Bloggers write about #MoveManila

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Participants of #MoveManila share their thoughts on Rappler's Manila workshop.

MANILA, Philippines – A month after Rappler’s January introduction at #MoveManila we decided to crawl the web for mentions to see what bloggers had to say about our January 12 event at the Far Eastern University. Here’s what we found:

CITIZEN COVERAGE: Bloggers at MoveManila live tweeting during the event.


Blogger Juned Sonido provided an insightful look into the event and Rappler as a social news network. He writes, “Rappler seems to be the latest stage in the metamorphosis of media in this age,” adding that Rappler is, “probably the most contemporary media group, aware, tech-savvy and optimistic.”

He says there are few key words that he took away after listening to all the talks…the importance of being transparent, that stories can never be completely objective because a reporter’s own personal bias can never be completely stripped,  how social media is a powerful tool but not a means to an end, and how while optimism is good it must be tempered. 

Read Juned’s blog entry, “On – Welcome, Congratulations and Caveats” on his blog 


French student from Sciences Po Paris, Lauranne Callet-Ravat called Rappler a “visionary team” and took note of three key points that define journalism’s future. Civil society and social media being the indivisible couple, the efficiency of multimedia journalism, and the use of online journalism as a democratic tool. 

Read Lauranne’s entry, “Move Manila, the Rappler’s Lecture about Social Media for Social Change” on her blog Hindi kana! 


Far Eastern University student Roseann Pelaje blogged about the importance of social media and the big role it plays in our world today. Pelaje says social media fits her lifestyle more than traditional media does as it allows her to get news updates on her mobile phone and via the Internet. 

Read Roseann’s blog entry “Move Manila: Social Media for Social Change” on her blog Happily Imperfect here: 


Redhor Markie Mendoza, who also goes by his anime name Kira Yamato says he picked #MoveManila over a concert by a foreign band also happening that day saying he preferred to spend time with thought leaders than noisemakers. He says #MoveManila is one of the Top 10 events that has shaped his life. 

He says the event was a rare opportunity to see journalists talk about what they think adding, “it was a casting coup…all the right people, talking about what we should do right.”

Kira’s blog post “Rappler: Making Journalistic Ripples through Social Change” can be found on his blog, The Notebook. His piece includes a short interview with Rappler CEO and Executive Editor Maria Ressa who shared insights on how amateur online journalists can make their stories credible.


Student Angeli Ruth Castorillo blogged about how was she forced into attending the event by her professor but came out honored to be a part of such an event. Her favorite part she says was listening to Patricia Evangelista talk. She says the line that struck a chord most with her about journalists being storytellers who put themselves in the shoes of those that they cover.

Read Angeli’s blog post entitled “Move Manila!” on her blog My Folks Swaggin’


Rappler’s next event will at SIBYA: The 1st Northern Mindanao Student Communicators Congress sponsored by The Crusader Publication of the Xavier University – Ateneo De Cagayan in Cagayan De Oro. The event will be held at Cinema 2 of SM City CDO on February 17, 2012 at 1pm. 

For information contact The Crusader Publication Office at 0917-7020-776 or 0923-588-3915. You may also check-in to the event on Facebook here


Move.PH (read as Move dot PH) is the citizen journalism arm of Rappler. The Move.PH section on contains stories submitted by citizen journalists and other contributors who have interesting stories, photos, videos to share. Bloggers are also encouraged to write under “My Take” a section under Move.PH. To submit send us an email

Move.PH also conducts training workshops for citizen journalists and other interested communities. We partner with universities, student groups and other organizations interested in raising issues and harnessing action. We tell stories that particularly appeal to the youth because we believe they can make a difference. We believe that everyone has a story to tell, and our goal is to equip each one with the skills and knowhow to tell compelling stories. –

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