Social Media wRap: ‘Gangnam,’ Ampatuan, and a Pinoy White Christmas

Rappler Social Media Team
The week of November 16-23 saw the commemoration of the Ampatuan massacre, a new definition for "White Christmas," and a new YouTube record

MANILA, Philippines – The week of November 16 to 23 saw the anniversary of the Ampatuan massacre, a new YouTube record, a “trending” celebrity wedding, and a new definition for “White Christmas.”

Sad: Ampatuan massacre, 3 years on

Three years since the gruesome massacre of 58 people in Ampatuan, Maguindanao, justice is still elusive.

“We speak the names of the victims, and hope our voices and those of many others will stand for theirs. We will not forget.”

Angry: Another family affair?

In the week of the 3rd anniversary of the Ampatuan massacre, news emerges that a total of 74 members of the Ampatuan clan are running for elective positions in 14 towns in Maguindanao.

“The clan, however, is not expanding into other towns, but fighting it out in their current turfs,” Rappler’s report noted.

Annoyed: Big bad bloggers?

Bloggers were on the spotlight in a Rappler story on alleged corruption in online media published earlier this week. The story alleges that “loot bag bloggers,” those who only write in exchange for freebies or even monetary payment, are affecting the media landscape as they get mixed up with citizen journalists. This raised the question: Are undisclosed paid reviews and posts a form of deception?

Happy: A new definition of ‘White Christmas’

When we say “White Christmas,” snow immediately comes to mind. The Philippines is trying to change that.

In its latest “It’s More Fun in the Philippines” poster, the Department of Tourism defines it as Christmas by the seashore.

See the latest “It’s More Fun” poster below:

Don’t Care: Divorce announcement, online

Most of the time, celebrities announce “news” through their publicists or lawyers. But race car driver Danica Patrick took another route: social media.

Thousands of Patrick’s fans were suddenly greeted with the news of her divorce from her husband, Paul Hospenthal. “I am sad to inform my fans that after 7 years, Paul and I have decided to amicably end our marriage,” she said in the message, posted on her behalf by her staff on her official Facebook page.

Mashable noted the announcement spread like wildfire among her fans and in the racing community, and garnered proposals from dozens of fans.

Well, it’s okay to woo a racing superstar via a Facebook comment, right?

Inspired: Romance, Zoren-Carmina Style

Filipino celebrity watchers (that means, the entire Philippines) went “kilig” over the surprise wedding of Zoren Legaspi and Carmina Villaroel earlier this month. But on Saturday evening, November 24, the “kilig” spilled over on the Internet after ABS-CBN aired a primetime special featuring the wedding.

Viewers pushed the Zoren-Carmina wedding to the top Twitter trends worldwide that night, with many of the tweets swooning over the romantic event.

Amused: Psy wins YouTube race

Psy > Bieber. At least on YouTube, where the South Korean rapper’s “Gangnam Style” video finally surpassed Justin Bieber’s “Baby” as the most watched video ever.

The viral hit, which counts UN Secretary General (and South Korean) Ban Ki-moon as one of its fans, has more than 805 million views, compared to the Bieber song’s 803 million.

“Each day, ‘Gangnam Style’ is still being watched between 7 and 10 million times,” Kevin Allocca, YouTube trends manager, wrote in a blog post Saturday, said the Agence France-Presse.

Psy’s video hit 800 million views in 4 months, compared to 2 years in Bieber’s case. –

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