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thepocnewsThe Philippine Online Chronicles ( is both a media network and news curator, a platform for alternative viewpoints and a synthesizer of ideas. Instead of the traditional journalistic practice of straightforward reportage, POC presents a multiplicity of perspectives in a single article. It reports facts of the news as well as viewpoints on the news. POC does not confine itself to mainstream news sources but actively cultivates less heard voices like blogs, student newspapers, and alternative publications.

New news
vibal foundationPOC reports viewpoints on the news, along with facts of the news, by actively cultivating alternative sources of information. Content is internally linked to, and contextualized by, information from WikiPilipinas and the Vibal Foundation’s other project websites: and Thus, readers are able to talk back to the news. Knowledge is shared and collaborated on in different levels, creating not just a knowledge space, but a cross-referential loop.
Our content is licensed under Creative Commons, and so may be shared or reposted as long as license conditions are met, unless otherwise stated in an article’s footnotes.

Channels (Sections)
POC’s content is distributed among the News Section and 14 Channels.

  • News (Breaking Stories)
  • Politi-Ko (Politics)
  • Pera-Isipan (Finance)
  • Sportacular (Sports)
  • Sosyal! (Entertainment)
  • Metakritiko, with Pinoy Pop (Arts and Culture, Pop Culture)
  • Buhay Pinoy (Lifestyle: Local and Overseas)
  • Kamundohan (World News and Foreign Affairs)
  • Lintech! (Technology)
  • What On Earth (Environment)
  • Health and Wellness
  • Beauty and Fashion
  • Pinoy LGBT (LGBT Issues)


Publisher – Gaspar A. Vibal
Program Director – Kristine E. Mandigma
Managing Editor – Rosalia E. Eugenio
Project Lead – Maureen A. Hermitanio
Features Editor – Noemi Lardizabal-Dado

Channel Editors:

Maureen A. Hermitanio (for Breaking News, Politiko, Sportacular, What on earth, Lintech!, and Wellness)
Eva Aurora D. Callueng (for Pinoy LGBT)
Myrna R. Co (for Buhay Pinoy)
Noemi Lardizabal-Dado (for Blog Watch)
Ma. Alina Co-Calleja (for Beauty & Fashion)
Vencer Mari E. Crisostmo (for POC Youth)
Flora May L. Feria (for Pera-isipan)
Reynadel Valera-Cayetano (for Metakritiko and Sosyal!)

POC serves as a platform for personalities and advocates from different sectors of society who, through their uniquely inspirational stories, may serve as alternative icons for the Filipino.
These include:

Blog Watch
A bloggers’ initiative aiming to cover underplayed stories (mainly politics and governance) that traditional media cannot cover due to limited resources and time. The views of Blog Watch bloggers may not necessarily reflect the opinion of the Philippine Online Chronicles or the Vibal Foundation.

Year in POCus
A review of the previous year’s newsmakers. Year in POCus is the Philippine Online Chronicles’ year-end offering, which first came out in 2009.

Parokya sa Web
Fr. Robert Reyes, the inimitable “Running Priest” writes Angelus reflections and shines a light at social causes and issues. Readers can leave a prayer request and learn more about his spiritual activism.

The National Schools Press Conference (NSPC), facilitated by the Department of Education, brings together young campus journalists from schools all over the country to compete for accolades in print and broadcast media. The NSPC Channel is part of POC’s continuing initiative to introduce web journalism as a new and relevant platform for would-be journalists.

Other featured content:

Pinoy Romansa
Out-of-print romance novels, digitized chapter by chapter for your reading pleasure.

Tulaan sa Tren
With Tulaan sa Tren, the National Book Development Board (NBDB) hopes to invigorate the Filipinos’ appreciation for Philippine poetry and rekindle their interest in reading the country’s best poets and authors.
Due to its cooperation with the NBDB in the Tulaan sa Tren project, the Vibal Foundation recently received a Presidential Citation in recognition of its contributions to Philippine education and its efforts to bring Philippine literature to the majority of Filipinos.

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