MANILA, Philippines – Who are the 10 most followed Filipinos on Twitter?
Twitter released its first #YearOnTwitter (#YOT) in the Philippines report on Tuesday, December 6. See who Filipinos deemed to be the most follow-worthy this year.
Alden Richards is Al in the Internet phenomenon AlDub. The love team started making massive online waves in 2015. (READ: #AlDub sets new record)
His account was first registered to Twitter on December of 2009 but his first tweet was not sent until the beginning of 2011.
keep on following my twitter account thank you!! :)) — Alden Richards (@aldenrichards02) January 2, 2011
Despite being tenth on the list, Richards has probably one of the most highly-engaged followers. His tweets get thousands of retweets and likes. See a few here:
Hindi ako sanay....sobrang nakakamiss. Hintayin mo ako ah? — Alden Richards (@aldenrichards02) October 7, 2015 8am pa lang 2M na?! Ano to?! I'm proud to be part of the #AlDubnation we're blessed because the Lord is with us. #ALDUBMostAwaitedDate — Alden Richards (@aldenrichards02) September 19, 2015
"It girl," celebrity host and model Georgina Wilson took the ninth spot.
Her top tweets this year included both a brand endorsement and her support of vice presidential candidate Bongong Marcos in the May 2016 national elections.
Good luck with the elections tomorrow @bongbongmarcos ❤❤❤ — Georgina Wilson (@ilovegeorgina) May 8, 2016 Heyyyyyy!! Visit the TRESemme Style Studio and see how I #StandUptoStylingDamage. See you at Robinsons Manila on Aug. 12, 5pm. — Georgina Wilson (@ilovegeorgina) August 9, 2016 She was one of the few celebrities to join Twitter in February 2009. Here's her first impression of Twitter: Twitter looks highly addictive! Tell me - how has twitter changed your life? — Georgina Wilson (@ilovegeorgina) February 27, 2009
Tony Award winner Lea Salonga is an internationally recognized singer and actress.
On Twitter, Salonga is very vocal about her advocacies. See some of her top tweets this year below:
I'm just going to leave this right here... pic.twitter.com/4eDGh3cX0V — Lea Salonga (@MsLeaSalonga) February 16, 2016 Salonga tweeted this on the day Former President Ferdinand Marcos was buried at the Libingan ng Mga Bayani. If you don't learn your history, you are doomed to repeat it. More and more relevant, that adage has become. — Lea Salonga (@MsLeaSalonga) November 18, 2016 So, ladies, what are we supposed to do? Saan tayo lulugar? pic.twitter.com/YwFWe3K4HK — Lea Salonga (@MsLeaSalonga) August 26, 2016 Her daughter is also a fan of two of the most-followed celebrities on Twitter in the country. Hence, the engagement on these posts: So... we had #KathNiel with us to promote their latest film Barcelona. Holy wow, they're gorgeous. — Lea Salonga (@MsLeaSalonga) August 28, 2016 Was at ABS-CBN today to tape something. #KathNiel stopped by to say hi. My daughter, upon seeing Daniel, suddenly burst into tears. — Lea Salonga (@MsLeaSalonga) October 9, 2016 Salonga first joined Twitter on April 16, 2009, when she tweeted her curiosity over whether the platform was better than social networking site Facebook. (We wonder what she thinks of it 7 years later.) I'm catching up on Heroes... and doing a little paperwork. Hmmm... I wonder if this Twitter thing is better than Facebook. — Lea Salonga (@MsLeaSalonga) April 16, 2009
An exception to the list, this account is not the personal handle of a celebrity. Created in November 2009, @ohteenquotes tweets relatable things to the average teen.
"A lot of millennials flock to Twitter and express themselves. There’s a lot of authenticity," said Dickson Seow, Head of Communications for Twitter in Asia Pacific.
See some of its top tweets:
What I say vs What I really feel pic.twitter.com/u1QPwOvSVC — Relationship ♡ (@ohteenquotes) November 16, 2014 This type of relationship ☺️ pic.twitter.com/4Wsc1PAAn7 — Relationship ♡ (@ohteenquotes) December 8, 2014 The first and last group hug. RT if you will miss Zayn. #AlwaysInOurHeartsZaynMalik pic.twitter.com/38pE3OnERg — Relationship ♡ (@ohteenquotes) March 25, 2015 In the mood for pic.twitter.com/w3uEryl90I — Relationship ♡ (@ohteenquotes) April 19, 2015 There's no reason for not loving flowers http://t.co/jSeNVcEqD8 — Relationship ♡ (@ohteenquotes) March 7, 2015 GIVE ME THIS AND I'LL LOVE YOU FOREVER pic.twitter.com/q4oeALcjRf — Relationship ♡ (@ohteenquotes) November 8, 2014
Can you relate?
