15 trends that rocked showbiz in 2015

Alden Richards, Maine Mendoza, James Reid, and Maja Salvador (with special participation of Rayver Cruz) are among the showbiz industry's movers and shakers in 2015.

Celebrities are known trendsetters. They start a fad, influence opinions and tastes, turn a craze into mania. Everyone gets on their bus.

But in this age of social media, they don't just dictate the uso. They sometimes become the uso and even nakikiuso.

Year 2015 in the local scene saw the rise of bold fashion statements and all sorts of #goals as well as the revival of some classics, including those that were once baduy.

It was also ablaze with bombshells and phenomena.

There were words and phrases that became favorite expressions and spoofy videos that bred Internet sensations and superstars.

PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) rounds up 15 of these trends that became patok na patok in showbiz.

15. Round shades

Yup, anything but square frames were all the rage last year because they instantly added playfulness to any look.

In photo: Jennylyn Mercado and Georgina Wilson.


@mercadojenny and @ilovegeorgina on Instagram

14. Biker guys

Whether traffic made them do it, as Jericho Rosales had done, or simply an adrenaline rush, as Sam Milby put it, more male celebs were riding the motorcycles last year.

@dongdantes, @jerichorosales, @drewarellano on Instagram

13. Prints, stripes, and checkered togs galore!

What used to be a no-no in stylish dressing became "a bold statement, fashion-forward, defying convention" in 2015.


Vice Ganda, Coleen Garcia, Kim Jones and Whong Navarro were among the celebs who went around in floral printed and striped ensembles, and they pulled it off, fashionably so.

@praybeytbenjamin, @coleengarcia, @kimcamjones, @vhongx44 on Instagram

And prints on shoes and bags had become so cool.

That's Megan Young's foot, and in the other photo, Heart Evangelista stylishly mixing it up.


@meganbata and @iamhearte on Instagram

12. Achieve!

There was something about the way James Reid delivered it as Clark in his television series with Nadine Lustre, On The Wings Of Love.

He effortlessly "achieved" being so cool and charming and cute.

Hence, the word became a favorite expression, along with "Push," "Ikaw na," and "Juskolord."


11. #WalangForever

The phrase actually became a popular "hugot" in 2014.

Its impact, however, was felt this year because of Dan Villegas's film, starring Jennylyn Mercado and Jericho Rosales. Walang Forever was hailed Best Picture in the recently concluded Metro Manila Film Festival 2015.

COMELEC also used it as a catchphrase during the last day of voter registration.


@Walkah_Walkahon Twitter

Even Vice President Jejomar Binay's camp used it on Twitter in retort to the statement of Edwin Lacierda, presidential spokesperson of President Benigno S. Aquino III.

Ironically, though, it was popularized by Vice Ganda whose Beauty and the Bestie was also an MMFF entry.

Remember his line, "Walang forever sa taong bitter?"


10. NaeNae Dance

Kamilya stars caught the NaeNae fever when ASAP 2015 went to London last October.

Julia Barretto summed up their fun on Instagram:


@StarMagicPhils and @juliabarretto on Instagram

Maja Salvador's #WatchMeWhip video with Rayver Cruz also went viral.

#watchmewhip with @rayvercruz ?????????

A video posted by MAJASTY??? (@iammajasalvador) on

9. "Twerk It Like Miley" videos

Three stars became a hot topic on the Net after their "twerk" videos went viral.


Miguel Tanfelix's version now has 203K likes and 87K comments on his Instagram account.


A video posted by Miguel Tanfelix (@migueltanfelix_) on

Ella Cruz's dance cover now has 9.M views and more than 2K comments on YouTube.

Maja and Enrique Gil's number on ASAP 2015 was the showstopper!
It has so far generated 17.4M views and 4K comments on YouTube.

8. The comeback of 1990's fashion

Flannels for Liza Soberano and Maxene Magalona, shown in photo with boyfriend Robby Mananquil.


@lizasoberano and @maxenemagalona on Instagram

Backpacking Liz Uy and Nadine Lustre.

