Influential 30: The Most Followed Personalities on Instagram (Summer 2018 List)

A little over 5 years ago when Instagram became one of the leading social media in the Philippines, side by side with its parent social site Facebook, and became a measurement of influence along with Twitter, we still have celebrities topping the list of the most followed people locally. 

However, who really are the most followed? Who are the most influential? 

Selena Gomez is the current queen of Instagram worldwide with 136 million followers. While the current king is Portuguese professional footballer Cristiano Ronaldo with 125 million followers. You might easily guess that a Kardashian holds the record of the most followers on the social platform. Kim Kardashian checks in as fifth in the world with 110 million followers, after Ariana Grande (118 million followers) and Beyonce (114 million followers). 

Locally, we still see the trend of the ladies outshining the men, not just on Instagram but online in general. It is an all-ladies Top 10 in the Philippines with Vice Ganda joining the ranks. Anne Curtis is still our social media darling while Pia Wurtzbach is the fast-rising in the Top 10. 

After Vice, James Reid is the most followed male local personality on Instagram. He is followed by Senator Manny Pacquiao who is enjoying a huge international following. Only one more male joins James in the Top 30. 'It's Showtime' host Vhong Navarro hangs on the upper tier, even ahead of bankable young leads like Daniel Padilla, Enrique Gil and Alden Richards. 

Here are your Top 30 Most Followed Local Personalities on Instagram as of April 30, 2018. Are your idols and favorites part of the list? 

Just a hairline away outside the Top 30 is Ella Cruz who also has 3 million followers. Ranking at 32nd is Jessy Mendiola (@senorita_jessy) with 2.9 million followers while Julia Montes (@montesjulia) is ranked 33rd also with 2.9 million followers. 

They're followed by model mom Georgina Wilson (@ilovegeorgina) with 2.8 million followers, Star Magic artist Miles Ocampo (@milesocampo) with 2.7 million followers, and Startruck alumna and now a Star Cinema leading lady Arci Muñoz (@ramonathornes) with 2.6 million followers. 

Enrique Gil is the fourth most followed male and 37th overall with 2.6 million followers. Twitter favorite and phenomenal TV personality Alden Richards checks in as the fifth most followed male with 2.4 million followers. 

Jennylyn Mercado (@mercadojenny) currently has 2.4 million followers which makes her 39th in the list, followed closely by Bela Padilla (@belapadilla) and Isabelle Daza (@isabelledaza) who also got 2.4 million followers each. 

Instagram followers may not absolutely mean popularity or automatic conversion of their movies, TV shows and endorsements into box office, ratings and market success. However, it surely is an indication of these personalities' relevance and their capability to start a discussion online. 

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About MJ de Leon

Everybody wants to be entertained! So I am publishing, not another entertainment blog, but a rather interesting rundown of the things that you pretend to not care about. I also blog about food, travel and a little bit of style at Peace and love! :)
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