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What moments hooked Filipinos the most on Twitter in 2016?
On Tuesday, December 6, Twitter released its first yearender report on the Philippines.
Filipinos engage with a variety of topics on Twitter. Twitter's list of the top ten most eventful moments in the country this year ranges from national news to entertainment to sports. Here's the list from the bottom all the way to the most memorable.
10. Typhoon Lawin
In October, Typhoon Lawin (International name: Haima), one of the year's most powerful typhoons, hit the country and resulted in billions' worth of damage to infrastructure, agriculture and households.
Emotions ran high on November 8 when the Supreme Court (SC) approved the transfer of ousted President Ferdinand Marcos' remains to the Libingan ng Bayani (Heroes' Cemetery).
The #MarcosBurial conversation reverberated throughout Twitter after the sudden burial ten days after SC's decision.
8. Manny Pacquiao
Boxing legend Manny Pacquiao (@mannypacquiao) had several momentous occasions this year.
His fans flocked to Twitter after he won over Timothy Bradley on April 9. Over 380,000 tweets were sent as a result of his #PacBradley retirement fight
7. Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach
The homecoming of 2015 Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach to the Philippines in January saw a proud nation welcome her home on Twitter. Filipinos expressed pride and support, using #MissUMostBeautifulDay, #PiaTheRoadToTheCrown and #WelcomeHomePia hashtags.
Generating over 430,000 Tweets for #HomecomingQueen, Pia's fans also got a special session with her via the #AskMissUniverse Twitter Q&A party.
6. University of Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP)
#UAAP (University Athletic Association of the Philippines) is the most-awaited annual intercollegiate sports competition in the Philippines. Millennials sent millions of tweets to support their favorite athletes and teams.
5. BTS K-Pop Group
Filipinos showed their love for the Korean boyband Bangtan Boys (better known as BTS) after Twitter held a global contest for the most tweets using the hashtag #loveBTS in May. The Philippines took 6th place worldwide.
On July 30, fans screamed and danced to their heart's content when BTS performed at their #EpilogueinManila concert.
4. On The Wings Of Love
They first broke the Internet in 2015, and continued to dominate conversations in 2016.
The AlDub love team, Alden Richards (@aldenrichards02) and Maine Mendoza (@mainedcm), from the ‘Kalyeserye’ segment of the popular noon-time TV show Eat Bulaga (@EatBulaga) and their fans continue to be a force on Twitter.
The love team’s road to Twitter stardom continued as AlDub's Valentine’s day campaign #AlDubIsLove amassed over 4.1 million Tweets.
In July, AlDub celebrated their #AlDub1stAnniversary with 6.6 million Tweets along with a customized Twitter emoji, the first created for a TV show in Southeast Asia.
The pair also had their first movie #AlDubImagineYouAndMe, released this year. It garnered 7.8 million Tweets in its first week.
When the couple finally tied the knot last October 22, fans sent over 8 million Tweets using the #AlDubWedding hashtag. See the #AldubWedding conversation here:
2. Kids’ Choice Awards
The 2016 Nickelodeon's Kids Choice Awards nominated four Filipino celebrities for the Favourite Pinoy Personality Award - Maine Mendoza, Kathryn Bernardo (@bernardokath), Enrique Gil (@itsenriquegil), James Reid - as well as Filipino basketball player Jeron Teng for the Favourite Asian Sports Star Award.
On Twitter, fans battled it out to campaign for their favourite nominees by sending millions of Tweets that included #VoteMaineFPP and #VoteKathrynFPP.
Mendoza won the Favorite Pinoy Personality award, while Teng won the Favorite Asian Sports Star award.
1. Philippine Elections and President Rodrigo Duterte
The national elections in the Philippines was the most talked about, with over 35 million elections-related tweets.
Twitter worked closely with the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) on #PiliPinas2016 to inspire Filipinos to engage and discuss via tweets on important topics shaping their voting decisions.
In a bid to help Twitter users show their support for their favorite candidate, Twitter and Rappler released #PHVote emojis.
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