Titikpilipino.com

TitikPilipino.com (http://www.titikpilipino.com) by Jay De Jesus is a popular and awarded Philippine music lyrics website. It’s touted to be one of the first Philippine lyrics search engine and its first capture in the web archive was around December of 1998. This music website has a sizeable number of followers / music community. It’s always been a finalist in the Philippine Web Awards, but always losing to PhilMusic.com until it finally got the top award in the 6th Philippine Web Awards in 2003.

Titikpilipino.com was a very useful lyrics search engine during its time. Aside from lyrics it also shares some updated information about artists’ new music releases. Users can contribute lyrics too and subscribe to its mailing list. In its 2003 version it prides itself with an active pinoy music community messageboards / forum.

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Who made TitikPilipino.com?

Jay Frank De Jesus. Webmaster, Titikpilipino.com

TitikPilipino was made by Jay De Jesus. Jay owns his own company WebEmpire Inc from 1999-2002. Prior to that he is a veteran Webmaster / Web developer for NewGen IT. By heart, we guess Jay is a musician– prior to his web stints he’s a musical arranger for Samsung and Precision Audio/Video. Taking largely a great experience in managing a big online community, Jay later on became a Community Manager.

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Edsamail

Edsamail (http://www.edsamail.com.ph) is a free e-mail service with dial-up access — netizens do not need to have an internet service provider subscription to access their e-mail via Edsamail. The concept is similar to Juno in the United States.

The Edsamail CD packaging (retrieved from the website of Christine Jimenez who is also the packaging designer)

The Edsamail service first launched in the year 2000. Users interested in the service can easily get an Edsamail CD from any Odyssey Music Record store branches. Users need to install the Edsamail program in the CD in their computers, and the program dials up to the Edsamail servers and lets you download your email via its proprietary email software.

The service is free as it is supported by advertising that gets displayed when you read your emails.


Who made Edsamail?

Edsamail is owned by EdsaMAIL Holdings Pte. Ltd, a Singapore-based holdings company which owns the EdsaMAIL operating companies across Asia. Its investors include Ayala Corporation, The Yuchengco Group, New Era Holdings, Evoserve, Nomura, H&Q; Asia Pacific (H&Q; AP), and Walden International Investment Group.

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MyPhilippines.com

MyPhilippines.com (http://www.myphilippines.com) is a portal. It first launched in the year 2000 with a customized search engine powered by Altavista.com and PinoyExchange.com, news headlines, FOREX exchange rates, PSE index, E-card service, and highlights of the popular discussions at PinoyExchange.com. It’s evident from the website design and functionality that there’s a partnership between MyPhilippines.com and PinoyExchange.com.

MyPhilippines.com (MYP) is founded by Tobi Reyes. The portal is powered by Reyes’s Impactnet, an internet service provider he founded.

In the portal’s ‘MYP 2.0’ version which was launched in 2001, it offered more services such as ‘MyMail’ (Free @MyPhilippines.com email), sold ‘MYP prepaid internet cards’ (an affordable way to dial up to the internet), and made the portal truly Filipino by adding more cultural content / Filipino trivia sections (Made in MyPhilippines, Kwentong Kutsero, Philippine fish of the day).

In its MYP 2.0 relaunch event in 2001, guest of honor Congresswoman Bellaflor A. Castillo pointed out that “MyPhilippines.com is a very promising ‘online ambassador’ of the Philippines to the world.”

MyPhilippines.com was redesigned by multi-awarded Web Designer Cheryl Fuerte (also known in the Philippine 90s web world as Inday, Indayworks) and the site have landed as a Finalist in the Portal category in the 2001 Philippine Web Awards.

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Who made MyPhilippines.com?

Macario “Tobi” Reyes

MyPhilippines.com was founded by Filipino-Canadian Macario “Tobi” Reyes. He returned to Manila in the year 2000 and created Impact Information Systems (Impactnet), an Internet Service Provider and built MyPhilippines.com. After his venture in Manila he returned back to Canada in 2003, and became Founder and CEO of PortLiving, in the real estate property space. Tobi is the grandson of the late businessman David Mendoza “D.M.“ Consunji of DMCI Holdings Inc. Tobi also established the One Earth Initiative, a sustainability advocacy group, together with University of British Columbia professor Bill Rees, and supported the formation of the Lifeline Society, a not-for-profit organization with a goal of increasing the number of Asian donors in Canada’s Bone Marrow Donor Registry (referencing this article).

