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.

Celebrity hook-ups and breakups are always interesting to know. In the advent of social networking sites, one may see who’s together, who’s not, and who’s just dating for quite some time. As they say, show business brings a lot of pressure to celebrities thus some couples who are once happy together may go on their seperate ways. Their stories becoming an interesting gossip to talk about, stories about new relationships and break-ups remind people that celebrities are real people too who have feelings and emotions just like anyone. The following is a list of the Top Celebrity Break-ups and Hook-ups of 2014.

As year 2014 comes to its last quarter, there are some Filipino politicians and government officials who are in the limelight because of scandals and controversies they are involved with.

Filipinos all around the globe are known for being patriotic. They give full support to a fellow “kababayan” or a group of fellow Filipinos representing the flag of the Philippines. When a Filipino wins, the whole country wins as well. WikiPilipinas lists some of the individuals or group of Filipinos in different fields who make us all the more proud to be a Pinoy.

You're living in Manila or been there many times yet you're asking yourself how deeply you know about the place? You probably think that you know everything about Manila, but think again. When was the last time you've explored the city? It’s not yet too late to take time to rediscover the capital city of the Philippines and know the reason why Hotdogs sang the lines “I keep coming back to Manila”. listed 10 Fun Walks and Tours to Help You Rediscover Metro Manila.

The Philippines is being recognized around the world because of the athletes carrying the flag of our country. There are a lot of Filipino athletes being inspired to be champions. While it is often broadcasted that Filipino athletes are not prioritized by the government, these Filipinos still managed to shine in their own respective fields. They are idolized not only by fellow Filipinos but by people of other nationalities as well. WikiPilipinas presents Top 10 Filipino Sports Idols of 2014.

Filipino filmmakers join the Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival to revive the Filipino's enthusiasm in creating new cinematic works as well as to spice up the audience perception. In this competition, directors and story writers are able to show, share, and interpret Filipino experiences. Every year there are movies that touch the conciousness of the audience and imbibe significant lessons to the viewers. voyeur listed 10 important Cinemalaya films according to 10 cinephiles. These are:
Dating is a stage where people get to know each other. The traditional ways to date someone are eating outside, hanging out, and watching movies. There is this quotation, “the way to someone’s heart is through his or her stomach,” so be careful in choosing the dishes, places, and restaurants where you'll take your special someone. People can get a lot of additional information about someone before, after and while eating. Here are the 10 restaurants perfect for your dates. listed 10 Perfect Date Restaurants for Budgets under Php 500. These are:
The Philippines has 7,107 islands situated in the western Pacific Ocean. Weather patterns are dictated by prevailing winds - habagat (southeast monsoon), which runs from May to October, and amihan (northeast monsoon), which runs from November to May.
For most of the country, the dry season is during amihan. The wet season, which starts in June, peaks in July to September and peters out in October. However, due to climate change, the rains arrive later and linger into December.
Typhoons, locally known as bagyo, are common from June to November. They strike mainly in Luzon and Visayas and do millions of dollars worth of damage annually.
For a typhoon to be considered as super typhoon, the tropical winds should have sustained winds of at least 150 miles per hour according to the American classification or 120mph based on Hong Kong Observatory standards.
Here are 10 facts about Philippine typhoons:
Industrialization and commercialization signal the economic status of a country. Cities will boast on their best buildings, crafts, firms, or anything that contributes to the benefit of their economy. Old buildings and establishments built a hundred years ago are now being turned into museums or heritage places. Some were improved and some were added modern enhancements.
To be able to appreciate the present, one must look back, appreciate, and be thankful of the past. FilipiKnow listed, they published articles about Philippines that are unique even for us Filipinos. One is you are about to read, the 10 Things We No Longer See in Manila. These are:

WikiPinoy of the Year


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Dr. Alfredo Mahar Francisco Lagmay

Dr. Alfredo Mahar Francisco Lagmay is the Executive Director of Project NOAH and Faculty Member of the National Institute of Geological Sciences at University of the Philippines, Diliman. Project NOAH is a responsive program, launched by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), for disaster prevention and mitigation for the Philippines' warning agencies to provide a 6 hour lead-time warning to vulnerable communities against impending floods. Advanced technology will be used to enchance current geo-hazard vulnerability maps.

Lagmay is into theoretical and experimental research on the reciprocal influence of volcanoes and their basement. With colleagues, they advance the understanding of volcano-tectonic interaction using a variety of methods such as analogue modeling, remote sensing, GIS, Persistent Scatterer Interferometry, CFD simulations, shallow subsurface geophysics, and structural field mapping. They also apply the same skills for disaster work, either to volunteer in search and rescue, conduct forensic analysis or carry out basic research on the hazard event. They have studied landslide, lahar and flood disasters in the Philippines, among them the 2006 Guinsaugon rockslide debris avalanche, 2006 Mayon lahars, and the 2009 Ondoy and 2011 Sendong floods.

He holds a Ph.D. in geology from the University of Cambridge and was a visiting scientist at the Geophysics Department of Stanford University. he continues his service to the Filipino people by conducting research on geological hazards and volunteer work in areas stricken by disaster.

Stories of the Year


So much has happened in the Philippines in 2014. Among the notable events of the year were the Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) 100th Anniversary, Climate Walk, the approval of landmark city ordinance protecting LGBT persons, Filipino Actress Rita Avila receiving letter from Pope Francis, and the Philippine Government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) signing the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB).

The other top stories for the year 2014, 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 2014; celebrity hook-ups and breakups; entertainment, sports, and weather news; among others.