Year-end Review 2012: Trending and Top Stories Philippines


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TheSummitExpress on it's first year anniversary looks back on the top trending stories of 2012 with the different faces of heartbreaking tragedies, crippling crises, scandalous moments and memorable personalities.


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2012 has been a very challenging year for the Filipinos but we are still strong amidst of calamities, poverty and social issues.

TheSummitExpress which serve as news peeker for 2012 delivers big news and relevant stories in politics, entertainment, sports and social media. We feature here the Big Stories of 2012 in per month basis.

January
According to Department of Health (DOH), New Year celebration nationwide left more than 1,000 people injured and 4 people reportedly dead. DOH considers this year as the "deadliest New Year Celebration" so far.

The impeachment trial of CJ Renato Corona begins.

February
A major earthquake strucked Negros and Cebu with a magnitude of 6.9. This caused landslides, damage on highways and buildings.

March
The Philippines supported advocacy to protect Mother Earth for the celebration of Earth Hour 2012.

April
The Philippine Navy spotted Chinese fishermen fishing on the disputed Scarborough Shoal and attempted to detain the fishermen on April 10 but was blocked by the Chinese maritime surveillance ship which led to a diplomatic standoff over the shoal and the further severance of Chinese ties with the Philippines.

May
Nokia announced release of  Windows Phone mobile phones. Market share of Nokia in the Philippines started to decline. Smartphones (Android OS) started to gain attention of Filipinos.

The B-Meg Llamados wins defeating the Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters 84-90 in overtime to win the 2012 PBA Commissioner's Cup Finals.

Jessica Sanchez, won as runner-up on American Idol Season 11. Sanchez, with Filipino-blood gain support from million of Filipinos on her journey to AI Finals.

Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona was voted 20-3, guilty and convicted at the conclusion of the Impeachment Trial and was removed from the office.

June
Transits of Venus which are among the rarest of predictable celestial phenomena occured. The previous transit having been in June 2004, the next pair of transits will not occur until December 2117 and December 2125.

Bradley defeated Manny  Pacquiao in a split  decision on the WBO battle. Twitter users worldwide creates appeal on the social stream for the controversial judges' decision.

July
President Benigno Aquino III delivered his SONA at Batasang Pambansa. Pnoy revealed his support for the controversial RH Bill (Reproductive Health Bill).

11 Filipino athletes participated in London 2012 Olympics but failed to grab medal.

Boracay was named world's best island tourist spot based from the survey  of a Travel and Leisure magazine for 2012.

The entire Philippines was shocked July 10  for the sad news about King of Comedy's death.

August
Rain or Shine (RoS) Elasto Painters won over B-Meg Llamados at Governor's Commissioner Cup PBA's 37th Season at the final score of 83-76 game no. 7 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. It is the first-ever PBA championship of RoS  after joining the league in 2006.

From late July into the first week of August, heavy rain brought on by Typhoons Saola and Haikui caused widespread flooding in many parts of the Philippines, which affected 2.4 million people. The capital Manila was the worst-affected. Many people fled their homes, and around 362,000 people sheltered in evacuation centres. As of August 8, the death toll was confirmed to be at least 53,then a few days later, reports confirmed the death toll at 60. As of August 13, confirmed deaths had risen to 89.

DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo, 54 died on plane crash accident at Masbate.

Smart LTE was launched at Resorts World Manila. Smart takes another milestone for launching the very first real 4G technology in the country.

7.9 magnitude undersea quake hit the waters off the shore of the eastern Philippines particularly in Sulangan Easter Samar , 8:50 PM, August 31.

September
The Cybercrime Prevention Act was officially signed into law by President Benigno Aquino III but earned controversy when Anonymous Philippines hacked government websites. Netizens also expressed protest for the pre-matured law.

The Philippines hosted the 2012 Philippine Peace Cup in Manila. The Philippines won first place in the tournament beating Chinese Taipei in the finals.

#Sinotto buzzed Twitter for Tito Sotto's plagiarism.

Psy's Oppa Gangnam Style became a nationwide dance craze.

October
The Ateneo Blue Eagles wins series 2-0 has beaten the UST Growling Tigers, 65-62, to win their fifth straight in UAAP championships.

The Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro between the Philippine Government and Moro Islamic Liberation Front was signed which calls for the abolishing of the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao, to be replaced with a new autonomous region called Bangsamoro within a two-year period.

Second Filipino saint, Pedro Calungsod was canonized by Pope Benedict at Vatican City.

November
#AMALAYER hits online: Paula Salvosa vs. LRT guard incident. Video of the incident goes viral November 24 and strucked various responses from netizens.

Zoren Legaspi- Carmina Villaruel wedding held at Fernbrook Gardens Las PiƱas on November 15 became viral topic for being tagged as "A Wedding Like No Other".

December
Typhoon Pablo with International name of Bopha hits Southern Philippines  with major damages at Compostela Valley and Davao Oriental. According to reports #PabloPH leaves more than 500 dead and around 500 still missing victims.

People's Champ Manny Pacquiao was defeated in the fourth installment of boxing fight with Juan Mauel Marquez. At Round 6, Marquez is victorious through knocking-out PacMan.
iPhone 5 was officially launched in the Philippines with the exclusive offer from Smart and Globe.

Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire knocked-out Mexican boxer Jorge Arce in a fight tagged as Demolition Day held in Houston Texas. Filipinos rejoiced as Donaire uplifts our boxing pride.

Binibining Pilipinas-Universe Janine Tugonon was hailed Miss Universe 1st Runner-up while Miss USA Olivia Culpo is crowned as Miss Universe 2012. Netizens mixed reactions conquers Tugonon should win the title.

Controversial RH Bill was signed into law December 21, 2012 by President Aquino. Palace revealed RA 10354 or "Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act of 2012" signed December 29.


The role of social media for 2012 attained it's peak. Microblogging site Twitter became the tool of netizens for real time events and situations.

For the above list of Philippine events, which do you think has created the big impact for Filipino lives of 2012?

TheSummitExpress hopes better Philippines for 2013!

 

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