8 Former Viral Sensations
and Where They Are Now
By Blair Perez
The internet is such a powerful place. One day, you post something that was maybe intentional or just out of boredom, and the next thing you know, it has already reached a lot of people. And that’s pretty much what happened with most viral sensations that ruled our social media feeds for a while. Whether or not they make sense, one thing’s for sure: their videos are completely entertaining that people watched and shared them multiple times.
And as internet stardom goes, most of them became one-hit wonders. But there are some who stuck with us and eventually ventured the entertainment industry. Who’s who? Scroll down to find out!
When his neighbor posted his dancing videos online, it was only intended for families and friends to see. But Balang is just too cute and hilarious that everyone found his dancing a delight—even Ellen DeGeneres noticed him! He has guested in Ellen four times, with the last time just this March to dance along Ed Sheeran’s Shape of You. He is now the ambassador of Operation Smiles, a zumba instructor, and an artist at GMA 7.
Maria Sofia Love
Catch phrases like “Para sa ekonomiya!” or “Ituloy ang modeling!” have spread the internet like wildfire two years ago, and we all know where that came from. Maria Sofia Love’s self-styled videos were really fun to watch—even if they don’t make full sense. They’re people’s guilty pleasure back then. And if you miss watching her fun videos while walking the streets of London, or simply partying at the bar, good news: she’s still active on social media! Go to her Facebook page and see what she’s up to these days.
Apparently, it wasn’t the “pabebe girls” who started the “pabebe” craze online. Remember the girl who took a video of herself eating “mamon” at the mall? People criticized her for being “pabebe” (acting cute), and that’s pretty much what started it all.
Mary Jaydeeryn Elias (Barbie Elias), much known as “mamon girl,” is now doing freelance modeling, and is on her third year in college at Lyceum of the Philippines University-Cavite.
We all know Jobert Austria as “Kuya Jobert,” the comedian who appears in different ABS-CBN sitcoms. But it wasn’t until he made YouTube videos that his name became the talk of the town, with people even dubbing his hilarious videos in the then-popular Dubsmash. You can still watch him now in Banana Sundae, and he still looks provoked. Yup, P-R-O-V-O-K-E.