Talk about a Thrilla-in-Manila....
About 360 people turned out for Lotusphere Comes to You in the Philippines today.  A first class event, and Iris Hester Tan, John Victoria, and the rest of the team did a most excellent job of putting it together.

While the content was similar to the other 170 LCTY events, the opening session in Manila had an impressive kickoff.  Filipino rock band Rivermaya opened with a song called "Posible" (from their "greatest hits" album), a tribute to the Filipino knowledge worker.  IBM Philipines Joaquin Quintos then welcomed the crowd before handing it over to me for the keynote.  IBM is growing its presence in the Philippines, more than doubling in size by 2008.  Pretty cool stuff.

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(Hotspots didn't work: Pic 1 |  Pic 2 | Pic 3 )
So now I'm up way too late and LCTY here in Singapore starts early in the morning.  The streets will be filled with Lotus yellow -- more on that tomorrow.

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