Unexpected media coverage of Barrio Siete during Cory Aquino's historic event

by reynz on August 9, 2009

Nearing our 10-day mourning period in honor of Tita Cory, Barrio Siete Dot Com is very happy to have given full blog coverage to one historic event that just recently transpired, the passing of our one and only Tita Cory. It’s our small contribution in honor of President Cory Aquino and Senator Benigno Aquino. But that very small contribution, surprisingly, has given us, Barrio Siete Dot Com, an unexpectedly back-to-back media coverage beyond our expectations. Trulalang ningning ever and if you think about it, wala pa tayong 3 months sa Pinoy Blogworld and we are already making so much wave. And so, we are truly, truly grateful to all those who noticed us (psst! me ADD ang La Kapitana! hahaha!) and we are just uberly thankful to all of them.

We’re very proud of our Project: Touch a blogger: Tie a yellow ribbon for Cory Aquino! that reververated around the Philippines and all over the world. The idea might have started from La Kapitana, but this was discussed through emails to everyone in da Barrio and so therefore, the honor was not just mine, but to all of us in da Barrio.

Kaya naman, we appreciate the coverage we received from GMA News TV:

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(CORRECTED VERSION) Last Thursday July 23, Filipino-American blogger La Kapitana who maintains Barrio Siete (“Keep social climbing alive!”) began the online campaign with an appeal: “My fellow bloggers, I invite you to Touch a blogger: Tie a yellow ribbon for Cory Aquino!

Within days, the “yellow-ribbon fever” had spread all over the Web with various blogs and social networking sites expressing their love for the country’s democracy icon, and adorning their pages with yellow ribbon images. Others handed out free templates of the iconic bows.

Because the original news was wrong, we sent an email to GMA News TV, but they never responded. I was told by Silver, that there was a new Editor in chief at that time when the news of Barrio Siete came out. Be that as it may, while I was watching the live streaming of Cory’s funeral, Howie Severino saw me online and sent me an apology that I only noticed after several minutes because the chat messages were flying. And of course, I was happy to get that from Howie Severino himself.

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We are also very happy to read the coverage we received from ABS-CBN and are happy knowing that Leilani Chavez did her research work properly.

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As a gesture of support for the ailing president, supporters from the online community have been placing yellow ribbons in their blog sites and social networking accounts since June 24, the day when Mrs. Aquino’s condition became unstable.

The call for posting yellow ribbons online started with Reyna Elena of Barrio Siete (http://barriosiete.com/touch-a-blogger-tie-a-yellow-ribbon-for-cory-aquino/) on July 23, heeding the call of Aquino supporters to tie a yellow ribbon as a way of expressing support for the country’s first female president.

As of posting, Reyna Elena has linked 57 blog sites with yellow ribbons.

We also found out that Alexander Villafania of the Philippine Daily Inquirer also picked us up in his entry.

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Virtual’ yellow ribbon

One of the more popular images that came out since Mrs. Aquino’s medical condition became known was the virtual yellow ribbon, which started on July 23 by the blog forum Barrio Siete (http://barriosiete.com/touch-a-blogger-tie-a-yellow-ribbon-for-cory-aquino/).

The call gathered steam in the following weeks as her condition worsened. Many users pasted the iconic yellow ribbon on their blogs and even on their pictures.

And while watching the funeral coverage, I was watching and listening to this ANC reporter while I was having coffee in front of my laptop… and to my surprise, he was talking about Barrio Siete in his newscast! Hahaha!

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And after talking about Barrio Siete, he mentioned this one blog entry by Mahalia, one of our Barrio Siete Writers.

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Sight nyo naman di ba? Transparency ever that Barrio Siete Dot Com has some of the best writers in the whole of Pinoy Blogworld. Kaya naman, it’s not surprising if we get these unexpected media coverage at talagang maligayang maligaya kami ever. Feel namen na we must be doing something to level of korakness.

Unfortunately, we are losers. Losers kami sa Influential Blog Awards.

Care to pass one glass of suka around?!

{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

BURAOT August 9, 2009 at 3:45 pm

3 months…. 3 months….


bluepanjeet August 9, 2009 at 3:48 pm


congrats kay mahalia at sa lahat ng Barrio writers. salamat din po sa mga naglulurk at nagbabasa ng B7. Asahan nyo po na di namin kayo bibiguin. We will remain fair and feisty LOL

tanong lang: Yung Ka-V-lang V-arrio ba kumusta naman? hahaha


BURAOT August 9, 2009 at 4:01 pm

yung taga-kabilang ibayo, wa nga binatbat sa ranking ng site ko eh.. dito pa kaya sa barrio na combined powers ng mga probinsyanos. wahahahha!


reynz August 9, 2009 at 4:03 pm

i heard from Silver na me nag-sa-shadow boxing na naman daw dun hahaha!


