AS THE SAGA of the 2010s continues on its fourth episode, the year 2013 cannot be described in any word.
What we do know is that From the Tube and Timow’s Turf were born.
We remember Miley Cyrus, a former Disney star, twerked and swung around the wrecking ball naked. We remember how Robin Thicke hated these blurred lines and we were confounded on how foxes say.
Can you do the Harlem Shake? Can you do some nasal singing a la Daniel Padilla and sing “Nasayo Na Ang Lahat”?
Did you know that My Chemical Romance got disbanded and Lorde told us that we will never be royals?
Did you know the lyrics of Frozen’s Let It Go?
FUN FACT: Did you remember that our peso-dollar exchange rate was stable on the 40s and then it goes weaker after that?
What else the indescribable 2013 was well known for?
January 17: The USS Guardian runs aground on Tubbataha Reef.
January 21: US President Barack Obama swears in for his second and final term in office.
February: [ELECTION 2019] The Roman Catholic Diocese of Bacolod posted a large tarpaulin in San Sebastian Cathedral listing the candidates of Team Patay and Team Buhay as a form of vindication over the recently passed RH Law.
February 9: Allied Banking is dissolved and is merged with the Philippine National Bank (PNB).
February 10: Crocodile Lolong dies in captivity in Agusan Marsh.
February 11: Pope Benedict XVI announces his intention to resign at the end of this month due to “advanced age.” He is the first pontiff to relinquish in six centuries. This move triggers the wave of abdication of European monarchs.
February 12: Philippine gunmen claiming to be part of the royal army of the Sulu Sultanate lands on Lahad Datu, Sabah causing a six-week standoff.
February 28: During the live broadcast of Wowowillie on TV5, Willie Revillame interrupted and scolded co-hosts Ethel Booba and Ate Gay as he uttered a tirade about how Ethel confronted him in the dressing room. This is where the signature, “You don’t do that to me,” occurred. His renewed show on that network lasts for another seven and a half more months until cancellation.
March 5: Hugo Chavez, the Venezuelan president who started a revolution in 1999, is dead.
March 13: The papal conclave elects Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina as Pope, taking the name of Francis.
March 16: The Solaire Resort & Casino at the Entertainment City in Parañaque opens to the public, becoming the first resort-casino complex to open in the area.
March 21: Kris Aquino is interviewed dramatically for half an hour on TV Patrol over the problem with her husband, James Yap, and promises to leave the network to spend time with Bimby. Despite the broken promise over the committed shows, she files temporary restraining order against Yap from her and her son.
April 8: Margaret Thatcher, the first female British Prime Minister, passes away at 87.
April 15: Boston Marathon Bombing
May 9: The Philippine Coast Guard shot a Taiwanese fishing vessel in the exclusive economic zone.
May 13: Midterm Election Day. Grace Poe aces the Senate race. Nancy Binay wins, despite evading debate, while Risa Hontiveros fails to make the cut for the second time.
May 19: Bella Flores, the actress who is well known for kontrabida roles and slapping the country’s biggest stars, dies at 84 due to complications from recent hip surgery.
May 31: AKTV on IBC expires. Before their deal’s expiration, IBC acquires the rights to broadcast ONE FC. The broadcast of that year’s PBA Governor’s Cup (the last conference of the season) — particularly on the elimination round — maintains on the government-owned channel.
June 5: Due to the alleged MOOE distribution, Juan Ponce Enrile resigns as Senate President. In the next Congress, Franklin Drilon succeeds him for his third stint.
June 6: Former CIA employee Edward Snowden discloses operations engaged in by a U.S. government mass surveillance program, well-known by code name PRISM.
June 8: 13-year-old singer Roel Manlangit wins Pilipinas Got Talent 4. His victory is not well received by netizens due to the preferential trend of male singers with a tragic background story. The franchised talent competition is expected to undergo hiatus for the next three years.
June 10: My Husband’s Lover premiered on GMA Network. Starring Tom Rodriguez, Dennis Trillo and Carla Abellana, it is credited to be the first gay-themed teleserye. Though it is not the longest teleserye of any network, it is the most controversial and memorable due to the exposition of relevant social issues such as homosexual relationships, homophobia and infidelity.
July 1: Croatia becomes the 28th member of the European Union.
July 12: The Philippine Daily Inquirer publishes the Pork Barrel Scam, detailing how senators and congressmen divert the pork barrel to fake non-government organizations created by Janet Lim-Napoles.
July 13: Cory Monteith, known for portraying Finn Hudson in Glee, dies at 31 due to drug overdose in Vancouver.
July 22: Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge beget their firstborn, Prince George.
August 10: Gilas Pilipinas ends the Korean curse at the Mall of Asia Arena during the semi-finals of 2013 FIBA Asia Championships, 86-79. The following day, though they book a ticket to Spain for next year, they lost to powerhouse Iran in the finals.
August 12: MNLF leader Nur Misuari unilaterally declared the independence of the Bangsamoro Republik. The Philippine government refuses to recognize it and neither other foreign governments have legitimately recognized it.
August 16: MV St. Thomas Aquinas (owned by 2GO) collides and sinks with MV Sulpicio Express, leaving 108 dead and 29 missing.
August 25: The MTV Video Music Awards is held in Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York. Miley Cyrus becomes the subject of the limelight as she twerks as Robin Thicke enters the stage, belting out his signature song “Blurred Lines.”
August 26: Due to the bombshell report in the PDAF scam, the Million People March is summoned at the Quirino Grandstand.
September 9-28: For 19 days, MNLF and the government forces clashes in Zamboanga City.
September 26: COMELEC disqualifies Laguna governor ER Ejercito for overspending.
September 28: Megan Young is crowned as Miss World.
October 15: A 7.2 earthquake rattled Bohol, killing 144 and injuring 291. Some of its heritage churches are reduced into rubble and some Chocolate Hills are damaged by landslides (the bell tower and observation deck are destroyed). In Cebu, the bell tower of the Basilica Minore del Santo Nino collapses.
October 30: In light of the pork barrel scam and vigilance of public coffers, President Noynoy Aquino defends the Disbursement Acceleration Program over live television. The mechanism is expected to be struck down as unconstitutional next July.
November 5: During an interview in Unang Hirit with Atty. Alfredo Villamor (the lawyer of Napoles), Arnold Clavio irked “Pansira ka ng araw.”
November 7: Janet Lim-Napoles is summoned before the Senate.
November 8: Supertyphoon Yolanda (Haiyan) slashes Eastern Visayas. During the coverage, Atom Araullo braves the wrath of storm in Tacloban, Leyte while Love Anover recounts the trauma under the refuge at Palo Cathedral, also in Leyte. The superstorm leaves 6,000 killed, 15,000 injured and 11 million affected.
November 20: The Supreme Court declares PDAF unconstitutional.
November 30: Fast and Furious star Paul Walker dies from a vehicle collision. Before his fate, he attended the charity for the victims of Supertyphoon Yolanda.
December 1: For the Mega Manila market, ETC and Solar News Channel swap frequencies beginning this day.
December 5: Nelson Mandela, the first president of post-apartheid South Africa, passes on at 95.
December 17: Bea Rose Santiago is crowned as Miss International in Tokyo, Japan.
December 23: TV5 inaugurates the new Media Center in Reliance, Mandaluyong City.
The next episode (2014) will be released this July.
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