Twitter has named comedian and ABS-CBN talent Jose Marie Viceral, better known as Vice Ganda, as Influencer of the Year for 2013 in the Philippines.
The popular microblogging site said in a statement that Vice Ganda has the strongest influence in the local Twitter scene after garnering over a million retweets in 2013, which is the most for the year.
The number of his Twitter followers alone is proof of Vice Ganda’s power in the local Twitterverse. Using the handle @vicegandaako, Viceral’s tweets are currently sought after by 3,453,313 users.
Noontime variety show It’s Showtime and comedy film Sisterakas, both featuring Vice Ganda, was also the most retweeted variety show and movie, respectively.
Last year’s most popular Twitter topics were notably programs and celebrities from ABS-CBN. In addition to It’s Showtime, Be Careful with My Heart was the most popular TV soap opera.
Kapamilya star Angel Locsin was the most retweeted celebrity while the most talked about social responsibility campaign on Twitter was the ABS-CBN’s Sagip Kapamilya project.
Three other names included in Twitter’s top influencers for 2013 in the Philippines came from the Kapamilya Network in their respective fields:
Anne Curtis – ABS-CBN actress (entertainment)
Kim “Kuya Kim” Atienza – ABS-CBN weatherman and TV host (science)
Karen Davila – ABS-CBN news anchor (media)
President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III – (politics/government)
Aly Borromeo – football player (sports)
Ogie Alcasid – singer (music)
Romel Feria – professor (tech)
Jim Paredes – singer (advocate)
Georgina Wilson – model (lifestyle)
Rajo Laurel – designer (fashion)
It’s a Teen Thing – journal (inspirational).