Press Release: WikiPilipinas Karavan at the UP Manila Bioweek 2008

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Wikipilipinas.org will be holding its' second WikiKaravan event with the Department of Biology of the University of the Philippines Manila to help celebrate their 17th foundation year. Bioweek 2008 on August 19-22, 2008 is being celebrated with the theme “Bioprospecting: Boon or Bane?” A booth, trivia questions for the BioQuiz and a talk by Vibal Foundation member and Biology graduate Ralph Sedricke Lapuz will highlight the group's participation in the Bioweek.

The WikiKaravan is a campaign to spread awareness of the existence of Wikipilipinas.org, a free, online encyclopedia on the Philippines. With over 54, 000 articles on everything from the Philippine government, history, economy, science and culture to particular topics that especially interest us Filipinos like cuisine, games, teleseryes, fashion and folklore, it is the biggest online collaborative writing project in the Philippines, where Filipino volunteers around the world can contribute what they know about their own culture in an effort to build the largest knowledgebase about the Philippines on the web.

Wikipilipinas.org is just one of the four knowledge-sharing websites of the Vibal Foundation's drive to disseminate open knowledge to more Filipinos on the Internet. Those sites being: Filipiniana.net, a full-featured digital library and research portal; E-turo.org, a free e-learning portal for teachers and learners; and Philippine Online Chronicles (thepoc.net), an online aggregator for Philippine news.