16 Topics that went viral on social media 2016

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Pokemon Go

Everyone went berserk and crazy online as soon as Niantic’s Pokemon Go was released in the Philippines shore. Almost every 80s and 90s boys and girls were eager and have patiently waited for the announcement of this mobile game. The hype went to awesomeness. Strangely, the clamor has died down before 2016 ended its reign.

Coldplay Philippines’ Concert

When a Coldplay in Manila fan-made poster was posted online a few years back, it drew a lot of high hopes wishing for this popular band to make its first-ever concert in the Philippines. The wait was finally over when it was confirmed in November that Coldplay has included the Philippines to their A Head Full Of Dreams Tour Asian tour in 2017. Fans couldn’t contain their excitement as tickets were sold out within few minutes it was made available to the public. (Image: Philippine Concerts)

Grandpa Papaw

The internet went in complete meltdowm when lonely grandpa Papaw swept Twitterland with photos of him sadly eating alone with a burger. The tweet – retweeted 84,000 times and favorited by 140,000, prompted a huge respone across the world. Because of outpouring response, the ‘saddest grandfather’ Papaw was able to reunite with all his six grandchildren for Sunday dinner. (Image: TODAY)

Philippines’ Beauty Queens

With respect to former Filipina beauty queens, the rise of 2015 Miss Universe Pia Wurtzchbach inspired a lot of future beauty queens to emulate her journey and patterned some of her styles and qualities to their perfection.

Facebook My Day Story and Colored Statuses

Netizens were surprised one morning when they’ve found out that Facebook Messenger App has turned into Snapchat-Instagram like video story-telling media. The following day, Facebook users also found out that they can put background colors into their statuses. (Image: Mashable)

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

A Star Wars story arch that tells the saga of the Rebellion before Episode IV: A New Hope was told. This 2016 film brought back nostalgic moments as it also made a timing of featuring Carrie Fisher’s cameo role as Princess Leia in the last minute of Rogue One. While still being shown in some parts of the world, Fisher met an unexpected and untimely death.

Casey Neistat

Casey Neistat has already earned his name post-vlogging days but it was his rise in YouTube that made him more popular and a very trending personality in the worldwide web. Back in November, he announced his ‘early’ retirement from doing video blogs. (Image: YouTube)

World War Phones

The battle of the smartphones in the Philippines continues with three of the leading brands Apple, Samsung, and Huawei going head-to-head with one another for a 3-part webisodes of World War Phones. The webisodes showed which brand of smartphone is the best device in terms of camera, performance, innovations, and market shares in 2016. (Image: When In Manila)

Pablo Cheese Tart

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Japan’s famous Pablo cheese tart finally made its way in the Philippines and attracted a lot of people who lined up almost everyday at their first shop in Robinsons Place, Ermita, Manila. According to their customers, Pablo has the best tasting cheesecake in the world.

Stranger Things

If there’s one TV series that instantly connects to all ages, that must be Stranger Things. The Netflix 80s-themed original captured a very wide audience of different genre. Stranger Things referenced a lot of 80s movies, music, comic books, and TV series which made it a cult series, fan-favorite Netflix original.

Voltes V

Voltes V, along with other Japanese anime, made a comeback in the Philippines through iflix, a Southeast Asia video-on-demand app. Thanks to iflix, kids who grew up in the 80s can now look back and follow once again the saga of the Armstrong kids and the rest of the Voltes V team as they protect and save planet Earth from the Boazanian empire.

LTO Driver’s License 5-Year Validity

Thanks to the LTO (Land Transportation Office) for extending our driver’s license of up to 5-year validity. After the controversy frpm the late and pending issuance of driver’s license, the LTO has committed itself to issue new licenses before 2016 ends. (Image: Gov.PH)

Dogs and Cats Video

Nobody would disagree on this that every time a dog and/or a cat surface online, everyone stops. Literally. No one can resists the overload of cuteness of this domesticated animals and loving household pets. Dog and cat videos are (still) one of the most watched videos on the internet.

The Mannequin Challenge

People of the internet are always up for a challenge. Remember the Ice Bucket Challenge? This 2016, netizens grew fond of a creative stunt mimicking mannequins as room full of participants stands still, motionless while being recorded on video. According to Know Your Meme, the version that started it all was from a high school in Florida. (Image: NBA)


Who would have thought that a short video of a song about a pen, pineapple, and apple would be included in the top globally trending videos of 2016? Pikotaro’s PPAP video meme became an instant hit online as soon as the video was published. Successively, memes of Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen and versions from different people including celebrities made the song more immortal. (Image: YouTube)

Edcell Ched, a Chloe Moretz  Doppelganger


A pretty Jollibee crew turned into instant celebrity after pictures of her were uploaded on the internet because of her uncanny resemblance to Hollywood star Chloe Moretz. Even Moretz gave a nod of agreement to her Filipina doppelganger. The best part, Edcell Ched was given a total make-over, a photo-shoot for a glamour magazine, which made her even more look a lot like Chloe! She’s on her way to stardom. (Image: YouTube)

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