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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Yehey! (http://www.yehey.com) is founded by Alistair Israel. It is a search engine launched in 1997 under company Fiesta OnlineCorporation (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?
Yehey! was founded by Alistair Israel in 1997 under company Fiesta OnlineCorporation (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).
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?
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.