Pinoy nurse, teen win Twitter Shorty Awards


Posted at Apr 02 2011 05:13 PM | Updated as of Apr 03 2011 01:30 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Filipinos were among the winners in the 3rd annual Shorty Awards, said to be the "Oscars" of Twitter, according to The New York Times.

The Shorty Awards gives recognition to people and organizations doing short-form and real time social media content.

The winners are chosen based on the number of votes garnered on Twitter and the votes cast by members of the Real-time Academy of Short Form Arts and Sciences.

In the new "Nurse" category this year, the Nurse of the Year Award was to be given to someone they said is "making a difference through social media."

Two winners were picked for this category. One is Matthew Browning, chief executive officer of

The other winner is Filipino nurse Ronivin Pagtakhan, an educator.

This year's Shorty Awards' Nurse of the Year Ronivin Pagtakhan

Pagtakhan, who teaches nursing at Mapua, uses Twitter to help other people.

"Para sa akin, sa tingin ko, kaya ako napili kasi nakakatulong talaga ako sa nursing profession," he said.

Pagtakhan is happy about the international award as it can help uplift the image of the Pinoy nurse.

"Sana sa pagkapanalo ko na ito ay makatulong ako sa image ng Pinoy nurses para naman makakuha pa tayo ng mas maraming mga job opportunities kasi alam kong marami tayong nurses na walang trabaho," he said.

Aside from Pagtakhan, Ann Li of "PBB Teen Clash" also won a Shorty Award.

The teen won in the fashion category. -- Report from TJ Manotoc, ABS-CBN News