My Top Everything of 2009 – events of the year

1. Ondoy & Pepeng

From the article of Ishaan Tharoor of, The Manila Floods: Why Wasn’t the City Prepared?

In Manila, millions of residents now live in a world of mud. Torrential rain over the weekend triggered the worst flooding the Philippines‘ capital has seen in over four decades, submerging more than 80% of the city, killing at least 246 people and displacing hundreds of thousands more. By Tuesday, the water had receded in many places, but it left behind ruined homes and swept-away neighborhoods, and according to health officials, it disabled the majority of Manila‘s medical facilities.  Read more

Visit Typhoon and remember what this typhoon did to our country. From this time on, let’s do our part.

2. Goodbyes to Cory Aquino, Michael Jackson, Francis Magalona, and Alexis Tioseco

On Cory Aquino, here’s from the article of Howard Chua-Eoan of, People Power’s Philippine Saint: Cory Aquino:

The arc of Corazon Aquino’s life lent itself to maxims, but two hard-nosed ones seem particularly worth pointing out. First, political sainthood is a gift from heaven with a Cinderella deadline — once past midnight, you are a pumpkin. Second, personal virtues are never a guarantee of effective or successful governance. What was truly shocking about Aquino’s tumultuous six-year term as President of the Philippines was that those maxims proved untrue. Midnight always threatened Aquino but never struck; and she was a good woman whose goodness alone, at the very end, was what proved enough, if only by an iota, to save her country.  Read more

On Michael Jackson, here’s from the article of Brooks Barnes of New York, A Star Idolized and Haunted, Michael Jackson Dies at 50:

For his legions of fans, he was the Peter Pan of pop music: the little boy who refused to grow up. But on the verge of another attempted comeback, he is suddenly gone, this time for good. Read more

On Francis Magalona, here’s from GMA, Master Rapper Francis Magalona passes away at 44:

Master Rapper Francis Magalona, 44, passed away Friday. Vic Sotto confirmed the news over GMA’s noontime show “Eat Bulaga” and asked for a minute of prayer for the eternal repose of the singer-composer’s soul. Read more

Remember the master rapper through his blog at

On Alexis Tioseco, here’s from the tribute article of Quark Henares at Philippine Daily Inquirer, Remembering Alexis A. Tioseco (Feb. 11 1981 – Sept. 1 2009):

“SO,” he said, holding up his fist as if he were holding a microphone – “what’s your favorite Stanley Kubrick movie?” I was thinking to myself, “Oh my God. And I thought I was a dork,” as I stared in bewilderment at this tall and lanky teenager with short cropped hair who crouched in attention and periodically looked away while talking to me. He would then follow his older brother Chris around as they interviewed up-and-coming filmmakers for an Inquirer 2bu special on new Philippine Cinema. Read more

His being a strong advocate of Philippine cinema is evident when Tioseco established, which was hailed in Filmmaker as “arguably the most influential, intelligent blog on Southeast asian cinema.”

Here’s another tribute to Eggy from a fellow cineaste, Noel Vera of Critic After Dark:

The film community is a strange creature, particularly this side of the millennium. We’re scattered all over the world, and our connections are as tenuous as the aether writers spoke of in the 19th century. We don’t see each other for years, we mail each other only occasionally, we lead busy lives, too busy to look to each other or sometimes even look out for each other. Read more

Here are my short tributes to the passing of President Cory Aquino, Farrah Fawcett and Michael Jackson.

Thank you, Tita Cory

RIP, Fawcett and Jackson

You will all be missed. We thank you.


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2 Responses to My Top Everything of 2009 – events of the year

  1. Blogie says:

    Thanks for including Mindanao Bloggers in your list!

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