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Filipino Freethinkers Bag Top Social Media Award

26 August 2011, Manila, Philippines: Philippine freethought organization Filipino Freethinkers won in “The One” category at the local [email protected] Awards, the first social media-themed tilt of its kind in the country. “The One” is considered “the most influential trendsetter that shaped opinion, moved people, and prompted action,” through the use of social media tools such as websites, Twitter, and Facebook, and is seen as the top spot amongst the 10 available categories. The group was honored with a trophy and a PHP100,000 (USD2,351) cash prize.

The Freethinkers were also finalists in “The Advocate” category, and in the voting polls that comprised 10% of the total score, the group received the most votes in both spots.

“We are thrilled to receive this award, as the group would not have gotten to where it is now without the help of social media,” says Red Tani, President of the Filipino Freethinkers. ‎”However, we want to remind people that actions and conversations should not end in the realm of social media. Intelligent ideas are worthless if they’re not implemented in the real world. Online and on the ground advocacy and activism should go hand in hand.

‎”We’re also happy that we won the major prize considering the circumstances. Not only do we promote the Reproductive Health bill, we’ve been criticizing the Catholic church hierarchy without reservation. We were afraid that controversial issues such as these would keep us from winning. Maybe this recognition from Globe is a sign that the Philippines not only tolerates but welcomes our progressive ideas.”

Other awardees of note were National Chair of the Democratic Socialist Women of the Philippines Elizabeth Angsioco, and Broadway star Lea Salonga, who won in “The Advocate” and “Ballbreaker” categories, respectively. Both women are the Freethinkers’ allies in the fight for the passage of a comprehensive reproductive health bill in the Philippines.

With 29,270,000 Filipinos online spending 41.3% of their time on social media, the Philippines is often dubbed as the “Social Networking Capital of the World.”

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The FF Nostradamus Challenge: Can You Figure This One Out?

We have only five days left ’til the end of the Globe [email protected] Awards voting period! And thanks to your awesomeness, the Filipino Freethinkers are leading in both their categories (i.e. “The Advocate” and “The One”)!

As of this writing, we are totally owning “The Advocate,” with approximately 950 votes more than the second placer. In “The One” category, however, it’s been nail-bitingly close from the beginning, with only a handful of votes between us and fashion blogger Laureen Uy. We’re more or less a hundred paltry votes ahead of her, and while we’re sure that the beading on her dress is very pretty, it’s frankly too close for comfort. WE NEED MORE VOTES, GUYS! If we win both categories, that’s 200,000 pesosesoses that will go to our many projects lined up for reason, science, and secularism.


The local Catholic Church has 17.5 BILLION PESOS in its pockets, whereas the Filipino Freethinkers make do with whatever cash — and spare cardboard — we can scrounge up. 200,000 pesos will most certainly go a long way for us.

In light of all this, we have a very special surprise coming up very, very soon — something that quite literally exhibits our thrust to grow and improve as an organization. To help you figure out what this surprise is, we’ve created a special quatrain a la Nostradamus, legendary bullshitter/bad poet/is-there-a-difference. Many Freethinkers have already been exposed to one BS verse after another, and can see why people interpret these lines the way they do. Can you figure out what this one says? Rest assured that this prediction, unlike everything else predicted by people in robes and funny hats, will come true.

The many thoughts, they have been freed, and rightfully so

In the isles of Philip and beyond , through a gossamer web wrapped across the world.

Yet a new face lays in wait, one cleaner and purer and a salve upon our eyes.

It shall arrive on the morrow, and they who think shall rejoice. 

Whatisitwhatisitwhatisitwhatisit? A kiss from Kenneth to whoever gets it right!

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Essay Writing Contest – Last Call

The Evidence for Evolution

With the recent flood of articles from new and old authors alike, we now have enough entries for our Essay Writing Contest to close submissions, but for those of you who haven’t polished your prize-winning articles just yet, there’s still hope.

This is the Last Call for anyone who wants a copy of The Greatest Show On Earth, by Richard Dawkins. Write an essay or any print-worthy article and submit to [email protected] or post it on this website, and if we decide yours is the best, you get the book. Submissions will be accepted until October 30, Saturday, 6:00PM Philippine time. That is the final date, no more extensions, because we want to give this book away as soon as possible and start with the next contest. (Oh yes, there will be more contests.)

As usual, terms and conditions can be found here.

Thanks to everyone who’s submitted so far. There’s a lot of quality posts to choose from, and this is gonna be a tough call indeed. And we hope the submissions from now to the 30th will make things even tougher.

Now get typing. We’re not giving away this free book for free, you know.

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