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Dumaguete City, PhilippinesMonday, November 19, 2012
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conducted in Dumaguete

The chat series “Social Media for Social Change” was conducted by Rappler.com at Silliman University in Dumaguete City, Negros Occidental, yesterday, a press release from the social news network said.

It was spearheaded by CEO and executive editor Maria Ressa, keynote speaker of “#MoveDumaguete: Pushing Environmental Journalism Forward,” whose lecture, titled “Social Media for Social Good,” focused on how social media is changing the world and how far it has enabled the people to be part of the change they want to see, the press release said.

She said that, aside from socializing and connecting with friends and family, social media can be used to spark and start positive change in the society.

Social media allows people to see what every religion say about everybody being connected. Though social networks spread ideas, it spreads emotions far more, Ressa said in the press release.

Rappler’s special projects director Michael Josh Villanueva discussed “Using Facebook for Advocacy,” and presented four steps on how to use FB to push for change: mobilize, build, engage, and act. People who want to be catalysts for change can use social media to do so, he added.

Other speakers were SU president Ben Malayang III, and Chay Hofileña, Natashya Guiterrez and Patricia Evangelista, all of Rappler. The event was co-sponsored by the school College of Mass Communication, the press release added.*

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