The search for talented Filipino creators begins with YouTube NextUp Manila’s Class of 2019

YouTube announces the return of its NextUp contest in the Philippines to spotlight and support the growth of local up-and-coming YouTube creators. Launched in 2011, YouTube NextUp has helped over 500 creators in more than 13 countries take their channels to the next level, giving them skills, mentorship, and a network to help them create compelling content.

For its third year in the country, 12 Filipino creators will be chosen to participate in the week-long creator camp where they will meet with NextUp alumni and top YouTube stars to learn about production techniques and growing their channels for business. They will also receive mentorship from the YouTube Creator & Artist Development Team team and get P105,000 production voucher for the latest equipment. 

So who’s NextUp? Creators and artists who are ready to tell more compelling stories with better production skills; those who are seeking mentorship from production and channel development experts, and eager participants looking for an opportunity to collaborate with talented creators and be a part of the global NextUp community.

To be eligible for the search, creators must have a channel in good standing with 10,000 to 100,000 subscribers with at least three original videos posted in the past three months. They will be selected on the basis of their potential for improvement, capacity for attracting audiences, and alignment with YouTube’s core values. To enter the contest, go to and fill out the application form. 

“Over the past years, the creator ecosystem in the Philippines has experienced phenomenal growth. We’re so excited to bring YouTube NextUp back again this year to support talented and emerging Filipino creators. We want to help them bring their YouTube careers to the next level by exposing them to meaningful learning experiences and providing them an opportunity to do so with fellow creators, who share the same passion for creating enriching and entertaining content,” said Marc Lefkowitz, Head of Creator & Artist Development, YouTube APAC. 

Some of the notable alumni of YouTube NextUp Manila include electro-pop artist Lesha and comedian Benedict Cua who took their talents to the stage of YouTube FanFest festival back in May, and home stylist Elle Uy who has grown a community among home makeover enthusiasts. 

“We came home from the camp being like a family. We all felt so close, enjoyed each other’s company, and we got to collaborate. Even after camp we planned to do collaborations, so that was the highlight of the entire camp for me because I got to take home really good friends and at the same time, knowledge and learnings about YouTube,” shared NextUp Manila Class of 2018 alumna Lesha. She recently took her talents to the stage of YouTube FanFest festival back in May. 

Another notable alumni, Benedict Cua expressed that one of the best things about being a NextUp finalist is, “Getting connected with the people behind YouTube. They made us realize that they do care for the creators and that it is possible for you to serve a bigger purpose in your life, in your community, through your content, and this is what I loved most about the event.” Since last year, Benedict has grown his channel to more than 640,000 subscribers and has also performed alongside Lesha at the YouTube FanFest festival. 
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