In the months that passed since Travel Thoughts PH launched in 2016, it already has one of the largest, most engaged communities on Facebook, with 551,775 people likes, and thousands of likes and shares per post. But did you know that it started out as an online marketing and “katuwaan lang” experiment?
As an online mecca of hugots, the theme of Travel Thoughts PH is just as the name suggests. “Nag-start siya as libangan lang. Naiinip ako sa work ko and that time sa abroad naisip ko na gumawa ng Facebook page na pwede kong i-share iyong mga nakakatawang thoughts ko about traveling," the genius behind the hit Facebook page, who chooses to remain anonymous, recounts.
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His Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages are very much public, but offline, he describes himself as an introvert—even so, he’s not one to shy away from good conversation. “Ako iyong tipo na masarap kausap saka hindi puro love life ang gusto kong usapan. Gusto kong usapan about life [in general]—kung paano magiging makabuluhan ang mga bagay bagay sa buhay."
Rather than go public with who he is in real life, he chooses to keep his identity a secret because “Mas comfortable ako na hindi kilala kasi mahiyain akong tao and sa totoong buhay hindi naman talaga ako hugot na tao,” he confesses. This anonymity also leads to funny ironies. “Pag nagta-travel ako then iyong mga tao puro hugot iyong sinasabi tapos tinatanong nila ako kung marunong ako pero di nila alam ako si Travel Thoughts PH,” he shares.
The hugots you see come straight from him, but that doesn’t mean they’re based on personal experience—looking at pictures sent by his followers is enough to create the perfect line. “Lahat ginagawan ko at gagawan ko pa. Bini-base ko sa itsura nila sa picture kung ano ang ilalagay kong captions,” he says. “Once na makita ko iyong picture, after one minute may maiisip na ako.” How awesome is that, right? And with some Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop magic, the final output is then scheduled for uploading.
Like many of us, he sees hugot a way to relieve stress and view negative thoughts in a lighter, more positive manner. And for Pinoy millenials who love hugot, this is what he has to say: “Wala naman masamang humugot basta wala kang nasasaktan na damdamin ng iba. Make sure iyong hugot mo hindi nakakalungkot kundi nakakapagpasaya."
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Travel Thoughts PH’s four personal favorite hugots:
And of course we didn't pass up on the opportunity to ask him to create hugot for us! Ladies and gentlemen, enjoy:
For the guy who admitted to a girl that he likes her, but she’s hestitant to answer for fear of falling in love...
A girl who's afraid to fall in love...
A girl who got dumped because her ex-boyfriend can't picture her in his future...
Someone struggling to move on from a love despite the fact that he was the third party in the situation...
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Photographs from Facebook.com/TravelThoughtsPH / Artwork by Jana Jimenez