Thursday, 27 December 2012

FOCUS: MWBuzz Top 10 stories for 2012

Four stringed instruments that make up a rondalla ensemble: mandolin, banduria, 
\guitar and laud/Octavina.
YOUR news tunnel, the MWBuzz, has compiled its top10 staff-written stories for 2012 based on the number of readers who clicked on the stories.
Here they are:

1) Banduria and rondalla – the slowly-vanishing Filipino icons, by AP Hernandez (March 25, 2012) – 922 views

2) Interview with Mayor Dong Padilla, by Percy A Ostonal (February 23, 2012) – 236

3) Letters from Port Moresby – Film cinema and Figaro come to Port Moresby, by AP Hernandez (March 9, 2012) – 206

4) Photo Essay – Beaches to walk on, by AP Hernandez (March 25, 2012) – 190

5) At last, a high school diploma after 46 years, by Percy A Ostonal (February 23, 2012) -175

6) Christmas Essay – The parols of ancient Parang, by AP Hernandez (December 13, 2012) – 161

7) Smiles for Guinbatan’s unfortunate children, by Percy A Ostonal (November 26, 2012) – 93

8) Latebreakers: It’s fiesta time!, by Percy A Ostonal (September 13, 2012) – 89

9) Padilla highlights infrastructure projects, by AP Hernandez (December 13, 2012) – 83

10) Canoreco in hot water, by AP Hernandez (November 12, 2012) – 76

While the infrastructure projects of Mayor Ricarte Padilla (Padilla highlights infrastructure projects) should attract more readerships than the rest of the top 10 stories, it did not happen this way.

One reason that MWBuzz could offer is that as far as our readers are concerned, Padilla’s road cementing project is no longer news.

All throughout 2012, this newsletter had reported on the progress of the projects, which are right now taking place in most of the municipality’s baranggays.

So, when the LGU posted the video of the mayor’s infrastructure project progress report, MWBuzz readers knew already what it was all about, and were no longer enthusiastic to read the story when it was carried by MWBuzz.

Percy A Ostonal’s “Interview with Mayor Dong Padilla” snatched the 2nd slot for the most read stories, simply because it was the very first time that MWBuzz reported in full on the mayor’s activities and insights.

It was obvious that MWBuzz readers wanted to know more about their mayor, and the interview with Ostonal provided some hints on what kind of mayor he is going to be in the coming months.

The No. 3 story, Letters from Port Moresby – Film cinema and Figaro come to Port Moresby - is surprising, considering that it is an item originating from Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.

However, most Mambulaoans who had, in one way or the other, stayed for quite some time in Metro Manila, might have sipped coffee or had a nice snacks at one of the well-known coffee lounges – Figaro.

Figaro’s being in Papua New Guinea has become a curiousity among Mambulaons who had experienced having coffee at this cozy shop.

And wanted to know what was going on with this brand in PNG.

The top story - Banduria and rondalla Banduria and rondalla – the slowly-vanishing Filipino icons – garnered the most number of Mambulaoan readers.

One reason is that banduria and rondalla had become a part of their lives when they were young adults during the 1960s and 1970s. 

It would be recalled that during the heyday of the Larap iron mines, there was a group of children who formed the Larap’s rondalla which was overseen by the late Ka Pinong Laroga, himself a top musician in the province having owned and led an orchestra.

The Jose Panganiban High School during those days also had a rondalla group composed of young boys and girls who learned to play the instrument from one of the music teachers.

Rondalla was very famous during those years among many children in Mambulao and Larap and today’s MWBuzz readers could relate to the story. 

After going online for a year now, MWBuzz is being read by close to 8,000 Mambulaoans who are overseas and elsewhere in the Philippines.

-  The editors

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