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We kick off our SPOT.ph year-ender features with this meme-centric list. We're starting early...in case the world ends on December 21. (Note: Our cut-off date for this list is November 21, 2012.)
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(SPOT.ph) The Philippines is not known for being a hotbed of trends, especially ones that spread online. It makes up for being late to the party, though, by riding that trend with sheer and unbridled enthusiasm. If, the rationale probably goes, the Philippines doesn't start trends, it can at least make sure it keeps trending.
Take, for example, memes and image macros. These were already staples on US-based Internet forums like General Mayhem and Reddit while Filipinos were still bashing each other's schools on Pinoy Exchange. People at Pinoy Exchange are probably still doing that, but the meme has undoubtedly already infected Pinoy netizens.
That said, we've picked this year's most memorable memes. (But, yes, we have to admit some are more memorable than others.)
10. The Angelica Santibañez Kontrabida Meme
This meme proves that there are campy pop culture spawns who can be resurrected. The meme features an image of the villainess, a character named Angelica Santibañez (played by Chantal Andere) from the 1994 Mexican telenovela Marimar. It is used along with over-the-top rich bitch lines like "Facundo (her servant/henchman), giniginaw ako...magsunog ka ng alipin" and "Birthday mo raw... Anong handa mo, corned beef?" Donya Santibañez now has a Twitter account and a Facebook account where her hampas lupa followers can keep track of her mata pobre insults and impossible errands such as this one: "Facundo! Ipadampot si Juan Ponce Enrile, para sa antique collection ko!"
Screenshot of image posted onthe blog Everything in Budget
9. The Thor Meme
Thor is a watershed moment in Pinoy memes because it was homegrown and many of them would make no sense if translated. The image of Chris Hemsworth, the actor who played Thor, was Photoshopped into many Pinoy settings and accompanied by corny-yet-surprisingly-hilarious puns. In fact, the success of the meme led to a one-off spin-off: A picture of the Avengers' sharp-shooting archer (That's Hawkeye, in case you didn't know) digging a ditch.
8. The Jessica Sanchez-Jennifer Holiday Duet Meme
In May, following the defeat of Filipino-American Sanchez in the American Idol season 11 finale, her Pinoy fans turned to humor to deal with the fact that 21-year-old Phillip Phillips (another guy with a guitar) had won over the singing darling. The most popular image was that of Sanchez in a duet with singer Jennifer Holiday. Patrick Villavicencio of InterAksyon.com explained: "Tony-Award winning Holliday originated the role of Effie in the hit Broadway musical Dreamgirls in the early '80s, and was responsible for making 'And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going,' the song she sang with Sanchez during the finale show."
Willy Wonka, who in this pose is dubbed as "Sarcastic Wonka," weighs in on the controversial bill in an image uploaded on MemeGenerator.net
7. The Reproductive Health (RH) Bill Meme
In early August, this meme stirred up a hornet's nest as Congress voted on whether to give the bill that final birthing push or abort the law that was first proposed in 1998. The meme images posted were all understandably hardcore and serious. After all, it's hard to find anything funny about a bill that has moralists' mouths frothing at the mere mention of its name. It's worth noting that the images and words used in this meme varied even if they were all talking about one thing.
Screenshot of image uploaded and shared on Facebook and Twitter
6. The Manny Pacquiao vs. Tim Bradley Meme
To say that many Filipinos were disappointed by the outcome of boxing champ Pacquiao's fight would be a huge understatement. Pinoy boxing fanatics were enraged when Bradley was named the new World Boxing Organization welterweight champ. To vent and to poke fun at what they tagged as an injustice to Pacquiao, Pinoys started this meme. The images of Bradley and Pacquiao (sometimes just one or the other and sometimes together) were used, of course, but the takes varied from fanatics who dissed Bradley to those who managed to laugh the crazy result.