June 27th, 2009

Ratified.org Interviews: Aileen Apolo

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Aileen Apolo is a great friend of mine who takes her job at Google rather seriously. Because of her hard work, Google has made great strides in reaching out to the Philippine market, what with the recent Independence Day Doodle and the flurry of events that saw its top engineers coming in and out of the country. She is also an avid blogger and here she tells us how she started out and gives us her thoughts on the local blogosphere:


Ratified.org: Describe your life before you got into blogging.

Aileen: I’ve been writing since I was a kid, mostly though for my own consumption only save for the time I became active in a literary organization in college. After that I stopped writing for pleasure since crafting business plans and marketing plans ate up my muse. It was only 8 years after college that I started to write for myself again and I eventually started blogging. Before blogging I was very much a corporate city mouse and that took up most of my time.

Ratified.org: So what pushed you into blogging?

Aileen: My love for writing and telling stories about my adventures and mis-adventures. I have a lot of friends and that’s how they usually find out what I’m up to.

Ratified.org: Would your life have gone a different direction had you not chosen to blog?

Aileen: Probably not, but I’m really happy to have met many new friends.

Ratified.org: You recently invited bloggers to join the PPCRV initiative. What effect do bloggers have on society?

Aileen: Blogging helps society hear the unheard, see the unseen and feel the unfelt (something like that). We all have so much energy and if you could transform that energy into something that will help our society then that’s a really good thing.

Ratified.org: There have been a lot of Google-related activities in the Philippine lately. What can your users expect for the rest of the year?

Aileen: Just watch out for it! =)


Ratified.org: Everyone was ecstatic when our very own doodle came out on Independence Day. How did you feel when you saw it?

Aileen: I was overjoyed when the Independence Day doodle came out. I’ve been waiting and hoping for that for the longest time. I actually cried when I found out that it was going to come out and waited until midnight for it to show up. Ambabaw ko noh? But it really meant so much for me and I’m really thankful to the team who made it possible for us to have that doodle.

Ratified.org: You call Davao your “second home”. What are the things that people shouldn’t miss while they’re in the city?

Aileen: Lachi’s! The first stop should be to dine at Lachi’s and have several plates of pork marinara and at least a box of sansrival. I love Davao because there are so many places you can go to, like the beach (Samal Island), Eden, Crocodile Park, then there’s the Xcelerator, plus everyone is so friendly. Everything is way more inexpensive compared to Manila and if I could, I would live in Davao.

Ratified.org: What blogging tools can you not live without?

Aileen: My camera (and since it’s in the shop right now, I’m really not living) and Theodore, my PC and Blogger!

Ratified.org: It seems that most Filipino bloggers are on Plurk. How does this affect the dynamics of the blogging community?

Aileen: I believe that most Filipino bloggers who are active are on Plurk. It’s like being in your barangay. There are so many different personalities and interests, it’s a slice of our society and if you are very observant you’d notice how the community continues to evolve. And like life, there’s nothing permanent and you’d have to be careful as well who you make friends with.

Ratified.org: What top 5 qualities should a blogger possess?

Aileen: Humility, openness, be sensitive, be honest and be observant.

Ratified.org: Blogging Mafia. Figment of our imagination or not?

Aileen: There’s no such thing as a blogging mafia. This was probably invented by people who: (1) think so highly of themselves; (2) are bent on making it to the top and use this as an excuse for not making it. It’s funny how some people talk about it as if it were true, everyone has a place under the sun so I think coining something like this is detrimental to the community.

Aileen blogs at her official website, http://aileenapolo.blogspot.com. Check out her Ratiifed.org profile.

  1. 8 Comments

  2. jehzlau said...

    wooooooooooot! mabuhay si ate aileen!!!

    People around the world: MABUHAY!!!! :D

    Jun 27, 2009

  3. Micamyx said...

    Woot! Nice to see Ate Aileen here. Ms. Google Earth-Philippines represent! :D

    Jun 27, 2009

  4. Kelvin Servigon said...

    galing naman ni ate aileen.. :P

    Jun 27, 2009

  5. Meikah Delid said...

    Very good interview! Ai, I’m proud of what you have been doing to our country, especially in terms of making a significant spot for it in the World Wide Web. Keep at it! :)

    Jun 27, 2009

  6. Webslave Mc'Coolot said...

    weeeeeeee! galing ng interview wah.. hehe… FTW!!

    Jun 27, 2009

  7. Chattee said...

    Two thumbs up for Ate Aileen and Google (and Lachi’s)! ^__^

    Jun 27, 2009

  8. jehzlau said...

    “I was overjoyed when the Independence Day doodle came out. I’ve been waiting and hoping for that for the longest time. I actually cried when I found out that it was going to come out and waited until midnight for it to show up.” – Me too. hehehe…

    Teka, ngayon ko lang narinig yang blogging mafia ah.. hehe

    Jun 27, 2009

  9. Kevin Ray N. Chua said...

    Cheers to the Google Gal of RP!

    Jun 28, 2009

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