Forbes Asia's 100 Digital Stars list, a roundup of the "most influential celebrities on social media," is finally out and it includes well-known Filipino celebrities Marian Rivera, Kim Chiu, Anne Curtis, Vice Ganda, Kathryn Bernardo, Sarah Geronimo, and Angel Locsin!
According to Forbes Asia, the list has "given special focus to celebrities who, despite canceled physical events and activities, managed to remain active and relevant, largely by using social media to interact with their fans, raise awareness and inspire optimism. Many also used their influence to help worthy causes, especially those with a COVID-19 focus."
Marian Rivera is "the Philippines' most popular celebrity on Facebook," while Anne Curtis is the most popular Pinoy celeb on Instagram. Vice Ganda is described as "one of the most popular male celebrities in the Philippines, with 17 million Facebook followers."
Kim's viral "bawal lumabas" video was mentioned, as well as the fact that she used proceeds from selling "The Classroom Song" merch to help pandemic relief efforts. Angel, who was part of Forbes Asia's 2019 Heroes Of Philanthropy list, was given special recognition for her #UniTentWeStandPH campaign. Kathryn was recognized for The Hows Of Us and Hello, Love, Goodbye, the country's two highest-grossing films! Meanwhile, Sarah's performance in a COVID-19 benefit concert with her husband contributed to raising "roughly $5 million (around P240 million)."
Kathryn took to Instagram to celebrate the news, writing: "Thank you @forbesasia for including me in your inaugural #100DigitalStars list! It's an honor to be mentioned alongside people who put their influence to good use, especially in these trying times where the digital platform plays a huge role in raising awareness and promoting positivity." On her Insta account, Marian wrote: "A day full of gratitude. What an honor to be part of Forbes Asia's 100 Digital Stars. Thankful for this recognition and thank you for all your support, happy 10M followers!"
The list also includes our fave K-pop groups such as BTS, BLACKPINK, Twice, EXO, Red Velvet, and SEVENTEEN, as well as K-drama stars Lee Min Ho, Nam Joo Hyuk, Lee Sung Kyung, Ji Chang Wook, IU, Lee Dong Wook, Kim So Hyun, and Suzy. You can check out the full list here.