@lizzzuy and @nadzlustre on Instagram

Bea Alonzo and Julia Barretto in ripped jeans.


@beaalonzo and @juliabarretto on Instagram

Cropped tops for Janine Gutierrez and Andrea Torres.

@janinegutierrez and @andreaetorres on Instagram

Nadine Lustre and Rhian Ramos in sky-high wedges.


@nadzlustre and @whianwamos on Instagram

7. Valentino Rockstud shoes

Since 2014, the brand has earned a following among celebrities.

Kathryn Bernardo, Erich Gonzales, Ara Mina, Gretchen Barretto, and Dra. Vicki Belo have more than two pairs!

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6. Pastillas Girl

Angelica Yap related her love woes in a very creative and viral way by making a parallel between coping with a heartbreak and the making of a pastillas.

Dito nag simula ang lahat.. Sa Pastillas.. Salamat! haha

Posted by Pastillas Girl on Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Her video caught the attention of It's Showtime!, resulting in a segment dedicated to the search for her Mr. Pastillas.

She was pitted against Eat Bulaga!'s Yaya Dub.

6. (Tie) Maria Sofia Love's Pak! Pak! Pak! Tuloy ang laban, mowdeling...

After the video of this London-based transwoman went viral last July, one of the first celebs to impersonate her was Heart Evangelista.

When Maria Sofia visited the country last August, she had guestings left and right, most notable of which was her appearance on Gandang Gabi Vice and a face-off with Rufa Mae Quinto on Bubble Gang.
Jay-R and Kris Lawrence also made a song for her.
5. #Goals!
The year's most gasgas hashtag was about #goals.
From #SquadGoals, which basically means a thing or things that a group of friends must have...
Internet now has #RelationshipGoals, #TravelGoals, #FitnessGoals, #BodyGoals, #FriendshipGoals, and #AllGoals.
Everything was really a #Goal thing...
4. Pabebe Girls

Some stars went baliw na baliw with the Pabebe Warriors video of pre-teens Janet Ricabo and Michelle Alfonso.

Among the celebs who spoofed their video were Kim Chiu and Alex Gonzaga, Solenn Heussaff and Iya Villania, Yaya Dub and Lola Nidora.


3. Pabebe Wave
This hand gesture that launched thousands of selfies and videos was a pauso of Yaya Dub.
When Eat Bulaga! declared September 26 as the National Pabebe Wave Day, it was participated by Kapuso and Kapamilya alike, politicians, sportsmen, Hollywood singers and celebrities, and people from different walks of life.
It had also caught the attention of foreign media, including BBC.
2. Dubsmash
Thanks to this mobile app, Maine Mendoza became an overnight success and, eventually, a superstar.
She uploaded her video on Facebook on April 22.

Hay Kris And Darla

Posted by Maine Mendoza on Tuesday, April 21, 2015
The following day, it had 1M views.
It was the same video that made the Eat Bulaga! executives notice Maine, who is now the Yaya Dub.
Dubsmash also became a favorite pastime of celebrities.
1. AlDub
Undoubtedly, the tandem of Yaya Dub and Alden Richards was 2015's biggest trend.
Their accomplishments in a span of five months remain unprecedented.
They broke trending records on Twitter and ratings on television.
They achieved remarkable numbers on social media and endorsement brands.
They conquered various platforms: Internet, TV, concert stage, and, recently, the movies.
They have shaken showbiz and taken it by storm. Celebs watch them and wanna have a selfie with them.
Kung hindi mo gusto ang AlDub, lagot ka.
And anything associated with them had become a craze and a conversation piece??from Bryan White's "God Gave Me You" and their kalyeserye playlist to Yaya Dub's polka-dot apron to the plywood that separated them during the first meeting to the long table that Lola Nidora made them use on their first date to their Philippine Arena show to AlDubYou to AlDub nation, which has a formidable online presence.
Naysayers are declaring their popularity has started dwindling.
Maybe so, but what Yaya Dub and Alden have accomplished in such a short time will remain a tough act to follow in the near and far future.


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