THE YouTube FanFest, which gathers international and local YouTube content creators to meet each other and their fans in real life, returns for a fifth year on May 26 at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.

“We’re thrilled to bring YouTube FanFest back to the Philippines!,” Marc Lefkowitz, Head of Creator & Artist Development, YouTube, Asia Pacific was quoted as saying in a press release. “What started with a simple tweet from the YouTube community in 2015 has turned into a movement. It’s amazing to see generations of local Filipino talent shine onstage alongside international creators. The energy, enthusiasm and excitement here is unbelievable, and it’s the reason why we love coming to the Philippines.”

Among the international content creators to be featured in the one-day event is Matt Stefanina, a Los Angeles-based dancer and choreographer who rose to fame for his dance videos. He currently has almost 10.5 million subscribers and his videos have been viewed 1.8 billion times.

Also joining the international slate is Philippine YouTube FanFest veteran Alex Wassabi, who has been participating in the event since 2016. He is known for his travel vlogs (video blogs), music videos, and challenges. He currently has more than 11 million subscribers and more than 4 billion views on his channel.

The event will also feature a slate of local content creators as YouTube noted in its press release that the “Filipino YouTube community is getting bigger and more exciting.”

“Today, the Philippines has over 750 channels that reached 100,000 subscribers, and more than 60 channels with more than one million subscribers. That is a jump from just 300 channels with 100,000 subscribers and 19 channels with more than one million subscribers last year,” said the release.

The local content creators who will be at the event include vloggers Ranz Kyle, Niana Guerrero, Pamela Swing, and Rei Gamar, beauty “influencers” Hannah Kathleen and ThatsBella, singer/dancers Ken San Jose and AC Bonifacio, “lifehacker” Brains techKnowlogy, and streetballer community Hype Streetball.

Aside from meeting the content creators, attendees can “also experience the daily life of a YouTube star” by participating in themed booths and studios which will allow them to create and upload YouTube videos.

For Mother’s Day, YouTube FanFest Philippines is also hosting an auxiliary event on May 17 and 18 called the YouTube FanFest Moms Edition at the Mall of Asia Music Hall where international and local “mom” content creators will conduct workshops, onstage interviews, and performances.

The fifth YouTube FanFest will be held on May 26 at the Mall of Asia Arena. Tickets will be available via SMTickets.com though YouTube creators will also be hosting event ticket and meet-and-greet giveaways on their social media channels. For more details, visit www.youtubefanfest.com/event/2019-ph. — ZBC