Filipino of the Year goes interactive


‘TSINELAS’ LEADERSHIP The Inquirer editors and assistant editors voted Jesse Robredo the Filipino of the Year for 2012.

How does one express his or her choice for the Inquirer Filipino of the Year in 140 characters?

Simple. Type out the name of the chosen one with the hashtag #FilipinooftheYear. Press Tweet. Boom! That’s it.

(To those who still don’t have a Twitter account: Go to Set up your account. Enter you name, e-mail and a password. Click “Sign up.” Search for @Team_Inquirer and click “Follow.”)

Gushing is permitted because Twitter is the hub for unbridled emotions.

“He reallyyyyy deserves it,”  said   @Katelouise0903  of the late Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo, her choice for #FilipinooftheYear.

“I vote for Jesse Robredo as Filipino of the year because he is such an inspiration!” exclaimed  @AguasMaris.

For the first time since its inception in 1991, the Inquirer’s Filipino of the Year went interactive. The choice was opened to readers online via @inquirerdotnet as well as followers of  @Team_Inquirer, the Twitter account  of  the Philippine Daily Inquirer editors.

It may seem like a small step to take in this digital world,  but it was a giant stride for editors and deskmen who have been accustomed to nominating, and then voting the Inquirer Filipino of the Year, in utter secrecy.

As a rule, the nominees are never told about their inclusion in the Inquirer list. And often, the awardee learns about it only a day or two before the announcement is made.

Even the Inquirer editorial staff eagerly await the “white smoke” which signals that the editors have chosen. The smoke starts to billow when the editor in chief sends word to Inquirer Research to prepare the background material for this personality, and for the art department to study a front-page layout for the Inquirer Filipino of the Year issue.

Late night of Jan. 15,  the @inquirerdotnet posted  the names of 13 personalities who were nominated by the Inquirer editors and assistant editors for the Inquirer Filipino of the Year.

The poll box was closed on Saturday, Jan. 19.

And @Team_Inquirer opened its own poll on the afternoon of Jan. 15.  The informal poll ran until Friday, Jan. 18.

Robredo, who died in an airplane crash in August last year, was a runaway favorite among tweeps @nongtsismis @patrickrazo @pjames08 @mommytzie @FHETchay @majean822  @Shamorabon @carlo_bravo @huIslouis23 @johnpblee and @Rdaffon.

“He deserves it more than anyone else,” said users @Rica_Rix and @crabones013.

Other votes for Robredo came from @kikopangilinan, and @bamaquino.

“Boto ko for #FilipinooftheYear ay si Sec. Jesse Robredo dahil naniwala siya na Bida ang Mamamayan, “ said @bamaquino.

President Aquino, standard-bearer of the Liberal Party, was voted Filipino of the Year by @loufer1966 and @Micljag.

“P-Noy for the passage of the #RH and #SinTax. Just wish #FOI was passed also…” said @Micljag.

“Cardinal Tagle” was the choice of @lolichoie.

“NONITO DONAIRE JR! He will KO Pacquiao’s records in boxing. Will bring pride to Pinoys,” said @edikdolotina.

Twitter users @i_am_francis and @primefelix  chose two, namely Nonito “Filipino Flash”  Donaire and Miss Universe 1st runner up Janine Tugonon.

Tugonon got a solo thumbs up from @xiaopao8.

“Manny Pacquiao. Through ups and downs he remained the modern day national hero,” said @Jamie_Sunday.

“I nominate Rep. Edcel Lagman … for shepherding the realization of #Rhlaw thru the yrs, “ said @bethangsioco, an advocate of women’s rights.

“My choice for is Tito Sotto, because he literally woke us up,” said @ihatepos.

“Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago,” said @rheacaguete.

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  • droccu

    On a very minor note….cant you find a better picture of Robredo than the one above? It was cropped from an apparent group picture-badly at that!

    • jglori

      I could only assume that perhaps under the circumstances (whatever they may be) this was the only “decent” picture they could find which showed him wearing “tsinelas” so that they can emphasize the “Tsinelas Leadership” tag. I mean, maybe his other pictures with slippers on showed in him in house clothes which would not really look good for publishing. Well, that’s just my guess.

