#MetroSocietyMostInfluential: Online Sensations (Part 2)
Social media has made a huge impact in the entertainment industry. Platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter have created avenues for celebrities and fans to interact with each other like never before. Below is a list of some of the most influential celebrities with the biggest social media following.
She’s an exceptional actress, singer, host, and a bestselling author. But above all, Alex Gonzaga knows how to make people happy. On the small and big screens, Alex is known for her quirky antics, making her a favorite for hosting stints and reality shows. Today, on the online sphere, she is one of the most successful and most watched celebrity vloggers in the Philippines, with highly entertaining YouTube videos that draw millions of viewers. From simple bag raids and closet tours to travel videos and beauty tutorials, Alex has really managed to capture the Philippine market with her endearing personality. Alex’s most popular posts and vlogs are those which star her nephew Seve, sister Toni and her mommy Pinty. Her travel vlogs in local and overseas destinations are also fan favorites because of how she delivers them with her natural charm and effortless wit.
Gabbi is a talented actress, singer, dancer, host, model, and licensed scuba diver since she was 10 years old. She first grabbed the spotlight when she starred in the reboot of Encantadia. Now, she has established herself as a social media star. Last year, Gabbi made waves when she released her single, “All I Need,” on Spotify, and showed off her hard-earned body at the Bench Under The Stars event. She also started her own YouTube channel just four months ago, where she released the official music video of her single. Earlier this year, she made buzz in the online world when she shared a rare selfie with international supermodel Gigi Hadid with the witty caption “GG meets Gigi.”
Jodi Sta. Maria
Jodi Sta. Maria is no doubt one of the country’s most talented actresses. She continues to capture Filipinos’ hearts since she made her TV debut through the show Gimik in 1999. Almost two decades later, Jodi remains to be a sought-after actress. After her successful comeback in Be Careful With My Heart, a TV series that has made her a household name, she went on to star in several TV shows (Pangako Sa’Yo and currently Sana Dalawa Ang Puso) and movies (The Achy Breaky Hearts and Dear Other Self), which prove how much she resonates with the Filipino audience. Her Instagram account not only shows her success as an actress but also her being a wonder mom and a goal-oriented individual. It's amazing how she does it all, balancing her work as an actress, her responsibilities to son Thirdie, and even have some more time to pursue personal endeavors and passion projects. People look up to her for advice and inspiration through her website, jodistamaria.ph, and her Twitter account, where she would post insightful thoughts and interact with her fans through discussions and motivational tweets.
Sarah Lahbati is a Swiss-Filipino actress, model, and more recently, a blogger as well. She began gaining a following as a budding young star, who emerged as a finalist from a reality TV talent search show. After a showbiz hiatus, she returned to the scene looking more beautiful and confident than ever as she took on an another role: being a mom to her and partner Richard Gutierrez’s son Zion. With this new chapter in her life, people are amazed by how she carries motherhood so well, while efficiently juggling an exciting career. She is an inspiration to many young moms, and fans consider her as their fitness peg. As she and fiancé Richard are preparing to welcome their second child, Sarah started a website where she generously shares her journey to motherhood and the lessons she has learned along the way. Her captivating photographs as well as her thoughts on life in general make her blog a definite must-read.
This social media-savvy celebrity has come far since she appeared in the hit series Princess and I back in 2012. After that stint, she also had appearances in blockbuster movies She’s the One with Enrique Gil and Liza Soberano and She’s Dating the Gangster with Daniel Padilla and Kathryn Bernardo. From support roles, she was given her first lead role with the movie Relaks, It’s Just Pag-Ibig, which earned her a New Movie Actress of the Year award from the PMPC Star Awards for Movies in 2014. Her most recent project was the afternoon series Pusong Ligaw, where her talent in dramatic acting was further showcased. She is part of the upcoming television drama fantasy series Bagani, which also stars Enrique Gil, Liza Soberano, and Matteo Guidicelli. Through the years, Sofia has become a style icon to the youth for her beauty and talent. Her social media accounts contain an array of style inspirations—from OOTDs and selfies to chic product shots and cool travel snaps. A self-confessed #feedgoals addict, her Instagram account provides a well curated look into the life a hip and happening young star.
*Figures are as of February 27, 2018
The #MetroSocietyMostInfluential on Social Media feature is in Metro Society magazine's February 2018 issue, out now in newsstands and leading bookstores nationwide.