MANILA, Philippines – 1, 2, 3…selfie!
This year, the word 'selfie' was lauded as Salita ng Taon (Word of the Year) due to its “popularity, meaning, and sense of empowerment.” Furthermore, the Philippines, specifically the cities of Makati and Pasig, was named the “selfie capital of the world” by Time Magazine, too. Selfies were also used for social movements such as #SelfieForPeace, where “youth groups, especially in Mindanao, took part in the campaign to encourage the government and the MILF to come to an agreement.” There were also #Yes2RH, a selfie campaign in support of the reproductive health law; and #yosifreeselfie, a youth-centered protest against tobacco companies.
The selfie craze in the Philippines is just part of a bigger, global picture, however. Here is a rundown of the 10 best selfies of 2014:
Filipino celeb and makeup artist Paolo Ballesteros made a killing with this one!
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2. Gab Valenciano’s Super Selfie
Who says selfies have to be static? It's no wonder that Beyoncé herself collaborated with him for her music video, 7/11.
3. Emma Watson and her graduation selfie
Emma graduated from Brown University with a degree in English Literature.
! pic.twitter.com/Ts1nej4xve — Emma Watson (@EmWatson) Mayo 25, 2014
4. A kid with Paul McCartney and Warren Buffet
Snapping a shot with two incredibly famous people on the same day is no mean feat.
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5. The $1 trillion selfie
The sum of all these CEOs' market capitalizations is $1.07 trillion, to be exact.
We are all smiles as we formalize our new partnership opportunities today with a #CEOselfie at the #WalmartExpo! pic.twitter.com/BbRpRdeqHV — Walmart Green (@WalmartGreen) Abril 29, 2014
6. Lady Eagles with PNoy
When a rare situation like meeting the President of your country happens, you have to take a selfie. It’s now or never, they say.
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7. Obama and VP’s selfie
VP Joe Biden hamming it up with President Obama for his first selfie post? Why not?
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8. Queen Elizabeth II photobombs
Imagine taking a selfie without knowing a queen's behind you. Overwhelming, indeed.
Ahhh The Queen photo-bombed our selfie!! #royalty #sheevensmiled #amazing #Glasgow2014 @Hockeyroos @AusComGames pic.twitter.com/ZMtHYFUqHk — Jayde Taylor (@_JaydeTaylor) Hulyo 24, 2014
9. The skyscraper devil
There are a lot of daredevils out there, but this guy goes one step further with heart-stopping selfies to cap off each successful attempt!
10. The Oscars selfie
What list wouldn't be complete without this masterpiece?
With more than three million retweets and more than two million favorites (and counting) on Twitter, this has to be the “best photo ever.” Well, at least for 2014.
If only Bradley's arm was longer. Best photo ever. #oscars pic.twitter.com/C9U5NOtGap — Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) Marso 3, 2014
For you, what makes a selfie eye-catching, significant, and viral? Do you have anything to add to the list? Tell us in the comments section below! - Rappler.com