October 2015 News Trends

Typhoon Lando made a disastrous impact in the Philippines, destroying many houses, farms and even lives in the Central Luzon. (Photo from Manila Bulletin)

Top Trend News 5: Aldub breaks Twitter records

Eat Bulaga, the leading noontime show in the country, continuously rides on to the popularity of the AlDub and produces an event for those who are patiently waiting for the 'Tamang Panahon' between Alden Richards and Yaya Dub or Maine Mendoza.

The event, 'Tamang Panahon' was held at the biggest indoor arena in the world, Philippine Arena in Bulacan, made a breaking record performance via social networking site, Twitter.  #ALDubEBTamangPanahon tweets gathered 41 million tweets which breaks the record of World Cup tweets. This record elevated the love team to a higher level and proves that their love team are really phenomenal.

Recently, AlDub was featured in one of the featured articles of BBC, an international news agency.

Top Trend News 4: Filing of Certificates of Candidacy

The filing of certificates of candidacies of those who would want to participate in the 2016 national and local elections and serve the government went bizarre as expected.

Some old names in politics marched the COMELEC office with march bands and supporters while some preferred low-profile filing.

What made the filing more bizarre was the filing of COCs by considered nuisance candidates. Some claims they are sent by God and some claims they are the chosen ones by respective bosses from inter-galactic force, religious sectors and unknown groups.

Mayor Rodrigo Duterte of Davao City was the highlight of the filing week. Supporters of Duterte flocked the COMELEC Office in Intramuros as they expect him to file COC for president. However, the mayor's supporters were dismayed when the he filed COC for Mayor of Davao.

The hope is still high for the mayor's supporters as the PDP-Laban, where he belongs, filed COC for president and intend to make him a substitute candidate when the original registered name withdraws his certification and replace Duterte as candidate.

Top Trend News 3: Letran Knights won the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Trophy

After 10 years, the Letran Knights won their 17th Championship title by beating San Beda Red Lions in over time in Game 3, 85-82. The Knights from Intramuros ended their decade-long title drought and numerous frustrations from Finals duels with Lions in years 2007,

The smart play of the Knights and the free throw shots of Mark Cruz sealed the victory for Letran in the dying seconds of the overtime.

The Red Lions were down by eight points but veteran and pro-bound Amer Baser made a comeback for San Beda. He forced the game into overtime.

Mark Cruz was awarded the Finals MVP and Coach Aldin Ayo won the Coach of the Year Award after the game.

The Knights claimed their 17th Championship without imports or foreign players and spoiled the 6-peat goal of San Beda Red Lions. San Beda has been winning championships in the recent history with one or two imports in their lineup.

Top Trend News 2: Laglag Bala in NAIA

Ninoy Aquino International Airport was slammed by numerous complaints from passengers because of the Laglab-bala schemes in the airport.

Laglag-bala scheme is alleged to be a scheme to victimized passengers by either extorting them by settling the issue with the airport authority. One of the victims was a first time tourist who was about to travel to Palawan but was detained by the airport authority.

The scheme has said to be victimizing unsuspecting passengers, tourists and OFWs by syndicates in which police authorities are involved. This scheme appalled several government officials and ordered investigation and revamp airport security.

Top Trend News 1: Destructive Typhoon Lando

Typhoon season is not yet over in the Philippines and the El Nino is not felt when Typhoon Lando landed in Northern and Central Luzon. Typhoon Lando, which has signal warning 4,   brought strong wind and heavy rains.

Several provinces suffered from the typhoon with Aurora, Nueva Ecija and Nueva Vizcaya suffering the most. Pampanga and Tarlac also suffered because of flooding.

The government's goal of having no casualties are not attained since there were reports of deaths caused by flooding and other typhoon-related accidents in all provinces affected by Lando.

Since the Philippines is suffering from El Nino phenomenon and will still suffer until next year, some were thankful of the rain brought by Typhoon Lando which elevated the level of water reserve dam.
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