Two of 21 economic leaders who arrived in the Philippines for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit 2015 are taking social media by storm. Filipinos are going crazy about Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. As of press time, the hashtag #APECHottie is trending on Twitter worldwide.
Filipinos are known for their jolliness and sense of humor. Saying that it is the country of smiles is an understatement. Their resilience was especially notable during typhoon Yolanda where survivors can still be seen smiling with so much optimism.
When the 21 economic leaders started arriving for the APEC 2015, it caused terrible traffic in the Philippine capital city, Manila. Some were compelled to walk to and from their offices. However, the spirit present among the Filipinos once again overcame the supposedly horrible week of the APEC summit.
Now, Pinoys are debating who is hotter between Nieto and Trudeau. In fact, they once again made a hashtag trend worldwide: #APECHottie. Morning News USA previously reported about the hashtag #AlDub that keeps trending worldwide.
Trudeau is the eldest son of Pierre Trudeu, Canada’s 15th Prime Minister. He made headlines for his looks when he won the recent Canadian election. He was being pegged side by side to another Canadian hottie – Justin Bieber. Unfortunately though for Filipino fans, Trudeau is happily married to television host Sophie Grégoire and has three children with her.
The other #APECHottie is Nieto, who had been holding office since 2012. He is also married to telenovela star and singer Angelica Rivera. He has three children with his deceased wife Monica Pretelini.
Filipinos may have fallen head over heels with Trudeau, but they are not blinded. His looks will not make them forget that in 2013, Canada had “mistakenly” shipped 50 containers of garbage in the Philippines, which still remain today. The issue as to who should pay to have them shipped back in Vancouver remains unsettled. One girl who commented on APEC’s Facebook page upon Trudeau’s arrival said, “Welcome to the Philippines Sir, you’re hot and all but I hope you will take back the garbage you sent to the Philippines from Canada. P.S I love you!”
Pinoys are passionate users of social media. According to a 2014 survey conducted by UM, a division of IPG Mediabrands, Filipinos led the world in social media engagement. “With some 11 million Filipinos living overseas, social networking has become a way to connect and communicate with friends and family. Pinoys now lead the world in the amount of time spent socializing online,” the report said as quoted by GMA News. The report further detailed that Filipinos spent 53 hours socializing in a week, 11 hours more than the global average of 42 hours.