He commented on my blog entry: “SentiSabado encourages people (especially kids) to go and make new memories, today!”
Make new memories…
That phrase stuck in my mind… Why do kids nowadays have to be encouraged to go and make new memories today?
It is in pondering this that I ultimately realized the reason why we, the so called “Gen X/Y” babies, have so much memories and nostalgia compared to those who were born in the 90s. We actually had more interaction with the world… the people around us… the things we did… the places we’ve been to… the experiences we’ve gone through…
Not because we are (obviously) older than them. No.
Kids nowadays are holed up in their own imaginary world playing PSPs, iPhones, Farmville, and all those other time-consuming-and-attention-grabbing devices.
Heck! I see a good number of kids and teens playing with PSPs at the mall even while walking!
Whatever happened to engaging conversations or laughing at simple jokes… or the friendly banter every now and then… or even simply looking at your surroundings while walking? Does it ever exist anymore… with the younger ones for that matter?
Back then, our idea of recreation and fun was climbing a tree, hanging out in the park with friends, playing “tumbang preso” till it became too dark to play outside. Even our toys back in the day would encourage us to interact with others (Can you imagine playing tex by yourself? Or play “touchball” without a friend”?). Going to the mall was an exciting experience for us every single time… just to walk around and see the new places… we’d take everything in and love every minute of it.
What will these new generation of kids look back at when they grow older? What kind of memories will they have? If they had their own form of #SentiSabado, what sort of nostalgia will they reminisce on?
Moments such as “hanging out from dusk till dawn playing counterstrike in the internet cafe”, maybe? Or “how Farmville changed Facebook gaming”? Or perhaps, “watching all sorts of trailers on YouTube” and “reaching the high score of “Need for Speed” on the PSP while ascending the escalator”…?
But anything in excess is unhealthy.
So, going back to my first question… “Encouragement?”
Of course. No doubt!
If for no other reason, let #SentiSabado be the means to help encourage kids… to limit video games… to lessen cable TV watching… to set restrictions on certain activities…
…to get out more… to interact physically… to engage… to feel the breeze, smell the air… to live… love… laugh… to make mistakes… and learn from them…
…to make memories.
Lots of them.
A lot of people have already blogged about last week’s overwhelmingly successful #SentiSabado movement on Twitter. This is just my simple retrospective on what has transpired.
First, I want to thank each and every Pinoy tweep who participated in last week’s momentous event. At its peak, #SentiSabado reached No.4 on Twitter’s top trending topics. What can I say…? I am at a loss for words.
I’ve been receiving news from other tweeps that even their friends who don’t tweet already know about SentiSabado.
I remember how, back in September 4, Tonyo Cruz (@tonyocruz) started this simple series of nostalgic tweets and added the hashtag, “#sentisabado” on each one of them. I reciprocated with some of my own… well… not some… more like a truckload of 80s recollections:
Tetorns… USED jeans… Drakkar… Choo-Choo Junction restaurant… playing tumbang preso and climbing the aratilis tree during my childhood… biking at PICC… recalling my 6-digit phone number…
T’was only a handful of us back then (together with the #bumsquad) going at it with passion and gusto!
Before we knew it, more and more tweeps started joining in.
The first SentiSabado (Sept. 4) actually peaked towards the end of Saturday… and eventually spilled over to the early morning of Sunday! It was so fun that people were still contributing #sentisabado tweets till Monday!
Because of this, we pretty much figured that if #SentiSabado could be started way earlier the following week (last Saturday), it would gain more momentum and more tweeps could join in on the fun.
So, we eventually announced that the next #SentiSabado would start at 12:00AM. Saturday came… and the rest, as you know, is history!
Last Saturday, the #SentiSabado stream column on my Tweetdeck app was scrolling uncontrollably like a manic clicker, unable to keep up with the tweets coming in. It was that massive!
For those who didn’t have the chance to join us last week but wanted to… don’t fret. Our next SentiSabado will be in 2 days (a day and a half to be exact). Our next theme will be announced very very soon, so stay tuned and dedicate a #SentiSabado stream on your Twitter app.
By the way… in case you didn’t know, #SentiSabado has an official Facebook page already! So, come on over and join us by visiting: http://www.facebook.com/sentisabado
And lest you forget… It’s #SentiSabado again this September 11, 2010. The fun (and frenzy) starts at exactly 12:00 AM!
