Counterspeech efforts in the Philippines

Our counterspeech efforts in the Philippines have reached more than 5.4MM+ people to date. Explore this page to learn about local initiatives, campaigns, resources, and partners in your community.

Hackathons

Our social impact hackathons are intense, organized experiences where teams compete to hack (a.k.a creatively solve) a local counterspeech challenge and develop prototype tools, products, services, and initiatives. To date, the hackathons have been held in Manila, Dhaka, Jakarta, and the United States, and we are currently planning more around the world.

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MError, Digital Halo-Halo

Manila, Philippines
Manila, Philippines

Promoting positive dialogue through digital literacy

The Digital Halo-Halo Hackathon was organized to create new platforms and tools that strengthen the digital literacy of Filipinos and promote positive online dialogue and engagement. The name comes from it’s Tagalong meaning, “mixed together.” It is also a traditional dessert — made of ice, milk, sugar, exotic fruits, jelly, and other ingredients — that symbolizes diversity in the Philippines.

Nearly two dozen Filipinos from various professions and communities — LGBTQ, the tech sector, teachers, students, journalists, and others — attended the hackathon. Mentors and judges included entrepreneurs and journalists, like Vincent Golangco, creator of WhenInManila.com, and Maria Ressa, award-winning journalist and creator of the online news site Rappler.com.

The winning idea, MError, is a Facebook plug-in that highlights words and phrases used on social media and alerts users of language that could be interpreted as hostile.

169K+

People reached

P2P: Facebook Global Digital Challenge

P2P has reached more than 200 million people through campaigns run by 6,500 students from 375 universities in 75 countries.


The following universities and organizations in the Philippines have participated in the program: Notre Dame University, Illigan Institute of Technology, Mindanao State University, Xavier University, Ateneo de Davao University and Ateneo de Zamboanga University.

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I am Mindanao, Xavier University

Mindanao, Philippines
Mindanao, Philippines

Strengthening sense of belonging through open dialogue

This campaign educates college students about violent extremism and aims to strengthen their sense of identity, belonging, and purpose. The team behind this campaign holds various peace building activities, including an I am Mindanao Peace Camp, which Muslim and Christian Mindanaoan youth attend. At the camp, the students discuss the prejudices they hold against each other's cultures and religions and are given the opportunity to have truly open dialogue.

Want to learn more? Check out the I am Mindanao Facebook page.

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5.2MM+

People reached

Want to learn more? Check out the I am Mindanao Facebook page.

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