CEBUANOS! Mark your calendars for the first-ever Social Media Influencers Summit, which is set to be staged this coming March 16 at Jcenter Convention Center of JCenterMall at Mandaue City, Cebu!


The attendance of the first summit is expected to be diverse as they will be coming from the academe, youth sector, business sector leaders, and government institutions. Their attendance, however, will be united by one goal: “Trending Forward.”

The summit’s theme is the summation of two words: “Trending” + “Forward”

“Trending” means “the general direction in which something tends to move.” Each individual or company may have separate goals, but the ultimate goal of any “Social Media Influencer” is to create a buzz for its cause to make it appear on the “trending” topics of the social media networks.

“Forward” is being used to depict the innovation/presentation that each social media influencers should do to reach and influence the target audience. Buzz is not created by all. It is practiced by those who had mastered it. And this craft is fast changing with the dynamic preference and attitudes of the social media users.

The keynote speaker of the summit is no other than Ms. Maria A. Ressa. She is the CEO and Executive Editor of Rappler, a social news network which uses a hearts and minds approach to news through a unique mood navigator. Rappler combines the best of professional journalism with citizen journalism and crowdsourcing.

Other speakers include Mr. Vic Marion Mariaga of CDO Bloggers, Ms. Maria Irene Aserios of Bukidnon Bloggers, Ms. Mary Jane Cabrera of Iloilo Bloggers, Ms. Hannah Almira Amora of Maven’s Heart Fund, Atty. Ethelbert Ouano of Cebu Bloggers, Ms. Janette Toral of Digital Filipino, Mr. Fritz Gerard Villafuerte of Ready To Be Rich, and Ms. Lisa Marie Mirasol of Pinay Travelista.

The Social Media Influencers Summit 2013 is organized by iNewMedia Online Network in cooperation with Cebu Bloggers Society, Inc. (CBSi).

Proceed of this event will benefit the Dr. Narciso Tapia Kidney Transplant Fund, World Vision, and Cebu Bloggers Society, Inc.

This event is also made possible by the following sponsors: MegaWorld, Smart Communications, JCentre Mall, BlueWater Resorts, Pinoy Great Deals, Click Photo Club, Cebu Blog Camp, Iloilo Bloggers, and Google Business Group.


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Ram Mancelita is the founding Editor of TechBuzz. He has been recently awarded as the 2013 Technology Blogger of the Year and the 2012 Best Cebu Technology Blogger by the Cebu Bloggers Society and Best Cebu Blogs Awards, respectively. Get to know him better by visiting his personal blog at or following him on Twitter at @mancelitaRam.