So, warm up those fingers… rack your brain… recall those cool, nostalgic memories… and get your tweet on!
Yes. The title of this entry pretty much says everything!
It’s the 1st Music Expo & 23rd Awit Awards Night on Sept 28-30, 2010 at the Centerstage of the Mall of Asia.
Unlike previous years, this Awit Awards Night will be preceded by 2 days of talks/seminars… hence the 1st Music Expo. If you’re a songwriter, musician, record producer, or just a plain and simple music lover, head over to the Mall of Asia and listen to notable personalities and guest speakers who will share valuable thoughts and ideas covering vast topics and aspects of our music industry.
After that, cap it all off with a celebration of Philippine music as we recognize this year’s musical achievements via the 23rd Awit Awards.
I have been part of Awit Awards’ “Judging Committee” for the past 10 years… and listening to this year’s batch of entries, I have to say that our industry is just getting better and better technically and artistically!
So, come and celebrate with us!
This is truly an event you won’t ever want to miss!
See you there!
Keep your eyes peeled and get ready!
SentiSabado will be back on Twitter this Saturday and you can be sure there will be more tweeps participating in it! Also, this week’s SentiSabado will be having a theme! It has yet to be announced so make sure you watch out for it! Dedicate a search stream on your fave Twitter app just for #SentiSabado so you won’t be left out.
If you belong to the Generation Y group (born around the 1970s to early 1980s), don’t miss this event. Tweet your friends to join in on the fun!
With more people pitching in this coming weekend, let’s see how hot this topic will be on Twitter’s trending list.
See you all this Saturday, tweeps! :)
Last Saturday was quite a memorable time on Twitter for a number of us Pinoy Tweeps! T’was a time spent reminiscing and recalling everything associated with the 1980s-mid 90s. Childhood past-times, establishments (restaurants, malls, parks, etc.), junk food, toys, clothes… name it! #SentiSabado was the hash tag that was given to these tweets.
“Senti”, meaning sentimental, and “Sabado”, which is Saturday in tagalog (Filipino)… the day this event took place.
Kudos to Tonyo Cruz (@tonyocruz) for starting this entire Senti Sabado trend.
Simple tweets that reminded us of our childhood such as, “Choo Choo Junction Restaurant in Greenhills! #SentiSabado” or “Saturday Fun Machine cartoon marathon every Saturday morning! #SentiSabado”. Great memories and wonderful nostalgia.
The eighties was the era of outrageous fashion (shoulder pad blazers, anyone?) and forgettable hairstyles! But that aside, it was (in my honest opinion) the best time to be alive and to enjoy the prime of our lives! Voltes V, Pac-Man, birth of MTV, G1 Transformers, Nintendo Family Computer, Knight Rider, Game & Watch, New Wave, and so much more!
Unlike kids nowadays who are trapped in their own world, playing PSPs, Game Boys, iPod Touches… our era were filled with days of patintero, tumbang preso, kick ball, trumpo, tex, jackstone, sumpit, gagamba-fighting, climbing the Aratilis tree and the occasional playing of the Family Computer.
Surprisingly, the entire discussion over Twitter was so well received that we were tweeting way past Saturday! Some were even tweeting with the #SentiSabado hash tag halfway through Sunday! It was hilarious and fun. We even received reports of some individuals who actually cried while reading other’s tweets. The impact was way more than expected.
A whole bunch of “Gen Y” tweeps started sending in their own memories and the entire conversation somewhat took on a life of its own. It became viral!
In that particular moment, Twitter, like a time machine, took us all back to 1980s again.
It was bittersweet. Times that I would like to revisit… people I would like to converse with again… moments that were took for granted… places and experiences that seemed to define the essence of my childlike wonder and innocence.
And though we all know that time, like a one way street, only goes forward… the journey back via Twitter during #SentiSabado was one ride I am so happy to have been part of. It was the closest thing to being there again.
And as with any journey, the trip is only made enjoyable when you spend it with friends… and THAT I did! Tweeps old and new. I met new ones along the way who, one way or another, had similar childhood recollections.
Thanks to every single tweep who joined in and made Senti Sabado the phenomenon that it was.
We should do this again. For sure.
For those who missed the first trip… I’m sure there will be more of these in the near future. So keep your eyes peeled and scour through Twitter’s trending topics towards the weekend… and hop along for the ride!
Oh… and make sure you bring your baon! :P