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When will we have our own place?

June 12, 2008

The Filipino girls waving the flag, I\'m at the left.

This question was raised all the time today when we had a mini gathering and flag waving to commemorate Philippine Independence Day (June 12).

Filipinos in SL are a scattered group, located all over the world, and it ought to be a great idea to have a gathering place for all Filipinos in SL. If the Italians, Greeks, Australians and Brazilians have their own sim, why can’t we Filipinos in SL have ours?

There are many reasons why it would be advantageous to have our own SIM in SL.

  1. This will definitely unite us as a community in SL.
  2. We can effectively and inexpensively promote our unique culture.
  3. We can provide a safe place for new Filipino residents and learn SL among people who can support them.
  4. Having a SIM can promote tourism and interest towards the Philippines, as other people will visit the SIM and discover how fabulous our culture is.

I am not sure why we don’t have a place in SL yet. I can only assume that it is due to the island prices and the tier, but the reasons can be so much more. For starters, there is the issue on what content to put. Then there are some Filipinos don’t want to be Filipino in SL and would prefer to do their own thing. Also there are some people who think that SL is JUST a game, and not an online social network like some articles and news broadcasts would refer to SL. Lastly, there are some people who are not open into the whole idea of an entire group of strangers in RL maintaining a SIM.

These factors can probably be the stumbling block into starting a virtual hangout in SL for Filipinos. If these issues can be worked on, then I am sure we’ll be on our way to having our own SIM.

The solution I can think of is for the government to step up, but I am not sure if the Philippine government is fully aware of the potential of SL for Philippine tourism and communicating to other Filipinos worldwide.

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