Pope Francis in the Philippines: Filipinos set Twitter records

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Pope Francis in the Philippines: Filipinos set Twitter records
Here's online proof of how big the Pope is in the country

MANILA, Philippines –  The Philippines was in a pope-frenzy during Pope Francis’ visit to the country from January 15-19, 2015. 

From the time he arrived to the time he departed, Filipinos were glued to him offline, on-air, and online.  

The Philippines is tagged as the social media capital as well as the selfie capital of the world. This is because Filipinos are known to be the most active social media users on the planet.

So it comes as no surprise that the papal trip has set several Twitter records. 

The Pope’s Twitter handle, @pontifex, tweeted in Filipino for the first time on January 16, 2015. This is the same tweet that is now holding the record for the most retweeted tweet in the Philippines and most retweeted tweet of the Pope since his account was created in March 17, 2013.

“Ang Pilipinas ay patunay ng kabataan at kasiglahan ng Simbahan,” the tweet said.  

 

This tweet was preceded by its English translation: “The Philippines bear witness to the youthfulness and vitality of the Church.”


 

Here are the 9 other most retweeted tweets of all time from the Pope’s account, as of January 20, 2015:

Ang pamilya ay ang pinakamahalagang kayamanan ng isang bansa. Nawa’y pagsikapan nating ipagtanggol at patatagin itong pundasyon ng lipunan.” (The family is the greatest treasure of any country. Let us all work to protect and strengthen this, the cornerstone of society.)


“Christ is risen! Hallelujah!”


“Ang kahabagan ng Diyos, ang kanyang sakripisyo, ay nagbibigay saysay at halaga sa lahat ng ating paghihirap.” (The compassion of God, his suffering with us, gives meaning and worth to our struggles and our sufferings.)


“Madalas nating makalimutang pagtuunan ng pansin ang mga bagay na talagang mahalaga. Nakakalimutan natin na tayo’y Anak ng Diyos.” (How often we forget to dedicate ourselves to that which truly matters! We forget that we are children of God.) 


“Please pray with me for everyone in Sri Lanka and the Philippines as I begin my trip,” the tweet said. 


“Dear friends, I thank you from my heart and I ask you to continue to pray for me. Pope Francis.” 


“The Philippines bear witness to the youthfulness and vitality of the Church,” the tweet said.


“I ask all of you to join me in prayer for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan / Yolanda especially those in the beloved islands of the Philippines,” the tweet said.


Bilang Kristiyano, miyembro ng pamilya ng Diyos, tinatawag tayo upang hanapin at paglingkuran ang lahat ng mga nangangailangan,” the Pope Francis tweeted. (We who are Christians, members of God’s family, are called to go out to the needy and to serve them.)


Seven of the tweets above came from his trip to the Philippines, while 4 of the top 5 most retweeted tweets are in Filipino.  

Do you think he should tweet more in Tagalog at this point?

This also goes to show that Filipinos, in general, appear to be very powerful online. Just imagine how much we can all do together if we use our Twitter skills to to promote the country to the rest of the world with #SharePH and to help save lives during disasters with Project Agos.

  – Rappler.com  

*Twitter data from Ogilvy

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