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Brigada: Adventures in Marogondon, Cavite



I was a guest and co-host for this segment of Brigada to feature Maragondon as the next travel and adventure destination near Manila. Go watch and discover what the town can offer for tourism.

Monday, May 05, 2014

Parts of our digital anatomy: Filipino online conversation added with entertainment

wechat moments

Its not just a simple hello or how are you, our online conversation is not just a simple message, in social media and with a use of social media apps, our conversation online is added with some entertainment value. I’m not sure if everyone will agree about this, but I’m sure some of you will give a nod and say that they are belong to this part of a group that enjoyed talking online with their friends and followers in a fun and informative way, I think that’s the reason why we are so hooked online.

The topics posted below are about pinoys internet culture, and we found out that university students and young professionals are the most active users of internet. Ages of 16-24 are heavy users of internet and social media apps like WeChat, the users are now the influencers of their own network taking the next level of online chat and conversation with additional amusement flavor to their readers.

1. The Political Brainwave
We are informed to the max when politics is covered in news on tv, print and radio, but info drive have its own limits, well sometimes its about lack of long air time. Back in the days, we usually read and listen for news about what’s going on around the country, about our government, provincial status for trade, and the ongoing peace processes with the Bangsamoro, there are times that we hunger for more info and our opinions just stayed indoors. But thanks to the internet and social media, the news and information we needed were boosted up and finally our opinions are being heard by many people,it’s a natural instinct to react and comment on an issue like the pork barrel allocations and the Napoles scandal, it makes us better when we shout out and give the listeners a piece of our cake about the issue.

Real time information and reaction are shared everyday, when politics is the topic, expect a massive discussions right away by 55% internet users and 57% of WeChat users.

2. The Superstar Reflex
It’s a new way of stalking our idols and celebrity favorites. Following them in different parts of social media is a part of our social culture, these celebrities who jumped into social media became influencers to their fans and followers, it’s a way on how we see them behind the camera and react with them in real time as they posted new public message and photo of their normal life. 54% of internet users and 55% of WeChat users socialize with their fave entertainers online, for gossip, news and also a way to be closer to them.

3. Nerves of Speed
Motoring news, release of new cars with hybrid tech and the recently concluded Manila International Auto Show are the third most talked about topics in social media. We pinoys love cars because our land transportation around the city are the most reliable mode of transport if you want to go from point A to point B. Traffic and other vehicular incidents are widely discussed online, its not just about hot cars, but also a way of how you commute or drive safely around the crazy roads of Manila.


4. Adventure Hormones
Our beach escapades, summer travel, mountain hike and outdoor adventure this summer season are the main topics posted by users in social media, Filipinos love to show off online their best summer adventure, it’s a natural pinoy digital culture of 51% internet users and 55% of Wechat users talk about their surfing in La Union or their #Laboracay partying in Boracay.

5. The Beauty Bone
DIY stuff from fixing your hair, make up or the usual “how to tie a neck tie” are read through social media or asked in a survey through your friends, the topics under beauty are the 5th conversation driver in our local internet scene. Beauty and grooming is an open topic for all, because we pinoys love to be presentable whenever we go out to dine, watch concerts or swim in Pagudpod beach. Our DIY beauty experts who are our friends and fave style artist are here to share helpful tips in videos and photos. In WeChat, we have 57% of users who love to post topics about pet care.


About WeChat
WeChat envisions and innovates new ways for people to connect, communicate and share. A mobile social communication app designed for smartphone users, WeChat is the world’s fastest growing social app with over 100 million registered accounts internationally.

WeChat empowers users in fun and dynamic ways by bringing together messaging, social communication and gaming in one seamless, interactive experience, with comprehensive privacy and security settings that can be tailored as needed.

WeChat is an all-in-one app that enables users to add friends with several innovative features. These include highly convenient and reliable QR code scanning, phonebook and location-based connection services such as "Hold Together”, “People Nearby” and “Shake.” The platform facilitates social interaction with real-time “Walkie Talkie,” “Voice Call,” and “Video Call.” Supported on data networks and Wi-Fi, WeChat makes it easy to stay connected with friends anywhere, anytime. Users can choose to communicate and share photos one-on-one, or within their closed social network through “Moments”. The popular WeChat Sticker Shop has a variety of fun animated emoticons to express any emotion. Also, with a host of addictive WeChat Games, users can play and challenge their friends on the move, share scores and even find competitors nearby.

WeChat is available free for download on Android, BlackBerry, iOS, Symbian and Windows operating systems.

Learn more about WeChat and download the app at www.wechat.com
WeChat Philippines Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/WeChatPH

The blogger

Azrael Coladilla is the blogger and founder of Azrael's Merryland Blog. This blog started as a personal blog in 2003, and then converted the blog into a lifeblog about his interest and reporting about pop culture, lifestyle, entertainment, technology, food, travel, toys, outdoor adventure, internet and social media. Awarded as the 2009 Most Influential Blogger for Luzon, Philippines, awarded by the Philippine Blog Awards. He is the founder of several online communities - Manila Bloggers Network, PBNetwork PH, Oh My Food! community, Cavite Bloggers, Travel and Blog Community, and Philippine ToyCon. He loves to travel, explore, discover, eat new food, document and record his life, meet new people, do photography and collects Transformers toys.


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