Hikot’s Features are not in Facebook

Hikot- Pinoy Social Logo

Since the announced February 14 Launching of hikot.com we didn’t hear anymore feedback from them but recently, they come out to speak of what had happened and according to the Hikot insider, they are happy of the result because Hikot users were not just become Hikot addict but also discovered there unannounced features.

The sociability of the Filipinos will never fade and it is a Filipino culture. Before the existence of social network site like Friendster and Facebook or even Hikot; Filipinos are already sociable reasons why the Philippines become the TEXT or SMS Capital of the World which is now added another title as the Philippines is the Social Network Capital of the World. Filipinos are willing to spend times just to be connected with their love ones from anywhere in the world. For more than 9 Million Filipinos living abroad which keep connected to their family and Relatives in the Philippines; Social Network like Hikot or Facebook is really needed. From the old system of postal mail, to MIRC in 1990’s YM & (Yahoo Messenger) to SMS / TEXT and Email in 2000’ now it is Social Network Generation.

Though Hikot is still new in the Social Network, they are trying to do their best to gain percentage of users from around Asia and they gain a good impact from China. Most of the newly registered users of Hikot are from China; which maybe QQ users who are interested to try a new diversion of QQ found it in Hikot.

Hikot did not publish their features yet but it is not so far from what Facebook have. Hikot features which could not be found in Facebook are the following;

Hikot and Facebook are having in common for the following:

* Notification bubble. Facebook Notification could be found in the upper left of the screen which displaying in red and showing numbers of notices while Hikot have such feature in the lower right beside the online chat base feature as in Facebook.

* For the Photo viewing of Facebook they use a slide style but in Hikot, they use Movie Flow system which you are like watching or loading a movie file in a pup-up or bubble style.

Other features are almost in common except for the features which exist in Hikot and not in Facebook.


2011 Valentines – “Hikot | We build connection” Launching

“Hikot | We build connection”

What can you say since the hikot social network finally concluded to get online. “Hikot | We build connection” is the first social network which could be claim by Visayas and Mindanao as their owned. Hikot is a “Binisaya” term in the Philippines which means “tie” “bind” or “knot” another version of social network originated in the Philippines. Binisaya Language is one of the highly spoken for the largest population of almost 50 Million Filipinos in the Philippines.

Base on the latest survey, most people of the Philippines are fan of social network and very close to the recent update of the western countries. The Philippines is the only country in Asia who patronizes “Twitter” and “Facebook”. Though Friendster is the pioneer social network in the country, it was overtaken by Facebook now but what could this HIKOT’s standing with the big giant rival in social network?
“Hikot | We build connection” with their website http://www.hikot.com/ is now online and trying to compete even late with the 2 leading giants in social network. Hikot’s founder is positive to overtake the 2 social networking giants by the end of 2011 but recently the membership of the hikot is still very slow.

If the Hikot would become dominant in the Philippines for social network then most probably it will crawl to most part of Asia and around the globe because of Millions of OFW or Overseas Filipino Workers abroad who uses social network to connect with their family.

World’s first biggest underwater resort hotel soon to rise in Palawan Philippines

The Philippines is all set to embrace a futuristic undersea project to rival those in Maldives, Dubai and Fiji, according to a Filipino team of developer and architects, which is set to build an underwater resort hotel in Palawan.

Dubbed as the Coral World Park, this multibillion-peso project will set the record as Asia’s first underwater resort development and the biggest undersea living in the world once the project is completed by 2013.

Picture this: You wake up to a picture perfect view of frivolously swimming manta rays and fishes or hold a meeting in a restaurant submerged in the pristine waters. Say what? All this isn’t science fiction according to an all-Filipino team behind the project.

Taking the helm is Singapore-based businessman Paul Monozca, who is known for his advocacies of helping Filipino sports teams and the overseas remittance business. Partnering with Monozca is renowned eco-architect Jose Pinggoy Manosa, who will take charge of the architectural design of the Coral World Park.