Mendoza is the second half of the love team phenomenon, AlDub. She rose to Internet stardom in 2015 for creating hilarious Dubsmash videos.
Despite being late to the fame game, she took the number 6 spot in the most followed list this year. Her account was first registered to Twitter in 2009. She began tweeting in 2014.
I posted a new photo to Facebook http://t.co/KeWuC6CUEJ — Maine Mendoza (@maindcm) March 2, 2014 Just like Richards, her tweets can reach hundreds of thousands in engagement. See some of it below: Maraming salamat Dabarkads at AlDub Nation sa suporta at pagmamahal! Grabe kayo! God bless us all!!! #AIDubEBTamangPanahon — Maine Mendoza (@mainedcm) October 24, 2015 pic.twitter.com/EdIkh5ymLP — Maine Mendoza (@mainedcm) December 17, 2015 Tadaaaaaa!!! ✔️ 1 foot ✔️ No touch #ThankYouALDUBNation pic.twitter.com/n5SQ7K5dGi — Maine Mendoza (@mainedcm) September 27, 2015
Padilla is an actor and a recording artist. He is Niel in the viral love team #KathNiel. As the center of an engaged community, the tandem has trended almost every night since 2013.
His top posts this year involved promoting his better half, Kathryn Bernardo, for the 2016 Nickolodeon Kids' Choice Awards.
#VoteKathrynFPP #KCA pic.twitter.com/CAY1fvQukb — Daniel Padilla (@imdanielpadilla) February 16, 2016
Same post, different days. But still, he garnered high interactions for his tweets.
He first joined Twitter in July 2011. See his first tweet:
LIVE FOREVER //_\ — Daniel Padilla (@imdanielpadilla) July 9, 2011
She is Kath in #KathNiel. A million followers ahead of her partner, Daniel Padilla, Kathryn Bernardo takes the 4th spot.
She first joined and tweeted in October 2, 2010.
@MavHarnois thanks kuya mav. :) — KATH (@bernardokath) October 2, 2010 Her top tweet this year includes a snap with Daniel Padilla. Bye manila! pic.twitter.com/Fatud2nbQ5 — KATH (@bernardokath) June 8, 2016
Actor and comedian Vice Ganda took the 3rd spot as the most followed Filipino on Twitter.
He created his account in September 2010 and his first tweet was dedicated to promoting the then one-year-old television variety show Showtime.
madlang pipol! party! party! hope you are all watching the pambansang noontime show...showtime! — jose marie viceral (@vicegandako) September 4, 2010 See some of his top tweets for 2016 below: #VoteKathrynFPP #KCA Let's support my Little Ponies!!! — jose marie viceral (@vicegandako) February 6, 2016 Nakakalungkot! Diba gusto natin ng pagbabago? E bkit simpleng patakaran na walang magseselfie sa presinto di masunod? Matigas ba ulo o bobo? — jose marie viceral (@vicegandako) May 9, 2016 May terorismo di dhil di kayang kontrolin ng pangulo ang mga terorista. Kundi dhil di kayang kontrolin ng mga terorista ang kademyohan nla. — jose marie viceral (@vicegandako) September 3, 2016
Angel Locsin is an actress and a commercial model. In 2010, she became FHM Philippines' sexiest woman.
She joined Twitter in July 2009 but only started tweeting in October of that year.
I'M ON TWITTER NA! :) thanks dennis :) — Angel Locsin (@143redangel) October 15, 2009 Her top tweet this year: Wag kang magalala.. ako ang resbak mo https://t.co/av8lxpQHW1 — Angel Locsin (@143redangel) October 16, 2016
Filipino celebrity Anne Curtis is still the reigning Twitter queen. She has been the most followed Filipino celebrity since 2011, the same year she breached the one-million mark, another Filipino first.
Her Twitter account was created in March 2009. Here's a throwback to her first tweet:
is wondering why all her friends have suddenly joined Twitter. Curiosity killed the cat... and here I am in Twitter World. — Anne Curtis-Smith (@annecurtissmith) March 10, 2009
None of her tweets this year beat her best performing tweet from 2015, a welcome to the Pope on his visit to the country.
Welcome to the Philippines Pope Francis #PopeFrancisPH — Anne Curtis-Smith (@annecurtissmith) January 15, 2015
The Twitter list did not include brands or organizations. – Rappler.com
*All the screenshots were taken December 5, 2016.
*Top tweets were identified using MyTopTweet.com, registration of account using twbirthday.com, and first tweet discover.twitter.com/first-tweet.