14 12 2011

The largest crocodile, the smallest ex-president,
the nastiest feuds, the silliest spokespersons,
the best TV shows, the most overrated people,
the biggest shockers, and more.

Check out who made our list of 2011 newsmakers.

News Story of the Year:
The arrest of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo

Newsmaker of the Year:
Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo

Breakthrough Performance – Comedy:
Atty. Ferdie Topacio

Breakthrough Performance – Action:
Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte

Breakthrough Performance – Drama:
Ramona Bautista

Breakthrough Performance – Mystery:
Sen. Panfilo Lacson

Breakthrough Performance – Legal Drama:
Sec. Leila De Lima

Breakthrough Performance – Short Film (LGBT):
Atty. Midas Marquez

Breakthrough Performance – Adventure:
Christopher Lao

Excellence in Writing – Political Thriller:
Elena Bautista-Horn (Put the Little Girl to Sleep)

Excellence in Writing – Medical Drama:
Atty. Raul Lambino

Excellence in Writing – Romantic Comedy:
President Aquino

Most Daring Political Tweet of the Year:
Atty. Edwin Lacierda @dawende: “Noticed how Leftists are so onion-skinned? Tinawag lang (na) perjuicio ang strike, pumuputok ang butchi nila! Mahilig bumanat pero mga pikon pala.”

Most Outrageous Non-Political Tweets of the Year:
Cong. Jules Ledesma @julesled: “To hatid or notThat is the question. Whether tis not yet light tis perhaps my duty… Ulol gust molang rumonda charos. Ganun narin yon echos”

And another…. @julesled: “Dear antok eto doble bayad insomia natin sya­para saddam bukascyan hehe alam ko yaman yaya kandado ng kwarto la na ‘yun”

Everything 2011: The Top Five

Top 5 Shockers (Did anyone see that coming?)
– The arrest of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
– The impeachment of Chief Justice Renato Corona
– The suicide of Angelo Reyes on President Aquino’s 51st birthday.
– The resignation of Sen. Miguel Zubiri
– KC Concepcion’s revelations on the sad state of her relationship with Piolo Pascual

Top 5 Feuds
President Aquino and Secretary De Lima vs. Chief Justice Renato Corona and the Supreme Court

Mayor Sara “The Davao Punch” Duterte vs. Court sheriff Abe Andres

Atty. Edwin Lacierda vs. leftist rallyists; Atty. Edwin Lacierda vs. Atty. Harry Roque; Atty. Edwin Lacierda vs. Atty. Ferdie Topacio; Atty. Edwin Lacierda vs. Cong. Edcel Lagman, Atty. Edwin Lacierda vs. Elena Bautista-Horn, Atty. Edwin Lacierda vs. Archbishop Emeritus Oscar Cruz, Atty. Edwin Lacierda vs. Atty. Midas Marquez, etc.

(tie) Cong. Mitos Magsaysay vs. Communication Group’s Ricky Carandang and Abigail Valte / Makati City Mayor Junjun Binay vs. DILG Sec. Jesse Robredo

Willie Revillame vs. netizens, DSWD, MTRCB and CHR on the ‘Janjan macho dancing’ incident

Top 5 ‘Shut Up Ka Na Please!’
– Elena Bautista-Horn: “May mga nagsumbong po sa amin na mga nasa administrasyon ngayon na meron po silang masamang balakin. Meron sila ngayong ‘Operation Put the Little Girl to Sleep.’ Ni-report na po sa amin ‘yan.”
– Atty. Ferdinand Topacio: “Ipapatanggal ko ang itlog ko kapag ‘di bumalik ang mga Arroyo.”
– Atty. Edwin Lacierda: “Whether they would admit it or not, the PISTON-led transport strike is a dud!”
– Bishop Teodoro Bacani: “’Tong same sex marriage, napapangitan talaga ako. Kadiri. Para tayong gaya gaya puto maya. Laban ito sa salita ng Diyos”
– Annabelle Rama: “Hoy tanga, tangengot, duwag, gusto mo sampalan na lang tayo? Hinahamon kita Nadia magpa-drug test ka! Kumikita ang mga bata, akala mo superstar, pinapa-release n’ya sa akin. Hoy manigas ka! Tanga! Hindi ko ire-release ang anak mo gago! Hina-hunting ka ng may-ari ng bahay hindi ka nagbabayad. Kinuha mo ‘yong mga kama nila, pati mga sofa nila, baboy ka!

