The 4th Philippine Web Awards (2001)

The 4th Philippine Web Awards was held on November 16, 2001 at the Meralco Theather in Manila,  Philippines. It’s the fourth year that IT enthusiasts, web designers and developers vie for the country’s most sought for annual web awards.

The awards is created and organized by THE WEB Philippines (a bi-monthly publication of WS Computer Publishing Corporation, Philippine licensee of the International Data Group IDG).


Best Web Sites

Category Site Name URL
Banking and Finance
Celebrities & Personalities Donna
Commerce Power Books Online
Corporate Alchemy Solutions
Education & Resource Library Link
Government & Law
Home & Living MomsWorld
Media GMA network
Music PhilMusic.Com
News & Zines
Organizations UP Mountaineers
Personal Skylight
Portal The Pinoy h
Recreation Shootout
Services Philippines
Weird & Humor The Sacred Shroud

People’s Choice

Category Site Name URL
Arts Lopez Museum Online
Banking and Finance
Celebrities & Personalities Sharon Cuneta: Megastar Online
Community PinoyExchange
Corporate Aboitiz Group of Companies
Education & Resource Philippine Wildlife
Government & Law Philippine National Red Cross
Home & Living MomsWorld
Media Monster Radio RX 93.1
Music PhilMusic.Com
News & Zines
Organizations UP Mountaineers
Personal Will I be Time for the Webbys? webby
Portal PinoyCentral h
Recreation The Official Website of the Phil. Basketball Ass’n
Services Philippines
Weird & Humor

Special Awards

Category Site Name URL
Ericsson Mobile Internet Site of the Year
Yehey! Most Popular Site of the Year


Original link to access list of winners:
Internet Archive Link 1
Internet Archive Link 2

Special Awards

Compared to the 2000 Philippine Web Awards which had three additional special website awards, the 2001 Philippine Web awards only has two — ‘Ericsson Mobile Internet Site of the Year’ which was given to popular Philippine travel site for its WAP-enabled mobile website, and the ‘Yehey! Most Popular Site of the Year’ went to


2001 Philippine Web Awards group pic - winners
2001 Philippine Web Awards group pic – winners onstage Meralco Theater


Oldies but goodness, they won again

The 4th Philippine Web Awards had 95 finalists, out of which 13 were repeat winners from the past Web awards years. The biggest winner of them, is yes, by Jim Ayson.  It won again the ‘Best Website – Music’ category, and also the People’s Choice Music category 4th year in a row. It already had a total of 8 awards for 4 years. No one has defeated it in both the Best Music Website category and People’s Choice Music category for 4 years now.

Even Jim Ayson himself could not believe it, as he says every year there are many new websites being created and launched which could beat his site one day. However, the judges have decided, it still stands as the Best Website for Music.

Other notable repeat winners in this year’s awards are:

‘Webmaster Inday’ (Cheryl Fuerte) onstage delivering a speech
  • (which bagged both the ‘Best Website for Travel’ and ‘People’s Choice for Travel’ award this year, apart from the ‘People’s Choice Award’ it got in 2000 and ‘Best Website for Travel’ in 1999)
  • (which also won the ‘Best Website for Film/Celebrities’ in 1999, and the People’s Choice Award in the first webbies in 1998). Similar to Ayson, Webmaster Cheryl Fuerte says she also did not expect to win the web awards, with the competition being fiercer year after year, and the contenders getting competitive. But she says she’s prouder than ever to win this year, as this year’s judges include international experts such as Lynda Weinman and Dan Shafer.
  • Sharon Cuneta Online (won again in the People’s Choice category of celebrities), it had also won in the People’s Choice category in previous years
  • UP Mountaineers re-emerged as a winner again in both the Best Website award and People’s Choice award in the Organizations category
  • HealthyOptions is another repeat winner in the Health category
  • by Ronald Guanzon is one of the top winners – not just in its own category but also as the winner of the Best Acceptance Speech. Webmaster Ronald Guanzon also won another award that night for RX93.1.
  • UnionbankPH, another repeat web awards winner, is the biggest winner of the night, bagging three awards– the Best Website and People’s Choice in the Banking/Finance category’,  as well as becoming the ‘Yehey! Most Popular Site of the Year’ (awarded to a site that had received the most number of votes in the People’s Choice Awards. 

