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PAGE 2013: A YEAR-ENDER

14 12 2013

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WE’RE TAKING a look back at the year’s most memorable moments: triumphs, tragedies and controversies, and the people – good or bad – who made the headlines.

This is… Page 2013: A Year-End Report

People of the Year
#YolandaPh volunteers and donors (both local and foreign)
Thank you!

Stories of the Year
Pork Barrel Scam
#YolandaPH

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Newsmaker of the Year
Janet ‘Jenny’ Lim-Napoles

Ruling of the Year
“The pork barrel system is unconstitutional!”
~ Supreme Court of the Philippines

Women of the Year
COA Chair Grace Pulido-Tan
Justice Secretary Leila De Lima
Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales
BIR Commissioner Kim Henares
Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno

Super Villains of the Year
Juan Ponce Enrile, Jinggoy Estrada, Bong Revilla
and the alleged pork barrel thieves in government

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Team of the Year
PDAF Scam Whistleblowers

Special Citation: Eksenadora of the Year
Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago

Special Citation: Spokesperson of the Year
Malacañang for Meralco: “The P4.16/kWh rate hike is reasonable.”

Special Citation: Entertainer of the Year
Health Asst. Sec. Eric Tayag

Special Citation: Joke of the Year
Kris Aquino announces resignation

“I’m giving up my shows. Hindi ko sinasabi ‘yan so that I can say that I’m the one making the bigger sacrifice, no. Tinatalikuran ko ‘yung mundong kinilala kong bumuhay sa ‘kin, dahil higit dun sa karera ko, mas mahal ko ang anak ko. At paglaki ng anak ko gusto ko talagang malaman niya na ibinigay ko ang lahat. Dahil noong nabubuhay ang mom namin ibinigay niya ang lahat para sa ‘min. Ibinibigay ko ang lahat para sa anak ko.”

tolSpecial Citation: Patola of the Year
MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino

On Dan Brown’s novel in which Manila was depicted as “the gates of hell”
“Pinapalabas niyang ang Metro Manila puro kadumihan. We surmise that Mr. Brown is not familiar with Manila or Metro Manila. [This is where the cradle of Catholicism] is as well as other religions. Truly, our place is an entry to heaven.”

Mag-Move On Ka Na Award
President Noynoy Aquino (Tama na ang paninisi! Utang na loob!)

THE 2013 SARI-SARI LIST

bbWinners
– Pope Francis
– The economy (in all fairness!)
– The Philippine Daily Inquirer’s pork barrel scam series
Special Mention:
– Million People March
– Grace Poe #topnotcher
– Nancy Binay #AkalainMoYun

2Losers
– Corrupt lawmakers and their cohorts [SC: Pork is illegal]
– Jeane ‘Bebe Gurr’ Napoles [The nerve!]
– Jack Enrile – the highest spender in the 2013 senatorial elections lost big time!
Special Mention:
– CBCP’s anti- “Team Patay” propaganda in the last elections #fail
– Kit Tatad: “RH Law is genocide.”
– Atimonan Police Checkpoint (Rubout!)

MEWar of the Words
– Miriam Defensor-Santiago vs. Juan Ponce Enrile
– Mar Roxas vs. Alfred Romualdez
– Philippines vs. Taiwan (over the shooting of a Taiwanese fisherman)
Special Mention:
– Manny Pacquiao vs. Kim Henares
– Vice Ganda vs. Jessica Soho
– Vice Ganda vs. Nancy Binay
– Makati vs. Taguig (over Bonifacio Global City)
Alan Peter Cayetano vs. Juan Ponce Enrile
– Heart Evangelista vs. her parents