Top 5 “That was fast!” Moments
– The impeachment of Chief Justice Renato Corona
– Judge Jesus Mupas’ issuance of an arrest order vs. CGMA
– The engagement of Valenzuela City Councilor Shalani Soledad and Pasig City Rep. Roman Romulo
– Murder suspect Ramona Bautista’s flight to Turkey after being implicated in the murder of her brother
– The Year 2011. Parang kailan lang.

Top 5 ‘What the hell was that?’ Moments
– Bishop Juan De Dios Pueblo’s letter to then President Arroyo: “I hope you will never fail to give a brand new car which would serve as your birthday gift to me.”
– Brgy. Ayala Alabang’s ordinance requiring people who buy condoms to present a doctor’s prescription
– Batangas Governor Vima Santos and the provincial government’s proposal to erect a Hollwood-like structure on Taal Volcano Island
– QC Rep. Winnie Castelo and his Anti-Planking Act of 2011
– Bohol Rep. Rene Relampagos’ proposed measure seeking to name Edsa after former President Cory Aquino

Top 5 Negastarlets
– Mr. and Mrs. Jacinto and Erlinda Ligot
– Maria Ramona Bautista-Bülbüloğlu and Genelyn Magsaysay
– The SUV bishops
– AVE Party List Eulogio ‘Menopausal Bitch’ Magsaysay
– Cat killer Joseph Carlo Candare

Top 5 ‘Almost Famous’ a.k.a.The Andy Warhol Awardees
– Christopher Lao: “I should have been informed. Dapat ininform. ‘Yun lang ‘yun eh.”

DPWH executives in the altered/Photoshopped image that was uploaded to the DPWH’s official Facebook Like Page

James Soriano: “Filipino was the language of the streets: it was how you spoke to the tindera when you went to the tindahan, what you used to tell your katulong that you had an utos, and how you texted manong when you needed ‘sundo na.’”

Amanda Coling: “”Still I have high regards for the Azkals. Sana they bring more glory to the country. Sana matapos na ang issue. But if not, sana justice will be served sa karapat-dapat.”

– The zodiac sign Ophiucus. Akala mo, maniniwala kami sa ‘yo? Ulol.

Top 5 “Bravo!” Moments
– COA Auditor Heidi Mendoza’s testimony on the alleged corruption in the AFP
– The MMDA’s anti-smoking campaign in Metro Manila
– The bayanihan spirit after the onslaught of several typhoons (Pedring, Onyok, Quiel, atbp)
– The Puerto Princesa Underground River as one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature
– Beauty queens Shamcey Supsup and Gwendoline Ruais win, and UP student Danica Magpantay named Ford Supermodel 2011

Top 5 ‘Wanted: Law & Order’ Situations
– The killing of 19 soldiers in Mindanao
– The bombing of a bus along Edsa-Buendia killing at least four and wounding 18. The bombers are still out there!
– The murder/suicide of two teenage males in SM Pampanga
– The brutal rape/murder of two university students: UPLB’s Given Grace Cebanico and Bicol University’s Laesybil Lim Almonacid
– Rampant carjacking (and murder) in early 2011

Top 5 Comebacks
Sen. Panfilo Lacson: “I learned to cook embotido, afritada, adobo, sinigang, and empanada with the help of Google.”
Sec. Mar Roxas: From vice president-wannabe to chief of DOTC
Lintang Bedol: “Hello! Kumusta kayo lahat?”
Nora Aunor
TV5. The station formerly known as the ‘fastest growing network’ is definitely back luring such bankable stars as the Megastar, the Superstar, and the Diamond Star. Isang ‘star’ na lang ang kulang. Si Star Querubin.

