STA. ROSA City, Laguna, Oct. 15, 2015 – Participants of the recently concluded 4th Catholic Social Media Summit (CSMSv.4.0) were inspired even more to take on the challenge of the New Evangelization after hearing the story behind My/Phone’s Rosary app.
David Lim, president of Solid Group Inc., the creator of MyPhone, told more than 300 “online missionaries of God” (OMGs) at the Sta. Rosa City Hall Auditorium, Laguna on Oct. 11 that the Rosary app was born out of his dream of having a phone that has a “Filipino heart.”
Phone with Pinoy heart
“Calling a phone a ‘Filipino phone’ means nothing, unless you put a Filipino heart into the phone,” he said.
According to Lim, who considered himself a “dreamer,” MyPhone began when a personal phone he brought in from his father’s factory in China broke down.
“From Day 1, I said this is going to be a Filipino phone. But nothing inside it was Filipino except my heart wanting to give this phone to marginalized Filipinos,” he added.
Lim shared how the idea for a Rosary app came to him during a mobile conference he attended in China with at least 6,000 other store owners.
In a three-square meter store, he remembered seeing a man reading the Bible who sold an MP3 with the Rosary inside.
Lim wasted no time in asking his technical guy to put Rosary prayers into MyPhone. And the rest is Rosary app history.
But as soon as he finished the Rosary app, he sensed the need to also include prayers for exams as well as for healing.
Despite the success of the mobile application, Lim pointed out the company would not be where it is now without the hard work they have put in, and the many struggles they have been through to make a name in the mobile industry.
Writing one’s story
“That single day when I saw my parents very hurt because of the blood, sweat, and tears when they were building the brand, I told myself I would never build another foreign brand,” he said.
Lim went on to challenge CSMSv4.0 delegates to write their own stories, and to find their place in the sun.
“You will write your own stories. All the stories you hear will never be yours. You will have to write own stories. You have to find your uniqueness,” he stressed.
Moreover, he expressed joy that his family found God in the Philippines and that his heart is “a hundred percent Filipino”.
Lim ended with advice his mother used to tell him as a child: “David, listen to the people’s complaints. When they complain, then there’s [an] opportunity to serve.”
Organized by this year by YouthPinoy (YP), Areopagus Communications, and in partnership with the Diocese of San Pablo, the CSMS is an annual gathering of current and aspiring online evangelists from different schools, youth organizations, and arch/dioceses of the Philippines, who want to win more souls for Christ through the intelligent and responsible use of social media.
CSMSv.4.0, its fourth and latest successful installment, adopted the theme “Plugged-in,” drawing inspiration from Pope Francis’ homily at the Manila Cathedral on “networks of solidarity” as well as St. Paul’s message in Romans 15:16 “that all may be one voice in glorifying God.” (Trizia Marie Castrillo with reports from Raymond A. Sebastián / CBCP News)