Here is the “Golden Tweet” whose message clearly generated a resounding impact among Filipinos. For 2013, it’s Pope Francis’ tweet asking for prayers for the victims of Typhoon Yolanda:
“I ask all of you to join me in prayer for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda especially those in the beloved islands of the Philippines.” – Pope Francis
Who could forget Justin Bieber’s surprise visit to Tacloban City in December and how he appealed for assistance to the devastated city:
“Flew to the affected areas in the Philippines, please do what you can to help.” – Justin Beiber
K-Pop star Nichkhun Horvejkul tweeted about his incredible stay in the country and how he was enjoying the Filipino delicacy balut:
“Finally, I feel like I’m a bit more Filipino than yesterday! My first ever Balot – yum yum!” – Nichkhun Horvejkul
Filipino-Australian actress-model-recording artist Anne Curtis tells the world she was sorry for slapping actor John Lloyd Cruz and two others after having too many drinks during a night at a bar.
“Hey everyone. I will be making my official statement now & after this, I will not be giving any interviews about this issue anymore.” – Anne Curtis-Smith
And, Anne’s good friend and It’s Showtime co-host Vice Ganda responds to the slapping incident:
“Condemn the act not the person. I don’t tolerate the act. But I support my friend.” – Jose Marie Viceral (AKA Vice Ganda)
And, what were the biggest events and occurrences in 2013 that made Twitter users from the Philippines narrate, share and discuss?
Filipinas win international beauty crowns
(miss philippines, #missworld2013, megan young, #miss international2013, bea rose santiago, mutya datul, #pinoypride)
Filipinos rejoiced on Twitter when three Filipina beauty queens, Megan Young, Mutya Datul and Bea Rose Santiago, bagged the prestigious titles Miss World, Miss Supranational and Miss International, respectively, this year.
“Ms. Int’l 2013 Bea Rose Santiago and Ms. Netherlands (L) and Miss New Zealand (R) (via REUTERS/Yuya Shino.) – ABS-CBN News Channel
(#YolandaPH, #ReliefPH, #prayforthephilippines, #walangpasok, #haiyan, #givebackphilippines)
Who would not tweet about Yolanda? People just kept on tweeting about the impact of the strongest typhoon to ever hit land on their lives, how they are willing to extend a helping hand, and how they experienced the sanctity of human life.
Smart Gilas in FIBA Asia
(#labanpilipinas, #gilaspilipinas, gilas pilipinas, #philippines, #puso, #fibaasia#2013)
When the Smart Gilas Philippine men’s basketball team began its phenomenal rise in the FIBA Asia 2013 in Manila, beating perennial stalwarts Japan and South Korea and ended up second to Iran in the Finals, who won’t be excited not to tweet or retweet this incredible feat?
Philippine Mid-term Elections
(#phvote, #eleksyon2013, #halalan2013, #dapattama, #harapan2013, #vote2013)
It was the particular political exercise ripe for the tweeting. Citizens used Twitter extensively to voice out their praise or concerns about candidates, updates on the process, and actual on-the-ground reports on the actual polls last May.
For the top influencers on Twitter, we have broken up the top individual users into specific categories they belong.
But one stand out as the 2013 Twitter Influencer of the Year:
Jose Marie Viceral
His impeccable style and incredible talent made this stand-up comedian one of the most influential entertainment personalities in history—with his impact clearly showing in his presence on Twitter, wherein he garnered millions of retweets.
Other top influencers include:
Anne Curtis-Smith (@annecurtissmith) – Entertainment
Kuya Kim Atienza (@kuyakimatienza) – Science
Karen Davila (@karendavila) – Media
Noynoy Aquino (@noynoyaquino) – Politics/Government
Aly Borromeo (@alybor11) – Sports
Ogie Alcasid (@ogiealcasid) – Music
Rommel Feria (@rom) – Tech
Jim Paredes (@jimparedes) – Advocate
Georgina Wilson (@ilovegeorgina) – Lifestyle
Rajo Laurel (@rajolaurel) – Fashion
It’s a Teen Thing (@ohteenquotes) – Inspirational
Most Tweeted Topics
For the most tweeted topics of the year, these stand out:
Most Tweeted Celebrity: Angel Locsin (“angel locsin”)
Most Tweeted TV Variety Show: It’s Showtime (#itsshowtime)
Most Tweeted TV Soap: Be Careful With My Heart (#becarefulwithmyheart)
Most Tweeted Movie: Sisterakas (#sisterakas)
Most Tweeted Music Personality/Event: Wanderland Music Fest (#wanderlandmusicfest)
Most Tweeted Political Campaign/Service: Mr. Education – Sen. Sonny Angara (#mreducation)
Most Tweeted Sports Personality/Event: Ateneo vs La Salle UAAP Volleyball (#admuvsdlsu)
Most Tweeted Service/Social Responsibility Campaign: Sagip Kapamilya (#sagipkapamilya)
Most Tweeted Tech Product: Windows 8 (#windows8)
Most Tweeted Business Campaign/Service: Globe Enlightens (#globeenlightens)
Most Tweeted Media Organization: GMA News TV (#gmanewstv)
Most Tweeted Gadget: Samsung Galaxy (“samsung galaxy”)
Most Tweeted Food and Beverage Service: Starbucks (“starbucks”)
Most Tweeted Fashion Product: SM Accessories (“sm accessories”)