#MetroSocietyMostInfluential: Online Sensations (Part 4)
Social media platforms have become the ultimate sources of information and inspiration. People use them on a daily basis, and have become part of their lifestyle. And since Filipinos’ love for celebrities is undeniable, social media provides ways for them to get a peek of the glamorous, colorful, and aspirational lives of these stars on- and off-cam. These showbiz personalities don’t just dominate the small and big screens, they have also conquered the digital sphere as online sensations. They have made headlines with their entertaining, beautiful, controversial, and inspiring posts on their social media accounts, which have created support, engagements, and collective hype from the millions of people who follow them.
It’s almost impossible not to associate the surname “Barretto” with showbiz royalty. Armed with exceptional beauty and talent in acting and performing, Julia Barretto has slowly made her name in the entertainment industry. She rose to prominence after being cast in Kokey as Anna Calugdan, and had her first-ever TV lead role in the drama series Mirabella. On social media, Julia keeps her fans up to date with her current ongoings. She also posts inspirational quotes, supports her friends’ endeavors, and sometimes retweets fans who are in need of help. Her sweet moments with loveteam partner Joshua Garcia are also among the reasons her—and their loveteam's fans—keep on checking her social media accounts. It’s an interesting look into a young star’s glam life.
Thank you very much @peopleasia for considering me as one of your men who matter for 2017. Just being on the same stage with other successful gentlemen was an achievement on its own. What an honor too that @realedumanzano was a past winner so we are the first father-son pair to receive this award. Thank you to my team too! @stylelistinc @danebarroso @garciavjoan29 @paulolazaro.design (love the tux) ANNND to my beautiful date, the woman who matters the most @senorita_jessy , thank you wow ??
Best known for his excellent hosting skills in various ABS-CBN shows such as I Can See Your Voice, Kapamilya Deal or No Deal, Minute to Win It, and Pilipinas Got Talent, Luis has definitely made a name for himself as a host. He is known for his roles in the TV series Komiks Presents: Flash Bomba as Roldan Legaspi and in the 2009 film In My Life as Mark Salvacion, where he portrayed a homosexual man and starred alongside his mother, Vilma Santos. On social media, this actor-host is well known for sharing funny and viral videos, but at the same time, he is also known to speak up and defend his friends and loved-ones against online criticism.
Pia Wurtzbach gave our country an immense pride and joy as she became the third Filipino to be crowned Miss Universe last December 2015. The controversial crowning ceremony proved to be advantageous for Pia, who became the star of the one of the most talked-about moments in live television history. After her successful reign, she has starred in movies like The Revenger Squad, and is yet to launch her show with the Metro channel titled Pia’s Postcards. She uses her clout and social media following to promote causes that are close to her heart, the LGBT movement and HIV-awareness, as she is the Goodwill Ambassador for UNAIDS Asia Pacific. Her account shows her jaunting all over the world doing what she does best: being herself.
Ramona Thornes, more popularly known as Arci Muñoz, has coolness running through her veins. Apart from her acting work, Arci is also the lead singer of the rock group Philia, and they have been together for 11 years now, performing at various gigs. It is remembered that Arci got her career started through a reality talent show, and then moved to ABS-CBN in 2008. Since then, she has played various roles on Kapamilya teleseryes namely Pasion de Amor, Magpahanggang Wakas, and Ikaw Lang Ang Iibigin. On social media, Arci loves posting photos of her various outfits and looks, her gigs and the love of her life, her boyfriend Anthony Ng.
"It" girl Georgina Wilson has beauty in her genes—daughter of beauty queen Rio Diaz, niece of former Miss Universe Gloria Diaz, and cousin of fellow "It" girl Isabelle Daza—yet not many know that she is an astute businesswoman, having graduated accounting and finance from Sydney, and co-owning the eyewear brand, Sunnies. Her modeling and hosting cred though cuts across South East Asia, as VJ for Channel V and host of Asia’s Next Top Model cycle 3. Having started off the trend of chic location weddings, Georgina now enjoys her new role as dedicated mom and wife. She delights her 2.8 million followers on Instagram with stories about her trips around the world and life with her husband, Arthur, and their adorable son, Archie.
*Figures as of February 28, 2018
The #MetroSocietyMostInfluential on Social Media feature is in Metro Society magazine's February 2018 issue, out now in newsstands and leading bookstores nationwide.