5 most heartbreaking hashtags of 2015
MANILA, Philippines – 2015 was a rollercoaster of emotions on social media, with moments of grief and tragedy uniting people across the country, and even worldwide.
Here's a rundown of 5 hashtags that struck a chord this year:
The Special Action Force (SAF) 44 will never be forgotten. They are the elite cops killed in the line of duty, as they clashed with Moro rebels during a police operation in Mamasapano, Maguindanao on January 25. Their families and fellow men in uniform cried for justice – a cry that was echoed across the country. (READ: SAF 44 widow: Why is justice so hard to get?)
Also in January, #NasaanAngPangulo trended when netizens noticed that President Benigno Aquino III was a no-show during the arrival of the SAF 44's bodies at Villamor Air Base.
It was a gut-wrenching ceremony that brought about even more heartbreak due to the President’s decision to attend the inauguration of a Mitsubishi plant in Sta Rosa, Laguna instead.
#1 trend nasaan ang pangulo. Shet. Totoo ba ito? Hindi JaDine, hindi Kathniel, hindi one direction, et al? #MabuhayAngKabataan hahahaha— LVJ (@levijoshua) January 29, 2015
#Nasaanangpangulo dapat sa ganitong nangyayare dumating ang pangulo. Pero nasaan siya? Hustisya— Eka (@eyieka31) January 29, 2015
When Pamana, an endangered Philippine eagle, was shot to death in Davao Oriental, the incident sparked outrage online. The Philippine Eagle Foundation also asked social media users to change their Facebook and Twitter profile photos “to mourn her senseless killing.”
In early 2015, a terror attack on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo prompted social media users to declare #JeSuisCharlie ("I am Charlie"), in solidarity with the journalists who lost their lives.
Rappler artists joined the outpouring of sympathy, raising their pens to condemn the violence.
The attack on Charlie Hebdo, however, also sparked debates about free speech, with some asking: Did the magazine go too far?
An entire nation held its breath in the wee hours of April 29, waiting for word on the planned execution of Filipina worker Mary Jane Veloso in Indonesia.
Just a few days before, netizens began pleading with the Indonesian government to #SaveMaryJane, a hashtag that became a global plea.
The plea worked, as Mary Jane's execution was postponed at the last minute.
Notably, though, it took 5 years before the public noticed Mary Jane's predicament. (READ: After 5 years, Mary Jane Veloso goes viral)
I call on the DOJ and the DFA to continue supporting Mary Jane in her case so she will be spared from the death penalty. #SaveMaryJane— Bam Aquino (@bamaquino) April 29, 2015
Natural disasters are all too common in the Philippines – from life-changing typhoons like Yolanda (Haiyan) in 2013, to destructive earthquakes.
This year, Filipinos also became more aware of the threat of the so-called "big one" – a powerful earthquake that could hit Metro Manila and nearby provinces in the near future. (READ: High resolution West Valley Fault maps launched)
Netizens' online appeal: #PrayForThePhilippines.
the earthquake makes me worry alot. i pray that everyone will be safe we'll never know when its gonna hit #PrayForThePhilippines— Luke Hemmings (@Luke5SOShahajk) May 19, 2015
A 7.2 earthquake might hit the Philippines, I hope you all stay safe. We are all praying for you! #PrayForThePhilippines— 1D Updates (@OTRADaily) May 19, 2015
OUR LOVE, THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH THE PEOPLE OF PHILIPPINES. STAY STRONG, STAY SAFE! #PrayForThePhilippines— EMINIK OFFICIAL (@EminikOfficial) May 19, 2015
What other hashtags made you feel heartbroken in 2015? Let us know in the comments section. – Rappler.com