Some people say that it’s not healthy to look back because we can’t control what happened in the past but it doesn’t apply in every situation. Oftentimes, we need to look back in order to learn and grow which is why in this post, I will be listing the biggest news that occurred in the Philippines and the world from June 2015 until March 2016. Let’s start!
1. Raise your rainbow flags because love FINALLY won!
June 26, 2015 – An amazing 5-4 decision took place in the United States on this fateful day. After decades of fighting for equal rights, the US Supreme Court finally granted the right to legalize same-sex marriage all over the United States.
“They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law,” says Justice Anthony Kennedy who made the deciding vote “The Constitution grants them that right.”
Due to this hard-earned fight, married same-sex couples can now have the same benefits and legal rights that heterosexual couples enjoy. Furthermore, their marriage will be acknowledged in legal documents like birth and death certificates.
Although there were still a lot of negative comments on this issue, supporters and members of the LGBT community did not let it affect their celebration. In fact, right after the US Supreme Court’s announcement on legalizing same-sex marriage, #LoveWins already reached an incredible feat of 6.2 million tweets.
2. ALDub, breaking the afternoon heat
July 16, 2015 – The loveteam which first graced our television sets started on this day as a little joke. When the cameramen from the Eat Bulaga main studio turned the camera to Alden during one of Yaya Dub’s dubsmashes, the supposed ‘snooty’ role of Maine was suddenly forgotten. Entranced by Alden’s charms, Maine bashfully smiled at him towards the split screen. Noticing this, Maine’s co-hosts which composes of: Wally, Jose and Paulo began to tease the two.
From then on, Eat Bulaga producers decided to make a series entitled, “Kalye Serye” were Yaya Dub, Alden Richards and Lola Nidora, Tidora and Tinidora are the main characters. The mini series revolves around the lovestory of Yaya Dub and Alden.
It became such a big hit that the loveteam even overthrew Fifa World Cup’s semi-final match between Brazil and Germany which gained 35.6 million tweets. During the charity concert hosted by Eat Bulaga wherein it was promised that the two would finally meet in person, the #ALDubTamangPanahon hashtag raked 39,522,300 tweets as of midnight.
The ALDub phenomenon is so huge that even international news sites such as BBC and CNN wrote about it. Until now, the loveteam is still popular especially in the Philippines where their faces are all over the country–from newsstands, magazine covers, tv ads and billboards.
3. INHUMANE: Lumad Killings
September 2015 – Another issue surrounding the Armed Forces of the Philippines. Several Lumad leaders were brutally killed in Mindanao which were said to be done by the AFP. Naturally, AFP denied the issue and said that the killings were due to a tribal war and that some of the murdered Lumads are part of the NPA.
But according to Pinoy Weekly, a total of 53 Lumads were killed under the Aquino administration ranging from children to adults. It was also revealed that there are a total of 68 extrajudicial killings of indigenous people since 2010.
4. The hotheaded general conquered the cinemas
September 2015 – A historical biopic film made by Jerrold Tarog, conquered not only the cinemas but also the hearts of its viewers.
Locally released on September 9, 2015, the film was ignored by the people at first but when several posts on social media sites proved that it is a must-watch, people flew from their homes to the cinema to catch the honorable General Luna.
This resulted into the film reaching the P240 million mark within just five weeks of its stay in the cinemas which was considered as a ‘break-even’ since the cost of production was P80 million.
Besides the film being such a huge hit, it was also chosen to be the Philippine’s entry at Oscars for the Foreign-Language category. Unfortunately, it did not make the shortlist in the said awards but it was still considered as a breakthrough.
5. Outrageous Laglag Bala Scam
November 2015 – It started with several social media posts about NAIA personnel leaving bullets in innocent-looking passengers and in turn forcing them to secretly pay a settlement money to the officer just to not miss their flights.
This became a hot topic not only in social media sites and in the busy streets of the Philippines but it was also reported in international news sites making NAIA one of the worst airports in the world.
