Who are the most influential stars on social media? 

If you’ve read Metro.Style’s list, the most influential stars on social media are all stars of ABS-CBN.

Is that possible? Or is it really true? 

When you talk of social media it is a confluence of the various platforms that many Internet users subscribe to. But it seems this list focused merely on either Twitter or Instagram, sidelining Facebook, otherwise I’d have felt the presence of these stars on FB myself. 

According to Metro.Style, Anne Curtis, Vice Ganda, and Angel Locsin are Metro Society’s “Most Influential on Social Media.” 

Anne is at the top spot with her chic style, adorable pets, interesting upbeat social life, and enticing travel photos shared with 8.5 million fans on Instagram and 10.4 million followers on Twitter. The It’s Showtime host embraced social media in bringing her closer to fans and help others and bring about social change in the community.

As a comedian, actor, TV host, and now cosmetics brand, whatever Vice Ganda touches turns to gold. A self-made individual and a stalwart for the LGBT movement, he is an icon for everything that the Filipino who dreams and works hard enough can achieve—which all of his 10.4 million followers on Twitter all agree on. 

Social media royalties (from left) Angel Locsin, Anne Curtis and Vice Ganda
With a look back at her roles, Angel may very well be the country’s biggest female action star. But more than just physically strong, she has also weathered difficulties in life with a kind of grace that has drawn her many admirers. With a following of 10.2 million, Angel’s tweets are a mix of inspirational messages and updates on her projects and charities. 

Other celebrities who also made it to the list are Yeng Constantino, Marian Rivera, Toni Gonzaga, Kim Chiu, Kathryn Bernardo, Liza Soberano, and Erich Gonzales.

The “Most Influential on Social Media” list identifies relevant people from different fields—individuals who, with their large social media following, help shape and move the society we live in today.

Check out the full series of #MetroSocietyMostInfluential articles on

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ToFarm Film Festival is now ready for the third edition. The brainchild of socio-entrepreneur Dr. Mila O. How, TFF so far is the only advocacy-driven film festival in the country. With its festival director gone –Maryo J. Delos Reyes passed on last month – Dr. How decided to sign three seasoned film personalities to run her company’s annual film festival. These three will stand as festival advisers ­–– Bibeth Orteza and Joey Romero with Laurice Guillen as Consultant. 

Orteza said at a lunch to introduce them to members of the media, she is the daughter of a farmer, so being chosen to be with Dr. How’s advocacy-driven film festival is an honor for her. Guillen wasn’t around at the lunch. 

Alternately, Orteza and Romero announced the mechanics of the festival and the addition of short films section all to be shot with mobile phones. 

Both admitted that they can’t equal what Delos Reyes had done for the festival, but they promised they’d do their best.

TOFARM Film Festival 2018 will run from Sept.12 to 18, with the Awards Night slated on Sept.15. 

The Festival Committee is now accepting script entries for screening. Deadline for submission is on April 20. 

For more information on how to submit original manuscripts, log on to @bibethorteza

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The Optical Media Board (OMB), the Philippine agency tasked to uphold intellectual property rights in the production, use, and distribution of optical media, recognized ABS-CBN Global, Ltd. Philippine branch (ABS-CBN Global) as one of the most compliant exporters in the Philippines at the agency’s 14th anniversary held recently at the Luxent Hotel in Quezon City.  

As part of the agency’s celebration of over two decades of service, OMB recognized ABS-CBN Global’s efforts in adhering to OMB’s mandate and for complying with its rules and regulations including license and permits application.  ABS-CBN Global was awarded among a total of 58 other awardees from both the public and private sector that also included ABS-CBN’s film production and distribution arm, ABS-CBN Film Production Inc. (Star Cinema), as one of the most compliant local entities under the commercial category.  

OMB Chairman and CEO Atty. Anselmo Adriano thanked partners, local government units, and private sector partners for their past efforts and looked forward to more collaboration: “We hope to work with you in more years to come.”   

ABS-CBN Global currently reaches out to Filipinos overseas, via its subsidiaries and affiliates outside the Philippines, through content such as movies and programs that comply with OMB and other applicable agencies’ guidelines prior to their broadcast and distribution overseas. 

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In my previous column, I had an item on the ratings race in which the Kapamilya network, adhering to data provided to them by Kantar Media, claimed to lead the race in February.

Here’s what the Kapamilya network said in answer to that claim. The network adheres to data given to them by Nielsen TV Audience Measurement. 

GMA Network said it continued its winning streak in nationwide television ratings based on the latest data from the industry’s widely trusted ratings service provider, Nielsen TV Audience Measurement. 

For the full month of February (with Feb. 18 to 28 based on overnight data), GMA remained the most watched TV station in the National Urban Television Audience Measurement (NUTAM) with an average of 43.6 percent total day people audience share, toppling ABS-CBN’s 37.9 percent. 

The Kapuso Network registered a solid 42.5 percent people audience share versus ABS-CBN’s 33.7 percent in the morning block in NUTAM, while GMA posted an even bigger lead in the afternoon block with 48.4 percent versus competition’s 35.3 percent. 

GMA won across all day parts with steadily increasing margins in both Urban Luzon and Mega Manila, which respectively account for 76 and 59 percent of all urban viewers in the country.

Sherlock Jr.'s Ruru Madrid, Gabbi Garcia and Serena the dog
In Urban Luzon, GMA posted a total day people audience share of 49.1 percent as against its rival network’s 31.4 percent.  

Likewise, in Mega Manila (with official data from Feb.1 to 24), the Kapuso Network remained undefeated with a 52.1 percent total day people audience share while ABS-CBN managed to get only 27.6 percent. 

Award-winning news magazine show Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho (KMJS) was still the most watched GMA program nationwide in February. 

Other GMA ratings drivers last month were Magpakailanman; Kambal, Karibal; Pepito Manaloto; 24 Oras; Sherlock Jr.; All-Star Videoke; Daig Kayo ng Lola Ko; and Ika-6 na Utos.

Also in the list of top programs were Sirkus; The One That Got Away; The Stepdaughters; 24 Oras Weekend; Eat Bulaga; Tadhana; Impostora; Sunday Pinasaya; and Haplos. 

GMA Network still dominated the list of top programs in Urban Luzon with eight Kapuso shows in the top 10. Moreover, GMA programs swept the first nine spots in Mega Manila.

Meanwhile, it also announced that viewers can now enjoy a more colorful, more vibrant, and clearer viewing experience as GMA Network’s digital TV signal now covers all parts of Metro Manila as well as nearby provinces of Cavite, Laguna, Rizal, Bulacan, Bataan, Nueva Ecija, and Pampanga.

Topics: Metro.Style , most influential stars , social media , Anne Curtis , Vice Ganda ,  Angel Locsin
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