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Here are the biggest stories that went viral this year

Before we say goodbye to 2019, let's take a moment to look back at the stories and trends that became the internet's fascination this year.

Here is a compilation of the things that went crazy viral in 2019.

Sampaguita vendor a.k.a. Veronica Rodillas

This 20-year-old girl went viral online because of her good looks.

Veronica was just doing her daily routine of selling sampaguitas outside Quiapo Church when a person took a photo of her and uploaded it on the internet in January.

Netizens were mesmerized with her beauty and she became an instant online celebrity, with people dubbing her as "Sampaguita Girl."

Dante Gulapa

No one could forget this former macho dancer who emerged as the unlikely idol of the year.

Dante blazed his way through all social media platforms after posting a video of himself dancing to "Kahit Ayaw Mo Na."

As netizens learned more about him, the more they idolized the loveable dancer who lived through a tough life.


The Shih Tzu named Paningning was the cause of cuteness overload in the internet in March.

Paningning has become an overnight sensation due to her unusual sleeping position lying down with her back flat on the floor.

17-year-old creates grad dress from scratch


Ciara Gan made the rounds online after posting photos of her graduation ball gown that she created from scratch.

In a tweet that quickly went viral, she teen showed the process of the gown's creation. She designed, sewed, and painted it herself, with some help from her mom.

Mayon Volcano under "umbrella cloud"

Remember this photo of the Mayon Volcano with a cloud wrapped around it? Netizens described the cloud formation as an umbrella, crown and salakot.

The photo was captured by Noli Luna on April 23 at around 5:30 a.m.



K-drama fans were heartbroken when news broke that Korean superstars Song Joong Ki and Song Hye Kyo filed for divorce.

According to a statement by Hye Kyo's agency, the reason behind the divorce was irreconcilable differences between the two celebrities.

Joong Ki and Hye Kyo married in October 31, 2017 after starring in hit series "Descendants of the Sun."


The mobile app FaceApp, which manipulates facial features to give a peek of what one might look in old age, was the talk of the town in July.

Various Kapuso celebrities joined the trend as they labeled their photos with the hashtag #AgeChallenge.

Jen and Den's secret LRT-1 performance

Netizens were won over by Jennylyn Mercado and Dennis Trillo in August because the couple performed at an LRT-1 station — in disguise!

Jennylyn and Dennis serenaded confused commuters with OPM classics — including Jen's old single, "Kahit Sandali."

Her vlog about it garnered over 1.4 million views on YouTube.

Designer superdad


A netizen expressed pride for her father by posting photos of him creating gowns for her and her sister.

The finished masterpieces impressed netizens and touched their hearts. The things a father would do for his princesses!

The Barretto family spat


Now, we won't be surprised if this feud ends up in history books, just for the sheer popularity of the drama.

It all started when Gretchen, who had long been estranged from her family, attended the Barretto patriarch Miguel's wake. President Rodrigo Duterte was also present at that time and had allegedly asked Gretchen to make amends with her sister Marjorie.

Marjorie supposedly refused to do so and the confrontation turned physical. This Barrettos took their war to social media, becoming the topic on anyone's lips.

Mom who saved up coins to buy her child a used iPhone


Cebu-based K&L Marketing posted on its Facebook page a picture of the mother, whom it praised for saving up to give her child an iPhone.

The mother was able to buy her child's dream smart phone using coins and small bills.

Timor-Leste during SEA Games

During the course of the 30th Southeast Asian Games, Timor-Leste trended on Philippine Twitter as the Filipino community cheered for its medal bid.

Timor-Leste was medal-less in the beginning but eventually won a total of six medals behind a 0-1-5 gold-silver-bronze tally.

The tweets were really encouraging and heart-warming, which only meant one thing: We really do win as one.

—JCB, GMA News