1KWTF Moments
– Just Married: Freddie Aguilar, 60 and “Babe,” 16
– Caught on Cam: Then LTO Chief Virginia Torres playing a slot machine
– Epal: Binay stickers on the relief goods for Yolanda victims
Special Mention:
– Say What?: Airport officials reveal: NAIA Terminal 3 has no CCTV
– Ibang Level: Juan Ponce Enrile playing Bejeweled while working
– Unfairness: Cong. Magtanggol Gunigundo’s proposed lifetime tax break for Pacquiao
– Stolen Shots: UP masteral student Mark Solis’s plagiarized photos
– Front Page: Philippine Daily Inquirer’s fake TIME cover #toingks
– Wat Da Pak: Surian ng Wikang Filipino’s proposal to change the official name of the country from Pilipinas/Philippines to Filipinas
Sisterakas: The Aquino sisters on TV Patrol/24 Oras defending Kris against James Yap

bieberNegastars
Gigi Reyes, Ruby Tuason, Richard Cambe and other lawmakers’ aides and staff who fled the country (now in hiding) at the height of the pork scam probe
– Nur Misuari (Zamboanga siege)
– Junjun Binay (Dasma Village incident)
– Butch Abad, Frank Drilon and DAP
Special Mention:
– Jojo Ochoa (And his alleged ties with Napoles!)
– Arnold Clavio
– Korina Sanchez
– Meralco and the 4.16/kWh power rate hike (Eff u!)
– Don Mariano Transit

napolesComebacks
– The PCOS Machine
– Manny Pacquiao
– Joseph Estrada
Special Mention:
– Gilas Pilipinas, Not this time Korea. Not this time! We’re off to the FIBA World Cup
– Nonito Donaire
– DLSU Green Archers, champs again after six years!
– Doris Bigornia

eBreakups (Or something like that)
– Lorna Kapunan and Janet Lim-Napoles
– Juan Ponce Enrile and Gigi Reyes
– Philippine Daily Inquirer and Pugad Baboy
Special Mention:
– Willie Revillame and TV5
– Claudine Barretto and Raymart Santiago
– The Barrettos

untitledGoing, Going… Gone!
– Pope Benedict XVI resigns
– Freedom of Information Bill – Anyareh?
– Communications Sec. Ricky Carandang and Customs Commissioner Ruffy Biazon
Special Mention:
– Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Mike Arroyo and Mikey Arroyo
– Edwin Lacierda
– Ateneo Blue Eagles Men’s Basketball Team (Season 76)
– The Gutierrezes
– Wally Bayola
– Ask. FM

bieberBreakout Performers
– Atty. Leni Robredo (She trumped a supertrapo!)
– Kobe Paras, slam dunk prince
– Jeron Teng
Special Mention:
– NU Pep Squad
– Tom Rodriguez, My Husband’s Lover
– Jessy Mendiola

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Disasters
– #YolandaPh
– Bohol Quake
– MV St. Thomas Aquinas collides with MV Sulpicio Express Siete: 55 dead
Special Mention
– Typhoon Labuyo
– USS Guardian runs aground at Tubbataha Reef
– Two Serendra Condominium Explosion
– Jinggoy’s privilege speech

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Most Beautiful
– Megan Young, Miss World
– Bea Rose Santiago, Miss International
– Mutya Datul, Miss Supranational
– Ariella Arida, 3rd runner-up: Miss Universe
Special Mention:
– Ali Forbes, 3rd runner-up: Miss Grand International
– Koreen Medina, 3rd runner-up: Miss Intercontinental
– Gil Wagas, 4th runner-up: Mr. International
– Angelee De Los Reyes, Semifinalist: Miss Earth
– Cindy Miranda, Semifinalist: Miss Tourism Queen International

