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Here are the important and significant events that have happened in the Philippines in 2022.
Incumbent Government Leaders
- President: Rodrigo Duterte (PDP-Laban)
- Vice President: Leni Robredo (Liberal)
- Chief Justice of the Philippine Supreme Court: Alexander Gesmundo
In the news
- January 6: Republic Act No. 11642, which simplifies the process of adoption of children, was signed.
- January 14:
- The National Bureau of Investigation filed murder charges against the 17 cops over the killing of two activists during a police operation on March 7, 2021 in Nasugbu, Batangas.
- Republic Act Nos. 11644 and 11645, which declare the heritage zone status of the city of Carcar in Cebu and the town of San Vicente in Ilocos Sur, respectively, were signed.
- January 15: The Philippines recorded 39,004 new COVID-19 cases, its highest daily count since the start of the pandemic in March 2020. The positivity rate was high too at 47.1%, with 78,774 tests done. Meanwhile, the 23,613 recovered cases tallied on the day were the most since October 12, 2021, when 25,146 recoveries were recorded.
- February 1: The Senate Blue Ribbon Committee recommended the filing of criminal charges against Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Francisco Duque and others over alleged anomalies in the purchase of government supplies for the COVID-19 pandemic. The other personalities tagged in the allegations include former Department of Budget and Management (DBM) undersecretary Lloyd Christopher Lao, former presidential economic adviser and Chinese businessman Michael Yang, and a number of officials of Pharmally Pharmaceutical Corporation, which had won the government contracts for the supplies. The lawmakers who recommended the filing of charges noted the ₱40 billion that Duque transferred from the DOH to the DBM to supposedly hasten the transactions.
- February 5: Kingdom of Jesus Christ pastor and church leader Apollo Quiboloy is included in the Federal Bureau of Investigation's (FBI) most wanted list for “conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking by force, fraud and coercion, and sex trafficking of children; sex trafficking by force, fraud and coercion; conspiracy; bulk cash smuggling.”
- February 8: The campaign period for the Philippine General Elections 2022 kicked off with the respective proclamation rallies of presidential and vice presidential candidates. Listed below are the presidential candidates along with their running mates and the locations of their proclamation rallies:
- Maria Leonor "Leni" Robredo and Francis "Kiko" Pangilinan: Plaza Quezon in Naga City, Camarines Sur
- Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. and Sara Duterte: Philippine Arena in Sta. Maria, Bulacan
- Panfilo "Ping" Lacson and Vicente "Tito" Sotto III: Imus Grandstand in Imus, Cavite
- Emmanuel "Manny" Pacquiao and Jose "Lito" Atienza (virtual attendance): Oval Plaza in General Santos City
- Francisco "Isko Moreno" Domagoso and Willie Ong: Kartilya ng Katipunan in Manila
- Leodegario "Leody" de Guzman and Walden Bello: Bantayog ng mga Bayani in Quezon City
- February 12: Nine people were killed and three were injured in an ambush in Kalumamis Village in Guindulungan, Maguindanao. The group was reportedly visiting the village to settle a rido, or clan war, and celebrate a kanduli, or thanksgiving.
- February 28:
- March 4: Republic Act No. 11648, which raises the age of sexual consent from 12 to 16, was signed. Senator Risa Hontiveros is the principal author of the law.
- March 8:
- The Supreme Court issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) on the Commission on Election's (Comelec) "Oplan Baklas," the commission's drive to take down campaign posters that do not conform to its rules on dimension and location for campaign materials.
- The COMELEC suspended its deal with news site Rappler to mount a voter information campaign after the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) sought its nullification by the Supreme Court.
- March 11: Republic Act No. 11650, which requires schools nationwide to provide free basic education and related services to learners with disabilities, was signed.
- March 15: President Rodrigo Duterte approved a Php 200 monthly subsidy for poor Filipino families instead of suspending fuel excise taxes amid rising oil prices.
- March 17: Dr. Raymundo Lo, a pathologist, named a pink orchid hybrid after Vice President and presidential candidate Leni Robredo, saying it was "a labor of love fit for one who labors for Filipinos." Raymundo was the orchid took seven years to polinate and bloom and another four years before he named it after Robredo.
- March 24: Republic Act No. 11659, which amends the Public Service Act and allows full foreign ownership in sectors such as railways, airlines, telecommunications, and subways, was signed by President Rodrigo Duterte.
- April 8:
- Republic Act No. 11691, creating the Office of the Judiciary Marshalls, was signed. The office is tasked to protect members and personnel of the judiciary.
- Republic Act Nos. 11684, 11685, 11686, 11687, and 11688, designating Mount Pulag, Mount Arayat, Tirad Pass and other areas as protected landscapes.
- April 9 to 12: Tropical Storm Megi (Agaton) hit Visayas and parts of Mindanao. Landslides triggered by the storm killed most of the 212 fatalities in Baybay City and Abuyog in Leyte. Damage was estimated to cost nearly 5 billion pesos.
- April 12: Some 8,241 examinees passed the 2020/2021 bar examinations out of 11,402 takers. The 72.28% passing rate is the higest since World War II.
- April 13:
- April 15: Senate Bill No. 2395 and House Bill No. 5793, mandating the registration of SIM cards of mobile phone users, was vetoed.
- April 19: The Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA) launched the online platform "E-Reklamo," where the public can file complaints about difficulties experienced in government transactions, such as applications for permits, payment of taxes and fees, and others.
