“So this is what my Twitter timeline looks like in real life.”
That was Gang Badoy opening her hip and well-received keynote speech at the Tatt Awards 2012 last June 29 at the NBC tent.
The founder of Rock Ed Philippines and one of the bonafide icons of the social media era, Gang said that while she’s thankful to everyone online for the wonderful sense of community brought about by the social media phenomenon, she stressed that it’s also equally important to be “a community of reason.”
“Go on Twitter not just to be heard but to learn, learn to be nice to one another online and know when to speak up, shout out for someone and shut up,” she urged. “If we can’t yet be a community of kind people then we can at least be a community that tries.”
Gang’s words resonated loudly as Globe Tattoo broadband once again honored the digital rock stars who, like her, have influenced, inspired and touched the lives of people through their strong online presence.
Led by the ever effervescent TV host and writer Bianca Gonzalez who bagged the ultimate prize with The One award, this year’s awardees were a happy mix of top celebrities, online advocates, YouTube sensations and trending superstars.
Hosted by Esquire cover girl Georgina Wilson, YouTube star Ashley Rivera (a.k.a. Petra Mahalimuyak), Miggy Chavez of the band Chicosci, and RX 93 DJ Gino Quillamor, the Globe Tatt Awards 2012 was truly a star-studded affair.
It featured spirited performances by Arnel Pineda, Rico Blanco, Up Dharma Down, Chicosci, Funk Avy, Pulso and singer/comedian Mikey Bustos who also provided the hilarious pre-taped introduction spiels to each major award.
Now on its second year, the Tatt Awards has grown exponentially bigger as Globe’s head of Tattoo Nomadic Broadband Business Dong Ronquillo announced that this year’s 1,050 nominations are more than twice the number they received from last year.
From the 50 finalists that comprised the top nominees, winners were chosen partly through online voting and by consensus among the Tatt Council members composed of Ronquillo, Internet and Mobile Marketing Association of the Philippines Vice President Pao Peña, photographer Wyg Tysmans, singer and comedian Mikey Bustos, TV host Rovilson Fernandez, National Youth Commission commissioner Gio Tingson, journalist Maria Ressa, blogger Loi Landicho a.k.a. The Professional Heckler, TV host Raymond Gutierrez, musician Francis Reyes and eventologist Tim Yap.
For being The One, Bianca received some pretty cool prizes that include P100,000 in cash, a one year subscription to both Globe’s Tattoo@Home and Tattoo Superstick, a Blackberry Playbook and BlackBerry phone bundle.
The other major winners of Tatt Awards 2012 winners who all received P100,000 cash and one-year subscription to Tattoo@Home are the following:
• Stylisimo: Cecile Van Straten of chuvaness.com
• #ThoughtMover: Kimpoy Feliciano (@kimpoyfeliciano)
• Video Slinger Award: Real-life couple Jamyhille and Paolinne Michelle, more popularly known as JAMICH (youtube.com/JamichTV).
• The Visualizer: Ryan Vergara and Garovs Garovillo, of Everywhere we Shoot (everywhereweshoot.com).
• The Advocate: PAWS (facebook.com/pawsphilippines)
• Indie Rocker: Gloc-9 (facebook.com/glocdash9)
• The Explorer: Bogart The Explorer (facebook.com/bogarttheexplorer)
• Game Changer: Jinoe Gavan of takbo.ph
• Tech Junkie: Jason de Villa, of technoodling.net
In addition to the above major awards, special awards were also given to several entertainment figures.
Vice Ganda’s primetime weekly show, “Gandang Gabi Vice” won #Trending TV; radio jocks Chico, Delamar and Gino Quillamor of RX 93’s “Morning Rush” was voted #Trending Radio; and “Becky Nights” of Divine Lee, Jake Galvez. Matt Gozun, Buem Rodriguez and Divine Lee won #Trending Podcast.
Singer-actress Julie Anne San Jose was the big winner of two special awards, namely Trending Personality and the People’s Choice award.
Journalist Howie Severino received the Safe Surfer award in behalf of GMA Network’s Think Before You Click campaign which was honored for its advocacy towards responsible internet usage.
Rounding up the special awards are “rookies” Robbie Becroft of robbieoffduty.com and food blog Pepper.ph as they tied for the Freshest award given to new blogs that created the most impact.
Another YouTube sensation, Luigi Yotoko, took home the The Prodigy award given to a social media rock star under 18 years of age.