We previously showed you the top 10 YouTube channels in the Philippines. That list, however, includes established media companies such as ABS-CBN and GMA.
In this list, we put the spotlight solely on vloggers, the YouTube natives who made a name for themselves primarily on YouTube or maybe through other online means, and have been able to build a sizable subscriber base.
Here they are in a countdown ranked from least to most subscribers, along with their most-viewed video. Figures are according to Social Blade numbers taken on the date of publication of this article.
10. AkoSiDogie – 6.4 million followers
AkoSiDogie started out with gaming content, but has since branched out to more day-in-the-life vlogging content. But his biggest hit so far is a music video for the song “Sando Gang,” a term associated with the old trend of wearing a sando (tank top/sleeveless shirt) while streaming a game.
9. Jelai Andres – 6.51 million followers
A crossover celebrity who built followings on Facebook and YouTube before becoming an actor with GMA.
8. Doc Willie Ong – 6.57 million followers
The aspiring vice presidential candidate rose to online fame with content focusing on medical advice on both Facebook and YouTube. He ran for senator in the 2019 elections banking on his then 10 million Facebook followers. Ong has been active on YouTube for a long time, with his oldest publicly viewable video published way back on January 8, 2008.
7. Donnalyn Bartolome – 7.92 million followers
The multi-talented online star can sing, dance, vlog, and rap. She has been an enduring star as well, with her oldest publicly viewable video dated July 27, 2011.
Donnalyn’s YouTube videos can’t be sorted according to views, so we just picked her music video for “O.M.O” (On My Own), a catchy female empowerment anthem with Kpop-esque production values and witty lines:
“You can buy me Gucci, Gucci, Gucci; you’ll get the same reaction when you buy me buchi buchi (sesame seed ball). Can go to Paris, but she’s okay with pares (braised beef stew).”
6. Cong TV – 8.89 million followers
YouTube’s clown prince of comedy. He’s one of the few people in the world, perhaps the only one, who can call a person a “paa” (foot), and be loved for it. “Kumusta mga paa?” is a signature catchphrase along with “payaman,” a self-aware reference to the channel’s success.
This has since morphed to “Team Payaman,” as Cong or Lincoln Velasquez has also been helping other vloggers – first, those in his inner circle including his EJ Obiena-lookalike brother Junnie Boy and friends, and now, through a Pinoy Big Brother-like show The Gaming House.
The Gaming House is set in Velasquez’s “Payamansion” where new streamers prove that they have what it takes to be the next big talent in Filipino game entertainment company Tier One’s streaming roster. No word yet if Cong will take on the iconic role as the voice of Pinoy Big Brother’s “Kuya,” although that would be hilarious.
Velasquez also plays in a band, and they have been featured on the Wish 107.5 channel performing several songs.
5. Zeinab Harake – 11.1 million followers
Harake’s growth in YouTube has been incredibly fast. Just two years ago, in September 2019, she celebrated her 1-million subscriber milestone. Now, she has 1,000% (and then some) more than that with 11.1 million subscribers.
Harake has a big following on Facebook with 11 million followers.
Harake is also the partner of rapper Skusta Clee. They made showbiz headlines in the past due to online mudslinging between them, but have since repaired their relationship, and now have a child.
Skusta Clee, known for his hits “Umaasa” and “Dance With You,” also has a sizable YouTube channel with 2.43 million followers.
4. Alex Gonzaga – 11.5 million followers
Alex is the sister of Toni Gonzaga, who recently had a controversial interview with former senator and potential presidentiable Bongbong Marcos.
Alex currently has more followers than Toni on YouTube although Alex has a two-year headstart on her older sister. Alex’s oldest publicly viewable video is dated July 2017 while Toni’s is dated January 2019. Toni is currently 32nd on the Social Blade YouTube Philippines ranking, with 4.36 million subscribers.
Alex vlogs about family life, but like Toni has also posted content featuring political figures such as presidentiable Isko Moreno, and Senator Loren Legarda.
Alex and Toni converted mainstream stardom (through traditional avenues such as TV5 for Alex and ABS-CBN and Star Cinema movies for Toni) into online power. It’s a reverse trajectory compared to the aforementioned Jelai Garcia who transitioned from online to traditional fame through GMA 7.
Like Donnalyn Bartolome, Alex is multi-talented, and hosts, dances, sings, and raps.
3. Niana Guerrero – 14 million subscribers
Fifteen-year-old Niana Guerrero, with 14 million subscribers, is even more popular on TikTok with 26.8 million followers. Her most popular YouTube video? A “sequel” to the “Shape Of You” car jam with her half-sibling Ranz Kyle, this time dancing along to “Despacito.”
2. Ivana Alawi – 14.1 million subscribers
The 24-year-old half-Moroccan, half-Filipina celebrity only started uploading videos on her YouTube channel in August 2019 but has been a fast riser with 14.1 million subscribers now, featuring vlogs with her family, and YouTube vlogging staples, prank, and pig-out mukbang videos.
1. Ranz Kyle – 14.5 million subscribers
24-year-old Ranz Kyle Ongsee is the eldest among the three dancing Ongsee/Guerrero half-siblings who have skyrocketed to online fame with their dance videos. His oldest upload on the channel dates back to 10 years ago, but it wasn’t until years later in 2017 that they’d upload a video that would reach 75 million views. It featured Ranz’s half-sister Niana jamming to Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You” while her brother got some ice cream.
They’ve also started to feature their even younger sibling Natalia (a full sibling of Niana’s and a half sibling of Ranz’s) in their videos, which have also proven to be a hit among netizens. – Rappler.com