This post might be a bit too late. I am writing this for the benefit of those does not know. Those who doesn’t have twitter probably don’t know that this hashtag exists.
The #RP612fic craze started last month in the celebration of the 117th Independence Day of the Republic of the Philippines from Spanish rule. Thus, the hashtag means “RP612fic = Republic of the Philippines, June 12, Fiction.”
The posts attached of this hashtag normally shows the creativity of Filipinos to blend key figures of National History to current pop culture. Most of the common themes revolves around caricature of Filipino Heroes imagining how would they react if they are still alive now or brought back from the dead.
Here are some sample tweets:
"@SiKuyaJobert: Teacher: You are late, write your full name 100 times on a sheet of yellow paper
Rizal: Tang inang buhay 'to #RP612fic"
— K ? (@khmbuenvntra) July 9, 2015
— I'm Edelmiro (@edellsolis) June 12, 2015
Rizal: Hey Babe! I miss you. *send to many*#RP612fic ??
— shen// hiatus (@istanshinee) June 12, 2015
To add to the humor of this phenomenon, some Filipino netizens posted edited photos of the honorable men in the country converging to the latest trends in fashion, music, and art. Basically, all the Filipino heroes and heroines became a meme. Others actually took an extra mile of creating social media accounts to these renowned men and women.
— PH Consumer Team (@tmcert) June 12, 2015
— grateful (@gratefulbalaoeg) June 12, 2015
Perhaps, the main contribution of the pun is to relive history in a light deposition and channel this knowledge to where the people of today mostly spend there time — the internet. I can’t deny that these posts are funny and if someone is not aware of Philippine would never get the humor. Some #RP612fic posts are very witty that you need to think for a minute or two to get the joke.
However, some were so lame and off the topic. Other do not even like the concept of the #RP612fic posts. For them, it is a disgrace of the Filipino identity and culture to ridicule the venerable heroes. I admit, some people actually trespassed the boundaries of respect. Some too were politically motivated.
— Lou Palomar ? (@lou_quorice) June 13, 2015
Furthermore, I think, with a mature and open-minded orientation, the posts in general are fine. I like the idea that the past can be retold in the context which we now live — a world which things are fast and information is accessible within a single click.
God bless the internet. Mabuhay!