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Sexy and Social: Why Manila is the Selfiest City in the World

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A study of Instagram pictures has identified the Philippines capital as the city where the most 'selfies' are taken – which is no surprise if you know the place, says one resident expert. 

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'A very social country' … Vincent Golangco and friend take a self-photograph in Manila, selfie capital of the world PR. 

We're No 1! We're No 1! We're ... oh wait ... what? That's right folks, according to research released today by Time Magazine, no less, Manila – more specifically, Makati City – is the selfie capital of the planet, averaging a mighty 258 selfies per 100,000 people (over the course of seven days). Moreover, we also have three other Philippine cities in the list: Cebu City at No 9, with 99 selfie takers per 100,000 people, while Quezon City came in at number 59 and Iloilo City at 72. 

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Supporters of congressman and world boxing champion Manny 'Pacman' Pacquiao take a photo with him in Manila. Credit: Cheryl Ravelo/Reuters. 

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A mass wedding ceremony in Paranaque, south Manila. Credit: John Javellana/Reuters. 

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A goat poses for posterity at an agricultural business fair in Manila. Credit: Cheryl Ravelo/Reuters. 

I'm really not sure what to make of all this: on the one hand, I'd like to assume that we just have very sexy people who deserve to take as many selfies as our ego so desires. On the other, maybe there are other factors at play for this supposed selfie crown. 

First, let's note that the Philippines has often been declared as a very social country. At the dawn of mobile phones, we were crowned the texting capital of the world with supposedly over 400m text messages sent per day. Following that, as social media rolled around, the Philippines was then anointed as the social networking capital of the world, with over 90% of Filipinos supposedly involved in one form of social media or another.

From those numbers alone, it should really come as no surprise that we're again on top of the globe with another achievement, if you want to call it that. But why selfies? 

What you need to understand is, unlike, for example, the US, where one would go to Washington DC to get into politics, to New York for business, Los Angeles for the entertainment industry, San Francisco for the tech industry and to Miami for the nightlife; here in the Philippines, almost all the major industries clash in the capital, Manila. Makati City is one of the biggest business districts in the greater Metro Manila area, and is also a central hub for politics, showbiz, restaurants and nightlife. 

Read more at The Guardian