On March 29, 1994, 10:18 a.m. Dr. John Brule, a Professor Emeritus in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Syracuse University  announced : “We’re in,” , during the First International E-Mail Conference at the University of San Carlos Technological Center  in Talamban, Cebu. This signified  that Philnet’s 64 kbit/s connection was live.

This is considered as the the day that Philippines is finally connected to the International Web.

Early that morning March 29, 1994, 1:15 a.m.: Benjie Tan, established the Philippine’s first connection to the Internet at a PLDT network center in Makati City. He the posted the first short message to the Usenet newsgroup soc.culture.filipino that a link is already live.  To quote: “As of March 29, 1994 at 1:15 am Philippine time, unfortunately 2 days late due to slight technical difficulties, the Philippines was FINALLY connected to the Internet via SprintLink. The Philippine router, a Cisco 7000 router was attached via the services of PLDT and Sprint communications to SprintLink’s router at Stockton Ca. The gateway to the world for the Philippines will be via NASA Ames Research Center. For now, a 64K serial link is the information highway to the rest of the Internet world.”

While BBS was first established in Manila in 1986, and emails were already around in 1993 in limited school to school . The  Phase 1 of the DOST project began in July of 1993 with a limited electronic facility linking DOST, ADMU, DLSU, and UPD  with the  use of UUCP.  Through dial up connection , Victoria University of Technology  in Australia became the gateway to the Internet and  ADMU serves  as the local relay hub for the Philippines.

Multinational corporations also have their own networks connected to their international offices but most limited to email applications and billboards.

It was only in 1994 that internet has become availbel to the public. During that time, 64kbs was a great thing and while internet was there at the campus the hundreds and thousands of university students kept on thinking how it could possibly change the way students learn and change the way people live and how it can help develop the country, or as simple as what is internet? 🙂

What could a 64kbps connection do, while we now – 24 years later, are whining over the slow 5Mbps (5,000 kbps) connection and  aims for fiber connections with speeds up to 100Mbps.

That was the time of the BBS, mail clients as eudoramail, where you can downloan an email in minutes especially if it has a small low resolution image with it.

The start may look small in the present generations technology but surely it was the birth of the Internet Baby in the  Philippines.

For whatever purpose it may serve the people best, we thank the people behind the project for its humble start.

Let us hope that people will consider using the technology good use, help in personal and prefessional development, community and social development, economic and democratic devellopment for the country, and for the good benefit of humanity.

Happy 24th anniversary to the use of  Internet in the Philippines.

Bon Mark Uy, PECE


sources: dict.gov.ph, Ph.net , msc.edu.ph