There are still a few upcoming events that will make a mark before 2015 rolls in.
One of them is the much-awaited wedding of Dingdong Dantes and Marian Rivera on December 30.
Eight bridal showers preceded the wedding, all of them arranged by close family and friends.
The wedding will be grand, with more than 20 ninongs and ninangs and hundreds of celebrity attendees.
It remains to be seen how many children the couple will have, although Marian had confirmed in interviews that she’s prepared for a big family.
Dingdong and Marian’s radiant love story isn’t the only significant showbiz event in 2014.
Interestingly, there are 13 weddings...
Karylle and Yael Yuzon
Jennica Garcia and Alwyn Uytingco
Kim Jones and Jericho Rosales
Boots Anson-Roa and Atty. King Rodrigo
Iya Villania and Drew Arellano
Jopay Paguia and Joshua Zamora
Katz Saga and Joross Gamboa
Amy Perez and Carlo Castillo
Bianca Gonzalez and JC Intal
Liza Diño and Aiza Seguerra
Neri Naig and Chito Miranda
Joan Paraiso and Marcelito Pomoy
Marian Rivera and Dingdong Dantes
...8 female stars who got engaged: Bianca Gonzalez, Yeng Constantino, Isabel Oli, Marian Rivera, Heart Evangelista, Solenn Heussaff, Liza Diño, and Neri Naig.
...thus, making 2014 a year of love.
RECORD BREAKERS. This year’s Metro Manila Film Festival broke records with first-day gross earnings of P146 million, higher than 2013’s take of P128 million on opening day.
The Metro Manila Development Authority, the government agency tasked to oversee the event, is expecting a total of P1.2 billion ticket sales at festival end.
The Amazing Praybeyt Benjamin also set the record for the biggest first-day gross of any Filipino movie at P53 million, while Feng Shui 2 had the biggest first-day gross for any Filipino horror movie at P31 million.
Despite these results at the box-office, the two movies went home empty-handed at the MMFF 2014 Awards Night held on December 27.
WINNERS. The most-awarded movie was Bonifacio: Ang Unang Pangulo with nine awards, including Best Picture, Best Cinematography, and Best Sound.
English Only Please received six awards, including Second Best Picture, Best Actor for Derek Ramsay, and Best Actress for Jennylyn Mercado.
Kubot: The Aswang Chronicles 2 also received six awards, including Third Best Picture, Best Production Design and Best Visual Effects.
Lastly, My Big Bossing got one award, the Best Child Performer trophy for Ryzza Mae Dizon.
INDIE HITS. Indie productions once again earned awards in esteemed film festivals abroad.
Lav Diaz’s Norte: Hangganan ng Kasaysayan is up for Best Foreign Film at the Film Independent Spirit Awards.
With a running time of 251 minutes (more than four hours), Norte must now be the longest Filipino movie that received a commercial run in major theaters. It screened for two weeks in September, in Glorietta, Trinoma, and Robinson’s Malls theaters.
Lav Diaz’s Mula sa Kung Ano Ang Noon was also the first Filipino film to win the Golden Leopard prize at the Locarno Film Festival in Switzerland. The 338-minute black-and-white movie also screened to a packed theater in SM Mall of Asia.
RECORD TV RATINGS. It is not only Filipino cinema that met success in 2014. The Philippine television landscape also saw notable developments that set new records.
ABS-CBN’s Got to Believe that starred Daniel Padilla and Kathryn Bernardo set records by posting the highest finale rating in 2014, 32.7 percent in AGB Mega Manila ratings, and 38.6 percent in Kantar National ratings. The romance and family drama ended on March 7.
The Legal Wife, also from ABS-CBN, received the second highest finale ratings for the year: 32 percent in AGB Mega Manila ratings, and 36.2 percent in Kantar National ratings. It was posted on June 13.
TRIUMPHS. But the highest recorded rating for the year is GMA-7’s airing of the boxing match between Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley on April 13. It earned 48.9 percent on AGB Mega Manila, and 45.1 percent on Kantar National.
Manny Pacquiao defeated Timothy Bradley by unanimous decision. Pacquiao also fought Chris Algieri on November 22, and he also won by unanimous decision.
Other Filipino triumphs shown on television were the exciting win of Gilas Pilipinas against Senegal in the FIBA World Cup, the country’s first gold medal in the Youth Olympics through archer Luis Gabriel Moreno, and the country’s athletes winning medals at the Asian Olympics.
HEADLINERS. But 2014 is not just about triumphs because several setbacks and controversies made the headlines as well.
An airplane from Malaysia Airlines disappeared on March 8, with 239 passengers on board. The aircraft is still missing as of the moment.
Similarly, a plane from AirAsia disappeared on December 28 with 162 passengers onboard.
Another airplane from Malaysia met a tragic end when it was shot down in Ukraine, 295 people perished.
Vehicular accidents were also a hot topic in the Philippines, including one that took the life of comedian Tado Jimenez and 14 others when their bus fell into a ravine in Mountain Province.
POLITICIANS IN HOT WATER. Vice President Jejomar Binay was accused of overpricing a carpark building in Makati by P1.6 billion.
Similarly, Senate President Franklin Drilon figured centrally in the alleged overpricing of the Iloilo Convention Center at P488 million.
Three senators—Bong Revilla, Jinggoy Estrada and Juan Ponce Enrile—remain in detention owing to their alleged involvement in the pork barrel scam.