The second installment of Foundation Dialogue, focused on “Free Speech and Social Media,” was held last July 16 at the Sofia Soller Sinco Hall.


Viewpoints on the topic came from three able speakers namely: Dr. Maria Cecilia M. Genove, a local media practitioner and professor of education and journalism from Silliman University; Julliano Fernando “Jules” Guiang, a youth leader and program host at People’s Television Network; and Kate Daitano, a freshman student in AB Political Science of Foundation University.


Dr. Genove shared her thoughts on freedom of speech along with the laws as provided in the bill of rights and UN international declaration of human rights.


She also described freedom of speech as a precious right but is not absolute. Dr. Genove reminded the audience of the responsibility for the opinions and ideas expressed in social media.


Meanwhile, Guiang expressed his views on the positive impacts of social media and referred to it as a great equalizer between developing and first world nations when it comes to knowledge acquisition and education, as a whole. Guiang also mentioned about the effects of social media on economics, advertising and its impact on privacy, both the good and bad.


On the other hand, Daitano shared a detailed information of the nature and usage of social media. She pointed out on the value and importance of respecting people, even in social media. At the end, Daitano still expressed her optimism on social media being a platform to express and share one’s views.


Arvin Cabio, community leader and La Consolacion College of Bais City Dean of Students, served as moderator for the said dialogue.


Foundation Dialogue is aimed at providing an avenue for discussion and sharing of thoughts on relevant issues and topics affecting the lives of the whole populace.


The program is spearheaded by the Vicente G. Sinco School of Governance – a new unit in the University which provides opportunities for leadership growth and development among key leaders both in local and private entities.