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Another successful year for Beyond Deadlines

The Beginning

THE month of January actually marks the second anniversary of Beyond Deadlines for the idea to embark on this grand project germinated in the first two weeks of the first month of the year 2016, after a series of brainstorming by yours truly and my former colleague at the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Mr. Gerald Lacuarta, who later became our website’s developer.

The first online issue of Beyond Deadlines came out on January 14, 2016 with my Usaping Bayan column entitled “Kung ano ang puno. Iyon ang Bunga” as its first ever article. (Read More: http://beyonddeadlines.com/2016/01/14/kung-ano-ang-puno-iyon-ang-bunga/). Two more articles came out in the same month, one of which witnessed the debut of Luke Coloco, our resident Salt of the Earth writer whose column then was titled “Cafe Finn Dott.” Coloco a.k.a. CJ Espiritu, later changed his column handle to “Luke Who’s Talking.”

On July 9, 2016, Beyond Deadlines was formally launched in the Philippines at the historic Champagne Room of the famed Manila Hotel in Intramuros, Manila.

The People Behind

By mid-February, Mr. Abner Galino of the People’s Eye fame came on board. Later, veteran reporter Gerry Abaya (now deceased), writer Yul Baritugo, investigative reporter Janet Rebusio-Ducayag, travel writer Dennis Gasgonia, feature writer Kleo Hernandez Kannangara, police beat reporter Ricardo Panelo Jr., business writer Geneia Verdejo and airport beat veteran Benjie Vergara joined the BD family.

Beyond Deadlines staff during its July 9, 2016 Philippine launching at the historic Manila Hotel. From left to right: CJ Espiritu, Benjie Vergara, Kleo Kanangara, Nelson Flores, Jose Lina, Robert Roque, Geneia Verdejo, Janet Rebusio Ducayag, Gerry Abaya (deceased) and Ricardo Panelo Jr. Photo © Beyond Deadlines

As Beyond Deadlines grew, more experienced writers and personalities came to be part of its growing family. These includes Nida Mendoza-Abu, Rudy Andal, Ana Mylene Asuncion, Mar-Vic Cagurangan, Santiago Celario, (Ret.) Brig. General Victor Corpus, former Rep. Michael Defensor, Bernadette Escalo, Daniella Flanagan, John Gilbuena, former Senator Joey Lina, Lyn Lirio, Vics Magsaysay, Ibarra Mateo, Genevieve Magsaysay Medina, Danny Petilla, Robert Bellis Roque Jr., Arturo Sampana, Seymour Barros Sanchez, Christian Toledo, Romulo Velasquez and Joselito Zulueta.

Google Accreditation

After more than a month of processing and vetting, Beyond Deadlines was accredited by Google Adsense on Feb. 24, 2016 and thus began its official internet journey as a mediator/messenger to the Filipino worldwide. In view of the historicity for Beyond Deadlines of the dates beginning January 14 to February 24, 2016; it will, from now on, commemorate these dates as its founding anniversary period.

Growth

After clarifying Beyond Deadlines’ history, kindly allow me to report that according to Google Adsense, as of 1107H (US Central Time) today (0216), our site was viewed 138,053 times since we started in 2016 (that is an average of 206 views daily). This is 39 more daily views (an increase of 23 percent since 2017) compared to our first year’s daily average visitors.

Moreover, based on Google Adsense record, (this is in order of the number of page hits) the Philippines, United States, Canada, Australia, and United Arab Emirates are the top five countries where Beyond Deadlines is read most. The report also showed that our site has a growing number of viewers in Singapore, Saudi Arabia, Ukraine, Malaysia, United Kingdom, Japan, Qatar and Hong Kong.

Furthermore, Google Adsense said, we also have established a presence in Peru, Italy, New Zealand, Taiwan, Thailand, South Korea, Spain, Norway, Kuwait, Bahrain, Indonesia, India, Guam, Russia, The Netherlands, Germany, France, Denmark, Switzerland, China, Brazil, Vietnam, Turkey, Oman, Northern Mariana Islands, Mexico, Libya, Greece, Chile, Sweden, Suriname, Romania, Nepal, Myanmar, Macau, and Brunei.

Thanks to the World Wide Web we have established a very modest international presence.

Quality Product and Hard Work

Beyond Deadlines’ growth is a testament to the credibility, product quality, hard work of our writers and the support of the Filipino and international communities. Yes, our media entity is still small but with God’s grace, we will grow and establish a meaningful and financially competitive presence in the world.

Gratitude

With these in mind, I want to show my appreciation to all our volunteers/writers and personalities who sacrificed their time and talent to make this gargantuan project a success by thanking you all. THANK YOU…

I also thank all our supporters and friends who believed in our efforts, particularly the EcoWaste Coalition, National Police Commission Public Information Office, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency-PIO, Office of the Ombudsman Media Relations Bureau, the World Health Organization, and the Quezon City Public Affairs and Information Service Office.

I am also grateful to the following: former Mandaluyong City Mayor Benhur Abalos, former Commission on Elections chair Benjamin Abalos Sr., Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista, Publicists Resty Perez and Joselito “Toots” Tolentino, Ms. Aileen Lucero, Mr. Thony Dizon, Ms. Noemi Frias, Mr. Loloy Reyes and former National Press Club President and newspaper publisher, my Kumpadre Jerry Yap.

If ever I missed some names, I beg for your forgiveness. Thank you all and thank you again for trusting me and my Beyond Deadlines staff. With your untiring support I know we can make it. God bless.

Happy Anniversary!!!

Rev. Nelson Flores, Ll.B., MSCK Publisher

 

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