PAGE 2012: A Year-Ender

WE TAKE A LOOK BACK at the year’s biggest news and events: the most memorable moments, and the most fascinating/infuriating people in the Philippines. We also recognize the heroes, the villains, the tragedies and the triumphs that mattered most in 2012.

This is Page 2012: A Year-End Report

(Note: The votes were tabulated by the accounting firm of Ernst & Young. The decision of the board of judges is final and unappealable. If, for any reason, the winner declines the award, the 1-million dollar cash prize automatically goes to charity.

We begin our year-end special with the individual awards…

“Sintigas ng Bato, Sintatag ng Isang Blokeng Semento”
“Bakit ko naman iku-quote ang blogger? Blogger lang ‘yon.”
“Walang krimen ng plagiarism sa Pilipinas.”
“Copying, imitation, is the highest form of flattery.”
“How will I apologize for plagiarism when I never plagiarised?”

“One Day You’re In and the Next Day You’re Out!”
(a.k.a. Project RunAway)

“Now the Chief Justice of the Republic of the Philippines wished to be excused.”
Be careful what you wish for…

“Single Bells, Single Bells… Single All the Way”
Just when we thought he had found his Seoul mate…

“The Chosen One”
The first female Philippine Chief Justice of the Supreme Court
Her term will expire in 2030.
Wala nang Supreme Court… #CJPaSiSereno

Special Citation:
Sen. Pia Cayetano
Cong. Edcel Lagman

President Aquino and both Houses of Congress
Plus the countless groups and individuals who continue
to push for the passage of the RH Bill

Breakthrough Performance – Comedy:
Cong. Niel Tupas (Impeachment Trial)

Breakthrough Performance – Mystery & Adventure:
Congressman Rey “Small Lady” Umali (Impeachment Trial)

Breakthrough Performance – Drama:
Juan Ponce Enrile
(For the indie film: Heto na ulit ang gift mo; hindi tayo bati. Tse!)

Breakthrough Performance – Action:
Claudine Barretto (NAIA)

Breakthrough Performance – Silent Film (Round 6)
Manny Pacquiao

The Top 5 of 2012

War of the Words
– President Aquino vs. Renato Corona
– Pro-RH Bill vs. Anti-RH Bill Advocates
– ‘Anti-Cybercrime’ Law vs. netizens, journalists, academe, lawyers, lawmakers, celebrities (with the exception of Ciara Sotto) and many others
Vice President Binay vs. Korina Sanchez
– Tito Sotto vs. almost everyone
Special Mention
– President Aquino vs. Noli De Castro (TV Patrol Anniversary)
Jinggoy Estrada vs. JV Ejercito
Arnold Clavio vs. Azkals/Azkaleros
– Cong. Toby Tiangco vs. the entire Lower House on the impeachment of Renato Corona
– Sharon Cuneta vs. Piolo Pascual’s fans

WTF was that?!?
– Political adviser Ronald Llamas caught on cam purchasing pirated DVDs in Quezon City (Ang cheap… ng DVD!)
– Pampanga Representative Aurelio Gonzales’ House resolution asking the local TV and movie industry to “minimize, prevent, or stop” depicting congressmen as “villains or crooks” in movies and telenovelas
– Atty. Vitaliano Aguirre covering his ears at the Corona impeachment trial
– Tito Sotto’s chief of staff Hector Villacorta’s reply to blogger Sarah Pope on the plagiarism complaint
– Annabelle Rama officially files bid for a Congressional seat in Cebu
Special Mention
– Charice Pempengco’s hairstyle(s) on ABS-CBN’s The X-Factor

Tweet and Sour
– Atty. @Ferdie_Topacio: “Manuel Quezon III is a faggot of the worst kind.”
– Beauty queen @MiriamQ(uiambao): “Homosexuality is not a sin but a lie from the devil.”
– Actress @Sharon_Cuneta12 on Kris Aquino: “‘Yaan na natin. Di ko rin naman sya fina-follow ever. Sasakit ang ulo ko.”
– PBA player Don Allado @alotofDON: “I’m the guy that says what others can’t. #PBA games are fixed. They control who is in & who is out. It’s a disgrace to be in this league.”
– Actress @Sharon_Cuneta12: “Bumaligtad man ang mundo di na nila mararanasan kahit 1% ng na-achieve ko! Ang taba nawawala pero kababuyan ng ugali mahirap na baguhin grabe! May sanib na devil tuwang-tuwa si satanas sa kanila! Hahaha!”
This tweet almost made the cut:
– Congressman @julesled(esma): sana bukas, bukas sana. O-bukas sana,bukas. Oh bukas? Sana Bukas na. Saan?saan?! Bukas nga. Sana na nga. Saan-Bukas? Ngayunj”

“Sinabi N’ya Yon?!? ‘Di nga?”

