Makati City proud to be ?Selfie Capital of the World?

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The city government of Makati said on Tuesday, March 11, that it was not a surprise at all when Makati City and Pasig City were named “Selfie Capital of the World” by the online site of US-based publication Time magazine.

Photo credit: time.com
Photo credit: time.com

?It was not surprising. On workdays, you can find over three million office employees, shoppers and visitors in Makati [getting selfie photos]. The Central Business District (CBD) also has a lot of WiFi hotspots so it?s easy to upload selfies,? said Makati information officer Joey Salgado when reached for comment.

Time built a database of over 400,000 Instagram “selfies” and found that Makati City and neighboring Pasig City are the world’s selfie capital. In total, it ranked 459 cities to determine the “selfiest” places on earth.

Salgado explained that Makati has a lot to offer by way of interesting and safe to places to visit for dining, entertainment, and events which make it perfect for selfies pictures.

According to Time, Makati City and Pasig City ranked number one with 258 selfie-takers per 10,000 people.

Manhattan, New York was ranked second with 202 selfie-takers per 100,000 people; followed by Miami, Florida with 155 selfie-takers; Anaheim and Santa Ana, California with 147 selfie-takers; Petaling Jaya, Malaysia with 141 selfie-takers; Tel Aviv, Israel with 139 selfie-takers; Manchester, England with 114 selfie-takers; and Milan, Italy with 108 selfie-takers.

Cebu City came in with 99 selfie-takers while George Town, Malaysia had 95 selfie-takers to wrap up the top 10 countries under the “Selfie Capital of the World’ category.

“Makati City, known as the financial center of the Philippines, can now boast another distinction: It is the Selfie Capital of the World,” Time editor Chris Wilson from Washington wrote in a report posted Tuesday.

“The city, part of Metropolitan Manila and home to 500,000 people, produces more selfies per capita than any other city in the world,” Wilson added.

Time said the photos from which the list was based were downloaded from the Instagram API in two sets of five days, from January 28 to February 2, 2014 and March 3 to 7, 2014.

Data for each day consisted “of the 24-hour period from midnight to midnight to account for all time zones equally.”

The 402,197 Instagram photos tagged “selfie” included geographic coordinates. Time noted that the data “only account for a fraction of all selfies uploaded during that time since the majority of photos do not include a location.”

“For every city in the world of at least 250,000 residents, we then counted the number of selfies taken within 5 miles and divided by the population of that city,” Time said.

Other than the penchant for selfies, Time said smartphone adoption rates and median income are also considered factors. “As such, this list tends to favor regions just outside major urban areas,” Time said. — PNA

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