MANILA, Philippines – Netizens were resolved to keep alive the spirit of #RP612fic, or “Republic of the Philippines June 12 fiction,” an annual Independence Day tradition where people put clever spins on historical narratives, reimagining them in a modern, social media-friendly context.
The hashtag #RP612fic gathered at least 53,000 tweets as of 3:30 pm Sunday, and ranked among the top Twitter trends in the Philippines.
In the third pandemic year of #RP612fic, Jose Rizal wearing a face mask is out, and the 2022 elections, televised history blunders, and fresher pop culture references are in.
Here are some of this year’s best:
Crisostomo Ibarra when he forgot to switch Facebook profiles:
Have you seen Apolinario Mabini smile? No? Neither have we.
He said yes! 😍
Heads (and eyes) will roll for MaJoHa:
Unless we’re talking about this MaJoHa:
Ibong Adarna in its drone era:
Gat Marites braving the frontlines of the disinformation war:
Nothing more deadly than a perfectly winged eyeliner:
Papunta pa lang tayo sa neck part:
Check out more #RP612fic memes here!