Celebrities on freedom in the digital age

CELEBRITIES, SOCIAL MEDIA, FREEDOM. Vanessa Matsunaga, Phoemela Baranda and Venus Raj at the MEGA Pinoy Pride ball on June 12 at the Makati Shangri-La Hotel

CELEBRITIES, SOCIAL MEDIA, FREEDOM.

Vanessa Matsunaga, Phoemela Baranda and Venus Raj at the MEGA Pinoy Pride ball on June 12 at the Makati Shangri-La Hotel

MANILA, Philippines - On June 12 Independence Day, the MEGA Pinoy Pride ball was held at the Rizal Ballroom of the Makati Shangri-La Hotel.

The event brought together the country’s biggest names in fashion together with aspiring local designers looking to make their mark in the fashion scene. 

With the theme of "Pinoy Pride" ringing all throughout the venue, celebrities, models and performers were decked out in the best evening wear created by the Philippines’ most talented designers.

As they all Instagrammed their way through the red carpet, Rappler asked them one question:

In the age of social media and the Internet, what, for you, is freedom?

Sari Yap

'Freedom is having the information that enables you to choose a course of action'

Giselle Tongi

'Freedom online is really about using social media in a positive way as opposed to using it to rant about concerns that may be hurtful to others. Itu2019s the Wild West out there, and we should always take into account the sentiments of the Filipinos who read or follow you.'

Freedom online is really about using social media in a positive way as opposed to using it to rant about concerns that may be hurtful to others. Itu2019s the Wild West out there, and we should always take into account the sentiments of the Filipinos who read or follow you.

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Regine Velasquez

'Itu2019s nice to be able to experience freedom online, but itu2019s also nice to use our heads once in a while. Words are very powerful. Once itu2019s out there, it can affect other people. It can inspire or destroy somebodyu2019s life so itu2019s good to be responsible.'

Itu2019s nice to be able to experience freedom online, but itu2019s also nice to use our heads once in a while. Words are very powerful. Once itu2019s out there, it can affect other people. It can inspire or destroy somebodyu2019s life so itu2019s good to be responsible.

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Jenni Epperson

'Freedom is being able to live the live the life youu2019ve always imagined and to be happy. Freedom is also fashion, being able to express yourself.'

Freedom is being able to live the live the life youu2019ve always imagined and to be happy. Freedom is also fashion, being able to express yourself.

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Tim Yap

'Freedom is knowing that you can do something not just for yourself but for other people as well. Itu2019s knowing when to celebrate, knowing when to hold back, and having a conscience.'

Freedom is knowing that you can do something not just for yourself but for other people as well. Itu2019s knowing when to celebrate, knowing when to hold back, and having a conscience.

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Jed Madela

'Freedom in this new digital age, for me, is being able to do what you want, say what you want and taking full responsibility for it.'

Freedom in this new digital age, for me, is being able to do what you want, say what you want and taking full responsibility for it.

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Venus Raj

'Freedom online is about speaking and saying whatever you want, as long as you donu2019t hurt anyone. And in all the things you say or do, you should know that you should help build someone, uplift someoneu2019s spirit and not bring other people down.'

Freedom online is about speaking and saying whatever you want, as long as you donu2019t hurt anyone. And in all the things you say or do, you should know that you should help build someone, uplift someoneu2019s spirit and not bring other people down.

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Phoemela Baranda

'Freedom is about expressing yourself. And weu2019re very lucky that weu2019re in that period in history where we can enjoy the most freedom to do and say the things we want.'

Freedom is about expressing yourself. And weu2019re very lucky that weu2019re in that period in history where we can enjoy the most freedom to do and say the things we want.

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Bianca Gonzalez

'Cheesy as it may sound, being free is being responsible. Freedom doesnu2019t really mean that you can do or say anything you want. For me, it means doing everything with a conscience.'

Cheesy as it may sound, being free is being responsible. Freedom doesnu2019t really mean that you can do or say anything you want. For me, it means doing everything with a conscience.

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Janine Tugonon

'Freedom, for me, is having a good relationship with your Creator, where you feel that you are not being judged.'

Freedom, for me, is having a good relationship with your Creator, where you feel that you are not being judged.

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Vina Morales

'Freedom is saying and doing whatever you want, expressing whatever you feel.'

Freedom is saying and doing whatever you want, expressing whatever you feel.

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Maxene Magalona

'Freedom is being able to express what you want to say, but at the same time, doing it responsibly, and accepting the consequences of whatever may happen because of it.'

Freedom is being able to express what you want to say, but at the same time, doing it responsibly, and accepting the consequences of whatever may happen because of it.

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Rhian Ramos

'Freedom online is being able to say whatever you want but knowing that there may be consequences.'

Freedom online is being able to say whatever you want but knowing that there may be consequences.

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Julia Barretto

'Freedom is when youu2019re able to be yourself with nothing holding you back, and having that urge to do whatever makes you feel happy.'

Freedom is when youu2019re able to be yourself with nothing holding you back, and having that urge to do whatever makes you feel happy.

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Pops Fernandez

'Now that we have social media, thereu2019s so much freedom u2014 sometimes too much of it. Itu2019s good, itu2019s bad. But at the same time, it benefits us because weu2019re allowed to reach out to others globally.'

Now that we have social media, thereu2019s so much freedom u2014 sometimes too much of it. Itu2019s good, itu2019s bad. But at the same time, it benefits us because weu2019re allowed to reach out to others globally.

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Karylle Tatlonghari

'I used to be super inhibited. But with the freedom we experience online, Iu2019ve learned to laugh out loud. Sometimes, itu2019s too many people shouting, so we should just lighten up and live.'

I used to be super inhibited. But with the freedom we experience online, Iu2019ve learned to laugh out loud. Sometimes, itu2019s too many people shouting, so we should just lighten up and live.

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Photography by Rene Gaviola

Peter Imbong


Peter Imbong is a fulltime freelance writer, sometimes a stylist; and on some strange nights, a host. After starting his career in a business magazine, he now writes about lifestyle, entertainment, fashion, and profiles of different personalities. Check out his blog, Peter Tries to Write.