The growing community of YouTubers is yet another bit of proof that new media is taking over. Every day, the numbers grow, as does its followers. (This is YouTube’s 21st birthday, by the way.) It’s quite a sight to see, especially in a place like the Philippines where less than half of the population has access to the Internet. Look no further than the mania that YouTube Fan Fest Manila has inspired yet again, with thousands of screaming teenagers gathering to meet their vlogger faves at the World Trade Center in Pasay last May 27.
The second #YTFFManila dares to go even further than its predecessor, with 13 YouTube creators from the United States, Australia and the Philippines. Leading the pack is American vlogger Connor Franta, whose videos on coming out and self-expression have resonated with the young LGBT community and beyond. Fans also got to enjoy music from vloggers like Tanner Patrick and Tiffany Alvord, and even some Filipino-American talent from returnee talent AJ Rafael and the Filharmonics (whom you may have seen in Pitch Perfect 2). We were particularly enamored of the Chinese-Australian beauty vlogger Wengie whose Korean skincare tutorials are the stuff of our dreams. Of course, our favorite — Lloyd Cafe Cadena, who is neither a cafe nor a chain — went on to slay the second time around. If YouTube Fan Fest grows even bigger and better next year, we’re gonna need a bit more room.