As we enter the second half of 2018, let us look back and celebrate the most trending personalities, love teams, teleseryes, music, and movies in the entertainment industry that continuously drive the Filipino community to Twitter. Who trended the most in the past six months? What were the most talked about topics? Which of our favorites made it to the list? Twitter releases the Twitter Entertainment Index for Midyear 2018 to keep us updated on #whatshappening in Philippines’ entertainment scene.
Loveteams are still the hottest commodity this side of the entertainment universe. Filipinos cannot let go of their one-true-pairings just like the old days when the Guy & Pip and Vilma & Bobot rivalry would create some of the most rabid fandom.
Top of the most popular for the year are the pairings of AlDub and JaDine. James Reid and Nadine Lustre a.ka. JaDine opened the year with their “more mature” portrayal of lovers in Never Not Love You. Individually, they remain to be one of the most-talked about in social media especially with this year the two have been busy with their recording careers.
Ditto for Alden Richards and Maine Mendoza, even if there were episodes of deactivating and activating a Twitter account. The duo is poised to star in projects apart from each other this year, but they continue to shine as the phenomenal AlDub in their daily appearance for top-rating noontime show Eat…Bulaga!
The internal rivalry of DonKiss and KissTon continues to be talked about on Twitter. Pinoy Big Brother alumna Kisses Delavin is torn between who should be her permanent loveteam.
Will it be MYX VJ Donny Pangilinan or Pinoy Boyband alumnus Tony Labrusca?
Promising music acts also hit the popularity meter on the microsite. Prior to Unique Salonga’s announcement that he was leaving IV of Spades, the retro-pop quartet was the toast of music lovers as people listened to their quirky, Manila Sound-inspired music.
Hugot has found another maven in Moira dela Torre. The newly-engaged singer is the voice of some of the lovelorn ditties of this generation such as “Tagpuan” and “Malaya,” as well as the controversial novelty song “Titibo-tibo.” She sang “You Are My Sunshine,” the official soundtrack of the Bela Padilla-Carlo Aquino starrer Meet Me In St. Gallen, another movie that trended on Twitter.
Primetime TV remains to be a tightly contested block. Wildflower ended with a bang with its campy fight scenes and catty dialogues. Kambal Karibal is a surprise hit, which its mother network has extended for several times due to its popularity, making its young stars, notably Kyline Alcantara and Pauline Mendoza, virtual household names. Bagani, the ambitious pre-Hispanic show, was met with criticisms by historians and TV critics. Its pre-Hispanic setting confuses viewers when the characters speak today’s language such as “Mekeni” and “Tugtog DoReMi”. Piolo Pascual’s return to primetime TV via Since I Found You also trended.
Here is the quick rundown of Twitter’s most talked about topics for the first half of the year.
Top Pinoy Movies
1. Never Not Love You
2. My Fairy Tail Love Story
3. Da One That Ghost Away (#DOTGA)
4. Sin Island
5. Meet Me In St. Gallen
Top Filipino Pop Musicians
1. Darren Espanto (@Espanto2001)
2. Nadine Lustre (@hellobangsie)
3. IV of Spades (@IVOFSPADES)
4. Moira Dela Torre (@moirarachelle4)
5. JV Kapunan (@iamyoungjv_) and Miho Nishida (@realmihonishida)
Top Female Celebrities
1. Maine Mendoza (@mainedcm)
2. Maris Racal (@MissMarisRacal)
3. Kathryn Bernardo (@bernardokath)
4. MayMay Entrata (@maymayentrata07)
5. Loisa Andalio (@iamAndalioLoisa)
Top Male Celebrities
1. Vice Ganda (@vicegandako)
2. Donny Pangilinan (@donnypangilinan)
3. Alden Richards (@aldenrichards02)
4. James Reid (@tellemjaye)
5. Ronnie Alonte (@iamr2alonte)
Top Love Teams on Twitter
1. AlDub (Alden Richards and Maine Mendoza aka Yaya Dub)
2. MayWard (Maymay Entrata and Edward Barber)
3. DonKiss (Donny Pangilinan and Kisses Delavin)
4. KissTon (Kisses Delavin and Tony Labrusca)
5. JaDine (James Reid and Nadine Lustre)
Top Teleseryes on Twitter
1. Bagani (@OfficialBagani)
3. Kambal Karibal (@7KambalKaribal)
4. Since I Found You (#SIFY)
5. Sherlock Jr.