UntitledIn Memoriam: Notable Deaths
– Crocodile Lolong
– Freedom fighter Nelson Mandela, humanitarian Paul Walker
– Former Chief Justice Andres Narvasa, former Solicitor General Frank Chavez, former DOTC Sec. Leandro Mendoza, former Health Secretary Alberto Romualdez,
– Directors Behn Cervantes and Eddie Romero, activist priest Joe Dizon
– National Artists Andrea Veneracion and Daisy Avellana, anthropologist F. Landa Jocano, Isagani Cruz
– Bella Flores, Subas Herrero, Ama Quiambao, Sammy Lagmay, Susan Fuentes, Renato Del Prado, Pepe Pimentel, Papa Dom Gamboa of Tropical Depression
– Journalist June Keithley, chef Nora Daza
– Sultan Jamalul Kiram, Former QC Mayor Mel Mathay Jr.
– UP Manila student Kristel Tejada

UntitledBuzz Words/Phrases
– Selfie
– Throwback Thursday
– “… pag may time!”
– Tanda, Pogi, Sexy
– DAP
– Storm surge
– Look up! Look up!
– Push mo ‘yan!

1NANSound Bites
“At the end of the day, ang apelyido ko pa rin ang nagpapanalo sa akin sa halalang ito.”
~ Sen. Nancy Binay

“Basta huwag lang manghihingi sa amin ang mga tao! Eh, anong ibibigay namin? Hindi naman puwede ‘yong sa pinaghihirapan namin dahil sa personal naman namin ‘yon, sa mga anak, sa mga pang-araw-araw na panggastos namin.”
~ Cavite Rep. Lani Mercado-Revilla on the proposed abolition of the pork barrel

“You have to remember, you are a Romuldez and the President is an Aquino.”
~ DILG Sec. Mar Roxas

“Hindi naman ako ordinaryong governor. Artista rin ako. At ‘di ako basta-bastang artista. Ako si Asiong Salonga at ako si El Presidente!”
~ ER Ejercito justifying his being late for a palace meeting with President Aquino

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“Wala pong nanggaling sa gobyerno kahit piso.”
~ Janet ‘Jenny’ Lim-Napoles on her wealth

“We are supposed to be celebrating that we got the biggest crook in Philippine politics. Hindi natin nakuha ng murder, ng cheating, ng kung anu-ano pa. We finally nailed him with this one. We should be celebrating. This guy has committed so many crimes, we failed to nail him.”
~ Sen. Antonio Trillanes on Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile’s alleged involvedment in the pork scam

“Hindi n’yo ba ako nakikilala?”
~ Makati City Mayor Junjun Binay

“Saan po kaya kumukuha ng kapal ng mukha ang mga kawani sa ahensiyang ito?”
~ President Aquino berating the Bureau of Customs, SONA 2013

SALCEDA
“Ang hirap nga lang kung si Jessica Soho magbo-bold. Kailangan gang rape lagi. Sasabihin ng rapist, ‘Ipasa ang lechon.’ Sasabihin naman ni Jessica, ‘Eh nasaan yung apple?’”
~ Vice Ganda during his Big Dome Concert

“Rape is not a joke and should never be material for a comedy concert. I thank all those who shared my hurt and expressed their support, but this should not be about me but about rape victims who suffer tremendously from this terrible crime. The horrors they go through are unspeakable and should never be taken lightly, especially by way of a cruel joke.”
~ Journalist Jessica Soho

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“Tandaan mo ‘to: may three years pa ang kapatid ko.”
~ Kris Aquino to James Yap during one of their fights

“I am endorsing Sonny Angara because I want young people in the Senate. He is young, idealistic, and full of sex appeal. ”
~ Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago

“Ewan ko ho. Hindi ko ho alam. I invoke my right blah blah blah…”
~ Janet Lim-Napoles at the Senate

“If anyone reading this can prove to me that my husband has stolen any amount from his PDAF in his 12 years as senator, I will give you P10 million in cash and I will leave my husband.”
~ Sharon Cuneta reacting to Jinggoy Estrada’s privilege speech on PDAF

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“Kuya, bibigyan kita ng picture. ’Wag mo na akong picturan. Pangit ako ngayon.”
~Janet ‘Jenny’ Lim-Napoles to an Inquirer photographer during PDI’s exclusive interview