- April 20: The Commission on Elections (Comelec) dismissed the remaining disqualification case against presidential candidate Ferdinand Marcos Jr., finally ruling that he was eligible to run. The case, filed in December 2021, alleged that Marcos Jr.'s 1993 conviction for failing to file his income tax returns involved moral turpitude, which should disqualify him from running. The Comelec said in its ruling that it was not convinced of the petitioners' claim, citing a Supreme Court ruling that failure to file income tax returns does not involve moral turpitude.
- April 26: The Supreme Court affirmed its ruling upholding most of the provisions of the Anti-Terrorism Act. This came as it "resolved to deny the motions for reconsideration due to lack of substantial issues and arguments raised by the petitioners."
- April 27:
- The Supreme Court affirmed its ruling that the Bonifacio Global City complex, along with several surrounding barangays of Makati, is part of Taguig.
- The old Clarin Bridge over Loboc River in Loay, Bohol collapsed, killing at least four people and injuring 15 others.
- The Department of Health announced the detection of the first case of Omicron BA.2.12 in the country. The patient was in Baguio City.
- The country's longest bridge, which connects Cebu City and Cordova, Cebu and is part of the Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway, was inaugurated. Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation's (MPTC) Cebu Cordova Link Expressway Corporation (CCLEC) is the developer of the project.
- Republic Act No. 11712, mandating the provision of continuous benefits for all healthcare workers in the country during the COVID-19 pandemic and future health emergencies, was signed.
- Republic Act No. 11713, providing a scholarship program for education students and other measures to improve teachers' education, was signed.
- May 2: Eight people, including six children, were killed in a fire in Barangay UP Campus in Quezon City.
- May 3: President Rodrigo Duterte approved the Department of the Interior and Local Government's recommendation to stop online cockfighting, or e-sabong, operations nationwide.
- May 9: The 2022 Philippine general elections are held, as mandated by Republic Act No. 7166.
- May 12: Through Executive Order No. 170, the national government ordered the adoption of digital payments for government disbursements and collections. This was in response to the boom in cashless transactions in Southeast Asia in the last two years.
- May 18:
- Former Department of Education secretary Bro. Armin Luistro FSC was announced as the 28th successor of St. John Baptist de La Salle. Luistro is the first Filipino to become the superior general of the De La Salle Brothers worldwide.
- Ana Patricia Non, the founder of the Maginhawa Community Pantry, where citizens were encouraged to donate what they could and get what they needed and which inspired similar efforts across the country, received the Ambassador's Woman of Courage Award from the Embassy of the United States in Manila.
- Ramon Tulfo was arrested for cyber libel. The warrant of arrest for the newspaper columnist and former special envoy for public diplomacy to China was issued by Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 24 Presiding Judge Maria Victoria A. Soriano-Villadolid.
- May 21: Pope Francis approved the promulgation of a decree granting the title of Venerable to the Servant of God to Teofilo Camomot (March 3, 1914 – September 27, 1988), an archbishop from Cebu.
- May 23: Seven people died while 24 others were injured after a passenger boat caught fire off the coast of Real, Quezon. The vessel was carrying 126 passengers and 8 crew members.
- May 26:
- Two persons were hurt after an improvised explosive device exploded on a bus in Koronadal City.
- The Sandiganbayan denied the plea of the alleged dummies of former president Ferdinand Marcos and his wife, Imelda, to suspend the trial of their ill-gotten wealth case involving their Eastern Telecommunications Philippines, Inc. (ETPI) shares.
- The Senate Committee on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs recommended the further investigation into gaming tycoon Atong Ang's e-sabong firm, Lucky 8 Star Quest, following the disappearance of a number of cockfight enthusiasts.
- May 27:
- The Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court dismissed the contempt case against Senator Leila de Lima and her legal counsel, Atty. Filibon Tacardon, over statements they made about the testimonies of prosecution witnesses in her drawn-out drug cases.
- The Supreme Court affirmed with modification the graft ruling against NBN-ZTE deal whistleblower Rodolfo Noel "Jun" Lozada Jr. for granting his brother Jose Orlando Lozada leasehold rights over public lands under a government-owned corporation program. On June 2, Lozada and his brother surrendered to the National Bureau of Investigation.
- June 2:
- Pharmally Pharmaceutical Corporation officials Mohit Dargani and Linconn Ong were released from the Pasay City Jail after six months in detention.
- Department of Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra confirmed that NBI-Cybercrime Investigation and Assessment Center Head Vic Lorenzo was relieved from his post as the agency mounted an investigation into the irregularities in the serving of a warrant to search, seize, and examine computer data in an establishment in Manila on May 31.
- Former Manila Archbishop Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle was named by Pope Francis as one of the new members of the Vatican Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of Sacraments.
- Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA) Director General Jeremiah Belgica and four other officials of the agency were ordered suspended by the Office of the Ombudsman after strong evidence of guilt was found in the graft and corruption case filed against them.
- Executive Order No. 172, which approves a development plan for the coconut industry involving the release of a ₱75-billion trust fund for cocounut farmers from coco levy assets sequestered by the government, was signed.
- June 3:
- The Supreme Court dismissed the appeal of newscaster Mel Tiangco's illegal dismissal and illegal suspension case she filed against ABS-CBN over her appearance in a TV commercial in 1995. The decision was released on 6 December 2021 but was made public on 2 June 2022.
- Two children died while two others were wounded in an explosion in Kumalarang, Zamboanga del Sur.
