Davao City celebrates World Social Media Day

Subscribe Now July 02, 2013 at 08:06am

Bloggers, social media influencers, students and members of the academe based in Davao City came together last June 30 to celebrate Social Media Day with the world.

The theme for this year’s Social Media Day was fwdPH, emphasizing the role of social media on nation building. Social Media Day is celebrated worldwide every year in over 33 cities. In the Philippines, come of the cities that participated were Bacolod, Cagayan de Oro and Iloilo.

Davao Social Media day revolved around a forum where different sectors of society talked about how they use social media as a tool and how it can be used responsibly.

Joji Alcantara, writer, photojournalist, and travel blogger, focused blogging, how powerful it is, how blogging can affect the blogger and the audience and the ethical responsibilities of bloggers.

Jad Montenegro-Amor, a Davao-based artist and musician, talked about the different ways her band and other artists use social media. It’s common knowledge that artists use social media as a tool. In her talk, she showed the different sites she and her bandmates use to work on their music and to build their professional identity as musicians.

Bert Barriga, Executive Vice President of ICT Davao, talked about how Dabawenyos can use social media to help sustain the economic development and promote the image of the city.

In the forum, all three people emphasized the importance of responsible social media use. “I censor myself on social media, “says Montenegro-Amor. “It’s not obvious but there’s a method to my madness and I know exactly what image I want to project online. As much as possible I don’t post anything negative and I avoid being a loose cannon. I treat social media like a spoiled brat. I know the people there just want to know me but they don’t want to make friends with me. So I’m careful because I know they would assume who I am online is the same person in real life.”

Joji Alcantara shared her experience as a parent and how she teaches good social media ethics by example. “You can’t be strict and say everything on the internet is evil. Matututo yan sila, whether you like it or not. Kaya kailangan tayong lahat, have to be careful. Di mawawala ang mga bad posts nyo online. At nanonood ang mga anak nyo sa kung ano ang ginagawa nyo online. Kaya ngayon pa lang, kailangan mag-ingat. Don’t post anything na ayaw nyo makita ng mga anak nyo.”

Bert Barriga adds that part of our social media responsibility is our responsibility to our city and country. “Share helpful information. Kung may mga job openings, i-post nyo. Kung merong baha o sira sa daan, i-post nyo, ipaalam nyo. We can’t always depend on the government. Strong partnerships between the government and the people is needed for the growth of our city.”

Source: gmanetwork.com

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