Top 10 trending news of 2011

    2011 is about to close.

    In this post, let's take a look in the top trending stories that made headlines this year: disasters, fairy tale wedding, biggest acquisition and social events.

    1. Bagyong Sendong

    The tragedy brought by Tropical Storm Sendong has made 2011 an unforgettable year for the residents of Northern Mindanao. Thousands have died and thousands are still missing, while billions worth of properties were damaged.

    Tropical Storm Sendong
    Tropical Storm Sendong Philippines 2011

    2. Manny Pacquiao beats Juan Manuel Márquez (November)
    • Pacquiao wins with controversial majority decision
    • Márquez says he has been "robbed for the second time"
    • Judges scores: 115-113, 116-112, 114-114
    • Pacquiao beats Marquez

    3. Typhoon Pedring and Quiel hits Northern Luzon

    According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), 61 deaths were recorded in which 58 were killed by the Typhoon Pedring and the other three were killed by the Typhoon Quiel.

    4. New illness threatens GMA’s life

    Former president and now Rep. Gloria Arroyo of Pampanga is battling a new, life-threatening illness.

    GMA, 64, went under the knife thrice between July and August.

    After her third surgery, her doctors identified her case as hypoparathyroidism.

    5. Steve Jobs, founder of Apple passed away at the age of 56

    6. PLDT acquired DIGITEL

    The Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company and and JG Summit Holdings, Inc. jointly announce that PLDT has successfully completed the acquisition of a majority interest in Digital Telecommunications Philippines, Inc. from JG Summit and other shareholders of Digitel, in a landmark share swap transaction valued at about P69.2 billion.

    As part of its approval of the acquisition of Digitel by PLDT, the NTC also approved the divestment plan presented by PLDT, which covers the following commitments:

    CURE will sell its Red Mobile business to SMART consisting of its subscriber base, brand and fixed assets.

    SMART will sell all of its rights and interests in CURE whose remaining assets will consist of its congressional franchise, the Affected Frequency and related permits.

    PLDT acquires DIGITEL

    Photo: PLDT acquires DIGITEL

    7. Shamcey Supsup places 4th in Miss Universe pageant

    Supsup ranked a place higher than her predecessor, Venus Raj, who was fourth runner-up in the 2010 pageant.

    Leila Lopes of Angola was crowned the 60th Miss Universe, making her the first titleholder from her country.

    8. Statement of the Nation's Address (SONA)

    President Benigno Aquino III delivered his second State of the Nation Address (SONA). Many criticized the president for not presenting a road map for the country.

    9. William and Kate, the Royal Wedding

    Royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton took placed last Friday April 29th, 2011.

    William and Kate, the Royal Wedding
    Prince William and Kate at Buckingham Palace.

    10. Jan-Jan’ on ‘Willing Willie’ incident

    It all started when a young boy, identified only as “Jan-Jan,” regaled TV host Willie Revillame and the viewers of his show “Willing Willie” with a “macho dance” while crying on its March 12 episode.

    It was supposed to have been done just for fun – until a recording of the portion of the show featuring the crying dancing boy circulated online. Even the international press caught wind of the issue.

    Let's pray that 2012 will be prosperous year for the Filipinos.

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