DAGUPAN City, August 23, 2014 — The Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan (ALD) hosts back- to-back Social Media 101 seminars in an effort to shed more light on social media’s role in New Evangelization.
“We should define social media, rather than it defining us,” Edwin Lopez, international manager of Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) Asia-Pacific, said during the August 5 teaser talk for the upcoming Catholic Social Media Summit (CSMS) version 3.0 on September 13 to 14.
Speaking to some 78 participants from all over the archdiocese at the Lay Formation Center (LFC), he emphasized how social media is a tool that can be utilized for New Evangelization, especially when direct, personal engagements are not forgotten.
Lopez stressed the importance of having “connections [that] need to grow into true encounters.” The CSMS’s theme is based on Pope Francis’ message for the 48th World Communications Day on “authentic encounters.”
On August 7, a seminar titled “Social Media and the New Evangelization” was held in the same venue and was facilitated by Fr. Stephen Cuyos, MSC, the first Filipino priest podcaster.
He shared how effective online evangelizers need to have the 3P’s- Prayerful life, Passion for Evangelization, and Professional Excellence. Cuyos, who is also the Training and Production Specialist of the Communication Foundation for Asia (CFA), taught the participants coming from different parishes and Catholic schools how to make more appealing PowerPoint presentations for masses.
Using social media responsibly
Bob Lopez, an expert in project management, networking, training, capacity-building and communications, also taught the participants how to videoshare and create compelling games for evangelization. She is also currently the head of the CFA Training Department.
Lastly, on August 8 to 9, the Olupan ya Laiko ed Arkidiosis na Lingayen-Dagupan together with the Union of Catholic Businessmen and Entrepreneurs in the Archdiocese in partnership with Metro Dagupan Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. (MDCCI), Publishers Association of the Philippines Inc. (PAPI) –Pangasinan Chapter and Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP)-Pangasinan Chapter, organized a two-day seminar about “Cyber Wellness and Media Literacy” also given by Cuyos and Lopez at the LFC.
This time, the participants learned how to protect their privacy in the cyber world against hackers and how to use social media responsibly.
The two-day seminar was also attended by Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates B. Villegas. (Sher Pauline C. Palola)