The year that has been plagued with plenty of controversies and calamities, matched with several blessings along the way. [firstpara]
Hit novelty songs come and go. The president either gets criticized or praised by many—just like any other year, you might say.
But for some reason, 2009 has given and taken from us so much more.
For starters, we’ve lost icons both on the local and international waters. Along the way, however, we've also gained genuine superstars too.
While each year comes with its share of good and bad memories, it is safe to say that 2009 is a year nobody will ever forget.
Here’s a quick look at this year’s newsmakers and shakers.
News Magnet Meter: 10/10
Months Active: The entire 2009
Manny Pacquiao is pretty much everywhere these days. He's brought boxing back into sports headlines, has appeared in several international outfits (Jimmy Kimmel, say), and has been backed by the international press including stints at two of the most prestifious lists worldwide: Time's 100 Most Influential People, and Forbes 100.
Not only is he advertising’s favorite son, he also now has a, ehem, movie career to speak of. He is so famous that his wife Jinkee and mother Dionisia have become household names as well.
Manny continues to bring pride and glory to our country with sensational victories over Ricky Hatton and Miguel Cotto in 2009. His upcoming duel with former pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather Jr. is already stirring headlines this early, and is surely looking to be the next big boxing hit of 2010 (if only they could settle all this blood test brouhaha!).
Outside of boxing, though, comes a slew of negative publicity. He seems hellbent on pursuing a career atop the political ring.
WORDS BY MIKEY AGULTO