WITH a line borrowed from Carly Rae Jepsen’s hit song Call Me, Maybe?, sports patron Manuel V. Pangilinan announced his entry into the microblogging world of Twitter.
"Hey, I just met you and this is crazy, but here's my twitter, so follow me, maybe? @iamMVP,” said Pangilinan to conclude his speech before the 6th Internet and Mobile Marketing Association of the Philippines Summit at Rockwell Power Plant Mall on Friday morning.
With that, Pangilinan becomes the latest sportsman to dive into Twitterverse. The high-profile businessman also happens to be one of the biggest players in Philippine sports, being the head of the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas and chairman of both the Amateur Boxing Association of the Philippines and the Philippine Badminton Association.
He also owns the Talk 'N Text and Meralco teams in the PBA and the NLEX Warriors in the D-League and is the biggest backer of collegiate squads Ateneo and San Beda.
Pangilinan's deep involvement in sports was highlighted in his bio where the 66-year-old businessman wrote: Filipino. Businessman. Sports patron. Braving the digital shift.
Pangilinan also started his speech with a story about how big a role tweets and SMS messages played in coordinating the rescue of the Philippine Under-18 team that got stranded at the SGS Gym along Araneta Avenue in Quezon City at the height of the flooding in the metro weeks ago.
Just four hours after he fired his first and so far only tweet on Friday morning, MVP became a top trending topic and his followers have soared to close to 7,000.
Here's his Twitter profile:
On how big the numbers would be remains to be seen. But as far as sportsmen are concerned, the yardstick of course is Manny Pacquiao, who has 666,609 followers although the boxing hero has stopped personally handling his @mannypacquiao account after an ugly skirmish with some followers last year.
In terms of followers, second to Pacquiao is Azkals star Phil Younghusband @PhilYHusband with 352,614 while incoming PBA rookie Chris Tiu @chris_tiu is the most followed Filipino basketball player with 166,950, followed by James Yap @jcy18 with 50,591.
Chot Reyes @coachot has the biggest following among coaches with 29,502; anchor Mico Halili @micohalili leads the list of sports broadcasters with 39,003 while veteran Philippine Star columnist Quinito Henson @TheDeanQuinito is tops among sports writers with 24,632, followed by Spin.ph's Fidel Mangonon III @thepbaologist with 13,030.