When in Manila, it was indeed a night of greatness – Globe’s way of honoring different individuals and groups who have influenced and shaped the way we think now. The Rigodon Ballroom of the Peninsula Manila was filled with a great crowd last Friday night – writers, bands, media personalities, and citizen journalists alike – and it was awe inspiring just to see how much influential people we have locally.
A lively act from Giniling Festival opened the night
YouTube sensation ArJohn Gilbert
The event was hosted by the great tandem of Tim Yap and Becky Queen, Divine Lee. Tim admitted that he didn’t even know how to start a computer back then, and that he actually swore to “be the last person you can contact via landline.” (that from someone who has nearly half a million followers on Twitter)
Ms. Maria Ressa has never failed with her talks. She discussed how powerful the internet is, and how we can make it work for everyone. She said that “the internet creates a second layer of reality, yanking and making things happen in the real world.” A true geek at heart, she ended her speech with, “May the force be with you”.
The long wait is over! After more than 500 nominees and two weeks, Globe Tattoo has finally announced the who’s who of our social media scene.
Video Slinger – Mikey Bustos of youtube.com/MikeyBustosVideos
The Artiste – Jin Joson of jinjoson.com
The Advocate – Elizabeth Angsioco of dswp.org.ph
The Indie Rocker – Up Dharma Down of updharmadown.com
Stylisimo – Laureen Uy of breakmystyle.com
Mommy Ball Breaker Ligaya Salonga received the award for Lea Salonga
Ball Breaker – Lea Salonga of twitter.com/MsLeaSalonga
Side note: Ms. Maria Ressa got the spoiler award because she announced the winner as soon as she got on stage, forgetting to tell who the nominees were first. The crowd went dead air silent for a bit, which was followed by cheering. LOL. She’s so funny!
Tech Junkie – Mark Macanas of techpinas.com
The One – Filipino Freethinkers of filipinofreethinkers.org
Other winners of the Globe Tatt Awards 2011 were #ThoughtMovers – Bianca Gonzales of twitter.com/iamsuperbianca
The night ended with a performance from YouTube sensation, Maria Aragon
We were all in awe of the winners. Personally, I commend them for creating online revolutions, and I thank this era for making that possible. Everyone who has access to the internet can now possibly create something viral and influential. News doesn’t have to wait ‘til the following day, and making news can be done in a few clicks. Like what Ms. Ressa said, everyone can be citizen journalists.
When in Manila, have you asked yourself how you can make a difference through the internet? Congratulations to the Winners of the Globe Tatt Awards 2011 – Awards Night
Some photos taken by Frank Ruaya