MANILA, Philippines - The Twitterverse on Tuesday, July 31, became a medium to express support for Filipino boxer Mark Barriga as he began his campaign for Gold at the London 2012 Olympics.
Minutes after his fight against Italian Manuel Cappai started, "Mark Barriga" was a trending topic locally. Barriga went on to dominate Cappai, 17-7 to secure his Round of 32 win. Post fight, the phrase "Congrats Mark Barriga" was top 5th trending topic worldwide.
Barriga advances to the Round of 16 on Friday, August 4 where he goes up against Birzhan Zhakypov of Kazakstan. Barriga needs to win two more matches to be assured of a Bronze medal.
Here's how Filipinos online are reacting:
[ View the story "Mark Barriga trends locally, worldwide" on Storify ] Mark Barriga trends locally, worldwide Storified by Rappler · Tue, Jul 31 2012 06:23:18 Mark Barriga wins, advances to the next round of 16! Go #TeamPhilippines! via @natashya_gRappler Barriga defeats Cappia 17-7 in an impressive show of domination and speed. #London2012 (via @natashya_g)Rappler Rappler Natashya Gutierrez also live-tweeted updates on Barriga's fight. When Barriga fights, the bout will have 3 rounds of 3 minutes each. If he loses this fight, he is out. #TeamPhilippines #London2012Natashya Gutierrez Barriga is 19yrs old. He is only 5 feet tall. He is now in the ring for his first light flyweight bout. #TeamPhilippinesNatashya Gutierrez Great round for Barriga! Opponent Cappai's knee hit canvas on the first round, later got a count from the judge. 2 more rounds #London2012Natashya Gutierrez Judges give Barriga 5, Cappai 2 points for the 1st round. #London2012Natashya Gutierrez Barriga doing well! Round 2: Barriga leads Italy's Cappia, 9-4. One more round to go. #London2012Natashya Gutierrez Mark Barriga wins, advances to the next round of 16! Go #TeamPhilippines!Natashya Gutierrez Barriga defeats Cappia 17-7 in an impressive show of domination and speed. @rapplerdotcom #London2012Natashya Gutierrez Even before his bout ended, "Mark Barriga" was already a trending topic in the Philippines. Mark Barriga already a local trending topic. #TeamPhilippines #London2012 http://pic.twitter.com/pkOaSawoBea Cupin A mere seconds after his win, Barriga trended worldwide. Here's what people are saying on Twitter: Congratulations to Mark Barriga! #LondonOlympics2012Jose P. Rizal † Congrats Mark Anthony Barriga! Onto the next one. #PinoyPrideGabe Norwood RT @parengjoserizal: Congrats Mark Barriga! http://pic.twitter.com/wcI9w4J4rose angela dizon Ang pinaka unang good news na pumasok na galing sa #LondonOlympics, congrats Mark Barriga.. 17-7 amateur boxing.Aeron Taguinod MARK BARRIGA great performance!!! Congrats and GOD bless you on ur succeeding games!Emmanuel V. Gatip Congrats Mark Barriga for winning ur first match!! We ate so proud of you! GO FOR GOLD!japoy lizardo Congrats Mark Barriga, 5'6 kalaban mo natalo mo? IKAW NA BARRIGA!Joanne Camille Arada Mark Barriga astig ha ang liit pero nanalo :) CONGRATS.... :) #London2012Eduard Zafra -Rappler.com