We the Pvblic: Most-read stories of 2018

Gil Cadiz

‘Toxic’ is the Oxford Dictionaries’ Word of the Year. They explained, “This year, more than ever, people have been using ‘toxic’ to describe a vast array of things, situations, concerns, and events.

While we’d have to painfully agree given the amount of toxicity we’ve seen, felt and heard this year, we also need to remind ourselves of the events and stories that moved, inspired and changed us, and those that simply made us smile or laugh.

Here are our 10 most-read stories of 2018 – the ones we loved or hated and everything else in between. Thank you for taking time to read them!

10. LOOK: Anne Curtis finally addresses her controversial ‘Jollibee’ and ‘B’lue’ ads

The ‘Buy Bust’ actress and national sweetheart gamely engaged with netizens in an amusing back and forth regarding her two much talked about ads.

9. People have mixed feelings on Liz Uy coming out as a single mother

When Liz Uy came out to the pvblic as a single mom, Twitterverse was polarized – some commended the celebrity stylist for being brave while others weren’t over the moon because her baby boy is reportedly the product of her alleged affair with a married man.

8. The pvblic doesn’t find the ‘tomboy na mataba’ posts too amusing

Anna’s Online Store has been a digital sensation for its remarkably funny no-holds-barred conversations with customers until it started using the derogatory term ‘tomboy na mataba’ – body shaming and making fun of someone’s sexual orientation all in one? Not cool!

7. These Manila illustrations make you feel like you’re living inside ‘Kimi No Na Wa’

22-year-old Ralph Ulep turned our usual view of Metro Manila into beautifully made Makoto Shinkai-esque illustrations – each one having their own unique touch.

6. The ‘Jeffree Star Approved’ series MIGHT not be trademarked after all

The feud between Michelle Dy and Jeffree Star got even more confusing and infuriating when a netizen looked up ‘Jeffree Star Approved’ on the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s website and the results came out empty.

5. What happens to local craftsmen when IKEA takes over?

Netizens share their thoughts on the effects of the opening of IKEA in PH, the biggest in the world, on the country’s furniture industry in which most of the players are small and medium-sized enterprises.

4. VIRAL: This aspiring dentist’s voice is a gift from heaven above

We the Pvblic didn’t pass up the chance of having a chat with Rhea Basco, a dentistry student at CEU, whose video where she covers Morisette Amon’s ‘Akin Ka Na Lang’ went viral because of her oh so amazing voice!

3. VIRAL: This netizen’s story about her abusive bf will shock you to your core

A viral thread by Twitter user @dianekiimberly accounted how she suffered greatly at the hands of her then boyfriend and it reminded us how bad and damaging physical and emotional abuse can get.

2. ‘I’m Drunk, I Love You’ Director reveals Carson and Dio’s last conversation

‘I’m Drunk, I Love You’ was the ultimate anti-Valentine’s Day movie of 2017. Its director, JP Habac, revealed the inaudible conversation between lead characters Carson and Dio on Twitter one year later, giving hopeless romantics hope.

  1. The battle between the North and South continues

People from the North and South of Manila have always had this impassioned and endless debate on whether it’s “Ice Water, Ice Water” or “Ice, Ice, Water”. That is all there really is in this issue…?

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