Its high time we brought sustainable development underwater because there have been similar projects elsewhere in the world that have been proven successful,” Monozca told Inquirer Property in an exclusive interview Wednesday.

He cited global warming and the rising water levels as factors that pushed him to look into the possibility of exploring the readiness of the country for this kind of revolutionary development.

Pegged at some $150 million, the undersea structure takes pride in its 24 undersea suites or pods called Anemones,” which are submerged 60 feet below sea level with a fascinating 270-degree view of the sea. The 15-foot-high Anemones will be built by a US firm that specializes in submarines.

Several units of these Anemones will be open for public viewing at reasonable rates while majority are for ownership. Each 50-square-meter Anemone (the size of two-bedroom condo unit) can be customized per owner’s preference. It can be used as a private villa, a receiving or entertainment room that could cater to as many as 15 people.

Filipino ingenuity

How can one move from one pod/suite to another? The Coral World Park will be built with submarine technology. The mode of transport will be through glass bottom mini-submarines to be powered by the first mobile hydropower system, which generates up to 1 megawatt of electricity. This will use a patented water recycling and pressure chamber invented by an all-Filipino team of engineers, Monozca said.

The project will show to the world Filipino ingenuity as 80 percent of the project will be run and manned by Filipinos, from engineers to architects down to personnel,” Monozca said. When completed, the proposed underwater habitat will be the biggest in the world.

Also part of the futuristic project is a 50-bedroom on land boutique hotel complete with amenities like casinos, spa, business center and an underwater restaurant to be named Starfish,” which could seat as many as 200 people in its 600-square-meter dining area. A seahorse-shaped science center aptly called Seahorse Science Center will be built for tourists and will serve as the park’s marine observatory and conservation center showcasing the richness of marine life in the Philippines.

The project is expected to pour in billions of investments and will help create thousands of jobs for the people in Palawan and neighbouring provinces.

Conservation tourism

Funding will come from Monozca’s Monaco-based group, which counts investors from the United States, the Middle East and Russia. As an aggressive venture in ecotourism business, the project also aims to replenish the coral reefs in the area and would advocate conservation tourism in the country.

Monozca related that everything has been in the planning stage since last year. He identified a group of islands in Coron as the site for development owing to its perfect geography, clear and cove-protected waters and rich marine life. The islands of Palawan hardly experience earthquakes and are not prone to visiting typhoons that occasionally hit the country.

The construction is set to start soon and will be completed in two years, according to Manosa, who said this would be my biggest project so far in my professional career.” Manosa is behind some of the biggest projects like the San Miguel Building constructed in the 1980s and the Brent International School.

I was overwhelmed myself when the project was offered to me. Even my family is excited about this; my grandchildren are asking when they could visit the underwater resort,” Manosa said.

The group dispelled fears of security as the whole resort will be tightly guarded. The proponents also envision a cashless system of transaction as everything will be made via specially issued bracelet cards similar to the function of a credit card.

The group promised strict adherence to protect the environment and the biodiversity of Palawan. They said no marine life will be harmed during the course of its construction to its operations.


Bayan Ko

Bayan Ko
(My Country)

Ang bayan kong Pilipinas
Lupain ng ginto’t bulaklak
Pag-ibig na sa kanyang palad,
Nag-alay ng ganda’t dilag,

At sa kanyang yumi at ganda,
Dayuhan ay naghalina;
Bayan ko, binihag ka,
Nasadlak sa dusa

Ibon mang may layang lumipad
Kulungin mo at umiiyak
Bayan pa kayang sakdal-dilag
Ang ‘di magnasang makaalpas?

Pilipinas kong minumutya,
Pugad ng luha at dalita
Aking adhika,
Makita kang sakdal laya.

[Musical Interlude]

Repeat Chorus:
Ibon mang may layang lumipad
Kulungin mo at umiiyak
Bayan pa kayang sakdal-dilag
Ang ‘di magnasang makaalpas?

Pilipinas kong minumutya,
Pugad ng luha at dalita
Aking adhika,
Makita kang sakdal laya…..