- An initial investigation by the Department of Justice found that a lapse in protocol by the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) led to its allowing of Apollo Quiboloy's network SMNI to interview convicted kidnapper and former military general Jovito Palparan.
- June 5:
- A phreatic or steam-driven eruption by Mount Bulusan was reported at 10:37 a.m., lasting for six minutes. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) placed the area on Alert level 1.
- June 6: The Quezon City Metropolitan Trial Court Branch 38 acquitted the 21 residents of San Roque village who were arrested at the height of COVID-19 lockdowns in 2020 for protesting due to hunger.
- June 7:
- The Office of the Ombudsman filed graft charges before the Sandiganbayan against 42 Bureau of Immigration (BI) employees who were allegedly involved in the "pastillas" scam, which allows the illegal entry of Chinese citizens into the country.
- The Quezon City Council approved a resolution declaring short film director Darryl Yap and actress Ai-Ai delas Alas "persona non grata."
- Surigao del Sur Representative Prospero Pichay Jr. was found guilty of three counts of graft in connection with the mismanagement of P780 million funding of the Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA). The Sandiganbayan convicted Pichay and sentenced him to 18 to 30 years in prison
- June 8: Dr. Gay Jane P. Perez, the deputy head of the Philippine Space Agency (PhilSA), was elected president of the International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS) Technical Commission on Education and Outreach. She is the first Filipino to hold this role.
- June 9:
- With an executive order, Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia made the wearing of masks in outdoor places optional rather than mandatory in the province, contrary to existing rules set by the Department of Health (DOH).
- Some 93 people, including agrarian reform beneficiaries and activists, who were clearing a 2-hectare land in Hacienda Tinang in Concepcion, Tarlac, were arrested by authorities. The beneficiaries were identified by the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in 1995 as recipientts of 200 hectares of land that the Catholic Church’s Dominican order gave up for agrarian reform in the town.
- June 14: Retired Commission on Elections commissioner Rowena Guanzon was declared by Komunidad ng Pamilya, Pasyente at Persons with Disabilities (P3PWD Party List) as its new first nominee after the original five designees of the group resigned. On June 15, the COMELEC en banc acknowledged her as the first nominee of the party-list group.
- June 15:
- The Philippines was elected member of the United Nations body that oversees the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).
- The Anti-Terrorism Council, in its resolution dated May 25, declared Luis Jalandoni, the former chief negotiator of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines, and 11 others terrorists.
- June 17:
- The Supreme Court publicized its November 16, 2021 decision that photos and messages gathered by private persons from a social media account may be presented as evidence in court.
- The Philippine government and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) signed a loan agreement for the first tranche of the $4.3-billion financing for South Commuter Railway project, the southern leg of the North-South Commuter Railway (NSCR) project. It will connect Metro Manila and Calamba, Laguna.
- June 18:
- The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) placed the Luzon power grid on red alert due to an insufficient power supply that briefly interrupted electricity services for over 1 million customers in Metro Manila and nearby provinces.
- The government announced that more than 70 million people in the Philippines had been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
- June 19: John Albert Laylo, a lawyer and former legislative staff member of Senator Leila de Lima, was shot in Philadelphia while on board an Uber car with his mother. He died hours after being taken to a hospital in critial condition. Laylo and his mother were visiting relatives in the United States when the random shooting happened.
- June 22: USS Samuel B. Roberts, a US Navy destroyer sunk during World War II, was found nearly 7,000 meters below sea level off the Philippines. It is the world’s deepest shipwreck ever located.
- June 23:
- Executive Order No. 174, creating new position titles for school teachers, was signed.
- Memorandum Order No. 62, ordering the abolition of state-run First Cavite Industrial Estate, Inc. (FCIEI), was signed. The order stated the estate was no longer serving its purpose.
- The Sandiganbayan permitted former Quezon City councilor Roderick Paulate to present a Commission on Audit (COA) official as a witness in his defense against the charges of graft and falsification of public documents filed against him over alleged hiring of bogus employees.
- The COMELEC en banc thumbed down Duterte Youth's complaint against the substitution of retired poll commissioner Rowena Guanzon as the first nominee of P3PWD party-list.
- President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the termination of the Philippines' discussions with China on a joint oil exploration.
- June 24:
- International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor Karim Ahmad Khan requested a pre-trial chamber to approve the resumption of the investigation into the war on drugs under President Rodrigo Duterte.
- The Sandiganbayan permitted president-elect Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. and his family to present evidence in their defense in their ill-gotten wealth case filed against them in 1987.
- June 25:
- The Department of Health (DOH) announced the raising of the alert level to moderate risk in Pasig, San Juan, Quezon City, Marikina and Pateros with the continuous rise in the number of COVID-19 cases.
- The Vatican declared the National Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage in Antipolo City an international shrine, the first religious site in the Philippines to be given such a designation.
- June 26:
- Ana Patricia Non, the founder of the Maginhawa Community Pantry in Quezon City which facilitated the donation and provision of food and other basic necessities for families at the height of COVID-19 lockdowns, was honored as a "real-life hero" at the second Dragon Star Awards.
- A ferry sailing between Bohol and Leyte and carrying 165 passengers caught fire. One individual reportedy died.
