Around 500 Netizens Gathered for the First-ever 'Social Media Day' Meet-up in Makati

    The Philippines once again proves that it is the Social Media Capital of the World.  During the first ever netizens' meet-up in Makati, 4-7 pm, around 500 netizens registered for the said event.Organizer only expect around 300 participants. The gathering of bloggers, Twitterati and Facebook users is successful having fun-filled games, surprises and guest-speakers who inspire netizens in using social media platforms.
    Social Media Day 2012 Makati City
    Photo: Miss World 'title holder'  gave message during the Successful
    Social Media Day Meet-Up in Makati

    Daphne Osena Paez,one of the guest speakers during meet-up shared the story of how Canada got help for Sendong victims. It is really inspiring that thru hashtags on Twitter, she called attention  of Global Medic in Canada. "Thanks ‪#SocialMediaCapital‬ event for giving me chance to tell the story of how Canada's Global Medic got to help ‪#washi‬ victims. " , Daphne said on her Twitter account. "Use social media to spread good over bad.", she added.
    Daphne Osena on Social Media Day 2012
    Photo: Daphne Osena Pena shared story behind
    relief efforts for Sendong victims  

    As expected, the worldwide event  with promoted hashtag #smday  trends on Twitter.

    Social Media Day Twitter trend
    Photo: #smday trends on Twitter Philippines

    At the end of the event, major sponsors like Globe Telecom, Smart Communications and Lazada.ph gave raffle prizes for those who followed their Twitter account. Prizes includes 2- pair of tickets for Nicki Minaj concert, Samsung Galaxy Nexus and iPad respectively.

    Here is the press release of Mashable regarding the event:
    Message from Mashable:

    We're thrilled to celebrate Mashable's third annual Social Media Day! We launched the event in 2010 as a way to recognize the digital revolution happening right before our eyes. We invite you to join fellow social media enthusiasts by hosting or attending a Social Media Day Meetup in your area.
    Visit our Social Media Day website for resources and more information: http://mashable.com/smday We look forward to celebrating with you!

    #SocialMediaCapital, Philippines

    On June 30, the Philippines joins the world, for the very first time, in marking Social Media Day, with a big event planned right at the heart of Makati City.
    Filipino Twitterati, bloggers, advocates, practitioners from media, business, government are expected to grace that day's celebration of creativity, community and conversation that has pushed individuals, companies and organizations, and the nation many steps forward and ahead of the rest of the world.

    The event is being organized by the community of netizens behind TweetUp Manila and the first Twestival Manila, and whose work and passions have brought them together both online and offline.
    There is much reason to celebrate social media in the Philippines: its creation of new careers and new opportunities, the awesome efforts to use new tools for helping during and after disasters such as Ondoy and Sendong, the new space for media, politics and expression, citizen journalism and cutting-edge, content-rich multimedia practice, and industry going digital to reach and affect more people whether thru marketing, PR or advertising.

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