This year, 2017, has been another rollercoaster year for the social media world. Every few days, there’s a new trend, hashtag, LSS, and a new headline maker.
VoicePoints Social Media Awards honor the best of social media by recognizing the influencers, brands and organizations on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, and more.
The last votes for the third VoicePoints Social Media Awards since 2012 came in as revelry ushered in the new year. We asked netizens to choose from a list of finalists that was also crowdsourced.
1. via our main voting pages.
2. via Facebook, by liking, reacting and sharing the photo on our Facebook page. Every like and every share were counted separately.
3. on Twitter, where favorites, replies and retweets were counted separately as well.
So, here are the winners you picked:
Pinoy of the Year is an annual search of VoicePoints that features and profiles a person, group, idea or object that “for better or for worse, …has done the most to influence the events of the year.”
The tradition of selecting a Pinoy of the Year began in 2011 with VoicePoints editors contemplating newsworthy stories possible during a slow news week.
Past winners are Nora Aunor (Pinoy of the Year 2012), Brillante Mendoza (Pinoy Director of the Year 2012), Nonito Donaire, Jr. (Pinoy Fighter of the Year 2012), Kevin Balot (Pinoy Gender Equality Ambassador of the Year 2012), and Atom Araullo (Pinoy of the Year 2013).
Bailey May was named Pinoy of the Year 2017 for his efforts to give a valuable entertainment and taking the Philippine flag to the international stage. The former ‘Pinoy Big Brother’ housemate is part of the global pop group ‘Now United’, which was formed by Simon Fuller who famously created the reality TV phenomenon ‘American Idol’ and managed the career of the Spice Girls.
Surprisingly, VoicePoints received 9,040 votes for Alyssa Valdez as the Pinoy Sports Icon of the Year 2017 making the Editorial Board to decide to give two Pinoy of the Year awards this year to individual Filipino man and woman.
From her celebrated career as a lethal spiker with the Ateneo de Manila Lady Eagles, Valdez has truly broken through several boundaries to become one of the most recognizable sports personalities in the Philippines. The Pinay of the Year played for the Philippines women’s national volleyball team at both the youth and senior levels. Valdez led the eight placer Youth 16-Under Girls’ Philippines National Volleyball Team in the 2008 Asian Youth Championship. She was appointed the team captain of the Philippine team for the 2015 Asian U23 Championship. Valdez was a member of the Philippine National team that finished in third place in the 2014 FIVB Southeast Asian Zone Qualifier held in Quang Tri, Vietnam. In the 2015 Southeast Asian Games, she was assigned to carry the Philippine flag on the traditional parade of nations held in Singapore. She is also set to extend hear reach to an international audience, as she was tapped to play as a reinforcement for Chinese-Taipei club Attack Line.
VoicePoints does not only recognize individual but also organizations that make a big impact to the society. Pinoy Organization of the Year 2017 is the Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA). More than half of the percentage of combined votes were given to the organization.
PETA is a theatrical association of artists and educators. It is the UNESCO-International Theater Institute Center in the Philippines. It was awarded the Ramon Magsaysay Award in 2017.
As a commitment, VoicePoints will help PETA in its advocacy next year and you can be part of this by donating. Click the button below for details.
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