Noemi Lardizabal-Dado is a prominent blogger, a new media publisher, and internet entrepreneur.
Dado obtained her secondary schooling at St. Theresa's College, Cebu City, and her undergraduate degree at the University of the Philippines, Diliman, where she became a college council head of the College of Home Economics in 1977. In 1983 she graduated with a Master's degree in Business Administration from the Ateneo de Manila Graduate School of Business.
She started her career at Melleco Foods Corporation as the production and quality control food supervisor for the Van Melle candy line. She worked as a research associate for the UP Institute for Small Scale Industries before becoming an independent real estate broker as president of Lardizabal Development Corporation. In December 2002 she established Globalized Ecommerce Online Solutions which specializes in affordable webhosting services for small and medium-scale businesses.
After the loss of her 6-year-old son Luijoe in a drowning accident in May 27, 2000, she started blogging to promote her grief advocacy, The Compassionate Friends Philippines, which was founded together with husband Atty Luis Dado, Cathy Babao-Guballa, and Alma Miclat on December 1, 2005. The aim of TCF Philippines is to offer friendship and support to persons following the death of a loved one.
Noemi characterizes herself as a mom-blogger and in fact she has two children involved in blogging. This involvement in family computing arose out of her initial work in 1995 on an internet safety project for World Kids Network, a children's fun website. Her daughter Lauren was the first blogger of the Philippines, having started her personal online journal in 1996 under the name of Lauren's Journal while still a grade school student at the Miriam College. Her husband helps her update their food blog.
Her recovery blog "Touched by an Angel" was awarded the Best Website, Blogs Category in the 9th and 10th Philippine Web Awardsin 2006 and 2007 respectively. Her other web awards include the Globelines Broadband Family Blog Award (in honor of family-oriented blogging)during the 2007 Philippine Blog Award and the Winner, Blog- Personal Category Digital Filipino Web Awards 2007. She was also recognized as Digital Elder by Globe during the 2009 Philippine Blog Awards.
In Her Own Words