Free Website for NGOs page up!

I embarked on a personal project a few months ago called Free Website For NGOs, with fair results so far, and today I finally finished a page describing it.

I had to as there have been many queries about it. You can also click the orange image (I like orange) on the right to go to it. I also finally finished the small 125×67 gifs that recipient websites can choose from:

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Disparate crossed out howto lists, misc. tech ramblings, and the cool weather.

Been really busy this past weekend doing any of the ff.:

  1. update all blogs (movie, basketball, Portia, aklatangpambata, upwinlaw, and this site to WordPress 2.0.3).
  2. updated Pinoywritersonline to Drupal 4.7.2 (from whatever ancient version it was)
  3. updated my photo gallery to Coppermine 1.4.8, again from whatever ancient version previous.
  4. uploaded the excellent Aklatangpambata pics to my photo gallery and to Flickr (ill explain later), thanks very much to Mr. Chris Lagman, btw.
  5. uploaded a whole boatload of gadget pics as well, and I’ll be adding a few more as soon as I dig them up off my PC.
  6. Found a way to display these pics from my Coppermine photo gallery onto the site, as shown below
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  8. still trying to find a way to display the Aklatangpambata pics onto the website. Problem is, the coppermineSC plugin requires it connect to the localhost db, and I haven’t managed to make it connect across different hosts (it’s hosted elsewhere). I’ve tried,,, and even my IP address, but no go. I’ve sent an email to, my host, asking how that’s done. In the meantime, will have to do with Flickr, which is great of course, but I like hosting my own stuff.
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Google Calendar At Work!

I talked about how Google Calendar can help folks promote stuff the other day, and I got an example available at my movie blog, Movie Exchange.

Some notes:

  1. Layering calendars is cool. Google Calendar allows you to create new calendars within your existing calendar account, so you can create stuff like Village Basketball League Schedule or Office People Birthdays, and elect to display or ‘layer’ it on top of your ordinary schedule (I use the word layer to steal a term from Photoshop, because that’s what it reminds me of). This lets you share that schedule that (and that alone) with a select few people or the whole world, without bothering them with superflous info such as the basketball team championships weekend.
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Google Calendar Rocks. Hard.

I’ve always been a big fan of calendars. Especially the ones with scantily clad young women peddling cheap liquor, usually found in vulcanizing shops or car garages. Ok, that’s not the point of this post. Focus now. FOCUS.

Google Calendar recently launched the ability to display itself on any website.

This means you can create a calendar of activities on your Google Calendar, (don’t forget to activate sharing), then run the process which will produce code that you can slap onto your blog or any site.


Continue reading Gets On PCIJ is one of the NGOs that took advantage of my Free Website for NGOs offer (which I’ve yet to make a page on this blog for to explain what it’s all about. AArrrghh).

Anyway, I made them a simple WordPress blog and apparently it’s served them very well. The Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (a group of true modern day heroes imo), has picked up on their efforts to help teach the value of reading to the kids of Barangay Paltok, Quezon City.

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Letter from Botak re Basketball Exchange

I was ecstatic when I received this letter two days ago from QC based jersey manufacturer Botak, from time immemorial, the preferred jersey provider of the UAAP, NCAA, PBL, PBA, and just about any decent basketball league in the country today. It reads:

Hello there!

I’m … from Cejogua Sports Corporation, a.k.a BOTAK. If you’re not familiar with the brand, we’ve been providing quality made-to-order jerseys for the PBA, UAAP, NCAA, etc. I came across Basketball Exchange via net search and was wondering if we can do a tie-up or exchange of links?

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AklatangPambataApologies for the corny title as titles have always been my waterloo, but at any rate, it’s fairly apt., a Quezon City based NGO whose goal it is to establish libraries across the country, is run by Troy Lacsamana, a multi-awarded librarian and among the recipients of the top 5 HSBC Volunteers in Person last October 2005 by Hands on Manila.

He first contacted me last March 5 as a respondent to my Free Websites program after it was posted on the Portia UP sorority maillist, which I also did as part of that program.

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