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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