10:55 am — As I write this, bloggers from Metro Manila led by the Bloggers Kapihan crew, are watching an AVP of the province of Pampanga, right here at the Executive House of the Provincial Capitol. Joining us are scores of youth and student leaders of the province.
Governor “Among Ed” Panlilio has arrived.
Nina opens the program with her remarks. “Hopefully, ito na ang simula ng blogging for good governance”.
Among Ed starts speaking:
“I believe in my heart that we can do something for our country.”
“Hopefully, we can create a critical mass in the country kung saan dito nakatungtong ang pagbabago.”
“Kung nawawalan ng pagasa ang iba, huwag na nating dagdagan.”
“Let us align ourselves with people of hope.”
Among Ed starts to read a prepared text:
“Technology has collapsed the world… more than Marshall MacLuhan”
“Good governance could grow when there is exchange of ideas between the governors and the governed.”
“The blog site allows for healthy dialogue.”
“When everyone talks at the same time, there is no more time to listen.”
“I am excited your voice…”
“We are thankful that the internet has allowed this to happen.”
“There is a crisis of hope in the country today.”
“The future is owned by you, young people. Don’t get shortchanged. Speak now or forever hold your peace, as they say in the old marriage ritual.”
“Be voices of good…”
Pampanga youth leader Angel gives a reaction.
BK crewmember Jhay Rocas starts his reaction with having photos taken beside Among Ed.
“Ang nakakatuwa sa good governance ay bago. Bihira nating nakikita at nararanasan. Ngayong naluklok sa panunungkulan si Among Ed, nakikita natin kung ano ang mabuting panunungkulan.”
“Huwag nating kalimutan na hindi lang sa isang tao nakukulong ang mabuting panunungkulan.”
“Sa bagong panunungkulan, may bagong kamalayan, may bagong pagtingin, may bagong kagamitan. Isa sa bunga nito ang new media o bagong media.”
“Dahil sa bagong media na ito, nawawala ang mga harang (sa ekspresyon ng mga tao).”
Jhay ends his reaction by thanking everyone and says that the net are not just for entertainment and recreation.
“Ang mga bagay na ito ay nakakapaglingkod sa banal at dakilang gawain.”
Among Ed starts typing his first blogpost titled “Our First Year in Office”.
He’s actually typing it!!!
Open forum starts with Mong asking Among Ed about what to expect from his blog.
“Nagpaturo ako last week… Hopefully, I could get feedback outside Pampanga and outside the Philippines.”
Meanwhile, Dexter (a staffer) fixes a glitch that is preventing Among Ed from posting his first entry.
12:06 pm — Now live is Among Ed’s initial post.
Among Ed: “Traditional politics has to go away from Pampanga, to be obliterated from the map of Pampanga.”
“After one year, I hope to go back to my ministry. Hopefully, dumami mga leaders natin sa politics”.
“On one hand, hindi ko masisisi ang kabataan na mahilig sa music, fashion… Siguro ay di sila nakakakita ng pag-asa sa Pilipinas.”
“Kami naman sa pulitika, we’re trying to get together. One of these days, Grace Padaca of Isabela and Jesse Robredo of Naga City will come together. Upang lumakas ang pwersa. Will invite other people…”
“There are pockets of hope… barangays in Mindanao… Hopefully, magblog kami. The idea is to generate hope for the country.”
Among Ed clicks “publish” button now.
End of program. Lunch will be served in a short while.