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Over the weekend several heavy-hitters in the Lebanese Twittersphere helped boost a fresh new hashtag into that fuzzy yet ever so tantalizing realm of, you guessed it, #TrendingLebanon.

#ILoveLebanonBecause is the brainchild of Philippe Abou Zeid , who has successfully grabbed the attention of some big names with strong followerships. As our infographic below shows, both singer Elissa and the rock of Lebanese social media herself, Octavia Nasr gave a huge boost to the effort.

Pictures of flowers, majestic mountain views and falafel began melting into each other during this Lebanese love fest; But a few true-grit Lebanese tweeps brought out what’s really fan-friggin-tastic about Lebanon: Argileh, Zouzou 2ebba and Lala Chicken.

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It’s been rather touching to see people sharing so frankly about why they love a country where we can so easily get caught up in all the reasons to hate our lives here. We appreciate @philabouzeid’s tenacity and heart.

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