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In This Corner…
A boxing match of a Pacquiao magnitude in local politics: the spunky DOJ Secretary Laila De Lima and the calm and composed Chief Justice Renato Corona. Their clash reached a climax when the DOJ issued a watch list order on former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and her husband, which the Supreme Court— led by CJ Corona (a known ally and appointee of the former president)— overruled by voting 9-4 in favor of issuing a temporary restraining order on the said watch list. There is yet to be a winner, but the scorecards say the Chief Justice is behind in points. Congress recently voted to impeach him. Let’s get it on!
Sexy Dancing…at Six?
Willie Revilliame is no stranger to controversies. This year, he saw another: Jan-Jan, the six-year old contestant on his show, who did a body-grind.
Seeing how the kid had been applauded, Willie makes him dance repeatedly. And along with the dancing came the crying. Jan-Jan later said he cried because he was frightened by the big Bonel Balingit, who came out as a joke. There was outrage, of course, but the TV Host managed to bring the boy’s family to speak in his defense. In case you were wondering, no sanctions were made to resolve this controversy.
Oh. Em. Gee! Showbiz Bombs to Cap the Year
It's been awhile since showbusiness had everyone, even top journos like Teddy Boy Locsion,. Jr., talking. Two hot break-ups dropped before 2011 could end: First, showbiz royalty KC Conception breaking up with “Dreamboy” Piolo Pascual. And second, radio DJ Mo Twister’s leaked video-diary getting emotional about his then girlfriend, the squeaky-clean imaged Rhian Ramos.
The Piolo-KC breakup was wildly talked about after KC vented out her emotions in an exclusive tell-all that didn't really say much save for the sad fact that she wasn't what he was looking for. The other showbiz story erupted months ago but slow-burned to an emotional video of him that went viral on youtube. We need not rub salt on the wound, need not spell what the hell the video's about. We're lefting wondering one thing: If the Kris-Joey story happened in this day and age of social, which story would trend longer?
Eh, Ikaw na Informed!
As the typhoon flooded the streets of the Metro last September, one man dared to brave the deep streets of Quezon City…because he wasn’t informed. Like him or hate him, Christopher Lao became an instant celebrity when news clip featuring him and his car-turned-boat on a flooded street went viral.
He went berserk on a reporter who asked him what gave him the idea that the road was passable. His iconic “I wasn’t informed!” quote produced countless social networking pages making fun of him, but there are still those who defended him from cyber-bullying. But unlike weak people who would crumble after the world mocked him, Lao turned the whole event into something positive, and used his experience as a lesson to everyone
Almost a World without Basketball
After enjoying one of the most successful postseasons in recent history, there seemed to be nowhere to go but up for the NBA. Players and owners couldn’t see eye to eye; players wanted more freedom, owners wanted more security that stars won’t just make a “Decision” to bolt out of their respective teams to pair with other stars.
Either way, the losing side had to give up x-amount of money, and nobody wanted to give in. Thankfully though, after a long stand-off between players and owners, broken talks despite mediation, exhibition games with superstars, players signing with overseas teams, dissolving the player union, and fan frustrations, the two sides agreed to terms, and we’ll be seeing tip-off on December 25. A Merry Christmas indeed!
The world watched as a 9.0 magnitude earthquake and its resulting tsunami ravaged Japan on March 11. As if that wasn't enough, it would all later damage three nuclear reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, causing the worst nuclear emergency in the world since Chernobyl.
The initial sympathy and panic the world felt for Japan later turned to admiration and awe seeing how the citizens of Japan remained strong and orderly and helped themselves recover from the unfortunate tragedy.