Makati City ‘selfie capital of the world’ – ‘Time’

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The Philippines’ financial center, Makati, has emerged as the city with the most number of “selfie” photos uploaded on the social network, prompting Time magazine to name it the “Selfie Capital of the World.”

Pasig and Cebu cities also made it to the top 10 cities listed to have uploaded the most number of selfies on the Internet.

Out of 459 cities checked, Makati and Pasig had 258 selfie takers per 100,000 people. Time examined hundreds of thousands of selfies, self-shot photographs uploaded on social media.

“Makati City, known as the financial center of the Philippines, can now boast another distinction: It is the Selfie Capital of the World,” Time editor Chris Wilson wrote in a report posted on Tuesday.


“The city, part of metropolitan Manila and home to 500,000 people, produces more selfies per capita than any other city in the world,” Wilson added.

Makati Information Officer Joey Salgado said this is not surprising because on workdays, more than three million employees, shoppers and visitors take photos of themselves and upload them on social media sites.

He said this could also be because Makati has so many “interesting and safe places to visit for dining, entertainment, events and well-known personalities people bump into everyday that they want to share with their online friends.”

Manhattan, New York placed second with 202 selfie-takers per 100,000 people; followed by Miami, Florida with 155 selfie-takers; Anaheim and Santa Ana, California, 147; Petaling Jaya, Malaysia, 141; Tel Aviv, Israel, 139; Manchester, England, 114.

They were followed by Milan, Italy; Cebu City; and George Town, Malaysia.

The international magazine built a database of over 400,000 Instagram “selfies” and found that Makati City and neighboring Pasig City are the world’s selfie capital.

Television host Ellen DeGeneres made history when she posted a selfie with the Oscar winners that was re-tweeted 3.377 million times.

The Oxford dictionary defined selfie as “a photo that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website.” “Selfie” was Oxford’s word of the year in 2013.

Many believe that the term selfie originated from the word “selca,” the shortened combination of the self-camera coming from either Japan or South Korea, where phones with front cameras originated. The word “selca” could also mean the act of capturing one’s own picture or as “sel-pic” short for self-picture.

Some people claimed that they take selfies when they feel good or are wearing something nice, to annoy friends, for self-assurance and to track changes in the body.

With Jiggy Marquez

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2 Comments

  1. This shows that Filipino’s love to take pictures maybe because it gives us joy, although some people might find it annoying.

  2. It power points the suspected fact that Filipinos are KSP (kulang sa pansin). Learned from universities of “KSP-han lang”. Just listen to UP graduates, “Big talks lacking in substance”. Selfie skulls.