Recovery, grace under pressure serve Queen well

SHE fell down during her performance, but the 16-year-old lead dancer of Basak San Nicolas’ Lumad Basakanon was crowned Sinulog Festival Queen 2011, besting 19 other contestants.

Also named the Miss Photogenic, Steffi Rose Pearson Aberasturi, a third year high school student of San Roque Child Development School, took home P50,000.

Held last night at the Cebu City Sports Center, the pageant drew a large crowd, mostly supporters of the contestants.

Aberasturi, the first Cebuana to be crowned Sinulog Festival Queen, also received a flat-screen TV for winning the Miss Samsung award.

Jey Ann Avenido of Daanbantayan’s Tribu Kandaya, who bagged most of the awards, won first-runner up. A 17-year-old student of the University of San Jose-Recoletos, Avenido bested other candidates for the Best Festival Costume, Best Solo Performer, and Best Opening Production Number awards, among others.

Barbette Joanne Badocdoc of Leyte’s Pintados Festival, Phoebe Corinne Pataytay of Lahug Elementary School and Denice Marie Caminade of Talamban were the second runner-up, third runner-up and fourth runner- up, respectively. (more)

Best blog search engine

With blogs estimated at over 10 million and growing, there certainly is need for a search engine.

Poynter, an online journalism resource, reviews the best blog tools on the web and says the google blog search is the “fastest of any of the blog searches…and does the best job of returning posts that are right on topic.”

Technorati is the most established and popular but could be slow and its results list cluttered with unrelated and unreadable posts, said Jonathan Dube, Cyberjournalist.net publisher, in his article published at the Poynter website.

Yahoo!’s blog search falls short of the others, added Dube.

Forbes attacks blogs, bloggers

Forbes has written a scathing attack on the blogosphere, calling web logs as the “prized platform of an online lynch mob spouting liberty but spewing lies, libel and invective.”

The article by Dan Lyons said blogs started as online diaries but later became the “ultimate vehicle for brand-bashing, personal attacks, political extremism and smear campaigns.”

Lyons added in his article:

It’s not easy to fight back: Often a bashing victim can’t even figure out who his attacker is. No target is too mighty, or too obscure, for this new and virulent strain of oratory.

Here’s what top bloggers think of the Forbes article.

Sun.Star blogs page

After going over so many themes, I’ve finally selected one that I’m happy with for the Sun.Star Blog Chronicles, a Sun.Star Network Online section intended to cover the blogging community. Thanks to Max, Sun.Star Cebu online editor, who suggested this theme and who took care of the necessary improvements.

The Sun.Star Blog Chronicles is not even halfway ready. In the process of putting it out, other tasks came up delaying the launch of the section. I am, however, forced to hasten its completion because contributor J. Angelo Racoma already wrote about it in his blog. I guess thanks to him, too, for speeding things up.

We’re still accepting bloggers into our pool and coming up with publication rules and guidelines. Some of the submissions will see print in Sun.Star newspapers.

Other things lined up involve sections with reader-generated content and contributors from outside mainstream media.