“The last time I spoke to the Senator from abroad… he even told me to be strong… that we will fight together.”
~ Gigi Reyes, Enrile’s chief of staff and rumored girlfriend

“It’s not the end of my political career.”
~ Annabelle Rama after losing in the congressional race in Cebu

“Pansira ka ng araw… tatawa-tawa ka pa! Sana pala hindi na namin kayo tinawagan. Wala akong nakuha sa inyo!”
~Arnold Clavio to Janet Napoles’s lawyer Alfredo Villamor

“I can buy you, your friends and this club.”
~ Anne Curtis to Phoemela Barranda

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“I have come to accept the real me. I have come to love the real me. I now celebrate the real me.”
~ Charice telling the whole world she’s gay

“Who am I to judge a gay person of goodwill who seeks the Lord?”
~ Pope Francis

“Accuracy is what we care most about here at CNN. In every report, we have shown how strong the Filipino people are. Ms Sanchez is welcome to go there and I would urge her to go there. I don’t know if she has but her husband is the interior minister, I’m sure he could arrange her flight.”
~ CNN’s Anderson Cooper to Korina Sanchez

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“Nahanap ko na ang taong para sa akin. ‘Wag na nilang ilayo ang taong mahal ko. Masaya na ako. Everybody deserves to be happy.”
~ Heart Evangelista

“Child abuse ba ‘yong inaalagaan ka? Hindi ko siya iiwan. Mahal ko siya.”
~ Folk singer Freddie Aguilar’s 16-year-old gf/wife

“Ariella Arida, Laguna, Pheleppens!”
~Ariella Arida, Miss Universe 2013 3rd runner-up on coronation night

“Kanina, nakita natin ang pagdagsa sa Ayala ng mga tae…”
~ Journalist Jiggy Manicad to a guest interviewee on GMANewsTV’s ‘QRT’
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“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

Have a safe weekend!

I am on Twitter: @HecklerForever.

[Photos: PDI, PhilStar, GMANews, ABSCBNNews, Interaksyon, Rappler, Anonymous Inc, Reuters, Heart Evangelista)

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10 responses

14 12 2013
Khym D (@KhymDRamos)

quote/unquote: “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

very true and i miss this author… he was a good story teller… Jurassic Park, Timeline, Congo, etc …

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14 12 2013
Timothy John Liwanag Paragas

Where’s the “Enough is Enough” segment in this year in review?

1. Nasayo na ang Lahat,
2. Chinito,
3. Harlem Shake,
4. The Fox (Ylvis)
5. Wrecking Ball
6. Lord, Patawad (Geez!)

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15 12 2013
Jose Gaya

Keep up the good work! I am very disappointed, though, that Sec. Dinky Soliman was not included in your Women of the Year or People of the Year “award”. She truly deserves it.

See you soon!

Sent from my iPad

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17 12 2013
roiji

puro pork barrel scam ang issue 😦
walang sustansya ang 2013.
sana good news naman next year hahahah

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18 12 2013
cheli422

I’m happy that the Green Archers and Gilas made waves this year. Hoping for more next year!

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18 12 2013
Mighty Rasing

Awesome list!! Keep it up. 😀 Wala bang predictions for 2013 diyan? Bolang kristal optional. 😀

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19 12 2013
mmrtinio

Reblogged this on My Thoughts Exactly….

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22 12 2013
donald delgado (@dondeekenz)

Absent si Papa Dom sa In Memoriam?

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26 12 2013
8 Signs That The MMFF Makes Filmmakers Lazy

[…] a politician actor, that, when he was late for a meeting with the president, he had the audacity to say: “Hindi naman ako ordinaryong governor. Artista rin ako. At ‘di ako basta-bastang artista. Ako […]

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27 12 2013
Miguel Cosnad

Your blog kept me entertained the whole time I was reading it. Kudos! Happy 2014! 🙂

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