Dads react to ‘selfie’ city tag

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

CEBU City as the ninth “Selfiest” City in the world—vanity or sign of progress?

Cebu City councilors shared their two cents on the matter.

Councilor Alvin Dizon is not convinced that this tag should be something to be proud of while Councilors Gerardo Carillo and Hanz Abella called it a sign of progress.


“Personally, it’s not something to be proud of. Mura man gud selfie dunay negative connotation (It seems like selfie has a negative connotation),” said Dizon.

However, since there is already that recognition, the councilor hopes that people would use selfies in a better context like the promotion of a good cause.

A selfie is a self-portrait common in social networking sites.

“There are a lot of personal selfie postings in social media and that’s okay because it is people’s right. But it would be better if we use technology to promote a better society and a more responsive government,” Dizon added.

But Abella said the recognition is already free publicity for Cebu City.

“The fact that Cebu City’s name came out in an international magazine is already free publicity. Hopefully, people who saw it will want to visit Cebu City,” said Abella.

It was Time magazine that analyzed and made a list of the cities in the world with the most selfie-takers per 100,000 individuals.

According to, Cebu City had 1,064 selfies from 787 users in the two weeks the survey covered. The City has a population of about 800,000.

Abella said this only shows that Cebuanos are updated in terms of technology.

“I’m not very techie, but I believe that we should avail ourselves of the Internet services because it’s easier to communicate and it is made affordable,” said Abella.

“Nag-selfie man ko ganina (I had my selfie earlier). Probably this will mean that our people, especially the Cebuanos, are updated on technology and the media right now is going into that direction,” said Carillo.

He shared that he took a selfie with the other councilors at the session hall yesterday morning, just before the regular session started. He intends to post this on his Facebook page.

Councilor Nestor Archival just smiled when approached for comment on Cebu making it to the ninth spot for the “Selfiest” city in the world. He said he doesn’t have a comment because he doesn’t even know what a selfie is.

All four councilors own a Facebook account with Dizon and Abella as among the more active in social media. Other active legislators on Facebook are Councilors Sisinio Andales and Roberto Cabarrubias.

When the Time news on selfies came out, more Cebuanos shared their own self-portrait on Facebook with the hashtag #selfie.

Capitol Association of Reporters in Tri-media (CART) recruited no less than Cebu Gov. Hilario Davide III to join them in their group selfie.

City Hall Association of Reporters in Media (CHARM) did their own group selfie at the gallery of the session hall while the Cebu City Council had their regular session.

Rep. Gabriel Luis Quisumbing (Cebu, sixth district) also posted his version of a group selfie in his Twitter account last Tuesday. He was with fellow Cebuano congressmen—Reps. Joseph “Ace” Durano (fifth district), Gerald Anthony Gullas (first district) and Wilfredo Caminero (third district) during a break in the session.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 13, 2014.

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