I heard news about the Philippine Podcast Central last Monday and was suprised to learn that Microwarehouse, a local Apple distributor, was sponsoring a local podcasting event. It was held at the Red Box in Greenbelt 3.
I looked at the list of podcasts they were releasing and was impressed with the line-up (which I wondered why I haven’t heard of before), only to realize that a whole lot of them were first-timers. The only one familiar to me was the podcast by PCIJ which has been running for a couple of weeks now. The 20 or so podcasts included tech magazines m|PH (with problogger Jayvee in it) & T3, philMUG, Danton Remoto (of Ladlad), Jessica Zafra (Twisted), and RJ Ledesma (of Men’s Magazine) among others.
Before blogging about this here, I wanted to listen to all of the podcasts first but there was no feed to which I can subscribe and upload directly into my 4th Gen iPod photo (which btw like the iPod Nano can also play videos when running iPodLinux and thanks to Tania for updating me with the feed). Though most of the podcasts were clearly being read off a script, I especially liked the ones by RJ Ledesma and the radio show Halikinu, already on its 15th episode (hey, why didn’t I knew about this earlier?).
Anyway, good news that the industry is supporting podcasting in the Philippines. Microwarehouse might have missed an article by Inq7 about pinoy podcasters last October 4 where they could have invited more podcasters. There’s also the vidcast, The Michael Josh Show, which is on its 14th episode; the one by Putanginamo.com with 16 episodes, Pinoy Podcast, and another one at email@example.com which I already lost count.
I sure do hope those who made their debut in podcasting for the Philippine Podcast Channel will continue to do so. I’m not sure if Microwarehouse will continue sponsoring them for the next recording sessions but it’s a start and the numbers are already growing.