Kuya Germs' death draws 160k condolence tweets
MANILA, Philippines – It was a sad day for many fans when Philippine showbiz icon German "Kuya Germs" Moreno died Friday, January 8.
Many took to Twitter to express their condolence and pay tribute to Kuya Germs. His death drew a total of 160,000 tweets from January 7 to January 8. (READ: Stars mourn death of German 'Kuya Germs' Moreno)
The hashtag reached its first peak at 2:30 am, with 280 tweets per minute, on January 8, when news of Kuya Germs' death first made rounds on social media. It was later clarified that at the time, Kuya Germs was only in a coma.
It was confirmed later that the comedian and TV host had really died, causing the number of tweets to increase again.
The highest number of tweets per minute was 290, and they first reached that number at 7:29 am.
Among those who tweeted their condolences were Alden Richards and Maine "Yaya Dub" Mendoza, also known as the tandem AlDub. As of this writing, their tweets drew more than 15,000 and 11,000 retweets, respectively. (READ: #AlDub sets new record: #AlDubEBTamangPanahon pulls in 41 million tweets)
It's not how much we give but how much love we put into giving, that's Kuya Germs. Rest in peace Tay.— Alden Richards (@aldenrichards02) January 7, 2016
Maraming salamat sa magagandang alaala at saya, Kuya Germs. You will always be remembered. May you rest in peace.— Maine Mendoza (@mainedcm) January 8, 2016
Their fans' Twitter accounts also sent out tributes to Kuya Germs. AlDub fans are known to have garnered millions of tweets for the tandem's past events, breaking records. (READ: #AlDub: 7 Lessons from the success of the 'global phenomenon')
Kuya Germs was part of the GMA Network, the same network that Alden and Maine are now part of.
Comedian Vice Ganda was also a part of the network before moving to ABS-CBN. As of this writing, Vice Ganda's tribute to the late TV host garnered more than 1,600 retweets.
Bye Kuya Germs. Salamat po sa mga palo, kurot at yakap mo. Thanks for the LOVE. God bless your soul.— jose marie viceral (@vicegandako) January 7, 2016
Before his death, Kuya Germs hosted Walang Tulugan with the Master Showman, a late-night variety show.
He is known for hosting GMA Supershow and That's Entertainment, and has appeared in many TV shows and films. – Rappler.com