8 social media moments that made us laugh out loud
MANILA, Philippines – This Christmas, we throw back to the laughter.
It hasn't been a particularly good year. We were dogged by disaster and conflict, swept up in the tangle of political drama, and discovered, as Pia Wurtzbach did, that sometimes, you have to fall – once, twice, thrice – to capture the silver crown.
As we gather around dinner tables and offer sheepish smiles to interfering aunts, Rappler brings you the gift of laughter. Remember the bee who forgot the chicken. Look out for the debonair president and the equally dapper prime minister. Join us again on the two-minute trip from Columbia to the Philippians and back to the pageant that broke the universe.
In a country like the Philippines, it is laughter that reigns supreme.
In April, a strange version of the Philippines' most famous bee turned up online and had netizens buzzing with excitement and concern. Jollibee, beloved mascot and provider of Chickenjoy, seemed a fading shadow of his former self – skinnier and of a different pigmentation.
Filipinos banded on Twitter to try and figure out just what was wrong with this figure of society that they had grown up with. As the theories got grimmer, prayers of support flowed from the online community.
2. #PrayForAlma and #AlDav
Filipinos offered prayers for actress and senatorial candidate Alma Moreno after her brutal interview with ANC's Karen Davila.
When Moreno showed up on ANC's program "Headstart," nobody knew the chaos that was to ensue after the back-and-forth between host and guest.
Davila kept throwing questions about the coming elections and Moreno's stand on pertinent issues only to be met with – what seemed to netizens – unacceptable responses.
On a scale of 1 to Alma Moreno, how unprepared are you for Monday? Alma Moreno after her interview with Karen Davila. pic.twitter.com/3Yb7qT7joe
On a scale of 1 to Alma Moreno, how unprepared are you for Monday?— Coños of Manila (@ManilaConyos) November 16, 2015
Alma Moreno after her interview with Karen Davila. pic.twitter.com/3Yb7qT7joe— Neil Enore (@neilke93) November 15, 2015
Some elected officials rode on the #KapagBumagyo (translation: when storm/typhoon strikes) trend and amused netizens.
Many tweets were sent out using the hashtag: hugot tweets, gutom, tweets, walang ligo tweets; but perhaps the most notable were posts from Cavite Governor Jonvic Remulla, who can tell what some kids may be up to.
Should I announce the suspension of classes in all levels for July 10 now? Or do I wait til all of you get your "baon" and take a bath?— Jonvic Remulla (@jonvicremulla) July 9, 2015
Yes...classes are suspended in all levels. Please take a bath everyone!— Jonvic Remulla (@jonvicremulla) July 9, 2015
But, of course, let's not forget the hugot:
"Stay Safe" ka ng "Stay Safe" diyan. Bakit nung Safe ka sa akin, nag-Stay ka ba? #HugotSaTagUlan— UAAP Updates (@SportsLivePH) July 8, 2015
Speaking of cute officials, November's Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit was not spared from netizens' watchful eyes as two of the world's most powerful men became subject to online ardour over their looks.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto became instant favorites of the Filipinos who gushed on Twitter about which one of them was more good-looking than the other – nevermind that they were in the Philippines to broker important economic deals with other APEC member states.
5. #MissUniverseIntro & #MissUniverse2015
While we're on the topic of foreign nations bringing joy to Filipinos, one hashtag preceded what would be the most shocking Miss Universe reveal in history: #MissUniverseIntro – netizen suggestions on how each candidate could introduce herself at the pageant.
Mamaya na ko kakain, Wala pa akong GHANA !!#MissUniverseIntro— Em-Jhay (@allyypotpot) December 5, 2015
27, 28, 29, TURKEY! #MissUniverseIntro— Mga Patama Quotes (@MgaPatama) December 5, 2015
Hindi sa Greenbelt, hindi sa SM North, hindi sa Ayala, kundi sa SAMOA!!!! #MissUniverseIntro— Aldwin Richards (@aldwinity) May 22, 2015
Little did anyone know the events that would unfold would cause funnier memes to emerge online after host Steve Harvey mistakenly announced Colombia as the new Miss Universe.
Before the highly-anticipated and much deliberated movie '50 Shades of Grey' came out in February, Filipinos asked an important question: What would Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey's story have been like if it were set in the Philippines?
Using #MNL50ShadesOfGrey, tweet after tweet went out showing the world wide web that Filipinos know how to get things hot and steamy... and most often awkwardly so even when online.
Kuya Grey will see you now...
"Please stop," she whispered. But he readied himself and stroked its length. And started another song on the videoke. #MNL50ShadesOfGrey— Mrs Unlawyer (@mrsunlawyer) February 14, 2015
He hold my hand. I'm nervous. With his husky voice, he whispered in my ears: "Open-minded ka ba sa networking?" #MNL50ShadesOfGrey— Pia Wurtzbakla (@iamloves) February 14, 2015
He holds out his hand, and in his palm are two round, shiny, silver balls, linked with a thick black thread. Rosaryo pala #MNL50ShadesOfGrey— Josh Lim (@akiestar) February 17, 2015
7. Surname War
You can't choose the family you are born into, and – for the most part – it's not that big a deal. However, some netizens prove that one's family name can become more than just an identifier: it can become a lifestyle.
When a student complained about her unusual surname in her post in Facebook fan page FEU Secret Files, she had no idea how many people would be able to relate to her struggle.
As with most online banter, things got competitive when netizens started vying for the title of wittiest – and most laugh-worthy – surnames in the great Surname War of 2015.
8. Heneral Luna
Perhaps one of this year's biggest silver screen surprises, the film Heneral Luna made waves online almost as soon as it was released in September.
Aside from being a tongue-in-cheek retelling of one of the Philippines' zaniest patriots, this was one of the funnier films to hit the local cinemas.
With so many quotable quotes and hugot moments in the film – and with a genius team keeping fans hyped online – it comes as no surprise that Heneral Luna memes have become almost as popular as the film itself.
*and you are probably cramming those psych reports and quizzes* (c) Heneral Luna memes pic.twitter.com/yrNSb16DrS— Psych Majors PH (@PsyOfMNL) September 27, 2015
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From the Rappler family to yours, we hope you spread the joy and laugh as much as you can during this holiday season! – Rappler.com