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#iPHLgood: The Social Good Summit in Manila

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Be part of the conversation as we join this global initiative – harnessing the power of social media to spark innovation and social change

MANILA, Philippines – Innovation. Social Media. Social Good. 

These three ideas converge on September 22, 2012 in Metro Manila during the Social Good Summit. 

Organized by Rappler and TweetupManila, the Social Good Summit is part of a greater global movement initiated by Mashable to coincide with UN Week. 

The event aims to bring together the country’s brightest minds and creative thinkers to come up with innovative new ways in which digital technologies like social media can be used to solve the world’s challenges and make this world a better place – and then translate these ideas to action.

The day-long summit is split up into two events. 


An “invite-only” morning session with 50 leaders and shakers who will come together to answer the question, “How can new media and technology create solutions in my community?” We’ve invited the following speakers to share experiences and lessons learned from using social media in their respective industries, and to propose solutions to address current challenges:

Ces Drilon (ABS-CBN), Howie Severino (GMA7), JV Rufino (, Carlo Ople (TV5), Michael Josh Villanueva (Rappler), Ros Juan (TweetupMNL), Jane Uymatiao (BlogWatch), Nina Terol-Zialcita (Pipol Power Institute), Tonyo Cruz (Netbooster), Yves Gonzales (MMDA), Manny Fernando (IMMAP), Chit Juan (Philippine Coffee Board), Minette Navarrete (Kickstart), Manolo Quezon III (PCDSPO) and Mahar Lagmay (Project Noah).

The closed-door event will be streamed live on the front page of Videos from the event will also be posted on Rappler after the event. If you would like to attend the morning event, send an email to with “iPHLgood” in the subject line and tell us how you have used social media for social good.

The morning session takes place at the Greenbelt 3 MyCinema in Makati from 10am to 1pm. 


An open to all afternoon conference takes place at the 3rd Floor of the Stephen Fuller Hall of the Asian Institute of Management in Makati from 3:00-5:30pm. Registration and pre-event activities start as early as 1pm.

Speakers include: 

Ramon Jimenez Jr. (Tourism Secretary) 

Mon Jimenez is secretary of the Philippine Department of Tourism (DOT) and is the driving force behind “It’s More Fun in the Philippines” – the country’s official tourism campaign that was inspired by social media and spread through social media. Prior to joining the DOT, he was an advertising executive and was founder & CEO of JimenezBasic, one of the largest advertising agencies in the country. Mon believes that social networking was born in EDSA and that Filipinos bumped into crowd sourcing before the rest of the world.


Maria A Ressa (Rappler CEO) 

Maria A. Ressa is Executive Editor and CEO of social news network Rappler.  Maria has been a journalist in Asia for more than 25 years. Before setting-up Rappler, she was Senior Vice President of ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs from 2005-2010 and CNN’s bureau chief in Manila and then Jakarta from 1987-2005. She became CNN’s lead investigative reporter focusing on terrorism in Southeast Asia and is the author of several books on terrorism including the upcoming book From Bin Laden to Facebook. Despite documenting some of the worst disasters and uprisings in Southeast Asia, she believes in the goodness of human nature and in the transformative powers of media and technology.


Ricky Carandang (Communications Secretary) 

Ricky Carandang is Secretary of the Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office (PCDSPO) under the administration of President Benigno Aquino III. Prior to joining public service he was lead news anchor at the ABS-CBN News Channel (ANC). An Ateneo graduate, Ricky’s first job was as a stock broker. He was named The Rotary Club of Manila’s Broadcaster of the Year in 2010 and served as Newsbreak Magazine’s President and Business Editor from 2000 to 2004.


Bianca Gonzalez (TV Host) 

A familiar face on Philippine TV, Bianca Gonzalez is host of several entertainment and current affairs programs on ABS-CBN Channel 2. Bianca is one of a handful of Pinoy Twitter users with over a million followers — using her celebrity status and social media influence to support her advocacies. A staunch advocate of youth empowerment, Bianca is a World Economic Forum Young Global Shaper and Unicef Philippines Champion for Children. She is a two-time winner of the Globe Tatt Awards, first for “ThoughtMover” in 2011 and “The One” in 2012. Aside from her work on TV, Bianca is also editor-at-large for Meg Magazine and lifestyle columnist for the Philippine Star.


Chris Lao (The Informer) 

Chris Lao, a victim of cyber bullying, was inadvertently thrust into the spotlight in 2011 when a video of him being interviewed on a TV news program went viral on the Internet. His quote, “I was not informed” made in reference to flood waters that stalled his car, became an Internet meme. Since then, he’s had a baby, passed the bar exams and has starred in a bank commercial, reenacting scenes from that infamous viral video. Chris is a living example of the good and bad that can come out of social media — he’s used the Internet to turn the tables on his misfortune and is now the poster boy of one of his advocacies, the passing of the Freedom of Information Bill. 

The event will be hosted by Tim Yap and Chay Hofileña




Attendance to the event is free. But make sure to register for the event below. Only 550 tickets will be issued.   


Walk-ins will be accepted as long as the venue can still accommodate it. Seating for walk-ins is not guaranteed. Ticket holders are advised to arrived before 2:45pm otherwise their seats will be given to others.    

If you can’t make it to the event, don’t worry. You can catch the livestream on the front page of, we have also set up a live blog. You can also keep track of what’s going on via the Twitter hashtag #iPHLgood. Don’t forget this is a global event with meetups and conferences happening all over the world, to ensure we’re part of the global conversation don’t forget the global hashtag #SGSglobal – SGS stands for Social Good Summit.  

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