“Our President intends to kill 20 million children with a fountain pen…
to sign the RH bill into law.”
~Batangas Archbishop Ramon Arguelles

“You’re engaging, gentlemen, in a public discourse on the merits of your case. You’re not supposed to say that all. Ang yayabang ng mga nagsasalita ng ganyan, gago naman!
Kabobohan is a ground for contempt of court.”
~Senator-Judge Miriam Defensor-Santiago lecturing the prosecution panel

“Hindi ho ba kaya, noong wala pang DILG secretary ay maraming mga maiitim at maliliit na mga maligno ang siya pong naka-ano dyan, umaabang-abang para makuha po ang pwestong ‘yan?”
~Journalist Korina Sanchez (DZMM)

“Aminado naman po kami na maliit at maitim ang daddy ko
pero hindi naman po ata tama na tawagin ni Korina na maligno s’ya.”
~Nancy Binay, daughter of VP Binay via a tweet to this blogger

“Napapaisip nga po ako: ‘yong nagkumento nito, anim na taon ang ipinagkaloob sa kanya para tumulong sa pagsasaayos ng mismong inireklamo niya. Pero ngayon, tayo na nga ang may bitbit na problema, tayo na nga ang tutugon dito, pero masakit nga ho, may gana pang hiritan ng nagpamana?Sana po, sa tuwing sasabihin nating ‘Magandang gabi, bayan,’ ay totoong hinahangad nating maging maganda ang gabi ng bayan.”
~President Aquino during the TV Patrol Anniversary
in an apparent swipe at former VP and TV Patrol anchor Noli De Castro


“Magpa-file ako ng bill o resolution na alisin na ang libel para kami
puwede na ring magmura, kayo puwede na ring magmura.”
~Tito Soto
(Ewan ko sa ‘yo!)

Special Mention
“UST and her physicians surely know whereof they speak. They’re scientists and experts,
unlike the Ateneo and La Salle professors who are intellectual pretenders and interlopers!”
~The Varsitarian, UST’s Official Student Publication on
ADMU and DLSU professors’ support for the RH Bill

Love in the Time of Pulitika, atbp.
– Officially on: Sen. Chiz Escudero and Heart Evangelista
– Just married: Councilor Shalani Soledad and Cong. Roman Romulo
– Just married, too: Daiana Menezes and CDO Rep. Benjo Benaldo
– Just whatever: Jamby Madrigal and the Villars kiss and make up
– Manny Pangilinan and the Ateneo community’s renewal of vows

– Filipinos, all of us, for surviving calamities; humanity for surviving what turned out to be a not-so-doomsday prophecy (Dec. 21)
– San Pedro Calungsod, the second Filipino saint
– The government and the MILF’s framework agreement toward a lasting peace in Bangsa Moro
– The Deparment of Tourism’s “It’s More Fun in the Philippines” campaign
– The Sin Tax Law and Anti-Enforced or Involuntary Disappearance Act of 2012
Special Mention
– The Anti-Epal campaign of groups like Epal Watch, TaoPo.Org, and other vigilant netizens
– Nonito Donaire, the Ateneo Blue Eagles, the UP Pep Squad, San Beda Red Lions
– International Children’s Peace Prize Awardee Cris “Kesz” Valdez, 13; American Idol runner-up Jessica Sanchez; Miss Universe 1st runner-up Janine Tugonon
– Eddie Garcia, Eugene Domingo, Brillante Mendoza harvest international awards
– ‘Eat Bulaga Indonesia’ – a historic first for a Philippine TV show
– Child wonder Ryzza Mae Dizon

Massive Meltdowns
– Sharon Cuneta: Waging wars vs. faceless, anonymous netizens
– Annabelle Rama: Disrupting Dolphy’s wake
– Paula Jamie “Amalayer” Salvosa “I’m juzz reterning d feivor!”
– Robert Blair Carabuena: An HR officer who berated an MMDA traffic enforcer
– John Paul Encinas: The customer who attacked a restaurant cashier in Manila

Lahat na Lang! (Tayo na talaga!)
– Philippines among the world’s 10 “fastest growing” global economies
– Philippines among the 10 happiest nations in the world
– Philippines most emotional society in the world
– Philippines improves ranking in corruption perception index
– Bureau of Internal Revenue breaches P1-trillion collection mark – a first!
Special Mention
Tito Sotto: “I am ready to be your new national punching bag.”

