Hi everyone. This is Josh back in the Philippines. Am at the Silliman University in Dumaguete to speak at Mulat Pinoy's Social Net Worth forum. Will be live blogging from the event as well.
"Knowledge shared has a multiplier effect." Prof. Cleonico Fontelo
This event is the second of three events by Mulat Pinoy. They're touring Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao hoping to educate the youth about sexual health.
The documentary "PopDev for Youth" by the Kabataan News Network is being screened. The documentary talks about different Popdev issues that youth are concerned about.
In between speakers, Mulat Pinoy is giving away T-Shirts. Two volunteers are asked how many children they want. Male student from Silliman University says he wants two. Female student from Negros Oriental State University says she wants two also. Crowd goes wild. :)
Gian Dominic Pantejo of Silliman University performs his PopDev rap. He's pretty good. "Population goes up, we never grow up."
Also speaking today are Rappler contributor, and public health journalist Ana Santos. Ana is founder of SexandSensibilities.com. She's up next.
Ana Santos @dash_of_sas: "I talk about sex so much, I have to remind myself to have it once in a while." #socialnetworth
Ana Santos: "I talk about sex so much, I have to remind myself to have it once in a while.
Crowd is roughly 17 and over. Although there are about 4 or 5 are still under 17.
Ana is about to show a video about the "Real State of Sex in the Philippines". Jokes about fears she will be banned from Silliman after her talk is over.
First lady shown in video has 22 pregnancies and 17 children.
Ana on woman in video. The idea that she had a choice on issues related to her sexual health never occurred to her. "That's the crime." #socialnetworth
Santos: 4 babies are born every minute in the Philippines.
Santos: The Philippines is one of 7 countries in the world where rate of HIV infection continues to rise. The rest of the world has been able to drag down rate or control it.
Santos: There are 11 mothers that die of pregnancy related complications every day.
Santos: 3 out of 10 young people think that jumping after sex prevents pregnancy.
Santos: "Silliman University, what do you do if your condom breaks." Students: "Pray!" Santos: Look up emergency contraception.
Santos: Why are we prioritizing what people are going to think about us over getting the information that we need? You should be able to do that independent of your age, socio-economic class and sexual preference. It is not a privilege, it is a right.
Santos: Sex is not a dirty word. It is not. But you know what is? Ignorance. #socialnetworth
Another Interesting video is being shown. Appreciating Ana's cause a whole lot more after hearing her speak about it.
Santos: Having a dream is the best form of natural contraception.
Santos: There is a line where sex, positive sexuality and religion meet. It's at a point called individuality and personal choice.
Santos: If you wanna change the way we view sex then we have to change the way that we talk about it. Positive sexuality can be a movement for social change.
Ana Santos answers questions from students. Q#1: What can you say about those who say the recent Habagat tragedy was punishment for RH Bill advocates? A: We receive an average of 20 storms a year. Are you going to say that's punishment. I think its because of our geographical makeup.
Q#2 for Ana Santos: How did you turn out to be someone is so open about sex discussions. Were you raised that way? A: I grew up in the US from 4-11. So I think that had a role in me being exposed to another way where we could talk about sex. Back then (in the 80s) it was more open. I was so exposed to these things. When I came here I was like, "what's the big deal." And part by accident I was asked to be a sex columnist for this men's magazine that is no longer in publication. I was an accidental sex columnist. That was when I started getting questions that I talked about earlier, I was like why are they asking me. Then I realized there is no one to ask.
About to go next. My talk is titled "Beyond Social Media: Using Social Media for Social Good".
Q#3 for Ana Santos: How do you know that you are prepared for sex. A: Have a condom with you at all times. Learn how to use it. That's the physical part. What I always talk about is the emotional part. When you are giving your body to someone you are also giving a piece of your heart.
Quote from the movie Vanilla Sky: "Don't you know that when you sleep with someone, your body makes a promise whether you do or not!" #socialnetworth
Now up, Josh Villanueva talking "Beyond Social Media: Using Social Media for Social Good".
Josh Villanueva: Media is a medium for spread of information. Traditional media is about TV, radio and newspapers as the medium. Social media is reliant on the world wide web, social networking sites and YOU.
Villanueva: 2.BN users of the Internet. 932M are on Facebook. 29.8M users of Facebook are from the Philippines. 96% of on-line Filipinos are on Facebook.
Villanueva: 17.8M Facebook users are from the Philippines and they are between the ages of 15-21. 43% of the total time spent by Filipinos on-line is spent on social media.
According to Villanueva--Social Media People Power: We've come together a number of times on social media to support causes like voting for Puerto Princesa Underground River as one of the Seven Wonders or on-line voting for World or Miss Universe.