For Social Media Day 2017, spearheaded by @TweetupMNL, a volunteer community of active netizens who are united by their passion for social media, a virtual passing of the baton and changing of the guard takes place, turning to the digital natives of today — young, tech savvy, empowered — as they lead the charge in charting  the course of social media, the internet, and society at large.

With the theme #NextPH, Social Media Day 2017 will be held at the Samsung Hall, SM Aura, Taguig City, on July 1, 2017 at 12nn.

Thus, a series of panel discussions and break-out sessions have been lined-up, with an impressive array of speakers, led by DSWD Sec. Judy Taguiwalo who will deliver the keynote address, expounding on compassion and social good, together with Dr. Gia Santos who will talk on the subject of mental health issues.

Among the confirmed speakers are: Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) Commissioner Maisara C. Dandamun-Latiph, film directors Arvin Kadiboy Belarmino and Noel Escondo, design thinking specialist Phil Smithson and education advocate Nash Tysmans, other surprise names.

Cognizant of the diversity and influence that the digital natives of today hold, Social Media Day 2017 aims to harness this collective energy in leading the way forward;  aware of the challenges — and the many positive opportunities — that lay ahead.

Through the technology available at their fingertips, they are making their presence felt and getting their voices heard.

“The spirit of community that fires digital natives today is very much alive and well,” Ros Juan, cofounder of @TweetupMNL shares. “We want to tap into this collective force that is driven by innovation and technology and use it for forging a better future.”

“It is exciting to note that online communities have been growing bigger than ever each year,” Tonyo Cruz, also a cofounder of @TweetupMNL relates. “They have their own respective advocacies that, despite of or because of their youth, they push with unbridled passion.”

Social Media Day 2017 is brought to you by Lazada, Reddimart  Multi-resources  Inc., SM Supermalls, World of Fun, and Voyager. With support from AstigPH, Adobo Magazine, CNN Philippines, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Primer Magazine, Scout, WhenInManila.

Admission to Social Media Day 2017 is free. Event information and free tickets are available at, and