6. Countries as one: Pray for Paris
November 13, 2015 – On the night of this day, 120 innocent civilians were killed due to terrorism attacks launched in the City of Lights, Paris. There were also 130 injured people who are still suffering the after effects of the heartbreaking event.
The attacks were believed to be organized by an Islamic State militant group and it occurred in three major places in Paris such as Stade de France (a stadium where a football game was currently on play), Rue Alibert (a place full of restaurants and bars and most of all, people) and a concert hall.
After hearing the news, netizens from all over the world began to tweet words of strength, anguish and sympathy. The news instantly went viral along with the #PrayForParis and once again, the world were brought as one due to the horrible news.
7. Overspending? APEC knows it all
November 18-19, 2015 – Tight security, closed roads and delayed passengers due to the heavy traffic–that is APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) for most of the Filipinos who were greatly affected because of the said event.
The Philippines hosted the summit due to the belief that the country will gain more investors if they get to see the Philippines with their own eyes. However, a total of P10 billion were allocated for the week-long activities which is according to former Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno was a little too much.
“Our job is hosting the annual meeting, make the leaders as comfortable as possible and make them secure. That’s all. We don’t have to spend billions of dollars for APEC,” said Diokno.
8. Confidently beautiful with a heart and a prestigious crown!
December 20, 2015 -“42 years of drought and now it finally reigns,” said Ms. Philippines, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach on her Instagram account after winning the title “Ms. Universe 2015.”
After the unfortunate mix-up with Steve Harvey incorrectly announcing Ms. Colombia, Ariadna Gutierrez as Ms. Universe 2015 when it should have been Pia, the crowd and different social media sites went wild. The Philippine flag soared wildly just as every Filipino’s hearts roared with ineffable joy.
It is truly a historical win.
9. Flee to be free: War Refugees’ stories
This is probably one of the most heartbreaking news that caught the people’s attention in 2015 and until this year. Several families from Syria are braving the merciless deserts and harsh oceans just to arrive at a safe place–something that their home was before the war.
The most saddening part is, there are only a handful of countries who opened the doors for them. According to CNN, there are 4.1 million refugees abroad while 10.6 million people are still in their homes where so much as a breath is a risk.
Currently, the refugees are scattered in countries such as Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan and Europe. The United States of America have also opened their states to the Syrian refugees seeking for a new home by President Barack Obama’s orders, despite of the many people telling him not to do so.
“Slamming the door in the face of refugees would betray our deepest values. That’s not who we are. And it’s not what we’re going to do,” says Barack Obama in one of his speeches about the matter.
Although there are mixed reactions about the issue, a handful of Americans were happy for their President’s choice and even welcomed the refugees’ stay in America. In fact, the President even read some of the letters that he received from several Americans about the refugees.
“One woman from Pennsylvania wrote me to say, ‘Money is tight for us in my household … But I have a guest room. I have a pantry full of food. We can do this.’
10. Always turn to page 394
January 14, 2016 – Many hearts sank as the news reached their front doors, that the beloved English actor and director, Alan Rickman, passes away due to cancer.
Rickman, who was just 69 years old, was popularly known as the strict professor in the Harry Potter franchise series named Professor Snape. Potterheads from all over the world showed their deepest condolences through leaving mementos for Rickman in different Harry Potter sites located in the world. In fact, fans even held an emotional memorial on the famous Platform 9 and 3/4 in London’s King Cross Station.
The actor was famous for his one of a kind deep voice and amazing villain portrayals which according to his close friends and family, is the opposite of him.
Daniel Radcliffe, the actor who portrayed Harry Potter, expressed his grievances in a long post about the incredible Alan Rickman.
“Working with him at such a formative age was incredibly important and I will carry the lessons he taught me for the rest of my life and career,” said Radcliffe.
“I’m pretty sure he came and saw everything I ever did on stage both in London and New York. He didn’t have to do that. I know other people who’ve been friends with him for much much longer than I have and they all say ‘if you call Alan, it doesn’t matter where in the world he is or how busy he is with what he’s doing, he’ll get back to you within a day.'”
The film and stage industry lost one of its finest gem with the death of the actor but rest assured because he will always live in the hearts of his family, friends and fans.