If you visited Twitter this Sunday, you would have seen the hashtag “#RP612fic” trending. For those who are wondering what it means: “RP612fic” means Republic of the Philippines (RP) June 12 (612) fiction (fic), a yearly trend where people post Twitter-length alternative history stories. Filipino writer Paolo Chikiamco of RocketKapre.com started #RP612fic tag on Twitter in 2009. Every year, humorous Filipino netizens combine Philippine history and pop culture references to make such gems as this adorable Heneral-meets-snapchat:
Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach’s famous final question answer was repurposed for the revolution:
And Adele, well...
Famous fictional characters were fair game.
But of course, pop culture would not be pop culture without fandom references, of which there was an abundance of this year:
Game of Thrones
Gabriela Silang makes an excellent Daenerys Targaryen.
But Lapu-Lapu does too.
Jose Protacio Mercado Rizal y Alonzo Realonda might as well be a Faceless Man.
And then there’s THIS thing.
Potterheads contributed a GLORIOUS set of delicious puns.
Marvel fans got a piece of the action too:
And there was even a nod to one of the “classic” fandoms:
But the maddest props this year goes to these young, scrappy and hungry Twittipinos: Everyone give it up for the Hamilton fandom!
Last May, Filipino fans of the Pulitzer Award-winning rap musical were featured on Buzzfeed because of the #Ham4Halalan tag, which went viral and even reached Lin-Manuel Miranda himself.
And since Hamilton WAS about one of the founding fathers of a democratic state that won its independence through a revolution, it was impossible for the fandom not to ride the #RP612fic wave.
They even had their own hashtag:
Now Jose Rizal had many things in common with the ten-dollar founding father without a father, both in the workplace…
And in…extra-curricular activities.
Gen. Antonio Luna also shares some of Hamilton’s characteristics…
And so does Andres Bonifacio…
And Apolinario Mabini.
Actually, Bonifacio may be more of a Hercules Mulligan.
España is King George III, because why not.
Not even Sisa was spared:
A large number of #Ham4Kalayaan tweets paid tribute to all those who answered the call to rise up for Pilipinas, that great unfinished symphony.
Because of course, they’re the reason we’re free in the first place.
Thank you for all your service.