According to Proclamation No. 1236, the following are the holidays in 2022:
- January 1 – New Year's Day
- February 1 – Chinese New Year
- February 25 – EDSA People Power Revolution Anniversary
- April 9 – Araw ng Kagitingan (Day of Valor)
- April 14 – Maundy Thursday
- April 15 – Good Friday
- April 16 – Black Saturday
- May 1 – Labor Day
- May 13 – Eid'l Fitr (Feast of Ramadan)
- June 12 – Independence Day
- July 20 – Eid'l Adha (Feast of Sacrifice)
- August 21 – Ninoy Aquino Day
- August 30 – National Heroes Day
- November 1 – All Saints Day
- November 2 – Special Working Holiday
- November 30 – Bonifacio Day
- December 8 – Feast of the Immaculate Conception
- December 24 – Special working holiday
- December 25 – Christmas Day
- December 30 – Rizal Day
- December 31 – Special working holiday (in observance of New Year's Eve celebrations)
- January 4: The Philippines and Japan renewed their Bilateral Swap Arrangement, which allows the two countries to swap their currencies in exchange for the US dollar.
- January 5: British banking magazine The Banker named Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Governor Benjamin Diokno Global Central Banker of the Year for 2022.
- January 18: The Department of Transportation entered into a Php 142 billion contract with China Railway Group Limited for the first phase of the expansion of the Philippine National Railway system to the Bicol region.
- January 25: The National Telecommunications Commission granted the analog and digital frequencies long held by media giant ABS-CBN Corporation to Advanced Media Broadcasting System, Sonshine Media Network International and Aliw Broadcasting Corporation. In July 2020, lawmakers voted not to renew the franchise of ABS-CBN, which had been attaked by President Rodrigo Duterte throughout his term.
- January 31: The Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) put a stop to the trading of shares of DITO CME Holdings Corporation, whose majority owner is Dennis Uy, a close associate of President Rodrigo Duterte. This came after the company notified the PSE and the Securities and Commission that it was cancelling its stock rights offer due to "less than ideal market conditions."
- February 4: The Bankers Association of the Philippines and the Department of Justice enter into an agreement to work together to fight cybercrimes in the country and raise awareness about cybersecurity. 
- February 9: The Philippines received a ¥329-million grant from the Japan International Cooperation Agency which is aimed at developing human resources in the country.
- March 31: Space Exploration Technologies Corp., or SpaceX, announced that it would launch its Starlink satellite broadband service in the Philippines, the first in Southeast Asia.
- April 6: The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas launched the Php 1,000 polymer banknote. It features the Philippine Eagle, replacing the World War II heroes José Abad Santos, Josefa Llanes Escoda, and Vicente Lim, whose images were printed on the older incarnations of the bill. The replacement had been criticized by historians.
- April 25: Sun Cellular's postpaid service was rebranded as its mother company Smart's postpaid service.
- April 28: The Bangko Sentra ng Pilipinas approved sanctions against Unionbank of the Philippines and BDO Unibank over hacking incidents in December 2021 that affected clients.
- May 27: The registration of Starlink Internet Services Philippines Inc., a subsidiary of Elon Musk's space manufacturing company SpaceX, was approved by the National Telecommunications Commission. Starlink Philippines will operate as a value-added service provider.
- June 3: Filipino startup AcadArena was included in this year's Forbes 30 under 30 in Asia for helping student gamers compete in international e-sport tournaments.
- June 6: Japanese tycoon Kazuo Okada and Antonio “Tonyboy” Cojuangco, as well as five other company board members and at least 14 others, were sued over their alleged hostile takeover of Okada Manila.
- June 24: The Philippine Stock Exchange's trading floor, one of the oldest in Asia, permanently closed as brokers shifted to working remotely, partly due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Culture and entertainment
- January 21: Tracy Maureen Perez of the Philippines was among the top 40 semifinalists announced by Miss World for the pageant's 2021 edition. The coronation night is scheduled for March.
- January 26: Miss Philippines Nica Zosa was named Miss Summit International 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
- January 28: Sinigang was hailed as the best soup in the world by travel website TasteAtlas.
- January 29: Don Josephus Eblahan’s The Headhunter’s Daughter won the Short Film Grand Jury Prize and Martika Ramirez Escobar’s Leonor Will Never Die bagged he World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award: Innovative Spirit at the Sundance Film Festival 2022.
- February 28: The Miss Universe Philippines organization announced the official 50 delegates for its 2022 pageant.
- March 6: Fuschia Anne Ravena, representing Cebu City, was crowned as Miss International Queen Philippines 2022. The event was held at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City.
- March 16: Gabriella Mai Carballo was crowned Miss Cebu 2022. The event was held at Plaza Independencia in Cebu City.
- March 17: Miss Philippines Tracy Maureen Perez made it to the top 13 of Miss World 202, held in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
- March 18: Miss Philippines Kathleen Paton won Miss Eco International 2022. The event was held in Egypt.
- March 27: Dean Dianne Balogal, representing Baguio City, was crowned Hiyas ng Pilipinas 2022. The event was held in Cebu.
- March 30
- April 3: Miss Philippines Michelle Arceo was named 1st runner-up in Miss Environment International 2022. The pageant was held in Mumbai, India.
- April 6: Miss Universe Philippines unveiled the official 32 delegates for its 2022 pageant.
- April 19: Zeah Nestle Pala, representing Tarlac, was crowned Miss Bikini Philippines 2021. The event was held at Vista Alabang in Las Piñas City.
- April 21: Miss World Philippines announced the official 35 delegates for its 2022 pageant.
- April 22: Binibining Pilipinas announced the official 40 delegates for its 2022 pageant.
