Using #RP612fic, netizens imagine Philippine heroes on social media

Nicolas Czar Antonio
Using #RP612fic, netizens imagine Philippine heroes on social media
Filipinos use jokes and memes to visualize Philippine historical figures in modern or alternative settings

MANILA, Philippines – Historical revisionism on Independence Day?

In what has become a yearly tradition, Filipinos online once again took to social media to share their jokes and memes about Philippine history on the 121st celebration of the country’s independence from Spanish rule.

The viral hashtag #RP612fic – which means “Republic of the Philippines June 12 fiction”  – is once again making rounds on social media as it instantly earned the top trending spot on Twitter. (READ: #RP612fic: Netizens imagine PH heroes on Independence Day 2018)

Writer Paolo Chikiamco started the online trend in 2009, and it has since become an annual tradition for the Philippine creative writing community to start a conversation on alternative historical narratives.

This year’s entries for #RP612fic features references to the recent elections, 2018 Miss Universe Catriona Gray, Dante Galupa and many more. 

Some poked fun at politicians like senators-elect Bong Go and Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr.




Meanwhile, some used the hashtag to express thinly veiled criticisms on the current state of the country or to take a jab at certain public personalities.








These are just some of the #RP612fic circulating on social media. What’s the wittiest one you’ve seen? Share them with us! – Rappler.com

Nicolas Czar Antonio is a Rappler intern and a Psychology major at the University of the Philippines Diliman. He tweets at @Nicolas_Czar.

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