Online Bayanihan

“Bayanihan is a traditional system of mutual assistance in which the members of a community work together to accomplish a difficult task. It is also a spirit of civic unity and cooperation among Filipinos”.    –Oxford Dictionary

Each member helps one another for a common goal where each member cannot do on their own. This Filipino trait has existed for a long time in Philippine culture. We see images of Filipinos helping one another move a house from one place to another.  In times of calamities, we see Filipinos volunteering or donating with whatever they can to those affected. For those abroad, Filipinos are happy to see and help newly-arrived Filipinos get accustomed to a foreign land.  No matter where the Filipinos may be, we can always see the spirit of bayanihan alive.

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Filipino IT: The New Ilustrados in the Online World

Ilustrados (the learned or enlightened ones) constituted the Filipino educated class during the Spanish colonial period in the late 19th century. They were the middle class who were educated in Spanish and exposed to Spanish liberal and European nationalist ideals. Some famous ilustrados were Jose Rizal, Graciano López Jaena, Marcelo H. del Pilar, Mariano Ponce, Antonio Luna and José Rizal. –Wikipedia

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Is having a passive online business important?

If you want to work from home and spend time with your family, a passive online business may be the best way for you.

Before anything else, let us define an online business. An online business is a business done through the internet. It has become more popular since the late 90’s given that we are currently in the information age.

The internet has lowered the barrier to entry to create an online business. We don’t need to have a big capital to open an online business nor do we need a big space. If you have a unique product or idea, you can find a way to sell it online.

Here are some examples of online businesses and how they make money:

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Why BalikPinas.net?

In creating this blog, I thought of possible domains that I could use to reflect my interest and what I want to do. I wanted to share to Filipinos what I learned as a business owner having an online business that eventually became my ticket in going back to the Philippines.

What Filipino word that would describe it beautifully? There is no other than the word “balik” which means to return or go back. We hear it commonly used with “balikbayan” which describes a Filipino who came from abroad and now is back or visiting the Philippines. However, given that it is a very common word, balikbayan.com and balikbayan.net domains are already taken. Domains are like a property. If it has been bought already, you cannot use it anymore unless you buy it from the owner.

Do I really need a .com or a .net domain? Why not balikbayan.info given that it is available? Well, .com and .net domains are usually the popular ones. So if you get them, it will be easy to remember.

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