June 28, 2014, Saturday, marked the 3rd Social Media Day in the Philippines held at Samsung Hall, SM Aura Premier. Social Media Day (#SMDay) is an annual global event launched by Mashable in 2010 "as a way to recognize the digital revolution happening right before our eyes," where people and communities are encouraged to organize local meetups in their respective cities.
|image from +IGersManila|
In the Philippines, in Metro Manila in particular, the first such event was organized in 2012 by Tweetup Manila (@TweetupMNL), an online community of people who are genuinely into social good, be it about disasters, rescues, and many more.
This year's Social Media Day was dubbed as #BoomPH, short for "The Best of Online Media in the Philippines." This year, celebrations in cities like Baguio, Cebu, Davao, and General Santos also took place which shows that Filipinos are taking participation to responsible usage of social media.
|Some of the presenters. Look! It's +Niccolo Cosme|
|my name tag for this event|
Booths from sponsors, food sellers and with charitables causes lined up from the lobby all the way inside the main event area of #BoomPH. The pre-event program was graced with a cool set of drumbeaters, acrobats, musical numbers, videos, and panel discussions.
|one of SoundCloudPH's performers|
|Click this picture to watch SoundCloudPH's performance at #BoomPH|
The playing of the Philippine National Anthem signaled the start of the main program having the animated version of it playing as the background. Chuckie Dreyfuss of 80s That's Entertainment fame hosted the event while Tweetup Manila's Ros Juan and Tonyo Cruz delivered the welcome remarks. A video about the existence of Internet being 20 years in the Philippines was shown afterwards.
|Mr. +Chuckie Dreyfus on stage.|
|Ros Juan and +Tonyo Cruz of Tweetup Manila|
Was in awe when the host introduced Mr. Jonathan Yabut, the 1st The Apprentice Asia winner, to deliver the keynote speech. He shared how people become selfish through "SELFIE" and how it can be used to unite and be one community in making a stand on issues using social media. He also stressed that we need to be more inclusive in our engagement, not exclusive of other communities, and that we need to let go of online elitism. He likewise said that despite social media being effective in mobilizing and moving people, someone else has to act on it. As such, we need to collaborate with government agencies, NGOs, and corporations. Someone has to be accountable.
|Mr. Jonathan Yabut delivering his keynote speech|
Participating communities were: IGers Manila, Tumblr Philippines, Mozilla Philippines, Windows Phone Users, Google Business Groups (GBG), Google Student Assistants (GSA), Google Education Group (GEG), Google Developers Group (GDG), Hootsuite Ambassadors, Soundcloud Philippines, istorya.net, iVolunteer.ph, Tradeschool Manila, Philippine Web Designers Organization, Filipino Freethinkers, Change.org PH, Youth Act Now and labor advocacy group EILER Inc.
|image from tweetupmnl's account|
Supporting Social Media Day are SM Supermallls, SM Cares, Globe Telecom, BPI, Asia Brewery, Nestle, ATI, Solid Mac, Picture City, Digit DM9, Smart, Google, Hootsuite, Beyond the Box, Thoughtbuzz, Team Manila, Oishi, Echostore, Commune, Bayani Brew, Puto Flan, Burger Company, Croque, Bronuts, Moon Leaf. Media Partners are: Solar News, The Manila Bulletin, Philippine Daily Inquirer, BlogWatch, PinoyExchange and Tomasian Cable TV.
To everyone who made #BoomPH to materialize, CONGRATULATIONS! Hope to see more of social media users, volunteers and partners next year!
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