Manila Bulletin

Talk ’N Text teams up with Wattpad for best Filipino sto­ries


mart Com­mu­ni­ca­tions (Smart) through its value pre­paid brand Talk ’N Text has an­nounced a ground­break­ing part­ner­ship with Wattpad, the largest online com­mu­nity of read­ers and writ­ers, to rec­og­nize the best home­grown Filipino sto­ries of as­pi­ra­tion and suc­cess in the up­com­ing Wat­tys 2015 Philip­pines slated in Novem­ber.

Talk ’N Text will be giv­ing two spe­cial awards dur­ing this year’s Wat­tys 2015, in­clud­ing the “Best TNT Panalo Story” award for the Wattpad story that best de­picts an as­pi­ra­tional and life-chang­ing nar­ra­tive, as well as the “Talk ’N Text Ka-Tropa Fa­vorite” award for the story that garn­ers the most num­ber of votes via text.

“The Wattpad Filipino online com­mu­nity has grown tremen­dously over the years—in fact we’ve seen Wattpad as the most pop­u­lar site be­ing ac­cessed right now on In­ter­ Which is why

STalk ’N Text is very ex­cited to sup­port the Wat­tys 2015. We’re look­ing for the best and most unique life-chang­ing sto­ries of hope, as­pi­ra­tion, and suc­cess that in­spire fel­low Filipinos, which are at the core of our ‘Panalo Ang May Alam’ cam­paign with In­ter­,” said Adrian Te, Talk ’N Text Brand Man­ager.

Talk ’N Text’s “Panalo Ang May Alam” cam­paign aims to bring rel­e­vant in­for­ma­tion into the hands of users who need them most be­cause, as the cam­paign states, those who are in­formed win at life. “The Wat­tys are the per­fect venue to show­case these win­ning mo­ments and life-chang­ing sto­ries which, we hope, would in­spire oth­ers to take a step into reach­ing their own suc­cesses as well, with the help of Talk ’N Text and In­ter­,” Te added.

The Wat­tys are Wattpad’s an­nual pro­gram that cel­e­brates the best Wattpad sto­ries. This is the first time Wattpad is of­fer­ing stand-alone cat­e­gories for Filipino writ­ers.

“The Wat­tys rec­og­nizes the most­loved Wattpad sto­ries from the mil­lions shared ev­ery year. We’re ex­cited to work with Talk ‘N Text to ex­pand this an­nual pro­gram and of­fer two new cat­e­gories for Filipinos,” said Wattpad Co-founder and CEO Allen Lau. “Wattpad has be­come a top en­ter­tain­ment des­ti­na­tion in the coun­try, and this ex­panded pro­gram will en­cour­age more peo­ple to share sto­ries about the things they love.” Open for en­tries un­til Oct 30 To qual­ify for the TNT Panalo Story Award, au­thors sim­ply have to la­bel their sto­ries with the #Wat­tys2015 and #TNTPanalo tags. The win­ners will be judged by Wattpad and Talk ’N Text ex­ec­u­tives.

For the Talk ’N Text Ka-Tropa Fa­vorite award, mean­while, a short­list of the best sto­ries with the #Wat­tys2015 tag will be pre-se­lected and will be up for SMS vot­ing. Users can vote from Novem­ber 2 to Novem­ber 12, with the story that gar­nered the most num­ber of text votes emerg­ing as the win­ner.

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