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#ThisHappened in the Philippines this year

By Patrick Alcantara - 8 Dec 2016

#ThisHappened in the Philippines this year

The country’s trending moments became global conversations on Twitter, be it the National Elections (Top Moment of the Year), fan support for global phenomenon AlDub and TV show OTWOL (On the Wings of Love), Filipino boxing legend Manny Pacquiao came out victorious on both his retirement and comeback fights, and the devastation brought by Super Typhoon Lawin. Meanwhile, the Twitter community in The Philippines raised their voices when Filipino talents earned the spotlight at the Kid’s Choice Awards, K-pop boyband Bantan Boys held a concert in Manila, school cheers during the UAAP national competition, national pride for the homecoming of Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach, and the controversial burial of former president Marcos.

The first live TV debates in 24 years among the Presidential and Vice-Presidential candidates drew millions of Filipinos to Twitter with #PilipinasDebates2016 earning the Top Hashtag of the Year in The Philippines. The global audience on Twitter was treated to repartees that were filled with both wit, humour, deep knowledge of the subject matter, or lack thereof.

With all these key moments, who would have thought that the Golden Tweet of The Philippines for 2016 would turn out to be about…a puppy! Coming from @NotebookMsgs, a Philippines-based motivational account, this photo Tweet was more than a reflection of Filipinos’ love for dogs. This sad, tired young canine may sum up the mood of millennials after the emotional roller coaster that was the National Elections, when Duterte won the official vote count on May 27th to become the next President.

Philippines Elections and President Duterte

  1. #PilipinasDebates2016
  2. #KCA
  3. #Election2016
  4. #OTWOLTheLastFlight
  5. #AldubWedding
  6. #WalangPasok
  7. #NBAFinals
  8. #PushAwardsKathNiels
  9. #PrayforDavao
  10. #R3peatTheGloryAteneo

MOST FOLLOWED ACCOUNTS ON TWITTER IN 2016

Filipino Twitter users are simply star struck. It is no wonder that the list of the Top 10 Most Followed Twitter accounts are dominated by entertainment celebrities, with the exception of a teen account for inspirational quotes (@ohteenquotes). Anne Curtis-Smith (@annecurtissmith) came up top with 8.44 million followers, with Angel Locsin (@143redangel) close behind in the second spot. Jose Marie Viceral (@vicegandako) came in third place and made the largest leap with an increase of 1.6 million followers since the start of the year.

1

Anne Curtis-Smith

@annecurtissmith

8.44m

2

Angel Locsin

@143redangel

8.38m

3

Jose Marie Viceral

@vicegandako

8.17m

4

Kathryn Bernardo

@bernardokath

6.57m

5

Daniel Padilla

@imdanielpadilla

5.57m

6

Maine Mendoza

@mainedcm

4.22m

7

Relationship

@ohteenquotes

4.04m

8

Lea Salonga

@MsLeaSalonga

3.90m

9

Georgina Wilson

@ilovegeorgina

3.89m

10

Alden Richards

@aldenrichards02

3.87m

Twitter is also offering a year-end special emoji so people can share the biggest moments and memories of 2016. If you Tweet with #ThisHappened hashtag from now until January 5, 2017, the special Twitter emoji will come with your Tweet.