The 2015 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit welcomed many influential world leaders to the heart of Manila. These heads of state spent a few days engaged in peace talks, discussed weighty world issues, and renewed vows to aid each other. The summit passed with nary an untoward incident, and the summit have come to their conclusion.
Despite Philippine social media entrenched in many issues, from emergency road “cleanups”, traffic reroutes, and highway closures, one standout issue was hot debated and celebrated — who was the undisputed #ApecHottie: Canadian Bae, or Mexican Papi?
— sheldon padua (@calapang14) November 17, 2015
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto’s dashing good looks sent hearts a-flutter and fingers a-titter on Twitter. Manila just got real thirsty.
Opinion was divided on the hashtag itself. A number of people decried that this was proof of the Philippines’ bad habit of celebritizing everything. One even touched on social injustices committed in their countries.
#APEChottie trend shows backwardness Proof that in PH the only vibrant industry we have is showbiz industry. We showbiz everything.
— Vencer Crisostomo (@venzie) November 18, 2015
— Pilosopo Tasy0 (@PilosopoTasy0) November 17, 2015
I love it when #Apechotties do sweet things like bring you flowers and deny the numerous human rights violations perpetuated by the West
— Lakan (@jacqueslakan) November 17, 2015
On the other hand, some people chose to look at it as just another testament to one very Filipino trait. When things are just too messy and annoying, Pin@ys look to the happier, funnier, sexier side of Life.
— Morela Kate Martin (@kateasstrophic) November 17, 2015
— mssyj (@profmssyj) November 17, 2015
To the people who started #APEChotties: thank you for switching the whole nation’s mood from depressing to completely entertaining.
— Shari Aika (@aikamotz) November 17, 2015
Some Manilans just couldn’t handle the thirst.
— Neal Ritchie (@ritchielately) November 17, 2015
— Halamans Of Manila (@HalamansOfMnl) November 17, 2015
(featuring Philippine President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III, right there.)
— Miss Krizzy (@krizzy_kalerqui) November 17, 2015
So apparently the #APECHotties thing has become a transnational dialogue to answer the question: Maple syrup or guacamole
— /m (@marocharim) November 17, 2015
They took people’s breaths away.
— Penguin (@chiaramendiola) November 17, 2015
Even the local politicos were not safe from their charms.
— Karl M (@k_arlinho) November 17, 2015
It even reached international news.
— CNN Philippines (@cnnphilippines) November 17, 2015
And they’ve been compared to Disney Princes.
— Addie (@Lysbrnm) November 17, 2015
At present, it seems PM Trudeau is taking the lead…
— mikatweets (◡ᴥ◡✿)✌ (@ChikaWithMika) November 17, 2015
… but folks are still giving it time for the votes to settle.
#APEChottie Mr.APEC2015 update So far Canadian PM has a slyt lead but we’ll see. Theres stil the evening wear and question n answer portion.
— al tan (@vendogs) November 17, 2015
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