Social Media has significantly changed the way we communicate. Be it for personal or professional purposes, people rely on social media for effective communication. Social media platforms can be utilized to communicate in various ways.
In 2009, Mashable pioneered the celebration of Social Media Day to celebrate the social media revolution. Every year, on June 30, communities around the globe celebrate Social Media Day to recognize the invaluable ways that social media has contributed to the growth of individuals, communities, organizations, and even nations.
In Davao, Davao Bloggers Society (DBS) took the lead in the Social Media Day 2015 Davao Event held on June 28, 2015 at the Food Cove of NCCC Mall of Davao. Bloggers, social media enthusiasts, netizens converged to for the event.
Participants were invited to post on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter their answer to the question for the day: “What Social Media activities do you enjoy that make you live the #SMARTLife?” Check out the awesome answers of the event participants.
The social media knowledge of the participants were tested by two games that were played during the event.
The first game is the “Listicles” game that required the teams to list as many correct answers to the questions that refer to popular social media sites. Questions include naming the Top 10 Davao Restaurants according to TripAdvisor and listing as many blog URLS owned by registered members of Davao Bloggers Society. Teams must list down as many possible answers as they can in the time allotted for each question.
At the end of the Listicles game, Group 4 emerged as the winner.
The second game is a guessing game akin to Pinoy Henyo featuring social media sites, apps, and taglines. After a tight game which required a tie breaker, Group 1 was declared as the game winner.
In line with the theme of the Social Media Day Philippines theme #ChangePH, DBS invited representatives from two of their partner organizations, Mr. Jeff Fuentes of the Davao City Health Office and Mr. Aldren Gonzales of MindanaoHealth.
Mr. Jeff Fuentes is the officer-in-charge of the Population Division of the City Health Office (CHO). He invited the members of DBS and social media users to join local government unit’s (LGU) education campaign for reproductive health for adolescents. Mr. Fuentes asserted that social media can be a powerful tool to affect positive change in society, provided that bloggers and social media users disseminate the right and accurate information about today’s important issues.
This point was also reiterated by Mr. Gonzales of MindanaoHealth.
MindanaoHealth is a partner of various LGUs in Mindanao. It is a five-year program of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) that began in 2013 and will run until 2018. It aims to improve child health and nutrition, to reduce maternal and infant deaths, and to decrease the number of unmet need for family planning services by
supporting the Department of Health (DOH) and related agencies in the implementation of high-impact servies and client-centered information dissemination. Their priority communities are the impoverished and the conflict-affected areas in Mindanao.
In 2015, DBS has partnered with the Davao CHO and MindanaoHealth for the social media component of their implementation.
Another highlight of Social Media Day 2015 Davao is the awarding of prizes to the winners of the DBS Acquaintance Party 2015 Blogging Contest. For the second time in a row, Sarah Dayrit won the competition with her blog post “Happiness Comes in Many Forms: DBS Party 2015” (link).
Other winners of the DBS Acquaintance Party 2015 Blogging Contest are:
- Second Place: Anthony Gaupo for “Maybe it’s about time to put that shirt on (Davao Bloggers Society Acquaintance Party 2015) at this link;
- Third Place: Quima Renegado for “The Davao Bloggers Acquaintance Party 2015” at this link;
- Consolation: Jexx Hinggo for “DBS Acquaintance Party 2015” at this link; and
- Consolation: Angel Deiparine for “Davao Bloggers Acquaintance Party 2015” at this link.
No DBS event is complete without overflowing food from our sponsors.
SMART Communications provided the food, prizes, and connectivity for the event. Krispy Kreme Philippines and Sweet Advocate sponsored sweet treats for all the participants. Macho Mucho provided prizes for the raffle.
Social Media Day 2015 Davao was a fun-filled and relevant event that celebrate the best of social media and its limitless potential to affect our personal lives and our society.
Social Media Day 2015 Davao is powered by SMART Communications and sponsored by Sweet Advocate, Krispy Kreme Philippines, and Macho Mucho. Event venue provided by NCCC Mall of Davao.
To know more about Davao Bloggers Society, visit their site at http://www.davaobloggers.net. For updates, like their Facebook Page at http://www.facebook.com/DavaoBloggersSociety and follow them on Instagram @davaobloggers and on Twitter @davaobloggers.