Mel August 9, 2009 at 4:36 pm

Congratulations to Barrio Siete. Sa mga bumubuo nito at sa mga tumatangkilik. Mabuhay kayong lahat! Ayoko munang magmaldita. Sa susunod na post na. LOL


Chi August 9, 2009 at 4:54 pm

congrats sa mga tga B7. :-)


fatherlyours August 9, 2009 at 5:05 pm

Congrats po sa mga bumobuo ng B7. Hindi lang magagaling ang mga writer kundi may mga puso. Feel na feel ang mga pulso ng readers. More power sa inyong lahat. Wag na pansinin mga detractors at sisikat lang sila. sabi nga ni Manong Marcos nuon, wag banggitin ang mga kalaban kasi sisikat.


gabs(KSA) August 9, 2009 at 5:27 pm

Congrats to all the writers/contributors of Barrio Siete.


pehpot August 9, 2009 at 5:30 pm

congrats to you Reyns! you made this all possible.. you started it all :)

eniweys, you’re too powerful na daw.. hindi na emerging haha

Make or Break


BURAOT August 9, 2009 at 5:34 pm

pehpot is right.. emerging means up and coming… but we, the barrio..

We already arrived, kahapon pa.


jeri August 9, 2009 at 5:46 pm

Everything is just because of you kapitana.. congratulation for having a job well done.. back up lang kami.. kumbaga you are the superstar of the show… oohh divaaaah? he he he

Ang bilis talaga rumatsada ang barrio, parang 3 months old baby pa lang pero nakakalakad na, and not only that, nakaka takbo pa ng mabilis in 3 horse power.


Hecky August 9, 2009 at 6:35 pm

Nice post Reyna. Glad to know that Barrio Siete has been recognized by legitimate media organizations and not by an influential (kuno) award-giving body that counts the votes of SPAM BLOGS, LOL


DJ K in the house August 9, 2009 at 7:48 pm

whawhawha from now on I’ll be the no.1 fan of Barrio Siete thank God i found this site!! heheheehehe im having so much fun!!!and i want to congratulate the BARRIO SIETE writers!!! for being no.1 hehehehehehehe


DJ K in the house August 9, 2009 at 7:49 pm

whawhawha from now on I’ll be the no.1 fan of Barrio Siete thank God i found this site!! heheheehehe im having so much fun!!!and i want to congratulate the BARRIO SIETE writers!!! for being no.1 hehehehehehehe
more power


dakilang islander August 9, 2009 at 9:45 pm

Congrats Barrio Siete team! Been a reyna elena follower(too bad suspended na!) dati pa nung active pa ako sa blogging at lurker nalang dito sa barrio nyo. But i think every post dito nababasa ko! Dito na nga lang ako naki-update sa kay Cory dahil wala na akong time manood pa ng videos.

Papadala ako ng lambanog pangtagay para sa inyong tagumpay! hahhh


Mahalia August 9, 2009 at 11:49 pm

thanks to the Mainstream media who gave chance B7. Thanks to the collaborative effort of all b7 writers. Thanks to the vision of our La Ka Reynz.


chuva August 10, 2009 at 1:26 am

Wow!! Two-thumbs up sa Barrio Siete!! Mahalia – – congrats din.. !! Grabe ang media coverage… could any site be more influential?

Way to go!!!!!


Monique August 10, 2009 at 1:32 am

Galing galing naman… I really appreciate this blog.. pati na yung sa mga writers and lurkers ng Barrio Siete. Nawawala homesick… and whatever yung issues sa atin, which matters to us btw, most anyway, lol, eh natatackle openly dito sa barrio.
Again, congratulations kapitana! Go go go B7!


annie August 10, 2009 at 3:43 am

naiyak naman ako….congratulation sa lahat ng bumubuo ng barrio siete! malayo na agad ang tinakbo ninyo sa loob lang ng 3 months. Magagaling talaga kayong lahat! Again, congratulation sa inyung lahat at sa iyo mahal naming Reyna!


mtoni August 10, 2009 at 3:45 am

haba ng hair ng kapitana! congratz sa lahat ng barrio siete writers at readers.

kumusta naman sila?


mtoni August 10, 2009 at 3:49 am

nasa fezbuk ang fiktyur ng bf ko?


jepoy August 11, 2009 at 12:11 am

Wow! Hindi na ma-reach! 😀


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