Social media experts to grace Catholic netizens’ summit

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STA. ROSA City, Laguna, Sept. 23, 2015 – As many as eight social media gurus from the Philippines and abroad are slated to share their expertise with aspiring online missionaries in what is touted to be this year’s grandest meetup of online missionaries.

Themed “Plugged In,” the much-awaited fourth installment of the annual Catholic Social Media Summit (CSMSv4) scheduled on Oct. 10-11 at the Santa Rosa City Hall Auditorium boasts a veritable of Who’s Who in the world of social communications, business, law, and information technology.

According to CSMSv4 program team head Chrixy Paguirigan, the focus of the summit is as timely as it important, given that in coming out with their plans organizers only thought of what would be for the best of all participants.

From gaming, online marketing, crowdsourcing, content management, and mobile technology, she pointed out CSMSv4 covers all cyberspace skills and know-hows needed to transform a person into an effective online evangelizer.


The lineup includes:

  • Ric Gindap of Design for Tomorrow;
  • Jose Emmanuel Cellan of Google Philippines;
  • Apol Dionglay of Playpark Inc;
  • Arthur Policarpio of Mobext Asia Pacific;
  • Rupert Ambil II of Rappler;
  • Rodel Taton, a lawyer
  • Msgr. Pedro Quitorio of the CBCP Media;

Seàn-Patrick Lovett of Vatican Radio is set to keynote CSMSv4 this year.

Gindap is creative design director and chief strategist of Design for Tomorrow, a compact, independent studio specializing in strategy, design, and editorial consultancy based in Manila.

Cellan is country analytical lead of Google Philippines whose ten years of work experience in the online industry spans web design and development, graphic design, copywriting, creative writing, blogging, search engine marketing, web analytics, third-party tracking, campaign management tools, mobile advertising, and display advertising.

Dionglay is general manager of Level Up! by PlayPark Inc. He engineered the distribution strength of Level-Up! He was also the architect of on-ground activities designed to usher loyalty of players and trade partners.

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Policarpio heads Mobext-Asia Pacific, the first pure-play mobile marketing agency in the Philippines, which offers specialized end-to-end mobile solutions to leading local brands.

Ambil is executive director of Move.PH, Rappler’s civic engagement and citizen journalism arm.

Taton is a litigation lawyer and a professor in the Juris Doctor, Master, and Doctor of Laws Programs. A known consumers rights advocate and skilled at alternative dispute resolution, he considers himself a pilgrim who simply wants “to inspire and conspire in sharing good deeds, justice as a way of life and peace.”

Msgr. Quitorio is director of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) Media Office, and chief editor of cbcpnews.com (CBCP Media Office News Service), CBCP Monitor, and Impact Magazine whose experience in and knowledge of Philippine Church (digital) media remain unsurpassed.

Besides directing Vatican Radio’s English Language Section, Lovett is also vice president of Center for Research and Education in Communication (CREC) International, an organization specializing in media and communication training and research for Christian institutions.

He was cited “Communicator of the Year” by Dayton University (USA) in 2013.

For registration information and other concerns, interested parties are requested to visit http://catholicsocialmediasummit.com/v4/index.php/registration-guidelines/. (Raymond A. Sebastián / CBCP News with reports from Adrian Alcantara)

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