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Welcome to the Global Voices Citizen Media Summit 2015!

On January 24-25 we’ll be bringing together the most innovative and inspiring digital activist and citizen media communities from the many corners of the globe to explore the connections between the open Internet, freedom of expression and online civic movements around the world.

See the draft Summit program below, and stay tuned as we refine the schedule and locations.

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Emmanuel Mongaya

Cebu, Philippines
Emmanuel 'Anol' Mongaya used to join and help organize protest actions against the Marcos dictatorship during the early 80s. A son of a newspaper editor, he became instrumental in the publicity arms of various protest coalitions like the Coalition Against People's Persecution (CAPP) which was headed by Redemptorist priest Fr. Rudy Romano. The priest was abducted by military men in a Cebu City suburb on July 11, 1985 and has been missing since. Anol, meanwhile, spent two days in a police stockade with eight student leaders after a study and planning session was raided in January 1985.

After the fall of the dictatorship in February 1986, Anol joined a handful of student activists at the Cebu Provincial Capitol and became involved in facilitating the Cory Aquino government's peace process with Left. He also was named regional coordinator for the national youth consultation effort called "Konsultahang Kabataan."

He soon left government and became a correspondent for the Union of Catholic Asian News (UCAN) and the Philippine News and Features (PNF) while working as a writer for the social action office of the Redemptorists in Cebu during the late 80s. He joined Newstime Daily as a reporter in 1989 and quickly rose to become the paper's managing editor. The leading local daily, Sun.Star Cebu, absorbed him as regions editor and later as one of the city editors in 1992. Starting in 1994, Anol helped build as its managing editor the highly successful local-language newspaper Superbalita. When he availed of early retirement in August 2010 to join his wife Doris in PRworks, Superbalita was the biggest circulation daily in central and southern Philippines. Involvement in the Cebu IT Summit of 2001, meanwhile, drew Anol to join online communities and the world of blogging. He occasionally updates his personal and political blogs (http://inbetweencolumns.wordpress.com and http://politika2013.wordpress.com) even as continues to write a regular columns for Superbalita and Sun.Star Cebu.

Today, Anol is taking the lead in strategically transforming PRworksPH.com into an inbound marketing site. He is the admin of the Facebook group "Maghisgot Kitag Politika, Bay (Let's Talk Politics, Friend)." And he joined the Cebu Coalition to Abolish the Pork Barrel System and the bigger People's Initiative to Abolish the Pork Barrel.