    Webmaster Ronald Guanzon delivering his speech onstage
Webmaster Cheryl Fuerte ‘inday’ receiving the award onstage
Webmaster Jim Ayson receiving the award onstage


Here comes the new winners

Glamorously new

This year we see new winners. HalfProject by graphic artist Drew Europeo bagged the Best Website under the Arts category. iGMA also emerged as a winner together with (the newly launched venture between GMA-7 and Philippine Daily Inquirer).

The rise of online communities via popular messageboards enabled sites to have a deeper engagement with its visitors by letting them interact. (popularly known as PEX) won the People’s Choice award in the Community category while emerged as the Best Website winner in that category.

Services-oriented websites suchas PinoyCentral, a new website from ABS-CBN Interactive which aims to reach Filipino expatriates abroad, also won, as well as, BayanTrade and Library Link.

UAAP is out as it lost to Bhong’s Shootout and the Philippine Basketball Association’s website in the Recreation category. RX93.1 is also a new winner (although its webmaster, Ronald RG Guanzon, is veteran to the awards, winning in a previous web award) as well as websites such as, the Philippine Red Cross, Lopez Museum, and Aboitiz Group of Companies.

The personal category this year did not have any repeat winners like Mike’s World or Inday. Instead, new personal websites such as Skylight and Will I Be In Time for the Webbys won.


International judges – Lynda Weinman and Dan Shafer

Aside from a handful of local experts on web, graphics, and veterans in the Philippine Internet industry, international experts such as Lynda Weinman and Dan Shafer also were judges in this year’s awards.

Lynda Weinman is the graphics and web guru from and wrote a series of books – educational resources for Web developers worldwide. Dan Shafer is President of Shafer Media. Dan began his Web career as the first Webmaster and Director of Technology for Salon Magazine, now He then became Master Builder at CNET, and more. He has authored more than 60 books primarily about computers and high technology.

This makes the victory of the Best Website awards category winners a special one, they are judged not just by local standards but by someone who is an international expert on websites.


The 2001 Philippine Web Awards Nominee Logos

Each website that made it to the final nomination round are given this distinction, they can display the nomination icon that will give the website more accolade.


Who are the finalists?

2001 Philippine Web Awards Complete list of Finalists
Ref: Internet Archive Link

Ericsson Mobile Internet Award

ClickTheCity Mobile
MyGlobe – Storit
PinoyCentral WAP


Eniyu Studio
Little Rocket
Lopez Museum Online

Banking & Finance

ABCapital Online

Celebrities & Personalities
Sharon Cuneta: Megastar Online
Stage Crew Band
The Makiling Ensemble

Power Books Online
Villman Computer Systems, Inc.


Close-up Planet


Alchemy Solutions
Honda Cars Kalookan
LVN Pictures
San Miguel Corporation

Education & Resource
Bato Balani
Library Link
Los Indios Bravos

Government & Law
National Mapping and Resource Information Authority
National Statistical Coordination Board
Philippine Inter-Agency Committee on Intellectual Property Rights
Philippine National Red Cross

Home & Living
San Miguel Food Culinary Center
Virtual Pub


GMA Network
The Exchange


Sony Music Entertainment
Titik Pilipino


Ateneo ACT 2001: Association for Communications Technology
Haribon Foundation
MEA Online: Ateneo Management Engineering Association
UP Mountaineers

Site Jayadewa
Swirl Central
Will I be in the Webbys?


The Pinoy

News & Zines


NBA Live 2Xtreme

EasyCall Communications Philippines Philippines

Marsman Tours & Travel

Weird & Humor
Pol’s Page
The Only Gay Eskimo
The Sacred Shroud


Reference of the Official list of Finalists:
Internet Archive Link


Scanned copy / archive of Post-event advertisement: