Top 10 Facebook moments in 2015 for Filipinos

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Top 10 Facebook moments in 2015 for Filipinos
What topics did you like, comment on, or share this 2015? Rappler picks the top global and national events that dominated the Facebook news feeds of Filipinos.

MANILA, Philippines – In 2015, you’ve seen a wide variety of events unfold before your eyes – while scrolling up and down your own Facebook news feeds.  

Aside from being a social networking platform, Facebook has also become one of the leading source of news and information worldwide. Thanks to the easier access to the Internet, a Facebook user can easily keep up with current events through the news that pop up in his/her feed.

Each major event that happened in the Philippines and all over the world created a unique social conversation that triggered not just emotions but also action. We have witnessed how global movements unfolded together with the news, and how social media played a crucial role in making it all happen.

Rappler picks the top global and local events that dominated the Facebook news feeds of Filipinos for the year.

2016 national elections

Throughout the year, Filipinos witnessed the opening salvo and the preparations leading to the 2016 national elections. For the first time, social media will play a huge part in choosing the next Philippine president. This year, the Commission on Elections ramped up its campaign to urge people to register and have their biometrics captured. Politicians declared their intent to run for their desired position, ahead of the filing of certificates of candidacy last October.

Politics has always been one of the most-discussed topics and this year is no different. Netizens debated on several controversial election-related news including the following: 

Students roast Vice President JEJOMAR BINAY at UP Los Baños forum. He answers questions about informal settlers in Makati, Philippines, corruption, and why he criticizes an administration he was long part of. Full story:

Posted by Rappler on Tuesday, September 15, 2015


Santiago: I will run, there's nothing left to do

Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago declares she's running for president in 2016.

Posted by Rappler on Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Rody Duterte: I am running for president

Rody Duterte, Davao City, Philippines mayor, confirms via phone that he will run for president of the Philippines in the 2016 elections shortly after saying that the "option to run is on the table."  'There are things in life that would move a man, a citizen, to do something even if he doesn't enjoy it,' he says. Full story:

Posted by Rappler on Saturday, November 21, 2015

Comelec 1st division disqualifies Grace Poe

The Commission on Elections First Division disqualifies Senator Grace Poe from the 2016 presidential race on a 2-1 vote. Poe's lawyer George Garcia says they will file a motion for reconsideration before the Comelec en banc on December 15 or 16.Full story:

Posted by Rappler on Friday, December 11, 2015

Poe hits 4th disqualification case in Comelec

Senator Grace Poe's camp says, "We are ready to face all these petitions and prove them wrong."Full story:

Posted by Rappler on Monday, November 9, 2015

Roxas to Duterte: I dare you, slap me

Presidential candidate Mar Roxas challenges rival Rody Duterte to slap him if his Wharton degree is proven bogus. Full story:

Posted by Rappler on Monday, December 14, 2015

Duterte to Roxas: 'UPenn graduate ka, and not Wharton!'

Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte insists administration standard-bearer Mar Roxas is not a Wharton graduate.Read full story here:

Posted by Rappler on Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Pope Francis in the Philippines

2015 has been a big year for Filipino Catholics with the arrival of Pope Francis in the country last January. During his 5-day visit, the beloved pontiff spent time with Filipino families and children; met with various religious leaders, and civil authorities; and visited Yolanda-hit Tacloban.

Pope Francis arrives in the Philippines

Welcome to the Philippines Pope Francis!   #PopeFrancisPH

Posted by Rappler on Thursday, January 15, 2015

Pope Francis asks "Do you love me?"

Quoting the gospel, Pope Francis asks, "Do you love me?" To which Filipinos respond "Yes!" Pope Francis replies, "Thank you."  #PopeFrancisPH

Posted by Rappler on Thursday, January 15, 2015

Pope Francis joins people singing "Tell the World of His Love"

Pope Francis' holds hands with children as the people attending the youth encounter in UST sing "Tell the World of His love." #PopeFrancisPH

Posted by Rappler on Saturday, January 17, 2015

Mamasapano clash

On January 25, less than a week after the visit of Pope Francis in the country, the nation mourned the loss of the 67 lives, including 44 members of the PNP Special Action Force in clashes with rebel forces and private armed groups in Mamasapano, Maguindanao.