      • droccu

        Thanks. You may be right…Sana nga lang they could gone the extra mile to find such picture considering Jessie was being honored as their man of the year. I’m sure there is one somewhere  considering he is a politician. Anyway…it just me I guess.

  • TheComplainer

    I am not sure why Robredo was selected but most of the news today about corrupt police, abusive police, jueteng, fire departments with incomplete equipment are problems which fell under the DILG’s control right? I mean it is OK for him to be Person of theYear IF he took care of these problems. Unfortunately tey are still there & was under his control for 2 years!

    • droccu

      I have the same sentiment….It should have been Pnoy.

    • jglori

       Hmm…you have a point there. However, in fairness to the late Secretary Robredo, I think we can’t entirely blame him for those shortcomings. I remember that during his term as DILG Secretary, the set-up in that department was somewhat “unusual.” If you would recall, Secretary Robredo controls the affairs of the department EXCEPT the PNP whose administration was given to Undersecretary Puno sometimes referred to by the media as “Other Secretary” (or was it “Another Secretary?”).

      This was the weird situation which Secretary Roxas changed when he took over the DILG hence, Other Secretary…er…I mean, Undersecretary Puno was transferred to the Department of Agriculture.

    • observer1356

       Unfortunately, Sec Robredo got killed in such a freak accident. Otherwise, he may or may not be able to eradicate those social problems committed by corrupt people who are in power in a few years – taking into consideration that these problems have been existing for decades… In fairness to him, take a look at the examples he may have made during his lifetime.. List all the issues (where he may have been involved or may have been in-charged with) on a piece of white paper, writing these issues with a black/blue ink..

      Then, each issue that he may have made a good example, blot them with white liquid paper (eraser) while leaving those items that he was not able to make an impact or failed to take any action. I’m pretty sure that piece of paper will show a bigger area of white and perhaps a few blots/lines of black…

      Focus on the white, rather than the few blots of black… so you will be able to discern whether the person is good or not.

      • TheComplainer

        uhh how many years do you need to solve the problem? kahit nga man lang sana isa sa mga nabangit ko. kaso hindi nga eh. best mayor sa Pilipinas? nakapunta ka na ba sa Naga? 3 terms & Naga is still “provincial”.

      • observer1356

        You mentioned these: 

        ” corrupt police, abusive police, jueteng, fire departments with
        incomplete equipment are problems which fell under the DILG’s control

        So, are you saying that these have been happening during his “3 terms” as what – DILG Sec? How long had he been DILG Sec?

        You should have complained, long long ago… while he was alive and not now when he cannot answer your contentions…

        In fairness, he might have had been trying in his smaller capacity then, than when he died.. And if he did, it only goes to show that the problems you were referring to were not easy to solve…

        So, the question as to how many years, how long do you suppose it would have taken? If you are there, on site, then you must have a good idea.

        Show me.

  • kilawon

    tsinelas Leadership!?LOL….how about espousing lee kuan yews iron fist leadership in our country? hmm

  • patrickinca

    i nominate tito sotto as the Filipino IDlOT of the year or even the decade!

  • bogli_anakdami

    i’d nominate the flip drug mules as flip of da yir…

    … alternate should be the ‘merkan idol rejects…

  • Mohammed Babiker Hassan

    Like the Nobel Peace price awarded to the EU, why not award the Filipino of the Year to…………………………………………………. The Senate..Bwahahahahahaha.. sira ulo ka na ba? Bakit senado? kasi dahil sa kagagawan nila ay nagkabuking-bukingan ang bulok nila.. yabang nilang mag-imbestiga ng mga ibang department about corruption at nananakot ng CONTEMPT pag di nagustuhan ang mga sagot ng mga invited resource speakers.. At least, they opened the minds of the Filipinos to be more critical in choosing whom to vote.. kudos… Sampalin nyo nga ako para magising…

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