2012 has come and gone, but it’s never too late to look back and reminisce.
As a familiar quotation suggests, we need to look back into the past so we can learn from the present.
And how do we learn? We look at hard data, like those unwieldy numbers that give weight to passing events.
Here are the numbers that mattered in 2012:
NEWSMAKERS. 2012 did not start well. With as many as 1,000 people injured due to firecrackers, the Department of Health called it the "deadliest New Year celebration" so far.
Filipino legendary boxer Manny Pacquiao suffered a brutal knockout on Round 6 of his previous fight with Juan Manuel Marquez just this December.
This brings his boxing record to 54 Wins, 5 Losses, and 2 Draws.
Despite the loss, Pacquiao reportedly earned a cool $25,000,000.
The Philippines has not won the Miss Universe crown in 39 years. This year, new beauty queen Janine Tugonon came so close, but ultimately had to settle for first runner-up, which is still a good accomplishment.
GMA-7’s reported selling price is a colossal P100,000,000,000. But the interested party, headed by business magnate Manny V. Pangilinan, was not able to close the deal.
On January, Iloilo Representative Niel Tupas told the press that former Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona had 45 assets. The number will then be revealed to be much lower, while this year’s most unbecoming trial went on. Corona will also be impeached in a 20-3 vote.
Around 120 handclaps were allegedly doled out on President Noynoy Aquino’s State of the Nation Address this July. The 8,000-word speech again blamed former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo for the country’s current ills, while trumpeting the Aquino government’s mere gains.
Typhoon Pablo hit Mindanao in December, leaving the region with an estimated 540 dead and 827 people missing.
ENTERTAINMENT. There were around 32 mainstream movies produced and screened in Philippine theaters this year, from production houses like Star Cinema, Viva Films, GMA Films, and Regal Films.
We say "around 32" because a few of them are made by producers that skate on the mainstream-indie line, like films produced by Skylight Films—Star Cinema’s indie arm.
Compare this with only 28 mainstream movies in 2011, and you’ll see that Philippine mainstream cinema is growing, even just a little bit.
According to data from Box-Office Mojo, the top-grossing local film in 2012 is Star Cinema’s The Mistress, which raked in P262.82 million at the tills.
In second is This Guy’s In Love With U Mare, from Star Cinema and Viva Films. The comedy film earned P249.09 million at the box office.
The two movies, however, were not able to top two highest-grossing local films: The Unkabogable Praybeyt Benjamin (2011) and No Other Woman (2011).
There were 15 full-length feature films in this year’s Cinemalaya Film Festival. The annual indie film festival saw a growth in audiences, as most of the films had sold-out screenings every time.
There were 13 feature films in the recent CinemaOne Originals Film Festival, and five entries in Cinemanila’s Digital Lokal category. The audiences may not be as crowded as in Cinemalaya, but the films are equally noteworthy.
There were 8 entries in these year’s Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF). Three of them can be considered produced by independent outfits: Thy Womb, The Strangers, and El Presidente. (The Strangers is distributed by Star Cinema.)
The MMFF reflected the current state of cinema in the Philippines. In terms of ticket sales, the mainstream productions were again at the top, while the indie productions skittered to the bottom.
According to the Metro Manila Development Authority, as of December 29, the MMFF box-office winner is the Star Cinema and Viva Films project Sisterakas, with a whopping P167 million.
On the other hand, at the bottom of the list is the acclaimed indie film Thy Womb, with a modest P24 million.