WikiPilipinas: Past 10s

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In a country as diverse and colorful as the Philippines, even the ordinary becomes a unique spectacle. WikiPilipinas takes a look at the best and the worst of 2014 that shaped Philippine politics, entertainment, sports and culture.


Google PH top trending search in 2015 according to the report released by Google as seen on The Philippine Star's article:

The Philippines, a country blessed with a rich environment, offers countless destinations, adventures, and activities. It is also home to friendly and hospitable people who are always happy to welcome visitors and friends. The Department of Tourism (DOT) listed 10 Things to Do in the Philippines for a unique and complete travel experience.

Pinoys' love for food is evident with the presence of restaurants or food cart of restaurants in almost every corner or sometimes one whole stretch of a street. However, Pinoys want to eat at places with affordable food choices. The following is a list of 10 Affordable Eat-all-you-can Restaurants as listed in Pinoy Picks:

Ang Ilustrador ng Kabataan (Ang INK) and Philippine Board on Books for Young People (PBBY) conducted a survey among Filipino school children to know the 25 of the Best-Loved Pinoy Children's Books Characters of All Time.

In 2008, Ang INK and PBBY mounted a touring exhibit to showcase chosen characters at the Manila International Book Fair (MIBF) in SMX Convention Center. The following is a list of the first 10 Best-Loved Pinoy Children's Books Characters of All Time as listed in Our Awesome Planet:

That Thing Called Tadhana is a romance-comedy film starring Angelica Panganiban and JM de Guzman. Written and directed by Antoinette Jadaone, the film was an entry to the 2014 Cinema One Originals Film Festival where it earned top awards notably the Best Actress award for Panganiban.

The film follows the story of two strangers who met at an airport in Italy. A woman, who struggled to meet airline baggage requirements, met a man who comes to her aid. Both in despair out of love, they go places and find out the answer to the question, “where do broken hearts go?”.

It has been a crowd's favorite since its initial release in November 2014 during the 10th Cinema One Originals Film Festival. It was even picked up by Star Cinema for nationwide release on February 2015. Aside from the kilig scenes shot in incredible places, the film also boasted of numerous “tagos sa puso” lines. The following is a list of 10 Hugot lines from 'That Thing Called Tadhana':

Miriam Palma Defensor Santiago is a Filipina politician and a Senator of the Philippines. Popularly known as Miriam, she also serves as a Judge of the International Criminal Court. She is the founder and current leader of the People's Reform Party as well its former presidential candidate. She is also a recipient of the 1985 TOYM Award for Law and 1988 Magsaysay Award for Government Service. The Ramon Magsaysay Award is considered the equivalent of the Nobel Prize in Asia.

Senator Santiago, known for her feisty character, was said to have reinvented herself when she began to include pick up lines in her speeches, especially during the controversial Reproductive Health Bill forums. She is known to be an active advocate of the passing of the bill into law.

What once started as #MiriamMondays and #WittyWednesdays paved the way for the publication of Stupid is Forever, a collection of her snappy one-liners. The following is a list of some of the most Snappy Lines of Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago:

The State of the Nation Address (abbreviated SONA) is an annual event in the Republic of the Philippines, in which the President of the Philippines reports on the status of the nation, normally to the resumption of a joint session of the Congress (the House of Representatives and the Senate). This is a duty of the President as stated in Article VII, Section 23 of the 1987 Constitution. SONA is also an opportunity for opposition parties to protest against the government.


WikiPinoy of the Year

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The nominees for the 2015 WikiPinoy of the Year are:

  • Aisa Mijeno: A Filipino engineer and a faculty member of Engineering at De La Salle University-Lipa. She is the co-founder and chief executive officer of Sustainable Alternative Lighting (SALt).
  • Jerrold Tarog: A Filipino director, composer, editor, writer, and sound designer.
  • Lourd de Veyra: The lead vocalist of the Filipino jazz rock indie band Radioactive Sago Project, as well as the poet behind the irreverent and controversial lyrics of the band’s original compositions. De Veyra is also a journalist, broadcaster, and activist, notable for being the host and writer of Word of the Lourd and other programs on TV5. He is also a weatherman and broadcaster for TV5's Aksyon and AksyonTV.
  • Lumad: Lumad, a Cebuano term meaning “native”, “indigenous”, or “born of the Earth,” is a term being used to denote a group of indigenous peoples of the southern Philippines.
  • Naprey Almario: A staunch advocate for Persons with Disabilities (PWDs). He is also known as the dancing and “strong-wheeled” 2011 Pinoy Big Brother (PBB) housemate.

From 28 December 2015 to 28 January 2016, WikiPilipinas readers can vote for one of nominees for the 2015 WikiPinoy of the Year by answering an online poll question. The WikiPinoy of the Year will win based on:

  • 50% votes from the in-house Editorial team
  • 50% online poll

Stories of the Year

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So much has happened in the Philippines in 2015. Among the notable events of the year were the following:

  • His Holiness Pope Francis' visit to the country in January 2015. The spotlight of his visit was on the communities devastated by Yolanda (international codename: Haiyan), an extremely catastrophic super typhoon which is considered to be the most powerful of all super typhoons in 2013. 
  • The country ranked 76th in the 2015 Index of Economic Freedom and registered as one of the 10 best score improvements in the 2015 index.
  • President Benigno Simeon Aquino III delivered his 6th and last State of the Nation Address (SONA) on 27 July 2015 at Batasang Pambansa Complex. The 2015 SONA, which he delivered in Filipino, lasted for two hours and 12 minutes, making it the longest SONA of his presidency. He discussed the list of priority bills set at least until 2016, attributed his problems to his predecessor, and thanked everyone who helped him.
  • About 5 to 6 million participated in the July 30 Metro Manila shake drill. It aimed to test the resiliency of the people in case a 7.2-magnitude earthquake or stronger hits the area. The drill was held simultaneously from 10:30 to 11:30 A.M. across the National Capital Region (NCR). A nighttime drill was also held in the Ortigas business district in Pasig from 7:30 to 8:30 P.M.
  • Over 7,000 delegates from all over the world converged in Manila for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders' Meeting on 18 to 19 November 2015.

The other top stories for the year 2015, as compiled by WikiPilipinas, are the government officials being on the hot seat; remembering the Filipinos who have died; events and personalities who have made it to the headlines; laws passed in 2015; trending topics on Philippine travel, food, literature, film, pop culture, and politics, among others.