When In Manila, the who’s who of the world wide web gathered last August 9, 2011 at Salon de Ning, Peninsula Manila for Globe’s very much anticipated event, aimed to recognize influential people in the social scene. The country’s preferred broadband, Globe Tattoo, recently announced the finalists of the first ever Tatt Awards. Out of almost 500 nominations, 50 finalists have been chosen for the different categories that honor those who have made a mark on the local social media scene.
“We are very pleased and overwhelmed with the public’s response to the first ever Tatt Awards. It was really a challenge to all of us members of the Tat Council as there are so many commendable entries that are worthy as finalists”, shares Tattoo Head of Nomadic Broadband Business Dong Ronquillo.
10 Categories, 5 Finalists
They have taken over the world (wide web, at least) with their profound humor and ineffable use of words. With carefully weaved words, they have shared (and influenced us with) their thoughts and ideas. The category Word Slayer is just apt for all the nominees – Loi Reyes Landicho of professionalheckler.com, Gibbs Cadiz of gibbscadiz.com, Lori Baltazar of dessercomesfirst.com, Von Bryan Cuerpo of ficklecattle.blogspot.com, and Juned Sonido of baratillo.net.
The Web has definitely been a platform for showcasing talent that once was exclusive to anything that had the word stage. It has unveiled talent upon talent, one hit at a time. This award is for that one video maker, individual or group, who shook the Pinoy web space with their creations. Being celebrities in their own right, they have made videos that would definitely leave a mark on their chosen audience. Tatt Awards’ Video Slinger nominees are Christine Gambito of happylsip.com, Fliptop Battles of youtube.com/fliptopbattles, Bekimon of youtube.com/bernjosep, Mikey Bustos of youtube.com/MikeyBustosVideos, and Ashley Rivera a.k.a. Petra Mahalimuyak of youtube.com/ashleyslips.
Each phrase they post is a possible quote, what they had to say is awaited for. In 140 characters or less, they have sparked minds all over the Philippines. The nominated #ThoughtMovers are Lea Salonga of twitter.com/MsLeaSalonga, Bianca Gonzales of twitter.com/iamsuperbianca, Tonyo Cruz of twitter.com/tonyocruz, Save Philippine Seas of twitter.com/savePHseas, and Vencer Crisostomo of twitter.com/venzie.
These are the people who have aroused our artistic sense by creating visual art through original graphic design, animation, and photography. With depth and creativity combined, they have produced works of art that have stirred our emotions and intellect. They have, indeed, paid their responsibility to the arts. Tattoo sees The Artiste in Christian San Jose of csj89.com, Aj Dimarucot of ajdimarucot.com, Jin Joson of jinjoson.com, Robbie Bautista of thecreativedork.com, and Nona Sandjas of rosarioko.com.
They have a strong sense of social responsibility, and they did something about it. These are the people (person or a group of individuals) who worked to improve the state of a societal cause in the Philippines through social media. Tattoo recognizes The Advocate in finalists Elizabeth Angsioco of dswp.org.ph, Blog Watch of blogwatch.ph, Filipino Freethinkers of filipinofreethinkers.org, Save Philippine Seas of savephilippineseas.com, and Nina Terol of changemakersphilippines.com.
They have rocked, and they have rolled. Their artistic prowess played in a hymn, The Indie Rocker nominees have taken our hearts with their original music. This award is for the musical bands and indie artists who fought hard to claim their space in the Filipino audience. Sharing their very own music are JR Aquino of youtube.com/jraquinomusic, Up Dharma Down of updharmadown.com, Giniling Festival of ginilingfest.com, Johnoy Danao of johnoydanao.com, and Paramita of facebook.com/paramitamusic.
Oscar Wilde said, “It is only shallow people who do not judge by appearances”. The nominees of the Stylisimo category must have taken this to heart. We watch for what they wear, and what they’ll wear next. They not only review fashion, but also set trends that people follow. Tattoo recognizes Laureen Uy of breakmystyle.com, Mitch Dulce of michdulce.com, Rajo Laurel of twitter.com/rajolaurel, Divine Lee of divinemlee.com, and Tricia Gosingtian of blog.triciagosingtian.com.
If there is a face that can launch a thousand ships, there is an opinion that can launch tons of retweets and comments. It is his / her powerful ideas that spread like a virus and took a life of its own. The Tatt Awards Ball Breakers are Lea Salonga of twitter.com/MsLeaSalonga, Noemi Lardizabal-Dado of twitter.com/momblogger, Faith Salazar of tanggera.com, Dean Jorge Bocobo of twitter.com/SagadaSun, and Carlos Celdran of twitter.com/carlosceldran.
They stay in the know when it comes to technology. They do not only present us with access to the latest in tredsm but also the backstage of the fast pace world of e-knowledge. This year’s Tech Junkie nominees are Abe Olondres of yugatech.com, Sonnie Santos of websafety.com.ph, Carlo Ople of newmedia.com.ph, Jayvee Fernandez of abuggedlife.com, and Mark Macanas of techpinas.com.
They have made a great impact in the local Internet scene. The nominees for The One have moved people, shaped opinions, and definitely left a mark not just online, but on everyone’s lives. In the list are Noemi Lardizabal-Dado of aboutmyrecovery.com, Abe Olondres of yugatech.com, Filipino Freethinkers of filipinofreethinkers.org, Laureen Uy of breakmystyle.com, and Lori Baltazar of dessertcomesfirst.com.
The nominees have been decided through a set of criteria by the Tatt Council – veteran journalist and the force behind ABS-CBN’s News and Current Affairs initiatives Maria Ressa, Rock Ed Philippines founder Gang Badoy, prolific blogger and entrepreneur Cecile Zamora-Van Straten, tech blogger supreme and Tattoo ambassador Rico Mossesgeld, director and video blogger Kring Elezano, RX radio DJ Chico Garcia, president of the Internet and Mobile Marketing Association of the Philippines Hans Roxas-Chua, and Tattoo Head of Nomadic Broadband Business Dong Ronquillo.
Tatt Awards Council
The doyenne of social responsibility in the Philippines and Rock Ed founder Gang Badoy
(and birthday girl too!)
You know what’s even cooler? We can be part of the first Tatt Awards by casting our votes. Voting will be open to anyone with a Facebook account, as votes can only be entered upon logging into the Tatt Awards portal via Facebook. It has begun August 10 at midnight, and will end August 24, 11:59 PM. I tried my best not to be partial when I was writing this, so I’ll visit Globe Tatt’s page now to cast my vote :)
By the way, two units of Globe Tattoo MyFi were raffled off during the event. Unfortunately for me, I didn’t get one. Maybe we can try connecting to the internet using MyFi next time, When in Manila.
Visit http://tattoo.globe.com.ph/tattawards for more information. You may also follow @TattAwards on Twitter.
Globe Tattoo Tatt Awards 2011 – Finalist Announcement Night