Wattpad: A Top Entertainment Destination in the Philippines

Every minute, 10 people in the Philippines join the Wattpad community
Every minute, 10 people in the Philippines join the Wattpad community

 

Allen Lau, CEO and co-founder of Wattpad, the world’s largest community of readers and writers, is in Manila this week to attend the 36th Annual Manila International Book Fair (MIBF). Since it’s launch in 2006, Wattpad has become a top entertainment destination in the Philippines with over five million Filipinos using Wattpad every month.

 

“In the Philippines, Wattpad is synonymous with entertainment,” said Allen Lau. “Wattpad stories have captured the hearts of Filipinos and have spread beyond the app. Today many of the most popular books, movies, and primetime television shows in the Philippines are based on Wattpad stories. When entertainment reflects a variety of interests and experiences, it can spread like wildfire – we see this happen every day on and off Wattpad.”

 

The Philippines is home to the second largest Wattpad community in the world. One out of every four Filipinos with Internet access has joined Wattpad. Wattpad stories are in high demand in the country, and more than 500 stories have been traditionally published. Many blockbuster movies like She’s Dating the Gangster starring Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla, and Diary ngPanget starring Nadine Lustre and James Reid were adapted from Wattpad stories. Wattpad Presents, the weekly series on the TV5 Network, brings 40 popular stories to life on the small screen and has reached approximately one million viewers across the country.

 

The global Wattpad community spends 13 billion minutes a month immersed in free stories. With a person joining the community every second of the day, Wattpad has connected millions of people with the content and conversations that matter to them. Using any mobile device or computer, anyone, anywhere in the world, can access over 150 million story uploads for free.

 

On Sunday, September 20 (10:00 am – 12:00 pm), Wattpad will host a panel on the Main Stage at the SMX Convention Center. The panel,From Keyboard to the Big Screen will feature Allen Lau along with top Filipino Wattpad writers who will discuss their experience of seeing their stories go from Wattpad to movie and television screens across the country. Writers include:

●     SGWannaB who wrote She’s Dating the Gangster. The movie version of this Wattpad story featured Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla

●     Ilurvbooks who wrote The Bet/Just the Way You Are. This Wattpad story was made into a movie starring Liza Soberano and Enrique Gil

 ●     Owwsic who wrote Diary ng Hindi Malandi. A made-for-television version of this Wattpad story aired on the TV5 Network

●     Blue_maiden who wrote I’m in Love with a DotA Player. The television version of this Wattpad story aired as part of TV5’s Wattpad Presents series

●     Maxinejiji who wrote Poser. The television version of this Wattpad story aired as part of TV5’s Wattpad Presents series

●     Pajama_addict who wrote Mistakenly Meant for You. This Wattpad story along with three others by the writer have been adapted as part of TV5’s Wattpad Presents series

●     Beeyotch who wrote How to Break Up with the Bad Boy. The television version of this Wattpad story aired as part of TV5’s Wattpad Presents series

 

Wattpad also recently partnered with Philippine mobile leader Smart Communications, through its value prepaid brand Talk ‘N Text, to expand the annual Wattys Awards, a program that celebrates the best Wattpad stories. Two new Wattys categories have been added —Best TNT Panalo Story andTalk ’N Text Ka-Tropa Favorite; these categories are only open to Filipino users. The expanded Filipino awards will, for the first time ever in Wattys history, award special prizes to winners. The deadline to enter is October 30, 2015. The Talk N Text Ka-Tropa Favorite category winner will be selected via SMS voting between November 2 –12, 2015. All winners will be announced later in November.

 

 

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