8 Local Celebrities
Reinvented By Social Media
By Kel Fabie
While it’s true that Filipino celebrities have taken to social media mostly like a fish to water, it’s also quite unsurprising to notice that some of them may have been, well, lost in translation. However which way we may have appreciated them prior to the denizens of Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram getting to them, they are likely forever changed now, thanks to social media.
Here are just 8 of these celebrities.
Sharon Cuneta: from “the Megastar” to “Patola Queen.”
When Sharon Cuneta jumped into social media, everyone expected her to be every bit as nice as she is onscreen: ever nice, ever docile. After all, the lady who played Dorina Pineda in “Bituing Walang Ningning” can’t possibly ever be hostile, right? That’d be like imagining the Patron of the Filipino Christmas, Jose Mari Chan, ever getting angry. It just can’t happen! Right? Right?
During Sharon’s TV5 run, and during the contentious breakup between her daughter KC and Piolo in November of 2011, Sharon Cuneta picked fights with fans who would attack her or her daughter, and boy, she didn’t really mince her words. It doesn’t even matter how close Sharon and Piolo are now: her outbursts some five years ago at any and every fan who had something bad to say about her or KC has forever demonstrated that the so-called docile Dorina Pineda is every bit as palaban as she needs to be, when push comes to shove, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
Richard Poon: from “the Philippine crooner”to awkward Duterte and Trump apologist.
Richard Poon, famous for his big-band and jazz-type covers, as well as being married to Maricar Reyes, is one of the most recognizable entertainers in our country. If one were to check him out on social media, it would be reasonable to expect that he would be quoting the bible often (he’s a well-known devout Christian), talking about music, and maybe gushing about his wife from time to time. Anything else would seem wildly out of character for him.
In 2015, both he and Maricar endorsed President Duterte on their Facebook, which wasn’t really a problem. Everyone is entitled to endorse whoever they want, so why shouldn’t we expect the same from Mr. Poon? The problem is, being a devout Christian doesn’t jive very well with the part where he insists that drug-related killings are a necessity.
DU30 & proPres leaders never justified it, that’s the sad state of confronting NarcoPolitics in decades that many are afraid to confront😔 https://t.co/1SIqphD6TE
— Richard Poon (@RichardPoonPh) March 29, 2017
This conversation isn’t going to end well, is it?
To top this all off, he also has a penchant for sharing news from Breitbart and other alt-right sources, as his apparent apologism for United States President Donald Trump rivals even his support for President Duterte, which is bonkers, when you think about it.
Vicki Belo and Hayden Kho: from scandal magnets to doting parents.
It would be hard to find a more controversial tandem than Vicki Belo and Hayden Kho, seeing how a cursory Google search of their name might not prove to be entirely SFW. Coming from that frame of mind, it would be rather difficult to imagine the two of them becoming anything else but lightning rods for controversy.
That would have been the case, until Scarlet Snow came along.
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Calling her “adorable” is the understatement of the century.
Following Scarlet Snow Belo’s adventures on Instagram and Facebook instantly changed the perception of both Hayden and Vicki, and for the better. That is no mean feat.
Kiefer Ravena: from “The Phenom” to just another entitled jock.
Kiefer Ravena was, and still is, one of the most exciting basketball players in the Philippines. From a well-received stint with the Blue Eagles to his impending participation in the National Team, and to being in a power couple type of relationship with volleyball player Alyssa Valdez, Kiefer Ravena was pretty much on top of the world.
… until the Fire Nation attacked. he found himself struck by scandal when his private Viber photos were leaked, as he was allegedly catfished for blackmail purposes on the messaging platform.
It’s obviously hard to Kief a low profile.
From this point on, wagging tongues got in on the action, and relentlessly castigated the man who was, until that point, the toast of the town. Ever since then, Kiefer has had to contend with being judged for his apparent indiscretions, and it was a breath of fresh air to see him apologize without offering any excuses for his mistake. He still has the rest of his life to reinvent himself again, but for now, the fickle universe of social media has done quite a number on him.