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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 2016 that shaped Philippine politics, entertainment, sports and culture.


Holy Week (Filipino: Semana Santa) in Christianity is a week-long commemoration of Christ's passion and resurrection starting from Palm Sunday to Black Saturday, leading to the much celebrated Easter Sunday. Filipinos are known for their solemn observance of Holy Week. It is their way of renewing their relationship with God and is commonly regarded as the season of repentance and mending of immoral living.

The Philippine Star listed Ten of the Common Holy Week Practices in the Country:

In February 2016, Forbes Magazine listed 300 young entrepreneurs, innovators, and leaders in Asia across 10 fields, namely: arts (art and style, food and drink); manufacturing and energy; entertainment and sports; consumer technology; finance and venture capital; enterprise technology; media and marketing; health care and science; social entrepreneurs; and retail and e-commerce. Filipinos in the first-ever “Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia” are:

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) seeks to encourage governments and people from across the globe to recognize and preserve places which show a deep cultural heritage, by recognizing these places as World Heritage Sites. The Philippines now has three cultural sites and two natural areas inscribed on the World Heritage List, plus twenty-eight more submitted to the tentative list. Here are ten of the heritage sites in the Philippines recognized by the UNESCO World Heritage Centre:

A hotel is a place that has rooms in which people can stay especially when they are traveling. It provides food, lodging, and other services for paying guests. Some have been around for so long, as early as the early twentieth century, that they reflect moments of history and hold great significance for the country.

The “10 Historic Hotels in Manila” based on Nicai De Guzman's article on spot.ph include:

Filipino scientists are committed individuals – the thinkers, doers, and problem-solvers – that make all the difference in the world. They come from various fields and industries who work towards solving real-life problems that many Filipinos face. Their dedication, perseverance, innovativeness, and positive attitude to work productively despite limited resources, serve as example to young, aspiring scientists. The following is a list of Singapore Asian Scientist Magazine's "8 Filipino Scientists to Watch":

Even before Filipina beauty queens conquered the world stage and won beauty pageants, the Philippines has real queens and princesses who possessed more than beauty and a body, but also brains and sharp wit.

Early Muslim society included the aristocrats who are also members of the ruling class. Datus, rajahs, and sultans occupied the top rung of the hierarchy. On the other hand, Filipino Muslim royals had very little freedom and their affairs were only limited to household activities. However, there were exceptional queens and princesses who wielded great influence that changed the course of Muslim socio-political history. The following is a list of FilipiKnow's “8 Real Filipina Queens and Princesses Too Awesome for Disney Movies”:

The Filipino is a hopeless romantic. We watch romantic films because we want to feel happy, excited, and crazy. There are times that we want to watch to support our love teams, feel the kilig, be updated of the latest “hugot” lines, or have a last song syndrome (LSS) with their theme songs. However, there are also times when we just want to swoon over something different, to feel the painful, heart-wrenching complexities of love. After all, these are the stories that we could relate to. The following is a list of 10 Romance Indie Films You Should Watch from spot.ph:

Ramen is a Japanese soup dish which consists of Chinese-style wheat noodles served in meat- or fish-based broth, with toppings such as pork, seaweed, or green onions. It is usually enjoyed on rainy or cold nights. The warmth and the aroma of the soup is enough to keep you cozied up. Sadly, they can get quite expensive, with bowls ranging from Php 400 and up. When In Manila listed 10 places in Manila where you can get your ramen fix below Php 300:

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 separate 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 2016:

WikiPinoy of the Year

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The nominees for the 2016 WikiPinoy of the Year are:

  • Albert del Rosario: A Filipino diplomat. He was the Secretary of Department of Foreign Affairs from 2011 to 2016. In surveys conducted by the Social Weather Stations and the Makati Business Club, the DFA has consistently ranked as one of the top government agencies in terms of efficiency and effectiveness under his leadership. Also under his watch, the Philippines filed a historic case against China over the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea). He led the filing of the Philippine government arbitration case that challenged the validity of China's sprawling territorial claims in the South China Sea.
  • Ivan Bilugan: A Filipino freelance graphic designer who promotes Philippine history through his project, “Philippine History in Color”. He is a 2008 AB Communication graduate from De La Salle University-Dasmariñas' College of Liberal Arts and Communication.

    It has become his advocacy to color historical photos. “They say history should be viewed in a new light. For millennials, color is one approach to entice them to be curious and learn more about history.” His objective is not to replace black and white photos, but to promote Philippine history. He added, “The main reason behind colorization is not to distort an image or alter the photos or any historical facts. Rather, it’s to further promote the values and lessons of our past; re-introduce and share it to the new generation.”
  • Lav Diaz: a multi-awarded independent filmmaker (director, writer, producer, editor, cinematographer, poet, composer, production designer and actor) from Cotabato,Mindanao. He is a key member of the slow cinema movement, the art of cinema film-making that emphasizes long takes, and is often minimalist, observational, and with little or no narrative. He is especially noted for the length of his films, some of which run for up to eleven hours. His films often tackle the issues regarding the current social and political state of the Philippines. He recently won the Alfred Bauer Prize for Hele sa Hiwagang Hapis (A Lullaby to the Sorrowful Mystery) at the 66th Berlin International Film Festival and the Golden Lion for Ang Babaeng Humayo (The Woman Who Left) at the 73rd Venice International Film Festival.
  • Pia Wurtzbach: A Filipino-German model, actress, and makeup artist. She is Miss Universe 2015. Among her advocacies are HIV/AIDS awareness around the world and ending the stigma surrounding the disease/infection, as well as her fight for gender equality and women empowerment.


From 12 December 2016 to 12 January 2017, WikiPilipinas readers can vote for one of nominees for the 2016 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 2016. Among the notable events of the year were the following:

  • Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach returns home
  • Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko's five-day state visit in Manila
  • PHL as host to World Street Food Congress 2016
  • Pac-Man's final fight
  • Filipino student wins 1st in NASA competition
  • NASA launches first Pinoy-made satellite ‘Diwata’
  • PSE named 2015 best stock exchange in Southeast Asia
  • New President and Vice President
  • Olympics

The other top stories for the year 2016, as compiled by WikiPilipinas, are the news; events and personalities who have made it to the headlines; remembering the Filipinos who have died; and trending topics on business and economy, health, sports, entertainment and culture, among others.