Wer Na U?
– Murder suspects Joel Reyes (former Palawan gov) and brother, Coron town Mayor Mario Reyes Jr.
– Murder convict and former Dinagat Rep. Ruben Ecleo
– Syndicated estafa suspect and Globe Asiatique developer Delfin Lee
– Former military official Jovito Palparan
– Manuel Amalilio of Aman Futures (billion peso pyramiding scam)
Special Mention:
– Regine Velasquez’ voice
– The Charice Pempengco that we used to ‘easily’ like

Anyareh? (Sorry, Try Again!)
– The efforts of the Catholic Church to influence the voting on the RH Bill
– The attempt of bogus self-proclaimed party-list groups to get accreditation from the Comelec
– Doomsayers (Just in: Mayan descendants too embarrassed; refuse to leave home)
– Moralists and “Christians” who tried to stop the concert of Lady Gaga
– Bayo’s controversial “What’s Your Mix?” Ad Campaign

– Typhoon Pablo: 1046 dead; 841 still missing, 300 thousand homeless
– Habagat: Eight days of incessant rains (August) – 95 people dead
– Mining landslide in Compostela Valley (January): 30 dead
– Typhoon Ofel (October): 23 dead
– Tito Sotto. Period.
Broken Marriage
– Annulled: Kris Aquino and James Yap
– Annulled: Chiz Escudero and Cristine Flores
– Koko Pimentel and Jewel May Lobaton call it quits
– Koko Pimentel severs ties with United Nationalist Alliance over Migz Zubiri
– Manny Pacquiao and Roman Catholicism (Kasi naman…)

Campaign Period Mode (Atat Much?)
The earliest birds:
– Former congresswoman Cynthia Villar
– Alan Peter Cayetano
– Migz Zubiri
– Sonny Angara
– Jack Enrile
Special Mention
– Ernesto Maceda
– Rissa Hontiveros
– JV Ejercito
– Bam Aquino
– Grace Poe-Llamanzares
– Teddy Casiño
(Did I forget anyone?)
Note: They did not violate any law. ‘Wag raw tayong judgmental.

Going… Going… Gone!
– The negotiation between Manny Pangilinan and GMA 7
– Atty. Midas Marquez
– TV Patrol Poll
– Planking
– Lolong, the crocodile
Special Mention
– UST Salinggawi Dance Troupe (UAAP Cheerdance)
– Nokia phones

BuzzWords and Phrases
– Sinotto, Sottocopy, Sottofied
– From the impeachment trial: “Wah!” (Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago); “Picha pie” (Sen. Lito Lapid) and “Palusot!” (Cong. Rodolfo Fariñas)
– “Hiyang-hiya naman ako sa ‘yo!”
– Wagas!
– Catholic Vote
Special Mention
– Linsanity

Uuuuuuutang na loob, tama na!
– Gangnam Style
– Call Me Maybe
– Payphone
– Anything from One Direction and Justin Bieber
– Pusong Bato (geez!)

In Memoriam
– Jesse Robredo
– Comedy King Dolphy
– Cong. Ignacio “Iggy” Arroyo
– Filmmakers Mariou Diaz-Abaya, Mario O’Hara and Celso Ad Castillo; actor Luis Gonzales, Musicians Karl Roy, Bodjie Dasig, Eddie Munji III, Ronnie Dizon, and Grin Department lead vocalist Geneviere “Bong” Pascasio; sports anchor Butch Maniego
– Whatever’s left of Sotto’s logic
“If you don’t know history, then you don’t know anything. You are a leaf that doesn’t know it is part of a tree.”
~Michael Crichton

Happy Holidays everyone!
Enjoy your vacation!
Have fun and stay safe.

I am on Twitter: @HecklerForever.

Author: professionalheckler

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25 thoughts on “PAGE 2012: A Year-Ender”

  1. Reliving the linsanity of 2012. Nice review.
    Thanks for so many insights, and so much wit. Merry xmas.

    Malacanan has cancelled their nativity play. They couldn’t find 3 wise men.

    Looney tunes sereno and psycho-noy, together with the mish-mash of mis-fits for 2013 election will ensure next year is just as ‘fun filled’ as this one.


  2. Can we include Bong Revilla for early campaigning and GMA 7 for saying they support him? They have this show called “Indio” slated on January. For me, magandang campaign strategy ito. MAking him a superhero of sort that’s not even connected to his work as a Senator.


  3. Can we include Bong Revilla for early campaigning and GMA 7 for saying they support him? They have this show called “Indio” slated on January. For me, magandang campaign strategy ito. MAking him a superhero of sort that’s not even connected to his work as a Senator.


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