Erin Paula, 20, and Rox or Roxanne, 21, are based in California, USA. They dream of having a career in singing.

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15-year-old Filipino singer wows people on YouTube

Charice Pempengco, the 15-year-old Filipino singer whose Youtube video landed her a gig on The Ellen Degeneres Show, continues to wow people on the popular online video sharing service, and the Internet in general.

On YouTube, a video clip of the young and talented Pempengco signing on the popular American show, has garnered top honors, including the 16th Top Rated (This Week) Music video on YouTube.

Pempengco was invited to sing live in The Ellen Degeneres Show after the show’s staff saw her on YouTube.

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Moymoy Palaboy in ‘bands’ grand finals

IT’S almost like a comical Cinderella story. Take two ordinary boys whose current rising career started as a mere trip-trip lang (doing it for a lark).

They memorized lyrics of any language, choreographed a spoof number for the whole song, going as far as dressing up like the artist who sang it and uploaded it to YouTube. It is the one venue on the Internet that makes any anonymous person instantly famous depending upon the impact of the talent or skill shown.

As far as their acts went, both boys displayed real comedian talent. So funny and witty were this duo’s spoof of songs that hits of what they uploaded actually shot up to as high as three million, making “Moymoy Palaboy” a household name in the Internet. Not surprisingly, this paved way for their break in showbiz, eventually landing them mainstay status at GMA’s gag show, Bubble Gang.

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