Even now in the property and real estate industry, Tobi still has not forgotten his heritage, and ‘wishes to use his real estate background to contribute to a global network of Filipino Cultural Centers that could continue to share our culture with others’ as quoted in an article in The Manila Times.


Fuerte aka Inday in the 2001 Philippine Web Awards

MyPhilippines.com 2.0 was redesigned by Filipino multi-awarded Web Designer Cheryl Fuerte. Fuerte is popularly known as Webmaster ‘Inday’ of Indayworks among the growing community of web designers during that time, being a multiple repeat winner of the Philippine Web Awards.

Fuerte seem to have taken a hiatus in participating in web awards for more than a decade from 2004, until we saw her name again, this time in the international 2018 Webby Awards and 2020 Webby Awards.

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Pinoyexchange.com

Pinoyexchange.com (http://www.pinoyexchange.com) is a popular filipino online forum. It was founded in July 1999 by Michael Nolledo, Nix Nolledo and Jude Turcuato. It is the most popular forum during its time and they have unbelievably maintained the forum active until after the year 2010. It boasts of its active “PEXers” (forum users) who are continually using the service.

Pinoyexchange.com is one of the few 90s Philippine websites that are still online until now.

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Who made Pinoyexchange.com?

Nolledo, Nico Jose S. Picture from the De La Salle Alumni Association

PinoyExchange was founded by Nix Nolledo, together with his brother Michael Noledo and Jude Turcuato. He’s known as a digital entrepreneur, investor, and Chairman of Xurpas, a mobile content provider company. He founded Xurpas in 2001.

He is also the CEO of Open Data Exchange (ODX) and is an angel investor in a few technology companies.

In 2015 he was awarded as Philippines’ EY Endeavour Entrepreneur and chosen as one of the Ten Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) in the Philippines.

Nolledo has a Bachelor of Science in Management degree from Ateneo de Manila University.

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KabayanCentral.com

KabayanCentral.com (http://www.kabayancentral.com) is a Filipino e-commerce website established in 1998 (although its first web archive capture was in December 1999.).

KabayanCentral.com sold Filipino books, music CDs in the beginning. The website obviously targetted Filipinos in the United States longing to get some of those products easier and faster. The website also had a customized service “Order any Filipino item” that lets its customers specify to them what item they need from the Philippines (in Metro Manila), and KabayanCentral will look for the items and tell the customer the estimated price. The customer then will buy US Dollar credits through their secure checkout link.

KabayanCentral also added options for customers to order popular Filipino treats – cakes, ice creams, etc— for their relatives in Metro Manila. The service is really very useful for overseas filipinos who would like to send their relatives treats during their birthdays or special occasions.

Later on in 1998 when it had accumulated more data, it launched “Daily/Weekly/Monthly top sites” curated feature. In 1998 it also sort of started to transform itself into a portal— it offered local, IT, and entertainment news headlines, as well as a Philippine trivia section (‘Today in history’) and weather forecast.

KabayanCentral.com was on of the few sites made in the late 90s to last until beyond 2015. The last known capture of the website in web.archive.org was in 2020.

Who made KabayanCentral.com?

There’s no known webmaster or individual person published in the “about” section of their website, but only their company information.

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PhilMusic.com

PhilMusic.com (http://www.philmusic.com) by Jim Ayson is the most popular and most-awarded Philippine music website. It was said to have been created in 1997, and had won a huge number of ‘Best Music Website’ awards from the Philippine Web Awards.

PhilMusic.com was the very best music resource during its time. Aside from updated information about the bands and artists’ new music releases, it prides itself with an active pinoy music community. Events and chats with artists were arranged and announced on the website. It has a ‘PhilMusic GIG Guide’ (where one can be updated of events and gigs of artists and band), a very active music forum and a chatroom (#PhilMusic) where its regular visitors interact, and a PhilMusic mailing list where subscribers can receive regular updates.

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Who made PhilMusic.com?

Ayson at the Philippine Web Awards. (Photo: Philwebawardsarchive.org)

PhilMusic was made by Jim Ayson, one of the pioneers in the Philippine Internet industry. Jim was actively involved in the early days of the Philippine Internet from ’94-’97. Jim was present and has documented the day the Philippines first got connected to the Internet in 1994. He also spearheaded the largest and most active mailing list in the country during that time, the Philippine Cyberspace Review (PH-Cyberview).

He was an advocate of internet connectivity for the masses. In 2014, he pushed for the 20th commemoration of the Internet in the Philippines.

Jim owns W3 Business Communications during the time he created PhilMusic.com, and was head of Smart Communications’ Internet and Media Partnerships until he passed away on November 9, 2015. He was also a tech writer and a columnist.

