Pope Francis in the Philippines: Filipinos set Twitter records

MANILA, Philippines –  The Philippines was in a pope-frenzy during Pope Francis' visit to the country from January 15-19, 2015. 

The Philippines is tagged as the social media capital as well as the selfie capital of the world. This is because Filipinos are known to be the most active social media users on the planet.

So it comes as no surprise that the papal trip has set several Twitter records. 

The Pope's Twitter handle, @pontifex, tweeted in Filipino for the first time on January 16, 2015. This is the same tweet that is now holding the record for the most retweeted tweet in the Philippines and most retweeted tweet of the Pope since his account was created in March 17, 2013.

"Ang Pilipinas ay patunay ng kabataan at kasiglahan ng Simbahan," the tweet said.  Ang Pilipinas ay patunay ng kabataan at kasiglahan ng Simbahan. — Pope Francis (@Pontifex) January 16, 2015 

This tweet was preceded by its English translation: "The Philippines bear witness to the youthfulness and vitality of the Church."

The Philippines bear witness to the youthfulness and vitality of the Church. — Pope Francis (@Pontifex) January 16, 2015

 

Here are the 9 other most retweeted tweets of all time from the Pope's account, as of January 20, 2015:

"Ang pamilya ay ang pinakamahalagang kayamanan ng isang bansa. Nawa'y pagsikapan nating ipagtanggol at patatagin itong pundasyon ng lipunan." (The family is the greatest treasure of any country. Let us all work to protect and strengthen this, the cornerstone of society.) Ang pamilya ay ang pinakamahalagang kayamanan ng isang bansa. Naway pagsikapan nating ipagtanggol at patatagin itong pundasyon ng lipunan. — Pope Francis (@Pontifex) January 16, 2015

"Christ is risen! Hallelujah!"

Christ is risen! Alleluia! — Pope Francis (@Pontifex) April 20, 2014

"Ang kahabagan ng Diyos, ang kanyang sakripisyo, ay nagbibigay saysay at halaga sa lahat ng ating paghihirap." (The compassion of God, his suffering with us, gives meaning and worth to our struggles and our sufferings.) Ang kahabagan ng Diyos, ang kanyang sakripisyo, ay nagbibigay saysay at halaga sa lahat ng ating paghihirap. — Pope Francis (@Pontifex) January 17, 2015

"Madalas nating makalimutang pagtuunan ng pansin ang mga bagay na talagang mahalaga. Nakakalimutan natin na tayo'y Anak ng Diyos." (How often we forget to dedicate ourselves to that which truly matters! We forget that we are children of God.) Madalas nating makalimutang pagtuunan ng pansin ang mga bagay na talagang mahalaga. Nakakalimutan natin na tayo'y Anak ng Diyos. — Pope Francis (@Pontifex) January 18, 2015

"Please pray with me for everyone in Sri Lanka and the Philippines as I begin my trip," the tweet said. Please pray with me for everyone in Sri Lanka and the Philippines as I begin my trip. — Pope Francis (@Pontifex) January 12, 2015

"Dear friends, I thank you from my heart and I ask you to continue to pray for me. Pope Francis." Dear friends, I thank you from my heart and I ask you to continue to pray for me. Pope Francis. — Pope Francis (@Pontifex) March 17, 2013

"The Philippines bear witness to the youthfulness and vitality of the Church," the tweet said. The Philippines bear witness to the youthfulness and vitality of the Church. — Pope Francis (@Pontifex) January 16, 2015

"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," the tweet said. 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 (@Pontifex) November 9, 2013

"Bilang Kristiyano, miyembro ng pamilya ng Diyos, tinatawag tayo upang hanapin at paglingkuran ang lahat ng mga nangangailangan," the Pope Francis tweeted. (We who are Christians, members of God’s family, are called to go out to the needy and to serve them.) Bilang Kristiyano, miyembro ng pamilya ng Diyos, tinatawag tayo upang hanapin at paglingkuran ang lahat ng mga nangangailangan. — Pope Francis (@Pontifex) January 18, 2015

Seven of the tweets above came from his trip to the Philippines, while 4 of the top 5 most retweeted tweets are in Filipino.  

Do you think he should tweet more in Tagalog at this point?

This also goes to show that Filipinos, in general, appear to be very powerful online. Just imagine how much we can all do together if we use our Twitter skills to to promote the country to the rest of the world with #SharePH and to help save lives during disasters with Project Agos.

  – Rappler.com