Top 5 Going, Going, Gone
– Former Sen. Migz Zubiri
– Former Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez
– Those huge, sexy billboards in the metro
– President Aquino’s Porsche

Top 5 Superlatives
– NAIA, the world’s worst airport and the fifth most hated
– Lolong, the world’s largest crocodile
– Junrey Balawing, the world’s shortest man alive
– John Gabriel Pelias’ 1.016 GWA – the highest general weighted average achieved by a UP graduate in the last 63 years. He was a math major.
– World’s longest line of coins

Top 5 Favorite Pastime
– President Aquino’s love life-related quips, e.g. “Noong araw regular, naging light, ngayon zero.”
– ABS-CBN’s ‘Gandang Gabi Vice’
– Annabelle Rama’s tweets, tantrums and tirades
– The Buzz’ KC Concepcion interview and Piolo Pascual’s sexuality
– Hilarious posers on Twitter, e.g. @superstarmarian, @ofacialdionisia, @krisaquinoSTD

Top 5  Overrated Things/People
– President Noynoy Aquino
– Ex-AFP bagman-turned-whistleblower George Rabusa
– Philippine Azkals
Anne Curtis, the recording artist. As i tweeted the other night, ‘You can’t get away with it. Unless you’re Anne Curtis.’
– The blockbuster comedy ‘Praybeyt Benjamin.’ I want a refund.

Top 5 Sports Moments
– The Philippine Dragon Boat Federation’s successful stint in Florida, USA
– Kobe Bryant and the NBA selection vs. UAAP and PBA stars
– David Beckham and the LA Galaxy vs. Philippine Azkals
– Pinoy pugs rule: Manny Pacquiao, Nonito Donaire, Brian Viloria and Ana Julaton
– Gilas Pilipinas places fourth in the FIBA Asia

Top 5 Things on TV Newscasts that Make You Go, “WTF!”
– TV Patrol‘s inane poll question, e.g. (1) “Sa inyong palagay, dapat bang gumamit na lang ng Filipino si Shamcey Supsup sa pagsagot ng tanong sa Miss Universe pageant?” Why, what’s wrong with her English? (2) “Kailangan bang buwisan ang kontribusyon sa SSS, Pag-IBIG at GSIS?” Do you really expect people to say “Yes, feel na feel naming magbayad ng buwis!” Come on.

Some of Lhar Santiago’s reports on 24Oras that are annoyingly pa-tweetums, e.g. (1) “Louise De Los Reyes malaki nga ba ang crush kay Alden Richards? (2) “Bea Binene extra-close daw ngayon kay Derrick Monasterio.” | WEHHHHH ANO NGAYON?

– The high-pitched Erwin Tulfo.  Galit ka?
Pa-poging news items, e.g. reports on various events where names of TV executives are enumerated.
Very minor stories branded as “exclusive.”

Top 5 Hiwalayan
– Sen. Chiz Escudero and wife, Christine Flores
– KC Concepcion and Piolo Pascual
– Tim Cone and Alaska Milk
– Elena Bautista-Horn and logic/reason
– Jinkee Pacquiao and her original face

Top 5 TV Programs (2011)
– State of the Nation
– Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin
– News5 Debates: Hamon sa Pagbabago
– 100 Days to Heaven
– iJuander/Junior Master Chef

Top 5 Likeable (New) Personalities We See on TV
– Miss World First Princess Gwendoline Ruais (smart!)
– Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez
– News reporters Saleema Refran and Hadji Rieta
– YouTube discovery Maria Aragon
– Zia Quizon and her music

Top 5 Buzzwords/Catchphrases (Political)
“All-out justice”
Area of temporary stay
Itlog ni Topacio

Top 10 Buzzwords/Catchphrases (Non-political)
– Ikaw Na!/You Already!
– Think Before You Click
– Cyberbullying
– Havey/Waley!
– Malaswaaaa!
– Unkabogable
– Nganga!
– Agad-agad?
– “Ako, Budoy”
– Kapatid

Top 5 Photos of 2011: Click here.
“Transmitted at the speed of light, all events on this planet are simultaneous. In the electric environment of information all events are simultaneous, there is no time or space separating events.”
~Marshall McLuhan

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