This probably isn’t a shocking piece of news but the Philippines topped the list of countries that tweeted the most during the #MissUniverse 2018 coronation ceremony.
Twitter said in a blog post yesterday that the pageant’s coronation ceremony held on Monday generated close to six million tweets from all over the globe, with the Philippines becoming the number one most tweeting country.
From the contestants’ beautiful gowns to the unique national costumes, fans around the 🌏turned to Twitter to spark conversations and share their excitement on #MissUniverse, generating nearly 6 million Tweets during the coronation ceremony.
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— Twitter Philippines (@TwitterPH) December 18, 2018
Completing the top five most tweeting countries was Thailand, the United States, Brazil, and Venezuela, respectively.
The blog post added that tweets peaked at around 9am when it garnered 1.4million tweets per minute.
Over eight million viewers on Twitter also watched Catriona Gray’s crowning moment on the @MissUniverse Twitter page.
Miss Universe 2018 is… PHILIPPINES! pic.twitter.com/r2BkN8JpXh
— Miss Universe (@MissUniverse) December 17, 2018
It’s not a surprising result, given that Pinoys absolutely love pageants, a stark contrast to the western view that such contests are sexist and passé.
Many Filipinos love international pageants such as Miss Universe because they provide winners with a multitude of career opportunities, aside from giving them an avenue to showcase the country’s heritage.
Twitter’s latest data also does not come as a shock given that the Philippines has consistently been called the world’s social media capital.
According to the Digital 2018 report conducted by United Kingdom-based consultancy We Are Social and social media platform Hootsuite, Pinoys spent an average of three hours and 57 minutes on social media, mostly on Facebook, last year.
Expect to see more of the hashtag #CatrionaGray on Twitter because she’ll be flying to Manila today for her grand homecoming. Her mother’s hometown Oas in Albay province has also prepared homecoming welcome festivities for the beauty queen.