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.

Recognitions


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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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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