The botched operation was meant to hunt down Malaysian bomb maker and terrorist Zulkifli bin Hir, alias Marwan. A Senate probe into the clash was launched and a series of public hearings and closed-door executive sessions were done to investigate what really happened during the “misencounter.” 

Napeñas: It was me who decided to go on with the operationsWatch our livestream of the Senate hearing on the #MamasapanoClash here:

Posted by Rappler on Sunday, February 8, 2015

Alan Cayetano: This is entirely MILF's faultWatch more here:

Posted by Rappler on Monday, February 9, 2015

In September, President Benigno Aquino III announced in a live national address that indeed, Marwan was neutralized in Mamasapano.

Marriage equality

History was made when the United States Supreme Court declared same-sex marriage legal in all its 50 states. US President Barack Obama addressed the nation and praised the ruling as a “victory for America.”

America should be very proud. #LoveWins

Posted by The White House on Friday, June 26, 2015

Shortly after the announcement, Facebook launched a “Celebrate Pride” tool that allows a Facebook user to add a rainbow filter on their profile picture. 

Created with

Posted by Mark Zuckerberg on Friday, June 26, 2015

Our country was founded on the promise that all people are created equal, and today we took another step towards…

Posted by Mark Zuckerberg on Friday, June 26, 2015

‘Fight of the Century’: Floyd Mayweather Jr vs Manny Pacquiao 

The world stopped when the match between Floyd Mayweather Jr and Manny Pacquiao, billed as “The Fight of the Century” and “The Biggest Fight of All-Time,” finally happened last May.

After 12 rounds of boxing 6 years in the making, Mayweather secured a unanimous decision victory versus Pacquiao at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

JUST IN: Floyd Mayweather wins via unanimous decision!

Posted by Rappler on Saturday, May 2, 2015

19 years in the fight game and I've had one excuse: "Don't have an excuse". Winners win and losers have excuses.

Posted by Floyd Mayweather on Tuesday, May 5, 2015

To all the fans, thank you for all your support. Thank you for always being there for me no matter what the outcome.  I…

Posted by Manny Pacquiao on Sunday, May 3, 2015

Rappler also crowdsourced fan artworks showing support to one of the most anticipated boxing matches in recent history.

Calling all artists!Do you have any #MayPac artwork to share?

Posted by Rappler on Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Still THE PEOPLE'S CHAMP: Manny Pacquiao.#SalamatManny Floyd Mayweather defeats Pacquiao as skill prevails over will: #MayPac

Posted by Rappler on Saturday, May 2, 2015

Paris attacks

Ten months after the attack that killed 12 people and injured 11 others at the office of satirical paper Charlie Hebdo, another terror attack in Paris shook the whole world. On November 13, a series of attacks in the French capital left more than 128 people dead and 180 people injured

Face à l'effroi, il y a une Nation qui sait se défendre, sait mobiliser ses forces et, une fois encore, saura vaincre les terroristes.

Posted by François Hollande on Friday, November 13, 2015

Les villes du monde entier continuent à exprimer leur soutien au peuple parisien. Encore une fois, un grand merci du fond du cœur. Nous sommes unis.

Posted by Anne Hidalgo on Sunday, November 15, 2015

During the attacks, people in Paris were able to utilize the safety check feature activated by Facebook to let friends and family know that they were okay.

Yesterday, we activated Safety Check in Paris so that people there could let their friends and family know they were…

Posted by Facebook Safety on Saturday, November 14, 2015

Similar to the “Celebrate Pride” profile photo filter, Facebook also launched the French flag filter tool to show solidarity with the victims of terror in Paris.

We stand together. #JeSuisParis

Posted by Facebook on Saturday, November 14, 2015

Fight against ISIS

The fight against terrorism continues.

People from all over the world condemned the actions of the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq (ISIS). Throughout the year, netizens utilized Facebook and other social media platforms to share the latest news about terrorism, and to mourn its victims.

Leaders' Summit on Countering ISIL and Countering Violent Extr…

President Obama discusses global efforts to counter ISIL and counter violent extremism at the #UNGA Leaders' Summit on Countering ISIL and Countering Violent Extremism, at the UN Headquarters, in New York, September 29, 2015.