- April 27
- Binibining Pilipinas updated its 2022 roster after the withdrawal of Gwendoline Meliz Soriano, Ma. Francesca Taruc, and Iman Franchesca Cristal from this year's competition. Patricia Ann Tan, Joanna Marie Rabe, and Ma. Isabela David took their placed.
- Michelle Dee, representing Makati City, emerged as a frontrunner in the preliminary competition of Miss Universe Philippines 2022 after bagging six special awards.
- April 28: Uncharted, the film starring Tom Holland and Mark Wahlberg and produced by Sony Pictures, is pulled out of local cinemas due to a scene showing China’s nine-dash map, which illustrates the superpower's disputed claim over South China Sea.
- April 30: Celeste Cortesi, representing Pasay, was crowned Miss Universe Philippines 2022.
- May 1: Kriz Gazmen replaced Olivia Lamasan as the head of ABS-CBN Films. Lamasan became a consultant for content, partnerships, and talent management via Rise Artists Studio, which is owned by the same company.
- May 17: Justine Aliman, the long-time stylist of Catriona Gray, among other personalities, was named as the new official swimwear designer of the Binibining Pilipinas pageant.
- May 25:
- May 29: Singer Anji Salvacion from the Celebrity Edition won in Pinoy Big Brother: Kumunity Season 10.
- May 30: Miss World Philippines 2022 announced the top 11 in its national costume competition.
- June 5: Gwendolyne Fourniol was crowned Miss World Philippines 2022.
- June 7: The Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival announced the top 13 finalists of its 2022 full-length film competition.
- June 8: Ramona Diaz’s A Thousand Cuts, a 2021 documentary about the hostility of the Philippine government towards the press, won the 2022 George Foster Peabody Award in the documentary category.
- June 18: The coronation event of Man of the World 2022 was held in Baguio. It was the Philippines' first time to host the event.
- June 19: Basurero, a short film featuring actor Jericho Rosales, won the Grand Jury Best Global Film award at the Auntyland Film Festival 2022 held in New York.
- June 25:
- January 1: Merlin Magallona (b. August 6, 1934) was an international law luminary and former University of the Philippines (UP) Law dean. He was a resource person for issues such as the constitutionality of the Bangsamoro Basic Law. He was also known for his advocacy in upholding the Philippines’ territorial sovereignty against the incursions of foreign powers such as China.
His views and writings are often used by government officials as standard. He published works on various topics such as Philippine Territorial Issues, Use of Force and International Security, Philippine Practice of International Law, Globalization, Law of the Sea, and many others.
He died peacefully in his sleep on January 1, 2022 at the age of 87. Tributes poured from the Philippine legal sector and remembered Magallona as a legend who had taught generations of Filipino lawyers.
- January 2: Rodolfo Fernandez, popularly known as Rudy Fernandez and the “Iron Man of Asia” (b. December 5, 1947), was a multi-awarded one-legged triathlete from Iloilo. He succumbed to stroke at the age of 74.
- January 3: Sigfreid Barros-Sanchez (b. June 7, 1976) was a filmmaker. He is remembered for his boundless contribution to the Philippine entertainment and independent film industries.
He passed away on January 3, 2022 at the age of 46. He is survived by his wife Kaye, and their four children, as well as his four younger siblings and other relatives. Tributes from his friends and colleagues poured in, including those from the Director’s Guild of the Philippines, Inc.
A crowdfunding drive to help Sanchez pay for his hospital bills had been started. He was confined at the Philippine Heart Center from October 2021 until his death.
- January 6: Francisco Sionil Jose, popularly known as F. Sionil Jose (b. December 3, 1924) was a journalist and fictionist. He was declared a National Artist for Literature in 2001. As one of the most widely read Filipino authors in the English language, his works have been translated into 28 different languages.
He passed away on January 6, 2022 at the Makati Medical Center where he was supposed to undergo an angioplasty. He apparently died in his sleep and was declared dead at 9:30 P.M. He was 97.
Hours before his death, he took to own Facebook page to post what would become his final words. He thanked God and his "brave heart" for "this most precious gift" as he waited for his blood vessel procedure. He hoped to survive it and with it, be able to continue what he had been doing with so much energy.
- Samuel K. Tan (b. December 30, 1933) was a historian and academician and former Chair of the Department of History of the University of the Philippines (UP) and former Chair of the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP). He was the leading expert on the role and contribution of Filipino Muslims to the country’s history. He left behind a legacy of scholarly works, books, and writings on the History of the Philippines especially of the Muslim South.
- Maria Victoria Carpio-Bernido (b. November 17, 1961) was an educator and physicist. She was a 2010 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee for having developed an innovative approach to teaching students physics in remote areas using technology. Her specializations include quantum mechanics, stochastic processes, and Feynman path integrals.
On January 6, 2022, she succumbed to metastatic colon cancer at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Taguig, where she had been confined since November 2021.
She had been cancer-free for almost a year after undergoing a surgery in March 2020 and rounds of chemotherapy. Her cancer was found to have metastasized in July 2021. She was advised to have more rounds of chemotherapy. She became critically ill when she was about to have her seventh chemotherapy session and had been in the hospital since the end of November 2021.
- January 10: Lisandro Abadia was the former chief of staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). He was a member of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Class of 1962. He served in the AFP for 36 years from 1958 to 1994. He was the chief of staff from 1991 under then President Corazon C. Aquino to 1994 under then President Fidel V. Ramos.
He passed away due to an undisclosed illness at age 83. Appropriate military honors were provided to him in recognition of his legacy and sacrifices as a soldier and head of the military.
