STA. ROSA City, Laguna, Oct. 11, 2015 – More than three hundred Catholic communicators from from the country’s various dioceses “plug in” as one at the fourth installment of the Catholic Social Media Summit (CSMSv4.0) at the Santa Rosa City Hall Auditorium, Santa Rosa City, Laguna.
The two-day gathering of current and aspiring OMGs—“online missionaries of God”—officially opened with a Holy Mass celebrated by Msgr. Pedro Quitorio III, head of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) Media Office, with priests from the host Diocese of San Pablo concelebrating.
Santa Rosa City Mayor Arlene Arcillas welcomed participants, many of whom are at the event representing their dioceses’ and parishes’ youth and social communications ministries.
Delegates from all over
Among others, the arch/dioceses represented are:
- Conference of Catholic Bishops of India (CCBI)
- San Pablo
Sean Patrick Lovett, head of Vatican Radio in Rome, gave the keynote “Connecting to the Ultimate Power Source,” where he reminded delegates of their responsibility as Catholic social media enthusiasts and practitioners to post only what is “good and useful.”
“Make sure that who you are, what you post reflect what you believe,” he said.
Day 1 of CSMSv4.0 had two focuses, one about Content Management, and another dealing with Crowd sourcing.
Ric Gindap of Design for Tomorrow discussed “The Technology of Color and Typography,” stressing that a company or organization that wants to make a name for itself must realize the potential of branding.
“The purpose of branding is to differentiate, not to blend in,” he shared.
Ronalyn Regino of Areopagus Communications tackled “The Power of Visuals.”
Using as an example the photograph of Kurdi, the Syrian toddler whose dead body raised an outrcy around the world, she noted visuals have the power to shock.
But Regino added it is still up to the person who was shocked whether he will do something about the intense emotion he felt or not.
In his ‘Cyberethics, Cyber Law and Online Ethics, lawyer Rodel Taton of the University of Santo Tomas talked about ethical norms social media users must observe.
For his part, Msgr. Pedro Quitorio shed light on what it means to form an online faith society.
Focus 2 speakers were: Stacy de Jesus and Rupert Ambil, both from Rappler, who imparted their knowledge of “Content Creation to Curation” and “Social Media Role in Disaster Communications,” respectively.
Meanwhile, Google Philippines’ Jose Emmanuel Cellan had two topics, Micromoments Online and Creating Content on Youtube. (Raymond A. Sebastián / CBCP News)