While the nation celebrated Bonifacio Day last November 30, the online warriors and the respected Palawan Daily News started a new form of revolution called Vlog Talk, a forum intended for those who want to learn new techniques, rules and style in Vlogging.
Held at Petrosphere Training Center, 37 long-time gangsters and newbies turned into a fresh batch of vloggers, or video bloggers, in Palawan.
They tackled the latest trends in video creation, branding, and gaining followers.
Bitoy Cortez was the first to talk. He shared how he started his career in Youtube, now with more than 51 million total views in his channel that talks on love hugot, earning him the moniker “Boy Hugot” to his army of followers.
Cortez’s story is an inspiration having started without his own cellphone and just borrowing his friend’s laptop to edit his videos. He struggled in continuing his chosen career and of course making people smile with every content he uploaded. He told them to keep on trying and never surrender.
PDN Consultant and Palawanderer Evo Joel Contrivida discussed the flow on how to be original and creative in making your video stories online. Being an experienced Blogger, Contrivida encouraged everyone to embrace being an influencer, and use it to promote right and truthful facts of the province and be an inspiration to man. He emphasized that Vlogging is a passion and not work.
Former TV news cameraman and videographer Melvin Garvilles shared the basics of how to shoot videos like a professional. As we have moved beyond big cameras and now use powerful smartphones, Garvilles emphasized that it is still a necessity for vloggers to master some simple shots as it is the heart of all good visual storytelling.
Visiting blogger from Baguio City Sheryll Ico discussed the importance of branding one’s channel or in any social media account. It’s a must, she said, to know what kind of content one must upload and share to the public, and to be able to be noticed by different brands and companies.
Palawan’s most famous Vlogger Patrick Aquino delivered an inspirational talk on how vlogging changed his life. He shared tips and important things to know about Vlogging in Palawan.
Patrick or Awesome Pat is the CEO of his own Wilfred Creatives, a video production house. He first got his fame thru his travel videos and current issues mostly shared on Facebook.
“Half Filipino and half Teletubbies” Jan Valderama is the last to talk regarding his experience in attending BlogaFest recently held in Manila representing Palawan, organized by Blogapalooza, which is the first online community of Bloggers, Influencers and Content Creators all over the Philippines. Valderama is the Digital Content administrator of Yamang Bukid Farm.
An open forum followed after the talks with free-flowing discussions on how to monetize social media accounts. Some ethical issues were raised by the speakers and the attendees.
PDN being a Quad Media entity believes in the future of Vloggers as the next big thing of media in the Philippines.
In her opening statement, PDN Managing Editor Fabienne Paderes announced the intention of PDN to give space to this new generation of influencers, emphasizing that PDN is open to doing collaborations with Vloggers, promote them and let them shine by expressing themselves.
The Vlog Talk in Puerto Princesa City was the first in the entire province of Palawan, organized by Palawan Daily News along with PalaOne Youtubers community, in partnership with Petrosphere Training Center.