- January 12: Jaynard Angeles was a radio commentator for "Radyo ni Juan Tacurong" and a town councilor aspirant from Lambayong, Sultan Kudarat. He was also a station manager of Radyo ni Juan FM station before he stepped down from his position to take part in the race to be elected as councilor.
Angeles, who had been a “hard-hitting commentator” for more than 10 years, was shot dead by two gunmen in a car wash establishment in Tacurong City on January 12, 2022. The murderers fled the scene.
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Director-General Audrey Azoulay has denounced the killing of Angeles as it promotes the safety of journalists. The police are still trying to determine if the shooting was related to his work as a radio broadcaster or as a political aspirant.
- January 14: Augusto “Gus” Villanueva was a sportswriter and newspaper editor. He was the publisher and editor in chief of the Philippine Journalists group of newspapers. He was considered the doyen of local sportswriters and a pillar of Philippine journalism. For decades, Villanueva was looked up as a professional mentor and leader with high work ethic and old-school values such as fairness, resiliency, and loyalty.
- Maoi Recampo Roca (b. December 12, 1974) was a basketball player-turned-celebrity.
He passed away due to diabetic complications. He was 47. Tributes and condolences were extended to Roca and his family by former teammates and coaches.
- Maoi Recampo Roca (b. December 12, 1974) was a basketball player-turned-celebrity.
- January 18: Ernesto Fajardo, popularly known as Don Pepot (b. November 6, 1933) was a comedian, actor, radio host, and writer. He is best known for his trademark mustache and aggressive comic style.
He passed away due to acute respiratory failure. His COVID-19 infection was confirmed critical. He was 88. According to his family, he was hospitalized in October 2021 and was discharged. He was confined again in December 2021 until he succumbed to his disease on Tuesday. A private wake followed by a public viewing of his remains at the Solennelle Funeral Chapels in Valenzuela.
- January 21: Prolific scriptwriter-director, voice talent, musical director, and head of the DZRH Drama Division Salvador Royales passed away at the age of 75. Popularly known as Direk Badong, he had been with the DZRH since 1980. He was an award-winning writer, with a KBP Golden Dove Award for Best Radio Drama (May Pangako ang Bukas) and a Best Screenplay award for Kapag Langit ang Humatol from the Film Academy of the Philippines. He was best known his long-running serial Mr Romantiko.
- January 23: Former Department of Foreign Affairs Secretary and AIG Philippines chairman Roberto "Bobby" Romulo passed away at the age of 83. He has been decorated by the governments of Belgium, Thailand, Spain, Chile, France, and the Philippines. He was a recipient of the 2016 Arangkada Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2021, Romulo sent out an urgent appeal to his fellow members in the business community. He prayed “for the return of democracy and its institutions, which the incumbent has trampled.”
- Former actor and singer Romano Vasquez died in his home in Cavite City. He was 51. The cause of his death was not disclosed to media. He started his career in the 1980s GMA Network teen-oriented variety show That’s Entertainment. He also starred in various films such as Noel Juico, 16: Batang Criminal, First Time… Like A Virgin!, Dark Tide, and Epimaco Velasco: NBI.
- January 29: Sadanga, Mountain Province mayor Gabino Gangganan collapsed while playing the gong at a wedding in Barangay Guina-ang, Bontoc. He was rushed to a hospital but efforts to revived him failed. The attending doctor at Bontoc General Hospital declared him dead from sudden cardiac death. The late mayor was an active supporter of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC)’s campaign against progressive organizations. In April 2020, he made headlines after he declined government food aid and employed indigenous community cooperation instead during the Luzon-wide lockdown. He called for the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to allocate food packs for his town to communities more in need of the assistance.
- January 30: Former basketball player, coach, and athletic director Valerio “Amang” Lopez passed away due to old age. He was 95. He spent most of his life at Mapua beginning as a player in the late 1940s, then later as a coach, athletic director, and as a consultant. He is credited for nurturing the early careers of cage legends Alvin Patrimonio, Atoy Co, Freddie Hubalde, Bong Ramos, and Chito Victolero. Throughout the years, he has endeared himself to the entire Mapua community and the players he met and worked along the way.
- February 2: Award-winning and veteran actress Rustica Carpio passed away at age 91. She was also an author, director, playwright, scholar, literary critic, and book editor. She was also a former dean of the former College of Languages and Mass Communication, now known as the College of Communication, at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP). Carpio was a recipient of many awards including the Best Actress in the 33rd Gawad Urian in 2010 for her lead role in Brillante Mendoza’s Lola.
- February 9: Two-time SEA Games medalist in underwater hockey Johanna Uy passed away at age 41. She was part of the Philippine women’s team that won silver in the women’s 4x3 and women's 6x6 events of underwater hockey in the 30th SEA Games. It was reported that Uy and her mother Helen perished in a fire in their home in Quezon City. The fire broke out at 4:00 a.m. and reached the first alarm. Uy and her mother were unable to leave their rooms. Condolences poured in for Uy especially on the Philippine Sports Commission’s Facebook page.
- February 15: Lawyer, television public affairs host, media executive, and newspaper columnist Ricardo “Dong” Puno Jr. (b. January 20, 1946)p assed away from complications of Parkinson’s disease. He was 76. He was in and out of the hospital as his sickness progressed. Still, his demise was a surprise to the family as he just returned from confinement and seemed to be getting better. He is survived by his wife, Christy; sons Ricky and Donnie; and 11 siblings.