Posted by U.S. Department of State on Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Terrorism has a new frontier: social media.

Posted by Rappler on Saturday, November 14, 2015

ISIS' plans for Southeast Asia, and 4 lessons we learned from #ParisTerrorAttacks. | by Maria Ressa

Posted by Rappler on Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Some of the terror attacks claimed by ISIS includes the Russian plane crash in Egypt in October, the deadly Iraq mosque attack in November, and the recent Paris shooting.

Our prayers are with the people of Paris. #PrayForParisOver 100 killed in Paris attacks:

Posted by Move.PH on Friday, November 13, 2015

FIBA Asia 2015

The basketball-loving nation stood together as the Gilas Pilipinas men’s national basketball team aimed for the outright berth to the 2016 Summer Olympics. The Philippines, however, settled for silver in the 2015 FIBA Asia Championship in Changsha in Hunan, China, last October.

Gilas Pilipinas star Jayson Castro was also named to the 2015 FIBA Asia Mythical Team.

Castro = best point guard in Asia?

Jayson Castro William from Philippines (16.7ppg 3.2rpg 2.6apg 1.0stlpg) was elected in the #FIBAAsia2015 All-Star Five!Is he the best point guard in Asia?

Posted by FIBA on Tuesday, October 6, 2015

This runner-up finish earned the country a spot at the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament happening next year. 

Philippines' highlights at #FIBAAsia2015

Check out Philippines' best moments at the #FIBAAsia2015 as they finished in second place, booking their place in the 2016 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournaments!

Posted by FIBA on Tuesday, October 6, 2015

ALL HEART. Thank you for the hard-fought FIBA Asia battle, Gilas Pilipinas! #FIBAAsia2015 Game recap:

Posted by Rappler on Saturday, October 3, 2015

2015 APEC summit

Global political and business leaders gathered in Manila for the annual Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit held November 12-19. The last time Manila hosted the regional summit was in 1996, a time when social media have yet to be introduced.

Several bilateral talks between leaders were also held on the sidelines of the APEC. Rappler compiled all the bilateral talks and agreements between the Philippines and other economies in a Facebook album:

Several bilateral talks were held on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit in Manila. Here's a…

Posted by Rappler on Thursday, November 19, 2015

Below are some of Rappler’s top Facebook videos about the 2015 APEC Summit:

Canada's Trudeau arrives in Manila for APEC Summit

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrived in Manila on Tuesday evening, November 17, to join other leaders at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit, part of his first international trip as Prime Minister. Full story:

Posted by Rappler on Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Aquino, Xi endure ‘awkward’ moment in APEC

Philippine President Benigno Aquino III and Chinese President Xi Jinping walk together – with Chilean President Michelle Bachelet as their buffer – in the Philippine International Convention Center. Full story:

Posted by Rappler on Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Obama hosts panel discussion with Alibaba CEO and PH scientist

Those at the APEC CEO Summit were in for a pleasant surprise when US President Barack Obama hosted the panel with Alibaba's Jack Ma and PH scientist Aisa Mijeno, Watch the entire panel discussion on Rappler:

Posted by Rappler on Tuesday, November 17, 2015

AlDub phenomenon

No doubt, the AlDub fever took over every one’s social media feeds during the latter months of this year. The on-screen team-up of Alden Richards and Maine Mendoza dominated the daily trending topics and conquered the world.

Rejoice, AlDub Nation! Alden Richards and Maine Mendoza top Google Philippines' trends for 2015.

Posted by Rappler on Wednesday, December 16, 2015


Since noontime television show Eat Bulaga introduced its Kalyeserye segment, more and more Filipinos became hooked and captivated by the fast-rising love team. Below are just some of the most-viewed AlDub videos:

Tamang panahon clip

Maraming salamat sa inyong walang sawang suporta mga ALDUBARKADS! #AlDub

Posted by Eat Bulaga on Wednesday, October 28, 2015

ALDUB: Hulog

Hawak nang mabuti baka ma-fall rin kayo 😉

Posted by Eat Bulaga on Monday, November 23, 2015

What events did you like, comment on, or share this 2015? Which news prompted you to take action? Let us know in the comments section or write about it in X! –

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