Swiping Through the ’10s: 2012

What are your best memories for 2012?

Mostly, about the Mayans but it didn’t destroy the planet.

We remember how Gotye swoons and Carly Rae Jepsen bops out of our ears but most of all, we dance to PSY’s Gangnam Style. In addition, Grumpy Cat was born and we shouted “Ermahgerd!”

We swoon over EXO and One Direction but we bash Chicser. We remember how we put Paula Salvosa (the Amalayer Girl) to shame.

Marvel’s The Avengers trumps The Hunger Games.

Rappler formally launches and is easily accepted as a new means of delivering the news in the age of social media.

For the first time, Chinese New Year becomes a national (special non-working) holiday.

What else happened in 2012?

Per Detail

January 12: Passenger cruise ship Costa Concordia sinks off the coast of Italy due to the captain’s negligence. 32 are confirmed dead.

January 16: The impeachment trial against Chief Justice Renato Corona rolls.

February 9: The SPG rating is launched.

February 11: Whitney Houston is found dead in the Beverly Hilton, Beverly Hills, California at age 48. The coroner’s report showed that she had accidentally drowned in the bathtub, with heart disease and cocaine use as contributing factors. A quick tribute pours out on the Grammy Awards the following day.

March: Selecta’s Magnum ice cream is available. The luxury ice cream brand costs 50 pesos and comes with three flavors: almond, chocolate truffles and classic.

April 5: As the Philippines observe Holy Thursday, former ABS-CBN journalist Angelo Castro, Jr. passed away at 67. He is survived by his wife, June Keithley, until the following year.

April 13: North Korean’s Kwangmyongsyong-3 explodes shortly after launch. This is part of the birth centenary celebrations of their eternal leader, Kim Il-Sung.

May 6: Columnist-cum-radio personality Mon Tulfo and actor Raymart Santiago brawl at NAIA Terminal 3.

Week of May 17: Two of the 70s icons pass away. “Hot Stuff” crooner Donna Summer was 63 due to lung cancer. Three days later, Bee Gees member Robin Gibb was 62 due to liver and kidney failure.

May 18: Social network company Facebook goes on initial public offering. Its IPO is the biggest in technology and one of the biggest in Internet history, with a peak market capitalization of over $104 billion.

May 21: Lady Gaga performs in Manila despite protest from fundamental Christian groups.

May 29: Chief Justice Renato Corona is convicted 20-3. This marks the first impeachable official to be convicted. The document in focus of this trial — the Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth — will now be taken seriously by all public officials.

June 4: Russian baritone singer Eduard Khil, well known in the Internet meme community as Mr. Trololo, passes away at 77.

June 6: Second and last Transit of Venus of this century occur. The next pair is predicted to happen in 2117 and 2125.

June 23: The Philippines pledge to lend US$1 billion loan to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to help the debt-stricken European Union member states — the P.I.G.S. (Portugal, Italy, Greece and Spain.) This pledge draws mixed reactions.

June 30: Mohammed Morsi is elected the President of Egypt

July 7: Myrtle Sarrosa wins PBB: Teen Edition 4.

July 8: Ernest Borgnine, the voice actor of Mermaid Man on SpongeBob SquarePants, passes away at 95.

July 9: Be Careful with My Heart premieres on ABS-CBN. Starring Jodi Sta. Maria and Richard Yap, this drama forges the expansion of the network’s starting point of the teleserye offering from afternoon to late morning.

July 10: Comedy King Dolphy passes away at 8:34 p.m. He was half-month shy of being 84. Despite loyalty to ABS-CBN, entertainment networks cease their wars with few programs pay tribute. There is also a concert that airs over the Big Three.

July 15: PSY’s Gangnam Style is released.

July 16: The first franchise of Eat Bulaga is premiered on Indonesia’s SCTV. Instead of being broadcast at noon like the country of origin, it is aired at mid-afternoon due to prayer time of Muslims. The first franchise lasts for two years.

July 20: Mass shooting in a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado kills 12 and injures 58.

July 27: London hosts their third (Summer) Olympic Games. TV5 carries the ceremonies while IBC 13 (under AKTV) covers the selected sporting events.

late July to the first week of August: Monsoon rains in the Metro Manila.

Somewhere in August: A botched restoration attempt of Ecce Homo painting in Borja, Spain by an amateur parishioner draw the internet’s attention.

August 6: The Curiosity Rover lands safely on Mars.

August 18: A Piper Seneca plane crashes off the shore of Masbate carrying DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo. Three days later, his body is found in the fuselage.

August 24:

  • Disgraced American professional road racing cyclist Lance Armstrong is stripped of his seven Tour de France titles as he admits using performance-enhancing drugs.
  • President Noynoy Aquino appoints Associate Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno as Chief Justice. Her appointment would be overturned in the next administration using an extra-constitutional loophole.

August 25: Another Armstrong is the center of the breaking news. Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong passes away at 82. He and Buzz Aldrin landed on the moon in July 1969 and well known with his quote: ” “That’s one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind.”

September 12: Cybercrime Prevention Act is signed.

October 14: Austrian skydiver Felix Baumgartner becomes the first man to break the sound barrier sans machine assistance.

October 15: The Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro, which culminates the end of the deadlock of the Mindanao peace process, is signed.

October 21: Pedro Calungsod is canonized in Vatican City, making him the second Filipino saint. The National Thanksgiving Mass is celebrated a month after in Cebu City.

October 26: Windows 8 is launched for general availability. The Microsoft operating system receive mixed reactions. While performance improvements, security enhancements, and improved support are positive, the new user interface (UI) — instead of the beloved Start menu, it is a Start Screen — are difficult to access with the tried-and-tested keyboard and mouse. This is resolved next year with the release of Windows 8.1.

October 30: Solar News Channel debuts on SBN 21, making it the first all-English news channel on free-to-air broadcasting. Initially, their initial programming offering includes foreign news programs from CBS and NBC.

November 6: President Barack Obama is re-elected for another four years, defeating Republican challenger Mitt Romney with 332 electoral votes over 206.

Early December: Typhoon Pablo batters Mindanao with 1,067 dead and 838 missing.

December 9: Manny Pacquiao loses his fourth fight against Juan Manuel Marquez in the sixth round via knockout. This is his second consecutive defeat.

December 14: Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Connecticut kills 28, including the perpetrator. Its impact sparks the renewing debate on gun control in America and the incident becomes an opportunity for conspiracy theorists.

December 21: The Mayan calendar ends a baktun. While there are no signs of the apocalypse, ceremonies are conducted in Mexico and some Central American nations that were once part of the Maya civilization. Here at home, President Aquino signs the Reproductive Health Law.

Swiping Through the ’10s: 2013 will be released this June.

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