- February 17: Malaybalay City Mayor Florencio Flores, Jr. passed away. He first tested positive for COVID-19 on January 27 but was able to recover by February 2. Less than a week later, he has again tested positive for the virus and this time with complications. Flores served as Mayor of Malaybalay for three terms starting from 2001, then as Bukidnon 2nd District Congressman, then as Malaybalay Mayor again in 2019. He was supposed to seek reelection this 2022 elections.
- February 18: Master weaver and recipient of the National Living Treasure Award from the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) Ambalang Ausalin died at her home in Parangbasak, Lamitan. She was 78. Ausalin was recognized for her commitment in safeguarding and promoting the weaving of traditional Yakan textiles, especially the colorful “tennun” or tapestry weave. She came from a family of weavers and learned the craft at a young age. She was also able to produce intricate designs.
- February 20: Physician and politican Jose Fabian Cadiz passed away at the age of 61. A video shared on Facebook shows that the former vice mayor was in Antipolo, Rizal, after a cycling trip when he collapsed during a stop-over. Relatives later confirmed that Cadiz collapsed while resting in a canteen in Sitio Boso Boso by Bosoboso Church and was rushed to Antipolo City Medical Center System Annex III at Sitio Cabading, Antipolo but was later declared dead on arrival. Cadiz served as vice mayor of Marikina from 2010 to 2019. He was running for representative of the 1st district of the city when he passed away.
- February 21: Rapper and 187 MOB member Jumer Galicia, popularly known as OG Kaybee, was shot dead in Muntinlupa. Based on reports, Galicia was with fellow rapper Benson Malubay when the three suspects appeared and shot Galicia. The police are still investigating the possible motive behind this incident.
- Film and television director, screenwriter, and executive producer Eduardo Roy Jr. died of massive pulmonary embolism due to hospital acquired pneumonia at St. Lukes Medical Center in Quezon City. He was 41. He had been diagnosed with Burkitt’s Lymphoma Stage IV in late 2021. Roy won several awards at prestigious local and international film festivals for his works such as Bahay Bata, Quick Change, Pamilya Ordinaryo, Lola Igna, and Fuccbois.
- February 22: Tarlac 1st District Representative Carlos "Charlie" Cojuangco passed away at age 58. His death was announced in a Facebook post by former broadcast journalist Czarina Maria “China” Jocson, whom he married on October 10, 2021. The cause of Cojuangco's death was not revealed. On October 26, 2021, Cojuangco, a car enthusiast, suffered an aneurysm in the middle of a race on a circuit in Pampanga.
- March 5: Radio, television, and film actress and radio serial director Luz Fernandez passed away at age 86. She started her acting career in the 1950s and was best known for playing antagonists. work in radio included voice acting in programs such as Gulong ng Palad, Ilaw ng Tahanan, Dr. Ramon Selga, Sagrado and Aklat ng Pag-ibig. Her transition to television and film acting saw her starring in renowned films such as Minsa'y Isang Gamu-Gamo and popular TV programs such as OK Ka, Fairy Ko, where she played the memorable character Luka, an evil witch, and Ora Engkantada, where she portrayed Lola Torya, the fantasy show's host. Fernandez also worked as a director, helming the radio serial Dr. Romantiko. She was honored with the “Best Actress of All Time” title by DZRH on its 70th anniversary in 2009.
- March 7: Educator, first chancellor of the Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology (MSU – IIT), and president of the Mindanao State University (MSU) System Camar Umpa passed away at age 73.
- March 9: Filipino visual artist, photographer and filmmaker Kidlat de Guia was with his family in Spain when he died. The family was wrapping up Kidlat Tahimik's six-month exhibit on the Spanish colonial rule in the Philippines at the Palacio De Cristal when de Guia died. He was finalizing his documentary Rangtay Papan Idjaybangir ('Bridge to the Other Side'), with the support of the Film Development Council of the Philippines, at the time of his death. de Guia was the son of renowned independent filmmaker and National Artist Kidlat Tahimik (born Eric de Guia) and German artist and academic Katrin Gottlieb-de Guia.
- March 13: Jurist and politician Antonio Eduardo Nachura died at age 80. He served as an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines from February 7, 2007 until his mandatory retirement on June 13, 2011. Prior to this appointment, Nachura was the solicitor-general of the Philippines. He served as representative of the 2nd district of Samar from 1998 to 2004.
- March 16: Ex-assemblyman, Bohol governor Atty. David Belarmino passed away. He was 88. He was popularly known as Bohol’s “Wonder Boy” for his unbroken string of victories in polls as he served in various elective posts. Belarmino was the second president of the University of Bohol (UB) and former president of Regional Association of Higher Educational Institutions (RAHEI) CHED Region VII. He was also one of the founders of the Bohol Northern Star College, Inc. (BNSC), the first and only tertiary educational institution in Ubay.
- March 17: GMA Regional TV’s Balitang Bisdak anchor Pablito “Super Bob” Nalzaro passed away at the age of 58. He also served as Radio GMA Cebu’s Station Manager and daily commentary program host at Super Radyo DYSS-AM.
- March 22: Singer Eva Castillo passed away after a long battle with kidney illness. She was known as the only singer who was able to defeat Regine Velasquez in amateur singing contests. She was 52. Her brief showbiz career started in 2009 when GMA Network looked for her after Velasquez named her in Regine: Roots to Riches docu-musical. Since then, her TV guestings on the network came one after another. However, she disappeared into the limelight when she was diagnosed with a kidney tumor in 2014. In 2017, she joined It’s Showtime’s “Tawag ng Tanghalan.” GMA 7’s resident director Louie Ignacio, who helped Castillo until her last moment, described Castillo as a kind and great singer.
