MANILA, Philippines – 2015 was a rollercoaster of emotions on social media, with moments of grief and tragedy uniting people across the country, and even worldwide.
Here's a rundown of 5 hashtags that struck a chord this year:
The Special Action Force (SAF) 44 will never be forgotten. They are the elite cops killed in the line of duty, as they clashed with Moro rebels during a police operation in Mamasapano, Maguindanao on January 25. Their families and fellow men in uniform cried for justice – a cry that was echoed across the country. (READ: SAF 44 widow: Why is justice so hard to get?)
A soldier never fight because of what is in front of him rather on what they have left behind. Salamat mga #Tagaligtas! #Fallen44 #SAF44 — Jessryl James Lorio (@jameshasspoken) January 30, 2015
Today, we pray and mourn for our #Fallen44 heroes. Tomorrow, we demand leadership and seek justice. #RIP #Tagaligtas #SAF44 — EJohn Mark Rubi (@ItsEjohnMark) January 30, 2015
Thank you for serving our country and protecting our freedom. Fallen but not forgotten. #Tagaligtas #Fallen44 pic.twitter.com/9gtL8leKfD — Dye Re Mi (@dye_re_mi) January 30, 2015
#PHLPost PH Flag at half-mast to honor #SAF44 #Tagapagligtas #Fallen44 @PNPhotline @pnppio pic.twitter.com/OEU28jIp0i — PHLPost OFFICIAL (@Ppostofficial) January 30, 2015
Also in January, #NasaanAngPangulo trended when netizens noticed that President Benigno Aquino III was a no-show during the arrival of the SAF 44's bodies at Villamor Air Base.
It was a gut-wrenching ceremony that brought about even more heartbreak due to the President’s decision to attend the inauguration of a Mitsubishi plant in Sta Rosa, Laguna instead.
May we remind you Mr. President that you are not only a President but also a Commander-in-chief. I'm sending my... Posted by Sarah Ponce Bonapos on Thursday, January 29, 2015
#NasaanangPangulo? Its funny how Malacanang says "na wala sa schedule", Oh, is that so? President/Commander-In-Chief,... Posted by Frolene Pearl Arnaez on Thursday, January 29, 2015
#1 trend nasaan ang pangulo. Shet. Totoo ba ito? Hindi JaDine, hindi Kathniel, hindi one direction, et al? #MabuhayAngKabataan hahahaha — LVJ (@levijoshua) January 29, 2015
#Nasaanangpangulo dapat sa ganitong nangyayare dumating ang pangulo. Pero nasaan siya? Hustisya — Eka (@eyieka31) January 29, 2015
When Pamana, an endangered Philippine eagle, was shot to death in Davao Oriental, the incident sparked outrage online. The Philippine Eagle Foundation also asked social media users to change their Facebook and Twitter profile photos “to mourn her senseless killing.”
Justice for Pamana! Every peso counts. http://t.co/fZI2yVFfUy Protect the remaing #400left #PaalamPamana @kuyakim_atienza @PhilEagleFdn — Felicia Atienza (@Feli_Atienza) August 20, 2015
thank you for all the love for pamana and the remaining Eagles @annecurtissmith I pray we get #JusticeForPamana soon https://t.co/8SEm4IWfLX — kim atienza (@kuyakim_atienza) August 22, 2015
Please make PAMANA your profile pic. #JusticeForPamana Posted by Carlos P. Celdran on Thursday, August 20, 2015
When you see a bird hovering above the skies, barely flapping its wings, holding it almost completely flat, and yet it... Posted by David Viray on Thursday, August 20, 2015
In early 2015, a terror attack on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo prompted social media users to declare #JeSuisCharlie ("I am Charlie"), in solidarity with the journalists who lost their lives.
The attack on Charlie Hebdo, however, also sparked debates about free speech, with some asking: Did the magazine go too far?
A striking AP picture from Paris tonight. #CharlieHebdo pic.twitter.com/ef8eJjhbc9 — SimonNRicketts (@SimonNRicketts) January 7, 2015
One of the best #JeSuisCharlie cartoons I have seen so far by @RteeFufkin pic.twitter.com/VNMqFaJLxW — Sir William Davenant (@SirWilliamD) January 8, 2015
The little weapon! #CharlieHebdo #cartoon pic.twitter.com/VFFZD2f8Rz — Satish Acharya (@satishacharya) January 7, 2015
#JeSuisCharlie http://t.co/0afKdaj98m by @TheMagnusShaw pic.twitter.com/xCam2fpXqU — Human Rights Watch (@hrw) January 7, 2015
An entire nation held its breath in the wee hours of April 29, waiting for word on the planned execution of Filipina worker Mary Jane Veloso in Indonesia.
Just a few days before, netizens began pleading with the Indonesian government to #SaveMaryJane, a hashtag that became a global plea.
The plea worked, as Mary Jane's execution was postponed at the last minute.
Notably, though, it took 5 years before the public noticed Mary Jane's predicament. (READ: After 5 years, Mary Jane Veloso goes viral)
I call on the DOJ and the DFA to continue supporting Mary Jane in her case so she will be spared from the death penalty. #SaveMaryJane — Bam Aquino (@bamaquino) April 29, 2015
Portland vigil for justice for Mary Jane Veloso & all migrant victims of forced labor exportation. #SaveMaryJane pic.twitter.com/6oaKWumPnv — pin@y power (@pdxPinay) April 29, 2015
Euphoria at the Indonesian embassy as Mary Jane Veloso not among executed. #SaveMaryJane #WeDidIt pic.twitter.com/jCPJa5mQ8M — Renato Reyes, Jr. (@natoreyes) April 28, 2015
Brothers and Sisters. Please PRAY!!! #maryjane veloso #SaveMaryJaneVeloso #SaveMaryJane pic.twitter.com/AUFoOW3FKj — Allan Robinson (@Zpaceboy28) April 28, 2015
Natural disasters are all too common in the Philippines – from life-changing typhoons like Yolanda (Haiyan) in 2013, to destructive earthquakes.
This year, Filipinos also became more aware of the threat of the so-called "big one" – a powerful earthquake that could hit Metro Manila and nearby provinces in the near future. (READ: High resolution West Valley Fault maps launched)
Netizens' online appeal: #PrayForThePhilippines.
EARTHQUAKE IN LUZON TYPHOONS IN VISAYAS WAR IN MINDANAO God bless the Philippines! #PrayForThePhilippines pic.twitter.com/GJS966X2rS — Feelings (@textposts) May 19, 2015
the earthquake makes me worry alot. i pray that everyone will be safe we'll never know when its gonna hit #PrayForThePhilippines — Luke Hemmings (@Luke5SOShahajk) May 19, 2015
A 7.2 earthquake might hit the Philippines, I hope you all stay safe. We are all praying for you! #PrayForThePhilippines — 1D Updates (@OTRADaily) May 19, 2015
OUR LOVE, THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH THE PEOPLE OF PHILIPPINES. STAY STRONG, STAY SAFE! #PrayForThePhilippines — EMINIK OFFICIAL (@EminikOfficial) May 19, 2015
What other hashtags made you feel heartbroken in 2015? Let us know in the comments section. – Rappler.com