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?!

{ 47 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! 😀


Silver August 9, 2009 at 4:18 pm



meron nga. parang baliw na kinokontra at kausap ang sarili. pag kinakalabet siya ng mga kasama nya, nagagalit. mas gusto pa daw niya kausap ang sarili nya. hahahaha.

And take note, 8.5 million readers a day daw siya! Walastik, estatistik talaga. Talo pa ang SONA estatistik! Hehehe.


BURAOT August 9, 2009 at 4:35 pm

tamang tama yung name nung site nila… me mga “voices”. hakhakhak.


reynz August 9, 2009 at 9:55 pm

from the start, eto pa nga ang blogger who lambasted me and lectured me with english at malaman laman ko, nana-nagalog na ang impakto?! hahahaha! kasama nung gurl tagalog entries na rin? anong nangyari??? na-influenced nang B7? o ginaya ang strategy naten? hahaha! how thick naman their faces ekkk voices pala!


bluepanjeet August 9, 2009 at 4:41 pm

hahahahahaha “imaginary voices” hahahahah

sisa istatue? hahahahaha


Silver August 9, 2009 at 5:06 pm

Unbelievable nga yun. Example, today e puri nya ang SONA ni Gloria with matching subject-verb-agreement chorvalais. Pero magugulat ka bukas na break na sila – inaaway na niya si Gloria! Hahaha.

Parang katulad kay Boyet Fajardo. On the first day, mega defense with matching creative outburst thesis statement ang litsi. Avah! Nung pinupukol na sila nina Boyeta ng durian at langka from all over the pilipins e siyang bawi nitong statement nya – with matching making away of himself and boyeta! Saan ka pa! Haha.

O isa pang chika: Nakuha pa nyang sabihin na mega-hungerness ang Reyna CPA at siya daw ay isang honoris causitis sa eskwelahan ni Kris Aquino chorvalais. Haller nya? Honoris causitis sa Juris Doctoris? E mga diplomats lang kaya ang binibigyan ng ganung title.

Feeling power ranger ang baklitang ito as in may-i-save-the-world-ala-andres bonifacio ang zarzuela nya. 😀


bluepanjeet August 9, 2009 at 5:14 pm

hahahaha anak ng pating para ako nanonood ng showbiz program sa salita mo silvs hahahaha

May topak nga kasi… may imaginary voices nga, parang si gollum hahaha


bluepanjeet August 9, 2009 at 5:17 pm

haha silvs eto ba sya? Shadow boxing at its finest! Bwahahaha



BURAOT August 9, 2009 at 5:31 pm

hay naku, me saltik yung isang yun. nakita ko sa peysbuk, di pa nalilibing si cory, bumabanat na agad. which i don’t mind kasi lahat naman tayo me opinion, at maybe it was his observation sa mga di maganda sa libing or dun sa inilibing.

kaso susginuu man gid! hintayinmo muna naman mailibing.

at one time nagkaron pa sya ng “epiphany”, na after some reflections, GMA is good naman daw… i think baka nabigyan ng trabaho sa Channel 4.


bluepanjeet August 9, 2009 at 5:47 pm

Alam mo naman pare sa mga paid hack eh money talks lOL

I cant wait to give him my lolipop, maybe he’ll write something good about me on the other side of the Barrio LOL


BURAOT August 9, 2009 at 5:58 pm

bluep, very typical ito sa ibang sumisira sa pangalan at integrity ng mga media personnel..

tawag sa ganyan, ACDC.. Attack and Collect, then Defend and Collect. yan ang style ng ibang nasa media.. i know that for a fact.

walang pinagkaiba sa mga hao shiao..


Silver August 9, 2009 at 6:57 pm

Naka buraotness and bloopness,

kalurkey ang taong yun.

At, mas mukhang humanoid pa si Gollum kesa sa kanya.



silver August 9, 2009 at 7:53 pm

Amen buraotness. Amen.


reynz August 9, 2009 at 9:59 pm

and we could back it up with some numbers dahil i saved the history from the beginning hahaha


reynz August 9, 2009 at 9:52 pm

yes, buraotness, wala pa po tayong 3 months. and no influential blogger in the Philippines can match what barrio siete has done hahaha! kahit na anong ingay nang mga wannabe dyan!


reynz August 9, 2009 at 9:53 pm

well, dun sa latest SOBA, inabot na naten sila sa reach and pageviews and a number of items sa ranking and i know, na mas maraming readers and B7 in the Philippines and in the United States compared sa kaVilang Varrio. in a very short span of time like 3 months, we were able to do this. i bet you, hindi nila kaya ang performance nang B7.


reynz August 9, 2009 at 9:56 pm

congratulations sa B7 for having one B7 writer like you Mel hahaha na ultimo nakatagong tyanak, lumalabas dahil nagugulantang sa entry mo hahaha


reynz August 9, 2009 at 9:56 pm

and to you too Chi dahil kasama ka dyan hahaha!


reynz August 9, 2009 at 9:57 pm

and to you as well mon dahil like chi, kasama ka dyan! salamat!


reynz August 9, 2009 at 9:58 pm

i remember you… ikaw yong sa reyna elena na nag-request nung resume? right? hehehe! thank you pala!


reynz August 9, 2009 at 9:58 pm

it’s that collaborative effort kaya naging effective ang B7 pehpot! salamat!


reynz August 9, 2009 at 10:00 pm

we are all in this jeri, wala ring binatbat ang reyna if the writers are not here hahaha this is ours!


reynz August 9, 2009 at 10:00 pm

SPAM AWARDS coming up soon! hahaha!


reynz August 9, 2009 at 10:01 pm

are you related to that DJ sumtin sumtin na tiga Sintunado Voices? hahaha! anyway, thank you!


reynz August 9, 2009 at 10:21 pm

am i seeing double again?! :0)


Chi August 10, 2009 at 4:46 am

~blush~ thanks po. nku kmahalan napapaluha ako! mga ala imeldific act kya ako. LOL!


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