While awaiting our review of Manila Kingpin: Asiong Salonga Story, Segunda Mano and the three-hour long Metro Manila Film Festival 2011 Awards Night, here are POC Sosyal’s top stories of 2011:
Our resident chikadora Fabucelles gave her two cents’ worth on the issue of the Willing Willie’s ‘child abuse’ case. In the March 12 episode of the Willie Revillame’s variety game show, a 6-year old boy was was shown dancing/gyrating.
This caused an uproar in the social media as bloggers and social network power users reacted strongly against the ‘humiliation of Jan-Jan’. The strong public opinion prompted various government agencies – the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) and Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to take actions vs. Revillame and the show.
Despite TV5’s public apology, the issue dragged on in the local blogosphere and social networks. One by one, major advertisers pulled out their ads from the show and on April 11, the show went off the air. The show was replaced with Will Time Big Time.
A round-up of shows on local TV for 2011. Among the high rating shows included ABS-CBN’s teleseryes Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin, My Binondo Girl, Pinoy Big Loser Pinoy Edition, Junior Master Chef Pinoy Edition and GMA’s epic serye Amaya.
The ongoing reality cooking show Junior Master Chef showcased the most talented amateur kiddie chefs. Featuring Judy Ann Santos as host and professional chefs Ferns Aracama, Lau Laudico and Jayps Aglo, the show airs every Saturday and Sunday.
Dozens of foreign acts visited the country throughout the year. Aside from the full house shows of Australian pop diva Kylie Minogue, American Idol finalist David Archuleta and the controversial rock band Incubus, other international artists who rocked the local concert scene were Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus, Bruno Mars, Maroon 5, Kenny Loggins, Kenny G, Yellowcard, Train, Jason Mraz and Toca Rivera and the Black Eyed Peas.
K-Pop invasion also continued throughout 2011 as artists Super Junior, Park Mi Kyung, Jay Park, SS501, U-Kiss and other Korean acts staged shows in different concert venues.
Dubbed the Wedding of the Decade – Prince William and Catherine ‘Kate’ Middleton’s $70 million wedding last April 29 was a global internet and TV hit. This opinion article discussed the relevance of monarchy and the Royal Wedding at a time when UK is faced with debts and social unrest.
A line-up of movies that hit the silver screens in the past 12 months.
Following the footsteps of Youtube superstars Charice Pempengco and Arnel Pineda, 10-year old Fil-Canadian Maria Aragon found her way to stardom through Youtube.com. Maria’s life changed overnight after her cover of Lady Gaga’s Born This Way was uploaded on the video sharing site, attracting the attention of Lady Gaga herself.
The list of the best Filipino films of the decade was compiled by Monica Espina based on the Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino’s (MPP) Dekada Awards.The films that made it to the list were: Brillante Mendoza films Lola (2009), Kinatay (2009), Serbis (2008), Ang Pagdadalaga Ni Maximo Oliveros (2005), Magnifico (2003),Babae Sa Breakwater (2003), Batang Westside (2001) and Tuhog (2000)
POC’s entertainment writer Toni Tiu compiled the list of awaited book-to-movie adaptations. Her choice includes “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” by Stieg Larsson, “I Don’t Know How She Does It” by Allison Pearson, “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins, “Admission” by Jean Hanff Korelitz, “The Hobbit” by J.R.R. Tolkien, “Anna Karenina” by Leo Tolstoy, “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” by Heidi Murkoff, “The Dogs of Babel” by Carolyn Parkhurst and “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” by Stephen Chbosky.
Airing from July to October 2011, the first Biggest Loser Pinoy Edition was received warmly by Filipino viewers. The show, Sharon Cuneta’s last project with ABS-CBN, featured 14 overweight individuals who underwent rigorous fitness training under the professional supervision of Jim Saret and Chinggay Andrada.
Former police officer Larry Martin from Bicol emerged as the first winner of the Biggest Loser Pinoy Edition. He entered the Biggest Loser camp weighing 255 lbs. and lost 101 lbs.
Other stories that received high hits for 2011 include the controversial break-up of KC Concepcion and Piolo Pascual, Vice Ganda’s Unkaboggable Praybeyt Benjamin, Karylle’s stint with the Kitchen Musical, and the disbandment and last performance of Sugar Free.