- March 25: American R&B singer Keith Martin died because of a heart attack. His body was found dead in his Libis, Quezon City condo. He was 57. The musician behind the 2004 hit song “Because of You” moved to the Philippines in 2018.
- March 29: Rock legend Jun Lopito died at the age of 64. He was best known for his bluesy guitar style and his performances with the likes of other Filipino icons such as The Jerks, Grace Nono, and Joey “Pepe” Smith. Lopito grew up surrounded by music. He honed his skills by tagging along with Tony Jalandoni and Pepe Smith. As a teen, he played guitar in his church and learned classic rock hits by ear. He released the solo project Bodhisattvas with appearances from Pepe Smith, Edmund Fortuno, Cocojam, Spy, The Jerks, and Grace Nono. In 2020, he released his first proper solo album BODHI3NMRK. Despite his fame, he said in an interview that he never considered himself a rock star and that he was just trying to survive. Several artists and members of the Filipino music industry paid tribute to the late legendary guitarist following the news of his death.
- April 7: Veteran actor Carlos Salazar passed away due to complications of old age. He was 90. He was best know for his suave leading man roles in the 1950s and 60s. Salazar was first discovered at a stage performance at the Far Eastern University (FEU) in the early 50s. He then starred in LVN movies and other movie studios and showcased his good looks and acting skills. He also became a movie producer and director. He was also known as a crooner and held court at Manila Hotel and other music lounges and sang like Frank Sinatra.
- April 12: UP Ikot jeepney route pioneer Irineo Odoy died of pneumonia at age 99. It was said that Odoy started the “Ikot” idea in 1949 when he saw students walking long distances to get to their classes. He started the Ikot route with a jeepney he called “Dagul” and continued for the next nine years until other drivers began to do the same. It has since been an iconic and unique element of the Diliman campus until today. Students and alumni expressed their gratitude to Odoy for his legacy.
- April 15: Former member of NLEX’s championship squad in the PBA D-League Eric Saguitan died of cardiac arrest. He was 36. The 6-foot-7 player was part of the first three of NLEX’s D-League titles from 2011 to 2012 season. Saguitan also helped the Blackwater Elite in their 2013 D-League Foundation’s Cup title run.
He had a short stint with the University of the East (UE) before he transferred to San Beda but didn’t play in the NCAA. He played for Asian College Of Science And Technology (ACSAT) in the Universities and Colleges Athletic Association (UCAA). The Cauyan, Isabela native was drafted 32nd overall by Meralco in the 2012 PBA draft. He didn’t make it to the final roster but played for KIA in 2015. Saguitan was also a pastor and highschool teacher and coach in Cauayan.
- April 16: Philippine sports personality Boyet Sison passed away after undergoing surgery. He was 58. He posted updates about his health condition until before his surgery on his social media account. He said that he experienced pain in his stomach and was bloated. Sison was a staple in Philippine sports from the early 2000s until he called the radio cast for PBA games at DZRJ 810. He also hosted at the league’s coliseum for seven years and other multiple sports programs throughout the years. His most prominent show was ANC’s Hardball, which aired from 2006 to 2020.
- Gloria Sevilla, queen of Visayas movies, passed quietly in her sleep at age 90. In her younger days, she acted in Visayan-language films such as Badlis sa Kinabuhi which won for her a best actress trophy from the Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences (FAMAS), in 1969. Her career prospered under Premiere Productions. She then branched out to TV acting in the 1970s and played comic roles in a number of sitcoms.
- April 19: Jose Santiago “Chito” Sta. Romana passed away while on quarantine in China. They were in Anhui, China for a bilateral meeting between Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. and Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi. The cause of Sta. Romana’s death was unknown. Sta. Romana was veteran broadcast journalist who lived and worked in China for more than three decades. He covered Tiananmen protests and crackdown in 1989 and saw the economic rise of China in 1990s. He headed the Filipino youth delegation that was among the first Filipinos to visit China in 1971.
- April 23: Veteran broadcaster and sportswriter Florencio “Zaldy” Perez passed away due to a lingering illness. He was 65. He was one of the pioneers of afternoon news broadcasting. He was first a sportswriter who churned out sports stories for Balita, Tempo, and Daily Globe. He also wrote a hard-hitting column for Abante entitled “Laykdatan.” His signature baritone voice was his passport to transition from writing to broadcasting. He became the main anchor of PTV-4’s Balitang Ala-Una. He was nominated for Best Male Newscaster by the PMPC Star Awards for television for the said news program. He also worked as the segment writer and anchor for PTV-4’s coverages of the country’s campaign in the Southeast Asian Games, Asian Games, and the Olympics. Perez was diagnosed with cancer in August 2021. He is survived by wife Annie, son Baste, grandchild Alon, mother, siblings, and other relatives.
- Fila Philippines owner and CEO Cris Albert passed away. Her body was found lying motionless at The Fullerton Bay Hotel in Singapore. No other details about her death were given. Albert was known for leading Isport Life, the sole distributor and licensee of Fila products in the Philippines. She had been managing the brand in the country for more than 15 years.
- April 29: Camarines Norte 2nd District Representative Marisol Panotes passed away at age 76. Panotes was the vice chairperson of the committee on disaster resilience and committee on population and family relations in the House of Representatives.
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