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More and more Pinoys seeking love online

By Mike Frialde
Philippine Star (February 13, 2006), pp. 1, 12

Despite the dangers of meeting strangers online, there are also encounters that actually end in blissful marriage.

Danilo Arao, a professor, is one of the lucky ones. FULL TEXT

Friendsters and lovers

By Josefa Labay Cagoco
BusinessWorld Weekender (February 10-11, 2006), p. 2

He writes in what colleagues describe an "unsmiling" tone, an observation affirmed by his serious demeanor. He is a journalist, a professor, an activist and a techie. He was also a person resigned, in his own words, to a life of single-blessedness. Imagine the surprise of friends and acquaintances when he announced he was getting married and to someone he had met in, of all places, Friendster. FULL TEXT

After a Year of Wedding Bliss

By Judith L. Balean-Arao
Solar Power (January 18, 2006),

Realizing that I �survived� my first year of married life, I am prompted to look back at what I have miserably done to my life, as well as my husband�s and loved ones�.

Wow! How horrible was my married life? Very horrible�in my dreams! FULL TEXT

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A Serious Wedding on Ni�os Inocentes

By Danilo Ara�a Arao and Judith Lopez Balean
Solar Power (January 18, 2006),

This is an unpublished article written immediately after the �pamanhikan� in November 2004. We deem it appropriate to share this on the occasion of our first wedding anniversary on December 28, 2005. FULL TEXT

DWIZ logoThe Probe Team Documentaries logo; click image to view selected vidcaps of Danny and Joy's interview We were among those interviewed in a segment on Friendster of Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho on August 27, 2005 at 8:00 a.m. You may read our blog entry on this.
Our story was featured in the Valentine's Special of The Probe Team Documentaries titled "Basta Pinoy, Sweet Lover" aired over ABC 5 on February 15, 2005 at 10:00 p.m. Please check out selected vidcaps of this episode.
We were interviewed on the radio program Woman Talk hosted by Marou Sarne-Pahati on February 8, 2005, 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. aired over DWIZ 882 khz (AM station). Excerpts of our interview were aired on February 12, 6:45 a.m. over DWIZ.
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Friendster-inspired `wired' meeting ends in wedding

By Judith Lopez Balean
Philippine Graphic (Vol. 15, Nos. 30-31, January 3-10, 2005), pp. 56-57

"We started through the web, now we're going to be wed!" That's the kicker on our internet card-like wedding invitation and wedding special website which, incidentally, also sums up our story. FULL TEXT

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Finding Joy in a Time of Crisis

By Danilo Ara�a Arao
Bulatlat (Vol. 4, No. 42, November 21-27, 2004)

Writing about one's life could be a struggle if he or she wants to avoid being kitschy, trivial and too self-absorbed. The task even becomes more daunting if there is an attempt to make a personal essay socially relevant. At this point, I beg the reader's indulgence as I try to explain the historical circumstances behind my current preoccupation with journalism, politics, economics and wedding preparations. FULL TEXT

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