The Philippine version of YouTube has been officially launched today, October 13, 2011 at the Blue Leaf Tent in Taguig City. The country is the first to have its local version of the online video sharing site in Southeast Asia and 34th in the world.
The local version of the site can be accessed by choosing "The Philippines" in the location setting at the bottom part of YouTube's homepage.
YouTube has signed up local partners such as GMA-7, ABS-CBN, TV5, Star Records, Viva Records and Vicor Records as well as the Filipino Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (Filscap) to make the site more Pinoy.
Looking back, YouTube has been an integral part in the discovery of the international singing sensation Charice as well as Arnel Pineda. It has also become a form of expression for the young generation to whom videos have become a part of life.
As internet becomes mainstream in the Philippines, the local version of YouTube provides us with an easier way to reach Pinoys all over the world. In line with that, YouTube also launched the updated presidential channel from President Noynoy Aquino III at www.youtube.com/govph and www.youtube.com/rtvmalacanang.
President Aquino will also participate in the YouTube World View live interview making him the very first president in Asia to participate in the program which happens on November 4th.
PNoy was supposed to attend the launch but it was Secretary Ricky Carandang who showed up to read the president's message. Watch the speech in the video from www.youtube.com/rtvmalacanang.
I know most of us are thrilled with this YouTube development. I just hope, though, that we won't be bombarded with menu names and descriptions in Tagalog because that really makes things more complicated. Don't get me wrong. I'm sure I'm not alone in this. And changing the language settings can sometimes be quite a confusion.
Anyway, if you make your own videos and have been getting large number of hits on YouTube, you can apply for the content creator program by clicking here.