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Yehey!

Yehey! (http://www.yehey.com) is founded by Alistair Israel. It is a search engine launched in 1997 under company Fiesta Online Corporation (Founders: Alistair Israel, David Quitoriano, Voltaire Trinidad, Jay Alba and Ramon Borja).

It had a feature called “Yehey! fresh“ which is a list of new Philippine-realted or Filipino-made websites that were recently added into its database. It also launched a membership feature where anyone can register and be listed in its members’ directory.

Later on in 1998 when it had accumulated more data, it launched “Daily/Weekly/Monthly top sites” curated feature. In 1998 it also sort of started to transform itself into a portal— it offered local, IT, and entertainment news headlines, as well as a Philippine trivia section (‘Today in history’) and weather forecast.

Yehey! was acquired by iVantage in 2006.

Who made Yehey.com?

Alistair Israel

Yehey! was founded by Alistair Israel in 1997 under company Fiesta Online Corporation (Founders: Alistair Israel, David Quitoriano, Voltaire Trinidad, Jay Alba and Ramon Borja). After Yehey!, Alistair held several positions in technology with different corporations (VP Engineering for Amihan Global Strategies, Co-Founder of Shore Suite, and recently as Engineer in Ada Support).

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Tribung Pinoy

Tribung Pinoy by Ken Ilio is a website that contains various Philippine cultural information and other features (http://www.tribo.org). It resembles a website portal with links to Tanikalang Ginto, The Best of Cyber PInoys, and cool content features such as Filipinos in Science, Fashion/Moda, Help – where can I find?, Pinoy Queer Directory, 10 Most Beautiful Filipinos, Pinoy Diaspora, Pinoy Sari-Sari Store, Filipino Restaurant Links, Philippine Page of Trivia, and more. The first capture of the Internet Archive WayBack machine was in 1996, years before actual Philippine portals like MyPhilippines.com, Yehey!, etc were launched.

Reviews / Recognitions

  • Rated as a Magella 4-star site (Magellan is a web directory/search engine owned by Excite)

  • One of its features “THE FIRST PHILIPPINE PAGE OF TRIVIA” was mentioned in Asiaweek Magazine (online), May 12, 1995 as “a visually exciting virtual encyclopedia on the archipelago and its people”

  • Top Ten Editor’s Choice (e December 1996 or January 1997) – Asia’s Web Directory

  • Featured in Mega Magazine – November 1996 issue

Who made Tribung Pinoy?

Ken Ilio

Tribung Pinoy was made by Kenneth Ilio, popularly known as Ken Ilio. From our research Mr. Ilio is not a full-time web designer when he created his websites, but he owns Ken Ilio Associates and he seems to have created other websites for commercial clients. He did urology research at Northwestern University and taught science classes at Columbia College Chicago.

Ken is one of the pioneers in websites relating to Filipino culture, Filipino Links, and resources related to the Philippines in the ’90s. He also created Tanikalang Ginto which was also one of the popular Filipino website resources during the ’90s.

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Tanikalang Ginto

Tanikalang Ginto by Ken Ilio is the first Philippine Web directory (http://www.filipinolinks.com). It was said to have been created in 1994, long before Philippine web directories Yehey! and EDSA were launched. Webmasters submit their site URLs to Ken via an “Add URL” function.

It has a special feature “The Best of Cyber Pinoys” where he curates his selection of Filipino-made websites during that time (from the Internet Archive WayBack Machine link, the feature ran from 1995 to 1998). Tanikalang Ginto is one of the features of Tribung Pinoy, a Philippine portal-like website that Ilio also created.

Mentions / Recognitions

  • Featured in Netguide Magazine (March 1996) Global Village, 2-star rating.

  • Featured in Hongkong-based Dataphile, Asia’s foremost magazine about the Internet and computers (February-March 1997)

  • Featured in Hongkong-based Asia Magazine (March 21-23, 1997) as one of the best sites for searching non-English Asian sites.

Who made Tanikalang Ginto?

Ken Ilio

Tanikalang Ginto was made by Kenneth Ilio, popularly known as Ken Ilio. From our research Mr. Ilio is not a full-time web designer when he created his websites, but he owns Ken Ilio Associates and he seems to have created other websites for commercial clients. He did urology research at Northwestern University and taught science classes at Columbia College Chicago.

Ken is one of the pioneers in websites relating to Filipino culture, Filipino Links, and resources related to the Philippines in the ’90s. He also created Tribung Pinoy which was also one of the popular Filipino website resources during the ’90s.

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